Jul 30, 2014

Nocciolata, Organic Hazelnut Chocolate Spread

*Disclosure:  I received free product to try and review.  I was not compensated for this review.  All opinions are my own and honest*

If you have followed me for anytime, you know that I have a love for Chocolate Hazelnut Spread!  I eat it just about everyday!  My favorite way to eat it is on a toaster waffle or  occasionally I indulge in a spoonful to satisfy  a late night week craving!


There has also been a few times when I have used it in baked goods, like these Nutella Frosted Funfetti Bars.

The day I posted this recipe, a PR firm contacted me, asking if I was willing to try Nocciolata.  I had never heard of it, but she told me that it was  Certified Organic Chocolate Hazelnut Spread, once I heard that, I was all in.  About a week later, I received a box full of total yumminess!

I opened a jar and ate spoonful and OMG!  WONDERFUL!  I literally groaned!  Is that normal?


 Some facts about Nocciolata:

  • Nocciolata is Certified Organic, guaranteeing ingredients that are farmed without polluting the environment and with minimal CO2 emission


 Nocciolata is made with the FINEST INGREDIENTS

  • Italian hazelnuts with low fat content
  • cocoa and cocoa butter
  • cold-pressed sunflower oil
  • vanilla
  • raw cane sugar
  • skimmed milk
Nocciolata is made using the Highest Artisan Production Process:
  • 36 hours of artisan processing creates a creamer and smoother texture
  • Accurate quality controls on raw ingredients ensure highest quality production.


Nocciolata is higher in nutritional value:
  • No trans fat
  • no palm oil
  • low in saturated fats
  • Rich in natural fiber from hazelnut and cocoa (5%)
  • no artificial aromas or colors
  • no artificial flavors
  • gluten free

So, what is my opinion of Nocciolata?  Well...I am in love...see...


Do you see that jar in the photo?  It is totally empty!  I ate it all...every last drop, and I might have even licked the jar a little, sorry no photo of that..LOL!

How does Nocciolata compare to other hazelnut spread I have tried?  Well, honestly, there is no comparison.  It is in a class of it's own.  The flavor is richer, deeper, less sweet, more "natural" if you will.

To find out more about Nocciolata, you can follow them on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.  You can find Nocciolata at several stores, a list can be found here.  I have looked at several stores in my area, and have not been able to find it, but no worries, I can order it from Amazon, and in a convenient 6 pack too, SCORE!

Jul 28, 2014

Rustic Half Bathroom

We are FINALLY starting to wrap out our adventure in building a new house!  I am starting to get excited, but if I am being honest, I am totally exhausted.  Just when I think we are nearing completion, Mr. Cookie Puzzle tells me there is still more to do.

We are at the point, that I want to start sharing some of what we have finished.  Let me start out by saying that our new home is VERY RUSTIC....think lots of wood finishes, touches of stainless steel, butt joints over mitered joints (personal preference, not for lack of skill or knowledge), and farm style fixture.  Now, I know this is not a design style everyone likes, some even HATE it, and that is OK, I totally understand that, but, if you hate it, please keep your feelings and thoughts to yourself.  This is OUR home, built by US, paid for by US, and if you don't like it, fine, but you don't need to leave me a comment telling me it is ugly, or you hate it, or whatever.  This is a free country, we are all free to our own likes and dislikes, but this is MY BLOG, so be nice or don't comment, a little respect please?

So....without further ado...I present our half bath.

Rustic Half Bathroom

This is a small guest half bathroom, off of our great room, which is an open room that has our kitchen, dinning room and living room.  I know some people refer to this as a powder room, but with wood looking ceramic tile, barn wood walls and corrugated steel wainscoting, to me, it is half bath, not a powder room.

Rustic Half Bathroom

Please ignore the lack of baseboards, and the floor that needs a good cleaning, but I an in love with the vanity in this room.  This washstand was my grandma's, I inherited it when she passed many years ago.  When Mr. Cookie Puzzle came home with this vessel sink, I knew just what I wanted to do with it.  I love the look of a vessel sink, but was not sure I wanted it in a bathroom that would get lots of use.  So using it in our Rustic Half Bath was perfect.

Rustic Half Bathroom

For the mirror, I removed the mirror from an old metal medicine cabinet and spray painted it silver, and hung it horizontally.  You can barely see it, but the vanity light is a stainless steel farm light, attached to an old piece of barn wood.

Here is a really really crappy picture...but I wanted to show you it anyway.

Rustic Half Bathroom

For the walls, I coated them with two coats of polyurethane, but for the light fixture board, I left it naked, I just liked the look of it in the raw.  It gave it a little Rustic POP for sure.

Rustic Half Bathroom

Here is another shot of the light fixture.  It also shows the box beam, made out of hickory, and the ceiling, which is covered with cedar planks  I think this would be a good time to mention that Mr. Cookie Puzzle makes his living in the tree removal and trimming business.  For years, he has been saving timber, and taking it to a local saw mill to be cut into boards, then we would run them through the planer and edge them.  Before we even started building this house, we had a storage unit full of boards ready to be used.  We just mixed and matched them, using whatever board and wood that met the need at the time.  So, in this small half bath alone, you will see barn wood, cedar, hickory, walnut, and then the ceramic wood tile.

I think we did a good job and creating a Rustic Half Bath, I happy with it for sure.  I will be sharing more looks at the house, as I get time to write blog posts about it.

I do need your help though.  I am not a very girly girl, as you can see by this Rustic Half Bathroom, and decorating is NOT my thing.  I will always choose function over looks.  But, I am needing some help with this bathroom.

Rustic Half Bathroom

I am smart enough and girly girl enough to know that those pipes are UGLY! So, what do I do about them.  Do I just leave them and completely embrace the Rustic feel?  Or, do I try to hide or fancy it up.  Maybe a skirt of some type?  What type of skirt?  Burlap or Gingham?  Or, do I paint the pipes?  Maybe silver or black?  Help a girl out. If this was in your Rustic Half Bath, what would you do to cover these ugly pipes?

Rustic Half Bathroom

Jul 27, 2014

Pieces of my Puzzle 7-27-14

Happy Sunday Blog Friends!  Can you believe it is already July 27?  What happened to the summer?  It seems like just a few weeks ago it was spring, and now summer is almost over!  I really think the older you get, the fast time goes.  Remember when you were a kid, and summer vacation lasted forever?  WOW...to have those fun-filled, carefree days back.

I feel like I am really struggling to keep up with the blog lately.  I have finally come to terms with the fact that life comes first..and I will blog when I can and feel like it.  So...if I am missing for a week or so, and the only thing on my blog is my Party in Your PJs link party, well....sorry, I am out living my life.

Things are moving right along with the new house.  We poured the front and back porches yesterday.  Mr. Cookie Puzzle uncle came and helped us.  He did an amazing job.  We did a 46 x 10 foot porch on the front of the house, and he stamped it with a brick patterned.  It was hard for me to imagine what it would look like, but once it was done, I am totally in love!

My cookie/craft room is like 98% done, it just needs one piece of trim put up, so I have started moving stuff into it.  Yesterday, I moved all my cookie cutters and all my sprinkles and sanding sugar.  I was totally shocked at the amount I have.  Mr. Cookie Puzzle was stunned also, he did not know I had so many, cookie cutters are easy to sneak into the house and had, but seeing them all together, well, it kinda makes it real.

I am also trying to figure out what to do for a table.  Mr. Cookie Puzzle wants to build a built in table, but I think I want to wait, to see what would work best for me and my needs.  I feel like if he builds a table, attached to the wall, I will limited on what I can do, and not be able to move it around to meet my needs.

So, house building has pretty much taken up all my time lately, but I have been able to watch a little TV.  I loved 24:Live Another Day that recently ended, and I am hoping they will do more of them. I just need more Jack in my life!

Have you seen the sneak peaks of American Horror Story: Freak Show?  WOW...just WOW.  I can not wait for it to start.  I fell in love with AHS in season 3, but have not seen seasons 1&2...I need to do that soon, you know, in all my free time?

I am really itching to bake something!  I have not baked anything in WEEKS...and have not done decorated cookies since MAY...OMG...that is just not right!  I just don't have the time right now, as I spend all my time with either working on the new house, or packing up the house we are living in.  BUT...I think I will try to find the time today....surely, I can find something quick and easy to satisfy my baking itch.  Stay tune...see if I can get it done.

So...that is it...pretty boring...my life is all new house...and packing....What have you been up to?

Need something to kill a little time?  Why not join us at Party in Your PJs?  There is still time to link up this week, and we have some amazing posts to look out, such creative bloggers and creative posts!  Come check it out!

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