Life Without Rosie Dickens

We have enjoyed our holiday break.  We hope that your holidays were all that you wanted.  The new year is off to a start and we've got lots to do even this weekend.  You might catch us at a Chicago Wolves game or even at the Travel & Adventure show in Rosemont.   However, … [Read More...]

Tony’s Cinnamon Frosted Flakes

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We have exciting news!  We met not only Tony the Tiger but also Elise Swopes!  These 2 have been running around Chicago with the new Cinnamon Frosted Flakes.  Yes, they taste as good as they sound.   I’m guessing you’ve had a bowl of the original. Most of us grew up on Kellogg’s cereals. 

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Every one of us thought we were winning, when we convinced our parents to buy Frosted Flakes over anything else.  Not knowing that they were really not just tasty but good for us.   We’ve always thought we were more clever in tricking our parents into buying that sugar cereal.  Yet, the real trick has been to get us to eat a wholesome breakfast every single day.   

So, it shouldn’t be a surprise that when fans wanted to taste cinnamon with Frosted Flakes, Kellogg’s made it happen.  All that loyalty to the original Frosted Flakes and Tony the Tiger, a celebrity in his own right, brought out Cinnamon Frosted Flakes.  A cereal I am delighted to say is delicious just like french toast only with a lot less work involved.   tony 2

Yes, I poured myself a second bowl full during our breakfast.  Nothing better than seeing Tony the Tiger give you the thumbs up approval.  Not to mention Elise is down to Earth.  She has the luck of being BFFs with Tony this month.  Having grown up in the Chicago area, she told us one of her favorite spots is the 360 observation deck at the Hancock. This just goes to show you that location matters for your photos.  Elise knew that taking a photo in front of the windows was a no-go.  That backlighting washed out everything, but it’s not something I’d think about until I tried the spot.   tony 4

We, at Rosie Discovers are not professional photographers.  We know some basics, but without our fancy lenses we would just be average.  So, I am more motivated to play around with our camera.  Elise told us that she does do most of her editing on her iPhone.  There are a few upsides to using an iPhone for photos.  My slightly outdated android setup has a camera without exposure control.  The best way to combat your camera’s limits is with apps and experience.  The more you take those photos the more you learn how to work the light that you have.  

So, while you may come to our site expecting recipes, we can’t always provide a fresh one every single week.  We want to keep up our quality.  Cinnamon Frosted Flakes are helping us stay on track.  Some mornings we don’t have all the free time to cook.  On those days, I will be the first to grab that golden box.  My breakfast of choice on days when I need to get going is Cinnamon Frosted Flakes.  

Nintendo Switch: Yeah, You Want It

NintendoSwitch_logo Zelda.  Need I say more? Probably not, but you know the series.  We grew up playing as Link and saving that Princess Zelda.  All the fun of solving problems.  Shared amongst my siblings as we all tried not to cheat, but yet wanted to get ahead in the game.  I remember trading my own turn just for some help on beating a boss.  So, when we got invited to preview the Nintendo Switch, we said yes!

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As you know the system comes out tomorrow, March 3rd.  Here is just a quick peek at some of the games you can play.  Of course, you know my favorite was The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.  Typical of Zelda, you start with the basics.  After finding some clothes, I managed to find a branch to use as a weapon.  Upon entering the wilds, the game is all about building yourself back up to the hero of legend.  

The game play is slightly more challenging as you can just endlessly wander.  However, the game isn’t aimless, you still have tasks to accomplish.  When you get around to them is your choice.  The most interesting part is that all those hours playing together on the same couch rubbed off.  The staff helping us play told us that our styles are exactly the same.  I look over at my sister’s screen and we were in exactly the same place.  We died in the same place at the same time too.  

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Before we had the chance to become Link, we got a closer look at the system.  1-2 Switch is a great game to familiarize yourself with the capabilities of the Nintendo Switch.  Those controllers are crazy sensitives.  There’s a game where you guess how many marbles you’re holding.  You can feel the individual balls rolling around inside the controller.  The experience had us so taken aback that we guessed too high because it didn’t seem right.  How could I feel 2 individual balls rolling around? That’s not the only minigame.  As you can see, milking the cows can be done by us city folk as well.  Although I think those of us that have milked a cow might actually have a leg up on our competition.

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Arms is another crowd favorite.  There’s something about virtual boxing that just feels right.  No one really gets hurt besides maybe a bruised ego.  However, you can still get a workout with those punches.  Something you have probably felt if you have boxed with the Nintendo Wii. Arms is all about choosing your arms.  Each one can be different with special powers.  Just Dance 2017 is up there with game you’ll love to play with your friends.  You can add up to 6 players.  Lucky for me, I happen to know a great dancer.  So good that they wanted to scout her for the main stage.   switch 7

With ease of course because the Nintendo Switch is compact.  You can take the system with you.  The controllers can be used in a pair or split up.  For games like Arms you need 2 hands to punch.  While for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe you can either grab one of the controllers or you can play all together with your own Nintendo Switch.  There is even Smart Steering so young kids or people new to the game can stay on the track! All of this makes Mario Kart a family favorite.  When it comes down to it though that Battle Mode is even sweeter than before with Bob-omb Blast.

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That’s just a quick peek at what lies in store for you with the Nintendo Switch.  On the go or playing at home, the options are endless.  Nintendo has packed all the usual fun inside and added a few twists.  With better precision than before you can dance or battle or race all of your friends.  With games like 1-2 Switch which are all about your opponent rather than the screen, Nintendo is changing the way in which we game yet again.  You can learn even more from the official website.  The Nintendo Switch is definitely a great addition to a family night dinner.  I look forward to playing together with more people. 

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The Elantra GT 2018 has everything you want.  I can’t claim to understand all the fine details of car design, but I can tell you that we were impressed. We’d seen the unveiling of the first Elantra.  This version is even sportier and promises all the cargo room you crave with the drivability you’d expect […]

Culinary Fight Club Pro Series

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Culinary Fight Club: Chocolate Edition

That is correct!  This month’s Culinary Fight Club is themed around chocolate.  No matter what your opinion is regarding that holiday on the 14th, all that matters is that you enjoy chocolate!  So far, I’m hearing that 4 chefs have signed up to serve you savory chocolate dishes.  The heated battle will take place February […]

First Look For Charity 2017

For the past few years, I have been lucky enough to attend the preview for the First Look For Charity Gala.  I get to learn about which charities are benefitting this year and taste everything.  Every year this event raises around $2 million for local charities.  Last year they met the goal of $2 million […]

Pure Spoon For Perfect Carrot Cake Muffins

I’m here to tell you about Pure Spoon, a line of organic purees for kids!  Normally I don’t cover food for kids, but this seemed way too perfect to pass up.  My niece and nephew are nearly 2 and 4.   Sometimes I spoil them with toys, but I know that their parents and I […]

Counting The Last Year

We have enjoyed our holiday break.  We hope that your holidays were all that you wanted.  The new year is off to a start and we’ve got lots to do even this weekend.  You might catch us at a Chicago Wolves game or even at the Travel & Adventure show in Rosemont.   However, mostly […]

The Bottled Blonde Serves Up Culinary Fight Club

This month’s fight had it all.  Sips and bites!  Along with a large crowd that came to watch a brutal battle of chefs and mixologists.  100% of the proceeds from December’s fight went to Fight2Feed.  I am really here to tell you about Culinary Fight Club, but I can say that we cooked and fed […]

Holidays With Sullivan’s Steakhouse

We’ve all done the rushing around.  The crazy amounts of preparing the perfect gifts.  Wrapping the presents just so with bows and ribbons.  Stocked up on butter and flour and sugar, or is that just me?  Anyway you describe it, you have worked hard for your holiday to be flawless.   So, of course you […]

Blackberry Hazelnut Sweet Rolls

Cooking seasonally can be a challenge, however you might just find what is plentiful pairs best.  You might be thinking blackberries aren’t in season, but we’ve been finding them on sale left and right.  All the stores in our area have gorgeous ripe berries.  Our favorite kind that used to grow wild in our backyard. […]

Culinary Fight Club During Baking Week

As you may have guessed, we’ve been busy.  This time it’s not all work.  However, baking week is upon us.  Yesterday was our first full day of baking in preparations for the holidays!  Before I forget I wanted to tell you that Culinary Fight Club is tomorrow night!  My job still requires that I share […]