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Sunday, November 6, 2016

Date Night at Old Scratch Pizza


My husband and I had a much needed date night. We prefer to eat local when possible, so we decided to check out a new pizza joint around Dayton. Old Scratch Pizza’s Facebook posts made my mouth water. If the pizza was half as good as it sounded, then I knew we would probably enjoy it.

The location was easy to find. Parking was okay. There was a lot, and some street parking, but by the time we left the lot was full. The building was much larger inside than I expected. There was plenty of picnic style tables, with a roll of paper towels, plates, a recycled tomato can with salt and red pepper flakes inside.

You order at the counter from a decent selection of pizzas. They have red sauce pizzas, white sauce pizzas, as well as gluten free and vegan selections. They also had salads, sandwiches, and fresh bread. Along with the pizza they had a good variety of local craft beers available, which will be fun to come back and enjoy in the future. Wine was also on the menu. 
There was a bowl of lemons sitting out for water.
 We ordered a Mr. Scratch which was described as “hand-crushed tomatoes, house-made sausage, caramelized onions, Calabrian chilis, fresh mozzarella, basil, olive oil”. We also ordered a Sophie Mae, described as “applewood-smoked bacon, red onion jam, fresh mozzarella, romano”. I also asked for a side of house-made ranch, because ranch is good with everything and I needed to know if they could make a tasty one. 
 
Inside, you can watch the pizzas being made each step of the way, from the dough being rolled all the way through it being quickly baked in the wood-burning oven. 

We opted to sit outside on the patio because it was a nice. As I would hope with a pizza that cooks in under three minutes, our food was brought to us with very little wait time. 
Good sized outdoor space
My eyes immediately ate up the pizza and my stomach couldn’t wait to catch up. The dough on each of the pizzas was chewy with a crusty crunch. Neapolitan style pizza is something very different than some other style of pizzas. I was expecting a thin chewy crust and that is what I got. The size on the pizzas were around the size of a medium pizza.

I first tried the Sophie Mae. The flavors here were very well balanced. Sweetness from the house made red onion jam followed by a salty punch from the bacon and romano cheese. This pizza was so tasty. I tend to favor white pizza’s in general, and this one hit the spot.
Sophie Mae
Mr. Scratch was next. Visually, the tomatoes were obvious as they should be in a hand crushed sauce. I was not sure if the chilis would be sweet or spicy, and they were on the sweet side. The sausage was flavorful but not overpowering.  Green basil leaves were sprinkled throughout adding that fresh flavor punch.
Mr. Scratch
I was very excited to try the ranch dressing, because if it was good I could see myself coming back to eat a salad here often. A salad with a tasty dressing is one of my favorite foods. I am happy to report that the dressing hit the spot. It was flavorful and balanced, with a bit of tang. Exactly what I want in a ranch. The pizza was delicious dipped into it. I savored every bite of crust covered in the creamy sauce.
Ranch dressing...yum!
I also want to add that Old Scratch Pizza was family friendly. High chairs were readily available and we spotted more than a few families enjoying a meal together.

Overall, we truly enjoyed our experience at this local joint. I would love to see them add goat cheese to the menu, as I could eat a white pizza with goat cheese just about any day. I was impressed with the local craft beer selection, but would also desire some hard cider choices. The restaurant was clean, the staff was friendly, the service was fast, and the food was delicious. There really is not much more you can ask for. I highly recommend you stopping to check this place out.


Sunday, October 30, 2016

Perfect giveaway for Parents, Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents, and more!

A few days ago we talked about diaper rashes! I shared my experiences with Era Organics and how well their diaper balm worked for my little one. I wanted to give you a chance to see for yourself! But there is more, here you can win not only the diaper balm, but also organic baby lotion and baby body wash. This is the perfect thing to win for any Parent or caregiver. Don't have a baby? This will make a terrific Christmas or baby shower gift.
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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Lets talk diaper rash and what helps!



I have three kids. The youngest, Winter, just turned 1 year old this month. He is such a happy, fun, adorable baby. He is my second baby that we have cloth diapered from the beginning. We started using cloth for many reasons, but one of those reasons was because I like to use more natural products on my baby. It is very important to me to keep his precious baby skin safe and chemical free when possible. On that note, that also meant that I had to figure out how to switch out many of our baby products for a more natural version. That is where today’s post comes in.

We are going to talk a bit about diaper rash. We do not get rashes often around here, but occasionally baby poops and I didn’t know, or maybe he ate something that didn’t sit right with his area and the redness comes out. I always feel so bad when that happens. If it is just a little red, we go with airing out, maybe a squirt of breastmilk (it really does have a million uses); but if that doesn’t work, I turn to a diaper rash cream.

We have used a few different creams over the years. Most recently, we gave Era Organics honeybuns diaper balm a try. The ingredients on this product are awesome and natural.

“Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Castor Oil, Organic Beeswax, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Arrowroot Powder, Organic Calendula Oil, Organic Rosemary Extract, Non-GMO Mixed Tocopherols, Organic Chamomile Extract”

Happy with what I was going to be putting on my baby, I opened up the container to give it a try. First impression, I do not like the smell. Some reviews called this unscented, but it definitely has a smell, possibly from the sunflower oil. It is not an awful smell, but I would love for some lavender or cocoa butter added in for a more pleasant scent. 




I was not sure about safety with cloth diapers, so we stuck with our handy prefolds and covers because they can handle just about anything. The cream went on fairly easily, and did not seem to leave a residue on the prefolds. I applied at each change (that I remembered which means I probably skipped a few), and he was noticeably less red each time. I would say it works very well as a diaper rash balm.

What does it not work well as? A lotion. Guess how I know? Without naming names :::cough cough::::Winter:::Cough cough::::: someone got into the container and decided to try rubbing it all over their body. I walked out of the bathroom to quite a messy surprise. It did not rub in, and he needed a full bath. 

What I got left after baby's lotion attempt


Want to try it for yourself? Well, keep an eye out on my Facebook page for a giveaway, and if you just can’t wait you are in luck! The seller graciously offered a discount code for the readers. Use code:  SDY25OFF   when checking out on Amazon here.

*I received this product for free. I choose to review this item based on my experience.*



Sunday, October 23, 2016

A new way to decorate pumpkins!



Today we took the kids out to get pumpkins. Our tradition every year is to go to the same locally owned farm to do u pick pumpkins. The kids get a free apple, we buy a gallon of cider, and we get our pumpkins.

Typically, the kids paint their pumpkins, while Papa and I carve ours. This year however, my 3.5-year-old wanted to do a jack-o-lantern and paint. I had a bunch of little pumpkins that would be perfect for painting. Next I searched through our art closet and I quickly realized we were out of the type of paint we needed to paint pumpkins. After only a brief moment of panic, a genius idea came to me. Chalk Markers! I had ordered these a few months back. At the time, I had a mixed review of the product because the lids were not easy to get back on the markers without fraying the tips. They hadn’t been used much in a few months so I had to shake them super hard and tap the tip of each one a few times to get the chalk ink flowing again.

I gave it a quick test on the pumpkins to make sure they would show up well and they did. I showed my son and he excitedly sat down at the table and started coloring away. He tested each marker that I could find (not all of them…oops), and they all showed up well. He had a lot of fun coloring his pumpkins and it was so much easier than using paint; Much less cleanup as well. 



I am not the most creative person, so maybe it was obvious to everyone else that these type of markers could have another use than a chalkboard, but now I am super excited to see what others way we can use these.

At the time of ordering these I was given a discount. These opinions our my own and not influenced in any way by the discount.