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Archive for January, 2017

Quick Bites for the Big Game

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

The most super of Sundays is less than a week away, so we hope you’ve got a snacking strategy that includes heaps of hearty treats. If your idea of gameday goodies usually consists of a bag of tortilla chips and a jar of store-brand salsa, it’s time to step up your game, and we’re here to help. We searched through our collection of culinary creations and picked these recipes for your Sunday party. They’re all easy to make, don’t take much time, and are guaranteed to be crowd-pleasers. Enjoy!

Game Day Nachos


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Enter to Win an LG TV for the Big Game!

Monday, January 30th, 2017

This Sunday is the biggest game in football, and we all know that means a night full of snacks and TV. No other day revolves more around your TV than the Big Game, which is why this time of year is among the most popular for buying a new TV. But if a new TV isn’t in your budget, we might have a solution for you. We’ve teamed up with LG to give away a new 43″ 1080p LED Smart TV to one lucky winner. All you have to do is click through the image below and fill out the form. No purchase necessary, and the best part is that the TV will ship out in time to get to you before the Big Game. Enter now for your chance to win!

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Save $100 on a Sleep6 Mattress

Friday, January 27th, 2017

The start of a new year is a time when everyone’s focused on making positive changes in their lives. One thing many people don’t consider in their quest for betterment is the quality of their sleep. Getting a good night’s sleep on a regular basis is integral to maintaining physical and mental health. A new mattress can work wonders, and Sleep6 mattresses promise to give you the best sleep of your life. Right now, you can instantly save $100 on your purchase of any Sleep6 mattress by using the promo code BETTERSLEEP at checkout.


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Whirlpool Zera Food Recycler Makes Home Composting a Cinch

Friday, January 27th, 2017

According to the USDA, between 30-40 percent of our food supply gets wasted, ending up in the trash. Discarded food takes up more space in our landfills than any other category of waste. One alternative for homeowners, especially those with gardens, is to compost food waste instead of throwing it in the trash. But that’s usually a slow process, requiring a kitchen bin that tends to attract fruit flies or a backyard bin that needs to be mixed on a regular basis, and usable compost takes weeks or longer to form. Whirlpool aims to change all of that with the Zera Food Recycler.


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JL Audio Home Subwoofers Now Available at Abt

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

For over 40 years, JL Audio has been considered one of the foremost brands in the audio industry. And though they began as a home audio company and continue to put out some stellar products for home listening, many know the company more for their highly-regarded car audio components. They’ve been one of our favorite mobile brands, with JL Audio speakers and subs finding their way into our Jeep Wrangler and Nissan 370Z project vehicles. So we’re more than happy to have extended our JL Audio product offerings to include the brand’s home products as well.


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Winning Recipes For the Big Game

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017


We’re still a few weeks away from the biggest event in football, but we all know throwing a party is a must. Sunday’s game will be filled with non-stop football action, your friends and family, and of course, food. Because there isn’t a party without the food! To help keep you from missing any of the day’s festivities, we came up with some easy recipes so you can spend less time cooking and more time enjoying the game!

Big Game Pan Nachos

These Nachos are a combination of crunchy and soft, and sure to be a gametime favorite!


  • large baking pan (we used 18 x 13)
  • Parchment paper
  • 1 lb ground beef (can substitute chicken ground turkey or pork)
  • 1 package of taco seasoning
  • 1 bag of tortilla rounds 13 oz
  • 1 can of refried beans 16 oz
  • 12 oz shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • 1 head of lettuce chopped ( can also buy a bag of shreds lettuce)
  • Jalapeño peppers (hot or mild)
  • 4 medium sized plum tomatoes chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • ½ cup white onion chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Dash of cumin
  • 1/2 of lime for juice
  • 2 Avocados cubed
  • 1 to 1 ½ cups sour cream

To make the Pico de Gallo

Mix chopped tomatoes, white onion, and cilantro together in a bowl. Add salt, pepper, cumin and lime to taste. Set aside


Brown ground beef in a 10-inch or larger skillet over medium heat, drain, add package of taco seasoning and water (follow directions of taco seasoning package to complete this step)

Line the baking pan with parchment paper and spread tortilla rounds across the pan, spread the refried beans onto the tortilla chips (you don’t have to cover all the chips or use all the beans) some chips should be left uncovered for crunch.

Top chips and beans with all the ground beef then completely cover with cheese.

Preheat oven to 350° F and place the meat and chip mixture into the oven for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Remove from oven (you only have to heat the nachos in the oven to melt the cheese so keep an eye on it!)

Remove from oven and place on a heat safe surface (Be careful the pan will be hot!)

Spread a layer of sour cream over the melted cheese, then cover the nachos with chopped lettuce, and add a layer of Pico de Gallo, Avocado and jalapeno peppers.  Enjoy!

Pregame Bites


Don’t let your guests wait for the game on an empty stomach. Prepare these pregame snacks to keep them happy! This recipe is super easy to make with the simplest ingredients, and there’s no doubt that your guest will enjoy these bites!


  • A football cookie cutter
  • Colby jack cheese slices
  • Sliced pepperoni
  • 8 oz box cream Cheese, softened at room temp.
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons basil, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chives, finely chopped
  • Chive stems for garnish


Garlic & Herb Spread

In a large mixing bowl, add in the softened cream cheese, minced garlic, parsley, basil, chives, and milk. With an electric hand-mixer, mix ingredients on MEDIUM. Mix until everything is combined and smooth. Let the spread chill in the fridge for an hour or until you serve.

While the spread is chilling the in fridge, you can cut out your cheese slices into  football shapes with a football cookie cutter or use a knife to cut out a football-like shape.

Building your pregame bites

Take a cracker, spread the garlic and herb mixture onto cracker. Top with a pepperoni slice then a football cheese slice. Omit pepperoni slices for a meatless option. Top the crackers with chive stems to make laces on football.

Game Winning Smokies


These little smokies are packed with a sweet and spicy flavor, and are incredibly easy to make. Just throw everything in a slow cooker before your guests arrive. This recipe will sure be a winner at your football party!


  • ¼ brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha hot sauce
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 28 oz little smokies


In a medium mixing bowl, combine the brown sugar, honey, ketchup, soy sauce, sriracha, and garlic and mix together.

Place little smokies in a slow cooker and pour the sauce over the sausages.

Stir so every sausage is evenly coated. Cook on HIGH for 2-3 hours or on LOW for 4, stirring occasionally.

Football Brownies


Enjoy these football shaped treats during the game. These fudgy brownies will keep your guests wanting more!


  • 9” X 13” baking pan
  • Football shaped cookie cutter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • t/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ cup melted unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Milk chocolate icing
  • Small tube of white gel icing


First, preheat your oven to 375° F. Lightly grease your baking pan and then set aside. In a large mixing bowl, add in the ingredients in the following order- flour, cocoa powder, sugar, salt, baking powder, eggs, butter, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract.

Once you’ve combined the ingredients, use an electric hand mixer to beat the mixture until it’s smooth. Then once the mixture is smooth, pour the batter into baking pan.

Bake the brownies for about 25-30 minutes. Poke the brownies with a toothpick, if the toothpick comes out clean then the brownies are ready.

Take out the brownies when they are done, then let them cool down before you start cutting. After the brownies have cooled down, start making cutting your brownies into football shapes using a football shaped cookie cutter.

Then, take each football and spread chocolate fudge frosting on top and use vanilla icing as the lacing on the football.



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Abt-solutely Delicious: Healthy Start Edition

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Healthy Start Post-Workout Green Smoothie

A healthy start is usually easier said than done, especially if your New Year’s resolution includes exercising more and eating better. For many of us, a new year means it’s time for a fresh start and a new workout regimen. It may seem hard at first but that’s okay – it’s all about baby steps and we have just the right thing to help ease you into your new year’s transition. Our healthy post-workout smoothie is a great, refreshing way to end your day of exercise. This smoothie is packed with protein, it’s easy to make, and happens to be quite delicious. So let’s get take a look at what you’ll need to begin your healthy start now and continue to stay on track!

Top off your healthy start green smoothie with some chia seeds and a slice of pineapple!


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Nintendo Switch Preorder Information Announced

Friday, January 13th, 2017

Last fall, Nintendo set the gaming world abuzz with a cryptic announcement of their curious upcoming gaming device, the Nintendo Switch. The unique console seemed to follow in its predecessors’ footsteps, emphasizing the gaming experience and communality more than outright graphical power. Some gaming demos and the basics of gameplay were revealed, but much else was kept secret. Nintendo finally pulled the rest of the details out from under wraps, announcing a release date, final price, and the details of a Nintendo Switch subscription online-gaming service.

The Nintendo Switch will be available in two color schemes.


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DJI Takes Over the Sky with their Improved Fleet

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

Since 2006, DJI has been on the forefront of consumer and professional grade drones, producing unmanned aerial vehicles—more commonly refereed to as drones—which are designed to capture aerial content for all types of users. The entry level Phantom model has been designed to make flying easy, even for someone who has never flown anything before.

The Phantom comes ready to fly, meaning you can un-box the drone and in less than 10 minutes have your new toy up in the air. Be cautious though, because pilots will tell you the easy part of flying is getting in the air; the hard part is landing. But you can have peace of mind, thanks to the intelligent flight system that gives the Phantom stable hovering assistance, collision avoidance, and an auto landing feature. Flight times on the Phantom range around 25 minutes thanks to the impressive battery that is easily swapable so you can keep flying when one pack is empty. There is a lot of impressive technology crammed into this space age looking drone, and lets not forget to mention that the Phantom is capable of shooting 4K video at 60 fps.

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Best of CES 2017: Our Favorite Gadgets

Monday, January 9th, 2017

In a sea of biggest, brightest new products you can imagine from the industry powerhouses, sometimes it’s the clever, small items that catch your eye the most. Here are some of our favorite gadgets from CES 2017.

iPowerUp Solar Charging Phone Case

Solar-powered phone cases are nothing new, but good solar-powered phone cases are. In our experience, the cases typically never meet their claimed specs, taking much longer than expected to deliver any worthwhile juice to your phone. So we’re optimistic that the iPowerUp cases live up to their claims. Thanks to refinements in photovoltaic technology, the extra-efficient panels on this case can produce 450-500 mAh of power in one hour of sun exposure. That means a typical smartphone battery should be charged to full capacity in five to six hours.If the iPowerUp Solar Case lives up to its claims, we can see this being one of the year’s most popular iPhone accessories.


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