Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Family Friendly Hibachi Dinner At Deski

*Disclosure: Party of 5 received complimentary dinner in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own. *

We recently had the opportunity to head back to Desaki for a fun and delicious dinner. All I can say is YUMMM! Desaki is our favorite Hibachi place to eat while in the Pocono Mountains. We have a vacation property not too far and I will now make sure to stop for an amazing dinner. 

Once you are seated your server comes to take your drink order and you are given a bowl of edamame and a traditional Japanese soup. My kids love it, especially Amelia.

After your drink order you have the toughest choice ever to make, what to eat for dinner and get as an appetizer. I am not a big fish eater but my husband and son are. They settled on the spicy tuna rolls .

 Outta this world, they both said the fish tasted fresh and was super delish. We were also brought out vegetable spring rolls, which we couldn't get enough of. 

 Gyoza is a pork dumpling steamed and then pan fried placed upon a bed of red cabbage with a yummy goyza sauce for dipping.

Making the dinner decision is the hardest part for us, the kids are pretty easy, Peyton gets steak and Olivia gets chicken then they share, Branden went with filet and scallops, hubs decided on filet and shrimp and I chose filet.


Our chef was super fun and kept the kids entertained while cooking our amazing dinner. Tossing food, lighting his hat on fire, singing and making dinner that much more enjoyable. The plus is that the kids even behaved due to the awesome entertainment.

The portions are perfect, in fact there might be too much food, I mean look at this plate!

The staff is super friendly and took care of our family of 6's every need.

Some awesome things about Desaki:
On the weekends, Desaki offers face paining and balloon making for the kids.
Present your lift ticket from that day to receive 10% off
Wednesdays during your birth month you can receive $25 off your entree, a chefs hat, cake and a special birthday gong song
Tuesdays are half off appetizers at the bar only
Offers complimentary shuttle service to and from area resorts and hotels

If you are looking for an enjoyable meal with entertainment for the kids I highly recommend you head over to Desaki for an experience you won't forget!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Enjoying Duncan Hines Perfect Size Cake Mixes

Disclosure: Party of 5 received samples in order to bring you this review. All opinions are my own.

If you know my husband in real life then you know his love of all things cake and cookies. Major sweet tooth he has.

Often times he craves a freshly made cake and I just don't want to make such a big cake or he will say he just wants a few pieces.

Duncan Hines has recently come out with Perfect Size. These cakes come in 5 delicious flavors including
  • Chocolate Lover’s – chocolate cake with chocolate frosting
  • Red Velvet Dream – red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting
  • Lemon Bliss – lemon cake with lemon frosting
  • Strawberries and Cream – strawberry cake with cream cheese frosting
Each of these amazing little cakes come with a cake mix, a frosting mix, and a disposable 6 inch pan. No more multiple dirty dishes!!

Within about 45 minutes you can have a yummy cake that serves 2 -4 people or just one if you are married to my Husband.

I made him the Chocolate Lover's cake one Sunday while he was watching the Mets vs Yankee game and scored myself some "cake points". See, not only does he love all things cake he loves them chocolate. 

Duncan Hines really knew what they were doing with this one! The Perfect Size Cake to share with a loved one. 

If you head over to the Duncan Hines website, you can score yourself a $1 off coupon! 

Friday, October 2, 2015

The Mutts Comics & A Giveaway

Disclosure: This has been a sponsored post

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Patrick McDonnell created the comic strip MUTTS, which now appears in over 700 newspapers in 20 countries. MUTTS has been described by Peanuts creator Charles Schulz as “One of the best comic strips of all time.” McDonnell has received numerous awards for this strip, including the National Cartoonists Society’s highest honor, The Reuben, for Cartoonist of the Year.
MUTTS also won awards for its environmental and animal advocacy: two Genesis Awards from The Ark Trust, The HSUS Hollywood Genesis Award for Ongoing Commitment, the PETA Humanitarian Award, and a Sierra Club award, all for good reason. We love the awareness the author brings to shelter animals and animals that are tied up outdoors. It is such a great life lesson and the MUTTS diaries make it an easy transition into teaching our kids about how to treat animals.
McDonnell’s website, MUTTScomics.com, promotes his animal- and earth-friendly philosophy.

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Consistent with McDonnell’s concern for the environment, all of the MUTTS books are printed on recycled paper. So not only do you get a great, heart-warming book, but you get to feel great about it too!

We think that you will love The Mutts Winter Diaries as much as we did, and we want to give you a chance to get your very own copy of the book, as well as a special Comics sleepshirt.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Making The Perfect Cup of Coffee With iCoffee Opus #Giveaway

Disclosure: Party of 5 received samples in order to bring you this review. All opinions are my own.



We won't deny it, the Hubs and I love coffee all day everyday. Making a whole pot of coffee often seems like a silly thing to do especially if we want just one cup at night. 

Having tried previous single serve coffee makers before and finding the coffee ending up bitter and not working properly I was hesitant to try out the iCoffee Opus single serve brewer. 

Boy and I glad I did! 

The iCoffee Opus is not just for coffee lovers like us but for tea drinkers and kids as well. 

For the tea lovers just chose your size, select your tea bag, k-cup or the included iCup and press the button. Tea ready in seconds. You can also use fresh mint leaves or ginger to make a morning cup of tea that will give them energy for the day ahead. 

For the kids, I use any brand I chose of hot chocolate, add mini marshmallows and a touch of whipped cream. 

We even use ours for just plain water in the mornings when making the kids oatmeal for breakfast. The water is the perfect temperature and there is no more waiting for the kettle of water to boil. 

Included in the iCoffee Opus Single Serve Brewing System is

  • iCup reusable cup for brewing your own coffee
  • 6 count variety pack 
  • 75 oz removable water reservoir
  • Spinbrew™ technology steams, spins and stirs inside the K-style cup to virtually eliminate acidic and bitter aftertaste

Each iCoffee single serve model is equipped with Burrows’ patented SpinBrew™ Technology that lets users brew their favorite flavors for an impossibly smooth cup of coffee without sacrificing convenience. iCoffee single serve brewers also accept all reusable, biodegradable and recyclable k-cup options, unlike other single serve brewers which accept only brand-name, non-recyclable k-cups.

That spin brew technology is really something else and actually does remove the acidity and bitterness in your coffee. I didn't think I would notice but I do. My coffee tastes much fresher and smooth.

A simple thing is that my favorite coffee mug fits underneath without having to remove the drip tray. 

The amazing features on this bad boy include

  • iCoffee Opus Single Serve Brewer provides an exquisite cup of smooth tasting coffee every time
  • Adjustable brew strength
  • Spinbrew™ technology steams, spins and stirs inside the K-style cup to virtually eliminate acidic and bitter aftertaste
  • Works with all single-serve style cups including K-Cup®, OneCup™, and RealCup™ capsules, plus K-style cups form every private label brand and maker
  • Not compatible with K-Carafe® packs
  • Removable drip tray allows for travel mug
  • Brews up to a 12 oz. size mug of coffee
  • 75 oz. removable water reservoir
  • Dial-a-Brew™ feature lets you select a size from 4 to 12 oz. in 1/2 oz. increments
  • Auto shut-off control and energy saver mode
  • Plastic exterior
  • Wipe clean exterior
  • Measures 13'' L x 10'' W x 13'' H
  • UL listed
  • 1-year manufacturer's warranty
After you turn your machine on, it does take a few to heat up but the beautifully lit screen will tell you when your iCoffee Opus Single Serve Brewer is ready.

You can find the iCoffee Opus brewer at Bed Bath & Beyond for $139.99

I love this machine so much that Party of 5 wants to give one (1) lucky reader their very own!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Making Memories At Jenkinson's Boardwalk #JenksMemoryMaker

Disclosure: As A #JenksMemoryMaker I was provided passes for my family to visit Jenkinson's Boardwalk. All opinions are my own.

I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE living at the Jersey Shore, even more so in the fall when all the kids go back to school. This is what we call Local Summer, where the beach is no longer packed and neither is Jenkinson's Boardwalk Luckily for us Jenkinson's Boardwalk in literally 10 minutes from our house.

A few weeks ago my kids had off of school and it was absolutely gorgeous out so we piled into the car and headed over to Jenks.

The lines weren't long, the weather was perfect and the kids had a blast. Those are the most important things. 

With our wristbands we were able to use all of the amenities such as the rides, beach, bath house, roof top golf, and the Aquarium. The kids had so much fun doing everything we could in the time we had. 

Even though summer is technically over, local summer continues. Jenkinson's Boardwalk is open weekends through October 12 but they have many fun Halloween events going on after that including Boo At The Boardwalk, Perky's Pumpkin Patch and much more. 

So, while Jenkinson's Boardwalk is still open why don't you head on over for some memory making family fun!