Discover a New Holiday Tradition at Frisch's

Discover a New Holiday Tradition at Frisch's

Discover A New Holiday Tradition At Frisch’s

Discover a New Holiday Tradition at Frisch’s Big Boy this year. Recently, I was invited to dinner at Frisch’s and to a performance of the Nutcracker, presented by the Cincinnati Ballet, at the Aronoff Center. Little did I know at the time, that I will discover a new holiday tradition for my family and friends to enjoy.

At Frisch’s we ate a sampling of their holiday dinner menu items; Carved Turkey, Country Fried Chicken, Roast Beef, Country Fried Steak, and Meatloaf. Served with Creamy Mashed Potatoes, Rich Gravy, and Farm Fresh Green Beans. Served up family style, since we had a bunch of my blogger friends from the area attending as well. It’s hard to choose a favorite since I liked them all. All dinners are available for $7.99.

Check out how delicious these dinners look in the picture below.

Discover A New Holiday Tradition


A New Holiday Tradition

For dessert, we were introduced to the new Peppermint Hot Fudge Cake. Frisch’s classic dessert, the Hot Fudge Cake, has received a holiday twist. If you love the original hot fudge cake, then you will definitely be in love with the peppermint hot fudge cake. Put it this way; I am not a fan of peppermint and I loved the Peppermint Hot Fudge Cake. The ice cream is the perfect sweetness. The peppermint chips sprinkled atop the whipped cream with cherry, is not overpowering as some peppermints can be. It is the perfect combination of ice cream layered between warm chocolate cake, hot fudge, whipped cream and a cherry sprinkled with candy cane bits, for the just a hint of peppermint crunch in every bite. Chef Greg did a great job putting a holiday twist on the classic hot fudge cake.

Discover a New Holiday Tradition

The Peppermint Hot Fudge Cake is available for a limited time (until Feb. 7). This is the first time since the original dessert debuted in 1970, that it has been offered in another flavor. Don’t worry all you original Hot Fudge Cake fans out there, it’s still available in restaurants. Both the original and the limited edition peppermint hot fudge cake are $3.29.

Discover a New Holiday Tradition at Frisch's

The Nutcracker

When dinner was over, we were off to see a performance of The Nutcracker, performed by the Cincinnati Ballet, at the Aronoff Center. From the very first performance of The Nutcracker in 1974, Frisch’s has been proud to be the Ballet’s primary sponsor. Wow! That is a long time for a corporation to sponsor an event. In fact, it is one of the longest-lasting examples of corporate sponsorship in American Arts history. Frisch’s Big Boy presents The Nutcracker runs Dec. 9-18, at the Aronoff Center.

Discover a New Holiday Tradition at Frisch's

Before the show, we were able to meet with some of the ballerinas and the Nutcracker. At showtime, I quickly found my seat and settled in to watch the performance. We were surprised at the end of the show with autographs from the dancers. I really enjoyed the performance and had a wonderful evening out on the town courtesy of Frisch’s Big Boy. Another bonus of the evening, when we were leaving the ushers gave us a coupon for a free peppermint hot fudge cake at Frisch’s. Woo Hoo!! More Peppermint Hot Fudge Cake, YUMM!

Hurry!! Get to Frisch’s before Feb. 7, to try the new peppermint hot fudge cake before it is gone for good.

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Will you discover a new holiday tradition at Frisch’s with the peppermint hot fudge cake? Seeing a performance of The Nutcracker in your area? Both? Tell me below in the comments.

This is created in partnership with Frisch’s Big Boy. All Opinions expressed are completely my own.
American Made Christmas

Enter the 12 Days of



American Made Christmas

Enter the 12 Days of American Made Christmas Giveaway! Dec. 7 – 19

This holiday season when you are out shopping you can show your support of American workers by buying American Made products. To help show our support for American made products, A Girl Rocks Life has partnered with the Made In America Movement to bring you the 12 Days of American Made Christmas Giveaway!

We are giving away a “Truckload” of Made in USA items this December. A new prize is given away DAILY. So make sure you enter every day of the 12 Days to increase your odds of winning.

American Made Christmas

You can win some of these prizes when you enter the 12 Days of American Made Christmas Giveaway!


Beaufort Home Store:
Every winner will receive a generous Gift Certificate in the amount of $50. Check out the Beaufort Home Store site.

Telic Footwear:
Every winner will receive two (2) pairs of our favorite everyday shoes! The Telic shoe is contoured to support the arches of your feet. These shoes have a deep heel cup with great medial arch and metatarsal support. Retail value $39.95/ea. Check out the Telic Footwear website.

Hungry Hound Beer Grain Dog Treats
Every winner will receive one (1) 8 oz bag of their Peanut Butter Bites. Retail value: $10.95/ea
Check out the Beer Grain Dog Treats site:

Jojo’s Candle Co.:
Every winner will receive one (1) 12-pack of Jojo’s Locally Handmade Soy Candles. Retail value: $12/ea. Check out Jojo’s Candle Co. site

Finley Shirts
Five (5) winners will receive one (1) generous Gift Certificate in the amount of $200. Check out the
Check out the Finley Shirts site.

Mamoo Kids
Two winners will receive one (1) kids backpack.
Retail value $27.00 or THE RAILROAD STRIPE DENIM DRAWSTRING BACKPACK. Retail value $38.00

And, two (2) winners will receive one (1) Gift Card in the amount of $30/ea: Check out the Mamoo Kids site.

Michigan Mittens:
Four winners will receive one of the following gifts:
A pair of Michigan L’Oven Mitts by Michigan Mittens. Now we’re COOKIN’! L’Oven Mitts are oven safe up to 425 degrees. Do not ever put your L’Oven mitts directly in flames!

A pair of Michigan Mittens. Now you can “Always Have a “Map” On Hand”® with our fun & functional, warm, winter Michigan Mittens!

“Happy Camper” Handmade, Nostalgic Felt Pennant. These vintage style pennants are completely hand made in Pontiac, Michigan. Hang on a wall in your home, cabin, dorm, RV or anywhere close to your heart.

Old Maid in Michigan Playing Cards. 100% Made in Michigan, oversized playing cards feature Michigan iconic characters, mascots, and symbols that define our great state! Each deck contains 49 colorful cards in a sturdy collectible box. Check out the Michigan Mittens site.

Three (3) winners will receive one (1) GRUCK GR1 Backpack. Retail value: $295/eaThis original piece of gear was designed and proven by Special Forces soldiers operating in Baghdad and New York City. Each GR1 takes 4 hours to hand build in the USA and comes with our Scars Lifetime Guarantee. GORUCK proudly overbuilds GR1 in the United States of America. It thrives in cities, airports, war zones, when rucking, and at all GORUCK Challenges. But no matter what, the toughest part about GR1 is the person wearing it. Check out the GORUCK site.

Blackbox Case:
Three (3) winners will receive one (1) iPad case.
iPad Pro 12.9″ Case. Retail value: $159
iPad Air/Pro 9.7 Case. Retail value: $149
iPad Mini Case. Retail value: $139
Check out the Blackbox Case site:

Marc Nelson Denim:
Three (3) winners will receive one (1) pair of Marc Nelson Denims and one (1) winner will receive a $100 Gift Card.
The Memphis Pant. Retail value: $159
The Whiskey Denim Pant. Retail value: $149
iPad Mini Case. Retail value: $139
Check out the Marc Nelson Denim site:

Jacob Bromwell:
One (1) winner will receive one (1) the Jacob Bromwell Legacy Copper Shaker. Retail value: $399. Check out the Jacob Bromwell site.

Boldfoot Sock:
One (1) winner will receive one (1) 3-pack of Boldfoot Socks. Retail value: $42. USA-made socks for a worthy American cause. For each pair sold, 5% of profits are donated to help Veterans in need find jobs, housing, and more. Check out the Boldfoot site:


Now for the Giveaway!

Enter the 12 Days of American Made Christmas Giveaway!

Enter Below and Good Luck!

How Will You #LightTheWorld

How Will You #LightTheWorld

This Holiday Season?


How Will You #LightTheWorld

How Will You #LightTheWorld? The holiday season is here. It’s time for trimming the tree, shopping for gifts, and hosting or attending a holiday party with family and friends. Let’s not forget the reason for the season. During Christmas, we are reminded that Jesus Christ is the light of the world. This year we can share that light, by resolving to do the things that Jesus did. How will you #LightTheWorld this holiday season?

A Girl Rocks Life has partnered with to bring you this post. All opinions expressed are my own.

Starting on the Worldwide Day of Service on December 1st, and every day leading up to Christmas, will focus on a different Christ-like behavior in the #LightTheWorld in 25 Ways, Over 25 Days. They will highlight ways we can emulate his example. Jesus did many things to help an individual. It takes just one person’s act of kindness to make a difference in someone’s life.  I’m choosing to share my #LightTheWorld act of kindness that I did earlier this year.

#LightTheWorld Day 7

Jesus Fed the Hungry and So Can You

Earlier this year, I was really busy with work and life, in general, was very hectic. I rarely had a moment to myself, let alone get on social media unless it was for work. I did not have time to check my personal Facebook news feed. After weeks, if not a month of not checking the updates on my news feed, I finally had a moment and checked my feed. Since Facebook has changed up their algorithms, I rarely see posts from actual family and friends. But on this particular day, I was seeing updates from old friends.

As I’m scrolling through my feed, a post caught my eye. It wasn’t a video or a picture of a cute family moment. It was a simple update of what someone was eating. We see posts like this all the time. A picture of a meal that someone ordered from their favorite restaurant, a favorite recipe we cooked for our family, or just asking for suggestions on what to cook for dinner.

This post simply stated,

“ok, you know you’re broke and out of food when you eat salmon rice and mac & cheese for dinner, but hey I’m eating lol.”

I read that post a few times and clicked to read the comments. Some were snarky remarks, and others were sympathetic, but no one really offered help. Unfortunately, I couldn’t do anything at the moment; I had to get back to work, until next time, when I get a moment to check social media. Throughout the day, that post kept popping into my head. That night I was talking to my husband about the day. I mentioned the post that had been popping into my head all day.

Jesus Fed the Hungry and So Am I

He smiled and said, “it’s bothering you because we have been there, and you don’t want to see anyone go without the most basic of needs, like food. You know what you need to do, we are ok at the moment financially, so do what needs to be done.” I got on Facebook and commented on the post that had been bothering me all day. I simply commented for her to check her private messages.


She messaged me back that she had been downsized from her company, and was trying to make ends meet until her last check arrived in 5 days. Until then she didn’t know what to do with empty cupboards. I wanted to help in any way I could, but I live a few hours away from where I grew up, and she still lived. We agreed to meet up at a Walmart half way between where the two of us live.

I purchased more than a week’s worth of groceries for her and her daughter. I spent more money on her than I spend on my weekly grocery bill, feeding a family of four. I wanted to make sure that there was enough food to last a while, just-in-case the money she had been waiting on did not come when she expected it to. As we walked the aisles of the grocery store, we caught up on the past 20 years since we last saw each other.

I Will #LightTheWorld, Will You?

You’re probably thinking why would you help someone who you have not seen in 20 years. I may not have had day-to-day contact with this person, but I did see what was happening in her life through social media and our mutual friends. It does not matter if you are a friend or a stranger, if I have the means to help someone, I will. After grocery shopping, I had given her gas money to make the trip home. She wanted to pay me back when she could in the next few weeks. I told her to Pay It Forward when she could.


Find Your Own Way to Serve

My point is it doesn’t take much to help someone. It takes one simple act of kindness to make a difference in someone’s life. Whether we realize it at the time or not. Jesus fed others and so can you. You don’t have to go as drastic as buying a week’s worth of groceries for someone like I did. There are many other ways you can emulate what Jesus did.

  • Donate non-perishable items to your local food bank.
  • Volunteer to serve a meal at your local homeless shelter.
  • Do you know someone on a tight budget? Perhaps an elderly relative, a friend, or a neighbor. Invite them over for dinner.
  • Donate gently used clothes to a charity or thrift store.
  • Collect toiletry items and winter items for the local homeless shelter.
  • Teach a child something that your grandparents taught you.
  • Point out a virtue in someone who they don’t see themselves.
To learn more ways you can help #LightTheWorld this holiday season and the 25 Ways, Over 25 Days, go HERE, or watch the video below.

How Will You #LightTheWorld this Holiday?

Share your story with us in the comments below!
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Abigail Spencer timeless

Interview with Abigail Spencer, Lucy Preston on NBC’s TIMELESS

Abigail Spencer

Recently, I had the opportunity to interview Abigail Spencer, who plays ‘Lucy Preston‘ on NBC’s new action-adventure series TIMELESS. You may know Abigail as ‘Amantha Holden‘ on Rectify, Oz the Great and Powerful, This is Where I Leave You, Chasing Mavericks, This Means War, The Haunting 2, and Cowboys and Aliens.

You may have seen Abigail on television too. Her previous television credits include multi-episode appearances on Suits, Mad Men, Children’s Hospital, and NTSF: SVU, as well as the cult comedy Burning Love.

Most recently, Abigail Spencer can be seen in the role of Lucy Preston on NBC’s New Hit show TIMELESS. TIMELESS airs MONDAY’s 10/9 on NBC.

Abigail Spencer timeless

Image courtesy of Sony Pictures Television


Timeless is a thrilling action-adventure series that every family will enjoy watching.

A mysterious criminal, Flynn (Goran Visnjic) steals a secret state-of-the-art time machine, intent on destroying America as we know it by changing the past. Our only hope is an unexpected team: Lucy Preston (Abigail Spencer) a history professor; Wyatt Logan (Matt Lanter) a soldier; and Rufus Carlin (Malcolm Barrett) a scientist, who must use the machine’s prototype to travel back in time to critical events. While they must make every effort not to affect the past themselves, they must also stay one step ahead of this dangerous fugitive. But can this handpicked team uncover the mystery behind it all and end his destruction before it’s too late. In case you missed the first episode, there was a twist at the end when Lucy’s present had been altered.

Abigail Spencer Timeless

Image courtesy of Sony Pictures Television

This week’s episode is very interesting and brings up a very important time in history the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln. What will Lucy, Wyatt, and Rufus do to preserve history as we know it?
“The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln” airs Monday, October 10 at 10/9c on NBC
The team can save the life of one of our history’s greatest men. Lucy (Abigail Spencer), Wyatt (Matt Lanter) and Rufus (Malcolm Barrett) chase terrorist Garcia Flynn (Goran Visnjic) to the night of Lincoln’s assassination, where they are horrified to learn that Flynn’s linked up with history’s notorious assassin, John Wilkes Booth. Putting aside a tragedy of her own, Lucy speculates that Flynn intends to send the fragile nation into chaos by making a bad thing worse, and a debate rages among the team: should they alter history if it means changing it for the better? This episode you do not want to miss!
Abigail Spencer as Lucy Preston

Image courtesy of Sony Pictures Television

Interview with Abigail Spencer

Stacey– What drew you to the role of Lucy?

Abigail– As an actress, you become invested in this person (the character). I didn’t want to play a hero. But when five other actresses that are reading for the role themselves, call and say “this role is perfect for you. You need to play Lucy”. I was still unsure until I met with the creators of the show. You need to identify with the character, have a connection with the role. Lucy is an underdog, and I really respond to that. I love how the teacher is the hero. Lucy’s super power so-to-speak is her intelligence. Lucy is a great role model for woman.

Stacey– There is a debate in the show, should they alter history if it means changing it for the better?  If you could change history to alter it for the better should/would you?

Abigail– That is definitely a debate in the show, changing history if you could? That is also a hard question to answer because we are all connected, so there is a ripple effect, ramifications for our actions. We all matter in the grand scheme of things. It’s a matter of fate vs. free will. On a personal level, yes there are moments in my life that I would like to have gone differently. But if things had been different, then life would not be as it is now. We learn from history, not to repeat certain aspects, to learn from our mistakes.

Stacey– As a working mother, How do you have a work/life balance?

Abigail–  Work/Life balance is the constant quest. You need to be totally present for your kids. My son Roman(8) has been on every set that I’ve worked on except when he is in school. If we are shooting out-of-town, I fly home on the weekends. As the saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child. Thanks to a great family friend, my nanny is a huge help with my son keeping a routine. Just like any mom, I take it one day at a time. To quote Amy Poehler “Every working mom needs a wife”.

TIMELESS is going to be NBC’s new hit series. My family and I enjoy watching the show Monday nights at 10/9c on NBC. Check your local listings. This show brings history to life, and we enjoy that.

This post is in partnership with the Role Mommy Writer’s Network.

Don’t forget to tune into Timeless on Monday’s 10/9c on NBC.

Have you seen the first episode? What do you think of the show?

As a side note, my son’s name is a character in the show. Can you guess which one? Tell me below in the comments what you think.

Which character has the same name as my son?
Dr. Ken

Interview with Ken Jeong, ABC’s Dr. Ken

Dr. Ken airs Fridays at 8:30 pm ET/7:30 Central on ABC.

Dr. Ken

Image Courtesy of Sony Pictures Television

I am a big fan of the ABC show Dr. Ken. My family and I watch the show every Friday night. We know we are guaranteed a laugh. So I was very excited when I had the opportunity to interview Dr. Ken.

I recently had the opportunity to talk with Ken Jeong, from the ABC show Dr. Ken. You may know him best as the Asian mobster Mr. Chow in the hit comedies The Hangover, the Hangover 2 and 3. Ken has had memorable roles in the feature films, Knocked Up as the Doctor, Role Models, Pineapple Express, and Step Brothers. He was most recently seen in Universal’s Ride Along 2. Other film credits include The Duff, Transformers 3, Despicable Me 2, and Nom of the North.

We have seen Ken on TV as well. Ken was a series regular on the critically acclaimed NBC show Community. His most recent endeavor is the ABC show, Dr. Ken. This show is based on Ken’s life before acting.  Before he was an actor Ken was a real honest-to-goodness M.D.

About Dr. Ken:

Doctor turned actor/comedian Ken Jeong plays Dr. Ken Park, a brilliant physician with no bedside manner. Ken brings medicine and laughter together as a grumpy and annoyed HMO doctor. He is always trying to be a good doctor, as well as a good husband and dad to his two kids. Dr. Ken’s challenging professional life is trumped only by his home life. Luckily, his therapist wife Allison is just the right partner to keep things sane.

Dr. Ken

Dr. Ken, Season 2, Episode 201 Image Courtesy Sony Pictures Television

This Friday’s (10/7) episode, Ken’s real-life daughter will make an appearance on the show. When a neighbor girl, Emily, (Molly Jeong) stands outside the kitchen window staring at Dave (Albert Tsai), and Molly, (Krista Marie Yu) and D.K. try to scare her off. Ken is surprised when he learns Pat, instead of him, is asked to emcee this year’s annual Welltopia banquet. Clark (Jonathan Slavin) and Damona (Tisha Campbell-Martin) debate relationship as it relates to their individual partners.

Dr. Ken

Image courtesy of Sony Pictures Television

Interview with Dr. Ken.

Stacey– What do you want America to take away from your show?

Ken– Our ultimate goal is to entertain. We want families to laugh. We wanted to show the perspective of the Asian American family, without being preachy or very Asian-centric. It a very modern, and updated perspective of a 2nd generation Asian American family. We want the show to be relatable, grounded, and dig deeper into real life situations.

Stacey– Your real-life daughter Molly is playing Emily, a neighbor girl, in this week’s episode. Will she have a recurring role on the show?

Ken– Yes, my real daughter Molly has a role in this week’s episode and next week’s episode as well. If she appears in more episodes depends on the storyline and her agent (her mom/Ken’s wife). I had a few proud parent moments while watching my daughter during the taping. She really was very professional, especially taping in front of a LIVE studio audience.

Stacey– Dr. Ken is based on your real life before you became an actor/comedian. Will the show follow that direction as well, or will it continue as it is now, with an HMO setting?

Ken Dr. Ken is based on my real life before I became an actor. I wanted the show to be an alternative timeline to becoming an actor. It reflects my life as if acting never happened. I really did work with my wife at the same company, like the characters are portraying on the show.

I really enjoyed speaking with Ken as he spoke about the show, the cast, and everyone behind the scenes. Ken is a hilariously funny guy and Dr. Ken is just as hilarious to watch. To learn more about ABC’s hit comedy, Dr. Ken, visit the website. Don’t forget to tune in on Friday nights at 8:30 pm ET/7:30 pm Central on ABC. Check your local listings for the channel.


This post was written in partnership with the Role Mommy Writer’s Network.

Don’t Forget to Watch

Dr. Ken on Fridays at 8:30 pm ET/7:30 pm Central on ABC.

Do you watch the show, Dr. Ken?
Tell Me below in the Comments!