November 2, 2017

Daily Deal


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September 18, 2017

Product Review



Wise Apple 
I was given the opportunity to try out Wise Apple ready-to-serve balanced lunches that are delivered right to your doorstop.  Courtesy of Tryazon and Wise Apple, I received 12 lunches to taste.  Each meal is a dietitian-approved meal and includes a main dish, fruit, veggie and a treat. Whenever possible the food is organic, hormone-free and GMO-free. You are able to choose your menu options.  Some of them include, BBQ chicken tacos, pita pizza, sun butter and jelly on zucchini bread, veggie brownie, carrots and hummus, etc. They do have a flexible subscription which starts at $34.95 for 5 meals + shipping.


The samples I received included yogurt pretzels, grape tomatoes and crackers, crispy green pea fries, sliced green apples, grapes and blueberries, chicken salad, veggie chips, banana muffins, roast beef wrap and baby carrots with yogurt ranch dip, to name a few.  The positives are that I thought the packaging was great.  You can mix and match and take them out of their cardboard holder so it fits nicely into any size lunch box.  Plus it really is convenient and the food may be healthier than what your child is eating in the school cafeteria.  The negatives are that the portions aren't that big if you have a teen like I do.  Also there were many of the foods that he did not like.  Of course, the fruit he liked and the carrots, yogurt pretzels and roast beef wrap as well.  However, the crispy green pea fries, pizza, veggie chips, green apples with ricotta and apple butter were not to his liking.  Even my husband did not care for some of the selections and he likes most everything.

The good news is that if you would like to try this service, you can customize your menu. Check them out at this link.

#digintolunch #getwiseapple  #tryazon

September 17, 2017

Peach Creamsicle Smoothie

Can you believe we're still getting peaches off our trees even though it's the middle of September? Well we had a really nice crop this year which made me very happy because peaches are my favorite fruit to eat.  Between our trees and a friend's generous offer to some of the surplus from her trees, we canned and froze quite a few peaches. And now with the temperature being back in the 80s this week, what better way to cool off than to have a peach smoothie.  This recipe is one my son and I really, really love.  It truly tastes like a creamsicle.  I also like how adaptable it is.  I've tried it with raspberry yogurt as well as plain vanilla yogurt and loved them as well.  I think I'll try key lime yogurt next. . . yum!


Peach Creamsicle Smoothie
Peach Creamsicle Smoothie

2 cups frozen peaches
5.3 oz. orange creme yogurt (I used Oikos)
1/2 - 2/3 cup water
2 Tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Throw everything in a blender and blend until smooth. When it comes to adding the water, I typically add a little less than 2/3 cup water because I like my smoothies a little thick so add less if you like them thicker and more if you like them thinner.

Serve immediately.

July 24, 2017

Very Vanilla Ice Cream Cake

Very Vanilla Ice Cream Cake
My son wanted an ice cream cake for his birthday so I came up with this easy ice cream cake recipe.  It turned out really yummy and the best part was that I was able to eat it too because it contains no chocolate!  Usually, I get to eat half of an ice cream cake because it typically has chocolate cookie crumbs and chocolate ice cream which is a no no for me.  Of course, if you are like most people in this world, you can do a layer of chocolate ice cream and chocolate sprinkles to satisfy that chocolate craving!

Vanilla ice cream, softened
8 oz. Cool Whip
1 cup favorite vanilla or buttercream frosting*
sprinkles

I usually take the ice cream out about 1/2 hour before making this.  Spread a 1" layer of ice cream in an 8" x 8" pan.  Cover and freeze till firm.  In medium size bowl, mix frosting a few times with spoon so it's not too stiff.  Then mix in Cool Whip.  Layer half of mixture on top of ice cream.  Add a layer of sprinkles.  Cover and freeze till firm.  Then repeat layers.  Like I said, so easy!!

*You can use 1/2 of 16 oz. can frosting if you so desired.

September 20, 2016

Oodles of Fun

I just had an Oodles of Fun Cupcake Party thanks to #tryazon and #oodletip!   We celebrated my nephew's birthday this past weekend and I received a wonderful box of goodies filled with Sweet Creations by Good Cook.  In the box were cupcake dividers, cupcake stand, cupcake corers, cupcake batter scoops, cupcake papers, cupcake boxes and oodle tip decorating bags.  They even were generous enough to include a gift card to buy extra decorating products.  I couldn't pass up the sprinkles!

I have to admit that I really do like the decorating bags. They are one piece bags that already have the tip on the bag.  All you have to do is fill the bag, snip the tip to desired level and decorate.  The tip is designed to include many shapes like a giant swirl, a star swirl, a rosette and even writing.  You just snip to the level that will create these designs and away you go.  It literally takes minutes to decorate your batch of cupcakes, and you can do it with one bag.  The bags are twelve inches so they can hold quite a bit of frosting.  The best part is that these bags are disposable so less mess to clean up!   While I was using my gift card at Walmart I even saw bags that come with a shell tip. They really can take your cupcakes to the next level -- they will look professionally decorated!


As a side note, I really love the cupcake stand and cupcake boxes too.  The cupcake stand folds up flat so it is easy to store and adds a nice element to a party and the boxes are adorable.

For more information check out their site at http://everydaycooking.goodcook.com/sweet-creations or you can watch a video here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHadiZTxpq0.






September 17, 2016

Blount Organic Soup

Blount Organic Soup

Through Tryazon and Blount Soup I was able to try their gourmet soups.  I brought six samples along with me to my book club.  They included Savory Harvest Bisque, Broccoli Cheddar, Ancient Grain Minestrone, Coconut Lentil, Vegetarian Chili and Tomato Bisque. Some of the comments included that they liked the texture of all the soups and that they love that it is organic.  However, everyone said that they were too pricey.  My store sold them for $5.99 for a 16 oz. size.  They are convenient as you can microwave them right in the container and the upper rim does not get hot so it was nice to not get toasty fingers!  Everyone agreed that the Tomato Bisque was not good at all.  However, the Savory Harvest Bisque was a favorite followed by the Broccoli Cheddar and Coconut Lentil.  Not all stores sell these products so be sure to check online to see where they are sold in your area.


 #tryazon#blountsoup

May 26, 2016

Daily Deal



Would you like to try a sample of Green Mountain coffee?  Well, then click on this link for a free k-cup sample:

http://www.greenmountaincoffee.com/

May 5, 2016

Veggie Burritos

In honor of Cinco de Mayo, I thought I would share this family favorite recipe!  Buen apetito!

Veggie Burritos

1 Tablespoon olive oil
Veggie Burritos
1 onion, sliced thin
1 carrot, sliced into thin slivers
1 green pepper, sliced thin
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded & minced*
4 oz. can mushrooms, drained
1 cup canned corn, drained
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tablespoons fresh cilantro
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 Tablespoons lime juice
1 1/4 cups cooked rice
3/4 cup Mexican cheese
shredded lettuce
8 flour tortillas for burritos

Cook onion, carrot and green pepper in oil over medium heat until onion is translucent, about 10 minutes.  Add jalapeno pepper, mushrooms, corn, garlic, cilantro, oregano, salt, lime juice and rice.  Cook until heated through.  Add cheese and cook until melted.

Warm up tortillas per package directions.  Add an 1/8 of the mixture down center of tortilla, sprinkle with shredded lettuce and roll up.  Repeat with other tortillas.

Servings:  8 tortillas


*Be careful when cutting up the jalapeno pepper.  Do not touch the seeds (unless you're wearing gloves) as they will irritate your skin.

April 26, 2016

Games and Puzzles

Which Flour Doesn't Belong

I thought it might fun to test your knowledge about all the different types of flour there are.  I never even knew some of these existed!  Below are three groups of flours.  Tell me which one in each group doesn't belong.   Answers are listed below!

Bean
Tomato
Kamut
Pea

Teff
Triticale
Sweet Potato
Sorrel

Beet
Sorghum
Pumpernickel
Barley

Chickpea
Coconut
Parsnip
Tapioca


Answers:

Tomato, Sorrel, Beet and Parsnip are not flours.  All others are!

April 24, 2016

Tip of the Day

If you want to make sure there are no weevils or insect eggs in your flour, freeze it for 48 hours before storing.  This will kill any of them already in flour.

Do not store your all-purpose flour near food or products with strong odors such as onions or soap powder.  Instead store in a container with a tight fitting lid in a cool, dry dark area.  If stored properly it will keep 10 - 15 months.  Whole Wheat flour will keep for 3 months.

You can store your all-purpose flour in the refrigerator and it will keep 24 months.

You can freeze your flour.  Repackage it in an airtight, moisture-proof container or bag and store in freezer at 0 degrees F.  It will keep for several years.  Whole wheat flour, on the other hand, will keep for 6 months.

April 22, 2016

Did You Know. . .

that the way that flour is made is by grinding and sifting grains (or other foodstuffs) especially wheat?  Other examples of grains that are used to make flour include barley, rye, corn, rice and buckwheat.  Other foodstuffs include cassava, soybeans, bananas, potatoes, acorns, amaranth and mesquite.

that grinding stones from Russia, Italy and the Czech Republic were found to have been embedded with starch grains which suggests that people 30,000 years ago processed roots from ferns and cattails into flour?

that in 1818 on this date that Cadwallader C. Washburn was born in Livermore, Maine (he died on May 15, 1882)?  In 1866, he built a flour mill at St. Anthony Falls, Minnesota and his Washburn-Crosby Co. (forerunner of General Mills) would market Gold Medal flour. Click on this link to see a 1951 Gold Medal Flour TV commercial!

November 24, 2015

Butterscotch Pudding Dessert

I know many of you are in the process of planning your menus for Thanksgiving (among a whole list of other things like cleaning, ironing the tablecloth, etc.!).  Well, I think this dessert would be a great one to serve for this holiday meal.  It's a little easier to make than a pie but with the same taste of a pie.

Butterscotch Pudding Dessert

Crust:
2 sticks butter (half pound)
2 cups flour
1/3 cup + 2 Tablespoons powdered sugar

Filling:
3 cups cold milk
2 pkgs. (4-serving size) instant butterscotch pudding & pie filling
12 oz. Cool Whip (the large size)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Melt butter.  Mix flour and powdered sugar together. Pour butter over flour mixture and stir until combined.  Press into a 9 x 13" pan.  Bake 20 minutes.  Let cool.

Beat milk and pudding mixes with whisk until blended.  Spread 1 1/2 cups onto bottom of crust.  Add 1 cup cool whip to rest of pudding mix.  Spread over pudding layer.  Top with remaining cool whip.  Refrigerate at least 1 hour.

Butterscotch Pudding Dessert

November 1, 2015

Autumn Trail Mix

Autumn Trail Mix

I just put this trail mix together this morning and thought it was a great combination.  You can put more or less of the ingredients depending on your tastes.  Also try it with other cereals like Chex or Honey Nut Cheerios.  I just used what I had on hand.





Autumn Trail Mix

10 oz. bag of Salted Caramel Sweet & Salty Pretzels*
11.1 oz. Cashews (halves & pieces)
1 to 1 1/2 cups Cheerios
1 cup Candy Corn

Just mix it all together. . . how easy is that?!!

Servings:  about 8 cups

*I used Synder's of Hanover brand

October 11, 2015

Product Review

Rhodes Cinnamon Rolls


Do you love cinnamon rolls but don't have the time, knowledge or the energy to make them yourself?  Well, let me tell you about a new product from Rhodes.  They now make microwaveable cinnamon rolls that take a minute to make!  Just plop one on a microwaveable plate, heat on high for 60 seconds and then drizzle the cream cheese frosting on.  That's it!  And what's nice about this is that you can make one and save the others for another time because all the cream cheese frosting packets are individual ones.  It's that easy!  Plus they taste good too!  I like that they are a generous size and so convenient to satisfy that sweet craving.


Note:  Through Tryazon I was able to try them for free.  #tryazon  #rhodesbread

June 19, 2015

Product Review

Muller Dessert Inspired Yogurt

Not too long ago I was able to try Muller's Dessert Inspired Strawberry Cheesecake yogurt for free through Bzz.  It was actually quite good.  There was a small flavor of cheesecake mixed up with some strawberry swirls and then topped with a graham crumble crunch.  I liked that there was no high fructose corn syrup or artificial preservatives, flavors or sweeteners and that it was filled with protein and calcium which is, of course, good for you.  The portion is not very big but it is enough to fill that craving for something sweet along with the added healthier bonus.  There are other flavors to choose from and they include Raspberry Brownie Supreme, Dulce de Leche Delight and Peach Cobbler.   Krogers and its affiliates do sell them for around $1.39 each.  Here is a coupon if you would like to give them a try:  coupon