Archive | food and drink RSS feed for this section

One2Try Review – Wyman’s of Maine Frozen Fruit

May 5, 2016

Comments Off on One2Try Review – Wyman’s of Maine Frozen Fruit

wymans logo

DCBanner

We have been eating much healthier in my home, especially with summer swimsuit season coming. I enjoy having an ice cold fruit smoothie as an afternoon pick me up. The fresh taste of Wyman’s of Maine frozen fruits is filling my glass.

I can use the frozen fruit right from the freezer in my high speed blender. The mango chunks are delicious! It is so much easier to have these then cutting and slicing a too juice mango. This is a whole lot cleaner! The mango chunks are fresh frozen so they have that fresh from the market flavor. I like to add them together with a banana for a very tropical taste! The chunks are a good size and can be used for many desserts or cooking.

The wild blueberries are incredible. They are small in size but the flavor is huge! Nothing beats wild blueberries in a morning bowl of cereal. I toss a few in my oatmeal. Pancakes for hubby is a real treat with these delectable morsels. Of course I love having them in a smoothie. The fresh picked blueberry flavor blends well with other berries.

SAM_2674SAM_2675SAM_2676

Wyman’s of Maine believes in sustainable growing practices. They have been a family owned company since 1874. They know a thing or two about wild blueberries with more then 10 thousand plus acres of blueberry fields. They are also caring for the honey bees. We need the bees for our food production, they are taking an active role in preserving the bees.

Fresh freezing of fruits is a way to preserve the goodness in the harvest. I can tell by the flavor that this fruit is high quality! It is very convenient for me to have it available in my freezer at all times.

Look for Wyman’s of Maine products in health foods and grocers near you. I can find mine in many stores in my area.

Connect with Wyman’s of Maine

Facebook

Twitter

Pinterest

Instagram

Many thanks to Wyman’s of Maine for providing the review product.

Disclosure: No monetary compensation was offered or accepted for this post. Gratis product was received in order to write my honest and unbiased review. The opinions above are my own and were not influenced in any way. Others experience may vary. Terms of Use.

signature
Continue reading...

One2Try Review – Stoneridge Orchards Tart Cherry Concentrate

April 22, 2016

Comments Off on One2Try Review – Stoneridge Orchards Tart Cherry Concentrate

SO Logo

DCBanner

I have heard that tart cherries are very good for helping fight inflammation. I just learned about an exciting new way to add tart cherries to my day. Introducing Stoneridge Orchards Tart Cherry Concentrate.

SAM_1732This concentrate comes in a bottle as a thick mixture. The recommended dosing is one ounce of tart cherry concentrate mixed in 4 ounces of water, or a favorite juice, once daily. I added it to water at first. Let me tell you, it is tart! Even added to water it still remains a strong taste. I found it tasted the best when I added it to a smoothie with other fruits. I also add it to a larger amount of water for a refreshing drink during the day. If you like tart, the standard dose could be very refreshing!

SAM_1733SAM_1734SAM_1735

 

The benefits of tart cherry juice:

Antioxidants

Melatonin – helps with sleeping

Inflammation – studies have shown it helps reduce inflammation and ease muscle soreness.

What is great about Stoneridge Orchards Tart Cherry concentrate is there are over 1000 cherries in a 16 ounce bottle. The concentrate offers 22 servings. The ingredients are simple 100% Tart Cherry Juice. No sugar added, all natural and non-GMO.

Look for Stoneridge Orchards products at your favorite health food market.

Connect with Stoneridge Orchards

Facebook

Twitter

Pinterest

Instagram

Many thanks to Stoneridge Orchards for providing the review product.

Disclosure: No monetary compensation was offered or accepted for this post. Gratis product was received in order to write my honest and unbiased review. The opinions above are my own and were not influenced in any way. Others experience may vary. Terms of Use.

signature
Continue reading...

One2Try Review – Kura Smoothie Powder

April 22, 2016

Comments Off on One2Try Review – Kura Smoothie Powder

Kura Logo

DCBanner

I enjoy making smoothies. Why not make the smoothies work for me? I was recently introduced to Kura New Zealand Protein Smoothie Powder.

I can add one of these Kura single packs to any smoothie. The protein powder is made from all Natural ingredients. Most importantly – grass fed dairy protein! Kura makes sure all their ingredients are GMO free. There are no added sugars, no preservatives, nothing artificial such as sweeteners, flavors or colors and no gluten.

SAM_1731

What is inside is protein packed powder filled with omega 3’s, probiotics, plus vitamins and minerals. I am enjoying the berry flavor Kura. It is easy to add to my blender with the beverage of choice. I make my smoothies with unsweetened almond milk. Add the Kura powder packet and whichever vegetables or fruits I desire. Since this is berry flavored, I stayed with adding berries. Almond milk. Kura Smoothie Powder and blueberries. That is all. Blend and enjoy.

It is very tasty and quite smooth. There is no gritty feel. I do have a high speed quality blender. I am pleased with how well it blends. The flavor plus the 14 grams of protein will keep me coming back to Kura.

They have 3 flavors available – Vanilla, Chocolate and Berry. Kura can be purchased in my area at several health food stores. It is also available online from Amazon.

Add something good to your smoothies. Kura Start Your Smoothie! 

Connect with Kura

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

Pinterest

Many thanks to Kura for providing the review product.

Disclosure: No monetary compensation was offered or accepted for this post. Gratis product was received in order to write my honest and unbiased review. The opinions above are my own and were not influenced in any way. Others experience may vary. Terms of Use.

signature
Continue reading...

One2Try Review – Nairn’s Gluten Free Oatmeal Grahams

April 14, 2016

Comments Off on One2Try Review – Nairn’s Gluten Free Oatmeal Grahams

Nairns

DCBanner

I am enjoying the health benefits of oats. Nairn’s has been making oatcakes since 1896. For the past decade their wheat-free products have gained in popularity.

SAM_1726The newest product in the Gluten Free line is the Oatmeal Grahams. These delicious grahams have all the wonderful flavor of oats in a delicate graham cracker. The graham has a nice crunch to the texture. I like the size, they are perfect for a quick snack. The packaging makes it a breeze to toss in a lunch or briefcase. Four grahams are in each individual package. They stay fresh in the packs until ready to eat. I do not have to follow a gluten free diet, but I do watch out for wheat flours. I find the flavor of these oatmeal grahams to be very satisfying.

SAM_1727

Nairn’s is proud of their Scottish Company Heritage. They have many decades of experience with the best quality oats. I never knew so much about oats. Did you know they are planted in the Spring for a Summer Harvest? Another interesting fact – oats were once used for currency. Scotland has the best climate for growing oats so they ripen slowly. There is more to oats than just great taste.

Find more information about Nairn’s products online.

Nairn’s can be purchased at health food stores. Whole Foods has them in my area.

Connect with Nairn’s

Twitter

Facebook

Many thanks to Nairn’s for providing the review product.

Disclosure: No monetary compensation was offered or accepted for this post. Gratis product was received in order to write my honest and unbiased review. The opinions above are my own and were not influenced in any way. Others experience may vary. Terms of Use.

signature
Continue reading...

Olive Garden partners with MasterChef Junior

November 24, 2015

Comments Off on Olive Garden partners with MasterChef Junior

olive garden

DCBanner

Two of my all time favorites have combined. Olive Garden has partnered with MasterChef Junior to introduce a delicious new menu item. The fun part – from now through December 14th, Olive Garden guests choose which one stays on the menu for up to 12 months!

Olive Garden - Executive Chef Jim Nuetzi   MasterChef Junior Logan

The flavors of the show will be featuring these two delectable dishes created with MasterChef Junior Season 2 Winner Logan:

Olive Garden - Breadstick Pepperoni Pizza

· New! Breadstick Pepperoni Pizza-Breadstick crust topped with smoked mozzarella cheese, giant pepperoni and marinara. Baked fresh in Olive Garden’s pizza oven.

Olive Garden - Italian Cheese Stuffed Meatballs

· New! Italian Cheese Stuffed Meatballs-Meatballs stuffed with mozzarella, provolone and parmesan cheeses in marinara sauce. Served with warm, crisp breadstick crostini.

Visit your local Olive Garden to participate in the vote. It will be a hard choice and currently the dishes are neck and neck.

Follow Olive Garden

Twitter

Facebook

Many thanks to Olive Garden for providing the information.

Disclosure: No monetary compensation was offered or accepted for this post. A gift card was received for sharing the information. The opinions above are my own and were not influenced in any way. Others experience may vary. Terms of Use.

signature
Continue reading...

Stressed Spelled Backwards is Desserts

November 22, 2015

Comments Off on Stressed Spelled Backwards is Desserts

Planning your Thanksgiving meal? Does it make you stress? Getting all the side dishes done, making the turkey to come out on time, setting the table, enough food, drinks, and oh my goodness – what about dessert?

Did you know that most of the stress over the meal is actually about making the perfect pie?

The folks at Sara Lee provided this very informative Thanksgiving Pie graphic.

 

Thanksgiving 2015 Infographic

For generations, families have chosen Sara Lee pies for holiday celebrations! Their pies have that fresh, homemade taste!

Got a Sara Lee Pie question? The Sara Lee Pie Hotline is open through Thanksgiving Day to help bakers of all experience levels ensure their pies are a sweet success. You can call 1-888-914-1247 or tweet your pie predicaments to @SaraLeeDesserts using #PerfectPie during hotline hours.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! Don’t forget the pie!

Disclosure: No monetary compensation was offered or accepted for this post. Just passing on the information provided. Terms of Use.

signature
Continue reading...

Tasty Halloween Specials at Olive Garden – No Tricks!

October 27, 2015

Comments Off on Tasty Halloween Specials at Olive Garden – No Tricks!

olive garden

Treat your little ghosts and goblins to a tasty meal from Olive Garden. Check out these Halloween Week specials.

View More: http://agency.pass.us/sept9assets

Enjoy these Halloween Specials from Olive Garden:

· Bringing along your fun-size family members? Kids eat for only $1 – valid (10/26-10/30). Grab your coupon here!

· Staying in? With trick-or-treaters knocking down your door all day long, take advantage of our Halloween night catering combinations: 20% off on ToGo and Catering (10/29-11/1) Use code OGSAVE20 when placing your order.

· Going out? Bring your little trick-or-treaters to your local Olive Garden and enjoy 15% off any adult entrée when you dine at the restaurant on Halloween (excluding Never Ending Pasta Bowl combinations; 10/29-11/1) Find the coupon here.

Olive Garden - Kids Meal (1)

Fill up those bellies with the great flavors from Olive Garden. Full bellies – eat less candy, leaving more for adults to munch.

Disclosure: No monetary compensation was offered or accepted for this post. Just passing on the information provided. Terms of Use.

signature
Continue reading...

One2Try Review: Cave Tools Kabob Set

October 5, 2015

Comments Off on One2Try Review: Cave Tools Kabob Set

cave tools logoDCBanner.jpg

I am a grilling maniac. I toss something on one of my 3 different grill types at a moments notice. It helps keep my house cool to do most of the cooking outside. Here in Southern California, it is easy to grill year round. I decided to make chicken and veggie kabobs with my new grilling tool, Cave Tools Kabob Skewers Rack.  Making kabobs normally takes a lot of time. Chopping the meats and veggies, marinate the meats in a separate bowl, then have to touch the dripping marinated meats to put on the skewers, lots of work. By the time you finish all the prep, you are a mess and you sure don’t feel like eating what you prepared. Now comes a much simpler method to skewer, and grill in quick easy steps.

Barbecue_Kabobs_Skewers_small

Using the Kabob Skewers Rack is a breeze. The rigid flat skewers have a stopper on the end which doubles as a slider to get the cooked foods off the skewer.  Alternating the meats and veggies, you can really pack these flat skewers. They hold a lot!  Once you have the 5 skewers completely loaded, place the rack on the grill then each skewer has a spot on the rack.  The rack is sturdy and makes it easy to turn the kabobs 180 degrees for even cooking. The rack also allowed a wise use of space on my grill while keeping the foods from sticking to the grill grates. The cooking temperature was perfect for making kabobs with the added distance from the flames. They smelled so good!

Prepping, marinating and grilling made simple with Cave Tools Kabob Skewers Rack! My chicken and veggie kabobs came out delicious! Clean up is simple too. The skewers are stainless steel for easy cleaning. The rack itself is compact enough for storage.

My one suggestion – get yourself two! One for chicken, and one for beef or your favorite ingredients. Two will fit on my grill making enough to feed a hungry bunch.

You can purchase Cave Tools Kabob Skewers Rack on Amazon.

Here is a Amazon Coupon discount code to get the Kabob Set at 15% Off: LHWJZQMZ

Get Grilling and make something tasty!

Many thanks to Cave Tools for providing the review product.

Disclosure: No monetary compensation was offered or accepted for this post. Gratis product was received in order to write my honest and unbiased review. The opinions above are my own and were not influenced in any way. Others experience may vary. Terms of Use.

signature
Continue reading...

One2Try Review: Bulletproof Coffee

September 22, 2015

1 Comment

BP logo

DCBanner.jpg

The Bulletproof movement is a program to reach a state of high performance. Their motto is Supercharge Your Body. Upgrade Your Brain. Be Bulletproof.

I had the opportunity to try two of their products. The Bulletproof Coffee and XCT Oil. As I do drink coffee every morning, why not try one that provides body and brain energy. I am not just talking caffeine here. It is the XCT Oil combined with the Bulletproof coffee beans that give your body needed fatty acids. I am not a scientist, but these fatty acids support energy metabolism.

What is Bulletproof Coffee? Here is how to make a cup.

coffee-12oz-decaf-gr

The flavor of the Bulletproof coffee is rich, dark and bold. The beans are specially grown and processed to rid them of unwanted mold toxins. Of course I am drinking decaf but the flavor is still very dark, which I love. Starting out with the XCT Oil, I used the recommended 1 teaspoon dose. I added it to my coffee along with a pat of unsalted butter. The flavor and mouth feel was very satisfying. The XCT Oil does not add any flavor and can be added to many foods. In just my first cup I was noticing my energy and thinking level was increased. I was able to multitask with ease while keeping focused on every task. I will have to keep trying this morning cup combination. Is it the beans, the XCT Oil or the added butter? Whatever it is, I felt amazing after the very first cup.

xctoil_16oz

Now that we are going into the Fall, the weather changes and the holiday season is right around the corner. With everything you have to think about, work, shopping, parties, family, friends and more, give a Bulletproof coffee a try.

Bulletproof offers several products to help reach a power mind and body. Find out more about the Bulletproof program. Orders can be placed directly online.

BPCoffee

Connect with Bulletproof

YouTube

Twitter

Facebook

Instagram

Many thanks to Bulletproof for providing the review product.

Disclosure: No monetary compensation was offered or accepted for this post. Gratis product was received in order to write my honest review. The opinions above are my own and were not influenced in any way. Others experience may vary. Terms of Use.

signature
Continue reading...

Cisse Trading Co. Cake Mix Review and Giveaway – closed

July 28, 2015

Comments Off on Cisse Trading Co. Cake Mix Review and Giveaway – closed

Cisse logo

DCBanner.jpg

Did someone say chocolate? I made a most scrumptious cake for my birthday with help from Cisse Trading Co. They provided their gourmet Dark Chocolate Layer Cake Mix which I could not wait to make.

The elegant packaging is the first glimpse to expect something great inside. As I opened the mix, I could smell the rich delectable cocoa aroma. As it was mixed, with just 3 ingredients, milk, eggs and canola oil, the deep dark chocolate color was shining decadently! One box makes two 8″ round layers – but I did not have round pans so I made mine square. There was plenty of batter for the two layers. While baking, the cocoa aroma filled my kitchen. It did take significantly longer in my oven than the package recommended. It states 20 minutes OR until the toothpick test comes out clean. My baking time was near 32 minutes to get to that stage. It was worth the wait. Hurry up and cool so I can frost you cake!

Frosted and completed, fork in hand, the first bite assured me the quality I was viewing during the making process held true. The cake is moist, rich and full of deep dark cocoa flavors. This is the box mix that is One 2 Try!

 

What makes Cisse Trading Co. mix so special is the special care of the cocoa! The mixes are lovingly made with organic Fair Trade cocoa powder which is hand selected in the Dominican Republic. You can see where the cocoa comes directly from the bean to the box in an informative interactive journey. Starting with the Fundopo Cooperative of organic farmers, each step is detailed of the cocoa trip into Cisse Trading Co. mixes. The beans are processed into the fine powder in Belgium, a country known for chocolate. The cocoa finishes its journey in New York where it is packaged into Cisse Trading Co Mixes. From Bean to Box – the process maintains the organic high quality product ready for you to make!

I happily tried the Dark Chocolate Layer Cake Mix courtesy of Cisse Trading Co. The other cocoa mix products include:

Milk Chocolate Chip Brownies

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Milk Chocolate With Vanilla Bean Hot Cocoa

Signature Semisweet Hot Cocoa

Dark Chocolate With Cinnamon Hot Cocoa

Double Chocolate Chip Muffins

Buy with confidence as all Cisse Trading Co. mixes are all-natural and non-GMO! Look for Cisse Trading Co. Mixes in gourmet food locations nationwide or purchase online.

Connect with Cisse Trading Co.

Facebook

Twitter

Pinterest

Here is your chance to win!

FIVE lucky readers will each win 2 boxes of Cisse Trading Co. Dark Chocolate Layer Cake Mix!

Thanks very much Cisse Trading Co!

Giveaway ends on 08/09/2015 at 11:59 PM EST. ONE PERSON PER HOUSEHOLD and IP address. Open to Continental US addresses only. No PO Boxes. Must be 18 years of age and over. Winner(s) will be chosen randomly and contacted by email. Please respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen.

Many thanks to Cisse Trading Co. for providing the review and giveaway product.

Disclosure: No monetary compensation was offered or accepted for this post. Gratis product was received in order to write my honest review. The opinions above are my own and were not influenced in any way. Others experience may vary. Terms of Use. Not affiliated with Facebook.

signature
Continue reading...