Tuesday, February 3, 2015

3 Bean and Ham Soup - Gluten-Free

It's been a while since I've made a soup THIS delicious.  No, seriously.  My husband is very honest.  He tells it like it is....even when I don't want to hear it.   He said, and I quote, "Usually your soups are just, well....they just taste 'blah.'  (Gee, thanks honey! LOL)  This time, however, I heard "wow, this is good!" at least 6-7 times.  It was so good there are absolutely no leftovers after the second night!  Not a drop.  I'm pretty sure he licked his bowl clean as well...just sayin'!

How did I make this delicious magic happen?  It complicated, really.....no, not really.  Honestly, I grabbed some beans from my cupboard, took a ham bone from Christmas out of my freezer and added in some veggies from my fridge.  The rest, well, it magically just all came together PERFECTLY!  I would give this soup a 10/10.

Am I suggesting you make this instantly?  Why, yes.  I certainly am.  You can drool over the pic first, but then off....off you go!  Go make this! ;)


Servings: 8-10 Servings

Ingredients:
1/3 cup dry black beans
1/3 cup dry black-eyed peas
1/3 cup dry pinto beans
water to soak the beans in
1 ham bone
1 cup chopped red onion
3/4 cup chopped carrots
1/2 cup chopped celery
2 Tbsp. minced garlic
2 tsp. salt
1 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 tsp. Herbes de Provence
1/4 tsp. pepper
4 cups unsalted chicken stock
6 cups water

Directions: (You will need a 6 quart or larger slow cooker for this recipe)
The night before you want to make this, place your beans (sorted of course) in a pot and cover them with water by a few inches.  Let them soak overnight.  In the morning, drain and rinse them.

Place your drained and rinsed beans into the crock.

Add in the ham bone with the onions, carrots and celery.


Next, add in the garlic, salt, basil, onion powder, herbes de provence, and pepper.

Finally, add in the chicken stock and water.

Cover and cook on LOW for 8-10 hours or HIGH for 4-5 hours.
Remove the ham bone, scrape off all meat and discard any bone, cartilage or fat you find.  Place all of the meat back into the soup and stir.
Serve and Enjoy!

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Snapware® Total Solution® Collection Review, Sweepstakes AND GIVEAWAY!

I am in LOVE with my new Snapware® Total Solution® 10 Piece Collection!!!

Do you know what I love most about these?  They are SO easy to use.  Seriously!  The top just "clicks" on in about 2-3 quick seconds.  No more second guessing whether or not the lid is actually on.  (That's not a fun game especially when you have liquids inside.  OYE!) I made a super quick video to show you how incredibly easy and quick these are to use...check it out!


To inspire at-home cooks and families looking for hearty and delicious soups this winter, Chef Lagasse will be sharing some of his favorite soup recipes on www.facebook.com/snapware, along with tips and tricks for perfecting soup. Prep, storage and transportation is a “snap” with the Snapware® Total Solution® collection, which combines an air-tight and leak-proof, four-latch plastic lid with either a plastic or Pyrex® oven-safe glass vessel. Soups, sauces and more can be transported on-the-go without worries of leaks.  I have been using my Snapware for a couple of weeks now and have been 100% satisfied with how these perform.  

Sweepstakes Information:
January 7 through January 31, 2015, fans can visit the Snapware brand Facebook page to enter the Snapware® Winter Warm-Up Sweepstakes daily for the chance to escape the cold with a trip for four to Orlando, including airfare, accommodations, dinner at Emeril’s Orlando restaurant, tickets to local attractions, a suite of Snapware and more! Weekly winners will also receive a Snapware prize pack to prep and store with ease.

To learn more about the Snapware Winter Warm-Up, enter to win and view the official sweepstakes rules, visit the Snapware Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Snapware.

Would you like to win a Snapware® Total Solution® Collection for yourself?!
Comment below with what your favorite leftover food is?  What do you think tastes even better the next day?
This giveaway will will close on January 31, 2015

*Disclaimer: I was given this product in exchange for this review and giveaway.  My opinion may differ from others'.
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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Mexican Shredded Beef

After the "race to the finish line" with the cookbook, I was exhausted.  I literally took 2 weeks of from any cooking whatsoever!  My husband is a saint.  He took care of it all for me.  

When I got back to cooking (finally!) I decided something super easy was a great way to dip my toes back in ;)  So, I came up with this SUPER easy Mexican Shredded Beef!

You throw a few ingredients in your crock, shred the beef when it's done and dinner is ready!  This beef is so versatile you can eat it many different ways.  You can eat it on nachos, in tacos, burritos, on a salad, over rice, over quinoa, etc.

Did I mention it's only 4 ingredients????  Just sayin'!


Servings: 10-12 

Ingredients:
3-4 lb. boneless chuck roast
1 (4 oz.) can diced green chilies (hot or mild)
1 Tbsp. minced garlic
1 1/2 cups salsa

Directions: (Use a 3-4 Quart slow cooker)
Place the roast into your crock and pour the contents of the green chilies (juices too) over the roast and add the garlic.

Pour the salsa over the top.

Cook on LOW for 8-10 hours, r on HIGH for 4-5 hours.
After the cook time is up, remove the beef and shred it between 2 forks.  Stir it back through the juices or for a lower fat version, just remove the beef, shred it and add in just a little juice. (That's what we did)

Serve this however you would like!
Enjoy!


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Monday, December 8, 2014

An Update on the new Cookbook!

First, I have to apologize for being MIA for so long!  I promise you, I think about all of you every day!  I'm SUPER good at over-extending myself and I REALLY over-extended myself these past 3 months.  Choosing to write a cookbook in 3 months is one of the most insane things I've ever done....all while working full-time, being a mom, being a wife, teaching FitAddict Training Classes, teaching Essential Oils classes, helping direct the Children's Choir at Church, preparing my school kids for their winter performance, joining the church choir and conducting the Christmas Cantata and trying to SURVIVE!!!  So yeah, I was in survival mode.  I'm still coming down from all of this because I'm still knee deep until the Christmas season is over.

So, I'm sure you want to know what's going on with the NEW cookbook!  Well, I'm here to tell you that last Monday, Dec. 1 at 1:00 a.m., I submitted my final manuscript.  The photographer is shooting for the book this week and I'm now working with the copy editor.  It's all very, very exciting and an incredible whirlwind!!!  I don't have a date on when the cookbook will be released, but from what I was originally told, it should be in the Fall of 2015.  So, not terribly far away, but still a ways off.

Let me tell you a little bit about what it's like to cook and create over 100 recipes in 3 months while working full-time.  LOL  The first thing I will say about it is, OMG!  LOL  It's not as fun as you might imagine, LOL!  Or rather, it's fun because I like a good challenge!  I really haven't met a challenge yet I haven't met or exceeded.  That's just how I roll! ;)  Thank GOODNESS I have like 10 Slow Cookers!  I have used them all to their maximum potential!  My neighbors have received food, my freezer is stocked and the teachers at school are pretty much all my new besties!  They've been eating well ;)  Below is what I like to call my "grand finale" which occurred on Thanksgiving.  I had a Cranberry Glazed Turkey in the oven (but a version of this will go in the cookbook,) stuffing (because you have to have stuffing on Thanksgiving!) Crustless Pumpkin Pie, Mashed Cauliflower and Potatoes, Brown Sugar Mashed Potatoes, Green Bean Casserole, Honey Lemon Glazed Carrots, Apple Berry Crisp and a Strawberry Orange Sauce!  PHEW!!!!  We ate really well on Thanksgiving and the days after!



 



The good news is, NEW RECIPES WILL BE COMING SOON!  Ones I can actually share with you! See, I couldn't cook the volume of recipes I had to cook for the cookbook and post new recipes at the same time.  Everything I have made the past 3 months goes exclusively into the new cookbook!  I can't wait for you to see it!  It's going to be amazing!  The recipes are incredible.  Some of my best work, if I do say so myself.

Again, thank you for "sticking with me!"  I know it's been a long, quiet 3 months from me, but I'm working my way back into posting and promise there will be new, incredible, healthy and delicious gluten-free recipes coming your way soon!

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Mini-Holiday Gift Guide - For the Whole Family!

Tis the season for giving, right?  I mean, Halloween is just around the corner, but most of us are already thinking about and planning gifts for the Holidays to come.

So, I thought I'd take some of the worry away by sharing a few neat products with you.  There are options below for mom, dad, the kids, aunt and uncles, grandparents...the whole fandamily!

The Kids

 KidDesigns Frozen Magical MP3 Microphone
If you have a FROZEN fan in the house, this is a must-have!  You can use it as just a plain microphone, you can sing a long to the pre-recorded music, or you can plug it into any mp3 device and sing a long with any of your favorite tunes!  My daughter hasn't put it down since it came and when she does, my son picks it right up! You can purchase it here.






Delta Children Cars Deluxe Upholstered Chair



Any little boy in your life would LOVE this chair!  My little guy is 3 and he has been in heaven ever since setting eyes on this chair!  It looks like Mater and Lightening McQueen rolled into one, which is the best part about this chair in my son's opinion.  It's well-made and a nice comfy cozy place for your little one to curl up in and read a book, or watch their favorite TV show or movie.  You can purchase it here



Fashion Delightful Dollhouse
This colorful dollhouse is a HUGE hit in our house!  This dollhouse is around 4 feet tall and has lots of rooms for your little one to play with!  Ella's not so much into Barbie dolls, but this house works for any little friends....like Pooh Bear and Strawberry Shortcake!  The dollhouse is fairly easy to assemble and will provide hours of fun!  For the full review and where you can purchase this product, please visit week99er.com 








LeapFrog LeapBand
 I have to tell you, this device is ADORABLE!  It hasn't left Gavin's side since he received it!  The LeapBand is an interactive fitness band that helps active kids stay active and can help spark that activeness waiting to get out of your child!  It's customizable, parental controlled and water resistant!  For a full review on the LeapBand and for information on where to purchase this product, please visit week99er.com






The Adults

 Proper Pillow
I've been sleeping on this pillow for about a month now.  I'm LOVING it!  It's firm, but yet conforms to help keep your head and neck in the proper position when you sleep so you don't wake up with kinks.  This amazing pillow is washable and dry-able, which keeps it hypoallergenic.  You can purchase the Proper Pillow here.






My Charge Energy Shot
How about grabbing a handy little USB charger as a stylish and useful stocking stuffer!  This little guys packs a lot of punch, with adding up to 9 more hours of talk time!  For the full review and where to purchase this, please visit week99er.com




West Loop Travel Mugs

I know from experience the West Loop travel mugs are the best, as we've used a lot of different brands in this house.  These guys can keep your beverages hot for up to 5 hours, or cold for up to 12 hours.  For a full review and where to purchase these, please visit week99er.com





Hamilton Beach Set n' Forget Programmable Slow Cooker


You can never go wrong with getting someone a new slow cooker.  Let's be real here...you can never have too many slow cookers!!!!!!!  This 6 quart programmable slow cooker is completely digital and programmable with 30 minute increments on high or low.  For the full review and where you can purchase this product, please visit week99er.com

*Disclaimer: I was provided with the microphone, pillow and chair in exchange for this post.  The other reviews were used with permission from www.week99er.com.  All opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may differ from others'.
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Monday, September 22, 2014

Harvest Snaps #Review

OMG!  Ok, so several months ago, I ran into these gems at Costco.  
These are Snapea Crisps.

OMG
I love Sugar Snap Peas.....but when I can eat them like potato chips?!  YES! YES! YES!

So, fast forward to a few weeks ago when I got an email from Harvest Snaps and I found out they had OTHER flavors!!!!  I almost died from excitement!
Look at the box that arrived for me!!!!


I LOVED them all.  (I actually opened each package while my children were napping and endulged....no, serisouly.  I ENDULGED!) My two favorites were the Wasabi Ranch and Cesar, but the Original lightly salted Pea Crisps are my all-time favorite.


The Black Pepper  Snapea Crisps were awesome as well.


 Each and every flavor were delicious.  I even enjoyed the lentil crisps.  They come in the Onion Thyme and Tomato Basil flavors.



My kids love Harvest Snaps as well.

The kids eat them with their lunches, take them for snacks and we take them to parties too!
Honestly, I can't say enough good things about them.  They are incredible....and addicting, LOL!  Now, GO GET SOME!

 
Find out more about Harvest Snaps by visiting their website.

Need some Lunchspiration?!  Click on the linked text to find out more!


*Disclosure: This post was created in partnership with Harvest Snaps. I have been compensated for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Beados Review - TONS of creative fun for the kids!

When Beados contacted me to review this product, I KNEW my daughter would love it!
Remember those little beads we used to play with that we would shape into something, cover in wax paper, then have our mom iron it for us until it melted?  Remember your mom cursing under her breath because she would get wax on her iron?  Yeah....I remember that!  LOL

GONE are the days of ironing those beads!  Beados has come up with a heat-free alternative!  All you do, is spray them with water and let it dry!  

In the box, you get 3 templates to work with.  Each template has 2 sides, so there are a total of 6 (7 really if you count the one template with the sundae and fish as 2.) 










You pick a template and place it on a purple plastic disc (comes with 2 - which is great when you have 2 friends or two kids.)  

In the box, there is a bead holder so you can separate all the beads into different bins by color.   The set also comes with a bead "picker-upper." Ella used it for a while, but found her fingers more effective and quicker. 



When you have all the beads in place, you take the cute little water bottle and spray your art.

You then place it under the battery-operated fan to dry!




When it's dry, you simply peel it off the purple disc!  And voila!!!  You have happy kids!!


You can find beados at www.beadosbeads.com

*Disclosure: I was compensated with Beados in exchange for this review.  All opinions here are entirely my own and may differ from others'.
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