Monday, September 22, 2014

Harvest Snaps #Review

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

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, 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!

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*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!!

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*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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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Celebrate Hot and Spicy Food Day with Tandoor Chef - #Review #Gluten-Free

Did you know August 19 is Hot and Spicy Food Day?! 

WHAT?!  YUP!  Now, THAT'S my kind of day!
I may have mentioned once or twice before how much I love spicy food.

What better way to celebrate spicy food than with a little Tandoor Chef Indian Cuisine review?!
I'm not a huge fan of frozen foods.  Most of them taste terrible and have absolutely no nutritional value.  Not to mention, there are not very many gluten-free frozen meal choices out there.  Not only doesTandoor Chef offer gluten-free, it also offers vegan and vegetarian products as well.

I was VERY pleasantly surprised with Tandoor Chef!
I tried two different varieties:

The Chicken Tandoori with Spinach was tasty.  VERY heavy on the spinach, so it would have been great with some bread to soak some of the sauce up with, but hence, being gluten-free, I don't normally eat bread at all.  It was still very good.

The Chicken Tikka Masala was my FAVORITE!!!!  It was packed with flavor and absolutely delicious!

Both of these meals were packed with protein!  I was super impressed.  Along with that though, they were both very high in sodium.  For something I will eat every once in a while, I did't mind it.  However, I would most definitely not be able to eat these every day with the amount of sodium they contain.

Here is the nutritional information for the Chicken Tandoori with Spinach:

Here is the nutritional information for the Chicken Tikka Masala:

And of course....don't you want to see what they actually look like after you cook them?!  That's pretty important ;)

Here is the Chicken Tandoori with Spinach:

Here is the Chicken Tikka Masala:

I found both to be mildly spicy, just as the box said.  I could definitely use more spice, but it has to appeal to the masses ;)  I will purchase these again in the future.

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*Disclaimer: I was given 2 vouchers for Tandoor Chef in exchange for this review.  All opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may differ from others'.
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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Simple Shredded Pork Marinara over Spaghetti Squash - Gluten-Free

It's a very rare occasion in which everyone in the house boasts over my dinners.  No, really.  I know, I know...."Queen of the Crock Pot" yada yada!  LOL  I mean, everyone usually doesn't complain about dinner, but this time, they RAVED about it!

Here's how it went....I was out teaching an Essential Oils class and on my way home, my husband said "Nice job on dinner, honey!  The kids LOVED it!  I loved it too!  Good job!"
Well, that was nice to hear!
Fast forward to the next morning when Ella gets out of bed...
"Morning mom!  Did you really make that dinner last night?"
"Good morning Ella!  Yes, honey, I did."
"Wow, mom!  That was REALLY good!  Great job, mom!  Me and Gavin LOVED it!"

Here's the thing...I literally opened cans and dumped them in the slow cooker along with a chopped up onion....which my husband did for me.  I didn't add ANYTHING else to it.  LOL  I used all Dei Fratelli products, so apparently, they season better than me!  LOL!!!!!

I'll get to the recipe now so you too can "wow" your family with you mad cooking skills!

Servings: 12-14

4 oz. pork sirloin tip roast
26.46 oz. carton Dei Fratelli Truly finely chopped tomatoes
28 oz. Dei Fratelli crushed tomatoes, basil and herbs
28 oz. can Dei Fratelli chopped Italian tomatoes, herbs and olive oil
6 oz. can tomato paste
Spaghetti Squash (1 squash served 3 adults) - cooking instructions here
optional: regular pasta or gluten-free pasta if you desire

Directions: (use a 5 quart or larger crock for this recipe)
In your crock, place the pork sirloin tip roast.

Next, pour in the carton of Truly finely chopped tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, chopped Italian tomatoes and tomato paste.

Add the onions, then stir it up a bit.

Cook on LOW for 7-8 hours or on HIGH for 3.5-4 hours.
Take the pork roast out, roughly shred it and stir it back through the sauce.
Serve it over Spaghetti Squash and ENJOY!

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Dei Fratelli - Day by Dei Contest!

I have been using Dei Fratelli tomato products since I went gluten-free because all of their products are all natural AND gluten-free!  All of their products are non-GMO as well!  As busy as I am, I don't have time to chop tomatoes these days and Dei Fratelli products make it easy for me to cook!  I can simply open the can or the box and get dinner crockin'!!!

Dei Fratelli sent me these products to try and I cannot WAIT to use them all!  I've decided I'm making a Pasta Sauce with Shredded Pork tomorrow for dinner using these wonderful products!!  I can't wait to eat!

Dei Fratelli is celebrating 90 years with a super fun Pinterest Contest!!!  All you have to do is pin your favorite recipe to their Day By Dei board with the hashtag #DayByDei to enter!  The contest runs now through August 31, 2014.  So, go get pinning!

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*I was sent a few Dei Fratelli products to try in exchange for this post.  All opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may differ from others'.
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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Planes Fire And Rescue - Race To The Rescue #REVIEW

The kids and I recently had the opportunity to preview Planes Fire & Rescue - Race To The Rescue.
It was adorable!!

Dusty takes on a new role in this movie out of necessity and becomes a Fire Plane.  Of course, he takes risks when he shouldn't and is as strong-willed as ever, but Dusty learns some important things about himself and how to work with others.  Good lessons for my kids ;)

Of course, my son LOVED the fire theme!!!!  We got to meet some fun new characters, while still enjoying most of the old ones as well.

My family highly recommends this movie to your family!  We had a super fun night!
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*Disclaimer: I was provided with free tickets in exchange for this review.  All opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may differ from others'.
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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Quinoa Chili - Gluten-Free and Vegetarian

I've been wanting to make a quinoa chili for a long time.  Sometimes, I just need to wait for the right inspiration to come in order for me to create just the right recipe ;)  This time, it was cleaning out my pantry!  LOL  Hey, whatever it takes!

This quinoa chili was delicious!  I didn't miss the meat at all.  There's a tiny bit of heat, but I wouldn't call it spicy.  My kids didn't say anything about it.  My husband mentioned how filling this was, and I have to agree.  Also, I wanted to mention...don't be fooled by the long list of ingredients.  There are several cans to open and some spices to dump in and not a lot of chopping.  It all comes together very quickly.  Give it a try! ;)

Servings: 10-12

15.5 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
15.5 oz. can Northern beans, drained and rinsed
28 oz. can diced tomatoes
16 oz. tomato sauce
12 oz. can tomato paste
3/4 cup onion, chopped
3/4 cup carrots, chopped
1 cup baby bella mushrooms, chopped
1 cup uncooked quinoa
1 Tbsp. onion powder
2 Tbsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. basil
1 tsp. Mrs. Dash Fiesta Lime Seasoning
1/4 tsp. cumin
1/8 tsp. pepper
1 bay leaf
7-8 cups water

Directions: (Use a 6 quart or larger slow cooker for this recipe)
Place the beans in the bottom of your crock.
Add in the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and tomato paste.
Next, add in the onions, mushrooms, carrots and quinoa.

It's time for all those wonderful spices!
Add in all the remaining ingredients, including the water, then stir.

Cook on LOW for 8-9 hours.
Serve and ENJOY!

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