Bob’s Red Mill Review and Giveaway

I was sent an awesome assortment of product from Bob’s Red Mill to review and I’m so excited to share the recipes that I used them in. As most of you know I have 3 children, 2 girls ages 8 and 3 and a 17 month old son. Our slow shift to whole foods has been a little rough on them. They still get the occasional cheeto, and a few other random junk foods, but we never buy Pop Tarts any more. I was excited to find this recipe for a home made whole wheat healthy pop tart! It doesn’t have any frosting or icing, but you could add a few sprinkles on top for your kids if its a big deal! I used the Whole Wheat Pastry Flour and it made the crust nice and flaky.

I used the hazelnut flour to replace some of the flour in my famous Browned Butter Chocolate Chip cookies. The flavor was awesome. It didn’t affect the density of the cookies but added soo much nutty flavor!

You can find the recipes to make these awesome tasty treats in the Recipes tab at the top of the page!

Now is your chance to win some of this awesomeness! One lucky reader will win a $20 gift card and cookbook from Bob’s Red Mill!

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Wholesome Sweeteners

 Sugar alternatives are very important to our family. Since I deal with a lot of dental problems from my incurable sweet tooth and poor dental hygiene as a child, I strive to provide a healthy alternative for my children.

I received an awesome sampling of Wholesome Sweeteners sugars and alternatives to review.

Taken from their website:
Based in Sugar Land, Texas, Wholesome Sweeteners celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2011. In addition to bringing the best organic natural, unrefined sweeteners to the North American market, Wholesome pioneered the certification process for Fair Trade Certified TM sugar and honey. Today, Wholesome Sweeteners is the category leader in Fair Trade Certified, organic and natural sugars, syrups, nectars and honeys produced from nature’s best resources.
The company is a joint venture between Imperial Sugar Incorporated, one of the largest US sugar companies, and Edward Billington & Son, Europe’s leading importer of natural and organic unrefined sugars

Our Mission
  • To supply only the finest organic and natural sugar products from ethically and environmentally responsible growers and manufacturers;
  • To provide consumers with the choice of safe, flavorful, organic and natural sugars that are produced with respect for the environment, human welfare, food safety and the health and nutritional needs of consumers’ families;
  • To be the premier supplier of added-value natural and organic sweeteners to retail, foodservice and industrial food manufacturing markets of North America.

Their newest offering is Organic Coconut Palm sugar which tastes amazing in my coffee!

The nutrient-rich sugar is known to contain potassium, magnesium, zinc, iron & vitamins B1, B2, B3, and B6. It is a whole brown sugar with a deep caramel flavor and can be used as a one for one replacement in recipes for conventional brown sugar. Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Coconut Palm Sugar is great for cooking, baking, sauces, oatmeal and hot and cold beverages. TV’s Dr. Oz recently named Coconut Palm Sugar the best NEW sugar alternative.
Because our hand-made sugar comes from the sweet sap of the coconut flower and not the coconut fruit itself, our Organic Coconut Palm Sugar does not taste like coconut but will still add a tropical flare to all of your recipes.
Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Coconut Palm Sugar is fairly traded and sustainably grown by small farmer cooperatives in Indonesia on the island of Java. The coconut palm tree (Cocos nucifera) has been harvested for over 4000
Organic Coconut Palm Sugar is a beautiful granular sugar made from the sap of the coconut palm tree flower that condenses while vigorously stirred by hand.
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years; each tree can be tapped for 25-40 years. Farmers harvest all year round and use every part of the coconut palm tree: the coconut fruit for meat and water, and the fibrous husk of the coconut for twine or weaving material.

Today I made some delicious Browned Butter Chocolate Cupcakes, check out the recipes tab! I used the organic powdered sugar for the buttercream and it has such an amazing flavor. Very rich but not as painfully sweet as traditional powdered sugar. It is divine!
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May 12th is the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drivw

May 12th is the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

On Saturday May 12th, Campbell Soup and the National Association of Letter Carriers will team up for the 20th year to collect food donations for millions of Americans who are struggling with hunger for the Stamp Out Hunger food drive. Stamp Out Hunger is a nationwide effort that provides food to local food banks and pantries that would otherwise face depleted stock during the summer months. Food Banks across the country continue to experience record demand for emergency food assistance.

Over 210,000 Letter Carriers nationwide will be collecting non-perishable foods left next to mailboxes by generous Americans in over 10,000 communities and will deliver them to food banks and other hunger relief organizations.

Campbell Soup will kick off this years Stamp Out Hunger by pledging to donate one million pounds of food to Feeding America.

The need for donations is quickly on the rise. Last year, an estimated 49 million Americans were living in homes with an insecure supply of food. One in every five of those Americans was a child, which is an estimated 16 million children last year that did not have the food they needed.

What you can do to help: Just leave a bag of non-perishable food by where your letter carrier delivers your mail on Saturday May 12th. Your letter carrier will then pick up the bag and deliver it to a local food bank.

Non-perishable items include: Canned foods such as Soup, Meats, Fruits, Vegetables, Beans, etc. Boxed goods such as Cereal, Pasta, Rice, etc. Please take the time to clean out your pantry and help another fill theirs.

My urban garden!

Do you grow your own veggies?

I have started my veggie garden a few months ago and things are really coming along! I planted Organic sunflowers, peas, squash, swiss chard, spinach, bluebonnets, and peas. I bought lavander, peppermint, spearamint, and basil from HEB as well as non organic tomato and blackberry plants. I also sprouted an avacado seed, once its big enough I will move it into the yard. I have to keep the plants potted on a table on the back porch because my english bull terriers love their veggies!

P.S. When i googled how to sprout an avacado seed, I read that you should stab it with toothpicks and rest it over the sides of a bowl. I’m lazy and just washed the seeds from my avacados, covered them with water in a bowl and changed out the water whenever I remembered. Once the tree is a couple feet tall, I will have to find someone with a producing avacado tree and graft a piece of their tree to mine if I want fruit. I posted on the houstonraw yahoo group to find someone with a tree.

If you would like a chance to win a pack of bluebonnet seeds, leave a comment on my facebook page telling me your favorite flower!

Dominos has gluten free crust!

Wow! Domino’s is releasing their new Gluten Free pizza crust! The new crust is made with: Water Rice Flour Rice Starch Olive Oil Potato Starch

Burger King

Since we moved to Bear Creek we are sooo much closer to soo much fast food. With all of the parties, vet trips and colds going on this past few weeks we have eaten out more than I would like to admit. I usually opt for the best dollar menu and in my opinion Burger King has it!

With an expanded menu that includes classic items, along with a wide range of exciting, new offerings, BURGER KING® is giving you even more reason to HAVE IT YOUR WAY®! Sure to appeal to WHOPPER® lovers, as well as those seeking more choices, the enhanced menu includes a variety of made-to-order Garden Fresh Salads, Snack Wraps, Real Fruit Smoothies, Frappés and Crispy Chicken Strips.

  • Since 1954 BURGER KING® has been committed to offering great-tasting, fire-grilled food and the WHOPPER® Sandwich has been proved to be America’s Favorite Burger year after year.
  • Over the past nine months, BURGER KING® has created and tested more than two dozen new products and they are committed to providing you with the products that are best-in-class and true to their heritage of great taste.
  • Based on extensive consumer feedback, BURGER KING® is rounding out their menu to provide more choice and something for everyone!
  • Visit the nearest participating BURGER KING® to try any one of these new options with your friends and family today!

New Garden Fresh Salads at BURGER KING® are made fresh daily with premium ingredients that can be topped with your choice of TENDERCRISP® or juicy TENDERGRILL® chicken. Varieties include:

  • Chicken BLT Garden Fresh Salad ~ made with a three cheese blend, thick cut bacon, tomatoes and red onion, served with Ken’s® Avocado Ranch dressing
  • Chicken, Apple and Cranberry Garden Fresh Salad ~ made with crisp apples, dried cranberries, bleu cheese and Ken’s® Apple Cider Vinaigrette
  • Chicken Caesar Garden Fresh Salad ~ made with 100% romaine lettuce, tomatoes, shaved parmesan cheese, and home-style croutons

New Snack Wraps at BURGER KING® provide quick, flavorful snacks for less than 400 calories each. Snack Wrap options include:

  • Honey Mustard Crispy Chicken Snack Wrap ~ A flour tortilla filled with crispy, marinated white meat chicken, a three-cheese blend,  and a combination of spring mix, romaine and iceberg lettuce, all topped with Ken’s® Honey Mustard Dressing
  • Ranch Crispy Chicken Snack Wrap ~ A flour tortilla filled with crispy, marinated white meat chicken, a three-cheese blend,  and a combination of spring mix, romaine and iceberg lettuce, all topped with Ken’s® Ranch Dressing

New Crispy Chicken Strips at BURGER KING® are made with white meat tenderloin chicken, marinated and lightly battered in seasoned home-style breading. The new Crispy Chicken Strips are perfect for dipping in one of eight BK® classic or bold new sauces and are available in 3 or 5 piece servings
New Real Fruit Smoothies at BURGER KING® are offered in 12, 16, and 20oz. servings, and are made fresh to order with real fruit, low-fat yogurt and juices blended together. Each smoothie provides a full serving of fruit and is offered in the following varieties:

  • Tropical Mango
  • Strawberry Banana

Rich and smooth Frappés at BURGER KING® are made to order and provide the perfect combination of sweet Mocha or Caramel flavors, a hint coffee and ice. Offered in 12, 16, and 20oz. servings, frappes are available in the following varieties:

  • Mocha Frappé ~ The perfect combination of sweet flavor, a hint of coffee and ice all topped with whipped topping and a swirl of fudge
  • Caramel Frappé ~ The perfect combination of sweet flavor, a hint of coffee and ice all topped with whipped topping and a swirl of caramel

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A long week!

We had my daughters 8th birthday party and my little sisters 23rd birthday parties last weekend! It was a blast and I managed it without a single piece of candy! The cupcakes were home made with organic can sugar and whole wheat flours. Of course the you can’t really make buttercream frosting healthy, but everything in moderation. For the treat bags, I found sticky mustaches, diner style order tickets, stickers and temporary tattoos at party city.

Olivia, Iris’ little sister.

Little Soya Soy Sauce Review and Giveaway!

Since our switch to whole foods, dinner can get a little boring since most of our fallback condiments are off limits. Alex and I do still enjoy the occasional mayo and miracle, but baby steps right? I found Little Soya Soy Sauce at the HEB on I10 and Bunker Hill a few months ago (before the switch) and my kids were so excited. The cute little fish shaped containers were all it took, they didnt even care what was inside! The kids use the sauce on all kinds if stuff! Our favorite is steamed rice with veggies and Little Soya. Iris loves it with celery, weird, I know. The flavor is so rich without the overpowering salt flavor found in most soy sauces. To be considered a whole food a product must have no more than 5 ingredients. Little soya doesnt quite qualify, it does have 8 ingredients, but it is a lesser evil in my opinion. They are releasing an all natural, gmo free version this year along with an all natural gmo free hot sauce called Little Saucy. I cant wait for the hot sauce since Alex and I arent big on soy sauce.
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