February 28, 2015

The Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich and Review

I love Trader Joe's! I don't think I have ever bought anything there that I didn't like. On my recent shopping trip I picked up some of their Pork Belly.

That's right, Pork Belly! If you like bacon or pork loin or eating piggies of any kind then you will love this Pork Belly. If you don't then there is something wrong with you... I have had this boneless, fatty meat, from the belly of a pig before. Always at restaurants and always delicious. When I saw this box of fully cooked Pork Belly at Trader Joe's I was pretty excited. Although this Pork Belly is fully cooked I wouldn't suggest eating it right out of the box, it is fatty and gelatinous and you gotta fry the stuff up to get a nice crispness to it.  I decided I would make a breakfast sandwich using my Pork Belly because it just sounded good. I was right! I sliced up some Pork Belly and fried it up in a pan. I toasted some Trader Joe's Sourdough Bread, also delicious. Spread some mayo on it and then fried up an egg and put all the components together to create The Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich.

You can buy Trader Joe's Pork Belly in a 12oz. box for $4.99. An employee there suggested I try making Pork Belly sliders with caramelized onions. Sounds good to me!

Chris has been talking about raising pigs, which I have been against because I think I would have a hard time eating a pig I saw everyday, they are cute after all. But if it meant having some pork belly anytime I wanted I may just change my mind...

Bento Request

Penelope asked me today why I have not made her a bento in a looooong time. So per her request here is todays bento.

Panko crusted chicken nuggets, GO GO Squeez Applesauce and 2 strawberries, celery sticks with cream cheese and PB Craze Cookie Nookie (peanut butter with honey, chocolate chips and cookie dough flavor), BBQ chips.

Nothing fancy but she loved it all the same.

February 27, 2015

Another Yummy for this Chick-fil-A Mom

I love being a Chick -fil-A mom and finding these goodies in my mail box!

January 10, 2015

How About Them Opal's

Have you heard of Opal's? They are apples only better. Grown exclusively in Washington at Broetje Orchards these bright yellow apples that are only available from November through March are naturally non browning. That's what sets them apart from ordinary apples. That and well they are pretty tasty too. These apples are crisp, sweet and tangy. They are a cross between a Golden Delicious and a Topaz and they are the first U.S. apple variety to be verified by the Non-GMO Project. Originally discovered in Europe in 1999 they made their way to the US in 2010. Thanks to Bzzagent I was given the opportunity to try this yummy fruit and be amazed by them. Penelope loves apples but she typically only eats them at home. She likes her apples sliced and since they brown and look unappetizing after a short while I don't usually pack them in her lunch.

When I learned that Opal's do not brown I was pretty excited to see for myself. It's true! You can slice these little guys, pack them in your kids lunches and they will still look good enough to eat hours later. AMAZING! Penelope was equally impressed with these, she thought it was "really cool" and said they were "mmm mmm delicious".

Another thing I love about Opal apples. They are known as the apple with a purpose. That's because a portion of Opal apples sales goes towards their Youth Make a Difference grants. These support youth-led non-profits involving food, nutrition and agriculture.

You can purchase Opal apples in limited stores nationwide. I was able to find them at my local Stater Bros. Check out the list of retailers here. Remember these are available in season November through March and they are grown in limited acreage so once gone for the season, they are gone till next year. So find it, eat it and enjoy Opal while you can!

The featured product{s} in this post were provided to me free of charge. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way by anyone.

Boursin Cheese Review

I am a member of Smiley 360 and I was given the opportunity to try and review Boursin cheese. Even though I have seen Boursin products in grocery stores for years I had never tried them. . Made only with milk cream and seasonings Boursin cheese is actual cheese not a "cheese product". It has been around since 1957 where it originated in a small town in France called Gournay. Every package of Boursin cheese is labeled Gournay cheese for this reason. Boursin cheese comes in four flavors; Pepper, Shallot & Chive, Red Chili Pepper and Garlic & Fine Herbs. I opted on trying the Garlic & Fine Herbs because it sounded the tastiest to me.

These cheeses are made fresh and formed into a round making it perfect for displaying on a cheese board. It is spreadable but is a little more on the crumbly side. It goes great on crackers or with veggies like celery and cucumber. It is really tasty and I was surprised that I had never had it before. Boursin cheese can also be used in cooking. You can find a bunch of recipes on their website. I will definitely be purchasing this again and am eager to try the other flavors available.

Boursin also makes spreads that are made with different cheeses and seasonings. These are soft, creamy and easily spreadable. You can purchase Boursin products in the fine cheese section located next to the deli in most grocery stores.

The featured product{s} in this post were provided to me free of charge. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way by anyone.

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January 05, 2015

Farm Fresh To You Review


You may recall that when we were living in Alaska it was hard to find good fresh produce at reasonable prices in the one supermarket in our small town. Because of this I decided to subscribe to a produce delivery service I found that would deliver organic produce direct from farms to a local business for customer pick up. I enjoyed the service but unfortunately the produce still had to be flown up from Washington and often times would freeze and not stay fresh very long after it thawed out. When we moved to California it was nice to finally have a variety of produce to chose from but I missed getting my surprise bounty every couple of weeks. I decided to try and find a similar service here. I came across a couple of them but the price and frequency of shipments were not what I was looking for. Then recently I learned about Farm Fresh To You and I was pretty excited about giving them a go.

First of all, Farm Fresh To You delivers organic produce "fresh from the farm" to select areas in California. They offer several boxes; a Traditional CSA box, Mixed Fruit and Veggie, No Cooking, Fruit Only, Vegetable Only and an Office Snack Pack. These boxes come in different sizes to fit your needs. Whether you have a small family of 3 like mine or need to feed a crowd. Their deliver frequency options are also some of the best I have seen. You can choose to have a box shipped to you weekly, bi-weekly, every three weeks or only once a month. My favorite thing about Farm Fresh To You, they will deliver directly to your front door. Now that's convenience! The service I used in Alaska as well as some other produce delivery services I have seen, will deliver to a place of business and then you have to go and pick up your box there. With Farm Fresh To You your produce is delivered early and quietly on your assigned delivery day.

So where exactly does Farm Fresh To You get their produce? They have been farming since 1976 and currently grow more then 60 types of produce. Your produce box will contain items direct from their farms as well as neighboring farms that also practice organic and GMO free farming.

I was given the opportunity to try out Farm Fresh To You for free. I opted on the Mixed Fruit and Veggie box that feeds 2-4 people and is delivered every 3 weeks. Sign up is super easy and their website contains all the information you need to make the most out of your box, from recipe ideas to storage tips to keep your produce as fresh a possible. You can also learn about where your produce will be coming from. A few days before my schedule delivery I received an email saying I could log in to my account and customize my box if I chose to. You can easily omit things you would rather not have and replace them for things you like better. This makes it really easy if you are one of those people that plans meals ahead of time. I enjoy being surprised but I did make a few changes to my box to get the handle of how everything works and share with all of you.

When I finally received my box on delivery day this is what it looked like.

I also noticed this on the top of my box which I find to be another thing I love about this service. They will pick up and reuse your flattened produce boxes. This makes me happy because I will not have piles of boxes cluttering my garage.

Here is a little sneak peek of what I saw when I opened my box. At first it did not seem like much...

Then I spread everything out on my table and it was actually a lot more then I had expected.

2 pounds of bananas
1 bunch of broccoli
1 bunch of cilantro
2 mango oranges
1 bunch nantes carrots
1 pound of sweet potatoes
3 braeburn apples
1 butternut squash
2 kiwis
2 meyer lemons
2 pounds of Satsuma mandarins
1 pound of yellow onions.

The produce looked really fresh, like it was just picked from the earth! All the fruit was gobbled up pretty quick by Penelope and I used up the veggies in several meals.

After my trial with Farm Fresh To You I decided to continue the service. I plan to use my future boxes in Penelope's snack boxes and her school lunches and also plan to get some more use out of my juicer.

If you live in California and would like to find out if Farm Fresh To You delivers in your neighborhood check them out online. If you decide to subscribe to their service you can get $10 off your first box by using my Refer-A-Friend code MZNI8564. This would be a great way to kickstart your new years resolution of eating healthier!
The featured product{s} in this post were provided to me free of charge. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way by anyone.           

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