August 21, 2016

Peppa Pig: Sunny Vacation


The latest Peppa Pig DVD was released earlier this month! Peppa Pig Sunny Vacation is 60 minutes of the Nick Jr. favorite cartoon, packed  for your child's viewing pleasure. This 4-part special follows the whole piggy family on their fun filled holiday across Italy. Also included are 8 additional fun-filled Peppasodes!

1. Flying on Holiday
2. The Holiday House
3. Holiday in the Sun
4. End of the Holiday
5. Potato City
6. The New House
7. Basketball
8. Mr. Fox's Shop
9. Grampy's Rabbit's Dinosaur Park
10. Lost Keys
11. The Aquarium
12. The Sandpit.

Be sure to get your copy wherever children's DVDs are sold.

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

August 06, 2016

Low Carb Chili, No Beans!

I made some bean-less chili the other day for Chris, who loves chili but is trying to eat a low carb diet. It came out really good, piled on some all beef franks with cheese and jalapenos! I am rather fond of Weinerschnitzel's chili cheese dogs, and he said my chili was better then their hotdog chili. While that may not mean much to some of you, to someone who has cravings for Weinerschnitzel chili cheese dogs it means a lot.

Bean-Less Chili

1 lb. Ground beef
1 Onion chopped into small pieces
2 Garlic cloves minced
4 cups of water, divided in half
15 oz. can of tomato sauce
1 tbs. Tajin 
1 tbs. Cumin
1 tbs. Red pepper chili flakes
1tsp. Paprika
1 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Pepper
2 tbs. Oil

Put ground beef in a bowl and add 1/2 of the water (2 cups) Squish it around with your hands until meat is loose and it looks like a squishy mess. Add all the spices to the bowl and mix well. Set aside.
In a pot over medium heat cook onions and garlic in cooking oil util soft, about 10 minutes. Add the meat mixture and turn up heat to high. Mix everything well. Add the remaining 2 cups of water and the tomato sauce. Stir and bring to a boil. Once it begins to boil lower heat and simmer uncovered for approximately 2 hours, stirring occasionally. The chili will start to thicken up as it simmers.



We had leftovers and Chris and Penelope enjoyed a bowl of chili topped with cheese, sour cream and olives for lunch the next day.

Bring On Pumpkin Season!

Last fall Chris and Penelope decided to plant their pumpkin seeds from Halloween in our backyard. Penelope does this with pretty much anything she eats that has a seed. Watermelons, avocados, cherries, so far nothing has grown except...







her pumpkins! Check out our mini pumpkin patch! We are so going to be ready for pumpkin season.

August 04, 2016

Evanger's Treats Review



Here is our boy Timber again. He loves being a part of our family and I have a feeling it's because of all the special goodies he gets to try, with his mommy being a blogger and all. Recently we were sent some Evanger's treats for review. We have reviewed Evanger's dog food in the past, both Timber and the late Mr. Rat enjoyed it tremendously. This time we were sent some Evanger's freeze dried treats.

Like all Evanger's foods these are made with no soy, corn, wheat or any artificial ingredients, preservatives or by-products. They are simply hand picked, human grade edibles so you don't have to worry about what you are feeding your four legged friend. These freeze dried treats come in several different varieties for both cat and dog. We received the Raw Gently Dried Beef Tripe for review. 

"Beef Tripe is a unique single-source protein that is rich in essential fatty acids. Gluten-free and grain-free, no additives or artificial ingredients. Can be a great aid for digestion."
Guess how many ingredients are in a 3.5 oz. container of these treats? One! Just good ol' beef tripe that your canine will absolutely love. These treats did not last long in our home, Timber chomped these right up, that's okay though cause we also received some coupons so we could purchase more. You can find these treats wherever natural dog foods are sold. Check out their store locater here

As a reminder Evanger's makes a variety of cat food that your feline friend will love to devour as well. Mr. Rat used to love their Super Premium Catch of the Day, hand packed whole sardines with softened bones. If you have a cat in your family then go purchase some of these in memory of my Mr. Rat, who is greatly missed.


If you can't find a store near you you can also purchase Evanger's products online

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

August 02, 2016

Crunch Crunch Crunch


Has anyone tried the new Lays Passport to Flavor potato chips? Tzatziki (Greece), Szechuan Chicken (China), Tikka Masala (India) and Picanha (Brazilian). Chris picked up all four varieties from Subway the other day, they are small bags which is great in case you decide you don't like one of the flavors. Penelope gobbled up the Tzatziki which are a wavy chip and  were pretty tasty. You can taste all the flavors of tzatziki sauce in them, including the cucumber. The Szechuan were not as spicy as I would have liked them to be. I don't think the flavors worked at all. These were my least favorite and did not remind me of Chinese food at all. The Tikka Masala which are a kettle chip tasted exactly like tikka masala, which happens to be my favorite Indian dish. Somehow they even got that naan flavor in there. The Picanha were herb-y and citrus-y and tasted like marinated beef, which is pretty neat since that is the flavor they were going for. I liked these the most.

Go pick some up and let me know what you think!

August 01, 2016

Freshpet Review




Our 3 year old doggy Timber is a big dog and boy does he love to eat. He typically eats twice a day and his meals consist of dry food. Also he is a little spoiled, so we do sometimes share our meals with him when we sit down for dinner. Sometimes I worry that his "special treats" are not the healthiest for him, but it's fun to watch him so happy when he tastes something other then his usual dry food in his doggy bowl. 

FreshPet's Vital Whole Blends help give your pups meals variety while being still being delicious and nutritious. A mixture of human grade superfoods and grains packed with vitamins and protein are blended together and ready for you to mix-in to their current dog food, taking it up another notch. 


Here is a photo of the Vital Whole Blends foods Timber received for review. 

Vital Whole Blends Digestive
Vital Whole Blends Puppy
Vital Whole Blends Dental
Vital Whole Blends Daily
Vital Whole Blends Immunity
Vital Whole Blends Senior 

Each variety is made with fresh natural ingredients in the USA. 

"The Freshpet Kitchens then thoughtfully prepare these natural ingredients and everyday essentials, cooking them in small batches at lower temperatures to preserve key nutrients."

Some of the ingredients include Jasmine rice, sweet potatoes, black lentils, fish oil, chickpeas, pumpkin, cranberries, chicken broth, mango, flaxseeds, quinoa and peas. What a list of wholesome, healthy ingredients! Let's face it a lot of commercial dog foods are packed with processed foods and fillers. Vital Whole Blends are a great way to add some healthiness to your pets meals. 

You simply mix some Vital Whole Blends in with your dogs usual food, the amount depends on the size of your dog. I was mixing in about a 1/2 cup into Timber's food, who weighs around 75 pounds. Once you open a bag it has to be refrigerated to insure freshness. The first day Timber tried it he was a little hesitant. I imagined him in his little doggy face saying something like this, "what is all this new strange tasting food?" But after giving it a try he gobbled the stuff right up. It was fun to watch him make a mess while he dug into his bowl, there was food flying everywhere, I wish I would have taken a picture. After watching him lick his bowl clean I was curious myself. Guess what I did? I tasted it! It's totally safe though. Check out the complete ingredients in Vital Blends Daily:

Chicken Broth, Jasmine Rice, Chickpeas, Oats, Buckwheat, Peas, Papaya, Purple Carrots, Cranberries, Sunflower Oil, Sugar, Natural Flavors. 

So what did I think? To me it tasted like a cold healthy rice salad and while I am not making this a part of my diet, I am definitely going to continue giving this stuff to Timber. 

You can purchase Vital Whole Blends and other Vital foods in select stores. Check out the store locator to find a place near you. Several stores in my area carry it including, Albertsons, Target and my local Petsmart. 

Be sure to connect with Freshpet on Facebook to learn about some of their other great brands. Also follow their blog to read the latest pet related news. 

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

July 24, 2016

Flavor Your Life!


Extra Virgin Olive Oil is truly the one must have in everyone's kitchen. It is versatile and can be used in so many preparations from a cooking oil, in a marinade, as a dip and drizzled on just about anything. It is also good of for you! Flavor Your Life  is a campaign supported by the European Union, Unaprol and the Italian Ministry of Agriculture dedicated to sharing the good news about European Extra Virgin Olive Oil and why it should be your first choice when choosing quality olive oil for you kitchen.

Olive oil in Europe has been revered for centuries. Farmers take much care in cultivating their olive trees to make sure they produce the finest Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Extra Virgin Olive Oil comes in a variety of tastes and I learned that the type of olive tree, the climate and soil of the area it is being grown, and the time of harvest all play their own roles on taste. For instance, olives harvested early in the season produce oils that are greener and more pungent. Olives harvested at the end of the season are mild and buttery. Their are also different varieties of olive oils based on the European country they come from. Spanish oil is typically golden yellow with a fruity and nutty flavor. Italian oil is dark green and more herbaceous. Greek oil tends to be green and packs a strong aroma and flavor. French oil is more pale with a mild flavor. One thing we can all agree on though is Europeans know their Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

Here is a simple recipe for a classic Caprese Salad you can enjoy made with some European Extra Virgin Olive Oil.


Caprese Salad

Fresh mozzarella cheese
Vine ripened tomato
Basil leaves
Flavorful Extra Virgin Olive Oil- I used an imported brand from Italy.
Balsamic vinegar
Course sea salt

Slice your mozzarella and tomato in rounds. Alternate layers of tomato, 1 basil leaf, and mozzarella. Drizzle with some EVOO and some balsamic. Sprinkle with salt. I like to pour balsamic on the plate rather then on top of the salad because I like to be in control of how much of the balsamic is in each bite. I don't want the light and fresh taste of the olive oil to be overpowered by the vinegar.

To find out more about Flavor Your Life and find some tasty recipe ideas go like them on Facebook.


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