Saturday, August 31, 2019

End of Summer Approaching

As we get ready for Back to School and the end of summer vacations, everyone is looking to keep things as simple as possible. I’ve got some product ideas and recipes that should keep every member of the family happy.

Keep it warm…
I’m not sure where HotLogic has been all my life while I struggled with bringing leftovers to work. There’s usually one microwave and everyone is lined up to use it. Rather than waste your lunch hour waiting for it, pick up one of these lunch boxes.

HotLogic starts at $30 and is your own little portable oven. You can not only use it to reheat food (from fresh or frozen), but it can also cook food, albeit not at microwave speed.

You can pick up a HotLogic at Amazon. They come in various colors and sizes.

Best bags for nearly everything…
I confess to be a hoarder of plastic zipper bags. I have them in various sizes and use them all the time. The only problem is that, although I always buy the ones labeled “freezer bags,” they don’t keep my food from freezer burn very long.

Although I was approached by Smelly Proof to check out their bags for holding everything from odor filled products (like fish) to travel supplies, I am the most in love with these for my freezer. I received them over a month ago and my chicken, meat, and even vegetables, look like they just went in the freezer.

Although they cost more than your supermarket zipper bags, these are easily washed and re-used over and over. It’s definitely worth picking up a batch of Smelly Proof in various sizes.

In keeping healthy…
Back to school season is also known as back to sick season. Germs are everywhere. We can’t completely protect ourselves, but as someone with autoimmune issues, I try. Unfortunately, anti-bacterial gels often leave my skin super dry.

Elyptol has a line of anti-bacterial products which are good for you and the environment. They come in packets of biodegradable wipes, gel, lotions, and hand santizer spray, all in various sizes.

The Elyptol line is made from eucalyptus oil and said to kill up to 99.99% of germs, bacteria, and fungi which can cause disease. My favorite part of these products is that they are also moisturizing, leaving my skin softer than before.

More coconut milk…
You may want to drink Gefen Coconut Milk as it is, but I’m having fun putting together recipes with it. In June month it was the Easy Blueberry Coconut Ice Cream. This month I thought I’d make a nutritious meal.

I’ve gone back to vegetarian for a bit. After my back surgery in January, I added a lot more animal protein into my diet to promote healing. I got through the recovery without any complications or infections (a miracle when you have autoimmune diseases) and now I’m feeling like I’ve become too much of a carnivore – with a few extra pounds to prove it.

I’m doing a reset of vegetarian and easing back into flexitarian, where I really need to be to keep my protein up. A recipe that I thought would be great with a little makeover is Rice and Beans. My Better for You Crockpot Rice and Beans came out delicious.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Get Ready for Summer Fun

It’s the height of the summer and I’m ready for to enjoy. That includes quick recipes and summer drinks.

A rare release by Sailor Jerry…
I spent a weekend with the crew from Sailor Jerry a few years ago. It was a fun exploration of the brand’s connection to tattoos.

I also learned a lot about this delicious spiced rum. One of the things that has made is so unique is the fact that they haven’t introduced various flavors, as so many rum brands have. Sailor Jerry finally decided to change that when they found something that had the characteristics to represent their brand.

Sailor Jerry Savage Apple is as exceptional as the original brand in that it takes a simple recipe – Sailor Jerry Rum and apples – and turns it into something you an enjoy all year round. It’s a hard apple cider, with emphasis on apple and a touch of cinnamon, and a clear peak into Sailor Jerry’s spiced rum, with its vanilla undertones.

Sailor Jerry Savage Apple is something you’ll want to chill for the summer barbecue, or warm up for a winter night.

Easily bring that drink to the beach or pool…
Speaking of having your drinks ready this summer… I recently received the PortoVino Wine Tote.

I was a bit skeptical at first that this could comfortably and safely hold the equivalent of two bottles of wine without leaking or breaking, but it does. An insulated pocket keeps the “bladders” filled with up to 1.5 liters of liquid chilled for hours.

You’ll find plenty of room left in the purse for all your needs. The best thing is that you won’t have the weight of a bottle.

I love my red, white, and blue, but the bag comes in many different options, including some that look like an everyday purse for work or travel.

Healthy and free of many allergens…
Last month, I wrote about this Flourless 5-Seed Cake I created with Beyond Equator creamy nut-less butter. This month I decided to try the crunchy one in another recipe.

It’s no secret that I love chocolate. I’m always looking for a piece of chocolate that has some added protein to give me a little afternoon boost. I scoured some recipes and didn’t find anything quite right, so I decided to put together these Nut-Free Chocolate Protein Cups on my own.

These chocolate candies are terrific for just about everyone as they are nut-free, gluten-free, and low sugar (can be made no sugar). They are also delicious.

If you aren’t already, follow me on Pinterest for more of my favorite (many original) recipes.