Fitness Confidential Book Review and #Giveaway

Fitness Confidential Book Review and #Giveaway

This Fitness Confidential Book Review and giveaway post has been sponsored but all opinions expressed are my own. Getting in shape seems like a goal that I never actually achieve.  I work at it a lot. I eat healthy..most of the time.  I exercise...sometimes.  Okay, I exercise when I start to feel guilty and my pants are starting to not fit any more.  It isn't that I don't WANT to get in shape.  I just seem to lack the motivation.  I am slowly working at it, though, and if you want to get in shape, too, than Fitness Confidential might be a good resource to help guide, motivate and amuse you along your journey to healthier living! Title:  Fitness Confidential Authors: Vinnie Tortorich and  Dean Lorey ISBN:  978-1939337924 Publisher:   Telemachus Press, LLC (June 27, … [Read more...]

Need Honey Recipes? Try The Fresh Honey Cookbook!

Need Honey Recipes? Try The Fresh Honey Cookbook!

This post has been made possible by a book I received at no charge to review.  I hope it comes in handy if you are looking for honey recipes!  All opinions expressed here are my own. This post contains affiliate links which means if you click on the link and make a purchase I will receive a few pennies in return. I am not a big believer in coincidences.  A few weeks ago I received The Fresh Honey Cookbook: 84 Recipes from a Beekeeper's Kitchen to review and in the same exact week I received a case of organic honey to review as well.  That cannot be a coincidence...I am pretty sure there was a higher power at play there!  Now I find myself browsing through dozens of honey recipes just trying to decide what to make first!  Keep your eye on the blog in the coming week if you love honey … [Read more...]

Healthy Labor Day Party Tips! #sponsored

Healthy Labor Day Party Tips! #sponsored

These Healthy Labor Day Party Ideas were inspired by a product I received to review from Chef'sChoice®.  All opinions expressed here are my own. Summer is drawing to a close and while that makes me a bit sad I am also a little happy that my kids are no longer spending their days bickering with each other.  As a last hoorah to end the summer, our neighborhood always throws a huge Labor Day pool party complete with BBQ and an assortment of side dishes supplied by the neighbors.   I  love indulging in my friend's tasty casseroles and some decadent desserts.   However, they aren't usually on my list of healthy foods to include in my diet.  But, it is nice to splurge every one in a while, right?  I like to look for a balance between the healthier food choices like fruit salad and the not … [Read more...]

The Many Uses of the Ninja Mega Kitchen System! #sponsored

The Many Uses of the Ninja Mega Kitchen System! #sponsored

I received the Ninja Mega Kitchen System to review at no charge but all opinions expressed here are my own. Back in June I attended BlogHer Food in Austin, Texas and had the chance to connect with Ninja Kitchen.  Being a serious foodie I was excited to learn more about their line of kitchen products and to see how they could be integrated into my own kitchen.  I was particularly interested in the Ninja Mega Kitchen System and when I was given the opportunity to review it I was beyond excited!  What is the Ninja Mega Kitchen System?  Consider it a cross between a blender and a food processor and then put a seriously powerful motor in it.  This one unit comes with numerous attachments and accessories to help you blend,  juice, mix and process just about every type of food you can … [Read more...]

Raw Food For Dummies Book Review

Raw Food For Dummies Book Review

This review of Raw Food For Dummies is made possible with a review copy of the book.  All opinions expressed are my own. As I try to eat healthier I find myself interested in a number of different diet concepts.  Some people go for high protein, low carb diets.  Others choose to give up meat and/or animal based products.  Some will only eat light and low fat foods.  When I was on a trip a few months ago I met someone who was a raw vegan and the concept was fascinating...how does one go about living on a raw food diet?  Are you left eating carrot sticks and fruit every day or is it possible for raw food to be a bit more complex and interesting?  I received a copy of Raw Food for Dummies to review and have learned quite a bit about what it means to live a raw food diet and why we should … [Read more...]

Preserving Blueberries:  My First Attempt at Canning! #sponsored

Preserving Blueberries: My First Attempt at Canning! #sponsored

This post about preserving blueberries is sponsored by Fagor America.  I received their pressure canning kit at no charge to facilitate this post but all opinions are my own. Eating local, in season produce is easy when you live only a few hours from Florida and it is the peak of summer.  I go to farmers markets and even out to my own back yard and there is an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables available.  When winter gets here, however, all the produce is coming from Chili or South Africa and I refuse to buy things that are not grown here in the US unless I can buy the organic version.  The solution, obviously, is to preserve all of this local, in season produce until I need it in January.  Over the years I have mainly been using my freezer or dehydrator to save all these summer … [Read more...]

The No Cook No Bake Cookbook Review

The No Cook No Bake Cookbook Review

I was provided with one copy of The No Cook No Bake Cookbook in order to write my review but all opinions expressed are my own. The No Cook No Bake Cookbook Title: The No-Cook No-Bake Cookbook Subtitle: 101 Delicious Recipes for When It's Too Hot to Cook Author: Matt Kadey ISBN:  978-1612431895 Publisher:  Ulysses Press (June 4, 2013) Format/Length:  Paperback 160 pages   From The Publisher: There are days when spending time in the kitchen is torture. But instead of resorting to microwave dinners or ordering take-out, there’s a way to make refreshing dishes that are as simple and fast as they are healthy and delicious. The 101 Best No-Cook Recipes allows you to create delicious meals without firing up the range. Whether you’re looking to make a … [Read more...]

5 Reasons to Choose Fair Trade Products and a Trade as One Subscription Service #sponsored

5 Reasons to Choose Fair Trade Products and a Trade as One Subscription Service #sponsored

This post on Fair Trade Products is brought to you by Trade as One but all opinions expressed are my own. When you take a wander through the grocery store to do your weekly shopping there are all sorts of terms that just jump right out at you from the front panel of your food.  Organic, natural, locally raised, heirloom, etc. are all terms that tell us a little bit about the food we are buying.  But have you ever seen the term 'Fair Trade'?  Do you know what it means or why you should support companies that sell Fair Trade products?  According to Wikipedia, the term Fair Trade is an social movement that helps producers in developing countries  achieve better trading conditions and promote sustainability.   Basically, the Fair Trade movement aims to help the poorest of people earn a … [Read more...]

Tips for Cooking with Quinoa and a Book Review #sponsored

Tips for Cooking with Quinoa and a Book Review #sponsored

This cooking with quinoa post is made possible with a review copy that I was sent at no charge.  All opinions are my own.   I have recently discovered quinoa and I can honestly say it is quickly becoming a favorite not only because it tastes good but because it is so easy to cook with.  Quinoa comes in several varieties, including white, red and black.  I have not noticed too much difference in flavor between them but you might, depending on how you cook them.  Quinoa is considered a 'superfood' because of its rich nutritional content and it has tons of protein in it.  That makes cooking with quinoa a great idea for people looking to reduce their meat intake!   Here are a few tips for cooking with quinoa if you would like to experiment a bit: Tips for Cooking with Quinoa 1.  Don't … [Read more...]

Preserving Wild Foods

Preserving Wild Foods

I was provided one copy of Preserving Wild Foods at no charge in order to facilitate my review by all opinions expressed are my own.   Preserving Wild Foods Title:   Preserving Wild Foods Subtitle:  A Modern Forager's Recipes for Curing, Canning, Smoking, and Pickling ISBN:  978-1603427272 Authors:  Matthew Weingarten, Raquel Pelzel Publisher:  Storey Publishing, LLC (November 6, 2012) Format/Length:  Paperback 256 pages   From the Publisher:   Crab apple mostarda. Instant samphire pickles. Sweet bergamot marmalade. Pickled chanterelle mushrooms. Blueberry-maple spoon fruit. Duck prosciutto. Wild ramp and walnut pesto. These and dozens of other inspired recipes from chef Matthew Weingarten show you how to preserve -- by curing, canning, … [Read more...]