Wednesday, March 21, 2018

{Shopping} Trader Joe's Finds

Who doesn't love a good TJ's run? I'm constantly finding new (to me) products and searching for recommended products when I'm there.
 This water was new to me and sounded refreshing. The flavors are not overpowering and the hint of ginger gets you with a nice tingle as you sip it down.
 I love the seasonal products at TJ's but it's best to grab them when you see them because they probably won't be there when you go back. I didn't try this one but my family said it was awesome.  How clever is the name too?
 This one was recommended by a vegan vlogger as a must try from TJ's. It's a tasty, sweet marinade that I use when I make pineapple stir fry.  It's a blend of soy sauce, pineapple juice, garlic and ginger (and some other spices).
 These are such a steal, I grab them whenever I'm there.  You get a really generous amount of green onions for $1.29 or thereabouts. The onions are always fresh and crunchy. Such a deal!
 Dipping carrots in hummus is delish, but sometimes I just want a cracker.  They give you a lot of bang for the calorie buck. (17 crackers = 130 calories/2.5 grams of fat). They are gluten free but do contain soy. Sorry, Tamar!
I'm always looking for healthy snacks for Miss High School's lunch and the last dried apples I found had a ton of sugar so they were no bueno. These tart apples are unsweetened and unsulfured.  #winwin
What's your favorite TJ's find lately?
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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

{Review} CanvasPop Photo Pillow

I was thrilled when reached out to me to review one of their new Photo Pillows.   These new American made high quality pillows help solve the problem of what to do with all our favorite photos.
It's a nice alternative to a framed photo and it's easy to move it from room to room.   Photo pillows are a novel way to print out your best shots of family, memories and milestones.
The hardest part for me was deciding which photo I wanted to use. The website makes it easy to design your perfect pillow in 3 simple steps.  

1)Select your favorite photo from your phone, tablet or computer.
2)Upload your photo and perfect it with the pillow customizer.  You'll get a live preview so you'll see exactly how your pillow will look.
3)Sit back and wait for your pillow to arrive (very quick shipping!).

I decided on this shot from our trip to Aruba in 2015.  I love the colors and seeing this serene tropical scene takes me away from the cold and dreary weather we're experiencing (hello N'oreasters 4 & 5!#goaway).   Every pillow comes with a removable cover and is made in America with 100% spun polyester.  They are easy to clean and will keep their form.
I was impressed with the quality of the pillow and its cover. I've purchased many pillow covers and this one is super thick and easy to zipper.  I also love that the design is on both sides of the pillow!
CanvasPop guarantees you will love everything thing about your pillow.  If you don't, they'll re-make it or refund your money.

Disclaimer: I received product from the company to review but all opinions are my own.
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Monday, March 19, 2018

{Recipe} Vegan Jambalaya

I used to make jambalaya but it's been awhile and since I no longer eat sausage or shrimp, I had to come up with a new recipe to satisfy my craving.
 I had some Yves veggie breakfast patties that needed to be used up and that was the start of this recipe!
Vegan Jambalaya
1 medium onion, diced
3-4 stalks celery diced
2-4 cloves garlic, minced
1 bell pepper, diced
1 package veggie sausage (like Yves), cut up into bite sized pieces
1 can beans of your choice (I used pinto), rinsed and drained
2 cups cooked brown rice
1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
1 15 oz can diced tomatoes
1/4-1/2 tsp crushed red pepper (more or less to taste)
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp basil
1 tsp oregano
salt & pepper to taste
scallions for garnish (optional)
To make:
  • Sauté onion, celery, bell pepper and garlic over medium heat with a little water.
  • Once onion is translucent, add veggie sausage pieces and cook to warm through, adding more water to keep from sticking if necessary.
  • Add cooked rice, both cans of tomatoes, beans and seasonings. Stir to combine and bring to a low boil, then simmer for 15-20 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary.
  • Serve with scallions on top and some hot sauce if you like it hotter.

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Four On Friday

Here's to Friday and what I've been... NEW hair cut! Long overdue!


Remembering...Editing this little cutie last year.

Stoked about...getting a shout on Nature's Charm Instagram for my Vegan Coconut Macaroon Nests.

Dreaming about... going back to Ireland.
Happy St. Patrick's Day Weekend! Are you doing anything fun to celebrate?

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