Thursday, October 30, 2014

October Love with Food

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This is going to be a short post because I don’t love Love with Food. I’m pretty much just including this because have you tried Justin’s Chocolate Almond Butter? YUM! I really don’t like the regular, but the chocolate is a perfect mix of DAIRY FREE! That’s really all I care about these days. If something is dairy free, I’m sold.

October BarkBox

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Little miss received her October BarkBox and it was another win. The theme was Happy Halloween of course, and they did a wonderful job on curating the goodies.

Here’s what it had:

Plush Puppies Squeaker Mat Mummy ($15)- I totally believe that this is a $15 toy. It is very large and has multiple squeakers in it. I’ve given it to Gracie to chew when I’m in the room and she hasn’t destroyed it yet! She seems to enjoy just mouthing it, so I’m hoping it will last a little longer.

Max & Ruffy’s Pumpkin Patch Bites ($4)- I love anything Max and Ruffy and they’ve always been a success with Gracie. I really don’t mind receiving the same brands because they are always different flavors.

IMG_5130Snicky Snacks Cinnamon Crunch Bar ($2)- Gracie knows that BarkBoxs are for her, but she was especially obsessed with this months until I gave her this bar. Considering that it’s only $2, I will be looking for this again.

American Dog Toys Flash&Go Ball ($10)- I think we’ve gotten one of these before, but I can’t find it. I know that Gracie could care less about the glow, but I’m planning on throwing it outside in the dark for her to see if she’s interested.

Hare of the Dog Rabbit Jerky Stick ($3)- Love this. Gracie immediately took it outside to chew in privacy when I gave it to her.

Heartland Premium Weasand Strips ($3)- Another success. I really enjoy that we’re not getting chicken products. BB has an option for an allergy-free box, but I don’t know if I’m just getting lucky or if they actually have that option marked for me.

The great boxes that they’ve been doing lately almost make me wish we were continuing our membership, but it’s so hard for me to do when they offer the bigger discounts to new people instead of long-standing customers. We’ll see.

Apple Dessert Pizza

I finally found an occasion to make this pizza! Cole was not very supportive of me making it at home when it was just the 2 of us, and I actually agree. We would not have been able to stop ourselves from eating the entire thing.

I decided to make this when we went over to our friends house. We got to spend time with our nephew, Henry, and have some great food with our friends. Henry was obviously a little shocked to see us.

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Anyway, since this was a dessert pizza, I deviated from the original recipe that had a normal crust and decided to make a graham cracker one. Picky Palate had both recipes on her site. Graham Cracker Dough, Apple Peanut Butter S’mores Pizza.

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The dough worked out great and I actually made it prior to us going to their house and then put it in the fridge at their place. I did have a hard time not eating all of the dough before making it.

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The pizza itself was amazing. It was jam-packed with goodness. If I make it again I may try out peanut butter, pears, and honey as a new spin. Overall, it was fantastic and 10 stars.

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Updates

I’ve been majorly slacking on putting up picture updates. I’ve come across some great things so I need to finally get them out there.

First off, Cole did a great job with the landscaping! He spent weeks working on the 3 separate rock walls and building it all. Luckily we had a huge rainstorm that destroyed the roads around us so the county had to dig them out and we got the fill dirt! Not sure this project could have happened without those 10 dump trucks full. Cole and his dad put in a sprinkler system and ran some electrical so we’ll be able to hook up the pump for my little pool!

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0901141344I also cleaned my carpets, which resulted in this. She absolutely loves anything clean and immediately needs to bury herself in it, whether it’s clothes, carpets, or blankets. Her sheets typically get washed more than mine.

We also took selfies, because we’re best friends like that.

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My coworker made absolutely fabulous paintings for me recently. I had the spaces beside the “fireplace” that I wanted more color in and he took one of our wedding pictures and rolled with the background image. So happy!

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IMG_5113I found these little jewels on Amazon. They are flavored olive oils and they are perfect with a dish of pasta, garlic salt, and goat cheese. I don’t love the Basil or Truffle, but I still use them. The Bruschetta and Garlic are really great and I love how they have floaters, even though it sounds gross. They only cost $23.65, so it really wasn’t that bad considering I use them as a primary flavor.

Next up was a quick dish I made, and it wasn’t amazing, so it doesn’t deserve its own post. These were taco cupcakes and they just weren’t great. After you already heat the meat and prepare the ingredients, why not just put it in a tortilla or use chips? It’s not like you have wonton wrappers just laying around to make this with. Also, it used about 1/8th of the wrappers, so now I have no idea what to do with the rest. Not worth it.

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I almost forgot! I also had my eyes done! On August 5th I took the plunge and had PRK surgery to correct my vision. After almost 3 months I can happily say that it…sucked. Yes, it worked and my eyes are great, yada, yada, but the day after surgery and about 2 weeks beyond that were horrible. I spent the day after throwing up and the next 3 days with frozen veggies on my eyes to end the horrible pain. Not only was the eye drop aftercare ridiculous with 2 drops, 4 times a day for 3 months, but I had a huge amount of issues with not being prescribed the correct amount, so I ran out of drops about 3 times and my insurance wouldn’t approve purchase for another week. It was a mess. So now…my eyes are sensitive, I can’t rub them, and they dry out to the point of peeling them off at night, but…they are 20/10! Would I advise having PRK? Only if you easily forget bad experiences and can take a week off work. Would I advise having Lasik? Yes. Yes. Yes. PRK was entirely worth it in the end, after I’ve forgotten the first horrible month. Smile

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TAZO Chai

If there is one sample site that I love more than all the others, it has to be Smiley360. Where most samples you sign up for are shampoo and conditioner, and are too small to actually try out the product, they are also usually cheapo brands that aren’t high quality. With Smiley, they make sure that you are receiving products that actually interest you. I’ve tried many new items that I haven’t purchased before and many times they’ve become my new favorites and I’ve purchased them for family members and friends. This is definitely the case with my newest sample, TAZO chai.

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IMG_5125I am a huge chai drinker. I like fancy coffee well enough, but chai is the perfect mix of spicy and sweet for my morning drink. I typically drink Oregon Chai, but after receiving this free sample of TAZO chai from smiley, I’ve converted.

The individual tea bags that were included in the smiley package were a great mix of flavors and I had never seen a chocolate chai, so I was extremely happy to try that. I loved each flavor and ended up using the coupons for free products for one of each flavor. I searched many stores and ended up buying regular chai latte at 1 store, chocolate chai at Fred Meyer, and vanilla caramel chai at Safeway. I currently have the regular chai latte in my fridge for a morning mix of chai and soy milk, which is fabulous.

If you haven’t done so yet, give TAZO a try. Here’s a special link for up to $2.00 off: http://h5.sml360.com/-/88j6. Happy sipping!

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