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Snacking just got Smarter

I just received samples of Smartfood Selects from a Bzzagent campaign. A bunch of girls and I decided we would try them out one afternoon while sipping a delicious adult beverage. We were blown away. These Smartfood Selects come in a variety of flavors, and do not lack in flavor, texture and it’s claims that they are lower fat, higher fiber and delicious too! We all agreed they are what we like to refer as “A do over” So if you haven’t checked them out in your local stores, give them a try next time when you are wanting that snack, but not the calories.

I am not paid to sell this product, nor did I receive it to try and sell it. I am a bzzagent that is asked to give my personal opinion on products that are sent to me.

New Glade Expressions

My Bzzkit for the Glade Expressions came today! I immediately ran down to the store and used the coupons to pick up my free Glade Expressions Oil Diffuser and Fragrance Mist. The store I purchased my kits from had one choice in fragrances, pineapple mangosteen, and I love it. If your like me, and you have a candle, or a scentsy, or other kind of room freshener in your home, you will want to give these a try.

Bumper crop of Beans

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I am probably going to date myself here, but do you remember when you were a kid and you had to pick beans in the summer?  At summers end I vowed to never eat another green bean again.  A short season, but to a kid, it seemed like an eternity.  When the season ended if you were good enough, at 2 1/2 cents a pound you might walk away with $100.00.  Oh the plans we had for that money!

Now I can’t wait for the season to start. I watch patiently as the bushes fill up and when that first bean appears on the bush it never makes it to the plate. It is eaten fresh in the garden.

This year the garden is producing more than I can keep up with. I planted what I thought was enough to eat  through the season, but with perfect weather here in the west, we are seeing a bumper crop this year.  I have steamed them, thrown them in soups, and salads, marinated, pickled, and stir-fryed them, but last night I was thumbing through Eating Well Magazine and saw a wonderful article with several recipes for green beans. One stood out for me that had both the abundance of beans I had, and the summer squash that was staring me in the face. So thanks to them, I have several more dishes to try before the crop is through.  Image

 

String Beans and Summer Squash

1 Tbsp EVOO

1 lb green or yellow wax beans trimmed and halved

1 large summer squash, halved lengthwise, then cut crosswise into 1/2 inch slices

2 medium cloves garlic, minced

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper

1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth

1 tsp dried marjoram or 2 tsp fresh chopped

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add beans, squash, garlic, salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are beginning to brown, about 3 minutes.

Add broth, cover and reduce the heat to medium. Cook until the beans are tender crisp, 4 or 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in marjoram.

 

Note:  I used Rosemary from the garden instead of the marjoram and it tasted wonderful.  

 

Free Coke

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Click the link below to get your free liters of Coca Cola

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This is probably the most searched recipe on the blog. I thought I would reprise it and bring it up front again. Perfect bowl for summer salads with none of the fat of the original deepfried version. Enjoy!

Therapeutic Ramblings

flour-bowl.jpgWith the weather improving and working in the yard more, I like foods like this that take no time to make and are versatile.  This salad bowl takes 10-15 min. depending on how crispy you like your bowls, and can be made with Mission Low Carb tortilla’s, my favorite or any flour tortilla you like.  Once the bowls are done, let them cool and fill with whatever you heart desires.  

Find an oven proof bowl that you can form a bowl in.  Here is mine, I have three that were give

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n to me by Grandma Benson and they work perfectly giving it a curve as they bake.   

Spray the bowl with PAM and press flour tortilla into bowl.  Spray the top of the shell with PAM to help it Brown. Place in a 375 degree oven.  After 5 minutes, check the shell often to make sure it doesn’t…

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No more Frizzy hair

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Help your hair out in these humid days of summer.  No more frizz!  Lightweight frizz control with Frizz-ease!

July Cravebox full of fun!

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Summer “Crave-ings”