Archives for the month of: August, 2012

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When you have cartons of Graeter’s Ice Cream in your freezer, desserts for your Labor Day weekend will be labor-less – and very delicious!  The folks at Graeter’s (www.graeters.com) have been dishing up their sweet creamy frozen confections since 1870 and now comes word they have recently been introduced into Sheetz stores (www.sheetz.com).

Small wonder that Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip is their most popular flavor, with a gorgeous deep purple color and authentic fresh berry taste. We love scooping this variety into sugar cones for a quick treat.  In addition to such classic favorites as vanilla, caramel, strawberry, chocolate and black cherry, Graeter’s also gets rave reviews for its chocolate chip line-up, including rich Chocolate Chocolate Chip, refreshing Mint Chocolate Chip (our favorite) and Vanilla Chocolate Chip, combining the best of two worlds.  And the news gets even better once you become a Graeter’s fan — in case you can’t find your favorite at your local grocer or Sheetz store, you can mail order this heavenly cocoction direct from Graeter’s headquarters.

Graeter’s Ice Cream — Gotta Love It!

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“Complete Cake Mix Magic” by Jill Snider (www.robertrose.ca)  is our cookbook pick of the week. Simpled inspired ways (300 of them) to transform a box of simple packaged cake mix into a show-stopping dessert or bakery item your family and friends can ooh and aah over.

No meal is complete without a sweet treat at the end, even breakfast, but those bills for fancy bakery-bought items can sure add up fast. Spend a weekend morning in the kitchen trying out Snider’s creative recipes for such goodies as Chocolate Raspberry Almond Oat Bars, Queen Elizabeth Cake and Pina Colada Torte and you’ll have an assortment of great-tasting and tempting bakery offerings to last you through the week! This book is also a great resource for parents who are fundraising for their children’s schools and need good ideas for bakery items that will just fly off the shelf at bake sales.

“Complete Cake Mix Magic” by Jill Snider – Gotta Love it!

 

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There’s a delicious surprise when you spread Naturally Moore Peanut Butter (www.naturallymore.com) on your back to school peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Not only is there the authentic taste of freshly roasted peanuts, there is also the rich and crunchy goodness of flaxseeds and flaxseed oils for a boost of omega-3 oils.

Naturally More comes in both creamy spread and chunky (our favorite) and is great for using beyond sandwiches, too! Enjoy it as a dip for sliced apples or carrot sticks, spread on your grilled cheese sandwich for a new taste sensation or blended into chocolate milk for a power-house shake. We also enjoy it straight from the spoon as a snack treat, savoring every bite.

Naturally More Peanut Butter – Gotta Love It!

 

 

This cookbook will convince you to invest in a slow cooker!

Don’t wait until the chilly days of fall to start using your slow cooker. And if you don’t already have this essential piece of kitchen equipment, the sassy and creative recipes offered by Sally Vaughan-Johnston in “The Best of Bridge Slow Cooker Cookbook” ( www.bestofbridge.com)  will convince you to get one!

Meals are quick and easy to prepare ahead of time, whether you want to serve Chicken and Corn Chowder, Red Lentil and Vegetable Curry, or an Apple Blackberry Crisp all created out of one pot and simmered over hours for juicy and delicious flavor.  And the spiral bound format is very easy to read laid flat against your kitchen counter for referral  while you prepare all of your ingredients. We also like the fact that other side dish recipes are also included in the mix to complement your main dish slow cooker courses.

“The Best of Bridge Slow Cooker Cookbook” – Gotta Love It!

 

 

 

 

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Just as Roy Rogers was considered King of the Cowboys, we think Rocky Mountain Popcorn (www.rmpopcorn.com) deserves the title King of the Gourmet Popcorns. The Rocky Mountain Popcorn Company was a local secret available only to Colorado area residents up until 2007 when the company went national. Now it’s available at select retail locations, in addition to mail order online.

Not only are the flavors varied, fresh and authentic, ranging from butter, white cheddar, jalapeno, cinnamon sugar (our favorite) and caramel to natural, slightly sweet Kettle corn and Southwestern cheddar, each popped kernel is big and fluffy, with an almost melt in your mouth quality. The grip and pour bags are easy to open and easy to handle. Chowing down on Rocky Mountain Popcorn makes any movie experience more enjoyable! Not only can you mail order a supply for your own house, their seven flavor tin or popcorn of the month club makes a great gift idea with the holiday season just around the corner.

Rocky Mountain Popcorn – Gotta Love It!

 

 

 

 

 

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Ever wonder why a glass of sun tea always tastes so crisp and delicious? It’s because the sunlight charges the water during the brewing process and it becomes a living water that is more nutritious and delicious than water just poured from the tap. And if you want your sun tea to have the best flavor, try brewing it with a few bags of Choice Organic Teas (www.choiceorganicteas.com). All varieties are Fair Trade Certified, gluten-free and even kosher.

Masala Chai and Rooibos Chai are our favorites for sun tea preparations, using a tall glass container with lid and allowing to steep in direct sunlight for at least 5 to 6 hours. Use 2 to 3 bags for optimum flavor.  There are 30 different flavor choices when you select “Choice” , including Yerba Mate Mint, Darjeeling, Lemon Lavender Mint and Ginger. And all Choice tea bags also make a comforting cup of hot tea, so you can substitute Premium Korean Green or Decaffeinated Green for your usual morning cup of coffee.

Choice Organic Teas for Brewing Sun Tea – Gotta Love It!

 

 

 

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Feelin’ beat from the heat? It’s easy to find cool relief when you pop a new Ice Breakers Duo Fruit + Cool mint into your mouth (www.Ice-Breakers.com).

This new sugar-free mint offering from Hershey Candy combines the sweet-tartness of fruit with the cool of mint in one mint candy. The easy to open plastic container is flat and round, convenient for storing in pocket, purse, school locker or glove compartment of your car. Strawberry or Raspberry flavors (our favorite). New Ice Breakers Duo Fruit + Cool is a cool way to freshen your breath and enjoy a minty snack with fruity flavor any time of the day or night.

Ice Breakers Duo Fruit + Cool – Gotta Love It!

 

 

 

 

Get Kids School Ready with Macro Greens

With another school year just around the corner, kids need as much mental and physical energy as possible to get the new year off to a good start.

Macro Coco Greens from Macro Life Naturals (www.MacroLifeNaturals.com) provides a super way for children to sip their way to three extra servings of fruits and veggies daily. Mix into milk or water as a delicious alternative to sugary juices and carbonated beverages.

Macro Coco Greens – Gotta Love It!