Thursday, January 31, 2013

AeroPress Giveaway Winner

Thank you to everyone who entered my AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker Giveaway. has named lucky number 5 our winner, which is Karen! Congrats! Since Karen didn't include an email address in her posts, I'm going to ask her to comment on this post within 48 hours with an email address so I can contact her about her prize. After 48 hours, another winner will be chosen. Don't delay!

I don't know where you all live, but below is a picture of the snowy weather we're having in Michigan right now. Brrrrr!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Homemade Sugar Cookies, Pumpkin Bread, and Granola

Today I'm going to share a few recipes I've made recently. Also, I want to remind you that I have a giveaway for an Aeropress Coffee Maker going on now. You should check it out!

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 1/4 cups white sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients. Roll spoonfuls of dough into balls and place onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until golden. Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.

Easy Pumpkin Bread 
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cups sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin 
1/2 cup olive oil 
2 eggs
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix together flour, salt, baking soda, and sugar. In a separate bowl combined pumpkin, oil, eggs, water, and spices. Combine with dry ingredients. Pour into a greased loaf pan. Bake 50-60 minutes until a toothpick poked in the very center of the loaf comes out clean. Turn out of the pan and let cool on a rack. You can also use this recipe to make pumpkin muffins. 

Maple Nut Granola
3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 tsp. almond or vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups fruit and seed trail mix

Mix all ingredients together except trail mix and place on baking pan, which you can cover with aluminum foil or parchment paper to make the clean-up easier. Bake at 325 degrees for 15 minutes, stir, then bake another 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Mix baked granola with trail mix for an even more robust granola treat.

Monday, January 21, 2013

AeroPress Coffee Maker Review and Giveaway

How do you like to start your day? A run? Yoga? Green Smoothie? I personally love a hot cup of coffee along with a wholesome breakfast. For this reason, I am very happy to share my review of the AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker with you all.  I was sent a complimentary AeroPress to review from Aerobie, which has a number of other neat products too.

This coffee and espresso maker produces the "world's smoothest, richest brew," and it does so very quickly! The press time takes only 20 seconds. Check out it's slick design below:

AeroPress Coffee Maker: 10 of 10. I love this! The coffee really is rich and smooth as advertised! It is also a very quick process that is super easy to clean-up. I am definitely impressed. I also used this to make coffee for my parents during a visit, and they loved it.

Would you like an AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker? You can purchase one from a number of physical and online retailers (retails for just $29.99) or you can enter my giveaway for an AeroPress of your own!

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This giveaway is open to U.S. residents and will end on January 30, 2013. The winner will be picked via and will have 48 hours to respond to the winning e-mail to claim their prize or another winner will be drawn. Make sure you leave a valid e-mail address in your posts! Giveaway is sponsored by Aerobie.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Two Moms in the Raw Review

Two Moms in the Raw is a "family-owned gluten free, raw food manufacturer located in Boulder County Colorado and founded in 2006 by Shari and Marsha (daughter and mom team)." They use only organic, non-GMO, gluten free, kosher and vegan ingredients in their handmade granola bars, nut bars, sea crackers, truffles and cereals. 

I am excited to share my reviews of the following Two Moms in the Raw products:

Cereal: 9 of 10. This cereal is hearty, crunchy, wholesome, and slightly sweet. It doesn't have as strong of a flavor as I expected with all the great ingredients, but I still enjoyed it by itself and with yogurt. 

Almond Butter Cacao Truffles: 10 of 10. I enjoyed these more than other regular truffles I've tried. The almond butter was a great flavor encased by a wonderful cacao covering. 

Goldenberry Granola: 9.5 of 10. This granola bar is slightly sweet, crunchy and chewy, and full of delicious seeds held together by agave. It is a great snack!

Cranberry Nut Bar: 10 of 10. This bar is full of my favorite nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts), sweet cranberries, and a great combination of spices. I enjoyed it!

Raw food is truly satisfying in a way that processed food is not. The flavors are stronger and more authentic. I really enjoyed this review and hope you all look into trying some of Two Moms in the Raw's products. They are available at Whole Foods and other retailers around the country.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

P28 High Protein Bread Review

Happy New Year! I can't believe 2012 is over and 2013 has just begun. I am happy to be able to start this year with a great product review.

P28 High Protein Bread is "the first Original High Protein Bread on the market." Protein is an important part of everyone's diet, especially when body building or exercising a lot. Some people like to add protein to their diet with protein powder, but that can be quite expensive. P28 Protein Bread gives you another option: You can add protein to your diet by eating the same food you already eat on a regular basis - bread!

I like this concept and was eager to try their products. They have P28 High Protein Bread, Bagels, and Flat Bread! And guess what?! They just added High Protein Spreads (in 4 flavors!) to their product list! I love nut butters, so I find this very exciting! The white chocolate spread sounds especially delicious.

P28 High Protein Bread: 9.5 of 10. I love this hearty bread! It is soft and thick with a great texture. I love that it is whole wheat, and I wouldn't know it was protein bread unless told. It's a great way to add protein to your sandwich.

P28 High Protein Flat Bread: 9.5 of 10. This flat bread is so versatile. I used some to make pizzas, others for sandwiches. It is soft, yet thick and hearty. It is quite substantial for only 260 calories, and it is 100% natural and whole wheat! My only complaint was that after freezing and thawing them, they tended to more easily crack down the center. They were still fresh and very tasty after being in my freezer for a few weeks though, so I was very happy about that.

P28 High Protein Bagel: 10 of 10. This bagel is slightly sweet and chewier than your typical bagel. It is a light texture, but topped with beautiful oats and filled with some very tasty seeds. They freeze and thaw well. Having one of these bagels for breakfast can definitely take the place of a protein powder infused green smoothie, and while I love my green smoothies, sometimes it's nice to have something different.

All in all, I very much enjoyed reviewing the P28 High Protein products. If you currently use protein powder or simply would like to get more protein in your diet, I recommend them.