Friday, July 3, 2015

Free Pack of Balance Bites for Kroger & Affiliates on 7/3

To get a Free Pack of Balance Bites at your favorite Kroger store, mine is Smiths, select your store and load it to your shoppers card! The coupon will only be available TODAY between 12:00 a.m. and 11:59 p.m.

Expires 7/19/15

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

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Chocolate Mocha Cake Made With Community Coffee

      I love coffee as the taste is awesome. As I was enjoying my morning cup of coffee, it was French vanilla flavor, I thought to myself that this coffee would taste great with a slice of cake. So of course that led me to thinking about making a cake. I then thought about how a coffee flavored cake would taste awesome.  Well one thing led to another and I made a cake using my French vanilla coffee. My cake was simple to make as I just used a box mix and substituted coffee for the water. The coffee gave the cake an awesome mocha flavor. I also made a wonderful coffee glaze for the cake. I love that coffee transformed a plain box cake to an amazing delicious cake.

     I was sent three varieties of Community Coffee, in 3 delicious flavors, to enjoy as a great cup of coffee and to use in my baking. The yummy flavors that I was sent were Golden Caramel, French Vanilla, and Vanilla Crème Brulee .  When I received the coffee it was hard to decide which flavor to enjoy first. The Vanilla Crème Brulee won as it was packaged in a K-cup and that meant I could enjoy my coffee faster. I popped that cup into my single serve machine and pressed the start button. Within seconds my coffee was brewing. The aroma was incredible, even my boys were saying “mom that smells yummy.”  Wonderful caramel scents were awaiting my taste buds. I added my milk and sugar then poured it over a cup of ice, as it was a hot summer day. The taste of the coffee was even better and it was a yummy afternoon treat. The next day I enjoyed the Golden Caramel coffee and it was also wonderful with a great caramel taste. I could smell the caramel as soon as opened the bag of coffee and while it was brewing, the aroma of caramel was even stronger. My teen also brewed a cup of the Golden Caramel coffee and he said "mom there is caramel candy in the coffee." My cup of French Vanilla coffee was also very yummy. The aroma and taste of vanilla was intense.

        About Community Coffee Company

     Now in its 96th year, Community Coffee Company is the largest family-owned and operated coffee company in the U.S. Founded in 1919 , Community Coffee not only sells great tasting coffee, but they import and roast their own coffee beans and they are located in Baton Rouge, LA
You can see all the varieties of COMMUNITY Coffee on their website.  From the intense, bold flavor and remarkably rich finish of their French Roast to the satiny smooth Golden Caramel flavored blend, the Community® coffee Premium line is lovingly made only with 100% select Arabica coffee beans—the best quality beans available.

    Trust me you will have a hard time selecting which coffee to buy. Community coffee is available for purchase on their website and at grocery stores throughout the Southeast region of the United States. For more information, please visit

     Not only does Community Coffee sell great tasting coffee but they support those who serve our country through their Military Match program. This is a wonderful program that gives the men who serve our country a taste of home with a great cup of coffee. Over 55,000 pounds of or 2.2 million cups of Community coffee have been shipped to active-duty military personnel since the program’s inception. So say thank you to the men and women in the U.S. military by purchasing a cup of home and Community Coffee will double your customer coffee order through the Military Match program for free. Visit their website for more information.


    Now for the recipe for my delicious chocolate mocha cake. You can also find other wonderful recipes that use coffee at the Community Coffee website. They have recipes that incorporates their wonderful coffee into everything from ribs to waffles. There is one for Salted Caramel Espresso Brownies that I am just going to have to make as it sounds incredible.

                                           What recipe will you incorporate coffee into?

                                                 Chocolate Mocha Cake

                                              1 box chocolate cake mix
                                              1¼ cups brewed coffee, I like Community Coffee French Vanilla
                                              3 eggs
                                              1/3 vegetable oil
                               glaze for cake
                                      2 cups powder sugar
                                      4 tablespoons brewed coffee

Preheat oven to 350F
  Mix the cake mix with the coffee, eggs, and oil with an electric mixer on low speed for 2 minutes, scraping bowl as needed. Then grease and flour a bundt pan. Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 40-50 minutes or until a knife inserted into the cake comes out clean. Let the cake cool for an hour and then remove from the pan. Mix the glaze ingredients together until well combined, adding more powder sugar if needed for desired consistency. Drizzle the glaze over the cake and sprinkle with sprinkles if desired.

Notes: If you like a stronger taste of coffee in the cake then brew your coffee stronger.

"These opinions are my own and was sent the above mentioned products in exchange for a review."

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Red, White & Blue 4th Of July Flag Pizza

   When you think of July 4th you think of barbecues and parties. Most people cook the standard burgers and hot dogs.  Year after year that can get quiet boring. I have a great recipe for a 4th of July celebration that will be the hit of the party. For my 4th of July celebration I am serving pizza that looks like a flag. You can serve this pizza as an appetizer or the main dish. You guests will be amazed when they are served a pizza that looks like a flag. I make my pizza dough in a bread machine but you can use store bought or make the dough without a bread machine.

                      Red, White and Blue Pizza

    Serves 6-8


                  Pizza dough for one pizza- recipe at end
         cherry tomatoes, sliced in half or 4 roma tomatoes cut into small pieces
         2 purple potatoes, cooked and cubed into pieces
         2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
         2-4 ounces mozzarella cheese cut into tiny cubes for the stars
         Olive oil

Oven  400F

Brush oil on a baking sheet. Roll the dough onto the baking sheet and then prick the dough with a fork. Place the cheese all over the dough. In the corner of the pizza dough, arrange the cooked potatoes to represent  the blue part of the flag. Then take the sliced tomatoes and arrange them on the dough to represent the stripes. Take the cheese cubes and place it on the potatoes to look like stars. Bake the pizza for 20-30 minutes or until cheese is melted and crust is crispy. Slice the pizza into squares to serve but leave them on the baking sheet for a great presentation.

             Pizza dough recipe

            2 cups flour    3/4 cup warm water
            1 teaspoon salt    1 tablespoon oil
             1 tablespoon sugar   1 1/2  teaspoons yeast or one yeast package

Combine all ingredients in bread machine and set on dough setting. If making by hand combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir until dough forms a ball. Knead on floured surface into a ball. Let dough rise in a warm place for an hour.


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Keep Your Money Safe From Thieves While Traveling With A Money Belt


     It is official! I am going to Blogger Bash and BlogHer. I am so excited that I get to go to New York for awesome blogging conferences. I am going all by myself, without the family, so it will be like a mini vacation. I get to attend fun blogging events and stay in a hotel all by myself. It is going to be so much fun. The only drawback is I will have to maneuver crowded airports and busy subways all by myself. I will of course protect my money, credit cards and other important items.

     I found a wonderful money belt that will not only keep my money hidden from thieves but it will also protect my credit cards from being electronically stolen. This travel belt will allow me to travel safe while keeping my money and other important items like credit cards and plane tickets safely hidden from criminals. The money belt has three zippered pockets and the inner pocket even has three separate pouches to put your  credits cards in. The inner credit card pocket has RFID blocking on it so sophisticated crooks can’t  scan your credit cards and steal your identity. The crook does not even have to be near your to scan your credit card. That is scary stuff, but it does not have to be when you wear the Merinte’s money belt. Traveling is suppose  to be fun so don’t let it turn into a 

   The Merinte’s money belt is easily worn underneath or outside your clothing. This lightweight belt even has a stop drop loop, that clicks over your belt, that will prevent a thief from getting your money if they cut the belt. The belt comes with an adjustable, stretchy waistband so it will fit almost anyone.  You can place items like cash, credit cards, plane tickets, and passports in the roomy pockets. You can even place your phone and small jewelry in the pockets.  Your items are then easy to access when you need them, no more having to digging through your suitcase when you need to present your airline tickets. I love that this belt also has breathable mesh on it as I will be traveling in July which is a hot humid month in New York. The pouch is even water resistant.  The money pouch is awesome for people to use in airports, bus stations, sporting events, and even everyday shopping.

    So protect your money and other important items when you travel. I don’t even want to think of being stranded in New York without my money, phone or credit card. I am going to be travel smart and wear the Merinte’s money belt while I am enjoying my time in New York. So if you want to be smart while traveling be sure to check out how you can get a money belt for yourself. Also you can save $5.00 of the price of the money belt by using code WRM8ACAR on Amazon.

                                           Visit Merinte’s website at

You can also order the money belt on Amazon. This money belt comes with a 12 month faulty replacement guarantee. Use code WRM8ACAR to save $5.00.

“These opinions are my own and I was sent the above mentioned product in exchange for a honest review.”

Monday, June 29, 2015

Gluten Free Black Bean Brownies Made With Organically Grown Vanilla Bean Powder

     I am always looking for ways to make things that my kids enjoy healthy. My boys enjoy brownies and having brownies once in a while is ok, but I wanted to find a way to make them healthy so we could enjoy them more often. Also since my youngest boys are picky eaters, I am always looking for ways to sneak extra nutrition into their bodies. My youngest does not eat meat and does not like beans, so I am always looking for ways to get protein into his body. These black bean brownies and loaded with protein and are also low in sugar too. I used almond meal in my recipe instead of flour which makes these brownies gluten-free. I also used a different kind of vanilla in the recipe which gives them great creamy vanilla taste.

  The vanilla I used was Organically Grown Vanilla Bean Powder. This vanilla is in a powder form and comes from vanilla beans that are dried and made into a powder form. Since this is pure vanilla beans it gives a great rich creamy vanilla flavor to baked goods like cookies, cakes, brownies, and more. You can also use this vanilla powder when you make coffee.  Just add 1/2- 1 teaspoon to the ground coffee for great tasting vanilla coffee. Another benefit to vanilla powder is it has no alcohol in it making it great to use in recipes like ice cream. You are getting pure vanilla taste and no taste of the alcohol that vanilla extract has. You can also use this vanilla powder in homemade items like lotions as vanilla has anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe inflamed ares of the skin. Vanilla also has a great scent too.

     Did you know that vanilla bean is high in many minerals such like potassium, iron, manganese and copper. Potassium is important for cell and body fluids that help control blood pressure and heart rate. Iron is important for red blood cell production. Manganese and copper are co-factors for the antioxidant enzyme. I did not know that either and according to USDA, vanilla bean is in the top 10 antioxidant foods. Vanilla also has antibacterial properties that help reduce skin infections and encourage wound healing.

    The vanilla powder that I used was grown on the Java Islands of Indonesia. The manufacture Sunny Day Organics, a family owned business, uses no chemical fertilizers and grinds the vanilla beans right before packaging to seal the freshness inside. This vanilla powder is gluten-free and vegan. I just love the intense vanilla flavor that this Organically Grown Vanilla Bean Powder gave to my brownies.

   You can find this wonderful tasting vanilla powder on Amazon and the company also offers a 100% money back guarantee so if you are not happy you can get your money back, no questions asked.

                                        Black Bean Brownies

                            1½ cup almond meal
                                          1½ teaspoon baking soda
                                          1½ teaspoon baking powder
                                           ½ teaspoon salt
                                           1 can black beans (15oz), drained
                                           1 cup dark chocolate chips
                                           ⅓ cup melted coconut oil
                                            ½ cup honey
                                           2 teaspoons Organically Grown Vanilla Bean Powder
                                           2 eggs

                       Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Lightly grease a brownie pan with coconut oil. Set aside.

In a medium bowl combine the almond meal, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave. I melt my chocolate by placing the chocolate in a dish and cooking for 2 minutes on high. Then stir the chocolate. Cook the chocolate for 30 more seconds and stir again until the chocolate is smooth.

In a high speed blender combine the drained beans, melted chocolate, coconut oil, honey, and vanilla powder. Blend on low speed until smooth.

Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients and mix. Add the eggs and mix until fully incorporated.
Pour into prepared pan.

Bake for 25-30 minutes. Allow to cool fully before cutting into squares.

"These opinions are my own and I was sent the above mentioned product to write this review."

Friday, June 26, 2015

Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies

   I love cookies and when I make them I tend to eat too many. I will snack on them all day. Snacking on cookies all day is not healthy for me and will make me fat. My solution to my cookie craving is to make healthy cookies that I can eat without feeling guilty. My cookies are loaded with whole grains and protein to fill me up with good nutrition. They are also low in sugar and fat. These cookies are also great to eat for breakfast too.

   So how do I make a peanut butter cookie low fat? My secret is PBfit Peanut Butter Powder. This powder is made from roasted peanuts and only has 4 grams of fat per serving compared to 16 grams of regular peanut butter. You are probably wondering how that is possible as peanuts are high in fat. PBfit takes peanuts and gently roasts them.  Then they extract 85% of the oil from the peanuts and grinds the peanuts into a powder. They add a pinch of sugar and a dash of salt to create a delicious powder that tastes like peanut butter.

   This yummy peanut powder is great to add to smoothies, yogurt, and oatmeal to add a flavor protein boost. You can also add PBfit to recipes like cookies, muffins, and pancakes to add a great peanut butter taste without adding fat. You can even make the powder into a spread to make a low fat peanut butter sandwich or a dip for apples. My boys love when I use PBfit to make them a chocolate peanut butter shake. Check out this wonderful low fat peanut butter powder and click on the below links.

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         Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies

                                               1 cup no sugar applesauce
                                               1/4 cup sugar
                                               1/2 cup almond milk
                                               1 teaspoon vanilla
                                               1 egg
                                               1 1/2 cups almond flour
                                               1 1/2 cups Rolled Oats
                                               1 cup PBfit peanut butter powder
                                               3/4 cup flax meal
                                               1/2 teaspoon salt
                                               1/2 teaspoon baking soda
                                               3/4 cup chocolate chips
                                               1 cup unsalted raw sunflower seeds

1) Lightly grease 3 baking sheets, or line them with parchment or silicone baking mats.
2) In a large bowl, mix the applesauce,  sugar, almond milk, vanilla, and egg together. Combine until smooth.
3) Combine together the almond flour, oats,Pbfit powder, flax meal, salt, and baking soda. Then add to applesauce mixture and mix well.
4) Add chocolate chips and sunflower seeds. Mix until ingredients are all combined.
5) Let the dough rest for 30 minutes or so at room temperature, for the oats to soften. Towards the end of the rest period, preheat the oven to 350°F.
5) Scoop the dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheets. Flatten each ball of dough slightly. I like to put 12 cookies per baking sheet.
7) Bake the cookies for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown. Cool them on the baking sheets for 15 minutes or so, to allow them to set. Store in the fridge to keep fresh.

Makes 3 dozen cookies

"These opinions are my own and I received the above mentioned product in exchange for a review."