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5 Reasons I love being a Tastefully Simple Consultant

Hello, everyone, today’s post is a little different, yes it deals with my love of food but it also describes my love for Tastefully Simple. I was recently asked why I chose to sell Tastefully Simple. First I must give you some background information about how I found out about this company.

A former coworker of mine (Hey Kacey!) was having a Tastefully Simple party and she invited me to come. She told me it was a food tasting party, I immediately said count me in. My mom and I went to the party, it was really fun and interactive. While the consultant was answering questions about her Tastefully Simple business, my mom leans over to me and says ‘You can do this.’ My response is “What, host a party?” She’s like ‘No, become a consultant. You like to talk, meet new people and you love food. I say you should do it and I’ll host a party.” So I said, “Okay, I ‘ll do it.” Once I got to the checkout part of the party I signed on as a consultant.

I love what I do and Tastefully Simple provides me with a lot of flexibility. I still work full-time, I can still travel and my business can go with me wherever I go. Here are 5 reasons why I love Tastefully Simple.

  1. Food: Tastefully Simple has a large variety of products including sauces, marinades, bread, desserts, drinks and even gifts. Each of these products is easy to use. Some of them are open and pour items while others you may only have to add one or two items to the mix. It helps make any mealtime fun and easy.
  2. Discount: As a consultant, you are offered a discount when purchasing products for Tastefully Simple. I use my discount to go grocery shopping and buy gifts for family and friends. This is such a great aspect provided by the company. Even if you decide not to build a team you still can keep your discount and shop.
  3. Flexibility: You don’t have to have a set schedule for when you want to sell your products. There’s no required number of parties that you have to hold. People can order at any time and not just at a party. Being a Tastefully Simple consultant allows you to have work-life balance.
  4. People: This is an opportunity for you to spend time with friends while sharing great food items and recipes. It also gives you the chance to meet new people and network. Some of my Tastefully Simple clients have become really great friends.
  5. Opportunities: Make money, that’s right you can make a living by being a Tastefully Simple consultant. Use the money to pay off bills or save for a vacation. You can build a team to increase your income and help other people become consultants. Tastefully Simple offers various opportunities to attend events and leadership trips to different states and resorts. You can work your way to a vacation provided by the company. It’s a networking opportunity. I have been able to meet other consultants from different direct sales companies and have collaborated with them on projects and vendor events.

I really do love being a consultant. It’s fun and flexible. The food is simply delicious. Check out my site and ask any questions you may have.


Welcome Gourmet Gifter! 

Good day everyone, we have some new products from our friends at Gourmet Gifter that we will begin to share with you over the next few months. Each month we will feature some of the great products that they have provided. This is a sponsored post that contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small portion of the proceeds.

 

This box I received contained the following products:

Chili Cheese Puffs

Salty Sweet Addiction Kettle Corn

Pineapple Meal Replacement Bar

Peanut Brittle

So stay tuned for some great reviews.

 


Huffington Post: Bagels and Cream Cheese Article

12 Bagel And Cream Cheese Flavors That Shouldn’t Exist – http://huff.to/1fMxlmw

Above you will find the article from the Huffington Post about bagels and cream cheese. After reading this article and laughing about it, I realized that I have eaten almost all of these item, yeah I know kind of crazy. I can totally relate to the authors voice in regards to the items listed because I didn’t know some of them even existed.

Protein Cream Cheese. Where was I when this was announced? I can’t seem to figure this one out, but I’m sure that the amount of carbohydrates in the bagel have canceled out the protein in the cream cheese.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese. Niece know in the fall I am one of those who will be at my favorite coffee shop buying my pumpkin latte. I’ll eat eat pumpkin bread, pumpkin spice butter and sometimes pumpkin pie. But, I think I will pass on the cream cheese, just not sure the flavor can be captured correctly.

Blueberry Bagel and Chocolate Chip Bagel.  Guilt, guilty, guilty. I have ordered both of these from the bakery more than a few times. I enjoy both of them. There is nothing healthy about eating chocolate for breakfast but I do it with no shame. That blueberry bagel toasted with some butter is heavenly for me.

Honey Walnut Cream Cheese and Strawberry Cream Cheese. Again: Guilty, guilty, guilty. These two are staples in my refrigerator (don’t judge me lol) But I love them. Both of these tastes great on that chocolate chip bagel.

After reading this are my foodie points going down the drain due to my crazy guilty pleasures? Be sure to let me know what you think.


Taste Test Tuesday: Our Home Crab Apple Jelly

Happy Tuesday love bugs! There are many times where I will just come across food items made by various people. Sometimes I mention them and other times I don’t, a lot of has to do with the owner and how receptive they are to me talking about their product with my wonderful readers. Well, at work a few weeks ago we had a chili cook off ( yeah I know I probably should have written about it, got you all next time), as I was visiting each station a coworker of mine has his chili out along with some homemade jelly, butters and pickled peppers.

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Ian and his wonderful wife Heather graciously allowed me to try out their crabapple jelly. This jelly is so good you can eat it with a spoon ( most of you know I did.) First let’s talk about the packaging, who doesn’t love a great glass jar? One look at the jar and it truly felt like I just got to my grandmothers house and she told me to grab a jar out the pantry. I can truly see why they call it ‘Our Home’, when your packaging fits your product line; you have a winner.

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For the sake of tasting I knew I would have to try this on something else besides a spoon, I chose a wheat bagel…DELICIOUS!! I honestly don’t know if it matters what you eat this jelly with because it’s just that good. I also had it on toast, a waffle and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, along with….. Shrimp! I sautéed my shrimp in it, tossed in some spinach and angel hair pasta..loved it!

So with that in mind, just want to say loved this product I will be getting some items from them as well. They have gift sets, apple butter, watermelon jelly and pickled tomatoes and peppers. Check them out on Facebook and on their Etsy page ‘Our Home 757’ as new items come into the product line we will be sure to let you know.

Here are a few more pictures from the chili cook off which he won.

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Sunday Dinner: Recipe or No Recipe?

How often do you use a recipe when you cook? Me, not that often; if I’m baking then all the time. But, yesterday after cooking Sunday dinner with my mother, taking a picture and posting it, I realized we didn’t use a recipe.

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Sunday Dinner: BBQ Pig Feet, Baked Beans and Potato Salad

People ask me all the time about recipes for the items that I cook throughout the week. Most of the time my response is “I don’t have one.” Usually, I don’t. I just cook sometimes I experiment with spices and other times I know what the ingredients are, I just don’t know the measurements.

Growing up in the kitchen with my family, I watched my mother, aunts, uncles, grandparents and great-grandparents just add stuff to the pot. As I got older I started to ask about the measurements and how much is too much to put in certain dishes. The unanimous response for family ” I don’t know, I just pour and stop when it looks like it’s enough.” That right there is trial and error. I’ve learned a lot from the people in my family and have chosen to educate those that come after me. My challenge is to take one recipe at a time and write down the measurements so my younger relatives and children (when they come) can have them.

So often we learn things just by doing them. When it comes to show others we have to figure out a way to do because there are no accurate directions. No recipe? No problem. But what do you do when a family member or friend wants a recipe of a dish that you make? I have had to make the dish again, recording the measurements just so I can give it to them or I end up making the dish then telling them to come pick it up. But due to my schedule lately, I don’t always have that option.

Here’s to me recording all of my recipes that don’t have measurements to them!


Food TV Recap: Rachel vs Guy Week 2

This week the celebrities met at Underwood Family Farms, where they were given the challenge of respecting their ingredients and the source from which they came. The teams had to act as their own farmers and the produce they intended to use. Each team had to cook on a grill in an outdoor kitchen. 25 of the farms employees enjoyed the dinner and had the chance to vote on each dish.

Team Guys gets to pick their main ingredient from the scarecrow first, before heading into the fields.

Teams head into the fields looking for produce. The farm is huge so the teams have to travel through the fields to find what they are looking for. Dirt, bugs and hot sun doesn’t seem to agree with everyone. Each person on the team is responsible for a main dish and side dish.

Dean helps Cornelia with her stuffed Portobello Mushrooms, because time is running out before they have  feed Rachel, Guy and the employees of the farm.

Team Rachel wins the challenge, with Hines’ flank steak being the best dish. The two celebrities with the least favorite dish had to compete in a blind taste-test. The secret ingredient was corn.

Cornelia decides to make a corn salad and Dean goes for a corn omelette. In the end Cornelia’s corn salad had some kernels that weren’t cooked all the way, so they let her go.

If you missed this episode or the first one you can check it out on the Food Network.


Food TV Recap: Rachel vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-Off

It’s back!! Season 2 of Rachel vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-Off. This season the cast meets on the West Coast with a red carpet entrance, ready to begin the challenge of cooking and raising money for their perspective charities. Each week one celebrity will be voted off with the winner taking the grand prize money for their charity at the end of the season.

Now it’s time to meet the members of Team Rachel and Team Guy.

Team Rachel

Carnie Wilson is a member of the pop music group Wilson Phillips, she is playing for Autism Research.

Hines Ward is a former NFL Super Bowl champion and MVP, he is playing for Hines Ward Helping Hands Foundation.

Kathy Najimy is best known for her role in Sister Act 2, she is playing for PETA.

Gilbert Gottfried, actor and comedian is playing for The Gift of Laughter: The Friars Foundation Wounded Warriors Program.

Team Guy

Dean McDermott is an actor, but is known for his reality show alongside wife Tori Spelling, he is  playing for Miracle Babies.

Chilli is best known as one-third of the R&B/Hip Hop group TLC. She is playing for Chilli’s crew.

Cornelia Guest, a designer, author and philanthropist is playing for The Humane Society of New York.

Johnny Weir is a three-time U.S. National Champion Figure Skater, he is playing for The Human Rights Campaign.

The first show got off to a great start, after their red carpet entrance and meeting their teammates, the celebrities had to create a menu, cook and entertain hundreds of theatre guests.  Each team had to come  with a three-minute skit to entertain their guests.

The teams did fabulous on the skits, the room erupted in laughter both times, however dinner service was a different story. Each team member was responsible for a dish. The bottom two contestants were asked to create a midnight snack, Kathy made hummus and Gilbert made another peanut butter sandwich.

Gilbert was sent home.

Be sure to check out Rachel vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-Off, it airs on Sunday nights at 9pm EST on The Food Network. If you miss the show, we’ll have a recap after it airs.


Happy New Year Family!

 

Happy New Year Everyone! We hope you all had a wonderful time with your loved ones over the holidays. We took some time to go visit family and friends in the Northeast region. We had a great time with our loved ones. Christmas breakfast was definitely a highlight of the trip. Lots of food, laughs and love flowing through out the house.

It’s a new year and we know many of you have made resolutions for the new year and others are going back to their regular scheduled food regimens that began before Thanksgiving. If you are starting a new healthy eating challenge or continuing on the one you started before the holidays, we will have some blog posts coming up that will help you with your meal options.

Be on the look out for some new things coming this year with Southern Roots Kitchen. You the readers requested some additional topics to be discussed on the blog and we will bring them to you. We’re not getting rid of anything, just adding some more variety to the blog. We appreciate all the feedback that you provide and we welcome you to reach out and send us more.

Enjoy your weekend and we will see you soon!


Taste Test Tuesday: Todd’s Dirt

Hey everyone! Thanks for stopping by the kitchen today. As you can tell we had a blast at Metro Cooking DC this year. We learned a lot, saw a lot and met some really great vendors who we will continue to tell you about as we review their products. This is another vendor we met at Metro Cooking DC and we are addicted to their products.

Todd’s Dirt

 

After years of trying to recreate a seasoning blend that was made by a family friend, Todd was able to create something even better. Why is it called dirt? Well if you look at the bottle it resembles grass and dirt that you would find in your backyard. That’s just how big and noticeable the seasoning is. There is no MSG and it’s gluten-free. We had the opportunity to taste the dirt as a dip and on chicken. One bite and we knew this was a hit. Todd’s Dirt comes in three different blends:

Original: A mild savory seasoning made with 14 spices including, Basil, Oregano, Thyme, Kosher Salt, Pepper, Onion, Rosemary, Sage, Cilantro and other spices. Great on meats, vegetables, potatoes, and pasta. It even comes in a no-sodium blend called Low Down Dirt.

Bayou: This Creole/Cajun style seasoning has a very bold flavor made with 16 spices including, kosher salt, chipotle powder, sage, thyme, rosemary, chili powder and many more. If you are looking to spice things up a bit then this is your choice.

Crabby: A gourmet seafood seasoning blend made with 20 spices including, dry mustard, cayenne pepper, sage, onion, oregano, basil, ginger, cloves, white and black pepper, and many other spices. It’s Todd’s version of Chesapeake Bay seasoning. This seasoning was awarded the 2011 Silver Sofi award in the Flavor Enhancing category by the National Association of Specialty Food, which is the highest honor you can receive in the specialty food industry.

All of these spices were fantastic. You can use these seasonings to make dip with some sour cream. Crabby Dirt and some sour cream will kick up your shrimp cocktail dish. Sprinkle some of Todd’s dirt on some fresh popped popcorn, you’ll love it!

You can get them online at Todd’s Dirt or from some local grocery stores like Giant, Ingles Market, Whole Foods, and Central Market. Don’t see your local store on the list? Check the website to see if a store near you carries it, if not just order from the website. Hint: It is a great $5.00 investment!! They also have t-shirts, cookbooks, and gift packs if you are looking for a gift for the foodies in your life.

We hope you enjoyed today’s post. Thanks for spending time with us today. Feel free to leave a comments on the blog and let us know what you think.


Taste Test Tuesday: Glicco’s Pasta Gravy

How much do you love a bowl of pasta? Especially a bowl of pasta with a great sauce. Well today we have something that will be sure to enhance your love of pasta or any food for that matter. We were contacted by Derek of Elbow Foods to review this product and after reading the history behind this pasta gravy we couldn’t refuse.

Glicco’s Pasta Gravy

This pasta gravy, and Yes, we said ‘GRAVY’ is made with fresh tomatoes, garlic, onions, bell peppers, herbs and honey. A spoonful right out the jar and we were hooked. A smooth rich taste, with the flavors of the peppers, onions and herbs right there for you to see and taste makes this gravy a great find.

It’s fat-free and only 38 calories per serving. This pasta gravy truly tastes like it came straight from someone’s Italian gramma’s kitchen, like she’s standing over a huge pot on the stove and poured some in a jar jut for you. We’ve tasted pasta sauces before, and some have been watered down, not this one. Glicco’s pasta gravy does not seep to the bottom of the pot.

Be sure to check out their website Elbow Foods and ‘Like’ their page on Facebook. Glicco’s Pasta  Gravy is sold in some specialty grocery stores. You can check your local retailer.  They even have some recipes on their site, that we are going to try out. Here are two for you to try.

Marinara Garlic Bread

Here’s a quick and simple idea.

Whisk Glicco’s Pasta Gravy with minced garlic and melted butter in a small bowl; brush over cut sides of bread.  Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and broil until toasted.

 

Chicken Parm Burger

  • 1 lb. Ground chicken
  • 1 tablespoon Olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Glicco’s Pasta Gravy
  • 2 teaspoons Dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon onion, minced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup Panko crumbs
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 4 Rolls
  • mozzarella cheese, shredded

Directions:

  1. Mix chicken, oil, sauce and seasonings together. Form the chicken mixture into balls.  The texture is gloppy. Flatten into burger patties and dip into the panko and cheese mixture.
  2. Put burgers on waxed paper and allow them to set in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.
  3. Pour a liberal amount of olive oil in a nonstick fry pan. Pan fry burgers until done and crispy. Drain them on a paper towel.
  4. Top burgers with some additional Glicco’s Pasta Gravy and shredded mozzarella cheese. Broil until cheese melts. Serve on a crispy round roll.

 

This is a sponsored post from Elbow Foods, and all opinions are 100% ours.