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Taste Test Tuesday: The Essential 4 Collection

Essential 4 Collection

Includes Bountiful Beer Bread, Garlic Garlic, Onion Onion, Seasoned Salt and a recipe book.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post that has affiliate links.

Tastefully Simple’s Essential 4 Collection is a staple in my home. My first experience with Tastefully Simple was with the Garlic Garlic and the Beer Bread, both are some of my favorites. This collection gets you started on your Tastefully Simple journey.

 

Onion Onion– a blend of onions, chives, shallots and sea salt. No more chopping onions and crying.

Garlic Garlic– a mixture of garlic, onions and chives. Relieves you of peeling and mincing.

Seasoned Salt– a blend of spices, bell peppers, celery and sea salt. Great choice for an everyday seasoning.

Bountiful Beer Bread Value Pack – our signature bread, that you can have fresh from the oven in less than an hour. This value pack has 3 servings of beer bread. Just add a carbonated beverage and butter (optional.)

Essential 4 Recipe Book– a booklet with 20 delicious and simple recipes featuring the items from the Essential 4 Collection.

Each item in this collection works well on its own or combined with each other. Brushing some Garlic Garlic and butter on the Beer Bread gives you instant garlic bread, fresh from the oven; it’s yummy. I use these all time and have to watch my friends and family when they come over because they try to steal my seasonings.

These can be purchased separately or in the collection for a discounted price of $39.99.

Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own. This post has affiliate links, which means if you buy any items using these links I will receive a percentage of the sales.


Hello November

Hello November! Fall is here, the holidays are approaching fast and it’s time to start planning for Thanksgiving. Throughout the month we will feature planning tips to help you with your Thanksgiving meal, product reviews and recipe ideas for left over Thanksgiving food.

As usual we will have our Taste Test Tuesday reviews, Kitchen Tip Thursdays and some family food fun. We may even have a little home decor treat for you.

November


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.

20130114-094803.jpgSunday 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!

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10 Things to know about me

Hey, everyone! You all asked and I said I would deliver. I will be sharing more about myself and my life behind the blog. The following is just an introduction to who I am and what I love about life.

  1. I have Spastic Diplegia Cerebral Palsy and I walk with a limp. ( I need to give my cane a name)
  2. My food allergies have increased over the years. (How is a food blogger allergic to eggs and raw apples?)
  3. I come from a blended family. I have a bonus mom and a bonus dad.
  4. I fell in love with cooking as a child, while recovering from surgeries and dealing with bullies.
  5. I’m a book nerd. I love to read. Romance novels are my weakness.
  6. I blog about romance novels at Romance Novels In Color.
  7. I’m addicted to seafood and green smoothies.
  8. I spoil my nephew Pumpkin like crazy and he’s getting a sister soon!! (I’m excited about another baby being in the house.)
  9. I am very involved in my church.
  10. I’m 34 and single (yes, someone asked that after I sent out a survey a few weeks ago)

This is me, this is my life and I love it. I’ll be sure to share more very soon.


Holiday Aromas

Are you in the holiday mode? Have you started shopping yet? Is your Thankgiving dinner menu ready? Something about Thanksgiving gets me in the holiday spirit. It might be all of the food, the cooking, gathering together with family. My original Thanksgiving plans have been put on hold and I may be going home next week. Being home for Thanksgiving got me thinking about family, fellowship and food.

As I prepare for a weekend filled with fun, food, family and friends I can’t help but think about certain aromas of food that put me in the holiday spirit. The picture above is from Christmas a  few years when I surprised my dad and went home to Massachusetts. I was baking a sweet potato pie and peach cobbler (both of my dad’s favorites and the memories of holidays started coming back. Do you get flashbacks when you smell certain foods? I know I do. A certain smell can bring all types of memories to mind.

The smell of bread pudding reminds me of the many moments I spent in the kitchen with my gramma. She taught me so much about life, marriage and taking care of your family. I’m excited about going back to Massachusetts for the holidays.

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Every year my cousin Tiara and I try to make it home for Christmas. This year she won’t be there but I will eat her portion of yams Christmas day. LOL Something about my gramma’ yams that gets us all together in one place. The smell of the sugar, butter and nutmeg reminds us all the time we spend with our grandparents.

What about you? Are there certain foods that get you in the spirit? Tell us about them, we would love to hear it.