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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.

Foodie Friday: 4-Ingredient Carnitas Posole

We’re back today with another Foodie Friday post. This time it features a cookbook. I love when I get to support my friends in their dreams. A blogger friend of mine, Shelby form Diabetic Foodie has created a diabetic friendly cookbook for electric pressure cookers.

This post does contain an affiliate link. I received this cookbook and was asked for my honest review.

The Diabetic Cookbook for Electric Pressure Cookers: Instant Healthy Meals for Managing Diabetes

Browsing through this cookbook made me want to cook so many things. The recipes are easy, the pictures make the food look delicious and you can cook everything in an electric pressure cooker.

4-Ingredient Carnitas Posole
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5 from 2 votes

4-Ingredient Carnitas Posole

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Pressure-Up Time16 mins
Total Time32 mins
Course: Soup
Keyword: Carnitas, Pork
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 264kcal
Author: Shelby Kinard and Simone Harounian


  • 2 cups Chicken Bone Broth (page 117) or low-sodium store bought chicken broth
  • 1 15oz can hominy
  • 2 cups Pork Carnitas page 94) or shredded cooked pork
  • 2 cups Roasted Tomatillo Salsa (page 121) You can use a jar (16oz) of store bought salsa verde
  • Chopped avocado, for serving optional
  • Chopped cilantro, for garnish optional


  • In the electric pressure cooker, combine the broth, hominy and it’s juices, pork, and salsa. Stir to combine. 
  • Close and lock the lid of the pressure cooker. Set the valve to sealing. 
  • Cook on high pressure for 8 minutes. 
  • When the cooking is complete, hit Cancel and quick release the pressure. 
  • Once the pin drops, unlock and remove the lid. 
  • Spoon into bowls and serve with avocado and/cilantro (if using).

This cold weather we’ve been having in Hampton Roads, VA calls for some soup and this Carnitas Posole is the perfect fit. Quick and easy meal, made from leftovers, gotta love it. There are few other recipes in this book that I want to try, the first two being: Crust-less Key Lime Cheesecake and Firecracker Chicken Meatballs (these could be a great game-day appetizer or meal)

I’m not a diabetic but these are some healthy meals to check out. There are a variety of gluten-free and vegan options available. I am adding this cookbook to our kitchen bookshelf.

You can purchase The Diabetic Cookbook for Electric Pressure Cookers: Instant Healthy Meals for Managing Diabetes on Amazon.

Here’s the deal Shelby is hosting a giveaway on her Facebook Page Diabetic Foodie. Be sure to head over there an enter this amazing giveaway, she’s got some great gifts!

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Cerebral Palsy and Me

March is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month and I decided that I would talk more about my life with CP since quite a few of you have asked about it. I was diagnosed with Spastic Diplegia Cerebral Palsy at the age of 2. The doctors and my parents noticed that something just wasn’t quite right, my development was delayed. Usually by the time a child turns two they are walking, well it comes to me, I was just crawling. This took a toll on my parents, they were informed that they have a special needs child. — Continue>

Foodie Friday: Commune Real Food

Happy Friday!! This week for Foodie Friday we will be featuring a restaurant in the Norfolk area of Hampton Roads, Virginia. There is also a location in Virginia Beach.

We visited Commune Real Food as a part of a local blogger meetup and truly enjoyed ourselves. I had never been to the restaurant but the menu had me very excited. The atmosphere is very laid back and family oriented. When you walk in you feel like you are a family dinner with loved ones.

Cornmeal Waffles with Fried Chicken

Pasture raised chicken thigh with heirloom cornmeal waffles, chamomile butter and hickory syrup. The meal also comes with a sunny side up egg.

Pimiento Cheese and Pickle Board

Homemade pimiento style cheese with pickled beets, pears, and an assortment of veggies with a side of mustard and some sourdough bread. We decided that after eating this board the cheese would be great on a grilled cheese sandwich.

There was an array of food on our table that day and we all enjoyed our food so much. We will definitely be back.

Our cheese plate. Yes, we added prosciutto to the meal.
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Restaurant and Store

Inside the restaurant is store where you can get some of the tasty goods you tried during meal. Each of these products are local to the area and make great gifts.

Is there a restaurant you would like us to review for Foodie Friday? Send us a message so we can check it out.

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 co-worker 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.