CP and Me: The Chronic Pain

I post a lot about my life with Cerebral Palsy on my personal IG page. This is one of the pictures that I posted about chronic pain. So after this picture was posted I received multiple messages asking me if I really was 1 of 2, because they never ‘heard’ me complain about chronic pain or I didn’t ‘look’ like I was hurting when they were around me.  Continue reading

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.

National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

That’s right April 2nd is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day. Growing up I always loved PB &J, it was a sandwich that I knew I could always get and always eat. I was one of those kids who would change out the jelly each time though. Most kids want the standard grape jelly. Me, I wanted to be different. I would ask for Strawberry, Peach, Orange, or my favorite Blackberry.

To share in the festivities of today I’ve decided to showcase some peanut butter and jelly recipes from some of my Courage 2 Earn blogger friends. Be sure to check out their pages and enjoy the recipes.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Popcorn

Peanut Butter & Jelly Popcorn 

A childhood favorite that has been able to be shared with loved ones. This is a great snack for movie night.


Peanut Butter Quesadillas

Peanut Butter Quesadillas with Grape Jelly Dipping Sauce

Getting creative with your favorite sandwich is never a bad thing.


A childhood lunch classic, transformed into hours of squishy sensory play — kids will love this NEW Peanut Butter & Jelly Edible Slime recipe!

Peanut Butter & Jelly Edible Slime

This is for when you want to play with your food and eat it too!


Make Ahead Freezer PJ&J Sandwiches. Do this to make your own homemade uncrustables! Make the peanut butter & jelly sandwich and then freeze for later! Complete how to and tips!

Make Ahead Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich

Are your mornings busy? This is a great idea to get lunch made ahead of time.


I hope you all enjoy these recipes. What is your favorite PB & J combination?

1 Comment

Taste Test Tuesday: Belvita Breakfast Biscuits

Good Day Everyone! It’s Tuesday and we hope you have an awesome start to your week. To all the fathers we hope you had a wonderful Father’s Day weekend. This week’s edition of Taste Test Tuesday is all about breakfast. We figured since we had been giving you all so many sweet treats that we would provide not only a healthy option but a good one too.

Belvita Breakfast Biscuits

Growing up our parents told us we couldn’t have cookies for breakfast. Well Nabisco has decided that cookies for breakfast is a perfect way to start the day. These breakfast biscuits are sweet, crunchy and baked. There are four biscuits to a pack and they come in three different flavors: Apple Cinnamon, Blueberry,and Golden Oat.

Nutritious Sustained Energy: The biscuits are specially baked to release carbohydrates through out your body and keep you energized.

Grab & Go: Quick snack for you to grab when you are on the go. You don’t always have time to fix a full breakfast.

Healthy: Great source of fiber and B Vitamins, packed with 18 grams of whole grain.

No artificial flavors, sweeteners, no high fructose corn syrup just real fruit and whole grain oats.

Pair it with Greek yogurt and fresh fruit to make a refreshing breakfast or mid-morning snack.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s Taste Test Tuesday. As always feel free to provide any feedback.

Until next time….

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
Print Recipe
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!

Follow Shelby on her blog and social media:
Blog: http://www.diabeticfoodie.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/diabeticFoodie/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/diabeticFoodie
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/diabeticfoodie/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thediabeticfoodie/