Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Foodie Penpal (March)

The Lean Green Bean

Foodie Penpal (March)

Samalee sent an amazing foodie package!! I not only received yummy Easter candy that I munched on as I looked through the box, but something I love. I love Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract of which she sent the vanilla bean paste.  I highly recommend these vanillas!!!!  I also received a "friendship bread" starter. I was leaving to go out of town, so I passed it on to my mom to use and she was thrilled. I plan to start the starter and when time is right bake loaves and share the starter with friends and family. 
Thank you again for the yummiest package yet!

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Cara Box March

Cara Box

"Awesome things in the mail 

Meeting new women

Cara Box"

Cara Box (March)
from Katie at A Heart Consumed

She had traveled to a Trader Joe's for the first and thought of me. I love trying new things and she definitely found a few new things for me to try :)  I plan to use the coconut cookies in a dessert for my wedding shower. I am tempted to process the plantain chips and use them as  breading on chicken for a  Jamaican dinner.  Thank you again Katie!

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Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookies

Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookies

Recipe adapted from Mrs. Fields Secrets


1/4 cup sugar
1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar

1 cup butter at room temperature or melted
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 tablespoons milk (cream or half-and-half works, too)
2 cups flour, sifted
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups oats
1  1/3 cup diced dried apple slices (not crunchy apple chips)
1 1/3 cup Kraft caramel bits

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Stand mixer: mix sugar and brown sugar together
  3. add melted butter, milk, and vanilla to sugar mixture. cream until smooth.
  4. add to the sugar butter mixture: flour, salt, and baking soda. mix until combined.
  5. add the oats. mix until combined.
  6. add the apples and caramel bits. mix until combined.
  7. using a ice cream scooper, scoop dough onto sheet with space in between to allow for cookies spreading. I slightly pressed mine done. Bake until edges are golden brown. The centers may appear not done.  small cookies bake about 5 minutes, large cookies about 11 minutes

Monday, April 1, 2013



BZZ Agent Product Review:
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I am in love with this product!!! It has changed my thick, curly and unmanageable hair into gorgeous curls! the hair products have allowed me to gain control of my curly hair leaving it with nice soft, hold all day curls. the products have left my hair shiny and soft and full of curls. I will continue to use this product even when I run out. I have used all three but truly can't tell a difference when I use the one minute treatment and when I don't. I think the shampoo and conditioner make the most impact on my hair. There have been times I have gone 2 days before washing my hair and this product I swear keeps it from feeling oily and greasy! I was amazed at how well they worked on my thick curly hair. I am permanently changing to this shampoo, conditioner and deep conditioner.

Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Miracle Dry Oil

BZZ Agent Product Review:
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Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Miracle Dry Oil

(multiuse formula that delivers rapid-action nourishment to treat your
 hair, body and even dry areas on your face with no oily residue.)

 My fiance noticed how soft my skin felt and loved the subtle scent of the dry oil.  I was very hesitant about this product at first but have completely fallen in love with it! I spray it on in the morning and am amazed how soft and non-greasy it feels at the end of the day. I have used it on my face and was pleasantly surprised that even at end of the day it does not feel oily.  I will buy this product again when I run out!