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Friday, September 21, 2018

Spiced Just Right Cajun Chicken A La Trudi

*Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items.


I like how versatile chicken is. You can use it so many different ways and in so many recipes, dinner options are almost endless. Ever since my husband had been trying to eat healthier (I use trying loosely because sometimes I think he's his own worst enemy when it comes to food) I've done my best to cut down on serving him any kind of red meat for dinner. We haven't completely cut it out, but I'd say he gets it once a month, if that. Instead, I've turned to making him more meals with chicken since it has fewer calories and is packed with protein. It's hard to mess up chicken, but it can be very bland if you don't season it properly. You can't just throw it on the grill or in the oven and call it a day. Well, you can if you like boring food, but with the right seasonings, your chicken can go from blah to boom! Whether you've been cooking for years or are a beginner in the kitchen, this Cajun Chicken A La Trudi recipe from Golden Blossom Honey is perfect for all cooking skill levels. 

Cajun Chicken A La Trudi

It has the perfect blend of seasonings that turn an ordinary piece of chicken into a mouthwatering delight. Don't let the long list of ingredients fool you. This dish is a snap to prepare, making it a great addition to your busy night meal plan. And, because it's baked, not fried, it's a healthier dinnertime option. To save on time, you could also use Old Bay Seasoning instead of making your own Cajun Spice, but whatever works for you works for me.

Ingredients
6 Tablespoons butter, melted
1/4 cup GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY MUSTARD
3 Tablespoons water
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 garlic clove, minced
2-3 teaspoons Cajun spice seasoning
4 chicken breast halves, boned and skinned
cooked wild rice

Cajun Spice:
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon thyme
3/4 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

CLICK HERE FOR FULL RECIPE

Cajun Chicken A La Trudi

Cajun Chicken A La Trudi

You can find this recipe, as well as many more delicious recipes right on the Golden Blossom Honey recipe page! Be sure to follow Golden Blossom Honey on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on new products and promotions.



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 What's your favorite way to incorporate chicken into your dinner menu?


Monday, September 17, 2018

Visiting the Tower of London

On our second day in London, we only had a few items to check off of our itinerary. Short of seeing Big Ben, The London Eye, and Tower Bridge, after we ticked those stops off of our list we thought we'd just kind of walk around and see what was what. As we were walking around, we were approached outside of the Tower of London by one of those off-site ticket sellers offering discounts on the regular gate admission. We kind of went back and forth, debating if we wanted to waste time going though as we really aren't fans of the royal family, and at first agreed we'd move along to something else. About 10 minutes later, we figured what the hell, and went back to the ticket guy and bought admission.

tower of london

Tower of London

Tower of London

Since Mariah had her school i.d., she was able to get the student rate, and Allison qualified for the child rate, so we paid right around $80 for the 4 of us to tour the grounds.

Tower of London

Tower of London

Even though it seemed like there were tons of tourists going in, the grounds are fairly large so everyone is spread out and you can move through the towers quite quickly. However, in the smaller tower rooms it can get a bit crowded if people choose to take up space reading the plaques and looking at the artifacts for prolonged periods of time, but we found that to be minimal.


Tower of London
Tower of London

Tower of London

Tower of London


There are usually a group of 6 captive ravens that live at The Tower of London, and their presence is traditionally believed that they protect the crown and tower. Superstition says that should they fly away or get lost, the crown will fall and Brittan will fall with it. This raven was so chill, people were getting their phones up real close for photos and he didn't budge a bit.

Tower of London Raven

Since the changing of the guard happened earlier that day at Buckingham Palace and we missed it, the girls were quite pleased to see some of the Queen's Guards outside of the tower that guards the Crown Jewels.

Tower of London

Tower of London Queen's Guard

There was quite a long line to get in to see the Crown Jewels, but it actually moved fairly quickly for how long it was. I believe we waited about 30 minutes in line before we were able get in.

Tower of London

Any kind of photography or video is strictly prohibited where they house the crown jewels, so I wasn't able to snap any pics of those. There are signs everywhere stating this, but it didn't stop the lady in front of me from trying to snap photos, though she was quickly reprimanded by the employees there.

Tower of London

In The Crown Jewels Tower, you will see 600 years worth of royal robes, staffs, dinnerware, and other ceremonial regalia. You can take your time looking at these artifacts, but once you get to the actual royal crowns, you step on a conveyor belt to view them as you are constantly moving at a slow pace to keep the line down. You can go back on the belt as many times as you wish, or if you choose, you can view the crowns from a small distance away on a carpeted platform.

All in all, we spent about 2 hours at the Tower of London, which was well worth our $80 entrance fee. Even if you aren't into exploring the royal atifacts, you get some pretty spectacular views of Tower Bridge from the towers that almost make the entrance fee worth it in itself. If you're headed to London and are on the fence about making a stop, I say go for it. We had a great time there and highly recommend!


Would you be more interested in exploring the grounds or seeing the royal artifacts at Tower of London?

Friday, September 14, 2018

Sweet Honey Apple Pie

*Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items.


The first of the fall apples have been hitting our store shelves this past week, and that always makes me happy. I simply love the flavors of fall, and apple is my favorite! I ended up buying a huge bag of them earlier this week without having a recipe in mind, I just knew the majority were going to get gobbled up as an afternoon snack, sliced and paired with a heaping spoonful of peanut butter. I'm old school and will always have a fondness for simple snacks I enjoyed in my childhood. I did notice that I had about half a carton of ice cream just sitting around in my freezer, and I thought what better way to use it up than to pair it with a fresh baked apple pie? I ran over to Golden Blossom Honey to see if they had a suitable apple pie recipe, and sure enough I honed in on this Honey Apple Pie

Honey Apple Pie

Now, you could be greedy and hog this deliciousness all to yourself, and I certainly wouldn't blame you one bit if you were feeling a little stingy after baking this pie, but it is the season of fall carnivals and bake sales, so what better way to spread the fall flavored love than making a few pies for community fundraising? Best of all, this pie has minimal ingredients, so you can have it ready to pop in the oven in no time.


Ingredients
Pastry for 9-inch double-crust pie
6 cups sliced tart apples
1 cup GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
1 1/2 Tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 Tablespoons butter or margarine

CLICK HERE FOR FULL RECIPE

Honey Apple Pie



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Gala, Granny Smith, Fuji, Jonagold.... What's your favorite kind of apple?


Sunday, September 9, 2018

Want Long Lasting Energy? Get Fat Fit Go!

*Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items.


My family loves being out and about, exploring the great outdoors. We aren't ready to wave goodbye to summer just yet, so as long as the weather is agreeable, we've been packing in as many outdoor activities as possible before the cooler temps kick in. It's not enough for us to just be outside, we have to be doing something active with our time. Whether its paddle boarding, kayaking, archery, or biking, as long as it keeps us moving, we're game. 

Because food is fuel for our bodies, it's important to fill up with nutrient dense and high quality fats to run efficiently. We all know that loading up on carb heavy foods will cause a crash and burn effect, so we try to reach for food that is going to help us truck along smoothly without any of the sluggish side effects you get from those starchy and carb laden foods. Lately, our newest obsession for fueling our bodies while out and about are these tasty little packets from Fat Fit Go

Fat Fit Go

Fat Fit Go portable energy packets, made with real food, are perfect for anyone with an on-the-go lifestyle. Each packet offers long-lasting energy from high-quality blended fats, including MCT and other nutrient dense superfoods. 

Fat Fit Go

Fat Fit Go contains no preservatives or undesirable ingredients. You get nothing but pure, clean goodness in each packet. It's peanut, sugar, dairy, soy, and grain free. With 24 grams of fat, 3 grams of protein, and 1-2 carbs, Fat Fit Go is perfect for those who are following Paleo, Keto, or Vegan diets.


Fat Fit Go

There are currently two flavors available: Tropical Margarita and Original Chocolate.While Jason prefers the chocolate, I am more of a fan of the tropical margarita flavor. But both are delicious in their own right.

Fat Fit Go

Simply knead, squeeze, and eat. The packets are small and lightweight, so they can easily be tucked into a pocket or small bag for consuming while on-the-go. I tuck them into my gym back to refuel with on the days I do a double duty class, and Jason likes them for his evening biking sessions. I think they would also be great not only for overly active people, like my family, but for more leisurely activities like short hikes and camping.

Fat Fit Go

Fat Fit Go is made for those who care about what food they put in their body. It's a crave-worthy snack worth checking out. If you'd like to learn more, be sure to check out the Fat Fit Go website




What healthy foods do you use to fuel your body while your on-the-go?





 

Friday, September 7, 2018

A Honey of a Back To School Breakfast

*Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items.


The second wave of first day back to school pictures have been hitting my social media feeds all week, so I guess that means summer break is officially over. Allison has been back for almost a month now, and while she leaves the house a little after 8am, because of her after school programs I don't see her again until almost 7pm every day. Since she's gone for so long, it's very important that she's eating a filling breakfast before leaving the house, in addition to packing a nutritious lunch and after school snack so she's not starving all day. I don't like for her to fill up on sugary cereal or toaster pastries (though she will settle for those things occasionally), so I keep huge containers of yogurt and fruits on hand for a sweet breakfast without the addition of refined sugars. This simple Honey of a Breakfast from Golden Blossom Honey is packed with nutrition and sweetened by nature's candy, it's one that we've turned to several times already this school year.


Yogurt Fruit Bowl

This fruit and yogurt bowl is so simple to toss together, and you can shake things up by switching up the fruits or types of nuts you use from day to day to keep the recipe feeling fresh. This can even be made the night before (just soak your fruits in a little lemon juice to prevent browning) so you can grab and eat without any fuss in the morning. 

Ingredients
apples, chopped
bananas, sliced
raisins
nuts
GOLDEN BLOSSOM RAW HONEY
granola
plain yogurt

CLICK HERE FOR FULL RECIPE

Fruit & Yogurt Bowl


You can find this recipe, as well as many more delicious recipes right on the Golden Blossom Honey recipe page! Be sure to follow Golden Blossom Honey on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on new products and promotions.





If you like this recipe, be sure to come back every Friday, where I feature a new recipe from Golden Blossom Honey!



 
What are your favorite yogurt mix-ins?





Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Lord Jameson Dog Patisserie = Rocky & Adrian Approved

*Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items.


While I'm more into sharing people food these days, some of my long time readers know that I occasionally feature my boxers, Rocky and Adrian, here and there when I get a collaboration request that I think they'd enjoy. My babies turned 7 years old at the beginning of summer, which technically puts them in the senior age group for dogs, so I have become super picky about the products that I give them to play with or snack on. If I'm not 100% certain a product is good for them, back on the shelf it goes.

Boxer

Boxer


While we were in Europe, Lord Jameson Dog Patisserie reached out for a collaboration. I admit, I pushed that email aside because I needed time to properly research the products and what the company stood for. Upon our return home, I did a little digging, was intrigued by what I saw and readily agreed to a review of their wholesome dog treats. 

Lord Jameson Dog Patisserie

Lord Jameson Dog Patisserie

Lord Jameson Dog Patisserie, an organic dog treat company, has created a premium collection of all natural dog treats that are made with human grade ingredients that include fruit, veggies, gluten-free grains, and plant-based proteins.

Lord Jameson Dog Patisserie

We tried the Coco Crush and the Savory Sweet Treats. Coco Crush will let your pup indulge in the taste of the tropics since it's made with fragrant coconut and hand selected superfoods including gluten-free rolled oats and roasted peanuts. Savory Sweet is packed with sweet potatoes, orange carrots and coconut and a blend of "savory spices". 

Lord Jameson Dog Patisserie

Both of these scrumptious treats are made with high quality, 100% organic, Non-GMO ingredients that are free of wheat, corn, soy, dairy, artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives.  

Lord Jameson Dog Patisserie

When my teenage daughter saw the packages on the counter, she got excited because she thought these were treats for her. She was pretty disappointed to learn that these were for the dogs. I can't blame her though. Just look at them. They do look pretty tasty, no?

Somehow, my dogs just knew that these were treats for them, because they were on me like glue while I taking product photos. Their patience was soon rewarded though, and they happily gobbled up their Lord James Dog Patisserie treats.

Lord Jameson Dog Patisserie

Lord Jameson Dog Patisserie

Look at those smiles. They may be getting old and slow, but they still know a good thing when they see it!

A portion of every Lord Jameson Dog Patisserie item sold is donated to support service and therapy dog organizations throughout the US. Additionally, they are committed to supporting local animal shelters and other foundations that support advancing the quality of life for dogs throughout the country. So, not only are you doing a good thing for your own dogs by purchasing Lord Jameson Dog Patisserie, you are doing good for pups nationwide. To learn more, or to purchase these treats for your dogs, visit the Lord Jameson Dog Patisserie website.



 What's your pet's favorite activity?