Monday, July 17, 2017

The Daily Harvest Scoop

Morning,
Behind every good woman is a nutrient rich diet! 
In the journey to a healthier me, I have filled our fridge with more fruits, veggies and exchanged some of our usual snacks with healthier options. Still I was having trouble finding time to cook or meal prep. With a new job further away from home and I was often exhausted by the time I was off. I could feel myself getting weaker and in need of more nutrients than a protein bar could offer. Insert Daily Harvest, fun combinations of super-food in compact cups, just add the liquid of your choice. Their smoothie and overnight oats options looked especially intriguing so I decided to give them a try. On Tuesday afternoon a big Daily Harvest box was waiting on my porch...I love getting mail...especially mail I can eat ha ha! It contained six cups all frozen using dry ice. They make sure to mark the ice and keep it separate, for safety. Along with the cups came little instructions and some magnets! Such a cute idea!
I started with the Chia Parfait Blackberry and Majik which had two options, heat now for 3 to 6 mins or let soak overnight. There was no way that I was waiting so I added some vanilla almond milk, stirred a bit then heated up the cup. I could immediately smell the sweet berries as the parfait came to life. Filled with chia seeds, blackberries, coconut and banana this parfait was scrumptious. Adding to the antioxidants is organic blue majik, a blue green algae super-food sure to pack in flavor and health benefits. This chia parfait was quickly one of my favorites!
Next, the smoothie I was the most curious about, the mint and cacao! It sounded perfect but I was skeptical that the healthy ingredients could match the mint-chip flavor I desired. I added almond milk and began blending the ingredients, immediately peppermint and cacao filled the air. After transferring back to my Daily Harvest cup, I took my first sip and to my surprise it tasted like ice cream. This little cup of green mush was a dream! Plus I did not feel guilty about slurping it down either...perfect! 
My third selection was the Mulberry and Dragon fruit Overnight Oats. I let them soak during the night with some almond milk and packed them up on my way to work the next day. Overnight the oats soaked up all the almond goodness and the complete flavor of the cup came through. Complete with raspberry, blueberry and mulberry this beauty was packed with vitamins. The cup was a fun pink color too and the mulberries added a flavor that I don't often get. It was subtle but sweet. That's one thing I appreciate about Daily Harvest, they take ingredients that I would normally never put together and make something healthy and delicious. 
So the verdict...Daily Harvest is yummy and easy to make. Perfect for those that need a quick meal and/or are starting to step up their food game. For me it works on so many levels. They give me a chance to try something new and to think about my meals. I've always found nutrition a challenge and these little cups help push me in the right direction! I can't wait to try out more flavors!
Thanks, Bunny
Ps. So now I think I am addicted to the Mint/Cacao Smoothies. Soooo good!
https://www.daily-harvest.com/

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Blood and Sand

Howdy!! 
On the bar menu for our beach day: 
Blood and Sand from the True Blood Cookbook. 
This cocktail comes from the marvelously dramatic Lorena, where the smell of cherry brandy inspires memories of the carnage she and Bill created. They spent their nights partying and drinking blood until the sun came up. I wish the show would have dove a bit deeper into her past but from the small sampling of Lorena's hard yet deeply loving persona...this drink is a match. A bit of sweet royal blood and rough abrasive sand, mixed to perfection. 
I was worried that the whiskey and vermouth would be too strong for me but I was pleasantly surprised, thank you orange juice! Blood and Sand had a delicate balance of tartness to sweet, with a smooth finish and curious undertone of cherry and oak. Creating the perfect cocktail to sip as the waves roll in. I loved that the color was sandy too, fitting it's name and looking a bit creepy, what else could a Truebie ask for! 
Thanks for readin! -Bunny

Friday, June 16, 2017

Styled by Amie

Happy Friday! 
If your handwriting is anything like mine, legible only when typed, then you can really appreciate these chalkboard and lettering skills! Styled by Amie takes boring signs to another level using her stylish and eloquent penmanship. She has done work for Scentsy, Lularoe and other pop-up shops helping to give every event a special and personal touch. 
I was fortunate enough to have Styled by Amie create a few signs for me, for my bridal shower, and they did not disappoint. 
Totally on-point with the Alice in Wonderland theme and super adorable. I wanted to take them home! She even added moss and some playing cards. This girl should seriously create an Etsy shop and take over the calligraphy world! Check out her IG!
Cheers! 
Bunny

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Sakara Love

Howdy!!
So I am in complete love with these Dark Chocolate Cardamom Cookies from Sakara! LOVE! I didn't even know I liked cardamom. Such a great treat...not too sweet, not too savory. Perfect! They are so yummy but a bit too pricey to order all the time :(
A week or two after my last cookie had been eaten I started craving the spice and nutty almond butter of the Sakara cookies. I had to have more, so I decided to try making my own. The main ingredients call for almond flower, almond butter, cardamom and honey. While these still have sugar in them, it was nice not adding in a stick of butter, sugar and a few eggs. Also, you add in chopped dark chocolate. I have never been a huge dark chocolate fan, it can be so bitter, but these cookies turned me around! Such a good combo!
For this mix you have to let it chill out in the fridge over night but that didn't stop me from eating some of the dough he he! 
After rolling out little dough balls onto my cookie sheet and giving them a quick bake, they were ready! So delicious and just like the Sakara ones. They look a little different but it's probably how I molded each one...a little too smooth/round.
Tip: Definitely use a paddle mixer instead of a whisk. The dough became thicker with each ingredient and wasn't the easiest to mold. Plus I added in dark chocolate chips but will chop up the chocolate a bit more when I make them again. That's right, again, again and again ha ha! 
Or I may add the Sakara ones to a Clean order as a special treat. See the link below for the Sakara Clean Boutique. Such great products! I would recommend the beauty and detox waters as well!
Cheers, Bunny

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Comfort Foods

Howdy, 
First of the menu, Penne and Arrabbiata Sauce with a tangy carrot and tangelo salad! Pasta will always be a comfort food for many, us included. We tend to watch our carbs so this was a real treat!
This is another dish that I came home to. My sweet hubby already had it prepared and even down-played the spiciness on my portion. I guess Arrabbiata means "angry sauce" named for it's heat/spice due to the combination of tomatoes, garlic and dried red peppers. I didn't mind the spice it had and found the creamy mozzarella melting around the pasta  mouth-watering! I mean...who wouldn't! It was glorious! 
The side dish of carrots and tangelo was juicy and hearty. I enjoyed it a lot. A combo that neither of us would have thought to put together. 
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Next we have the yummiest comfort food of them all, grilled cheese! This specific grilled cheese has a healthy twist including beets that I very much appreciated. I present Fontina and Beet Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. For these I need to quote straight from the card, 
"These gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches combine creamy fontina with sautéed arugula and—for a layer of delightfully earthy, tart and sweet flavor—pickled beets." 
That would have been enough for me to down this sweet sandwich but then you rub garlic on the toasted sourdough. Come on....amazing! The citrus salad was very seasonal and refreshing as well. Good flavor combo.
Such a perfect comfort food feeling. Brought me right back to my mom's kitchen. I will definitely have to remake this!
Thanks, 
Bunny

Smoky Seared Cod from Blue Apron

Hi There! 
Here is another Blue Apron meal that we really enjoyed. I love that they are able to send fish and other items without them spoiling. Even so we made sure to cook this one, with the cod, first and it turned out to be a great choice!
When I hear the word cod I don't immediately get excited ha ha! It's a bland white fish but that works well with the other ingredients and spices. Especially the shallot and dates. Like most BA meals, this took about 30 mins overall and was pretty easy to make. The bulk of the work was cooking the cod and roasting the potatoes after slicing them.
The overall flavor is light which I really liked. Each piece was evenly paired and the potatoes were heaven. God I love potatoes! The cod does also have a distinct smokiness as Blue Apron mentions, to go along with the Spanish-style sauce of dates and butter. I would love to have this again! 
Thanks, Bunny

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Quiche from Blue Apron

Howdy, 
So I was beyond excited to get the items for this dish. Maybe more excited than someone should be about food LOL but I love me a good Quiche! I rarely get to have one so it was extra special. Side note: Kelly's French Bakery on the Santa Cruz west side have AMAZING quiches. So buttery and scrumptious!
This Blue Apron Mushroom and Goat Cheese Quiche had everything. It was savory and flavorful, marrying each ingredient together creating a satisfying dinner. I liked that I knew what was in the quiche and it was yummy but a bit healthier than maybe a store bought one would be. Adding the goat cheese was a smart choice too, giving the quiche a little bit of tanginess. I will definitely try to recreate this!
In all honesty...I did not like the Arugula salad...arugula is not my friend and the lemony dressing did not help. My taste-buds immediately rejected it! Craig ate mine ha ha!
Thanks Blue Apron for such a yummy dish!
-Bunny