Curious Creamery Ice Cream Review

by Suzanne on November 25, 2014

in Sweet Things

Curious Creamery Ice Cream |

I know I’ve been reviewing a lot of products lately but I have a few more to tell you about. I was contacted about trying this ice cream that you make with a dry mix and any type of ice cold, milk, water, half and half or cream, plus no ice cream maker required. Sounds to good to be true, I’m honestly very skeptical of mixes when it comes to homemade ice cream after all I’m a ice cream connoisseur. I worked at Baskin Robbins for 5 years and have made homemade ice cream so many times I can almost do it in my sleep. Plus, I eat a lot of ice cream and definitely have my favorite brands, stores etc.

Curious creamery collage |

I do have to say I was “curious” about this new product. I recieved the package and got busy making the ice- cream which took all of 5 minutes or so. The directions were right there on the side of the container I was given, along with the dry mix and vanilla bean flavor packet (with real vanilla bean seeds in it too). I had the half and half handy and no plans for it so I used it and followed the directions. Then popped it into the freezer with the lid and waited until the next day to try it.

Curious Creamery Ice cream |

Guess what folks…it was really good and it had the same texture as regular homemade ice cream or store bought! I’m not saying it’s Baskin Robbins or your grandma’s homemade recipe but it’s pretty dang good. Huh, how about that, I’m a believer in this very “Curious Creamery Ice-cream” .  What a great idea this company has come up with and succeeded in one of the most important parts the taste!The idea of having this cardboard quart bucket in the pantry until you’re ready to use it, is a cool idea. Imagine having guests over for dinner and whipping up a batch of this ice cream to go with your fabulous homemade brownies or cake. What about letting the young kids try their hand at making this ice cream, all in one container and no mess to clean up.  I’m thinking that this ice cream would be a fun gift to give teachers or neighbors at the holidays or birthdays.  I’m so glad that Curious Creamery Ice cream contacted me and trusted my skeptical self to trying their new product.  Give them a look over at their site and check out how to get some of your very own.  Now, excuse me while I go finish my ice cream :D .

Note: I was not monetarily compensated for my opinions.


Cajun Chicken Wraps with Cranberry Sauce

by Suzanne on November 21, 2014

in Chicken, Savory

Cajun  chicken wrap with cranberry sauce |you-made-that.comI am so happy with how these wraps turned out, they were so delicious. I love sweet and spicy flavors together or sweet and savory, just something about it makes me want more. I made this chicken twice and it turned out perfect both times, we loved it. One of the secrets to the chicken turning out perfect is I used some fantastic cajun spices given to me to review from Healthy Solutions Spice Blends, more about these spices below.   Another secret to the success is browning in my cast iron skillet then baking in the oven. The first time I made the cajun chicken we just ate it for dinner with salad, and my picky son said he really liked it, wow! But this time I had plans to use this spicy tender chicken in these wraps. Wraps are perfect for lunch and packing lunches, everything is all nice and neat rolled up in wax paper, foil, or parchment paper.

Cajun chicken wrap with cranberry sauce

Healthy Solutions spice blends have many different blends to choose from, just look at them all! I had to break the rules when given seafood cajun seasoning and use it with chicken :) but that’s how I am,  a rebel!  These spice blends are made without salt and sugar with only the healthiest ingredients.  I love that they come in a  zip-lock bag so I could measure what I needed out then seal it back up.

One of great things that Healthy Spice blends offers is a Spice Healthy Eat Healthy Club! Yes, they want to help you eat healthier by giving you discounts, coupons, recipes and a monthly newsletter. So just click on the photo below to find out what it’s all about.  Oh and one more cool thing is they offer gift packs, what a great gift to give the cook in the family, and you know that gift giving season is almost here. Please go check out what all these spices are about, I am so glad I was invited to try them out and create a recipe with their lovely spice blends.

Cajun Chicken Wraps with Cranberry Sauce

2 chicken breast, skinless, boneless
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 T. Healthy Solutions Cajun Seasoning mix
1 tsp. salt
1 T. olive oil
3 large tortillas 10 in.
2 heaping tablespoons cranberry cherry sauce
2 heaping teaspoons seeded dijon mustard
4-5 thick cut strips of bacon cooked
2 cups loosely baby spinach leaves
1/2 small granny smith or other tart apple shaved or thinly sliced.
thinly sliced red onion
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Step 1: Put flour, spice mix, and salt into a shallow dish and mix together with a fork. Rinse the chicken breast off with fresh water and pat dry. Dredge the chicken breast through the flour spice mixture so that both sides are coated.
Step 2: Heat oven proof skillet on stove top with 1-2 tablespoons olive oil, when pan is hot put the chicken into pan. Cook for about 3-4 minutes on each side, then put in the oven for 25-30 minutes at 350 F. When I had 3 chicken breast portions about 5 oz. each mine cooked for 25 min. when I cooked 2 regular size chicken breast with rib meat it took 30 min.
when chicken is done let cool down for 10 minutes before slicing.
Step 3: While chicken is cooking get all the ingredients ready for making the wraps. Cook the bacon and let cool and crumble, slice apple and onion very thin. Mix the cranberry sauce (if you do not want to make the cranberry sauce then use canned whole berry sauce) with dijon mustard and shred cheese. If you keep your tortillas in the refrigerator then take the chill off by heating in the microwave a few seconds.
Step 4: After the chicken is cooled down a bit begin making the wraps by putting down a piece of foil, wax paper or parchment paper bigger than the size of the tortilla, then put the tortilla down spread some cranberry sauce evenly on top, add spinach, apples, onion, cheese, bacon, and last sliced chicken. I put the chicken in the middle of the tortilla and fold over one side tucking the ends in and roll up trying to keep all ingredients inside. Repeat the processes with 3 more tortillas, this recipe should make 4 wraps. Now cut each wrap in half and enjoy!

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Baked sweet potato  chips |

I have been wanting to try out sweet potato chips at the store but I just never have because I didn’t really want to buy a bag and not like them.   Silly me, why would I think that,  since I love sweet potatoes.  In the past 2 months I’ve been dehydrating apples and pears, my mind keeps swirling with ideas of what to dehydrate, naturally thin sliced sweet potatoes came to mind.

Sweet potatoes are everywhere right now because of the upcoming holiday season so they are easy to get at the grocery store. I used just one sweet potato here and it filled a nice little baggy full. I tossed the thin slices of sweet potato with a tablespoon of olive oil because I wanted the seasoning to stick to them. After tossing the olive oil with the slices I added sea salt and cayenne pepper for some kick. The results were de-lish! The chips were crunchy, salty and spicy with a little natural sweetness from the potato themselves. You will need to have a mandolin slicer to cut very thin slices but you do not need a dehydrator. I used both dehydrator and my oven only because I was tired and needed to go to bed and didn’t have time to babysit the chips in the oven.

Baked Sweet Potato Chips |

Another reason I wanted to make these chips is to have a healthy snack to munch on and share with you because I was asked to review a new book on exercise called GET SERIOUS” by Dr. Brett Osborn. I gladly accepted the opportunity to review this book, I’m always interested in exercise, health, food, weight loss, beauty products and all those kinds of things.  I majored in physical education in college with emphasis in athletic training, so yes this interested me. The author Dr. Brett Osborn is a board-certified Neurological Surgeon with a secondary certification in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine. 30+ years of exercise experience and a CSCS honorarium from the National Strength and Conditioning Association, in conjunction with his medical background, has given him the knowledge and expertise that he shares with the reader in Get Serious.

I began reading this while riding on the recumbent stationary bike at the gym.  I have to say that I really am not a stationary bike lover at all.   I have been having problems with my hips and knees and decided to give my body a break from the regular cardio equipment I was used to using. While reading this book I found myself being drawn back to the basics of weight lifting, something I hadn’t been as interested in since early college days.  My regular routine definitely included weight training but more on the machine type of weight training.  Not that machines are bad because they aren’t,  but they do take away some of the work that you would do if you are lifting free weights.  Overall before reading this book I  was more concerned about doing the cardio workout because of weight loss or maintenance than I was for my health or gaining strength.

I loved the first few chapters on:

  • Health: The Choice Is Yours
  • Spending more Money but Getting Sicker
  • Stop Blaming your Genes

Those chapters began to excite me about how important exercise is to our health and not just a weight loss tool that I believe we all seem to get caught up in.  Well, I know for me I look at magazines of women with great figures and read the articles thinking if I you do what they do, I will have the same figure as them…but really is that all exercise is cracked up to be?  I’m so glad Dr. Osborn helped realign my thinking to the health side of why I should exercise. Although,  the pictures of him and his spouse in the book do reveal a very serious regimen of health and fitness and it shows up on the outside with fabulous figures, I still didn’t feel like he was selling the “body image”.

health diagram

Dr. Osborn sets the foundation for us in the first few chapters and then shows a step by step guide to the proper way of weight lifting.  It sounded good but I worried about how my knees and hips would react to this type of training being more centered around weight training. Not to worry, my knees and hips both feel better from a more focused weight training routine. Women worry about becoming too muscular, but honestly, we are women and unless you are training to a be a bodybuilder you will not look like one. We do not have the body make up or the right hormones to look like a bodybuilding man because we start a weight training routine.   After getting more serious the muscles in my legs and hips are getting stronger and those are the muscles that surround that floating knee cap and keep that ball and socket together so naturally my knees and hips are feeling more support.

The following chapters on:

  • Fuel a Better Body
  • Don’t Forget Your Brain
  • Supplements 101
  • Keeping track: At- Home Monitoring
  • Blood Test to Insist On
  • The Truth about Hormones
  • The Strength Training Protocol

Give us  information on food and how to fuel your body, what the role of food is. Prevention, prevention, prevention, love to hear this coming from a medical doctor who is taught to treat symptoms versus prevention.  What does the doctor recommend for supplements, another important chapter to read and implement.  What test we need  to push for, what hormones are good for us, what to stay away from.  Finally, his strength training protocol that the doctor himself uses. This book is a wealth of knowledge in an ever changing field.  There are no fast gimmicks here, don’t think for a minute I’m pushing a book that is a quick fix because it’s not.  Get Serious is just that, take your health serious enough to be able to do something about it and enjoy it to it’s fullest by keeping our amazing bodies running as long and disease free as we can.

My opinions on this book are my own and I was not monetarily commensated for them. (although after that review I should be right? wink :) )

Bake sweet potato chips |

Now for those of you who want the simplest recipe ever here you are:

Baked Sweet Potato Chips and Book Review

Ingredients and Supplies:
1 sweet potato
1 tablespoon of olive oil
cayenne pepper
Mandolin slicer
plastic zip-loc bag
cookie sheet ( I used 2)
silicone mat or parchment paper
dehydrator optional

Step 1: Peel sweet potato, slice as thin as possible on the mandolin slicer.
Step 2: Put the slices into a zip-loc bag and add the oil to it. Shake well trying your best to distribute the oil on the potato slices.
Step 3: Arrange the slices on a cookie sheet lined with silicone mat or parchment paper, try not to overlap slices. Sprinkle salt and a little cayenne pepper over each slice then turn over and repeat with salt and pepper. If you don’t like the heat just omit the cayenne or use regular black or white pepper.
Step 4: Bake in a 200 degree F oven for 2-3 hours or more depending on how crunchy you want the chips. Turning halfway through the cooking. That’s all there is to these. Enjoy!

Baked Sweet Potato Chips |

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