Moms Meet Review:  Himalaya Botanique Complete Care Toothpaste 

I love my life as a Food Blogger. Like a lot. I am given the opportunity to eat the best foods at the finest restaurants. I also love to experiment in the kitchen at home with recipes of my own. Because of this, it’s even more important that I have a excellent oral hygiene routine.


As a Moms Meet Blogger Ambassador, I was given the opportunity to review Himalaya Botanique Toothpaste. Since I wasn’t familiar with this particular product, I did a little research on them prior to receiving my package.

Founded in 1930, the Himalaya legacy now spans over 85 years, stretching from one man, to his son, to his grandson. From our humble beginnings in India, our products are now offered in over 90 countries, yet we’re still family owned.

Himalaya offers a full line of clinically-studied herbal formulations, certified USDA organic Single herbs, and a full line of body care products. Integrating the principles of traditional medicine with modern science, Himalaya is a worldwide pioneer in the field of scientifically validated herbal healthcare. – himalayausa.com

Need To Know Facts
-Great taste and long lasting flavor in all 7 different varieties.

Full line of flavors: Whitening Complete Care Simply Peppermint, Whitening Complete Care Simply Mint, Complete Care Simply Peppermint, Simply Mint, Simply Cinnamon, Simply Spearmint and the Original Neem and Pomegranate toothpaste.

-Free from harmful ingredients like, Carrageenan, Fluoride and SLS.

-All 7 varieties are Gluten Free.

-Foaming action leaves your mouth feeling fresh all day.

-Himalaya offers a different approach to ingredients.

Neem-Cleans teeth and gives this formulation it’s sparkle. Neem is history’a original housekeeper and works to keep the mouth clean.

Pomegranate-An astringent fruit extract that helps support healthy looking gums.

Triphala-A traditional detox formula in ancient Ayurveda composed of the three myrobalan fruits for clean teeth and a radiant smile.

Xylitol from Birch Tree-Not only a tooth-friendly sweetener, but it has also been clinically-studied to support good oral hygiene.

Papain & Bromelain-The enzymes from papaya and pineapple helps remove surface stains, so your smile shines brighter than ever

I am always on the look out for natural toothpaste, so I was very excited. In my special package was 6 varieties of toothpaste: simply peppermint (whitening complete care), simply mint (whitening complete care), simply cinnamon, simply peppermint, simply mint, and simply spearmint. I LOVED all of them!! They had a very nice flavor to them and after brushing my teeth they felt and looked very clean and sparkly. I definitely recommend Himalaya Botanique Toothpaste for your oral care regiment.

What my 9 year old daughter thought…

“It really taste good and it made my teeth really shiny!!”
What my mother thought…

“Wow! Two thumbs up!! This toothpaste made my mouth feel so sparkly and clean! I really appreciate how natural this toothpaste is. It’s even gluten-free!”

My package also included a bamboo toothbrush (I always wanted one!!) and a super cute tote and cosmetic bag. I can’t wait to use them! Thanks Himalaya and Mom’s Meet for the goodies!
Want to try for yourself? Save 25% on any Himalaya Botanique Toothpaste with AMAZON COUPON CODE:  IZACRDZX
*I received these product free for review purposes, as part on the Moms Meet Blogger Ambassador Program. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Flavor Your Life With Authentic European Extra Virgin Olive Oil  

I love to cook with olive oil. In fact,  I use it every day. It’s pretty much a staple in my pantry.  Recently some concerns have been raised about the authenticity of olive oil here in the US. That’s right, FAKE EVOO!! This happens when olive oil is extracted from one country and then shipped to another, then is blended with oil from other places before being packaged. Unfortunately, some olive oils are severely diluted with other low grade oils. Even worse blended with outdated olive oil. Yuck. 

As a Mom’s Meet Blogger, I am excited to partner with the Flavor Your Life campaign, in support of their mission. Supported by the European Union, Unaprol, and the Italian Ministry of Agriculture, this campaign’s goal is to educate North American consumers about authentic Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Europe.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil is made from the European olive, by pressing without heat or chemicals. To guarantee the freshest and purest oil, EVOO is nearly free of acidity. With a high smoke point of 400 degrees F, EVOO is versatile in the kitchen, as it can be used to sauté, bake, and even deep fry. 

Why choose European? For centuries, farmers in Europe have evolved hundred of varieties of olive trees. This connection between the people and optimation of olive trees with the changing environmental conditions and terrains of the land has resulted in the finest extra virgin olive oil in the world. 

To check for your olive oil’s authenticity, look for the country or countries of origin on the label as well as best buy date and lot numbers. You can also look for the European Union PDO certification (Protected Designation of Origin – also know as DOP in Italian) or PGI (Protected Geographical Indication – also known as IGP in Italian). – flavor-your-life.com

Today, I used Zucchi’s 100% Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil in my recipe. Zucchi is a 200 year old company that has been managed by seven generations of the Zucchi family.  Zucchi’ point of difference is their taste, quality, and traceability (with QR code) and the Italian Art of Blending. I loved the flavor profiles of all the varieties I received. AMAZING!! I could totally see myself just dipping some freshly baked bread into a bowl of this awesomeness. It really is that good. I thought any one of these varieties would be perfect for this dish. This recipe is super easy and can be made in 30 minutes! 

Sweet Potato, Carrot & Kale Hash

6 servings

Ingredients

6 cup sweet potatoes, peeled and diced

2 cups fresh carrots, peeled and diced

2 cups onion, diced

2 cups kale, chopped and lightly sautéed 

1/4 cup Zucchi 100% Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil 

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 tbsp Shawarma seasoning

1 1/2 tsp pink Himalayan salt

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and toss.

Transfer to a large skillet and spread evenly.

Put in oven and bake of 20 minutes or until sweet potatoes are soft.

To learn more about the Flavor Your Life Campaign and European Extra Virgin Olive Oil, visit flavor-your-life.com.

* I received this product complimentary from Mom’s Meet to use and post my honest opinions.  Compensation was provided for this post and may contain affiliate links. 

Shrimp with Tiger Sauce-Home Chef Review

Today’s post is brought to by another incredible meal from Home Chef. Yes! Last month I raved about this service when I made Baja Fish Tacos. This time I made Shrimp with Tiger Sauce and Charred Sugar Snap Peas. 

Did you know….

The original tiger sauce is a piquant blend of more than 20 ingredients and a Cayenne pepper base. We make our version with a blend of ponzu and Sriracha sauces mixed with miso, honey, and ginger.”-Home Chef Recipe Card

This experience was just as amazing. Before taking on the box of tasty ingredients, I read through the entire recipe as suggested. I also rinsed all of the product to be used. Now it was time to cook!


The recipe started with the preparation of the Jasmine Rice. I LOVE Jasmine Rice!! It’s so fragrant! I knew that it would be perfect for the flavors that I was working with. 

Next, I had to prepare the snap peas, by removing their strings. I also thinly sliced the green onions then set them aside to sear the shrimp. After cooking the shrimp until charred, I removed them from the pan. Now this is the part I loved, the recipe said to use the pan I just cooked the shrimp in, to cook the sugar snap peas in! Yes! With the exception of the Jasmine Rice, this meal is made in just one pan. I love it!! 

After cooking the sugar snap peas, I removed them to a plate and finished the shrimp. (In the same pan!) After adding the remaining ingredients that made the Tiger Sauce, I was ready to plate! Top to bottom this delicious meal only took about 30 minutes! Amazing! 

Another great experience from Home Chef! Fresh ingredients delivered to my home, prepared by me. Thirteen new meals for me to choose from each week. Home Chef is also “conscious about the impact (their) services has on the Earth” and ships my meal box using recycle and reusable materials. What is there not to like about Home Chef?? 

Get started with your Home Chef experience today with $30 OFF YOUR FIRST PURCHASE!!

*This is a sponsored post in partnership with Home Chef. All opinions are that of my own. 

Schermer’s Pecans South Georgia’s Finest Pecans with a History of Excellance

We are well into Spring and I can’t be anymore happy.  Atlanta weather has been a little shady lately to say the least. In the last three days we’ve had tornados, severe thunderstorms, and wind advisories. Yesterday, a huge tree fell across the street I live on. It’s been crazy! Today the sun finally came out and sky was blue. FINALLY!  It was still quite windy though. Amidst the nasty weather, I received some happy mail from Schermer’s Pecans.  Anyone who knows me, knows that I LOVE pecans!

Founded in 1946, Schermer Pecans is a 5th generation growers and second generation owners.  Today, they are one of the few family run pecan companies that grow, shell, distribute.  Guaranteeing that you will enjoy the freshest pecans.

 

Photo via https://schermerpecans.com

When I opened the pretty green box that contained the awesomeness that I was soon to devour, I was excited to see that there were three bags of the most plump and hearty pecans I have seen in a long while. Somebody get me some scissors! I very quickly found a pair and got to business. That first pecan was so amazing, and so was the several handfuls that I scarfed down after it.  Ahhhhh! So good! I rolled the bag of deliciousness up and asked the Mini Me to put it back in the box and slide it under the bed.  The pecan’s days were numbered. We both knew it.

Since Wednesday the pecans as made its way into oatmeal, salad, and tonight a pan of brownies.  Yummy! Pecans are the perfect addition to many of your favorite meals. Not only are these pecans they delicious, they pack full of some pretty impressive nutritional benefits.  Pecans are an excellent source of vitamin-E, and serveral impotant B-complex groups of vitamins such as niacin, B-6, and riboflavin.  They are also rich in minerals such as iron, zinc, and calcium.

So head over to http://www.schermerpecans.com and order up a couple bags. Schermer’s Pecans is definitely comes highly recommended by me, if you’re looking for high quality pecans with a history of greatness. Don’t forget April is National Pecan Month! It’s not too late to join the celebration!

 

Cinnamon Pecan Rolls Featuring Purely Pecans Pecan Butter

April is National Pecan Month! Yes! Everyone stand and join in a round of applause for the almighty pecan! As you can see I’m a major fan of this amazing tree nut. This love started at a very early age, sitting around the table with my parents, cracking shelled pecans one by one, enjoying each other’s company. I always looked forward to my mother picking up a bag from the grocery store. Today, I enjoy an occasional nut cracking session with my daughter. I am very excited about National Pecan Month to say the least.

Purely Pecans contains no additives and no preservatives. Every jar is comprised of 100% pecans we source directly from local farmers.

I want to introduce you to a pretty awesome company, Purely Pecans. They were very nice to send me nice package that included this very tasty Pecan Butter. I immediately wanted to taste it. I opened it up and just like the jar said it was 100% pure pecans. Wow!  So how exactly can you use pecan butter? Well the possibles are endless, if you’re the adventure type in the kitchen. I incorporated Purely Pecan Butter in some homemade cinnamon rolls. They were pretty amazing!


Cinnamon Pecan Rolls

1 cup warm milk

1 Tbsp Active Dry Yeast

2 Tbsp Sugar

1 tsp sea salt

3 Tbsp salted whipped butter

1 egg

3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

Filling

1/4 cup melted butter

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup Pure Pecans Pecan Butter heated

2 Tbsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp ground ginger

Brown Sugar Glaze

1/2 brown sugar

2 Tbsp butter

1 tsp vanilla

1 Tbsp milk

1/8 tsp salt

Combine warm milk, yeast, sugar, salt, egg, and butter in a large bowl. Let set for 10 minutes.

Add flour and mix with wooden spoon until dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl.

Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 15 minutes.

Transfer dough to a lightly greased bowl.  Cover with tea towel and let set for 1 hour. Dough should double in size.

Punch down on dough and turn onto lightly greased surface. Roll dough into a 12X18 rectangle.

Brush butter over dough. Pour pecan butter over butter and spread evenly. Mix brown sugar and cinnamon, then sprinkle on top of pecan butter.

Roll dough tight lengthwise until you get a long roll. Cut dough with a sharp knife into 12 one inch slices.

Place slices into a pan, cover and let rise for 30 minutes.

Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees. Bake rolls for 15 minutes or until golden on top.

While cinnamon rolls are baking prepare Glaze.

Combine all ingredients into saucepan and heat until boiling. Let cool.

When Cinnamon Rolls are golden, remove from oven and drizzle with glaze.

Let cool, if you like, or enjoy immediately!
Thanks Purely Pecans for celebrating National Pecan Month with me!!

* I received this product complimentary for review purposes. All opinions are that of my own. 

Tea Reviews ~ Oliver Pluff & Co

My tea journey through National Tea Month led me to Charleston, South Carolina, Oliver Pluff & Co is blending up some amazing teas. Their “vision is to connect people to American heritage through historic beverages.” I am here for that! 

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The weather in Atlanta is pretty undesirable today. You can find me at home, wrapped up in my blanket sipping on this lovey Masala Chai from @OliverPluff. It was brewed with milk and honey and it was so delicious! Highly recommended!! Description: Masala Chai, literally "mixed-spice tea," originated in India, but has become a favorite in tea and coffee houses worldwide. Spicy and strong black tea blend. Served hot or cold, but always creamy and puckeringly sweet. Chai is also sometimes called "spiced black tea." Ingredients: black tea, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom #nationalhotteamonth #tea #hottea #teabag #herbaltea #looseleaftea #greentea #blacktea #wellnesstea #teatime #teaparty #tealover #teaaddict #ilovetea #blacktea #tealife #cupoftea #cuppa #teaphotography #iliovetea #masalachai #oliverpluff #oliverpluffandco #visitcharleston #charlestonsc #shanawashere #foodie #goodvibes #mondayvibes #atlantablogger #teaoftheday

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I was captivated by the packaging before I even tasting the teas. The tins were wrapped in linen paper labels with historic pictures on them. With a visual of colonial times I was ready to be transported to the days of the tea craze.

The first tea I experienced was the Masala Chai, a blend of black tea, ginger, cinnamon, and cardamom. I used the suggested recipe on the back of the tin. 
1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup water

2 tsp honey 

1 tsp Masala Chai

Brew in pot, strain, and enjoy.
AMAZING!!!!
At the first sip, it went straight to the top of my list of favorite chai. It’s sooo good and it smell divine! I’m a forever fan. I had the opportunity to visit a local high school and teach a tea lab to their culinary arts students. They made a pot of Masala Chai and was skeptical about the milk part at first. But when they tasted it, all of them loved it. Some even asked for some to take home to make for their parents. That put a smile on my face!

The next tea I have to tried was Key Lime, a blend of Large leaf green tea, blue mallow flowers, and key lime flavor. And no it does not taste like key lime pie. It is however a very refreshing, mellow tea. I really enjoyed it. A very nice sipping tea.


The last tea was the West Indies Citrus, a blend of orange peel, lemongrass, lemon peel, and rose hips. Also a very chill blend. I have enjoyed this tea several nights in the month of January. The smell of it just puts me in a very relaxed mood. It’s the perfect tea to enjoy before turning in for the night.
Oliver Pluff & Co hand packages all of their products in Charleston, South Carolina. Check them out at www.oliverpluff.com.

First Fresh Chicken Sausage | Chicken Sausage & Cheese Waffles + Deep Dish Chicken Sausage Pizza

The other day,my daughter wanted breakfast for dinner, as she eyed the First Fresh Chicken Sausage that just had arrived at our doorstep. I see you Sage! She loves making waffles with the waffle maker, so that’s what she wanted. Then I thought, why not kick these waffles up a few notches! Let’s add some of this great looking Chicken Sausage Breakfast Links to the waffles. Hey, while we’re getting fancy, let’s throw in some cheddar cheese too!! Oh yea. This is gonna be a winner!!

 

So this recipe is super easy and fast to make! Just prepare your favorite waffle mix according to directions on the box. I used Hungry Jack. Then prepare 4 chicken sausage breakfast links according to package. I cooked mines in a non-stick pan. After it’s cooked just chop it up and throw in the bowl with the waffle mix. Then add 1 cup of cheddar cheese. More if you’re feeling real cheesy! Mix it all up. Then use your waffle maker to make the waffles! Easy! I put some fresh strawberries and maple syrup on top and devoured it! Yummy!



Chicken Sausage & Cheese Waffles

2 cups Hungry Jack Waffle Mix

1 1/2 cup water

4 First Fresh Chicken Sausage Breakfast Links, cooked and chopped

1 cup cheddar cheese

Combine all ingredients in bowl. Cook in waffle maker. 

  

This chicken sausage is so good! The awesome thing about it is that they use locally grown farm fresh ingredients to make them!  They are also gluten free! BONUS!! When cooking with these sausages, the options are endless! Try adding it to your meatloaf like Randy at Atlanta Food Critic did with his Chicken Sausage Meatloaf. Looks good Randy!! Or how about using these delicious Chicken Sausages in a Toad in a Hole! Heads over to We Like To Cook and Denise has you covered as she gives you the lowdown on how to make this traditional British dish. 

  
OR! Use it in your deep dish pizza!!! Yes! The Mild Italian Chicken Sausage is the perfect topping for pizza! I simply cooked the sausage in the oven until done and then sliced it. After preparing the crust, I began to build my pizza! 

Pizza Sauce

Sliced Mild Italian Chicken Sausage

Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Fresh Chopped Spinach

Fresh Sliced Mushrooms

Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Turkey Pepperoni

More Mild Italian Chicken Sausage!

Yes Please!!

  
First Fresh Chicken Sausage can be found in Publix stores throughout Atlanta, GA and Charlotte, NC.

Check out recipes from some of my blogger friends at the Atlanta Food Bloggers’ Society!!


Happily Edible After

Herbed Whole Grain Biscuits with First Fresh Chicken Sausage, Jalapeno Pimento Cheese, and Arugula  


Front Porch Gourmet

Cojita Lime Omelets with Chicken Sausage & Balsamic Tomato Hash 


The Sophisticated Caveman

Chicken Sausage and Fennel Soup 
The Cardigan Kitchen

Ricotta Gnocchi with Pesto and Chicken Sausage

Atlanta Food Critic

 First Fresh Foods Chicken Sausage Tacos  
We Like 2 Cook

First Fresh Toads In The Hole  

*I was provided with First Fresh Chicken Sausage for review purposes. As always all opinions are my own.