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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Veggie Burgers For One In The Red Copper 5 Minute Chef

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The best way to cook a veggie burger for one 


 I love homemade veggie burgers but usually, I am the only person eating them. So I go through the process of mixing up the veggie burger ingredients and then cooking them in a pan, one at a time.  Cooking several vegan burgers in a frying pan can be time-consuming. That time makes me have to wait to eat. Then there is the problem of what to do with the leftover cooked plant-based veggie burgers. Cooked veggie burgers don't freeze well so I store the vegetarian burgers in the fridge. 


 Reheating homemade veggie burgers tends to dry them out. So I have figured out a solution to making homemade veggie burgers for one person. I have discovered that the best way to cook food for one person is with a handy single person cooking device. My favorite single person cooking device is a red football-shaped cooker called the Red Copper 5 Minute Chef.  This little red cooking device makes meals for one so simple and I use it for so many meals. The Red Copper Five Minute Chef makes the best omelets and eggs. This unique red cooker helps me cook meals for one without having to turn on the oven. I use the 5MC for veggie sausage, pancakes, and making poached eggs. I am always experimenting with this cooking device that cooks most foods in 5 minutes.

Vegan burgers for one


 The other day I was craving veggie burgers and I did not want to spend a lot of time mixing and cooking my usual veggie burger recipe that is made with beans and rice. I was hungry and I did not want to wait for the rice to cook. I also did not want to make all four bean and rice veggie burger patties. The other problem was I only had one can of black beans in my pantry so, in order to make my usual burgers made with beans and rice, I would have to cook dried beans and that takes a long time. So I grabbed the one can of black beans and some instant oatmeal from my pantry. I also grabbed my Red Copper Five Minute Chef cooker, so I could make quick veggie burgers for one person.

 Don't worry if you don't own a Red Copper 5 Minute Chef as you can make this veggie burger recipe in a frying pan. Since I did not want for the rice to cook, I knew that oatmeal is a great substitute for rice and it makes the veggie burgers so moist. Think about how your mom made meatloaf. My mom would use what she had in the house for her homemade meatloaf and that included bread, rice, or oatmeal. If you like meatloaf, you should try my vegetarian meatloaf that tastes like real meatloaf. 

Ingredients needed for veggie burgers

+ Can of beans, I like black or pinto

+ Instant oatmeal

+ Ketchup

+ Seasonings like garlic, salt, and pepper

+ Oil for cooking

+ cooked onions

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Beans make the best meals

 I always keep several cans of beans in my pantry for quick plant-based meals or meatless meals. Sure cooking dried beans is more economical but it can be time-consuming. Using a pressure cooker to cook beans may be faster buy it is still not quicker than can beans. When I do use my pressure cooker, I like making Mock Chipotle Pinto Beans in the pressure cooker. Canned beans are nutritious and are great for making easy hummus and other meals that are made with beans and rice. So I recommend always having several varieties of cans of beans in your pantry for meatless meals.

How to make the best veggie burgers

 Most people complain that cooking veggie burgers with beans at home results in dried burgers that fall apart. The way to may moist veggie burgers is to make sure that the ingredients are nice and moist. So mash up the beans and add plenty of liquid to the ingredients. The liquid that I like to use is ketchup as it adds great flavor to the burgers. Using oatmeal also helps the burgers stay together better, as oatmeal absorbs the liquids and thickens up. So don't be afraid to add more ketchup to this veggie burger recipe as you want the bean burger mixture to feels like mushy ground beef. As long as the bean mixture forms a nice burger patty in the pan, it will cook up just fine. 

The best way to mash beans

 I used to use a potato masher to smoosh up my beans but I discovered that using the bottom of a drinking glass does a better job of mashing. Plus you don't have to worry about beans getting stuck in the crevices like you do with a potato masher.

Easy corn dog recipe for one

Make one burger at a time


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 This bean veggie burger recipe makes more than one burger. Depending on the size of the burger pattie, you may get 2-3 veggie burgers out of the mixture. This vegan burger mixture will last in the fridge for a week and longer in the freezer. So make how many burgers you will be eating and then store the mixture in the fridge for another meal. That way you can have a fresh moist burger that is cooked to order for each meal occasion. Serve the veggie burgers on buns with desired toppings like lettuce, tomato, ketchup, etc. I like to place my burger in a tortilla or on a plate of greens. Do you have a Red Copper 5 Minute Chef and need more inspiration? Check out this awesome Facebook page for tons of great recipes!


Veggie Burgers For One
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Veggie Burgers For One

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Author: Mom Knows Best
A unique way to cook up a veggie burger for one that is moist and flavorful

Ingredients:

  • One can of beans ( black or pinto), drained
  • 3/4 cup of instant oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup of ketchup
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Oil for cooking

Instructions:

  1. Place the beans in a large mixing bowl and mash them well with the bottom of a glass, a potato masher, or a fork.
  2. Add all the remaining ingredients to the bowl with the mashed beans. Stir well. To get the veggie burger mixture combined thoroughly, I like to mix it with my clean hands. Don't worry about germs as cooking the veggie burgers will kill any germs in the food. If the mixture is dry just add more ketchup.
  3. If using the 5 Minute Chef to cook the burgers, lightly coat both sides of the cooker with oil. Then place enough mixture to fill up one side of the cooker, pressing it down with a spoon.
  4. Cook the burgers for ten minutes in the 5 Minute Chef, turning the device over halfway.
  5. If cooking the burgers in a frying pan follow the bellow steps:
  6. To assemble the veggie burgers, take a 1/2 well-packed cup of the mixture, and use your hands to form it into a burger shape.
  7. Heat up a skillet to medium heat and lightly coat it with oil.
  8. Place the formed burger into the pan and cook for 4-5 minutes on each side.
  9. Serve the veggie burgers on buns with desired toppings like lettuce, tomato, ketchup, etc. Store leftover burger mixture in the fridge for a week or in the freezer for 6 months.
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Monday, September 28, 2020

Whipped Dalgona Coffee Made With Instant Coffee

 Dalgona coffee is a whipped, frothy iced coffee drink made with instant coffee, sugar, water, and milk 


 I may be a little late to the Dalgona whipped coffee trend but I am so glad that I joined the party and made this incredible sweet coffee drink. This whipped coffee drink was so delicious and even my husband enjoyed it. The coffee drink was easy to make and it left me saying "why did I wait so long to make this delightful cup of coffee?"

 The reason I was late to the Dalgona coffee trend was simply that I did not have any instant coffee in the house. When this whipped coffee excitement was happening, most of the world was following a stay at home orders due to the lung virus pandemic called Covid-19. I was not shopping at any grocery stores during this time and was using up my food stockpile. I had plenty of ground coffee in the house so I saw no need to buy any instant coffee to make the whipped coffee drink. Sure I was drooling over the whipped videos that were circulating all over the web but a coffee drink was not going to have me risking my life or have me having an asthma attack from all the harsh cleaners that the stores were using. 

Looking for some more coffee inspiration? ~ Check out this National Coffee Day Post! 

What is Dalgona Coffee?  

Also known as "whipped coffee", "frothy coffee", or "fluffy coffee", Dalgona coffee has two distinct layers made from whipped coffee cream sitting on top of iced milk.

 Dalgona coffee is a coffee drink that is made from instant coffee, sugar, water, and milk. Ok, that sounds like most cups of coffee but what makes this drink different is how it is made. It is the process of whipping together the instant coffee crystals with sugar and hot water that makes the creamy, like whipped cream, layers of sweet coffee that sits on top of cold milk. To most, it is the presentation of the drink that makes this drink so special. The fluffy coffee or frothy coffee layer just floats on top of the milk as it is so airy.

What does Dalgona coffee taste like?

 To describe this delicious drink called Dalgona coffee, I would compare it to a fancy coffee shop drink like a Frappucino but not as thick. So maybe it is like a thick cold coffee latte. Think of the creamy top part of the whipped coffee as a scoop of coffee-flavored whipped cream and the bottom layer as ice-cold milk. When you blend the two layers together, you get a sweet creamy coffee drink.

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How did this Dalgona coffee craze get started?

The viral Dalgona coffee trend that had everyone on Facebook and TikTok showing off their whipped coffee drinks did not start in the United States. This do-it-yourself coffee drink started in South Korea at the beginning of 2020 after Jung Il-woo,  a South Korean actor, ordered a whipped coffee at an eatery in Macau and he likened the taste to that of Dalgona, a type of Korean candy

This got folks in South Korea, who were stuck at home, making this whipped coffee since they could not get their favorite coffee drinks at local coffee houses. Since these people had plenty of time on their hands, they shared short video tutorials on how to make Dalgona coffee on TikTok and Instagram using the hashtags #dalgonacoffee. The whipped coffee trend hit the internet in the US in March, just as folks were following social distancing rules.

Why is it called Dalgona coffee?

Dalgona coffee gets its name from Dalgona, a spongy South Korean coffee candy. The candy has a light caramel-colored bubbly texture, which looks like the coffee foam of the Dalgona whipped coffee. This sweet candy has a toffee flavor or caramel flavor. This sweet Dalgona candy is a popular treat in Korea.

Ingredients needed to make Dalgona Coffee

~ Instant coffee

~ Sugar- granulated works best

~ Hot water

~ Ice

~ Milk or  plant-based milk

~ A whisk, electric mixer, or stand mixer

How to make Dalgona coffee

 Making whipped coffee is quite simple. All you need to do is combine the instant coffee, sugar, and hot water in a bowl. Then whip the ingredients together until it is light in color and resembles a whipped cream texture. There are several ways to whip up the ingredients. You can use a whisk, an electric mixer, or a stand mixer. I recommend placing the ingredients in a small bowl and mix them first with a spoon so the coffee and sugar dissolve together in the hot water.

 Since the process of whipping the ingredients can take 5-7 minutes, I recommend using the stand mixer or electric mixer. The ingredients will start out thin and dark like a cup of coffee but will gradually start to get thicker and lighter. The whipped coffee mixture is done once it looks like a light brown whipped topping.

 Then you fill a glass with cold milk, some people like to add ice cubes, and use a rubber spatula to spoon half or more of the whipped coffee mixture onto the cold milk. This recipe will make one to two drinks. It will look so pretty.

How to drink the whipped coffee drink

Drinking the whipped coffee drink is a matter of preference. If you like your coffee strong then drink this coffee drink as is. The coffee whipped topping has a strong coffee taste and is bitter. If strong coffee is not your thing then stir the whipped coffee into the glass of milk for a delightful coffee and milk drink.

Dalgona whipped coffee tips and questions

Can I use ground coffee or brewed coffee? ~ This recipe will not work with ground coffee or brewed coffee. It only works with instant coffee crystals or powder.

Can I use plant-based milk? ~ You can use any type of milk that you like and that includes plant-based milk like almond milk. The secret to this recipe is in the whipped coffee layer and this layer will blend in nicely with any milk. I used unsweetened almond milk for my drink and as you can see in the photos it looks perfect.

Can I use cold water? ~  Cold water will not work as the hot water helps dissolve both the instant coffee and the sugar more quickly, helping it whip up into its foamy state. I boiled my water in a tea kettle but you can use a microwave.

Can I use other types of sugar? ~ Granular sugar works best but I have heard that other people had good results with brown sugar, coconut sugar, and monkfruit. These types of sugar may not produce a light and fluffy coffee whip.

Can I store this in the fridge for later? ~ While you can save any leftover whipped coffee in the fridge for later, it will return to its liquid state and will have to be whipped again. So I don't recommend this.

How much does this recipe make? ~ This recipe uses instant coffee that equals two cups of coffee so if you like a strong coffee taste use all of the coffee cream on a glass of milk. If you like a milder taste of coffee use half of the coffee topping.

Dalgona Whipped Coffee

Ingredients

2 Tablespoons instant coffee granules

2 Tablespoons granulated sugar

2 Tablespoons hot boiling water

½ cup ice

1 cup milk or plant-based milk of your choice

Instructions

 In a small bowl or the stand mixer bowl, use the whisk attachment, combine the coffee, sugar, and hot water. 

Immediately whisk on medium-high speed until light, airy, and doubled in volume, about 4-5 minutes.

If using a handheld whisk,  quickly whisk the ingredients together. This may take 5-7 minutes.

If using an electric mixer, combine on medium-high speed for 4-5 minutes.  

Serve immediately. Pour the milk over the ice in a tall glass. Use a rubber spatula to place the coffee cream over the milk. To enjoy the drink, lightly mix the coffee cream into the cold milk.

Check out how to make an even creamier whipped coffee cream that can be used for frosting a cake and more. This Dairy-Free Magic Coffee Whipped Cream uses ice water instead of the hot water. It is so thick and creamy. It also stores in the freezer for several weeks. Get the amazing Magic Whipped Coffee Cream HERE!






Celebrate National Coffee Day At Home

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Celebrate National Coffee Day from the comfort of your home

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   Things are quite different in the year 2020 and the Covid-19 lung virus may be keeping us at home but that does not mean that we can not celebrate our favorite holidays. While many restrictions are being lifted,  most states still are encouraging people to stay home to help stop the spread of a virus that caused a world pandemic. These stay-at-home orders mean that many large events and celebrations have been canceled but that does not mean that we have to stop at home celebrations with our family. We just have to be more creative when it comes to celebrating holidays. 


 Since I am staying home more, I decided to create a coffee bar. I have seen some unique coffee bars that people have created in their homes and it is something that I have always wanted to do. So now that I have more time on my hands, it was the perfect time to gather all my coffee makers and coffee supplies and put them in one location. While I would love for my new coffee bar space to be in my kitchen, there was no space as my kitchen is small. So I created my new coffee space in my family room which is right next to my kitchen. I have a big nook above my gas fireplace that was not being used so that is my new coffee bar area. So now I can create my coffee drinks easily.  

National Coffee Day is not canceled 


 Wake up and smell the coffee! National Coffee Day is Tuesday, September 29, 2020, and coffee is the drink of choice. This unofficial holiday is a global celebration of one of the best drinks in the world, and you are encouraged to drink coffee all day. Maybe not all day, but at least one or more cups of the amazing cup of Joe. 

 I like to say that I celebrate coffee every day but one day a year, I celebrate this wonderful drink made from coffee beans with the rest of the world.  If you have been following me for a while, you then know that I love coffee. I love everything about that brown drink that has a wonderful coffee aroma and this year I will still be celebrating National Coffee Day. I may not be heading to the coffee shop to get my free cup of coffee but instead, I will be treating myself to a warm cup of coffee made from the best cold brew coffee recipe in the comfort of my home. To celebrate this special holiday with my readers, I have made a list of new coffee products that I have discovered and also some delicious coffee drink recipes. So brew yourself a cup of coffee and learn about some new ways to enjoy that daily cup of coffee.

The best way to enhance your cup of coffee


 Some people may like their coffee black but not me. I like my cup of coffee with flavor and plenty of it. My favorite way to add a touch of sweetness and flavor to my coffee is with Torani coffee syrups. My new coffee bar always has a wide variety of Torani syrups so I can take a plain cup of coffee and make it exciting and filled with flavor. These flavorful coffee syrups come in so many flavors so I can change the flavor of my coffee depending on my mood or the season. Torani brings the coffee house to my house so I don't have to leave my house for a delicious coffee latte or cappuccino. The best part is I don't have to tip the barista.

New Fall flavors  

 When the weather starts getting cooler, my coffee mood changes, and I start craving pumpkin spice lattes and Salted Caramel Lattes. So I am glad that my coffee bar has Torani Pumpkin Spice Syrup and other amazing fall-flavored Torani syrups. A splash of the sweet pumpkin spice Torani syrup along with almond milk transforms my cup of coffee into a delicious pumpkin spice latte.

Torani has four new fall flavors that are sold exclusively at Walmart so you can make some amazing coffee drinks that are perfect for the cool fall weather. These new fall flavors from Torani are also perfect to use in fall recipes like Soft Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies and pumpkin pie. In addition to introducing you to these delicious coffee enhancers, I have three Pumpkin Spice recipe ideas to level up your coffee game at home this fall.

~ Torani Butter Pecan Syrup ~ Torani Cane Sugar Sweetener ~ Torani Pumpkin Spice Syrup ~ Torani Brown Sugar Cinnamon Syrup


~ Skinny Pumpkin Spice Latte

Add 2 Tbsp. Torani Sugar-Free Pumpkin Spice Syrup to 2 shots espresso (or ½ cup strong brewed coffee) and 1 cup frothed milk.







~ Keto Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte

Combine 2 Tbsp. Torani Sugar-Free Pumpkin Spice Syrup with 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, 2 shots espresso (or ½ cup strong brewed coffee), and ice.







~ Skinny Pumpkin Spice Cold Brew

Stir 2 Tbsp. Torani Sugar-Free Pumpkin Spice Syrup into 1 cup cold brew and add a splash of cream.

Dalgona Coffee ~ Whipped Coffee Drink


 I am a little late to the Dalgona ~ Whipped Coffee Drink party but I finally made this delicious drink. This sweet coffee drink is so creamy and delicious. It is also the perfect drink to celebrate National Coffee Day. I discovered a premium instant coffee that makes the best Whipped Coffee and it is favored by those who love to travel. Alpine Start is an instant coffee that actually tastes good as it is made from premium 100% high altitude Colombian arabica beans. The coffee beans are gently processed to retain flavor. The instant coffee easily dissolves in hot or cold water making it a perfect choice for Dalgona Coffee. 

 Alpine Start comes in three flavors ~ Original Blend which is a medium roast,  Coconut Creamer Latte, and Dirty Chai Latte. The slim packets are lightweight and compact so they are easy to toss into your bag or pocket for the best cup of coffee on the go. Now you don't have any excuse for spending too much money on a cup of coffee while traveling and you can skip the long line at the coffee shop. 


If you have not tried making whipped coffee, you have to make a cup with this instant coffee. This coffee drink is amazing and so delicious. I used the Original Blend to make my Dalgona whipped coffee. To get the recipe with a step by step instructions and also the history on this amazing drink head on over HERE.


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National Coffee Day with an ethical morning cup

  This National Coffee Day celebrate with a fairtrade coffee brand to make your morning brew even more meaningful. Ethical Bean, is the perfect morning pick-me-up coffee that uses fairtrade certified and organic beans. Each colorful package has a unique QR code on the back so you can trace the journey of your seasonally sourced beans from crop to cup. This unique QR code on the back of packs that tells you everything from:

~ Which fairtrade co-ops your coffee is from

 ~ Roasting date, length & temperature

~ How the coffee scores on sweetness, body, acidity, and more (score-wise, Ethical Bean coffees always rank above an 83 on the professional coffee cupping scale).


 Ethical Bean is all about supporting fair prices for co-op partners from multiple Global South regions, so you get the freshest and most ethical cup every time – even if that means more work on the Ethical Bean team’s end. The rainbow of coffee roasts are available at grocery stores nationwide and online. I love that this flavorful coffee is so reasonably priced at SRP $9.99/8-ounce ground bag or SRP $11.99/12-ounce.


  Ethical Bean is available in whole bean & ground

Lush Medium Dark: Burgundian fullness, alive with fruit, smoke, and earth notes.

Sweet Espresso Medium Dark: A stand-up straight shot. Marries beautifully with milk. Multidimensional and dripping with crema.

Bold Dark Roast: Dark, but not too dark. Edgy on one hand, seductively smooth on the other. 

Super dark French Roast: A hammering dark roast, blended to display body, balance, and dazzling dark cocoa -laced finish.

• Classic Medium Roast: Elegant acidity highlights a nuanced, medium-bodied cup.

• Decaf Dark Roast: Gobs of body, intriguing chocolate character. Dynamite as drip, scintillating as espresso.

Mellow Medium Roast: Medium body, nutty aroma and a sweet brightness. Stirring memories of hazelnuts and caramelized sugar.


How To Make Perfect IcedCoffee https://www.momknowsbest.net/2019/07/how-to-make-perfect-iced-coffee.html  

Coffee plus protein


 Now you can combine nutrition and coffee into one delicious drink. ICONIC Cafe Latte protein drink makes it easy to have a healthy breakfast and get your caffeine fix at the same time. These delicious protein drinks have 20 grams of grass-fed protein and 180mg of caffeine with added Vitamin B-12. So it is the perfect defense against the morning hanger.

 Made with real Colombian coffee and is low calorie, low sugar, low carb, and chock full of great nutrients. It's perfectly clean - no hormones or antibiotics and the protein comes from grass-fed cows in Ireland. These coffee drinks are also lactose-free, keto-friendly, gluten-free, and GMO-free. This coffee/protein drink is great to grab and go, for those who are working outside the home. Busy moms will love them too as they are a great way to get breakfast and coffee while they tend to online school kids. No more finding your forgotten cup of coffee in the microwave after a long busy day. 


  Not into having your coffee in a protein drink? There are days when I crave my coffee warm in a coffee cup so you will be glad that ICONIC Protein has other delicious flavors of their protein drinks that do not contain caffeine. They sell an ICONIC variety pack so you can discover your favorite flavor.

Coffee that gives back


  Enjoy your cup of coffee at home this year while giving back to the community, locally and globally. You may be enjoying that warm soothing cup of coffee even more on National Coffee Day knowing that your joy is also bringing joy to others. Rising Tides Coffee Co has a mission to source the world's finest beans with their fair trade organic, small-batch, artisan roasted, craft coffee while giving back to unique charities. Rising Tides Coffee Co offers three unique flavors and each bag donates to a unique charity based on how it was created

 I love the look of their coffee bags as they are bold and exciting, just like the coffee beans that are in the coffee bag. It was hard to select which variety of coffee to try first as all the descriptions of the coffees teased my tastebuds. I selected the Blue Label from Africa but the Green label from South America and the Pink label that supports women will be in my next shipment. Rising Tides describes the flavor notes in the coffees and they were spot on with the Blue label from Africa. When the coffee arrived at my house, my teen said "that coffee smells good like caramel!"

Description of Blue label coffee from Africa:

The cup is balanced, sweet, and creamy with a sugary mouthfeel; robust citrus flavor with apple, caramel, brown sugar, and green apple.

This exotic, single-origin coffee is harvested along the steep volcanic mountains within the western provinces of Rwanda at an altitude of over 5,900 ft. above sea level.

Healthy Coffee with zero caffeine


  In the winter I love a warm cup of coffee after dinner but if I drink even decaf coffee, I won't be able to fall asleep at bedtime as decaf coffee still has caffeine in it. I have tried those coffee teas but they are so weak in flavor and don't have the coffee feel in my mouth. So I am glad to have discovered an all-natural instant herbal coffee that has zero caffeine and tastes like coffee! Dandy Coffee even has the coffee feel in my mouth.

 Dandy Coffee, is a coffee alternative that consists of only five ingredients – one of which being the dandelion root. Dandy Blend has zero caffeine (even decaf has 3%) while tasting smooth and creamy just like coffee. I was hesitant to try this instant coffee as it has dandelion root in it but I am glad I did as this coffee alternative is delicious and it has a great creamy foam just like real coffee. This drink tastes like the real thing so I can enjoy the flavor without the side effects of caffeine, like the jitters or sleepless nights.

 This alternative coffee beverage even has some amazing health benefits. The dandelion root is a healing herb that helps rid the body of toxins. The mild flavor or dandelion counteracts the  "bite" from the other ingredients in coffee substitutes like chickory.

Relax with a coffee body scrub

 After a long day of working at home, you can relax with A CBD Coffee Body Scrub. The CBD Coffee Body Scrub is made with fair-trade coffee from Yirgacheffe, a town in central Ethiopia. These sought-after beans are grown a high-elevation, hand-picked, and then washed for a bright, clean taste and high acidity. Prior to the roasting process, the beans that are too small are often discarded to prevent a bitter taste from over-roasting. Though not suitable for your triple latte, we hated for them to go to waste, thus giving them a new purpose. Although you may be tempted, our CBD-Infused Coffee Body Scrub is not edible even though it smells like literal magic. The coffee scent is awesome!

  I+I Botanicals' Coffee Scrub is perfect for gently scrubbing away dead skin cells, increasing blood flow, and reducing the appearance of cellulite to give your skin an even, flawless glow. Additionally, studies have shown that substances in coffee help promote healthy skin by boosting collagen levels and reducing the premature aging of cells. The Irish Moss (Seaweed) is a natural moisturizer that enhances the skin's natural barrier of the skin and blocks out harmful elements. It is also known for its anti-aging effects. Combined with CBD, coconut oil, and shea butter oil, I+I Body Scrub will leave your skin feeling soft and smooth.

What will be in your coffee cup on National Coffee Day?



Looking for a Food Processor? Here’s help.

 


   I think that my food processor is one of the most used small appliances in my kitchen. I use it for so many recipes like my spicy carrot hummus. I find so many uses for my food processor, so many that I keep this appliance on my kitchen counter. Just the other day after I harvested prickly pears, I used the food processor to make prickly pear lemonade. So if you what an appliance that is very useful, a food processor is one that I recommend.



 The question that I am sure that many have is which food processor should I buy? Keep reading to get some valuable information on selecting the right food processor for your kitchen. These tips will make shopping for the food processor an easier task. Once you buy a food processor, you will have to make my Plant-Based Healthy No-Bake Salted Chocolate Brownies. These brownies are amazing with chocolate flavor and are also dairy-free.


  When you get a food processor, you will probably wonder what all the parts are for. Let’s start with the S-blade. It is the most common and significant attachment, and is the heart of the machine – this is the part that helps you to achieve several different consistencies in your dishes. The less-frequently used attachments can vary but could include a dough blade, a French fry cutter, or even an attachment that squeezes citrus! All the foods that seemed previously out of reach are firmly within your grasp when you own a food processor.

What to keep an eye out for

 You want a powerful food processor that can get things done with consistent results. A heavy base will prevent your appliance from skating across the countertop when it is in operation. You will also be glad you chose a large bowl capacity, which is useful for processing liquid ingredients.

 A wider feed tube gives you more space to work with when processing large pieces of food, and choosing a model with a pulse option gives you greater control over your mixing speeds without overmixing. If you are a “bells and whistles” kind of person, look for a model with extra features, like an egg beater for baking, or a citrus press.

What’s it made of? 

 The motor can be found in the base of the processor. This is the engine room, from which all the power comes. From the motor, there is a shaft that extends upwards, onto which the attachments can be fit. A bowl, usually made from transparent plastic, with a lid, goes on top of the base, and the machine usually cannot work without having this locked into position. Food is inserted through the feed tube that is attached to the lid, and you use the plunger accessory to push ingredients down the tube.

Care and maintenance of a food processor

 If you don’t look after your food processor, it will get damaged. While food processors are great for chopping food into small pieces, it is less great to have to clean small pieces out of the appliance. But don’t shirk this responsibility – keeping a clean machine will prevent bacteria from developing and will prolong the life of your appliance for years to come.


Follow these tips to keep your food processor in tip-top shape:

1. Avoid experimenting with foods that could harm or clog the food processor.

2. Cut your ingredients into appropriate sizes before feeding them into the machine.

3. Do not overfill the bowl.

4. Do not use anything other than the plunger/pushing attachment to push food down the tube.

5. Prolong the life of your motor by only processing small amounts at a time.

6. Use a combination of water and baking soda to clear any lingering odors. Let the mixture sit for 15 minutes before drying thoroughly.​

7. Never skip cleaning your machine after use!

8. Get rid of residual food pieces using a nylon scrubber.

Saturday, September 26, 2020

FITBAR Party With Tryazon

I loved sharing healthy food with my friends

 I was sent a bunch of goodies from Tryazon and FITBAR so I could share them with my friends. The healthy snacks that I received were brand new snack items from Chef Robert Irvine and they were so delicious. I loved that these bars were dairy-free, plant-based, soy-free, gluten-free, and made with healthy ingredients. My favorite bar was the peanut butter chocolate one as it tasted like cookie dough. The fact that the bars had 12 grams of protein in them and oatmeal was awesome. 

 I could enjoy these delicious bars for breakfast and snacks. They were filling and gave me energy. I was glad that I was sent plenty of FITBARs, so I could share them with friends. 

 I brought the FITBARS and other samples that I had from other companies to a get-together with my friends. My friends like it when I bring bags of samples. One friend was excited to see healthy snacks in her bag as she has a son who enjoys healthy snack bars for his long bike rides. She said that her son is always looking for grab and go snacks that are filling and give him energy.

 Everyone loved the reusable metal straws and the notebooks that were in the reusable bags. They were looking forward to having healthy snacks to enjoy while at home. These wholesome snacks also are made with less sugar. When my friends asked about the bars, my husband told them that Chef Robert Irvine, the guy from a popular cooking TV show, made these bars. For more information about FITBARS head over HERE. These bars are also sold on Amazon.

I also brought some delicious pizza to share with my friends from another sampling event. 




Sunday, September 20, 2020

The Walking Dead Season Finale Giveaway With Buzz Bee Toys

 Celebrate the season finale of The Walking Dead with a giveaway

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 My boys are huge fans of dart blasters and have a huge collection of dart blasters. If the boys had to choose a brand of dart blasters to be their favorite, the ones made from Buzz Bee Toys would win. The dart blasters from Buzz Bee Toys are the unique blasters that provide the ultimate dark play experience for my boys and are the choice of activity when they have friends over to play. My boys have a huge chest filled with dart blasters and foam darts so there is plenty to share. 

Checking out The Walking Dead dart blaster line 


 When the huge package arrived the other day to our house, my boys were excited to open it. They say the best things come in big boxes and this time it was so true. Now, I did not tell my boys that they were selected to review the dart blasters from The Walking Dead as I wanted it to be a surprise. I also did not want to hear my boys ask me "when are the dart blasters coming?" So when my boys saw the orange and red dart blasters, they were so happy!


 My boys have never seen The Walking Dead television show as it is not a show that their dad watches. Yep, dad controls the tv and the boys enjoy watching the shows that he selects. All my boys know about the Walking Dead series is that it is about people shooting zombies. Not seeing the show did not matter when my boys started checking out the dart blasters that were inspired after the Walking Dead, all that mattered was that they had some cool looking blasters that shoot soft foam darts.


Buzz Bee Toys, Inc. provides the ultimate play experience with each toy they make. From dart and water blasters to water toys, flying toys, junior sports, and pogo, they are passionate about their portfolio of brands and are delighted to offer them to people all over the world. Founded in 2002, its mission statement is to develop the best products at the best prices, all with on-time delivery.


The Walking Dead Dwight’s Crossbow


My boys like that the dart blasters from Buzz Bee Toys have unique features and each kind of blaster is different. So my younger son started examining the Walking Dead Dwight’s Crossbow by Buzz Bee Toys. Upon examing the dart blaster box, my younger son was excited that the dart blaster was a crossbow. My boys do not have a crossbow in their chest of dart blasters so this was going to be a whole new experience of dart blaster play. My son also loved that it was a clip-fed dart blaster so he could load all 10 of the long-distance darts at one time.

 Both boys were happy that the Walking Dead Crossbow blaster had a detachable scope so they could better aim at their target. So my son loaded up the dart blaster with the soft darts and pulled the trigger to launch a dart. "Awesome!" was all that I heard as the dart sailed across the room. I like that the darts are soft and don't break things so my boys can play with the blasters in the house. That soft dart from the dart blaster went from the front of the house to the back door of the house. I am not sure of the distance that the dart flew across the house but my boys told me that this amazing blaster could blast up to 100 feet. From my experience with watching my boys play with Buzz Bee Toys blasters if the box says it shoots up to 100 feet, it really does. When my boys reviewed the Agitator from Buzz Bee Toys, they played with it at the park, and those darts went flying across the park.  

 The Walking Dead Andrea’s Rifle



While my younger son was examining the crossbow, my older son was busy checking out the Walking Dead Andrea’s Rifle by Buzz Bee Toys. This rifle is over 2 feet long and my son was glad that the rifle was lightweight. This unique dart blaster also comes with a detachable scope and a dart clip. The clip-fed bolt action dart blaster comes with 8 long distance darts that also have the ability to blast up to 100 feet. 

 My boys had a blast shooting the soft darts across the room at each other. Since the darts are interchangeable, the boys quickly scooped up each other's blaster darts and loaded their clips back up for more blasting action. These dart blasters are recommended for children 6 years of age and older. So even grownups can join in on the fun. While my boys prefer to use the dart blasters inside, this awesome rifle and crossbow are great for outdoor play too. My boys like indoor play better as it is easier to clean up the foam darts. 


Where have you found a foam dart?


 As a mom to four boys who love to play with dart blasters, I am used to finding the foam darts all over the house. I have found the foam darts in my shoes and in the laundry. It also is quite the norm to find the soft darts in the bathroom. The darts that are spewed all over the house don't bother me as the boys are having safe play at home. When the grandbaby comes over to play, my boys then gather up all their foam darts and they are amazed at how many they have collected. Dart blasters are perfect for keeping kids happy and entertained while staying home.

Enter to win The Walking Dead Dart Blasters



Want to win these Walking Dead Dart Blasters? Buzz Bee Toys is sponsoring a giveaway on my website to celebrate the season finale of The Walking Dead and you can have a chance to win these awesome dart blasters. Just enter on the giveaway form below. If you want to buy these awesome Walking Dead Blasters, you can find them in stores like Walmart and you can buy the dart blasters online.


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