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Savory Teas

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Have you ever had a savory tea?

I hadn’t even heard of them until they started arriving in some of my subscription boxes. In fact, they came in two different boxes in the same month. And what I found…

…is that i love them.

You might be surprised by the first one that I tried…

Goodies-Savory Tea

If you know me or have been following this blog for any length f time, you may know my disdain for broccoli. I can’t stand the smell of it. I gag. So you’d think I’d skip this tea entirely. But I was willing to give Numi’s Broccoli Cilantro Savory Green Tea a try.

And I loved it.

I think the cilantro came through a little more and the turmeric gave it a nice spice and flavor. But it absolutely was savory and will hit the spot if you are craving something of the sort. I think it could satisfy an afternoon urge to snack. Here are some suggestions that Numi gives on when to enjoy a savory tea:

Savory - When to Drink

I love all of those ideas. A few weeks later, I remembered that I had a couple more savory teas from the other food box from that month.

This brand was Millie’s Savory Teas.

Millie's Savory Teas

{Source: Love with Food}

“Green tea infused sipping broths” is how Millie’s Savory Teas are described. The first one I tried was the Spicy Tortilla. It tasted just like you would expect it to – like a tortilla soup broth. So flavorful!

The Indian Spice was just as good:

I have been on a tea kick lately and I like the opportunity to mix it up a bit with the savory ones.

Have you had a savory tea before?

If so, what flavor?

When would you drink a savory tea?

Cheers~
Carrie

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Which Food Box to Keep?

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Subscription Box Saturday – Food Box Edition

I know I subscribe to a lot of monthly boxes. But I really try to follow this rule: Only subscribe to one box of any kind. However, I’ve broken this rule with food/snack boxes. I belong to two. It’s tough deciding which one to keep! Generally speaking, I think I like my Love with Food box a little bit better. Why? They introduce me to new products that not only taste good, but are often healthy or just better in terms of the quality of ingredients and processes used. I also love the themes. However, I do get some tasty items in my Goodies box as well. And that one’s only $7! It’s hard to quit that! Here’s a comparison of the May contents.

Subscription Box: Love with Food

Premise: Sample the best gourmet food products delivered to your door!”

Cost: $10/month + $2 shipping. (Special deals if you purchase more than one month at a time)

Extra Benefits: Review products, share recipes and refer friends for points toward free products.

What’s Special: For each box shipped and each order placed, a meal is donated to a hungry child.

To Join: Click here.

May’s Theme: Mother’s Day Breakfast in Bed

From Left, Clockwise:

Bonne Maman Strawberry Preserves: I’ve received Bonne Maman in a few different boxes now. I’ve always loved this product since I first had it in France nearly 20 years ago. So it’s a welcome treat! I also love the mini sample jars they come in, which I reuse like in this post.

Slap Ya Mama Cajun Seasoning Blend: We haven’t used this yet, but I’ve read that a little can go a long way! I intend to add it to pasta sauce or to season veggies this summer! Maybe I’ll even switch up my usual popcorn routine with a sprinkle, too. Did you know that of everywhere I’ve been, I think New Orleans has some of the best food in the world?!

Mrs. May’s Naturals Strawberry Pineapple Crunch: While these little nuggets tasted good because the ingredients went well together, I thought that the clusters were a little big. It seemed like a lot of calories for just a few little bites! This was the box’s “mystery item” which must be something they recently started. Instead of the insert stating what the product is, you have to go online to find our more info.

LWF insert

Caffe Borsa Hand Drip Single Origin Coffee: I’m stashing this away for a trip when coffee might not be available.

Snapz Crisps – Tomato Crunch: I love tomatoes. They are one of my favorite things on this planet. I was so excited to try these at only 40 calories a bag. The flavor, though, was very concentrated and a lot sweeter than I expected. I could only eat half the bag until it got to be a little too much. I was surprised how satisfied I was on just 20 calories. I think these would be great in a salad to have that added crunch without the carbs or fat of croutons or nuts. Have you tried these before?

Bali’s Best Latte Candy: These were the first to come out of the box! I enjoyed one while Rob had the other. Love these! There is not much  more to say. Coffee-flavored candies? I’m in!

Biscotti Bari Authentic Almond Biscotti: I love biscotti and the almond, almost amaretto flavor of this hit the spot. Yesiree – tastes authentic to me!

“Great Full” Vegan Sweet Potato Cookie by the Cookie Department: The phrase “Vegan Sweet Potato Wellness Cookie” just made the cookie sound disgusting to me. I am not a sweet potato fan. In addition, it sounded like a lame attempt to come up with a cookie for a vegan.

NOT SO! This cookie was delightful! I was completely surprised. I loved, particularly, the molasses flavor. This was the big surprise of the box for me. My only gripe: It uses the words Vegan and Wellness to make it sound like a healthy cookie. But when I look at the fiber and protein content, it’s not all that impressive, especially since one cookie is 2 servings!

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Subscription Box: Goodies

Premise: “Receive a monthly Taster’s Box filled with exciting snacks for you to enjoy. The monthly Taster’s Box includes 5-8 trial-sized snacks and treats enabling you to discover your favorite new goodies.”

Cost: $7/month, includes shipping

Extra Benefits: Review and rate products, upload photos and complete a profile to earn points and unlock rewards.

What’s Special: I guess I’d have to say the price. Although Goodies is a company owned by Wal-mart.

To Join: Click here.

May’s Theme: I think Goodies stopped doing themes about two months ago. You now receive a note in the box instructing to go online to learn more about the products, rather than receiving an insert describing them. When I logged in online, this month’s header read:

May 2013 – Taster’s Box

Sweet and sour. Smoky and spicy. Fresh and refreshing. We’ve got all the bases covered when it comes to flavor this month.

Goodies May Contents

Blurry May Goodies Box Contents

From Left, Clockwise:

Bronco Bob’s Mango Chipotle Sauce: I haven’t tried this yet, but I intend to make the recipe on the back on a night when Rob is out golfing. {You know, that whole fins and feathers thing… oh and mango.}

Zico Coconut Water: I have just started to learn about coconut water by following Paleo bloggers. I’ve found some that I like and some that I don’t. My list of Goodies online wants me to rate a chocolate-flavored coconut water. WHAT?! I certainly did not receive a chocolate one! This big bottle was 4 servings. I poured two into a water bottle to sip on two separate days. It was good, but not the best I’ve had. Still loving the ones with pulp thanks to Kristen at Change of Pace!

Super Seedz Sea Salt Pumpkin Seeds: Tasty change from the normal popcorn or almonds I eat as a savory snack!

Seedz

Wholly Guacomole: I love when subscription boxes know that they can’t send you something, but really want you to try it. So they send you a coupon for a free package! While it’s just as easy to buy an avocado and mash to make your own guacamole, sometimes it’s just nice to have a quick little package to take to work. I like the 100 calorie packs that are just the right serving size without worrying about when you are going to use up the rest of the avocado before it browns too much.That is what I’m going to buy with this coupon!

Chipotle BBQ Beanitos: You know how I feel about BBQ flavors. So I saved these for Rob. I did steal a chip or two and we were both really surprised how the bean element gave these chips so much flavor! Oh boy, I’d love to try another variety.

Beanitos

Blue Raspberry and Pink Lemonade Gummy Straws: These do not interest me. They are going straight home with grandma to my nephew. He’ll love ’em! It’s my job as the aunt to sugar him up, right?!

California Olive Ranch Olive Oil: I so want to do a post about olive oil… the labeling, the flavors etc. I used one of the two sample packages when sauteing some veggies this past week. However, I tasted a little on its own and realized that this was too good for sauteing; it should have been a finishing oil! Also, it’s cold pressed – a bonus. More to come on that in a future post.

EVOO

Numi Moroccan Mint Tea: I am on a tea kick and this one was refreshing and did not disappoint! Plus a coupon to order more.

Numi Mint Tea

These two boxes were excellent this month, so I’m still having a hard time choosing just one. Enjoy the rest of your memorial day weekend!

When it comes to flavor, which spices or sauces knock your socks off?

Cheers~
Carrie

Birchbox vs. Beauty Army

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Subscription Box Saturday: Beauty Products Edition

Most of you who follow me know by now that I get a Birchbox every month. However, last month there was a new addition. And no, I’m not talking about Shamrock. 🙂

I learned of a Beauty Box where you can choose your samples. I thought I’d give it a shot. Here is my comparison.

First up is Birchbox which is just $10/month, including shipping. I get to try a out a lot of high end beauty products and earn points each month a box is shipped, each time I review a product and for each purchase outside of the box. Points can be redeemed for more product.

May 2013 Birchbox Contents

May 2013 Birchbox Contents

This month’s box included items that I will definitely use: Pilot Acroball Penamika Obliphica Nourishing Hair MaskSumita Color Contrast EyelinerCOOLA Classic SPF 30 Cucumber Moisturizer for FaceMarvis ToothpasteIsaac Mizrahi FABULOUS Eau de Parfum Sample.

Truthfully, I haven’t tried any of these items out yet. Well, except for the pen. They were such perfect travel sizes that they went straight in my travel bag, so I’ll be able to try them out this girls’ weekend!

You can read about my other Birchboxes here:

April 2013 – Women’s Health

March 2013

Feb 2013 – Red Carpet Ready

January 2013 – Best Year Ever (and links to 2012 boxes)

Next up is my new box from Beauty Army. Beauty Army is $12/month, including shipping. First, you complete a profile. Then, each month, you pick from a selection of samples to try. You can choose up to six. If you don’t like your options, you can just go back and change your profile to reveal new items. You can do this as many times as you wish! Since you will not receive a box until you pick your samples, you can skip any month. With Beauty Army, you can earn badges for completing surveys, reviewing products, inviting friends to join and making purchases. An earned badge can get you a discount on full-size products and free boxes.

this is how my box arrived in the mail

This is the box I received in the mail.

Box inside a box

Box inside a Box: After stripping away the outer layer, this was the box inside. I love this box. It’s sturdy with a lid. It can serve many household purposes!

Even though I’m not a girl who is really in to pink, I love the army theme once the box is opened. And when I read, “Hello, Gorgeous!” I instantly smiled. I told Rob that is why I get these boxes… Because most women don’t get surprises nor told that they are gorgeous very often. 😉

felt empty.

And despite the fact I chose these samples, I sincerely did forget what I picked. So they were still surprises to me.

In fact, it wasn’t until writing this post that I realized that one of the items was not what I selected…

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April 2013 Beauty Army contents

Included:

  • Mighty Leaf Chocolate Mint Truffle Tea – I was skeptical, but ended up adoring this tea!
  • Own Refining Moisture Night Cream – This was a tiny sample. It was kind of difficult to make an opinion of it.
  • Mark Scanda-Lash Mascara – This is the perfect travel size! I tried it out, liked it and threw it in my travel bag.
  • Nailuv Gel Polish This is the item I did not request. 😦 It requires a UV lamp to apply. I would have never picked it. Maybe they were out of the Nelson J Beverly Hills Argon Oil Non-Foaming Shampoo that I selected?
  • Immuno-Viva Sunset Tea – I’ve been on a tea kick lately…
  • GG Gatsby Raise Volume Conditioner – A one-time sample that went straight into my travel bag. This will help me with my shampoo to conditioner ratio dilemma.

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In comparing these two boxes, there are pros and cons to both. I like the fact that you can choose your own samples with Beauty Army, so you get what you want, as long as I they send you what you selected! However, there is something to be said about the element of surprise with Birchbox. Still, with this first month of Beauty Army, the items seemed really small/one-time use samples, which seems silly for $12. But maybe that was just the case with the specific samples I chose. Birchbox usually combines a mixture of single and multi-use samples and will sometimes even throw in a full-sized product.

I don’t intend to receive two beauty boxes each month. We all know that I’ve got a serious addiction and get my fair share of subscription boxes every month! However, if there are some good samples out there in a particular month, I will continue with Beauty Army. I like the option to get what I want and skip when I don’t want anything. And I know that I will stick with Birchbox for a while yet.

How do you feel about surprises? Love ’em or Hate ’em?

Cheers~
Carrie

Women’s Health Birchbox

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I know it’s not my usual Subscription Box Saturday, but my Birchbox arrived in the mail today and I just couldn’t wait to share because it’s been one of my favorites ever!

For April 2013, Birchbox coordinated with Women’s Health magazine to put a box together with the theme “Tiny Tweaks, Big Results.” Remember, different boxes go out to different members, so here is what came in my box this month:

April 2013 Birchbox: Ting

Kusmi Teas, Oribe Shampoo & Conditioner for Beautiful Color (2 of each, sample size), Supergoop! Advanced SPF 40 Anti-Aging Eye Cream, Mirenesse Glossy Kiss Lipstick, Skin&Co Roma Cleansing Sicilian Body Gel

I’m very excited to try all of these! But look carefully on top of the box. Birchbox members get a free one year subscription to Women’s Health Magazine! Score!

And while I’m loving this Birchbox to the max, I just have one request (okay two) of the folks over there…

Birchbox, I am in the market for a new moisturizer and a new mascara.

I don’t have one of either that I love and would appreciate sampling some to find a new favorite!

Can you please consider those in an upcoming box?

Why, thank you.

Off to put away my new items and pack that lovely tea with my lunch tomorrow!

What magazines do you subscribe to and why?

Cheers~
Carrie

SBS: New Twists on Classic Favorites

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Subscription Box Saturday is back! While I couldn’t wait to tell you about my Birchbox – it went up on the blog yesterday – I had to give it at least a few days to dig into my Love with Food box!

What's in it.

From Top Left, Clockwise: Kids 50 Fruit & Veggie Juice – Break It Down Berry, Mary’s Gone Crackers, Wacky Apple Flat Fruit – Wild Berry, Chocwasabi Chocolate Covered Wasabi Peas, Ola! Foods Granola – No Nut Vanilla, Cosmos Creations Salted Caramel Puffed Corn, Revolution Tea – Acai Green Tea, Emily’s Chocolates Dark Chocolate Orange Good Fortune Cookie

Upon opening the box, Rob and I tore into the Salted Caramel Baked Corn from Cosmos Creations. Salted caramel is one of our favorite flavors of pretty much anything. After we both tried a few bites, the rest of the 100-calorie bag was stolen away from me! Rob said we could buy more of it anytime. And you’ll find no kernels in this puffed corn!

Then I tried the Wild Berry Flat Fruit from Wacky Apple. It tasted like most fruit leather tastes, but this one is made of organic ingredients. The ingredients look pretty natural and unprocessed, too. However, can someone tell me what Organic flavoring is?

LWF-Fruit Ing

I thought I should stop there and save the rest of the snacks and samples for the rest of the week. But I figured that a chocolate-flavored fortune cookie wouldn’t set me back too far in terms of calories. Only, it wasn’t chocolate-flavored:

It was chocolate-covered!

It was chocolate-covered!

A Dark Chocolate Covered Foturne Cookine? STOP RIGHT THERE! This is genius. I opened my fortune…

Wed-Fortune

…and bit into it. Oh boy. I have decided that these should always be served in Chinese restaurants over regular fortune cookies from this day forward. In fact, I will gladly pay a $1 surcharge for one of these every time. Should I send samples to Nha Sang? 😉

It wasn’t until I started writing this post that I learned that this is actually a Dark Chocolate Orange Fortune Cookie.

For moms curious about the Kids 50 Fruit and Veggie Juice, it tasted just like any juice box drink. Here are the nutrition facts and ingredients in case you want to compare to whatever else is on the market. Not having kids myself, I’m oblivious.

Kids 50 Fruit & Veggie Juice Nutrition Facts & Ingredients

Kids 50 Fruit & Veggie Juice Nutrition Facts & Ingredients

I added the Ola! Granola to the last of my berries and yogurt mixture for breakfast on Thursday morning. The crunch was a nice change to what I had been eating. I really enjoyed it. This particular granola was nut-free and vanilla-flavored. The ingredients look pretty pure, too.

LWF-Granola Ing

Ola! Granola – No Nut Vanilla

After that breakfast, I made myself a cup of the T-Box Revolution Açaí Green Tea. It does come in a cute little box:

Revolution Tea: "Each box is a unique gift."

The aroma was inviting; however, I needed to add a little honey for my liking. While the box is cute, I can’t imagine them being better than a teabag in a packet. the little boxes would take up more space in your cupboard. However, as suggested, I think they would make great gifts. They could easily be added to a basket of goodies or given as favors at a celebratory event.

Back of Revolution Tea box

Back of Revolution Tea box

I enjoyed the Chocolate Covered Wasabi Peas in place of my regular daily piece of dark chocolate. The calories for a small package were much higher than my usual 35-calorie Dove Promise:

LWF-Choc Wasabi Peas NF

But the 5 grams of protein in this package surprised me! They were good. The wasabi wasn’t too overpowering and the chocolate-wasabi pairing worked. However, this would never take the place of the satisfaction I get from a piece of dark chocolate.

The Mary’s Gone Crackers were packaged in a bag like one would enjoy chips, but they tasted much more like crackers. I liked the taste with all the grain and seed flavors. Check out the ingredients:

LWF-Crackers

But I only needed a few. After a while, they were a little overwhelming. Also, they made me crave cheese, so I had to break some out to enjoy with them!

So that’s my wrap up on this month’s Love With Food Box. I pay only $10 per month plus $2 shipping to receive this package of sample-sized treats. I can earn points, too, for free purchases.

I think I will continue to take photos of the back side of my samples because so much of that information – nutrition facts and ingredients – is hard to find online when a new product is released. Consider it my research to offer you!

Would you pay a $1 surcharge to have one of those dark chocolate-covered fortune cookies over your traditional fortune cookie when you order Chinese?

Cheers~
Carrie

March Birchbox, Too Much Shampoo & Cuties

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On Wednesday, this month’s Birchbox arrived. Here are the contents:

Included

Included: Nick Chavez Bevery Hills Color-Saver Sulfate Free Shampoo & Paraben-Free Conditioner, Assorted Caldrea Body Lotions, MAKE Alabaster Eye Shadow and Face Primer, emery board

I forgot just how much I love Caldrea products! I especially love it when up-scale restaurants carry Caldrea hand soap in their restrooms. A little bit of luxury. Ahhh… But first I need a little normalcy round these parts. I feel coherent enough to go back to work {or maybe that’s just the drugs talking}, but get exhausted {doing nothing} throughout the day. I’m going to use the Caldrea lotions post-shower to uplift me a little with the aromas.

And how I wish I would have received the Nick Chavez conditioner in the larger bottle and the shampoo as the bonus sample! Why is it that I’m always out of conditioner and have so much leftover shampoo? I think it’s one of those mysterious laws – like missing socks in the dryer.

And you just *know* the MAKE products are going to end up in my travel bag.

While I’m cooped up in the house, not feeling completely myself quite yet, it’s nice to have a beauty box arrive to make me feel more so.

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And now to my Food Journal from yesterday:

I think I figured out what is going on here with food right now. When I go to work, I have my meals for the day planned out {for the most part}. I bring just the amount I need. Being in the house all day, even though I have stocked up on healthy foods, I have more freedom to choose. I can pick anything available and I can go back for more. With this in mind, on Wednesday night, I planned my meals for Thursday. Let’s see how I did.

Breakfast

I got out of bed a little before 9am. I didn’t nap at all the day before (which I had been doing with these meds) and I went to bed late. I am going to need to get back on schedule to get up at 6:30am for work!

I had one container left of my fruit and yogurt combo that I’ve been eating. I decided to add some granola to it.

Blackberries, blueberries, Greek Yogurt, 1/4 tsp sugar with an ounce of Ola! No Nut Vanilla Granola

Blackberries, blueberries, greek yogurt, 1/4 tsp sugar with an ounce of Ola! No Nut Vanilla Granola

Then I made a cup of T-Box Revolution Açaí Green Tea. It smelled wonderful! However, I felt liked it needed a little something to sweeten it just a bit, so I gave my honey bear a bath:

Honey Bear in the Bath

It loosened him up a bit so that I could add a teaspoon of honey sweetness to my tea. I am going to attempt to drink tea more often. I loved Katie’s recent testimonial that tea reminds her that she’s already eaten and there is no need to think about more food at the moment. Plus, I forgot how comforting tea can be!

Snack

Since I got up and ate breakfast later, I really tried to wait for hunger cues to have my morning snack. I lasted a little over two hours.

An apple with 1.5 Tbsp Biscoff Spread. Although Biscoff Spread does not have any healthy properties as do nut butters {it’s basically a spreadable cookie!}, it’s a special treat to enjoy in moderation.

I followed it with some Charleston Breakfast Tea that my Foodie Penpal sent me last month. In went a teaspoon of honey as well.

Lunch

I enjoyed a larger version of the spinach salad I had the day before, which included spinach, clementine, cucumber, scallions, blue cheese crumbles and drizzled reduced balsamic vinegar. Only my cucumber had gone bad, so I subbed a bit of green bell pepper. I paired that with a hard boiled egg and some cottage cheese for protein. And put an extra clementine on the side.

Lunch

I’ve learned that I must always add green onions/scallions to my cottage cheese! This is one of my best salads. I may post it on the blog as a recipe soon.

Instead of my normal Dove Dark Chocolate Square, I decided to try the Chocolate Covered Wasabi Peas that came in my Love with Food box this week. With 190 calories, this 1.4 oz package had to be worth it! I’ll share my thoughts tomorrow when I recap my LWF box for Subscription Box Saturday.

Then I finished with a cup of green tea with a teaspoon of honey.

Snack

I snacked on another Love with Food item – a 1.25 ounce bag of Mary’s Gone Crackers. {More on them tomorrow,too!} These crackers made me crave cheese, so I broke out two Mini-Babybel cheeses.

Dinner

Leftover Santa Fe Chicken over spinach That’s what I originally had planned. However, by the time dinner came around, I wanted something more substantial. Okay, so there is substance to that dish with the black beans and all, but I guess I wanted something different. Leftovers just weren’t cutting it for dinner. So I made this instead:

Sala

Scrambled eggs with onion, green pepper & cheese, bagel thin with low-fat cream cheese and side salad with greens, carrots, sunflower seeds & blue cheese dressing

After dinner, I had one of my Dove Almond Dark Chocolates.

But then I had four more. So much for never eating more than three in a day.

So I immediately made some Market Spice Tea. It’s the most flavorful kind and the only one that I feel never needs any sweetener. My friend Jen’s mom sent some over to me!

Snack

Later in the evening I felt like I still wanted more food and kept thinking about making my favorite popcorn combo. But I thought I had eaten quite a lot during the day. To be sure, I popped everything into my Lose It! app on my iPhone. It’s been so long since I’d done that and I don’t know if I am at the point where I can trust myself not tracking. Sure enough, I was already over on calories with a total of approximately 1870.

So I opted to make another cup of tea instead. But for some reason, I opened the fridge and saw our bowl of clementines.

Cuties Bowl

Cuties are approximately 30 calories each, so I knew eating one would be a nice sweet, healthy treat that wouldn’t set me back. But, look! Rob had just restocked the Cuties. And the new ones were much larger!

Growing Clementines

It was then that I decided that I’d have to try one of each just to compare! The verdict? The smaller ones were slightly sweeter. But they both peeled easily, were without seeds and were highly enjoyable. Why the difference? Per the Cuties website:

CUTIES® are actually two varieties of mandarins: Clementine mandarins, available November through January; and W. Murcott mandarins, available February through April. CUTIES® have several distinct characteristics that make them the perfect anytime, anywhere snack. Unlike other mandarins or oranges, they are seedless, super sweet, easy to peel and kid-sized — only a select few make it to CUTIES®’ high standards.

Market Spice Tea & Cuties

Market Spice Tea & Cuties

Now, planning for Friday food is going to be a little more challenging. It’s an “off” Friday for Rob, which means he will be home and meals will be a little more spontaneous.

Do you like fruit in/on your salad?

If so, what are your favorites?

Do you have a favorite salad?

Recipe sharing encouraged!

Cheers~

Carrie

Baking Cookies

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Yesterday, I mentioned how I’ve been craving baked goods and sugar. I wholly contribute this to the sugar that I’ve been eating lately. You crave what you eat. I need to get this out of my system and break the cycle. Today was a test – one that included baking cookies.

Breakfast

First I ate breakfast:

Blueberries and Blackberries with a Greek yogurt and a 1/4 tsp sugar

Blueberries and Blackberries with a Greek yogurt and a 1/4 tsp sugar

Then it was time to bake some cookies.

The night before, I found a box of Lazy Baker Oatmeal Cranberry Cookie Mix I received in my Goodies box back in November. I don’t bake, if only for the reason that it’s food that I can’t keep in the house. But I was sure I wanted to make these, especially since all I had to do was add butter and an egg. {Talk about being a Lazy Baker!} And because Oatmeal Cranberry didn’t sound that exciting, I threw in some chocolate chips, too.

After I formed the dough balls on the pan, I ate some of the leftover cookie dough. After ten minutes, I had to check to see if the cookies were done. Well, the piece I took made half of a cookie fall apart, so I just had to eat that one cookie and put the rest in the oven for a couple of minutes more.

After the cookies came out, I put them on a rack to let them cool:

Wed-Lazy Baker

This was going to be a test. A test that I wouldn’t just keep eating all of the cookies. I started walking around the house, and soon talked into the house that I should have just one more cookie, because cookies always taste best warm. And so I had one more small cookie. Then I left the rest to cool and walked away.

Essentially, I ate about three cookies. I told myself that I would let them cool and then put them in a container for Rob to take to work.

Lunch

My Lunch included my leftover momo from the previous night’s Nha Sang takeout and a salad I created myself:

MOm

Momo with spicy sauce and salad made with spinach, clementine sections, cucumber, blue cheese crumbles, scallions, chopped almonds and a drizzle of reduced balsamic vinegar

I was right. It was worth it to save those momo to enjoy the flavors another day rather than eat them all in one sitting. Also, this salad was so good that I’m going to eat it again today. It was better than I ever expected it to be!

Dessert

As I was putting them away into the tupperware container, I allowed myself just one more cookie and then put them up on top of the fridge. Out of sight, right?

Dove Almond Dark Chocolate

A cup of my favorite tea – Market Spice

Market Spice

Afternoon Snacks

Clementine & Pineapple chunks

When my Love with Food box arrived, I took a couple of low-cal treats out to try:

  • Wild Berry Flat Fruit
  • Dark Chocolate Fortune Cookie

{More on the rest of the box on Saturday!}

Dinner

My friend Jen, brought over some Panera! It has been sooooo long since I have been there. She brought two sandwiches and we split them in half so that we could try a bit of each: Tomato Mozzarella Panini and the Roasted Turkey Artichoke. They were both so good and I’d get either of them again. I enjoyed them with a Garden Vegetable with Pesto Soup and a hunk of bread for dipping. I failed to take photos, but this was the perfect dinner. Having the company was even better. Thank you, Jen!

Later, Jen and I split a brownie square. We both agreed that it was not a brownie either of us would go back for, but we had no trouble finishing it!

All told at the end of the day, I had four cookies and the rest are either in Rob’s tummy or on the way with him to work!

Do you bake?

If so, what is your favorite thing to bake and why?

Cheers~
Carrie