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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Overnight Oatmeal




Copyright 2015 Rekaya Gibson, Photo Credit

Copyright 2015 Rekaya Gibson, Photo Credit

Copyright 2015 Rekaya Gibson, Photo Credit 
I love oatmeal, but I tend to use instant because it's quick. I can save time by making this recipe overnight. You can substitute the old fashion oats for instant as well. I'm not a huge fan of cold oatmeal, but I like this. I get my daily yogurt intake and my grains in one serving. I topped this serving with cherries. I recommend this recipe for breakfast. Enjoy! 


Overnight Oatmeal

Ingredients
1 (5.3 oz.) Greek yogurt
1/4 c. old fashioned oatmeal
1 tsp. chia seed

Instructions
1. In small bowl, mix yogurt, oatmeal, and chia seed together.
2. Spoon into a container with a lid.
3. Refrigerate overnight. 

Eat it plain or top with your favorite fruit and eat!



Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Dutch Breakfast




Copyright 2015 Rekaya Gibson, Photo Credit

Copyright 2015 Rekaya Gibson, Photo Credit

Copyright 2015 Rekaya Gibson, Photo Credit

Recently, I watched a video about what children eat for breakfast around the world. Dutch children eat buttered bread with chocolate sprinkles. I smiled brightly and set out to eat like them. I bought DeRuijter, a Dutch bread topping, from World Market which was the same brand in the video. Of course, Amazon sells it as well here. I used unsalted butter and whole grain white bread. You decide what types work best for you. I did not toast the bread; I wanted the full Dutch experience. Amazing! The sprinkles had a smooth chocolate flavor and a slight crunch to them. They stuck to the butter like best friends that pleased the palate. I highly recommend a Dutch Breakfast. Your family will love this. If you cannot find authentic sprinkles, try the ones from your local grocery store. If you don't like chocolate, try a different flavor. I hear DeRuijter makes a variety of toppings. Enjoy!

What do you like to put on your bread to make it fabulous?

Dutch Breakfast

Ingredients
2 slices bread
2 tsp. butter (soften)
Milk chocolate sprinkles

Instructions
1. Spread butter on bread.
2. Top with sprinkles.
3. Eat



Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Friday, February 20, 2015

Sunflower Milk




Copyright 2015 Rekaya Gibson, Photo Credit
Copyright 2015 Rekaya Gibson, Photo Credit

I love drinking almond and cashew milk. Imagine my delight when I received raw sunflower seeds. I knew that sunflower milk was on the horizon. It was easy to make and it looked off-white, almost chalky color below the froth. It smelled refreshing and like the name. I first tasted the drink without the agave. It reminded me of creamy sunflower seeds and the nut milks. Then, I added the sweetener. It brought the milk to life. It cut the seedy flavor a little and gave it balance. I plan to finish the bottle (approximately 2.75 cups) over the weekend and make sunflower milk again in the near future. However, almond and cashew milk will always be my favorites behind whole milk, even though I no longer drink it. I recommend this recipe as an alternative to regular milk. If you try it, let me know what you think. Thank you and enjoy!

What kind of milk do you like and which one do you drink?


Sunflower Milk

Ingredients
1 c. raw sunflower seeds (soaked over night)
3 c. purified water
2 tbsp. 100% pure agave nectar (organic)
Cheesecloth

Preparation
Pour sunflower seeds into a medium bowl and cover with water. Let sit overnight. 

Instructions
1. Drain water and rinse seeds.
2. Put sunflowers in a blender.
3. Add 3 cups of water and blend until smooth and frothy.
4. Put cheesecloth over a large bowl. 
5. Pour milk slowly into cheesecloth. Squeeze excess liquid out of cheesecloth into the bowl.
6. Pour milk back into blender.
7. Add agave and blend for 30 seconds.
8. Pour into a glass container and chill in refrigerator.
9. Milk may separate. Shake before serving. 
Store only for a few days in the refrigerator.




Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Cherry Lovers Bark #NationalCherryMonth




Copyright 2015 Rekaya Gibson, Photo Credit

Copyright 2015 Rekaya Gibson, Photo Credit
 
Copyright 2015 Rekaya Gibson, Photo Credit



Happy National Cherry Month! I'm celebrating with Cherry Lovers Bark that I made with Gimbal's Fine Candies Cherry Lovers. I received raved reviews from my sweetie. He said, "It's addicting." The bark had a good balance of chocolate and cherry flavor. The candy stayed chewy and the chocolate firm. It's quick and easy enough for kids to make at home. I first tried Cherry Lovers in June, read the review here. I highly recommend this Cherry Lovers Bark recipe for the entire family. Enjoy!

What kind of mix-ins do you like in your chocolate?

Cherry Lovers Bark

Ingredients
1  (20 oz.) Almond Bark (chocolate)
1 (16 oz.) Gimbal's Fine Candies Cherry Lovers 

Instructions
1. Line large baking sheet with wax paper.
2. In a medium pot, melt bark over low heat or use a microwave.
3. Stir with a spoon and then pour bark onto baking sheet.
4. Spread with icing spatula. 
5. Add Cherry Lovers candy. 
6. Chill on container or refrigerator for about 30 minutes.
7. When candy sets, break or cut into pieces. 8. Store in a container with a tightly sealed top.



Disclosure of Material Connection: I  received product samples from Gimbal's Fine Candies; however, I was not paid for my opinion. All my opinions are mine and mine alone. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Monday, February 16, 2015

Food Holiday Calendar






The Food Temptress has a 12-month Food Holiday Calendar, thanks to Jaynee Sasso at Care Keepers, Inc. She populated each day with a food holiday, a total of 365. It does not display an exhaustive list, but you can still find some delicious days. Also, you can display the holidays by the week, month, or agenda. Check out your favorite days here and tell your friends. Thank you.

What's your favorite food holiday?



Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”