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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Fruit Cup Reimagined



Copyright 2016 Rekaya Gibson

I made Fruit Cup Reimagined for my husband and I. We both loved the combination of flavors and textures of this quick and easy treat. It definitely liven up the fruit cup of mandarin oranges. I highly recommend the Fruit Cup Reimagined as a light dessert or snack for the entire family. Enjoy!

What's your favorite summer dessert?

Fruit Cup Reimagined
serves 2

Ingredients
2 - 4 oz. cups mandarin oranges (Unsweetened, packed in water, and drained)
10 maraschino cherries
1/4 c. marshmallows
2 tbsp. raw walnut pieces
Unsweetened coconut

Instructions
1. Use a paper towel to remove excess water from oranges and cherries by patting them dry.
2. In medium bowl, add oranges and cherries. Stir until combined. 
3. Rinse and dry orange cups and sit aside.
4. Add marshmallows to bowl with oranges and cherries. Stir slightly.
5. Add walnut pieces to the mixture and stir. 
6. Put mixture back in orange cups.
7. Sprinkle with coconut.


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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Healthy Fats, Low-Cholesterol Cookbook #Review






I recently read Healthy Fats, Low-Cholesterol Cookbook, by the American Heart Association. It offers 200 delicious recipes to help reduce bad fats and lower your cholesterol. In addition, the cookbook provides helpful tips on grocery shopping, cooking, and dining out. It does not, however, have any pictures, which still didn’t bother me. The recipe titles alone were enough to pique my interest, so I continued exploring them further. Readers can also the find the titles listed on each (10) category page. I immediately highlighted the Roasted Red Bell Pepper Dip, the Creamy Artichoke Dressing, and the Jamaican Jerk Tuna Steaks for future reference. The ingredients’ list for all the recipes consist of common items found at grocery stores, and the instructions seem easy to follow. To those who calorie count, each recipe lists the nutritional value per serving, and some include cooking tips. I must admit, saying ‘Spicy Chickpea and Chayote Soup, Pork with Corn-Cilantro Pesto, and the Maple-Blueberry Bars’ out loud excited my palate. The appendices provide supplemental reading on topics such as the Science behind the Recommendations, Risk Factors for Heart Disease and Stroke, and Warning Signs for Heart Disease and Stroke. Overall, I found Health Fats, Low-Cholesterol Cookbook helpful, especially the brief introduction containing healthy hints for a healthy heart – perfect for healthy living. Enjoy!


Harmony | Dec 29, 2015 | 384 Pages | 6-1/8 x 9-1/8 | ISBN 9780553447163 


Disclosure of Material Connection: "I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review."  I was not paid for my opinion. All my opinions are mine and mine alone. 

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Gourmet Jelly Bean Wine Pairings



Happy National Candy Month!

Our friends at Gimbal's Fine Candies shared this Gourmet Jelly Bean Wine Pairings with us. Gimbal combines two of my favorite items that I would have never considered putting together. I've reviewed Gimbal's Gourmet Jelly Beans in the past and purchased them from Target year round. I've enjoyed most of their flavors, so I look forward to the pairings. I'll let you know how it goes. Cheers!

Which one are you going to try first? Leave your comment below. Enjoy!





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.”

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Sangria Slushy: 2 Ingredients




Copyright 2016 Rekaya Gibson

Copyright 2016 Rekaya Gibson

Copyright 2016 Rekaya Gibson


I used Yellow Tail Sangria and store brand frozen fruit which included mangoes, raspberries, and blueberries to make a refreshing Sangria Slushy for two. It's quick, easy, and delicious. Still cool and enjoy!

What's your favorite summer adult beverage?


Sangria Slushy

Ingredients
1 c. sangria (room temperature)
2 c. fruit of your choice  (frozen)

Instructions
1. Pour sangria and fruit into blender.
2. Blend on medium until slushy. 
3. Pour in chilled glass & enjoy!





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.”

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Cucumber Salad




Copyright 2016 Rekaya Gibson 

I made an awesome Cucumber Salad for lunch - perfect for Memorial Day or Meatless Monday. The salad is quick, easy, and flavorful. Most importantly, it's healthy. I used a mandoline to cut my cucumbers thinly. However, you can slice yours however you like. I've seen someone use a swivel or potato peeler. I might try that next time. Whatever you decide, I'm sure you will enjoy this recipe. Bon App├ętit!

What's your favorite summer salad?

Cucumber Salad

Ingredients
1 medium cucumber (peeled & thinly sliced)
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
White Pepper
2 tsp. fresh dill (chopped)

Instructions
1. Combine cucumbers, lemon juice, and vinegar in a medium bowl.
2. Sprinkle with pepper and add dill. Combine.
3. Serve in same bowl or transfer to your favorite plate. 



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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.”