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RIPE Craft Juices Review and Amazon Discount Code

 

Fruits and Vegetables from a typical shopping trip for my family.

I find it amusing how everyone is into more natural types of products these days. Just yesterday my husband and I ate at a restaurant where they were promoting how their products were mostly gluten free, freshly prepared using grass fed beef and other better-for-you ingredients and cooking methods.

Growing up there was no talk about natural foods. I grew up in a day and age where everyone hit up the local fast food joint a few times per week and they were the last place you’d go for better-for-you foods.

I’m grateful that I grew up next door to my great-grandparents. My great-grandfather loved to grow his own fruits and vegetables. My aunt and uncle had a garden too. I had plenty of access to fresh fruits and vegetables all the time and I am grateful for that.

I love fruit, but I am not a fan of most fruit juices. Most fruit juices available on the market today, in my opinion, don’t taste like the fruit. They have an artificial taste to them. I prefer a real orange over orange juice from a container, but who has time in the morning to squeeze your own orange juice?

I recently was introduced to a line of fruit juices called RIPE Liquid Produce. RIPE is available in two different styles – RIPE Bar Juice and RIPE Craft Juice.

RIPE Bar Juices are available in the following varieties;

  • RIPE Agave Margarita (Lime Sour)
  • RIPE San Marzano Bloody Mary
  • RIPE Classic Lemon Sour
  • RIPE Agave Mojito
  • RIPE Bajan Punch (Tiki Sour)
  • RIPE Classic Cosmopolitan
  • RIPE Cocktail Cranberry

These are made to be used with other ingredients (alcohol) to make popular cocktails. You can use them with non-alcoholic ingredients too. I have the RIPE Agave Margarita (Lime Sour) juice but I haven’t tried it yet.

These would be great for upcoming summer time parties.

What really interested me about RIPE is their Craft Juices. Since I love fresh fruits, I was curious to try these out.

The RIPE Craft Juice portfolio includes:

  • 100% Pomegranate
  • Cranberry Northeast Blend
  • Cranberry Apple
  • Red Grapefruit Indian River Florida
  • Apple
  • Pineapple
  • Orange
  • Whole Milled Cranberry Apple
  • Unsweetened Cranberry

I was very impressed by the the juices I was sent to review. They actually tasted like fresh fruit. They didn’t have any artificial flavoring to them. They were the real thing. They literally taste like the very same juice you get when eating the whole fruit. The reason for that is the way the fruit is processed.

RIPE Craft Juices were created to redefine consumer expectations of real fresh juice. The process is simple – start with the best fruits, use the absolute minimum in processing, and offer a juice that surpasses all others in freshness, taste, and nutrition.

“Most other juices take weeks or even longer to transform fruit into the end product – and a lot gets added in the process,” said Michel Boissy, Founder, FreshBev.  “We believe in sticking to our principles. So when consumers want a drink that’s truly fresh, it has to be RIPE Craft Juice.”

At the RIPE Craft Juicery in New Haven, Connecticut, every step in the making of fresh juices is managed to ensure the time from grower to refrigerator is mere days as opposed to weeks, which is more often the case. All juice extraction is done under one roof and never above 45°. Within minutes of being extracted, the liquid is bottled and submitted to high-pressure technology — making them safe and preserving nearly 100% of the color, flavor, aroma, and nutrition.

“You only get out what you put in — so we start with nothing less than the best,” said Boissy.  “No concentrates here! We source non–GMO fruits straight from farms we know. Our produce is picked at the peak of ripeness, and then we lock in that freshness. So when you’re a drinking a RIPE Craft Juice, it’s liquid produce in your hand.”

I like that expression – “…liquid produce in your hand.” They truly do taste exactly like the juice you would enjoy while eating the above mentioned fruits.

Orange and Cranberry were my favorites of the flavors that I tried. The apple tasted similar to the apple juice we get from our local farm (they make their own juice). I enjoyed the apple, and apple-cranberry juice too. RIPE Grapefruit juice packed a punch too (I happen to love grapefruit).

If you told me that RIPE Craft Juices were freshly squeezed that morning in my kitchen I would believe you. They taste THAT fresh.

Until now I have not been a fan of fruit juices (as I mentioned earlier in the post). I prefer fresh fruit over juice. However, after experiencing just how fresh and flavorful RIPE Craft Juices are, I have changed my tune. I DO like fruit juice – as long as it’s fresh tasting like RIPE Craft Juices.

If you are interested in learning more about RIPE you can visit their official website, DrinkRipe.com. The brand can also be found on social media. Their links are found at the bottom of their home page.

RIPE Craft Juices are available nationally through Whole Foods and select regional grocery chains in 12.2-ounce bottles (SRP: $3.48), and 46-ounce multi-serve pouches (SRP: $8.99). For a list of store availability by state, click here.

You can also purchase RIPE on Amazon.com. You can save 10% off on your RIPE Amazon purchase using the discount code BlogLP10.

Have you tried RIPE before? After reading my review, would you be interested in trying out RIPE Craft Juices? Which flavor would you most like to try? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

Kimberly

*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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PEEPS… they’re just not for Easter baskets anymore

 

Our son at Easter time many years ago.

I have very fond memories of the Easter holiday from my youth. I miss the excitement of waking up Easter morning and racing my sister to the front door where the Easter Bunny left our baskets. Each year the baskets got better and better.

One year the Easter Bunny brought me a basket made out of solid chocolate – including the handle. The only non-edible thing in that basket was the grass and the packaging for some of the treats that were inside. Sadly, when I was taking it downstairs into the playroom (where I spent most of my time) I slipped and fell down the stairs, making the basket fall on the floor and shatter into a million pieces. I never had the change to enjoy it.

Easter was no Easter without a basket that contained marshmallow PEEPS. They were a staple in every Easter basket. My husband’s Easter was the same way. He never had a basket that didn’t contain PEEPS.

PEEPS have come a long way over the years. They used to come in bunnies and chicks in just a few colors (white, pink, yellow…). Now they are available in a rainbow of colors, a variety of flavors and even ones dipped in chocolate.

PEEPS are no longer just for Easter. PEEPS are available year round for most major holidays (Valentine’s Day, Christmas, Halloween…).

Here are some fun “creations” and recipes I have made over the years using PEEPS.

Adding a PEEP to a mug of hot chocolate is SO GOOD!!!!

Christmas S’mores

Cupcake “toppers” for Halloween

Celebrating the 4th of July with PEEPS!

PEEPS as a fun addition to a floral bouquet.

I used a gel icing tube to write out “Love You” and added a lollipop stick for a marshmallow lollipop.

I made a gift basket with holiday PEEPS using the plastic “sticks” they use in floral shops to hold cards.

Summer time means S’mores time! These were made for the 4th of July.

I think most people still think of PEEPS as an Easter thing. I went so far as to create an Easter basket made out of PEEPS. I think it turned out really good. Everyone who saw it loved it.

It was so easy to make and you can make one quickly and easily too. Why spend money on a pre-made basket from the local drug store when you can create something fun (and edible!) like this.

Pick up large PEEP packages (any flavor/variety). Tape them together (using clear tape) to form a “box” shape (four sides and one on the bottom). Then fill with “grass” (I used edible grass) and other treats.

I found the cutest plastic eggs at the local dollar store that looked like chicks. I filled them with jelly beans.

The plush PEEP bunny can be purchased from the Peep store. There you can find a fun array of PEEP related products including toys, home decor and of course PEEPS you can eat. PEEPS can also be found at many retail locations around the country.

I have a special discount code for the PEEPS store too. Keep reading for the code.

Here is the basket that I made.

A fun thing you can do with the plush PEEPS toys are to use them like you would an “Elf on a Shelf.” Pick up a PEEP bunny or chick and place it in different spots around your home. Tell your child/grandchild that he (or she) is keeping their eye on them, looking for good behavior, so they can report back to the Easter Bunny.

PEEPS are not only for crafts and recipes, they can also be used as an educational and science “tool.”

I am a big fan of Pinterest and I check out the site a few times each day. I came across a lot of super cool ideas that utilize PEEPS. I even found some that are great for STEM activities.

I also found some PEEP activities on the Teachers Pay Teachers website. One in particular looked like it could be fun for the kindergarten class I work with. It involved having the kids take home a PEEP (I was going to put them in snack sized bags to protect them) and taking care of the PEEP all week and documenting things (mostly drawing since the kids can’t really write yet). It reminded me of when my daughter had to take home a fake baby for her home economics class and write a report about it.

Sadly a health issue popped up that prevented me from following through with this activity. In fact, I had planned on doing a whole post about it.

If you are interested in learning more about what I had in mind you can find it here – PEEP Day: It’s a PEEP thing. You can also do a search on the site for more PEEP activities.

PEEPS are so much more than a fun treat.

I am also truly amazed at how far PEEPS have become. They keep coming up with mouth-watering new flavors.

Years ago I would have told you that PEEPS were a “kid” treat. Not anymore! PEEPS are for anyone who loves marshmallows. PEEPS are just as much for adults as they are for children. My husband and I love them I think more than our kids to (LOL). Our kids are 17 and 20 and they still enjoy them as much as they did when they were little.

It’s hard not to love those sweet, colorful, adorable bunnies and chicks.

PEEPS are available in flavors such as Sour Watermelon, Blue Raspberry, Fruit Punch and Party Cake. They also available in “dipped” flavors such as Coconut, Orange, Lemon, Blueberry and Chocolate Mousse.

If someone wee to ask me what my favorite PEEP flavor is, it would be hard to pick just one. I like them all, but a few stand out to me the most including Party Cake, Sour Watermelon, and Orange Dipped.

If you are a fan of all things PEEPS then you’ll want to check out the PEEPS online at MarshmallowPEEPS.com. You can also check out their online store for A LOT of fun PEEPS products (pillows, plush, blankets…) and more at PEEPSandCompany.com. There you can also learn about other brands under the PEEPS “umbrella” including Mike & Ike, Hot Tamales and Peanut Chews. On both sites you can find more fun recipes and craft ideas using PEEPS.

You can save 25% off your order on the PEEPSandCompany.com website using the discount code “eastertreats.”

What is YOUR favorite PEEP? What do you like to do with them? Do you eat them, use them in recipes or something else? Feel free to share your thought in the comment section. I always love to hear from readers.

Kimberly

*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

 

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Happy National Cereal Day!

 

Photo Source: General Mills

Did you know that today, March 7, 2016, is National Cereal Day?

Cereal… oh cereal… you have always been a part of my life. For me, cereal is a “comfort food,” just like mac & cheese, grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup and my mom’s beef stew.

I still remember when I was a child that I would anxiously await my mom to come home from food shopping to see what cereal she brought home. As a child it was all about the prizes tucked away inside the box. Of course I enjoyed the cereal too. What cartoon watching marathon on a Saturday morning didn’t include a bowl (or two) of your favorite cereal?

One of my favorites as a child that they stopped making decades ago (yeah… I’m that old) was called Freakies. Oddly enough, friends of mine that are around my age DON’T recall that cereal. That is weird because I lived off that stuff as a child. I even have a few of the toys that I kept over the years.

I might be considered a “grown up,” but that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy my favorite cereals from my youth. Take for example Lucky Charms. I’m crazy about Lucky Charms! I don’t put milk in my cereal (I’ve always eaten it dry), so I like to eat the cereal bits from Lucky Charms and save all the marshmallow “charms” until the very end. My husband thinks I’m weird, but I don’t mind. That is how I enjoy my Lucky Charms.

Did you know Lucky Charms is also available in chocolate flavor? I have yet to find a box of Chocolate Lucky Charms, but I keep looking for them. I bet they taste amazing. Chocolate and marshmallows go perfectly together.

General Mills cereals are our “go to” favorites. My family (husband and kids) go through at least two boxes of Cheerios per week. Our personal favorite is Honey Nut Cheerios, but the other varieties are equally as delicious.

Did you know that whole grain is the first ingredient in all Big G cereals, 90 percent of which are free from artificial flavors and colors from artificial sources. As a mom, I feel good about letting my family enjoy their favorite Big G cereals which include Lucky Charms, Cheerios, Trix, Coco Puffs and Chex to name a few. Some Big G / General Mills cereals are Gluten-Free. The brand is also in the process of removing sugars from some of their cereals as well.

If you would like to learn more about the wonderful things being done to our favorite cereals, you can read more about it here.

Cereal is not only ideal for breakfast – you can also enjoy it for lunch, dinner and even a snack. I bring cereal to work with me on days that I don’t feel like a sandwich. And I love to snack on a bowl of cereal at night.

You can even use cereal as toppings for your ice cream, yogurt and more! You can even make delicious recipes out of your favorite Big G cereal. One of my personal favorites (and my kids too) is making Muddy Buddies.

You can find the recipe for Muddy Buddies on the Chex website. The above photo is of a batch I made a few years ago. If you haven’t tried Muddy Buddies yet, you should. They are SO GOOD! I believe you can buy them pre-made too, but it’s more fun to make them yourself.

Here are two more recipes you might enjoy using your favorite Big G cereals. I especially love the S’mores one.

(Courtesy of My Menu Pal)

Lucky Charms Cooler Recipe

Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup spinach
  • 1/2 cup Lucky Charms cereal, marshmallows removed and reserved
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 1 cup pineapple

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Top cooler with reserved marshmallows.

(Courtesy of I Wash… You Dry)

S’mores Popcorn Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp corn oil
  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 3 1/2 cups Golden Grahams cereal
  • 1 cup Mallow Bits (or miniature marshmallows)
  • 1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips*
  • 1 1/2 cups milk chocolate flavored melting chocolates, melted according to package instructions

Instructions

  1. Cover two large baking sheets with wax paper, set aside.
  2. In a large heavy bottom pot, heat the oil over medium high heat. Add the popcorn kernels and cover with a lid, leaving slightly ajar to let steam escape.
  3. Shake the pot back and forth gently while the popcorn kernels begin to pop. Once popping has stopped pour popcorn in a large bowl.
  4. To the bowl add the Golden Grahams, Mallow Bits, and mini chocolate chips. Toss to combine.
  5. Lay out popcorn mixture in a thin layer on the baking sheets. Drizzle the melting chocolates all over the popcorn mixture and let cool.
  6. Once hardened, gently break up the pieces and enjoy!

Delish!!! I can’t wait to try these.

For more information (and recipes!) visit GeneralMills.com. You can also find them on social media.

What is YOUR CURRENT favorite cereal? What is a favorite cereal from your youth?

Do you have any yummy recipes that you make using cereal? If so, feel free to share it in the comment section of this post.

Happy National Cereal Day! I hope you enjoy celebrating it. Upload your photos and posts using the hashtag #NationalCerealDay too!

I love this cool retro looking t-shirt. Too bad it doesn’t fit me, but my daughter can wear it.

Kimberly

*I received some cereal and goodies in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Happy National Pancake Day!

 

Happy National Pancake Day! Did you celebrate with pancakes this morning?

My family and I love pancakes. I try to make them as often as I can, but it is not always easy on busy week day morning. That is why I love the pancake mixes from Krusteaz. Krusteaz offers a variety of products as simple mixes where you only need to add a few simple ingredients (such as water). Krusteaz does most of the work for you. As someone who is horrible at baking, I appreciate Krusteaz mixes. My personal favorites are Gingerbread Cookies and Italian Herb Bread mixes. I have been a fan of the Krusteaz brand for many years.

Krusteaz has pre-made pancakes mixes that are so simple to use that you can make pancakes on a busy morning quickly and easily. Their pancake varieties include Buttermilk, Blueberry, Honey Wheat, Chocolate Chip and even Pumpkin Spice. Yumm!!!

A pancake topped with Nutella and pecans that I made for breakfast one morning. Yummy!

I was challenged by Krusteaz and T-Fal (more on them later) to create a pancake recipe – or design some creative pancakes in honor of National Pancake Day.

I have seen on Pinterest and around the internet where people can turn pancakes into a variety of artful designs including people, places and popular television characters. I wish I was that creative.

I had the idea of creating a heart shaped pancake tinted red, made with strawberries and drizzles with Nutella on top. Our local pizza place makes a pizza dessert out of strawberries and Nutella which is out of this world. I thought it would be fun to create a pancake made from strawberries and Nutella. Since February is the month of “love” (Valentine’s Day) I thought making a heart shaped pancake would be fun.

Well… I always have great intentions… but I can’t always execute them the way I envisioned them.

I was sent two boxes of Krusteaz pancake mixes to help with my recipe. I received Buttermilk and Blueberry. I opted to use the Buttermilk for this recipe since I didn’t want the blueberries to take away from the strawberries.

For this recipe I purchased red food coloring gel to tint the pancake mix and strawberries that I washed and cut up into little chunks.

I prepared the pancake mix as directed on the package. I then removed some of the pancake mix and place it in a measuring cup where I tinted the mix red (although it turned out more pink than red). I then poured the tinted mix into a squeeze bottle.

When I see creative pancakes on the Internet they always use squeeze bottles, so I made sure to purchase one for this recipe. Sadly, the opening was a bit bigger than I thought and I had a hard time controlling the batter. As a result my heart looks a bit sloppy.

I also added the chopped up strawberries into the remaining pancake mix. Had I used the blueberry mix the blueberries and their blue/purple color would have interfered with the red color I was going for.

Initially I was going to do the entire pancake tinted red, but I thought that might be “overkill,” so I opted to make the shape of the heart in red (outline) and fill the middle with the regular, un-tinted batter. In theory it would have looked cool. My reality is that it didn’t turn out the way I had hoped. But I should at least get an “A” for effort. LOL!

To top off the pancake I wanted to drizzle some Nutella across the top. You know, like the chocolate drizzle you see on top of fancy desserts.

I guess I needed to add something to the Nutella. I warmed it up in the microwave in hopes it would get a liquid consistency, making it easy to drizzle. That never happened. When I tried to drizzle it the Nutella just came out in clumps, so I had to resort to “Plan B” (I didn’t really had a Plan B, so I had to come up with something quickly). Instead of a  drizzle I just covered the inside of the heart with Nutella.

Here is my final result.

So it didn’t turn out as pretty as I had hoped, but it was as delicious as I knew it could be. I consider the recipe a success, even if the end result wasn’t the same.

Best of all this was so easy to make. I simply measured out the pancake mix for the amount of pancakes I wanted, added water, mixed in some strawberries and topped it off with Nutella. With Krusteaz mixes you can whip up delicious pancakes like this too.

In case you didn’t notice, I made my pancake creation on a T-fal Initiatives Non-Stick Fry Pan. The T-fal Initiatives Non-Stick Fry Pan has a unique heat indicator (in the center of the pan) that shows you when the pan is ready to seal in flavor and prevents burning.

I have several T-fal pans. I have never had any issues with any of them, that is why they are my “go to” pans for cooking.

T-fal pans;

  • Provides an optimal, high-performance cooking experience for the expert cook
  • Features T-fal’s patented ThermospotTM technology
  • Soft handles provide a secure grip with a luxe feel
  • Non-stick inside and out for easy cooking and cleaning

Notice T-fal’s patented ThermospotTM technology spot in the middle.

I especially love the non-stick feature. I don’t want to have to add any butter or grease to the pan because it only adds more fat and calories to the dish I am creating. I also enjoy non-stop pans because they make cleaning quick and easy. Who wants to scrub pans? No me! Most especially on a busy weekday morning (or evening too for that matter).

If you are in the market for some new pans, Target is offering 15% off on select T-fal non-stick cookware at Target stores as as as online at Target.com from Feb 27th – March 3rd. You won’t want to miss out on this great discount.

For more information about T-fal visit T-FalUSA.com. You can also check out the brand on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

To learn more about Krustez you can visit them online at Krusteaz.com. They can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Krusteaz and T-Fal would love to see YOUR pancake creations. Share your photos on social media, tag the brands and be sure to use the hashtags #MyPancakeStyle and #TfalxPancakeDay. I would to see your creative creations too.

Kimberly

*I received free products in order to do my review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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The incredible Lemon

 

Are you a fan of lemons? I know that not many people are because lemons are extremely sour.

When our son was little he would eat lemon slices. The sour and bitter taste didn’t bother him one bit. I guess that is why he can tolerate extremely sour candies. Blah! I can’t eat those things.

I like lemons when they are incorporated into recipes. I also prefer lemon juice in my tea instead of milk, cream, sugar or honey. A dash of lemon in my hot (or cold) cup of tea is very refreshing.

Did you know that lemons are good for you? Lemon juice, and even the skin, has health benefits that you shouldn’t overlook, even if you are not a lemon fan.

Lemons are low in fat and calories, as are most fruits.

Lemons provide you with important vitamins and minerals like Folate, Niacin, Riboflavin, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitaamin E, Vitamin K, Potassium, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium and Zinc. Lemons don’t provide you with huge amounts of some of these vitamins and minerals (you’d have to eat a lot of lemons), but lemons are a tasty way to get these important vitamins and minerals into your body.

Lemons do contain more potassium than grapes are apples. Potassium is important for heart health.

My lemon squeezer

Lemons are part of the citrus family and are a good source of vitamin C. Vitamin C is essential for a healthy immune system.

There are plenty of other health benefits associated with eating lemons (or drinking their juice). Some have some scientific basis, where as others are unfounded but many people to be true. Here are just a few examples.

  • Lemons can help restore balance to the body’s pH level.
  • Lemon juice added to a large glass of water in the morning is a great liver detoxifier.
  • Lemons have powerful antibacterial properties and can help destroy bacteria that causes such diseases as malaria, cholera, diphtheria, typhoid and other deadly diseases.
  • The citric acid in lemon juice can help to dissolve gallstones, calcium deposits, and kidney stones.
  • Lemon can aid in digestion and help to regulate your bowels.
  • Lemon juice can help boost your metabolism.

These are just a few benefits to consuming lemons or lemon juice. Like I mentioned before, come claims do have science to back them up. Others are things that people say and believe to be true. Regardless, I enjoy lemons – in my tea, a glass of water and in recipes.

I use a lot of lemon juice throughout the week (mostly in my tea). I used to buy those little lemon shaped squeeze bottles but I found that I went through them too quickly. Juicing fresh lemons is too time consuming and messy. I only use real lemons if a recipe calls for it.

I like Santa Cruz Organic 100% Lemon Juice because it not only comes in a nice sized bottle (which means I won’t run out of it so quickly), but it’s also organic. My family and I have been slowly transitioning to more organic products. Our daughter is way ahead of us in that aspect (she will only eat organic foods).

You can enjoy Santa Cruz Organic 100% Lemon Juice to create mouth watering marinades, zesty salad dressings, cakes, pies and of course beverages like ice tea and lemonade. Lemon juice is very versatile. You can even clean with lemon juice. I use a little bit of lemon juice in a microwave safe bowl and microwave it for a minute and let the lemon scented steam clean, deodorize and refresh our microwave.

When I was a teenager (a million years ago) I would use lemon juice to add highlights to my hair. It does work but I don’t recommend it. It’s messy, sticky and not exactly good on your hair.

You can even freshen up your home with a bowl of lemons. They are nature’s air fresheners.

If you are unfamiliar with the Santa Cruz Organic brand, here is some additional information.

As a pioneer organic brand, Santa Cruz Organic® was the first to have a wide range of organic, 100 percent juices and blends and the first juice processor to use all organic fruit sourced from growers certified by an independent, third-party certification organization.  With a history of developing innovative products, Santa Cruz Organic currently offers more than 60 organic items ranging from organic fruit juices and lemonades to organic fruit sauces, chocolate syrups, peanut butters and fruit spreads.

All Santa Cruz Organic products are Certified USDA Organic Non-GMO Project® Verified.

You might have seen their products in the organic section of your local grocery store.

If you are into lemons, and enjoy lemon juice, you should pick up a bottle or two of Santa Cruz Organic 100% Lemon Juice. It’s great to keep on hand since lemon juice has so many wonderful benefits and uses.

If you are interested in learning more about Santa Cruz Organic, you can visit their official website, www.SantaCruzOrganic.com for more information. The brand can also be found on social media.

Are you a fan of lemons? What is your favorite way to enjoy lemons/lemon juice? Have you noticed any health benefits from consuming lemons/lemon juice? Feel free to share your thought. I always love to hear from readers.

Kimberly

*I have partnered with Santa Cruz Organics to bring you this information. I received free product samples and compensation. The opinions expressed are my own (unless otherwise noted) and not influenced in any way.

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IHOP’s All You Can Eat Pancakes Promotion ends February 12, 2017!

 

This past weekend my husband and I had the opportunity to do something we rarely get to do – have quality time together without our kids. Don’t get me wrong, our kids mean the world to us. But there does come a point where you want to do something with your significant other without the kids tagging along.

Now that our kids are young adults (17 and almost 20), we feel confident leaving them for a day or two. Besides, someone needs to be home to take care of our “mini-zoo.”

This past weekend my husband and I went away to spend the night at a hotel (more on that in another post). We had a lovely dinner out at a restaurant and had planned on going to see a movie. My husband was a bit tired so we ended up not going to a movie, but he did take me to Build-a-Bear. I made a cute, fuzzy bunny. He even kissed the little heart that goes inside of it. Awww… I love him!

After a somewhat restful night at the hotel (my Sciatica bothered me all night – but hubby had a great night’s sleep), we were famished and looking forward to a yummy breakfast. Normally we eat cereal or oatmeal for breakfast. We love it when we can enjoy a full breakfast which include eggs, sausage, bacon, ham, hashbrowns, pancakes and/or French Toast. We normally don’t make those things during the work/school week (except eggs) because we really don’t have the time.

My husband and I went to a near by IHOP because we wanted to take advantage of their “All You Can Eat Pancake” promotion, which ends on February 12th (2017).

My husband patiently waiting to order his all you can eat pancakes.

You read that right – all you can eat pancakes! Thick, fluffy, mouthwatering pancakes topped with your favorite topping or one of the many syrup varieties found on your table.

The IHOP All You Can Eat Pancakes promotion gives you two different options – you can simply enjoy all the pancakes you can eat or you can enjoy all you can eat pancakes along side a meal. My husband and I were starving so we opted to get a meal AND the all you can eat pancakes.

The food was wonderful as always, but in hindsight we should have just stuck with the all you can eat pancakes. We thoroughly enjoyed a lot of pancakes and ended up not eating most of our meal (my hubby ate more of his meal than I did). The delicious pancakes were what we were most focused on. They were SO GOOD!

The whole meal was good but it was A LOT of food.

From where I was seated I could see into the kitchen. I was amazed at home any plates of pancakes came out of there. It was like every minute a plate (or two) of freshly made pancakes, hot off the grill, were making their way to all the tables. I think almost everyone in the restaurant was there for the all you can eat pancakes.

IHOP serves the pancakes to you two at a time. They will continue to bring them to you until you tell them to stop. They were not kidding about that either. No sooner did we finish the last bite of the last pancake we had two new plates (one for me and one for my husband) of hot pancakes ready to enjoy.

The pancakes come with a dollop of butter on top. You can also get them with fresh fruit fruit. In addition there is a nice selection of syrups on each table.

Oh so good!

I grew up eating pancakes with butter and sugar. My husband likes to drown them in syrup.

Normally when we eat out I don’t order pancakes. I tend to go for the eggs, ham and hashbrowns/potatoes. I am IN LOVE with IHOP’s pancakes now. I know that from now on when we eat out at IHOP I’ll be ordering their fluffy pancakes. They were delicious!

To find an IHOP location near you, visit IHOP.com. You can also check them out on social media. All of their links are found at the bottom of their website.

HURRY! The IHOP All You Can Eat Pancake promotion ends on February 12, 2017!

Are you a fan of IHOP?

Have you taken advantage of their all you can eat pancake promotion yet?

Kimberly

*I received a gift card in order to do this review. There was no other compensation. We also enjoy eating at IHOP on our own (no review/compensation). The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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