Popchips Introduces All-New Ridges Line with Big Crunch and Bold Flavor


PHOTO SOURCE: popchips Facebook page

PHOTO SOURCE: popchips Facebook page

Are you a fan of popchips (lower case “p”)?

If you are not familiar with popchips, they are potato chips that are made in a pressurized chamber instead of a fryer. When they are released from the chamber they “pop.” I’m assuming that means similar to popcorn. The result is a chip that is light weight and not covered in grease. They are covered in delicious seasonings instead.

Popchips are like the UN-potato chips, but with all the flavor and less fat and calories.

Popchips have recently introduced a new product line – popchips Ridges.

Popchips found that 7 out of 10 better-for-you shoppers were seeking more crunch in their snacking, and Ridges were specifically created to deliver.  The snack company, which pioneered the popping process for potatoes, spent several years experimenting with its innovative process of combining heat and pressure to create and extraordinarily crunchy and bold tasting ridged chip.

In addition to the the launch of Ridges, popchips is also rolling out entirely new packaging for the proud, prominently pronouncing flavor front and center. Ridges packaging will be black, a stark contrast to original popchips which will now feature off-white packaging, but both will have bright pops of color and graphic imagery.

Like other popchips Ridges are gluten-free, kosher, contain no artificial preservatives, no synthetic colors, no cholesterol and zero grams of trans fat.

popchips ridges

I was sent some of the popchips Ridges to sample for myself and to get my family’s take on them. Well… I can tell you one thing. The barbecue Ridges were the most popular. My family devoured them right away. Even my daughter’s boyfriend loved them.

The new popchips Ridges come in four flavors – Salted, Tangy Barbecue, Cheddar & Sour Cream and Chili Cheese. Tangy Barbecue was my family’s favorite (mine too!) followed by Salt.

To be honest, Chili Cheese didn’t taste much different from the Tangy Barbecue. It had a “kick” to it just like the barbecue flavor. They are not the same flavor – I just mean they had similar qualities about them.

These little chips pack a big “punch” when it comes to both flavor and crunch. I’ve had popchips plenty of times before and I think the Ridges have more of a crispy, crunch to them.


The flavors are amazing! Even with just one chip your mouth explode with flavor.

I loved popchips before, now I love them even more (if that was even possible).

If you would like to learn more about the new popchips Ridges or other popchips products, please visit popchips.com. You can even find the brand on social media. All of their links are found on their home page.

To see what others are saying check out the hashtag #popchips.

Look for the new popchips Ridges where ever snacks are sold.

Are you a fan of popchips?

Have you tried popchips Ridges yet?

What is your favorite popchips flavor?

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*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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Summer time cocktails



Memorial Weekend is THIS coming weekend. What are your holiday plans?

My birthday is this weekend, as is my daughter’s. We’ll be heading upstate to my father’s house to have a combined birthday party (pizza! cake!). Aside from that, we have nothing else planned.

Memorial Weekend is party time for many people across the country. It’s a great time to celebrate the unofficial start of the summer season with backyard barbecues, bonfires on the beach or sitting around a campfire.

If you are looking for some cocktails to try out this weekend, here are a few you might enjoy.

Freshly French HR

Freshley French

1 ½ oz. CAMUS VSOP Elegance cognac
¾ oz. lemon juice
½ oz. simple syrup
lemon slice for garnish

Add a lemon slices into a chilled glass and set aside.  Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice and shake.  Strain into garnished glass and serve.

Summer breeze

Summer Breeze

1 ½ oz. DANZKA Cranraz Vodka
1 ½ oz. pineapple juice
3 oz. cranberry juice
pineapple slice for garnish

Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake.  Strain into a highball glass and garnish with pineapple slice and serve. 

Barefoot in the Garden HR

Barefoot in the Garden

1 ½ oz. SIA Scotch Whisky
1 ½ oz. elderflower liquer
¾ oz. lemon juice
splash of club soda
Mint sprig for garnish

In a cocktail shaker with ice, add in Sia Scotch Whisky, elderflower liquer and lemon juice.  Shake and strain into a tin.  Top with a splash of club soda and garnish with a mint sprig.

Botanicals on the beach

Botanicals on the Beach

1 ½ oz. UNGAVA Gin
2 oz. coconut water
½ oz. soda
½ oz. simple syrup

In a shaker with ice add in all liquid ingredients except soda.  Shake and strain into a chilled glass. Top with soda.

Mint Mahem HR

Mint Mayhem

1 oz. LUCID Absinthe
1 oz. pineapple juice
2 oz. lemon-lime soda
4-6 mint leaves
3 lime wheels

In a glass, muddle mint leaves and a lemon wheel.  Add ice, Lucid Absinthe, pineapple juice and top with lemon-lime soda.  Garnish with a mint sprig and a lemon wheel.

What is your favorite cocktail?

What are YOUR plans for the Memorial Day Weekend?



*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers. 

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Stay healthy this summer with tea!



Are you a tea drinker? I am. I grew up drinking tea as a child. My mom and grandparents were from Wales, so we had “tea time” daily.

I drink both hot and ice tea. Currently I drink unsweetened ice tea daily. I find it flavorful and refreshing.

Did you know that that tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world.

Since tea contains no sodium, fat, carbonation, or sugar, and is virtually calorie free, it is the perfect beverage to serve at your next BBQ or backyard party. To top it off, there are decades’ worth of research showing that the many bioactive compounds found in tea, called flavonoids, may contribute to overall health. In addition, whether hot or iced – tea has been shown to aid in weight loss, heart health and bone health.

Here are some more facts you may not know about tea.

5 Fun Facts About Tea

  • In 2012, Americans drank more than 3.6 billion gallons of tea – enough to fill the Empire State Building more than 13 times.
  • A recent study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that that subjects consuming green tea and caffeine lost an average of 2.9 pounds within 12 weeks while adhering to their regular diet.
  • Another study found that consuming one cup of tea per day is enough to reduce incidence of stroke and heart attacks by 8 to 10 percent.
  • All tea comes from the same plant, Camellia sinensis; the major differentiating factor between black, green, oolong and white teas is the processing.
  • June is National Iced Tea Month and according to the Tea Council of the USA, approximately 85% of tea consumed in America is iced!

While 85 percent of all tea consumed in the U.S. is iced, Peter Goggi, President of the Tea Council of the USA says, “There are many intriguing forms and flavors of this healthy beverage to satisfy each taste preference, whether it be black, green, oolong or white.” In addition, Goggi notes, “Not only does tea taste great, but there is a large and growing body of research backing it as a healthy, good-for-you beverage.”

I feel good about drinking tea. Not only is it tasty and refreshing – it’s also good for you.

It’s the start of prime iced tea sipping weather, so pour yourself a glass of this refreshing – and healthy – beverage!

If you would like to learn more about tea and the benefits of tea, follow @TeaCouncil on Twitter. You can also check them out at their official website, TeaUSA.com.

Are you a tea drinker? What is your favorite type of tea? Do you prefer hot over iced tea? Feel free to share your thoughts.



*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers. 

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Spice up Cinco de Mayo with freshly made guacamole


Cinco de Mayo

Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo, The date commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

Here in the United States, most people don’t celebrate that monumentous victory. They rather eat and enjoy Mexican cuisine. I suppose that is OK. I certainly don’t mind tacos from time to time. Maybe I’ll make Spaghetti Tacos for dinner tomorrow night.

You can find my recipe here – After a long day of childhood you need…  (please note that the giveaway on the post is over).


Essentially most people see Cinco de Mayo as the opportunity to eat, drink and be merry.

A staple for any Cinco de Mayo celebration is guacamole.

I have never made guacamole on my own. I have only enjoyed it at restaurants or pre-made from the grocery store. I honestly assumed it was too much work to make it on my own. WOW! Was I sure wrong.

The Litehouse foods brand sent me a guacamole kit to make my own guacamole dip for my family.


The kit included all the essentials…

  • Cutting board
  • Measuring spoons
  • Avocado slicer
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Lighthouse Guacamole Herbs & Spice Blend
  • Avocadoes
  • Salt
  • Limes
  • Fork
  • Chips

Check out just how simple this recipe is.

Guacamole Recipe

I was able to whip up freshly made guacamole in minutes. I can’t believe how easy it was.

Be prepared to drool…

Guacamole 1
Guacamole 2

It was so good that I almost ate the entire bowl of guacamole myself.

I have used several Lighthouse herbs and spices over the years. What I love most about them is that they are incredibly fresh tasting. They taste like they were freshly ground from your garden. They do not taste bland or stale like other herbs and spices found on store shelves.

Litehouse has such a nice variety too including (of course) the Guacamole seasoning, Red Onion, Ginger, Garlic, Dill and Italian, to name a few.

Lighthouse herbs and spices are available at many retail locations across the country.

If you would like learn more about Lithouse herbs and spices, as well as their dips, dressings and more, visit LitehouseFoods.com. Be sure to check out the brand on social media too. All of their links are found at the bottom of their website.

Have you ever tried Litehouse products? If so, which one/ones? What did you think about them?

Do you like guacamole? What do you think about this easy recipe?



*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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Sweet treats from GoOrganic Candy (giveaway ends 5/9/16)



I have a “sweet tooth.” Thankfully it’s not an every day thing, but there are times that I am totally craving something sweet. I think we all experience days like that.

I like to keep small candies (bit size and individually wrapped) on hand at all times. I keep most of them at home but I do have some stashed in my car just in case I am craving something when I am driving or at work.

I am always on the look out for a new favorite. I think I may have found that in a brand called GoOrganic Candy.

GoOrganic Candy, as you can probably guess, it 100% organic. In addition the candy is non-GMO, gluten-free, allergen-friendly* and kosher. The candy is also does not contain trans fats, preservatives, corn syrup, FD&C colors or hydrogenated oils.

The candy gets it’s sweetness from organic evaporated cane juice and organic brown rice syrup. The organic brown rice syrup they use in their candies is minimally processed and not highly refined like the sugars found in most candies.

I should also not that ALL GoOrganic hard candies are produced in a nut-free facility. GoOrganic chewy candies are manufactured, in a facility that handles nuts, but the product itself is nut-free. All products are soy-free, casein-free, nut-free, and vegan (except Honey & Honey Lemon).

The brand’s mission is to provide a healthier alternative to other premium candies.

GoOrganic Candy Collection

As a parent I have always been concerned about my children having too many sweets. They are great from time to time, but not all the time. As with anything else, it’s OK within moderation.

I enjoy hard and chewy candies, but most on the market have the same old flavors (cherry, grape, lemon…). What I like about GoOrganic hard and chewy candies is that they come in interesting and exciting flavors like Chocolate Ginger, Blood Orange, Apple and Ice Mint Mango. Needless to say, GoOrganic candy is not your average, ordinary candy.

GoOrganic sent me all of their varieites (chews and hard candies) to try out. I wasn’t sure which to try first. They all sounded so good.

I am a big fan of ginger. I like the spiciness to it.

Originally I bought hard ginger candies to keep on hand for when I travel (I get motion sickness). I found that they were so good that I ate them all the time (they were candy – not medication). Because of that I was really looking forward to the Chocolate Ginger and Ginger Xtreme.

Sadly, chocolate and ginger don’t pair together very well – in MY opinion. I wanted to like them, I truly did. But I didn’t like the flavor combination. That is not to say others won’t love it. My mom always said “one man’s meat is another man’s poison.”

Ginger Xtreme

The Ginger Xtreme is really good. If you like hot and spicy things, this is for you. They remind me of Fire Balls or Red Hot – but with a Ginger taste. The regular Ginger candy was my favorite out of all of them.

The Honey Lemon is also very good. It’s a nice combination between the two flavors. It’s not too lemony -not too much honey.

Normally I am not a fan of mango, but GoOrganics Ice Mint Mango is an interesting combination.

I LOVE the GoOrganic Fruit Chews. Each one is individually wrapped (as with all the GoOrgnaic candies). The fruit chews come in Strawberry, Lemon, Raspberry and Sour Apple flavors. YUMMY!!!


The only product that is not individually wrapped is the GoOrganic Fruit Snacks Fruit Medley. These are made with real fruit and provide you with 100% of Vitamin C per serving.

My only “complaint” (and I use that term loosely) is that you cannot re-seal the bag once you open it. That is fine for the hard candies and chews, but with the Fruit Snacks you want the bag to be able to close unless you plan on eating the whole bag (3 servings). Aside from that I have nothing but great thing to say about the candies I received to review.

If you would like to learn more about GoOrganic candies and where to purchase them, visit www.GoOrganicCandy.com.  At the top of their website where it says “Our Brands” you’ll find the page for the GoOrganic Candies.

You can also order them online on Amazon.com

You can also check out the brand on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

GoOrganic Candies Logo

GoOrganic would love to give a lucky winner a large assortment of their candies, just like the ones I received. Thank you GoOrganic!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on May 9, 2016. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will need to reply within three days or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this prize package?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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*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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Win Mom 9 Months of Gourmet Brownies – Enter #GiveMomGourmet From the Vermont Brownie Company


Mother's Day

Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 8, 2016. Are you still looking for the perfect gift for that special lady in your life?

As a mom, my favorite Mother’s Day gifts are gifts from the heart, especially handmade gifts. Other favorites of mine include dinner out, a clean home, a clean car, flowers and/or chocolate.

One gift I never really considered – but I would love – is the gift of gourmet brownies. I have a bit of a sweet tooth. Especially anything made with chocolate.

Are you familiar with the Vermont Brownie Company? They have several brownie packages that would make a yummy gift for mom.

The Vermont Brownie Company offers consumers soft, moist, delicious brownies in a variety of flavors including Maple Toffee Crunch, Walnut Chunk, Peanut Butter, Dark Chocolate Chevre, Triple Chocolate Chunk, Espresso Dulce de Leche and of course the classic brownie.

Brownie package range from 6 brownies to 36 brownies in a single flavor, or variety packs which range from 6 to 72 brownies (I’ll take one of the 72 brownie packages please – LOL).

You could even give mom the gift that keeps on giving year round with Vermont Brownie Company’s Browie of the Month Club (available in 3, 6, 9 and 12 month subscriptions).



I had the yummy opportunity to try out some of their brownies. They are SO GOOD! They are very fresh tasting. They taste like I just made them myself. They don’t taste mass produced or artificial.

Walnut Chunk, Maple Toffee Crunch and Espresso Dulce de Leche are my favorites.

Vermont Brownie Company

The Vermont Brownie Company is hosting a contest where they are giving away brownies for Mother’s Day. There will be 3 winners.

1st Place – 9-Month Brownie Program | $299.99 value

2nd Place – Gourmet Brownie 12-Pack | $39.50 value

3rd Place – Gourmet Brownie 6-Pack | $21 value

The contest ends at 11:59 AM (EST) on May 2nd. They only information required to enter is an email address. You can also earn extra entries by referring others to enter the contest.

If you would like to enter visit www.VermotBrownie.com/pages/Give-Mom-Gourmet.

For more information about the Vermont Brownie Company visit VermontBrownie.com. You can also find them on social media (the links are found at the bottom of their website).

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*I received free product samples 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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