Saturday, February 28, 2015

Abe's Market review

i've been a long time follower of Abe's Market on Instagram and browse their website quite often. Abe's Market sells all natural foods and health products from all different sellers. their website is easy to browse and has lots of customer reviews, which is always helpful. their customer service is great and they even responded to one of my Instagram comments (I felt super special!) i came across a 20% off your order coupon code (often found on their Instagram account) and decided it was time to make my first purchase! here's what I got:

Coconut Oil

I originally bought this to use as a moisturizer. I've been using it a few times a week and love it! My face feels so soft in the morning. And it smells like I'm going to bed on a tropical island at night :) I wouldn't use this during the day because it's pretty oily. I can't wait to use it in some baking and cooking. Anyone have any good recipes?
Dark Chocolate Coconut Fruit and Nut Almond Butter (say that ten times fast!)

Oh me, oh my! This almond butter is heaven on earth. It isn't overly chocolate and you can really taste the coconut, which I love. It wasn't very oily and I only had to give it one quick stir. I will store this in the fridge and it probably won't need any stirring. I put a tablespoon on top of my oatmeal this morning and it melted quickly and gave it so much flavor. In the future I will definitely be using this on some toast and in some smoothies. YUM!
Spinach Hair Shirataki Pasta

You must be warned- these noodles come in a bag with water. So, they feel  bit funny. Easy to make- rinse and boil for about a minute. I ate these with tomato sauce and some chicken but they seemed more of an Asian dish. They have all different varieties. Wonder what I'll try next!
Cranberry Pecan Granola

I honestly kind of picked this granola because it was one of the first ones that popped up when I searched for granola on the website. I seriously hit the jack pot with this one! It is not too sweet and the oats weren't too clumped together. There's a generous amount of pecans. I have enjoyed this sprinkled over some yogurt but is delicious enough to snack right out of the bag!
Buttermilk Protein Pancake Mix

Super easy to make! All you do is add water and stir. Tastes delicious with great texture! You can try these with a smear of peanut butter or a little bit of syrup. Now I need to invest in a nice griddle!

Now go order some natural whole foods!
((this is not a sponsored post- all opinions are my own))

Sunday, February 8, 2015

valentine pairings

long time no post! this coming Saturday (less than a week away, boys!) just so happens to be my favorite holiday! i have been lucky enough to have the very best valentine for the past 7 years, so that could play a part in my opinion. but, ever since i was a little girl, i loved everything about the holiday... making and receiving cards, hearts, candy, red + pink everything, etc. my mom used to leave a little package at my bedside from "Cupid" on the morning of. in middle school, i spent valentine's afternoon analyzing the pre-made, pre-written valentine cards from all the boys, thinking there must be some underlying meaning to the ones they picked. oh, to be little again :)

M and I have made a tradition of cooking our valentine's dinner together every year. we usually pick something that wouldn't normally be on our weekday dinner menu. we will make a dinner and a dessert. this year we have decided on a sausage lasagna and coconut raspberry lemon cake. I'm beyond excited! here are some other yummy pairings!

what will you be doing this valentine's day?