Showing posts with label Food. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Food. Show all posts

Sunday, November 11


Great Retro Cookbook

Life According To GreenVics Holiday Gift Guide

Sometimes I wish I was from the time of cocktails, and when you were either a Jackie O, or Marilyn type of gal.  The look, and recipes are a time to go back to, when people cooked at home, and went out to eat at legendary restaurants. This cookbook is full of recipes from Kitchens, Bars, and Restaurants as seen on Mad Men.


THE UNOFFICIAL MAD MEN COOKBOOK by Judy Gelman and Peter Zheutlin has it all.  There are over 70 recipes ranging from Cocktails, Appetizers, Salads, Main Courses, and Deserts & Sweets.

This Cookbook would be a great gift for someone that wants to learn to cook, and entertain.  Or, if you are just a huge Don Drapper fan.

Not only is the cookbook full of recipes, but also historical, and cultural content.

Detailed Colored Full Photos

My favorite recipe tho would have to be the pineapple upside down cake. It's simple, and to the point.  I can remember my Grandma making it, and my mom making me it.  Now I make it for my family.  It's just one of those recipes that I *believe* everyone should know how to make for their family!

You can Retrogress with The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook on Facebook & Twitter.

I mention all the time how much I love sweet things.. This is one of my favorite cakes to bake.  Not only is it DELICIOUS! But it's like a work of art too!  It's fun to arrange the pineapple slices, and cherries.

Tho sometimes I get lazy, and just do it like this, Lol.  It all tastes the same! I made two pineapple down sheet cakes. 

Now I need a Martini please! Oh, and I hope I made you hungry.

I received this book for free for my honest opinion.   The Unofficial MadMen Cookbook retails for $16.95.  I was not told what to write/nor say, or to cook/try from the book.  This was all meee. 

Thursday, October 11 Skull Chill & SnackTime Review

by, Life According To GreenVics.  18oz Skull Chiller

Like my new Skull Chiller Cup from! For Halloween!! And, every day after! Momma has a new cup for her drinks!  I was sent these products from CoolGearInc to test & review.

SnackTime Drink/Snack Container 2in1

What is great about CoolGearInc. is theres something for everyone in the family. We ventured forth to test the  Skull Chiller, and my toddler the SnackTime at the park!  

Having  these containers made SnackTime convenient, and budget friendly on the wallet. Instead of having to stop, and pick up snacks all I had to do was fill the bottom of the Snack Time Container with what Sy likes to eat, and the top with his favorite drink.  It also fits perfectly in  the cars cup holder. 

Fits  In The Cars Cup Holders! 

There is a straw in the SippyCup! Which is terrific for me right now because that's my toddlers favorite kind of cup. They also are just $5.99. You get the Cup, and Snack container that twists onto each other.  

Mommies Chill, and Babies SnackTime

  • BPA Free 
  • Twist-off Snack Containers
  • Top Drink Container Insulated W/Non-toxic Gel To Keep Drinks Cold
  • Bottom Container Keeps Snacks Fresh 
  • Flip-top Sipper For No Spills

Skull Chill($7.99):

  • BPA Free 
  • Double Wall Construction 
  • Non-Toxic Insulated Gel To Keep Drinks Cold
  • Top Shelf Dishwasher Safe

Here's an Easy Recipe I make for Iced Coffee.  I don't like my Iced Coffee to be overpowered by things, so I keep it simple. 

Almond Milk
Cold Coffee
Sugar/Splenda/Whatever Sweetner You Use
Fill The Cup With Ice

If you use Creamer, you can use that instead of Milk. I use more Coffee than anything. Love me some Dark Roast. This Momma needs her Caffeine.

We had a blast at the park.  

Conclusion: These Cups were Fun, Playful, and Spill proof. I also believe for the convenience of the products offered, they are well worth the price. I personally enjoy things that can be used for many things. Really, I'm for anything that makes life easier. These products did just that.

Wednesday, October 10 Candy Review

by Life According To GreenVics.

How delicious do these Peanut Butter Cups look!?  They'd be great for Halloween!

UnReal Candy 77, Chocolate Peanut Butter

What I've learned about GetUnReal Candy is Unreal = Unjunked.  That means the candy is made with,

  • No Artificial Ingredients
  • No Corn Syrup
  • No  Partially Hydrogenated Oil
  • No GMOs
  • No Preservatives
  • Low Glycemic Index
My favorite are the Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups: Which are only 190 Calories, and 11G of Sugar, which is HALF of what other Peanut Butter Cups are. The chocolates taste, and texture were right on for what I enjoy in my chocolate candy. Smooth, and the way chocolate should taste. The combination of the smooth chocolate, and no artificial ingredients in the peanut butter didn't taste like health food, but just as chocolate & peanut butter should taste together.

Whatever your sweet tooth may be, Unreal has created  lower calories, lower sugar, and natural candy as an alternative to candies we are used to eating.  To me, as long as the candy tastes good, has chocolate that melts in my mouth, and it's something I enjoy as a treat.  Unreal did that for me.  If you're afraid to try it because you think its "too healthy" for you.. Don't think that way.  Think, it hasn't cut out the Sugar, It's just used natural ingredients, and not as much sugar.  I really think people should give it a chance.

The Candy Shelled Chocolates with, and without peanuts were delicious, from the Crunch of the Shell, to the Sweet Chocolate within.  Even The Caramel with, and without peanuts for the Chocolate Caramel Nougets had the perfect ratio of Caramel/Chocolate/Nouget.  

Candy does not have to be made with artificial ingrediants to taste good, and UnReal has proved that to me. It also satisfied my sweet tooth, without making me want to take a bunch of Cinnamon Pills to regulate my sugar intake.  It's a great thing that the Candy has a low glycemic index.  

Is this candy good?  Yes.

Would I give this candy to my family, and friends? I would. These will be perfect for Parties/Holidays/Treats, even For Trick Or Treating.

Is it easy to find this candy in store? Yes!! A lot of  Stores carry UnReal Candy. Up to 30,000+ stores in the United States alone!  I've seen CVS has them buy1get1 free before, and other stores ranging from $.50 to $1.50.

I received this candy for free, for my opinion, honest opinion.  Receiving these 5 candies for free did not sway my opinion, it however was nice to try them!  I've been wanting to try them since I saw the packaging. The packaging has a very unique, distinct logo, that looks like something you'd see on a computer board.  Like a microchip.  That was pretty cool.  It's even embedded into the chocolate.  I'm a sucker for the details.

Wednesday, October 3

Don Sabrosa "BEST SALSA ON THIS PLANET" Review & Giveaway

Sweet With Heat,  Don Sabrosa Salsa

Don Sabrosa Review & Giveaway, One lucky follower will win 2 Ready To Serve Don Sabrosa Salsa of their personal favorite Flavor/Heat.  Read the full review, and enter below!

As a self proclaimed Foodie I love all different kinds of Salsas, and sauces.  Tho, Don Sabrosa is the first I've ever tried that had the texture, sweetness, and heat which I crave in my salsas.  I have a killer sweet tooth, so anything sweet with heat I have to eat.  What also amazed me was I could eat a whole ready to serve tray for just 80 calories.  It was such a sweet treat to bite into whole blueberries.  It's very obvious once you taste this salsa that there is passion, and an abundance of positive vibes that just want better ingredients served to us in our food.

Don Sabrosas slogan is, THE BEST SALSA ON THIS PLANET! I really have to agree.  This was some of the best Natural Gourmet Salsa I have ever tried.  It's full of flavor, natural ingredients, and there is no weird aftertaste like others I've bought.

Don Sabrosa Sweet Mild Ready To Eat Salsa

This salsa I ate on everything.  From Bean Flax Seed Chips, To Tosadas, Fajitas, and ontop of Turkey Burgers.  It's great over rice too.

s:The salsa comes in glass jars, or, you can get the ready to serve microwavable trays. The flavor, and heat ranges from what your personal choice is for Salsa.

Flavors Are: Sweet, Black Bean & Corn, & Garlic.
Heat Ranges: Mild, Medium & Hot.

This Salsa can be purchased online, or you can check Don Sabrosa out on Facebook, and see what Store they will be in!  There's always a promotional event happening somewhere.  If your Local Grocery store doesn't carry Don Sabrosa! Go to your customer service desk, and ask them to stock it!  

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Winner will be chosen at random Via Raffle Copter.  Winner has 7 days to reply or new winner will be chosen.  Please use a valid Email Address.  I received these salsas for free to review.  A Giveaway did not sway my opinion. Giveaway begins 10/3/12, Ends 10/24/2012.

PIRATES BOOTY 24pk Aged White Cheddar Review & Giveaway

Arrrrrrrr Ye Ready For Some 64 Calories A Bag  Baked, All Natural White Cheddar Puffs?! Proceed with fun! Enter here to win a Box Of PIRATES BOOTY Aged White Cheddar & Some Swag! Pirates Booty has Zero Sugar, and is Peanut & Gluten Free. 

My little Pirate is a big time fan of PIRATES Booty Cheese Puffs.  I also enjoyed them.  The Puffs are crunchy, yet melt in your mouth.  The fact they are just 64 calories a snack size bag makes these a great alternative for a Childrens Party, or even to hand out to Trick Or Treaters.

To me, $9.99 ( Target This Week ) is reasonable for individual snack 1/2 oz size bags that really are just 64 Calories.  I eat these too, and I don't feel guilty for letting my Toddler eat them either. These also come in packs of 60 on Amazon for $28.74 for the 1/2 oz size bags.

24pk Of PIRATES BOOTY Snack Size 64 Calorie Packs
This box can be found at your local Target Stores, Amazon or Online from

Little more about Pirates Booty Aged White Cheddar Snacks,

  • Puffed rice and corn blended with real aged cheddar cheese baked to perfection 
  • Pack of twenty-four 1-ounce bags 
  • All natural, baked, and kosher--trans fat, gluten, and cholesterol free 
  • 50% less fat than regular puffs 
  • A great tasting, healthy snack option for the whole family 
  • Buy Pirate brand products and get the whole snacking goodness without the guilt


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Thanks for reading our review, we received these to try, and review for free. Don't forget you can enter here to win a box of PIRATES BOOTY Aged White Cheddar Snacks, and a chance to try for free too.  Good luck!

Wednesday, September 12

3 Hour Flash Milk Unleashed Giveaway!!!!!

Three Hour Flash Giveaway To Win A Gift Pack From Milk Unleashed!!

I absolutely love the convenience of shelf life milk packs. There are so many varieties, and different types, from Organic, Whole, 1%, Fat free, 2%, Chocolate, Vanilla. I was giving the chance for my Toddler to try packs from Hershey’s, LaLa, Horizon and Organic Valley from Milk Unleashed.

He enjoyed all the brands, but of course his favorites were the chocolate milk. I didn't feel guilty for letting him enjoy it either. It was a fantastic treat for my little man.

There is no purchase neccesary to enter. Winner is chosen via rafflecopter. I will manually add in facebook shares too (meaning if you share the picture I post on my facebook fan page wall, that will get you an instant 25 entries, only valid once tho since it is a flash giveaway per entry)

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Below is a cute interactive App to play,

Milk Unleashed

Don't forget to take the Quiz before you leave! Thanks for playing!

Monday, September 10

Chobani Greek Yogurt Review & Giveaway

CHOBANI Greek Yogurt Review & Giveaway
CHOBANI Greek Yogurt was delicious.  Recently, I received Mango Low Fat, Blood Orange Non-Fat, Apple Cinnamon Non-Fat, Pineapple Low-Fat, & Champions; Vanilla Chocolate Chunks, Orange Vanilla (For Kids.)  Chonbani is made with natural ingredients.


The Texture of the yogurt is thick, not bitter like some other greek yogurt brands I've tried.  

I enjoyed, and felt as if I was indulging in all the sweet varieties, There are also fruit mixed into the yogurt so it's never boring.  

My Toddler loved the Champions flavors, I even tried both and thought they were delicious.  I will not feed him things that I wouldn't eat myself.  

I received these yogurts to sample for free.  One lucky follower will win a case of Chobani delivered to their front door from CHOBANI.  Just remember that Chobani is greek yogurt.  Greek yogurt is thick, with a texture like sour cream. The way its made, is it's usually heated, and cultured, that's why there is no liquid at the top like many normal yogurts.  Greek yogurt also normally has more protein, and less sugar than other brands.

If you are on mobile, and for some reason can't enter, I can manually add you in for entries for liking Chobani & Life According to GreenVics.  

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Thursday, August 30

Ozeri Eco Friendly Green Earth Ceramic NonToxic Pans

I've been trying to lead a more Eco-Friendly Green life style since my leg injury, I have to watch my intake on everything, that made me realize how many toxins our bodies actually come into contact with. What we don't even realize we are consuming by the things we cook with.

I started to question,  Where do you think those Teflon Non Stick Coatings go?

The more I read, the more it freaked me out on how there are over 15 different types of gases that can be released in those pans. It happens when a certain temperature is reached, say you left your pan on for preheating.. Seriously, Why did I buy those $50.00 pans? If It was coated with poison? It can also cause Polymer Flu Like symptoms, and can be fatal to birds.

I just refuse to cook with anything coated with Teflon anymore.  I'm not saying something else is healthier, YOU be the judge of that, I'm just saying, Those gases go somewhere.  There are way too many choices out there than to use those types of pans.

This is my new Baby, I use her about twice a day. Shes the 12" Green Earth Pan by Ozeri which is 100% PTFE and PFOA Free!!

Ozeri has a line of Green Earth Pans, From Sauce pans, to frying, even a Wok by Ozeri.  I've been using my 12" Pan for awhile now, and I seriously threw all my other pans away after reading what those nonstick coatings can do.  I didn't know.  I'm upset with myself that I bought those expensive nonstick pans, and never thought to question what made them nonstick.  I will never go back to them.

The layering of the ECozeri Ceramic Eco-Friendly pan is pretty high tech, and just worth buying just because of its technology for evenly cooking, and being nonstick by the layers of Ceramic Coating.

I've cooked just about everything in mine.  I used virgin coconut oil to fry Fried Chicken (Wheat Flour, with coconut shreds, so delish.) I even made Rice with Kale.  We eat a lot of Veggy Burgers, and they were great fried in the pan.

It's proved to me what It's capable of doing, and the price? There is always a deal on Amazon for the ECozeri, Ozeri Eco-Friendly Pans.  I'm getting myself the Wok soon.  I'm completely set on being healthier for my family, and I.  It's little steps like this that make a difference in the long run.

If you have any questions for Ozeri on their Ecozeri Green Earth Pans, You can message them on Ozeri Products Facebook Wall.

Below is actual Coconut Fried Chicken I made in my pan. It tastes just as good as it looks!  If you don't believe me, I've added my personal recipe too.


  • Pepper tsp
  • Season All  tsp
  • Nutmeg 1/2 tsp
  • Shredded Coconut  1/3 cup
  • Eggs
  • Wheat Flour  2 cups
  • Virgin Coconut Oil
  • Thawed Chicken Tenders

First mix the Flour, Pepper, Season All, Nutmeg in a bowl by itself, and mix, then add in the Shredded Coconut.  Mix again.

The eggs you crack into a separate bowl, mix, This is used to dip the chicken in, and then once the chicken is coated with egg, you dip it into the flour mix.  I do this about three times.

The frying pan I turn on High, and let the Coconut Oil heat up, always drop the breaded chicken tenders into a hot frying pan, warm, and just turned on will not work, and you might loose some of your breading. 

Once its in the pan, I turn the heat down to Medium, and let it cook, don't flip them too soon,  make sure they are nice and crispy before going to the other side.  Also, I move the tenders in the pan around, that makes sure I don't have to add more coconut oil, and nothing tried to stick in the Ecozeri Earth Pan.  I'm really loving that pan.

Verdict:  GREAT PAN!  Super easy to rinse clean. I received this pan for free for my honest, open, opinion. And, can be found on Amazon too! For under $40.00,I love amazon. I know others that love it too, just like me, I save up Amazon Giftcards I've earned from various Social Media Word Of Mouth sites, and then I splurge on Amazon with something I want.  Ozeri WOK is going to be my next Kitchen Splurge.

With the holidays coming up, if any of my family members or friends that read my blog, want to know what to get me, I need more of these pans, Thank you very much, Lol. You know I'm not joking too!

Tuesday, August 28

TRUE Lemon Review & Giveaway

My family, and I have been eating healthier, and really don't want to waste calories on things that we drink, or spices/seasonings we add to our meals.  True Citrus is 100% Natural.  I enjoy all the flavors, it can be used for individual drinks,  or add to a bigger mixture, even the true lemon, and lime can be added when cooking, or baking.  

I can't drink the same exact thing everyday, or I get extremely bored, and will start to crave other drinks.  Those other drinks are full of sugar, and unwanted calories.  True Lemon helps me not want anything else since I can easily change up what I am drinking.

The baby, and I loved the raspberry lemonade, and the grapefruit.  It was easy to use, and delicious.  

The TRUE Grapefruit comes in individual packets that are easy to add to whatever you are making, say iced tea, or to make your own TRUEaid (like Koolaid), add fresh juice, and some extra Grapefruit kick to it for some Vitamin C.

I also steamed broccoli, and added the True Lemon Cooking Seasoning.  All I did was sprinkle the Lemon on, sprayed a little bit of 0 calorie butter spray, and used my rice cooker/steamer.  This also comes in Lime for cooking/baking, Next  time I buy Avocados I am going to try the Lime with them.

Really, whatever you eat now, instead of how some people add ketchup, or mustard, bbq sauce to everything they eat, maybe true True Lemon instead. 

There is Grapefruit, Orange, Lemon, Lime, Raspberry Lemonade, Original Lemonade. 

I love True Lemon, and I think it's a great way to activate the taste buds while enjoying everyday tasks we already do.  People always say they don't eat healthy because the food tastes too plain.  Well, Try adding seasoning to the food that isn't horrible, or more calories than the meal itself.  Most wasted calories are consumed in drinks, and "toppings" for meals.

If you are bored with just regular chicken, Try Lime Chicken, with some cilantro, over rice.  

You can find great recipes on True Lemons website, and learn how to Live TRUE.  

I am excited that I get to do a Giveaway to one lucky follower for The Same TrueLemon Box I received, This box is by far one of my favorite things I've reviewed.  

To Enter you just have to Follow the Entries On RaffleCopter,  Giveaway begins August 28, 2012, & Ends September 12, 2012. U.S. Only! If you can't use RaffleCopter, Just drop me a comment below, and I can manually add you in, Or you can email me.  Winner will be chosen at random, and will have 7 Days To Email me back ( Make Sure You Use A VALID Email When Entering!! )

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Saturday, August 25

YumEarth Organics Lollipops, Review & Giveaway

Yummy Earth Organic Lollipops are my new favorites.  I am completely amazed at how much flavor these have for being made with real fruit extracts, and no artificial colors.  There is also 100% Vitamin C daily value in each serving.  The concept of Yum Earth is just fantastic,  Created for Lollipop Candy fans, and by Dads.  Everything YumEarth makes is certified organic, or all natural, gluten-free, peanut-free, tree-nut free, and has no chemical colors, no artificial flavors, or no high fructose corn syrup.  Really, all of that is a bonus, because the Lollipops flavors are just so great they literally make your mouth water.  My taste buds were in over drive.  

My all time favorite flavor out of the Family Size Assorted Bag (40+ Lollies) were the Mango Tangos.  I may, or may not have shared a lot of those.. M I N E.. My 2nd favorite were the Very Very Cherry.  I've always loved sweet things, like jolly ranchers,  charms lollipops, nerds, etc,  and, in all honesty,  YumEarths Lollies has them all beat.  

Friday, August 24

Arctic Zero Ice Cream, 150 Calorie Pints, Best Find EVER

Arctic Zero Review & Giveaway,

All I can really say about this ice cream is.. I LOVE THIS ICE CREAM.  I'm not sorry about the CAPS. Seriously, I absolutely love this ice cream, and it's really low calorie.

The brand is called Arctic Zero, I received a shipping cooler full for free ( 8 pints, and 2 boxes of bars.)  I was in ice cream heaven.  First off, I want to let you know when it says Arctic Zero... It really is arctic, as in It is so cold! I didn't know what to expect when I opened the cooler it was delivered in.  You know when its really hot out, and you open the freezer to get something? And, the coldness pours out, and hits you in the face.  That's what it was like.  I imagined I was in the arctic, ice pick in hand.. finding the most greatest discovery ever.

(My husband had fun playing with the dry ice thats at the bottom of the cooler)

As far as calories, each pint was only 150 calories.  Honest to Bob! Just 150 calories.  I am still in shock about that.  I loved all 8 flavors of the pints.

Here are my favorites in order:  Vanilla Maple,  Coffee,  Pumpkin Spice,  Mint Choco Cookie, Strawberry, Chocolate, Chocolate Peanut butter, and Cookies & Cream.

You can make Floats!! (Imagine Cream Soda, W/Vanilla Maple) or even just eat it straight from the pint.  I always have graham crackers around, so I made little ice cream sandwiches too.  Shakes,  Smoothies, Whatever tickles your sweet tooth pickle.

As for the boxes of bars, Those are only 85 calories.  I really enjoyed them.  They are chocolate coated, and my favorite was the orange icecream w/the chocolate.  For bars, theres orange, strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla.

What I love most about this product was I did not feel guilty for enjoying a snack.  It made me realize I can eat something others might consider a "reward."

This product, I actually went back out, and bought more of the Vanilla Maple, Coffee, and Pumpkin Spice.  My local Krogers carries the Pints, but not the bars. It's about $4-5.00 for the pints, which it is well worth being able to eat desert without feeling like a total fatty.  I loved it.  Every night I would portion my dinner, and add in the extra 150 calories so I can have ice cream.  Beats, wasting 500 calories on a bowl of something else.

If you are an avid Amazon shopper,  You can get free super saving shipping on Arctic Ice products, I'm always saving up Amazon Gift cards I've earned from various things I'm part of.  There is a store locator on Arctics Website too if you're interest in finding some in your area.

Overall Experience:   Greatest find, ever. My new favorite Ice cream go to snack.  I highly recommend the Vanilla Maple, Coffee & Pumpkin Spice.

Now it's giveaway time!! I am so happy to have been able to review Arctic Zero, and one lucky follower gets a shipping cooler full delivered to them from Arctic Zero too!! I'm also celebrating my Facebook 2,000 Likes!! What's better than a cooler full of ice cream!?!

An Abundance of Thanks To!

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Rules: You have to do the mandatory tasks on Rafflecopter. If you can't use rafflecopter, just shoot me a message, and I will glady add your entries in.  I love being able to share great finds with you all.  Giveaway begins 8/24/2012, ends 9/7/2012.  U.S. Residents Only.  Must use a valid Email, (Needed for Prize Confirmation Email, Winner has 7 days to reply back to my email with shipping address/phone number so I can forward to Arctic Zero.)  Good luck to all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!