Food Should Taste GOOD…Enough To Give Away!!

Since we’ve been on the subject of fun packages this morning, I should let you know that there’s another package I received in the mail a few weeks ago that I’ve been holding out on with you guys. 😯

The very nice folks at Food Should Taste Good caught wind of my love obsession with their chips and sent me a fabulous sampler box to try some of their other flavors!

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Since I’ve already had the Sweet Potato numerous times, as well as the MultiGrain, I decided to try a few new flavors, some of which I probably wouldn’t have bought otherwise: Chocolate, Blue Corn, Cheddar, Yellow Corn, The Works!, and Lime.

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You may remember reading about me trying the Blue Corn chips,

or my overload on the Cheddar chips,

or maybe how well the Lime chips paired with my Pulled BBQ Chicken?

They’ve all been equally fantastic, and I just can’t seem to get enough of them! I’m still holding onto three of the bags (Chocolate, Yellow Corn, & The Works!) and waiting for the perfect opportunity to break them out. (I’m thinking the Chocolate chips crumbled on top of ice cream or even some Greek yogurt would probably be flippin’ fantastic!)

Are you guys ready for the good news now??

YOU can have a chance to win your own Sampler Box with 6 chip flavors of your choice!

There are 10 different flavors to choose from:

Multigrain

Sweet Potato

Olive

Jalapeño

The Works!

Chocolate

Lime

Yellow Corn

Blue Corn

Cheddar

*You have FIVE different chances to enter:

  1. Simply leave a comment on this post telling me which flavor you’d most like to try.
  2. Visit the Food Should Taste Good website, join their Fan Club (*you also get a $1 OFF Coupon this way!) and leave a separate comment letting me know that you did.
  3. Follow me on Twitter @SweetToothCourt and comment back telling me that you did (or that you already do).
  4. Tweet: “Check out the Food Should Taste Good Giveaway on @SweetToothCourt http://wp.me/pSDLe-16r”
  5. Become a fan of Food Should Taste Good on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FoodShouldTasteGood and comment back letting me know that you did.

One lucky winner will be chosen tomorrow, Thursday, August 5th.

GOOD LUCK!! 😀

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It’s Party Time!!

Jay and I were so lucky to have such a beautiful day for our fantastic, 1st Annual “Horan Summer Party”! Since I’m feeling pretty beat, I’ll give you guys a little photo recap of today’s fun.

Snacks

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Always gotta have some veggies on hand!

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Mal’s Famous Taco Dip (snacked on about a gazillion bites of this)

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Pizzaaaaaa 😛 (I had 2 slices)

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My Homemade Sangria – definitely sipped on this all.day.long. 😉

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Booze

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Mal’s PB Cookie Cups! (I shared one and it was fabulous!)

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LOVE celebrating with friends!!!

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And love celebrating with fun beverages & games!

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Eventually it was time to break out “the goods” and honor the birthday peeps! 😉

(I ended up having 2 cupcakes throughout the day – Cookie Dough & Oreo)

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My two “Birthday Boys” 😀

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Being goofy…

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Heyyyy, wait a second there Cody! That stuff isn’t for YOU! 😉

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It was definitely the perfect way to spend a Saturday!! 😎

And don’t worry, I’ll make sure to give you guys the scoop on the cupcakes soon!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO JAY, MAL, & CODY!!! :mrgreen:

Giveaway Winners Announced + A New Recipe

It’s time to announce some GIVEAWAY WINNERS!!

Thank You to everyone who entered both of these giveaways – it was a lot of fun reading all of your comments.

VitaTops Giveaway Winner:

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Congratulations, spabettie!! 😀

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Exercise TV Giveaway Winners:

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Winner #1:

Monica W.!

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Winner #2:

Stephanie!

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And the GRAND PRIZE Winner:

Jennifer!

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Congratulations to all the winners! Please email me your shipping information as soon as possible to sweettoothcourtney@gmail.com

Dinner

I am very excited to share tonight’s dinner with you because it comes along with a recipe to share.

I didn’t feel like having to stand over a stove for any lengthy period of time tonight, so I decided I needed to create a casserole. After consulting a couple of cookbooks and piecing together some recipes, I finally created one of my own. I must say, it turned out quite delicious, so yes, I’m going to “toot my own horn” on this one. :mrgreen: When I asked him, Jay proclaimed tonight’s dinner to be “yummy,” but then once I told him I was writing his response on the blog, he decided it was “delectable.”

I’ll just let you guys decide! 😉

Cheesy Chicken & Rice Casserole

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Served with some fresh steamed green beans

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Cheesy Chicken & Rice Casserole

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 2 cups instant brown rice
  • 1-3/4 cups water
  • 1 can reduced-sodium condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 2 cups salsa
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1-1/2 cups cheddar cheese (I used fat-free)

Directions:

  1. Cook brown rice according to directions on box.
  2. Meanwhile, place chicken breast halves into a large saucepan, and fill with water. Bring to a boil, and cook for 20 minutes, or until done. Remove chicken from water and cut into bite-size pieces.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease an 8×11 inch baking dish.
  4. In a medium bowl, mix together cream of chicken soup, onion, and salsa.
  5. Layer 1/2 of the rice, 1/2 of the chicken, 1/2 of the soup and salsa mixture, and 1/2 of the cheese in prepared dish. Repeat layers, ending with cheese.
  6. Cover with foil and bake in preheated oven for about 20 minutes, or until bubbly. Remove foil & cook 5 minutes longer. ENJOY! 🙂

Jay and I barely even ate half of this dish, so it would be good for if you’re having company over, are feeding more than 2 people, OR if you like having leftovers. 🙂

The hubby has a softball game tonight, but rather than going, I’m going to make it a quiet night at home and try catching up on some reading.

Question for the Night:

What are you reading right now? Do you have a favorite book you would recommend for me?? 🙂

Garbage For Dinner

Hello friends! We’ve made it through another Monday — let’s raise the roof, shall we?

WOOO HOOO! 😀

Earlier today, after posting my killer smoothie, I had many of you asking about the xanthan gum.

According to the packaging of my Bob’s Red Mill bag, “Xanthan is used by people who are allergic to gluten to add volume and viscosity to bread and other gluten-free baked goods. It is made from a tiny microorganism called Xanthomonas campestris and is a natural carbohydrate.”

I definitely did notice that it gave my smoothie a thicker, almost gel-like consistency. It also seemed to prevent the smoothie from getting too watery towards the end of the glass, which was much appreciated.

Before using “the gum,” I was able to get a fairly thick smoothie, but it was usually only when I incorporated frozen bananas. If I nixed the banana, the thickness went down. So for instances like today, when all the fruit was fresh, I was definitely impressed. I bought my bag for $10.99, but considering I’ll really only be using about 1/2 tsp. at a time, it’s definitely going to last me for a while. So if you’ve been thinking about it, I would say, “Go For It!” 🙂 I’m excited to try it out in some other recipes, too!

Dinner

Tonight’s dinner had been planned since the weekend, when I realized a had bought some whole wheat pizza dough that needed to be used. Jay and I decided that we weren’t really in the mood for pizza again, so I decided to create one of my old, childhood (and still adulthood) favorites: Garbage Bread!!

I split the dough in half and created two mini garbage breads (a.k.a. – stromboli, pizza bread, “enter your own name for it here”…). One of them (which I forgot to photograph) was simply made with pepperoni, reduced-fat mozzarella cheese, and a sprinkling of oregano & garlic powder. The hubby said he enjoyed that one, but it could have used more cheese. 😉

The other garbage bread got a generous helping of green & red peppers, red onion, 3 thin slices of black forest deli ham, & a combination of some reduced-fat mozzarella & fat free cheddar cheeses. I enjoyed 3 delicious slices with dinner – and then eventually went back for a fourth. They were small! 😉

If I had a recipe to give, I absolutely would, but it’s pretty easy and self-explanatory. The possibilities are endless when it comes to fillings – just go with what you like! My next challenge will be to come up with a dessert garbage bread.! 😯 When making the bread, just be careful that you don’t roll out your dough to thin — otherwise, your breads are going to explode (right Mom?) 😉

Since I knew it wouldn’t be super smart to fill up simply on “garbage” for dinner, I made some fresh salads to go along with our bread. My salad had a mix of romaine, cukes, pepper, grape tomatoes, baby carrots, & dried cranberries.

T’was a delicious and delightful meal! 😀

So I must say, I am quite excited this evening because I was offered the chance to review a product from CSN Stores! If you’ve never heard of CSN Stores, they are on online retailer that has over 200 different shopping sites under their main name. Crazy, right?!? They most likely have anything you’re looking for, from luggage, to shoes :mrgreen: , cookware – even twin beds! I was thinking about reviewing something that could be used in my favorite room of the house – the kitchen! 😉 Does anyone have any recommendations on what I should go for?!?

It’s almost BACHELORETTE time!! I can’t wait to see what happens in the home town dates tonight. All I’ll say is…

Robertoooo!!! (right, Julie?!?) 😀

Question for the Night: (can’t remember if I’ve asked this one before, BUT…)

If given the chance, would you ever go on a reality show, such as The Bachelorette?

Spread the Sunshine

Cereal just isn’t that exciting to photograph.

After numerous attempts this morning to try and jazz it up, the only thing I was left with was some semi-soggy cereals. 😳 I guess next time I’ll just take one and call it a morning, since I know it’s going to look the same no matter what I do!

Today’s combo had 3 different cereals – love it! Kashi Go Lean + Kashi Heart to Heart + Quaker Oatmeal Squares all with skim milk and a bananer. The cereal was definitely missing something by using the skim milk. I’ve become so used to enjoying the sweet, almondy flavor of the almond milk – time to get some more! I also ended up slicing half the bananer and putting it into the cereal. That helped. A little.

I completely forgot that last Thursday, Lisa @ I’m An Okie and last Friday, Holly @ Greek Yogurt & Apple Slices were BOTH sweet enough to pass along this little gem to me: The Sunshine Award! Thanks so much girls, I love it! 😀 If could, I’d pass it back to you both!

Now, in honor of the award, I’m going to pass it along to 5 more blogs that make me smile:

Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers: I think the two of us were separated at birth – not only for our strong love of ice cream, but now that I’ve discovered she’s also a fan of Ryan Reynolds. She seems like such a sweet girl – I just wish she didn’t live all the way down in darn Florida! 😉

Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly: Kelly is such an inspiration! Reading about her determination to get back to running and her hard fought efforts to get there – definitely helped make me lace up the sneakers a few times when I was starting to feel a bit lazy!

Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries: Lindsay totally grabbed my heart after reading one of her entries a couple weeks back about the “popular” blog; I could totally relate to that, and since then, I’ve discovered that we really seem to have quite a bit in common. Lindsay – you’re not too far away, we should totally try to meet up sometime!! 😉

Shanna @ Shanna Like Banana: I love the fact that Shanna is a trained wedding consultant (my secret dream job!) and that she has just as fierce of a love of fashion as me. She seems like so much fun!

Jenny @ Picky Palate: The desserts alone on this page I think could turn anyone’s frown upside-down! 😉 They are absolutely to-die-for. Hello…Snickers Caramel Cheesecake Cookies?? Yes, please!!

I have some errands to run around doing this morning, including a much-needed grocery shop. Time to go grab the coupons! 😉

Question for the Morning:

Do you clip coupons? What do you do (if anything) to try to save money at the grocery store? I’d love some more tips!

Out The Door

Hey guys!  Sorry for the lack of post last night.  We had a softball game which ended up turning into a longer night than I had expected (celebrating our win!).  Since I had anticipated coming home after the game, I didn’t even bring my camera with me — oops.  But it was a great night, and we all had a really fun time celebrating and tailgating. 🙂

This morning, we’re headed out quick (as in, probably 10 minutes quick) to spend the day up on Saratoga Lake!

It’s supposed to be almost 90 degrees and sunny today — a PERFECT day to be out on the boat! 8)  We’ll be joining our friends Sarah & Jeff, Brian & Mal, & Brook & Andrea, so it’s sure to be a good time.

I promise I’ll be back later with a full recap!

In case you missed it during the week, here’s some posts to get you all caught up. 🙂

4 Wardrobe Basics You Need

Sleep Makes It Better

The Sweet Tooth Surrenders

Smoothie in a Flash

Trifecta of Laziness

Soggy Yet Super Satisfying

Homemade Blueberry Banana Bread

Have a Super Saturday!!

How are you spending YOUR Saturday?? 🙂

4 Wardrobe Basics You Need

Happy Fashion Friday!

Two of my all time favorite fashion icons are Jackie O. and Audrey Hepburn.  Their classic, effortlessly chic style, embodied an elegance that made bold statements, yet were so simple. 

Both Audrey & Jackie (I’ll use first names and pretend as if they were my girlfriends) have inspired a great deal of my wardrobe, especially when it comes to work attire.

Here is a list of my four all-time favorite pieces, which I think every woman should have in her closet.

1. Little Black Dress

With so many styles to choose from, the “LBD” can take you from work to a night out on the town in a flash.  Choose a style that suits your body best; don’t always go by what the latest style or cut is; I often find that the “hot trends” don’t look as good on me as the classics do.

A Fun Pick:

Express Rouched Mesh Strap Dress

2. White Button-Up Shirt

Nothing says “classic” like a crisp, white, button-up shirt.  Opt for one with stretch, form-fitting cotton, to give you a clean, streamlined look.  Make sure to choose one that fits well — you don’t want a shirt with buttons that look like they’re ready to pop off and go flying across the room.  Choose your sleeve length (i.e., long, short, sleeveless) depending on the season.

A Top Pick:

Express Essential Stretch Long-Sleeved Shirt

3. Black Pencil Skirt

This is going to show off that smokin’ bod you have, so make sure to look for one with a lining (to reduce cling), and made, in part, of spandex.  Dress is up or down as much as you want with shoes & accessories, and you’re ready to go for a casual dinner date or a formal work event.

A Top Pick:

Express High Waist Buckle Back Pencil Skirt

4. Trenchcoat

I must admit: it’s hard for me sometimes to put aside my comfy North Face fleece in the colder months.  But, there are definitely occasions where the fleece just isn’t fitting.  For those times, a trenchcoat is often a perfect choice.  A well-tailored trench will instantly amp the sophisitication of your look; go with neutral colors (black, tan, brown) for more every-day use, or opt for a fun, bright red or purple to add a little pizazz to your overall outfit.

A Top Pick (which I also own):

Old Navy Belted Waist Trenchcoat

Have I missed anything?

Fashion Question for Today:

Tell me what wardrobe classic YOU can’t live without, and where you got it! 🙂