Jun 05

Why Bamboo Utensils are pretty awesome

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
I am so excited to tell you all about these bamboo kitchen utensils I was (very kindly) sent to try out.

Bamboo Kitchen Utensils

I received a 6 piece Bamboo Kitchen Utensil set from Bamboo Styles, which included 3 spoons and 3 spatulas.

Why choose bamboo? They are easy to clean, super durable, and are a sustainable material. Plus pandas love them.

The first thing I did when my package arrived was to wash my new bamboo utensils in soapy water. So easy to clean. You don’t have to do anything fancy, just don’t leave them soaking for hours or put them in the dishwasher. And they are so durable. I have put these bamboo utensils through the ringer. As in mixing thick batter by hand. My arm was sore, but the bamboo spoon I was using held up where lesser spoons would have bent. I was actually surprised to learn that bamboo is stronger than maple and actually lighter than oak. And bamboo is renewable. A major plus.

Here are a few things I’ve done with my bamboo utensils:

  • cooked in non-stick cookware
  • mixed batter
  • stirred pasta (the trick you’ve seen on pinterest with the spoon over the pan keeping the water from over boiling really does work)
  • served rice
  • made scrambled eggs (the flat edged spatula)
  • removed poached eggs from water (the egg didn’t stick to the bamboo spoon at all, such an easy clean up)
  • browned meat

I feel a little silly fawning over some kitchen utensils, but the truth is that it is exciting to find a product that really performs that way it says it will and will last. Although I’ve only been using these bamboo utensils for a few weeks I can see using them for years to come.
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May 29

Peanut Butter Breakfast Cookies

Have you ever wanted to eat cookies for breakfast? Or maybe, wanted the cookies you were eating for breakfast to be more healthy? I’ve been seeing recipes for breakfast cookies everywhere. Most of the recipes use bananas (wish I could like them, but I just don’t) but I finally found a breakfast cookie that didn’t use bananas. I made Peanut Butter Breakfast Cookies from Crazy For Crust.

Peanut Butter Breakfast CookiesThese cookies have all sorts of good for you ingredients like peanut butter, oats, coconut oil, and flax. The recipe also calls for whole wheat flour that I didn’t have so I had to use all purpose flour. The best part was that non of the ingredients contained dairy so I didn’t have to make any substitutions. Dorothy from Crazy For Crust also list chocolate chips as an optional ingredient. I’m going to go ahead and say that the chocolate chips should be mandatory. I mad the cookies without, and they were really bland.

I might make these peanut butter breakfast cookies again with the chocolate chips, or I might not. It was fun to have cookies for breakfast, but unless I’m eating on the run I think I will stick to yogurt and granola for my breakfast. I did crumble up one of the cookies on top of my yogurt which was really fun and tasty.

Cookie crumbles in yogurt

So I guess my final verdict is that it was fun and although I might try making breakfast cookies again, I won’t be stocking the cookie jar with these cookies. What about you guys? Healthy cookies for breakfast, decadent cookies for breakfast, or no cookies for breakfast?


May 18

Sunday (Summer) Social

Boom. It’s another Sunday, which means another Sunday Social. This week is all about summer.


Before I get social, I wanted to do a little plug, I’m running a contest for a meal planning subscription from Meals By The Week – check it out!

1. What is your best summer memory as a kid?

I’m in the middle now, but when I was a kid I lived in New Jersey so my favorite summer memories are of going to the boardwalk and swimming in the ocean. I don’t want to brag, but I was pretty skilled with a boogie board.


But with cooler 90′s neon

2. What is your favorite summer drink?

I love iced coffee and iced lattes in the summer. I won’t say no to a lemonade either.
3. What is your favorite summer TV show?

I’m having a hard time remembering what shows are on in the summer. Masterchef should be starting soon right?
4. What is the best outdoor summer activity?

Going to the ice cream store. We live within walking distance of a little ice cream store that is only open in the summer, so its a special treat to go for a walk and get an ice cream cone.

first communion ice cream
5. What are your summer vacation essentials?

Sunscrean, lipgloss and hair ties.

May 14

Wordless Wednesday

baby L sleeping on a boppy1

I know this is supposed to by a wordless post….but this baby is 8 months old and she is already pulling herself up and scooting along the couch. No wonder she gets so tired that she has to crash on her boppy.

May 14

Meals By The Week Review and Giveaway!

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. There are affiliate links in this post.

I”m not great at meal planning. It seems like every time I try to sit down and plan out a menu I end up on pinterest looking for ideas and end up with new crafts to do and cat memes to laugh at. So when I got the chance to try out Meal By The Week’s Meal Planning Subscription I jumped at the chance.

Every week Meals By The Week has a new menu ready complete with recipes and a printable shopping list. Meals by the Week offers both store based menus as well as lifestyle based menus. Since my main goal is to save money at the grocery store I choose a menu based on the sales ads at Hy-Vee, but I am intrigued by the lifestyle menus.  The store based menus are separated by regional and nationwide stores and I was impressed by the selection. For the lifestyle menus you can choose from ; 400 Calorie, Meals in Moments, Vegetarian, Paleo, and coming soon Clean Eating.

Each week they provide 7 main meal recipes along with side dishes. If you don’t want to make one of the dishes or if you have a special meal already planned you simply click ‘skip it’ and it will be taken off your recipe list and printable shopping list. You can also change how many servings each meal prepares from 2 up to 8 people. I love that Meals By The Week provides the recipes with their meal plans, but I really love that you can easily print the recipes as well as the shopping list.

It has been so nice having my menu planned for me and my shopping list already made, and It has already helped keep the costs down at the grocery store.


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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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