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Strawberry Slicer (Perfect Mother’s Day gift)

strawberry slicer

 

This Strawberry Slicer is amazing, well in all honesty I can’t speak first hand about this, normally I would NEVER post about something I haven’t tried and loved myself but because my dear sweet mom (who I adore, seriously one of my very best friends) has this slicer and LOVES it I decided it was post worthy. My mom bought me one for my birthday (along with my sister and sister in laws) so I can’t buy one for myself now (but my birthday isn’t until August) and I am dying to try it. my mom said my sister in law (who’s birthday was in February) is loving her’s and she’s using it to slice way more things than just strawberries, like olives and mushrooms and my mom said it would be great for slicing other fruits like peaches (you would have to cut them down a little), I think this is an awesome little kitchen gadget that is worth a little room in the drawer (I am picky about what kitchen gadgets are drawer or shelf worthy at my house), I hate having useless kitchen gadgets laying around not doing much, but I think this one earns it’s keep.

My mom and Dad along with a couple of my siblings own this amazing store/fruit stand in Washington called the Country Cousins (see the picture at the bottom of the post), their vision was to provide opportunities for their grand kids, a place for them to work and earn money for missions and college. Okay back to the slicer, sorry for the sidetrack the Country Cousins is just a darling little place so it’s sidetrack worthy. My mom found this little slicer at a kitchen store one her way to my house of all places and she bought it and fell in love with it, she said its amazing and slices strawberries in no time. I mentioned Country Cousins because they are looking into selling this little gadget in their store, it is that good. Because she liked is so much I ordered one for my sister in law Pam for her birthday and she has been ranting and raving about it as well, she’s used it for sliced strawberries for a dessert, on top of waffles, and to make homemade strawberry jam so it’s a handy little guy. It gets great reviews on Amazon as well so it must be amazing. I am dying to try mine out and think I’ll beg my mom to give me mine early. It’s strawberry season folks and almost mother’s day and if your like me you’d love something like this so here’s the link where you can buy it. If you order this I would love to hear how you like it.

*quick tip, my mom said if the strawberries are huge slice them in half and they fit so much better in the slicer

country cousins

If Honey Could Talk… (Since it can’t i’ll share some of it’s amazing benefits, internally and externally)

honey dipperPosts

You guys, do you know how good honey is for you?? Honey has some serious secrets and I wish it could talk but since it can’t I’ll do some talking for it. The stuff is pretty amazing, over the years as I have gotten more into clean eating honey and it’s awesome benefits have been something I have slowly learned more about, I now ALWAYS have a bucket of raw local honey in my pantry. I use honey daily at my house it’s been a life changer for me and my family, the stuff is amazing. I’ll let you read the list of why this stuff is awesome but i’ll tell you what since we started to use honey almost daily at our house I have noticed a significant difference in how often my kids get sick. We are a family of 10 so really someone should be sick most of the time but over the last year and a half I am not kidding we have stayed so healthy. Call it the honey or call it the fact that I do cook a ton from scratch (not always) and clean a lot (never enough) but seriously I am giving the honey and homemade yogurt¬†(the recipe is on my blog)¬†most of the credit, there’s no science behind what I am saying obviously it’s just me guessing but it’s just awesome that we haven’t been sick much over the last year and a half and we use a lot of raw local honey so I am giving it some credit. Here’s the skinny on the sticky stuff…

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Lentil Tacos (don’t knock it until you try them, seriously so good and clean)

madras lentils

I know, I know, you are all thinking lentils, really?! They are amazing, seriously, and I have a 10 person house hold that gives you raving reviews ( I know the almost 1 year old’s vote shouldn’t count but even she loves them too, so so much), my sister in law Pam told me about these a few months ago and after I bought them the first time they have become a staple in my house, seriously TRY THESE I am telling you they are delicious. First of all they are delicious, second, they are clean (which we all know I love, I’ll explain more what I mean by clean in a later post but for now, very few real ingredients) third, they make a mean SIMPLE, FAST meal. We all love delicious right? And healthy is super important too, right? And on those nights where there is soccer, dance, piano, and a meeting and you have to be 5 places at once, we all need fast right? So here’s your solution. Lentil tacos or taco salad, or whatever you can think up to use them on/in. And to add a 4th this makes a meatless meal which is a plus, sometimes it’s good to go without meat!

Here’s what we do (I took a picture for you because we ate them for dinner today but I can’t get my camera to let me put the picture on my computer tonight so you’ll have to imagine until I can upload the picture) grab a good corn tortilla (one made with clean ingredients you can use a flour tortilla as well) cut up lettuce, grate some cheese, cut up some cilantro and some tomatoes (you can use any taco toppings your family likes), top the corn tortilla with the lentils, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, cilantro, green onions, put a dollop of sour cream on top if you’d like and enjoy. I often skip on the tortilla and make a salad for me. Start with a plate full of lettuce, add the lentils, tomatoes, cheese, onions, cilantro, and then top with Herdez salasa for an amazing dressing. Its delicious I promise I can’t wait for you to try them, and one of the best things about this meal is it’s fast, on all the nights you are in a rush and can’t think of what to make keep these on hand and you’ll be mom of the year and you didn’t drive through the drive through, all 8 of my kids love these and I can’t say that about all foods we eat. I meant to post this a couple weeks ago but time slips away from me, these babies are on coupon at Costco right now for $3 off per box (six pouches come in a box and our family of 10 eats 4-5 pouches per meal) this makes them a great deal so hurry and go stock up because the sale goes off on Sunday May 1st. I am sure you can get them at other stores as well I just wanted you to know they were on coupon at Costco because saving money is a huge favorite of mine too so I had to share while they were on sale.

*the ingredient list is: water, tomatoes, lentils, red beans, onions, cream, butter, salt, sunflower oil, chilies, and cumin