Food

Cara Cara Oranges (the perfect stocking stuffer, snack, treat, etc. the possibilities are endless)

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These are the BEST oranges, they are kind of a cross between a grapefruit and an orange and they they are nothing but goodness, they are very sweet and rich in flavor, natures candy as I call it. I came across these oranges last year at the end of citrus season, after buying a few bags they went away and I was so sad, so when I saw them the other day at Costco I was so excited to see they were back. These are the perfect HEALTHY stocking stuffer too,  I love for my kids to have a few healthy things in their stockings. After you read the book Christmas Oranges that I talk about in this post you will understand too the joy of a Christmas Orange, so it makes getting an orange in your stocking that much sweeter.

I have only been able to find these at Costco but to be honest I haven’t looked many other places because I know I can get them there when they are in season. They come in a bag there and you have to look at the package to see that they say cara cara because on the outside they look just like a normal orange, it’s when you peel them and eat them that you notice the difference. You better hurry and go gets some, I promise you won’t be sad you did. I hope you love them like we do.

Bare Apple Chips

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My Sister in law Pam told me about these and we love them, we snagged them at Costco (surprise, surprise) I am sure they sell them at whole foods and places like that too. The only ingredient is apples… My kind of snack, so healthy and so delicious. These are great for on the go, school lunches, or at home while watching a movie, however you want to eat them is up to you just go get some, you’ll love em!

*If you look closely you’ll notice some of the apples they use come from Washington, just one more reason to love these (my dad is an apple (and other crops) farmer from Washington and that’s where I grew up so naturally apples from Washington are my FAVORITE.

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Herdez for the Win (salsa business)

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I have tried a lot of different salsa’s over the years and I recently came across this brand and I LOVE it. It’s simple and delicious. My two favorite things about this salsa is 1. it is DELICIOUS, if you are not eating fresh salsa this is my next favorite and 2. it only has 5 ingredients tomatoes, onions, serrano peppers, iodized salt and cilantro (this is for the red salsa the green salsa has 6 ingredients, the green salsa does have xanthan gum in it which I don’t love but the red salsa does not). I love that they are clean (meaning not full of processed cruddy added ingredients) and I love that they taste delicious. My local grocery store sells this salsa and so does Wal-Mart and it is the cheapest there. My Target sells the salsa verde but not the red salsa.

Here’s a couple suggestions on how to use the salsa:

Try the red salsa in place of dressing on your next salad, you won’t need any other dressing and this is super healthy and delicious, I love it on my salads.

Cook a spaghetti squash and top the squash with this salsa. (I will do a post on spaghetti squash soon)

Throw 4-5 chicken breasts in your crock pot. Lightly salt and pepper this chicken and then put 1.5-2 cups of the salsa verde on top of the chicken. Cook on low for 6-7 hours until chicken is fully cooked and shreds easily. When the chicken is done shred it up and use it on top of taco salad, in tacos, in burritos etc. It’s delicious and easy. It’s one of my favorite meals lately.

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