Saturday, June 17, 2017

~SNACKIN' SATURDAY: HONEY-ROASTED SESAME STICKS




Aaaah, yes.

The pint-sized, distinctive-tasting treats that are sesame sticks are yummy enough in their original/plain form, but I've recently discovered the charms of flavoring them with...honey!






It all started at the Dollar Tree, where, on their shelves, I espied a small bag of snacks which included plain walnuts and almonds, along with honey-roasted sesame sticks.  Realizing I hadn't eaten sesame sticks in eons, I snatched up a bag.  

While munching away (after buying them, of course), I found myself leaving the nuts and gobbling up the sticks only.

I was smitten.




I started to wonder (and worry) about whether they would be easy to find, and solo at that, so I could snack away without the distraction of other things.

Lo and behold, a few days later, as I moved toward the checkout at Kroger, I caught sight of a display full of treats, and one of them was what I was in search of!  Pictured is the little container which was my prize find, and there is no brand name on them (but the ingredient list is a-ok, so they aren't sketchy!).  The display appeared like it might have been temporary, so I'm going to go back and ask some questions.

When I was at Whole Foods a few days after that, I had the inspired idea to look for some in the self-serve snack aisle, where the dispensers of seeds and all sorts of sundries are located.  Lo and behold, there was a container labeled, "Honey Sesame Stickes," but alas, it was totally empty.  I don't know if this is a temporary or final thing, so again, I plan to go back and ask some questions.

#SesameStickSpySquad.

When googling these scrumptious things, I see that both Amazon and Walmart carry some by a brand called Sincerely Nuts, so that is promising. I'm guessing wholesale stores such as Costco, Sam's Club, and BJ's might sell them, for those who have a membership to such a place.  Sometime in the future, I might grab my gigantic magnifying glass and head over to Fresh Market and Trader Joe's in search of some.

So yes, do give these cuties a try.  They're tasty by themselves, in salads, and even dropped into soup!  And let's not forget the pizazz they can add to snacks like Chex- and trail mixes!

*Note: with the sesame sticks I've had, the honey is incorporated into an outer coating that's a bit sticky; it's not simply mixed in with the other ingredients that make up the sticks, and this is the key to the whole shebang.





*Many thanks to this pretty lantana for a sprightly photo-assist ;)


*After publishing this post, I realized that "Fresh Lock" might be the brand name of my sesame sticks--I had assumed that phrase was just a description of the packaging.

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Monday, May 1, 2017

~SWEET EASTER SNAPSHOTS





Just posting some fun Easter snaps, including the one above of a curbside cluster of little wildflowers (daisy fleabanes), which I spotted growing in a tight space on Easter morning.



My mom and sister set her table very cutely for brunch ☺





"Easter is the demonstration of God that life is 
essentially spiritual and timeless."
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Strawberry shortcake yumminess!







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Saturday, February 4, 2017

~TOO TASTY: RECIPES FOR THE DAY...HOT SANDWICH CASSEROLES





On a whim, I decided to look up King's Hawaiian Rolls on Pinterest; I think I had recently seen a photo of them on instagram or something, so that's why they were floating around in my brain space ;)




A recipe for "Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwich Casserole" by (a)Musing Foodie came up, and it had this disclaimer: "Not your average ham and cheese sandwich casserole!"

First of all, I had never even heard of a sandwich casserole.  Secondly, the recipe sounded delish, and I thought it would be perfect for a Super Bowl snack!

While visiting King's website, I noticed that they also make sweet mini sub rollshot dog buns, and hamburger buns--who knew?!  Make sure to visit the recipe section on the site for more delicious-sounding ideas.

After discovering this recipe, I mentioned to a friend that I wasn't familiar with sandwich casseroles, and she said that she had made a Reuben one before.  I googled and found this recipe, via Better Homes & Gardens.




Reuben's and French dip's are connected in my mind for some reason, so I searched again and found a recipe for a French Dip Casserole Pie, via the Today Show.








What can I say...YUM x 4!

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Sunday, October 30, 2016

~TOO TASTY: RECIPES FOR THE DAY





Potato salad that's made with sweet potatoes?!  Why didn't I think of that ☺.  It seems like it would be a fun fall take on the classic side dish.



And here's a warm sweet potato salad that sounds mouth-wateringly good.




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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

~SWEET EATS




I recently tried a kind of apple I've never had: 
the SweeTango

It was so tasty-good, I was dancing with glee!

Its texture was juicier than a Gala's but still very crisp, and its flavor was sweet tart-like. Yum.

I was happy to have stumbled upon these apples at my local Food Lion, though it appeared they were a temporary fall specialty there.  At about $1.50 each, they were more expensive than the "regulars," such as Red Delicious.

I read that 7,500 varieties of apples are grown throughout the world, while 2,500 are grown in the US.  But, only 100 are grown commercially here.

Here's a directory of apples by name that includes descriptions of each one.

Here's an article about heirloom apples, via the Wall Street Journal: "Before the Mac, Vintage Apples"







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Monday, October 17, 2016

~LIP BALM MONDAY





I'm always trying new lip treats, and my most recent discovery is Eco Lips MONGO KISS Organic Lip Balm in Vanilla Honey.




It contains mongongo oil, which is very nourishing and is sourced from a rural village in Zambia, Africa.  Other ingredients include sunflower seed oil, cocoa seed butter, and beeswax.  Complete ingredient lists are on each product page on the website.




Eco Lips balms are handmade in Iowa and are 100% natural (including the flavors/scents).  I see that some of them (such as this one and this one) probably taste sweet, due to the fact that stevia, which is a natural sweetener, is on their ingredient lists; this is worth noting, as artificial sweeteners are sometimes used to achieve this.

To make matters even better, they're USDA Certified Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified.  The cocoa butter and some of the coconut oil this company uses in some of their balms are Fair Trade Certified (*I plan to visit fairmoments.org in order to learn more about this and to read about the "10 Principles of Fair Trade," via the World Fair Trade Organization).




My balm has such a lovely, subltly sweet scent, and the consistency is perfect--it's glossy, buttery, and emollient without being heavy, sticky, or waxy.




I can't wait to try some of their other offerings, such as the ONE WORLD Repair balm in Mango Ginger (this line of balms comes in "eco tubes," which are made of paper and are biodegradable/compostable) and the ONE WORLD Renew balm in Orange Spice.

Interestingly enough, Eco Lips' Pure & Simple balms, along with their lip scrubs, are 100% edible!

They also have balms with sunscreen (the active ingredient is zinc, which is mineral-based), balms that are "bee free" (and therefore vegan...no beeswax!), tinted (mineral-derived color) balms, and a medicinal balm that utilizes the healing properties of tea tree oil, camphor, lemon balm, and calendula.

I like that 1% of purchases are donated to a charity called Pencils of Promise ☺






*Here's an interesting lip balm facty...
Some balms do indeed taste good because they're sweetened.  But, they don't actually taste like the different flavors they sometimes come in, such as chocolate, or sugar cookie, or raspberry; the scent you're smelling tricks you into thinking you're tasting the same flavor that you're smelling!

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Sunday, October 9, 2016

~FALL MOOD: SWEATERSSS (WITH A PONCHO THROWN IN FOR GOOD MEASURE)





I decided to browse the sweaters that are available at Forever 21, as they have over 100 of them in stock right now.  They have quite a few that are cute but that I didn't post because I didn't like how they were styled in the product pics.

Here's an interesting facty: Bible verses are printed on Forever 21's shopping bags.  I've posted a pic of one of them at the end of this post ☺




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When you're wearing a knit sweater that has holes in the weave that are see-able through-able, simply layer a cami, tank, or tee underneath!



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*This bag is several years old.  I don't know what the current bags look like.

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