Hermit, Will You Marry Me? (Newman’s Own Organics Review)

Hey Bloggity Friends!

Just wanted to check in and report back to you about some of the Newman’s Own Organic products that I have tried thus far. First, you should know that they are a super cool company and give tons of many to charity. And by tons, I mean like over 300 million dollars. Yeah, they are pretty awesome.

And just as a disclaimer: yes, they sent me the products for free. No, I am not required to say nice things about them.

But, how to do their products taste? Well, I already mentioned that these pretzels are awesome.

Seriously, you should go buy some. Like now.

Next up, we tried their Hint O’ Mint Newman-O’s.

I really enjoyed these. The taste/texture is very similar to that of an Oreo, but with a slight minty flavor. So, if you like Oreos you are sure to love these. While I wouldn’t consider these healthy (darn it!), I do like that they are made with mostly organic ingredients and certainly believe they can be part of a nutritious diet.

 

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The only chocolate I’ve tried so far is the 70% dark chocolate. It’s smooth and has a nice flavor, something I would totally purchase. Perfect amount of darkness, without being too bitter. While I eat 90% chocolate sometimes, 70% or so is really my favorite. You people who eat 100% straight up are crazy…. but I love ya anyway :)

 

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t a huge fan of the Fig Newman’s. But, I probably don’t like Fig Newton’s either so I’m not a very good judge. Everyone else who tried them seemed to enjoy them, so I’m sure they’re wonderful, just not my cup of tea (I do love a good cup of tea!)

I loved the orange flavor in the Orange Chocolate Chip cookies. It’s what set them apart from the average store-bought cookie, in my opinion. My mom’s comment was “I don’t usually buy store-bought cookies but if I was going to, I’d buy these.” The only issue I have with them is that a serving is only four and the cookies are pretty small so if you’re like me and have the self control of a monkey it would be easy to eat way more than a serving.

But, by far the favorite thing I’ve tried so far that Newman’s sent me are these little guys.

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Cinnamon Hermits. They’re so chewy and soft and flavorful and delicious and I like that they’re different from your regular ol’ cookie. They actually taste homemade. Overall, I love them. Like, I might marry them if I could. Is marrying cookies legal? In California?

I think that’s all that I’ve tried to far. In a few weeks, I’ll report to you about the rest of the stuff and hopefully I’ll eventually have a giveaway too!

Have you tried any of Newman’s Own Organics products? Which of the above sounds the best to you?

Natural Revelations

Sometimes it’s the little things that make me happy.

Like seeing a double rainbow form as you look down upon rushing water

Watching the water rush forcefully and realizing that no matter how big and strong I think I am, there are other things much bigger and more powerful.

Enjoying the beauty of nature and wonderings why humans insist on altering the world so much when God already made it so beautiful.

Looking out at the adorable little town of Ouray and wondering what is must have been like for the miners who lived their hundreds of years ago.

And, when your camera battery dies long before your adventures are over, taking time to take in your surroundings and ingrain them into your mind, not your memory card.

What little thing makes you happy? Do you take time to enjoy the beauty around you?

Blog Updates

Happy Monday!

I just wanted to stop in and let you know that I added a Blog Roll. I also updated my About Me tab and added an Important Posts tab. Be sure to check it all out!!

Also, I have a question for y’all. I’m thinking about going vegan for a week sometime this summer and I was just wondering, What is your favorite vegan dinner? (feel free to leave breakfast, lunch, and dessert suggestions too, but I am specifically looking for dinner ideas).

Overflowing Portabellos, either made with Daiya or no cheese is one of mine!

 

Thanks!!

~Ann Claire

Summer BBQ Sauce

Today is the first official day of summer. Back in Texas, it has felt like summer since April. Here in Colorado (where I’m spending my summer), it actually is just starting to feel like summer. In the week that I’ve been here, most of it has been unusually cool. On our hike Sunday, it was 59 degrees. Today though, the sun is shining and it’s a nice 78 degrees. Perfect summer weather if you ask me. I don’t miss the 100+ degree weather of Texas.

To me, BBQ sauce just says summer. For you maybe it’s the feeling of sand between your toes or eating a popsicle on your back porch with the popsicle dripping on the ground due to the heat or maybe splashing in a pool. A warm plate of BBQ-ed meat (or veggies!) with the sun beating upon my back as I sip a glass of cool lemonade, that just says summer to me. Of course, not just any BBQ sauce will do.

Homemade barbecue sauce is 3,222 times better than store-bought.

I can’t explain why.

You’re just going to have to trust me.

Not So Basic Barbecue Sauce

Sweet and smoky, this sauce is perfect on ribs, pork, chicken, veggies, and just about anything you might put it on.

From the How to Grill cookbook by Steven Raichlen

2 cups ketchup

1/4 cup cider vinegar

1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce

2 tablespoons molasses

2 tablespoons prepared mustard

1 tablespoon Tabasco sauce ( I used this kind)

1 tablespoon of your favorite barbecue rub

2 teaspoons liquid smoke

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Combine all the ingredients in a nonreactive saucepan and bring slowly to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and gently simmer the sauce until dark, thick and richly flavored, 10-15 minutes. Transfer the sauce to a clean jar and store in the refrigerator. It will keep for several months.

Mmm perfect summer barbecue sauce

Now I just need some lemonade and sun and my summer will be complete. I guess I should really put the sauce on something….besides a spoon :)

While I highly recommend you make homemade barbecue sauce, if you can’t, here’s a little tip for ya when serving store bought barbecue sauce: either allow the sauce to sit out until it reaches room temperature or heat in the microwave for a few seconds. Cold barbecue sauce is not a good thing.

What says summer to you?

BBQ or Barbecue?

Father’s Day and Root Beer Float Cupcakes

I just wanted to say Happy Father’s Day to my dad and all the other amazing dads out there!

Father's Day Hike

Father's Day 2011

I’m blessed enough to get to spend today with both my father and grandfather. Obviously, the special occasion called for a special dessert.

Root Beer Float Cupcakes were the dessert of choice.

I took entirely too many pictures of the cupcakes. Oh well.

Did you do anything special for your dad today?

Which of the above pictures is your favorite?

Happy Father’s Day Dad!! I love you!