Products I LOVE! -Quaker Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Rice Cakes

When I am dieting, (which seems like everyday!) I really crave sweets.
So instead of eating M&M’s or Mini Chips Ahoy,
(Which are not really that bad because they are small. Right?!)

I LOVE to take a Quaker peanut butter chocolate chip rice cake (60 calories),

and top it with a tablespoon of peanut butter (95 calories)!

It’s like my own little chocolate peanut butter wonderland!

This crunchy snack is courtesy of my sister in-law Garlyn!


Products I Love! Tabasco Chipotle!

If you love Tabasco, you will love this smokey sauce too!

The taste is pure heaven on things like pizza, soup or eggs! My cousin Jerry turned me on to Tabasco Chipotle, and I will never look back!

Chipotle (chip-oat-lay) peppers are smoked, dried Jalapeño chiles. The Spice House offers two varieties of dried Chipotle chiles: Morita and Meco. The Moritas, available whole and ground, are a smaller chile with a dark red and black color. They have a delicious fruity aroma that belies their surprising heat level. The Meco are larger in size and have a light brown hue. They are smokier and less fruity than the moritas, with nutty, leathery notes that blend well with strong flavors.

A Flavorful History

Before the time of the Aztecs, ancient Mexican civilizations prized the chipotle pepper for its dark, smoky flavor. Using a centuries-old method, vine-ripened red jalapeño peppers are slow-smoked to perfection over a smoldering fire, and the peppers produce a rich, thick-bodied sauce ideally balanced in heat and flavor.

Here’s a recipe from!

Chipotle Chili Con Carne

1 tablespoon cooking oil

3 pounds boneless beef chuck roast, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

4 large cloves garlic, minced

2 to 3 tablespoons chili powder

1 tablespoon dried oregano leaves

1 tablespoon ground cumin

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

6 to 8 cups water, divided

3 tablespoons cornmeal or masa harina

1/4 cup TABASCO® brand Chipotle Pepper Sauce

Sour cream, shredded cheese, and chopped onion (optional)

Heat oil in a large, heavy pot over medium heat. Add meat and cook until browned, about 10 minutes, stirring often. Add garlic, chili powder, oregano, cumin, and salt and stir well. Add 6 cups of the water and bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until meat is tender, adding more water if needed.

Combine cornmeal and 1/2 cup of the water and mix well; stir into chili. Cook, uncovered, 30 minutes longer or to desired consistency, stirring often to prevent lumping and adding more water if needed.

Stir in TABASCO® Chipotle Sauce and check seasoning. If desired, top with sour cream, cheese, onion, and additional TABASCO® Chipotle Sauce.

Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Products I LOVE! -Tassimo Beverage System

I am addicted to coffee. Ok, I said it. I’m not asking for help, just wanted you to know. Now that you know I have accepted my addiction, I want to share with you the most wonderful invention known to man.

The Tassimo Beverage system

So I am sure you have heard of the Kuerig, Gevalia and Nescafe systems, but I am here to tell you why I think the Tassimo is heads and tails above the rest.

The biggest difference between the Tassimo and all the others is that the Tassimo System has a built in bar code reader. Each Tassimo T-Disk has its own bar code. The reader knows if it is coffee, tea, espresso, hot chocolate or milk. The other systems push the same amount of water through their disks no matter what it is. The Tassimo knows the exact amount of filtered water to give each drink.

Products I LOVE! -Chocolate Peppermint Stick LUNA bar!

Do you love Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies? I do! I could eat a whole box right out of the freezer! The problem is, my jeans don’t like it.

Well guess what?!

Now I can Thin mint to my hearts content with a

OMG!! These little treats are delicious AND nutritious!

High in calcium and folic acid

Rich in antioxidants A,C, and E

8 grams protein, 5 grams fiber

How can something so good for me be so delicious?!

Products I LOVE! – Lemi-Shine

Who has hard water spots on their dishes? NOT ME!! I use Lemi-Shine!

I spent many years toiling over glasses that were ruined from hard water! I looked high and low for a product that could create a spot free, sparkling shine on my stemware and glasses. I wanted to be able to proudly serve Sangria and such!

“Ahhhhh” Can you hear the angels singing? LEMI-SHINE!!
Here is a great example of what my glasses looked like before Lemi-Shine:

And….Drum roll please!


Really, this is what happens when you add Lemi-Shine to your dishwasher.

An added bonus is if you do have hard water in your home, Lemi-Shine not only de-calcifies your dishes, but it keeps your dishwasher running smoothly and in tip top shape.

You can find Lemi-Shine at your local grocery store. It retails for about $3.99.