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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Editor's Pick: Snack Factory

Snack Factory’s Pretzel Crisps have been around since 2004, and the company is well known for its originality in the first pretzel-shaped cracker. This gluten free snack is nutritious and contains no trans fat, saturated fat, or cholesterol. It’s a healthier alternative and I love the flavor combinations. This cracker can be used with almost anything imaginable to create an enjoyable snack.

Different flavors are offered and each of the flavors go well with different things. The original is delicious alone and it goes well with just about anything. I prefer it with dips like guacamole because the taste of the dip is superior and salted cracker just adds a little more flavor. The Sriracha and Lime is one of the company's new flavors. It works really well with any type of chunky salsa. The flavor of the actual cracker compliments a mild salsa really well. The last flavor that I had the pleasure of trying is the Salted Caramel. I like the salted caramel dipped in chocolate; the salty/sweet combination is tremendously popular. This is a fun convenient snack I am able to pull out when unexpected company comes over.    

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Editor's Pick: Scrub Daddy

The newest member of the Scrub Daddy family is the Sponge Daddy. It maintains the familiar rectangular shape, but has a few changes that are evident when utilized. It's different from other sponges due to the FlexTextured material. FlexTextured material allows the sponge to get soft in warm water and firm in cold water. No matter what state it might be in, the sponge doesn't scratch, which makes it ideal when cleaning surfaces or pots and pans. One of the great things about this sponge is that is remains free from debris for a substantial amount of time.

When cleaning one’s own house, you always want to use to the best products, right? I like to use what are considered to be the best products while getting my house in order. It’s a bonus when the product can be used in multiple ways and is still able to last a long time. That is exactly what the Sponge Daddy does for me. I've had it for a few weeks and am still able to use it for basic cleaning chores. I can attest to the fact that when it is placed in hot water it gets soft, which makes it easier to clean things like spills. On the opposite of that, when I put it in cold water it gets firm, making it easier to clean stains on hard surfaces.
Bottom line: the product is a great cleaning tool. Cleaning isn’t as much of a hassle as it has been in the past because the Sponge Daddy makes cleaning so convenient, easier and simple.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Editor's Pick: Renfro Froods

With the hope of success and the Depression a recent memory, Mrs. Renfro’s was started in 1940 by George and Arthirine Renfro. Its first collection was a line of syrups which received positive feedback. The company then moved onto jellies, preserves and vinegar. Their business continued as the Renfro company expanded its line of production. 
The world of salsa is constantly growing with introductions of different flavors being offered. Normally I stick to one kind of mild salsa, but after finding all that it has to offer, how can I? I recently tried Mrs. Renfro's Peach Salsa. Initially, I had my reservations about it because of the peach addition, but I was completely wrong. The sweet flavor blends well the other spices that are included. It's one of the salsas that introduced me to a flavor I never knew existed. It’s a mild sauce that has a smooth texture and luscious in taste due to the spice flavor and the hint of sweetness the peach flavor offers.   
The experience didn’t stop there. I got a little adventurous and decided to try the Raspberry Chipotle Salsa as well. It's a bit sweeter due to the fact that the raspberry doesn’t sit under the spices. The raspberry is an innovative addition with chipotle and is a combination that I never would have thought was so complementary.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Editor's Pick: WOATS Oatsnack

You know the snack is really good when everyone in your household is able to enjoy it with you. That is exactly what WOATS does for my household.
Sometimes my day can get pretty busy between school, work and caring for a little one. With a schedule that's that jam-packed, I don't always have time to stop and have meals that keep my energy levels up. Sometimes a convenient snack that I can carry with me everywhere I go will have to suffice, so I have to make sure it’s a good one. In the morning I like to fill a sandwich bag with WOATS for my daughter and myself so that we can enjoy our snack together throughout the day. We also love to enjoy them on some of our relaxing days, just because the flavors are so yummy.
WOATS came onto the snacking scene in December of 2003 thanks to Justin Anderson. This company has a mission to create some inspiring flavor combinations such as Cookies ’n’ Dream, Peanut Butter and Graham Slam and Nuts About Berries.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Editor's Pick: Simply 7

With spring right around the corner, eating healthy and getting in shape becomes a priority. I’ve been exercising and trying my best to eat food that won’t negate my workout plan. It’s easy to prepare healthy and delicious meals at home for myself, but it becomes difficult when I want to snack throughout the day. I find that everything I want is so tasty, but doesn’t contribute to the health of my body in the best ways.

One of my friends introduced me to Simply 7's Quinoa Chips and I instantly fell in love. I especially appreciate how it is not heavy on my stomach; therefore I can snack on it without any guilt. I enjoy the Quinoa Chips almost every time I have a snack, not just because they are healthy, but because they are delicious. The great thing about healthy snacks is that they are for everybody, not just for people who are trying to have a healthy life style. My younger siblings eat them just because they love the taste.

Simply 7 is reversing the trend by creating a snack that contains ingredients that their customer will more than likely recognize like quinoa, hummus, and lentil. What makes Quinoa Chips different from regular potato chips is that they have up to 50 percent less fat; it’s a kosher snack and vegetarian. Quinoa Chips are offered in different flavors like: Sea Salt, Spicy Chili Pepper, Tomato Basil, Roasted Red Pepper, Lentil, Bruschetta, Creamy Dill, and Jalapeno. My top Favorite flavors are Sea Salt, Hummus, Spicy Chili Pepper and Roasted Red Pepper.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Editor's Pick: Denny Mikes

Often times it's hard to find seasoning for chicken that will give it a hint of something different. A lot of times I use basic flavor enhancers so my meal doesn't taste bland. Denny Mike's Chick Magnet seasoning for chicken offers a more authentic flavor. It has a subtle taste that is noticeable but not overbearing to the rest of the meal. It's just over all delicious.
Small additions to my chicken-cooking methods make all the difference. It tastes better and it doesn't add hassle to the cooking process. No doubt that this seasoning adds a more authentic, unique, delicious flavor to chicken. 
In 2006, Dennis Michael successfully launched his line of gluten-free seasonings and barbecue sauces. He sought out something less artificial when it came to seasoning foods.      

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Editor's Pick: Cajunex Salsa

CajunTex Salsa started with the development of salsa recipe in the early 1990s. The company wanted to exceed the standards of salsa, and they did so successfully with the perfect blend of barbecue sauce and salsa. CajunTex prides itself on not using any preservative in any products. This salsa has a taste that definitely makes it stand out.
Chips and salsa is a very popular snack in my household. It’s great to have at a little get-together, as I do with my friends on the weekends. The smell of the Bayou Gold Hickory-Smoked Bean and Corn Salsa alone was enticing enough to make my mouth water before I even had a chance to taste it. The hickory flavor is evident in every bite, with an added kick of spice.
As a quick and convenient snack, Bayou Gold Hickory-Smoked Bean and Corn Salsa satisfies. Every delicious bite makes you want more. It has a uniquely pleasing hickory-smoked smell, with a mildly spicy taste that’ll keep you coming back for more.