Fortune Cookie Day!

To be honest, I didn’t know there was such a thing as Fortune Cookie Day, but my calendar says today is the day!

My hubby has been sick, so today I brought some Chinese food home for him. And it included a fortune cookie! Ta dah!

If you’ve never had a fortune cookie, this is what they look like, up close and personal.

They are kinda like a folded over cookie that’s then bent in half. But first, a small slip of paper is placed inside the cookie, which is supposed to tell you your fortune when you break the cookie open. πŸ™‚

So what was my fortune today? (My husband doesn’t eat the fortune cookies so I always get to eat them and read the fortune. So does that make it my fortune or his? Hmm…) πŸ˜‰

“You are heading in the right direction.” Well, that’s good to know! LOL While I don’t really believe in the fortunes, it is rather fun to eat fortune cookies and read the fortunes. I hope you’ll try some soon and that your fortunes will be good! πŸ˜‰

Taste Testing Tuesday #55 – Fruit Salad

Hello there! Yep, it’s Tuesday so here we go again! Would you like to serve a fruit salad for part of a meal but it’s a big hassle because nobody likes the same fruit and you can’t remember who likes what?! Yea…been there, done that, right? So here’s one solution. Fix the fruit and then have a taste test. Once everyone knows what kind of fruit they like (and don’t like) each person can put their favorites into their individual bowl.

Here are some of the fruit I used but of course, use the fruit you and your family will eat.

#1.) Strawberries

#2.) White Seedless Grapes

#3.) Blueberries

#4.) Mandarin Oranges or small orange pieces

#5.) Red Seedless Grapes

#6.) Bananas

After all fruits have been tested by tasting, each person can add the fruit they like to their bowl.

Stir in a little yogurt or sour cream and ENJOY!

I love fruit salad, especially during the summer when it’s hot outside. It’s cool and refreshing. I hope this taste test will make fruit salads go over more smoothly at your house! πŸ˜ƒ

Happy Banana Split Day!

Sorry to be posting this so late, but it’s been one of those days! My calendar says today is Banana Split Day. Sounds like a good holiday, right? πŸ˜‰

When I was a kid, I always asked for a banana split any time we went to the ice cream shop. So what’s in a banana split? That’s really up to you, but here is how I make them. Some things you will need…

Bananas. (I bet you figured that out already!) πŸ˜‰

The most important ingredient…ice cream! I use vanilla put you could use whatever kind you like.

Your favorite toppings…like chocolate syrup

Caramel topping…

A fruit topping like strawberries or strawberry jam or maybe pineapple. Some chopped nuts like pecans or peanuts.

Start by slicing a banana into a bowl.

Add some scoops of ice cream.

Add your toppings. I like to use 3 toppings. Here I used strawberry jam, caramel topping and chocolate syrup.

Top with some whip cream and nuts.

And EAT it! Lol The sky’s the limit here on what kind of ice cream and toppings you use. Marshmallow cream is another good topping! Mmmm! Have fun making your own banana splits or take a trip to your nearest ice cream shop and let them make it for you! πŸ™‚ Again, Happy Banana Split Day!

Taste Testing Tuesday #53 – Raw Tomatoes

Welcome to another round of Taste Testing Tuesday! Its that time of year again when the tomatoes are getting ripe and there is usually an abundance of them. And tomatoes are so good for you! So for today’s taste test, let’s look at some ideas for eating tomatoes raw.

#1.) Try them plain with nothing on them. If it’s a ripe tomato, you might just like it as it is.

#2.) With salt and pepper. This is how I used to love them when I was a kid. (Yes, the little eggs are my salt and pepper shakers.) πŸ˜‰

Doesn’t that look yummy?

#3.) With some sugar sprinkled on top. My grandmother used to fix sliced tomatoes this way.

#4.) Sprinkled with basil or even a little oregano.

I’m drooling looking at this picture!

#5.) With some taco seasoning added. This smells delicious!

#6.) Top the tomato with your favorite salad dressing. I used Ranch dressing.

#7.) Sprinkle some grated mozzarella cheese on top. Mmmm! πŸ™‚

Of course, raw tomato is great sliced and added to a sandwich or chopped up and tossed in with a salad. I hope these suggestions will give you some ideas to try and you’ll find some new ways to enjoy raw tomatoes! πŸ™‚

Taste Testing Tuesday #52 – Healthy Milkshake (No milk)

Welcome to another round of taste testing! Today we’re tasting just one item, but I just wanted to share a healthy version of a milkshake. It’s been SO hot this summer! Whew! I don’t know about you but I could eat ice cream every day! Of course, that wouldn’t be healthy for me, so we tested out a new version of a milkshake. It is so good you won’t believe that its healthy! Haha!

Here’s all you need: 2 frozen bananas, 3/4 C. almond milk, 1 Tablespoon pure maple syrup (optional), 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder, 1/4 C natural peanut butter, pinch of sea salt, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 7 ice cubes.

Put all the ingredients into a high-powered blender…

…and blend until smooth and creamy.

Pour into glasses and enjoy!

It really does taste like you are cheating! πŸ˜‰ Here’s the directions:

Or you can find it here. Thanks to Detoxinista for sharing!!

Taste Testing Tuesday #51 – Dinosaur Eggs!

Sorry for the lateness of this post! It’s been one of those days…

Do your kids love dinosaurs? Then I bet they would be excited to see what’s inside of a dinosaur egg! And wouldn’t it be nice if while looking for little dinosaurs that have hatched out of eggs, they also ate some oatmeal? Someone at the Quaker Oats company thought so!

This is a fun way to get your kids excited for breakfast! It’s a really cute idea. Inside the box are individual packets of instant oatmeal that have dinosaur eggs mixed in. But first, be sure to look at the fun facts and riddle on the outside of the packets.

Just in case you have trouble seeing the answer to the riddle…

Empty a packet into a bowl and let the kids see the cool dinosaur eggs.

Add 1/2 Cup of boiling water…


And start looking for dinosaurs! They magically hatch when you stir in the boiling water. Very cool! Here’s a green one…

And we found an orange one…

There’s also a dark red one.

Hopefully the kiddos will be taking bites of oatmeal while they hunt for dinosaurs! Don’t you wonder what a dinosaur tastes like? Do the different colors taste the same or do they have different flavors?

See how many dinosaurs you can find! Breakfast might turn into the favorite meal of the day if you can hunt for dinosaurs! πŸ˜‰ Have fun and fill up those little bellies with dinosaurs!

Taste Testing Tuesday #50 Zucchini Bread

(Wow!!! We’ve shared 50 Taste Testing Tuesday’s with you!) If you live in the country and have a garden, you probably know all about zucchini bread. Maybe you buy zucchini squash at your local farmer’s market or grocery store. Recipes are all over the internet of things you can make with zucchini. My favorite thing to make is Zucchini Bread which, if you have never had it, is a sweet quick bread. Our family loves several kinds of zucchini bread and so I make a lot each summer and freeze loaves for the winter. For today’s taste test, we’ll look at some types of zucchini bread that we like.

#1.) Zucchini bread. The original Zucchini bread, the one that all the others came from. (At least I think so. Lol)

#2.) Peanut Butter with Milk Chocolate Chips Zucchini Bread.

#3.) Maple Zucchini Bread (My hubby’s favorite!)

#4.) Pina Colada Zucchini Bread. (My favorite!) With crushed pineapple and coconut flavoring.

#5.) Chocolate Zucchini Bread. Made with cocoa.

#6.) Peanut Butter Zucchini Bread. Think of peanut butter cookies…mmmm!

We took some pieces of each kind of zucchini bread and did a taste test on them. We made a simple chart and recorded what we each thought of each kind of zucchini bread. You can do the same thing. πŸ™‚ A smiley face means “Yum!”, a straight face means “It’s ok.” and a frowning face means “No, thank you!” You can also leave a space on your chart for each person to write in their favorite zucchini bread.

I hope you’ll try some zucchini bread recipes and you will find some that your family can rate #1!! Good luck and have fun…and may your zucchini grow for a long season! πŸ˜‰

Taste Testing Tuesday #49 – No crusts, please!

“But Mom, I don’t like the crust on my sandwich!” Have you heard that one? I’m guessing a big percentage of moms have! LOTS of kids don’t like the crust on their sandwich. So you can…#1.) Make them eat it anyway, #2.) Cut the crusts off OR #3.) Buy Uncrustables! What is an Uncrustable? A sandwich with no crusts! Brilliant invention, right? What mom isn’t looking for a simpler, more peaceful way to have lunch sometimes?! So for today’s taste test, let’s see what the kiddos think of Uncrustables. (I can’t eat most kinds of bread because of a food allergy, so I couldn’t actually participate in the taste test this week.) I found 3 flavors of Uncrustables at our local grocery store.

#1.) Peanut Butter and Grape Jelly. Mmmm! πŸ™‚

#2.) Peanut Butter and Strawberry Jam. (This would be my favorite!)

#3.) Chocolate flavored Hazelnut Spread.

If you’ve never seen these before, they are in the frozen food section. So are these super tasty? Are they better without the crust? Inquiring minds want to know!! πŸ˜‰ Which is your favorite? I’d love to hear what your opinion is! Have fun and SMILE, kids, because there are no crusts on these! LOL πŸ™‚

Extra note: After some research online I see that there are more flavors of Uncrustables than I found and some even have meat in them! Also, there are a gazillion youtube videos that show you how to make your own! πŸ™‚

Taste Testing Tuesday #48 – Goldfish Crackers (Bonus games!)

Hi everyone and welcome back for another Taste Testing Tuesday! Today we’ll be tasting Goldfish. Waaaaait a minute!! Do we eat goldfish?? Yuck! Let’s try that again! Today we’ll be tasting Goldfish CRACKERS! Oh, that sounds like a much better idea!! We are testing 4 different flavors of Goldfish crackers today but there are more flavors available. Check your local store to see what they carry.

Let’s look at the 4 flavors we chose to try today.

#1.) Mickey Mouse Special Edition Cheddar.

These are super cool as they have the shapes of goldfish but also the shape of Mickey Mouse’s head.

#2.) Parmesan

These little goldfish are a very light, almost white color. They ARE pretty cute, aren’t they?

#3.) Vanilla Cupcake.

These goldfish are brown in color but oh, so yummy in flavor! Mmm!

#4.) Pizza

Who doesn’t like pizza, right?!

Here we go with our taste testing! Put at least 4 of each flavor in front of each person.

To go along with your taste test, make up a simple chart to record what everyone thinks of each flavor. Something like this works great.

Draw a face in the corresponding box that shows what you think of that flavor. A smiling face means “Yum!”, a straight face means “It’s ok.” and a frowning face means “No, thanks!” Look at the chart in the next picture and you can tell who likes the Vanilla Cupcake Goldfish crackers. πŸ˜‰

There is also a place on our chart for you to write in which flavor is your favorite. πŸ™‚ If you taste test the special edition Mickey Mouse cheddar goldfish crackers, there is a fun dot-to-dot activity on the back of the package that you can do.

And now for the bonus game! Take a few of each flavor of goldfish crackers and mix them up on a plate. One person closes their eyes and takes 1 goldfish. Be sure someone else sees which type of goldfish they picked up. Now the person eats the goldfish and guesses which flavor it was. How many can you get right?

Whatever flavors of goldfish crackers you decide to try, I hope you have fun doing this taste test! Have fun telling people that you ate goldfish and watch what their reaction is! πŸ˜‰