I’ve been wanting to try these for a while. I had a $1.00 off coupon, so I seized the moment!

There are 4 in a box—perfect for me and the Critics!

I like grape juice.

I like fizz.

Surely, I would like these.

Look at the adorable little can! Things are better when they are cute—usually.

Let’s take a look at the back of the box.

Click on the picture. Notice the last ingredient.

I think that is what made it taste so “off” to me.

I admit, I am NOT a diet drink consumer. Nor do I use artificial sweeteners like Sweet and Low, etc.

Maybe someone who partakes in the above mentioned products would like this drink.

No one at our house liked them. Matter of fact, there is still a can in our fridge.

Never judge a drink by its cute little can.

Critics’ Corner

Chip: It has a really cool can.

Megan: I don’t usually drink soft drinks b/c I don’t care for the taste, but this one takes the cake (in a not so good way). It was one of the most repulsive things I’ve ever tasted.

Katie: It sort of took the Sun out of my Sunday. I think I would have liked it better if it were just plain old grape juice. Sorry, Mom!

Last November we visited my in-laws in Virginia during the Thanksgiving holidays.  While we were there, Brenda, my mother-in-law, shared her not-so-secret secret stash of junk food.

OH MY WORD! These are sooooo yummy.

She had a HUGE bag. They had come from Costco. Well, living in Sam Walton country, we don’t have Costco. I told her she could get me a bag for Christmas. And she DID!!!! That bag is long gone.

I was desperate! I had to have more! I think I now know how a crack addict must feel.

After checking the bag for a website, I immediately jotted off an email asking where I could purchase these in Arkansas. They replied-Walmart. Well, I had looked at Walmart and didn’t see them.

They are found on the specialty candy aisle. You know, the place where they have the boxes of all purple M&Ms or all red or all green. The bag is on the top shelf. You can also get them in a plastic tub that is a little larger. The 8 ounce bag was $3.15. A bit of a splurge but well worth it to me!

I look at it as a healthy snack-ha! Well, dark chocolate AND pomegranates are considered healthy-right?

My current bag is getting low. I’ll be calling my dealer going to Walmart soon for a fresh supply.

 

Warning…

The following product may be addictive.

There, you have been warned.

I picked these up at Walmart a couple of weeks ago. I had never seen them. Those crafty old marketing guys! They put them on the endcap, so naturally, I caved!

You find them over on the chip/snack isle. They were $2.88-not too pricey.

They are just so yummy and crunchy! I’m a sucker for cinnamon, and I do like to crunch! They aren’t real heavy on the apple flavoring.

Here is the nutritional information, in case you are in to that sort of thing.

I know, you are saying, “Seven grams of fat per serving! A hundred-thirty calories per serving!” That may or may not sound bad to you. I guess it depends on which diet you are following at the time. Hey, I never said this was a health food! Maybe it is maybe it isn’t. Whatever you have to tell yourself. But did you SEE the serving size?? Thirty-eight straws!!! (I realize those numbers may have been more impressive if they were not in word form. There is an English teacher in the back of my head saying, “You cannot start a sentence with a numeral!” So, here are the numerals…7, 130, 38.)

I am a visual person. I know you want to see what 38 (ha) straws looks like, too, don’t you?

WOW! Right?! A whole cereal bowl full!

This is what 28 straws looks like.

Sorry, I couldn’t help it. Can you tell I like them? Like them, ha! I could have eaten the whole bag!

The straws come in other flavors too. I haven’t tried them yet though.

You can check out the Sensible Portions website to see the other things they make.

Critics’ Corner

Usually when I post from my critics I have them write out their comments for me. Well, they are at school and work at the moment, and I wanted to go ahead a post. So, here are their feelings about the Apple Straws:

Chip: Liked them very much.

Megan: They are just ok.

Katie: Would trade a kidney for them.

Club Minis

Have you seen these?! They are just so stinkin’ cute! They taste just as yummy as the full sized crackers. I LOVE CUTE FOOD!

actual sizeThis is the actual size. I could just eat ’em up! Literally!

Hooray! I’m a blogger now! So, now I have to take pictures of everything! Little did I know that taking pictures by myself while trying to cook dinner in a hurry in order to head out the door was hard-hmmmm.

This is not a new recipe for me. I know, I know, that was kinda the whole purpose of this whole blog thing. I have made this recipe a gazillion times, and it always turns out yummy.

Just a couple of disclaimers…

  • I used to be a Pampered Chef lady. You will see lots of Pampered Chef items in this blog. There, you have been warned.
  • I am no longer a Pampered Chef lady. I’m not trying to sell you anything. You will see Pampered Chef items in bold. This is how it is in the cookbook.
  • Keep in mind that I was trying to get dinner on the table, people! Pictures may not be the best. Hubby wasn’t home from work yet to help in that department.
  • I had been to the grocery store the day I made this recipe. However, I only went for a few things. You know, the stuff on sale! I had not given supper a thought at all. The ingredients used, or not used, on this particular occasion were what I had on hand, or not. We’ll get to that later.

I guess that is all of the disclaimers I have for now.  Enjoy!

Chicken & Broccoli Braid

2 cups cooked chicken, chopped

1 cup broccoli, chopped

1/2 cup red bell pepper, chopped

1 garlic clove, pressed

4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (1 cup)

1/2 cup mayonnaise

2 teaspoons All-Purpose Dill mix

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 packages (8 ounces each) refrigerated crescent rolls

1 egg white, lightly beaten

2 tablespoons slivered almonds

1. Preheat oven to 375ºF. Chop chicken and broccoli using Food Chopper, place in Classic 2-Qt. Batter Bowl. Yes, I have these items. Any bowl of your choosing will do, I am sure. I do really like my Batter Bowl. I also have a 1-Qt., which I didn’t think I would use that much. But, I do. The Food Chopper is great, too.

I was using what I had on hand. Typically, I would use fresh broccoli, raw. Well, I didn’t have any fresh broccoli. I did have a HUGE bag of frozen mixed veggies-broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and squash. So, I pirated some of the broccoli from the mixed veggies. I have never made this recipe with frozen broccoli. I was a little concerned. I nuked it for a little while, just long enough to knock the chill off of it. Then I tried to squeeze as much liquid out as I could. I wasn’t too worried about making it look ugly since I was about to chop it to death. Worked just fine.

Chop bell pepper and add it to the Batter Bowl.

Thank goodness I had these. Peppers are expensive. I had these leftover in the freezer. I let them thaw a bit on a paper towel, so I could squeeze some of the moisture off later. Worked just great. Sorry there wasn’t a picture of a beautiful red pepper. Some other time, perhaps.

(yes, that is a small Pampered Chef cutting board)

 

Press garlic over vegetables using Garlic Press.

I realize there a many folks who buy the garlic in a jar that is pre-chopped. Sorry, I don’t know how much would be equivalent to a clove. Maybe a spoonful. I’m guessing if you buy garlic in a jar it is because you like it and use it a lot. If that is the case, your estimate may be a little different from a spoonful.

 

 

I do like kitchen gadgets!

2. Shred cheese using Deluxe Cheese Grater and add to vegetable mixture; mix gently. Add mayonnaise, Dill Mix and salt; mix well using Mix N’ Scraper.

Yet another handy-dandy Pampered Chef item. No, not the mayo. That thing next to the mayonnaise is a “Measure All Cup”. It is really cool. Notice the blue arrow pointing down? There are measurements on the other side in blue and for when you want to measure liquid in the cup part. The red side is for sticky stuff-peanut butter, honey, shortening, mayonnaise. You pull down the cup part to the measurement you need. Fill ‘er up, then plunge it out! Very cool!

This is the dill mix. It is a little sample packet I had. I linked it for you in the ingredients. I don’t know, because I’ve never looked for it, but maybe you could find something similar at your local grocery store.

Oh, I forgot to mention…I skipped the salt in my recipe. It is plenty flavorful without it.

 

 

3. Unroll 1 package of crescent dough, do not separate. Arrange longest sides of dough across with of  12″x15″ Rectangle Baking Stone. Repeat with remaining package of dough. Roll or pinch dough to seal perforations.

I used these. I was curious and I had a coupon. They worked GREAT! No need to pinch seams.

 

 

 

 

 

 

On longest sides of Baking Stone, cut dough into strips 1 1/2 inches apart, 3 inches deep. (There will be 6 inches in the center for the filling.)

4. Spread filling evenly over middle of dough.

To braid, lift strips of dough across mixture to meet in center, twisting each strip one turn. Continue alternating strips to form a braid. Tuck ends up to seal at end of braid.

It does take a little patience and practice. But it really isn’t that hard.

5. Brush egg white over dough using Pastry Brush. Sprinkle with almonds. Bake 25-28 minutes or until deep golden brown. Cut and serve using Slice N’ Serve.

I know, I let you down. We didn’t have any slivered almonds. Plus, I was running out of time. Sorry, I didn’t bother to put the egg wash on top. You will have to use your imagination. But wait, here is a picture of a professionally baked braid….

Here is the yummy inside…

Yes, that is dear hubby patiently waiting to eat so we could get out the door!

A delicious recipe. Nice for brunches or other get-togethers. We had it for dinner. Could be an appetizer. Eat it whenever you want!!!

 

Critics’ Corner

Chip: “Yeah, not a big fan of broccoli. But, if you focus on the chicken and try to pretend the broccoli isn’t there… then this dish works. It’s very, very good. I’d give it two thumbs up but “broccoli” is right there in the name, so I’ll always know it’s there.”

Megan: “I love the chicken/broccoli braid (especially b/c I get to eat it w/my fingers!)”

Katie: “The Chicken Broccoli Braid was superb. I enjoyed it with every bite. I think that everyone would think so, too.–Katie, The Critic”

I saw these cookies while I was at Big Lots yesterday. I had to try them.

They are very yummy! I have had the Ginger Thins before-ooo lala! Big Lots also has the mint flavored.

You can check out the Anna’s website here. Beware, some of the links from the website are  Swedish!