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September 29, 2014 6 comments

I am Brave and Beautiful – a beauty movement that is sweeping the globe. Colbie Caillat started it with her recent song and video called TRY. My blogging friend Megan of Brassy Apple wanted to push this movement along and invited women from all over to share what they looked like without make up and I joined in!! Colbie’s song says, “Take your make up off. Let your hair down… Look into the mirror at yourself, Do you like you? Cause I like you… “

Megan and her friend Cobi of Peacefrom6pieces have been the team behind this whole project. Their worldwide vision included creating their own video inspired by the song TRY. The talent of Robbins Creative made it possible for them to pull it off. You have to click play and see the beauty and bravery displayed and you might even recognize a few faces in there.

Me along with 101+ other blogging women from different backgrounds, religions, ethnicities, ages, shapes and sizes have decided to be Brave and Beautiful! You can join in this movement too by sharing what you look like without makeup on. You don’t need a blog either! Just tag your photo with #IamBraveAndBeautiful on Instgram and search the hashtag to see who else has joined in. ALSO, if you tag it with a second hashtag – #ColbieTRY we just might be able to get Colbie Caillat’s attention since she was the inspiration behind it all!

Are you brave and beautiful? I am, here I go!

*This post is sponsored by Dave’s Killer Bread, but the opinions are my own.

The Ultimate Veggie Sandwich // Tried and TastyI love a good sandwich. But what makes a sandwich? The bread! The hubs and I are pretty particular about our bread. We’ve got to be able to recognize and pronounce the ingredients. About a year or so ago we stumbled upon Dave’s Killer Bread in our Costco. I know what you’re thinking.. why would two people need so much bread? Well, we keep a loaf in the fridge and freeze the other one! Works perfect and we end up going through both loaves before our next Coscto trip (where we stock up again).

When I was asked if I’d be interested in trying the two newest DKB products in the amazing line of bread, I couldn’t jump fast enough at the opportunity. They just released 100% Whole Wheat and Seeded Honey Wheat – transforming any sandwich to a wow-wich with their killer taste and texture. Not only are they delicious, but they are organic AND Non-GMO Project verified!!! I couldn’t wait to tear into the loaves as soon as I got them and this sandwich was the perfect way to get the party started.

Chicken Salad Frog Sandwiches // Tried and TastyI am SO excited for this month’s Rhodes post! I was given the task to come up with a fun recipe for children’s after school snacks and/or lunch box ideas. To help launch the incredibly adorable *new* Rhodes Kids Baking Site I created these undeniably cute Chicken Salad Frog Sandwiches! I mean seriously. Are these just not the cutest things you’ve ever seen!?! Seriously though, how fun would this be to have in your lunch box at school? You’d surely be the star of the lunchroom and EVERYONE would want to trade lunches with you!

I may not have any children of my own, but that doesn’t mean I don’t know my fair share of kids that would have an absolute blast in the kitchen making these fun little reptiles! They are really so simple to put together and only require five ingredients. A great way to get your children to eat (from what I hear) is to get the kiddos in the kitchen helping make their food. They will love making their own frog and you’ll enjoy the family time around the table.

Mini Grilled Cheese Hors d'Oeuvres // Tried and TastyI love to entertain, host parties and organize events. I mostly love planning and preparing the menu of the perfect party food. I equally love all things MINI!!! I mean, who doesn’t right? Lastly, you may or may not know of my obsession with cheese. It’s definitely safe to say I’m a cheese-a-holic. But not just any cheese. It’s got to be the best. Ever tried Boar’s Head? It’s my favorite.

Not only does Boar’s Head cheese taste amazing, the company themselves have a philosophy that aligns directly with my new-found passion for great quality food. Get this, for over 100 years, Boar’s Head has been unwilling to compromise on quality, to cut corners, to put profits before excellence. That’s why all Boar’s Head premium products contain no fillers, no by-products, no artificial colors or flavors, no gluten, and zero grams of trans fat per serving. Hello! All of the yucky things I try to avoid, Boar’s Head keeps out of their products! Woot woo!

September 22, 2014 4 comments

Caramel Apple Oatmeal // Tried and TastyI have been terrible at getting in a good breakfast lately. I don’t know if you know this about me, but I’m not super awesome at managing my time {gasp!}. I’m also not what you’d call a… morning person. So, I need healthy, easy, delicious options for breakfast. Insert this amazing Caramel Apple Oatmeal. First of all, are you serious? Second of all, I have to attribute this killer breakfast idea to my husband. He’s pretty much awesome at just coming up with random recipes on the fly.

Last weekend I volunteered at a cooking class for Gourmet Caramel Apples. I was so excited to learn the tips and tricks of making a great looking apple. Last year, in my attempt.. I failed. For whatever reason I could not get the caramel to stick to the apple for the life of me. That’s when my Caramel Apple Fondue was born. Not only did I learn lots in last weeks class, but it also got me thinking of all things caramel apple-ee that I want. It’s the season for apples and I can’t wait to find more creative ways to have your cake and eat it too – with delicious yet healthy recipes!

Don't Talk To Me... I'm On A Cleanse // Tried and TastyThe 2014 Dr. Shulze 30 Day Detox has officially ended. I’m here to give you the down and dirty. The inside scoop. The nitty gritty details. What others won’t tell you about completing a cleanse. For those that are new around here, last year my husband and I completed the Dr. Schule 30 Day Detox along with a 30 Day Juice Fast (I posted about it here at my welcome to The *NEW* Tried and Tasty). We decided to give it another go this year and I’m here to tell you all about it.

My husband is a web designer by day, however his passion also lies within the world of natural health. He’s a major advocate for healing your body naturally, proactively taking care of your body with great nutrition, a well-maintained diet, and exercise, and steering clear of most modern practices and ‘solutions’. Over the years he’s educated me to a whole new world of ideas and methods using 100% all natural remedies. In addition, the small handful of health documentaries I’ve recently (over the last year and a half) found myself enthralled with, I have also broadened my views on the natural side of things.

The Fuzzy Succulent Watermelon // Tried and TastySummer is officially over in two days. As hard as it will be to let it go (as it is for me every year), I think I’m finally ready to welcome fall. I will miss the blazing hot weather, the long summer nights, and the fresh fruit in season. If you’re considering a juice fast, summer is the perfect time. All the fruits and vegetables are in their prime. This Fuzzy Succulent Watermelon is another variation of my Crisp Watermelon Summertime Breeze and Cool Watermelon Refresher.

Watermelon is the perfect base for a delicious fruit juice. When you add in your favorite fruits along with it you’ll be surprised at how wonderful it can be! Peaches are one of my very favorite fruits. In fact, last year I went a little crazy canning them making my Peach Syrup, Honey-Sweetened Peach Jam, Peach Butter, and perfectly plain ole Peaches. We picked up a couple of fresh peaches while grocery shopping and thought we’d give them a try in some juice. So smooth. So velvety. So perfect. Give it a try, you’ll love The Fuzzy Succulent Watermelon!

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