Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Green Mountain Coffee, "Fair Trade Certified" Three Continent Blend

This morning found me trying a new k-cup product from Green Mountain Coffee, "Fair Trade Certified" Three Continent Blend.  I got this sample free as part of a BzzAgent campaign.  It's currently running under a celebrity endorsement by Kelly Clarkson, and her pitch videos are available here:

What is Free Trade Certified all about?  Well, I'm glad you asked!  Its premise is about certifying that the coffee product you purchase is being derived from the best possible conditions, starting with a farmer who is part of a democratically-run cooperative, without the use of child labor, to the use/no use of certain herbicides/pesticides, straight to the exporter who is paid a fair price.  No more wondering about how many child labor laws might have been broken in the picking of your coffee beans.  This is the best part for me.

My preference has always been with Green Mountain k-cups, so I had high expectations for this newest version.  I certainly was not disappointed.  The Three Continent Blend is super smooth and delicious, just like its predecessors.  Now, drinking their coffee not only tastes good, it feels good, too.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

You've got to Sauté Express yourself!

Ever been the victim of dinner time rigor mortis?

"What's for dinner?"  I hate hearing it.  Yes, it gets old.  WAY old! 

"I don't know.  Where are you bringing me???" 

Heading to the restaurant may delay the inevitable, maybe for another full 24 hours, but I know it's only a stop-gap fix.  Something must be done to rid housewives of this wretched schedule!  But alas...

Let me tell you, though.  Tonight, I tried a new product by Land O' Lakes called Sauté Express sauce starters.  I had received free samples for being a BzzAgent (#GotItFree) and I was able to select Garlic & Herb for my first flavor.  I decided to try it tonight for dinner, since I had defrosted some salmon.

I love simple meal prep, and this totally qualifies.  Each box of Sauté Express includes 6 rectangular sections of compressed sauce.  Drop one (or two, depending on the portions you're making) into a sauté pan.  Let it melt and get all hot-n-bubbly.  Drop in the salmon (or whatever) and have at it!  Cook as normal.  Drool like you're in a restaurant and don't have to do the dishes!  Or even tip!

I served my salmon with some of my fall favorites.  Fresh steamed asparagus and roasted acorn squash with butter and brown sugar.  OMW!  I made that up.  It stands for "Oh my WOW!!"  Maybe it was the sauce packets, maybe it came down to the veggies, possibly the bubbly (sparkling apple cider), no, it must've been the company with my husband.  Whatever, it was all part of a winning combination.  I am really looking forward to trying the next flav in my fridge - teriyaki.  I'm thinking beef.  Any guinea pigs nearby?


Friday, October 18, 2013

Cottonelle flushable cleaning cloths

It's time for another go-round in the lav!

This time, I scored a free sample of Cottonelle's flushable cleansing cloths.  Not just a sample of a couple of wipes, but a whole dispenser's worth, the dispenser itself, plus two packets to hand out to my buds along with coupons - thank you, Cottonelle, and Crowdtap!

The report?  Well, initially, I was leery of using wet wipes on my backside.  "It'll make me feel wet when I'm done." "It'll leave a tacky residue." "I'll smell like a baby." "It'll be too cold."  They were all handy excuses to never try wipes, even though I have family and friends who swear by them.  I resisted, until the free samples made their way into my mailbox.

I finally broke down and tried these wipes.  Nice!  Cold?  Maybe just a tad.  How do they smell?  Mild, and it doesn't linger.  Did I feel wet? For about 5 seconds.  How about tacky?  Nope.  Will I keep using them?  I expect so.  Every "stinking time"?  Probably not, but only because I am usually rushing to get back "out there".  I am confident that I will eventually establish a new bathroom routine than allows me to slow down and do double-duty (no pun intended).

Back to the grind...