Product Review: ShaSha Co. Organic Buckwheat Snack (Cocoa and Vanilla) :-)

ShaSha Organic Cocoa/Vanilla Buckwheat Snacks, 6oz (170g)

I’m always on the look-out for new snack ideas that are tasty, filling, preferably all organic and with a good or better than average ingredient/nutritional list. Happily, I found a new snack item recently that fits all that criteria. :-)

ShaSha Co. Organic Buckwheat Snack(s) are crunchy, not too sweet, filling and have a nice cocoa kick to them too. And the ingredient list is ALL organic, I ♥ that.

I‘m trying to buy organic EVERYTHING these days, ;-) but when it comes to snack items, an all organic ingredient list can be hard to find. 

Here’s the nutritional info:

I love that organic buckwheat groats are the main ingredient.

Buckwheat is a very healthy food, you can read more about it here, and at many other sites online.

These snacks are also gluten free and IMO, reasonably priced at Amazon for less than $6. for a 170G bag. Considering the organic ingredients, not a bad price at all. 

I’m going to give some of the other flavors in this snack line a try too. I’ve previously enjoyed the ShaSha Co. Organic Spelt Lemon Snap cookies many times, and they definitely did not disappoint with these snacks either! ;-)

Stop by the ShaSha Co. website (they are Canadian!!!) to read about all their other products and many positive initiatives too. :-)

Happy Snacking, Weekend and Week Ahead! 

PS: If you have any fav organic and/or healthy snack suggestions to try (sweet or salty) please DO share! 

How Has Your Summer Been So Far???

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Wow, did the last two months fly by or is it just me? ;-)

I can’t believe that September is just around the corner already.

But IMO, that’s a good thing ’cause my fav season is autumn. 

I hope you have all been having a wonderful summer so far. And it’s not quite over, is it? ;-)

How has your weather been? It’s been a VERY dry, hot summer here in BC. :-(

I’m still busy with summer “stuff” right now but have some post ideas and reviews in the works that I hope you’ll enjoy.

I hope to be back to regular posting (and blog visiting!) in the next couple of weeks.

Have an awesome week!!!! G 

Happy Summer and Farewell For Now….

magical memorable summer

The summer sun and several projects beckon…

So for the next few weeks, I’m going to take a break from all of my blogs.

And speaking of a couple of those projects…

Mr. Cheddar and I hope to have his kindle book:

Mr. Cheddar’s Meowsings:

Kibbles of Wisdom From a Wise and Witty Feline!

finished in the next couple of weeks. ;-)

Woohoo!!!

The Chedster is all starry-eyed about finally becoming a book author too. ;-)

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His first kindle book will be available at Amazon.com, .ca, UK…..when it’s ready. I’m only doing the typing and formatting for this one! ;-)

I also want to FINALLY get around to reorganizing my many photo files. It’s become a big mess again, :-( in spite of my efforts to keep it tidy along the way. 

I’ll be back before autumn rolls around, with lots of recipes, reviews and posts that I hope you’ll enjoy!

Happy Summer and Lots of Hugs From Me and Mr. C! :-)

Beached Ched! ;<)

Geraldine:

This summer “Cheddie post” from the archives came to mind this morning.

Hope it brings a smile to your day. ;-)

Happy Wednesday!

Originally posted on VEGGIES, YARNS & TAILS:

mr cheddar in the sand

HELP………

now where did those kids go with that plastic shovel?

Oh Ched!!!

You do get yourself into some tight spots, don’t ya! ;)

 

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Are You Concerned About Food Shelf Life/Storage Safety?

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Do you ever wonder if something in your fridge is still safe to eat?

I do, a lot actually. 

I had been looking (unsuccessfully) for a kindle book that would list a wide array of foods and what their optimal storage times were. I finally gave up that search and started to look for a site online that would work.

Happily, I found out about STILL TASTY last week and so far, I’m impressed! :-)

It’s a very user-friendly site and lists a LOT of different foods.

You simply type in the food you are wanting to check on re: storage/shelf life, and a list of various options for that particular food comes up.

For example: I looked up hummus and this is the results I got:

SEARCH RESULTS

Snacks & Sweets
-HUMMUS — HOMEMADE
-HUMMUS, COMMERCIALLY PACKAGED OR PURCHASED IN BULK, SOLD REFRIGERATED — OPENED
-HUMMUS, COMMERCIALLY PACKAGED OR PURCHASED IN BULK, SOLD REFRIGERATED — UNOPENED

You then click on the result for what you need.

I was surprised to find out that homemade hummus stored in the fridge is only good for up to 7 DAYS!

That was an eye-opener for me. I was under the impression that hummus was like some other condiments, that would be OK to use for 2- 3 weeks, if kept in the fridge. :-(

I know this will be a website that I will be visiting on a regular basis. I hope you find it helpful too!

Optimal food shelf life and storage safety is SO IMPORTANT! 

Happy (and Safe) Cooking and Week! 

Book Review: Arm & Finger Knitting by Laura Strutt

Have you heard about arm and finger knitting?

I hadn’t until recently, but judging by the number of people (over 8 million!!) viewing this YouTube video (check it out, really well done) about arm knitting, it’s a very popular craft that’s shaking things up in the knitting world and how!

I think this is such a cool idea! ;-)

Replacing knitting needles with your arms or fingers, to create beautiful and rather unique knit items. I’ve already got a couple of projects picked out to try, just waiting for some yarn to arrive in the mail.

So, after the basic how-to’s are worked out, where to go to find some really nice arm and finger knit patterns to try out?

ARM & FINGER KNITTING by Laura Strutt

A book that I highly recommend, if you decide to give this fun, new craft a go!

Filled with all kinds of original arm and finger knits, including these two beautiful examples:

raspberry ripple shawl

Raspberry Ripple Shawl

cozy striped throw

Cozy Striped Throw

Other patterns included in the book: a travel blanket, that folds up into a pillow when not in use (that’s one I’ve got in mind to make), a two-tone tote bag,several other home furnishing projects including several throws and pillow covers, a couple of really fun vests…and many more.

There are also complete instructions HOW TO arm and finger knit. Arm knitting is for larger gauge projects, finger knits for finer gauge items.

Another thing I like about this book, the author explains how to make yarn from t-shirts that can be used in many of these projects, if you prefer to go that route, rather than using bulky/chunky weight yarns. I like that (repurposing/recycling) idea, a lot! :-)

If you haven’t heard about arm and finger knitting before or haven’t gotten around to checking it out further, this book is a great way to get started.

Beautifully illustrated throughout with full page color photos.

Instructions are easy for even beginners to follow.

The selection of patterns runs the gamut from home decor items for every room to a variety of edgy to elegant fashion items.

And if you have tried this craft already, do share your experiences! I’d love to hear what you’ve made and how its worked out for you. ;-)

♥ Happy Knitting and Weekend ♥

PS: My thanks to Thomas Allen & Son for providing and allowing me to use, the book images above.Check out their website to browse a wonderful selection of top-quality books, in all genres.

Noro: Get Creative With Color

Geraldine:

Don’t you just love that vest? Just what I need , another yarn pattern to add to the list.😉

Happy knitting. Hope you all have a great week. 😀😀

Originally posted on Peacefully Knitting & More:

Have you see the latest issue of Noro Magazine???  I picked up a copy today and absolutely love it, in fact I have to say there are not too many designs in this issue I would not want to knit, or even crochet.

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One thing I rather love is the section on chevrons, a favorite stitch pattern that I love to use now and then.  The design on the cover is in this section, along with a really cute short sleeve pullover (in the photo below), along with two long sleeve pullovers and accessories.

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So after looking through this issue, I have fallen back in love with the entire Noro line of yarns and think I might have to pick up a few skeins for a couple of new scarf designs.

I hope you are enjoying your weekend so far.  Hubby and I are having fun watching the Harry…

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Simply, Super, Summer Salads!

Geraldine:

“Salad Season” is definitely here again! ;-)

Thought this would be a good time to share this recipe post again from the Veggies…archives, featuring 4 of my all-time fav salads.

What is your favorite salad?

Happy Cooking and Weekend! G

Originally posted on VEGGIES, YARNS & TAILS:

For me when it comes to food, nothing says SUMMER like a beautiful, fresh SALAD! :)

Here are some of my fav salads from the Veggie archives.

Hope you enjoy one or all of them soon.

spinach and mushroom salad

Spinach and Mushroom Salad with Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing

(this post includes some handy tips for salad do’s and don’ts)

coconut rice salad

Coconut Cashew Rice Salad

(a winner in one of my recipe contests! so delish)

dilly-potato

Dilly Potato Salad

(if you like fresh dill, try this one for sure) 

Kasha and Beet Saladwith Celery and Feta (page 92)

Kasha and Beet Salad with Celery and Feta

(from a recent post, in case you missed it. I  this salad!)

What is your favorite summer salad/food/recipe?

If you can, do share a link.

Happy Summer, it’s almost here! :)

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Raw Kale & Radish Pesto with Zucchini Noodles

Geraldine:

Are you a fan of KALE?

Can’t say that I have been to date, ;-) in spite of liking almost every other kind of veggie there is!

But this post over at Girl Eats Greens grabbed my attention today, as I browsed the WP Reader.

Looks so yummy and healthy too. :-)

Happy Eating and Week! G

Originally posted on Girl Eats Greens:

One of my favorite things about spring turning into summer is all the deliciousness that continues to show up at my local farmer’s market. While I don’t buy all my groceries there, I do spend time every Sunday walking along with my pup and seeing what’s new to the market. What I’ve seen a lot lately? Fiddleheads. I have no idea what to do with them. But I’m dying to try them. I also stumbled upon a bunch of bright red radishes.

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Growing up, I was never a fan of radishes, I thought they were too bitter. But as I’m getting older I think a lot of it had to do with the preparation of the radishes. As in, there wasn’t any. I was handed a whole radish to pop into dill dip. Radishes can have a pretty strong flavor – but if you break them down, thinly slice or…

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Are You Ready for Sandal Season?? ;-)

I thought this was a good time to share one of my new, fav nail care products. :-)

Check out my full review of: Suncoat Peelable Nail Polish an alternative to highly toxic, mainstream nail polish.

Hope sandal-season has arrived where you are. ;-) It has here in BC, its been sunny and warm all week. 

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