“Goodies Box” for July

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A Goodie Box!!!  Who doesn’t like a Goodie Box 🙂

A box that comes to you each month with Goodies in it to surprise you…I love it!!

Well I have been so fortunate to be chosen to receive thus kind of box each month as long as I blog and review each item…Well I said “Of course, it would be my Pleasure” 😛

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First you too can get the same box ($7 per month) so you can too get to taste and enjoy the same products Check them out here https://www.goodies.co/

Okay here we go

The box and wrappings are all made with recyclable materials 

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What’s inside – Wow I like what I’m seeing

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a drink and snacks

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Okay so I am really liking whats in the box, I have seen some of these items around
but sometimes you don’t really want to buy somethings just in case they turn out
not so good 🙂

Okay so lets start
 
1.  Crunchmaster – http://www.crunchmaster.com/home.aspx

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These crackers were very very good, extremely crunchy, I thought they had a good flavor, along with everything you see on the package they are also Sugar Free, Vegan/Dairy Free, low saturated fat and Og Trans fat.

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These crackers are a great snack, I would totally buy them and if anyone has to eat Gluten Free I so recommend these crackers.   Check out their website (above) for other products they sell.

2.  Cosmos Creations – http://www.cosmoscreations.com/

So the front of the bag says “Heavenly Morsels of Baked Corn with all Natural Ingredients you can Pronounce”  I like this 🙂

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As you can see from the picture again Gluten Free, among other things, I did like these little cinnamon crunchy little puffs of goodness 🙂  I liked that the fact that I really did feel like I was eating popcorn without the Hulls or Kernels…YAY!!!

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These Crunchy good snacks come in 4 flavors – Cinnamon Crunch, Caramel, Sea Salt & Butter and Salted Caramel,  I’m wondering if the Sea Salt and Butter will taste like Buttered Popcorn 🙂
I hope these some in a snack pack size, because eating the whole bag could happen if you did not portion it out…so if you buy the big bag….which I do recommend this product 🙂  Scoop some out into a bowl first 😛

3.  Glaceau Fruitwater – http://www.fruitwater.com/

Okay so now I bet your thirsty by now, well I really did like this Fruitwater 😛

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This water was refreshing, bubbly and the flavor was not over powering, so many flavored waters the flavor is so strong and they are so sweet at least to me.  I like sparkling flavored water, but sometimes it hard to find, that’s why I really do like this one, they also have 5 flavors, Black Raspberry, Lemon-Lime, Watermelon Punch, Strawberry Kiwi and the one I had Orange Mango.  Also Zero Calories, 20% of the recommended daily value of vitamins b5 and b6, magnesium and zinc, and 50 milligrams of green tea extract.

This one is a buy for me can’t wait to pick up a few 🙂

4.  The Better Chip – Jalapeno with Sea Salt – http://www.thebetterchip.com/

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I absolutely LOVED these chips, they were very crisp and firm like, they would hold up to a thick guacamole or a cream cheese dip with out breaking.  The flavor was fantastic, spicy with just the right amount of sea salt, what I also liked about these chips was the fact you could see pieces of jalapeno.

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They come in other flavors too, Fresh Corn with Sea Salt, Spinach & Kale with Sea Salt, Sweet Onion with White Cheddar and Red Pepper with Salsa Fresca.

I totally would buy these, I think they are great just on there own or with salsa or any other dip they would be just fantastic!!!

5.  Gimbal’s – Cherry Lovers – http://www.gimbalscandy.com/

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I must say when I first saw the package I was so excited because I really love Cherry flavor in anything chewy 🙂

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I opened up that package and quickly sorted them out into flavors, there are 9 flavors in this package, once sorting them all, I was not pleased….flavors and how many – Chocolate Cherry – 1, Kiwi Cherry – 2, Cherry Cheesecake – 2 or 3, Cherry Vanilla 0 or 1 (it was was to tell with color but when I tasted it, I still was not sure if it was Vanilla or Cheesecake), Cherry Daiquiri – 2, Cherry Cola – 2, Bing Cherry – 2 I think, Wild Cherry -2 I think, Black Cherry – 9.

Let me say some of these were hard to tell which was which

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All and all I thought I did get one of each flavor, but after tasting each color, I am really not sure, Bing Cherry and Wild Cherry looked very much like the same 😦

I’ll say this Gimbal’s has other candy to choose from 🙂

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I just don’t think I would choose the Cherry Lovers, matter of fact I brought the rest of them with me to the office and they are still in a baggie in my desk drawer 😛  Cherry was the flavor, I just was not impressed 😦

So this months Goodie Box was 4 to 1, I think that is pretty good 🙂
Can’t wait to get August’s box!!

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Zucchini Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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Well summer is here and the gardens are producing some awesome vegetables!!  Every year we always make zucchini bread with the zucchini.  

This time I decided to make a Cake instead….now I’m sure someone out there has made a zucchini cake…but I have have, this really is no different then the bread just in cake form, so this is what I came up with 🙂

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along with the things I would change next time 🙂

Did I say change…yes I did 🙂  No one is perfect!!!!!!!!!!  

Ever watch Top Chef or I like Top Chef Masters myself, (in case you don’t, it is a cooking competition show with mostly well know chefs)  I like this show better since I do admire some of the chefs that have been on the show and am amazed at the talent they have  that have made them famous.

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This new season just started last Wednesday night on Bravo, this season does not have many chefs that are TV known except Chef David Burke he has multiple Awards, Restaurants, and few products.  They have many talented Chefs this season and I am excited to watch.

 It is hosted by Chef Curtis Stone images and recently he posted a picture of dish he was trying make and it just flopped, and he said “see not even Chefs are perfect”  I love him for that 😉

Which brings me back to telling you as I made this cake and it did not turn exactly as I wanted it too, so next time I know the things I’ll change (which I will let you know in the recipe what that is) 🙂

So I’ll tell you a secret, not everything I make turns out just right, including “my new idea for a cookie” that I tried to make this week 🙂
I was trying to make it with no flour, butter, oil…okay health and using things I already had around the house…well I am going to admit, the garbage had its share of treats 🙂  

Oh my goodness I can’t describe the texture…closest word I can think of is “RUBBER”LOL  Hey at least I tried 😛  

UPDATE on this post – I brought this cake into the office today and everyone loved just as I made it, so I’ll leave it up to you on the changes, that are below 🙂

Alright, alright lets move on to the cake 🙂

Ingredients

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add dry indgredients to a bowl

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whisk together to combine

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add eggs, oil and vanilla to large bowl

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whisk to combine

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Grate zucchini over the wet mixture bowl
or just add the grated zucchini to the wet mixture

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fold in to combine

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then add dry to wet

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just mix until everything is moist

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Pour into a 9×13 pan
(this is what I would change, if I use a 9×13 again I will double the recipe or I’d use a 9×9 baking dish)

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Bake and let cool completely

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Cream Cheese Frosting ingredients

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add softened cream cheese and butter to bowl

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with hand mixer or stand mixer, just mix to combine

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then add confectioners sugar a little at a time

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add as much sugar as you like for taste of sweetness and consistency

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I use only 3/4 of a 1 pound bag

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frost your cake

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done, you can dig in right now, but keep in the refrigerator

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Zucchini Cake Recipe

 (exactly as I made, with what I would change)

1 large zucchini, grated (about 3 cups or so)
3 eggs
1 cup oil
3 tbsp. vanilla
2 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
 1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tbsp. cinnamon (I would have put in a least 1 more tablespoon, I also would have added 1/2 tsp. nutmeg)

Nuts are optional I did not use any

In a medium bowl add all the dry ingredients and whisk to fully combine.

In a large bowl add oil, eggs and vanilla, whisk to fully combine, add grated zucchini and stir to combine.
Then add dry to zucchini mixture, fold just until everything is moist.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Pour mixture into a greased or non-stick sprayed baking dish*** see Note below

(In the pictures I used a 9×13, for this recipe  would change that to a 9×9 baking dish.  I felt that the cake was too thin, I would have liked it to be thicker.  Therefore if using the recipe above and  you want a thicker cake use a 9×9 baking dish, if you like it thin (about 1 1/2 inch) then use a 9×13 baking dish.  Now you can also double this recipe and use a 9×13, resulting in a thicker cake)

Bake time using above recipe in a 9×13 done in 30-35 minutes,  using a 9×9 pan check at 35 to 40, until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.   Cool completely 

Cream Cheese Frosting

8oz. cream cheese, very softened
4 tbsp. butter, very softened
1 box confectioners sugar (1 pound box)

in a medium mixing bowl add cream cheese and butter, beat on med-high speed just until combined, then on low speed add sugar a little at time until you have the sweetness and desired consistency.

Frost cake, slice and serve, or this can kept in the refrigerator until you serve. 

This cake is Super Moist!!

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and Cream Cheese Frosting is so creamy 🙂

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I hope you try it!!! Enjoy!! 

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Sweet Tooth Candies…Newport, Ky

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Opera Creams, Turtles, Peanut Butter Meltaways, Caramels, Fudge, Bark, Ice Cream and Ice Balls!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I could go on and on, this place will satisfy your Sweet Tooth…ha ha ha 😛 hence the name…Sweet Tooth…ha ha ha

Really I’m not kidding you, this place is an old fashion candy shop they have been making fine chocolates for over 100 years.  And at the Holiday’s they specialize in making delicious beautiful candies for Christmas, Easter, Sweetest Day and Valentine’s day.  Oh and they make Caramel Apples to die for!!!!

Cute tables to sit down if you want, they also have several benches outside to sit and enjoy your favorite treat too.

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We also sell some of their delicious confections in our stores, and let me say their chocolate melts in your mouth!!

When I was a kid we would stop in here every once in awhile during the summer on our way to my Grandma’s house and get the famous Snow Ball!!  With Vanilla Ice Cream in the middle 🙂

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I don’t really remember the flavor I would get, but I have a feeling it was something like grape or cherry!  But I’ll tell you those were great Friday nights when we would make that extra stop 🙂

Now a day’s I’m a sugar free Nectar with no Ice cream…but they do have terrific “Homemade” Ice Cream, I have tried the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk…delicious…Banana Chocolate Chip…very delicious…Key Lime Ice….even more delicious!!

This is the Key Lime Ice…with homemade waffle cone 🙂

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The cone was so good and fresh…the way it should taste

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But this past month its been the sugar free nectar, and what I like about this place is that its not in those silly paper cones.  Its in a heavy duty foam cup and a small is in a medium cup, a medium is in a large cup, a large is in a extra large cup.  Reasoning so you have room to get your spoon in there without ice spilling up all over, I love it and they putting plenty of juice on it too.  I have been down there so much this past month since its been so so dang gone HOT!! 

This is my Sugar Free Nectar…YUM!!  “their nectar is like “tiger’s blood” in other places, fruit berries with a hint of coconut”

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But they have so much to choose from just take a look

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Like I said they have CHOCOLATES!!  

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FUDGE!!

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I bought a couple of pieces for my Dad for Father’s Day

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I bought one for myself so I could do taste test, I have to research for you all, because I know you want to know just how good it is, I am really taking this one for the team 🙂 LOL

Okay so the Boot was dark chocolate ganache covered in dark chocolate, the others are these peanut butter and ganache meltaways…on my goodness…UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Look how thick it is…sweet!!!

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Layers of chocolate ganache and peanut butter… oh so good 😛

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Oh and so creamy this just melts in your mouth…ha ha ha 

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Oh my goodness I think tonight is going to be a Ice Ball night….you know because I have to do research 🙂 for all you readers out there…I’m doing this for the good of all of you Foodies that love to read about good food and fun places.  

So the next time you want some good home made chocolates or Ice Cream or even an Ice Ball…you know that Sweet Tooth Candies has been Chef Amy approved…Enjoy!!!! 

If you want to check them out online…here you go http://sweettoothchocolates.com/