Food! – cspierdowis' Product Review Blog Fri, 16 Feb 2018 01:57:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 83694181 Influenster Finesse VoxBox Unboxing Fri, 16 Feb 2018 01:57:12 +0000

I was so excited to be sent this month’s Influenster Voxbox. This month’s box was titled their Finesse Voxbox. Inside the box were 5 wonderful products:
1. Not Your Mother’s Naturals Blue Sea Kale & Pure Coconut Water Weightless Mouse – MSRP $9. It is stated to be found at Ulta Beauty.
2. Minute Ready to Serve Organic Red Quinoa & Brown Rice with Garlic. MSRP $2.49 (2Cups) Real Organic ingredients. Simple and quick to make; 60 seconds. No preservatives!
3. Olly Super Foods Smoothie – MSRP $29.99 (20.4oz Jar, 15 servings) Use Code: INFLUENSTER to get 20% off all Olly Products until 3/29/18. Only valid on You can mix a serving with a beverage of your choice. It offers 15 grams of Protein and 5 grams of Fiber per serving. Each serving also offers 2 servings of fruits and veggies worth of phytonutrients. This is a plant based Protein drink, Non GMO, Gluten Free, Vegan, and has Natural Flavors and Sweeteners.
4. Essie Gel Couture – MSRP $11.50 each. They sent me their 164 Closing Night Gel Coat and 00 Top Coat Platinum Grade Top Coat. This is their 2-step system. They have a patent pending curved brush for application. This system does not require a UV Light, and can actually be removed with regular nail polish remover. They state they have over 100 color choices as well!

Overall this has been a great experience. I discovered some really great, healthy, new products that I did not even know existed. I am so happy to be able to share this experience.

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The perfect tabletop Griddle/Crepe Maker from Epica. Wed, 07 Dec 2016 01:50:59 +0000 crepe-maker-2

I was really excited about this. For one, I caught an incredible sale, lol. For two, I had never made crepes before, but have always wanted to. This crepe maker is virtually a tabletop griddle. So, you can cook a lot of other things on here. It is lightweight as well, so it is also highly portable, for travel, RVs, going over to a friend’s home for entertaining. It is insanely easy to operate as well. This product arrives with 1 griddle, 1 pamphlet, 1 wooden spatula, and 1 wooden batter spreader.

Since I had never made crepes before, I researched recipes online. There are a ton, for you novices. The key is to follow the directions perfectly. With my chosen recipe, each recipe called for exactly ¼ cup of batter. Before placing the batter on the griddle, I did a thin coating of olive oil. This allowed for no sticking of my crepe whatsoever. The crepe, however, would stick to my plastic spatula. I had never used one like the wood one included, but I can see how it wouldn’t stick to the wood. I also chose not to use the batter spreader. I decided one new thing at a time, lol. What I did do, was, after placing the batter on the griddle, I actually carefully picked up the griddle, and swirled it slowly, to get the batter to spread out. It worked perfectly like this. Then cook the crepe for 2 minutes on each side. Cook crepes on medium heat, as well. This griddle is a 1400watt griddle, according to the included pamphlet. It states 1200 on the online description. It has a turn number to adjust the heat setting. There is no off switch. You need to unplug it to turn it off, so remember that when prepping. Do that first, and then plug it in. It also states there are 5 different temp settings, but there are no set lines to delineate the settings. Just the min and max settings are noted. But, it’s pretty easy to figure out. I placed it in the middle for medium heat, and that worked perfectly for me. There are little rubber feet underneath the griddle, so it sits very well in place. It did not slide on me at all during use. I have had no issues with cooking on my griddle at all. It is a breeze to clean, as well. Overall, this whole experiment has been fun, and very positive. I am so glad I took the chance on this Epica Crepe Maker/Griddle.

Here is the link to the recipe I used off of AllRecipes:

If you would like to purchase this product, it can be found here on Amazon, sold by Perella:



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Chocolicious! – Wild Dark Chocolate Powder. Sat, 08 Oct 2016 02:26:34 +0000 chocolate-powder-3

I love chocolate. But, since I have developed insane food allergies, as well as allergies to additives, and preservatives, it’s hard for me to buy it. The same goes for cocoa powder. I love this product for several reasons: Non GMO, Organic, and Incredible flavor. I received the smallest of the sizes available: 4oz. But, they also have it available in an 8oz package, as well as a 12oz package. I like being able to get a smaller batch of a new product. I hate wasting food, if I do not like it, or if it tuens out I cannot tolerate it. I love companies who are proud to say they use Non GMO ingredients. These is 100% natural, and organic. I love the consistency, the flavor, and the fact that the package reseals easily during use. I love knowing that when I bake for my family, that they are at least eating a chemical free, and healthy dessert. I hate knowing that so many carcinogenic ingredients are in so many foods nowadays; it’s horrifying. This product is easy to use. Use it like any other cocoa product. It’s perfect to bake with and has a wonderful, wonderful flavor. I really can’t say enough positive. I absolutely love this product.


 I Received this at a discount. I was under no obligation to leave my unbiased and honest review. – Organic Cocoa Powder, Wild Dark Chocolate Powder, Handcrafted, Single-Origin, Fair Trade, Organic, Non-Alkalized Chocolate from…

If you would like to purcashe this product, it can be found here on Amazon:

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Organic goodness. – Superfood Harvest’s Organic Turmeric Root Ground Powder. Mon, 25 Apr 2016 18:53:45 +0000 organic turmeric 4

Turmeric is part of my daily life, and it has been for over a year now. I just love it. It is definitely more than just a yummy spice for foods. Turmeric can be eyed as a Superfood, a supplement, a yummy additive to your recipe. It’s just one of those great all natural products. This Turmeric from Superfood Harvest is just wonderful. It is a Non GMO product, which is highly important to me! It is an organic product as well. Another very important feature I look for. This is a Turmeric root ground powder. It is a fine ground and a pleasure to work with. You could make your own capsules with it as well. We make a great homemade toothpaste now and then with organic Turmeric. We made a couple batches with this one. It’s so easy to do. It is not only great for your gums and teeth, but it actually helps whiten them naturally. Just take this Organic Turmeric powder, some organic coconut oil, and then peppermint essential oil to taste It helps improve the taste as well as being beneficial to your mouth as well. Then you just brush, brush, brush with it, and hold it in your mouth for a few minutes if you want to. Turmeric has great anti-inflammatory properties to it, which is great for the gums. That is why I take it in capsule form as well. Doctors state that Turmeric boosts cognitive development, is healthy for your skin, supports a more positive mood, and a natural way to help boost your metabolism. They state it also helps to naturally detoxify your liver as well. Inflammation is the root of a lot of diseases. I have constant anaphylactic reactions, and I used to live on ibuprofen. I take approx.. three supplements, which includes the Turmeric. I almost never take Ibuprofen anymore. That means so much to me. There is also a drink called Magic Milk, that Turmeric is famous for. It is supposed to help boost the immune system. Here is the recipe for that:


1 cup organic milk

1/2 tsp black pepper powder (optional)

1 tsp turmeric powder

Organic raw honey to taste


2.In a vessel add milk, pepper, turmeric powder, honey or sugar, and allow it to boil on a medium heat.

3.After 5 minutes, the milk would have thickened a bit or reduced, then remove and drink.

Recipes including this wonderful spice are easy to find on the internet nowadays as well. This is a great overall product. It has so many positive uses. The quality is wonderful. They also state they do not irradiate their spice. I honestly never knew that was done. It turns out some companies irradiate their spices to have them last longer. I am very comfortable using this Turmeric powder as well as feed it to my own family. It’s really a great product.

I was afforded the opportunity to review Superfood Harvest’s Organic Turmeric Root Ground Powder – 1 Pound – 100% USDA Organic, Certified Non GMO, Grade AAA Highest Quality, in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.

If you would like to purchase this product, it can be found here on Amazon:

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So, so delicious!!!! – Black Tie Mercantile’s Guittard Organic 66% Cacao Semisweet Chocolate Baking Wafers. Mon, 25 Apr 2016 05:25:35 +0000 chocolate wafers 4

I love cooking, especially baking. I find people either love to bake or they hate to bake, lol. Since I am plagued with an intense amount of life threatening food allergies, I am so glad I enjoy cooking. Chocolate, on the other hand, is an issue for me. I find that a lot of chocolate either is made with Vanillin, which I am allergic to, or processed where nuts are handled. I have had my throat shut under those circumstances too. So, I am beyond thrilled with these Non-GMO semisweet chocolate baking wafers. They are organic, and 66% Cacao. You get 2 sealed 12oz packages in your order. This chocolate is amazing. It is amazing to taste, and to work with. Even when I think I am buying a great quality chocolate, I find that it is hard to actually work with. It burns too easily, and doesn’t act like it should. I love the organic goodness of this chocolate. It melts into a creamy dream of goodness, just like it should. You definitely get what you pay for. It acts and tastes like it should, and you don’t have to second guess the actual ingredients in the product, or how it was processed. Companies do not have to list the ingredients your food was processed with. That is scary to me, and it is a lot of what I am deadly allergic to. The ingredients in these wafers are: Cacao Beans, Evaporated Cane Syrup, Cocoa Butter, and Soya Lecithin. This chocolate was processed on equipment where milk chocolate was made. That is it for the allergen warning. I love that! I made some very gooey and yummy brownies with my first batch of organic semisweet chocolate wafers. It’s a dream to cook with, as well as to eat it as is, lol. My chocolate arrived well sealed and packaged. Very professionally done. It is also a Fair Trade product, which I know a lot of people love. The chocolate melted perfectly. The taste is pure, and delicious. I really can’t express enough how wonderful this product is. It is everything I have been looking for, for a long time now. No nut or vanillin worries with this product. It’s healthy for you too! I whole heartedly recommend this product.

I was afforded the opportunity to review Black Tie Mercantile’s Guittard Organic 66% Cacao Semisweet Chocolate Baking Wafers, 12oz Bags in a BlackTie Box (Pack of 2), in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.

If your would like to purchase this product, it can be found here on Amazon:

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One yummy MRE. – Western Frontier’s ULTIMATE MRE. Mon, 11 Apr 2016 03:28:10 +0000 MRE Meal 2

My family is used to MRE meals. Between military, and camping, my guys have been exposed to a lot. One of my sons used to love eating them. He was my Guinea Pig for this MRE from Western Frontier. The packaging on this MRE cracked me up. It states not for resale, property of the US Government. This is a complete meal. It harbors more food than you can eat at one sitting. If you were carrying a 75lb pack and on your feet all day, you would need to eat all of the calories this provides in one meal. Since everything is individually wrapped, just save wheat you can’t eat for a later time. Everything you can think of is included in this set, except for water to activate the heater. You need to provide your own water. They have a 5 and ½ year shelf life, and the date is clearly labeled on the packaging. The shelf life requires that they are stored at 71 degrees Fahrenheit or under. You will receive a random meal in your order. We received Chicken with Tomato and Feta. My son said the chicken was really good, and he wasn’t expecting it to be as tasty as it was. He was very happy with this meal. In your meal you will get the heater bag with clearly labeled instructions, your main meal, matches, a napkin, sugar, vegetable crackers, peanut M&M’s, raisons, an energy bar, 2 chicklet pieces of gum, a fruit punch beverage, cheese spread with jalapenos, instant coffee, coffee powdered creamer, salt, a plastic spoon, and a moist towelette. My son said the cheese spread was quite yummy, and he loved the fruit punch powder. You need to provide your own water for all of the beverages as well, as well as a cup. Having bottles water on you or a canteen full of water would be highly beneficial. You will need to keep a knife on you, or scissors to open the packages. You can eat directly out of the packaging, but it might be awkward and a little difficult. The heater bag gets very hot when activated with water, so if you are in the field, use your gloves to handle the packaging when heated. Each meal may contain different items in it. You are guaranteed a beverage, treat, main course, etc.. totaling 1250 calories. Overall, compared to others my family has eaten, this one stands up well. The flavor was very good, and the chicken itself was actually moist and flavorful. There is a lot of food in one MRE. I am comfortable recommending this product.

I was afforded the opportunity to review Western Frontier’s ULTIMATE MRE, in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.

If you would like to review this product, it can be found here on Amazon:

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