Thursday, April 14, 2016

Food Blog: Nutrisystem Foods Review

Hi everyone!  Today's post is my second food blog featuring the Nutrisystem foods I've tasted.  I'm going to do a few foods each week and maybe branch out into other foods.  So here is the next block of items I've tried on the Nutrisystem diet.

3 Cheese Chicken

This was good.  Really good. 

However, in order to make it that way, I had to do two things:

1. ADD CHICKEN!  Okay, stop laughing!   LOL!  I am so not joking, there was NO chicken in it.  I did not taste one single cube of chicken, fresh, freeze-dried, chicken jerky, nothing.  Big disappointment.  But, it was rectified by some leftover diced roast chicken from the night before.

2. Have your seasonings on standby.  I basically had to add flavor to this to make it taste like something.  Oh, and the "cheese" part is more like a cheese sauce, and that is stretching it a bit.

As a meal that I had to have as part of the plan it was okay, once these two glaringly noticeable things were rectified.  The dried noodles cooked up perfectly and I even added a couple of chopped broccoli florets to the mix to add one of my daily veggies.  And by the way, the fact that there was no noticeable chicken in this meal you could actually substitute tuna in this and make a tuna casserole.  (Yes.  It works.)

The meal comes in a microwave-safe container like the instant cereal and noodle soup cups you can quickly nuke at work for breakfast and lunch.  A word of caution:  Watch this when it is in the microwave; do NOT walk away from it.  It boils over very fast and before you know it you will be cleaning up cheese sauce from your microwave tray.

Peanut Butter Granola Bar

This is a chewy "granola" bar with a peanut butter coating.  Now I say "granola" because there was nothing granola-like about it.  It had granola ingredients, but the granola part, as in TEXTURE, was lost on me.  It was chewy and dense like a protein bar.  It had a good taste and I would add this to my breakfast choice list, there was no aftertaste I could detect, but I just think of granola in a whole different way.  It was a pretty good bar though.

Cinnamon Bun

Now before you get jumpy up and down, "oooh Cinnabun" joyous on me, stop.  Sit down, I have some bad news.  These are not those giant, gooey concoctions you get from the mall.  ON the contrary, they are a big as a cupcake (remember the chocolate muffin I told you about?) and they a word...DRY.  Dry like birds will be looking for water if you broke this up into crumbs and fed it to them DRY.  Now, I can accept the size, after all, we ARE on a diet here.  But the dryness made me think of day-old bread.  Now before you get any more upset than you are now, I do have to say, I started getting used to them after I had my third one (I do have to say here that I bought a separate box of these so I would have more breakfast variety, I'm not really sure if they had these in one of the sample boxes.  There might have been, I just can't remember)  I put it in the oven for about two minutes and had it with some coffee and I was able to somewhat enjoy it.  It does have a nice cinnamon taste.  The bread part is not very sweet, but the icing on top kind of makes up for that.

So, there are my three food reviews this week!  I'll be back to review more next week!  Toodles!!

Go to the first Food Blog post on Nutrisystem foods here!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

2016 Spring Trends in Jewelry

It is a cold, rainy day here in NC. But that cold rain is going to bring up some nice green lawns and colorful flowers.

A tulip and a hyacinth from my garden.

And speaking of flowers, after a little research, I found that this year's Spring trend is leaning towards the natural.  Flowers, leaves, sticks, stones, insects, anything you can find and wrap a wire or bead around.  Getting in touch with your natural surroundings.  What better way to reacquaint yourself with the new growth of Spring than to wear it?

I've seen little flowers in glass bottles, tiny ferns encased in resin, real flower terrarium pendants, so much and so pretty!  So I decided to add my voice to theirs.

Dried Flower Bangle

I took real dried flowers and added them to a gold painted bangle.  Lots of varnish to protect the fragile petals and you have a lovely way to celebrate Spring!

While this piece is not made with real flowers, it still is a very sweet way to bring springtime to your wardrobe!  It is made with a vintage floral porcelain cabochon and is finished with a teeny butterfly that moves when you do! 

So, whether you go for the real deal in flower jewelry, or just a little flower-shaped trinket, there are so many ways to bring in the fresh, new, warm days of Spring!!

Visit my shop, Patricia Bowe Designs on Etsy for more Springtime Gorgeousness!