Review: Unreal dark chocolate peanut butter cup

Review: Unreal dark chocolate peanut butter cup

 So I love Reese’s peanut butter cup, but have discovered when you don’t eat them very often you find out just how sweet they are. Being as I am tired of the sugar high rolled soon after by the low, I decided to try a different brand.

At our local Krogers, they had these Unreal bars on sale for $1 each. Curious, I figured it was worth grabbing one and trying it. I liked that it was 100% real, but after a thought, isn’t all candy real? They aren’t figments of their imagination. Yet. 

However, the non-GMO pulled me in along with the no artificial ingredients. Looking at the ingredients, you see it is possible to have food made and produced without a whole string of unrecognizable names. All the ingredients I read, and recognize. For those who want (need) to know, it is Fair Trade Certified with 50% Fair Trade Ingredients.

But let’s get on to the taste. In rip it open and discover they don’t have the traditional paper cup. Hey, that’s what I expect thanks to Reese’s! 

  Dark chocolate awaits my first bite, but as I flip it over I notice a design on the bottom. Not sure of the purpose, unless during a blind tasting someone can caress the bottom of the cup and recognize the brand.

 
So onto the first bite. I’ve waited patiently for three days to try this, and finally I get to treat myself. First bite, I crunch thru the dark chocolate layer and get into the creamy peanut butter feeling. First impression, I’m not sure. It’s salty and you aren’t slapped with the sweetness of the peanut butter. When you get past the yearning for the overt sweetness ( not good for you I know) it grows on you. Let’s just say I had no difficulty eating neither peanut butter cup.

  My take on it? I love dark chocolate and peanut butter, but for me I’d enjoy this bar more if it was a milk chocolate variety. The bitterness of the dark chocolate doesn’t have enough contrast with the naturally, lightly sweetened peanut butter. 

Overall, I did enjoy the bar and if someone gave it to me, I’d eat it joyously. However, it is unlikely I will go out and buy a bar for myself on sale or not. 

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Book Review: Together with You by VIctoria Bylin

Book Review: Together with You by VIctoria Bylin

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This book, Together with You, covers a story line you don’t see very often in books. This one was based on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. A young girl, born from an ill-fated affair, was conceived during an alcohol binge. The father is raising the young girl, bringing her into his family while at the same time trying to relate to his two sons. Divorced, he is in between nanny’s, when he finds the perfect one at a toy store. Carly, the possible nanny, recognizes what she sees the in the, considering she is going back to school to study Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

The story is really well written and I found myself groaning whenever I had to put the book aside and deal with real life. I’m not sure how many times I had to get up to run errands for my husband, until I finally hid in the bathroom to finish the book.

Normally I rely on a book cover to lure me into selecting a book. The cover on this book, didn’t really draw me in and after reading the book, it still doesn’t grab me into wanting to read the book. It’s lovely and emotional, but doesn’t really effectively tell pictorially the wonderful story within.

I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: The Healthy Mind Cookbook by Rebecca Katz with Mat Edelson

Book Review: The Healthy Mind Cookbook by Rebecca Katz with Mat Edelson

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This is an awesome cookbook. My husband and I are determined to start eating healthier, but often have difficulty finding the right recipes that taste good and are fairly easy to make. Also, we know that there is a whole host of vegetables and spices that are good for us, but how do you pare them into an awesome dish? The answer? This book.

The Healthy Mind Cookbook has recipes that help enhance brain function, mood, memory and mental clarity. As for whether or not it does what it claims, time will tell. However, I do know that I do feel good after eating, not bloated nor weighted down. My dinner was a wonderful experience into the foray of flavors on the tongue.

Too often you find a cookbook, you like the pretty pictures but then discover that either the recipe is way over your head, or if you do make it, it ends up blah. Especially my experience in cooking healthy. This book, however gives me hope. Our meal this evening was an A+, and because of that, I look forward to trying so many other recipes in the book.

This evening for our fish dinner, I made the Bejeweled Forbidden Rice Salad. Forbidden rice, FYI is essentially black rice. I followed the directions, despite my uncertainty of adding mint to the dish. But at the end, after the flavors melded together, every item in this recipe was necessary and needed. It added such a wonderful flavor profile.

All in all, I would most definitely buy this book for friends who are interested in eating healthy. I believe it is a wonderful addition to any kitchen.

I received this cookbook from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: For Mercie’s Sake by Sharon Srock

Book Review: For Mercie’s Sake by Sharon Srock

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WOW. WOW. WOW. That was my end result in reading this book. First off, I don’t read

novella’s and I didn’t realize when I was reading this, it was novella. But despite that, I

found that the story was completely captivating.

Scottlyn is a young student in high school who finds herself a victim of rape at a college

visitation. She doesn’t realize what has happened to her body, until weeks later she finds

out that she is pregnant. Her father wants her to abort, for she refuses which creates

contention between her and her father. Kicked out of the house until she “see’s the light”,

she is granted enrollment into a Christian academy, something not normally allowed at

this academy. But based on the circumstances, she’s granted another chance. It is there

where she meets a teacher who will make astounding changes in her own life along with

this young future mother.

I’ve never heard of nor read Sharon Srock before this novella, but the depth she places

into her writings and the emotions that she can emit, guarantees that she will be an

author that I shall be looking forward to reading in the future.

Book Review: Justified by Varina Denman

Book Review: Justified by Varina Denman

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So the continuation of Jaded is followed by the book Justified, which has just as stellar writing as before. The nice thing about the way Varina writes, is that if you miss the first book, that’s okay. This book is a standalone, Jaded would be a compliment to the book Justified.

Justified is about Fawn, who is pregnant from her abusive boyfriend. Her parents, who are pillars of the religious community, have kicked her out of the house. Despite falling on her feet, literally, she finds friends and companionship with the people whom her parents once forbid her to hang around with. The story grows on you and Fawn grows on you as she shakes loose her snobby ways and you find yourself cheering for her and hoping that she makes the right decisions. Then shaking your fist and yelling, “NO!”.

Christianity in the book isn’t the type that is in your face, rather it’s a lived in, placed appropriately. You are with Fawn as she grows in faith. It’s not in your face.

All in all, the book Justified is a well written book and well worth the time to read. Kudo’s to Varina Denman for creating another book just as awesome as the first.

Book Review: The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden by Karen Newcomb

Book Review: The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden by Karen Newcomb

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This is actually a pretty good book, guiding you on how to create a garden in a small space. The sub title being, grow tons of organic vegetables in tiny spaces and containers.

I had already planned on creating a different garden perspective this year, wanting to do something other than the rows of vegetables in nice, neat rows. The creative side of me yearns to do something different, so this book sparked an immediate interest.  It goes outside of the rows and instead encourages you to plant according to companionship plants. Plants that do well together, influencing and improving the growth cycle.

The book overall is pretty good, although I kind of wish it had more plans on how to create the perfect garden. They give you guides and a few pictorial samples, but I was left yearning for more. More “garden plans” on how to create the garden. I just know that I will have to give the postage stamp garden a try before I can truly recommend (or not) this book.

One helpful aspect of the book was the second half, in which you were guided as to what plants were friendly to one another, and which ones you wanted as far away as possible. Marigold’s, who knew that they were a friend to the vegetable garden? I didn’t! I plan on planting marigolds in my future vegetable garden.

I received this book from BloggingforBooks in exchange for an honest review.