August 17, 2014
by Nikki
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Ozery Bakery Snacking Rounds Review

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About: Our company started as a small, family-owned bakery 15 years ago, and not much has changed. We have welcomed new faces and helping hands over the years, but what started as a business with a father, Al Ozery, and his two sons, Alon and Guy, is still the same. Today, our father is enjoying semi-retirement and we work hard to make him proud.

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Review: I have a full house and with all 3 of my kids making breakfast to satisfy everyone is well… a chore in itself. Each kid has their own special taste and I love that. Ozery offered to send me their and Snacking Rounds for my kids and family to try out. The rounds are all free of artificial preservatives, low in fat and heart healthy. The bags come with 14 fruit filled baked pitas, loaded with all kinds of vitamins and minerals. We kept them frozen until it was time to thaw and eat or they were ready to try a new flavor.   Who wouldn’t want to serve these up for breakfast or a snack in their lunch box?

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The first one they tried was the Apple Cinnamon. Which had chunks of real apple inside. 3My 2 older kids loved them… my 2 year old is extremely picky and literally won’t try anything new, and he even loved them! The other flavor my kids really liked was the Cranberry Orange; even the picky toddler! My kids didn’t get to try the Muesli ones yet but they are full of grains, apples, flax seeds, sunflower seeds and raisins. They sound delicious and if they are as any good as the other 2 flavors, my family will be happy. I can’t wait to see what other healthy snack Ozery Bakery can come up.

They come with a allergen warning: Contain wheat and may contain sesame seeds.

August 14, 2014
by Nikki
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Welcome Crystal

Hi everyone!

My name is Crystal Gregg. I am 29 years old and have a beautiful son turning 3 on October 6. I named him Raine after the lead singer of the Canadian band, Our Lady Peace, Raine Maida. If you have never heard of them before I suggest you go buy my favorite album by them called Clumsy. ;) So good. I listen to all kinds of music especially punk rock and golden oldies. I even love listening to Miley Cyrus(don’t judge me.) I used to travel a lot going to shows all the time before I became a mom. I decided to stay at home with him instead of paying someone else that I don’t trust to raise my son for me. I never had a meaningful career that would justify me working after I had him.

I was born and raised in southern West Virginia. It gets awfully boring here at times, but it is forever beautiful in these mountains. I became a vegetarian at the age of 14 and decided to finally become vegan after my son was born. He became vegan also after a few months of misery having to  drink formula with dairy in it. He has been happy and healthy ever since then. I decided to raise my son how I wished my parents had raised me.. Open minded and free. I try to give him everything I never had. Do you know any toddlers who love tofu, beans and every kind of fruit out there? His daddy is 6’5″ and I am 5’10″ so hes going to end up being a giant.

I am drawing a blank trying to talk about myself now. My life has become my son.. not that that is a bad thing.

I hope to share some of our favorite vegan recipes with the readers soon. We LOVE to eat!

 

This is me: covered in tattoos :)

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Here is the love of my life with my daddy:

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August 14, 2014
by Nikki
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Welcome Tabitha


            Hello everyone, my name is Tabitha but I go by Tabby. I am twenty-six years old my birthday is in December. I have a little two-year old running around let me tell you she’s a hand full and likes the same things I do. I’ve also got two small dogs a pug and a Chihuahua the pug is still a puppy, but my other one is about eight years old.
I love listening to all different kinds of music, but if I had to choose one it would be nineties pop. I still love boy bands and Britney Spears. Ever since I was a little girl I loved reading and to this day I can read a book in less than a day or two. I’m not too close to my family so all I have pretty much is my mom, boyfriend, grandparents and my daughter. I’m not complaining though.
We live in a very small town so there’s really not much to do. Our biggest mall is about two hours away so I love to shop online. My favorite thing to shop for is anything Hello Kitty and pink.
I started online college at Grantham University in February. I’m going for accounting and so far I love it. I’ll do anything to give my little girl the life that she deserves. I play seems like crazy, so I’m pretty excited for the Sims 4 to come out next month. Oh, I love the colors so much I’ve had pink, green and blue hair. Right now my hair is blue with pink underneath I love it. I love trying new recipes and sneaking in some vegetables my favorite thing to make is a stuffed pepper casserole. My day usually consists of watching my daughter,cleaning and catching up on school.I sometimes stay up until about five in the
morning just reading.

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August 14, 2014
by Nikki
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Beach House Baking Review

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Surfin PBJ Cupcakes

Cupcake Ingredients:

1 cup cake flour

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unslated butter, at room temperature

1/4 cup smooth peanut butter

3/4 cup sugar

1 large egg

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 cup half and half

1 cup of your favorite jelly

Peanut Butter Frosting Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature

2 cups powdered sugar, sifted

2 tablespoons whole milk

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/8 teaspoon salt

Instructions:

1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line the cupcake pans with 10 paper liners.

2) Sift the cake flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

3) In a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter, peanut butter, and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until incorporated. In a small bowl, whisk together the half and half with the sour cream. With the mixer on low speed, add the sour cream mixture and flour mixture alternately, beginning with the wet and ending with the dry. Scrape the bowl well to make sure all the ingredients are incorporated.

4) Scoop the batter into the cupcake liners, filling them just below the rim. Bake in the center of the oven for 15 to 17 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes, remove from the pans, and allow to cool completely before frosting.

5) Carve out the center of each cooled cupcake. Pipe or spoon jelly into each center. Frost with peanut butter frosting.

6) Make the frosting: In a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the peanut butter and butter on medium speed until smooth. Add the powdered sugar, milk, vanilla, and salt. Mix on low speed and mix until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.

These PBJ cupcakes are amazing because my brothers love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and they loved the cupcakes just as much. This book, Beach House Baking, is amazing and has so many different recipies ranging from breakfast foods to cupcakes to drinks! They are perfect for summer parties, vacations, or maybe the hotter things for winter time. These recipies are great for the entire family and we love them.