Starbucks Blonde Roast Coffee Veranda Blend Review

Delicious & Mellow Cup of Coffee

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Starbucks coffee is known for being bold. But what if you want a cup that’s just as great-tasting, but not as dark roasted? Enter Starbucks Blonde Roast coffees. It’s the coffee Starbucks has been missing — made for the people they’ve been missing.

Starbucks Blonde Roast Coffee Veranda Blend

Just like the Starbucks coffees you already know, they’re crafted using only the finest beans and are full of flavor. But unlike their renowned dark roasts, Starbucks Blonde Roast coffees are decidedly mellow. One sip and you’ll fall in love. We’re talking perfectly balanced, beautiful, light-bodied coffees.

But don’t just take our word for it – sample Starbucks Veranda Blend, Aria Blend and NEW Bright Sky Blend for yourself.

Recently we got a chance to try the Starbucks Blonde Roast Veranda Blend and found it to be a nice change from the usual medium/dark coffee roasts that we enjoy daily. This Veranda Blend is mellow, flavorful, a bit nutty and it has just the right hint of the cocoa. Definitely a perfect blend to relax and unwind with.

Of course you can grab a cup of Starbucks Blonde Roast coffee from your favorite barista, but did you know all three blends are available in grocery stores, too? Look for bags starting around $8.99 and boxes of K-Cup packs for $9.99 to $12.99, depending on the count.

Disclosure – I wrote this review as part of the BzzAgent campaign. As a BzzAgent I received the above mentioned product for free. SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) was provided FREE product(s) by the above mentioned company or their PR Representative to complete this review. All of the opinions are strictly of the SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) and SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) staff and no one else. The opinions are honest and not influenced by the monetary compensation in any way.

300 Best Stir-Fry Recipes Cookbook Review

The Most Complete Book on Stir-Fries

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Stir-fries are an ideal way to prepare delicious, nutritious and internationally inspired meals quickly and easily. Novices and experienced cooks can create fantastic meals with just one wok, skillet or frying pan.

300 Best Stir-Fry Recipes Cookbook

In 300 Best Stir-Fry Recipes, Nancie McDermott creates outstanding stir-fries based on her extensive food and travel experiences.

Here’s just a sampling of recipes:

  • Chicken with honey-ginger sauce
  • Spicy beef in lettuce cups, Szechuan-style
  • Pork with fresh ginger and mushrooms
  • Ham with eggs, onions and peas
  • Shrimp with pineapple and peas
  • Catfish with turmeric and fresh dill
  • Shiitake mushrooms with Napa cabbage and peas
  • Sugar snap peas with garlic
  • Everyday fried rice, Thai-style
  • Egg noodles with barbecued pork and bokchoy
  • Lemongrass beef, Vietnamese-style
  • Sweet Chinese sausage with eggs, onions and peas.

300 Best Stir-Fry Recipes Cookbook

We love stir-fry recipes and when we got a chance to review this cookbook everyone in our house got super excited. We love the large variety of recipes and how easy they are to make. There really is something for everyone, whether you like meat based stir-fry or the veggie ones.

So far we tried:

  • Chicken with Sweet and Hot Peppers
  • Pork Slices with Bursting Peas
  • Shrimp with Tomatoes, Lemon and Parsley
  • Candied Walnuts

300 Best Stir-Fry Recipes Cookbook

In addition to thorough information on stir-frying traditions and techniques, there are recommendations for the best equipment. A comprehensive easy-to-follow pantry list and glossary enhance this quintessential stir-fry cookbook.

About the Author: Nancie McDermott is a food writer and cooking teacher, specializing in the traditional cooking and culinary traditions of Asia and of the American South. Her Southern studies began at birth in Piedmont North Carolina, and her Asian culinary research commenced when she was sent to notherneastern Thailand as a Peace Corps volunteer. In addition to writing for magazines and newspapers and teaching cooking classes, she is the author of ten cookbooks, including 300 Best Stir-Fry Recipes. She lives with her family in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

This cookbook has 352 pages $27.95 CA / $24.94 US available from March 2014.

To find out more about the 300 Best Stir-Fry Recipes cookbook, or to check out other amazing cookbooks visit Robert Rose website.

Disclosure – SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) was provided FREE product(s) by the above mentioned company or their PR Representative to complete this review. All of the opinions are strictly of the SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) and SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) staff and no one else. The opinions are honest and not influenced by the monetary compensation in any way.

NEW Quaker Warm & Crunchy Granola Review

Taste the Crunchy Side of Oatmeal

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Just like you, NEW Quaker Warm & Crunchy Granola proves that nothing is impossible. Your family squeezes soccer practice, homework and piano recitals into one day, while Quaker has added the crunch of granola to the wholesomeness of oatmeal for a bold new breakfast to help fuel your family.

Quaker Warm & Crunchy Granola

The hearty goodness of whole grain Quaker oats are specially baked into delicious clusters of multigrain granola that stay crunchy even after being heated with milk. The only question is which flavor to start with:

  • Apple Cinnamon is made with real pieces of apple and the ideal touch of cinnamon
  • Cranberry Almond has the perfectly sweet taste of cranberries and the nutty flavor of almonds
  • Honey Almond sets up your day with the sweet and nutty flavors of honey with almonds mixed in

Make it with Milk - It’s always smart to have a gallon of the good stuff in the fridge. While NEW Quaker Warm & Crunchy Granola gets its satisfying crunch from clusters of multigrain granola, you need to heat it up with milk to fully enjoy the creamy side of the equation. It only takes 25 seconds to make, so you won’t have to wait long to enjoy the crunch.

All the Benefits you Love – It turns out this bold new texture still has the wholesome goodness you expect out of your favorite hot cereal. Each bowl of NEW Quaker Warm & Crunchy Granola has at least as many whole grains (32g) and fiber (4g) as a bowl of Original Quaker Instant Oatmeal (27g whole grains, 3g fiber).

Quaker Warm & Crunchy Granola Cranberry Almond

We recently got a chance to try the NEW Quaker Warm & Crunchy Granola Cranberry Almond and we loved every spoonful.

Our family loves Quaker products and the NEW Quaker Warm & Crunchy Granola doesn’t disappoint. We love how easy it is to make. How perfectly crunchy and yummy it is and how we can enjoy this any time of the day, especially doing the busy mornings. This granola is perfect warm with milk, or when added to your morning yogurt on the side. It adds just the right amount of yummy crunch! We tried the Cranberry Almond and can’t wait to try the rest of the flavors!

Find out where you can shop for your favorite Quaker Oats foods and snacks using the Product Locator Tool on their website!

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125 Best Vegan Recipes Cookbook Review & Giveaway

Delicious Easy-to-Prepare Vegan Recipes

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The vegan lifestyle is becoming more and more popular. There are many different reasons for not eating meat, milk, or eggs. Yet all vegans desire tantalizing dishes and meal ideas.

125 Best Vegan Recipes

125 Best Vegan Recipes offers appealing recipes for everything from soups, salads and wraps, to pasta and grains, and desserts and baked goods. Many families have at least one adolescent vegan and need kid-friendly recipes the whole family will enjoy. Far from the mundane, these creative recipes have an international flair, are easy to execute, and guarantee delicious results every time.

Here’s just a sampling:

  • Spicy Black Bean Dip
  • Hot and Sour Udon Noodle Soup
  • Corn Meal Waffles with Wild Blueberry Compote
  • Penne with Sautéd Mushroom Marsala and Caramelized Onion
  • Spaghetti and Soy Meatballs
  • Pistachio Biscotti
  • Cranberry Orange Scones

125 Best Vegan Recipes - Cheeseless Pizza

We recently got a chance to review this cookbook and try some of the delicious recipes inside. We love how easy the recipes are and how well they work for our family, even though we still enjoy eating meat from time to time. The fact that there are kid friendly recipes was important to us and that these recipes are also amazing for entertaining.

So far we tried:

  • Shepherd’s Pie
  • Berry Smoothie
  • Quinoa Salad with Grapefruit and Avocado
  • Hummus with Roasted Red Peppers

125 Best Vegan Recipes - Sticky Pecan Squares

Besides the outstanding recipes, there is also nutritional information helpful to the vegan lifestyle. To aid in meal planning and preparation, there is a useful vegan pantry list with freezer recommendations. For vegans or even those considering the vegan lifestyle, this cookbook is vital.

About the Authors: Maxine Effenson Chuck is a writer and editor with a special interest in cooking and Beth Gurney is a professional chef, pastry chef and cooking instructor.

This cookbook has 216 pages $19.95 CA / $19.95 US / £12.95 UK available from February 2014.

To find out more about the 125 Best Vegan Recipes cookbook, or to check out other amazing cookbooks visit Robert Rose website.

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GoGo squeeZ Review

Wherever You Go, Go Playfully

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The thing about kids – big and little – is this: they need to fit some play into their day. That’s why GoGo squeeZ makes it their mission to help families lead healthier, happier, more playful lives — so you can take dance breaks, scour the backyard for buried treasure and embrace more of those special moments together.

GoGo squeeZ

The brand’s squeezable, resealable, 100% natural applesauce can totally help you do that!

Plus:

  • Every variety is made with 100% fruit and NO high-fructose corn syrup, added colors and flavors, or GMOs
  • They are always gluten, nut and dairy free.
  • There are 11 out-of-this-world, on-the-go flavors to choose from

GoGo squeeZ

Recently we got a chance to try the yummy GoGo squeeZ applesauce and we all adored it. Our eight year old loves to take it to school as a treat for lunch or quick snack. She also loves it after school, after meals or when we are on the go. But mom and dad find it super yummy too. Personally I love having it as a quick pick me up this late in pregnancy and I can tell you, baby adores it already. Wouldn’t surprise me if this is going to be his favorite snack!

GoGo squeeZ

But other than taste and its super convenient packaging (love the resealable feature) I love that they use only natural ingredients, that they are GMO free and have NO high-fructose corn syrup or fake colors or flavors. I also love that they are super easy to bring with you anywhere you go and make a perfect snack on the go or when home. They are also super yummy in recipes!

GoGo squeeZ

GoGo squeeZ 100% All Natural comes in 11 amazing flavors that include:

  • Apple
  • Apple – Grape
  • Apple – Pear
  • Apple – Mandarin
  • Apple – Cherry
  • Apple – Strawberry
  • Apple – Banana
  • Apple – Peach
  • Apple – Mango
  • Apple – Cinnamon
  • Apple – Berry

They also offer:

GoGo squeeZ Organic in 6 flavors:

  • Apple
  • Apple – Cinnamon
  • Apple – Banana
  • Apple – Peach
  • Apple – Strawberry
  • Apple – Berry

GoGo squeeZ Fast Fruit in 3 yummy flavors:

  • Apple – Peach – Passion Fruit
  • Apple – Mango – Pineapple – Banana
  • Apple – Raspberry – Cranberry

To find out exactly why GoGo squeeZ is more than just applesauce (it’s awesome sauce!), venture over to GoGo squeeZ website today.

On the search for more GoGo squeeZ? Look for the 100% fruit in a pouch in the applesauce aisle at your local grocery store. To find a specific product and see a list of online retailers, use this handy-dandy search feature. You can pick up 4-packs for a suggested price of $3.29, as well as 12-packs and 16-packs.

Disclosure – I wrote this review as part of the BzzAgent campaign. As a BzzAgent I received the above mentioned product for free. SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) was provided FREE product(s) by the above mentioned company or their PR Representative to complete this review. All of the opinions are strictly of the SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) and SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) staff and no one else. The opinions are honest and not influenced by the monetary compensation in any way.