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Blissfully Better Sweets for your Sweetheart

Valentines Day is just around the corner where you treat your sweetheart to sweets like chocolates.  In just about any store you walk into you are apt to see a variety of sweets that you can grab and give to your special sweetheart but most generally those chocolates are average at best and don’t have the flavor some of the better chocolates have.  Blissfully Better is exactly what its name says.  Chocolate is one of those gourmet confections that cannot be processed by big fancy mixing machines and get the quality it deserves.  That is why Blissfully Better chocolate is made in small batches with organic ingredients and hand crafted in copper kettles.

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Blissfully Better generously sent me a sample of their Organic Coconut Thins for the purpose of this review which I have sampled and have formed my own opinion on the gourmet confection to share with you.

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Blissfully Better Toffee, Carmel and Coconut Thins are a perfect indulgent that is hand crafted and certified organic confectioners treat.  Did you know that for a product that is certified organic goes through rigorous testing before it can be certified so you are assured of the quality of the product?  Not all products on the market that say they are organic are certified unless it says so on the label.   The USDA has organic standards which must be meet by the producers before a product can be labeled Organic.  This means that synthetic chemicals like fertilizer, pesticides, antibiotics and food additives can not be used in the product.

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I am not a real big fan of coconut but the Blissfully Better Coconut Thins are to die for plus they are the newest addition to the Blissfully Better chocolate family.  There is just something about how the flavors all blend together into a blissfully delicious piece of chocolate treat that is better for you and your taste buds.  The Blissfully Better Coconut Thins are filled with delicious chewy coconut, sweetened to perfection with low-glycemic coconut blossom nectar and coated in 72% rich dark chocolate.

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Now, you might be thinking about calories and betting the calorie count is high, but you would be amazed that two of the squares of Blissfully Better Coconut Thins are only 90 calories.  Each serving has 2g of protein which is good if you are busy working and can’t find the time to eat.  3g of dietary fiber and 52mg of calcium.

Check out BlissfullyBetter.com for all sorts of information on how the chocolates are made an all the natural ingredients.   Then look at Facebook and Amazon.com.  Blissfully Better Organic Chocolates are available at some select Kroger Stores, Everything Naturals and Amazon just to name a few stores.  Check your local stores for availability.

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, you can treat your sweetheart to sweets like chocolates, now is a great time to grab Blissfully Better Chocolate delicacies.  In just about any store you walk into you are apt to see a variety of sweets that you can grab and give to your special sweetheart but most generally those chocolates are average at best and don’t have the flavor some of the better chocolates have.  Blissfully Better is exactly what you need to get for your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day this year.  They will be delighted at the quality and flavor of Blissfully Better Chocolates.  Enjoy!


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Satisfy your Craving with a Mad Mini

Now that the Southside Market is open, you don’t have any excuse not to get those fresh fruits to go with your ice cream treat.  With the impending summer months upon us, just don’t treat yourself with regular ice cream; treat yourself to some Mad Minis.

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When I was little, my parents would treat my sister, brothers and me to an ice cream cone, occasionally.  It was a special treat for us, but I can remember that my mother always insisted on the sugar cones.  We hardly ever went out for ice cream, since there were no stores close to us.  Instead, my parents would purchase a half gallon of vanilla flavored ice cream at the grocery store.  With four children, as well as my father and mother, declaring their preferences, we usually ended up with vanilla to please everyone.  Moreover, we were happy at that.

As time passed, we saw the rise in soft serve ice cream being offered to the public; however, the secret to this was that the product was not actually ice cream, but an ice milk.  Ice cream stores popped up everywhere you turned and their specialty was the curly Q on the top of the cone.  Still today, you see other stores who boast of 31 flavors, but those stores are far and few between.  As time progressed, you saw the expansion of ice cream products like the Dilly Bar and ice cream cakes, as well as ice cream sandwiches.

Ice cream sandwiches have always been my favorite with the ice cream placed between two cookie like layers.  However, as much as I love ice cream sandwiches, I rarely purchase them since the product is on the larger size, and my husband prefers a Rocky Road flavor.  I am yet to find this flavor in a sandwich.  Nevertheless, I recently came across a product called Mad Minis, which are the perfect size for a simple treat for anyone.

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Thank you Mad Minis for providing me with four boxes of the delicious treats for the purpose of this review.

The company started “Mad Minis out of necessity.  Two grown men, young at heart, were increasingly dissatisfied with the frozen dessert offerings in their markets.  They found “light ice cream” and “frozen dairy dessert”.  Where was the real ice cream?  The ingredients labels were filled with artificial flavors, artificial colors, and words that were difficult to pronounce.  In addition, the calories!  They craved a snack, not a mini meal.  Was it possible to make a perfectly sized, great tasting ice cream dessert with real ingredients?  They had to try.

After several years of trial and error, Mad Minis were born.  The Mad Mini is a great tasting, mini ice cream cookie sandwich made with real ice cream, no artificial ingredients and only 60 calories – currently in four delicious flavors:  Chocolate, Vanilla, Blondee, and Black Raspberry.”

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My husband and I tried all the different flavors.  My husband’s favorite is the chocolate, while my favorite is the Black Raspberry.  However, all of the flavors are scrumptious.

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Enjoy Mad Minis with your favorite summertime fruit.

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Each package of these delicious treats contain 12 Mad Minis.  You can find these great treats at Harris Teeter, Hy-Vee, Lunds & Byerlys, Stewart’s Shops, Whole Foods Market, Mariano’s, and Ingles. 

Check out Mad Minis’ social media pages:  Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

These bite sized ice cream sandwiches are the perfect size for those little hands.  You know you cannot resist a good ice cream treat.  So, make Mad Minis the treat of your choice this summer, and be sure to stock up for those times when you have unexpected guests visiting. 


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Recipes, Recipes

You know there has got to be thousands upon millions of recipes that utilizes every thing we call edible and then not so edible items.  I am probably one of those ladies that has several thousands recipes just laying around.  They were my mothers, my grandmothers,  my sisters, sister-in-laws, friends, and neighbors.  I also have picked up quite a few over the internet, out of magazines and then I have even just kind of made them up.

When you read the recipe, picture what the ingredient taste like alone then add the next ingredient as you keep reading until you have added all the elements.  Sometimes that works then others you are thinking – why should I include that – but find out later it was just a squirt or drop of this or that and sometimes that is all that is needed.  Like lemon juice – why would you put a squirt of something sour into something sweet- but somehow it brings out the best flavors and blends them all together.

This market season we are offering something called FoodLink offered by Purdue Extension.  FoodLink helps you select fresh fruits and vegetables.  Some things like avocados you aren’t sure which one to pick but with Food Link, it takes the guess work out of what is ripe and which ones are not.

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This is a great idea because even though I cook and bake a lot sometimes I am not sure how to cook something or when it is really ripe.

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Using FoodLink is going to take a lot of guess work out of preparing your meals and knowing when to use certain vegetables and fruits.

Please join us this market season at Southport Farmers Market located at 2810 E Southport Road, Bethel Community Church of Southport parking lot on Tuesday’s 10-2 and Thursdays 3-6:30 or at our Southside Farmers Market, 7031 South US 31, St. John’s Church of Christ (corner of Southport road and U.S. 31 ( East Street) on Wednesday 4-7.

We are working of getting a larger number of vendors who will offer a variety of products from foods to homemade crafts.  Looking forward to seeing you this summer. Markets open on Tuesday May 10th and Wednesday May 11th.