Taco Bell’s New Cantina Bowl

Taco Bell’s New Cantina Bowl

Taco Bell has made it on my blog already in the last year for its Doritos Locos Tacos, and while they are tasty, I haven’t been back there as much since they got rid of some of my favorite things on the menu.  However, they have redeemed themselves with a new item, the Taco Bell  “Cantina Bowl.” In an effort to eat more healthily, I am getting pickier about my fast food visits. I am also quite wary of fast food joints who decide to put a bunch of things in a “bowl” (KFC reference), but the Cantina Bowl has a lot of good ingredients that fit within my healthy choices, so I thought I’d give it a try.  The Cantina Bowl has citrus-herb grilled chicken (steak or veggie option, too!), cilantro-infused rice, black beans, roasted corn and pepper salsa, haas...

Starbucks Green Beans! (“Refreshers”)

Starbucks Green Beans! (“Refreshers”)

When you think of Starbucks, you most likely think of coffee, not green beans. They also carry various juices and teas, breakfast sandwiches, and cake pops to go along with their pastries.  Recently,  they have started offering something called a “Refresher” that is described on their menu as a “Natural energy from green coffee extracts – handcrafted with whole blackberries.” Green Coffee?  What? Green Coffee Extracts:  As they explain it – “all coffee starts off as a green bean.” They use green Arabica coffee to make these crisp, flavorful pick-me-up & quench-my-thirst treats. I decided to try one to get my coffee fix, fruit fix, and cool down.  I tried the Very Berry Hibiscus & it was great!  There are definitely berries floating...

The Easiest Way to Make a Betta Fish & Peace Lily Aquarium in a Vase!

The Easiest Way to Make a Betta Fish & Peace Lily Aquarium in a Vase!

Today’s blog embodies the main reason I blog…..It involves the two things that sometimes get in my way when I get one of my ideas…….1. When I research it on the internet, sometimes I can’t find anyone who will give me a “concise” set of directions that includes ALL I need to know. 2. There are folks out their who are super serious about the topic & can only give me the “rich man’s version” or the “I only feed my carnivorous plants organic bugs I pick from my own bug sanctuary” lecture (in a snooty tone, no doubt). Finally – 3. After I get my research together, certain things were left out – like the difficulty of one of the steps. Here’s how my Betta Fish/Peace Lily Aquarium in a Vase project went!   What You need: ~A...

How to Get You & Your Family to Drink More Water! Flavored Water Bar!

How to Get You & Your Family to Drink More Water! Flavored Water Bar!

Do you need to drink more water?  Do you wish your family (especially soft drink guzzlin’ kids) drank more water?  Do you have a party coming up & you want to serve something unique & healthy that keeps everyone hydrated? Are you responsible for hydrating your kid’s athletic team soon? I once new a man who wanted to make sure his kids were healthy and hydrated, so he installed a water fountain in the house.  During the summer, instead of grabbing a soft drink or whining for a kool-aid, he just pointed down the hall! If you don’t think you can swing a water fountain……Try a water bar!  Or at the very least, make some of these up & keep them handy in the fridge for good, healthy choices! Ideas for Fixin’s: berries, honeydew chunks,...

Bacon Pupsicles: Easiest Way to Keep Pets Hydrated

Bacon Pupsicles: Easiest Way to Keep Pets Hydrated

Dehydration is something that is detrimental to a dog no matter his/her age or size.  Summertime is when you really have to watch out for it, but also when your dog is sick – especially after vomiting or diarrhea.  Bless their hearts, they’re not like humans – we can’t just fix them a drink & say “Here, drink this.”   Sometimes they forget to drink or they feel too bad to take a drink, and sometimes they are just super “weirded out”  that you are following them around offering them water. My pup was sick recently, and I got a little worried about his hydration.  Using the same syringe I used to administer his medicine, I shot water in his mouth every hour.  This was traumatizing.  About mid-afternoon, it...