Sonic’s Peanut Butter Bacon Milkshake!

Sonic’s Peanut Butter Bacon Milkshake!

If you don’t know already, Sonic’s “Summer of Shakes” is probably coming to an end soon.  They basically decided to offer a bunch of new flavors that aren’t on their regular shake menu.  This means my favorite – peanut butter – is back.  However, peanut butter lovers have a few more options….. Peanut Butter, Peanut Butter Fudge, Peanut Butter Cookie, Peanut Butter & Banana, Peanut Butter & Jelly…. and PEANUT BUTTER WITH BACON! I am a sucker for interesting flavors, and I already have tried many chocolate desserts that include bacon.  I decided to try it. My Impression:Overall – I would just get the peanut plain butter shake, because the bacon is virtually unnoticeable.  Bacon connoisseurs...

Feeding Children Cheap on Vacation

Feeding Children Cheap on Vacation

Maybe I went once or twice as a kid, but Golden Corral wasn’t at the top of our Favorite Restaurant list when we were growing up.  The first time I went to one as an adult was last year – on a trip – with kids. My mouth popped open as soon as I walked in.  I felt like as a child, I had been tricked – that this is really a land flowing with chocolate and cotton candy clouds & my mother didn’t take me here, because of all these wonderful things……… Truthfully, this utopia was in the Indiana & then another was in Kentucky – - – and they are not your average Golden Corrals. Usually, I try to eat at local, hole-in-the-wall places when I travel.  However, travelling with multiple screaming, picky...

Pumpkin Apple Spice Vinaigrette

Pumpkin Apple Spice Vinaigrette

When fall gets here, I go into “pumpkin mode,” trying everything that claims to have a pumpkin or pumpkin spice flavor.  Coffee creamer and hot tea are always in my autumnal ritual, but I’ve found pumpkin in tons of different concoctions over the past few years! I have even had pumpkin spice lotion in my bathroom.  Godiva makes Pumpkin Spice truffles that are dusted with cocoa, and pumpkin spice ice cream with Heath mixed in @ my local creamery is a must!  It doesn’t stop there…..Bless his heart – as of yesterday, my dog is eating a new variety of dog food that contains pumpkin & sweet potato! (Nature’s Recipe Dog Food)! This year is no different – - a bottle of Pumpkin Apple Spice Vinaigrette practically...

Squeeze Out the Last of Summer with Frozen Yogurt!

Squeeze Out the Last of Summer with Frozen Yogurt!

I LOVE ICE CREAM.  I was raised to love it, & I come by my obsession honestly.  My papaw insisted the freezer contain a bucket at all times.  There’s a catch, though…..our cholesterol and sugar levels sometimes don’t “love” it like we do!  This summer I made a bit of a change – I opted for frozen yogurt a little more often when I got the cravin’. It has tons of health benefits, and it’s lower in fat than ice cream. I remember when frozen yogurt was “all the rage” with TCBY’s popping up all over the place & Dairy Queen offering it as a substitution in their sweet treat recipes.  We didn’t frequent TCBY (because Dairy Queen was just so darn good), and that may or may not have led to...

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...