Friday, June 28, 2013

NEW Yogurt Smoothie Bars from Kroger

Recently, I was given the opportunity through to review the "NEW Yogurt Smoothie
Bars from Kroger (Fry's locally). It's officially Summer so the chance to try some cool delicious 
treat just in time to welcome these warm days ahead was right up my alley. The deal was also nice, 
because the yogurt bars are virtually guilt free. 

The flavor I choose was Strawberry Banana.

This cool treat is filled with rich banana and strawberry flavor and even contains some pieces
of strawberry to top it off. The yogurt bar really lives up to it's name because it tastes
just like a smoothie and has a really creamy texture that almost melts in your mouth. 

Twelve individually wrapped yogurt bars so it definitely is portion controlled , but being 
so decadent it's not the smoothie bars that are going to need control. 

There are many great parts to these New Yogurt Smoothie bars that come in either 
Strawberry Banana or Triple Berry; it's also the guilt free feeling. 
One bar is only 50 calories!! 
Don't believe me? Take a look and see for yourself. 

And there you have it. 

These and other Kroger brand frozen treats can be found in the frozen section of any 
participating Kroger store. 

If you've tried them let me know and let me know what's your favorite flavor. 

Stay cool and have an awesome Summer!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Private Selections Upside Down Cakes

Through BzzAgent I was given the opportunity to test of Kroger's Private Selection Upside Down Cakes. Being that it's still a very new product there are a only a few selections to try out which include: German Chocolate Fudge, Double Chocolate Molten, and Amber Honey Apple Spice. Given my appetite for chocolate and nuts I went with the German Chocolate Fudge Upside Down Cake. 

Making this cake was quite simple and it really doesn't take much time at all, and can be easily stored in your refrigerator until time of use. 
Once you are ready to serve it up simply turn on your oven and place the cake on a cookie sheet with the naked cake side facing you. It only takes about 15-17 minutes before it's ready to remove. Let the cake stand for about two minutes and then flip over (be sure to use oven mitts to do this) onto a cake plate and it's ready to serve. 
The German Chocolate Fudge is frosted to perfection with: pecans, caramel and coconut. It oozes down the sides as if it was freshly homemade and it tastes just the same. 

My family truly enjoyed it and I'm definitely going to be trying out the other delicious looking flavors. 
As I stated before it's truly easy to fix up so if you're running late and forgot to pick up dessert for dinner, forgot to make something for a bake sale or you just want to do something nice for that someone special this is the perfect dessert to serve up. 

This is a fairly new product so be sure and contact your local Kroger or Kroger participating store to make sure they have these available in the Bakery area. 

If you've tried them let me know what is your favorite flavor and how you served it up to your family. 

*Check into Private Selections and you can get a $1 off coupon to use towards your next purchase. 


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

What's the Bzz - Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector Oil-Free B.B. Cream

That's right and I never thought I'd ever be saying that with my super oily, unmanageable, 
and off colored complexion but it's true. 


I was given a chance to sample out the newest BB cream on the market via BzzAgent -
Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector Oil-Free B.B. Cream. If you're not familiar with what a BB cream 
actually is well it's basically this hybrid tinted moisturizer that provides everything you skin needs 
including a: primer, foundation, concealer, sunscreen, skin treatment and some so much more. 
BB creams were and still are all the rage and if you can get your hands on one that works perfectly 
for your skin care needs you've hit a gold mine. 

In the past I'd tried other BB creams, tinted moisturizers but because I have such 
oily skin and large pores nothing ever lasted very long on my skin. I'd also like to add
that being an African American woman with yellow undertones it's really hard to find 
a foundation of any type where the brand hasn't settled on orange as a base. 
So I guess you can say I was rather skeptical when I'd first opted in sampling this product. 

At first glance it did seem a little light weight from the bottle, but once I got 
this liquid gold on my skin it was like magic. Literally. 

I'm typing this and I guess if I were reading this it would be hard for me to believe too , 
but all that I'm saying is true for my skin. 

The Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector Oil-Free B.B. Cream goes on smoothly , 
and once it's settled on your skin (face) instantly it's the beautiful matte finish. The first time 
I wore it someone asked me what did I have on that made my skin so matte and I 
couldn't keep it to myself. At a birthday party I attended last weekend my cousin 
blurted out how my skin was like "porcelain" and I was instantly floored with the complement.
That matte finish is definitely from the natural minerals they've chosen 
to formulate this product with. 

This BB cream doesn't offer full coverage so being that I've got blemish marks from teen breakouts I 
did have to spot treat (very little) with a concealer and of course I finish off with a settle powder. Still
the Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector Oil-Free B.B. Cream on it's own is a wonderful product
and I'm going to definitely be taking advantage of it this Spring and Summer. And to 
my advantage it doesn't clog my pores causing any unwanted breakouts. 

Looking to try it out?

It's suggest retail value is $12.99, however, I know that it's currently on sale at Ulta 
or you can check out 
You can also try participating stores like CVS, Walgreens and most big box stores. 
It's available in shades: Light/Med, Med/Deep and Deep. 

Let me know if you've tried this or any other BB (or CC) creams you've tried that you simply adore.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

The Taste: Tuesday at 8/7 c on ABC

Until I got an email from Influenster today I had no idea about The Taste. I'm usually pretty on top of new shows especially shows that involve cooking , but luckily this show is just beginning so I haven't missed much. 

If you like cooking shows like myself then you are bound to enjoy this one. The Taste offers plenty of drama, excitement and is backed w/ four of the most dramatic and well admired chefs around: Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Ludo Lefebvre, and Brian Malarkey. 

Each of these well renowned chefs has their own group which includes everything from home cooks to professional working chefs -  who set the place a blaze with their cooking skills as each one attempts to master the best tasting amuse bouche (in a spoon) that's going to win over some of the most well known master chefs in the world. 
I guess that old saying of: "If you can't take the heat get out of the kitchen" is on point here because this kitchen stadium is filled with fiery tongues, stoves, and lots of ego. There is never a dull moment on The Taste , because the intensity of the show is always high. 

Every week these four chefs will coach their team in making the best tasting dish and these four teams will face off with one another to see who goes, and who stays. The challenges vary and ingredients are risky, but at the end of the day the four chefs go up and judge each team members food blindly. Anyone can be a winner and anyone can be a loser. 

Check out the most recent episode of The Taste HERE and don't forget to tun in Tuesdays at 8/7 c on ABC for more of this great cooking excitement. 

I'll be there that's for sure.