Olive me loves olive you

Olive me loves olive you

You’ll be blue if you miss this sale! Final day Aug 3 til midnight. Use code Olive15 at checkout for all Ts, totes, tanks and yes, even adorable onesies. Please allow 2-3 weeks for items to print and ship. Olive your support!

Tanks a lot!

Tanks a lot!

Olive you are the best! Now through Friday, Aug 3rd, take 15% off all orders. Sound Bites swag makes great gifts for men, women, kids and babies. Items come in multiple sizes and colors. Ts, totes, tanks and more! Use Olive15 at checkout. Please allow 2-3 weeks for items to print and ship.

Olive you sale!

Olive you sale!

Thanks for supporting my T shirt business! Now through Friday, Aug 3rd, take 15% off all orders. Sound Bites swag makes great gifts for men, women, kids and babies. Items come in multiple sizes and colors. Ts, totes, tanks and more! Use Olive15 at checkout. Please allow 2-3 weeks for items to print and ship.

15% off all Sound Bites Swag

15% off all Sound Bites Swag

If you’ve ever created something through a print on demand site, you realize all the possibilities of stuff that your crazy design idea can land on. The past few weeks have been filled with lots of trial and error on such a site. It’s just too much fun to see things move from a T shirt to a tank to a tote and now a onesie! I have coffee (or tea) mugs made as well.

In honor of recent nutrition news that full fat dairy may NOT be as harmful to our hearts (and possibly beneficial), https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322452.php I’m offering 15% off all online orders. Use coupon code Dairy15 at check out. There are 3 new fun designs online- you’ll have to go to the Shop page to see them all! https://soundbitesnutrition.com/shop

Please be patient with your order. Since items are made on demand, they will take a little more time to ship. This is not Target or Amazon. Think of it like slow food. It might take a bit longer to prepare, but is something to truly enjoy once you receive it.

Dream Dinners Review

Dream Dinners Review

Recently, I bid on and won a silent auction at a school fundraiser. I was pretty excited since I:

A. don’t win much and B. wanted to try Dream Dinners to see what it was all about. The “voucher” said I had to bring a friend, so I invited my friend Chris Glass, who loves food and is always up for a little adventure. The voucher cost me $45, but said it was a $75.00 value.

We scheduled our meal making session for a Thursday night at 7:30. We first met with one of the owners who had used the service herself a few years back. She explained the “plate points” and various offers that the company provided. While we were waiting, a busy mom of 4 boys popped in to grab meals for a month that were bagged up and ready to go. Convenience is the name of the game here.

The way it works is that each meal has a station and some ingredients for meals may overlap. For example, you may need minced garlic for 2 meals, so the stations sit next to each other. Each ingredient is kept in a bin with appropriate serving sizes for each one. You start by putting a gallon-sized or smaller bag into a plastic receptacle, similar to a silverware holder, then add ingredients to it. You end with 2 or 3 separate bags of ingredients that you place into one large Ziploc bag with instructions on how to cook the food. There are samples of other meals and side dishes out to try before you cook, which was nice.

You can freeze all of the meals, or keep as many out in your frig that you’d like to cook. Servings come in 3’s or 6’s, which I found a little odd since most people that would use the service would need them for a family. I guess you can see it as “small or large family”.

This week, I chose to make chicken yakitori. It was a combination of soy sauce, garlic, ginger, sesame seeds, brown sugar, green onions and chicken. I can’t tell you the exact proportions (or I’ll have to kill you). Seriously, you are not allowed to take a picture or copy the recipe, since obviously they are branded by Dream Dinners. My friend made the workers nervous because he always has a camera around his neck. He got a few shots of me mixing spices, but nothing else.

I decided to try one of the meals this past week. I thawed out the meal the night before and commenced cooking. I noticed right away that the portion of chicken was a little skimpy for 3 people. I’m not a big meat eater to begin with, but typically shoot for 2-3 oz. per meal. I decided to add a bag of broccoli slaw to the chicken, then added in the sauce. The broccoli slaw really added more color, texture and volume to the meal. I boiled the white/jasmine rice while the chicken and sauce cooked. It took 10 minutes to cook (not 25 as the package suggested). You can make the meal healthier by using brown rice, farro or even quinoa VS white rice.

The taste of the meal was not awful, but it wasn’t the greatest either. The sauce was too salty for me, which could be remedied by using low sodium soy sauce. Had I not put the broccoli slaw in, the meal would look basically brown and white, which is not very appealing to the eye. Adding the slaw improved the color, increased the portion size and made it more nutritious. I would suggest they add some frozen broccoli to the meal to round it out more.

Overall, the experience of bagging up the meals was fun and the people were very nice. But, the first meal did not “wow” me and I won’t be dreaming of eating it again any time soon. For the cost of the meals, I may just stick with Pinterest and https://allrecipes.com to look for something more interesting to cook than I would make myself.

Earth Day T shirt sale 4-22 @ Washington Park!

Earth Day T shirt sale 4-22 @ Washington Park!

Join me Sunday, 4-22 from 12-5 PM at Washington Park OTR for my first official booth sale! Be your best as you “wear the wurst”. “Praise Cheeses” for mother earth! “Give a fork about food”.

Sizes range from S to XL in most designs. Shirts available for sale online and can also be found at the Epicurean Mercantile, Kennedy Heights Art Center and Clifton Market. Olive you for sharing this info!

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