I'm not a fan of microwaves or microwave cooking most of the time, but I make the occasional exception when it comes to popcorn. I just love microwave popcorn and recently I found the BEST brand that I've tried to date.
Tout Naturel Natural Flavour Organic Popping Corn
- has a lovely, buttery taste but not greasy
-not too salty, just right
-made with 3 simple ingredients:
organic yellow popcorn, organic palm oil, salt
-Very reasonably priced at less than $4. for a 3 bag, package (255 gr. total)
and best of all
-it's certified organic!
I've tried a lot of microwave popcorn over the years and this is by far the best, including organic and non-organic brands.
I wasn't able to find a link to this product online but I do know that here in Canada it is available at Save-On Foods and London Drugs.
As any of my regular blog readers already know, I LOVE cats. I have long "been owned" by many felines over the years; currently by the fab Mr. Cheddar (who btw is co-blogger here at My Real Life Reviews). And as the author of two haiku poetry collections, I also LOVE haiku poetry.
When I saw: Cat Haiku by Deborah Smith over at Amazon recently, I was eager to give it a read. This eBook did not disappoint, it's just wonderful! :-)
Deborah Smith is the author of several books/eBooks and also by her own admission a "crazy cat lady" who knows first-hand the joys, thrills and spills (pun intended) of being owned by several cats (she currently lives with 8 felines!), yes EIGHT!!!
She is not only a talented writer; her artwork featured in this book is both original and captivating.
Here are a couple of poems from the book that I particularly liked:
Cats make bad soldiers:
No discipline, no order
And they won't salute.
I see beyond worlds
in my eyes
I can SO relate to these lines.
And again, the artwork that accompanies each poem adds so much to this collection.
I only keep my absolutely fav books on my Kindle carousel (home page) but this eBook will definitely be staying there for the foreseeable future. I love to re-read a poem or two, when I'm reading on my Kindle. These poems always bring a smile to my day.
If you love all things feline (like I do) and perhaps haiku poetry too (even better): Cat Haiku by Deborah Smith is an eBook you will not want to miss. Highly recommended.
Overall rating for this eBook: Excellent. 5 out of 5.
I started using this oil as part of the Shangri-La diet, taking 1 or 2 Tablespoons each day to curb my appetite. It works like a charm.
Bertolli Extra Light Tasting Olive Oil has a very mild flavor, unlike Extra Virgin Olive Oil, so it is easy to take a spoonful, straight. It might sound strange but this really is an easy way to cut down on other calories.
You can read more about my experiences of following theShangri-La diet here. Although I used the sugar-water option previously instead of the ELOO, I am happier with the oil this time as I think it's healthier and is still just as effective as I found taking the sugar water was. Again, to really understand how this diet works, read the book.
I easily lost almost 20 lbs. following this diet a few years ago. This time, I've been following it for about 2 weeks and have already dropped over 5 pounds, again almost effortlessly.
I no longer snack at night but otherwise I'm eating sensibly but whatever I want throughout the day. Snacking at night can really "pile on the pounds" and with this diet, I no longer feel the need to eat anything after supper. That is a BIG change for me and a definitely a very easy way to lose weight.
Back to the oil. Although I prefer EVOO overall, for using with this diet and for baking and frying at higher temps. (the ELOO has a higher smoke point) I would definitely recommend Bertolli Extra Light Tasting Olive Oil.
A couple more good points, it's reasonably priced and is still being bottled in glass at this point. I hope they continue to use this packaging and not plastic.
Overall rating for this product: Very Good. 4 out of 5.
I read this book in a couple of days, wanting to see what would happen next in Nate's walking journey across the US.
Nate Damm's determination to walk from Maine to San Francisco made for an inspiring read and in so many ways.
But what I liked most about this story overall were the stories of the many good people (including some very original and at time quirky characters) he met along the way, who helped him in various ways: lodging, food, money...That was an inspiration too and confirmation of just how many kind and generous people there really are out there, willing to help a stranger passing through and in need. Loved that.
There were a couple of things that I didn't like about this book but they were minor.
First of all, I was upset by one incident in the book that made Nate "giggle". This was regarding a man (who Nate didn't know) at one of the campgrounds towards the end of the journey. This man was having an altercation with police and they were threatening to taser him. That I did not find funny at all and it seemed out of character to the rest of Nate's story and how I was feeling about the type of person that I thought he was up to that point. Definitely showed a lack of sensitivity on Nate's part, how he reacted to seeing this incident with the police.
I also thought that Nate's diet along the trail was for the most part, really BAD. Lots and lots of junk food: hot dogs, sodas, etc...and a lot of booze too. That didn't take away from the actual story, but it also didn't seem consistent with someone who would need lots of stamina and to be in the good health each day, to continue to walk mile after mile.
One other thing that seemed a little "strange" was that at the end of the journey, only a few friends and his mom were there to greet him. Would there have been no media to record the finish to this amazing walk? I know other people have walked this trail but I would have thought at least a couple of reporters would have been on hand to write up Nate's story that day.
Overall though, a very entertaining read and a journey I'm glad to have shared, via my Kindle Fire! ;-)
"Best wishes and good luck to you Nate, on all your upcoming adventures."
Yours is a story I will never forget.
Overall rating for this eBook: Very Good. 4 out of 5.
I started Missi's Dating Adventures with the intention to read a few pages and then shut down my Kindle for another day. That didn't happen.
Author, Carol Balawyder had me hooked from the first few pages and I read the whole book in one session!
This is an original story filled not just with wit, but also with wisdom and lessons to be learned too.
First, the wit:
The main character in this book is Missi Morgan, a 45 year old divorced woman who writes romance novels and is an online dating columnist. From her own life experiences, Missi shares what she has learned of the perils of dating in the 21st century for women 40 +
And wow, the stories she shares!
I couldn't believe some of the losers that she wrote about in this book.
I shook my head, smiled, teared up a couple of times too.
But most of all, I laughed and laughed. ;-)
* Mead, a heart surgeon who never shuts up. Trying to capture Missi's attention from the beginning with comparisons of the valves of the heart to the underground pipes of the city of Boston.
In spite of being a doctor, he's also a big time cheap-o who loves to talk about the bargains he's recently found for himself such as: his new Ralph Lauren PJs, $38. no tax!
* Bruce,who lasted 2 months with Missi. When it came time to break up, Missi hands him a list of "whys" that includes: you scratch yourself in front of me, you pile blankets on the bed when I'm having a hot flash, you take my photo when I have my mouth full...
*Hugh(now this one was a REAL loser) who goes everywhere with two cameras slung around his neck. One for portraits, one for scenery. (you had to ask why????).
Hugh also likes to wear his old "fat clothes" even though he is no longer fat, simply to wear them out.
And CHEAP, beyond belief. Expecting Missi to bring her own food or to pay for it at restaurants. When he's really feeling generous, he even offers Missi a BITE of his chicken sandwich.
And about those cameras, he loves to snap all kinds of photos but never one of Missi.
*Stuart, who is partial to wearing an ascot around his neck but that is where any kind of "class" ends.
Again, this is another guy who gives a whole new meaning to the word CHEAP. Expecting Missi to bring wine with her to restaurants and asking waiters for discounts and early bird specials.
the list goes on and on.
Along with the laughter (my husband, Joe was trying to read over my shoulder btw, while I was reading because of how often I was laughing) I found myself wondering as I read these stories: Do guys with this little going for them really exist?
This was bad behavior, no class and then some.
I was a divorced woman myself in my late 30's and early 40's and I thought I had met some "frogs" along the way. But looking back now, these guys all look like saints compared to the motley crew that Missi has the misfortune of hooking up with, time after time.
There many reminders for readers along the way, what to look for when it comes to finding a suitable partner/mate in the roller-coaster world of middle-aged dating.
Even more important, to always be mindful of respecting ourselves enough not to settle for just anyone to keep us company or to warm up a bed. It's not worth it, it never works out and we are left even lonelier at the end of the day, when they move on.
Missi was starting to learn that lesson but in the meantime, wow...that woman sure did kiss a whole lotta' frogs!!!
Especially if you are 40 or older, divorced and dating (and MEN should read this book too)....this is one you won't want to miss.
But even if you aren't part of the dating scene right now, this is a worthwhile, entertaining and oh so funny book.
Overall rating for this eBook: Excellent. 5 out of 5