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Detour Summer Photo Contest

I am working again with Detour to let you in on a cool new photo contest they are holding this summer!

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I was first introduced to Detour at the Blend Retreat earlier this year and shortly after was thrilled when I was asked if I would like to review their newest product the Low Sugar Neapolitan Protein Bar; you can read my post about it {here}.

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Not only do they just offer the Neapolitan flavor in Low Sugar but they also come in other flavors like Peanut Butter Cream, Chocolate Chip Caramel and Caramel Peanut. Right now they are offering Buy 3 boxes get 1 FREE! What a great reason to try all four flavors! Right?

Anyway, to be eligible to win great prizes all summer long from Detour all you have to do is submit your favorite #SummerDetour pictures showing off a favorite new activity this summer! They will be giving away weekly prizes including gear, Detour products, autographed items, game tickets and more!

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So starting taking some #SummerDetour pics showing off how you are staying active this summer and get them posted on Instagram with #SummerDetour @DetourProtein. Keep posting all summer long for more prizes! And make sure to follow them if you haven’t already!

Like Detour on Facebook! Follow Detour on Instagram!  Need more info about the contest check it out here!

What’s your favorite Detour Product?

{FSC Book Club} Canning, Cooking, Blogging

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So last year after really looking into what’s in the food I eat, and sincerely being disturbed at what I found, I decided to try my hand at home canning.

I had been taught how to can when my son was at a very young age from his great-aunt on his father’s side that lives in Tennessee.  What better way to be introduced to home canning than from an old southern women.  It was PERFECT.  I got to learn the ins and outs from a pro!  Personalized techniques with a touch of southern love.

At that time I had hand-picked buckets of blueberries, a case of green and red tomatoes and bags and bags of string beans.  I ended up making blueberry jam, fresh packed salsa and green tomato pickles.  Yum!

It’s a funny thing because that was the first and last time I canned anything.  We used what we had, packed up the jars and shoved them in the far recesses of my mothers attic.

Now back to current day.  Last August, after deciding that I now have an invested interest in knowing what EXACTLY is in the food I eat, I convinced my mom to try our hand at canning.

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We took a leap of faith and bought a bushel of Roma tomatoes from an Amish farmer and got to going; washing, boiling, peeling (lots of peeling) and packing jars.

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I remember it being a hot, but overcast day.  However, we ended up with almost two cases of fresh tomato to use throughout the winter.  We packed whole tomatoes and chopped tomatoes in both quart and pint size jars.

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Lessons we learned from that day: There is no need to pack whole tomatoes.  Chopping the tomatoes into quarters allows for fuller packed jars and less shrinkage.  And #2 deciding to do two sizes is KEY!  The larger jars we’ve used to make batches of tomato sauce, but the pint size jars are perfect to add to soups, stews, chilis or just sauté up as a side dish!

We had so much fun, we moved onto peaches.  We have pretty much used up our stock of canned peaches and tomatoes, which brings me to this post.

My new friend Casey that blogs at Salted Plates wrote about this book club she belongs in a post a few weeks back.  It sparked my interest because mom and I had so much fun canning last year that it was almost a no-brainer that I just had to look it up and join in on the fun. So I did.

 FSC Bookclub is a book club that reads, cooks and then chats and recaps  about each persons recipes and finished products.

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Since cookbooks are almost the only book I usually read cover to cover, I had no problem buying the current selection.  Put ’em Up by Sherri Brooks Vinton.

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I opted to get the Kindle version, because 1. I didn’t want to wait  and 2.  I saw another lady who also uses  Kindle version cookbooks and has a mount inside her cabinet!  #Genius #Jealous #Got to figure it out immediately!

FSC Bookclub meets on Goodreads.  This round of cooking through Put ’em Up is broken down into 6 meetings approximately every two weeks.  They will post questions and challenges based on the contents and because the book is also broken down by fruits, they have prepared the bi-weekly challenges according to what’s in season.  (How super cool!)

Meeting #1 actually started this Monday June 24th.  It is covering chapters on Strawberries, Rhubarb and Cherries.  Perfect!  I’ve already duplicated a recipe for Strawberry Rhubarb Pie {you can find here} which happened to also be the first time I bought and cooked rhubarb.  It was surprisingly very tasty, so I’m anxious to see what other recipes the book has for combining the two.

We are to cook up one or two recipes out of the book and recap on our blogs!  Doesn’t this sound so fun.  Geesh I’m such a food junkie~! But I can’t help it, food is one of my long time passions.  So anything I can do or learn about it makes me a happy girl.

Anyway, keep and eye out for my first recap post on the Put ’em Up Bookclub Challenge on Strawberries, Rhubarb and Cherries.

If your looking to join in on the action you can check out the FSC blog post {here} or look them up on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Look for hashtag #FSCBookclub.

It’s sure to be a food-filled fun summer, wouldn’t you say?  Have you ever tried your hand at canning, if so, what did you put up?

June Edition: Pin-It Party #2

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If there is ever a time where I have lost massive amounts of time on the internet, its getting sucked into the Social Media Bermuda Triangle of Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook. I love them all. Each social media outlet lets me express a different side of my personality; especially Pinterest.

I have been a long time do-it-yourselfer. I’m one of the those people that sees something and says ” I can make that”. Now, do I usually come right home and replicate the fun and crafty project I saw for tons of money in the store ~ usually NEVER.

But that’s not the case when it comes to food! If I see a dish that completly intrigues me then I almost certainly will run to the store and buy all the ingredients I need to replicate the dish.

That’s where this post comes in to play. Last month, Lindsay over @LeanGreenBean blog hosted a Pinterest Party to link up atleast five of our all time favorite pin worthy posts. (of course mine was all food ~ but well ~ it is my passion). It was such a success, that she is hosting it again this month.

Do you want to follow me on Pinterest?  Head on over to my Pinterest Page and see what else I’ve been pinning!

Here are my 5 FAVORITE pin worthy posts from the last month:

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Eggs Over Swiss Chard

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Do you like to pin pictures on Pinterest and then try them out?  If not, where do you draw your inspiration from?

 

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