A lot of things have been going on...I'm just a little pressed for time so this will be my brief attempt to catch up.
Electrolux and Kelly Ripa have teamed together to bring a sweepstakes and a cause together. Kelly Confidential supports the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund each time you 'create' a banana split. It takes less than a minute. How easy is that? I was inspired to make a real split for myself! I love Blue Bell ice cream and put together Butter Crunch (like Butterfingers), Pistachio Almond (the green one) and Cookies n' Cream. YUM! That's not all - for helping out a good cause you get a chance to win awesome prizes so go check it out.
Up next is Minute Maid's new Natural Energy drink in Strawberry Kiwi. I got this and Pomegranate Berry as a free hand-out at the Taste of Dallas food expo. If you look on the right you can see this is a brand of Coca-Cola. If you're into myCoke rewards then this counts.
It was incredibly hot at the expo and exhibits were inside and out of buildings. I brought water and quickly finished it off. By the time I got this drink I was getting dehydrated but refused to pay $3 for a bottle of water. My verdict: this drink is absolutely delicious. Here's some things to consider - this is a juice blend. It says 27% juice blend, mostly pear juice from concentrate. While pear is pictured on the drink it's barely peeking out and not even in the flavor name. There's less than 1% of: Strawberry and Kiwi juices from concentrate. I liked the flavor so I'm not too bothered by how much is made up of what fruit. It contain 37-43 mg of natural caffeine (from coffee beans) so I suppose that might explain the energy part. At 12 oz it has a similar calorie count to a soft drink and 24 g of sugar. For me, this would be a good replacement for a soft drink to reduce carbonation, but I still have to watch it for the calories and I'm not entirely sure how it compares to a typical glass of juice.
My great friend, C, gave me a package of venison sausage since she's leaving town for work and didn't want it to go to waste. I'm no stranger to venison since my uncle is a hunter, but don't cook it too much. I decided to slice it up, put it on the "Foreman" grill and seasoned with Lawry's Seasoning Salt. Venison is a great alternative meat since it's low in fat. I tried one after it had cooled and it was perfection! I also love Lawry's seasoning salt. Let me tell you how much I love it. When I was living abroad I took some with me. And I used it all the time. And I tried to convert the locals to using it. I still love it although it's salt and I really should watch my sodium intake (but it's now got less sodium so it's okay, right?). I can't wait for lunch tomorrow! My neighbor gave me some fresh tomatoes and I cooked up some long grain wild rice. Sounds like a feast! Thank you, C!