Peace, Love, & Low Carb slow cooker ebook review and GIVEAWAY

December 9, 2013 at 5:58 pm

(Disclosure: I was given a free copy of Slow Cooker Soups and Stews for review purposes, as well as one copy to give away on my blog. All opinions are my own.)

Do you know my friend Peace, Love, & Low Carb?

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I don’t call her that to her face.

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Those photos above are from Portland last summer when my long-time online friend Kyndra and I got to hang out at Fitbloggin’ (with Mindy too).

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She is one of those people that make you feel cool by association when you hang out with them. I hate that there is a continent between us. She’s a Pacific Northwest girl. So far from Florida.

If you don’t know Peace, Love, & Low Carb then you are missing out on some delicious recipes. Kyndra is a master at recreating classic comfort food into healthy, low-carb versions that you can enjoy guilt-free. She just published her second cookbook, Slow Cooker Soups & Stews, in an ebook format and asked me if I’d be interested in test-driving it for my blog.

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Since I am forever mining her website for recipes, drool over every post on her Facebook page, and LOVED her first cookbook, Peace, Love, and Low Carb – The Cookbook – 3 Ingredients to a Healthier You, I didn’t hesitate to say, “Yes!”

First of all, I love the foreword by D.J.Foodie who I met once at the Central Florida Blogger and Social Media Conference. He is hilarious. The book also includes a list with links to Kyndra’s favorite things (i.e. my Christmas list).

Since I plan to make every recipe in this book I decided just to start at the first one…

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I was excited just loading up my crock pot with beef stock and mushrooms.

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Anything that starts with caramelized onions and garlic is bound to be delicious.

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Man, did my house smell amazing all day.

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With a couple of hours of cooking time left I added a huge bunch of chopped collard greens to include some green veggies in our one-bowl meal.

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This soup is sumptuous. The steak and mushrooms are amazing, but it’s the broth with it’s sour-creaminess that makes it so good. Chad was out of town last week, but the boys and I enjoyed this for two days, and I ate it for two meals the second day. With my NSNG lifestyle my “convenience foods” are mostly leftovers, so I was really happy that her recipes made PLENTY for at least two meals for the three of us, plus extra for me.

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A couple of days later, after I had a chance to run my crock through the dishwasher, I went to the next recipe in the book:

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All my photos of this recipe are terrible because it was late at night when I took the photos and my kitchen felt like a cave. But all of Kyndra’s photos are vibrant and the recipes are beautifully staged. She is known for her amazing food photography. Please don’t judge mine.

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I love having the ebook right on my phone. It’s so convenient in the kitchen.

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More caramelized onions and garlic…why mess with a good thing?

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Cue the horrendous photos.

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Despite that awful photo, the soup was outstanding.

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The next day the boys had leftovers for lunch and I added some crumbled bacon.

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I actually just ate the last bowl of leftovers of this soup while writing this post. Good to the last drop.

I know that I said I was going to work my way through the cookbook, but now I’m leaning towards making this one next, as Kyndra says it is one of her kids’ favorites:

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Oh man. There are 30 recipes in this cookbook and each one looks better than the last.

Kyndra has been nice enough to allow me to give away one copy of Slow Cooker Soups and Stews ($9.99 value). If you would like to win a copy, take a look at the table of contents on Amazon (click where it says “Look Inside”), and tell me in the comments which recipe you would make first. I will have Mack pick a winner on Friday (or as soon as I remember). This giveaway is now closed and the winner has been notified.

Be sure to Like the Peace, Love, & Low Carb Facebook page because Kyndra posts amazing recipes all the time, as well as special deals and more giveaways of her cookbooks. Check out her blog too, where the archive of amazing recipes is deep.

Thanks for letting me check out the new book Kyndra! I love it…and I love you!

Cya.

Airheads Trampoline Arena “Jump with Santa” giveaway

December 2, 2013 at 12:15 pm

(Disclosure: Airheads Trampoline Arena provided free passes for this giveaway as well as free passes for my family in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.)

The past week and a half has been jam-packed with friends, family, and fun. So much so that I never stopped to blog about any of it. I am planning one of my famous massive catch-up posts, but in the meantime I wanted to post this giveaway so that I can pick a winner before the weekend!

My friends at Airheads Trampoline Arena are hosting special “Jump with Santa Sundays” starting this weekend through Christmas.

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I’m thinking this is my only chance to get photos of my “older” kids with Santa this year. They love Airheads, and if they can whisper in Santa’s ear while jumping then I think they’ll JUMP at the chance! (sorry about that) I’m thinking airborne Santa will make a good photo op.

Airheads has been nice enough to offer a FREE family four pack of unlimited one day passes for the “Jump with Santa” event for one of my readers. The winner can choose the date that works best for him/her and can pick the passes up at the location of their choice (Tampa, Largo, or Orlando).

To enter, please leave a comment on this post letting me know that you would like to win! I’ll have Mack pick a winner on Friday so that the passes can be used this weekend if the winner would like. This contest is now closed.

Thanks Airheads!

Cya.

UPDATE: Mack picked a winner…congratulations Kelly!

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