Monday, August 15, 2016

Bush's Best Hummus Made Easy - Classic & Southwest Black Bean

A couple of years ago, I used to stay away from hummus because I thought it was made out of hominy..which I greatly dislike. When I found out that it was indeed not made out of hominy but garbanzo beans, which I bloody love, I tried it and instantly fell in love with it! Now I can happily say I freaking LOVE hummus! However, what I don't like is the price of Tahini, which is why I have only tried to make it once and failed miserably. Hint, don't use a small amount of peanut butter, which some blogs will suggest to you. It does NOT taste that great.

When I saw the commercial for Bush's Hummus Made Easy, I instantly knew I had to seek the packets out so I can make it at home! Let me first point out that this post is not sponsored in any way shape or form. I spent my own money on the packets and the beans, more than once. I wanted to share with you all some sexy lovely shots of the products and my opinion on them so you can figure out if you want to go out and try it for yourself! 

Now, there is a third packet, which I believe is Roasted Red Pepper. I don't like peppers, so I opted to skip out on buying it. The packets retail for $1.97 I believe and I found mine at my local Walmart. Lets be honest here though, I bought the Bush's beans for this post only. My butt is cheap and I usually just buy the generic beans, it's the same dang thing just without the added price of the brand name. 

I thought this picture was better than it actually was. Dang you lights and your glare!

Now, they say to make it in a food processor and for once, I agree with that. I tried to make these in my MagicBullet and it didn't go very well. I ended up busting out my food processor to finish the job and make it smooth. The Southwest Black Bean mix is not the sexiest thing to look at. It actually looks gross because of the oil that is in it, but don't be turned off by it! It's bloody great! I'm still going to make you look at it though!

No, you don't actually have to dump it in something else prior to mixing it. I did it for the sake of the post so you could see what each looked like. 
Once you have the beans and the mix together you have to mix and/or process it. Whichever you want to call it honestly. I think for the chickpeas because they are a little harder than the black beans, it took between 3-5 minutes to get it smooth. I did find that maybe one bean didn't get fully chopped up, but that's okay with me, because I like chunky hummus. Sometimes I'll buy an extra can and not let them get chopped totally and mix them is. So good to have texture!

Fully mixed, it looks like your typical hummus. Don't worry though, it made way more than this! Again, this was for "presentation" purposes. I believe this made 10 oz, but I could be wrong. Still that's a lot of hummus!

Classic Ingredients - Water, Tahini (Ground Sesame), Olive Oil, Garlic, Salt, Lemon Juice, Sugar, and Citric Acid.

Look at that closeup! yummo...o.O

The Southwest Black Bean was easier to mix because black beans are softer. Again it still took between 3-5 minutes to full blend it all together. 

Southwest Black Bean Ingredients- Water, Tahini (Ground Sesame), Roasted Red Bell Pepper, Olive Oil, Lime Juice, Garbanzo Beans, Garlic, Sea Salt, Tomato Paste, Sugar, Spices, Onion Powder, Paprika, Citric Acid, Garlic Powder, and Cilantro.

See, it doesn't look so bad anymore! Consistency wise, it's a little "thinner" than the classic. In a nutshell, it's not as thick because you are using a different bean of a different composition. 

Taste wise between the two, the Classic hummus tastes exactly like a regular old hummus..kind of. It's got an extra twang of lemon in it, but that could just be the citric acid. I do like it though! It's really good.
As for the Southwest Black Bean, it's got to be my favorite. It's got that got of spice to it, without actually being spicy. However, actually reading the ingredients, I didn't know it had roasted red pepper in it, so maybe I will give the roasted red pepper hummus a try. Why not?! 

I do really like both of these and I am so glad that Bush's came out with these! They make my life easier and I can make the hummus myself, which I like to do! I also want to experiment and maybe use the Southwest with Garbanzo beans, and maybe vice versa? See how that tastes! If I do, I will definitely share on either twitter, snapchat or Instagram!  Each are the same handle AuttyW if you want to follow!

Just for good measure, so you know, here are the ingredients for the Roasted Red Pepper Hummus (which you use with garbanzo beans) 
Water, Tahini (Ground Sesame), Roasted Red Bell Pepper, Olive Oil, Sea Salt, Lemon Juice, Sugar, Garlic, Paprika, Onion Powder, Citric Acid, and Garlic Powder.

What do you think?! Are you going to go out and buy some now!? I know that's where I will be heading when I head to the store soon! You can find these in the isle with the canned beans!


Thursday, August 11, 2016

DIY Coffee Face Scrub

This is probably going to be one of the most complex face masks that you will ever encounter. The amount of products that you need is just insane. I don't even know why I am telling you all this! It's just.....hah!

I'm kidding, this is probably one of the easiest DIY face masks you will encounter. You only need one thing and that is used coffee grounds. Yeah, that's really it. I am sure that you have see this multiple times before, but my friend Polarbelle suggested me doing a DIY face mask maybe. I"m not going to suggest something that I don't use, so I went for the coffee face scrub/mask thing. Because, why not?
If you don't drink coffee at home, I know at one point Starbucks was either giving their grounds away or they were selling them. I am not sure if they are doing it anymore though. Trying your local coffee shop as well. They could be more than willing to give up their grounds because it's less trash for the to deal with. Or heck, just ask a coffee drinking friend! Luckily for me, my entire family, except for myself, drinks coffee. I always have an over abundance of coffee grounds in the house!
Just take the grounds and apply them to your face. Just slather those bad boys on! Make yourself coffee faced and drink some coffee (or tea). This is really good for your skin. It's best to use in the morning because it will help wake your skin up. Plus, when you're ready to wash it off, it is a mild exfoliator! TWO USES! Blasphemy. But yes, dual use...well really if you can use it for compost as well..So I get that would be multi-use. Good for you and your plants.
I leave this on for 5-10 minutes and wash it off.
Your skin will feel awake, energized and plump. Plump? Well, lets just say your face will feel amazing. I suggest doing this in the morning, because why wake up your skin to just go to bed?! No point in that. Follow this up with your morning skincare routine!
Sidenote: ridiculous faces not needed but thoroughly enjoyed.

Have you ever done a coffee face mask? Would you try one if you haven't?!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Busch Gardens Lure-A-Thon PokemonGo until August 7th!

I'm sure we have all been swept up by the phenomenon of PokemonGo since it's release in the US on the 7th of July....Well, at least I have! I honestly have to say that I am quite addicted to the game!

Busch Gardens a week or so held a Lure-a-Thon at the Tampa location as well as SeaWorld Orlando. Did they hold it at their other parks? I have no idea, these are the two I follow because they're "local" to me. I missed the first one because, let's face was crazy! Tons and Tons of people.

I have been to Busch Gardens since and I do have to say that there is an insane amount of Pokestops and three Gyms. Did I see any crazy amazing Pokemon? No, but I have seen pictures of what others have seen! There was a Gyrados and I heard a rumor of someone jumping a fence for a Pikachu. Whether that is true, I don't know, but it's one of those head shaking moments!

Going on daily until August 7th / 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. & 5 p.m. – 9 p.m

Just LOOK at all of those Pokestops. You hit one right as you are coming into the park past the front gates.  There are a couple that show up on the app itself that are not able to be gotten from the guest area, so please do not go into employee only areas or ride restricted areas! It's not worth it to get ejected from the park, your pass possibly being revoked and worst case scenario...arrested. Please be cautious and not a jerk!

The three gyms are at different locations.
The Lion Topiary at the front of the park
Sheikra Drop 
Congo Train Station

Now, the color on the map isn't the actual color of the gyms, we all know how they change! I watched Sheikra change at least 10 times within a 40 minute time frame. So you just never know who will have what gym when you go! I have heard that one of the Ride Operators who is Team Valor usually has it for the reds! Man has some strong Pokemon too!

There are areas within the park that does have WiFi but they are far and few in between. I believe there are a total of three. The front gate, Cheetah Hunt Plaza, and Stanleyville Plaza, I've never been able to get my phone to connect to the WiFi in park, but you may have better luck than I.

There are Air Conditioned PokeStops. DragonFire Grille, the newly opened Serengeti Overlook Restaurant  and the Tiger Overlook also has a little bit of air conditioning. Please remember to stay hydrated and try and keep yourself cool since you will be outside!

There are some charging stations in the park that can be utilized. I know there is one inside the DragonFire Grille as well as one that is outside where you can plug your USB cable or your wall socket in. Also, in the Tiger Overlook, Zambia Smokehouse, Serengeti Overlook there are actual plugs that you can plug your charger into if needed! I got your back with that! I am always on the hunt for more though since I blog at the park a lot with my computer! I will find more and report back!

If you have them, remember to charge your battery packs, that way you wont have to be restricted to an outlet while your phone charges!

If you have some eggs to hatch, and lets be honest we all do ride the train. There is 2.5 miles worth of track and there are also Pokestops that you can only get by hopping on the train! Hatch those eggs! I've got a 10km one that I need to hatch so you know where to find me tomorrow! I'm guessing I will have to take about three trips fully around to hatch it! Hopefully it's a Mr.Mime! '

Busch Gardens is also offering Pokemon Hubs for each team at 3 different locations!

Now, with the drinks. The Fruity Spritzer, Lemon Twist and the Blue Raspberry are all non-alcoholic and start off at $2.50 and I believe you can upgrade them to alcoholic for $6.

For the entrees you have to have the coordinating sticker to do the buy an entree get a desert for free. Only get the sticker for your team though! No cheating.

this event goes on every day until August 7th! I suggest that if you want to attend, go on a weekday if you're able too, it wont be as crowded as on a weekend! Even better though is go when school starts again! Granted it wont be a lure-a-thon but plenty of people drop lures and it wont be so crazy!

Will you be going?!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Rolled Egg Omelette

There really isn't a set recipe for this at all. I didn't measure, the entire thing is too taste. The most important part of this is the actual cooking process. I styled my Rolled Egg Omelette after Tamagoyaki from Japan. It's exactly the same thing, except I didn't use any Japanese seasonings nor did I use the traditional pan. You can find them for around $10+ on Amazon though, but I just haven't invested in one as of yet. I'm honestly quite fine making mine in my round pan. If you do want to make it more Traditional you will need Sugar, Dashi and Soy Sauce. I've also heard of them being make with Sake and Mirin. But like I said, it's all personal preference. I don't like fishy things so I avoid Dashi.

What I use in mine is;
2 Eggs
Badia Complete Seasoning
Green Onions
Butter for the pan.

You can change out the butter for Coconut oil or whatever your prefered substance is to cook with. I however had butter, so that is what I used.
Two eggs is actually considered ONE serving, so that is what I used. You will need two eggs though to make enough to be able to roll it. This also can be saved for later in the day or the next day. However, this is too much for me, so I tend to split it in half with Chris or someone else. Again, use as many or as little as you would like. You can also add more things into this, I have added cheese and meat before.

Would this be easier to make just a regular omelette? Sure, but this is fun to do I find. 
Another thing, you don't need a Magic Bullet or anything fancy to make this, you can use a fork or a whisk. I just prefer to use it because I'm just that weird person. Don't judge! :P If you do happen to use a blender, food processor or a Magic Bullet, don't fret when the beginning layer and possibly the end layer comes out frothy. That's just from being whipped. It threw me off the first time it happened, but have no fear! It will cook just the same!
You are going to need a well greased pan for the eggs to not stick! 
 You also may need to do it again during the process depending on how many flips you use. 

Add some of your egg to the pan and let it cook until you can see it staring to bubble. I let mine cook until it's just about fully cooked.
Start your flipping process. You a spatula for this, it makes it easier. The first roll is always the hardest!
(I so did not get the entire process because it's kind of hard to cook and flip and egg and take a picture at the same time)

Continue adding egg to the pan after each completed flip to the other side of the pan

BAM! baby, just slap that baby on a plate and enjoy! If you want to make it all "fancy" just trim the ends a little bit and you'll have something a little more shapely! 

I just want to point out, I bought these brown eggs for just this post. I wanted damn "fancy" eggs instead of just plain ol' white chicken eggs. Was there a difference? Not at all. Total personal preference again.

Obligatory inside shot because it looks freaking delicious!

I'm sure there are ways to make each layer thinner but I prefer it like this. It does take a few extra minutes to make, but I mean why not! Make it for that special someone...or if you're like me make it for yourself!

What do you think? Will you try this?!