Posted on April 1, 2015 by Kelly
It has been almost a whole month since my last post. That month has gone by so quickly. Luckily, the pieces are falling together, and the days are getting easier. My little newborn is happy and not as needy of every second attention as she was a month ago. Even when she is not sleeping during the day, she is pretty content hanging out and looking around at things. All of these things combined is making it easier for me to get some more “me time” and do things that had been put on the back burner for a bit while I adjusted to life with a tiny baby. (I just finished my Project Life spread from the week she was born…that was over two months ago)
I have been posting slightly more often on my other family/life blog, so if (the five of you that are still reading) miss my posts, you could go over there to check out what has been going on.
I have a couple of posts that have been in draft for weeks, and I am hoping to get those published in April, and hopefully get back on track for a post or two a week. I miss writing this blog – and having things to write about – so hopefully I’ll be back soon!
In the mean time, you can always follow me on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram
Oh, and GO BADGERS!!
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Posted on March 2, 2015 by Kelly
Full Disclosure: I was sent the Almond Breeze almond milk for free through the Blue Diamond Tastemakers program. I am not being compensated for this post, and as always, the opinions are completely my own.
A couple of weeks ago, I got an email from the nice people at Blue Diamond asking if I wanted to try their Unseweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze almond milk. Since I have been home with the baby, I have been in a bit of a food rut. Not everything that I’ve been eating is bad – in fact, I feel like I have some good healthy snacks in the rotation right now – but I felt like this opportunity might be just what I needed to add something new to the mix. I actually haven’t ever tried almond milk before, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to try something new as well.
I know that a lot of people enjoy almond milk in their coffee, and in smoothies. I have plans to try doing this, but for now I decided to use it in a recipe. I just used the generic recipe from the Bisquick box and replaced the regular milk for almond milk. (I actually always add more milk than what the recipe calls for because I like my pancakes a little bit thinner than their recipe.) I couldn’t’ really tell the difference between using almond milk and the normal cows milk that I use. The texture of the pancakes was the same, and the flavor was the same as well.
I did also try some almond milk plain as well, just to see the difference from cows milk. The flavor and texture was definitely different, it has a different flavor and is a bit thicker. I did not enjoy the flavor plain but it wasn’t strong enough that it would change the flavor of a smoothie or cereal if I used it that way. I actually rarely every drink cow’s milk plain as it is….unless I’m dunking Oreo’s in it… so I can’t say that I love the flavor of cows milk just on its own either.
There are a couple of things that I definitely do enjoy about the almond milk. It is a nice non-dairy alternative milk. I’m not anti-dairy by any means (I <3 cheese) but sometimes it’s nice to have an alternative that is easy to substitute. I also really enjoy that you can buy it shelf-stable. Because I don’t use milk all that often, the half-gallon that we buy often only gets used once or twice before it is expired. But of course, the times that we don’t have milk are the times that I need to use it for something. Since almond milk is shelf stable, I could buy some and just have it as a backup in case I need it for a baking or cooking project.
Tell me: Are you an almond milk fan?
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