vegan ice creamThis revised edition of Vice Cream features more than 90 delicious ice cream recipes using all-vegan ingredients like nuts, dates, coconut milk, maple syrup, and fruit, plus recipes for raw vegan ice creams and sauces.

Whether you’re vegan, lactose intolerant, or following a dairy-free diet, you don’t have to miss out on one of the world’s favorite desserts. Although ice cream substitutes are available, none of them achieves the richness of the real thing or offers the breadth of delicious flavors—until now. Vegan Ice Cream offers decadent frozen alternatives that don’t rely on milk, cream, or refined white sugar. Instead, these luscious recipes use nut milks, fresh fruit, and natural sweeteners to create simple and inventive ice cream flavors, from old favorites like Chocolate Chip and Strawberry to exotic creations such as Pecan Pie, Pomegranate, Kiwi Mandarin, Piña Colada, Chai, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Gingersnap, and many more.

This fully revised edition now features more than 90 recipes, including raw vegan ice creams and sauces, and full-color photography throughout. From the very first taste, you’ll be astonished at just how tasty and rich vegan ice cream can be. So make room in your freezer, and never miss out on the joys of ice cream again.

My Review

Not what you expect, but not bad either!

For anyone that is vegan or has a dairy dietary restriction, this book is perfect to give you the ‘I scream for ice cream’ fix that all of us want.

In order to make the ice cream recipes in this book, you do need to have an ice cream maker, and within an hour’s time you can have fresh, homemade ice cream. Most of the recipes in this book make approximately a quart of ice cream. I do have to warn you that the ingredients needed to make vegan ice cream are easy to come by but can be expensive as well. Some of the common ingredients used in many of these recipes include raw cashews, real maple syrup, and pitted honey dates. If you are going into eating vegan ice cream thinking it is “regular” ice cream then you will be disappointed. It is different but still yum. Because no dairy products are involved, the consistency of the ice cream is unique as well. Each recipe will make a frozen treat not void of taste.

The other thing I noted is that my ice cream maker said it would automatically turn off when the ice cream was ready. Because of the unique texture of the vegan ice cream, I don’t think the machine registered it as “done.” After the recommended time limit, I checked the ice cream and it was ready to serve and eat.

I think the author has put a GREAT deal of time researching and perfecting these recipes to make them delicious every time. There is such a variety of flavor choices that everyone can find a favorite, or two, or three, to love. Definitely worth a trail taste bud testing to see if it’s right for you.

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Waterbrook Press sent me the above book for review purposes. It will allow me to keep the book. I have no other connection to and have received no other compensation from Waterbrook Press.


Wednesday, July 09, 2014

ARK Survival Gear: Heirloom Vegetable Garden Survival Seeds

by Diane Estrella

100% USA, Heirloom Vegetable Garden Survival Seeds, 30 Varieties With Over 7500+ High Quality Heirloom Seeds NON GMO Organic, NON Hybrid Seeds. All Seeds Are Proudly USA Sourced & Come with LIFETIME GUARANTEE & Bonus Survival Guide. Extended Life Breathable Paper Storage NOT Plastic!

ark survival seedsMake Sure Your Family Doesn’t Go Hungry During Times of Crisis with Our Heirloom Seeds

The simple truth is ‘We KNOW Seeds’ & our HEIRLOOM, NON GMO, NON Hybrid, open pollinated seeds are THE HIGHEST QUALITY you’ll find anywhere!

Our customers are important to us and we stand by our seeds, so much so that we provide a LIFETIME 100% MONEY BACK GUARANTEE.

Why Ark Survival Heirloom Seeds Pack is Superior

-Our survival seed kit truly is a complete kit as we not only plan the seeds in the kit for maximum nutrition we also include herbs for medicinal purposes, as in times of crisis you may not have as easy access to health care as you once did.

-We purposely use paper seed packets because being experts with seeds we know from experience that this prolongs the life of the seeds and avoid using tin foil and vapor plastic storage containers and packaging, which can very easily trap vapor when opened and closed and this can ruin your seeds fast!

-Every seed we provide comes with full germination, planting & harvesting instructions, to ensure our customers get the best results.

-Comes with free Survival E-book with survival gardening & long term food preservation & storage advice. Plus survival gardening video course (instant download)

We’ve Got You Covered

We offer a LIFETIME, 100% Money Back Guarantee. The fact is we know our seeds are the best and we can offer such a solid guarantee because of this. Try our heirloom seeds RISK FREE today!

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My Review

I’m ready! Are you?

You just never know what’s coming down the road. There are things you can plan for and things you can’t. ARK Survival Gear has got you covered with Survival Seeds. If anything happens, be it job loss, catastrophic price increases in food, or even the zombie apocalypse, the most important things to have stocked up and ready for any type of emergency is food and water. Having Survival Seeds ensures that you will be able to feed yourself for an extended period of time.

The important thing about Survival Seeds is that they are “heirloom” quality. That means that they have not been genetically altered and are as pure to organic as possible. Most of the seed seletions included are not “off the shelf” seeds you can buy at the grocery store. Along with a wonderful variety of vegetables, Survival Seeds also include different herbs (i.e. dill, oregano, and basil) and possible plants that can be used for holistic medicinal purposes including yarrow, Echinacea, and catnip.

Within six days of planting the Straight Eight Cucumber seeds, beautiful green leaves germinated and they are all ready to plant.

We plan ahead for retirement, kids’ college, and stock market crashes, why not make a small investment that will continue to give you peace of mind that regardless of what happens, you will have food and can get through whatever crisis comes your way. A definite sure-thing investment that you hope you will never have to cash in, but you can sleep soundly knowing if its needed, you’re covered.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


Saturday, July 05, 2014

A Match of Wits by Jen Turano

by Diane Estrella

a match of wits

About the Book

After his departure from New York two years ago to meet up with his almost-fiancée, Zayne Beckett is the last person Agatha Watson wanted to stumble upon in her travels as a reporter with the New York Tribune. Quite pathetically bedraggled, he clearly needs to be taken in hand and sent back East to his family. Although she no longer has feelings for him, Agatha realizes, by hook or by crook, she’ll have to be the one to get the obstinate man home.

Zayne has no desire to be taken anywhere and is prepared to drag his heels all the way home… until he finds himself slipping back into the familiar banter of his former friendship with Agatha. Once they arrive in New York, Zayne realizes Agatha’s determined nose for news has earned her a few enemies, and he hopes to repay her help with some help of his own. When she rebuffs all his attempts to prove himself a knight in shining armor, the lengths to which they’ll go to win this battle of wills lead to some memorable antics.

Everyone else may think them a match, but nothing could be further from the truth–until Agatha finds herself in real trouble. Have these two stubborn, too-smart-for-their-own-good people been meant for each other all along?

My Review

Just fun!

Everybody knows that a spoiled guard pig makes the best of pets.  ;)

I know exactly what to expect when I read a Jen Turano book and am always satisfied afterwards. Lots of quirky antics that keeps me coming back for more and leaving a happy smile on my face as well. Besides, everyone knows you should never give a woman dynamite, fake whiskers, or a garter to carry her loaded gun…

All of Jen’s heroines are strong and independent, but know the value of a good man by their side. This book is no exception and Agatha and Zayne are perfectly matched from start to finish. When you find the one that you can be your self with and go wit for wit with, you have a match made in heaven to be sure. This just goes to show that the fourth times a charm in getting things right!

I especially enjoyed hearing 8 year old Piper’s contributions to this tale. Her sage advice was the turnaround in this story. I am jealous for her wisdom and intuition.

I am also excited to hear that Jen has a new Wallflower Series coming out in 2015 which is sure to be more great reading for me. Just take a look at the beautiful cover. Sweet!

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The publisher and Jen Turano provided me with a book to review. I have no other connection to and have received no other compensation from Bethany House or Jen Turano.


Friday, July 04, 2014

Vegetable Spiralizer from Procizion

by Diane Estrella

vegetable spiralizer

If you love pasta, but want to cut out the carbs in a healthier, tastier way, then check out this cool new Spiral Vegetable Slicer. This compact kitchen spiralizer creates endless julienne spiral strands from zucchinis, carrots, squashes, cucumbers, potatoes, radishes and other firm vegetables for healthier raw pastas, stir-fries, garnishes, and more. Designed for the raw foodists, Paleo and low carb dieter looking for the perfect gluten free healthy meal using vegetables instead of flour.

Designed for the raw foodists, Paleo and low carb dieter looking for the perfect gluten free healthy meal using vegetables instead of flour.

  • Includes two great bonuses: ★Bonus #1★ – Vegetable and fruit peeler that has an ultra sharp blade capable of dual action motion to help cut peeling time in half. You can peel in any direction. ★★Bonus #2★★ – Cleaning brush for easy, safe and convenient cleaning.
  • The two julienne sizes of 2 x 3 mm or 3.5 x 5 mm spirals are perfect to create vegetable stir-fries or pasta dishes, and to decorate serving dishes.
  • The combination of high-quality plastic and stainless steel means it can be cleaned simply in the dishwasher. No assembly required.

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My Review

I was very excited to try out the Vegetable Spiralizer from Procizion. I think it makes vegetables look fun to eat.

Unfortunately, the Spiralizer did not live up to my expectations.

I cut myself twice on it, once on the blade itself and once on the lid. There is a small spike on the lid to help hold the vegetable in place and it poked me. The handle was also difficult to hold which made it hard to grasp both to use and clean it. A cleaning brush is included to help clean out the blade, but with strong carrots stuck inside it took me more time then I wanted to spend trying to get the carrot piece unstuck. There is NO way I could let my kids (ages 14 and 12) use this or even wash it out. Way too many chances of getting cut.

I think, in general, it was a design failure for the gadget. I think the Spiralizer is a great idea but it needed to be designed so as to prevent cuts and make it easier to hold and clean out. I really wanted to like this but can not recommend it to my readers at this time.

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


Monday, June 30, 2014

Number One Nutrition Omega 3 Krill Oil Review

by Diane Estrella

number one nutrition omega 3 krill oil

“Say goodbye to your Fish Oil. Be 3x more satisfied with Krill Oil!

What is Krill Oil ?

Krill Oil comes from Krill. Krill is a small shrimp specie, the main food source to many Omega-3 rich fishes. Number One Krill Oil is a top supplement which is proven to help improve heart health, joint pain, lower cholesterol and ease PMS symptoms.


-  Krill is a Natural source of Omega 3 – 6 – 9
- Studies show that Krill oil is 3 times more potent than fish oil.
- Clinically Proven to be 37.2% more absorbed by the body than fish oil
- Contains Powerful Astaxanthin Antioxidants
-  Dr. Oz Recommends Krill Oil as a source of Omega 3
- Easy to swallow pills and no aftertaste or fish burps.

This is how Number One Krill Oil may help you:

  • Promotes Cardiovascular Health
  • Support Joint Health
  • Relieve PMS Symptoms”

My Review

I have been taking the Omega 3 Krill Oil softgels from Number One Nutrition for a little while now and I can say that I do like them. They are small and easy to swallow. I think that Omega 3 oils are sorely lacking from most American diets, so this is a perfect way to easily incorporate them into any diet. In my opinion, oils in general keep things running smoothly, so of course we need some “oil” to keep our bodies functioning at optimal health.

Now, I will admit that when you open up the bottle, there is a “fishy” smell inside. However! When I put them into my mouth there is no fishy taste. There is also no aftertaste of this either. Obviously, since this Omega 3 oil contains Krill which is a shellfish, no one with this allergy should take them. I love fish and have no allergies so I am delighted with the smell and product in general.

Definitely worth a try. See if Omega 3 Krill Oil can bring some kind of benefit into your diet and health regiment.

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


Friday, June 27, 2014


by Diane Estrella

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

yacon syrup


Our Yacon (Smallanthus sonchifolius) Syrup is sourced from naturally grown organic Yacon fields in the country of Peru. We use the HIGHEST quality Yacon plant to make a premium pure syrup formula.
Yacon syrup has shown to remains low in calories and low on the glycemic index scale. This is due to the fact that the sugar contains high levels of oligofructose (inulin), a form of sugar that is not metabolized readily by the human body. For this reason, Yacon is ideal for diabetics and acts as a great alternative to conventional low calorie sweeteners.


  • 100% pure Yacon syrup has shown to assist in weight management, increase fiber intake and promotes good bowel function.
  • Other benefits include: Lowers blood sugar. Prevents and controls hyperglycemia (over activity). Restores renal activity. Is a powerful Antioxidant.
  • High in prebiotics and probiotics, this syrup contains up to 50% of FOS (fructooligosacharides). It has been found that consumption of FOS does not increase blood glucose, and helps boost your bodies metabolism.
  • Naturally grown and sourced from the fields in Peru. Organic certified by our manufacturing specialists.
  • 100% pure raw organic syrup formula with no added preservatives. Bottled and tested in a FDA certified GMP facility in the USA.

yacon syrup label

My Review

I had no idea what to expect.

I had never heard of Yacon syrup before this review today. It definitely has a distinctive taste and smell. When I was pregnant, I would take a spoonful of blackstrap molasses every day to boost my iron levels. Yacon reminds me of the taste and smell of this molasses although it is not as thick. I think this would be great to add to tea or in place of where ever you would use honey as a sweetener. It certainly presents a unique opportunity to see how you can incorporate it into your lifestyle. I also like that this has minimal carbohydrates and sugars. This would be ideal for someone following a low-carb diet.

The Life & Food Yacon Syrup is 100% raw and organic. There are no artificial ingredients included, no gluten or GMO either, plus it is made in the USA which is always a positive in my book.

This syrup may not be to everyone’s tastes, but I think it is something worth giving a try to. A REAL sweetener that can be easily incorporated into the needs of a health conscientious diet.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.