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Monday, January 16, 2017

Pringles Potato Crisps 2016 Holiday Flavors

Pringles Potato Crisps
2016 Holiday Flavors


Since Mama Melissa has become pre-diabetic, I have been trying to limit myself on the sweet snacks. I don't feel it's fair that I'm pigging out on cookies, cakes and pies in front of her (even though she says she doesn't care), so my 'sweet snacks' have been limited to whatever comes in the Love With Food boxes.

Pringles have now become our 'go-to' snack. They play nicely with Mama Melissa's '3g or less of sugar' diet, and they also are soft enough for my oral/gum issues.

When these came out in November 2016, I picked up these two cans, intending to pick up the 3rd flavor, Sugar Cookie, during a trip to Walmart. Sadly, that trip never happened, and I REFUSE to pay eBay's or Amazon's outrageous prices, even if shipping is included!

So, Let's look at 2 of the 3 Holiday Flavors released in 2016.

SALTED CARAMEL



Caramel aficionados will enjoy the smoothness of Pringles Salted Caramel, a new holiday flavor from the Kellogg Co. brand that blends salt with sweet, buttery caramel.






I originally bought these for Mama Melissa, since she loves her sweets and these actually fell within her ‘sugar limit’ of 3 grams per food item. These chips have 2 grams of sugar per serving, so they are safe for her diet. I figured this way, she could have something sweet to munch on and not mess with her numbers.
However, she ate 3 of them and nearly threw up. She then handed me the can… and now I know why.
When normally eating a salted caramel cube, I taste equal amounts of the salt and the caramel. On these chips? Not so much.
There is literally NO salt flavor; none. I couldn’t even taste actual caramel. All I could taste was SYRUP… like pancake syrup. Honestly, it was like taking some sort of ‘chopped’ potato product (french fries, home fries, tater tots, etc) and completely drowning them in Maple pancake syrup.
Eating too many of these in one sitting will make you nauseous. I ate these one night, just to get rid of them and I went to bed completely sick to my stomach.
TASTE: 2/10

PECAN PIE




The fourth seasonal release, Pecan Pie, condenses the nutty, caramel-y flavor of the Thanksgiving favorite into chip form.







Not sure where they got 4 Holiday Flavors, since all the research I did only showed 3 flavors released in 2016; Salted Caramel, Pecan Pie and Sugar Cookie.
Anyway, after trying the Salted Caramel ones and not liking them, I was skeptical of trying the Pecan Pie chips. But, I didn’t want to just review ONE flavor, so I had Mama Melissa pick me up a can when she went to Dollar General (which seem to be the only place to get the Salted Caramel and the Pecan Pie flavors).
While Mama Melissa said these ‘tasted like air,’ I actually LOVED them. There are NOT overly sweet, like the Salted Caramel flavor, and I could still taste the ‘Original’ Pringles flavor, just with a sweetness to it.
I’m not a bit ashamed to admit I ate half a can in one night. Having NEVER ate Pecan Pie in my life, I was completely surprised I liked these as much as I did.
TASTE: 10/10

The hardest problem a disabled person will have with these chips is actually opening the paper pull-lid... and not eating them all in one sitting.

These are limited time only flavors, so you MAY have a hard time finding these now that the holidays are over.. I have yet to spot these in any other store. However, there are plenty of sellers on eBay that have these (and other flavors) for sale. Amazon also carries this flavor.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Batting 1 for 2 here. I'd love to get another can of the Pecan Pie flavor, but I don't think I'd eat the Salted Caramel flavor again.
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Chewy Blogger - June 2016

Chewy.com

ABOUT CHEWY.COM
We’re dog and cat lovers who want only the best-quality products for our pets. And we’re always on the go. That’s why we created Chewy.com: a specialty pet retailer stocking the very best brands under one roof, with fast delivery right to yours.

Consider us your neighborhood pet store, but better. We’re knowledgeable and always ready to answer your questions. But you won’t have to lug that fifty-pound bag of dog food to your car because we’ll deliver it right to your door. 
So, I'm VERY far behind, and trying to play catchup here.

It's no secret I spoil Chase. Every shopping trip, he gets either a toy or a treat.

I stumbled across Chewy's blogger program, and love it. Chase get spoiled every month.

For June 2016, we chose two products to test, the Hill's Ideal Balance Breakfast Medleys biscuits and Wellness Petite Dog Treats. Let's take a look.

Hill's Ideal Balance Breakfast Medleys with Country Chicken & Egg
Just as we humans need a great breakfast to give us a good start to the day; our dogs need a boost in the mornings too. Hill's Ideal Balance Breakfast Medleys are tasty, soft waffle shaped breakfast treats for your dog, so he can enjoy a snack as he starts his day. These treats are natural, made with chicken as #1 ingredient and with NO grains, wheat or soy. Made in the USA.

Key Benefits
Natural
Real chicken is the #1 ingredient
Grain free
Made in U.S.A.
NO wheat, corn, or soy
No added artificial preservatives, colors or flavors


The outer bag


^^Closeup of the biscuit^^

When we first got these, Chase wasn’t quite sure what to make of these treats. They were a little big for his mouth, so they took a few bites for him to eat. He seemed to like them, but they weren’t one of his favorite treats. He usually was finishing this up during our dinner time, which is usually about 5ish PM.
Since then, he has warmed up to them, but it’s still not one of his favorite treats.

Wellness Petite Dog Treats in Lamb, Apples & Cinnamon
Wellness Petite Treats are just the right size for small breed dogs. These little morsels have a delicious taste with healthy ingredients their small bodies deserve. Each mini-bite is packed with great flavor from whole foods along with flaxseed to promote a healthy, shiny coat. A tasty unique snack for your little canine!

Key Benefits
Specially formulated to meet the needs of small breed dogs
Made with only premium all natural ingredients
Vitamins, minerals and fatty acids support healthy skin and coat
Fiber and probiotics help enhance digestion
Makes the perfect reward or everyday treat


^^The outer bag^^


^^Closeup of the size on the bag^^


^^Closeup of the biscuit to show texture -- NOT ACTUAL SIZE^^

While these are more suited for Chase’s mouth, he doesn’t seem to like them. This struck me as odd, since he does like apples when they are tiny bits. I’m not entirely sure if it’s the lamb or the cinnamon that is turning him off from these, but I don’t really think it’s the cinnamon, since I accidentally dropped a piece of cinnamon cereal and Chase scoffed it up and was begging for more!
We can get him to eat these if we mix it into his food, where he can’t notice it, but otherwise, he does not like them.

As with most treat bags, these both have the ‘Ziploc’ style seals, and if not lined up properly, may not seal tightly. This is the MAIN issue I see disabled people having with these bags. The plus side to ordering from chewy.com is they deliver right to your door. For someone disabled, who maybe doesn't drive or relies on public transportation, this is completely helpful.

The Hill's Ideal Balance Breakfast Medleys with Country Chicken & Egg is no longer available from Chewy.com, but the Wellness Petite Dog Treats in Lamb, Apples & Cinnamon treats are available. Please click the link above to see prices and other varieties.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Greta prices and brand names... Best spot to go for pet stuff without leaving your home!
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes

**I AM A CHEWY.COM BLOGGER. As per FTC guidelines, I received this product in exchange for an honest review. Only compensation I received is the product(s) mentioned above. All opinions are my own and your usage/results may vary.**

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Love with Food December 2016 box

Love with Food
December 2016 box

What is Love With Food?
Love With Food helps you discover new organic or all-natural snacks delivered to your door every month. Our subscription membership starts as low as $10/month. Every month, Love With Food members will receive a curated box of unique, hard-to-find tasty snacks which varies based on seasonal themes.

For every box sold, we donate a meal to several food banks such as the Feeding America Network and Share Our Strength - No Kid Hungry. Join us to help end child hunger one meal at a time!

Say goodbye to boring grocery selections and start discovering your Love With Food experience!
January's box is on it's way, so it's time for the monthly post!

It’s that special time of year again – and at Love With Food it’s even more special. Why? Our December box is curated by none other than Tiffani Thiessen herself! We’re so excited to see what you think of all the goodies she picked for you. This might be just your favorite Love With Food box ever!

And we even got a ‘Holiday Postcard’ from the founder & CEO of Love With Food…
BEST WISHES FOR A MOUTHWATERING HOLIDAY SEASON
Love With Food has donated more than ONE MILLION meals to fight world hunder – thanks to all of your generosity and support! We hope your holidays are merry and bright, and don’t forget that your love has made such a difference to so many. We couldn’t do what we do everyday without each and every one of you.
Help us spread the love this holiday season. Gift Love With Food to your loved ones!
Cheers to helping us do good!
Sincerely,
Aihui Ong (CEO) & Team Love With Food

*It would be safe to assume these snacks are gluten-free only unless otherwise noted.


^^what I received^^

PAMELA’S GLUTEN FREE CHOCOLATE BROWNIE MIX
Living in a house with 3 diabetics, I knew this was a no-go. It had 18 grams of sugar, and it would never be baked. I ended up giving this to my cousin Nicole.
TASTE: UNKNOWN
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free

BARNEY BUTTER ALMOND BUTTER in SMOOTH
I reviewed the crunchy Almond Butter packet back in July 2016. This month, I got the Smooth variety and while it was delicious, it was very hard to ‘mix’ in the packet and actually squeeze out and spread onto my toast in the morning. I think if it had came in a single-serving cup, I would have had better luck. I did like the taste of it and it pairs well with Pepperidge Farm Pumpkin Swirl bread.
TASTE: 9/10 on taste alone, 3/10 for the packaging.
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Dairy-free, Non-GMO

LUNA BAR in DARK CHOCOLATE HAZLENUT
I was kind of expecting a chalky protein bar here, but this was more along the lines of a granola bar. I was also expecting a bitter taste, since it is made with dark chocolate. But it was pleasantly sweet.
I also like the fact that it only has 3 grams of sugar, which means Mama Melissa COULD have eaten it. However, she doesn’t like hazlenuts, so she wouldn’t eat it anyway.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free, Non-GMO

CRUNCHY ROB’S BANGIN’ CHEDDAR POPCORN
FROM THE BACK OF THE BAG: Hi! I’m Rob…
my childhood was filled with wonder and passion. I dreamt of making snacks and making people happy.
My first snacks were made by hand in 1986; clean snacks that were both delicious and functional. I knew then the importance of beneficial blends and seasonings made with real ingredients, and I continue to use them today.
Crunchy Rob’s Bangin’ Cheddar is a perfectly popped white Non-GMO corn that will make you crave more.
You can follow us and be a part of our journey which has lasted 30 years.
Thanks so much, from the bottom of my heart.
‘Live & Enjoy!’ – My mother’s mantra
Rob

This surprised me, to be honest. When I opened the bag, I expected the orange kernels that is typical of cheddar popcorn. This was white cheddar flavor, which I would have known if I had read the bag before diving in! The white cheddar made it all the better.
That being said, I didn’t taste a difference between this and other white cheddar popcorn. This was one of my absolute favorites of the box.
TASTE: 10/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free

SALMAS OVEN BAKED CORN CRACKER
Take either a Restaurant-Style Tostitos chip or plain popcorn and flatten it into a cracker. This was delicious and one of my absolute favorites of the box.
TASTE: 10/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free, Diabetic-friendly, Low-fat, Low-Cholesterol

SURF SWEETS ORGANIC JELLY BEANS
I reviewed these in the Send Me Gluten Free box in October 2015. I liked these a lot. Even though these are organic, none of the sweet flavors were lost on these. The jelly beans tasted like normal jelly beans, just a little less sweet.
TASTE: 9.5/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free

NIB MOR ‘DAILY DOSE OF DARK’ CHOCOLATE BAR
Nope. Not happening. I can’t STAND dark chocolate, and while I actually liked the Luna Bars above, This one was a no-go. I took one bite and the rest went in the garbage.
Save 15% on your order at shopnibmor.com with the code ‘LOVEWITHNIBMOR’
TASTE: 2/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Organic, Vegan

REDD PEANUT BUTTER SUPERFOOD ENERGY BAR
I’m lost as to how to describe this. It had the texture of a brownie, yet it had the crunch of a granola bar, or at least crispy rice.
Being it was a ‘superfood’ bar, I expected it to taste bland and disgusting. But the peanut butter gave it just enough of a sweet taste that it was yummy. It DID have a little bit of an aftertaste, but it wasn’t anything that wouldn’t make it edible, at least not for me.
Save 20% on your order at reddbar.com with the code ‘lovewithredd’
TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free

HORIZON ORGANIC GLUTEN FREE CHEESY MAC in WHITE CHEDDAR
2nd box of this I’ve received… or maybe 3rd… I’m not 100% sure. I seem to have reviewed this before, yet I found an unopened box in the cupboard before New Year’s.
When this is made, I will edit this.
TASTE: ?/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free, Organic

GOGO SQUEEZ YOGURTZ in STRAWBERRY and BANANA
I’m going to review these separately, since there are two flavors.

STRAWBERRY
When I was a teenager, there was a ice cream shop in Montrose called Scoops. It was owned by the same people that owned the shoe store/shoe cobbler, and they made the BEST strawberry shakes. Mommy and I would stop there weekly for a shake (her weekly diabetic ‘cheat treat’) and for $1.50+tax, you couldn’t beat them. (They also made some really good meals, and a lot of the times I’d walk to town, I’d stop there if I got hungry before I walked home.)
The Strawberry yogurt tasted EXACTLY like one of their strawberry shakes, just melted down into ‘strawberry milk.’ This yogurt brought back SO many good memories for me… but yet, made me sad and depressed because of those memories.

BANANA
Mama Melissa and her family got me hooked on soft banana ice cream and/or banana milkshakes. This doesn’t have quite the same taste as that… I’d say the taste of this is more along the lines or thin or runny banana pudding. I didn’t like this as much as the strawberry one.

TASTE: 9.5/10 for the Strawberry, 7/10 for the Banana
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free, BPA-free, No Artificial Growth Hormone

SCHAR GLUTEN FREE HONEY GRAHAMS
These reminded me of ‘Golden Grahams’ cereal (which is one of my favorite sweetened cereals) baked into a crunchy biscuit or a shortbread-style cookie. I really liked these, and they didn’t hurt my teeth like I almost expected them to. They soften almost immediately after hitting my saliva.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Lactose Free

COCOMELS COCONUT MILK CARAMELS in ORIGINAL & VANILLA
I actually did a full review of these here: http://www.thecpchick.com/2016/01/cocomel-candies.html
I can’t say much more than I already have.

There is one item that I could see disabled people having trouble opening this time, and that would be the yogurt pouches. Yes, they have a ‘wing nut’ style top to them; however, the pouch is just flimsy enough that when you try to open them, the whole plastic housing tries to turn as well. (I had this trouble with the Kubrita Goat Milk yogurt pouches also) If you can manage to get a good grip on the plastic housing and then turn the top, it will open somewhat easily.

The Love With Food Gluten-Free box has merged with Taste Guru. Please visit this link for more info.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Still loving the variety in this month's box. I like how I got lots of snacks and part of a meal, all that are good for me.
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes

**As per FTC guidelines, I received this product in exchange for an honest review. Only compensation I received is the product(s) mentioned above. All opinions are my own and your usage/results may vary.**

#BehindTheBlogger -- New Beginnings

#BehindTheBlogger -- New Beginnings

So this is Christmas
And what have you done
Another year over
And a new one just begun
–John Lennon, Happy Christmas (War is Over)

Welcome to 2017! It’s a time for new beginnings. Resolutions are made; many fail within the first month. Some make it to 3 months before they fail. And some actually DO stick with the resolution and are successful.

Me? I hardly ever make a New Year’s Resolution, and when I do, it’s NEVER health related. Why? Because I know myself… it’s not that I don’t care about my health and/or diet. I just don’t have the willpower to stick to it. I like my ‘junk food’ too much.

The LAST few times I made a ‘healthy’ resolution, I’ll admit I failed within the first week, although to be fair, one time was NOT my fault. I could not hack coffee without sugar (my fault) and Mama Melissa’s parents started complaining about the noise I was making when exercising, which was dancing.

So, what kind of resolutions do I make? Things I know I can physically and mentally handle.

In 1994, I made the resolution to start applying myself in school. With the exception of one class (US Cultures II) I did. I brought myself up to a B in all but the previously mentioned class, and I started to buckle down in Yearbook Journalism. That’s when I realized I loved writing, and when my intended major flipped from Education/Teaching to Print Journalism, which is strange, because I had a love-hate relationship with Public Speaking –  I hated actually starting it, but once I realized that the class/crowd DID understand me, I loved it. But I felt more at home with the Print side of things. Seeing my name as a byline was such a thrill for me.

Did I make any resolutions for2017? No, not really. I wouldn’t really call what I did make ‘resolutions.’ I’d call them ‘changes’ or ‘promises.’ As I said, I don’t have the willpower to stick to actual resolutions. Only reason I stuck to my resolution in 1994 was I had Mommy to keep after me to bring my grades up.

So, what ‘changes’ or ‘promises’ did I make for 2017?

~DEVOTE MORE TIME TO THE BLOG. I am SO far behind on reviews here, plus I want to branch out more and start writing about other things, like some DIY things. If I don’t devote more time to the blog, I won’t get them done.
~PUBLISH ANOTHER BOOK. I love to write. It relaxes me. I used to write WWE fanfiction (don’t judge) and really, the only difference between any fandom fanfiction and a normal book is the use of original characters. I have a good 50-75 ‘fanfictions’ on a flash drive that I want to change into original characters and publish as either short stories or one large short story anthology… I haven’t decided yet.
I also have many ideas in my head, and I want to write at least one of them this year.
~GO BACK TO SCHOOL/TAKE SOME COURSES. This is the iffy one, and if I fail at this one, so be it. It depends of if Governor Cuomo’s plan of free college tuition actually takes effect, or if it’s blocked somehow. If it does take effect, I plan on looking to see if there are any colleges that offer courses that I’m interested in online.

It’s hard to start something new. It takes time and perseverance. But all New Beginnings provide the opportunity to make something great happen.

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Pringles Hot Diggity Dog flavor

Pringles Potato Crisps
in Hot Diggity Dog flavor


PRODUCT DESCRIPTION



Ever thought, “Gee, I wish this hotdog was a chip.”? Well, we solved your problem. Smoky, vinegary, and oh so delicious – just remember, microwaving not recommended.








I love junk food. The greasier, the gooier, the more unhealthy, the better. Yes, I know... It's not good for me, blah blah blah. But it's not like that's ALL I eat. I like my raw veggies, I like my whole grain breads and I like my poultry as well. I'm actually not one for beef/burgers, which trust me, I catch flak for. Even when we go out to restaurants, my entree is usually chicken based. I do like hot dogs, but they have to be made a certain way.

When I had first heard of this flavor, my initial thought was ‘Eww, Hot dog flavored chips? Gross.’ Originally a Walgreens exclusive, I managed to find this flavor in our local Kinney Drugs in the Clearance cart. Skeptical of how they would taste and not wanting to have to eat chips I hated, I only bought one can… and that’s where I made a mistake.


^^The design on my can^^

Opening the can’s safety paper lid, I was met with the whiff of a grill. That PIQUED my interest. I was actually expecting the smell of boiled hot dogs, or worse yet, raw hot dogs. Still, I wasn’t convinced that they would be good, so I took my usual ‘2 chips at a time’ and munched.

It tasted like I was eating a hot dog, fresh off the grill and smothered in yellow mustard, which is honestly the 2nd way I prefer my hot dogs. (The 1st way is hard to do since it’s usually from a cart, and I haven’t had them that way in about 20-25 years, but it involves sauerkraut and the spicy golden mustard) I could DEFINITELY taste the hot dog flavor, but it wasn’t a disgusting flavor. If it wasn’t for the crunch, I would have actually thought I was eating a grilled hot dog.

I didn’t taste ANY vinegar on these chips. I know there is vinegar in mustard, but it’s not as heavy as the description claims.

It was right then that I was disappointed I had only bought one can, and the next time I returned to Kinney Drugs, all the clearance stock was gone.

These are a limited time only flavor, so you MAY have a hard time finding these. I have yet to spot these in any other store. However, there are plenty of sellers on eBay that have these (and other flavors) for sale. Amazon also carries this flavor.

FINAL THOUGHTS
I really liked this flavor and would LOVE to get my hands on a few more cans.
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Changping Breathable Mesh Running Shoes


Changping Breathable Mesh Running Shoes

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
EVA sole provides excellent bounce-back and durability
Breathable and durable air mesh upper allow your foot to breath and dry quickly
Slip resistant,easy to manage any area.Suitable for party, sports, indoor, outdoor
Ultra lightweight,make your feet feel comfortable during walking,water,exercise,athletic and so on
Having CP, tying my shoes is a challenge. Between bending over to be able to tie the laces and not always being able to tie the laces tight enough to stay in a bow, It's nearly impossible to wear laced shoes.

And yes, I have Mama Melissa to help me, but she's starting to develop her OWN health issues, so there are some mornings where she's in MORE pain than I am.

For this reason alone, I try to be as independent as possible. I tend to keep my hair cut short, or at least to a length I can take care of by myself. All my pants are elastic waist, so I can just pull them on. I have a plastic device for putting my own socks on.

When it comes to shoes, I tend to choose styles with Velcro fasteners or the type you just slip on and go. If I'm really lucky, I can adjust my Velcro sneakers loose enough so I can just slide my foot into it, yet tight enough to stay securely ON my foot.

I've been WANTING to get a pair of Skechers mule sneakers for a while now, since they are the ideal style for me; they are exactly 'slip on and go.' But when I had the chance to review these sneakers, I thought, 'Well, they ARE slip on... and my other slip ons are falling apart by the day... maybe these will be alright until I can get the money together for a pair of Skechers.' So I tried them.


^^The sneakers on my feet^^

I love the color, and they are very comfortable when worn correctly... but that's where the positives end.

I had a very difficult time putting these on independently. 4 out of the 5 times I wore these sneakers, I needed to have Mama Melissa's help with the back of the shoe. They would ALWAYS bend under my heel. Yes, I probably could have made a very cheap pair of mules if I didn't care that the back of the shoe was under my heel, but that would get uncomfortable.

I toyed with the idea of using my long shoehorn with these, but I didn't think it would help, because there is a band of VERY tight elastic around the opening. I thought it would make sliding my foot in even MORE difficult.

They also made the tops of my feet itch uncontrollably. At first, I thought it was because of the socks I had warn, since Mama Melissa had the same design, but a different color, and she said the glitter thread made her feet itch. But once I kicked off these sneakers, the itch went away, even with keeping the socks on.

I also tried a pair of 'fuzzy socks' (shown in the photo above) and the itch returned withing 15 minutes of putting the sneakers on. I've had that reaction with actual socks, but NEVER shoes.

Unless your disability does NOT involve your legs or feet in any way, these are going to be VERY hard to put on.

These are available from Amazon for $14.99.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Very comfortable, but impossibly difficult to put on
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: No

**As per FTC guidelines, I received this product at a discount in exchange for an honest review. Only compensation I received is the product(s) mentioned above. All opinions are my own and your usage/results may vary.**

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

#BehindTheBlogger -- End of The Road

#BehindTheBlogger -- End of The Road

So, it's that time of year again...another year winding down, a new one about to begin.

And what can we say about 2016?

In a few short words: IT SUCKED.

IT SUCKED SO HARD.

So many greats have left us this year...
~Abe Vigoda - One of my faves on Barney Miller. I never really watched Fish, but I watched a LOT of Barney Miller reruns. You couldn't help but love the the old curmudgeon.
~Alan Rickman - Most people will know Mr. Rickman as Severus Snape from the Harry Potter franchise, but he will ALWAYS be the Sheriff of Nottingham from Robin Hood: Prince of Theives in my mind.
~David Bowie - Most people know Mr. Bowie from Labyrinth (which is how I initially knew of him) or from Ziggy Stardust, but I know him best from his single Let's Dance or his cover duet of Dancin' in the Street with Mick Jagger. My sister was OBSESSED with him.
~Mother Mary Angelica - Founder of EWTN. Even though I'm not really religious, I watched some of her shows while doing my Confirmation studies. She was about the ONLY one on EWTN I liked. She seemed sweet, but stern in her convictions
~Garry Shandling - I loved It's Garry Shandling's Show in the 1980s, although their plotlines were probably too advanced for a child to be watching. I never watched The Larry Sanders Show; Never really appealed to me.
~Nancy Reagan - I am not a Republican by any means, but she was one of my favorite First Ladies. Her 'Just Say No' campaign was a huge boost for the war on drugs. She had style and grace that hadn't been seen since Jackie Kennedy-Onassis. I give her the utmost respect at how she handled 'Ronnie's' Alzheimer's/Dementia and death.
~Prince - One of my favorite musical artists as a child and teenager. A lot of my favorite songs from the late 1980s and early 1990s are by Prince. I think it was at this point that I knew 2016 was going to be a suckfest.
~Chyna - My favorite WWE 'Diva' from the Attitude Era. Along with Lita and Trish Stratus, Chyna was a true trailblazer for women in wrestling/Sports Entertainment, whatever you want to call it. It was a shame she got tangled up with the people she did, and it's sad that she passed when she did, because it seemed like she was FINALLY turning her life around. The way she was treated by the WWE after her death (and the company's REFUSAL to induct her into the Hall of Fame) is one of the MAJOR reasons I started distancing myself from watching.
~Merle Haggard - I honestly thought Mr. Haggard had died in the 1990s. Turns out he didn't, and he was still making music up until his death. My favorite song by him is If We Make it Through December.
~Alan Young - Wilbur on Mister Ed. I loved watching reruns of this on Nick at Nite/TV Land.
~Muhammad Ali - Kind of expected this one, actually, considering his 30+ year battle with Parkinson's Disease. He was one of the true greats.
~Gene Wilder - And this is where I was convinced 2016 was just one big ball of suckitude. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was one of my favorite childhood movies, but he was also HILARIOUS in Blazing Saddles.
~Leonard Cohen - Talented poet, singer and songwriter. His song Hallelujah is how I know him and I love it.
~John Glenn - A HUGE piece of US History left us. He influenced NASA so much with his missions.
~Alan Thicke - Regardless of what he may or may not have done to Tracey Gold on set, he was still a great actor and will be remembered as 'Papa Seaver' to many of us.
~Zsa Zsa Gabor - I spent a long time looking at her Wikipedia page, trying to recall what she was famous for. Turns out, the only thing I personally remember her for was her slapping an LAPD officer. She's been in a lot of films, but I don't recall seeing any of them besides Beverly Hillbillies, and that was a cameo appearance.
~George Michael - Make this the 3rd childhood music icon we lost in 2016. I remember listening to One More Try after my 3rd grade teacher, Miss Smith, told us she was leaving the class to get married and not realizing he really didn't mean a schoolteacher. (C'mon, I was 8 at the time... I didn't understand the meaning of the song) Same with Father Figure; I had NO clue that song was about BDSM... My little 8 year old brain couldn't process the meaning of 'Daddy' beyond 'a male parent of a child.' My 30-something brain was shocked when it realized what his songs were truly about. My favorite song of his is his duet with Elton John, Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me. I was a huge fan of both men before, but this duet sealed it for me.
~Carrie Fisher - Really? Princess Leia? After hearing she was on the mend, this is the one that just blew me away and convinced me 2016 was just being vindictive.

As of this writing, we have 4 more days of 2016 left... I am so glad we've finally come to the end of the road for it, and it can do what it did to so many people this year.

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Cinnamon Donut Chips Ahoy cookies

Cinnamon Donut Chips Ahoy cookies

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Irresistibly delicious chocolate chip cookies
Perfect for an afternoon snack, evening dessert, or even a sneaky midnight treat, Chips Ahoy! Cookies have been an American classic for over 50 years. And with a variety of mouthwatering flavors, there's a Chips Ahoy! cookie that will satisfy the deepest chocolate cravings--no matter if you like them crispy and crunchy or soft and chewy.

Chips Ahoy! Cookies pair perfectly with milk and coffee, or take your snacking to the next level by creating an indulgent Chips Ahoy! ice cream sandwich. Chips Ahoy! Cookies come in convenient resealable packages so they're ideal for outings or simply sharing at home or work.
As I child, I LOVED Chips Ahoy cookies. Back then, there were only two varieties; Original (Crunchy) and Chewy. I was all about the Original. I absolutely HATED the Chewy variety. To me, they did not have a ‘chocolate chip cookie’ taste.

As I grew older, I noticed my taste buds changing. I started gravitating less to the sweet snacks and more to the saltier snacks… except for donuts. Donuts was my sweet tooth’s kryptonite. I could (and still can) pass up a chocolate bar, but I was Homer Simpson around donuts.


^^Thanks to Wenchy for clipping this gif for me^^
Homer Simpson is property of Matt Groening

When I saw Lamarr Wilson do a taste test of these on his channel, I was intrigued. Could they REALLY put the taste of a cinnamon donut into a cookie? I honestly didn’t think this would be possible. Despite my hatred of the Chewy variety, I bought a package to test them out.


^^Outer Package and cookie^^


^^Closeup of an individual cookie^^

Where these differ from normal Chips Ahoy cookies is they contain NO chocolate chips. Instead, they are made with Cinnamon & Apple flavored chips. Truth be told, I could not taste any of the apple flavor in these.

I also don’t think these are as chewy as the normal Chewy Chips Ahoy cookies. From my memories, the Chewy variety crumbled VERY easily. These cookies have a good form to them and didn’t crumble, even when bit into.

The most amazing thing about these cookies is they actually DO taste like a cinnamon donut. I’m not talking the kind that are pre-boxed; I’m talking about the ones that you’d find in your local grocery store’s bakery, with the crystallized cinnamon and sugar topping.

The main problem I see disabled people having with these is opening the package. While it does have a pulltab on the top, the plastic does not fully separate, and can become twine-like. These thin plastic 'strings' probably could cut, if you're not watching what you're doing. I don't see any major issues with chewing, since these are soft and take minimal effort to chew.

Cinnamon Donut Chips Ahoy cookies are available from most major retailers, starting at $2.99.

FINAL THOUGHTS
These cookies have changed my opinion about Chewy Chips Ahoy cookies... They are delicious and PERFECT for the Holiday Season!
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes