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Petbrosia Dog or Cat Food Giveaway

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
Hi folks, I just received the “All Clear” from Petbrosia, allowing me to giveaway the wonderful customized food for your dog or cat!

If you win this wonderful giveaway you will be able to order yourself a free 3 pound bag of pet food customized for your favorite fur baby, be it feline or canine.

Petbrosia will want to know some of the details of that lucky pet, just like they did for me, your pets Age, weight, breed and they will develop customized formula just for your lucky pet.

You can read my review of the customized dog food that my dogs ate HERE.

And I mustn’t forget that they have a special coupon code for my readers, use the code:ย  BRL10 and receive $10 Off your First Purchase of Petbrosia Pet Foods!

My adding Petbrosia Customized Pet food to my dogs dish. $10 savings on my post and a post for a special giveaway is up and running too. :) Special Giveaway Rules:

This Giveaway is only available to The Lower 48 States, they do not ship to Alaska or Hawaii at this time.

 

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

Petbrosia Review – $10 off savings

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

My Fur Babies and their Petbrosia Review:

Okay so I am a very helpful Mommy to my two fur babies, but I understand their body language, so I am “assisting them” on their Petbrosia Review.

As I am sure you can guess my two little boys were very lucky as they got to try a 10 lb bag of Petbrosia. The company that makes custom made food for your pets, I chose to get the formula custom made for Mr. Peanut.

How do they custom make their formulas?

I am adding the Petbrosia Dog food, the customized dog food to one of my dogs dishes. Save $10 with my code and also posted is a giveaway!They Take into account your dogs breed, age, and weight to create the food for your pet.

Here is a quote from Petbrosia about their ingredients:

Petbrosia uses only the highest quality ingredients, all-natural ingredients, grown and raised by farmers across America. You can be confident when feeding petbrosia that you pet is getting the very best

With all the scares in the news about products coming in from China for our pets, I’ve started checking labels carefully and trying to make sure (on a regular basis) that the dogs food was not made in China and I avoid the brands that have been listed in the past as having problems as they have in the past used ingredients that have killed people’s dogs.

Their products are also:

Made with Real free-run chicken and salmon.

Does not contain: Soy, gluten, corn, wheat or by-product meal (like bone meal)

Contains: Vitamins and supplements including Chondroitin and Glucosamine in every diet (these are the ingredients that you here advertised for humans as they aid in joint health).

I really liked the fact that Petbrosia let me create a pet profile for both of my pets, they even let me upload a picture. ๐Ÿ™‚ The above info on your pet helps Petbrosia to find the pets key nutritional needs. Right after I finished both of my dogs profiles, I received a welcome email and then in a very short time (sorry can’t tell you how long, since I accidentally deleted the email, but I have the headers in my search so it was possibly 2 days time) I received the tracking number in a shipment confirmation, the box was sent to me via UPS. It’s always so handy knowing when to expect a shipment to arrive to your home. ๐Ÿ™‚

The Delivery was very timely (via UPS) and it was fun to receive a big box of food for my pets as close as my doorstep!

I opened my box and found a lovely foil ziplock package full of Mr. Peanut’s customized food.

Mr Peanut eating petbrosia customized dog food... find my review here & a $10 savingsTiny Dog Eating Petbrosia

My dogs really enjoyed their new food and as instructed, we slowly worked the dogs into their new food… mixing a little of the usual food with the new to let their bodies adjust to the new one. Amazing how many people I’ve talked to didn’t know to do this with their pets, perhaps their pets don’t have sensitive bellies like my long-haired Dachshund โ€œMr Peanut.โ€ While Mr Peanut was a puppy we switched foods and noticed he was sick for a while, not the case with Petbrosia at all.

One day I forgot to close the zip-lock type bag, (don’t misunderstand me, it’s one of the easiest zip lock bags that I have found in any product) and I found our younger fur baby, โ€œTiny Dogโ€ begging as he looked up at the Petbrosia as it sat on the chair by the table. I laughed so hard and captured a picture of him doing so! But, of course, that picture ended up as one of the pictures on my computer that were destroyed when I cleaned out a Trojan and a virus that ended up on my computer… darn email sometimes!

Tiny Dog Begging for PetbrosiaI fed this new food to both my dogs, as it wouldn’t hurt Tiny Dog, I was sure and he did fine, this is the reason why, when I had only one 10 lb bag to choose from for one dog I chose the one for the dog that is more mature and was very slightly over weight.
We also received phone calls from Petbrosia they were very nice indeed as they called to check up on us, how the dog was enjoying his food and see if there were any questions etc. Nice to not get any pressure to buy with those phone calls… actually part of the reason we are seriously thinking about getting more in the future! That impresses me, when a company is so confident in their product that they just check up on you and they know that the product and the service just sells itself!

Now one thing the dogs both have perfumed the air with gas, this happened about 2 weeks into their eating the product, and it took about 4 days to subside. *shrug* My guess? Perhaps it was their bodies adjusting to their new food. I have to laugh and tell you about little Tiny Dog, when he releases gas he looks at his rear-end like it’s traitorous. Lol Tiny Dog is so comical at time that he just makes us laugh.

Filling Tiny Dogs bowl petbrosiaWe fed Tiny Dog about ยผ of a cup more a day, Mr. Peanut was on 1 Cup a day, and Mr. Peanut did lose a little weight in a month! Do they make special customized meals for People? Hmmm, nope… too bad, hubby and I could use losing a few pounds. Lol

Anyway, we are highly satisfied with the ease and convenience with Petbrosia’s Product and Service and we will be recommending it to our friends. The dogs seemed to love the food and it may just be the massive amount of weeds growing in the backyard, but the little treasures that I usually pick up from the yard, seems to have diminished… do I really have to spell it out? They seem to be pooping less… that is always the sign of a good highly digestible product when your pets leave less behind for you to clean up after. And isn’t that nice for you too? I would hope you agree! lol

Thank you to Petbrosia for entrusting me with this review, or should I say entrusting my fur babies with this review. Both my dogs give this 2 paws up and send doggie kisses and waggly tails to Petbrosia (their way of saying thank you).

OH and here is your special offer:

Order now and receive $10 Off your First Purchase of Petbrosia Pet Foods by entering the promotional code: BRL10

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

Meals By The Week – Review & Giveaway

Hello everyone, I have had the honor and convenience of experiencing Meals by the Week for about a Month now.

What is meals by the week?

  1. Meals by the week is a handy program for busy people,
  2. it gives you the meals for the week in a weekly plan.
  3. it gives you the recipes.
  4. it gives you the shopping list.
  5. it lets you set up the store that you shop at or what special diet need you have (more later).
  6. it lets you print out everything, and you can look at your previous weeks plans (in your archive, at the bottom of your current weeks menu) and print the ones you have chosen from those previous weeks.
  7. it also lets you adjust the servings of the menus (which also adjusts the amounts on your shopping list). You can adjust both the whole week to feed more people (2,4,6,8) or choose one or more meals to double.
  8. it also gives you your side dishes! You can find them in italics in their recipes.

Further when I delved deeper into the Meals By The Week program, I found that you can go in an tell it that you don’t want/like a meal that it has given you and you can have it take that meal off your list and print out.

I also like the fact that they have a “make it cheaper” and it will help you out by letting you print out coupons etc and at the coupon place too you can set up your loyalty cards and other print out coupons (so don’t worry if they don’t support your stores).

All in all my experience has been fun and has saved me money while I shop. I had set up my Meals by the Week for our King Soopers and I have used the menu & shopping list once, thus far. Why once? My husband and I are both disabled, as such we are on a very limited budget, and we do the vast majority of our shopping once a month. We use the menus and coupons at the same time, helping us save even more. Now they didn’t have King Soopers on the Coupons from their “make it cheaper link”, but they did have regular coupons to print out and, of course, I logged onto King Soopers site and I fill my loyalty card with coupons… saving me even more.

I have to say that using the shopping lists has us thinking that we may try to shop at a place that would have more bins full of the products on our list. Why would we want to do that? Because that handy shopping list tells you just how much of a that ingredient you need, so why pick up more that you need to… those could further save us money. So far we’ve been humming and hawing over this, and haven’t decided if the coupons save us more for the stores coupons loaded to our card or if we can even use coupons at the whole foods type of stores. Ah and yes Whole Foods is on their list of Stores you can customize your menus for.

meals by the week dinner 1Clicking on Settings in their site allowed me to go to edit my profile and that allows you to:

Change the usual things such as name, email address, the plan with Meals By The Week that you are on. The coolest part, for me with the edit your profile is that I can go in and decide to click on “Choose Your Store” this brings up a scroll down area that not only includes stores, but it also includes special meal requirements/plans like; 400 Calorie Dinner, Paleo, Price Chopper and Vegetarian. As a matter of fact, I just changed my to price chopper and next release date of my Meals By The Week I shall see the “Price Chopper” menu & shopping list.

All in all, with everyone’s busy lifestyles these days, I think that it will make your weeks easier having your meals all planned out for you. Oh and speaking of easier, they even have what they call this their “Leftover Makeover”. For instance one week I used the recipe for Family Pot Roast which later became a “Leftover Makeover” of Beef Hash. Nummy Nummy! ๐Ÿ™‚ And all weekly menus contain the “Leftover Makeover”, which I LOVE! My favorite was actually the Slow Cooker Orange Chicken that turned into your “Left Over Make Over” Meal of Chinese Chicken Salad!

My husband and I may be disabled, but because it’s with chronic pain issues and more, our time in the kitchen can be very tiring and it was a struggle ever few days to decide what we should take out of the freezer and make for dinner.

meals by the week meal 2How did I do my Meals By The Week in practice?

I admit that our budget is so tight that we can shop once a month, so I’ve collected the menus that I love and of course every “Left Over Makeover” and the first dish (for the leftovers) for several weeks and then we shopped for them. I have become the Goddess of Preserving food, since, at the time we shopped, we hadn’t had a full months worth of menus… we picked up some black grapes, that turned out to be sour (oops) and I made homemade grape jam from it, and that has helped with Lunch time. I package all my meats and some par boiled vegies, in vacuum seal bags and potion them out (labeling each one for the menu item on my print out). Sure it takes time, but it saves us money and lets us stock up on foods on sale.

In Conclusion:

It seems that there are so many features there at Meals By The Week, that I don’t think I’ve done it justice. Though I’ve tried to include all the great things about this program, I probably haven’t touched on them all.

I love using my Meals by the Week and I was so fortunate that they gave me a 13 week plan! So nice that, even after this review, I can enjoy the plan and collect the yummy menus and place them in my folder to use again! And the menus, sure I haven’t tried all the “stores” or special meals but I can say that my menus were all superb, and we haven’t been disappointed yet.

 

Thank you Meals By The Week for the wonderful experience with your program, I can’t wait for my next menu to come up and see what you come up for me!

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

Coupon & Recipe for National Soft Pretzel Month

Oh I simply cannot resist a good soft pretzel and I just realized that April is National Soft Pretzel Month! Here a coupon, some fun facts and a recipe for making your own.

First off this link came in my email today for Super Pretzel Coupon (and yummy, I’ve bought their pretzels before and love them for late night snack attacks): http://t.mb00.net/s/c?y.s7vf.1.yr60.3oz0 this strange looking link brings you right to the coupon on Red Plum. ๐Ÿ™‚

Fun Facts:

Did you know that Soft Pretzels have been around back in 600 ADs?

Did you know, The common pretzel shape was created by Monks in the shape of praying hands? And that the shape has also said to represent good luck and prosperity.

Alton Brown's Soft Pretzels
Alton Brown’s Soft Pretzels

Here is a link to a Recipe to make your own Soft Pretzels from one of my favorite chefs Alton Brown (gotta love his sense of humor): Alton Brown’s Recipe for Soft Pretzels on the Food Network

Have fun with the remaining days of National Pretzel Month. Incidentally this past Saturday was Nation Pretzel Day… shucks I missed it! Ah well, National Doughnut Month should be coming up soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

*This post is not sponsored, nor have I received anything for posting this, just the satisfaction of knowing that some of you may enjoy this information that I discovered for you! ๐Ÿ™‚

Valentines Day – Homemade No Knead Bread.

 

I wanted to share this with you all, I made a recipe for Homemade No Knead Bread for Valentines week. This is not a quick bread, by any means, it is made with Yeast (not baking powder or baking soda… nor is it quick, but it’s easy!) This fortunately makes 2 loaves, the first loaf is half gone and I just finished making this No Knead Bread late last night! lol I received this little booklet as a gift and I finally made a recipe from this yesterday.

Homemade No Knead Bread
Yummy yummy!

While I was thinking about the success I had with this Homemade No Knead Yeast Bread, I thought about how much my husband loves homemade bread and that it is indeed the perfect baked good for Valentines week. And the ingredients were all in my kitchen already, so I didn’t have to shop special for the recipe I used.

I wore my Flirty Apron while making my bread:
Women's Apron Very Cherry

I warn you, though it’s easy, next time I would make it a day or two before I plan to bake it, it takes a long time for this bread to “Self Knead” and It took about 11 hours before I could bake this delicious bread.

I love homemade bread, but suffering from Chronic Pain, kneading can drive you to use up all your spoons if you are a spoonie like me (follow this link, if you don’t know what a spoonie is. The link shows the Spoonie Theory, and other posts dealing with Spoonies, like adding a spoon to your profile pictures.)

Anywho… I wanted to share this recipe with you and let you know my experience & the results from this strange new way of making yeast bread.

A personal Review, the book with this recipe in it is:

“The breadbreakthrough”(yes one word)ย and the subtitle states: Easy Recipes. Dough Kneads Itself

Now this little paperback booklet was a gift to me, from my Mother who, along with my Dad love the no knead recipes for homemade bread.

The results are a dense, crunchy exterior crust and a super moist, dense crumb (interior of the bread). And eaten hot from the oven it is simply to die for, especially ifย  you use real butter on top! ๐Ÿ™‚

Here is the Recipe I used:

What is left of one of the two loaves of bread that I made. Nummy!  Only half the loaf remains.
What is left of one of the two loaves of bread that I made. Nummy! Only half the loaf remains.

Easy Oat Bread (No Knead Bread)

Yield: 2 Medium Loaves

Ingredients:

key: C = Cup(s), tsp = teaspoon(s), T = Tablespoon(s)

5 1/2 C (27.5 Ounces) – Unbleached All Purpose White Flour or unbleached white bread flour, plus more as needed.

1 C – Old Fashioned rolled oats or quick-cooking (not instant) oats, plus 4 Tablespoons for Garnish.

3 T – Granulated Sugar

Scant 2 3/4 tsp – table salt

1 tsp – Rapid Rise Yeast

1/4 C – Clover honey or Light (mild) Molasses

1/4 C – Corn Oil or Other Flavorless Vegetable Oil, plus extra for coating dough top and baking pans. (I used Canola Oil, coated the pans with Crisco and used Canola Spray for the top of the loaves while rising)

2 1/4 C plus 2 T Ice Water (yes you read that right), plus more if needed.

In a large bowl, thoroughly stir together the,ย  all but 1 Cup of the flour, oats, sugar, salt and yeast. (I say all but 1 Cup of the flour because the original recipe had you use all the flour… making the dough impossible to stir, and later on it said to incorporate the flour a bit at a time.)

In a medium bowl or measuring cup, thoroughly whisk the honey (or molasses) and oil together. Add the honey/oil mixture into the ice water. (now I had made the mistake of adding the ice water to the honey and oil, without mixing the honey and oil first… big mistake, I ended up with the honey stuck in a semi solid clump to the whisk. So I changed this to read the way it worked best for me.)

Add your water, oil, honey mixture to the flour mixture in a large bowl until thoroughly blended. Make sure you have all the flour mixture coated and at this point, if needed, add more water. You will have a dough that is thick and difficult to stir, but still you should be able to stir this… don’t over moisten.

Brush or spray the top of the dough with oil. Cover the bowl with oiled plastic wrap. For the best flavor, the author of this recipe recommends, refrigerating the dough for 3 to 10 hours. Then let rise at cool room temperature for 12 to 18 hours; if convenient, vigorously stir once during the rise. Since it seemed to hint at this first rise not being necessary, I only let it rise in the fridge for 3 hours, then set it out for about 30 minutes to warm up a bit and make it easier to stir (then straight out of the fridge).ย 

Vigorously stir the dough. If needed, stir in enough more flour to yield a hard-to-stir consistency.

Generously oil two 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch loaf pans. My loaf pans are slightly larger, it still worked but the rise of the bread was slightly lower then the recommended height for the second raising. I also used Crisco (yeah, I know, so bad for you, but it’s thicker then the oil and worked great for the oats that go over the pan coating).

Take your 1 T of Oats and coat the bottom and sides of the 2 pans (I actually used more so it coated all over nicely).

Use well oiled kitchen shears or serrated knife to cut the dough in half. Put the dough portions in the prepared pans. Press down the dough and smooth oiled spatula or hands. Sprinkle loaves with Oat and press down to imbed. Made a 1/2 inch deep slash length-wise down the center of both loaves (again using your well oiled kitchen shears or serrated knife). Tightly cover the loaf pans with well oiled plastic wrap.

Let Rise Using Any of the Methods Below:

For a 2 – 3 hr regular rise, let stand at warm room temperature, for 45 mins to 2 hrs.

Accelerated rise – let sand in a turned off microwave along with 1 cup of boiling water.

Extended Rise (what I will use next time) – refrigerate, covered for 4 to 24 hours, then set out at room temp.

With all Rise options: Continue to rise until the dough gets near the plastic wrap. Remove the plastic wrap and continue to let rise until the dough reaches 1/2 inch above rim. If you are using slightly larger loaf pans, like I did, I let it rise until it just reached the rim.

Lower Oven Rack to about the lower 1/3 of the oven, then Preheat your oven to 375.

Bake for 50 – 60 mins, until the tops are well browned. Cover the tops with foil. Then back for 10 to 15 mins more, until a skewer inserted in the thickest part comes out with just a few particles clinging to the bottom. (now I used the traditional, knock on the bread and listen for the hollow sound, that I was used to… either way, the loaves turned out great!)

Now, remove from pan and once cooled a few minutes, slice a piece off and butter it and say mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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I hope you like the recipe, I have altered it for what I did when I made the bread (along with the original options). All in all the recipe was easy, however next time I make this, I will do a majority of the work a day ahead of time. But what a wonderful way to a mans heart, but through baking some yummy homemade bread and why not give the No Knead Yeast Bread a try?

Women's Apron Sassy Black

Oh and I found a the exact apron that I was gifted a couple of years ago, so cute! Personally I would not have chosen the black and white one, but I love love love it and the ties are soooooooo long, these aprons could fit anyone that I know, big or small!

Comments, or questions (as always) are welcome! ๐Ÿ™‚

Disclaimer: I was gifted the book that this recipe was from, by my family. I am sharing this recipe (altered to show the way it worked for me). and I did not receive this recipe, book (or the mentioned aprons for a review,) these were gifts that I wished to share with you all.