New Product Review – Keystone Meats (RECIPES INCLUDED!)

These days, wth two 18-month-olds running around the house, a hubby who’s gone from home working about 12 hours each day, and lil’ ol’ me, who’s trying to hold down the fort, this blog, a photography business…you get the idea. It’s kinda CRAZY around here, y’all! 

Even in the midst of all the nutty, one thing has stayed the same: I still LOVE to cook. My cooking has just been…ummm…modified…a bit here of late. And I’m learning that there is NOTHING in the world wrong with that!

The newly married me who started this blog literally created five-course meals for dinner ALL. THE. TIME. I seriously did. And I loved every second of it! But the not-so-newly-married me, with a hungry hubby and sweet babies and cuddly pets and a house to take care of and a few businesses to run…well, I don’t get the chance to cook five-course meals very often anymore. But I still make sure that my family is fed in a wholesome, and these days, SIMPLE way. And I’ve got to share a line of products I’ve found to help me do just that!

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I’ll be honest. When I thought of “canned meat” I thought of Spam. Nothing against Spam at all, it’s just not the type of thing I normally would include in a nutritious meal, ya know? So when Keystone Meats contacted me and wanted me to check out their products, I hesitated just for a minute. But I’m so glad I decided to go ahead and accept their offer!

Folks, Keystone Meats is no Spam! (Poor Spam, it’s getting a bad rap here today!) Keystone Canned Meats is still maintaining the family tradition of providing all natural quality products! It starts with lean USDA meat that is selected, cut and packed by hand and adding only a dash of sea salt for flavor. All meats are slow cooked in the can to maintain their natural juices and maximize flavor. The result is perfectly cooked, all natural lean and tender meats with no added ingredients or preservatives. With beef, chicken, pork, turkey and ground beef, you really can’t beat it!

Keystone Meats sent me over a can of their chicken and also a can of their beef. I decided to incorporate the chicken into one of our family’s favorite recipes, and create another recipe around the beef! Here’s what I came up with…

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Yes, folks, those are Quick Chicken Quesadillas from Lauren and Kate over at Ease & Carrots! While their recipe calls for rotisserie chicken (which is what I normally use when I make it) I found that I loved using Keystone Meat’s chicken! Super easy and super tasty, too! (And the best part was, my hubby couldn’t tell the difference!)

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Spring Season – Fresh and Beautiful + HM #175

Welcome to the Home Matters Linky Party #175! Our theme today is Spring Season – Fresh and Beautiful! Are YOU ready for Spring yet?! Here in Florida, our Spring is well under way…and so are all our allergies! HA! Nevertheless, I love Spring and all things associated with it. I’m excited to share some Springy ideas with you today! #SpringSeason #HomeMattersParty

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In honor of Spring, I wanted to focus on 5 different Spring-themed areas: Spring Break, Spring Salads, Spring Decor, Spring Gardening and Spring Organizing! Keep reading!

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Eating Like You’re On Vacation – How to Get Your Hands on These Tasty Maine Staples!

If you’re an avid traveler, you know that one of the best things about visiting the same spots over and over again is eating! Grabbing your favorite food, right?! The barbecue you’ll find in the South. The steaks you’ll find in the midwest. The vegan delights you’ll find on the west coast. We all have our favorites!  

But what if you could have your favorites straight from the places that make them famous…at your home, any time you wanted? Let’s take the state of Maine, for instance.

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The state of Maine is known for its cuisine full of freshly-caught seafood, hearty potatoes, rich cream and generous portion sizes. If you are desperate to get a taste of Maine, here are three of their famous state dishes that you can get to eating right away:

Lobster Rolls

This Maine staple is beloved by locals and visitors alike — many tourists make it a goal to be found eating lobster rolls anytime they visit the state. The traditional lobster roll recipe is fairly simple because all you need is a white roll and a lobster salad made out of lobster meat, mayonnaise, chopped celery, lemon juice, parsley and seasonings. If you want to make your own lobster roll, you should go to the website Lobster Anywhere to have fresh lobster sent to your front door. They can bring Maine lobster to any state in the country in the span of twenty-four hours, including Alaska and Hawaii. The website is the best way to get fresh lobster delivered to you so that you can have the most delicious and authentic recipe possible on the same day that it arrives. When you’re done putting your classic lobster roll together, remember to serve it with a side of creamy coleslaw or a handful of salty french fries.  

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Clam Chowder

A traditional New England clam chowder recipe involves golden potatoes, thick bacon, heavy cream and of course, plenty of local clams. It’s always important for your recipe ingredients to be as fresh as you can get them—this is especially true when you are adding seafood to the mix. With the help of Lobster Anywhere, you can also get fresh steamer clams harvested from Harps well, Maine — these soft-shell clams will add a sweet, savory and subtle taste to a hearty chowder you’ll be able to appreciate from the first time you start eating. Remember to wash the clams before you start cooking by soaking them in cold water several times so none of the grit gets into the food.

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St. Patrick’s Day Ideas + HM #174

Welcome to the Home Matters Linky Party #174! Our theme today is St. Patrick’s Day Ideas! Can you believe we’re already coming up on that holiday?! I hope that not only do you have fun celebrations planned with family and friends, but that you can get some fab ideas for all things St. Patrick’s Day from this post! #HomeMattersParty #StPatricksDayideas

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Here are some super fun St. Patrick’s Day ideas for your celebrations!

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New Product Review – Blissfully Better Chocolate

As far as I’m concerned, there is no BAD time for a piece of chocolate. Wouldn’t you agree?

I don’t, however, indulge very often, because chocolate isn’t all that great for you. Now, I’m not a healthy example for the masses, but I DO try to eat good things, and if I “indulge” in the bad ones, I make sure it doesn’t happen all that often.

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But, thankfully, I’ve been introduced to something sweet that doesn’t fit the usual mold! It’s called Blissfully Better Chocolate.

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Made in small batches and handcrafted in copper kettles, Blissfully Better’s Toffee, Caramel & Coconut Thins are the perfect indulgence. Certified Organic and sweetened only with low glycemic coconut nectar, their confections literally are Blissfully Better for you and your taste buds! 

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