A Clear Place Winner!

56806657_2261129590795829_1075094970626473984_nWhen a business combines a handcrafted product with a wonderful mission and does it with heart, humor and dedication – THAT is a clear winner. Congratulations to Sarah Bellum’s Bakery & Workshop for being the ACP Winner for 2019. If you live in the PDX area, put this place on your must visit list. If you’re not local, you can still find out about their work and how you can help them raise awareness about brain injuries. Read all about it: https://festiveheart.com/2019/06/14/cupcakes-for-a-cause/.


Put an Eco Lid on It

lily padIf you don’t already use silicone lids I encourage you to give them a try. All you really need is one. I was gifted with a Lily Pad Lid months ago and it has become one of my favorite kitchen tools. It looks cool, is super easy to keep clean and feels brand new even after daily use. I use it in the micro to steam all my veggies and in the toaster oven for baking. If I had a stove top, I’d use it there, too. The lid works on glass, stainless, silicone and plastic. The suction seals in moisture – if you need to vent during cooking, just leave a little gap when you put on the lid. When done, just rinse with water and hang to dry. Best part? No more plastic wrap! The lid comes in a variety of sizes. Mine is the 9″ option which I think is just perfect. You can pick other designs, too, like a pumpkin or sunflower. Fun and eco-friendly. Now that’s a clear combination! Available on line or at local stores like New Seasons, Home Goods and Bed, Bath and Beyond. Visit Charles Viancin to see style options.

Failing the Bar Review

barI’m conducting a label review of protein bars (I like to keep them on hand for car trips or emergencies) – and it matters to me what’s in them. I picked up a Simple Truth Double Chocolate at Fred Meyer last week. Let me just say, there is nothing honest about Simple Truth. They profess to offer “… a simple, healthy solution to better living featuring natural foods.” They want you to “trust” their label to be the best choice for you and your family in everything from eggs and meat to canned tomatoes. Wow. What a scam. I really detest companies that promote themselves as a healthy source and then slap their label on junk food.  This bar has more creepy stuff in it than a horror show. Over 28 ingredients and the worst offender of all is listed first: soy protein isolate. What I’ve learned about SPI is, it’s a chemically processed by-product that has none of the nutrients of soybeans and is full of pesticides. Combine that with tons of lactose and sugars and you’ve got a recipe for a digestive nightmare. Sure enough – just 20 minutes after my two bite taste test, I felt yucky and bloated. The real truth? This bar is no bargain and it clearly has nothing to do with healthy choices. I’ll pass.