Starbucks Guatemala Laguna de Ayarza K-Cup

I love K-Cups of all types and flavors and am a huge coffee drinker in my household, but my wife doesn’t enjoy many types of coffee as much as myself.  Her favorite blend of coffee happens to be Guatemalan and this is despite having tried Jamaican Blue coffee.

Starbucks makes the Guatemala Laguna de Ayarza K-Cup which happens to also be a family favorite.

I personally think it tastes better than the Veranda, Blonde Roast and Pike coffee any day.  This is one of my all time favorite K-Cups and goes great in the morning with breakfast when you pair it with anything.  It is a little more on the medium side as it says than the light roast side but is more mild than many other medium roast coffees.

You can get the Guatemala Antigua which is good as well, I just prefer the Laguna de Ayarza a bit more.

Either way if you haven’t had a chance to try either of these K-Cups yet, do yourself a favor and pick up a box!

Char-Broil Kettleman is a Charcoal Grill with the Controls of a Gas Grill

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Char-Broil for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

I have used both gas and charcoal grills over the years and have always preferred the flavor of Charcoal grilled foods but the convenience of gas grills as well as being able to easily control temperature quickly was always a plus of a gas grill.  Well you have the new Char-Broil Kettleman Grill recently released which is a 22.5” Charcoal Grill that can be purchased at Lowe’s or online from Char-Broil.

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Is it stereotypical to say that as the father and husband I do most of the grilling in my household, ironically my wife who is the trained Chef will often prepare the meat or seafood, and then pass it over to me to actually grill it.  So I really don’t do the preparation just the grilling, but I generally am pretty good at keeping temperatures and making sure the food turns out the right consistency whether it is seasoned shrimp on skewers which is one of my favorites to NY Strip Steaks seasoned with black peppercorn.

We are lucky here where I live where the weather is perfect for grilling probably 350+ days per year as there probably is only 10 days that rain enough or at the right time to interfere with grilling, maybe even less.  The temperature is always perfect so grilled foods are common, in fact just last week we grilled fresh halved peaches and NY Strip Steak seasoned which went so well together, I didn’t take a picture of the food but I should have.

A grill is important, and the Char-Broil Kettleman Grill looks to be an excellent choice for a charcoal grill, just see this little video before I share more details.

The Char-Broil Kettleman comes packed with fantastic features including:

Lid Mounted Temperature Gauge

Always know what temperature the inside of your grill is at and have full control.

Super Sized Dampener

Adjust and you can reduce and increase temperature inside your grill, combined with vents all around the grill and you get better heat flow in all directions around your food.

Ash Control

With a slide in porcelain-coated ashtray cleanup and removal of your ash is easier than ever!

Flare-Up Control

A porcelain coated no-fall-through grate

Charcoal Control

The grill is designed to hold twice as much meat cooking with the same 50 briquettes as other leading kettles!

Another great thing about the Char-Broil Kettleman besides the $139 price point is that the Kettleman uses an infrared cooking grate to provide TRU-Infrared flavors and control.  Make sure you take some time to learn more about the Kettleman grill and tell us what your favorite foods are to grill and what you plan on grilling up this summer!

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Goji Berry Granola Recipe

Looking for a superfood snack to boost your energy and keep you satisfied until your next meal? Then look no further than this Goji Berry Superfood Granola!

 

Goji Berry Granola Recipe

Recipe Ingredients


Makes 4 cups

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup raw, local honey
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup sliced, raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup goji berries

Recipe Directions


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. In a large bowl combine the rolled oats, raw almonds, coconut flakes,  and sea salt. In another small bowl, combine the raw honey and coconut oil. Microwave coconut oil combination roughly 20 seconds or until oil has melted and can be stirred smooth.

Pour the coconut oil mixture on top of the oats mixture and stir with a large wooden spoon until well coated. Spread onto a lined baking pan.

Bake for 15 minutes then stir. Bake for another 15 minutes making sure to check half way through so that nothing burns. Remove from the oven and sprinkle on goji berries. Let cool before storing in an air tight container.

Enjoy this Goji Berry Superfood Granola on top of yogurt, with milk or simply by the handful. Remember to watch your portion control though, as granola is a calorie dense food.

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Maca Super Bites

Need a quick jolt of energy? Then grab yourself some maca. A root derived from the radish family, maca typically comes ready to use in powder form.

 

Maca Super Bites

Recipe Ingredients


Makes 12 bites

  • 1/4 cup maca
  • 1/4 cup carob powder
  • 1/2 cup natural almond butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons raw, local honey

Recipe Directions


Directions:

1. Place maca, carob powder and Himalayan sea salt into a bowl.
2. In another small bowl, mix together almond butter, raw honey, and vanilla extract.
3. Using a tablespoon scoop, scoop mixture into 1 tablespoon balls and roll.
4. Let chill in the fridge to set.
5. Enjoy your tasty Super Bites!

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Fresh Summer Pasta Salad

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This pasta salad is simple to make and delicious to eat. It is the perfect thing to bring to large family gatherings and keeps your costs down.  I am making a large batch for a family BBQ. Total cost to me was about $15 and this will make a large 9X13 disposable roaster as well as a 4X8 container for me to keep to myself. This is also great to make for lunches for work or school. There is nothing in this that must be refrigerated so it can stand being left in your child’s lunch bag out of a fridge.  making a large batch will last for around a week in your fridge and the best part is the more time the herbs have to sit the better this tastes.

Here is a list of what I am using. Please note you can use any vegetables you like. Some do not stand up to being in the salad for a long period of time. If you plan on using cucumber I suggest adding them last minute as they tend to get mushy after a day. Also tomatoes. It is best to use cherry tomatoes as they do not get mushy or soggy. Radishes as well tend to turn color after a day and they don’t look as nice, so adding them just before serving is best. Here is what I used.

2 packages of Fusilli pasta (you can use any pasta you like or mix different ones together)

1 stalk of celery

1 Green bell pepper

1 Red bell pepper

7 Green onion stalks

1/2  Red onion (diced)

2 heads of Broccoli

1 cup of shredded or diced carrots

2 packages of Pasta salad seasoning from Club House

1 cup Olive oil

1/2 cup of vinegar

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First thing i did was to get the water boiling for the pasta so it can cook while I prepare the vegetables. Next I washed everything as there is nothing worse than biting into dirt. You can get what is ever fresh in season and on sale. I try to use different colored vegetables to make the salad stand out and not look too boring.  Once your water is at a rolling boil cook your pasta. Remember to not over crowd your pots with the pasta as it will cause them to clump and stick together. I used 1 package of pasta per large pot.  Cook your pasta all the way through and not too al dente as you will not be cooking this again in sauce or anything but be careful to not overcook as well so it doesn’t become mushy.

Cut all the vegetables into bite sized pieces. The carrots I bought already shredded, this was to help save some time. I only used 6 pieces from the celery stalk, each cut into half then chopped was plenty for the salad.  Place them into the dish you will be using and mix them up thoroughly with your hands. Once you pasta is cooked drain and rinse them with cold water. This will rinse off the excess starch a\s well help to cool them faster and prevent them from sticking together.


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Once the pasta has cooled down and drained from all excess water, place the pasta in with the vegetables. Above you can see i have it portioned into my large one for the BBQ and the container for me to keep.  With your hands mix the pasta and vegetables together, making sure to incorporate them evenly.

Time to make the dressing. In a bowl or in a container that is easy for you to shake, mix 1 cup of Olive oil, 1/2 cup of vinegar and the 2 packages of the Club House seasonings.  Stir well or shake until they are mixed well. Make sure to taste before adding this to the pasta. Some olive oils can be heavier in taste and you may want to add a it more vinegar to cut the oily taste.  Once you have the dressing mixed pour over the salad (make sure not to forget to share between containers).  When you pour it will not look like it is enough but it is.  The last step is a bit messy but with your hands, dig in and mix it all together. The dressing will coat each piece very nicely.

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That is is. Total cook and prep time for a salad this large was about 45 minutes. It is best if you can make this at least the night before you need it as it gives the favors time to build but you can eat this right away.  The disposable roasters are great for transporting large amounts and I don’t have to worry about getting any of my containers back.