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Monday, September 22, 2014

STONERIDGE ORCHARDS Dried Cherry Fruit Snacks

My husband and I are big snackers. We love to snack on all kinds of different things from gourmet popcorn to dried fruits. Obviously, some of our snacks are more healthier than others. But hey...everything is moderation, right?

Today I am excited to introduce you to STONERIDGE ORCHARDS who sent us some delicious dried cherry snacks to review for all of you. The company is the leading brand of premium dried whole Montmorency Tart Cherries. With farms & orchards in Washington State, the STONERIDGE ORCHARDS brand is a part of Royal Ridge Fruits, third-generation growers of cherries, blueberries, raspberries and other premium dried fruits and berries that preserve natural goodness and flavor. The company never uses sulfites, high-fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils or artificial preservatives.

The company sent us 3 bags of their premium dried cherry fruit snacks to review for all of you and here is what we received and a little bit about each one.

* Chili Lime Cherries with Tajin - Stoneridge Orchards created this entirely unique & surprising product by flavoring its whole, all-natural dried Montmorency Tart Cherries with just the right amount of all-natural Tajin chili lime seasoning. Tajin is made from only 3 ingredients (premium chilies, dehydrated lime juice and sea salt).

* Chocolate Dipped Cherries & Greek Yogurt Dipped Cherries - As the name states, these premium Montmorency Cherries are dipped in either the dark chocolate or the All-Natural Greek Yogurt. All of the Stoneridge Orchards' dipped products are made with whole fruits, not a mixture of juice and pectin. They come packaged in a re-sealable bag which is nice!

I hosted a little outdoor end of Summer party this past Saturday and decided to sit out these fruit snacks in little bowls for my dinner guests to enjoy. I placed the empty bags near each bowl so they could see the flavors and learn more about the products they were snacking on.

My husband was immediately in love with the Dark Chocolate Dipped Cherries! Matter of fact, I had a hard time getting him to share them with others who were visiting with us. These chocolate dipped cherries are plump with lots of dark chocolate. The perfect blend of tart cherry with dark chocolate made for a combination that became quite addictive!

My favorite was the Greek Yogurt Dipped Cherries and like my husband...I really didn't want to share them with anyone, but I did. They are rich, creamy and the perfect blend of tart cherry dipped in that delicious Greek Yogurt. Trust me, you can't eat just one!

My husband's best friend loves foods with a little spicy kick. He was all over those Chili Lime Cherries with Tajin. They are NOT overly spicy at all. I would consider them to be very "mild" with a slight zesty flavoring to them which is mellowed out by the tart cherry. I think all of the guys here at our dinner party gravitated towards those except for my husband who is a dark chocolate fan.

All three varieties were delicious and I would NOT hesitate in purchasing them. Matter of fact, we plan on buying more! Yes, they are that good!

Head on over to Stoneridge Orchards and take a look around. You can learn more about the company and the products that they have to offer.

Disclaimer: Shelly Hill has personally reviewed the product listed above. Shelly has not received any monetary compensation for her review. Shelly did receive a free product to try out so she could evaluate and use it for her review. Her thoughts & opinions in this review are unbiased & honest and your opinions may differ. The Shakin N Bakin Blog is not responsible for delivery/shipping of giveaway items won from this blog nor are we responsible for mis-use or injury caused by items won from this Blog. Content on this blog is copyrighted, all rights reserved. We reserve the right to legally pursue anyone who violates our rights and/or steals our copyrighted material.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Easy Raspberry Hugs Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

A few months ago I bought a few bags of those Hershey's Hugs Raspberry Flavored Kisses and immediately fell in-love with them. They are the perfect combination of white chocolate with a tad of raspberry flavoring. Sweet, but not overly sweet!

Last week I decided to use some of those delicious tasting Hershey's Kisses in one of my favorite chocolate chip cookies recipes. Here is how I made my own cookies that your family is going to love!

If you are pressed for time, you can do it the "cheater" way by purchasing refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough & just press one unwrapped kiss into the top of each cookie while it is still hot from the oven.

Raspberry Hugs Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

36 Unwrapped Hershey's Hugs Raspberry Flavored White Creme Kisses

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl beat together the softened butter, vegetable shortening and granulated sugar until well blended. It should be creamy in it's consistency. Using an electric mixer, beat in the large egg and vanilla extract.

In a separate mixing bowl sift together the all-purpose flour, baking powder and salt. Gradually beat this mixture into the first bowl until all ingredients are well-combined. Stir in the semi-sweet chocolate chips until they are well mixed into the cookie batter.

Drop cookie dough onto an ungreased baking sheet and bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven. While cookies are sitting on the baking sheet, press one unwrapped Hershey's Kiss into the center of each cookie. Let them cool on the sheet. Store baked cookies in an airtight container. Enjoy!

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Pomegranate Blueberry Cocktail Recipe

I love fruity cocktails especially if they have some type of berry ingredient. I love blueberries and they are one of my favorites. This cocktail recipe comes to us as a courtesy from Sparkling ICE. If you have never used Sparkling ICE before...I highly recommend them! They make making delicious cocktails super easy and you can find a lot of cocktail recipes by visiting their site online.

Pomegranate Blueberry Cocktail Recipe

4 oz. Pomegranate Blueberry Sparkling ICE
1 ½ oz. pomegranate vodka
Splash of freshly squeezed lemon
Blueberries and rosemary sprig for garnish

Pour vodka and lemon juice over ice and stir. Top with Pomegranate Blueberry Sparkling ICE. Stir gently to combine the ingredients. Garnish with fresh or frozen blueberries and a spring of rosemary.

Disclaimer: You must be 21 years of age or older to consume alcohol. Please drink responsibly. Recipe and photograph are courtesy of Sparkling ICE. See their web site for additional information and for recipes.