Apple Nachos with Pazazz Apples: The Cancer Fighting Superfood

Thursday, February 4, 2021

 Superfoods. We hear this buzz word often, but do we really know what a superfood is? A superfood is a food that has a very high nutritional density. Apples just happen to be a superfood! Did you know that February is National Cancer Awareness Month? HoneyBear Apples wants you to take the Cancer Cruncher Challenge. Keep reading to find out more!!



Did you know that if you eat a cancer protective diet of superfoods, like Pazazz Apples, you can lower your risk of getting cancer? Apple peel is a prebiotic necessary food for probiotics that maintain a healthy gut. Check out this diagram of all the ways an apple a day my just keep that doctor away!


Obviously, we all want to try and be as healthy as possible, but sometimes that pesky sweet tooth just gets in the way! I know I’m guilty of reaching for a non-healthy treat here and there! Pazazz Apples are the Jolly Rancher of apples! They are perfectly sweet and tart, and the Ruby red color helps them stand out in a crowd! And what’s great about Pazazz Apples is that they are at their ripest between December and June! They are in their best season now! Run, don’t walk, to your local Hy-Vee and pick up a few!




So, we’ve discussed that Pazazz Apples are a superfood. They have cancer protective benefits. And they help stave off your sweet tooth! So in an effort to combine all of these pros, I’m bringing you a recipe that helps continue those healthy steps we’re all taking during the month of February! Who doesn’t love a healthy afternoon snack for the kids? A dessert that helps stay you on track. A treat for this weekend’s Big Game tailgate table! If you said yes to all of the above, keep on reading! 

Pazaza Apple Nachos: 

Pazazz Apples 

Peanut Butter (or any nut butter of your choice)

Chocolate Melts (or chocolate chips or chocolate syrup)

Granola

Raisins 

Mini Chocolate Candies

Mini Chocolate Chips


Core and slice your Pazazz apples into thin slices. Arrange your apples around your platter as you would with nacho chips. Pile them high!








In a small bowl melt the peanut butter for 30 second increments until slightly pourable. Do the same thing for the chocolate melts or chips. Place both the peanut butter and chocolate in separate piping bags or snack size ziplock bags. (I used ziplock bags.) Seal tight and snip a tiny corner of the plastic bags. Drizzle each of the peanut butter and chocolate over your apples in a zig-zag pattern. I turned the plate slightly to drizzle my chocolate in an alternate direction of the peanut butter to create a fun pattern! 








Once the apples are covered in both coatings, it’s time to pile on the toppings! I started with the granola, then added the raisins, the mini chocolate chips, and finally the mini chocolate candies. You can also add sliced strawberries and bananas for a fruit salad apple nacho! The granola will add that crunch we all love! The options are endless!







I served these to my family and the boys devoured them! And when I say devoured them, they were gone in under 10 minutes! They loved all the toppings, the chocolate drizzle the most, and I loved that this was a healthier alternative to the cookies and candy I find my son reaching for more often than not. And this was all from ingredients I had on hand. I know that it’s harder to get to the store these days, or not at all if you are limiting your exposure to large groups. And I love that the base is apples and all the add ons are truly what your family loves the most! A must make, in my opinion!



Now, let’s circle back to the Cancer Cruncher Challenge. Want to help contribute to the cause? Launch the Cancer Cruncher Challenge here:
https://bit.ly/2I0wR7U. Follow the directions. It’s easy and fun!  And when you participate, Pazazz will donate $1 to The American Institute for Cancer Research to further the fight against this disease! I did it! Check out my photo below!



What are some of the ways you like to eat your apple? Are you a purist and eat it as is? Do you like to add something to it like peanut butter for added protein? Or do you like to bake with them? I do all of the above. Apples! The superfood! 

*This is a sponsored post, but all reviews and recipe are my own.


Creating with Chalkola

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

 It is no secret I love to craft! And I love working with as many materials as I can. So when Chalkola reached out and asked if I would be interested in working with one of their products, I jumped at the chance! At Chalkola, their philosophy is “live a vibrant life” and who can’t get behind something so simple? And vibrant is definitely a word I would use to describe their products.


I was gifted their pack of 40 Chalk Markers and they are amazing!! Just like chalk paint but in a marker. They can be used on several non-porous surfaces like glass, chalkboards, and for most of my projects, aluminum or tin! For the non-artist, like myself, I used stencils for my guides when creating my projects. However, if you are good with free handing anything, you are going to love the ease of these markers!! 





Want to know something equally as cool? If you want to create something new, after you’re done with the Christmas signs like mine, you can remove the chalk marker from the material you originally used!! The marker is made with high quality water based ink, which is washable! The markers are smudge free, which allowed for a clean design that quickly dried within minutes. And when you’re ready to do a new project, using a wet paper towel should help remove the ink from almost any non-porous surface. Full disclaimer, I tried the wet paper towel on the tin surface and it worked great! As did a baby wipe. The chalkboard was a different story. A magic eraser worked the best. Just barely wet it and use some elbow grease. You should be good to go!



So here are a few additional tips for using these awesome markers! If you are using a stencil, which is what I used for all of my projects, make sure to outline the template with a piece of chalk first! After using the chalk markers with the stencil, and because they are paint based, it smeared the stencil design outline because it ran under the stencil itself. It was an easy fix, if the design outline was visible. I could clean it up easily with a toothpick, but it was tedious and time consuming. The chalk outline allows you to prep the design, go over it with the marker color of your choice, and once dry, wipe away the excess chalk lines! So easy! Check out the process!














Here is the example of the project that bled under the stencil template. I used the magic eraser and it pretty much removed the marker. You can see a small hint of the design, but once the new was added, it's not as noticeable.





Using the chalk as my initial outline worked best for me!



And these are some additional projects I made with the chalk markers on tin and chalkboard. I love them!






I am obsessed with these markers and can’t wait to create more with them. I have an old glass window that’s been sitting in my garage and I haven’t had a clue what to do with it. Once I get it cleaned up, I can use the glass as an ever evolving sketch pad!! Stayed tuned for a possible project! 



You can purchase the Chalkola Chalk Markers directly from their site or on Amazon. And check out the other products they offer. What would you do with these markers? 


Happy Crafting!

XO,

Andrea


I was gifted these markers by Chalkola, but all opinions expressed are my own!


DIY - Fall Pumpkin Vase

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

 I am so excited to share this fall DIY! I started this one last month and I finally put the finishing touches on it last week. This is the perfect project to dress up any Thanksgiving centerpiece, small table in your living room, or just add some fall decor.


You’ve probably seen these all over the internet. Harry and David has one similar and most online florists do as well. And they are pretty pricey! However, mine is a super affordable option that allows for both real and faux flower bouquets! And we get to extend the life of pumpkins in our decor! Speaking of pumpkins, this DIY can be created with a real pumpkin, but you risk it rotting before you actually get to use it. Using the foam craft pumpkins from the craft store allows you to use it season after season! 


Here is what you’re going to need! A faux pumpkin of any size. I used a 9” white pumpkin for this craft, as I felt this size was best for a table and centerpiece. A 6” would work too, but I wouldn’t go any taller than 9”. You want to be able to see the person across the table and the added floral arrangement could obstruct your view. 



For the next step, you will need a glass or round cookie cutter to cut out the top of the pumpkin. I finely traced mine with a pencil. Use an exacto knife to cut out your circle. This opening only needs to be large enough to create your bouquet, but if you decide to use real flowers, you will need it to be large enough to allow for a glass or can to fit inside for the water. 







If you can’t freehand, like myself, you will need a Fall letter stencil. I found mine on Amazon. For the stencil, use stencil paint, a stencil brush, and tape to keep the stencil adhered to the pumpkins surface. When you apply stencil paint, remember to add a small amount to your brush, tab off a little paint on a paper plate or paper towel, and then apply to the stencil in small taps on the pumpkins surface. Don’t brush! 




Now, because I didn’t think the paint wasn’t brilliant enough, I decided to apply fine gold glitter over the paint. However, you need to do this while the paint is still wet, so have some glitter handy in case you decided to do the same.

Let all of this dry before moving on to the next part. I felt like the fall was too blah, so I decided to stencil leaves along the corners. Follow all the stenciling steps above to create your leaf design. Again, I applied fine copper/orange glitter to the paint. Why not! Glitter makes everything more cheerful! 

Once all of the glitter has dried, apply a thin layer of Mod Podge with a paint brush all over the designs. This will allow the glitter to stick permanently to your pumpkin and not fly all over the furniture, floor, you, or anything else it touches! You will thank me for this tip later!





For the floral arrangement, this is all up to you! I wanted all the deep fall colors, especially ones that went with the glitter colors I used. But, you don’t have to limit your bouquet to rusts and golds. Yellows and oranges would be gorgeous. As would plum and mustard yellow. The fall colors are your oyster! I added some faux berries in a pale green to add texture and to break up the colors within the bouquet. You usually see some sort of greenery within a real bouquet and I wanted to mimic that in my faux design. 

To get started on the arrangement, gather your buds and decide how they look in a cluster. Once you decide, it’s time to cut. Obviously, the stems are going to be much taller than the pumpkin. Cut a little off the stem at a time using heavy wire cutters. Place a stem in the vase to see where it measures up, and if it’s still too tall, cut a little more. Don’t cut a lot at a time. Always cut a little, as you can’t add your stem back! 









Here is my finished pumpkin vase! I used a plain white table cloth, brown napkins, and gold tapper candles along the sides of the pumpkin to amp up my centerpiece. And I love that it will last all fall long! What do you think of this DIY? Is it something you think you could replicate? Something you would use for your own Thanksgiving table or somewhere in your home? 




Happy Fall!

XO,
Andrea


 
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