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True Citrus Drinks & Seasoning

I recently had the honor to test out some True Citrus products. I’d never had them before but had heard of them on the Internet. I expected to receive a sampler or two and was pleasantly shocked when I received an abundant variety of seasonings, lemonades and teas. From their Cooking, Baking and Beverage line I received one box each of True Lemon, True Lime and True Orange.

For drinks there was a box of True Original Lemonade and a box of True Raspberry Lemonade to use in water. Each box contains 10 stick packets which is quite compact and handy for at home or for use while traveling. They are the perfect size to dump into a water bottle, screw the lid on and shake to stir it up.
My daughter was not home but my son, Daeton was. So together we mixed up some of the True Citrus Lemonade and True Raspberry Lemonade.

True Citrus– provides cold-pressed and crystalized citrus products for both the foodservice industry and for consumer use. True Citrus is cost-effective and 100% natural. It is made from juice and oil from lemons. Great when lemons are off season and too high in price.

Bonus to the True Lemon and True Lime shakers! They have recipes on the True Citrus website. These seasonings are full of flavor and punch! The True Lemon or True Lime tastes great on all types of meat, salads, even desserts. You can see their recipes here.

You can buy True Citrus in many grocery stores including Safeway, Albertsons, Ralphs and Kroger or online at True Citrus, or call 1-888-476-0026.
A HUGE thank you to the folks at True Citrus for sending me all of the wonderful products to review.

They are so generous that they are providing products to one lucky winner of a True Citrus Giveaway.

The True Citrus Gift Set is

A box each of True Lemon, True Lime, & True Orange for Cooking, Baking & Beverages (32 packets/box)

A box each of True Original Lemonade, & True Raspberry Lemonade for Your Water (10 stick packets/box)

A box of True Grapefruit for Your Water (32 packets/box)

A canister of True Lemon Iced Tea for Your Water (6/2-quart packets)

A True Lemon & True Lime Shaker for Cooking, Baking & Seasoning (2.85oz/shaker).

Stayed tuned for this exciting giveaway.

Disclosure:
Mom Are We There Yet was not given monetary compensation for this review. We did receive products to test, as stated, but all opinions are true and honest

Sloppy Joe Biscuit Casserole Recipe

Okay, so I combine two recipes and made a new meal tonight. First time and the kids loved it. My son even had seconds. I’m going to try to keep this organized and print both.

1- Sloppy Joe Biscuit Casserole by Manwich. Printed from Albertson’s.com. You can see the original recipe on the link (had corn and ground beef and I didn’t have corn at home and used turkey burger). The big difference is it called for a can of refrigerated biscuit dough and I made the biscuits from scratch (will post recipe for that next).

Spray baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

*1 Pound ground turkey burger (I used extra lean).
* Sliver of chopped up bell pepper.
* Slice of chopped up yellow onion.
* 2-3 chopped up garlic cloves.
* 1 can Sloppy Joe Sauce.
* 1 can pork and beans.
* Dozen uncooked biscuits (recipe below).

Brown meat. Drain. Add chopped garlic, onion and bell pepper. Stir all up and then add Sloppy Joe sauce and beans. Stir and cook 3-4 minutes.

Pour mixture into baking dish and even it out smoothly.
Make biscuits into small balls and place all around, on top of the mixture.
Brush biscuits with butter.

Bake 10-12 minutes or until biscuits are golden brown.

2- Biscuit Recipe. I got this recipe from “The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook.” I’ll post the Amazon link below. I got the book from the library, as well as the ‘breakfast and lunch’ version but think I like them so much I’m going to buy both.

Cloverleaf Dinner Rolls

* 1 cup hot water.
* 3 cups flour.
* 1 Tablespoon active dry or packet yeast.
* 1 Tablespoon sugar.
* 1 teaspoon salt.
* 1 Tablespoon oil.
2 Tablespoons butter (to be used after they are done or to brush on top).

In mixing bowl, combine the hot water and 1 cup of the flour.
Add yeast, sugar, salt and oil. Whisk until ‘spongy’ dough.
Let sit 10-15 minutes (away from drafts).

Add the remaining 2 cups of flour to the dough.
Stir with wooden spoon (sorry- I used a fork).
When the dough is too thick to mix, knead by hand for 6-8 minutes.

***Recipe calls for the dough to rise, double in size, and let rise again. I skipped this***

Form dough into walnut-sized balls.

Place on top of Sloppy Joe Casserole mixture. Spread them out so they will expand a little as they bake.

Brush tops with butter.

Place in preheated over for 10-15 minutes.

Dinner is done when the biscuits are cooked.

According to cookbook the dinner rolls cost 97 cents for 12 rolls.

(The dinner rolls recipe also has directions if you have a bread machine).

Serve with a salad.


You can get this for a little as $1.64 on Amazon right now.

The cheapest price for this one is $4.98.

Before it went in the oven:

After it came out. Some is missing. While it was cooling off on the stovetop my son snuck into the kitchen and ate two servings. 🙂

Kitty Litter Cake Recipe

Okay, this is listed as a Halloween cake but I think it is awesome for someone’s birthday or April Fool’s Day! My dad’s birthday is in April and he is totally the practical jokester of the family. Every year I say I’m going to make this and it seems to slip past. I’ll have to make sure I do this year. He’d love it… once he knew what it was.

Ingredients

1 (18.25 ounce) package German chocolate cake mix
1 (18.25 ounce) package white cake mix
2 (3.5 ounce) packages instant vanilla pudding mix
1 (12 ounce) package vanilla sandwich cookies
3 drops green food coloring
1 (12 ounce) package tootsie rolls

Directions

Prepare cake mixes and bake according to package directions (any size pan).
Prepare pudding according to package directions and chill until ready to assemble.
Crumble sandwich cookies in small batches in a food processor, scraping often. Set aside all but 1/4 cup. To the 1/4 cup add a few drops of green food coloring and mix.
When cakes are cooled to room temperature, crumble them into a large bowl. Toss with 1/2 of the remaining cookie crumbs, and the chilled pudding. You probably won’t need all of the pudding, you want the cake to be just moist, not soggy.
Line kitty litter box with the kitty litter liner. Put cake mixture into box.
Put half of the unwrapped tootsie rolls in a microwave safe dish and heat until softened. Shape the ends so that they are no longer blunt, and curve the tootsie rolls slightly. Bury tootsie rolls randomly in the cake and sprinkle with half of the remaining cookie crumbs. Sprinkle a small amount of the green colored cookie crumbs lightly over the top.
Heat 3 or 4 of the tootsie rolls in the microwave until almost melted. Scrape them on top of the cake and sprinkle lightly with some of the green cookie crumbs. Heat the remaining tootsie rolls until pliable and shape as before. Spread all but one randomly over top of cake mixture. Sprinkle with any remaining cookie crumbs. Hang the remaining tootsie roll over side of litter box and sprinkle with a few green cookie crumbs. Serve with the pooper scooper for a gross Halloween dessert.
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/kitty-litter-cake/

Yummy New Zealand Recipes

I found this blog on accident today. A friend posted the picture of this delicious apple dessert (not sure what it is called) on Facebook and I clicked on the blog link. It looks like she doesn’t have a Facebook page but you can follow here via RSS or Twitter. 🙂

khttp://timeforalittlesomething.com/