Talking with my Teen: Guavas, Tomatoes, Blueberries and Vegetables

My teenager and I, Hawaii 2016

My oldest daughter is officially a teenager. Suppressed memories of my awkward and frightening teenage years have come flooding back. Middle School and High School are times in my life I want to forget. Thankfully, my two dogs, Tippy and Tuffy, helped get me through those years. I hope our cat, Minnie, helps my daughter successfully navigate her middle school years. Communication with my teen daughter is "tense", some reasons  could be: the constant glares I receive when I try to engage; i.e. "the Claire glare" my teen doesn't feel comfortable communicating verbally and expressing feelings my fear of reliving middle school years affects my ability to listen My daughter is able to verbally communicate when she wants me to do … [Read more...]

Trident Layers Juicy Berry & Tangy Tangerine sugar free gum, flavor review

Trident Layers Juicy Berry Tangy Tangerine gum

Trident Layers gum is my daughter's  favorite gum. She loves the juicy, fruity flavor and the colored layers. She calls it the "sandwich gum" and jumps up and down when I give her a piece. The front label of Trident Layers reads "with real fruit flavor".  What does that mean?  Sugar free chewing gum is not natural.  Sugar free gum is an artificially flavored, sweetened, and colored edible rubber material. Its benefits are dental (does not promote tooth decay) and breathe freshening.   The ingredients in Trident Layers are: gum base (rubber) maltitol, maltitol syrup, sorbitol, mannitol(sweeteners that do not promote tooth decay) acesulfame potassium , aspartame, sucralose (artificial high potency sweeteners) Blue 2 … [Read more...]

Ben & Jerry’s Greek Frozen Yogurt, flavor review

Ben & Jerry's Greek Frozen Yogurt

We can rely on Ben & Jerry's for delicious and fun frozen desserts. Greek Frozen yogurt is no exception and as the package states, it's "really Greekin good". Recently, I found two of the four Greek frozen yogurt flavors: Blueberry Vanilla Graham and Raspberry Fudge chunk. Ben & Jerry's Greek Frozen yogurt is easy to scoop, has a light texture (not too dense), is smooth and is not too cold when consumed. My family enjoyed both flavors, but preferred the Raspberry Fudge chunk. Chocolate always wins with my girls.  The raspberry has a nice natural flavor and tartness, it reminds me some of a sherbet flavor. Blueberry Vanilla Graham has a nice malty/buttery flavor from the graham pieces. In fact, the sweet buttery graham crust … [Read more...]