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

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. Communicating with Teens 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 … [Read more...]

Lay’s Garden Tomato & Basil Flavored Potato Chips Review

Pizza Lovers Lay's could have called these potato chips pizza flavored, but instead they called them garden tomato and basil flavored. It must have been the marketing department, not the flavor scientist, that chose garden tomato and basil.  The flavor is distinctly pizza. By pizza I mean this chip has a sweet malty/bread note like a pizza crust, a cooked tomato character like pizza sauce, an Italian Seasoning note (more oregano like than basil),and a cheese note. The package of Lay's garden tomato and basil advertised the link to the soup recipe that inspired Garden Tomato Basil flavored chips:  http://www.fritolay.com/recipes/recipe/garden-tomato-and-basil-soup Comparing the recipes for tomato soup and pizza sauce; there exist … [Read more...]