Saturday, March 27, 2010
Posted by Jamie at 9:15 AM
Friday, March 19, 2010
I recently got the opportunity to try out some Episencial playful foaming wash from SproutBaby. Bath time for the boys is always fun but with the foaming hair and body wash, it was twice the fun!
Aside from the adorable packaging with artwork from Eric Carle's 'Hungry Little Caterpillar" book, the smell was so refreshing. It's a bit citrus-y (I know that's not a word, but it's the only way to describe it!) but it's a very mild scent. It's not so strong that it knocks you down kind of smell like some other scented body washes.
It's contains ingredients like organic ginko biloba, calendula extract, organic aloe, oat extract, and organic mandarin orange essential oil. When something has great ingredients like that, how could it not be wonderful?!
I was recently contacted by Kristen from POM Wonderful. She generously offered to send me some 100% pomegranate juice to try out and to use in some of my recipes.
I was very excited to give it a try. I have never actually tasted a pomegranate, though I have tried pomegranate and blueberry juice before and really liked it. I had been wanting to try some of the POM Wonderful juice for awhile and luckily Kristen stumbled upon my blog and gave me the opportunity to do so!
When I got the juice in the mail, I imagined by the looks of it that it might taste a bit like prune juice or something. I opened it up and took a sip. It really has an interesting flavor (Not at all like prune juice thankfully!). It's sweet but tart at the same time. It's very smooth and quite good actually.
Pomegranates really have some wonderful health benefits as well as being delicious! It's great for Cardiovascular health and it is packed full of antioxidants. It is very beneficial to men especially, it's excellent for prostate health and erectile function. Now, my husband wouldn't even try it, he's like a child when it comes to trying something new, but my dad tried some and liked it.
There are a lot of great, yummy looking recipes at POM Wonderful's website to try out. I want to try every one of them! I made the blushing POM holiday cheesecake. The recipe is to make your own cheesecake from scratch but I cheated and went the lazy route and bought a no bake cheesecake and made the glaze for the top. I know, I know, I'm a cheater but it still tasted awesome! It's supposed to be for a whole cheesecake but I made mine in jumbo muffin cups so it came out in perfect, single portions (well, not for me. I don't eat sweets much so one fed me, Gavin, and Gage!).
I took 1.5 cups of the pomegranate juice, 1/3 of a cup of granulated sugar, and 1 tablespoon of cornstarch & combined them in a saucepan. You bring it to a boil then reduce the heat. You let it cook for 2 minutes, stirring the whole time. Let it cool a bit and then pour on top of the cheesecake. Easy peasy! I was pretty intimidated making the glaze. I had never done that before but it was so simple, I couldn't believe it!
I wasn't sure how it would taste but it was amazing! I think I'm going to use pomegranate glaze from now on with cheesecake instead of cherry or strawberry. It was sweet, but not too sweet. It still had just a touch of the tartness in it. I LOVED it!
I'm also planning on making these cupcakes very soon. I love all the dessert recipes on their site! I know it's corny but I gotta say it, POM Wonderful truly is Wonderful!
If you'd like to try some POM Wonderful, here's the chance to win some! The winner will receive a coupon for a free 16oz bottle of POM juice. Here's how to enter: