New Products To Love

May 24, 2013

1) Nick the Peanut Butter Boy sent me a jar of his very own branded peanut butter!! I imagine this is like me designing my own brand of oatmeal mix – man would that be fun!

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Nick is a peanut butter expert and it shows in his product – it’s earthy, nutty and a tiny bit roasty — peanut butter at its finest. Chunky gets my vote, and this made some amazing PB&J sandwiches for my friends. More about it here.

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2) Jamberry Nails!! KERF reader Sara emailed me and thought I would get a kick out of these snazzy nail designs. I claimed I was terrible at doing my own nails, but she challenged me to give them a try and sent me a pair from her shop. I am hooked!

These are a few samples that came with the set I ordered – I used them as a tester before I put my real set on. Aren’t the little mustaches so cute!?

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The set I chose were a muted grey and yellow dot. I decided to go a bit more conservative for my first try.

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They come in long stickers and you heat them with a hair dryer and then press them into place. You then trim them to fit your nails and press hard. I couldn’t believe how nice they looked when I finished putting them on (who me?). They absolutely exceeded my expectations and lasted TEN DAYS looking good as new. At the end of those 10 days they started to peel just a bit at the edges so I noticed them more, but they still looked great. So I took that set off and put on the end I had trimmed off (a bonus if you have short nails – you get two packs in one!) I’m on my second set now and they are so cute and going strong again. They last in the shower, while doing dishes, through diaper changes and putting squirmy baby clothes on. I just purchased a second set to wear to my sister’s wedding! Here’s a link to Sara’s website if you want to learn more. They’re $15 a set and come in a zillion styles.

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3) Garnacha de Fuego {Yes, Amazon now sells wine!?}. We found this wine at Market Street Wine Shop and love it. It’s jammy and full-bodied and under $10!

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4) Whole Foods frozen shitake mushrooms. A friend told me about these. I think this whole bag is $3.99 (or less?) and you get a ton of mushrooms all ready for cooking. We like to put them in our quiches : )

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5) Health Warrior Chia Bars. These bars were founded just down the road from me in Richmond, VA. Sara, who works with Health Warrior, sent me a package of them when Mazen was born “for midnight feedings.” And 2am and 4am and 6am…. I ate them often when my stomach was growling in the middle of the night. I LOVE the texture – a sheet of chia seeds! And I love that they are small so when I just needed a bite I didn’t have to commit to half of a much bigger bar and leave half to go stale if I forgot about it ( <—happened a lot). The coconut flavor is my favorite, but peanut butter is good too!

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6) Nugget’s Raw Kombucha. This local kombucha is the best I’ve had – especially the Citra Hops flavor!! Lucky me they are right here in Cville. Find them at the City Market on Saturday mornings and in stores around town. We’re selling them at the bakery now too. Delicious!

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7) Another local product {that is available for shipping nationwide, actually}: the No Bull Burger new sun-dried tomato flavor. After many requests for a gluten-free and vegan variety, the No Bull ladies created this one and gave me a pack to try. It uses brown rice instead of barley and chia seeds instead of egg. It’s delish and not too far off from the Original that I love so much.

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8) Tina has been raving about Nikki’s Vanilla Cake Batter Coconut Butter so I had to see what it was like. Cake batter is one of my favorite flavors, after all. Well, it’s reallllly good! I was hoping for a little bit more batter flavor – it’s more like a very vanilla coconut butter – but I’m not disappointed. Yum. {And yes I paid an arm and a leg to try it.} Now I want to try the Hazelnut Brownie!

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9) Last but not least… are you a small business trying to crack into the online shopping world? OpenSky has now made it possible to join the e-commerce site seamlessly and become a merchant. I’ve been a part of OpenSky since it was founded back in 2009, and it has grown to have over 2.5 million members. I’m honored to now be among curators like Bobby Flay and Martha Stewart! I love what John Caplan {the founder} says in this video about the shopping experience and the direction that OpenSky is headed: “That personal connection between a merchant, a maker and a consumer is what makes a community.” OpenSky is now designed to be a blend of shopping and Pinterest-style feeds. There are so many cool new products joining OpenSky everyday, and if you’d like yours to be among the mix, you can learn more here.

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That’s a wrap!

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1 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio May 24, 2013 at 7:15 am

Those are some great new products. That nut butter looks awesome!! LOVE No Bull Burgers. Tried my first one this week!

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2 Shel@PeachyPalate May 24, 2013 at 7:24 am

Those nails sound amazing!!! I just got Gelish done for the first time..one week in and I’ve a chip but that’s what copious amounts of cooking and washing up does I guess! Would love to try Nikki’s, I’ve seen Tina raving about it too…no joy on this side of the water though.

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3 Susan H @ The Food Allergy Chronicles May 24, 2013 at 7:29 am

Oh my…roasted, crunchy peanut butter…how divine! :)

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4 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats May 24, 2013 at 7:40 am

So many things to say! 1) that peanut butter looks insanely delicious; 2) I LOVE those chia bars, especially the coconut flavor; and 3) I’m going to have to search out those mushrooms, what a deal! Thanks, Kath!

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5 Elle May 24, 2013 at 7:42 am

I’m all about those chia bars, its so hard to find good snack bars!

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6 Paige @ Your Trainer Paige May 24, 2013 at 7:47 am

I think if you made your own oatmeal mix it’d be a huge hit. Seriously!
My friend Lauren (Oatmeal After Spinning) is a Jamberry consultant, too. I recently bought some and love them!!

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7 Sarah May 24, 2013 at 7:50 am

I love these posts!!! :-)

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8 Beth @ Mangoes and Miles May 24, 2013 at 7:54 am

All of those nail decals are so cute! I can’t decide which one is my favorite–I love the chevron one, but the mustaches are so cute, and then there are the cherry ones…so many to choose from! They sound really easy to apply, too. I used to paint my nails every week, but stopped because it was sort of time-consuming. I definitely want to give these a go!

I’ve wanted to try Health Warrior bars for so long now, but I can’t justify spending $2 on an itty bitty thing. :( Someday, maybe! :)

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9 Sara @ sarasmiles May 24, 2013 at 8:11 am

Beth! email me your mailing address ([email protected]) and I will send you some samples. Once you realize how delicious AND good for you they are, $2 will be justified easily! Chia soon! Sara

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10 Vicky May 24, 2013 at 4:16 pm

I buy the 15 bar/ box at Wegmans for 15$. They are AWESOME!! The acai berry flavor is my favorite!

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11 Nicole@TheKidlessKronicles May 24, 2013 at 8:05 am

Dang you and the sticker nails. I am trying not to shop. But these might be a fun treat for Vegas! I am bookmarking now and will browse later.

The Kidless Kronicles

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12 Nina @ Too Hottie For That Body May 24, 2013 at 8:08 am

Love the nails! Even my shellac manicure didn’t last that long. Ha and when I first glanced at your shiitaki mushrooms my brain only registered the fist part of shiit-take. I swear, sometimes my brain is overtaken by a prepubescent boy sometimes.

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13 Sara @ sarasmiles May 24, 2013 at 8:13 am

Kath, thank you so so much for the post! It really does mean so much to me that you took the time to include Health Warrior Chia Bars with these other great products. I’ve been seeing that PB everywhere and must get my hands on some. Same thing goes for that coconut butter. I’ve been putting it on everything lately (coconut butter and sweet potatoes are an amazing combination) and it’s my new obsession.

I should be in Cville soon to demo at WFM. Would love to meet you and Mazen some day!

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14 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh May 24, 2013 at 8:21 am

Wonderful products and that peanut butter looks like it should be between my pancakes tomorrow morning!

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15 Lynn @ the actor's diet May 24, 2013 at 8:41 am

I wanna try all if these! Except the wine…

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16 Annie @ my fuel and fitness diaries May 24, 2013 at 8:50 am

Oh wow…I have an amazon ADDICTION and I love buying wine…this could get dangerous!

Ive wanted to try the coconut butter too, but Im not sure I can trust myself with it.

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17 Reka May 24, 2013 at 9:04 am

It’s such a shame I can’t seem to find coconut butter anywhere near me. I’ve been really curious of what it tastes like, because I’m obsessed with coconut.. Unfortunately, I live in Hungary and nobody even knows what coconut butter is. :(
It’s pretty similar with pb too, but thank god I found a store and I like to make it myself, too!

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18 char eats greens May 24, 2013 at 9:17 am

Ok, I’ve seen those nails a few times now, and I’m like you, super short nails, so getting some would be so worth. And I can’t get over how cute the pairs are over and over again that I see!!

I’m guilty of half eating bars too!

Those No Bull burgers look SO good. I would love a bite of that for lunch today!! ;)

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19 Leah May 24, 2013 at 9:32 am

I love posts like this! Everything looks great…unfortunately for my wallet! Was it hard to trim the nails on your dominant hand (aka using your nondominant hand to trim?) Hope that question makes sense.

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20 KathEats May 24, 2013 at 11:48 am

I just useD nail clippers so yes it was easy. But I imagine with scissors it would have been a lot harder. And that’s actually what they recommend. Clippers works great.

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21 Leah May 24, 2013 at 11:57 am

Thanks! I can’t wait to try it–if I can get two uses out of it, it’s less expensive than two manicures!

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22 Sara R. May 24, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Leah, you can definitely get 2 manicures out of each sheet, plus 2 pedicures too!

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23 Marie May 24, 2013 at 9:39 am

KISS brand makes sticker nails as well and they are only $1! They last 10 days as well and are amazing! I bought some last night actually! Saves you $14!

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24 Ashli - But What About Protein? May 24, 2013 at 9:44 am

I am definitely going to be trying those no bull burgers – love when I hear about a new vegan burger! And seriously, that cake batter coconut oil – oh.my.god! Sounds so good!

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25 Jessica @ Chocolate Covered Chickpeas   May 24, 2013 at 9:51 am

Note to self: must try chocolate peanut butter chia bars and vanilla cake batter coconut butter. Love the little moustaches and chevron pattern!

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26 Laura B May 24, 2013 at 10:00 am

I’m a poor law student and I’m a big fan of that wine. Yummy and cheap = perfect combo! Amazon wine sounded initially exciting but then I remembered Pennsylvania has ridiculous alcohol laws and sure enough they don’t ship to PA. From what I saw they don’t ship to Virginia either :-/ Ah well.

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27 Kerry May 24, 2013 at 10:02 am

Thank you for sharing these products !!! And many other things that you post. I am a BIG fan.

I found the Peanut Butter Boy through the Snack Girl blog and it’s my absolute favorite peanut butter, hands down.

I would SO buy oatmeal that you created ! I have done nearly every variation of your overnight oats — my fave being dough boy smoothies :)

Keep posting !

Namaste,

Kerry

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28 Carly @ Snack Therapy May 24, 2013 at 11:01 am

I’m so impressed by those nails! I’m convinced I wouldn’t be able to do them, but they look amazing!

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29 Sara R. May 24, 2013 at 1:54 pm

Carly if you’d like to try the nails out I’d be happy to send you a sample! You can email your address to sarara521 at gmail.com and I’ll pop one in the mail for you!

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30 Lauren @ The Highlands Life May 24, 2013 at 12:09 pm

I love the Multi-colored chevron nail set! So cute and fun for summer!

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31 CaitlinHTP May 24, 2013 at 12:18 pm

i love peanut butter boy!

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32 Tracy May 24, 2013 at 1:20 pm

I love these product posts. Thanks, Kath!

I’ve tried and love PB Boy’s PB, esp the CRUNCHY! Very unique taste in the world of PBs.

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33 Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen May 24, 2013 at 1:47 pm

So when should I come over for a little (coco) nut butter sampling and Jamberry nail application? ;)

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34 Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen May 24, 2013 at 1:48 pm

Also, I tried the new No Bulls at the market a few weeks ago, and I must say…original still wins in my book. [Of course, if you cover everything in ketchup it doesn't really matter to me WHICH kind I have!]

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35 KathEats May 24, 2013 at 2:48 pm

Haha soon! Come taste anytime

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36 Kavi May 24, 2013 at 1:48 pm

I was wondering about your pretty nail designs ever since I saw them in an older post! I definitely want to give those a try, along with the wine, and No Bull Burgers. Thanks for the great recommendations!

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37 Shannon W. from NC May 24, 2013 at 1:53 pm

Hi, Would you mind giving the name of the chevron design that is on your index finger? I cannot seem to locate that design on the jamberry site. Thanks.

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38 KathEats May 24, 2013 at 7:15 pm

I think it’s the Summer Chevron?

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39 Lisa May 24, 2013 at 3:54 pm

I want to try those chia bars!! Your nails came out great! :-)

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40 Sara @ sarasmiles May 25, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Lisa-the chia bars can be found at all Whole Foods!

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41 Emily @ Life on Food May 24, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Wishing I lived in Charlottesville right now.

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42 Sadie May 24, 2013 at 4:34 pm

Those nails are adorable! I took a look at the website and all the options were too cute. I’ve never been able to maintain a manicure for longer than the amount of time to dig my keys out of my purse, so those sound perfect for me. Thanks for the link! (and the cheap wine recommendation!)
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43 Tami @Nutmeg Notebook May 24, 2013 at 5:29 pm

I love your nails! That sounds easy enough for me to do. I like these posts with so many new products to spotlight!

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44 Sarah May 24, 2013 at 5:51 pm

I love no-bull burgers and buy them all the time. I don’t really understand coconut butter. Is it like a substitute for nut butter, for people with allergies?

Finally, can you tell us if the links to these products are affiliate links? Thanks.

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45 KathEats May 24, 2013 at 7:21 pm

Coconut butter is a delicious spread made from pulverized coconut just like peanut butter is made from pulverized peanuts. It’s all about the flavor!

I think Sara set it up so I’m hosting a virtual Jamberry party. I’m not making money, but I believe I get a free set of nails if some are purchased? Links to Amazon are affiliate (the wine) and I get a small percentage of any Amazon purchase with them. All the other links are just FYI.

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46 Saffron May 25, 2013 at 10:52 am

How do you recommend we eat coconut butter? Would you slather it on toast, like you would PB? Does it combine well with other foods or flavors?

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47 KathEats May 25, 2013 at 1:37 pm

Yes and yes! it melts really well too on things like rice

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48 Alyssa @ Road to RD May 24, 2013 at 6:05 pm

Loving that mustache nail design! “I mustache you a question, but I’ll shave it for later” :p

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49 KathEats May 24, 2013 at 6:49 pm

Ha!

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50 kristen @ verbs and vignettes May 24, 2013 at 7:02 pm

thanks for the link to the nail art! i’ve been looking for a good option in stores, but they always have a small selection, and i couldn’t bring myself to go for the leopard print.

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51 Julia May 24, 2013 at 7:07 pm

Love the the food and your nails! I really want to try that coconut butter!

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52 Sarah May 24, 2013 at 7:47 pm

I love the nails, but I don’t think I’d be able to trim them to fit my nails that well!

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53 Sara R. May 25, 2013 at 8:18 am

If you’d like to see how they’re applied and removed, there’s a good video at http://www.sarara.jamberrynails.net/about/apply/ that walks you through the process :-) I’d also be happy to send you a sample so you can try one out in person if you send me your address at sarara521 at gmail.com

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54 Molly May 25, 2013 at 5:10 am

Yay for a solution to manicures! I am not sure that I have the skill, though. A couple questions, have you tried any of the french tip nails? How would that work with (really) short nails? I’m not a fan of a lot of white (tip) showing, would I be able to make that part sized to my liking? Also, currently, my husband and I are stationed in Germany and have an APO mailing address…do they ship to APO?

Thanks!!

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55 KathEats May 25, 2013 at 5:43 am

You can trim them to any size but I really don’t know how the tips come to know how they work. I’m not sure on the shipping.

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56 Sara R. May 25, 2013 at 8:13 am

Yes, as long as you have an APO Jamberry will ship to you internationally! As for the french tips, they come in 3 different lengths so if you want a lot of white tip you would get the short length, and if you want less you’d get the middle or long. If you shoot me an email at sarara521 at gmail.com I can send you a french tip sizing guide and answer any other questions you might have :-) Jamberry also has a 100% satisfaction guarantee, so if you try the nails and don’t like them for any reason you can return them within 30 days for an exchange or refund, and they are warrantied forever against defects (so if there’s actually something wrong you can return them even if it’s been longer than 30 days).

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57 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope May 25, 2013 at 5:35 am

That peanut butter looks amazing!! So does that coconut butter – what an awesome flavor. I need to try both of those! And I’m such a fan of local Kombucha. It’s so fun to try new brands!

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58 Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) May 25, 2013 at 6:14 am

Love the nail stickers!

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59 Lonnie Thaler May 25, 2013 at 7:49 am

Hi Kath,

I think I like all the products in this post especially the Jamberry nails. I would love to try it. It’s so stylish and pretty. Thanks for sharing these lovely products! :-D

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60 Mom May 25, 2013 at 8:25 am

Great post! I loved your nails when I saw them.

All foods look delicious!

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61 Nicole May 25, 2013 at 8:35 am

This is too funny! I JUST got my Peanut Butter Boy order a few days ago (I got 1 creamy and 1 chunky) and I LOVE the chunky!

I also just ordered the chocolate peanut butter Chia bars a few days ago and should be getting them on next week :)

Guess you and I were in sync in some way LOL

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62 wendy r. May 26, 2013 at 6:48 am

Thank you so much for this fun link page – so many incredible products – and new ones for me too. I can’t wait to see if our local WFM carries the Chia Bars and I keep getting tempted by the Jamberry nail stickers – this might just be the impetus I needed.

Again, love this page concept – thanks for featuring!

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63 Alex LG May 28, 2013 at 8:58 am

I haven’t been going to the farmers market on Saturdays since I joined a CSA, but I am definitely going to have to make the trip for gluten-free NoBull burgers! I wonder if they’re in Whole Foods yet…

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64 Melissa May 29, 2013 at 1:55 pm

“Nick the Peanut Butter Boy” peanut butter looks delicious. Trying to get my healthy fats from peanut butter has always been a staple of mine. But soon you get tired of the same creamy peanut butter day in and day out.

This looks like a pleasant change to keep the taste buds on their toes :)

Thanks for the product reviews.

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65 Jane @ Not Plain So Jane June 6, 2013 at 1:03 pm

I still haven’t tried coconut butter, I’m so behind!

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