Spring Cleaning! And… Shopping?

Happy Fun Friday! Happy spring cleaning!

Those things don’t really go together, right? I mean, sometimes cleaning can be pretty blah. Stains, dirt, grime, dust, slime… whatever it may be, it just doesn’t seem to be all that fun to get to the bottom of that cleaning to-do list.

However… who is going to say no to some spring shopping on a Friday? Could you use a little shopping break? Well, now that we’ve got your attention… you can totally use spring cleaning as an excuse to shop!

The kind of spring cleaning we are thinking of is the kind that involves your pantry. Things eventually go bad and you need to restock and replenish. This includes your seasonings and spices! Depending upon the seasoning or spice, you’ll need to change them out sometime between 1-3 years, so make sure to check those labels (All of our products come with easy-to-identify labels with best-to-use-by dates!).

Now, the question is… what do you put back in to your pantry? Here are some ideas:

The Classics

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These seasonings can go on just about everything. As my father once joked about the Original Blend, “This seasoning is so good, it will taste great on ice cream, too!” Whether you’re cooking beef, chicken, fish, pasta, or any homemade, healthy dish, you can’t go wrong with the Original Blend, Lemon Pepper Blend, Italian Blend or the Soul Food Blend. They’re all made with organic sea salt and contain spices you’d use in everyday dishes! They aren’t too spicy, so that all palettes can eat them comfortably and add so much flavor to any delicious dish.

The Bold Ones

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When you’re looking to make something spicy, you’ve got to look for seasonings with bold flavor! Whether you’re taking inspiration from the island of Jamaica or the flavors of South America, you know you’re getting something amazingly flavorful. Our recommendations for bold flavor are our Lemon Fire Blend, Jerk Blend, Spicy Blend and Adobo Blend!


Shopping with Seasonest is really fun and we love offering our seasoning advice wherever needed! If you’d like to browse our virtual shelves for easy-access shopping, check out our website today! Click here

Enjoy your weekend and your “spring cleaning”! :)

Abundant Blessings,

Crystal Peterson

 

Our Top Five Videos

Hello, hello!

Welcome to our blog. We’re excited to share something special with you today; our top five favorite Seasonest videos of all time. Sit back with some perfectly seasoned popcorn (We recommend our Original Blend!) and enjoy the show!

  1. Our Business Story

We’ve come a long way and we love looking back at our milestones. This video is the introduction to what we do and why we do it and we love being able to share our personal story with you!

2. Bringing It Home

We think Chipotle’s barbacoa is delicious and were inspired to make our own! We had a lot of fun making this video, but the best part was definitely making this delicious barbacoa and being able to eat it. It is absolutely amazing in tacos and we love that it is homemade and prepared with our healthy seasonings. Something about making it homemade just feels right.

Want to make your own? Here’s our special ingredient: Click Here

3. Kid Friendly Mild Blend

This blend has garnered quite a bit of attention with moms and dads. It’s given them power over picky eaters! We’ve had children stop by during in-store demos, try one of our samples with the Mild Blend and ask mom and dad if they can have it for dinner. This video is a cute way to remind us of how big an impact seasonings can have in your every day life.

Check out the Mild Blend here: Link

4) Our 2015 Recap

2015 was a really great year for us. We met so many people, participated in all sorts of events and definitely got to travel. We also had some really fun posts to share and enjoyed engaging with our fans. We hope you enjoy this as much as we do!

5) Delicious Adobo Grilled Shrimp

Our latest video shows us putting together something really delicious; Adobo cilantro lime grilled shrimp. If you can’t say that five times fast, we don’t blame you… but, we can say that it is a mouthful of flavor that you’ve got to try!


We hope you enjoyed your popcorn and got to take a walk down memory lane with us. If you’ve got any memories with us, meeting us, or trying our seasonings for the first time, let us know! We’d love to hear your story.

Happy Wednesday,

The Seasonest Family

Adobo Cilantro Lime Grilled Shrimp

Adobo Cilantro Lime Grilled Shrimp

Happy Friday!

We’re excited to share this shrimp dish with you because this recipe is a lot of fun! The meal is so easy to make and it only uses five ingredients, but boy do you get to use some flavors.

Here’s the recipe!

Ingredients:

  • Fresh shrimp
  • Avocado oil
  • 1/2 (or, more) of a jalapeño
  • Lime juice
  • Adobo Seasoning Blend
  • (Optional) Cilantro for garnish

Utensils:

  • Bowl
  • Skewers
  • Grill
  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Marinade brush

Instructions:

  • Chop up jalepaño and cut lime in half.
  • Take fresh shrimp, avocado oil, 1/2 (or, more) of a jalapeño, lime juice and our Adobo Seasoning Blend and put it all in a bowl to marinate for 15-30 minutes!
  • Remove shrimp from bowl and place onto skewers (Save the marinade!).
  • Turn on grill and place on the skewers of shrimp. Brush marinade (or, drizzle with a spoon) onto the shrimp while it is cooking.
  • For looks and extra flavor, add cilantro!
  • Enjoy.

Watch the video tutorial here: Watch me!

Have a great weekend,

The Seasonest Family

Matters of the Heart

Matters of the Heart

We’re so glad to have the honor of being in your spice cabinet, filling shelves at your local grocery stores and making your food so flavorful. Our seasonings are dear to our heart and we love being a close-knit, family-owned business that brings you such healthy ingredients!

Speaking of love and these healthy ingredients, we wanted to focus on heart health and which seasonings contain the best ingredients for everything related to the heart (Aside from falling in love with the flavor, of course!).


Here are a few of our favorite ingredients we use!

  • Basil: If you’re into maintaining your blood pressure, this is one tasty way to treat it!  (Italian Blend)
  • Cayenne: Cayenne assists with blood flow and helps your body avoid blood clots. (Original Blend)
  • Garlic: This special ingredient can lower your risk of heart disease and is found in many of our blends! (Soul Food, Lemon Pepper, Original, Adobo, Italian and Mild Blends)
  • Lemon Peel: High blood pressure? Try some of this! (Lemon Pepper Blend)
  • Onion Powder: Onion powder can assist in maintaining healthy levels of cholesterol and help prevent heart disease. (Adobo Blend)

If you’re not already a Seasonest user, we hope that you’ll take a peak at what we have to offer. You can see all of our flavorful blends here: Link

All our love,

The Seasonest Family

Valentine’s Day Gifting… Spice It Up!

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Quick! Send your significant other out of the room… okay, are you ready? You’ve got 11 days. That is cutting it close my friend. There are less than two weeks until Valentine’s Day; have you gotten them that gift yet? Uhuh…. OKAY. Let’s get to work.

Firstly, our seasonings make great gifts! They come in an array of delicious flavors for all kinds of palettes.

  • Does your significant other like to eat food every day? Great! Then, you’re already one step closer to fulfilling a practical, daily need, but with extra added umph.
  • Does your significant other value their health? Do you value their health? PERFECT. Our seasonings contain all-natural Celtic sea salt as well as ingredients that are non-GMO, gluten free, vegan-friendly and organic. If you are taking a break from salt, we’ve got options for that as well.
  • Do they like things that taste good? If your lovebug /boo /pumpkin /schnookums enjoys food with flavor, they’ll LOVE our seasonings. Keep them from eating just to eat and give them the gift of flavorful food enjoyment!

Order those seasonings now if you want them in time for Valentine’s Day! They’re only $5 each right now and shipping is free for orders over $15.


Now that that’s all settled and we can see that you clearly love your better half, Heart 2here’s what you do. Take a quick trip to our website (click me) and read about each of the flavors. If you’d like some help with how to choose, here’s what we suggest based on their personality:

  • Sassy/Sarcastic: Spicy Blend
  • Romantic: Italian Blend
  • Traditional (with a secret twist): Lemon Pepper Blend
  • Classy: Original Blend
  • Big-Hearted: Soul Food Blend
  • Comical: Jerk Blend
  • Active/Athletic: Adobo Blend
  • Wild Child: Lemon Fire Blend
  • Sweet: Mild Blend

Yep. Definitely saw you eyeing that blend. You know they’d love it!


Heart 1Our last bit of advice is how to present your beloved with this special, spicy gift. Here we go! (Please read these aloud in the cheesiest voice possible. It is also crucial that you present the gift in perfect timing with your words. Trust us.)

  • Spicy Blend: “Hey baby. Just wanted to spice things up a bit.”
  • Original Blend: “(Insert name here), I love that you’re so… original.”
  • Soul Food Blend: “Darling, you are food for my soul.”
  • Italian Blend: “You inspired me… your love takes me to faraway places.”
  • Adobo Blend: “Ad-o-bo about you, but I’d love to make you dinner.”
  • Jerk Blend: “I know I can be a jerk sometimes, but tonight, I want to focus on you!”

“You know, there’s a season for everything… and there’s always seasoning for you.”


We hope you enjoyed a good laugh and have some fun ideas for your favorite person on Valentine’s Day. Let us know if you got to use one of our cheesy pick-up lines!

Love,
Best of luck! (1)

The Seasonest Family

Motivation Monday: Quick Christmastime Cooking Guide

Happy Motivation Monday!

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It’s super busy right around now for just about everyone. This time of year, the last thing I want to realize is that I don’t have enough food in the fridge, but, it happens when Christmas shopping and preparations are going on and we’re all going five different directions.

Does this ever happen to you? If it does, I’ve got some quick tips to help you out with mealtime fixes!

Tip 1) Check your stock.

Look in the pantry, on shelves and in your refrigerator for food items and ingredients. If you are like us, you’ll find that you have a lot more potential meal-making items than you suspected.

Tip 2) Gather the basics.

  • Meat/Protein
  • Carb/ Bread
  • Vegetable(s)
  • Dairy/Sauce/Cheese/Soup
  • Spices/Seasonings

Tip 3) Put it all together.

There are a lot of options you have if you are able to find at least two to three of the five categories listed above. But, seasoning it right is crucial to the flavor. Here are some examples!

  • Jerk Mild meaty pasta
  • Original Salt Free egg and vegetable stir fry (Add noodles for a heartier meal.)
  • Mild hearty meat, noodle and veggie soup
  • Spicy ham or turkey and cheese sandwich
  • Soul Food Mild soup and grilled cheese
  • Adobo quesadillas and sour cream
  • Original cheesy egg sandwich
  • Lemon pepper soup and salad
  • Italian-seasoned ham, ranch and cheese sandwich
  • Adobo huevos rancheros (Spicy, spicy eggs!)

 

What we’ve learned is to ALWAYS have our favorite seasonings stocked up. When you’re in a time crunch, and really, even when you’re not, seasonings can save a meal and make them truly amazing. If you’d like tips on how to make any of the above recipes, comment below!

Hope you’re having a great Christmas week. Thank you for all of your continued support of our family’s business.

Abundant Blessings,

Crystal Peterson

Solving Your Christmas Gift Dilemmas

Hello and Happy Friday!

It’s almost Christmas. Yes, this beautiful holiday filled with love, joy and peace is literally a week away! However, we know that some of you may not be feeling the peace right now as you’re stressed about what to get everyone on your list! How about a Seasonest blend or two?

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Here is how you can decide which ones to pick!

  • Are they traditional, classic and all-around fantastic? Original Blend

This is the blend where it all started and where our company gets it’s deliciously seasoned beginnings. It has the flavors of New Orleans, a little kick and a lot of potential.

  • Do they have a sense of self-confidence and a hint of sassy smarts? Spicy Blend

Spicy, spicy, spicy! This blend is full of cayenne and could be the best food challenge to any self-assured person.

  • Do they dream of world travel and the adventures they could have? Italian Blend

With hints of the Italian hills, this blend will take them to a land filled with a tradition of hearty dishes and family recipes.

  • Are they a bit timid when it comes to new things, but you’re convinced they’re exactly the ones who have a secret wild side? Lemon Pepper Blend

Seasoning with pepper is fairly normal, right? Adding in the lemon gives any dish an amazingly refreshing zest and could add the perfect amount of new for someone not usually so daring.

  • Are they friendly, hearty and full of cheer? Soul Food Mild Blend

This blend goes well with almost anything. It’s full of flavor, makes dishes deliciously savory and really makes everything feel a bit… homey.

  • Do they need a vacation… badly? Jerk Mild Blend

Take them to the islands for nearly free! The flavors in this blend are wonderfully Carribbean and will help them feel like they’re dining in a tropical paradise.

  • Is this person someone who appreciates a lively, active lifestyle that’s full of fun? Adobo Blend

If they like things kicked up a notch… if they like flavor… if they like Tex-Mex, South of the Border, Mexican, etc… This is the blend for them!

Check out our website for more information on all of these delicious blends.

We hope that this list helps you with your Christmas shopping. Feel free to comment below about your favorite blends and give advice to Seasonest shoppers who may be needing your help!

Happy shopping!

Seasonest

The Health Benefits of Our Seasonings

Hello Everyone and Happy Wednesday :)

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We really appreciate healthy living and all-natural ingredients and ensure that when you receive one of our products, that’s exactly what you’re getting! We wanted to highlight a few ingredients in our products that have health benefits so that you can make responsible and informed choices for yourself and your family at meal time.

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Spices, Herbs and Seasonings                                            


Basil-
This herb has anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties, and aids in controlling blood pressure.

*Italian

Black Pepper- Black pepper is high in antioxidants, helps with intestinal and digestive health and aids in breaking down fat cells.

*Soul Food, Lemon Pepper, Adobo

Seasonest_original__33045.1430426304.1280.1280Cayenne- This spice can help ease throat soreness, upset stomach and ulcers, it aids in moving mucus, helps prevent blood clots and joint pain relief… the list goes on for this one!

*Original

Celtic Sea Salt- Celtic sea salt contains elements to aid in thyroid health, helps you retain nutrients from food and can help keep you hydrated.

*Soul Food, Lemon Pepper, Original, Adobo, Italian, Mild

Chipotle – This spice can aid in respiratory, bone and immune health and can help with healing wounds.

*Adobo

Garlic – Garlic can help with the common cold, detoxing and may even lower the risk for heart disease and aid in your workout capacity.Seasonest_lemon_pepper__15704.1430426662.1280.1280

*Soul Food, Lemon Pepper, Original, Adobo, Italian, Mild

Lemon Peel- Antibacterial properties, aids high blood pressure and liver
detoxification, can help rid your body of gallstones and kidney stones… lemon peel can provide relief from a lot of uncomfortable ailments.

*Lemon Pepper

Onion Powder- Onion powder is a great source of dietary fiber, which can aid in the prevention of all kinds of medical problems. Other benefits include the maintenance of blood sugar levels, cholesterol, heart disease, muscle function… this seasoning is packed with goodness.

*Adobo

Seasonest_adobo__32275.1430426479.1280.1280Oregano – This spice can help with everything from acne to gastrointestinal disorders. It also makes for a good insect repellent!

*Italian

Paprika – This spice is one fantastic beauty agent. It can help maintain the health of your skin and hair (Yes, hair loss included!). It also aids in maintaining good eyesight and contains helpful antioxidants.

*Soul Food, Original, Adobo, Mild

Red Pepper Flakes – Red pepper flakes can help with inflammation and pain and help curb your appetite. It’s a great everyday aid!

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Turmeric – Toothaches, arthritis, liver function… turmeric helps with them all!

*Soul Food

White Pepper- White pepper can help with headaches, coughs, digestion and even dandruff; this herb is great for everyday uses.

*Soul Food

Find healthy seasonings at our full list here –> Our Healthy List


 

We hope that this was helpful to you in choosing your next mealtime assistant and in learning how to better take care of yourself! With some exercise and healthy eating, you’ll be on your way to a healthier you in no time. You’re very important and so are those you cook for, so don’t forget to treat everyone to some tasty and nutritious seasonings. :)

Abundant blessings,

Crystal Peterson

Fool Me Twice…Shame On Me!

Part 2 of the Case of the missing FlavorMy smile was frozen in place – should I ask her? No, that would be too obvious.
“The guacamole you made was simply fabulous – could you possibly whip up more?” I began to panic. Should I say yes, and then make subpar guacamole?
“Honey, when will the meat be finished?” I looked to my husband hoping it would be finished in another ten minutes. “About forty minutes should do it!” James opened the grill and checked on the meat.
“Then we simply must have more dip!” Jessica’s pronouncement was heartily agreed to by the crowd around the grill.

Just then, my eldest daughter Stacie sent me a text (she only talks by texting now, it’s the cool thing to do) “Pkg @ door, 4 u.”
My spirits lifted, it was the extra Seasonest Adobo I had ordered! Excusing myself, I scurried to the door and signed for the box, thrilled to have more. Jessica popped into the kitchen as I was pulling out ingredients for the guacamole. I hid the bottle behind some avocados as she asked, “How’s the dip going?”
“If you’ll give me a few minutes, I’ll whip up a new batch!” I said confidently. Jessica left the kitchen, sure that I was bluffing. I had a feeling that she knew more about the spices then she let on.

Walking out with the new bowl of guacamole was like being assaulted by the paparazzi. Everyone was thrilled to have more, and barely let me set the bowl down on the table before they dug in. I was smiling as I found Christina. I told her, my emergency bottle of Seasonest came at the right time and she seemed genuinely happy for me. “Excellent! That Jessica Johnson will never know what hit her!” She paused as she got a call from her daughter who wasn’t feeling well and left to check on her at home.

James came in from the backyard and announced, “Food’s ready, come and get it!” There was a mad rush to fill up plates with delicious ribs, meat falling off the bones, perfectly grilled corn on the cob and more. I was enjoying my own plate when I received another text from my daughter, “Coco sick – come upstairs.”
Rushing upstairs, I found my daughter happily playing with her dolls in her room with a few of the neighbors’ daughters. Kneeling down beside her, I asked if she was alright. She said, “Of course mommy! But Mr. bunny just robbed the bank, so he’s in time out.” I went to find my eldest, and saw her in front of the tv with her friend Emily. “Stacie, why did you tell me Coco was sick and she wasn’t?” Stacie looked up at me, confused. Emily says to me, “Stacie hasn’t been able to find her phone for a while now, Mrs. Jones.”

Strange — did someone want me out of the party? I ran downstairs to the kitchen and found the ingredients still at the counter, except for my bottle of Seasonest. Not again! I knew now there was definitely someone trying to sabotage my party. I left the kitchen looking for Jessica, sure she had taken it. That’s why she had followed me into the kitchen to ask about the guacamole! Why is she trying to sabotage my party? Walking toward the front of my house, I overheard a whispered conversation. Sneaking around the corner, I saw Margaret and Tommy Tulley fussing about something. “You should have never taken it Margaret! I told you not to ruin a perfectly nice party! Did you put it back?”

“I couldn’t help it Tommy!” Margaret whined. Tommy shushed her and his whispering lowered even more, so I couldn’t make out any of the words. She nods, and they began to leave. What are they talking about? What did she take? I tried to get in closer, but they left too quickly. I was confused. Did Margaret take my Seasonest? Or was it still Jessica? Hearing footsteps, I quickly ran into the coat closet.

Peering out the crack in the door, I gasped – Jessica and Christina were talking? What on earth did they have to talk about?

– Look out for a surprising finale. Who do you think has the Seasonest Adobo Spice Blend? –

Spicy Thriller

Missing FlavorIt was gone — the best thing that ever happened to me. Everyone was calling for me to bring more, but it’s all gone, missing in action. The clamor of guests through the kitchen door was muted, and all I heard was a rushing sound in my ears. My best friend Christina found me and asked, “Are there any extra hors d’oeuvres…is everything alright?”
“No,” I replied, “It’s not. It’s gone. Someone took it.”
“Took what?” Christina asked.
“My last bottle of Seasonest.”
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Am I being dramatic? Maybe a little, but that bottle was special. It took an ordinary cook like me to an extraordinary cook and made my parties full of flavor and fun.

You might be wondering who I am. I’m Sarah Marie Jones, happily married and mother of two beautiful daughters. My best friends, Christina and Brittney, live on either side of me, and we’re inseparable.

We had struck up a friendly sort of rivalry with some of the other moms in the neighborhood and were constantly competing with them. Jessica Johnson and her band of soccer moms (really, they all are soccer moms!) love to try and upstage myself, Christina and Brittney, the football moms.

Earlier this year at our monthly planning committee meeting, we began discussing the annual spring barbecue. Excited to show off our new pool, I rashly volunteered our home. I’d forgotten about the last time I’d cooked – it was embarrassing. The committee looked at me. I held my head up, however, and said, “Yes, I will cook as well.” Jessica smirked at me, and responded, “It’ll be nice to keep things interesting!” And with that, the party was to be had at my home in a months time. But that’s when I found Seasonest Spice blends.

The Christmas before, my cousin twice removed on my great-step aunt’s side of the family sent me a gift with some new spice blends in it. She just raved on and on about how great they were, and I decided to give it a try with my new roast chicken recipe. I used Seasonest instead of my regular spices and it tasted amazing! When I say my family of four was picking the last of the meat off the bones, that is in no way an exaggeration. I knew then that I’d found my royal flush, my secret weapon. And it tasted delicious.

The day of the party arrived, sunny and clear. When I came down to greet guests, I felt like the perfect hostess; poised and confident. As I walked to the kitchen, greeting those who were already there, I was happy that things were going so well. Everyone was complimenting me on the food. I smiled, thrilled that it was a hit. Others were asking if I could whip up some more guacamole and nacho dip – it was almost gone! I walked to my cupboard and looked for my last bottle of Seasonest Adobo, but it was missing. Confused, I looked in the pantry, by the grill — nothing. My Seasonest was gone!

A light laugh sent shivers up my spine. I knew that laugh. She was here. “Oh Sarah, so good to see you! Lovely party, by the way.”
“Yes, good to see you too, Jessica.”
“So, we were just chatting about how delicious everything is! Tell us, what’s your secret?” The smile she gave me was like the cat who had found the cream. Darn. She knew. Did she know? So I laughed it off, “A chef never spills her secrets!”
The crowd laughed. Jessica replied so low only I could hear, “They’re just discovered by…accident.” My smile was frozen…did she take my Seasonest?

— So where do you think the missing bottle went? Stay tuned to find out what happens next! —