Demo at the Johns Creek, GA Whole Foods

Hi All!
IMG_0281It’s Courtney and I was at the Johns Creek Whole Foods this Sunday and really enjoyed meeting all of you who stopped by; thanks for tasting our seasonings! If you’ve ever demoed anything before, you know that sometimes it can be pretty lonely, so seeing you all made a world of difference. It also helps that you enjoyed the food we prepared so much that you got a Whole Foods employee who had just began working there to try it out after complimenting it so well; what a way to make my day. :)
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It seems that out of all of our blends, the Spicy Blend was the most popular. I was pretty surprised to see all of the kids pick up the spicy chicken samples and enjoy them so much.  The parents seemed even more surprised. One parent mentioned
that their child rarely eats chicken. Apparently, the little one asked if they could have chicken with our seasoning on it for dinner!

What a great success of a IMG_0280demo day. We love you Johns Creek and can’t get enough of your awesomeness. We hope you feel the same way about our seasonings and hope to be demoing there again soon.

Happy Days,
Courtney

We Interviewed Santa

Hello Everyone!

It’s nearly Christmas and I thought about what Santa might be doing right about now. And then the idea hit me; why not speak with Santa and ask him what he thinks about us and our products?. So, I reached out and he was really awesome about it! Here is our one-on-one interview with the white-bearded man himself.

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Courtney: Hi Santa! Thanks so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to sit with us. I know that certain time zones will soon be ready for you to visit, so we wont keep you too long! How are you doing?

Santa: Ho, Ho, hello there (He laughed a lot.)! It’s no trouble at all. I’m glad to be here and I’m quite well. Thank you for asking.

Courtney: Well, great! So glad to hear it. I wanted to get your opinions on our seasonings as I know you’ve had the chance to try them all. Mrs. Claus keeps ordering, so I was hoping you’d let us know what you both love about them.

Santa: Hm, that’s a great question. I’ve loved your seasonings since you left some out for me at Christmas so many years ago. When I brought them home, Mrs. Claus thought I had stopped and gotten her a gift! Let me tell you, that set the bar high each Christmas. It made the next year a bit challenging… but any who,  she’s always loved to cook and has really taken to these seasonings. We had just gotten into this all-natural kick, so your products came at just the right time.

Courtney: Wow! I had no idea. Mom didn’t tell me she left them out… Sorry, that may have been the first year we didn’t leave cookies!

Santa: Ho, ho, ho! No, not to worry! Like I said, we were on an all-natural kick, so cookies weren’t my top priority as they had been in previous years. I needed to shed a few cookie pounds to get down the chimney, so it was a welcome treat.

Courtney: (Whew. Definitely didn’t want to be on the naughty list!) It’s good to know that we were of such a benefit to your lifestyle. Tell me more about what keeps you both coming back to Seasonest for your seasonings?

Santa: Well, we really admire that you are a family business and that you carried on the dreams of one of your loved ones! We ourselves are a sort of family business, so we definitely understand the dedication and the hard work it takes to make something special as you have done. It adds a little something extra to your company and your seasonings.

Courtney: We’re really honored, Santa. Thank you for such kind words. Okay, I have to know… what is your FAVORITE blend that we make?

Santa: HO, HO, HO! You want me to choose?! That’s extremely challenging… I suppose I’m a fan of the Original Blend. It was the first one I received from you and it also holds so much meaning for your family. It also is the perfect amount of flavor for just about any dish and I really appreciate it’s versatility! Does that answer your question?

Courtney: Most definitely! The Original Blend is really special to us and we love that you love it, too. We hope you continue to be a supporter of our family-owned business!

Santa: Of course I will! Now, if you happen to come out with a blend that is sugary and great in cookies, I will admit my defeat on my every-New-Years’ resolution once again.

Courtney: Don’t worry, Santa. If that happens, you’ll be the first to know! Thanks so much for your time.

Santa: It was my pleasure. Thank you for the interview! And from Mrs. Claus and I, Merry Christmas to you and all of your customers!


 

So, there you have it folks. Santa is a seasoned vet in all things Christmas and now is working his way into becoming a Seasonest spices pro.

Hope you enjoyed the interview and that you’re excited for Christmas!

Happy Days,

Courtney

Motivation Monday: You CAN Cook!

Happy Motivation Monday! It’s Courtney for this Monday segment and I’ve noticed that a lot of people claim that “they can’t cook”; that’s quite silly, really… of course they can! It’s all about the right ingredients and following directions. I’ve made something I really think you’ll like and that is easy to create; Alfredo topped with crispy bacon! Also, it can be made gluten-free by substituting regular pasta with a gluten free version.
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The Recipe: Alfredo with Crispy Bacon

Ingredients:

  • Alfredo sauce
  • Bacon
  • Broccoli (chopped)
  • Minced garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Penne pasta
  • Seasonest Italian seasoning
  • Seasonest Original seasoning
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes (diced)

Total Prep/Cook Time: 25 min

Steps:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and place bacon on a baking sheet to bake for about 10 minutes, or until crispy.

In a pan on the stove, add a drizzle of olive oil and a teaspoon of minced garlic over medium heat and sauté for a few minutes.

Add in chopped broccoli, Alfredo sauce, pasta and spinach to the pan and sauté until the spinach is a little wilted.

Add in a dash of Seasonest Original and Italian seasonings into the pan and toss in diced tomatoes last.

Once the bacon is cool enough to handle, crunch it up into little pieces.

Scoop the pasta into a bowl and top with Parmesan cheese and bacon.

Enjoy!

Courtney

 

Meal Prepping and Weight Loss

 

Happy Monday Everyone!

It’s Courtney and I’ve decided that with the countdown to the holidays starting up, I’m going to get a head start on the usual New Years Resolution; losing some weight! A big part of losing weight is what you eat, right? Luckily, we’ve got Seasonest, which can make even healthy food taste fun, so I’ve decided to do a few things to get this ball rolling!

This past week my sister, Cori and I kicked off our goal with some fun meal prepping! We cooked all of our meals for the week ahead of time and it made life so much easier. Meal prepping really helps curb snacking and reflex eating- you know you’ve got something healthy waiting at home. Here’s a breakdown of what we ate this past week:

Lunch 1:
Baked ziti with Seasonest Italian and Soul Food Blends
Stir fried okra, peppers and onions
Ginger snap cookies

 

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Lunch 2:
Tuna fish salad
Baby carrots

Dinner 1:
Baked chicken tenders with Seasonest Jerk Blend
Stir fried okra, peppers and onions
Jasmine rice
Baked sweet potato

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Dinner 2:
Baked chicken tenders with Seasonest Original Blend
Sauteed zucchini and squash with Seasonest Lemon Pepper blend
Jasmine rice
Roasted carrots
Gingersnap cookies

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This weeks’ foods were a good start for us, but this is just the beginning. Alongside our meal prepping, we’ll be tracking our weight loss and trying to get to the gym at least 4 times a week. Please send all your encouragement along! :) We’ll keep you updated on our weekly progress.

If you’d like to join us, please let us know and share your own progress with us, what your favorite Seasonest recipes are and what you’d like to see made into “healthy” meals. Make sure to share your story or pics – we’d love to see them and be encouraged in our own goal!

We’re excited to start this journey to being healthier and hope you’ll join in.

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Happy days!

Courtney