Guilt Free Pasta

I love pasta! Β Especially shrimp pasta!

Sadly, pasta doesn’t love me… 😦 Β Or my waistline. Β So I’ve looked into alternatives. πŸ™‚

Making “zoodles” or zucchini noodles has become a quick and easy solution for my problem and my husboo LOVES them! Β He even said he prefers them over traditional noodles! Β #SheWon #WifeSkills #WifeyCanBurn πŸ˜‰

I got the idea for this recipe from SkinnyTaste. Β My remixed recipe is below:

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 tsps. olive oil
  • McCormickΒ Basil & Garlic Seasoning Blend (Season to taste– approximately 1 1/2 tbsp.)
  • 8 oz peeled and deveined shrimp
  • 2 tbsps. mincedΒ garlic (I like A LOT of garlic and purchase it minced.)
  • 1 largeΒ zucchini, spiralized
  • 1 lemon (or 6 tbsps. lemon juice)

Directions:

  1. Spiralize the zucchini. Use a large mixing bowl to toss zucchini noodles in 4 tbsp of lemon juice. This will help to keep the noodles from browning. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place them in the fridge. (Keep the leftover lemon juice.)
  2. Heat a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Add 1 teaspoon of the oil and the shrimp and season with the McCormick Basil & Garlic Seasoning Blend. Cook 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Add half of the minced garlic and continue cooking 1 more minute, orBasil and Garlic Zoodles on Fix It With Fran until the shrimp is cooked through and opaque. Set aside on a dish.
  5. Add the remaining 1/2 teaspoon oil and garlic to the pan, cook 30 seconds then add the zucchini noodles and cook 2 minutes or until the zoodles become limp or “al dente.”
  6. Add the shrimp to the pan and squeeze the other lemon half over the dish. Remove from heat and serve. This should be a large enough dish to divide into servings for two people.
  7. Use leftover lemon juice to top off each plated serving.Β (This final step is optional.)

I used myΒ WonderEsque Tri Blade Compact SpiralizerΒ to make these, most recently. I received the spiralizer as a product review and it is really neat. Β It came with its own cleaning brush and is small enough to be stored in a kitchen drawer (unlike my older spiralizers). Β You can see more of its features on Amazon.

WonderEsque Tri Blade Compact Spiralizer Review on Fix_It_With_Fran_dot_com

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this product in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : β€œGuides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Book Review: NKJV Teen Study Bible

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NKJV Teen Study Bible Review On FixItWithFran.com

My Bible collection is ALWAYS growing.

I’m still dedicated to my Life Application Bible that has been with me since my teens, but I love the feeling of a crisp new book (blame all those years of working in libraries! πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜‚πŸ˜„).

This text is in the New King James Version (NKJV), which many choose as their preferred text.Β  I am more of a fan of the New Living Translation (NLT),Β  but I do see value in reading from multiple versions and I usually review the NKJV during my personal study time.

I see this being a great resource for those working in church youth/teen ministries or as a bible to offer as a gift to a teen (maybe for graduation, a birthday, or “just because”).

I really appreciated the hardcover version as I’ve had much more success with these holding up to repeatedΒ use over the years.

Other features of this text include:

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A NEW Thing! Fix-It With Fran is on YouTube!

I’m in a season of firsts and I’m FULLY OPEN to where God is leading me.

Earlier this week, I did what I thought I’d NEVER do and entered the world of YouTube product reviews.

When God wants you to do a new thing, you have to move with it!

Here’s the link if you want to check it out!Β  It’s a basic video, but it is a start–

There’s nowhere to go but up from here! πŸ˜„

Where is God leading you today?Β  Don’t be afraid to take the leap!

Isaiah 43:18-19 New Living Translation

β€œBut forget all thatβ€”
Β Β Β Β it is nothing compared to what I am going to do.
For I am about to do something new.
Β Β Β Β See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?
I will make a pathway through the wilderness.
Β Β Β Β I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.

Scarves with Substance

She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple

It’s a well known fact to many that I am a woman who loves scarves. So much so that one of my early blog posts and giveaways was for a custom made infinity scarf.

I’m back again with another product review. Β This time I was selected to review a very elegant scarf from Novica. This one is called Tamarind Leaves.

It is 100% silk and came beautifully wrapped! This made for a very nice addition to my scarf collection, but it would also be a great item to order and have delivered to someone for a special occasion or “just because” gift.

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NOVICA, in association with National Geographic, works together with talented artisan designers around the world to produce stunning, keepsake treasures. The scarf is fair trade certified and comes with an official NOVICA Story Card validating its quality & authenticity.

I am grateful for the opportunity to review these scarves, but I always remember that my outward appearance can NEVER be more beautiful than what’s on the inside!

1 Peter 3:3-4 New Living Translation (NLT)

3 Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. 4 You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.

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I received this product at a discounted price with the understanding that I would post my unbiased opinion and product review to this website.

Time for Tea!

Darjeeling Loose Leaf Masala Chai Tea

Drinking tea is one of my favorite things to do.  I adopted the habit while studying abroad in Cape Town, South Africa. We resided in a Bed and Breakfast for part of the semester and the host placed Rooibos and Chai teas out every morning and evening for us to enjoy.

When I returned to the U.S, I attempted continue drinking tea, but this proved rather difficult to do seeing as I was still a student in undergrad and quality teas are NOT cheap! Eventually I had to put my expensive tastes on hold.  Now that I am an adult, I can afford to enjoy some of the finer things in life every once and awhile– especially when I receive them as product reviews!

This 100% Pure Organic Darjeeling Tea is infused with rare Indian spices and embodies a delectable and aromatic blend that is sure to please even the most discerning taste buds. The tea is high in antioxidants and includes cloves, cinnamon and cardamoms. Cardamoms have been traditionally used to maintain dental health and help relieve stress. Cardamoms also detoxify the body by flushing out toxins. Cinnamon is loaded with antioxidants with various health properties. Cloves help fight Dental problems apart from improving digestion.

Other Health Benefits (As described by the manufacturer):

  • Helps reduce stress
  • Helps promote relaxation and calmness
  • Helps support dental and skin health
  • Tastes delicious with an amazing aroma
  • Powerful antioxidants and pristine quality

I have used this with my Keurig machine in one of my reusable K-cups.  While you can probably get more than one brew out of this tea, I prefer to only use this for one cycle and then I dump the used loose leaf tea into my cup before drinking the tea.  I sweeten my tea with honey (sometimes using honey with cayenne pepper and ginger as this adds a bit of extra spice, which I very much like).

I am very happy to have reviewed the product and would recommend it to anyone looking to experience the benefits described above (I can’t comment on all on all of the benefits, but everyone comments on how clear my skin is and the smell of the tea REALLY is amazing). This item is Fix-it with Fran approved!