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Monday, January 1, 2018

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Welcome to Across the Avenue! We travel between the Dallas and DC-Metro area, sharing our thoughts, reviews and recommendations of places, products, and food we love. We welcome you to share your own opinions with fellow readers as well!

 **All places and products reviewed on this blog are our own, honest opinions and may differ from yours. 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Review: Justin's Snacks #organicpeanutbuttercups #healthysnacks #snacksonthego


This week we made it out of the grocery store with really healthy choices and I have to say, it's getting a lot easier to know what to look for without feeling like we're giving up our favorite kinds of snacks. One thing that we discovered this week are Justin's products. I hadn't heard of this brand before, but I was really interested in trying it. On this trip we tried the peanut butter, snack packs and squeeze packs (great for 'snacks-on-the-go'), and peanut butter cups. All of the Justin's products are made from high-quality nut butters and the peanut butter cups are organic. As an added bonus, the snack packs are only 180-190 calories per pack. Our family did an official taste test of each product and everyone gives it a thumbs up. We're quickly creating a list of products we can note as staples to help our healthier eating habits!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Mother's Day Gift Idea: GourmetGiftBaskets.com #mothersdaygift #giftbasket


Wine Party Picnic Gift Basket

Mother's Day is in just a few weeks! We've been on the lookout for thoughtful and unique gifts to avoid the same old ideas we send every year. Since we have some new moms in our family this year, we needed to expand our search. In our hunt, we came across the perfect gift basket for my sister-in-law's first Mother's Day at GourmetGiftBaskets.com! It's called the Wine Party Picnic Gift Basket 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Recipe: Miami Street-Style Turkey Tacos for Cinco de Mayo! #healthyrecipe #JENNIEO


It's a countdown to Cinco de Mayo and we're ready to celebrate with an awesome Mexican recipe! (Of course, it's healthy, too!) Many of you know that we're big JENNIE-O turkey fans and began substituting it for red meat a while back. They have really flavorful recipes that don't make the switch to turkey a sacrifice. For Cinco de Mayo, we're making Miami Street-Style Turkey Tacos. They're incredibly easy to make and take less than 30 minutes to prep and cook. Check out the recipe below to include in your Cinco de Mayo festivities as well!


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Giveaway: DC Super Hero Girls $100 Gift Card Giveaway! Dec 2015 - May 2016 #giveaway #DCSuperHeroes

We're really excited to share this girl power series and giveaway! If your kids are into action-packed animation, look no further than DC Super Hero Girls. DC Entertainment’s newest animated series features a dynamic group of Super Heroes with such diversity that everyone will have a favorite character. (My favorite is Poison Ivy!) The storyline begins with these Super Heroes on a journey to discover the power of their unique abilities and friendships. We love seeing female super heroes with strong, fearless, edgy and fun qualities!



Review: Slammers Superfood Snacks #travelsnacks #organicsnacks #healthyonthego


It’s about that time of year where the calendar fills up and family schedules get a lot more hectic. Don’t get me wrong, we love that winter has passed and the weather is gorgeous, but it sometimes feels like we spend an inordinate amount of time in the car. I think a lot of families can relate! We try not to let our eating habits get the best of us, but sometimes it’s a lot easier to throw some snacks in the car and go. This season, we’re trying to make a genuine effort to find healthier ‘on the go’ snacks. We recently tried Slammers Superfood Snacks to see if they’d work for a quick but healthy choice.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Recipe: Gluten-Free Thai Eggplant Stir-fry #memorialday #gluten-free

Spring is here and the weather is finally warming up! With May just around the corner, we're getting excited to think about planning a Memorial Day party. Crunchmaster Crackers has a new recipe that looks so delicious, we decided to give it a dry run to see if it meets the challenge of healthy AND delicious. It absolutely does! I'm not sure I would have thought about avocado and eggplant together, but the flavors compliment each other really well. This time around we used the Crunchmaster Original Multi-Seed Crackers, which added a great texture and taste. I think we might try the Roasted Garlic Crunchmaster Crackers for some added kick, because I'm suck a garlic fanatic. All in all, it's really easy and I like the idea of having something a little fancier and intriguing for our guests!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Mother's Day Gift Idea: Trudeau Tea Maker and Tea-riffic Tumbler #teabasket #mothersdaygifts



Mother's Day will be here before we know it! We've been on the look out for unique gifts to put together for the mothers in our family, rather than the same old flower arrangement we've sent for the past few years. Don't get me wrong, I love sending and receiving flowers, but the thought seems to be a little less than special on a repeat basis. With that said, I'm REALLY excited about the Trudeau Tea Maker and Tea-riffic Tumbler we're planning to give this year! 

Monday, April 11, 2016

Recipe: Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies


With yet another cold snap in the DC area, we had a craving for warm cookies over the weekend. Something about baking cookies makes the house feel cozier! My husband whipped up his delicious chocolate chip walnut cookies that take no time at all to make and they turned out fantastic! Feel free to try the recipe for yourself. :) 


Saturday, April 2, 2016

Giveaway: Nonni's Turtle Pecan Biscotti for National Pecan Day! #gourmetbiscotti


Get ready for National Pecan Day on April 14, 2016!

Did you know that pecans are a heart-healthy nut, full of antioxidants and healthy fat? For all our pecan lovers out there, this year we suggest celebrating National Pecan Day with Nonni’s Turtle Pecan Biscotti. My husband and I did a little taste-testing…which turned into A LOT of taste-testing because they are so delicious! Surprisingly, each gourmet cookie is only 110 calories, so we didn’t feel so guilty indulging in a couple more with our morning coffee and tea.