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Spencer’s Beef Jerky!

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Thanks so much to Spencer, for providing me with some savory, sweet, & spicy varieties of his mouth-watering beef jerky to review for you guys!

Spencer is a gourmet foodie, just like us, who turned his hobby into a unique business venture.  He described himself as a “mad scientist in a lab” who, through much trial and error discovered some amazingg combinations of flavorful dehydrated beef and seasonings.   I was privelaged to try two varieties, the Sweet & Spicy Mango and the Sweet & Spicy Orange!

Sweet & Spicy Mango.

Both of these flavors were excellent.  The fruit infused taste is a total winner.  The jerky was chewy and succulent, which made PERFECT snacking material for the trip to Florida!  Snacks are neccessary in long car rides 🙂  It was convenient for throwing into my purse for a quick protein source that is low in fat and calories. 

Sweet & Spicy Orange.

Each 1 ounce serving contains 80-100 calories, depending on the flavor, 2.5g of fat (1g saturated), just 4g of carbs, and 12-15 whopping grams of protein!

Spencer also created a few other flavors to appease your tastebuds!  If you like the classic beef jerky out there, I think the Black Cobra Pepper would probably be for you.  If you’re not into the spiciness of the mango & orange versions, don’t worry!  Spencer has you covered 😉  He’s also got Sweet & Savory Mango!

Sweet & Savory Mango.

What’s even cooler?  You can customize your beef jerky label and create your own private label on his website!  This would be a great idea for fundraisers, businesses, or sports team affiliations! 

Black Cobra Pepper.

Do yourself a favor and order some online.  With a purchase of $25 or more, you’ll even get hooked up with free shipping

Florida Recap Part II

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If you haven’t already, be sure to enter my AURORAE YOGA MAT GIVEAWAY by next Friday for your chance to win!!

Now, for your Verse of the Day:

“Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.”- James 1:12

What a comforting message! 🙂  God is so good…ALL the time.

Anyway, I’d like to update you on the rest of my trip! 

As you read yesterday, Thursday night ended in a trip to Margaritaville & City Walk through Universal Studios in Orlando:


Friday morning, I had my alarm set for 6:10AM.  I knew that the resort we were staying at had a fitness room, and I wanted to get a nice workout in before we headed out for the day!

I brought my Aurorae Yoga Mat & my ipod, which included some yoga podcasts that I couldn’t wait to try.  I’m in LOVEE with my mat, by the way.  It felt good to get some stretching in after being cooped up in the car for 15 hours!  After the yoga, I hit the elliptical for about 45 minutes

After running back to our room, I hit the shower and got ready!  Myranda, my middle sister had softball games at 9:30AM & 11:30 AM and I wanted to make sure I had time for some breakfast before we left.  After all, it is the most important meal of the day! 🙂

Banana Nut Protein.

I used a bag of my packed protein dessert powder and mixed it with a serving of my packed fiber one in a cup.  I also had a banana on the side!

The team won BOTH of their games and played excellent!  They were a fun group of girls to watch.  At this point, my camera was dead and I was unable to photograph the rest of the day because my battery charger was in the hotel room 😦  Here’s a shot of my little randa bear!

Colton Reitz

She didn’t get to play while we were there, so that was a bit of a bummer, but I was incredibly proud of her.  She’s an amazing person and she’s got a lot of potential on the softball field.  She’s the ONLY walk on that made the team!  She’ll have lots of opportunity in the future, I can tell.

Anyway, after the game, she wanted to go to Sonny’s BBQ Pit,

but I was already hungry since it was about 1PM, so I hit the provisions again.  I had snagged some hardboiled eggs from the breakfast bar at the hotel and removed the yolks to make an egg sandwich with some hot sauce & a light english muffin.  Then I munched on some veggies & this awesome cantaloupe that I got a Food Lion.


I was a little bummed that I had already eaten, because they actually had a pretty awesome looking salad bar! 

The family got these little corn nuggets in place of a typical bread basket that most restaurants supply.  They were too cute not to take a photo!

corn nuggets!

My Dad ordered the all-you-can eat bbq ribs, as did my Mom, with sides of macaroni and cheese and fries.  My sisters both ordered pulled pork bbq sandwiches with french fries and mac n’ cheese.

By the time we left it was about 3PM.  We were on our way back, and Spenser left a package for me of some of his FAMOUS beef jerky for me to pick up since he lives in Orlando!  I was so excited. 

This stuff is soooo yummy!  My Dad is a huge beef jerky fan and he really enjoyed it.  Official review coming soon, so stay tuned!

Here’s some scenery from the trip downtown to his apartment!

The traffic in this area was absolutely NUTS.  It probably didn’t help that we were hitting it about rush hour time, though.  I had really wanted to try the Dandelion Communitea Cafe, but the family had eaten lunch less than an hour before and it was wayyy too early for dinner.  I’ve heard rave reviews from Caitlin.  Maybe next time…

Then, we went back to the resort for awhile to relax in the pool/hot tub until it was time for shopping and dinner.  We ended up back at TGIFridays for supper, where I ordered a house salad of greens and veggies with a side of steamed broccoli. I had already eaten an english muffin topped with a greek yogurt in between 🙂  Unpictured.  Sorry!

After shopping and finding some souveniers, we called it a night!

Next recap tomorrow! 🙂

As for today, I packed a lunch of:


Steamed cauliflower with a Sonoma Jack’s Pepperjack cheese wedge, salt, pepper, mustard, and minced garlic.





 Strawberry Oikos annnnd some Fiber One for crunch factor in my yogurt.





Happy Tuesday, loves!

 And be SURE to check out Elyse’s giveaway of some awesome Nature Made products for lowering your cholesterol !