Lately

by Kimberly Dresdner on April 15, 2014

Well, I don’t have any home improvement projects completed as of right now, but I have a few in progress, so I thought I’d do a short photo dump of some stuff that’s going on at our casa.

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I started painting the breakfast nook this past weekend.  One coat is completely up and one more (hopefully) coat to go!

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I sanded down a desk a couple of weeks ago and put the first coat of primer on it this past weekend.  I hope to have a desk to put in the office in another week or two.  Until then, this bad boy is living in the garage.

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This cool mirror isn’t in our house, but I spotted it at the Frisco Mercantile and thought it would be worth DIYing a similar one.   How hard could it be?!…

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We got our first rose!  This picture was from a few days ago and I haven’t gone out to check our rose buses in a day or two, but I think we have several more roses in bloom.  This particular bush was past blooming when we moved in, so it was a surprise to see what color roses it would produce.

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Our neighborhood had a semi-organized neighborhood yard sale this past weekend.  Nick and I didn’t set up shop, but we stopped by several neighborhood houses to check out the goods.  I scored these awesome lamps.  2 for $5.  Nick also got a “new” desk and we got a few other random things.

So there you have it.  A few snapshots of what we’ve been up to lately.  What’s been on your agenda?

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StarKist Gourmet Selects Tuna Giveaway

by Kimberly Dresdner on April 7, 2014

Not too long ago, StarKist® contacted me about their new Gourmet Selects Sardine line, well, they are back at it again with another Gourmet Selects® line.  This time, the fish of choice is tuna!  They launched seven different cans to choose from:

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Solid Light Tuna in Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Solid Light Tuna in Water
Solid Albacore Tuna Fillet in Water
Marinated Tuna Fillet in Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Dill
Marinated Tuna Fillet in Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Roasted Garlic
Low Sodium Solid Light Tuna in Water
Low Sodium Solid Albacore Tuna in Water

This new line of Gourmet Selects® are 100% wild-caught, solid fillets of premium tuna.  It is currently available at Walmart and select grocery stores in select markets across the southern United States.

StarKist was kind enough to send me a fun package to try out, provide my thoughts, and offer a giveaway to you wonderful Healthy Living in the City readers.

IMG_8860 Inside my package, I discovered four different kinds of Gourmet Selects® Tuna, some recipe cards, a bright royal blue napkin, a cocktail fork, and an adorable fish plate… oh and a lot of confetti!

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The flavors included:
Marinated Tuna Fillet in Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Lemon Dill
Marinated Tuna Fillet in Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Roasted Garlic
Solid Albacore Tuna Fillet in Water
Solid Light Tuna Fillet in Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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IMG_8863 I was definitely intrigued to try this new line out (I’m not a huge canned tuna fish fan, but it is a very inexpensive way to get protein in and my hope was that this line was more flavorful and fishy compared to the regular old canned counterpart), but this guy was really interested in the package!

IMG_8865 Jackson didn’t try any of the StarKist® Gourmet Select® Sardines when the last package came, but he went wild each time I opened a can, so I expect the same to be true for the tuna!

I decided to give the Marinated Tuna Fillet in Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Roasted Garlic a try first.  I used the Roasted Garlic Orzo Salad recipe card they sent me and modified the recipe somewhat, based on the items I already had on hand.

Starkist Roasted Garlic Orzo Salad Instead of two cans of the Gourmet Selects® tuna, I used one, along with a regular can of tuna fish, which allowed me the opportunity to compare the two both in look and taste, side-by-side before adding them to the salad.

Fist the Gourmet Selects® Marinated Tuna Fillet in Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Roasted Garlic:

IMG_8874 and next, a regular can of StarKist® Chunk Light Tuna in Water:

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IMG_8876 As you can see, the Gourmet Selects® looks a lot more “whole” compared to the regular variety.  The flavor was a but “fresher” as well and not as fishy tasting.  Combined in the salad, I couldn’t really pick out one over the other, though.

Additionally, I added some sun dried tomatoes to the salad and made it a warm salad instead of a cold salad.  Nick hated it (he doesn’t hate much and he likes canned tuna fish).  Something about the combination of flavors of the other ingredients mixed with the tuna fish didn’t sit right on his palate.  My suspicious is that the hot dish threw him off.  Had it been cold, be might have liked it better.  I thought it turned out to be a good dish.  The fishiness of the tuna didn’t stand out to me as much as I thought it would.  Since Nick barely touched his after the first few bites, we had quite a bit of leftovers, which I packed up and put in the refrigerator to take to work for lunch in the coming days.  I discovered that the salad got even better as the flavors mingled in the fridge, so not all was lost in my opinion.  Nick didn’t try it again, but that was okay with me.  I had a few days worth of lunch as a result!  If you want to check out the recipe for Roasted Garlic Orzo Salad, head here.

Some other Gourmet Selects® Tuna recipes worth checking out include

Holiday Tuna Mini Quiches Holiday Tuna Mini Quiches 

Orange Basil Tuna Quinoa Salad Orange Basil Tuna Quinoa Salad

Potato and Egg Tuna Bites Potato and Egg Tuna Bites

Thai Style Spring Rolls Thai Spring Rolls

And now onto the fun part; the giveaway!  One lucky Healthy Living in the City reader will win three cans of the StarKist® Gourmet Selects® tuna to try for themselves:

Gourmet Selects Tuna Fillets in Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Lemon Dill
Gourmet Selects Tuna Fillets Low Sodium Solid Light Tuna in Water
Very Low Sodium Solid Albacore Tuna in Water

Simply enter via the Rafflecopter below!

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I received the StarKist package free of charge in exchange for this blog post, but, as always, the opinions expressed here are my own.

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