WIAW: Two Thumbs Up for Stubb’s BBQ {Giveaway}

Good morninggg, thank you all for the well wishes :)  I actually typed and meant to publish this post yesterday but my foggy sick brain forgot the last step, to click the “Publish” button.  Whoops.  That said, I’ll save my ZOOMA Annapolis race recap for another day – my Tuesday eats and a giveaway is enough for one day.

Yesterday morning I woke up feeling better but this morning I’m feeling not so hot, er rather, I’m feeling really hot and think my fever is back.  My doctor thinks that I caught a virus because of the sudden onset and my other symptoms – if I don’t feel better by Friday I’ll meet him for an exam and have my labs drawn.  To the average person a virus is never fun, but because lupus suppresses my immune system, anything  that I “catch” is exacerbated and hard to get over.  Boo.

I’m going into work today though because my inbox is bursting at the megabyte and is starting to stress me out.  Yesterday the highlight of my day was this…


Eeek, shield your eyes!  Charlie is in ze buff!

It took a lot of bribing and coaxing to get him into the tub.  He isn’t the biggest fan of water, so much so that whenever we pass by a lake on a walk, he sticks out his claws to grab the ground below him.  He’s gotten better over time and nowadays he will walk out onto a dock but still refuses to go anywhere close to the edge.

Moving on…  My Tuesday eats.  One perk of being sick is having easy access to the kitchen.  Eggs for lunch?  Heck yes!

Thanks Jenn for hosting another tasty link-up!



frozen berries & a pancake pile [aka the pancakes didn’t cooperate] topped with Kashi Go Lean + cottage cheese + crunchy PB + blueberry preserves


cottage cheese mixed with blueberry preserves & topped with Joe’s O’s


carrots + celery, apple slices, eggs stuffed with shredded light taco cheese + avocado + salsa, & a toasted TJs Berry Mango Bran Muffin


afternoon snack of an unpictured banana & popcorn

6-5 Park

Charlie & I were antsy from sitting inside all day so we went to the park with Ryan to watch him skate


Stubb’s Legendary Bar-B-Q sauces, rubs, & marinades

The kind folks at Stubb’s contacted me, asking if I’d be interested in trying a few of their products.  Since summer is quickly approaching and knowing that Ryan is a big fan of BBQ, I couldn’t say no.   They sent me a couple of rubs, bottles of marinade [seen in the picture above] – I was psyched!  Evidently I couldn’t wait because BBQ was what was for dinner.

Stubb’s is the industry leader among small batch sauces.  Stubb’s products are all-natural, certified gluten-free, and contain no high fructose corn syrup, yet retain their deep-rooted, authentic Texas tastes and barbecue cook-off credibility.  They offer a great way for people to add flavor and interest to sandwiches, burgers and grilled meats, fish and veggies, while avoiding the fat, calories or artificial flavors, sweeteners, colors, or preservatives often found on the condiment aisle.

Like ants at a picnic, hidden dietary pitfalls are unwelcome – but all too common – guests at spring and summer cookouts.  Condiments from mayo to soy sauce can be the biggest offenders, with artificial ingredients, fat, sodium, and gluten.  Did you know?  A new survey reported that 1/3 of Americans are eating gluten free diets.  Woah!

Check out this link for information about common nutritional pitfalls found on the condiment aisle.

6-5 Dinner

chicken tenders with Stubb’s Bar-B-Q Spice Rub + Sweet Heat Bar-B-Q Sauce served with sweet potatoes & an unpictured salad

Sauces:  The link-up includes Original Sweet Heat, Spicy, Hickory Bourbon, Smokey Mesquite, and Honey Pecan.  At an average of 20 calories, 110 milligrams of sodium per tablespoon, and no high fructose corn syrup, Stubb’s is a healthier option with no sacrifice in taste.

Marinades:  From light and tangy Chicken Marinade with brown sugar, onion, garlic, and citrus, to zesty Beef Marinade, made with soy, lime, ginger, and red pepper, Stubb’s marinades [also including Pork and Steakhouse marinades] add interest to everyday cooking and grilling.  Stubb’s injectable marinades in Texas Butter or Chipotle Butter come with their own injector and help create moist, flavorful holiday turkey, summer briskets, weeknight beef and pork roasts, and more.

Rubs:  Stubb’s savory spice blends in Bar-B-Q, Beef, Chicken, Pork, and Steak can be used to prep meats for the grill or used to boost flavor and add a kick to any dish.

The verdict:  Two thumbs up!

Ryan and I thought the Bar-B-Q Spice Rub was full of flavor, spicy but not so overwhelming that we couldn’t taste anything.  The Sweet Heat Bar-B-Q Sauce lived up to it’s name, it started out sweet due to the molasses and brown sugar, and packed a punch of heat from the chipotle peppers.

We cannot wait to host a BBQ with all of our friends at our new apartment and try all of the other sauces.  Stubb’s is definitely a product line that I will purchase in the future.

6-5 Almond Butter

an almost empty almond butter jar stuffed with cereal + Silk Light Vanilla

Want to win 3 coupons so you can cook and grill with Stubb’s?  The giveaway is open until Sunday, June 9th at 11:59PM EST and I’ll announce the winner on Monday.  Please note that unfortunately this giveaway is only open to U.S. residents.

There are 6 ways to enter.  Please leave a separate comment for each entry.  You can enter once, twice, or all six times – the more entries, the better your chances…

  1. Leave a comment answering:  What’s your favorite thing to BBQ?
  2. Tweet about this giveaway and tag @lifesabowl and @stubbsbbqsauce
  3. Follow Stubb’s on Twitter
  4. Follow Life’s a Bowl on Twitter
  5. Like Stubb’s on Facebook
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Disclaimer:  I was provided free products from Stubb’s Bar-B-Q for the purpose of this review, however I was not compensated in any other way.  All opinions are my own.

— Allison


WIAW: “Little bitty stingin’ rain… and big ol’ fat rain.”

First, the Bestowed giveaway winner is…

5-29 Bestowed Winner

Wahoo congrats Debbie!  Please send me an email at lifesabowlblog@gmail.com with your shipping address and I’ll pass it along so you can get your box.  And for the rest of y’all, you’re in luck because Bestowed kindly has offered you $5 off of your first box using code 5OFFBESTOWED01 – so really everybody’s a winner 😉

Secondly, I should clarify a few things from yesterday’s Two Words Tuesday post

  • I’m picking my car up after work today.  I really am a good driver – the only ticket I’ve gotten was for a trash violation when I was living in Boston and I disputed it.  The ticket was eventually revoked…  But that’s a whole other story.
  • The “BE EPIC” tank was free when I originally signed up for pv.body.  I ultimately unsubscribed from their monthly when they switched over to Ellie.
  • It would be really cool to complete a tri one day but that one day was not over the weekend, I just happened to pass by it on my run.
  • I didn’t purchase any of the bacon products from World Market, but your suggestions of adding the syrup to a cappuccino or into pancakes are quite intriguing.  Maybe I should have bought a bottle?

Anddd thirdly, moving onto Wednesday’s traditional theme: my Tuesday eats…

Thanks Jenn for hosting another tasty link-up!



frozen berries, turkey bacon, & Kodiak Cakes topped with cottage cheese + strawberry preserves + crunchy almond butter


Saturday’s race forecast is looking super hot & super humid so I’m focusing on staying hydrated this week

5-29 Lunch

veggies, a grapefruit, pretzels, & turkey wraps with TJ’s Greek Yogurt Guac + broccoli slaw [repeat offender]


Chobani Strawberry Sunrise Flip – unfortunately I wasn’t flippin’ in love with this flavor


an apple & cottage cheese + Silk Vanilla Soymilk mixed with Kashi Go Lean + Joe’s O’s


last night we went to our 2nd baseball game in 3 days – the game got delayed due to thunderstorms so we grabbed drinks with friends at a local restaurant & waited for it to pass over


the calm after the storm is always beautiful

5-29 Dinner

Whole Foods salad bar, a ham + cheese sandwich, & salt + pepper potato chips



cereal topped with shredded unsweetened coconut + Silk Vanilla Soymilk

Question:  How do you make sure to stay hydrated?

Question:  What has the weather been like lately in your part of the world?

— Allison


MIMM: Almond Butter & Cajun Shrimp

I’ve got a big dose of optimism pumping through my veins this week because there are just a few days that stand between me and the open ocean, lots of sand, and a week full of wonderful memories in the making.  That all sounds quite marvelous don’t ya think?!  But before looking forward, let’s take a glimpse back into yesterday and today which have been quite marvelous too…

Thank you Katie from Healthy Diva Eats for hosting another marvelous link-up!

Marvelous…  Sleeping in until 8AM.  That’s unheard of in these parts.  I’m usually up and out of bed by 6AM, walking Charlie, sipping a cup [or two, or three] of coffee and making breakfast…  No complaints though, extra hours of zzz’s are always appreciated.

Marvelous…  Playing around with sweet potato pancakes.  A new recipe, a sweet way to begin the day.  They were delicious and pie-like with a super moist center and crisp around the edges.  Sorry I said moist, I know some people are totally irked out by that word.  Oops, I said it again.

Marvelous…  Running 9 miles.  Every weekend the distance is getting a little bit longer and my running confidence is getting a little bit bigger.  Right now, time doesn’t matter.  What matters is that I finished the run injury free and I enjoyed every mile of it.

Marvelous…  Post run fuel.  There’s not much more satisfying than a tasty meal after a sweaty workout.  I was ravenous and in the mood for something fast.  This was my first slather of almond butter and… it tasted like almonds.  I’m not sure what I was expecting, it was good and I’ll happily eat it by the spoonful, but my heart pitter-patters for peanut butter.

Marvelous…  A mani and pedi.  After a spa pedicure with an extra long message and a shellac manicure, nails are looking spiffy for the sand.  Cajun Shrimp by OPI has been a longtime favorite.

Marvelous…  Strawberries.  An afternoon snack of plain Chobani Greek yogurt + cinnamon + Trader Joe’s O’s + pistachios + strawberry slices.  Piled high and full of sweetness.  We had a blast picking apples this past fall and I’d love to pick my own berries sometime this spring and summer.

Marvelous…  Visiting Ryan’s grandparents.  I always enjoy swinging by their house.  I didn’t grow up with grandparents, mine all passed away when I was very young, so it’s a new experience for me.  They’re always so excited to see us and want to know what’s going on in our lives.


Marvelous…  Simple, yet satisfying, dinners.  Since Ryan’s ankle surgery, we’ve eaten 80% of our dinners on the sofa so he can keep his foot up.  I occasionally miss eating at the table, but there’s something so relaxing about sitting on the couch, under the blanket, and watching a silly show.

Marvelous…  Pearly whites.  Waking up for a 7:15AM dentist appointment on a Monday is just cruel.  I’ve never been a fan of the dentist, the sounds in particular, and finding out I need to go back for a few fillings doesn’t make me any more of a fan.  One plus, the dentist thinks that I’ll do well with the express package aka very easy and noninvasive.

Marvelous…  Making dinner and entertainment reservations.  One pitfall of procrastinating is that many things are already booked.  Oh well, we still will be seeing at least 3 shows [maybe more if they become available on board] and we made 2 dinner reservations for restaurants other than the main dining room.  Next, we need to look at the shore excursions.

Marvelous…  Ryan packing his meals.  Since I snuck out before the crack of dawn this morning I didn’t have a chance to pack Ryan lunch.  But to my surprise, he ate at home versus out when he swung home to take care of Charlie.

I hope y’all had a wonderful weekend and a marvelous Monday!

Question:  What was the highlight from your weekend?

Question:  What’s marvelous about your Monday?

— Allison