Last year I attempted to make pumpkin soft pretzels, but they didn’t work out very well. After I posted about it, I had an epiphany of how to make them better. I never got around trying my idea last year, so I waited until now.

Pumpkin has a pretty subtle flavor, especially if you use it in baked goods. So rather than trying to make a pure pumpkin pretzel, I decided to add some cinnamon in the dough and also coat it with cinnamon sugar. Yes the pumpkin flavor is still light, but mixed with the cinnamon, it has a nice Fall taste.

Recently I was given some new Fuze drink flavors to try: Lemon Iced Tea, Half Iced Tea & Half Lemonade, Berry Punch, and Strawberry Red Tea. The new flavors contain vitamins B6 and B12.

We always love sampling new drinks, especially DH. We both actually used to drink Fuze when we were in college. I like the pretty glass bottles, all the flavor combinations and the fact that the drinks were non-carbonated. It looks like the packaging has now changed to these clear plastic bottles.

These drinks came right in time as we were having a few friends over, so no need for me to go out and buy more drinks. We had fun sampling the different drinks and it was interesting how we felt about the different flavors.

My favorite were the lemon tea and lemonade fuzed with ice tea ones, but didn’t care for the berry punch. On the other hand, both DH and my other male friend really enjoyed the berry punch and strawberry, but didn’t really like the lemon tea ones.

Every once in a while, I’ll come across some new food finds that make me ridiculously excited.  These are items that I immediately want to tell all my friends about. Here are my current “Oh My God” finds that have made me want to do a happy dance.

No Drain Canned Tuna

Did you know Chicken of the Sea has come out with a no drain canned tuna?!?!?! I was so ecstatic when I found out.  I feel like this should have been invented sooner. But nevertheless, I’m happy. We eat a lot of tuna at home. We buy the large packs at Costco. We use them when we’re too tired to make dinner. I always carry one in my car in case I forget my lunch or don’t have time to go out and get something.

I’ve never enjoyed draining the tuna. And DH and I always argue about it because I don’t think he ever drains it enough, and I’ll have to redrain it after he’s done. So I am really loving this new option.

Not only are the cans no drain, but the changed the lid so you don’t need a can opener. The top just pops open. And you don’t need a spoon or other object to help you pop it open like some of those pop-open canned soups.  No draining, no can opener, the tuna is completely ready to be eaten. These photos are of the Thai chili flavor (which I also didn’t know existed).

I know that no drain tuna pouches already exist. But they are quite expensive so I never bought them. These new no-drain cans are only priced slightly higher than regular cans. The suggested retail value for the solid light tuna is $1.99 compared to $1.49 for the regular cans. When I was at my local Vons,  they were selling it for $1.59 since it’s a new item.

The no drain tunas come in Solid White Albacore Tuna, Solid Light Tuna, Solid Light Thai Chili Tuna and Solid Light Lemon Pepper Tuna.

Now if only they could invent an easier way to open those pre-made biscuit cans without scaring me half to death.

Disclosure: The first two cans I received of no drain tuna were complimentary. However my opinions are my own and I’ve actually already purchased several more.

Pearl Milk Tea Ice Bars

I love Taiwanese Tapioca/boba milk tea, so recently when I learned there is now an ice pop version, complete with the chewy tapioca balls, I was beyond excited. They first started popping up on my Instagram feed from LA folks I follow. But in the last month, I finally saw them at the Ranch 99 in San Diego.