Primal Living

Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil and My First EVER Giveaway!

**UPDATE** This giveaway has ended. The winner has been notified. 

To all you silent readers out there (I know you’re there, I see the stats)…now’s the time to show yourself and participate in my first ever giveaway!

We have been using coconut oil for about two years now. For cooking, baking, and skin care. (There are so many ways you can use coconut oil!) We’ve tried a variety of products and they’ve all been good. Some better than others. But I’m not going to go into any of those brands because I’m here to tell you Tropical Traditions Gold Label Coconut Oil is simply the BEST. EVER. The quality of the product stands out on it’s own as soon as you open the jar. It is smooth, fragrant, and beyond delicious. Tropical Traditions even sent me a free jar to try (swoon!). I am under no obligation to review it or to even give it a positive review if I do. Well, I think it’s safe to say, I LOVE it. I even made peanut butter fudge with it this week that I’ll be sharing in a later post very soon.

If you are making a lifestyle change to real food, if you love coconut oil but have never tried Tropical Traditions Gold Label, or you’re just curious about this alternative to vegetable oil then take a leap of faith and order a jar today, or better yet, enter my giveaway for this fabulous stuff! Read on for more about Tropical Traditions and the giveaway rules.

Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil - 32 oz.Win 1 quart of Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil!

Tropical Traditions is America’s source for coconut oil. Their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is hand crafted in small batches by family producers, and it is the highest quality coconut oil they offer. You can read more about how virgin coconut oil is different from other coconut oils on their website: What is Virgin Coconut Oil?

You can also watch the video they produced about Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil:

Tropical Traditions also carries other varieties of affordable high quality coconut oil. Visit their website to check on current sales, to learn about the many uses of coconut oil, and to read about all the advantages of buying coconut oil online. Since the FDA does not want us to discuss the health benefits of coconut oil on a page where it is being sold or given away, here is the best website to read about the health benefits of coconut oil.

Giveaway Rules: 

You must 18+ to enter and the contest is open to US and Canadian residents. (Apologies to my international readers!)

To enter, simply subscribe to the Tropical Traditions newsletter here (which will keep you in the know on sales and promotions so you can buy products when they are discounted) AND leave a comment below describing the first thing you’ll make or use the coconut oil for if you win.

This giveaway will close at midnight on June 26th. I will use to choose the winner and will notify the winner via email and add the winner’s name to this post as well. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, I will choose a new winner.

Important Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.

Full Disclosure: If you order by clicking on any of my links and have never ordered from Tropical Traditions in the past, you will receive a free book on Virgin Coconut Oil, and I will receive a discount coupon for referring you.

Life is amazingly good when it’s simple and amazingly simple when it’s good.
~ Terri Guillemets

My First Green Juice

I made my first veggie drink with the juicer this last weekend. It was…different. Very leafy tasting. Like a liquid salad. Not bad but not stand-up-and-get-excited good either. Just very different. I had no idea what to expect so I can’t say that it didn’t meet my expectations. It was just a new experience all the way around.

I reduced this recipe to try to make a one serving portion for me to try out.


  • one apple
  • two stalks of celery
  • six kale leaves
  • 2 swiss chard leaves
  • a handful of parsley
  • half a lemon
  • a chunk of cucumber
  • and a small piece of ginger


The juicer performed well. It jammed up once, just a little on the greens. I think it was the overabundance of parsley and I think I was pushing it too fast. It’s a masticating juicer so it runs slower (and quieter) than the ones that sound like aircraft taking off.


Luckily, it also has a reverse button which worked wonders for eliminating the jam.


I got about 20 ounces of juice out of it all.


It seemed like a little more than I was going for. I wasn’t sure I would drink it all but I did. (It could have kept in the fridge for up to 72 hours, at least until the next day, but I decided to go for it instead.)


I’m not sure what I think about the whole process. I’m not keen on the ratio of food to juice. It’s a lot of freaking food for not very much juice in my book. And, as one of the cautions I’ve read about juicing, it didn’t really fill me up or make me feel like I’d had lunch. I managed until dinner but it definitively isn’t as filling as our green smoothies.

I think more experimenting must be done.

The important thing is not to stop questioning. 
~ Albert Einstein

Meat Rub

Don created a meat rub in November that is pretty darn tasty. So tasty in fact that we’ve been asked multiple times if we’re selling it, or if we’ll sell some to the person inquiring. Since we haven’t quite decided on that I don’t want to give away all our secrets. But I’ll give you a few hints.

We call it Cowboy Coffee Rub.


So pretty.

Yes, good guess, there is coffee in it. It might sound odd but coffee is very popular in rubs.

We also used…


What is that?


PINK SALT! I’m in love.

If you’ve not heard the buzz about pink salt, you simply must check it out.

One of the reasons this post is so late in coming is because we gave pink salt as a gift to someone for Christmas and I really wanted to surprise her with it. We also gave some rub to Don’s Dad for Christmas (or was it birthday?) and we couldn’t spoil that either. (Hope everyone is enjoying their treats!)

Pink salt tends to run on the spendy side, often more than $10.00 per pound. Lucky me, I accidentally stumbled on a screaming good deal on it at Ross; so I bought everything they had! We’re set for the year probably.

We only have coarse, so thankfully we have a salt grinder for everyday use, and for the rub, we used the bullet to grind the salt down to a finer dust.


And we combined these two wonderful ingredients with a flurry of other spices.



We’ve made ribs, steaks, and grilled butternut squash. All delicious.





What else is in it you ask? A little of this, a little of that. Some garlic powder, onion powder, sugar in the raw, cayenne…I honestly can’t remember it all. 🙂 We did look through some coffee rub recipes online to help us develop our mix, but I believe we have a unique blend of quantities and flavors that we can call our own. I think we need a more catchy (unique) name if we decide to sell any. Suggestions are welcome.

After I was diagnosed with celiac disease, I said yes to food, with great enthusiasm. . . . I vowed to taste everything I could eat, rather than focusing on what I could not.

~ Shauna James Ahern

A New Twist on Coleslaw

This is yet another recipe taken from Cat’s bag of tricks at Things My Belly Likes, called Cilantro Balsamic Coleslaw. I liked it. When it was fresh. I made about 4-5 servings and it wasn’t so good leftover. So my tip would be, make what you plan to eat. Don’t make extra. It didn’t keep as well as our version of coleslaw dressing, which I have to admit, Don liked just a tad better. BUT, we enjoyed the experience of making something different and trying some new flavors. As always. 🙂

Ingredients – again I would suggest cutting down these measurements if you’re only making it for two

  • 2 cups green cabbage (I’ve never bought green cabbage before; thankfully, it is labeled green cabbage at the store)
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 1 carrot
  • 3 tbsps fresh cilantro
  • 1 tbsp sour cream
  • 2 tsps balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil

Chop up your cabbage, roughly. I bought the smallest head on the shelf and used about half.


Toss it all in a bowl big enough to mix everything well. Peel and shred your carrot into the bowl. Chop or shred your celery.

Whisk the vinegar, sour cream, and oil together. Roughly chop the cilantro and add to the dressing.


Mix it all together and enjoy!


I thought it made for a very pretty dish too!

Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious. 
~ Ruth Reichl

Another Green Smoothie – Apple, Avocado, and Spinach

For those of you interested in Green Smoothies, I have tried another combination, courtesy of Martha Stewart’s Green Machine Smoothie recipe.


  • 1 Granny Smith apple
  • 1/2 avocado
  • a handful of ice
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • big handful of spinach

The ice, apple, and avocado.


Coconut water and spinach added.




Easy peasy!

I made a little more than I needed for myself but this was lunch so no biggie. Maybe a little less ice and water next time to reduce the serving for one. I think a little lime would be fun next time too.

I’ve also made this Strawberry-Pineapple Green Smoothie recently. LOVE IT! I used coconut water instead of plain old water and I added a tbsp of flax seed as well. I am a HUGE fan of strawberries so this will be a favorite of mine I’m sure. Don is still more partial to the peanut butter banana blend. To each his own.

Green strongly influences the heart and helps alleviate tension. Positive qualities associated with green are generosity, humility, and cooperation. Foods of the green vibration are all green fruits and green vegetables.
~ Tae Yun Kim, The First Element: Secrets to Maximizing Your Energy