Saturday, March 25, 2017

17th Blue Apron Subscription Box Review



Seared Chicken & Pearl Couscous with Crispy Capers & Blood Orange Sauce


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Lamb, Beef & Mushroom Stew with Parmesan Potatoes & Chives


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Tempura Fried Cod with Thai Style Vegetable Salad & Jasmine Rice


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For the 17th box of recipes from Blue Apron we gave two recipes four out of five stars and one recipe two stars. Calories ranged from 620 to 670 and preparation time indicated on the recipe cards ranged from fifteen minutes to forty minutes. Actual preparation time ranged from forty-two to fifty-four minutes. My favorite recipe was the Lamb, Beef & Mushroom Stew and Hubby's favorite was the Tempura Fried Cod.

Seared Chicken & Pearl Couscous

We gave this recipe only two out of five stars. The capers made it too salty, there wasn't enough shallot and there were too many red pepper flakes. The sauce was good and the pearl couscous was tasty. This recipe has 640 calories and indicated preparation time is thirty to forty minutes. Actual preparation time was forty-eight minutes.

Lamb, Beef & Mushroom Stew

I gave this recipe four out of five stars and Hubby gave it three stars. It's a bit like shepherd's pie, but instead of using mashed potatoes on top this one uses baked slices of potato. It would have tasted better with the addition of some carrots and peas. This one has 670 calories and it was very filling. It indicated thirty to forty minutes preparation time while  actual preparation time was forty-two minutes.

Tempura Fried Cod

It was a very high quality piece of wild caught cod which was scrumptious. I gave it four out of five stars and Hubby gave it three stars. Hubby didn't like the salad while I really enjoyed it and I loved the dressing. The recipe suggested adding some of the dressing to the cod, but I didn't like it on the cod. Garlic was a really tasty addition to the rice. Hubby had a difficult time getting the tempura batter to stay on the cod since the recipe didn't use any egg to make it stick. This one has 620 calories and it was a healthy portion though I would have liked a larger piece of the cod. Preparation time indicated on the recipe is fifteen to twenty-five minutes, but actual preparation time was fifty-four minutes.

It was mostly an enjoyable week of recipes. Don't forget to enter my current giveaway before you go and check out my Pinterest Blue Apron Board to check out all of the Blue Apron recipes we have made so far. What's your favorite food subscription box? Currently our favorite is Blue Apron. It was Sun Basket, but they have been having too many issues lately and customer service is too slow to respond to complaints.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

21st Sun Basket Review & 50% Off Coupon



Burmese Chicken Aloo with Japanese Sweet Potatoes


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Mrs. Scorsese's Lemon Chicken


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This week we didn't make the third recipe, Turkey Keema with Peas & Cucumber Raita, since the ground turkey was bad and I didn't feel like shopping for a replacement. We got food poisoning from the Mrs. Scorsese's Lemon Chicken. I think it was the chicken broth which wasn't sent in it's original packaging like it normally is. If you look at the photo above, you will see it was poured into another container which reduces it's shelf life considerably. I thought it didn't look right, but since I've come to trust Sun Basket we unfortunately used it anyway. The instructions for cooking the baby broccoli caused it to burn. It was the worst week ever from Sun Basket! If it hadn't been for the Burmese Chicken recipe it would have been a complete bust.

Burmese Chicken Aloo with Japanese Sweet Potatoes

We made this recipe before and absolutely loved it and this time was no exception giving it five out of five stars. If you haven't tasted a Japanese sweet potato before, you have to give it a try. They are so delicious! I wish I could find them locally. This recipe is like the Japanese version of chicken soup, so comforting and scrumptious! It only has 600 calories, yet it's very filling. It's a Paleo and gluten free recipe and preparation time indicated is 30-40 minutes. Actual preparation time was one hour.

Mrs. Scorsese's Lemon Chicken

I was excited about this recipe, but it landed up being extremely disappointing and it made us sick. I will never use chicken broth that isn't sent in it's original packaging ever again, lesson learned! I thought it might be off and I wish I had thrown it out. Such a big mistake! The instructions for cooking the baby broccoli caused it to burn in the oven, so we couldn't eat that part. Plus, they only sent us one small potato, so as you can see in the photo we only had a couple slices of it each. It was definitely not anywhere near 3/4 of a pound as indicated by the recipe. Also, there was too much rosemary since we didn't have enough potato. The lemon was overwhelming, it would have been better with much less. We gave this recipe one star. It has only 520 calories, it' gluten free and it says it will take 35-45 minutes to prepare. Actual preparation time was 40 minutes.

What a disappointing week of recipes it was. They managed to go from my favorite down to my least favorite subscription box all in one week! I had already ordered another week of recipes, so I'll have one more Sun Basket review. I'll be taking a long break from Sun Basket due to the food poisoning. I'm waiting to hear their response. Lately customer service takes a very long time to respond. The automated response says up to 72 hours. Last time it took 8 days which is ridiculous. I expect companies to respond with one day and if they can't they need to hire more staff!

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

49th Home Chef Review & 50% Off Coupon


Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos with Slaw & Lime Rice


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Parmesan Crusted Pork Chop with Fennel Gratin & Garlic Roasted Zucchini


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Brasserie Style Sirloin Seal with Truffle Fries, Green Beans & Herb Butter


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This week we gave one recipe five out of five stars, one recipe three stars and one recipe two stars. The steak went bad, so we were unable to sample that part of the Brasserie Style Sirloin Steak recipe hence the two star rating. The Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos were our favorite recipe for the week, they were scrumptious! The Truffle Fries were our favorite side dish. We've had them several times in previous recipes. Neither of us cared for the side dish of fennel gratin in the Parmesan Crusted Pork Chop recipe. Calories ranged from 607 to 860, recipes were all intermediate and cooking times ranged from thirty to fifty minutes as indicated on the recipes. Actual cooking times ranged from forty to sixty-five minutes.

Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos with Slaw & Lime Rice

Wow, these shrimp tacos were so awesome! Just thinking about it is making me hungry. Hubby said if they offer this recipe again to buy it. He gave it five out of five stars and I gave it four stars. I would have preferred to have more shrimp and slaw so that it was more filling. I would also have preferred jasmine rice which has a nice texture and better flavor. The sauce is simple yet scrumptious. It's made with mayo, Sriracha, salt and pepper. If you have never made this sauce before I dare you to, you'll love it. You can use more or less Sriracha depending on how spicy you want it to be. Hubby said this recipe was surprisingly easy to make. It has 849 calories and it takes about forty minutes to prepare according to the recipe. Actual preparation time was fifty-two minutes.

Parmesan Crusted Pork Chop with Fennel Gratin & Garlic Roasted Zucchini

We gave this recipe three stars for the pork and zucchini  We really disliked the side dish of fennel gratin. I took a few bites and threw the rest in the trash.  I love fennel, so my dislike wasn't because of that ingredient perhaps it was because they weren't very fresh. They looked a bit old to me. It also didn't look appetizing and having a cold at the time made it look especially unappetizing! Hubby ate it all, but wasn't a fan. The zucchini was very small. It would be nice if they would include two when they are smaller than the average zuchinni. He made the mistake of placing the parmesan in the side dish rather than on top of the pork chop. Sometimes their instructions are not well written and confusing. The pork chops were much smaller than those we normally receive from Home Chef. One of the reasons I order their pork dishes is because they are normally of a nice side and very filling, so this was a disappointment and I hope this isn't the new norm. This recipe had only 607 calories and the recipe said it would take up to forty-five minutes to prepare. Actual preparation time was sixty-five minutes.

Brasserie Style Sirloin Seal with Truffle Fries, Green Beans & Herb Butter

I was looking forward to some steak, but as soon as Hubby opened the steak package he could tell by smell that they went bad and they were slimy. That was really disappointing especially since we didn't have anything in the house to replace it with, so it was a light dinner composed of only the green beans and fries. If you haven't tried truffle oil before, you owe it to yourself to give it a try, it's so delicious and livens up boring fries. It's a bit of an earthy flavor, but it's so tasty. We loved the fries and the green beans were just ok. Due to the steak issue we had to give this recipe only two stars. It has 860 calories with the steak and the recipe said it would take up to fifty minutes to prepare. Actual preparation time was forty minutes.

Our 49th box from Home Chef wasn't our favorite, but we really enjoyed the shrimp tacos. Hoping that our 50th box next week won't have any ingredient issues. Be sure to check out my 47 other reviews of Home Chef before you go. Simply look at my Home Chef Pinterest Board, click on the photo of the dish you would like to read about and it will take you to that review. Also, don't forget to enter my current giveaway. What's your favorite food subscription box?

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

GIVEAWAY - Blue Apron Meal Kit Worth $59.94


The winner must be over 18 years old, have never subscribed to Blue Apron, provide me with their name and email address to give to Blue Apron, provide Blue Apron their credit card number in case they want to continue with the service past the first box and live in the US (not in Hawaii & Alaska). Winner will be sent an email from Blue Apron & simply need to click on the link to redeem their free Blue Apron box online. To cancel future shipments: visit their website and go to account info, then chose "manage"  & then "cancel" or to skip future shipments select delivery schedule and chose "skip". Box is shipped via FedEx and arrives at your doorstep on your choice of Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday. 

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Friday, March 17, 2017

QVC's TSVs for April 2017


Preorder Numbers for Today's Special Values



5th - Kansas City Steak Company Sliced Ham, M53805 or A/D M53895, $59.00 or 5 payments of $11.80 or Ham + Two Sides M53806 or A/D M53896 $79.00 

6th - Bethlehem Lights Wisteria Hanging Basket, H211484, $49.92 or 2 payments of $24.96, comes in 6 colors

7th - Alegria Leather Adjustable Slide Sandals, A291796, $89.96 or 5 payments of $17.99, comes in 5 colors

10th - Clarisonic Mia 2 Sonic Cleansing System, A293914, $113.60 or 5 payments of $22.72, comes in 6 colors

16th - Susan Graver Liquid Knit 3/4 Sleeve Cold Shoulder Dress, A293924, $54.60 or 5 payments of $10.92, comes in 5 colors

17th - Spanx Trust Your Thinstinks Top, A293919, $39.98 or 2 payments of $19.99, comes in 4 colors

18th - Doll 10 Simply Chic Six Piece Collection, A293915 or A/D A294417, $49.98 or 3 payments of $16.66, comes in 5 shades

21st - Women with Control Knit Tunic & Crop Pants Set, Petite A293923 or Regular A293922, comes in 5 colors

22nd - Earth Suede Peep Toe Wedges, A293918, $69.96 or 4 payments of $17.49, comes in 5 colors

25th - Plow & Hearth Set of Three Miniature Wind Spinners, M53849, $29.98 or 2 payments of $14.99, comes in 2 colors

27th - Carole Hochman Abstract Hydrangea Maxi Dress, A293921, $49.90 or 3 payments of $16.63, comes in 5 colors

28th - NEST Fragrances Six Piece Eau de Parfum Fragrance Collection, A292636 or A/D A292923, $44.00 or 2 payments of $22

May

1st - Skechers On the Go Boat Shoes, A293916, $49.98 or 3 payments of $16.66, comes in 5 colors

So what is tempting you for the month of April? The blue and white china pattern on Algeria sandals is so pretty, but not quite practical enough to purchase and so pricey. The Carole Hochman dress is really pretty, but due to having to pay shipping both ways if it needs to be returned for another size, I'll pass. I love NEST perfume. I purchased a set of three deluxe samples for $12 at sephora during a sale. So at the price of $22, I'll pass. I later purchased the large travel size of the Dahlia & Vines since it was on sale at Sephora. I already have a Clarisonic which I don't use much because for me it causes white heads. I recommend comparing QVC prices to other stores because sometimes the TSV prices aren't the best price available. It seems to be the case even more lately.

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

GIVEAWAY - Blue Apron Meal Kit Worth $59.94

The winner must be over 18 years old, have never subscribed to Blue Apron, provide me with their name and email address to give to Blue Apron, provide Blue Apron their credit card number in case they want to continue with the service past the first box and live in the US (not in Hawaii & Alaska). Winner will be sent an email from Blue Apron & simply need to click on the link to redeem their free Blue Apron box online. To cancel future shipments: visit their website and go to account info, then chose "manage"  & then "cancel" or to skip future shipments select delivery schedule and chose "skip". Box is shipped via FedEx and arrives at your doorstep on your choice of Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday. 

This giveaway is only for those that have never subscribed to Blue Apron before.  I have reviewed fifteen Blue Apron deliveries, so be sure to check those out before you leave. Start with my 15th delivery. Then check out my Blue Apron Pinterest Board, click on the photo of the recipe that you fancy to see the matching blog post.  

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Grand Opening of Walmart in King, NC


King Walmart Grand Opening - March 15th 2017


The Walmart in King, North Carolina will open on March 15th 2017. Some residents are excited for it's arrival, but there are others who opposed it for years. Hopefully it's arrival won't ruin the quaint, peaceful and quiet King we have come to know. There were several delays, but it's finally opening. If you are coming from the south on US 52, take the second King exit which is exit 123. Turn right at the traffic light, then turn left at the Walmart sign. It will be on your right past the Taco Bell and Subway. If you are coming from the north, take the first King exit which is 123. Turn left at the traffic light, then turn left at the Walmart sign and it will be on your right. There is a lovely view of Pilot Mountain from the parking lot, so be sure to look for it. I recommend a trip to Pilot Mountain State Park since you'll be in the area. It appears that the "Pick Up" service was an afterthought since there isn't a designated area to pick up your groceries. I highly recommend Walmart's Pick Up Service. Check out my review to learn how it works. Also, there is a pharmacy drive-thru with two slots. There are two entrances to the store. The grocery section is located on the right side of the store and the lawn and garden section is on the left side. 

If you aren't familiar with the restaurants in King be sure to check out my restaurant reviews. My top two favorites are Little Italy and Dairi-OThe other restaurants I have reviewed are Thai Cafe and Amigos Mexican Grill. The fast food restaurant choices are Dairi-O, Taco Bell, McDonalds, Wendy's, Burger King, Bojangles, KFC, Subway, Dominoes, Papa John's and Pizza Hut. I can only recommend Pizza Hut, McDonalds and Dairi-O. There are three Mexican restaurants in King, the one I recommend is Tlaquepaque Mexican Grill. It's located a couple miles away from Walmart next to the second Food Lion. There are two Food Lions and a Lowe's Food. The Food Lion further away from Walmart has a lovely view of Pilot Mountain.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Play! by Sephora Subscription Box Review - March 2017


The Shine Is Now - The Gleam Team

    This is the review of a monthly subscription box from Sephora called Play! by Sephora. It only costs $10 per month including shipping and it includes five cosmetic samples, one perfume sample and a cosmetic bag. They were sending everyone the same products each month, but now they have a couple of variations. If you ordered this month's, it may not include all of these products. This month the retail value of my box is $48.80. Included in my March box were the following samples:
    1. Living Proof - Full Dry Volume Blast, made in the USA, 3 oz., retail value $15.00
    2. Bobby Brown - Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Golden Pink, made in Italy, $10 approximate retail value
    3. Glamglow - Mega Illuminating Moisturizer, made in the USA, .24 oz, $6.91 retail value
    4. Josie Maran - Surreal Skin Argan Finishing Balm, made in the USA, .1 oz, $7.20 retail value
    5. Benefit Cosmetics - Watt's Up Cream to Powder Highlighter, made in Italy, .08 oz., $7.22 retail value
    6. Chloé - Fleur de Parfum, made in France, .04 fl. oz., $2.47 retail value
    The only one I'm not sure of it's retail value is the Bobby Brown eyeshadow since it's size is not labeled. I guess it's about 1/3 the size of the original. I'm always excited to receive a product from Glamglow since I'm a big fan of their line of products. Each one I have tried has been awesome. It is pricey though so I've only purchased sample sizes. I also love the Josie Maran line and I use her Argan body butter daily. This product sample is a primer which seems a bit too oily for me. It's suppose to give a bit of a glow. The Living Proof Volume Blast smells pretty good for a hairspray and it goes on dry for sure. It reminds me of a dry shampoo. I don't find that it gives much volume to my fine, thin long hair. I'll stick with regular hairspray or even dry shampoo. The Bobby Brown eye shadow appears to be a rose gold color on my eyelids. It has a metallic glittery look to it and it's easy to apply. It's pretty, but I'm not sure that's the best color for fair skin. I've tried a sample of the Benefit highlighter before but it fell out of the tube, so I wasn't able to use it more than once. So I'll be looking forward to trying it again several more times to evaluate it better. First impression is that it's a quick, easy and pretty highlighter. I don't care for the scent of the Chloé perfume. It's top notes are lemon essence, absolute verbena and freesia. It's middle notes are rose and cherry blossom and the base notes are white cedar essence, bitter almond and amber. My favorite product it this box is the Glamglow Moisturizer.

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