Tuesday, April 25, 2017

18th Blue Apron Subscription Review


Katsu Style Catfish with Black Garlic Mayonnaise & Jasmine Rice


Ingredients


Chicken Meatballs & Fregola Sarda with Kale & Sicilian Tomato Sauce


Ingredients


This is a review of the 18th delivery we received from a food subscription box called Blue Apron. This week I was ill and Hubby was out of town several days, so we didn't make the third dinner which was Top Chef Spice Rubbed Pork with Sweet Red Onion & Black Beans. It was one of the recipes created by the winner of the latest season of the Top Chef television show. I read some reviews that it was disappointing, so we weren't as anxious to make as we were prior to reading the bad reviews. It just doesn't seem like a very creative dish considering it's from the winner of the show. The calories ranged from 710 to 800. The preparation time indicated on the recipe cards ranged from twenty-five to forty-five minutes. Actual preparation time was one hour for both recipes.

Katsu Style Catfish with Black Garlic Mayonnaise & Jasmine Rice

I love any Katsu dish in restaurants, so I was really excited to have Hubby make it at home. We also had black garlic before and absolutely loved it's flavor. Since I was sick my taste buds were off and the black garlic mayo was a turn off, so I skipped it. The Katsu Catfish was so tasty. The fish was flaky and the batter was delightfully crisp. The cabbage with dressing was scrumptious. We gave this recipe four out of five stars. It has 800 calories which seems like a lot considering the ingredients. It was a healthy portion. It took one hour to prepare while the recipe says it will take up to thirty-five minutes. 

Chicken Meatballs & Fregola Sarda with Kale & Sicilian Tomato Sauce

I made this recipe when Hubby was out of town. I'm not a fan of making meatballs since long nails are hard to clean after forming the meatballs not to mention I don't like touching raw meat. As a ex-vegetarian it grosses me out and normally I have Hubby do it. I have to eat meat due to IBS. I was a bit intimidated by this recipe, but I pushed myself to do a step at a time and it turned out good. It was very tasty and filling. We try to eat more chicken than beef, so it's nice to have a chicken meatball recipe for a change. I didn't miss the beef at all. I love kale, so it was a nice addition to the fregola sarda. I love the texture of the fregola sarda. If you haven't tried this type of pasta before, you should give it a try. The addition of capers and golden raisins was lovely. This recipe has 710 calories and it was a very filling portion. It took an hour to prepare while the recipe card stated only thirty-five to forty-five minutes.

It was an enjoyable week of recipes, I just wish their preparation times were more accurate and less time consuming. If you haven't tried Blue Apron yet, you owe it to yourself to give it a try. They often use unique ingredients and most of the time the ingredients arrive in good shape and the recipes are tasty. Don't forget to enter my current giveaway

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Walmart Beauty Subscription Box - Spring 2017



Embrace Your Beauty


This is a review of a quarterly subscription beauty box from Walmart. It costs only $5 including shipping and handling. The last one I received was in December for winter. The December Beauty Box was much better than this one.  The retail value on this box is $7.48. I received the following products in the Spring Box:
  1. Palmer's Coconut Oil Facial Moisturizer, foil packet, .17 fl. oz., $0.89 retail value
  2. Palmer's Coconut Oil Luminous Hydration Facial Oil, .03 fl. oz., $0.29 retail value
  3. Rimmel Stay Matte Lightweight Liquid Mouse Foundation, .05 fl. oz., $0.24 retail value
  4. Schwarzkopf Gliss Hair Repair Ultra Moisture Shampoo, 1.7 fl. oz., $0.68 retail value
  5. Schwarzkopf Gliss Hair Repair Ultra Moisture Conditioner, 1.7 fl. oz., $0.68 retail value
  6. Jergens Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer with Subtle Color, 2 fl. oz., $2.30 retail value
  7. John Frieda Frizz Ease Daily Nourishment Moisturizing Conditioner, 1.5 fl. oz., $0.97 retail value
  8. Bioré Baking Soda Acne Scrub, 1 oz, $1.43 retail value
I'm not a fan of shampoo and conditioner samples since I have a favorite shampoo, Wen, that I use and I am loyal to it. I also do not have acne, so the Bioré Acne Scrub is of no use to me. I also don't use self tanners, so the Jergens Natural Glow is another product I will not be using. The foil packet of Rimmel foundation is in a color too dark for my skin. I will try the coconut facial oil from Palmer's along with their facial moisturizer. I was hoping the Frizz Ease would be a leave in treatment, but instead it's really just a conditioner that requires that it be rinsed out with water. Receiving boxes like this is what made me cancel the last time. I resubscribed because I noticed they were sending out some full sized products that made it worth resubscribing like a full sized mascara or lipstick. So I'm sad to see there isn't a full sized product in this box along with so many products I just won't use. I think I will give them one more chance and if the next one is also disappointing, I will unsubscribe once again. While it is very inexpensive, if they send me mostly products that I won't use then it's not a bargain at all. If you received a Walmart Beauty Box this month, did you like what I received?

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

50th Home Chef Review & 50% Off



Thai Pork Lettuce Wraps with Water Chestnuts & Sesame Dipping Sauce



Ingredients



Buttery Chicken & Waffles with Scrambled Eggs & Hot Sauce



Ingredients


This is a review of our 50th delivery from Home Chef. This week we were unable to prepare the 3rd meal due to moving preparation. It was the Bone In Pork Chop with Honey Mustard Cream recipe. We gave one recipe four out of five stars and one recipe three out of five stars. Both recipes are repeats that we loved. Calories ranged from 625 to 945. Preparation time indicated on the recipe cards ranged from twenty-five to thirty-five minutes. Actual preparation time ranged from forty-one to forty-seven minutes. 

Thai Pork Lettuce Wraps with Water Chestnuts & Sesame Dipping Sauce

We had this recipe two times prior and it has always been delicious. The sesame dressing is scrumptious. We gave it four out of five stars. It took forty-one minutes to prepare and the recipe indicated up to thirty-five minutes. Calorie count on this one is 625.

Buttery Chicken & Waffles with Scrambled Eggs & Hot Sauce

We had this recipe before and loved it. This time the quality wasn't as good, so we gave it only three out of five stars. The waffles seemed to be low quality frozen waffles. The previous time I ordered them I could smell them before taking them out of the bag. They had a wonderful texture and the scent had a hint of vanilla. They were definitely better quality waffles and tasted so delicious. The ones we received this time had very little flavor. The recipe for the batter didn't use egg so the results looked very different from the recipe card's photo! Very disappointing! Also, the maple syrup was the thinnest I have ever encountered and it wasn't very flavorful. It took forty-seven minutes to prepare and the recipe indicated up to thirty-five minutes. Calorie count on this one is 945. 

This week of recipes was disappointing since the Chicken & Waffles were not of the same quality we were sent last time. I'm taking a break from the food subscription boxes since we are relocating and will be too busy to cook. Be sure to check out my 49 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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Friday, April 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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Thursday, April 20, 2017

19th Blue Apron Subscription Box Review




Chicken Under a Brick with Roasted Vegetables & Italian Dressing


Ingredients


Seared Salmon & Lemon Labneh with Freekeh, Kale & Dates


Ingredients


Fontina Stuffed Pork Chops with Potatoes & Pizzaiola Sauce


Ingredients


This is a review a weekly food subscription box called Blue Apron. This week we gave one recipe five out of five stars, one recipe four stars and one recipe three stars. Calories ranged from 610 to 760. Preparation time indicated on the recipe cards ranged from forty-five to sixty minutes. Actual preparation time was from forty-five to fifty-three minutes.

Chicken Under a Brick with Roasted Vegetables & Italian Dressing

This recipe was disappointing. There wasn't much meat on the chicken so it wasn't very filling. The photo on the recipe card shows half a chicken as a serving, so I was surprised when we only received one half. It didn't have any instructions on cutting it in half to serve two people. The white wine vinegar leaked during shipping. The directions for cooking the potatoes and chicken caused them to be undercooked. The garlic burnt so we had to prepare more. There were a ton of carrots though. We gave this one two to three stars. The recipe indicated preparation time of forty-five to fifty-five minutes. Actual preparation time was forty-five minutes. It has 760 calories.

Seared Salmon & Lemon Labneh with Freekeh, Kale & Dates

We both loved this recipe and gave it five out of five stars. The lemon labneh topping on the salmon was awesome. The freekeh and kale together were delicious. This one indicates fifty to sixty minutes preparation time. Actual preparation time was thirty-nine minutes. It has only 610 calories and it was filling.

Fontina Stuffed Pork Chops with Potatoes & Pizzaiola Sauce

Hubby gave this recipe four out of five stars and I gave it three. The stuffing in the pork chops was scrumptious, but I would have liked a bit more of the cheese. The fontina cheese was a nice complement to the boneless pork chops.  We both prefer pork chops that still have their bone, pork just tastes better cooked that way. I wasn't crazy about the mini red sweet peppers. Red peppers always give me heartburn. The ones pictured on the recipe card were orange. I didn't like the addition of sugar in the sauce, it wasn't necessary. The preparation time indicated on the recipe card is fifty to sixty minutes. Actual preparation time was fifty-three minutes. This one has 670 calories.

Please excuse the use of paper plates in the photos, we are in the process of moving and Hubby already packed our lovely dishes. It was mostly an enjoyable week of recipes. Before you go 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? 

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Play! by Sephora Subscription Box Review - April 2017


Step it Up!


This is a review of a monthly cosmetics subscription box from Sephora called Play! by Sephora. It's only $10 a month and it includes 6 samples. This month's box has a retail value of $31.48. That's one of the lowest values I have received so far. For the month of April I received the following products:
  1. Philosophy - Made Simple Face Cleanser, made in the USA, 1 fl. oz., $3.67 retail value
  2. Make Up Forever - Waterproof Eyeliner, made in Germany, .01 oz. , $5.25 retail value
  3. Peter Thomas Ross - Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream, made in the USA, .25 fl. oz., $8.12 retail value
  4. Sephora - Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover, made in France .84 fl. oz., $3.72 retail value
  5. MIU MIU - L'Eau Bleue eau de parfum, made in France, .04 fl. oz., $2.72 retail value
  6. Smashbox - Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer, made in the USA, .25 fl. oz., $8.00 retail value
I have used the Philosophy facial cleanser before and I liked it. I like using the travel size in the shower since it lasts a long time and it doesn't take up much space. I'm not fond of makeup that is waterproof since it's so hard to remove, so I'm really happy they sent a waterproof eye makeup remover. My eyes and skin are really sensitive, so I hope this makeup remover doesn't irritate my skin and eyes. I really like the Peter Thomas Ross brand, so I'm always happy to receive a sample. This moisturizer has a gel consistency which I really like since it's really easy to apply and it sinks in quickly. Those type of moisturizers aren't usually very moisturizing, but this one is. If it wan't so expensive, this is one I would purchase in the full size. The perfume is lovely. It has notes of lily of the valley, wild rose and akigalawood. It has a woodsy, floral, powdery scent. I find it to be a comforting scent. I'm disappointed that I didn't receive a lipstick this month. Lipstick or lip gloss is my favorite makeup. If I don't feel like wearing makeup, I still apply some lipstick or lip gloss. What's the beauty product you can't live without?

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

QVC's TSVs for May 2017


Preorder Numbers for Today's Special Values


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

2nd - Peter Thomas Ross Mega Size Retinol PM, A277742, $114.00 or 4 payments of $28.50

5th - Denim & Co Beach Flounce Swim Dress, A294572 $39.98 or 2 payments of $19.99, comes in 4 colors

10th - Le Creuset 13" Round Cast Iron Grill, K45833, $99.96 available in 5 payments, not available for preorder yet

14th - Clarks Cloud Steppers Sport Sandals, A294575, $49.98 or 3 payments of $16.66, comes in 5 colors 

15th - LOGO by Lori Goldstein Cotton Modal Knit Dress, A294573, $59.88 or 5 payments of $11.97, comes in 5 colors

18th - Susan Graver Printed Sheer Chiffon Top & Tank, A294574, $48.90 or 5 payments of $9.78, comes in 5 colors

20th - My Pillow Set of Two Standard American Cotton Pillows, H212133, $65.00 or 4 payments of $16.33

22nd - bareMinerals Naturally You Seven Piece Complexion & Color Collection, A294576 or A/D A296690, $56.98 or 3 payments of $18.99, comes in 12 shades

27th - Josie Maran Eight Piece Whipped Argan Body Butter, $69.96 or 4 payments of $17.49, A295852 or A/D A296439

28th - Lug Puddle Jumper Travel Bag, F12758, $89.98 or 5 payments of $17.99, comes in 5 colors

June

1st - Diamonique 100 Facet Diamond Cut Split Hoops, J347909, $39.68 or 2 payments of $19.84, comes in 4 colors

3rd - Fly London Leather Lace-Up Wedges, A294578, $129.80 or 5 payment of $25.96, comes in 5 colors

So what do you think of the TSVs for May so far? Normally I'd be excited about a bareMinerals TSV, but this one is repeating the Complexion Rescue and brushes from a previous TSV. This one isn't exciting to me, how about you? I'd also be excited about the Josie Maran TSV, but I just received an auto-delivery shipment of body butters. Nothing else interests me, so I won't be buying anything. I will be updating this post as more TSV information is released, so be sure to check back. Other upcoming TSVs that may be exciting:

6th - Isaac Mizrahi
8th - NuFACE 
12th - Quacker Factory
13th - IT Cosmetics
17th - Carolyn Pollack Jewelry
19th - Alegria Footwear
26th - Lisa Rinna

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