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Sunday, September 18, 2016

ADMIN POST -- Where I've been...

ADMIN POST -- Where I've been

So, you may have noticed that posts have been slowing down around here... I'm lucky if I get 1-2 posts written a month anymore.

And the straight up truth is... I'm lazy. No other way to say it.

That's not to say I don't have the DESIRE to blog... I actually do. However, it seems like the days I actually plan to sit down and do something blogging related, whether it's an actual post, organize my Google Drive or even crop/watermark pictures, something comes up...

~The grandparents are going shopping and we (Mama Melissa and I) need to watch the house.
~The grandparents are going out to eat and we (Mama Melissa and I) need to watch the house, plus find ourselves something to eat, unless Grandma brings something home for us.
~The grandparents need Mama Melissa's help and I have to keep Chase out of their way.
~The Internet cuts out and I'm left with a 15" paperweight until it's back on. (which is the one downfall of using a Chromebook)

or (and this is the main one) I get distracted by Facebook and/or YouTube and nothing gets done.

Yes, I COULD take my Chromebook downstairs and work there while the grandparents are gone, but they like to leave on a moment's notice (even though I ask if they are going anywhere that day) and Grandpa has a complete meltdown if someone is not down there when they walk out the door. That leaves me no time to 'bag up' my system and peripherals to take them downstairs.

I do plan to get 'caught up' and get some more content out for you guys, but until the weather cools off to the point where it's too cold to do any outside work and I don't have to watch Chase and/or the house, the content will still be slim.

I'm hoping this week, I can at least get the Google Drive organized and the unedited photos cropped and watermarked. I also want to get a few EXTREMELY OVERDUE sub box reviews posted.

If you're still reading the blog, THANK YOU. You guys are why I do this.


Friday, September 9, 2016

Love with Food August 2016 GF Box

Love with Food
August 2016 box

What is Love With Food?
Love With Food helps you discover new organic or all-natural snacks delivered to your door every month. Our subscription membership starts as low as $10/month. Every month, Love With Food members will receive a curated box of unique, hard-to-find tasty snacks which varies based on seasonal themes.

For every box sold, we donate a meal to several food banks such as the Feeding America Network and Share Our Strength - No Kid Hungry. Join us to help end child hunger one meal at a time!

Say goodbye to boring grocery selections and start discovering your Love With Food experience!
I got a notification in my FedEx app that the September box is on it's way to me, so I figured, 'Well, I don't want a repeat of July... better get on the ball!'

August’s theme is ‘Love is Family.’ There are so many opportunities to enjoy being with family this time of year. You might be planning one last big summer getaway, or just getting back into the back-to-school family routine. So why not make that time even better and add in some irresistible snacks? Everything in this month’s box is sure to be a hit with the whole family, so share it around and make this August one your family will always remember.

Now, this month’s box didn’t come with an information sheet, like the other Love with Food boxes usually come with. It just had a card with the paragraph above and a few other tidbits that really didn’t have anything to do with the snacks. While it saves ME time from not having to type the info, it makes it a bit hard to disclose all the dietary guidelines. I’m hoping this is just a one-time thing, and I will try my best to provide what diets can have the snacks.
*It would be safe to assume these snacks are gluten-free only.

^^what I received -- excuse the cluttered desk^^

I received the Midnight Brownie and the Quinoa Choco-chip cookies and my review of them is here: http://www.thecpchick.com/2016/03/toufayan-bakeries.html
TASTE: 9/10

I was a bit scared to eat these, because I thought the pits were left in the cherries and I'd have problems with the pits hitting my gum issues.
However, These are very reminiscent of raisins. They have the texture of raisins, and they taste a bit like raisins, but yet you can taste the cherry flavor.
What surprised me the most about these was that they weren't very tart, like the bag said. I was expecting a puckering effect when eating these, but they were actually on the sweet side.
TASTE: 8/10

I really don't do powdered peanut butter. Call me lazy (or not wanting to deal with drama) but I didn't want to be bothered trying to make this. I don't even like eating the peanut butter that needs mixing.
I may look on their website for a recipe for a milkshake/smoothie, but as of right now, this is going unmade.
TASTE: ?/10

I wouldn’t really call this a ‘granola’ bar. There was more rice instead of the oats. Not saying it’s a bad thing, since I like rice. But it made it more crumble-prone than traditional granola bars. It did hurt my gum issues, but I have a feeling that it was the whole chocolate chips hitting the sores than the granola itself.
TASTE: 9/10

FROM THE BACK OF THE BAG: We love snacks, just like everyone else --  the crunch, the flavor, the fun. But we’re not about compromising and being forced to choose between the junky chips that make you feel bad or the alternative chips that taste like cardboard. So we said to ourselves, *It’s time for something different. Something better.*
We’re always striving for something that everyone will enjoy. Here are some things that we do:
~Preservative Free
~Dairy Free
~Peanut & Tree Nut Free
~Double Pressed for Extra Crunchiness

These kind of reminded me of a funnel cake from a fair, which only increased my homesickness, since the Harford Fair just passed. I’m determined to make it back to the fair one of these years.
But these had a lightly sweet taste to them; nothing overpowering, but you could definitely taste the sweetness. I loved the crunchiness, but they didn’t hurt my teeth either.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Vegan, Dairy Free

Party-tizers Veggie Dippin’ Chips™ are uniquely designed dippable tortilla chips made with certified gluten-free ingredients. Our recipe starts with US home grown corn and a blend of delicious veggies, carrots, spinach & kale. We challenge you to try them with or without a dip. We love them both ways!!!

Now, I'm not 100% sure what I should be tasting here, because when I opened the bag, all I could smell is the carrots... or maybe it's the kale I smell.
I tasted a lot of corn, kale and salt... VERY heavy on the salt. Not saying they weren't delicious, but I'd be leery of eating these if you're avoiding sodium/salt.
TASTE: 8.5/10

For ease and less mess, I took this and added it to a cup of milk for a ‘banana milkshake.’ The milk weakened it a little too much, but I could still taste the banana in it.
The main problem I had with this was it was very thin and runny. When I think of a smoothie, I think of a drink that has some thickness to it… like a milkshake or at the very least, Stage 1 baby food. This ‘smoothie’ was the equivalent to a fruit juice, like Apple juice or a boxed fruit drink.
TASTE: 8/10

FROM THE BAG: did you know? Coconut keeps you healthy with
Fatty acids promote heart health and improve good cholesterol (HDL)
High in Fiber - Consuming foods high in fiber helps keeps you feeling full. This also helps your digestion.
Manganese helps breaking down fats and protein while supporting both the immune and nervous systems, as well as promoting stable blood sugar levels. It also helps the use of iron, thiamine and Vitamin E.
Oils and fibers from coconut meat act as Probiotics
Natural Lauric Acid, Capric Acid and Catechins

Okay, this is the ONE product in the box I had a MAJOR problem with. Looking at the bag, I’m thinking I’m getting a good amount of coconut, which I LOVE. And being Cinnamon Honey flavor, I was looking SO forward to this snack.

So imagine my shocked look when I FINALLY get the bag open, and I see this…

^^Immediately after opening the bag^^

Not even half a bag.
However, these are absolutely delicious. They are crunchy, but not hard on the teeth. I loved the flavor. The cinnamon honey mixture played WONDERFULLY with the coconut taste.
TASTE: 8/10

FROM THE BAG: Hi! I’m Rob…
My childhood was filled with passion and wonder. I dreamt of making snacks and making people happy.
My first snacks were made by hand in 1986; clean snacks that were both delicious and functional. I knew then the importance of beneful blends and seasonings made with real ingredients, and I continue to use them today.
Vegan Rob’s Spinach and Matcha are Non-GMO Kettle cooked potato chips that will make you crave more.
You can follow us and be a part of our journey which has lasted 30 years.
Thanks so much, from the bottom of my heart.
“Live & Enjoy!” -- My mother’s mantra

These were interesting. I tasted NO spinach on these. I tasted the potato chip and a hint of sweetness from the Matcha, which is finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea.
The thing I didn’t like is how hard these were on my teeth. I know Kettle chips are hard to begin with, but usually saliva will soften them. These didn’t seem to soften much with saliva.
TASTE: 7/10

FROM THE PACKET: SHEFFA is a word for abundance. It's also the sublime energy that moves through all creation, Earth-supporting and nourishing, giving a boundless flow to all beings. SHEFFA is what food should be -- a wealth of enjoyment and sustenance. After all, food is energy. Real food is loaded with simple, pure energy that flows from nature.
Our mission is to bring you foods with an abundance of delicious, authentic flavor as well as vital energy. We want you to love the foods that love you back.
We wish you Sheffa!
Leslie & Amotz
Sheffa Foods Co-Founders

Not entirely sure what exactly hit my gums, but SOMETHING in this hit my oral issues and I nearly went through the roof.
The taste was yummy, but a bit spicy for my liking. It tasted like they lost the chili powder in this.
TASTE: 7/10

I was not able to make these… I now live in a house with 3 adult diabetics, and the sugar content is WAY too high for them. I ended up passing this to my cousin.

I really don't see disabled people having a problem eating these snacks, barring any chewing/swallowing issues. The hardest thing I see would be opening the box and the individual packages.

The Love With Food Gluten-Free box has merged with Taste Guru. Please visit this link for more info.

Still loving the variety in this month's box. I like how I got snacks, sweets, AND part of a meal in the same box.

**As per FTC guidelines, I received this product in exchange for an honest review. Only compensation I received is the product(s) mentioned above. All opinions are my own and your usage/results may vary.**