#National S'mores Day!!

Monday, August 10, 2015

S'mores.... From rustic autumn campfires to cozy winter nights all snuggled up by the fireplace...  These ooey-gooey, delicious treats is what heaven is made of.  But how was this delectable snack thought of?  The origin is unclear, but most say it was thanks to the Girl Scouts!  In 1927 there came the first recipe of this tasty treat, printed in a Girl Scout handbook called, 'Tramping and Trailing".   Apparently the girls loved them so much they'd shout, "...Some more, some more!" naming this sweet sandwich "Some Mores" and as the years progressed, it was shortened to "S'mores" :) 

Today I'd like to celebrate this wondrous day with some brownie-s'mores made by yours truly! It's really simple, I promise :)

S'mores Brownies

Ingredients:

1 box of fudge brownie mix (follow ingredients/directions on the box!)
1 bag of large marshmallows
1 jar of chocolate fudge sauce
5 or more crumbled graham crackers

Directions:

  • Prepare brownie batter per package directions  and pour into a prepared cake pan. Bake it for the directed time on the package. 
  • In the meantime cut each marshmallow in half (about 20 marshmallows) and set aside.
  • Check your brownies with a toothpick inserted into the center. They're done when there are moist crumbs clinging to the toothpick when you pull it back out.
  • Turn oven to broil
  • Top the brownies with marshmallows, neatly, then place brownies back into the oven under the broiler and watch carefully.  Marshmallows will start to brown quickly within the first minute or 2.
  • Take brownies back out after desired burn on marshmallows.
  • Heat up the fudge sauce in 30 second intervals until it's smooth enough to drizzle.
  • Drizzle sauce over marshmallows
  • Top with crumbled graham crackers and enjoy!

You can really play around with this recipe as much as you'd like!  Instead of neatly placing the marshmallows, you could use smaller marshmallows and just dump them on top before broiling =D
Have you tried this recipe out? Let me know how it went!


Treatsie July Unboxing!

Monday, July 27, 2015



Hey everyone! Today I want to share my first unboxing post!  It's all about Treatsie! Never heard of them? That's okay!  Treatsie is a monthly subscription box filled with delicious artisan treats ranging from $19/mo. (including shipping and handling) - $203 annually!  Obviously I simply chose the $19/mo., because well..  Let's face it, I've got less Jack than a deck of playing cards! I was able to search for coupon codes online to bring the $19/mo price down to $9.95 for this month only ( I highly recommend going that route if you're on a tight budget!). I ordered it before July 11th so I was eligible for this month's box, so naturally I couldn't contain my excitement to get a box of delectable treats, so this caused the short 2 week wait to feel like an eternity! I am happy to announce that I received my box today and have tested them all out for you already- you know, in case it was poisonous? ;)

To sign up for your very own box, I've provided my referral link for easy access!







SHOTWELL CANDY | $7 

Trail Mix Tennessee ToffeeThis toffee is made by slow cooking butter and pure cane sugar until golden brown, then adding nuts and sunflower seeds, along with dried cherries and raisins for an addictive combination of sweet, salty, and a touch of sour!

Rating: B+
I absolutely LOVE original Toffee so I ripped into this as soon as I read the title! Of course, I only read "Toffee" before tearing open the bag and, thus, I was thrown off by the sweetness of the cherries!  With the subtle flavor of nutty trail mix in the blend it felt like a healthy snack, so I won't complain ;) I plan on finishing this bag within the next three days!

UPDATE:
It only took one day :-3




WACKYM'S KITCHEN $4.50ea.

 Salted Caramel Cookies: Brown sugar butter cookies topped with sea salt are Wackym's Kitchen's most popular flavor to date. Crispy caramel delights in every salted bite.

Rating: A++OMGICAN'TSTOPEATINGTHEMTHEY'RESOGOOD!!! These are by far the best butter cookies I've ever had!  You will probably be seeing me buy quite a few in bulk someday very soon. Everyone will be getting a pack of these as stocking stuffers from me this year! Seriously, they're the best! If you love salty sweets combined with a hint of caramel, these are definitely for you! May I suggest pairing them with a cup of evening coffee or tea as a dessert? Mm mm!

Margarita Cookies: Fresh lime and sea salt are added to a crunchy, buttery cookie for a delicous, margarita-inspired sweet and savory treat

Rating: A++
WOW! These are GOOD! They hold true to their name! Salty with the right amount of sweetness to still make them considered a cookie! Plus side of this? Bits of lime zest in every bite, to make you feel like you're really sipping on a Lime Margarita! Delish!


ANYA'S LICORICE $2 each

Cherry, Strawberry, Mango: These chewy fruit strips are handmade in small batches and only use natural, wholesome ingredients. The fruit has been freeze dried at its ripest, which creates the freshest fruit flavor.

Rating: Meh|
I was NOT impressed with these. I only took a bite out of the cherry flavor, but as soon as I did, I regretted it... These aren't your usual Twizzler licorice sticks. Made with all natural ingredients, these had more of a very thick fruit roll up texture and the cherry flavor reminded me that of something you would take so your parents would stop bickering about the nasty cough you had while you were sick. Not ideal... I haven't tried the strawberry or mango flavors yet, though, I'm a bit hesitant now. I may have to give these to a friend who would enjoy them a bit more. Sad.



Overall:
I was very impressed with my first box. $19 may be a bit pricey, but you help out small, independent businesses
, and Treatsie has a lot of discount codes for their boxes, especially if you refer your friends!! Not only that, but they even have a store that sells each sweet you get in your box. Each review of a product in the shop adds an extra point to your account and every dollar spent (including the subscription box) adds a point to your account as well! For every 100 points earned that's 10 points to redeem! And you can cancel your subscription at anytime!! The one annoying thing for me was the website, itself.  It seems to be compatible with certain browsers.  If you don't have the right browser, you may find it difficult to wander around on the site.  I hope they fix that because it's most frustrating.

Discussion starter for the readers
  • Do any of you subscribe to Treatsie?
  • What are your thoughts on the July box?
Can't wait to hear your responses! :)

Groovebook!

Saturday, July 11, 2015




Hey everyone!  Today I wanted to share with you this neat little app that I've fallen in love with!  It's called GrooveBook!  Never heard of it?  Neither have I until June 4th!  From the companies Shutterfly Inc., and the reality TV show Shark Tank, where budding entrepreneurs get a chance to show of their own inventions to see who will invest into their innovated new products, comes this beautifully done app that allows you to print out 100 photos directly from your phone to make into a booklet of 100 photos!  Seriously, I don't know about anyone else, but I take at least 5 selfies a day and on top of that I travel quite a bit for vacations, so my phone's storage is always full from the excessive amounts of photos that I so seemingly take!  This app has helped me out IMMENSELY, because...well, I'm lazy and absolutely detest hooking my phone up to my computer 24/7, only to waste more memory on my computer's hard drive with these photos ¯\_(ツ)_/¯...  The best part about this app? It's ONLY $2.99 a month and each month all you have to do is upload 100 photos, then 10-12 days after you've uploaded them, you get this cute, adorable 4.5" x 6.5" book containing all 100 photos you've uploaded! Amazing!  Not only are these pages perforated for those lovely scrapbookers out there, but they are also have a time stamp from when the photos were taken! Beautiful!  At the end of the book you also get 3 coupons to tear out and give to friends!

http://groovebook.com/

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