Battle of the Holiday Bulge

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The biggest danger of working in an office during the holidays has to be leftover party food attacks. You know these- when someone has a party over the weekend then decides to bring in the leftovers. Next thing you know, cookies are being chomped, peanut brittle is used as diet assault devices and chocolate causes even the strongest to surrender to its will. Everyone goes down in defeat in a barrage of chex mix.

Sigh. I sense a super hard Zumba workout in my future tonight. I’ll regain my honor tomorrow.

XOXO,

roqberry

Goodies Box Review: October 2013

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“This is the end. My only friend, the end…”

Okay, I’m being a bit dramatic. But considering this is the final Goodies subscription box ever, this unboxing is rather bittersweet.

But dang it- the selection this month totally rocks! It’s almost like they knew this was it and wanted to completely hit it out of the subscription box ballpark. This final box contains 8 items. I got Goodies Box #9- not sure how many variations there are this month.

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Special K Nourish Multi-Grain Blend with Quinoa in Cranberry Almond

This hot cereal comes complete with dried cranberries and almonds in a separate container on top. Can’t wait to try this over the weekend!

 

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Progresso Artisan Soup in Rustic Tomato with Chicken & Dumplings

Okay, yum alert! This box contains two 1-cup servings. Don’t need to add water. Perfect addition to one’s snack drawer at work.

 

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Guylian Artisanal Belgian Chocolates with Signature Hazelnut Truffles

I have become a bit of a chocolate snob after a trip to Belgium a few years ago. So getting these in the box is a real treat!

 

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Choco-Pie Fluffy Biscuit with Marshmallow Filling

Another chocolate goodie. From the packaging it reminds me of a chocolate Moon Pie. 

 

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Enjoy Life Cinnamon Bun Soft Baked Bar

Cinnamon is one of those perfect fall flavors. This snack will be great when running those weekend errands.

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Caffe D’Vita Enchanted Chai Spiced Tea Latte

This chai latte can be made hot, iced or blended and there are easy directions on the back to walk you thru it. 

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SunRype 100% Fruit Strip in Strawberry Watermelon

This fruit snack is nut free and gluten free.

 

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Happy Squeeze Greek Yogurt in Super Strawberry

Goodies included similar squeeze packets in previous boxes. This Greek yogurt product definitely looks delicious!

So there you go. The final Goodies box. So hard to say goodbye. But I think some of that Belgian chocolate will help me fight back the tears (sniffle sniffle… nom nom nom).

XOXO,

roqberry

Free Menchies Frozen Yogurt This Weekend!

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Menchie’s CEO will be featured on Undercover Boss this Friday, October 25 and to celebrate they are offering free frozen yogurt this weekend!

Watch Undercover Boss this Friday at 8/7c and text MENCHIES to 35350 during the show. You’ll get a text message to get your first 5oz for free!

You can redeem your code this Saturday and Sunday, October 26 and 27. Visit their website for full details.

XOXO,

roqberry

Goodies.co Subscription Box Shutting Down!

I figured something like this would happen soon. A subscription service is biting the dust.

If you heard someone gasping, that was me after reading that Goodies.co, the snacks subscription service from Walmart Labs, is shutting down over the next few weeks.

Goodies.co launched last year and while the $7 monthly cost was less than other similar subscription boxes, Walmart Labs has decided to take learnings from the program and apply to the overall Walmart business.

You can read the TechCrunch article here to view more details. Subscribers should be getting an email soon with the news.

If you are a Goodies.co subscriber are you going to miss it? What other snack subscription services do you plan to try instead?

XOXO,

roqberry

Goodies Subscription Box Review: September 2013

I just got my September Goodies box a few days ago. And like always, I could barely wait to rip the box open to see what yummy snacks were inside!

Goodies is a food-based subscription service developed from a division of Walmart Labs (yes, that Walmart). For $7 a month subscribers get between 5 and 8 snacks to sample. Sample sizes are pretty good and I have even received full-size products before!

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Goodies September 2013 Box

My box contained 6 samples. While there isn’t a central theme to this month’s box, I have noticed that recent boxes have each contained a bag of chips and a bottled liquid, Here is a rundown of the box contents.

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Zone Perfect Greek Yogurt Chocolate Bar (1.58 oz, full size)

I have had Zone Perfect bars before, but the Greek Yogurt variety is new to me. Like other Zone bars it is a great source of protein- 12g per bar. Very excited to give this a go!

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Attiki Honey (sample size- approx 1 tablespoon)

This is a pretty small sample, but would be good to taste in tea or on toast. I do like honey so this will be great to try.

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Kashi Sundried Tomato, Basil & Feta All Natural Hummus Chips (sample size 1 oz)

I do like Kashi products and the combination of these ingredients sounds sooooooooo appealing to me!

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Barefruit Crunchy Fuji Red Apple Chips (sample size 0.53 oz)

I am very curious to try these chips. Dried fruit chips are hit-or-miss with me, but I will definitely give these a try. They are 100% natural, gluten free and the sample is marked as having the equivalent of 1 apple in the bag. The back of the bag suggests sprinkling the chips over oatmeal, tossed with a salad or mixed into yogurt. I never thought about those options!

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Nestle Pure Life Splash Water in Mandarin Orange (sample size 16.9 oz)

I often run away from flavored water, but hey- I’m game to give it a shot.

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Scottie Dogs All Natural Black Licorice (sample size 2.75 oz)

When I saw this sample, I immediately groaned. I hate licorice. Hate it, hate it, hate it. But I decided to try these out. Whoa. This are so darn tasty! I think the fact that they have real licorice root and pure anise is what did it for me. It doesn’t have a fake, waxy taste that I’ve experienced with other licorice candies. And the Scottie dog shape is too cute!

For only $7 a month, I think Goodies is a good value for the money. Click here to learn more about Goodies or to subscribe.

www.Goodies.co

XOXO,

roqberry

Tomato Pie, Where Have You Been All My Life?

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I had one of those culinary moments that made me realize I’ve been missing out on something really, really good. A few months ago I came across a recipe for tomato pie, a food I have never had before. When I asked a friend what the food tasted like, she immediately had a “food moment”. You know that moment, when the memory of a certain food causes you to fully or partially close your eyes, slowly smile and let out a low “Mmmmmm…”

Okay, so based on my friend’s response, I knew I was on to something good. But I put off making the recipe. This week some of my garden tomatoes were ripening and I realized that now this was a perfect time to try the recipe.

This recipe was so darn simple and easy to make that I am adding it to my culinary rotation. It is a perfect food that works for brunch, lunch or dinner. It can be perfectly accompanied with a salad or even as a side dish with an entree like chicken.

If you try this recipe, let me know what you think. Or if you have a link to a favorite tomato pie recipe, feel free to share it in the comments below.

XOXO,

roqberry