Hurricane Sandy & Cravebox

Wow – what a day it has been.  Started early this am with consistent winds of 25-30 MPH.  Around noon time it changed.  Trees in my yard started to fall.  I am very thankful that they were at the back of my yard and fell in the right direction.  I think we have just passed the worst of it.  I was lucky in that we have not lost power (yet – fingers crossed).

Here is hoping that everyone on the East Coast has a better tomorrow.

On another note – I received notice that I was selected for the next Cravebox.  Very excited because it is a Cooking Light box.  This can only hold things that I will love.  I will keep you posted.  I totally recommend you sign up to be involved with these.  I am having a blast!

That’s it for now – Enjoy your night.  If you live on the East Coast – be safe!

Cravebox – politics banned!

Today is Wednesday – normally a nothing kind of night, middle of the week boring.  This week it has taken on new meaning.  The presidential debate is on.  No, I am not going to get political here.  You will vote for who you vote for.  The important thing is -that you vote!  Well others in my family have different opinions and they are very into debates, etc.  Me, I look for an escape.  Don’t get me wrong, I think it is important that you gain knowledge so you know what you are voting for.  But I can figure that out early on and not much they say in these debates will change my opinion.  Wasted TV time.

So what do I do?  I turn to my favorite TV channels – HGTV or FoodNetwork.  I love their shows and the commercials do not include political ads – a big bonus as far as I am concerned!  Plus – I can learn a thing or two.

Today I was excited because I received my first Cravebox.  I mentioned that I was expecting this in my last post.  I was quite excited to receive it.  My guess about the book was correct, so I know I am very excited about reading it.  If you want to read the first few pages as I did, go to Amazon. I also received a package of licorice from Natural Vines.  I have had licorice before, mostly form the grocery store.  Well, I have to tell you, there is a BIG difference.  This licorice is soft and very flavorful.  I had my son try it as well and he agreed. Another part of the box was a very cute bracelet from Alexa’s Angels, it spelled out Gratitude.  When I look at it, it does make me think about what I am thankful for.  Go to their website.  They have a lot of great gift ideas there. The last (but not least) sample in the box was a bag of soy nut mix.  I have to admit, I was a little skeptical about this one.  I am pleased to announce that it was good.  The bag had soy nuts, but also included a little bit of chocolate.  The combination made this work.  It was also the perfect snack size.  I will be buying from Crum Creek Mills again.

This may seem like an advertisement – but it isn’t totally (though to be honest, I want to be selected for more boxes…).  I am very impressed with what I received from Cravebox.  The products I received are definitely things I will use and seek to purchase in the future.

Book Lover's Cravebox Image

Well, I am off to read my book and eat my snacks.  Hope I get picked again soon!

Michelle

End of September

Well, today is September 30th.  It is amazing to me how quickly this year has gone by.  I swear it was the beginning of summer yesterday…  Well this day is always melancholy for me.  My mother passed 6 years ago today.  I miss her very much.  She was such an inspiration and I have to credit her for the best parts of who I am today. It is also because of her that I love all the various things that I do.

On to other things…  I learned last week that I have been picked to receive the book lovers cravebox.  I can’t wait. It should arrive this week.  I will let you know what I think after I read the book.  They were giving away hints on twitter, so I think I know what the book is and I have a feeling I am going to like it.  They also send a long a few other products to enjoy while reading the book.  All the products they send are new to the market, so I will get to be one of the first to test them.  If this kind of thing interests you, you should look into it.

Image Image As always I have been busy cooking and trying many of the new recipes I find on pinterest.  I love that site, if you don’t belong, you should.  I also like to try the recipes that I find in People Magazine.  Yes I said People magazine.

I tried this recipe by Maggie Gyllenhaal.  It was delicious.  It was made with arugula, ribbons of zucchini, pine nuts, parmesan cheese and an oil & lemon vinaigrette.  I can’t seem to find the recipe online – but here is a scanned version.

Mine doesn’t look quite the same, but be assured, it tasted delicious.  Try it while you can still get fresh local zucchini.

I think I will spend the rest of this rainy day working on a few craft projects and watching football.  Happy end of September.

Michelle

Klout

While working my way through all that is the internet these days – I came across a site called Klout.  Did you know that if you blog, tweet, facebook etc – you have a Klout rating?  This was news to me.

It started because I decided to join Cravebox.  This is a site where you get a chance to test new products and give opinions.  I like to that kind of thing, so I was all over this.  Part of signing up and being eligible to participate is a survey where you list your blog, facebook info etc.  They also have a place for you to enter your Klout rating.  Well I had to google this because I had never heard of such a thing.  So off to the Klout website I go and fill out another survey with similar information and Klout comes up with my rating…

I got a 41 out of 100 rating.  I get excited, that is pretty good isn’t it?  Well come to find out – it is average – LOL.  Well I hope that Cravebox finds my average rating good enough for their standards.

Cravebox image of a gift box