Petit Amuse: Curated Artisan Treats Food Sampling!

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It seems as if sampling programs are all the rage now, and I’m totally for it. For the most part, I try to experiment with different beauty programs, but I was contacted by Ben from Petit Amuse with a completely different sampling program specializing in artisan treats hand picked by Ben and his fiance Rosemary. I couldn’t pass this up. Well really, they say Rosemary is the palette and Ben is the business side of the company–but together they bring us a whole new way to discover food!

How often is it that you get a chance to have hand-crafted foods –or rather– how often do you get to experiment with food created by local or international food artisans who have made making food into a true art? Not at as often as we should, am I right?. What’s different about the food they choose for this program as opposed to what you will find at the big super market is that you will most likely never find these in a large chain store. Rosemary and Ben search and find new, tasty treats that will hopefully bring you something new to love. The treats that they find are usually made in small batches with better quality ingredients. While you may find these brands at their local market, they may never reach the state you live in. Here is where Ben and Rosemary from Petit Amuse help us expand our horizons.

I like how in their “how it works” section they fully explain HOW they do their program, and how it really does benefit all those involved. Us, the customer finds new unique food to drool over, the brand/artisan has been introduced to new people and Petit amuse continues to grow in popularity as more people discover the new options in their marketplace. Did I mention that earlier? The whole point of the sampling is to see if these are things you will buy for future use, and all the things you taste and try can easily be purchased through their site. Voila! Easy Peasy!

Now let me share with you the goodies I got, although there is one product I wont be able to write much about, and I’ll explain that shortly. Note to all of you: lock your sampling boxes up before leaving a big box of snacks on the counter for a boyfriend or hubby to get curious with!

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Oogie’s Sun-Dried Tomato and Parmasan Popcorn

So this happen to be the one thing I did not get to try because my boyfriend ate the entire bag and when I came home and realized, all I could do was ask…….did you like it? How was it?! Tell me EVERYTHING!…….the response “It was good”. Sigh. Men. So unfortunately, there is not much I can tell you about this other than my boyfriend ate every kernel before I got home. You can try it for yourself for a mere $3.99 a bag. The bag I got was the typical size you’d see at Subway. Possibly a little bigger, the bags gone! Sorry, Oogie’s! I never got to try you!

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Lark Salted Rosemary Shortbread: A combination of sweet buttery shortbread, earthy rosemary and a hint of sea salt.

Lark Fine Foods creates “Cookies for Adults” with their unique flavors like Rosemary and Sea Salt and Chocolate and Spice. Lark Fine Foods uses pure, fresh, all-natural ingredients with NO preservatives. I checked out their site. Their food looks pretty enough to be gifted! One cookie is 80 calories. I think we can handle that! I was also given one of Lark’s Cha-Cha Cookies which are chocolately and spicy all at the same time. These were actually pretty darn good, and reminded me of cookies I used to eat at my grandparents house except spicer? It left a little bit of a spicy burn (im a mild salsa girl)– but not enough to make me say no to Cha-Chas. As for the rosemary and sea salt, it was OK. If I had my choice, I’d grab for another Cha-Cha. You can purchase a bag of either cookies (or OTHER flavors they have) for $6.99.

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iliketotalkalot petit amuse garukabar

Garukabars: Vermont-based, this company specializes in producing small batches of their all-natural energy bars that’s made from only 8 ingredients.

Garukabars! I love the name– it’s fun to even say. Yes, I know I’m a total weirdo. Handmade energy bars made with real honey, dried cranberries and peanuts. I’m not a big fan of peanuts but I do like cranberries and honey. As much as I love the name, and even the idea of a healthy energy bar, peanuts almost destroy it for me. I thought you needed to be a nut lover to love a snack like this, but it was actually pretty good! When I read whole peanuts I thought it was going to be like 99% peanuts, but it has rice cripie like stuff in there too that makes it soft and easy to eat. The totally smell like peanuts though. Garuka bars can be found on Petit Amuse Marketplace for $3.00. **added bonus this company donates a percentage of its sales to help the Mountain Gorillas of the Congo (one of which is named Garuka)!**

iliketotalkalot petit amuse caramoomel ice wine jelly

Caramoomel: Ice Wine Jelly:Jelly made from a dessert wine- a wine made from frozen grapes and is very difficult to make. Oh la la.

Caramoomel’s Ice Wine Jelly was the first thing in the sampling box that made me say, I need to try this. Ice Wine Jelly sounds amazingly tasty to me. I wasn’t really sure what to try it with so I first tried a little by itself, and then on a peice of bagel. It might have been to light for a heavy bagel but….. You can purchase a jar of this for $6.99. Just pace yourself, I think this is the best item in the box!

What can I say? This sampling program is pretty cool because I am CLUELESS when it comes to finding/inventing new things to eat. I’ve got a finicky eater in the house so it was nice to have some randoms to try! And when you first get the box in the mail? This may just be you:

You can check out their sampling program by visiting their website, their facebook or twitter. And if your into torturing yourself with pictures of food that you NEED to have NOW…I suggest you visit their blog because I saw an apple pie that was calling to me. Seriously. I want apply pie now.

Well, never thought I would be approached to try a food sampling program but I’m so happy I did! What do you think? Is this your bag? Do you like trying new foods? I think the price is pretty good for what you get getting to try! I know my blogger foodie friend Kat from She Cooks, He Eats would LOVE this—and P.S—you need to check out HER blog if you are a foodie yourself. She cooks up some amazing dinners and shows you how to make some. Ok, all I’ve got is food on my mind now.

Bye everyone! Until next time….

 

XOXO

 

Claudia C.

 

Molasses & Spice Cookies

molasses and spice cookies

Did I ever imagine I would be involved in a cookie swap party? Let alone a virtual one?  Well now I have, and I’m so glad I did!  Kat from She Cooks, He Eats has a super cute blog all about cooking—and a big fave of mine BACON!  She was nice enough to host a cookie swap party and after seeing some of the yummy suggestions by the other bloggers I knew I had to get in on this thing.

To view the original post with everyone’s cookie recipes you can click : here

Back to my cookies now……I decided on a sugar cookie with frosting and shape them all like makeup until I realized….whoops. This is for the holidays, so think Santa, think snow, ornaments…whatever.  I finally decided on the easiest and prettiest ones I found, Molasses and Spice Cookies.  You may have seen them called molasses cookies, ginger cookies–I’m not 100% sure this is the same as gingerbread but they are goooOOOOD! Just look at them 🙂

A Chewy spiced cookie that could easily be adjusted to the holiday by color of sugar sprinkles!

molasses and spice cookies

Servings: approx. 30

Materials Needed:

3/4 cup shortening

1 cup white sugar

1/4 cup molasses

1 egg

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon cloves

1/2 teaspoon ginger

1/2 teaspoon salt

colored sugar in red and green from the baking aisle in the market

Directions:

1. melt the shortening in a pan on the stove, and cool.

2. Add sugar, egg, and molasses, beat well. I chose Grandma’s. Can you ever go wrong with grandma’s? C’mon…..

3.  In a separate bowl, sift dry ingredients together and add to the pan.  Mix well and chill at least 3 hours over overnight.  make note that it will be difficult to mix with any utensils–I eventually kneaded the dough together by hand until I saw no dry spots.

4. Form dough into walnut-sized balls and then roll them into your colored sugar.  Place on greased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.

5.  Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 8-10 minutes.

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6.  Store in airtight container to keep from getting overly crisp.  Mine stayed soft and chewy for about 3 days …..before they disappeared!

Enjoy!  P.S  feel free to visit all around my blog and facebook page, I’m really a beauty product addict but really wanted to get in on all the cooking fun.  kat makes me wanna have a bakery filled with cool gadgets after seeing her gift guide posts!

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I just spent the last two days listening to a seminar on insurance coding and oral surgery. My brain is definitely on overload, but in a good way. It was pretty interesting, however something that will take some time to fully understand. Turns out there are ways that medical insurance can be used in some cases of dental. It doesn’t apply to everything, but can really help those that can’t fully afford dental care even with their dental insurance.

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During my trip I had limited use of my iPhone. I forgot to bring my charger which meant that I had to keep my phone off most of the time or sit in my car to charge it. That meant no movies for me. Boo. I did eventually crack and decide to drive around the town and see if there was anything interesting to see (while I charged my phone). My hotel was in the middle of a business district so all I saw were tall glass buildings. I was actually pretty close to a university and drove around to see. I picked up some food and ate in my car so I could read on my phone for a bit, it was then I saw I was tagged for the 7 links challenge and couldn’t pass finding out what that was.

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the fun so here goes, my 7 links challenge:

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My most beautiful post

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I totally did nothing important and focused on doing fun relaxing things for me. So I took my time and made some jewelry and painted my nails…and threw in some extra pics to make it a tutorial. I loved how well my photos turned out making it my most beautiful post.


My most popular post
– 160 views 😀

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My most popular post, on EWC ingrown hair serum, which by the way I still think is the best. It got 160 views which I’m super happy to find out.

My Most controversial post

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This post was my most controversial one. Well, in my opinion it was because it showed me in all my gruesomeness. I shared some rather embarrassing photos on this post–but considering I’ve seen that this post has become rather popular lately, I’m glad to find out that people are viewing it. I decided to do the post because I hoped it would help ease people’s minds that were starting with tretinoin. I plan to do future posts to show my progress

My Most helpful post

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My most helpful post was my tutorial on splatter paint nails. I decided to do a tutorial after a few of my beauty blogging friends asked 🙂

Post that was surprisingly successful

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My review of the Le Edge product was surprisingly successful. I had just started blogging and after posting it a few times to twitter, the actually company began to post it on their Twitter and Facebook. I was so excited and proud that it was shared–I really didn’t expect anyone to really pay attention at first 🙂 I still use this product every other day–ladies, I’m telling you for the feet and neck it does wonders.

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The post that didn't get the attention it deserved are really all the ones I have about music. lol. This was my first post about the music I listen to. I was hoping I'd find others like me who like similar stuff to share as I have been lucky enough to come across before. I've always had fun at Doc parties but lately haven't had the extra cash to go. Here's hoping for Halloween! Sadly, only 9 views. What the heck music does everyone listen to then? Hmm? 🙂

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Wow, after doing this I realize I need to post more! I had only 25-26 posts to choose from but It did have me re-reading them all. Now I get to pass this challenge on to 5 other people! To those five, the only rule is that you must list one post for each of the seven categories.

I pass the torch to….

  • The PolishAholic – She has an amazing blog all with tutorials and color swatches.
  • Wtforever21 – Rachel has an eye for finding all obnoxious things in F21. Hey we all love the store, but I swear you will laugh when you read some of her posts on some of their items.
  • BeautifulInsideandOut – My fellow Beauty Collection Blogger Sam, has started her own a couple of businesses and I think all the work she is doing is amazing.
  • Iluvmakeup.com – One of my other beauties on the web has a snazzy new blog that shares tons on info on makeup and how to’s.
  • dgsbeauty.com – Dinah is a super sweet girl I found through twitter that does giveaways,makeup swatches. I love watching her youtube also 🙂
I hope/think I did this correctly. Here’s to sharing the blogger love….