Monday, October 5, 2015

Kinderbox September 2015

Hello dear readers.  I've been enjoying my jewelry subscription so much that my husband piped up for me to find a box for him.

After looking around at various men's boxes, like Cairn and Campbox, we agreed to order Kinderbox.  So I signed up for a three-month subscription to give it a try.

The first box arrived last week. Here is what we received.

 First, let's look at the Injinji Toe Socks. They sent a size M, which are too small for my husband who wears a men's 11 wide.  However, they fit our son who wears a men's 7.5 shoe.  The socks are solid black and made from a very nice soft fabric. The kiddo loves them! He's tough on socks, so I'm watching to see how they hold up, but we're off to a good start.

Second, we got a pouch of Insta-fire survival Fire Starter.  Husband declared that sounded really useful and whisked it off to put in his camp box for the next outing.

Third, the Combat Ready Karambit Knife was a hit for both boys. The young one really wanted to claim it, but sensible Dad said no way!

Fourth, The Bearded Bros Blueberry Vanilla Energy Bar didn't really strike a chord with either boy. I tossed in the husband's bag for a snack at work.

Lastly, the bar of pine tar soap by Dr. Squatch was the dud. Honestly, as soon as the box was opened, the overwhelming stench from the soap made everyone complain. I think we'll be rehoming the soap as soon as possible. I hate to throw away anything, but it has to go.

P.S. For the sake of transparency, I paid for this subscription myself. It was in no way "free" or provided to me for some exchange of services. I just really liked the products and wanted to share my opinion.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Egg Drop Soup

I'm going to share one of the easiest recipes I have. It's not even really hard enough to be called a recipe by my standards. Don't be fooled though. Simple food can still taste amazing. Check out this "recipe" for egg drop soup.

I usually use whatever frozen, cut-up vegetables I have in the freezer. I particularly like peas and diced carrots, but the combination of corn, beans, peas, and carrots is good too. Some restaurants around here might use diced fresh zucchini and canned water chestnuts, too. (Smiley Jenny)

There are even a few places that add chopped evil no soup for me at those places. (Frowny Jenny). Darn food allergies!

As for the cornstarch, you can add more if you want it thicker, or leave it out completely.  The soup is great either way. Cornstarch is gluten-free if that is a concern for you.

1 32-oz carton low-sodium chicken broth
1 cup mixed frozen vegetables, (or frozen peas & carrots, or corn-beans-peas)
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon cornstarch

1. Reserve 1/2 cup of the broth.  Mix with the cornstarch. Set aside for later.

2. Combine the remaining broth and frozen vegetable in a saucepan. Bring up to a boil, Simmer until the vegetable are tender.

3. Add the cornstarch slurry to the pot and mix well. Continue simmering until the soup has thickened slightly.

4. Stir the soup and slowly pour in the beaten eggs. Continue stirring until the eggs have set. You will get smaller strands of egg if you stir fast and larger pieces of egg if you stir slowly.

5. Serve! You have enough for 4-6 servings.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Your Bijoux Box September 2015

Hi dear readers! I got another box just yesterday. I have to admit, I didn't check the mail for a few days so it could have been waiting for me. Well, I have it now and took pictures of the goodies inside!

If you know me, you know I had to read the spoiler card first. I liked the name, Crimson Mimosa. This is a whole coordinating set of fair trade goods.

Next I opened up the bracelet. It was revealed in the monthly sneak peek. It's pretty and thankfully adjustable to fit almost any wrist. The golden finish is actually 18K gold overlay with lovely red crystals.

These are the drop earrings. The embossing is interesting, like fish scales.

Finally the necklace, it's very simple.  Although, to be honest, it has a loop at the top that makes it lay sideways when you wear it.  Cute design, but not something that holds up for use. I have some jewelry pliers that will come in handy when I flatten the loop to work for me.

 The whole set was really nice. I liked getting a bunch of matching pieces for a change.

Thanks for stopping by and see you again very soon!

P.S. For the sake of transparency, I paid for this subscription myself. It was in no way "free" or provided to me for some exchange of services. I just really liked the products and wanted to share my opinion.