Toffee To Go is Scrumptious! (Plus a Coupon Code)

I love Toffee! My whole family does. So I was dying to try Toffee To Go products out as soon as I heard about them.

When I spoke with Lisa the owner I asked if I HAD to share with my hubby. She thought I should if he deserved it and he really is the best hubby ever. I always say I’m the luckiest girl, so I guess it was only fair I let him try it too.

I also need to note that this came at the perfect time… not just because it’s Valentine’s Week but because the hubby and I have recently been on a no-sugar no-salt diet. We are at the beginning of week 3 and needless to say I’ve been craving sugar, butter and salt like a mad woman.

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The package I received from Toffee To Go contained 3 different styles of their homemade toffee:

Milk Chocolate Almond

Dark Chocolate Pecan

White Macadamia Nut

I have always strayed away from white chocolate as I’ve never been a fan and always went for the milk chocolate. Not sure how they do it but the Toffee To Go White Chocolate was by far my favorite, second place went to the dark chocolate followed by the milk chocolate. I was a bit shocked that the milk chocolate wasn’t my favorite but it was a pleasant surprise that it wasn’t.

I did share with my hubby (see only children do know how to share). His fave was the Dark Chocolate followed by the White Chocolate. You really can’t go wrong with any of them.

The toffee was super buttery and sugary just the perfect mix. It truly is absolute perfection! The company is owned by Lisa & Jim Schalk and is Jim’s family recipe. They hand make each batch. And you can tell! They were super fresh and just scrumptious!

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Wait… can we talk about the adorable packaging? The box and bow it was packaged in is sooo super cute. Perfect for your Valentine!

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And don’t just take my word for it… Toffee To Go is also one of Oprah’s Favorite Things too!

 

Need a last minute Valentine’s Day gift? Even if you don’t you need to add this to your list. And if you don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day or if you are single even better. Treat yourself.

 

Toffee To Go is offering my readers Free Shipping with a $27 purchase this month use code “FSVAL” at checkout. http://www.toffeetogo.com/

 

Oh and don’t forget to “Like” them on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/ToffeeToGo

 

Disclaimer: The thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own. Product was provided by Toffee To Go.

 

 

A Scent is a Time Capsule

 

Oprah Winfrey is a huge fan of the brand and how could she not? Carlos Huber Founder of ARQUISTE travelled the world and experienced perfumery from Spain to Paris to New York and places in between.

 

Recently I had the opportunity to sample some of the fragrances from ARQUISTE which are available at Barney’s New York, The Webster in Miami, Saks Fifth Avenue Mexico and A’Maree’s in Newport Beach, CA.

 

According to Arquiste: A scent is a time capsule. It can invoke our most intimate memories and dreams, and open doors to distant worlds. Curated by an architect specializing in Historic Preservation, Arquiste is a fragrance collection that transports the wearer to evocative moments in history.

 

Anima Dulcis

Notes include: Cocoa Absolute, Mexican Vanilla, Cinnamon, and Chili Infusion

Reminds me of Amber or Sandalwood the notes are right on.

 

L’etrog

Notes include: Calabrese Cedrat, Myrtle, Date Fruit and Vetivert

I found this scent very woodsy and masculine.

 

Aleksandr

Notes include: Neroli, Violet Leaf, Fir Balsam, and Russian Leather

I did not like this scent at all. It was very masculine and strong. Eventually it lightened up a bit and I was able to smell the violet more.

 

Flor y canto

Notes include: Mexican Tuberose, Magnolia, Plumeria, Marigold

This is definitely a more girly fragrance. I liked the plumeria and magnolia in it. It kind of reminded me of the Plumeria from Bath and Body Works which used to be a favorite of mine.

 

Fleur de Louis

Notes include: Orange Blossom, Florentine Orris, Jasmine, White Cedar wood

Another flowery scent and girly. Very rich fragrance. Something I would wear to a gala or special event.

 

Infanta en flor

Notes include: Orange Flower Water, Spanish Leather, Cistus resin, Immortelle

For some reason this fragrance reminded me of childhood trips to Disneyworld. Not quite sure why but it brought back memories. I liked this scent a lot as well.

 

For more information on Arquiste please visit www.arquiste.com.

I Scream, Oprah Screams! Do You Scream for Graeter’s Ice Cream?

Oprah’s Favorite Ice Cream Finally Makes it to the Tri-State Area!

Recently I had the opportunity to try Graeter’s ice cream! How fun! My family and I love ice cream and I had never tried Graeter’s before. It is one of Oprah’s favorite ice creams and who could blame her with the amazing chocolate chunks in all their flavors. Ok almost all their flavors. They use the most amazing chocolate and big chunks of it to boot. Score! Plus now they are available at stores in the tri-state area. Yippee!

Since its founding in 1870 by Louis C. Graeter, Graeter’s French Pot Ice Cream, handmade chocolate confections and fresh baked goods have become traditions in the Queen City. Today the Graeter family still faithfully uses his century old recipes and methods of production. Graeter’s has perfected our traditional French Pot process, making the world’s finest ice cream just two gallons at a time. It’s the only way to achieve the irresistible creaminess that is Graeter’s.

 

Who doesn’t want to sample ice cream? My family was up to the job. We had the opportunity to sample the different flavors below.

 

Black Raspberry

This is our Signature Flavor and All-Time Best Seller, an absolute “must-try” for anyone new to Graeter’s. We hand select triple-washed black raspberries from Oregon’s premier grower.

Mint

Mint and Chocolate, a marriage of flavors made in heaven. Triple Distilled Peppermint Oil and our signature chips come together in this famously popular classic.

Mocha

Chocolate and coffee, another undeniable combination of natural flavors! Think tall, double espresso, mocha cappuccino, extra creamy, hand-packed and frozen in a pint.

 

Chocolate

A chocolate-lover’s dream, this decadent combination of bold chocolate ice cream and our biggest dark chocolate chips promises to astonish even the most die-hard chocolate lover in your family.

Vanilla

Over the last 130 years, we’ve managed to perfect this classic combination of premium vanilla and signature dark chocolate chips. Did we mention it’s our second best seller? No wonder my father in law picked this one as his favorite.

Coconut

Our creamy coconut ice cream laced with our signature chocolate chips. This one is my personal fave! I love coconut and the combo of coconut with the chocolate is to die for.

 

Cool Customers

Many celebrities have publicly professed their love for Graeter’s ice cream.  Here are a few sweet endorsements from some seriously famous folks!

 

Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream

Ben wrote in a USA Today article entitled “10 Great Places to Scream for Ice Cream,” that Graeter’s is “one of the country’s best places to buy frozen treats.”

July 2002 Christopher Buckley, Editor, Forbes Life In his article entitled “Ice Cream: A Memoir,” Christopher stated that he agreed with a dear friend that the best ice cream in the world is made in Cincinnati by a firm called Graeter’s.

June 2006 Katie Lee Joel, CBS Early Show contributor Katie recommended Graeter’s as a chic gift for party hostesses, saying that “Graeter’s is the BEST ice cream you’ll ever eat, anywhere in the world.”

June 2008 Oprah Winfrey Oprah stated in O, The Oprah Magazine – “You haven’t had ice cream till you’ve had Graeter’s. The Butter Pecan is Stedman’s favorite, and mine, too.”

 July 2003 Bobby Flay, CBS Early Show resident chef Bobby says his favorite Graeter’s ice cream is Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip; and he also enjoys seasonal flavors like cinnamon, coconut chip and peppermint.

December 2007 George Clooney, Nick Lachey & Sarah Jessica Parker All of these celebs have ties to Cincinnati, and Graeter’s is a hometown favorite of theirs.

 

So what are you waiting for? Check out the Graeter’s website HERE and see where you can purchase near you.

 

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*Disclaimer – I was not required to write this post. The thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.

 

Oprah’s Favorite Popcorn & Mine! POP! Gourmet Popcorn Product Review

I am a popcorn addict! There I said it. I eat popcorn every day, I kid you not. I’ve been this way since I was a child. I’ve always eaten popcorn just about every day. So when I saw in the February issue of O The Oprah Magazine which featured POP! Gourmet Popcorn I was dying to try it. One I love popcorn and two if Oprah loves it, I gotta try it.

I reached out to POP! and they were kind enough to provide me with a ton of samples of their incredible popcorn line.

 

My hubby’s fave was the Chicago style. My father in law preferred all the sweet popcorn. He’s a chocolate lover. He did like the Chicago style probably because of the caramel popcorn incorporated in it.

 

I really liked the Chicago style because I loved their cheddar popcorn. I’m more of a savory gal over sweet. Although I did love the Sea Salt Caramel popcorn. The loaded baked potato was also really good as well as the White Truffle Bliss (which is Oprah’s fave). If you love curry than the Mumbai is for you. The Asian Spiced Sea Salt was very flavorful too. It was on the sweeter side as compared to the Mumbai which was spicy and uber flavorful. The popcorn was very fresh and tasted like it was just popped.

 

The breakdown:

 

SWEET

 

Chocolate Salted Caramel Popcorn


 

Delicious, handcrafted all-natural caramel popcorn topped with rich milk chocolate and sprinkled with delicate gourmet sea salt! The hubby and my favorite.

 

Tuxedo
Popcorn

 

We start with our delicious caramel covered popcorn. Then we drizzle Guittard’s dark chocolate and white chocolate over the top. My father in law’s favorite.

 

Bacon Chocolate Caramel Popcorn

 

Hand-crafted all natural caramel popcorn infused with the original Bacon Salt® and topped with Guittard’s premium milk chocolate! My father in law liked it but the hubby and I were not huge fans.

 

 

SAVORY

 

White
Truffle Bliss


 

Delicate tender white popcorn tossed with premium white truffle oil. It’s a truly gourmet experience and Oprah’s personal favorite! Love love love! The hubby didn’t love this one but that’s because he’s not a huge fan of truffle oil like I am. It’s an acquired taste I suppose.

 

Chicago Style Popcorn

 

A delicious blend of our classic caramel corn and cheddar corn. Created in Chicago and perfected by us! It’s an all American favorite. The whole family enjoyed. As I mentioned I loved the cheddar!

 

Asian Spiced Sea Salt Popcorn

 

Asian sensation combines our premium popcorn with pure olive oil, gourmet sea salt, and a special blend of Asian seasonings. It was nice. It tasted slightly sweet while eating it but leaves a bit of a spicy aftertaste. The hubby did not like this one.

 

Loaded Baked Potato Popcorn

 

The tastes of bacon, butter, sour cream, and chives with none of the mess and guilt. Get a bag of this delicious popcorn today. I liked this one a lot. It took me a few bites before it tasted like a loaded potato to me.

 

Mumbai Delight Popcorn

Pure white gourmet popcorn gently tossed with a secret blend of Naan-N-Curry hand-ground Indian spices! Very flavorful! I think my girlfriend would love this one. She is from Trinidad and loves the spices. If you love Indian food and curry you will love this.

Here are the flavors I want to try next!

 

Hot Mama Popcorn

 This one is hot, hot, HOT! Our delicious popcorn covered in olive oil and jalapeno. It doesn’t get any spicier than this!

Gourmet Cheddar Popcorn

 Our signature cheddar popcorn. No powders, no gimmicks. Melted cheddar coated on crunchy popcorn that is finger lickin’ good!

 

Dill Pickle Popcorn

Delicious, classic dill pickle flavored popcorn. I wonder if Snooki is aware of this popcorn. Someone should tell her stat!

 

For more information on how you can purchase POP! Gourmet Popcorn visit http://popgourmetpopcorn.com/index.html.

 

Disclaimer – I was not required to write this post. The thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.

 

Save Money at the Grocery Store

Oprah was great today and showed viewers how to feed families for less money. In this economy we need to save wherever we can. Eating out, ordering take out and not using leftovers will not help your wallet. Oprah had 3 top chef’s on helping 3 different families. Below is a link to Oprah’s site on today’s episode. The show solidified a lot of the things that I have been doing lately. 

 

I’ve been cooking more since I have not been working. Partly because I have the time, also because it really helps us financially. Not to mention it tastes far better than any restaurant.

 

Some of my tricks that help us save money and move faster in the grocery store are:

1. Plan Ahead

I plan my menu for 1-2 weeks in advance. Today I selected what I will be making the next 2 weeks. I will be going to the store Friday night as it always seems to be less crowded then. Then I wrote down all my ingredients that I will be needing for my upcoming meals (checking the cabinets for items I may already have). Tomorrow I will type out my menu by aisles so that its easier for me to maneuver through the grocery store.

2. Don’t Stray from the List

I really try my best to keep to the list that I have made. I don’t need anything except for what’s on it anyway. Right?

3. Look at your grocer’s website for special deals, coupons, etc. 

 

It has been my experience that as long as you plan ahead, have a list and don’t stray, you will save money each week. It is far cheaper to cook for yourself than it is to eat out every day. Plus, the leftovers are always better. We never used to eat leftovers, but we do now in order to save. 

 

The process is a bit time consuming I’ll admit. Friday plan your meals, make your list, find some coupons and head out to the store. You’ll be surprised the money you will start saving. Being an organized, smart shopper will save you at least $100. I have bought 2 weeks worth of groceries for about $100. Not bad huh?

 

Try it for a week and let me know how it goes. Don’t forget to read the link below on Oprah’s show today.

 

http://www.oprah.com/slideshow/oprahshow/20090227-tows-grocery-shopping-tips