My January Degustabox came packed with some fun snacks including an all-time favorite box of popcorn from Jolly Time Popcorn. I used my box of popcorn and jazzed the shit outta it by turning the popcorn and a few other snack items into one combined snack, a copy cat cracker jack mix!

Such a fun nostalgic treat! 




Preheat oven to 325 F, line two 9" x 13" baking sheets with parchment paper

In a large mixing bowl toss together the pretzels, pecans, peanuts, and popcorn. 

In a small heavy bottom saucepan put brown sugar, light corn syrup, and butter on low heat. Stir until melted and combined, when the mixture starts to bubble pull from stove, stir in vanilla. Pour caramel over popcorn mixture, carefully mix until everything is coated in caramel.

Divide and spread the mixture evenly among the two prepared baking sheets. Bake for 10 minutes. Allow mixture to cool completely. Break up the mixture into smaller pieces and serve.

*Avoid adding unpopped kernels to the mixture. Take popped popcorn from the top of a shaken bag to avoid unpopped kernels.

2 tbsp. light corn syrup

4 tbsp. butter (1/2 stick)

brown sugar

2 c. pretzels

3/4 c. peanuts

3/4 c. pecans

1 tsp. vanilla extract

half a bag of popped popcorn*

Cracker jack is snacking crack!

A wonderful combination of salty, sweet, caramel, and crunch... and so easy to make!

Thank you DEGUSTABOX for sponsoring this post




happy new year everyone!

i'm back with my first post for 2017, unboxing one of my favorite subscription boxes, my monthly degustabox.

my january degustabox came packed with 10 items, five of these items were completely new to me, and the other five were items i am familiar with the brand.

in my box: Welche's Fruit 'n yogurt snacks/ Jolly Time Healthy Pop Popcorn/ ALO  aloe vera beverage/ Cello Whisps/ Mconnells Korma curry sauce/ Prince of Peace Ginger Honey Crystals/ Go Organically Fruit Snacks/ Entemann's Little Bites Party Cakes/ Hungry Jack Mix/ Live Smart Bar

  • Welch's Fruit 'n Yogurt Snacks: real fruit snacks surrounded by a creamy yogurt. these snack packs are also gluten free, low in fat, and 100% of your recommended vitamin C. available in strawberry, blueberry, and cherry. 
  • Entenmann's Little Bites Party Cakes: my box included one pouch containing 4 mini butter yellow cakes with sprinkles. these sell as a 5ct box (4 cakes to a pouch).
  • Live Smart Kids: my box contained one bar in the banana split flavor, not a fan of the flavor but would totally eat this bar as it's nut-free, soy-free, non-GMO, and vegan.
  • Cello Whisps: these were new to me, and boy are they somewhat addicting. Cello Whisps are a baked parmesan cheese snack that are great for snacking, adding to a salad for crunch and made they are made solely from parmesan cheese.
  • Hungry Jack Pancake and Waffle Mix: i've definitely cooked up waffles and pancakes using Hungry Jack mix in the past and know how easy this mix is to use, generally just add water and you're all set. i haven't tried the mix yet but very interested in this pumpkin spice flavor.
  • Go Organically Fruit Snacks: I don't generally purchase fruit snacks but i also don't turn them down when offered so let's just say i enjoyed a few of these USDA-certified organic fruit snacks. Go Organically makes their snacks with real fruit, and they are also GMO-free, gluten-free, and preservative free.
  • McDonnells Korma Curry Sauce: a creamy curry sauce mix, a great way to marinate meat or dress up boring veggies or protein. 
  • Alo Refresh:  i've been fortunate to try ALO refresh juice in a previous degustabox and this month's box came with a cucumber and cantaloupe flavored ALO. made with all-natural non-GMO ingredients using straight-from-the-leaf aloe vera pulp and juice. this is a nice refreshing alternative for when you burn out on coconut water.
  • Prince of Peace Ginger Honey Crystals: packaged in individual sachets are dissolvable honey and ginger. a great way to spice up your water and the addition of ginger is a natural helper for nausea and digestion.
  • Jolly Time Healthy Pop Butter Pop Corn: having purchased Jolly Time popcorn many times, it is fair to say i am very familiar with this brand. endorsed by Weight Watchers, Healthy Pop is gluten-free, and uses non-GMO popcorn kernels, hard to pass this brand up!

check back soon at 6PST today to see what item from this month's box i use in a recipe!

Degustbox subscribers have zero long term commitment; that means you can sign up and receive  a surprise subscription box every month until you say stop! still unsure about what Degustabox is check out my previous reviews below

thank you Degustabox for sending a january box my way in exchange for my honest review.



Of course the holiday's wouldn't be so super awesome if it wasn't for the mass amounts of holiday treats! 

When I was little every holiday season meant my mom would be rolling out dough every night and pulling trays upon trays of cookies out of the oven. Her usual holiday cookie routine involved her faithful stand-by of Sugar Cookies, Mexican Wedding Cakes, Chocolate Crinkles, and homemade Peanut Butter Chocolate bars. the chocolate peanut butter bars are the ones that hold the most memory; for some reason she always used the "no-stir" peanut butter -which we all know really means it needs a lot of stirring- and it produced these rich chocolate and peanut butter layered bars that could not hold shape for dear life, not even when refrigerated, but man I loved them!

Now that I have started my own little family it is a safe bet that I will be baking holiday treats every year just like the ones I grew up with, and of course, with a few additions like Thumbprint Cookies. Thumbprint Cookies are insanely easy to make, require very few ingredients, and you can use up that random marmalade that you bought for an ominous dressing recipe. You can bet that these are going to be coming around every year in my holiday cookie gift basket!

So tell me friends, what holiday treats are you looking forward to in the comments section below or head to my  Instagram or Facebook accounts and let me know!


recipe from Martha Stewart, which can be found by clicking HERE for Martha's Thumbprint Cookies



Preheat oven to 350 degrees. in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together utter and 1/2c. sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add egg yolk and vanilla; beat well. Whisk together flour and salt, and add to mixture, beat on low until combined.

In a small food processor, combine almonds with remaining 2 tbsp. sugar, an process until almonds are finely ground. In a small bowl, lightly beat egg white. Form dough into 1" balls. dip in egg white, then in almond-and-sugar mixture. Place balls on parchment-lined baking sheet. Make a deep indention in the center of each ball with your finger or bottom of a thick wooden spoon.

Bake for 10 minutes, remove from oven, and press down the centers gain. Fill the center of each cookie with about 1 tsp. of jam. Rotate sheets, and bake until golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes more. Remove from oven, and place on a wire rack to cool.

1/4lb (1 stick) unsalted butter, room tempreture

1/2 c. plus 2 tbsp. sugar

1 large egg, seperated

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 1/4c. all-purpose flour

1/4 tsp. course salt

1/2c. whole blanched almonds

1/2c. smucker's strawberry jalapeño spread

thank you Degustabox for sponsoring this post with my monthly box!




december is here, as is the holiday cheer and a very short countdown until christmas day. are you guys ready for the festivities that lay ahead and the start of 2017? my year has been filled with a lot, and by a lot i mean i hit most of my personal goals and even got the blog to have it's own visitors. let's face it, the early days of blogging means the only readers are family members and as of lately i don't think my family members are logging onto multiple computers and viewing my blog daily. unless that is you you family members then keep doing it because it feels damn good to see the views count go up and keep logging on to multiple computers to keep it going, i approve of this craziness!

okay onto the real reason i am posting. this month's degustabox was filled with a lot of great product. a few items have already been taste-tested and have long left my residence within a few short days after unboxing this month! some neat things are the few familiar brands doing new product launches. read below to see what all came in this month's box


pictured above is everything found in my december degustabox, a breakdown of it all below:

Pillsbury purely simple cake and cupcake mix, and frosting mix/ Kala beans/ Honey Acres/ Smucker's Fruit and Honey fruit spread/ Urbane Grain/ Ricola/ GOOD THiNS/ Loacker Gran Patisserie/ Wise Popcorn


  • Urbane Grain, this was a completely new-to-me product, and the concept and packaging seem familiar, add hot water and enjoy. Urbane Grain, a 3 minute meal in a instant ramen style cup. the flavor fire roasted corn and black bean, made with ancient grains amaranth, sorghum and barley offer 9 grans of protein and 5 gram of fiber. now available in 7 flavors. 
  • Pillsbury purely simple cake + cupcake mix and frosting mix. now i've baked many a boxed cake in my time, and have used pillsbury brand mix and pre-made frosting but have never seen a "to-be-made" buttercream frosting mix. the concept is simple just like the cake batter, add water and butter, mix and enjoy. the purely simple line contained no coloring, preservatives, or artificial flavors.
  • Homey Acres Honey Straws. one thing we go through like some go through peanut butter is honey, we love and use honey in my house regularly. honey acres raw honey straws are flavored and sealed in plastic and in a plastic overwrap assuring each straw in always clean, fresh and extremely portable.
  • Wise Popcorn: if you remember, i had tried Wise Popcorn in one of my first degustabox's, the cinnabon flavor received was not to my liking, but this time around with a full sized bag of white cheddar air-popped popcorn i am digging it!
  • Ricola Immunity Honey Herb Supplement Lozenges, now i am very familiar with ricotta, who did not grow up elongating the name pronunciation just like the tv commercials did? so the box that arrived in my monthly box is formulated with ginseng, vitamins c, b6, and b12 to help the immune system and fight fatigue.
  • Good  THiNS, i've purchased many nabisco products in the past but have never tried these good thins flavored in sweet oat and flax. the taste is actually pretty good and slightly sweet, made with real oats, no artificial colors, flavors, or high fructose corn syrup.

Chips Ahoy! THINS cinnamon sugar: this was a whole new experience with a chips ahoy, a thin crispy cookie that pairs wonderfully with hot beverages and has a nice crisp crunch. i received the cinnamon sugar flavor and am interested in trying their original flavor in the thins lines.

  • Smucker's Fruit & Honey Fruit Spread, made with fruit and naturally sweetened with honey, the flavor i received in my box this month was a strawberry jalapeño and it was quite a surprise. not spicy in all relative ways but the spread did have a little heat note on the back end, something i really enjoyed! i'm pretty excited that i was able to try this via my monthly box.
  • Kala Beans, roasted fava beans seasoned with himalayan pink salt and black pepper. i was pretty excited when i had seen these in this months degustabox, i tried roasted fava beans when i was in thailand last fall, the flavor and texture were something new to me at the time but the results were very tasty and a great drinking snack. so pardon me while i pour these out to enjoy with my craft beer.
  • Loacker Gran Patisserie, these are totally new to me and delightful and very tasty. each rectangle of chocolate surrounds a crispy filled wafer with additional filling. my favorites of the locker gran patisserie were the noir chocolate, which was a dark chocolate with an orange filling.

check back tomorrow to see what ingredient i used in a recipe from this month's degustabox!

thank you DEGUSTABOX for sending me a december box in exchange for my honest review