Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Episode #94: Thankful

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Graze box #2 - review

It was hard to be patient and to finish box #1 with out dipping into box #2. But, I wanted to eat them in order, and I stuck these containers in to the cupboard and let them wait.

First thing I tried was the Pear Tatin. The pears were soft and slightly chewy, and just perfect. The almond were simple and enjoyable. The yogurt covered sunflower seeds were ok, I didn't hate them but they also didn't do much for me. Lastly the raspberry infused cranberries were just ok, I would have liked plain cranberries much better. I set this one as "Like" because I did like it, but I didn't love it. It came in at 4 Weight Watchers points.

I than had the Wee Bonnie Oatbakes. I wanted to like these, I really did. The little oatbake crackers were really gritty to me, and I didn't like them at all on their own. As for the caramelized onion marmalade, it was way too oniony and over powering for me. I trashed this one. 3 WW points.

Next up I had the Walnut & Vanilla Truffle. It was delicious! The best was when I'd put a few different pieces together and eat them. The walnuts were perfect, and the vanilla pumpkin seeds were subtle but tasty. The raisins were soft and sweet. But the fudge pieces were the best! I set this one as "Love". 5 WW points.

Last was the Black Pepper Pistachios. I ended up eating these last because I thought they'd be nothing special. I was wrong. They were super tasty, and they black pepper really added a wonderful flavor to the nuts. When I was finished I was left wanting more! I set them as "Like", but I might en up changing it to "Love".

Overall another great box! I look forward to #3!

Friday, November 22, 2013

RLS on The Loopy Ewe!

I was over the moon when I got the message from Sheri of The Loopy Ewe! She came across Frances the Sock Wearing Fox and Pinterest, and wanted to feature me and my designs on TLE's blog!

So, today's the day! You can read my interview, and see some of my patterns. There may even be a special offer if you check it out ;o) The Loopy Ewe Blog

I'm also excited to announce that my pattern will also be available in The Loopy Ewe brick and mortar yarn store!

Thank you to The Loopy Ewe!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Episode #93: Lumberjane

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Friday, November 15, 2013

Graze box #1 - review

I have to admit, it's really hard not to sit down and eat all four containers that come in the Graze box. Really freakin' hard. But, I was able to restrain and I'm so glad I did!

My box was a little mangled from being the postal system for a few extra days, but all of the contents were just fine.

First thing I tried was the Salsa Fresca. The "sombreros" are thin little rice cakes with powdered cheese on them, but they just don't replace tortilla chips. I wasn't crazy about them. As for the salsa, it was a bit on the sweet side, and I wasn't real crazy about it. Over all it was just ok. I left it as a "Try". The one nice thing it that it only cost me 1 Weight Watchers point.

The Eleanor's Apple Crumble was an item I wasn't sure I would like. But as soon as I started eating it, I was in love! The Apples were chewy without being too chewy. The honey cinnamon coated almonds were sweet, crunchy, and delicious. And, even though I'm not much of a raisin lover, the raisins were plump and sweet, and very enjoyable. I marked this as a "Love", and can't wait to have this again! It came in at 3 WW points.

I was excited about the Chocolate Pretzels! But honestly, when it arrived the chocolate was gooey and kinda gross looking, and I kinda put off eat this one right away. That was a mistake on my part! The chocolate was gooey, but delicious! There was plenty of chocolate for the pretzels, and pretzels were nice and crunchy. I gave this one a "Like" and would be happy to get it again! Only 3 WW points.

Last, but certainly not least, is the Dark Rocky Road. I just knew I'd love this one, and I was so right!  The contents were simple: Belgian chocolate buttons, pecans, and cranberries, all of my favorites in one place! I did end up breaking up the chocolate buttons to not gobble everything down quick, and to actually graze on it. It was a great treat for the end of the week. I set this snack as "Love". 5 WW points, and worth it if you have the points to spare.

Over all, I loved the contents of my first box, and can't wait to dive into my second!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Episode #92: What a fox!

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Frances the Sock Wearing Fox

This pattern has been in the works since May. Now I'll admit, I took a break from it several times because I wanted it to be just right, and other obligations came up. So I'm extremely excited to finally be able to release Frances the Sock Wearing Fox!

Her socks do come off. So if you're not in to putting clothing on your animals, they are completely optional. 

I hope you all love Frances as much as I do! She's a fun quick knit, perfect for the holiday season!

Graze disappointment - UPDATE!

A few weeks ago I told you about me signing up for snack boxes at I was really hoping that I would be able to blog about how much I loved them, and what a great thing it was, but I can't.

I signed up 3 weeks and 1 day ago, and the website states that I should have gotten my first 10 days after signing up. That did not happen. 16 days after signing up, other people who signed up the same day I did received their boxes, I did not. My box was marked as shipped by Saturday November 2nd (13 days after I signed up), and on day 18 after I checked the mail and still hadn't gotten my box, I email Graze.

Graze's response said that since I made changes to my shipment (I changed it from being shipped to my home to my PO Box) that is delayed it. Which they DO NOT tell you that making changes will delay your shipment, and I changed my info before the deadline that was on my delivery page. And, I was assured that my box would arrive no later than Saturday November 9th.

Once again, no box. I then let the person I had been emailing at Graze know that it didn't arrive on Saturday. Yesterday November 11th I got a response letting me know that it'll be late this week/early next week before my box will arrive. WHAT?!? That'll be 5 WEEKS after I sign up!

I did have my 2nd box moved up a week, and have already paid for it. Now I'm pissed. I was super excited about the service, and heard good things, but this has been nothing but a pain. I had my 2nd box moved up as soon as my 1st box shipped because I would rather have my boxes come every week instead of every other week, and it shouldn't be a problem if they give me that option right? Now I'm not so sure.

They don't give you a tracking number, so there's no way for my to know where my box could possibly be. I feel completely blown off now. They did add an extra free box to my account, which does me no good if I can't even get my first free box to arrive.

This is my first subscription box service, and more than likely my last. It's been a crappy experience to say the least. I have asked when the box will be considered lost, and couldn't get a direct answer. I'm going to give it until Monday, November 18 when it will be a full 5 weeks, and if my boxes don't show up I will cancel.

I'll keep you updated!

*** UPDATE! ***

So it pays to have a friend at the post office!

I got a call that both of my Graze boxes come into the PO this afternoon! But, they were getting ready to close. But, my friend said if I got there before she left to just knock on the door and she'd bring them to the door for me! So technically I wasn't supposed to have my boxes until tomorrow, but my friend knew I was desperately waiting for them.

Both boxes have a tracking number on them. Why Graze couldn't provide that number to their customers is beyond me. So when I typed in the tracking numbers online, I quickly noticed that my first box shipped 5 days later than the website indicated. While both boxes came on the same day, the 2nd box was actually on time, only the 1st box was late. Also, box #1 was a bit mangled.

I'm feeling a bit better since posting the above post. Hopefully all future boxes will be on time, and I can enjoy the contents. I really want to like the Graze boxes, and will give each box an honest review in the upcoming days. I will give a full review of each box as I eat my way through them, in order that they were supposed to arrive.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Episode #91: The Traveling Sweater ends

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