Wednesday, December 27, 2017

December's Degusta Box USA Review

Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you December's Degusta Box USA! This monthly food subscription box delivers 9-14 full sized samples right to your door! The boxes are loaded with snacks, drinks and meal prep items. Get 50% off your first Degustabox! Enjoy 9-14 FULL-SIZE tasty goodies worth over $30 delivered straight to your door for just $9.99! Shipping is free!

Ozery Bakery Morning Rounds are non-GMO, Vegan breakfast buns. These make a great alternative to bread, bagels or English muffins. They contain no soy, dairy, egg, peanut/tree nuts or artificial preservatives. This month's box contained a free product coupon.

Barilla Sun-dried Tomato Pesto is full of vibrant flavors from the Mediterranean. This pesto if packed with sun-dried tomatoes, capers and oregano. Enjoy this pesto on pasta, pizza or sandwiches. $2.99

Cauli Rice has 75% fewer calories than normal white rice. It only has 4 grams of carbs per 100g serving. It is the world's first shelf stable cauliflower rice. It's perseverative free and gluten-free. Available for purchase through $2.99

Barilla Ready Pasta is ready in 60 seconds! Made with three simple ingredients- extra virgin olive oil, a pinch of salt and al dente Barilla pasta. Just add your favorite toppings and enjoy! $1.99

GOOD THINS Beet flavored thins are made with real beets and flavored with balsamic vinegar and sea salt. They contain no artificial colors or flavors, no cholesterol, no hydrogenated oils and no high fructose corn syrup. $2.49

Mulino Bianco Sfilati with Green and Black Olives. These oven-baked breadsticks are inspired by the traditional long and thin sfilatino bread. These sfilati are super crunchy and delicious. $3.99

BRIANNAS creamy balsamic vinaigrette is made with a careful selection of flavorful ingredients, including balsamic vinegar, honey, garlic, spices and grape juice. Great for dressing your favorite salad or for marinating meats, poultry and seafood.

SuckerPunch Gourmet Pickles are hand crafted in small batches. These pickles are crafted using only the finest ingredients. A unique combination of 15 spices delivers a bold flavor that is perfect as a stand alone snack or added to any burger or sandwich for some POW! $5.99

Mulino Bianco Baiocchi are delicious sandwich cookies filled with sweet hazelnut and chocolate cream. Take a break with Italy's favorite cookie! dip them in your coffee! $2.99

My Thoughts

December's box allowed me to make a delicious Italian dinner in under five minutes. Together, the Barilla Read Pasta and the Barilla Sun-dried Tomato Pesto are so good! Add some of the Sfilati and you have a meal! Have some of the Baiocchi for dessert! My favorite product in this month's box was the Ozery Bakery Rounds. I got the Apple Cinnamon Rounds and they are SO good! I toasted mine and added a little butter to the top of them. Did I mention the SuckerPunch Pickles!? OMG, these are the best pickles, ever!! I am planning on serving them as an appetizer on Christmas Day. Along with my cheese board. Getting this box each month is so exciting. I love opening the box each month because each month the box is loaded with yummy goodies.

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Blount Fine Foods Asian-Inspired Bowls Review + Giveaway!

Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you Asian-Inspired Bowls from Blount Fine Foods! The Blount Family has been in the food business since 1880. Some of their first foods were frozen soups, sauces, entrees and side dishes. Recently, they released 4 Asian-Inspired bowls and they are delicious! If you're into trying new flavors and love easy meals, try Blount Bowls!

Blount's Asian-Inspired Bowls come in four yummy flavors:

  • Chicken Ramen Noodle- A comforting bowl of ramen noodles, chicken, shiitake mushrooms and scallions in a flavorful chicken broth with soy sauce and rice koji.

  • Coconut Chicken & Noodle- A zesty bowl of ramen noodles, chicken and bamboo shoots in a coconut curry broth with lemongrass and cilantro.

  • Hibachi Chicken & Rice- Sweet and roasted flavors of garlic, ginger, red onion and red peppers, simmered with tomatoes, chicken and long grain brown rice.

  • Vegetable & Rice- A creamy coconut curry broth with lemongrass and cilantro, blended with long grain brown rice and packed with Asian vegetables including cabbage and bamboo shoots.

Blount Bowls contain chicken that is raised without antibiotics. The bowls do not contain any MSG or trans fats. These Asian-inspired bowls are gluten-free and vegetarian/vegan. Blount Bowls do not contain any yucky ingredients. Blount Bowls' calories, sugar content and sodium levels vary. See packaging for more details.

My Thoughts

Blount Bowls come ready-to-eat so they are perfect for on-the-go. The noodles/rice for the broth come separately and can be added into the broth if desired. I added the noodles or rice to my soups because I enjoy eating my  with a little starch. I was impressed by how easy it was to prepare a Blount Bowl. And, it's hot and ready in under 3 minutes! The four soups each have a unique, awesome flavor. I really enjoyed the Chicken Ramen Noodle and the Vegetable & Rice. I love the bowls because the ingredients are all natural and healthy. The soups are loaded with healthy veggies and antibiotic free chicken. Each bowl is less than 400 calories. Blount Bowls make a great lunch or dinner!

Blount Bowls allow you to try Asian-inspired soups in just three minutes! The new bowls are available in the deli section at select Target, Giant, Giant Eagle, Hy-vee, Weis, Big Y and Stop & Shop. Visit their store locator.

I received Blount Bowls in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. Always!


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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Hey, Baby!: A Collection of Pictures, Poems and Stories from Nature's Nursery by National Geographic Kids!

I received this product for free from Moms Meet (, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own.
Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you one of the best gifts to put under your Christmas tree. The gift of  literature! As we all know, reading to our children is very important and it does make a huge difference. If your kiddos like to read, as much as mine do, then check out National Geographic's Hey, Baby! A Collection of Pictures, Poems and Stories from Nature's Nursery!

Hey, Baby!: A Collection of Pictures, Poems and Stories from Nature's Nursery is one of the cutest children's books! It's contains beautiful photographs, animal profiles and fun facts. Hey, Baby! is packed with the cutest, fuzziest and tiniest baby animals. Hey, Baby! is organized by habitat. Each section opens up with a poem and ends with a cute section called "Tot Lot." Which is a photo gallery of even more cute animal babies.

My Thoughts

My family and I are huge fans of anything National Geographic. We particularly love the books that are available for children. Hey, Baby! is one of the cutest and factual books. The book is big, colorful and has sturdy pages. I love reading it to my kiddos because its teaches them all about nature's baby animals. While reading, I couldn't count how many times we all said "awww" when we turned the page. Seeing all of the baby animals made us want to keep reading. My kids really enjoyed learning about their habitats, friendships, folktales and animal rescues. I look forward to reading Hey, Baby! over and over again!

This gorgeous, 185 page, hardcover book is only $24.99 and is the perfect keepsake. It can be purchased wherever books are sold. Including, Barnes and Noble, Books-a-Million, Target, Costco, Walmart and

Purchase Hey, Baby! this holiday season and by doing so, your purchase will help fund exploration, research and conservation efforts of the National Geographic Society!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Fingerlings Monkey GIVEAWAY!

Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I am sharing a special giveaway with all of my awesome readers. As we all know, the holidays are quickly approaching and all of us are scrambling to pick up the hottest toys to put under our tree. One of those "hot toys" this year is the Fingerlings Monkey! I ordered these cute monkeys months ago when they first came out and I ordered a few extra so I would have this chance to give one away to my readers! I have two Fingerlings- One blue "Boris" and one pink "Bella". One winner will choose whether they want blue or pink. :)

One winner will be chosen and contacted via email on December 12th. Winner will have 24 hours to respond. If I do not hear anything back within 24 hours, I will be forced to choose another winner. I will to ship prize ASAP that way the winner will have their Fingerlings before Christmas! US only, please! Prize fulfilled by A Sampling Bee! Good luck!!

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Back To Nature Chocolate Chunk Cookies Review

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 Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you delicious chocolate chunk cookies from Back To Nature! Back To Nature's mission is to give people truly delicious foods made from recipes inspired by nature. Back To Nature carefully selects all of their ingredients to create the best tasting products. Products that are simply delicious and simply good.

Back To Nature Chocolate Chunk Cookies are made with wheat flour, semi-sweet chocolate chunks, dried cane syrup, safflower oil, brown rice syrup, baking soda and sea salt.  These chocolate chunk cookies do not contain any hydrogenated oils or high fructose corn syrup. They are Kosher and do contain wheat and soy. A serving of 2 cookies is 130 calories, contains 9 grams of sugar, 2 grams of protein and 70mg of sodium. One package retails for $3.49-$3.99 each.

My Thoughts

Back To Nature makes one delicious cookie! These cookies are loaded with chunk of chocolate and are oh so crunchy. I love eating them right out of the box or dipping them into a cold glass of milk. The cookies are bite-sized and perfect for kids. My son loves when I put a few of these cookies into his lunch box for school. I have never had a cookie before that was made with wheat flour. I must say, there is no taste difference whatsoever. The chocolate chunks? Are exactly that. Chunks of semi-sweet chocolate! So yummy! I have found my new favorite cookie, thanks, Back To Nature!

Back To Nature's Chocolate Chunk Cookies are just the start of an amazing product line. Back To Nature also has granola, juices, cereal, nuts & trail mix, crackers and soups. Visit their website to see all of their amazing products.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

November's Degusta Box Review

Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I am sharing with you November's Degusta Box USA! Degusta Box USA sends you 9-14 full sized food/drink products each month for only $19.99. Why wouldn't you want to get a box delivered each month that is loaded with goodies? Degusta Box USA makes a great gift!

So, what's inside November's Box...

The Lovely Candy Company all natural, soft, buttery caramels are crafted with only the finest ingredients. Real butter and sweetened condensed milk are used to create this indulgent sweet treat. These caramels are gluten-free, kosher and non-GMO. Contains NO high fructose corn syrup or artificial ingredients. Made in the USA. $2.50

Café Bustelo Café con Leche Instant Coffee Sticks contain the perfect ratio of espresso-style coffee, sweetener and non-dairy creamer. The portable sticks are great to take with you on-the-go! $2.99

Walkers Shortbread Cookies are made using four all natural ingredients including butter. These cookies do not contain any artificial flavors, colors or additives. The Scottie Dog Shortbread Cookies are a fun, delicious snack to enjoy with everyone. Kosher and suitable for vegetarians. $4.49

Oreo Chocolate Candy Bar are packed with delicious bits of Oreo Cookie pieces mixed with vanilla flavored crème filling, and coated with European Milka chocolate candy. $1.79

Bauducoo Mini Panettone  is moist, fresh and made with Sun-maid raisins. Panettone is a traditional holiday cake made with care in a process that takes 52 hours. This mini Panettone is perfect for on-the-go. $2.75

Rufus Teague smoky, sweet, hot Kansas City BBQ Sauce has just enough spice to make your taste buds jump! Perfect for grilling, dipping or drinking straight out of the bottle! There was a sample in this month's box.

Country Archer Jerk Co. Turkey Jerky is made with 100% cage-free turkey breast. With no added hormones or antibiotics. Made with organic ingredients and real smoke flavor. $5.99

Goya Pico De Gallo Salsa is a mild and authentic product of Mexico salsa. It's a home style, chunky salsa featuring onions, tomato paste, jalapenos and coriander. $2.19

Goya Tortillas are a staple of Mexican cuisine and a favorite for taco and burrito lovers. Use these yummy tortillas to make homemade tacos, quesadillas, burritos or enchiladas. Goya Flour Tortillas are 10" that are shelf stable, have no cholesterol and no trans fat. $1.99

Aneto Natural Chicken Broth is delicious by itself, in soup, stews or risottos. Aneto's secret to a delicious broth is high quality chicken and vegetables. Simmer them on low for 3 hours and you have a delicious broth! Free from preservatives, additives, GMO, trans-fat, nuts, gluten, dairy and soy. $6.99

Bell's Seasoning is America's oldest seasoning. This seasoning was started in 1867 by William G. Bell and is a seasoning that is packed with a unique blend of herbs and spices. This iconic, salt-free blend is all natural and has become a staple of Thanksgiving tables throughout the country! $2.99

Arteasan crafts yummy ready-to-drink 5-calorie iced teas. Their teas contain 1 gram of sugar per bottle. Arteasan infusions blend fragrant teas with sumptuous fruits and unexpected botanicals from 5 continents and over 20 different countries. $2.50

My Thoughts

I love getting Degusta Box US every month to review. The products are a complete surprise and I am always happy with my goodies. November is packed with products to help make a delicious and memorable Thanksgiving dinner! The seasoning, the chicken broth.. both perfect for making a delicious turkey! This month's box also has a lot of yummy snacks. I really enjoyed the sample of Turkey Jerky and the Oreo Chocolate Candy Bar! The Shortbread Cookies were good, too! I have always been a huge fan of The Lovely Candy Co. and these caramels were creamy and delish! All-in-all, $20 for this box is so worth it. It's so fun to try new things before actually buying them. I highly recommend Degusta Box USA!

I received Degusta Box USA in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. Always!
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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Barilla Perfect Pasta Party!

Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you my Barilla Perfect Pasta Party! Barilla was nice enough to send me an awesome party pack. My party pack Included 24 packages of their Ready Pastas, 4 jars of sauces and pesto, 10 lunch boxes and 10 coupon booklets. Barilla's Ready Pasta allows busy parents, like me, to cook a delicious meal and have it ready quickly. The Ready Pasta comes in pouches that can be put right into the microwave. Microwave for 60 seconds and the pasta is ready to eat!

Barilla's Ready Pasta is fully cooked. To prepare, squeeze the pouch to loosen up the pasta. Tear top to vent prior to cooking. Microwave for 60 seconds. Pouch will be hot. Use cool touch zones when handling. Add your favorite ingredients and enjoy!
Barilla's Ready Pasta is all-natural and made with 3 simple ingredients- a dash of extra virgin olive oil, a pinch of sea salt and "al dente" Barilla pasta. Ready Pasta does not contain any preservatives and they are non-GMO certified. Ready Pasta is available in 4 different pastas: Rotini, Penne, Elbows & Gemelli.

For my party, I made pouches of Barilla Penne Ready Pasta, a salad and my favorite, Chicken Parmigiana! I used Barilla's Marinara Sauce to make the chicken parmigiana and it turned out SO good! I love their Marinara Sauce. I loved the fact that I did not have to add any butter or oil to the Ready Pasta. After reading the package, I noticed that the pouch already contains an extra virgin olive oil. My sons loved it right out of the package!

I made all of my guests these prize packs to take home with them! All-in-all, we had a great time! I am a huge fan of Barilla's Ready Pasta. It's delicious and super easy to prepare. I love that I can take a pouch of pasta and quickly make it my own. The pasta cooks nicely and is not over cooked or under cooked. Barilla put just the right amount of extra virgin olive oil on the pasta. The pasta can be eaten right out of the bag. But, we like to add some butter and mozzarella cheese to the top of it. The convenient pouches are great for lunches, traveling or for quick weekday meals. I highly recommend these Ready Pastas!
Barilla & Tryazon sent me samples to review. All opinions are my own. Always!