March Goodies Box – “Breakfast”

Okay so I am a little late on posting the review for this subscription box but better late than never.  (Although my boss would disagree with that statement!)  Today we have a review for Goodies Box Co., a great company for bloggers and foodies alike. If you are not familiar with subscription boxes, you pay a set fee a month and then you receive monthly boxes in the mail. You would be surprised what all different kinds of subscription boxes are out there, food, make up, liquor, pet supplies, baby supplies. It is really fascinating what all you can find out there on the internet!

Goodies Box Co. has a monthly fee of $7 and includes 5-8 trial-sized snacks and treats enabling you to discover your favorite new goodies. Goodies box currently only delivers to the Continental United States, but they do ship to APO addresses. I love trying new things so this box of monthly goodies is perfect for me, and it is nice to have that little surprise on your doorstep. I will say, I was a little disappointed that some things came in “trial size” but for $7 a month and for so many items it was definitely worth it.

Okay so let’s get to the Goodies received in March’s box:
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Alo Water – Watermelon & Peach

$11.94 / pack of 6

I will be honest, I was a little nervous about the “floaters” in the drink. (Cringe) No worries though, they are just little pieces of Aloe meat. I drank this tasty drink so fast that I barely noticed them. The watermelon flavor was more prominent than the peach flavor, to me. But overall, a very refreshing and energizing tasty drink. I would definitely recommend this to anyone!

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Ola! – Hand baked Granola

$5.99 / 9 oz bag

Personally, I have only eaten granola mixed in with yogurt. This granola is so delicious I wanted to eat it by the handful! Sweetened with Maple Syrup, vanilla and cinnamon, definitely makes for a great addition to your breakfast!

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Rickland Orchards – Greek Yogurt Coated Granola Bar

$6.49 / Pack of 5

This bar was delicious and filling. I received Cranberry Almond and it was so tasty! Definitely a great snack for the morning to perk you up!

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BelVita – Cinnamon Brown Sugar Breakfast Biscuits

$3.99 / Pack of 5

I believe this product was by far my favorite from this month’s box, and surprised me. They are thin crisp biscuits that have a great flavor! I was a little unsure at how tasty these would be, but I was proved wrong! They reminded me of a cinnamon graham cracker or a crispy ginger snap cookie.

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Bonne Maman – Strawberry Preserves

$4.99 / 13 oz jar

Who doesn’t love some toast with strawberry preserves? Hard to go wrong with strawberry flavored anything. I will say that this preserve is nothing “outstanding or unique” in that it tastes like most other strawberry preserves. Still tasty though!

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Erin Baker’s – Breakfast Cookie

$7.80 / 6 – 3oz Cookies

I received the Oatmeal Raisin breakfast cookie in my box. It was very delicious! Tasted exactly like a moist soft oatmeal raisin cookie. I would be happy to eat this for breakfast every morning. Morning treat!

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Jovan’s – All Natural Instant Breakfast

$7.99 / Pack of 5

This is a sweet and creamy breakfast drink. I would compare the flavor to cold hot cocoa. This is a great breakfast drink for on the go or a quick breakfast in the morning. Add to milk and shake!

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Nabisco – Newtons Triple Berry

$4.49 / Pack of 6

Now I love fig newtons, so naturally I knew I would love the triple berry. Triple berry is just like a fig newton but a little more tart. Packed with the flavors of blueberry, strawberry and raspberry wrapped in delicious whole grains.

I hope you will find this post helpful and consider joining Goodie’s box monthly subscriptions!

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Simple Banana Bread

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Hello All.

I hope you are enjoying this beautiful day! For those of you in Southern Texas, this weather has been such a relief from the 100+ temperatures and the blistering sun. Some might say 75 F with a breeze is still really hot, here we say it is time to open the windows and turn off the AC. Since the weather has given us some relief, time to heat up the kitchen and bake up a storm!

So today we have a very simple and straightforward banana bread recipe. This recipe I love because it is so versatile. I use this recipe as a base for banana bread and then add in other fruits, nuts or flavorings to give it an additional kick of flavor. This particular example pictured, I have added dried cranberries. Some other ideas are; fresh strawberries, fresh blue berries, dried cranberries, raisins, or any variety of nuts.

You will need: 

1/2 Cup Butter (Room Temperature)
1 Cup Sugar
2 Medium Eggs
3 Large Bananas, crushed (I used over ripened bananas, they are softer)
1/2 Cups Milk
2 1/2 Cups Flour
1 Tsp Baking Powder
3/4 Tsp Baking Soda
1/2 Tsp Salt
1 Cup Fruit or Nut (Optional)

Directions:

Pre-Heat the oven to 350 F.

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Meanwhile, peel the bananas and place them in a bowl or your mixer.
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Mash the bananas as best as you can, it is ok if there are some small chunks still in it. I generally use over ripe bananas for this recipe because they are softer and easier to mash. Plus it is so much better than just throwing them away.
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Whip the butter to a smooth consistency, add the sugar, eggs and then milk, mix well. Now you will need to add the dry ingredients; baking powder, baking soda, salt and flour. Some recipes tell you to mix the dry ingredients separately and then pour into the wet mixture. I haven’t come across a time where this really made a difference in how the recipe turned out. Just makes another dish to wash! Generally I add the flour last, after all the other dry ingredients have been mixed in thoroughly. At this point you would add whatever mix in you would like to throw in (fruits or nuts).
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Grease the bread loaf pan, so the bread doesn’t tear apart when trying to remove from the pan after baking. Pour the mixture into the bread pan and spread out evenly.
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Bake for about 45-60 minutes. My banana bread normally takes at least an hour. I would just start checking in 10 minute intervals after the 45 minute mark. You want the bread to be firm, no jiggle and browned on top. Also you should toothpick check it to make sure it is done internally as well. Turn over the bread pan to remove the bread. Let cool slightly, slice, butter and serve. Voila!

Super easy banana bread in about an hour or so. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family does!