Saturday, February 11, 2017

Let's Taste some Valen-Noms

Time to stuff my face with some holiday-centric treats!

I'd been saving a reward from World Market for this very occasion! Once the Valentine's themed treats found their way on sale, I rushed into work to pick up a couple things. Yes, yes I was off. They were only on a one dale sale, and I'd already made a list of the goodies I wanted to get.

I purchased about 6 different items to test out. Here's a little reaction video before I get more into details about the nomnoms.

This popcorn was very familiar to Cracker Jacks snack. The only difference is that this Almond Roca flavored one was a little sweeter. I was happy to see that there were no nuts along with this popcorn, and that's where this popcorn is winning compared to cracker jacks. I, personally, didn't enjoy the added sweetness. I would still choose a bag of cracker jacks over this one in the end.

Something was terribly wrong with this. Well, not terribly but something was not right. Usually I can eat a whole box of Junior Mints, maybe even two. I think the dye used in the red filled ones made them taste off. I've had these last year as well, and don't remember there being an issue with flavor for me. I will probably stick to regular Junior Mints from now on.

Another candy I just was not a fan of. Way too sweet! I don't recall Ghirardelli being so sweet, but I couldn't even enjoy the candy. The white chocolate was bearable. Maybe it's best had with other things to distract you from the sweetness.

Pleasantly surprised is the feeling this Soda gave me. I was expecting immediate pain when I took a swig of this, due to giving soda up so long ago. This flavor was very light and tasty. The ginger was not overpowering at all, and the peach was light but still there. I would buy this soda again and again.
There are two other flavors that World Market is carrying right now as well. Satsuma Mint, and Bourbon Cream. I bought the Satsuma mint along with this one, and it was way too harsh for me to taste anything.

Another pleasant surprise with these jam-filled cookies. There was just enough filling per cookie that you could enjoy it without there being an uncomfortable ooey gooey feeling. The flavor of the raspberry filling is on point to begin with, and since the cookies are just a shortbread they don't take away from the deliciousness.

It seems like I saved the best items to try last. These Strawberry and Cream Lindt truffles wer another winner for Valentine's chocolates. Not only is the packaging adorable, but the aroma and flavor were perfect. I would even love to have the scent as a candle!

There were some hits and definitely some misses, but all in all World Market had a pretty decent Valentine's spread. This is only a few of the items, and more available online/instore. The things I would happily purchase again were the last three items!
  1. Southern Peach Ginger Ale Fest Soda
  2. Raspberry Jammie Dodgers
  3. Strawberry and Cream Lindt Truffles

More Suggestions for your Sweetie
1. Strawberry Vanilla Green ROT tea 2. Storck Merci Chocolates Box 3. WM Valentine's Pasta 4. Heart Champagne Flute 5. Wood Hands with Red Heart decor 6. His and Hers mugs

Thanks for reading!
This is NOT a sponsored post. 
All items were purchased with my own monties.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Strange things from World Market #1 - Zanae Vine Leaves Stuffed with Rice

This may be new knowledge to some, but I work at World Market. Working there is quite stressful for an introvert like me, but it does have it's perks. They import foods, furniture, and other things from all over the world for us americans [as well as foreigners who have moved here] to easily get our hands on.
Did I mention empolyees get a discount? 
I tend to mainly use this advantage to try out the countless odd and interesting foods and snacks that World Market has to offer. One of them being Zanae's Vine Leaves Stuffed with Rice. 
I am a lover of all things "grain". Rice, bread, oats. I want them all! That's what led me to this well as a sale on them, heh. I wont lie, it has taken me quite some time to muster up the courage to actually taste these stuffed leaves. I found some English instructions, and dove in. 

Serving Suggestions
It is served warm or at room temperature. Put the tin, before you open it, into boiling water for 10 minutes. Otherwise, empty the contents into a non-metallic bowl and microwave on full power for about 3 minutes. It can be garnished with slices of lemon and / or yogurt. It also makes an excellent combination with dry white wine or "ouzo".

It came easily equipped with a pull tab, so there's no need to pull out a can opener.  

Oh how appealing. Mush in a can 😅

I dumped the contents into my microwave safe bowl. Yes, I'm going the microwave route. I don't want to struggle with figuring out how to open a pre-boiled can.
Here we have some beautiful before and after photos of our can mush turning into mush soup. Though it has a very mush like appearance, the aroma was welcoming. If I had to guess it was a small and subtle blend of spices and maybe vinegar. 
I actually tend to try to stay away from cooked leafy vegetables, and decided I'd attempt to separate the rice filling from the leaves. Just to ease my nerves a bit, and I did end up trying the leaves in small pieces on it's own.

All in all, it was pretty ok. After I added hot sauce, it went from pretty ok to pretty good. I think I'd enjoy it as an add on dish instead of a snack on it's own. It would probably taste amazing along side some shredded chicken! 

Final Thoughts
I initially thought there would be a musty smell of some sort, but was pleasantly surprised to get a hint of seasonings. I didn't know whether or not the leaves were edible for this dish, but the inner rice was yummy enough on it's own.  I don't think I would buy this frequently. Maybe on occasion when it's on sale and I need an easy addition to a protein filled meal.

In the end, I think I could happily rate this dish a 3.5 out of 5 stars. Not something I'd actively search out for, but if I were to catch it at a deal [and have some shredded chicken on hand] then I will possibly pick it up.

I will be trying many more foods from World Market, since there are so many different kinds. I hope to make it easier for you when going in to pick up foods and snacks!
Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Redditgifts: Anime and Manga 2017

I have succumb to the powers that be reddit. 

This past holiday season, I'd signed up for redditgifts in hopes to be able to join the christmas exchange. I'd spent quite a bit on the people I already had on my "to gift" list, so I backed out. I perused reddit, of course, and came back to redditgifts in January. I didn't know they did multiple exchanges throughout the year, and signed up to take part in the Anime and Manga swap!
I have an addiction to putting gift like things together for people, so this is something perfect for me to do while I don't have any gift giving holidays to prepare for.

The day I've been anxiously awaiting has finally come. Partner assignment day! I've got my partner [Ivanrhahn], a small list of their likes, a little budget saved for this very occasion, and the drive to put together a nice little Happy-Making package!

I put my planner's "to-do/list" sheets to good use and set up a game plan to attack this with the best of octomaidly quality.  This is pretty much what I've come up with so far from their preference list. 

Turns out, it's both of our first time participating in an exchange on RG. I'm so excited that I've almost finished purchasing everything. I need to finish getting a few of the remaining bits together, but I will keep updating as this package progresses, and everything comes in. I can't wait to get it on it's way! 

Thanks for reading!

Steven Universe Wave 2 Funko Pops!

I suppose it is about that time for me to shovel dollars at the Funko company. The last time I did was during Christmas, but they've recently released information about another wave of Steven Universe pops!

I'm pretty excited to get my hands on Connie, and the flocked version of Lion. I honestly thought I'd be a little more excited to see the others, but their faces seem just a tiny bit off. Not saying I don't want the others, just wish their face paints/details were better. Poor Lazuli looks like they put all the effort into her wings, and decided on her face last minute. I digress, since I still love them all

Start your saving up now. They'll be releasing next month!
Thanks for reading!
Can't wait? Here's a few places where you can get your pre-orders in now:
PopInABox release date: 3·28
EntertainmentEarth due: April

Thursday, February 2, 2017

January ends, February begins [Wordy]

2017's first month has come and gone like Bugs Bunny at a Wabbit season convention. Ok corny joke, but I think I have some right to be a little lame with the month I've had.

I seemed to have acquired a frick ton of emotional baggage for the new year, and it all came crashing down on me for January. I'd gained too much responsibility within personal aspects of my life. The world around me wanted me to be more grown than I had the current preparedness for. To shed a little more light onto why I've been feeling the way I've been feeling, I think I can let you in on what exactly has been building up. 

Back in June or July, my parents informed me of them splitting up. They'd been together for a little over 30 years, and I'd pictured them as the perfect couple to live up to. There were a couple snags in the relationship, and my mother fell in love with someone else. It hit me hard initially because I knew that one of my parents was in a whole world of emotional hurt, and I never wish ill feelings on any of my family [especially immedaite fam]. I did calm down after my father let me know that he was ok, and was just going to look forward. After the first wave of shock, there were little waves soon after. I am kind of in the middle of spats between the two of them, and it's just a bit of a heavy weight to carry having to be neutral. I can understand from boths sides, so I am happily on both of their sides. I just don't like to  hear some of the more negative things that one can say about the other. Puts me in an uncomfy mindset.

Staying on the topic of family, I have an older brother that may not be known about. Only because most of my after-high-school-life he's been in and out of jail. Well, part of my highschool consisted of a jailed brother as well. Anyways! He'd been out for a little bit, and got scooped back up in December of 2014. They let him out December 2016, and he'd oopsed and gone right back into his old ways. Got picked up a week later, and my father has just now bonded him back out. I am having to play the role of "older sister mommy" now, and I am not a fan of nagging at all. He was on the right path for a day, and is now not keeping up promises that he's made with my father. Throwing me in the middle once again with being the one that my parents think can get in contact with him. I have just as much ease as them if I'm trying to talk to him about priorities, honsetly. I dont want to bring ill thoughts and negative feelings to him, but I also have to be hard on him or he wont listen. Not that he's listening either way, heh. 

Stepping away from "family", work is also giving my emotional stability a run for it's money. I work a retail job, and am supposed to be my department's head. One of the other department heads had a work injury and they had to move her to another dpt, but keep her pay/hours/benefits the same. They put her in my department, and I have ended up with the shittiest end of the stick. My hours have been cut drastically, but with the same amount of workload if not more. They hardly schedule us together, so I can never get help with the heftier loads like I need to. We are also overworked period for the amount of money that we get paid. Management is decent, but could be improved even still. I am actually having to look for a second job. Only adding to what I'm already stressing over. Also, a good 65% of the customers are rude and inconsiderate.

Now onto living space. I pretty much HATE my apartment. I have lived here for 3 years due to it being in walking distance in all of the jobs I've had over here. When I moved in, the front office staff was delightful. A month later, they were all replaced. I was close enough with two of the new staff members, but after a year they've been replaced as well. The new members are....let's just say I wish they were replaced their first day. The apartments are sub-par themselves, but cost an arm and a leg. To my knowledge, not one of the bedrooms has an overhead light or any lighting at all. Unless you're counting the light in the closet. Who ok'd that construction idea? Everytime I've had a mantinance request, they've screwed up something else in apartment or damaged my items. 

Not excited to wake up in this home, not excited to go to work, not excited to come back. 

All of these feelings came down on me like a ton of bricks. Once I'd clocked out for work, I could feel the tears attempting to force their way from my ducts. I dont even think I made it home before they started running dowm my face. 

With the negativity trying to win me over, I'm continuing on in my self love/self growth process and not letting it prevail. I will continue to try to perfect my decluttering and tidying skills, continue my daily tea drinkings, journal and plan for the days ahead, get back into the theraputic, eat right and prepare food ahead of time, and laugh as much as I can.

LRTB: so much blue! owl lunchbox, organizational items, new planner, desktop calendar, beauty things to try. Showing off the planner and tea journal.

I am still greatly looking forward to what the rest of this year has to offer, no matter what the months try to throw at me.

Thank you for Reading
With January's negatives down the drain,
February can only bring positivity!