Hatchery Tasting Box {Subscription Card Review}


{I received a complimentary Hatchery Tasting Box in exchange for an honest review. The links in this post contain affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link. Thank you for your support!}

It's that time of year! Time to start looking for Christmas gifts, of course. If you have a foodie in your life, I have the perfect subscription box idea for you.

The Box: 

Hatchery Tasting Box

The Cost:


What's Included:

Small batch ingredients and condiments.

Hatchery Tasting Box Review:

Here's what I received in my Hatchery Box:

Hatchery Subscription Box Review

Hatchery Subscription Box Review

Hatchery Subscription Box Review

Both of these products were completely new to me. The Pasta Rocks are made to season a pot of pasta water - you just drop one in the water for perfect seasoning made from Himalayan salt. The granulated honey is a way to achieve sweet honey flavor without the stickiness. 

Hatchery Subscription Box Review

Everything here is just a treat! For the Rock the Roll Sauce, a yummy looking recipe for Ginger Sesame Chicken Wraps was featured in the handy dandy Tasting Guide pictured below and the recipe itself was included on Hatchery's website. This was lucky because I had no idea what to do with the Glossop's Hibiscus Ginger Syrup, but the featured Outpost Drive Cocktail looks pretty yummy. In contrast, I am going to grab some strawberries and open up the Dipping Fudge from East Shore Specialty Foods. 

Hatchery Subscription Box Review
Tasting Guide with explanations and recipe names.

I was pleasantly surprised by the Hatchery Tasting Box. I have to admit to shying away from boxes with sample sized items like this, but when it comes to the world of food, it can be so fun to discover new things from artisan brands I would likely never otherwise run across. 

I would certainly recommend a Hatchery Subscription for the foodie in your life or as a gift for you if you are a foodie yourself. Get more information about Hatchery here

The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood {Book Review}


The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood
It's not very often you run across a dystopian novel where only a portion of the population is affected by a catastrophic event. How about one where a financial crisis forced a large portion of the population, but not everyone, out of work? They cannot find work and are forced to spend their days and nights on the streets, evading roaming gangs. It's no surprise that these folks are looking for an escape. A mysterious social project where they agree to go in and never come out is a promising option.

{I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The links in this post contain affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link. Thank you for your support!}

That's the premise of The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood (her most famous work is The Handmaid's Tale). This premise was so promising that I could not wait to see where it ended up. Sadly, I barely made it to the end of this novel and skimmed the last 20 percent. Let me explain.

Quote from The Heart Goes Last

Here are things I do not like in novels that were prominently featured in The Heart Goes Last:
  • Twisted, vengeful, rage-filled sex as a main theme.
  • Tiresome obsessive behavior that goes on for pages and pages and pages.
  • Innumerable references to sex with animals and inanimate objects that features into major plot points.
  • Little to no redeeming qualities in characters who I want to like, but just can't bring myself to like.
  • A serial adapted into a novel that has the feeling of a serial, not a novel.
So, yeah, that pretty much sums it up. Unfortunately, no matter how talented Atwood is as a writer, the subject matter was simply not for me.

2/5 Stars

What I've Been Reading {Quick Lit November 2015}


Welcome to this month's edition of Quick Lit, hosted by Modern Mrs. Darcy! This monthly feature is  place to share short, casual reviews of books you've read this month. I track what I read over on Goodreads. I'd love to see what you're reading, too, so send me a friend request there!

{I received an ARC of many of these books from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The links in this post contain affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link. Thank you for your support!}

Sorcerer to the Crown Review
Sorcerer to the Crown (Sorcerer Royal #1) by Zen Cho - This book marks the starts of a promising series. See the full review here. 3/5 Stars.
The Enchanted Castle Review
The Enchanted Castle by E. Nesbit - This novel, published in 1907, is free on Kindle! I downloaded this as an audiobook from the library through Overdrive and had no idea what to expect. It was such a treat! Whimsical, inventive, and with a sense of humor that applies equally to both children and adults, this was a great read. 4/5 Stars.
All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner
All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner - It was so satisfying to read a story of addiction that starts at the beginning and follows it entirely through to an ending. This novel also has Weiner's usual witty sense of humor and cutting insights into Mom culture. 4/5 Stars.
Hunter by Mercedes Lackey
Hunter (Hunter #1) by Mercedes Lackey - Check out the full review here. Everyone says this is just like Hunger Games, but I disagree! This is a great addition to the YA dystopian novel genre. 4/5 Stars.
Fool's Assassin by Robin Hobb
Fool's Assassin (Fitz and the Fool #1) by Robin Hobb- Fair warning - this is the first book in the fifth series set in this world, so you have a lot of reading before you get to this one, but it's all good reading. This is an epic fantasy that will have you making excuses to hide from your family an read a few pages. 4/5 Stars.

Fool's Quest by Robin Hobb
Fool's Quest (Fitz and the Fool #2) by Robin Hobb - This is the second in the Fool's Quest series and was completely engrossing! See the full review here. 4/5 Stars.
Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot
Royal Wedding (The Princess Diaries #11) by Meg Cabot - After all that epic fantasy with political intrigue, sweeping vistas, and magical murder, I needed a little fluff in the form of the first adult installment in the Princess Diaries. This novel was sweet, silly, and just what you'd want to read if you were a fan of The Princess Diaries as a child.There are more than enough references to those books to make any fan happy! 4/5 Stars.
Fates and Furies by Laruen Groff
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff - I liked, but didn't love this novel. I found it prurient and hyperbolic to the point I almost laughed, but the story makes up for it. Also, audiobook was not the best format to read this one, so stick to a paper or e-book version! 3/5 Stars.
The Queen by Keira Cass
The Queen (The Selection, #0.4) by Keira Cass - An easy to read novella that gives some background on Queen Amberly. I liked the holes it filled in the story and the glimpse into how King Clarkson became who he was in The Selection. 4/5 Stars.

Check out more Quick Lit Posts! What did you love reading this month?

The Best of the Thanksgiving Issues {Plus My Menu for Thanksgiving Dinner}


It's almost time for my favorite holiday! Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away and I went through all my favorite food magazines to track down the best of the best recipes. Get your Pinterest account warmed up, people.

After all that work, I put together my very own Thanksgiving menu, which I'm sharing way down at the bottom of this post. (I actually figured out this menu after looking at the very first magazine in my pile.)

Turkey and Gravy

Roasted Sage Turkey with Vegetable Gravy {Taste of Home}

Lemon-Pepper Turkey with Bacon Gravy {Food Network Magazine}

Maple-Whiskey Turkey and Gravy {Ree Drummond via Food Network Magazine}

Southwestern Turkey with Chipotle Turkey {Food Network Magazine}

Herb-Roasted Turkey with White Wine Gravy {Family Circle}

Cider-Glazed Turkey {Family Circle}

Maple-Glazed Bacon-Wrapped Turkey {Family Circle}

Glazed and Lacquered Roast Turkey {Bon Appetit}

Cider Glazed Turkey {All You}

Chef John's Classic Roast Turkey and Gravy {All Recipes}

Citrus and Butter Turkey {Food & Wine}


Southern Stuffing {Ree Drummond via Food Network Magazine}

Cornbread-Andouille Stuffing {Food Network Magazine}

Apple and Sausage Stuffing {Food Network Magazine}

Mashed Potatoes

Holiday ONLY Mashed Potatoes {All Recipes}

Classic Mashed Potatoes {Food Network Magazine}

Mashed Potatoes with Shallots {Food Network Magazine}

Bacon-and-Cheese Smashed Potatoes {Food Network Magazine}

Uber-Creamy Mashed Potatoes {Family Circle}

Vegetables and Other Sides

Green Beans with Garlic and Rosemary {Food Network Magazine}

Tex-Mex Green Bean Casserole {Food Network Magazine}

Cheesy Green Bean Casserole {Family Circle}

Sauteed Pears with Bacon and Mustard Dressing {Bon Appetit}

Brown Sugar-Glazed Carrots with Rosemary and Pecans {All You}

Cranberry Sauce

Jalapeno Cranberry Sauce {Food Network Magazine}

Classic Cranberry Sauce {Food Network Magazine}

Cranberry Eggnog Salad {Taste of Home}

Pineapple Cranberry Sauce {Oprah Magazine}


Creamy Butternut Squash & Sage Soup {Taste of Home}


Sea Salt Dinner Rolls {Food Network Magazine}

Herbed Fan Tans {Food Network Magazine}

Three-Cheese Crescents {Food Network Magazine}


Apple-Berry Twist Pie {Food Network Magazine}

Vanilla-Bourbon Pumpkin Pie {Food Network Magazine}

Cranberry Cheese Crumb Pie {Taste of Home}


Cranberry Cocktails {Geoffry Zakarian via Food Network Magazine}


Turkey Curry with Rice {Taste of Home}

Cheesegiving Burger {Bon Appetit}

Turkey Pho Dip {Bon Appetit}

Turkey-Pumpkin Enchiladas {All Recipes}

My Menu

It's still a work in progress though...I think I need a sweet potato dish!

From the Archives

Check out previous menus!

And how about a free Thanksgiving Planner Printable?