Monday, 27 November 2017

MyBaskets.Ca Review



Christmas wouldn't be the same without lovely gift baskets we give and receive. I was sent a beautiful gift basket from https://www.mybaskets.ca/  to test and try. I was very impressed by the variety they sent and loved how Canadian the products were which made it even more appealing to me as a Canadian. The presentation of the basket is beautifully laid out and appealing to the eye as you can see in the photograph I took. They sent me a basket of Savory goodies which you can view the basket they sent on their website. here

What the Basket Included

Two bags of Hard bites Handcrafted chips ( Natural and BBQ)
Reko Artisan Italian Crackers -Rosemary & Olive Oil
Castello Brie-Danish Cheese
Heidi Grand D'Or- Milk Chocolate Bar with Hazelnuts
Buiteman Swiss Gruyere Biscuits
Gourmet Village Lemon Dill Dip Mix
The Treat Shoppe-Double Chocolate Carmel Corn
The Treat Shoppe-Gourmet Nut Collection-Praline Peanuts
Wildly Delicious Preserve Co.Ltd-Oven Roasted Tomato & Basil
Savory Shortbread Cookies

What We Thought of The Products



We tried every product sent in the basket as a family and I have to say it was such a treat to have such a different selection of gourmet treats I have never tried before. The Lemon Dill Dip Mix I made with one container of sour cream, one package of cream cheese plus the mix which comes prepared for you to just add. I blended it all together and we had it with the Hard Bite chips. Hard bites chips are thicker, and I found kept the dip on the chip much better than thinner chips did. Since I made the dip with cream cheese it was a thicker consistency so it was nice with the Artisan Crackers too.




The Wildly Delicious Preserve of Oven Roasted Tomato & Basil I served spread on ArtisanItalian crackers and also toasted garlic bread I made in my oven since it is a Bruschetta mix.  I also used the Castello Brie Danish cheese on the artisan crackers too. I cut the cheese in very thin slices, and placed it on the top of the cracker. I will say I have never enjoyed Brie cheese this way before and plan on having it that way again for sure through the holidays. The cheese is very soft so it is spreadable.

photo: Chocolate Caramel Corn with the Praline Peanuts

We mixed the Double Chocolate Caramel Corn with the Praline Peanuts in a bowl to serve together and I will say it is a very rich tasting treat. You do not need to eat much of either to feel satisfied of having your sweet tooth satisfied. I found an incredible difference of eating gourmet peanuts and popcorn over other selections.


photo:Buiteman Swiss Gruyere Biscuts and Savory Shortbread Cookies


The Buiteman Swiss Gruyere Biscuits  were excellent on their own with a cup of tea. You can taste the Swiss cheese very strongly so you know they are a good quality brand when you know they are Swiss Cheese. A good suggestion for them is a Christmas Breakfast served with a good tea or coffee. You can also place them out on a tray for guests with your other Christmas treats. I enjoyed The Savory Shortbread Cookies with coffee a cup of tea in the morning and dipped them in the tea. I found them lighter  in taste than other short bread cookies I've had which made them more enjoyable over the rich tasting versions that make you feel heavy after eating them.




If you are looking for a gift basket supporting Canadian businesses to give to someone this holiday season that has such a variety and tasty selection in the basket, this is a basket worth giving. It is also a nice basket for yourself to use to entertain holiday guests or family visiting through the season.

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Black Friday Etiquette Giveaway


Black Friday is sneaking up on us fast and we all know what that means for any of us who enjoy shopping that day for a deal. A lack of etiquette from some of the shoppers ! We have all experienced something annoying or distasteful while trying to have a good time while saving money ! Such as holding up the line up at the cash register when it can be prevented with being compassionate and not self centred ! Let's make this year not only safe from violence but considerate to others !

How Can I Contribute To Black Friday Etiquette 

1) Sort out your cash before you leave the house not at the register 
2) If you have issues using debit or credit cards use cash 
3) Get price checks done before you reach the register 
4) The more of a mess you leave the store in -the less help at the registers as they scurry around fixing the destruction and chaos 
5) Be courteous to the cashiers but keep conversations minimum 
6) Know your budget before you cash out 
7) Try to put your carts and baskets back this frees up time at the cash registers to serve more people 
8) Don't argue other customers shopping 


The Giveaway 

The Shopping Sorceress wants to give one reader a $75.00 Amazon Gift Card  to shop at home that day sent by email to make your day easier.

International giveaway where legal to enter and must be of legal age in your country 
Amazon is not responsible for the gift card, I am.
Simply leave a comment of an experience you had on Black Friday and why you need this gift card !

Skill testing question if Canadian winner.

Contest ends the night before Black Friday 


Extra entries for following on Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook or Instagram.
Leave a separate comment for each follow you do.

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Good luck, Be safe and have fun shopping with consideration of others !

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Thanksgiving Day Gift Guide





I bet you thought giving gifts at Thanksgiving isnt done. Wrong! Not everyone is the host of the meals and those hosts are spending several hours preparing and serving you a good dinner. That's right! The guests attending the meal should bring gifts to the host. This is called courtesy and class. I thought to share a few suggestions with you that I've given personally to people who have entertained me this Holiday.


Thanksgiving Day Gift Guide To Give The Host 

1) Wine-One of White and One of Red-please ensure hosts are not recovering alcoholics 
2) Box of Chocolates
3) A plant with Fall Decorations in the soil 
4) Cheese and cracker tray 
5) A Cornucopia filled with real fall vegetables and fruit 
6) Fall/Thanksgiving Day inspired gift basket 
7) Fall inspired candle set with holders 
8) Baked seasonal goods like Apple Pie or Pumpkin loaf 
9) Fall inspired piece for the dining table like a vase or dish 
10) Thank you for dinner card with a gift card inside of it 


These are my favorite gifts to give to someone who is taking the time to serve me a nice Thanksgiving Day meal. Be thoughtful this Thanksgiving  and don't attend empty handed !

Happy Thanksgiving !




Friday, 22 September 2017

Hello First Day Of Autumn



Today is the very first day of Autumn ! My favorite season as I have mentioned in other posts ! I just find the weather is perfect. It is comfortable for jeans and a sweater ! Big fan of the food  we harvest this time of year like pumpkins & apples! Something soothing about hot apple cider with a cinnamon stick and turning on the Netflix fireplace with the lights on dim with fall scented candles ! 
To celebrate the first day of Autumn I thought to share some ideas with you of how you can welcome the season today !

How To Make Today Special

1) Make a fall inspired dish like chilli 
2) Take a walk in your neighbourhood and take pictures of any trees that might be turning color 
3) Make a fall inspired craft 
4) Pick up a magazine that has a focus on the season on the front cover and curl up and read it 
5) Pick up a new fall sweater that fits your budget
6)  Begin a journal and write about the beauty of this season
7) Print out pictures of Fall and create a coffee table book for your table with a binder and plastic sleeves 
8) Google " Reading list for fall " and grab a few books 
9) Dedicate yourself to 1 blog post read everyday that's Fall inspired
10) Create a photo album of pictures you took this season

Enjoy your day enjoying Autumn !


Monday, 18 September 2017

Planches Labell Boards Giveaway

Planches Labell Boards Giveaway (2 Winners!) Ends 10/15

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Saturday, 16 September 2017

The Joy of Bullet Journaling

What is Bullet Journaling?

Bullet journaling is writing on a type paper that has dots all over it. The dots are on the page so you can use those dots as a bullet form type of writing. I was introduced to it by another blog hosting a giveaway of different things you can use to Bullet Journal like the paper, and gel pens that many use to write in them, It was created by a man named Ryder Carroll who created an actual journal you can purchase and use. I do not have one of these journals as of yet, nor do I know what his looks like.  I create my own pages so I can add artwork to it and use in a binder. 

What Is The Purpose to Bullet Journaling?

1) Organization
2) Creative Expression
3) You can treat it as any other type of artwork
4) It is an extremely healthy hobby
5) It Will Encourage You To Live a Healthier Life if you add health and exercise pages
6) It Will Keep You Productive and On Track
7) It Will Help You Accomplish Goals
8)You Can Turn It Educational by adding pages like " Something New I learned This Week" 
9) It Can Be A Diary to Leave Behind for Your Family for Memories
10) Keeps You Productive On A Daily Basis

I highly recommend this form of art for anyone wanting a new hobby, enjoys writing, or you just need a kick in the arse to begin to organize your life better and need to be reminded that hobbies like reading is a healthy habit to have in your life. 

I will be sharing bullet journaling pages I create that will be free to download and use from this blog! I only ask that you do not resell them, or take personal credit for creating them.

Happy Bullet Journaling and May you find as much happiness doing it as I have!






Thursday, 14 September 2017

The Beauty of Fall Spices



Autumn is my favorite time of year for so many different reasons. The weather is comfortable, the clothes are fabulous, the leaves are turning colors and the food is delicious. I honestly believe what makes the food even more tasty is the spices we tend to use more in the dishes we create this season.


Favorite Fall Spices of Mine

Ground Cinnamon
Cinnamon Sticks
Nutmeg
Pumpkin Spice
Chili 
Cloves

What Can These Spices Be Used For?

1) Desserts like apple crisp and pumpkin pie
2) Used in the crock pot for fall favorites like Chili or hot apple cider
3) Flavored natural oils which you can make in the crock pot
4) A variety of crafts like a wreath when you buy them fresh
6) Fill a gift basket with these spices to give out on Thanksgiving to the host of the dinner
7)Fill baby stockings with cinnamon and toss in your drawers for a nice scent


And I am sure you can find many other uses for spices from other creative blogs and sites.


Win It 

Win a basket filled with these spices compliments from me The Shopping Sorceress

Simply Follow My Facebook Page, Like the Post, leave me a comment of what you would use this basket for and tag a few friends !


Happy Autumn!