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Treatsie Review

If you’re like many people I know, you know subscription boxes are all the craze these days! I, myself am an off and on again Ipsy subscriber, Target beauty box and Memebox buyer and a one-time subscriber of Mishibox and the Dollar Shave Club. Last month, my sweet tooth got the better of me and in a weak moment, I signed myself up for Treatsie. It’s a monthly dessert snack box at $20/month regular price featuring 5-6 artisan, small batch sweet treats. I used a referral code for my first box and got $10 off so my total was only a whooping $10. I couldn’t pass it up. Here are my thoughts:

-Shipping was super slow. I ordered at the beginning of September and got my box yesterday in the mail. There were no notifications emails about the delay and they didn’t answer my message via their website. Good thing I actually got the box! Not sure if it’s the September or October one.

-No labeling. I guess it’s self explanatory but I’m so used to every sub box giving me a little notecard with the brand of the product and what it is!

-Variety = pretty good! Every item looks and appeals to me. They look high end and boutique-like.

-Taste = great! I’ve tried 3/5 items and they are delicious.

-Value = it’s definitely not worth $20, you guys. It’s not bad for $10 though! If you’re interested in giving this a try, get $10 from my link!

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-Canceling = pretty easy to do. I ordered this box and then made sure to cancel my subscription so they don’t automatically charge me every month. Whenever I’m craving sweet treats again, I will start up my service and wait patiently for them!

-Gift? = yes. This is a great idea for a gift. The box is neat, pink and easily wrapped up as a holiday, birthday or congrats gift to someone. I would over the moon if someone gifted me this!

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February Celebrations

The second month of the year is full of holidays, yet I do not get a single day off ;). Let’s see, there was President’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Valentine’s Day, Mardi Gras and Chinese New Year! I celebrated 2/5 and here are the pics to prove it.

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Valentine’s Day was a double date adventure this year. My coworker and I both bought groupons for Victorian high tea at Pittsburgh’s grand hotel, the Omni William Penn and treated our husbands to a fancy schmancy afternoon snack! This was our first course–teeny tiny sandwiches with a dab of pomegranate dressing in the shape of a heart. Artichoke, cheese spinach wrap, ham and mustard, salmon mousse 1/4 of a slice of cucumber. A mouse would’ve dined like a king but the 4 of us were looking forward to the 2nd course.   IMG_2310

Ah, here we are. Top tray had chocolate mousse cups, petite fruit tarts with creme (my fave out of all of them), basil and mint macarons. Second tray consisted of 4 tiny fruit kabobs that definitely left me wanting at least 4 more kabobs. Third layer had plain and blueberry scones. I was quite impressed with these because scones I’ve had practically anywhere are always too dry for me. These were crunchy, buttery and the light dusting of powdered sugar was perfect. IMG_2317

Close-up of my favorite items! The spot of creme fraiche was delightful on my scone! Not really sure how one is supposed to eat creme fraiche, but that’s how I did it! IMG_2348I took my in laws to Golden Palace to celebrate Chinese New Year. One of the big hits that night was the Beijing duck served restaurant style. The duck was roasted and crispy, the fresh cucumbers were perfectly sliced, the pancakes were heated and the sauce was thick and sweet. Mmm…I’m a big duck fan so this takes the cake. They did not serve lamb or else that would have been the appropriate way to celebrate the year of the ram ;).

 


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Dreamy Sweets

As an early birthday treat, the hubby went downtown to the famed Pittsburgh Prantls Bakery and brought back some mini cupcakes. The ones here are white chocolate raspberry and burnt almond torte. Mmmmm…after trying mini cupcakes, I don’t think I could even go back to the regular sized ones with only one type of frosting. In the fridge, two other flavors await me! They went well with the glass of white wine and action movie that we put on, haha–X-Men: Days of Future Past. I had about two sips of the wine in all but aesthetically, it paired well with the cakes.

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This, my friends, is the gorgeous chocolate raspberry tart made by my coworker from scratch! No baking required! She used chocolate graham cracker and butter as the crust, heavy whipping cream, pureed raspberries and semi-sweet chocolate chips for the filling. Marvelous and not overly sweet. Desserts with fruit are my favorite kind. I look forward to hosting grand dinner parties at my new home with plenty of entertainment space when I move!

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