Friday, September 19, 2014

Product Review: Schwan's Home Delivery (+ special offer for you!)

I'm sure everybody has heard of Schwan's - right? Schwan's is the home delivery food service - they have everything from ice cream to breakfast sandwiches to salmon fillets and everything in between! My Dad used to get Schwan's when I was in college and he'd stock me up with things I could microwave at school to help save money from eating out. But they've changed quite a bit since then! 

I decided to try out a wide variety of items - nearly all egg-free for my husband and myself to enjoy. (They have full nutrition on their site so it's easy to check.) I went for a few quick fix items, a few ready to eat and some that I could add to meals. I was pretty surprised at the variety and the prices - they have things at a wide variety of price ranges. They dropped off at my house and will drop off in freezer bags if you're not home.

I let Larry pick the ice cream he wanted - and it was a quick decision - he loves these Strawberry Sundae Crunch Bars (12 are $6.49). He pretty much ate one a day until they were gone. :-) Wouldn't you?

They also had these Blueberry Muffin starters (18 for $8.49) - you can use them in a couple different ways. If you use one in a muffin cup for small muffins, 2 for large muffins or bake them on parchment paper for a muffin top like I did. These were DELICIOUS!!! The thing I loved most was that the berries were big and JUICY! This wasn't like a boxed blueberry muffin - this tasted like I made them from scratch! Yum! (These were the one item that contained egg - poor Larry.)

One thing I wanted from Schwan's was quick-serve meals! I came across this Beef Mongolian Skillet Meal ($11.29) and decided to give it a whirl. I've tried many of the freezer meals like this before - but was pleasantly surprised. First - it's super simple!

This comes with everything you need in one bag - even the rice! You just pop open the bag - take out the rice and sauce. Rice goes in the microwave for 3 minutes, sauce goes in a bowl of hot water to thaw it out. While that's going - saute the veges & meat - then you add the sauce & rice. Voila - done! Literally freezer to plate in less than 15 minutes. That's what I need after a long day at work!! 

Then - it was actually good! There was plenty of rice and veggies - plus it was not only enough for 2 - we had enough for 2 PLUS leftovers for both of us! I would definitely get this one again - tasty, quick and affordable!

All in all I'm really happy with my Schwan's choices for the month. I also bought frozen seafood fillets - so I'll be making some fish soon as well - so stay tuned for more!

And I've got a special offer for you!

Eric from Schwan's is doing some special coupon codes that are getting you a great deal!

Offer 1: Coupon Code ericg2
First order will receive $5 off $25 and $10 off of $50

Offer 2: Coupon Code ericg15
Orders over $75 receive $15 off

Plus - the first 10 people to place orders of $25 get a $10 gift card!!! 

That means if you're among the first to place a $25 order - you're only going to pay $10!  To get the extra $10, email your confirmation code to Eric.

I know it's a little confusing with different codes - but what it comes down to is $25 in merchandise for $10! Let me know if you have any issues or questions!! 

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Schwan's but all opinions are my own. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Product Review: Sonoma Cutrer Chardonnay & Pinot Noir

This post brought to you by Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards. All opinions are 100% mine.

Recently I decided I wanted to try wine again - I've never been much of a drinker but wine intrigues me - how it can vary in so many ways and yet be adored by millions - there's gotta be something there. I knew I preferred white wine so I decided on the Sonoma-Cutrer Sonoma Coast Chardonnay.

I checked it out on their site and it mentioned fruit flavors like apple, pear and peach - so I figured that was a good route to go - I like fruit! Locally, I found the Sonoma-Cutrer at Kroger - they have a nice store locator on their site as well.

I like having light meats such as chicken or seafood with white wine. Tonight - honestly - I had a rough day at work. I didn't much feel like cooking! So I grabbed - of all things - a turkey pot pie out of the freezer. I love them!

I'm definitely no wine expert - but once I popped the cork on this one - I took a big whiff and it smelled nice! There was definitely some apple coming out to play. I joked with Larry as I poured my glass and swirled it like I knew what I was doing.

This actually worked really well - the Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay is a light white wine and doesn't have the bitter flavor that I'm used to. There are definitely hints of light fruit flavors as well as some nutty bites. It went nicely with my lovely turkey pot pie - the creaminess of the filling paired well with the mild wine.

Sonoma-Cutrer also has a variety of Chardonnays besides the 2012 Sonoma Coast and they have 4 different Pinot Noirs. I have to admit that Pinot looks really good - maybe I'll step up to trying red wines next! Even though I don't drink wine too often - I liked this enough that I'd definitely take this to the upcoming holiday parties I'll be going to. Wine is so easy for a hostess gift - grab it on the way - and who doesn't welcome a nice bottle of wine at a party?!

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