Friday, April 6, 2012

Tastefully Simple Rep Jennen Gonzalez Product Review

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I am so excited to share several items that we were provided to review from Tastefully Simple.

( NOTE: I took pictures but did not realize until after I uploaded them that I had the camera in the wrong setting. They came out very dark and blurry. I apologize for this as with food items we ate them and I was unable to re-take them. I will be providing pictures directly from the Tastefully Simple site)


Who We Are
Tastefully Simple is a dynamic direct sales company based in Alexandria, Minnesota.

What We Do
We offer a wide selection of convenient, easy-to-prepare foods designed to help people spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying the rest of their lives. Our products are available through independent Tastefully Simple consultants primarily at home taste-testing parties nationwide.

What We Believe
Tastefully Simple is proud to be a member of the Direct Selling Association - the organization that maintains standards of practice for direct sales companies across the nation. We're also honored to belong to the Better Business Bureau, which promotes the highest standards for business ethics and customer service in the marketplace.


We were provided with a Party Food Kit in which included the following items:
* Artichoke & Spinach Warm Dip Mix
* Bounitful Beer Bread Mix
* Creamy Wild Rice Soup Mix
* Fiesta Party Dip Mix
* Key Lime Cheese Ball Mix
* Malted Cocoa Mix
* Nana's Apple Cake Mix
* Olive & Herb Cheese Ball Mix
* Onion Onion

I will list each product below with our review of each too.

ARTICHOKE & SPINACH WARM DIP MIX

Add cream cheese and shredded Swiss cheese, warm gently and enjoy this classic favorite with crackers, chips or sliced French bread. For a tasty twist, stir in crabmeat or sun-dried tomatoes. Each packet makes about 1½ cups dip.

Ingredients Needed:
Artichoke & Spinach Warm Dip Mix
■1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
■8 oz. softened cream cheese*
*Light may be used; fat-free will not set up properly
2 - 0.5 oz. packets/box (1 oz.) 28g


This was super easy to make is was all of the products. My oldest daughter helped prepare just about everthing we received. This was absolutely delicious and we ate it up. We had it with crackers and it was the best snack in the world. It would be great for a snack or served at a party. Definately a hit!!

My 6 year old daughter and myself basically ate it all on our own!
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BOUNTIFUL BEER BREAD MIX®

Our signature bread mix is so simple to make - no kneading, no rising time, nothing to add but beer or any carbonated beverage. In a matter of minutes, your house will be filled with the mouth-watering aroma of freshly baked bread. The perfect companion to our dips and soups. Kosher. (0g trans fat per serving)

Ingredients Needed:
Bountiful Beer Bread Mix
■12 oz. beverage (beer, soda or carbonated juice)
■3 Tbsp. butter (optional)
19 oz. box (1 lb. 3oz.) 538g

I used a bottle of beer to make this item. It was super easy to prepare and I had it done in just a few minutues and popped it in the oven. We could smell the aroma throughout our entire house and all the way upstairs. It was so yummy and moist. We liked it so much that it was gone within 2 dinners. We couldn't stop eating it. I didn't get to do this as ours was done, but you could cut smaller slices of bread and make really good sandwiches with it too!!!

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CREAMY WILD RICE SOUP MIX

Comfort food at its finest! Brimming with wild rice, veggies and almonds, this luscious soup is an all-time favorite. Just add water. Serve with warm Bountiful Beer Bread® or Perfect Parmesan Biscuits for a satisfying meal. Makes about 5 servings.

Ingredients Needed:
Creamy Wild Rice Soup Mix


■5 cups hot water
6 oz. box (170g)


What could get any easier than adding 5 cups of hot water to the mix and let it cook on the stove top. This is my kind of meal. Defiantely a hit beings I am a busy mom and don't always get to sit down to eat some meals. I decided to have this for lunch one day. I prepared it when I did my kids lunch and then let it cook. When they finished they go down for quiet time and then I sit down to do work. It was perfect timing as it was ready right at the start of quiet time.

It was super yummy and so creamy. I just loved the overall taste of it and would definately get this again. I know my family would love it as well, but I wasn't sharing this one...LOL

I kept this one all to myself as I love soups and this one was a big hit!

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FIESTA PARTY DIP MIX®

Authentic spices heaping with flavor create a dip worthy of the best Southwestern cooking. Mix with mayonnaise and sour cream; serve with tortilla chips or as a topping for Mexican food. Add a little or a lot to spice up any dish. Makes about 8 cups dip. All natural.



Ingredients Needed:
Fiesta Party Dip Mix
■¼ cup mayonnaise
■¾ cup sour cream
5.5 oz. jar (156g)

Oh my goodness. We were excited to try this one. We love things that have a little kick to them and this one certaintly does. Not too much but just the right amount.

It was super easy to prepare. Only took me a few minutes and then I popped it into the fridge to chill. I made it in the afternoon and then we snacked on it that night and for many nights thereafter. It was super yummy with chips and pretzels. This would defiantely be a big hit during a party.

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KEY LIME CHEESE BALL MIX

Lovely dessert cheese ball, complete with crispy crumb coating. Just add cream cheese. Makes about 12 servings.


Ingredients Needed:
Key Lime Cheese Ball Mix
■8 oz. softened cream cheese
3.85 oz. box (109g)

How easy is this? Just add softened cream cheese and chill for 2 hours until it is firm. Then all you do is roll the contents you chilled into a ball and then roll it in the crispy crumb coating in package #2. Super yummy and a very nice taste. This was the first time I had ever had anything like this. We dipped apple slices in it and loved it. It was a big hit with my kids too!!!

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MALTED COCOA MIX

Fabulous soda fountain flavor in a cozy hot cocoa. Just add milk. For a delightful twist, add a splash of Irish cream or coffee-flavored liqueur, and top with a dollop of whipped cream and a drizzle of chocolate sauce. Makes about 8 servings.


Ingredients Needed:

■6 oz. (¾ cup) warm milk
10 oz. can (283g)

My kids were all on board for this one and begging to do it. They love hot chocolate and this was a HUGE hit with them. We decided to do it one evening with a movie for them. They got their cups ready while I prepared it which was very easy and then I served it up. Let's just say after it cooled where they could drink it.....slurp....slurp
It was GONE!!!

They loved it and I got to take a little sip and loved the taste of it. Would have been nice if they would have shared a little more. Literally I got the straw in my mouth got a few drops in my mouth and my daughter yanked the straw out...LOL  What a tease :)

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NANA'S APPLE CAKE MIX®

Delicious, sweet, juicy apples are the best ever in this incredibly easy one-bowl recipe. Simply add apples and eggs, bake 45 minutes and enjoy what is sure to be a family favorite. If your apple basket is empty, try peaches or pears! Terrific for breakfast, brunch, dessert or snack any time of the day. Makes about 9 servings. Kosher. (0g trans fat per serving)




Ingredients Needed:
Nana's Apple Cake Mix
■2 cups chopped apples
■2 large eggs
■1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Another one super easy to make and my oldest daughter helped prepare it. We did everything but did not add the walnuts as I wasn't sure if my kids would like them. If I ever get this again I am definately including the nuts. I love them and I think it would be really yummy with them.

Now to the cake. I personally couldn't get enough of it. I left the pan on the counter and every time my older 2 kids or myself walked by we grabbed a little piece of it. It was just too funny. It is so good that you just can't get enough of it and keep coming back for more. The apples just hit the spot with the mix. Sooo Good!

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OLIVE & HERB CHEESE BALL MIX™

My big, fat Greek cheese ball. Opa! Just add cream cheese for a Mediterranean marvel, and serve with crackers or crisp crostini. Also makes a great spread for roast beef sandwiches or luscious pasta sauce when heated and thinned with milk. Makes about 8 servings.


Ingredients Needed:
Olive & Herb Cheese Ball Mix
■8 oz. softened cream cheese**
**Light mayonnaise and sour cream may be used.
2-0.9 oz. packets per box (1.6 oz.) 45g

We made this and the kids ate it with crackers. I saw it mentioned to spread it on sandwiches so I gave it a try with corn beef and it was so good. Rich and creamy taste with the hint of the meat and so good. I defiantely loved it and so glad I tried it on the sandwich. The kids loved it as well and ate a ton of it with the crackers.

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ONION ONION&#8482

Add onion to all kinds of dishes ... without the tears! With a savory blend of red pepper and four varieties of onions, it's perfect when you need just a small amount of chopped onion. Sprinkle into burgers, casseroles or soups ... or add sour cream for a dip. Makes about 7 cups dip. Kosher.

Ingredients Needed:
Onion Onion
■1 cup sour cream
4 oz. jar (113g)

I did 2 different things with this one. I added it to sour cream for a dip and I also added some to some hamburger meat so we could make hamburgers. The burgers were so good and really yummy. I love the hint of onion that it put in the meat. I love onions so I couldn't get enough of it.

We also loved the dip and used it with crackers. It was so good and my kids really liked it too.

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We loved everything we received and I love how quick and easy each one was to make. I also love that you have to add few ingredients to each as with most things you have to add a ton of different things.

I highly recommend you head on over and visit Jennen's site and all of her goodies.
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Host your own Tastefully Simple party, and your home will come alive with the aroma of freshly baked bread, the laughter of friends and family, and simple yet delicious meal ideas your whole family will enjoy!

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Tastefully Simple is so much more than an in-demand food and lifestyle brand. We're a supportive community of smart and enthusiastic entrepreneurs. We love sharing the fabulous meal solutions, great gifts and fun entertaining ideas that people crave - and we're passionate about helping each other create personal businesses that thrive.

Jennen Gonzalez
Tastefully Simple Independent Consultant
Tastefully Simple


*Disclaimer - I received the item(s) mentioned above for review purposes. In no way did this alter my opinion of their products. All of my opinions are one hundred percent honest and true.*




Malted Cocoa Mix

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