My Texas Market January 2017 Subscription Box Review 

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My Texas Market is a monthly subscription box containing 4-6 items from small businesses in Texas that focuses on small batch and artisan products that fit a monthly theme. Have you ever wandered around the farmers market and wondered what to buy? It’s like they selected the products for you and shipped them to your house! The subscription is $35 a month or you can choose a 3- or 6-month subscription and save a little dough. Right now if you enter promo code 10FIRST you can save 10% off your first box! You can also send the box as a gift or purchase previous boxes and some featured items in their Online Market. To subscribe to My Texas Market, click here. This box was sent to me for review purposes (thank you My Texas Market!!!).

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January’s theme was “Rise and Shine” and featured items to get you up and going, or maybe to help you have a relaxing morning in bed! Everything was wrapped securely in bubble wrap with brown paper squiggles.

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My Texas Market includes a card with a little info about the products and their producers, plus where they are located and instructions for their use.

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Everything in my box!

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I am currently enjoying the warm, sweet cinnamon scent coming from The Tiny Collection Cinnamon Buns Candle. This all-natural soy candle is hand poured in small batches in Dallas and smells very nice! Sometimes candles smell different when burning but this one burns true.

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I don’t drink coffee regularly and have no way to grind the whole beans in District Roasters Farmer’s Market Blend Coffee. The flavor notes mention deep chocolate with caramel and cinnamon and while I wouldn’t mind making a mocha latte with it I will pass it on to a true coffee connoisseur. Hand roasted in Tomball.

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The King and I Blueberry Whipped Honey features crystalized honey, dried blueberries, and blueberry extract, perfect for topping biscuits or cornbread!
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I bet this would go great in baked goods too! I plan on whipping it with butter to top the pancakes I’m going to make with the mix shown below! The King and I is located in Willis.

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I may not drink coffee but I drink several cups of tea a day and this “Fake It ‘Til You Make It” mug from Blue Heron Farm is really cute and will make me smile each time I use it. Blue Heron Farm is located in Field Store, a little north of Houston, and they raise their goats on a sustainable farm and sell cheeses, cajeta, and other products!

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Bona Dea Gluten Free Baking Mix is a great starter for pancakes, waffles, or crepes and you can mix in your favorite “fun” ingredient such as berries, chocolate, or bananas. It was very considerate of My Texas Market to include a product that can be used by those who may be sensitive to gluten so they can have a yummy breakfast too! Made in Austin.

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I ALWAYS enjoy getting my monthly taste of Texas! I loved the theme and the products were all of high quality. Texas has some wonderful makers and this box features them to great effect. I love that My Texas Market takes the time to visit farmers’ markets across the state and then picks the best of the best!

If you would like to give My Texas Market a try then click here and get ready to enjoy the best of the Lone Star State!

What item are you wanting to try from this month’s box? Let me know in the comments!

My Texas Market November 2016 Subscription Box Review 

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My Texas Market is a monthly subscription box containing 4-6 items from small businesses in Texas that focuses on small batch and artisan products that fit a monthly theme. Have you ever wandered around the farmers market and wondered what to buy? It’s like they selected the products for you and shipped them to your house! The subscription is $35 a month or you can choose a 3- or 6-month subscription and save a little dough. Right now if you enter promo code 10FIRST you can save 10% off your first box! You can also send the box as a gift or purchase previous boxes and some featured items in their Online Market. To subscribe to My Texas Market, click here. This box was sent to me for review purposes (thank you My Texas Market!!!).

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This month’s theme was “A Day of Thanksgiving” and was full of products to help subscribers get in touch with their fall feelings, such as feeling warm and cozy. Or maybe that’s just how it made ME feel!

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This is such a lovely, detailed product information card and I love that the websites are listed because sometimes I need more and so it’s easy to order my new favorites from home.

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This box smelled delicious and I couldn’t wait to dig in!

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Stellar Gourmet Mulling Spice is a nice way to kick off the season. I have a couple of bottles of apple cider and red wine waiting for a cold front so I can put my new spices to use. They even included a muslin bag tucked inside the lid. Fortitude Provisions Co. Autumn Kindling Room Spray  has a cozy fireside scent thanks to cedarwood, orange, patchouli, and vetiver.

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Here’s a closeup of those mulling spices.

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I love that they included a recipe card!

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November is a wonderful time of the year to give thanks for our bounty and blessings. There was a little muslin bag that had a few pieces of paper inside that you could write your blessings on and then store them in the bag. Whenever you want to remind yourself of all that you hold dear just reach in and pull out a reminder.

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I loved the scent of the Benjamin Soap Co. Pumpkin Spice Candle! This candle is made from non-GMO soy and is scented with essential oils, plus it has a 35-hour burn time.

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I have been snacking on The Pecan Shop’s Apple Pie Pecan Halves. These certified pesticide-free nuts have been soaked in filtered water and are sweetened with apples, cinnamon, and wildflower honey. Garden Dreams Cranopeno Jelly  is a cross between cranberry sauce and jalapeno jelly and can be served with toast, as a glaze for meat, or with cream cheese or brie on a cracker.

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I ALWAYS enjoy getting my monthly taste of Texas! These products fit the theme so well and were tasty, seasonal, and scent-sational. I love that My Texas Market takes the time to visit farmers’ markets across the state and then picks the best of the best!

If you would like to give My Texas Market a try then click here and get ready to enjoy the best of the Lone Star State!

What item are you wanting to try from this month’s box? Let me know in the comments!

My Texas Market October 2016 Subscription Box Review

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My Texas Market is a monthly subscription box containing 4-6 items from small businesses in Texas that focuses on small batch and artisan products that fit a monthly theme. Have you ever wandered around the farmers market and wondered what to buy? It’s like they selected the products for you and shipped them to your house! The subscription is $35 a month or you can choose a 3- or 6-month subscription and save a little dough. Right now if you enter promo code MAIL25 you will save 25% on your first box! You can also send the box as a gift or purchase previous boxes and some featured items in their Online Market. To subscribe to My Texas Market, click here. This box was sent to me for review purposes (thank you My Texas Market!!!).

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Usually I find a product information card and other product info on top but they must have been overlooked! My Texas Market always does a great job at presentation but this month had a lot of glass so there was also a lot of bubble wrap (I use it with my students to practice fine motor skills!).

I found the following on the My Texas Market website:

The theme for the October box is “Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice.” This box is part of our fall celebration extravaganza and is inspired by the delicious tastes, sights, and scents of autumn. Get into the season with savory pumpkin, yummy apple, and more. Enjoy! The October box will also make a wonderful gift. We have reserved a few October boxes for individual purchase, and they are first come first serve. Items include pumpkin chocolate, holiday spice sugar, starbucks wax melts, pumpkin spice brown sugar scrub, and caramel apple bourbon jam.

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Oh, I love the looks of this fall-themed box! It does indeed look nice and spicy!

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Confituras is an Austin-based business that creates delicious seasonal jams and jellies. Their Bourbon Caramel Apple Jam is similar to apple butter and would be great on top of some brie and a cracker. I plan on serving it with my pumpkin waffles and gingerbread pancakes.

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From Scratch Farm Homemade Body Scrub in Brown Sugar-Pumpkin Spice worked well but the product was hard to mix and you will need a spoon or something to get the product out of the jar unless you have freakishly long fingers. It smelled lovely, was very moisturizing, and exfoliated well. I think I would prefer that this product came dry and then I could just mix in my own olive or coconut oil.
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Spaulding’s Specialty Spices Holiday Spice Sugar combines fair-trade cane sugar with cinnamon, clove, ginger, nutmeg, lemon, and fenugreek. They suggest using it in your coffee or holiday baking but I plan on using it in herbal tea and as an upgrade to cinnamon toast.

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Tradition Scents Soy Wax Melts in Starbucks Coffee made my home smell as good as the coffee shop. Notes of coffee, vanilla, and caramel filled the air and it is pretty strong and long-lasting. I walked into the living room this morning and even though my warmer is off it STILL smells great!

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SRSLY Chocolate is another Austin-based business that grinds their own chocolate and hand-pours into individual bars. This ain’t no Hershey bar. This chocolate was barely sweet and had texture thanks to the pumpkin pie spices.
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I ALWAYS enjoy getting my monthly taste of Texas! These products fit the theme so well and were tasty, seasonal, and dare I say luxurious? Not just apple butter, but apple butter with bourbon! Not just cinnamon sugar, but spicy holiday sugar! Plus my house smells amazing, my skin is soft, and I had fancy CHOCOLATE!  I love that My Texas Market takes the time to visit farmers’ markets across the state and then picks the best of the best!

If you would like to give My Texas Market a try then click here and get ready to enjoy the best of the Lone Star State!

My Texas Market August  2016 Subscription Box Review 

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My Texas Market is a monthly subscription box containing 4-6 items from small businesses in Texas that focuses on small batch and artisan products that fit a monthly theme. Have you ever wandered around the farmers market and wondered what to buy? It’s like they selected the products for you and shipped them to your house! The subscription is $35 a month or you can choose a 3- or 6-month subscription and save a little dough. Right now if you enter promo code MAIL25 you will save 25% on your first box! You can also send the box as a gift or purchase previous boxes and some featured items in their Online Market. To subscribe to My Texas Market, click here. This box was sent to me for review purposes (thank you My Texas Market!!!).

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First look! My Texas Market does a great job at presentation and everything arrived safe and sound.

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There was shredded paper and bubble wrap to keep the products from breaking.

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Everything in my box! It all looks so good. I always have a hard time trying to decide what to try first but usually I pick something sweet.

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The theme for August was “Gulf Coast Summer” and the products inside were geared towards helping eke out those last bits of summer fun before the season changes.

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I love the detail that goes in to the product info card. It not only lists each item and why it is a standout, but where you can get some more of your favorites.

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See what I mean about the details? How pretty is this wrapping job?

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Next up is a Foot Scrubby from Sweet Home Bath & Body that has that minty scent that I love so much. I am grateful for the little rope which I used to hang it up in my shower and therefore I will remember to use it daily. I grew up using a loofah and forgot how invigorating they can be and combined with the cocoa butter and clay I expect my feet will soon look and feel better.
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I have a confession to make. Please don’t laugh or scold but I don’t own a deep fat fryer, nor do I deep fry in my skillet. I hurts my heart to see all of that oil sitting there bubbling away so I will pass the South Texas Milling Gulf Coast Fish Fry on to a friend. This is made with all natural products and is free from MSG.

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I loved the caramels from Dallas Caramel Co. (PS, they have their own subscription box too!). My favorite was the Texas Drunken Nut, which has just a bit of  whiskey and delicious Texas pecans. The Sea Salt Caramel has a tiny bit of crunch from the Fleur de Sel de Guerande, the caviar of salts. My husband and I would share one caramel between us since they are so rich (plus it lasts longer that way).

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The final product is made here in Austin. Yellowbird Sauce in Jalapeno is almost like a tomato-less spicy ketchup and my husband will get to pour this on his scrambled eggs and he will like it. Just like the rest of the items in this amazing box, this sauce is made out of all-natural ingredients. This is real food.

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This box continues to amaze me! I love the monthly themes, I love that this box can be enjoyed by both men and women (and teenagers, since they eat all my treats), and I especially love that these items represent our state so well. There were caramels from Dallas and fish fry from near Victoria (where my husband is from) and of course products from Austin and Houston. As for the value, try walking around your local farmers market and see how much you can get for $25-35 and I think you will see this is a good deal, plus you don’t have to wander around in the heat, or the cold, or the rain. I spent $10 just for one jar of pickles y’all so I know those products aren’t cheap. If you would like to give My Texas Market a try then click here and get ready to enjoy the best of the Lone Star State!

P.S. What was your favorite item this month?

Plum Deluxe August 2016 Subscription Box Review

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Plum Deluxe is a monthly subscription box that sends 1-2 ounces of an organic, hand-blended, limited edition tea. They also send a smaller sample of an additional tea and provide access to a members-only website and private Facebook group. Plans start at $10 a month and are billed quarterly to ensure low prices for members but they also have an online shop if you want to try a few flavors before committing to a subscription.

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Here is a breakdown of what you will receive based on which subscription plan you choose. The following is a review of the two teas per month plan and the box was provided for review purposes by Plum Deluxe (thank you Andy!).

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Plum Deluxe sends tea blends that are made from organic, fair-trade ingredients and are gluten-free and vegan. Andy sends a weekly newsletter and has an extensive online members-only community as well as an awesome website that covers many aspects of the tea experience.

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I received two bags of tea that each contained over an ounce of tea (yes, I weighed them!) and a smaller sample (enough for about 2 servings). I love that the brewing instructions are included on the packet along with the ingredients list.

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The main tea selection for August was Pomme Blossom.

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This month’s special member’s only blend was Pomme Blossom, which has a white tea base and notes of jasmine and pomegranate. It had a light, fruity flavor and pale amber color. I was surprised to find that there was no bitterness. This reminded me of apple cider and will be perfect for those fall days ahead.

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I also received the Self Care Blend, which contains elderberries, apricot, and apple and has a honeybush base (similar to rooibos). It has a sweet, fruity flavor and is perfect for late summer and into the fall. Elderberries are high in vitamin C and honeybush has traditionally been used to treat coughs so both ingredients may help promote wellness.

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Finally, I received a bonus sample of Deluxe Pumpkin Spice Herbal Tea. It contains a honeybush base and is flavored with pumpkin and all of those warm spices that can be found in pumpkin pie. I am saving this one for a cooler day.

I really enjoyed my Plum Deluxe teas! They were delicious and smell so good and I love the fact that they are organic and hand blended. I can tell that Andy really loves what he does and I appreciate that he wants to share that love with other tea enthusiasts!

What is your favorite type of tea? If you want to expand your horizons then check out Plum Deluxe here.

My Texas Market July 2016

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My Texas Market is a monthly subscription box containing 4-6 items from small businesses in Texas that focuses on small batch and artisan products that fit a monthly theme. Have you ever wandered around the farmers market and wondered what to buy? It’s like they selected the products for you and shipped them to your house! The subscription is $35 a month or you can choose a 3- or 6-month subscription and save a little dough. Right now if you enter promo code MAIL25 you will save 25% on your first box! You can also send the box as a gift or purchase previous boxes and some featured items in their Online Market. To subscribe to My Texas Market, click here. This box was sent to me for review purposes (thank you My Texas Market and Happy Birthday!!!).

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First look! My box was beat up in transit but everything looked great inside! The packing and presentation are always top notch with this box.

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The theme for July was “How Sweet It Is” and the products inside were geared towards helping celebrate My Texas Market’s first birthday.

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I love the detail that goes in to the product info card. It not only lists each item and why it is a standout, but where you can get some more of your favorites.

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Not only does My Texas Market send awesome “Made in Texas” products, they also give a portion of their proceeds to the Houston Food Bank.

 

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My Texas Market sent 5 items this month. The products just look beautiful, don’t they? So colorful and fun!

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First up was Outrageous Oatmeal Cookie Mix from Bona Dea. This is gluten free and allergy friendly as well as GMO free. I will have to save this for a few months because I do not bake in the summer. Ever. It just heats up my house too much, but I can’t wait to mix up a batch of chocolate chip oatmeal raisin cookies this fall!
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This seasonally appropriate Patriot Pop from Cornucopia Popcorn in Austin has red cherry, white sweet, and blue raspberry flavors and disappeared faster than a 4th of July sparkler. I am going to need to make a little trip downtown and grab some of their other awesome flavors!

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I am embarrassed to say that I was a little afraid to try Blue Heron Farm & Friends Original Cajeta because I am not crazy about goat cheese and thought this might have a similar foot stank smell but I was so wrong. This is the BEST caramel I have ever tried. It is so buttery and sweet and I need to get some vanilla ice cream ASAP so I can stop eating it by the spoonful. I guess I could dip some apples in it until I get to the store.

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What birthday party would be complete without a candle? This delicious smelling vegan Cupcake Candle from EcoBabe has a great scent and good throw. Plus it looks so darn cute sitting on my counter.

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If you were hoping to grab a second jar of The Peach Boys peach jam by EMZ Jamz you are going to have a long wait since it is out of season, but don’t cry because they have some other wonderful flavors to choose from! If you haven’t completely devoured this fresh tasting treat then try it with some brie or cream cheese on a cracker or mix with a little oil and vinegar to make a unique dressing for a summer salad.

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This box continues to amaze me! I love the monthly themes, I love that this box can be enjoyed by both men and women (and teenagers, since they eat all my treats), and I especially love that these items represent our state so well. As for the value, try walking around your local farmers market and see how much you can get for $25-35 and I think you will see this is a good deal, plus you don’t have to wander around in the heat, or the cold, or the rain. I spent $10 just for one jar of pickles y’all so I know those products aren’t cheap. If you would like to give My Texas Market a try then click here and get ready to enjoy the best of the Lone Star State!

P.S. What was your favorite item this month?

My Texas Market May Box Review “Backyard Barbecue”

My Texas Market is a monthly subscription box containing 4-6 items from small businesses in Texas that focuses on small batch and artisan products that fit a monthly theme. Sort of like visiting the farmers’ market, except they shipped it to your house! The subscription is $35 a month or you can choose a 3- or 6-month subscription and save a little dough. Right now if you enter promo code MAIL25 you will save 25% on your first box! You can also send the box as a gift or purchase previous boxes and some featured items in their Online Market. To subscribe to My Texas Market, click here. This box was sent to me for review purposes (thank you My Texas Market!).

The box presentation is one of the best! My Texas Market puts a lot of thought into their boxes. The tissue paper even looks like a picnic blanket. How cute is that?

My mom always told me that you can’t go wrong with a hand-written note!

The box contains eco-friendly shredded paper to help cushion the items. This box contained a lot of glass but everything was bubble-wrapped and arrived safe and sound.

May’s theme was “Backyard Barbecue” which is perfect not only for Texas but all over the country, with Memorial Day ushering in the grilling season for so many of us.

The flip side of the card lists the products and how to put them to use. I refer to it frequently.

There were a few inserts with additional information on which wood pairs best with different types of meat, how to brew various types of tea, and a coupon for Benjamin Soap Co.

Everything in the box. How do they pack so much in there? It looks great!

Larry’s Bag-of-Smoke Hickory Wood Chips ($4.99 value) Confession #1: Even though my husband grills, he has never smoked anything on the ‘cue (and yes, he is a Texas native!). So if we don’t actually put this to use, I know plenty of people who will. According to the literature included, hickory pairs well with ribs, brisket, and pork. I don’t have a link included but you can email Larry at larrysbagofsmoke@aol.com to order.

Benjamin Soap Co Bug Repellent ($6.67 value) This all natural bug repellent is from an Austin-based business and is a convenient roll-on formula. The citronella is strong with this one but it smells much better than the DEET based ones from the store. We had a mild winter and wet spring here in Central Texas and I have already been attacked by mosquitoes so I will keep this next to my back door and remember to use it if I dare to go outside to take out the trash or something.

White Cloud World Teas Peach Paradise Tea ($6.95 value) Here is another product from an Austin-based business and White Cloud World Teas are located “Steep in the Heart of Texas”.  This herbal infusion can be served hot or iced and since I was feeling under the weather I decided to go with hot. This is a fruity, luscious blend and has such a beautiful color from the hibiscus flowers.

 

Stellar Gourmet Foods Texas Triple Threat Mustard ($6.99 value) Confession #2: I have never tried habanero flavored anything but since I am recovering from a tummy bug this will have to wait a bit longer. It sounds delicious and contains tequila, honey, and Texas red grapefruit and promises a sinus-clearing experience. I think I will give a try with grilled sausage on a roll.

Spaulding’s Specialty Spices Smoke on the Barbie Rub ($8 value) I recently bought a smoked salt from the bulk bin at the store with no idea on how to use it, I just liked the smell. This is 100 times better. It can be used as a marinade or rub but I used it to season onions that I grilled in a little packet of foil with a pat of butter. A little goes a long way but it took the onions (which I placed on a burger) over the top. I linked to their Facebook page, where you can message them what you want and they will invoice you.

Kellie’s Baking Co Mason Jar Brookie We have come to the end of our little backyard BBQ but My Texas Market included a sweet treat to end the experience. I pack little desserts and dips in Mason jars to take to swim meets in the summer but I had never heard of a Brookie so I’ll let Kellie’s Baking Co describe it:

What is a brookie?  Our Brookie is a fudgy brownie baked with a chocolate chip cookie layer, topped with toasted marshmallows, chocolate ganache, caramel drizzle, cookie crumbs, powdered sugar and a kiss of sea salt, aka heaven! 

I took a peek at it and placed it in the fridge. When I went to try it later on I couldn’t find it and no one is fessing up to taking it but I have my suspicions.

My Texas Market is one of my favorite subscriptions! This box has a little something for everyone and you don’t have to be from Texas to enjoy it. Has grilling season started in your part of the country? What do you like to grill?

My Texas Market April Box Review “Springtime in Texas”

My Texas Market is a monthly subscription box containing 4-6 items from small businesses in Texas that focuses on small batch and artisan products that fit a monthly theme. Sort of like visiting the farmers’ market, except they shipped it to your house! The subscription is $35 a month or you can choose a 3- or 6-month subscription and save a little dough. Right now if you enter promo code MAIL25 you will save 25% on your first box! You can also send the box as a gift or purchase previous boxes and some featured items in their Online Market. To subscribe to My Texas Market, click here. This box was sent to me for review purposes (thank you My Texas Market!).

My Texas Market does a great packing job! Presentation is important and this box always looks neat and as if it was packed with care. There was some literature on top so let’s take a closer look!

There was a card inside that tells a little about My Texas Market.

The theme for April’s box was “Springtime in Texas” and the items in this box fit that theme perfectly.

I love the detail on this product description card! It lists each item and where the company that created it is located.

Two of these companies are new to me but I have tried items from the other three. Everything looks so pretty!

Otavea Strawberry Body Scrub (4 oz, $10 value) I love strawberries and this scrub smelled so scrumptious so I tried it first. This stuff is practically edible but do yourself a favor and follow the instructions on the card that was included (shown below) and try it in your shower. No lotion needed after using this baby.

Grab Me. Scrub Me. Rinse Me. Done!

Mind Your Own Beeswax Candle Co. Medium Beehive Candle (3.5 oz, $8 value) I love candles but some of them can be overly perfumed but not this cute little hive shaped one. Even my husband commented on how nice it smelled when I burned it.

It even has little bees on it!

Texas Hill Country Olive Oil Co. Blackberry Balsamic Vinegar (100ml, $6.80 value) I LOVE Texas Hill Country Olive Oil and wrote a separate review on them that you can read here. Thanks to My Texas Market I am expanding my collection of olive oils and flavored balsamic vinegars. These are so good they are practically drinkable but try mixing it with some olive oil and a little salt and top your field green salad with this delectable mixture.

Brenham Kitchens Dried Strawberries (8 oz, $10 value) These are super sweet and a nice alternative to gummy fruit snacks. They taste good on their own but try topping a salad (such as the one mentioned above) with some chopped berries, mix with nuts for your own trail mix, or, as my friend suggested, top your oatmeal with these instead of raisins.

Kuhdoo Soap Co. Bluebonnet Soap ($6 value) I never really thought of bluebonnets having a scent yet my oldest said it smelled exactly like (wait for it) bluebonnets! I thought it had a floral scent mixed with a touch of grape Kool-Aid (I love grape Kool-Aid). Put this in a room that you want to smell good such as a guest bathroom.

Once again My Texas Market curated a beautiful box from the Lone Star State! All of the products are perfect for the theme and are enjoyable to use. Do you have a favorite farmers’ market find?

My Texas Market March Box Review

My Texas Market is a monthly subscription box containing 4-6 items from small businesses in Texas that focuses on small batch and artisan products that fit a monthly theme. Sort of like visiting the farmers’ market, except they shipped it to your house! The subscription is $35 a month and you can get a discount on a 3- or 6-month subscription. Right now if you enter promo code MAIL25 you will save 25% on your first box! You can also send the box as a gift or purchase previous boxes and some featured items in their Online Market. To subscribe to My Texas Market, click here. This box was sent to me for review purposes (thank you My Texas Market!).

I love the stamped box, there was a cowboy boot stamp too!

The box came with a card saying thanks for supporting Texas businesses. The flip side gives details on how you can win a free box and mentions that 10% of all profits are donated to the Houston Food Bank.

The flip side of the card

 

The theme for the March box was “Rodeo”. I think that is a great theme for this time of year since so many cities in Texas have their rodeo this month.

Each My Texas Market box comes with a detailed card that lists the items provided as well as their origin and instructions on their use.

First up was Texas Two-Step Jam from Garden Dreams Houston. This is a custom made flavor just for this box and it is delicious. It is sweet with just a bit of something extra from the jalapenos. I spread some brie on a cracker and topped it with this jam and it was delicious! (4 oz jar value around $4)

 

Sweet, salty, and a little bit spicy

Each My Texas Market box came with one of several flavors of chocolate from Tejas Chocolate and I received Espiritu Santo. Each bar is made using minimal ingredients and mine contained simply cacao and sugar. It was a deep, rich, and smooth dark chocolate bar, sooo nice. (2 oz bar around $3 value)

My only experience with beef jerky up until this point was a weird round stick from the grocery store that looked like a small pepperoni. This Original Peppered Beef ATX Homemade Jerky was very different from that unfortunate first experience. It was softer than I expected and was very salty and reminded me of a chewy salami. ($6.99 value)

Barbecue sauce is a staple in my fridge and this one from Basic Foodism was a very nice one to add to my collection. It was thicker than my usual sauces and had texture thanks to the minced onion and garlic and I detected a hint of molasses. ($7 value)

This Texas Gentleman Shave Bar from Kuhdoo has a soapy clean yet earthy scent and contains ingredients that you can almost eat. I will use it as a hand soap alternative since I do not shave my face. ($10 value)

 

Finally, there was a magnet made out of reclaimed Texas pecan wood, which is the state tree of Texas. It bears the seal from the Republic of Texas that lasted from 1836-1845. Yep, that’s right, it really was a whole other country at one time. Check out this goofy yet realistic ad for Texas tourism that ran in the early ’90’s. (Magnet value around $10?)

 

I think that My Texas Market does a great job of keeping to a theme! These really are products that you would find at a local farmers’ market, which means you may not be able to get a fix if the individual companies do not offer online shipping. That can also be part of the market experience though, just enjoy the products in the here and now and look forward to the treasures of the next box!

My Texas Market February Box Review

My Texas Market is a monthly subscription box containing 4-6 items from small businesses in Texas that focuses on small batch and artisan products that fit a monthly theme. Sort of like visiting the farmers’ market, except they shipped it to your house! The subscription is $35 a month and you can get a discount on a 3- or 6-month subscription. Right now if you enter promo code MAIL25 you will save 25% on your first box! You can also send the box as a gift or purchase previous boxes and some featured items in their Online Market. To subscribe to My Texas Market, click here. This box was sent to me for review purposes (thank you My Texas Market!).

I received the February box to review and I was excited to open it because it smelled spicy and it turns out that the theme was Tex-Italiano! It contained Italian-inspired foods made in Texas and was a tribute to the wine and olive industry.

The items inside were wrapped with olive themed paper and it was very cute and indeed special looking. If this was a gift box from someone else I would be happy to open it!

There was a product card inside with the theme on one side and the products included in the box on the flip side. There was also info about the companies that made the products and it was nice getting to know about these small businesses.

Ohh, I can’t wait to get a closer look!

Aha, this is the source of the spicy smell that greeted me when I opened the box! The Roasted Garlic Infused Sea Salt from McClure Family Farm bears no resemblance to the stuff I usually shake out of a canister. I always add garlic salt to my mashed potatoes and this took them to a new level. It wasn’t overpowering at all and I am looking forward to using it instead of the stuff from the grocery store. ($8 value)

For those times when I use fresh garlic instead of dried (which is almost always with the exception of those mashed potatoes) I can use Chef’s Kitchen All Natural Soap from Old Factory Soap Co.  to wash that stink right outta my hands. This soap is moisturizing thanks to olive, flaxseed, and coconut oil as well as shea butter and is scented with all kinds of lovely herbs such as lemongrass and peppermint. The scent is fleeting, as a good chef’s soap should be. ($8 for 4oz bar)

I recently discovered Texas Hill Country Olive Oil and I am infatuated with them currently and so I was jumping for joy when I found this bottle of their Sola Stella Extra Virgin Olive Oil  under the bubble wrap. After trying two of their delicious finishing oils from their own subscription box I was about to contact them to see if they could suggest an all-purpose oil that could be used for cooking and then voila, this showed up like an answered prayer. It has a light but distinct flavor and I tossed it with some asparagus before roasting and it was perfect. ($5 value) (You can read my review of Texas Hill Country Olive Oil here)

I first saw the DellaCasa Campanelle Tricolor Slow Dry Pasta on Instagram and commented that I thought it was a picture of flowers and it turns out I was half right as “campanelle” means bellflowers! This is truly a farmers market only item and is available in the Houston area. It suggests using with heartier sauces and I plan on serving it with Bolognese sauce this week. ($7.50 value)

I have only tried making homemade pizza a couple of times and the result wasn’t really worth the effort so I think I may try a different spin on the Gluten-Free Pizza Crust Mix from Whole Note Food Company. I am going to try making pizza sticks instead. ($5 plus shipping)

It turns out that Tailor Made Treats are located here in Austin so a trip to their store may be in my future. Except from what I can tell they don’t have a store but they are sold in stores here so I may have to make my way to one of those locations. I loved the simplicity and flavor of these treats that are made from 70% dark chocolate and are sweetened with organic maple syrup. Every once in a while I would taste a bit of pink Himalayan sea salt that would set it off beautifully and unexpectedly. Two of the chocolates had a whole hazelnut inside and the other two had a couple of roasted coffee beans. (Not sure of the value)

Pretty shapes and deliciously dark

 

I was very happy with my box! I am not sure of the exact value but the 5 items that did have prices were worth $33. I think that My Texas Market put together a great box that stuck to the theme and that anyone can enjoy, whether cooks, women, men, non-Texans, everyone! Here is their website if you would like to check them out!