Bouqs Flower Delivery Review

Bouqs Flower Delivery Review I love fresh flowers, don’t you?  I remember when Art and I were dating, his mom always had a vase of fresh flowers in the front window.  To me, it made the house even more welcoming.

I can’t always afford to have fresh flowers in the house – especially my favorites, roses.  We had rose bushes at the old house, but the new house doesn’t have any flowers and since I am known to be a brown thumb,  I haven’t even attempted to plant them.  And roses are so expensive to have delivered, aren’t they?

Bouqs.com contacted me and asked if I wanted to try their fresh cut flower delivery service.  How could I say no?

About Bouqs.com

Bouqs.com cuts their flowers on the day you order them, and deliver straight from the farm.  The farm is located near the equator, on the edge of a volcano, 10,000 feet above sea level.

Bouqs.com farms practice sustainable, eco-friendly farming, and they cut only what they sell – so they don’t waste 1 out of every 3 stems like others.

Bouqs.com partners offer competitive, living wages and services like on-site child and healthcare, and adult education.

And get this – volcano bouquets cost only $40 with free shipping!!

My Review:

I ordered the Original version (one dozen) of the Dawn orange roses.  Since the flowers come from near the equator, you need to plan at least six days lead time into your delivery.  My bouquet was personally delivered by my Fed Ex driver (these bouquets require a signature).  Here’s what the box looked like:

Bouqs flower delivery reviewLook how securely the roses were packaged – these puppies weren’t moving without some effort!!

Bouqs flower delivery reviewBesides being securely packaged, the stems were packed in gel, and were still moist!!  Once I managed to get the flowers out of the box, I spread them out so I could cut them to fit my vase.

Bouqs flower delivery reviewThe flowers came with a pack of preservative, so I made sure to add it to the vase water before I cut and arranged my roses.

Bouqs flower delivery reviewThe flowers were absolutely gorgeous, but the proof is in the pudding, as they say, so how did they look  six days later?

Bouqs flower delivery reviewToday, as I am writing this, it is about ten days since the delivery and even though I have had to remove a couple of roses, the rest are still going strong, with just a little more water added to the vase.

I am VERY impressed with Bouqs.com.  The flowers are gorgeous and their staying power is AMAZING!!  The value can’t be beat!!

Right now, in addition to their already low price, Bouqs.com is offering their Sunflower Special.  Order two Sunflower Bouqs and get a $15 credit good towards your next Bouqs order!!

I received a complimentary Bouqs.com bouquet for the purpose of review.  All opinions are 100% my own.

How to Make Sun Dried Tomatoes in the Oven

how to make sun dried tomatoesThe in-laws came to visit a couple of weeks ago and brought me a whole bunch of tomatoes from their garden.  The last time I was gifted tomatoes, I made Roasted Tomato Herb Soup.  This time around I thought I would make a batch of sun dried tomatoes.  I normally go through a jar every week and a half, so it made sense to figure out how to make my own.

Sun Dried Tomatoes

Ingredients:

4 pounds tomatoes, cleaned and halved

1-2 Tbsp. olive oil

sea salt, to taste

Directions:

Squeeze tomato halves gently to remove as many seeds as possible.

Toss squeezed halves with olive oil and sea salt.

Spread onto a cookie sheet, in a single layer.

Bake at 200F until slightly chewy.  Depending on the size of the tomatoes, this could take anywhere from 2 hours to all day.  Mine took 4-5 hours.  You’ll know they’re done when you can poke the tomato with a fork and no juice comes out.

Since some will be done sooner than others, remove the “done” tomatoes to a plate to cool while the remaining pieces are baking.  Once all pieces are cool, slice into julienne strips.

Store tomatoes in a air-tight container in the refrigerator.  Homemade sun dried tomatoes should NOT be stored in oil because the acid in the tomatoes can cause the oil to go rancid.

Now that you’ve made these gummy goodies, try them in my Cheesy Sun Dried Tomato Quick Bread!!

how to make sun dried tomatoesEnjoy!!