Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Organic Manna Bread Review and Giveaway $25 Value

MANNA BREAD ®
What is Manna bread? It is a cake-like, sprouted bread, yeast free bread, organic bread, free of salt, no oils, no sweeteners, no leavening agents. Manna is a moist and delicious, high in protein and fiber. Available in 9 delicious flavors in your favorite health food store, and most Whole Foods markets, in the USA and Canada. Or order here on the Manna Bread website!
Now also available:  ARTISAN ORGANIC CERTIFIED SOURDOUGH BREADS - YEAST FREE! They even accept PAYPAL.

I can't believe how remarkably simple and wholesome Manna Bread is.  It is made entirely from sprouted organic grains, seeds, fruits & nuts. It contains no salt, leavening, yeast, oil, or sweeteners.

By fully germinating their grains, they convert the starches into easily digested natural complex sugars, similar to those found in fresh fruits, hence the sweetness. The sprouts are ground and hand-shaped into loaves, baked at a low temperature, then packed and frozen to preserve shelf life, without any chemical additives.

I had NO idea something so basic and simple, could taste so GOOD!  I have never had bread like this in my entire life.  I loved the moist feel of the Manna, but there was so much more.  Manna Bread is full of texture from all the sprouted grains and is very satisfying.

The Bread arrived in perfect condition.  Manna Organics is so committed to taking care of the planet they used packaging peanuts that are made of biodegradable starch from corn or potato.  They can be dissolved in water or used as compost.

Manna Organics allowed me to selected four different kinds of their bread to sample and one lucky winner will get to sample the same four loaves I selected.

CARROT RAISIN: Sprouted organic wheat kernels, filtered water, organic carrots, organic raisins
This flavor was so naturally sweet, yet had a tangy after note.  I can't get over how moist it was. I enjoyed the dense feel in my mouth.  It was very satisfying. 

WHOLE RYE: Sprouted organic rye kernels, filtered water
This whole rye loaf was beyond simple and pure.  It is perfect!  It was so nutty and fresh.   I loved to enjoy it with a light spread of butter and a sprinkle of salt. You can see by the photo all of the moist fermented grains, which added the best texture. 

FIG FENNEL FLAX: Sprouted organic wheat kernels, filtered water, organic black mission figs, organic flax seeds, organic fennel seeds, organic poppy seeds, organic pumpkin seeds, organic sunflower seeds, organic sesame seeds
Each loaf of Manna Bread came sealed in a wrapper and then placed into another bag to help seal in the freshness.
Okay everyone this one was my Absolute Favorite!!!  Where do I even begin?  It was tangy, sweet, sticky, moist and crunchy. Oh the assorted seeds on the top of the loaf!!!  The flavors are in perfect balance.  I am now salivating as I am typing this...I wonder if I have any left??

SUNNY SOURDOUGH: Filtered water, organic whole rye flour, organic whole wheat flour, organic sunflower seeds, organic rolled oats, sea salt, organic caraway seeds, organic fennel seed, organic coriander seed.

Who has ever seen Sourdough bread look this way?  I know I haven't until I received my loaf from Manna Organics.  This bread was a little dry for my tastes plain, but toasted with a little butter and it was perfect.

Now for the Giveaway information.....1 Lucky Winner will be selected via Random.org.

The winner will receive a Sample Pack, which contains the 4 loaves of Manna Bread that I was lucky enough to sample.  A $25 Value!!

Open to US residents only age 18 or over. You must complete the Mandatory Entry to be eligible. This giveaway Ends 06/10/11 at 11:59pm MST. 
Please leave a separate comment with your email address for each entry that you complete.

*** Mandatory Entry -Visit Manna Organics and tell me something you have learned or would like to try***

Bonus Entries: 
"Like" Manna Organics on Facebook.

Leave a message on Manna Organics on Facebook that Fishful Thinking sent you and what product you would love to try.

Follow  MannaOrganics on Twitter.

Follow Fishful Thinking on Google Friends Connect - on the right side of my blog.

Leave me a comment on how would you enjoy your Manna Bread if you won!

Follow Fishful Thinking on Twitter.

Tweet about the Giveaway: You can copy and paste the following Tweet over on Twitter once per day. Remember to let me know you tweeted.

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You can #win Sample Pack of 4 loaves of Bread from @MannaOrganics $25 @busch0218 blog!http://t.co/AVMoOD1  Ends 06/10 1159pm MST #giveaways

Enter other active Giveaway's on Fishful Thinking Anthony's 100% Whole Grain Pasta and a Cuisinart Chef's Classic Stainless Steal 4-piece 12-Quart Pasta/Steamer Set. $160 Value (Ends 06/25) Erin Baker's Wholesome Baked Goods Box $15 Value (Ends 06/13), Perky Jerky Beef Jerky, 20 chances to win (Ends 06/18),  GoodOnYabar $10 Value (Ends 6/6) and/or Coffee-mate Spoon and Stir Stick (Ends 6/5),  make sure to leave a comment about each one you enter.

Thank you Manna Bread for producing such outstanding healthy products in the USA!!!

MANNA BREAD® "...moisten your wheat, that the angel of water may enter it…and the blessing...will soon make the germ of life to sprout... then crush your grain and make thin wafers as did your forefathers..." — Essene Gospel of Peace.

Monday, May 30, 2011

The Winners of the Salem Baking Company Giveaway are...


The Two Winners of the Salem Baking Company Giveaway are.....


Scrubs said... # 106



Daily Tweet
http://twitter.com/#!/LauraGholdson/status/71532111361871872


and





I wrote on Salem Baking's wall  "Sent by Fishful Thinking-I would love to try your Original Scottish shortbread."


I am so glad I have learned and tasted products from Salem Baking Company.   I am a life long fan! 

Thank you everyone for taking the time to enter my sponsored giveaways and learning more about these wonderful American Company's. 

Winner of the Newman's Own Organics is..........


The winner of Newman's Own Organics Giveaway of 4 Products, Even treats for your Dog $20 Value is....


Anonymous said... #170
i like newmans own organics on FB as "Lola K."
lkgreene05(at)yahoo(dot)com

Thank you Newman's Own Organics for creating such a huge selection of Organic product for people and pets alike.

Friday, May 27, 2011

The GoodOnYabar Organic Review and Giveaway $10 Value


"It’s not just about selling bars for us, we are passionate about learning, sharing nutrition info and helping people. We love what we are doing in business because healthy, organic living is who we are as people."

The quote above says it all about this fantastic Organic company - GoodOnYabar . I have been so impressed on how much this small Organic United States Company cares about their products and customers.  One of the emails I received from GoodOnYabar contained the above quote and it touched me on a personal level.

In today's food market, many company's are out to make an easy buck and not provide the best quality ingredients.  GoodOnYabar is defiantly NOT that type of company!

This nutrition bar is unlike any other on the market. GoodOnYabar's motto is “Every Ingredient Matters” because every single thing that goes into each organic nutrition bar has a nutritional purpose. There are no fillers. Other companies bulk up their bars with things like puffed brown rice.

Sounds healthy, and it’s not that it’s bad for you, it’s just nothing. It’s air. It’s a filler. GoodOnYabar weighs 57g, and when you see one you will notice the size. There are bars out there that are 3x as big and weigh 40g.

It is a protein bar, a fiber bar, a snack bar, an energy bar, a nutrition bar. It’s food!

The GoodOnYabar Breakfast Bar has 24% of the fiber you need in a day and 7.6g of bio-available protein in only 2oz’s.  This company vows they will never cut corners. Their goal is education. Health. Their goal is nutrition.

“Every Ingredient Matters”… you matter

GoodOnYabar was nice enough to send me out a sample kit which contained all three of their Organic Healthy, Tasty bars to try out and let my followers hear what I thought.
The Breakfast Bar was my favorite! How could it not when it contains the following healthy organic ingredients: 100% Organic Cold Milled Flax, 100% Pure Organic Maple Syrup, 100% Organic Raw Hemp Seeds, 100% Organic Raisins, 100% Organic Raw Sunflower Seeds, 100% Organic Raw Brazil Nuts, 100% Organic Unfiltered Olive Oil, 100% Organic Dark Chocolate, Celtic Sea Salt.

I enjoyed the texture of the bar, it was dense and chewy.  I loved the nutty complexity of flavors with the slight salty touch noticed every now and again.  I am amazed at how GoodOnYabar was able to turn these healthy ingredients in to such a palate pleaser.  I can't wait to place an order for these bars to have on hand.

The Peanut Butter Chocolate bar is a "no brainer" like the GoodOnYabar site states.  What is there not to love?  The peanut butter is not over powering and marries nicely to the dark chocolate pieces.  The texture is firm, but very moist and chewy.  It is a very satisfying healthy treat.  One I have to fight my children for :)

The last bar I sampled was the Peanut Butter Honey bar.  To be totally honest, I saved this one for last because I am not a huge fan of straight honey.  I was concerned that honey was going to be a huge flavor profile with in the bar.  Much to my pleasure it wasn't.  I seemed like the honey added a touch of sweetness to this moist, chewy treat.  Upon opening this bar I was met with a sweet, nutty aroma of peanuts, which made me look forward to my first bite.  This was a definite do again.

I am certain who ever is lucky enough to win this fantastic prize pack from GoodOnYabar will not be disappointed! 

Now for the Giveaway information.....1 Lucky Winner will be selected via Random.org.

The winner will receive a Sample Pack, which contains 3 bars (one of each flavor) A $10 Value!!

Open to US residents only age 18 or over. You must complete the Mandatory Entry to be eligible. This giveaway Ends 06/06/11 at 11:59pm MST.

Please leave a separate comment with your email address for each entry that you complete.

*** Mandatory Entry -Visit The GoodOnYaBar and tell me something you have learned or would like to try***

Bonus Entries:

"Like" The GoodOnYaBar on Facebook (Counts for 2 Entries -  so List you Like them two separate times in comment section)

Leave a message on The GoodOnYa Bar on Facebook that Fishful Thinking sent you and what product you would love to try.

Follow theGoodOnYabar on Twitter.

Follow Fishful Thinking on Google Friends Connect - on the right side of my blog

Follow Fishful Thinking on Twitter

Subscribe to the GoodOnYabar blog.

Tweet about the Giveaway: You can copy and paste the following Tweet over on Twitter once per day. Remember to let me know you tweeted.

Copy and Paste Tweet:

You can #win Sample Pack 3 Organic bars @theGoodOnYabar $10 @busch0218 blog! http://t.co/BUEGynS Ends 06/06 1159pm MST #giveaways

Enter other active Giveaway's on Fishful Thinking Newman's Own Organics 4 Product Giveaway $20 Value (Ends 5/29) and/or Coffee-mate Spoon and Stir Stick (Ends 6/5)Erin Baker's Wholesome Baked Goods Box $15 Value (Ends 06/13) make sure to leave a comment about each one you enter.

Thank you The GoodOnYabar for producing such outstanding healthy products in the USA!!!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

I Love Coffee-mate and so does my Mom - Giveaway - Brew Crew Member

I love being a Coffee-mate Brew Crew Member and I love Coffee-mate.  I have been given a excellent opportunity to submit blog posts to Coffee-mate and recently two of my Blogs have been selected to be posted on the Main Coffee-mate website!


You can check out my Coffee-mate blogs on the Coffee-mate.com site.  Click on Coffee Break and select Coffee Talk Blog, which will lead to you all of them.  My two are:

I never knew Motherhood until....  and Life is so Unpredictable .

I want to spread my love to Coffee-mate to everyone in the United States!!!  I want everyone to check out Coffee-mate's website.  I am amazed at how frequently Coffee-mate updates their pages and products.

I want to share a few Coffee-mate items I have received as a Coffee-mate Brew Crew Member to other Fellow Coffee-mate Fans.




Two qualified people will win...

Winner #1 - An Exclusive Coffee-mate spoon and a Stir Stick 

Winner #2 - Two Exclusive Coffee-mate Stir Sticks.



Open to US residents only age 18 or over. You must complete the Mandatory Entry to be eligible. This giveaway Ends 06/05/11 at 11:59pm MST. Please leave a separate comment with your email address for each entry that you complete.

*** Mandatory Entry - You must follow this Blog - Fishful Thinking on Google Friends Connect - on the right side of my blog ***


Bonus Entries:

Check out Coffee-mate's website and my blogs I never knew Motherhood until.... and/or Life is so Unpredictable . Leave a comment directly on the Coffee-mate blog comment section about what you enjoyed with my Coffee-mate blog post(s).  Make sure to come back here to Fishful Thinking and let me know you left a comment or comments.  If you leave one on each make sure you leave a comment here for each so you get credit.

"Like" Coffee-mate on Facebook.

Follow Fishful Thinking on Twitter.

Follow Coffee-mate on Twitter.

Leave a Comment telling me what you favorite flavor of Coffee-mate is.

Tweet about the Giveaway: You can copy and paste the following Tweet over on Twitter once per day. Remember to let me know you tweeted.

Copy and Paste Tweet:

U can #win @Coffee_mate Exclusive Coffee-mate spoon and Stir Stick on @busch0218 blog! http://t.co/IHVDGMD Ends 06/05 1159pm MST #giveaways

Enter other active Giveaway's on Fishful Thinking Newman's Own Organics 4 Product Giveaway $20 Value (Ends 5/29) and/or The GoodOnYabar Giveaway $10 Value (Ends 06/06),  Erin Baker's Wholesome Baked Goods Box $15 Value (Ends 06/13) make sure to leave a comment about each one you enter.

Good Luck Everyone!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Winner of the Crunchy N Yummy Giveaway is......

The Winner of the Crunchy N Yummy Giveaway is......



Donna said... #188

"I learned their products are certified USDA Organic."
Congrats Donna and enjoy your prize from Crunchy N Yummy.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Newman's Own Organics Review and Giveaway of 4 Products, Even treats for your Dog $20 Value

I have been very blessed her recently with excellent companies willing share their products with me to review and share with a few lucky winners.  But I think it will be hard for another company to top what Newman's Own Organics sent me to sample (I use that term lightly, as you will soon see) and review on my blog.
I couldn't believe all the full size items they sent for our family.  Even our dogs weren't left out!  And the best part is this fantastic company even carries more items then these....


All the dog treats where a HUGE hit with our furry family members.  I think the Salmon and Sweet Potato were their favorite.  I loved the fact the treats were all a nice size (some hearts) and firm.  One the the treats even had a break mark, so I could easily snap it in half which was perfect for our Corgi. One of the four products you can win is a bag of the Salmon and Sweet Potato Dog Treat for your furry family member. 




I love dried fruit and the convience of having it on hand at anytime.  I have never had dried Apricots like Newman's Own Organics.  They are so sweet and soft and sticky.  I didn't know that dried fruit could ever taste this good.  My husband wants me to try to dip them in dark chocolate.  I will have to let everyone know how that turns out.  I need to share the funny comment on the Apricot bag "What are Apricots?  Where monkeys sleep."  One of the four products one winner will receive is a bag of these tasty dried apricots.


We enjoyed these salty snacks...White Cheddar and Lightly Salted Soy Crisps and Salted Rounds and Thin Sticks Pretzels.  The Salted Rounds pretzels actually had an "N" in the middle of them.  My boys thought that was awesome.  I  have a confession to make I didn't share any of the White Cheddar Crisps with anyone...I ate the whole bag in one sitting....I need more of these. 

Check out all the candy sweetness goodies....We received Black, Strawberry and Tangerine Licorice.  These twits make me think of old fashioned licorice....It was delicious.

We are still enjoying the four packages of mints.  Each package contained four rolls of mints.  We tried Newman's Own Organics entire line including Cinnamon, Ginger, Peppermint and Wintergreen .  My favorite is Peppermint.   

We were able to treat ourselves to Fig Newmans - Low Fat and the Fat Free Variety.  They were very similar to Fig Newtons, but only better and I feel healthier.

I had never heard of or had a Hermit before Newman's Own Organics....I am hooked.  They are so chewy and soft...Spicy and sweet, perfect with a cup of coffee before bed.  They sent me Original and Ginger.  On the back of the package is said, "No Hermits were harmed, mistreated, pestered or annoyed in the making of these cookies".  What a fun thing to say! They were both out of this world but my favorite is the Original...so Another one of the four product someone will win is a package of Original Hermits.

 Cookies, cookies, and more cookies...even Alphabet cookies
I am amazed at the quality and variety of cookies Newman's Own Organics produces.  We are still working our way through this sweet crunchy goodness....Double Chocolate Mint Chip, Espresso Chocolate Chip and Chocolate Chip.....yum!

The cookies were the perfect bite size with plenty of chocolate chips.  The bags even came with a resealable tape tab.  The last of the four products some will win is their own bag of Newman's Own Organics Champion Chip Cookies.

Yes everyone even MORE Cookies.  Not just any cookie but Newman-O's!   A filled cookie that can meet any ones tastes...mint, ginger, peanut butter??

These cookies had the perfect balance of cookie and filling.  The filling complimented the cookie with out over powering the cookie.



Here is some very interesting information about Newman's Own Organics that they so graciously provided Fishful Thinking with:






When Nell Newman and business partner Peter Meehan started Newman’s Own®
Organics: The Second Generation® in 1993, they were sure there was a market for organic snack
foods, but they couldn’t have anticipated just how fast the demand for their products would grow.
What started with pretzels and grew to include other snack foods has now expanded to many other organic items: coffee, tea, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, organic dried fruit, and pet food. The partners anticipate adding a number of new items each year in all these areas. 

            Nell approached her father in 1992 about the possibility of an organic division. He offered to cover one year’s expenses for Nell and Peter to determine the feasibility of an organic product line under the Newman name. The one stipulation was that, once established, they would return the seed money, so that it could be added to his charity money. They not only managed to do this within a short period of time, but also became an independent company in early 2001. This had been the goal from the beginning. They are committed to following the philanthropic role of Paul Newman and bringing out products that he was proud to have his name associated with. 

            Great tasting products that happen to be organic is our slogan,” says Nell. “It really says a lot about us. We’ve seen in recent years that people want to know more about the food they eat, not just how many calories a product contains. It’s becoming more important to them how ingredients are grown and processed on the way to their grocers' shelf. Once people see how much organic foods have improved since the early days of packaged `health' foods, we feel they'll seek them out.”
Now for the Giveaway information.....1 Lucky Winner will be selected via Random.org.

The winner will receive 4 of Newman's Own Organics products, including the following...

a bag of salmon and sweet potato dog treats, a bag of dried apricots, a package of Original Hermits, and a bag of  Champion Chip Cookies.  Approximate retail value $20.

Open to US residents only age 18 or over. You must complete the Mandatory Entry to be eligible. This giveaway Ends 05/29/11 at 11:59pm MST. Please leave a separate comment with your email address for each entry that you complete.

*** Mandatory Entry -Visit Newman's Own Organics and what product you would love to try or have tried***

Bonus Entries:

Follow Fishful Thinking on Google Friends Connect - on the right side of my blog

Follow Fishful Thinking on Twitter

"Like" Newman's Own Organics on Facebook.

Leave a message on Newman's Own Organics Facebook wall that Fishful Thinking sent you and what product you would love to try.

Tell me what recipe you would most like to try on Newman's Own Organics site.

Tell me a fact you learned about Newman's Own Organics on their website.

Tweet about the Giveaway: You can copy and paste the following Tweet over on Twitter once per day. Remember to let me know you tweeted.

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#win 4 Newman's Own Organics Products even 1 for your dog on @busch0218 blog! $20 Value http://t.co/tcOLdbx Ends 05/29 1159pm MST #giveaways

Enter other active Giveaway's on Fishful Thinking like Crunchy N Yummy freeze dried fruit(05-21-11) or/and Salem Baking Co. $17 Value (05-25-11) or Coffee-mate Spoon and Stir Stick (06-05-11) or The GoodOnYabar Giveaway $10 Value (Ends 06/06)  make sure to leave a comment about each one you enter.

Thank you very much Newman's Own Organics for this awesome opportunity and for making such awesome products for people and pets.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Winners of Purex Giveaway......

I am pleased to announce with the help of Random.org the winners for my Purex Giveaway has been selected.




Stacy said... #212

All Purex detergents are Dual Compatible, meaning they work equally well in High Efficiency (HE) washing machines and standard washing machines.


 


susan1215 said... #208

I'd get Fresh Morning Burst one

Thank you for all the wonderful entries and followers!  I am proud to be a Purex Insider and be able to pass these awesome giveaways on to all.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Salem Baking Co. / Dewey's Bakery Review and Giveaway - $17 Value *Featured on Oprah

I was lucky enough a while ago to win a excellent Gift Basket via a blog giveaway from Gourmet Gift Baskets.com.  It included a small package of Parmesan Artichoke Garlic Cheese Biscuits from the Salem Baking Co.

I was pleasantly amazed at how unique and tasty these dainty biscuits were.  I went online and located Salem Baking Co.  Their main page showed some of their Moravian cookies were featured on Oprah's Holiday Gift Selection's.  Salem's Baking Company's artisan baking hertiage dates back to 1930.  Their bakery is located in the foothills of  North Carolina.  They specialize in time honored recipes and distinctive products which are baking in the homemade tradition using the finest, all natural ingredients from around the world.

Salem Baking Co. was nice enough to provide me with two of their specially crafted treats to try out and review.  They have offered to giveaway these two products to two of my bloggy friends (see below for further details).  I want to start by saying I was shocked at the great care that was taken to ensure these products arrived on my door step in perfect condition.  They were packaged carefully in a cold type wrapping with two small ice bags.  Wow!!

The first tasty, savory treat I sampled was Salem Baking Co. Classic Cheddar (Aged Sharp Cheddar) Cheese Biscuits.
These crunchy but not hard petite cheesy biscuits had a pleasant surprise with its flavor.  I noted a hint of "heat" and saw on the list of ingredients the final addition was habanero chili powder.  The added ingredient really helps to enhance the flavor of the cheddar cheese and make you wonder what else in rounding out this exquisite biscuit.
I enjoyed these biscuits straight out of the bag.  They are perfect for awakening palates before dinner or as an enhancement to soups or salads. 

I saved the Moravian Chocolate Dipped Spice Cookies for last, after my boys went to bed so I didn't have to share.
These are the perfect sweet delight after a meal or a late night indulgence.  Salem Baking Co. has combined the finest most cherished, yet healthful, ingredients from around the world  to create their Legendary Spice Cookie.  These cookies feature Asian giner, cloves from Madagascar and allspice from Jamaica + they are dipped in premium dark chocolate. 
What a perfect marriage of flavors and you don't have to feel so guilty about this indulgence.  As both ginger and dark chocolate have documented health benefits.  Plus five of these wafer thin delights only contain 160 calories.  My biggest problem was stopping at just five cookies. 

Salem Baking Company has worked wonders with these cookies as they as so thin, but are not over powered by the elegant dark chocolate.  The spices are also not over powering, but balanced to leave your taste buds wanting more.

Okay are you all wanting to buy your own now???

Now for the Giveaway information.....
2 Lucky Winners will be selected via Random.org.

Each winner will receive a tube of Salem Baking Co. Chocolate Dipped Ginger Moravian Cookies and
box of Cheddar Cheese Biscuits.  A $17 Value!! 


Open to US residents only age 18 or over. You must complete the Mandatory Entry to be eligible. This giveaway Ends 05/25/11 at 11:59pm MST. Please leave a separate comment with your email address for each entry that you complete.

*** Mandatory Entry -Visit Salem Baking Co. and tell me something you have learned or would or have tried***

Bonus Entries:

Follow Fishful Thinking on Google Friends Connect - on the right side of my blog

Follow Fishful Thinking on Twitter

"Like" Salem Baking Co. on Facebook.

Leave a message on Salem Baking Co. that Fishful Thinking sent you and what product you would love to try.

Follow Dewey's Bakery on Twitter.

"Like" Dewey's Bakery on Facebook.

Leave a message on Dewey's Bakery that Fishful Thinking sent you and what product you would love to try.

Tweet about the Giveaway: You can copy and paste the following Tweet over on Twitter once per day. Remember to let me know you tweeted.

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You can #win 2 Salem Baking Co items $17 @deweysbakery on @busch0218 blog!http://t.co/AI7zs7V Ends 05/25 1159pm MST #giveaways

Enter other active Giveaway's on Fishful Thinking Spacesavers Indispensable Double Food Dispenser $42 Value (Ends 05/17) and Crunchy N Yummy Freeze-dried Fruit (5-21) and Newman's Own Organics $20 Value (Ends 05/29) make sure to leave a comment about each one you enter.

Thank you Salem Baking Co./Dewey's Bakery for producing such outstanding products in the USA!!!