Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Every year I go through an amazing amount of baking supplies and have never given a thought to the items I have used and how it may have effected our fragile environment.
But this year, or should I say this last month my thought process has changed thanks to finding an amazing Environment Friendly Product Company called....
"If You Care kitchen and household products are carefully and deliberately crafted to have the least environmental impact and the lightest carbon footprint possible, while at the same time, delivering to the consumer, the highest quality and most effective results."
If You Care sent me out a beautiful and Environment Friendly selection of baking supplies, including an awesome t-shirt to sample, review and is going to provide a Giveaway of a Wonderful Prize Pack to one Lucky Bloggy Friend.
I want to start by sharing the moment my If You Care products arrived, I was pleased as I could feel the difference in the items. They each felt sturdy and capable of holding up through all my kitchen adventures. All the packaging of the items received were even Environmental Friendly (How Cool is That!!)
The If You Care Parchment Baking Paper is Amazing! It has held up to my Toffee making this Holiday Season perfectly. If You Care Parchment Paper uses Silicone, derived from a natural element to help prevent items from sticking. But perhaps most importantly, If You Care baking papers use NO chlorine in their production. And that means NO chlorine is dumped into our lakes and streams. It is also Microwave and Oven Safe to 428 degrees.
Large Baking Cups which are the most beautiful Natural Brown Color. I LOVE these cups. They hold up to even the heaviest of batters. If You Care Baking Cups use premium quality unbleached greaseproof paper. So you don't even have to spray your baking cups before using...your baked goods will come right out perfectly! NO chlorine is used in their production...Which means no chlorine is dumped into our lakes, rivers and streams.
100% Recycled Aluminum Foil! Thank you If You Care for finding the perfect use for used Aluminum Foil. While traditional foil manufacturing is a power-intensive process, If You Care uses 95% less energy to produce. Because there is no need to mine, If You Care production creates less waste, while reusing a precious resource. If You Care 100% Recycled Aluminum Foil can be recycled again, providing your local recycling center accepts aluminum foil.*
If You Care 100% Unbleached Paper Snack and Sandwich Bags. These bags are made in Sweden from the unbleached pulp of Scandinavian spruce trees – a natural, renewable resource – If You Care Snack and Sandwich Bags are greaseproof, and provide a natural barrier which prevents grease or fat from penetrating. They are not treated with petroleum based paraffin wax or any other wax. Like all of If You Care paper products, these snack and sandwich bags are totally chlorine-free! My boys LOVE to take these in their lunch boxes to school. They work perfectly and my boys think they are special as each bag is unique from the "typical" zippy bags others use (hopefully we can change that fact very soon).
I have never heard of Sponge Cloths before, until If You Care sent a package. They are 100% Natural. Each cloth is extremely porous, which makes the sponge cloth extraordinarily absorbent. It can absorb up to 20 times its own weight in water. The sponge cloths are extremely durable, tear and abrasion resistant. They are reusable over and over again, and check this out!!! They can be machine washed in water up to 1900F (880C), up to 300 times! Perfect is all I can say!
And my T-shirt is wonderful! Thank you If You Care for caring about all of us and our fragile environment! You do truly make a difference....and now I do as I will be purchasing more If You Care.
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Saturday, November 26, 2011
One of my biggest challenges when I make fudge myself, it turns out grainy. And when I buy fudge at the store or confection shops it can be dry and overly sweet.
I was excited to find an Artisan Fudge shop only 3 1/2 hours from when I currently live. And since I live in the middle of now where 3 1/2 hours is very close :) .
Yes, personal experience as SilkFudge so graciously and elegantly sent me out a 4 piece sampler box to savor (and fall in LOVE with), review and GIVEAWAY one, 4 piece sampler box($24), Gift Box ($4) and Shipping ($10) (Winner selects what flavors they want to receive).
Chubby Bunny, Orange Cream, Dark Chocolate, and Almond Joy...my absolute favorite was Dark Chocolate.
The Chubby Bunny was a unique combination of white chocolate chips, milk chocolate chunks, marshmallows, cashews, and Original SilkFudge. The cashews were lightly salted which really added depth to this creative fudge. It had nice eye appeal.
I am not a big fan of white chocolate, until I tried the Orange Cream SilkFudge. It is beautiful to look at with the soft orange color and white swirled together. It reminded me of a creamsicle. It was so smooth and creamy and should I say dreamy!!
The Almond Joy SilkFudge couldn't have been named with a more perfect name. It was just like enjoying an Almond Joy candy bar, but only more decadent and satisfying. It is a blend of milk chocolate fudge, almonds and coconut.
But, don't let my descriptions stop you from taking a look at the Many, More flavors available from SilkFudge.
SilkFudge is made with the best chocolate and simple ingredients like cream, butter and sugar. Each batch is made in small four pound batches and tasted to make sure there isn’t any sugar grain.
The fudge recipe came from owner Angela Olson's mother, who was a great candy maker.
Friday, November 25, 2011
Thursday, November 24, 2011
If any of you are like me, even with this special day upon us, I am always on the look out for Amazing Sales!
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
I know from many years of personal experience how stressful the holidays can get, especially when it comes to gift giving. You are always trying to keep track of everything (who wants what, what you have already purchased, who may have also purchased that item for that person, etc...) and find something that will make Christmas memorable for each and every loved one.
Here is what can help with all of those Holiday worries and so much more....
Santa's Hideout is a new and exciting FREE online experience to help make holiday gifting magical for the Whole Family! Plus it makes planning for you and I so much easier.
Santa's Hideout lets children securely make their lists for "Santa".
Then parents, friends and family can shop and share from their lists easily. Parents can track purchases and send special messages of encouragement form the the "big guy in red" and so, so much more!
Don't worry Santa's Hideout is set up with easy to use features... like the registration.
In two very easy steps...so you can create your lists and give Santa some ground rules :)
You can be Santa's Big Helper by adding items to the recipients list and once there are items added you are ready.
Share individual items or an entire list with family and friends via email, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and Google+. Bet you never thought Santa could be this high tech and with the times.
Start tracking your online purchases or track your gifting through your account. Receiving email ALERTS when there are updates made to the list by the recipient, friend or relative.
Don't worry, as I know we are all busy and constantly on the run during the Holidays...Santa's Hideout lists are optimized for mobile. BEST part is as a Mom I am in control! I can make changes to Lists, add or delete items and avoid doubles.
Create your FREE account today at Santashideout.com.
My favorite part about Santa's Hideout is it really takes the guess work out of holiday shopping by creating a Safe, One-Stop, Parent Controlled, Magical environment that is easy to use. I love shopping on Amazon.com and Santa's Hideout makes my online shopping a joy as it relates over to my Lists.
And another thing being a Mom I appreciate the fact I can control the access to the Lists I have created. I have the ability to set limits to help keep the Holiday budget a even show what items can and can't be shown.
And if you really feel creative, you can send messages as "Santa". Santa can asked loved ones to create a list, complete a chore for a Christmas bonus, the possibilities are endless.
Santa's Hideout is on Facebook, Twitter and Tumbler. Don't forget to Add Santas Hideaway on Google +.
Thank you to all the Elves at Santa's Hideaway for making the Holiday's less stressful.
Monday, November 21, 2011
I was privileged or should I say blessed, Guylian Artisanal Belgian Chocolates sent me out a HUGE selection of their Belgian Chocolate Truffles, Extra Dark Belgian Chocolate Truffles and two large no sugar chocolate (dark and milk) bars.
Please know Guylian Truffles are uniquely special and different than the truffles I am accustom too. "Guylian Artisanal Belgian Chocolates provide the ultimate experience for chocolate lovers." Each truffle is beautifully designed into seashells and even an adorable seahorse (my boys loved them!)
The Belgian Chocolate Truffles have a delicate marbled shell which is made with 100% pure, silky smooth dark, milk and White Belgian Chocolate. Inside the shell is waiting a rich and creamy truffle center. The center reminded me of a Hazelnut based spread that I really love. The nutty center blended beautifully with the silky marbled chocolate on the outside. They really are a work of art. Each and every truffle has a different marbled appearance.
The Extra Dark Belgian Chocolate Truffles were my favorite as I am a dark chocolate lover. The outer shell is made from 74% dark cocoa with the center being an extra dark and decadent chocolate center. The exterior of these beauty's were so smooth and flawless. The center was perfect, perfect and smooth and dark. I LOVE these.
I have never tried No Sugar Added Chocolate in my entire life, until I received my samples to try and honestly review. Guylian uses maltitol to sweeten the chocolate. Maltitol is a 100% natural and with my experience does an excellent job at making No Sugar Added chocolate perfectly sweet. These bars were very nice with no aftertaste. I would buy these again.
Before I share this fantastic giveaway did you know:
Each time you buy Guylian Chocolates you are supporting Project Seahorse, an international marine conservation organization. "Saving the seahorses means saving the seas."
Sunday, November 20, 2011
You can register through Facebook (one click to connect, and one to approve)
set up an account with their name, zip code, an email address, and a password they set. One screen, about ten seconds, for a chance at a $200 prize, just in time for the holidays!
PRIZEY is compensating for my participating in this promotion
Friday, November 18, 2011
An All Natural, Wafer thin, multi-grain cracker which are baked to a light crisp perfection.
Crunchmaster Multi-Grain Crackers by TH Foods are a delicious, natural alternative to traditional processed wheat crackers. With a blend of pure California brown rice, stone-ground corn, oat fiber, and a four seed blend, Crunchmaster Multi-Grain Crackers are oven-baked and have 65% less fat than regular multi-grain chips. They are a good source of fiber, are free of saturated fat and cholesterol, are certified gluten-free, and contain 21g of whole grains per serving.
My favorite was the White Cheddar. They had the perfect balance of hearty grains, yet lightly seasoned with the mellow White Cheddar to make for a "can't just eat one" cracker experience. I loved how crunchy, but not hard they are. My little boys adore these crackers and ask for them to enjoy as a later afternoon snack.
The Sea Salt really allowed the nuttiness of the grains to shine through. The light sprinkling of sea salt really added to the simpleness of these light and crunchy crackers.
The Roasted Vegetable Crunchmaster Multi-grain crackers were so fresh. I loved the fact they were not greasy, as many other vegetable crackers I have tried seem oily. I made little sandwiches out of these Roasted Vegetable Crackers by adding a small amount of vegetable cream cheese....yummmmm.
I would never have guessed these are gluten free crackers...They were just perfect. Even the packaging was smart and perfect, with a resealable bag and no extras like a box to waste our natural resources. Find out more about Crunchmasters on Facebook and Twitter.
I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms MeetSM program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms MeetSM blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product.
So who wants to win??? Win 1 Case (12 bags) of Crunchmaster Multi-Grain White Cheddar Crackers $50 Value! Enter below with the ease of Rafflecopter.
But I have two problems. Yes, I said two. The first is I hardly ever get to the mall to get my pretzel fix. The second is when I do get up to the mall, typically my entire family is along. And let me tell you, buying pretzels for 5 gets pretty expensive.
But, I am excited and pleased to announce I have found a solution to my two problems...
Each one of Kim and Scott's pretzels are twisted by hand and made from scratch. They use All-Natural and Premium ingredients....like freshly shredded cheeses, hearty spices, unbleached flour and whole grains.
I was provided some free product coupons so I could review Kim and Scott's Gourmet Stuffed Pretzels. Once I received the coupons I checked the Where to Buy link to find the store closest that carried these treasures.
Wow! There are currently NINE Different types of Stuffed Pretzels carried by Kim and Scott's.
I sampled the Grilled Cheese Stuffed Pretzel with my boys. It was like nothing I have ever had before! There is no doubt it was created by a genius...it was a bite of perfection. The warm cheddar cheese combined perfectly with the pretzel dough. I need to buy more of these.
I bought the Egg and Cheese Stuffed Pretzels to surprise my family with Pretzels for Breakfast. It was such a fun time for everyone. Each pretzel was stuffed with cheese, chopped onions & bell peppers. Topped with freshly shredded cheddar cheese and chopped bell peppers. What a creative way to enjoy breakfast, even on the run! The bell peppers and onions added a nice flavor profile to add some needed contrast.
And last but not least we tried the Chocolate Crumb Stuffed Pretzel for an afternoon snack (but it would be perfect for a dessert). It was a chocolate lovers dream...and I am a chocolate lover. It was warm, rich and chocolaty goodness in every single bite!
Thursday, November 17, 2011
The above quote came direct from Phix's website. What did you say? You have never heard of Phix before. Let me share a little bit about this amazing business.
Phix was started up in the Pacific Northwest, where the winters are long and kind of, well, grey, and where they sometimes found themselves in need of a little support: a pick-me-up on a rainy morning, an immune boost to stave off a cold, or calming sleep aids to send them off on a great night of sleep. And in the upper-left corner of the country, they like to look to Mother Nature for answers whenever possible.
Phix believes in natural solutions, but they are not kooks. That’s why Phix works closely with top naturopathic doctors and dietitians to help figure out what to put in the Phix cool little single serving stix.
I received the free Phix as part of a promotional program with Phix and MomSelect. Thank you.
Have you ever heard of the Online version of Puppies vs. Babies?
Okay first of all, we all know that Puppies and Babies (most of the time) are so cute, cuddly and adorable. But have you ever really thought about which one is cuter?
I totally understand how it can be a very difficult choice. I am a proud mother of 3 young boys and 2 rescue dogs. But let me tell you some days…with just attitude along, my puppies win hands down! But then there are the days where my loving puppies can do no good….like digging holes in the backyard, drinking out of the toilet and barking at every little thing.
I remember one time when my boys were just being boys. They got into the sprinkler, which of course led to the patch of yard that grass does not grow. Which lead to a HUGE mud hole and three very, very muddy boys. I couldn’t help myself and laugh…they were so cute.
One of my family’s favorite shows is Puppies vs. Babies. It is so cute and enjoyable to watch. The best part is now Puppies vs. Babies online contest is in its voting stage. You have got to head over and check out the site.
But don’t just check it out. You need to vote for your favorite….Babies or Puppies. My vote is for Raven…she is so sweet and adorable. I just want to squeeze her and hold her tight. What a sweetheart. Who are you going to vote for! Don’t miss out as your vote will help someone or animal will $5,000!
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
3rd annual Tiny Prints Talent Search Contest !
Enter for a chance to win the grand prize of $1,000 cash, plus a $500 Tiny Prints gift certificate, what a perfect prize just in time for the Holiday season!
In the Tiny Prints Talent Search Contest they are looking for the cutest photos in the following categories:
· Cutest Baby (From ages of 0-24 months)
· Cutest Kid (From ages of 25 months - 10 years old)
· Cutest Family
· Cutest Couple
· Cutest Pet & Owner
The entry deadline has been extended to November 21st !
After the entry period is over, Tiny Prints will open up the contest to the entire Community to vote for their favorites and determine the winners! Hurry!
Enter the Tiny Print Talent Search Contest via Facebook or on the Tiny Print website. For Official Rules, click here.