Kitchen Basics with Giada De Laurentiis

Have you checked out the new Giada De Laurentiis line at Target?  Here is a little bit more information on what is available at Target and about Giada De Laurentiis. Click here to check out her full line of items available for purchase. Known for her warm personality and creative approach to everyday cuisine, Giada De Laurentiis brings her signature style to Target, offering a unique and integrated approach to the table. … [Read more...]

Carapelli Premium 100% Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil Review & Giveaway CLOSED

Premium 100% Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil Made solely from the first cold pressing of the finest 100% Italian olives Intense, robust flavor and aroma Perfect for dipping, salads, marinades and flavoring entrées or side dishes   To create your next culinary masterpiece, trust the extra virgin olive oil Italians turn to most – Carapelli. Steeped in history and drenched in the spirit of Tuscany, Carapelli Extra Virgin Olive Oils are master-crafted to enhance delicate flavors and elevate your favorite dishes to delicious works of art. The leader in extra virgin olive oil … [Read more...]

America’s Test Kitchen Slow Cooker Revolution Huli Huli Chicken Review

I have been delinquent in my cooking post as of late.  I have had so many other things to post, along with Easter and Mother's Day, that I have had to minimize my cooking posts.  Hopefully I can regain this habit since Mother's Day and Easter is behind us.   Last week I made America's Test Kitchen Slow Cooker Revolution Huli Huli Chicken.  Doesn't it look like the most perfect piece of chicken?  I was so amazed at how it looked.  For once my food actually looked like it could be on the cover of the book.  Unfortunately while the chicken looked amazing it did not taste fantastic.  The chicken … [Read more...]

Royal Wedding Fun!

Nana and I woke up super early this morning for THE wedding.  I was not completely geared up for the event.  My sleep is precious, but Nana was feeling the spirit and was making a little English celebration food for us, so I was game.  I am SO glad I watched this!  How could I have potentially missed this?  It is history!  I turned on the TV a few moments before 5 AM and then unfortunately I had to scan for channels as we use an antenna (CHEAP).  Nana and I waited anxiously for the TV to stop scanning, we were dying to see what was going on.  All at once the TV came on and there was Catherine … [Read more...]

Kim & Scott’s Gourmet Pretzels Review & Giveaway CLOSED

Imagine a unique twist to your grab-and-go meal! We offer an assortment of amazing, ready-to-heat pretzels, using ALL-NATURAL and PREMIUM ingredients, like freshly shredded cheeses, hearty spices, unbleached flour and whole grains. We combine a traditional European recipe with our own special twist, creating a truly handmade soft pretzel that is great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! All-Natural                                                                                Source of Whole Grain No Trans Fats Premium Ingredients Twisted by Hand & Made from Scratch No … [Read more...]

#4- Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2011- Annabel Karmel Books- 8 Books = 8 Giveaway Winners! CLOSED

Annabel Karmel is the UKs best-selling author on feeding babies & children. She is an expert in devising tasty & nutritious meals for children without the need for parents to spend hours in the kitchen. Annabel travels frequently to the United States, where her books on feeding babies and young children are very popular. She has appeared on many TV programs, including the Today show and The Early Show. A mother of three, Annabel has written 24 books on feeding babies, children and families.  Her books have sold over 4 million copies worldwide. 2011 marks the 20th anniversary … [Read more...]

#1- Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2011- EatSmart™ Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale Giveaway CLOSED

EatSmart™ Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale EatSmart Kitchen Scales help simplify life in the kitchen while allowing you to easily maintain your diet. With our high quality, extremely accurate, sleek line of Kitchen Scales, stop guessing about portion sizes and start living a healthier lifestyle today. The EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale is an economically priced multifunction home scale, perfect for everyday tasks from weighing food or ingredients to calculating postage. Along with our Precision Pro, you will also receive a FREE Calorie Factors Book making it easy to … [Read more...]

Simply Potatoes Review & Giveaway CLOSED

Simply Potatoes Southwest Style Hash Browns Wake up your taste buds with the bold, robust flavor of Southwestern Style. Like our Simply Potatoes Shredded Hash Browns, our Simply Potatoes Southwest Style Hash Browns start with fresh, never frozen potatoes. The bold southwest flavors of onion, green and red peppers, jalapeños, and spices deliver just the right amount of heat to wake up your taste buds.       Simply Potatoes Shredded Hash Browns Simply Potatoes Shredded Hash Browns fry up perfectly to a crisp, golden brown because they're made from quality potatoes. … [Read more...]

The Eat-Clean Diet Stripped by Tosca Reno Review

We know that last bit of weight is the hardest to lose. Not anymore! New York Times best-selling author Tosca Reno is here to reveal all her secrets for peeling off those last 10 pounds and finally revealing the sexiest you possible! Get access to 50 brand-new recipes, effective training, and meal plans along with information on tricking your body into dropping those last pesky pounds – all while still enjoying a vibrant social life! The Eat-Clean Diet Stripped is available from Amazon for … [Read more...]

flipflop wine Review- Wine for a Good Cause

flipflop wines: to each, their own With flipflop wines, we have embraced the movement toward individualistic expression, instead of manufacturing wines into some cookie-cutter style that’s all the rage. Our goal is to craft expressive, well-balanced wines that evoke just what the grapes inside intended, without being over-wrought or over-explained, and that can be enjoyed at any occasion. With seven different varies, flipflop offers a wine for all tastes.  Try Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Chardonnay, Moscato, Cabernet Sauvingnon, Merlot, or Pinot Noir. flipflop wines has partner … [Read more...]

Wonton Soup w/ egg rolls (The Eat-Clean Diet Stripped Cookbook)

Wonton Soup w/ egg rolls (The Eat-Clean Diet Stripped) My family LOVED this soup.  My husband loves any kind of Asian soup and this was no exception. … [Read more...]

Loaded Baked Potato Soup (America’s Test Kitchen’s Slow Cooker Revolution)

Here was our soup from Monday night.  I was so excited to try this soup as I love baked potato soup.  Wouldn't you know I would be sick?  The flu finally caught me.  Hopefully I won't catch it again. While I didn't have a chance to try the soup that night I did manage to have some the next day and it was yummy! … [Read more...]

Monday Menus

Here are my menus for the week.  I have been feeling a little uninspired as of late.  Sometimes cooking just feels monotonous.   Hopefully this week is a bit better.  I will try to update with pictures as the week progresses. Monday- Loaded Baked Potato Soup (America's Test Kitchen's Slow Cooker Revolution) Tuesday- Wonton Soup w/ egg rolls (The Eat-Clean Diet Stripped) (the egg rolls are frozen- who has time to make them from scratch?) Wednesday- Breakfast for supper- Simply Potatoes hashbrowns, eggs w/ veggies, and toast Thursday- Garlic Turkey Burgers, chips, carrots Friday- … [Read more...]

Finlandia Cheese Review & Giveaway CLOSED

Finlandia Cheese comes from.......big surprise.....Finland. Many name brand cheese from the U.S. (I won't name names) acquire the milk to make their cheese from big industrialized dairy farms.  Cows are feed and injected with hormones to produce the most milk as possible.  Ick.  It doesn't make for the most appetizing cheese does it?  I prefer my milk and cheese without added growth hormones and antibiotics.  Doesn't everyone? Finlandia cheese comes from "the purest milk in Europe with no added hormones.  The milk comes from small dairy farmers where the average farm has 20 cows and all are … [Read more...]

MommyParties Nutella Party

I was super excited to host a Nutella Party from MommyParties.  My husband introduced me to Nutella back when we were in college, but it had been a LONG time since I had any.  I forgot how good it is:)  My husband was very excited since he loves it and had forgotten about it also.  Poor Nutella, you were forgotten:(  Needless to say we won't be forgetting you again.  We love to eat Nutella on toast in the morning for breakfast, but for my party I wanted to make something special.  My kit came with two Nutella recipes (Breakfast Roll Up & Breakfast Sandwich), but I didn't feel that either … [Read more...]