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Giveaway Winner!

July 19, 2010

The winner of the Good Earth prize pack is….

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Michele P!
Michele P. Says:
July 11, 2010 at 12:54 pmReply editI have heard of these meals and have been wanting to try them… and those utensils look great, I like the fact that they are natural and eco-friendly. Have a wonderful week :)

Michele, email me your mailing address at so I can get your prize out to you!

Thanks everyone!


Cascadian Farm Giveaway Winner!

May 1, 2010

The winner of the Cascadian Farm prize pack is:

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Tiffany Says:
April 26, 2010 at 11:19 am |I do tend to purchase organic chicken and milk. Not all the time, but try to.

Tiffany! You’re my winner. Please email me your full name and mailing address to:

If I don’t receive the winner’s information in 1 week, I will pull another number and announce a new winner.

Thanks all!

Giveaway! – Cascadian Farms and MyBlogSpark

April 24, 2010

Hello everyone!

I have another wonderful giveaway for you!! MyBlogSpark and Cascadian Farm have presented me with a very generous prize pack — and now I can offer one to you as well!

The Cascadian Farm prize pack I received (and which you can enter to win!) included:  Fruitful O’s cereal, Cinnamon Crunch cereal, Chocolate Chip Chewy granola bars, Dark Chocolate Almond Granola, Dark Chocolate Almond granola bars, Oats & Honey granola, and an eco-friendly grocery bag.

So far I’ve chowed down on both the granola bars, and caught myself eating the dark chocolate almond granola out of the box! All of these products are truly delicious — and this prize pack is huge!

So huge, in fact…I had trouble fitting it all in one picture. LOL

To Enter:

Leave a comment on this post before May 1, 2010 — I will draw a name next Sunday (5/2/10) and announce it here!

Comment Fodder: Do you buy organics? If yes, what do you buy? If no, why not?

Did you participate in any Earth Day activities last week?

All the products, prize pack, information and additional prize pack to give away were all given to me from Cascadian Farm through MyBlogSpark. (*waves at the FTC guidelines*)

Menu Mondays and Earth Day!

April 19, 2010

Last week’s menu plan went by the wayside after Tuesday, because I had a nasty stomach virus and DH wasn’t feeling well either.

Here’s hoping we’re back on track this week!

Monday: beef steak, steamed broccoli, pasta tossed with olive oil

Tuesday: quick turkey chili with fixin’s

Wednesday: salmon, wild rice, garlic green beans

Thursday: skillet beef stroganoff (made with venison, though!), salad

Friday: Headed to our first baseball game of the season, and will eat at the game!

Earth Day

As you may (or may not!) know, April 22nd (Thursday) is Earth Day. Cascadian Farm is looking for people to make a pledge to follow a few simple, eco-friendly principles in honor of this Earth Day. Will you make the pledge? Simply log onto and select the pledge that’s best for you!

In addition, with the assistance of Cascadian Farm and MyBlogSpark, I will be doing a giveaway soon for some of Cascadian Farm’s organic products! Stay tuned!

The above information was also provided by Cascadian Farms, through MyBlogSpark.

Lastly, check out Cascadian Farm’s website for a $1 off coupon!

Random Acts of Kindness Winners

November 21, 2009

Okay! The three winners of the random acts of kindness are…

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#3: Molly Jean of The Rookie Chef

#7 Erica of Simply Satisfying

#10 Ashley of Time Well Spent

I’ll need each of you to email me at and provide full name and mailing address.

I will bestow my random acts of kindness on you — at random. You won’t know it’s coming, but when you receive it, please let me know!

I also encourage you to pass on the kindness on your own blogs and in your own personal lives!

Random Act of Kindness!

November 15, 2009

Several months ago, Sara (Psychgrad) over at Equal Opportunity Kitchen posted about several Random Acts of Kindness that had been bestowed upon her by fellow bloggers.

She decided to do a giveaway, and give away one of her own random acts of kindness.

I was the winner of that giveaway. And promptly forgot about it. Which is PROBABLY part of the beauty of the giveaway.

So Wednesday, I was off of work for the Veteran’s Day holiday, and the UPS man showed up at my door. I was more than a little confused, because I haven’t even started ordering Christmas presents yet, so I didn’t think I had anything coming…especially from…Amazon?

I ripped into it and discovered this:


Included was a little note from Sara, reminding me she hadn’t forgotten about the giveaway. She’d seen I was making quite a few crockpot meals (I love them, because they’re quick dinners on busy nights) and thought I’d find this cookbook useful!! And it’s from one of our fellow bloggers, so — bonus!!

So to Sara….

Thank you!!! I love it!!!

And to the rest of you…

Now it’s your turn!

I’m going to “pay it forward” so to speak, and do a similar giveaway. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post. Here’s the rules (sorry, there have to be rules!)

1. Leave a comment on this post no later than 9pm November 20th. I’ll pick 3 comments randomly, on whose authors I’ll bestow an act of kindness. I’ll announce the winners shortly after.

2. My kindness can be anything of my choosing. It might be handmade and it might be purchased, but it will be selected just for you. I make no guarantees that you’ll love it (or not find it odd or quirky), but I guarantee that it will be heartfelt on my part.

3.  I’m going to have to limit my kindness to bloggers from North America, because International Shipping terrifies me 🙂

4. You must have a blog to participate — because how else will I know anything about you? LOL

All you have to do is have a blog and be willing to pass on the kindness by creating a similar post. If you don’t blog and you’d like to participate on your own, play the game the old-fashioned way: find a neighbour, stranger or friend in need and fill it.

Giveaway Winner!

November 14, 2009

Sorry for being so late getting this posted!

Per the integer generator, the winner of the Progresso gift box is…

Here are your random numbers:


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I have a recipe for panko-crusted pork chops. They’re really yummy and

the recipe is a bit…asian, so there are some nice non-traditional flavors.

Oven-Fried Honey Chicken Nuggets…and a Giveaway

November 9, 2009

First, the recipe, then the giveaway 🙂


These were a very tasty twist on chicken nuggets! I used the panko crumbs that MyBlogSpark was kind enough to send to me as part of a gift package (the very same gift package I’ll be giving away to you at the end of this post!).

In general, I’m not much of a fan of panko. I feel like people talk it up like it’s this “wonder crumb” and it’s not. BUT, it really worked well on these nuggets.

The nuggest themselves don’t appear all that special on their own — but pair them with a sweet honey mustard, or a good BBQ sauce, and the underlying honey flavor really comes out!

The leftovers also re-heat really well for lunches 🙂

Oven-Fried Honey Chicken Nuggets

(Macaroni and Cheesecake)

1/2 cup honey
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 cups dried bread crumbs (Panko if you have it)
Olive Oil cooking spray
1 lb.  fresh boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into bite sized pieces
– Preheat oven to 375°F.
– Line a baking sheet with foil. Spray foil-lined baking pan (large enough to hold all chicken pieces in one layer)
– In shallow bowl, whisk together honey and vinegar. Set aside.
– Place bread crumbs in a small saute pan and toast lightly over low heat for about 3-4 minutes until lightly golden brown.
– Pour bread crumbs a little at a time into separated bowl.
– Roll chicken pieces in honey mixture, then in bread crumbs; place in pan.
– Bake for 30 minutes, or until cooked thoroughly.

Now the giveaway!

As I mentioned above, MyBlogSpark sent me a free gift pack of Progresso products to use, and also one gift pack to share with my readers. I used the panko from my gift pack for the recipe above, and used the broth a week later for homemade chicken noodle soup — which was also delicious! If you’re looking for creative ways to use your gift pack, try out

Gift Pack:


To Enter: Leave a comment on this post either about how you like to use panko, or how you make home entertaining easier on yourself (tips, tricks, or even dishes you serve that make it easier!)

Winner will be announced on Saturday, November 14th. Entries must be received by Friday, November 13th, 10pm EST.

Another Pillsbury Giveaway!

September 9, 2009

Admittedly, the poor gals at MyBlogSpark have really been after me — I’m backlogged on giveaways and reviews! LOL

They’re helpful and willing to deal with me and my forgetfulness crazy schedule, though!

This time around I reviewed Pillsbury’s new ready-to-bake cookies called Pillsbury Simply… — these cookies don’t contain any of the normal preservatives, high fructose corn syrup, artifical colors, etc — they’re basically a much closer, ready-to-bake version, of what you’d make at home if you had all the time in the world to bake and not gain a pound off of it.

All in all, the cookies aren’t bad. While I love making homemade cookies for me, my husband, my friends, my family, and anyone else who will let me feed them, sometimes (especially on weekends when DH is away) I just want a quick cookie-and-ice-cream combo, and usually I turn to the ready bakes.

I know. I’m a baker who just admitted to ready-bake.

I’m okay with it.

I’d definately buy these again for one of those weekends-without-the hubby….they’d be delicious with a nice stack of chick flicks and some ice cream!

Now the giveaway!

The prize pack available today is similar to the one I myself received:

  • A coupon for free cookies
  • An adorable white cookie jar to keep them in (I took my jar to work — it’s small enough that it’s adorable on my desk! And it keeps co-workers coming to visit!)
  • A heavy-weight canvas grocery tote

To enter, leave a comment below — any comment! — but if you’d prefer, list something easy, but healthy, you enjoy making!

In addition, if you can’t wait until September 16, 2009 — which is when this contest is over — here is a link for $1.25 off the Pillsbury Simply cookies!

Give them a try!

Pillsbury Simply….Cookies

Pillsbury Giveaway Winners

August 28, 2009

Thanks to those who entered!

Winners are….


#1 and #2!

Tiffany and Laura, please email me ( your mailing addresses so I can get your prize packs out to you 🙂