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More Kohl's stuff + Winner

6/5/14


Another item I picked out from the Food Network line at Kohl's was this cute potholder.  I tend to burn, stain and ultimately destroy oven mitts, so I'm going to try and keep this one nice and pretty.  Ok, on to my Kohl's $25 Giveaway Winner...

Nicole Adeline!  Nicole, I will contact you regarding your prize.

Thank you all for participating and for your lovely comments.  You're nice.  
Stay tuned tomorrow for mini donuts : )

#CookWithKohl's Giveaway!

6/2/14

Have you guys seen the new Food Network line of products at Kohl's??  It's incredible.  Everything from drinkware to small appliances to baking supplies to kitchen decor.  And more.  Kohl's reached out to me (have I mentioned how much I love writing this food blog??) and asked me to review some of these new items, which I will be doing later on this week.  But, in the MEANTIME, they are letting me give one of you a $25 gift card so you can stock your own kitchen with this new line of products!  All you have to do is comment below to win.    

But that's not all!  [Insert "Price is Right" announcer voice here]  Every week, Kohl's is giving away a $500 gift card!  That's way more than $25 (math).  All you have to do to enter the sweepstakes is tweet about or post on Instagram your favorite hot dog topping, which is this week's topic, starting today.  Remember to tag @Kohls and use the hashtag #CookWithKohls in your posts and BAM, you're instantly eligible to win.  Click here for more details, or follow Kohl's on Twitter and Instagram.  And stay tuned for MY favorite hot dog toppings later on this week...


Let's recap: comment below to win $25 (I will pick a winner randomly on Thursday) and get on Instagram and Twitter to enter the sweepstakes for $500.  Good luck my friendly friends!

Takeya Iced Teas + Giveaway

5/14/14


When I'm pregnant, more than any other time, I drink iced tea like mad (I almost wrote "like a Mo-Fo" and then remembered this isn't 1997).  I am not a hot tea fan, but iced tea is so refreshing, and with summertime fast approaching now is the perfect time to keep a fresh pitcher in your fridge.  Which is why I am so excited that Takeya offered me an Iced Tea Maker, along with a line of iced tea flavors, to review and giveaway.  That's right, one of YOU will win what you see below, just by commenting on this post!  (Please insert my commercial-y ad voice there.)    


(the mugs are mine, you can't have those)


Just look at all those flavors!  The whole thing is wonderfully simple to make, coming together in just minutes - a bonus when you're pregnant with two small humans to look after.  If you can pour, brew and shake, then you can create the perfect glass of iced tea.  Here's how you do it...    

Pour pre-measured tea into infuser.  I tried out the fresh green tea here...


Boil water, let it cool for a few minutes, and then pour into iced tea maker, about halfway full...


After a few minutes of brewing, remove infuser and fill with ice.  Seal lid and shake for 30 seconds.  Here is mine post-flash chilled... 


It's delicious, and did I mention the whole thing is dishwasher safe?!  Perfection.  There are about a million ways to flavor your tea and make it unique, and below are 4 wonderful recipes to help you do just that.  To win your own Iced Tea Maker + Iced Teas, simply comment below and tell me which flavor you're most excited to try!  (Must be an official follower of this blog to qualify, and a winner will be chosen at random this Friday, May 16th at 12p EST.)


TAKEYA ICED GREEN TEA: 4 Ways

Pear, Lemon & Ginger
*While every pear variety will infuse to reveal a delicate fruit flavor, we recommend Bosc for its crisp, sweet flavor or Bartlett for its extra juicy fruit.

1) PREP ~ Add sliced ginger to bottom of the pitcher and muddle with a wooden spoon.  Tear open the TAKEYA Fresh Green Iced Tea Packets, pour tea into Tea Infuser and twist into lid.
2) BREW ~ Heat water to a boil, cool for 4 minutes and fill the pitcher halfway.  Lower the lid with attached Tea Infuser into the hot water, allowing steam to vent, and brew for 3 minutes.  Remove the lid and detach the Tea Infuser.  Stir in honey until dissolved.
3) FLASH CHILL ~ Top off with ice, seal lid and shake for 30 seconds to flash chill.  Remove 1 3/4 cups of the iced tea to make room for the fruit infusion.
4) ADD CITRUS FLAVOR ~ Twist the Citrus Juicer into the top of the pitcher and juice the lemons. Twist off the Citrus Juicer, seal and shake to mix.
5) ADD FRUIT FLAVOR ~ Twist the Fruit Infuser into the Infuser Extender and add chopped pear.  Twist the Fruit Infuser into the lid, lower it into the iced tea and seal airtight.  Zip on the Thermo Jacket and infuse for 3 hours in the refrigerator.

Strawberry, Basil & Mint Lemonade
 *Basil might seem like an unusual ingredient for lemonade, but this earthy herb refreshes the palate while balancing the sweet strawberries, vibrant mint and tart lemon.

1) PREP ~ Add chopped mint and basil to the bottom of the pitcher and muddle with a wooden spoon.  Tear open the TAKEYA Fresh Green Iced Tea Packets, pour tea into the Tea Infuser and twist into lid.
2) BREW ~ Heat water to a boil, cool for 4 minutes and fill the pitcher halfway.  Lower the lid with attached Tea Infuser into the hot water, allowing steam to vent, and brew for 3 minutes.  Remove the lid and detach the Tea Infuser.  Stir in honey until dissolved.
3) FLASH CHILL ~ Top off with ice, seal lid and shake for 30 seconds to flash chill.  Remove 2 1/3 cups of the iced tea to make room for the fruit infusion.
4) ADD CITRUS FLAVOR ~ Twist the Citrus Juicer into the top of the pitcher and juice the lemons (rinse off Citrus Juicer halfway through juicing to remove pulp and seeds).  Twist off the Citrus Juicer, seal and shake to mix. 
5) ADD FRUIT & HERB FLAVORS ~ Twist the Fruit Infuser into the Infuser Extender and add chopped strawberries.  Twist the Fruit Infuser into the lid, lower it into the iced tea and seal airtight.  Zip on the Thermo Jacket and infuse for 3 hours in the refrigerator.   

Watermelon, Lime & Mint
*To get an even bigger watermelon kick from this drink, fill glasses with frozen watermelon cubes just before serving the Green Mint iced tea infusion.  Just slice watermelon into 1-inch cubes and freeze until solid.

1) PREP ~ Tear open the TAKEYA Green Mint Iced Tea Packets, pour tea into Tea Infuser and twist into lid.  
2) BREW ~ Heat water to a boil, cool for 3 minutes and fill the pitcher halfway.  Lower the lid with attached Tea Infuser into the hot water, allowing steam to vent, and brew for 3 minutes.  Remove the lid and detach the Tea Infuser.  Stir in honey until dissolved.
3) FLASH CHILL ~ Top off with ice, seal lid and shake for 30 seconds to flash chill.  Remove 2 1/2 cups of the iced tea to make room for the fruit infusion.
4) ADD CITRUS FLAVOR ~ Twist the Citrus Juicer into the top of the pitcher and juice the lime.  Twist off the Citrus Juicer, seal and shake to mix.
5) ADD FRUIT & HERB FLAVORS ~ Twist the Fruit Infuser into the Infuser Extender and add chopped watermelon and mint.  Twist the Fruit Infuser into the lid, lower it into the iced tea and seal airtight.  Zip on the Thermo Jacket and infuse for 3 hours in the refrigerator.  

Grapefruit & Lime
*Wake up on the right side of the bed with this bright, citrusy infusion featuring your daily dose of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice. 

1) PREP ~ Tear open the TAKEYA Green Mint Iced Tea Packets, pour tea into Tea Infuser and twist into lid. 
2) BREW ~ Heat water to a boil, cool for 3 minutes and fill the pitcher halfway.  Lower the lid with attached Tea Infuser into the hot water, allowing steam to vent, and brew for 3 minutes.  Remove the lid and detach the Tea Infuser.  Stir in honey until dissolved. 
3) FLASH CHILL ~ Top off with ice, seal lid and shake for 30 seconds to flash chill.  Remove 2 1/4 cups of the iced tea to make room for the fruit infusion.
4) ADD CITRUS FLAVOR ~ Twist the Citrus Juicer into the top of the pitcher and juice the grapefruits and lime (rinse off Citrus Juicer halfway through juicing to remove pulp and seeds).  Twist off the Citrus Juicer, seal and shake to mix before serving.  Zip on the Thermo Jacket and infuse for 3 hours in the refrigerator.  


*Please note: for the recipes above, a few extra accessories are needed and can be purchased here.

Giveaway Winner

2/27/14


I was all set to make Patty Melts yesterday and announce the giveaway winner when... STOMACH BUG ATTACKED.  Me.  Stomach bug attacked me.  The photo above is from last week, when it attacked my son.  Yup, we've been all BRAT diet up in here for awhile now.  

So... enough of that talk... the Madhava Baking Mixes + Syrups Giveaway Winner is, Leah Jill!  Please email me (contact info in above tabs) and we'll get you your prize.  Thank you all for participating!  Stay healthy pretty please. 

Madhava Baking Mixes + Syrups Giveaway!

2/21/14



I'm sorry I haven't been around this week... both kids have been sick, we took a surprise day trip to Disneyland and mostly... getting ready for a MASSIVE cross-country move!  I will be back next week, with cookies and patty melts and more.  Maybe something healthy.

But let's talk about this giveaway!  One of my favorite brands, Madhava, recently came out with new products: organic baking mixes, organic coffee syrups and organic pancake syrups!  They are offering a lucky reader one of EACH of the above (with the exception of the brownie mix which isn't out yet).  I recently tried two of the mixes and fell in love.  If you're like me, and sometimes feel guilty using boxed baking mixes because of the overly-sweet, processed nature of the food, you don't have to feel that way with Madhava's products!  They are organic, made with ancient grains and natural sweeteners and low-glycemic.  Most importantly, they taste AMAZING...      





Please comment below to win, and let me know which product you're most excited to try.  

*You must be an official follower of this blog to qualify, and a winner will be chosen on Wednesday, 2/26, at 8am PST.  Good luck!

And The Winner Is...

1/4/14


Number 2, drawn by Molly Davin!!  She entitled it "Salad is for Losers" - obviously.

Congrats Molly!!

And congrats to Jennifer and Ellen as well, the ladies behind Number 1 & 2.  It was a close race.  This was fun, if you have any suggestions for future contests, speak up!

*A few of you commented on the Anonymous voting.  While I never made a rule against that, I was able to figure out which comments were duplicates and I eliminated those.  Future contests will have more specific rules, okey dokey?  

Top 3 Photos - VOTE!

12/30/13

Without further adieu (a lot of vowels in that word), here are the Top 3 photos for the contest!  It's up to YOU to choose the winner, so comment below and vote!!  Winner will be announced this Friday, Jan 3rd.  If your submission is in the Top 3, I suggest you shamelessly share this and like mad to get votes… good luck and thank you all for your wonderful photos : )

#1:


#2:


#3:

I'm full.

12/26/13


If you celebrate Christmas, I hope you had a merry one.  Mine was merry, and full of food.  Above is yesterday's southern breakfast: grits with cheddar, eggs and bacon, sliced tomatoes, biscuits and of course Carson's famous Bloody Mary.  I'm full.  (Still eating though…)

Reminder: tomorrow I will post my favorite photos from the Recreation Contest and it will be up to you to vote for the winner.  There is still time to submit, so get creative and get it done!  Dress up your dog, let your kids get messy, put your husband in a bikini... whatever it takes.  See you tomorrow. 

Milly & Grace Winner

11/19/13


Here is a horrible photo of me, because I am horrible. I haven't cooked or blogged in far too long. HELP! Tell me something delicious to make for dinner. (Also I chopped my hair off.)

I do have some good news though. The winner of the cake stand is Julie (the Julie who liked the ceramic berry basket). Julie, please email me your contact info! 

I will be back soon with some yummy food, once you tell me what that yummy food will be. GO...

Milly & Grace: Pink Cake Stand Giveaway!

11/14/13


Hello Gorgeous.

Before we begin, I have been missing.  Travel, sickness, broken computer, mom-of-two, do I need more commas?  You get it.  Even if you don't get it just say, Siri, I get it.  Say it to your iPhone, and she'll be like, whaa?  (That idiot gets nothing.)  But anyway, I woke up early to bake a little cake.  And once I bake my little cake, I'm going to display it on my new little cake stand:


Is there anything more gorgeous than that?!  Yes.  And I'll tell you what it, this entire website.  A dear friend of mine from college, Tim, recently moved to Nantucket and found himself working at Milly & Grace: a lovely inspired clothing and home decor boutique on the island.  The owner, Emily, named the shop after her two grandmothers, Milly and Grace.  As someone who named her daughter after her own grandmother, I find that very sweet.  If you peruse the online store ("peruse" makes you sound smart), you will find all sorts of items you suddenly "NEED" like I just did.  I mean, this woven plate with glass dome??  I need that.  This is the perfect online shop for unique holiday gifts, my friends.  Check out their Christmas Shop and Gift sections, and you will understand why.

Are you ready for the best news?  Emily is giving away a 10-inch pink cake stand to one of YOU!  All you need to do to win is 'like' Milly & Grace on Facebook and comment below, letting me know what else you love on their site.  I will pick a winner on Monday, 11/18 at 8am PST.  (Only residents of US and Canada eligible to win.)  Good luck and thanks, Milly & Grace!    

Panache Pantry Chicken, Pasta + Giveaway

10/24/13


Have you ever heard of gourmet bread crumbs?  I had not, until the nice people of Panache Pantry sent me some samples.  Panache, a company founded by two at-home moms, have taken bread crumbs to a whole new level, whether it be their classic Sicilian line or their more modern products like Banana Nut Curry or Pumpkin Cajun (which I plan on sprinkling over ice cream as soon as I go buy ice cream).  It's such a brilliant, simple idea, and saves you the time of adding fresh herbs and spices to your boring old bread crumbs.  So far, I've sprinkled the Zucchini Rosemary crumbs over pasta...     


...and the Vintage Sicilian with chicken.  Take boneless, skinless chicken breasts, coat with mayo on both sides, sprinkle with bread crumbs on both sides, season with salt and pepper and bake at 350 for 20 minutes.  Trust me, if you don't like mayo, you will still love this.  It just makes for SUPER moist chicken.  And the Sicilian bread crumbs add such a depth of flavor.  Easiest dinner ever!



SO, Panache Pantry wants to give one of YOU some samples (any 2 crumbs from their 5 lines, your choice)!  Please "like" Panache Pantry on Facebook, comment below to win, and let me know how you would use these crumbs.  I will pick a winner Monday morning (10/28).  Good luck!    

Spunky Stork Giveaway Winner

10/4/13


So long for now New York, back to cooking next week.  And after MANY meals out, you can look forward to some lighter recipes.  How do people live in NY and not eat bagels, pizza, hot dogs and pasta ALL, THE, TIME?  I'm large.  Anyway, excited to get back in my kitchen : )

The winner of the Spunky Stork Giveaway is... Lauren Brewer!  Lauren, email me (contact info on top) with size and style preference (see web site).  Have a great weekend Internet Friends!   

Spunky Stork Giveaway

10/2/13


As a mother, I'm really excited about this giveaway.  The Spunky Stork, an online baby and toddler clothing boutique dedicated to eco-friendly materials (from organic fabrics to recycled packagings) is offering this adorable "Future Foodie" onesie or toddler T (your choice) to one lucky winner.  Um, can I win??  But you don't have to be a mama to enjoy this giveaway, you just have to know a kid who might like it, or perhaps you just enjoy super tiny T-shirts yourself, ahem... Adam Levine??   


Please visit Spunky Stork, look around, and comment below to win.  You must be an official follower of this blog to qualify, and a winner will be chosen at random on Friday, October 4th.

Good Luck!

p.s. I don't know who that kid is but he, is, CUTE.

Temptation Candy Giveaway Winner

10/1/13

The winner of the Temptation Candy Giveaway is Jamie Leigh Martin!  Thank you all for your comments, it was fun to read what everyone is going as.  My favorite was Niles and Frasier Crane because, my first job in Hollywood was a...


...Production Assistant for the final season of that show!  Oh we were fed well that season.  And I had very blond highlights in my hair.  

As you can see, I'm still out of town and not cooking but I will be offering a new giveaway shortly.  Free things!  I love you people!  (Jamie please email me, contact info up top.) 

Halloween 'Temptation Candy' Giveaway!

9/27/13


I don't know about you guys, but we have been planning our Halloween costume since last November. And by "we" I mean, Jack.  I don't think a month has gone by without a costume discussion.  Of course, each month a new character is in the lead... Iron Man, Captain Iron Man (he exists), Luke Skywalker and now we're back to the Red Power Ranger.  Which is what he was last year.  "No, Mom, last year I was Jayden and this year I'm going to be Troy!"  Whatever that means.  Also, according to Jack, Etta is supposed to be R2-D2 and myself?  Yup, C-3PO.  Anyone have any gold spandex I can borrow?

With Halloween (finally) around the corner, the good people from Temptation Candy - a boutique online candy store based in LA - want to give YOU a treat!  But the trick is (do you see what I did there?), only one of you can win (US residents only, excluding Alaska and Hawaii).  Included in the cute baskets are Jelly Belly Beans, Starburst Candy and Caramel Hershey Kisses.  So please comment below to win, and share what you're going dressed up as this Halloween!  Also, check out the rest of the Halloween treats over at Temptation Candy.  I'll wear gold face paint if I can eat all of that. 

*Winner will be picked at random on Tuesday, October 1st.       

New Weelicious Lunches Cookbook Giveaway!

9/6/13


One year ago today, my little Etta Jones was born.  Did 12 months really just go by??  It feels very cliche to say this, but kids grow up way too fast.  (Only kids, that is, we age at a snail's pace, right?)  Looong days, short years... that sums up being a parent.  Jack starts his last year of preschool next week, and before I know it I will be sending Etta off with packed lunches as well.  Time to have 12 more babies like the Duggar family.  And SPEAKING of packed lunches for lots of kids (I'm good at transitions), look what showed up on my doorstep yesterday!  Catherine McCord's new book!  If you're unfamiliar with Catherine and her site Weelicious, then you cray cray.  She creates the most unique, healthy and delicious dishes.  I've been obsessed with her first cookbook for awhile now, and I'm so excited to delve into this one, especially as a mom who has to make her son's lunch every day!  Also, is "delve" a word because it looks funny.  Hmm.  

I mean, Avocado Hummus???    


Catherine is letting me give away a cookbook to YOU.  So please comment below to win.  Winner will be chosen at random on Monday morning.    

And finally, one more sneak peek at my OTHER baby, our new kitchen (I promise a bigger reveal next week)... I am writing from this banquette area:

Ramen Burger + Annie Chun's Giveaway

8/22/13


Have you heard of the latest culinary craze, the Ramen Burger?  It's a burger sandwiched between two patties of fried ramen noodles, in place of a bun.  Sounds absurd, yes?  It is absurd.  AND WONDERFUL TOO. 

I was sent some products from Annie Chun's - a variety of all natural Asian Cuisine - and someone from their team suggested I try out the new "bun" with the ramen noodles.  It was easy to do and the result was oddly fantastic - crispy Ramen framing a juicy burger, yum. Follow these simple steps to create your own at home:

1. Cook noodles in 1 1/2 cups of boiling water for 1 minute.  Drain.  (I did not use the flavor packet)
2. Divide Ramen into 2 bowls or ramekins that resemble patty size. 
3. Place plastic wrap on top of noodles and weigh down with cans - tuna worked well for me.  Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes. 
4. Heat a couple tablespoons of olive oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat.  Carefully remove noodles from bowl and cook until golden brown on both sides. 

And now, a giveaway...


Please comment below to win all of this!  And let me know if you would try a Ramen Burger?

Giveaway Rules:
1. You must be an official follower of this blog to win (click follow icon on the right).
2. Follow me on Twitter for an extra entry (comment below twice if you do).
3. Only open to residents of U.S. and Canada.
4. Winner will be chosen at random on Monday, August 26th at 8am PST.

Giveaway Winner + Painted Rocks

8/19/13


Many of you have been asking about these painted rocks I keep babbling on about.  Well, here they are.  I'm making a collection to put in a bowl on my coffee table.  I'm really enjoying myself!  Maybe I'll turn this into a Rock Painting Blog!?  No, that won't happen.  But if you find yourself with some time and some rocks, I highly recommend partaking in the activity.  

Now, the winner of the Stretch Island Fruit and ips Giveaway is... Jordan (comment #44), Jordan please email me (at the top under 'Contact') your mailing address!  Thank you all for playing, there will be another giveaway later on this week : )

Friday Giveaway!

8/16/13


It's been awhile since I have given you fine people something wonderful, so that's what I'm going to do today thanks to some wonderful products.  The people over at 'ips' (Intelligent Protein Snacks) and Stretch Island Fruit are letting me give away some delightful and healthy snacks.  I've been a fan of Stretch Island Fruit Leather for a long time - it's the perfect snack to keep in your purse - but I had never tried their fruit chews and was excited to let my hardest critic give them a go: Jack.  As a four-year-old, he's a fruit snack connoisseur and did I mention picky?  Well he loved them.  Also there are fun games on the packaging - sold.  Now ips - chips made with egg white protein - were something new to me.  The founder came up with the idea after realizing how much his kids (and I, even though he doesn't know me) enjoyed the crispy edges of eggs he cooked for them.  So he turned that concept into a chip!  Corn, egg whites, and other natural ingredients and they're awesome.  I'm giving away 3 different flavors.

Comment below to win!

Giveaway Rules:
1. You must be an official follower of this blog to win (click follow icon on the right).
2. Follow me on Twitter for an extra entry (comment below twice if you do).
3. Only open to residents of U.S. and Canada.
4. Winner will be chosen at random on Monday, August 19th at 8am PST.

More Cake Batter Cookies + Giveaway Winner

4/26/13


Happy Friday!  I have some business with you.  Ready?

1. The winner of the Madhava Giveaway is Amy Ohlson - Amy, please email me : )
Thank you for all the lovely comments and thank you Madhava for the wonderful products!

2. I made more Cake Batter Cookies (above), this time with Funfetti Cake Mix.  YES.

3. You might see a major remodel of this blog come Monday.  I hope you like!

4. I'm eating a cookie for breakfast, dammit.

5. See ya next week!


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