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New Years Eve Desserts with Baskin-Robbins

[ 15 ] December 27, 2012 |

New Years Eve Desserts — It’s all about the PARTY

New Years Eve Desserts

New Years Eve Desserts from Baskin-Robbins, Top: Baskin-Robbins’ Domed-Shaped Festively Decorated Holiday Cakes ($26.99); BOTTOM-Left to Right: Flavor of the Month: Mint Chocolate Chip (Quarts 2 for $$9.99);   Novelty Treats: $2.49; Celebration Cake–Just add “Happy New YEARS”!

New Years Eve Desserts — Keep them Simple and FUN!

When it comes to Christmas, its a lot about the baking.  When it comes to New Years Eve or pre-New Years Eve parties, its all about the PARTY!  So what could be more perfect than a Baskin-Robbins’ ice cream cake, ice cream flavor of the month or ice cream novelty?  Just choose you flavors, order ahead of time (just 24 hours), and pick up at the store.  You can even pay with the Baskin-Robbins’ gift card that someone should have bought you for Christmas!

New Years Eve Desserts

Baskin-Robbins’ gift cards are available from $2-$100 and never EXPIRE!! Can you say perfect gift all year round?

Domed Holiday Cakes create Laughter

My family and I  had a chance to enjoy the Baskin-Robbins’ newest line of dome-shaped festively decorated holiday cakes. These cakes are oohey-goohey good combining your choice of cake and ice cream.  Did you see the fun choices above: Snowman, Santa and Elf Cakes to the single serving Snowman and Snow Woman treats?  With the hectic pace you’ve been keeping all holiday season long, why not just order up an easy or ready-made Baskin-Robbins’ dessert like those featured above?  Look how much fun my family and I had as we checked out and then gobbled down the Baskin-Robbins Santa Cake! Women over 45 (and all our younger friends) wouldn’t that be a perfect New Years Eve dessert?

New Years Eve Desserts

The whole family can enjoy these domed holiday treats from Baskin-Robbins, including Grandma, the kids and the dog.  We even used if for an impromptu birthday cake for my nephew!

Baskin-Robbins can serve your New Years Eve Crowd

Everyone really enjoyed the Baskin-Robbins’ cake at our family gathering.  The cake is advertised at serving 8-12 people but we served slightly smaller slices (as we had other desserts available) and easily served 20.  Let me just say EVERYONE had a piece!


Fond Childhood Memories from Baskin-Robbins

I think we all remember having Baskin-Robbins ice cream as children and growing up.  I know my mom would let me get one every Saturday when we went food shopping..yum!  It was so hard to choose, wasn’t it?  I remember I loved a bright pink sour flavor..can’t remember what it was, but it was delicious!  Baskin-Robbins always has a flavor of the month, this month it’s Mint Chocolate Chip, a classic flavor featuring mint-flavored ice cream with semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Find out Even More for your New Years Eve desserts

“Like” Baskin-Robbins on Facebook,  follow on Twitter,  or visit their website to make all your New Years Eve Dessert selections.

 Blog Note: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Baskin-Robbins. I received a gift card to facilitate my shopping experience and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.  All opinions are the Chief Blonde’s own.


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Chief Blonde

[ 2 ] December 25, 2012 |

Merry Christmas To all who Celebrate this Day!



Happy Holidays To All!

Still Blonde after all these YEARS

Thank you for being my readers throughout the Year!  Your love, support, readership and entries are my gift all YEAR!

~~The Chief Blonde!~~


Happy Holidays to ALL!  God Bless YOU Everyone!

Gift Cards for Women over 45 to create Holiday Memories

[ 6 ] December 24, 2012 |

Gift Cards for Women over 45 — Create an Experience!

gift cards for Women over 45

The Chief Blonde and her family several years ago at Christmas

Experiences and Memories spring from Breaking the Holiday Bread Together

Each year, we try to open gifts and eat together as a family on Christmas eve. It’s a really special time and one of the few when all of us sit down together and break bread so to speak.  Of course when our kids were young, we ate every evening meal together. As they got older, other factors came into play, (work, college, girlfriends, friends, significant other’s schedules) as a result, catching a meal together doesn’t happen as often.

Even this year,  “almost” all of our four children will gather.  Yet,  one son, along with his new bride, will be en route from his honeymoon, stopping off at his new in-laws before arriving at our home on Christmas day.  We will miss him very much on Christmas Eve but hope to make up for it on Christmas day.  We are thrilled to be welcoming a new daughter-in-law into our household as well.

Walt and I have found that when everyone sits down around the family table there is a lot of teasing, laughing and remembering.  The Christmas Eve dinner is especially fun as we have been celebrating it together as a family unit for so many years.  As our children bring their wives, friends and girlfriends, I know the experience will just get richer.  Each Christmas Eve, we try to include church and/or a bible reading of the Christmas story,  a Christmas Eve meal, present opening and then dessert.  While we aren’t inflexible, it’s our tradition and quite enjoyable as the kids gather together once more.

Gift Cards for Women over 45,  Gift Cards for Creating Holiday Memories

Each year, Walt and I receive our gifts from the children on Christmas Eve.  When the kids were young, we would always receive some adorable craft they had made in school.  Many of these creations survive to this day and hang on our Christmas tree or are framed and hanging on the wall during the season.

As all four of our children are in college, none of  them have any money to speak of or time to buy expensive presents (finals run right up to Christmas), so gift cards are often something that is a great choice for them to buy us.  The kids can always all go in together or get smaller denominations of gift cards. It’s so easy for me (and Walt) to choose the gift cards that we want, we are super easy to buy for and love many items that can be bought with gift cards.  Here’s the Chief Blonde recommended  top 5!

Top 5 Gift Cards for Women over 45

  • Gift cards for Clothes –For a women over 45, this choice means the clothes always fit.
  • Gift cards for Jewelry — What woman over 45  doesn’t like a little sparkle?
  • Gift cards for  Movies — Walt and I always love a great date night film
  • Gift cards for Restaurants — Our favorite gift card.  I feel real experiences and memories are created when you break bread.  We often invite the kids to go when we use these gift cards.  So for them, it’s a gift that gives back!
  • Gift cards for DIY projects — Walt does everything himself, so Home Depot is often our date night location.  What?  Yours too?

For Holiday Family Meal Memories of your own, Darden Gift Cards–Buy one $25, get one $5 free! 

Darden Gift Card 2

Still stumped as to what to get that Woman over 45 in your life?  Or anyone?  Here’s a great deal from Darden’s restaurants that you should consider. During this holiday season, for  a limited time, when you buy a $25 gift card at any of these Darden’s restaurant’s:  Red LobsterOlive Garden, or LongHorn Steakhouse, your get a $5 bonus coupon!  Just head to Darden’s gift card website and pick up a few for all those on your list so they can create family memories of their own. 

Blog Note: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Darden. I received a promotional item as a thank-you for participating.  All opinions my own.  

Christmas Eve Meals, Top Ten Meals

[ 115 ] December 23, 2012 |

Christmas Eve Meals need to be Delicious and Easy

Christmas Eve Meals

Contessa World Cuisine Meals ($$7.99-$8.99) Chicken Stir Fry and Sesame Chicken Featured

Christmas Eve Meals, Cook them up Quick

We have always done our presents with our children on Christmas eve.  This allows us some needed family time. We often go to church, come home, eat, read the Christmas Story, open presents, and then have dessert.  As this is a celebration for me as well as the family, the meal is usually simple or take out, so that I don’t have to do a bunch of extra work.

Christmas Eve Meals,  Top Ten Meal Choices for Enjoying the Day

  • 1. Pizza
  • 2. Take out Chicken
  • 3. Frozen Food Dinner (like the Contessa World Cuisine Meals featured above)
  • 4. Subs
  • 5. Wings
  • 6. Chili
  • 7. Hot Dogs and Hamburgers
  • 8.  A casserole
  • 9. Chinese or Asian Inspired Meals (like the Contessa World Cuisine Dinners featured above)
  • 10. Mexican Food

Give Frozen a Try — Contessa World Cuisine Meals

Contessa World Cuisine is a line of wonderful frozen bagged meals that you prepare in a skillet.  Not only are the ready in a mere 10 minutes but they are also made with quality wholesome ingredients. Contessa World Cuisine meals contain no msg, artificial colors, flavors, trans-fat or preservatives.  You can also select many gluten-free options.  Contessa World Cuisine skillet meals are available at Wal-Mart, Meijers, Publix, Food Lion and more.

Contessa World Cuisine Meal

stillblondeThe Chief Blonde Remarks:  I love Christmas Eve.  But of course, all my kids want something “special” to eat and I just want to enjoy myself.  Recently, I had a opportunity to sample Contessa World Cuisine Meals.  Once I tried them, I had an “Aha” moment!  I KNEW I would be serving this delicious meals for Christmas Eve.  They taste homecooked (because they are)…just like I would make without all the fuss, chopping, shopping, etc.  One bag is big enough to feed two.  So I am picking four varieties, making some rice, and BAHM!  Christmas Eve dinner.  Delicious and simple.

You can get 18 unique, world cuisine inspired varieties including Beef Mongolian, Chicken Alfredo, Italian Sausage Rigatoni, Shrimp Primavera, Sesame Chicken and more!  Learn more at Contessa Website, Like Contessa Facebook and follow them on Twitter.  Women over 45 (and all our younger friends) give yourself a welcome break this holiday with quick wonderful frozen skillet meal from Contessa World Cuisine.


The Giveaway will fun Dec. 23- Jan. 2, 2013

The Prize

$46 in Contessa Coupons (4 free meals valued at $9/each and 4 $2 coupons).  (Too bad you missed our other giveaway for Contessa foods here)

UPDATE:  The Contessa Food Giveaway is over.  The Rafflecopter Entry Device has been removed, it had 1854 entries.  See Giveaway Winners

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