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Peeps Cookbook Review with Peeps Candy

[ 253 ] March 23, 2013 |

Cook and Craft yourself some PEEPS

Peeps Cookbook

 Peeps Cook and Craft Book ($12.95) and Peeps Chocolate Mousse Milk Chocolate Dipped box of 24 ($36)  


still blondeThe Chief Blonde Remarks: With spring just around the corner, all my blogger friends and I put together the Spring Fling Blog Pop Event!  This wonderful Giveaway from PEEPS (Just Born)  is just one of the many you will find over the next few weeks.  Enter this Giveaway and then head to all the other Giveaways on the Linky linked below.

Peeps truly has an PEEPStastical lineup for 2013.  You can’t believe all the choices of wonderful candy for stuffing your Easter baskets (and yourself!).  Here’s just a few selections from their online store Peep and Company.  The Store was  previously featured on our blog in July of last year.

Peeps Easter Lineup 2013


Peeps Chocolate Mousse Bunnies 24/8ct ($36),  Peeps Dark Chocolate Covered Chics ($22), Peepsters Milk Chocolate(4$), PEEPS® 1CT Giant White Bunny Box of 24 ($21.50), Peeps Rainbow Pops ($2.75), Peeps Milk Chocolate Dipped Chicks  ($36)

I can tell you that you will love the Peeps Craft and Recipe book.  It has ideas galore for using your Peeps in creative fun ways (prior to eating them of course.  Here’s a sample of Recipes and Crafts:

  • S’more Peeps
  • PeepSicles
  • Peeps in a Blanket
  • Peepinata (a Peeps Pinata!)
  • Peeps Spring Table Centerpiece

Once my crafty daughter gets home from college, I will have her craft a fun centerpiece for our Easter celebration and include pictures here!  Have some Peeps fun yourself this Easter (and enter this great giveaway too!)

Laugh with your PEEPS!

I think you’ll want to check out Peeps Latest Commercial for Easter and LAUGH as the older brother rattles off hilarious uses for PEEPS and the younger brother just keeps eating!

Can’t Wait to Win it?

sponsored Women over 45 — Have someone difficult to shop for during Easter?  Someone far away? Buy the Peeps Cookbook, Peeps Chocolate Mousse Milk Chocolate Dipped Peeps, and all kinds of Just Born Peeps products  at! Remember they have t-shirts, towels, and almost everything you and your PEEPS can imagine as gift items!!  And we even have a Promo code for you!

Promo code:  BLONDE
Valid:  3/1 – 3/31/13
Offer:  20% off online orders

Psst….Right now you get a Free 8.5″ Plush Bunny with every $50 order!

Plush Bunny


The Giveaway is open to US ONLY, 18years +.  Ends April 4, 2013



UPDATE:  The Peeps Giveaway Is over.  The Rafflecopter has been deleted and had 3796 entries. See Giveaway Winners.

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Cooking Light the New Way to Cook Light Cookbook Review

[ 160 ] January 24, 2013 |

 Cooking Light The New Way to Cook Light

Cooking Light the New Way to Cook Light

Cooking Light the New way to Cook Light Cookbook (MSRP $34.95)

still blondeThe Chief Blonde Remarks: Cooking Light The New Way to Cook Light Cookbook is just pure eye candy.  There are 400 incredible recipes, many with full color pictures, and full nutritional information for each recipe.  It’s “fresh food & bold flavors for today’s home cook”.

The Cooking Light Cookbook has 14 chapters and each recipe has a very detailed directions with many helpful tips.  This oversized hardback edition is worthy of your coffee table in its heft and lovely page paper quality.  I love to just browse cookbooks and this one is one of the best I have ever seen for that purpose.  However, the succulent recipes make you want to bust out your spatula and Kitchen aid, such that you can fire up the oven and make meals.

Several of the Recipes that I have my eye are on in the Cooking Light The New Way to Cook Light Cookbook include:

  • Gnocchi with Shrimp, Asparagus, and Pesto
  • Old-Fashioned Chicken Potpie
  • Wild Mushroom with Truffle Oil
  • Multigrain Pilaf with Sunflower Seed
  • Tortilla Meatball Soup
  • Easy French Toast Casserole
  • Margarita Ice-Cream Sandwiches
All the Recipes in the book are based on Nine Simple Principles
1. Embrace new variety
2. Cook more often
3. Eat more whole foods
4. Favor the healthy fats
5. Eat less meat, more plants
6. Cook seasonally and when possible locally
7. Learn new techniques
8. Buy the best ingredients you can afford
9. Cook and eat mindfully and responsibly

Can’t Wait to Win it?

Buy Cooking Light the New way to Cook Light Cookbook at, iBookstore and wherever books are sold. Also, available for Kindle.


Giveaway ENDs 1-30 at 11:59 EST


4 Winners will win a copy of Cooking Light the New way to Cook Light Cookbook (MSRP $34.95)

UPDATE: The Cooking Light Giveaway is OVER.  The contest had 1604 entries.  See Giveaway Winners. 

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Complete Idiots Guides Cookbooks Review

[ 140 ] December 1, 2012 |

3 Great Books from Complete Idiots Guides

Here’s the 3 Books I am giving away.

CIG Smoking Food Cover.FINAL_

Complete Idiots Guide to Smoking Food $18.95


Complete Idiot’s Guide to Eating Paleo $18.95


Complete Idiot’s Guide to DASH Diet Cooking (for reducing Hypertension and Diabetes) $18.95


stillblondeThe Chief Blonde Remarks: Women over 45 (and all our younger friends) — Welcome to the Crazy Christmas Giveaway Hop hosted by GoingCrazy!! WannaGo??!! and Planet Weidknecht. During the Holidays, things can get crazy, but we are here to help you take a break and win some great prizes!! Each blog is sponsoring a giveaway of at least $25 value. So, join the crazy and Have Fun!! This GIveaway is sponsored by ME so a lot of explanation and Sponsor information  isn’t necessary. Enjoy!


Giveaway runs Dec. 1 – Dec. 8, 2012


$57 In complete Idiot Guides featured above.  Smoking Foods, Eating Paleo and DASH Diet Cooking goes to One Winner!

Blog Notes

Disclosure: GoingCrazy!! WannaGo??!!, Planet Weidknecht, and the Crazy Christmas Giveaway Hop bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prizes or for prize distribution unless it is noted that they are self-sponsoring the prize(s).

Petite Treats Cookbook Review

[ 161 ] November 30, 2012 |

Petite Treats : Mini Versions of your Favorite Baked Delights

Petite Treats

Petite Treats by Christy Beaver and Morgan Greenseth $14.95


still blondeThe Chief Blonde Remarks: On December 11, 2012, you can find the cutest darn version ever of bakery treats in Mini Sizes.  Good things come in small packages—and now so do all of your favorite desserts! Petite Treats by Christy Beaver and Morgan Greenseth illustrates with vibrant photos and compact recipes how to make all your  sweet treats in a guilt free size. These same author wrote the book Mini Pies and are the founders of Mini Empire Bakery in Seattle.

Petite Treats choco lava cake

Choco Lave Cake from Petite Treats

Petite Treats : Everyone’s secret dessert fantasy in mini-size

Here’s just a few delicious bites you can find in the book:

Banana-Blueberry Muffins
• Glazed Pumpkin Scones
• Lemon Zest Coffee Cakes
• Chocolate Stout Cupcakes
• Blackberry-Lime Pies
• Boston Cream Whoopie Pies
• Jelly Donuts
• Black Forest Cakes
• Tiramisu

The Perfect Place to serve Petite Treats

Where would I serve Mini treats?

  • Weddings
  • Bridal Showers
  • Baby Showers
  • Kids Lunch
  • Ladies Buffet
  • Afternoon Tea
Petite Treat whiskey cupcakes
Petite Treat whiskey cupcakes

Can’t Wait to Win it?

Buy it at


11-30 through 12-14-2012 11:59 PM  EST


$60 Prize, 4 Winners will take home 1 copy of Petite Treats ($14.95/each)  Watch for our Flash Giveaway later this Week!

UPDATED:  The Petite Treats Cookbook Giveaway is over.  The Giveaway had 2606 entries.  See Giveaway Winners.


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Also enter all of our other giveaway that we have going on for the HOLIDAYS

Beam N Read Hands Free Light

$300 Beam N Read Personal, 10 Winner Giveaway

Ends 12-17


SCOTTEVEST Penny Coat Review 150

$200 Scottevest Penny Coat Giveaway

Ends 12-10


Lolita Designs Holiday WIne Collection

$50 Designs by Lolita Holiday Wine Glass Giveaway

Ends 12-12


Artifact Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles

$72 Artifact wooden Jigsaw Puzzles Giveaway

Ends 11-6


Coolibar Review

$120 Coolibar Review Sun Protection Clothing

ENDS 12-07


Pssst!  If you read all the Way to Here, you get to know a secret.  Starting Monday, Dec. 3 throught Dec.23, Keenly Kristin and I will be doing FLASH GIVEAWAYS every night from 12:00PM to 12:00 AM.  SUPER QUICK SUPER FUN!  BE READY cuz the each Flashin’ Santa last just 12 hours!



The Jewel Trilogy by Hallee Bridgeman

[ 149 ] September 7, 2012 |

The Jewel Trilogy by Hallee Bridgeman–Get the Complete Series Today

The Jewel Trilogy Hallee Bridgeman

The Jewel Trilogy By Hallee Bridgeman (Sapphire Ice, Emerald Fire. Topaz Heat) $11.99 in Paperback

still blondeThe Chief Blonde Remarks: I am avid follower of Hallee the Homemaker.  Not only does Hallee Bridgeman write a a blog about Homemaking (and a great one) but Hallee also has very indepth viewpoints about her family’s daily diet ( Levitical), her role as a wife and mother (Titus 2) and her approach to her faith (a follower of Jesus and child of God).  Hallee is truly one of my favorite bloggers, not only for the yummy recipes she shares but also the thought provoking “Takes” she often has on daily situations.  I have cried with her and laughed with her.

Yet..I have never met Hallee.  When she asked me to present her latest romantic novels to you, I jumped at the chance without hesitation.  I have not had a a chance to read the novels myself, but I know that you will love them as I have come to love Hallee’s writing on different topics! All book are available for Kindle and as Paperbacks.

The First Novel in the Series is Sapphire Ice.  You can find Sapphire Ice at Amazon, Smashwords, or Barnes & Noble. Here’s an excerpt:

The men in Robin’s life have never been anything but pushers and users. Tony’s intrusion into her exhausted world both infuriates her and intrigues her. Does Tony have a chance to break through the wall of ice Robin built around her heart?

Second in the Jewel Trilogy is  Emerald Fire, which you can get from  Amazon, Smashwords,  Barnes & Noble, and Goodreads.  Here is a blurb from the book:

Beautiful and vivacious Maxine Bartlett finally finds a love that will release her from the prison of her terrifying past. But, will her new husband’s mistrust of God stand in the way of their happily ever after?

The final book in Hallee’s Romantic Novel series is  Topaz Heat  which you can find a Createspace here.  And, if you prefer an autographed copy, you can get it on eBay here. Here’s a short excerpt from the novel:

From the moment Derrick meets Sarah he knows there is no one else for him. Derek is a poor tough street kid made into a billionaire’s protégé and groomed for wealth and success. Sarah sees only an unshaven tough kid covered with tattoos. She shuts down every advance. A decade later, will Sarah finally set aside her prejudices and open her heart to true love?

Bracelets Inspired by The Jewel Trilogy Novels

Hallee’s  friend, Cathy, of  of Cathy’s Creations helped Hallee to launch her book trilogy by designing these beautiful bracelets to go with the release of each novel.

The Jewel Trilogy Hallee Bridgeman bracelets

The Jewel Trilogy inspired Bracelets ($30)


This Giveaway runs from September 7 — Sept. 19, 2012 11:59 PM EST


One winner takes home  a prize package valued at $126! All 3 Paperback Novels from Hallee Bridgeman’s series, The Jewel Trilogy (Sapphire Ice, Emerald Fire. Topaz Heat) $11.99/each and all 3 coordinating bracelets $30/each.

UPDATE:  The Jewel Trilogy Giveaway is over.  The Rafflecopter entry device was removed and had 2399 entries. See Giveaway Winners 

Blog Note: the Chief Blonde posted this giveaway for her friend.  She did not receive any sample or compensation for this post.  
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