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$75 Bake Me A Wish Bakery Combo Giveaway

[ 145 ] April 14, 2014 |

Can you say Cake + Brownies?

Bake Me A wish Cake and Brownie ComboBake Me a Wish Bakery Combo — Choice of Classic Cake + 1 Dozen Gourmet Brownies ($75)

From the MOMENT I received my review sample from Bake Me A Wish Bakery,

Bake Me A Wish UnBoxing Collage

UnBoxing is FUN with Bake Me A Wish!

until I laid the cake and cookies out for my family and friends to eat:

Bake Me A Wish Ready to Eat Collage

the excitement and anticipation just didn’t end…

still blonde after all these YEARSThe Chief Blonde Remarks: As you may know, I have previously reviewed Bake Me a Wish! On that occasion, I tried their cookies and Freedom Cake. I hope you will go over and read the review, because the Freedom Cake is very very special, especially if you have a loved one in the military.

For this review, it was time to try another Bakery Combo! This time it was the Lava Cakes and Brownies. MMMM…Brownies. The 12 Brownies I received were delectable. I served them to my friends at a card party. We had six different flavors to try (2 each), including Velvet Ganache Chocolate, Cheesecake, Peanut Butter Crunch, Fudge Walnut, Orange Macadamia and Raspberry Crumb! The crowd agreed they liked the Velvet Ganache and the Raspberry Crumb the best, although seconds were tried of the other flavors too. The brownies were rich and dense just like a gourmet product should be.

I took the Lava Cakes to my parents because my mom and dad LOVE cake with ice cream. If you have never had a lava cake before, you really must try Bake Me A Wish’s version. You heat the cake up before serving, and when you cut into the cake with your fork, hot fudge comes pouring out of the cake (just like LAVA!). OMGoodness… I am not sure anyone breathed while we were snarfing this down.

I would highly recommend Bake Me a Wish’s Bakery combos. They are a perfect thing to order for a loved one who is far from home. The combo allows them to have a cake and then have another goodie for later. It’s really one of those gifts that keeps on giving, and who doesn’t like that?

A bit more about Bake Me A Wish

The Company Says:

Bake Me a Wish! started as the nationwide service for delivery of gourmet birthday cakes. Our cakes are made with only the finest, freshest ingredients by an award-winning family run New York bakery that also supplies pastries to some of Manhattan’s most elite restaurants. We then added other gourmet bakery items – cookie and brownies – along with an exceptional selection of gift baskets (launching holiday 2012).

We are happy to bring you our delicious gourmet gifts at an extremely affordable price. Now, whether it’s your son in college, your trusted associate, your old friend, or your granddaughter across the country, you will always have a simple and wonderful way to remember them on the one day each year that belongs to them – their birthday.

Can’t wait to WIN it?

Buy Bake Me a Wish Cakes and Bakery Products on their Website.

THE GIVEAWAY

Giveaway Runs from April 13, 2013 to April 25 11:59 PM EST

THE PRIZE

1 winner will take home one Bake Me A Wish Bakery Combo (ARV. $75)

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$90 Vitalicious VitaTops Giveaway +Review

[ 89 ] April 13, 2014 |

 Vitalicious Chocolate Chip VitaTops

New Flavor, Same 100 Calories

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Oh Boy!  Chocolate Chip VitaTops

These new 100-calorie, all-natural VitaTops are chock full of delicious chocolate chips surrounded by a light, fluffy, cakey muffin. Each 2 oz Chocolate Chip VitaTop has 8g of fiber, 4g of protein, 15 vitamins and minerals, and only 1.5g of fat.

As with all of Vitalicious’ products, Chocolate Chip VitaTops are made from all-natural ingredients without any artificial coloring or preservatives of any kind.

Vitalicious sent me 3 different flavors of VitaTops to Sample: Chocolate Chip, Chocolate and Blue berry. I just can’t believe a product that tastes this good, has so few calories, comes in so many varieties, and contains so many great ingredients! How do itaTops taste? Like the top of a 500 calories muffin! I am not kidding (and we all know the top is the best part anyway!)

Vitalicious VitaTops Varieties– A flavor for Everyone!

Vitalicious Vitatops

  • Apple Crumb
  • Assorted
  • Banana
  • Banana Nut
  • BlueBran
  • Blueberry
  • Carrot
  • Chocolate
  • Chocolate Mint
  • CranBran
  • Dark Choc. Pomegranate
  • Deep Chocolate
  • Fudgy PB Chip
  • Golden Corn
  • Pizza (WANT TO TRY!!!)
  • Pound Cake
  • Pumpkin Spice
  • Raspberry
  • Sugar Free Banana Nut
  • Sugar Free Chocolate
  • Triple Chocolate

Fun VitaTops Facts

I was surprised at all the different ways you could prepare VitaTops including: in the toaster, microwave, right out of the freezer, or as a snack.

Vitatops make fun recipes including Whoopie Pies, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Ice Cream Treats…the possibilities are endless.

Can’t wait to WIN it?

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THE GIVEAWAY

Giveaway Runs from April 13, 2013 to April 23 11:59 PM EST

THE PRIZE

1 winner will take home 3 Packages of VitaTops (24 count) including the newest flavor…Chocolate Chips (ARV. $90)

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$120 Sweetworks Spring and Easter Candy Giveaway

[ 202 ] April 9, 2014 |

Sweetworks Candy for Spring and Easter YUM!

Note: I received a sample from Sweetworks for this review.

Sweetworks Sixlet Cupcakes

Boy, do we have a treat for you! Sweetworks is a candy and chocolate manufacturer serving consumers, fundraisers, retailers, distributors, and vending machine operators worldwide. The goal of SweetWorks is to give customers rich quality products and great customer service, while striving to make the best even better.  Take a peek at the Sweetworks website to see all their great products.

I can attest to how much fun Sweetworks candies are to when baking. Just take a look at that gorgeous cupcake I made above!  Sweetworks also sponsored our December Flashing Santas this year and we featured different Sweetworks products each day.

PRIZE:

I am so excited to be partnering with Sweetworks to present two fabulous Easter candy prize packs for our readers! I will be receiving a similar package and can’t wait to see all the Easter goodies. Sweetworks has generously offered $120 in candy for the first day of Blog Pop!  TWO prize packs ($60 Each)  containing all of this fun candy:

Sweetworks Easter Prize

  • Shimmer Pink Gumballs Peg Bag
  • Shimmer Lime Green Pearls Peg Pouch
  • 3.5 oz. Foiled Solid Milk Chocolate Eggs Bag
  • Shimmer Spring Mix Sixlets Jar
  • 3 oz. Semi-Solid Foiled Rabbit
  • Semi-Solid Milk Chocolate Assortment
  • Shimmer Lavender Sixlets Peg Bag
  • Sweetworks Ovation Mint Sticks
  • 3.5 oz. Foiled Semi-Solid Milk Chocolate Chick
  • Foiled Solid Dark Eggs
  • Shimmer Powder Blue Sixlets Peg Pouch
  • 2 oz. Solid Milk Chocolate Rabbit
  • Sixlets Pastel Laydown Bag
  • Shimmer Spring Mix Pearls Jar
  • Ovation Milk Raspberry Break-A-Part
  • Shimmer Lavender Sixlets Peg Pouch
  • Shimmer Spring Mix Sixlets Peg Bag

Woo hoo! Now that is a fun assortment of Easter candy!

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Adult Snacks with Class!

[ 14 ] March 14, 2014 |

Adult Snacks — Class up your snacking

For this Adult Snacks post about Oscar Mayer P3 Portable Protein Packs, I wanted to let you know I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for #CollectiveBias and its advertiser. 

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Adult snacking doesn’t have to mean beer and chips

Walt and I lead a crazy busy life as many of my readers know. Attending sporting events of local college teams and our nephews, renovating condos, traveling or helping out our four college kids keeps us on the road and away from our kitchen quite often. It’s easy to throw the concept of fine dining and even classy snacking right out the window when you keep this kind of a schedule. When driving around in a mini-van, it’s so easy just to stop for fast food, right?

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However, I prefer to pack my own snacks rather than buy them on the run at a concession stand or fast food joint. It’s fun after a hard day of condo renovating to sit down and have a refreshing classy snack joined with balanced food pairings. I have a great backpack cooler that I take with me EVERYWHERE that provides that extra touch of sophistication to our brief in-between meal respites.

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Walt and I are both over 50 and we do try to lead a better-for-you lifestyle. Walt’s a big man (6′ 6″) and very athletic. He avoids sweets usually (except with his tea) so his preferred brand of snack involves proteins (meats, cheeses and nuts) coupled with wholesome fruits, grains and vegetables. As a result, my tastes have shifted over time and now we both tend toward nutrious snacking. It just feels more adult to us.

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Oscar Mayer’s new adult snack, P3 Portable Protein Packs are a snack that meets mine and Walt’s on-the-go needs. Yes, it’s a snack that is grab-and-go, yet still fits our snacking requirements as classy fuel! Each package has 14 g of protein and less than 1 g of sugar. I like that the flavors include 4 varieties: Applewood Smoked Turkey Breast, Applewood Smoked Ham, Rotisserie Seasoned Chicken Breast, and Slow Roasted Turkey Breast because Walt likes smoked meats and I prefer roasted or rotisserie. Walt loves that each package includes Oscar Mayer meats and Planters Nuts, while my focus is on the inclusion of Kraft Cheese….mmmm.

With the convenient sizing, we can each have our own, share one or pair it with other delectable wholesome foods. P3 is a lot better snacking option then beer and chips for us.

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What amazed me too was the pricing. At my local Walmart, the day I shopped, the Portable Protein Packs were a mere $1.00. In the picture below, this little placard next to the Oscar Mayer P3 made me chuckle. The placard read: The scientific name for this protein is “meat, cheese, and nuts.” Fun way to talk about #PortableProtein and #MeatCheeseNuts, don’t you think?
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So now whether we are renovating, cheering for the Spartans, arriving home from work or heading off on travels we have another better-for-you food that we can grab for our cooler. Meat, cheese and nuts all packaged into the Oscar Mayer P3 Portable Protein Packs seems like a classy affordable in-between snack to stave off adult hunger pains.

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Blue Valentine Recipes! Blue Chicken + Blue Tres Leches Cupcakes

[ 10 ] February 1, 2014 |

A Blue Valentine’s Day meal, when your Valentine’s isn’t so RED!

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Blue Valentine Meal: Blue Tres Leches, Blueberry Compote, Blue Chicken

A Valentine’s Day Alternative Theme

While we all love a Valentine’s full of hearts, kisses, romantic meals and cupids, let’s face it, every year isn’t that way. Many years ago, when I was going through my divorce, a girlfriend suggested we have a Blue Valentine’s, with all the food being blue themed to go with my “Blue” mood. It was great fun thinking up recipes! As a nod to those of you who may need a new twist on this day meant for lovers, I present a Blue Valentine Dinner. Share it with some friends on Feb. 14 and I’ll just bet you will feel some cheer!

First–off to shop for “Blue Food”

Nestles Tres Leche Mix Buitoni Sauces

Found the Buitoni Sauces near the bread and deli.  The New Nestle’s Tres Leches were featured in the Main Aisle!

I headed off to my local Walmart to get all the key ingredients for my Blue Valentine’s meal. I decided to make Blue Chicken so I grabbed some Buitoni Alfredo Sauce as the base for my chicken’s sauce. Having heard about Nestle New Tres Leches Baking Mixes (usually quite a difficult dessert to prepare from scratch), I decided that Blue Tres Leche Cupcakes would be the perfect! As the chicken and dessert are rather heavy, I grabbed some blueberries and grapes to whip up a Blueberry Fruit Compote to lighten the meal.

Blue Tres Leches Cupcake Recipe

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Tres Leches Cake is a sponge cake popular in the U.S., Mexico, and South America.  It is a “wet cake”, not unlike tiramisu or a trifle. The name means “3 milk cake”, so named as the sponge cake is literally soaked in three kinds of milk: heavy cream, evaporated milk and condensed milk. The new Nestle’s Tres Leches Baking Mix gives directions right on the side of the box to make Tres Leches Cupcakes so I won’t repeat that recipe here.

However, I will give you the tip on the “Icing”. The box suggest topping the cake or cupcakes with sweetened whipping cream. Instead, I used Cool Whip Frosting and dyed it blue with a tiny bit of food coloring. SO EASY! Blue Dessert Done!

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Blue Tres Leches Cupcakes

Blue Chicken

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 This recipe is a long time favorite of mine, meant to be made with Curaçao (a liqueur). However, the first time I made it I was very young, so I bought Blue Curaçao, not knowing any better, hence the name of this dish.

P.S.  Blue Curaçao and Curaçao taste exactly alike. Don’t let the addition of this liqueur put you off making this dish. It adds a delicious orangey tang and the alcohol burns off during the cooking! The Buitoni alfredo sauce makes a nice substitute for the heavy cream that this recipe normally calls for.

5.0 from 2 reviews

Blue Chicken
 
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After browning, the chicken breasts are baked, then simmered in champagne and curacao. Mushrooms and alfredo sauce (or heavy cream) are then combined to make a rich sauce. This is a spectacular main course that will have your guests mesmerized between the color and the taste.
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Recipe type: Main Dish
Serves: 8

Ingredients
  • 3 Tbs. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tspn. salt
  • 4 chicken medium breasts, skinned, boned and halved
  • 1 Tbs. butter
  • 1 Tbs. cooking oil of choice
  • 4-6 Tbs. Curacao
  • ¾ cup champagne (or sparkling apple juice
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 cups sliced fresh white mushrooms
  • 1 Tbs. butter, melted
  • ¾ cup Buitoni alfredo sauce (or ½ cup whipping cream)
  • blueberries
  • Seedless grapes

Instructions
  1. Combine salt and flour
  2. Coat chicken in flour mixture
  3. Heat 1 Tbs. butter and oil in large skillet
  4. Add chicken and cook for 5 min each side (or until slightly browned on each side)
  5. Place chicken in a oven proof pan in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes
  6. In a skillet, add curacao, champagne, and broth and simmer
  7. Add the oven cooked chicken and simmer, uncovered for 20 minutes
  8. Cook mushrooms in 1 Tbs butter, add to chicken along with alfredo sauce
  9. Spoon all into a warmed serving dish along with fruit compotes of grapes and blueberries

Blue Chicken Blue Valentine Recipes

Doesn’t this fun Blue Valentine Dinner make your Valentine’s Day just a little more fun?

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