Category: food reviews

Bypassing the Cooking Routine, Crock-Pot® Cuisine

[ 13 ] October 1, 2014 |

Spouse Out of Town?  Break out of your Routine!

Crock-Pot Cuisine meal ingredient Kits
still blondeThe Chief Blonde Remarks:  My husband has been gone to Japan for two weeks. Luckily, he returns any moment. But while he has been gone, I have been trying to get oodles of blogging done.  So the very last last thing I want to do is shop, chop, cook and clean-up.  Right?

Crock Pot Cuisine

So when Crock-Pot® Cuisine offered to send me along some of their new frozen Crock-Pot® Cuisine meal ingredient kits, on the day he left, I jumped at the chance! I love my Crock-Pot® and use it for tailgating and family dinners (Walt has 92 first cousins)  With Walt gone, I knew how much I would enjoy taking a break from the regular meal day grind. Especially, because each kit comes fully stocked with everything you need to easily create a high-quality slow-cooked meal right at home with little effort. Gahhh! Can you even imagine bypassing the cooking routine for two whole weeks?

A meal for 4 runs $25, when you order 4.  That’s $6.25 a meal. The Crock-Pot® Cuisine  are truly throw in the pot and go about your day.  You can choose between cooking the meal on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours. I cooked all my meals on high for 4 hours.  All were extremely moist and cooked through after the allotted cooking time.

How I bypassed the Cooking Routine, with Crock-Pot® Cuisine

Here’s what I whipped up with Crock-Pot® Cuisine:

Crock-Pot Cuisine meal ingredient Kits

Sage Garlic Chicken: Juicy pieces of all white meat chicken, marinated in a creamy garlic sauce, sage, combined with spinach and white beans. This was the most usual dish, but I liked it very much. The spinach and white beans really appealed to me.

Crock-Pot Cuisine meal ingredient Kits

Lemon Herb Chicken: chunks of tender all white meat chicken blended with crisp green beans and fragrant wild rice in a tangy lemon sauce. This was my favorite dish. The beans were very fresh tasting and the dish gave me about 6 servings. 

Crock-Pot Cuisine Meal ingredient Kits

Layered Beef Lasagna: al dente semolina pasta alternated with seasoned ground beef, creamy ricotta, shredded mozzarella and tangy parmesan cheeses, blanketed in a zesty tomato, garlic and basil marinara. The tomato topping on this was divine. 

Crock-Pot Cuisine meal ingredient Kits


 Roasted Chicken with Mini Herbed Dumplings: Juicy pieces of all white meat chicken and tender, herb-studded dumplings in a rich, creamy sauce along with a colorful blend of fresh peas, carrots and onions. The dumplings were comforting.  You kept going back for “Just One More”.  The recipe reminded me of a pot pie. 

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UPDATE: This Giveaway that was attached to this post is over. The entry device has been removed and had 8088 entries.   See Giveaway Winners. 

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Sweetworks Father’s day Chocolates

[ 283 ] June 11, 2014 |

Sweetworks Ovation and Niagara Chocolates for Dad!

Father's day sweetworks


Sweetworks sent us over some chocolatey samples to review for Father’s Day and boy, do we have a treat for you! Sweetworks Father’s Day chocolate selections are perfect for your dad. 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.

For Father’s Day we are focusing on three great products, two from their Ovation line: Break-A-Parts and Sticks and one from their Niagara line: a chocolate tool kit for dad!

Ovation Break A parts

Sweetworks Break-A-Parts

Break-A-Parts are quite possibly the most fun candy that you will ever experience.  They come in a big ball, which you then smack on a counter, and the ball literally Breaks-A-Part into sections…hence the name. Ovation Break-A-Parts come in orange, raspberry, key lime, almond, toffee, peppermint, and pumpkin flavors. Raspberry is the Chief Blonde’s favorite!

Ovation sticks

Sweetworks Ovation Sticks

These Ovation sticks are the  perfect complement to cappuccinos, coffee, and ice cream. Ovation sticks also make a decadent snack right out of the box, and at 15 calories per stick, this is a great low calorie treat to keep at home or in the office. WAIT…WHAT? 15 yeah!  Perfect diet food…kind of.  Each box contains 40 individually wrapped sticks. Ovation sticks are all natural, US made and kosher certified.


Niagara Chocolates Tool Kit

Father’s day perfect! This 5-piece chocolate tool set is made with high-quality milk chocolate. Packed in a red box designed to look like a tool kit with a see-through lid, the construction set is ready for gifting!


This giveaway runs from June 12-18 11:59 PM EST. US ONLY 18years+

Can’t Wait to Win it?

Buy it these Chocolates and more at Sweetworks website.


One Winner will win $60 in Sweetworks Chocolates,  two sets of the following Candy. One to give to Dad and you to share (or KEEP). MMMM…

  • Milk Chocolate Orange Break-a-part
  • Dark Chocolate Orange Break-a-part
  • Milk Chocolate Mint Break-a-part
  • Milk Chocolate Almond Break-a-part
  • Milk Chocolate Key Lime Break-a-part
  • Milk Chocolate Raspberry Break-a-part
  • Irish Cream Ovation Sticks
  • Mint Ovation Sticks
  • Milk Chocolate Tool Kit

Update: This giveaway is over and the Rafflecopter entry device has been removed. It had 5900+ entries.  See Giveaway Winners. 

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Bake Me A Wish Bakery Combo

[ 323 ] 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.

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

UPDATE:  This Giveaway is over. The Rafflecopter was removed and had 4794 entries.  See Giveaway Winners.

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Vitalicious VitaTops Review

[ 183 ] April 13, 2014 |

 Vitalicious Chocolate Chip VitaTops

New Flavor, Same 100 Calories



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?

Buy VitaTops at the Vitalicious Website, follow them on Facebook, and follow along on Twitter.


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


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

UPDATE:  The Giveaway is over.  The Rafflecopter entry device has been removed and had 2635 entries.  See Giveaway Winners!

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