Everyone likes cookies, right? Well today you are in for a treat. My friend Lauren from Keep It Sweet Desserts sent me some cookies to taste, and now I have the privilege to offer cookies to you! I realize that not everyone likes to bake as much as I do, so having a go to source for good baked goods is important. Let’s face it, store bought cookies don’t always pass the test.
Want to know a little secret? We aren’t huge sandwich eaters at my house. Well that isn’t entirely true. My husband does not like deli meat, so that means, we don’t eat a lot of sandwiches at home. My 8 year old and I love a good sandwich, but only tend to get them if we are out at a restaurant. I am slowly trying to turn my husband. I don’t think I will ever win him over with deli meat, but I will find middle ground between that and peanut butter & jelly.
Who wants to win $500 to spend at Amazon? If you didn’t raise your hand I think there is something wrong with you! Well today I am super excited to offer you the chance to win! I am so jealous, and wish that I could enter to win.
I have teamed up with a wonderful group of bloggers to bring you this awesome giveaway. The entries are simple, just follow the instructions below! Good Luck!!
Let’s talk sides for a minute. Do you struggle with sides at your house? I can easily pick a main dish, but to come up with sides that are good for you and that my family will like, is a struggle. My family isn’t big on veggies, so salads and roasted veggies don’t always work. I could love on Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Roasted Asparagus, but I am alone on that at my house.
My spice cabinet has been a mess since we moved into this house, last July. Every time I opened the cupboard I was annoyed, and spent forever digging for what I needed. We had been talking about how to fix it and make it functional, pretty much since the day we moved in. It was one of those things that just got pushed to the back burner though. I finally got fed up enough, and took matters into my own hands.
Did you know that November is Diabetes Awareness Month? I honestly had no idea. I am embarrassed to say that, but I just didn’t know. I have been very fortunate to not have diabetes touch my life, or anyone close to me. I recently met someone who has it, but he manages it very quietly, so you would never know. My friend Carolyn, from All Day I Dream About Food is my closest real connection to diabetes. She is constantly in the kitchen doing amazing things, making over the most decadent dish to make it diabetic friendly.
Today many of us are getting together to help spread the word about Diabetes. Did you know that 25.8 million people (adults and children) in the United States have diabetes. In 2010, 1.9 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people 20 years of age and under. It is a wide spread disease that can affect anyone.
Today Carolyn challenged us to share a recipe that was gluten free, lower in carbs, and didn’t use any type of sugar. I came up with this Greek yogurt dip. It is a little spicy, and you can never go wrong with chili and lime together. Serve with veggies, or your favorite gluten free crackers for a super healthy snack. You can easily serve this at any party, and no one will ever know that you are serving something healthy!
Tis’ the season for chocolate! And boy are you in for a treat today. We have lots of chocolate to talk about, and lots of chocolate for you to win!
But first, let’s get serious. West Africa is the source of 70% of the world’s chocolate, the Ivory Coast alone produces 40%. The beans that are harvested in West Africa are then mixed into almost every mass produced brand of chocolate. But here is where it gets serious. In West Africa, the Ivory Cost in particular, child trafficking is very common. Kids and families go to the Ivory Coast in search of jobs, but then the children are separated from their families, and trafficked to cocoa farmers. Some of the farmer’s pay the children a small sum to work on the farm, others pay them nothing. The children are forced to work long hours, perform dangerous tasks, and are given minimal food and shelter.
This is where Equal Exchange is stepping up and making a difference. All of their chocolate is sourced from small scale farmer co-ops in the Dominican Republic, Panama, Ecuador and Peru. The farmers all own their land, and control their business. All of the chocolate from Equal Exchange is organic. They partner with farmers using sustainable farming methods, without pesticides or fertilizers. The chocolate is made without corn syrup or other additives, so you can feel better about putting it in your body. You can learn more about the fair trade of chocolate and what Equal Exchange is doing on their website.
You can play a game on Equal Exchange’s Facebook page to win some of their new candy bars, as well as learn more about chocolate. They currently have 3 new candy bars. One filled with peanut butter (my personal favorite), a crispy one filled with crisped rice and quinoa, and a dark chocolate fruit and nut bar. All were delicious, and I love the idea of quinoa in candy! I was also given mini’s that were just milk chocolate – super silky and smooth. They are going to be great for trick or treaters!
Want to win some of your own chocolate, just in time for Halloween? Well Equal Exchange is giving one lucky winner a 24 pack of candy bars!
Open to residents of the US Only. I will notify the winner via email, and they will have 48 hours to respond, or I will pick a new winner.
**I was sent 6 Equal Exchange Candy Bars, and a box of mini chocolate candies. The giveaway is sponsored by Equal Exchange. All opinions are 100% my own.
I got business cards! This is such a small thing, but it excites me very much. I can send them to work with my husband when I send out treats, I can hand them out to strangers when we get into a conversation about what I do, and I can give them to my Mom to make it look like I am the real deal! It’s all about the little things
Moo.com contacted me about creating my own business cards, and I jumped at the chance. They have a very easy to use site. There are all kinds of different templates you can use, or you can create your own. Just upload the pictures you want, type in your text, and you are done. The order arrived about a week later, and I am very happy with the quality. They look like professional business cards!
Moo.com doesn’t only do business cards either. They have Greeting Cards, Postcards, Stickers, Labels, and more. You can upload your own pictures and customize all of them. This would be great for address labels or Christmas Cards. You could always have a stash of thank you cards on hand, whatever you want to do.
Here is what I made! What would you make if you could make your own?
Well, you can make your own!
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If you know me, you know I am not a fan of coffee. So when International Delight contacted me about their new Iced Coffee’s, I almost responded immediately with “sorry, but no.” But then I got to thinking about you, my dear readers. I know most of you love coffee. I am the strange one Plus I knew my Mother-in-Law would be visiting, and she loves her coffee.
Obviously I am biased, being that I don’t drink the stuff. But I don’t understand the draw of spending $4 at a coffee house at least once a day for something you could make at home. I realize I am cheap, but how can it be worth that much money. I get the convenience, but making specialty drinks at home can’t be that difficult. International Delight has introduced the first-ever iced coffee drink that’s made with coffee house quality 100% Arabica coffee, real milk and cream and served in a half-gallon container. They come in Mocha, Vanilla, or Original, for less than the price of one drink at your local coffee house. All you have to do is pour over ice, and you are done!
I sent my MIL to the store and she came back with the Mocha variety. I even tried some! It was actually pretty good (coming from someone who doesn’t like coffee). It was chocolatey, with a hint of coffee in the background. We did find that if you heat it and add it to your black coffee you have one delicious Mocha Coffee Keep that in mind when you have just a little left in the carton.
I decided to make muffins with some of the Iced Coffee. That should not surprise any of you. But really, coffee is a morning drink, so what better with your morning coffee than a delicious muffin. These muffins went over well with everyone. Even my 7 year old loved them. I still have a few left in the freezer, and he just was for them for breakfast this morning.