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Red Gold Tomatoes Giveaway!

Red Gold tomatoesCanned tomatoes make the perfect base for pasta sauces and salsas. But have you ever tried spiking your burgers with extra flavor courtesy of canned tomatoes before throwing them on the grill?

 

Red Gold wants you to give it a try so they’re giving away a grilling care package complete with two aprons (appropriately in red), and a 5 pack of canned tomatoes and barbecue sauce. Interested?

 

Enter the Red Gold Tomatoes Giveaway by leaving a comment below. Want to increase your chances of winning? Share this post with your friends on Facebook for an extra entry.

 

You can also enter Red Gold’s sweepstakes for a chance to get your own Green Egg Ceramic Grill & Smoker.

 

This contest ends Friday, August 9th at midnight, EST so enter today!

 

*The prize package is available to U.S. residents only through Red Gold. As part of the promotion I received a sample of Red Gold tomatoes.

 

 

 

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Great Mother’s Day Giveaway Winner!

I just wanted to congratulate Rachel from Christine Gross-Loh’s blog who won the Great Mother’s Day Giveaway! I hope everyone had a great Mother’s Day.

 

My kids made me a chicken salad for lunch with spinach, chicken, carrots, dried cranberries, and almonds.

My kids made me a chicken salad for lunch with spinach, chicken, carrots, dried cranberries, and almonds.

Mother's day note

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Mother’s Day Giveaway

Mother’s Day is around the corner (May 12th!)–have you done your shopping yet? Here’s a chance to win a whole host of prizes–enough to pass some along to your mom and still have some leftover for yourself.

 

I’ve joined in with several of my blogging friends to participate in The Great Mother’s Day Giveaway (thanks, Brette Sember for organizing this giveaway).

 

And now for the part you’ve all been waiting for–the prizes. Keep reading for a complete list and for details about how to enter.

 

THE PRIZES!

From PuttingItAllontheTable (The Organizer of This Great Giveaway):

muffin-tin-cookieOne signed copy of The Muffin Tin Cookbook: 200 Fast, Delicious Mini-Pies, Pasta Cups, Gourmet Pockets, Veggie Cakes, and More! by Brette Sember. Moms love muffin tin cooking because one cup equals one portion (no fooling yourself that you’ll have “just another bite”) and because kids automatically think anything made in a muffin cup is delicious and are willing to try new foods made this way.

One copy of Cookie: A Love Story: Fun Facts, Delicious Stories, Fascinating History, Tasty Recipes, and More by Brette Sember, a glorious celebration of America’s favorite treat, a gleeful look at its history, impact, meaning, and deliciousness, filled with mouth-watering anecdotes and stories that will satisfy in a way no other book can. Special recipes, anecdotes, and everything you ever wanted to know about cookies are in its pages.

From Project: Happily Ever After:project-happily-ever-after

One copy of Project: Happily Ever After, by Alisa Bowman, a memoir of how the author saved her marriage. Partly tragic and partly humorous, the book will help you feel normal, give you helpful tools to try at home, and leave you with a pervading sense that you are not alone.

From Christine Gross-Loh:

parenting-without-bordersOne signed copy of Parenting without Borders: Surprising Lessons Parents Around the World Can Teach Us, hitting shelves just in time for Mother’s Day. Parenting expert Christine Gross-Loh, a mother of four, takes readers on a multicultural tour of the world’s best parenting practices — from Finland, Sweden, and Germany to France, Japan, China, Italy, and beyond to examine how international parents successfully foster creativity, discipline, independence, resilience and academic excellence in their children.

Revealing the surprising ways in which culture shapes accepted practices, Gross-Loh offers objective, science-based insight into what strategies are best for children–and why–in a book that is sure to spark new conversations among parents. Ultimately, Parenting Without Borders is both a call to action and an international handbook on how to build our own global village–one that will raise all of our children well.

From Belle Jewelry Designs:

One Bead Kit and Pattern to Make Dainty Daisies Bracelet belle-jewelry-designsby Claudine Jalajas.  Every year my children give me flowers for the garden for Mother’s Day. It’s one of my favorite gifts. This bracelet reminds me of Mother’s Day for that reason.

This pattern and bead kit will provide you with everything you need to create this lovely bracelet. The design is created using a cross-weave technique which is great for anyone from never-touched-a-needle-and-thread-before to advanced weaver.

I’ve taught this design at several libraries in Suffolk County (on Long Island). Most people can create the bracelet in an hour. It is woven using 4mm and 6mm genuine Swarovski crystallized pearls for the flowers, TOHO seed beads for vines, and potato pearls to simulate leaves. The clasp is a lobster clasp. This design also makes a gorgeous anklet–just increase the size. Jalajas’s bracelet design book, Wearable Art,  featuring more than 25 bracelet designs, will be released Fall 2014 by Running Press.

 

From Attainable Sustainable:

attainable-sustainable-off-the-shelfOne copy of  Off the Shelf: Homemade alternatives to the condiments, toppings, and snacks you love from Kris Bordessa, who shares a collection of recipes that take your favorite condiments and pantry staples off the grocery store shelves and puts them right in your (very capable) hands.

Make hummus, pesto, fresh salsa, and a Caesar ranch dressing that will knock your socks off. Whip up a batch of hot fudge sauce or chocolate pudding to indulge your sweet tooth. If you can chop, dice, and stir, you (or your kids, mom!) can make any of these recipes and more right at home.

From MyKidsEatSquid:

my-kids-eat-squidOne $25 Gift Certificate for King Arthur Flour, from My KidsEatSquid.com, which offers cooking tips, tricks, and recipes to tempt your family’s taste buds.

Founded in 1790 (yes, you read that right), King Arthur Flour is a really cool business where baking and social responsibility go hand in hand.

 

From The Friendship Blog:

best-friends-foreverOne copy of Best Friends Forever: Surviving a Breakup With Your Best Friend by psychologist Irene S. Levine. On a recent appearance on “CBS Sunday Morning,” Rita Braver called Irene the “Dear Abby of Friendship.”

Close friendships, which are essential to our well-being, can be challenged by motherhood. Having children often drains time and emotion from other relationships, and can create distance between mothers and child-free friends. Give yourself the gift of focusing on your female friendships this Mother’s Day.

 

From MyItchyTravelFeet:

65-things-to-do-when-you-retireOne copy of 65 Things to Do When You Retire: TRAVEL. A total of 10,000 people turn 65 each day–and many of them who retire want to make the most of travel opportunities. 65 Things to Do When You Retire: Travel offers practical, inspiring advice about how to have the time of your life, whether traveling with a group, with a spouse or partner, or on your own.

More than 65 intrepid writers and travel experts reveal their own personal adventures and describe glorious getaways for retirees, including such exciting travel opportunities as international house-sitting, going to Italy for a writing workshop, volunteering to help communities in developing countries, doing archaeological digs, taking a retirement “gap year,” and chucking it all to see the world.

 

From StickingMyNeckOut:

the-business-of-babyAn autographed hard cover copy of The Business of Baby, by Jennifer Margulis, an explosive new book uncovering how corporations and for-profit medicine harm new moms and their babies.

Award-winning midwife Ina May Gaskin calls the book, “a must-read for expectant mothers,” and Library Journal has said it’s “not just for parents to ponder.”

 

From ReelLifewithJane:

reel-life-moms-day-giveaway-2006 DVDs. Every mom needs a distraction from life, whether it’s Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts on a scooter, Edie Falco as a wayward nurse, Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman as old friends who might be parents, the classic boy from Neverland, Anna Wintour’s glitzy life, or America’s bully crisis.

That’s why Reel Life With Jane’s entry in The Great Mother’s Day Giveaway is a DVD/blu-ray six-pack extravaganza: “Larry Crowne,” “Nurse Jackie Season 4,” “The Switch,” “Peter Pan Diamond Edition,” “The September Issue,” and “Bully.” For more great giveaways, entertainment news, celebrity interviews and reviews, visit Reel Life With Jane and follow them on Twitter.

 

Rules:

  • One winner will win the ENTIRE package of prizes!
  • Enter by leaving a comment on this post.
  • For more chances to win, enter once at each blog listed in the giveaway below. One entry per person per blog.
  • You must enter by midnight ET on Sunday, May 12, 2013 (Mother’s Day).
  • Each blog participating in the giveaway will randomly select one semifinalist from those who have entered on that blog.  One winner will then be randomly selected from those names and will win ALL the prizes.
  • Offer limited to U.S. addresses only; entrants age 18 and up.
  • Winner will be notified by the email given when entering; not responsible for email transmission problems or postal delivery problems or failures.
  • You are responsible for notifying us of your correct mailing address if you are selected as a winner.
  • Contest closes at midnight Eastern Time on May 12, 2013. Prize is nontransferable and may not be redeemed for cash.
  • We reserve the right to announce the name of the winner on the blogs.

Each participating blog will be responsible for sending its own prize

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Whole wheat chocolate yogurt loaf

Reading the description of chocolate yogurt loaf in Debbie Koenig’s Parents Need to Eat Too cookbook I was struck by two ideas: the recipe was inspired by New York City delis (as a former New Yorker I was intrigued) and it’s chocolatey goodness is hypnotic while still being dietlicious.

I’m all for chocolate treats that taste decadent but don’t pack too many calories or fat (think: brownie craving satisfier right here). But I wondered if I could boost the nutrition just a bit. That way I wouldn’t feel too bad adding in some chocolate chips too (hey, we all need more anti-oxidants in our diet and dark chocolate happens to have them, which is why I try to get a little dark chocolate in each day–it’s tough, but I somehow manage).

I figured this recipe with a hefty dose of yogurt would be perfect paired with whole wheat instead of all-purpose flour. I also added a tablespoon of ground flax, 1/4 cup chopped almonds, orange zest, and mini Ghirardelli chocolate chips.

Kid reactions: Well, it’s chocolate, of course they loved it! My teen who has quite the discerning taste buds didn’t like the added orange zest. In her words, “the orange zest brings out the flavor of the whole wheat instead of the chocolate so I’d skip it next time.” If your kids are begging for brownies but you want to try something that might be just a little healthier than your standard recipe, you might consider making this loaf.

Want to see more recipes from Parents Need to Eat Too? Enter the giveaway that’s going on now through next week for a chance to win a free copy.

Recipe

Servings: 9

Prep time: 15 minutes + baking


Ingredients

1 cup whole wheat flour

1/4 cup Dutch process cocoa

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

5 tablespoons butter, softened

3/4 cup sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup plain nonfat yogurt (I used Greek)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a loaf pan. (I thought two mini pans would work nicely here too).
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the dry ingredients, except for the chocolate chips.
  4. Beat the butter and sugar together on high speed. Then add in the egg and vanilla.
  5. Add half of the dry ingredients into the butter mixture; blend.
  6. Add half of the yogurt into the batter; blend.
  7. Repeat with the remaining dry ingredients and yogurt. (The batter will be stiff.)
  8. Mix in the chocolate chips and chopped nuts, if using.
  9. Spread the batter into the pan and cook for 35-40 minutes or until cooked through.
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Parents Need to Eat Too giveaway!

It’s been awhile since I’ve been awake all night with a fussy baby. These days when my “baby” can’t sleep, usually because of a thunderstorm, she’ll curl up in her doorway in her favorite blanket and I’ll find her there dozing in the morning.

When I flipped through my review copy of Parent Needs to Eat Too by Debbie Koenig (it came out today!) it brought back so many memories of harried days trying to keep my baby–and toddlers–happy and occupied while I tried to turn out a meal that involved more than flakes, a bowl, and milk.

Koenig understands the often daunting task of wanting to have good food for your family and holding on to your sanity at the same time, especially when you’re a new parent. The cookbook draws on her own experiences as a new mom and is divided into handy sections on meals to make while your kids nap, last-minute dinner ideas, good-for-you snacks, a whole section on slow cookers (I’ve already dog-eared that chapter) and cooking tips sprinkled throughout.

What surprised me about that book is that Koenig doesn’t shy away from flavor or dishes from around the world. Tucked in the pages you’ll find Polynesian flank steak, fish nicoise, Indian potatoes, soba noodle salad with tahini-lime dressing. And two. Count ‘em two recipes for homemade black beans. Sure, I won’t need the sidebars on how to make these dishes into baby food (well, maybe the next time they tighten my tween’s braces). But I thought the tips, tricks, and recipes in the cookbook work well for parents like me who may not have a baby in the house, yet we’re still trying to make good food for our kids between laundry, work, sports practices, piano lessons, field trips…

Here’s how to win a copy of Parents Need to Eat Too:

To enter

Leave a comment here about your favorite in-a-hurry meal.

Next post I'll be sharing Koenig's recipe for a chocolate yogurt loaf.

Another entry? Tweet about it; then report back here.

And another entry? Like MyKidsEatSquid on Facebook.

Already a fan? Then share this post on Facebook and tell me about it here.

The giveaway starts now and runs through Tuesday, February 28th at 9a.m. EST, when the winner will be chosen at random. Both a review and giveaway copy were provided by the publisher.  Open to U.S. residents only.

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Giveaway! Handcrafted Oak Cutting Board

With Thanksgiving just 15 days away (yes, 15!), I wanted to show my thanks to MKES readers with a chance to win a hand-crafted oak cutting board with maple and walnut inlays.

But before I get to the giveaway, I wanted to share a share a few details about what makes these cutting boards so special.

The boards started as a way to recycle scraps leftover from Ralph Teets’ woodworking business based in Girard, Ohio. After crafting furniture, cabinets, and clocks, Teets often had ends leftover that he just couldn’t bear to throw away. Instead, he started making cutting boards as gifts for friends and with his wife Joanne’s encouragement he started selling them online at Cutting Board Art and at craft shows.

A good, hardwood cutting board, explained Teets, can be something for you to pass down to your kids–and grandkids. Like cast iron cookware, if you take care of hardwood, it lasts. And lasts.

Here are Teets’ suggestions for keeping your cutting boards in tip-top shape:

Don’t put the board in the dishwasher. Ditto with submerging it, or soaking it, in water.

Do go ahead and rinse the board with water and a mild antibacterial soap to clean.

Don’t use the board in a microwave or oven.

Do condition the board with butcher block oil.

It’s simple to enter, just leave a comment here explaining your favorite holiday fixin’ for your chance to win the Linear Cutting Board pictured above.

The giveaway winner will be chosen at random from all entries received before 9p.m. EST next Wednesday, November 16th. I’ll announce the winner the following day, November 17th. (Only open to residents in the continental United States.)

*Just a note: Cutting Board Art provided a review cutting board to MKES along with one to giveaway to a reader. Thanks.

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Eco-products and lunch bag giveaway

From now until September 30th, 2011, you can send in proof-of-purchase labels from Annie’s Homegrown, Stonyfield YoKids, Honest Kids, and Seventh Generation and receive a free eco-lunch bag. Or, you can win a lunch bag here filled with coupons for free products.

My kids are already fans of Annie’s Shells & White Cheddar and Stonyfield’s organic yogurt so I was happy to spread the word about this offer, along with giving a free bag to 3 lucky readers.

Here how it works

  • leave a comment here with one of your favorite healthy snacks (one entry)
  • become a Facebook fan of MKES (another entry!)
  • add a comment to any of MKES’s Facebook posts (yet another entry!)
  • announce the giveaway on your blog (yup, another entry)

That’s it!

*Please note that the giveaway is only open to residents of the continental United State (sorry Kiwis). The winners will be chosen at random on Saturday, August 6th at 5pm EST and announced Monday, August 8th.

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Reinventing Thanksgiving Classics–King Arthur Giveaway

Butter crescent rolls

Pretty cresecent rolls, but how to tweak?

From simple tweaks like orange-zested cranberry relish to curiosities like turducken (you know, the chicken stuffed into a duck tucked inside a turkey creation invention that peaked in popularity a few years ago), there’s been a trend toward mixing up classic Thanksgiving fare.

I like it.

Seems like reworking dishes is the tradition—I mean, someone thought, “Hey, I bet these yams would taste better with marshmallows on them.” And now in kitchens everywhere come November 25th there’s grandmother’s lonely yam dish on the corner of the buffet, untouched.

Or, there’s the brilliant baker who thought to throw some crisp-friend onions on top of the green beans. Bless her!

So what tweaks are you planning this year?

I’ve been thumbing through ideas at the Mixing Bowl, a cooking forum sponsored by Better Homes Gardens. I found this recipe for the green bean bake using one of my favorite ingredients, bacon. And a whole group discussion dedicated to stuffing.

Basil roll

I wish I could have gotten a better photo--but check out the buttery basil roll

Here’s what I’m thinking:

-Instead of just my regular dinner rolls, I’m adding fresh herbs into the roll for parsley and basil-infused crescents. They’re beautiful and make the buttery rolls stand out more on the buffet spread.

-Mashed potatoes—how about in lilac? I’m stocking up on purple potatoes to whip up with plenty of real butter. I’m saving the pumpkin for cookies and making a chocolate-raspberry truffle cheesecake for dessert (recipe to come Thursday:).

-Forget iceberg or even romaine lettuce, what about a Southern-style inspired kumquat salad? That sounds good too.

Now I want to help you get baking this season so I’m offering my own giveaway

A $60 Gift Certificate to King Arthur Flour (my favorite baking company)

To enter:

leave a comment below with your Thanksgiving tweak

To increase your chances of winning:

  • “like” MyKidsEatSquid on Facebook
  • follow MyKidsEatSquid on Twitter
  • subscribe to MyKidsEatSquid (you can use the email box, if you prefer–top left:)
  • announce the giveaway on your blog and leave a comment with the link here

Each time you comment, subscribe, like and follow, I’ll add another entry with your name on it. Contest ends, November 29th midnight EST. The winner will be chosen at random and announced on November 30th.

Looking for more chances to win this holiday season? Check out this list of recipe contests. I’ve been looking through the site as part of the Motherboard team. Once a week, I’ll be posting about the exciting things not to miss on the their site, and their affiliates.

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Winner! Revolution Foods Sampler Giveaway

Credit: Revolution Foods

Thanks for all the entries in the Revolution Foods Giveaway. Heather C, is the winner. Please report back and let MKES readers know what you thought about the Grammy Jammys and other kids’ snacks.

Remember the $50 Bison Sampler Giveaway from High Plains Bison? Jennifer M. reported back. Here’s her review:

It came last week! It was really well packaged, with dry ice and individual frozen boxes. The dry ice wasn’t even half gone when it got to me, so everything was nice and cold. I got a box of hot dogs, a box of ribeye steaks, and a box of sausage with provolone and pepperoncini.

I don’t eat red meat, but my husband and six-year-old daughter do. I cooked up the sausage according to the package directions, which was very easy to do. They ate almost the whole (big) package in one sitting–there were two left over, and they each had one for breakfast first thing the  next morning. They both declared it to be the best sausage they’d ever eaten and immediately asked that I order some more.

So it’s a big hit, especially since I”m really happy about the nutritional content as well!

Keep reading MKES for future giveaways and cool recipes your whole family will enjoy–even picky eaters!

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