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Monday, January 24, 2011

Ready for Valentine Cookies?

I know these are Christmas cookies...I am so behind!

Thanks to MyBlogSpark, Tom Thumb, Betty Crocker and GladWare I was able to make these yummy sugar cookies! They were a big hit! These cookies tasted GREAT! I also love the size of these Glad containers. You can never have too many containers!

So who wants to make some cookies for Valentine's Day?

Leave a comment here and one of you will receive a Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix, a $25 Safeway gift card (also valid at Dominick's, Tom Thumb, Randalls, Vons and Genuardi's) and a GladWare sample pack.

Please enter by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, January 26th...winner will be announced on Thursday, January 27th.

Good Luck!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Chex Cereal Kind of Day - GIVEAWAY

Something about the holidays makes me want to eat Chex Mix.

Thank to Chex and Kroger through MyBlogSpark I was able to make my favorite Chex Mix and try a new recipe!

Right now through December 25th Kroger is offering Chex cereal at their lowest prices of the year!

I am an old school Chex Mix person. Take an hour...use the oven...stir every 15 minutes. Here is the recipe I use - a little different from the one on the box...

Original Chex Mix

3 cups Corn Chex® cereal
3 cups Rice Chex® cereal
3 cups Wheat Chex® cereal
1 cup mixed nuts
1 cup bite-size pretzels
6 tablespoons butter or margarine
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons seasoned salt
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder

Oven Directions: Heat oven to 250°F. In large bowl, mix cereals, nuts, and pretzels; set aside. In ungreased large roasting pan, melt butter in oven. Stir in seasonings. Gradually stir in cereal mixture until evenly coated. Bake 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Spread on paper towels to cool, about 15 minutes. Store in airtight container.

This year I tried a new recipe! I have had it many times but have never made it...SO easy and DELICIOUS!!

Chex Muddy Buddies

9 cups Rice Chex®, Corn Chex® or Chocolate Chex® cereal (or combination)
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1. Into large bowl, measure cereal; set aside.
2. In 1-quart microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter uncovered on High 1 minute; stir. Microwave about 30 seconds longer or until mixture can be stirred smooth. Stir in vanilla. Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated. Pour into 2-gallon resealable food-storage plastic bag.
3. Add powdered sugar. Seal bag; shake until well coated. Spread on waxed paper to cool. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.

Is this making you hungry? Well thanks to Kroger, Chex Cereal and MyBlogSpark you can receive a prize pack that includes a $25 Kroger gift card and 2 boxes of Chex Cereal! FOR FREE!!

Just leave a post here with your favorite Chex Mix Recipe OR tell me which recipe you would try with your prize.

You can see all the recipes here -

Winner will be announced Friday, December 17th!

Good Luck!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Importance of RSVP

Do you always RSVP? Always is a strong word...but when hosting a party you want to know how may people to plan for! Here are a few tips from Emily Post about the importance of RSVP.

No one is obligated to accept an invitation or to explain the reasons for not accepting. Nor will anyone come running to your door and demand that you finally reply to that invitation that has been sitting on your coffee table for three weeks. However, just as someone is being kind when inviting you to an event, you should be just as kind to reply to their invitation. To help you determine the proper etiquette for the RSVP, we've included a couple of important tips:

1) Take your cue from the invitation
If you received your invitation by e-mail, then an e-mailed response is acceptable. If the invitation is to a wedding and includes an enclosed card, then send your response by mail. You can judge the required response by the formality of the invitation itself.

2) Respond in a timely fashion
Generally it is best to reply as soon as possible. For written invitations responses are made within several days of receiving the invitation. For in-person or phoned invitations, you may provide your response when asked or await until you have checked your schedule. Simply let the person know that you will call as soon as possible.

3) Keep replies brief
There is no need to go into great detail if you must decline the invitation. Write a simple and polite note of regret. If you feel like you must offer an explanation, be sure it is brief.

4) Reply even if you have a potential conflict
If you would like to accept an invitation to an informal or casual event but have a tentative conflict, contact the host or hostess to explain the problem. If the event is formal, however, your delay might inconvenience the host, so it's best to decline the invitation.

5) When replies aren't requested
If the invitation does not specifically request that you RSVP, then a response is not necessary. However, it is always polite to notify the host when you cannot attend. A phone call will usually suffice, though you might send a personal note or an e-mail.

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