Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Holiday Giveaway/Gift Exchange Goodies

Luck's been on my side lately!  I was fortunate to be selected from lovely Noelle's Turtle Mountain giveaway.  I received 4 coupons to try their products for FREE (one of my favorite words).  I picked up 2 boxes of their vanilla and mint ice cream sandwiches, a carton of unsweetened coconut milk, and mint chip coconut ice cream.

They have all been delicious.  Hubby commented on how many desserts are in our freezer now, but I don't think he's complaining :)  Thanks Noelle and Turtle Mountain!

I also received a great jar of Simple Summer Strawberry Syrup in the mail from Joyce at October Farm thanks to Katie's Thyme for Cooking Season's Eatings blogger food gift exchange.  I can't wait to try Joyce's French toast recipe.  How did Joyce know I'm obsessed with French toast? :)  Thanks ladies!

And thanks to Arlene's giveaway at Flour on my Face, I won a beautiful 2011 calendar and coupon to try an entree or sauce from Buitoni.  I've never tried their products before so I am excited to grab one for dinner and enjoy it.  Thanks Arlene and Buitoni!

I have also enjoyed several yummy snacks and meals lately.

If you live near TJ's, you must buy this.  It will change your life.  'Nuff said.

Lovely fresh raspberries and blueberries.  Simple and delicious.

Frozen mixed berries + packet of flavored instant oatmeal --> microwave for 1 minute = instant fruit cobbler.  YUM.  I seem to be trying a lot of random cobblers lately.

Whole wheat French toast made with egg whites + cinnamon, topped with natural peanut butter, fresh blackberries and blueberries, drizzled with agave.  I cooked the leftover egg whites + cinnamon and ate 'em on the side.  Simple, easy, filling, healthy, and of course, yummy :)

The snack that smiles back - homemade potato + corn chowder topped with Goldfish :)

A delicious salad mix: spinach, baby greens, turkey, sliced pear, pecans, grapes, and raspberry vinaigrette.

Remember the whole wheat coconut oil pie crust I made for Thanksgiving?  Well, I had leftover dough, so I pressed it into mini muffin tins, filled half with strawberry jam and the other half with Nutella, baked for about 15 minutes, and called it a day.

I had this for breakfast the other day: plain Greek yogurt with one packet of Stevia, cinnamon, and ground flaxseeds mixed in + fresh blueberries, blackberries, and unsalted roasted almonds.  YUM.  I also have to give a shoutout to Menchie's for their adorable spoons.  One just opened near us and I LOVE it.  Yes, I took my plastic froyo spoon home with me because it was so darn cute.  Who wouldn't smile eating yogurt with this spoon? :)

And finally, I must give the jammies some love since they haven't made a blog appearance in quite a while.  These are velour jammy pants from Old Navy and I've had them since early college.  They are super soft and comfy.  I also love my fuzzy Ugg slippers I received for Christmas from my grandma last year.  My feet are ALWAYS cold (seriously) and they're not when I wear these.  Yay for comfy jammies and warm feet :)


  1. It looks like you've been up to some great eating lately! Enjoy!

  2. Congratulations! You have been lucky lately! I'd love to have some free So Delicious. I'm addicted to their coconut milk ice cream and coffee creamer! That Simple Summer Strawberry Syrup sounds pretty tasty. Can't wait to hear how you like it! And OMG, your French toast looks insanely delicious!

  3. My grandmother just bought a tub of the Jojo's and Cream TJ's icecream and I'm dying to sneak over and have a taste. Congrats on getting your hands on so much loot. The gold fish and corn chowder idea is super cute.

  4. We LOVE that ice cream! I'm making a cheesecake/brownie dessert this weekend for my mom's bunco club and I use the peppermint joe joe's for the crust. Absolutely amazing!

  5. Wow! You have been busy! But as I sit here with cold feet it's the Uggs that have my eye lol

  6. Man, the I love blackberries, and they make French Toast even better. Haven't tried the agave thing yet, but I've been hearing more about it so maybe I will...

  7. Oh, Candy Cane Joe-Joe's! I've been ducking it. Because once I buy the carton, I'll eat it all. By myself. With a big spoon. I love your warm toes! And grandma warm gifts are wonderful! Happy holidays busy lady

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