July 26, 2011

Big Kitchen-Big Giveaway!

I had the great opportunity to partner together with Big Kitchen.com on a review of one of their great items. Then I was lucky enough to receive this in the mail: 

That's when I got super excited.  I saw Emeril's face sticking through the plastic.



The opposite side even doubles as a griddle!

The cast iron griddle distributes heat evenly and retains seasonings for an even better taste with every use.  It is endorsed by Emeril himself!   The matte enamel coating resists flavor absorption and requires no seasoning.

It is great for preparing foods such as meats and vegetables, as if using an outdoor grill. you can easily make food with those authentic grill marks.   The grill pan is a great size 20" l x 10-1/2" w x 1" h and has large handles making it easier to use.  It is also heavy and very well made.  Not to mention it comes with a LIFETIME warranty.  I don't know if I'll even be lighting our outdoor grill this year.  This is makes grilling too easy!  : )


It simply lays across two burners on your stove.


I have yet to use the griddle side but can just imagine myself making blueberry pancakes
from our fresh blueberries.

I greased the pan lightly with vegetable oil and also gave it a little spray of Pam.


Next, I went to work with my Teryiaki marinated chicken breasts
for one of my favorite outdoor grilled meals.

 
The grill pan cooked the chicken to perfection without using charcoal, gas or being outside in the bugs.


When the chicken was finished I added some pineapples that I soaked in soy sauce. The whole meal turned out perfect.

 
Needless to say we cleaned our plates.

Next, I decided to try out grilling some deer steak which tend to be a little on the dry side and typically have to be buttered during outdoor grilling.  I must say..I did not use any butter.  I simply marinated them in some Lawry's Steak Marinade and put those suckers on the pan.  They turned out to be some of the most tender, delicious deer (sorry, venison) steaks I had ever eaten.   I'm loving this grill pan. Way to go Emeril!

The wonderful folks over at Big Kitchen are sponsoring a giveaway for one of you all to try an Emeril Griddle Pan in your home!  Big Kitchen has a gigantic selection of products, top of the line brand names, and great prices. Please check out their website at http://www.bigkitchen.com/ and tell me which of their products you would like to try.

The winner will be chosen via Random.org next Friday, August 5th.  As always, you can leave a comment about the Big Kitchen product you would like to try out as well as two separate comments if you are a follower of this blog.

Thank you and good luck! 



P.S.  It's not too late to sign up for the Equal Exchange giveaway listed on the top right sidebar of the blog.


                               

July 21, 2011

Growing your own veggies!

Our garden is coming along quite well to say the least.  Just to give you an idea of what I have harvested THIS WEEK alone!
Bucket O' Broccoli


Mmmm....  I ended up freezing around 8 gallons.


Fresh Iceberg Lettuce. 

Washed and drained.  Great for salads and sammy's.  Wish I could preserve it longer.  : (


The dishdrainer filled with yellow squash, zucchini, cucmbers, and various peppers.




While those were draining I will still soaking other veggies in the sink.


I like to grow something new each year that I have never grown.  This year I went with "white cucumbers"  They are more of a light yellow but, very crisp with a great flavor. 
I really want to make some bread and butter pickles with some of them. 


Besides all that I also picked, strung, broke and canned 20 pints of green beans.  We will have more ready to pick this afternoon.  I will post some photos of the green beans soon.  I am going to do a "canning your own green beans" tutorial. 

Whew!  This is a lot of work but sooo worth it in the wintertime!  Thank goodness that my wonderful hubby is such a hardworker and keeps the garden manicured and weeded so I can get to the good stuff. 

And, one of my good friends was bitten by a copperhead a few weeks ago so of course I'm terrified everytime I walk outside.  Guess thats what we get for living out in the country.  Although, it's worth it.  : )

July 20, 2011

Newman's Own Organic's Winner

The winner of the Newman's Own Organic's giveaway is:.............# 9!


Pyewacket

Pyewacket, please email me with your contact information as soon as possible so I can get your winning products sent your way.  I'm sure you will love them!

I have more reviews and giveaways coming up soon.  Stay tuned for your chance to try out some awesome products. ; )

And, you can also sign up to win the Equal Exchange giveaway. 


Green Fundraising with Equal Exchange

Equal Exchange is another incredible company I have been introduced to lately.  It is a worker owned co-op that works with small, independent farmers all around the world to bring fairly traded, organic products to the consumers.  Their founders – Rink Dickinson, Jonathan Rosenthal and Michael Rozyne wanted to come up with a way to help small farmers with honest trade and assist consumers by selling high quality, organic products.

Equal Exchange's Mission: Equal Exchange's mission is to build long-term trade partnerships that are economically
just and environmentally sound, to foster mutually beneficial relationships between farmers and consumers and to demonstrate, through our success, the contribution of worker co-operatives
and Fair Trade to a more equitable, democratic and sustainable world.
Awesome!

They began with coffee and an idea over twenty years ago and today the company has expanded to chocolate, teas, nuts, bananas and  many more delicious products



I hit the jack pot when I received some of their chocolate bars and coffee to try out.  My husband and I LOVE coffee and probably couldn't function if we went a day without it.  We both fell in love with Love Buzz.


With my love of chocolate, I couldn't ask for anything more.  These chocolate bars are divine.  It's nearly impossible to stop myself from wolfing down the whole thing, or giving my husband a bite.  I did share the coffee, he loved it.  Possibly the best I've ever had.  I love the product descriptions on their site, the coffees and chocolates are described like wine.  With notes of this and aromas of that...its so cool.  They even offer a guide on "how to taste chocolate" (I've definitely been doing it the wrong way) as well as a "pairing chart".

They are also trying to help consumers, farmers and the planet in other ways.  One biggie is their Fundraising Program for Schools or religious organizations.  Most school fundraising programs feature generic, generally low-quality products (sourced from China or who-knows-where) these are all environmentally-friendly/people-friendly products of a quality unseen in other programs.  It this only one featuring Fair Trade foods & crafts, all of the food items are certified organic and they offer a unique, comprehensive, free 16-unit curriculum that complements the fundraiser and helps kids learn about the stories behind where their food (at least this chocolate) comes from. They can learn about geography, climate, farming, history and more.

So, what fundraiser is your child's school doing?  Selling junk from a catalog, ordering expensive cookies made from cheap ingredients?  How about recommending the Equal Exchange Fundraising Program to your local schools.  Why not help the world while getting some gourmet top quality food?  Not to mention the curriculum the kids will learn from, free of charge.  I'm lovin' this company.   Show them some love and check out their site

They are going to send a free basket with 2 bags of gourmet coffee & 2 boxes of our specialty tea as a give-away love to one lucky reader.  Just check out their site and leave me a comment about what you think of their green fundraising program. 

You may also leave two additional comments if you are a follower of this blog or follow via email.  The winner will be chosen by Random.org next Wednesday, July 27th.  Good Luck!

July 15, 2011

Flat Tire Decor-Newport Baskets

When I ran across the site Flat Tire Decor, I was amazed and very happy to see that they are recycling tires and making amazing things from them.  Not only to they have a beautiful variety of baskets but they also make floor mats and SHOES!  The shoes are sold under the name FlatTire Footwear

I was lucky enough to receive two of the Newport baskets from Flat Tire Decor to try out!  They are even better than expected. 

Each basket is well made put together with heavy duty hardware.


The bottoms and handles are extremely durable and sturdy.

They are made from different types of tires so each one is unique.


One even had some cool writing on the side.

I loved the baskets so much that I could NOT decide what I wanted to do with them.  They are so versatile and could be used for anything.   I played around with some different ideas.  Here are a few photos of a few things I tried out.

Magazine organizer!


Filled full of my large pine cone collection.  I love the texture on this basket.


Filled with artificial flowers.


More flowers to use as a centerpiece.  They would also work great as actual flower pots.

You could use them for anything! 

My favorite part is how Flat Tire Decor is taking used tires, something that would stay in landfills for over 50 years and producing these wonderful, useable products.  Mike, the Founder even have a video on their site that shows the process and also how tires are used as mulch in playgrounds.  It is very interesting and something I was totally unaware of.  I hate how tires litter the planet, especially the roadsides and highways.  I'm so happy that their company is putting them to good use.

I highly recommend Flat Tire Decor products to anyone looking for some sturdy baskets to use for just about anything, and the look great!  Waterproof, sturdy, eco-friendly, they are great. Head on over to their site and see for yourself what excellent products they have to offer and how they are helping our planet.  : )  Not to mention made in the U.S.A.

I really want to try out their Flat Tire Footwear.  Hopefully I can soon!



P.S.  Don't forget to sign up for the Newman's Own Organics giveaway that's ending next week!

July 14, 2011

I got an SUV! I love my Suzuki XL7!

If you didn't read my posts about the misery that was the Nissan car I have been driving the last six months, you can catch up here

Although I was very appreciative to borrow the car from my parent's, it was a little uncomfortable to say the least.

For the last couple months I have been looking for a new vehicle.  I wanted something four wheel drive because the winters get pretty bad around here.  I also wanted an SUV or truck so I can haul stuff (i.e. dogs, groceries, project materials, etc.).  That's when I found the Suzuki.  It was only about 1/2 mile from where I work and drove by twice a day looking at it.

Finally, I stopped and really looked it over.  Beautiful!  It's used, which is what I wanted, white, which is easier to keep clean on our dirt road (amazingly enough), and it was in my price range. Not to mention LOADED with extras.  Because it is a limited edition it has a sunroof, heated seats and rear view mirrors, leather interior, but most importantly, A/C!!   I have A/C again!  No more driving around feeling like I'm going to pass out and taking changes of clothes with me when I go somewhere due to being wet with sweat.  I can't also drive around in the sun and not feel like I'm going to pass out.  Its WONDERFUL! 

I have to thank my fantastic parents for helping me get it.  Without their help there is no way I could have afforded it.  They are THE BEST! 

Here are some pictures of Suz.  That's what I'm going to call her. : )

Beautiful!


And again, this is her good side.  No really, there is a door ding on the other side. ; )


Spare!


Love the way the door opens to the side instead of up and down.  And, all the seats fold down flat.


Three rows of leather!  All in perfect condition.


Sunroof.  It opens and closes AND it doesn't leak when it rains.  There isn't a single walmart bag clogging up holes. (Again, read previous post. : )



Automatic, with A/C!!!   Heated seats for the winter time and a CD player. 
What more could a girl want? 
I'm so happy to have Suz!  Thanks Mom and Dad!

P.S.  I signed up for twitter!  Click the link at the top and follow me!  Breakfastwtiff!  And, I added a giveaway's box at the top of the blog on the right sidebar so no one can miss the awesome reviews and giveaways I have had lately.  I have a REALLY neat one to post tomorrow.  I've been super excited about! 

July 12, 2011

Newman's Own Organic Products

Newman's Own Organics sent me a package of their goodies to try out.  When I say package I mean it was amazing!  They were so nice to send SO many different products for us to try that it has taken a few weeks to get through them all.   They even sent a lots of goodies the dogs to review!  They LOVE Newman's Own Organics (almost as much as me).  : )

Newman's Own Organics is a company that was started in 1993 by Nell Newman, Paul's daughter and her partner Peter Meehan.  Nell saw a shortage in snack foods made with real organic ingredients.   
Paul Newman loaned Nell seed money for them to begin with the stipulation that when they made it back she would repay him and it would be added to their charity funds.  By 2001 the Organics division on Newman's was it's own company:  Newman's Own Organics


Starting with pretzels, I am thankful to report that they now make The Champion Cookies, Fig Newman's, Newman's-O's, Licorice, Chocolate Bars, POP's Corn, Gluten Free Soy Crisps, Dried Fruits, coffee, I could go on and on!  Every single product of theirs that I tried was incredible.  You can tell by each bite that the ingredients used in these products are of the highest quality and they give back so much of their proceeds to charities.  Over 300 million since the start of Newman's Own Products in 1982.

My mom said they were the best pretzels she had ever had.

They also make dog treats!  They did not forget our doggies when it came to sending us products to try.  They loved all the treats.  The cheese and the chicken/veggie sticks were by far their favorite.  But, then again the salmon/sweet potato got pigged down quickly too.

Miley just had a litter of babies and is refueling with some chicken & vegetable snack sticks.




Rosie wanted to eat the whole bag of the Cheese treats (of COURSE I didn't let her). 
We don't call her Fat Rosie for nothin'.


Diesel tried to take the entire bag and run. (didn't work).


Reba liked the Cheese, they were small and Heart-shaped. :)



Their chocolate bars were to die for!  I especially loved the Espresso with the tiny grounds blended into the coffee.  I think I could have that for breakfast and skip the coffee.  It was delish!  Heck, all of them were fabulous.  By far my favorite.  Or wait, was it the cookies?

Cinnamon Hermits

'Cause I've eaten like 4 bags already!  Chocolate chip and Orange Chocolate Chip.


And pretzels...

And peppermints, ginger mints, wintergreen mints, liquorice, Fig Newman's and Newman's-O's.  They are all fantastic!  I do not want to run out.  I've been trying to ration myself  because I can't find their products in any local stores.  I am definitely going to ask that they begin to carry them.  They are THAT good. 

The good folks at Newman's Own Organics are going to offer up four of these wonderful products to a lucky reader.  Just visit their website and leave a comment of which of their products you would like to try.  As always you can leave two additional comments if you are a subscriber or follower.  The winner will be announced next Wednesday, July 20th via Random.org.

Good luck! 


July 11, 2011

E.O. Pet Product Winner!

The winner of the E.O. Products Pet Grooming Kit is.............



#21:  Joan

Congratulations to the winner Joan!  Please e-mail me with your contact information.

To everyone who did not win, not to worry! I will have three more awesome reviews/giveaways coming up in the next week.  Stay tuned!  I can't wait to share them all with you.  I have been so lucky to get to try out such awesome products. : )

Gardening is addictive...

Our garden started out a few months ago being a field with some baby plants and rows of seeds.

After months of hard work (mainly on hubby's part due to his tiller operating skills) we have this:

Everything is getting massive!

But better yet, they are beginning to produce veggies!





These broccoli plants gave us this:


And, almost that much more the next day.


The squash and zucchini are beginnign to grow.


And, some of our pepper plants are even getting a few small peppers!


Our corn and beans are looking pretty good. 
The beans are climbing the pink twine I put up for them nicely. 


I'm really excited about our watermelon vines. 
I can't wait to see if they produce and watermelons. At least any big enough to eat.


I picked all these things on Saturday (besides all the broccoli). 
Our lettuce is BEAUTIFUL!  (I never thought I would say that about lettuce).


Then a good friend of mine gave me all the beautiful beans!  I need to get them strung and broken. 

Gardening is hard, but so worth it.  When we have all the delicious tomatoes, onions and peppers fresh daily and I am canning soup, salsa and spaghetti sauce with my grandmother, it will so be worth all the hard work.  Not to mention that I get to share fresh veggies with friends and coworkers.  

I will be back later today with the winner of the E.O. Pet Products winner.  Make sure to sign up for giveaway if you haven't already!

And..........to Domestically Seasoned, I NEED your address and syrup choices for the SodaStream giveaway or I will be forced to choose another winner.  Please email me at TiffanyBHill01@gmail.com