Archives for February 2012

Favorite Things Thursday

**First don’t forget to enter my delicious Smucker’s Giveaway” Click HERE to enter. Living in Florida means wearing flip flops or open heeled shoes 99.9% of the year. When your heels are constantly exposed to the elements they get cracked and dry. You know what I mean…we have all seen the BAD cases. Someone in […]

A Delicious Smucker’s Giveaway

Black and White or Color..I can’t decide which photo I like best?? How bout you? And will you take a look at those whole blueberries in the Smucker’s Orchards Finest. It’s my FAV! Toast and jam reminds me of when I was a kid. I remember when I stayed home from school, my Mom would […]

Lemon Pepper Chicken Skillet ($10 meal)

This is such a pretty dish, kinda hard to believe it only cost $10 to make. But it did. I created this recipe for Sweetbay Supermarket and it had to come in under $10. Feeding a family of four can be easy with Sweetbay Supermarkets fresh ingredients and top-quality meats at low prices. Another thing […]

Valentines Jello Hearts

Valentines Day. Do you like it? Me..I’m on the fence. Maybe back in High School when the boys were romantic, it was a cutsie and stuff. But I have come to the realization the Valentines day is a Hallmark Day. I mean unless your man is Uber romantic, it will probably be just another day…..sigh. […]

Nutella Recipes

Man, I totally forgot it was World Nutella Day. Pretty sure it should be a religious holiday. Since I forgot, I obviously didn’t  make anything. I will share the Nutella Recipes on my site for you… by far, this unassuming drink is the most popular thing on my blog, NUTELLA HOT CHOCOLATE Nutella Peanut Butter […]

Smucker’s Trip

AROUND THE FAMILY TABLE WITH SMUCKER’S 2011 I had the pleasure of being invited to Smucker’s in Orville, Ohio this past November. I must say that it was pretty amazing. 18 bloggers got to go hang out, laugh, eat and learn. You cant ask for more. It is so wonderful seeing a company like Smucker’s […]

Favorite Things Thursday

Another Favorite Things Thursday Addition. You like so far? Or should I stick to just recipes? Alllllll right can you guess the photo? Did you guess? If you guessed the best invention ever, well then you guessed right! They are Corn Cob Nobs from Pampered Chef.  I have had them forever and ever. Ok, you […]

Apple Crisp Wasa Crackers and Giveaway

When you go to a party, say a Super Bowl Party, there is usually a table full of not so good for you food. The desserts are what get me. Not to say they aren’t delicious, but they are not so good for your waistline. I wanted to lighten things up a bit. These in […]

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Favorite Things Thursday

**First don’t forget to enter my delicious Smucker’s Giveaway” Click HERE to enter.

Living in Florida means wearing flip flops or open heeled shoes 99.9% of the year.

When your heels are constantly exposed to the elements they get cracked and dry.
You know what I mean…we have all seen the BAD cases.
Someone in flip flops, with such bad cracks on their heels that the cracks are gross and dirty and they are sooo deep you can almost see their heel bone. You know the ones. Ewwww.

Anytime I see someone like that I want to hand them a tube of Flexitol. (go to the site, I just saw you can request a free sample!!! SCORE) But that probably wouldn’t be very polite, so I don’t. Goodness, I would want someone to help me.

Flexitol

The stuff is seriously AMAZING.

Like I said, I am in Florida and always in flip flops. I don’t want to be one of those people with the nasty dry cracked heels. Please don’t take offense if you have them..there is help!
After I get out of the shower at night, I slather the stuff on my heels and then put some socks on. I can’t sleep with socks on so I take them off right when I get in bed. And then in the morning after the shower, I do the same thing and just remove the socks before I leave the house. Don’t want to be one of those people either! (socks w/ flip flops)

Do it for just 3 days and you will be amazed at the difference in your heels!!!!
I promise!

***Remember Favorite Things Thursdays are NOT sponsored posts. Just things I love***

And to announce the winner of the Wasa Giveaway

Congrats Juliann. Please contact me within 72 Hours to claim your prize!

A Delicious Smucker’s Giveaway

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Black and White or Color..I can’t decide which photo I like best?? How bout you?
And will you take a look at those whole blueberries in the Smucker’s Orchards Finest. It’s my FAV!

Toast

Toast and jam reminds me of when I was a kid. I remember when I stayed home from school, my Mom would always give me toast with a little butter and jelly on it and let me drink ginger ale from a little glass with strawberries on it. Funny what memories stick out.

To this day, I still love toast with jam, but I replaced the ginger ale in the strawberry glass with a nice cup of tea.

Toast is my all time favorite vehical for jam.

Smucker’s has announced their finalists to their 4th annual Spreading Smucker’s Traditions Recipe and Essay Contest. These lucky finalists will get their chance at $20,000 towards a family reunion. Head on over and look at the delicious recipes!
There is Curry Chicken Salad, Creamy Wontons, Sweet Jelly Bacon Bites,Chicken Bacon Burger and Thai-Hitian Chicken Sliders!

Click here to view the finalists recipes! Yum

 

Onto the Giveaway.

Smuckers Giveaway

Smuckers Giveaway

Smuckers Giveaway

One winner will win the following

  • A variety of Smucker’s Fruit Spreads
  • Cloth-Bound Recipe Book
  • Gingham-patterened Set Of Spreaders

Approximate value $50

GIVEAWAY RULES ******CONTEST CLOSED******

Contest ends Thursday February 16th at 9:00 am est.
Winner will be chosen by Random Org.com
Contest open to US residents only.

Main Entry
(Required)

1.) What is your favorite Smucker’s Product?

(For EACH additional entry, you must leave a SEPARATE comment for EACH ADDITIONAL entry)

2.) Like THE HUNGRY HOUSEWIFE on Facebook
3.) Follow THE HUNGRY HOUSEWIFE on Twitter
4.) Tweet using this..Go visit @HungryHousewife for a Delicious Smucker’s Giveaway. http://tinyurl.com/6ohncbf
5.) Post about this giveaway on your Facebook Page using this tag http://tinyurl.com/6ohncbf
6.) Subscribe to THE HUNGRY HOUSEWIFE via email.
7.) Like Smucker’s on Facebook

And there you have it, a total of 7 entries for you.

Lemon Pepper Chicken Skillet ($10 meal)

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This is such a pretty dish, kinda hard to believe it only cost $10 to make. But it did. I created this recipe for Sweetbay Supermarket and it had to come in under $10. Feeding a family of four can be easy with Sweetbay Supermarkets fresh ingredients and top-quality meats at low prices.

Another thing I love about this dinner is that it is a one dish meal. That means less for me husband to clean 🙂

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I love it when grocery stores have coupons right on their web site. That means I don’t have to run out to the newsstand on Sunday morning in my pajamas to get the newspaper to get the coupons. If you are a Sweetbay Supermarket shopper, did you know they have a great website. Click here to go directly to their coupon page.

5.0 from 4 reviews
Lemon Pepper Chicken Skillet ($10 meal)
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Recipe type: main
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Serves: 4
 
A delicious one pot meal, lemon pepper chicken skillet.
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs. Skin-On Chicken Thighs, about 5 thighs
  • 1½ tablespoon Vegetable Oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon Pepper Seasoning
  • 1 28 oz. package of multi colored potatoes, cut in half (Tasteful Selections Sunrise
  • Melody)
  • 1 Red Onion, chopped
  • 1 small Zucchini, roughly chopped
  • 1 Lemon, cut in 8th’s
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • ½ teaspoon Pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 425.
  2. Toss the chicken thighs in 1 tablespoon oil and season lemon pepper
  3. seasoning.
  4. Preheat a large oven safe skillet over medium high heat for 1 minute.
  5. Add the chicken to the skillet, fat side down and cook for 4 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat and set aside.
  7. Toss the potatoes, onion and zucchini in ½ tablespoon oil and season with salt and
  8. pepper.
  9. Cook the vegetables over medium heat for 5 minutes stirring occasionally.
  10. Place the chicken over the vegetables and squeeze the lemon over the chicken, add the lemon to the pan.
  11. Roast for 40 minutes or until the juices run clear or the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 180.
Notes
*Price estimate does not include pantry staples you may likely already have. Prices are also adjusted for quantity; for example if a recipe calls for half an onion, we include the cost of that quantity.* Recipe Created for Sweetbay Supermarket by Leslie Green – The Hungry Housewife. Photo by Leslie Green – The Hungry Housewife

 

 

Valentines Jello Hearts

Jello Hearts

Valentines Day. Do you like it? Me..I’m on the fence.
Maybe back in High School when the boys were romantic, it was a cutsie and stuff.
But I have come to the realization the Valentines day is a Hallmark Day. I mean unless your man is Uber romantic, it will probably be just another day…..sigh. I think once you have kids, like everything else, the holiday becomes about them.

But we can still be a hopeless romantic and make some heart shaped Jello, right?
It’s cute and the kids liked to help.

Jello and kids kinda go hand in hand.

I got the idea of the multi colored Jello from the old school Jello Mosaic Dessert Bars
But what fun is it just cutting the jello into cubes? Let’s make hearts!!!!

Below is that it looks like before its final 2 hour chill.
As you can see, I used a small heart cookie cutter to cut my firmed red jello and arranged them in a 9 x 13 pan, then poured the sweetened condensed mixture over the top.

Jello Hearts

And once the firm, you invert the pan and cut them out.
Cute, huh?

Jello Hearts

Jello Hearts

Jello Hearts

It’s super easy to do!

4.3 from 3 reviews
Valentines Jello Hearts
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Recipe type: Desset
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 15
 
Valentines Jello Hearts
Ingredients
  • 4 (3oz.) boxes Strawberry Jello
  • 2 envelopes Knox Unflavored Gelatin
  • 5½ cups boiling water, divided
  • 1 can (14oz.) Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • ½ cup cold Water
Instructions
  1. Spray a 9 x 13 pan with non stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, add the 4 packages of Strawberry Jello.
  3. Mix in 4 cups boiling water and stir for about 2 minutes, or until dissolved.
  4. Pour into the prepared pan and place in the refrigerator for 2 hours or until firm.
  5. In a medium bowl add the ½ cup cold water and sprinkle the gelatin over the top, let stand for 1 minute.
  6. Stir in 1½ cups boiling water and sweetened condensed milk, mix well and allow to cool.
  7. Remove the firm red jello from the fridge and invert onto a cutting board.
  8. Re-spray the same 9 x 13 pan with non stick spray.
  9. With a heart cookie cutter, cut hearts out of the jello. Take care to cut them as close together as possible to reduce waste.
  10. Arrange the hearts in the pan.
  11. Pour milk mixture over the hearts and place in the fridge for 2 hours until firm.
  12. Remove and cut into squares.

 

My friend Shelly over at Cookies and Cups decided for a a bunch of us to get together and share our cute Valentines treats…so here are the other fabulous creations!
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1)Confessions of a Cookbook Queen-
2)Buns in my Oven-Hot Fudge and Strawberry Donut Pudding
3)Glorious Treats-Red Velvet Cupcakes
4)Cookies and Cups-Glass Topper Valentines Cookies
5)Bakingdom-Valentines Day Cookie Cakes
6)The Hungry Housewife-Valentines Jello Hearts
7)Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle-Valentines Dotty Cookies
8)Sprinkles Bakes-Red Velvet Cake Minis
9)Bake at 350-Double-Decker,Stripey , Valentines Cookies
10)Two Peas and Their Pod-Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies
11)Scarletta Bakes-Mexican Chocolate Hearts
12)She Wears Many Hats-Valentines Popcorn

Nutella Recipes

Man, I totally forgot it was World Nutella Day.
Pretty sure it should be a religious holiday.
Since I forgot, I obviously didn’t  make anything.

I will share the Nutella Recipes on my site for you…

by far, this unassuming drink is the most popular thing on my blog,
NUTELLA HOT CHOCOLATE

Nutella Hot Chocolate

Nutella Peanut Butter Potato Chip Panini
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Nutella Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream
Nutella Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Nutella Peanut Butter Brownies (horrible photo from 2008,one of the 1st things I ever posted)
Nutella Peanut Butter Brownies

And if you follow me on instagram or Facebook, you will know I even take photos of Nutella Jars.

“Nutella is located on the top shelf because it is closer to God.”
Nutella

Smucker’s Trip

AROUND THE FAMILY TABLE WITH SMUCKER’S 2011

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I had the pleasure of being invited to Smucker’s in Orville, Ohio this past November. I must say that it was pretty amazing. 18 bloggers got to go hang out, laugh, eat and learn. You cant ask for more.
It is so wonderful seeing a company like Smucker’s who has been on business for sooooo long, still be family owned and operated.
So you think Smucker’s, you think jelly, right? Oh sure, they are the kings of jellies and jams, but they are so much more. Just click here and see their family of products.. You will be amazed.

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Richard Smucker

I must say meeting Richard Smucker was pretty cool. I wanted to bow down to him and chant “I’m not worthy, I’m not worthy”  but I thought that might be a bit inappropriate. So I held back my emotions and just settled for a hand shake. He met us at the Smucker’s store. You can buy most of their products there and some other fun nick-nacks. I was in heaven. Maybe they will open a store in Tampa? No? Oh well, a girl can dream.

We got to take a tour of the original  J.M Smucker home. It was built in 1907 right on the plant property so he could keep a watchful eye out for his operations. Smart man. The home was filled with rich history of the family. Everything from family photos to tax records of the company.
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Me with Shelly from Cookies and Cups ….LOVE HER!

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Kate from Our Best Bites …Love her too!

Bet you didn’t know that Smucker’s was in the coffee business did you?? Neither did I.On one of our sessions we learned all about coffee. Ohhh coffee. It keeps me from falling right on my face in the morning.
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Did you know that the Us drinks 213 BILLION cups of coffee a year. It’s possible I drink 200 billion of those cups. Smucker’s is responsible for 48 billion of the cups.
Now we can call ourselves official Baristas! Delicious coffee was made..oh yes it was.
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Stacy DeBroff with Mom Central

I think my favorite was the Peppermint Mocha. Its pretty simple. Just take a cup of brewed coffee and put a big ol’ scoop od peppermint ice-cream on top! Yum. So delicious and so simple.
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Erin from Deal Seeking Mom

The R & D tour was very interesting in the science sense of it all. The employees that work in the food science labs were referring to themselves as dorks, so you can imagine I felt right at home. They had all sorts of fancy and not so fancy machines that they use for testing products such as jellies sugar content and viscosity.

As you can imagine Smucker’s does A LOT of taste testing panels. They have to get the outside worlds blind opinions on their products. Feedback is one of their most valuable tools for improvement.

We were busy people. Ice cream and pie crust was next. With the use of Eagle Brand Condensed Milk, you can make some pretty delicious ice cream.
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I made it to use my Key Lime Pie Ice-Cream a while back.  We all were able to “design” our own flavor. We made the base ice-cream and then let loose in a room full of every topping and mix in ingredient you could think of. I kept it safe..I added bananas, chocolate and peanut butter.
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It’s was a safe bet but still mighty tasty! We each had to make our own pie crust. I personally love making pie crust.
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It’s actually extremely easy and once you get the hang of it, you won’t buy store bought again. Pffttt, it would take you more time to drive to and from the store to pick up the refrigerated variety than to make your own.
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Nichelle from Cupcakes take the Cake

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Anna from Cookie Madness

Tremont was next on our agenda for dinner at Rocco Whalen’s Fahrenheit Restaurant.
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I can not say enough good things about this establishment. Rocco Whalen is extraordinary chef.  Everything he served us incorporated a Smucker’s product.
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Everything was a gastrnomic  delight. My favorite was the Chocolate Pots de Creme. I am pretty sure my eyes rolled in the back of my head at the first bite. Rocco was a very gracious host and talked to each and everyone of us.

Kelsey Nixon(from the Next Food Network Star) stopped by to chat with us. When I saw her I actually gasped out loud. She is such a tiny TINY little thing and cute as a button.
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I could have packed her up in my suitcase and brought her home with me(she would have probably fit)!

I loved getting a lesson in food styling. They taught us how to but the perfect piece od pumpkin pie!
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We also got to have a mini photography session with Kalman & Pabst photo group. They gave us handy food photography tips.
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Look at all of these wonderful women I met
Erin- $5 Dinners
Nikki- Arts and Lemons
Anna- Cookie Madness
Shelly- Cookie and Cups
Nichelle- Cupcakes take the Cake
Tara- Deal Seeking Mom
Shiana- Food for My Family
Shannon- For The Mommas
Nicki- Macaroni Kid
Stacy- Mom Central
Tanya- Mommy Goggles
Amanda- Mommy Mandy
Kate- Our Best Bites
Laura- Real Mom Kitchen
Crystal- Simply Being Mommy
Jenny- Southern Savers
Melissa- Stock Piling Moms
Toni- The Happy Housewife
Shannon- The Mommy Files

And a HUGE thanks to the team at Cohn&Wolfe and the folks at Smucker’s for putting together this trip. I had an amazing time and am now proud to be a part of the Smucker’s family

Oh, and what trip would be complete without a nice poke on the Pillsbury Dough Boys Belly!
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Favorite Things Thursday

Another Favorite Things Thursday Addition.

You like so far? Or should I stick to just recipes?

Alllllll right can you guess the photo?
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Did you guess?

If you guessed the best invention ever, well then you guessed right!

They are Corn Cob Nobs from Pampered Chef.  I have had them forever and ever.

Ok, you know when you boil corn and you have to take the hot corn cobs and play hot potato with them to get these yellow beauties in them???
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What a P.I.A. those are!

The good thing about the little green knobs is that you screw them in BEFORE you boil the corn.
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Then you toss them in the water.
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Boil the corn. And then when you drain the corn, you can immediately handle the corn by the green corn cob holders. They are instantly cool to touch!

Pretty cool, huh. Oh and they are only $4 for 8 of them!!!

Love love love it!

***Remember Favorite Things Thursdays are NOT sponsored posts. Just things I love***

Don’t forget to enter my latest Giveaway

Apple Crisp Wasa Crackers and Giveaway

When you go to a party, say a Super Bowl Party, there is usually a table full of not so good for you food. The desserts are what get me. Not to say they aren’t delicious, but they are not so good for your waistline.
I wanted to lighten things up a bit. These in no way are a substitute for a big ol scoop of apple crisp, but they completely satisfy my sweet tooth without adding 1000 calories. And since I used Wasa Whole Grain Crispbread, I got to sneak some extra fiber in my diet. Sneaky-Sneaky.

Not quite sure what to do with your Wasa crackers? Well Except munch on them for a delicious, healthy snack? Here is a link to a Wasas recipe page.

Apple Crisp Wasa Crackers

Apple Crisp Wasa Crackers

Oh and another thing, have you tried the Wasa Thin & Crispy Flatbread? The Rosemary flavor is AMAZING..and my kids live it too.


5.0 from 1 reviews
Apple Crisp Wasa Crackers
Author: 
Recipe type: appetizer,dessert
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 1
 
A healthy alternative to an apple crisp made with Wasa Crackers.
Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons fat free cream cheese
  • 1½ teaspoons brown sugar or Splenda Brown Sugar
  • 2 Whole Grain Wasa Crackers
  • ½ apple, sliced thin
  • 4 pecans, toasted and chopped
  • Cinnamon for sprinkling
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, mix together the cream cheese and brown sugar.
  2. Spread 1½ tablespoon of the cream cheese mixture over each cracker.
  3. Evenly distribute the apples over the crackers.
  4. Top each cracker with 2 pecans
  5. Sprinkle with cinnamon.


And the Giveaway…..

The fine folks at WASA are offering one of my readers a delicious and healthy giveaway.

One winner will win the following

  • Cooking with Crispbread cookbook
  • A sample of Wasa Products
  • Wasa pen and booklet
  • Wasa drawstring bag

One winner will win the above items

GIVEAWAY RULES

Contest ends Wednesday February 8th at 9 am est.
Winner will be chosen by Random Org.com

Main Entry
(Required)

1.) Giants or Patriots or neither?

(For EACH additional entry, you must leave a SEPARATE comment for EACH ADDITIONAL entry)

2.) Like THE HUNGRY HOUSEWIFE on Facebook
3.) Follow THE HUNGRY HOUSEWIFE on twitter
4.) Tweet using this..Go visit http://tinyurl.com/7aeuml4 @HungryHousewife for a WASA GIVEAWAY  from @wasa_na #WasAmazing
5.) Post about this giveaway on your Facebook Page using this tag with this link back to my site http://tinyurl.com/7aeuml4
6.) Subscribe to THE HUNGRY HOUSEWIFE via email.
7.) Like WASA on Twitter
8.)Like WASA on Facebook
9.)Send a tweet to Wasa_na and tell them how much you love them(include this hashtag #WasAmazing )

 

And there you have it, a total of 9 entries for you.
Contest open to US residents only.

Some more of my friends are using Was a too and they will be posting their recipes over the next few days! They are hosting giveaways too, so MORE CHANCES to win!!!Go check them out…

 

 

**I was not monetarily paid for this post. I was given samples of Wasa. All opinions are 100% mine