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Celebrate the season with the 12 Days of Bonefish Grill Daily Deals (awesome giveaway ends 12/12/16)

 

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Are you a fan of Bonefish Grill? I am. So is the rest of my family. I am obsessed with their pumpkin ravioli and calamari appetizer. Sadly, the pumpkin ravioli is only a seasonal offering. For that reason I always make sure to visit Bonefish Grill at least once (if not more) when the pumpkin ravioli is available.

Just recently I was introduced to Bonefish Grill’s calamari appetizer. I don’t normally get appetizers (they tend to fill me up before my main meal) but our son requested it. Since I love calamari I had to try it. Oh my goodness!!! It was THE BEST calamari I have ever had. The tangy dipping sauce that came with it only made them taste even better. Now I’m totally hooked on them. I can’t wait to get back to Bonefish Grill so I can order it again – next time for myself. LOL!

If you follow my blog regularly you might recall that last year I posted about Bonefish Grill’s 12 Days of Bonefish Grill Daily Deals. In case you are not familiar with the promotion, each day for twelve days, Bonefish Grill offers a special ONE DAY ONLY deal. The daily deals help you to save big on the foods you love. It’s also a great time to try something new.

I would recommend checking the site daily to see what the day’s deal is. Once the day is over, so is that deal for the day. The deals can be found at 12Days.BonefishGrill.com. Bookmark the site so you can remind yourself to check it daily.

You are unable to see the daily deal until that day. That is why I recommend that you check the website every day (I do it first thing in the morning when I log on my computer while enjoying my morning coffee).

If you need to find a Bonefish Grill location near you, visit BonefishGrill.com. They are also found on social media (all of their links are found on the bottom right of their website). Also, check out the hashtag #BFG12Days on social media to see what others are saying about the 12 Days of Bonefish Grill Daily Deals.

Be sure to follow me on social media (Facebook, Twitter and Google+) where I’ll be sharing information about the daily deals each day.

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To get you excited about this years 12 Days of Bonefish Grill Daily Deals, I have an awesome giveaway for FIVE (5) lucky winners. Each winner will receive $50 in Bonefish Grill gift cards, compliments of Bonefish Grill.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on December 12, 2016. The winners will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winners will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me what your favorite Bonefish Grill menu item is?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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Kimberly

*I have partnered with Bonefish Grill to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Holiday Gift Ideas from the Popcorn Factory

 

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Sometimes buying gifts for those on your holiday shopping list can be a chore. There is always that one (or in my case a few) person who is next to impossible to buy for. Either they don’t give you any hints about something they would like to have, or they simply buy what they want/need leaving nothing for anyone else to buy for them.

When you have a difficult person to shop for you need to think “outside the box.” Traditional gifts simply won’t do. Instead, you need something a bit more unique but none-the-less fun and appreciated.

The Popcorn Factory has a delightful selection of holiday gift ideas for those hard to buy for people on your shopping list. After all, most people like popcorn. The Popcorn Factory also sells other delicious products like cookies, pretzels and candies.

My husband is one of those hard to shop for people. He gives me very little hints as to what he wants or would like to have. That means I have to put on my “thinking cap” and look for things he would enjoy.

My husband is a HUGE Dallas Cowboys fan. He lives, breathes and sleeps football. For seventeen weeks (not including playoffs or the Super Bowl) it’s all about football in our home, most especially on Sunday. He watches football from dawn to dusk as well into the night.

I buy him a lot of Dallas Cowboys things for his birthday and the holiday. Anything related to the Dallas Cowboys he’ll enjoy.

The Popcorn Factory carries a line of NFL branded popcorn tins. In addition they have other sport teams too including baseball and college teams.

I was sent to review one of the NFL Tins consisting of three popular varieties of popcorn – buttered, cheddar and caramel coated (similar to Cracker Jacks).

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My whole family enjoyed the popcorn. As you can see from the above photo the regular buttered popcorn was a family favorite, followed by the cheddar variety. I don’t know why the caramel popcorn isn’t further down the tin. I know I’ve been eating it and I even take some to work with me in a baggie.

The popcorn tins are really big and filled with a lot of popcorn.

An NFL popcorn gift doesn’t only make a great holiday gift for an NFL fan, but popcorn is a great snack to enjoy during the game or at tailgating parties.

The Popcorn Factory has plenty of other tin designs to choose from, including lovely holiday ones.

The popcorn tins come in a variety of sizes to suit your needs and budget. You can even have tins personalized with your own photo and a special message for the recipient.

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During the holiday season I often see tins of popcorn available for gifts. There is no comparing the quality of the popcorn between those popcorn tins and a tin of popcorn from The Popcorn Factory tins. The popcorn from The Popcorn Factory tastes better and fresher.

The holiday tins you see in stores too are seasonal offerings. The Popcorn Factory offers popcorn tins (and other edible gifts) year round. They change the available designs depending on the season and holiday.

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The Popcorn Factory also offers gift towers and other gift assortments that include cookies, candy and other sweet treats – many of which would be great for the holiday season.

My favorites are the popcorn balls decorating kits. Those would be a lot of fun to do with the family.

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If you would like check out all that The Popcorn Factory has to offer, visit www.ThePopcornFactory.com. You can also find them on social media. All of their links are found on the bottom of their website.

Have you ever tried popcorn or other edibles from The Popcorn Factory? Would you gift something from The Popcorn Factory? Would you like a gift from their site? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

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Kimberly

*I received a free product sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

 

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Hoboken Farms: A Comfort Food Season Staple

 

One of my family's favorite comfort food - stew

One of my family’s favorite comfort food – stew

Winter will be here before you know it. Here where we live in New York we’ve already seen our first snowfall. Thankfully it didn’t amount to much more than a dusting (towns north of us saw inches of snow). We were lucky, for now. We know that full blown winter will be upon us before we know it.

Now is the time that we switch from lighter foods, like salads and food grilled on the barbecue, to heavier foods like stews, soups and roasts.

Some might say the foods we enjoy during the long winter months are “comfort foods.” Comfort foods are foods that make us happy and satisfied, as well as evoke some kind of favorite memory or a sense of nostalgia. For example, every time I make scones I am reminded of my great-grandparents. Beef stew reminds me of my mom (I LOVED my mom’s stew). Even a grilled cheese sandwich and a side of tomato soup brings back great memories (especially if the soup has little Oyster crackers on top).

Another popular comfort food is a big, bowl of pasta. Not only is that a comfort food for me and my family, it’s also a family favorite. We have pasta at least once a week. It’s easy to make, inexpensive and delicious.

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Ravioli – Yummy!

Funny story… My mother in law made everything from scratch. She was Italian and a fabulous cook. Sadly her recipes died with her. Try as I might I’ll never be able to recreate her recipes, including my favorite, “Wedding Soup.”

When we first moved into our home as newlyweds we invited my mother in law over for dinner. I made spaghetti and meatballs. The problem is I used JARRED sauce. Apparently that is the biggest “no-no” to a true Italian cook. She made everything from scratch – including her sauce (my husband calls it “gravy”). She would make gallons of it on Sunday and tell the kids (she has six children) to come over and get some. The idea of using sauce from a jar is probably the worst thing I could have done. My apologies to her, but growing up that is all my mom ever used.

I never attempted to make my own sauce. I prefer the convenience of pre-made stuff. Sadly, pre-made sauce often lacks that authenticity of real, homemade sauce.

I recently had the opportunity to try out some sauce from a brand called Hoboken Farms.

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Hoboken Farms has a trio of sauces that will make you re-think what it means to eat sauce from a jar. With the simplest ingredients, this locally crafted sauce may fool you ­or your guests ­as being homemade.

There are three varieties to choose from – Big Red Marina, Big Boss Vodka and Big Basil.

Skeptical? The Wall Street Journal named Big Red Marinara America’s best tasting sauce in 2011.

I had to try these out for myself.

I received a jar of all three varieties to try out with my family. They were not kidding when they said they taste like homemade sauce – they do! My mother in law would have been thrilled if I made pasta using these sauces. They taste really authentic.

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Of the three my favorites are Big Boss Vodka and Big Basil. The Big Red Marinara was OK. I just didn’t enjoy it as much as I did the other two varieties. Big Basil is especially flavorful. It tastes like something you would get from a gourmet restaurant. The basil tastes so fresh, like the sauce was just made.

I have only used them with pasta thus far. I haven’t tried them with other recipes. I am thinking about using the Big Basil the next time I make beef stew. I bet the fresh basil will really add to the great taste of the stew.

Even Buddy Valastro – aka “Cake Boss” – was blown away by Hoboken Farms sauces.

Hoboken Farms sauces can be purchased online. They can also be found in other retail locations. I found them at our local Shop Rite.

If your local grocery store doesn’t carry them you should speak with the manager and request that they offer their customers Hoboken Farms sauces.

I’m impressed. I know that I’ll be grabbing for some more jars the next time I’m at Shop Rite.

Visit HobokenFarms.com for more information. The brand can also be found on social media. Their links are found on the top right of their website.

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Kimberly

*I received free samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Hand Dipped Goodness from Shari’s Berries

 

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It’s the kick off to the holiday season. Some stores couldn’t wait to get holiday decor on their shelves. I have a picture (I don’t know where it is at the moment) of Halloween skeletons hanging up next to Christmas tree ornaments at a local dollar store. Sigh… why must people rush things?

Now it’s time to think about family gatherings and holiday gift ideas.

Are you planning on hosting a holiday family get together in your home this year? Thanksgiving dinner and/or Christmas dinner?

Hosting a dinner at your home is stressful enough. You have to organize everything you’ll need for dinner, spend hours cooking and baking and take time to clean and organize your home for your guests. If there is anything that can make things a little easier, I’m all for it.

This year, instead of stressing out over dessert for your guests, why not offer them something different – hand dipped chocolate covered strawberries from Shari’s Berries.

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Shari’s Berries offers consumers a variety of berry collections to anyone’s preferences including dark chocolate, white chocolate, nuts, candies and more.

Shari’s Berries are not your typical strawberries either. Shari’s Berries strawberries are HUGE. They are like “monster” sized strawberries.

Shari’s Berries strawberries come in a variety of sizes, as well as assortments. You can get them with cake pops, flowers, cheesecake, cookies and more.

I especially love that Shari’s Berries offers their hand dipped chocolate covered strawberries decorated for the various holidays and seasons.

My family and I recently enjoyed a box of Shari’s Berries strawberries. They were amazing! They strawberries were juicy and moist and the chocolate coating was divine.

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The strawberries are very fresh tasting. I’m assuming Shari’s Berries makes their strawberries to order, that way you don’t have to worry about mushy, expired fruits and soft or crumbly chocolate.

I’m not sure how long they are meant to last for, but in my home they never last more than a few days.

They are big enough that you can eat just one and be totally satisfied. I have eaten two in a row before, but usually one at a time is more than enough.

My whole family enjoys them. They are a family favorite. As soon as my kids saw them in the fridge they dived right into the box.

Shari’s Berries offers consumers so much more than just hand dipped chocolate covered strawberries. They also have hand dipped chocolate covered cherries, covered apples, cakes, cookies, cake pops, truffles, pretzels and so much more.

There are even gift sets for Christmas too. I am in love with the Snowmen Brownie Pops. They are so cute! Too cute to eat.

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The delectable treats from Shari’s Berries are more than just sweet treats you can serve dinner party guests – they also make great gifts.

Personally, I have a hard time buying gifts for my father and step-mother. They don’t really have a want or need for anything. So what do you gets someone who is hard to buy for? Gifts from Shari’s Berries of course.

Now that my father and step-mother have officially moved to Florida (we live in New York), I am unable to hand deliver holiday gifts to them. Sigh… I’m going to have to have gifts shipped directly to them.

I actually have a few gift ideas bookmarked from the Shari’s Berries site. Thankfully my father and step-mother don’t read my blog, so I don’t have to worry about spoiling their gift idea/ideas.

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I’m leaning more towards the assortment (shown directly above).

Shari’s Berries would also make a great gift for a teacher (there are only so many mugs they can use), mailman, hairdresser and others who might not necessarily be on your shopping list but deserve a special treat none the less.

If you are looking for a special sweet treat for holiday guests, or a delicious gift idea, look no further than Shari’s Berries. Visit Berries.com to learn more. They can also be found on social media. All of their links are found on the bottom right of their website.

Have you ever had anything from Shari’s Berries?

Do you think you might shop for gifts or holiday treats from Shari’s Berries?

Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Celebrate the season with Entenmann’s

 

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Autumn is my FAVORITE season. I love the cooler weather, colorful leaves, swapping out shorts for sweaters and ice tea for hot cocoa. I also love that it kicks off the holiday season (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas…). I even love how autumn smells. That is why I adorn my home with candles scented with favorite fall scent like apple, pumpkin and leaves.

Autumn is also a great time for food, especially baked goods. I can’t get enough pumpkin pie, apple pie and apple cider. Mmm… just typing it makes me salivate for some. Yummy!

In addition to the sites, sounds and tastes of autumn, I also love to decorate my home. We just put away the Halloween decorations. Now I have my home decorated for Thanksgiving/Autumn with pumpkins, colorful leaves and turkeys.

If you are planning on hosting a family meal this month (perhaps Thanksgiving dinner?), check out this adorable centerpiece that could double as dessert. It was created by Maureen Sticco from Entenmann’s®. This adorable, fun and easy to make DIY treat that explores all of the flavors of fall. It’s a super cute Entenmann’s Pop’ems Pumpkin make with a seasonal favorite, Pumpkin Pop’ems.

Check out how to make it in the brief video below.

 

It’s so cute! I want to make one. All you need is a giant Styrofoam ball, toothpicks and an assortment of Entenmann’s® Pumpkin Pop’ems and Chocolate Pop’ems.

I love the Entenmann’s® Pumpkin Pop’ems. They are pumpkin flavored donut holes. Sadly they are not easy to come across in my local grocery stores. I guess they are so popular that the stores can’t keep them on the shelves.

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If I can find a few boxes, and have time to get to the craft store, I would LOVE to make this for Thanksgiving. Normally we bake a cake or buy an apple pie. I think this would make a much better dessert option.

Entenmann’s also makes another fall favorite – Entenmann’s® Little Bites® Apple Cinnamon Muffins. I received some of these to review and they were practically GONE within two days. Thankfully I had two boxes. I kept one box hidden so I could take a pre-portioned package of them to work with me with my lunch every day.

I’m glad they come in pre-portioned packages. If these came loosely in a box (like the Pop’ems) I’d probably have a hard time stopping.

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Entenmann’s® Little Bites® Apple Cinnamon Muffins are made with real apples and sweet cinnamon, making for the perfect snack for the fall season. They have a real apple taste too.

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In addition to these yummy fall treats from Entenmann’s®, be on the look out this month for the newest Little Bites seasonal flavor, the Little Bites® Butter Cookie Muffins. Oh my! These sound delicious! You can even decorate these with icing and sprinkles, which would be a lot of fun for families to do together.

Did you know that Entenmann’s® makes more than just quality baked goods? Now they offer single serve coffee too.

Entenmann’s®works with the finest coffee growers around the world, selecting only 100% Arabica beans and roasting them into small batches ensures consistent quality coffee with every roast. Packaged immediately after roasting to lock in freshness, Entenmann’s® coffee cups, available in classic, dessert and in new harvest flavors, are great for entertaining and were created to be the perfect complement to Entenmann’s baked foods or savored on their own any time of the day.

I was sent to review Entenmann’s® Hazelnut Coffee single serve cups to review. To be honest, I am not a fan of flavored coffee, but my kids (teenagers/young adults) are. I know they have been enjoying the Entenmann’s® coffee because most of the box is already gone.

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I’ve asked both kids how they like it. My daughter thinks it’s really good. My son liked it, but he’s a lot like me, he’s not a big fan of flavored coffees.

I know where Entenmann’s®products are found in my local grocery stores, but I haven’t come across their coffee yet.

The coffee is available in a variety of flavors including Party Cake, Coconut Cream Pie, Chocolate Donut, Vanilla, Breakfast Blend and Cinnamon Crumb Cake, to name a few.

Entenmann’s® makes it easy to celebrate the season with seasonal flavors. Look for these and more Entenmann’s products in a store near you.

For more information visit Entenmann’s® online at Entenmanns.com. You can also find the brand on social media. All of their links are found at the bottom of their website.

Have you tried any of these seasonal Entenmann’s®products yet? Have you tried their new coffees? Feel free to share your thoughts.

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

 

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7 Not So Junky Junk Foods to Grab on the Go

 

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Road trips, gas stops, no time for lunch; we’ve all found ourselves at the convenience store for a fast bite on the go. While a bag of chips or chocolate bar may be an option we later regret; there are fast bites that can actually offer some health benefits. Dr. Christopher Calapai a board certified expert in osteopathic medicine specializing in longevity offers some junk food options to consider the next time there’s no time for an actual meal.

Blue M&M’s and Blue Gatorade

Don’t get the blues about all food dyes. From candy to sports drinks, the unnatural colors of foods today can make you cringe at the thought of what’s making them colored. But, not all colored dyes are as bad as you may think. Research done by scientists at the University of Rochester found that Brilliant Blue G (BBG), found in blue M & M’s and blue Gatorade, could help reduce damage from spine injuries. When BBG was injected into lab rats with spinal cord injuries, it sped up their recovery time and ability to walk.

Cheeze Whiz?? No way!!

Fat isn’t always a bad word.  The FDA has stated that not only are all trans fats not bad, some are actually good for you. Conjugated Linoleic Acids (CLAs), although high in calories can help fight cancer, weight gain, diabetes and arthritis. It’s hard to believe, but CLAs are found in Cheese Whiz.   

Pork Rinds

Just the words pork rinds sound like instant heart attack. However did you know they are a fantastic source of protein? A one-ounce serving of this fried snack has seventeen grams of protein, seven times the amount of found in a serving of potato chips. Plus, 43% of the fat found in pork rinds come from oleic acid, the same healthy fat found in olive oil.  

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Beer

Some studies have found that beer can actually help increase bone mineral density because it contains silicon, making bones stronger and less likely to fracture. A Harvard University study found that beer could prevent blood clots and reduce the risk of stroke. Italian researchers found that beer can raise HDL, the good cholesterol in your body. Opt for a light beer with fewer calories to avoid that full feeling.

Graham Crackers

They are the next best things to cookies if you’re trying to keep your health in mind. Graham crackers contain much less sugar than regular cookies and are still sweet enough to satisfy a craving. Plus, they are made with flour that undergoes a special milling process, preserving more of the whole wheat than in usual milling. 

Popcorn

This is a snack that gets two thumbs up. Popcorn is packed with fiber and polyphenols, which are antioxidants that help to protect us from heart disease and certain cancers. Surprisingly, popcorn has more iron than eggs and spinach! It is also gluten-free, which makes it an option for those with Celiac Disease and other gluten allergies. Lastly, popcorn is mostly air. This means it fills you up, helping to stave off hunger cravings.

Beef Jerky

Forget about the leather-tasting jerky of years past, today’s gourmet jerky is delicious and can be healthy. Beef Jerky, just like its non-dried version of meat, is high in protein, iron and zinc. It, also, contains heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. Be sure to look for natural beef jerky as the newer gourmet styles that are packed with flavor and free of nitrates.

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About the Doctor:

Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O. is an Osteopathic Physician board certified in family medicine, and anti-aging medicine. Proclaimed the “The Stem Cell Guru” by the New York Daily News, Dr. Calapai is a leader in the field of stem cell therapy in the U.S. His stem cell treatments have achieved remarkable results in clinical trials on patients with conditions as varied as Alzheimer’s, arthritis, erectile dysfunction, frailty syndrome, heart, kidney and liver failure, lupus, MS and Parkinson’s. He has worked with Mike TysonMickey Rourke, Steven Seagal, and Gotham’s, Donal Logue; and as a medical consultant for the New York Rangers. Connect with him via twitter @drcalapai or at www.drcal.net

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