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What Type of Easter Candy are You? Find out for your chance to win a $100 Rite Aid gift card

 

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Easter is just around the corner. Sadly my kids no longer believe in the Easter Bunny, but they do enjoy getting candy for the holiday. They also like to go Easter Egg hunting at Grandpa’s house. Unfortunately it’s getting harder and harder to find creative places to hide the eggs. When they were little it was a lot easier to hide them.

One Easter it was raining and my father hide the Easter eggs in his basement. Needless to say that was a rather interesting experience (thankfully he doesn’t have a creepy basement).

Aside from the religious meaning behind the holiday, Easter is also all about the candy. What’s your favorite Easter candy? For me it has to be the chocolate. I love a kinds of chocolates. I also love black jelly beans. I know those are usually people’s least favorite jelly bean flavor, but it happens to be my most favorite.

What kind of Easter candy would you liken yourself to? Do you have a “sweet” or “salty” personality? Are you fun, like a novelty candy, or classic?

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Rite Aid wants to know what kind of Easter candy YOU are. Simply by taking the “What Type of Easter Candy are You?” quiz on Rite Aid’s Facebook page you can be entered for your chance to win a $100 Rite Aid gift card.

The contest is super easy to take and it is only a few multiple choice questions.

I took the quiz. It told me that the Easter candy I’m most like is Jelly Beans. That is fitting since I love black licorice flavored jelly beans.

The contest ends on April 20, 2014, so you have plenty of time to enter. You can also check out the their Exclusive Easter deals on the same Facebook tab as the contest. The deals chance weekly so be sure to keep checking back.

To learn more, or to take the Easter Quiz, click on the link or visit www.Facebook.com/RiteAid and click on the “Exclusive Deals” tab for the Easter contest and more.

If you take the quiz I’d love to hear what Easter candy YOU are. Feel free to comment and let me know.

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Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I am sharing this information as part of the Rite Aid network for the benefit of my site readers.

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“Faux” recipes for April Fool’s Day from FamilyFun

 

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April Fool’s Day is tomorrow. Do you enjoy pulling pranks on your family and friends? My husband and I used to love to pull pranks on our kids when they were younger. Now that they are teenagers we have to worry about what prank they are going to play on us. LOL!

One of my favorite magazines is FamilyFun Magazine. I subscribed to it when my daughter was an infant (she’ll be 17 soon) and only cancelled my subscription a few years ago. I still enjoy the craft and recipes idea very much. That is why I have their site bookmarked on my computer.

FamilyFun Magazine has two “faux” recipes to celebrate April’s Fool’s Day in good taste.

FamilyFun’s “faux cookie dough dip” has the texture and flavor of homemade cookie dough, but it’s actually a dip in disguise. Also be sure to try the “tease cheese platter” where cookies and candy chews stand in for the traditional savory snack.

Fake Cookie Dough

Faux cookie dough dip

Ingredients:

Chickpeas

Brown sugar

Peanut butter

Oats

Milk

Vanilla

Salt

Baking soda

Chocolate chips

Apple slices

Directions:

In a food processor, blend 11/2 cups chickpeas, 6 tablespoons brown sugar, 1/4 cup peanut butter (we used a natural, unsweetened variety), 3 tablespoons oats, 1 tablespoon milk, 2 teaspoons vanilla, and 1/8 teaspoon each salt and baking soda. Fold in 1/3 cup chocolate chips. Serve with apple slices or other fresh fruit. When snack time is over, tell your kids they are now full of beans!

Fake Cheese Platter

Tease cheese platter

Ingredients:

Vanilla sandwich cookies

Sugar Sprinkles

Fruit chews

Directions:

To make the crackers, pull apart several vanilla sandwich cookies. Leave the filling intact and scatter green sugar sprinkles on half the pieces. Scrape away any filling from the others. For the cheese, soften white and orange fruit chews (we used Tootsie Fruit Rolls) in the microwave for a few seconds, then shape into cubes or roll the candy flat and use a knife to trim it into rectangles. Form the holes with a small cookie cutter or piping tip.

What do you think about these recipes? Do you think you are going to try them with your kids or grandchildren?

What is the best prank you ever pulled on April Fool’s day? Feel free to share your stories.

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Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this, with permission, for the enjoyment of my site readers. The opinions expressed are my own unless otherwise noted.

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Stuff Your Baskets with Fun Easter Treats from Palmer

 

Our son at Easter time

Our son at Easter time

My kids are teenagers. I long for the days when they were little and were super excited about the Easter Bunny paying us a visit and leaving behind baskets full of candy, books and a small toy. I also miss watching the kids do Easter egg hunts. Those were really fun.

One year my mom put plastic Easter eggs out in the yard filled with chocolate candies. It was an especially hot day. When the kids came to do the egg hunt all the chocolates had melted. What a mess! After that my father came up with the idea of using money instead of candy – especially since all the kids were getting older. Mostly the eggs were filled with nickels, dimes and quarters but there was the “grand prize” egg which included a dollar bill. Needless to say the kids were all for that idea.

Easter, like Halloween, is not the same without candy. It’s all about the candy!

The candy makers, Palmer, know how to make the holidays fun. They always offer great seasonal and holiday themed products whether it’s the shape of the candy or the colorful foil wrapper. I love that they offer new products each year too.

New this year is a cool candy/game combination called Fun n’ Games. It’s a game board made out of chocolate. When you are done playing the game you can enjoy the sweet treat afterwards. It’s an edible maze made with Paler’s DoubleCrisp chocolate.

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Palmer Fun n’ Games edible maze game

I love this idea. It’s very unique. I’ve even been enjoying playing with it.

Another new product are large hollow chocolate bunnies all dressed up in a soccer uniform. Soccer, as you know, is a popular sport. The bunny’s shirt comes in different colors so you might be able to find one to match your child or grandchild’s soccer team color.

Large Soccer Bunny & Li'l Crisp Bunny

Large Soccer Bunny & Li’l Crisp Bunny

Also new this year are DoubleCrisp chocolate bunny ears. The moment I saw them I knew I wanted to make something with them. My idea was to buy those huge marshmallows, attach or insert the ears into it and then have my kids decorate the marshmallows with bunny faces.

It WAS a good idea. Who knew it would be impossible to find the giant marshmallows. I know the brands Camp Fire and Jet Puff make them. I don’t usually buy marshmallows so I ASSUMED they were available year round. Ugh!!!!

I picked up a bag of regular sized marshmallows hoping they might work. I should have brought one of the chocolate bunny ears with me. The ears and the regular sized marshmallows are about the same size and there was no way to insert the ears into the marshmallow due to it’s size.

We did try to stick two marshmallows together and put the ears in-between but it wouldn’t stay stuck together and would unstick the moment we tried to insert the bunny ears.

Oh well. It WAS a good idea. It would have been funny. I know my kids would have enjoyed making bunny faces on the marshmallows. Knowing them they probably would have got more creative and used the other marshmallows to make bodies for the bunnies too.

A variety of Palmer Easter candies. Notice the cute chocolate bunny ears. The small round things are peanut butter cups

A variety of Palmer Easter candies. Notice the cute chocolate bunny ears. The small round things are peanut butter cups

This weekend when I go food shopping I am going to look for some caramel and apples and use the Palmer Peanut Butter Cups (pictured above – the round things on top of the bunnies) to make covered candy apples. I have made them before and my family LOVES them.

You’ll need to crush up the candy. I put it in a Ziploc bag and whacked it a few times with a soup can (I also roll the soup can back and forth on top) until you get small pieces. I then put wax paper on a cookie sheet and pour the mashed up candy out of the bag and on to the cookie sheet.

Next I melt the caramel. When melted I dip a clean, dry apple (on a stick) into the caramel and then quickly roll the apple on the candy and then rest it on same wax paper until it’s cool and set.

Quick. Easy. Yummy. It can be messy too, which kids seem to love.

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Palmer has A LOT of new candies on the market just in time for Easter. They are also including some old favorites too.

To learn more about the new products, or for some great recipe and craft ideas, visit www.RMPalmer.com. You can also sign up for Palmer Perks and get c0upons and special offers from Palmer. Palmer is already budget friendly, but coupons and extra savings are always get. You can find the sign up page on the website.

You can also check out the brand on Facebook and Pinterest (links found on the website).

Do you have a favorite Palmer candy treat? What fun recipe or craft would you make with Palmer candies? feel free to share your thoughts.

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Kimberly

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

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Hippity Hoppity… Easter’s on it’s way. Celebrate with Lindt and help raise funds for Autism Speaks

 

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Easter is almost here. It’s hard to believe that since I associate Easter with green grass, tulips and warm weather. It’s almost April and it’s still bitterly cold outside. If it wasn’t for aisles full of Easter goodies at the local grocery store and retail stores it wouldn’t even seem like the spring time holiday.

It’s customary to give children (and adults) baskets full of candy and other sweet treats. Lindt, makers of mouth-watering truffles and other chocolate delicacies, has plenty of delightful Easter options that are sure to please family and friends.

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New this year is an adorable 1.7 ounce hollow Lindt Gold Bunny paired up with a fuzzy pair of bunny ears. The suggested retail price is $6.99. Even though I have teenagers they both had fun with the pair of bunny ears that I was sent to review. They even tried to get the ears on our dog and one of our cats. Needles to say our four-legged family members were not overly thrilled by it.

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Another new addition to the Lindt Easter product offering this year is the Lindt Carrot Box. The carrot shaped box is filled with the cutest miniature chocolates. They are too cute to eat! There is the famous Gold Bunny along with a lamb, chick, lady bug, carrots and miniature Lindt eggs. The hollow chocolates (Gold Bunny, chick and lamb) are made out of milk chocolate. The ladybug and mini-carrots are made out of hazelnut crisps. The eggs are made from Lindor milk chocolate. The suggested retail price is also $6.99.

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You can never go wrong with a bag full of miniature chocolate truffle eggs. The bag is perfect for tucking inside and Easter basket or your purse. :-) Each miniature egg is individually wrapped and at $2.99 a bag you can pick up a few to enjoy now and long after Easter is over.

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Your Easter purchases can also help to raise funds and awareness for Autism Speaks. For each Lindt Gold Bunny that is sold, Lindt will donate .10 cents to Autism Speaks (up to $100,000). It’s a win-win situation. A great charity gets a much needed donation and you (or a loved one) gets to enjoy a melt-in-you-mouth-yummy Lindt Gold Bunny.

In addition Lindt has a fun Facebook app that will donate $1.00 to Autism Speaks AND you’ll be entered to win a Lindt Easter Basket.

The app will ask for some basic information (name, address, e-mail) in case you are the winner. Once you complete that you’ll go to a lovely field scene where you need to locate three blue puzzle pieces. For each piece you find Lindt will donate $1 to Autism Speaks. In addition there will be other items you will need to find (Lindt eggs, Lindt lamb, Lindt candy…). You need to find the items as quickly as possible. It seems hard but it was actually rather easy. It was fun to play and it makes me feel good knowing that $3.00 will  be donated to Autism Speaks because of it.

Go here to play the game – Lindt Scavenger Hunt Game.

Easter is almost here so don’t delay. Hop on over to your nearest Lindt retailer (or shop online) to pick up some yummy Lindt Easter treats.

Visit www.LindtUSA.com to check out all the available treats (both holiday and non-holiday candies). You can also find the brand on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest (social links found at the bottom of the Lindt home page).

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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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Peep “on a shelf”? A fun way to celebrate Easter & new goodies from Peeps

 

Yellow Marshmallow Peep Chic

Think back to when you were a little child. What did your parents or caregivers tell you to make you be on your best behavior before Christmas? Did they tell you that Santa was watching you? Did they convince you that magical elves (aka “Elf on a Shelf”) were watching your every move and reporting back to the big man?

When I was a young girl we did have elves around our home that my mom told me were watching me and my sister to make sure we were behaving ourselves. This was long before “Elf on a Shelf” was popular. I used to do the same thing with my kids when they were little. I had a bunch of inexpensive elves from the dollar store that I scattered around our home and I would move them from time to time to make it look like they were alive some how.

Easter is just around the corner. Ideally little girls and boys should also be on their best behavior so that the Easter Bunny stops by your home and delivers to them Easter baskets overflowing with candy and other goodies.

I never tried to encourage extra special good behavior from my kids before Easter. In hindsight it would have been a great idea. Imagine doing something similar to Elf on a Shelf – but for Easter? You could certainly pull something like that off with your family. All you need is a plush toy to act like the “elf” who’ll report back to the Easter Bunny and let him know if your son/daughter/grandchild is behaving themselves.

Peeps, makers of those delicious, melt-in-your-mouth, sugar coated marshmallows, has several fun plush toys that would be ideal for this idea. In fact they have plush toys in various shapes, sizes and patterns.

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They even have Peeps wearing green or red Santa hats in case you want to start the Easter Peep thing around Christmas time. They even have jumbo sized Peeps that could be used as pillows.

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The Easter Peep idea is a great way to foster family togetherness. Parents can work together to find new places to hide the watchful Peep and young children can help each other to locate the Peep’s new hiding spot. You can even pick up a few plush Peeps and place them in creative places all over you home.

We have a small plush yellow Peep. Although my kids are too old to believe in the Easter Bunny anyway (sigh…) it was still fun to engage with them in finding fun places to hide the Peep. I must say my kids got a bit too creative (my son suggested inside the litter box – ewww! No way!).

Here are just a few of the places we thought of to hide our little plush Peep.

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Peep getting a Bear Hug

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Peep in a tree…. a cat tree that is.

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Peep watching over us as we raid the fridge

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Peep checking out some good books (or movies) from our bookcase

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Peep watching us high above in the bathroom above the mirror

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There is always time for Peeps!

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Peep hanging out on my desk watching me as I work

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Peep checking out what is on TV

We found a lot of places to hide him. Due to his small size he’s able to fit in a variety of locations. The only thing we had to worry about was putting him too low to the ground. Our dog seems to feel that any plush toy at his level is fair game for a chew toy. He thinks the Peep is for him. No way!

Currently our little holiday friend is safety sitting on my desk keeping an eye on ME. I’m pretty sure I’ve been good this year. LOL!

Easter is not Easter without Peeps in our Easter baskets. Even when I was a young girl I anticipated Peeps in my Easter basket. There was ALWAYS a package or two of Peeps in my basket. Back in the “stone age” when I was younger (ha ha) there was only yellow Peeps. These days Peeps come in every color of the rainbow. They are still available in chick and bunny form but during the holiday season you can also find them in cat, tree and ghost forms too.

Peeps are also available in different flavors and even dipped or coated in chocolate (yummy!). They even have flavors such as Birthday Cake, Sour Watermelon, Strawberry Cream, Sweet Lemonade, Bubble Gum, Vanilla Cream, Orange Cream and Blue Raspberry. Peeps has come a LONG way since the yellow Peep chic that I grew up with.

Chocolate Dipped Peeps

Milk and Dark Chocolate Dipped Peeps – One of my favorites!

Colorful Peeps

Peeps come in different colors, shapes and packages

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Peeps are available in a wide variety of flavors

Variety of Peeps

Peeps come in different shapes and sizes. I love the large bunnies, Peep “Pop” and the super yummy chocolate covered Peeps

One of my favorite new products from Peeps is their Peepsters. Have you tried them yet? Oh my! They are good! Peepsters are individually wrapped marshmallow cream filled chocolates. I had to hide these from my family. They would have devoured them all up within a day or two of opening the bag.

I love that they are individually wrapped and are the perfect bite size treat. They are perfect for when you are craving a bit of chocolate or something sweet.

Peeps is also hosting a Pinterest – or shall I say Peep-ertest contest where you could win a trip for four to Disney World (Swan & Dolphin resort) or one of four first prizes (mini iPads) or one of ten second prizes ($50 gift card). For more information visit

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Peeps can be found at many retail locations around the country. For hard to find Peeps, plush toys, Gifts and other Peep items you can also check out the Peep store.

The official Peeps website, www.MarshmallowPeeps.com, has a lot of fun Peeps recipes, information about other contests and more fun Peep information and campaigns.

Photo Source: MarshmallowPeeps.com.

Photo Source: MarshmallowPeeps.com.

You an also check out Peeps on Facebook and Twitter. The Peeps Facebook page is a great way to learn about new products as well as get inspiration on recipe and craft ideas

This year, guests at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel will experience Easter magic during PEEPtastic Easter April 16 to 23, a celebration sweetened by thousands of free PEEPS® brand marshmallow samples, PEEPS®-inspired menu items, PEEPS® décor and Easter-themed activities for families to enjoy. The celebration will also incorporate PEEPS® into family activities throughout the week, including special appearances by the Easter Bunny.

Do you have any special memories featuring Peeps? Do you have a favorite Peep product or flavor? 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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Celebrate Easter with Wisconsin Cheeseman (giveaway ends April 1, 2014)

 

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Can you believe that Easter is on it’s way? It seems like only yesterday we were celebrating Christmas and the new year. Now it’s time for colored eggs, Easter baskets and Easter egg hunts.

Are you planning a holiday get together this year? Are you inviting over family and friends or planning on visiting relatives for Easter? If so you might want to consider having some special treats on hand for guests or to give as a hostess gift.

I recently learned about a company called Wisconsin Cheesman which I have bookmarked on my computer. I plan on doing plenty of shopping on that site throughout the year, most especially during the holidays when I like to send gifts to family and friends both near and far.

In case you haven’t guessed it already, Wisconsin Cheeseman is all about delicious cheeses. They also offer so much more than that (more about that later).

Wisconsin is known for it’s amazing cheeses. There are more than 600 varieties, types and styles of Wisonsin Cheese and other dairy products. That is probably more than any other state.

According to information I have found on the Internet, Wisconsin is the largest cheese producer in the United States. Wisconsin Cheeseman offers consumers a great assortment of these popular cheeses on their website. They offer consumers award winning cheeses, cheese assortments, specialty cheeses, cheese spreads and mixed assortments.

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I checked out their site and I was surprised at the types of cheeses I found. They carry cheeses I have never heard of before.

I love cheese. I eat cheese every day. Mostly it’s a slice or two of Extra Sharp Cheddar or New York Extra Sharp Cheddar. I love it “as is” or with crackers. Cheddar is my favorite cheese but I also love American Cheese, Provolone, Parmesan, Munster and Mozzarella to name a few.

Have you ever heard of – or tried – Bread Cheese (Juustoleipa), Emmentaler Cheese, Irish Harp Cheddar Cheese, Fruity Cheddar Cheese or Tuscan Dream Cheese? These are just a few of the unique cheeses you’ll find on the Wisconsin Cheeseman site.

Once cheese I would love to try that I found on the website is Sweet Vanilla Cardona Cheese. It sounds really good.  

Whether you are looking for cheeses to serve guests at your next dinner party, or just looking for something different for you and your family to snack on, check out the unique and award winning cheeses at Wisconsin Cheeseman.

If cheese is not your thing, Wisconsin Cheeseman carries plenty of other products including cakes, cookies, candies, condiments and even Gluten-free and Sugar-free products.

I was asked if I wanted to review any Easter products from Wisconsin Cheeseman. There were so many to choose from. I ended up picking out the adorable Bunny Tower and the Spring Bridge Mix.

Bunny Tower Wisconsin Cheeseman

What I really liked about the Bunny Tower is that is doubles are an Easter decoration.

The Bunny Tower comes with chocolate bunnies with peanut filling wrapped in foil, Sixlets candies and Saltwater Taffy in a variety of flavors.

I love the Saltwater Taffy! It’s a bit sticky (as taffy usually is) so be careful if you have any dental work concerns. The taffy that came with the Bunny Tower in in a variety of flavors like grape, peppermint and lemon. Its fresh taffy too. It’s soft and pliable the way taffy should be. I have had other Saltwater Taffies in the past that are hard as a rock because they are not fresh.

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Look at how cute the bunny is! He is two pieces – a bottom box (taffy) and a top box (foil wrapped chocolates and Sixlets). After you have enjoyed the candies you can use the boxes to store other candies and nuts or little trinkets.

I decided to try out the Spring Bridge Mix because the nuts and chocolate candies looked good and because I knew I could repurpose the lovely floral tin.

Spring Bridge Mix Wisconsin Cheeseman

I don’t have a photo of the inside of the Spring Bridge Mix because while I was away for a week on a press junket little “mice” (aka – my kids) helped themselves to the bridge mix and there is next to nothing left.

I did have a chance to enjoy some of the mix. My favorite are the colorful candy coated peanuts. I think those were the first to disappear.

The bridge mix is not only great for offering to guests but it’s also ideal for snacking (nuts and chocolates make for a yummy snack). The mix also makes a great gift or hostess gift. The spring themed tin means you can enjoy the mix (or the tin) throughout the spring and summers months.

Bridge Mix

If you are looking for Easter meal ideas Wisconsin Cheeseman offers boneless ham and spiral cut ham for your enjoyment. I know I’m looking forward to ham on Easter. We already have one in our freezer waiting to be enjoyed.

For more information about Wisconsin Cheeseman or to check out the available products visit www.WisconsinCheeseman.com. You can also check them out on Facebook and Twitter.

There is still time to order for Easter. The cut off dates are as follows;

Ground Delivery - April 9, 2014

Express Delivery – April 15, 2014

Next Day Delivery - April 16, 2014

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Wisconsin Cheeseman has been kind enough to offer a lucky reader BOTH the Bunny Tower and the Spring Bridge Mix that I received to review. Thank you Wisconsin Cheeseman!

This giveaway is open to continental U.S. resident only and will end on April 1, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from al eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on with why you would like to win this prize package – or – what your favorite type of cheese 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 (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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Kimberly

*I received free products in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. Wisconsin Cheeseman will be providing the prize package.

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