Wednesday, April 23, 2014

47th Pillsbury Bake-off Contest

Calling all cooks!  It's entry time for the 47th Annual Pillsbury Bake-off Contest.  I remember my mom buying the recipe books showcasing all the winners.  We love crescent rolls and it's time to put my thinking cap on for finally submitting my own creative recipe.  Go to bakeoff.com and check out the rules.  Who knows, maybe one of us could win the top prize of $1 million dollars for something we love to make.

Original recipes can be submitted online at www.bakeoff.com through May 8, 2014.  The top 100 recipes compete in November.

The two categories currently open are Weekend Breakfast Wows and Amazing Doable Dinners.

Each recipe must have 7 ingredients or fewer and at least two of the eligible ingredients linked here.

Besides the top $1 million dollar prize are some great awards:
  • 1 Grand Prize: $1,00,000 and $10,000 in GE Appliances
  • 3 Recipe Category Prizes: $10,000 and $3,000 in GE Appliances
  • Special Awards (valued at $5,000 each), including the GE Imagination at Work Award, Jif® Peanut Butter Award, Crisco is Cooking TM Award, Eagle Brand® Signature Recipe Award, Pillsbury® Gluten Free Award, Pillsbury® Clever Twist Award, WatkinsTM Vanilla Award and Reynolds® Baking Magic Award
  • 100 Finalists Prizes, including a trip to the Contest Finals in Nashville

Pillsbury has some great products to start your recipe with.  From biscuits to crescent rolls, pizza crust to cookie dough, you can sure get some inspiration from last year's 100 winning recipe book that I was lucky to receive as part of my post.

Are you inspired to enter?  Hope to see you in the final 100!


Disclosure:  I was provided this information from Pillsbury through Platefull Co-op and have been compensated for my post.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

U.S. Cellular Let's Celebrate Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day!  Going green on Earth Day and beyond.  In honor of Earth Day, U.S. Cellular encourages people to recycle their old electronic devices and is providing incentives to do so. Customers can get up to $250 when they trade in qualified smartphones - including Apple® iPhones - at U.S. Cellular retail locations through the company's Trade-in Program.  

Statistics on the numbers of electronics that are not being recycled are mind boggling: of the 141 million mobile phones that were discarded in 2009 (the most recent data available), only 12 million were recycled, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Thirty percent of people who do not recycle their used cell phones refrain from doing so because they don’t know where to recycle their devices, according to an online poll conducted by Earth911.

With my iPhone 5s, technology has created better family moments by simplifying and enhancing my life.


Here are some great, easy ways I have found I can go green and reduce, reuse and recycle simply by using my iPhone 5s:

One of the apps is t
he fun JouleBug app which provides valuable information about going green, and users can earn achievements for real-life sustainable actions and compete with others to be the most eco-friendly.  JouleBug claims that users who follow their tips will save an average of $200 per year - which can make your wallet greener as well!  You can share how you are making a difference by being kind to the planet.


Recyclebank.com provides tips and advice to become more environmentally conscious.  Plus, users get rewarded with points (redeemable for grocery discounts, gift cards, etc.) by being green (recycling, using less water, etc.).


Recycle more easily. The 1800Recycling app identifies nearby recycling locations based on ZIP code, and provides directions to the recycling centers and lists which materials they'll take. In addition to our bi-weekly recycling cart pickup, we have a drop-off center we can use for $20/year.  Recycling is such a simple easy way to get the family involved together in helping their environment be a better place for all to enjoy better family moments.


What do I love about my iPhone 5S?  Why did I take so long to get a smart phone?  With U.S. Cellular 4G LTE network, it's definitely made my life easier and provides better family moments.  The camera provides beautiful quality photos even with me taking them.  I use the calendar to keep track of our schedules.  With voicemail, email and text messages at my fingertips, I can be easily reachable.  We recently got my son an iPhone 5s and my husband picked a Samsung Galaxy S4 mini with the help of a great U.S. Cellular Retail Wireless Consultant by the name of Chris B, at our local store who matched what we needed and we were able to use reward points as well.  U.S. Cellular lets the family say Hello Better.



Disclosure:  I have been provided information and have been compensated by U.S. Cellular for my post.  All opinions expressed are my own.





Sunday, April 20, 2014

Target - Cheerios - Justice League


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Super things are happening in the Target cereal aisle where Cheerios has teamed up with the DC Comics Justice League!
Right now, in specially-marked boxes of Cheerios, you’ll find an exclusive, collectible Justice League comic book featuring an awesome adventure of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and the rest of the Justice League while supplies last!
But act fast as these boxes will be gone before you know it! Head to the store and grab the delicious cereal that’s made with 100% natural whole grain oats as the first ingredient—Cheerios!  General Mills brands are known around the world for quality.




I have said before this is definitely a cereal world home and my kids love the different varieties Cheerios has.  A great classic cereal fuels them up in the morning and gives them the energy to start their day right.  Add in a fun comic and it makes it even better at the breakfast table.


Disclosure:  General Mills provided me with information and free product for my review.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Liberté Méditerranée yogurt




Need a new, quick and easy breakfast, or snack during your busy day for you and your family? Oh, and you want it healthy?

Liberté Méditerranée yogurt has two new delicious flavors you can try: Lime and Orange-Mango.  They already have 7 other varieties to choose from.

The use of whole milk and cream makes for a silky texture.  It also contains live, active cultures which add a layer of deep flavor with real fruit,  Without gelatin, sugar substitues and preservatives, I know they have a wholesome product perfected.

Check out their facebook page for coupons to save on this great yogurt.

The finest ingredients and nothing more!


Disclosure:  I was provided this information and free product coupons from Platefull Co-Op.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Target Big G Retro Cereals



It’s time to go Retro with your favorite Big G Cereals, exclusively at Target!  #CerealThrowback
This month and for a limited time only, celebrate “A Delicious Debut” of classic breakfast cereals favorites featuring their original packaging from their first public appearance: Cheerios – 1945; Lucky Charms – 1964; Honey Nut Cheerios – 1979; Cinnamon Toast Crunch – 1984. Reese’s Peanut Puffs – 1994. And while the look may be a nostalgic, each comes packed with all the same whole grains and nutrition that customers have come to know and love.  The boxes are a lot of fun to look at.  

The first box devoured in my house was Lucky Charms!  I was a year old when they came out and remember eating them growing up.  Frosted Lucky Charms, they're magically delicious rings in my ear every time I see the box!  Horseshoes, moons, hearts, clovers, love all the marshmallows!  I also remember at times different marshmallow shapes livening up my breakfast before school.
Honey Nut Cheerios (must be the honey) are always a favorite with my kids. 

Cereal is something you can feel good about eating anytime of day!

Check out General Mills website.  The list of Big G Cereals is quite amazing.  How many of these Big G cereals have you tried?  How many boxes are in your pantry or on top of your refrigerator right now?  Don't miss out on these really exciting packages of Big G Retro Cereal only available at Target!

Disclosure: The information and free cereal have been provided to me by General Mills through Platefull Co-Op