Auntie Anne’s At-Home Baking Kit Review

When we received Auntie Anne’s At-Home Baking Kit, I decided to let the boys decide which of these tasty recipes they wanted to help me make.  They LOVE the Pretzel Dogs at Auntie Anne’s in the mall so they opted to try that. 
So we started prepping our pretzel dough.  I was a little nervous as I have never used, let alone ‘made’ yeast dough in my life.
 But with a little help from my future chef, we did pretty well. And wound up with what I thought looked like a decent ball of dough.
 Then we wrapped it up as directed, and waited….
After 25 minutes or so it had risen but not very much.  This was just from sitting on top of the preheated stove.  Since I didn’t have it in a heat safe bowl I couldn’t put it IN the oven as was suggested by some Twitter friends. And the over was already at 425 degree. So I just opened the over door and put the bowl right on the edge of the stove top and 20 minutes later it looked more like this…
It’s sort of hard to tell by these photos but it had grown a good three times in size from where we started so I decided to go ahead and more forward. 
We rolled it out and cut into pieces as directed.
Then we stretched and rolled the pieces. We soaked our hot dogs as directed and dipped the dough into a baking soda bath before putting them in the oven. 
I had 16 dogs but only got 14 on the tray because I made sure they were plenty far apart. I’m not sure if they should have grown more when they cooked (because I’m such a kitchen novice) but they looked good to us and tasted AWESOME.
And the best part, there was plenty of dough left over for dessert. With the dough already prepped we just cut smaller pieces, dipped in baking soda bath and baked these pretzel sticks as directed.  When they came out of the oven I brushed them with melted butter and covered them in the cinnamon sugar mixture. 
I didn’t tell anyone I was making these while they enjoyed their pretzel dogs but they LOVED them. 
My thoughts:

I have to say I was a little nervous about trying this as it takes my typical bake and break or microwaving kitchen skills to a whole new level.  But with everything included in the kit, I was able to make a great entree and dessert that my family loved.  My dough working skills are weak to say the least and my items were very inconsistently sized/shaped but I was THRILLED that every bit of it came out edible.  Some were slightly doughier if they were significantly larger but nothing was burnt or undercooked.  This is really totally doable for a newbie and is great for kids to do (with supervision of course).  The ONLY thing we thought could have made this better would have been to have some icing to dip our cinnamon sticks into.  Otherwise, two BIG thumbs up for our household!

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Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a Blog Friendly PR campaign on behalf of Auntie Annes. I received a sample for my participation, all opinions are my own!

Halloween Treats

Activia Selects Review

New styles of yogurt that let you enjoy unique and delicious taste experiences!  New Activia Selects brings you great tasting, cultural recipes plus everything you already love about Activia.

Benefits:    On top of being incredibly delicious, Activia® Selects contain the unique probiotic culture Bifidus Regularis® (Bifidobacterium lactis DN 173 010) that helps to naturally regulate your digestive system, when consumed daily for two weeks as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle

I have been watching the commericals for Activia since it came out and have wondered if it was something that would work my family, who shall we say has it’s share of digestive problems.  But I never took the leap and tried it until this week.

With my crazy schedule of working full time, the kids sports, clubs and school activities and the things I have going with my blog, I don’t eat very well. I mean, I’m a junk food junkie anyway, but with very little time to cook I have gotten even worse lately.  For me breakfast, while still eaten at my desk at work while I multitask, is one time I have been TRYING to not be so horrible.  I have been doing peanut butter toast or fruit. But I love the idea of yogurt for breakfast.  When I went to try Activia’s new Selects, I couldn’t decide on just one so I tried both the French variety in Cherry and Parfait in Strawberry.  As you can see from the photos (the color is off in some of them the yogurt is pink all the way through it isn’t the kind you have to mix up) both varieties have fruit chunks in them.  I’m thinking this eliminates these as a choice to help my kids digestive issues as they won’t touch a chunky yogurt.  But I thought they both had great flavor.  And I’d never done the parfait thing before, but I’m hooked. I’m not usually big into the chunky fruit yogurt either but with the crunchiness of the parfait, I really enjoyed it.  I could easily see this being a regular item on my breakfast (or lunch) menu.  I was also happily surprised to find the pink ribbon on these cups with codes for Give Hope with Every Cup! 
  • In support of Dannon’s ongoing commitment to health and wellness, the company is going pink in support of national breast cancer awareness month.  Dannon will donate at least 10 cents for each under-the-lid code entered at www.cupsofhope.com before 12/31/11 – up to $1.5 million – to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.® (NBCF). Dannon is committed to a $500,000 guaranteed donation to NCBF, including retailer-specific programs.
  • Each specially marked package of Dannon yogurt contains an under-the-lid code. Participating in Give Hope With Every Cup is as easy as entering the code from the lid at www.cupsofhope.com.
  • NBCF is committed to spreading knowledge and fostering hope in the fight against breast cancer. With support from Dannon, NBCF will fund free mammograms for women who could otherwise not afford them and will support research programs in leading facilities across the country.
·         Consumers can now purchase at grocery stores across the country specially marked Activia®, Light & Fit®, Dannon® Oikos® and Dannon® Brand products.
Specially marked packages of the following Dannon products:
·         Activia®
·         Activia® Selects*
·         Light & Fit®
·         Dannon® Oikos®*
·         Dannon® Fruit on the Bottom
·         Dannon® All Natural
* Activia Selects and Oikos single serve will include an additional donation of 10 cents, totaling 20 cents
Available in stores nationwide now and throughout approximately October 2011. Consumers have until December 31, 2011 to enter the code online to make a donation, up to Dannon’s goal of $1.5 million.
 

I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Dannon Activia Selects Yogurt Series and received a coupon to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.

Cereal Treat Bars, Review and Giveaway {Closed}

If keeping up with your kids’ changing tastes feels like a full-time job, then we’ve got you covered with Cereal Treats Bars, a fully-loaded flavorsome snack! Before sending your child back to school this year, help them get “back to cool” with a fun snack they are sure to love and won’t trade during lunch.

  • Flavor varieties include the ever popular Golden Grahams® (130 calories) and new Lucky Charms® Treats (100 calories), loaded with popular favorites like chocolate and marshmallows.
  • Cereal Treats Bars contain less than 140 calories per bar and are made with wholesome cereal, making them a snack option that you can feel good about giving your kids.
  • TWO Box Tops for Education seals on each box of Cereal Treat Bars, making earning cash for your school doubly cool!

These flavor-packed Cereal Treats Bars are sure to meet the ‘cool factor’ that kids demand. Check out Cereal Treats Bars online for great information and coupons for new products. Also, be sure to visit the Betty Crocker Facebook page and get involved in the conversation. We’d love to hear how your family enjoys Cereal Treats Bars!

Have you tried other cereal treat bars and been seriously disappointed? I have!  I mean the original has never let me down but I’ve seen a lot of others and tried many and while my kids usually like them well enough to finish off the box, there haven’t been any that I have truly enjoyed.  But these are actually surprisingly tasty. I personally prefer the Golden Grahams and could have easily polished off the whole box myself.  But the kids seemed to enjoy both of them based on the speed at which they were consumed. They are definitely more treat than breakfast.  And just think if you get Lucky Charms Treat Bars, you won’t find a bowl of marshmallowless cereal left on the table.  Or is that just in MY house?

Enter to win:

  • One box of Lucky Charms® Cereal Treats Bars
  • One box of Golden Grahams® Cereal Treats Bars
  • Lunch bag
  • Locker whiteboard
  • Colored pencil set
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**Winner**

12. Brendasaid…
I follow you via GFC.
September 5, 2011 7:55 PM
Contest ended 9/19/11!
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Pillsbury Sweet Moments Review and Giveaway {Closed}

Have you ever thought, “there aren’t enough moments in the day?” If so, it’s time to escape with Pillsbury® Sweet Moments®. Whether it’s reading a book, relaxing with a glass of wine or something just for you, Pillsbury® Sweet Moments® can help make your moment of the day even sweeter.

These ready-to-eat, bite size brownies are layered with delicious fillings, covered in a cocoa-kissed shell and topped off with a cocoa drizzle.

  • Sweet Moments are now available in two delicious new flavors, each with a combination of rich, luxurious brownie and velvety cheesecake: Caramel Brownie Cheesecake and Raspberry Brownie Cheesecake
  • Find these and additional flavors like Cocoa Fudge Escape and Cocoa Caramel Obsession in your local grocer’s refrigerator aisle

Ready-to-eat Pillsbury® Sweet Moments® give you the indulgence you crave in a bite-size brownie that is chilled to perfection. So go on – indulge in your Sweet Moment today.

 Doesn’t this look like the perfect cozy night in gift pack?


I’d love to say I used the blanket to cuddle up in while I sipped coffee from the mug and ate Sweet Moments while thoughtfully journalling.  The truth however is that my 3year old claimed the super soft blanket as his own (because the 4 or 5 lovies he has now might all mysteriously disappear on him).  I don’t drink coffee even in the pretties of mugs, so my husband claimed that.  And the two of us snuck out Sweet Moments after the kids were in bed and we watched shameful reality TV.  But OMG were they good.  We had the Cocoa Caramel Obsession and they were heavenly.  Seriously, I was super impressed with how yummy these ready to eat treats were.  They come in packages of 12 bite sized treats and I will admit that I had fully intended to devour a bag based on its rather small size.  But after 5 (hush don’t judge me or tell me how many calories that was) I couldn’t eat another bite.  They were so rich and so good!  I will be kind and not share how many my husband ate.  Not that it matters since his 19 inch waste isn’t affected by it anyway!

Enter to win:

  • 2 VIP coupons for the free purchase of any Pillsbury® Sweet Moments® variety
  • Leather journal
  • Fleece blanket
  • Coffee mug
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**Winner**

9. humanecatssaid…
I like/follow you on Facebook as Ricky Todd.
September 1, 2011 7:24 AM 
Contest ends 9/15/11!
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Giddy All Natural Kid Friendly Snack, Review and Giveaway

dip’ems (strawberry, grape, sour apple, strawberry). Each individually wrapped snack pack has scrumptious biscuits baked with whole grains to dip in real fruit! No refined sugar, no high fructose corn syrup, no preservatives or anything artificial. Just real, tasty food!

As a mom I have learned one thing about getting kids to eat things I WANT them to eat: if they think it’s fun, they’re way more likely to eat it.  And DIP is fun for kids.  Our family got to try the strawberry and grape dip ’ems and they were a hit.  I will say I was a little nervous about the brightly colored fruit dip and my inherently messy kids but there was no mess left behind.  It may have been because they were inhaled so quickly that I didn’t even get the chance to take a photo of the kids enjoying them.  And if I didn’t know better, I’d think they has some sort of magical* ability because my boys even threw away their garbage….BEFORE I even asked them too. 

*Neither giddy or I make any real claim of magical powers to make kids clean up!

I’m not sure I’d use these snack IN the car but they are great for on the go if you’re going to be snacking outside or somewhere that isn’t moving. The fruit dip is a little too liquidy for me to be comfortable with the kids (or even myself) having it open in a moving vehicle.  But at the park or out in our yard, or even in our house they are great.  And they are packaged well for travel.  I’ve tried traveling with fresh fruit before and it doesn’t go very well.  This is a great alternative.
You can find Dip ‘Ems from Giddy in local Chicago area Target stores now, in by the fruit snacks and granola bars for $3.99. 

  • 2901 South Cicero Ave, Cicero, IL 60804
  • 2333 63rd St, Woodridge, IL 60517
  • 2241 Willow Rd, Glenview, IL 60025
  • 1700 East Rand Rd, Arlington Heights, IL 60004
  • 8560 S Cottage Grove Ave, Chicago, IL 60619
  • 7000 Mannheim Rd, Rosemont, IL 60018
  • 4433 S Pulaski Rd, Chicago, IL 60632
  • 1111 Brook Forest Ave, Shorewood, IL 60431
  • 1154 S Clark St, Chicago, IL 60605
Or enter to win 3 varieties of dip ’ems here!

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**Winner will be added to this post when selected**

Contest ends 8/22/11!
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Arby’s Angus Cool Deli sandwich wrap Review and Giveaway CLOSED

Inspired by classic sandwich shop subs, the Angus Cool Deli sandwich is lean Angus Beef served cool. Topped with crisp lettuce, tomato, red onion, Swiss cheese, mayonnaise, dressed in vinaigrette and popping with banana peppers and pickles.

I am a huge Arby’s fan. I LOVE the hot roast beef and it was a sad sad day for me when the store just a couple blocks from my office closed its doors.  But I still stop in whenever I’m out and about near an Arby’s.  My typical order is a roast beef (with plenty of Arby’s sauce) and some loaded potato bites.

I wasn’t so such about a cold sandwich from Arby’s but I took a few minutes this week at lunch and took off to my next closest store.  I got the Angus Cool Deli sandwich, but minus some of the extras. My sandwich was just beef, lettuce and mayo and dressing. But it was really good.  I would compare this sandwich to the other cold sub place that promises freaky fast delivery.  It will definitely be something I order from them now.  But as you can see I probably won’t be deviating from my loaded potato bites anytime soon. They are just too good.  And they made a tastey contrast to the cold sub option!!!

Want to try a new Angus Cool Deli sandwich or wrap for yourself?? Enter to win a $10 gift card from Arby’s below!

Enter to win a $10 Arby’s Gift Card to try the new Angus Cool Deli sandwich yourself!

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**Winner**

Anonymous said…
i’m an email subscriber
August 13, 2011 10:38 AM 
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Blue Bunny Ice Cream Treats Review and Giveaway CLOSED

You know, I consider myself somewhat of an ice cream expert.  I’ve put in a lot of hours of research! Well, maybe not so much research as taste testing.  Did you know that there is actually a guy who gets paid to taste test ice cream all day? I saw it on Discovery channel.  Why oh why didn’t my high school guidance counselor tell me about THAT career path!?!?

So I’m not a professional ice cream taster, I do mostly ProBono work.  It’s tough but someone has to, right?  So when Blue Bunny sent me some of their new ice cream treats to try, I rounded up my ice cream interns (my kids, of course) and we did some indepth study.  Actually what we did was try to consume all the ice cream before it melted because our power was out.  Luckily it came back on and no ice cream treats were needlessly lost!

But man oh man, Blue Bunny, gets 2 big thumbs up from me!  I LOVE soft serve ice cream (yea yea I like ANY ice cream) and I am a big fan of soft served dipped in flavors.  But we just don’t get it that often because my ice cream study time is usually after we’re home and settled for an evening.  But Blue Bunny has seriously perfected the at home soft serve treat.  I LOVE the vanilla in chocolate Mini Swirls!  They ARE mini! Consider there are TEN in a box but they are the perfect size for kids and if I am able to control myself they help me with portion control.  But I may have been able to eat two or three without a problem.  The kids loved the Birthday Party variety and they were super cute but they were a little messy (darn those sprinkles) and a little sweet for me with the vanilla coating AND sprinkles.

And then there’s the Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches.  They are the perfect size for little ones but every bit as tastey as full sized.  I NEVER buy Ice Cream Sandwiches even though I LOVE them because they are sooo messy.  But these smaller sizes make them much less messy because they don’t have the time to melt so much.
My kids are in heaven with these new discoveries.  And I was surprised to find out that several of my friends had already become fans of these treats too.  Now the only challenge for me is deciding which great Blue Bunny Ice Cream Novelties to pick up.  Check out their website and see all the varities they have, its mind blowing!  They even find it easy to find the type of treat you want by listing them by type (As a Bar – No Stick, In a Cone, In a Sandwich, On a Stick, With a Spoon) or by flavor, or even dietary restrictions (Fat-Free, No Sugar Added, Dairy-Free, Nut Allergen-Free, Kosher).
I think my next pick might be Mint Grasshopper Ice Cream Sandwiches but shhhh don’t tell the kids, cuz I’m not sharing!!

Enter to Win Bunny Bucks! (a coupon for purchase of one Blue Bunny packaged ice cream or frozen novelty)
 

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Required Entry: Visit Blue Bunny online and come back and leave a comment sharing which item, not listed here you think your family would love.

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**Winner will be added to this post when selected**

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KIDStrong Hydration Beverages Review and Giveaway CLOSED

In IL the winters are COLD and the summers are HOT.  Having kids that are active makes me constantly worry about their hydration in the summer.  We drink TONS of water but sometimes they really want something with some flavor.  I’m personally not a fan of most sports drinks on the market, just because of my personal taste preferences so  was skeptical when I heard of KIDStrong.  But along with being a better alternative to my usual go to when we’re on the run (juice pouches) they actually taste pretty good.  The boys all loved them and I tried each of the flavors and thought they were notable better than the normal sports drinks out there.

About KIDStrong®

Our mission is to be the world’s number one provider of positive energy to kids everywhere. That’s why behind every great-tasting sip are KIDStrong experts who are fully dedicated to the unique needs of growing children. We stay on top of the latest obesity trends, are acutely aware of today’s busy lifestyles, and are genuinely interested in providing families with a convenient, healthy option. At KIDStrong, scientifically-formulated goodness is with you, every step of the way.

Our Mission/Quest

KIDStrong Enterprises seeks to do its part to help reverse the trends that have had a negative impact on our children’s health and well-being. At KIDStrong, our goal is to build a kids’ brand that portrays a powerful image; a brand that delivers a consistent, positive message relevant to both children and their parents. This message is one of a positive self-image, health, strength, vitality, and optimism. Through our use of advanced scientific research, our company designs, develops, markets and distributes unique, healthy beverages that are convenient, all-natural, nutritional, low in sugar and taste great. At KIDStrong, we encourage our consumers to “Be Kids… Grow Strong!”

No bull. Scientifically Developed, Naturally.

KIDStrong Hydration Beverages are scientifically formulated for kids’ hydration and energy and provide a healthful alternative to high glycemic index, sugar-based soft drinks that promote childhood obesity. KIDStrong products contain all-natural ingredients, contain no artificial flavors, colors, or sweeteners, and are preservative-free. KIDStrong Hydration Beverages are low in sugar, consist of a low glycemic index carbohydrate blend, have an optimal electrolyte profile, and are power-packed with 20 vitamins, minerals, and nutrients.

Enter to WIN!

4 bottles of each of the 3 KIDStrong flavors (Clearly Grape, Clearly Fruit Punch, Clearly Orange)

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Required Entry: Visit KIDStrong and come back and leave a comment sharing one thing that you learned or liked about KIDStrong.

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PLEASE NOTE: I will do my best to mediate any problems in delivery of giveaway prizes with the sponsor, and I do my best only to represent companies I trust, however I am not personally responsible for any prizes which are not received for delivery or any other reasons.

**Winner will be added to this post when selected**

Contest ended!
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Microwave S’mores

Summer time means camping and bon-fires in our house.  But I have never been a fan of the flaming marshmallow method of s’mores making.  Molten hot marshmallow being flung around by young kids is simply not my idea of a relaxing evening by the fire. And I’m also not a fan of the taste of charbroiled marshmallow.  I DO however love some melted marshmallow and chocolate messy goodness.  But I just like to roll, microwave style.  And you don’t need one of those crazy $20 s’mores makers.  Seriously!  Check this out, they are easy, delicious and you won’t even need a fire extinguisher.

Step One:
Lay out the bottom graham cracker for the quantity of S’mores you want to make.  I’m making 4!

Step Two:
Add your chocolate. I use 1/4 of a standard sized Hershey bar.  I’ve heard Andes Mints or even Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups make great S’Mores too.

Step Three:
Add a marshmallow to each of your S’mores! I use standard marshamallows but you could also use several of the smaller marshmallows.  The new GIGANTIC ones do not work though, they make a ricidulous mess.

Step Four:
Microwave for :15 seconds.

When you take them out nothing will look very melted but trust me, 15 seconds is enough!  They should look like this:

Step Five:
Add your top graham cracker.

Let sit for a minute, then enjoy!!  All the messy marshmallow and chocolatey goodness without the charred taste!

For other great S’mores creations check out these delicious recipes.  
(click on the image to be taken to the recipe site.)

Disclosure: I have been in no way compensated for this post.  I simply decided to take some photos when I had a s’mores craving recently.  Then I happened to get an email from Betty Crocker with these yummy looking recipes the next day and thought I’d share.