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Review: The Hummingbird, Durham

Review: The Hummingbird, Durham

The Hummingbird Bakery and Restaurant is one of my daughter’s favorite places to go for lunch and she has been bugging me to go with her. Even offering to pay! Well the kicker was when she said they have great cupcakes. So I said ok. Unfortunately, I didn’t bring my camera so I couldn’t take photos of what we had (NC Fish Tacos)  but we did take some cupcakes home. I forgot which flavors these are … Read entire article »

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Review: Tyson Grilled & Ready Frozen Chicken

Review: Tyson Grilled & Ready Frozen Chicken

I am always leery of pre-cooked meals, meats especially, so I was a bit skeptical to try these grilled & ready chicken breasts. But hey, I got free coupons from Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program so I thought it couldn’t hurt. I can always get rid of it if I didn’t like it. Well, I didn’t throw them out and I actually went and bought a pack for my daughter last weekend when we dropped her off for … Read entire article »

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Giveaway: Extra Virgin Olivari® Mediterranean Olive Oil

Giveaway: Extra Virgin Olivari® Mediterranean Olive Oil

If you look at the recipes posted on this blog, you’ll know that we use a heck of a lot of olive oil! And rather than buying different grades of olive oil, I usually just buy a huge jar of extra virgin from my favorite warehouse store nearby. You know which store, I’ve mentioned it often enough. It starts with a C Anyway, I received this package not too long ago and in it … Read entire article »

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Mozaik Prize Pack Giveaway!

Mozaik Prize Pack Giveaway!

How would you like to win this beautiful prize pack? Can you believe that this set is not real china? Yep, Mozaik is designed to look like real ware but it is actually plastic ware that you can either wash and re-use or dispose of. They are perfect for those times when you don’t want a lot of dishes to wash but don’t want to look cheap with flimsy paper plates either. You know what else … Read entire article »

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Hickory Farms Blog Tour

I received this Party Planner Gift Box for the Hickory Farms Blog Tour from Mom Central. It contains three varieties of summer sausage a variety of cheeses, crackers and sweet hot and cranberry flavored mustards. Just the perfect size for a sumptuous snack spread for a small party. I must confess, my girls immediately tore into this package since it arrived fortuitously around the time that they get home from school and they are usually ravenous. The love Hickory Farms summer sausages! I actually buy them occasionally so they have something handy to snack on. So there was little chance that this box would sit around unopened for long. We usually get at least one Hickory farms gift basket during the holidays and they are always a welcome treat. I’m sure you’ve … Read entire article »

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Betty Crocker Boxed Instant Mashed Potatoes GIVEAWAY

Welcome to another food giveaway from Cooked from the Heart! I received the prize pack shown above to try out Betty Crocker´s® Boxed Instant Mashed Potatoes. Now you all know how we love our mashed potatoes and gravy in this house. I tend to be a purist when it comes to mashed potatoes though so I don’t normally buy them boxed and labeled ‘instant’. To me, it’s just as easy to make your own from scratch but that’s just my opinion. I know plenty of housewives who use the boxed mashed potatoes and they are none the worst for it. So hey, I’m game! Besides, these are supposed to be made from 100% real potatoes and they really are easy to prepare. I don’t know about tasting homemade though, but they taste … Read entire article »

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Healthy Choice Steaming Entrées

I don’t regularly serve any pre-cooked or frozen meals at home but I am not averse to bringing them for lunch. So when I was given a chance to try out the new line of frozen mirowavable steaming entrées for Healthy Choice, I decided to give it a try. I am the sort of person who usually runs from anything labeled ‘diet’ or ‘good for you’ or ‘sugar-free/fat-free’. I received two samples from Mom Central to try out: Rosemary Chicken & Sweet Potatoes and Portabella Parmesan Risotto. This new line of steaming entrées are supposed to be made with fresh, simple and delicious ingredients without a lot of other chemical additives like other frozen entrées. They take pride in the short ingredients list, only mentioning stuff that you can actually … Read entire article »

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SOYJOY Second Chances Contest

Do you believe in second chances? I do. I believe everyone needs a second or maybe a third or fourth chance, depending on the circumstances. After all, I have been known to do things that I later wished I hadn’t done or could do over again. Nobody is perfect and to celebrate the spirit of second chances, SOYJOY is sponsoring an awesome contest. If you have a story where maybe you didn’t make a great first impression but manage to turn it around for a happy ending, you could win $1000 from the SOYJOY Second Chances Sweepstakes! All you have to do to enter is to tell your story where you took a second chance to turn your story to a good ending. You do this by visiting the SOYJOY Facebook … Read entire article »

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