Win RAW Fit® – High Protein

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RAW Fit® – High Protein Giveaway

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RAW Fit® – High Protein for Weight Loss!

RAW Fit is a USDA Certified Organic, RAW, plant-based vegan high-protein powder that is an easy way to increase your protein intake. It has a mild, slightly sweet flavor that mixes great with your favorite food or beverage and contains RAW, organic and clinically studied ingredients to help you burn fat, maintain healthy blood sugar, boost your energy, lose weight and look great!†

  • Support healthy blood sugar levels and burn fat naturally with the power of Svetol® Green Coffee Bean Extract, RAW Food Created Chromium, Organic Cinnamon, and Organic Sprouted Grains†
  • Help regulate your cortisol levels and manage stress related cravings with RAW Organic Ashwagandha†
  • Build lean muscle mass, help repair it after work-outs and sustain it on a sensible meal plan with 28g of RAW certified organic plant protein—a complete protein with 13 organic sprouts and a biological value of 98.2%!
  • Naturally filling and satisfies hunger with RAW Organic Soluble and Insoluble Fiber from certified organic grains, seeds, legumes and fruits
  • Promotes healthy and comfortable digestion and elimination with live probiotics and enzymes†

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Win Mott’s Fruity Rolls and Centers

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Check out some fun and delicious snack ideas from Powered by Mom HERE

Kids love fun snacks like Mott’s fruit centers and rolls. Fruity rolls are made with natural flavors and colors and they give you 100% of your daily value of Vitamin C!

One lucky winner will receive $30 worth of Mott’s Fruity Centers and Rolls! Enter on the giveaway tools below!

Van’s Gluten Free Giveaway

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Van’s Granola

On-the-run snacking has never been so sensible! #review

Due to the fact that I can’t eat glutens, I often have to carry snacks in my purse. Not everyone thinks about gluten allergies or sensitivities when they set up lunches or hors d’oeuvres at events.  I always try to eat before so I’m not hungry, but I do keep gluten free snacks in my purse in case I get hungry.  I recently found Van’s Granola and I really like it.

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My favorite is the Blueberry Walnut Granola.

Meet Van’s Soft Baked Granola. From morning snacks, to re-energizing an afternoon of family fun, Van’s Blueberry Walnut Granola was made to sweeten up your day. Packaged into bite-sized morsels, they’re perfect for on-the-go snacking and packed with 12 grams of whole grains and deliciously plump blueberries. We’re sure our gluten free granola will be your snack-time, any-time favorite. Granola for breakfast? That’s so yesterday.

I eat it straight from the bag! It’s really good and keeps me full.  Their granola also comes in Cranberry Almond.  And you even you don’t stick to a gluten free diet you can totally enjoy this granola!  It’s so good!

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Van’s has so much more than Granola too! They have Cereals, Crackers, French Toast, Pasta, Chips, and more! In fact, they’ve been nice enough to offer one of our readers 5 free product coupons so you can try their yummy food too!  All you have to do is enter on the rafflecopter below!

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Sundrop Cake Recipe

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Sundrop Cake Recipe

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During our 12 days of Valentine’s desserts we are all making and baking a yummy decadent treat. Dina over at My UnEntitled Life has a great recipe to share today on her blog. You have to check it out. She’s made a moist delicious cake using a favorite drink! Whether you are a fan of this drink or not you most definitely will want to try this cake and make it for your family. I’m a huge fan of super moist cake. With pudding added you know this cake will not be dry! What are you waiting on head on over to My UnEntitled Life and make a new family favorite recipe the entire family will enjoy!

Low Carb is Much Tastier than Low Fat

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Low Carb is Much Tastier than Low Fat

Plan Z Chicken Enchilada Bowl

One of my favorite lunches is the Chicken Enchilada bowl above. It’s so easy to make and I even use real cream in it!  I know there’s this idea that diet food has to taste gross. Honestly, I used to believe it too.  I mean I’ve had some of those prepackaged and powdered meal and well, let’s say they leave a lot to desire.

I learned that they taste gross because they’re low fat. I mean have you ever tasted the difference between low fat and full fat anything?   When you take the fat out of food it doesn’t taste good anymore.

I have tried more than one diet that included packaged meals and they were awful. They looked really good but they tasted like cardboard and I got bored really fast. It was so hard to stay on the diet and it made me crave flavorful foods even more.

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It’s totally different with Plan Z. I have been making the most delicious meals on plan Z and they have a HUGE database with tons of yummy low carb recipes. In fact, they’re even offering FREE recipes!

I’ve tried multiple diets. This is the first one that has worked and the first one I’ve really enjoyed.  I had no clue that low carb could taste so good.  I really enjoy eating “real” food.

Are you ready to change your life and lose weight like I have? Do you want more information? Head on over to Plan Z Diet and watch their video to find out more.

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Visiting Paso Robles, CA

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Visiting Paso Robles, CA

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How is the weather where you are?  Even though the calendar says it’s still fall it looks more like winter outside my window.  The temperatures feel more like winter too.  That’s why I was happy to get a way to Paso Robles, CA.

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Paso Robles is on the central coast of California and it’s beautiful!  The temperatures were in the 6o’s and 70’s during the day and dropped to about the 50’s at night. The landscape was breathtaking.  You can drive up and down Highway 101 through the mountains overlooking the coast.

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There are also wineries as far as the eye can see.  Most all of them have tasting rooms where you can sample their multiple varieties.

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One of the wineries that I spent a bit of time at was Wild Horse Winery.  They have a vast variety of wine.  Two of my favorites were the Verdelho and the Malbec.

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2012 Wild Horse Verdelho Paso Robles

This is an extremely tasty wine with aromas of lemon, melon, peach, and apricot. Slightly off dry, the mouthfeel is full and intense but also light at the same time. Hard to explain so you’ll have to partake. With a lot to gain from tasting this wine, enjoy as an aperitif or with a light meal such as Caesar salad or a rustic cheese plate.

2011 Wild Horse Unbridled Malbec Pine Creek Vineyard Monterey County

Bright and boasting with aromas of blackberry, boysenberry, and clove followed by a medium bodied, well-balanced, and extremely tasty mouth feel. This wine will pair well with sticky barbecued beef ribs, carne asada tacos, and pasta with spicy marinara. Drink now until 2018.
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The property is beautiful and the wine maker, Chrissy Wittmann, is extremely knowledgeable.  I had the opportunity to talk with and listen to her about the whole wine making process.  She also paired some excellent choices with some of the meals I ate.  I hear wine suggestions all the time but when you combine a knowledgeable chef with a knowledgable wine maker it makes a huge difference.
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A perfect example of pairings was found at Thomas Hill Organics.  This beautiful salad was my favorite (all the courses were excellent).  Pairing the salad with the Pinot Grigio really enhanced the medley of flavors.
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The dessert was so decadent and beautiful. At first I didn’t want to eat because of how beautifully displayed it was.  That thought was only temporary – I totally ate it and it was delicious!
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Not only was I able to experience great food and wine, but I had some other fun activities. I was able to feed llamas at the Wild Horse Winery.  They love apples and they’re full of personality.
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I also went horseback riding with the Madonna Inn.  I took the 1 hour trail ride that overlooked the city of San Luis Obispo.  It was so beautiful and relaxing.

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Win a Popcorn Prize Pack

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Popcorn Prize Pack Giveaway

This yummy giveaway is sponsored by G.H. Cretors and hosted by Mom Does Reviews and her food-loving blogger friends!

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What makes GH Cretors taste so great?

The ingredients of course!  Why complicate things?  We don’t need to add any artificial colors or flavors to our popcorn to make it taste good. It does that all on its own.  You’ll know it when you grab your first handful. Artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives just get in the way of the wonderful flavors of freshly popped popcorn, our kettle cooked caramel, or our perfectly roasted nuts. Popcorn is naturally a Gluten Free snack.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil Organic Popcorn:

Today we make our Extra Virgin Olive Oil popped corn with three timeless ingredients: Organic Popcorn, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Sea Salt. We still use traditional small batch methods to pop our corn, like Great Grandpa Cretors did, but we have stayed modern by keeping our focus on purity. Each Organic batch is popped to perfection and seasoned with just the right amount of sea salt. From our kitchen to yours! Enjoy!

Simply Salted Organic Popcorn:

Today we make our Simply Salted popped corn with three timeless ingredients; Organic Popcorn, Organic Sunflower Oil and Sea Salt. We still use traditional small batch methods to pop our corn, like Great Grandpa Cretors did, but we have stayed modern by keeping our focus on purity. Each Organic batch is popped to perfection and seasoned with just the right amount of sea salt.

Be sure to read Mom Does Reviews full review HERE.  Popcorn lovers won’t be able to resist these new flavors!

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One lucky reader will win 2 bags of Simply Salted and 2 bags of Extra Virgin Olive Oil Popcorn.

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Giving Back to the Community at Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank

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A few of the North Iowa Bloggers: Beth Ann from It’s Just Life, Donna from donnahup.com, Val from Corn, Beans, Pigs, and Kids, Jeni from Jeni Eats, and Amy from Modern Rural Living.

When I look at my life I have to say I’m pretty fortunate. I don’t get everything I want and I don’t have brand new everything but I do have what I need including a roof over my head and food to eat. I also have quite a few non necessities like a vehicle, a phone, and more. I’m really blessed and I am truly thankful for that. In fact most of us have quite a bit to be thankful for.

Last month my friend, Beth Ann, from It’s Just Life challenged us to collect food for our local food bank, Hawkeye Harvest.

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Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank is in Mason City, IA and provides emergency food for those in need in our community.  During the month of November the North Iowa Bloggers collected food for Hawkeye Harvest and we dropped off our donations to them today.

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We collectively donated 235 pounds of food and $200 with this trip! Thanks to all of you who supported us!

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Right now Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank is in the running to win a $20,000 makeover grant from Walmart!

They need your votes everyday between now and Dec 12. Right now they are in 37th place but the race is so tightly contested and they need to finish in the top 75. Every vote is going to be important and your vote could be the difference maker!

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Help us strengthen communities and fight hunger

Walmart believes that everyone should have access to safe, affordable food. However, for too many people in America, this can be a challenge. Their goal with the “Food Pantry Holiday Makeover” campaign is to strengthen communities by helping food pantries across the country refresh their facilities to make it easier for them to help families who may struggle with hunger.

  • Walmart will donate a total of $1.5 million to 75 food pantries through this campaign
  • They need your help to decide which food pantries should receive a share of these funds

Click here to vote for Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank.

There is a list on the right hand side of the page and you can scroll down until you see “Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank”.  Click on their name and you just voted! You can vote once daily.

***UPDATE 12/13/14 – Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank won $20,000 in the Walmart Holiday Makeover! Thank you for all your votes that made this possible!***

If you’re in the North Iowa and would like to drop off a donation you can find Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank at 122 South Adams in Mason City, IA.

You can check them out on Facebook here.

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Mini Stuffed Pumpkins an Easy Gourmet Meal

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Mini Stuffed Pumpkins an Easy Gourmet Meal

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I’m so excited to have another #NorthIowaBlogger guest posting for me!  My good friend, Amy, from over at Modern Rural Living is sharing a fun fall recipe with us!

Hi, my name is Amy and I blog over at Modern Rural Living. One thing about me is that I like to classify myself as an aspiring foodie. I say aspiring because I am no gourmet chef and don’t have much time to travel and try new and exciting foods, writing food blogs and sharing recipes is my chance to express my inner food-loving self. :)

I didn’t just come by this naturally, what started out as an experiment with food has turned into a combination of science and art for my parents, who joined a gourmet food club more than 15 years ago.

My dad says cooking is a science because you take whatever is in season and mix it with spices and liquids to make something exciting for the taste buds. My mom says cooking is an art form because it’s all about presentation and eye appeal.

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I believe their recipe for Mini Stuffed Pumpkins is a perfect union of science and art! Picture your table colorfully decorated with a bounty of gourds, pumpkins, bittersweet and acorns as the centerpiece; glasses of your favorite red, white or golden yellow wine; napkins and silverware tied together with twine next to a solitary plate holding the main course, a pumpkin stuffed with a delicious blend of savory and crunch.

My parents agree that cooking gourmet doesn’t have to be difficult. The most difficult thing about this recipe is cutting the top off of the pumpkin. The rest is easy – especially the clean up as you just throw the shPell away or toss into your compost pile.

Whether you make this fun dish for friends or family, be prepared for the “oohs” and “ahhs” as they experience both the presentation (art) and taste (science).

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Ingredients
  • • 4 small pumpkins (approx 4”-5” high)
  • • 1 onion, chopped
  • • 2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • • 1 lb. Hamburger
  • • 2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • • 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • • 4 oz can mushrooms
  • • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • • 1.5 Cups Cooked Rice
  • • 4 oz Can Chopped Water Chestnuts
Instructions
  1. Preheat Oven to 350°
  2. Cut off tops of pumpkins and clean out seeds.
  3. Sauté onions in oil until tender.
  4. Add hamburger, soy sauce, brown sugar, mushrooms, and soup.
  5. Simmer 10 minutes.
  6. Add cooked rice and water chestnuts.
  7. Fill pumpkins and place on a foil lined cookie sheet.
  8. Put tops on pumpkins.
  9. Bake 1 hour at 350°

 

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Meeting Tanya Holland at Sunset Savor Food & Wine Festival

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Last month I was able to attend the Sunset SAVOR the food and wine festival. The main event was at the historic Santa Margarita Ranch in California.  I love cooking and was really excited to meet some of the chefs.  One of the celebrity chefs present was Tanya Holland.

Tanya Holland is the Executive Chef and Owner of Brown Sugar Kitchen and B-Side BBQ in Oakland, CA. Holland is  known for her inventive takes on modern soul food, as well as comfort classics. Her recipes are rooted in tradition.  She was trained in France.  She enjoys using great ingredients in hopes of finishing with a product that doesn’t destroy them.

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She was so sweet and down to earth and apparently makes the best chicken in waffles.  I’ll be honest with you – I’ve never had chicken and waffles but I am intrigued.  I had a chance to sit down with her (and a few other journalists).  She talked with us about how “comfort food doesn’t go out of style”  and that’s why people come back to eat at her restaurant over and over.  She started her own restaurant with only one waffle maker thinking it would be a novelty item. Instead, it has taken on a life of it’s own.

When I think of comfort food I think of things that taste good but aren’t necessarily good for me.  We asked about the term “healthy soul food” since her cuisine has been referred to as such.  She said that she uses clean oils and sustainable meats. This creates food that is clean which makes it a healthier choice despite the cuisine.

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I’m really excited about her new cookbook, Brown Sugar Kitchen: New-Style, Down-Home Recipes from Sweet West Oakland.  We asked her what recipes she’d recommend starting with to any home chefs that bought her book. Her suggestions were the BBQ Shrimp & Grits because it’s very user friendly as well as the Sweet Potato Scones which are one of her personal favorites.

Buttermilk Fried Chicken

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My husband loves fried chicken so that’s the first recipe I started with.

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I started by mixing the seasonings together tarragon, paprika, onion powder, kosher salt, ground pepper, garlic powder, dried oregano, thyme, and cayenne pepper.

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I placed the chicken in a bowl and tossed them with the seasonings.

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Then I poured the the buttermilk over the chicken and stuck it in the fridge overnight.

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The next day I removed the chicken from the marinade and dredged it in the flour & salt mixture then fried and baked it.

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It was so delicious! The chicken was super moist and flavorful.  I loved the little kick that the cayenne gave it. My husband had 6 pieces! I think it’s safe to say he enjoyed it.

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Ingredients
  • 1 Tbsp. dried tarragon
  • 1 Tbsp. paprika
  • 1 Tbsp. onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp. plus 2 tsp. kosher salt, divided
  • 1 Tbsp. plus 1 tsp. ground black pepper, divided
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 (3½-pound) chicken, cut into 8 pieces
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh minced parsley
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • Vegetable oil for frying
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, mix together tarragon, paprika, onion powder, 2 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. black pepper, garlic powder, oregano, thyme, and cayenne pepper. Place chicken in a large bowl and sprinkle with spice mixture and parsley, tossing to coat. Pour buttermilk over chicken. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Remove chicken from marinade. In a large bowl, combine flour, remaining 1 Tbsp. salt, and remaining 1 Tbsp. black pepper. Dredge chicken pieces in seasoned flour.
  3. Pour oil into a large pot to a depth of 3" and heat over medium-high heat until a thermometer reads 350°. Add as many chicken pieces as possible without crowding the pan. Cook chicken pieces, turning occasionally and adjusting heat to keep oil at 350°, until cooked through, 12 to 15 minutes. Remove chicken to a rack and allow to rest 5 minutes before serving. Serve with cornmeal waffles with apple cider syrup.

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Activz – Revolutionize the Way You Eat

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Activz – Revolutionize the Way You Eat

 

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Activz’s new, preservative-free whole-food powder line retains all the nutrition of fresh fruits and vegetables thanks to its patented dehydration process – a method which evaporates only the water molecules while leaving vital nutrients intact. This convenient powder, available in a variety of fruit, vegetable and grass powders, enables you to improve your diet by quickly increasing the nutritional value of any meal.

See the entire Activz line of powders and supplements here.

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I tried the Whole-food multivitamin shake complete. I was excited to try the line because I really liked the list of products they have. I chose this shake because I thought my husband and oldest son would enjoy it too. As a mom I want to give my family good healthy stuff!

I have tried it in a few different flavor smoothies, mixing it with water and with almond milk as well as putting it in my yogurt. I am sorry, I really, really wanted to like this product/flavor but did not. I think its because the taste was too strong? It was very overpowering–too much and not to my liking. My husband agreed but my son loved it all the ways that we have mixed it up.

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Healthy Bones with Garden of Life Giveaway

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Garden of Life was founded to help empower others to attain extraordinary health. It is their mission at Garden of Life and the principles behind this mission are carried out by Garden of Life’s innovative health and wellness regimens.
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How would you like a chance to try these wonderful products? Well our sponsor is generously offering…

THREE lucky readers each get a set of 3 Kind Organics/Garden of Life Products: KIND Vitamin D spray, KIND Plant Calcium and FYI Ultra Ultimate Joint & Cartilage Formula

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Sunset At Hearst Castle

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I had the opportunity to visit the central coast of Cali for the Sunset SAVOR the food and wine festival last month.  The opening night was at Hearst Castle.  What a beautiful and magical place.   I loved learning the history behind the castle in their welcome center.

Step back in time to become an honored guest of William Randolph Hearst at his beloved “La Cuesta Encatada”, (Spanish for “The Enchanted Hill”), now known as Hearst Castle. This historic property, once the private summer residence for Mr. Hearst and his longtime paramour Marion Davies, is now a California State Park and elegant landmark of California’s Central Coast. Your experience begins as you step onto the coach that transports you up the gently winding road through Hearst ranchland. Listen to the tales of lavishly hosted retreats at the Castle and stories of the glory days of the 1920s and ’30s. Stepping off the coach, you will be surrounded by stunning gardens, original works of art, and romantic patio alcoves and esplanades.

Meagen Loring, chef and owner of Meagen Loring Catering, presents world-class cuisine for you to enjoy as you listen to live music from the San Luis Jazz Band and dance against the backdrop of Casa Grande, Hearst Castle’s main building. Taste award-winning wines from the Sunset International Wine Competition and make sure to visit guest chef James Siao from the Finch and Fork Restaurant in Santa Barbara.

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Buick provided beautiful cars to take us the 6 miles up the mountain to the castle.  It was a very comfortable and stylish ride up to the castle.

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We could see the castle as we were winding up the road.  I kept thinking about how they must of worked getting the supplies up when they were building it back in the day. It must have been a huge project.

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The project was totally worth it though – it’s breathtaking!  The event was all outside and the Central CA weather was beautiful.  There were so many wines to choose from and they had all won Sunset International Wine Awards.  There was so much food! I enjoyed Pomegranate Braised Lamb Belly, Couscous with Butternut Squash, Crispy Shallots, Raisins and Almonds, and Moroccan Carrot Salad (the carrot salad was amazing!). The Unfinished Terrace Cheese Station by Fromagerie Sophie was very popular.  They had a selection of California and International cheeses and charcuterie. They even had desserts – Pumpkin Pie Trifle with Candied Pecans, Sweet Heat Brownies, and Raspberry Cake.

It was all so delicious.

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The evening included a live band, dancing, food, and socializing all against a gorgeous back drop.

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The castle had amazing views, my favorite was the view of the ocean where you can watch the sunset.

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It was an amazing and memorable night – the perfect way to kick of Sunset’s SAVOR the Central Coast weekend!

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Hill’s Science Diet Pet Prize Pack Giveaway

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Hill’s Science Diet Pet Prize Pack Giveaway
Sep 23 – Oct 3, 2014
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Do you have a furbaby that is part of the family? It is known that healthier pets are healthier lives.  Keep them healthy with this Hill’s Science Diet Pet Prize Pack.


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This month we are celebrating healthier pets in our lives. If you have a dog or a cat, it is our responsibility to ensure that their days are filled not only with good nutrition and regular vet visits, but also a lot of love and playtime with toys and yummy treats.
Games that our pets play are vital for their phsychological and emotional health. Supply your puppy or cat with a toy that is entertaining, has some rattling or squeaky sounds. Better yet, buy them some play stations, cat trees, bungalows which our furry friends love to use to hide and initiate many games in.
To encourage you to bond with your puppy or kitty, we’ve partnered with Hill’s Science Diet to provide you a choice in Dog or Cat prize pack.
DOG Prize Pack Includes

  • Stainless Steel Dog Bowl
  • Bag of Hill’s Science Diet Dental Chews
  • Bag of Hill’s Science Diet dog Treats, and
  • a Healthier Pets, Happier Lives Tote Bag

CAT Prize Pack Includes

  • Laser pointer toy
  • Stainless Steel Cat Bowl
  • Eight MicroCcans of Hill’s Science Diet Grain Free Entrees, and
  • a Healthier Pets, Happier Lives Tote Bag

These little extras bundle for your puppy or kitty would make their day!

Prize – Your Choice of Dog or Cat Prize Bundle
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Ends at 11:59pm EDT on October 3, 2014

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The Pure Pantry Chocolate Cake Review

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*I received a Pure Pantry Chocolate Cake Mix to facilitate my review. All thoughts are 100% honest and my own.  

The Pure Pantry Chocolate Cake Review

Pure Pantry Chocolate Cake #Review #Giveaway #GlutenFree #dairyfree #caseinfree #soyfree #nutfree donnahup

Fall is here and that means the holidays will be rolling in one after the other.  Holidays are great for bringing together people and food. Lots and lots of food.  I’m always thankful that it’s cold and we can bundle up because the winter is when I usually pack on a few pounds.

Pure Pantry Chocolate Cake #Review #Giveaway #GlutenFree #dairyfree #caseinfree #soyfree #nutfree donnahup

I’ve mentioned before that I’m gluten free and that usually means eating before I go to functions or bringing my own dishes.  I had the chance to try a chocolate cake mix from The Pure Pantry.

Pure Pantry Chocolate Cake #Review #Giveaway #GlutenFree #dairyfree #caseinfree #soyfree #nutfree donnahup

It was so easy to make. Just add a few ingredients and bake.  The cake mix itself is gluten free, dairy free, casein free, soy free and nut free.  I did use eggs in the mix but they give you options to keep it gluten free, dairy free, casein free, soy free and nut free.

Pure Pantry Chocolate Cake #Review #Giveaway #GlutenFree #dairyfree #caseinfree #soyfree #nutfree donnahup

I put chocolate chocolate chip frosting on the cake and it was amazing.  The cake is very moist.

The most deliciously moist gluten free chocolate cake you have ever tasted is now available from The Pure Pantry.  Made with sucanat and maple sugar, both natural unrefined sweeteners, and quinoa, sorghum, and brown rice – who would ever guess that a cake that tastes this good would also provide fiber, protein, and anti-oxidants!

  • Unbelievably delicious!
  • Gluten free, dairy free, casein free, soy free and nut free
  • Made with a unique blend of wholegrain flours
  • Free of refined sugars