Friday, January 22, 2010

Old El Paso "Tackle the Taste" Giveaway

Super Bowl is approaching, and I recently received an awesome gift pack from Old El Paso (through MyBlogSpark). It contained two cans of Old El Paso Green Chiles, a football-shaped ceramic dip platter (WOOT!), paper plates and cocktail napkins, and a table runner. They will send an identical set to the winner of this giveaway!

I used the Green Chiles for this yummy Betty Crocker "Green Chile Dip" recipe: 1 1/2 cups sour cream, 1/2 cup mayo or salad dressing, 1 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp chili powder, 1/4 tsp garlic salt, 1/4 tsp onion powder, 1/4 tsp paprika, 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, 1 can Old El Paso chopped green chiles. Mix and refrigerate, serve with flatbread or tortilla chips.

So, here's the GIVEAWAY: Update: Congrats to Judy!

Mimosa? Cheers!

"Mimosa" pillow cover by West Elm: Ooh SOO pretty! Love the amethyst color on the gray!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Brie and Cranberry Pastry Cups

I've made these twice within a week 'cause they're SOOO freakin' good! And guess what, it's a Betty Crocker recipe!

Brie and Cherry Puff Pastry Cups:
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry (from 17.3-ounce package), thawed (NOTE: don't thaw these in the microwave, even if the package instructions say so. Ick.)
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup red cherry preserves (I used cranberry sauce - festive!)
  • 4 ounces Brie cheese, cut into 1/2x1/2-inch pieces (36 pieces) (eh, just chop it up and use about 1-2 small cubes per cup. No need to cut off the rind, it gets alllll melllty!)
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives (no chives here, I used a teensy amount of the finely chopped green tops of spring onions, a lot less than 2 Tblsp!)
1. Heat oven to 375°. Spray 36 miniature muffin cups, 1 3/4x1 inch, with cooking spray. Cut pastry into 36 (1 1/2-inch) squares. Slightly press each square into muffin cup; press center with finger.

2. Bake 10 minutes. Press center with handle of wooden spoon. Bake 6 to 8 minutes longer or until golden brown. Immediately press again in center. Fill each with about 1/2 teaspoon preserves. Top with cheese piece, pecans and chives.

3. Bake 3 to 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve warm!

(It's a little time consuming, but the good thing is that you can pre-bake these, up to the third step. Don't worry if the puff pastry looks too puffy or you can't press down the center just right, it's all gonna be super good!)

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Yoplait Fiber One Gift Pack Giveaway!

Woot! The people from Fiber One through Myblogspark sent me a free Fiber One "Healthy & Fit Weight Management" gift pack to review on my blog - a coupon for a free 4pack of Fiber One 50 Calorie Yogurt, plus an insulated lunch bag and some other cool lunch accessories (once I morph into a cubicle smurf, these will come SO handy!).

I got the Vanilla yogurt with my coupon, and it was actually quite yummy for being low-cal; I could kinda taste the artificial sweetener (aspartame) in it, but the 5 grams of added fiber are really a great idea. I'm a carb-aholic; if I had my way, I'd live exclusively on Wonder Bread and white pasta, so I need any fiber I can get... (here's a
coupon link for $1 off).

AND, here's the FREE STUFF: I can give away THREE more of these gift sets to my U.S. blog readers! Just send your full name & address by the end of Sunday, January 3, to ..., and I will forward the first three names to Myblogspark - they'll take care of sending out these free gift packs! So don't delay like I did in posting this *cough*, 'cause my deadline for sending in the winners' names is already January 4...

UPDATE - congrats to the winners, Cheryl, Doreen, and Susanne!

Friday, January 01, 2010

So much for New Year's resolutions...

January 1, breakfast of champions: Homemade donuts (using Pillsbury's biscuits in a can), and bagels, cream cheese, and smoked salmon, while watching the Rose Bowl Parade on TV. Cheers!