Packing Lunch the Easy Way – And a Giveaway!

When this school year started, we didn’t have a need for lunch packing. We homeschool, so lunch usually means pulling leftovers from the fridge. In years past, we’ve had various classes around town that would make packing lunch a necessity. But that wasn’t the plan for this year.

Until a couple of weeks ago, that is. Things don’t always go the way we plan them, do they? After a lot of planning, detouring, praying and plotting I finally stumbled on a program that works great for my kids.

We’re still homeschooling, but we’re doing it with the addition of some classes that they attend two days a week. However, they don’t go on the same days. Isaac is out of the house on Mondays and Wednesdays and Mia goes Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Did I mention that it takes about 45 minutes to drive over to the classes? Yep. My own personal seat is becoming shaped like the car seat. But it’s all worth it!

This change also means that at least one lunch is getting packed each day. So when Applegate HALF TIME™ asked me if I wanted to try their new Applegate Organics’ HALF TIME™ Lunch Kits I jumped at the chance.

Each lunch kit is made up of the trusted Organic and Natural brands (Applegate, Stonyfield & Annie’s). The kids like these brands, so lunch is a treat for them. (And no bringing home half eaten sandwiches complaining of soggy bread. Do your kids do this?)

Applegate HALF TIME™ lunches come in three varieties – Turkey and Cheese, Ham and Cheese and Bologna and Cheese. The meats are all humanely raised with no preservatives, nitrites or nitrates. You can find HALF TIME™ lunches at Target, BJ’s, and Safeway. A product locator can be found here.

Giveaway!

One winner will receive an assortment of Applegate HALF TIME™ products, including:

· All three varieties of HALF TIME™: Turkey & Cheese, Ham & Cheese, and Bologna & Cheese

· A draw-your-own lunch bag

· A set of permanent markers

· Coupons

· Activity book

To enter: Leave a comment letting me know which variety you think your kids would like best.

You can find Applegate on Facebook and Instagram.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Applegate via Burst Media. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Hershey’s Spreads Tasting Kit Winner

Hershey's Spreads tasting kit

We have a winner!

A couple of weeks ago, I shared my favorite things to pair with Hershey’s Spreads.  And then I asked what you would pair with them.  You all had some great ideas!

There was also a giveaway involved and now we’ve got a winner!   [Read more…]

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Hershey’s Spreads Favorite Pairings and a Giveaway!

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Giveaway is now closed.

Remember when I told you about these new, chocolatey spreads from Hershey’s?

And remember these cookies I made with Hershey’s spreads:

Thumbprint cookies with Hershey's Spreads

 

 

And I told you there would be a giveaway?

Well, today is the day for the giveaway!  You are going to love this!   [Read more…]

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Holiday Cash Giveaway! And Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Slow Cooker Soup Series

 

Giveaway Closed!

It’s Slow Cooker Soup Friday again!  We’ve been featuring slow cooker soups that can be made entirely in the crockpot, with no pre-cooking meat required.  Throw it all in and turn it on!

And today is even better because I’ve got a $500 Cash Giveaway for you to enter!  Keep reading to get the details on that.   [Read more…]

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Apricot and Pecan Topped Brie Appetizer (and a Bakeware Giveaway!)

Apricot and Pecan topped Brie

 

 

I’ve been working with Libby’s recently and I was so excited to be asked to create a Thanksgiving recipe using their product.  I chose to use Libby’s apricot halves.  Apricots are a favorite of mine.  I used to eat them with breakfast every day. Yum!

This appetizer couldn’t be simpler to make.  It has plenty of fall flavor too.  Apricots and pecans get spiced up with cinnamon, nutmeg and a splash of vanilla.  The warm fruit tops melty brie for an appetizer that your guests will love!  It will definitely keep them happy and willing to wait a bit longer for dinner.

(I’ve also got a fantastic giveaway at the end of this post, so keep reading!)

Here’s what you’ll need to make the appetizer:   [Read more…]

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Gingerbread Muffins with Orange Marmalade Filling

Gingerbread Muffins with Orange Marmalade

We’ve been having some beautiful autumn weather here.  The cool, sunshine days make me want to get outside for a picnic.

If you get the picnic itch in the fall too, you’re going to love this recipe and the giveaway too!

Smucker’s sent me a picnic basket full of goodies (and they’re going to send one to one of you too!), including jars of some of their jams.  As soon as I saw the orange marmalade I knew I wanted to create a muffin with it.

Gingerbread pairs wonderfully with orange marmalade and the combination tastes like fall.  And muffins are perfect picnic food.  They travel well and don’t require plates or cutlery.  Be sure to pack some cold apple cider to drink with these!

Here’s what you’ll need to make the muffins:   [Read more…]

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Veggie Chowder – Dinner into Lunch (plus a Slow Cooker Giveaway!)

Veggie Chowder Dinner into Lunch

 

I’m going to be talking about 3 of my favorite things in this post.  Soup.  Sweet potatoes.  And slow cookers.

Make that 4 of my favorite things – how could I forget easy dinners!  When Libby’s asked me to create an easy dinner recipe that cold be repurposed into lunch, I was in.  Our lunches almost always consist of leftovers.  Why cook twice, when you can do it once and have a second meal out of the deal?

This Veggie Chowder comes together really quick.  The other thing I like about it, is that it’s a pantry meal.  You can keep all of these things on hand, so you have the fixings for a fast dinner any time.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

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Orangesicle Cookies & a giveaway!

Orangesicle Cookies

A sponsored post on behalf of Pillsbury.

If you’ve read this blog for any amount of time, you know I love cake mix cookies.  The possibilities are endless.

Recently, Pillsbury asked me to try their new Orangescicle and Key Lime flavors.  Each comes in a cookie mix and cake mix, so you can choose.

Spring is here and the weather is starting to warm up.  I think these citrus flavors are a great way to celebrate spring and sunshine.  My kids loved the cookies.  My son said to me, “You know what these taste like? Those orange popsicle treats.”  Win!  They do taste just like orange creamsicles.  Yum!

Celebrate Spring with your family!

  • Make a day trip to the zoo more special by packing a picnic lunch with these cookies for dessert.
  • Visit a park or take a short hike in the woods. Be sure to bring along sweet cookies to enjoy.
  • Make playtime in the backyard more fun, by bringing out a plate of cookies and sharing them in the sunshine!

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I added vanilla baking chips to my Orangesicle cookies.  About 3/4 cup is plenty for one box of cookie mix.  Just follow the directions on the back of the cookie mix box, then stir in the white chips.

I’ve got a fun giveaway for you too!

Summer Seasonal Celebration Starter Reader Giveaway Kit:

  • ·         One box each Summer Seasonal Cake & Cookie Mixes
  • ·         Frostings (1 each of Creamy Supreme Key Lime and Creamy Supreme Orangesicle)
  • ·         $50 dollar Visa or American Express gift card
  • ·         Total estimated giveaway value: $60

To enter, leave a comment telling me how you’re planning to celebrate Spring with your family.  Giveaway closes on Monday morning 5/13 at 9am.  Winner will be notified by email.

You can follow the Pillsbury Baking Facebook Page and find Pillsbury Baking on Pinterest.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Pillsbury Baking.  I have been compensated for my time and provided with samples. All opinions are my own.

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Spring Giveaway – iPad Mini!

Mini iPad and Erin Condren Case Giveaway on HoosierHomemade.com

I am so excited about this giveaway!  I’ve teamed up with my blogging friends from The Creative Circle to give you a chance to win a Mini iPad and Erin Condren Case!
Please join me in giving a shout out to the FAB 10 from The Creative Circle for offering the Mini iPad…

AND to Erin Condren a BIG Thank you for the Mini iPad case! Check out Erin Condren’s creativity on her website, Instagram or Pinterest.  I love Erin Condren products, specifically her Life Planners.  My blog would come to a screeching halt without my planner!

The Creative Circle on Pinterest

One lucky winner will receive a Mini iPad and Erin Condren Case sponsored by The Creative Circle and Erin Condren

Giveaway will remain open until April 21, 2013 at 10 p.m. CST. Winner will be chosen at random in the Rafflecopter, notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond. Contest open to US Residents ONLY

p.s. If you’re looking for the Weekly Menu post where you can find out what’s on the All Slow Cooker and Traditional plans for this week and learn how to get the complete menu, grocery list and recipes sent to you, you can find that here.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Garlic Pepper Chicken and Broccoli with Parmesan Pasta (and Sam’s Club Card giveaway!)

Broccoli, chicken and pasta.  Any meal I make with these three favorites is going to be a hit in this house.  Luckily, they’re also key ingredients for quick, weeknight meals.

For this recipe, I wanted to keep the flavors simple, but vibrant.  Black pepper is so common, we sometimes forget that it can stand on it’s own.  I didn’t want this to be too peppery for the kids, so I went a little lighter than if it had just been Jim and I eating.

I also used  Beneforté Naturally Better Broccoli.  I had the opportunity to try this veggie a few weeks ago, when I paired it in a salad with quinoa.

Beneforté broccoli is an improved nutrition broccoli.  It’s a result of cross-pollination of commercial broccoli with a wild variety found in Italy. The taste is the same, but each serving contains 2-3 times more of the plant nutrient glucoraphanin compared to other broccoli varieties. Glucoraphanin boosts the body’s antioxidant enzyme levels and these enzymes in Beneforté help maintain the antioxidant activity of vitamins A, C and E.

It’s also really clean and fresh, right out of the bag.  That makes it perfect for munching and quick to add to a recipe.

Here’s what you’ll need to make Garlic Pepper Chicken and Broccoli with Parmesan Pasta.  (Keep reading to enter the giveaway!)   [Read more…]

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