Life made easier w/Walmart.com and P&G – Gift card GIVEAWAY {#sponsored}

There are five people living in my house. That’s a lot of toilet paper. As well as paper towels, soap, laundry detergent, dishwasher detergent…the list goes on and on. Needless to say, I like to buy in bulk. However, as many of you know, shopping with kids isn’t the most convenient thing. When I take all three to the store, it’s “mom, mama, mama, mom, MOMMY!” As if that isn’t distracting enough, when I go to stock up on items, like Charmin Ultra Soft Toilet Paper Mega Rolls – because a 4 pack will last about a day in my house, or the Bounty Paper Towels Giant Rolls, because I have a lot of messes to clean up, well…then the cart is full and Mr. Three actually has.to.walk. So then I have three kids, pulling me in three different directions, and only succeeding at making me want to pull my hair out. SO…. how does Walmart.com make my life easier?

Yes m’am. Household items, in bulk, delivered to my doorstep!! No hauling kids around the store, no buying popcorn chicken to keep Mr. Three quiet, no extra items getting thrown into my cart…just order online (they even have a Walmart smartphone app) and have it delivered! If you spend over $50, shipping is FREE. You can also have items shipped free to your nearest Walmart store for pick-up with the Site to Store option. (Which is great to keep in mind for Christmas, which is barely more than 4 months away. You’re welcome for that reminder!) Shopping and ordering is easy and convenient. I had all my items delivered to my house, and they all came within the estimated time frame. All of the items did not ship together, so items came on different days, but that wasn’t a problem for me. I was just thankful for the convenience, and will definitely be doing this again!
 
Not only does it make life easier to have items delivered, but check out these products – These Tide Pods are so easy to use! No measuring, just throw one in the washing machine. The Swiffer Bissell SteamBoost Mop Starter Kit is also great to have because not only do I have 3 children, I also have 2 dogs. My floors stay a mess from one or the other! And for all of you new moms or soon-to-be new moms (yes, I’m lookin’ at you little sister!), they have Pampers Swaddlers DiapersLuvs Leakguards Super Absorbent Diapers Super PackPampers Sensitive Baby Wipes plus many more that can be delivered directly to you!
Thank you Walmart.com for making this busy mom’s life a little easier!
GIVEAWAY TIME!! 
P&G; is providing one Makin’ it Mo’Betta reader with a $25 Walmart gift card! Gift cards can be used in-store and online at Walmart.com. Complete the rafflecopter form to enter, US residents only.

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I received a Walmart Giftcard to facilitate this review. The Walmart gift cards and information have been provided by P&G.;

National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day – Celebrating with a GIVEAWAY! {#sponsored}

I love cookies. You may have noticed by the 13,000 cookie posts on the blog. (Mild exaggeration) I have decided cookies are my dessert of choice…more than cakes, cupcakes, pies….cookies are where it’s at. So, when I found out that May 15th was National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, I had to think of a good way to celebrate. Obviously, I have to make cookies.

My friends at Krusteaz agree that National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day is a day to celebrate with wild abandon. They even have a Triple Chocolate Chunk Cookie Mix to help honor the occasion!
Soft, chewy cookies with slightly crisp edges and filled with chocolate. Yes please!
Are you ready to celebrate with me?!
This cookie photo session had to be cut short due to one of the *models* disappearing. 
Don’t look at me. Those aren’t cookie crumbs around my mouth. Nope. No sir. {wink}
GIVEAWAY
In honor of National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, Krusteaz has been gracious enough to offer a complimentary box of Triple Chocolate Chunk Cookie Mix, along with 3 free product coupons, to one Makin’ it Mo’Betta reader. Just complete the rafflecopter form and you will be contacted via email if you are the winner! US residents only.

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I received a complimentary box of Krusteaz Triple Chocolate Chunk Cookie Mix and 3 free product coupons to help facilitate this post. The winner will receive the same package via Krusteaz. No other compensation was received and as always, all opinions are my own. {And chocolate chip cookies are awesome. That’s just a fact.}

Spring Cleaning with Balance Bars (GIVEAWAY)

Spring is finally here! I think. You can’t be too sure nowadays. However, if the pollen and asthma/allergies are any indication, then yep, Spring has finally sprung! Even though the pollen does cause my family and I lots of issues, I still love to see the flowers and trees blooming. It gives me a renewed sense of happiness and well being. It makes me want to make things fresh and clean….and that means spring cleaning! I have an entire Pinterest board devoted to cleaning. Not that I’m doing it, but hey, I have the resources whenever I get around to it! Not only do I want to purge and clean my house, but I want to shape up my diet as well. I’ve gotten back into the habit of lots of processed junk and too much sugar and carbs in my diet. Registered Dietitian, Sharon Richter, has come up with some tips to help us all start cleaning up our diet, by spring cleaning our pantry!
Balance Bar is doing their part as well, by offering healthier alternatives to many ‘grab and go’ snacks and teaming up with J.R. Watkins  which has awesome products without harsh toxins, so that we can “Spring Clean” inside and out!

Balance Bar comes in a variety of flavors, like Dark Chocolate PeanutDark Chocolate Crunch and Dark Chocolate Coconut.  And if you follow my blog, you know that I big pink puffy heart dark chocolate!

Not only do they come in my favorite flavors, but they have 13g of protein, and are gluten free. They make a good pre- or post-workout snack and are great for keeping in your purse or desk drawer for a mid-day snack to tide you over until your next meal. I shared my Balance Bars with my workout buddies and they were well received. It’s not a candy bar, but it doesn’t have the really harsh “protein-y” taste that some protein bars do. I know for me, that I am more likely to make poor food choices when I am really hungry, so keeping healthier snacks around is important. Learn more by following Balance Bar on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest

In addition to the Balance Bars, today’s giveaway also includes this White Tea and Bamboo All Purpose Cleaner and Hand Soap by J.R, Watkins. It has a very fresh and clean scent without using harsh chemicals. I have already given the all purpose cleaner a work out since I have a lot of kitchen counter tops…and they constantly need cleaning! Learn more about the products by checking them out on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest

So, on to the giveaway! To get you in the mood to start your own spring cleaning, Balance Bar and J.R.Watkins are providing a prize pack to one Makin’ it Mo’Betta reader including a variety of Balance Bars and the above White Tea and Bamboo All Purpose Cleaner and Hand Soap.

You’ll receive more bars than pictured. I sort of ate most of mine before taking blog pictures. oops.

Just enter via a Rafflecopter giveaway form. Prize pack only available for shipping within U.S.

Disclosure: I received the same prize pack as being offered as a giveaway. Both prize packs are provided by Balance Bar/JR Watkins. No other compensation was received for this post. All opinions are my own.

Pancake and Sausage Muffins

Did you know February is National Pancake Month? I couldn’t let the month go by without honoring my beloved pancakes, and what better way to celebrate than with a giveaway! Free stuff is fun, and free food stuff is mo’funner. Not only are we celebrating pancakes, but I have a new recipe that will make your busy mornings easier and tastier. The idea came for these Pancake and Sausage Muffins came from my Speedy Sausage Muffins recipe.

Pancakes and sausage….made portable! I know right?! Awesome. Even better is the fact that these are quick and easy to make with the help of Krusteaz Pancake Mix, and can be made healthier with turkey sausage. My girls loved them, as did I.
If you are not a sausage fan, I feel sure you could use bacon. Or, skip the meat and add in some blueberries (that’s next on my list. Krusteaz also makes a Blueberry Pancake Mix!), or go all cray and add chocolate chips! I’m also thinking you could add syrup right into the mix, which I didn’t do this time, but I think would work out fine…just cut back on the water used. I love versatile recipes!

Pancake and Sausage Muffins

1 lb. sausage (I used turkey sausage)
3 cups Krusteaz Pancake Mix
2 cups water
  • Cook sausage until browned and crumbled. Drain fat if needed. Set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Whisk pancake mix with water, as directed on box. (Batter will be a little lumpy.)
  • Fold in cooked sausage.
  • Let batter sit for 5-10 minutes.
  • Scoop batter into greased muffin tins, filling about 2/3 full.
  • Bake until done (12-15 mins) – remember they will not brown like muffins….they’re pancakes!

Serve warm with syrup if desired or allow to cool and store in airtight container in fridge. I’m sure they can also be frozen, but ours didn’t last long enough to try it. I got 18 muffins from this recipe.

FOR THE GIVEAWAY-
My friends at Krusteaz will provide one winner with FIVE FREE Product coupons! Coupons are good for the above pictured pancake mix, plus much more! Check out their line of products here. I am a fan of their fat free muffin and cornbread mixes too. To enter, complete the options in the Rafflecopter form. Shipping only available to US addresses.

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Disclosure: Krusteaz has provided me and will supply the winner with 5 free product coupons. No other compensation was received. All content is my own unless otherwise stated.

Pumpkin Spiced Gingerbread Granola & a GIVEAWAY!

Since Mother Nature has decided we are still in full winter mode, I think it’s still the perfect time for the warmly spiced flavors of this granola. Actually I eat pumpkin year round, and this homemade granola is healthy and delicious. It’s also very easy to make, which is always a bonus.

My 11 year old loves to eat granola for breakfast, and I like to mix it in yogurt. Making it at home ensures that quality, wholesome ingredients are used, and it’s easily adapted to whatever you like and have on hand. And the best part about this granola?!

CLUSTERS!!
I feel good about letting my daughter eat this granola full of super foods like oats and pumpkin; nutritious wheat germ, healthy fats from nuts, and naturally sweetened with molasses. I lovelove molasses. However, if it’s not your cup of tea, you can substitute honey. It will have a milder, less ‘gingerbready’ flavor.

Pumpkin Spiced Gingerbread Granola

1/3 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup molasses
1/4 cup oil (I used a canola/olive oil blend)
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger

3 cups old fashioned oats
1/2 cup wheat germ (I use Kretschmer Wheat Germ)

1/4 cup almond meal (ground almonds)
1/4 cup chia seeds
1 cup almonds

1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  • Preheat oven to 325°F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the pumpkin puree, molasses, oil, brown sugar, vanilla extract, and spices.
  • In a large bowl, combine the oats, wheat germ, almond meal, chia seeds and nuts. 
  • Pour wet ingredients over the dry, and stir until well coated. 
  • Spread granola out in an even layer on the baking sheet.
  • Bake for approx 45 minutes, stirring every 15-20 minutes. If you want clumps, keep the stirring to a minimum (as in don’t stir it too aggressively, trying to keep some places undisturbed) but be sure to keep an eye on the edges as they will burn. Mine got a little over cooked, but just on the very edges. 
  • Allow granola to cool and store in an airtight container. 

Recipe adapted from Carla’s Confections

Now, onto the GIVEAWAY! Kretschmer Wheat Germ has agreed to provide 2 jars of wheat germ to a Makin’ it Mo’Betta reader. And WHY would you want to win jars of wheat germ?! Because it’s a nutrition power house! It’s a great way to add extra nutrition into your family’s diet, and it has such a nice nutty crunch. Also, it has only 50 calories per 2-tablespoon serving. Win-Win!

Per their website, Kretschmer Wheat Germ includes:
Vitamin E: This fat-soluble antioxidant helps to protect cells and tissues from damage and may ward off certain diseases.

  • Folic Acid: A must-have for pregnant women—and a good idea for everyone else—this B vitamin helps make healthy new cells to protect against certain cancers.
  • Magnesium: This mineral helps keep your heart, bones and immune system strong. Recent data also suggests it may even slash your Type-2 diabetes risk.
  • Thiamin: This B vitamin helps convert carbohydrates into energy. It’s also essential for the proper functioning of the heart, muscles and nervous system.
  • Phosphorous: Working with calcium to build strong bones and teeth, this mineral is also necessary for the growth, maintenance and repair of all tissues.
  • Zinc: Your body uses this mineral for hundreds of functions, such as fighting off viruses, helping wounds heal, DNA synthesis and proper cell division.
BONUS: Wheat germ is also a fiber-rich source of high-quality non-animal protein and only contains heart-healthy polyunsaturated fat. Extra bonus: There’s no sodium.

So that’s why you want to incorporate wheat germ into your diet! Plus, it’s great mixed in yogurt, in granola recipes as above, baking, and I like to use it in a low fat topping for muffins….

To enter, just use the Rafflecopter form! Shipping is only available within the US.

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Disclosure: A jar of Kretschmer Wheat Germ was provided for sampling. No monetary compensation was received and I was under no obligation to post. I enjoy the product and all opinions are my own. 

Christmas Kit Kat Cake with Eggland’s Best {GIVEAWAY}

One of my family’s favorite cakes is what is commonly referred to now as the “Kit Kat Cake” or the “Candy Cake”. I made my first one for my daughter’s 10th birthday and it was a huge success. And delicious! I have wanted to make a Christmas version and the 2013 Eggland’s Best Holiday Dessert Recipe Exchange gave me the perfect opportunity! Plus, my husband needed a cake to take to work, so I could make the cake, and pass the calories on to other people. I’m thoughtful like that 🙂 

You may have seen that I often use Eggland’s Best eggs in my recipes…like this Biscuit Breakfast Casserole or these Baked Bacon and Eggs. They are my brand of choice because they have 25% less saturated fat than ordinary eggs and contain more vitamins D, E, and B12, and more nutrients like omega-3 and lutein. 

And I’ve never done a side by side comparison to other brands, but look how yellow and pretty they are! (Okay, that’s not really a reason to use them, but hey, it’s an observation!)
Speaking of pretty, does anything scream the holidays like red and green?! I’ve changed the cake recipe up a bit, and from what my husband’s coworkers said…it was delicious! (and the batter was amazing)
Those spatulas work great at getting every last bit of batter out of the bowl. And into the cake pans. Absolutely not into my mouth. *ahem*

Chocolate Vanilla Christmas Cake

1 package devil’s food cake mix (without pudding in the mix)
1 small box instant vanilla pudding mix (sugar free/fat free is fine)
1 cup vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup canola oil
4 Eggland’s Best eggs, beaten
1/2 cup coffee

1/2-1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)

For decorating – 
frosting of choice
10 regular size Kit Kat bars
Red and Green M and M’s (regular and mini’s)
    *any candy you like…I think the peanut butter M and M’s or the Mint would be really good too!
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the cake and pudding mixes, yogurt, oil, beaten eggs and coffee.
  • Beat at medium speed for 2 minutes.
  • Pour batter into two greased and floured cake pans. (or pan of choice)
  • Bake for suggested time on back of cake mix box for the size pan you are using, or until top is springy to the touch and a wooden toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Allow cake to cool in pan for about 10 minutes, then invert onto cooling rack to cool completely before icing.

Once the layers are cooled, ice with desired icing. I like to use chocolate, so that you do not get a different color peeking through the Kit Kat bars, but use what you like. For this particular cake, I used Hershey’s Special Dark canned frosting, (however, I’ve since discovered this frosting and it is amazing.) After frosting the cake, place Kit Kat sticks all around the outside of the cake. It works best to break the bars into doubles or triple sticks instead of using singles. The bars will stick to the frosting, and you can place a ribbon around the outside to reinforce the bars and just ensure they don’t fall. I haven’t had this happen, but it could if your icing started to melt. Once the Kit Kat bars are in place, pour your candy over the top, lightly pressing down. I like to use regular M&M’s and mini’s to fill in any gaps. SO MUCH CHOCOLATE, but OH SO GOOD!

{Disclaimer right here!} Eggland’s Best was oh so awesome to send me this great package of goodies (minus the 18 count carton of EB eggs. I buy those at Sam’s Club!)
GIVEAWAY INFO – They are also graciously supplying one Makin’ it Mo’Betta reader with an EB goody bag including an EB spatula, tote, whisk, bowl scraper, plush egg, and coupon for a free dozen of Eggland’s Best eggs! (shipping only available to U.S. residents). Just leave me a comment letting me know you would like to be entered into the giveaway. And if you would like to share your favorite recipe using eggs, that would be awesome too…leave it as a separate comment and you will have an extra entry into the giveaway! Giveaway ends midnight 12/18/13 EST. 

Blueberry Maple Biscuit Bake {aka Monkey Bread} & GIVEAWAY

Is anyone else fah-REAKING out that it is already November 19th?! The holidays are HERE people! I’m sorry to shout, but like I said, freaking out over here!! Am I ready for Thanksgiving? No. Am I ready for Christmas? HELLLOOO-NO. Am I the girl who lives not any where near civilization and shopping? Yes. Yes I am.

Wow. Thank goodness for online shopping and free shipping deals. Sorry to rant. I feel better now. *breath in; breath out*

One thing I do not have to stress about is breakfast during the holidays. With things like this Blueberry Biscuit Bake, I can throw it together with minimal effort and have it ready for everyone to feast upon so I can do more important things…like search for Black Friday Deals. Or wrap presents…b/c of course that will be done at the very.last.minute. Because that’s how I roll. 

But don’t these look scrum-dily-umptious?! That means good, in case you’re wondering. I make up words sometimes too.
This is similar to monkey bread…but it’s not made in a bundt pan (but you could, just double the recipe), and it’s made with blueberry biscuits! Have you seen them? Grands Biscuits makes them (there are probably other brands too, but that’s the one sold around here). I knew I wanted to make something with these new found treasures, but I didn’t want to make a traditional monkey bread…I wanted less cinnamon/brown sugar and more blueberry. And a little maple syrup thrown in for good measure. AND, a glaze of course. Can’t have blueberry biscuits without a glaze (are you familiar with BoBerry Biscuits? Bojangles, baby. That’s where it’s at. It’s a Southern thing.)

Blueberry Maple Pull Apart Breakfast Bake

1 can (16 oz) Pillsbury Grands Blueberry Biscuits
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries (I used frozen)
3 T. maple syrup (or one of the little bottles pilfered from your last trip to Cracker Barrel. 🙂
2 T. butter
Glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
1 t. vanilla extract
approx. 3-4 T. half and half (or milk/cream/flavored coffee creamer)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease an 8 x 8 baking pan (I used Chinet Bakeware)
  3. Cut biscuits into quarters and place in a medium bowl.
  4. Mix sugar and cinnamon together, then sprinkle over biscuits.
  5. Toss to coat biscuits in sugar mixture.
  6. Arrange coated biscuit pieces in the bottom of baking dish.
  7. In a small microwave safe bowl, heat blueberries and maple syrup for one minute. Add butter, and microwave for a minute more.
  8. Pour blueberry mixture over the biscuits.
  9. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until golden brown and no longer doughy in center. 
  10. Cool 10 minutes. 
  11. While cooling, mix up glaze in a small bowl – Mix powdered sugar, vanilla and whatever liquid you are using until desired consistency is reached. Pour over biscuit bake. 
Adapted from Pillsbury
Now, onto the giveaway I mentioned. Since I’m such a fan of Chinet Bakeware, the thoughtful folks over at Chinet are allowing me to giveaway one last set of disposable Chinet Bakeware. What a perfect time to try these bad boys out! They are so convenient to bake in, then carry off, and then throw away! Or, if you are one of those super organized people, make some dishes up ahead of time, freeze them, then toss them in the oven whenever you are ready. Yes, Chinet Bakeware can go straight from freezer to oven!
The winner will receive a set of Chinet Bakeware including one of each size: 
 
8×8 Square Pan
7×11 Large Oval Pan
9×11 Rectangle Pan
7.25×9 Small Oval Pan
 
Please enter via the Rafflecopter form. If you are viewing this in an email, you will need to click over the actual post. Shipping only available within the US.
 
I received a complimentary set of bakeware and stipend for supplies from Chinet. All opinions are my own. This is part 4 of a 4 part series featuring Chinet.

Quick & Easy Shortcut Apple Crisp {#GIVEAWAY}

All you have to do is glance through my recipes and know that I like to keep things quick and easy. I like shortcuts, I like “semi” homemade, I like FAST. With 3 kids (and 2 dogs) always running around, I need to be able to make things that don’t require a lot of concentration or time! Or expense, for that matter. However, regardless of how long it takes to make, or the ingredients in it, the bottom line is you want it to taste good. Duh, right?!

I had a brunch to go to the other day, and wanted to make a couple of smaller dishes instead of one large one. (The other dish I brought was this Blueberry Maple Biscuit Bake) One of the nice things about the Chinet Bakeware I used is that not only is it disposable, but it comes in various sizes. For this apple crisp, I used the 7 x 11, and you can double the recipe to make a full 9 x 11. It will also work in an 8 x 8 or 7 x 9 inch pan, you’re layers will just be a little thicker, which would not be a bad thing! I adapted the crisp from one of my favorite desserts, Dump Cake! (Another quick and easy recipe that is always a hit.)
Quick and Easy Apple Crisp
1 can apple pie filling
1/2 box cake mix (dry) (Can use white, yellow, or spice flavor)
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 stick butter, melted
*I think raisins would be good in this to, but realized I was out at the last minute!
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Spread apple pie filling in bottom of baking dish.
  • Sprinkle dry cake mix in an even layer over top, followed by oats, nuts (if using), then brown sugar.
  • Pour melted butter over the top and bake until golden brown, approximately 45 minutes or until golden brown on top and bubbly around the edges.
So simple, yet so tasty! It was great for brunch, but you could also plop some vanilla ice cream and caramel topping over it and make it dessert 🙂
I’ve talked about Chinet Bakeware before (here and here) so you probably already know that they are disposable baking pans that come with plastic lids, so you can bake, cover, and carry all in the same dish. (And freeze if you want!) If you have not had the opportunity to try them yet, and would like to, Chinet has generously offered another giveaway for you!
One winner will receive a set of Chinet Bakeware including one of each size: 
8×8 Square Pan
7×11 Large Oval Pan
9×11 Rectangle Pan
7.25×9 Small Oval Pan
Please enter via the Rafflecopter form. If you are viewing this in an email, you will need to click over the actual post. Shipping only available within the US.
 
 
I received a complimentary set of bakeware and stipend for supplies from Chinet. All opinions are my own. This is part three of a 4 part series featuring Chinet, so if you don’t win this one, stayed tuned!

Italian Meatball Sliders & GIVEAWAY!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of McCormick & Company for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
When I think of meatballs, I think of labor intensive and time-consuming. However, that’s not the case at all wtih this Herbed Turkey Meatballs recipe from McCormick.com. They came together quickly, baked up in less than 20 minutes, and tasted delicious!

I decided to make meatball sliders as a quick meal before heading out for my girls’ volleyball games. My middle child loved these! I loved the fact that they were simple to prepare, flavorful, had a great texture (sometimes meatballs have a weird texture that I don’t like), and they weren’t greasy in the least…

See…almost no grease! I used a very lean ground beef (90/10) but the original recipe calls for ground turkey, which would also work great as I use turkey quite often. Even though the meat was very low in fat, the meatballs had a great flavor from the blend of spices.

I threw in some red pepper flakes for a few of the meatballs (not all, since I knew my kids would not like any heat!) The Herbed Turkey Meatballs have a blend of basil, oregano, garlic, salt and pepper; combined with bread crumbs. I used plain Japanese Panko bread crumbs and spices by McCormick. I think next time I may reduce the garlic just a little, but that’s just a personal preference – we aren’t huge garlic fans. Meatballs can be used for any number of dishes, but since we were so short on time, I thought sliders would be a good option. I took a roll, split it, added a little pizza sauce, topped it with the meatballs and reduced fat mozzarella cheese, and baked for a few minutes – until the cheese was nice and melted.

YUM! I am definitely adding these to my “make again” list – I can see meatball subs, spaghetti and meatballs, meatball sub casserole, meatballs in sauce….all in our future. We enjoyed them so much, I made a video…I’m calling it the original ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs’. haha, enjoy my “movie”!

Now, onto the giveaway! How would you like to win this McCormick Gift Set?

Nice right?! I would personally love to win this myself! All you need to do to qualify is answer the question “What’s your favorite McCormick Spice?” in the comment section of this post!
For additional entries, you can also “like” McCormickSpice on Facebook; @Spices4Health on Twitter and @mccormickspices on Pinterest. Just leave a seperate comment for each additional thing you do.  (Shipping is only available within the US.)  *GIVEAWAY ENDS 10/20/13 at midnight EST*
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Easy Blueberry-Pineapple Cobbler & Chinet GIVEAWAY!

Cobblers are one of those things that I don’t make often, and when I do, I’m like “this is so good! Why don’t I make these more often?!” They make an excellent dessert, but a cobbler is great for a brunch too. I mean, with all that fruit, it’s basically a health food. Okay, maybe we won’t go that far.

Another thing about cobblers is that you can make them year ’round. Just use whatever fruit is in season, or even frozen or canned fruits. Talk about easy! AND, to make it even easier…this one has a biscuit like topping made with Bisquick. AND to make it even easier than that, it was baked in Chinet Bakeware!

The above cobbler is all ready to stick in the oven. Since I was transporting this to my parents’ house, after baking, I placed the lid on it and was on my way. I love the convenience of these disposable pans! I don’t like to transport glass, so these are sturdy, yet I can throw them away when done. I don’t have to worry about scooping out leftovers so I can take my pan back home, I don’t have to transport a dirty dish in my car, and when I take something to church, I don’t have to worry about keeping up with my pan!
And just a little tip…when covering something hot with a lid, if you place a paper towel or dish towel between the lid and pan, it will keep the steam from forming water droplets on the top of the lid and dripping back onto your food. Now, back to the cobbler!

Blueberry-Pineapple Cobbler

Fruit Filling:
  • 1½ cups blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1/2 cup crushed pineapple (canned)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup sugar*
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp. cornstarch

Biscuit Topping:

  • 1 cup Bisquick (I use the ‘Heart Smart’)
  • 2 tsps. sugar (I omitted)
  • 2 tbsp. butter, melted
  • ¼ cup milk
  • Turbinado (raw) sugar for sprinkling on top (optional)
Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Mix together Bisquick, sugar (if using), butter and milk in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. Combine blueberries, pineapple, water, sugar, cinnamon and cornstarch in a medium pot.
  4. Bring to a boil.
  5. Cook for approximately 2 minutes.
  6. Pour fruit filling into baking dish. I used the Chinet Bakeware 7 x 9. (You could also use an 8 x 8, or 7 x 11 pan)
  7. Cover filling with biscuit topping by dropping by heaping spoonfuls. It will be thick, and doesn’t have to completely cover the fruit – just make sure it’s basically even in thickness so it will all cook through at the same time. Sprinkle with raw sugar if desired.
  8. Bake until golden brown, about 25 to 30 minutes. Cobbler is excellent served warm or at room temp!
*Since I added pineapple to my filling (which is naturally very sweet), 3/4 cup sugar was too much in my opinion. I think 1/2 cup would have been better. However, since I omitted the sugar in the biscuit topping, they worked together to balance each other out okay. The level of sweetness is going to vary by individual preferences as well as the type and ripeness of fruit used. So, in other words, play with the sugar amounts to suit your needs 🙂
Recipe adapted from Kitchen Nostalgia
NOW – if you missed my first Chinet Bakeware giveaway, that’s okay! You have another opportunity!
One winner will receive a set of Chinet Bakeware including one of each size: 
8×8 Square Pan
7×11 Large Oval Pan
9×11 Rectangle Pan
7.25×9 Small Oval Pan

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I received a complimentary set of bakeware and stipend for supplies from Chinet. All opinions are my own. This is part two of a 4 part series featuring Chinet, so if you don’t win this one, stayed tuned!