A Gift Both Baby and Mom Will Love (Giveaway)

Personalized CD

 

Years ago, while working as a news anchor in Arizona, I was turned on to a company called Name Your Tune.  If memory serves me correctly, the year was 2003 and Name Your Tune was just coming out with its first CD.  Name Your Tune is a compilation of classic children’s songs transformed to feature your child’s name in every song.  Brilliant.  The company was kind enough to send me a free CD with the name of my choice.  I had it made for my nephew, and it was an instant hit with both mom and baby. I have to admit, before I gave it to him, I listened to it…about 50 times.  These tunes are catchy!  No surprise, the CDs quickly became a staple in children’s music collections around the world.  As an added bonus, I’ve become quite friendly with the company’s owner, who is an absolute doll!  I will buy again and again from a company that not only has a great product, but also has amazing people behind their product….and so I have.  As my friends and siblings had children, I would buy the kids personalized CDs from Name Your Tune and was always asked,”Where did you find this?”

When, after 12 years of marriage, I finally had a baby, guess what showed up in the mail?  Yup, a personalized Name Your Tune CD for Paige.  To say that Paige loves this CD is an understatement.  She squeals with delight when we play it and sings along with the songs.  Adorable!  Each song says her name multiple times and the end of the CD has slower songs, so she can wind down.  In November of 2010, Name Your Tune came out with its second CD and I can’t wait to hear it.  You can catch a sample here.  Name Your Tune also has a ton of other personalized products, which look adorable, but I only have experience with their CDs.  It’s totally worth a visit to their website, though.

Here’s where it gets good.  The fine folks at Name Your Tune have agreed to put together a personalized package for YOU!!

  • The mandatory entry requires you leave a comment below saying why you would like your own copy of a Name Your Tune CD.
  • For an additional entry follow @aMomKnowsBest on twitter and let me know in a SEPARATE comment below that you did
  • For an additional entry “like” aMomKnowsBest on Facebook and let me know in a SEPARATE comment below that you did.
  • For an additional entry tweet this message: Win a personalized Name Your Tune CD  on http://www.amomknowsbest.com #giveaway (put a link to your tweet in a SEPARATE comment below)

**We will pick the winner September 7th, using random.org. Good Luck, I know you will enjoy this as much as my family has : )

White Chocolate Fruit Tart (Dole California Cook-Off)

I was so excited when I first saw this contest from Dole;  I have the most amazing recipe using Dole products that I knew I could win a fun trip to L.A. with adorable celebrity chef Ben Ford! The only problem is, the contest is for a GRILLING recipe, and my Dole recipe is a dessert (that doesn’t require the grill)!  I decided instead to pass the challenge on to you all, and let you in on my amazing recipe as well, sans trip to Hollywood.  Keep in mind, the Dole contest ends on May 15th, so fire up those grills, stat!

The secret I am about to share will pull back the curtain on my pastry chef skills.  I’ll never forget how impressed I was when my friend Karen Vernacchio walked into a dinner party carrying this dessert years ago.  I was skeptical when she claimed the recipe for this beautiful, mouth-watering treat was easy. It has since become my staple, simple yet elegant, dessert  for entertaining. I am grateful to her every time I make it. I even keep the non-perishable ingredients in my pantry, (I almost always have milk, butter and cream cheese in my fridge) so in a pinch I can just grab the fresh berries and whip it up.

White Chocolate Fruit Tart

Tart crust:

¾ c. softened butter

1 ½ c. confectioners’ sugar

1 ½ c. flour

Filling:

1 bag White chocolate chips

1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese

½ c. milk

Topping:

Kiwi, assorted berries, Dole canned pineapple

Glaze:

¼ c. sugar

1 T. cornstarch

½ c. Dole pineapple juice

Preheat oven to 300. Beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Blend in flour.  Press mixture into 12 inch round tart pan, or pizza pan.  Bake 20 min. until lightly browned.  Cool completely.  In a saucepan, melt chocolate and milk until smooth.  Add cream cheese and mix until smooth.  Spread over crust to cool. Arrange kiwi, Dole pineapple and berries on top of filling.  In a saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch, stir in Dole pineapple juice. Stir constantly until thick. Drizzle over fruit topping. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

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Sweet & Savory Jambalaya

One of the highlights of my Mom 2.0 conference  in NOLA this year was winning a recipe contest sponsored by Zatarain’s.  For those not familiar with Zatarain’s, they make everything from frozen entrees, to spices, but are probably most well known for their boxed rice mixes (of which I’m a big fan).  When my husband was working in another state and I was juggling a baby, and working outside of the house FT, I loved this stuff because I could make a big batch and add lots of fresh veggies & protein, then eat it for a couple of days.  It’s filling, full of flavor, and the boxed mix gives me a nice base that I can be as creative as I want with, depending on how much time I have and what other ingredients I have on hand.  I knew a lot of people would be entering the contest, so I wanted to try something different.  I’ve been really into sweet & savory things lately, so I thought adding a little fruit to the dish would be a fun way to mix it up!  Here’s what you’ll need for this sweet & savory jambalaya that is sure to satisfy your taste buds.

  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 Spanish onion, chopped
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 14 ounce can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 package Zatarain’s Reduced Sodium Jambalaya Mix
  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled & deveined
  • 1 package (12 ounces) Andouille sausage, cut into 1/4 inch clices (can use turkey sausage as a substitute)
  • 3 cups pineapple, cut into chunks (fresh is best, but I won’t judge)
  • 2 cups of craisins
  1. In large skillet, heat oil on medium heat. Add onion & peppers, cook and stir 5-7 minutes or until vegetables begin to soften.
  2. Stir in tomatoes, Jambalaya Mix & water.  Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover & simmer about 15 minutes.
  3. Stir in shrimp & sausage. Put the cover back on and cook for 8 more minutes.
  4. Finally, add pineapple & craisins. Cook for an additional 2 minutes with cover on.  Make sure shrimp is pinkish and rice and veggies are cooked, then remove from heat, let cool a little bit and serve.

Win $2500 from California Black Ripe Olives (Dress Up Your Dish!)

Mediterranean Roasted Olives

Mediterranean Roasted Olives

 

I am thrilled to announce several fun contests being put on by California Black Ripe Olives.  Time is of the essence here, folks, so keep in mind one contest ends on April 26th, the other June 1.

With that said, here are the details:

From olive artichoke party dip to lime marinated seafood salad to the kid friendly pizza tacos, California Black Ripe Olives are every season’s hottest accessory and they truly make the dish!  I know a lot of you love to cook as much as I do (can I call what I do cooking??) so chop chop–pun intended–and start showing the California Olive folks what you’ve got, because they’re giving away some loot!

FIRST CONTEST: (ends April 26th)

  • Tweet a picture of a can of California Black Ripe Olives next to your favorite accessory.   Be fun, be fabulous, be forward thinking.  The more pictures you tweet, the better your chances of winning!

    Prada Wristlet

    Win this Prada wristlet!

  • Be sure to tweet this hashtag with your picture #CalOlives
  • What you’ll win: Prada, baby!  Check out the wristlet, pictured right
  • For FIVE bonus entries, make a recipe using a can of California Olives and tweet a photo with hashtag #CalOlives
  • Final Note: Winner will be announced May 2nd on California Olives Facebook Page

 

Cali Black Olives

SECOND CONTEST: (ends June 1st)

  • We already know olives go with everything.  Now it’s your turn to “Dress Up Your Dish!”
  • Share how you accessorize your meals with California Black Ripe Olives for a chance to score one of 3 $100 Gilt gift cards, for REAL fashion accessories at insider prizes.
  • One lucky winner will take home $2500 in cash for creating the ultimate ensemble!!!
  • Three finalists will be selected based on creativity, ease of preparation, taste, and if the recipe used at least 6 ounces of California Black Ripe Olives (easy, right?)
  • Finalists will be announced June 15th, then it’s up to the fans to decide who will take home the cash.
  • Go here to enter (we’d love it if you told us about the dish you entered)

Disclaimer: I bet you guys were expecting me to say this was a sponsored post, Nope!  In fact, California Black Ripe Olives sent me to Mom 2.0—NO STRINGS ATTACHED.  I had such an amazing time and I loved their entire team so much–not to mention their product–that I just want to help spread the word about their awesomeness.  They are a joy to work with and I know whomever wins this contest will have the same experience.  Good luck…now, get to tweeting, creating & snapping photos! xo

 

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