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Apr
13
2011

Creamy Bacon and Roasted Red Pepper Broccoli Bake…and RWOP!

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This is a compensated review by BlogHer and Kraft.

I have followed The Real Women of Philadelphia since their debut last year and now they are back with season 2 with another chance to win $25,000 for your best Philadelphia Cream Cheese recipes!  Paula Deen is the perfect host and I just love seeing her smiling face when I pop into see what new recipes have been posted.

I followed season 1 faithfully because my good friend Mandy Heaston of Gourmet Mom on the Go, was a finalist and actually won her category.  It was so exciting to watch the live broadcast last year of all the winning recipes.  Seeing pictures of her and Paula Deen is such a treat.  Mandy’s recipe for Asparagus and Parmesan Cream Pastries looks incredible, and she’s even got a video, take a peek!

To get your creativity going, here’s an incredibly simple yet tasty side dish I’ve created that my entire family goes bonkers for.  Broccoli, bacon, roasted red peppers and cream cheese baked to perfection.  Hope you enjoy!

Visit the Official Site HERE and Visit the BlogHer Round Up Page HERE

 

Creamy Bacon and Roasted Red Pepper Broccoli Bake

1/2 pound cooked bacon, crumbled

8 cups broccoli florets

1/2 cup chopped roasted red peppers from jar

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon garlic salt

5 ounces softened Philadelphia cream cheese

1/4 cup heavy cream

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray an 11×7-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

2.  Place bacon, broccoli, and roasted red peppers into prepared baking dish and season with salt, pepper and garlic salt, stirring to combine.  Cut cream cheese into small pieces and place evenly over broccoli.  Stir gently, pour cream over top and bake for 25 to 30 minutes until broccoli is fork tender.

Makes 4 to 6 servings

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Apr
11
2011

Tropicana Orange Juice and another $100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway

This is a sponsored post from BlogHer and Tropicana.

Let’s face it, it’s tricky to keep the family healthy ALL the time.  We are constantly trying to stay on top of good health whether it’s running around outside, riding bikes or walking through Disneyland…often :)  There’s no secret, it’s a challenge, but we try to have fresh fruit and vegetables on hand so we can eat as much as possible.  It’s nice when there is so much goodness packed into orange juice like Tropicana, I know my kids are getting their fruit serving just by drinking a big glass of juice!

Check out Tropicana’s Official Facebook  Page HERE and their Twitter Page HERE and their Official Website HERE

Pledge to squeeze more fruits and veggies into your day & Tropicana will
help kids in need. Tropicana will donate one 8-oz glass of orange juice to
the USDA School Breakfast and Summer Food Service programs, up to 184,375
8-oz glasses. Please pledge by going to http://bit.ly/gAU7Eq . Promo will
end 12/31/11.

How To Enter:  $100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway

1.  Leave a comment here telling us, “What do you do to keep your families healthy?”

Rules:

No duplicate comments.

You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry
methods:

a) Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post

b) Tweet about this promotion and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment
on this post

c) Blog about this promotion and leave the URL to that post in a comment on
this post

d) For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about
an alternate form of entry.

This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older

Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail.

You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be
selected.

The Official Rules are available here  

For other chances to win, see the Round Up Page!

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Mar
14
2011

Tropicana Orange Juice and $100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway

This is a sponsored post from BlogHer and Tropicana.

Hi everyone, today I am talking a little about Tropicana Pure Premium Orange Juice.  How do you get the “good” in good morning?  Well, we try to be as organized as possible the night before so we can have a “good” morning. Every night, I have the boys pick out their clothes and set them out so we don’t have to worry about this in the morning.  We also try to sit down for a good breakfast each morning as a family.  Sometimes it’s eggs , French toast and orange juice and other times it’s cold cereal.  No matter what we are having it’s nice to start our morning together.  These are some things that start our morning “good.”

Did You Know?

    There are 16 fresh-picked oranges squeezed inside each 59-ounce container of Tropicana Pure Premium. 

    Just one glass of Tropicana Pure Premium provides key nutrients, tastes great and truly helps put the “good” in morning – good meaning both good nutrition and a bright start to the day.

Check out Tropicana’s Official Facebook  Page HERE and their Twitter Page HERE and their Official Website HERE

Here’s How To Enter The $100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway:

1.  Leave a comment here telling us, “How many times a week does your family drink Orange Juice?”

Rules:

No duplicate comments.

You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry
methods:

a) Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post

b) Tweet about this promotion and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment
on this post

c) Blog about this promotion and leave the URL to that post in a comment on
this post

d) For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about
an alternate form of entry.

This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older.  Sweepstakes dates: 3/14-4/11

Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail.

You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be
selected.

There are other chances to win!  Check out the other bloggers participating on the Round Up Page!

For Official Rules go HERE.

Be sure to come back in 2 weeks for another chance to win!

Disclaimer:  I wrote this post while participating in the Tropicana Pure
Premium/BlogHer program on behalf of Tropicana Pure Premium. I received
product information to facilitate my post and monetary compensation for
the time to write my post.

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Nov
22
2010

Intel Core i5 processor Review and Win a $250 Gift Card to Best Buy!

What fun it has been playing with my new Intel® Corei5 processor.  It really takes multi-tasking to  a new level.  I started using my new laptop to just update Picky Palate, then I started using the computer to store all of my photos and recipes.  It really is easy to pop back and forth to each window and put multi-tasking to good work! Each time I use my processor I find more reasons I love it.

My husband set up the Intel® wireless display (aka WiDi) so I could use my TV as a monitor and talk about cool!  I still get a kick out of seeing my website up on my television screen.  It’s quite impressive and comfortable to be able to sit on the couch and get my work done with my TV screen as the monitor.

Here is some information about the Intel Core i5 Processor.

  • The Intel Processor is a smart processor that delivers extra performance whenever you need it, and it increases energy efficiency when you don’t.
  • It features 4-way (and 8-way) multi-task processing that allows each core of your processor to work on two tasks at the same time that’s Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
  • It Automatically speeds up your processor when your PC needs extra performance-that’s Intel Turbo Boost Technology.
  • A stunning visual experience with Intel HD Graphics, available on select models of the Intel Core processor family.  Smart Speed.
  • Get more done faster with processors that are build for smart multi-tasking.

Now, get ready to enter to win a $250 Gift Card to Best Buy…Here’s How to Enter: (comments from post 1 and 2 will be combined when choosing a winner)

1.  Leave a comment here and tell us, what is the first thing you would buy with your Gift Card at Best Buy?

No duplicate comments.

You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:

a) Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post

b) Tweet about this promotion and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post

c) Blog about this promotion and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post

d) Follow this link (links to http://goo.gl/xO09F) and provide your email address and your response to the sweepstakes prompt

e) Sweepstakes ends at 5 PM PST on December 22, 2010

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This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older.

Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail.

You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

The Official Rules are available here. (links to http://goo.gl/BWcAw)

Be sure to check out the other bloggers posts HERE and enter in their sweepstakes too!

*Disclaimer:  Giftcard is courtesy of BlogHer.  Laptop was given to me by Intel.


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Nov
17
2010

Intel Core i5 processor Review and Win a $250 Gift Card to Best Buy!

This is a compensated review by BlogHer and Intel.

Let’s face it, life is busy. We, or maybe I should say “I” feel like I am always running around with my family just hoping to get everything I need to get done every single day.  As a mom of 2 busy little boys, a wife, a recipe developer, website author and new cookbook writer, it is so very important for me to multi-task and use wise time management otherwise I am in big trouble.

I find it helpful to write down my responsibilities each week on paper so I can see them along with having family meetings so we are all on the same page then try to multi-task every chance I get.

When I come across things that make my life easier….and faster I am all ears.

I was selected by BlogHer and Intel to review a new computer powered by the Intel® Corei5 processor with Turbo Boost Technology that allows me to get more done in less time.  Talk about excitement when I heard those words!  The laptop is beautiful.  I quickly opened the box and set it up all by myself.  For someone who knows the bare minimum about running computers, I must say I was relieved how easy it was to get started.

An Intel® wireless display (akaWiDi) adaptor was also sent that allows me to use my HDTV a monitor.  How cool is that?  I can work on my blog or type recipes on the big screen in my living room.  I can NOT wait to get playing on this new computer.  Stay tuned to hear more about my experience!

Now, get ready to enter to win a $250 Gift Card to Best Buy…Here’s How to Enter:

1.  Leave a comment here and tell us, what do spend most of your time doing on your computer?  Work, play, surf the internet?  Let’s hear it!

No duplicate comments.

You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:

a) Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post

b) Tweet about this promotion and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post

c) Blog about this promotion and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post

d) Follow this link (links to http://goo.gl/xO09F) and provide your email address and your response to the sweepstakes prompt

e) Sweepstakes ends at 5 PM PST on December 22, 2010

This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older.

Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail.

You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

The Official Rules are available here. (links to http://goo.gl/BWcAw)

Be sure to check out the other bloggers posts HERE and enter in their sweepstakes too!


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Nov
15
2010

How Do You Spend Quality Time With Your Child?

This is a great question…How do you spend quality time with your child?  It seems the best time I have with my children are in everyday activities.  Reading stories, playing at a park and playing games as a family.  This is a great video below of other mom’s around the web and their stories on how they spend time with their children :)


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Oct
4
2010

Win a $100 Visa Gift Card/Meal Makeover Kit and a Ragu Review!

This is a sponsored review from BlogHer and Ragú.

What exciting news to find Ragú® Old World Style® Traditional Pasta Sauce now has two servings of veggies in every half cup.
We are massive pasta eaters in the Picky Palate house, so I was thrilled to try Ragu’s new pasta sauce with all the extra veggies packed in.

I found that the new formulation doesn’t actually have any different ingredients than the old formula. They’ve just packed more veggies into the formula to get to 2 servings of veggies per half cup (vs. 1 serving per half cup). The taste is the same great taste and they want to assure moms that the sauce they’re used to and have been feeding their families for years hasn’t changed.

We tried the Skillet Pasta and Beef Dinner with our new veggie packed Ragu and the kids went nuts for it. Before I added the sauce, I made sure I tried a spoon of each (the old and the new) and I enjoyed the chunkiness of the new sauce because I knew it was packed with lots of vegetables!

The dinner was a huge success and it literally took minutes to prepare.  I love pulling out quick and simple recipes during the busy school week and that is exactly what Ragu helps us with.  A great pasta sauce packed with lots of vegetables.  Mom is happy and the kids are happy!

Come be one of the first to taste Ragu with 2 servings of veggies in every half cup over at Ragu’s Facebook Page .

Enter to Win a $100 Visa Gift Card!

1.  To enter, leave a comment telling us… what is your favorite pasta recipe that you can put together during those crazy busy school nights?

2.  For an extra entry Tweet about the Giveaway… Come over to @pickypalate for a $100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway.  Leave a separate comment along with the URL for that.

3. For an extra entry Blog about the contest and leave the URL in a comment here.

4.  Contest ends…..Winner will be chosen by Random.org.  The Sweepstake is sponsored by BlogHer

Be sure to visit the other bloggers’ reviews and giveaways at the  BlogHer.com special offers page!

See Official Rules HERE.

Make sure to visit the Official Ragu Facebook Page for a chance to win a Meal Makeover Kit!


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Sep
15
2010

No Ordinary Family

This is sponsored content from BlogHer and ABC’s No Ordinary Family.

My family is extraordinary in so many ways but one thing that comes to mind is that we always have fun together, no matter what.  Whether we’re at the beach, Disneyland or just hanging out at home, good times are had.

One extraordinary thing about my family is we really know how to have a blast during family game time.  It is extraordinary to watch the laughs, major competition and down right fun going on.  It is one of my favorite things to do together as a family and I think we are extraordinary at it :)

If I could give my family super hero powers I would start with my husband.  He would have the “flying” super power so he could fly to and from work in a flash.

Next, I would give my oldest son the power of speed so he could clean his room and do his homework in record time :)

My youngest son would be given super human strength because he would think it is the coolest to be the strongest boy in the world…..and pound his older brother.

I would absolutely give myself the power to freeze time so I could slow down the days that goes way too fast!!  If I could squeeze in one more power it would be a magical whisk that would make dinners and desserts with the flick of the wrist.

Watch ABC’s No Ordinary Family Trailer

Visit the Official Show Page on abc.com for character bios, videos and more. http://abc.com/NoOrdinaryFamily

Visit their Facebook Page at:  http://facebook.com/NoOrdinaryFamily

ABC’s No Ordinary Family hosted a video contest to find the most EXTRADORDINARY family in America and starting September 27th you can help vote for the winner!  Between September 27 and October 1, watch the top 5 video submissions and vote for your favorite.  Click here for details and be sure to vote! http://abc.go.com/shows/no-ordinary-family/no-ordinary-contest


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Aug
11
2010

Family Time with McDonald’s Family Getaway

This is a sponsored post from BlogHer and McDonald’s.

Contest is Now Over.  Congrats to entry #22 Paula Hawkins.

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One of my favorite parts of the trip with McDonald’s was that they invited the whole family. My husband wasn’t able to come so I brought my mom, brother and my 2 boys. We had the best time spending time together. The boys hadn’t been on an airplane since they were babies, so the fun started right away at the airport :)

First was hanging out in the hotel room. This is such a treat for my boys. Jumping on the bed, watching all the tv they want….you throw in some Happy Meal toys and they have died and gone to heaven!

The welcome dinner was great. We started with some snacks and get to know you games then went outside for a beautiful dinner. The boys were immediately drawn to the sweet ladies making balloons. They got balloon swords, hats and anything else they could think of. The kids staff was great, there were always fun games and activities for the kids to play. Ronald McDonald could not have been more cool, he chatted with each and every one of the kids. By the last day, he practically knew all the kids names. How cool?! Love him :)

The family Scavenger hunt around the hotel was a blast. The kids took their adorable “Chicago” lunch pails and list of things to find then we all ventured out to find our treasures. The kids had the best time looking through every nook and cranny of the hotel for things :) They received a warm McDonald’s blanket that they Love!

Cooking with the kids in the McDonald’s Kitchens was a real treat. We worked together to make delicious fruit smoothies and fruit kebabs along with the chefs. My boys and little brother thought this was awesome!

Thank you to the McDonald’s team who made all of these family time activities possible.

Be sure to check out the other bloggers experiences on the BlogHer Round Up Page HERE.

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As part of the “Family Time. Happy Time.” campaign McDonald’s® and Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®) have developed the “Make Family Time Happy Time” online widget application (see my right sidebar). The “Make Family Time Happy Time” widget encourages moms to join other moms in the Family Time conversation and share “happy” tips for quality family time.

Through the widget you can pledge minutes or hours of activities with your family in celebration of what matters most – spending time together. We also invite you to join the conversation and share your favorite family activities with other families through the widget. You can then share the widget with your friends and family through Twitter, Facebook, and email. In addition, as part of this campaign, McDonald’s will donate 1 penny to RMHC® for every minute of time you pledge to spend with your family up to 1,000,000 minutes. Minutes and pennies are tiny amounts that, when added up over time, can make a big impact, so start pledging your family time!

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To enter the giveaway “Go pledge family time on McDonald’s “Make Family Time Happy Time” widget and let us know what you pledged in the comment section for a chance to win!” For official rules click HERE.

The Prize includes:

  • A Smile tote bag
  • 1 set of 6-8 Happy Meal Toys
  • $25 McDonald’s Arch Card
  • McDonald’s Character Vintage T-Shirt
  • Pen Buddy Notebook
  • EOS Organic Lip Balm Multi Pack
  • 16 oz Stainless McDonald’s Tumbler
  • Just Giveaway Card…For any charity of Reader’s Choice

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