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May 13th is National Apple Pie Day

May 13, 2015

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Bakers delight! Today is National Apple Pie Day which happens to be my dad’s favorite pie! I remember my mom making apple pie after a trip to the apple orchards in upstate New York. I was a young girl but had so much fun picking those apples. I have fond memories of climbing in the trees to find the biggest apples. We brought home bushels of apples! It was an Apple Pie making frenzy.

Everyone has a favorite Apple Pie recipe but I did find some drool worthy recipes to try:

Upside Down Cheesecake Apple Pie – Spend with Pennies

Whiskey Caramel Apple Pie – Darling and Bloom

Apple Pie Bread Pudding – Honey and Figs Kitchen

 

It is also National Fruit Cocktail Day. The bright colored syrupy fruit in the can. We all fought for the cherries! I found a few recipes made with fruit cocktail.

Just a Pinch – The Original Fruit Cocktail Cake

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Flour on My Face – Fruit Cocktail Pudding Cake

Nanayjo – Fruity Macaroni Salad very unusual but maybe One 2 Try!

 

May 13th is also Frog Jumping Day and Leprechaun Day. Do you think the Leprechauns are jumping over the frogs?

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Enjoy your day!

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May 12th is National Nutty Fudge Day

May 12, 2015

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Fudge can be made in so many taste combinations. I like Maple Walnut fudge the best, but you can’t beat a smooth melt in your mouth piece of rich creamy chocolate fudge. Today we celebrate National Nutty Fudge Day.

What is your favorite type of fudge? Care to share a recipe?

Gram’s Fool Proof Fudge from Chic & Sugar – just like Grandma use to make!

Coconut and Almond Fudge made by Love Bakes Good

Nutter Butter Fudge featured at Kleinworth & Co. – this is a One 2 Try recipe!

No nuts in this one but it sounds so good! Easy Cookie Dough Fudge

I am on my way to the store for fudge ingredients!

Enjoy your day!

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Cookies Con Amore Mother’s Day Giveaway – Closed

April 20, 2015

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I still talk about the fantastic gluten-free cookies I had the pleasure of tasting at the 2014 Natural Products ExpoWest from Cookies con Amore. The handmade Italian Glutenetto cookies are the creation of Chef Fernanda. She wants everyone the be able to enjoy her cookies! You can read my very tantalizing Glutenetto review HERE.

I am beyond thrilled to have run into Cookies con Amore at the 2015 ExpoWest. Seeing Chef Fernanda and Vanessa was a wonderfully warm feeling. My review meant a lot to them and to this day, they still get clicks to their site. It was my pleasure!

I adore the flavors of the Glutenetto cookies and still find it hard to believe they are gluten-free, this year I had the chance to sample the regular line of Cookies con Amore cookies.

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The Mother’s day Assortment is now available. Just look at the love that goes into the packaging! The detail gives you an insight into the joy baked in every cookie. All orders are handmade with quality ingredients, baked in small batches! The flavors are traditional Italian cookies enjoyed by many generations. My mom grew up near an Italian bakery and many of Chef Fernanda’s cookies reminded her of those childhood favorites. Opening the box is a delight in itself! The special Happy Mother’s Day sleeve will bring a smile to any Mother’s face. Inside the box is a Happy Mother’s Day card with a lovely phrase – We Love Mothers, they’ll always share their last cookie. Well said Cookies Con Amore!

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The cookies are tucked away neatly in a tempting display of colors, tastes and textures. Which one should I nibble first? They are almost too pretty to eat. I have always been fond of the jelly filled cookies. The jelly filled heart is a layered cookie filled with the dollop of apricot filling. It is melt in your mouth delicious. The cookie is crisp to the bite and the sweetness of the jelly adds a nice finishing touch. There are 2 flavors of the jelly filled in this box. The Nonna cookie features a subtle lemon goodness that will go perfect for dunking in coffee or tea! I like this one for it is a softer texture more like a cake! Coffee lovers will enjoy dunking one of the assorted biscotti. There is a heavenly chocolate biscotti dipped in white chocolate! I can’t forget the Wedding cookies. A shortbread cookie made with rich real butter and chopped pecans in a powdered sugar coating. These morsels melt in your mouth! Chef Fernanda has a special place in my cookie loving heart!

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Cookies con Amore has many of your Italian cookie favorites. You can shop cookie flavors individually or choose an assortment. Place your orders soon for guarantee Mother’s Day delivery. Order direct online. The cookies are well packaged to arrive safely at your doorstep. Look for a select gluten free assortment of Cookies con Amore cookies at Whole Foods.

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Here is your chance to win!

ONE lucky reader will win an assortment of Cookies con Amore Cookies

Thank you very much Chef Fernanda!

Giveaway ends on 05/01/2015 at 11:59 PM EST. ONE PERSON PER HOUSEHOLD and IP address. Open to Continental US addresses only. No PO Boxes. Must be 18 years of age and over. Winner will be chosen randomly and contacted by email. Please respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen.

Many thanks to Cookies con Amore for providing the review and giveaway product.

Disclosure: No monetary compensation was offered or accepted for this post. Gratis product was received in order to write my honest review. The opinions above are my own and were not influenced in any way. Others experience may vary. Terms of Use. Not affiliated with Facebook.

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NadaMoo Organic Non Dairy Frozen Dessert Giveaway – Closed

April 20, 2015

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I scream, you scream we all scream for ice cream…..wait many folks scream because they can’t have ice cream. Never fear NadaMoo is here!

NadaMoo means “no dairy”, a word created by the family business originated in Austin, Texas. NadaMoo began by sharing their creamy no dairy coconut milk ice cream with family and friends. It soon grew by word of mouth, because of its creamy texture. A frozen non-dairy dessert to rival ice cream!

At my visit to ExpoWest, I was introduced to the flavors of NadaMoo. Their booth was a delight. A freezer showcase of all the flavors of NadaMoo with tasting spoons available. I nibbled on just about each flavor. I quickly had a favorite but a tasting spoon size was just not enough. NadaMoo was so kind to send some various flavor pints my way to use with my bigger spoon!

The flavors do not disappoint. I even like the colorful inviting packaging! Each creamy flavor is made from a Coconut milk base combined with organic, certified non-GMO ingredients. They offer 11 delectable flavors with more coming soon.

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I was right in my initial flavor favorite from Expo. My, can’t stop eating, NadaMoo flavor is the Bananas for PB & Chocolate.  A chocolate base mixed with bananas and peanuts. The only thing missing was jelly! I also really enjoyed the Sweet Cherry Lime. It reminded me of a cool delicious Cherry Limeade drink that helps you get through the hottest days of Summer. The cherry and lime flavors are balanced with just the right amount of sweetness and zing! My hubby’s fave was the newest flavor Cookies & Crème. No worries this flavor is gluten free! He had no idea this was non-dairy until I told him, after he devoured a nice hubby size serving. I enjoyed all the amazing NadaMoo flavors!

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Who knew NadaMoo could be so tasty? You can also use NadaMoo in recipes! NadaMoo is definitely One 2 Try!

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Look for NadaMoo at natural, conventional, specialty & co-op grocery stores nationwide. I can find it at a local health food store in my area.

Here is your chance to win!

One lucky reader will win a variety pack of 4 pints of NadaMoo and t-shirt!

Thank you very much NadaMoo!

 

Giveaway ends on 05/05/2015 at 11:59 PM EST. ONE PERSON PER HOUSEHOLD and IP address. Open to Continental US addresses only. No PO Boxes. Must be 18 years of age and over. Winner will be chosen randomly and contacted by email. Please respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen.

Many thanks to NadaMoo for providing the review and giveaway product.

Disclosure: No monetary compensation was offered or accepted for this post. Gratis product was received in order to write my honest review. The opinions above are my own and were not influenced in any way. Others experience may vary. Terms of Use. Not affiliated with Facebook.

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Safe Catch Tuna is Better Tuna Giveaway – Closed

April 18, 2015

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I have been treated to a new tuna taste. Safe Catch tuna has made me wonder what kind of canned tuna I have been eating all these years! What makes it Safe Catch you might ask?

Safe Catch  is making sure all the tuna they process is safe from the dangers of mercury. Every single fish is tested for mercury levels. Each fish that is caught is traceable from the sea all the way to your table. They only work with boating captains that use sustainable methods with little environmental impact on our oceans. Seriously they know a lot about every single fish!

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It does not end with testing. The packing is done without additives. It is all fish! The fish is hand cut then cooked in the can to keep the nutrients such as high levels of Omega-3.

Now you know the Safe Catch Story. How does it taste? In my taste test, courtesy of Safe Catch, I could not believe this was a canned tuna product. I enjoyed the Safe Catch Elite Wild Skipjack Tuna. I could not believe the  fresh from the ocean flavor. It was big chunks of tuna. I enjoyed it over a bed of greens with a light vinegar dressing. It has such a nice flavor I hated adding the typical mayonnaise to make a tuna salad. Although that would probably be the best tasting tuna salad of all time. The difference is the Safe Catch tuna! I will definitely be buying Safe Catch tuna for my family.

Safe Catch is available by online ordering. The price is a bit more starting at $3.50 per can. The orders are in 6 pack quantities. Safe Catch comes in 3 varieties.

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Safe Catch Wild Albacore

Safe Catch Wild Albacore (No Salt Added)

Here is your chance to win!

ONE lucky reader will win 2 cans of Safe Catch Tuna

Thank you very much Safe Catch!

 

Giveaway ends on 05/03/2015 at 11:59 PM EST. ONE PERSON PER HOUSEHOLD and IP address. Open to Continental US addresses only. No PO Boxes. Must be 18 years of age and over. Winner will be chosen randomly and contacted by email. Please respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen.

Many thanks to Safe Catch for providing the review and giveaway product.

Disclosure: No monetary compensation was offered or accepted for this post. Gratis product was received in order to write my honest review. The opinions above are my own and were not influenced in any way. Others experience may vary. Terms of Use. Not affiliated with Facebook.

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Crispy Green: Crispy Fruit Giveaway – closed

April 18, 2015

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I can not get enough fruit lately. With summer swimsuit season coming, I am trying to eat more fruits and veggies. I can’t wait for all the summer fruits. My intentions of eating fruit goes well except for outings. You can’t really carry a mango in your purse. Ever stuff a ripe banana in your pocket? Not an easy thing to do.

Crispy Green has the answer. The Crispy Green Crispy Fruit product line are all natural fruit snacks! No added sugar or additives. Each package starts with high quality fresh fruit from their carefully selected certified growers. Each fruit is then freeze dried into a delicious crispy fruit bite.

I had the chance to taste a few of these inviting healthy morsels.

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Crispy Tangerine – 100% Freeze Dried Tangerine had my attention. How could a juicy tangerine be made into a freeze dried morsel and still taste good? When I opened the package I could see the tangerine slices still holding their shape. One nibble, the tangerine flavor actually bursts in your mouth. It had all the tangy taste of tangerine!

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Crispy Mango – a tropical treat. I love mango and having a package of these came in handy during a day out. The flavor is incredible!

Crispy Banana – Not like typical processed banana chips, these are slices of banana made crispy! I bet the little ones will love these. Each package contains 1/2 cup of banana. No peeling needed!

For more traditional fruits try the Crispy Apple, Crispy Pineapple and Crispy Cantaloupes. For an exotic taste, try the Crispy Asian Pear.

Crispy Green offers a full fruit salad of flavors! Each product is Non GMO verified, Gluten Free  and all natural. We can indulge and feel good about it.

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Where to Buy – in my area, I can find Crispy Fruit in Whole Foods and Safeway stores. They can be found nationwide in select retail locations. There is online ordering available directly from Crispy Green or from Amazon.  If you sign up on their home page for the newsletter, you can get 10% off your next Crispy Green online order.

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Here is your chance to win!

ONE lucky reader will win a variety pack of Crispy Fruit.

Thank you very much Crispy Green!

Giveaway ends on 05/02/2015 at 11:59 PM EST. ONE PERSON PER HOUSEHOLD and IP address. Open to Continental US addresses only. No PO Boxes. Must be 18 years of age and over. Winner will be chosen randomly and contacted by email. Please respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen.

Many thanks to Crispy Green for providing the review and giveaway product.

Disclosure: No monetary compensation was offered or accepted for this post. Gratis product was received in order to write my honest review. The opinions above are my own and were not influenced in any way. Others experience may vary. Terms of Use. Not affiliated with Facebook.

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Cosmos Creations: Premium Puffed Corn Giveaway – Closed

April 6, 2015

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When it comes to munching, I prefer a big flavorful crunch. It is the crunch that is satisfying! I recently became a Cosmos Creations devotee!

Cosmos Creations are not anything like popcorn. They make these crispy crunchy puffed corn nuggets then cover them in delicious mouth watering flavors! There are no kernels or hulls to accidently bite into as is often the case with popcorn snacks. These are delectable nuggets of goodness!

CC_salted-caramel-new1The flavors keep me grabbing in the bag! The Salted Caramel is a melt in your mouth sweet and salty sensation! I can’t stop munching! For a savory taste, try the Aged Cheddar Cracked Pepper. First you get a nice cheesy flavor then the pepper hits you with its zing! These were so delicious I tossed a few in a bowl of soup and also on a salad! Of course you can eat them right out of the bag! They are made Trans Fat Free, Gluten Free and with Non-GMO corn. A snack that cares about what you are eating!

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Other flavors include:

Spicy Sriracha – for those that like to turn up the heat.

Sea Salt Butter – your favorite popcorn flavor

Sea Salt Vinegar with Pepper – a salty, zingy, peppery treat

Coconut Crunch – an island treat

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Plus a new flavor coming soon – Shhh it is a secret!  They have a taste for everyone! Open a bag and see what happens. Sharing is good! The bags come in 6.5 oz size. Maybe I can sign up as an official taste tester. How about a barbecue, or a sour cream and onion, or something crazy like s’mores or PBJ?

Where can you get Cosmos Creations? They are found in many stores nationwide. You can also order direct online!

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Here is your chance to win!

ONE lucky reader will win a Cosmos Creations Swag Bag!

Thank you very much Cosmos Creations.

Giveaway ends on 04/19/2015 at 11:59 PM EST. ONE PERSON PER HOUSEHOLD and IP address. Open to Continental US addresses only. No PO Boxes. Must be 18 years of age and over. Winner will be chosen randomly and contacted by email. Please respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen.

Many thanks to Cosmos Creations for providing the review and giveaway product.

Disclosure: No monetary compensation was offered or accepted for this post. Gratis product was received in order to write my honest review. The opinions above are my own and were not influenced in any way. Others experience may vary. Terms of Use. Not affiliated with Facebook.

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Mrs. Renfro’s Barbecue Sauce Giveaway – Closed

March 27, 2015

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Here in California we can grill just about everyday year round! I especially love grilling in the summer months to keep the cooking heat out of the house. I have been known to be standing out in the dark in the winter months too, when our weather is a chilly 40 degrees. Chilly for California that is! Sometimes I am grilling on the gas grill or I am making cooking something slow on my Big Green Egg. Whichever method I am using, it is all about the seasoning or sauces. One of my favorite companies is Mrs. Renfro’s Gourmet Salsas.

I have long been a fan of the fresh tasting most delectable salsas and condiments from Mrs. Renfro’s. Imagine my taste buds jumping at the introduction of their Barbecue Sauce. Get the grill ready!

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While attending the recent Natural Products Expo West earlier this month, I had a chance to sample two of the three scrumptious barbecue sauces from Mrs. Renfro’s. The Classic Barbecue Sauce is a rich hickory flavor with a touch of sweetness and zing. The Classic flavor profile is a medium spice level. For something with a bit of a kick, the  Chipotle Barbecue Sauce will make your taste buds wake up! The Chipotle flavor comes through after the nice sweetness of the sauce. If you like making chicken wings more on the BBQ side – this sauce will be amazing for the best of both worlds, Heat and BBQ. For those chili heads with a bit of a dare inside you, try the Ghost Pepper Barbecue Sauce. Use with Caution is the Mrs. Renfro’s recommendation for this “Caution” Scary Hot” barbecue sauce. I am too much of a spicy chicken to even give this one a taste. I can imagine the long lasting burn! This one will have to wait for a devoted, make mine spicy, relative.

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I made delicious pork chops with the Classic Barbecue Sauce, and were they every lip smacking good! How about making a Ranch Barbecue Salad? Toss your favorite greens and maybe a bit of cooked diced chicken with some ranch dressing and a drizzle of Mrs. Renfro’s Barbecue Sauce. I like mine with extra BBQ sauce. A quick meal with the tastes of BBQ perfect for a hot summer day! What will you make with Mrs. Renfro’s Barbecue Sauce?

Look for Mrs. Renfro’s at your favorite supermarket. You can also order directly online!

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Get those grills ready!

Here is your chance to win!

ONE lucky reader will win 4 jars of Mrs. Renfro’s in your choice of flavors. (Try the Barbecue Sauce or the Chow Chow)

Thanks very much Mrs. Renfro’s!

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Giveaway ends on 4/10/2015 at 11:59 PM EST. ONE PERSON PER HOUSEHOLD and IP address. Open to Continental US addresses only. No PO Boxes. Must be 18 years of age and over. Winner will be chosen randomly and contacted by email. Please respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen.

Many thanks to Mrs. Renfro’s for providing the review and giveaway product. Disclosure: No monetary compensation was offered or accepted for this post. Gratis product was received in order to write my honest review. The opinions above are my own and were not influenced in any way. Others experience may vary. Terms of Use. Sweepstakes not affiliated with Facebook.

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MasterChef Junior Season 3 #MasterChefJr Giveaway – closed

January 11, 2015

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Did you catch the Premier of MasterChef Junior Season 3 this past week? We recently shared the excitement with Logan won Season 2, I was routing for him all the way! Season 3 has begun with a new group of incredible and ultra talented budding chefs.

MCJR3_301-MBox_0157“MasterChef Junior” Season 3 premiered Tuesday, Jan. 6 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX. Catch all the tasty episodes on Tuesdays. The first mystery box brought out the creative talent of the kids and the ultimate admiration of the judges. There were many dishes I wish I could have tasted and I hope they share the recipes. I really want to make the Coconut Rice pudding with the Mango Compote.

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MasterChef Junior shared with me a Warm Winter kit. My kit included 2 MasterChef Junior branded mugs, recipe cards, and hot cocoa fixings. I was sipping from my mug while watching the premier.

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If this season is anything like the last, it will be an on the edge of your seat competition. I still want to be a behind the scenes tasting judge. Get ready for mystery boxes. I hope the group challenges are easier after all they are just kids.

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Catch all the action with MasterChef Junior on Tuesdays, at 8PM ET/PT on FOX.

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Here is your chance to win!

ONE lucky reader will win a MasterChef Junior Warm Winter Kit.

Thank you very much FOX and MasterChef Junior!

 

Giveaway ends on 01/15/2015 at 11:59 PM EST. ONE PERSON PER HOUSEHOLD and IP address. Open to Continental US addresses only. No PO Boxes. Must be 18 years of age and over. Winner will be chosen randomly and contacted by email. Please respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen.

Many thanks to MasterChef Junior and FOX for providing the review and giveaway product.

Disclosure: No monetary compensation was offered or accepted for this post. Gratis product was received in order to write my honest review. The opinions above are my own and were not influenced in any way. Others experience may vary. Terms of Use. Not affiliated with Facebook.

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MasterChef Junior New Season-ing Giveaway – closed

November 2, 2014

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One of my all time favorite cooking shows is returning with the Premier of Season 2 on November 4th. MasterChef Junior is back on! I remember watching the young budding Chefs with astonishment as they can make things I would never even attempt. How do they have the skills to create such restaurant quality foods? Even my favorite Chef judges loosen up around the edges when guiding the young foodies. “MasterChef Junior” Season 2 premieres Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.

Last season was such a delight. Alexander was chosen as the MasterChef Junior Champion and I can say his creations had me drooling during every episode! Watching Joe smile and really take an interest in the Junior contestants makes the show endearing. Grant reaches out when the kids need an emotional boost. Gordon brings the support and technical guidance, plus a hug or two. I love watching the Chef Judges interact with the kids in fun ways.

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MasterChef Junior wanted me to get in the spirit of creating with a tasty popcorn seasoning kit. My kit included 4 spices, recipe cards, popcorn and popcorn boxes, a chef hat, measuring cups and a couple empty spice containers for making my own popcorn seasoning blend. I made the Zesty Garlic Popcorn recipe and it was so good, my hubby asked for another batch! I will have to experiment with making my own seasoning as I enjoy sweet and salty popcorn flavors. I am thinking of a maple bacon seasoning of some kind.

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It will be a blast to see what happens this season. The mystery boxes will be back. The group challenges will return ( I think the group challenges are way to tough). The tears and the smiles will be on the faces of the contestants. The food will shine and the charm will fill our hearts. Now if we could only fill our bellies with the incredible delicious creations! Can I volunteer for tasting? 

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Catch all the action with MasterChef Junior returns this coming Tuesday, November 4th at 8PM ET/PT on FOX.

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Here is your chance to win!

ONE lucky reader will win a MasterChef Junior Popcorn Seasoning Kit.

Thank you very much FOX and MasterChef Junior!

Giveaway ends on 11/14/2014 at 11:59 PM EST. ONE PERSON PER HOUSEHOLD and IP address. Open to Continental US addresses only. No PO Boxes. Must be 18 years of age and over. Winner will be chosen randomly and contacted by email. Please respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen.

Many thanks to MasterChef Junior and FOX for providing the review and giveaway product.

Disclosure: No monetary compensation was offered or accepted for this post. Gratis product was received in order to write my honest review. The opinions above are my own and were not influenced in any way. Others experience may vary. Terms of Use. Not affiliated with Facebook.

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