Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Icoffee Giveaway







           

Very excited to be participating in the Icoffee giveaway.
Hosted by Top Notch Material. Are you a coffee lover
like me? Then this giveaway is for you. Good luck
to all of the Welcome To My Kitchen readers.


Thank you to my co-hosts Displaced Yinzer and        Welcome to My Kitchen
   


Why would you want an iCoffee coffee maker?
   




  •            Steam Brew Technology
           



  •            Steam Brew Pre-Steam - Unlock Nutrition and Flavor
           



  •            Steam Brew Hot Water Rotational Jets - Full Flavor Release
           



  •            Steam Brew Brew-Viewing Window - Watch The Rich Crèma Form
           



  •            Steam Brew Efficiency... Less is More
           

    Go HERE to see the full review 




    iCoffee is giving one lucky winner their own iCoffee coffee maker. Use the Giveaway tools below for your chance to win this prize.
           





    Giveaway runs from 7/22 to 8/5 at 9pm CST
               

    Chances of winning depend on entries received.
               

    Open to US residents 18 years and older
               

    No PO BOX
               

    Prize valued at $150+
               

    Winner entry will be verified
               

    Winner has 48 hours to reply to this notification email or another winner will be selected
               








    Disclosure: The above item was received in order to facilitate review. I have not been compensated for this post. Top Notch Material blog will always provide honest opinions, beliefs or experiences on products reviewed. We will only recommend products or services that we feel are of benefit to our readers. Top Notch Material is not responsible for prize fulfillment; sponsor will be responsible for prize fulfillment. This even is in no way associated with, sponsored, administered, or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest or any other social media network. If you have any questions, please contact me at katrina dot gehman {at} gmail com. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
            




    Monday, July 21, 2014

    Summer Heat Giveaway Hop

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    Welcome to the
    Summer Heat Giveaway Hop

    From July 21-31, 2014,
    you can visit all the blogs on the linky list below
    and enter to win all their prizes!
    Good luck!

    My prize is:

    A $25 Target Gift Card!  Good luck everyone! I will
    be sending the winner of the gift card a code by email.
    This way you can start shopping  right away.

    a Rafflecopter giveaway


    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

    Gourmet Cupboard Mixes Giveaway



    I have an awesome giveaway for my readers!  The Gourmet Cupboard sponsors this giveaway. I am a brand ambassador for this amazing company. I  was once as you know from my previous post, a Gourmet Cupboard distributor. I love all the mixes I have tried from them.  I made the most delicious Strawberry Lemonade Pie, Kung Pao Chicken and Cheesy Corn Dip  this past week. I love the convenience of adding a few ingredients to the mixes and creating an amazing meal. Great for busy people like me. Take a look at what I made last week with  The Gourmet Cupboard Mixes:
    Strawberry Lemonade Pie




     This pie was so delicious. You add cream cheese strawberries, Cool Whip and a graham cracker crust. I used my Kitchen Aid for this recipe. It is so quick and
    easy and great for summer. 

    Kung Pao Chicken
    I loved the Kung Pao Chicken . This meal is so quick and easy. Using a few ingredients to create a quick delicious dinner your family will love. 
    The Cheesy Corn Dip is a winner. I loved this dip.  This dip would be awesome using grilled corn and is quite a crowd pleaser.

    The Giveaway:
    The friendly folks at The Gourmet Cupboard is sponsoring an awesome giveaway for the readers of Welcome To My Kitchen. One winner will be chosen at random. Bonus entries are available. Welcome To My Kitchen is not responsible for the shipment of the products stated for this giveaway. The products will be shipped directly from The Gourmet Cupboard.  US residents. 18 and over.
    The winner will receive:

     Strawberry Lemonade Mix  
    Kung Pao Chicken Mix
    Cheesy Corn Dip Mix
    Spicy Saltine Cracker Mix
    Sweet Fruit Bread Mix
    Chicken Salad

    Enter our giveaway below. All entries will be verified.  Good
    luck!


    Saturday, July 12, 2014

    What Makes Me Sparkle~Sparkle With Dasani


    Sparkle With Dasani
    This post is sponsored. All thoughts and opinions of this product are my own. I received an ambassador kit  free of charge for this review.
        
    The Review

    I received Dasani Sparking Water to review for the Sparkle With Dasani Campaign. In the summer I drink a lot of water because it is so hot here in Texas . I  like flavored water, but most contain a lot of sugar. Dasani Sparkling has 0 calories and no sugar added. I received an Ambassador Kit with the following flavors: Apple, Lemon, Lime and Berry. I tried the berry flavor yesterday.  I also received coupons for Dasani Drops. I can use the drops when I make sparkling water with my Soda Stream Machine. Today, I am drinking the Dasani Sparkling Apple while eating my lunch. I don't have to worry about calories, so that's a plus.


    According to the website , Dasani Sparkling has no artificial flavors and is low in sodium. On the can it states"with other natural flavors". I am a firm  believer that any beverage or food packaging should
    state exactly what  is in the product.  I found the website very informative about the ingredients in the
    Dasani Sparkling and Dasani Drops.

    Sparkle With Dasani~ Contest & What Makes Me" Sparkle".

     

    Desani is having an Amazing contest.! It’s as easy as uploading a photo of what makes you sparkle to twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #SparkleWithDASANI. You’ll also want to like @dasaniwater so they can contact you if you win. The Grand Prize is a Sparkling Getaway to the Westin Diplomat in Ft. Lauderdale, and includes airfare, hotel and spa treatments for 4. Winner will be selected in early August. 



     So, I am going to tell you what makes me "sparkle" in my life. The most important thing to me is family.First I want to talk to you about my dad. This past December my father passed away. This was a devastating blow. I was pretty close to my dad. I went to visit him all the time.  We had some good times. Mostly when I would go to visit we would just sit around talking about everything and having coffee.I would take my dad out to eat sometimes, if I could talk him into it. My dad was a volunteer
    firefighter with the China Spring Fire Dept. He loved that.  He also worked part time at a bank as a security guard. My birthday was this month. My mom gave me a picture of me and my dad. I think I was five in this picture. She gave me the picture in a lovely frame. I will always cherish this. My dad was very special to me.  I miss him very much.When I think of him it makes me "sparkle".

    My son just graduated this year from High School. I am so very proud of him. This is another one of my "sparkling" moments.  I can't believe how fast the years went by. I remember when he was just  a baby. I just love these photos that we took while we were waiting to go inside the Ferrell Center where he graduated. He is so tall and towers over me.
    Can you tell I am "sparkling" with pride?
    What makes you "sparkle"? I would love to hear.

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

    The Gourmet Cupboard Strawberry Lemonade Pie



    I am so excited to announce that I am now a Brand Ambassador for The Gourmet Cupboard. I love this company and the people are amazing. I was once a distributor and sold their mixes.
    I have never found one yet I do not love. My favorite is the Heavenly Chocolate Pie. This one taste so close to my moms recipe it is amazing.

    The company is owned by Melissa Holmes and her mother Judy Baker in Sour Lake Texas. The
    mixes are handmade and only require adding a few ingredients. I love this because I am very busy most of the time.  I am either at work or writing and preparing a post for my blog. So, quick and easy meals are great for me. Besides  All the Gourmet Cupboard mixes I have tried are amazing.

    It being summer and my first post, I decided to go to the store and pick up some strawberries
    so I could make the Strawberry Lemonade Pie. You can also use this mix to make an amazing fruit dip.I will probably make that next time. This would be awesome for a potluck or party. Fruit dip 
    is always a crowd pleaser during the summer.

    These are the ingredients you will need for this divine Strawberry Lemonade Pie:

    1 package Gourmet Cupboard Strawberry Lemonade Dip Pie  Mix
    One  8oz tub Cool Whip
    2 packages softened cream cheese
    1cup sliced strawberries(add more if you like)
    1 large graham cracker crust

    To standing mixer add cream cheese, Cool Whip, strawberries and Gourmet Cupboard Strawberry  Lemonade Dip Mix. Mix until incorporated. Pour cream cheese mixture into graham cracker crust.
    Top with strawberries for garnish. Let chill in fridge for several hours until set.
    The Gourmet Cupboard has a variety of delicious mixes you can purchase. Be sure to visit. I'm sure you will find something you will love.  I will be reviewing more Gourmet Cupboard Mixes later this month and we will be giving some
    away to, so stay tuned!

    Enjoy!
    Visit The Gourmet Cupboard Facebook page for more delicious info. Read all about
    the mixes of the month club here

    Disclosure: I received free of charge a variety of  The Gourmet Cupboard mixes.
    All thoughts and opinions are my own.

    Saturday, July 5, 2014

    Matcha DNA Green Tea Review


    I love tea hot or cold. But I have never really bought green tea before. I have tried the Lipton Green Tea in the bottle but that was only one time. My mother buys green tea and she has told me about the benefits of using it.

    I received the opportunity to review the Matcha DNA Green Tea so I was excited to try this product. I love organic products and anything that is healthy. I began doing some research online about Matcha Green Tea and learned that it is high in antioxidants and may raise your energy level.The packaging  states that the statements made about Matcha have not been evaluated by the USFDA and the product is not intended to treat, cure,prevent or diagnose any disease.

    Matcha DNA  is 100 % organic premium rare Chinese origin  and never radiated. Matcha is hand picked. It can be used  in foods,cooking or to drink. According to the packaging Matcha is never bitter, ultra high in EGCG, antioxidants and has a smooth taste. There are 34 individually packed pouches that are ready to use in the  3 oz bag.

    Today I decided to relax and enjoy the day and try out a cup or two of this green tea. The instructions say to pre-warm a cup with water and then discard the water.Place the contents of one
    small bag about 25 grams of Matcha DNA in the cup. Gently pour in water and whisk or stir, sweetening to taste.  I used Pure Via sweetener in my tea not sugar.

     I loved the taste of the tea. The
    only thing  I didn't like was some of the tea settled at the bottom of the cup but that is probably because I did not whisk the tea. I stirred it with a spoon instead.The tea did not taste bitter at all to me and I will most definitely keep using it in the future. I shop on Amazon quite a bit and you can buy it there for around 19 dollars which is quite expensive. I am glad I tried the Matcha Green Tea. I may even try in the future to make some green tea ice cream using Matcha Tea. I will have to let you know how this turns out. I saw the recipe on You Tube and it sounded interesting. I love ice cream but not sure how ice cream made with green tea would taste. I am very excited about giving it a try
    in various recipes and planning on ordering more  Matcha on Amazon.


    Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.




    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

    Glory Foods~ The Taste Of Dallas & Recipe Review


    I buy canned goods all the time. I usually stock up on them each week when I go to the grocery store.  I buy my local HEB brand Hill Country Fare. I have been using this brand for years. 

    I have seen the Glory Foods canned goods in the stores but have never tried them before now.I received the opportunity to review  the Glory Foods brand this week.  I made my weekly trip to the store yesterday morning before  going to my sisters to visit.  I purchased five cans of Glory Foods canned goods. Green Beans 
    With New Potatoes, Spinach, Lima Beans and  Collard Greens filled my basket. I was excited about trying  this brand in my appetizer recipe.



    So I decided after much thought of creating a recipe using the canned spinach. I wanted something quick and easy. With the 4th of July holiday approaching, I wanted to create a recipe that is party  and kid friendly. You can certainly  use mixed greens or kale for this recipe. My family preferred the
    spinach so this is what we used for the recipe.


    This is my recipe for Spinach Cream Cheese Applewood Smoked Bacon Roll Ups  

    2 8 ounce packages of cream cheese
    One  8 oz container of chive 
    whipped cream cheese
    One 27 oz can  Glory Foods Spinach drained and pressed
    One  7 oz container of diced onion
    1/2 pound of Applewood Smoked Bacon cooked crisp
    pinch of garlic salt(optional)
     One 7 oz container diced yellow, green and red bell peppers
    One  8 oz package of Shredded Extra Sharp  White Cheddar
    3 to 4 packages of Mission Wraps~ Spinach and Jalapeno Cheddar Flavor


    Directions: Brown bacon in large skillet until crispy. Drain
    bacon fat, leaving one tablespoon in large skillet. Saute
    onion and diced peppers until vegetables cook down and
    turn slightly brown. Add  a pinch of garlic salt.

    To food processor pulse peppers and bacon until just incorporated.
    In large bowl combine cream  cheese until smooth. Add spinach
     pepper and bacon mixture. Blend well. 
    Spread mixture on Mission Wraps and Sprinkle with extra sharp white shredded cheddar cheese. Wrap in plastic
    wrap or put in a covered container to chill in fridge about an hour. Slice into pinwheels and serve with your favorite salsa.

     This was a hit at my sisters house. All the kids loved it. We devoured this appetizer as fast as it took to make.  I love the Glory Foods brand and will continue  to buy them.I love good old fashioned southern food. I love butter beans and green beans with new potatoes. But the problem with most 
    canned vegetables is the bland taste.  This is not the case  at all with this brand. I was amazed of the taste of the Green Beans. They are
    delicious. I  tried them out when I got home from my sisters house for dinner.

    Glory Foods ~Taste Of Dallas July 11th - 13th & Recipe Contest


     Glory will be showcasing recipes featuring its Southern Seasoned Butter Beans and other vegetables at the event July 11-13. With
    the company's participation in the Taste Of Dallas this summer, they
    are offering Texas residents special savings during the month of July.

    Recipe Contest~  Encouraging Kids  To Eat More Greens
    Glory will be launching a recipe contest and the winner will receive $500 for the best kid friendly original recipe using its mixed greens.
    It is really hard to get kids to eat greens. I know from experience
    because my son did not like greens of any kind when he was 
    growing up.  Glory is hoping to find the perfect recipe kids
    will not be able to resist  in the 

    "Can You Make the Can Recipe Contest"
     Recipes can be submitted starting July 7th to August 30th on the
    popular Glory Foods Facebook page. Recipes must be an original
    creation using any canned Glory Greens item (i.e. collard greens, turnip greens, mustard greens, mixed greens or kale) as a primary ingredient. Ingredients are limited to eight or fewer, and the total cook time cannot exceed 30 minutes. An original photo of the prepared dish must also be submitted.

    Want to try Glory Foods Canned goods in your next recipe?
    Leave a comment below telling me which glory foods canned goods
    you want to try for a chance to win 5 manufacturers coupons
    for 5 free cans of Glory Foods Canned Goods. I will be mailing coupons to the winner!

    Disclosure: I received free of charge Glory Foods Canned Goods
    to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


    Saturday, June 28, 2014

    Soda Stream Source ~ Making Soda At Home A Breeze


    I am not a big soda drinker anymore. But occasionally will enjoy a soda.I had never heard of  Soda Stream until I talked with a friend of mine and she told me that she loved hers. 

    When I was approved to review the Soda Stream Source I was excited. I received the package by UPS. A fairly big box.  I was very delighted with all the different products that the company sent for me to try.

    I received the white Soda Stream Source machine with the following products: 3 pack  Variety My Water Syrup, Diet Pink Grapefruit Soda Mix, Cola Naturally Sweetened Syrup, Kool  Aid Tropical Punch Soda Mix, Soda Caps Variety Pack, Ocean Spray Syrup,Cosmopolitan Cocktail Syrup, Carbonated Canister and one Carbonated Bottle.

     I unpacked my Soda Stream and all of the goodies in the box. I was very excited to get started. The machine comes with an easy to follow instruction manual. You simple take the cover off the back of the machine, remove the seal from the  carbonating canister and place the canister inside the machine and screw it in. Replace the cover and you are ready to go. 

    I filled my carbonated bottle with regular tap water but prefer filtered water.  Fill the water to the line. Pull out the silver bottle loader toward you and insert your bottle. Snap lock by pushing up and back. You have a choice as to how much you carbonate the water. There are three lights that light up when you press down to start the carbonating process. 1st LED from the bottom is for light fizz, 2nd for medium fizz and 3rd for high fizz. 

    I wanted  maximum carbonation so I stopped at the third level.  The machine makes a noise but that is normal. When your done carbonating the water you simply release the bottle. I learned the hard way not to add the syrup immediately after you carbonate.  if you add the syrup to soon it  can make a huge mess. Bubbling up all over the place like shown in the picture above.
    Just wait a few seconds then add your syrup.  

    Over the next several days I tried a variety of the syrups ,soda caps and the  My Water Syrups. I am not a fan of the my water flavors. I guess  because they are unsweetened and to me just didn't taste that good. 

    I am a huge fan of orange soda in the can. i tried the Orange flavor Soda Cap with my Soda Stream and fell in love with it. I think I like it better than the canned orange soda because of the home made taste.

    I really had fun making soda with the Soda Caps. You simply press them in the opening of the bottle and twist. To incorporate the syrup , simply place the cap on the carbonating  bottle and tilt back and forth a few times.  

     I took my  Soda Stream to a friends house and made her the lemon lime soda. She loved it.  I feel like a kid in a candy store with this machine. I just can't get enough of  it. I have been making soda like crazy for about a week, trying out all the flavors.  I am very impressed  with the Soda Stream Source and think it is amazing.  My soda  stayed  carbonated pretty good because I always give it a little extra zap.  

    Have you tried the Soda Stream Source? You can purchase at a variety of stores or online. You can get a starter kit for  a little over $100 . If you really enjoy it like me and  use up your  syrups pretty fast it can get a bit expensive  but overall well worth it. I am giving the Soda Stream a thumbs up.  Try it for yourself.

    All photos are copyright of welcometomykitchen.net

    Disclosure: I received  the Soda Stream Source and
    a variety of products free of charge for this review. All opinions 
    are my own.