Real Food Project.

Check this out and there is also a chance to enter the contest.  Be sure to sign up with Mom Select and Maria Bradley first if you plan to enter.

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Dear Nickida,

Celebrity chef Bobby Flay and actress/mom Lori Loughlin have teamed up with Hellmann’s® and Best Foods® Mayonnaise to unveil the Real Food Project on Hellmanns.com, a comprehensive online resource offering tips and ideas on how to create real meals made with Real Food.

Because videos are great for multi-tasking moms, The Real Food Project features a series of entertaining how-to tutorials, hosted by Bobby Flay, to give us tools and techniques to prepare great-tasting, at-home meals for our families.  Just by visiting www.Hellmanns.com, you can access a wide range of recipes, including sandwiches, entrees and side dishes, all designed to please picky palates. There are even chances to win great prizes like a kitchen essentials bundle, Bobby Flay Grill It and Hellmann’s® and Best Foods® products by playing the “Wheel of Real” instant win game and entering the Real Food Sweepstakes.

Speaking of winning great prizes, we have a little something extra to offer our fantastic bloggers. Just by sharing the details of this great campaign with your readers, you’ll be entered to win an awesome prize, guaranteed to get “Real Food” on your table- a $250 grocery store gift certificate and a 6-months supply of Hellmann’s® Mayonnaise!

To enter, simply publish a post on your blog between March 25th and April 30th that includes the following elements:
  • Description of The Real Food project
  • Link to www.Hellmanns.com, encouraging your readers to visit.
  • Disclosure attached to your blog post.  Sample copy for this disclosure would be:  “Disclosure: I was entered for a chance to win a Hellmann’s® prize package in exchange for this post.  No monetary exchange took place.”

Please send the link to your post to Amy@bsmmedia.com to be entered into the contest.

What are you waiting for? Head over to Hellmanns.com to stock up on tips and great tasting recipes.

Thanks for your participation and we look forward to hearing from you.

Warm Regards,

Your Friends at Hellmann’s® and MomSelect

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Blockbuster’s answer to Redbox

This is why I love Mom Select.

How many times in your life has a DVD saved the day? From entertaining fidgety kids on long trips to curing the rainy day blues, I think we can all agree that renting a DVD can be a busy Mom’s secret weapon.

As a busy Mom, I know that there isn’t always time to even rent a DVD. Taking the whole family down to your local movie rental store can end up being an hour long ordeal.  By the time you get home you’re too tired to even watch the movie and what seemed like a great idea ended up being quite a chore. Luckily, I’ve found the perfect solution!
Blockbuster Express Kiosk
Moms, here is your newest secret weapon: BLOCKBUSTER Express™ kiosks. They make renting DVDs fast, easy, and affordable! You can rent DVDs online for only $1 per night at blockbusterexpress.com and you don’t even need a membership to do it.

Through the rent online feature at blockbusterexpress.com, you can create a favorites list, browse available movies at your preferred kiosk, complete the rental of up to three movies at once online and then pick up the DVDs from the kiosk at your convenience. Now you can spend less time renting and more time enjoying your DVDs with your family.

Start planning your next movie night tonight! BLOCKBUSTER Express offered a special Rent One Get One Free coupon code for MomSelect members to use and share with all of your friends, family and followers. The coupon code is 555G13B.

Coupon Code

When you rent a movie at the regular price using the code in the banner above*, you’ll receive the first night’s rental on the second movie FREE. This offer expires on 3/31 so make sure to take advantage of it soon and encourage your friends to do the same!
While BLOCKBUSTER Express may be the go-to source for movie rentals, they know that Moms are the authority when it comes to spreading the word! That’s why they’re offering a special incentive to our MomSelect bloggers who share the news about the BLOCKBUSTER Express™ kiosks with their friends and readers. Everyone who publishes a post will be entered to win a $250 Visa Gift Card to use towards creating a fun experience for their family.
To be entered to win the $250 Visa gift card, publish a post on your blog about BLOCKBUSTER Express, including the discount code and banner, by March 28th. Looking for a way to get an extra entry? Simply visit any of the kiosk locations and use the location-based Whrrl app ( whrrl.com)  to check-in and create your own BLOCKBUSTER Express story!
Please send a link to your completed blog post and/or Whrrl story to elizabeth@bsmmedia.com to be entered into this great contest. Only one entry** per blog will be accepted.

So what are you waiting for? Head on over to blockbusterexpress.com to check out their great new releases! From family friendly features like The Princess and The Frog and The Blind Side to date night picks like Twilight: New Moon and Did You Hear About the Morgans?, there’s sure to be a title for even the pickiest movie watcher!

For all of the latest news on BLOCKBUSTER Express you can follow them on Twitter and on Facebook.

Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions. We look forward to hearing from you and thank you for your participation.

Warm Regards,

Maria Bailey and MomSelect

*Code is valid thru 3/31/2010. When you rent a movie at the regular price, you’ll receive the first night’s rental on the second movie FREE. Extra night charges and taxes apply. Limit one per customer. May not be combined with any other offer. Rental terms and conditions apply. Not valid at Blockbuster store locations.

**This sweepstakes is sponsored solely by MomSelect, a subsidiary of BSM Media. Please direct any questions or concerns to Amy@bsmmedia.com.

The Princess and the Frog

I know I haven’t written a blog about cooking in ages but  I haven’t stopped making new dishes.  I have actually been doing it just don’t have much time to get here and sit and write out what I have to say.  Needless to say we watched the Princess and the Frog the other day with Kennedi and I was inspired by the movie to try and finally make the gumbo I was going to make when we had New Orleans night.  I know I didn’t post about that either but I will have to post those pics of the Po Boy Sandwiches that I made and the Hurricane cocktail I also made for that night, when I download them from my camera.

So watching the movies I decided to make gumbo and beignets.  I found the gumbo recipe on a website that had lots of different gumbos to try and give you a base to start from.  It was super easy and simple to make and follow I would highly recommend it.  The beignets were a little harder to find something that I wanted to lock on to but I found one by Emeril and I used his Sweet Beignets recipe.  These were probably not your typical beignets but they were good to me and Steve.  It had a very crunchy texture on the outside and nice and airy on the outside but it was a short cut recipe but I think its my go to one from here on out.  Check out the pics below.

Childhood Memories

This past weekend we went to Costco just so I could see if  they were carrying Otis Spunkmeyer Cookies like it stated on the cookie company website.  It also helped because on the weekends Costco does free samples of different products in the store.  It was just great within five minutes of entering the store I was savoring the amazing flavors of my first sample and heading to a table to grab another.  The trip was already looking up and wasn’t going to be in vain either.  I had already found spaghetti sauce at a even better bargain because of the $2.00 off coupon from Costco.  I got to the freezer section and of course the cookie dough wasn’t there but I did find a tub of Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough that would do the job and definitely cut the amount I was spending lately buying them from KFC.

As I headed to the section where they sell their fresh produce and meat I saw a sample table that had to offerings.  First  you could choose a small slice of french baguette that had a light coating of butter or you could choose a small chunk of aged cheddar cheese.  I grabbed both and put the cheese on the bread and took a bit.  It was amazing.  I love cheddar cheese, my husband will tell you I seriously do and the sharper the better.  I was in heaven with this cheese.  I looked over to Steve to tell him how this is the kind of cheddar I liked.  It was white and aged perfectly.  I asked the woman where in the store I could find the butter and cheese and he pointed to a cold case next to her and stated that the products were imported for St. Patrick’s Day it was Irish cheese and butter.  I turned around and couldn’t help it when the tears filled in my eyes.  I know you are thinking this woman is nuts and fat crying over butter and cheese, but it was not just any butter and cheese.

I was born in Trinidad, my family (my parents and siblings) moved to the United States when I was 14 years old.  I am 28 years old and I have never been back yet.  By September 12th this year, the day after we moved I would have spent more of my life in America than I have spent in my birth country.  Having my children has made me much more aware of ways to pass my culture on to them because it is apart of who they are.  They can’t understand now but some day they will want to know what Nana and Papa sounds different or who calls from Trinidad to talk to them.  Not to mention when family from home visits or when I finally take them back so anything I can share and pass on I do.  Now back to that butter and cheese.  I looked in that case and immediately remembered the scent of fresh baked bread my mother just took out the oven and waiting two minutes to cut a slice and put butter on it and have it melt a little so I could get the bread while it was still warm.  That butter from my mother’s kitchen was the same butter staring back at me in that case.  That butter made endless parata and roti from my mother’s kitchen when she would cater small parties or have a Curry Que.  That’s the same butter I used to bake my first sponge cake in Home Economics class when I was just 11 years old.  That butter was a major part of a past that was starting to fade in my mind and I couldn’t believe I would see it again.  The butter is Kerrygold Irish Butter.

Kerrygold Irish Butter

Now the cheese, like I said I am a huge cheddar fan but in moving to America I discovered that cheddar was orange for the most part and not the light yellow or while color I was used to.  I also found that it wasn’t as sharp as the cheese I remember eating as a child, so I always get extra sharp cheddar.  When when I ate that cheese I know that I was having a piece of home.  I saw it in the case and could remember grabbing it to put in the shopping cart as a child with my mom.  I even when back for seconds.  I am telling you if you like sharp cheese this is one you have to try.  I couldn’t believe that an outing at Costco that started out with me just looking for cookies would end with such amazing childhood memories.  Thanks Costco for the ride home and the chance to share that with Steve and the kids its a great small step into who I am.

Aged Cheddar Cheese

Thanks for reading,

The Submissive Wife

Nicki.

Six Degrees of Separation – SayNow

This morning I was on Yahoo looking for my daily read to press for my blog and I found a video that lead me to Twitter.  I follow Tyrese on there and saw a link that he post quoting “did you know think”, curious I clicked and ended up on a site playing a voicemail message left by Tyrese to all his followers who are subscribing to his site.  So I was listening and at the top it has a link to find people.  I click anticipating to find regular people but to my surprise it reads “bringing real voices and real people together.”  What that means is that you can now get messages from your favorite celebrity that is registured on the site when ever they post them.  You can even leave messages for them or just listen.  Now those six degrees that separate us is starting to seem a little less when you are getting more insight into these people’s lives.  My little sister is a huge Chris Brown fan so I know she will love that I am leaving his link  http://www.saynow.com/cbreezy oh and I didn’t forget Ann here is Trey Songz just for you http://www.saynow.com/treysongz.

Now I don’t know what lots of these messages say.  It could just be information about things these people have coming up concerts, appearances, movies things like that but you never know when they may be personal and actually share.  Move aside Twitter and make way for SayNow, the new it thing in the social networking world.  Its new so it will take time to get all your favorites involved but hey you never know.

Peace and Blessing.

The Submissive Wife

Nicki.