Sponsored: #MyPlatinum @MyCascade Bites! – Week 3

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Cascade. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

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Cascade Platinum has improved the appearance of my dishes, glasses/cups and silverware for everyday meals and entertaining. I don’t have to worry about stuck on food on my dishes anymore! I love that if my kids throw stuff in the sink that has been sitting for a couple of days, I will be able to get it off without having to prerinse!

I also love that I can make desserts like the one below and not have to worry about the mess.

Bumbleberry Pie Sundae
 
Author:
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 3 cups plus ¾ cup mixed berries, well washed and divided (any combination of strawberries hulled and
  • quartered, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries halved)
  • 4 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 pinch coarse salt
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream
  • 1 pint raspberry sorbet
  • 6 graham crackers, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon zest
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan heat one cup of mixed berries, 2 tablespoons sugar and lemon juice over
  2. medium heat, until the blueberries begin to burst and the other berries break down, about 10
  3. minutes. Remove from off heat and stir in the pinch of salt.
  4. Place half the berry mixture in a blender and puree until smooth. Return the sauce to the
  5. saucepan and stir well to combine with remaining fruit. Allow to cool slightly.
  6. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl crush ¾ cup of mixed berries with remaining 2 tablespoons sugar
  7. using a fork, until slightly chunky and loose. In a large bowl or stand mixer, using a balloon whisk
  8. or hand-held mixer, beat the cream at medium speed until soft peaks form. Gently fold the
  9. crushed berries into the whipped cream. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  10. To serve: spoon 2 tablespoons of the sauce into each of 6 parfait or rocks glasses. Top with a
  11. scoop of vanilla ice cream, a sprinkling of crushed graham crackers, and a pinch of lemon zest.
  12. Then add a scoop of the raspberry sorbet and another 2 tablespoons of the sauce. Top with a
  13. dollop of whipped cream and finish with a sprinkling of the graham crackers and another pinch of
  14. zest. Serve immediately.

 

As a food blogger, it is very important to make my recipes look even more delicious since I frequently
take photographs of our meals. Presentation is super important. Cascade allows me to be proud of my dishes.

Cascade also wants you to show off your sparkling dishes, silverware and glassware for a chance to win great prizes by entering the “My Platinum” Instagram contest. The Cascade “My Platinum” contest is a four week Instagram contest that encourages fans to upload photos related to the weekly contest themes. We are now in week two of this great contest. Each week, two contestants will be selected to receive a brand new Whirlpool dishwasher. Additionally, one lucky grand prize winner will receive a Platinum kitchen makeover! Each week will have a 6-day entry period where Instagram users can enter the contest with their #MyPlatinum Photo. Cascade will choose two weekly winners and one final grand prize winner after the entry period has ended. Please be sure to include both the #MyPlatinum hashtag and tag @MyCascade in your entries to the contest!

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Friends, Dessert, Wine – Who Could Ask For More?

Thanks to Duncan Hines for sponsoring my writing. There’s no limit to the baking possibilities, so grab your favorite Duncan Hines mix and Comstock or Wilderness fruit fillings and Bake On! www.duncanhines.com

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Who doesn’t like spending some time away from the kids and go out with your girlfriends especially during the holidays?  I know I do, and I know several other moms who are in the same boat.  Dinner and wine normally goes hand in hand.  It’s somewhat easy to know what wines go with which foods.   However, when it comes to dessert, everybody gets confused to what the rules are.  When deciding which wine to pair with your food, you need to think about the acidity, intensity, and sweetness of both the wine and the dessert. A good rule of thumb is that the wine should always be sweeter than the dessert. Here is list of a few desserts and what wines go best with them:

If you are eating an apple pie, look at drink a late-harvest Riesling, Various Ice Wines, Muscat, Demi-sec Sparkling Wines, Blueberry Wine, Sauternes, and even pink champagne.

If you are eating something with blueberries, you want Brut Sparkling Wines, Demi-sec Sparkling Wines, Late-Harvest Riesling, Muscat, or Zinfandel.

The most important mix — chocolate and wine. :) You want to pair chocolate with a Late-Harvest Riesling, Raspberry Wine, Black Muscat, Cabernet Sauvignon, late-harvest Pinot Noir, Banyuls, Grenache, Australian Shiraz, or port.

If you are having cake, you want Demi-sec Sparkling Wines, Late-Harvest Riesling, or Muscat.

If you are having custard or pudding, look for Demi-sec Sparkling Wines, Late-Harvest Riesling, Muscat or Asti Spumanti (my personal favorite!).

If fresh fruit is on the menu, you want a Late-Harvest Chenin Blanc, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, or Muscat.

The best wines that go with nuts are Port, Brut Sparkling Wine, and Angelica.

How do you decide what to pair with dessert? Or do you serve wine with dessert at all?

Remember to check out Duncan Hines’ website www.duncanhines.com to find some great recipes for your holiday get-together! I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective.

Better Oats mmm Muffins Blueberry Oatmeal giveaway!

This giveaway is now over. The winner is Niko O. Congrats!

How are you celebrating National Blueberry Month? How about trying some Better Oats mmm Muffins Blueberry Oatmeal? It is made with 100% whole grain oats, is a good source of ALA Omega-3, and is naturally cholesterol free and has zero trans fats. There are 30 grams of whole grains per serving! It is also an excellent source of antioxidant vitamins A & E and fiber.

The Better Oats mmm Muffins Blueberry Oatmeal has been a hit in my house. I love how easy it is to make and you can use the pouch that holds the oatmeal as your measuring cup for the water! Less waste and just very cool all around. The packaging is made from 100% recyclable carton, and is definitely smaller than most of what I’ve seen on the market. As for the taste? Yum!!! You’ll be amazed that you are eating instant oatmeal. The thick and hearty texture and the real blueberries are a great!

Since this was such a hit in my house, I’ve arranged for one of my lucky readers to get a month’s supply (1 case) of Better Oats. Here’s what you need to do:

Leave me a comment and tell me why’d you like to try this!

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This contest will end August 10th at 11:59 pm CST! Good Luck!