Progresso Giveaway!

This giveaway is now over. The winner is Janet F. Congrats!

I like soup especially here in Chicago in the winter time. Nothing is better to warm you up from the inside out and if it is low in calories, even better! Did you know that Progresso Soup can help curb your hunger, and it is available in 40 delicious flavors that have 100 calories or less? With hearty ingredients like pasta, beans, corn and rice, and flavor-packed vegetables like tomatoes, carrots, and peppers, Progresso Soup varieties offer a good source of fiber and a full serving of vegetables. I always feel like Progresso Soup is the “adult” soup on the market. It is filling. It is good and very flavorful. It is just an added plus that it is low in calories.

Now, to help kick off a new outlook on the New Year, Progresso is excited to announce the return of the “Souper You™ Debut” contest! From January 3rd through March 16th, you and your readers can visit Progresso on Facebook to enter for the chance to win a full makeover in New York City. Three grand prize winners will be awarded a trip for two to New York City from May 20th-22nd. The prize includes roundtrip airfare, a two-night stay in an NYC hotel, a full makeover, a guided wardrobe shopping spree with a personal consultation at a New York City department store, and $1,000 in spending money. Once the 10 finalists are announced, you can visit Progresso on Facebook from March 30th through April 13th to vote for your favorite.

You can also visit the Facebook page to download a coupon for $1.00 off four (4) cans of Progresso Soup and to check out makeover videos provided by and the Style Network. Be sure to also “Follow” Progresso on Twitter to keep up with the latest news from Progresso.

Since I have enjoyed the soup so much, I’ve arranged for one lucky reader to get a Progresso “Souper You Debut” gift pack that includes a VIP coupon for a free can of Progresso soup, as well as a yoga mat, water bottle, set of aerobic bands, sport headband and two sport wristbands.

Here’s what you need to do:

Tell me which flavor of Progresso soup you’d like to try!

These will give you one additional entry (for each thing):

1. Twitter about this contest. I’ve added a Tweet button at the top of this post to make it super easy to do too! Just let me know in the comments that you did. Also, you can do this daily!

2. Add this post to social media sites like Stumble, Digg, Kirtsy, Blogging Zoom, Reddit, Propeller, Etc. (1 extra entry per site)

3.  Like this post on Facebook (There is a like button at the beginning and the end of this post you can use).

4.  Add this to any forums you belong too. Please give me the URL, so I can verify.

5.  Comment on any other post on my blog.  Let me know which post.

Each of these will give you 5 entries:

1. Blog about this on your blog. Please give me the URL, so I can verify.
2. Subscribe to this blog using either my email or RSS feed
3. Add my badge to your sidebar:

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For 10 bonus entries:

Subscribe to my blog using your Kindle!

Good luck! This contest will end January 26th, 2010 at 11:59 PM CST.

Progresso provided me with the free product, information, and giveaway through MyBlogSpark.

Uncle Bens: Rice Is Back!

Up to this point, my family and I weren’t rice eaters. Well, actually everybody but me. However, rice intimidated me.  My husband would buy a brand other than Uncle Bens, and we always seemed to screw it up.  However, I went to the Uncle Bens event here in Chicago to learn, and learn I did!
Uncle Ben’s Whole Grain pasta is good. They have a whole line of rice that is not only easy to make, but really good for you. First, it looks and tastes like white rice. I like to think of that as my secret weapon since whole grains normally get a thumbs down. It’s also made with natural ingredients and is low in fat. Uncle Ben’s Whole Grain White Rice is a good source of fiber and nearly delivers the recommended daily amount of whole grains. It’s whole grain goodness everyone will love. Ready to eat in just 10 minutes, Uncle Ben’s Whole Grain White Rice is available in six plain and flavored varieties:

  • UNCLE BEN’S® Whole Grain White Rice Long Grain
  • UNCLE BEN’S® Whole Grain White Rice Broccoli Cheddar
  • UNCLE BEN’S® Whole Grain White Rice Chicken
  • UNCLE BEN’S® Whole Grain White Rice Taco Style
  • UNCLE BEN’S® Whole Grain White Rice Sweet Tomato
  • UNCLE BEN’S® Whole Grain White Rice Garden Vegetable

There is a flavor for everyone!  My favorite flavor is the chicken one!  I’ve reintroduced this staple into my family, and you should too!

I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Uncle Bens and received the product necessary to facilitate my candid review. In addition, I received a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.

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Foodie Events in the Chicago area

What:  March Madness

Info:  Chef Molly Sell will be hosting a March Madness family night with parents and kids ages 4 and older.  You’ll be creating festive dinners for college basketball playoffs.

Cost: $25

When: Today

Where: Flavour Cooking School, 4701 W Madison St., Forest Park

Other: Register at 708-488-0808


What:  Date Night

Info:  Chef Mary Rose Hoover of Cucina Della Rosa teaches a “Couples Night Out” cooking class.

Cost: $150

When: Today

Where: McCauley Design, 115 Hough St., Barrington

Other: Register at 847-650-9463


What:  Berghoff Unveiled

Info:  Carlyn Berghoff and Nancy Ross Ryan, co-authors of the “Berghoff Cafe Cookbook” discuss “Cafe History a la Berghoff” and sign books

Cost: $5, $3 for students, free to Culinary Historians of Chicago members

When: Saturday

Where: Berghoff Cafe, 17 W Adams St., lower level.

Other: Register at 708–788-0338 or


What:  Cabin Cuisine

Info:  Chef Patrick Moore will be conducting cooking demostrations at the Lake Home & Cabin Show.

Cost: $12 adults, $5 kids ages 5-15

Where: Schaumberg Convention Center, 1551 N Thoreau Drive

Other: Register at 847-303-4100 or


What:  Spicing up Passover

Info:  Chef Laura Frankel teaches a Passover Boot Camp and how to add flavor and creativity to Passover meals.

Cost: $25, $20 members

When: Tuesday, 6:30 pm

Where: The Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, 610 S. Michigan Ave.

Other: Register at 312-322-1773


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