Vegan Desserts in A Jar

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With easy-to-follow recipes and gorgeous color photos, Vegan Desserts in Jars shows how to make tasty treats that are already in the perfect dish for serving, storing and sharing at parties. Portable, gift-able and delicious, this book’s little delights are sure to make a big impression, including:

• No-Bake Pecan Pie
• Raspberry Brownie Bombs
• Cream-Filled Carrot Cake
• Grasshopper Pies
• Pumpkin Crème Brûlée
• Salty Almond Cheesecake
• Peanut Butter Cream Cups
• Chocolate Babka Blossoms

With 75 recipes to choose from, there is definitely something for everyone! I love how these are good for you home, but what a great idea for gifts! Everything looks so yummy and I can only recommend this cookbook!

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month Giveaway!

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Hispanic Heritage month celebrates the culture and traditions of those who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean. This month we have been eating a lot of really great meals that have come out of those countries!

IMUSA and McCormick have teamed up together with a bunch of their products to make your meals all the better this month! IMUSA offers all types of kitchen tools for varying cuisines. McCromick offers up all the spices!

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From this awesome pack, I have to be honest, my favorite thing is the Tortilla Warmer. Seriously, it is the little things in life that work for me. I just love warm tortillas. My daughter just eats tortillas with nothing on them, so she loves it too. My husband is a huge salsa fan. He totally loves the IMUSA Multicolor Salsa Dishes. They are the perfect size for home use or for even parties. (And they aren’t glass, so I don’t have to worry about anybody breaking them! Double bonus!). I also got so many spices to try. However, I will be honest — I really like the McCormick Enchilada and Taco Seasoning packs. I love how they’ve made it so easy to make delicious tacos and enchiladas. The directions are on the back of the package, but trust me, it is totally easy. I seriously can’t mess it up!

Since I know you all want to celebrate with me, I have arranged for one of you lucky readers to win a IMUSA/McCormick Prize Pack. Here’s what you need to do:

Smarty Had A Party Review and Giveaway!

This giveaway is now over. The winner is Emma Peel. Congrats!

Sponsored by Tomoson.comI like to make things easy for myself.  Every other year we do Christmas Eve at my house, and I hate all the dishes that it brings (especially when we are talking 11 adults and 4 kids).  Granted, we have a dishwasher, but it still stinks.  After a dinner with everybody, we end up having to run at least 2 loads in the dishwasher to get everything clean.

That is where Smarty Had A Party comes in.  First of all, who doesn’t love that name?  Smarty Had A Party is the premier online retailer of elegant disposable dinnerware, offering an attractive alternative for classy parties, weddings, holidays and elegant events, at a substantial cost-savings over rentals. Although these dishes are sturdy and elegant enough to be used for an important event, they can be conveniently disposed of, and all at reasonable price. They even offer free ground shipping on all orders over $275.00!

We recently tried these out.  At first look, they look real.  It isn’t until you sit down and use them that you realize that it is plastic.  They definitely dress up your dinner, and this is a product I’ll be using again for family holidays.  Everybody was impressed with them, and it made cleanup a breeze.

Since we liked these so much, I’ve arranged for one lucky reader to get their own Smarty Had A Party prize pack!  They prize pack consists of:

10.25″ Smarty Ivory and Chocolate Dinner Plates
Reflections Long Dinner Forks
Reflections Grand Heavy Knives
Reflections Spoons
Chocolate Brown Dinner Napkins

Here’s what you need to do:

Head over to the Smarty Had  A Party site and tell me what products you like best.  Is it the silverware?  Or is it the
10.75″ Platinum Ebony Black Plates?

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 this blog. Let me know which one and you’ve got an additional entry. (One entry per post you comment on, so if you comment on 5 post, you’ve got five extra entries! Comments must not be spam.)

6.  Follow Smarty Had A Party on Twitter.

7.  Like Smarty Had A Party on Facebook.

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 November 23rd, 2010 at 11:59 PM CST.

[Product review & giveaway 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. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”]