McCain Potatoes!

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for McCain Foods. I received a sample to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item as a thank-you for participating.

I am going to be honest. I am a meat and potatoes gal. My whole family is. I will always eat a potato that you throw in front of me, so needless to say, I was excited to try out the McCain potatoes. They all looked so good!

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My kids absolutely love the McCain Smilies. It is one of the few times I let them play with their food. Like love to pretend their potatoes have voices and make comments like “don’t eat me” right before they shove it in the mouth. (I never said we were normal LOL.) Madison can’t get enough of their sweet potato fries either!

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Why do I love McCain potatoes? Where do I start. I love that they are made from natural ingredients. My picky eater kids love to eat them. I don’t have to bribe them to eat dinner — they just do (with sounds effect but hey they are eating!) The McCain potatoes are just so easy to make too. I can’t complain when all it requires me to do is throw them in the over and flip them over at some point. Seriously, that’s it.

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I am happy to share with you all that McCain Potatoes is running a Facebook Contest where they will select 1 winner each week (8 winners total) to receive a $500 grocery store gift card! Contestants can also check out the Grocery Goodness Giveaway tab for to receive a $1 off coupon off any 1 bag of McCain Potato products!

Load up on groceries your family loves, and bring naturally good moments to the dinner table every time you serve McCain Potatoes. What is your favorite McCain product?

Sponsored: @MyCascade Final Thoughts – Week 4 #MyPlatinum

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

cascade1I’ve been using Cascade Platinum now for about a month. I am just as happy with it as it I was when we started this journey.  I run about a load of dishes a day, so I was able to really give the Cascade Platinum Pacs a workout.

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Cascade© Platinum Pacs achieve a top-tier clean so powerful that they even help keep your dishwasher machine sparkling and deliver a variety of dish care benefits:

• Powers away tough, 24 hour stuck-on food
• Eliminates the need to pre-wash dishes
• Helps maintain the look of new machines and helps prevent additional hard-water build-up
• Delivers exceptional dishware shine

I have not pre-washed anything in a month, and that is a beautiful thing! I’ve used it to rid ourselves of dried on ketchup, spaghetti sauce, and even dough!  I will be continuing to use Cascade myself!

The Cascade “My Platinum” Instagram contest is in full force. This contest encourages fans to
upload photos related to the weekly contest themes. You get to show off how sparkly Cascade makes all
your pots, pan and plates! Here’s what’s still left:

  • Week 3: My Platinum Clink (Entry: 6/17-6/23) — Show us how you serve up creative concoctions in sparkling glasses. Cheers!
  • Week 4: My Platinum Table (Entry Period: 6/24-6/30) — Show us your sparkling tablescape for your most special celebrations!

Are you a Cascade Platinum fan?  Why or why not?

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
 
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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!

Why do you use Cascade?