Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Nicolitalia Pizzeria (GIVEAWAY) Ends Feb 11

My family took some friends to Nicolitalia Pizzeria recently and I was very pleasantly surprised.  This place is amazing!

Did you know that Zagat rated the best pizza in each state in an article called "50 States, 50 Pizzas" and Utah's pizza was none other than the Mahk Anthony at Nicolitalia Pizza (pictured above).  I tried it out and it really is AMAZING.  Chicken, spinach, garlic, romano cheese, hot peppers, bacon and mozzerella.  My mouth is literally watering just writing about it.

 This place is legit.  See all those best of state awards?  There is a reason.  Let me tell you what blew this place out of the water though - the breadsticks.  You have to try the breadsticks with their house sauce.  My favorite breadsticks at any restaurant - ever.  It was that good.

The thing that impressed me the most - honestly - was the staff.  The owner and his wife are the nicest people you'll ever meet.  We watched as they talked to all of the customers to make sure everything was just perfect.  And not the awkward talking when you are just wanting them to leave you alone, but the friendly, easy to talk to personality that makes you actually want to be friends with these people.
SO...do you want to win everything I tried?  An order of hot breadsticks and two large pizzas (I recommend the Mahk Anthony for sure) can be yours by entering below!
To enter, just leave a comment telling me what you are dying to try at Nicolitalia Pizzeria.
(Make sure to include your email address in the comment if it's not linked to the profile you're commenting with so I can contact you if you win.)
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This giveaway will end at 11:59 PM on February 11, 2014.
Fine print: Although I received a free product for reviewing this product, the opinions on this post are 100% mine. The giveaway is for people willing to drive to Utah County only

Monday, January 13, 2014

FREE Ice Skating Party this Saturday at Peaks Ice Arena

Comcast is hosting TWO free ice skating parties this Saturday with appearances by gold medalist figure skater Sarah Hughes!  This is the perfect oppertunity to take your kids to learn to skate.
What: Free ice skating parties for anyone who wants to come. 2002 women’s figure skating gold medalist Sarah Hughes will be there to take photos, sign autographs and skate with the families who come. Ice skating and skate rental is free. They’ll also have hot chocolate, treats, a live DJ, games and prizes for anyone attending.
When: Saturday, Jan. 18 Where/Time: • 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. – Peaks Arena, 100 N. Seven Peaks Blvd., Provo (Sarah will be on site from approximately 3:30 – 5 p.m.) • 6 to 10 p.m. – Utah Olympic Oval, 5662 Cougar Lane, Kearns (Sarah will be on site from approximately 6 -7:30 p.m.)
It’s a great chance to meet an Olympian and just get out and have fun with the family

Utah County Preschool

If any of my readers are looking for a great Utah County Preschool, Patchwork Preschool in Provo is awesome.
Rebecca let me come sit in for a class to see what it was like and I was super impressed with everything she did.  It's a perfect preschool for someone looking to help their child develop social skills while learning academics in a way that is fun, engaging and age-appropriate.
...and GREAT NEWS....
If you have a pre-K student who you wish you would have signed up for preschool but never got around to it, there is no need to wait!  For classes going on right now, there is currently 1 more opening in the Tuesday/Thursday class from 12:20-3:00 pm and 2 openings in the Monday/Wednesday/Friday class at the same time.
If you're looking to sign up your child for next year's class, registration starts on February 15.  Check out the website for more details.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Cardiology cookies

I used my favorite sugar cookie recipe to make my husband's paramedic class some EKG cookies.  I even did a couple flat lined.
These cookies are amazing - they are thick and moist and sweet - think Grandma Sycamore's cookies.  Mmm.
To do the cookies, I just googled "EKG strips" and looked at the images so I could copy a few.  Here is the recipe (I made my cookies without nutmeg this time):
Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies
1 cup butter
1 ½ cups sugar
2 eggs
4 ½ cups flour
1 t. baking soda
1 t. baking powder
1 t. salt
½ t. nutmeg (optional)
1 cup sour cream
1 ½ teaspoon vanilla
Cream butter with sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well. Add dry ingredients alternately with sour cream until incorporated. Add vanilla. Chill. Roll to ¼’’ thick and cut. Put on ungreased cookie sheet (I actually greased it for my cookies). Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes until golden around the edges. Cool and frost.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Pork Chops with McCormick Spice (and GIVEAWAY!) Ends 10/24.

This post brought to you by McCormick & Company. All opinions are 100% mine.

Lately when people ask me how things are going, I usually use a word like "chaotic" to describe my life right now.  My husband is in a very time-intensive program at school, which leaves me responsible for taking care of the kids 24/7 AND working from home to support us.  (Luckily I have an awesome job that lets me work from home and be the mom I need to be too).

I need something I can cook for dinner that is easy but delicious, and that you can make on a budget, which is why I was thrilled when I found the recipe for Home Style Pork Chops at McCormick.com.

I made these Pork Chops this week using McCormick Paprika, McCormick Thyme Leaves and McCormick Black Pepper, Ground and we loved them.  They only took a few minutes to prepare and everybody ate them right up.  I decided to grill them instead of pan fry, but it would work either way.

McCormick has generously offered to let me host a “Homemade in America” comment contest for my readers to win a McCormick gift set!

To enter, just leave a comment and tell me what your favorite McCormick spice is!  Winner will be chosen at random at midnight October 24.

Get one extra entry for each of the following (leave a seperate comment for each entry):

1.  Follow McCormick Spice on Facebook.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

It's baby season and I've got some Brookside Chocolate to celebrate!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sam’s Club. All opinions are 100% mine.

I don't know what it is, but it sure feels like baby season around here lately.  My baby is already 4 months old but I feel like I am surrounded by newborns!  Most of my close friends have had a baby in the last month or two or will have one within the next couple of weeks.

When I had Lily, one of my sisters gave me a bag of Brookside Dark Chocolate Pomegranate and it was honestly my favorite thing anyone brought me in the hospital.  Nobody told me that as a new mom, once that baby comes out you are STARVING.  ALL THE TIME.  I needed something tasty I could snack on in between visitors and nursing and honestly ate the whole bag during my two-day hospital stay by myself.  I was hooked.  I love this stuff!

Since then, I have also tried Dark Chocolate Acai with Blueberry, which I might actually like even better.  You better believe I am showing up to the hospital to visit my friends with a bag of Dark Chocolate Acai with Blueberry and a bag of Brookside Dark Chocolate Pomegranate for them.  Best post partum gift ever.

Did I mention how much I love this stuff?

Do you want to try Brookside chocolate too?  You're in luck!  On October 5 Sam's Club will be sampling Brookside chocolates in their stores!  Go stock up on this adult version of Halloween candy and discover Brookside- you'll be glad you did.  For more information on Brookside chocolate, you can visit Brookside Chocolate on Facebook.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Adventure Time Gunter Garbage Can using Duck Tape® Sheets

This post brought to you by Walmart. All opinions are 100% mine.

After many requests, here is the tutorial on how to make the Adventure Time Gunter Garbage Can for the Adventure Time Room I put together.  (The top left in the picture is the character from the show - my inspiration.)

Adventure Time is super popular right now but there isn't a lot out there to buy when it comes to decorating a room.  This Gunter garbage can was super easy to make with the use of Duck Tape® Sheets from Walmart.

First, I started off with a plain black garbage can I purchased from Walmart.

I purchased 2 white Duck Tape® sheets, 1 yellow Duck Tape® sheet, and 1 black Duck Tape® sheet.  You could also buy Duck Tape at Walmart and use Duck Tape® from a roll.

The basic shapes of Gunter are very simple, so I just cut out a triangle for the nose, two black circles for the eyes (and then I cut two circles out of the middle for the pupils).  I used the white to do the dome shape of the body - you can see where the two Duck Tape® sheets meet in the picture if you look close.

I drew a pattern on cardstock for the feet and cut out four feet out of the yellow Duck Tape® sheet.  I cut the heel off of two of the feet and then stuck 1 foot with a heel to 1 foot without a heel so both the top and the bottom were yellow Duck Tape® but the heel was still sticky on one side.  Then I simply stuck the sticky part of the heel to the bottom of the garbage can.

Duck Tape® made this project the easiest ever.  The whole project only took about half an hour and was not expensive at all to make.  I loved being able to cut shapes and then have it easily stick on permantly - no messing with glue or paint.  It added the perfect touch to our Adventure Time room!

Pick up your Duck Tape® sheets at Walmart when you do your back to school shopping and make a Gunter garbage can of your own!  Your kids will love you for it!

More projects using Duck Tape® can be found by following @TheDuckBrand on Twitter.

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