by amanda

Maple Cornbread

November 6, 2013 in breads, Uncategorized by amanda

I meant to have an apple pie for you today. Alas, it did not work out as planned. It was one of those with a crumb topping but it had SO MUCH butter in it that it all kind of melted and got gross looking AND created quite a mess in the oven. Then I read the reviews afterward and, of course, they all warned to cut down on butter in the topping.

So yeah.

I have cornbread for you instead.

It’s the good, sweet kind so don’t be too upset with me.

I was feeling extra lazy the day I made this and kicked myself for not having a box of my favorite Jiffy mix but I threw this together in less than 5 minutes. I don’t think I’ve ever met a cornbread that I didn’t enjoy but this one was pretty awesome.

One year ago: Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak
Two years ago: Maple Pecan Fudge

Maple Cornbread


3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled, plus more for the pan
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups cornmeal
2 tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups whole milk
4 large eggs
3/4 cup pure maple syrup


  1. Heat oven to 425F. Butter a 9-by-13-inch baking pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and add the milk, eggs, ½ cup of the maple syrup, and ½ cup of the butter; whisk together the wet ingredients, then incorporate the dry ingredients until just combined (do not overmix).
  3. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the remaining ¼ cup of butter and ¼ cup of maple syrup. After removing the corn bread from oven, brush with the butter mixture. Cool completely in the pan, then cut into pieces.

by amanda

Butterball Giveaway

October 30, 2013 in Uncategorized by amanda

This is probably my favorite post that I do all year! I know it’s not the biggest giveaway I do but I like to think that the people who receive the free turkeys have a little less stress in the week before Thanksgiving since they already have their turkey hanging out in the fridge. Before I got super into blogging, I use to stalk Butterball on Twitter because they give away a ton of these checks every year and for some reason, a free turkey just makes me the happiest girl on earth.

So I’ve got two $20 Butterball turkey checks to give away which means two people will win.

This year Butterball is embracing the new Thanksgiving as men play a larger role in the meal prep. Smokers and deep fryers – all that manly stuff – have had a huge rise in popularly the past few years and the men seem to be digging it. Right?

So enter the giveaway down below! And if you want the recipe for the Cider & Sage Brined Turkey in the photo up there, go ahead and click here. Butterball has a ton of recipes on their site as well. And check out their Pinterest page for even more inspiration.
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by amanda

It’s Wienervention Time! GIVEAWAY!

June 27, 2013 in Uncategorized by amanda

A few weeks ago, I got the above package in the mail. I knew I was expecting some hot dogs from Applegate but I busted out laughing when I opened it. Seriously one of the best packages I’ve ever received. And I get to offer an Applegate giveaway to one of you!

Applegate is staging a Wienervention because it’s time we grill up some worry-free hot dogs! Applegate hot dogs are simple: just beef, water, sea salt, and spices. This means that they typically have less fat and sodium than other dogs. They’re also made from animals that are never given antibiotics or hormones.

That’s all important and all, but what about the taste? When I posted that photo of the package on Instagram and Twitter, I had at least 5 people say “Omg, their all beef hot dogs are the best things ever!” I was a little skeptical though because a hot dog’s a hot dog, right? Nope, wrong. They are amazing! I can’t tell you how many times I just had a couple hot dogs – not even with buns – for lunch over the past couple weeks. This past weekend I drove across town to the only place I knew had them (Super Target) because I absolutely had to have more. They are so flavorful – normally I pile my hot dogs with all kinds of stuff but these are perfect with just a tiny bit of ketchup and my new favorite spicy maple mustard (that my mom sent me for my birthday!).

The giveaway will be a package that includes an Applegate wooden cutting board, an Applegate Chico tote bag, and fun Applegate buttons and magnets. Make sure you enter below!

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You can find Applegate on Facebook or Twitter. And be sure to check out the new Wienervention app!

The Applegate product, gift pack, and giveaway have been provided by Applegate. No other compensation was received. 


by amanda

Ubooly Giveaway!

November 24, 2012 in Uncategorized by amanda

I have an exciting giveaway for y’all today! It’s an Ubooly! What’s an Ubooly, you ask? One of the coolest toys I’ve ever seen! It’s a little monster, as you can see, but when you insert your iPhone (or iPod Touch) into it, Ubooly comes to life. It tells stories, makes up imaginative games for the kids to play, and plays whatever music you have on your phone. Ubooly even understands simple commands such as “Play music” or “Tell me a joke”. It also has a section of games that are perfect for the older kids because they are more like video games.

My kids all love it! I have 3 boys (age 5, 3, and 1) and all 3 were able to play with it to some degree. My oldest loves that games and the jokes, my 3 year old loves asking it to play music, and the baby just loves to watch and listen to it. My favorite part is that it says “WHEEEEE” when you roll it around. It’s the cutest thing!

My kids, especially my oldest, just like to hang out with Ubooly. They take it all over the house with them and have random conversations with it. It plays board games with them, it goes outside with them, they even try to convince me to let them sleep with it.

Ubooly is definitely the favorite toy around here and they absolutely beg to have my phone so they can play with it. If you have been searching for a great Christmas gift for the special kid in your life, Ubooly would be perfect.

And now for the giveaway!

I have one Ubooly to offer to one reader! Enter below using Rafflecopter.

  • The giveaway prize includes one Ubooly toy & the Ubooly iOS app, which updates every month with new activities, automatically over WiFi.
  • Entrants must have an iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S, or an iPod touch 4th and 5th gen.
  • Ubooly is recommended for children between ages 4-9.
  • Ubooly will ship directly to the winner of each giveaway.

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Moms are some of the most savvy mobile users and so are their kids. Ubooly is a toy designed for this new high-tech generation. While learning and sharing new content every week, Ubooly is the only toy that grows with your child. It encourages listening skills, and a break from high-energy / high-stimulation play. Through stories & interactive games, Ubooly’s curiosity is sure to awaken the creativity within your child’s imagination.

Ubooly is the hot toy of the season, it’s new to the scene and is on track to sell out this winter! Free updates through Wi-Fi creates ongoing entertainment for kids.

Click here to adopt your own Ubooly and get FREE SHIPPING now!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Ubooly. The opinions and text are all mine.

by amanda

An Edible Mosaic Review and Giveaway

November 9, 2012 in Uncategorized by amanda

I was incredibly honored to be asked to review An Edible Mosaic by the lovely Faith and have enjoyed sharing a few of the recipes with you guys over the past month. And today I am really excited because I get to give a copy of the beautiful cookbook away to one of you!

This cookbook is definitely the most exciting thing to happen to my cookbook collection in a very long time. I told you guys that my husband and I both love Middle Eastern food but up until receiving this book, the only time we ever got to eat it was at restaurants. I am so excited to have a ton of authentic recipes at my fingertips and I can’t even wait to cook my way through the book.

We made the Zucchini Fritters, Spiced Shawarma Chicken Wraps, and the super addictive Coconut Semolina Cake. That cake is reason enough to buy the cookbook. I have, no joke, had dreams about that cake.


One winner will win a copy of An Edible Mosaic courtesy of Tuttle Publishing.


  • Giveaway is open worldwide! (Yaaaaaaay!)
  • Enter using Rafflecopter – Rafflecopter will randomly choose the winner for me.
  • I will email the winner who will have 48 hours to get back to me.
  • Tuttle will ship the book directly to the winner.

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