Thursday, August 14, 2014

Extended Stay America Away From Home Recipe Contest

If you know me, or have visited this blog before, you know I have a thing with recipe contests. I love to enter them and I really love to win them. When I am looking for a new contest to enter I usually look to see what the prize is, and if it requires voting. I really try to stay away from voting contests as much as possible, but sometimes the prize is so good I just have to go for it.
That was the case with the newest voting contest I'm entered in.
EXTENDED STAY AMERICA “AWAY FROM HOME COOKING” CONTEST had a prize offering I just couldn't help but try for and, to my utter surprise, they picked 2 of my entries to be in finalist spots!!
Two trips to NY are up for grabs along with the chance at $5,000 and to be featured with Sunny Anderson at the Network New York City Wine & Food Festival sounds like a dream!
is what I'm hoping will get me enough votes to get to NY!
If you have a moment, and wouldn't mind helping me out I'd love for you to vote for my recipe and help me get there! Each email address can vote once per day and it is a super quick and easy vote. As always, it is very appreciated!!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Campfire S'mores

S'mores and summer just go together
And, in my opinion, so does tart granny smith apples and biscoff spread
so when I saw the ad for the Campfire S'mores Non-Traditional S'mores contest I knew what my entry would be.
Luckily, they liked my entry just as much as I did and I won second place! A $300 Visa gift card and a S'mores box set!!!
4 Tablespoons crunchy cookie butter spread
4 slices granny smith apple, cored
2 Campfire Marshmallows Giant Roasters
Spread 1 Tablespoon of the cookie butter spread evenly on each of the apple slices.
Roast the Campfire Marshmallows Giant Roasters until toasted and browned and place the warm marshmallows on top of two of the apple slices.
Top each with the remaining apple slices and press gently to spread the marshmallow.
Serve Immediately.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Blessings and Blueberries

I have hit a bit of a lucky streak lately and I'm loving every minute of it! I have a lot of exciting news to share starting with this sweet gem.:
Hi Lauren,
Congratulations! You have been selected as the 1st place winner in Our State's Blueberry Recipe Collection presented by the NC Blueberry Council.
$500 prize
I am so thrilled that the North Carolina Blueberry Council loved my Blueberry Brie Stuffed French Toast With Blueberry Rosemary Syrup as much as my family did! An easy to make, sweet and savory update of a breakfast favorite this first place winning recipe blends the smooth flavor of Brie with the sweet Hawaiian bread, rosemary, and of course blueberries!
Be sure to download the entire recipe collection HERE
Apparently, blueberries and I have a little thing going on. If you need any more blueberry inspiration check out these delicious ways to use them up:

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