Sunday, December 9, 2012

Sunday Stealing: The 11/11 Questions Meme

It has been a very long time since I've participated in this, but today I felt like doing more on here than occasionally checking in and posting a review or giveaway once in a while. So, here we go!

What is your favorite possession? Um ... that's a toughy. Probably my computer. Or my iPhone. Or the iPad ... Do I have to pick a favorite?

Do you like to read? If so, which books do you love best? Um, YES! I own, operate, and write all of Proud Book Nerd. As for types of books, it really depends on my mood. So long as it's well-written and interesting, I'm usually happy.

Do you have any pets? Yes. A beagle, Sawyer. And three cats, Zeus, Huckleberry, and Jasmine.

What was your favorite food as a child? Is it the same now? Um ... probably macaroni & cheese, but I'm not sure. And, no, it's not the same. Now I love Alaskan King Crab.

What is your favorite thing about blogging? I know I don't use this blog often, but it's fun. With PBN (linked above), I love the community of fellow book bloggers. And reading and sharing my love of reading with others. Really, it's my involvement and commitments with that blog that makes me so quiet around here.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be? Near my family, meaning my parents and my sisters. I don't care where, so long as they were nearby – and my family (meaning husband and kids) were still with me.

What is your favorite number? 3

Which of these things would you find hardest to give up for a year? Chocolate, reading, coffee or smoking? Reading. No question there. And not just because of PBN. I don't drink coffee. I don't smoke. I do love chocolate, so that would be tough, too. But, not reading would be much, much worse. Heck, maybe giving up chocolate would mean I finally lost some weight! ;-)

If you could make your life into a movie, what would you name it.. and who would you want to play you? The Boring Movie? I doubt my life is exciting enough to warrant a movie! ;-) So far as actresses, I'm partial to Sandra Bullock or Anne (or is it Ann?) Hathaway.

If you had £20,000 for a shopping spree, what would you buy? I have no idea how much that would be in American dollars, but hopefully enough to pay off a little debt. Then, something for the kids.

If you could eat lunch with one famous person, who would it be? I used to always say Amy Grant, but now I'm not so sure. Maybe one of the authors whose books have recently touched my life.


WINNER: Simply Potatoes

Thank you to everyone who entered my Simply Potatoes giveaway! It's a fantastic product that my family loves, and I'm excited to share!

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Congratulations to Rose T.!


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Review & Giveaway: Simply Potatoes

As we enter the holiday season, some of the most planning and preparation goes into food. What to serve for Thanksgiving dinner. What to serve for Christmas. Even New Year's can have some food-related planning required. And, if you're like me, and not Martha Stewart or Rachael Ray in the kitchen, you feel a bit overwhelmed. Admit it! At least some of you do! ;-)

Enter Simply Potatoes. Seriously. I know, I know. I was wary, too. I can't tell you the number of times I've bought prepared potato products only to end up regretting it – or finding it OK, but the kids turning their noses up at it. Well, prepare to be amazed. Simply Potatoes products are GOOD. My husband and I actually have been buying and serving their products for quite some time. Probably a couple of years now. It is the ONLY brand of prepared potato products we buy. No others come close to tasting so good, so authentic, so homemade!

They offer tons of different potato products, plus macaroni and cheese. Here are a few examples:

  • Traditional Mashed Potatoes
  • Garlic Mashed Potatoes
  • Mashed Sweet Potatoes
  • Red Potato Wedges
  • Diced Potatoes with Onion
  • Shredded Hash Browns
  • Ranch Steamables
We have bought several of these, and others not listed above. The only ones we haven't tried are the Steamables – they're new, and I'll be looking to try them soon, as they sound good.

One of our favorites is the Traditional Mashed Potatoes. They taste so good, and don't even need salt. They aren't salty; their flavor's just right and doesn't require any enhancement. Coming from me, that is HUGE – I salt my potatoes to death most of the time! 

Our other favorite is Shredded Hash Browns. We almost always have them in our fridge, ready for whenever the mood strikes. My husband usually fries them and makes a skillet dish with it. We add some things – mushrooms for me; mushrooms and onions for him – and top it with cheese and eggs. YUM! Our oldest likes these meals, too.

So, looking at the Simply Potatoes Web site, I've recently discovered that they have tons of recipes. And many of them look good. They have variations for mashed potatoes, desserts, and what they call Simply-fied recipes. There are potato pancakes, sweet potato muffins, and much more. I'm planning to give a few of these a try soon!

So, if you're stressed out over planning holiday meals – or just need something quick for everyday cooking, grab some Simply Potatoes! They're quick, easy, and very tasty!


One winner will receive a coupon for a free Simply Potatoes product. Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter. Giveaway is open to those in the U.S. only.

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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Review: Time to Enjoy App

I was recently contacted to review the new Time to Enjoy app, free for iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad users. In short, it's an app that helps you find things to do wherever you are. I tried it out and gotta say, it is a pretty cool app! It has everything – events, movie showings, etc. Whenever I'm at a loss for things to do with the kiddos, this app comes in handy. Very handy! And you can search ahead, then add things to the calendar on your device! It is so easy to use, I love it!

The makers of Time to Enjoy are currently having an Instagram contest:
Download the Time to Enjoy App, Share it on Facebook and Twitter; Follow @timetoenjoy_app on Instagram then take a photo of an event you found on Time to Enjoy onto Instagram using hashtag #timetoenjoy_app. The contest will run from June 6th to June 30th. One reader of all the blogs that participate will be randomly chosen to win a $500 gift card –OR- a $500 total voucher for hotel and airfare on Southwest airlines. For more information and a list of Terms and Conditions, please click here
To learn more about Time to Enjoy, check out their site HERE.

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