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Do you know a baker in your life? Racking your brain on what to get them? Check out over 25 gift ideas for the baker in your life (gift ideas as little as $10 and upwards of $200). This gift guide is perfect for every budget. Whether an experienced baker or just getting interested in baking you’ll be sure to find the perfect gift for the friend and family member in your life.

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  1. Chocolate lover’s gift set – A perfect gift for the wine and chocolate lover in your life. 20 mouth-watering artisan chocolates designed to pair perfectly with our Monterey Pinot Noir. La Crema 2012 Monterey Pinot Noir: This outstanding vintage gave us a complex nose that offers up both savory and sweet tones; ripe plum and forest floor aromas are highlighted by notes of violet and cocoa powder. On the palate, pomegranate and blackberry take center stage, highlighted by notes of anise and mocha. (Price for the set: $75 / Wine Club $60)
  2. Easy As Pie Gift Set from King Arthur Flour – This is perfect for the pie baker in your life. It helps stock their pantry and gives them a nice new pie plate too! The set includes: Apple Pie Spice,  Pumpkin Pie Spice, Vietnamese Cinnamon, Signature Secrets, and a White 9″ Deep Dish Pie Plate.
  3. SILPAT Non-Stick Baking Mat – I’ve been baking with SILPAT for the past 2 years. Can’t imagine baking without one–nothing sticks to a Silpat! Silpat® Non-Stick Baking Mats are designed for every type of oven.  It is reusable for thousands of uses and provides even heat transfer to baked goods. Use your Silpat® everytime you bake!
  4. Chardonnay Lover’s Gift Set – The perfect pairing for the Chardonnay lover of you list. Everything you need to enjoy a glass of La Crema. Set of 2 (two) Stemless Reidel “O” Chardonnay glasses. Corkscrew –  a “two-step” waiter’s friend French wood and metal corkscrew. La Crema Appellation Series Russian River Chardonnay.  This classic style Russian River Chardonnay has fresh aromas of yellow apple and stone fruits, highlighted by baking spice and vanilla tones. Its rich mouthfeel is beautifully balanced by juicy acidity and a lush, lingering finish. (Price: $75.00 / Wine Club $60.00)
  5. Ultimate Professional Cake Decorating Set by Wilton – This is the set to have if you are an avid cake decorator. I would LOVE to own one of these. With the Ultimate Professional Decorating Set, you’ll have easy-to-use cake decorating tools, conveniently organized, in a sturdy caddy at your fingertips. It’s our most extensive collection of the essential tools for every decorating need from buttercream and royal icing to gum paste and fondant decorating. The Ultimate Tool Caddy features sectioned drawers, spatula slots, pegs for keeping decorating tips organized, an oversized drawer for larger items and more. Each drawer features a secure snap lid so all your tools stay secure when you’re on the go. 177 total pieces make this truly the Ultimate Decorating Set. 
  6. Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls by OXO – I have these mixing bowls and love them. I love that they have a non-skid bottom that stabilizes the Bowls while mixing. The Bowls have a brushed stainless steel interior that retains temperature for chilling and marinating and a white plastic exterior that shields your hands from extreme temperatures. The curved interior surface allows for easy mixing and cleaning. All sizes nest for compact storage and all are dishwasher safe. Set includes 1.5, 3 and 5 quart Bowls.
  7. Layer Cake Slicer by Frieling – I love a good layered cake, but hate cutting the layers. Not any more. Makes slicing up to eight uniform layers a “piece of cake”! 3-piece kit includes adjustable, grooved slicing mold, 12″ serrated baker’s knife and 11″ cake lifter. Pair it with one of the extra-deep springforms for up to eight layers or a standard one for up to four layers.
  8. Cake Pops Nonstick Baking Pans from World Market
  9. KitchenAid Pro Line Stand Mixer – no baking guide with complete without a KitchenAid Stand Mixer. I’ve owned one for 7 years now and use it almost daily. It’s truly a work horse. Serious bakers are looking for power, performance, and stamina. The ProLine delivers all three, while looking drop-dead gorgeous. Its high-efficiency motor runs longer with less heat buildup. 
  10. Master Tip Set by Wilton – I have this decorating container and most of the tips. This is perfect for the experienced baker or even the beginner baker who wants to start taking cake decorating classes! The ultimate decorating tip set includes 55 decorating tips, standard couplers and flower nails.
  11. Large Cookie Scoop by OXO – I own all three sizes. Seriously, I didn’t realize how important it is to have cookie scoops until I finally got them! You will always consistently achieve perfectly round cookies with the scoop. The Small, Medium and Large Scoops all have soft grips that absorb pressure while you squeeze to easily release your cookie dough. Dishwasher safe.
  12. Perfect Pairings Gift Set – Unlock the secrets of wine pairings with this book and bottle combination. Perfect Pairings by Ryland, Peters & Small – Take wine appreciation to the next level by learning how to match wine with the perfect food.  A resource of 100 delicious recipes along with pairing guides and tips for serving wine at home. La Crema 2012 Monterey Pinot Noir – Vivid and complex, with both savory and sweet aromas. Ripe plum and forest floor aromas are highlighted by notes of violet and cocoa powder. On the palate, pomegranate and blackberry take center stage.  Bright acidity and fine -grained tannins create an elegantly structured wine. (Price: $47.95/ Wine Club $38.36)
  13. 11″ Silicone Balloon Whisk by OXO – I love a good whisk and love that this one is silicone! It won’t ding up your pots, pans, and bowls! The silicone is heat resistant (up to 600oF) and a teardrop shaped handle that fits comfortably in the palm of your hand. The soft handle won’t slip out of your hand, even when wet. Beat eggs, stir batter, whip cream and stir sauces in comfort. The Silicone will not discolor, warp or melt and is safe for non-stick, ceramic and metal cookware.
  14. Bite-Size Brownie Squares 24-Cavity Silicone Mold by Wilton – Love the idea of making mini brownies without having to cut them into bite-size pieces. Little brownie bites—just the right size for parties and snacks. One 8 x 8 in. size brownie mix makes 40 to 42 brownies.
  15. Brownie Fun! by Wilton – cookies aren’t the only ones that can be the star of a party. Learn how to decorate fun and festive brownies with this cookbook. Brownie Fun! is packed with over 140 easy-to-make designs and recipes for brownies and mini treats. You’ll find fun shapes like flowers, footballs, burgers, volcanos and space aliens that are perfect for kids’ birthday parties. Create perfect brownies for every holiday, too, dressed up in festive seasonal colors. From stand-up Easter eggs and Halloween witches’ brooms to candy-topped Christmas ornaments and shaped snowflakes, you can enjoy Brownie Fun all year long. You’ll even find brownies elegant enough to serve at weddings, showers and other special occasions, with candy monograms, fondant flowers and more.
  16. 4 Piece Mini Measuring Beaker Set by OXO – I have these and love measuring small amounts of liquid like extracts and juices! The Beakers stand on their own, with fill lines below the very top, making it easy to set out ingredients before you start cooking or baking.  The funnel shape and spout on the top of the Beakers make filling and pouring simple.  When you’re done, all four sizes are dishwasher safe and nest for compact storage. Set includes 2 oz, 1 oz, 1 T and 1 tsp beakers with colorful, easy-to-read measurement markings.
  17. Keep Calm & Bake On Apron from World Market – every baker needs a cute apron and what better way to confirm they are the baker in the family than by this cute slogan.
  18. Keep Calm & Bake On Pot Holders from World Market – pair the cute apron with matching pot holders. Every baker can never have too many pot holders in the kitchen.
  19. Cookie Press with Disk Storage Case from OXO – Every baker needs a cookie press! Make batches of fun, consistent cookies for any occasion with the OXO Good Grips Cookie Press. The large, comfortable lever won’t strain your hand through dozens of cookies and the non-slip base keeps the Press steady while dispensing dough.  The top of the Press is contoured to provide a comfortable grip and the clear cylindrical barrel shows how much dough is left. With 12 stainless steel cookie disks in different patterns included, you’ll be prepared for any occasion! The Cookie Press disassembles for easy loading and cleaning.
  20. Pinot Noir Lover’s Gift Set – The perfect pairing for the Chardonnay lover of you list. Everything you need to enjoy a glass of your favorite La Crema wine. Set of 2 (two) Stemless Reidel “O” Pinot Noir glasses. Corkscrew –  a “two-step” waiter’s friend French wood and metal corkscrew. La Crema Appellation Series 2012 Russian River Pinot Noir.  Fresh aromas of boysenberry are supported by deeper tones of anise, espresso bean and earth. Well-structured and decidedly velvety, the supple tannins and spice linger on a long satisfying finish. (Price: $80.00 / Wine Club $64.00)
  21. Welcome Home Brands Paper Bakeware – Holiday – Whether your baking for the holidays or your child’s next bake sale these decorative and disposable paper bakeware are ideal. They are oven safe up to 400°F and freezer safe. You can place these directly on an oven rack or cookie sheet and they are free-standing. That means no need for metal molds!
  22. Decorating Bag Holder by Wilton – if you’ve ever decorated a cake you know it’s nice to have some where to hold the icing decorating bags. Keep icing bags organized and in easy reach of your decorating workspace. Openings hold up to six decorating bags from 8 in. to 16 in. (sold separately). The built-in, snug flower nail grips grasp nails for easy one-handed use. Stable legs smoothly lock into place and fold to maximize storage space. Silicone feet prevent the holder from sliding on the work surface. 
  23. Macaron Gifting Kit from World Market – for the macaron baking lover this gifting kit will surely make the homemade macarons that much sweeter! The kit includes decorative boxes with see-through lids, parchment paper, stickers and ribbons to add a sweet finishing touch and gift tags to personalize each special box of treats.
  24. 3 Piece Silicone Spatula Set by OXO – The baker in your life can never own enough silicone spatulas. I probably own over 10 easily (ok maybe 20). Silicone is heat resistant and safe to use for coated or non-stick cookware. The soft, non-slip handles are cushioned and keep your hand comfortable as you cook, stir or scrape.
  25. Wood Bark Pedestal Stand from World Market – Ever baker needs a cute cake stand and this rustic chic wood bark one is just that! Perfect for all occasions.

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Enter for a chance to win $340 @Circulon Cookware giveaway #turkeytalkThe other day I shared my recipe for Oven Roasted Sage Turkey with Brown Butter Sage Gravy that I created for Circulon. Today, I have an awesome giveaway for an 11-piece Symmetry Cookware set and a 17-inch by 13-inch Roaster with U-Rack. I love Circulon pots and pans. It is what I cook with on a daily basis. My Circulon Symmetry Cookware set is what I received at our engagement party 7.5 years ago. I cook breakfast, lunch, and dinner just about every single day of the year and these pots and pans have been a work horse for me. A few days prior to Circulon contacting me I had mentioned to my husband that I needed to invest in a new cookware set in the next few years. And then I got the email from Circulon and couldn’t respond quick enough to them! I was super excited that they reached out to me. This new set is AMAZING. Even better for me, all of the pots and pans are a little different in shape and size than my current set so I have double the amount of pots and pans. Of course the first thing my husband asked me was what pieces I was planning to donate and I quickly responded “none”. So now we have double the pots and pans and I can never say I don’t have a clean pot or pan!

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11-piece Cookware Set, Brown – Circulon Symmetry Chocolate Collection - Versatile and sophisticated, the graceful flare of Circulon Symmetry is all about release: recipes coming together as ingredients release their flavors, while the resilient nonstick surface inside and out easily releases foods for effortless clean up, whether by hand or in the dishwasher. From the small pouring saucepan, perfect for melted butter or pouring warmed stock into sauces, right up through the 8 Quart Covered Stockpot, this set provides nearly every pan a cook needs to prepare a complete meal.

The set includes: 1 Qt. Pouring Saucepan, 2 & 3 Qt. Covered Saucepans, 8 Qt. Covered Stockpot, 8.5″ & 10″ Skillets, & 3 Qt. Covered Saute

17-inch by 13-inch Roaster with U-Rack

17-inch by 13-inch Roaster with U-Rack – The Circulon Nonstick Bakeware 17-Inch by 13-Inch Roaster with U-Rack makes it simple to create healthy, lean and mouthwatering dishes, from a maple-and-cider-brined turkey to a pork loin roast with cranberry chorizo stuffing. With its convenient chrome-plated U-shaped rack, this roaster keeps meats off the bottom of the pan so unwanted fats drip away to the bottom of the roaster. The heavy-duty carbon steel construction promotes balanced heat distribution for superior cooking performance and long-lasting durability while the rolled edges provide extra strength. The roaster also features PFOA-free DuPont™ Autograph™ nonstick for excellent food release and easy cleanup. Oven safe to 450°F, this well-proportioned roaster is a great way to create healthier, more delicious meals. Crafted with elegant contemporary design and ready to deliver even more healthy cooking solutions, the roaster coordinates well with many other items in the Circulon Bakeware collection.

Making tender, moist turkey, beef, chicken and more is easier using the Circulon Nonstick Bakeware 17-Inch by 13-Inch Roaster with U-Rack.

One lucky reader will have the chance to win both the 17-inch by 13-inch Roaster with U-Rack and the 11-piece Cookware Set, Brown – Circulon Symmetry Chocolate Collection. Please wait for the rafflecopter widget to load (if it does not load click on the link below). Must be at least 18 years of age or older and reside in the United States. One winner will be drawn at random at the close of the giveaway. Must enter the mandatory option to be qualified to win.

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The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide - The Foodie

The holidays are right around the corner and what better way to help guide you in the right direction than to take a look at a variety of gift guides. I’m sharing with you my picks for The Foodie in your life. Even better if you scroll to the bottom you’ll have a chance to win some of the items I’m featuring in my 2014 Foodies Gift Guide. And you can also get ideas for a wide variety of topics from 22 other bloggers (and enter their giveaways too)!

2014 Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide - 25 Gifts for Foodies

1. Zoku Ice Cream Maker: I’ve been making ZOKU ice pops for a few years now and now I’m so excited I can make single serve ice cream!!! Make individual portions of ice cream, custard, frozen yogurt, gelato, sorbet, or sherbet in as little as 10 minutes with the Zoku Ice Cream Maker
2. OXO Twist Top Bottle: This is my go-to use everyday water bottle. Everyone needs a good water bottle in their life! The large opening makes filling, cleaning and adding ice easy.  The 24 oz Twist Top Bottle features a soft, non-slip carrying loop that is angled downwards for a natural, comfortable hold and is perfect for attaching to backpacks. Convenient measurement markings help track how much you’re drinking and can be used as a reference when adding supplements.
 
3. Silpat Mat: I’ve been using Silpat® Non-Stick Baking Mats for the past two years. I bake everything on my Silpat! They are designed for every type of oven. From savory to pastry baking, nothing sticks to Silpat®. It is reusable for thousands of uses and provides even heat transfer to baked goods.

4.Lindt Celebrations Chocolate Basket: Everyone loves chocolate and who doesn’t love Lindt Chocolate? The basket gives a little bit of everything and holds the most popular recipes, including LINDOR truffles, EXCELLENCE bars and diamonds and SWISS LUXURY SELECTION.

5. Peugeot Annecy Cheese Mill: I love freshly grated cheese and this is one of my favorites! Exclusive mechanism grates hard and semi-hard cheeses effortlessly; chocolate, walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts and more.5. I Like Pig Butts Multi Pack Can Coolies: Everyone needs a coolie to keep their drink cold. If your at the Food Trucks or tailgating you will appreciate this for sure. This vintage style can cooler is perfect for keeping your drink cool while the party heats up.

6. OXO Little Salad Dressing Shaker: I love this smaller version of a salad shaker. Perfect for a one-dinner salad dressing with no leftovers. The watertight Shaker offers a clean, neat and convenient way to mix, serve and store dressings, sauces and marinades. The top unscrews to reveal a wide opening ideal for adding a range of ingredients like oil, vinegar, mayonnaise, mustard, garlic, onions and spices. The Shaker is made of a BPA-free, break-resistant and dishwasher safe material.

7. Spiceologist Block™ – Starter With Spices: I had to include this into my holiday gift guide for foodies. This company of amazing spices was created by a fellow food blogger Heather from Farmgirl GourmetKnife block meets spice rack in this beautiful European Beech block filled with 22 glass vials of fresh spices.  Beautify your kitchen in one easy step!  It’s not only gorgeous, but it will help you be creative in the kitchen by keeping your most used spices close at hand.  Each cork is hand stamped and every tube is hand filled.
8. Peugeot Spring Cradle: If you are a wine lover you will love this stylish wine bottle holder.  A beautiful piece that underlines discreetly yet graciously your most beautiful wines. Spring holds all styles of bottles in the ideal position, highlighting the label.
9. OXO SteeL Wine Stopper/Pourer Combination: To follow up with the foodie wine lover you need this wine stop and pourer in one. The OXO SteeL Wine Stopper/Pourer Combination is the perfect two-in-one gift for anyone from the wine connoisseur to the casual entertainer. Combining function and elegance, the sleek, brushed stainless steel Stopper/Pourer Combination reduces drips and spills while pouring and allows for even and consistent wine flow.
10. Wine Club by Whole Foods Market: Who doesn’t love wine delivered to their door? Whole Foods Market is now offering six extraordinary, hard-to-find wines. Carefully curated by their two Global Wine Buyers. Delivered to your door four times a year for $125 per shipment.

11.Skillet Bacon Jam Bacon Spread 7 0z. – 3 Jar Pack: Most foodies (like me) love bacon. Give a little bacon this holiday season. Made from Uncured Bacon, No Nitrite or Nitrates added and an incredibly flavorful, tasty condiment!

12. CDN ProAccurate Waterproof Pocket Thermometer: Every foodie MUST own a thermometer and what better than one that is waterproof! For home cooks who want a highly practical cooking thermometer, the long stem provides accurate temperature readings with a fast 6-second response.
13. Frieling Black Cube Fry Pan: Ever since I’ve received this frying pan I haven’t stopped using it. This is the first of many other pans coming out from Frieling–once you cook with this frying pan you will never go back to anything else. The Ultimate Cooking Surface – A world’s first: Black Cube™ combines all the benefits of stainless steel and nonstick cookware.

14.Molecular Mixology Kit – Cocktail R-EVOLUTION: If you know someone who loves a good cocktail this is the kit for them. This kit comes with 5 food additives (50 sachets), 5 pipettes, 1 slotted spoon, 1 set of measuring spoons, and 1 DVD of 30 recipes.

15. OXO Small Silicone Spatula: Every foodie needs a good spatula in their life (or a dozen like me). Easy-to-clean silicone covers the head and neck of the Spatulas and they are heat-resistant up to 600°F, so they won’t discolor, warp or melt.
16. Welcome Home Brands Paper Bakeware: I’m all for disposable and cute bakeware!!! The free-standing, disposable bakeware eliminates the need for metal bakeware, offering a whole new way to bake, serve, store, and give all in one unit. It’s oven safe to 400°F and freezer safe.

17.LETTER PRESSED Type-Style Cookie Cutter/Stampers: If you know a foodie and font lover you know they will love these cookie cutter stamps! These cookie cutters are made of strong durable food-safe plastic, packed in reusable storage trays, makes 26 different designs, and are fun and easy to use!

18. OXO Hand-Held Mandoline Slicer: My absolute favorite go-to tool that I use EVERY single day! Use the soft knob to adjust to the desired slice thickness, and slide the food over the stainless steel blade for perfect, even slices. The Hand-Held Mandoline features a clear surface that shows slices accumulating below.
19. Kitchen IQ Better Zester: I’ve bought this zester for all the foodies in my life. The only way I’ll zest! The V-etched Zester blade is made up of over 300 tiny V- shaped teeth and is covered with a non- stick coating. The food- approved coating allows the zester to smoothly glide across the surface of all types of citrus, while finely zesting the outer layer of skin and not the bitter pith. The Better Zester includes a “fresh zest” storage container with squeegee. This additional accessory gathers the fresh zest as it is grating and the squeegee helps remove the moist zest from the back of the blade. The clear container is marked with measurements in TSP and ML.

20.Misto Brushed Aluminum Olive Oil Sprayer, Tomato: Get your spray on. These olive oil sprayers are awesome! Perfect for the foodie trying to watch their weight and still want to indulge in a little EVOO. Or simply just want to mist on the olive oil while cooking.

21. Totally Bamboo 3-Tiered Salt Box: I love having salt right next to my stove when I’m cooking. What better way than a 3-tier salt box. Pivoting three-section storage box holds sea salt, spices and more. Designed with weighted base for better balance when open. Keep multiple salts or other seasonings near the stove and ready to use when cooking or baking
22. OXO Locktop Lunch Set: Every foodie needs a sturdy container to store their lunch or leftovers in. LockTop™ Lunch Containers were designed with leakproof, airtight lids that snap on easily and confidently. Just push the outer frame down onto the lid to engage the inner locking tabs and silicone ring for an instant, secure seal. Durable, BPA free Tritan Container bodies resist warping and staining, and are crystal clear to reveal contents inside.  The lids are also clear to make contents viewable from above.

23. Deluxe DIY Cheese Kit for Beginners- Make Mozzarella, Ricotta, Crumbly Goat Cheese, Creamy Chevre, Paneer or Queso Blanco in 1 Hour!: I’ve always wanted to make my own cheese and what better way then to give this gift to the foodie lover in your life–or cheese lover for that matter. Kit includes: Instruction& Recipe Handbook and Unlimited Email Support. Fine Mesh, 100% Cotton Cheesecloth also known as Butter Muslin. Glass Dairy Thermometer (alcohol not mercury). Gluten-free, Non-GMO Vegetarian Rennet Tablets. Gluten-Free, Non-GMO Citric Acid. Pure, Non-Iodized Flake Salt. Makes at least 30 batches of the listed cheeses.

24. Kyocera 6-Piece Slicer Set: Grate cheese or vegetables with ease of knowing it’s contained in one place! Kyocera’s handy six-piece set equips you with everything you need for a variety of slicing and grating tasks.

25. I Like Pig Butts 2 Pack Can Coolies Magenta- perfect doozie to have if you are frequenting the food trucks for a meal! Holds 12 oz cans or 12-16 oz bottles. Folds flat for easy storage. Machine washable. Neoprene material allows for beverages to stay cool.

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Now for the giveaway. ONE reader will win some of my favorite foodie gifts this holiday season. If you win you can choose to keep them for yourself or give them as a gift to the foodie of your choice! Must reside in the USA and be 18+. Must enter the mandatory entry to qualify to win. One winner will be chosen at random. Giveaway ends 11/9/14 at 11:59 pm EST.

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I hope this helps get you in the spirit and ready for the holidays!

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How to Host a Wine & Chocolate Pairing Party #LindtPairing

If you love dark chocolate and love wine then you are going to love todays post. Not only am I going to show you how to host the perfect wine and chocolate pairing party, but I have a pretty sweet giveaway, too! Last month, LINDT contacted me and asked me if I wanted to host a wine and chocolate pairing party… um yeah! I didn’t think twice when the opportunity came about. I love Lindt EXCELLENCE chocolate and I drink J. Lohr Estates wine often. It was a match made in heaven. When I started to think about where and when to host this event I decided this would be the ideal event for my brother in-law’s 35th birthday. He is a huge fan of J. Lohr Estates wine and of course loves dark chocolate. My mother in-law and husband had been hard at work on the menu and when I told them I would add in and do a little wine and chocolate pairing after dinner they both got excited. We kept it secret from everyone attending and when the rest of our family and a few friends arrived they are were all shocked and super excited. And also asking when we could start the wine and chocolate tasting! If you follow me on Instagram then you got a sneak peak of the wine and chocolate pairings we indulged on over the weekend.

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Here are a few tips on how to host a successful wine and chocolate pairing party:

  1. Set-up everything before your guest arrive. This is a given, but to be honest nothing like running around while guest are arriving to your home. I set this up as soon as I arrived to my mother in-laws house so I wasn’t trying to set up the party while everyone was arriving and/or already at the house.
  2. Don’t forget to chill your wine. As soon as I arrived to my mother in-laws I placed all the bottles of the wine in the wine fridge (my mother in-law is quite the wine connoisseur). Red’s went in the red area and whites in the white area. Give them a few hours to get to the correct temperature. If you don’t have a wine fridge you can place your whites in a regular refrigerator and I like to place the reds in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes before drinking. But it’s all preference.
  3. Remove the foil from the bottles prior to the party starting. This will help cut down on time wasted tending to wine bottles and give you more time to tend to your guest.
  4. If at all possible have both red and white wine glasses available. I didn’t have this option, so everyone drank from the single glass I gave them. But if you have enough glasses pair the correct glasses with the correct style of wines.
  5. Have a “dump” bucket available for guest. This is good to have at your table in case your guest don’t decide to drink the sampling of wine you pour for them. Most of my guest would go to the kitchen and rinse out their glasses before we moved on to the next wine.
  6. Keep it casual. Most people are intimidated by wine–not so much by chocolate. So keep it casual. It will make your guest feel more welcomed and they will be interested and not intimidated about learning about the wine and chocolate pairings.
  7. Do your homework. Learn about what wines pair well with what chocolates. You can learn about the five J. Lohr Estates and Lindt EXCELLENCE Chocolates we paired for our party below.

How to Host a Wine & Chocolate Pairing Party

My guest were excited to learn more about Lindt EXCELLENCE and how it allows you to elevate yourself to the ultimate chocolate pleasure experience. I think everyone has heard about the Lindt Master Swiss Chocolatier’s. Every single piece of chocolate is created by the Lindt Master Swiss Chocolatier’s unmatched expertise to perfectly combine the most refined intense dark chocolate and the finest ingredients into thin shapes. After we were done with dinner we all headed to the formal dining room where I had our party set-up. Everyone found a spot at the table. My husband is currently installing wood floors for his parents so we all stood around the table (hence the concrete in the background in the above picture). We kept our party super casual. Everyone had been swimming earlier in the day–no one was dressed up. I think it’s important to keep it casual when dealing with wine. Especially for those who might enjoy drinking an occasional glass but feel intimidated. For the purpose of our party and by the request from some of my guest they asked that I not photograph their faces, so I respected their wishes!

Lindt EXCELLENCE Pineapple paired with J. Lohr Estates Riverstone Chardonnay

Lindt EXCELLENCE Pineapple paired with J. Lohr Estates Riverstone Chardonnay

This by far was my favorite pairing of the evening. The brand new EXCELLENCE Pineapple was delicious. I’m so glad I have a bar leftover from our party because I’ve been eating a square each day as a little daily indulgence. At least half of my guest loved this pairing the best as well!

Lindt EXCELLENCE Pineapple paired with J. Lohr Estates Riverstone Chardonnay

Here is what you need to know about this wine and chocolate pairing: Bright aromas of apples, pears and lemons in this rich, well-balanced Chardonnay pair perfectly with the naturally sweet pineapple and roasted hazelnut pieces in the EXCELLENCE Pineapple bar, providing a delightful finish of caramel and cream. EXCELLENCE Pineapple, masterfully made to pair perfectly with Chardonnay, provides the perfect pairing for lovers of both Chardonnay and dark chocolate.

Lindt EXCELLENCE Intense Orange paired with J. Lohr Estates Bay Mist White Riesling

Lindt EXCELLENCE Intense Orange paired with J. Lohr Estates Bay Mist White Riesling

The EXCELLENCE Intense Orange is intense and full of flavor. It paired beautifully with our second wine of the night. Reislings are on the sweeter side and worked well with this chocolate. It was a toss up as to who loved this pairing, but the end result–everyone was happy they got to try the two together.

Here is what you need to know about this wine and chocolate pairing: Enticing notes of lychee, pear and orange are present in this bright and luscious wine. It is the ideal match for the sweet citrus profile and equally complex EXCELLENCE Intense Orange. Full fruit flavors and a balanced seam of refreshing acidity work in harmony to create perfection!

Lindt EXCELLENCE Sea Salt paired with J. Lohr Estates Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir

Lindt EXCELLENCE Sea Salt paired with J. Lohr Estates Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir

This was my husband’s favorite pairing of the night. He loved the sea salt in the EXCELLENCE chocolate.

Here is what you need to know about this wine and chocolate pairing: The fresh ripe berries in this wine are accompanied by a touch of earth and brown sugar that complement the sharpness of the Fleur de Sel and sweet cacao characteristics of EXCELLENCE A Touch of Sea Salt. Together they invoke flavors reminiscent of fresh cream, butter and finish with a pleasant tanginess.

Lindt EXCELLENCE Chili paired with J. Lohr Estates South Ridge Syrah

Lindt EXCELLENCE Chili paired with J. Lohr Estates South Ridge Syrah

You have to like spicy food to like the EXCELLENCE Chili! Just keep that in mind with this pairing.

Here is what you need to know about this wine and chocolate pairing: This is an elegant red wine with deep, rich fruit aromas and flavors of pomegranate, blueberry and prune with a spicy finish. Experience it with EXCELLENCE Chili, a fine aromatic sweet dark chocolate perfumed with premium red chili. Enjoyed together they create spicy warmth that bursts onto the palate.

Lindt EXCELLENCE 70% Cocoa paired with J. Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon

Lindt EXCELLENCE 70% Cocoa paired with J. Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon

Everyone decided to clink glasses one last time since we were on our last pairing.

Here is what you need to know about this wine and chocolate pairing: Ripe aromas of blueberry and black plum meld with a bouquet of chocolate and hazelnut in this superb wine. Pair it with the balanced and rich EXCELLENCE 70% Cocoa, which features notes of tobacco, leather and roasted nuts. They are a match in both depth and body and finish with a creaminess that coats the palate.

Lindt EXCELLENCE Dark Assortment

The next time you want to host a party think about how you can master the art of refinement, and host your very own wine and chocolate pairing party. All of my guest got to go home with a bag of Lindt EXCELLENCE Dark Assortment bags of chocolate as well as a chocolate bar or two of their choice.

Everyone had a great time. The next day, my father in-law was still talking about how much he loved the wine and chocolate pairing party. And then insisted that my mother in-law start opening up multiple bottles at a time so he can have his own wine tasting.

Now, for the giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a Lindt Chocolate Gift Box (retailed at $45)! All you have to do is fill out the rafflecopter widget below for a chance to win. United States residents only, must be 18 years of age or older. One winner will be selected at random. If the widget does not load, please click on the link to enter.

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Homemade Peach Puree Baby Food #FirstBites @OXOTot

I realize my son is only 3.5 months old, but since before he was even conceived I knew I would be “one of those mom’s” who would make her child’s baby food. I know I have a little less than 3 month’s until I get the “all clear” to make and feed baby Ryder food, but I want to take advantage of the fruits and veggies that are in season now. Over the weekend we took a road trip up to Georgia. On our way home, we stopped by Lane Orchard to pick up a case of sweet juicy Georgia peaches. We do this every year during peach season when we drive through Georgia. We pass along a dozen peaches to our parents and coworkers and then I take the rest and make all things peach. Like skillet peach cobbler, Grilled Peaches with Caramel Sauce and Whipped Cream and even peach mojitos. As soon as we picked up our box I knew I needed to make a batch of homemade peach puree baby food for Ryder. Although he won’t get to try out my tasty (and oh-so easy) recipe for another few months. He will get the sweetest juiciest peaches around during the off season.

Homemade Peach Puree Baby Food #FirstBites @OXOTot

Making homemade baby food is actually very easy and so much more affordable than buying pre-made baby food. Plus, you know exactly what is in the food you are feeding your child.

To make homemade baby food. I first removed the skins from the peaches. You can choose from one of two methods.

  1. Simply boil water, blanch peaches in the hot bubbling water for 2 minutes. Removed the peaches, and placed them in an ice bath. The skins come off oh-so easy doing this method.
  2. Grab a peeler and peal the old fashion way!

Homemade Peach Puree Baby Food #FirstBites @OXOTot

Once my peaches were pealed,  I chopped them up (4 peaches = about 4 cups) and cooked them in a little bit of 100% baby apple juice for 10 minutes until they were soft. If you are a breastfeeding mama and have a little breast milk on hand you can use that instead of apple juice. Because I chose to cook the peaches on high I found myself stirring constantly. Not a big deal, just maximizes the cooking time. My peaches were not mushy. They still were a bit firm yet soft when I taste tested one of them.

Homemade Peach Puree Baby Food #FirstBites @OXOTot

Then I ran it through my OXO Food Mill. I started with the fine disc and gradually changed to the medium and coarse disc. this was my first time using a Food Mill. You turn the knob clockwise to run the food contents through the mill and counter-clockwise to pull up the fruit. You keep repeating this process until you have peach puree.

Homemade Peach Puree Baby Food #FirstBites @OXOTot

Make sure you place your Food Mill on a sturdy surface. I used my OXO Mixing Bowl that has a grip on the bottom to ensure that the bowl wouldn’t slip away.

Homemade Peach Puree Baby Food #FirstBites @OXOTot

Using an angled measuring cup, I carefully poured the puree into the Baby Blocks™ Freezer Storage Containers – 2-Ounce Set.

Homemade Peach Puree Baby Food #FirstBites @OXOTots

OXO Tot Baby Blocks give homemade baby food the same care you put into preparing it. Easily portion, store, freeze, heat, and serve the meals you’ve cooked especially for your baby using Containers in convenient two-ounce sizes. Each container fits into the freezing tray, and has measurement markings to make portioning a snap. On the go? The containers are airtight, watertight and leakproof. Peek at the clear Containers to identify the contents, then pop one into your bag for simple defrosting and feeding when you’re out and about with your tot. An easy-open, easy-shut lid makes the Containers a carefree choice.

Homemade Peach Puree Baby Food #FirstBites @OXOTot

Easy as that, Ryder has his first batch of homemade baby food made! Peaches will probably be his third or fourth food that he tries since you want to start out with vegetables that aren’t sweet first. Or at least that is what I’ve read. I still have a few more months to read up on homemade baby food and all the “do’s and don’ts”. Do you have any tips for me?

*Make sure you scroll down past the recipe to enter to win an OXO Tot’s prize pack!

Katie Original Recipe

Homemade Peach Puree Baby Food + OXO Tots Giveaway

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 8 ounces of Peach Puree

Homemade Peach Puree Baby Food + OXO Tots Giveaway

Ingredients

  • 4 Organic Peaches
  • 3 tablespoons of 100% Baby Apple Juice

Directions

  1. Peel the peaches and cube. Place peaches in a stock pot with 100% Baby Apple Juice. Cook on high, stirring frequently for 10 minutes until peaches are soft.
  2. Place peaches in OXO Food Mill using the fine disc followed by the medium and coarse disc. Scrape the bottom of the food mill using a silicone spatula in to the bowl. Pour the peach puree into an angled measuring cup. Divide homemade peach puree baby food among the 6 Baby Blocks Freezer Storage Containers.
  3. Store in refrigerate and consume within 3-5 days or freeze up to 6 months.
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*All winners will be selected randomly and will be notified via email. They will have 48 hours to respond. Open to US residents over the age of 18. *The OXO Tot #FirstBites campaign and giveaway is sponsored by OXO Disclaimer: I was not compensated to participate in this campaign; however, I did receive OXO Tot’s product to participate. As always all opinions are my own. 


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Christmas in July $500 Giveaway!

Kind of hard to believe that Christmas is 6 months away! Seriously where is this year going? I’ve joined forces with my friend Claire from A Little Claireification and a bunch of my other blog friends to offer a $500 cash giveaway. This will get your holiday shopping off to a great start! Since having Ryder I’ve been day dreaming about how Christmas morning will play out! Ryder will be 9 months old and I’m pretty sure all we will need to give him is boxes, tissue paper, and wrapping paper and his little heart will be so content!

Sponsored by:
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I am honored to be a member of the Stonyfield Clean Plate Club. I received product and coupons for writing this post, but all opinions are my own.

Creamy Greek Pilaf Salad using @stonyfield and @bobsredmill #cleanplateclub #stonyfieldblogger

The official start of summer is next Saturday, and barbecue season is upon us. Looking for a healthy side dish to bring to your next barbecue? Why not try my recipe for Creamy Greek Pilaf Salad? Its full of flavor and healthier than most “creamy” salads–I used Stonyfield Plain Greek Yogurt to obtain that creamy texture!

Creamy Greek Pilaf Salad using @stonyfield and @bobsredmill #cleanplateclub #stonyfieldblogger

I recently received a box of Bob’s Red Mill grains as well as Stonyfield Yogurt coupons to create a salad perfect for summer. I found my self starring at a box of grains I’ve never cooked with–let alone ate. Grains like Amaranth, Bulgur, Farro, Grande Whole Grains Blend, and Sorghum. Ok, I’ve had bulgur, but that’s about it. I went for the whole grains blend because that seemed the most common to me. My goal was to create a pilaf salad fit for a picnic or barbecue.

The Bob’s Red Mill Grande Whole Grains Cereal/Pilaf is a special combination of grains, blending wholesome hard red wheat, nutty long grain brown rice, fiber-rich oats and barley, rye, triticale, plump Kamut® Khorasan wheat, earthy buckwheat and sesame seeds for a little bit of crunchy texture. I had never cooked with it before the challenge, and now I’m hooked. It’s an easy and healthy side dish or even better you can use it as a hearty breakfast cereal!Creamy Greek Pilaf Salad using @stonyfield and @bobsredmill #cleanplateclub #stonyfieldblogger

Make sure you scroll past the recipe for a chance to win a box of grains from Bob’s Red Mill and free yogurt coupons from Stonyfield so you can make my recipe for Creamy Greek Pilaf Salad!

Here are a few other grain salad recipes from the challenge:

Greek Tabouli Recipe from Cook the Story

Goat Cheese and Grape Salad with Green Goddess Yogurt Dressing from Sweet Remedy

Creamy Balsamic Sorghum Salad from Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen

Mexicali Grain Salad from My Baking Heart

Southwestern Pilaf Salad from Turning The Clock Back

Katie Original Recipe

Creamy Greek Pilaf Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings

Creamy Greek Pilaf Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Bob's Red Mill Grande Whole Grains Blend
  • 2-1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup Cucumber, diced
  • 12 Grape Tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup Kalamata Olives, sliced
  • 3 Peporicini's, sliced (optional--I used them as a garnish)
  • 1/4 cup Feta, divided
  • 1/2 cup Stonyfield Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 tbsp Greek Seasoning
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Dill, minced

Directions

  1. Cook 1 cup Bob's Red Mill Grande Whole Grains Blend with 2-1/2 cups water according to package (I used my rice cooker and it turned out perfect)! Remove from pot and set to the side to cool.
  2. In a large bowl place the Bob's Red Mill Grande Whole Grains Blend with diced cucumber, halved grape tomatoes, kalamata olives, and sliced peporicini's (if you want the heat) in the bowl. Add 2 tablespoons feta and mix together.
  3. In a separate bowl, add Stonyfield Plain Greek Yogurt, greek seasoning, fresh dill, and the remaining 2 tablespoons of feta. Mix well.
  4. Combine the greek yogurt sauce with the pilaf. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
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Grilled Italian Sausage & Red Potatoes using @betterwithreds #BetterWithReds #SummerFood #Grilling

Happy June! Can you believe we are close to the mid-way point of the year? And even better summer is looming upon us. Well, here in Florida, summer is here with a vengeance. Between the 90+ degree days, high humidity, and afternoon thunder showers, summer has arrived. I love to grill year round and especially so in the summer months when our home is at its hottest point and the last thing I want to do is heat up our home with dinner cooking only to take a good day to cool it off. And then later pay the pricey electric bill. I’ve teamed up today with Black Gold Farms and Better with Reds Potatoes to share a fun grilling recipe and an amazing giveaway!

Grilled Italian Sausage & Red Potatoes

Did you know you could grill potatoes?

No tinfoil pouch required. Growing up I remember my dad with make foil pouches with potatoes and onions in them, but never dared to leave them bare on the grill. Ever since I first started using Better with Reds I started grilling them “naked” with no foil pouch straight-up on the grill. The key is to close the lid and turn them frequently to prevent sticking and burning. Oh and lather those spuds up with some olive or grapeseed oil. Whatever you have on hand will work!

Grilled Italian Sausage & Red Potatoes using @betterwithreds #BetterWithReds #SummerFood #Grilling

I have vegetable basket inserts for my STOK grill and that’s what I use. You can use traditional vegetable grilling baskets if you don’t have the fancy inserts like I do. For this recipe for Grilled Italian Sausage & Red Potatoes I place the Italian Sausage on the bottom of the basket and then layer on the potatoes and veggies. Tossing them every 5 minutes to prevent burning and sticking to the grill. Once the potatoes are fork tender I remove everything off the grill and then top with fresh herbs and shredded mozzarella. I love this grilled version of Grilled Italian Sausage & Red Potatoes it reminds me of my oven baked version that takes 2 hours. Instead this is all done on the grill and done within 30 minutes! My kind of meal.Grilled Italian Sausage & Red Potatoes

For more summer potato recipes check out the Better with Reds website or some of my fellow bloggers recipes:

 

Katie Original Recipe

Grilled Italian Sausage & Red Potatoes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 2-3 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 24oz package of Black Gold Farms Red Potatoes with Italian Herbs Seasoning
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 white onion, quartered
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into chunks
  • 1 orange bell pepper, cut into chunks
  • 8 oz whole baby bellas
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 4 mild Italian Sausage
  • 2 tbsp each fresh basil, parsley, and oregano chopped
  • 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat grill on high heat for about 10 minutes. Clean it then reduce the heat to medium.
  2. Wash and quarter Black Gold Farms Red Potatoes. Place them in a gallon size zip-top bag. Then place the onions, bell peppers, and baby bellas in the bag.
  3. In a bowl combine the Italian Herb Seasoning with 1/4 cup olive oil. Mix well and then pour in the bag. Close zip-top bag and massage throughout the vegetables until evenly divided.
  4. Divide the Italian sausage among the two vegetable basket skillets in the grill. Then divide and pour the potato/pepper mixture among the two vegetable baskets. Cook in 5 minute increments, flipping sausage and mixing vegetables for a total of 5 times (25 minutes). During the last 10 minutes add the cherry tomatoes, and mix.
  5. Remove the grilled italian sausage and red potatoes from the grill, top with fresh herbs and sprinkle with shredded mozzarella cheese. Enjoy immediately.
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On to the giveaway. One reader will have a chance to win:

  • 3-pound bag of red potatoes from Black Gold Farms
  • 3 packages of Roasties fresh potatoes (one of each flavor)
  • $500 Omaha Steaks gift card

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Better with Reds Twitter Party

Join Better with Reds on Wednesday, June 4th; 8:00pm-9:00pm CST for a Twitter party! During the Twitter party they will be giving away fresh potato swag packages from Black Gold Farms as well as $100 Sur la Table gift card, and a $50 Amazon gift card.

About Black Gold Farms and Better with Reds

Black Gold Farms is a multi-generational, family owned organization that has been in business more than 80 years. They are now a global potato production, sales and service company, as well as an industry leader that ships more than 500 million pounds of potatoes each year that get made into potato chips or fresh red potatoes that end up on your plate.

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Double Chocolate Cookie Bars with Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Topping

Mother’s Day is this weekend! This being my first Mother’s Day, I’m excited to start new traditions with my family. Last week, I mentioned that my mom and I would spend Mother’s Day each year having a brunch picnic on the beach. Although Ryder is a little too young to do that this year, I’m sure the beach on Mother’s Day will be a tradition in future years. This year, we are keeping it low-key and spending the morning at a local brunch with family, followed by dinner with my parents. Since I’ll be cooking dinner at home for my mom this Mother’s Day, the last thing I have time to do is bake a dessert from scratch. I’ve teamed up with Betty Crocker® and created a delicious (and easy to make) dessert just in time for Mother’s Day!
Double Chocolate Cookie Bars with Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Topping

This dessert is made in 35 minutes and is ideal to share with your mom this Mother’s Day. What’s not to like about chocolate and peanut butter? It’s been my favorite combo for the past month (heck who am I kidding– since I can remember eating a chocolate brownie with peanut butter frosting on it when I was in pre-school).

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and General Mills is promoting a special Betty Crocker® Coupon on baking products, redeemable at Publix! Save $1 off any 1 qualifying Betty Crocker® baking item with the purchase of any 2 Betty Crocker® decorating items. Best of all, you can print these coupons at home!

Enter to win a $50 Publix gift card so you can bake for your mom this Mother’s Day. Wait for the rafflecopter widget to load and fill out the options for a chance to win!

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Katie Original Recipe 

Double Chocolate Cookie Bars with Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Topping

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 12 bars

Double Chocolate Cookie Bars with Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Topping

Ingredients

  • Ingredients:
  • 1 package Betty Crocker® Double Chocolate Chunk Cookie Mix
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 eggs, divided
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 8oz. packages of cream cheese, room temperature
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup whipped peanut butter

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray cooking spray on a 13x9 baking dish and set to the side.
  2. Make cookie dough according to package using the vegetable oil, water, and 1 egg. Spread the cookie dough in a 13x9 baking dish.
  3. In a stand mixer, cream the room temperature cream cheese, granulated sugar, peanut butter and 1 egg, until well incorporated (2 minutes on low to medium speed). Make sure you scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl as you go. Pour the peanut butter cream cheese mixture on top of the cookie dough. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 minutes.
  4. Let the cookie bars cool for 30 minutes then stick in the refrigerator for at least one hour before cutting.
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Crumbs Bake Shop

Have you ever heard of the famous Crumbs Bake Shop? They are based in New York and serve up the most amazing desserts. My husband actually grew up on sweet treats from this bakery. Well now there is no need to travel to New York to indulge in the decadent desserts. BJ’s Wholesale Club is satisfying members’ cravings for sweets by exclusively carrying an assortment of the famous bakery’s sweet treats. All 201 clublocations in 15 states will carry a variety of items including signature cupcakes, ice cream cupcakes, ice cream sheet cakes and Crumbnuts— a cross between a croissant and a donut. Until now, the delectable desserts were only available at Crumbs Bake Shops.

“The Crumbs Bake Shop line of treats fits perfectly with our bakery model of tasty and unique offerings,” said Christina Neppl, executive vice president of merchandising/logistics at BJ’s Wholesale Club. “We are the only retailer bringing the Crumbs Bake Shop experience to our members – many of which have not been able to experience Crumbs in their areas – and we are so thrilled to be able to satisfy our member’s sweet cravings with these famous desserts.”

Crumbs Bake Shop Cinnamon Crumb Cakes

The Crumbs Bake Shop menu at BJ’s Wholesale Club includes these mouthwatering delights:

  • Signature Cupcake 3-pack: Peanut Butter Cup, Cookies & Cream and Red Velvet.
  • Colossal Cupcake: Happy Birthday Vanilla cake mix with rainbow sprinkles, filled with vanilla buttercream, topped with cream cheese frosting and yellow rosette in the center. This oversized cupcake serves 6-8.
  • Crumb Cake 12-pack: Bite-sized crumb cakes with a cinnamon streusel topping made with real cinnamon and cream cheese.
  • Crumbnuts 4-pack: Part croissant, part doughnut, all delicious! Dusted with cinnamon and sugar.
  • Ice Cream Sheet Cakes (18-inch):
    • Happy Birthday Vanilla cake with rainbow sprinkles and vanilla ice cream. Frosted with vanilla icing and finished with yellow rosettes sprinkled with edible rainbow confetti.
    • Cookie Dough Vanilla cake and vanilla ice cream with cookie dough chunks mixed-in. The cake is frosted with vanilla icing, edged with chocolate rosettes and topped with cookie dough chunks and chocolate drizzle.
  • Ice Cream Cakes (8-inch round):
    • Red Velvet cake and cheesecake-flavored ice cream with red velvet cake chunks mixed-in. The red velvet ice cream cake is frosted with vanilla icing and edged with vanilla rosettes and topped with red velvet cake chunks, cheesecake dough chunks and white chocolate drizzle.
    • Peanut Butter Cup chocolate cake and peanut butter ice cream, frosted with peanut butter icing and topped with chocolate rosettes, mini peanut butter cups and chocolate drizzle.
  • Ice Cream Cupcake 6-pack: Peanut Butter Cup, Cookies & Cream and Red Velvet each filled with respective ice cream flavors.

Crumbs Bake Shop Signature Cupcakes

Crumbs Bake Shop items retail from $3.99 to $22.99 and can be found in the bakery department and freezer sections of all BJ’s Wholesale Club locations. We had the chance to try the Signature Cupcake 3-pack: Peanut Butter Cup, Cookies & Cream and Red Velvet (pictured above). These are huge cupcakes that are moist and oh-so decadent. We split the cupcakes that made me feel a little bit better about indulging in the sweet treats. Each flavor is amazing and I can see myself buying these each and every time we make a trip to BJ’s Wholesale Club. We also picked up the Crumb Cake 12-pack (pictured at the top of this post). These make for a great breakfast sweet treat and pair perfectly with a cup of coffee! I love that they are bite-size. You can have one or a few… no one is judging here!

BJ’s Wholesale Club wants one lucky Katie’s Cucina reader to have the chance to try out some of the sweet treats from Crumbs Bake Shop. Please fill out the mandatory entry n the  rafflecopter widget below for a chance to enter to win a $25 gift card. Giveaway ends May, 10 at 12:00 AM.

Don’t have a membership? No problem! BJ’s is currently offering a Free 60-Day Trial Membership through July 6, and it’s the only wholesale club that accepts manufacturer’s coupons as well as their own coupons.  The risk-free, trial membership consists of full-member benefits and no surcharge.

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