Giveaways 10/31: Happy Halloween/End of October

Another month in the books! Whew! I’ll do all I can to weed out the expiring sweeps. November will bring fresh new sweeps for the holidays. Good luck & support your fellow sweepers. Be kind to each other! Make November a month of wins to be thankful for!!!

win a new Macbook Pro from @iMore! https://wn.nr/65brfv

Remland Carpets https://wn.nr/jmqDxV

Holiday Giveaway Spectacular Week One https://t.co/FMsRPlZovH
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Giveaways 10/29

Win a $500 Amazon Genealogy Shopping Spree from Genealogy Bargains http://www.geneabloggers.com/giveaways/win-500-amazon-genealogy-shopping-spree-genealogy-bargains/?lucky=86581 via @geneabloggers

Kindle Voyage & Desert Journeys Christian Book Giveaway http://www.rachelstarrthomson.com/giveaways/kindle-voyage-desert-journeys-christian-book-giveaway/?lucky=9137 via @writerstarr

Deeko http://woobox.com/cgjbid/i2gsox 1x 11/6
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Thanksgiving in a Potato Chip From Boulder Canyon

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*Pic belongs ONLY to Boulder Canyon

When you hear the words ‘Potato Chip’, Thanksgiving probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. Perhaps you think of potato chips as an unhealthy, salty snack. Boulder Canyon Foods is about to change your perception of this go-to food.

Right in time for the customary feast, ‘Thanksgiving-meal flavored potato chips’ are back. ‘Pumpkin Pie’ & ‘Turkey & Gravy’ flavors are anything but ordinary! If you are thinking that they sound too odd to be good, you couldn’t be more wrong. I’ll admit it: I doubted that either one, in chip form, was a good idea. For once, I was happy to be wrong, too!

I recruited our 13-year-old & my husband to assist in a taste test. Without telling either of them, I had them try a chip from each bag. Immediately, they recognized the flavors. My husband has an amazing taste palate & he was THRILLED with the turkey & gravy chips. He noted immediately that he could taste rosemary. As for me, with a bit of a sweet tooth, the pumpkin pie was my favorite. You can absolutely taste the pie spices, especially the cinnamon. Now, our teen, he loved both! After the initial taste testing, he disappeared with both bags. Needless to say, I’ll be adding these to our shopping list.

Normally, I’d be bothered by our son snacking on chips. We’ve made a conscious decision to eat better. Thanks to Boulder Canyon, I learned that kettle-cooked chips have a 30% reduction in fat than other cooking methods. 30%!!??
That’s quite a bit! Plus, with Boulder Canyon, there is no trans fat or cholesterol. I can be confident that when my son eats these snacks, we’ve made a better nutritional choice. It also shows that Boulder Canyon cares about its food and its customers.

As parents, we can’t always stop our kids from eating less than stellar options when they snack. But, we can provide better, more nutritionally sound options. This time of year can be especially hectic so these chips (which come in a 5 ounce bag for $2.99 MSRP) are the perfect snack to keep handy. Don’t forget to buy some for yourself too! They’ll keep you fueled during the day so you’re less likely to hit the vending machine. (We all do that!)

Get in the Thanksgiving mood a little early. Pick up some Boulder Canyon chips. Surprise your guests for that upcoming football gathering. These chips are ideal for any gathering and you won’t have to cook or bake.
Visit http://www.inventurefoods.com &/or http://www.bouldercanyonfoods.com for full product info.

*We received the aforementioned product(s) in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Death by Chocolate Cake: Stacey Alabaster

A Bakery Detectives Cozy Mystery #3

We join our baking duo in the midst of a very busy time. Belldale is now participating in the reality tv boom by hosting, Baking Warriors. Just as the name suggests, it’s a baking competition. Run in a similar fashion to ‘American Idol’, three judges taste contestants’ baked goods and either let them continue competing or send them packing. Bakery owner, Rachel, has been asked to compete.

In true television fashion, there are two lovely judges and one nasty one. Although Rachel knows she’s a good baker, she loses her confidence when Pierre, the nasty judge, gives her less than stellar comments. However, all that falls away when Pierre is discovered dead during show breaks.

Suspects are everywhere. Between a stressed assistant, disgruntled contestants, and other co-workers, Pierre’s pretty much offended everyone. True, Rachel just went there to bake, but she can’t help herself. Soon, she’s off to solve another crime. Normally, Pippa would be attached to her hip. Things have changed a bit, though. Returning from vacation, Pippa arrives with a different type of souvenir a husband! Oh, dear. Never a dull moment!

‘Death by Chocolate’ is a great mystery that utilizes reality tv popularity. I found the entire plot to be a lot of fun. Rachel & Pippa are a terrific duo with amazing problem solving capabilities. I love that they’re forever getting themselves caught up in messes.

This particular installment combines the mystery with Pippa’s marriage. Only Pippa could find a husband in 3 weeks and boy is he something! I’m glad a found a quality series that doesn’t get boring or run out of ideas. So far, each has been fresh & fun. I’ve even read them out-of-order & they’re fine to stand alone. I give this one a 4 star rating too and I’m looking forward to the next book.