Truly Texas

 I love Texas. I think all Texans do. Shoot I think some people that aren’t even from Texas love Texas. It’s just a state of mind. I found a fantastic site, TrulyTexas.com. where you can find all sorts of Texas themed gifts for all of your friends and family that share the love of this great state. Check out what they sent me for review:

Texas Flag Apron

Wow. I opened the package expecting an apron. This is the most awesome looking apron I have ever seen. The folks at TrulyTexas.com even embroidered my name in red across the blue part of the flag. A truly awesome Texas gift. This isn’t some tiny apron. It is Texas sized. Even the ties are long enough to allow the apron to fit virtually anyone. The material is thick and sturdy feeling. Stitched together well. The embroidering is done perfectly. Colors are vibrant. Texas Flag Apron from TrulyTexas.com will  help you show your pride in the state of Texas.

Product Description

Texas Flag Apron, Heavy Duty Quality Cloth with Pockets on Front. Large Size fits all. Ties around back. Perfect for that Texas BBQ Cookout, chefs and Tailgating! Dimensions: 35″ tall, 32″ wide, 2 front pockets 6 1/2″ tall x 9″ wide. Each tie is 41″ long. There are 2 loops on the pocket for accessories. The neck loop is adjustable. Makes a great Texas Gift – nobody can have too many Aprons! Shipping is FREE.

Texas Wine Glass

While I couldn’t find a description on their website. TrulyTexas.com has something really unique for wine lovers. This one is definitely not in everyone’s wine glass collection yet. Looking for something for that someone who has every thing? This Texas sized wine glass is decorated with a  beautiful Texas star.

TrulyTexas.com sells products in these great categories:
Texas Photo Art Pictures
Texas Kitchen Gifts
Texas Cookbooks
Texas Gift Baskets – Food
Antiqued Texas Flags & Prints
Texas Purses Handbags
Old Texas Historical Maps
Texas Gifts and Accessories
Cowboy Church Texas Gifts
Texas Western Wall Décor
Texas Wine Gifts
Texas Christmas Ornaments
 Texas Shirts, Clothes
Extreme SlingShots
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Dale and Thomas – Sparkling Snowflake Six-Bag Samplers

Popcorn is becoming the family’s favorite ready to munch snack here lately. This isn’t surprising with Dale and Thomas Popcorn in the house. They sent a little something special over. Check it out:

Sparkling Snowflake Six-Bag Samplers $29.95

Our elegant Sparkling Snowflake design adorns one of our best selling gifts! Share some of our most popular flavors with your friends, family, colleagues, and clients by sending them six bags of our popcorn fresh from the kitchen. Each bag of our terrific popcorn is one foot long and serves 2-3 people. Be sure to add Amazing Treats on to any of these six-bag samplers for just $10 (1/4 lb Milk Chocolate Popsters, ¼ lb. Dark Chocolate Popsters, ¼ lb. Milk & White Chocolate DrizzleTwists and ¼ lb. Milk Chocolate & Peanut Butter DrizzleTwists). Our DrizzleTwists are small gluten-free pretzels striped with combinations of Milk & White Chocolate or Milk Chocolate and Peanut Butter. Call our Popcorn Concierge toll-free at 1-888-366-2219 to personalize this sampler with your company logo or special message. Choose from 3 different flavor combinations below. Click on Gift Contents or scroll down below to see the individual flavors included in each flavor combination.

We received the “This and That Combo” pack. Yummm. Everyone in the family found something they liked. Y’all, Dale and Thomas takes great pride in their popcorn varieties. The flavors are excellent. Popcorn is always delivered fresh. Dale and Thomas makes a wonderful gift idea for that hard to buy for friend, co-worker of family member.

This and That – $29.95
Peanut Butter & White Chocolate DrizzleCorn –  MMM MMM MMM. You can’t put em down. An absolutely perfect mix of peanut butter chocolate and popcorn.

Welcome to heaven. Nirvana. Whatever you want to call it, our Peanut Butter & White Chocolate DrizzleCorn takes you there. This sweet-and-salty, creamy and crunchy delight will blow you away!

Think you’d like peanut butter popcorn? Intrigued by white chocolate popcorn? The combination of the two is like hitting the jackpot! We start with our plumpest, fluffiest, crunchiest just-popped corn and top it with creamy peanut butter. Not too much — just enough to get the best of the flavor, without being overpowering. Then we hand-finish it with a drizzle of rich white chocolate!
Twice-As-Nice Chocolate DrizzleCorn – Oh, Yeah! Quite delicious. Wonderful flavor.

Big, fluffy kernels of our farm-fresh popcorn are perfectly paired with not one but two luscious chocolate toppings: creamy milk chocolate and dreamy white chocolate. This over-the-top taste sensation is a chocoholic’s dream! When you can’t decide between milk chocolate or white chocolate, enjoy both with our Twice-As-Nice Chocolate DrizzleCorn. It’s the best of both worlds, in a bag!
Chocolate Chunk N’Caramel – Taste like super fresh cracker jack’s with chocolate. Very good.

A rich and sensuous combination of our finest, fresh-popped corn topped with buttery caramel and studded with chunks of deep, chocolaty indulgence. The caramel adds overall sweetness and crunch, while the chunks of chocolate, well, if you love chocolate then you know how important each and every one of those chunks can be. The result is a snack that’s simple, yet sumptuous!


Dale’s Caramel – Really really yummy. I can’t decide which is my favorite.

Warning: highly addictive! Our farm-fresh corn is popped to crunchy, munchy perfection then bathed in buttery, rich caramel. Pure golden bliss!

Hall of Fame Kettle Corn – Perfect mix of sweet and saltiness. I love this one.

The quintessential version of the all-American classic: our finest, fresh-popped corn sprinkled with sea salt and kissed with a touch of pure cane sugar. A sweet-salty combination you can’t resist.
Southwest Cheddar Chipotle –  Subtle cheddar and chipotle flavor. Not as bold as the others, but still delicious.

Taste the big-sky flavor of the American southwest! The combination of smoky roasted chipotle chiles and sharp cheddar cheese creates flavor that’s as big as all outdoors! Our sweet-and-salty kettle corn adds big crunch and just the right hint of sweetness. ¡Olé!

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Ozeri Epicurean Digital Kitchen Scale (ARV$99) Giveaway

Ozeri is a manufacturer of specialty digital lifestyle products. The modern styling of the items you can find at Ozeri.com is exquisite. Ozeri sent over one of their Epicurean Digital Scales for me to review. Y’all this thing is really pretty. This is one of those products that when you open the box you just say “Wow”.  The super stylish look of the machine is only out shined by it’s performance.  The weighing platform is…more    

750 BEST APPETIZERS: From Dips and Salsas to Spreads and Shooters

  This time of year we are all looking for recipes, really good recipes that will totally impress our friends and family. I was recently sent a copy of 750 Best Appetizers: From Dips & Salsas to Spreads & Shooters from Robert Rose.

We tried several of the recipes for Thanksgiving. I have to say I was not disappointed in any of them. So delicious and actually easy to prepare. They look amazing and taste even better. This is the book y’all want if you want to impress anyone. There are recipes for those who are vegetarian and those who are not. All are incredible.  Really, I was blown away by every recipe I have tried so far. The whole family tried em and loved everything. Check out the pics of some of the recipes we tried:

Mojo de Cilantro p.11

Navy Bean Salsa p. 77

Egg and Olive, Egg and Chive and Egg and Roasted Red Pepper Spreads p. 34

Spicy Sizzling Shrimp p. 299

750 BEST APPETIZERS: From Dips & Salsas to Spreads & Shooters

October 2011

JUDITH FINLAYSON, CHEF JORDAN WAGMAN

The quintessential book of appetizers for any occasion.

There are more than 750 recipes to choose from because we’ve tried to make sure you have a selection to suit every possible occasion — from a dress-down backyard barbecue to the most elegant sit-down dinner. We’ve also considered the need to satisfy a variety of dietary preferences, from strictest vegans to wide-ranging omnivores. And since we know you’re probably doings lots of things at once, many recipes can be prepared ahead of time or made in your slow cooker while you’re busy with something else.

The book is structured to cover a broad range of options. There are 16 chapters built around specific types of dishes, such as Dips and Spreads, or specific ingredients, such as Fish and Seafood or Cheese. We’ve also categorized by presentation, since it’s an integral component to appetizers, so you’ll find chapters like Wraps and Rolls.

A tray of appetizers always seems celebratory, and there is nothing like home-cooked food to make people feel welcome. Use this book to create hors d’oeuvres that will delight your family and friends — then relax and enjoy the party yourself.

JUDITH FINLAYSON is a bestselling author who’s life- long love of cooking has translated into sales of over 1.5 million copies of her books.

CHEF JORDAN WAGMAN has received national recognition from the James Beard Foundation and was nominated as a “Rising Star in North America.”

Robert Rose sells so many great book in these categories:

Baking

Best of Bridge

Bestsellers & Award Winners

Cooking

Health & Wellness

New & Coming Soon

Parenting

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Pebblez.com – Cinnabar Natural Sandstone Coasters Giveaway

 Stone is a beautiful way to decorate your home. The natural variances of stone blend into most any decor. Pebblez.com has a amazing selection of rustic home decor. They sent me an absolutely gorgeous set of their Cinnabar Natural Sandstone Coasters for review. These coasters are not only super classy looking they are so absorbent. No more condensation dripping off the edge of your coaster onto your furniture. The coasters are…more

Family Movie Night Presents “Game of Your Life”

Family Movie Night is a great way to see a great movie for the whole family. With Family Movie Night you do not have to worry about any inappropriate scenes. Everyone can watch. This December NBC is airing “Game Of Your Life” This is a  story about a young man, Zach, who enters a program to learn more about computer gaming. While Zach is there he deals with issues from home as well as working on a secret project that threatens to get him kicked out of the very project that means so much to him. Through it all he learns what really matters. Give it a look:
‘Game of Your Life’ Synopsis

Game of Your Life – Talks with Nathan from Moms4FamilyTV.com on Vimeo.When industrious high school gamer Zach Taylor lands a prized scholarship to the prestigious Digital Institute of Game Design (DIGD), his future breaks wide open. The opportunity to study under gaming legend Marcus Bentton and alongside the country’s most creative minds will certainly propel him into a successful career as a video game designer. That is, if he can pass the infamous freshman project that eliminates more than half of the class within the first three months.Paired with brilliant yet socially awkward teammates Phillip and Donald, the trio persuades Sara Ramirez – a determined and striking team leader with whom Zach has a history (and possibly a future) – to join their team. Working off-campus in the teched-out Lincoln Alley loft, the four set out to involve the entire campus in a quirky new social interactive game. But as the group becomes entrenched in the project, Zach learns that his father Billy, a widower, is facing growing financial woes at home. To help out, Zach accepts an opportunity to work directly with Marcus Bentton on a secretive side project that seems too good to be true. The effort requires nearly all of Zach’s time and energy, which he should be devoting to the project. Struggling to keep it together, Zach is torn between his responsibility to his team, his admiration for Bentton and a chance to help his father.

Everything comes to a breaking point when Zach’s team threatens to remove him from the group and the deceptive truth behind Bentton’s project comes to light. With the guidance of Professor Abbie Lambert, Zach must make a decision that not only affects his future, but the lives and livelihoods of the people around him as well. It’s a revealing story that recognizes the magnitude behind the choices we make and the importance loyalty plays in making good decisions.

For their movie ‘Game of Your Life’ which airs on NBC December 2nd at 8/7c the folks at Family Movie Night  have created a Facebook app that will let you select 6 of your Facebook friends and tell why you are Thankful for them!
Also, Family Movie Night is offering you the chance to win $5,000 for your favorite Grade school or High School. Be sure to follow the link below as the sweepstakes ends on 12/2!

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