Ally's Sweet and Savory Eats: December 2018

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

12 Days of Holiday Giveaways Recap + Triple Gift Card Giveaway: Day 12

It's Day 12 of my 12 Days of Holiday Giveaways!

What a wonderful 12 Days it's been...let's end this holiday series with a bang.

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This post is in partnership with Wayfair, Minnetonka and Caty + Rose Market.

From the bottom of my heart I cannot thank you enough for your support during my 3rd Annual 12 Days of Holiday Giveaways.

This is a BIG undertaking.  I start researching and contacting companies in August with the work continuing right up until today.  Saying this, it is also a lot of fun.  I love how you guys get so excited!

This year has gone off without too many glitches {thankfully}.  Yes, I did get sick around Day 7 and that was just FOR THE BIRDS.  I'm thinking God wanted to have a bit of a laugh, just seeing how much I could handle.  Well, I powered through!  I've yet to receive any negativity {people get cranky on the internet} so that is also a bonus.  All in all, not too shabby.

I hope you enjoyed the prizes this year - I brought back just a couple favorites from the year before - and brought in quite a few news ones.  I try and keep things interesting!  A bit of food, a few appliances, some home decorating and my favorite local products.

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In keeping with tradition, I'm again ending this year's series with a BIG gift card giveaway.  I don't care what people say about gift cards, I personally love them.  I can buy what I want!  My three sponsors this year jumped on board right away, as they also know you guys and love you guys.

Wayfair - $100 gift card
     
   
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Need some ideas if you win?

How about the slippers I own? Minnetonka's Women's Cally Slipper, a best seller!  Or maybe the sweatshirt I've been eyeing for a LONG time, Grateful by C+R or even a new 12-piece set of pots and pans from Wayfair?

So many ideas you could spend a whole afternoon shopping!

ONE lucky winner will receive a $100 gift card from Wayfair, a $50 gift card from Minnetonka and a $50 gift card from Caty + Rose Market.  Please use the Rafflecopter Giveaway icon below for multiple ways to enter.  U.S. residents only please.  One random winner will be chosen on December 15th.

Good luck!

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Lakeside Lettering Co. Hand Painted Signs Giveaway: Day 11

It's Day 11 of my 12 Days of Holiday Giveaways!

Today I want to beautify your home and give you something that will make you smile.
Lakeside Lettering Co. is back again this year!

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This post is in partnership with Lakeside Lettering Co.

I'm a firm believer in that if you love your home and enjoying being in it, you will be HAPPY.  Yes, of course I'm not only talking about the people you live with {kinda important}, but with the aesthetics as well.

Taking pride in your home can do wonders for your spirits, especially during the holidays and winter months when many of us can suffer from the blues.

My friend Jami exemplifies this motto.  She has turned her one time hobby into a full time business over at Lakeside Lettering Co. {another great Iowa small business}.  I brought her back again this year because you all told me to!  It was hugely popular.

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Jami, being the peach she is jumped on board again without hesitation.  She knows my audience and kindly suggested one of her new signs {see above on the left} and then allowed me to chose another piece I thought y'all would enjoy {see above on the right}.

The first sign is 18x31 and says, "Love grows best in little houses, with fewer walls to separate, where you eat and sleep so close together you can't help but communicate. Oh, and if we had more room between us, think of all we'd miss. Love grows best in houses just like this."

The second sign is 24x24 and says "Love is all you need".

I am just in LOVE with them both.

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Doesn't this sign make so much sense?  It really resonated with me as we DO live in a very small house.  In fact, at times I feel like the walls are caving in on me.  Just under 1,000 sq ft for five people and a dog {with no basement}.  So imagine that for a second.

Do I wish I had a home office?  100% yes.  Do I wish I had a second bathroom?  You have no idea.  Do I wish I had storage space?  Hand down, a resounding yes.

But.

Being in such a small space has made our three kids practically inseperable.  There is no room to run off and hide, they are forced to be in each other's space {which yes, causes many a fights}, but also has made it clear just how close they are.  When one is gone, they are asking when they'll be home.  I can only hope this closeness lasts forever.

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I chose this second sign for it's simplicity.  I wanted a sign that made sense the second you read it.  Love doesn't have to be between a partner or spouse, or even a parent or grandparent.  Love doesn't need to be romantic.  Love can be from a best friend, an acquaintance or a distance relative who remembers to call each year on your birthday.

It's those little bits of love that keep up running, you know?  Sometimes people get so hooked on BEING IN LOVE that they forget the little loves along the way.

I just feel this sign is a gentle reminder that not only love can be found anywhere it also is what is important.  Not the big house.  Not the fancy car.  Not the six figure bank account.

Lakeside Lettering Co. Hand Painted Signs Giveaway (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Which sign is calling your name?

Jami at Lakeside Lettering Co. has agreed to give away one of each of these signs!  One lucky winner will receive the "Love Grows Best in Little Houses" and one lucky winner will receive the "Love is All You Need" sign.

Jami also has a TON of signs in her Etsy shop {that she'll be reopening after the busy holiday rush}, so make a mental note to come back and visit.

To enter please us the Rafflecopter Giveaway icon below.  U.S. residents only please.  Two random winners will be chosen on December 14th.

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Beer Battered Chicken Wings + Cuisinart Air Fryer Toaster Oven Giveaway: Day 10

It's Day 10 of my 12 Days of Holiday Giveaways!

One popular kitchen appliance has been in all the headlines this year.
Today I'm featuring the Cuisinart Air Fryer Toaster Oven!

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This post is in partnership with Cuisinart.

Hey friends, it's Day 10!  This holiday series has been flying by, I hope you have been having as much fun as I have.  There is still time to enter Day 8 and Day 9, so make sure to check out those giveaways!

Being a food blogger I see a LOT of trends, whether it be in recipes, food, appliances or gadgets.  Many come and go, but many also stick around for the long haul and this year has been all about the popular air fryer.

Do you have one?  Or is it on your Christmas list?

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My friends at Cuisinart have one of the hottest kitchen appliances on the market right now, combining both the popularity of an air fryer with a toaster oven.  Two-in-one!  This unique kitchen workhorse not only bakes, broils and toasts, it also lets you air fry right inside the oven.

Air frying, which uses powerful ultra-hot air, is a healthier way to prepare delicious fried favorites from wings to fried pickles to french fries and crispy shrimp.  And since toaster ovens stay on the countertop {and look sleek and gorgeous}, this air fryer doesn't have to move back and forth from cupboard to counter.


I mean, just look at these Beer Battered Chicken Wings?  They are perfect, quick and easy to assemble appetizer for those holiday college bowl games and upcoming New Year's Eve parties.  No need to mess with a messy deep fat fryer!

These wings have an easy TWO ingredient batter {just flour and beer}, which gives them a ton of flavor and extra crispiness.  Feel free to eat them plain, straight out of the air fyer or tossed in your favorite sauce and then dipped in a creamy ranch or bleu cheese dressing.

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Enjoy this fun recipe below!  Make sure to print off for all your upcoming holiday parties where you need a fun finger food.

Is it bad if I want to make a batch for breakfast, lunch and dinner?  I'm a wing fan, what can I say!  Maybe slathered with my homemade honey mustard dressing that always gets rave reviews.

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My great friends at Cuisinart have agreed to giveaway an Air Fryer Toaster Oven to ONE lucky reader!

To enter this giveaway please us the Rafflecopter Giveaway icon below for multiple chances to win.  U.S. residents only please.  One random winner will be chosen on December 13th.

Or just interested in ordering your own?  It would make a superb gift for the foodie in your life this holiday season.  Visit HERE for ordering details.

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Yield: 2 lbs chicken wings

Beer Battered Chicken Wings

Enjoy super crispy beer battered chicken wings in the Air Fryer! A two ingredient simple batter makes these hard to resist.
prep time: 5 minscook time: 20 minstotal time: 25 mins

ingredients


  • 2 lbs chicken wings, tips removed, drumettes and flats separated
  • 1/2 cup unbleached, all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup light beer
  • 3/4 t salt
  • cooking spray

instructions


  1. Place the Air Fryer basket onto the baking pan.  Spray the basket with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl combine the flour and the beer.  Sprinkle wings with the salt and put into the bowl of batter.  Coat wings in the batter and transfer to the basket.
  3. Put the assembled pan into Rack Postition 2.
  4. Set the Air Fryer to 400 degrees for 20 minutes.  Cook until golden and crispy.
  5. When chicken wings are done, toss immediately in your favorite sauce or keep plain and have dipping sauces available for tasting.

NOTES:

*Chicken wings may also be purchased already cut.They are often referred to as "party wings" or "winglets."
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Sunday, December 9, 2018

2019 Nourished Planner Giveaway: Day 9

It's Day 9 of my 12 Days of Holiday Giveaways!

Nothing screams 'let's get this new year started' than with a new planner!
Today I'm featuring the 2019 Nourished Planner.

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This holiday series has been so much fun!  You guys are having a blast entering and good news is we are not done yet.  You still have time to enter Day 7 and Day 8, so be sure to check those posts out.

For the past year I have been referring to my planner {the 2018 version of the Nourished Planner} as my BIBLE.  Yes, I'm kidding a bit when I say that, but there is also some truth behind it.  That thing goes with me everywhere and is a contant presence on my kitchen countertop {otherwise known as the command center}.

I keep everything written down there: grocery lists, doctor's appointments, kid's sports practice schedules, my meal plan, daily to-do lists and so much more.

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I knew in my heart I had to bring The Nourished Planner back this year for this holiday series.  It's just too good not too!  And my gracious friends Heidi and Alexa jumped on board again without hestitation.  These ladies are stellar in some many ways.

This planner is your guide to planning for better health {not just physically, but mentally}.  It's an all-in-one spot to plan your day, your week and your month.  It provides tools to help organize your time through goal setting and prioritizing.

This isn't another rigid planner setting the pace, but a planner that allows you to be free and make it your own.  A to-do list, meal planner and organizer all in one.

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Each month starts off with a challenge, something to set your sights on for the month, along with goals, a bucket list areas that you can just 'think about'.  

It's honestly, one of my favorite areas of the planner.

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The weekly and daily planner sections are what keep my life in order.  This year they have added to the dinner meal plan area, with an additional ection for breakfast and lunch {sometimes those meals need to be planned out too!}, as well as a fitness tracker, appointment box and the much needed to-do list.

Double bonus, the big white section below allows for ample doodling and other "lists" that come up.  I will tell you that, that area never stays white for me!

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Heidi and Alexa have graciously agreed to giveaway TWO Nourished Planners to some lucky winners!  PLUS, if you would like to purchase a Nourished Planner for a loved one on your gift list this year I have a deal for you as well.

All of my readers can receive 10% OFF a Nourished Planner by heading HERE and using the CODE: SweetSavory10.  Plus all orders placed in December receive FREE shipping!

No reason not to order.

To enter this giveaway please use the Rafflecopter Giveaway icon below for mulitple entries.  U.S. residents only please.  Two random winners will be chosen on December 12th.

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Saturday, December 8, 2018

Coffee Grinder & Coffee Bean Giveaway: Day 8

It's Day 8 of my 12 Days of Holiday Giveaways!

Hey, coffee lovers today is for YOU.
Great coffee is a must, especially during these cold winter months.

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We are well into this holiday series and it's been getting great feedback!  There is still time to enter Day 6 and Day 7, so be sure to check out those posts.

But today my friends is all about COFFEE.

First, full on confession.  I only started drinking coffee 3 years ago {that would be my mid-thirties, for those wondering}.  I grew up with both parents drinking it daily so I have no idea why it didn't catch on with me.  In fact my older sister and brother still don't drink it!  Apparently, our parents never doctored it up it with sugar and cream when we were little so we could take a sip.

Now, each and every day starts with a cup {or two}.  My favorite combo is a drizzle of pure maple syrup and a splash of half and half.  I often use this milk frother too to jazz it up like a latte!  

I'm a homebody at heart so any chance I get to curl up under a blanket with a warm cup of joe I'm game.

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Have you grinded your own coffee beans before?  I have a good friend who SWEARS by it, which in turn pressured me to get a grinder.  Well, guess what?  She was right.

Fresh coffee beans that are ground right before you brew is ideal.  Just like food, fresh is best!  Pre-ground coffee loses some of its delicate aromas and oils.  It's okay if you're not grinding your own, no judging here.  I keep a package of pre-ground coffee in my fridge at all times too.

But if you have an extra minute before brewing in the morning, take the time.

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Beyond the coffee grinder it's important to have good, quality coffee!  Earlier this year it was brought to my attention that my small Iowa hometown opened a coffee company, Ross Street Roasting Company.  I saw a few friends raving about it and knew they'd be perfect to partner in this holiday series.

They source their coffee from single countries and growing regions, sometimes even single farms!  They work closely with coffee farmers and have direct working relationships so that you can receive fantastic coffee, but at the same time gives a greater benefit to these growers, their families and communities.

Ross Street Roasting Co. is growing fast and their praise is well deserved!

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TWO lucky winners are going to receive a JOYY Fresh Electric Coffee Grinder and a 12 oz. bag of Jack's Feed Store Blend from Ross Street Roasting Company!

If you'd like to take a look at their full coffee selection please visit their website for ordering details.  Or visit HERE to purchase the coffee grinder I'm giving away.

Please enter via the Rafflecopter Giveaway Icon below for multiple chances to win.  U.S. residents only please.  Two random winners will be chosen on December 10th.  Good luck!


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Friday, December 7, 2018

Triple Cheddar Instant Pot Mac-n-Cheese + Cabot Cheese Giveaway: Day 7

It's Day 7 of my 12 Days of Holiday Giveaways!

Today is all about CHEESE.
Oh glorious cheese, I love thee.

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Well, this is a food blog, so I figured it was high time to give away some actual food!  And to be honest, I believe I picked one of the best foods.

CHEESE.

I'm so sorry if you are allergic or intolerant, something bad must have been happening the day you were born.  Please keep reading {I know you have someone in your life who loves this stuff}.  And for those that have been graced by it's beauty you will love this blog post!

Cabot Cheese has long been a favorite cheese brand of mine.  Established in 1919, it is nearing 100 years strong.  This award winning cheese comes from happy, healthy cows that product rich, buttery milk from over 1,000 co-op farms.

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Ever since Cabot Cheese sent me this HUGE BOX OF CHEESE, I've been slicing off a piece almost daily and including it in all our meals.

No one has been complaining {and I have 3 kids....they complain}.

I wanted to create a recipe my kids would DEVOUR so I set my sights on a classic mac-n-cheese, but with a bit of twist by making it in my Instant Pot.  Because the Instant Pot and cheese go very well together {trust me, I develop recipes for a living}.

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Let me tell you this, dix the boxed stuff and make this homemade mac-n-cheese!  It's so easy and I'm not just saying this because I cook all the time, it is SO EASY.

The cooking time is just 4 minutes!

All you need is elbow macaroni, butter, salt, water, half and half and cheese.  Just six ingredients.  I mean these are all things you have in your home already.  I made this into a triple cheddar version using two kinds of Cabot Cheese {Vermont Sharp and Seriously Sharp} + a bit of American cheese, aka Velveeta for extra creaminess.

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So I made this {again} just a few days ago while all the kids were in school and the house was quiet.  Let me tell you this.

DON'T DO IT.

It's dangerous.  

I gave myself a few scoops in a bowl for lunch.  I ate that and then proceeded to fill another bowl.  I could not stop.  It's so creamy and smooth and just pretty much that best thing since sliced bread.  Oh, and the kids went bananas over it, so that's always a plus.

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Cabot Cheese has graciously offered to giveaway TWO boxes of their cheese to some lucky winners {a $25 value}.  Enter via the Rafflecopter Giveaway icon below for multiple entries.  U.S. residents only please.  Two lucky winners will be randomly chosen on December 10th.

And don't forgot to scroll down a bit farther for these delicious Triple Cheddar Instant Pot Mac-n-Cheese recipe!

You won't regret it.

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Yield: 8-10

Triple Cheddar Instant Pot Mac-n-Cheese

This is the creamiest mac-n-cheese you'll ever eat! And so simple with just 6 ingredients. Done in under 15 minutes.
prep time: 5 minscook time: 4 minstotal time: 9 mins

ingredients


  • 1 lb elbow macaroni
  • 4 cups water
  • 3 T butter
  • 1 1/2 t salt
  • 1 cup Cabot Cheese Vermont Sharp, shredded
  • 1 cup Cabot Cheese Seriously Sharp, shredded
  • 2 oz Velveeta, cubed
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup half & half

instructions


  1. Place the elbow macaroni, water, butter and salt in the Instant Pot.  Secure the lid and set the vent to "sealing".
  2. Manually set to 4 minutes.  When it's done do a quick valve release (be careful as some of the butter might spray out) or allow it to release naturally.
  3. Stir in the cheeses and milk and combine until smooth and creamy.  Serve immediately.
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