Category: Tips, Tricks & Ideas

Feb82013

Merci Chocolates Awards Show Giveaway

Merci Giveaway

The folks at Merci Chocolates recently contacted me again to see if I would be interested in hosting another giveaway! This time around, the purveyors of delicious chocolate want to know who you’d give a meaningful thank you to if you were up on stage receiving an award!

It’s time to roll out the red carpets, because award season has arrived! One of the highlights of these annual star-studded evenings is listening to the emotional and meaningful thank you speeches.

But as you watch their grand thank you speeches, it’s important to remember that giving someone a meaningful thank you isn’t just a once a year gesture. Giving a meaningful thank you is a heartfelt way to show those important to you that you truly appreciate them every day.

So as the stars share their thank yous, think of who you’d share a meaningful thank you with if you were on stage and consider saying thank you to someone in your life with a box of Merci chocolates.

Who would you give a meaningful awards-style thank you to? Mine, of course, would be to my husband and daughters!

Merci Giveaway

I’ve recently reviewed the chocolates back in December, and Merci have graciously offered to provide an awards show party kit for a Heather’s Bytes reader!

The kit includes four champagne flutes, four popcorn containers, a box of chocolates, and a list of tips to help you share meaningful thank yous and toasts.

To Enter

~ Leave a comment in this post telling me who would you like to give a meaningful awards-style thank you to.

>> Extra entries:

~ Retweet this giveaway on Twitter and get an extra entry, once per day. Your tweet must include the hashtag #MerciAwards, and feel free to share who you’d give a meaningful thank you to. Then leave a comment here with a link to each day’s tweet.

~ Add a link to this post to social media sites like Facebook, Pinterest, Stumble, etc, and receive one extra entry for each one (be sure to leave a comment with the link to the posting).

~ Like Heather’s Bytes on Facebook.

~ Post about the giveaway on your own blog.

Each of the above can be done once a day!

The Rules

~ Contest ends Friday, February 15, 2013 at 5:00pm PST.

~ You may enter once a day, per household. Duplicate entries in one day will be discarded for the entire duration of the giveaway.

~ Giveaway open to U.S. residents only.

~ One winner will receive the above Merci Chocolates awards kit.

~ Winner will be randomly drawn and notified by email, and will have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.

Good luck!

Nov232012

Black Friday Pot Pies

Black Friday Pot Pie

The day after Thanksgiving is never as low-key or relaxing as I hope it’ll be, and I don’t even go shopping!

Though it’d be nice to have a day of vegging in front of the TV after the all day cook-a-thon, family tradition (ie: the kids) dictates that the Christmas tree and decorations MUST. GO. UP. RIGHT. NOW. And over the years (and the accumulation of a lot of crap– er, decor) it’s become a longer and longer process.

Black Friday Pot Pie

Thankfully, Black Friday dinner is low-key. I take advantage of all the leftovers in the fridge, but instead of serving the same meal we just had yesterday, I created a one-dish meal that everyone loves.

As you can see, it’s as easy as can be. Using ramekins (mine hold 14 ounces) or a 13×9 casserole dish, line the bottom with a layer of mashed potatoes.

Black Friday Pot Pie

On top of the potatoes, put a layer of chopped turkey.

Black Friday Pot Pie

Drizzle some delicious leftover gravy on top of the turkey.

Black Friday Pot Pie

Top off the whole thing with stuffing.

Black Friday Pot Pie

Bake uncovered in a 350° oven for about 40-45 minutes.

For the last ten minutes, I drizzle about a tablespoon of melted butter per ramekin (or half a stick for a casserole dish) on top of the stuffing, which gets it really nice and crispy.

Black Friday Pot Pie

Serve it with leftover rolls, cranberry sauce and a nice salad. It doesn’t get any easier!

Oct22012

Bacon Weaving

Bacon Weaving

I am once again needing to take a pass on this week’s Tuesdays with Dorie.

Here’s how brilliant I am: We have a small dry-erase board on the fridge so that everyone can write down the things that they need, or if something has run out, etc.

I went grocery shopping last week. I always bring a detailed list of what I’ll need for two weeks’ worth of food and meals, but then I walked out the door without even looking at the dry erase board and briefly wondered how it was that my shopping trip was so much shorter than usual. Well, I’d left half of what I needed still scrawled on the fridge door.

Anyway, I haven’t made it back out for Shopping Trip Round 2 yet, so I don’t have the pumpkin or cranberries for the Dorie bread. But I will definitely be doing the next one in two weeks because I just discovered that I get to host it! I’m very excited.

So to make up for my lack of participation, I’m going to share with you a new trick I learned last week.

Bacon weaving.

One of our dinners last week was BLTs. However, instead of just frying up bacon in the pan, I came across the idea to kind of weave it together and bake it in the oven. This way, you get bacon in every bite of sandwich, and you’re not pulling out entire strips of bacon in one bite, either.

I cut the package of bacon in half first.

Bacon

Lay three of the strips side by side on a baking sheet (preferably a pan with edges so the bacon grease doesn’t run off into the oven). Weave three more strips into the first strips. Put in a cold oven and then heat the oven to 400°.

Bacon Weaving

My one package of bacon gave me five woven squares, which was perfect for the five of us. It took about 20-25 minutes for them to all be perfectly cooked, and I kept a close eye on them and took out the ones that looked like they were finished cooking before the others.

I can understand not wanting to go through trouble of doing this, but honestly, it only took a few extra minutes and the rest of the prep was so easy that I didn’t mind at all. The bacon cooks nice and flat, and you don’t get splatters all over your stove top, either.

The only drawback is having to turn on the oven in the first place and heat up the kitchen, but I think it was worth it!