Saturday, November 20, 2010

Saturday Spectacular-Link Up Your Giveaways-11/20-11/27

Good Saturday morning, hope you are all having a great weekend so far!  It's that all important time again and I know there are A LOT of great giveaways and Holiday Gift Guides going on out there lately.  I have enjoyed entering quite a few myself so if you have some giveaways going on over at your blog, would you please link them up here?  Run across giveaways that you would like to share also?  You can link them up here today and all week on the Saturday Spectacular giveaway linky!  Hope you all have a fun and exciting weekend!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Wanchai Ferry/Romano's Macaroni Grill Date Night Review and Giveaway

Do you remember your first date?  I can actually say that I don't because in all seriousness, I didn't date until I was 18 and that seems like an eternity ago.  My hubby and I went on our first date together with a bunch of other people to a club to watch a live band.  Our first "actual" date was over at his house where he cooked me a fantastic home cooked meal.  I knew then that I was in love!  Maybe yours was a quiet little Italian restaurant or maybe even dining on takeout at your home?  Wherever it was that you were when love first filed the air, Wanchai Ferry and Romano's Macaroni Grill Dry Dinner Kits can help you recreate that special evening in the comfort of your own home.  

Date night....what does that mean around your house?  For us it is having the mother in law or sister in law watch the girls for a couple of hours maybe once a month if we're lucky so the hubby and I can step out and maybe head out for a quick dinner and a couple of drinks.  I can't begin to tell you how long it has been since we had a WHOLE night to ourselves in the peace and quiet of the house.  Date night for us sometimes consists of having a conversation after the girls go to bed, which is something we hardly get to do when they are awake.  So let me tell ya..I was excited when I was sent a "date night" package courtesy of Wanchai Ferry, Romano's Macaroni Grill and My Blog Spark recently.  Dinner time around our house is chaotic in no uncertain terms.  Hubby and I have tried to have a normal conversation over a meal only to be interrupted occasionally by one or both of the girls.  I was excited to try both of the delicious boxed meals that we were sent including the Wanchai Ferry Orange Chicken and the Romano's Macaroni Grill Creamy Basil flavors.

Hubby was anxious to try the Creamy Basil meal, so we decided to make that one first.  We actually did have date night as we had my aunt take the girls over to her house for a few hours so we could enjoy a nice dinner together.  I was also provided a $25 Gift Card to purchase items to make our "date night" extra special.  With both of us being hard working parents, it is sometimes hard to make time for each other, as most of the time we get home from work it is back to the grind trying to get dinner together, bathe the girls, clean up, maybe run laundry, etc.  This was a special occasion and felt real nice to just have a great meal and spend time alone..even if for a few hours.  I purchased some nice candles, a tossed salad mix, a cheesecake, and a loaf of fresh, crusty French Bread to go with the Creamy Basil meal with the gift card.  This was a fun and rewarding experience because we both got to prepare the dinner together, which was SOOO easy to make.  This delicious dinner comes with everything included except the cooked chicken which hubby prepared.  It comes with linguine pasta, sun dried tomatoes, a creamy sauce blend, basil and cheese seasoning and even more cheese with the grated Parmesan and Romano cheese blend to sprinkle on top.  Once the chicken is cooked, you add the ingredients except the pasta which has to be cooked separate.  Once that is finished, you add it to the chicken and sauce to create a satisfying not to mention yummy smelling meal.  This was just enough for the two of us with all of the other fixings that we had gotten.  The Romano's Creamy Basil boxed entrees was so fresh tasting, easy to prepare and we had dinner on the table in no time.  It was great to spend a little time with my hubby, to be able to have  great conversation and a fun dinner.  I can't wait to try the other varieties of these Romano's meals, not to mention the Wanchai Ferry Orange Chicken.  I really love fast and easy meals around my house, especially when I don't have a whole lot of time to cook during the week.  I have a feeling these meals will be a new staple in my home for a while to come.

You can enjoy an Asian escape with Wanchai Ferry restaurant-inspired recipes by simply adding your own chicken to delicious entrees such as Cashew Chicken, Spicy Garlic Chicken, Orange Chicken, and Kung Pao Chicken.  Or you can bring the romance of Italian cuisine to your kitchen with Macaroni Grill favorites such as Chicken Piccata and Angel Hair Pasta, Creamy Basil Parmesan Chicken and Pasta, Chicken Alfredo with Linguine, Garlic and Herb Chicken Penne, and Chicken Marsala with Linguine.  
For more information and dinner tips, visit and  Please head over HERE for a great money saving coupon on these kits.

Want to win a Wanchai Ferry/Macaroni Grill Prize pack of your very own?  The winner will get a Wanchai Ferry Dinner Kit, a Macaroni Grill Dinner Kit and a $25 Visa Gift Card to make your "date night" extra special!

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Giveaway will end on Thursday December 2 at 7PM EST.  Winner will be chosen via and notified by email as well as posted here on my blog.  Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.  Special thanks to Wanchai Ferry, Macaroni Grill and My Blog Spark for providing me with this opportunity.  Open to US residents ONLY!  GOOD LUCK!
Disclosure-I received no monetary compensation for this review, only a free prize pack provided to me by Wanchai Ferry, Macaroni Grill and My Blog Spark in exchange for my honest opinions.  I fully comply by ALL FTC rules and regulations as all information and product has been provided to me by Wanchai Ferry/Macaroni Grill and My Blog Spark.  The opinions in this review are my own and not influenced in any way.  No purchase necessary to enter and void where prohibited by law. 

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Holiday Gift Guide/Giveaways Delayed

Good evening all!  Hope everyone has been having a great week so far.  I sincerely apologize for the delay in getting up my version of the Holiday Gift Guide and all of my giveaways.  Things have been extremely busy not to mention crazy around my house.  I hope to get working on this soon-within the next couple to few days.  Thank you all for your understanding and please know there ARE DEFINITELY bigger and better things to come here at Mommy2TwoGirls.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Saturday Spectacular-Link Up Your Giveaways-11/13-11/20

Good Friday/Saturday!  Do you have one or more giveaways going on right now on your blog or a Holiday Gift Guide?  How about running across some great giveaways that you would like to share with all of us?  Link them up here tonight/today and all week on the Saturday Spectacular linky!  Have a great weekend!

Spiced Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe

I found this recipe in a magazine and thought I would share it with all of you!  If you are a lover of pumpkin like me, you will love to try this for the holidays or maybe even now!  If you try this, please let me know how it turned out, I love to hear your thoughts!

Spiced Pumpkin Cheesecake
Makes 16 servings

38 Ginger Snaps, finely crushed
1/4 cup finely chopped pecans
1/4 cup butter, melted
4 pkg (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
1 can (15 oz) pumpkin
1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp vanilla
4 eggs
1 cup thawed whipped topping
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

Heat over to 325 F.  Mix crumbs, nuts, and butter, press onto bottom and 1 inch up side of 9 inch springform pan.  Beat cream cheese and sugar with mixer until blended.  Add pumpkin, spice, and vanilla, mix well.  Add eggs 1 at a time, mixing after each just until blended.  Pour into crust.  Bake 1 hour 20 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes or until center is almost set.  Loosen cake from rim of pan, cool before removing rim.  Refrigerate 4 hours.  Serve with a dollop of Cool Whip and a dusting of nutmeg.

Preparation time:15 minutes


Friday Blog Hopping

Good Friday morning all!  Hope you are starting your weekend off early like me this week.  Been busy lately with work, so sorry for the lack of updates to my blog.  Monday maybe earlier) starts my Holiday Gift Guide party with some wonderful reviews and giveaways to get you in the holiday spirit.  I have great DVD's, Hasbro games, earrings and so much more coming your way so stay tuned!  Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!  Now onto the blog hopping!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Tuesday Blog Hopping


It's everyone's favorite day of the week again, Tuesday..
So that means it's time to link up & follow for
Follow Me Back Tuesday

This week joining us as our Guest Host is:
Christine from Red Head Rants

 How F.M.B.T Works

  • Follow all 3 Hosts & Guest Host - Spots 1-4  leave a comment w/ link so we can follow back  ( only leave a comment that you follow if you actually follow )
  • Snag our button & make a F.M.B.T. post. 
  • After you post use that link to add your blog to the hop along with blog name  
( NO BLOG HOPs & GIVEAWAYS PLEASE  ) These entries will be deleted.
  • Follow the blogs you like & Follow Back who follows you

Link up every Tuesday at 12:00 am est

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Saturday Spectacular-Link Up Your Giveaways-11/6-11/13

Good Saturday morning all!  Hope your weekend is everything you wanted so far!  We have a fun day planned.  We are heading out to Logan's Roadhouse for a late lunch early dinner, they have this Ultimate Grill deal going on where you can have unlimited steak, chicken, or ribs with two sides for $13.99.  Sounds like a great and tasty deal to me!  Then we are taking the girls to ToysRUs to spend their gift cards that they got for their birthdays over a month ago.  I know, we are a little late on the draw, but have been busy with other things to take them out there.  The oldest has been talking for weeks on what she is going to get, I think she has narrowed it down to five things now!  
It's that time again!  Do you have a multitude of giveaways going on right now on your blogs, or maybe just one?  How about a Holiday Gift Guide that you started that you would like to share?  Find other giveaways on other blogs that you would like to let us all know about?  Link them up here today and all week on the Saturday Spectacular giveaway linky!  Let's get the giveaways up past 100 again!  Thanks and have a wonderful rest of your weekend!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Pumpkin Pie Fudge Recipe

My aunt made me this fudge this week as a special treat and handed me the recipe, so I wanted to share it with all of you.  I LOVE pumpkin and everything that I have run across that I have tried with pumpkin in t just makes me love it more.  This fudge is no exception and I thought it would be neat to pass it along so that you could make it for your holiday get-togethers too!

Pumpkin Pie Fudge

1 cup milk
3 cups granulated sugar
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
dash of salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
4 tablesppons margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Butter a 9 x 13 inch baking dish.  Combine milk, sugar, corn syrup, pumpkin and salt in a large pan.  Cook over medium heat until boiling, stirring constantly.  When mixture comes to a full boil, reduce heat and simmer until mixture comes to a softball stage.  Remove from heat.  Beat in cinnamon, allspice, margarine, and vanilla.  Cool, then beat until thick and mixture looses it's gloss.  Spoon into buttered pan and cut into squares when cool and set.

Please let me know if you try this fudge out and how you like it!  I would love to hear your thoughts and comments!

Friday Blog Hopping

Good Friday morning!  Hope you are all getting ready for a great weekend!  I have to apologize for the lack of work on my blog lately.  I am finding it to be quite a challenge to be a working mommy!  It has been over five years since I have been back in the work force and I am trying to get used to the fact of tackling a 32 hours a week job and then all the tasks at home that need to get done.  There are some nights when I am lucky enough to sit down by 8 and by that time, I am exhausted!  I will get used to it eventually I hope!  Anyways, check out some great Friday Blog Hops and have a wonderful weekend!

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