Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Fiber One Streusel Bars, Cookies and Meal Bars 

Disclosure: The information and prize pack have been provided by General Mills through Platefull Co-Op.

The fine folks at Platefull and General Mills sent me the following info:

"Introducing new Fiber One Streusel Bars, Cookies and Meal Bars!
Find Fiber One Meal Bars in the nutrition aisle! Curb hunger with a Fiber One Meal Bar – 10 grams of protein and 9 grams of fiber. Take one easy step closer to a healthier lifestyle with a bar that makes every delicious bite count!
Fiber One Streusel is a delicious streusel bar made with a brown sugar and oats topping over a real fruit filling, with 20% daily value of fiber*, 150 calories per bar, and 12 grams whole grain.
Fiber One Cookie are a delightfully soft and chewy cookie that you can feel good about. A classic favorite baked with delicious chunks of chocolate - each cookie contains 20% of your Daily Value of Fiber and is individually packaged for easy on-the-go convenience... Find new Fiber One item at Target! Diets high in fiber help body weight and aid in digestion. With so many great Fiber One products, meeting your goal is easy."


The also sent me:

Fiber One Chocolate Chunk Cookie
Fiber One Dark Choc Almond Meal Bar
Fiber One Streusel Strawberry

Let me tell you, this is some REALLY tasty stuff!! If you love snacking as much as I do, and I bet you do, and have some concerns about your health and nutrition, which you SHOULD, you'll be happy to know that you can get some really delicious snacks with so much whole grain, fiber, and protein. Here are a couple of pics I took:

Don't those look like tasty ways to get some fiber? Give them a try, and see for yourself!! :-)

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Big G Retro Monsters Cereals 

The fine folks of Platefull and General Mills sent me the following info:

"Monsters Cereals in Special Throwback Packaging, Only Available at Target, are Back!
The Retro Monsters are back! Count Chocula, Boo Berry and Franken Berry cereals are once again hitting the shelves at Target in their retro packaging and they’ve brought Monsters snack items for you to enjoy as well. Try Count Chocula Treats, Boo Berry Fruit Roll-Ups and Franken Berry Fruit Roll-Ups in special retro packaging, found exclusively at Target.
Perfect for nostalgic cereal fans and Halloween lovers, Monsters cereals and snacks are fun for the whole family."

"Great for breakfast and snack time, try combining melted marshmallow with your favorite Mosters cereal to create your own ghoulishly tasty treats. Looking for an instant Halloween costume! Monsters cereals in special throwback packaging, only available at Target, include a cutout mask for quick dress-ups. Monsters snacks are also perfect as Halloween party munchies and for rewarding trick-or-treaters."

They also sent me:

One (1) box Count Chocula Treat
One (1) Frankenberry Fruit Roll-Ups
One (1) Boo Berry Fruit Roll-Ups
One (1) box each of Count Chocula, Boo Berry and Frankenberry Cereals

Yup, those same cereals that we loved as kids are back in the old familiar boxes!! They still taste as great as ever, and they score big on nostalgia points. The Count Chocula Treats and Fruit Roll-Ups are also very tasty, and worthy additions to the family. Here are a couple of photos:

I'm sure you have memories like I do, of watching Saturday morning cartoons and eating these cereals; it was the best part of the week!! Now, you can pass that same fun along to your kids, and binge on nostalgia by joining them in dipping into those old familiar boxes. And then you can eat the new treats in the afternoon!! This is the perfect time of the year to enjoy Monsters throughout the day!! :-)

Sunday, August 10, 2014

And the winner is... 

The winner of the coupons for FREE Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango body wash is... Judy T!! Stay tuned for more giveaways!! :-)

Friday, August 08, 2014

Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango body wash 

The fine folks at Dial and Purex sent me this product to try. Here's what the website says:

"Product Information

Treat your skin to twice the tropical refreshment with every shower. The rich lather of this body wash is infused with coconut water, known to be rich in hydrating antioxidants and electrolytes. While the scent of juicy, ripe mango leaves skin feeling fresh, clean and delectably fragrant."


And here's what *I* say:

I have no idea what mango smells like, so I can't comment on the authenticity of the scent, but to me it has a very nice fragrance of coconut with a fruity accent; a rich, tropical smell that would not be amiss for a more expensive brand. My family has used Dial since the dawn of time; when my mother died, she had a bottle of Dial liquid soap by her kitchen sink. She would've loved this stuff, because of the scent and because it is a moisturizing and nourishing body wash, which is what she and I have always preferred for our dry skin. Because the scent is not overpowering, my husband is ok with using it too; men don't want to smell girly outside of the shower, but they enjoy a nice fragrance IN the shower, whether they admit it or not, and he likes this one just fine. The bottle shape is another +, because it allows for a more secure grip under slippery circumstances, and looks a little more modern. I'd call this one a winner; it's the best new skin care product I've tried in a while.

Are you ready to try it? It's in stores now... and one of you can try it FREE!! Tell me why you need a new body wash, and I'll pick someone to win coupons for FREE product. I'll announce a winner at the end of the weekend.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Old El Paso Frozen entrees for two 

“Disclosure: The information and prize pack have been provided by Old El Paso® through Platefull Co-Op.”

"Celebrate Cinco de Mayo all month long with delicious, handcrafted meals for two from Old El Paso - now available in the frozen aisle!

You can now find premium, handcrafted, Old El Paso Frozen entrees for two in the freezer aisle of your local grocery store. With eight different flavors of fajitas, enchiladas, quesadillas and burritos, these entrees are sure to fulfill your dinner needs."

General Mills sent me these fab goodies:

Two (2) margarita glasses
One (1) Pitcher
One (1) Chip & Dip Platter
6 VIP coupons, each good for one Old El Paso Frozen Entrée

We're longtime fans of Old El Paso in the Omni household, and the frozen entrées make it incredibly fast and easy to have a tasty Mexican meal. My absolute favorites are the shredded beef enchiladas, and here is a picture of how I ate them last night, with some grated pepper jack cheese on top:


If you love Mexican food, like I do, but don't know how to cook it yourself, like I don't, you should give these entrées or try. You can check out what's up with Old El Paso here:

·Old El Paso® website - http://www.oldelpaso.com/

·Old El Paso® Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/oldelpaso

Sunday, May 18, 2014

New Nature Valley Products at Target! 

Disclosure: The information and prize pack have been provided by General Mills through Platefull Co-Op.

"Introducing new Nature Valley Protein Granola, Nature Valley Breakfast Biscuits, and Nature Valley Greek Yogurt Protein Bars!

With the goodness you’ve come to expect from Nature Valley, all-new Nature Valley Protein Granola is the perfect way to start your day in a bowl of milk, sprinkled on yogurt or as a quick snack!

Nature Valley Greek Yogurt Protein Bars come in delicious Strawberry or Mixed Berry flavors and packs 10g of protein alongside real fruit and nuts, offering a treat your whole family will enjoy!

And with the sustained energy from +26g of whole grains, new Nature Valley Breakfast Biscuits hit the perfect trifecta: convenient, great tasting and fully satisfying.

Looking for a way to keep your new year’s resolutions while maintaining your on-the-go lifestyle? Then join the fun by blogging about these new Nature Valley products – and find great savings on Nature Valley right now at Target!"

General Mills sent me the following yummy treats: one pouch of Nature Valley Protein Granola, one box of Nature Valley Greek Yogurt Protein Bars, and one box of Nature Valley Breakfast Biscuits.




Here are 2 photos I took:

If you're like me, and you get a lot of your daily whole grain at breakfast, you'll want to give these products a try, because they make it so easy to get whole grains while eating something tasty. The granola gives the benefit of protein, which I have found helps me feel fuller and more satisfied longer. You can connect with Nature Valley here:

Nature Valley® website - http://www.naturevalley.com/

Nature Valley® Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/naturevalley

Monday, May 12, 2014

47th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest 

The fine folks at Platefull sent me the following info:

"Do you know any talented home cooks or bakers? If so, their creativity in the kitchen could land them a spot to compete for $1 million and other prizes in the 47th Pillsbury Bake-Off® Contest!

Original recipes may be submitted online at www.BakeOff.com now through May 8, 2014. The Bake-Off® Kitchens will evaluate all eligible entries and choose the top 100 recipes to compete at the 47th Pillsbury Bake-Off® Contest Finals at the Omni Nashville Hotel on November 3, 2014.

For more information and official rules, please visit www.BakeOff.com!"

They also sent me a nice box of goodies:

•A coupon for Pillsbury® Gluten Free dough

•Pillsbury® Flour

•Reynolds® Parchment Paper, Foil, Baking Cups and Slow Cooker Liners

•Watkins™ Vanilla

•Bake-Off® Recipe Booklet featuring all 100 recipes that competed for the $1 million Grand Prize in last year’s contest

As you can imagine, I've been able to use the goodies to make some really tasty stuff. They have a bunch of terrific recipes on their site here:


Here are couple of awesome recipes from last year's contest:

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars

Sweet and salty. Pretzels and peanut butter. Make an easy base of sugar cookies for a finger lickin' bar.

prep time 25 min total time 2 hr 35 min ingredients 7 servings 24
1 3/4
cups pretzels, coarsely chopped
package Pillsbury® Ready to Bake!™ refrigerated sugar cookies
tablespoons Crisco® Baking Sticks Butter Flavor All-Vegetable Shortening
can (14 oz) Eagle Brand® Sweetened Condensed Milk
cup Jif® Creamy Peanut Butter
cup Jif® Chocolate Flavored Hazelnut Spread
cup caramel flavored syrup
Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 13x9-inch pan with Crisco® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray. Let cookie dough stand at room temperature 10 minutes to soften.
Finely chop* 1 cup of the pretzels; place in large bowl. Add cookie dough and shortening. Beat with electric mixer on low speed until well mixed. Press dough evenly in pan. Bake 14 to 18 minutes or until crust is light golden brown. Remove from oven; cool 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, in 2 quart heavy saucepan, heat sweetened condensed milk over medium heat 5 to 8 minutes, stirring constantly until hot and mixture is thin. Remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter and chocolate hazelnut spread until well blended. Spread over baked crust. Sprinkle with remaining 3/4 cup coarsely chopped pretzels. Bake 15 to 20 minutes longer or until edges are golden brown. Cool completely, about 1 1/2 hours. Drizzle with caramel syrup. Cut into 6 rows by 4 rows. Store covered.

*Instead of chopping the pretzels, place pretzels in a large resealable food storage plastic bag. Seal bag; with rolling pin coarsely crush pretzels. Remove 3/4 cup. Seal bag and finely crush remaining pretzels in bag.

Carrot Cupcakes with Coconut Pecan Frosting

What a sweet and tasty way to get your veggies! Mix up seven ingredients in 30 minutes to make easy cupcakes.

prep time 30 min total time 1 hr 30 min ingredients 7 servings 24
bag (11.8 oz) Green Giant® Seasoned Steamers™ frozen honey Dijon carrots
box (15.25 oz) Pillsbury® Classic Yellow Cake Mix
cup Crisco® Pure Vegetable Oil
cup golden raisins
cup pecans, finely chopped
can Pillsbury® Creamy Supreme® Coconut Pecan Frosting
Heat oven to 375°F. Place paper baking cups in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups. Microwave frozen carrots as directed on bag 3 to 4 minutes to thaw. In food processor, place carrots. Cover; process until finely chopped.
In large bowl, beat cake mix, oil, eggs and 1 cup water with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds. Beat on high speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally, until blended. Fold in carrots, raisins and pecans. Spoon into muffin cups, filling three-fourths full.
Bake 23 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 5 minutes; remove to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes. Spread cupcakes with frosting.

Good luck to everyone who participates this year!! :-)

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

New Fiber One Caramel Sea Salt 90 Calorie Snack Bars - Only at Target 

“Disclosure: The information and samples have been provided by General Mills through Platefull Co-Op.”

Here's what they have to say about them:

"Fiber One 90 Calorie Caramel Sea Salt Bars give you a delicious way to indulge without the guilt! Satisfyingly sweet and savory, these bars are a flavorful snack to feel good about!"

NEW 90 Calorie Caramel Sea Salt Bar

"Limited Time Only: Satisfyingly sweet AND savory, these bars are a flavorful snack to feel good about. Enjoy while you can! This exclusive Caramel Sea Salt flavor is only available for a limited time at Target stores, arriving March 2014.
- 20% daily value of fiber*
- 5 Grams of fiber per serving"

Fiber One® website - http://www.fiberone.com/

Fiber One® Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/fiberone

And here's what *I* say: I've got to give the folks at Fiber One credit; if I had not read it on the box, I would not have known that I was eating a product with any fiber in it. The bars had a nice moistness and chewy texture to them, and are pretty tasty. They were fairly sweet, but they didn't really taste like caramel to me, and I honestly could not taste any salt at all; I added my own salt, and that made them even better. The one thing that's a little bit of a bummer is how tiny the bars are. Here's what the bars look like:

Yes, that's a postage stamp on the bar to show you the size. You don't get too much for the 90 calories, but, after all, these are not diet bars, they are fiber bars, and I'm guessing it's just not possible to put fiber in a soft, moist bar and make it low-cal too. Anyways, if you need more fiber, and you know you do, and you enjoy a sweet snack, they're definitely worth a try.


Sunday, March 02, 2014

Old El Paso Frozen Entrees 

Disclosure: The information and prize pack have been provided by Old El Paso® through Platefull Co-Op.

If you love Mexican food as much as I do, and you probably do since more Americans like Mexican food than American food (which I guess would be hotdogs and bologna sandwiches?), you'll be happy to know that Old El Paso has a line of tasty frozen entrées that provide exactly what you would want and expect from Old El Paso; Mexican classics with the familiar flavors that everyone in the family likes. Here's what they said about them:

"Old El Paso Frozen Entrees - No Way That's Frozen!

Delicious, handcrafted meals for two from Old El Paso - now available in the frozen aisle!
You can now find premium, handcrafted, Old El Paso Frozen entrees for two in the freezer aisle of your local grocery store. With eight different flavors of fajitas, enchiladas, quesadillas and burritos, these entrees are sure to fulfill your dinner needs."

And here's what *I* say about them: They're good. These are not fancy gourmet items where you don't even know what half of the stuff in there is, you look at it and you don't recognize it and you're not sure you want to eat it. These are your basic meat, cheese, sauce and tortilla combos that are completely risk-free to serve; there's nothing in them that your kids will look at and go,"EW, what's THAT?!!" Here are the available varieties:

Chicken Burritos
Chicken Quesadillas
Chicken Enchiladas
Chicken Fajitas
Shredded Fajitas
Shredded Beef Burritos
Shredded Beef Enchiladas
Steak Quesadillas

The awesome gift pack that General Mills sent contained:

Two (2) margarita glasses
Two (2) dinner plates
Set of two (2) mini tongs
One (1) serving dish
4 VIP coupons, each good for one Old El Paso Frozen Entrée

I haven't figured out how to get the enchiladas out of the container without them falling apart, so I wasn't able to get a very glamorous photo of my real-life usage, but here's the best picture I got, of the beef enchiladas on one of the colorful plates that came in my gift pack:

You can connect with Old El Paso here:



Sunday, February 23, 2014

Target Breakfast Twist 

Disclosure: The information and prize pack have been provided by General Mills through Platefull Co-Op.

The Target Breakfast Twist is:

"We all know that breakfast is an important start to your family’s day, but all too often, it’s rushed, hectic, and…monotonous. So what can be done to make breakfast a little more delightful and fun?

We’re looking for your surprising twists on breakfast using favorite items that start your family’s day off with a smile!"

This is the prize pack they sent me:

•1 pouch Nature Valley® Protein Granola

•1 box Nature Valley® Granola Bars

•1 box Honey Nut Cheerios® Medley Crunch™ cereal

•1 box Trix® cereal

•1 package Quaker® Oats

•1 jar Jif® peanut butter

•1 package Nutella® mini cups

•1 pouch Grandma Hoerner’s® Big Slice™ apples snack

Needless to say, we have been really enjoying all of these goodies; I probably shouldn't admit this, but my favorite is the Trix, because that was my favorite cereal when I was a kid. I had never had protein granola before, and I thought it was really good, and an easy way to get more protein in the morning, which I find helps me feel full longer. Doing something different and fancier for breakfast is a cool idea; if you're like me, however, you don't have time to be chopping up fruit, cooking, or putting a bunch of pieces of things together to accomplish this… that kind of limits the options. Now, if they were going to send a chef over to my home half an hour before our alarms blast us out of bed to put these things together for us, that would be great, but we don't have time to butter a piece of toast, much less spend 10 minutes putting 50 things on a bagel. Other than pouring oatmeal onto cereal, or cereal onto oatmeal, both of which would be gross, all we could come up with for breakfast-type combinations of the foods they sent us was to dip granola bars into something, and here are my exciting photos of that:

If you have a great deal of time and energy in the morning, you can find a bunch of cool breakfast recipe ideas here:


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