Kroger’s Private Selection is a Hit

We enjoyed our taste test of Kroger’s Private Selection products as part of my husband’s birthday party late November.

A few things I/we love about Private Selection:

* TASTE – it’s so good you’d swear it came from a 5 star restaurant.

* SELECTION – So many options! I had a hard time making my selections, but we are all well pleased with what we had.

* PRICE – Affordable and wonderful!

* PLATE, PAIRING TIPS – Love, love, LOVE the pairing and plating tips on each box! They take your meal from delish to WOW! (And you get all the credit) ;)

We had the Baked Tortilla Cup Collection as an appetizer and they went over big! My personal favorite was the Roasted Eggplant-Tomato Tortilla Cup (my mouth waters just thinking about them!) while hubby and our youngest daughter liked the Spinach-Artichoke Tortilla Cups the best.

Next we had the Pepperoni & Roasted Garlic and the Margherita Napolitana Marble Hearth Baked Pizzas. I knew these were special the moment they came out of the box. The descriptions alone have you begging for a taste:
Pepperoni & Roasted Garlic – Thin and flaky crust topped with robust tomato sauce, starvecchio parmesan, fire roasted garlic, peralini mozzarella, basil and pepperoni. In a word: YUM!

Margherita Napolitana – Thin and flaky crust topped with halved grape tomatoes, pearlini mozzarella, basil and stravecchio parmesan. In a word: YUM!

None of us had a clear favorite of the two because they were both SO good. Our youngest declared them excellent and just like the ones she had in Italy, yes, ITALY. :)

We rounded out the meal with Belgian Chocolate Lave Cakes. Love this true-to-life description: moist, rich chocolate cake filled with Belgian chocolate ganache. We put a single candle on hubby’s and sang happy birthday while he made his wish. It was fun and cute. (Though I don’t recommend it unless you like melted candle wax as they are not kidding with the lava part). I ended up switching cakes with him while he was busy opening presents so that he wouldn’t have to eat melted candle wax with his cake. I know, I know, I am just too sweet. :) We all loved the cakes – and paired them with strong coffee to offset the decadent sweetness.

Our experience with Kroger’s Private Selection could have only been more perfect if our eldest daughter had been there with us a well. The three of us give them two thumbs up and we will definitely be buying more real soon.

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Win with Rayovac and Mommy Goggles

Rayovac wants to power your holidays with fun new contest. To enter, just visit the Mom Rocks the Holidays with Rayovac (link underlined words to!/Rayovac?v=app_102844599787096) contest tab on Facebook, like them and tell them how you or your mom makes the holidays rock for a chance to win the Grand Prize of $1,000 cash! There will be 3 Grand Prize winners and 20 Runner Up winners will take home a Paper Jamz guitar, amp, drum kit, guitar strap, and two Rayovac Alkaline AAA 24 packs of batteries. Also, be sure to visit Mommy Goggles ‘Moms Rock the Holidays with Rayovac & Paper Jamz Giveaway!‘ (link underlined words to where you can win 1 of 5 Mom Rocks the Holiday prize packs that include a $50 Visa Gift Card, Paper Jamz guitar and Rayovac Alkaline AAA 24 pack of batteries. Disclosure – Followers who promote the Rayovac Mom Rocks the Holidays Sweepstakes may receive gifts from Rayovac.

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A Sheer Solution

I have been testing Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Liquid Daily Sunblock for a few weeks now and must say that I love it. It is so light wieght and is quickly absorbed by skin making it perfect for daily use under your makeup and anywhere skin is exposed to the sun. It has an SPF of 70 to protect your delicate skin from damage and future wrinkles. The petite 1.4 fl.oz. bottle is perfect for stashing in your purse for quick reapplication on the go.

A Mile in Daddy’s Shoes

Now that you know about daddy and his battle with colon cancer ( original post here) I can confess some of my random thoughts.  Like - Would I fight as gracefully and bravely as he is?  Would others find me an inspiration like I do him?  Do I even want to know?  The answer is I don’t know. 

What I do know is that I don’t want to have to battle colon cancer one day, I don’t want HIM to have to battle colon cancer now and I don’t want ANYONE to have to battle colon cancer ever.  I so I pray.  I pray for daddy, mama, our family, the doctors, the drugs, a cure.  I pray that no one has to know the helplessness that comes from watching a loved one fight a battle you cannot do anything about.  And I run.  I run for peace of mind.  I run for a cure.  I run for daddy.

As I was lacing up this morning to work on week one of the Nike Training I thought about “wearing” daddy’s shoes when I was a kid and shuffling around in shoes that were too big for me.  I can’t wear daddy’s shoes now either.  I can’t fight for him, I can’t cure his cancer.  But I can train and each time I think of giving up or calling it good enough I can think of daddy and how he battles every day, every moment and I can go on.   Step by step, mile by mile until there’s a cure and no one else’s daddy has to battle an insidious disease like colon cancer.

I am forever grateful to Stephanie at Metropolitan Mama for her How to Train for a 5K post.  On it I found great advice on training, shoes and such.  I also rediscovered my love for running.  While I’m nowhere near the in the same shape I was in as a teenager I still love it.  I can’t run as far or as long as I used to but I’m getting there one step at a time.  And we’re getting closer to a cure one step, one dollar at a time.  Won’t you join me in the race



June Raffle Schedule Posted

Thank you so much for your contributions to our Undy 5000 – Dallas Team.  Chisum’s Crew is hoping to make a big impact for a cure for colon cancer our first time out.  Be sure to check out our outstanding sponsors and prizes on our Facebook page.  Don’t have your tickets yet? Why not? Remember, you earn one ticket for every $5 you donate to the Colon Cancer Alliance and all non-winning tickets roll over to the next drawing! We have over 30 prizes to give away by the end of October so you have a lot of chances to win!

June Sponsored Drawings:
• Smart Ass underwear
• Strider™ PREbike courtesy of Strider Sports International
• Sterling Silver Pavé Blue Ribbon Charm on a Sterling Silver Necklace from CharmFactory
• $50 gift certificate to Gabriel Cosmetics

June minor prizes:
• Red Envelope stationery set
• 3 piece Pawsafe cleanser set
• Yves Rocher bath & beauty products