Asian Slaw Recipe and Tavern Direct Marinade Giveaway [CLOSED]

 

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As a Tavern Direct Super Inside I was sent this month’s featured marinade and finishing sauce. It’s been a challenge for me because I’m not a fan of Asian food, so when I was tasked with using the Tavern Direct Asian Lemon sauce to create a recipe I wasn’t sure what to do. After some searching and figuring I came up with something that would be a great side dish and perfect for the spring and summer. It’s the perfect twist on a common summer salad.

The Asian Lemon marinade is a tangy soy-based sauce with garlic and lemon and a delicious asian flavor. Perfect for stir-fry or grilling, as well as a quick and easy finishing sauce for fish.

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Asian Slaw (serves 4)

Difficulty Level: Easy

Prep Time: 10 min

Ingredients:

6 oz Broccoli Slaw or Cole Slaw (you could shred up the cabbage, but I didn’t)
1/3 cup Tavern Direct Asian Lemon sauce (contains soy, not a gluten free food)
3 tsp Granulated Sugar
2 tsp Rice Wine Vinegar
1 Tbsp Creamy Peanut Butter
1 spring onion, sliced diagonally for garnish
1 sprig cilantro for garnish

Directions:

Combine Asian Lemon sauce, sugar, vinegar and peanut butter in medium bowl. Whisk until combined.

In a large bowl, add the slaw and pour dressing on top. Gently mix until fully combined.

Transfer to serving bowl or plate and garnish with cilantro and spring onion. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

 

Really, it’s that simple! And it’s delicious, too. It has that Thai taste because of the peanut butter, and has that perfect blend of crunchy and cool. It’s a sophisticated twist on a summer classic. Great to take with you when you don’t want a mayonaise-based dish. The Asian Slaw is also an excellent accompaniment to grilled chicken or fish.

Now, for you, my wonderful friends, an opportunity to win a bottle of this savory, soy, garlic, lemon goodness for yourself. Like last month, check out the Tavern Direct Asian Lemon Marinade Giveaway for all the ways you can enter. One of the entries is leaving a comment here, so do that first and when you get to the giveaway page, just let them know you commented here!

As I’ve mentioned before, I support Tavern Direct because a portion of EVERY PURCHASE supports the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). NCMEC not only provides support to law enforcement and lawyers, but one of their programs is providing support to schools and teachers so they can help educate and empower children. With both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day on the horizon, check out the terrific gift packs from Tavern Direct. You will LOVE these gourmet sauces, marinades, oils and balsamic vinegars. These truly are high-end!

As a reader of this blog, I am offering you a 15% discount on any purchase at Tavern Direct. Use the coupon code: Spring15 for an instant savings.

If you would, Like Tavern Direct on Facebook to check out the recipes and featured products. It’ll also get you an entry into this month’s giveaway.

Thank you very much, for supporting Tavern Direct. Lou Bivona, the owner of Tavern Direct, is a phenomenal gentleman and world-class chef who is also passionate about the mission of NCMEC and has been on the board for many years. Your purchase directly benefits a wonderful organization.

Shop at Tavern Direct.

Leave a comment then enter the giveaway.

 

Sara

April Promotion: Tavern Direct BBQ & Marinade Special [CLOSED]

Tavern Direct is running another promotion. Not only are they offering their Tavern Direct’s BBQ & Marinade Special (1870 Steak Sauce, Ginger Teriyaki, and Old Vine Cabernet & Fire Grilled Garlic Marinade) for only $26.05, but you can get the set in time for some spring grilling.

For 3/31 ONLY: Deal Pulp is running a promotion where you can get this BBQ & Marinade Special for only $10. That’s 3 gourmet sauces for just over $3 each, which is a total bargain!

You can also enter to win a Gourmet Prize Pack from Tavern Direct. There are many ways to enter, just tell ’em I sent you because if you win I win too! We can be grill masters together!

I am a Tavern Direct ‘Super Insider’, which means I am a preferred blogger. I support Tavern Direct and their mission and have written about the founder, Lou Bivona, as well as shared a Garlic Marinade Chicken recipe too.

 

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. Just me supporting a good cause.

Sara

Win a Spa Vacation in Turks & Caicos From Guinot USA [CLOSED]

My friend and esthetician, Kathi Jo, told me about this great opportunity to win a trip for a spa vacation to Parrot Cay in Turks and Caicos. She uses Guinot products in her studio and asked me to let you all know how you can enter to win a great trip.

Click to win a spa vacation from Guinot USA. One entry per person.  It asks for the Spa/Salon Name. If you would please enter Skincare by Kathi Jo I’d appreciate it. That way they know who sent you. Enter through March 31, 2011.

Good Luck!

Sara

Review & Giveaway: Align Probiotic [CLOSED]

Align® is a daily dietary supplement that helps restore your natural digestive balance with ongoing probiotic protection.*† Align is an easy-to-swallow capsule that contains Bifantis®, a unique patented probiotic, that you take just once a day, each day, to help bring peace to your digestive system.*

WhenI was at BlogHer I spoke with one of the doctors who worked with P&G on this product. He explained to e how this type of non-refrigerated probiotic works to give your body beneficial bacteria that are can help restore the delicate balance of your digestive system when they get upset due to diet, changes in schedule, travel, and stress, among other things. Occasional digestive upsets can result from changes in this delicate balance. Taking Align once a day, each day, helps restore this natural balance with unique Bifantis bacteria to help give you ongoing probiotic protection against occasional digestive upsets that can interrupt your life.*

All the parties, get togethers and events focused on eating are surely going to upset your digestive system. By taking Align, you can begin the process of restoring your natural balance, while building and maintaining a strong, healthy digestive system.* Continuing to use Align will help your body build and maintain a natural defense against occasional digestive upsets that can interfere with your plans.* Taking Align daily promotes a healthy digestive balance.  Psst… Many days I just don’t feel like eating yogurt or it’s not convenient.  Align does not require refrigeration so it’s perfect for those who travel.

  • Builds & maintains a healthy digestive system
  • Restores your natural digestive balance
  • Protects against occasional digestive upsets

Already the number one gastroenterologist recommended probiotic supplement,** Align has added to its honors with this Gold Edison Award™ for being one of the best new products of 2010.

GIVEAWAY

The fab people at Align® are offering 4 of my readers a 4 week supply of (28 Capsules) Align probiotic supplement (a $30 Value).

To enter, leave a comment telling me why you think a probiotic would help you or someone in your family.

Giveaway will end Wednesday, December 22nd at Midnight MST and is open to anyone in the U.S. One entry person (no duplicate email accounts, please). Winner will be drawn via Random.org and notified via email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new one will be drawn.

No Purchase Necessary. Void where prohibited by law.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
† When used daily as directed
** Among gastroenterologists who recommended a brand of probiotic in a Wolters Kluwer 2010 survey

DISCLOSURE: I WAS COMPENSATED FOR THIS POST BUT ALL OPINIONS ARE HONEST, TRUE AND MY OWN. LYING IS FOR LOSERS!
Sara

My Love of Homeopathy + Everyday Aches & Pains = Giveaway For You [CLOSED]

Come to my house and you’ll find tiny tubes of homeopathic pellets in nearly every medicine cabinet and bathroom drawer. Boiron is a household name in these parts because I have embraced my inner granola girl.  See, I don’t like traditional medicine all that much. I try to stay away from it because years ago I had to take regular medication and I hated how it made me feel. It fixes one thing and screws up something else.

I actually see a homeopath instead of an allopathic doctor. So when I was asked to give Boiron’s Arnicare Arnica Gel for Pain Relief a try, I checked with my homeopath first and then said to send it my way. Perfect timing for me because I can’t use the traditional OTC topical pain reliever since it interferes with my other remedy.

Arnicare Arnica Gel is a topical pain relief gel for everyday pain relief.

  • Muscle Aches & Stiffness
  • Swelling from injuries (got kids who play soccer or do cheer or gymnastics?)
  • Discoloration from Bruising (got kids? do you run into things?)

Here are some of the things I really like about this product

  • Paraben Free
  • Quickly Absorbed
  • Residue Free
  • Menthol Free
  • Non-Greasy
  • Can be used on children

I want to share this great product with you. It is available at most national retailers and natural food stores and runs about $7.00 for a 2.6oz tube.

GIVEAWAY

One reader will get a 2.6oz tube of Boiron’s Arnicare Arnica Gel for Pain Relief to help get your 2011 off to a pain-free start. To enter, leave a comment pretending you’re Aunt Bertha and tell me all your aches and pains that need Arnicare Arnica Gel.

Giveaway will end Wednesday, December 22nd at Midnight MST and is open to anyone in the U.S. One entry person (no duplicate email accounts, please). Winner will be drawn via Random.org and notified via email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new one will be drawn.

Disclosure: I was compensated for this post but all opinions are honest, true and my own. Lying is for losers!
Sara

Wii Sports Resort Giveaway [CLOSED]

No, not me! My friend Carrie is giving away TWO COPIES of Wii Sports Resort. She went to an event with her sister and they both got a copy in their SWAG bags. Carrie is super cool, I met her in real life at BlogHer and also when I’ve visited the Bay Area. So if you have a Wii and it didn’t come with Wii Sports Resort then go to her site and leave a comment on her post. Really, it’s that easy! Do you want to win a copy of Wii Sports Resort? Then click on any of the Wii Sports Resort links and you’ll be taken to her site – like magic!

Thanks, Carrie, of Carrie Actually fame, for letting me know about this. Perfect timing for all the gift-giving needs approaching.

Disclosure: I’m not entering her giveaway because I already have this. Also, Carrie didn’t give me anything to tell you about this giveaway.
Sara

Mastermind Game Review & Giveaway [CLOSED]

Have you ever told your kids to find a book and read? Or play a quiet game? Have you wanted to play board games with guests but wanted something a little more sophisticated? Even though I only have one child, quiet is something I often long for. Even if I’m going to play the game, I don’t always want the buzzing or zapping or whirring of an electronic game. Or the active nature of the Wii.

Sometimes, I want to sit down and have my mind be still. Tune out all the sounds and electronics and do something interactive with BabyGirl. My brother and I played board games when we were kids and while they often devolved into a screaming match of “you cheated” and “no I didn’t”, it was the brain games that were always the most fun. The games where it was truly me against my much smarter (please DO NOT tell him I am saying that or my life will never be the same) brother.

Today, though, it seems kids still crave the mental gymnastics of brain teasers, mental math games and games of strategy (or, strategery if you’re being silly in my house!). That’s why I’ve really enjoyed the Mastermind game I got at the SITS Girls’ Bloggy Boot Camp in San Francisco. I can still engage with BabyGirl and I don’t have to look at TV or listing to electronic sounds.

And she gets to try and outsmart Mamma! Now, we all know that’s a ton of fun!!

With its colorful pegs and very simple directions, kids of all ages can play Mastermind. It does have small parts, so keep it away from the little ones though. BabyGirl picks the 4 pegs she wants as the secret code and places them in the order she wants in the compartment. Then, it’s up to me or any willing sucker (uh, player) to try and break the code.

Except for the occasional misplaced marker, it’s a game with lots of laughter and bantering. Sometimes, I even hear the occasional taunt when BabyGirl plays with her daddy. They’re both pretty competitive!

Each game takes about 10 – 15 minutes, just about the right amount of time to avoid becoming bored. Because just when you start to think the kids will get bored, the stakes are raised and someone is about to break the code.

We have all three versions of the Mastermind games – Deluxe, Standard and Travel. We actually do travel with the game just incase we’re stuck in an airport or have too much down time. It’s also great on a plane because it’s compact and everything has it’s own compartment so the pieces don’t get loose. We love taking ours to restaurants to pass the time waiting for our food.

Mastermind is a classic game that harkens back to the pre-electronic game days. No batteries needed. Just the desire to make your opponent work hard to break your code or be the best codebreakers! Taking turns, thinking, figuring out patterns – all the things needed to keep the brain in tiptop shape!

Most anyone can play, especially older family members who may not know how to use electronic games. And while there is plenty excitement, it’s a relatively quite game that the kids can play when mom or dad need quiet time or if using the travel game out at a restaurant, in an airport or on a plane or train. The travel version is terrific for camping or at hotels when the kids start in with the “I’m bored!”.

Does your household need one? Do you think this is the key to a peaceful meal at a restaurant? Then you’re in luck!

Mastermind is giving one reader their choice of the Standard or Travel version of the game. Whether at home or on the go, you and your family will love this game!

How to Enter: Leave a comment telling me if you grew up playing Mastermind. Easy as that! Of course, if you don’t follow me on Twitter you can always do that. You can also subscribe to my blog via email or in a reader to get me delivered to you daily. I’m on Facebook too!

Details, Details: One entry per person. Multiple entries will be deleted. Please provide a valid email so you can be contacted should you win. This giveaway will end at 11:59pm on Monday October 4th.

Sara

Smart & Final Review and Giveaway {Closed}

You know how I like a good grocery deal. So, when I was approached to check out Smart & Final of course I said yes! I’ve shopped at Smart & Final in the past. Normally, I’ve gone there to get things if we were having a party. I have purchased plastic coffee cups, extra flatware and plasticware type of things.

This time though, my goal was to check out Smart & Final and see how it could help me manage my time and my budget. I took my time and checked out every aisle. They had many things that are carried in the local grocery store, but often in different sizes. So if you have a large family or are shopping for a gathering it would make shopping easy. Plus, you don’t need a membership card! That makes it very convenient for so many people, who want to take advantage of bulk deals but aren’t interested in joining a warehouse club.

I loved that there were restaurant grade items available. I love cooking and I’ve often thought it would be great to have a commercial grade giant muffin tin? Makes me want to mix up a batch of muffins! You don’t have to belong to a restaurant or work in foodservice to buy one. And they have large stockpots and heavy duty skillets too.

As I walked the aisles I noticed they had quite a few organic foods too — milk, juice, various foods. I appreciated this because not only would I be able to get organic foods but I could buy them in a larger quantity. Often, organic foods are sold in small packages. So having the opportunity to buy enough for a few weeks or to take to a gathering was a plus because it was a time savings and a good price.

Like most grocery stores and club stores, Smart & Final sells cleaning supplies. What I liked most was that many of the cleaning products were commercial grade. Not that my house needs them, but because I sometimes buy things for organizations I volunteer at we need professional strength goods. Not having to make an extra stop at the janitorial supply would be a great convenience.

In general, I was really impressed with what Smart & Final offered. It had been quite awhile since I’d been in to one. I really liked that it was small enough to get in and out quickly. And you won’t be tempted to buy a TV or books or a vacuum cleaner. There was always a good selection so you had plenty of choice. The prices were very competitive and you won’t need a membership.

If you haven’t been to Smart & Final, I recommend you check it out for yourself.

WIN TWO $5 SMART & FINAL GIFT CARDS

Smart & Final is located in the following states: Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, & Washington

To Enter:

1) Visit the Smart & Final website and leave me a comment about what you think you might like about shopping there.

EXTRA ENTRIES (feel free to do as many as you wish)

2) Subscribe to Saving For Someday in a Reader. Confirm your subscription, come back here and leave me a comment letting me know you subscribed. If you are already a subscriber, thank you, please leave me a comment letting me know!

3) Tweet about this giveaway on twitter and include @Saving4Someday. Leave a comment letting me know you tweeted! (limit to one entry per day)

4) Grab my Button or add Saving For Someday to your Blogroll. The code for the button is on my sidebar. Leave me a comment with a link to your site so I can come visit your site.

Leave a comment for each entry and enter by Tuesday July 6th at 11:59pm PST. I will choose the winner on Wednesday using Random.org and will contact the winner by email or twitter, so please make sure I can reach you. The winner will have 48 hours to contact me to claim their prize. U.S. Residents only.

Disclosure: Collective Bias compensated me for a few items I purchased at Smart & Final. I purchased the gift card myself to give away to one of my readers. My opinions are my own and were not influenced by either Smart & Final or Collective Bias.


Sara

Happy 1st Birthday to My Friends at MadameDeals.com – Win $25 AMEX Gift Card

My friends Renae and Amee run the very awesome site called MadamaDeals. They provide coupon match-ups for almost every grocery store in the US as well as CVS, RiteAid and Walgreens. In addition, they share all kinds of great deals, recipes, fashion tips and more.

I met Renae and Amee when I went to Blissdom in February. And Renae is also part of the Inexpensively team, which I am part of as well. You’ll like them too!

I ask that you help me in wishing them a Happy 1st Birthday! Hop over to MadameDeals and join in the birthday celebration. They’ll be having giveaways all week! If you want to get in on the first giveaway, click HERE and enter to win a $25 American Express Gift Card from MadameDeals!

Congratulations Renae & Amee!!

Sara

Abacus 24-7: I Want A Wii Giveaway [CLOSED]

Abacus24-7 specializes in quality compatible, remanufactured, cleaning and OEM printer ink cartridges and toner cartridges for all of today’s name brand printers and copiers for the home and business.  They are having a giveaway for a free Nintendo Wii gaming console!  You have to be a Facebook Fan or follow them on Twitter (@Abacus247).

To enter the contest go HERE!  Remember you MUST be a Facebook Fan or follow them on Twitter to win this giveaway.  So link up today for your chance at winning a Nintendo Wii gaming console.

Sara