Imperial Sugar Homemade Holidays Thanksgiving Recipe Contest


Can you believe the holiday season has already begun? My taste buds are already anticipating the height of holiday baking, especially with Thanksgiving right around the corner. That’s why I’m excited to share the Imperial Sugar Homemade Holidays Thanksgiving Recipe Contest with you!

One of my holiday baking staples is Imperial Sugar, whether it’s powdered sugar for Pecan Pie Cookies or plain ol’ granulated sugar for Fall Spice Sugar Cookies.

And this year, Imperial Sugar wants to be part of your Homemade Holiday!

Enter your original homemade Thanksgiving recipe — savory side dish, decadent dessert, or whatever suits your fancy — for the chance to win $500!

  • First Place will receive a $500 gift card.
  • Second Place will receive a $300 gift card.
  • Third Place will receive a $200 gift card.

How to Enter:

  1. To submit your recipe, join the Imperial Sugar “Sweet Community” by signing up for an account. (If you are already a member, just log into your recipe box.) Once logged in, scroll down the page and select the “Share Your Recipe” option. Complete the form in its entirety.
  2. You are strongly encouraged to submit a JPEG photo of the entered recipe at a size no larger than 495 pixels wide by 341 pixels tall.
  3. Multiple entries per participating “Sweet Community” account are permitted; however each entry must be for a separate and unique recipe.
  4. You may enter both Imperial Sugar and Dixie Crystals’ Thanksgiving recipe contests; however you cannot enter the same recipe in both contests.

Contest Details & Rules:

  • Contest entry period begins November 1, 2012.
  • Contest entry deadline is November 23, 2012.
  • All recipes must be the original creation of the Entrant.
  • Recipe may not have been previously published or otherwise owned, sold or conveyed to a third party, may not have won previous awards, must not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity.
  • All recipes must include a minimum of one teaspoon of a Imperial Sugar product.
  • Recipes will be judged by our very own Chef Eddy Van Damme.
  • All entrants must meet eligibility requirements outlined in the Official Rules.

Winner will be announced Friday, December 2, 2012.


Now, I’ve got to start brainstorming what I want to enter in the contest! What’s your favorite homemade holiday recipe?


Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post — photos and information was provided by Imperial Sugar and I was compensated for sharing this information. All opinions are my own.

Progressive Snapshot Test Drive

Last month, I was asked by Progressive to try Snapshot Test Drive. I’ve seen commercials for it, and thought it would be neat to see if we could get any additional savings. I mean, hey, every bit counts, you know?

When we got the device in the mail, I asked The Nerd to install it for me. I didn’t really know what it would entail and envisioned this complicated process. But in reality, it was so simple! You just plug it into the diagnostic port in your car’s dashboard. So simple!

Once it was installed, it was really simple. I actually forgot about it for a while. Then, I received my first savings report. It was delivered right to my email and detailed what happened that week when I drove.

They evaluate your driving on three things: Hard Brakes (the device beeps every time it records a hard brake), Rapid Acceleration and Miles Driven. The report gives you tips on how to improve your driving, which I found  very helpful.

I got four reports in all, and in the end, Progressive couldn’t offer me any additional savings. But that’s ok. I’m still glad I tried it out, if for nothing else than to see my driving details.



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Disclaimer: I was asked to test and review the Progressive Snapshot Test Drive and in exchange, I received a $50 gas card. Information was provided by Progressive, but all opinions are my own. 

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A Halloween Party Featuring Tyson Any’tizers #MealsTogether #CBias

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This weekend, we invited River and Eli over to have a fun family Halloween Party. As with any party, the food was the first thing I planned. This time I decided to play around with Tyson Any’tizers Ranch Fries to see what sort of spooky twist I could put on them!

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Planning Our Trip to Paris

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I’ve always dreamed of visiting Paris, France. So I jumped for joy when the chance for a trip to Paris next month arose for some consulting work I’m doing. We decided to stay a bit longer and tie in a family vacation. Since we decided to go, I’ve been scouring the web trying to plan our trip. But when I found Gogobot, a social travel site that launched in 2010, my search was over.

Gogobot allows you to connect with your friends to get their advice on where to visit, what to eat, and where to stay when you travel. You can use the service to plan things ahead of time, or you can poll your friends on the fly.

It is super-easy to set up a trip and search for popular destinations. You can even filter the results to show people you know who already use Gogobot. Don’t know anyone using the site yet? No worries! You can pose questions and share them on Facebook or Twitter to get responses from your friends!

When I searched for Children’s Activities, I found Départ 104, a museum with an amazing carousel (it has moving bugs on it!) that I can’t wait to show Andrew! I never would have found this place otherwise.

Once you add destinations to your trip, you can view them on a personalized map. That was really handy for me to see where all the different places I want to visit are in relation to each other. It will make it easier to plan our days that way.

I love that there’s an iPhone app for the website, so when we get to Paris, I can still search for info and ask questions.

Take a moment to check out my trip plan and recommend some destinations for us, if you’ve been to Paris!

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What’s your dream vacation? If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?


Disclaimer: Gogobot allows you to tap into the knowledge of your friends when planning a trip anywhere. You can find like-minded travelers and inspiration for your next vacation, creating easy-to-use wishlists you can return to again and again.

And when you are not in vacation mode or planning a trip, you can discover hidden gems in your own neighborhood for entertaining guests or a weekend staycation.

The best part? Every page on Gogobot is personalized. You can see reviews from your friends and people you are following at the top, which allows you to weed out the noise and fraudulent reviews that become a problem on other review sites. Check out Gogobot today!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gogobot. The opinions and text are all mine.


Graco SnugRide Click Connect 40 – Thoughts From a One-Year-Old

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A few nights ago, my mommy took me to this super-fun party where I got to meet lots of people. There were a bunch of other kids there and the other moms kept oohing and aahing over everyone. It was really cool.

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After we got home, Daddy came into the house with this awesome box. He started pulling things out of it and fastening them together. It looked really neat so I wanted to help.

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The next day, my mommy took me out to the car and put me into a brand-new car seat. At first, I was mad, because I don’t usually like to ride in my car seat. But soon, I realized how SOFT and COMFY this one was! There’s even this awesome pillow at the top that keeps my head from going side-to-side.

And the harness was just the right height — Mommy didn’t even need to adjust it! She just pushed this button and the headrest got higher. I didn’t even have to get out of the car seat while she adjusted it!

Pretty soon, though, I got bored. Luckily, Mommy pulled out the iPad and there was this cool little nook at my feet to set it in. I got to watch all my favorite shows.

Oh! And Mommy hung some toys from the handle at the top of the seat — it was so awesome. I got to play with my car and giraffe and it was a lot of fun.

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I’m totally loving my new car seat.

Disclaimer: Mommy said that Graco gave us my cool new car seat in exchange for our honest opinions, or whatever that means. All I know is that it’s awesome. And I’m glad I got to try it out!


Fall in the Mountains

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Andrew and I are visiting my sister in New Mexico this week. She has two little boys and Andrew is having the time of his life, chasing Hyrum and Benson around the house and playing with the Big Boys.

Today, we took a trip up into the mountains to take photos of the fall leaves. We don’t get many fall leaves in Texas, y’all.

On our way home, Hyrum looked at me and said, “Andrew is not a baby. He’s a BOY.” And I almost started bawling right then and there. Wisdom from a three-year-old.

My baby boy will be one year old in less than a month. Where has the time gone?

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Shirt: Target, Leggings: J.Crew, Boots: J.Crew, Watch: Michael Kors


What am I going to do without my baby?

The Graco SnugRide Click Connect 40 and the #GracoSafety Event

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Andrew is quickly outgrowing the infant carrier we’ve been using as a car seat, and we’ve been looking around at some different options that would fit our needs.

Did you know that the American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends that children stay in a rear-facing car seat until they’re 2 years old and 40 pounds?

Car seats are a hefty investment, and we wanted to be sure that we chose one that would last and keep Andrew comfortable.

So when I was invited to attend a #GracoSafety event, I was excited to learn more about Graco’s latest car seat.

Here’s a little about the Graco SnugRide Click Connect 40:

  • 4 – 40 pound weight limit — a full 2 years
  • Base adjusts with 8 recline positions for most leg room of any rear-facing car seat for baby comfort
  • The Simply Safe Adjust™ harness systems allows parents to adjust the harness and headrest with just one hand to fit their baby’s height as their baby grows, all without having to rethread the harness for extra convenience.
  • Click Connect™ attachment which allows parents to easily transition their babies from the car seat to the stroller through a simple, but secure, one-step “click.”

Staci’s family was so welcoming – and Andrew became an instant celebrity among her daughters. We had some amazing food from Zoës Kitchen in Flower Mound. Zoës’ menu features Mediterranean-inspired comfort food with made-from-scratch recipes using fresh ingredients.

Then we got down to business – testing the car seat.

Some of my favorite features are the Simply Safe Adjust™ harness system (no re-threading the straps! Woohoo!) and the foot shield, which prevents your child from kicking the back of your seat in the car.

I’m excited to share some of our travels with you, featuring the Graco SnugRide® Click Connect™ 40 and what Andrew (and I) think about it!

Disclaimer: The Graco SnugRide® Click Connect™ 40 – the first and only newborn to two-year infant car seat that actually grows with your baby from four pounds all the way up to 40 pounds. The car seat is designed for a parent on the go. The infant car seat can be easily removed from the base and used as a carrier when the infant is small, providing portability and convenience so you can easily move your infant in and out of the car without disturbing them.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently made the recommendation to keep all children in rear-facing car seats until the age of 2. Graco set out to make this product so parents can keep infants rear facing longer while still keeping them comfortable.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Graco. The opinions and text are all mine. Protection Status