It’s a Holiday Giveaway! Nespresso Masala Chai and UMilk machine {closed}

December 9th, 2013 by katie

So you’re totally almost done with your holiday shopping right?  Yeah, right. This season is blur for many of us.  While we’d rather be curled up next to a fire with a cozy, perfect cup instead we’re out there beating the streets or the keyboard (because, hey, it’s cold out there) to find the perfect gifts that make our loved ones feel special.  Well, how about doing one little thing for yourself?  Between now and Friday at 12pm noon CST, comment below and you will enter to win Nespresso’s new UMilk machine and a sampling of the new holiday favorite Masala Chai Grand Cru.

You can also leave additional comments below for every tweet, facebook share, or Pin.  In the meantime, I’ll share some great holiday recipes using the Masala Chai.  The U is one of my favorite Nespresso machines and the UMilk combines the U with a built-in Aeroccino milk frother allowing you to create the perfect cappuccino or latte every time, at the push of a button.  So do something for yourself this holiday season or secure an amazing gift for someone you love.  The trusty random number generator will chose one comment below to win so be sure to include a working email for notification!  Entries must be before Friday December 13th at 12pm noon, CST.

This post was created in connection with my appointment as a Nespresso Club Blogger.  All opinions are my own.


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Not-Libby’s Homemade Pumpkin Pie

November 20th, 2013 by katie

I’ve wanted to share this pie with you for years.  Years!  But since no one cares about pumpkin pie after Jan 1st and my prior mentioned problem with, er, planning, I’ve never had a post ready to go at a relevant time.  But this is the year-although the photos are dated (seriously I cant possibly make pumpkin pie before the actual holiday, can I?), this is absolutely my favorite pumpkin pie.

Pumpkin pie is such a must-have tradition at our Thanksgiving table, yet it has always been my least favorite pie.  Don’t get me wrong, I always have a couple slices-it is still pie after all-but I never had the same passion for it as other pies and rarely made it myself.  When a co-worker told me a couple of years ago that she makes the BEST pumpkin pie, I was curious.  Was there actually another recipe for pumpkin pie different than the ubiquitous Libby Pumpkin Pie Recipe?  And it actually tasted different?  No way.  I had her write down the ingredients and vowed to try it, but didn’t really expect much.  Well I was floored by the difference this pie is creamy and luscious.  The combination of pumpkin with a hint of spice was so familiar yet so much better!  I have to say that I love this pumpkin pie and now look forward to making it every year.

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Butternut Squash and Gruyere Gratin

November 14th, 2013 by katie

I have never been very good at getting new holiday recipes up before the holidays.  Mostly because we like to eat the same things over and over, but also because planning ahead is not my, er, forte.  I am more of a seat of the pants, spontaneous, give-in-to-every-craving type cook.  So lucky, lucky I had a craving for fall flavors and it just so happens I discovered this earthy and savory holiday-ready side.  Sweet and peppery Caramelized Butternut Squash has been on the menu for the last few Thanksgivings but there might have to be an upset this year.  I don’t like my butternut squash too sweet and this Gruyère rich, creamy gratin fits the bill.

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Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

November 8th, 2013 by katie

I’ve missed you guys!  I have always felt like there is no reason to apologize for the time you need away.  We all have lives and sometimes everything is just too much.  I have three busy kids, a full time job, am enrolled in a Master’s degree program and just generally sleep-deprived and busy!  I am not afraid to admit the amount of take-out we eat on a weekly basis right now.  My focus lately has been simple family favorites that don’t take a lot of time, ingredients, or effort.  But I miss you guys and I miss the focus on new ideas and new food.  So here I am with a great fall recipe (stick to your ribs and turn on the oven)!  I have a few new ideas coming up for you guys as well as some Nespresso give-aways.  So stay tuned!  I’m still here and I can’t wait to tell you what’s in store!

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About chaos

cha·os -noun 1. a condition or place of great disorder or confusion. My chaotic kitchen is the result of three kids, two adults, dog, cat, and fish, a food obsession, a wine drinking hobby, and too few hours in the day. Between trying to feed a family of five healthy, happy meals, watching my weight, saving my pennies, and staying partially sane I have picked up a few tricks along the way. So here they are: the very best tips, tricks, and recipes from my chaotic kitchen-to yours!

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