Monday, October 25, 2010

Big Giveaway and Baking Apple Pies For Fall

Hi wonderful followers!!!  Hope you are enjoying fall as I am.  I have been watching and listening to many of you tell of going to the pumpkin patch, sitting around a campfire and rejoicing because the beautiful season of fall has arrived.  I've been sent magnificant photos of the changing colors of the trees and the mountainsides. 
My friend Lori C. and your fellow follower from Franklin, NC sent me these as she was on her way to Ashville this weekend.
Her daughter, Caity.  Her beautiful hair is the same color as the red leaves.

I am reminded of God's goodness as I view these awesome photos.  Thanks Lori for sharing.  Now I want to share something special with you from Pillsbury.  Since it's fall and apple pie season, Pillsbury wants to graciously give one of our followers a prize package.  Check it out.....

Lori C.  you are the winner of this apple pie giveaway.  Please contact me within 24 hours to claim your prize!!
They are going to give you the "Apple" package if you win the giveaway on my blog.  you will receive a pyrex pie dish, Pillsbury Pie Crusts, an apple kitchen timer, measuring cup set, apple corer and wedger, an apple cutting board and a Pillsbury pot holder.  Isn't it so cute?  So in order to win this you'll have to be randomly chosen after posting your comments below this announcement by clicking on the word comments.
You have three chances to win.  1.  Become a follower and tell me that you follow this blog.  If you are already a follower say so. 2.  Tweet about this giveaway and give others the opportunity to join and sign up.  3.  Share this link on Facebook with your friends.  I will have one bonus entry opportunity. Send me a beautiful fall scene photo or a photo of you making or eating an apple pie and I'll count you in one more time.
Sounds like a challenge to me!  How about you?  I will choose a winner on October 31st, Halloween Day.  It will be my and Pillsbury's treat to one lucky winner!!  Thanks for following!

Come along on our journey as we celebrate the apple harvest season.
What better way to celebrate than taking your family to visit a local apple orchard to pick fruit. Then, take those delicious apples home and bake the quintessential favorite - Apple Pie! It´s so easy when you start with Pillsbury® Refrigerated Pie Crusts, which deliver the look and taste of homemade without the time and stress of making a crust from scratch.
To celebrate all that apple harvest brings, Pillsbury is encouraging families to join in the fun in a number of ways this fall.

To pick the best apples for your pie, gather the family for a road trip to the local apple orchard to savor the flavors of fall. Not sure which orchard is closest to you? Log onto to find a list of orchards that are planning Love the Pie! baking demonstration events across the country. While there, you can learn pie baking tips and ideas from State Fair Pie Baking Champions, and pick up recipes and participate in other orchard activities.

The best part of baking an apple pie is the memories you make with your family. Don´t forget to capture photos and videos of your entire adventure from your apple orchard visit to baking the pie at home. Share your photos with me or post to  Pillsbury´s "Love the Pie" Facebook page too! Join Pillsbury on Facebook at and follow them on Twitter at

In addition, you can visit to download a printable coupon for $0.50 off a package of Pillsbury Pie Crusts today!


After your orchard visit, get the family involved in making pies and other treats together. Pillsbury Pie Crusts are an easy base for your favorite warm apple treats. Simply unroll into a pie plate, fill with your favorite variety of sliced apples and filling, and bake! From orchard to oven, Pillsbury Pie Crusts make apple pie baking simple with delicious results.
Here are a few delicious recipes to help inspire your readers to create delicious, homemade apple pies!

•Perfect Apple Pie is the model of a classic dessert - a beautiful double-crust creation with sugary cinnamon, nutmeg and a splash of lemon juice. So easy to make, this recipe is great for beginner pie bakers looking for impressive results.
•Festive Apple-berry Pie is the perfect blend of sweet and tart, with a gorgeous color palette of golden apples and dark red cranberries. Use frozen cranberries to make this dish even more quick and easy!
•Topsy-Turvy Apple Pie combines two classics - apple and pecan. Invert the plate to reveal a gorgeous pecan topping. This is a dessert that both apple and pecan pie fans will "flip over".
•Easy Apple Pie Foldover is a great solution for keeping the kids happy; a simple mixture of apples and brown sugar folded inside a golden brown baked Pillsbury pie crust. With four servings, it´s a modestly sized apple treat that is kid-friendly to make, and eat.
•Cinnamon-Apple Pie with Caramel-Pecan Sauce truly harvests all of autumn´s bounty in a clever presentation. Ready in just under an hour - each slice is topped off with a luscious blend of butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, pecans, whipping cream and vanilla for a saucy treat.

For even more delicious pie ideas throughout the year visit for fun and easy recipes to satisfy every season.

Actress and busy mom, Jennie Garth, is joining Pillsbury this fall to celebrate apple harvest season. She will share tips and ideas for dressing up apple pies and making kid-friendly treats that satisfy kids after a busy day at school. Footage of Jennie in the apple orchard, along with photos and other information is available for you to use on your own blog, and can be accessed at ="">

These products, coupon, prize pack, information, and giveaway offer have all been provided by Pillsbury through MyBlogSpark.

I have not been paid by Pillsbury to post this giveaway.  The opinions are my own. 

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

New Give-a-way Starting Today!! Spread A Little Joy Prize Package

THIS CONTEST HAS ENDED:  The winners are Lady Nann, Perri Pender, and The Cake Lady.
This was chosen by and was fairly done!
I am always trying to find wonderful products to share with you all and on top of that I want you to try them as well.  So, along comes Philadelphia Cream Cheese with a great prize package for you. I think when you spread on the Philadelphia Cream Cheese, you truly are Spreading A Little Joy. I know that you think winning is so much fun and I want you to you can get this wonderful cookbook and a whole package of prizes by becoming a follower of my blog and making a comment telling me that you are a follower and what your favorite recipe with Philadelphia Cream Cheese is!
The prize package includes:
(1) “Spread a Little Joy” PHILADEPLPHIA Cookbook, one (1): PHILADELPHIA apron, two (2) PHILADELPHIA product coupons, one (1) PHILADELPHIA spatula set (Approximate retail value: $50)

Philadelphia Cream Cheese has a soft place in my heart since the Real Women of Philadelphia contest.  I have been able to truly see how versatile Philly Cream Cheese really is. Did you know that they have both a fat free and reduced-fat version?
I have this Philly cookbook and it has beautiful upscale photography and quality paper stock, the cookbook is a collection of 70 simple and delicious PHILADELPHIA recipes, including delicious appetizers, entrees, sides and desserts – perfect for entertaining guests!


•Just leave a comment telling me about your favorite recipe made with Philadelphia Cream Cheese.

You can earn 2 extra entries by posting this to your facebook and your twitter  by sharing this link: (Check this out and posting that in separate comments on my blog.

Yes, it is that simple! This amazing cookbook, stylish apron, handy spatulas and money saving coupons could all be yours just by leaving me a little comment and sharing your favorite Philly recipe.

Good luck!

“I was one of ten bloggers selected by PHILADELPHIA to host a Cookbook promotion giveaway. My opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments. Kraft Foods is providing the prizes for this giveaway at no cost to me. This giveaway is not administered or sponsored by Kraft Foods or its affiliates, but solely by Debbie Fabre.”

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Spotlight On A Wonderful Cook, Decorator, and Lady: Shannon Imlay

I wanted to share the talents of a wonderful friend I've made on the Real Women of Philadelphia website and community.  Her name is Shannon Imlay and she is from Colorado.  Here in her own words is a little about Shannon:

I've been married for 28 years to my husband Mark, I have two wonderful children 18 and 21. My favorite thing is being a mom and I'm so glad God Blessed me with my children.
Last year I finally went back to school to get my certification in Floral Design (something I'd been wanting to do for a long time).I recently started my own business as a Floral Designer/Party Planner/Party Decorator Shanonigins.

Shannon has so many talents, but most of all she is a woman of great integrity and thoughtfulness.  Shannon has allowed me to share some photos of a beautiful table scape she designed for fall.  She also created the wonderful goodies shown here as well as put together the beautiful flower arrangements.  I knew you would enjoy these things and I am also including her recipes so you can re-create the tasty treats.  Enjoy and thank you Shannon for sharing your talent and love with so many.  You can follow Shannon on Youtube or on the Real Women of Philadelphia.
Her Total Package and Table Scape

Spooky Carmel Apples

Meringue Bones

Marshmallow Frankensteins

Marshmallow Frankensteins

You'll need the following ingredients:
pretzel sticks
mini choco-chips
green sugar sprinkles
corn syrup
white and black frosting
Break pretzel sticks into two pieces and put them in each side of marshmallow to make the "bolts".
Lightly brush marshmallows with corn syrup and sprinkle sugar evenly on marshmallows and pretzels.
Use writing decorator tip and draw on hair with black icing. (You can buy this in a tube)
Use writing decorator tip and draw on eyes and mouth with white icing and place a mini choco-chip in center of each eye.

Caramel Apples with Ghost
You'll need the following:
milk chocolate chips
white chocolate
black icing tube
long wooden dowels or sticks

Wash apples well and put truffle on top of apple.  Stick dowel through the truffle and then the apple.
Melt caramel and dip apple in the caramel and let set up and dry.  Melt choco chips and dip apple in the chocolate and let set up and dry.  Melt white chocolate and spoon over truffle to make ghost.  Make eyes and mouth on ghost with small tip on black icing tube.

Hope you enjoy these wonderful recipes from Shannon and if you have any questions, please post a comment and I will be sure to ask her or answer your questions myself.  Happy Fall.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

My First Give-A-Way

This Contest Has Ended...thank you Chiquita Smoothies and all who entered.  You have 24 hours to contact me with your address to claim your prize!
Winners are:

#9 Jendiggy
#41 Saturdaynightfever

 There is a new product on the market called Chiquita Smoothies.  They are so delicious and easy to prepare.  I have been sent some free coupons for you to try the yummy treats and some great T-Shirts that say Mango Tango.  They are so CUTE.  Here is some information about the smoothies and where you can go to find out more.  

Chiquita Smoothies come as a frozen concentrate (like frozen juices), and just need to be blended with ice and water to make a refreshing and delicious smoothie treat!  The Smoothies are all-natural, dairy-free, gluten-free, with no added sugar, and 100% DV Vitamin C.  Each serving also counts as a serving of fruit!  Chiquita™ Smoothies can be found in your grocer's frozen juice aisle and are available in four great flavors: Strawberry Banana, Mixed Berry, Peach Mango, and Banana Colada.  For more information about our products, please visit:
I want to send you a package containing a VIP Free Product coupon, discount coupons, and  a cool Chiquita™ Smoothie t-shirt! All you need to do is become a follower and leave me a comment saying which flavor you would like to try and you will be entered into the contest.  You may have two extra entries if you follow me on twitter and tweet about the contest and come back and leave me a message saying you've done so and become a follower on Facebook and share the contest on your post.         

Contest ends on October 15th.  Winners will be announced on October 16th.  I have 2 packages to give out. I was not paid by Chiquita to post this giveaway and the opinions of the product are my own.
Click on comments right below this to add your comments.

Strawberry Heaven

“The “Debbie” recipe – the recipe that is authentically me.
My absolute favorite dessert recipe.”
All I ever talk about loving is strawberries. I am to strawberries as Paula Deen is to potatoes and butter.
When thinking about my absolute favorite dessert, it had to combine cheesecake, strawberries, and chocolate. Chocolate covered strawberries to be exact!!! So I developed a pie that features all my weaknesses. I love a regular pie crust instead of graham cracker so I have used pie crust, topped with a luscious layer of Kraft Philadelphia Ready-to-Eat Cheesecake Filling, followed by 1 pound of ripe, juicy strawberries enveloped in strawberry glaze topped with creamy, dreamy Cool Whip, and followed by 6 GIANT chocolate covered strawberries. This pie would be a strawberry lovers’ most decadent dream. It is mine…now you know what I dream about.

Strawberry Heaven
Prep time: 50 minutes Cook time: 9 minutes
Serves 6 - 8
1 refrigerated pie crust
1 ½ c. Kraft Philadelphia Ready-to-Eat Cheesecake Filling
2 lbs. of strawberries
14 oz. strawberry pie glaze
8 oz Cool Whip
¾ c. semi-sweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
2. Place pie crust in pie pan and flute edges. Bake at 450 degrees for 9 minutes.
3. Cool pie crust at room temperature for 10 minutes and follow in freezer for 10 minutes to cool quickly.
4. While pie crust is cooking and cooling, prepare other ingredients beginning with strawberries. Wash strawberries, core, and slice in half. Save 6 LARGE strawberries for top of pie. Eat a few and enjoy them while you are working so hard. Save enough for the pie.
5. Melt chocolate chips in microwave for approximately 1 minute stirring every 20 seconds. Dip 6 large strawberries in chocolate about ¾ of the way up the strawberry. Place a piece of parchment paper on a plate and cool the strawberries on the paper in the freezer.
6. After the pie crust comes out of the freezer, spread the cheesecake filling directly on top of crust.
7. Place strawberries directly on top of cheesecake and pour strawberry glaze over strawberries.
8. Pipe Cool Whip over strawberries and glaze and top with chocolate covered strawberries. Place in freezer for approximately 15 minutes and serve. Refrigerate any leftovers.

Strawberry Heaven

Strawberry Heaven
This pie is for the true Strawbery ADDICT and lover.

Mounds of Joy Whipped Pie

Using My Blog

This blog is intended to show you some wonderful recipes and highlight what is happening in the food world. In order to see the recipe demonstrated that is pictured. Click on the photo and you will get to see just how you can make this in your own kitchen.

Cinco de Mayo Layered Black Bean Dip