Seattle’s Best Coffee Red Cup Showdown Twitter Party- Save the Date! #RedCupShowdown

Red Cup Showdown Twitter PartyRemember when I got to interview Jeff Mauro, the Sandwich King, from Food Network?  Well, I just found out I’ll be hosting a  Twitter party to celebrate the Seattle’s Best Coffee’s  Red Cup Showdown that Jeff’s partnered with for the summer!  If you haven’t yet heard of the Red Cup Showdown, Seattle’s Best Coffee is looking for an imaginative coffee drink to serve in their cafes- and they are looking for that recipe from one of us- people like you, and me.  The Twitter party is going to be lots of fun conversation and questions about wild and wacky fair foods AND wild and wacky coffee recipes — the Red Cup Showdown will even be AT several State Fairs throughout the summer!  I’m so excited.  Fair foods and caffeine.  What more can a chunky mom ask for?  In all seriousness, though, fair foods and coffee.  Talking about two delicious things…fair food and coffee…in one party….Seattle’s Best Coffee is making me one happy mama.  Set your pot to auto brew on July 17th and come join some coffee talk (and let’s dish on fair foods!) with me!

On July 17th, 2012 from 1-2 pm EST, you can join me (@brettbmartin),  @seattlesbest (the sponsor),  and @craftymamaof4 (my cohost) as we chat all about wild and wacky fair foods AND coffee recipes using hashtag #redcupshowdown.  There WILL be prizes and there will be 5 of them for those who have RSVP’d (please see the bottom of this post) and those who are using the #redcupshowdown hashtag.

Seattle’s Best and Jeff Mauro are looking for the best, most imaginative new coffee drink in America- they’re looking for YOUR recipes!! To enter, head to the Red Cup Showdown link above (or visit a state fair LIVE in Ohio, California, Illinois, Wisconsin or Iowa) and submit your recipe that starts with the fabulous Seattle’s Best Coffee and from there…the sky’s the limit.  The “Blue ribbon” winner (grand prize) a $10,000 prize, and their drink featured in their cafes.  Get your creative juices flowing, friends!  I just peeked and there are not a ton of entries on the Facebook page, so your odds of being chosen are pretty decent.  I KNOW there are awesomely awesome recipe creators in our midst.  You have guided me through recipes and meal suggestions- have some fun with coffee and show that talent off!!

Blue Ribbon winners from each State Fair and Facebook each get $500 cash dollars and FREE coffee for a year PLUS a trip to NYC in late August 2012 for the Grand Prize determination! Did you enter yet?

SO.  To recap.  #RedCupShowdown Twitter Party Tuesday July 17 1-2 pm EST.  Be there. With or without fair foods and/or coffee, your choice.  FIVE prizes.  (To simplify for you: go to THIS TweetGrid!! http://bit.ly/LlNm5J) Don’t forget to RSVP in the linky below!!

Don’t forget, if you are entering into the Red Cup Showdown, your entry submissions need to be in by July 27, 2012!!

I’m hosting this Twitter party as part  of a compensated campaign with Social Fabric and Seattle’s Best Coffee.  Opinions are my own. #CBias 
Official Twitter Party Rules:
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. VOID WHERE TAXED, PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW. Subject to Official Rules. Open only to residents of the United States.

Enter by RSVPing for the Twitter party on the link above, be actively participating in the party and are using the hashtag #redcupshowdown. To be eligible, entries must be received by 1:55 p.m. EST July 17 except that mail in entries must be mailed separately and postmarked by July 13, 2012.To enter without purchase, hand write your name, completed address, age and telephone number on a 3”x5” card and mail it to Collective Bias, 205 S. Main Street, Ste. 1, Bentonville, AR 72712.

Prizes will be limited to 2 $25 Walmart Gift Cards, 2 $50 Walmart Gift Cards and will be given away every 15 minutes during the 1 hour duration of the party on July 17, 2012. The grand prize of $100 Walmart Gift Card to 1 winner will be given away at the close of the party. All winners will be chosen using random.org from the RSVP link and winners must be present and participating in the party using the hashtag #redcupshowdown at the time that they are drawn as a winner. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. Winner will be notified via Twitter @ message by @craftymamaof4  during the party on July 17, 2012 and must respond to @craftymamaof4 within 5 minutes of being selected to claim their prize. All entries will be eligible for any unclaimed prizes after the close of the Twitter party via random drawing held on -two weeks after- .

To obtain a copy of the Official Rules, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Collective Bias, 205 S. Main Street, Ste. 1, Bentonville, AR 72712.

SPONSORS: Collective Bias, 205 S. Main Street, Ste. 1, Bentonville, AR 72712

All winners will be chosen using random.org from the RSVP link and winners must be present and participating in the party at the time that they are drawn as a winner.  There is a limit of 1 (one) prize per household during the party.

Jeff Mauro & Seattle’s Best Coffee to launch the Red Cup Showdown

He’s handsome, he’s charming, he’s funny, he can cook, and let’s face it…he’s got some great hair.  The winner of Food Network‘s “Food Network Star” and the well-known “Sandwich King,” Jeff Mauro is also paired up with Seattle’s Best Coffee for the Red Cup Showdown, coming to a state fair near (some of) you this summer.  
State fairs are always fun (although here in New England, we have smaller town/area fairs, and of course, The Big E).  With fairs comes fair foods- funnel cake, fried oreos, corn, sausage…and this year…the Red Cup Showdown. The Red Cup Showdown is a competition to find America’s next best coffee drink.  Start thinking about your fave coffee treats!!  There’s prizes involved!

There is no summer ritual that exudes iconic Americana more than the state fair. From corndogs to apple pie bake-offs, this tradition beganback in 1841 where Americans would attend in droves for livestock judging, butter sculpting, and cheese curds. Today, state fairs have evolved to become a hotbed of over-the-top culinary creativity – from a chicken fried bacon and red velvet funnel cake to frozen sweet tea and fried lemonade. Jeff Mauro, winner of the seventh season of Food Network Star, graduated from California’s Hollywood Kitchen Academy, and has worked in the food industry since high school in various roles, including line cook, caterer and chef instructor. After pursuing a career as an entertainer and comedian in Los Angeles, Jeff returned to Chicago to spend time doing what he loves: cooking. His down-to-earth personality coupled with his comic skills make a great combination in the kitchen. In his Food Network cooking show, Sandwich King, Jeff proves you can turn any meal into a sandwich and any sandwich into a delicious meal.

I got to chat with Jeff for several minutes about his favorite recipes with coffee in them- beverages and not- and accidentally put him on the spot– I blame him, he asked ME what my favorite fair food was (caramel apples) and given that he’s doing coffee recipes…I asked him if he can pair coffee and caramel apples…I’ve got to tell you I’m pretty impressed he was able to do so right on the spot and come up with a recipe idea.  I haven’t tried it yet but I think I am going to this fall!!  (Tiny bits of apple in the coffee drink and caramel drizzled on top…sounds delish, right?) Check out my interview (laugh at me if you want, but lie and tell me I was awesome to my face, ok?) with Jeff and tell me what YOUR favorite foods are!!  Then I want you to go over to the Red Cup Showdown and enter your coffee drink creation– you could win $10,000!! (Hint: Jeff likes his coffee dark, so keep that in mind…)  

Let me know what you enter for your recipe!! GOOD LUCK! This conversation and interview with Mr. Mauro was part of a campaign for Collective Bias.  Opinions are my own.

Come Join us for come “Coffee Talk” #NaturalBlissWM #CBias

It took me years to understand the wonderfulness of coffee.  Exactly the number of years it took me to become a mother, actually.  Once I became a sleep-deprived parent, coffee became something I needed to have, and over time, something I wanted to have- not just for the wake up, but because I sincerely was enjoying it.  Do you remember when you first loved coffee?

Some like it hot, some like it cold…some black, some bold…and some, super sweet.  How do YOU like your coffee?

Tune in to #NaturalBlissWM from 1-2pm EST on Wednesday, May 23!  Twitter party alert!

We will be discussing coffee, coffee and more coffee on May 23rd! Be sure to RSVP below for a chance to win one of three $25 Walmart gift cards or the grand prize of one $100 Walmart gift card!  So be sure to brew a fresh pot before 1pm EST next week and get ready for some coffee talk!!

Be sure to go to the custom tweet grid for our party: http://bit.ly/KNV0E6.  See you next week for the par-tay!

 Don’t forget to print a $1.00 off coupon for Natural Bliss Creamers!!  Get them before they are gone!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. VOID WHERE TAXED, PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW. Subject to Official Rules. Open only to residents of the United States.

Enter by RSVPing for the Twitter party on the link above, be actively participating in the party and are using the hashtag #NaturalBlissWM. To be eligible, entries must be received by 1:55 p.m. EST  on May 23, 2012 (5 minutes before end of party) except that mail in entries must be mailed separately and postmarked by May 19, 2012 (4 days before party). To enter without purchase, hand write your name, completed address, age and telephone number on a 3”x5” card and mail it to Collective Bias, 205 S. Main Street, Ste. 1, Bentonville, AR 72712.

Prizes will be limited to 3 $25 Walmart Gift Cards and will be given away every 15 minutes during the 1 hour duration of the party on May 23, 2012. The grand prize of 1 $100 Walmart Gift Card to 1 winner will be given away at the close of the party. All winners will be chosen using random.org from the RSVP link and winners must be present and participating in the party using the hashtag #NaturalBlissWM at the time that they are drawn as a winner. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. Winner will be notified via Twitter @ message by @wahmdiva during the party on May 23, 2012 and must respond to @wahmdiva within 5 minutes of being selected to claim their prize. All entries will be eligible for any unclaimed prizes after the close of the Twitter party via random drawing held on June 6, 2012 .

To obtain a copy of the Official Rules, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Collective Bias, 205 S. Main Street, Ste. 1, Bentonville, AR 72712.

SPONSORS: Collective Bias, 205 S. Main Street, Ste. 1, Bentonville, AR 72712

All winners will be chosen using random.org from the RSVP link and winners must be present and participating in the party at the time that they are drawn as a winner.  There is a limit of 1 (one) prize per household during the party.



I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study forCollective Bias™. #CBias #SocialFabric

Starbucks Half Price Espresso Drinks!

half off starbucks espresso

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Spring has SPRUNG!! At least in CT it has- it’s going to be 65 this afternoon!!  Makes me want an iced coffee drink….

From March 8-14 if you buy a full price espresso drink before 11:00am and bring your receipt back after 2:00pm the same day, you’ll get another espresso drink half off!!!

You can read all the details about your Starbucks half-price drinks here.

Thanks A Penny Filled Pantry!

Dr. Drip Coffee


 

Dr. Drip Coffee’s tagline is   “The quick, delicious cup of brewed coffee you can enjoy anywhere.”    That is such an accurate description of this product.  I received a 5 pack of The Double Daily Remedy Premium Signature Blend has a remarkable balance of crisp acidity and sweetness. The nutty, cocoa notes and smooth flavor make this the Dr.’s favorite morning cup.   Right away I opened the box and make a lovely cuppa’ coffee! You can check out all the blends they offer on their beautiful website, DrDripCoffee .

There are 6 simple steps, start by tearing open the wrapper, tear off along the dotted line on the filter, press the sides inward and place on a coffee cup as shown in the picture above.  Then, all it takes is pouring in some boiling water and letting the water drip through the filter.  Wait for the water to finish dripping and then you have an incredible cup of fresh brewed coffee.

There it is dark, fresh, hot and nothing like instant coffee.  We drink a fair amount of coffee around this house.  We may even be considered coffee snobs and I got the feeling that I would have to hide away one Dr. Drip package for myself.  My husband loves it and it is the perfect afternoon cup of coffee.  These would also be great for camping or when visiting with family to ensure you get a good cup of coffee. [click to continue…]

Free cup of coffee at Waffle House

 Print this coupon to get a FREE Cup Of Coffee at Waffle House! This coupon does not state that you need to make any additional purchase, it is for Dine In only and expires June 3, 2011!

Looking for more ways to save? Check out these other great printable coupons!

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Tassimo T20 Brewbot Giveaway- What a Mom Wants

For many, coffee is an essential way to start the day.  For me, its crucial.  My 5 year old was recently overheard telling her siblings not to be afraid of the scary pumpkin in a board book- because its only a “little” scary and not scary like “mommy before she has coffee in the morning!”  Coffee, tea, hot chocolate- hot drinks are a part of daily life in my house, even in the heat of summer- and I know for many other households, hot drinks are a beloved part of daily routines.

With technology comes inventions that are simply awesome and convenient, like the Tassimo T20 brewer- which not only will make you a cup of piping hot fresh brewed coffee in under a minute, but will also make your tea, cappuccino, latte, crema, espresso and hot cocoa in under a minute!  The Tassmio T20 uses T-discs which are becoming more and more widely available the longer the “Brewbot” is available.  I have found some really great deals on the discs (especially for Chai Tea!!) on Amazon, so be sure to check there when you start to run low.

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