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Cook’n Recipe Organizing Software Giveaway!

Cook’n is a wonderful all in one recipe software.  There are so many features to this software that you will never need another!

500 recipes already installed
Super easy to add your own recipes and personalize
Capture internet recipes in seconds (which means that you can import any recipe you find online!)
Auto fill for quick entries
Change serving amounts in a heartbeat
Counts calories
Nutritional facts
Makes grocery list
Tons of pre loaded cookbooks or make your own, and print it out with its own table of contents.
Plus one free cookbook download with purchase
Menu planning. Yay! With grocery list!
Easy step by step instructional video
Customize categories to make it work for you

After installing the software, which went off without a hitch, it took almost no time to figure out how to use it.  I took about five minutes to watch the introductory video, and it went a long way in explaining the basics.

While I’m loving the software, I was worried about spending a lot of time inputting my own stuff only to have a computer crash and lose it all.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve lost everything when either my computer died, or one of the kids downloaded a virus and the hard drive needed to be wiped, so this was a pretty big consideration for me.  I sent a question in to DVO and got an immediate response with instructions for a 2 click back up, it seriously could not be any easier!

I added my new Sweet & Salty stir fry recipe, and it took less than two minutes.  Almost everything was auto filled as I typed, and I just had to copy and paste the instructions.  Not only that but you get a nutritional break down for your recipes too.  It gives you the calories and breakdown for the entire recipe and you just divide to get your serving amounts.  Because it is a new recipe to the program those nutritional values might not be perfect, but it gives you a pretty good idea.  You can also use that nutritional guide to make your meals healthier by substituting or omitting certain high calorie or high fat items.

While adding my recipe I came across a small problem.  The coconut oil was not one of the pre-loaded ingredients.  It took less than a second to add but I was not able to edit it to include the nutritional information.  I talked to Brent over at DVO, and was told that while the capability is not there right now, they are aware of it and diligently working to add it.  As soon as they have the fix it will be automatically downloaded to your software!   I can’t ask for much more than that.  Also in the works is Cook’n mobile, this will allow me to sync all of my recipes with my ipad and make it easier to use in the kitchen, or take your shopping list with you to the grocery store, can’t wait!

With the huge number of recipes to choose from the search feature is a blessing.  You can look for a single ingredient to find a recipe to help with dinner planning, or so many other options that you’ll never have any trouble with the ‘What’s for Dinner?” question again.

The only real glitchy part I found that is a bit disappointing is the accuracy of the nutritional information.  When I first tried the info for my self inputted recipe it was only about 80% complete.  I figured that was because it was not a recipe that came with the program.  Unfortunately though, it seems that even with the pre-loaded recipes that information is far from complete.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad the feature is there but I wish it was a little more rounded.  Now having said that I am sure DVO is well aware and working to update, which will in turn automatically be updated to my software.

Win it!  DVO has graciously offered one of our followers a copy of Cook’n, that is an $80 value!  I know you will love it as much as I do.  This giveaway is open internationally.

To enter the giveaway please go to this link on Facebook – Cook’n Rafflecopter Giveaway  In order to provide you with the convenience of rafflecopter entries we must install the widget on facebook, as wordpress free blogs do not have the capabilities.  I would however appreciate if you could bookmark this page to do your daily entries.

Disclaimer: DVO Software provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.

 
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Posted by on April 1, 2012 in Giveaways, Recipes

 

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Winner of the Vera Wang Perfume Giveaway!!!

Congratulations to Anne Taylor for winning the Vera Wang perfume set!  Her entries were verified, and she has contacted me to confirm the win.

With just a little under 4,000 entries the giveaway was a huge success.  Thank you for entering!

Please stick around to see what we have coming up.  I posted a new giveaway this morning and have another to post tomorrow.  There is also still Our J. Edgar Hoover Bluray/DVD Combo pack to enter as well, and in a couple of weeks, when we are back from vacation we’ll be posting the full Vera Wang swag bag giveaway worth more than $350!

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2012 in Giveaways

 

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Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil Giveaway!

When I first got word that I would be receiving a quart of coconut oil, I thought, now what the heck am I going to do with that?  Weirdly enough, a couple of days later while I was doing a nutritional consult with my trainer he spent ten minutes telling me how great this stuff is.  It was at that point that I mentioned I would be getting some of it to try.  Now I’m not allowed to say that this stuff is amazingly good for you, so I won’t, but I will say that it leaves vegetable oil in the dirt and you should too.  Leave the veggies in the dirt that is, at least as far as oil is concerned.

I decided to try the oil on my most love/hate recipe to see how it would go.  This is going to sound crazy but despite the fact that it’s a super healthy meal, I don’t make stir fry’s often.  I’ve tried using a dozen different packaged sauces, or just plain soy, and I just can’t find a flavour that I like.  Funny enough, a plain stir fry just tastes too ‘earthy’ for me, and the packaged stuff doesn’t do much to cover that unpleasantness.  This however I loved and will make over and over again.  The coconut oil really made the difference.

When I first received the oil it was solidified, it’s pretty cold here in Calgary, even on a good day, so that is normal.  I just followed the directions to bring it back to a liquid, it took no time and very little effort.

Here are some Coconut Oil facts that may interest you:

Learn about Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil
Tropical Traditions Video
How to use Coconut Oil
What is virgin coconut oil?
Popular coconut oil recipes

And our recipe that you might want to try, it was beyond yummy!

Sweet & Salty Coconut Oil Stir Fry

Makes aprox 4 servings, can be stretched with more rice.

2 boneless skinless chicken breast(optional)
1 ½ cups rice – 3 cups cooked
1 head of broccoli  cut into florets
¼ head of cauliflower cut into florets
1 red pepper cut into bit sized pieces
1 medium sized onion
4 medium sized carrots cut julienne
2 TBLS coconut oil
1-2 TBLS Reduced sodium soy sauce (to taste)

DIRECTIONS:

After the chicken is defrosted, cut into bite sized pieces.  I used about a tablespoon of coconut oil to sauté until fully cooked.  Once chicken is cooked, set aside.  Add the other tablespoon of coconut oil and sauté veggies starting with the harder to cook like cauliflower, and adding the lighter stuff as you go.  Sauté veg until warm but still crisp.  Once veggies are cooked to your liking re-add chicken and then add soy sauce.  I also add a touch of soy sauce to the rice.  Serve stir fry over hot rice.

While I don’t find coconut oil actually tastes of coconut but the oil gives a wonderfully sweet, yet mild, taste to add to the salty flavour of the soy sauce.  It makes a blah stir fry into a fabulous and healthy meal for the family.  My hubby doesn’t like the taste of coconut so I didn’t tell him what was in it, he loved it 😉

TIPS:

I am not an advance planner, which anyone will know if they’ve been paying the least amount of attention to my posts. My dinners each and every night are decided on generally at the very last minute. We do not have a microwave, and even when we did I hated defrosting stuff that way. My solution to this, at least for chicken breast that I need to cut up is to put them in the skillet with a lid and leave them on the minimum heat for about 10-15 minutes. Works like a charm to defrost those babies.

Another thing I do that might help you save time, is instead of spending 15 minutes cutting up carrots into tiny pieces, get yourself a good peeler. Peel the tough outer layer off the carrots then over a bowl ‘peel’ the rest of the carrot in short even strokes. You will end up with pieces not quite as uniform and pretty but they are roughly the same size, and cook just as quick. The middle core that you can’t quite shred gets saved for a snack the next day.

I’ve also been using the coconut oil as a replacement for any margarine I would normally use.  It’s funny how chemistry can alter the flavour of a dish, but it does!  I used it last night to cook some eggs, and with a touch of salt it tasted more buttery than if I’d used actual butter, I’m not kidding!  I also used it in a quick sauté for a side dish of broccoli and carrots, and once again it added flavour to what would normally be pretty blah.  I will say that I’m not a fan of how it smells while you’re actually cooking with it, but thankfully the results are so much tastier than the smell.  I’m not one who’s big on trying new things when it comes to food, but I’m so glad I gave Tropical Traditions Coconut oil a try, because slowly but surely I’m getting hooked on this stuff.

Win it!  Tropical Traditions has been kind enough to offer one of our readers 1 quart of Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil!  That is a value of $40!

To enter the giveaway please go to this link on Facebook – Tropical Traditions Rafflecopter Giveaway  In order to provide you with the convenience of rafflecopter entries we must install the widget on facebook, as wordpress free blogs do not have the capabilities.  I would however appreciate if you could bookmark this page to do your daily entries.

If you are interested in ordering from Tropical Traditions please use this link – Tropical Traditions.  I will receive credit for referring you, and you will receive a free cookbook!  They have much more than just coconut oil there, it is all certified organic, and a great place for ingredients if you are going gluten free.

Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.

 

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J. Edgar Hoover Bluray/DVD Giveaway! ~OVER

J. Edgar Hoover Bluray/DVD + Digital Copy Combo Pack – Giveaway!

 

Synopsis:  As the face of law enforcement in America for almost 50 years, J. Edgar Hoover was feared and admired, reviled and revered. But behind closed doors, he held secrets that would have destroyed his image, his career and his life.

I have not watched this yet, but hey, it’s Leonardo DiCaprio so it’s gotta be good!  I love movies that are based on real life, it’s as if you’re taking a history class while being entertained 🙂

Directed by:  Clint Eastwood

Rated: R

Cast:

Leonardo DiCaprio

J. Edgar Hoover

Armie Hammer

Clyde Tolson

Naomi Watts

Helen Gandy

Judi Dench

Annie Hoover

Lea Coco

Agent Sisk

Josh Lucas

Charles Lindbergh

Copyright 2011 Warner Brothers

 

Winner – Anne Taylor

I’ve had a few complaints about having to go over to Facebook to use Rafflecopter for the giveaway.  It will still be a little while before we move to the paid site so I am going to try this giveaway by comments instead.  You guys can let me know what you prefer.  Are the comments easier than having to leave the site, or would you prefer to go on over to facebook so you can use rafflecopter?  I have a few other giveaways lined up so I am trying to iron out details.

MANDATORY ENTRY – This must be done for any other entries to count.  All entries will be verified.

-Subscribe by email (Links are provided on the right hand menu) *** Please make sure you verify your subscription or it will not count ***

Bonus entries

-Comment on any non-giveaway post.  You can do this once per day.
-Subscribe by RSS
-Follow us on Twitter & tweet, you can tweet once per day, please post your twitter name and tweet link:

 J. Edgar Hoover Blueray/DVD combo pack giveaway at Adventures in Miscellany!  @AiM_2012 http://wp.me/p2eeFY-3F #giveaway #win #movie

-Like AiM on Facebook
-Like this post.
-Share on Facebook
-Follow us on Google+
-Enter our Vera Wang perfume giveaway
-Blog about this giveaway (3 entries, please comment seperately)

Giveaway is open to Canada & US.  It is in no way sponsored or endorsed by Warner Brothers.  I will make every attempt to contact the winner, but if I do not hear from you within 72 hours I will choose another winner.  Giveaway closes April 20th, 2012.

****  Don’t forget to enter our Vera Wang giveaway!!! ****

 
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Posted by on March 14, 2012 in Giveaways

 

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Update on How We’re Doing

 

We are now starting our third week of our new adventures in the blogging world and I thought I would give you all an update on how it’s going.   Our very first post was on February 19th, and I honestly felt like I was talking to myself when I posted it, truth is I kind of was.  That’s ok though, everyone has to start somewhere.  The good news though is that two weeks in and we are already close to two hundred subscribers, an Alexa rating that has gone up by over 5 million, a healthy amount of followers on Facebook and twitter, but most importantly I’ve got active followers, who seem to like what I’m doing, if the feedback is to be believed.

Our Vera Wang giveaway is going very well also.  I told myself when I started it, that if I hit 1000 entries by the end, I would be happy.  As it turns out, we hit that many within the first week.  I also promised that if our current giveaway was a success I would run a second to include the whole Vera Wang swag bag.  So, it’s a go.  I will be waiting until I am back from my vacation to run it, but it will happen.  The ARV for the bag is almost $400, so I’m saying $350 to be safe.  If you wanna know what’s in it, you can see my previous post here that includes pictures.  Please pass the word along about our blog, and the exciting giveaway.

Thank you to the wonderful ladies who have helped with questions and guidance, I’m very grateful!  And a big huge thanks to my followers so far for taking a chance on a newbie like me, and for being awesome followers!

 
 

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Vera Wang Perfume Set Giveaway! ARV $150

Thanks to MJ I’ve finally figured out how to do a giveaway using Rafflecopter!  I do still plan on getting the paid site, but that may be a little while so this is an awesome alternative for now.  I am very excited to be doing our very first giveaway.

Just to try things out we’re going to start with something a little smaller than the full swag bag, and give away a full sized (100ml) bottle of Vera Wang Princess, and the matching satiny body lotion.  I *love* this perfume!  I’m a sweet kinda gal, and this scent has a lovely sweet yet mature tone to it that I wear almost every day.

In order to use Rafflecopter I’ve had to set it up on the AiM Facebook page, since the free wordpress blog does not accept javascript.  It kind of defeats the purpose since I am trying to drive traffic to the site so I would very much appreciate it if you would bookmark this page to do your daily entries rather than the facebook page.  If this works out well, there will be many more giveaways to come!

*** To enter, please head on over to the Adventures in Miscellany facebook page, like, and you will see the rafflecopter widget under the Vera Wang Giveaway tab in the left hand menu.***

Winners entries will be verified!  Please make sure you’ve completed them properly.

Winner will get 1 – 3.4oz (100ml) bottle of Vera Wang Princess, and 1 – 5 oz (150ml) tube of Vera Wang Princess Satiny Body Lotion.  This giveaway will be open to residents of Canada and the US, and will end March 31st at midnight.  I will make every attempt to contact you, but I must hear from you within 72 hours of notification or I will chose another winner.

This giveaway is in no way sponsored, or endorsed by Vera Wang.

Actual prize, Vera Wang Princess perfume, and satiny body lotion. ARV $150

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2012 in Giveaways

 

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Thea Harrison’s Elder Races Giveaway

Thea Harrison has a new book being released in her Elder Races series next week.  To celebrate she’s giving away, not only 3 signed copies, but a 15 minute phone conversation with herself!  Now I’m personally not a writer, but how cool would that be if you are?  To get all the tips from a succesful, published writer?

I have not yet read this series, but it’s been recommended to me by several of my trusted reader friends so I know it’s going to be good.  I will be getting to it just as soon as I finish the series I’m currently reading.

This is the fourth book in her paranormal romance series, that starts with Dragon Bound, and continues with Storm’s Heart, Serpant’s Kiss, and a novella True Colors, and finally Oracle’s Moon that is to be released March 6th.  Just look at those covers, who wouldn’t want to read them after seeing those?

The instructions to enter the giveaway can be found here – Thea Harrison’s Facebook page.

       

Have you read The Elder Races series?  What did you think?

 
 

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