Thursday, May 26, 2011

Cascade reader reviews and giveaway winner!

Well sorry this has taken so long, I have been waiting for a few reviews but sadly haven't gotten them all back yet. So I decided to go ahead and post the reviews from the Cascade 24 hour Challenge I got and have the giftcard giveaway with those that did participate. Read on, these are some great reviews!

Here are the reviews! 
Patrice from Not About Cake wrote:

"Here is how my Cascade Challenge went:
I left my bowls and spatulas that had been used with cake batter on the counter for more than 24 hours.  I also left the frosting bowls.  I put everything in the dishwasher along with some other things and everything came out spotless! 
I was pretty impressed, but decided to give it one more test.  Everything we used on Friday night and Saturday morning was put in the dishwasher without rinsing…the dishes were DIRTY!  I overloaded the dishwasher, too.  Sunday afternoon I finally turned on the dishwasher.  When I unloaded it, I had one soup ladle that had a bit of couscous still on it and two bowls that needed to be rewashed, but if you had seen how I had stacked the dishes in there then you would agree that the results were impressive. 
I also liked the ease of popping the Actionpac in the detergent compartment.  I always buy the huge box of Cascade at Costco and I usually end up dumping way too much in and then have to wipe around the detergent compartment to get the lid to stay shut.
I don’t know if it was the detergent, since I have never ran a load of dishes without rinsing, but the ease of use alone convinced me that the extra cost (over the powder) is more than worth it.  This test also convinced my husband that he does not need to wash the dishes before putting them in the dishwasher!
A container of 85 is on sale for $3.00 off at Costco through June 5th so I plan on picking some up."

Kiley wrote:
"I did the Cascade challenge Friday. I decided to make Chicken supreme which is a family favorite, just not a favorite to clean up. It usually takes me atleast 2 if not 3 cycles through the dishwasher to clean my pan after this so I thought it would be a good thing to try. I wanted to really put it to the test. After we ate dinner Friday I placed the pan in my pantry and let it sit overnight. Saturday afternoon I put it in the dishwasher along with some other items, put the cascade Actionpac in the dispenser and turned it on. Later on I emptied the dishwasher and to my surprise the pan was pretty well clean. There were 2 little spots that I just used a dish cloth to wipe clean but aside from that it was great. I was kind of excited! I am going to try it a time or two before I go all out and say this stuff is awesome but from this experience I think it pretty much does as it says."

Here are a few pics from Kiley's experience.

From that to this, what a difference!

Emily from Insanity Rules says:

"I thought this product was great. Although it didn't completely get everything off the bowl it's done better by far then any other product I've used. I make this bread recipe like once a week and if I don't soak the bowl it takes forever to get the gunk off. Like I have to soak it for a night at least. So I was really happy that I just need to scrub a little bit of stuff out of it and then it's clean all the way. I would use it and recommend it to others."
Here are a few pics from Emily

Before and after

So now for the giveaway!

What I did was number these in the order I received them, so Patrice - 1, Kiley - 2, and Emily - 3.

And the winner of the $15 Walmart giftcard is....

#1 - Patrice!!! Congrats! I will email you shortly and have your giftcard in the mail!

Thank you to all who participated, I hope to continue to grow my blog and have more and greater giveaways in the future!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Everyone loves pizza!

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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Teacher Appreciation Week - Subway Art

So better late than never, right?
I thought I would post about what T gave his teacher Mrs. Farriell for Teacher Appreciation Week. Usually I don't do gifts, I know bad right? It's not that I don't want to or that we don't appreciate our teachers, it's just that I usually forget or I just don't know what to give.

But as I was browsing around some of my favorite blogs earlier this week, I came across this post from Better Life Blog about creating your own Subway Art using Wordle. This site is so neat yall! You just type in the words you want and Voila! a Subway Art picture shows up, once in the picture you can change the font, colors and arrangement of your words!

I just did that one real quick to show you guys. Make sure you read the FAQ, it gives you tips on how to make some words bigger and how to have a string of words together. *I didn't read that before I made one for T's teacher so her name is on there as Mrs.Farriell without the space and all the words are the same size*
So anyways if you want a cool free Subway art maker or if you just want to kill some time on the internet, hop on over to Wordle and have some fun!

Anyways so here is what we did for Mrs. Farriell.

We tried to think of words that related to school and used mostly primary colors.

I painted the frame red and added just a touch of silver glaze to it.

On the back, I had T type up a note for her and then I used spray adhesive to glue it directly to the cardboard backing.
This project was completely FREE! I had everything on hand and it only took a few minutes, minus painting the frame. Now I know we could have fancied this up quite a bit more, but we opted to keep it pretty simple.

Supplies needed:
spray adhesive
paint - optional
glaze - optional

I hope you like it and I will be linking up to some of my favorite linky parties!

Have a great week everyone!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Hoo Are You??

It's time for another round of Hoo Are you? sponsored by Night Owl Crafting


Here are this week's questions! 
They all relate to Mothers

1. Are you a mom and if so how many kids do you have?
Yes! I am a mom of 5. I have 3 boys of my own plus a stepson and stepdaughter. They range in age from 14 years to 10 months.
2. List 3 qualities that you love about your mom!
She is independent, she has always supported our decisions even if she didn't agree with them, and she loves unconditionally.
3. What is your favorite thing your mother cooks?
Oh man, can I only pick one thing? My mom is an amazing cook, an ability that apparently is NOT genetic, I would say my favorite is her cakes.
4. What do you love about being a mom?
The laughs, the pride, watching my kids learn new things and seeing their individual personalities come out.
5. What are your plans for Mother's day?
Probably not much, I have to work that evening so I'm hoping maybe the hubs will take me out to lunch if we can get away for a little bit just the 2 of us.

Stay tuned for next week's questions and if you would like to join the fun, check out Night Owl Crafting each Tuesday!
Have a great week everyone!!

Calling all readers!! I need your help! *giveaway*

So yes I need YOUR help! But don't be alarmed, it's nothing major and there is something in it for you!
I need 5 of you to accept something from me, yes I'm giving you something! But there is a catch...

Here's the deal, I would like 5 of my reader's to take the 24 hour Cascade Challenge! 

Here's the challenge: 
1. Bake a blueberry cobbler* (or your favorite casserole) and enjoy!
2. Set the empty baking dish out for 24 hours.
3. Without rinsing, put it in the dishwasher with a Cascade Complete® All-in-1 ActionPac.
4. Tell me about your experience!

I will send you a sample pack of Cascade Complete® All-in-1 ActionPacs, here's the catch..  I would like if you could write a short review of your experience with Cascade Complete® All-in-1 ActionPacs. Now don't get scared, I'm not asking for you to write an essay and post on your blog. It can be as simple as "It worked great! I love it!" sent to me in an email. See? Easy peasy!

Can I just say I personally think it works great! I made a Tatertot Casserole the other night. Now usually after the dish is empty I always put it in the sink to soak for a bit before washing. Well as much as it killed me, I left it out for the full 24 hours. All the while thinking to myself what a pain in the rear it was going to be to clean if this stuff didn't work! Well everyone, it worked! Nothing left on my pan at all!

Here is a little info about Cascade Complete® All-in-1 ActionPacs™
Product Benefits:
Cascade Complete® All-in-1 ActionPacs™ give you the confidence of a job done right. They break down, dissolve, and rinse away tough food particles without the need to prewash.

• No prewashing
• More tough food cleaning ingredients*
• Rinse-aid action
• Powers away 24-hour stuck-on food

*vs. regular Cascade ActionPacs

Now you might be wondering, what else is in it for me? Well.... I'm also having a little giveaway for those who write a review for me. 

A $15 Walmart giftcard!! So you can buy more Cascade Complete® All-in-1 ActionPacs or whatever you want ;)
Who doesn't love Walmart giftcards?? And now you can buy trial size packages of Cascade Complete® All-in-1 ActionPacs at Walmart for less than $1!
Learn more at

So who wants in on this? The first 5 blog followers (yes you must follow my blog to participate please) to comment telling me they would be willing to take this challenge and send me a short review will be sent the sample pack! If you would like, also tell me what dish you are going to make with this challenge!

After I receive your review, I will post them here on my blog and will randomly pick out of those 5 for the Walmart giftcard!

* Blueberry Cobbler recipe
1 pint (2 cups) of fresh blueberries
1 can blueberry pie filling

1 stick of butter
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cup sugar
2 packets of instant oatmeal
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400* F. Mix blueberries an pie filling in the bottom of your baking dish. Melt butter. Add all dry ingredients to butter and stir with a fork until mixed. (This should be crumbly.) Sprinkle crust over filling and bake for 30 minutes. The filling should be bubbly, and the crust should be slightly brown and crunchy.

**Legal Disclaimer**
This product review was based on using complimentary Cascade product provided by P&G through MyBlogSpark. P&G provided me with the Cascade Complete All-in-1 ActionPac Kit, 6 trial packs, information, and the $15 Walmart gift card to giveaway through MyBlogSpark. P&G does not represent or warrant the accuracy of any statements or product claims made here, nor does it endorse any opinions expressed within this blog site. The opinions of this product are all mine.