Seasonal Clif Bar Giveaway!

Last night I met up with one of my bridesmaids, Becky, for dinner at Mama Ayesha’s.  The restaurant is about a 10 minute walk from the Woodley Park metro station, just over Rock Creek Park on Calvert Street.  As you cross the bridge you will see this crazy/awesome mural on the side of the restaurant.  I mean come on, Mama Ayesha herself with 11 presidents.  Classic!

Dinner was awesome!  We started with hummus

and then split two dinner.

We ordered Menzalah, which was layered eggplant topped with ground beef, pine nuts, almonds and tomato sauce baked and served with rice

and Mushakal Mashawi, which was shish kabob, shish taouk and kifta kabob served with rice and grilled vegetables.  Both dinners were awesome!  I loved the eggplant in the first dish and the grilled chicken in the second dish.  Oh man, and the hummus was truly awesome!

A cup of decaf and 2 desserts brought our amazing meal to a close.  I’m so thankful for my friends and love that Becky will be one of my bridesmaids.  Tonight we talked about the bachelorette party, oh yeah!  Vegas anyone?

While at dinner, I received a text from Neal’s sister Jill that baby Annabelle was born tonight!!  Seriously, Jill is A-Mazing.  As of 2PM this afternoon, she was sitting on her couch watching elf.  4 hours later she had her baby girl in her arms.  Who does that?  I am seriously in awe, considering Annabelle is her first baby but man are we excited to welcome Annabelle to the world!  Happy Birthday Annabelle!  In honor of Annabelle’s birthday, I thought a giveaway would be appropriate!!

Seasonal Clif Bar Giveaway

Clif Bar has 3 seasonal flavors this year and I thought 1 lucky winner would like to try all three!

We’ve got Peppermint Stick!

We’ve got Iced Gingerbread!

And we’ve got Spiced Pumpkin Pie!

Who’s excited?

To Enter the Seasonal Clif Bar Giveaway simply:

  • Leave a comment on this post about your favorite ethnic food and/or favorite Clif Bar flavor

  • Earn an extra entry by tweeting: “I want to win @CoffeeCkeCardio’s Seasonal @Clifbar Giveaway!” (Just make sure to leave a second comment on this post with your tweet)

  • Earn an extra extra entry by signing up for a subscription to Coffee Cake and Cardio.  (Just make sure to leave a third comment on this post saying you’ve subscribed to Coffee, Cake and Cardio). 

I’ll randomly pick a winner on Thursday morning (October 27, 2011). (Please note that you must live in the Continental United States to qualify).

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Amish Market Giveaway

This morning I met up with my Aunt Danielle at the Annapolis, Maryland Amish Market.

Before going inside though, my rock star Aunt taught me how to fold a fitted sheet!!  Checked that one off of my bucket list!!

After our sheet session we headed inside for breakfast at the Dutch Market Restaurant.  The key to having breakfast here is being there when they open at 8:30AM.  By 9:30AM there was a line out the door.

I ordered blueberry pancakes and my aunt ordered french toast.  Both were fantastic!

With full bellies, we were ready to shop!

Here’s what I bought…

  • Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese
  • Honeycrisp Apples
  • Macintosh Apples
  • Fresh Apple Cider
  • 2 Buffalo Chicken Sausage Links
  • Butterscotch Peanut Butter (oh yeah!!)
  • Giveaway Goodies

My favorite part of the Amish Market is the baking section. I realllllly wanted to buy this bag of marshmallows (like from Lucky Charms) but had no good reason to buy them.  How cool is this though?  I was thinking this would be fun for cookies or a birthday cake.

Wall of Spices

Wall of Sprinkles

For dinner tonight, I made Buffalo Chicken Sausage Pasta!!  I love anything buffalo and just knew I could make a great dish with the sausage I bought today at the Amish Market.

Ashley’s Buffalo Chicken Sausage Pasta Bowl

  • diced red onions
  • 2 buffalo chicken sausage links (raw)
  • 2 TBSP oil
  • RedHot Hot Buffalo sauce
  • 1 box pasta (I used Barilla carrots and tomato mini farfalle)
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup diced spring onion
  • crumbled blue cheese

I began by adding 2 TBSP of oil to a large pan.  Once the oil was hot I added 1 1/2 cups diced red onion.  While the onion sauteed I removed the sausage from their casings.

Begin by inserting your knife into the sausage link, under the casing.

Run the blade of the knife along the casing, opening the sausage from end to end.

And ta-da!  After removing the second link from its casing, I added the raw chicken sausage to the sauteed onion.

While the meat cooked, I boiled the pasta and diced my spring onions and celery.

The chicken sausage cooked for 15 minutes and then I added 3 TBSP of buffalo sauce.  Please note that Neal and I love spicy food.  You may want to add more or less than I added.  Next I added the cooked pasta (drained) to the meat and onion mixture.

Dinner is served!!  The great thing about this dish is that each person can add whatever toppings they want, if any, to their bowl of pasta.  Neal and I both added spring onions, celery, and blue cheese to our bowls of pasta!  It was DELICIOUS!

So now to the giveaway!!  You have a chance to win a jar of Jake & Amos’ Pumpkin Butter and Sweet Potato Butter.  

I love adding a dollop of these “butters” to a bowl of oatmeal or as a spread for toast.  Neither is actually butter, but rather a thick “jam like” spread.

To Enter the Amish Market Giveaway simply:

  • Leave a comment on this post about your favorite fall activity or how you like to use pumpkin/sweet potato butters

  • Earn an extra entry by tweeting: “I want to win @coffeeckecardio’s Amish Market Giveaway!” (Just make sure to leave a second comment on this post with your tweet)

  • Earn an extra extra entry by signing up for a subscription to Coffee Cake and Cardio.  (Just make sure to leave a third comment on this post saying you’ve subscribed to Coffee Cake and Cardio). 

I’ll randomly pick a winner on Wednesday morning (September 28, 2011). (Please note that you must live in the Continental United States to qualify).