Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese

Buffulo Macaroni and Cheese

Now that my 3 kids are back in school, things are hectic with three teens’ schedules with their after school activities (daughter: competitive dance, youngest son: tennis and oldest son: working and high school senior responsibilities). My oldest sister and I were reflecting the other day about our childhood, and how different it was to how we live today. I was the youngest of 4 children, and we ate dinner every night as a family during weeknights. We discussed how that really was a blessing that none of us participated in as many after school activities as children do now. Also, my mom always had a well-balanced dinner including a protein, vegetables and a salad.  If we had dessert, it was usually fresh fruit or baked apples. Our dinners were always healthy (except for an occasional fried chicken from scratch), and we had such a strong family bond. Being a single mom of three is never easy and having a quality meal is so important to me (even though it doesn’t always happen with our busy schedules). When I think of what a quality meal means to me, I imagine all of us sitting around the table sharing about our day (or maybe what’s on our travel bucket list). Quality also means an easier, simpler meal with less cleanup (and one that is nutritious and all three kids like). This Buffalo Macaroni and Cheese recipe is something new and unique I made recently that the kids really enjoyed! I started with Stouffer’s Macaroni and Cheese, some cooked and chopped Tyson Chicken which is perfect for busy weeknights or game day get-togethers. Create a full meal and serve with frozen Alexia Artisan whole grain dinner rolls. Using frozen foods allows me to have a variety of options as well as shortcuts to make my life easier.

To celebrate back to school I am giving away a $100 Visa Giftcard. To enter, just answer  “What does a quality meal to you?” or “How do you define a quality meal?” Just leave a comment answering the question for a chance to win! One winner will be chose on Wednesday, September 17th! Good Luck!

Buffalo Mac and Cheese

For more recipes using frozen foods, see Easy Home Meals.

This giveaway is sponsored by Easy Home Meals but the recipe and all opinions are my own.

 

NEW Yoga DVD Giveaway: Fitness Friday

I have a great Giveaway today for Fitness Friday! I am a HUGE yoga fan, and I am excited about this giveaway of the new yoga DVD Shiva Rea: Yoga in Greece. One of the top female yoga teachers in the country, SHIVA REA, has released several award-winning, best-selling DVDs, including her Creative Core Abs series, Fluid Power, Daily Energy ant her November release, Yoga in Greece. She is the foremost expert on vinyasa flow yoga and yoga trance dance worldwide. Shiva has taught yoga to a diverse range of creative movers and shakers, including actors, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Pierce Brosnan and John Cusack.

To enter, leaving a comment telling me if you plan to do or try yoga in 2014. For more chances to win, do the following and leave a comment telling me you did. The winner will be chosen randomly on Monday, January 12th at 8 A.M. Good Luck! :)

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Acacia DVDs are available from select retailers, catalog companies Amazon and  AcaciaLifestyle.com

Cinnamon Coffee Cake and Giveaway

I have a great cookbook giveaway today! Now, you CAN have your Southern biscuits and stay fit, with the brand new health-focused cookbook in the Southern Living collection. The Slim Down South Cookbook: Eating Well and Living Healthy in they Land of Biscuits of Bacon just released by my good friend. Carolyn O’Neil and Oxmoor House books. In this book, Carolyn offers healthy menus and recipes for healthier variations of Southern dishes you will want to make and love.

Enjoy this Cinnamon Coffee Cake recipe, which is AMAZING! The heavenly aroma of cinnamon and the nutty crunch of pecans may have you thinking this cake is a splurge, but the fat-free buttermilk and egg substitute keep the calories and fat low, so you can indulge and still feel virtuous. See the calories, fat and nutritional information below.

Now for the giveaway: To win a copy of this book,  tell me your favorite southern dish. I will select a random winner on Sunday, December 22nd at 8 a.m CST. Good Luck!

Baked Vegetable Dip and Visa Giveaway

Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time to gear up for holiday parties, get-togethers and for Christmas dinner. I am always looking for easy entertaining recipes, and this Baked Vegetable Dip is the perfect crowd pleaser. This recipe starts with frozen vegetables which simplifies the preparation process eliminating washing and chopping. Also, people tend to forget the frozen fruits and vegetables are just as healthy as fresh. They are picked at their peak season and flash frozen, preserving all of their vitamins and nutrients. This Baked Vegetable Dip recipe is economical, and it’s a delight served warm out of the oven.

In honor of the holidays and cheers to using frozen foods and Easy Home Meals, I have a great holiday Visa Giveaway.  I am giving away a $100 Visa gift card just in time for holiday shopping.

To enter, leave a comment telling me what is your favorite frozen food dish that you secretly pass off as homemade?  For more chances to win, do the following and leave a comment telling me you did. The winner will be chosen randomly on Monday, December 16th at 8 A.M. Good Luck! 🙂

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This post is sponsored by Easy Home Meals, but all opinions are my own.

Fashionable Water Bottle Giveaway: Fitness Friday

I am super excited about my Giveaway today for Friday Fitness for these hip and cool water bottles by SIGG in bold and daring colors. The bright colors aren’t the only new element for SIGG – these bottles also encompass a matte texture finish and the classic screw top gets a fresh look in pure white. To enter, just leave a comment telling me which color is your favorite or what’s your latest favorite workout! For more chances to win, do a comment for the following and leave a comment for each telling me you did. Winner will be drawn on Friday, October 4th at 8 a.m. Good luck!

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Hilton HHonors and Saving with the Great Getaway

Are you ready for your next trip? Guess what? Booking a vacation just got simpler. Now through September 30, 2013, Hilton HHonors is encouraging travelers around the world to start planning their next Great Getaway with great rates at 10 top hotel brands and save up to 25% off stays in Middle East and Africa, and up to 20 percent off stays in Asia Pacific when booking within the Hilton Worldwide portfolio. The portfolio includes Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations.

Whether the next trip is a family affair or girl’s weekend, The Great Getaway makes getting away easier. And, with more than 3,900 properties in 90 countries there is a vacation destination for everyone. Here are some of my top picks:

1. Boca Raton Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort –Boca Raton Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort has reigned as an icon of elegance for more than 80 years. Today, the resort remains faithful to its glamorous past, while radiating vibrant energy and offering infinite amenities to every type of guest. Experience True Waldorf Service with authentic, personalized attention that consistently meets your luxury travel needs from the moment you book your trip through the time you depart.

2. Hilton Hawaiian Village® Waikiki Beach Resort –Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort stands oceanfront on iconic Waikiki beach and offers a one-of-a-kind vacation atmosphere with lush tropical gardens, waterfalls and exotic wildlife throughout 22 acres of island paradise. A dynamic array of leisure options include 16 dining outlets, a “Village” destination resort concept unique among other Hawaii properties, six pools including separate pools at Ali’i Tower® and Kalia Tower®, the world- class Mandara Spa, Camp Penguin children‟s program and daily activities ranging from Hula to snorkeling lessons to the Waikiki Starlight Luau. Need I say more?

3. Embassy Suites Houston – Downtown–This award winning hotel overlooks Discovery Green Park and is only steps away from the Houston Center Business District, the George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston Astros Minute Maid Park, Houston Rockets Toyota Center, the Houston Pavilions entertainment complex and the Park Shops. Location, location, location!

4.  Hilton Garden Inn Hotels Manhattan –From the hustle and lights of Times Square, to the chic neighborhoods of SoHo and Tribeca, to world famous shopping in Herald Square, guests of the four Hilton Garden Inn hotels in Manhattan are close to everything the Big Apple has to offer. NYC, let’s go!

5.  Homewood Suites by Hilton Orlando –Whether in Orlando for business or to visit Walt Disney World®, SeaWorld® or the Kennedy Space Center, you‟re assured of the warmest Florida welcomes at this all-suite, residential-style Universal Studios Orlando hotel. Shuttle service is available to nearby theme parks, and if the kids still need entertainment families can shoot hoops on the outdoor sports court or challenge each other to a game of air hockey in the hotel‟s game room. This is calling my name!

6. Elara, a Hilton Grand Vacations Hotel – Center Strip –At the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, Elara is connected to more than 170 shops in the Miracle Mile, adjacent to Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino and just across from City Center. Luxurious studios and one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom suites capture the cosmopolitan vibe of Las Vegas while delivering the quintessential comforts of a residential retreat. Guests may soak away stress at the exotic pool and whirlpool spas or share a Great Getaway with friends by taking refuge in a private, poolside cabana. Sounds like heaven to me.

7. Conrad Beijing–Conrad Beijing features rooms designed with an oriental influence and floor-to-ceiling windows that offer picturesque views of Tuanjie Lake Park, the iconic CCTV building and Beijing skyline. And, to accommodate today‟s luxury traveler, guests can customize details of their hotel stay before and during each visit with Conrad Concierge – the first service-enabled technology that is completely integrated with hotel management systems across the brand‟s portfolio. I’d love to check that out!

Also enter to win the Hilton HHonors Travel Great Getaway Giveaway HHonors.com/Giveaway.

I was compensated by Hilton HHonors for this post, but all opinions are my own.

Hilton HHonors Giveaway: Travel Tuesday

Looking for a travel getaway and giveaway? Hilton HHonors, the loyalty program for Hilton Worldwide’s 10 distinct hotel brands, has a vacation destination for every traveler anytime travel is calling. To give members a well-deserved break, Hilton HHonors has launched the Great Getaway Giveaway, offering members the chance to win one of four trips this summer. Enter to win one of these trips, now through August 4, 2013 at HHonors.com/Giveaway.

Food/Wine: July 22 – August 4, 2013

Hilton New Orleans Riverside – New Orleans, Louisiana

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Istanbul – Old Town

Hilton Garden Inn Montreal Centre-Ville – Montreal, Quebec

Embassy Suites – Napa Valley

For more information and full terms and conditions, visit HHonors.com/Giveaway. To book a Great Getaway stay, visit www.HiltonWeekends.com. For more information, or to become a Hilton HHonors member, visit HHonors.com.

I was compensated by Hilton HHonors for this post, but all opinions are my own.

Albion Fit Women’s Fitness $100 Giveaway

I am so excited about sharing this post today because  I am hosting a giveaway my new favorite fitness activewear and swimwear find, Albion Fit.  Albion’s mission is to provide women with the most flattering, and hassle-freel leisure apparel. Albion Fit uses the highest quality fabrics, and all of the workout wear and swimwear feels amazing! You can easily transition from workout gear to lounging gear, and I was was so excited about my new tennis outfit, it pushed me to get outside and start playing tennis again. So besides the giveaway,  I also have an exclusive promotional code for  my readers to save $15 on any purchase of $50 or more; the code to use at checkout is ingredients15 and it expires 5/04/2013!

For a chance to win this giveaway, pin your favorite item from albionfit.com onto one of their Pinterest boards and leave a comment here with the link to that specific pin. Winner will be drawn on May 8th at 8 a.m CST.

 Additional entries can be earned by doing the following below:

1 Like Albion Fit on Facebook

2. Like Alison Lewis on Facebook

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4. Follow Alison Lewis on Pinterest

5. Tweet about the giveaway I entered the Albion Fitt giveaway via @alisonlewis #giveaway http://wp.me/ptHvn-aCx

Shrimp-Vegetable Quinoa Fried Rice and $150 Visa Giveaway

People always ask me how do I get my three kids to eat so healthy. Being a busy but health-conscious mom, I always want to prepare meals using the best possible ingredients. I love using frozen foods in cooking because frozen fruits and vegetables are picked at the peak of ripeness and flash frozen, locking in beneficial nutrients. Frozen foods work great (and are budget-friendly) in many recipes such as in this one: Shrimp-Vegetable Quinoa Fried Rice. It’s a healthy, gluten-free main dish that is a twist on fried rice. It’s a favorite at our house, and it’s so quick and easy.

I am so pleased to announce that this year marks the 30th Annual National Frozen Food Month. In honor of this, the National Frozen and  Refrigerated Foods Association is offering a few cool sweepstakes this month! Also, I am  offering a $150 Visa Gift card. To enter my giveaway, leave a comment telling me your favorite way to use frozen foods in cooking. The winner will be drawn on Wednesday, March 27th  at 8 a.m central.

 Additional entries can be earned by doing the following below:

1. Tweet about the giveaway (using the hashtag #MarchFrozenFoodMonth and tagging @EasyHomeMeals and @alisonlewis) on http://wp.me/ptHvn-aoz

2.  Like Easy Home Meals on Facebook

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Other NFRA Sweepstakes include:

Facebook Freezer Giveaway:

 One freezer will be given away each week,this month, on the Easy Home Meals Facebook page (courtesy of Hussmann)

Family Adventure Sweepstakes:

NFRA is partnering with the DreamWorks film, The Croods, which is released on March 22, for a DreamWorks Experience at Gaylord Hotels Family Adventure Sweepstakes. One grand prize winner will receive a trip for a family of four to one of four Gaylord Hotels resort destinations for a ShrekFeast interactive character meal, a DreamWorks character meet and greet and DreamWorks theme scavenger hunt and $1,000 spending money. Enter as soon as you can on Easy Home Meals.

Sucre Macaron Cookies Giveaway

Who loves macaroon cookies? I have a great giveaway today from Sucre in New Orleans. Their Macarons are mouth watering, and if you’re looking for King Cake before Mardis Gras, this is the place to go. They have a wide variety of Easter treats, so check out their awesome seasonal collection here as they have the best in artisan chocolate and delicious desserts. Sucre has received rave reviews from Saveur, Coastal Living, Bon Appetit, Cooking Light,  and more, and I am so excited to share my love for them with this giveaway.

To enter the giveaway for this macaron cookie package, leave a comment telling your favorite dessert. Winner will be drawn on Monday, March 4th 8 a.m CST.

For more entries do the following below and leave another comment for each:

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4. Follow Sucre on Twitter

5. Like Sucre on Facebook