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MAM knows life as a parent can get hectic. With summer finally here, MAM is going to give you a much deserved chance to relax for a change. Head to their Facebook page and share what your ideal staycation would be – date nights while a babysitter watches the kids? Luxurious days at the spa and shopping sprees at the mall? – and you could win a $2,000 Staycation package on MAM!

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Enter here: http://bit.ly/MAMsummerstaycation

Deadline to enter 7/31/2014

Just what in the world is Aioli? #EasyAioli #RedGoldRecipes

Isn’t it funny when you have never heard of something that all of a sudden it starts popping up everytime you turn around? That recently happened to me after having received the kit below from Red Gold. It contained sumptuous sounding varieties of their petite diced tomatoes, garlic & olive oil, zesty lime juice & cilantro, hot green chilies and just plain tomato, along with a tomato spreader, a nifty Red Gold apron and a recipe guide.

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So, you might be asking, what out of those items hadn’t I heard of before? The recipe guide was entitled, “Easy Aioli recipes”, and I had no idea what aioli was, and had to resort to looking it up online. I am an avid food show watcher and was surprised that this condiment didn’t ring a bell.

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, aioli is “a mayonnaise flavored with garlic and sometimes other ingredients (as red pepper)”. The origin of AIOLI is occitan, from ai garlic + oli oil, it’s first know use was 1896! Wouldn’t you know it, once I looked it up and discovered what is actually was, I started seeing a local fast food joint advertising their new aioli-infused chicken sandwich!

The recipe card further intrigued me, since it contained a base recipe for aioli, which requires a 14.5 ounce can of Red Gold petite diced tomatoes, drained, along with ½ cup light mayonnaise, which makes a tomato aioli. There are nine more recipes given, where you substitute one of the flavored Red Gold petite diced tomatoes and adding some seasonings for more flavor-enhancing options! One that really caught my eye (and perked my taste buds) is the one where you take the basic recipe and add 3 Tbsps prepared horseradish, 1 tsp Thyme and salt and pepper to make horseradish aioli. Sounds so yummy to me.

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On the back of the recipe card are five actual recipes that you can incorporate the various aioli flavorings in. I decided that the “Best Year Round BLT with tomato aioli” was one that I wanted to try. #RedGoldRecipes.

MAKES 4 SERVINGS PREPARATION TIME: 20 MINUTES

Ingredients
½ cup light mayonnaise
1 (14.5 ounce) can RED GOLD® PETITE DICED TOMATOES
4 large lettuce leaves
12 slices bacon, cooked and drained
Ground black pepper to taste

Directions
Combine mayonnaise and RED GOLD® PETITE DICED TOMATOES to make the Tomato Aioli.
(It’s also suggested that you combine in a small bowl and refrigerate to blend the flavors.)

Place lettuce on 4 slices of bread and then add three strips of bacon and top with Tomato Aioli and black pepper. Place slice of bread on top. Cut in half and serve.

I wasn’t sure how I was going to like this, since I never use mayonnaise, let alone light mayonnaise. I have always bought and used Miracle Whip in all my cooking, having been brought up on it. I wanted to stay true to the recipe, so I decided to purchase a large jar of light mayonnaise. This is in hopes that I would just love the aioli and want to try all of the flavors!

We just finished our “Best Year Round BLT with tomato aioli” sandwiches and I have to say that they were great! My husband, ever the purest, had to have sliced tomatoes on his. I, however, let the delectable tomato flavor of the aioli brighten up one of my favorite sandwiches, bringing it to new heights. My husband remarked that with a side of chips and a tall glass of lemonade, this would be the perfect summer lunch. Even though it was a spring 50ish day, I would say that I agree with him, but it was perfect for today, as well! So tasty, something I will definitely be making again in the future.

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I am sure glad that I decided to buy the larger jar of mayonnaise, I am a new fan and a new-found fan of aioli and cannot wait to try out the other medley of flavors the Red Gold Petite Diced tomatoes with their lively flavors have to offer.

Get social with Red Gold and follow along on Twitter and Facebook.
Be sure to visit the Red Gold official website for more information, for some more easy, flavorful recipes and even shop!

Enter to win!
Red Gold’s “How Do YOU Aioli” Sweepstakes!

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To support these new aioli recipes, Red Gold is launching a “How do you Aioli” Facebook contest that runs from May 7 – May 28, 2014. Select which aioli you like the best and enter the contest for a chance to win one of three Red Gold Aioli Prize Packs that includes a Cuisinart Elite Griddler, a Red Gold Apron, and other great prizes. Starting on May 7th, just go to https://www.facebook.com/RedGold and select which aioli that you like the best.

FTC Disclosure: Free products were received for the purpose of this blog post. I was not asked or influenced to write a positive review. All opinions expressed and photos used are honest and my own. This blog post contains no affiliate links.

Facebook Comment Event, Enter To Win!

Love to be social? Love Facebook? This is a fun giveaway for you!

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With winter in full effect, we think it’s time you get cozy under a warm blanket and spoil yourself! So sit back, grab a cup of coffee, and let’s get talking!

You see, the MPM Blogging Network wants to thank you for being there for us with another fabulous Facebook Comment Giveaway! This giveaway is special because there are no pages to “like” or “follow”. All you need to do is comment once a day or once (depending on the entry) on Facebook to increase your chance of winning. We want to know what you think and the chance to spoil yourself with this $50 Amazon Gift Card or $50 Paypal!

Before entering, just make sure to read the rules below and then enter on the Rafflecopter! Good luck everyone & may the odds be forever in your favor!

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  • 1 lucky reader will win a $50 Amazon Gift Card or $50 Paypal.
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Join In & Win Prizes @ The Tastes of Summer® with Frito-Lay Facebook Chat

Join in the Tastes of Summer® with Frito-Lay Facebook Chat with Frito-Lay Flavor Kitchen Chef Jody!

I can’t wait to hear what tips and recipes he’ll be sharing throughout the one-hour chat as well as answering fan questions!

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The chat will take place on the Frito-Lay Facebook Page on June 25 from 8 – 9 p.m.

Because we all enjoy winning. Frito-Lay will be giving away fun prizes all night long as a thank you for . So, mark your calender – you don’t want to miss this one!

Enter To Win Housecleaning Service For A Year

Got kids? Dirty dishes? Smelly sports equipment? The makers of the Honeywell with Febreze Freshness fan are on the quest to fins the home most in need of a maid!

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One lucky winner will win monthly housecleaning service for a year! Who doesn’t want maid service for a FULL year? Enter to WIN: http://maid-in-america.pgtb.me/lGGhkc

This sweepstakes is hosted by Honeywell and available on their Facebook page. This is not an affiliate link. This sweeps is being shared as part of an ongoing relationship with Honeywell in-which free product will be received for an additional blog post.

 

Safe Haven Mother’s Day Ecard Generator

Looking to send an ecard for Mother’s Day this year? Don’t miss your chance to create a beautiful personalized ecard, using the Safe Have ecard generator.

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Don’t forget you can still enter to win a copy of Safe Haven on blu-ray here on my blog!