Pineapple Upside Down Cake and a #MadMenBlogParty

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Hey, remember that time I wanted to dye my hair like Joan from Mad Men? And it ending up being a total flop!!!

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Ooph, Christina Hendricks can rock the red hair, me- not so much. I just never could achieve the right kinda of red. Plus, I really don’t have the right coloring for it. I liked this red, but then it would fade so quickly while staining all our white washcloths, towels, and pillowcases. Then I played around with it myself and it got bright red. And then gave up and decided that I wasn’t Joan and had to just live with it. ha!

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The final season of Mad Men is starting this Sunday night and I am not excited about it. No, that’s wrong. I am really excited it is starting back up, but I am not excited that it is the final season. I’m so torn!! I already am dealing with the fact that Cougar Town had its series finale on Tuesday. At least we got to have fun with my Penny can and drink wine!

I love when I get to incorporate food into something, like when I did all my NASCAR related “Sprint Cup Snacks” posts and created recipes based upon where they were racing each week. So when this #MadMenBlogParty popped up I was really excited because it would mean I’d get to whip up something all vintage-y.

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To me a Pineapple Upside Down Cake would be a dessert that Betty Draper would whip up for a dinner party. And then Betty Francis would actually eat. ha!

Typically Pineapple Down Cakes are made in cast iron skillets, but I didn’t have a cast iron skillet large enough for the cake so I just used a 9″ round cake pan. I adjusted the process of melted the butter in the skillet to just melting it and then pouring it in the pan. I think it worked out really well.

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It looked beautiful. I loved the geometry of it. Plus, the red cherries in the center of the pineapple rings where so lovely. A nice pop of color in it.

So enjoy Sunday’s episode and the rest of the season! I know it will be amazing. It will be hard to say good bye to it once it wraps up, but at least it was a great run. Oh man, the fashion, the drinks, the story-lines. And Don Draper. Yum.

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Plus, what’s Mad Men viewing without some drinking so check out this drinking game. Not drinking? No worries, I’m not either now while doing Whole30, so just play with Mad Men bingo!

No matter what, enter this fun giveaway and be sure to check out Tom and Lorenzo’s episode and fashion recaps on Monday morning. I can’t wait!

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In the mean time…

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Join us for a #‎MadMenBlogParty‬!

Cocktails

Appetizers

Desserts

MAD MEN BLOG PARTY GIVEAWAY

Enter the Rafflecopter giveaway to win an adorable vintage 4.5 qt Pyrex mixing bowl (valued at $30)! Fancy martini glass! $100 giftcard from Modcloth! YES PLEASE!!!

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Makes a 9″ cake

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 Cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 Cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 Cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 Cup butter (1/2 stick)
  • 1/2 Cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 20-ounce can pineapple slices 
  • 7 maraschino cherries
  • 1/3 Cup chopped pecans

Process

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Add the oil and milk to the bowl and beat for 1 minute. Add the vanilla, egg, lime rind, and lime juice, blending just until well combined.
  4. Melt the butter and pour into the bottom of your 9″ round baking pan. Sprinkle the brown sugar around the bottom of the pan.
  5. Arrange the pineapple slices on the brown sugar. Place 1 cherry in the center of each pineapple ring and then sprinkle the pecans on the pineapple slices. Pour the batter evenly over the top and bake for 45 minutes.
  6. Remove from the oven and cool the cake in the pan for 5 minutes. Turn the cake out onto a circular platter.

Adapted from Martha Stewart

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The Gift of Glasses {A GIVEAWAY!}

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The cool peeps at Firmoo reached out to me recently to see if I’d like to get another pair of glass for another review OR if I’d like host a giveaway.

While I love fun glasses to coordinate with outfits, I figure in the spirit of the holidays I would give a pair of glasses away.

So much fun!!!

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I previously reviewed Firmoo’s site, ordering process, and their glasses when I picked out some new glasses this past summer. They have plenty of glasses to pick from ranging in shapes, sizes, and colors, which are well organized and searchable. I wanted something nerdy-ish so I got these black frames (pretty tame compared to some of the other bright glasses I’ve had in the past) and fell in love with them instantly.

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The best part of all of this is that you can win your own pair of glasses now. It would be such a fun way to welcome in the new year.  A new year, a new pair of glasses, a new you!

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So how can you win?

1) Comment! Leave a comment saying which frames you like from Firmoo’s site.

2) Tweet ” I want to win a pair of glasses from and . A new year, a new pair, a new you! ” come back and leave ANOTHER comment.

3) Follow @Firmoo and @iamahoneybee on Twitter. Leave Another comment.

Do 1 or do all 3 for great chances to win!

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The fine print…

Winner gets one pair of Firmoo glasses storewide with free shipping to US. Sunglasses excluded. Glasses include the frames, standard 1.50 index dingle vision lenses. Upgrade lenses and add-ons will be charged for an extra fee.

Giveaway ends Dec 24th at midnight.

Good luck!!!

Taste Trekkers Conference Ticket Giveaway!

So if you have had a rough Friday The 13th like me (random street glass in my big toethis morning) this would be perfect for you!

I have a GIVEAWAY!!!! FOR YOU!!!

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Have you heard about the upcoming food conference in Providence?!?

Taste Trekkers is hosting the Nation’s First Food Tourism Conference, being held Friday, September 20th – Sunday, September 22nd, 2013. The Taste Trekker’s Conference will feature fantastic speakers, panels, and plenty of food options. What more can you expect in the city city ranked #1 for Food/Drink/Restaurants in Travel + Leisure’s “America’s
Favorite Cities 2012.”?!?!

Matt Jennings of Providence’s Farmstead, Inc. is the keynote speaker. He is a two-time James Beard Foundation Best Chef Northeast nominee and has national recognition as one of “Most Sustainable Chefs in America,” in part due to the development of Providence’s Trace and Trust program.

Even Mayor Angel Taveras will be there too to kick things off on Friday night. woohoo!

While I can’t make it to the conference it doesn’t mean that you should miss out on this wonderful experience so be sure to enter the giveaway (see below)!!

Additional highlights of the conference include: 

Breakout sessions featuring:

  • From Farm and Fisherman to Table
  • New England Lamb Butcher Demo
  • Peruvian Cerviche and Causa Limena
  • Taste the Terroir of American Honey
  • Dry-cured for Three Generations: A Family’s Journey in Charcuterie
  • Durham, North Carolina: Integrity Tastes Good
  • Memphis: BBQ and Beyond
  • New England: Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum!
  • Before there were Food Trucks, there were Lunch Wagons
  • The Chocolate of Madagascar
  • The Story of Vermont Ice Cider: A Tasting and Pairing

Panel Discussion: Food Tripping: Culinary Tourism Today and Tomorrow, hosted by Gail Ciampa, Food Editor of the Providence Journal. Featuring speakers:

  • Danielle Brodhagen, Director of Product Development, Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance
  • Jose Duarte, Owner and Chef, Taranta Restaurant
  • Cindy Salvato, President & Owner, Savoring Rhode Island
  • Joyce Weinberg, Owner, City Food Tours
  • Meghan Sheridin, Executive Director, Vermont Fresh Network
  • Sai Viswanath, Chef, DeWolf Tavern

Tasting Pavilion at the Providence Biltmore Hotel featuring regional purveyors including:

  • American Honey Tasting Society
  • American Lamb Board
  • Coastal Extreme Brewing Company
  • Ravenous Brewing
  • Food Trucks In
  • Johnson and Wales Univeristy
  • Melting Pot Food Tours
  • The Mystery Café
  • Narraganett Creamery
  • And many more!

Culinary Tours on Sunday morning with Rhode Island’s Cindy Salvato, Newport Gourmet’s Mike Martini and A Taste of Rhode Island through the historic neighborhoods of Providence.

Food Truck Brunch on Sunday featuring some of Providence’s most popular Food Trucks, including:

  • Acacia Café Food Truck
  • Clam Jammers
  • Go-Spresso
  • Mootzadeli
  • Noble Knots
  • Panino Express Mobile Cuisine
  • Portu-Galo
  • Rocket Fine Street Food
  • Radish Fugo

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To enter the giveaway for a ticket on Saturday just tweet the following:

“I love food & travel! I want to win a ticket @TasteTrekkers Conference next wknd in Providence from @iamahoneybee. http://wp.me/pzEAP-3MY “

 Just come back and leave a comment here that you did this!

For extra entries:

  1. Follow Taste Trekkers on Twitter AND come back and leave a comment here that you did this!
  2. Like Taste Trekkers on Facebook AND come back and leave a comment here that you did this!

I’ll annouce the winner on Sunday night at 10pm!

If you would like to secure your ticket now then be sure to buy here and get a $15 DISCOUNT!! Awesome! http://tastetrekkers2013.eventbrite.com/?discount=iamahoneybee

Printcopia Canvas Prints Review & a Giveaway

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Printcopia is an online photo printing service that creates large format prints, canvas, acrylic, and framed prints. They are your one stop shop for your photo service needs.

I used their services to get an 11×17 canvas print. I’ve used online print services in the past but I really enjoyed getting around their site and the services they offered. One of the coolest things is that they offer is the ability to link to your instagram profile or your facebook profile to upload pictures. I use instagram so much that this is a great way to easily connect my photos to the site.

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At first I was going to use a photo that Price instagrammed when we were in Chicago for his birthday but I wanted to maintain the square instagram format so I picked a photo that he took of the sun rising. For a delayed October date we went to the beach to see the sunrise on Day Light Savings day. Some Starbucks drinks, a pastry to split, and the sunrise. Now that we have this print hanging up on our first floor I will always remember our sunrise beach date.

AAAANNNND the GIVEAWAY Details!!!

Mandatory entry: Tell me what photo you would get made into a canvas print if you won? Your kids? Family portrait? A vacation?

Extra Entry: Tweet or hare on Facebook about the giveaway. Come back & leave another comment telling me what you did

Giveaway ends Thursday 29th at 11.59pm

Besides the giveaway, don’t miss out on their Black Friday Sale!!! Right now they are offering 50% canvas prints until Sunday the 25th at midnight. Don’t hesitate, it’s a great deal and this will make for a great gift.

I received an 11×17 canvas print from Printcopia in exchange for an honest review. These opinions are my own.

 

A Freixenet Friday Giveaway & MINI Mobile Tour Stops

When Freixenet approached me about hosting a giveaway I was excited to be able to pass along a fun gift set. Plus, I get to share with my Boston area readers about The MINI Mobile Freixenet tour is in Boston this weekend. Did you know you can win a MINI Cooper from Freixenet?!? That is so awesome.

I am a big fan of Freixinet for making cocktails. I was introduced to the sparking wine when I went to a Freixenet last summer and had a great time trying different cocktail. Then last November I hosted Freixenet giveaways as well as shared some great cocktail recipes. I really suggest that you grab a bottle of Freixenet and give the Agua de Valencia  or Pom Vivant Cocktails try.

So go to one of the MINI Mobile tour stops in Springfield and Boston this weekend to give them a try, play games for fun prizes, and enter the Freixenet Drive a MINI Cooper Giveaway!

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Friday, September 28, 4:00pm-7:00pm – Table and Vine at 119 Riverdale St, Route 5 in W. Springfield, MA (http://www.tableandvine.com/)

Friday, September 28, 10:00pm-2:00am – Storyville on 90 Exeter St in Boston, MA  (www.storyvilleboston.com)

Saturday, September 29, 8:00pm-12:00pm – 28 Degrees at 1 Appleton Street in Boston, MA (www.28degrees-boston.com)

And the fun stuff… the Giveaway!

The prize package includes:

  • Freixenet Chiller Bag
  • 4 Stemless Govino Acrylic Flutes
  • 2 Freixenet Cordon Negro Mini Bottles
  • Cocktail Recipe Booklet
  • 4 Cocktail Stirrers
  • Plus 10 sweepstakes entries for the Freixenet Drive a MINI Cooper Giveaway!

How to Enter:

Mandatory: Leave a comment telling me what’s your favorite sparkling wine cocktail?

Extra Entries: 

Spread the word- Tweet: “I want to win a @freixenetusa Friday Package that includes a chiller bag from @iamahoneybee http://wp.me/pzEAP-2EX” OR share on Facebook. Come back here and leave me a comment telling me what you did.

Follow Freixenet- you can follow the Freixenet truck as it hops around the country @FreixentUSA OR like them on Facebook. Come back here and leave me a comment telling me what you did.

Contest Ends Monday night at Midnight EST and is open to US residents. Residents of MA can’t receive shipments of alcohol so please only enter if you can coordinate shipment to a neighboring state. Good luck!

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Be sure to head to FindtheBubbles.com to enter in the code above to get 5 entries for the  “Freixenet Drive a MINI Cooper Giveaway” for a 2-year MINI Cooper lease!!!!!!