Pumpkin Raisinets Streusel Top Muffins Recipe and Coupon!

Because I am a Nestle Family Blogger, occasionally I get to peek behind the scenes and see what’s new for the coming Season.  This time,  I get to share it with you!  If you are looking for a great way to Welcome Fall into your kitchen, check out this recipe for Pumpkin Raisinets Streusel Top Muffins!

Pumpkin Raisinets Streusel Top Muffins
(Makes 24 muffins)

MUFFINS
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 can (15 ounces) LIBBY’S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
3 large eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
¼ cup orange or apple juice or water
1 bag (11 ounces) NESTLÉ RAISINETS Milk Chocolate-Covered Raisins

STREUSEL TOPPING
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons butter

PREHEAT oven to 350º F. Grease or paper-line 24 muffin cups.

FOR MUFFINS:
COMBINE flour, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Combine pumpkin, eggs, oil and orange juice in medium bowl; mix well. Stir into flour mixture just until moistened. Fold in Raisinets. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling three-fourths full.

FOR STREUSEL TOPPING:
COMBINE sugar, flour and cinnamon in medium bowl. Cut in butter with pastry blender or two knives until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle over muffin batter.

BAKE for 25 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks for 5 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool slightly. Serve warm.

Enjoy!  To help you with your recipe, don’t forget to take advantage of this $1.00 off coupon for Raisinets!

Thanks to Nestle Family for this amazing recipe which will be featured on meals.com in the coming days!  I have not been compensated in any way for this post.

Nestle Family New School Year Resolution {Nook Giveaway}

We are well into the new school year and I am happy to report that things are going well!  My youngest is finally adjusted to her new school and my oldest is bring home excellent grades.  So, how’s Mom doing?

Last month, Nestle Family challenged me to create and stick to a Happy New School Year Resolution.  I decided that I would do my best to “provide my family with well planned and balanced brain-food.“  My grade?

A-

Not too shabby.  My youngest has been loving her new snacks (especially the yogurt covered raisins) and she has even tried eggplant….major breakthrough!  I still need to get better at planning a variety of lunchtime foods, but I am working on it.  How are you doing with your resolution?

Looking for fun ideas for the New School Year?  Nestle Family has some great suggestions for school year activities including how to make math fun!  And don’t forget to enter the New School Year Sweepstakes through October 15th for your chance to win $5,000 for Back to School essentials or a $2,000 literacy grant for your child’s school!

GIVEAWAY

To celebrate all of your New School Year accomplishments, Nestle Family is offering an amazing prize pack!  One winner will receive a mix of free coupons from STOUFFER’S, TOLL HOUSE Refrigerated Cookie Dough and Morsels, JUICY JUICE, NESQUIK, TOMBSTONE, OVALTINE, product from WONKA, a $3 off coupon from BOOST Kid Essentials, a CARNATION BREAKFAST ESSENTIALS $1 off coupon, an OVALTINE straw dispenser, coupon book and…..

……A Nook e-reader!!

How to Enter:

1. What is your New School Year Resolution and are you sticking to it?

Additional entries:

1. Blog about this giveaway and link to The Not-So-Blog and Nestle Family (10 extra entries).

2. Follow me (@BridgetteLA) on Twitter and Tweet this giveaway. Every time you tweet you get an additional entry! Limited to 10 a day, please. (You must have over 50 Twitter followers to qualify for unlimited entries!)

3. Subscribe to my blog.

4. Become a Fan of The Not-So-Blog and Nestle Family on Facebook.

5. Place my blog button on your sidebar.

Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on October 18th.  Prizes not claimed in 72 hours will be forfeited. Open to U.S. Residents only.

I am a Nestle Family Blogger.  While this post has been compensated, all opinions remain 100% mine.

Nestle Family Back to School {Giveaway}

Well, we are almost done with another week of school.  We are finally settling into a routine here and both girls are thriving in their new classrooms.  My oldest had her very first test and scored a 100 (proud mama moment)!

Earlier this week, Nestle Family challenged me to pledge a New School Year Resolution.  I decided to pledge a new, healthier school year for my girls by preparing nutritious dinners and packing healthy options for lunch and snacks.  My main obstacle is finding time to prepare, so my husband and I decided that we would take one hour every Sunday morning to plan a menu for the entire week followed by a shopping trip at the grocery store to stock up on essentials.

I found a very useful app for my iPhone to aid in planning and shopping trips, Dinner Spinner from Allrecipes.com. Almost like a slot machine, you can “spin” the categories to find something fun to cook.  Looking for something specific?  You can select main dishes made with chicken in 45 minutes or less and instantly view many recipes that fit the bill!  I am hoping this app helps me to find new recipes so I can stick to my resolution.

Have you made a New School Year Resolution?

GIVEAWAY

One winner will receive a $25 Nestle Family Mastercard Rewards Card, $20 in school supplies, free coupons from TOLL HOUSE Refrigerated Cookie Dough and OVALTINE, an OVALTINE straw dispenser and recipe booklet,  as well as a Nestlé Family coupon booklet!

How to Enter:

1. Tell me your New School Year Resolution!

Additional entries:

1. Blog about this giveaway and link to The Not-So-Blog and Nestle Family (10 extra entries).

2. Follow me (@BridgetteLA) on Twitter and Tweet this giveaway. Every time you tweet you get an additional entry! Limited to 10 a day, please. (You must have over 50 Twitter followers to qualify for unlimited entries!)

3. Subscribe to my blog.

4. Become a Fan of The Not-So-Blog and Nestle Family on Facebook.

5. Place my blog button on your sidebar.

Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on September 19th. Prizes not claimed in 72 hours will be forfeited. Open to U.S. Residents only.

This post is the opinion of The Experimental Mommy. Others may have a differing opinion of the product. While this is a compensated post, all opinions remain 100% mine.

Nestle Family’s Best Summer Ever Wrap Up {Giveaway}

Did I blink?  Is Summer really over?  Last week, my girls started back to school which officially wraps up the Summer fun for my family.  We are already knee deep in homework, after school activities and daily routines.  Looking back, we had a tremendous Summer!  We took two incredible vacations and spent lots of quality time together as a family.

Last month, Nestle Family alongside seven bloggers (including myself) challenged you to have to Best.Summer.Ever!  Did you rise to the occasion?  We came up with some great activities for you to share with your family and friends to ensure that you created memories to cherish for a lifetime.  Hopefully you found them helpful and have been entering the giveaways to add to the fun!  If not, you have one more week to join the party! While Summer is over for my family, I know some of you are not quite back to the grind.  Why not enjoy making Summertime Smores, taking a weekend Staycation or birdwatching in your own neighborhood?

The ninth (and final) week of the Nestle Family Best Summer Ever Challenge brings some fantastic prizes inlcuding a 30-day supply of OVALTINE®, 12 pack of NESTLE®JUICY JUICE®, Reading collection from RIF, Amazon Kindle, and an Amazon Gift certificate (ARV $350).  The contest ends August 29, 2011 at 11:59 pm PST.

And the best news?  You can win right here on Experimental Mommy, too!

GIVEAWAY

One reader will receive the following: Ice cream (NESTLÉ DRUMSTICK, EDY’S/DREYER’S) coupons, NESTLÉ Pure Life coupons and summer activities (jump rope, chalk, beach ball, hard and soft flyers, a ball and a Lambada catch ball and mitt set) and a $100 Visa gift card!

How to Enter:

1. Have you had the Best Summer Ever? Tell me about your family’s adventures!

Additional entries:

1. Blog about this giveaway and link to The Not-So-Blog and Nestle Family (10 extra entries).

2. Follow me (@BridgetteLA) on Twitter and Tweet this giveaway. Every time you tweet you get an additional entry! Limited to 10 a day, please. (You must have over 50 Twitter followers to qualify for unlimited entries!)

3. Subscribe to my blog.

4. Become a Fan of The Not-So-Blog and Nestle Family on Facebook.

5. Place my blog button on your sidebar.

Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on September 5th.  Prizes not claimed in 72 hours will be forfeited. Open to U.S. Residents only.

I am a Nestle Family Blogger.  While this post has been compensated, all opinions remain 100% mine.

Nestle Family Summer Fun Giveaway!

Can you believe it’s almost halfway through July already?  My family and I have been making the most of our Summer by taking time to just slow down and be together!  A week long trip to Callaway Gardens to connect with each other, ourselves and nature was just what we needed.  Are you having the Best Summer Ever?

Last month, I let you know that six fab bloggers and I came up with some great activities alongside Nestle Family to help you create memorable moments this Summer.  Have you been checking them out?  My challenge for the week:

Water fun is a must during the hot summer months! While not everyone owns a pool, all it takes is a little creativity to cool off in the summer heat. After putting the kids in their bathing suits, connect the garden hose and fill two buckets of water. Add a little soap and some towels and put the kids to work washing the family car! The kids will have a blast playing in the water and Mom gets a clean car to boot?

To accompany the Summer Challenges, Nestle Family is having some fun giveaways including a water slide, swing set, barbeque pit and of course a host of wonderful Nestle products.  And right here on Experimental Mommy,  you can win great prizes, too!

GIVEAWAY

One winner will receive a $25 VISA gift card, ice cream (NESTLÉ DRUMSTICK, EDY’S/DREYER’S) coupons, NESTLÉ Pure Life coupons and summer activities (jump rope, chalk, beach ball, hard and soft flyers, a ball and a Lambada catch ball and mitt set)!

How to Enter:

1. Suggest an activity for families to beat the Summer Heat together!

Additional entries:

1. Blog about this giveaway and link to The Not-So-Blog and Nestle Family (10 extra entries).

2. Follow me (@BridgetteLA) on Twitter and Tweet this giveaway. Every time you tweet you get an additional entry! Limited to 10 a day, please. (You must have over 50 Twitter followers to qualify for unlimited entries!)

3. Subscribe to my blog.

4. Become a Fan of The Not-So-Blog and Nestle Family on Facebook.

5. Place my blog button on your sidebar.

Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on July 31st.  Prizes not claimed in 72 hours will be forfeited. Open to U.S. Residents only.

I am a Nestle Family Blogger.  While this post has been compensated, all opinions remain 100% mine.

Nestle Family’s Best Summer Ever!

I love Summer!  My husband is a teacher, so he is lucky enough to spend his Summers at home.  Even though I still have to go to work, just having him home with our girls makes Summer incredibly easier and much less stressful.  Less stress equals more fun!!

I am honored to be a part of Nestle Family’s Best Summer Ever promotion.  Myself, along with six other fabulous bloggers, have put our heads together to come up with Summer Challenges in categories such as learning, exercise, outdoor fun and vacations in order to ensure that your family has the Best.Summer.Ever!  Our tips are featured at Nestle Family where you will find incredible weekly Summer themed giveaways (my favorite is the inflatable waterslide).  Here’s how to enter:

Login or sign up and select a challenge. For each challenge selected, you will receive an entry into the current weekly sweepstakes. You may choose up to seven challenges per week. Limit one entry per challenge selected, plus receive a bonus entry when you make a comment about that challenge. Bonus entries are applied to the week in which they are submitted.  Your entries are reset after each weekly drawing. You can use all your entries and comments on the same day, but they have to be on different challenges.

To help celebrate the Best Summer Ever, each of the seven blogs will be hosting their own giveaways featuring some of your favorite Nestle products as well as other surprises!  Check back here at Experimental Mommy during the week of July 10th to enter the giveaway that will be hosted here.  In the meantime, visit the other participating blogs to enter their contests, too!

Cutie Booty Cakes

Momma Findings

Mom Spark

Classy Chaos

The Mommy-Files

This Full House

This post is the opinion of The Experimental Mommy.  While I was compensated for this post, all opinions remain 100% mine.

Why My Mom and Nestle Family ROCKS

May is the month to honor Mom.  I am blessed to have a truly wonderful Mom who played a huge part in the woman (and Mother) I am today.  While she was never the best cook (and she admits this, I am not being mean), she always had a hot dinner on the table and warm cookies in the oven when I returned home from school.  As I grew, I became very involved in dance which consumed a huge portion of our budget and a major chunk of time.  She never complained.  Not once.  She let me follow my dream and live my love for dance.  She was right there to sequin my costumes, drive me to rehearsal and fix my hair in a bun (again).  I believe that the experience of performing and the discipline of dance gave me the self confidence I needed to achieve great things as a student, a daughter, a wife, a blogger, and most importantly….a Mother.

Nestle Family honors Moms by helping to support Mercy Housing, a national organization working to create a more humane world where poverty is alleviated, communities are healthy and all people can develop their full potential through affordable housing and supportive programs.  Earlier this month, Nestle Family asked you to honor a special Mom in your life by uploading a picture to their Facebook page.  For every upload, Nestle Family donated $1 to Mercy Housing up to $50,000!

I am honored to have received a $50 charitable gift card to donate to Mercy Housing on my behalf.  I also was given another $50 charitable gift card to honor a Mom in my life.  Because my Mom gave so much of herself to me, I will be giving the card to her in order for her to touch the lives of more women.

Now, it’s your turn!!

GIVEAWAY

One reader will be given a $50 charitable gift card to donate to Mercy Housing or a charity of your choice!

How to enter:

1. Tell me about a special Mom that you would like to honor!

Additional entries:

1. Blog about this giveaway and link to The Not-So-Blog  (10 extra entries).

2. Follow me (@BridgetteLA) on Twitter and Tweet this giveaway. Every time you tweet you get an additional entry! No more than 10 tweets a day, please. (You must have over 50 Twitter followers to qualify for additional entries.)

3. Subscribe to my blog.

4. Become a Fan of The Not-So-Blog and Nestle Family on Facebook.

5.  Place my banner on your sidebar.

Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on May 31st. Prizes not claimed in 72 hours will be forfeited. Open to continental U.S. Residents only.

This review is the opinion of  the Experimental Mommy.  Others may have a different experience with the product.  A $50 charitable gift card was received however no monetary compensation was received. All opinions remain 100% honest.

Nestle Family Virtual Halloween Party: Trick or Treat Memories {$100 Walmart Gift Card Giveaway}

Nestlé Family Halloween PartyTrick or Treat, Smell my Feet, Give me Something Good to Eat! For me, Halloween was always all about the candy! When we got home from trick or treating around the neighborhood, Jennifer and I would sort our candy into piles. There was a chocolate pile, a sweet tart pile, the gum pile and the ever disappointing and dreaded raisin pile!

Now that I am taking my own kids door to door, we are starting to make some really great memories of our own. My oldest is only five, so she is just starting to understand the whole trick or treating tradition, but she is definitely a quick study and is actively teaching her little sister the ropes (two bags equals more candy, right?).  Last year, my daughters decided to be “poodle skirt girls” and twisted their way around the neighborhood in pink skirts, white tights and pretty hairbows!  Their matching costumes were just too darn cute and while my youngest was quite confused as to why people were giving her stuff, she had a blast. This year, the oldest decided to go with Hannah Montana and my youngest wants to be the “pink Little Mermaid.”  Uh. Um.  A pink Little Mermaid?  I am still at a loss on this one….all suggestions are welcome!

Because my kids are young, we are just starting to develop our holiday traditions and we are looking forward to many more years of collecting candy on Halloween….pink mermaids and all!

Thank you all for participating in the Nestle Family Virtual Halloween party!  I hope you had a great time and learned a few things, too!

GIVEAWAY

For the final day of the Halloween Party, Nestle Family has a “spooktacular” prize for you!  One reader will win a NESTLÉ Family Halloween party package featuring coupons for free products from Stouffer’s, NESTLÉ Pure Life, Juicy Juice®, NESTLÉ Toll House, Nesquik, Wonka, Raisinets and Crunch plus a $100 Walmart gift card.

How to enter:

1. Tell me your favorite Halloween memory!

Additional entries

1. Blog about this giveaway and link to The Not-So-Blog (10 extra entries).

2. Follow me (@BridgetteLA) on Twitter and Tweet this giveaway. Every time you tweet you get an additional entry! Unlimited! (You must have over 50 Twitter followers to qualify for unlimited entries!)

3. Subscribe to my blog.

4. Become a Fan of The Not-So-Blog on Facebook.

5. Place my button on your sidebar.

Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on October 29th. Prizes not claimed in 72 hours will be forfeited. Open to U.S. Residents only.

This review is the opinion of The Experimental Mommy. Other may have a different experience with the product. I received a stipend from Nestle Family for my time in generating five posts for this blog tour.

Nestle Family Virtual Halloween Party: Carving Out Time for Dinner

Nestlé Family Halloween Party

When I was little, when we got home from school on Halloween Day, only a few things were on my mind: costume, candy, makeup, candy, friends and well, CANDY. Fortunately, my Mom usually made us sit down before the craziness began in order to get some real food in our bellies before we were set loose on the treats.

Commanding my kids’ attention before trick or treating begins has proven to be quite the challenge. But, the importance of a healthy dinner before indulging in the sweets cannot be overlooked! This year, I plan on trying these “Mummy Dogs” in an effort to make dinner just as appealing as dessert (recipe from 365Halloween.com)!  All you need is a can of pre-made biscuits, turkey hot dogs or veggie dogs, and cheese sauce (a vegan cheese sauce recipe can be found here).  Simply roll out the biscuit dough, lay a hot dog on the dough, spread on some cheese sauce and wrap up your “mummy.”  Bake according to the package directions and don’t forget to leave room to decorate the face (yellow mustard works well!).  Looking for a more adult alternative?  Try this Pumkpin Chili Mexicana made with Libby’s Pumpkin!

GIVEAWAY

Do you need help carving out time for a family dinner this Halloween?  Nestle Family has generously offered one reader free coupons for two, family-sized Stouffer’s meals, Todd Parr’s “Let’s Fix Dinner” book, and a dinner conversation kit for the family.

How to enter:

1. Tell me your favorite fast and easy meal to make for your family!

Additional entries

1. Blog about this giveaway and link to The Not-So-Blog (10 extra entries).

2. Follow me (@BridgetteLA) on Twitter and Tweet this giveaway. Every time you tweet you get an additional entry! Unlimited! (You must have over 50 Twitter followers to qualify for unlimited entries!)

3. Subscribe to my blog.

4. Become a Fan of The Not-So-Blog and Stouffer’s on Facebook.

5. Place my button on your sidebar.

Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on October 28th. Prizes not claimed in 72 hours will be forfeited. Open to U.S. Residents only.

This review is the opinion of The Experimental Mommy. Other may have a different experience with the product. I received a stipend from Nestle Family for my time in generating five posts for this blog tour.

Nestle Family Virtual Halloween Party: Easy Costumes

Nestlé Family Halloween PartyOne of the best parts of Halloween is choosing your costume! It is the one opportunity a year where you can live out your wildest dreams.  Through the years, I have been a can-can dancer, Wonder Woman,  a baby and even Strawberry Shortcake.  One year, my Mom was brave enough to make me a witch costume and it was probably my favorite!  Sewing is not exactly one of my strong suits, so when looking for a Halloween costume for my daughters, I generally look for something pre-made or something that requires little to no skill.

When my first daughter was only two years old, I decided to make her a bride costume.  I bought her some white tights, a white long tutu, and a white long sleeved shirt (which I bedazzled the word “bride” on the front in case anyone was confused!).  For her veil, I bought a white scrunchy and stitched a white shear scarf on to the back.  It was a very comfortable and warm costume for my little one, and I think it came out pretty darn good!

easy halloween costumes

My little bride and her future hubby!

If you a looking for easy Halloween costume ideas, check out this no-sew Princess Costume and this no-sew Dracula costume for your little ones!

GIVEAWAY

Is your house ready for Trick-or-Treating?  Win 10 bags of Trick-or-Treat candy from a variety of NESTLÉ brands to make your house the most popular one on the block!

How to enter:

1. Tell me your favorite Wonka candy!

Additional entries

1. Blog about this giveaway and link to The Not-So-Blog (10 extra entries).

2. Follow me (@BridgetteLA) on Twitter and Tweet this giveaway. Every time you tweet you get an additional entry! Unlimited! (You must have over 50 Twitter followers to qualify for unlimited entries!)

3. Subscribe to my blog.

4. Become a Fan of The Not-So-Blog and Wonka on Facebook.

5. Place my button on your sidebar.

Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on October 27th. Prizes not claimed in 72 hours will be forfeited. Open to U.S. Residents only.

This review is the opinion of The Experimental Mommy. Other may have a different experience with the product. I received a stipend from Nestle Family for my time in generating five posts for this blog tour.