Thursday, August 18, 2011

Publix Gift Card Giveaway.......My Favorite Grocery Store!

This Giveaway is now closed.

Congratulations to Sara!....Comment #5.

Thanks to everyone that entered!

I am so happy to be able to share this Publix Gift Card Giveaway with you today.  Publix is my grocery store.  It's where I shop every week.  I love my local Publix and I was ecstatic when they finally came to Pensacola, FL a few years ago.  

From 8/18/11 - 8/23/11, Publix has a promotion called Great Deals on Great Meals.  This event is exclusively at Publix where you can save on some of your favorite food products from General Mills, Unilever and Campbell's.  You can also  pick up some recipe ideas that your family can enjoy.

Go to for recipe ideas and to download up to $12.00 in coupons.  The coupons are good thru 9/4/2011.  Coupons are also available at your Publix store.  Some of the General Mills products I bought were:  Honey Nut Cheerios, Nature Valley Granola Bars, Swanson Broth/Stock and Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers.  

General Mills through MyBlogSpark was generous to provide me with a $25.00 Publix Gift Card so I could purchase some of my favorite products during the Great Deals on Great Meals event.  

They also offered me another $25.00 Publix Gift Card to giveaway to one of my readers.  Who couldn't use some free money to spend at the grocery store?  

To enter:  Please leave me a comment telling me what product you would buy from the Great Deals on Great Meals campaign.  Go to this link, to see what General Mills products are featured.  

Giveaway ends on Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011, at 11pm Central Time.

I will pick a winner using and will announce the winner next week.
Giveaway open to U.S. residents only.

If you do not have a blog, you can still enter.  Just leave an email address in your comment.

Disclosure: The Publix gift card, information and giveaway have been provided by General Mills through MyBlogSpark.  But, all of my opinions are my own.  I do shop at Publix every week and it is my favorite grocery store.


Mom's Cooking Club Lesson:  Publix is located in 5 states - Florida, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee.  If you have a Publix in your town, please enter this gift card giveaway.  If you don't have a Publix in your state but you have a friend or relative that does, you can still enter and win it for them.  A $25.00 gift card would make a great gift.  Good luck!  


Sunday, August 14, 2011

Grilled Tomato and Mozzarella Naan Pizza

Naan Bread. Pesto. Tomatoes. Fresh Mozzarella Cheese. A Grill.

One fantastic meal!

I got the inspiration for this dish from my sister-in-law, Aggie, who made these Grilled Veggie Naan Pizzas with Pesto Sauce.

I made mine with fresh mozzarella, tomato slices and pesto.  We loved the slightly charred and crunchy crust that you get when grilling the Naan Bread.  An easy weeknight meal or cut into pieces for an appetizer.  

Give these "different" pizzas a try.....I know you will enjoy them!

Grilled Tomato and Mozzarella Naan Pizza
Recipe adapted from Aggie's Kitchen   


4 Naan Flatbreads (found in deli section or speciality breads)
8 tablespoons pesto, homemade or store bought (I used Classico brand)
2 large tomatoes, sliced
Fresh Mozzarella, sliced (from deli or speciality cheese section)
olive oil


Preheat grill to medium heat.  Brush one side of Naan Bread with olive oil.  Place side with olive oil down on grill rack.  Grill for a few minutes until bread starts to get light grill marks and is slightly crisp.  Take off grill, place on baking sheet(s) and set aside.

Spread 2 tablespoons pesto on each of the non-grilled sides of the bread.  Top with mozzarella cheese and tomato slices.  Close grill and cook for about 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. 

Remove from grill and cut into slices.  


Mom's Cooking Club Lesson: Personalize these individual pizzas with your favorite toppings.  Mushrooms, Bell Peppers and Pepperoni are some other 
   toppings I want to try.  If you're not a fan of pesto, use some tomato or pizza sauce.  

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Spinach-Pasta Salad

Here's a quick and light side dish to make for your next picnic or outdoor gathering.  Healthy baby spinach, mini bow-tie pasta, red onion and a tasty vinaigrette are all the ingredients you need.

My monthly "meet-up" with the Cooking Light Virtual Supper Club is a menu for a Summerfest Beach Party or a summer picnic.  These Cooking Light recipes would be perfect to celebrate the season of summer.  

Click here for the Spinach-Pasta Salad recipe on 

Spinach-Pasta Salad
Recipe by Cooking Light 


  • 1/2 cup mini farfalle (bow-tie pasta)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion


  • 1. Cook mini farfalle according to package directions. Drain. Rinse with cold water; drain.
  • 2. Combine olive oil and next 5 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Add garlic vinaigrette, spinach, and onion to pasta.

What else is on on the Summer Beach Party menu?  See the other recipes below and check out the details from the rest of the group.

Jerry (Jerry's Thoughts, Musings and Rants) brought the appetizer - Grilled Pepper Poppers
Roz (La Bella Vita) came with a salad - Panzannella with Tomato, Bacon and Basil Salad
Val (More than Burnt Toast) provided the main dish - Oven Fried Chicken
Sandi (Whistlestop Cafe Cooking) did a side dish - Orange Flavored Couscous
Mary Ann (Meet Me in the Kitchen) brought the dessert - Lemonade Layer Cake

Hope everyone is having a wonderful summer!


Mom's Cooking Club Lesson:  Dress the salad just before serving to keep the spinach fresh and from getting wilted.  And if you are not a fan of red onion, leave it out.  It will still be a flavorful side dish.  

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