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What’s Cooking Detroit + Ticket Giveaway

image credit: Food Network, What’s Cooking Detroit

What’s Cooking Detroit is next weekend, Sept 24 & 25 at the Palace. It is a showcase of food and wine with some of your favorite Food Network Chef’s as well as other personal chefs, specialty food vendors and more.

There will be many food cooking demonstrations and tastings. The “main” demonstrations will be by Claire Robinson from 5 Ingredient Fix, Aida Mollenkamp from Ask Aida, and Anne Thornton from Dessert First with Anne Thornton. You can also check out the list of other chefs and personalities.

You can buy tickets here. They are $20 for one day admission, and $33 for two day admission. The event is on Saturday 24th from 1 p.m. – 7  p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Courtesy of the good folks over at the Palace, I have two sets of tickets to giveaway. If you win and your hubby/wife/lover has been bad, just leave them at home and take a friend instead 😉

Ticket Giveaway will end Wednesday night at midnight EST. To enter, just comment below on what your favorite Food Network show is. Super duper easy, right? You know me, I love to give additional entries, but you still have to comment below for entries. (Giveaway is now over) For this one, you can do:

1)Tweet this: @mirauncut is giving away tickets for What’s Cooking Detroit at @ThePalace featuring @FoodNetwork chefs http://bit.ly/miraticketgiveaway

2) “Like” me on Facebook to keep up to date with my future recipes, reviews & giveaway

Add an additional comment separately saying which of the above two you did. For eg. if you tweet, add a comment saying “I tweeted it…” Please make sure to include a valid e-mail so I can contact you. Winners will be chosen and notified on Thursday. Tickets will be at will call at the event.

9/22 – Congrats to the winners Wendi Churchman & David Moss!

Graeter’s Ice Cream Review & Giveaway

long graeters
A few weeks ago, I got an email with the header of “Oprah’s Favorite Ice Cream”. Needless to say I was very intrigued. The email was about Graeter’s ice cream. They have recently started selling them in Kroger and Meijer in Michigan and they were kind enough to send me a package with 6 pints of different flavors.

Before we discuss the ice cream itself, I was happy to learn the following about them: its a fourth generation family-owned company their signature is using the French Pot process of making only 2-gallons at a time with all-natural ingredients like heavy cream and pure cane sugar. Yeah, you heard what I said. 2 gallons at a time! Read more about it here.  That is insane, but shows what dedication is. Now…on to the ice cream.
Graeter's Ice Cream
It was so nice to come home and find ice cream waiting for me! I was a bit dubious about receiving it in the mail, but I was amazed at how well packed and insulated it was. There was a nice little note in there, and a pack of dry ice to keep the ice cream cold.
Graeter's Ice Cream
You can see how cold the ice cream was below. What a great way to ship it.
Graeter's Ice Cream
It was a rainbow of pints that greeted me, and I couldn’t wait to try each of them.
Graeter's Ice Cream
The flavors of ice cream: Mocha Chocolate Chip, Butter Cream, Mint Chocolate Chip, Strawberry, Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip, and Vanilla.
Graeter's Ice Cream
I always judge how good a brand is from their vanilla. You can cover up a bad base with flavor, but not with vanilla. The Graeter’s vanilla was so delicious, and creamy. You can also see the vanilla bean, which I always love.
Graeter's Ice Cream
The other interesting flavor was the Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip. I was looking forward to wrapping my lips around this one. I don’t think I have ever tasted anything like it, and believe me I have had alot of ice cream. lol. It was creamy, and tasted like raspberries. I loved the color too, since purple is my favorite.

The strawberries and cream was delightful. Creamy and light, not overwhelmingly sweet.
Graeter's Ice Cream
Under the purple scoop above is the mint chocolate chip. I’m so used to eating green ice cream, I wasn’t expecting a white mint ice cream. But I appreciate them not adding artificial colors, and enjoyed it even more.

My hubby and I agreed though, that the Mocha was one of the best we have ever had. Chocolate and coffee are always good partners, and the chocolate chips just push it over for the win! Lets just say that pint disappeared fast!
graeters cone

The ice cream is creamy and delicious, and definitely a must try. I loved trying the different flavors and picking my favorites. This is a high quality ice cream. You should try it for yourself, and let me know. And now the part you have been waiting for :)

The fine folks at Graeter’s also want to giveaway a similar ice cream package of 6 pints to one of you!

To enter, just comment below with what your favorite flavor is. Or, if you don’t want to tell me, you can just tell me why you love me so much :), humble I know! lol. Giveaway ends on June/3/2011 11:59pm EST. Only open to US residents. Also, please be patient if your comment doesn’t appear right away. I may have to approve it.

For additional entries:

1) Follow me on twitter @mirauncut

2) Retweet this on twitter: @MiraUncut is giving away 6 pints of @graeters ice cream  http://bit.ly/k0k1b9 #giveaway

3) “Like” me on Facebook http://on.fb.me/hHGsnn

4) Share the giveaway from my facebook page on your stream

5) Subscribe to my RSS feed

If you do the extra stuff for additional entries, be sure to enter a new comment for each saying for example : “I tweeted this and here is the tweet url ….” Also, if you already follow me on Twitter and Facebook, just add an extra comment for each and say “I already follow you” or whatever. Basically, you need to make a different comment for each additional entry so you can get credit when a random comment number is picked. You can only do one extra entry per each type. This post is mentioned on CashNet Sweepstakes and contestgirl.com

You can find Graeter’s on facebook and twitter as well.

p.s. The ice cream in this post and for the giveaway have been provided by Graeter’s.

Cupcake Cookbook Giveaway – Hello, Cupcake! Book

Hi Girlies and Guysies :) Its been a few since I gave something away. I love this book. Its full of cute cupcake ideas, so original and creative. Hello, Cupcake! is a great cupcake cookbook. Karen Tack & Alan Richardson really went above and beyond in this one. From corn on the cob, to meatball and spaghetti cupcakes, to penguin, cat and clown cupcake designs. They cover it all. So, one of you gets one :) Check out their blog too.

To enter, just comment below with what your favorite dessert is. Or, if you don’t want to tell me, you can talk about how many fingers you have instead :) Giveaway ends on May/13/2011 11:59pm EST. It will be Friday the 13th! lol. Only open to US and Canada residents. Also, please be patient if your comment doesn’t appear right away. I may have to approve it.

For additional entries:

1) Follow me on twitter @mirauncut

2) Retweet this on twitter: @MiraUncut is giving away a Hello, Cupcake! book http://www.mirauncut.com #giveaway

3) “Like” me on Facebook http://on.fb.me/hHGsnn

4) Share the giveaway from my facebook page on your stream

5) Subscribe to my RSS feed

If you do the extra stuff for additional entries, be sure to enter a new comment for each saying for example : “I tweeted this and here is the tweet url ….” Also, if you already follow me on Twitter and Facebook, just add an extra comment for each and say “I already follow you” or whatever. Basically, you need to make a different comment for each additional entry so you can get credit when a random comment number is picked. You can only do one extra entry per each type.

p.s. The people behind Hello, Cupcake! have no clue who I am and have nothing to do with this giveaway. If you win you also agree to email me a picture of you with the book to be used on the blog.

January Giveaway – Nikon Coolpix L20 Camera

Happy New Year to all my AH-MAZING readers :) I appreciate all of you tremendously, for the support and laughter in 2010. This year will be crazier than the last!

Lets kick it off with something red and shiny. Red and shiny things are always a great way to start things don’t you think?

To enter, just comment below with what your goal is for this year. Or, if you don’t want to tell me, you can talk about your aunt Gertrude instead :) Giveaway ends on Jan/31/2011 11:59pm EST. Only open to US and Canada residents. Also, please be patient if your comment doesn’t appear right away. I may have to approve it.

For additional entries:

1) Follow me on twitter @mirauncut

2) Retweet this on twitter: @MiraUncut is giving away a Nikon L20 Camera on http://www.mirauncut.com #giveaway

3) “Like” me on Facebook

4) Share the giveaway from my facebook page on your stream

5) Subscribe to my RSS feed

If you do the extra stuff for additional entries, be sure to enter a new comment for each saying for example : “I tweeted this and here is the tweet url ….” Also, if you already follow me on Twitter and Facebook, just add an extra comment for each and say “I already follow you” or whatever. Basically, you need to make a different comment for each additional entry so you can get credit when a random comment number is picked. You can only do one extra entry per each type.

p.s. Nikon has no clue who I am and has nothing to do with this giveaway. If you win you also agree to email me a picture of you with the camera to be used on the blog.

Thanksgiving Giveaway – TomTom GPS

I’m thankful for many things. My husband, my family, our good health. I’m also very thankful for my dear readers that keep me laughing and going :)

Considering the holiday season has begun, sharing is caring, so, this is the first of many giveaways! It’s a TomTom One 130 GPS.

To enter just leave a comment with your favorite dish this time of year. Contest ends Dec 6th, at midnight.

For additional entries:

1) Follow me on twitter @mirauncut

2) Retweet this on twitter: @MiraUncut is giving away a TomTom GPS on www.mirauncut.com

3) “Like” me on Facebook

4) Share the giveaway from my facebook page on your stream

5) Subscribe to my RSS feed

If you do the extra stuff for additional entries, be sure to enter a new comment for each saying for example : “I tweeted this and here is the tweet url ….” Also, if you already follow me on Twitter and Facebook, just add an extra comment for each and say “I already follow you” or whatever. Basically, you need to make a different comment for each additional entry so you can get credit when a random comment number is picked. You can only do one extra entry per each type.

Contest is open only to US and Canada since the GPS only works in these countries. If your comment doesn’t appear right away, don’t freak out…its just waiting in a cue.

happy commenting! :)

p.s. TomTom has no clue who I am and has nothing to do with this giveaway. Giveaway also mentioned on CashNet Sweepstakes and Online-Sweepstakes.com

Alice in Wonderland + giveaway

I have really been looking forward to the movie, and in honor of that I decided to throw a little tea party of my own. I made fondant faces for some cupcakes.So, here we go!

For the Red Queen, start with molding a face.

Alice in Wonderland

Make a heart shape, and attach the face.

Alice in Wonderland

I added little swirls for texture and curles.

Alice in Wonderland

Mad Hatter was next!

Alice in Wonderland

I know it look like bozo the clown lol! be patient…

Alice in Wonderland

I colored some fondant green and brown to get this hue. I made a hat shape and wrapped the color fondant around it.

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Next, I rolled out a thin brown piece and draped it to finish off the hat.

Alice in Wonderland

With scissors I snipped the hair on the hatter for his wacky style.

Alice in Wonderland

then added brows and tah dah!

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Next, came Alice. Some simple blod hair, and I added strands for interest.

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

The cat and its famous grin.

Alice in Wonderland

Also snipped the edges with scissors to seem like fur.

Alice in Wonderland

Rabbit was pretty straightforward. Looks a bit like playboy rabbit. The details will make it pop.

Alice in Wonderland

The White Queen, oh, sooo….white.

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

I used Gourmet Writer Food Decorator Pens for all the details on the face. They are amazing and i use them for lots of things.  This is what I ended up with:

Alice in Wonderland

Made some wee pertinent nicknaks also decorated with Food Decorator Pens

Alice in Wonderland

Then I was on to bake a cake. But not just any cake. I wanted to Bake the Wilton Giant Cupcake! For the cake, I used this recipe from Wilton.

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Filled the pan and off into the oven it went, at 350 F for 70 min. Yes, 70 min.lol

Alice in Wonderland

Once done, this is what they looked like

Alice in Wonderland

I attached the two parts with buttercream

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Made some mini confetti cupcakes to go along with it in some Bake it Pretty pink wrappers.

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Added the final details:

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

“You’re invited to a tea party…” attached to a key

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

This was my hubby’s fav :) lol. sorry, couldn’t help it

Alice in Wonderland

Actually this was his fav, and mine too. The Mad Hatter was mad as hell and divine!

Alice in Wonderland

I used some candle holders I had to hold the cupcakes. I loved em, do you?

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Also, I got the idea from Bake it Pretty to add sugar flowers to the tea. loved it.

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

This was delish, and fun. I can’t wait to see the movie.

I love Bake it Pretty, and above I used the confetti hearts, pink wrappers and Wilton’s Fondant that I had purchased from them a while ago. So, continuing my giveaways….enter to win a

$25 Bake it Pretty giftcard!

Each one of the following you do, you get more chances to win! So here is what you can do to enter:

  1. Answer the following in the comments: If you saw the movie, did you like this new version, or did Burton go off the deep end?
  2. Tweet this contest “@Mirauncut is giving away @Bakeitpretty giftcard, enter at www.mirauncut.com”
  3. Become a facebook fan
  4. Follow me on twitter so u can keep up to date on my giveaways
  5. Follow me with google friend connect

Please include in your comment which of the above you did. Contest ends Friday, March 12, 5 p.m.ET.

 This contest has ended. the winner is SARA G! yay! congrats. It was number 51 via random.org

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