Good news, bad news.
First- bad news: This weekend was kind of boring on the eats front.
Good news: GIVEAWAY!!!! But you have to get through my rambling first.
On Friday we made our THIRD trip to Medical City Hospital in FOUR DAYS. They should really give me my own parking space. We had a little false labor “scare” and went in to get checked out. Don’t worry- they couldn’t get me in until 3, so I did have time to pack my makeup and get a pedicure first. Priorities, people.
Anyway, my doctor was off so a different OB checked things out. Everything’s fine. No dilation, and despite all of my contortions, Jack’s sticking with the butt-down position. So as of right now I’m still “too posh to push.” Heh.
Rather than make this a marathon post, let’s go ahead and fast forward to the only real cooking that went on this weekend. For some reason split pea soup sounded delicious, and I found this EASY slow cooker recipe on Allrecipes.com. Seriously, it couldn’t be any simpler. You just layer dried peas, chopped ham (diced ham steak works well) and veggies in the slow cooker and pour boiling water (I used chicken broth and skipped the salt) over the top. Cook on high for 4 hours, then stir in a cup of hot milk.
YUM. Will definitely be making this again. Alongside we had Zesty Cook’s beer bread, made with Pyramid Apricot Ale. My parents came over for dinner and brought along the salad.
Finally, dessert. I’d forgotten how much I LOVE the Nigella Express cookbook until I pulled it out today and started browsing (you’ll probably see more of it this week). I came across the recipe for Rocky Road Crunch Bars and happened to have most of the ingredients on hand.
Instead of the plain, crunchy cookies (??), I used crushed graham crackers. I was a little concerned at first that the cracker-chocolate mixture was too dry, but it turned out great. It’s a lot lighter than you’d imagine… which might explain why I’ve had three bars already.
Look at all of the little graham crackers and marshmallows!
Anyway… let’s discuss the giveaway, shall we??
The nice folks at Bot Beverages contacted me a couple of weeks ago to see if I wanted to sample their Bot Enhanced Water. Very fortuitous, considering that I’m “supposed” to be cutting down on the caffeine consumption (ugh), and I get really, really bored with plain water. I’d seen this stuff at Whole Foods before and loved the little characters on the bottle, but assumed that it was intended for kids. Wrong. According to the press release, the target audience is between 18-34 years old- or the “… forward thinking, optimistic adult.” That’s me! Anyway, a few facts about the product:
- 50 calories/bottle
- No preservatives, colors or artificial sweeteners
- Lightly sweetened with cane sugar
- B vitamins, electrolytes and antioxidants
I was sent each of the four flavors to sample: berry, lemon, grape and orange. Aren’t the little Bot characters cute?
The first one I sampled was the grape. It smelled strongly like grape bubble gum and I expected a really sweet drink, but it was actually VERY lightly sweetened. Brian and I split the berry flavor, which ended up being my favorite. It was a bit sweeter than the grape but had a much subtler flavor. The orange and lemon were both very refreshing- similar to squeezing a citrus wedge into your water. If you’re sick of drinking plain water but want to avoid artificial sweeteners, I would definitely recommend giving these a shot.
And you’re in luck, because Bot Beverages has offered to send one Heather Bakes reader an 8-pack of their Bot Enhanced Waters. Interested? You have THREE ways to enter… triple your chances by doing all three:
1. Leave a comment on this post.
2. If you have a blog, post about this giveaway- then leave ANOTHER comment telling me that you did this.
3. Post the following on Twitter:
RT @Heather_Bakes Bot Water Giveaway! Click here to enter: http://bit.ly/8ALwwF
And then leave me yet another comment telling me that you did this.
You guys probably know the drill by now, but don’t forget to leave me a separate comment for each method of entry- that’s how you increase your chances of winning
You have until Wednesday, November 25th at NOON to enter. Open to US residents only. I’ll announce the big winna on Wednesday night’s post… just in time for Thanksgiving! Good luck, kids!