Was there something you just had to get for that hard to shop for person on your list? Is there something that you just really need to make your holidays and food prep go easier this year?
Well, you’re in luck then because this party is still happening. It is the place to be too people. Get your orders in while you still can because this isn’t going to last forever.
Let Me Introduce You To Pampered Chef
I mean most of you have probably heard about their products. I’ve been in the know about them for over twenty years. As a matter of fact when I was in 5th grade I remember we made our own pizzas. Some of the students moms came in to help us make pizza and in my group the mom who came in had brought her Pampered Chef pizza stone. That was my very first introduction to Pampered Chef. And I’ll never forget of all of the pizzas in that class ours came out the best. With a perfect crust just like you would get from a real pizza place. The cheese melted so nicely. It was great.
I think that’s what Pampered Chef is most known for is their stoneware and I own quite a bit of their stoneware. I have only started accumulating Pampered Chef items over the past few years thanks to my cousin being a Pampered Chef representative. I threw a party to help her out to start and it kind of got me hooked on the stuff. It makes cooking fresh healthy foods easy and possible. No more frozen entrees. You can do the same thing in as little time with little work from Pampered Chef tools. And it’s going to be cheaper and taste better.
For example, a relatively new product is this individual brownie pan. The idea behind it is it makes it so you have uniform brownie pieces every time. But you can do so much more in the brownie pan. My cousin has been talking about it for the past year or so that it has been out so that was the product I requested that she really show case this year at my party. So we made individual omelets. Everyone put their own stuff into their omelet and we put it into the wells of the brownie pan and into the oven they went. 15 minutes on 350 in the oven and you end up with 12 perfect omelets. Seriously, there was no cheese falling out all over the place. It was puffy and baked perfectly and honestly I don’t know why I haven’t been making my omelets in the oven my whole life. Well, I do know, it’s because I didn’t have this pan. You can do anything in here too. From breakfast all the way to dessert.
My Gourmet Cupboard representative had purchased this brownie pan during my show last year I think. She recently made mini meatloafs in her pan. If you have a picky eater in the house that doesn’t like certain seasoning you can make him that just right meatloaf that he’s going to love. Everyone is happy. And there’s no cutting the meatloaf. You can easily store them for leftovers. I’m seriously sold on this pan. I can make anything to everyone’s tastes in this without dirtying a bunch of pans, that’s great for any mom.
Pampered Chef loves their hostesses and guests too. There’s something for everyone whether you host a party or go to one. As a hostess this month I get a free cutting board that has a $34 value, but I also get discounts on certain items and for the next year every time I order I also get 10% off my purchases. This months guest special is if you spend $75 or more then you get to choose for free either the large serving spatula, the slice ‘N serve, or the mini serving spatula. They have up to a $10 value and you get it for free, but only if you order from a show in the month of November. So that’s what I’m here for. If you want to get one of these items for free just order from my show.
So are you ready to place your order with Pampered Chef? Have I convinced you that it’s worth it yet? If so then please go to this Pampered Chef website (it must be the one I have linked here) and put in Monica Barnes as your host. If you are local to me you can skip on paying shipping and we can arrange to meet up somewhere when it comes to my house. If not though the shipping costs really aren’t that bad. Get your Christmas shopping done. Need something for your Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas dinner? Then buy it now. The show closes on Saturday November 10, 2012 so you should have it in time for Thanksgiving.
The Gourmet Cupboard
Now this is a company that you might not have heard of. They are relatively new. They sell food mixes. You can cook a complete meal with them, make dessert, and they even have various different flavors of drinks like coffee and tea.
So are you the type of person who loves baked goods, but are just a terrible baker? Well, this might be just the thing for you. Gourmet Cupboard mixes are in a bag. There are recipes right on the label of what you can do to make into a cake or bread or what have you. You simply add a few ingredients to the already measured mixes and bake.
But it’s not just baked goods. You can make soup and chili with this. You can do all sorts of cuisine from Asian to Italian with their mixes. Savory dips to sweet. There are even diabetic friendly options. All of the items have the nutritional information written right on them with instructions of how to make them. You can even get cook books through them that give other ideas of how to use their mixes.
For example on Saturday we made a Mimosa Muffin which used the beer bread mix. While we steered clear of the alcohol in it we could have made them true Mimosas, but we opted not to. My son ate two of those the other day. While the alcohol would have baked off had we used alcohol I was kind of glad we stuck with ginger ale. It was really easy to make though. The beer bread mix from Gourmet Cupboard with one orange, 6 ounces of orange juice, and 6 ounces of ginger ale (or beer or champagne would have worked too). Mix it all together and into the muffin pans on 375 for 25 minutes. Ours got stuck to the muffin papers so you might want to skip the muffin papers.
Everything was delicious and so easy to make too. We even made chips and dip. Homemade chips using Pampered Chefs chip maker which we just put in the microwave. We figured out by the way that making your own chips is about 60 calories a serving. Go ahead and get a bag of chips and see how many calories, I’ll wait. Making them yourself you just have the calories from the potatoes. Of course if you add the Gourmet Cupboard spinach dip that we used on Saturday which was delicious I might add (this coming from a girl who never cared for spinach) it will add more calories. But if you use a low fat sour cream which is always an option with everything from The Gourmet Cupboard, then you are doing a little better with the dip. The chips came out of the microwave very crisp and the dip was a nice savory combination to the homemade chips.
The Gourmet Cupboard offers monthly specials too. Here is November/December’s special:
Purchase the following:
Caramel Pecan Pie
Peanut Butter Pie
5 Star Coconut Pie
Heavenly Chocolate Pie
And receive a FREE Grandma’s Pumpkin Pie
Retail Cost: $18.25
November/December Host/Hostess Special:
Heavenly Chocolate Pie
Key Lime Pie
Strawberry Lemonade Dip/Pie
German Chocolate Pie
Aunt Sherry’s Pie Crust
Retail: Regular Price: $22.00 Sale- $17.00
I’m looking at the 5 Star Coconut Pie. While I normally bake pie this is one my husband likes and while he enjoys my baking he prefers a store bought pie. This seems like a good compromise to me, don’t you think?
So pairing Pampered Chef with The Gourmet Cupboard gives you the ease of processed foods, but without all of the added sodium and the calories and other unhealthy things from processed foods. You can enjoy a family dinner and make something in 15 minutes that everyone will enjoy. All while using fresh and good for you ingredients. If you would like to check out The Gourmet Cupboard and all they have to offer then check out my link here. This show will end November 23rd. So you won’t have stuff in time for Thanksgiving, but you can get what you need for your Holiday baking in time.
I do hope you find something you like. Whether it’s for yourself or as a gift for someone else. Putting these products together really will make a great gift basket. They compliment each other well.
What is your favorite Pampered Chef and Gourmet Cupboard item?