Homemade Gourmet with GIVEAWAY

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As many of you know, I am a mom to five boys.

Life is busy.

Children are hungry.

There are only 24 hours in a day and t.h.r.e.e meals to serve!

I am so happy to share one of my dinner secrets with you. You’ve seen it a lot in my weekly meal plans that I post here at Crystal & Co. It is a constant in my life. After the twins were born four years ago, this is the ONLY way I got dinner on the table to feed the other hungry people in our home.

That secret, which really is not a secret because I tell everyone about it, is Homemade Gourmet.

So, what is this stuff- this Homemade Gourmet I keep talking about?

I thought you would never ask!

It is pre-package seasonings that allow you to whip something up real quick. Something that tastes like you’ve been cooking all day long. The packet includes all the ‘dry’ stuff you need, so you just add the wet stuff.

Wanna make taco soup? Use the Taco Soup Mix and just add the cans of corn, beans, tomatoes and browned meat. In less than 30 minutes you have a steaming pot of the most delicious taco soup you’ve ever put in your mouth!

Or, use that same mix and add sour cream, mayo, picante sauce and cream cheese and you have our after school snack special… Taco Dip.

Want to make something in the crockpot with the taco soup seasoning? Take that same seasoning packet and mix it with 2 cans of rotel and pour it over chicken breasts in the crocopot. Cook for 4-6 hours on high. Plate it up and top with shredded cheese and you’ve made a scrumptios Cheesy Mexican Chicken. Oh, and save any leftover chicken and make chicken tacos or chicken quesadillas the next night! Super fast and super easy!

Versatile, delicious and very handy! Is your mouth watering yet?

Their most popular seasoning packets are also available in ‘pantry staples’, larger sizes for all of your cooking needs. (clearing my throat) I buy the Taco Soup mix in the pantry staple… to support our after school snack addiction!

Do you like casseroles and one skillet meals? Of course you do! They have an answer for that!

Homemade Gourmet offers packets that will dish up meals to feed an army, like Cornbread Casserole. This is to die for!!! You can feed the neighborhood.

Like to batch cook? They make it super easy to prepare spaghetti sauces that will provide dinner night after night by making Lasagna, Homestyle Spaghetti, Chicken Cacciatore.

Love dessert after dinner but you’re just too tired to whip up a batch of cookies after a 15 hour day of chasing children or working in the office? Make these Strawberry Lemon Bars in no time flat. Your children will devour them.

I know what you’re thinking… Crystal, you must sell this stuff?

Nope, I don’t. I simply use it, love it and many nights would resort to drive thru food if I did not have this stuff on hand.

What really makes my life easier, is the monthly Meal Class my rep offers. Her name is Allison. Hi, Allison! We love her!

Allison offers meal classes once a month. She sends me a menu 2 weeks before the designated meal class date. I choose 7 meals for $110. I go to her house on the designated date and she has everything there (Homemade Gourmet seasonings, the meats and all other ingredients needed) to make these 7 meals. She provides ziploc bags to store each meal in (or in the instance of a casserole, she provides a metal throw away pan). Pack the meals up in your ice chest… and you’re set. Cooking instructions, generally with options for crockpot, stovetop or oven, and sometimes even a grill cooking, are included.

Oh, you can’t make it to the class because you’re busy. I get it! I totally get it. She will prepare it all for you for an extra $20. You just show up in the afternoon and pick up your order!

Want Allison to send you an email when her next menu is ready? Email her at akamador1@sbcglobal.net.

I use it. I love it. Many nights, it is the reason I am able to get dinner on the table.

Have I convinced you yet that this stuff is amazing? Want to try some?

Guess what?

I have a giveaway! (said in a singy song voice)

One person will win all three of the following:

Cornbread Casserole (for dinner)

Old Fashioned Apple Crisp (for dessert)

Taco Soup Mix (cause I know you want some Taco Dip!!)

You’re starting to love my site, aren’t you?

Want a chance (or five) to win?

======>>>>>> Each of the follow count as one entry. Make sure you leave an email address or your blog site address on each entry so I can get in touch with you if you win. Here is how you enter:

1) Sing out loud ‘She has a giveaway!‘ Just kidding. Leave me a comment below that says which of these three mixes you are most excited to try if you win the trio!

2) Follow me using Google Friend (in my right side bar). Leave me a comment on this post stating you have signed up or if you’re already following.

3) Become a Facebook Fan of Crystal & Co. Leave a comment on this post stating you’ve done this.

4) Send a Friend Suggestion to all of your Facebook friends asking them to become a fan of the Crystal & Co Fan Page. (It is really simple. Go to my Fan Page and under my Crystal & Co logo there is an option to ‘Suggest to Friends’. Click that and it will prompt you to send an invite to your friends.) Leave a comment on this post stating you’ve done this.

5) Follow me on Twitter. Leave a comment on this post telling me you have started following or are already a follower.

6) Twitter this message once a day (incuding the link):

Crystal & Co has a Homemade Gourmet Giveaway https://crystalandcomp.com/2010/04/homemade-gourmet/. Leave a comment on here each day stating you have done this.

7) Facebook this message once a day (including the link): Check out Crystal & Co’s blog! She has a Homemade Gourmet Giveaway. Check it out here: www.crystalandcomp.com/2010/04/homemade-gourmet/ ! In the link area add this link: Leave a comment on this blog post each day when you do this.

8) Sign up for my RSS or email subscription feed (look in my right side bar to sign up). Leave a comment stating you’ve done this.

Email me with any questions you have crystalandcomp@yahoo.com.

This giveaway will end Thursday, April 15, 2010, at 11:59 pm.

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  1. I signed up for your email subscription feed – love it!! it's how I got the sex talk post on my blackberry and caused much giggling in the car this morning in the parking lot!


  2. Hey, were's my first post??? I 'm singing!!! After you talking and talking about taco mix…I must try it!!!


  3. I facebooked your giveaway message

    (hmmm…did i have to leave separate comments for each item???)


    btw – super cute pic of (baby) Matthew!

  4. CallMePretty411@yahoo.com says:

    I want ro try the taco soup mix

  5. CallMePretty411@yahoo.com says:

    I Follow using Google Friend

  6. CallMePretty411@yahoo.com says:

    I am a Facebook Fan of Crystal & Co.

  7. CallMePretty411@yahoo.com says:

    I sent Friend Suggestions to my Facebook friends.

  8. CallMePretty411@yahoo.com says:

    I Follow on Twitter.

  9. The Fifth Street Mama says:

    Taco soup!!!

  10. I already know I LOVE the Taco Soup mix! I am betting I would love the apple crisp too. So I am really interested in the Cornbread Casserole.

  11. I would be so excited to try the oldfashioned apple crisp mix–I have fond memories of my mom's apple crisp growing up, but sad to say I'm not a talented baker like her. A mix will work just fine for me 🙂
    june_spirit2628 at hotmail dot com

  12. Anonymous says:

    Hard to choose! The taco soup mix sounds great, but all together I'm sure they'd make a lovely meal!
    bethnaf at hotmail dot com

  13. Jen @ Happy LIttle Homemaker says:

    The cornbread casserole looks good! have a great weekend!

  14. I'm interested in trying the Cornbread Casserole. Have used Homemade Gourmet for years but that's a new one. Off to facebook and tweet. I'm already a fan!

  15. I'd most like to win the apple crisp!! yum!! this product sounds awesome!! janel_marie at yahoo dot com

    stopping by from ubp 2010 – come see me too if you get a chance! http://amomstake.blogspot.com

  16. twitter – amomstake
    janel_marie at yahoo dot com

  17. family of 4 on the move! says:

    Hi stopping by from the ubp! I am going to have to make those strawberry lemon bars they sound nummy!! I love to bake and ocassionaly enjoy cooking as well..sometimes! Look forward to lots of recipes and fun times with you! Have a fab weekend and stop by my blog anytime…www.inthemilitaryandonthemove.blogspot.com

  18. ohh yumm "old fashion Applecrisp!

    Lets Go Do the Hop – the Party Hop thats is 🙂 AWESOME party and Blog!



  19. Anonymous says:

    The Taco Soup looks fantastic…would love to try that one

  20. taco soup mix looks good
    vickers at comcast dot net

  21. following you on twitter-vickers2622

  22. Kingston girl says:

    following you on facebook

  23. Kingston girl says:

    Sent friend suggestion.

  24. Kingston girl says:

    Following you on Twitter. Hope you will find me and follow on all the things with me. 🙂

  25. Stooping in from the UBP! I would love to try the Cornbread Casserole. thanks!


  26. I'm now following you in Google friend connect!


  27. I think that the Taco Mix sounds awesome!! I enjoy making meatless with either Ground Boca,Mushfooms,Rice or even Tofu:)
    Singing..Happy Spring!

    cyclona66(at)aol dot com

  28. I am an email subscriber
    cyclona66(at) aol dot com

  29. Shelby at DoubleUpBooks.com - The Twins and Multiples Bookstore says:

    Hi Crystal,

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love your blog header – that is fantastic. Wow, that's awesome that you have 5 boys. I'm following now on GFC so I'll be able to keep up with all the comings and goings. Best to you.


  30. Definitely thinking about the taco

  31. I signed to be a fan on your facebook page!

  32. I am now following you on google friend connect!

  33. I signed up for your RSS feed!

  34. I sent an invite to your page to all my facebook friends!

  35. I posted a link to your giveaway on my facebook page!

  36. i follow you with google connect

  37. i follow you on twitter

  38. i can't decide between the cornbread casserole and the taco dip!

  39. suggested Crystal and Company to all my friends on FB

  40. I'm looking forward to trying the Homemade Gournet Taco Soup Mix. The other 2 sound great, but O am a big soup fan.

    susan56bft at gmail dot com

  41. Crystal & Co. follower via Google

    susan56bft at gmail dot com

  42. Crystal & Co. fan on Facebook
    id:Susan Claus

    susan56bft at gmail dot com

  43. Suggested Crystal & Co. to friend via Facebook

    susan56bft at gmail dot com

  44. I'm a big fan of the Taco Soup Mix!!

  45. I am most excited to try the Taco Soup Mix! Yum!

    khmorgan_00 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  46. ALL 3, really, but will go w cornbread casserole;):) thx!!

  47. yummmmeeeee!!! i'd love the Taco Soup Mix, but if my hubby were behind me, he'd veto that and insist on the Apple Crisp!

  48. GFC follower 8)

  49. twitter follower!

  50. Hi. I'm new. MommyPr sent me.

    I am most excited about the Cornmeal Casserole.

    dorcontest at gmail dot com

  51. I follow on google friend…dor

    dorcontest at gmail dot com

  52. Your new facebook fan.
    Doreen Riopel

    dorcontest at gmail dot ocm

  53. I sent some invitations to my facebook friends.

    dorcontest at gmail dot com

  54. I subscribe by email.

    dorcontest at gmail dot com

  55. I subscribe to your feed by google reader.

    dorcontest at gmail dot com

  56. I'm most excited about the taco soup mix. Thanks for the chance.

    sweetascandy579 at yahoo dot com

  57. CrystalGB says:

    What a cute blog you have. I would want to try the taco soup mix.


  58. CrystalGB says:

    I am a GFC follower.

  59. CrystalGB says:

    I am a twitter follower. @CrystalGB

  60. CrystalGB says:

    I am a facebook fan.

  61. Cornbread casserole, but it all sound delish!!

  62. I just became a fan on facebook! : )

  63. I am following you on twitter now (as MacKidLkewoodCO)

  64. I am now following your blog, too!

  65. I'd most like to try the taco soup mix – I think I had it at a friend's house before! It all sounds yummy – thanks!

  66. Susan Margaret says:

    I think the taco soup mix sounds the best because I love the taste of tacos and I think they'd be awesome combined in a soup!

    charmtime at gmail dot com

  67. I would definitely LOVE to try the Taco Dip! (and I sang, too– does that count for half an entry? :-D)

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