Tuesday, November 9, 2010

M: Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts and a CSN Stores Giveaway!

I would tell you how incredibly happy Christmas time makes me, but you might think I'm crazy. I even took an awesome picture of my favorite kitchen store, Coastal Cupboard, on Sunday because they had all of their Christmas goodies out and I just couldn't take it...it was waiting for a picture to be taken. Doesn't this just make you happy?

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Aaaand a new Christmas ornament for Mandi...

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Oh yea, there was a beer festival too...I know, awesome Sunday right? Reggae band and beer at Mellow Mushroom - can't get any better.

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Now let me tell you now about these pumpkin pie pop tarts from Joy the Baker. I have seen several people do these and they all have looked fabulous.

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I LOVE making homemade pastry, so I knew I had to try these bad boys out. No lie, these things are seriously addicting.

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Basically these little gems are like mini pumpkin pies and paired with the maple glaze..oh MAN..SO good. The glaze wasn't overpowering and the pumpkin filling smelled my entire kitchen of pumpkin and cinnamon goodness!

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I really want to try these with a strawberry filling or blueberry filling as well. So many possibilities!

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You must go get this recipe from Joy the Baker. It might be one of my Joy the Baker faves!

Now, lets move onto other things, like CSN Stores. This website has everything you need for your home - from patio furniture to kitchen appliances and everything in between. Their prices are great and they have free shipping on most of their products. It's seriously an on-line one-stop shop! I was lucky enough to receive a Cuisinart Automatic Burr Coffee Grinder (disclaimer: I received this product for free).

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Let me tell you, this is something my hubby and I have wanted for AGES. We are huge coffee drinkers - I seriously think hubs is more excited about this than I am! I'm not sure if you've ever had fresh ground coffee - when I say fresh ground, I mean FRESH GROUND. It really does make a difference. Our coffee has been extra fresh and the spices come through so much stronger! This grinder can also hold up to 1/2 lb of coffee in the top holder keeping it fresh. There are 18, count em, 18 different settings you can adjust your grind to and also set how many cups you want to brew at that particular time. Just grind and pour into your coffee filter! So easy and so fresh! mmmmmm, coffee...makes me want one right now...

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p.s. yes that is cinnamon sprinkled on top of my coffee and there is also a cookbook and flour behind my coffee mug.

So, would you like to make a stop at CSN Stores and buy up something for yourself? Awesome, because I can help you out with that!

You can win a $60 promotional code for an item of your choosing from CSN Stores! All you have to do is visit the CSN Stores website and leave a comment on this post telling us what you would like to purchase with your $60! (Open only to U.S. and Canada residents) You do NOT need to have a blog to enter! Entries must be received by Friday (Nov. 12) at 7:00am. The winner will be randomly selected and announced that day! As a side note, please do not post to CSN Stores Facebook page about this contest. All you need to do is comment here!

Happy entering!!!

70 comments:

balancejoyanddelicias said...

Yes! I love Christmas too because it's also my birthday!!! :D I dunno, the red color really makes me happy!

Woo... you made Pumpkim pie pop tarts? they look fantastic! great job!

CSN store has the best selection of kitchen aids... i'd get so many things from them. To start, I need a blender... my old one is getting too old ;)

Topher said...

I'd love to be able to use it to get a couple new baking pans or to help pay for a kitchen aid mixer. Thanks!

Stickybuns said...

wow...those homemade poptarts look amazing. I admit, my kids tried the kellogs pumpkin ones ( and I don't often let them have them because, well...poptarts...not so healthy) I will have to give these homemade ones a try...homemade is ALWAYS better for you than processed, even if it is indulgent foods, IMHO!

If I won the CSN code, I would get this http://www.csnstores.com/Cuisinart-HM-70-CUI1088.html?cv= Cuisinart Power Advantage 7-Speed Hand Mixer in White - HM-70
SKU #: CUI1088 I really need a new hand mixer, and I saw on America's Test Kitchen this one rated tops!!! got my fingers crossed!!!
http://mykitchenadventures1.blogspot.com/

Katie said...

I really need a waffle maker! I have been itching to get one for months, but it's just not in the budget right now. :(

misadventuresofj said...

I would totally put it towards a dutch/french oven. It is winter time up here and I really want to expand in my cooking and this would be perfect for some good filling comfort food for me and the boyfriend. I have been drying to buy one, but they just a little too pricey for me -- so that would be a big help.

PS.....I need those pumpkin pie pop tarts in my life.

Heather said...

Homemade pop tarts?? Fantastic idea!
I would use the GC to buy some new baking sheets - mine are in desperate need of replacing!

Tiffany said...

wow, i've always been afraid of making pastries, but the pumpkin pie pop tarts might change that for me! they look amazing!

i'd love a waffle maker, as i've never had one before, but i love waffles with ice cream for breakfast!

Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg said...

Those pumpkin pie tarts are TOO cute!

I'm a major Christmas lover too...I've been listening to the Christmas pandora station all morning already!

Jody said...

OH my. Need to make some pop tarts. I'm thinking apple filled. Yum. Nad I need a new blender so bad I just can't decide on which one I'd put $60 towards.

Fashion Meets Food said...

I love snowmen and this year it seems like they are extremely hard to find.

Pumpkin Pie pop tarts what a fabulous idea. They look adorable as well. Might have to give these a try for thanksgiving.

xo

Green Dog Wine said...

OMG - those pumpkin pie bites look amazing (although - I think 75% of that has to do with the glaze/icing - I could eat that straight out of the bowl by itself!) :)

Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean said...

I'd put the money towards a new saute pan!

Sarah W. said...

I'd actually love a coffee grinder too! The coffee tastes so much better when it's freshly ground!

Shannon said...

i'd have to say i'd go with a roasting pan, especially with the upcoming holiday season!!

those pop tarts are totally calling my name :)

jgreenwood said...

After the burnt toast this morning I would love the gift certificate towards a toaster from CSN stores.

jdoie said...

I would like a food processor.

Faith said...

I'm so excited about the holiday season! It's the most wonderful time of the year! ;) Thanks for sharing the picture of that store -- it brought a huge smile to my face! Your pop tarts look amazing, I would love to try my hand at a homemade version like this. Thanks for hosting the giveaway! I recently won a CSN giveaway so I won't participate in this one...love their stores, though! :)

Stephanie @cookinfanatic said...

These lil' pumpkin gems look so good! How cute are they too?

I would definitely love to get a mini food processor from CSN, I've been wanting one for ages now!

oliepants said...

I have been meaning to try that pumpkin pop tart! Yours looks yummy!

As for CSN - I would definitely use the $60 to get the Le Creuset braiser!

fittingbackin said...

First of all LOVE mellow mushroom! My hometown even has one - shocker! It's fab! Those tarts also look beautiful - you are such a little chef!

Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather said...

Homemade pumpkin pie pop tarts - wow! You are amazing :)

I'd love to pick up a spiralizer from CSN. I've been eye-ing one lately and think it would be fun to have in the kitchen.

Danielle C. said...

I'm starting all over again, so I need everything. Right now I would give my left arm for a coffee maker. Ok maybe not...but I really want one.

Shannon said...

I would get a baguette brotform, since I love my round and oval ones. I love baking bread!

Kerr said...

I am in desperate need of a food processor!

Tiff said...

Those look so good! I really need some new baking sheets and some new pots and pans.

Julie said...

What cute little pies! I'd love to get the West Bend 6-Slice Countertop Convection Oven to replace my toaster oven that's past ready for the trash.

elle said...

If I won, I'd buy a food processor, been wanting one for ages.

Melissa @ For the Love of Health said...

I loooooooooove Christmas too! Yay! I love this time of year so much too! I did buy a Christmas CD on Nov 2 haha

What a great contest! I would use the money to buy a cappucino maker to make holiday drinks!

Julie said...

haha your poptarts look like extra delicious jamaican beef patties :) i'm totally making those though!

i love love loveee the idea of fresh ground coffee! i think for sure i would play copycat and get the same thing as you! does the coffee get ground and then filter right into the pot?

Chelsea Talks Smack said...

This literally looks like HEAVENLY, HEAVENLY FOOD. SO yummy

janetha g - meals & moves said...

You make the pop tarts look so easy! I think I may have to give it a whirl. Joy the Baker is incredible.

Hey, I have that same grinder! I LOVE it. Fresh beans every morning.

I adore CSN stores. If I won, I'd buy a computer desk (well, the $60 would help cover the cost!)

xo

Lindsay said...

Oh my! What wouldn't I want from CSN stores? If I had to pick, it would be a close call between the one cup coffee makers and a treadmill. With winter coming up and as the cold ensues, I may would pick the treadmill. Nothing worse than a dark cold morning to go running!

Nutmeg Nanny said...

Hooray for Christmas! I'm so excited for the holidays :)

These little Fall poptarts sound amazing! I could gladly eat a few.

The giveaway sounds great too. I would really like another heavy cast iron pot so I would probably put the money towards that.

All Things Yummy said...

I'm so excited about your post. I've been looking everywhere for Pumpkin Pie Poptarts and didn't event hink to make them myself. I'll be trying this recipe this weekend. Thanks for sharing.
I would love to win because I'm in desperate need of a new colander. :)

Pound said...

will you make me some homemade strawberry pop tarts, por favor?!

the actor's diet said...

oh pop tarts!!! how i love 'em. i'm sure these are A LOT better than the store bought but i do wonder if kellog's makes a pumpkin pie one?!

i just broke my luggage so that's what i'd get with the CSN $$$!

Beth @ DiningAndDishing said...

I would love to buy a pasta maker! We learned how to make pasta in my culinary course and it was soooo much better than store bought. Well worth the extra effort!

Tracey said...

Pumpkin pie pop tarts? Are you serious! Those sound and look amazing!!!

I want them right now but am way to tired to even attempt to make them:(

morningtreats said...

Those poptarts look so good - and I share your love of making my own pastry. I can't wait :) xxx

Mandi said...

Pound I will make some and bring with us when we come at Christmas =) hehe

teresa said...

pumpkin poptarts?! loves it, what a fun idea, i really want to try these.

Lori said...

I saw an ad for the Kellogs Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts - something I would normally never buy! I was actually glad Target didn't have them in stock because I was really curious... Might have to give those a try.
I think I would put the money towards the Cuisinart Pure Indulgence 2 Qt. Frozen Yogurt-Sorbet & Ice Cream Maker. I love the frozen yogurt shops but am too cheap to go. Would love to do my own!!

kristastes said...

awesome giveaway! I would get one of their armless chairs -- I have been looking for one for my living room :)

Corey @therunner'scookie said...

Those homemade poptarts look so delicious!
At CSN I'd get a coffee maker for my apartment :)

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

i think i'd buy a rice cooker. That, or some gym equipment. They have everything.

All the food the past few posts looks awesome.

Nice score on those smores cupcakes you received :)

yum!

Katie said...

I'm with Averie... rice cooker for sure!

Usually early Christmas stuff bothers me, but I'm so excited about it this year! This post made me so happy.

Love those pop tarts, too!

Colleen said...

I'd love a warming blanket for the winter - no more crawling into a cold bed!

http://www.csnstores.com/Biddeford-Blankets-431D-BID1002.html

Alisa Cooks said...

I "popped" in to say how amazing those pumpkin pie treats look and wow, a giveaway too!

I would definitely get something like this - http://www.csnstores.com/Calphalon-VMP8P-CPH1354.html - I need a new stock pot and want a smaller one with steamer insert.

BroccoliHut said...

Wow, those Pop Tarts sound amazing!! I'd love to try it, even though I have no experience with pastry...
If I were to win 60 bucks for CSN, I would put it toward a slow-cooker.

Elisabeth said...

Probably use towards new cookware. I've been trying to replace our old set.

The pop tarts looks awesome. Too bad I suck at baking and all things yeast and pastry.

Simply Life said...

wow! those pop tarts look incredible!

elizabeth said...

i would love a rice cooker!!

Dynamics said...

So many things. Maybe a rice cooker or specialty bread pans or or or....

Protein Girl said...

I would get running shoes or some sort of organizational, functional furniture (desk, night table, chest of drawers etc). Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!
Barbara

kayla said...

those pumpkin pop tarts look delicious! i'd purchase a food processor from the CSN store to make my own nut butters!

MizFit said...

WHOA. I THINK I LOVE JOY THE BAKER NOW.

Rebecca said...

the one thing i definitely need is a new tea kettle, i want to get a fun colored one this time instead of my boring stainless steel. i can definitely find a TON of other things on the CSN website, it's so great!

Bridget said...

I am ridiculously excited for Christmas, as I usually am around this time of year (already listening to holida music on Pandora!)
Those pop tarts look fabulous and my husband would LOVE for me to make them.
I have that same exact coffee grinder and love it :)
I think I'd put the $60 towards the All-Clad 14" stainless skillet...I've been coveting it for a while now!

fittingitallin said...

Homemade pop tarts!! I totally want a cinnamon brown sugar version.

And I"d probably get a kitchen scale or an imersion blendeR!

Natalie said...

I so want to make those poptarts!!

I would love to get a SPACE HEATER for my office from CSN :)

Eden said...

I wish I wasn't a jew around the holidays! My family doesnt believe in hanukah gifts!

I'd like a dehydrator that I could also use to dry my laundry!

megan @ whatmegansmaking said...

There are so many kitchen tools that I want! I think I'd go for some sort of new coffee maker though, since I managed to break my old one.

Jess S. said...

maybe a nice new sauce pan! or a spice grinder.

Laura said...

I love this giveaway. I would like to use the money toward some type of blender so I can make some smoothies and green monsters. I've never had one!

Simply Life said...

Oooh I would pick some new decorations for my office!

Ashley said...

I'd love to finally buy the rice cooker/food steamer that I have had my eye on!

Henria O. said...

I'd love to get a new bookcase for my daughter! The Guidecraft Classic White bookcase looks good!

Janine M said...

Pop tarts look amazing!!

I loved the CSN website! I would buy one of the developmental toys for my baby boy!

Domestic Diva said...

I'd use it toward a guidecraft kitchen helper.

Theo said...

I would order a Novica hammock (not very practical for winter but it's so quaint) or the Cuisinart ice-cream/frozen yogurt maker. Thank you kindly for the chance!

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Those pumpkin pie pop tarts sounds so delicious by the way!