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Entries in review (43)


You Don't Have to be a Hippie to like Melba Toast

The very first time I tried Old London Melba Toast I was maybe 7. My mother was going through what I can only describe as a "hippie" phase when it came to food. Out went the white bread and Twinkies and in came the brown (wheat) bread and carob chips. I have no idea who she was kidding with the carob chips since she LOVES good quality, dark chocolate as much as I do.

One of the few things she introduced that I LOVED was Melba Toast. It's light and crunchy with lots of flavor. Melba toast was great with cheese, peanut bugger, or just plain butter and jelly!

Old London has Healthy Snacks

 Old London Snacks

Recently I received three packages of Old London snacks including Bagel Crisps, Melba Snacks and good old fashion Melba Toast (no added seasoning) to try. These are great snack options for my family as they are all low in calories with no trans fat and the melba toast has whole grain.

The girls loved dipping the bagel chips and round melba snacks into hummus along with fresh carrot and celery sticks. We also found out there were a very filling snack when paired with cheese and a piece of fruit. I'm trying to cut back on my bread intake these days so I devoured them with tuna, and along side my daily salad, instead of my usual sandwich on two slices of high-calorie bread.

Want more recipes? Check out the Taste for Everyday Health website where there are all kinds of great things to try like lasagna, tiramisu and quesadilla dippers all made with Old London products!

Say Aloha with Old London when you win a trip to Hawaii

Be sure to enter the Aloha Old London Sweepstakes on Facebook where you can enter to win a trip to Ohau!

The Old London website has easy fitness tips and living healthy tips so you can enjoy Hawaii AND your new beach-ready figure. But hurry because the sweepstakes closes in June!

Then come back and let me know if you've ever tried Old London melba toast. And be sure to leave a comment telling me my mother is not the only one to went through that "hippie" phase.


Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Old London and received product samples and a gift certificate to thank me for taking the time to participate. All opinions are my own and my stories are true - my mom really did introduce me to melba toast when I was a kid during her hippie food stage. I think she also introduced me to some seaweed stuff but thankfully I blocked most of that from my memory.


Applegate Means Yummy Antibiotic-free, MSG-free Meat


Remember last summer when I bought 1/10th of an organic, grass fed cow? My family is definitely a family of meat eaters and I like to buy meat that has no additives, no antibiotics, and no MSG.

But I can't fit any more meat in my freezer!

Good thing Applegate Farms approached me to review their deli meats and breakfast sausages because not only do the fit the bill, but I can buy them in much smaller quantities.

Here is what we sampled:

Applegate Roasted Chicken Breast
All-Pork Sliced Pepperoni
Classic Pork Breakfast Sausage
Savory Turkey Breakfast Sausage


All of these contain

  • No antibiotics
  • No added nitrates or nitrites
  • No MSG
  • No artificial colors or flavors

Plus they are gluten-free and the sausages are ready-to-heat.

Here is what the family thought:


The deli meats are a nice size...not too thick and not too thin. They were less salty thatn other brands of lunchmeat, with great flavor and resealable packaging. I notices the deli meats are available at Trader Joe's too which is convenient and they are priced competitively. The chicken breast was wonderful in sandwiches and salads while the pepperoni was delicious wrapped around a slice of provolone cheese and also homemade pizza.

The breakfast sausages gave the Twofer the big smiles though. I never buy sausage so these were a real treat and delicious. Plus, I can feel good about serving them because Applegate uses humane farming practices and feed the animals a 100% vegetarian diet without antibiotics.

Applegate Farms believes the flavor starts on the farm and I have to say I believe it now too! Twofer Thumbs Up for Applegate deli meats and breakfast sausages.


Disclosure: I received samples of Applegate deli meats and breakfast sausages at no cost for the purposes of a review. All opinions expresses are my own and this roost was neither approved nor reviewed prior to being published.


An Old Favorite: Win $25 Gift Card to Dunkin Donuts (Winner update)

3/15/11 UPDATE: Winner is Lynda! Congrats and thanks everyone for entering!


I'm a New Englander so I love Dunkin Donuts. I crave Dunkin Donuts. I need Dunkin Donuts.

But even I didn't know all that Dunkin offers!

Now, I do and I'm going to share it with you and then give you a chance to win a $25 gift card so you can try it all!

Dunkin Donuts has eggs all day long

Recently I was part of a blogger meet up with Dunkin Donuts where I sampled some of the new egg sandwich offerings including the Big & Toasty (Texas Toast, peppered egg, and Canadian bacon, and cheese) which will come out in March.


Plus lighter versions of a hot egg sandwich from the DD SMART menu made with eggwhites and served on a multigrain flatbread that have only 280 calories and 9 grams of fat!

Then I found out that Dunkin serves breakfast all day long!

Love that.

Blueberry gives new meaning to the term 'flavored' coffee

I got to try a whole host of fun coffee flavors including blueberry, coconut and toasted almond in addition to caramel, hazelnut and french vanilla. Besides just coffee, Dunkin Donuts has cappuccino and latte too.

Don't forget the donuts
Of course we also sampled donuts. LOTS of donuts


My favorite was the sour cream donut. It's not necessarily pretty, but it's soft and creamy and soooo good.

Win $25 Gift Card to Dunkin Donuts

I've got a $25 gift card for one lucky reader to use for coffee, donuts or egg sandwiches at Dunkin Donuts!

Want to win? You have 4 ways to enter (leave a separate comment for each)

1. Leave a comment telling me what you usually get at Dunkin Donuts

2. Subscribe to TwoferMom via email

3. If you are on Twitter post a link to this giveaway " I want to win the $25 Dunkin Donuts gift card from @Twincident "

4. Post a link to this giveaway on Facebook "I entered to win the $25 Dunkin Donuts gift card from "

Giveaway ends Friday March 11 at 11:59pm. Winner will be chosen at random and notified via email. Winner has 48 hours to respond before I choose another winner.

Good luck!


Disclosure: I received a $25 gift card to use and one to give away at no cost from Dunkin Donuts. All opinions are my own and this post was neither reviewed nor approved prior to being published.


Warm up with Jimmy Dean's D-Lights for Breakfasts 

WINNER update 3/8/11: Congratulations to Carol! Thanks everyone for entering.


When it's cold out, I definitely prefer a nice warm breakfast. No wonder February is National Hot Breakfast month! I was recently approached to try a sample from the new Jimmy Dean D-Lights products. Here's what I thought and a chance to win your own!

Egg and Cheese Snob

I'm a connoisseur of sorts when it comes to egg and cheese sandwiches for breakfast. I like my eggs cooked hard (no runny stuff), the cheese just enough and melted but not dripping, and the bread to be a crunchy hard roll (or kaiser roll as some may call it). So I was pleasantly surprised as how much I enjoyed a microwaveable egg & cheese sandwich!


D-Lights are Easy to Cook and Eat

I purchased two types of Jimmy Dean D-Light breakfast sandwiches and both were very good.
The Canadian Bacon on a Honey Wheat English muffin was very tasty. The egg whites were fluffy, the bacon didn't get rubbery, and the cheese melted perfectly. The Turkey Sausage Muffin was great too with a fluffy egg and tasty sausage that wasn't at all greasy.

I popped them in the microwave had enjoyed a delicious breakfast with 1/3 fewer calories than a regular one. Even The Twofer enjoyed them so this is going to be a nice breakfast option on those days I'm rushing to get out the door.

WIN Three FREE Jimmy Dean D-Lights

I've got 3 coupons for one lucky TwoferMom reader to sample 3 different Jimmy Dean D-Light hot breakfasts!

Here's how to enter:

Visit the Jimmy Dean website and leave a comment telling which D-Light you are most excited to try if you win.

Extra Entries (leave another comment for each and link to the unique URL)

  • Post a link to this giveaway on twitter and include me @twincident
  • Post a link to this giveaway on Facebook
  • Subscribe to TwoferMom via email

Giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents 18 and over and ends Friday 3/4/11 at 11:59pm ET. Winner will be chosen randomly from among qualified entries and notified via email (so include your email in the comment form - you don't have to leave it in the actual comment).

What is your favorite hot breakfast in the mornings?


Disclosure: I received coupons for two free samples of Jimmy Dean D-Lights for my family to sample and 3 coupons to give away to a winner at no cost. All opinions are my own and this post was neither approved nor reviewed prior to being published.


Review: Hanging with Twitter Friends at Jaleo Tapas Bar in Bethesda

Jaleo Bethesda is a fun and tasty way to gather with friends. Next time, join us!

I still know how to hone in on a great happy hour.

Good thing I didn't have to hone too much recently.

Twitter friends Julia and Greg suggested a Tweetup at Jaleo and thus was formed the Totally Informal DC Tweetup. Somehow this all started around my birthday and some of my other twitter friends Amy, Jessica and Jodi were talking about how I was jipped on my birthday because the power went out and we should get together.

Or maybe I was doing all the talking whining <-- call a spade a spade.

Anyway, my name got tapped for this shindig so I hosted the RSVP on my blog (if you people clicked the ads more I might not have to do that, ahem) and somehow people started refering it as mine.

image via Julia's Yfrog and my fab necklace via @thebeadgirl

For the record, a tweetup is never mine. It's OURS.

I digress.

Jaleo was a gracious host for our Happy Hour Tweetup!

image via Jessica's Yfrog and food via Jaleo YUM!

First of all they gave us $4 tapas and $4 sangria!

Wait, everyone gets that?  Oh.  It's called Jaleo Hour and you can get it too.

Moving on, Chef Paul brought out some spectacular things that I won't even try to pronounce or type but I will kindly Link Here to AMusingFoodie's Blog so you can see all the photos and correct names and bring them to the restaurant so you know what to order.

And seriously - order the endive things, the potatoes with that special sauce, and the fritatta thing which is like a layerd egg and potato thing that's not really a fritatta.

Jaleo Bethesda Celebrates the BIG ten-oh! (10 year anniversary)

For the month of February Jaleo Bethesda is celebrating their 10 year anniversary with a special prix fixe menu of tapas and dessert for just $30! They also have a special cocktail but I never moved beyond the sangria so I can't vouch for it. The sangira though? YUM!

Thanks to everyone else who came!

PunditMom, Delora, CiaoMom, MikeSchaffer (sans his Awesome shirt) and his lovely wife (honey I hope you got enough to eat cause we were plowing through those plates).

I'll be celebrating my 40th birthday all month all year so there is still time to join us!


Disclosure: all opinions are my own and I was not compensated in any way for this post or for my visit to Jaleo. We paid our way and sometimes folks, the totally-informal-non-sponsored events rock. Also, I love my Twitter friends. That is all. Move along now. Nothing else to see here