Monday, November 28, 2011

And the winner is...

Happy Monday everyone!  I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving weekend filled with good food, family, friends, and holiday cheer!  I would LOVE to say good football too but yeah, well, no comment.

And the lucky winner of the Dolce Gusto Piccolo is...

 #24 Brad!!  Congrats!  

Thanks to all who entered.  I would also like to thank everyone who has donated so far to my Liver Life Challenge fundraising effort.  I can only achieve one of my two goals on my own, that being running my second marathon.

Until next time...follow your heart, fulfill your hunger!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Dolce Gusto Warms My Heart!

First of all, thank you for all of the positive comments on my last post.   I am really excited to get back into blogging once again and hopefully I can keep up with it better.

Back in September, Allison invited me and some other awesome Cleveland bloggers to Greenhouse Tavern for NescafĂ©'s Cleveland Foodie Feed Up to introduce their Dolce Gusto product line.  We also were treated to a demo by Chef Sawyer and enjoyed some of my GHT favorites, including the chicken wing confit.
Chef Sawyer preparing beef tartare

The Dolce Gusto product line offers various single cup coffee machines and a wide variety of capsule flavors.  As a thank you for attending the Foodie Feed Up, I was given the Piccolo machine and two boxes of capsules.  Personally, I love the cappuccino and have made myself my own pumpkin spiced treats this fall.  The single cup option is wonderful for a a little caffeine pick me up when you do not want to make a regular pot of coffee.  Also, with the holiday season, Dolce Gusto machines make great gifts.  Aside from searching the stores and ordering on line, Christmas will come a little early for one lucky Hungry in Cleveland reader!  I was given one Piccolo machine to give away.  The deadline to enter is Sunday at 11:59 p.m.  Winner will be announced Monday, November 28.  There are two ways to enter.

1. Comment on this post telling me your favorite holiday coffee drink.
2. Tweet the following "@HungryInCLE and @DolceGustoUS warm my heart!  I want to win a Piccolo here:"

Win me!
Also, please remember I will be running 26.2 miles in Disney World a member of the American Liver Foundation's Liver Life Challenge team!  Please help me achieve one of my two goals!

Until next time...follow your heart, fulfill your hunger!

**Disclaimer: I was invited to attend the Cleveland Foodie Feed Up by Allison in September.  At this event I was given a Piccolo Dolce Gusto machine to take home.  Later, Allison reached out to me to give one away here.**  

Friday, November 18, 2011

My Best Days Are Ahead of Me!

Loved this cake!  Wonder what will be on 27??
Once again, I am back from a blogging hiatus.  Alot has happened since I last posted, some good some bad.  One thing I have learned (yet again) is I must be more open about what is really going on inside.  I never really have been one for making New Year's resolutions but I do have an ever growing bucket list.  Sunday is my birthday which kicks off my favorite week of the year.  Seriously, my birthday, then Thanksgiving (ultimate food holiday), then Black Friday (biggest shopping day of the year).  I could not have been born during a more appropriate week.  I have read quite a few ___ at ____ "birthday resolution" lists lately which made me think, why not.   I realize some of these I already have been working on, some I have complete control over, and others I have to do my best and leave it up to God.  So here it is in no particular order, Steph's 27 at 27.  Enjoy!

1. Run 4 marathons.  Already signed up for Disney in January and Cleveland in May.
2. Take a fun, creative class. (cake decorating, creative writing, ballroom dancing...)
3. Ragnar with the #DirtyRunner team!!!!
4. Make more time for those I truly love and mean the world to me.
5. Find a new job
6. Road trip with the Tribe.  Every season I say I will go to an away game and never end up doing it.
7. Reach my $3400 Liver Life Challenge fundraising goal. (*hint*hint*cough*cough*nudge*)
8. Do the Warrior Dash
9. Do something every day to make me happy.  It can be as simple as going for a run, giving into ice cream, or buying a new pair of shoes.
10. Buy a house/condo
11. Get back into yoga
12. Finally get my passport
13. Get a puppy
14. Make Nana's chicken paprikash.  I have put off attempting this for way too long.
15. Finish the Tour de Bruell.  Yeah, this past year I only made it to one restaurant.
16. Actually finish books I started reading.
17. Be a better blogger
18. Be more responsible and everything that entails.
19. Continue to eat healthy while every now and then treating myself within moderation.
20. Watch the sunset over Lake Erie
21. Go to the Ohio Wineries.  As shameful as it is to admit, I have never been.
22. Volunteer more.
23. Find a softball team to play on this spring/summer.
24. Go to a Notre Dame football game.  It has been too long since I have been in Notre Dame Stadium.
25. Host a clambake.  Again, every fall I want to do it and never get around to it.
26. Go to the Southern Tier brewery.
27. Overall, be the best me I can be!  

Until next time...follow your heart, fulfill your hunger!