Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Pocket Full Of Posies (And Giveaway)

A couple of months ago, I asked the wonderful ladies at a Pocket Full Of Posies if I could please test their meal planning system.
I'm not a great cook. Sometimes, I don't even like to cook, but I do it because having a homemade meal around a table every night is one of the most important things I can do for my family!!! MANY important conversations have arose through our family dinners.

Eating out isn't an option. Making up my own recipes would be a disaster. Following Pocket Full Of Posies meal planning system and recipes was easy and tasty!

What Pocket Full of Posies does is send you a group of easy, tasty recipes and a card with 5 recipes you can make in a week. They break down the ingredient for each recipe in the week into "meat, spices, stock and fresh/frozen" categories to make shopping and planning easy. What usually takes me an hour or two to do, took me 20 minutes. I just had to check my pantry and spice list to see which ingredients I needed and off to the store I went. Hallelujah!!!

Here is my honest review of

I received a packet of 40 typed recipes and a planning pocket! I've tried over 20 of the recipes and all of them were tasty. The recipes that seemed a little bland for my husband and my tastes just had some cajun spice added to them:) The majority of the dishes were delicious. I would definitely make them again. The best part is that my kids liked almost all the recipes. They asked for more and enjoyed the leftovers. (That is saying something.)

I love the pocket to place the recipes I am cooking for the week. I'm not sure why I like it so much. Maybe it's because my husband can see our menu and the recipe cards are in easy reach. It's funny how something so simple can make me so happy! Although I cook internet recipes A LOT, the physical recipes cards were extremely nice to have. I didn't have to keep pushing a button to refresh the screen. I didn't have scroll up and down the screen past pictures. I just read the simple instructions! No raw chicken to wipe off the computer keys! (Sorry if that grossed you out, but that happens more often than I want to admit.)

I have two kids (ages 2 and 4). For the four of us, the size of the prepared dishes were too large. If my kids were teens, it would probably be just about perfect - enough for dinner and my husband's lunch the following day. At first, I thought this to be a negative - until I realized that I could freeze half of most of the meals!!!! Big time positive now! How many times do I wish I could just pull something healthy and nutritious out of the freezer for dinner! Now I can, just by fixing one recipe and eating half, and freezing the other half!


Because I thoroughly enjoyed the first few recipes I cooked, I was brave enough to fix "Calico Beans" for invited guests without testing the recipe first. We all LOVED it! I have made four recipes for dinner guests without testing them now and all of them turned out great! That is trust!!!

The recipes were fairly simple to follow. Some are super easy (and quick) and others take a little more time and involve a few more ingredients. I didn't have any problems following the recipes.


My favorite recipes so far are the White Bean Chili, the easiest Taco Salads, Calico Beans, Chicken Rotel, Chicken Parmesan Bundles,Cheeseburger Paradise Soup, Creamy Crock Pot Chicken and Potatoes, and Southwestern Skillet Mac -n-Cheese. I am excited to try the Corn Tortilla Chicken Lasagna, Sweet and Sour Kielbasa, Turkey Burgers, Simple Shrimp Scampi and more!


I would recommend the Pocket Full Of Posies Planning System to anyone. I would DEFINITELY recommend it to people like me who don't love to cook, but know the importance of saving time and money and of having homemade family dinners. If you want someone to tell you what to cook, what to buy and how to plan a week of dinners, you have found the ladies for the job!

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Lucky for you, Pocket Full of Posies has an exclusive special for you. You can receive 20% off our order for the next week by typing "SDCdiscount" at checkout. (That could mean 8 weeks of dinner planned for $8.00!!! Great deal.)

And even luckier for you, Pocket Full of Posies is having a giveaway. One of you will get to choose a monthly pocket package of your choice from the Pocket Full Of Posies shop.

GIVEAWAY

Ways to enter (Leave a comment for each entry)

1. Visit Pocket Full Of Posies and write which pocket you want most.
2. Blog, Tweet or Facebook about giveaway.

Winner will be announced next Tuesday.


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49 comments:

  1. Wow, gotta love something that inspires me to cook. I will have to check this out.
    Hugs,
    Olivia

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  2. This is a great idea. I like cooking when I have the time (which is rare), but the worst part about cooking for me is the cleaning up afterwards. :) I like the monthly pocket package design 13, package 1.

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  3. I think it would be great to try the Fix It and Forget It pack. I need to use my Crock Pot more, and this would make it easy!

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  4. Monthly Pocket Package Design 12 is really cute! I think the 1&2 packets would really get my kids out of a pizza rut!

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  5. I like the monthly pocket package design 4 the best. It is so cheery. I like packs 3 & 4 the best as well.

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  6. Package 6 would fit fabulously into my kitchen! Really cool concept!

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  7. I haven't even looked at the actual recipies.. but I am SOLD!!!! I actually told my husband last week that I am ready for some NEW meals and my "goal" is to do 2 new ones a week.... he will be pleasantly surprised when I have a new one everyday!
    We both thank you for this!!!

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  8. I love this idea! I really want to cook more and eat out less but I always have the problem of not having anything to make. It would be great to have everything planned out. I'd pick the Monthly Pocket Package Design 6. Too cool!
    thegemini2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  9. Great idea! Any help with meal planning is welcome. I like designs 3 and 4 most.
    - Danielle
    other-option AT hotmail DOT com

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  10. I love design 3! They are all gorgeous and SO useful!

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  11. I like the pocket D, and any recipes to add to our family that kids love are welcome here. Thank, I'd never heard of them before.

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  12. Looks great! I'd like recipe pack 5. Thanks! mamalusco @ ortelco.net

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  13. Tweeted @mamalusco. THanks! mamalusco @ ortelco.net

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  14. I like design 10! this would be so helpful! I hate trying to figure out what to cook, and always end up making the same 3 or 4 things!

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  15. Yay. This sounds like something I just don't want but...NEED! And yes, I am just like you...I love feeding my kids healthy foods...I can't AFFORD to go out and eat...but I don't always enjoy it. (I'd rather be doing pretty much anything else).

    I love Design #13, which looks like the one you have too. So cute! :)

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  16. I tweeted about this awesome giveaway!!!

    http://twitter.com/weatherbee99/status/24492833763

    ~Teresa ;)

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  17. I like Pocket A... Cute stuff!

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  18. Oh how fun! I would love recipe pack number 4!!!

    www.makingmemorieswithyourkids.blogspot.com

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  19. This looks great! I like Design 10, package 1.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  20. I luv menu planning in fact I started doing this last month.
    I would luv to try this system.
    Twitter about it..
    Maggie
    http://cuttingabove.blogspot.com

    I like Design #8

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  21. The design number 10 and the especiality package are perfect for our family.

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  22. Put this giveaway in my sidebar at:
    http://superqtonthrhill.blogspot.com

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  23. I like design 10 and package 1. Cool concept!

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  24. I love this idea. I like design 5.

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  25. I like Design 6, Packet 1 or 3!

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  26. I tweeted about the giveaway here: http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/182965297.rss

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  27. I like pocket style 13, and the recipe packs 1 or 2 looked really good!

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  28. I like Design 5 the most. Great idea!

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  29. Hi, I like the Monthly pocket package design 6

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  30. I liked all of them. Maybe 6 the most. smilin_chick@hotmail.com

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  31. I'd be so thrilled to win, I would take any of them, but I think I like #5 the most. THANKS!
    ashleycardon@yahoo.com

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  32. I like design 8 the best
    ktapahe at gmail dot com

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  33. Design 10 is so pretty. What a great idea:)

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  34. Number 13 is a great match for me. ~Kelly

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  35. I'd definitely get Design 17!! Darling!!!
    fragrantblissoils@gmail.com

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  36. I like design 17!
    {Rebekah}
    allthingzrelated@gmail

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  37. They're all adorable! I like design 6 the best and all the recipe packs look great!

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  38. Great idea. I love the monthly pocket package design 3. They are all so cute though.

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  39. I would love recipe pack 1! They are really cute.

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  40. My favorite is design 11 :)
    marysa at marysa dot com

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  41. My favorite is design 12! LOVE IT!
    kellytf@yahoo.com

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