Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Hickory Farms GIVEAWAY to kick off our Holiday Gift Guide!

Happy December, Everybody! 

How was your Thanksgiving? 

Did the leftovers hold out for a few days?  Good. Probably gone about now, right? Or this is right around the time when you are getting a little tired of good old turkey sandwiches.

As I've written here earlier, we are in the process of remodeling our whole kitchen, which means we are really short on things like, oh, I don't know, a microwave/oven/stovetop/kitchen sink these days, so we actually went over to visit the relatives and have Thanksgiving dinner.  I also went shopping on Black Friday with my Mom, at FOUR IN THE MORNING, and came out to the parking lot to find someone dinged our van and took off. *sigh*

Anyway, Mom sent me home with some sandwich fixings and pumpkin pie, thank goodness, but the Rhino, for some reason I cannot fathom, won't eat sandwiches.

Which is why I thank the heavens for Hickory Farms.

Hickory Farms has the best cheese in the world. Seriously. The Rhino goes nuts for the stuff! It's so creamy and there's all these varieties--well, I'm getting ahead of myself here. Let me back up.

I am extremely fortunate to be a part of the Mom Central Hickory Farms blog tour. Which means (prepare to envy me, readers) I received not one but TWO fantastic gift items from them to review:

The Perfect Picnic Basket, which is filled with Hickory Farms Summer Sausage (including turkey sausage, which I didn't even know they had!), the aforementioned creamy cheeses, crackers (these are excellent, with sesame, caraway and a touch of garlic) and two different mustards, one a little spicy and one sweet.  It also includes Melt Away Mints and Famously Thin Peanut Brittle, all beautifully wrapped up in a Peterboro Basket (one of those that has a hinge in the middle so the lid flips up on one side, which I plan to reuse for my own gift-giving or maybe just keep for myself, it's so pretty)! 

The Home for the Holidays Gift Box has Hickory Farms signature beef as well as Italian Recipe Summer Sausage. An array of 4 cheeses (The Rhino was in heaven!) and sweet hot as well as honey pineapple mustard, with those same delicious savory crackers to bring it all together.  

We've made Hickory Farms foods a regular holiday tradition in our house because we all love those cheeses (including our cat, Cheddar, also known as "The Fats" who thankfully cannot open boxes). The little strawberry candies sprinkled in the gift boxes also make a nice small indulgence for those with a sweet tooth. 

And, for your friends in the military, you'll be glad to hear that all the gifts found in the “Military Gifts” category of the Hickory Farms website (which includes the Home for the Holidays giftbox above), include free military shipping to military APO/FPO addresses, allowing our troops across the globe to enjoy the holidays in style. Yay!

You know what else, which didn't occur to me before writing this post? The packaging is eco-friendly. Really not a lot of padding, 'green' filler, the whole deal. That's a nice touch.  

And since we are starting our Cool Moms Rule Holiday Gift Guide, "ABCs and Giveaways for the Holidays!" on Friday, we're going to kick off December with a fabulous giveaway-- a Home for the Holidays Gift Box, valued at $50, to one of our readers from Hickory Farms!  

Here's how to enter:

  • Head to the Hickory Farms website and tell me what your favorite product on the site is. This is required for all initial entries in the contest.
Additional Entries:

  • Follow me, coolmomsrule, on Twitter.
  • Tweet about this contest and link to your tweet.
  • Subscribe to our feed (top left sidebar).
  • PhotobucketPut our Holiday Gift Guide button (left) on your blog, Facebook or Twitter page and link it to cool moms rule! (FIVE extra entries!)  You can use the code under the button in the sidebar to do this if it would be easier for you. 
  • Blog about this contest (FIVE extra entries!).
  • That's it!  Contest ends at noon EST, December 10th, so get those entries in!

Good Luck!

I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Hickory Farms and received two signature gift boxes from Hickory Farms to thank me for taking the time to participate.

79 comments:

wigget said...

my favorite is the family reunion gift box

wigget said...

subscriber

smdrm said...

I like the Heavenly Fudge Assortment


kg4rmt at arrl dot net

Bebemiqui said...

Ooh, I like the Traveling Snacker!
bebemiqui82(at)yahoo(dot)com

captainliss40 said...

I like the traveling snacker. captainliss40@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I like the Savory Sampler.

denise_22315 at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

I follow coolmomsrule as wiscmom24 on Twitter.

denise_22315 at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

I subscribe

denise_22315 at yahoo dot com

Jackie said...

One of my favorites is the Savory Sampler Gift Basket. Thanks for the review and giveaway!
jackievillano at gmail dot com

Jackie said...

I subscribe (via email)
jackievillano at gmail dot com

Julie said...

I"d luv to try the cheese ball combo gift box:)

jmatek AT wi DOT rr DOT com

Julie said...

follow u on twitter: jmatek

jmatek AT wi DOT rr DOT com

Julie said...

subscribed on google reader

jmatek AT wi DOT rr DOT com

valerie2350 said...

the fruit and cheese fest gift box looks fab!

valerie2350 said...

twitter follower
valerie2350

tyson2468 said...

I really like the Savory Sampler gift basket. It's even got the Mini Melt Away Mints in it that I love. :)
tyson 2468 (at) charter (dot) net

tyson2468 said...

Following you via twitter @HeidiHMc
tyson 2468 [at] charter [dot] net

tyson2468 said...

Tweeted the giveaway! :)

http://twitter.com/HeidiHMc/status/12814434091143168

tyson 2468 (at) charter (dot) net

tyson2468 said...

Subscribe via google reader.
tyson 2468 [at] charter [dot] net

whatsanitasdeal said...

I love the beef summer sausage. I can eat the whole thing and I did. I told my self to eat ONE piece. that didnt' work

Kathy said...

My fave would be the friends and family gift basket with all the cheese and sausage :)

Kathy said...

I am an email subscriber

whatsanitasdeal said...

I subscribed and confirmed to your blog via email too

Smarti said...

http://www.hickoryfarms.com/item/family-friends-gift-box/012530
my fave
rmartinclarke at gmail dot com

Forget Shyness Reviews said...

my favorite is - http://www.hickoryfarms.com/item/summer-sausage-and-cheese-gift-box/000026

my email is littleheathen9109 @ yah00 d0t c0m

Forget Shyness Reviews said...

i follow you on twitter as @forgetshyness

my email is littleheathen9109 @ yah00 d0t c0m

Forget Shyness Reviews said...

i sbuscribed to your email feed

my email is littleheathen9109 @ yah00 d0t c0m

Forget Shyness Reviews said...

i have your button on the right side of my blog - http://forgetshynessreviews.blogspot.com

Forget Shyness Reviews said...

button entry 2

Forget Shyness Reviews said...

button entry 3

Forget Shyness Reviews said...

button entry 4

Forget Shyness Reviews said...

button entry 5

Forget Shyness Reviews said...

i blogged - http://forgetshynessreviews.blogspot.com/2010/12/hickory-farms-giveaway-cool-moms-rule.html

Forget Shyness Reviews said...

blogged 2

Forget Shyness Reviews said...

blogged 3

Forget Shyness Reviews said...

blogged 4

Forget Shyness Reviews said...

blogged 5

Smarti said...

follower @rsmc1
http://twitter.com/#!/rsmc1/status/13090175160684544

Smarti said...

google reader sub
rmartinclarke at gmail dot com

WWillows6 said...

The hickory handyman tool bag would be the perfect gift for my father.
lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

WWillows6 said...

I'm following you on Twitter @lisalmg.
lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

Smarti said...

i follow u on twitter @rsmc1

WWillows6 said...

I Tweeted this giveaway. http://twitter.com/lisalmg/status/13094002697969664
lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

Chris said...

I love those little mints in pink, green and yellow. I can't get enough of them!

candjpalmer at wyoming dot com

WWillows6 said...

I subscribed to your feed emails.
lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

WWillows6 said...

I have your Holiday Gift Guide button on my blog. Entry 1
http://mowermom.blogspot.com/
lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

WWillows6 said...

I have your Holiday Gift Guide button on my blog. Entry 2
http://mowermom.blogspot.com/
lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

WWillows6 said...

I have your Holiday Gift Guide button on my blog. Entry 3
http://mowermom.blogspot.com/
lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

WWillows6 said...

I have your Holiday Gift Guide button on my blog. Entry 4
http://mowermom.blogspot.com/
lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

WWillows6 said...

I have your Holiday Gift Guide button on my blog. Entry 5
http://mowermom.blogspot.com/
lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

tina reynolds said...

I really liked Fruit & Cheese Fest Gift Box eaglesforjack@gmail.com

Julie said...

http://www.hickoryfarms.com/item/beef-hearty-hickory-gift-box/012521 for my husband
thanks 4 the giveaway
aunteegem@yahoo.com

the Crave to Save said...

mmm...love their summer sausage!

the Crave to Save said...

http://twitter.com/#!/CrazyItalian0/status/13222999717056512

tweet!

Julie said...

email subscriber
aunteegem@yahoo.co

the Crave to Save said...

http://tctsgiveawayroundup.blogspot.com/2010/12/hickory-farms-giveaway.html

blogged 1
gina.m.maddox (at) gmail.com

the Crave to Save said...

http://tctsgiveawayroundup.blogspot.com/2010/12/hickory-farms-giveaway.html

blogged 2
gina.m.maddox (at) gmail.com

the Crave to Save said...

http://tctsgiveawayroundup.blogspot.com/2010/12/hickory-farms-giveaway.html

blogged 3
gina.m.maddox (at) gmail.com

the Crave to Save said...

http://tctsgiveawayroundup.blogspot.com/2010/12/hickory-farms-giveaway.html

blogged 4
gina.m.maddox (at) gmail.com

the Crave to Save said...

http://tctsgiveawayroundup.blogspot.com/2010/12/hickory-farms-giveaway.html

blogged 5
gina.m.maddox (at) gmail.com

the Crave to Save said...

I am an RSS Subscriber!
gina.m.maddox (at) gmail.com

the Crave to Save said...

linked your button here

http://tctsgiveawayroundup.blogspot.com/

gina.m.maddox (at) gmail.com

the Crave to Save said...

linked your button here

http://tctsgiveawayroundup.blogspot.com/

gina.m.maddox (at) gmail.com

the Crave to Save said...

linked your button here

http://tctsgiveawayroundup.blogspot.com/

gina.m.maddox (at) gmail.com

the Crave to Save said...

linked your button here

http://tctsgiveawayroundup.blogspot.com/

gina.m.maddox (at) gmail.com

the Crave to Save said...

linked your button here

http://tctsgiveawayroundup.blogspot.com/

gina.m.maddox (at) gmail.com

Anne said...

I like the grand artisan gift basket
ajolly1456 at gmail dot com

Anne said...

I follow you on twitter, lunaj1456
ajolly1456 at gmail dot com

Anne said...

I subscribe to your feed in google reader (Anne Jolly)

Anne said...

I tweeted
http://twitter.com/lunaj1456/status/13226673877028864

Michele said...

My favorite item is the Delightfully Decadent Baklava
rlawrence110(at)yahoo.com

Michele said...

I follow you on Twitter
@rlawrence110
rlawrence110(at)yahoo.com

Michele said...

I tweeted
http://twitter.com/rlawrence110/status/13229324391940096
rlawrence110(at)yahoo.com

Michele said...

I subscriber via Google Reader
rlawrence110(at)yahoo.com

Nancy said...

I love the Grand Artisans Gift Basket that sells for $120.

Nancy
allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

Nancy said...

I subscribe to your RSS feed via My Yahoo.

Nancy
allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

Lesa said...

My sons love the Beef Summer Sausage.

Kristie said...

The deluxe smokehouse collection gift box sounds delicious!

khmorgan_00 [at] yahoo [dot] com

frugal said...

My favorite is the family reunion gift box.NICE!

Cool Moms Rule! is in full compliance of the new FTC rules concerning Bloggers. I disclose on all posts where a product was received for free and/or if there was any kind of financial compensation involved.