Friday, April 9, 2010

Ultimate Blog Party!

First off: Did you know Werther's Sugar Free Hard Candies is coming out with a new flavor this month? Click here to check out my review to find out what it is.

GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED! Winner is Julie #10. Crongrats on winning the Microplane Zester!

Ultimate Blog Party 2010

I have been waiting for this Ultimate Blog Party for a long time! I had so much fun with it last year. And here we are! This year I have a giveaway from CSN stores that I am excited about. They have over 200 online stores that sell things from cookware to TV stands. Click here for the giveaway. To learn more about the Ultimate Blog Party click here.

My name is Melody and welcome to "Cheat Day Cafe". This is a place where you will not be judged if you need to cheat a little on your diet. I have "good girl recipes" like:

Strawberries with Fat Free Cheesecake Filling

Fruit for Dessert Fruit Dip

I also have many "Cheat Day" Recipes like:

Chocolate Covered Caramel Pretzels

Pretzel Scotchmallow

Shredded Pork Taquitos

A little about me now. I married a guy I barely knew and now we've been married for 10 years. Here we are:

And now we have 3 great kids!

My cute boys!

My daughter loves to cook with me. We made these candy leis together. So cute and fun!

I work full-time as a physical therapist assistant in a retirement community. I have so enjoyed working with the elderly. They have such interesting stories to tell! I am also involved with church and I am a talk radio junkie!

Have fun partying!!!!

Prizes I'd like to win:

US39 -Be My Guest certificate ($250 value) for one lucky winner, (2 night stay for a family of four) at any Hilton Garden Inn.

US6 – Hand Stamped Personalized Necklace valued at $48 The Double Stacked A Lot Of Love.

US18 – Goodie Basket for Mom

US67 – DaySpring’s Blessings Unlimited Blessings Blocks – A distressed white-finish frame holds nine colorful blocks with letters and symbols.

If those are taken: Any jewelry, cooking things or kids stuff would be great!

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  1. Ooh, I always just zest citrus on my cheese grater and SOOOO want one of those microplane zesters because I know it makes the zest smaller and more oils/flavor comes out.
    I would make lots of zesty goodies if I had one of those.
    I'm already a follower of your blog!

  2. Hi Melody, thanks for stopping by! everything looks so YUMMY!!!

  3. Oooo those foods look so yummy.

  4. Hi!

    Visiting you from the Blog Party!

    OMG - those pictures just make my mouth WATER!! I'm going to spend the afternoon printing out recipes! LOL!

  5. I need one of those! I'd probably make some sugar cookies with a little lemon zest.

  6. Okay--I became a follower. I recipe blog at

    I would love to make the orange rolls, never made those before.

    Thanks for sharing all of your great recipes!

  7. I love the zester!! I have one and use it all the time. Hope the zester makes it to a new happy home :)

  8. Hi Melody! Thanks for visiting my blog. You've got some great ideas on your blog- looking forward to taking a closer look!

  9. Hi Melody! I'll be over in like 5 minutes for some of those yummy snacks.

    I'm visiting from UBP! Hope you can drop by my Party!!

  10. Thanks for stopping by! You're right, us 24/7 moms have to stick together.
    Your recipes make me want to lick my monitor. :)
    I will be back and I'm now following.
    I would certainly use that zester to try out those zesty orange rolls. Yum!

  11. Very nice giveaway...I think I'd use it to make my lemon bars! I'm a follower.

  12. I'm a follower. I think I would use it to zest some orange and make those rolls (and some citrus sugar a friend told me about the other day...she dips strawberries in white chocolate, then dip in the citrus sugar. mmmm) Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. I just followed you via GFC! I would use the zester for cinnamon on my cappuccino (and to use on recipes I pick up on your site...yum, yum)

  14. What a fab blog you have. So totally cute! Thanks for stopping by Knowlton Nest!

  15. I love all things with lemon in them.. so that requires a lot of lemon zest most of the time.. so I would be using this for lemon zest!

  16. Stopping by from the UBP! You have some VERY yummy dishes posted here - I haven't had dinner yet and now I really must go make something!
    Thanks so much for following me at The MommyTrade! I hope to help save you some money with my Giant Deals!

  17. You don't have to enter me. Just stopping by from the UBP.

    Your recipes look so delish! Those strawberries are calling my name! And your kids are cuties!

  18. WOW pretzel scotchmellow looks AMAZING!!! :D

    Hope you are having fun at the BLOG PARTY!

    Jenni ("Miss Tutu")
    My UBP blog post: How to Make a Tutu blog - hope you will stop by and say hi! :) and Mom Blogger $100 Cash Contest

  19. Hey! Thanks for stopping by! Your family is tooo cute!

    Okay! I am a follower officially now and if I won I would try to make the yummy lemon zest sauce that they put on the chicken that I get at the cheesecake factory! Yummmmmmy!

  20. Wow!! Look at all that yummy food you make!!! I'm impressed. :) Thanks for stopping by my blog, I'm looking forward to getting to know you. :)

    Oh, and I've always wanted a zester. Those orange rolls look fantastic, and I love anything citrus. I'll try anything. LOL :) My mouth is watering now, THANKS! haha

  21. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment during the UBP'10. Your comment about going to a blogging conference someday made me smile. Just start saving your dimes and quarters! You're in a great location to meet and greet other bloggers in real life. But once you go to a blogging conference, you'll become addicted to them.

    See you again soon!

  22. I would love a handheld zester. My huge cheese grater is way to big for most zesting jobs. Hello from UBP!

  23. What a cute blog design! Love the colors- thanks for stopping by

  24. I'm Stephanie from "And Twins make 5! - A Mommy Blog". Just making the rounds via the UBP 2010, hope to see you around my blog too!

  25. Thanks for finding me thru the blog party! I saw your other blog is trying to get started doign reviews/giveaways, and you clearly have gotten accepted by CSNstores on this blog, but if you're unsure of how to contact companies that you are interested in instead of waiting for people to contact you or for an opportunity to come up on a website like blogher, feel free to email me and i'll help you out. Or if you know how to contact companies but are unsure of which ones are likely to accept you to start off with, I can help you with that too. I've helped many bloggers get started doing reviews/giveaways even though I myself have only been at it for a little less than 4 months.

  26. Hi! I found you through the party! Nice to meet ya! I have also become a follower and I'd love to win the zester because it's one of the things my kitchen is missing! I'd make some of my Grandma's Orange Cheesecake. :)

  27. Pretzel Scotchmallow?
    I want the recipe. Tell me you have it .. I NEED IT!

    On another note, now that I have myself under control;
    I also married a guy I only knew for a short time. We never even went on an actual date. Did the whole wedding arranging over the phone, drove to the east coast for our "honeymoon". It's been 18 years and I'm still waiting for that honeymoon. ;)

  28. I would make lemon pasta!! And so much more... I have wanted a microplane zester for months!

  29. Thanks for stopping by my party - and thanks for making my mouth water ;-) Checking out more of your posts!

    Happy partying

  30. I'm a happy follower of your blog! I would love to zest some lemons for a lemon meringue pie. The microplane is fab!

  31. I follow! and I would make those lemon gem cookies (again) I made them for christmas and they were melty in your mouth delicious!

  32. I follow your blog and would use the zester for key lime pies.

  33. I don't have just cheat days, I have cheat weekends LOL The Pretzel Scotchmallow look like a delicious dietkiller!

  34. I was just telling my husband the other day I needed one of these!! I became a follower. My email address is:

  35. I have tried everything as a substitute for a microplaner - nothing works. :( I so hope I might win! Love your blog.

  36. I am a follower! I really need a zester badly bc I am using an old cheese grater which cuts me up every time I use it, help! I would use it too make a yummy key lime pie.


    bloody fingers ;(

  37. Skipped over from Momma 2 Hannah. I also married a man I hardly knew (we had only known each other for 8 months!). I'm now a follower! Not sure what I would make with the zester, but I'm sure I could find something!

  38. I am stopping by from the UBP but will be back..this is so fun:)

  39. Pretzel scotchmallow? That is genius!

    I use my microplane grater all the time. It's great for citrus zest, chocolate, parmesan, even whole nutmeg. Love it!

  40. Everything looks so good, especially those juicy looking taquitos. I could use some of those for dinner tonight!

  41. I'm also stopping by from the UBP10 Fun!

    What a great blog!

    Thanks for visiting Frugal Plus :)

  42. Stopping by from the UBP to be your newest follower over there ===>. lol. I'd love the zester. One of my fav dishes is a lemon chicken pasta w/capers. YUMMMM! Thanks for the great giveaway. Blessings, SusanD

  43. Hi there! Just popping in from the UBP to be your newest Google Follower! Hooray! Hope you have a great weekend! Swing by my blog when you get a chance! Zester...good for lemon meringue pie-yummy!!

    Bridgette Groschen
    The Groschen Goblins

  44. What a cute idea for a blog! Stopped in from UBP 10! Joni

  45. Im a follower! I love your blog and all those recipies.. I wish you had an email subscibe button

    If you ever get one just let me know!

    contact email: tsgiveaways(at)

  46. Yum!!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'll definitely be back to yours!

  47. HEY! I hadn't got to your blog before the party ended...but I'm here now. (And I love it!) Thanks so much for stopping by mine and following my maddness.

    You have a new follower.


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