Floral Fusion! a Lenox China Review and Giveaway ($288 value!) #3 in my 50th Birthday Bash!

On August 24, 2011, by Glenda Embree- BusyAtHome
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I love Lenox!  It’s always been a dream of mine to have beautiful dishes and serving pieces to create a wonderfully inviting tablescape.  I have never had the chance to own my own set of gorgeous china — a set I picked out myself, that is a true expression of me.  Needless to say, browsing […]

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I love Lenox!  It’s always been a dream of mine to have beautiful dishes and serving pieces to create a wonderfully inviting tablescape.  I have never had the chance to own my own set of gorgeous china — a set I picked out myself, that is a true expression of me.  Needless to say, browsing the Lenox website fills my head with all sorts of dreamy table setting and decorating ideas.  I love “window shopping” there because of the incredible variety of styles and colors.  Plus, the name Lenox is synonymous with quality and beauty, in my mind.  I know it’s a company I can trust.

You may remember that last fall, Lenox sponsored an over-the-top generous giveaway, at Busy-at-Home, of EIGHT 4-piece place settings of their beautiful new holiday china.  I fell in love with the artistry and elegance of their products, as well as the great people I was able to work with in the process.  It’s just an all around awesome company.  That’s why I’m so tickled that they are helping me to celebrate my 50th birthday by sponsoring yet another outrageously fun giveaway!  One Busy-at-Home reader is going to win FOUR 4-piece place settings of Floral Fusion – Kiwi!

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I couldn’t resist taking these beautiful floral dishes out into the open air and sunshine on our deck to snap a few pictures for you.

Knowing exactly what to expect when the box arrived, I could hardly stand not ripping it open, but I was very calm and genteel about the whole thing.  (Don’t listen to anything my family says.  They exaggerate!  :) )  Floral Fusion is crafted of white porcelain and is dishwasher and microwave safe, meaning its fabulous “style” is also easy to care for.  The glaze is smooth and the colors are spectacular!  Each place setting has four pieces — a dinner plate, salad plate, a bowl and a mug.

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Floral Fusion dinner plate with a kiwi colored band around the outer rim.
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Don’t you love these! This beautiful salad plate is just bursting with its floral bouquet!  The colors are bold and exciting and its an elegant complement to the dinner plate.

Every time I look at these pieces, I think of “The Secret Garden”.  That’s what they remind me of – a special party nestled in a beautiful flower garden.  The colors are vibrant and the artwork is contemporary and elegant, yet these dishes exude the most welcoming, homey feel when placed on your table.  Do you have certain things in your home that just make you smile and feel happy inside?  These dishes will be one of mine.

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This gorgeous bowl is huge and deep! The pretty flowers circle all the way around and spray across the exterior like petals falling from the sky.
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You’ll love the generous capacity of this sweet over-sized mug. It holds a full 16 oz of your favorite beverage!

Guess what?  These beautiful dishes are normally $72 per place setting, but right now, they are on sale at the Lenox website for only $49.95!  That’s a 31% savings!  Fantastic bargain!  The name Lenox is one that I have long associated with fine china, beauty and quality.  This review experience has only served to deepen that conviction.

Giveaway Rules:

You must be 18 or older and a resident of the U.S. to enter.  The mandatory entry must be completed before any optional entries will count.  Deadline to enter is midnight (CST) Sunday, September 11, 2011.

Mandatory Entry:

Which beautiful Lenox china pattern makes YOU happy inside when you think about using it to set your own table?  (You can check out all the varieties on the Lenox website.)  Leave a comment below telling me your favorite!

Optional Additional Entries:

  1. Like Lenox on Facebook.  Leave a comment below letting me know you did.  Be sure to include your Facebook name, so I can find you in their fans list.
  2. Follow Lenox on Twitter.  Leave a comment below letting me know you did.  Be sure to include your Twitter handle, so I can find you in their followers list.
  3. Follow Busy-at-Home on Twitter.   Leave a comment letting me know you’ve done it.
  4. Like Busy-at-Home on Facebook.  Leave a comment letting me know you’ve done it.
  5. Follow Busy-at-Home on Google Friends Connect.  Use the “Join” button in the right-hand sidebar.  Leave a comment letting me know you’ve done it.
  6. Subscribe to the Busy-at-Home Newsletter (in the right-hand sidebar).  You will receive an email confirmation with a link that must be clicked to confirm your subscription.  Once you click the email link to confirm your subscription, leave me a comment to let me know you’ve done it.
  7. Post this giveaway on your Facebook page.  Win FOUR 4-piece place settings of beautiful Lenox China & let your table “bloom” with elegance! @Lenox_corp @busyathome  http://ow.ly/6bXpW   Leave a comment below with a link to your post.
  8. Tweet this giveaway (1x daily)Win FOUR 4-piece place settings of beautiful Lenox China & let your table “bloom” with elegance! @Lenox_corp @busyathome  http://ow.ly/6bXpW   Leave a comment below with a link to your tweet.

I received one 4-piece place setting of Floral Fusion, in order to test it and conduct this review.  No monetary compensation was received and as always, at Busy-at-Home, views and opinions expressed are wholly my own.

Grape Salad

On November 30, 2010, by Glenda Embree- BusyAtHome
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I love when I find simple and easy recipes, that add something new to an everyday meal and are equally as impressive on a table for guests.  I like it even better when that recipe is inexpensive to make.  If you plan your shopping wisely, this recipe hits the mark on all counts,  plus it’s […]

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I love when I find simple and easy recipes, that add something new to an everyday meal and are equally as impressive on a table for guests.  I like it even better when that recipe is inexpensive to make.  If you plan your shopping wisely, this recipe hits the mark on all counts,  plus it’s just plain pretty.

Do you all remember the recent $5 off 5 Kraft cheese coupons?  We were allowed to print two and so I hung onto them until our local store had Kraft Cream Cheese on sale for 98¢ each.  Then I purchased 10 blocks of cream cheese and the store PAID ME 20¢ to bring them home.  FREE Cream Cheese cuts the cost in any recipe!  Then when grapes were on sale for 87¢/ lb, it was a shoe-in that it was time to try this salad!

I’m sure you’ve all noticed by now, that I am still adjusting to taking pictures in the different lighting of our new home, but don’t let my poor photography skills fool you.  This is a pretty sidedish, that you’ll be proud to serve, even to company.  I love how my Noritake Round Baker/Pie Plate displays this yummy salad.  Have you visited Noritake, yet? They sponsored an awesome giveaway of Colorwave Bakeware for our Homemade Holiday series and their dinnerware is just as lovely.  Plus, now through this Friday they are having an amazing 30% OFF sale – SITE WIDE!  Use coupon code Holiday30 and pick up your favorite pieces with a phenomenal discount!

The wonderful bakeware Noritake donated for our recent giveaway!

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Grape Salad

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs green seedless grapes
  • 2 lbs red seedless grapes
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Directions:

Get yourself an eight- or nine-year-old that loves to help in the kitchen.  Let them wash and de-stem all your grapes.

My favorite nine-year-old, washing and removing the stems from the grapes.

In a small bowl, mix the softened cream cheese, sour cream, sugar and vanilla.  (Remember this beautiful Winter Song bowl from Lenox?  I love it and it’s perfect for this winter season!)  Mix until the dressing is smooth and creamy.  Yum!  This would also be a very good fruit dip with a tray full of fruit chunks, too.

Pretty Winter Song bowl from Lenox.

Sweet, creamy dressing ready to pour over the grapes.

Pour the dressing over the prepared grapes and stir to coat.  Pour the salad into a serving dish.  I used the Noritake Round Baker/Pie Plate from their Colorwave Collection.  The Raspberry color just seemed like the perfect fit, this time of year.

Mix the brown sugar and pecans.  You will use them to top the salad.

Salad in beautiful Raspberry Colorwave Round Baker from Noritake and ready to be topped.

Beautiful AND delicious!  You can eat this right away, but the flavors and texture gets better the longer you leave it in the fridge.  That extra time to sit, allows the dressing to moisten and start to dissolve the brown sugar in the topping and all the flavors to meld and complement one another.  This recipe is so simple and quick to fix.  It has great texture and taste, plus it looks pretty!  You can’t go wrong with this dish on your Homemade Holiday menu!

Grape salad, finished off with pecans and brown sugar. That Raspberry Colorwave Round Baker from Noritake is going to be gorgeous in my holiday tablescape!

Served with a tasty corn casserole that will be posting soon! (More of my Winter Song china from Lenox. I love it!)

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Printable Version of Grape Salad Recipe

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This post is linked to Tasty Tuesday.

***Christmas at Home: A Celebration!!!*** Blogmania 2010 is Here!

On September 15, 2010, by Glenda Embree- BusyAtHome
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The day we have all been waiting for has finally arrived!  Get out your comfiest computer chair, some snuggly jams and a BIG glass of iced tea or your favorite coffee mug.  The next 48 hours are going to be unbelievable!  At the final countdown, there are 168 blogs with nearly $40,000 in giveaways!  Here […]

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The day we have all been waiting for has finally arrived!  Get out your comfiest computer chair, some snuggly jams and a BIG glass of iced tea or your favorite coffee mug.  The next 48 hours are going to be unbelievable!  At the final countdown, there are 168 blogs with nearly $40,000 in giveaways!  Here at Busy-at-Home, alone, you can win nearly $1500 in giveaways!  We have the most amazing sponsors offering all of you some tremendous prizes!  I’m going to remind you of each sponsor and prize, give you our Blogmania Giveaway Rules and then you can submit one, single, required entry to be entered into ALL of our fabulous giveaway drawings!  After that, I will link you to every participating blog, so that you can enter giveaways to your heart’s content!  I’m SO excited for all of you!  I can’t wait to send the emails that say, “You’re a Winner!”

Our Busy-at-Home Blogmania Sponsor & Prize List

  1. Gift Package #1 that includes:
    • Aunt Joy’s………………………………..Handmade Personalized Christmas Stocking in the Tall Tree Design (app. value $30)
    • Gimmee Jimmy’s Cookies……………20 cookie assortment box (app. value $25)
  2. Gift Package #2 that includes:
    • Aunt Joy’s……………………………….A second Handmade Personalized Christmas Stocking in the Tall Tree Design (app. value $30)
    • The Two Savvy Sisters……………….Printable Party Collection of your Choice from their Etsy shop (app. value $25)
  3. Gift Package #3 that includes:
    • Balsam Hill……………………………………….36″ lighted Noble Fir Christmas Wreath (app. value $130)
  4. Gift Package #4 that includes:
    • Bodycology………………………………………Brown Sugar Vanilla Christmas Gift Basket Set. (app. value $50)..
  5. Gift Package #5 that includes:
  6. Gift Package #6 that includes:
    • Cake Pan Lady…………………………………..Custom engraved 9×13 Cake Pan in your choice of colors & design (app. value $33)
  7. Gift Package #7 that includes:
    • Hard Candy………………………………………Fabulous makeup gift basket & makeup bag (app. value $50)
  8. Gift Package #8 that includes:
    • Keurig……………………………………………..Keurig Special Edition Brewer & 4 Assorted Boxes of K-Cups (app. value $200) (…
  9. Gift Package #9 that includes:
    • Lenox……………………………………………..8 Place Settings of “Winter Song”, their 2010 Christmas china pattern (app. value $688)
  10. Gift Package #10 that includes:
    • Lil’s Garden Shop……………………..Stick Horse Head of your Choice from Lil’s Etsy shop (app. value $24)
    • Lollipop Patch Kids…………………..His & Hers Christmas-themed Shirt Saver Bibs from their Etsy shop (app. value $12)
    • Poppin’ Dot’s Boutique………………Pillowcase Dress of your choice from their Etsy shop (app. value $9)
  11. Gift Package #11 that includes:
    • Scentsy…………………………………………..$50 gift certificate
  12. Gift Package #12 that includes:
    • stella & dot………………………………………$100 gift certificate

Giveaway Rules:

  • You must be 18 or older and a U.S. resident to enter.
  • One entry per day Sept 15 and one entry per day Sept 16.  Duplicate daily entries will be deleted.
  • Winners will be selected by random drawing at random.org, when our Blogmania Giveaway concludes at midnight (CST), Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010.
  • Winners will be notified by email on September 17 and have 48 hours to submit shipping info.  Winners who have not responded to the email by 6 pm (CST), Sept. 19, 2010, will be disqualified and a new winner will be selected at random.org.

Blogmania September 16, 2010 Entry Form:

To be registered in each of the drawings listed above, you only need to register one time. One entry puts you into the drawings for all 12 gift packages.

You MUST CLICK HERE and Follow Busy-at-Home on Twitter and submit the comment form below, letting me know you have done it.  That’s it!  Super simple!

(I realize some of you may not have a Twitter account [ummm...why? - lol], so, if you don’t you may alternatively follow Busy-at-Home on Google Friend’s Connect.  Again, just indicate which you have done on the form below.)

Easy, easy!  Have fun!  I can’t wait until midnight!

Thanks so much for entering.  The entries are now closed and the Entry Form disabled while we draw for the winners!  Have a great night and watch for the winner list announcement, tomorrow!

Other Participating Blogmania Blogs! 48 Hours to Win BIG!!!

Busy-at-Home does not endorse or police the content of any website other than its own.  I do want to encourage you to be vigilant as you leave our website to visit other blogs.  All the blogs listed below are registered participants in Blogmania 2010, and most I would consider friends and I actually frequent their blogs, myself.  That being said, I do not own this list and so am not able to edit the list or remove blogs that I would not visit myself.  I have visited each site, prior to posting this list, and while none would be qualified as explicitly obscene, there are several that in my estimation, are NOT family-friendly.  So, I urge you to use good judgment as you visit these sites.  I want you to have a great time and win prizes that are relevant to you and your family, but I also feel an obligation to ask you to use caution as you leave Busy-at-Home.

Blogmania 2010 Begins at 12:01 am, Sept 15!!! – FINAL BONUS!!!

On September 14, 2010, by Glenda Embree- BusyAtHome
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It’s time!  It’s here!  At midnight on September 16 (CST), it will all be over and some of you will be the winners of the over $1500 in prizes being sponsored here at Busy-at-Home for our Christmas at Home: A Celebration event!!!!   That means today, September 14, is the last day to complete any Bonus […]

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It's arrived! The Winter Song china from Lenox is here!

It’s time!  It’s here!  At midnight on September 16 (CST), it will all be over and some of you will be the winners of the over $1500 in prizes being sponsored here at Busy-at-Home for our Christmas at Home: A Celebration event!!!!   That means today, September 14, is the last day to complete any Bonus entries.  At midnight tonight, those are all going away and being replaced by the official Blogmania entry page, which can only be submitted one time on the 15th and one time on the 16th.

Dinner plate detail.

Salad plate detail. Aren't they gorgeous!!???!!!

To inspire you to catch up on your bonuses and remind you how awesome our Busy at Home sponsors are, I want to share the pictures of the new Winter Song china from Lenox that arrived here, a couple of days ago.  It is even more beautiful than the stock pictures I shared with you in my earlier Lenox review.  The place setting includes a dinner plate, salad plate, mug and and a bowl.  It will make a gorgeous Christmas table, but I also love the idea that this pattern translates to use all winter long with its lovely winter scenes.  The branches, berries, greenery and pinecones twining around and across the pieces are perfect table complements throughout the whole season and you will fall in love with the hand-painted birds perched delicately on the salad plate.  I know I have.  You are going to get to see it many times, in pictures of delicious food, for my upcoming recipe posts!

Attention to the most beautiful detail - even INSIDE the bowl!

Beautiful bowl!

I have one last Blogmania Bonus Entry for you, in honor of receiving this beautiful place setting to review.

1. “Like” Lenox on Facebook.

2. Paste this message on the Lenox Facebook wall.  “The new Winter Song holiday pattern is absolutely gorgeous!  I’m entered to win it at Busy-at-Home http://busy-at-home.com/blog/blogmania-2010-begins-at-1201-am-sept-15-final-bonus/.  Thanks for being a Blogmania 2010 sponsor!

3.  BONUS ENTRIES HAVE NOW EXPIRED.  Don’t miss the main event!  Enter now at our main Blogmania entry page!

INSIDE the mug! I love the attention to detail!

Tall, gorgeous mug! (Very weird lighting on my counter in this one, but the mug looks great!)

Remember, you only have until midnight, tonight, September 14 to complete your Bonuses.  You must be 18 or older and a resident of the United States to win.  Winners will be selected by random drawing from all qualified entries, using random.org and will be notified on September 17, 2010.

Lenox China Review and Giveaway PLUS a Bonus!

On August 30, 2010, by Glenda Embree- BusyAtHome
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I’ve been working hard to get you all thinking about Christmas, encouraging you to plan ahead, be creative and be frugal.  We’re going to be making tons of fabulous items you can use to decorate your homes and tables, as well as give as gifts.  Frugal is going to look fantastic, this year!  But, as […]

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I’ve been working hard to get you all thinking about Christmas, encouraging you to plan ahead, be creative and be frugal.  We’re going to be making tons of fabulous items you can use to decorate your homes and tables, as well as give as gifts.  Frugal is going to look fantastic, this year!  But, as a special treat, and to really inspire you and put you in the mood for thinking about the holiday season, I have been able to find some outstanding sponsors for Blogmania who will add to your Christmas festivities with some excellent prizes!  I know you all have been waiting to hear about this one and so, today, we’re going to talk about Lenox and the unbelievably generous gift they will be sending to one Busy-at-Home reader!  You can imagine my excitement when a shipping carton arrived, recently.  I opened it, pulled out the generous packing and found this, inside.

That very sturdy and well-packaged box contained a wonderful gift!  I have received one place setting of Lenox’s beautiful “Holiday” dinnerware to review.  You are going to be seeing it popping up in many posts between now and Christmas, as I share delicious recipes and baked goods.  “Holiday” is the classic Lenox Christmas pattern and is the perfect dinnerware for a traditional, formal holiday table.  Encircled in lovely Christmas holly leaves and berries, and rimmed in gold, Lenox’s “Holiday” china pattern is definitely the divine “main attraction” on any holiday tablescape.   There is something so smooth and elegant about china.  I love the way it feels.  This beautiful Lenox china is no exception.  I lift it and I want to be all dressed up and serving a special meal.  Lenox’s “Holiday” dinnerware is also not as heavy and cumbersome as an everyday stoneware or dinnerware.  It just “feels” special.  The great thing is that even though it has that air of unmistakable quality and a celebration feel, the Lenox “Holiday” dinnerware is strong and even dishwasher-safe.  Plus, you won’t believe all the beautiful accessory and serving pieces available to match!

The “Holiday” pattern is made from Lenox ivory fine china and 24 carat gold.  Lenox has been producing this lovely pattern in the United States since 1974.  It can be purchased in configurations and amounts to fit every household and budget, from a three-piece setting that includes a dinner plate and cup and saucer; to the five-piece place setting, which includes everything I received for this review, a dinner plate, salad plate, butter plate, and a cup and saucer.  But the great news is that for a limited time, if you order this beautiful five-piece place setting, you will also receive a sixth piece for free, the lovely soup/pasta bowl.

It’s so new and “hot off the presses” that I haven’t received the review copy, yet; but I will also be receiving Lenox’s fabulous NEW Christmas pattern, designed just for 2010.  For those of you who love to set a beautiful Christmas table, but want something comfortable, family-oriented and less formal, “Winter Song” is going to be the pattern that welcomes your family and friends to the dinner table.  It is absolutely gorgeous and I believe creates an extraordinary winter tablescape, whether it’s Christmastime, or not!  Since, we are still waiting for the first shipments and mine hasn’t arrived, yet, Marianne, over at Lenox, graciously agreed to send me a few pictures, so you could have a sneak peek at the lovely “Winter Song” dinnerware.

Winter Song Dinner Plate

Winter Song Salad Plate

I can just imagine this dinnerware on an elegant ivory, or pretty Christmas green, tablecloth.  I can’t wait for our set to arrive and to show you even more pictures as I use it in my upcoming recipe preps and displays!

The best news of all is that because of Lenox‘s generosity, one lucky Busy-at-Home reader is going to own 8 place settings of the beautiful Winter Song china!!!!  That’s a $688 value!  Your entertaining and family dinners will be enhanced by this lovely, detailed dinnerware.  It adds color and warmth to your table; and everyone who shares your meal will experience the welcoming, homey feel of the charming winter scenes it displays.

By now you ALL know that Sept 15 and 16 are the days not to miss, here at Busy-at-Home.  You will have one opportunity each day to enter a drawing that makes you eligible for over $1500 in prize drawings that will happen at midnight on September 16.   Plus, we will be linking you to nearly $40,000 in other prize giveaways across the 125+ participating Blogmania host blogs.  You need to be 18 years or older and reside in the US, to enter.

Because you guys are always so great and supportive, and I want you to have every possible chance to be the winner of one of our great prizes, here at Busy-at-Home, I have been making Bonus Entries available to you throughout the promotional period.  Today, you can add another entry to your Blogmania chances, by following these two steps:

  1. Visit the Lenox website and pick your very favorite china pattern.  (I promise, the hardest part will be to only pick one.)  :)  Come back here and leave a comment telling me what it is.
  2. BONUS ENTRIES HAVE NOW EXPIRED.  Don’t miss the main event!  Enter now at our main Blogmania entry page!

That’s it!  So simple, and now you’re one chance closer to a beautiful tablescape for your home!

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