Friday, June 5, 2009



Yes, it is official. Today is my VERY FIRST GIVEAWAY right here and just in time for VGNO.

Last week, I gave you a bit of a teaser about the giveaway and I truly hope you have been singing Cookie Monster's cookie song all week! heehee

Now, to the review:

Kudos Kookies - Don't just say congratulations, say "Kudos"!

I have to say, my mouth has been watering since the day I spoke with Renee at "Kudos Custom Favors". You just can't believe how much I LOVE COOKIES!

This morning, the package arrived! Neatly and securely placed inside were these beautiful, individually wrapped Kudos Kookies, hand decorated as a Hibiscus flower

Aren't they gorgeous?

Now we all know, I spent 2 seconds looking and the rest of the time ripping off the wrapper! I HAD TO HAVE THAT COOKIE!

I have to say, the cookie was magnificient! It had a cake-like texture that seemed to melt in my mouth and just the right amount of sweetness to ensure you being able to EAT THEM ALL! The icing was thinly placed on the cookie, enough to cover the cookie but not enough to come off and get plastered around your mouth like Saturday night's leftover lipstick. It, too, was not overly sweet or too rich to eat. The decorations, yes, I looked at the decorations.....of the others as I was eating mine.........were delicate and exquisite.

It was an absolute pleasure eating that cookie! It is also a pleasure speaking with Renee. She is so friendly and customer conscious. I encourage you all to stop by and visit her at and, if you really want to catch her, give her a tweet: @KudosKookies

Here are a few more examples of Renee's work at Kudos Custom Favors:

Oh, look, could it be, yes, it is, COOKIE MONSTER!

How would you like to serve these at your next BABY SHOWER? Everyone would want to attend.

For your little PRINCESS!

Here's one for GIRLS NIGHT OUT!

And, don't forget the happy couple's ENGAGEMENT AND WEDDING DAY

Renee's message to her customers:

Kudos Kookies - Don't just say congratulations, say "Kudos"!

"Kudos" means congratulations and recognition. It's the perfect reason we call ourselves Kudos Kookies. Our unique cookies will commemorate any special occasion, any special reason, or any special person you'd like to celebrate or recognize in a unique and delicious way.

We truly appreciate our customers and enjoy the personal touch we have in meeting your special needs and preferences. Please, always feel free to contact us with questions, comments and suggestions regarding your order. We want you happy and completely thrilled with your cookies, enough so that you'll tell your friends and family about Kudos Kookies and how we helped to make your celebration a tasty success.

So remember, don't just say congratulations... say "Kudos", where repeat customers are our specialty and new customers are our goal!

Thank you so much, Renee, for allowing me to review your fabulous cookies! They were a treat, even though you would not let me eat them ALL!

And, now, to the GIVEAWAY!

I lucky person will win one dozen KUDOS KOOKIES decorated as HIBISCUS FLOWERS!

How To Enter:

One winner will be chosen, at random, to receive the dozen cookies. You must complete the Main Entry requirements to be considered.

For the Main entry, you must take a journey to Kudos Kookies and leave a comment on which is your favorite.

For Extra Entries:

1) Follow my blog publicly (1 entry)
2) Follow me on twitter (1 entry)
3) Follow Kudos Kookies on twitter (1 entry)
4) Tweet this giveaway, include @SereneMoments so I can verify (1 entry)
5) Grab my button. Make sure you leave your link so I can go see it.

I will run the contest through Thursday, June 11th, @midnight CST. Make sure I have your contact information.

Happy Blogging and Have a GREAT WEEKEND!

Oh, yeah, if you're in the market for CANDLES, I am having a CLEARANCE SALE below!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

ALL NATURAL CANDLES - CLEARANCE - Save Big, Now on Jars, Votives and Melts

Hello, my friends! As most of you know, I have a candle business, Serene Moments. From time to time, as we add new scents to our lists, it becomes necessary to retire or discontinue other scents. So, while quantities last, I am having a Clearance Sale on these scents.

If you are looking for an all natural, clean burning (soot free) candle with a long burn time and CLEARANCE PRICED, you are at the right place.

E-mail for pricing:


Apples & Peaches Votives

Apricot & Freesia 16oz Jar

Apricot & Freesia Votives

Blackberry Sage 16oz Jar

Blackberry Sage Votives

Blueberry Cobbler Votives

Cinnamon Tea 16oz Jar

Cinnamon Tea Votives

Cotton Candy Votives

Ginger & Cedarwood 16oz Jar

Ginger & Cedarwood Votives

Hollyberry 16oz Jar

Hollyberry Votives

Hot Orange Danish 16oz Jar

Hot Orange Danish Votives

Mango Tea 16oz Jar

Mango Tea Votives

Melts - Apples & Peaches

Melts - Apricot & Freesia

Melts - Blackberry Sage

Melts - Blueberry Cobbler

Melts - Cinnamon Tea

Melts - Coconut Macaroon

Melts - Cotton Candy

Melts - Ginger & Cedarwood

Melts - Hollyberry

Melts - Hot Orange Danish

Melts - Mango Tea

Melts - Maple Syrup

Melts - Mountain Pine

Melts - Orange Creamsicle

Melts - Peppermint Truffle

Melts - Roasted Chestnuts

Melts - Tequila Sunrise

Melts - White Choc & Coffee

Norwegian Wood Votives

Orange Creamsicle Votives

Peppermint Truffle 16oz Jar

Peppermint Truffle Votives

Roasted Chestnuts Votives

White Choc & Coffee 16oz Jar

White Choc & Coffee Votives

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Margarita Grilled Chicken

Nothing like a little Summertime Grillin' to make you want to get to partying! And, no party is complete without a little Margarita:

Margarita Grilled Chicken

* 3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
* 2 cups bottled margarita mix


1. Pour the margarita mix into a large resealable plastic bag. Add the chicken breasts, and press out as much of the air as possible before sealing. Marinate 4 to 8 hours in the refrigerator.
2. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat.
3. Lightly oil the grill grate. Remove chicken from marinade, and discard the marinade. Grill chicken 8 minutes per side, or until juices run clear.