Game Time & Reviews

by Jenn @ Frugal Upstate on September 19, 2012

What does fall “Game Time” mean to you?  Is it sitting on the stands cheering on your highschool football team?  Is it curling up on the couch under a blanket with your sweetie watching the game ?  A house full of folks chatting, snacking and occasionally glancing at the TV to see the score?  Your friends all cheering at the TV set up over the bar as you shoot pool?  Or do you not even know that a game was on until you hear your co-workers talking about it the next day?

There are as many ways to enjoy Game Time as there are people.  Simple or elaborate, big or small, at home or out. There really isn’t a right or a wrong.

Walmart considers “Game Time” to be it’s own season, wedged right in there between “Back to School” and “Halloween” :) In honor of  it Walmart has a special Game Time landing page which features a sweepstakes by Mr Coffee for the Ultimate Game Pack Giveaway valued at over $1300.  You can enter from now to November 15th.

The Walmart Moms were asked if we would like to review a few new appliances and share some ways that folks can  use them to help celebrate Game Time.  Never one to turn down appliances, especially when there is a Crockpot in the mix, I accepted :)

The first item I’d like to tell you about is the Crockpot Triple Dipper($49).

I admit it.  I had already been looking at this particular item longingly in the store.  We actually have a group of friends that we get together with on a fairly regular basis, and there are always several different hot dips–just the type of thing the Triple Dipper was built for.  It’s actually quite cleverly designed.  The cord retracts up into the unit, which is nice for storage.  All the little pots come out for cleaning (they are each the size of the “Little Dipper” pots) and the entire thing is a lazy susan-so you can rotate it around and reach all the dips without moving.  How cool is that?

Honestly, the only thing that wasn’t awesome about this unit is it’s size.  It’s the kind of thing you are going to have to find room down in the basement for, or in a closet, or in the garage, or under a bed.  It’s probably not going to fit in your cupboard.

Of course I had to try it out to see how it worked.  Since we didn’t have a party planned, and I have a great love of hot cheesy dips, I decided the healthiest thing to do would be to volunteer to provide coffee hour at my church and bring the dips in for everyone to enjoy :)  Everyone thought that it was really a neat thing–one friend said she needed a housewarming gift for her son and is going to buy one!

I have a lot of dip recipes.  Buffalo Chicken DipSpinach Artichoke DipReuben Dip.  I wanted to do something different, so I filled the Triple Dipper with three new recipes: Cheesy Sweet Onion Dip, Pizza Dip and Crab Dip.

Cheesy Sweet Onion Dip

Ingredients

  • 2 Sweet Onions
  • 1 C Mayo
  • 8oz Cream Cheese (softened)
  • 2 C grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 tsp minced Garlic
  • Black Pepper

Instructions

  • Mince Onions
  • In a bowl combine Cream Cheese, Mayo, Garlic & Parmesan Cheese.
  • Mix in onions & season to taste with black pepper
  • Scoop into crockpot and heat on low/warm for about and hour prior to serving.
  • Variations:
  • Bake at 350 for 40 minutes in a greased baking dish.
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The next item is the Mr Coffee “Cafe Latte” maker ($99).

This is a rather interesting coffee pot.  It really doesn’t brew plain coffee, and it makes a maximum of two cups!  You put your coffee or expresso grounds in the top, water (for 1 or 2 cups) goes into the reservoir, then you pour your milk into the special pot.  The pot actually has a thick black bottom that encloses the heating element.  The lid to the pot has special whisk built in that goes down into the milk.  When you start the cycle, the first thing that happens is it starts warming up and frothing the milk.  The it brews the coffee and it drips down into the milk, frothing the entire time.

  I admit, I thought this entire thing was a bit goofy when I realized what it was. . . but when I brewed a cup using plain old milk and regular nothing fancy coffee I was surprised at how tasty the latte was.  I guess the foaming & gentle heat really do make it different.  The booklet that comes with it has recipes to make flavored lattes–things like you get at those expensive coffee places “Eggnog Latte” & “Pumpkin Spice Latte” for example.

It is a good size appliance, slightly smaller than a standard coffee pot, so it takes up some counter real estate if you are going to leave it out all the time.  If you buy a lot of latte type drinks out then you’d probably get more than your money’s worth from the latte maker–after all, you don’t have to buy any kind of pods or anything, you just use your own coffee, milk and additives.

The biggest use for it so far in our household though? Hot cocoa!  Buddy in particular loves making hot cocoa in it.  I could actually see using it to brew up the chocolate for a snuggly fall game day on the couch.

The last appliance they sent me to help celebrate Game Time was the Oster Party Blender.

What makes a blender a party blender?  Well this thing’s HUGE.  I guess most standard blenders come in a 6 cup size–this is 8 cups.  Plus the pitcher is a nice heavy solid glass.

I’m sure you can think of plenty of party drinks that would be lovely by the pitcher on game day.  Margaritas are one of my favorites!  I wanted to share a cool little blender related tip that I found on Pinterest with you that actually may be helpful next time you have a party–did you know that most blender bottoms (the collar, gasket and blades) will fit on a mason jar?  How cool is that?

How would that help at a party?  Well imagine having a bunch of jars all set up with drink ingredients in the fridge or freezer and having them all ready to individually blend as needed at the party?

So would any of these help you with your game time plans?

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored review I am participating in with the Walmart Moms. Walmart has provided me with compensation for this post. My participation is voluntary and opinions, as always are my own.
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