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The good folks over at Plentiful Pantry sent me a whole box of goodies to try!

First of all, I have to say, the packaging is so stinkin’ cute! These would make the perfect gift for someone, wouldn’t they?

Now, everyone who knows me personally knows that in the kitchen, I’m less of a Sandra Lee “semi-homemade” kind of gal and more of an everything-made-from-scratch Smitten Kitchen kind of gal.  My food motto can be pretty much summed up as “Processed bad, fresh good.” But we ALL have busy nights, when following a long, complicated recipe just isn’t in the cards.  I can certainly appreciate quick and easy meals. Tony calls this “emergency food” — aka what he cooks when I’m not around to make dinner. :)

The thing I love most about all the Plentiful Pantry products is that  they only require 2-3 ingredients.  For example, for the key lime cheesecake bars, you just need hot water, cream cheese, and butter — all ingredients I had readily available. (Thanks to the recent sale at Fry’s, for providing me with a surplus of free cream cheese!).

They recommend you line your pan with plastic wrap, and I’m so glad they did!! This made it so easy to serve the bars, and keeps the pan clean too!

And here’s a mouthwatering picture of the final product.  Can you believe that it’s no bake? This would be such a great dessert to have on hand for last-minute guests. It looks fancy, but only takes you 5 minutes to whip together.

I also made the pumpkin cobbler, because I love all things pumpkin.

These are exactly what I needed to get in the mood for fall!  You only need a can of pumpkin, butter, and water.  I had recently stocked up on Libby’s, so I was all set! I also chopped up and toasted some walnuts and added those to the topping mix.  The final product essentially tasted like pumpkin pie bars. All ooey and gooey, and just plain yum.

I was a bit concerned by the pools of melted butter that they instruct you to put on top of the cobbler. 6 tablespoons seems like a bit much, and to be honest, could probably be cut way down. I wanted to do a thorough review, so I followed the instructions to a tee — and sure enough, after 70 minutes of baking the cobbler came out looking (and tasting) just fine. My arteries, on the other hand, might never be the same. :)

We also tried the Chicken & Dumplings.

And wowsa. I have to admit, I wasn’t expecting much after only 20 minutes of cooking.  The only recipe I’ve ever made before was this one. It came out soooooo unbelievably good. Like oh-my-god-why-didn’t-I-grow-up-in-the-south good. But it took, uuuh, 5 hours to cook? The sad thing is, I’m not exaggerating. I can honestly say that chicken & dumplings is probably the most time-consuming recipe I’ve ever attempted.  So, I laughed when I saw the box of soup, thinking how can it possibly compete with Smitten Kitchen?

I’ll tell you how.  It requires 1/1,000,000th of the effort!! So worth it!  All you need is a can of chicken (I thawed some pre-cooked chicken that I had shredded and stored in the freezer for quick and easy meals), some water, and milk. It comes together in less than 30 minutes.  Now chicken & dumplings can be a weeknight meal! And at $6.50, it’s one of the best bargains on the site.

Although the website says it serves 6 — I think 6 people might starve on this. 3-4 is probably a better estimate.  Also, we found that the soup & dumplings were just a tad on the salty side for our tastes, but not enough that we didn’t enjoy our meal!


Now it’s your turn to try a Plentiful Pantry product!

Tony and I clearly preferred the key lime cheesecake bars, but the pumpkin cobbler is just so darn festive, that I’m going to let the winner decide.

To enter:  Just leave a comment at the bottom of this post telling me which you would rather win:

No-Bake Key Lime Cheesecake Bars:

Or ooey-gooey Pumpkin Cobbler:

Honestly, they’re both face rockin’ good, so you can’t go wrong either way ;) The contest ends Friday, October 22nd at 7pm AZ time.


Also,  all my readers who shop at Plentiful Pantry can get 25% off the entire site using the code LANY25 through October 31st!!

If you’re in the mood for some down home chicken ‘n dumplings or some easy no-bake desserts, then you know where to get your fix!

Disclaimer: I was given the box of goodies to sample by Plentiful Pantry. All opinions in this post are 100% my own. <3

12 Responses to “Plentiful Pantry: Review + A Giveaway!! {Closed}”

  1. Henria O. says:

    I think I’d have to pick the pumpkin cobbler! Thanks for the giveaway!
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  2. Brooks says:

    The chicken & dumplings look like something we could devour in no time flat…… something yummy to eat on a cold winters night here up North!

  3. Melissa says:

    The key lime cheesecake bars sound sooooo good.

  4. Teresa says:

    I would pick the pumpkin cobbler. It looks yummy!

  5. holli says:

    I am going cream cheese bars….r u going to deliver?

  6. Trini says:

    I want the pumpkin!!! I can’t believe you didn’t bring any to share at work!

  7. Janelle says:

    Key Lime Cheesecake Bars!

  8. Corey says:

    Key lime all the way!

  9. Mako says:

    I love these photos. Did you use the new (I should say, newer) lense? the one you can’t change the zoom? What are the setting (speed and F stop) I love how you focus on the object and the stuff on the back is blurry. Flash? And I love how you decorated them. You used, table matt, coaster, and even papertowel!!! Who will use cheap papertowel, but it added good color, and didn’t notice it until I started looking close. I can see you struggled with chicken one. What could you use? something in your house that could make you want to eat it…. hum… egg? BTW, I would love lime cheesecake. did you get your limes from your backyard??

  10. Heather says:

    Wow Mako, I can’t believe how much you analyzed them!!! :) I used my 50mm f1.4 (had it for about 1.5 yrs now). It’s my go-to lens for all food shots. Yes, it’s a fixed lens (no zoom). No flash, I still don’t know how to use flash well — so I use only natural light.

    I like to think I’m taking small (baby) steps in my photography. I’m now trying to pay more attention to the props/background by adding a variety of color/textures. Glad you noticed!

    I used a variety of f stops/shutter speeds, depending on the conditions at the time. I usually start out at f4.0, and work from there for my food shots. Always try to aim for 1/60 or better — totally depends on how much light I have. I’m not very exact, I just fiddle until “it looks good.”

    Yep, got the limes from my backyard! And the lime leaves! Good eye :)

  11. Gina McGoldrick says:

    Wow!! They’re so much to choice from,Dh love Cheese cake so If I won I like would like to try the no bake key lime cheese cake. To surprise him with something new…

  12. Mako says:

    I need 50mm lense, too. I can’t go as low as F1.4 with mine. Maybe that is what I need to ask for Christmas. I need to use my camera more often. Come my house to take pictures of my boys. Scottie is sitting and crawling. He can smile so cute. (I think he is so cute, but I am very biase :)

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