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27.8.11

Weekend Take Me Back - Sweet 16

Welcome back!
Hope you are joining me in my Weekend Take Me Back!
This week, I am going to talk about my Sweet 16.

My mom is under the impression that I don't talk about her enough, so I want to show you just how awesome she is!!!
I didn't realize it when I was younger, but I do now...
Love you mom!!!

So, Noelle turning 16.

Oh, I guess I should tell you about my moms car first.
She used to own a Cougar.
I was not a fan of it, I thought it was pretty cool for her, but it was not one I wanted!
So anyways...
Cougar 1988

I left for church camp.
It was a great time!
We went to Florida for the week and had an amazing time!
I returned and it was the month before my 16th birthday.
My parents picked me up from the church.

They gave me a birthday card (kinda weird since it was a month away... but hold on!)
In the card was a set of car keys!
They had the Ford Logo on it and I got nervous...
Being ever so ungrateful, I prayed that it was not to that Cougar.
Yes, any car would be appreciated, but I really did not want that Cougar!

Now...
Are you ready?
They took me to K-Mart!
At this point, they parked at the end of the parking lot.
They then told me to get out and find my car!
No clues, nothing...
Just the keys!
Oh, then my mom says, " there is a big sign in the window that says Happy Birthday, Noelle!"
So, I start looking!

I know to look for a Ford!
Then, I scanned the lot, Whew, NO COUGAR!
I am good so far...
OH!
I had said that I would LOVE a Ford Explorer!
I see one, run to it...
Nope, no sign...
See another, but don't see a sign.
I head over to it anyways...

In the driver side window, a teeny tiny typed piece of paper:
"Happy Birthday, Noelle!"
(I mean, teeny tiny... It was back on the typewriter days!)
Ford Explorer 1991

I screamed!
I cried!
(Hey, I have said numerous times that I am a crier!)
I unlocked it and sat in the drivers seat!
How cool am I?!
How great are my parents?
Pretty stinkin' cool if you ask me!!!!

So, what is a memorable story you have to share?


26.8.11

In Atlanta and Looking for Fun?


Got this email and thought it would be nice to share...
If you are in or near Atlanta THIS Weekend, August 25-28th, head on over to the Georgia Aquarium and help "stuff the barrel"!
Have fun and help out?
Sounds like a great deal!!!!

Check this out:

ATLANTA (August 19, 2011) –As students head back to school, Georgia Aquarium is partnering with Kids In Need, a free store for teachers, for a special “Stuff the Barrel” two-in-one school supply drive and promotion. Offering $5 off general admission to all guests who donate school supplies from August 25-28, Georgia Aquarium provides a special way for guests to give back to local schools, while giving back to their wallets, as well.

During this special promotional weekend, guests of the Aquarium will be “stuffing” barrels and bins with school and art supplies for educators and students from financially-challenged Atlanta area schools. Guests will receive $5 off their purchase of a general admission ticket with the donation of new school supplies worth at least $5 retail. Vouchers will be issued at ticket window collection stations and can be redeemed on any day of the promotion.

A project of the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Kids In Need is a year-round program that aims to provide learning supplies to Atlanta area schools whose success is threatened by poverty. With all items donated by manufacturers, retail stores and supply drives, teachers from eligible schools can “shop” for free classroom supplies at the Kids In Need warehouse store. For a school to qualify, at least 80% of the students must be enrolled in the federal free and reduced lunch program. Every year, Kids In Need distributes thousands of pounds of brand new school and art supplies to elementary, middle and high schools across more than 12 Georgia school systems. Georgia Aquarium’s “Stuff the Barrel” campaign gives guests the opportunity to learn about marine life from across the world, while helping to enrich the minds and imaginations of students in their own back yard.

Through its mission to inspire, entertain and educate, Georgia Aquarium strives to serve as aneducational and enlightening resource in the Atlanta community, teaching students about the wonders of the world’s waterways and oceans.

For more information about Georgia Aquarium and its dedication to education, please visitwww.georgiaaquarium.org or call (404) 581-4000.


About Georgia Aquarium

Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia is the world’s largest with more than 10 million gallons of water and the largest collection of aquatic animals. The mission of Georgia Aquarium is to be an entertaining, educational and scientific institution featuring exhibits and programs of the highest standards; offering engaging and exciting guest experiences promoting the conservation of aquatic biodiversity throughout the world. Georgia Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums. For additional information, visit www.georgiaaquarium.org.

About Kids In Need

In the fall of 2000, the Atlanta Community Food Bank launched the local Kids In Need program, a year-round free store for educators. Each year, Kids In Need distributes hundreds of thousands of brand new school supplies to more than 2,000 teachers in eligible, low-income schools in 12 Georgia school systems. For a school to qualify, at least 80% of the students must be enrolled in the federal free and reduced lunch program. The Kids In Need mission is to provide learning supplies for students whose academic success is threatened by poverty. There is absolutely no cost to students or teachers. To learn more, visit www.ACFB.org.

The Atlanta Community Food Bank’s Kids In Need project is a member of The Kids In Need Foundation, a national 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in 1995. The Kids in Need National Network of Resource Centers includes 23 facilities that allow teachers from low-income schools to obtain free school supplies for their students. For more information, visitwww.kidsinneed.net.

About the Atlanta Community Food Bank

The Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB) began operating in 1979 in a small space at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, and now distributes over 30 million pounds of food and grocery products each year from a 129,600 square-foot facility in N.W. Atlanta. This product is utilized by more than 700 partner nonprofits that provide food assistance to families and individuals in 38 counties in metro Atlanta and North Georgia. ACFB leads seven distinct projects that reinforce its mission to fight hunger by engaging, educating and empowering our community: Atlanta Prosperity Campaign, Atlanta’s Table, Community Gardens, Hunger 101, Hunger Walk/Run, Kids In Need and Product Rescue Center.

The Atlanta Community Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the national network of more than 200 food banks. For more information on the Food Bank, visit www.ACFB.org, and for more information on Feeding America visit www.feedingamerica.org.


***** I was not required to post this, I just really enjoyed our trip to the Aquarium and then thought that this sounded like a great thing to be a part of. *****

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25.8.11

Football and Weddings? Yes or No?


Aloha!
I hope that you had a great week and are planning to have an amazing weekend!!!!

I was thinking, football season is right around the corner, so with that in mind, I am asking a rather odd (to some) question!

When it comes to wedding planning, does your teams football schedule come into thought?


For us.... YES!!!!!
Take our wedding for example...
We totally had to look at the UGA and LSU schedules when setting the date!!
There was NO WAY we could have expected our family and friends to miss a big game!
Ha ha!!!
(Yes, Marc's LSU played BAMA, but we worked it out so that the wedding and reception would END before the game, so that everyone could make it to be in front of a TV for it...
As for UGA, we played Troy that day (not a big game) so it was alright!

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24.8.11

Organa Kids - Kids DVD Collection Review

We had the chance to review a couple new DVD's from Organa Kids.
They are both geared for kids ages 2-5...
So I thought it would be great for Broxton to see.
They are kid shows from England, so I too was excited to watch!!!!


About Happy Valley:
Happy Valley, a charming series also from England, is set in a beautiful countryside by the sea. Using traditional and contemporary nursery rhymes and songs, each episode tells a story about the children who live in the valley as they learn about the world around them. Whether taking a school trip, visiting grandparents, or a simple walk in nature, the tales are endearing and captivating and appeal to even the youngest of viewers.
HappyValley Volume 1 contains the episodes “Rain is Tumbling,” “There You Are, Blackbird,” “Tree on the Hill,” “Where Are You Hiding?,” “Autumn Leaves,” Gee Up Little Horsie,” Wakey, Wakey!,” “Far, Far Away” and Little Donkey.”

MY Opinion:
This was a cute DVD. Being that it was from England, we had never even heard of it.
I really liked how basic it was. Broxton was captivated by it...
While watching, he was learning about the kids going to school. They taught them about the weather.
One of the little girls LOVED the rain, as it left rain puddles! One of Broxton's favorite things is jumping in puddles, so of course he liked this!!!
Another thing I liked was that they would tell you the colors of each thing as they talked about it, you know...Adding education while entertaining!!

About Castle.Farm:
Like a child’s drawing brought to life, Castle Farm is a gentle series from England full of color and colorful characters. Join Farm Girl, Piggy, Leonard, Farmer and all the barnyard animals as they solve mysteries, fix things, get chores done, play games and learn lessons about friendship, responsibility and having fun. Each vignette is filled with its own tiny adventure that will engage youngsters again and again.
Castle Farm Volume 1 includes the episodes “Snails,” “The Carrot Thief,” “Ball Games,” “A Windy Day,” “Amber,” “The Prickly Flower,” “Bubbles,” “Trophy” and “Waiting for Winnie.”


MY Opinion:
This cracked me up!
In this DVD, you have Farm Girl and her pet pig, piggy... They go about doing things at Castle Farm, as the Farmer requests... but then there is Leonard. He is always seeming to cause trouble, but in the end, the Farmer just sees the end results of Farm Girl and thinks that Leonard did a great job helping out! Ha ha!!!!
There are always adventures that leaves Farm Girl wondering something and luckily, she can always turn to Unicorn. He is always there reading the dictionary and he can always answer her questions!!!
What a cute story that shows just how curious kids can be!
Broxton kept waiting for "another one mommy."
With 9 short episodes on here, he was a happy boy watching!


More about Organa Kids:

Organa Kids was established in 1995 with the mission of introducing American families to stories, characters and cultures from around the world through multicultural stories with universal themes. Inspiring kids to have an awareness of the world as a whole (while being delightfully entertained), Organa Kids is creating products that balance technology and real-world experiences. The company most recently released “Scavenger Traveler” app for the iPhone whereby kids of any age can explore their environment traveling or on vacation. Other DVD releases include “Stories From East of the Moon,” based on witty stories by Monty Python's Terry Jones; “Move With Me” series of Yoga DVDs for kids; and “The Adventures of Mouse & Mole.” On CD-ROM is the fascinating “Croatian Tales” based upon the book “Croatian Tales of Long Ago” animated by an international team of animators, illustrators, musicians, programmers, and actors.

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23.8.11

W/W - My hometown


This is in my hometown....
I think it is beautiful!!!!

Side note...
I am going to give it a try and hopefully sell some of my pictures.
Would love it if you took a look at what I have to offer so far.
(Feel free to buy one ... or all... of them!)

Happy Wednesday!


Tom and Jerry and The Wizard of Oz - Available August 23

If you are a fan of Tom and Jerry, then their latest movie is one you really want to see!
Marc and Broxton enjoy Tom and Jerry and WE ALL love The Wizard of Oz, so I was excited to see how this would work.
Were Tom and Jerry going to be the characters Dorothy meets in Oz?
I could just see Tom as the Cowardly Lion...
Maybe Jerry as the Scarecrow!
Ha! How funny!

We were in for a treat!
As soon as Broxton saw the case, he immediately started in...
I want to watch Tom and Jerry!

So, we planned for family movie night and we all settled in to watch it!
It was cute!
Totally not what I expected.
Tom and Jerry do not play roles, they are just...
Tom and Jerry.
Auntie Em asks them to stop their fighting and promise to watch after Dorothy!
Wow, I never thought that day would come!!!

They then condense the movie of the Wizard of Oz to keep young one's attention.
We still meet all the characters that we love, but it isn't as long as the original movie.
Tom and Jerry have to try and keep Dorothy safe, while in the land of Oz!!!
As much as I love the Wizard of Oz, at times, it does seem a bit to long...
This allows me to get the enjoyment of the story, in not as long as the original takes!

It was super cute and already Broxton has asked to watch it again!!!!
If you have a Tom and Jerry fan, or want to add to your children's DVD library...
This is a must have!!!!


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Mom Blogging for Dummies - Book Review

When I was offered the chance to review, Mom Blogging for Dummies, I thought it might be a good read!
Now that it is here, I am learning so much!
I wish I would have read this back when I was first starting out!!!!

This book covers so many different aspects of "mom blogging" and I have really enjoyed learning so much!!!
I am not going to touch on all of it, as you should get the book and learn all you can...
But, I do want to touch base on a few things...

First of all, I just LOVED the first cartoon of the book.
It has a couple people looking at a photo album and it says, "These are the parts of our life that aren't on my blog."
How true is that for some of us?!
Gotta love it!!!

Wendy Piersall did a great job in explaining things in here in every day terms!
Oh, and don't worry...
No matter if you are on WordPress or Blogger...
She covers both when need be!
Hey, she even has a section about the Pros/Cons of each!!!
( I am still trying to decide if I am brave enough to take the WordPress plunge or not!)

The Mom Blogging Book is broken down into 5 parts:
- Discovering the Fun and Advantages of Mom Blogging
- Building Your Blogging Empire
- Working with Advertisers and Brands
- Expanding Your Blogging Empire
- The Part of Tens


Wendy tells us to Set Blogging Goals.
She also helps to measure your success.
The one thing I really like, not only does she tell you about things, she also mentions the blogs she refers to and also offers screen shots to help explain it!
From quoting another blog to using images from the web, she not only helps explain it all..
She explains the legal issues as well...
There is also a section for reviews/giveaways and what you need to know about the FTC!

There has been much talk about the whole "NO FOLLOW" of blogging and I was really having a hard time understanding...
Not now, she has it explained (and I have the page folded down, until I know it like the back of my hand!) in a way I think I can get!

The key thing I want to go back and re-read to try and understand more...
Building my media kit.
I know most blogs have them, and I don't.

As I said, this is great and full of information, it really has plenty of information to help you out!
It is just a lot of information to take in, so be prepared!
But no worries, it isn't like you have to read it all in one night!

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22.8.11

Paper Scissors Rock #giveaway

If you love art at all, you really should head over to the Paper Scissors Rock website and have a look around!
Pamela Corwin is the artist and she is based out of Olympia, Washington.
Using acrylics and watercolor, she paints amazing works and then uses her artwork for other products that are great!!!

Paper Scissors Rock carries:
*Nightlights
*Alarm Clocks
*Clocks (small and large)
*Bookmarks
*Greeting Cards
*Magnets

I started looking around and I really had a hard time narrowing it down!
For Broxton's room, we went with the SailBoat Alarm Clock!
Adorable!

No, Broxton doesn't wake up to an alarm clock yet, but it is a cute addition to his "transportation" themed room!
I just love the second hand!!!!
(All of their alarm clocks have the floating second hand with cute little images! From Las Vegas with Dice, Flowers with bees... They are just too cute!)
We also got a sunflower night light.
I love sunflowers..
As long as I can remember, they have just always reminded me of happiness.
So, yes...
I wanted to have that.
Now, I don't need a night light, but at times, when Marc is working late, it is nice to have a night light for him to see how to get into the room and bed in the pitch black!
I was impressed with two things especially with this night light.
One - most have this little part to move to turn the night light on or off, this actually has a button type that you just press to turn it off or on. Really like that!
Two - I like the amount of light it puts out. Some put out way so much light that it is hard to go to sleep, while others put so little that it is pointless to use, or to pick out a cute design for!
This lets you see the artwork, but also lets you go to sleep!!!!
*** This mama needs her sleep!

How great is this:
Pam is giving you the chance to win:
your choice of either a nightlight or an alarm clock of your own!

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What Do You Expect? She's a Teenager - Book Review


I do not have a daughter, but I am one.....
So, I was eager to read the new book, "What Do You Expect? She's a Teenager!" by Arden Greenspan-Goldberg, LCSW, BCD.
Well, that and the fact that my little cousin is in her "tween" years, so I thought it might help my aunt out!

This book is labeled as: A Hope and Happiness Guide For Moms With Daughters Ages 11-19.
Talk about a wide gap in the ages it covers!
In What Do You Expect, you get 15 Chapters filled with information on how to handle different situations.
This book is 326 pages of helpful items!

The Chapters Are:

Chapter 1 - Introduction to Aerial Parenting
Chapter 2 - Why Is She Like That?
Chapter 3 - Technology
Chapter 4 - Independence
Chapter 5 - Family Dynamics
Chapter 6 - School
Chapter 7 - Peers
Chapter 8 - Bullying
Chapter 9 - Dating
Chapter 10 - Sex
Chapter 11 - Body Image, Health and Personal Identity
Chapter 12 - Alcohol and Drugs
Chapter 13 - Mental Health
Chapter 14 - Special Needs
Chapter 15 - How to Choose a Therapist

No, I did not sit down and read it cover to cover, but I rather skimmed it, reading different inserts along the way.
There are a few things that I did agree with, but others I had a hard time seeing her standpoint.

Take for instance:
"Part of my parenting philosophy is an emphasis on no punishment when it comes to tweens and teens."
As a teenager, I would have LOVED knowing that my mom was reading a book saying NO PUNISHMENT.... But as an adult, looking back, there were times when punishment was the only way to get through...
Yes, I do see where she is coming from, as she is using it in context with a child missing curfew and the risk of getting in a car with someone who has been drinking to try and not miss it...
In that case, I see where she is coming from, but in general, if a teenager knows that there is "no punishment," I think boundaries will be pushed!

I 1 million percent agree with her thoughts on parents being the role model...
How can you expect your child to listen, if you are telling one thing, yet doing another?

Another point I really like...
"Answer the why," as stated, why's mean communication is going on!
Point taken!!!

Throughout the book, there are questions...
Sent to Arden, from real moms dealing with their personal dilemma...
Arden gives her opinion on how to handle it, as well as "SCRIPTS" on what to say.
Once again, there are points that she shows that I never thought of, but then other times, I see it as something totally different from how I would approach it.

In my opinion, I think that this is a book that is good for advice to show different views.
Would I take her advice to use in my situation?
Maybe for some, but most likely, I would find a compromise in her opinion and mine.

Bottom line, as with all parenting, I say trust your "Motherly Instinct" you know your child better than you might think you do!

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21.8.11

My Soapbox for the day

I am a very opinionated person, but for the most part, my personal views are not really on this blog.
I thought about this and I would love your thoughts...

I was online this morning when I was reading about the University of Georgia.
I am a bulldog by birth! Born and raised in Georgia, my dad went to Georgia... My brother goes to Georgia... So, I bleed red and black.

Anywho, on this particular post, I am not here to convert you to the Bulldog Nation :)
I am here to ask you about something else...

Yesterday was fan day in Athens... It is where you go and meet the players... Get your picture with them, get their autographs... Basically hang out and have fun.

We went in the past. I have autographed items...My brother has an autographed football.
Then, I read it.
Citing concern for selling autographed memorabilia, the players were only allowed to autograph posters...
What?!

I told Marc, as that was just crazy to me....
He said it probably had something to do with Terelle Pryor.
I had no clue, so I googled it.
You can click here to read an article from Fox Sports.

Here is what I would love your opinion about...
In the article, it says that while playing COLLEGE football: he hired an agent.
(Against the rules.)
Also, he traded autographed memorabilia for cash and discounted tattoo's.
(Also, against the rules.)
I read elsewhere that he and other players also received cars during their college years...
(You guess it, against the rules.)

Now, I am not saying that he is the only one.
I am just using him as an example as he is in the news.
Yes, even Georgia players have gotten in trouble...

My question is this:
If he BLATANTLY ignores the rules now, what makes you think he would follow them once he is in the NFL?

Also, another thing that bothers me...
One of the coaches knew about it... and did not report it.
Now, he is out of a job...
YET, the guy that actually did it is headed for a chance to make millions in the NFL?

Is it me, or is something wrong with this picture?

#Giveaway : Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce

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Before Broxton was born, I was not a fan of steak.
When my dad would grill steaks, he would always throw on chicken or burgers for me...
I know, I know...
I was missing out!

Once I was pregnant with Broxton, I tried steak and then craved it.
To this day, I LOVE steak and yep, Broxton does too...

The only problem?
I like my steak with steak sauce!
According to my dad, if a steak is done right, no sauce is required...
I just like the taste of steak sauce, so I have to have some...

I kept hearing about this "Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce" and I really wanted to give it a try.
I asked if I could review it...
Guess what, they not only said "YES," they are also giving two of you a chance to win and try it out for yourself!

Let me tell you about this sauce...
We got it in the mail and true to its name, it clearly says "ALL PURPOSE SAUCE" on the bottle.
Steak * Hamburger * Chicken * Fries * Barbecue
Well, we don't have a grill here, so our first attempt at trying it was with fries.
Hey, if it is good with fries, it has to be good on others!
It was delicious!
It was like a mixture of steak sauce and barbecue sauce.
Spicy, yet mellow...
I really can not put into words how it tasted, besides Delicious!

We ended up planning a trip to my parents house for the weekend.
My dad was going to grill steaks for us...
Of course, I HAD to bring the Country Bobs!
I put some on my plate and waited to see what Marc was going to do...
He put a bit on his plate to give it a try...
Then he added more to go with his whole steak.
It was that good!

Since then, we have added it to several meals....
The latest was just the other night.
I made roast and Marc just has to put Ketchup on it?!
What?!@
I think it tastes great as it is...
But nope, he has always added ketchup to it.
Well, I asked if he wanted Ketchup or Country Bobs...
He went for C.B!
Of course, I had to try it at that point...
Wow!
It gave it even more flavor!!!

For the most part, we have the basic condiments in our house...
But, after trying Country Bob's out...
This is going to be one of our must haves!!!!

As a side note, if they had not won me completely over with their flavor....
When I read the last paragraph on their "ABOUT US" section, they surely did then:

It would be nice if we could claim responsibility for the success of the company, however, credit must be given where credit is due. Proverbs 16:3 says, "Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed." We have placed true ownership of Country Bob, Inc. in the hands of God. "Christ is our CEO" and He is an Awesome Boss!


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Just like Nonni made them! Nonnis Biscotti - Review


In college, I made one of my best friends...
Well, the best friends I have now, all came from my college years...
Those were the best of times!
But, I am talking about one in particular here...

His name is Matt and I can remember the two of us sitting around talking about our grandmothers...
I called mine, Nana and he called his, Nonni.
Nonni is an Italian term...

I had not given much thought about that until the other day.
I was sent biscotti for us to review.
The brand? Nonni's Biscotti!
Talk about memories flooding back!

Thinking about Matt and his Nonni, I set in to try these out.
Now, let me tell you, my mom enjoys biscotti, but I have never really cared for it.
I see now that I was eating the wrong kind!!!
Broxton immediatly wanted to try the Caramel Milk Chocolate Biscotti Bites.
OH MY!
They were wonderful!
I admit, we planned to just eat one, but they were too good to put up...
So, Marc, Broxton and I each had a couple.

We eventually tried all of them.
I see now that it isn't the biscotti that I never cared for, it was the dark chocolate ones!
I thought for sure that I would be in heaven with the Decadence and Cioccolati ones.
Nope, they ended up being my least favorite.
No worries, they are not going to go to waste, but they aren't the ones that I will be buying again.
The Turtle Pecan were absolutely amazing!!!!
Like seriously, delicious!!!!
( I am not sharing these bad boys!)

Nonnis Biscotti not only comes in the traditional biscotti, they now offer them as biscotti bites.
I enjoyed the size of those, as they were perfect for Broxton to munch on...
I want to try the Almond ones!!!
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Just a few facts on Nonni's Biscotti:


Biscotti Basics

  • Biscotti are gourmet dunking cookies, pronounced in Italy, but more commonly pronounced in America.

  • The name Biscotti is derived from 'bis' meaning twice in Italian and 'cotto' meaning baked.

  • Biscotti was first created in the fourteenth century in the Tuscany region of Italy.

Nonni’s Biscotti Facts

  • Nonni’s Biscotti are the most popular selling biscotti on the market and the only national brand sold coast to coast.

  • Nonni’s Biscotti are made with real eggs, butter and gourmet bittersweet chocolate so they are light, crunchy, and delicately sweet.

  • Biscotti have been spotted on popular television shows such as Friends, Sex and the City,Everwood and Gilmore Girls. Nonni’s Biscotti have been placed in the elaborate gift baskets given to celebrities at the Tony Awards.



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