Hot Polka Dot
7Mar/14

Rise And Shine.

Sunrise Smoothie for those mornings that require a little extra motivation via @hotpolkadotSunrise Smoothie for those mornings that require a little extra motivation via @hotpolkadot

I'm not a morning person. Not in the least. 7am and I go together like oil and water, fire and ice, toothpaste and ice cream, the Wicked Witch of the West and a bucket of water...

...you get the idea.

Some people need a bit of motivation to wake before the sun. Most turn to a hot cup of coffee to put some pep in their step. Others slip into their runners and hop on the treadmill or onto the pavement to get their blood and brains moving. I haven't really warmed to coffee that isn't bathed in sugar and doused with vanilla or chocolate and it's best I don't consume all that on a daily basis. As for running, I'm not altogether sure where my running shoes are and, if given the opportunity, I'd trip you in a zombie apocalypse because I quite literally can't run to save my life.

So, given that I've started getting up earlier than I'm used to the last few weeks, I need an alternate source of motivation. When you're half asleep, you're sporting a pillow-creased face and your slippers are on the wrong feet, I find that smoothies are a quick and easy thing to make. They don't take much thought, which is good because I'm pretty sure my grey matter is solar-powered.

So there you have it: Sunrise Smoothie. It's packed with creamy banana, tart strawberries, sweet pineapple and bright orange, all good vitamins and cheerful fruit to jump start your thinking thingy.

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3Dec/13

And The Winner Is…

...Patty M and Mary B! Congratulations! Keep a look out for a big box on your doorstep with a fabulous basket filled with loads of goodies to make your holiday baking a breeze!

Please email me at lindsey(at)hotpolkadot(dot)com to claim your prize and give me your mailing address to receive your amazing gift baskets from Kraft.

Thanks so much to everyone who entered!








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22Nov/13

One For Me And Two For You!

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Today I was surprised by this mysterious giant box on my doorstep. I was thrilled to discover that it was addressed to me from Kraft Canada and nestled inside was this beautiful gift basket filled with an assortment of Kraft goodies including my very own Real Women of Philadelphia apron!

It was been a real joy to contribute to Real Women of Philadelphia these past few months by becoming a Philly Ambassador. Kraft wanted to thank me for all my yummy posts, photos and recipes, but really I feel like I should be the one sending them a gift basket!

As a way for me to return the favour to them and to all of you who followed the excitement over on Real Women of Philadelphia, I'm giving away TWO Kraft gift baskets just in time for the holiday season! Enter now and you might be one of the TWO lucky winners!

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23Sep/13

A Little Something To Kick-start Your Fall Shopping Spree.

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To celebrate the relaunch of my good friend, Jordan's ever popular party blog and DIY resource, I'm With Cupcake, a few of us got together and contributed to this amazing $500 Amazon gift card giveaway! We know how you've been eying that little-too-expensive blender or craving an excuse to justify buying that new Kindle or a pricey box set has been calling your name. Whatever the urge, whatever the dream consider it fulfilled!

Enter for a chance to win this amazing prize! Please note that this giveaway is only for residents of Canada and the USA only. For the full list of details including eligibility and rules, go to I'm With Cupcake.

Good luck!

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25Jun/13

The Secret Ingredient.

Cheesy Ranch Mashed Cauliflower via @hotpolkadot

We're going to take a little detour today. This blog is normally cruising down sweet street toward glistening pink frosting, melting chocolate chips and happy rainbow sprinkles. Today we're taking the road less travelled, today we're speeding down savoury street toward crisp green onions, melting cheddar cheese and tangy ranch dressing.

Today's detour is brought to you by the kind folks at Hidden Valley Ranch. You may recall last year around this time I shared with you a delicious Vegetarian Ranch Pizza that remains one of my all-time favourite pizzas. This year for the Ranchify Recipe Challenge we are once again tasked with creating a recipe with ranch dressing that makes eating your vegetables not only yummy but fun!

At our house, we're a huge fan of mashed potatoes. As a picky kid, I used to hide my distasteful vegetables under my mashed potatoes, so I thought why not do the same thing as an adult? Mashed cauliflower is far better for you than a mound of starchy potatoes and, honestly, I think it tastes way better! I like to think of myself as a reformed picky eater. I try to sneak as many vegetables into our meals as I can and this challenge was the best excuse to go one step further.

With loads of fragrant garlic, punches of powerful parmesan, potatoes for texture and, of course, a little help from tangy Hidden Valley Cheese Ranch dressing this is an entree to fool any picky kid or stubborn adult. Cauliflower is the same colour as potatoes so it's the perfect crime. Feed it to your unsuspecting family and dare them to list the secret ingredient!

Cheesy Ranch Mashed Cauliflower via @hotpolkadot

Cheesy Ranch Mashed Cauliflower via @hotpolkadotCheesy Ranch Mashed Cauliflower via @hotpolkadot

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