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Monday, September 1, 2014

You're Gonna Love It Tuesday ~ Anything Goes

Holy Smoke!  It's September 1 already!  Labor Day even!  Excuse me for a minute while I mourn the end of Summer.  I just flipped the page on my calendar in my office and I had to sit down.  Wasn't Memorial like just last week? Oy!  Well it's a darn good thing I like September for its cooler days, and nights with the windows open or else you, my friends, would have to cart me to the loony bin! How about you?  Did summer fly on past? 

The only redeeming values of this day are that I get the day off from work, it's time to party with my peeps, and it's time for Anything Goes! Grab a cold bev (or warm one depending on where you are in the world) and let's get the party started!

The sweet and funny Oh Mrs. Tucker had us all laughing with her amusing take on a video she shared on how to properly cut a cake
Oh my goodness!  I was seriously giggling for 20 minutes after I was done reading her post!  If you missed it, go now and have yourself a hearty laugh! Grab yourself an I've Been Featured button OMT! You've earned it!

It is the first party of the month and that means...
It's Anything Goes this week!

You can link up your regular posts as always 
but, this week you can also 
link up your giveaways, 
your Etsy shops, your Ebay stores,
your own link parties!
Anything and everything!

All I ask is that you keep it clean and
family friendly and try to limit your posts to only 5 link ups.

I reserve the option of deleting any post
that I do not feel fits the
theme of my blog.
As always, you don't have to be a follower in order to link up. 
I want you to follow Kathe With An E because you want to. 
Not because it is required.

If you'd like to keep up to date you  can 
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I would also love it if you would link back in some way so that others come and party with us. Either grab the party button or, add my blog link to your post or on your blog party page. 
But again, it is not required.  

Just remember, this is a party so, please, after you link up, mingle around and visit some of the other party guests.

*By linking up your post, you are giving Kathe With An E permission to use your pictures as a feature on this blog and other social media outlets.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Summer's End - Black & Pink Rose Tablescape


Kathe With An E - Black & Pink Rose Tablescape
With the kids back in school, Labor Day and then the football season starting next week, it seems to me that Summer has ended. Oh we will get a few more hot days but the nights will cool down so that we can sleep with the windows open. With all of this in mind, I decided to put together a table to honor Summer's end.
Kathe With An E - Black & Pink Rose Tablescape
I had actually purchased these plates several years ago at Hobby Lobby. They were marked $9.99 each but on clearance, I only paid $1.99 for them.
Kathe With An E - Black & Pink Rose Tablescape
Then, when my friend Linda was visiting a few weeks ago, we stopped into World Market and I found these napkins in the clearance section. 
Kathe With An E - Black & Pink Rose Tablescape
Perfect, yes?
Kathe With An E - Black & Pink Rose Tablescape
Pale pink wine and water stems from Goodwill have been seen on some of my tables before.
Kathe With An E - Black & Pink Rose Tablescape
Dollar Tree candlesticks and thrifted vase with the perfect color of flowers make up the centerpiece.
Kathe With An E - Black & Pink Rose Tablescape
Several Ikea rose votives help to light up the otherwise dark table.
Kathe With An E - Black & Pink Rose Tablescape

Kathe With An E - Black & Pink Rose Tablescape
My silverplated Rogers flatware really pops off the black tablecloth.
Kathe With An E - Black & Pink Rose Tablescape

Kathe With An E - Black & Pink Rose Tablescape

Kathe With An E - Black & Pink Rose Tablescape

Kathe With An E - Black & Pink Rose Tablescape

So, one last shot of some bright color before everything switches to Fall's orange and brown. Are you ready to say good-bye to summer yet?

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Monday, August 25, 2014

You're Gonna Love It Tuesday

Hello friends!  Is it just me or does the end of August, school starting, and football season just a few days away, all signal the end of summer and the beginning of Fall? Last week our temps were in the low to mid 90's and then BAM! This week, 80's all the way! Oh well, it's a good thing most of us love Fall amiright? 

Well then, seems like the perfect time to celebrate the end of summer by partying like on the back deck, BBQ some dogs and pop the top on a cold one wouldn't you say? Oh and by the way, Labor Day WILL NOT interfere with next week's Anything Goes Party!! 

Judging by the most viewed link from last week, we all have our thoughts on planning ahead!  Maria, from Krafty Kards Etc. shared her new weekly post, Meal Plan Monday

I love reading menu plans as it gives me some new ideas and keeps our own menu from getting stale! Please grab yourself an I've Been Featured button Maria! You deserve it! 

Now, on to the party!


Here are the really easy party rules: 


Feel free to link up anything you have created.
Recipes, decor, crafts, written or photographed.
Anything you are so proud of you just gotta share it with others.
I will reserve the option of deleting any post that I do not feel fits the
theme of my blog.

I love to spotlight some of my favorites on my Facebook page and pin them to my You're Gonna Love It Tuesday board on Pinterest so,
be sure to follow me there too! As always, you don't have to be a follower in order to link up. 
I want you to follow Kathe With An E because you want to, not because it is required.


You can sign up to receive my updates by email right here.
I would love it if you would link back in some way so that others come and party with us. Either grab the party button or add my blog link to your post or on your blog party page. But again, it's not required.


I ask that you please DO NOT link up giveaways, Etsy shops or anything for sale. Save those for the first Tuesday of each month (NEXT WEEK!?) when,
Anything Goes!

**Please remember, this is a party. So, after you link up, mingle around 
and visit some of the other party guests**

*By linking up your post, you are giving Kathe With An E permission to use your pictures as a feature on this blog and other social media outlets.

This week’s party is sponsored by:
You blog. You Profit. Sign up for SocialSpark!
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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Manwich Sloppy Joe Salisbury Steak And Gravy

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Manwich for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Let me guess!  The kids are back, or almost back, to school right?  It's almost Fall and the activity level is ramping up and you are at wits end trying to keep it all together? With homework, dance class, football practice and on and on, all you want is to get the family to gather at the table for a warm and hearty meal! Well, I got your back and so does Manwich! Manwich is the perfect versatile Easy Weeknight Meals solution for your busy family! And, I'm sharing an easy, tasty recipe that takes no time and little effort to put in front of your busy family!
Manwich Salisbury Sterak Recipe
Check out their website for recipe inspiration for Easy Weeknight Meals.  You cannot beat the sweet, tangy taste of Manwich sauce in hamburgers, topping hot dogs, over pasta or in that traditionally messy sandwich, the Sloppy Joe.  And, you can go here for even more Manwich Recipes
Manwich Sloppy Joe Sauce
Manwich comes in three flavors that are sure to please everyone: Original, Bold and Thick & Chunky.  I received all three in the mail along with a sweet wooden spoon and pot holder.  I love using wooden spoons so it was fun to use it as I made up the Manwich Salisbury Steaks and the red pot holder?  Um yeah!  LOVE!

Manwich Salisbury Steaks
Manwich Salisbury Steak & Gravy

Ingredients:
1 lb 80/20 Ground Beef
1 Can Manwich Thick & Chunky Sloppy Joe Sauce, Divided
1/2 cup Italian Seasoned Bread Crumbs
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon each, olive oil & butter
1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup water

Mix the ground beef, 1/2 cup of the Manwich Sauce, bread crumbs, egg and water together until fully combined.  Form into 4 oblong (football shaped) patties, about 6 ounces each.
In a large skillet, heat oil & butter over medium high heat.  Add beef patties and cook on each side. Cook the patties until they are well browned, about 4 to 5 minutes on each side. (The patties will not be cooked through and will finish cooking in the gravy.) Remove the patties from the skillet and keep warm.
Place the skillet back on the heat and add the flour (if it is too dry you may add additional butter as needed), whisking up all of the oil and browned bits. Add the remainder of Manwich Sauce and water and bring to a boil. Return the patties to the pan, reduce the heat to simmer and cook until the sauce has thickened and the steaks are fully cooked, about 10 minutes. Serve warm with mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables. 
Manwich Salisbury Steak And Gravy Recipe


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Friday, August 22, 2014

My Visit With Linda

Have you missed me?  Yeah, I took some time off from the blog to recharge my batteries :-)  But, now I AM BACK!  

If you remember, a few weeks ago my friend Linda, who blogs over at A La Carte, was traveling back from California to Georgia and made a pit stop in Colorado.  We had so much fun!! Of course, you can't visit Kath without a little drama thrown in too!
Blogging Friends - Kathe With An E
Linda & I have been buddies since the first day I started blogging!  She is even sweeter in person than on her blog or emails, if that is even possible!

After picking her up from the airport we met up with Mr. B and went to dinner. Linda and I ordered the same thing.  A BIG AS YOUR HEAD pork tenderloin sandwich!
Pork Tenderloin Sandwich - The Rock - Aurora, CO
It goes without saying, we each had some leftover!

We stayed up that first night just talking away, only stopping to sleep LOL!
Linda, being the sweety she is, brought me some lovely gifts too!
Gifts from a Blogging Friend
The next morning, Mr. B went up to his mom's place as his brother was in town and they were fixing some things up at her house.  That meant, Linda & I were free to to take a road trip.
Garden Of The Gods Colorado - Kathe With An E
This was Linda's first trip to Colorado so I had to take her to the mountains.  I choose The Garden Of The Gods as it is breathtakingly beautiful!
Garden Of The Gods Colorado - Kathe With An E

Garden Of The Gods Colorado - Kathe With An E
The Garden Of The Gods sits at the foot of Pikes Peak, one of the most visited mountains in the world! in July 1893, Katharine Lee Bates wrote the song "America the Beautiful", after having admired the view from the top of Pikes Peak.
Garden Of The Gods Colorado - Kathe With An E
It was pretty crowded so, I dropped Linda off to get photos while I circled around a few times until a parking spot came available and I joined her.
Garden Of The Gods Colorado - Kathe With An E

Garden Of The Gods Colorado - Kathe With An E

Garden Of The Gods Colorado - Kathe With An E


Garden Of The Gods Colorado - Kathe With An E
Okay, this next photo, I did not notice the "head" until I downloaded it to my computer!  Love it!
Garden Of The Gods Colorado - Kathe With An E

Garden Of The Gods Colorado - Kathe With An E

Garden Of The Gods Colorado - Kathe With An E
After filling our cameras with photos and picking up some souvenirs at the gift shop, we started back to Denver.  Oh but wait!  On our way, Linda spotted an Antique Mall!  Oh yes!  We had to stop!!   
This was the biggest antique mall I had ever been in!  We only got through half of it in our several hour visit! Oh the treasures we did see!
Willowstone Antique Marketplace Colorado Springs, CO

Willowstone Antique Marketplace Colorado Springs, CO

Willowstone Antique Marketplace Colorado Springs, CO
Linda was able to pick up quite a few little items that would safely fit into her suitcase.  You can see her lovely keepsakes here.

I only found a couple of things that I had to have, but I am kicking myself as there were some many pretties I should have bought!
Beach Mantel Decor - Kathe With An E
Linda spotted this cutie pootie and just knew he was perfect with my Beach Mantel decor!
Beach Mantel Decor - Kathe With An E

Thrift Shopping - Kathe With An E
Well hello sailor!
Thrift Shopping-Glass Flower Frog-Kathe With An E
I spotted this glass flower frog from across the room!  A while back, Linda did a blog post and mentioned, "one can never have too many flower frogs". Well, I left a comment that,  not only did I not have a single one, I had never seen one in person!  So, of course I had to have this!! $2.00! And now I have two, this one and the one Linda brought me. One big and one small :-)
Thrift Shopping-Glass Flower Frog-Kathe With An E
Now, for the drama!  After we got home, Linda and I went and had dinner at the Olive Garden (shout out to our buddy Diann at The Thrifty Groove).  We had barely gotten home when my cell phone rang.  I was sure it was Mr. B letting me know when he would be home.  Instead, it was my favorite brother-in-law.  He asked how our day had been and I went on and on about all that we had seen and did.  I then asked about him.  "Um well, I'm sitting here with Mr. B in the ER". Wait! What??  Seems Mr. B started having some serious pain in his stomach.  Mr. B is a strong man so when his brother saw him sweating from the pain, he made him get in the truck and drove him to the hospital. This hospital is about 45 minutes away so, he told me to wait until he knew more before I drove over. He called back in 30 minutes and said I should probably come.  It was either his appendix or a kidney stone.  Linda graciously offered to stay with Max in case I needed to stay overnight and I FLEW to be by his side.  By the time I got there, Mr. B had been given pain meds and had had a CTScan. Prognosis, a kidney stone!  Whew!  No surgery required.  They kept him there for a couple more hours and then I was able to bring him home. By the time I got him settled in, fond a 24-hour pharmacy and got to bed myself it was close to 2:00 am. 

This kind of put a damper on the rest of Linda's visit but we made the most of it!  We spent an hour or so at my favorite Cost Plus World Market store on Sunday and just chilled and talked and talked some more.  Then, before she flew out on Monday, I introduced her to the wonders of Charming Charlie's, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and Goochie's Cakes (best cupcakes in town!!).

Then, it was time for her to go (insert sad face!!).  It truly was a dream come true to get to give Linda a hug and to meet my BBF (Best Blogging Friend) and blogging sister! Not to worry!  I have plans to possibly meet up with her in Georgia in 2015!!


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Monday, August 18, 2014

You're Gonna Love It Tuesday

Woot!  Here were are, meeting up for another fun week of partying our hearts out!  Me, the hostess with the mostest and YOU, bring plate fulls of creativity!  Seriously!  My favorite people and day, EVER!!  
Let's keep the fun times a-going!

Last week's most viewed link came from the lovely Chelsea from Gal on a Mission
Chelsea shared the MOST DECADENT Lemon Lime Sweet Rolls!  I swear to you, I could smell those rolls right through my monitor!  I die at just thinking of how yummy they'd be in my tummy! Please grab yourself an I've Been Featured button Chelsea! You deserve it! 

Now, It's Time to Party!!
Here are the really easy party rules: 
Feel free to link up anything you have created.

Recipes, decor, crafts, written or photographed.
Anything you are so proud of you just gotta share it with others.
I will reserve the option of deleting any post that I do not feel fits the
theme of my blog.

I love to spotlight some of my favorites on my Facebook page and pin them to my You're Gonna Love It Tuesday board on Pinterest so,
be sure to follow me there too! As always, you don't have to be a follower in order to link up. 
I want you to follow Kathe With An E because you want to, not because it is required.


You can sign up to receive my updates by email right here.
I would love it if you would link back in some way so that others come and party with us. Either grab the party button or add my blog link to your post or on your blog party page. But again, it's not required.


I ask that you please DO NOT link up giveaways, Etsy shops or anything for sale. Save those for the first Tuesday of each month when,
Anything Goes!


Please remember, this is a party. So, after you link up, mingle around 
and visit some of the other party guests.

*By linking up your post, you are giving Kathe With An E permission to use your pictures as a feature on this blog and other social media outlets.

This week’s party is sponsored by:
You blog. You Profit. Sign up for SocialSpark!
Did you know that you can earn money blogging about brands you love?

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