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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Devilishly Sweet Hillshire Farm Lit'l Smokies Recipe

One of my favorites things about Fall is the gathering of friends and families. Whether it be to watch football games with the neighbors (Go Broncos) or a holiday dinner with Mr. B's mom, brother, nephew & niece. Fall just means fun times and food! If you are attending a party, throwing one of your own or, just need a something simple to snack on, these Devishly Sweet Lit'l Smokies fit the bill!
Devishly Sweet Lit'l Smokies #BringHillshireHome
This post is sponsored by Mom It Forward and when I was asked to create a recipe using a product from the Hillshire Brands lineup and picked up at my favorite Safeway store, I knew exactly what I wanted to use as my main ingredient. 
Devishly Sweet Lit'l Smokies #BringHillshireHome
#BringHillshireHome! The cute Lit'l Smokies make the best protein filled base of the perfect party food!
Safeway Just 4 U

I am also thrilled to be sharing the J4U (Just 4 U) program with you. I signed up as soon as we moved into our new home and I made Safeway MY go-to store for groceries every week. It’s super simple and after a quick visit to the Safeway website, once you sign up, you can link your Safeway Club Card up with coupons and personalized deals that fit your grocery list.
Safeway Just 4 U
A couple of times a week they email me updates letting me know new deals have been added so I can go and digitally clip the Just for U coupon to my Safeway Club card. Another easy peasy way for me to save money on our grocery bill! And, bonus, this week there are several coupons for Hillshire Farm products so, I can make a snack and be happy knowing I saved a bit doing so!

Let's get snackin'!
Devishly Sweet Lit'l Smokies #BringHillshireHome
Devilishly Sweet Lit'l Smokies
Adapted from BBC Good Food

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 package Hillshire Farm Lit'l Smokies Smoke Sausage
1/4 cup honey (I used local but any type works fine)
1/4 cup Dijon Mustard
katsup and mustard, to serve
Devishly Sweet Lit'l Smokies #BringHillshireHome
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pour the oil into a foil lined baking sheet and heat in the oven 3-4 minutes. Place the sausages onto the baking sheet and toss lightly in the hot oil.  Spread so that the sausages are not crowded together.
Devishly Sweet Lit'l Smokies #BringHillshireHome
Bake 20-25 minutes or until browned and cooked through, turning once halfway through the cooking process.  Drain the sausages on paper towel and drain the oil from the baking sheet. Blend the honey and the Dijon mustard together in a medium bowl.  Add the sausages to the bowl and mix to coat them well.  Return the sausages to the baking sheet and return to the oven for 5 minutes. Serve hot or warm with katsup and mustard on the side for dipping.
Devishly Sweet Lit'l Smokies #BringHillshireHome
The recipe can easily be doubled for larger parties.
Devishly Sweet Lit'l Smokies #BringHillshireHome
Sweet lit'l sausages with just enough devilish kick to keep you coming back for more! Admit it, you want to grab a few right off your screen right now don't you? 
This post was sponsored by Hillshire Brands™. As always all opinions are my own.
If you like this recipe, here are some links to other Hillshire Farm yumminess for you to try:

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Monday, October 20, 2014

It's Time For You're Gonna Love It Tuesday!

Oy!  I don't know if I am behind or ahead!  I totally thought that Halloween was THIS week!  Talk about freaking out!  We haven't decided how much or want kind of candy we will hand out and I was starting to hyperventilate just thinking that the end of October was HERE!  ....Then, I looked at the calendar...um...Hi...yeah it's still 2 weeks away...Geez!  Does this ever happen to you?  Just me?? I'm thinking I need some time off LOL!  Now that THAT crisis has been averted, for at least a week, let's get this week's party a rockin'!

Time For Last Week's Features
The most viewed link was from Living Chic on the Cheap with her Toilet Paper Pumpkins.
So stickin' cute and easy enough for even me to make!

Sometimes you see a photo and a recipe and you are transformed back in time.
That is what happened when I saw this recipe for Golumpki,  aka Stuffed Cabbage, from Platter Talk, just like my mother made and will be made by me soon!

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Halloween Buffet Decor

Boo! Ha!  Did I scare you?  Halloween is only days away and I have one last post to share with my Halloween buffet decor.
Kathe With An E - Halloween Buffet Decor
Since I went all out for Griselda's Birthday Table I decided to keep the buffet a bit less busy.
Kathe With An E - Halloween Buffet Decor
I think the purple glittered skull sits very nicely atop some thrift store books.
Kathe With An E - Halloween Buffet Decor
A black crow is perched on the lamp shade, keeping on eye on all of the creepiness in the room. (Edited to add:  Some of you have commented on the lamp shades.  They are from Walmart several years ago and were $9.99 each. Last I looked, they still have them in stock, but I am unsure of the current price.)
Kathe With An E - Halloween Buffet Decor

Kathe With An E - Halloween Buffet Decor
While a traditional skull and a thrift store pumpkin pail filled with black roses for hair anchor the other end of the buffet.
Kathe With An E - Halloween Buffet Decor
I filled my pallet wood centerpiece with spider web material and invited some of Griselda's "pets" to camp out there on not on the dining table!
Kathe With An E - Halloween Buffet Decor
The large glittered owl from World Market fits perfectly on the mirror. Gotta love command strips!

We have been so lucky with nice weather this Fall!  It appears that the trick or treaters will NOT have to wear parkas over their costumes!  

Happy Halloween!

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Orange Scream Cranberry Orange Frozen Fruit Treat Recipe

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

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Orange Scream Cranberry Orange Frozen Fruit Treat Recipe
Even though it is the middle of October and Fall is in full swing, I can't seem to resist a cool fruity treat every now and then.  Nothing says Fall quite like cranberries so I decided to create a recipe using that tart little bit of goodness and mix it up with some other fruity flavors.  Plus, it's orange so, kinda perfect for a Halloween get together too! You won't believe how easy it is! And the main ingredient is a tasty milk product by TruMoo!
I used TruMoo Limited Edition Orange Scream milk to make it healthier for us. TruMoo Orange Scream is a wholesome, low-fat white milk by the makers of the classic TruMoo chocolate milk. It doesn’t contain any of artificial growth hormones or high fructose corn syrup so you can feel good about serving it.

And while it is pretty darn tasty on it's own, it added just the flavor and creamy texture I was looking for in my recipe.

Orange Scream Cranberry Orange Frozen Fruit Treat 

1 Cup fresh cranberries
2 Cups water
1/2 orange, peeled and diced
2 Cups TruMoo Limited Edition Orange Scream milk
You will need 6 small snack cups or popsicle maker & craft sticks aka tongue depressors.
TruMoo Orange Scream
Place the cranberries into a saucepan with the water. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to simmer. Simmer until the cranberries are soft and have popped. Drain and let cool.  
Once the cranberries are cool mix all the ingredients and pour into cups or a popsicle maker. 

If using cups and sticks, place into freezer for about an hour and then put the sticks in.  Freeze for several hours more and then, enjoy!
TuMoo Orange Scream Cranberry Orange Frozen Fruit Treat
If you like this recipe, be sure to visit their website for more delicious TruMoo Halloween recipes. And, follow TruMoo on Facebook and Pinterest so you'll always know what delicious things are happening at TruMoo.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Griselda's Birthday Tablescape

This post is sponsored by World Market on behalf of their Halloween Book of Life Sweepstakes. All opinions are always my own.

You may remember a few years back, I hosted my witchy friend, Griselda's, Birthday party. I was kind of hoping with the move that Griselda would not be able to find me and we would have a quiet Halloween this year.  Oh she is a crafty one!  It took her a year but she gazed into her crystal ball and located our new home.  She cast a spell upon me and I found myself, once again, celebrating her birthday.  Luckily, her ghoulfriends were unable to attend on such short notice and it was a relatively peaceful affair.
Griselda's Halloween Birthday Tablescape
I stuck to her favorite colors, orange and black, and was able to set a pretty festive table to celebrate her 2,042nd birthday.
Halloween Birthday Tablescape

Halloween Birthday Tablescape
She once again brought along some of her "pets".  Max found a safe spot so as not to have to "play" with them!  That rat of hers is the worse for biting his short tail!
Halloween Birthday Tablescape
While in my trance I headed over to World Market to purchase some of the decor.  World Market is all decked out for Halloween and I was able to dress the table just as Griselda likes it.  A bit of elegant with some creepiness thrown in.
Halloween Tablescape
The pumpkin bakers and the placemats fit perfectly with the dishes and china I had on hand.  Griselda thought the black rose on the salad plates was so beautiful. 
Halloween Birthday Tablescape
She said the flatware looked like shiny bones!  Um...not what I was going for but I played along so as not to be turned into a toad or something worse!
World Market Halloween Tablescape
She fell in love with the Spellbook treat jar from World Market. She said she would be filling it with her favorite snakeskin candies. Sounds yummy!
World Market Halloween Tablescape
(Shiver) Her furry spider, Henry, brought along his big webbed egg full of, what he called, "future babies". Ugh!  
World Market Halloween Tablescape
Griselda asked to take the name your poison tumblers home with her. Something about entertaining some former boyfriends...I didn't ask!
World Market Halloween Tablescape Witches Hat Napkin Fold
I thought I was pretty creative in taking the napkins and forming them into witches hats!  Griselda thought they were cute too.
World Market Halloween Tablescape
She said that the candle holders really suited her. 
Halloween Tablescape
I think the old gal even cracked a smile!
Halloween Tablescape

World Market Halloween Tablescape
Even though she had me under her spell, I was able to craft a table ghoulishly suited for her birthday. In fact, as she left, she said she couldn't wait to see what I come up with next year!  I need to tell Mr. B that we are moving again...

Speaking of World Market, to celebrate the movie, The Book of Life, they are giving YOU the chance to win a trip to the Riviera Maya and free movies for a year!!  The movie is based on the cultural celebration of “Dia de los Muertos” (a day of remembering the memories of lost loved ones)
World Market Book of Life Sweepstakes
It stars the voices of Channing Tatum (sigh!), Zoe Saldana, Diego Luna, Danny Trejo, Cheech Marin, Directed by Jorge Gutierrez (El Tigre, Mad TV) and produced by Guillermo Del Toro (Puss in Boots, Kung Fu Panda, Pan’s Labyrith)
It is an animated movie of a Romeo and Juliet-inspired love story set during a Day of the Dead celebration: Manolo (Channing) is a young matador who wants to shed the expectations of his family to follow his dreams of being a musician and his best friend, Joaquin (Diego), is the successful pride of the town. They compete for the heart of Maria (Zoe). In order to win Maria’s heart and save her life, Manolo must face his greatest fears and follow his heart to rewrite his destiny.
The Grand prize is a 5 day/ 6 night stay at Grand Riviera Maya, free movies for a year, a $1,000World Market gift card and Book of Life merchandise.  
Three first prize winners will win a $50 World Market gift card.  You can enter the sweepstakes here.  The sweepstakes ends on Oct. 24, 2014!  And be sure to check out all of the Book of Life collection World Market has in store and online here.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Wayfair Custom Upholstery

Wayfair.com has generously sponsored this post.   All thoughts and opinions are my very own. 

Now that we have been in our new to us home for over a year, I have been looking at new furniture that we may want to get "someday".  I have to tell you, it's hard!  We only have a few furniture stores here and their choices seem to play to the "it's my first apartment" crowd.  I am so ready for grown up pieces. Furniture that is made to last longer than a years lease, if you know what I mean!

Then, I found out about Wayfair.com! Wow!  Go on, get lost for a few hours and come back. I'll be here!  Bonus, I also found out about their new Custom Upholstery Collection, including sofas, ottomans, chairs, and moreYou can browse here to see what's available. I found a couple of styles that I love. Plus, you can order swatches, FOR FREE, of the colors and materials so you can see how they would actually look in your home!  

I really like the classic, simple style of the Brooke sofa and chair and picked some colors I want to get swatches of. This is my Dream Collection.

Wayfair Custom Upholstery

How about those cozy cushions on the sofa?  Can you say "nap time"? And the arm chair?  Slick and sexy arms!  Swoon!

I stepped outside my comfort zone with the Bevin Teal but it's too pretty not to include it as a possible choice.

Then, I went further and decided to create my Dream Big mood board!  A girl can dream right?  I luuurve the tufting with the Josephine collection!  So fancy, am I right?  And look at the nail head trim!  Whether it be in the bold Ranger Twill Flame or the Hilo Flax fabric this would definitely set the living room off into a room I would have never imagined before I found Wayfair.com! Can you picture this gal just lounging the day away on either the sofa or the arm chair?  Someone go get me some bon bons!

Wayfair Custom Upholstery

To celebrate the new custom upholstery options, Wayfair.com is holding a quiet little sale to kick off the campaign! You can use this exclusive promo code WFCustom10  for 10% off your custom order from October 16th to October 20th. It's nowhere on social media or other sites, so be sure use it during the sale!  

Now tell me, which are YOUR favorites?

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Save Money With the Walmart® Savings Catcher App

I shopped savvy using Walmart Saving Catcher, as part of a sponsored post for Crowdtap. #WMTSavingsCatcher

Mr. B and I have some goals that we are really working hard on achieving. We want to pay off our credit card debt, get the cars paid off and then, maybe, save for a real vacation.  We've been pinching pennies and finding other ways to reduce our monthly bills. We just want to save money anyway that we can! 

I was trained at a very young age, by my mother, on how to create a bi monthly menu, read the weekly ads, and build a shopping list. Of course, that was many years ago and times have changed. In some cases, for the better! Gotta love technology!

I was recently introduced to the Walmart Savings Catcher app for my phone!
The Walmart Savings Catcher program eliminates the need for price matching! Simply download the Walmart app on your phone (you can also do this online if you prefer), shop like usual (with or without coupons) then, just scan your receipt. Walmart Savings Catcher will compare the prices for you! 

This process can take up to three days.  However, if they find a lower local advertised price, you get the difference back in the form of a Walmart e-card that can be used the next time you’re in the store! And the e-card never expires!!
I've been hearing from friends that have downloaded the app too and they are getting savings of up to $10.00 each shopping trip! 
That's easy money in my grocery budget that can be used to pay down other bills! Now I don't have to fill my purse with ads to take the store to try and price match. Walmart has taken all of that work away for me! Even if you don't shop Walmart all of the time, you may just find that even those small trips can add up to big savings!
One thing to note, your receipt has to be less than 7 days old. You can submit the receipt either through the app or the website. For all the details (what can and what cannot be price matched) be sure to check out their Savings Catcher FAQ’s.
If you haven't already, go get the app because, right now if you try it out and spread the word you’ll be entered to win a $2000 shopping spree at Walmart… and so will your friends! Enter it HERE.
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