Friday, October 29, 2010

Saturday Stumbles 

Need a last minute Halloween or Fall treat? Check out these yummy autumn goodies:

Pumpkin Empanadas

Homemade hand dipped caramel apples

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake

Apple Butter

Pumpkin Butter

...and because this is just super cute
 this unique competitive piggy bank.

For more Saturday Stumbles, head on over to It's Come to This.

Monday, October 25, 2010

eCookbook GIVEAWAY!

I love to cook.  And cooking at the holidays is more fun than ever.  But sometimes, it can become a real pain...especially at the holidays!

Well, have I got the answer to all your troubles!


I've written before about my love for freezer cooking. Not having to worry about what's for dinner is a great feeling.  But imagine what it would feel like to know that your WHOLE Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner is already done!

My friend Tricia, the one and only Once a Month Mom, has created her first eCookbook for cooking your Thanksgiving or Christmas meals.  Here are the recipes found in the eCookbook:
  • Veggie Pizza
  • Pumpkin Cheeseball
  • Scalloped Corn
  • Freezer Mashed Potatoes
  • Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes**
  • Slow Cooker Stuffing**
  • Make Ahead Butterhorn Rolls
  • Turkey Baste**
  • Cranberry Mustard Ham Glaze**
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Caramel Apple Pie Trifle
**Indicates newly created recipes

Ok, so if those aren't delicious enough, Tricia also takes care of all the details!  And when I say "details", she thinks of it all.  Look at all of the other features in the eCookbook:

  • A choice of preparing an 8 serving or 16 serving dinner.
  • Step-By-Step instructions for cooking your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinners ahead and freezing the items.
  • Grocery lists for the 8 serving or 16 serving dinner.
  • Customized labels for each of your prepared items.
  • Recipe cards containing photographs and some step-by-step photos as well.

You can win a copy of the eCookbook!  Just leave me a comment telling me your favorite holiday food.  Contest ends on Friday night.

For extra entries, tweet this giveaway or facebook it but just link back to this post.  Leave me a separate entry for each saying you did so.

If you don't win, you can buy your own eCookbook for $9.99. BUT, through November 1st it is 40% off ($5.99) when you use the code OAMM40.

Disclosure:  eBook link is an Affiliate Link

Monday, October 11, 2010

Top Ten Tuesday - What I'll Be Doing October 23!

Top Ten {Tuesday}
Here are the top ten things I'll be doing on Saturday, October 23.  Read to the end because I'm inviting YOU to be there with ME!
1.  Sleeping in.  Nuff said.
2. Preparing breakfast for my houseguests: Christine and Jill. Any suggestions girls? Or do we want to go get brunch somewhere?
3. Putting last minute touches on some cupcakes for #10.
4. Wishing I could also be at Bakerella's book signing.
5. Probably exchanging lots of texts and phone calls from Mandi and Becky in preparation for #10.
6. No texts or calls from Amanda because her phone is dead!  Boo!
7. Figuring out what I want to wear to #10.  This is going to be quite a feat in and of itself.
8. Getting all dolled up...
9. ...putting the final touches on myself for...
what I'm SO excited to be doing on Saturday, October 23... 
10. Attending the OAMM Tweet Up!  What?  You don't know what it is?  Well, it combines 2 of my favorite things: FRIENDS and FOOD!  And if you're anywhere near the Atlanta area on that Saturday, then YOU need to make plans to attend too!  It's absolutely just need to get a ticket.  Read more about it here and here and here and here and here and here and here from some of the cool people that will be there!
So will you join me at the Tweet Up?!  I'd love to meet you!
For more Top Ten Tuesdays, go visit Oh Amanda.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Top Ten Tuesday - Shower Hostess Gifts

A friend of mine messaged me the other day asking for some advice on what to get for some girls that are throwing her a shower.  She needed something cheap because she has 8 to get.  As I was thinking of some ideas, I realized my message back to her was turning into a blog post!
So now, I wanted to share those ideas with you!
 *PINS: I LOVE the Posie Pins from The Pleated Poppy.

*MIRRORS: These little mirrors would be cute paired with a lip gloss.

*COFFEE CUP KOOZIE: (not as trashy as it sounds!!) These are cute and would be fun paired with a $5 Starbucks gift card. There's lots of different patterns, too.

*ORNAMENT: Depending on when your showers are, a Christmas ornament (not a Santa head or anything!) would be nice because then when they hang it up every year, they'll think of you :)

*FRAME: I know frames can be overrated sometimes, but a cute frame with a handwritten note from you would be so sweet.

*When I did my sister's baby shower, she got me and the other girls a magazine subscription. There are some websites that have cheap magazine subscriptions. She gave us a list beforehand to let us pick which one we wanted. Every month when that magazine came, it reminded me of who gave it to me.

*Anything from Crate & Barrell!! I love how they have a lot of plain, white stuff because it's so easy to dress it it's cheap!
       -containers: These would be cute with a little ribbon around it and maybe some matching colored candy inside.

      -or these little bowls. they come in different colors.

*VERA BRADLEY - They're sale stuff is pretty cheap. Here's some cute things under $10. (None of the pictures would copy...sorry!)
    -Zip ID Case  -Clip Zip ID  -Charmed Pouch   -Coin Purse

*CHARMING CHARLIE - Please tell me you have a Charming Charlie!  It's an accessory store on overload.  I have to admit that it's overstimulating the first time you walk in, but after's just plain addicting!  The bonus is that most of their stuff is very reasonably priced.

*And...well...I could only think of 9.  What would YOU suggest??

For more Top Ten Tuesdays, go visit Oh Amanda.

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Once A Month Mom Tweet Up

Back in February, I got to attend the Blissdom blogging conference.  Not only did I learn TONS about blogging (although you can't really tell by the content of my blog!) but my favorite part was meeting all these cool people!

One of them was Tricia from Once a Month Mom.   She is the expert (in my humble opinion) on freezer cooking.  If you haven't checked out her October menu, there's some good stuff there!  And there's no better feeling at the end of a long day than knowing you've got dinner already made!

You can read about my freezer cooking experiences.

Ok, so back to the point of this post.  Tricia is coming to Atlanta this month for a Once a Month Mom Tweet Up!

So if you live in the Atlanta, Georgia area (or anywhere within driving distance) please consider joining us on October 23, from 6-9 pm. (No worries to those of you who can't get to the actual location, more information about how to participate online will come out later). Also in attendance will be a majority of the lovely and talented #sisterchicks. Most of these girls I also met at Blissdom as well while some are lifelong friends.  Perhaps you know and want to meet one of them as well. Here is the list of confirmed #sisterchicks traveling in for the party!
Tickets go on "sale" (it is a FREE event but space is limited) on Thursday, October 6th at 7 pm EST - don't miss out, they may go fast! Her last event sold out in 1 hour!

Here are a few of the great sponsors of this years event:
The Bread Beckers is more than a Kitchen Store. It is everything you need to make fresh bread at home grinding your own fresh wheat flour and more! They sell grain mills, mixers, grains, beans, baking supplies and ingredients, bake ware, bulk food co-ops/buying clubs, and cooking classes. What is more perfect for an OAMM function than a store that sells in BULK!!! They also have a BEAUTIFUL kitchen/classroom that we will be using for the event. You are going to be so excited when you see this venue! They are located in Woodstock, Georgia.

Cutlery is the largest manufacturer and marketer of high-quality kitchen cutlery and accessories in the United States and Canada. Vector Marketing is the exclusive marketer of CUTCO products, which are sold throughout the U.S. and Canada by authorized sales representatives. Both CUTCO Cutlery and Vector Marketing are subsidiaries of CUTCO Corporation.

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