Thursday, August 25, 2011

100 Days to Christmas E~Book Review

I was fortunate enough to receive an advance copy of 100 Days to Christmas by Jennifer Tankersky.

I am so happy I have this ebook.  My holiday life is now easier.

I've been following Jennifer's 100 Days to Christmas since 2008 when she started it.  Totally love it.  This is the first year she has offered a book & when I say "Thank goodness" I mean "Run now & get it!"  It's a pure steal at $4.99.

Jennifer helps you start planning in September (which is right around the corner) & takes you all the way through Christmas Day.  She includes the fall holidays as well.  Not only does she have tasks to do she gives you fun, light hearted ideas to do through out the lead up to the big day.  Plus goals and encouragement.

Having the ebook gives you the opportunity to see everything for this year up front.  No waiting for the daily email.  You have it at your finger tips.   Not to mention she gives you some free dowloadable lists within the book....can you say SCORE!  Yea, I thought so.

Some of the fun tasks Jennifer helps you set up is a budget (which we all need), gift list, even a link for labels. 

This ebook gives it to you all.   A recipe for apple crisp is included for the fall season...I will be making it.

I don't want to tell you too much about the book because I would love for you to get it for youself.

Visit 100 Days to Christmas. Remember, it's only $4.99...that's less than some of the holiday magazines out there.

Let me know if you've followed the list before or if you are a newbie this year.
I'd love to know.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Back to School w/ Tiny Prints

I made a little vlog to introduce you all to Tiny Prints. Love them. With my first real Back to School this year I am looking for traditions to start with Cheeks. I am planning on taking his pic with him holding a sign or a quote bubble stating his school year. I am finding it hard to realize my 11 pounder that I brought home is this skinny little 5 year old heading to Kindergarten. So how do I compound these of course. Check this out: So check Tiny Prints out!
*Disclaimer: This is a compensated post. All opinions are 100% mine*

Friday, August 19, 2011

This weekend only!

About Last Night, no, it's About One

About One is the perfect place to help organize your life.

For free.

With the school year just starting, organization is going to be at a premium for all of us. Check em out, you won't be disappointed!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Here She is...Miss Lawry's (Thank Burt Bacharach!)

The winner of the Lawry's Gift Pack is


Gia Pet!

I've emailed her & if I do not hear from her in 48 hours, I will pull another winner.

Thanks everyone!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

I love JC Pennys. Great stuff, great deals.

Cheeks is starting Kindergarten this year & we just went, last weekend, to JC Penny for sneakers. Apparently, his foot is an 11, not a 10 any longer.

They had Sketchers for 50% off. This was the brand that he kept talking about, over & over. Got him his sneakers for $25!

So quick, go sign up.

You will not be disappointed.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Lawry's Labor Day Style for 2 (plus a Giveaway!!)

A few weeks back I was asked by The Motherhood to get together with some of my fellow local bloggers and try out some new Lawry's products.  To get creative and throw our best cooking skills forward.  Some of you know that I am just a whiz in the kitchen, sure I've tried to poison Bobster with undercook chicken or even serving him ground meat that tasted like seafood but I digress. 

Anyway, due to some scheduling conflicts I was unable to make the get together but thanks to Skype I joined in.  Just wish Skype would do smell a vision...that would have made the fun time complete.  

Here's what was made (and what I made later but neglected to take photos because I am a dork!):

We were asked to do a theme so Labor Day Dinner for 2 it was.

My favorite had to be the Cheesy Baked Artichoke Dip....WoW!  So good!!!  Check out the recipe:

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (about 2 ounces)
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sour cream
1 tablespoon Lawry’s seasoning
pinch of salt
2 12-ounce can artichoke hearts packed in water, well drained, chopped into 1/4-inch pieces

1/4 teaspoon paprika
1 pitch Italian cheese blend, to sprinkle on top of finished dip
French-bread baguette slices, toasted or Gluten Free chips or crackers or celery for dipping

Whisk 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream, and Lawry’s seasoning in medium bowl to blend. Stir in chopped artichoke hearts. Transfer mixture to 3-cup ramekin.

Sprinkle dip with 2 tablespoons grated Mexican cheese and paprika.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Bake dip until heated through, about 25 minutes (about 35 minutes if chilled).

Preheat broiler. Broil until cheese melts, about 2-3 minutes.

Serve warm with unsalted  and/or Gluten-free crackers

Next up, no doubt Bobster's fav:

Lawry's Rubbed Cedar Plank Salmon

¼ c brown sugar
2 tbsp Lawry’s seasoned pepper
1 Cedar Plank
3 pound salmon

Prepare Cedar Plank according to instructions. Mix brown sugar and seasoned pepper and rub over Salmon. Let sit for 20 minutes. Grill according to Cedar Plank instructions.

Serve it with a side of Pineapple Salsa

1 pineapple, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1-2 tsp jalapeno pepper, chopped
1 tbsp grated ginger
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp Lawry’s seasoned pepper
2 tbsp fresh cilantro

Cook onion over low heat until translucent. Add pineapple, pepper, ginger, sugar and pepper and cook for about 5 minutes. Sprinkle on cilantro. Serve warm or at room temperature.

(*disclaimer: I did leave the cilantro out...not a fan)

Don't foget the Corn on the Cob & the Marinated Veggies (!)

Corn on the CobRemove outer layers of corn husks
Soak corn in cold water for 20 minutes
peel back husks
dribble olive oil and shake on Lawry’s seasoned salt
push corn husks back around cob and grill for 20-40 minutes, turning every now and again
remove corn and serve

Grilled Balsamic Marinated VegetablesFresh local vegetables, cut into bite-size pieces
Lawry’s Balsamic Herb Marinade

line a dish with foil
mix vegetables in dish
cover with about half a bottle of marinade, cover with another layer of foil
refrigerate for a half hour to an hour
carefully flip over dish and close foil so that it incases the vegetables
Add another layer of foil
Place over a hot grill for 20-40 minutes, turning once. (The longer you cook the vegetables, the softer they will be.)

Dessert was fabu!
The kids loved it.

Sweet & Sassy Strawberries & Peaches
1 lb strawberries
3 fresh local peaches
1 tbsp sugar
½ cup water
1 tbsp Lawry’s balsamic vinegar marinade

cut tops of strawberries
slice peaches into slices
marinade in water, marinade, and sugar
place in foil
grill for 5-6 minutes
serve with vanilla ice cream or greek yogur

But the piece de resistance....

Lawry's Sweet & Seasoned Surprise:

2 oz tequila
2 ½ teaspoon sugar
½ cup frozen strawberries
1/2 cup frozen pineapple
1/2 cup frozen peaches
Juice of ½ Lemon
Lawry’s seasoned salt

Mix above in a blender.
Pour some Seasoned salt on a plate
Wet Margarita glass with a lemon and dip in Lawry’s seasoning
Enjoy this salty and sweet drink!

I was a bit skeptical about the drink but lemme tell you...KABAM! Best darn thing I've had in a while.  The Lawry's Seasoned Salt was perfect on this.  Yummers!

Now here's the best part.

Thanks to The Motherhood & Lawry's, I am able to give one lucky reader a gift box of the following:

16 oz Seasoned Salt
Balsamic Herb Marinade
Seasoned Salt Marinade

Nice eh?

Here's what you have to do:

Mandatory entry: Tell me which recipe above you think sounds the best & the one you'd like to try.

These are the extra entries (1 entry per each).

1.  Follow this blog through GFC

2.  Follow me on twitter...mkw70

3.  Tweet this giveaway and/or facebook it, then leave me the link in the comments, you can use the handy button right down there.  One entry each.

The giveaway is open until 8/17 at 8pm est.

That's it peeps.

What are you waiting for...go. Enter. Win!


*I was compensated for my time.  All opinions are 100% my own.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Saving Star


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