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A must have book for the Modern Hostess

I recently received a copy of Lulu Powers’ new book Food To Flowers, and to be honest, I had no expectations about this book. However, once I starting flipping through the pages, I very was pleasantly surprised.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Lulu Powers, she is a chef to the stars, catering parties for a cache of A-list celebrities. At first it was this vibrant and stunning photographed cookbook that had my attention- but soon I realized Lulu’s recipes and tips for simple entertaining at home were the shining star. Her ability to guide you through the party planning process, with loads of information about entertaining and hosting in a fun, relaxed manner- is impressive.

The cookbook is brilliantly separated by time of day- morning, afternoon and evening. With delightful (but not intimidating) recipes for each time slot… Lulu’s recipes really make sense. From Sticky Buns and Lulu’s Blood Mary recipe (morning) to Lavender-Glazed Roasted Chicken (evenings), you will find a recipe sure to tickle your culinary fancy.

Great recipes? Check. But this book is SO much more than a cookbook. A complete guide for any party hostess, Lulu offers tips for planning the perfect party, setting the perfect bar, and even provided a list of resources and vendors she likes to use.

From (my FAV) a Coffee and Newspaper Party, to a Pup Party (complete with dog-friendly recipes)- she has covered it all.

For your next party appetizer, try: Burger Bites with Lulu’s Special Sauce
Makes 30 to 35

For the Burgers
1 pound ground beef
3 tablespoons ketchup
3 tablespoons barbecue sauce
1 teaspoon Lindberg-Snider Porterhouse and Roast Seasoning
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 loaf sliced potato bread

For the Sauce
1 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons yellow mustard
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon barbecue sauce
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons Tabasco sauce
2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon Lawry’s Seasoned Salt
1/4 cup chopped cornichons
2 tablespoons chopped peperoncini
4 garlic cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
1/4 cup chopped scallion, both white and green parts (optional)
In a large bowl, mix the ground beef, ketchup, barbecue sauce, porterhouse seasoning, cumin, and pepper together until well incorporated. Shape the mixture into 1 1/2-inch patties.

Roll out the bread with a rolling pin. Using a 1-inch cookie cutter, cut 4 rounds out of each slice of bread and set aside.

Combine all the sauce ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until smooth.

In a saute pan over medium-high heat, sear the patties for 1 to 2 minutes on each side for medium-rare, or until done to your liking.

Serve the burgers between 2 potato bread rounds, with a dollop of sauce on each patty.

For all the other recipes and party planning tips, check out Lulu Powers Food To Flowers.

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Shop for Mom! $150 Giveaway with Cambria Cove

Looking for a unique Mother’s Day gift ideas? Cambria Cove offers a classy selection of gifts mom will love. Here are a few recent Spring items I am adoring:

These vibrant colors are perfect for Spring. Their Fiesta Table linens would add some flair to any dinner party (or week night meal).

This blue palette is so soothing. This retro blue cake stand especially caught my eye. Imagine the sweet treats you could serve up on that!

Would you like to buy a few things for mom or perhaps shop for yourself? Cambria Cove is offering one lucky reader a $150 gift certificate to purchase anything their heart desires from their website. Simply visit Cambria Cove and share with us what catches your eye.

Contest ends 5/07/10 10pm PST

Good Luck!

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A Carnevale Celebration and Giveaway!

Looking for an excuse to host a get together or searching for some Italian party ideas? Today we are teaming up with Bertolli Frozen Meals sharing a few easy Italian party recipes along with your chance to win a GRAND Carneval celebration giveaway!

You know Bertolli, right? Their frozen Italian dishes offer luscious Italian experience in the comfort of your own home- simple, just how I like it!

As you may have already heard, Bertolli Frozen Meals recently launched a new series of webisodes titled “Into the Heart of Italy: Six Adventures, Three Celebrities, One Mission… To Unlock the Secrets of Italian Passion for Food and Life.” In this episode, celebrity chef Rocco Dispirito and actors Marisa Tomei and Dan Cortese celebrate the Italian festival of Carnevale, ride a shrimp boat, and cook a Garlic Shrimp, Penne and Cherry Tomato dinner. Check it out:

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Since none of us are likely to be setting sail for Italy, we thought we would bring the Italian Carnevale to you! We are giving you all the chance to host your own Italian celebration inspired by this episode. We have all the goods you’ll need to host your ow party. We will send one winner a gift valued at $115. You can enjoy your Bertolli Frozen Meals for dinner then finish the celebration in true Italian style with homemade gelato, Italian espresso and the sounds of contemporary Italian music.
One winner will receive prize valued at approximately $115:

· Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker

· Bialetti Espresso Machine

· Two Crate & Barrel Espresso Cups and Saucers

· iTunes Gift Card with Suggested Contemporary Italian Playlist

· Two VIP coupons for a Bertolli Frozen Meal for two that will transport you to Italy in just 10 minutes

To Enter:

Watch the webisode (above) and comment about your favorite scene in the video and answer the episode’s clue.

For additional entries:

Follow @Bertolli and @HostessTori on Twitter and tweet:

I’m going to host an Italian Carnevale celebration once I win the @Bertolli giveaway from @HostessTori http://ow.ly/1EXTO

Contest is closed. Thank you for entering!

Good luck everyone! Contest ends May 5, 2010 at 10:00 pm PST.

Rules/Disclosure: All entries for the giveaway must be located in the US. Thoughtfully Simple did receive a prize package to review for this contest.

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WIN! Unique Photo Cards for all Occasions

If you are looking to create that perfect photo card, take a moment to check out Photo Card Creations. They have the art of letting your photo shine- mastered. Using quality papers and modern designs, this company creates more than you average photo card. Take a look at just a few of their selections:

Several classy wedding designs.

Graduation cards and announcements.

Birthday cards for all ages.

Photo Card Creations also carries lovely birth announcements and holiday cards…really, they cover all the bases.

With a newly launched website, they are generously offering to give one of YOU a $50.00 gift certificate to use towards your next order of photo cards!

Since they’ve just launch their new & improved website with hundreds of new card designs, they’d LOVE your feedback! Just leave a comment below sharing:

  • Why you’d like to win the certificate & what card style is your favorite!

Contest ends 3/19/2010. Winner will be selected by random and notified.

The fine print: Photo Card Creations is offering our site/blog readers/visitors a chance to win a $50 Coupon towards the purchase of ANY of their cards. The coupon can be used once towards the purchase of 75 or more cards & cannot be combined with any other promotions.
CONGRATULATIONS #2!

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Drink Me Tags: New Clever Collections

I have raved about these clever wine bottle tags before, but the gals over at Drink Me Tags have done it again. Coming out with two new collections, these wine bottle gift tags are equally cheeky and fun. Cleverly titled, The Harbor Collection and the Wineaux Collection, these bottle tags are sure to put a smile on the face of all your wine-adoring friends.

{above: The Harbor Collection}

These are my favorite three tags. Really? Need we say more? Oh- and at $2.25 each, we can all afford to drink more wine- fabulous!

Even better? Drink Me Tags are offer all of you 20% OFF of your purchase. Just use code “SIMPLE.”

You can see the entire collection of tags at http://www.DrinkMeTags.com.

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Modern Placemats for Kids| Modern-Twist

Keep little hands busy while they are waiting for their dinner (or just busy in general), with these fabulous placemats from Modern-Twist. Playful, hip, and just plain fun… kids will love coloring these fun designs over and over. They wipe clean and roll to store easy- could it get any better? I think the brilliant minds at Modern-Twist thought of it all when they designed these placemats. They are really unique and useful.

This design is Kat in the City (my personal favorite).

and here is Major Damage- so fun!

You can use any washable markers to color these placemats or you can purchase a Kidz Box and have a complete gift ready to give.

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