Yes, the economy is rough, really rough. Yes, we are all trying to save our family some money by cutting expenses…. and yes the holidays are right around the corner. Well, let’s face it they are here. The truth is life still goes on- even during this economic scare. The holidays are still here, people still have birthdays– we must still purchase things.
This holiday season I have found a way we an all help each other out. Rather than shopping at big box stores and through catalogs, let’s help each other. Truth is, many of us are mom-owned businesses who are also struggling to sell our goods in this tough time.
Moms who must shop…… meet Moms who must sell.
I mean, if we are going to be spending our families hard earned money, it might as well go directly to one who needs it right?
Please, grab this button and post it wherever you fancy. Let’s spread the word and help each other out. Mom’s are good at this, we can make this holiday season Simple and Fabulous!
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This year when you find yourself planning you child’s birthday party, stop stressing and simply think…Polka Dots! This fun and colorful pattern is a hot trend right now, and in good reason. Polka Dots are versatile, allowing you to be as creative (or basic) with the color selection as you dare. With this simple theme you will be able to create an impressive and thoughtful party in a snap! Just start thinking in circles, and you’ll soon realize what I mean when I say, Polka Dots are SIMPLE!
My Tips- Choose 2 colors and go at it! Above: Hot Pink & Lime
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In 9″ by 3″ spring form pan, with fork, stir graham-cracker crumbs, melted margarine or butter, and sugar until moistened. With hand, press mixture onto bottom of pan. Tightly wrap outside of pan with heavy-duty foil to prevent leakage when baking in water bath later. Bake crust 10 minutes. Cool completely in pan on wire rack.
2. In large bowl, with mixer at medium speed, beat cream cheese until smooth; slowly beat in sugar until blended (about 1 minute) scraping bowl often with rubber spatula. With mixer at low speed, beat in pumpkin, sour cream, bourbon or vanilla, cinnamon, allspice, and salt. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition.
3. Pour pumpkin mixture into crust and place in large roasting pan. Place pan on oven rack. Carefully pour enough boiling water into pan to come 1 inch up side of spring form pan. Bake cheesecake 1 hour 10 minutes or until center barely jiggles.
4. Meanwhile, prepare Sour-Cream Topping: In small bowl, with wire whisk, beat sour cream, sugar, and vanilla until blended. Remove cheesecake from water bath, leaving water bath in oven, and spread sour-cream mixture evenly over top. Return cake to water bath and bake 5 minutes longer.
5. Remove cheesecake from water bath to wire rack; discard foil. With small knife, loosen cheesecake from side of pan to help prevent cracking during cooling. Cool cheesecake completely. Cover and refrigerate cheesecake at least 6 hours or overnight, until well chilled. Remove side of pan to serve.
If you are having or hosting a fall bridal shower, here are some simple ideas you just might fall in love with!
-Pick a natural setting and let nature do a lot of your decorating. Host the event in family or a friend’s backyard. The outdoor colors of greens and browns will set the mood of your shower.
-Skip the formal flower arrangements; pick up some planter boxes, potting soil, and rich colored flowers from you local garden center. If you are having round tables then look for round planters, otherwise the rectangular planter boxes work wonderfully for oblong tables. Oh- and if you cannot find planter boxes in the right color, a little spray paint will do the trick.
-Don’t forget the candles! Have candle lighting throughout your shower. Think bathrooms, table tops, even floating in a pool if there is one.
-Serve a deep red or auburn cocktail. Try Bridal Sweet Martini!
Bridal Sweet Martini (serving for 4)
6 oz vodka
2 oz strawberry juice
1 oz cranberry juice
Juice of 1/2 a lime
Combine all in mixer w/ice. Shake and strain into martini glasses.
If your spice cabinet looks anything like mine, it is a black hole of little jars with little organization. Despite my organizing efforts, my spice cabinet never seems to stay tidy– and of course the chaos eventually got the best of me. Because rather than using what I had already, I was in the habit of purchasing whatever spice I needed for a particular recipe. The outcome, unneeded purchases at the grocery store and more clutter to the spice cabinet.
So, as I realized there was no need to have 4 jars of “ground cumin” on hand, I began to get organized. My tip for today is to spice up your spice cabinet!
What I did: I set aside a few minutes and took inventory of everything actually in the spice cabinet. Write down each spice (making sure to note the amount of each you have on hand). Then, simply type up your list and tape to the inside of the spice cabinet door.
Next time you are making out your shopping list you will simply have to open up the cabinet and check to see if you already have “dried mustard,” preventing any unnecessary strolls down the spice aisle.
Also try purchasing spice racks and shelves to keep everything visible! These are from The Container Store and are under $10.00