Posts Tagged ‘Holiday’

Naughty or Nice $2,500 Giveaway!

Shopping, baking, decorating, shopping and more shopping — tired yet? Could you use a little help this holiday season? I know I could!

Check out this contest from our friends at ForRent.com and Homes.com for a
chance to win $2,500 (now THAT would help, right?).

They have a simple and fun Facebook contest going on and the grand prize is $2,500 (I’d totally get that new dining room table I’ve been dreaming about and dozens of these darling bowls).

Here it is:

Like ForRent.com and Homes.com for a chance to win $2,500!

*Bonus: in addition to the $2,500 grand prize, each of the above Facebook pages will be giving away weekly $100 gift cards (enter each week for the $100 drawing or just once for the grand prize drawing).

Enter to Win the $2,500 Grand Prize & Weekly $100 Gift Card Giveaways

  1. “Like” Homes.com &/or ForRent.com on Facebook and fill out the entry form located on the Naughty or Nice tab on the left side under their profile picture.
  2. While filling out the form refer the contest to friends using the “refer a friend” option. Referring your friends increases your chances of winning.

Good Luck everyone! Contest ends at 12pm EST on December 16, 2011. Grand prize and weekly winners will be emailed and announced on Facebook.

Now, what would you do with an extra $2,500 to spend this holiday season? After you enter, be sure to come back and let me know in the comments!

This is a sponsored post. Homes.com has paid me to review their holiday contest and offer my opinion. I only recommend companies or services I believe my readers will enjoy — cheers.

 

 

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Thoughts :: Need Thanksgiving Ideas? Me too.

thanksgiving ideas - table

If you haven’t seen this AMAZING Thanksgiving tablescape from Chris from Celebrations At Home — you must. Check out her feature over on Daily Grommet’s blog today (she’s got some great styling tips and Thanksgiving ideas).

It’s right around the corner — Thanksgiving. Actually, it’s in less than a week. What have I done to prepare you ask? Nothing. Nope, nada. The good thing about sticking to simple entertaining and hostessing ideas is that (when needed) you can pull it all together last minute (yep, literally).

I thought I’d keep it real and share with you all that I am lagging in my planning, but that I’m okay with that. I’ll turn to some of my favorite past ideas like these:

And I’ll throw in some new Thanksgiving ideas like the ones Chris shared here. How about you? Are all your T’s crossed and I’s dotted? How is your Thanksgiving planning coming together?

If you could use a little help pulling your thoughts and ideas together, join me and several other entertaining, design, food, and craft bloggers on Twitter Monday night the @DailyGrommet #HolidayHelp chat. More details here.

Hope to share (and learn) with you there!

 

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Simple Halloween Ideas {Peep Smores}

This year, I am all about finding simple Halloween ideas (this year just seems to be moving so much faster than normal and I can’t keep up!). I’ve been finding great DIY decor ideas and great Halloween treats over on Pinterest like these smores made with peeps! I decided these were the perfect {simple} treats to make for all of the neighborhood kids so I whipped them up last night. Here are the stars of the show:

Simple Halloween Ideas

 

-1 graham cracker (broken in half)

-2 mini Hershey’s

-1 ghost peep (they have pumpkin peeps too if you’d rather mix it up)

Place in a bag …

Smores - Simple Halloween Ideas

 

And there you have Halloween peep smores — such a simple treat! I tied the bag up with ribbon and a cute Halloween tag. The ones above are free printables from Anders Ruff Custom Designs. You can download yours too here.

What simple Halloween ideas have you found lately? I’d love to hear about them!

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Holiday Appetizers

I have been a fan of celebrity chef LuLu Powers ever since I read her book Food to Flowers. So when she sent me these easy appetizer recipes for the holiday season, I knew they’d be great — and they are! Below she shares her recipes for Apple Cheddar Rye Puffs and Parmesan Pea Dip, both recipes would make perfect holiday appetizers.

Before we get to the recipes, I wanted to share this simple tip from LuLu:

  • Cocktail Ornaments: Store cranberries in the freezer and use them to adorn cocktails. These frozen delights will give any gathering the holiday spirit.

And now for the recipes!

Apple Cheddar Rye Puffs

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Yield: 30 appetizers

Ingredients

1/2 Granny Smith apple (cored, peeled and finely chopped)

1 cup Sargento Artisan Blends Double Cheddar shredded cheese

3 tablespoon mayonnaise

1 tablespoon honey

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1/4 teaspoon caraway seeds

1 loaf of mini rye bread

Fresh ground pepper

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

2. Cut rounds out of rye bread using a 1- 1/2 inch cookie cutter. Bake 10 minutes or until lightly toasted.

3. Combine remaining ingredients. Spread on toast and bake for 10 minutes more. Serve warm.

Helpful Hints

Bake only one side of bread and then apply mixture on other side.

Parmesan Pea Dip

Prep time: 10 Minutes

Yield: 2 cups

Ingredients

2 cups frozen petite peas, thawed, divided

1 cup frozen shelled edamame beans, thawed

1 cup mint

1/2 cup parsley

1/2 cup olive oil

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 cup Sargento Artisan Blends Parmesan Shredded Cheese, divided

Salt and pepper to taste

Optional: 1 teaspoon maple syrup or a dash of hot sauce

Directions

1. Put 2- 1/2 cup peas and all other ingredients except oil and ½ cup cheese in food processor and process until consistency is mostly smooth.

2. Add oil and then remaining 1/2 cup peas. Process until mixture is slightly chunky. (If you prefer the dip smoother, process longer.)

3. Spread on rice crackers and sprinkle with remaining cheese.

Helpful Hints

This pea dip can be served over pasta or on top of cooked fish or chicken. Sprinkle with additional cheese.

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DIY Plaid Ornaments

Thinking about creating some homemade holiday ornaments? DIY ornaments really can be simple and these DIY plaid ornaments are proof. I love the green factor, turn something old into something new.

Old…

New!

I love the cozy and warm look of these. Check out the simple DIY steps via Eddie Ross.

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WIN! Holiday Photo Cards

So you have that perfect photo…. the ONE that will be sent out to all of your friends and family in your Christmas card. You have the photo, now you just need that perfect card, right? Definitely check out Photo Card Creations. This year, they have expanded their holiday card selections and have many great modern designs. I am really digging these shaped cards that double as holiday ornaments, check them out!

The folks over at Photo Card Creations really know how to make your precious photos POP! They have many card designs to choose from. You are bound to find that perfect Christmas card or Hanukkah Card.

If you still need to find that perfect card, you are in luck! We are giving one lucky reader a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to http://www.photocardcreations.com. Simple visit their selection of holiday cards and leave a comment sharing which one is the “perfect” one for you.

One entry per person. Winner will be randomly selected and notified via email. The winner has 7 days to respond. Contest ends Friday November 19, 2010 at 10 pm PST.

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