Friday Favorites – Week 301 – With New Year’s Foods + My Thoughts for the New Year

Happy New Year!  And welcome to our last party of 2015 and our first party of 2016.  Woohoo!  In honor of the new year, today I’ve got some foods that are perfect for your New Year’s celebrations!

But  first I have a few thoughts on the new year and what’s to come.  First off, I want to say thanks to everyone who’s linked up here at any time during 2015.  Whether you’ve come by each week or just a time or two, your visits are much appreciated!

Secondly, although I’m proud of the work I did on my blog in 2015, and I feel I accomplished a lot, I have to admit that I feel like I slacked a bit on parties this year.  My husband was in the hospital last spring, and I had to help him in his recovery time.  And then we also had a number of household projects to tackle and other things that came up.  Long story-short, even thought I managed to get a party post up each week, I felt like some of them were just “thrown together” and I didn’t get to visit you guys and comment nearly as much as I would like.  BUT I promise I will be getting back on track with that in the new year, as well as some other things that I feel I’ve “slacked on.”

Now in honor of me “not slacking” I am planning some posts for January, which will be on setting goals and getting things done in the new year.  In fact, my words for 2016 are “simplify” and “focus,” which I will be posting about this weekend.  So you can expect to see a lot of posts on my blog this year that revolve around these two things, especially “simplify” because simplicity is at the heart of my blog, hence the name “SIMPLY Sweet Home.”  So if you love simple solutions or feel you just want to get back to the basics of life and homemaking, please join me here in 2016.  And as always, I invite you to subscribe to my feeds and allow along on all my social media pages!

And last but not least, you can expect to see a bigger and better party this year!  Soon I will be posting a call for new party hostesses, and anyone who’s interested in being a Friday Favorites host will be welcome to apply.  And I’m also doing a little brainstorming with the current hostesses to see what we can do to make the party better.  If you have any ideas for me, or if you may be interested in being a hostess, feel free to email me.  Cheers! [Read more…]

16 Favorite Foods of 2015

16 Favorite Foods of 2015

At the end of each year I like to look back and revisit some of my old posts, and one thing I always like to do is share a round up of some of my favorite food posts from the year.  Everything looks delicious, if I do say so myself, so I had to hard time picking these out, but finally I came up with 16 goodies!  I have everything from breakfast to dinner, snacks, appetizers, and of course, dessert.  Hope you find something here that you’d like to try for yourself in 2016!  Cheers! [Read more…]

Healthier Eating with the Rosewill Air Fryer

Disclosure: I received a free product from Rosewill to facilitate this post. The opinions are my own.

Rosewill airfryer

If healthier eating is on your list of goals for the New Year, then today’s post is a must-read!

My whole family loves fried food, but when I can bake something and it’s almost just as good, I’ve always preferred to do that….it means there’s less mess; it means I don’t have to stand over a pot or pan of hot grease; etc.  But now, I’ve got a way to fry without the grease!  It’s my new Rosewill Air Fryer! [Read more…]

Holiday Gift Giving with Fresh Market

Holiday Gift Giving with Fresh Market

We are just over a week away from the biggest gift giving day of the year:  Christmas!  If you are still shopping, I have some fun gift giving ideas from Fresh Market!  The grocery chain has a number items that are perfect gifts for everyone on your list from family members to friends and coworkers.

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Peanut Butter Ritz Balls + The Ritz and Southwest Airlines $5000 Sweepstakes

Today’s post is brought to you in partnership with RITZ and Southwest Airlines through the HireInfluence Networks. The opinions are my own.

Ritz Contest Graphic

What do you get when you cross Ritz crackers and Southwest Airlines?  You get great food, travel, and a fun sweepstakes, of course!

Right now Ritz and Southwest Airlines are teaming up to bring you a fabulous sweepstakes.  The prize is $5000 in Southwest Airlines Gift Cards. [Read more…]

6 Little Tips to Help You Achieve Health & Fitness Goals This Winter

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6 Little Tips To Help You Achieve Health & Fitness Goals This Winter

With cooler weather here and more on the way, it can be difficult to stay on task with work and other goals, particularly health and fitness goals.  But as with all things, I find where there’s a will, there’s a way!  Are you one of those people who finds yourself struggling with time management?  Do you think to yourself, “How can I possibly find the time to work out?  How can I find the time to eat healthy?”  Today we’re going to toss all those negative thoughts aside and talk about little things that you can do this winter that will help you go along way toward achieving your health and fitness goals, not matter what kind of weather you’re facing and what you have on your plate! [Read more…]

Crescent Mummy Dogs and a $10 Paypal Giveaway

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Crescent Mummy Dogs

Halloween is almost here!  If you haven’t yet made any festive treats for your ghouls and goblins, it isn’t too late!  Today I’m sharing an easy recipe for Crescent Mummy Dogs.  This is something you can make for you family as a quick and easy Halloween dinner, and it also makes a great treat to serve at a Halloween party for kids or adults!

Consider adding a Halloween twist to your next tailgating party!  Or bake up a little fun for child’s school party or for an event at your church!  There are so many possibilities.

The key ingredient to these mummy dogs is a can of Pillsbury Crescent Rolls: [Read more…]

Football Snacking with Gourmet Gifter

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Cinnamon Popcorn and Peanuts

No football Saturday is complete without a great assortment of snacks!  You can take your snacking to the next level with Gourmet Gifter.  Their delicious kettle corn comes in a variety of flavors, including salty sweet addiction, caramel corn, and Cinnamon Sugar Sensation. [Read more…]

Candy Apple Bites

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candy apple slice platter

We may be falling in fun fall festivities, but I still have to stay on task when it comes to keeping my family fed.  After the first couple of months of school, those same old breakfasts and snacks start to get old, and finding new food choices our boy loves can be a challenge.  Luckily Kellogg’s is here to save the day.

With so many great products like Pop Tarts, Nutri-Grain bars, Eggo waffles, Rice Krispies Treats, Kellogg’s has so much to offer for breakfast and snack time.  And of course, Kellogg’s also offers an amazing assortment of cereals, including Fruit Loops, Frosted Flakes, Frosted Mini Wheats, Rice Krispies, Corn Pops, Apple Jacks, and Krave. [Read more…]

Easy Homegating Ideas + Tailgate At Your Place Sweepstakes

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Easy Tailgating Ideas with Red Baron and Edwards Pies

The number one question I hear people ask on Saturdays in the fall is, “What time is the game?”  Almost everyone I know has a team they root for, a team they root against, and few teams they watch just for the fun of it!  Each week we have OUR teams that we watch as well, and good food is a key ingredient to making our football Saturday great!

Last week we were super busy working on various projects, but thanks to Red Baron Pizza and Edwards Pies, I still managed to put together a little spread for the big game. [Read more…]