Hashbrown Casserole and Clean Up with Scotch-Brite® Scrub Dots

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With the holidays right around the corner, it’s time to brainstorm recipes and menu ideas and prepare for that big holiday grocery outing.  While preparing your shopping list, it’s just as important to add cleaning products and tools that you will need.  Enter Scotch-Brite® Scrub Dots Previously I’ve written about the Scotch-Brite™ Brand and how their wide range of products helps me with my household cleaning.  Recently I purchased their new Scotch-Brite® Scrub Dots sponges and dishwands.  Today I’m going to share these products with you and show some examples of the products at work in my kitchen, including how I used Scotch-Brite® Scrub Dots to clean up after making a Hashbrown Casserole. (Recipe included!)

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Tres Leches Pumpkin Cupcakes

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The holiday season is almost here! (Or is it here already?)  And with that, comes holiday baking and snacking!  When you’re an on-the-go mom, you don’t always have time to spend a whole day in the kitchen baking up something for the family Thanksgiving or the church potluck.  Luckily NESTLÉ® is here to save a day with whole host of baking staples and creative products that make holiday baking easy and fun!  Today’s featured recipe is actually two recipes in one.  I’ll be sharing a recipe for Pumpkin Muffins, and then I’ll show you how can transform those muffins in to Tres Leches Cupcakes. [Read more…]

Friday Favorites Linky Party – Week 346

Hi everyone! Happy Friday! I hope you’ve all had a fabulous week.  As we move forward to Thanksgiving, this week I’m featuring a yummy recipe for Cornbread & Apple Dressing.  And we have a great collection of other holiday ideas that I know you’ll love!

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Hershey’s Halloween Scarecrow Pudding Cups

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Hersheys Halloween Scarecrow Pudding Cups

Fall is such a fun time!  Each year I look forward to seeing all the fun decor in stores and online, and I love breaking out my own decorations!  Fall also brings a lot of great opportunity to make great snacks and treats, from football food to Halloween goodies!  Today I’m excited to share a fun tutorial on how to make Scarecrow Pudding Cups using Hershey’s Ready to Eat Pudding.

These pudding cups are a great treat that you can make and serve at your child’s Halloween party or other fall events.  And it is also a great activity that moms can do with kids, or elementary teachers can do with their students.  Just give everyone a pudding cup and a plate of ingredients, and then let them go crazy! [Read more…]

Give Extra Thanks to Teachers + Gift Basket Idea

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November is all about giving thanks for all our blessings and to those who matter most.  Is there anyone you want to give extra thanks to?  I appreciate everyone in my life who makes every day special (like my husband, stepson, parents, and yes, the fur children) and I enjoy celebrating special moments with them, but lately I’ve found myself thinking of some of the people who I do not see but have still made an extra impact in my life.  Do you have anyone like this? [Read more…]

15 Fall Subway Art Printables

15 Fall Subway Art Printables
I feel like I’m a little late to the party with this post, since everyone started sharing their fall decor a month ago, but I was doing my fall decorating last weekend (decor post still to come), and I decided to go online and get a free printable to frame for my living room.  When I started searching, I was overwhelmed by all the cuteness I saw, so I decided to throw together a post with some of my favorites!

I have to confess, I did recycle the 5 at the bottom from a previous post I did, to get 15 for this post!  The five I shared a couple of years ago were so cute, I thought they were worth a second look, and I like having all of these in one place just for my own convenience, and I’m sure it’s better for you too.

As always, the links where you go to download this great artwork can be found underneath each photo.  Hope you enjoy!

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Yummy Thanksgiving Desserts to Include in your Menu

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When Thanksgiving is almost here, people are busy wondering what to cook. Thanksgiving recipes and appetizers are loved by each one of us. But a good Thanksgiving meal is incomplete without a good Thanksgiving dessert. So, let’s discuss a good dessert that can make Thanksgiving 2013 a great day to remember.

A good idea for one of your Thanksgiving desserts  can be a pumpkin pie. You can never go wrong with a pumpkin pie. This Thanksgiving dessert has been an all time favorite for a lot of people for years and definitely makes them happy. By adding a little twist to this traditional dessert, you can prepare a small surprise for your family members. You can serve a pumpkin cheesecake to do that. Serve the pumpkin cheesecake with a dollop of whipped cream and you are sure to win hearts with this creative Thanksgiving dessert.

The snack sized pumpkin cheesecakes are better when the size of the gathering is small. And this cheesecake can spend up to five months in the refrigerator without losing its flavor, this is for sure. The ideal thing to do is consume some cheesecakes now and defrost the rest to use them in the coming months. The benefit of doing this is that you can reminisce Thanksgiving recipes even days after the festival is over. And cheesecakes are something that every person who has a sweet tooth relishes. Your guests are sure to love these tiny little treats; they taste great and can make your Thanksgiving 2013 an extra special day. And they are unique in their own way because this recipe is one that is not common for this day.

If you want to serve the pumpkin pie in its traditional way, and then consider serving the Pumpkin dish, the Pilgrims likely ate at the first Thanksgiving. This first pumpkin dessert was all cooked in its shell. The whole pumpkin was heated over hot embers and seasoned with thyme and rosemary. This traditional pumpkin was seasoned with honey or maple and moistened with milk. While it is not the Thanksgiving dessert that your loved ones would expect, this dessert will definitely give you a taste of history of Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is a time for togetherness, happiness, joys, laughter, appreciation, gratitude and a good meal shared with all your family members and good friends. By serving the above mentioned dessert, it will add sweetness also to so many emotions, among others. To make this day special, people make a lot of efforts in preparing Thanksgiving recipes  and desserts. And it is one day in the life of every American, which he looks forward to having a great meal with his family. Thus, to make this day special, go ahead with the above mentioned wonderful pumpkin pie or pumpkin cheesecake andserve it just the way you like it. And you are sure to receive compliments for this Thanksgiving dessert at Thanksgiving 2013. A delicious yet simple Thanksgiving recipe that will win over hearts of everyone for sure, thus, it is a must try.

My Kind of Holiday with Target #MyKindOfHoliday

I’m excited to be teaming up this holiday season with Target for #MyKindOfHoliday.  How do you celebrate the holidays?  It is it super elegant and festive or a simple affair?  Our Thanksgiving dinner is pretty simple and low key and it usually includes dinner with my parents and/or in-laws.  And I love that because I get to enjoy great foods like chicken & dressing, baked ham, deviled eggs,potato salad and more!

Usually I make a dessert or two like a chess cake or pound cake,  and then I’ll make something special for my dad like a custard pie or a cobbler.  But for this holiday season, I’m thinking of doing a banana pudding and either a chess cake or an oatmeal cake.  But I’m also currently testing some other recipes.  For example, the other day I tried out this Frozen Peppermint Pie (recipe to come!).

Frozen Peppermint Pie

I actually bought the pie dish and the red platter pictured here at Target.  And when I was shopping the other day, I also found a lot of great fall table decor  in stock.  They have so many great platters, bowls, and other accent pieces in bright, bold fall colors that would really dress up the Thanksgiving table.

Take a look! Don’t these look fabulous?

I especially love the platters! They would be perfect for meats or sides such as the deviled eggs, or even cookies and candies.  And I think bright colors like this really help to make your table look more inviting and festive, which just makes the whole meal more special!

As a blogger, I guess you could say that one of my new holiday traditions is taking photos of the foods I make, so for this reason, the platters also appeal to me, as they would be perfect for foodie photo shoots!

And then I also love their line of Mercury Glass! These dishes and candle holders look so elegant! Don’t you agree?

What are your favorite holiday traditions? Are you buying any new decorations or table decor for the holidays this year?

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Friday Favorites – Week 192 – With Holiday Snacks

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Hey everyone! Welcome to another edition of Friday Favorites. Today we’ve got some holiday snacks for you!  And I’m also inviting you to take a look at my post from earlier this week where I featured 15 Christmas Party Treats.  The post also includes a holiday treat linky which will be open throughout the holiday season. Check it out! [Read more…]

Friday Favorites – Week 189 – With Fall and Halloween Decor

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Welcome to another edition of Friday Favorites!  This week we have some really great fall and Halloween decor!  I hope it can serve as some inspiration as you prepare for Halloween and Thanksgiving!

But before we get to today’s features I wanted to make a couple of holiday announcements.  First off, I just posted information about my Holiday Gift Guide.  If you have an Etsy shop or other small business that you’d like have promoted here during the holidays, I’d love to have you!  Just check out my information post for details and send an email to simplysweethome@hotmail.com to get put on our calendar!

I’m also excited to announce that I will be lining up guest posters again this year to share holiday treat recipes.  This will include candy, cookies, cakes,  drinks, and anything sweet!  If you would like to be a part of this event, please email me and I’ll get an official invitation out to you! [Read more…]