Oct 282015

Halloween is almost here and that means pumpkin carving time! We love to carve our own pumpkin and usually do a couple of them so I’ve gathered up a few resources for you where you can download and print Pumpkin Carving patterns for free.

To start with- there is Pumpkin Masters where you can get 12 Free patterns as well as download a Free pumpkin carving iPad app HERE. And if you think you’ve got a winning Pumpkin this year- be sure and enter their Pumpkin Carving Contest on Facebook HERE. Deadline for entries is November 3rd.

Here’s some more free carving patterns, ideas & more…

  • Hersheys – great collection of easy, intermediate & advanced stencils.
  • Martha Stewart – different templates from Martha.
  • Disney Character Patterns – Mickey, Phineas & Ferb, Kermit the Frog, Tinker Bell and other fun characters.
  • Better Homes & Gardens – patterns & no-carve patterns.
  • Star Wars – Stencils of Yoda, Darth Vader and more.
  • eHow – easy patterns and stencils including monogram templates.
  • Chuck E. Cheese – pumpkin carving pattern, build a pumpkin with fun features you can cut & paste

If you prefer to skip the carving, there are lots of ways to just decorate a pumpkin too. Decorating a pumpkin is also a nice safe way for little ones who want to participate.

pumpkinsMy son Austin & I decorated the mummy pumpkin shown to the right last night and it was quick and easy to do. We took long strips of toilet paper folded over a few times and wrapped it around a pumpkin and secured with first-aid tape. (You could also use rolled gauze if you had some on hand.)

I added a couple large moveable eyes I had purchased at a crafts store a while back, but you could always draw eyes on paper and cut them out and glue them to your pumpkin. We think he came out super-cute!

You can also find some more pumpkin decorating ideas HERE from Betty Crocker. And, you can head over HERE for some cute pumpkin costume ideas :-) –Thanks This Old House! And you can also go HERE for some fun ideas on painting & decorating a pumpkin and more (-Thanks LilSugar!).

Oct 262015

Halloween is just around the corner and if you’re still scrambling to get ready, here are some fun, spooktacular recipes from Kraft sure to please the goblins in your house! Kraft has gathered several cool, yummy recipes into a Halloween Survival Guide that you can download HERE, including “Eyeball” Cupcakes, MMMMonster Jigglers, Halloween Mummy Spinach Dip, and more. My favorite is the Kool-Aid Jammers Pouches dressed up as ghosts!

Also included in this Survival Guide are some great tips on party games, decorations & more. You can save this guide in PDF format to your computer or Print it out and take it with you! Go HERE to get your FREE Survival Guide.

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by the folks at Lunchbox, but any opinions expressed are 100% my own. 

Oct 242015


Last night I made a delicious Rosa Lasagna recipe combining Bertolli’s Basil & Tomato and Afredo Sauces and wanted to share it with you. I love making Lasagna because you can make it the night before and then when you’re ready, just bake it in the oven and Voila! You have a delicious family dinner that everyone can enjoy.

Plus, this recipe is even easier since the sauce is already made for you! Bertolli’s Traditional Red Sauce is created by professional chefs with vine-ripened tomoatoes and the Alfredo Sauce is made with a creamy mixture of fresh dairy and classic Italian cheeses. And, there is a $1.50/2 Bertolli Riverva or check your 10-11 RedPlum insert as you may have a .60/1 Bertolli Pasta Sauce 15 or 24 oz to save on your sauce purchase. For a little extra nutrition and flavor, I added fresh leaf spinach between layers of lasagna noodles.

Now that Fall is here, this is a great time to try out a new Lasagna recipe! You can check out this recipe along with instructions HERE. Or create your own meals with Bertolli Sauces and share them on Social Media using hashtag #BringHomeTuscany. You can also check out more tasty recipes HERE on Target.com.

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by the folks at Lunchbox, but any opinions expressed are 100% my own. 

Oct 242015

chicken parmesan
If you are looking for a great new slow cooker recipe, you might want to check out the one for Chicken Parmesan over on CenterCutCook. Prep time only takes about 10 minutes and then you let the slow cooker do all the work – perfect for anyone with a busy schedule!

Even better, once done cooking you can remove the chicken and blenderize the sauce for a rich, delicious puree to put on top. Top with parmesan cheese & fresh basil and serve over pasta or with a salad for a fabulous meal. You can check out the complete instructions on the post HERE.

– Thanks Ashley at CenterCutCook!

Oct 212015


Homemade pumpkin bread is the perfect dessert or snack for fall. Michelle’s recipe calls for the traditional flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger & more – but her version comes out super moist and flavorful.

It’s easy to make, and you can make a couple loaves or a bundt size cake plus 12 mini muffins. It’s the perfect way to have some for family plus extra for sharing or gift-giving! You can check out her recipe along with instructions on her post HERE.

-Thanks Michelle at iheartkitchen!

Oct 172015

Looking for a new slow cooker recipe? You might want to check out the one over on CenterCutCook for pork tenderloin cacciatore. Cremimi mushrooms, capers, wine, garlic & a few more ingredients add lots of flavor and aromatics to this dish. Just before serving, add thinly sliced fresh basil leaves for more flavor and color – resulting in a dish that looks as good as it tastes!

Even better, we have a couple nice printable coupons to use to help keep this recipe budget friendly  …

-5% Off Hunt’s Tomatoes, Sauce & Paste Target Cartwheel x10/31
$2.00 on the purchase of any one (1) ALWAYS TENDER product (at zip 68130)

B3G1 FREE Any Hunt’s, Ro*Tel, Manwich or Rosarita (Max Value $1.00)

You can check out the complete recipe along with instructions and additional photos on the post HERE. – Thanks CenterCutCook!

Oct 142015

ghost cupcakes
Here’s a great recipe for a super cute and easy dessert for Halloween! These ghost cupcakes start with a rich chocolate cake batter that comes out nice and moist. After cooling, fluffy homemade buttercream frosting gets piped on to create the ghost shape on top.

A few chocolate chips for to create eyes and a nose, and you have a great snack or dessert that is sure to make anyone smile. You can check out the recipe along with step-by-step instructions on Michelle’s post HERE.

– Thanks Michelle at iheartpublix!

Oct 142015

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Oct 102015

apple bread

If you are looking for a great dessert bread recipe perfect for fall, you might want to check out a tasty Apple Cinnamon Bread recipe over on CenterCutCook. It only takes about 5 minutes to prep and have delicious aroma circulating in the air.

There are only a few ingredients so it’s super easy to make. The addition of applesauce and cinnamon adds great flavor plus the end result is a super moist bread. You can check out this great recipe along with instructions on the post HERE.

-Thanks CenterCutCook!

Oct 092015

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