Oct 112012
 

P.F.Chang's

Watching the debate tonight? What’s for dinner? Let P.F. Chang’s China Bistro make an easy decision for you by taking an additional 20% off all online orders arranged for pick up any time today, Thursday, October 11.

Log on to P.F. Chang’s online ordering and choose October 11 as your pick up date. After you have completed your order, use the promotion code BLUE or RED at checkout to receive the 20% discount.

This promotion is Spicy Tuna HOT and will not last beyond October 11 and P.F. Chang’s will not offer the discount in store – so please remember to use the discount code at check out.

The code is not available for use in conjunction with other discounts or for purchases of gift cards and large party take-out orders.

 Posted by at 9:00 am
Oct 102012
 

Coach Factory Sale

Look to your email, Coach Factory Outlet has released another online savings 48 hour sale!

They are taking an additional 30% off all bags, shoes, fragrance and accessories PLUS shipping is FREE on all purchases over $150!

If you have not registered, no worries, shoot me an e-mail with your e-mail address and I will be able to add you to the invite database, just use the link to register for the next time this sweet event is available!

 Posted by at 10:00 am
Oct 092012
 

Conversations With C

Last Saturday it was raining and I needed to run errands, so everybody hopped in the car and helped out. Ace Hardware for fertilizer [it's time to winterize, weed, and fungicide friends], Kohl’s for C’s bath mats, Sonic for Cherry Limeades and cheese sticks,  exploring model homes in a new master planned community [design ideas, y'all], Michael’s for Halloween/fall crafts and FINALLY Best Buy to purchase the Lion King on Blu-ray.

[After returning home]

C: I have so many things to do tonight, four things.

A: Oh yea? You’re a busy lady. What are you going to do?

C: I have to make my house and then eat dinner, make cake balls and the we’re going to watch the Lion King.

A: Wow! What’s for dinner? [We both already knew it was going to be my yummy mac and cheese because my recipe was sitting on the counter Friday after school.]

[Making Dinner]

C: I love Mac and Cheese.

A: I know you do, that’s why I make it all the time.

C: I think everybody should be given your recipe for mac and cheese when they are born… like, along with their birth certificate. It is delicious and everybody should have the recipe because it makes them feel good.

 A: Thanks babe!

Here’s the recipe [I am not sure where I got it from about a year ago, so if it is yours, let me know!]

“C Approved” Mac and Cheese [Serves 8-12]

Bread Crumb Topping:
2 tbsp. unsalted butter
¾ cup panko bread crumbs
1 tsp. dried parsley
Salt and pepper

Pasta and Cheese Sauce:
1 lb. pasta shapes
6 tbsp. unsalted butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. dry mustard
¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
6 tbsp. all-purpose flour
2¼ cups low-sodium chicken broth
3½ cups milk
1 lb. Colby jack cheese, shredded
8 oz. extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
Ground black pepper

  • Preheat the oven to 400˚ F.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add the pasta to the water and cook just until it begins to soften, about 5 minutes. Drain the pasta and leave in the colander.
  • Bread crumb topping - Melt the butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add in the panko and cook, stirring frequently, until the bread crumbs are a light golden brown. Remove from the heat and stir in the parsley. Set aside to cool.
  • Return the empty pasta pot to medium-high heat and melt the butter. Stir in the garlic, dry mustard, and cayenne, cooking just until fragrant, about one minute. Whisk in the flour and cook, stirring constantly, until golden, about 1 minute. Whisk in the chicken broth and milk and continue to heat, stirring frequently, until the mixture bubbles and thickens slightly, about 5-7 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the cheeses, whisking until completely melted. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir the drained pasta into the cheese sauce.
  • Pour the pasta and cheese mixture into a 9 x 13″ baking dish [or two 9" square baking dishes if serving 4, you can freeze/save the other dish for later]. Sprinkle with the bread crumb topping. Bake 30 minutes, until the sauce is bubbling and the bread crumbs are golden brown.

We like to enhance our Mac experience with crescent rolls to sop up the remaining cheese sauce… if there is any ;)

P.S. Here is the house C built. Isn’t it magnificent?

C Halloween House

P.S.S. We love the Lion King right now, I am a big fan of Rafiki because he wacks Simba on the head and said “Who cares? It’s in the past!”

P.S.S.S. There are A LOT more “likes” in this conversation, I spared you, you’re welcome.

 Posted by at 11:00 am
Oct 032012
 

Coach Factory Sale

Look to your email, Coach Factory Outlet has released another online savings 48 hour sale!

They are taking an additional 30% off all bags, shoes, fragrance and accessories PLUS shipping is FREE on all purchases over $150!

If you have not registered, no worries, shoot me an e-mail with your e-mail address and I will be able to add you to the invite database, just use the link to register for the next time this sweet event is available!

 Posted by at 12:00 pm
Sep 272012
 

Ruffle Throw

I braved a twin size ruffle throw + two pillow shams [a la Pottery Barn Teen] and survived.

I could probably live the rest of my life and never desire to sew another ruffle again… well, probably not, but not in the near future will it EVER happen. Hah.

Pillows

PB Teen can’t hold me down. There were a lot of steps and a lot of time needed to complete the project, I would say a good 12 hours were sucked up over three days to finish what I had started.

Ruffle Throw StepsI purchased two flat sheets from Target, one twin size and one queen size. I cut the queen sheet into ~6″ strips, ironed and hemmed all the sides that weren’t going to be ruffled, ruffle the unhemmed side with my handy dandy sewing machine, pinned each ruffle to the twin sheet and sewed and sewed and sewed. Then I did it ALL over with the pillow cases, however, I used the remaining fabric from the queen sheet that were not used on the twin throw, easy peasy!

Before I got about 5 hours into the project I had the thought, “This is SO easy, I could sell these!” I have changed my mind.

Unless you beg and I really love you… maybe I will think about it.

 Posted by at 3:00 pm
Sep 262012
 

Coach Factory Sale

Look to your email, Coach Factory Outlet has released another online savings 48 hour sale!

They are taking an additional 30% off all bags, shoes, fragrance and accessories PLUS shipping is FREE on all purchases over $150!

If you have not registered, no worries, shoot me an e-mail with your e-mail address and I will be able to add you to the invite database, just use the link to register for the next time this sweet event is available!

 Posted by at 11:00 am
Sep 052012
 

Zaycon Bulk Meat Events

Time for another round in our area by Zaycon Foods, have you tried them out yet? If not, you should definitely call your friends to see if they want to go in with you, you will not be sorry!

I hit them up for 40 pounds whole chicken breasts last year and let me tell you, I was shocked, surprised and SUPER happy with my decision to give them a try. I shared the cost of the chicken with my Mom, so the price tag wasn’t too killer with someone to go in half… I think having 20# of chicken is quite enough for a family of 2.5. The boneless skinless chicken breasts are 100% natural and come from local southern and midwest states; they are cleaned up and placed in several unsealed bags, which once reaching 40# they are placed in one gigantic sealed bag and loaded up in super heavy duty cardboard boxes.

The Zaycon team is so efficient, you don’t even have to get out of you car or truck to pick up your purchases, they walk up with your order, put it where you ask and off you go to seal seal seal.

Friday, September 28 [Orders must be placed by 9/26/12, Chicken SELLS OUT quick]

  • Chicken Breasts $1.69/lb [40# units] Fresh Boneless Skinless

Check out Zaycon Foods here. I bet there is an event close to you, they are expanding their reach as the word gets out about their products.

Zaycon Foods
Various locations and dates in the Houston and surrounding area [click here to find an event near you]

 Posted by at 3:00 pm
Aug 312012
 

Pei Wei

Take a load off this Labor Day weekend, Pei Wei is taking an additional 20% off all online orders arranged for pick up any time on Saturday, September 1 or Sunday, September 2.

This is in PERFECT timing as my Sweet C and I do not have plans for tomorrow night while B is of picking the best NFL Fantasy Football team of the season, dream team, dare you call it. One honey seared and orange chicken, coming up!

Log on to Pei Wei’s online ordering and choose September 1 or 2 as your pick up date. After you have completed your order, use the promotion code WEEKEND at checkout to receive the 20% discount.

This promotion is Honey Seared Chicken SWEET and will not last beyond September 2 and Pei Wei will not offer the discount in store – so please remember to use the discount code at check out.

The code is not available for use in conjunction with other discounts or for purchases of gift cards and large party take-out orders.

 Posted by at 12:04 pm
Aug 312012
 

P.F.Chang's

Take a load off this Labor Day weekend, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro is taking an additional 20% off all online orders arranged for pick up any time on Sunday, September 2 through Monday, September 3.

Log on to P.F. Chang’s online ordering and choose September 2 or 3 as your pick up date. After you have completed your order, use the promotion code RELAX at checkout to receive the 20% discount.

This promotion is Spicy Tuna HOT and will not last beyond September 3 and P.F. Chang’s will not offer the discount in store – so please remember to use the discount code at check out.

The code is not available for use in conjunction with other discounts or for purchases of gift cards and large party take-out orders.

 Posted by at 11:50 am
Aug 302012
 

 Vera Bradley Logo

 My Sweet C is a new fan of Vera Bradley bags and accessories, how about your t[w]een? She is a fan of Plum Petals and my Sister, Island Bloom… so you know what I am thinking, right? Gift season is quickly approaching!

Now through September 13, Vera Bradley is giving you a small cosmetic bag [$22 value] with any Campus Tote, East West Tote, Go Round Tote, Three–O Tote or Vera Tote Bag purchase! Sweet deal, right? Even sweeter is Plum Petals in on SALE! Oh, and if you thought it couldn’t get any better, shipping is FREE on all purchases over $75. So, I feel a check, check coming off of my Christmas list.

PS – Vera Bradley just released three new patterns for the Fall and I have to say, I kind of like Provencal and Portobello Road designs, we will see if I get sucked in. You can download a few pretty desktop backgrounds from Vera Bradley here isn’t that nice?

Remember to shop through ShopAtHome or eBates to receive 3% cash back!

Let me know which patterns you love!

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