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Earn Double Box Tops with Walmart Back to School Shopping

by Jennifer Wieland
Right now you can earn high marks from your kid's teacher and school with classroom school supplies and double Box Tops for Education! #EarnDoubleAtWalmart #ad

 
 Back to school shopping isn’t just about getting your kid the coolest backpack, supplies to fill their desks or the perfect outfit. It’s also about getting the teacher what they need for the classroom for the year. Right now you can earn high marks from your kid’s teacher and school with classroom school supplies while you earn double Box Tops for Education!

Right now you can earn high marks from your kid's teacher and school with classroom school supplies and double Box Tops for Education! #EarnDoubleAtWalmart #ad

Every year I get a school supply list for each of my kid’s classrooms. Boxes of Kleenex are always listed as a required school supply and often times paper towels can found on the school supply lists for the younger kids. Having both volunteered and worked for our local school district I know how important those boxes of Kleenex are to have on hand. When seasons change and allergies kick in lots of little noses get runny. When cold season hits boxes of Kleenex need to be on hand to help with runny, stuffy noses and to cover coughs and sneezes. In the classrooms for the little kids in our district paper towels go a long way in helping to keep rooms tidy and clean.

Right now you can earn high marks from your kid's teacher and school with classroom school supplies and double Box Tops for Education! #EarnDoubleAtWalmart #ad

Even if your school doesn’t ask for these supplies you can make mornings less hectic by keeping bathrooms stocked at home with Scott toilet paper. I’ve learned from experience that having a large family and only two bathrooms in the house if there is any delay in bathroom timing in the morning it can throw off everyone’s morning schedule.

Right now you can earn high marks from your kid's teacher and school with classroom school supplies and double Box Tops for Education! #EarnDoubleAtWalmart #ad

Earn Double Box Tops for Education for Your School

Currently at Walmart select Kleenex, Scott and Viva bundles earn double Box Tops for Education on them!

  • Kleenex Everyday Facial Tissue – 4 Pack, 85 Sheets
  • Kleenex Everyday Facial Tissue – Finding Dory – 3 Pack, 210 Sheets
  • Kleenex Everyday Facial Tissue – Captain America – 3 pack, 160 Sheets
  • Scott 1000 – 20 Rolls
  • Scott Extra Soft Double Roll – 30 Rolls
  • Viva Vantage Big Roll – 6 Rolls


 

Does your school collect Box Tops for Educations? If so, do you collect them at home and turn them in?

 

 


Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting Topped Lemon Ricotta Cake

by Jennifer Wieland
Lemon Ricotta Cake with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting #WayfairCakeOff

Lemon Ricotta Cake with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting #WayfairCakeOff

There’s a reason the line “Let them eat cake” is so famous! It’s because cake is something that people around the world can agree is a delicious treat that comes in an enormous variety of flavor combinations! Wayfair asked some us Wayfair Homemakers to take on cake in the first ever #WayfairCakeOff and the only requirement for us was that we had to use fruit in it. With all of the warm weather fruit selections are at their peak right now in the grocery stores so this was definitely a fun and easy recipe to work on. For my cake I decided to create a Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting topped Lemon Ricotta Cake . 

Lemon Ricotta Cake with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting #WayfairCakeOff

I love to pair citrus and berries. They always compliment each other beautifully and always make me think of warm, sunny days.

Lemon Ricotta Cake with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting #WayfairCakeOff

If you have never had a ricotta cake you are missing out! The sweetened ricotta sinks to almost the bottom of the cake and creates a pretty white stripe throughout the bottom. It also makes the cake unbelievably moist and delicious! 

Lemon Ricotta Cake with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting #WayfairCakeOff

With the flavors of this cake making me think of sunshine, summer days and picnics in Tuscan countryside, I decided to keep the decorating to a sweet and simple for a more rustic look and only frosted the tops of each layer. 

Lemon Ricotta Cake with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting #WayfairCakeOff

Even though the cake may have been decorated simply there was definitely nothing simple about how delicious this cake is! This Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting Topped Lemon Ricotta Cake will wow whoever you serve it this summer with its summer fruit flavors. While the stripe of sweetened ricotta cheese will leave the cake moist and with a uniquely, delicious flavor!  

Lemon Ricotta Cake with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting
Serves 8
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1038 calories
140 g
195 g
49 g
13 g
27 g
329 g
525 g
94 g
1 g
18 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
329g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1038
Calories from Fat 432
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 49g
76%
Saturated Fat 27g
134%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 14g
Cholesterol 195mg
65%
Sodium 525mg
22%
Total Carbohydrates 140g
47%
Dietary Fiber 1g
4%
Sugars 94g
Protein 13g
Vitamin A
30%
Vitamin C
18%
Calcium
24%
Iron
6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the cake
  1. 1 15.25 oz. box yellow cake mix
  2. 1/2 c. butter, very soft
  3. 3 eggs
  4. 1 c. water
  5. 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  6. zest of one lemon
  7. 1 15 oz. container of ricotta cheese
  8. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  9. 3/4 c. sugar
For the frosting
  1. 1/2 c. butter, softened
  2. 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  3. 5 c. confectioner's sugar
  4. 3/4 c. finely diced strawberries
  5. 1-3 tbsp. heavy whipping cream
For the cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350° and spray two 9" round cake pans with baking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl mix the cake mix, butter, eggs, water, lemon juice and lemon zest on low speed until combined. Increase speed and blend on medium for 2 minutes.
  3. Divide the cake batter evenly between the two cake pans. Making sure to make the batter as level as possible.
  4. In another mixing bowl combine the ricotta cheese, vanilla and sugar and mix on low until well combined.
  5. Drop spoonfuls of the ricotta mixture on the cake batter in both pans. Then spread the ricotta mixture over the top in a circle leaving about 1/2" of space all the way around.
  6. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until done.
  7. Cool completely and the frost and serve.
For the frosting
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment cream together the butter and cream cheese on medium speed until light and fluffy.
  2. In four batches add some of the confectioner's sugar and strawberries each time. Mixing each time on low until all of the sugar has been combined.
  3. Add 1 tbsp. of the cream and mix on high for 3-5 minutes. Add more cream if it is to think. Once the desired consistency has been reached use it to frost the cakes.
  4. Store in the refrigerator.
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If your ready to get your baking then be sure to check out Wayfair for their great selection of cake stands and cake pans!

 

 


Four Food Prep Ideas for Meals That Make Dieting Easier

by Jennifer Wieland
Four Food Prep Ideas for Meals That Make Dieting Easier

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Glad. The opinions and text are all mine.

Meal time can be a mad dash of trying to throw things together during a busy afternoon or after a long day of work. Add trying to follow a strict diet for health reasons while your family gets to enjoy foods you can’t and having to worry about two different meals can become a stressful nightmare. It can also lead you right down the path of failure for your special diet. That’s why these four food prep ideas for meals that make dieting easier.

Wash, Prep and Measure Produce

Getting all of your produce washed, prepped and measured is an easy thing to do. So easy in fact that it’s easy to think I can do this later. What inevitably happens for me though is that those few extra minutes at lunch or dinner can wreak havoc on my best laid plans.

Cook, Slice, Dice and Portion Out Protein

I am following a Keto diet. That means unlike most diets I get to indulge in some delicious fat and protein options. While that makes it easier to stick to the diet it also means for busy people like me is that I need convenient grab and go options for throw together meals. Cooking meats, eggs and bacon in advance, slicing and dicing them and measuring them out and packaging them up in containers makes for quick breakfasts, lunch and dinner add-ins. These make great additions to a quick salad or stir the meats and eggs together for a quick breakfast that packs a protein punch.

Measure Out Snacks for Grab and Go Convenience

One of the things that makes eating badly so easy is that most houses and every grocery store is stocked with convenience foods that are all nice and neatly packaged up in grab and go containers. Makes your life easier right? No, not when you realize your backside is expanding as a result. Instead find healthy options that work for your particular diet. Measure out individual portions and package them up in plastic containers for the same grab and go convenience. This means no falling off your food wagon when the munchies hit.

Prep Your Drinks

Prep your drinks? What? This is important. A lot of time people mistake hunger for thirst. Most people don’t get enough fluids and healthy fluid intake is a key to getting healthy. I have a water bottle system that I use. I fill up the bottles each night and pop them into the refrigerator. This does two things. It guarantees that I’ll have ice cold water to drink and I have my fluids measured out for the day. I then know and can easily keep track of how much water I’ve drank.

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Get a Jump on Summer Clothes Shopping with Groupon Coupons

by Jennifer Wieland
Get a Jump on Summer Clothes Shopping with Groupon Coupons
I received compensation for sharing information about Groupon Coupons. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

 

I don’t know about all of you but retail therapy is to me the best kind of therapy there. Just ask my poor husband. He can attest to my love of a good shopping spree to boost my mood. He will also tell you though that I am cheap at the same time. I’m a clearance rack, sales, coupon kind of gal. I recently discovered Groupon Coupons and love that my favorite stores to shop at offer up great coupons I can use in-store and online for some really nice discounts. 

Get a Jump on Summer Clothes Shopping with Groupon Coupons

With summer right around the corner and the warmer weather starting to show up more and more it’s so nice to know that I can save money while shopping to refresh my family’s summer clothing and shoe wardrobes. With a house full of children most of the younger ones have outgrown everything from last year and the older ones and myself just want to be in fashion for each season. 

Groupon Coupons is a great resource whether you are shopping at home in front of your computer or hopping from store to store at the mall. Groupon Coupons conveniently links you to some of the best online coupon codes and in-store printable coupons out there. You can search for coupons by store, category or featured offers. Some of the great stores offered are  Target, Macys, TJMaxx & Sears. Not looking for clothing? Don’t worry Groupon Coupons has you covered. With everything from toys and electronics to restaurants believe me when I say that there is something for everyone.

Ready to start saving? Find your best Groupon Coupons by heading on over HERE to their website. 

Never miss out on a great deal again! Keep up to date with all of the new Groupon deals added daily by following along on Facebook and Twitter

 

 


Hamilton Beach Mixers Form Meets Function at a Great Price

by Jennifer Wieland
Hamilton Beach Mixers - Form Meets Function at a Great Price
I am a Hamilton Beach ambassador and I received these products for review but all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
 

Last month Hamilton Beach contacted me and asked me if I wanted to give their new stand and hand mixers a try. Since I am a self-proclaimed kitchen gadget junkie I of course jumped at the chance to try these new products! Some girls like shoes, I like kitchen toys.

Hamilton Beach Mixers - Form Meets Function at a Great Price

Hamilton Beach 6 Speed Hand Mixer with Pulse and Snap-On Case

The Hamilton Beach 6 Speed Hand Mixer with Pulse and Snap-On Case is probably the coolest hand mixer I have ever owned, and believe me I have owned quite a few in my lifetime!

Hamilton Beach Mixers - Form Meets Function at a Great Price

In addition to the 6 speeds, pulse feature and snap-on case this hand mixer comes with a milkshake mixer! That’s right, you read that correctly! A milkshake mixer attachment! Now there’s no need to pull out the whole blender or buy a special kitchen gadget. You can just pop the attachment on the hand mixer and blend in the glass. 

Hamilton Beach Mixers - Form Meets Function at a Great Price

Hamilton Beach Stand Mixer

The Hamilton Beach Stand Mixer has also been an absolute delight to work with! I love the sleek look and black and silver coloring of this machine. It comes with a paddle, whisk and dough hook attachment. Even better? It comes with a spatter shield included! There’s no extra purchase for the spatter shield like you see with most brands.  

Hamilton Beach Mixers - Form Meets Function at a Great Price

The Hamilton Beach Stand Mixer also features a button for the head to tilt and lock as well as a dial for the speeds. It’s speed is solid and it can power through a thick dough and it does it for a fraction of the cost of some other brands. Take a look below at the muscle this mixer offers.

For more information on these mixers and all of the other great products Hamilton Beach has to offer then head on over to the Hamilton Beach website. For great recipes, ideas, videos and to learn about new products be sure to follow Hamilton Beach on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube

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Decadent S’mores Truffle Bars

by Jennifer Wieland
Decadent S'mores Truffle Bars
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BIGSeason #BigLots #CollectiveBias

 

S’mores are a summer and fall staple treat in our house. The crunch of the graham crackers, the gooey roasted marshmallows and melted chocolate make for a simple and yet delicious fireside treat.What do you do though when it’s to cold to sit outside and make s’mores around a campfire or fire pit? Why you make these deliciously, decadent S’mores Truffle Bars of course!

Decadent S'mores Truffle Bars

These S’mores Truffle Bars take a simple childhood treat and elevate them to an adult bit of heaven! To make them though you need to get all of the ingredients. For that, I like to head to Big Lots. Big Lots is one of my favorite places to do some damage to my bank account!

Big Lots - A great selection for all of my baking needs!

While I do love Big Lots for all of the housewares, health & beauty, furniture and seasonal items they carry, it’s always the grocery department that has me coming back again and again. 

Big Lots - A great selection for all of my baking needs!

 

If you aren’t familiar with Big Lots grocery section then let me tell you a bit about why I love it! For a baker like me they carry all of the staples and brands including a huge selection of Bob’s Red Mill products  I need to make my tasty treats and wow family and friends. Styles and assortment vary by store.

Big Lots - A great selection for all of my baking needs!

Big Lots always has a great selection of holiday and seasonal food items. Food items that are sure to make any celebration you throw a hit. 

Big Lots - A great selection for all of my baking needs!

That’s not all though, Big Lots has the best selection of foods from around the world in my area. I always head there when I am looking for European, Hispanic and Italian foods that my regular grocery store doesn’t stock. 

Big Lots - A great selection for all of my baking needs!

The last time I went I was able to pick up the ingredients to make my Decadent S’mores Truffle Bars recipe. This dessert is so good that you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to make!

Decadent S'mores Truffle Bars

Am I the only one that thinks crushing stuff by hand is so much better than using a food processor? Oh, the blessed stress relief!

Decadent S'mores Truffle Bars

Brown sugar, cinnamon, crushed graham crackers and melted butter create the crust.

Decadent S'mores Truffle Bars

I prefer to use brown sugar and cinnamon over regular sugar in my graham cracker crusts because it gives it a better flavor in my opinion.

Decadent S'mores Truffle Bars

The truffle center is so easy you will not even believe it! Some semi-sweet chocolate chips, vanilla and sweetened condensed milk are all you need.

Decadent S'mores Truffle Bars

To make it even simpler you can melt the truffle mixture in the microwave.

Decadent S'mores Truffle Bars

No s’mores treat would be complete without gooey, toasted marshmallows. 

Decadent S'mores Truffle Bars

Once everything has time to set you get three, delicious layers of YUM!

Decadent S'mores Truffle Bars

Slice the bars into 16 2″ squares and prepare to WOW those lucky people in your life you chose to share them with!

Decadent S'mores Truffle Bars

These S’mores Truffle Bars even make a great gift! Just pick up some holiday food packaging items at Big Lots

Big Lots - A great selection for all of my baking needs!

Decadent S'mores Truffle Bars
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4119 calories
594 g
261 g
204 g
44 g
119 g
958 g
1040 g
479 g
3 g
75 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
958g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 4119
Calories from Fat 1764
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 204g
314%
Saturated Fat 119g
593%
Trans Fat 3g
Polyunsaturated Fat 12g
Monounsaturated Fat 63g
Cholesterol 261mg
87%
Sodium 1040mg
43%
Total Carbohydrates 594g
198%
Dietary Fiber 24g
98%
Sugars 479g
Protein 44g
Vitamin A
55%
Vitamin C
10%
Calcium
89%
Iron
93%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the crust
  1. 1 1/2 c. Graham Cracker Crumbs, ground or crushed
  2. 1/3 c. brown sugar, firmly packed
  3. 6 tbsp. butter, melted
  4. 1/2 tsp. cinnamon (optional)
For the truffle filling
  1. 12 oz. pkg. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  2. 3/4 c. sweetened condensed milk
  3. 1/2 tsp. vanilla
For the topping
  1. 2 c. mini marshmallows
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375° and line an 8" x 8" or 9" x 9" pan with parchment paper so that you have an overhang of a few inches on two sides. This will help with removing the dessert from the pan later. Spray the sides of the pan and the parchment paper with baking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine the graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, melted butter and cinnamon. Using a fork or your hands combine all of the ingredients. Everything should be coated in butter and damp.
  3. Pour the graham cracker mix into the prepared pan. Press firmly into place. The bottom of a glass should help to make this easier. Bake for seven minutes. Do not over bake! Cool completely.
  4. In a microwave safe bowl combine the chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk and vanilla. Microwave on 50% power for 45 seconds. Stir the mixture. If not completely melted microwave again on 50% for another 30 seconds. Do this until you can stir it and everything is melted and smooth.
  5. Pour the chocolate mixture over the graham cracker crust and spread evenly. Top with the marshmallows.
  6. Place under the broiler until the marshmallows are browned and toasted. Watch this carefully so they do not burn.
  7. Let the dessert set for a few hours so that the chocolate layer can firm up. Cut into 16 2" squares and serve.
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Direct Energy – Live Brighter and Earn Plenti Points

by Jennifer Wieland
Direct Energy #LiveBrighter

 

 

Summer is a time in my house where energy consumption goes way up. Try as I might it just happens. With the kids out of school and getting more time on electronics and with the central air running our energy bill just likes to creep up. That’s why this summer I have been working to #LiveBrighter through greener living. Luckily for my rewards program loving self, Direct Energy has made it easier to live brighter and earn Plenti points all at the same time. 

Direct Energy #LiveBrighter

This year I have made an investment in my home and my energy consumption by switching out all of my light bulbs to LED ones. These use significantly less energy (even less than CFL bulbs) and have helped to reduce my family’s energy consumption. I’m also working to change out curtains in my house to energy-efficient ones that will help with not only my cooling bills during the summer but also my heating bills during the cold months. Making my home greener and more energy friendly is a great thing not only for my wallet but for the environment as well. 

Direct Energy #LiveBrighter

 

Direct Energy Plenti

Have you already signed up and been earning rewards points with Plenti? No?

Plenti lets you earn points at one place and use them at another, all within a single rewards program so that keeping track of your rewards is simple. 

That’s right people. You can go shopping at certain stores, book travel, buy gasoline for your car at certain places and yes, even get your home energy from a great company all while earning points to be used at tons of places. Right now new customers will be able to earn 1,000 Plenti points at enrollment when they sign up for Plenti at www.Plenti.com and link their Plenti card number to their Direct Energy account; Existing Direct Energy customers will also earn 1,000 Plenti point when they sign up for Plenti at www.Plenti.com and link their Plenti card number to their Direct Energy account.

Visit www.directenergy.com/plenti for more information on Direct Energy’s Plenti points program.

Direct Energy #LiveBrighter

Direct Energy Savings

Now if that isn’t awesome enough, you can sign up for Direct Energy and you will receive a $75 pre-paid gift card when you sign up. Use promo code LIVEBRIGHTER75 – valid until August 15th!

 

 


Carefree RV Resorts – Affordable Florida Vacation Homes

by Jennifer Wieland
Carefree RV Resorts - Affordable Florida Vacation Homes
Thanks to Carefree RV Resorts for sponsoring today’s discussion.
 
 
 
 

I am not a person who is cut out for the cold weather I get half of the year in Chicago. I spend the entire time telling my husband that we need to move someplace warm and sunny. The gray and cold get to me and I dream of sunshine, sandy beaches and me being there. Just last month we went to Florida to celebrate my 40th birthday and I kept thinking it would be so nice if we could hop on a plane and come down here whenever we wanted. The idea seems so nice and what seems even nicer? If someday when we retire we had our very own vacation home there. I’ve considered it but honestly, I thought that was just a pipe dream until I found out about Carefree RV Resorts and that with them affordable Florida vacation homes are within reach.

Carefree RV Resorts - Affordable Florida Vacation Homes

What is a Park Model Home?

A Park Model is a smaller, single-wide home that is considered a recreational vehicle. Park Models are designed for placement in RV resorts, campgrounds, or locations where smaller trailers are an acceptable living environment.

A typical Park Model is a single structure and is shorter and narrower than a Manufactured Home. They typically have one bedroom, one bath, an eat-in kitchen and living room. Park Models are typically eight to thirteen feet wide and have one or two bedrooms. They are under 500 sq ft.

Carefree RV Resorts - Affordable Florida Vacation Homes

About the Carefree RV Resorts

With 34 RV Resorts in Florida, Carefree RV Resorts have something to suit any budget or need. They have homes ranging from under 20K for pre-owned to 50K for brand new, fully customized homes. There is an additional lot rent paid either seasonally or annually. They have homes located in Orlando, Tampa, Daytona Beach, Key Largo, Naples and Sarasota. All of the top vacation spots in Florida

Lifestyle

The lifestyle is really what sets Carefree RV Resorts apart. For those in or nearing retirement, this is their time to do the things they’ve always wanted to do. Learn how to play the guitar, join the pickleball team, finally take a class on using your new iPad… its all up to you! With our wide range of lifestyle offerings you can be as active as you want to be!

Retirement just isn’t what it used to be and Carefree RV Resorts and Communities provide an active lifestyle unlike any other in our industry. Launching this year, their lifestyle program offers a range of social, mental, and physical activities and programs that keep our residents hearts, bodies and minds active. Buying a home in a Carefree resort provides all of this within a warm, sunny setting!

Carefree RV Resorts - Affordable Florida Vacation Homes

 Your Passport to Paradise – You Stay We Pay

The “Passport to Paradise” offer allows you to plan a 4-night stay vacation home visit at prime Florida destinations based on your interests and preferences. Carefree will select properties that have everything you are looking for (and more) to preview during your personalized visit to ensure it’s everything you dreamed it would be before you purchase.

If at the end of the visit, you do decide to buy a vacation home, your 4-night stay will be free and you will receive a $1,500 check within 15 days after the close of your new vacation homein Florida.

For more information call Sheri at 855-999-9812

Thanks to Carefree RV Resorts, you are able to live the Carefree life you have always dreamed of at an affordable price!

 


My Cutlery & Cookware Top Picks

by Jennifer Wieland
My Cutlery & Cookware Top Picks from Wayfair

 Thank you to Wayfair for sponsoring today’s post. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
 
 
 
 

Every self-proclaimed foodie, wanna-be foodie or aspiring not to starve cook needs some basic essentials to survive the kitchen and many of these items make for great gifts at the holidays. So I am going to share with you some of my cutlery & cookware top picks from Wayfair for cooks at any skill level. This should help make shopping much easier on you this holiday season.

My Cutlery & Cookware Top Picks from Wayfair

A good knife in the kitchen can make all the difference in the world! I didn’t know this myself though until I finally got real knives. I know most of you have seen knives that cost a small fortune for a single knife and can’t understand it but a good knife will make your chopping, dicing and slicing go so much better. Don’t worry though if you can’t afford the big bucks but still want to get a good knife. There are brands out there that are reasonable in price but are a good quality. I personally love Kuhn Rikon! I have several of these and have had them for years. They have held up great and I love that they come with their own sheaths to protect the blade and come in a variety of colors. Don’t forget a knife sharpener to keep the blade at perfection.

 My Cutlery & Cookware Top Picks from Wayfair

A solid, good quality end grain cutting board is a must for me. I luckily have a hubby who is a wood worker and can make me my own but if I had to buy one it would be an end grain one and it would be in maple or walnut. I also prefer mine to have finger grooves in the sides for easier handling and juice grooves around the edges to catch liquids. This helps to minimize the mess. So, why should you be getting the pricier end grain board over the cheaper ones? The grain of the wood in an end grain board is more open so when the knife hits it the fibers are open and able to take the knife-edge. This means less damage to your knife and the board can also self-heal after the knife-edge moves away from the board because of the open fibers. If you don’t skip on quality here and take care of your board by hand washing and treating with mineral oil periodically your board will last for years and years.

 My Cutlery & Cookware Top Picks from Wayfair

KitchenAid products are a must in my house! I spent years without them and when I first really got into baking could not understand the whole draw to them. I mean sure you can get them in all the colors of the rainbow but other than that what was so great? Then I took some cooking classes and my eyes were opened. KitchenAid products are powerful, durable and make kitchen life so much easier. I use my mixers to shred meats for tamales, to knead through mass quantities of bread dough or to bake some cookies with the kids. I do have two different stand mixers from KitchenAid but I also have a KitchenAid food processor that I use regularly to quickly shred cheeses, produce, mix doughs and make sauces.

 My Cutlery & Cookware Top Picks from Wayfair

Le Creuset Cast Iron Oval French Oven (Dutch oven) is one of those pieces that you save up for or pray to God that someone is kind enough to bestow one upon you or pass a decades old one down to you. I kid you not that these will last you for decades. You will be able to pass it on to your children if cared for correctly. The quality is amazing on these and you can’t beat being able to use these on the stove and then moving it directly to the oven if you need to for a recipe. I use mine for everything from making my favorite meat sauce to cooking a pot roast nice and slow to baking some bread. This pot is truly a jack of all trades in the kitchen and something you will be happy to have.

 My Cutlery & Cookware Top Picks from Wayfair

If you are looking for something a bit less pricey but still a kitchen show stopper then look no further than a classic, seasoned cast iron skillet. You get all the diversity of being able to cook with it on the stove top and in the oven but even better this bad boy can be used over an open flame (think campfire) and the more it’s used the better it gets. This is another item that will last from one generation to another with proper care but luckily these you can get in much more reasonable price points.

 My Cutlery & Cookware Top Picks from Wayfair

For more great kitchen and home products be sure to check out Wayfair‘s huge selection and great prices. Even better for the holiday season, orders over $49 ship for free.

 

 


Wayfair Statement Lighting: Take Your Rooms From Frumpy to Fab

by Jennifer Wieland

Thank you to Wayfair for sponsoring today’s post. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
 
 
 
 

I am fairly certain that if I could find an archeologist to come visit my house they would take one look at my home and want to study it by mistaking it as a neanderthal cave. That’s right, I just referred to my home as a Neanderthal cave. It’s highly decorated walls with stick figures and animals thanks to the kids along with the general dimness due to a lack of east and west-facing windows and it’s sad, sad 80’s and 90’s lighting throughout the house really dates the whole place. Lucky for me the kids are no longer drawing on the walls and I now feel safe to go ahead and start doing major room overhauls. I’ve been on the Wayfair website envisioning what I want and how it will look in a certain room. One thing I know that has to be on the top of my list is Wayfair statement lighting because I have a bunch of rooms that need to go from frumpy to fab and brightening them up with lighting will help do the trick.

Lighting is one of those great ways that you can instantly change the look and feel of your room. You can brighten a room, add some color or add some ambiance all with lighting. Add some statement lighting and your personality can really show through your entire house. That’s what I am hoping to do in my home. My downstairs is an open floor plan that includes the kitchen, dining room and family room. The odd thing about it all though is that the kitchen and family room are fairly small but my dining room is huge and just happens to be the room you walk into when you enter the house. The kitchen and family rooms have ceiling fans with lights in them for the lighting and the dining room has a small chandelier. With a small chandelier and no other lighting in the dining room 2/3 of the room sits in darkness or low lighting in the evenings. The lighting in the kitchen and family room isn’t much better with just a ceiling fan lighting it all.

Sometimes it’s hard to work on new recipes in my kitchen at night since the lighting is poor. I’m planning on adding a pastry station for me to work on but I need to up the lighting to go with it. My kitchen got new cabinets a few years ago and all of the hardware is bronze so I am going to add that in to my lighting. I really like this Z-Lite Riviera Bronze 5 Light Kitchen Island Pendant. It would add a considerable amount of light to the room while complimenting the existing hardware.

 5 Light Kitchen Island Pendant - Wayfair.comSince my downstairs is an open floor plan I am planning on carrying the bronze lighting throughout the rest of the rooms. I also like that it gives it a sort of modern, rustic feel. This Yosemite Home Decor Tioga Pass 5 Light Chandelier will do a perfect job of updating my 90’s dining room chandelier while carrying the kitchen’s bronze over.

Yosemite Home Decor Tioga Pass 5 Light Chandelier - Wayfair.com

 My family room is so tiny that it is just able to hold a TV, couch and one table and it has these ridiculously tiny windows. I really want to add a lot more lighting into this room so that it helps to make it look larger than it is. To do this I am thinking that some modern track lighting is what this room calls for and I really like this Cal Lighting Serpentine 7 Light Track Light with Swirl Glass. It’s simple pretty and again in bronze.

Cal Lighting Serpentine 7 Light Track Light with Swirl Glass - Wayfair.com

 

Now, I currently have no lamps but I think adding some would make a world of difference. Here are the ones that I think would go well to add some extra light but go with my other ceiling choices:

Bronze floor and table lamps found on Wayfair.com

I really love the look of these with the bronze shades but I’m not sure how bright the light would be with those shades.

Adjustable bronze floor and table lamps  - Wayfair.com

I love that these are adjustable and I like the extra light on the floor lamp because that would be perfect for reading by and I do a lot of reading. With either choice though it would make a huge difference in my current lighting situation!

Are you now thinking about updating your lighting? With the holidays coming in the blink of any eye, now is the perfect time to update the lighting in your house and Wayfair is making it even easier to do it. Right now through November 10 you can use the code WFLAMPS15 for 15% off all Lamps.

 

 


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