{Gone pinning} Velveeta shortage!?

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Happy Friday! Chances are you heard the news this week: Kraft sounded the alarms that there is a Velveeta shortage that may impact all of your  upcoming football-watching playoff parties. What will we do on Superbowl Sunday (Feb. 2)!? The horror!

Velveeta

Just kidding. I’m a big cheese lover, but not necessarily a fan of “processed cheese.” Don’t get me wrong, Velveeta is great every once in awhile, but not every weekend. However, in honor of the shortage and the upcoming football holidays, today’s “Gone pinning” features Velveeta recipes.

Run, don’t walk, to the grocery store to raid whatever is left of the Velveeta stock and make some of these recipes I found on Pinterest. Or, pin the recipes you like and save them for this year’s Superbowl. Or, the 2015 Superbowl. Processed cheese lasts that long, right?

We’ll start with my favorite party dip:

I guess I do like Velveeta. This dip is bomb.com.

I guess I do like Velveeta. This dip is bomb.com.

Shepherd's pie with Velveeta

Shepherd’s pie with Velveeta

Toasted cheese sandwich

Toasted cheese sandwich

Velveeta monkey bread

Velveeta monkey bread

Broccoli cheddar soup

Broccoli cheddar soup

Fudge with Velveeta. Huh.

Fudge with Velveeta. Huh.

If the shortage does actually happen, I found a DIY recipe for Velveeta. I dare someone to make this!

DIY Velveeta

DIY Velveeta

None of these strike your fancy? Check out my Pinterest board dedicated to football eats and treats. And enjoy that “cheese!”

Oh, and go Seahawks and Broncos! And, if you’ve got a few minutes, help my friend Ryan and his wife win tickets to the Superbowl. Directions are on his website: http://www.superbowl12thman.com/

{Gone Pinning} Handmade holidays

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If you’re like me, you’re both buying and making gifts this holiday season. I spent some time scouring the internet and found some great ideas for handmade holiday gifts. Find all of my Christmas-related pins here.

Perhaps, a wreath?

Chalk wreath

Chalk wreath

Felt wreath

Felt wreath

Or, some ornaments

DIY tree and snow ornaments

DIY tree and snow filled ornaments

Map ornament

Map ornament

Cornstarch/Baking soda ornaments. Great, easy, cheap craft project!

Cornstarch/Baking soda ornaments. Great, easy, cheap craft project!

DIY felt ornaments

DIY felt ornaments

Cupcakes!? Yes, please!

Cupcakes!? Yes, please!

Maybe, something edible?

Hot chocolate spoons

Hot chocolate spoons

Various cocoas

Various cocoas

Roasted or spiced nuts? (These are roasted almonds)

Roasted or spiced nuts? (These are roasted almonds)

Something for the dog, perhaps?

Something for the dog, perhaps?

And of course, you’ll need some of these fabulous gift tags!

Printable gift tags #1

Printable gift tags #1

Or, these red and aqua ones?

Or, these red and aqua ones?

Maybe these?

Maybe these?

Happy crafting!

{Wine Wednesday} Holiday cocktails

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We’re in holiday party mode, enjoying lots of delicious foods and drinks and Christmas is but a fortnight away. (Thanks, Heather!)

On this Wine Wednesday, I’m here to share some delicious cocktails I’ve found online. It’s a {Wine Wednesday/Gone Pinning} MASH UP! Note: I’ve haven’t enjoyed these cocktails yet, but I plan to soon!

For a smaller group:

Holiday Spiced Manhattan

Holiday Spiced Manhattan

Apple pie on the rocks

Apple pie on the rocks

Santa's Little Helper

Santa’s Little Helper

For a larger group:

Holiday sangria

Holiday sangria

Sparkling holiday punch

Sparkling holiday punch

Pomegranate champagne cocktail

Pomegranate champagne cocktail

Cheers and happy holiday season to you and yours!

{Gone Pinning} Thanksgiving appetizers

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Holy crap. It’s November. And not just the beginning of November. We’re already 1/3 done with November! I cannot believe how fast this year has flown by.

Since it is mid-November, its time to be thinking about Thanksgiving. (I still can’t believe it…)

Brandon and I love to cook, but we don’t really get the opportunity to showcase our skillz at Thanksgiving or Christmas. Both of our parents are really good cooks and typically take care of most of the big dinner. Brandon and I each have siblings and we get to either bring appetizers or desserts to the big event. We haven’t been assigned a dish yet, but I thought I’d get a jump start on our options. Today, I’ll share some of the front runners for appetizers for the Thanksgiving holiday.

First, we’ll start with the baked brie recipes. I can’t get enough brie and baked brie is even more decadent. I do have a favorite recipe, but it’s a mish-mash of a few recipes and it’s not online. Come to think of it, I should probably make that dish soon, share the recipe with you and then pin it for everyone else to see and share.

Brie + jam on sticks: YUM!

Brie + jam on sticks: YUM!

Baked brie bites with pecans

Baked brie bites with pecans

Brie bites with cranberry  jam

Brie bites with cranberry jam

A cheese plate would be a great idea... I mean, how good does that look!?

A cheese plate would be a great idea… I mean, how good does that look!?

Garlic cheesy bread . Yes. Yes. Yes.

Garlic cheesy bread . Yes. Yes. Yes.

More cheese: marinated fresh mozzerella balls

More cheese: marinated fresh mozzerella balls

Caramelized Onion, Mushroom, Apple & Gruyere Bites

Caramelized Onion, Mushroom, Apple & Gruyere Bites

And for the cheese haters (like Brandon):

Shrimp lime cups

Shrimp lime cups

Now I’m hungry. I hope you’ve enjoyed the fruits of my pinning. Please share some of your favorite holiday appetizer recipes in the comments below!

{Gone pinning} Soup season is here!

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Good morning! What’d you do with your extra hour today? I woke up at my normal time and spent the hour in bed, quietly playing on Pinterest, pinning all sorts of handmade Christmas present ideas and seasonal eats, like soups. Find all of my favorite fall recipes on my “Falling into Fall” Pinterest board.

Growing up we would often have soups and stews at least once a week, usually on Tuesdays, my Mom’s day off at the time. We playfully — and appropriately — dubbed Tuesdays “Stew-sday” in our house. Take a look at these recipes I found and add them to your meal plan this week… Maybe you can celebrate Stew-sday!

This is one of our favorites, it's so easy and so delicious.

This is one of our favorites, it’s so easy and so delicious.

Tomato soup + grilled cheese sandwiches = the perfect Sunday lunch!

Tomato soup + grilled cheese sandwiches = the perfect Sunday lunch!

Brandon loves chicken pot pie and I'd bet he'd love this too! YUM!

Brandon loves chicken pot pie and I’d bet he’d love this too! YUM!

Healthy French onion soup, from Krissie Lee, one of my dear friends and favorite food bloggers.

Healthy French onion soup, from Krissie Lee, one of my dear friends and favorite food bloggers.

10 more recipes for soups, in one location

10 more recipes for soups, in one location

Happy eating! Enjoy the rest of the weekend, and that extra hour you get today.

{Gone pinning} Last-minute Halloween decor

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So…did you realize that Halloween is in six days? Six days! If you’ve been as busy as I have, it’s possible that October zoomed right by and this weekend is your last chance to dress up your house for the holiday. Without further ado, here are some of the best last-minute, low-energy, no-creativity-needed DIY decorations ideas for Halloween. Check out all of my Halloween inspirations over on Pinterest.

Here, I’ll even give you the link to a JoAnn’s crafts coupon. Now there is no excuse not to celebrate:

Some red paint and a new shower curtain and bath mat make for a very Halloween bathroom.

Some red paint and a new shower curtain and bath mat make for a very Halloween bathroom.

Broom? Check. Three witch hats? Check. Some string to hang them from? DONE! Perfect for the entryway or a Halloween photo booth

Broom? Check. Three witch hats? Check. Some string to hang them from? DONE! Perfect for the entryway or a Halloween photo booth

Classy, easy-to-make "wicked" candles.

Classy, easy-to-make “wicked” candles.

Possibly the cheapest napkin holders ever... Eight vampire teeth for $1 at Target

Possibly the cheapest napkin holders ever… Eight vampire teeth for $1 at Target

Wreath + hot glue + snakes + spray paint = Perfect, scary wreath

Wreath + hot glue + snakes + spray paint = Perfect, scary wreath

Cheesecloth + styrofoam heads + fabric stiffener. I bought the supplies for this project years ago. Maybe this year I'll actually make them!

Cheesecloth + styrofoam heads + fabric stiffener. I bought the supplies for this project years ago. Maybe this year I’ll actually make them!

More cheesecloth and fabric stiffener. He's just so cute mummified! (And then maybe sprayed with glow-in-the-dark paint!?)

More cheesecloth and fabric stiffener. He’s just so cute mummified! (And then maybe sprayed with glow-in-the-dark paint!?)

{Gone Pinning} Crocktober

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HustlinDid you know it was “Crocktober”? Neither did I…until I arrived at QFC and saw the signs in the meat section! And here we were celebrating without even knowing about it! We’ve had several great crock pot meals this month (pot roast x2, corned beef x2) and “Crocktober” is a reason to get even more crock pot meals on the menu. We’re still eating leftovers from last weekend’s big party (think hot turkey sandwiches and French dip sandwiches…we didn’t even touch a whole Costco-sized package of meat!) but come next week, we’re hittin’ up the crock pot.

What will we be enjoying? Let’s go to Pinterest and see what looks tasty! Check out all of the potentially-delicious recipes that would apply for “Crocktober” on my “Crock Pottin'” board on Pinterest.

Cashew Chicken. So good lookin' that I pinned it twice... Ooops.

Cashew Chicken. So good lookin’ that I pinned it twice… Ooops.

French onion soup. LOVE!

French onion soup. LOVE!

Desserts!?

Desserts!?

Pork tenderloin in the crock pot... delicious looking!!

Pork tenderloin in the crock pot… delicious looking!!

Happy Crocktober… at least the last 12 days of Crocktober that’s left…

{Gone Pinning} Falling into fall

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Fall is officially here — it seems like it hasn’t stopped raining since the actual official start of fall — and it gets me in the mood for some down-home, crock pot-style comfort food. And wine tasting. And a weekend day that consists of both, hopefully sometime in the near future.

Brussels sprout mac 'n cheese. Thanks for the pin recommendation, Liz!

Brussels sprout mac ‘n cheese. Thanks for the pin recommendation, Liz!

Lasagna!

Lasagna!

Risotto

Risotto

Butternut squash soup

Butternut squash soup

Adorable apple pies

Adorable apple pies

And fall isn't complete without CANDY CORN!

And fall isn’t complete without CANDY CORN!

Check out all of my fall-related pins on my “falling into fall” board. I hope you have a great weekend and I’d love to hear what seasonal deliciousness you’re pinning and enjoying!

Hello, fall.

Fall Flowers It’s officially here: fall, my favorite season. How did I celebrate? I set my DVR for this week’s new shows, watched football, napped with the cats, bought some very fall-colored flowers, shopped for Halloween and Christmas (yes, I’m crazy) crafts and gifts, busted out my slippers, oh, and I did some spring fall cleaning.

In due time I’ll share my holiday crafts (they’re really good!) and in the meantime, here’s another necessary life tip that I found on Pinterest: getting that stank out of your towels. Our first necessary life tip was a solution for fruit flies. If you have a fruit fly issue, do this. You’ll thank me. I promise.

Our second anniversary is coming up on Tuesday and I was worried we were going to have to our fancy, still soft and cozy towels, because of their “funk.”

Towel recharge via PinterestWe’ve tried bleaching the white towels and that sort of works, but we were at a loss for how to un-funk the green ones.  So, I searched “towel smell” on Pinterest and about one million results came up, all pointing to one solution: vinegar and baking soda.

I gathered my supplies and threw our towels into the washer this afternoon I just pulled them out of the dryer and… drum roll please… IT WORKED!

Add this to your to do list, if your towels need some rejuvenation. I couldn’t be happier and I’m totally going to wrap these up for an anniversary gift for Brandon. Cotton is cotton, right!?

Have a great week!  (I’m off to shower and use our better-than-new towels!)

{Gone Pinning} Cotton anniversary gift ideas

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Guess what? Brandon and I are celebrating our second anniversary next week– two years already!? Which means I’ve been on the hunt for “cotton” anniversary gifts, the traditional second year gift. Check out all of my gift ideas — to give or to receive — on my Pinterest board.

I already got him a few little gifts (still a secret until Tuesday) and we decided to have a custom cotton canvas photo made of us, from Costco. I love Costco.

We have plenty of towels and sheets and we don’t wear robes, so I had to get a bit creative. Here were some of the runner up gift ideas:

Of course Brandon deserves this “Best husband ever” t-shirt

BestHusbandEver

A custom-made pillow with a photo or collage of momentos

Pillow1

Pillow2

Maybe a Denver Bronco-themed apron to inspire him to keep cooking? Too late. He’s already got one!

Apron

And I would love something like this preppy table runner — or anything monogrammed from Mark & Graham:

TableRunner

Now to start thinking about the third year gift: leather. Any ideas?

Thanks to Hallmark for this wonderful chart of modern and traditional anniversary gift themes:

Anniversary Traditional Modern
1st Paper Clocks
2nd Cotton China
3rd Leather Crystal/Glass
4th Fruit/Flowers Appliances
5th Wood Silverware
6th Candy/Iron Wood
7th Wool/Copper Desk Sets
8th Bronze/Pottery Linens/Lace
9th Pottery/Willow Leather
10th Tin/Aluminum Diamond Jewelry
11th Steel Fashion Jewelry
12th Silk/Linen Pearls
13th Lace Textile Furs
14th Ivory Gold Jewelry
15th Crystal Watches
20th China Platinum
25th Silver Silver
30th Pearl Diamond
35th Coral Jade
40th Ruby Ruby
45th Sapphire Sapphire
50th Gold Gold
60th Diamond Diamond