Thanksgiving Cooking Essentials

Gosh, I can’t believe that we are at the end of October, and Thanksgiving Day is right around the corner.  I would say that this is probably everyone’s favorite time of the year, and with the anticipation of getting together with family & friends, it’s never to soon to plan out your Thanksgiving Day menu.  I’ve also come to learn that having the right cooking essentials is a must, from tableware, appliances, and even a book to help you host the perfect holiday party.  So, below are some items that have helped me though the years save time, money, and even space.   



Crock-Pot Double Oval Connectable Slow Cooker System



Crock Pot Hook Up Connectable


You can never have enough crock-pots as far as I’m concerned.  This double 1 quart system is perfect for holding dips, appetizers, or finger foods.  It also comes in 2, 3.5 quart sizes, a variety of colors, and you can connect more together if you need too.  This particular one is available at Amazon for around $45.  Super price and so convenient.     




Emile Henry 12-Inch Pie Dish Cerise Red



Emile Henry 12 Inch Pie Dish Cerise Red



I have a family that loves pie, even more than cake, so forget the 9 inch pie dish, I say go for this this 12 incher.  :-)  This ceramic pie dish is not only pretty, it will cook your pie evenly, and you can get your pie ready ahead of time and go from freezer to oven.  (Perfect way to save on time).  This pie dish is around $55, but it’s an investment that will last for many years to come, and it would make the perfect hostess or bakers gift.  



Hamilton Beach 22-Quart Roaster Oven, Stainless Steel




Hamilton Beach 22 Quart Roaster Oven



My mom is the one who bought me my first roaster oven, and boy am I glad that she did.  I really like having the room in the oven to cook all the sides, and honestly my turkey not only cooks faster, but it’s moist and delicious.  This roaster comes in at around $55.00 shipped.     


Norpro Porcelain Gravy Sauce Boat with Stand and Candle



Norpro Porcelain Gravy Sauce Boat with Stand and Candle



In my family, you must have a gravy sauce-boat.  Now some people like to have a ladle with it, but to me that’s what the spout is for.  With this gravy boat, you get to take it up a notch by adding the constant heat of the candle underneath.  Plus, I think the flickering light would make your table decor even prettier.  This little guy comes in at around $20, so I would get 2 if you have a large table gathering.  



Pyrex Baking 8-Piece Set & Carrier


Pyrex Portables 8 Piece Set

Sometimes you have to take your baked goodies & sides on the go, and this Pyrex portables is a perfect way to do it.  It’s got three baking dishes, lids, and carrier for around $40.  Great price on this one.     

And finally, let’s say that you don’t have a clue as to how to cook the perfect Thanksgiving dinner, well here’s a #1 selling book by Sam Sifton to help you out.   It’s available to download on Kindle or you can get a hard copy. 






Thanksgiving by Sam Sifton




Just so ya know that some of the links above are my affiliate links, and I may get a small commission if you decide to purchase.  I really do appreciate your support and I hope that you wonderful Thanksgiving dinner with all of your family & friends.

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I happened to be going through my teen daughters closet this weekend, and I couldn’t believe all the different tote, drawstring, and zipper bags that she had.  (In fact, I don’t even know where she got half of them).   Although, I have to admit that I’m probably just as bad as she is, because I love getting a new tote bag, especially if it comes with a matching zipper pouch.  In fact, I’ve been searching for a sewing machine so that I can learn how to quilt, or maybe make my own personalized bags and give them for gifts this holiday season.  My mother is a seamstress, and she is a big fan of the Brother sewing machines, so I have found this Brother CS6000i Feature-Rich Sewing Machine With 60 Built-In Stitches, 7 styles of 1-Step Auto-Size Buttonholes, Quilting Table, and Hard Cover and it’s calling my name at $143.00, plus I will get free 2-day shipping with my Amazon Prime membership.  




Since it’s been many, many, many years since I actually sewed anything…..(I’m talking like highschool, when I made some cheetah skorts, can you tell I’m an 80’s babe)?  LOL  

I thought that I would start with taking these two online sewing classes that I posted about last year.  Here’s the link if you are interested:


Free Online Bag & Tote Sewing Classes


AND…..maybe if I get good enough, I will take this “Quilt As You Go Patchwork Bag” online class below:


Quilt-As-You-Go Patchwork Bags


I’m always willing to learn how to do something new, and I can’t wait to see how these DIY tote, drawstring, and zipper pouches turn out! Geez….I might not want to do this because I may want to keep them all. :-)

Just so you know, that some of the links above are my referral links, and I may get a small commission if you decide to click on them.  I thank you for your support, and please let me know if you are planning on sewing some crafty creations this holiday season.  

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Thanksgiving Day is on its way, and I know that some of you are decorating divas out there who are always looking to add a fun, new, festive piece to your autumn holiday decor.  (I’m guilty too)!!  So, here are some super items that I have found online,  from a scarecrow light, Pilgrim salt & pepper shakers, and DIY ideas that will add some fall time flavor to this favorite family time season.   Many of these items are going fast, because the prices are just down right cheap!  So gobble yours up now, while their still available!  :-)   


Harvest Country Scarecrow on Frosted Glass Block



Harvest Country Scarecrow on Frosted Glass Block from Collections Etc.


I have always loved the sweet face of a scarecrow, and I like to decorate with them around my house in the fall season.  This sweet scarecrow lighted block would be a perfect way to highlight a corner in your home.  



Seasonal Dachshund Dress-Up Outdoor Decor



Seasonal Dachsund Dress-up Outdoor Decoration


Seasonal Dachsund Dress up Outdoor Decoration from Collections Etc.




I’m a doxie lover and I love that you can dress up this pup for each season, including fall with his cute little pilgrim hat!  


Color-changing Cornucopia Thanksgiving Centerpiece


Color Changing Cornucopia Thanksgiving Centerpiece   Holiday Figurines


How pretty would this color changing cornucopia go in the middle of your Thanksgiving table?  I love all the thankful words that are displayed for everyone to see and appreciate.  All three of the above items are available at  


Shipping Coupon for below: 


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Pumpkin Topiary




I had to add this stunning DIY Lighted Pumpkin Topiary to my list from  I love the ambience that this beautiful craft makes, and you could go with a gold, silver, or bronze color palette.  Love, love, love!  



October Hill Natural Harvest Handmade Furry Pod Turkey Centerpiece






October Hill Natural Harvest Handmade Furry Pod Turkey Centerpiece Decoration  5.5 by 4 by 6 Inch   Collectible Figurines



I don’t know about you, but this turkey centerpiece really is a perfect way to say, “Happy Turkey Day” to all of your family & friends!  :-)  This little guy is available at Amazon, and includes Prime 2 day shipping!  (This one is going fast by they way)!  :-)  



Native American Couple Salt and Pepper Shaker Set




Native American Couple Salt and Pepper Shaker Set  3 1 2 Inch  Kitchen   Dining





Pilgrim Thanksgiving Turkey Magnetic Salt & Pepper Shaker Set


Pilgrim Thanksgiving Turkey Magnetic Salt   Pepper Shaker Set S P  Combined Pepper And Salt Shakers  Kitchen   Dining





Pilgrims Salt and Pepper Shaker Set





Pilgrims Magnetic Salt and Pepper Shaker Set




I love seeing whimsical, seasonal, salt & pepper shaker sets, not only because their festive, but people will actually use them.  The above sets are all magnestic, and would make a perfect hostess gift as well.  They are available at Amazon at a super price, between $9-13.   



I hope that you have enjoyed some of my Thanksgiving Home Decor Ideas, and just so you know that some of the links above are my referral links, and if you decide to buy I may get a small commission fee, at no cost to you of course.  I am very thankful for your support.  :-)

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Shopping Aps



When I first started clipping coupons it took me hours to get everything matched up, clipped, and then organized.  And to be honest with you, even though I have a more streamlined system today, I still don’t love clipping coupons.  :-)  Fortunately, digital brand coupons are now available to download through shopping apps at your favorite grocery, discount, drugstores, or big box places such as Target!  The beauty of signing up for your favorite store’s loyalty program, is that they love to send you exclusive digital coupons based on the things that you buy the most.  What a super way to save!!  Now….let’s take it up a notch!!  The following shopping apps list offer items that will give you cash back if you buy them!  It can be anything from fresh produce, milk, candles, chips, or whatever else may be on your shopping list.   So, below are a few shopping apps that I use on a regular basis and I really do get paid in cash!  (I am including my referral links, so that you can join me in the super saving fun).  Here we go!!






When Ibotta first came out, I thought that the name was kind of funny, so I still get a little smile when I share it with people because they usually give me that weird look like, “What’s Ibotta”?  All of the apps that I am going to share with you are pretty much the same, but I listed Ibotta first, because you can build a team of super savers and earn more money when each member uses a “rebate”.  A rebate is basically a coupon offer for a particular product or service such as the one below:

Ibotta Offer


So….head into a store, open up the app, see what offers are available, buy it, scan your receipt, upload it, and wallah money is added to your account.  It really is that simple, and when I am ready to cash out, I transfer the money to my PayPal account!  Again this is an easy breezy way to save on the things that your going to buy anyways, or maybe you’ve been wanting to try.  :-)    



So, now that you get the idea of how to use the Ibotta app, below are a few more for you to also try!


Saving Star




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SavingStar has been around for a while, but like many of the other apps you can now scan your receipt so that you get credit for everything you purchase.  Also, I like that you get a weekly freebie, and a discount on a healthy offer, such as lettuce, apples, or whatever else is in season.  Save money on your groceries! Nothing to clip or print. Totally paperless. New deals every week.



Snap By Groupon

Snap by Groupon

Snap By Groupon is a fairly new shopping app that offers a variety of deals that you can use at any store, which is a huge plus if you like to shop at Aldi’s, The Dollar Store, or Dollar Tree.   Click here to join:   

No coupons, mail-in rebates, or shopper points.Just cash for buying the grocery products you need!


And finally….


 Checkout 51


Checkout 51 reloads new offers every Thursday, and you can redeem at any store! It’s super easy to use, and here’s a screen shot of what’s in my account currently, and when I reach $20 bucks, I can cash out!  Woo!  Hoo!  





Now, there are some other great shopping apps out there, but for the sake of time, I can only handle the four above.  LOL  


Here’s a little savings tip when you use your apps:


See if there are any Sunday paper coupons or online digital coupons that you can use as well as the shopping app offer.  

(Example below)

Glade candle offer :

$1.00 off of 2 Glade candles from shopping app

$1.00 off of Glade manufactures coupon


Guess what?  You get to use both coupons in the same transaction, which means super savings for you!  


I hope that you can see the value of trying out these shopping apps, and it really is fun to see the savings add up.  You can at least have a little extra Christmas money if you start now!  Just a thought……


Also, if you have had any success with other shopping apps I would love to know, so share below!!  :-)   

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When I was in my teens, I didn’t want to dress like everyone else.  I created some unique outfits by mixing up some vintage, new, and hand-me-down clothes & accessories.  Not only was it a great way to save, but I could spend hours in the thrift stores, vintage shops, and of course malls.   Today, we have the option of finding quirky outfits online, and today I thought that I would start the 1st day of October by sharing some Halloween daytime styles that you could wear to work, and for some of you, all year round.  Many of these outfit picks are seasonal, so if you like what you see, get them before they are gone!!!  Also, take advantage of the coupon codes and SAVE!     


About Face Sweater

About Face Sweater

I love the skulls, design, and coziness of this sweater from  


Baby Got Bat Bag


Baby Got Bat Bag


Now these are the tiny details that make wearing Halloween accessories fun!  Love that toothy smily and big eyes!  This one is going fast!  

It’s $29.99 at

Fall Grab Bag event at Modcloth: Free Grab Bag when you spend $150* or more! *Before taxes & shipping. Excludes gift certificates.




Cat Earrings


Cat Earrings


Love, Love, Love these vintage style cat earrings!  Not only are they perfect for Halloween Day wear, but at $2.60 it’s a super savings score!   Check out the other vintage, retro, and cool styles & accessories at  


Skeleton Hand Embellished Elastic Hair Band


Skeleton Hand Embellished Elastic Hair Band


Rosegal also has tons of quirky hair clips, bands, and combs at unbelievable prices such as the Punk Skeleton Hand Hair Band above for only $1.60 and FREE SHIPPING!  Here is a coupon code below:    

 Super Halloween Sale! 6% OFF Coupon: HalloweenRG. Terrific Retro Trends to Impress You! (Ends: Nov,30,2014)



Long Batwing Sleeve Cartoon Cat Shirt


Cat Shirt



How cute would those vintage cat earrings above go along with this Happy Cat shirt?  Best part is that this shirt is not only inexpensive, but Amazon 2-day Prime shipping is available!  


Black Bats Halloween Infinity Loop Scarf


Black Bats Halloween Infinity Loop Scarf


There are so many Halloween printed scarves to choose from on Amazon, but Bat Infinity Loop Scarf really caught my eye. It would go perfectly over a black sweater or knit shirt!   It’s subtle, but still makes a boo-ti-ful statement!  :-)  Amazon’s Halloween attire is going quickly, so hurry if you find something that catches your eye as well.  



Just so ya know that some of the above links are my affiliate links, and if you decide to buy, I may get a small commission.  I thank you for your support, and I appreciate you stopping by and checking out my Halloween fashion finds.  Please let me know if you purchase one of these spooky items, and a pic of you wearing it would even be better!      

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