by Melanie

Tax Day 2015 Freebies and Discounts

April 15, 2015 in Out the Door by Melanie

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What’s the best way to turn a day people fear into a day people love? Free stuff!

You probably don’t usually think of celebrating tax day, but I love ANY excuse to celebrate – especially when freebies are involved. This is a list of freebies and “cheapies” you can snag today. Happy Tax Day!

 

FREEBIES

• Free cookie from Great American Cookie

• Free shaved ice and Hawaiian leis at Kona Ice

• Free Jalapeno Hushpuppies or Value Curly Fries at Arby’s (not all locations)

• Free entree at Hard Rock Cafe… but be warned, this one requires some singing

• Free massage at HydroMassage

• Free shredding at Staples and Office Max/Office Depot

 

CHEAPIES

• Fill your cup full of frozen yogurt and toppings for $4.15 at Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt

• Buy one individual meal and get one free at Boston Market

• Every cheeseburger is half off at Sonic

• Free red velvet cake at KFC with the purchase of a 10-piece (or larger) family meal

• Get a free The Original small sandwich at Schlotzsky’s when you buy chips and a 32 oz drink

• Get free chips and queso with any entree purchase at California Tortilla when you whisper the secret password “Taxes Shmaxes”

• Free appetizer or dessert with purchase of adult entree at Chili’s and this coupon

• Large pizza with 5 toppings for $10.40 at Papa Johns with this code “T414TAX”

• Get half off a rib dinner at Sonny’s BBQ

• Get 15% off your entire bill at Beef O’Brady’s

• Get $10 off your bill at Bonefish Grill with this coupon through April 20th.

• Get $10 off dinner tonight if you mention this offer to your server at Texas de Brazil

 Get a free side with an entree purchase at Smashburger

• Buy one Big Mac or Quarter Pounder with cheese and get a second for a penny at McDonalds (not all locations)

• Get a short stack of pancakes for $1 at IHOP

• Get a Big Bagel Bundle for $10.40 with this coupon at Bruegger’s Bagels

• Buy one Whopper, get one free at Burger King with this coupon

• Get 15% off your dinner check at Outback Steakhouse with this coupon

• Save up to 60% on online purchases at the Cabela’s Cyberwalk Sale

• Save 40$ on your entire purchase at Justice with this coupon

Royal Caribbean will pay for your fees, taxes, and port expenses when you book a cruise today, and even more discounts (like cut your deposit in half and 50% off additional guests)

• Get a $10.40 gift card when you donate three clothing items to Fashion Project

• Dine in with one dinner entree, take a second home for free at Macaroni Grill

• Complete your P-2 Pizza tax form at pizzareturn.com to quality for a chance to win Pizza Hut gift cards

• 25% off best weekend rate for Marriott hotels in Washington, DC and Arlington when you book today

• Eat at Tony Roma’s today and get a coupon for a free dessert on your next visit

• 10% off your order at the Warner Music store with the code “TAXBREAK”

• The Entertainment Book is on sale for $10.40 + $1.99 shipping

 

Do you know of any more Tax Day deals? Which deal are you celebrating with today?

by Melanie

Grandma’s Fruit Dip

April 14, 2015 in Kitchen by Melanie

If you’re here from Love to Be in the Kitchen, welcome to Forty Eighteen and thanks for visiting!

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My grandma was the most amazing woman. She had this way of making every grandkid feel like her favorite. She loved adventures and made everything fun. And she was the greatest cook in the world. Seriously, no matter what she cooked for you, it was the best thing you’d ever eaten.

My grandma passed away a few years ago, and I miss her. Every day. But she passed on her legacy with a family full of great cooks and even some of her amazing recipes.

Of course, getting her recipes was always a trick because she didn’t actually use recipes. She just knew how to make things taste amazing. But sometimes someone in the family would sit and watch exactly what she did and write it down as she did it. And now we can recreate some of her genius.

Grandma’s fruit dip is one of those recipes that someone wrote down, and I am so glad. It takes a typical whipped cream and marshmallow dip and kicks it up a notch or two. I love it on strawberries and bananas! It’s great on melon, too, and apples. Try it on your favorite fruit and tell me how much you love it!

Also, it’s super quick and easy to whip together – which is always a bonus. We serve it at family gatherings – large and small.

Grandma’s Fruit Dip

  • 8 oz Cool Whip
  • 1 jar marshmallow creme (1 pint)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp lemon extract
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg

Mix it all together. Eat with fruit.

That’s it! That’s all there is to it! It’s yummy and you will love it. Just be sure not to add too much ginger. Ew. You can add more than 1/2 tsp to taste, but I’ll just warn you if you get all the way up to a whole teaspoon, it’s not as awesome as it can be.

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My favorite dessert is strawberries and cream, and this fruit dip is my “cream” of choice.

If you’re looking for fruit dip, you need to run – don’t walk – to check out the 20 Mind Blowing Fruit Dips I shared at Love to Be in the Kitchen.

Do you have a favorite fruit dip I need to try? Share! Please share!

by Melanie

91 things to do with your leftover Easter ham

April 4, 2015 in Kitchen by Melanie

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I love Easter – everything about it. And like all fabulous holidays, an amazing feast is always part of the celebration. We always have a big ham and potato meal with carrots, green beans, rolls, jello salad, some dessert, and anything else we feel like tossing on the table. My favorite is the ham. yummmmm

After enjoying the feast together, we always end up with a bunch of leftovers. Cooking with those leftovers is another one of my favorite things about Easter. Check out these recipes that will make your leftover Easter ham shine like new.

hamleftovers1Monte Cristo • She Wears Many Hats

Creamy Ham Potato Corn Chowder • Cooking Classy

BBQ Ham & Pineapple Kabobs • Goodeness Gracious

Stovetop Cheesy Broccoli Rice with Ham • Buns In My Oven

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Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches • Flying on Jess Fuel

Pasta Carbonara • Crunchy Creamy Sweet

Ham & Cheese Skillet • Goodeness Gracious

Ham Scallion and Cheddar Muffins • A Beautiful Bite

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Easy Ham and Cheese Quiche • Women Living Well Ministries

Ham and Cheese Egg Muffins • Mommy’s Menu

Cheesy Ham and Potato Bacon Casserole • Oh, Sweet Basil

Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta Bake • Lovely Little Kitchen

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Breakfast Pizza with Hash Brown Crust • The Gunny Sack

Ham and Cheese Scones • A Beautiful Bite

{Overnight} Ham, Egg, and Cheese Monkey Bread • The Seasoned Mom

Better than Takeout Ham Fried Rice • The Recipe Critic

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Ham and Pineapple Kabobs • Goodeness Gracious

Broccoli Cheddar Hashbrown Casserole with Ham • It’s Yummi

Cheesy Ham and Potato Soup • Six Sisters’ Stuff

One-Dish Skillet Peas, Ham, and Creamy Noodles • Kevin and Amanda

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Hawaiian One Pan Pasta • Taste and Tell Blog

Creamy Ranch Pasta Salad • Family Fresh Meals

Family Favorite Breakfast Burritos • Natasha’s Kitchen

Twice Baked Potato Casserole • Mom On Time Out

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Ham and Mac and Cheese Lunchbox Muffins • I Should Be Mopping the Floor

Ham and Cheese Cauliflower Fritters • All Day I Dream About Food

Ham, Swiss, and Jalapeno Stuffed Pretzels • Baker By Nature

Croque Monsieurs • Savury and Sweet

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Spicy Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Ham • Flamingo Toes

Mini Ham and Bacon Cheddar Cups • Creative Savings

{Overnight} Ham and Cheese Breakfast Enchiladas • The Girl Who Ate Everything

Chicken Cordon Bleu Soup • Spend with Pennies

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Loaded Baked Potato Casserole • Rachel Schultz

Cheesy Baked Penne • Recipe Girl

Ham, Broccoli, and Cheese Quiche • Cooking During Stolen  Moments

Hawaiian Grilled Cheese • House of Yumm

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Ranch Pasta Salad • Mrs. Schwartz’s Kitchen

Herbed Crepes with Eggs, Swiss, Ham, and Browned Butter • Cooking Classy

Cheesy Ham and Broccoli Quinoa Bites • Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

Ham and Swiss Croissant Sliders with Poppy Seed Dressing • Homemade Cravings

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Ham and Cheese Breakfast Pockets • Lemon Tree Dwelling

Mini Quiche Bites • Poet in the Pantry

Red Potato and Ham Casserole • Six Sisters’ Stuff

Cowboy Quiche • The Pioneer Woman

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Chicken and Ham Wild Rice Soup • The Gunny Sack

Slow Cooker Ham and Potato Soup • Cupcake Diaries

Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese with Ham • Plain Chicken

Cordon Bleu Pizza • Recipes, Food, and Cooking

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Ham, Egg, and Avocado Breakfast Burrito • Tone and Tighten

Cottage Cheese and Egg Breakfast Muffins • Kalyn’s Kitchen

Ham Pot Pie • Krista’s Kitchen

Easy Freezer Ham and Bean Soup • Living Well Spending Less

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Ham and Cheese Bowties • Julie’s Eats and Treats

Ham and Cheese Waffles • Blue-Eyed Bakers

Queso Broccoli Potato Chowder • Southern Living

Potato, Ham, and Broccoli Cheese Soup • Lovebugs and Postcards

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Cheesy Ham and Broccoli Rice Skillet • Hot Eats and Cool Reads

One-Skillet Ham and Cheese Gnocchi • Jo Cooks

Ham and Swiss Hash Brown Bake • Very Best Baking

Creamy Shells and Ham Casserole • Taste and Tell

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French Toast Grilled Cheese Sandwich • Brown Sugar

Breakfast Spaghetti {for dinner} • The Makeshift Nest

Ribbons and Bows Pasta Salad • Will Cook for Smiles

Ham, Apple, and Brie Quesadillas • Vinobaby’s Voice

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Ham and Cheese Mac and Cheese Bites • Virtually Homemade

Mashed Potato Pie with Ham, Peas, Cheese, and Chives • The English Kitchen

Ham and Egg Salad • Plain Chicken

Cheesy Hash Brown and Egg Breakfast Casserole • Natasha’s Kitchen

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Chili and Cheese Ham Strata • The Girl Who Ate Everything

Mississippi Sin • Plain Chicken

Broccoli Scalloped Potatoes • Taste of Home

Ham Salad • A Family Feast

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Slow Cooker Split Pea and Ham Soup • Destination Delish

Italian Ham Pasta Salad • Sarah Titus

Ham and Cheese Potato Pancakes • Buns In My Oven

Linguine Casserole • Julie’s Eats and Treats

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Overnight Ham Casserole • Very Culinary

Creamy Spring Gnocchi • Dinner Dishes and Desserts

Ham Sliders with Sriracha Hoisin Mayo • The Lemon Bowl

Ham and Broccoli Pasta Bake • Taste and Tell

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Hawaiian Scrambled Eggs • Cupcakes and Kale Chips

Ham and Cheese Crescent Bake • Taste and Tell

Brazilian Cheese Bread • Autumn Makes and Does

Potato, Ham, and Quiche Crescent Mini Quiches • Mom On Time Out

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Ham Gouda and Potato Bake for the Crock Pot • Kitchen Meets Girl

Crock Pot Cream Cheese Ham and Potato Soup • Julie’s Eats and Treats

Chicken Cordon Bleu Crescent Rolls • Mom On Time Out

Breakfast for Dinner Hashbrown Casserole • Weary Chef

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Ham and Cheese Lasagna • The Kitchen Is My Playground

Chicken Cordon Bleu Cups • High Heels and Grills

Ham and Cheese Breakfast Bars • Mom On Time Out

Are you drooling yet? Seriously, so much yummy ham goodness, how could I possibly decide? I have a great idea – let’s get together! We’ll all try our favorite recipe and bring it to share. Then we can try them all! Who’s in?

Or just tell me in the comments what you tried and how much you love it!

by Melanie

9 Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks

March 28, 2015 in Linen Closet by Melanie

I’m not gonna lie. I hate cleaning. Really, really, really hate cleaning. But I do love having things clean and organized, and somebody’s got to do it.

Spring seemed like the perfect time to try to get a little more organized. It is called Spring Cleaning after all. We’ll call it a fresh start for the house and the homemaker.

I rounded up 9 cleaning and organizing tips and tricks to help me get started.

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6 Tips for Organizing Closets • Mommy Envy

Household Cleaning Tips and Tricks • xo, lauren & jane

Organizing Your Kitchen Cabinets • Stuffed Suitcase

The Cleaning Benefits of Vinegar – 7 Ways I Use Vinegar to Clean • A Vision to Remember

How to Clean a White Seat • Crafting in the Rain

How to Keep Your House Clean All Year Long • The Things I L♥ve Most

Stress Free Spring Cleaning • For What It’s Worth

Organization Tip: Tackling the Corded Mess Under Your Computer • Creations by Kara

Spring Cleaning Family Style • Organized Island

 

Here are a few more cleaning and organization tips you should take a look at!

My kids really struggle to keep their rooms clean. Oh, let’s be real here – so do I. This simple chart full of pictures helps my kiddos get the job done without getting overwhelmed by the mess in the room! I should make one for me.

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Organize your kids’ school clothes like this and make your mornings run a lot smoother. No more mad dash to get out the door!

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Do you have any great cleaning or organizing tips for me? I need some help!

by Melanie

LDS General Conference Giveaway

March 25, 2015 in Mailbox by Melanie

Spring General Conference Giveaway - $400+ in Prizes

It’s spring time which means General Conference will be here before we know it. Seventeen LDS Bloggers are joining me to share a few of our favorite things. We are so excited to be giving away over $400 in prizes. It’s been a treat to work with so many talented women to spoil our readers with products that strengthen the family and make our lives a little easier, too.

We as bloggers are so thankful for you – our readers! Thank you for your encouragement, comments, and time that you take out of your busy day to check in with us. We appreciate how you #sharethegood with us and hopefully we can share some with you as well!

Meet the bloggers who are taking part in this giveaway:

LDS Bloggers

Now for the giveaway! If you are anything like me, your wish list for Deseret Book is a mile long! We are excited to send two of you some fun money to spend there. We hope you love the recipes from the Six Sisters as much as we do and that Nicole Carpenter’s 5-minute messages will make family devotional more manageable! From bulking up your food storage with Thrive to the cutest projects by Fizzy Pops – there are so many wonderful prizes. Check them out and ENTER TO WIN below! There are TWO rafflecopters so be sure to enter each one!

Spring General Conference Giveaway - Over $400 in Prizes!

Prize Package #1

$85 Gift Card to Deseret Book

$50 Gift Card to Sweet Salt Clothing

Fizzy Pops Young Women Zipper Pull Kit ($50 value) with

YW Value Bottle Cap Printables from My Computer is My Canvas

Six Sisters Stuff Cookbook

52 Weeks to Fortify Your Family from MOMentity.com

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Spring General Conference Giveaway - Over $400 in Prizes!

Prize Package #2

$85 Gift Card to Deseret Book

$75 value Food Storage Package from Thrive

Six Sisters Stuff Cookbook

$50 Gift Card to Sego Lily Soap

Doodle Journal for General Conference by A Lively Hope

Pink Star CTR Necklace and I am a Child of God Pin from Ringmasters

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The winner will be announced and e-mailed April 2.

We’ve compiled a few of our favorite General Conference Activities, Recipes, and Ideas. Comment with your favorite traditions or add a link below!

LDS General Conference Activities and Ideas


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