Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope that you all enjoy your time with your family, or friends, or whomever you are spending this day with. Enjoy the good food and the company. Here is a little fun Thanksgiving treat to help get you in the mood.

An Etsy Treasury: Be Thankful


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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Fall Series - Home Delicious

Today's guest is Whitney from Home Delicious! I met her at our AZ GNO earlier this year. She is such a fun person and I love reading her blog! So here she is to share something with us today!

I'm glad to be here today participating in Danesa's Fall Series.  My name is Whitney and I blog over at Home Delicious.  I like to share ideas to make your home a more delicious place to live.  I live pretty darn close to Danesa in sunny Arizona with my husband and 3 kids and try to keep busy with this blogging thing.



Nothing says Fall to me like soup.  It gets so stinking hot here, that until November we have a "no soup for you!" rule around the house.  So all of a sudden, come November 1, we have soup every day.  This is my kids FAVORITE recipe in the world.  They would eat it every day if I would make it every day.  But I won't.  Because, I will be honest with you.  It takes a little time.  But it is SO worth it.  Have you ever been to Archibalds Restaurant at Gardner Village in Salt Lake?  It tastes just like that!  But better service.  (I can't stand how snotty that place is.)  And can I note there is no cheese, no cream, and so many veggies!!



Whitney's Broccoli Soup

1 onion, chopped very fine

1 handful baby carrots, chopped

2 stalks of celery chopped

2 stalks of broccoli chopped

3 Tbs bouillon mixed with 6 Cups hot water

1/4 cup butter

3/4 cup flour

2 cups milk

1 cup non-fat evaporated milk



Spray large soup pan with non-stick cooking spray.  Add first 3 chopped veggies and cook on low 5 minutes.

Add broccoli and 2 cups of broth and cook 15 minutes.  Add rest of broth and boil. 5 minutes.  While boiling, melt butter and add flour to make a roux.  (This is my least favorite part, and make sure your kids aren't pulling on your legs while you do it.)  Using a whisk, slowly add the 2 cups milk and cook until think.  It only takes a couple of minutes, but whisk constantly.  Take off heat and whisk in evaporated milk.  Whisk until smooth.  Add to soup and simmer 15 minutes.





Enjoy the best broccoli soup ever!

And if you get bored, come by and say hello!

Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe Whitney!! Be sure the check out her blog Home Delicious!


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Monday, November 21, 2011

Updates

I have one more guest this week to wrap up my Fall Series, so stay tuned for that later on. After that I will probably be MIA for the next couple of weeks. Why you ask? Well see my friend has recruited me to help out with our Ward (church) Christmas party decorations. I'm really excited this my first time helping out with an event! I may be popping once in awhile with a couple of tutorials from things that we will be making, but it will be sporadic.

I will also be participating in a 12 Days of Christmas giveaway on Kadydid Designs, so stay tuned my item to win enter to win.

In between some of the chaoticness of the holidays I will also be updating my shop with new listings for your shopping pleasure. ;)

I guess that's it for now.


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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Fall Series - Channon

Today's guest is another one of my co-workers and her name is Channon. She is our resident baker! haha She is always bringing yummy treats to share with us and they are seriously ridculously good! So let me turn the time over to her with her yummy recipe.

Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes

Makes Aprox. 24

Crust

4 graham crackers
3/4 cups sugar
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp clover
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
2-3 tbsp unsalted butter cubed

Crumb graham crackers. Using a fork, mix in sugar, nutmeg, clover, ginger, and cinnamon. Begin with combining 2 cubes of butter into the graham cracker crumbs. Use fingertips to combine ingredients. If needed continue adding butter 1 cube at a time until mixture easily presses together. Press mixture into muffin pan and set aside.


Pie Filling

16 oz cream cheese
2 cups sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 eggs
16 oz pumpkin filling
3 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tps nutmeg
1/2 tsp ginger
pinch of clover

Preheat oven to 325. In a large bowl beat the cream cheese and sugar until well blended. Beat in the egg, and vanilla. Mix well after each ingredient is added. Combine the pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clover. Pour mixture into muffin tin. Fill 3/4 of the way up. Place in oven and cook for 30-45mins. Let cool to room tempature then place in fridge.
Thanks Channon for sharing this yummy recipe!


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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Fall Series - Autumn Jo

I'm really excited to have Autumn Jo here today! I met her at our AZ GNO (Girls Night Out) back in the Spring! She is such a doll!


Hi there! I’m Autumn Jo. Yes that is my real name, but I also answer to daughter, AutJo, sister, Button, wifey, A.J. and Etsian. I live in Phoenix, Arizona with my hubby and a house full of computers, techy gadgets, pearlescent paper, glittering beads and shiny ribbon. I am a nerd at heart and work as an I.T. Consultant by day and Maker of Pretty Junk by night. I grew up in central Texas and you will probably find me drinking sweet tea and humming along to some musician from Austin, y’all!
Shop Name & Opening:
2010 marked the year of my 30th birthday and the year I started my Etsy shop. As a child, my Omie taught me to embroider and I just adored creating things with her. In 2009 my husband and I were struggling to plan a detail-crazy wedding without breaking our budget. I gave handmade projects a shot and designed passport invites, maraca favors and personalized cupcake topper umbrellas. From this experience I found that I missed crafting and my hubby encouraged me to share my renewed love with the world. After many hours of debating shop names, I found myself staring in the mirror. Essentially I love that my parents gave me a unique name and I couldn’t imagine opening a store without some mention of them (and me) in the title! So AutumnJo Boutique was born.
What Do I Sell:
I specialize in creating chic handcrafted tchotchkes of fabulous quality, personalized for your special life events. My go-to party flair is an AutumnJo Personalized Cocktail Umbrella. Life is too short to not have an AutumnJo Umbrella in your drink!
Fall:
My favorite things about Fall are the colors. I am an orange, navy, chocolate kinda gal. Slipping on my brown riding boots and wrapping up in my orange pashmina are pure comfort food. I also love that Fall marks the beginning of the holiday whirlwind. The anticipation of spending time with my family and celebrating the season makes my heart smile.
Giveaway:
I have partnered with The Pink Senorita to share some holiday love with her readers. I am offering one lucky person two dozen holiday umbrellas. They are perfect for adorning a holiday floral arrangement, topping off a steaming mug of hot chocolate or even stirring a cheerful cocktail. I hope that you can find a smile in my work, and drop by my shop any time!



Cheers!
~ Autumn Jo

Thanks Autumn for sharing! Okay now on how to enter the giveaway!

1. Become a fan of Autumn Jo on FB, come back and leave a comment
2. Become a fan of The Pink Senorita on FB, come back and leave a comment
3. Become a follower on this blog and leave some love
4. Visit Autumn Jo Boutique and come back and leave a comment on what you would use the umbrellas for.

Good Luck! The winner will be annouced on Monday the 21st on my FB page. :)


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Monday, November 14, 2011

Amazon is Amazing!

I have to share this with you! On Thurs I ordered a couple of movies for stocking stuffers for my son from Amazon.com. Within a couple hours of placing my order I received confirmation emails that my order has been shipped! What? I was totally expecting to see the confirmation email like Sat, since Fri was a holiday. So early this morning before I went into work I stopped by my mailbox b/c I had to send something out and to my surprise my order was there! Seriously that means, my order was delivered on Saturday!! Saturday peoples, even with a holiday in there. I'm amazed, that is what I call Customer Service! I was totally expecting my order sometime Tues. The good thing about Amazon is that there is no sales tax. If you are needing to order some gifts I urge you to check out Amazon.com!

Here are some links for Amazon's holiday specials going on, they have something for everyone from toys, to holiday decor to gift cards!







I'm an affiliate for Amazon so by clicking on anyone of these banners you are supporting me. So Thank You in advance and Happy Shopping!!!


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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Fall Series - Wendy from Gold Canyon

Today's guest is Wendy. I work with Wendy at my day job, well actually is my supervisor. A little weird for you? Oh well, she is one of the best sups that I have ever had the privledge of working under. She is fun but also knows when to get down to business. Wendy is a Gold Canyon rep and I love ordering candles from her. She makes an effort to keep a couple catalogues and samples in her office but also be descrete about it. ;) Okay, now that I've done a little intro into who she is I let her do the rest.

Hi, I'm Wendy Skree a mother of two kids and four animals. I'm a valley native but spent time growing up in upstate New York which is where I graduated from high school. I started work for First Interstate over 22 years ago as a part time teller and now I manage a team of my own.
What are your hobbies?
I love to be out in my garden working on the vegetables and flowers. It's great to be able to pick your own fresh veggies to eat for dinner. I also do lots of different crafts, from bead work to wreaths to customer gift baskets.
Why did you become a Gold Canyon Rep?
I decided that I buy so many maybe I should look into selling them myself! I was also looking for ways to make a few extra dollars.
What's your favorite part about being a rep?
Getting to preview all the new scents, see all the new products and the great team I get to be part of.
What's your favorite part about the Fall season, do you have any fun traditions that you and your family do?
From halloween to New Year's the house if fully decorated at all times. We have a haunted house and Halloween party each year and for Christmas we create a miniature village complete with farm, park and tons of trees. I love all the family time, the cooler weather and enjoying all the traditions.

I will be giving away a 16 oz. Cozy Cabin...a great scent that reminds you of the of a warm fire, a cozy blanket and the ones you love. Enjoy!



Thanks Wendy for sharing! Like I said I love Gold Canyon and I hope you all do to! Here are the rules for the giveaway.

1. Become a fan of The Pink Senorita on FB, come back and leave a comment (I will be announcing the winner there)
2. Become a follower of this blog and leave some love
3. Visit Wendy's page and come back and tell us what scent is your fav and where you would burn it in your home.

The winner will be annouced on Friday the 18th on my FB page! Good Luck!


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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Recipe: Pumpkin Cupcakes

Last night I was totally in the mood to bake, now that it has become cooler. I was in the mood for something w/ pumpkin in it. Then the light went off, *ding*, that I would make pumpkin cupcakes with a spiced cream cheese frosting. Yes! Doesn't that sound just yummy!? So I went online in search of some recipes and found them. Now I want to share them with you so that you can make a yummy fall treat!



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Friday, November 4, 2011

Product Review and Giveaway

I want to introduce to you some fantastic products! I was recently introduced to Melaleuca, by my husband's friend. Thanks Robbie! At first I was skepitcal but he convinced us that these products would be worth our while. So we agreeded to check it out. I'm so glad that we did because I love them! They are toxic free and environmentally friendly household cleaning and hygiene products! The cleaning products come in a concentrated form and you mix a certain amount w/ water and use. They have 4x's the cleaning power than the commercial products out there and they don't leave a residue. In my first order I got their No-Work Shower spray, which I absolutely LOVE! Here in Gilbert we have hard water that leaves that icky film on the shower doors. Well after a month of consistant use I can now see through the shower door and not to mention it leaves a fresh smell after you've sprayed! I have been so satisfied with them that I had to share them with you.

Since I've love these products I thought that I would do a giveaway! Hooray for free stuff! One lucky person will get a set of Melaleuca Kitchen cleaning products, which includes 1 bottle of liquid dishwasher soap, 1 bottle of liquid dish soap and 1 bottle of Tough and Tender disinfectant concentrate plus spray bottle!



To enter the giveaway here is what you need to do.

1. Visit the Melaleuca website click on Product Store see what they have and comeback here to leave comment on my blog stating which product you would use the most.
2. Become a follower of this blog and leave a comment letting me know that you are
3. Become a fan of my FB page come back here and leave a comment (I will annouce the winner on FB)

This giveaway will be open for 1 week and the winner will be annouced on Friday Nov 11th! Good Luck!

P.S. all opinions are 100% mine and I'm also a distributor, so if you are interested in signing up to get your own products to try let me know.


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Thursday, November 3, 2011

I'm Thankful For . . .

I LOVE this time of the year! The weather is finally starting to cool down and the all fun festivities are starting!

Today though I wanted to take some time to reflect on this past year and all that has happened. I have had some wonderful blessing in my life and I really haven't thought about them until now. Why is that when November rolls around we are more conscious of our blessings and miracles than through out the rest of the year? Is it the season? Well whatever the reason it is always good to say what we are grateful for. So today I wanted to say that I am VERY thankful for my day job. Without it we would have suffered tremendously financially. Even with all the changes in the company that I work for I have been very fortunate that my position and area have not been that impacted by all the changes.

What are you thankful for?


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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Fall Series - Lolly Jane

I'm really excited to present to you Kristi and Kelli from Lolly Jane! I was even more excited that they agreeded to share a fun fall tutorial here on my blog! Eek! So withour further adieu here is Lolly Jane!

Hi Pink Senorita readers!
We are excited to share our latest fall decor with you today, the framed accordion pumpkin wreath: 


We are twin sisters Kelli & Kristi of Lolly Jane, an eclectic blog of home improvement projects, home decor tips, an occasionally recipe or two and of course, crafts!







We love how fall has transitioned from orange & browns to creamy whites, deep chocolates, grays, blues, greens with natural elements like twigs or wood.  With that in mind, we created this simple front door decor to display now throughout November. 



To make your own,
you'll need an extra large shabby frame, grapevine wreath, 15" burlap (ends trimmed in V shape) and of course the cute accordion pumpkin to hang in the middle :)

Creating the pumpkin was a snap but a bit time consuming because of all that folding.  Well worth it, though!  The supplies used for this was 4 sheets of gray card stock, a sheet of fall paper, foam board to mat it on, lots of hot glue and a stick from the yard.

To begin, cut out a pumpkin shape (freehanded) from fall printed paper. From there we cut 20 strips (2 strips glued together create one row) of solid gray card stock.  We had 10 rows of accordion strips, cut thicker for the middle and thinner as you worked your way out, and began the tedious folding of the strips:
We then began glueing onto the printed pumpkin shaped paper, one strip at a time. 

It's easiest to start in the middle and work your way out:

After the strips were glued together, 
we snagged a stick from the yard and hot glued that to the center of the accordion pumpkin:

To make the accordion pumpkin extra sturdy, we glued it to a foam mat then cut the excess mat off.  From there we simply assembled the frame (tied a burlap bow around the wreath/frame) and tied jute around the stem of the pumpkin onto the burlap bow:

That's it!

Easy project but makes a big statement when you walk into Kelli's cute home:

We would love to chat with you on FB or Twitter!
Feel free to drop by the 'ol blog anytime :)

Another big THANK YOU to the cute Danesa for having us today!

XOXO

Thanks ladies for sharing


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