Kohl’s Lowest Prices of the YEAR | The Big One Pillow or Bath Towel only $2.54!

 

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Kohl’s The Big One Pillow or Bath Towel only $2.54!

 Kohl’s Lowest Prices of the Year event is on – and in addition to some crazy cheap deals, you’ll also save an extra 15% OFF with code IRISHLUCK.

This is the only week of the year when you can get a Big One Pillow or a Big One Bath Towel from Kohl’s this cheap – only $2.54 right now!

This is also the lowest I’ve ever seen the beach towels drop – I have these from a sale last year and they’re incredibly sturdy and plush!

 

 

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Christmas Traditions | 5 Christmas Party Ideas!

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We’ve got some great posts to share with you this week on Christmas Traditions & I’d like to get the ball rolling with this fun post shared by Barbie over at CouponingMadeSimple! I sure am getting in the mood for Christmas Parties!

We love Traditions around here and one that makes the holiday season even more fun are the parties.  Here are a few of my favorite Party Ideas:

Cookie Exchange

There are many variations, but the one that I like best is when everyone selects their favorite cookie recipe.  They will need to prepare one dozen cookies for each person attending.  So if you have invited 5 guests each will need to bring 6 dozen cookies.  One dozen for you.  One for them.  And one dozen for each of the remaining 4 guests.
The day before the party have your guests e-mail you their cookie recipes so you can have them printed and ready to distribute.  Be sure to have enough copies of each recipe so that everyone takes home each of the recipes.  While you are at it, make labels for the cookies as well.
Have cute take home containers ready.  Anything from paper plates to Chinese take-out containers work.  Just be sure it is something your guests won’t have to hassle with returning to you.
Be sure to have plenty of goodies and drinks for your guests.  I like serve fruits, veggies, crackers and cheeses so that my guests have something less sweet .  Then just sit back, relax and enjoy your party.

 

Death By Chocolate

Again, this is for those of us with a sweet tooth.  Ask each of your guests to bring something sinfully delicious with chocolate as the star.  This is a huge favorite with my friends who love chocolate as much as I do.  We like to make this a ladies night only.  Leave the hubbies and kid-o’s home, go to your favorite restaurant for dinner and then have a death by chocolate dessert.  WOW!  Don’t forget to bring copies of your recipe along, as I’m sure everyone will want a copy.

 

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White Elephant or Yankee Swap

 

The rules for White Elephant Gift Exchange are so varied.  I have played many versions and the one I like best involve a little more competition than the ones where you read a story passing the gifts left and right around a circle.  (Here is a great story if you would like to give it a try:  Left, Right, The Night Before Christmas Game.)

In my family the rules are simple.  We sit in a circle with the gifts in a pile in the middle.  Someone (usually the youngest goes first) picks a present.  They open the gift.  Then it’s the next persons turn.  They may either steal an opened gift or select a present from the pile.  If a gift is stolen, the person who just lost their gift then takes a turn to select a present from the pile or steal a gift from someone else.  We set a limit that a gift can only be stolen 3 times after the initial unwrapping.  That way the game ends, eventually.
The definition of a White Elephant Gift is something that costs more to maintain than is worth.  Keep that in mind while shopping/savaging for your White Elephant Gift, but anything useless is always fun.  A few of the items we “won” last year included:  a large McDonald’s bag of individual servings of ketchup, a Styrofoam head, and a collection of cords to various electronics that had gone the way of the dump.

My mom always hides a treat in her gifts and my grandma usually adds some money somewhere.  So if you know someone who is notorious for adding a little something extra, pay close attention when they add their gifts to the pile and work on your poker face when you open the gift and keep the goodie hidden.  You don’t want to let on you actually got something good.
A word to the wise…don’t pick the “pretty” gift.  In my experience that is always a sign that you are getting something really awful.

 

Ugly Sweater Party

 

Ugly Sweater Parties are a fashion show and a party all in one.  What could be better!
First things first…you need an ugly sweater.  HERE is my favorite place to buy them.  Also, check your local thrift and second hand stores.  They usually have some this time of year.
Second:  Plan a few fun games to keep your guests entertained.  Maybe have a White Elephant Exchange.
Third:  Food!  (May I suggest a pot luck) Be sure to have lots and Lots of good things to eat and drink as your guests will be hungry since they will be to embarrassed to go out before the party.  Last year my husband and I, after sitting in the parking lot at the grocery store saying “I’m not going in”  “Well, I’m not going in”, ended up at the McDonald’s drive through and got a bunch of hamburgers and apple pies to take as our pot luck item.  When we got to the party we learned we where not the only ones with the same problem.
Prizes:  Don’t forget you will need prizes for the ugliest, ugly sweater.  My husband who won first place in the Ugly Sweater Contest last year took home a gallon of milk.  The point is, it’s an ugly sweater party…just make it fun.

Caroling Party

All you need to pull a Caroling Party off is:  A group of friends and/or family who enjoy singing, song books, and something hot cocoa or cider and cookies for after the caroling.  You can go door to do or just stay in and gather round the tree and sing.  What a wonderful way to celebrate the holidays.

Crock-Pot Cola Ham Recipe

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Easter is coming, and even though it’s a ways away, my stress fest starts EARLY.  I have no family around to bring dishes or help cook, so I really have to plan  how to get everything cooked and on the table at the same time for the BIG Meal.

Some people have this down to a science, but I’m just not one of them!  Crock-Pot Cola Ham my favorite go to recipe for an easy and delicious main dish.

For all you busy moms, this is my FAVORITE way to make the Holiday Ham the easiest part of your meal using Coke and a Crock Pot.  I give total credit to my wonderful mother-in-law for this one – as a pastor’s wife, she just has a knack for cooking good Southern food the easy and yummy way!

Crock-Pot Cola Ham – What You Need:

  • 3-4 lb Fully Cooked Ham (I’m using the “Butt” half this year)
  • 1 can Coca Cola (I find it’s the most carbonated)
  • Slow-Cooker big enough for your ham

Fancy People Extras:

  • Orange or Pineapple Juice (For an extra basting zing)
    - Any kind of fruit juice or jam or applesauce will be a great addition to the crockpot because it will give the ham more flavor
  • Pineapple Rings, attach with toothpicks *Dole Pineapple is FREE at Bi-Lo this week!!
  • Maraschino Cherries, attach with toothpicks
  • Whole Cloves

Photo credit: RecipeTips.com

Directions:

Trim the fat, leaving a 1/4″ layer.  Score your ham with shallow cuts diagonally (both ways) to make a diamond pattern.  Place in Crock Pot and pour Coke over it.  Cook on High for 1 hour, and then turn to Low for the next 6-7 hours.  While cooking, occasionally scoop out some of the liquid and pour over the ham to keep it moist.

No Crockpot?  No Problem!

You can do this in the oven as well, just put it in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes/lb.  You’ll want to set on a foil-lined pan and also wrap the ham in foil.  Wrap it in a way that allows you to easily open and baste with Coke frequently.

Why This Works:

The acidity and carbonation in the coke tenderizes the ham, while the thin layer of fat melts (or self-bastes) to make it very moist.  Plus you get a sweet flavor that no-one would guess comes from a can of Coke!

Crock-Pot Cola Ham Recipe (Yum!)

Ingredients

  • 3-4 lb Fully Cooked Ham
  • 1 can Coca Cola
  • Slow-Cooker big enough for your ham

Instructions

  1. Trim the fat away with a knife, leaving a 1/4" layer remaining on the ham.
  2. Score your ham with shallow cuts diagonally (both ways) to make a diamond pattern.
  3. Place in Crock Pot and pour Coke over it.
  4. Cook on High for 1 hour, and then turn to Low for the next 6-7 hours.
  5. While cooking, occasionally scoop out some of the liquid and pour over the ham to keep it moist.
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What is your favorite way to cook your Easter or Christmas ham?  Share it in the comment section!

Valentine’s Day Decorations: DIY Sweetheart Wreath

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Christmas is just a memory now, and when you took down your lights and tree you may have taken down your holiday wreaths as well. Perhaps your home is looking a little bland these days, and in need of a little festive color and decor? Although Christmas is long gone, Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching!

Nothing adds Valentine’s Day cheer like reds and pinks splashed throughout the house, adding sweet charm and announcing the arrival of the season for made just for sweethearts! So this Valentine’s Day, why not attempt your own Valentine’s Day wreath to replace the Christmas one you took down?

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Kohls After Christmas Sale | Thermal Travel Mugs $3.39, Apron $6.37

 

WOOHOO!  The Kohl’s After Christmas deals are BACK this year!  Plus, save even more with code CLEAR15 for 15% OFF any order, or CLEAR20 for 20% OFF a $100 + order.

My favorite thing to buy after Christmas at Kohl’s ever year are the St. Nicholas Square travel mugs – they are marked down to just $3.99 – reg $13.99.  After the 15% OFF code, they’ll be just $3.39!

I get about a dozen of these and hold onto them for next year’s teacher gifts, my husband’s coworkers, or youth group helpers.  For just $3.39 – I can usually afford to slip a $5 Starbucks Giftcard in some of them as well :)

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Here are some more Christmas clearance finds…..

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St. Nicholas Square 21″ Monogrammed Stockings - $9 (Reg $29.99)
- 15% OFF code CLEAR15
(makes it $7.65)

St. Nicholas Square 22″ Wreath - $15 (Reg $49.99)
- 15% OFF code CLEAR15
(makes it $12.75)

St. Nicholas Square Friends Characters Shower Curtain - $9 (Reg $29.99)
- 15% OFF code CLEAR15
(makes it $7.65)

 

 

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St. Nicholas Square 2-Pack Towels - $4.20 (Reg $13.99)
- 15% OFF code CLEAR15
(makes it $3.57)

St. Nicholas Square Kids Apron (Some are not Christmasy!) – $7.50 (Reg $24.99)
- 15% OFF code CLEAR15
(makes it $6.37)

St. Nicholas Square Adult Apron (Some are NOT Christmasy!) - $9 (Reg $29.99)
- 15% OFF code CLEAR15
(makes it $7.65)

St. Nicholas Square hristmas Rugs – $2.99 (Reg $14.99)
- 15% OFF code CLEAR15
(makes it $2.54)

 

 

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Christmas Ornament Storage Sale

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Before you pack all those ornaments up again in lumps of bubble wrap and newspaper – check out the Christmas ornament storage sales going on around town and online!

Sterilite Jumbo Holiday StorageBox – $8.99

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Snapware Snap ‘N Stack Square Layer Seasonal Ornament Storage Container (Holds 64 Ornaments) - $19.73

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Elf Store Premium Green Christmas Ornament Storage Chest for 64 Balls w/ Dividers - $18.88

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Innovative Home Creations Christmas Ornament Storage (64-Ornaments) – $18.29

 

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