Friday, August 29, 2014

All Things Pumpkin - The Best Pumpkin Recipe Roundup

From the looks of the stores and my Facebook feed, fall is almost here.  Fall is actually my favorite season, but I hate winter.  Fall means that winter is coming, and did I mention that I hate winter?  I do.  Snow is pretty for about an hour.  After that, I am done with the slippery roads and bitter cold.

One of the best things about fall is all of that pumpkin!  Pumpkin desserts, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin!  I make pumpkin puree from my garden, so I was looking for some new recipes.  If you love pumpkin, check these out!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies - Pumpkin and chocolate, do I need to say more?  This recipes uses applesauce for the oil, so it is very moist with less fat.

No Coffee Pumpkin Latte - A pumpkin latte even the kids can drink!

Pumpkin Spice Scones - Eat these for dessert or breakfast!  If I made these, I'm not sure many would make it until the next morning.

Pumpkin Pie Martini - Yes, please!

Pumpkin Oatmeal Pancakes - Sugar free and gluten free!

Easy Pumpkin Cheesecake - Easy, pumpkin, and cheesecake?  I'm sold!

Pumpkin Bread with Chocolate Chips - A great twist on a classic recipe.

Cheese Tortellini in Pumpkin Gorgonzola Sauce - Um, wow, does this sound amazing!

Pumpkin Lasagna with Roasted Butternut Squash - This dish sounds like it came from a gourmet restaurant, but you can make it at home!

Pumpkin Trifle with Caramel Sauce - Pumpkin and caramel. Yum!

Pumpkin Caramel Pecan Pull Apart Rolls - Easy but delicious recipe.

Pumpkin Whipped Cream - Use this on pies, cakes, or even to flavor coffee.

Easy Pumpkin Cheeseball - This would look so cute at a party table!

Pumpkin Bread - Classic pumpkin bread recipe.

Toffee Pumpkin Pie Bars - I can not wait to make these!

Pumpkin Bread Recipe - Another classic recipe.

What is your favorite pumpkin recipe?
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Frozen Sale on Zulily! Save up to 60% - Stock up for Christmas

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My daughter is obsessed with Frozen!  I might enjoy the movie too.  Okay.  I'm probably listening to the soundtrack right now.  

That's why I am so excited to share this sale with you!  It's the perfect time to stock up for Christmas.  

Save up to 60% on all Disney's Frozen apparel, toys and gear at zulily on August 28th!

To get you and your little one in the spirit of the sale,zulily has put together some special tutorials on how to create the magical updos and braids of Anna and Elsa. Share these images with your friends, and don't forget to tell them about the zulily Frozen Sale


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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Book Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

This book was on everyone's list for the summer.  Without really know what it was about, I jumped on the bandwagon and put it on hold.  Weeks later, I got it and dove right in.

I lost a lot of sleep over this novel.  I literally read until I fell asleep and woke up with my light on and a book beside me.

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Gone Girl is about a couple who, to the outside world, seem like the perfect couple.  Nick and Amy move from New York to Missouri five years after their wedding.  Shortly after their move, Amy disappears in the middle of the day.

Is Amy alive?  Dead?  Was she kidnapped?  By whom?

Nick doesn't have an alibi.

The book alternates between Nick in the present day and Amy's diary of the events leading up to her disappearance.  Both tell about their relationship from the time they met until the day she disappeared.

Amy's diary gives you the background and the reason she is who she is and why she act the way she does.  Then, half way through the book, the plot does a 180 flip.

Now you don't know who to think or what to believe.  At this point, you think Ms. Flynn either needs committed or is a genius.

As the novel progresses, more and more evidence points to Nick. Nick won't say where he was when Amy disappeared.  Finally, Nick hires the best attorney that he can, but an arrest is coming soon.

In the second half of the novel, you'll learn that Amy and Nick weren't as perfect as they seem.  One of them has a secret and is capable of so much more than you could ever imagine.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Cricut Explore Giveaway Ends 8/19

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I use a Cricut in most of the craft projects that I feature here at Koti Beth.  I have been using a Cricut since the first machine came out and at one point I had three of them!  I love it because it can die cut paper, vinyl, and plastic.  I can honestly say that my Cricut is my most used craft tool!

Would you like to win your own Circut Explore?  Cricut is giving away one of their new Explore machines to one lucky winner!  You can enter below by signing up for their email address for your chance to win.

This is a great time to stock up on replacement blades, mats, vinyl and tools with free shipping on Cricut orders of $35+ with code FREESHIP35  

Good luck!

Enter to Win a Free Cricut Explore!
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Friday, August 8, 2014

10 Must Haves for Your College Dorm Room

This post is sponsored by Kleenex and Walmart, but my love for their dorm style is all my own!

When I walked in to my dorm room at Ohio Wesleyan University for the first time, the first thing that I noticed was how sterile the room was. Seriously, it was worse than a hospital room!  I couldn't wait to head straight to Walmart to get some pretty things to make the room look livable. After all, I would be spending almost all of my time there studying for the next several months.   Here are my top 10 must haves for a pretty and functional dorm room, and all of them are available at Walmart Supercenters.

10 Dorm Room Must Haves

1.  Hand Held Vacuum

My dorm room had someone come in once a week to clean, thankfully, but it was so nice to have our own small vacuum.  With four people in a quad, there was always dirt or something on the floor.

2.  Mini Fridge

We tried to go without a mini fridge, but we broke down and bought one.  Even though there was a community fridge on the floor, we liked having our food in our own rooms.

3.  Microwave

A microwave was essential for cooking in our own rooms.  This saves a lot of time and money over eating in the cafeteria.

4.  Rug

Dorm room floors are linoleum, and they are cold!  Having a rug made the floor more comfortable, and it brightened up the room.

5.  Tissues

These had double duty: crying over a broken heart and applying makeup for our next beau.  We went through a lot of tissues!  Walmart Supercenters have these chevron print Kleenex Expressions Oval facial tissues available for a limited time in the back to school or facial tissue section.

6.  Comforter

If I had to sleep on an uncomfortable bed for 4 years, then it was going to be a pretty, uncomfortable bed. Along with the rug, this made the biggest difference in making my room look pretty.

7.  Bathroom Decor

We had a quad, so we had our own bathroom.  I was very thankful for this feature.  A few cute towels and a throw rug can make the room look amazing.

8.  Mirror

Whether you are checking your hair for class or makeup for a date, you need a mirror in your dorm room.

9.  Chair

You'll be spending a lot of time at your desk studying, so look for a comfortable chair.

10.  Electric Kettle

I loved this in college because I could make coffee, tea, hot chocolate, or oatmeal in minutes.

Walmart has everything that you need to make your dorm room unique!
Cute tissue boxes look like part of your decor!

What dorm room essential could you not live without?

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Book Review: Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

This is the summer of reading for me.  I love to read, but I don't always set aside time.  This year, the kids joined the summer reading program at the local library, and I joined the program for adults.  I've read a lot of books this summer, and the kids have seen me read.  Now they are reading more, and I've seen a big improvement in my daughter.  She was reading beginning chapter books at the start of summer and just finished The Secret Garden!  She's highly motivated by the little prizes the library offers, so she's been working very hard to meet her goals.

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Last month, I chose the book The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline because it was recommended by many other bloggers.  It's a best seller right now, so I figured it must be good.  I had read some deep, dark books right before reading it, so I was looking forward to a lighter read.

Orphan Train follows Molly, a teenager who will soon age out of the foster care system without ever finding a family of her own.  When Molly gets in trouble at the local library, she must perform community service.  A elderly woman, Vivian,  Molly help her clean her home for the hours.  At first, Molly is less than thrilled about spending so many hours with a woman who couldn't be more different than her.  

Molly quickly realizes that her and Vivian are more alike than they are different.  While sorting through the many, may boxes of artifacts, Molly learns Vivian's story.  

Vivian was orphaned in New York City as a child, where she was set out west on the Orphan Train in hopes of finding a forever family.  Vivian recalls the story behind her possessions and details the families she lived with, the abuse she suffered, and finally a happier ending.

While hearing Vivian's story, Molly learns a great deal about herself and how to cope with her life.  Vivian had some unanswered questions about her past, and Molly helps her find the answers and get closure.  

Molly and Vivian are an unlikely pair, the elderly Irish woman and the pierced teenager, but together they learn how to cope, how to heal, and how to move forward.    

Orphan Train is available from Amazon in hardcover, paperback, Kindle, and audio book.  Don't have a Kindle?  Download the app for your iPad and more devices!

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