Shelf Reliance & THRIVE Foods with Carolina Food Storage

Today I’m excited to tell you about one of Scissors and Spatulas’ newest sponsors! Carolina Food Storage is a website and online store dedicated to improving and maintaining the quality of food while eliminating waste caused by tossing expired foods.
I don’t know about you, but when I clean out my pantry I end up throwing out a garbage can full of unused, unopened food because it has expired. Money down the drain! Using the Shelf Reliance food rotation system in combination with freeze dried foods, this waste can be eliminated. Now I know you are thinking, “Freeze dried foods? No thank you!” But really, you gotta take a look at these.
THRIVE foods offers the same food that you use every day and would typically buy from the grocery store with the advantage of a longer shelf life. Thrive products are all natural and free of harmful preservatives and additives. And the best part…all the work has been done for you! No dicing, chopping peeling, etc! If you still don’t believe me, take a look at some of the recipes they have available here.
 

 When combined with the Food Rotation Systems, THRIVE foods are constantly rotated on a first in first out basis.  This guarantees your family receives the freshest food possible and helps reduce waste.

Now let me introduce you to the founder of Carolina Food Storage.
Meet Leigh Ann…
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For years my husband has wanted to start a food storage system.  We really didnt know where to start and what to buy.  We stocked up on various canned foods that we never seemed to want to eat on a daily basis and they eventually expired and were thrown out.  I set out on a search to find a system that would work for us and was so excited when I found Shelf Reliance!  The selection and quality of the food is better than anything I had tried in the past.  With a shelf life of 25 years on most items, I knew that we wouldn’t waste our hard earned money on food that is thrown away.  Shelf Reliance has all of the foods that you normally shop for at the grocery store, fruits, veggies, grains, meats and dairy all with an extended shelf life.  Shelf Reliance also helps me save time, I don’t have to run to the grocery store as often and I don’t have to spend extra time in the kitchen chopping and browning because it has all been done for me!
Shelf Reliance THRIVE Freeze Dried Foods are great for:
* Quick Everyday Meals
* Emergency Food Supplies 
* Camping Trips
* Dorm Rooms
* Vacation Homes

Since our foods do not require refrigeration and have an extended shelf life the possibilities are endless!
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Head on over to Carolina Food Storage now and take a look. It’s a pretty cool concept to help save money and eliminate waste while eating well at the same time! Also stop by their Facebook page where you can find lots of new recipes, deals, and other information.

 

Recipes for Ruby: Tomato Basil Meatloaf

Hey Y’all! You may recognize the recipe I’m sharing today. Tomato Basil Meatloaf is a recipe I’ve shared before. The reason I’m sharing it again is because it’s the prefect freezer recipe for the virtual baby shower I’m participating in today.

You may be wondering what on Earth I’m talking about, so let me explain. My sister-in-law, Ilke, knows a fellow food blogger, Shelley, who is expecting her first baby in August. She’s calling her Ruby (isn’t that adorable?!). Since it’s pretty much impossible to gather a group of long distance blogger friends, Ilke came up with the idea to host a virtual baby shower in which we post easily prepared meals or freezable meals. When she asked me to participate, this was the first recipe that came to mind. It’s by far my favorite freezer meal and it’s a staple that I use when I need to make a meal for a friend.

{From Etsy Shop of www.invitationsandprints.com}
At the end of this post you will find the list of all the friends who will be providing a recipe for Shelley and Ruby all week long. Most participants have already posted and the recipes look fantastic so be sure to stop by!

 Tomato Basil Meatloaf
{Original recipe from Southern Living Magazine}
I was skeptical because I, personally, do not like meatloaf! But hubby does and I wanted to make if for him. It was, and still is, one of my favorite meals! So if you usually turn your nose at meatloaf, give this a try! I promise, you won’t be disappointed!

Here is the recipe, adapted from Myrecipes.com.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound mild Italian Sausage, casings removed
  • 1 (14.5-oz.) can diced tomatoes with basil, oregano, and garlic, drained
  • 1/3 cup marinara sauce
  • 1/3 cup Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup {or more} shredded mozzarella cheese

Drain the tomatoes {do not forget this step} and process in a food processor for a few seconds, until slightly chunky.

Combine meats, tomatoes, and all remaining ingredients except the Mozzarella cheese in a large bowl.

Using your hands, mix ingredients gently but well. Do not over mix!

Okay, here is the great part! Once the meatloaf ingredients are combined, divide into two portions. Shape the meat mixture into two equal loaves. Not only does this recipe make enough to give to a friend, it also makes enough to keep for yourself!
Place one loaf on a wire rack over a foil-lined cookie sheet.

Okay, yes, this may seem strange. Isn’t meatloaf supposed to be baked in a loaf pan? Not this meatloaf! The pork sausage will yield a lot of fat and you probably do not want your meat sitting in it. I’ve experimented cooking this meatloaf several other ways, but this is the one that works for me. I take a jelly roll pan and line it with foil. I use the inside of my roasting pan on top. It fits perfectly. The fat falls below and the foil makes for easier clean up!

Bake in a 375* for one hour.

Wrap the other loaf in plastic wrap and then foil and stick it in the freezer for a meal to share! It just needs to be thawed overnight, unwrapped and baked.

Remove meatloaf from oven after one hour. Sprinkle shredded mozzarella cheese on top and place back in oven for another 15 minutes.

Yum! {See what I mean about all that fat down there?}

Use a large spatula to remove meatloaf from the wire rack. Allow to sit for five minutes before slicing. {NOTE: the meatloaf will be reddish inside. It’s the tomatoes! Don’t cook any longer!}

I like to serve tomato basil meatloaf with spaghetti and extra marinara sauce. They are the perfect accompaniment!

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I’m honored to have been able to participate in Shelley’s virtual baby shower! Be sure to check out the other participating bloggers’ recipes. You won’t be disappointed!

Ilke from Ilke’s Kitchen

Anna from Keep It Luce  

Carrie from Bakeaholic Mama

Christina from Girl Gone Grits

Elaine from   California Living  

Esra from Irmik Hanim

Jennie from Pastry Chef Online

Jennifer from Scissors and Spatulas

Lana from Bibberche

Lisa from Lisa Is Cooking

Renee from Sweet Sugar Bean

Robin from A Chow Life

Sarah from Snippets of Thyme

 

Giveaway Time from Johnny in a Dress

Happy Monday! I’ve got some exciting news for you. Today is a giveaway day! Yay!
A couple months ago, I “met” Natalie. When I say met, I mean through emails, her commenting on my blog, and me snooping around her blog, Johnny in a Dress. What’s cool is that she lives only an hour away from me, which is exciting because creative bloggers are hard to find in the Carolinas. So one day I know I will actually get to meet her {for real} in person! Let me introduce you to Natalie. . .

Hey!

I am Natalie, the girl behind Johnny In A Dress!
I am a Christian, Wife and Mother. My days are spent doing different therapies with my son, who has Cerebral Palsy, and picking up after my daughter, whose favorite activity at the moment is to to see how fast she can wreck our entire house. Over at Johnny In A Dress you will find crafty tutorials mixed in with glimpses of my day to day family life! I try to squeeze in a craft anytime I can, it’s my comfort in this chaotic world. Johnny In A Dress has become my journal and I would love for you to stop by!


You must stop by Johnny in a Dress! You will find fun, cute and super creative ideas! Check out what she’s done for her little ones’ playroom.


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Not only is Natalie constantly doing creative projects around her house, she also has a shop where she creates cute stuff for others! 


These are a few of my faves. . .

Aren’t they adorable?! Good news, one lucky reader will win the item of choice from Johnny in a Dress Shop! Anything you want!



How do you enter? 
*YOU MUST be a PUBLIC FOLLOWER of SCISSORS & SPATULAS to enter*

Required: Head over to Natalie’s shop. Come back and tell me what you would choose if you win {1 entry}
{additional entry opportunities}
Become a follower of Johnny in a Dress.
Like Scissors and Spatulas on Facebook.
Like Johnny in a Dress on Facebook.
Tell all your friends on Twitter and/or Facebook about this giveaway (1 entry for each)
Twitter e.g. 
Don’t miss the @JohnnyInADress giveaway @scissorspatulas  
or
Head over to @scissorspatulas to enter the @JohnnyInADress giveaway

I’ll pick a winner Sunday, July 17 and announce it Monday morning. What are you waiting for? Enter!

Featuring You Fridays

It’s that time again! 
It’s Friday and I’m featuring you! 
Here’s what I found in the blogosphere this week.

Stubbornly Crafty found a desk on the side of the road {free}and transformed it into this. . .

 Stop by and see the before pictures at Stubbornly Crafty.
I’m loving this framed wire memo board over at The Gunny Sack. This once ugly frame found at a thrift store was transformed into something beautiful.
You have to stop by The Gunny Sack to see what this looked like before!
365 Days to Simplicity showed off her no sew roman shades. So easy anyone could do!

Stop by 365 Days to Simplicity for the full tutorial.
This memory book, from Positively Splendid, is one of the cutest I’ve seen.
The cover is beautiful, but you have to stop by Positively Splendid to see what’s inside!
I was shocked when I found out how Lemon Tree Creations created this wall art. I love it!

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Think you know how it was made? Stop by Lemon Tree Creations to see if you guessed it.
Ms. Nat Sprat {also my competitor at American Crafter} has and adorable solution for “the key to not losing keys!”

If you can keep track of yours, stop by NatSprat so you can make one of these!
There you have it friends! A few of my faves from this week. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Don’t forget to stop by Nap Time Crafters to vote for round 3 of American Crafter! Voting starts later tonight and ends Sunday night. 

Featuring You Fridays

Well hello again friends! I apologize for the absence. Blogger was having some technical difficulties over the past two days. But it looks like everything is back up and running so welcome to the second “Featuring You Friday!” I’ve been on the lookout all week for great stuff to share with you. Here are some of my favorites:

How adorable are these Baby Shoes from Grey Luster Girl? 
I’m totally digging this Burlap Rosette Lampshade over at A Little Birdy Told Me.

Anyone with kids knows organization is a must for all the junk they have! This Kid’s Creation Station from Poppies at Play is the perfect solution for organizing the art stuff.

How about these pretty Decorative Pillows from Dixie Delights? Not only are the colors fabulous, but all the different details are so cool!

Dream Home DIY jazzed up her boring thermostats with some Funky Thermostat Decor. I can’t believe I never thought to do such a cool thing!

The new fad is everything and anything on a stick. I’ve had cake pops, but the Sweetest Pear came up with these Cherry Pie Pops.  

Liz Marie Blog shares the Evolution of a Chair and shows how a mistake can sometimes be a good thing. 
I hope everyone is having a fantastic Friday! I will be back later tonight with a tutorial for my project for round two of American Crafter at Nap Time Crafters. Contestant projects should be up later today and voting should start sometime tonight and run through Sunday. If you have a chance, please stop by and vote!!

Featuring You Fridays

Happy Friday to you! It’s hard to believe another week has flown by. I still can’t believe that it is May and school will be out in just a few short weeks. But I am ready for summer fun like the beach and the pool. And talking about the beach made me think of this photo that I now have to share.

My sweet little monkey’s first time at the beach last summer. He loved it!

Okay, enough about me, I want to talk about you! I find so many fabulous crafts, recipes and decorating ideas out there in Blogland each week! Recently I’ve started sharing some of my favorite finds with you all and so I’ve decided to designate Friday as a feature day.
Ladies and gentlemen {I’m sure there are a few gents out there. Dad, you’re reading this, right?}. . .
welcome to the first official “Featuring You Friday!”

I’m in love with this beautifully reinvented Queen Anne Chair that Sarah shared on her blog, Three Boys.

I love the distressed look of the dark wood showing through the white paint. And that fabric is fantastic!! Go take a look at Sarah’s blog to see how she did it.
My mouth is watering just looking at the photo of this Lemonade Cake. It screams summer yum!

Go visit Shelly from Cookies and Cups to get the scoop on this dessert. Oh, and the frosting is lemon cream cheese! Can’t get any better!

Isn’t this the cutest  Potty Prize Jar ever? Who wouldn’t go potty for a prize out of this cutie?!

Go visit Kristen at Mushki Loves for the tutorial about how to make it. It just might work for your little one!

I found this cute door decor at The Diary of Dave’s Wife.

I know for some of you it’s hard to imagine summer since there was snow on the ground just last week. Maybe if you hang this on your door it will come?! Go visit Dave’s wife to see how she did it!
This clever gal, Kindall, rescued three old chairs to create this darling bench.

I love the paint colors and fabric. Go see Kindall at Creations.
I hope everyone has enjoyed the first Featuring You Friday! I’ll be back a little later tonight to reveal my project for American Crafter Round 1. I’m super excited to show it off to you! Happy Friday!

Thrifty Finds and Some Shout-outs

Wow, it was a busy weekend! I did lots of shopping, but bought nothing brand new. That’s right, this past weekend I hit up Goodwill, the thrift store and garage sales baby! I came home with some pretty cool finds. 
First stop was Goodwill where I found this cool chair that reminded me of some chairs my mom had when I was little.

It was in pretty good condition and just needed a cleaning and a coat of paint. And, only $12!
Next was the Humane Society thrift store where I found the coolest cameras!

For $5 each I got this old video recorder and this old film camera with a leather case. I just thought they were a really cool find. Here are a few more things I picked up over the weekend.

Love this lamp for only four bucks! I know exactly what I’m going to do with it {stay tuned}. Some silver chargers at 50 cents a piece, a cake stand with cover for $4{mainly I wanted the cover to make a cloche} and this bunny, for 99 cents. I think if I get rid of the hideous bow on its neck, paint it white and do a little distressing it might look kinda Pottery Barnish. Whatcha think? And one last thing is this adorable cradle.

I have no girls {fingers are crossed for next time}, but for $3 it was just too cute. And, the paint is chipping so it already looks distressed. All I have to do is replace the fabric. Maybe one of my dogs would like to use it?
Oh, and I got a freebie from my sister-in-law, Ilke.

This dresser was actually handed down to Ilke and Jay {hubby’s brother} from his grandmother. They have no use for it anymore and she asked if I wanted it. Ummm, yes please! She even helped me sand off the finish!

Now I’ve got lots of projects to keep me busy. Psssst, hey Jen, how ’bout finishing those kitchen cabinets first? Anyway, I have a few announcements/shout-outs to make. 
First. . . 

Thank you Kim from Today’s Creative Blog for making last Thursday the best stinkin’ day of my LIFE!

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You see that’s what it feels like when Kim features you on her blog. You feel like a million bucks! Privileged even! I was thrilled to have met Kim at Creative Estates and even more thrilled that she liked my blog enough {or maybe I just bugged her enough} to feature me.

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One of the projects she featured was my Ballard Design Inspired Boxwood Topiaries. She had the nicest things to say about my projects! Check out the full feature here.

Second. . . 


I have made it to the finals of the American Crafter Contest!

Yes, they picked me! Out of almost 100 contestants they have narrowed it down to the top 15. Folks, I am in it to win it, so I’ll need your help!! There are four rounds starting this week! Head over to Naptime Crafters to look at the other 14 finalists and stay tuned!

Finally. . .


I am sooooooo excited to announce that I won a Lifestyle Crafts Letterpress Combo Kit form Andrea at Worley House!!!!

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Andrea and I met at Creative Estates.  I was also introduced to the the Letterpress at CE and have been dying to get my hands on one since! Well, Thanks to Lifestyle Crafts and Andrea, I have one that should be arriving any day now. Hooray!

So yeah, I guess that about wraps it up. Thank you to all these ladies I mentioned who have really made my life exciting over the last several days! 

Snooping Around Blogland

Doing some snooping in Blogland again today and I have to share with you a few fantastic finds. 
First up. . .
Ms. Smartie Pants made this oh so cute burlap and felt wreacth. Well, technically, it’s not a wreath. She even titled her post, “Can I Call This a Wreath.”

But it functions as a wreath, so why not? And it’s adorable, so who cares? Go take a look at Ms. Smartie Pants to see how she did it.

Next . . .

How ’bout these painted jars over at A Pumpkin and a Princess. I LOVE this Ocean Breeze Blue by Krylon! They have the coolest color selection!

Go visit A Pumpkin and a Princess and see how easy these beauties are!

And last, but certainly not least. . .

How cool would it be to have these yarn ball lights at your next outdoor {or indoor} party? Kim, this is genius!

And the color combos are endless! Go check out Kim’s Kandy Kreations for the tutorial!

Happy Friday everyone! The weather here in SC is a beautiful, sunny 75 degrees so I’m going outside to spend some time with my boys!

A Little Show and Tell from Blogland

I’m working on a few things around here to share with you later in the week, 
{hoping for that big kitchen cabinet reveal} 
but today I thought I’d share what I’ve spotted in Blogland.
How many of you feed your little ones straight off the tables of restaurants? I’m guilty, even though it grosses me out every time! I used to buy the disposable mats but, to be honest, got tired of spending the money on them. Well, Gwen, over at Gwenny Penny made this adorable “Out to Eat Place Mat” that rolls up and ties into a little package small enough to fit in any purse or bag.
So clever and so cute!
Look at this pretty  Easter snack. Can you guess what they are made from?
Homespun With Love made these speckled egg treats from Pop Tarts! They would be great for an Easter party or Easter egg hunt snack! And they are super easy!

How ’bout some Speckled Egg Cookies?
Not only would the kids love to eat these, but they would love to make them too! A squeeze bottle is used to splatter chocolate on egg-shaped cookies. Kids LOVE squirting bottles and making messes. In this case, it’s acceptable and delicious!

You can find a tutorial for making these goodies at The Sweet Adventures of Sugar Belle.

Birds seem to be everywhere lately! Look at this cutie made by Andrea at Charcoal and Crayons!

Go take a look at how to make these darling Scrappy Sparrows.

And finally, I’m loving the shape, simplicity and textures of this Square Burlap Wreath.

You must stop by Suzanne at Pieced Pastimes to find out how she created the texture of the white fabric. Really cool!

Well, there you have it. A few things that I’ve loved in Blogland today. I hope you’ll stop by and check out each of the tutorials!

A Few Favorites Before I Go

Hello friends! I’m still busy, busy, busy getting ready for Creative Estates. Tomorrow morning I’m leaving on a jet plane {Are you singing yet? One of my FAVORITE songs} to Arizona! On top of preparing for my trip I am also helping out with a friend’s baby shower that is happening this weekend. I have a few fun ideas that I want to share with you but just wasn’t able to get everything together in time. So tonight, I’m going to share with you a few things I found this week that I love! 
Ladies {and gentlemen}, I introduce to you, 
a few of my favorite spring things:

How ’bout some bling bling Easter eggs over at Landee See, Landee Do?

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I gotta make these adorable bunny cupcakes from It’s Always a Party at the Sparklers.

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Jaime over at That’s My Letter made these cute jute wrapped eggs {and pears}.

Who wouldn’t want this bright and beautiful wreath on their door for spring? Head over to Just Sew Sassy to see how she did it.

And because I love anything made by the kiddos and we used to do watercolor wash when I taught kindergarten, I had to share this by Housing a Forest. LOVE IT!

So there are just a few fun spring things I noticed in Blogland this week. I hope you have a fabulous weekend! I’ll be back Monday with LOTS to share from Creative Estates! And don’t forget I have a guest post lined up Friday that you won’t want to miss. Get your sweet tooth ready!

Featuring My Sister-in-Law

My sister-in-law, Ilke, is originally from Turkey and loves to cook just as much, if not more, than I do. She always has a new dish for us to try and we are never disappointed. Her blog, Ilke’s Kitchen, is an eclectic collection of recipes that I think you will enjoy. 

Her most recent recipe post, Asparagus-Mushroom Strata, looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it!
Please stop by and browse around. I promise, you won’t be disappointed. 
While you are there, be sure to check out this post. 

A-MAZING! Not only does it look delish, but you have to check out the process of making this baby! 

Ugh, sick again! But look what I found. . .

Another illness in this household, except this time it’s not the boys, it’s me. So there was no crafting, no creating, no cooking, really not much of anything today (except a few loads of laundry that couldn’t be avoided). However, I did spend some time catching up on my blogs. That’s when I found

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and this.

Aren’t these ladies fantastic! I found them over at The Graphics Fairy. If  you haven’t been by, you have to go check it out. She has thousands (no really, 1,700+ to be exact) of clip art images for FREE!

So I printed these beauties, all four of them. I have no idea what I’m going to do with them, but I’m gonna do something! So although I did nothing creative today, I found something to create in the near future. I’ll keep you posted.

Just wanted to share! Happy hump day!

Oh My GOODness!

Due to two sick boys and a sick hubby, nothing has been created in this house for the past two days except for fevers and snot. I know, too much information, but it’s true. So since I have nothing of my own to blog about, I wanted to share with you something I found on Picky Palate.
Check it out. . .

Holy cow! My mouth is watering (seriously) just looking at this photo!
Do you know what these are? No, they aren’t chocolate chip cookies. These babies are two of the best desserts smooshed into one.
Look. . .

Have you figured it out yet? These are  Jenny’s “Brownie Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies!” What could be better than that? Head over to Picky Palate to find out how to make these scrumptious babies.  As soon as my little (and big) sicklings are in bed, I’m heading to the store to get the ingredients to make these. Mama deserves a treat after wiping noses all day!

Mmmmmmmmmmmm! I’m adding a nice scoop of vanilla bean ice cream to mine!
Thanks Jenny for the recipe!