Monday Morning Musing

With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, I wanted to share my favorite Irish blessing. Have a great week!

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Easter Basket Sale Extended


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Hosting a Fall Open House

Early November is that quiet time after the indulgence of Halloween and before the hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving and Christmas. I like the idea of hosting an open house to bring friends together before the holiday craziness begins. A Christmas open house usually is more formal, with guests dressing in their holiday finest to spread Christmas cheer. A fall open house can be far more relaxed, with football on the TV and still enough warm in the afternoon sun for kids to play outside. Gentleman can gather in the living room discussing their fantasy football season. (Sidebar: the NFL geniuses who came up with fantasy football not only brought interest in every team and increased demand for NFL Sunday packages for TV, they also are cursed by women everywhere for taking away all attention from their men for several months because all they can think about is who they are going to start on Thursday.Thanks NFL.) In the dining room, women share cute decorating ideas for the holiday season and share stories from the new school year. Here are a few recipes to make this relaxed event easy to pull together with very little effort.

Make up some of these easy Creamy Chicken Pockets from PenniesOnAPlater. Cook them up and serve them on the lid of your new 9×13 Baking dish.

Creamy Chicken Pockets

Yield:  8 pockets, 3-4 servings

2 tbsp olive oil
2-3 small chicken breasts, diced
1/2 cup minced onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon butter, softened
3 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
2 tablespoons milk
1 (8 ounce) package refrigerated crescent rolls
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1/4 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs, optional

Preheat oven to 375˚F.

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Cook the chicken with the onions and garlic.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese and 1 tablespoon softened butter until smooth.  Stir in the cooked chicken, onions and garlic.  Add the salts, pepper and milk.  Mix well.

Separate the crescent roll dough into the eight triangles.  Dollop a tablespoon of filling into the center of each triangle and fold the corners up to seal.  Press and seal firmly.  Place on ungreased baking sheet or stone and repeat with the remaining dough and filling.  Brush the tops with the melted butter and sprinkle with the bread crumbs (optional).

Bake for 11 – 13 minutes, or until golden brown.

Mix up traditional cheese and crackers with this idea from BettyCrocker. Use leaf shaped cookie cutters to cut out shapes from cheese slices. Serve these up on the Woodcrafts cheese board.


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Online Exclusives – Santa Stops By For One Day Only!

  • All three Baskets are available in Santa Belly, Warm Brown, Rich Brown or Black.
  • Save EVEN MORE when you buy all three! That’s right, you’ll receive an ADDITIONAL $28 SAVINGS when you purchase the set of three combo; baskets must be the same color selection. Look for the set of three baskets when you shop online!
    (The set of three combo is $169 and includes the Family Tissue Basket with WoodCrafts Lid, the Little Gatehouse Basket with Protector and the Cake Basket with Small Riser — a value of up to $258!)
  • AND when you buy all three, you can earn a half-price item when you turn your order into a show!
  • The NEW Family Tissue Basket with WoodCrafts Lid is the perfect size to hold your largest box of tissues.
  • The Cake Basket w/Riser helps carry holiday dishes to family gatherings and parties with friends (you’ll want to add on the Insulated Cooler for toting warm or cold dishes).
  • The Little Gatehouse Basket can hold candy canes or make sweet little stockings to hang on the mantel.
  • Last minute reminder — this is the final day to pick up the Happy Holidays Basket for $19 with the purchase of any Basket on a show, including online shows!

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Great Gifts Are In The Bag — Longaberger at home® Sisters Sale!

  • Prices starting at $5!
  • This is the best time to update your look for the season — get a handbag and coordinating accessory for as low as $30!
  • Great gift-giving solutions for all the ladies on your list: friends, sisters, mom, grandma, teachers, day-care provider. Make your list and check off several names when you shop this sale!
  • These are just a few of the items — shop the Longaberger at home Beautiful Bargains online for the complete selection of styles and fabrics!

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Weekend Baking Bonanza

  • 5 Items + 3 Days = 1 opportunity for BIG savings!
  • Prices at only $19, $29 and $39 on great items for baking this fall and holiday!
  • We have even snuck some retired colors into this sale!!!

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American Valor Ornaments and Woven Flag

With Veteran’s Day quickly approaching (Sunday, November 11), these beautiful handcrafted ornaments are the perfect gift to honor our service men and women. Perfectly priced, these ornaments are great for fundraising, too. And, think even BIGGER with this offer and approach companies who honor America’s Veterans. You can easily share this special commemorative product without a sample. Simply print a color copy of this e-card, pick one of your favorite ornaments from the current collection (which began in April of this year) and grab an order form. Next, share the offer – make a plan to take it to where you work, send it with your husband and visit your local military service organization.

  • Order as holiday gifts or for Veteran’s Day – only $20 each and you’ll receive them in time for Veteran’s Day!
  • A portion of the proceeds from each American Valor Ornament sold will go to the Longaberger Military Cares Program. You’ll also have the opportunity to make an additional donation to Military Cares at checkout. Longaberger’s Military Cares program combines the efforts of employees, sales field and customers to support America’s military troops and their families through numerous charitable programs and contributions.
  • Save over 55% on the Americana Woven Flag! Only $20!

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