Saturday, March 30, 2013

Barefoot Contessa in Your Freezer

Photo courtesy of the Barefoot Contessa
Food Network star and cookbook author Ina Garten, best known as the "Barefoot Contessa," has teamed up with Contessa Premium Foods (how ironic is that?) to produce a new line of pre-packaged, ready to cook "dinners for two." 

Based on Ina's favorite recipes and using the best quality ingredients, the dinners can be prepared at home in a sauté pan in about 10 minutes.  "Sometimes even the Barefoot Contessa doesn't have time to cook," Ina says. "I've already grilled the chicken, grated the cheeses, simmered the sauce, and chopped the fresh herbs, so in minutes you can make a freshly prepared dinner for your family. How easy is that?"

Dinners include Barefoot Contessa Penne Pasta with 5 Cheeses, Sesame Chicken & Noodles, Beef Stew Bourguignon, Tequila Lime Chicken, Shrimp Scampi & Linguine, Creamy Chicken Stew, Pasta Carbonara with Pancetta, Garlic & Ginger Chicken, and Jambalaya. The dinners for two will retail for approximately $8.99.

Ina has been closely involved in every step of creating her Barefoot Contessa Sauté Dinners for Two, and she also includes serving suggestions to make each dinner taste "Even Better." The dinners are prepared by Contessa Premium Foods Inc in its LEED-Gold-Certified "green" plant.

"Nothing tastes better than a freshly cooked dinner with great ingredients," says Ina. "Your family will think you're brilliant."

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Special Savings from Staples!

I've been raving about the new Wall Manager from Martha Stewart Home Office with Avery and now you can take advantage of big savings from Staples when you design and purchase your own Wall Manager system.

Now, through Saturday, Staples is offering a 40% savings on all Wall Manager boards, including the accessory board, cork board, magnetic dry erase board, and dry erase calendar board. 

Here is the Wall Manager unit we designed for our home office:

I absolutely love this great organizational tool, and I'm sure you will too! 

Monday, March 18, 2013

Martha Lighting at JCP

A well designed table lamp is an essential part of decorating any room. Martha Stewart has a new selection of table lamps as part of the new MarthaHome line at JCP. 

Available online and in stores, the MarthaLighting line is beautifully crafted and will enhance any room décor.  Prices start at $110. 

Spun Metal Buffet Lamp in Black

Colonade Lamp is available in white and aqua

The Colonade Lamp is also available in graphite. 

A more modern touch with the Metal and Marble Lamp

Spun Metal Buffet Lamp in Meringue White

The Mercury Ripple Lamp sparkles!

Spun Metal Urn Lamp in Smoke

A personal favorite - the Modern Cage Lamp

Spun Metal Urn Lamp in Wheat

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Save a Meal, Save a Farm

When life gives you a ton of heirloom tomatoes, make sauce!  Beekman 1802 has done just that, and it's sauce with a purpose. 

Brent and Josh, from Beekman 1802 are introducing the "Mortgage Lifter" Heirloom Tomato Pasta Sauce today on their website.  This is the first in a new line of food products from the farming duo.

In an email announcement, Brent and Josh explained how this new food line will assist other farmers:

"When we won "The Amazing Race," we promised in every interview that we would develop a food line with the winnings that would help American small farms pay off their mortgages, just like "The Amazing Race" helped us pay off our own.

And we're crazy-excited to announce that the first product will be officially released tomorrow - our "Mortgage Lifter Heirloom Tomato Pasta Sauce." 25% of the profits will be given each year to one or more American farmers struggling to pay their mortgage. The remaining  75% will go right back into developing new products."

You can order the new sauce on line.  The more you order, the more you save!  Price cuts are available for larger quantities. 

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Martha Stewart Home Office with Avery Wall Manager

Keeping organized is always a challenge and I'm always interested in new products that assist me in my organizing efforts.  When I learned of the new Martha Stewart Home Office with Avery "Wall Managers" I knew it would be an asset to our home office and fit the need for an entryway space where we tend to place keys, mail, etc. 

Available in chalk white or graphite black, the wall managers have individual accessories to customize the board(s) to fit your personal needs.  The base product is the accessory board that utilizes a click+lock system for drawers, letter bins, caddies, shelves, clips, hooks, and more.  Each board has a built in "level" system to make the wall manager is mounted level on any wall surface. 
With additional cork board, and magnetic dry-erase boards, you can design your own personal wall manager that works for YOU.  

For our entry, I put together a design that will serve as a communication command center, holding everything from mail, keys, invitations, notes, etc.  

Also new this spring, are Message Boards in a classic Martha flourish shape.  These lightweight message boards are made of cork with colorful borders in either Martha blue or black.  Each board comes with mounting squares that will easily mount to any flat, dry, clean surface. 
The Martha Stewart Home Office with Avery product line, available exclusively at Staples,  will have many new products this spring, including an expanded selection of removable dry-erase decals, flourish chalkboard decals, a variety of chalkboard labels and much, much more. 
Many Staples stores are in the process of stocking their shelves with the new wall manager items and other stock as part of the spring reset for the line.  You can view the wall manager system on the staples website.