What’s In Your Kitchen Wednesday

Hi everyone!  Wow, I can’t believe it’s this time of the week again – the days are flying by and the end of the school year will be here before I know it.  I’m tearing up at the thought of having a first grader in a few months.  Gah!

Okay, just a few things before we get started…be sure to check back tomorrow for a super fun giveaway.  I don’t want to spoil the surprise or anything, but it just might be a Kitchen Aid Mixer.

:-)

Also, I’m feeling really nervous about posting this, but I have decided to begin offering advertising slots in my sidebar.  See that lonely little category heading over there that says “Lovely Sponsors”?  If you’re looking to increase traffic to your blog, promote your Etsy shop, or online products, I hope you’ll consider Kitchen Meets Girl as an awesome place to promote your stuff.  If you’re interested, click on over to my “work with me page” to see what it’s all about (stats provided upon request – just shoot me an email).

Since this is all new to me, I’m also offering a 25% discount for the first 30 days.  Just enter the code SPLASH25 at checkout.

Okay, time to party!

This week’s top viewed post were these Lazy Morning Cinnamon Rolls from Busy Mom’s Helper.  Um, yes.  I’ll take a dozen, please.

Lazy Morning Cinnamon Rolls

 

One of my (many?) downfalls is snacky-foods.  That’s why it would be bad news (for my waist-line) if I made these Butterfinger Muddy Buddies from Crumbs and Chaos.  I’d eat the entire batch myself, it looks so good!

 Butterfinger-Muddy-Buddies

 

I’m also really intrigued at the idea of making my own baking powder, via A Bright and Beautiful Life.  It is so easy, and so much healthier for me!

baking powder

 

Well, I love coconut.  I love toffee.  And I love chocolate chip cookie bars…so putting these Coconut Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars from Mom on Timeout in my mouth is a no-brainer.

 coconut-toffee-oatmeal-chocolate-chip-cookie-bars-recipe

And yeah…check out these (copycat) Cheesecake Factory Tex Mex Egg Rolls from Tastes Better from Scratch.  LOVE!

 TexmexIG

 

Thank you all so much for coming back each week to make this party a great success!  I love seeing all of your great creations, and it’s such an awesome way for me to find new blogs to stalk read.

Are you ready to share what you’ve been up to this week?  After sharing, please take a moment to visit some other links–we all love comments!

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XO, Ashley



Choosing the Right Planter with Home Depot {Part 3} – #DigIn

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot.

Planting wave petunias in the spring is something I look forward to every year.  But if you’ve been following along with me, you know that our outdoor entertaining area needed some serious attention.  Fortunately, this year I had a little help from The Home Depot in selecting some new planters for our space.

planter-with-wave-petunia

Before you head out on a shopping trip of your own, make sure you join Home Depot’s Garden Club (it’s FREE) and get your $5 off coupon.

I knew before starting my project that my new planters would replace the old, mismatched ones that sat on our back patio.  It’s a fairly large area, and it gets full (practically unshaded, despite the pictures below) sun nearly all summer long.  This area faces west, and gets hot, hot, hot.

Last summer, we had a record number of over 100-degree days, so I needed plants that require lots of sun and can withstand heat.  In addition, I wanted planters that would help keep the soil from drying out so quickly–even when we water multiple times a day in the summer, there’s only so much heat my little plants can take.

We ended up choosing this planter, which is cast stone and weather resistant, making it the perfect choice for our patio location.

ready-to-plant

I know from past experience that wave petunias handle the heat and sun in this location, and I love the way they eventually trail out of my planters by late spring.  They’re gorgeous!  This year, we also tried a new variety of Miracle Grow potting soil, which is touted to help protect against both over and underwatering.

Since I have no desire to flash pictures of myself all over the internet, I snapped some pictures of the Tall Boy when he had his hands full and couldn’t stop me.

What are your favorite full sun, heat-resistant plants?

Home Depot Collage

And…here was what Doodle was up to while the Tall Boy and I were planting:

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Even though my pot looks a little anemic here, I’m hoping in a few more weeks (weather permitting) my petunias will have bulked up and filled my pots.  Usually by mid-May, we’ve had enough rain and warm days that everything is looking full and lush.  Keep your fingers crossed!

planter-with-bokah

Make sure you head over to The Home Depot Garden Club and get your own $5 coupon, grab some inspiration from the garden club board on Pinterest, and get motivated to spruce up your own yard this spring!

XO, Ashley

It’s home improvement time, and The Home Depot has everything you need to #DigIn for Spring. No matter what projects you want to tackle, they have great values on all you need. They’re ready to help you with renovation ideas and expert advice, too.

Get over $300 in email exclusive savings each year, sneak peeks on new products, monthly lawn & garden ideas for your region and access to The Home Depot’s gardening experts. Click here (http://thd.co/ZNbhDj) to join the world’s largest garden community today! Or go to http://gardenclub.homedepot.com/ to see some of the many benefits of membership.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot.

Easy as Tamale Pie

So, remember the other day when I made slow cooker pork tacos?  Yeah, we still have pork left.  Which is not a bad thing, but I needed to find a way to use up some of the meat pronto.  We don’t like to waste food at my house.

Put your leftover shredded pork or chicken to good use by making this Easy as Tamale Pie from www.kitchenmeetsgirl.com #recipe #casserole

One of my favorite ways to use up leftovers is in casseroles.  I know many people are not big casserole fans, but I’m not one of those people.  We eat casseroles for dinner (and breakfast) all of the time, and the Tall Boy never complains.  He likes to eat and doesn’t like to cook, so he knows what’s good for him.

This.

Put your leftover shredded pork or chicken to good use by making this Easy as Tamale Pie from www.kitchenmeetsgirl.com #recipe #casserole

This is good for him.  And you.  You should totally make this.

It has a cornbread base, is soaked with enchilada sauce like a savory poke cake, and then layered with shredded pork (chicken would work just fine here, too).  I added some chopped chipotles in adobo because I’m wild and crazy like that.

Put your leftover shredded pork or chicken to good use by making this Easy as Tamale Pie from www.kitchenmeetsgirl.com #recipe #casserole

And cheese.  I added cheese, too, because a casserole just isn’t a casserole without cheese.  AmIright?

Also some cilantro, because I add cilantro to every Mexican-themed dish I make.  It’s the Kitchen Meets Girl Law or something.

Oh, and are you interested in winning $5,000 and a trip for two to New York City?  Yeah, I’ve got my hand raised.  Here’s what you do:  click here to enter the Country Crock Stars contest.  Share a photo of your favorite casserole, and share in 100 words how you demonstrate creativity and resourcefulness in the kitchen.  3 finalists will win $5,000 and a trip to New York City, and 12 semi-finalists will win cookware.

Put your leftover shredded pork or chicken to good use by making this Easy as Tamale Pie from www.kitchenmeetsgirl.com #recipe #casserole


Easy as Tamale Pie

Easy as Tamale Pie

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons Country Crock, melted
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 can enchilada sauce
  • 2 cups shredded pork (or chicken)
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, optional
  • 1 cup shredded cheese, any kind (I used quesadilla cheese)
  • chopped cilantro, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400. Lightly grease a 9x9 pan (I used a 10" cast iron skillet).
  2. In a large bowl, mix together your cornmeal, flour, sugar, salt baking powder and baking soda.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together melted butter, eggs, and buttermilk. Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture, and stir just until combined. Your batter will be lumpy - that's okay! Pour the batter into your baking dish.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes, then remove pan from oven and reduce heat to 350. Poke holes with a fork all over the top of your cornbread (it won't be quite set in the center). Pour enchilada sauce over the crust.
  5. Combine shredded meat with taco seasoning and chipotle peppers, and sprinkle meat over the top of the crust. Top with shredded cheese. Cover dish with foil, and return to oven for an additional 20 minutes, or until cheese is melted. If your cheese isn't quite melted, remove foil and bake for another 5 minutes.
  6. Top with cilantro and allow to cool for 5 to 10 minutes before slicing.

cornbread base from Paula Deen

http://kitchenmeetsgirl.com/easy-as-tamale-pie/

XO, Ashley

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Choosing the Right Planter with Home Depot – {Part 2} #DigIn

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot.

Hi again!  I mentioned the other day that I talked The Tall Boy into taking me shopping for some new planters for our outdoor entertaining space, despite our still ridiculously cold weather.  I’m ready to grill out and entertain on the patio!  As a food blogger, the best part of hosting a dinner event in the spring {for me, anyway} is being able to relax with friends and family outside, surrounded by lush flowers and shrubs.

So, I grabbed my list of pros and cons for each planter type, and we headed out to The Home Depot.  I had a good idea of what type of planter I wanted (light colored, synthetic) for our west-facing patio, so we headed right into the lawn and garden section to check out our options.

This was Doodle’s first choice:

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While it was super cool, we didn’t need something quite that large.

:-)

He found this one next:

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I liked the design and size, but I didn’t think the tan color worked with the shades in our stone patio or our house color.

Third selection was the charm:

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Now, along with choosing the right planter, good potting soil is equally important. We always use Miracle Grow, but this particular variety was new to me. You see there where it says, “Protects against overwatering and underwatering”? I’m crossing my fingers that the magic watering fairies keep my plants looking nice and healthy and lush all summer long.

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Be sure to check back soon to see what we planted!  What are your favorite annuals to pot in planters?  I have a fairly brown thumb, so I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas!

XO, Ashley

It’s home improvement time, and The Home Depot has everything you need to #DigIn for Spring. No matter what projects you want to tackle, they have great values on all you need. They’re ready to help you with renovation ideas and expert advice, too.

Get over $300 in email exclusive savings each year, sneak peeks on new products, monthly lawn & garden ideas for your region and access to The Home Depot’s gardening experts. Click here (http://thd.co/ZNbhDj) to join the world’s largest garden community today! Or go to http://gardenclub.homedepot.com/ to see some of the many benefits of membership.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot.

Pork Tacos with Cilantro-Lime Salsa

I’m back with another slow cooker meal.  Are you surprised?

And since Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner, I thought I’d Mexican it up a bit.  Pork taco style.

Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with Cilantro-Lime Salsa - start these before work and come home to have dinner ready and waiting!

You know I love my Mexican foods, so anytime I end up with shredded meat, it turns into tacos at some point.  Quite frankly, I could eat tacos every.single.day. and never get tired of ‘em, but maybe I’m just weird.

I could also eat an entire bag of tortilla chips and a jar of salsa every day, but that’s another story.

This pork was so tender that I had a difficult time getting it out of the crock pot – it just fell apart on its own!  It was flavorful enough to stand on its own, and we certainly had enough meat to make multiple meals out of it.  Fortunately, my husband doesn’t mind eating leftovers, so I got out of cooking for a few days.  Bonus!

I loved the cilantro-lime salsa on these, and while I think adding some diced onion, green pepper, and/or jalapeños would be fabulous, I left them off simply because Doodle won’t eat something if it’s been in the approximate vicinity of even one of those things.  If you don’t live with a picky eater, add ‘em!

Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with Cilantro-Lime Salsa - start these before work and come home to have dinner ready and waiting!

The recipe for these pork tacos  came from my eMeals Slow Cooker meal plan, which I’ve been using a lot lately.

If you think your family would love the Slow Cooker Plan, use the code SLOW for 15% off!

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Pork Tacos with Cilantro-Lime Salsa

Pork Tacos with Cilantro-Lime Salsa

Ingredients

  • 4 pound boneless pork shoulder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • For the salsa:
  • 2 cups coleslaw mix
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season pork with salt and pepper and cook until browned; about 5 minutes on each side. Remove from heat and transfer to your slow cooker.
  2. Add the remainder of the ingredients (through the red pepper flakes) to the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or until pork is tender.
  3. For the salsa:
  4. Combine slaw mix, cilantro, lime juice, oil, cumin and salt in a medium bowl, and toss to coat.
  5. Arrange shredded pork in tacos and top with salsa.

from eMeals Slow Cooker Plan

http://kitchenmeetsgirl.com/pork-tacos-with-cilantro-lime-salsa/

XO, Ashley

*I was not compensated for this post. I am an eMeals affiliate and this post does contain my affiliate link. However, all opinions are straight-up my own, and I used eMeals even prior to my affiliate relationship. I really do love it! You can read my disclosure policy here.

The Honest Company {an honest review}

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Honest Company.

As a food blogger, my kitchen is very well used. I am not a neat cook. I live with a husband who might just be the messiest person on the face of the planet {love him, though} and a five-year old boy. In real life, my world does not look like this:

Szechuan Orange Chicken on www.kitchenmeetsgirl.com - tastier than takeout in less than half an hour, and under 300 calories!  Use Minute brown rice to speed up your weeknight meals! #LoveEveryMinute

It looks like the picture on the far left, below:

honest dish soap collage

Only, about 100 times worse and pretty much all.the.time.

Actually, that’s not true. I feel like I follow Doodle around spraying cleaners and disinfectants in his wake. Ugh, now that we’ve entered the public school system, it seems like we’re getting notes on the weekly informing us that someone has pink eye, or strep, or some other contagious crud. So I do like to keep things clean and sanitized.

And even though he’s five and I don’t have to worry so much about him getting into my spray bottles or sticking things in his mouth, I still have a concern about what cleaners and chemicals I use around him. That’s why I was super stoked to have the opportunity to try some kitchen cleaning products from The Honest Company.

If you haven’t heard about The Honest Company before, here’s the background skinny from their website:

The Honest Company was founded by a mom and a dad who, like many modern parents, were increasingly worried about products made with questionable chemical ingredients. But the alternatives they found were often expensive, inaccessible, bland, or ineffective. In response to this clear need for something better, they created The Honest Company to ensure that parents (or anyone for that matter!) could easily find natural and non-toxic eco-friendly products that are beautiful, effective, and affordable.

Oh, and the mom who founded it? Jessica Alba. Yeah, I decided if my body can’t look like hers, maybe at least my kitchen can.

I’m a sucker for multi-surface cleaners. I’m constantly spraying down our countertops – between food blogging, regular meal making, and a five-year old kitchen helper, there’s always something sticky that needs to be cleaned up. I’ve been using this one everyday since receiving it, and I absolutely love it. The multi-surface cleaner and the dish soap were white grapefruit scented, which were really light and refreshing. I’m not typically a fan of citrus scents, but these were very nice.

I even used it to clean my stove top…which was nearly covered in bacon grease splatters from Sunday morning breakfast {the Tall Boy’s handiwork}, and that stuff wiped right off with no smears. I was actually very impressed. Doodle loved the smell and the packaging, and actually wanted to do all the cleaning for me. His words: “Mom, this butterfly is really helping us out.”

Heck, if some cute butterfly packaging entices him to volunteer to be my kitchen cleaner, I’m signed up for life!

honest multi surface cleaner collage

I also had the opportunity to try out their floor cleaner, which worked like a breeze on our hardwood floors. When we were finished mopping, the floor looked shiny and sparkly and the entire area smelled fantastic. The floor cleaner is citrus rosemary scented, and I didn’t find it to be too overwhelming in our small space.

Sometimes I’m a little OCD about things “matching,” so I kind of wished that you could get the floor cleaner and surface spray in the same scents, but I did love them both independently.

Doodle insisted on mopping the floors, too. Yep, pretty much loving these cleaners.

honest floor cleaner collage
I also used their dishwasher pods.  I’ll keep it real here: The Honest Company’s pods were nearly twice the cost of what I normally purchase. However, I was really, really pleased with how clean my dishes were and the fact that the pods left absolutely no residue behind.

Sure, some of these products are more than what I normally spend, and like the rest of you out there, I only have so many dollars in my bank account {bummer}. But here’s a few other things to consider:

What if I told you that not only are these products all natural and non-toxic, they also support a really awesome charity? Here’s the scoop from The Honest Company:

We created this company because we care passionately about helping families – ALL families – and we believe that through ordinary purchases people can make a difference in this world.

As we fight to lower our prices without compromising the health and sustainability of our design, we realize there are still many families who cannot afford The Honest Company experience.

That’s not cool with us.

That’s why with every product you purchase, The Honest Company donates product, money, time, and effort to addressing critical health & social issues affecting children and families.

Love this. LOVE.

The Honest Company Kitchen Cleaning Products

Honestly, I can tell you that I was genuinely impressed with these products, and I’ll definitely be ordering again – I have a feeling the floor cleaner and the surface cleaner will be staple items in my cleaning tote from now on.

Interested?  You can sign up for more information via email, as well as a free trial of cleaning products and/or a free trial of diapers and wipes.

Also, you can get $10 off a $40 purchase at The Honest Company using code 10off40Pollinate. (Limited to first-time customers and one use per customer. Expires May 8, 2013.)

XO, Ashley

You can learn more about The Honest Company on Facebook, Twitter, and their blog.

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and The Honest Company but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #NaturallyHonest http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO.”

What’s In Your Kitchen Wednesday

Well, I sure hope spring has arrived in your neck of the woods.  Our temperatures were freezing overnight and we’re forecasted for some snow flurries and ice today…so much for the start of t-ball practice tonight.  Ugh, I’m beginning to wonder if we’re ever going to get spring weather here in Kansas.

 By the way, have you clicked over to enter the giveaway for the Canon Rebel?  There is still time to enter, so don’t miss out!

This week’s top-viewed post was Saucilicious Slow Cooker Pork Chops from Chatting Over Chocolate.  Starting this week, we have either karate or t-ball practice every weeknight, so you know I’ll be putting my crock pot to work.  This recipe takes only six ingredients – gotta love that!

SAUCILICIOUS CROCKPOT PORK 5

 

Julie’s Eats and Treats served up this amazing Funfetti Overnight French Toast that has me counting down the minutes until this weekend.  I think this might be the best thing ever.

Funfetti-Overnight-French-Toast

Aren’t these S’mores Cookie Bars from Chocolate, Chocolate and More just gorgeous?  Oh, but they have me wishing for summer {right now I’d just take temperatures above 50!

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If you’ve been around my blog for awhile, you know that I live for Mexican food…and Mexican dips of any kind are my biggest weakness. I’m LOVING this Ultimate Queso, Salsa and Dip List from Crumbs and Chaos!

Ultimate-queso-Collage

 

Speaking of loving Mexican foods, how about making this Mini Chile Relleno Casserole from The Tasty Fork for breakfast? YUM. Oh, and if you’re making it…bring me one, would you?

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Thank you all so much for coming back each week to make this party a great success!  I love seeing all of your great creations, and it’s such an awesome way for me to find new blogs to stalk read.

Are you ready to share what you’ve been up to this week?  After sharing, please take a moment to visit some other links–we all love comments!

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XO, Ashley



So Easy Sopapillas

Anyone else but me go wild for sopapillas?

 These easy sopapillas need only three ingredients and 15 minutes in the oven. Perfect for Cinco de Mayo! #recipes #cincodemayo

To be honest, I haven’t had a real one in years. I usually eat tortilla chips and salsa for dessert when we go out for Mexican food.

:-)

As a kid, my favorite Mexican restaurant was a little hole in the wall place that was as authentic as you could get.  It’s a family owned restaurant named Connie’s, and they just celebrated their 50th anniversary.  Clearly, they know how to do Mexican food right!  Since we’d just made our own easy sopapillas at home, we decided to order fried ice cream.

Well, I decided to order fried ice cream, with Doodle declaring it “gross” and asking to go to Braum’s instead.  He changed his mind when he saw this:

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Even with three of us eating, we couldn’t finish this monstrosity!

But back to the sopapillas.  These are a super easy version, one that you can quickly throw together for a Cinco de Mayo celebration, and something the kiddos can help with.

These take only three ingredients {four with the honey}, and about 12 minutes in the oven.  Done and done.

So Easy Sopapillas

25 pastries

So Easy Sopapillas

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet of Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry, thawed
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • honey, for drizzling

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F.
  2. After thawing your pastry sheet, unfold it on a lightly floured surface. Cut the pastry sheet into 25 (2-inch) squares.
  3. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes on a silpat lined baking sheet until the pastries are golden brown.
  4. Meanwhile, combine cinnamon and sugar in a large bowl. Add your hot pastries in batches to the bowl and coat with the sugar mixture.
  5. Drizzle the pastries with the honey before serving.
http://kitchenmeetsgirl.com/so-easy-sopapillas/

XO, Ashley

 

Choosing the Right Planter with Home Depot {Part 1} – #DigIn

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot.

Remember a few weeks ago when I told you how excited we were to begin our spring planting? About how much we love to entertain outside during the spring on the patio around the charcoal grill?

Yeah. It’s still not spring here in Kansas. I mean, it’s really, really not spring.

We’re so far removed from spring that Doodle’s class field trip to our Botanical Gardens was cancelled last week due to the cold temperature and high winds. It was in the 30′s here last week, and we were actually under a freeze advisory Friday morning.

But since I’m too impatient to wait much longer to start planting, I convinced the Tall Boy to take me to The Home Depot to get some new planters for our entertaining patio.  We’re hopefully on the upswing to warmer temperatures, but I decided I could get a few planters started…and if the temperature drops too much, we can pull them in for the evening.

pergola

As you can see, our entertaining patio is in definite need of some TLC {and the deck could use a good restaining, but that’s a project for another day!}.  Fortunately, I’m working with The Home Depot this spring to get this space jazzed up…and since I’m not really much of a gardener, undertaking a project like this called for some research on my part.

I decided I’d share what I learned along the way, and if any of you have suggestions for me, I’d love to hear them!

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I almost always plant wave petunias; they are my absolute favorite…or at least they are until we have eleventy-bajillion over 100-degree days in a row and every bit of landscaping material in our yard croaks. This year I’m determined to keep my plant material alive and looking good all summer. Who can relax in an outdoor living space when you have pots full of dead plants staring back at you??

Here’s what I have happening now.  It’s pretty sad looking!

my-old-yucky-planter

So, I started by researching exactly what type of planter would work best on our entertaining patio.  Here’s what I found:

  • Terra Cotta pots, while relatively inexpensive, absorbs water from the soil, drying it out.  The last few summers here have been horribly hot and dry here, so I’m unlikely to use a pot like this on our west-facing patio.  Plus, terra cotta is prone to frost damage…also not Kansas friendly!

  • Wood and Baskets are frost-proof, porous and a good insulator for plant roots.  However, to keep wood planters looking good, you’ll have to paint or treat them.  Baskets also offer a natural look, but will last only a few years before deteriorating.
  • Metal planters are often popular choices because of their versatility.   However, thin metal containers provide roots little insulation, making them prone to overheating and frost damage. Steel containers will corrode and can leave rusty stains on light-colored paving–not something I want to happen to our paved patio!
  • Stone and concrete planters are frost-proof, insulating and durable.  They are less porous than terra cotta, so they won’t dry out your soil as quickly.  They’re super heavy, though, so if you’re planning to move your pots to different locations after planting, these might not be the best choice.  But their stability works great for growing tall, top-heavy plants.
  • Synthetic planters include plastics, polymers, fiberglass and resins. These planters come in the widest range of colors, from natural shades to vibrant neon pinks and blues. Synthetic pots are frost-proof and not easily broken, so they are ideal if you have children or pets who may knock them over.

I’m not going to lie: price is a major factor for us in selecting our landscaping materials and planters.  We’re getting our house repainted in a few weeks, so the majority of our outside space budget is going to that much needed improvement.  So, I made sure to grab my coupons from The Home Depot Garden Club before heading out on our shopping excursion!

You can shop online below for some of the container options available at The Home Depot.  You can even check availability in-store before making your trip!

XO, Ashley

It’s home improvement time, and The Home Depot has everything you need to #DigIn for Spring. No matter what projects you want to tackle, they have great values on all you need. They’re ready to help you with renovation ideas and expert advice, too.

Get over $300 in email exclusive savings each year, sneak peeks on new products, monthly lawn & garden ideas for your region and access to The Home Depot’s gardening experts. Click here to join the world’s largest garden community today! Or go to http://gardenclub.homedepot.com/ to see some of the many benefits of membership.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot.

eMeals Mobile App and Slow Cooker Plans

Okay guys, I’m so excited that I had to pop in for a minute just to share a couple of things with you.  You’ve heard me talk before about eMeals and how much I love it – like, seriously, truly love it.  Especially now that we’re at karate 4 nights a week and are adding t-ball to the mix next week.  Can you say stressed out mom?

eMeals Slow Cooker

That’s why I’m so excited about eMeals new slow cooker meal plans!  I’m pretty much in love with my crock pot, so having someone else put together a meal plan and a shopping list for slow cooker meals is kind of like winning the lottery.  And you know what I think is the coolest thing about this plan?  Each Slow Cooker Meal Plan include five slow cooker recipes per week, plus two quick, easy, and inventive meals built on leftovers.

My family is actually using this plan now, and it’s completely awesome.  I don’t have to come up with dinner ideas during our busy weeknights, and our meals are pretty much ready and waiting for us in the evening, with very little prep work required by me.

Score!

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Want an idea of some of the stuff we’re eating?  You can click here for a sample menu.  If you think your family would love the Slow Cooker Plan, use the code SLOW for 15% off!

EMEALS EASY AND DELICIOUS DINNER RECIPES

Okay, want to know the best thing about eMeals? They just launched their new eMeals iPhone app (Android users, your version is coming soon!).

This new mobile app is free with your subscription and allows you to view your meal  plan and weekly shopping list whenever and wherever you need it.  Plus, it organizes your shopping list.  You can view your grocery items in a section by section shopping list. Simply mark purchased items as you drop them in your grocery shopping cart.

Awesome!

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 This app also makes it easy for you to skip unwanted meals.  Planning to eat out one night or have a sports event? Just drop any meal from your weekly plan and the relevant ingredients will be automatically removed from the shopping list.

 Need to add extra items to your list?  No problem!

Do you use your iPhone or iPad in the kitchen while preparing your meals?  Just use this app to access simple step-by-step cooking instructions while creating healthy, delicious home cooked meals for you and your family.

You can go here to download the app.

XO, Ashley

* I was not compensated for this post. I am an eMeals affiliate and this post does contain my affiliate link. However, all opinions are straight-up my own, and I used eMeals even prior to my affiliate relationship. I really do love it! You can read my disclosure policy here.