"Munchkin Manners on Table Setting" GIVE A WAY!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Winner is


Munchkin Manners
8th drawing held by Completed on Saturday, 27 November 2010 at 06:25:47 UTC
Winners (1)
1st: MrsMatched

We are Giving Away a
Signed Copy of Munchkin Manners on Table Setting Book!

Manner are becoming a lost art. When I was younger my parents sent me to "manners" school at The Breakers in Palm Beach, the same place where Celeste now does some of her training.  So when I was given the opportunity to have this Give-A-Way I was thrilled. It reminded me of the wonderful skills I was taught when I was younger, that I have used my whole life. 

Munchkin Manners Book - "Munchkin Manners on Table Setting" is the first book in a series of ten, written by Celeste Jones, the founder of the Elementary Etiquette Society. The enchanting tale teaches how to set a table properly through a whimsical story that takes place in a magical kingdom far, far away. This limited edition, purple velvet, gold embossed collectors' item looks beautiful in any nursery, child's room, or on any coffee table. 

This signed copy, with a personal note from Celeste of, Muchkin Manners on Table Setting is
perfect for a Holiday Present or Christmas stocking stuffer.
  Do you want to win one?  Here's how!
***2 Entries if you RE Tweet/Blog/FB about Giveaway!
1 Entry for Answering:  
Where does Celeste say "The Foundation for Modern Etiquette Began?" 
(Hint: It's on her website under Etiquette History)
5 Entries for purchasing Munchkin Manners on Table Setting Book from Etiquette Society

After you join/follow/buy leave a comment here at Lily's Laundry with how you entered.
DON'T forget to leave your email address so we can contact you!
Also, let us know who you would like Celeste to make your copy of the book addressed to!

Give A Way will run from November 19th-25th.
Winner will be picked by random.org and posted within 48 hours. 

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Fabulous Friday Follow, Blog Hop ;)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

We are back for another week of blog hopping.  We are moving from one blog to the next reading new stuff, coming up with new ideas and leaving lots of comments.  Do you want to join us?!?!?  It's 100% for FUN!  Everyone is welcome ;)

November 19th-21st

Every Friday begins with Fabulous Friday Follow Blog Hop
here at Lily's Laundry and  2Giggle Boxes.

Here's what you do...

1. Follow LLBB and 2GiggleBoxes. (We will follow you too!)
2. Click on the Linky Tool below and add your blog.
3. Check out the other blogs on "Fabulous Friday Follow"

Linky will close on Tuesday evening at 12 PM PST

Thanks to everyone who comes back for FFF every week.
We appreciate it.   Happy Fabulous Friday!

Happy Following!

It is sad that I even have to write this but DO NOT add anything to this linky list that is not family friendly!  It will be ERASED ASAP!

Cosette's White Lasagna

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

My dear friend Cosette  (Isn't that a cool name?  Her mom named her after the little girl in Le Miserables) brought me awesome White Lasagna after CS was born and it was a life saver.  Perfect to freeze and pull out on a night you don't want to cook...so I asked her to share and she so graciously did. Here it is...Yummy...oh P.S. Her darling helpers are her kids Chloe and Luke ;)

Ok….I must say I feel so very honored that my dear friend, Miss Laura, asked me to “Guest Blog”at Lily’s Laundry, especially since she knows I’m not a Twitter/Facebook usin’ kind of gal! However,  I do LOVE reading blogs and follow lots of discussion boards, etc. I guess you could say that I am your typical “lurker.” 

I love all things food related: reading about food and chefs (autobiographies), trying new recipes, following celebrity chefs and their restaurants, watching Top Chef, etc. 

Favorite ‘home cook’ style chefs/cookbooks: The Joy of Cooking, All Ina Garten cookbooks,  Paula Deen favorites,  Food Network website,  Allrecipes.com. 

Favorite chef type autobiography books: Comfort me with Apples, The Making of a Chef, Kitchen Confidential 

Favorite Restaurant: The French Laundry, Yountville, CA 

Favorite “Food” moment/experience:  Meeting world renowned French chef, Eric Ripert, in the kitchen at his famous restaurant, Le Bernardin, in NYC with my husband and fellow foodie friends, Ed and Ellyn.  

Laura’s blog is fun and inspiring and when she asked me to post a recipe, I had to put on my thinking cap…. Do I go with something with a gourmet twist that tests culinary skills? Or, should I focus on a really yummy, gluten-free recipe for those who suffer as like me? Hmmm….Since it is a busy time of year and everyone enjoys a quick, go-to recipe,  I decided to pull out one that is always a hit and is so easy you almost feel guilty receiving compliments (which is the best kind of recipe in my book!).  

My mother has always been quite the gourmet cook so I learned to taste and try all sorts of things as a kid (whether I liked it or not!). I now thank her for “trying” to steer me away from the oreos and froot loops and introducing me to things like homemade hummus, brown rice, quinoa and organic produce/products. She was way ahead of her time. She also taught me that there is nothing wrong with quick, easy “crowd pleaser” recipes when entertaining. Although back to basics, healthy, from-scratch meals are awesome,  I do love the simplicity of convenient recipes made in a flash. The key is to use good quality, the best you can find, ingredients.  

Here is one that gets rave reviews and is super easy and a little bit decadent! My kids love helping with the “assembling” part. Years ago, I found the recipe in a Trader Joe’s newsletter.  

White Lasagna 
What You Need
12 Lasagna Noodles (in a pinch I use the No Boil Lasagna Noodles – they are great and less mushy) 
1/2 cup of Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese (make sure it’s fresh – makes all the difference!) 
1 (16 oz) jar of Alfredo Sauce (your favorite brand – or make your own ) 
1 jar of Bolognese Meat Sauce (See above!) 
1 lb of Uncooked Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage (or if you like spice use Sicilian – lots of flavor! The key is to experiment with your own tastes) 

How You Do It...
1. Pre-heat oven 350 
2. 8x8 baking dish (I find glass works best) 
3. Remove casings from sausage links; place sausage in large skillet and pan fry until done. 
4. Add Bolognese sauce to pan; mix and warm through. Set aside. 
5. Spread thin layer of Alfredo sauce on the bottom of 8x8 baking dish. Top with layer of noodles.  
6. Spread thin layer of meat sauce on top of noodles, Top with a thin drizzle of Alfredo, evenly  sprinkle on small amount of grated parm. cheese and top with another layer of noodles. 
7. Keep layering in the same sequence until all ingredients have been used, making sure final layer is Alfredo sauce with the remainder of the Parmesan sprinkled evenly on top. 
8. Place in the oven and bake for 45 minutes to one hour until the top is brown and bubbly and the edges are crispy. 

Side Notes
This Serves 6!
I have doubled this recipe in a big pan for a large crowd and it turned out great.

Bon Appetit! 

Sweet Potato Pie.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

I love Pumpkin Pie but do you know what is even better "Sweet Potato Pie."  Growing up in the south we eat lots of sweet potatoes made all kinds of different ways for the holidays.
This is a recipe from my Grandmother.
You can download below if you would like to make one for your Thanksgiving guest.

Making the crust.

Making the filling.

Sweet Potato Pie

The best thing I have read in a really long time...

Monday, November 15, 2010

I don't know even know this lady's name or who she is but it is one of the best things I have read in a really, really long time. Reading this post you are brought through the whole spectrum  of emotion...sometimes you are laughing or other moments your eyes fill with tears... My mom sent me this this morning and I had to share.

Mexican Prisons and Milk Allergies


Lily's Laundry made Tip Junkie!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

I can't believe it!  Our kids table (#17) and free printables made Tip Junkie! Here's the picture and the link.

Tip Junkie says...Kids Table

17.  Kids Thanksgiving Table Setting – I just adore all of these FREE Thanksgiving printable crafts made for the kids table.
18.  Turkey Sucker Holders - Cut the turkeys and then added the suckers to them. I took an exacto knife and cut a small slit to push the suckers through.
19.  Coloring Turkey Table - Cover the children’s dining surface with paper and set out pots of crayons for tic-tac-toe.
20.  Last Minute Kids’ Thanksgiving Placemat Tutorial – I used felt to make it a quick last-minute project to decorate my kids’ Thanksgiving table. This project can be done on the machine or by hand. I stitched it up by hand.

Here they are again if you want to download for your Kids Thanksgiving  Table....


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