October 18, 2012
There’s a tradition in my family that started a few years ago that still somewhat confuses me.
Some out-of-town relatives decided that Halloween was the ideal time to come for a visit, so no matter what day the holiday falls on, we can be sure that we’ll have company.
Don’t get me wrong; we love our family visitors, but Halloween never really seemed like a family-gathering occasion to me. Now it has grown to include not only our out of town guests, but a few family friends as well.
I love planning a get together, but when that get together falls on a work night and school night, things get a bit tricky. Especially when a meal is involved. (Something tells me my boss wouldn’t appreciate it if I left early that day to go make dinner and get the goodies ready for the kids.)
Last year I stumbled across a really fun Halloween recipe for stuffed peppers carved to look like jack-o-lanterns. They were a huge hit, but this year I needed to find something a bit less complicated (and with my basic cooking skills, I’m looking for REALLY simple, folks!) and I think I’m in luck!
This year for the Random Family Halloween gathering, I’ll be making a big batch of Pumpkin Turkey Chili!
Wait! Come back here!
I know it sounds weird, but the recipe promises to take only 30 minutes, and I can even chop up some of the ingredients the night before, so hopefully I can trim that time frame down even more.
But here’s the kicker: My kitchen is woefully stocked and I have even had friends come over and bring their own knives and cutting boards because they know they’ll never find what they need at our place.
But where I lack in kitchen prowess, I excel in online shopping skillz! (Yes, I meant to spell that with a ‘Z’! My skills are just THAT amazing!)
I have to give KickItBack much of that credit, though. Sure, there are a ton of people out there who shop at Macys.com, Walmart.com and Target.com, but not all of them are doing it while earning cash back on their purchases.
I am on the hunt for a nice large skillet. Not the most exciting thing to purchase online, but if I can score a good deal and avoid driving around town (while paying over $4.00 a gallon in gas) then I’m IN!
While my cooking skills may be meager, I still know the value of a good brand. Macy’s is currently having a promotion where all non-stick Calphalon cookware is 20% off until 10/27.
Check out this little beauty: The Calaphon Contemporary Nonstick Bronze Covered 5 Qt. Saute Pan, now on sale for $99.99 until Oct. 20.
Stay cool handle? Check!
Oven safe up to 450 degrees? Double check!
Wait a minute. Is a ‘saute pan’ the same thing as a ‘large skillet’? Shoot…I’m already feeling out of my element, but I still think this pretty bronze baby would be a HUGE upgrade to my kitchen paraphernalia.
When I shop at Macys.com with KickItBack, I can also earn 1.5% cash back on my purchase. Now that’s a PAN-tastic deal! (Pan-puns = Awesome.)
Target features the Kitchen Essentials by Calaphon brand and had lots of pans that qualify for free shipping if your purchase is $50 or more.
I like the 12’’ nonstick jumbo frying pan for $49.99, even though I’ll still need to add something else to my cart to qualify for that free shipping. Tricky, tricky, Target. But I forgive you. I’m sure my kitchen could use a new spatula or two while I’m on my mission to beef up my kitchen.
Plus, since I’m earning 1.5% cash back when I shop with KickItBack, online shopping just puts me in a spectacular mood.
Speaking of spectacular, did you know they make such a thing as a personal pie maker?
It’s available at Target for $27.99 and I think it may be just what I need to impress those out-of-town Halloween guests!
Sure, pumpkin turkey chili may sound strange, but there’s got to be some bonus points I could earn for personal apple pies served up for dessert, right?
Happy autumn, everyone!