Guest Post: My Simple Kitchen

Today is the last day in my crazy week of guest bloggers, and I’ve saved the very best for last. I have Rene, one of my very best friends, guest posting from her blog My Simple Kitchen. She has always been an incredible cook, and I remember when we worked together she would always bring yummy lunches, and I’d be drooling, or she’d tell me about the meal her and her husband cooked on their grill the night before…and I’d be drooling, again! I remember getting to go visit her in Oregon (where she currently lives) and I went by her parents house and saw their beautiful kitchen, and they had a pot rack hanging with the nicest pots and pans I’d ever seen. I’m talking about EXPENSIVE, high quality pots and pans, not at all like the ones I have. They ENJOY cooking, and have passed that awesome quality down to her.

Here’s a VERY old photo of us. I adore her. <3

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Hi all! I’m Rene, a brand new blogger over at My Simple Kitchen. I am so excited to be a guest at Playdates and Pearls today!  My goal when I started My Simple Kitchen was to share recipes that are easy to prepare and taste great!  I grew up with some awesome cooking from my mom. She always made healthy and creative dinners. But only in the last couple years have I really started to enjoy cooking and was able to appreciate all those homemade meals as a child. With our busy lives of work, family, activities, etc. sometimes it’s hard coming up with meal ideas that are quick, tasty, and don’t break the bank.

This meatball pasta is super easy, takes under 30 minutes, tastes great, AND costs under $15.00!

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What you’ll need:

Sausage (you can use ANY kind you like. I like to use chicken sausage, makes me feel like it’s healthier :P)

2 tbsp. olive oil

1 ½ tsp. minced garlic

1 small onion, diced

1 jar marinara sauce (or you can be fancy and make your own)

2 tsp. oregano

1 tsp. thyme

Parmesan cheese

What you’ll do:

Roll sausage into meatballs.  Or, if you’re using links like I do, pinch desired size meatballs out of casing.

Heat olive oil in skillet on medium heat.

Sautee onions and garlic until tender.

Add meatballs and cook until done. 5-7 min each side, depending on size.

Add 1 jar marinara sauce, oregano and thyme (If your sausage is already spiced, omit the oregano and thyme.)

Cover and simmer on low for 20 minutes.

Serve over noodles and top with parmesan cheese.

If you’re staying away from carbs or just want a lighter version, use zoodles instead.

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Pardon the glove. I’m not a big fan of handling raw meat. Ewwww :P

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Total cost for this meal for 4 = $14.39!

Thanks for reading and come see what Samantha whipped up in her kitchen!

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If the picture of Rene, wearing her purple gloves, squeezing that “sausage” doesn’t make you cry from laughter then you need to scroll back up and look again. When she e-mailed me, I nearly lost it. She told me she took a TON of photos trying to not make it look so “nasty”. HA!

Rene and I are teaming up to bring you a very exciting GIVEAWAY! You can enter to win “The Can’t Cook Book” and a beautiful Anthropology Apron below.

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Scroll to see photos of both prizes.

Go say hi to me over on My Simple Kitchen. I’m cooking pizza, drinking wine, and pretending I know how to cook as well as my friend. :-) You can also follow My Simple Kitchen on Bloglovin’

XO – Samantha

P.S…My site was down for a short time yesterday, so if you didn’t get to see my guest post with Style by Kristen Blair, please go check it out. She’s so chic, and said the nicest things about me. *Blush*

Bonus Giveaway!

I know some of you were really quite bummed that you didn’t win the POPSUGAR box, but as promised, I have another giveaway for you! After buying one of these for myself, I decided that y’all needed one too. It’s just too cute to keep to myself! I have also included a TON of ways for y’all to enter to win, including a “refer-a-friend” option that allows daily submissions. Get a head-up on the competition. ;-)

Good luck!

XO – Samantha

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POPSUGAR Must Have Box *GIVEAWAY*

It’s that time…time for one of you lucky ducks to win one of my absolute favorite things. Instructions on how to enter are at the end of the post, so stay tuned…

So lets talk about what the POPSUGAR must have box is. It’s a box of full-sized products, handpicked by the editors at POPSUGAR magazine, with a focus on fashion, beauty, home, fitness, and food. The box is currently sold for $35 per month, or you can save by buying a 3,6,9, or 12 month subscription. The box ranges in value every month, and speaking from my own personal experience, they are always a great value. Here are a few products that have been in some of the previous POPSUGAR boxes:

Here are the items that were in Octobers must have box, which have a value of $117.27 – Not too bad for having only paid $30, after applying my REFER5 discount.

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The POPSUGAR box is not only a great gift to yourself, but the items also make great Christmas or birthday gifts for loved ones. My mom and I both have subscriptions, and we are so excited each month waiting for our little surprise to arrive!

So, here’s how you can enter to win the November POPSUGAR must have box:

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That’s it! The winner will be selected at random, and I will contact you for your shipping address.

Leave me a comment below telling me the item you’d be most excited to receive in the November box if you won. I would love a chunky knit infinity scarf, or a rich body butter to fight dry skin in the cooler months ahead. Some peppermint bark candy bars from William & Sonoma wouldn’t hurt either. ;-)

If you love what you see and are interesting in subscribing to PopSugar’s Must Have monthly box, use code REFER5 to save $5.

Weekly Lust List

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1.|| This delicious baked oatmeal casserole. I am making this tonight!

 2.|| Serena & Lily are having their 20% Friends and Family sale. Use Code HEART20

3.|| These new Freshly Picked Moccs for Camryn (Walnut & Platinum). I absolutely love these moccs, they are such high quality, and so durable.

4.|| Gulliana and Bill Rancic’s home tour in Traditional Magazine. I could move right in to this dream house!!

5.|| Tory Burch just launched her new fragrance, with notes of peonies, and the most beautiful packaging. Add this to my Christmas wish list!

6.|| I just received this cookbook in my monthly Pop Sugar Must Have box. I love her “Deceptively Delicious” book, so I have high hopes. I’ll let you know how we get along. I’ll be giving away a November Pop Sugar box, so stayed tuned for how you can enter to win!

7.|| Febreeze Spray in “Falling Leaves and Spice” smells amazing!

8.|| This quick and healthy treat makes my mouth water!

9.|| All of my favorite shows are coming back. Are you watching Greys Anatomy, Scandal, Sons Of Anarchy, and Homeland? My hubs also got me to start watching Blacklist with him, and I can’t lie, it’s pretty good if you like action and suspense. I’m also get my once-a-week trashy TV fix with the Kardashians. What are you watching lately?

10.|| This beautiful bedroom makeover done on a serious budget, by the incredibly talented Kirsten of 6th St Design School. I’ve been reading her blog for years, go check her out!

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