Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Special Holiday Promotions!

I am so thrilled to share with you some promotion codes for a few of my favorite brands! Who doesn't love to save money this holiday season? I know I do!

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Also receive free standard shipping on your first purchase with until Saturday, January 1st, 2011! Just go to and enter promo code NEW2WTC during checkout! hand creates distinct, gourmet gift baskets for every occasion and every price. The offer unique Christmas gifts that are exclusive to and are not found anywhere else! So why not send a loved one a truly personal gift experience this holiday season? is offering a free ship upgrade to 2nd Day Air and all of your gifts will be sure to arrive by Christmas! Visit from Monday, December 20th - Wednesday, December 22nd to receive this upgrade!

I hope you are able to use some of these promotions to complete all of your holiday shopping without putting a too big hole in your wallet!

Happy Holidays to you all!


Monday, December 13, 2010

Shawn's Holiday Snack Mix!

This holiday season, what better than giving a little gift of Shawn's Holiday Snack Mix!? Just follow this easy-to-do recipe and in no time you will have a great gift to send to friends and family or a wonderful snack for your party goers to munch on!

1 Small Box Chex Wheat & Rice Cereal
1 Bag of Pecans (2 cups)
2 Sticks of Butter
1 Cup Packed Brown Sugar
1 TBSP Vanilla

Preheat oven 325 degrees
Coat an 11 x 15 pan with cooking spray to prevent sticking
Pour cereal into pan, top with pecans and set aside

In a deep sauce pan on the stove melt the butter
Add the brown sugar
Stir constantly to prevent burning and bring butter sugar mixture to a boil
Once boiling slowly add vanilla; mixture will foam (and may splatter) cook 1 to 2 more minutes

Pour butter sugar vanilla mixture evenly over cereal coating well.

Bake for 10 minutes, stir.  Bake another 10 minutes and remove from oven, stir again to coat evenly.
When just about cool remove from pan into an airtight container and enjoy!


Thursday, December 9, 2010

Wine Bottle Invitation!

Throwing a party this holiday season? Well do I have a great invitation for you! Check out my "Wine Bottle Invitation" featured on! Click here to view the "how-to" video! It is simple, and takes only a few minutes for something that will be sure to impress your guests even before the festivities begin!

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

From the Kitchen of Shawn Rabideau

The recipe is finally here! Many of you have been asking me on twitter for my famous family Pineapple Upside Down Cake Recipe! Well wait no longer because here it is!

1/4 Cup Butter
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Can Sliced Pineapples
Small Jar of Stemless Maraschino Cherries
1 Egg
1 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Milk
1 Tsp Vanilla
Pinch of Salt
1 Tsp Baking Soda
1 Cup Flour

1. Heat Oven to 350 Degrees
2. In an 8inch x 2inch round pan on the stove top with very low heat, melt the butter and brown sugar until it is caramelized. This should be a slow process.
3. Once combined, put the drained, sliced pineapples into the pan
4. Take the Maraschino Cherries and put them in the center of the pineapple slices and decorate the rest of the pan.
5. In a bowl, mix together the egg, one cup sugar, milk, vanilla, salt, baking soda and flower until it forms into a thin pancake batter like consistency and pour into the pan over the pineapple
6. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, or until the toothpick comes clean
7. Remove from oven, invert on to a plate, and enjoy!!!


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Save Money on your Holiday Goodies!

Yesterday, I had the honor of meeting with bloggers at the amazing DesignPac facility in Chicago to share some of my "shop at home first, then get creative" ideas for holiday entertaining! In honor of the event, all of the products that were featured from 1-800 FlowersFannie May, The Popcorn Factory, 1-800 Baskets, Cheryl's, and are 15% off* when you use the promo codes below! ! You must check them out! So many great gifts for the holiday season! The promo codes are: (Promo code: 1225) (Promo code: SHAWN) (Promo code: SHAWN) (Promo code: SHAWN) (Promo code: SHAWN) (Promo code: SHAWN)
 *Offer good for a limited time only. Prices & Discounts are exclusive of applicable service and shipping charges and taxes. Items may vary and are subject to availability, delivery rules and times. Offer available online. Offers cannot be combined, are not available on all products and are subject to restrictions, limitations and blackout periods. Prices and charges are subject to change without notice. Void where prohibited.
I hope you are able to enjoy some of the fabulous products from these great brands! I know that I will be making LOTS of purchases from them this holiday season.

Stay tuned because I will be sure to be posting some photos later on from the event! Also, don't forget to check out for all of your holiday and entertaining needs. 


Transform Your Fall Wreath into a Holiday Wreath!

Check out first holiday webisode! I demonstrate how to save time and money by recycling decor for the holidays! It's simple, just click here and watch how you can transform your Fall Wreath into a Holiday Wreath!

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