Longaberger Pottery

So, I’ve talked about Longaberger Flameware before and how much I love it. Now it’s time to talk about their pottery. The Flameware is a relatively new product for Longaberger, but their pottery is a longterm product for them. My mom has owned them for years and I’m here to tell you that they are sturdy! I have distinctive memories of my dog, Canada, picking the bowls off the counter and finishing the leftovers. She never broke one.
The patterns of pottery have evolved over the years, to settle onto solid colors.

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Some of the colors are cornflower (blue), paprika (red), sage (green) and several others. They occasionally bring back special or retired colors too. The variety of colors means that they can fit into every kitchen theme or decor. I personally have no specific color theme in my kitchen, so I own a variety of pottery colors!
An awesome feature about the pottery is the versatility. It’s dishwasher, freezer and oven safe. Dishwasher safe is a necessity for me! I can barely stand having to hand wash wine glasses! Freezer safe is always good for the pottery casserole dishes because you can prep and freeze enchiladas or lasagna and when your ready to eat them, pop them straight into the oven!

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Another fun perk of the oven safe feature, more recently discovered, is that the personal size pizzas fit perfectly on the luncheon plates! This is also one of the colors they bring back occasionally, eggplant.
There is a wide variety of pottery products available through Longaberger. Everything from salt & pepper shakers, butter dishes, all the way to casserole dishes. If you want to see the full line and all options, you can check them out here.
We’ll call this another product plug, but I have been using my pottery quite a bit over the last few weeks, so it’s on my mind. Why wouldn’t I share this with you??

Horizon of Hope

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By now, some of you are aware of my love of Longaberger. For those of you that are unaware, Longaberger is an American based company that started out with handmade baskets.
40 years later, it’s still mostly about the baskets, handmade right here in Ohio, but today they feature pottery, home decor and as of last September, their new line of ceramic cookware, Flameware.
The pottery was made for many years overseas, but they recently opened a factory in Buffalo, NY where the pottery will now be made.
But I digress! This is all about their Horizon of Hope line. For the last 16 years, Longaberger has featured items depicting hope for those with breast cancer. Since they joined hands with the American Cancer Society, they have raised over 15 million dollars. Every year they release a basket set, available in the traditional basket colors and whitewashed/pink. They’ve recently added items such as reusable market bags, potpourri, travel mugs and more.
My favorite part about these products is that they are beautiful, functional and they give you an opening to discuss what is a very important issue. Breast cancer affects a great number of women and the search for a cure is important! This month is the only month the basket is available during the year and through the 16th of this month they have specials going on do several items. Head on over and check them out. It’ll give you a chance to be a part of something amazing and you get something, besides that feel good feeling, out of it!
Original pin and check out the specials here

Peach Salsa

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You can call this a product plug, but once again, I’m ok with that. The first time someone said to me, peach salsa, my response was along the lines of, “eww, gross”. She kept talking about it though. Longaberger sells over 50,000 jars of this stuff a year. For a company like Pace, it may seem like small potatoes, but I think that’s pretty impressive for Longaberger! So I took home a jar to try out.
The salsa itself is very good. It’s very mild, but still has a nice salsa-y kick to it. Then there are the chunks of peach that give you a nice twist, almost like a surprise, but it’s nice.
She also recommended trying the following mix. You take 8oz of cream cheese, mix in a tsp of the cilantro-jalepeño seasoning and stir till it’s well mixed. Then you stir in half a jar of the peach salsa. It looks gross, once again, I won’t lie, but it is really nice. The cilantro-jalepeño mix gives it a little more kick and the cream cheese adds something to the overall flavor. My kids eat this stuff up!
If you’re willing to give it a try, and you should always try new things :), check out the original pin at http://ic.longaberger.com/ecommerce/control/product?PURCHASE_STATE=STANDARD&product_id=100198
Let me know what you think…….

Barbecue buffalo chicken

This is one that I’ve had pinned for quite a while, mainly because the original pinner used a Longaberger Flameware Lidded Braiser.
This recipe is so super simple too and easy and peasy are my bywords! All this requires is 4 chicken breasts, 1/2 cup barbecue sauce and 1/3 cup buffalo sauce. I used Frank’s Red Hot Sauce because I put that sh*t on everything! Ha!
I don’t own a Braiser, but I work the Longaberger Homestead quite a bit and I love doing kitchen demo, which allows me to use their Flameware!
So today I brought my food stuffs and made up some of this delicious chicken! The Flameware helps make the chicken super tender due to the divots on the lid, which allow the moisture that collects to drip back down to your meats.
Once you have the chicken coated in the barbecue / buffalo mixture put it in the oven at 375* for 1 hour. I cut mine into sample sized pieces so I only did 20 minutes and they were fully cooked.
Super yummy, and as demoed by yours truly, they can make a great party snack when cubed.
Original pin can be found at http://littleleopardbook.com/2012/03/18/whats-for-dinner-baked-bbq-buffalo-chicken/

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Brownie-Oreo Trifle

Brownie-Oreo Trifle

Let me start off by bragging about the fact that today is my birthday. Not really sure if bragging is the right word. Maybe stating the fact would be better. My daughter’s birthday is only 5 days before mine so I haven’t had my own birthday cake since she came along. Not complaining because we usually have leftover cake on my birthday. This year though, we blew through Chiara’s cake, so I thought this would be a good time to try out the Brownie-Oreo Trifle I’ve had pinned since around last September!
I put this together at the same time I was making dinner, so it’s fairly easy to do. The kids got really excited watching me put together the elements too. Brownies, pudding….. mmmmm!
You will need the following:
1 9×13 pan of brownies
1 box chocolate pudding (They said you can use sugar free or fat free, but who really cares with the Oreo and brownie combo?)
1/2 cup water
1 can sweetened condensed milk
8 oz cool whip (they also gave the option of lite, but once again, Oreos and brownies….)
12 oz cool whip
18 oreos, chopped
6 oreos for garnish
Bake brownies as directed. Cool completely and chop into bite size squares. Combine pudding mix, water, and sweetened condensed milk. Mix until smooth. Fold in 8 oz of cool whip until there are no streaks. Chop 18 Oreos and set aside. In a trifle bowl, layer half of the brownies, half of the pudding mixture, half of the Oreos, and half of the cool whip. Repeat each layer. Garnish the top with 3 whole Oreos and 6 crushed Oreos with filling taken out.
I was really excited about finally being able to use my Longaberger Trifle Bowl which was my September incentive. It looks so beautiful, but this is also the firs trifle I’ve ever made!
I felt a little selfish because the kids were being little monsters tonight, so they were sent to bed right at bedtime. Tony and I dug into the trifle after they were tucked in and asleep. Don’t worry, I’ll be sharing with them tomorrow, but tonight it was adults only!
It is very, very yummy. Beware however, because it is very, very rich! I used the last of our milk making dinner and I was wishing for a tall glass of it before I was through my small serving! Tony enjoyed it too, and since he is the toughest critic in the house, I’d call this a big winner!
Original pin can be found at http://bakingaway.blogspot.com/2010/02/brownie-oreo-trifle.html

Cute cake!

Cute cake!

This was so easy, and it was a big hit! I bought 9 of the giant Kit Kat bars to make sure I had enough, but I only needed 5. My argument was, better safe than sorry! I did try out a new Pinterest cake recipe, but that is for another night. I cheated a little and bought the pre-made Pillsbury icing. I knew that making a batch of mine would have way too much leftover.
Cake made, cooled, iced and then I went crazy sticking Kit Kat bars to the side. The icing really helps hold it in place, so make sure you stick the bars before the icing sets. When you break the bars up, leave 2 stuck together for the pieces. You could do individually, but why make things more difficult? I used the ribbon you see, mainly because it was what I had on hand, but it was cute, I think? Don’t you agree?
After the bars are stuck and the ribbon is tied, take your M&Ms and pour them over the top, trying to make sure they are layered evenly. The icing will stick to them a little, so be prepared!
I have the cake set up real pretty for the picture on my Longaberger 8-in-1 entertainer, also pretty!
Cutting this cake was a little bit of a doozy. I was thinking I would have to almost completely break it down to cut it, but no! I only removed the ribbon and cut between the broken bars, the M&Ms kind of spread themselves apart for a knife.
All of us ended up eating these slices in stages. The kids ate the Kit Kats and M&Ms first, then moved on to the cake. Tony and I started with the cake and moved on to candy, but to each their own.
Fair warning, this combo is very rich, make sure you have milk on standby!
Happy baking!
Original picture (no real directions) can be found here.

Longaberger Flameware

Longaberger Flameware

We can call this a product plug, or we can call this my review of a product. I prefer to call it the latter. I’ve been in love with Longaberger products since I was around 8 years old. I got my first basket as payment for babysitting for a Longaberger consultant. I still have it and use it to hold my daughter’s hair-ties. Their products are sturdy and long lasting. They are a little pricey, until you realize that you will have these baskets, or other products, FOREVER! I’ve only had to have one basket repaired and that was a result of a puppy attack……
September 2012, Longaberger released their Flameware line. I hadn’t heard that much about ceramic cookware, but I’ve done some research on it since the release. Ceramic cookware is the wave of the future. Your average metal cookware, such as Pampered Chef (which I own a set of) or your average Wal-Mart pans, over time will break down and metal will leech into your food.
Normally I don’t follow these health worries. I’m more of the, if I don’t think about it, it’s less likely to happen! Silly and childish, but I can deal with it!
Price-wise, Longaberger Flameware, their ceramic cookware, is competitively priced, especially considering standard Longaberger quality. Before these products became available for sale, they offered the 11 1/2″ skillet as a sales incentive. I was very happy to get one. At first I was terrified of breaking it, but it’s sturdier than you would think ceramic cookware would be.
I think my favorite feature is that it reduces cooking time. I’m able to cook chicken faster, and at a lower temperature. We eat a lot of chicken in this house, so this is a big selling point for me! I was a little upset that the skillet didn’t have a lid, but they have recently released a lid, so that dilemma has been resolved.
Another big selling point is on the braiser, both dutch ovens, and now the lid to the skillets. The lids have little bumps on the bottom. You know when your cooking with a lid on your dish and you pull the lid off and the moisture just runs to whichever side you tilt? I’ve always hated this! These bumps however allow the moisture to drip back down onto your food, helping keep your meets moist.
Flameware is also available in all the Longaberger pottery colors (as seen in the picture), however the company is trying to resolve some problems with the lighter colors staining. Really this problem only exists on the white and yellow ones.
The Flameware does need to be ‘treated’ when you get it, but this is so simple it hardly bears mentioning. They give simple directions in the paper that comes with any Flameware purchase.
Longaberger now has a line including the 11 1/2″ skillet and lid, the braiser, the 2 1/2 qt dutch oven, the 4 qt dutch oven, a 8″ skillet and lid and a pizza stone. The best part of all of these products? They are Longaberger vitrified plus! They are safe for your freezer, dishwasher, oven, grill, stovetop and they look beautiful on your tabletop! Every piece comes with small rubber ‘oven guards’ for lack of a better word. They don’t go in the oven, but they allow you to remove your dishes from heat without using oven mitts.

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