October 21, 2014

Homemade Caramel Sauce

Autumn is my absolute favorite time to cook, bake, and just be in the kitchen. However, this time of year is also one of our busiest times. I often find myself putting meals in the slow cooker before we head out the door for the day, or I am whipping up a 30 minute chili after soccer practice. 

Because of this, I was looking for a dessert that was quick to whip up, but could be versatile. That is when I thought of Caramel Sauce. It really is a cinch to make, takes no time at all, and like dessert sauces, can be used to top all kinds of things (cakes, brownies, ice cream, a spoon). 




Plus, what is more Fall like that a caramel dipped apple?




Home Made Caramel Sauce
1 stick of unsalted butter (you don't even have to bring it to room temperature)
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream or half and half
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp pure vanilla extract (optional)




In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, melt butter.




Next, whisk in brown sugar until completely dissolved.




Add cream, salt, and vanilla.




Then, stirring continuously for 5-7 minutes stir mixture. It will simmer and bubble gently. You may want to lower heat slightly as to not hurt yourself while you stir.




Remove from heat, and continue to stir for about 3 or 4 minutes to let the mixture cool gently.

Pour into a heat safe container. 




You can use sauce now, or let cool to room temperature, cover, and store in the fridge. 




To reheat place in microwave without lid or put in a water bath of gentle simmering water.

Stay tuned for a fun Thirsty Thursday recipe with this awesome Caramel Sauce later in the week.




If you liked this dessert sauce, check out my recipe for Red Berry Sauce.




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October 20, 2014

You Mean I Don't Need a Coupon at Ross? A GIVEAWAY

While I was compensated for this post, the thoughts and opinions are all my own.

If you have read my blog in the past, you know that I am always happy to get a good deal. Like a great sale, two coupons that do not exclude each other, the stars are aligned just right in the clearance aisle kind of deal. I will shop, scope, and look for the best deal possible. I have always been this way (I learned it from my dear Dad at a very young age). Sure, sometimes I splurge. However, when I know I can wait and get a good deal, why pay full price?

That is why when Ross Dress for Less reached out, and asked me to come to their Grand Opening event at their new store on Randolph in Chicago, I thought I should check it out as  I had never been to Ross before (I know I couldn't believe it either!) I cannot wait to go back! 




Ross is like being at the best sale you've ever been to, with coupons on steroids! Only its not a sale! Just low prices. As I am an experienced shopper, there were items I would peruse that I would assume I would know how much they were based on brand, material, or how trendy they were, and every time I was wrong. The item was always LESS than I had anticipated it would be! 


Photo courtesy of Ross Dress for Less
I am seriously in "Deal Heaven"
I went to Ross looking to round out my Fall/Winter wardrobe, but mostly I was looking for a non-denim jacket(I have a thing about wearing a denim jacket when I'm wearing jeans, I can't do it) I could wear while running errands or on the soccer field. I found an adorable wool, lined, jacket with belt that I assumed would cost more than I was willing to spend. It was only $19.99! #SOLD


My new jacket even helps me cheer on the little ones better at soccer.
As I continued to make my way through the store, this home decor enthusiast and lover of all things domestic could not pass by the home section without at least a browse, and I noticed there were 5' x 7' rugs for as low as $30 and home accessories starting at $4.99. 




I worked my way through the kitchen section and found the perfect bundt pan, and purchased it for less $6.99. I baked with it the next day! (Recipe to come.)




Long story short, you need to get to Ross! To help you out Ross is sponsoring a $25 Gift Card Giveaway to get you started! You will be so excited to see how far $25 can go at Ross. To enter, leave a comment telling me how you will spend your $25 at Ross. Also, for two additional entries, follow Home Everyday on Facebook and Twitter.


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