Smarty Had A Party Review and Giveaway!

This giveaway is now over. The winner is Emma Peel. Congrats!

Sponsored by Tomoson.comI like to make things easy for myself.  Every other year we do Christmas Eve at my house, and I hate all the dishes that it brings (especially when we are talking 11 adults and 4 kids).  Granted, we have a dishwasher, but it still stinks.  After a dinner with everybody, we end up having to run at least 2 loads in the dishwasher to get everything clean.

That is where Smarty Had A Party comes in.  First of all, who doesn’t love that name?  Smarty Had A Party is the premier online retailer of elegant disposable dinnerware, offering an attractive alternative for classy parties, weddings, holidays and elegant events, at a substantial cost-savings over rentals. Although these dishes are sturdy and elegant enough to be used for an important event, they can be conveniently disposed of, and all at reasonable price. They even offer free ground shipping on all orders over $275.00!

We recently tried these out.  At first look, they look real.  It isn’t until you sit down and use them that you realize that it is plastic.  They definitely dress up your dinner, and this is a product I’ll be using again for family holidays.  Everybody was impressed with them, and it made cleanup a breeze.

Since we liked these so much, I’ve arranged for one lucky reader to get their own Smarty Had A Party prize pack!  They prize pack consists of:

10.25″ Smarty Ivory and Chocolate Dinner Plates
Reflections Long Dinner Forks
Reflections Grand Heavy Knives
Reflections Spoons
Chocolate Brown Dinner Napkins

Here’s what you need to do:

Head over to the Smarty Had  A Party site and tell me what products you like best.  Is it the silverware?  Or is it the
10.75″ Platinum Ebony Black Plates?

These will give you one additional entry (for each thing):

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Good luck! This contest will end November 23rd, 2010 at 11:59 PM CST.

[Product review & giveaway disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”]

Skillet Lasagna

When it is just me and the kids, I tend not to take pictures.  I have a hard time getting everyone situated and that is just what happened with this recipe.  Now, this is a recipe you can definitely customize to what you want.  I am going to list this easy to make recipe the way I made it.  However, next time I will be adding some diced tomatoes to this and possibly some ricotta cheese too.

 

 

Skillet Lasagna
 
Author:
Ingredients
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 jar (26 oz) spaghetti sauce
  • 1⅔ cups of water
  • ¼ cup of Italian Dressing
  • 12 lasagna noodles (broken into quarters)
  • 1 cup shredded low moisture part skim mozzarella cheese
Instructions
  1. Brown ground beef and drain.
  2. Add in garlic, spaghetti sauce, water, and dressing. Bring this to a boil and then stir in the noodles. Reduce the heat to medium low and cover. Cook 10 - 15 minutes or until your noodles are tender. Remove from heat and sprinkle with cheese. Cover again and let stand 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Italian Style Pork Chops

Now, I have been slacking with my recipes on here, but I am hoping to get my butt into gear and get some more easy to make recipes for you all.  These pork chops are both good and easy to make.  I have to thank Kraft Foods for the recipe (even though I have made some changes to it).

 

 

Italian Style Pork Chops
 
Author:
Ingredients
  • 4 pork chops
  • 1 16 oz pkg frozen vegetables
  • 1 tsp dried oregano leaves
  • ¼ cup ranch dressing
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup shredded park skim mozzarella cheese
Instructions
  1. Heat a skillet sprayed with cooking oil. Add you pork chops and vegetables. Cook for about 2 minutes or until the bottoms of the pork chops are browned. Turn the pork chops over.
  2. Sprinkle with oregano and drizzle with the dressing. Now, cover everything with the diced tomatoes. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low and simmer for about 12 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  3. Before serving, sprinkle with cheese.