Cyber Monday with Cash Back

Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday is a great way to get holiday shopping done online.  Many retailers are offering big discounts on merchandise. Even if you rarely make purchases online, EBATES is a great way to earn cash back on your online purchases.  EBATES is free to sign up and they are currently offering you a FREE $10 gift card right now just for signing up and making your first online purchase. HURRY to sign up. Ebates also offers coupon codes for numerous discounts on your purchase as well. You create a free Ebates account, log in and begin to shop your favorite online stores. It is that easy. Then, being to watch cash come back to your wallet. Its simple. Its easy. And you get cash back!

It is very straight forward. No trick or hassle involved. You are already making the purchase online, why not get paid money back in your wallet? It is easy click here, and watch the cash come back to your wallet!

SIgn up here!!

Happy Shopping!

Jessica

*image from Google images

Shop Small Saturday!

Shop Small Saturday

Today is a great way to support your local community. It is Shop Small Saturday, the last Saturday of November set aside to shop local.  This time of year we are scrambling to get gifts for our loved ones. Sometimes we get caught up in shopping our big box stores we forget about our small businesses right here in our community.  Do some shopping today at some of your small businesses. Below, I have included some of my favorite local businesses around Indianapolis as well as other small businesses in the US. Here in Indianapolis many stores are planning on extra sales, coupons and even giveaways for shopping small. Aside from this date, enjoy the many benefits of shopping your small businesses and local shops. Most of these local businesses are more personable and offer a great shopping experience.  These businesses also put more money back into our community right here at home than your big box stores. Shopping small is near and dear to my heart, my parents are small business owners and I too aspire to have a small business in the future. Remember this is not only retail shops, it can be anything from a local market, toy store, salon, restaurant, laundry mat, coffee shop, gym, furniture store, media company, and the list goes on. Support those friends and family members close to you that own a small business, shop small!

Grab your friends and head over to some of my local favorites here in the city!

-Boomerang BTQ   (Mass Ave)

-Silver In The City  (Mass Ave)

-The Flying Cupcake  (5 locations around Indy/surrounding areas)

-Global Gifts  (Fair trade store, Mass Ave)

-Crimson Tate (Modern fabrics, Mass Ave)

US Small Businesses to check out:

-Closet Space  (online/mobile boutique in Washington state)

-Etsy  (a lot of small businesses and products)

-Mindy Mae’s Market (online boutique)

-Little Miss Dessa  (handmade children’s brand)

-T and J Designs (accessory and clothing brand)

-The Shine Project (American youth that hand make products and profits go to their education, AWESOME!)

These should be a few small businesses to keep you busy!  Happy Shop Small Saturday!  Enjoy your weekend with your friends and family.

Happy Saturday,

Jessica

Pumpkin Roll Recipe

Pumpkin Roll Recipe

Holy pumpkin roll! My husband is a huge fan of pumpkin rolls so today I whipped out my baking skills to make my very first pumpkin roll.  Not to bad for my first time and I must say, it was delicious. During the holidays it is very easy to run out and buy a gift,  but this year try baking some goodies for those neighbors and co workers on your list.  Trust me, I am rarely in the kitchen, but when I make my entrance it is usually to bake something sweet. All of the holiday parties and work pitch in’s call for baking something sweet. Over the holidays, I plan to share a few more recipes.  Of course they will be sweet treats. 🙂 Stay tuned for more of those in the coming weeks.

A past co worker and friend of mine who is an awesome baker recommended this pumpkin roll recipe from another blog, Skip To My Lou, here. I have also listed the recipe below.

*℅ Skip to my Lou

Before you start, lightly spray a 10X15 jelly roll pan with cooking spray. Line the jelly roll pan with parchment paper. The cooking spray helps adhere the paper to the pan. Give the top of the paper a coat of cooking spray.

Pumpkin Roll Recipe

(for cake)

  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar (to sprinkle on towel)
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup canned pumpkin (not pie filling)

for filling

  • 1 package (8oz.) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup powered sugar, sifted
  • 1/4 butter, softened
  • 1teaspoon vanilla extract
  • powered sugar for decoration

Preheat oven to 375 F

Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt in a bowl. Beat eggs and granulated sugar in large mixing bowl until thick. Mix in pumpkin. Stir in flour mixture. Spread batter evenly in prepared jelly roll pan.

Sprinkle a thin, cotton kitchen towel with powdered sugar. A towel with little texture works best. Be sure to put enough powdered sugar on the towel so the cake will not stick when rolling up the cake.

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until the top of the cake springs back when touched. Don’t over bake. Immediately loosen and flip the cake onto prepared towel. Carefully peel off paper.

Roll the cake up in the towel.

Refridgerate cake until cool, about an hour. While the cake is cooling prepare the filling.

To make filling beat the cream cheese, 1 cup powdered sugar, butter and vanilla until smooth.

Gentle unroll the cake.

Spread cream cheese mixture over cake. Reroll cake. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least one hour.

Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving.

Enjoy your pumpkin roll!

pumpkin roll recipe

*Again this recipe is from SkiptomyLou.org, the pictures are my own. 

I hope you all enjoying your weekend filled with family time and great food. Any funny stories about how any of your recipes turned out this Thanksgiving?

It’s Black Friday! Also, look at tomorrows blog post for SHOP SMALL SATURDAY. Support your community by shopping small tomorrow!

Enjoy,

Jessica