Rayovac Alkaline Batteries for your Holiday Toys

Christmas is almost here. Holiday parties and gift giving. Black Friday will hold so many deals. Cyber Monday brings deals to your door step without leaving your home.

While you are searching out the best Gift for your spouse, children, family and friends. Remember the best thing to give with Toys and Battery Operated Gifts - RAYOVAC BATTERIES!  

Make sure those you love are all powered up on Christmas morning. So this WowWee® MiP Robot is on the Hottest Toy 2014 Christmas List. Batteries Required -  so get yours WITH the gift. 

Rayovac makes it awesome to get your batteries stocked up. Check out their Facebook page for COUPONS for alkaline batteries. 

Rayovac's Alkaline Batteries last longer.  For toys and games,  Printable Coupons that can help YOU save this Holiday Season. 

Here are some of the awesome Coupons on the Rayovac Facebook page. Just go to the Printable Coupons tab on the Rayoavc Facebook page.  https://www.facebook.com/Rayovac/app_256223257828569

Go have fun and SAVE for your Rayovac alkaline batteries. 

Just print them out.... 

Keep up with all of the Rayovac coupons and Giveaways here on the Rayovac Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Rayovac and Twitter: @rayovac

Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy the bargains this weekend. If you are like me, I"ll be Cyber Monday shopping. No parking, no Holiday hours and free shipping! Bonus, you can use these coupons! 

Again, Happy Thanksgiving! 

Warmly, Carolina Mama

FTC Disclosure: Rayovac has sponsored this post. I am a Rayovac Power Blogger. All opinions are my own. 

Netflix for All of Your Holiday Shows Veggie Tales

This whole NetFlix Stream Team is awesome! We are loving streaming on Netflix. We have the iPad Mini and the Mac and enjoy the shows. Our favorite thing now is Veggie Tales Netflix streaming.  This includes "It's a Meaningful Life." We love this one.

We have been huge Veggie Tales fans for a while now and we love this access on Netflix.

Then we caught up with the times and watched "Catching Fire" from the Hunger Games on Netflix. It was so nice to watch from home. We are getting into this century. LOL We had not seen it so it was fun to watch together at home. And since I am Hunger Games clueless, I was able to have the whole family pause and explain everything to me. Or, to just take a break from the Hunger Games craziness.

Netflix has great streaming for Catching Fire.

We love Netflix and I LOVE that you can set your accounts for Kids and Parents. Although, in our home the adults mostly watch kids shows with our kids. :)  

Check out Netflix and let me know your thoughts. Do you Netflix stream? I am loving the #netflixstreamteam 

Then, when Thanksgiving is over, we will move into the Muppets Christmas Carol!

Thanks so much Netflix! We love it. And Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Warmly, Carolina Mama

FTC Disclosure: This post is sponsored by NetFlix. I am a Member of the #NetFlixStreamTeam. All opinions are my own. 

How to Cook Your Butterball Turkey and a GIVEAWAY

Thanksgiving is just a week away!  Are you as excited as I am!  We LOVE Thanksgiving time. Lots of Family, Food and Fun!  Butterball Turkey is keeping it real this Thanksgiving with another GIVEAWAY!!!

Butterball How to Roast a Turkey 2014

One of you will WIN a Butterball Turkey! We LOVE cooking Butterball each Thanksgiving. 
Butterball has so many resources for you as you cook your Thanksgiving, Christmas and Holiday meals. The Butterball Turkey Talk Line is available to you! 

ButterBall Turkey Talk Line:  WE'RE HERE TO HELP

              Our Butterball experts are available to answer your         questions by phone, online chat and email. Let’s talk turkey! 1-800-BUTTERBALL (1-800-288-8372)

Butterball is Tech Savvy: They are on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.  Oh, 
Have you seen the iPhone APP? 

It calculates everything! How big a turkey to get for your tribe, how long you should
thaw said turkey and how long should you roast your turkey!  So awesome! 

Just for fun, Butterball made us this "Stuffing vs. Dressing" Chart! Where are you from and 
what do you call the Thanksgiving "Starch." We hail from New Orleans and North Carolina and we call it Dressing! So the chart may be used at your own risk. I can assure you Louisianan's call 
it Dressing. And we are known to add oysters to that dressing for extra goodness! 

We will be having this Chocolate Pecan Pie by Martha Stewart because Southern. 
Southern goodness, pecans and chocolate. With a neat dose of Martha. Life is good. :)

You can Follow Butterball® on Pinterest for more recipes and Holiday fun!


1) Follow Butterball on Facebook and comment there with your favorite Thanksgiving dish.
2) Follow Carolina Mama on Facebook comment and tell us are you hosting for Thanksgiving.
3) Leave a comment below as to your favorite Thanksgiving dish.
4) Tweet this Givewaway.

Contest opens until Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 8pm EST.  Certificate will be mailed Monday. Please have your active email address so we can email you and get your address for mailing Monday! :) 

Warmly, Carolina Mama

FTC Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Butterball Turkey.  All opinions are my own. 

Bonefish Grill Sunday Brunch Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Bonefish Grill Sunday Brunch Hilton Head Island, South Carolina was wonderful. We loved having a leisurely Sunday Brunch! We stayed at the lovely Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. Bonefish was close by and convenient. We loved the Sunday Brunch.

Bonefish is opening for Black Friday Brunch. 

"Since Black Friday shoppers need their fuel and we’ll be offering our Brunch through the Black Friday weekend. From late night excursions to early morning bargain hunting, shoppers will now be given the opportunity to refuel with Bonefish Grill’s beloved brunch. Usually only served on Sundays, Bonefish Grill’s brunch menu offers twists to classic like Crème Brulee French Toast and Bang Bang Shrimp Eggs Benedict.


Available throughout Black Friday weekend, there’s no reason to head home early when shoppers can reenergize and keep going after a scrumptious brunch. And while there, brunchers can stock up on holiday gifts and receive a $20 Bonefish Grill gift card free with the purchase of $100 in gift cards."

Back to our visit, we had the best time at Sunday Brunch. One of our sons had a 1/2 .lb American Kobe Hamburger with Eggs and Bacon! Loved it! Ate it! 

We had fun with the boys and this is a picture they took.

Here we all are! We ordered Bang Bang Shrimp for appetizer with Bonefish signature Bread and Pesto Olive Oil. Amazing! 

The best appetizer!! Bang Bang Shrimp! 

This is not your ordinary brunch - this is Bonefish Grill Sunday Brunch. 

My husband's incredible Eggs Benedict with Spicy Shrimp and Potatoes Au Gratin.
We always trade bites and it was SO good!

This is what we look like at brunch. :) We love when the boys read and draw! ;) The food came in a timely manner and with a nice pace between appetizer and meal! 

My favorite thing was my meal! Goats cheese and Cajun Shrimp with Peppers! Steamed Asparagus.

Look at this amazing meal on the Bonefish website! 

                                 Another favorite is the Ahi Tuna! It is so flavorful and unique. 

Check out the Bonefish Sunday Brunch! 

We love the fresh flavors! The atmosphere is always upbeat and fun. It's relaxing and enjoyable! Go and enjoy! 

Warmly, Carolina Mama

FTC Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Bonefish Grill, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. All opinions are my own. 

Country Outfitter Fashion Boots for Women, Silver Boots, Turquoise Cortez Cream

CarolinaMama Country Outfitter Corral Turquoise Boots

For a while now, Country Outfitter has caught my eye, and millions of others, right!  I love the pop or color and style in their boots I see all.over.the.internet!  So I was totally jazzed to join their Fashion Campaign for Fall.  Jumping ahead, this is my first photo in my Country Outfitter Boots! These stole my heart. Fall y'all....


These caught my eye immediately. As a woman of faith, I love the idea of these Woman's Circle G Corral Beige Side Cross Boots. Do you just LOVE! I do. I think I have more purchases in my future. 

I have to admit, it was awesome and so fun to browse their website and choose boots. One problem, I LOVED A LOT of them!  I have my original black, Nocona's that I adore. So I was thinking do something fun like.... these beauties....

Corral Women's Tobacco Beige Silver Sequin Cross Boots. 

Brown was on my mind since I love my black. I tend to go kind of basic so that it matches a lot of things.  Then, I saw these beautiful Silver Cowboy Boots! Look at that Bling! These would be so pretty for all of the Christmas Parties, the Holidays and on into New Year's Eve celebrations!  They are a favorite!  They are pretty with a little heel for dress up. 

Miranda Women's Cowboy Bling Boot 

Then I have a think for a pretty Red. Just look at these Women's Corral Desert Red Goat Leather Boot.  LOVE the RED. To me, red works with a lot of things. I really struggled with the idea of getting a pretty red. LOVE these. They have the traditional look that I love.

Ariat Women's Heritage Western R. Toe Boot Distressed Brown really made me consider my brown boot basics thoughts again. These were fun. I actually ordered these.  I know brown matches so many things.

I ordered the wrong size, so I knew I was going to have to exchange.  Let me say, Country Outfitters Exchanges were a Dream! I am serious. They were SO helpful to me. They answered a lot of questions.  And ultimately, I chose a pair I will wear forever! :)  It was SO hard to let these go. I mean, I was hanging out in them thinking, how I make a decision.  Clearly, I am going to be a future customer, as well.  I made the hard decision, after taking one more glance at these....

Country Outfitter Ariat Women's Heritage Western Boot
Carolina Mama 

Introducing my Turquoise Babies. Are these not to die for - seriously! I LOVE them. I have to say, Corral is my favorite. They are a soft leather, they are very well made.

They are Handmade in Mexico. I LOVE that. 

Corral Women's Turquoise Cortez Cream Fleur de Lis Boot.

The Fleur de Lis stole my heart for this New Orleans girl. Anything Fleur de Lis is a WIN! They are SO comfortable! I love them. The heel is perfect for so many things. As you see, they are so cute to wear with leggings. 

So just a reminder, these re my absolute Favorite on the Planet! The Turquoise is perfect to match up with so many things for a Fashion statement. The prices at Country Outfitter is so reasonable. 
Really great leather boots with fashion for less. 

Another part of my ordering story is that I chose the Brown first even though I adored the Red and the Turquoise. Well, after I ordered my original ones my girlfriend posted her new boots...
these boots were here Birthday Celebration boots! Awesome! 

Then, I LOVE they way she styled them here with her family picture.  Not only was she gracious 
enough to agree to being "twins" in different cities, she agreed to be my model. :) She shared 
her pics. 

This is awesome here.  This is so beautiful all of the tonal colors. And 
they ARE UNC Tar Heel colors.... almost. :) Works for me. 
And Thank you, Donna! 

When she posted these pictures, I realized... low and behold, the Turquoise with the Fleur de Lis!  I had not seen the Fleur de Lis and 
had already loved them enough due to the fun color. So, when mine didn't fit I knew I had 
to make the witch to the Turquoise... not without her blessing! :)  She being a sweet friend and 
Fashionista, totally got that more than one lady could enjoy the beauty of these boots.... 

One last glimpse of my Country Outfitter boot choice - here we are Friday Night Lights and my Boots. Life is good. 

Friday Night Lights Country Outfitter Boots Carolina Mama 

Which color would you choose?! Did you love the Silver Boots? My Turquoise, or what is your choice? :) Check out Country Outfitter on Facebook, too.

Hope you get a pair of Country Outfitters soon and enjoy!

Warmly, Carolina Mama

FTC Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Country Outfitter. All opinions are my own. 

We WON, Y'all! Food Lion Frugal Cook-Off Raleigh 2014 GIVEAWAY

The Food Lion Frugal Cook-Off Raleigh 2014 was last week. We love this North Carolina Grocery Store for all of its great food, customer service and quality at low-prices. We were so thrilled to Win the competition! Thank you, Food Lion. 

Christie Funchess and Malise Terrell
Food Lion Frugal Cook-Off Raleigh, 2014

My family is such a part of my team, I have to show you the support I received that night. 

Carolina Mama and Family 2014
Food Lion Frugal Cook-Off
Raleigh, NC

Christie and I pre-event. So eager and excited here at Lafayette Village, Raleigh, NC 

Food Lion Frugal Cook-Off Raleigh 2014
Carolina Mama and Small Steps, Big Picture

So, as a Carolina Food Blogger, I literally jumped at the idea of getting to participate in the Food Lion Frugal Cook-Off. Then I set out to find a cooking partner, which I did, in my sweet young Mom, Christi of Small Steps, Big Picture, is a mother of five children six and under. Christi's husband is our sons' Youth Pastor. We are blessed with this sweet family. 

Christie Funchess, Small Steps, Big Picture
Like me, Christi loves to cook tasty homemade meals at a frugal price for her family and we both love to blog. So there you have it, destiny. Between the two of us, we had our blogging and our frugal cooking on. When I asked Christi, I knew we would have fun. I love participating in events with Food Lion because we shop there, all.the.time. Basically, I said let’s read some cook books this week, just do our best and have fun. Well, that's what we did! 

The Writer in me began writing as I was driving in the lovely 540 beltline traffic connecting Durham to Raleigh. Fun times. My writer self have three grounding points to center upon for the night.

Our Team is:

From the South
Fun with Family and
Frugal with Food Lion.

We were going to stick to our roots, Southern fare with the best flavor we could offer.

Christi and I met there. We’re modern families, she arrived with her five girls in tow. You know, “just a Mom.” Love her and her family. And I drove solo while my sweet, Boulder Mt. Man, ran the boys to Basketball practice and across the beltway to meet me. They are my secret sauce. I am so used to us being a Team. I almost invited the boys to cook on my team or my "Chef" Husband. Nonetheless, they arrived just when we were starting to get into the heat of the race. It was so wonderful to see them. As always, they so cheered me on. Here they are taking pictures of us cooking. :) Love.

Malise Terrell of Carolina Mama and Jennifer of Jael Custom Designs 

Food Lion Frugal Cook-Off Raleigh 2014 Staples for each Team

Christi and I did convene a minute before the competition began. For some reason, we thought of recipes for all three but the ground turkey. Then I remembered my Writer’s Outline :) and my roots and declared Turkey Burgers! Then, my sweet Mama must have whispered in my ear, the Southern Surprise Burgers. She made these when we were children and we LOVED them. That was it, IF we got ground turkey. 

I was feeling good when our station had the red cutting board....

Christi Funchess, Small Steps, Big Picture and Malise Terrell, Carolina Mama
Budgeting for the Food Lion Frugal Cook-Off Raleigh 2014
Then, we had to choose a number for our protein. Christi, asked what I had, 3. My sisters and I played basketball for years and there was always a 3 in our numbers. Well, there were 3 pointers, too. You guessed it, #3 was the ground turkey meat!

Destiny was waiting for us.... We had some work to do.

We had 10 minutes to plan our menu, 10 minutes to show with $15 to feed (4). Our protein was provided along with our staples. We got busy. We had 45 minutes to make the magic happen and be ready to present to the Judges.

Something reminded me that Chefs use Sous Chefs to do all of their chopping. So, we literally chopped and prepped first. I really wanted to use the Beautiful Buttercup Squash.

And I knew I had to turn my family favorite Sweet Potato Fries into Buttercup Squash Fries. Oven-baked made them frugal on calories, too.

First, we had to “reckon” with the Buttercup Squash. It was large and difficult to slice. Once we had that under control.... sort of.... 

... it was “secret” seasoning time and into the convection oven they went. The convection oven was a nice little addition to our kitchen. The fries cooked so soft, evenly and quickly! And they saved us time which was crucial to win.

Christi, got busy creating the incredible Apples and Onions Side she scouted out on Pinterest. It was amazing! We chose red and green apples to make it pop. It did. Look at these amazing and tasty apples.

Then, I said a prayer to remember my Mom’s Southern Surprise Turkey Burgers.... Literally, Christi and I both added spices and dashes to prepare the meat. I filled them with the secret ingredients (see our recipes below for all the details to create your own with your Food Lion groceries). Then, I sautéed the onion and mushroom topping for the burger.

Christie worked on creating a homemade BBQ sauce that was a nice zesty blend for dipping fries. Or, for the burgers. 

We got to spruce it all up with the ramekins and restaurant touches from Driftwood Restaurant in Lafayette Village, Raleigh, NC. They really spoiled us and let us take over. It is an awesome restaurant. Their Chef was a great support to each team. He even washed a pan for us to use so I would have a non-stick for our Turkey Burgers grilling. 

Then, VOILA!!!  We presented our creations. 

Food Lion Frugal Cook-Off Raleigh, 2014 WINNER!
Southern Surprise Perky Burgers, Apple Onion Side and Buttercup Squash Fries

They asked questions, they tasted, asked more questions, wrote down some things.... then the waiting began.... 

and we were so excited for a WIN!!!   We were so excited! I LOVED that Boulder Mt. Man and my Tigers were there videoing and photographing and cheering us on. This picture shares the joy. 

Thank you Food Lion and everyone for the fun and support.

Food Lion Frugal Cook-Off Raleigh 2014 Winners
Small Step, Big Picture and Carolina Mama 

We even got to pause with both of our families.  This kept our minds off of waiting for the winning results. See even the baby seat on the left. Notice how tall my Tigers have gotten. :)

Here are the awesome Recipes for your enjoyment. I hope these are simple enough you will want to try them. They are pretty fool proof. Email me if you have questions.

Southern Surprise “Perky” Turkey Burgers
Makes 4 servings
Cost of meal: (not including ground turkey and spices) $15.70
Approximate cooking time:  45 minutes
Shopping List:
Ciabatta bread
1 lb. Ground Turkey
Green Onion
2 Onions
Acorn Squash
Parmesan cheese
3 Apples
1 Orange
1 bunch of Spinach
Southern Surprise "Perky" Burgers (Turkey Burgers)
1 .lb Ground Turkey
Olive Oil - coat non-stick pan
¼ c.  Parsley
2 T. green onion chopped
2 T. yellow onion chopped
½ t. each Pepper, Cayenne
1T. Italian seasoning
1 t. salt
¼ c. Balsamic Vinegar
4 Garlic Cloves - diced
Topping and Surprise:
½ c. yellow onion
4 Garlic Cloves - diced
¼ c. Real Parmesan Cheese - shredded
1. c. Fresh Mushrooms - rinsed and sliced
Flour to dust
Ciabatta Bread - sliced into squares
Heat Olive Oil in non-stick pan over medium heat
Mix ground turkey and the next eight ingredients on the list and mix thoroughly
Separately, sauté the topping and surprise ingredients in the pan for about three or four minutes (except the flour)
Back to the turkey mixture, form balls that are the size of sliders/thick 3-4 inch burgers
Press the center, spoon a bit of onion and garlic into the center and then, spoon in a teaspoon of parmesean, form a ball and dust with flour
Grill evenly on both sides about 4 minutes each
Do not press burgers while grilling
Remove burgers from pan, place on bottom of Ciabatta bread sliced in squares
Take the top of the bread and wipe the pan adding the oil mixture and flavor from the pan to the bread
Spoon some of the mushroom and onion mixture on top of each burger
Add Spinach to burger and a slice of orange for color.
Buttercup Squash Parmesan Fries
Preheat oven to 425 degrees
Pour Olive Oil onto non-stick baking pan, distribute evenly
Slice squash open, clean and rinse
Begin slicing into long slices for french fries
Once sliced to desired size, spread the buttercup squash onto the cooking pan evenly and where each slice of squash is flat on the pan, not stacked
Evenly sprinkle the seasoning mixture of Parmesan Cheese, salt and pepper, cheyenne pepper and garlic powder onto the fries
Bake for 10 minutes then take the pan out and flip fries over with a spatula and cook for 10 more minutes.
Apples and Onion Side
Chop apples into bite size pieces
Slice onions
Sauté in olive oil 5-6 minutes. Season with salt & pepper. Cover and cook five more minutes. Squeeze fresh orange over the apples and onions & serve
Orange BBQ Sauce
Squeeze 1T of fresh orange into 1/2 cup of barbecue sauce. Stir in pepper, cayenne, and sugar to taste. Enjoy.

Food Lion and the Frugal Cook-Off Bloggers Raleigh 2014

Food Lion generously offered each of the Bloggers Food Lion Gift Cards to Giveaway to YOU our readers, the lucky ones who win. So read ahead to learn how to win. One of you will win just what I won, a $250 Food Lion Gift Card.

ENTER TO WIN $250 Food Lion Gift Card!

1) Comment below your favorite thing you look for in a grocery store;
2) Share this link with your Facebook people;
3) Follow Food Lion on Facebook; and
4) Comment on Carolina Mama with your best frugal cooking tip.
BONUS: Tweet this link for others.

Contest closes November 12th at 8PM EST. Must supply working email for mailing within 24 hours of winning. Otherwise, another winner will be chosen.

Again, another hearty Thank You Food Lion for all the fun! And the frugal shopping!


Warmly, Carolina Mama

FTC Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Food Lion. As a North Carolina Food Blogger,  I participated in the Food Lion Frugal Cook-Off Raleigh 2014. All opinions are my own. We are excited we won!