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I absolutely love my baking stone (I have a square pizza stone similar to this one because it is more versatile than a round one.) I use it all the time and for pretty much everything I put in the oven. ( Disclosure: I am including affiliate links for your convenience .) Which I learned is a mistake. The food I bake on my pizza stone is starting to taste weird. The stone smells and smokes when I put it in a hot oven. Why? Because baking and pizza stones are porous. That’s how they do their job of creating perfectly baked bread and pizza crusts. But the porous stone can also absorb and trap the fats and oils in the food baked on top of it. Over time, the oil heats and releases into the lovely seasoning you created by baking on the stone and makes your pizza or bread taste awful and/or fill your kitchen with eye watering smoke. Bleach! In other words, I should have used a metal baking sheet to make oven baked French fries and not my baking stone. Oops. Save this tutorial to

14 Budget Friendly Hostess Christmas Gifts

hostess gift ideas under twenty dollarsHusband and I are lucky we have so many friends and family who want to include us in their celebration and I am truly grateful for that.

In fact, so many of our friends like to host Christmas and New Year’s parties that we have to practically do a conference call and create a December holiday party schedule so our parties will not overlap.

That is a nice problem to have.

Although it presents a challenge when it comes to buying gifts for our hosts that won't break the bank since there are so many of them.

You too?

I can help with that!

Yesterday while I helped Santa fill my family’s Christmas wish list (I'm tight with the Big Guy. We have an agreement.) I created a video gift guide of the  fabulous hostess gifts I found at BJ’s Wholesale Club.

The best part? All of the hostess gifts in my gift guide cost less than $20 each!   



If you are not a BJ’s Wholesale Club member, BJ’s is offering a Free 60-Day Trial Membership to let you check out the hidden gems throughout the club before you commit to buying a membership. You can sign up for the free trial membership through December 31, 2104 to experience wholesale club shopping and savings with full member benefits.

$50 BJ’s Wholesale Club Gift Card Giveaway! *Closed*


To help you with your holiday plans, I am giving away a $50 BJ’s Wholesale Club Gift card, courtesy of BJ’s Wholesale Club. The giveaway runs December 5 to December 14, 2014. Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below!

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Disclosure: BJ’s Wholesale Club provided me a gift card in order to facilitate this review. This did not have any influence on my opinion because all opinions in this post are 100% my own.

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