9 Things to Do Before the First Day of Fall

Though we are beyond Labor Day, we still have a few days left of summer — and at LTD, we’re not quite ready to let go of it yet! We need one last hurrah for our favorite season so we came up with a last-minute bucket list to enjoy it. Here are 9 things to do before the first day of fall.hammock

Take a Nap in a Backyard Hammock There are only a few days in the year that you can sit outside and enjoy the sunshine — why not take it in while you nap? Everyone deserves a break, you may as well take it in a hammock while it’s nice outside.

Eat Ice Cream Soon it’s going to be way too cold to even think about putting ice in your soda, let alone eat a bowl of frozen goodness. Make sure you get your fill of your favorite ice cream before the temperature starts to drop! If you’re really ambitious, make ice cream. Check out Smart Savvy Living’s recipe to make ice cream without an ice cream maker.

cubsRelax at a Beer Garden Though beer gardens are where they celebrate Oktoberfest, it’s not always realistic to sit outside and drink beer in the fall. For the brave, it’s fine, but for others, sipping on a cold beer outside can only happen when it’s warm outside.

Go To a Baseball Game The baseball season is so long we take for granted that there are so many games and forget to go. There are few experiences that make summer special more than hearing the crack of the bat and enjoying a hot dog at a ballpark. Do it while you still can!

Canoe/Kayak/Tubing Did you forget to have your lake/river adventure over the summer? If you did, it’s not too late! But it will be very soon… pack up the car or sign up for a tour and get in the water before it’s too cold to dip your toes in it!NFL-apron

Have a Cookout If you didn’t grill quite as much as you’d like to this year, now’s the time to light that fire! It just so happens that September 18 is National Cheeseburger Day, so if you want to knock out two birds with one stone, this is your chance.

Watch the Sunrise Though it’s not as difficult to watch the sun rise in the winter because it rises later, it’s rarely as spectacular or meaningful as being able to do it when the air is still warm and it’s comfortable to be outside in the early morning. If you haven’t done it yet, find the best spot in your city to watch the world wake up.

flowersPick Flowers The last of the summer blossoms are fading quickly! Pick them while they’re still full and colorful (from your own garden, of course). Dry them or press them and save them for fun winter craft projects to pass and brighten the cold days ahead.

Get a Game of Kickball Going Kickball is a game that just about anyone can play — it doesn’t require a lot of athletic agility or skill — so it shouldn’t take too much coaxing to get your family and friends together to spend one of your last sunny weekends outside!

While we’re going to miss summer, everyone at LTD Commodities is excited to welcome fall and celebrate all the holidays ahead! Shop with us for fun products to make the season a little bit brighter!  

7 Things to Do Before Fall

summer-poolAs much as we resist, summer is on its way out to make way for fall and winter. We have to take advantage of these last few warm days outside before it’s time to get out the shovels and down coats. At LTD, we’ve come up with a few activities to soak up the warmth while we can. Here are 7 things to do before fall.

Sundae Social Invite all your kids’ besties over to build ice cream sundaes! All you need are bowls, ice cream and lots of toppings to turn a late summer day into a sweet summer day.

Mocktail Party Whip up some non-alcoholic Piña Coladas and Strawberry Daiquiris, garnish them with tropical fruit and little umbrellas so your kids get a proper end-of-summer sendoff. They’ll feel so sophisticated drinking fruity mocktails in tall glasses with swirly straws while fanning themselves to keep cool. And don’t forget to take pictures so you can remember just how awesome summer is when you’re snowed-in during the next polar vortex.family-photo

Family Photo Shoot That warm summer glow your family has now is set to disappear as soon as that first school bell rings — capture the moment with a family photo as a farewell to summer.

Backyard Campout Whether you want to set up camp day or night, it doesn’t matter — as long as it’s outside! It doesn’t take much effort to build a pillow and blanket fort in the backyard for an afternoon nap, or to pitch a tent for a night of sleeping under the stars. It’s your last chance to make s’mores outdoors and bond with the kids over scary stories in the dark. However you decide to do it, it won’t be  disappointing.

Tie Dye Shirts Tie-dying is a messy craft making it the perfect outdoor, end-of-summer craft. There’s something about the rubber bands, washed-out designs that kids love to make and wear. Perhaps it’s because it’s impossible for it not to turn out awesome.  

Renaissance Faire Summer is prime time for renaissance faires and as the sun sets on the season so it does for renaissance faires. The faires recreate gatherings of the late 16th and early 17th centuries where people dress up as court jesters, centaurs and knights. They joust, play harps and sell you knicknacks. If you’ve never been to one, here’s your reminder to try it!splash-pad

Wet & Wild Hoses, sprinklers, water balloons — make one last wet and wild weekend for the kids before you have to rake the lawn rather than water it! Get them good and soaked and let them air dry while the sun is still blazing and they don’t have to huddle under a towel to stay warm.

Every season is a good season to shop at LTD! From outdoor water toys to holiday decor to make your Thanksgiving sparkle, shop LTD for products priced for fun.

5 Recipes for Your Football Party

jalapeno-popper-dipFootball season is here! While we leave behind our summer barbecues and pool parties, we welcome fall football as a reason to have a get together, enjoy a game and, of course, eat really fun food! But when you’re hosting a football game viewing party or a tailgate party, you can’t spend the whole party in the kitchen keeping up with your guests appetites. What you serve has to be a delicate balance of delicious and easy-to-make. Here a 5 recipes for your football party that are effortless and enticing.

Jalapeño Popper Dip It’s one of those favorite appetizers for Friday nights after work with your pals, but you don’t have to leave the jalapeño poppers to the restaurant to make — you can whip up your own version to add a little spice to your tailgate party! This recipe comes from Raining Hot Coupons — it includes lots of cheese and Ritz Crackers, so if you’re counting calories, you may want to skip this one. But who are you kidding? No one counts calories when football is involved!crock-pot-kielbasa

Crockpot Kielbasa Here’s one for meat lovers — Crockpot Spicy Barbecue Kielbasa from Tammilee Tips. Not only is it delicious, but it’s also ridiculously easy to make. If you can flip a switch on, slice chunks of sausage and pour sauce, you can make kielbasa that keeps crowds coming back for more.  loaded-baked-potato-dip

Loaded Baked Potato Dip Serving baked potatoes at a tailgate party is a great idea in theory, but in practice, it may be a little too much of a hassle. But no worries —  Loaded Baked Potato Dip is a more than fabulous consolation dip. Let’s Dish Recipes whipped this one up — and all it takes it a lot of sour cream, a lot of bacon and a lot of cheddar — but it brings a lot of smiles! And what a way to make your potato chips a little more dazzling for game day grub!baked-brie-dip

Baked Brie Dip Of course you want to appeal to sophisticated palates as well as the hardy appetites. In this situation, we are steering you to White on Rice Couple’s baked brie dip. Though the sun dried tomatoes and delicately creamy brie has complicated flavors, it’s very easy to make. If you can cut up sun dried tomatoes and measure thyme, you can serve this at your tailgate party without breaking a sweat.buffalo-chicken-cheese-ball

Buffalo Chicken Cheese Ball No party is quite complete without two things: 1) Buffalo Chicken 2) A Cheese Ball. The great thing is, you can get both of them in one recipe thanks to Buns in My Oven. The Buffalo Chicken Cheese ball is super easy to make with a stand mixer — a little bit of cream cheese, some cheddar, a few dashes of hot sauce all mashed up and you’re done. Make a little or a lot, your guests won’t go hungry with this one and you can enjoy the game rather than cooking.  

LTD Commodities celebrates any occasion, big or small! Whether you need recipe ideas for your holiday or you need
NFL gear to make your football guests feel at home, shop LTD for products priced for fun.

Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for the Week for Fall

camo-fleeceWe are not ready for fall, but it’s coming whether or not we need a few extra days of summer. With just a month left of the season, we have some time to prepare for autumn. To get you started, here are this week’s Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for the Week for Fall.

Fall Fleece This comfortable fleece jacket will keep you warm on all your outdoor adventures. His and Hers Highland Timber Jackets feature woodsy camouflage detailing around the shoulder and collar that adds a fashionable touch to a basic fleece zip-up jacket. The Men’s black jacket has camo elbow patches and 2 front non-zippered pockets. The Women’s pink jacket has 2 front zippered pockets. Both styles have an adjustable cord around the waist, similar to a drawstring, to adjust the tightness.crochet-knee-high-socks

Snug Socks Draw admiring attention to your legs with 2-Pair Crochet Knee-High Socks with Bows. Perfect for wearing with boots, these classic socks are super-soft and lightweight. The bow detailing adds a fun, feminine touch.

Autumn Accents Oversized Country Heart and Star Crock can hold faux flowers in the living room, or use it in the kitchen as a catch-all for utensils. Decorative design features raised hearts and stars, as well as a sentiment, “Faith Family Friends”, around the rim. plush-sherpa-throw

Cozy & Comfortable The Woods 50″ x 70″ Plush Sherpa Throw is perfect to snuggle up in. Ultra soft plush and sherpa fabric keeps you warm and cozy, while the print shows off your love of the outdoors. It’s oversized to wrap around your entire body.

harvest-stakesHarvest Enhacements Decorate your yard for the season with this Set of 2 Harvest Stakes. Each set includes 2 differently sized seasonal figures. They feature a variety of prints and solids in autumn hues of gold, orange and brown.

LTD Commodities has products and ideas to celebrate every season! From outdoor decor for the holidays to bedding for cold winter nights, shop LTD to make each season bright.

6 Reasons Why Moms Are Awesome

ltd-mothersDAySunday is Mother’s Day and while we’re coming up with ideas for ways to honor the women who gave us life, we thought you could use a little inspiration to make it a memorable Mother’s Day.  Moms do so much for us — here are 6 reasons why moms are awesome.

Mom is Always in Your Corner Everyone needs a cheerleader — someone who picks you up when you’re feeling down, give you a pep talk when things aren’t going your way and gives you a squeeze to put you back together when you’re falling apart. Sometimes we forget just how much love and support mothers give us — Mother’s Day is a good reminder of those times.

Mom Lets You Figure Things Out on Your Own A good mom knows to when to tell you how to do things to do them right but she also know when you aren’t going to listen. When she lets you fail at something, she’s giving you one of the most important life lessons: learn from your mistakes. If mom bailed you out every time you got in trouble, you wouldn’t know how to function on your own. Allowing a child to stumble and fall is no small feat for a mother, but she does it out of love.

Mom Likes Everything You Do That picture of your cat on Instagram, that goofy joke you posted on Facebook — if there were a “love” button to click, your mom would do it, because there’s no end to how much and what kind of support she will send your way.

ltd-mothersday2Mom is Always a Phone Call Away The first time you used your smart phone was to call your mother and the last time you used your smart phone was to call your mother. Probably the only reason you use the call function on your phone is to call your mother. There’s something soothing about having mom to call that a text or an email from a friend just can’t replicate. Mom lends her non-judgmental ear anytime you’re ready to talk and no one else can listen.

There’s No Food Like Mom’s No matter where you go or how far away from your mother, you can always find comfort in her food. Those recipes she sent you are her way of giving you your childhood from the oven.

ltd-mothersday3Mom is Your Voice of Reason That crazy idea you had to start a friendship bracelet business, the silly fight you had with your best friend over vanilla vs. chocolate ice cream, or the ridiculous off-the-shoulder orange taffeta bubble dress you wanted to wear to your senior prom — she talked you out of all of it. We all need someone to tell us we are wrong, and usually that person is mom.

LTD Commodities celebrates moms every day of the year! From across the country to the comforts of your own home, we have ideas and products to make every mom feel special at any season.

Cinco de Mayo Party Essentials

Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo! Even though the holiday is only celebrated in a few towns in Mexico, Americans like to celebrate the day to honor Mexican culture — much like we use St. Patrick’s Day to celebrate Irish culture. If you’ve never celebrated Cinco de Mayo it can be a raucous affair. To do it right, there are a few things you should include in your celebration. Here are 5 Cinco de Mayo party essentials to make your party spectacular.pinata

Piñatas The piñata is a  favorite Mexican party tradition. It’s a papier-mâiché animal or shape filled with candy and covered in brightly colored crepe paper. The concept is a mesh between western European and Aztec and Mayan traditions that evolved into a religious symbol. Now, it’s mostly used as a game for kids in which a batter is blindfolded and tries to hit the piñata with a stick or bat until it explodes to spill out candy for the kids.

sombreroSombreros The word “sombrero” means “hat” in Spanish, but a Mexican sombrero is unique in that it has a wide brim. It was originally used to shield people from the bright, hot desert sun. Now it’s worn mostly during cultural celebrations and it has been adopted as part of the uniform of mariachi musicians.

mariachiMariachi Music Horns, violins, guitars, and maracas make up the sweet sounds you know as mariachi music. It’s folk music the combines the instruments of the indigenous people of Mexico with the European instruments brought over by the Spanish. It was originally considered rural folk music, but musicians eventually moved to more urban areas where the sound evolved into the music we here at restaurants and plazas now.

margaritasMargaritas (or tequila) The margarita is the preferred beverage of Cinco de Mayo, but its roots are as mixed up as the drink itself. A Tijauna restaurant owner claims he mixed up the drink for an actress who was allergic to all alcoholic beverages except tequila — which she didn’t like. The other origin story is that a Texas socialite came up with the mix as a signature cocktail for her Acapulco vacation home. Either way, the Margarita was born in Mexico and it’s used to celebrate Cinco de Mayo every year.

tacosTacos The Taco is a truly Mexican fare. According to historian Jeffrey M. Pilcher, the taco probably originated among Mexican miners in the 1700s. “Tacos” were little pieces of paper wrapped around gunpowder to stick in rocks to excavate iron ore. Pilcher believes this was the model for the modern taco.

Of course you don’t have to have all of these things to make your Cinco de Mayo party a blast, but they sure do help make things festive!

We love holidays here at LTD Commodities! Whether you’re planning a big Cinco de Mayo bash or you’re getting your barbecue set up for a Memorial Day cookout, let LTD Commodities help you make your party memorable with unique products at unbeatable prices.


7 Container Garden Ideas We Think You’ll Like

Container-GardenGardens aren’t just for those who have big backyards or giant lots in suburban spaces. Perfect gardens can come in all sorts of shapes and sizes that don’t have to fit in the confines of a garden plot. At LTD, we’ve been looking at all the fun ways to give our gardens character. This week, we’re all about container gardens. Here are 7 container garden ideas we think you’ll like.

Old Tea Cups Before you send your old dishes off to the thrift store, think about how they might hold some herbs or flowers. If you have a teapot (these are very popular for container gardens) to match your cups, create a flower tea party!

coffee-can-gardenTin Cans Whether you have coffee cans or soup cans, clean them out, poke a few holes in the bottom for drainage, fill them with soil and seeds and you have a garden. They can be arranged and rearranged to suit your mood, painted to give your patio a pop of color or mounted to create a vertical garden. The Newly Woodwards hung their coffee can planters along the fence to create a welcoming yard — tin cans are about as versatile of a planting vessel as you can find!

Tool & Tackle For those who have a handyman and angler in their lives, old tool boxes and tackle boxes make spectacular container gardens. You really only need casino online to punch a few holes in the bottom of the box for drainage and you have a themed planter. The same idea can be used for those old themed lunch boxes you can’t bare to throw away but don’t have any use for.

soda-bottle-gardenPlastic Soda Bottles Plastic soda bottles can be hacked up into planters of all shapes. Cut off the top and you have a steady container to put anywhere. RiteMail cut out the middle of many bottles and strung them together to create a vertical garden that covers an outdoor wall. The same idea can be used for something on a smaller — but still impressive — scale.

Kitchen Garbage An old lemon peel or an empty egg shell make sweet planters if you plan well. Cut (or crack) the top off your lemon (or whatever piece of fruit or egg shell), scoop out the middle and prepare it for drainage and add the appropriate seeds (small plants and flowers) for your natural planters.

Furniture Not all furniture is in the right condition to become a container garden. They have to have some sort of base or foundation remaining to stand up straight — for instance, you may not be ready to get rid of that antique chair with a missing leg, but that doesn’t mean it should be made into a planter. But that chest of drawers that’s taking up space in the garage may be able to hold all of your favorite plants with plenty of drainage to keep them healthy.

croc-container-gardenShoes They may not be fit to run another marathon, or support you at your next formal dinner, but you can get more mileage out of any shoe in the garden! One family took rubber shoes, made them into planters and hung them on a fence to create an outdoor vertical garden. It’s one more reason to buy new shoes.

From ski boots to a dresser drawer, just about anything can be turned into a garden! As gardening season picks up, LTD has more ideas and products to give you the garden you want to take care of.

Pinteresting Picks For February

New looks for the home are on the minds of LTD Commodities’ Pinterest followers. This month’s most popular pins are of unique accents that personalize a room in minutes. Create a spot for your beloved pet with a decorative gate, and get a start on this year’s outdoor renovation with a charming solar planter. Here are the Pinteresting Picks for February.

Store and display ticket stubs from movies, concerts, sporting events and more with a Ticket Memento Storage Box.

Store and display ticket stubs from movies, concerts, sporting events and more with a Ticket Memento Storage Box.

Show family pride or personalize any space with a Monogram Wall Hanging.

Show family pride or personalize any space with a Monogram Wall Hanging.

Protect your furry friend and keep your furniture safe with a Fashionable Expanding Wooden Pet Gate.

Protect your furry friend and keep your furniture safe with a Fashionable Expanding Wooden Pet Gate.

Put an elegant finishing touch on your home with a Solar Garden Post.

Put an elegant finishing touch on your home with a Solar Garden Post.

Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for the Week

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your family and great values from LTD! Our customers are making Valentine’s Day a family affair, and it shows in our most popular items of the week. Teens will love little gifts like an animal print frame, and all ages will be proud to wear a sophisticated pendant that comes with a message of devotion. Decorate your kitchen for the holiday, and spend some time at home with a nostalgic puzzle. Here are the Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for the Week.

Animal Print Frame and Box Gift Set stores your trinkets and displays a special photo in leopard and zebra prints with rhinestone accents.

Animal Print Frame and Box Gift Set stores your trinkets and displays a special photo in leopard and zebra prints with rhinestone accents.

This Love Pendant Gift-Boxed Set is the perfect way to show someone how special they are to you.

This Love Pendant Gift-Boxed Set is the perfect way to show someone how special they are to you.

Holiday Kitchen Coordinates add festive cheer while you cook and clean.

Holiday Kitchen Coordinates add festive cheer while you cook and clean.

Inspire new memories while piecing together the good old days with these 1,000-Pc. Nostalgic Puzzles.

Inspire new memories while piecing together the good old days with these 1,000-Pc. Nostalgic Puzzles.

National Cherry Month: Cherry Cobbler


We know you’re mind is on Valentine’s Day right now, but February also happens to be  National Cherry Month! And we love cherries at LTD.They’re not in season — they have a short growing season that lasts just the month of June. To celebrate cherries, we’re going to share our favorite, easy cherry recipe: Cherry Cobbler.cherry-cobbler

Cherry Cobbler


  • 3 14.5 oz cans cherries in water (tart or sweet cherries both work)
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

cherry-cobblerCombine all the ingredients in a sauce pan. Over medium heat, bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for ten minutes. Set aside.


Preheat oven to 375℉.

  • 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 TB  sugar
  • cherry-cobbler1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • cherry-cobbler1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 3 TB cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • ⅓ cup buttermilk

cherry-cobblerWhisk together the dry ingredients. Add the butter. Mix and squeeze the butter in the flour mixture until it looks like chunky sand (the butter pieces should be the size of small peas). With a fork, gently stir in the buttermilk. Mix until it’s just combined. It should be lumpy.Pour the cherry mixture into an 8”x8” casserole dish or a 9” pie plate or divide them among two ramekins. And drop scoops of the topping on top of the cherries. Bake for about 20 minutes or the cherries are bubbly and the top is golden brown.

Cherry cobbler is so easy to make and so easy going down, we had to share the recipe with you! Happy National Cherry Month and enjoy your cobbler!