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

Spring is the perfect time to shake things up around your home. Whether you are looking for a big change in the living room or just some new bedding, LTD Commodities has what you need to refresh your space. Try some blackout patio curtains that look great while they help you control the amount of light in the room. Sink caddies organize your kitchen or bath, and you can add comfort to any floor with a runner designed to fit in a corner. Here are the Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for the Week.

 

Big Pine Lodge Collection will give your home that rustic cabin appeal.

Big Pine Lodge Collection will give your home that rustic cabin appeal.

At 112" wide, this Blackout Patio Curtain covers a patio door or a pair of French doors.

At 112″ wide, this Blackout Patio Curtain covers a patio door or a pair of French doors.

68" x 68" Berber Corner Runners add texture and flair to every area of your home.

68″ x 68″ Berber Corner Runners add texture and flair to every area of your home.

Keep kitchen sponges and scrubbers close at hand with this Set of 2 Sink Caddies.

Keep kitchen sponges and scrubbers close at hand with this Set of 2 Sink Caddies.

National Cuddle Up Day: Items for Cuddling Up

It’s January and that means we need to get warm any way we can! But the best way to get warm in the winter is to cuddle up with a loved one — and January 6 happens to be National Cuddle Up Day — in case someone needed a reminder! But even if we have someone special to cuddle up with, we still we need to be draped in all things cozy before we can cuddle! Here are five items for cuddling up we think you could use.

sock-monkey-pjGet silly and snug in the Women’s Sock Monkey Loungewear! You remember the stuffed monkeys from when you were a kid, and this outfit lets you pull a piece of the past to the present for you on Cuddle Up Day! The top is a hoodie with a sock monkey face, complete with pompom hat.. The pants have footies with sock monkey faces to keep your toes warm while you’re cuddling up to watch a movie. Comfy, cuddly and childlike, Sock Monkey Loungewear is just what you need in January!

fleece-sheetsWarm and fuzzy, these Fleece Sheet Sets make the end of a cold day pleasant and they’re perfect for cuddling in! They provide ultimate comfort to keep you cozy for the best night’s sleep possible. The exceptionally soft fleece fabric will keep you and your cuddler so warm all night you won’t want get out of bed in the morning!

flannel-pjCuddle up with your kids in these Matching PJs and Plush Sets! While you’re cuddling them, they’ll be cuddling their adorable stuffed animals in matching PJs! Even when you’re not there, your little ones will stay snug as a bug in a rug with this set.

Comfy-ThrowMake cuddle time fun with this comfy throw! Cuddle with the King, Batman, Superman or even Harry Potter! These throws are somewhere between a blanket and a robe made with soft fleece so you and your cuddlebug can move freely and still stay cozy.

open-front-sweaterIf you’re not ready to cuddle up, you can still stay cozy in the chunky knit of the Women’s Long Open Front Sweater. This snug cardigan works and looks best in layers over T-shirts and blouses with the shawl collar and ribbed trim. You’ll look stylish and be warm at work or when you’re out and about. At home on the couch in lounge pants, it’s the perfect accessory for cuddling up.

We only have a few months left of winter — after that, we won’t have an excuse to get cuddly! Cuddle Up with your loved ones now! You’ll need the extra warmth to get through January.

Pinteresting Picks for December

Winter’s cold winds make it a perfect time to snuggle up inside or work on improving your indoors. Our Pinterest followers clearly had comfort on their minds in December. They dreamed of plush boot slippers to keep their toes toasty, as well as pillows and throws with mouth-watering novelty designs. In addition, they looked at inexpensive home updates to make their space work better than ever. Here are our Pinteresting Picks for December.

Make your bedroom or living space look crisp and delicious with a Bacon & Eggs Novelty Throw and Pillow.

Make your bedroom or living space look crisp and delicious with a Bacon & Eggs Novelty Throw and Pillow.

Knit Zigzag Print Boot Slippers take cozy to another level.

Knit Zigzag Print Boot Slippers take cozy to another level.

 

Prevent spills and dust collection in hard-to-reach places with a Set of 2 Silicone Counter Gap Covers.

Prevent spills and dust collection in hard-to-reach places with a Set of 2 Silicone Counter Gap Covers.

Protect your phone as it charges with this Deluxe Smartphone Charging Station.

Protect your phone as it charges with this Deluxe Smartphone Charging Station.

 

Ideas to Get into the Holiday Spirit When You Don’t Want to

523706659From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, we move at full-speed to get everything done. It can be exhausting and suck all of the holiday spirit out of us. But no one wants to be a Scrooge, so here are a few ideas to get into the holiday spirit when you don’t want to.

Treat Yourself The holidays put pressure on us to buy perfect gifts for our friends and families.  It’s draining to come up with a good idea, buy it and wrap it. What is easy is finding something you love for yourself. It’s the only gift that’s guaranteed to please the giver and the receiver. Don’t be afraid to get yourself something special.

Traditional Tunes Sleigh bells ring, are you listening? While you might not be in the mood for the holidays this year, putting on a few Christmas tunes may remind you of your favorite holidays from the past. Music is powerfully linked to our memories. Even if you’re not feeling jolly this year, reminiscing about holidays of yore may bring you good cheer.

ElfMagical Movies Whether it’s a true holiday classic like Jimmy Stewart’s It’s a Wonderful Life or a new classic like Will Ferrell’s Elf, a good holiday movie can take you to a joyful place. There are holiday lessons to be learned and spirits to be lifted — a good holiday movie might just be what Santa ordered.

Blissful Beverage Whether it’s spiced pumpkin latte, or you want your hot, spiced adult beverage to warm your spirit, the scent and flavors of nutmeg and cloves are powerful enough to bring you to a holiday state of mind.

This Little Light Turn out the harsh overhead lighting and the bright lamps and substitute them with the warm holiday glow of candles. It’s so dark this time of year and having the flicker of holiday scented candles can calm your nerves that are frayed from holiday shopping and bring a moment of joy in the midst of Christmas chaos.

Christmas-TreeDeck the Halls Adding a little bit of sparkle to your decor isn’t something you can do in June. Putting up tinsel and garland may raise your spirits, and inject some jolly into your mood.

Wrap Gifts The gifts are all purchased, the last step is to get them wrapped. It’s a chore, but while you add colorful paper and curly ribbon to your impossibly cute gifts, think of all the joy each present will bring to each of your family members you got gifts for. Giving is always better than receiving when you know you got the right presents.

Christmas and Hanukkah only come around once a year — it’s a time everyone should be feeling joyful. Doing a few cheerful activities may adjust your mood and make everything a little more cheery! Happy holidays!

7 Holiday Cocktail Party Essentials

From now until January our schedules are sparkling with holiday activities — between the big dinners and gift shopping, it’s our duty to throw a holiday cocktail party. Anyone can throw a great cocktail party, but here are 7 Holiday Cocktail Party Essentials to make your party memorable.

LED-Plate

Add glitz to your holiday table with an LED Charger Plate. The elegant metallic plate has 16 gleaming LED lights decorating the rim. Set a centerpiece, wrapped treats or nuts on this plate to brighten your snack table!

Buffet Caddy frees up space on the serving table by keeping all of your dinnerware in one spot. The top section organizes your flatware in 4 round baskets, the center section holds napkins, and the bottom section keeps dinner plates easily accessible. The metal frame has a scrolled design and durable balled feet to keep the caddy in place on any surface.

Party-ServerMultifunction Server with Lid is a 6-in-1 hosting essential! The clear server looks like a cake stand with a dome cover, but the cover can be turned over and set in the stand for use as a bowl. The center section also serves as a dip bowl. From snacks to salads, appetizers and desserts, this versatile server makes hosting a holiday party simple with elegance.

These Humorous Wine Accents display witty sayings that get the holiday cocktail party conversation started! The Set of 3 Bottle Stoppers look great on your favorite bottles of wine and provide a laugh each time your guests go for a drink.

Wine-Bottle-CharmThe Get Jingly Wine Bottle Jewelry turns any wine bottle into a part of your holiday decor! The charm loop — with 9 red and green bells — fits over the neck of the bottle for a little twinkle and a lot of jingle! A silvertone plaque is inscribed with a jolly message for the festive season.

Buffet Iced Serving Collection takes the work out of hosting a cocktail party! You don’t have to worry about keeping the cold food cold  — each piece has a tray at the bottom for holding ice! Serve dip or sauce in the stainless steel Dip Bowl, which nests inside its plastic ice holder. The plastic 8-Pc. Serving Bowl Set can be used for anything from a veggie snacks to salad. 4 Servers clip to the side of the bowl to hold garnishes. The Egg & Appetizer Tray has a stainless steel insert that holds 24 deviled egg halves over ice. The plastic tray can also be used alone as a 4-section serving platter for appetizers.

Cocktail-Party-essentials7The Holiday Wine Bottle & Glass Holder is an adorable way to dress up a bottle of wine for your cocktail party! A finely detailed, cheerful face tops a spiral body that fits around a standard wine bottle while two arms hold your wine glasses.

We’re all bubbly with cheer for the holidays, but there’s no reason we can’t add a few more accents to our cocktail party — no one ever complained about having too much joy! Shop LTD Commodities for more entertaining and holiday gift ideas to make your holidays brighter!

Cranberry-Apple Fritters

Cranberry-Apple FrittersWe’re making fritters here at LTD! In case you don’t know what a fritter is, it’s delicious. It’s basically little bits of food battered and fried to make a sort of biscuit (savory) or donut (sweet) — either way, it’s irresistible! Our favorite at LTD is the apple fritter, but since we’re knee-deep in the holidays, we’re sharing our recipe for cranberry-apple fritters. They’re fairly easy to make — and worth the time and effort to make a festive breakfast treat. Here is how to make cranberry-apple fritters at home:

Cranberry-Apple FrittersCranberry-Apple Fritters

  • 1 cups all-purpose Flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated ugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 TB melted butter
  • 1/2 Granny Smith apple, peeled and diced
  • 1 ½ cup fresh cranberries
  • vegetable oil for frying (amount depends on the size of the pan you are using, but make sure you have a few cups)

Cranberry-Apple FrittersGlaze

  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • pinch salt
  • splash vanilla
  • 2 TB milk

Cranberry-Apple-FrittersInstructions:

For the Batter:

In a mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients with a fork. In a separate bowl, lightly beat the egg and add the remaining ingredients except the apples and cranberries.

Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture and stir together until everything is just combined. Do not over-mix — it should be lumpy. Fold in diced apples and cranberries.

In a heavy bottomed pot or a deep skillet, heat about two inches of oil over medium heat to about 350℉. To test if it’s ready, drop a pinch of the batter in the oil. If it spits and spatters, it’s ready.

Cranberry-Apple-FrittersFor the Glaze:

While you’re waiting for the oil to heat, whisk together the powdered sugar, vanilla and milk to make the glaze. Set aside.

Cranberry-Apple-FrittersTo Par Bake:

To make the fritters the way you might find them at a donut shop, you par bake them — if you don’t, you’re limited to making a lumpy donut hole. Par baking them lets you make them big and flat. To do this, pre-heat your oven to 350℉. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Scoop about ¼ cup of the batter and plop it on the cookie sheet — this makes six piles of batter on the cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes.

The fritters should be baked just enough that you can slide a spatula underneath them and lower them in the hot oil — one at a time.  Fry for one minute on each side until they’re golden brown. Scoop them out with the spatula or slotted spoon and place them on a paper towel-lined platter to drain for a minute. 

Place your hot fritters on a cooling rack (with a pan or parchment paper underneath to catch oil or glaze). Spoon the glaze over the fritters. This recipe makes just enough glaze for this method, but you can double the amount of ingredients for the glaze if you want to dip the fritters in the glaze.

Apple fritters are delightful, but cranberry-apple fritters are divine and December is a perfect time celebrate this as a dessert or a rich breakfast. Happy holidays!

 Cranberry-Apple Fritters

Pinteresting Picks for November

Now that the Thanksgiving dishes are washed, it finally is time to fill our homes with the lights and magic of Christmas. LTD’s Pinterest followers already are looking forward to creating unique centerpieces with glowing orbs, then filling the table with down-home cooking. Don’t forget to use safety seals on extension cords and get plenty of specially sized gift bags and packages for everything under the tree. Here are our Pinteresting Picks for November.

Use this Set of 3 Lighted Glass Balls to create ambiance in a room or shed a little light on a specific area.

Use this Set of 3 Lighted Glass Balls to create ambiance in a room or shed a little light on a specific area.

Accidental country girl and cooking star Ree Drummond is back with her latest mouth-watering collection, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From My Frontier.

Accidental country girl and cooking star Ree Drummond is back with her latest mouth-watering collection, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From My Frontier.

Set of 6 Felt Gift Card Holder Tags offers an easy way to wrap gift cards and cash presents.

Set of 6 Felt Gift Card Holder Tags offers an easy way to wrap gift cards and cash presents.

 

Protect outdoor electrical connections for a holiday display or at a job site with a Set of 2 Extension Cord Safety Seals.

Protect outdoor electrical connections for a holiday display or at a job site with a Set of 2 Extension Cord Safety Seals.

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

It is finally time to get down to some serious holiday shopping. This magical time of year is all about children, and that shows in the variety of toys, clothing, and other delights waiting for you at LTD Commodities. Here are our Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for the Week.

Your little girl will feel like she's caring for a real baby with a La Newborn Real Life 14" Doll Set or Outfits.

Your little girl will feel like she’s caring for a real baby with a La Newborn® Real Life 14″ Doll Set or Outfits.

Add adventure and excitement to their pretend covert operations with the Military Walkie-Talkie Command Center.

Add adventure and excitement to their pretend covert operations with the Military Walkie-Talkie Command Center.

Jelly Belly® Gift Boxes include 10 or 40 different flavors of the world-famous, delicious candy.

Jelly Belly® Gift Boxes include 10 or 40 different flavors of the world-famous, delicious candy.

Your child can save the day with a Rush & Rescue Remote Control Vehicle!

Your child can save the day with a Rush & Rescue™ Remote Control Vehicle!

 

 

Pinteresting Picks For October

The holiday season finally is upon us, and our Pinterest followers already are thinking of fresh ways to spruce up their homes.  Cover your home with lights, then grab some comfy clothes and enjoy your holiday. Here are the Pinteresting Picks for October.

Create a family keepsake with Holiday Handprint Wall Art.

Create a family keepsake with Holiday Handprint Wall Art.

Protect outdoor electrical connections for a holiday display or at a job site with a Set of 2 Extension Cord Safety Seals.

Protect outdoor electrical connections for a holiday display or at a job site with a Set of 2 Extension Cord Safety Seals.

Forget magnets on the refrigerator and use Easy Change Artwork Frames to give your child's artwork the attention it deserves.

Forget magnets on the refrigerator and use Easy Change Artwork Frames to give your child’s artwork the attention it deserves.

Stylish Women's Camo Cargo Sweatpants are cute and fun!

Stylish Women’s Camo Cargo Sweatpants are cute and fun!

Adopt a Shelter Dog Month: What to Think About When Adopting a Dog

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It’s Adopt a Shelter Dog Month — according to the ASPCA, almost 4 million dogs are taken in by shelters in the United States each year. Only about 1.4 million of those dogs are adopted. So many more need homes! And dogs are awesome companions. Here’s what to think about when adopting a dog:

Check with Your Landlord If you rent an apartment or house — before you start looking at any of those cute, furry faces — make sure pets are allowed in your building. Even if your landlord said pets were ok when you moved in, the policy may have changed. Shelters will call your landlord to check the pet policy. The shelter won’t let you take home that pup you have already fallen in love with if he’s not welcome in your building.

dog1Consider Monetary Costs Dogs can be expensive. Not including special costs like grooming, the first year of owning a dog can cost about $2,000. The costs go down after the first year, but there are still expenses. There are also other unexpected costs like an illness or injury and things we don’t think about like teeth cleaning. Make sure you can afford a dog before you take one home.

Consider Time Commitment Dogs need a lot of attention — not just affection. They need to be walked and have outdoor playtime. When you leave for work in the morning, you have to figure out how the dog will get walked or how he’s going to be cared for when you want to go out of town.

Consider Your Family Whether it’s a child, wife or roommate, everyone needs to be dog-friendly. This doesn’t just mean being nice to dogs, but consider allergies and ages of everyone in your home. If your husband is mildly allergic to dogs and you bring in a new pet and your husband’s allergies are aggravated by the new dog, you don’t want to be in a position in which you have to return the dog to the shelter.

If you’re not tripped up by any of the above considerations, here’s what you’ll need when you go to adopt a loving dog in need of a new home:dog3

  • A legal form of identification (license or state ID) proving you are at least 18 years old
  • All family members including any other pets and children to introduce to your new dog
  • To be able to take the animal home on the day of the adoption
  • An hour to talk to an adoption counselor to talk about what it means to give a dog a forever home

If you’re on the fence about inviting a dog home, consider the benefits of having a dog — they most definitely outweigh the costs.