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A Thank You and A Toast; Cheers Friends!

A Toast to Friends

A Toast to Friends

Here at Your Home with Karie Engels we work hard to bring you the best content there is. What makes us so successful in this endeavor is the stellar team members that make up our community.

I appreciate the unique and valuable talents that each contributor brings to the site.  I appreciate you ~ Thank you all and Cheers Friends!


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This Weeks Picks; A few of our Favorite Things

Here at Your Home with Karie Engels, we are not stepping lightly, but diving head first in to Spring.  The days are lengthening, temps are warming and plants are going in the ground.  The desire to play outdoors is growing, and here in the Northwest, we are braving the elements.  That doesn’t mean we don’t have time for shopping, there is always time for shopping.

Kari Gran Cleansing Oil

Kari Gran Cleansing Oil

Kari Gran Cleansing Oil

Cleansing oil contains a blend of ingredients formulated to deep clean your skin while balancing its natural oil production.   This little gem is $30 and I was so impressed with Kari Gran’s products, that I had asked her to become the Health & Beauty contributor here on the site.  You can read more about this product here

Octopus Wine Stopper

Octopus Wine Stopper

Pottery Barn captured our hearts with this whimsical Octopus Bottle Stopper.  Bring in Spring with a new accessory for the wine bottle.  $16.50 + free shipping.

  • 3″ diameter, 4″ high
  • Zinc-alloy rim with rubber gasket ensures an airtight fit.


Bubble Canisters

Bubble Canisters

We are loving these sweet bubble Canisters by West Elm.  Simple and delightful, they are the perfect size to hold soaps, baubles and treasures from under the sea.  $14 – $24 depending on size

  • Glass.
  • See Dimensions + Care for sizes.
  • Hand wash.
  • Imported.


PoshyPoshy Magazine is Seattle’s “First and Only Monthly Fashion Magazine”.  It’s imaginative, insightful and catches the heart of Seattle with the eye of the Photography Director, Teresa Potter.  Take a few minutes and browse the digital copy of Seattle’s own “Poshy Magazine”.

Barry ‘CB’ Martin presents; America Grills!

America GrillsAmerica Grills! is for everyone who loves cooking and eating outdoors, from the beginner to the seasoned barbecue enthusiast. This stunning book was developed for Char-Broil, one of North America’s leading grill manufacturers, with primary recipes, cooking guidelines and tips sections by Barry CB Martin. America Grills! was edited by Lisa Kahn and published by Creative Homeowner. America Grills! will help you grill, barbecue, and cook appetizers, main courses, salads, vegetables and desserts that will have family and friends licking their fingers. More than 250 large color photographs illustrating the 225 recipes.

Barry Martin

Barry Martin

Barry ‘CB’ Martin has been described as a “curious-about-food” writer, TV Chef and Personable Motivational Speaker.  Whether you are hesitant or just inexperienced in the kitchen or outdoors on the grill, Barry will help you gain confidence in your skills to successfully cook tasty meals for your family and friends.  For more than 10 years, Barry has written about and demonstrated the basic techniques and methods of outdoor cooking to literally millions of people in numerous national television appearances and local cooking demonstrations.  In 2013 Barry is expanding his “menu” to include basic cooking skills that novice cooks can use indoors and outdoors.  Two online initiatives are underway to support this mission:  “Welcome to the Cookout!” and “Our Community Table”.    Both due to launch in April.

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Thrills and chills with werewolf classics

October is the month for thrills and chills and with the misty mornings, cooler days and chilly evenings, come the tales of spooks, specters, witches, vampires and werewolves.

As time marched on and literature evolved our outlook on vampires seems to have changed.   In old literature they were thirsty, mysterious, sexual creatures who were older than dirt and had the power to transfix, hypnotize and drain their victims of all their blood.  Today’s vampires are trendy, hot, young, sexy and apparently great in the sack.  The spook factor has altered and all but disappeared.

Thankfully, for a serious scare, we can still count on the hulking, powerful man-wolf creature that exudes a menacing evil and would tear the limbs from your body if they caught your scent.  The werewolf has always been my bugaboo.  They were one thing that scared me even in the daylight and made my skin crawly in the night.  I still have the most monstrously frightening dreams and thought it might be therapeutic to write about them, perhaps in the hope of exorcising this personal demon.  Or at the very least get a wicked thrill out of it.

Werewolves or shape-shifters are mentioned throughout history in nearly every culture.  That being the case, it has been easily assumed throughout time there was basis and fact in these tales.  What historians and science have found, is that the actual base element for these stories is humanity and the evil that lurks inside of our own species.  Today we have psychotherapists and criminal psychologists that explain the behavior of serial killers, however in the fifteenth through the seventeenth centuries, the explanation of course could only be demonic and a pact with the devil.  It was unthinkable that a human being could possibly make a conscious and willing decision to stalk, kill, dismember and possibly eat a fellow human.  As it turns out the monsters people barricaded their doors against at night, were not demonic foes at all, but at times, their very own neighbors.

Does that take the thrill out of the scare?  No, and that is the best part about Halloween and this month.  As darkness descends for the cold winter months it is easy to see why ancient cultures held belief in spirits, vampires and werewolves.  Homes dimly lit by hearth fires and the occasional candle, were cold and dark and beasts such as wolves roamed at night killing livestock right outside those drafty walls.  Travelling in the night was dangerous and long stretches of dark road held unseen mysteries that drove the human mind to imagine all sorts of nefarious creatures stalking the darkness to claim their soul.

That being said, my next few days are going to be spent doing something very productive.  I am going to pull out all of my werewolf movies and give them a watch.  Turn off the lights, turn up the volume and make sure I have a blanket large enough to pull all the way up over my head, because it doesn’t matter how many times I have viewed these movies, they still scare the bejeesus out of me.  My top picks for this week are as follows;

  • The entire Underworld series Yes, it is filled with very sexy vampires, but I won’t let that distract me.  I like the werewolves in this series, they are huge, menacing, powerful beasts and have evolved over time so that they are not senseless killing machines, but now killing machines with a plan.
  • Ginger Snaps  I had found this one quite by accident while channel surfing one afternoon and found the winter and the extreme isolation of the fort to be the perfect setting for a movie filled with fear.
  • Silver Bullet  A favorite of mine, one because it is Stephen King and two because it’s Stephen King.
  • An American Werewolf in London  I honestly don’t have an explanation for my love of this one.
  • Wolf  Jack Nicholson and Michelle Pfeiffer.  Enough said.
  • Wolfman 2010 with Benicio Del Toro and Anthony Hopkins.  This movie is one of my favorites as it seems to revisit the old Hollywood style monster movie.  It’s gorgeously done and the acting is superb.  However, if you are looking for more of a fright fest and gore in your flicks…this one will not hold your attention.
  • But this one will, The Howling  This is probably one of the first werewolf movies I had seen and it still gives me more of a scare than all the above titles combined.

If you have any to add to my list, please comment below!!

This Weeks Favorites

Watching the new trends for fall and the holidays is inspiring and this years retailers did not disappoint.  I have found so many festive and beautiful items that I may have to give “This Week’s Favorite’s” a new name and publish twice a week.

My first love this week is from Pottery Barn.  Their Fall and holiday line this year is a bit spooky with just a touch of whimsy.  The owl has made it’s way in to quite a bit of decorating this season and I absolutely love this little bit of wisdom as an accent piece.  Owl Tree Punch Bowl Stand with Ladle ~ The stand is made of aluminum with a bronze finish and it holds a stainless steel spoon.   The glass Pumpkin Punch Bowl is sold separately ~ which you can find here.  It is gorgeous!!  For more info click here.

My next pick is full whimsy with a spook level of zero.  I am working on keeping this week’s picks in the “Autumn Zone” and save the Halloween decor for a later post.  This is so difficult for me.  I fell in love with this trio the moment I laid eyes on them.  Again, I am taking you back to Pottery Barn with their too cute to resist Cheese Board & Mouse Knives Set.  The tray is made of mango wood with a rustic stained finish and is 12″ long and 7″ wide.  Mice and utensil handles are cast aluminum with a bronze finish and utensil heads are stainless steel.   For more info  Click here

Of course it wouldn’t be my place without Napa Style.  The Artisan Glass Pumpkins are not only beautiful, but one of a kind.  By mixing red, orange and clear glass during their formation, artisans create incredible depth and colorplay in these festive pumpkins. Their natural shapes, finishes and twisted stems will vary. Approx. 7″ diam., 4½”h. Imported.  For more information please click here.

The quickest way to bring your kitchen in to a new season is to change out the towels, table cloth or place mats and a few accessories.  Williams-Sonoma’s Botanical pumpkin Towels bring the season’s bounty to your fingertips.  They come as a set of two, are durable and gorgeous, featuring an intricate printing process to create the subtly shaded and richly detailed pumpkins and gourds.  For more information, click here.

Every year Grandinroad has a stellar Halloween Haven.  Apologies, I simply had to mention …. The rest of the year isn’t too shabby either.  I love the style of their outdoor decor and furnishings, but fell in love with the Three-piece Traveler Set.  I have always had a weakness for trunks and these beauties have grabbed my attention.  For more information, click here.

  • Covered in linen-blend fabric
  • Finish features stenciled travel markings
  • Black faux leather trim
  • Nailhead trim reinforces edges and corners

This weeks favorites

I had waited so patiently ( impatiently) for the sweet summer days to arrive and all I can think about are the autumn months.  I love the cool, crisp mornings tinted with the deep glow of afternoon sun as late summer wanes.  The berry farms’ fields have been transformed, as the pumpkin vines grow and flower with the promise of pies and bright orange jack-o-lanterns that will add a spooky touch to the neighbors porch steps.

As I went over this week’s favorites, I thought about the last days of grilling, as well as indoor and outdoor entertaining and decor.  I do hope you will click on the links provided and browse around these sites for additional inspirational ideas.

Hampton Home Collection

You have seen this before in my fav’s blog post and you will more than likely see it again in the future.  It has a gorgeous heirloom feel to it and will mix well with any decor.  Classically simple white dinnerware is unadorned except for an elegantly beaded edge. Slight distressing adds vintage appeal. Fired at high temperatures to increase durability. Oven, microwave and dishwasher safe. 12 piece set includes 4 dinner, 4 salad and 4 bowls.  Click here for more info

William-Sonoma’s “From the Garden of” Personal Embosser with Stand

Credit: Williams-Sonoma

Gifting your preserves is a fabulous way to let friends and family know you are thinking about them, get to know new neighbors or to finally foist off the last what you have planted too much of.  This is an absolute gem ~ personalize your labors of love from your garden or orchard.  This item includes a maple stand and is made of chrome-plated steel with an engraved glass plate.

Additional plates are available for purchase.  Click here for more info

Napa Style’s Porco Rosso Clay Grill

Credit: Napa Style

I fell deeply in love with this grill the moment I set eyes on it. This whimsical terra cotta clay piece is painted and glazed for long outdoor life.  Hollow with a ventilated side and two iron grates (cook on top, charcoal below) 23 x 12 x 14″ h. Grill space, 11 x 17½”.   Click here for more info

Napa Style’s Del Vino Rosso Art Panels

Credit: Napa Style

Yes, back to Napa Style again where I pull an incredible amount of inspiration.  The old world feeling of a bulk of their products has me spell bound and I am simply addicted to their “flavor”.  They would be the perfect compliment in the dining room or kitchen.  Specially screen-printed for barn-like character. For indoor use only. Triangle hang hook on back. Imported. 16¾ x 59½” h.  Set of 2 panels, one of each.  Click here for more info

Rejuvenate your spirit with Sherri Dobay’s Daily Decadence

I received an email not too long ago, asking if I would take a look at a book and write a review.  I readily accepted simply on the title alone, “Daily Decadence The Art of Sensual Living”, by Sherri Dobay.  The title most certainly did not disappoint.  Can you fall in love with a book?  Yes, you can and yes, I did.

Like breaking the lock on a diary and reading about the most intimate thoughts

Cover Art: Sherri Dobay
Photo: Greg Gorman

andexperiences, it’s a tantalizing, voyeuristic view in to her artists soul.  It doesn’t take long to fall into the mystic web she weaves around your senses, as she pays homage to all of the seasons and the bounty that flows from each one.

Immerse yourself in each seductive recipe, followed by an intoxicating wine pairing to enliven the senses that makes you yearn to fire up your stove or grill, pour a drink, cook, laugh, love.  As you ride along with her on a luxurious journey, you catch a secret glimpse in to her natural world and you won’t want to put this book down until you have devoured it to the very last word.  This as a must read for anyone who is  looking to discover their own inner decadence.

For more information or to purchase, please visit Daily Decadence

Seattle area dining and cocktail apps you don’t want to be without

Spending a night out on the town is a great way to relax and decompress.  Eating great food, drinking a couple of cocktails and having amazing conversation with friends help weekday stress melt away.  

When I was younger we grabbed the yellow pages and scrolled through print to find what we were looking for.  As things inevitably evolved, we began hopping online to search for hot spots in desirable areas.  Again, things have evolved and when the phone book was delivered last month, I tossed it in to the recycle bin without opening up.  Why?  All the information I need, is just a touch away.

My iPhone is my phone book, internet, search engine, social media, restaurant and cocktail review source and it fits so nicely in the palm of my hand.  When I want a stellar new cocktail recipe, I download an app.  Grilling recipes, tips do’s and don’ts?  Yes, I download an app for that as well, but my favorite apps so far are for locating area restaurants and great places to meet with my friends.

I have three apps for my area that I use on a consistent basis.  Seattle Met Best Restaurants is an app that costs $.99 and allows the user to search by neighborhood or cuisine ( or both ) and then filter by neighborhood, price and how many miles you are willing to travel.  There are more filters from that point some of them being;  breakfast, lunch, dinner, carryout, food trucks, kid friendly, late night dining, outdoor etc…

App two is Seattle’s Best Dining.  This app is a bit pricier at $2.99 but is a step above Seattle Met’s.  The filter list includes; amazing views, burgers, destination dining, foodie fav / celebrity chef, happy hour favorites, hidden gems, late night, street eats and vege friendly.  Of course cuisine type and breakfast, lunch or dinner as well.  From that point the filters are name, cost and neighborhood.  When you locate a couple you would like to view you can then browse through photographs and comments from other users.

Last but definitely not least is Seattle Sips or Seattle’s Cocktail Culture ( you purchase as one, the app is in your phone as the other ) ~ $1.99 for this app and it is a stellar one.   A few of the filters are; authors picks, cocktail masters, DJ / Live music, grab a bite, free Wi-Fi, happy hours, hotel bars, original cocktails, patios, private rooms, restaurant bars, specialty liquors and a few more.  Sort then by cost and neighborhood and again browse photos and read user comments.

If you haven’t tried one or more of these apps and love to eat out and hit local hot-spots, I recommend you try one.  It saves time and you can be checking out the menus and making dinner and cocktail plans with your friends while standing in line at the super market.  I love progress.

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Lulu B’s Fabulous Cocktails have your chocolate craving handled

Longer days and warmer evenings mean grilling season.  It also means evenings with friends, family and chilled cocktails on the back deck.  This time of year the dinner party moves outdoors and thankfully Lulu B. has the most Fabulous Cocktails to serve at your next gathering.

Spending time with the girlfriends catching up and having a few drinks is great down time and I love the grab and go concept of a premixed cocktail.  Lulu B’s Fabulous Cocktails are ready to serve and come in four delicious flavors which are, Margarita, Cran Cosmo, Mojito Cocktail and Chocolate Martini.

We spent an evening sampling, beginning with the absolutely delicious Margarita, which is premixed with Tequila, Triple Sec and natural flavors.  There were raves all around and this will be a Cinco de Mayo favorite this season.  We moved to the Chocolate Martini and the aroma was so intoxicating, it was difficult to retain control for pouring as all in attendance wanted to put their nose in the bottle.  This divine creation is made with Vodka and Crème de Cacao and was the hands downs winner of the evening.  The bottles clearly read “Guiltless Indulgence” and with 37 – 48 calories per serving, they certainly are.

Lulu B.’s Fabulous Cocktails retail at $14.99 for a 750 ml bottle and it is a great accessory to arrive with at any gathering.  Chill and pour.

Almondina® Cookies Giveaway

Almondina® would like to send one lucky reader an assortment of their incredible delectable cookies.  To be entered in the drawing to receive these tasty treats please comment below ~ or you can pop on over to Facebook and give the post a “like” as well.  Drawing will be held on the 30th of April.  Good Luck!!

Don’t you just love a secret recipe?   Especially those that include Chocolate, Almonds, Cinnamon, Ginger, Sesame, Cherries and Coconut.   Those are just a few of the delicious ingredients in Almondina’s all natural and delicious cookies.

I love a good cookie and when I received an entire box of Almondina Brand Cookies, I couldn’t wait to dive in.   I opened the box, delightfully pulled out the assortment , combed through them trying to decide which package to open first.  My plan was to try a different one each morning with my coffee and share the rest with my family to gain their opinion as well.  My attempt at eating just a couple was unsuccessful.  I couldn’t stop.  I dipped, ate, dipped and ate, until the entire package was gone.  I made the executive decision that my family could wait until the next morning.

These cookies are delicious.  I started with the Cinnaroma and was fairly confident at the time it would be my favorite.     The next morning I opened the Chocolate Dipped and fell in love with the flavors dancing in my mouth.  This cookie is the perfect combination of a delicate chocolate and almond crunch without being too sweet.  I was fairly confident, this would be my favorite.   I went down the list and tried every flavor and each one was absolutely perfect, great flavor, not too sweet and easy on the waistline.  The Gingerspice has chunks of real ginger, which was a delightful surprise.  My favorite as it turned out is the Sesame.

This is a great treat for the entire family, yes, I did finally consent to sharing a few and was very happy to have my children eat an all-natural, delicious cookie, that does not have any cholesterol, added fat, salt or preservatives with only 30 calories.

They are addictive and are a very nice treat after an evening meal paired with coffee, tea or even a dessert wine.

This delicious cookie is available at fine retailers such as:  PCC Naturals, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, TJ Maxx, Marshall’s and many others.  Please see this link for complete distribution and retail locations in your area, as they are available in all 50 states as well as several countries.

Other links for Almondina you may not want to miss

This is one seriously good cookie.

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