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Talk of the Town: Fun & Frugal Fall Party Ideas & Nashville Halloween Events

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Tune in to Talk of the Town on NewsChannel 5 in Nashville at 11am CST on Friday, October 29th to watch my latest “Frugal Mom” segment on Fun & Frugal Fall Party Ideas!

I want each of you to tune in (or come back to watch online), but I since I’m sharing so many fabulous ideas, I wanted to make sure you caught them all!

Veggie Pizza

Take two, 8oz cans of crescent rolls (or pizza dough) and press out flat onto parchiament lined cookie sheet. Prick with a fork and bake according to package directions (about 11min at 375 degrees).

Combine one small tub of flavored (chive & onion) whipped cream cheese, 1 T horseradish and 1 T mayonnaise; spread mixture onto cooled crust. Finely chop your favorite vegetables (carrots, peppers, broccoli, tomatoes and green onions are my favorite!) and sprinkle liberally over cream cheese mixture. Finally, top with finely shredded cheddar cheese. Cut into squares and enjoy!

Bruschetta Bar

Get Parmesan toast points or cut a baguette into rounds an lightly toast.

Finely chop fresh tomato, basil and garlic. Mix with balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Allow guests to spoon onto toast.

You can also choose different cheeses and meats to use as toppings as well.

For Kids: Combine crunchy peanut butter, raisins, and apples chopped into small squares with a touch of cinnamon.

White Chocolate Candy Corn Chunks

Melt 6 squares (1 box) of white baking chocolate in a medium Pyrex. (Can be done in the microwave in 45 second intervals). Once melted, stir in candy corn and dried cranberries (can also mix in nuts as well). Once combined, spoon into a flexible ice cube tray. Knock on counter to remove air bubbles and allow to cool in refrigerator. These will pop out with just a twist once completely cooled (at least an hour).

Festive Candy Pretzel Rods

Take remaining melted white chocolate and dip pretzel rods into it, twisting when you remove to coat the top half. Quickly shake multi-colored sprinkles over the chocolate and allow to firm on a parchment lined cookie sheet. These will cool quickly and be a long-time favorite!

Nashville Halloween Events

There are a few, fun Nashville Halloween Events on Saturday, October 30 that I wanted those of you in my town to be aware of:

*West Nashville Farmer’s Market: Last weekend for the Farmers Market from 9a-12p…lots of family fun!

*Pumpkinfest: This annual favorite will run from 10a-6p on Main Street in downtown Franklin

*Michaels: The Knack Free Family Halloween Event from 10-2pm

*Whole Foods: Harvest Party from 2-4pm

*Publix: Trick or Treating around the stores from 4-7pm
Make sure you stop by the Publix on Hwy 100 in Bellevue – before I even lived close to it I went out of my way to go there because of their fabulous customer service! Thanks to Stacy, Mandy and the team for helping supply all the fabulous products for my segment today!

I’d love to hear your Fall favorite treats too! What will you be serving this weekend?


Clothing for today’s on-air
segment was furnished by LuLu’s Clothing Company in Franklin, TN. Mention “Sami Cone” for a 20% discount when you shop there!

*Backpacks
Several stores are offering FREE backpacks this week (most require payment up front with a rebate offer making them free). They are:
-Office Max (get 100% back in MaxPerks bonus rewards – limit 2)
-Staples (get 100% back in a Staples gift card – limit 1)
-Walgreens (Buy 1 Get 1 Free – certain backpacks)

Make sure you sign up for all the free store rewards programs first!

*Toys R Us
While it’s not a free backpack, they have extended their FREE lunch bag offer! Just buy any backpack ($12.99 or more), and you can pick out a FREE lunch kit (up to $9.99)! They also have all Crayola crayons, markers, and more on sale Buy 1 Get 1 Free!

*Penny Deals
A couple stores have some remarkable penny deals going on this week:
-Office Max: 2 pocket folders (limit 6)
– Staples: Multi-purpose paper (500 sheets – limit 2), Bic Ballpoint pens (8 ct black – limit 2): ENDS WED!

*Other great deals this week
-Office max: Crayons (24 ct for $.05), markers (8 pack for $.25)
-Office Depot: Notebooks (6 pack for $.50), Rulers ($.05)
-CVS: lots of BOGO free deals (great to make use of Extra Care Bucks)
-K-mart & Target: lots of dollar deals
-Rite Aid: Buy 1 Mead Composition Book, get 2 FREE. Also get any of the following for $.29:
—Mead notebook, Harvard Square ru