Television’s “Hopeless Housewife” Erika Monroe-Williams has been cooking most of her life, beginning at an early age helping her mother in the kitchen. Erika recalls most every night being an occasion at the dinner table as a child and has tried to bring that same spirit to her own dinner table as an adult with her family- but not without hiccups along the way. Erika is now hoping to share her secrets with everyone who has felt as hopeless as she has felt in the kitchen at one time or another.

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Back to School Snacks!

By Erika on August 15th, 2014 / Featured Ideas, Party Ideas / No Comments

Where did the summer go? Have you started your back-to-school shopping yet? As much as I hate to see our vacation over, I love the smell of freshly sharpened pencils and I love organizing school supplies.

My daughter and I put some fun ideas together for fun back-to-school snacks, they are messy but fun to make and DELICIOUS!!

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BIG Le Creuset + Other Favorite Things GIVEAWAY in our Blog Hop! $435 Value!

By Erika on December 1st, 2013 / Giveaways / 48 Comments

BIG Le Creuset+ Other Favorite Things Giveaway | The Hopeless Housewife


I am giving away some of my favorite kitchen things this holiday season!  This is all part of our “Favorite Things Blog Hop” I am a part of along with many other rest bloggers. Visit all of the blogs and enter to win all of the giveaways! See the list of bloggers below.

1* Miss in the Kitchen * 2 Very Culinary * 3 The Hopeless Housewife * 4 Roxana’s Home Baking * 5 Taste and Tell *6 Lauren’s Latest * 7 Namely Marly

Here’s how it works:

*Below is my giveaway of all of my favorite kitchen things. The list of what’s included is below the photo.

*Enter to win all of my favorite things right here at the bottom of this post.

*Head on over to the other great blogs to see what their favorite things are and how to enter their great giveaways!


BIG Le Creuset + Other Favorite Things Giveaway


#1: Le Creuset Signature Round Wide 3-1/2-Quart Dutch Oven
#2: Microplane zester
#3:  Universal Housewares 3-piece Cast Iron Skillet Set
#4: OXO Good Grips Swivel Peeler
#5: MIU Potato Ricer
#6: Thunder Group Stainless Steel Measuring Cup Set
Now enter for this great giveaway below and also visit the other bloggers’ giveaways through the links above!


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New Giveaway! Win this Gorgeous Reclaimed Wood Cookbook Stand From Uncommon Goods!

By Erika on November 17th, 2013 / Giveaways / 38 Comments


Cookbook Stand Giveaway The Hopeless Housewife

Okay this cookbook stand is GORGEOUS!! What a beautiful way to cook through your favorite foodie magazine or cookbook. Uncommon Goods has many unusual gifts and this is one of them.

It is made from reclaimed timber and salvaged galvanized tin, found in old buildings all though Europe. All I can say is that I have this in my kitchen right now ready to ship out and I simply don’t want to give it up. It has the perfect tilt to it so your cookbook pages don’t flip on their own (a MAJOR pet peeve of mine). As I went through the entire Uncommon Goods website, I found so many unusual and amazing gift ideas! I have a hard time finding gifts for my husband, he is impossible to shop for but I already found numerous items I pinned immediately to go back and buy. I also found great gift ideas for my friends who are Wine Lovers and lots of great gift ideas for the ladies on my list.  But back to the cookbook stand, did I mention how gorgeous this is?

The question is…if you win this will you keep this for yourself or give it as a gift??

Enter below to win. Good luck!




New Giveaway! Win a 5-Piece Le Creuset Set in Your Choice of Color! Ends 10/28

By Erika on October 21st, 2013 / Erika, Giveaways / 39 Comments

5-Piece Le Creuset Giveaway Ends 10-28



Le Creuset 5-Piece Set Giveaway in Your Choice of Color!! Ends 10/21

By Erika on October 14th, 2013 / Erika, Giveaways / 588 Comments

Wouldn’t this be an incredible set to own? The answer is YES, yes it would!  These are my favorite things that Le Creuset makes. I love slow-cooking in their gorgeous Oval Dutch Ovens and searing steaks, chicken and fish on their Grill Pan– that pan gets nice and hot and SEARS away to make the most delicious meats! And let’s not even TALK about the saucepan…okay, I lied, I’m talking about it– the saucepan makes incredible sauces because the heat is so evenly distributed and the enamel is non-stick.

What would you make on these gorgeous pieces? I already have so many things I am inspired to make just by looking at this incredible cookware.

I have joined forces with Dear Crissy, Mom on Timeout, Sally’s Baking Addiction, Lauren’s Latest, and Skip to My Lou to bring this great giveaway to you– one lucky winner will win this set and get to pick out their favorite color!!

Leave a comment about what you would love to cook in any of the pieces then enter with the bonus entries below!

Enter below.

Good luck!!


Camera Bundle Giveaway! Ends 10/18!

By Erika on October 11th, 2013 / Erika, Giveaways / 24 Comments

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$1000 Gift Card Giveaway! Ends 10/14

By Erika on October 7th, 2013 / Erika, Giveaways / 152 Comments

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How nice would it be to have a little extra money during the holidays? $1000 to be exact. Yes, that’s right…$1000– I have teamed with some top bloggers to bring you an INCREDIBLE $1000 Visa Gift Card Giveaway! Thanks to Kevin & Amanda, Picky Palate, Hostess with the Mostess, Tater Tots and Jello and Deal Seeking Mom for joining me for this great chance to make someone’s Christmas shopping a little easier…what would YOU buy if you won?

Enter below. Good Luck!



KitchenAid Giveaway! Ends 10/7

By Erika on September 30th, 2013 / Giveaways / 4 Comments

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Antipasto Ideas Plus Giveaway!

By Erika on September 16th, 2013 / Featured Ideas, Party Ideas / No Comments

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I received a New Wave Antipasti Set from Villeroy and Boch to review and it instantly fell in love with it– it inspired me to come up with some delicious and creative food to adorn it’s beautiful clean, and modern lines. I started to think about who I was going to invite over and what fabulous drinks we were going to have.  So many possibilities. I also thought my readers would really love this set so we have one to give away (details at the end of this post!!)!!!!!! It is part of Villeroy and Boch’s Everyday Luxury Collection.


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I love how the platter is wide enough to fit 3 different items— plus there are the two bowls (with that fab handle), giving you plenty of room to whip up 4 or 5 different antipasto items. This set deserves some antipasto ideas with pizazz and personality, so I tried to come up with some different ideas but still include some of the classics– meat, cheese, olives and peppers.


Burrata with Pan-Roasted Butternut Squash and Figs The Hopeless Housewife 2

Burrata is one of my all-time favorite things to eat. This Burrata with Pan-Roasted Butternut Squash and Figs is divine- like buttery, silky heaven with tender, pan-roasted butternut squash and sweet figs….mmm, mmm, mmm.


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Mushroom Hummus The Hopeless Housewife

My Mushroom Hummus is a really different and flavorful version of the classic hummus recipe…



Prosciutto, Brie and Melon Sushi Rolls The Hopeless Housewife 2

I was trying to come up with a different way to include meat and cheese on this tray  and this came to me in the middle of the night. I always get cucumber rolls whenever we are out to sushi, and I thought I could attempt something similar here using prosciutto, brie and different melons.  These adorable Prosciutto “Sushi” Rolls with Melon and Brie are so cute and fun…and best yet they are delicious!! Roll them up and try for yourself.



Squash Carpaccio The Hopeless Housewife

This Squash Carpaccio is fresh and fun. The squash, shallots and herbs make for a nice “salad-like” addition to the antipasto tray.


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Now, drumroll….here are the details on how you can with this set for yourself (food not included 🙂 ) !


****Giveaway Details!!!****

Click here or on the graphic below to enter to win one for these gorgeous sets for yourself!


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New Wave Antipasti Set Giveaway! Last Day to Enter!

By Erika on September 14th, 2013 / Giveaways / 233 Comments

This New Wave Antipasti Set by Villeroy and Boch is really gorgeous! Now you can enter to win one to see for yourself just how great it is, there are many ways to enter below!