Saturday, November 14, 2009
Perhaps I can refer you to a couple of great books meant for young readers that I have reviewed
Friday, November 13, 2009
Games for Dames game What's A Dame To Do here I can tell you that if you are looking for a wonderful game that will start conversations that may not have started, have old friends talking for hours and just make the night with great friends great then you are looking for the game What's A Dame To Do.
What's A Dame To DO allows us to see outside the box we live in and allows us to see that we are more alike than what we think. Those daily dilemmas that we go through every day and the way that we deal with the situation can be so funny when you share those thoughts together as friends. What's A Dame To Do is a game that allows us to see what we face daily is what others face as well.
Buy: you can buy the board game What's A Dame To Do on their website, Amazon and visit this link to find other retailers http://www.gamesfordames.com/retailers.html
Win: the lovely ladies from What's A Dame To DO want to offer one of Annie's Home readers the chance to win a game of their own.
To Enter: To enter share one of your "oops moments" you know one of those moments when something unexpected happens and you are just not sure what to do how do you handle such situations?
- visit the website www.gamesfordames.com share one of the rules of the game
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Contest starts now and will run through December 14, 2009. Good Luck Email must be in comment or on your blog
- giveaway for Bright Star soundtrack and book of poems This contest is only opened to those in 48 states U.S. and will end November 20, 2009
- giveaway for blackbird jewelry set from etsy shop Bird In Flight Contest ends November 27, 2009
Either of these would make super christmas gifts. so hurry on over and enter to win.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
You may want to check out these delicous looking and sounding cookies
1/2 cup apple juice or apple cider
1/4 cup snipped dried figs
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar or granulated sugar
1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary or 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
12 ounces pork tenderloin
1/4 teaspoon salt-free herb seasoning
Nonstick cooking spray
Hot cooked brown or long grain rice (optional)
Meanwhile, trim fat from pork. Cut pork crosswise into 12 pieces, each about 1 inch thick. Press each piece with the palm of your hand to an even thickness. Sprinkle herb seasoning evenly over pork. Coat an unheated large nonstick skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Preheat over medium-high heat. Cook pork in hot skillet for 2 to 3 minutes or until pork is slightly pink in center and juices run clear, turning once halfway through cooking time.
Serve pork medallions over hot cooked rice, if desired. Spoon some of the warm chutney over pork. Pass remaining chutney.
This is a fall meal that pleases my family and I found on the Hearth Healthy Website quick to fix and sure to please.
One of my favorite shows this summer/beginning of fall was the wonderful Shark Tank where wonderful rich investors were there ready to help out those who were brave enough to enter the shark tank and test the waters to see if their invention/product held up to the sharks enough for them to invest. One of the great products that cam out of this was the Pork Barrel BBQ and here is a clip from that show.
The wonderful Pork Barrel BBQ was a hit at our house and we truly loved the flavor packed in the bottle of sauce and the seasoning. If you have a barbq fan on your Christmas list this would be the perfect gift for them. Not only is Pork Barrell BBQ sauce great tasting but it is also very economical. For only $10 you can get the picnic pack of Pork Barrel BBQ sauce which includes a bottle of the BBQ sauce and a jar of the rub.
Pork Barrel BBQ was created by two US senate staffers who while working late dreamed of good BBQ. While listened to hours of debates on pork barrel spending the name of the barbq sauce and spice was born. These two staffers would create wonderful products that carried the name Pork Barrel BBQ. This national award winning Pork Barrel BBQ sauce and spice rub are great on meats, fish, poultry and vegetables that are being grilled, smoked or barbecued. The best part is that this All American tasting product has no preservatives or MSG.
Just in time for Thanksgiving the Pork Barrel BBQ website shares delicious recipes such as
Pork Barrel BBQ Smoked Turkey
1 Turkey (12-16 pound)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
6 bottles of beer
6-8 tablespoons of Pork Barrel BBQ All American Spice Rub (depending on the size of your bird)
Clean turkey and pat dry with a paper towel. Rub olive oil onto the turkey and then rub Pork Barrel BBQ All American Spice Rub into the turkey (make sure you get rub on the entire turkey). Let turkey set for 30 minutes while you get your smoker ready.
Light your fire and get the smoker ready to cook. Place a drip pan under the location the turkey will sit on your grill and pour the beer into it. Once your smoker reaches a temperature range of 225 to 240 degrees place the turkey in your smoker breast side up. Once the turkey is in the smoker load your smoker up with a 70/30 combination of hickory and oak.
Cooking time will vary on the size of your bird, but plan on 30-45 minutes per pound. Make certain that your smoker remains in the 225-240 degree range for the duration of smoking. After the fourth hour there is no need to add additional wood unless that is your temperature source. We recommend using hardwood lump charcoal.
The turkey is done when its internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. Let the turkey rest for 15 minutes and then carve.
Prep Time – 15 minutes
Cook Time – 1 hour & 15 minutes
Yields 4 to 6 servings
1 c. onion, chopped
1 c. celery, chopped
1 can water chestnuts, sliced
1 c. Hellmann's mayonnaise
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 stick butter, melted
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
20 Ritz crackers, crushed
Combine vegetables, mayonnaise and soup; place in casserole dish and top with mixture of butter and Worcestershire sauce. Cover with cracker crumbs and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
1 roll (16.5 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated sugar cookies
1 container (16 oz) chocolate creamy frosting
Orange decorating icing
Black decorating gel
Miniature candy-coated chocolate baking bits
1. Heat oven to 350°F. Bake cookies as directed on roll. Cool completely, about 20 minutes.
2. Spoon chocolate frosting into resealable food-storage plastic bag; seal bag. Cut small hole in bottom corner of bag. On each cookie, pipe frosting on outer edge of half of cookie. Arrange candy corn over frosting for feathers.
3. Pipe orange icing onto each cookie to resemble turkey face and feet. Use orange icing to attach baking bits to turkey face for eyes. Pipe black gel on baking bits for centers of eyes.
We have made these cookies following the Pillsbury recipe shown above or our own sugar cookie dough. Even the youngest can help and it is always lots of fun.
sharing recipe on the blog Feels Like Home
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Stride Running Bike is a super cool bike that even the littlest ones can learn to ride. In fact if they can walk and hold the bike up then they can ride. Super cool beginning bike is one that I have on the want list for my lil Princess. The blog J. Leigh Designz is hosting giveaway for the Stride Running Bike. The contest runs through Dec 2, 2009
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- fan Halo Sleep Sack on facebook
- grab my button and leave the link in comment where you drop it (5 entries)
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Contest starts now and runs through December 6, 2009. Email must be in comment or on blog. Good luck
I did receive a sample Halo SleepSack. These are my thoughts you may or may not agree with me.
Danny The Dragon "Meets Jimmy"
by Tina Turbin
Finding goods books to read for our little ones is a job of being a mommy that I take seriously. The book Danny The Dragon "Meets Jimmy" by Tina Turbin is a wonderful book in my opinion. The illustrations in this book are wonderful and helps young children imagine the story on a personal level. After all who would not want to have a cool best friend who travels every where with you? Danny the Dragon is that true friend that shares a journey with a young friend. Danny the Dragon is a second place finisher in the AZ literary contest and book award of 2009.
The author of the book Danny The Dragon "Meets Jimmy" is Tina Turbin. Tina is interested in actively issues relating to children, entertainment, families, mothers and women in society, the environment and is a mother as well. At the age of 16 Tina wrote her first book and since then the passion for writing children's books continues to grow. Tina has been surrounded by the arts for her entire life.
Tina created the character of Danny the Dragon because of her passion to delight children and their families with magic, fun and imagination in children of all stages. Tina's dream was to help the flame of life to burn as bright for older folks as it does for the young. What a wonderful thought and the reason that I love reading so much. Reading allows us to go where ever we want, meet who we want and to imagine as we please.
Danny The Dragon is available at Amazon.com for 8.95 for soft cover and would make the perfect gift for any little dreamer in your life.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Stonyfield Yo Baby turned 10 years old this last summer and the goodness is continuing on strong as ever. Yo Baby meals are delicious 3 in 1 combination meal packed full of protein and included a yogurt + fruit + veggie puree in one cup. They are a great way for busy moms to help give their babies and toddlers a trio of important food groups at every meal. YoBaby Meals help the busy mom to maintain a nutritional diet for their young child by providing more than 35% toddler's daily protein and calcium needs in one grab n go cup. What a super way to get your child to eat those veggies that they otherwise may not eat.
The makers of Yo Baby is Stonyfield Farm. Stonyfield Farm celebrated 26 years in business recently and leads the world in organic yogurt company. Stonyfield Farm distributes yogurt, smoothies, milk, cultured soy, frozen yogurt and ice cream nationally. Stonyfield Farms believes that healthy food can only come from a healthy planet. Using organic ingredients allows Stonyfields to help keep over 100,000 farm acres free of toxic, persistent pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Stonyfield has also taken measures to help reduce global warming and donates 10% of its profits to efforts that help protect and restore the earth.
To help celebrate Yo Baby and its 10 year milestone Stonyfield Yo Baby wants to offer one of Annie's Home readers the chance to win the prize pack shown below.
The prize pack includes:
- 1 Yobaby travel bowl with lid
1 Yobaby organic cotton bib
1 Eric Carle growth chart
3 free Yobaby Meals coupons
To enter the giveaway you must visit the Stonyfield Website and let me know something that I did not share in this review.
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Contest starts now and will run through December 3, 2009 Please remember email in comment or on blog. Good Luck Giveaway open to US only
4 cups frozen shoe-string French fries
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 14-ounce jar marinara sauce
1.Heat oven to 425° F.
2.Spread the fries on a baking sheet. Bake until golden, about 25 minutes.
3.Meanwhile, cook the ground beef in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until no trace of pink remains, 8 to 10 minutes. Spoon off any excess fat. Add the marinara sauce and cook until warmed through.
4.Transfer to an 8-by-11-inch or 8-inch-square baking dish. Top with the fries. If desired, return to oven for 5 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
1/2 cup Shedd's Spread Country Crock® Omega Plus Light
1 medium onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
2 medium carrots, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
4 cups seasoned cube stuffing mix
4 cups cubed multi-grain bread
1 can (14.5 oz.) chicken broth, heated
1 egg, slightly beaten
Preheat oven to 350°. Spray 2-quart casserole with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
In 12-inch nonstick skillet, melt Shedd's Spread Country Crock® Omega Plus Light over medium heat and cook onion, carrots and celery, stirring occasionally, 8 minutes or until tender.
In large bowl, combine vegetables, stuffing mix, bread and broth. Let stand 10 minutes. Stir in egg. Turn into prepared casserole. Bake 40 minutes or until golden.
For Homestyle Sausage Stuffing, add 1 lb. crumbled Italian turkey sausage and 10 oz. sliced mushrooms to skillet with vegetables.
For Homestyle Cranberry Stuffing, add 1/2 cup dried cranberries to broth while heating.
recipe borrowed from the website making life better .com
Pampering Becki is having an ornament exchange to help not only celebrate the holidays but to also help bring us mom bloggers closer together. Sounds like lots of fun. If you would like to join in the fun head over to the blog Pampering Becki and sign up. The deadline to sign up is November 12, 2009.
http://instoresnow.walmart.com/enhancedrendercontent_ektid76540.aspx to get your free sample.
You Are Reply
You are friendly, caring, and warm. What goes on in your friends' lives matters to you.
You are an excellent listener, and you give good advice. Lots of people seek your input, and you're more than happy to give it.
You believe that social ties are important, and you never ignore a friend. You communicate as often as possible with those you love.
You always have words of encouragement, support, or follow up questions. You are gifted at keeping the conversation flowing.
Monday, November 9, 2009
We Take The Cake red velvet layer cake that we received to the many other delicious items that are available either online from We Take The Cake or in their shop are all delicious and pleasing to the eye and palate both.
Buy: you can order a variety of cakes and cupcakes directly off the We Take The Cake website at http://www.wetakethecake.com/
Recently we received the opportunity to review Natures Gate hygiene products. The scent of these products we received were terrific and after learning a bit about the company came as no surprise. Thirty (30) years of experience of nature and health products they have created a reputation for creating terrific products that also are great for the earth. All of the Natures Gate products reflect ongoing efforts to preserve the earths natural resources by being environmentally friendly and cruelty free.
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup orange juice
16 ounces cranberries (fresh or frozen)
1/2 to 3/4 cup orange marmalade
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro (optional)
1.In a saucepan, over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the ginger and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add the sugar, orange juice, and cranberries.
2.Cook until the cranberries burst and the sauce thickens, about 15 minutes. Stir in the marmalade to taste (depending on desired sweetness). Turn off heat. Stir in the pepper and cilantro just before serving. Serve warm or at room temperature.
The weather in my neck of the woods:
it is a lovely warm autumn day today with a little outcast over the sky
One of my simple pleasures:
being able to blog this week has been a pleasure of mine
On my bedside table:
puzzles, medicine of nephew and my bible
On my TV:
On the menu for tonight:
sloppy mom sandwiches, corn, potatos, red velvet cake
On my To Do List:
New Recipe I tried last week:
Peanut Brownie Cup Brownies
In the craft basket:
Looking forward to:
Thanksgiving and visiting my granddaughter Princess
Homemaking Tip for this week:
garbage disposal cleaning
Favorite Blog Post of the week (mine or other):
love this post on teaching children lesson on giving
Favorite photo from last week:
this is a great autumn picture and think it is so funny that my oldest daughter that lives at home and my youngest son holding hands
I learned that sometimes when you are down and not for sure how to go on family and best friends are definetly the key to happiness. I am so happy to be blessed with the family and friends God has provided for me
On my Prayer List:
several good friends who are in the hospital for different reasons
Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses:
Sunday, November 8, 2009
- Do you want a fresh or frozen turkey?
- Do you have enough space to store a frozen bird if purchased in advance; if not, when should you purchase a turkey?
- What size bird do you need to buy?
- Who all will be coming for dinner?
- What side dishes will you prepare, can they be made ahead of time?
- What desserts will be made, can they be prepared ahead of time?
- will the guest be bringing dishes as well and if so who will bring what?
Don't let your self be worried over Thanksgiving day after all you don't want to let the turkey know what is happening just yet.
The PopATot available in camo with brown or green trim ,
Poptot in pink and leopard print perfect for your little princess.
Buy: you can purchase the PopATot directly off of the website for $54.99. What a wonderful gift for the special little one in your life. Free shipping is available at this time as well.
Win: One of Annie's Home readers will win the PopATot of their choice.
To Win: visit the website and let me know what PopATot you would want to win
- follow the blog
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Contest will end December 1, 2009. Please place email in comment or have available on blog. Good Luck
2 sticks unsalted butter, plus more for the pan
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
4 large eggs
3 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
8 large peanut butter cups, cut into pieces
1.Heat oven to 400° F.
2.Melt the butter and chocolate in a pan over low heat.
3.Using a mixer, beat the eggs and sugar until pale yellow and fluffy. Lower speed and pour in the melted chocolate and vanilla. Mix in the flour and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Fold in the peanut butter cups.
4.Scrape into a buttered 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Bake until the tip of a knife comes out clean, about 35 minutes.
from the real simple newsletter
The Princess and the Monkey alerted me to the site StopDiabetes.com starting Nov 2 to find out ways to join the Stop Diabetes movement.
You can also stop by the site Share Your Story and Nutrisystem will donate $5 for each story shared totalling up to $100,000