Saturday, November 28, 2009
- Lock up all matches and lighters after lighting candles s that little hands are not tempted to expirement. Three out of five fires are started by children who are playing with matches or lighters
- Place candles where kids and pets can't reach them and at least one foot away from Christmas trees, curtains, wreaths and holiday decor. I had a good friend who lost their house and everything in it one year at christmas time when a cat they kept in the house accidently knocked a candle over Many of your holiday decorations are flamable and burn easily as well.
- Never leave a lit candle unattended. I remember a family several years ago who left the candles in thier house lit to go to a Christmas Eve service. When they returned home the house was on fire started by a candle that had fallen over.
- Use candle holders that are sturdy, wont tip over easily, and made from nonflammable material. I love the old glass candle holders that were solid and looked great as well
- Make sure smoke alarms are installed and working and teach your children what they mean and the best way to exit the house.
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 red onion, finely chopped
1 green pepper, finely chopped
1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
1 cup chopped plum tomatoes
2 tablespoons minced garlic
3/4 pound ground beef or turkey
2 cups long-grain white rice
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 cup rinsed and drained kidney beans (from a 15.5-ounce can)
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
3 tablespoons chopped scallions for garnish
Heat oil in a medium-size stockpot over medium heat. Add onion, peppers and jalapeño and cook for about 10 minutes or until translucent. Add tomatoes, garlic and beef or turkey to pot and cook for 8 minutes or until meat is cooked through; drain off any fat. Stir rice into pot and reduce heat to low. Cook, stirring, for 3 minutes. Add broth, beans, chili powder, salt, pepper, paprika and 1-1/2 cups water to pot. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to medium; cover and cook for 20 minutes. Fluff with a fork and sprinkle with scallions before serving.
recipe found on the Parents website
Yet another source to win a pair of Wee Squeak shoes is the blog Thanks Mail Carrier. Yet another blog that belongs to a person who visits my blog quite often is hosting her own giveaway. This giveaway on the Thanks Mail Carrier blog will run through December 10, 2009 and the winner will recieve their choice of Wee Squeak shoes.
The eczema oil from the Homestead Company comes with a guaranteed satisfaction or your money back. The eczema oil is safe for all ages and has been raved by many. The eczema oil is a unique combination of emu oil and Kukui nut oil. The oil works by penetrating the inner layers of the skin to allow the skin to heal from the deep layers to relieve and prevent further irritation of the skin. The two oils work together to help skin retain moisture with consistent use is the most effective and natural treatment known.
If your baby or child suffers from eczema you probably want to do all you can to relieve their problem. Try the Homestead Company eczema oil and see if it helps your child as well. You can buy the eczema oil for $5.75on the Homestead Company website located at http://www.homesteadcompany.com/SearchResults.asp?Search=eczema
ICEE should be an item that most of my readers are aware of. My goodness there are at least three different places in my small town to sell ICEE's. Now your child can make their own slushy at home thanks to the ThinkWow Toys group. The ICEE machine is fast and in under 5 minutes you can create a delicious slushy. The ICEE machine is constructed well and directions on how it works are included for easy use. There are three slushy flavorings included with the machine. These flavors are watermellon, cherry and orange and once you enjoy these delicious flavored slushy clean up is super easy as well. Valued at $9.99 the ICEE machine in my own opinion would make a great gift.
I hold great memories of Chuck E. Cheese as well and could not imagine a better character for a pizza machine. Now the ThinkWow Toys group offers the EZ2 make Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza Maker Play Set your child can create their own pizza creations at home. The Pizza Maker is aided by the microwave at home so no oven is needed making this a safer toy in my opinion. No long wait for under one minute the pizza will be heated and ready to go. The kit makes four (4) pizzas and includes the dough, cheese and sauce with instructions on how all works together. Valued at $19.99 the Chuck E. Cheese pizza Maker Play Set would be a great gift to give the young pizza lover you know.
ThinkWow Toys is part of the WowWee USA Inc. Wow Toys is located in New York City and develops, manufactures and markets plush toys, novelty toys, action figures and promotional toys.
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Friday, November 27, 2009
The Energizer company sponsor a Rock-A-Thon to help raise money for Child's Play. A Rock-A-Thon is a multi day event where gamers from around the country come together to put on a 4 day rock band concert where every rock song will be played back to back. The Energizer Rock-A-Thon will start tonight at midnight and will run through Monday. For 90 hours the gamers will rock in Houston Texas at the Meridian. Sixteen rock bands in total will rock out to raise money for Child's Play to help make the Christmas of some special children brighter.
For more information on Child's Play or the Rock-A-Thon visit these links
http://www.therockathon.com/ and http://www.childsplaycharity.org/
1/2 (16-oz.) package penne pasta
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups 1% low-fat milk
1 cup (4 oz.) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1 (4-oz.) jar diced pimiento, drained
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Pinch of paprika
Prepare pasta according to package directions. Whisk together flour and 1/4 cup milk. Add flour mixture to remaining milk, whisking until smooth. Bring milk mixture to a boil in a large skillet over medium heat; reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, whisking constantly, 3 to 5 minutes or until smooth. Stir in cheese and next 4 ingredients until smooth. Stir in pasta, and cook 1 minute or until thoroughly heated. Serve immediately.
•Kreinik #16 Iron-on Braid in your choice of colors
•Kreinik #8 Iron-on Braid in your choice of colors
•Kreinik teflon press cloth
•Cookie cutters in desired shapes
•Old Christmas cards
•Mini iron or household iron
•Pen or pencil for tracing
1.Turn your iron on to the highest heat setting and let it heat thoroughly. Meanwhile, trace the outline of the cookie cutter shape onto your Christmas cards, then cut out. To begin decorating, lay your iron-on ribbon at the edge of your card design. Cover the thread with the Teflon Press Cloth, then press for several seconds until the thread adheres. Continue this way, laying the thread around the border. You may want to start and end at the top of your design so that you can leave extra thread for the loop. If desired, decorate other parts of the card with the thinner iron-on braids. Always use the Teflon Press Cloth to keep the adhesive in the thread from sticking to your iron.
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 cup vertically sliced Vidalia or other sweet onion
1/4 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 pound ground turkey breast
1 large egg white
4 (1-ounce) slices reduced-fat Swiss cheese
4 slices light rye bread
1/4 cup country-style Dijon mustard
2 large egg whites
2/3 cup sugar
2 1/2 tablespoons Old Bay Seasoning
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
6 cups mixed unsalted raw nuts (such as walnuts, pecans, cashews, and pistachios)
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1/3 cup finely grated Parmesan (about 1 ounces)
Heat oven to 300° F. Using an electric mixer, beat the egg whites until foamy. Gradually add the sugar, beating until a loose meringue forms. Beat in the Old Bay Seasoning, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, cayenne, and salt. .Mix in the nuts and butter, then mix in the Parmesan. Divide the nuts between 2 parchment-lined rimmed baking sheets, spreading them in a single layer. Bake, switching the baking sheets halfway through, until golden brown, 30 to 40 minutes.
Let cool and store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
1 CAN VEG-ALL DRAINED
1 CAN SWEET CORN DRAINED
1 CAN CREAM OF CHICKEN SOUP
1/2 CUP CHOPPED ONION
1/2 CUP MAYO
1 STICK BUTTER-MELTED
1 CUP SHREDDED CHEESE-CHEDDAR
1 PKG NOT BOX RITZ CRACKERS
1/2 CUP MELTED BUTTER
MIX FIRST 6 INGREDIENTS IN BAKING DISH AND TOP WITH CHEESE....
CRUMBLE CRACKERS AND MIX WITH MELTED BUTTER AND DROP BY SPOONFULS ON TOP OF CASSEROLE..
BAKE AT 400 FOR 30-35 MINUTES.....
8 to 12 lb. 2 3/4 to 3 hours
12 to 14 lb. 3 to 3 3/4 hours
14 to 18 lb. 3 3/4 to 4 1/4 hours
18 to 20 lb. 4 1/4 to 4 1/2 hours
20 to 24 lb. 4 1/2 to 5 hours
8 to 12 lb. 3 to 3 1/2 hours
12 to 14 lb. 3 1/2 to 4 hours
14 to 18 lb. 4 to 4 1/4 hours
18 to 20 lb. 4 1/4 to 4 3/4 hours
20 to 24 lb. 4 3/4 to 5 1/4 hours
heat oven up at 5 am by cooking breakfast sweet rolls and dump cake.
Turkey in oven by 7 will cook til about 11 a.m
Then comes all the sides before company arives:
- kids create relish tray
- stuffing bake in oven version
- veggie casserole in oven with stuffing
- several other small side dishes and salads
We are looking for about 20+ to be at our house for dinner. I have a cheese cake, oreo dessert, and ice cream cone cupcakes allready prepared. Daughter is bringing a couple of pies with her so all will be great. I hope to get lots of great pictures and all will have fun.
Happy Thanksgiving in case I don't find time to get on Tommorow
6 ounces cream cheese
1 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons onion powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 egg whites, slightly beaten
1 tablespoon butter
Are you looking forward to looking for that perfect outfit for the holidays. Are you worried about how it will look or fit. Do you want an extra bit of help to make you look all in place and constructed? The Blush Topless Undershirt may be exactly what you need. The Blush Topless Undershirt is worn like a tube top only around your waist. The Blush Topless Undershirt is made of poly/rayon/spandex which allows that bit of stretch. I love to wear tees under sweaters in case the sweater rises my tummy is still covered. The Blush Topless Undershirt does this for you without the bulky shoulder area. For those expecting little ones the Blush Undershirt is perfect for you that will allow you to wear your outfits just a bit longer yet keep your bundle of joy in your tummy covered up. The Blush Undershirt comes in a large variety of colors and patterns one is sure to fit your needs. The example below shows you exactly how to wear the Blush Undershirt.
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Involved in this recall is 2.1 million drop side cribs with 147,000 of these being the stork craft dropside cribs with the fisher price logo. The cribs involved were sold in both the U.S. and Canada. Not involved in this recall are the Stork Craft cribs with manufacturing and distribution dates between January 1993 and October 2009.
If this involves a crib that you have you should immediately stop using the recalled cribs and wait for the repair kit do not attempt to fix the crib without the kit. Contact Stork Craft to receive a free repair kit that converts the dropside on these cribs to a fixed side. For more information visit the website http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10046.html
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1 tube (16-1/2 ounces) refrigerated sugar cookie dough
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
1/2 cup apricot preserves
3 Tbs. confectioners' sugar
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Place peanuts in a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped. Add cookie dough, flour and peanut butter. Pulse until dough is well combined, and cleans the inside of the bowl. Divide dough into 2 equal parts. Wrap one part in plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use. Roll the other half between two sheets of waxed paper to a thickness of 1/4 inch. Place on ungreased baking sheet; freeze for 5 minutes. Remove from freezer and peel off waxed paper. Cut out star shapes with a 3 inch star cutter and place back on the baking sheet. Re-roll scraps and cut out more stars for a total of 18. If dough becomes too soft, place back in freezer for a few minutes. Bake for 11 minutes at 350 degrees F. Allow to cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Roll out the remaining dough and cut out 18 stars as in steps 3 and 4. After placing on baking sheet, cut out center with a 1-inch star cutter. Bake and cool. Microwave the apricot preserves for 30 seconds. Stir until smooth. Spread 1 teaspoon of the preserves onto one side of each of the uncut cookies. Dust the cut-out cookies with the confectioners' sugar and place on preserve-topped cookies to form a sandwich. Press gently.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Mix together 1 teaspoon dish soap, 1 cup white vinegar, and 16 oz hot water. Place in spray bottle After sweeping the hard wood floor Spray the mixture on and wipe dry with a microfiber mop. No waxy build up but looking good and clean are the result
This week is a bit busy as everyone is coming here but i am so looking forward to it. Having my family all together where we can all chat and catch up with each other. So while my to do list is a bit different than most weeks my thing to do is to make this special for the entire family.
If you are not ready for the guy in the jolly red suit with cheeks rosey red then you better get ready. Jolly Mom and Go Graham Go wants to help you get into the Christmas spirit and are having a Here Comes Santa Clause Blog Party. Everything from food, toys, and jewerly and more will be hosted in this super blog event. Starting November 23, (yesterday) be sure to visit the blogs Jolly Mom and Go Graham Go
Monday, November 23, 2009
One of the newest books from Klutz is the Fancy Friendship Bracelets book. Perhaps you are familiar with their original Friendship Bracelet's book the new one is the originals best friend. The Fancy Friendship book includes five different colors of cord and more than 200 sparkling beads, and some stylish charms for good measure. All the supplies and directions to make some very stylish friendship bracelets. The book is recommended for 8 years old and up which is the second or third grade level.
Klutz would love to offer two (2) of Annie's Home readers two (2) fancy friendship bracelet books. This would give the winners one to keep and one to give as a gift.
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Open to U.S. citizens only. Email in comment or available on blog. Good Luck Contest ends December 7, 2009
Kaskey Kids the little sports figures would make a perfect christmas gift for both girls and boys or really any sport fanatic. By using the code "Holiday" you can save 20% off of your purchase. What a great deal. This code is good through January 1, 2009
my two daughters who still live at home they are so great and look how they are smiling I think they are up to something
one of my favorite pictures he is having so much fun here
The weather in my neck of the woods:
Cool and bit hazey does not look like rain is coming but does make me think that winter may be knocking on the door
One of my simple pleasures:
talking to my lil Princess on the phone. She lives 3 hours away so I am so glad she can now talk to me on the phone
On my bedside table:
my bible and a hairbrush
On my TV:
nothing at this time
On the menu for tonight:
soup and sandwiches
On my To Do List:
laundry, straighten house, thanksgiving prep
New Recipe I tried last week:
In the craft basket:
thanksgiving place cards
Looking forward to:
Homemaking Tip for this week:
really dont have one to busy getting ready for thanksgiving
Favorite Blog Post of the week (mine or other):
been super busy
Favorite photo from last week:
Lesson learned the past few days:
Love your family no matter what happens they are all still family
On my Prayer List:
friends and family
Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses:
1 cup finely chopped jarred roasted red bell peppers
1 cup (4 oz.) freshly shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, divided
Simple Blanched Green Beans
1 cup French fried onions, crushed
1/2 cup Japanese breadcrumbs (panko)
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 350°. Combine Buttermilk White Sauce, peppers, and 1/2 cup cheese in a large bowl; add green beans, tossing gently to combine. Place in a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch or 3-qt. baking dish. Combine French fried onions, Japanese breadcrumbs, chopped pecans, and remaining 1/2 cup cheese, and sprinkle over green bean mixture. Bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly. Serve immediately. Simple Pecan-Green Bean Casserole: Omit shredded sharp Cheddar cheese. Preheat oven to 350°. Place French fried onions, Japanese breadcrumbs, and chopped pecans in an even layer in a 15- x 10-inch jelly-roll pan. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until toasted, stirring after 5 minutes. Prepare Buttermilk White Sauce and Simple Blanched Green Beans as directed. (Do not plunge beans into ice water.) Gently toss together green beans and roasted red bell peppers, and spoon onto a serving platter. Top with Buttermilk White Sauce, and sprinkle with toasted pecan mixture. Makes 6 to 8 servings; Prep: 10 min., Bake: 10 min.
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- while you can give your child a dose every 4 to 6 hours you should not exceed 5 doses daily
- babies under 3 months should first be seen by the doctor before any medication is given
- reading the label is important
- always use the dropper that comes with the medicine if possible this can help make sure the proper dosage is given each time
- When to call the doctor for a fever? For babies under 3 months, call for a temperature of 100.4 F. or higher; for babies 3 to 6 months, call for 101 F. or higher; for babies older than 6 months, call for 103 F. or higher, or if your child seems fussy, lethargic, or dehydrated, or has any other symptoms that concern you
This link also offers proper amounts your child should be taking http://www.parents.com/baby/health/antibiotics/acetaminophen-dosage-chart/
Here is a super craft that you can do with your child it is super fun and easy to. Just take a look
Here is how to create your own:
•Construction paper in fall colors
•Small craft eyes
Draw several long thin feather shapes onto different colors of fall themed construction paper such as brown, orange or yellow. Make about 8 feathers or less depending on how large the pinecone is. Cut out the paper feathers and get them ready to glue onto the pinecone. Using a quick drying craft glue, apply the feathers to the back or thickest part of the pinecone. You can choose where you think they should go, but try to keep the bunched together to form a tail. Glue the acorn upside down into the very front of the pinecone to form the turkey's face. Make sure that the part of the acorn with the shell on it is the part that is glued into the pinecone. Otherwise the turkey's face will look distorted. Cut a small waddle shape out of some red construction paper and glue it onto the acorn that is the turkey's head. Glue some small craft eyes onto the turkey's head to make it appear more realistic. Make a small platform for your turkey out of modeling clay and press the bottom of the pinecone down into it. Let everything dry and then your pinecone turkey craft should be completed and ready to use as a beautiful Thanksgiving decoration.
The Nutcracker and the Mouse King and the book The Christmas Magic both sure to please any nutcracker fan. If you or someone you know is a nutcracker fan then you should enter this wonderful giveaway by November 30, 2009
1 (29 ounce) can pumpkin
1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 (18 1/2 ounce) box spice cake mix
1/2 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped
3/4 cup butter, melted
1Pre-heat oven to 350 F.
2Grease a 9x13 baking pan.
3In a large bowl combine pumpkin, eggs, brown sugar, white sugar, evaporated milk and salt and spice. Stir well to combine, or beat on low to mix. Pour into prepared pan.
4Sprinkle with cake mix and nuts over the top of that.
5Drizzle the melted butter over all. Bake for 50-60 minutes until edges are lightly browned. Cool and serve with whipped cream.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
One 12-pound Grade A turkey
* Three 11 to 15.5-ounce cans Green Giant vegetables
* Two 14-ounce cans Ocean Spray cranberry sauce
* Three 6-ounce boxes of Stove Top stuffing
* One 5-pound bag of red potatoes
* One 12-count package of Sara Lee dinner rolls
* One 22-ounce pumpkin roll cake
This contest will end on December 7, 2009. So hurry over there and enter for a chance to win a turkey dinner for you.
John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy commonly known by his initials JFK was the 35th president of the U.S. serving only part of a term from 1961 til his assassination in 1963. JFK was assassinated on November 22, 1963 in Dallas Texas by a gunman thought to be Lee Harvey Oswald. The conspiracy over whether Oswald was the gunman or not has long been a debatable issue.
Today I simply remember the stories my parents told me about this great man John F Kennedy.
Sunday Stealing originated on WTIT: The Blog authored by Bud Weiser. Here we will steal all types of memes from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent memes. You may have heard of the expression, “honor amongst thieves”. In that age-old tradition, we also have our rules. First, we always credit the blog that we stole it from and we will “fess up” to the blog owner where we stole the meme. We also provide a link to the victim's post. (It's our way of saying "Thanks!") We do sometimes edit the original meme, usually to make it more relevant to our global players, to challenge our players, sometimes to select that meme's best questions, or simply to make it less repetitive from either this new meme or recently asked questions from a prior featured meme. Let's go!
1. Name someone with the same birthday as you.
my husbands ex girlfriend
2. Where was your first kiss?
behind the school house
3. Have you ever hit someone of the opposite sex? If yes, why?
Yes, because I can
4. Have you ever sung in front of a large number of people? When?
yes, used to sing for contest
5. What's the first thing you notice about your preferred sex?
that they were a bit different in what they spent their time
6. What really turns you off?
someone not taking care of their children
7. What is your biggest mistake?
not going to college after highschool
8. Have you ever hurt yourself on purpose?
no I love myself too much
9. Say something totally random about yourself.
I have been married for 22+ years
10. Has anyone ever said you looked like a celebrity?
11. Do you still watch kiddie movies or TV shows?
sometimes with my teens who still love sponge bob
12. Are you comfortable with your height?
yes, while I wish I was a bit taller I know that most my family members are my same height
13. What is the most romantic thing someone of the preferred sex has done for you?
I believe giving me a rose because that is always precious to me
14. When do you know it's love?
I just knew
15. What's something that really annoys you?
my teens when they are whining about problems that can be cured or ones that mean the world to them but are not significant
Be careful however when playing along with False Confession day though. A false confession can lead to alot of problems. So while you may confess to kissing your dog on the lips or eating your buggers. Please do not confess to a crime, report some one lost, killed or injured or confess to a relationship you are not in. After all while you may have lots of fun I would hate for you to be hurt, punished or loose a friendship.
Have a happy False Confession Day!!