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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Enter to win some Christmas Style


Every year at Christmas we would buy hot pads, dish towels and trivets in holiday style for my mother. This giveaway offers you the chance to have some holiday style as well. Hallmark North Pole products are being given away by the blog Simply Stacie. You can enter this giveaway which ends 12/9 here

Giveaway for Movie Money


After seeing the ads for the movie Penguins of Madagascar I must say that I know this would be an awesome movie to take my little princess to. How fun it would be the blog Obsessive Mommy is hosting a give way for $25 Visa to go see the movie as well as the prize package above. Giveaway ends 12/5 and you can enter here

Giveaway that will help keep your health in check


Many health experts will recommend that you give yourself an extra boost during the holiday season. The many things that you will be doing, the weather that can often be unpredictable and many other factors may leave you feeling down and out. To help you out the blog Tamilee Tips offers you the chance to check out the vitamins at CVS and also a chance to win a $25 gift card. You can enter this giveaway that ends December 8 here

White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

I simply love this dessert it has that elegant look without being over the top for the trim the tree party, a family get together or the night you simply want to entertain
 


1 1/2 - 2 cups chocolate cookie crumbs
4 tablespoons white sugar
6 T butter, melted
1 (10 ounce) package frozen raspberries
2 tablespoons white sugar
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/2 cup water
4 cups white chocolate chips (2 bags)
1/2 cup half-and-half cream
3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


DIRECTIONS
In a medium bowl, mix together cookie crumbs, 4 tablespoons sugar, and melted butter. Press mixture into the bottom of a 10 inch springform pan.

In a saucepan, combine raspberries, 2 tablespoons sugar, cornstarch, and water. Bring to boil, and continue boiling 5 minutes, or until sauce is thick. Strain sauce through a mesh strainer to remove seeds.

Preheat oven to 325 ยบ In a metal bowl over a pan of simmering water, melt white chocolate chips with half-and-half, stirring occasionally until smooth.

In a large bowl, mix together cream cheese and 1/2 cup sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time. Blend in vanilla and melted white chocolate. Pour half of batter over crust. Spoon 3 tablespoons raspberry sauce over batter. Pour remaining cheesecake batter into pan, and again spoon 3 tablespoons raspberry sauce over the top. Swirl batter with the tip of a knife to create a marbled effect.

Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until filling is set. Cool, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 8 hours before removing from pan. Serve with remaining raspberry sauce.


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Three Mango Seeds, It's So Very Cheri 
Nifty Thrifty Sunday (Sun)- Nifty Thrifty Things
See Ya in the Gumbo- Ms. enPlace
*Sew Darn Crafty*- Sew Many Ways

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Snickerdoodle Sunday (Sat4p)- 2 Crochet Hooks, Meatloaf and Melodrama, Sadie Seasongoods, Nifty Thrifty Family
Submarine Sunday- USS Crafty
Sunlit Sunday (Sat7p)- My Little Home and Garden
Sweet and Savory Sunday (Sun 10a)- The Velvet Moon BakerCookin for the Seven Dwarves, Baking in Pyjamas
Sweet Tea Social (blog)- Texas Women Bloggers
That DIY Party (no recipes) (Sun am)- DIY Showoff
Think Pink Sunday (Sat9p)- Flamingo Toes

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Friday, November 28, 2014

Use up Those Leftovers

  • So now you have enjoyed a delicious Thanksgiving dinner and there are plenty of leftovers on hand. Don't let them get you dont there are plenty of ways to use them up.

    Turkey:
     turkey salad



    turkey wraps



    turkey chili



    turkey stir fry



    Cranberry Sauce
    use it as a tasty sandwich spread it will offer a kick to any sandwich.

    Green Beans and other veggies:
    these can easily be added to soups whether you make your own or start with canned soup

    left over veggies also go great in stews or salads

    left over sweet potatoes is a noted item in many chilli recipes


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    Best of the Weekend (p.m.)- Cooking With Curls, A Little Claireification, Little Miss Celebration,  The Mandatory Mooch
    Craft Frenzy Friday (Th7)- Craft Dictator
    Eat. Create. Party! (Th7p)- Endlessly Inspired, I Want Crazy, A Dash of Sanity, Living Better Together
    Fabric Frenzy Friday (F)- Fort Worth Fabric Studio
    Fabulous Friday- Simple Nature Decor
    Feature Friday Link Palooza (Th pm)- Blissful and Domestic
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    Weekend Bites (Th7:30)- Simple Living and Eating and Home Maid Simple
    Foodie Friends Friday (Th8)- Foodie Friends Friday, Walking on SunshineFrom Calculus to CupcakesCindy’s Recipes and WritingsBusy Vegetarian MomThis and ThatWinelady CooksIn the Kitchen with JennyThe Chef Next DoorRobyn’s View
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    Weekend Social (Th8)- Kitchen Dreaming , The McCallum's Shamrock Patch
    Weekend Wind-down (F5p)- This SimpleHome
    What To Do Weekends (Th9:00)- Crafts a la Mode -

    Thanksgiving Leftover Recipe Stuffing Topped Turkey Pot Pie

    The big day of November Turkey Day the day we all took a pause and gave thank is over and now it is time to use up those left overs. Check out this delicious filling recipe

    Stuffing-topped Turkey Pot Pie

    2 1/2 - 3 cups chopped precooked turkey
    1 cup shelled edamame
    1 cup fresh corn
    1/2 cup diced red peppers
    1 1/4 cups gravy (I used turkey gravy I made earlier)
    About 5 ounces dry stuffing mix
    1 1/3 cups simmering turkey stock

    Preheat the oven to 375

    In a large bowl, combine turkey stock and dry stuffing mix. Mix until the stuffing is evenly moist.

    In a 2 quart casserole, combine turkey and vegetables. Spoon gravy evenly over the vegetables and then spread the stuffing mixture over the top.

    Bake for 30-35 minutes, until the gravy is bubbling.


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    Wednesday, November 26, 2014

    Have A Cake


    Appetizer : Sausage Ball


    3 cups biscuit baking mix
    1/ 2 cup green onion, finely minced
    1/ 4 cup red bell pepper, finely minced
    8 ounces, Cheddar cheese, finely shredded
    1 pound bulk breakfast sausage

    · Mix all ingredients well in a large bowl with hand or a heavyduty mixer.
    · Now, shape the mixture in small balls and keep it on a baking sheet.
    · Bake the balls at 350 degree F for about 15 minutes or until browned on bottoms.
    · Serve hot with tomato ketchup or Mustard Mayo Dip.

    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

    Pumpkin Pie Cake

    Who doesn't love Pumpkin Pie. Well there may be some but I love it that's for sure. I have never before seen a pumpkin pie cake but I must say that our family will be seeing this on our table very soon

    Pumpkin Pie Cake (Adapted from Country Living)



    For the batter
    1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
    1 cup all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
    3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon allspice
    1/4 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
    1 cup granulated sugar
    1/2 cup packed brown sugar
    1/4 cup canola oil
    3 large eggs
    2 egg whites
    15 ounce can unsweetened pumpkin puree

    For the frosting
    2 tablespoons butter, softened
    8 ounce package cream cheese
    3 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
    2 teaspoons fresh orange juice
    crushed graham crackers or toasted chopped nuts to garnish

    Preheat oven to 325

    To make the batter
    In a medium bowl, whisk together flours, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, salt, allspice and nutmeg. In a large mixing bowl, beat together granulated sugar, brown sugar and oil until well blended. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until incorporated - mix in egg whites. Add pumpkin and mix until combined. Add flour mixture gradually to the wet ingredients - mixing just until combined. Evenly divide batter between 2 8" round baking dishes lightly coated with nonstick spray. Bake until the top springs back when lightly pressed in the center or a toothpick comes out mostly clean - about 25 - 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool in pans for 10 minutes on a wire rack. Remove cakes and place on a wire rack to cool completely.

    To make the frosting
    In a large mixing bowl, beat together butter and cream cheese until creamy. Gradually add confectioners' sugar, beating only until combined. Mix in orange juice. Place the bottom layer on a cake place and spread about 1 cup of the frosting on top. Place the other cake on top and spread the remaining frosting on the top and to the edges of the cake. Sprinkle with graham cracker crumbs or toasted chopped nuts.


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    Be Inspired (T8a)- Elizabeth and Co.
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    Empty Your Archive- Mums Make Lists
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    Handmade Tuesdays (M7p)- Ladybug Blessings
    Hearth and Soul Blog Hop (M5p)- The 21st Century Housewife, Premeditated Leftovers, Zesty South Indian Kitchen
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    Party In Your PJs- The Cookie PuzzleSimply Sweets by Honeybee
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    Monday, November 24, 2014

    Pet Snack Dont forget your pet during the holiday

    Pumpkin Canine Cookies



    2 cups oats
    1/2 cup butter
    2 cups boiling water
    5-6 cups whole wheat flour, divided
    1 1/2 cups yellow cornmeal
    1 cup non fat milk
    2 eggs, lightly beaten
    1/4 cup mashed pumpkin

    Preheat the oven to 350

    Lightly coat cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray.

    Mix the oats, pumpkin, and butter in a large bowl. Carefully pour in the boiling water.
    Stir in 2 cups flour and remaining ingredients.

    With a wooden spoon, mix until it forms into a big ball, adding flour as needed to make a stiff dough. Knead on a lightly floured surface, adding flour as needed, until the dough taken on a rollable consistency. In total I used about 5 1/2 cups flour.

    Roll out the dough to 3/8 inch thickness. Cut out cookie shapes using your favorite cutters. Place them on the cookie sheets and bake for 25-35 minutes, or until the bottoms are golden brown. Cool completely.

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    A Round Tuit (Sun3)- Creating My Way to Success
    Bloggers Brag (M7a)- Creative Kids
    Busy Monday (Sun2p)- A Pinch of Joy
    Craftastic Monday (Sun5p)- Sew Can Do
    *Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop (Sun late)- Carrie This Home, LilyWhite Designs, A Blossoming Life, Sneaky Spoons, The Casual Craftlete
    Gingham and Roses Link Up and Social Media Hop (Sun pm)- New Mama DiariesA New York Foodie
    Grand Social- Grandma's Briefs
    In and Out of the Kitchen- Feeding Big
    Inspire Us Mondays (8a)- Cookin' MimiSimple Life of a Fire Wife , Morsels of Life, Just Another Mom, Diamonds in the Rough
    Mad Skills (tutorials) (Mon a.m.)- Mad in Crafts
    Made By You Monday (M6a)- Skip to My Lou
    Marvelous Monday (Mam)- Smart Party Planning
    Meet Up Monday- Jenny Marie

    Melt in Your Mouth Monday (Sun 6:30pm)- Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms
    Merry Monday- Happy House and Home, The Kolb Corner, My Pinterventures
    Metamorphosis Monday (M am)- Between Naps on the Porch
    Mix it Up Monday (Sun7pm)- Flour Me With Love
    Monday Funday (Sun6p)- Uncommon DesignsC.R.A.F.T.Lines AcrossThat’s What Che SaidCreatively Living, A Night Owl BlogClub Chica Circle, Setting for Four
    Monday's Musings- What Joy is Mine
    Mostly Homemade Mondays- The Sustainable Couple

    Motivation Monday (Sun6p) healthy recipes and crafts- A Life in Balance
    Much Ado About Monday(S8p)- Huckleberry Love
    Munching Mondays (Sun7pm)- Nibbles by Nic, A New York Foodie, Skinny Sweets Daily, Mom's Test Kitchen, What the Forks for Dinner
    Weekend Recap LinkUp- Grapefruitprincess Reloaded
    What'd You Do This Weekend? Tumbleweed Contessa, Pioneer Mama

    Sunday, November 23, 2014

    Time To Defrost Your Turkey Tips on how to Safely Do So


    Its time to defrost your turkey. You may have done this before or it may be your very first time Either way it is best to follow some easy steps so it is done easily
     
     
    Thawing in the Fridge? (In the Refrigerator (40 °F or below)
    Allow approximately 24 hours for every 4 to 5 pounds
    • 4 to 12 pounds 1 to 3 days
    • 12 to 16 pounds 3 to 4 days
    • 16 to 20 pounds 4 to 5 days
    • 20 to 24 pounds 5 to 6 days

    Tips – DO NOT UNWRAP TURKEY. Put a tray or something under it so that the juices stay contained. Once thawed it is safe to leave the turkey in the fridge for up to 2 days.

    You can also thaw in Cold Water (this isn’t a great method unless you are cooking in the evening)
    Allow approximately 30 minutes per pound
    • 4 to 12 pounds 2 to 6 hours
    • 12 to 16 pounds 6 to 8 hours
    • 16 to 20 pounds 8 to 10 hours
    • 20 to 24 pounds 10 to 12 hours
    Make sure you wrap the turkey, do not let any water leak through the wrapping. Put your turkey into the cold water. CHANGE THE WATER EVERY 30 MINUTES.  (very important to keep it from becoming contaminated.) Cook Turkey immediately. DO NOT REFREEZE.
    What are your tips for thawing or cooking a Turkey? Share them in the comments

    Pumpkin Crunh Cake

    I first ate this delicious cake at a womans organization meeting. It was delicious and but rather than using a yellow cake mix it was presented with a spice cake mix. I prefer the yellow cake mix myself but the spice mix did add a bit more spice in the dish. You may want to create your cake using one of suggested cake mixes or another. I know that either way it goes fast at our home.



     

    Pumpkin Crunch Cake

    Ingredients:
    • 1 box yellow cake mix
    • 1 can (15 oz) pumpkin puree
    • 1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk
    • 3 large eggs
    • 1 1/2 cups sugar
    • 1 tsp. cinnamon
    • 1/2 tsp. salt
    • 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans (the original recipe called for 1/2 cup)
    • 1 cup butter, melted
    Heat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease bottom of 9 x 13″ pan.  Mix pumpkin, milk, eggs, sugar, cinnamon, and salt.  Pour mixture into greased pan.  Sprinkle dry cake mix over pumpkin mixture and top with pecans.  Drizzle melted butter over pecans.  Bake 50-55 minutes.

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    DIY Sunday Showcase (Sat 5)- Pink When, Minette's Maze, My Crafty Spot, VMG206, View From the Fridge, Interior Frugalista
    Inspiration Monday (Sun1p)- Your Home Based MomDomestically SpeakingI Should Be Mopping the FloorMom on Timeout, Redhead Can DecorateToday's Creative BlogWill Cook For SmilesScattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, My Uncommon Slice of SuburbiaLive Laugh Rowe, Five Heart HomeTwelveOeight
    It's Party Time (Sun)- 
    Three Mango Seeds, It's So Very Cheri 
    Nifty Thrifty Sunday (Sun)- Nifty Thrifty Things
    See Ya in the Gumbo- Ms. enPlace
    *Sew Darn Crafty*- Sew Many Ways

    Share It One More Time (Sat 5:00p)- One More Time Events
    Snickerdoodle Sunday (Sat4p)- 2 Crochet Hooks, Meatloaf and Melodrama, Sadie Seasongoods, Nifty Thrifty Family
    Submarine Sunday- USS Crafty
    Sunlit Sunday (Sat7p)- My Little Home and Garden
    Sweet and Savory Sunday (Sun 10a)- The Velvet Moon BakerCookin for the Seven Dwarves, Baking in Pyjamas
    Sweet Tea Social (blog)- Texas Women Bloggers
    That DIY Party (no recipes) (Sun am)- DIY Showoff
    Think Pink Sunday (Sat9p)- Flamingo Toes