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Saturday, October 3, 2009

Cookies For Me

Who doesn't love a great cookie. If you are a person with allergies it may not always be possible to find that cookie. The company Cookies for me? has developed a great company that sells sweets that are gluten free, egg free, nut free, and dairy free. Cookies for me was created after the leaders son was diagnosed having severe allergies. Every child wants to enjoy snacks as much as the next so Cookies For Me was born. The labor of love that a mother used to create delicious goodies for her young son is the same love that goes into every product sold at Cookies for Me.

Dairy Free Decorated Sugar cookies. We received a sample of one of these and have to say they were super cute and tasty. If you have a special day coming up or a special person you know Cookies For Me decorated sugar cookies are sure to please.

The gluten free, egg free, dairy free and nut free brownies were also a big hit. A few complaints of being a bit dry were heard but others raved about the delicious taste of the Cookies for Me delicious brownies. These would be delicious as an after school after noon
Chocolate Chip Cookies the one thing that all members in my family love. These were delicious as well No complaints in sight The Chocolate Chip Cookies were delicious.
These were among the top favorites many other varieties are available from the Cookies For Me company. Delicious shopping is ahead when you visit the website

Tell Me A Story

I have for a long time been a fan of tall tales, fables and folk tails. All of the three genres share lots of fun, suspense and a great time to share thoughts and feelings. I love the wonderful stories that can be found on Tell Me A Story. I love the wonderful soft female voices full of suspense and wonder that tell the stories. On this CD you will find the stories:
  • The Cleverest Tune, Great Britain
  • The Goddess and the Ogre, Cambodia
  • Whisker of the Lioness, Ethiopia
  • The Lady and the Judge, Turkey
  • The Reindeer Maiden, Siberia
  • Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind, USA

The Tell Me a Story Women of Wonder CD is wonderful for all children and adults alike. Homeschooling can get great use out of them as well. Exposing children to stories from other countries besides their own can open discussions to wonderment about what those other countries are like.

If you would love to purchase the wonderful Tell Me A Story Women of Wonder CD you can purchase this at

Saturday Photo Hunt: High School Band banner

I took this picture at the homecoming parade partially because it is the wonderful town I am from and partially becuase I went to high school here. Best of all I took it because I thought it would come in to use on my blog somewhere and guess what it did The theme of Saturday Photo Hunters is words.

Bulldogs Football

This is a picture of the Bulldogs running down the field during a recent football game.
The theme at round robin photo challenge is motion and I thought this picture met the theme great.

Fall Poem

Poem I found on a website today all I know is that it was authored by Kristy P I hope you enjoy as we always love the fall weather as a family and get out and about to enjoy the many family activities


Rustle, bustle the leaves are falling
Just around the bend winter is calling
But before that it's time for fall
It's a time when leaves change, on every tree small or tall
There is color on every tree
There is color as far as the eye can see
Some places there is color scattered here and there
Some places there is color scattered everywhere
There is color far and wide
There's no place to go fall cant hide
But the fall colors won't last
Because winters almost here and coming fast
Small World Saturday hosted by the blog Egypt Everlasting

Friday, October 2, 2009

7 Blessings in my life

  1. Being able to see my grandbaby and having lots of fun with her. I miss her and do not get to see her as often as I would love to

  2. The great fall weather I love the cooler temps and can not wait til the great fall colors start showing up

  3. Winning the homecoming football game last week was a great treat for the many boys who give all they can to play a great game.

  4. Enjoying the homecoming parade with my nephews was a great time to visit with them. I miss them so they do not come around as much as they once did

  5. Enjoyed my granddaughters first birthday party she sure did have fun as well. We had a pretty princess birthday party for her and we all had a great time.

  6. Finding out the my son is in the top 25 of his graduating class in fact he is #25. This is great as he has just announced he will be going to school to be a youth minister. So proud of this boy

  7. Today I got a good report from the drs office it was not great but it was good.

What are your top 7? Visit the blog Conversion Diary and see what others think or list your own

Aloha Friday

The blog An Island Life host a weekly meme Aloha Friday In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too. Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.

Recently on the news I heard a story about a mother who was ill and went to the doctor only to find out that she had just a short period of time to live. This is not the first case that I have heard this and have actually known a few different people faced with this fate. One just laid around and moped and the other did all sorts of things that she never took the time or money to do before.

My question today is:
if you have just a short period of time to live what would you do with your time?

Sweet Shapes contest


Are you ready for fall baking? Do you love to make delicious goodies for your family or others? Well Sweet Shapes would love to help one of Annies Home readers out with their Halloween goodies. If you remember I recently reviewed Sweet Shapes and shared with you about all the wonderful cookie cutters that create and sell. You can read the original post here I would love to remind you of a few great pointers about Sweet Shapes. Sweet Shapes have many different cookie cutters in a great assortment of shapes and sizes, cookie presses, decorating tips, cookie sheets rolling pins, Wilton products or they will create that perfect cutter for you. The Sweet Shapes website has several delicious recipes on it as well.

As I said earlier Sweet Shapes wants to offer a helping hand to one of annies home readers. Sweet Shapes is sponsoring a contest on my blog where the winner will receive a lovely assortment of Halloween cookie cutters.

In order to enter the contest you must visit the Sweet Shapes website and let me know what cookie cutter is your favorite.

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contest starts now and will run through October 15. Plenty of time to receive and make delicious Halloween goodies. Email must be in comment or on blog Good Luck

Pirate's Booty snacks

We all know that when we find a delicious snack we think of it as a great treasure. That is exactly what Pirate's Booty is a delicious snack sold in the treasure chest itself. Pirate's Booty is an all natural puffed rice and corn snack. Pirate's Booty comes in a variety of flavors and each bag contains 130 calories or less.

Pirate's Booty sells snacks that snack lovers and vegans alike will love. The corn sticks are all natural crunchy corn snacks with a delicious taste.

Our thoughts: we loved the delicious snacks that we received. When I say we I mean all of us. Yes even princess tasted one of the delicious snacks. They thought it was delicious. I thought they were great because they were a much better snack than the regular potato chips that they normally choose.

The delicious Pirate's Booty gourmet snack food taste great and are great for you. The all natural, baked, crunchy snack contains no trans fat and is gluten free. Pirate's Booty snacks contain no preservatives or artificial sweeteners and is Kosher as well. For those that have tree nut or peanut allergies you will love the fact that Pirate's Booty snacks are created in a tree nut and peanut free factory.

Buy the Pirate's Booty snacks directly from their website or find a store that sells this delicious snack near you by following this link

Thursday, October 1, 2009

13 great buys I got today

I went shopping today and 13 great buys I got were
  1. wonder bread .33 a loaf on sale for .88 and .55 cents off
  2. eggs .88 a dozen
  3. velvetta 2.00 a 3 lb loaf great sale
  4. shredded cheese .99 on sale
  5. sliced cheese .99 on sale
  6. 24 pk soda 2.99
  7. cookie mix .18 each coupon + sale
  8. cake mix free coupon + sale
  9. icing .59 coupon + sale
  10. 25 lb sugar 10.00
  11. scalloped potatos .59 a box coupon + sale
  12. instant potatos .19 a pack coupon + sale
  13. milk 1/2 gal .99

these are great and I am super happy to selec these as my list of 13 for this week

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partial reason of my blogs name

Just part of the reason why I love to call my blog Annies Home. I am a true fan of those lovely and old raggedy ann and andy dolls

Boiled Bacon and Cabbage

On a fall day like this my husband was reminded of a old favorite his grandmother would make.

Boiled Bacon and Cabbage

2 1/2 pounds bacon collar of
1 medium cabbage

Ensure cut of pork is about four inches by four inches by four or five inches.

It does not have to have been salted first, but if you want to approximate the taste of the real Irish thing, put it down in brine for a day or two, then (when ready to cook it) bring to a boil first, boil about 10 minutes, change the water, and start the recipe from the following point. .

Place the joint in a pot, cover with cold water and bring to the boil, Remove the scum that floats to the surface.

Cover and simmer for 1 1/2 hours (or 30 minutes per pound).

Cut cabbage into quarters and add to pot.

Cook gently for about 1/2 hour, or until cabbage is cooked to your liking. (Test constantly: don't overdo it!)

Drain, and serve with potatoes boiled in their jackets, and a sharp sauce -- mustard or HP sauce.
if you would like more vintage recipes check out the blog Joy of Desserts

Princess and the bunch

Taking another picture of Princess and her fans had to get in on the act This is one of my precious memories for this week

for more great pictures or to share your own visit blog Cheaper Than Therapy and The Finer Things In Life

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Green Cricket review

GreenCricket is one of those great companies that I admire. It is the type of company that cares about its customers, the product it creates and the earth that they are located on. GreenCricket is located in Toronto and began their adventure in early 2008. GreenCricket's goal is to bring quality products that are convenient, meaningful and fun. The best part is that customers are loving the products GreenCricket is selling. Products sold by GreenCricket are items for the spa, baby, outdoor, pets, personal care, yoga and apparel. GreenCricket has set down strict green guidelines that the products sold must meet. Susan Mey, the leader of GreenCricket, realizes that customers do not always have time to research or seek out the products that are best for them, their family and the earth. That is why she wants GreenCricket to research the products customers request, need and want. GreenCricket online site will share the reason as to why certain products are chosen to be sold as well.

We received this charming tea set. Just perfect for Princess and her first tea party do you not think. Whether she will be imagining enjoying a cup of green tea or playing dress up with the dollies she is sure to have tons of fun. Green Cricket believes this tea set worthy of being sold on their website. The tea set is made from all Eco-Friendly materials and meets the FDA spec for food contact. Ever wonder about all those milk cartons that are thrown into the dump every day? Well this great green tea set sold by GreenCricket is made up by using those empty milk cartoons. The tea set conforms to the requirements of ASTM standard consumer safety specification on toy safety.
My personal thoughts on the tea set is that I love it. As all of my readers know Princess is top in my book and only the best for her. The thickness of the plates and cups and the chubbiness of the tea pot will allow Princess to easily play with it. I also feel great because of it meeting all the safety standards. I love the green products in today's world. When my children were young we were not so aware of these terrific products.
You can purchase any of the great green products by visiting the GreenCricket website

Day at the Lake

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Psalms 1: A word filled post

I love this scene as the sun is going down and peace is all around. As a kid I loved to go to the rez and sit and look at the water. Peaceful time to talk to the Lord above.

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HighSchool Homecoming and Football Pictures

Last week I shared with you that it would be quite busy because of all the homecoming festivities. Well here are just a few pictures to show what we enjoyed that day. Here is my son sitting sideways on the wagon that carried the football players.

Here they are playing the football game. It was very exciting. The one in the blue jean shorts standing on the sidelines is my son. He has been named the do it all coach helper since at this time he is out of football

Here is a picture of the score board toward the end of the game. Yes we won 27 to 13. Yeah I was so happy for the boys.

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How to easily dry out a cell phone

One of the best ways to dry out a cell phone is to first take it apart dry out all excess moisture. Then place in a container of rice overnight with the phone turned off. The rice will help eliminate the excess moisture.

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Picture of Princess last fall/winter

This is a picture of Princess last fall/winter All bundled up. As the weather gets cooler the jacket weather is coming back.

for more pictures of the past visit the blog Twinfatuation

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Potato Soup in crockpot

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Potato Soup in crockpot

8 cups coarsely chopped peeled potatoes ($1.00 bought 50# bag for $12.00)
1 small onion, chopped (.50)
1/2 lb bacon, crisped, drained and crumbled (.50 on sale)
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened ($1)
2 (10 ounce) cans chicken broth ($1.00)
1 (10 ounce) can cream of chicken soup (.50)
3/4 cup water
1 1/2 cups milk (.50 powder milk allready purchased)
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Stir together the potatoes, onion and bacon in the crock pot.
2In a large mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese, chicken broth, cream of chicken soup, water, milk and pepper.
3Add the mixture to the crock.
4Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours or on high for 4 to 5 hours.
5Before serving, put some of the mixture into the blender, and mix back in to thicken the soup.

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This Tuesday finds my heart full of gratitude. I am so thankful for all that has been done for me and my family. The Lord provides in mysterious ways and many of which we are not even aware of as of yet. We have been learning in church about Elijah and how God is faithul and God is good all the time. Even in time of sadness and sorrow there is always a reason to praise our Lord.

This week I am thankful that my son has a leader in his life and that because of this leader he is becoming a leader himself. Yesterday afternoon in front of 60+ peers my son stood up and shared his testimony. Praise God!!!! This is the young man who at 7 years old was not talking well and was told he may never learn to read or write. God knew better and my son is being used as insturment of the Lord and through him is witnessing to others.

My heart was delighted as I was able to see my granddaughter Princess this week. We had such a great visit. I love it when she says Nana I love you. I love her with all my heart. I bought her a purse that she knew how to place it on her shoulder and carry it around. Her mom does not carry a purse but her Nana does and she wanted to be like nana. Makes my heart feel good to know that God provided a little bundle like Princess for this family to love.

What was your special blessing this week? Want to share or read other post? Visit the blog Heavenly Homemakers

winners costume4less

Winner of the costumes for less are

Kristy said...
I love the Skeleton Zombie child costume, my son LOVES zombies, lol!

LadyBug-Kellie said...
I would choose the Lil Mermaid costume for my daughter - she adores Ariel so she'd love to be a mermaid :)

German Chocolate Upside Down Cake

I had never heard of this recipe but a friend of mine shared it with me yesterday at the church lunch. She is a terrific cook and I love her lots


1 c. coconut
1 c. chopped nuts
1 stick butter, melted
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese
1 (16 oz.) pkg. powdered sugar
1 box German chocolate cake mix

Grease 9 x 13 inch baking pan. Sprinkle coconut and nuts over bottom of pan. Combine melted butter, cream cheese and powdered sugar; beat until smooth and pour over coconut and nuts. Prepare German chocolate cake mix as directed on box.
Pour batter over icing mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 to 60 minutes. Cut in squares and serve. To assure moistness, allow the cake to remain in the pan.

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Big Universe try for 30 days free

One of the important fundamentals of not only education but life is to be able to read. Creative, interesting books that capture and hold a child's attention span is what every teacher and parent looks for. What if you could choose from several different books and be able to have these books at the tip of your finger? This is what the website Big Universe is making available to you and your child. With over 1000+ books available you are sure to find one that will fit your needs and your child's interest.

I love the fact that the Big Universe allows members to create books as well. Your book can be read by others as well. How fun it would be to create a book and share it on the Internet. This would be a fun home school project as well. Teachers, parents, children and authors can all enjoy the website Big Universe. One could read books, create books or share with others. With all this available who would not want to visit Big Universe.

Big universe originated because of the fact that while we live in a big universe the creator wanted to use children's books online to connect the next generation. Perhaps this could help individuals to look past the differences between our various cultures and instead focus on our similarities so that we may all come together to explore the big universe we all share.

Big Universe would love to allow all of Annie's Home readers the chance to test out Big Universe for free. Yes that's right for 30 days any of Annie's Home readers can take advantage of member benefits at Big Universe. All you have to do is:

1. Go to account click on the "Free Account" option

2. After filling out a short form, you will be sent a confirmation email to activate your account

3. After activation sign in and go to the "My Account" section

4. When in your account, click on "Apply Promotional Code.” Enter: BUMOM09

Eden Fantasys giveaway

The following post is not appropriate for all readers. Young children and those that feel that the subject of human sexuality is not an appropriate topic should be aware of this caution.

One topic of conversation that nearly always takes place in secret and behind closed doors is the subject of sex. Of course you may discuss this subject with your closest friend but often the main way of learning about the subject of sex is through experiences. I believe that sexual experiences should only be invested between a married couple man and woman. Often many questions arise and these questions can be hard to discuss or even bring up. Wouldn't it be great if there was a book that helped you gain knowledge about those sexual questions you may have. Well Eden Fantasy's carries such books. Opening the door to a conversation that may never be brought out in the open is now available in many different books that Eden Fantasy's has available on their website.

The Little (bit naughty) Book of Sex is one of these books. This book available at Eden Fantasy's is the just the right pocket or purse size book. This book can be shared with your lover and allows you to discuss sex with more of a freer conversation flow. This no holds barred little hand book may just guide you and your spouse into a life of great sex. If the light seems to have gone out a bit, if the spice seems to have faded away this little guide book from Eden Fantasy's may be all that you need. Offering not only advice but pictures as well the little book may be exactly what your relationship needs. The goal of this little book of sex is to maximize pleasure of sex for both players from the start to the end. Issues that are not commonly discussed such as sex toys, fantasies and games are also discussed in this book.

Would you love to win a copy of this book The Little (bit naughty) Book of Sex? Well Drew at Eden Fantasy's would love to give one of Annies Home the chance to own their own book.

To enter the contest you must visit Eden Fantasy's and let me know what book or game you find the most interesting.

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Contest starts now and ends on October 21, 2009. Please remember email must be on blog or in comment. Good Luck to all

Monday, September 28, 2009

List of winners

winner of the shoo shoos was
Gabby Lowe who said
follow shoo shoos on twitter (GabbyLowe)

winner of the gamewright game was
Janetfaye said...
I would love to play Go Away Monster® with my grandson.

winner of the snorg tee
•´.¸¸.•¨¯`♥.Erin.♥´¯¨•.¸¸.´• said...
Oh gosh .. which to choose?! LOL I KNOW my husband would love the "RAWR" tee shirt :D

winner of cover your hair
DG said...
Feather Lite Summer Crochet Beret in turquoise is pretty

Winner of the safe sippy 2 was
I am Lee-Ann... said...
I would choose pink for my daughter.

Winner of the Z. Daisy
Cindy B. of Montana said...
I'd chose the Chandler Camo Binkie Bungee, thanks

winner of the No Throw was
Cindy said...
I'd pick the Orange with Butterflies! Thanks!

That is all the winners for now but there are several more ending soon as well as more to come.

Always time for a great movie

It is always great time for a great movie. If that movie is on DVD and can be watched on your own tv lounging on the couch. Even better is one that is created for the entire family to watch. Best yet is one that you can win on the blog 3 kids n us. Thats right the blog 3 kids n us is hosting a great giveaway for the wubbzy Goes Boo dvd. Sounds great does it not? Well head over there to enter your chance to win. There will be 4 winners and one will win the entire set of videos. Contest ends October 15, 2009

PruneBelly Syndrome

Before meeting a fellow blogger on facebook I had never heard of the disease known as Prune Belly Syndrome. It seems that a fellow blogger mom has a son who suffers from this disorder. Prune Belly Syndrome if you are like me and had either never heard of it or are just not sure what it is a rare birth disorder that only affects like 1 in every 40,ooo births. Prune Belly Syndrome affects primarily males and affects the abdominal muscles of the child. This disorder not only can affect the abdominal muscles but also the kidneys, heart, lungs, bones and hearing as well as affecting other areas as well. Many of the children born with Prune Belly do not make it to see their second birthday. If the child does make it past that point they often see many days of hospitals and doctors. As I said one of my dear blogger friends made me aware of the Prune Belly Syndrome and to help make others aware she has dedicated a cool blog to help spread awareness. Find out more at the Prune Belly Syndrome blog page

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I heart faces: Blue

No matter what blue we are talking about the color as in the top 2 pictures of my daughter and son or the PRincess in a terror singing the blues. Blue is a very photogenic color
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