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Saturday, May 8, 2010

Smart Mom Jewelry review and giveaway

We all know that little ones love to chew on anything they can get their little gums on. As a mom of six and grandma to one not to mention my niece and nephews I know from experience that little hands and gums are attracted to keychains, necklaces and bracelets. Smart Mom has created items that would be found in everyday life and created them to be safe and gentle to a little one. Smart Mom was created in 2002 with the original line of teething bling of pendants and bangles. Smart Mom creators Kendra and Amy care about their past, current and future customers and continue to use the highest quality , phthalate-free, federally approved silicone in their teething bling line. Teething bling is non toxic, latex free, food safe and can be cleaned in the dish washer. The jewelry is meant for adults to wear but in the case that little ones grab hold the pendants are created with a breakaway clasp for added safety. The Smart Mom team continues to find creative products to sell and promise more to come. Currently items that you can purchase from their website include:

Teething Bling Keychains

Win: one of Annie's Home readers will win their choice of Smart Mom teething bling gift set
To enter this giveaway share with me what Smart Mom teething bling gift set you would choose if you were the lucky winner.
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we received a smart mom keychain for review purposes. The thoughts and opinions are 100% mine and were not influenced in any way

Alphabet Photography review and giveaway

Alphabet Photography allows you to decorate your house and express yourself at the same time. A bit of art to spell out how you feel is what Alphabet Photography. You can design your own by using a word that you choose and Alphabet Photography will create a picture for you. You could also select a print that they all ready have created. There are many to choose from and they all look terrific. Among your choices are:

Alphabet Photography
has been inspired by the book Alphabet City. Alphabet Photography creates art by taking photos of everyday objects that resemble letters of the alphabet, then arranges the pictures together to create a personalized letter photo art. Jennifer Blakely is the force behind this wonderful art. Jennifer took a time to photograph tons of items found in their natural surroundings that resembled letters of the English alphabet. If you are looking for the perfect present for mom, dad, a grad, for a baby or wedding shower then you should take a look at Alphabet Photography.

Buy: you can purchase their product directly from the Alphabet Photography website

Win: One of Annies Home readers will win the joy picture

To enter contest simply visit the Alphabet Photography website and let me know either something I did not share or what piece of art you would choose

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Good Luck Giveaway starts now and ends May 22, 2010. Email must be on blog profile or in comment

We recieved the same product that is being given away for review purposes. The opinions are my own and they were not influenced in any way

Perfect for Mothers Day Afternoon

Here are a couple of recipes found on My Recipes that I thought would make for a great afternoon of visiting mom and having fun

Sparkling Punch

1 (12-oz.) can frozen pink lemonade concentrate, thawed
4 cups white cranberry juice cocktail
1 qt. club soda, chilled
Garnish: fresh mint sprigs

Stir together lemonade concentrate and cranberry juice cocktail in a large pitcher. Cover and chill at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours. Stir in club soda just before serving. Garnish, if desired.

Bacon Olive Party Sandwiches

16 white bread sandwiches

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
8 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled
24 pimiento-stuffed olives, chopped
4 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
1/4 teaspoon pepper

combine all ingredients but white bread sandwiches. The mix can be covered and chilled for up to 3 days. To spread easy onto white bread let stand 30 minutes or til soft Bread can be cut into 1/3s and served party style.

Be Creative When Decorating

Be creative when decorating. Use an earring when you cant find a push pin and if you have some old decorative earrings even better.

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Take a look at the charming pictures and recipes that my sister in law shared of her little ones and her making dirt cake and leave a comment

Six Word Saturday

Last weekend saw us doing prom in our town. Tonight we will see my girls go to the prom with boys from a different town. Fun to be had all around and this time I have no responsibilities. So for my six word saturday phrase I want to say:

Today, another prom in another town

Delicious Rhubarb Pie with less than 300 calories per slice

This is my favorite flavor of pie. Delicious and oh so good. The best thing is this pie has only 276 calories a slice. If you are looking for other delicious pies under 300 calories per slice visit here
Lattice Topped Rhubarb Pie

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
3 tablespoons vegetable shortening
5 tablespoons ice water
Cooking spray

6 cups (1-inch-thick) slices rhubarb (about 1 1/2 pounds)
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 1/2 teaspoons grated orange rind
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Remaining ingredients:
1 1/2 teaspoons 1% low-fat milk
1 tablespoon sugar

To prepare crust, lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, 3 tablespoons sugar, and salt in a large bowl; cut in butter and shortening with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Sprinkle surface with ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time; toss with a fork until moist and crumbly (do not form a ball).

Gently press two-thirds of dough into a 4-inch circle on heavy-duty plastic wrap, and cover with additional plastic wrap. Roll dough into a 12-inch circle. Press remaining dough into a 4-inch circle on heavy-duty plastic wrap, and cover with additional plastic wrap. Roll dough into a 9-inch circle. Freeze both dough portions 10 minutes or until plastic wrap can be easily removed.
Preheat oven to 425°. Remove 1 sheet of plastic wrap from 12-inch dough circle; fit dough, plastic-wrap side up, into a 9-inch pie plate coated with cooking spray, allowing dough to extend over edge of plate. Remove top sheet of plastic wrap; fold edges under, and flute.

To prepare filling, combine rhubarb and the next 4 ingredients (rhubarb through nutmeg), tossing well to combine. Spoon filling into crust.

Remove top sheet of plastic wrap from remaining dough. Cut dough into 12 (3/4-inch) strips. Gently remove dough strips from bottom sheet of plastic wrap, and arrange in a lattice design over rhubarb mixture. Seal dough strips to edge of crust. Brush top and edges of dough with milk; sprinkle with 1 tablespoon sugar. Place pie on a baking sheet covered with foil. Bake at 425° for 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 375° (do not remove pie from oven). Bake an additional 30 minutes or until golden (shield crust with foil if it gets too brown). Cool on a wire rack.

A Mothers Life

As a child you walked before me,
To lead by example.
As a teenager you walked behind me
Looking out for my back and being there when I needed you.
As an adult you walk beside me
So that, as two friends, we can enjoy life together..
Happy Mothers' Day, Mom
Shared on Saturday Photo Hunters where the theme is Mothers

Friday, May 7, 2010

Prom 2010

Grill Your Own

One of our favorite things to do in the summer time is to grill out. Do you grill out as well? Do you do it only in the summer time or year round?
You can find more Food Friday here

Vistaprint win a 12x12 photo book valued at $50

As my family gets older the pictures we have taken over the year are cherished more and more. I truly love the pictures that we have captured of the good times, the silly times, the sad times, the bad times, and times that we would have forgotten if the pictures were not there. This year I have two more children graduating from high school. You can bet there will be plenty of pictures taken to celebrate this event. Next week at church we will celebrate a 100 year anniversary. In the 100 years there have been many great pictures taken and cherished. Vistaprint has a wonderful 12x12 photo book that can help you to keep your pictures as nice and fresh to help remind you when those memories start to fade.

While many of us keep pictures online using such sites as facebook, blogger, myspace to name just a few. However there are those times when visiting, chatting about memories hard copy pictures are often better than those online. Vistaprint sells wonderful products to help you celebrate events such as birthdays, holidays, graduation, births and the list goes on. Products available are invitations, mommy cards, photo cards and birth announcements

Would you like to have one of these great 12x12 books for yourself? Well one of you will receive one compliments of Vistaprint.

Win: one of Annies Home readers will win a 12x12 photo book from Vistaprint.

To enter share with me one of your favorite memories you have captured in a photo

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Beas Gift review

Beas Gift Baskets

Bea's Gift is a company that is dedicated to serving "our customers". Available at Bea's Gift Baskets you will find a gift for all occasions. Orders from big to small and for all and everyone. Bea's is an old fashioned company that takes pride in taking care of their customer. Today people are busy and it is nice to find that company that will take the time to help you decide on that perfect gift for that special person in your life. In addition Bea's Gift Baskets gives back by sponsoring the Dale Jr and Elliot Sadler foundations.

Among the many Gift Baskets available from Bea's Gift are:

The Chocolate Treasures Gift Basket which includes a treasure trove of chocolate and would make a wonderful delicious present for mom, a graduate, dad or anyone on your list of special people
Hugs for Mom Gift Basket is perfect for Mother's day or for any other time that you want to share a bit of love with mom. This wooden picket fence planter is filled with gifts that make Mom feel special. The Mothers Are Forever inspirational book will say you love her for years to come. Send Mom a hug with the Hugs for Mom gift basket

Show that special someone you love them with this Pretty In Pink Basket sure to please them Filled with soaps, lotions, candles all smelling and looking great

we recieved a lovely gift basket to review. The thoughts and opinions are those of mine alone

Hummus Sammy Sandwich

Parents online featuring recipes for lunch around the world take a look and have some fun
Hummus Sammy

3 Tbsp. low-fat mayonnaise
2 tsp. chopped kalamata olives
2 tsp. finely chopped scallions
5 Tbsp. hummus
4 slices pita bread
6 cucumber slices
2 tomato slices
2 Tbsp. shredded carrots
2 pieces romaine lettuce
Pitted olives, cherry tomatoes, cucumber for garnish

Mix together the mayonnaise, olives, scallions, and a pinch of black pepper in a small bowl and set aside. Spread the hummus on two slices of pita bread and the mayonnaise mixture on the other two. Layer the cucumber, tomatoes, carrots, and lettuce on top of the hummus. Top each hummus slice with a mayonnaise one. Cut in half. Skewer together the olives, tomatoes, and cucumber and serve on the side

Mini Cheese Burgers recipe

Mini Cheeseburgers
great for lunches with little hands

1-1/2 pounds ground beef (90 percent lean)
1 tablespoon dried minced onion
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
3/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
12 small round dinner rolls (such as potato rolls or dollar rolls)
24 leaves fresh arugula or other leafy green, cleaned
12 slices sharp cheddar cheese (about 3 ounces total)
12 slices plum tomato

Heat gas grill to medium-high or prepare charcoal grill with medium-hot coals. In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, onion flakes, Worcestershire sauce, garlic salt, Italian seasoning and black pepper. Mix until well combined. Shape seasoned beef into 12 small patties, about 1/4-cup mixture for each, forming patties that are 2-1/2 inches across and 1/2 inch thick. Split the rolls in half and toast the cut side on the grill, about 1 minute.Transfer to a large platter. Top buns with arugula leaves. Transfer hamburger patties to the grill and cook 2 minutes. Flip and cook 2 additional minutes or until cooked through. Top burgers with cheese. Slice should be roughly the size of the burger; if not, cut or fold it to fit. Grill until slightly melted, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer burgers to lettuce-topped buns and place a plum tomato slice on each. Serve warm. Makes 12 mini burgers

Oh, The Places You'll Go!

With two of my children graduating this year I wanted to share with you a book that means the world to me. The book is by Dr. Seuss and the title of this book is Oh, the places you'll go! and as my children get ready to embark on a life of their own not as guided with restriction and love but instead guided with friendship and guidance from parents that love them and their own common sense I wonder where they will go and what places they will see. I can tell you the journey of motherhood from their births to watching them graduate has a been a journey of its own. A journey of love, struggle, mystery and yes wonder. This book shares a story of the many roads that one will travel in their life. We all have our own roads to travel, sites to see and paths to cross. Where will your road lead today?
shared on the meme Feed Me Books on the blog The Adventures of Motherhood

Vanilla Ambrosia

1 jar (24 oz) refrigerated citrus salad in extra light syrup, drained
2 cups fresh pineapple chunks
1 cup seedless red grapes, halved
1/2 cup orange juice
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup miniature marshmallows
1/3 cup sweetened flaked coconut
Garnish: maraschino cherries

Put first 5 ingredients in a large bowl; toss gently to mix. To serve: Add 1/4 cup marshmallows and 2 Tbsp coconut to fruit; toss to mix. Spoon into glasses or dessert bowls. Top with remaining marshmallows and coconut, then cherries.

Source: Womans Day online website

Aloha Friday

Aloha Friday is hosted by the blog An Island Life every friday. In Hawaii Fridays are a day to take it easy. Bloggers follow suit and take it easy asking an easy questions for those who visit to comment and answer

I have been blessed with many great ladies in my life from my great grandmas to my mother they have all been strong ladies. My great grandma was a school teacher and was a very smart lady. I can remember having great conversations with her and then watched her as she slowly declined. My great grandma noni was a special lady that I have fond memories of. My grandmother H. my moms mom was a strong lady as well as being very smart. She enjoyed nature and being a farmers wife was where she took pride. Active in the church I will never forget how pretty she sang. My grandmother S. on my daddy's side was a special lady as well. She loved to look her best, was a person that taught me a lot about working hard and how to be a lady. My mother was a person that I love very much but our relationship was not always great. I can remember many years of being rebellious and having a distant relationship with her. My mom never gave up though she kept trying and was always there. The year I was so busy with sick children I forgot my own birthday, the year I was in the hospital with my daughter and she showed up with cupcakes for my sons party at school. Yes you can say I feel very lucky that I was blessed with all these wonderful ladies in my life.

With all that said my Aloha Friday question to you is:
Do you have a fond memory of your mom or grandmother or another special lady in your life? If you want you can share with me.

V8 gift basket giveaway

I have a daughter who loves V8 juice. In fact she loves V8 so much that when she was little she would request it over anything else in the grocery store when we went shopping. So I believe that if I was able to win the prize pack sponsored by v8 and hosted by Melinda Joy she would be very happy with me. Just take a look at all the great goodies I would get if I won

I am sure that i would not have any of it for long as she would quickly grab it all up. If you want to enter this giveaway as well you can do that at over at Melinda Joy between now and June 1st, 2010.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

win a Western Union $50

WOW!!!! Yes that title did say win $50 from Western Union. I surely could use this as well as many of you could as well. The best part is that there is not just one winner but five, yes count them 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 western union $50 gift cards up for grabs. You can enter to win one over at the Not So Blog The giveaway ends May 21st, 2010.

The List That Never Ends

The list that never ends, the one that everyone knows. You know the one that keeps growing and never ends. The list I refer to is the Honey Do List. Now I love honey dew mellon but my hubby does not like the honey do list. You can quite imagine that parents of five teens living at home, busy aunt and uncles and taking time whenever we can to dote over our grand daughter we have little time to get things done. We have lived in this house for eight years and while a couple of things have gotten done there are more that need attention. The top 5 things on the list are:

  1. carpet removed and put down new in my bedroom. I hate my carpet worn quite well and would so good if there was new carpet in there
  2. bathroom remodeled this is hopefully going to be done this summer new tub, etc... would look really nice
  3. garden area this is going to be done by me this year I think I ask and ask and yet does not get done so this one will be done this year by me
  4. clothesline up I have wanted one for quite a while yet in the yard is no clothes line as of yet. This would help cut electric bills for sure because the dryer goes non stop year round
  5. paint or wallpaper in living room I would consider anything just looking great.

TwitterMoms and ServiceLive bucks have teamed up on a campaign to see what is on everyones honey do list. ServiceLive wants to help you tackle those tasks and is giving away $100 in ServiceLive Bucks to the first 50 qualified participants if you want to be included head over to to this link here

I wrote this blog post while participating in the TwitterMoms and ServiceLive blogging program to be eligible to receive $100 in ServiceLive Bucks. For more information on how you can participate, go here

Free Bacon

have you signed up for Kraft Foods first taste? If so then you may want to go over and check to see if you have a new offer for Kraft turkey bacon. This was given once before and I missed out this time though I received my offer and you may get lucky as well. If you have not checked out Kraft Foods first taste you can do that here

Mostaccioli Pasta Salad

This is just the right type of weather for delicious pasta salad recipes. So I thought I would share a recipe from my favorite go to cookbook

Mostaccioli Pasta Salad

16 oz box mostaccioli pasta, cooked and rinsed

1 cucumber, chopped

1 red pepper, chopped

1 green pepper, chopped

8 green onions, chopped

4 0z. can black olives, sliced

Mix all together Pour dressing over top and mix

3/5 c sugar

3/4 c vinegar

3/4 c vegetable oil

1/2 T garlic powder

1/2 T onion flakes

1/2 T salt

3/4 t pepper

1 T mustard

Mix all together well and pour over pasta and veggies Chill

Best Friends all Dressed Up

These two girls have been friends from early on I just look how pretty they both look in this picture. They will soon graduate and go their own way my hope is that they stay best of friends

Mothers Day Coloring Sheets

Are you looking for great coloring to celebrate Mothers Day? Well here are some that I found that you may like as well:

Toddler Pasta

Toddler Pasta

1 cup acini de pepe or pastina
1/3 cup finely diced carrots
1/3 cup finely diced red bell pepper
1/3 cup frozen baby peas
1/3 cup finely chopped broccoli
1/3 cup frozen whole-kernel corn
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/8 teaspoon pepper

Cook pasta in lightly salted boiling water for 7 minutes. Stir in veggies and cook 5 minutes; drain. Mix in oil and pepper.

source: Parents online

Prom Foursome

Prom night 2010 is one of the many things that I liked. I did not realize til now how great they all look together. The colors look great. My hopes is that they will all remain great friends. I am sharing this with the meme Things I Love which is hosted at Mama Mia this week
4 large day-old croissants
3/4 cup milk
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons powdered sugar
whip cream
strawberry syrup

Whisk together milk, eggs, and vanilla. Pour into a shallow dish. Dip croissant halves into egg mixture, coating well.

Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add four croissant halves, and cook about 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Repeat procedure with remaining butter and croissant halves. Sprinkle with powdered sugar; top with Sweetened Whipped Cream, if desired, and Fresh Strawberry Syrup.

Croissant French Toast with Strawberry Syrup

Croissant French Toast with Strawberry Syrup

4 large day-old croissants
3/4 cup milk
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons powdered sugar
whip cream
strawberry syrup

Whisk together milk, eggs, and vanilla. Pour into a shallow dish. Dip croissant halves into egg mixture, coating well.

Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add four croissant halves, and cook about 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Repeat procedure with remaining butter and croissant halves. Sprinkle with powdered sugar; top with Sweetened Whipped Cream, if desired, and Fresh Strawberry Syrup.

Flower Pot Bread recipe for Mothers Day

Flower Pot Bread

2 clay flower pots (6 inch)
1 c milk
1 c water
2 tbs butter
4-5 c flour
2 pkg active dry yeast
2 tbs sugar
1 tbs salt
1 1/4 c Cheddar cheese, shredded
1 egg
2 tbs minced parsley
1 tsp caraway seeds
1/4 tsp tarragon

Wash flower pots, bake dry (15 minutes at 350 degrees), let cool. Line pots with foil very generously. Bring milk, water, butter to a boil, cool to 110 degrees. Mix 2 cups flour with sugar and salt. Add warm liquid and beat 2 minutes. Add cheese, egg and herbs, beat 2 more minutes. Stir in enough additional flour to make stiff
batter. Cover and place in warm spot, let rise until doubled (about 1 hour). Punch down batter and put into flower pots. Bake at 375 degrees until golden, about 50 minutes. Remove from pots and cool on wire racks. Once cool, remove the foil, slice and return to the pots for an unusual and attractive servings.
Shared this recipe with the Kids in the Kitchen meme located on blog A Little Fun With Me & Lu You may want to head over there and check out the great lollipops the host created as well.

Charm Factory Mothers Day Giveaway

You all know that I love Charm Factory. The personalized jewelry that can be purchased at Charm Factory makes it so sweet. Charm Factory is back again to offer Annie's Home readers the chance to win a personalized mothers day gift. Perhaps it will not say your name but to me mom and grandma says so much more. I love being a mom and grandma to all my precious little ones. Princess has made my dreams come true I only wish I could see her more but with the grandma locket around my neck it reminds me of her daily. Not only is the Grandma Heart Locket pendant beautiful with the pink butterfly and silver toned look but the word "grandma" generates the role I love to play.

The Charm Factory wants to give you a Mothers Day gift as well. One of Annie's Home readers will win their choice of either

your choice of birthstone heart charm

or the locket of your choice. There are many available ranging from the grandma locket that I received to mom lockets as well as

cross heart locket

as well as Twilight inspired lockets like this one

Edward Lion locket

Buy: you can purchase any of the great lockets from the Charm Factory directly off their website located at

Win: one of Annie's Home readers will win their choice of locket, a sterling silver necklace and a gift box, so it’s ready to wear. The retail value of the package is $32.45.

To enter giveaway: Please let me know what locket you would choose if you were the lucky winner

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Giveaway starts now and ends May 27, 2010. Good Luck. Be sure email is on blog profile or in comment or you can not win

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Ole Henriksen African Red Tea set giveaway

Ole Henriksen

Mother's Day and tea parties go together hand in hand nicely. Whats the next best thing to having a tea party? Well what about giving or getting the Ole Henriksen's African Red Tea Starter Kit! There is actually a powerful African Red Tea built inside the wonderful kit. The tea is an antioxidant and prime fighter of free radical damage. Moms will receive a complete day and night skincare routine inside the anti aging African Red Tea kit. Even better is the fact that the kit comes with small sized product containers for the mom on the go or those that have little hands around and must keep all temptations put up. Inside the kit you will find:

  • African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser™ - Luxuriously foaming cleanser enriched with anti aging botanical extracts. Contains powerful, naturally anti-oxidant rich African red tea and vitamin C
  • African Red Tea Fact Mist™ - Calming and clarifying antioxidant tonic. This uplifting tonic protects, renews & revitalizes your skin, while simultaneously infusing hydrating and anti aging nutrients
  • Express the Truth Crème - Gives your skin resistance to fight wrinkles with African red tea, turmeric root, Algisium C® and vitamin C
  • Sugar Glow™ Face Scrub - Deep cleanses, smoothes and refines; polishes away skin impurities
  • Feel the Difference™ Perfecting Mask - This cooling mask will moisturize and firm your skin giving it a bright, smooth and vibrant feel. Features anti-oxidants such as African red tea, pomegranate and vitamin E
  • Visual Truth Eye Crème - Extra rich eye crème that resists and lifts wrinkles with macadamia nut oil, jojoba seed oil, peptides and Algisium

The kit would make a wonderful gift for your self or someone special in your life you can purchase the kit from Ole Henriksen website here for $65

Win: I was sent an African Red Tea Set to give to one of my readers. Want to win the kit?

To enter the giveaway visit the Ole Henriksen website and let me know something that I did not share with you

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Giveaway starts now and runs through May 19, 2010. Good Luck if your email is not on blog profile or in comment you can not win

we recieved nothing for hosting this giveaway

Tropicana Juicy Rewards

My Tropicana juicy reward points have been used wisely on discounts for shoes for my children, lessons on saving the rain forest and was even able to enter a sweepstakes. What did you do with your Tropicana juicy reward points? Have you been saving them for just the right item? If so there are still many that you can receive including great gifts for mom like the deal from 1-800 that allows you to save $15 off $49.99 when you use 3 of your points. But that's not all there hotel stays, restaurants and other great presents for mom.

I wrote this review while participating in the Tropicana Juicy Insiders Ambassador program by Mom Central on behalf of Tropicana. I received 12 free Juicy Rewards points and a $50 Visa gift card to use in redemption of the points and to facilitate my review

Monty Cristo Salad

Monty Cristo Salad

6 cups salad greens
2 (14.5 ounce) cans Red Gold® Petite Diced Tomatoes, drained
or 2 (14.5 ounce) cans Red Gold® Diced Tomatoes, drained
1 cup seasoned croutons
1 (9 ounce) package shaved smoked turkey turkey, cut into strips
4 slices Swiss cheese, cut into strips
2 hard cooked eggs, quartered
1/4 cup honey Dijon salad dressing

Combine greens, RED GOLD® PETITE DICED TOMATOES and croutons in a large serving bowl. Add remaining ingredients and toss lightly.
Source Red Gold

Our Boy Is Turning 18

May 6, 1992 saw the birth of a young man, our son. It was a birth like none other. The doctor was on vacation, our local hospital sent me home having UTI and gas pains, but that would not be the end of it. A few after midnights our son would be born as it was not gas pains but faint labor pains that never came to full blow. He would stay in the hospital for about a week and be brought home as my Mothers Day gift , what more could a mom ask for?

Happy Birthday Son