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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Another Chance To win Kroger GC

I shared with you earlier about a giveaway for Kroger gc. If you want another chance to win a Kroger gift card you can do that at the blog Slice of Heaven. This giveaway ends September 3, 2010.

creamy lemonade pie

2 (5-oz.) cans evaporated milk
2 (3.4-oz.) packages lemon instant pudding mix
2 (8-oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
2 (3-oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
1 (12-oz.) can frozen lemonade concentrate, partially thawed
1 (9-oz.) ready-made prepared graham cracker crust
Garnishes: whipped cream, fresh mint sprigs, lemon slices

Whisk together evaporated milk and pudding mix in a bowl 2 minutes or until thickened. Beat cream cheeses at medium speed with an electric mixer, using whisk attachment, until fluffy. Add lemonade concentrate, beating until blended; add pudding mixture, and beat until blended.
Pour into crust; freeze 4 hours or until firm. Garnish, if desired.

source Jean Voan, Shepherd, Texas, Southern Living, MAY 2007

Surfin' Saturdays

Surfin' Saturdays hosted by Chubby Cheeks Thinks, Two Monkeys & a Washtub, And Then There Were Four and The Coupon Challenge! Each week we will be surfin' a different social network. You will have to check back every Saturday to see where we will be! One week it may be a facebook hop and then the next an email hop! It will be lots of fun and you will get to meet new people and see old friends as well! So join in on the fun by visiting any of the sponsors

Friday, August 13, 2010

Crockpot Cabbage and Pork Soup

Crockpot Cabbage and Pork Soup

1 lb. boneless country style pork ribs, cut into 1-inch pieces
4 medium carrots, cut into 1/4 inch slices (2 cups)
2 medium stalks celery, chopped (1 cup)
1 medium potato, peeled and cut into 1/2 x 1/4-inch pieces
1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
4 cups chopped cabbage (about 1 medium head)
1/4 cup brown sugar
4 cups water
1 tsp.crushed red pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp.pepper
4 chicken bouillon cubes
28 oz. can crushed tomatoes, undrained
Mix all ingredients in a 3-1/2 to 6 quart crockpot. Cover and cook on low 8 to 9 hours or until pork and vegetables are tender.


Crockpot Barbecue Meatballs

Crockpot Barbecue Meatballs
Serve these meatballs as an appetizer, or serve with rice for a tasty family meal.

2 lbs. lean ground beef
1 cup bread crumbs
1 tsp. garlic powder
2 envelopes onion soup mix
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 eggs
1 cup chopped onion
2 cans tomato paste (12 oz. total)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
3 Tbs. red wine vinegar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sweet pickle relish
1/2 cup beef broth
2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. dry mustard
Combine meatball ingredients and mix well. Shape into meatballs and brown in a skillet with 1 tablespoon of oil. Drain on paper towels. Add all sauce ingredients to Crock Pot and stir well. Add meatballs and cook, covered, on low for 5 to 6 hours (high for 2 to 3).


CrockPot Beef Stew

Crock Pot Beef Stew
2 lbs. meat
1/2 cup flour
1-1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1-1/2 cups beef broth
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. paprika
4 sliced carrots
3 cubed potatoes
2 tsp. Kitchen Bouquet
Place meat in pot. Mix flour, salt, and pepper. Pour over meat and stir to coat meat. Add remaining ingredients and stir to mix well. Cover and cook on low 10-12 hours or on high 4-6 hours. Stir thoroughly before serving. 4 servings.

2 cups flour
3 tsp. cream of tartar
1-1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 Tbs. sugar

Moisten with milk to make a thick dough. Drop by spoonfuls on hot stew, cover and steam for 15 minutes without lifting cover. Stew must be in a medium boiling stage.

Bacon Wrapped Smokies

Bacon Wrapped Smokies
1 lb. bacon, cut in thirds ($1.50)
1 lb. Little smokies (smoked sausage cocktail weenies) ($2.50)
1/2 lb. brown sugar (.50)

Wrap each smokie in 1/3 piece of bacon. Secure with toothpick. (I don't always use a toothpick and they stay together pretty well.) Place in baking dish and cover with brown sugar. Refrigerate overnight or several hours. Bake uncovered at 350 for 50 minutes.

4 bean salad

4 Bean Salad
16 oz. can green beans, drained
16 oz. can wax beans, drained
16 oz. can garbanzo beans, rinsed & drained
16 oz. can kidney beans, rinsed & drained
1/4 cup slivered green pepper
8 green onions, sliced
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp. salt

In a large bowl, combine all of the beans, green pepper and onions. In a small bowl, combine remaining ingredients; stir until the sugar dissolves. Pour over bean mixture. Cover & refrigerate overnight,
stirring several times.

Peach Treat

Peach Treat
2 cups fresh peaches, sliced, or 1 large can peaches, drained
3/4 cups flour
3/4 cups milk
1-1/4 cups sugar, divided
2 tsp. baking powder
2/3 stick butter or margarine
Pinch of salt

Heat oven to 350. In a bowl, combine the peaches and 3/4 cup sugar; mix well and set aside. Put butter into deep baking dish; set in oven to melt. Combine 1/2-cup sugar with the remaining ingredients except for the peaches, to make the batter. Remove the pan with melted butter from oven. Pour in batter; don't stir. Top with peaches; don't stir, the batter will rise. Bake for 1 hour. Serve warm or cold. Serves: 6 to 8.


Creamy Coconut Pie

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Creamy Coconut Pie
3 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
2 Tbs. sugar
1-1/3 cups coconut
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1/2 cup milk
8 oz. Cool Whip
1 (8-inch) graham cracker pie crust, prepared
Combine cream cheese, sugar, milk, and coconut in electric blender container. Cover and blend at medium speed for 30 seconds. Fold into Cool Whip and add extract. Spoon into crust. Freeze until firm, about 4 hours. Sprinkle with additional coconut, toasted, if desired. Let stand at room temperature 5 minutes before cutting, if necessary, for creamier texture. Store any leftover pie in freezer.

Caramel Apple Streusel Cookies

Caramel Apple Streusel Cookies

1/2 cup butter or margarine
2/3 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup sugar
7 oz. pkg. instant spiced apple drink mix
2 eggs
1-2/3 cups flour (if dough is too soft, add another 1/4 cup flour)
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 cup dried apple, chopped
2/3 cup walnuts, chopped

In mixing bowl combine the butter, sugars and spiced apple mix; beat
until fluffy. Add eggs and beat well. Add flour, oats and baking soda to the egg mixture. Stir in the dried apples and walnuts.
Streusel Topping:
1 cup flour
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter or margarine

Heat oven to 350. Combine ingredients in a mixing bowl and blend until fine crumbs. Drop the cookie dough by teaspoonsful into the Streusel Topping and roll to cover the cookie. Place dough on greased cookie sheet and bake for 9 to 11 minutes. Cool one minute and remove to wire rack.

Caramel Frosting
2 Tbs. caramel ice cream topping
1 cup powdered sugar
Combine ice cream topping and powdered sugar. Drizzle the Caramel Frosting over the cookies. Makes 3 dozen cookies

No Boil Lasagna


1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 eggs
2 containers 15 oz each ricotta cheese
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
2 pound 13 oz jar pasta sauce
12 uncooked lasagna noodles
Combine ricotta, 1 cup mozzarella, 1/4 cup Parmesan and eggs. Spread 1 cup sauce in 13x9" baking dish. Layer 4 uncooked noodles, 1 cup sauce and 1/2 ricotta mixture, repeat. Top with remaining noodles and sauce. Bake covered at 375 degrees for 1 hour. Uncover, sprinkle with remaining cheeses. Bake 10 min. then serve.

Chicken Tomato Panzanella

An Italian bread salad traditionally made with onions, tomatoes, basil, vinegar, and olive oil. Chunks of day old bread are best for making this salad as it will soak up the vinaigrette best. Variations on the theme include cucumbers, anchovies, peppers, and more.


2 tomatoes, sliced
1 tbs balsamic vinegar
28 oz can crushed tomatoes in puree
4 oz part skim mozzarella cheese, sliced
1 pound boneless skinless thighs, cubed
2 tbs dried Italian herbs
8 oz mushrooms, quartered
1 medium onion, peeled, chopped
2 red bell peppers, seeded, chopped
6 cups cubed French bread
3 tbs olive oil
Heat oven to 400 degrees. In bowl, toss bread cubes with 1 tbs oil. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Arrange bread in single layer on baking sheet. Bake 10 min. transfer to greased casserole dish. *In skillet, cook remaining oil 30 seconds or until heated. Add onions, bell peppers and mushrooms. Cook 5 min. or until tender. Add chicken. Cook 5 min. or until chicken is browned. *Stir in herbs, crushed tomatoes and vinegar. Increase heat, bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat let simmer 5 min. Spoon chicken mixture over bread in casserole dish. Top with mozzarella and sliced tomatoes. Bake 15 min. or until heated through, then serve.

Back To School With Parents Magazine

For years the Parents magazine has been there to celebrate the firsts. There are many firsts in a childs life and every year that your child is a school age they will have the first day of school. is there once again to offer tips and ideas for making the school year the best one. Among Tips for making the year successful include:

  • Insisting on a good night's sleep. This can be harder than it seems especially if your child has grown used to going to bed later and getting up earlier in the summer. A good idea is to enforce an earlier bedtime two weeks before school starts. Sleep is very important to students to concentrate and follow school rules

  • Reading together to demonstrate to share the reading an experience, broaden the students love to read and help in recall of what they are reading at school.

Other tips include how you can be involved as a parent, remind student of rules, importance of checking the back pack and other great tips can be found. also brings you a special section on preparing school lunches. Cat Cora shows off recipes that she uses to fill lunch boxes. For the little ones who will be attending school for the first time or those that don't want to say good bye to mom and dad and go back to school shares tips for dealing with seperation.

Save Money Create Your Own School Box, Lunch Box,

Chic on a Shoestring Decorating

The prices of school suppies, school fees, doctor visits, shoes, haircuts and the list goes on .... can often be overwhelming. There are a few cute things that you can make at home with your child that will save money and your child will have one of a kind items that she/he can be proud of.

Make a cute pencil pouch. You can find directions here

Win a Wendys $10 gc

Wendy's is my hubbys favorite fast food restraunt. Not only do they have great burgers but other side items that could please nearly everyone. Now Wendy's offers four more delicous items on their menu consisting of 4 new salads that sound wonderful. The Sage & Savvy blog is hosting a giveaway sponsored by Wendys where the winner will get a $10 gc to try their choice of salad. Giveaway ends August 20, 2010

Cincinnati Chili

Have you ever had 5 alarm chilli? Do you know what 5 alarm chilli consist of? To my mother 5 alarm chilli is a fabrication and does not exist. To my children there is nothing better than 5 alarm chilli. The steps by alarm size are as follows. First alarm would be the past of course.

2 Alarm Pasta topped with Cincinnati style chili

3 Alarm Pasta, Chili, Sharp Cheddar Cheese (and don't skimp on the cheese!)

4 Alarm Pasta, Chili, Cheese, Chopped Onions

5 Alarm Pasta, Chili, Cheese, Onions, Kidney Beans

Here is a delicous recipe for

Cincinnati Chili
1 large onion chopped
1 pound extra-lean ground beef
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon red (cayenne) pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa or 1/2 ounce grated unsweetened chocolate
1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1/2 cup water
1 (16-ounce) package uncooked dried spaghetti pasta
Toppings (see below)
In a large frying pan over medium-high heat, saute onion, ground beef, garlic, and chili powder until ground beef is slightly cooked. Add allspice, cinnamon, cumin, cayenne pepper, salt, unsweetened cocoa or chocolate, tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, cider vinegar, and water. Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, 1 1/2 hours. Remove from heat. Cook spaghetti according to package directions and transfer onto individual serving plates (small oval plates are traditional). Ladle chili over spaghetti and serve with toppings of your choice. Oyster crackers are served in a separate container on the side.

Oyster Crackers
Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Chopped Onion
Kidney Beans (16-ounce) can

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Safeway $25 Gift Card Giveaway ends September 2, 2010

In a way Monday will be a sad event as it is the first day back to school. Just where did the summer go? Summer fun is coming to an end and the days of back to school have arrived. I have been given a grand opportunity via BlogSpark, Safeway and General Mills to offer a giveaway to my readers that will help welcome back the days of school.

The Safeway family of stores which include Dominick's, Tom Thumb, Randalls, Vons, and Genuardi's wants to help you make back to school easier for you to give back to your school. They are offering a deal they can "2 Ways 2 Earn" where your school can earn points for Box Tops for Education as well as earn "10% Goes Back To Schools" program. The Box Tops for Education program has already given away over $320 million to help more than 69 thousand schools that participate in the program. This year saving box tops for your school will be even easier because there are 4 new brands that have joined the program. The four new brands include Progresso Soup, Totino's Pizza, Betty Crocker Cake Mixes and Gold Medal Flour. I know for a fact that you will find each of the 4 new on the list products in my kitchen from time to time. To me that is why Box Tops for Education is such a great program because the products that carry the points are ones that families like ours use regularly.

Safeway also wants to make it easy for schools to get funds that they so badly need. Simply located the yellow school with the "10% Goes Back To Schools" tag on over 2,000 Safeway products. The tags will be visible for the length of this program that runs from Auguslt 11th to September 14th. Simply using your club card 10% of the purchased price will be donated to the local school of your choice.

The Safeway 10% Back To School program works like this:
  • From August 11 – September 14 you should purchase products from the grand list of products with the yellow school bus. Each time you visit the store check your receipt the total will be updated each time you shop.
  • September 18, you will find a redemption code printed at the bottom of your receipt.
  • Using the redemption code on the receipt visit before October 13 to choose your favorite participating local school, then simply enter your redemption code to make your donation. Its that simple and easy. You will be proud, your child will be proud and your school will thank you.

You can get more information about the Box Tops for Education and Safeway’s “10% Goes Back to Schools” program, visit While at the site be sure to enter the Safeway Bonus Box Tops Sweepstakes where you will have the chance to win 1,000 Bonus Box Tops for the participating school of your choice!

We recieved a $25 Safeway gift card (also valid at Dominick’s, Tom Thumb, Randalls, Vons, and Genuardi’s) as well as a Bonus Box Tops certificate with a value of 50 Bonus Box Tops. In addition Safeway and General Mills via BlogSpark would love to offer one of Annies Home readers a $25 gift card and a 50 bonus box tops certificate.

To enter giveaway: visit the 2ways2earn website and let me know which product on the list your family uses or you often find on your shopping list.

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As was stated in the post I received a $25 Safeway gc and a certificate for 50 bonus box tops from General Mills and Safeway via BlogSpark. The thoughts are mine alone Opinions vary I have shared mine and yours may be different that is o.k. since we all can have our own.

Thankful Thursday

I am so thankful to belong to a group on individuals who care that the children of our community go back with school supplies. Every year our church puts on a back to school bash and this year will not be different. About 50 of us got together today to fill up supply bags using the list that the teachers for each grade completed. We had a rather good time chatting and putting together bags of supplies. Sunday will be the big day with haircuts, school supplies, shoes, socks, clothing and food being handed out free of charge to those who need it.

It has been very hot here lately with temps near the 100s and the heat index around 115. So when we received the rain that God sent us I was very happy. It seemed to cool it down slightly as the clouds stayed around for a little while.

What is on your list to be thankful for?

Slow Cooker Sausage & Kraut

Get your craft on Thurs.

Slower Cooker Sausage and Kraut

2 to 3 pounds of kielbasa, cut in 2" pieces
6 to8 red potatoes, quartered
2 sliced apples
1 bag sauerkraut
6 pieces of bacon, partially cooked and cut in pieces
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup chicken broth or water
1 (12 ounces) bottle of beer

In a slow cooker layer potatoes, then apples, then kraut, sausage, and bacon. Sprinkle brown sugar on top. Pour beer over the top and broth or water on top. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or on high for 2 1/2 to 4 hours.

Mowing the Yard

One thing that must be done from spring to fall is mowing the yard. We all have to do it or get someone to do it. If we choose to mow our own yard then why not choose the perfect mower for the job. The Ariens lawn mower fits the bill perfectly. The Ariens lawn mower come in sizes from the large tractor size to the String Trimmer Mower. Whatever size of lawn mower you need Ariens has the perfect one for you. You can trust Ariens for easy cutting, good job and perfected look.

The Ariends 42 inch Deck 17.5

Briggs & Stratton CARB 6 Speed Riding Mower includes "Free Blades for Life"

Ariens Lawn Tractor allows you to stay on budget while giving you a great fit if you have a larger area to mow. The steel frame of the tractor sets it up to be a dependable strong and ready for a long life. The Briggs and Stratton single cylinder engine can be depended on to be strong and durable with a superior cutting performance This tractor is perfect if you want to get the job done quickly or take your time for a leisurely mow either can be achieved because of the 6 speed manual gear drive transmission. One of the best features is the bonus of free blades for life.

Ariens gravely Roll around string trimmer mower ST622

Ariens gravely Roll around String Trimmer Mower features a Briggs and Stratton Quantum engine that is strong enough to work for you and can be depended on. This push behind trimmer mower will hold 1/4 gallon of gas. Make quick time of your trimming work with this Ariens trimmer mower that has a cutting width of 22 inches.

As you go on your search for the perfect tool to take care of the yard remember to check out Ariens Lawn mower(s). With a great variety of products you may find the perfect one for you.

this was a paid post with opinions shared being my own

Ground Beef Tips and recipe for CheeseBurger Pie

Ground Beef is a meat that I use quite regularly in my kitchen. There are so many different things that can be done with it. While cooking ground beef is rather easy one should always be ware that the meat cooks to at least a medium done of 160F/70C so that any potential harmful bacteria is killed off. In other words hamburger should be thoroughly cooked through. A few years ago there was an ecoli scare that came from ground beef. The hamburgers were not properly cooked and the ecoli was left behind in the hamburger patty.

Ground Beef is sold with different fat content. You may be aware of numbers like 70/30 or 80/20 on the ground beef package. The higher fat content makes for a juicier and tastier burger but the lower fat content is often associated with better diet. The leaner meat is often considered a more tasty meat if cooked to medium done. Ultimitely it is the quality of the meat and fat that will determine the quality and taste of your burger.

Cheeseburger Pie

•1 pound lean ground beef
•1/2 cup milk
•1 egg
•2 cloves garlic, minced
•1/2 teaspoon salt
•1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves, crushed
•1/4 teaspoon pepper
•1/2 cup ketchup
•1/2 cup chopped sweet onion
•1 small can (6 ounces) sliced black olives, drained
•1 1/2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
•2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley

Combine the ground beef, milk, egg, garlic and seasoning in a bowl; blend well. Press the beef mixture evenly on the bottom and up sides of an ungreased 9-inch pie plate. Layer with the ketchup, chopped onion, olives, and cheese. Bake in a preheated 400° oven for 30 to 35 minutes. Sprinkle with the parsley and cut into wedges. Serve cheeseburger pie hot.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Peek A Boob Strips Giveaway

Do you like to look your best? We all normally do but there are times that no matter what we do that shirt or blouse we wear just does not look that great. I can remember my mother in law wearing safety pins on her shirts but Peek A Boob strips have removed the need for safety pins. We all want to look classy from time to time and show off our jewelry like that available at Bonita J's We all know those dreaded blouse gaps

We don't want to look as if we are coming apart at the seems. There is something that we can do and they are as small as band aids. Peek A Boob Strips are small strips that help to close the embarrassing blouse gap. They come in a tin and are small enough to carry in a purse or hide in the dresser drawer.

Using Peek A Boob Strips can make a large difference in appearance. You can purchase Peek A Boob is available in 30 strips in the metal tin for $8.99 or in a refill pack of 60 for $8.99 the refill pack does not come in tin.

One of Annies Home readers will receive a tin of Peek A Boob Strips for their selves. To enter contest you Must visit the Peek A Boob Strips website at and let me know something I did not share with you.

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we were sent a tin of the product for review purposes and thoughts and opinions are those of mine alone

Works For Me Wednesday

One of the easiest ways that I have found to make money on the web is swagbucks located at Through SwagBucks you can earn Amazon gift cards as well as many other great gifts and gift cards. I started about 2 weeks ago and all ready simply by searching have reached 1/2 way mark to a $5 Amazon gc. Simply use the SwagBucks search earns you points. So if you are looking for a great way to earn a bit of gift money and do little to get it check out swagbucks.

So proud of Her

The little lady in red has for a long time been a close pal of mine. I taugh her in special league basketball, helped her through school and now she enters college I am so proud of her.

Shared on Redensday @ It's A Very Cherry World

Look What We Caught

During a recent trip to Florida this picture was taken. The young men had been fishing and were really proud of what they had caught. They are both good friends of the family. They are not only fishermen but fisher of men as well.

shared on Wordless Wednesday @ 5 minutes for Mom and Mostly Wordless

Win a Kroger GC

Kroger as I have said earlier is one of the hot spots in my town to do grocery shopping. I love to save money same as the next person and love the fact that Krogers makes this easy for me The blog MomStart is hosting giveaway for a Kroger gift card. Giveaway ends August 30, 2010.

Wednesday Winners

There are two winners this week the winners are:

Piggy Paint $15 gc Winner is:
meeyeehere said...
I follow you on twitter @ meeyeehere

remember you can get 10% off anything from using the code FRESH10L through September 7, 2010.

Winner of the Bright Baby Tee

Sophie H said...
Star Circle Triangle Square. I would choose that one :)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Lily Organics Review

Our skin is the largest organ our body posses and yet we sometimes neglect it. The sun can damage our skins, age is not the best on our skin and daily life and things we do in it can also damage our skin. Lily Organics is there to help us with skin care. In 1986 Lily began to create the batches of her award wining skincare in Colorado. Using no synthetic chemicals ever allowed her products to be awarded the USDA certified organic products. The only facial care line on the planet that uses fresh organic products grown on their own USDA Certified Organic Farm. I love the fact that this is a farm that has seen seven generations. My own family is a family of farmers and farm families take pride in the products they tend and grow. Lily Organics skin care can be trusted and in fact they carry a guarantee that if you do not see improvement in thirty days your money will be returned. With that stated and knowing the pride taking in the crops raised one can gather that Lily Organics are among the best skin care products on earth. The ingredients used in the skin care products are not only homegrown but picked fresh weekly to ensure quality in each product.

Whether you have sensitive skin, dry mature skin, or normal/oily skin Lily Organics has the perfect product for you. Lily Organics carries the belief that Mother Nature is the best cure for Father Time. By raising the ingredients that going into the skin care product that goes on the shelf Lily Organic has the potential for making the best skin care product on the planet. So when you are shopping for the perfect skin care products be sure to check out Lily Organics.

Buy: you can purchase any of the Lily Organic products on their website located at

we received product samples to facilitate this review. The opinions shared in this review are those of mine alone and are my opinions. Other opinions may differ but they will have to try the product to decide for their selves.

Win a Cracker Barrel Rocker

I just love those big rockers that adorn the front porch of the cracker barrell. I think I could just sit there and rock for hours on end if there were never no interuptions. However, there always is an interuption or two and that ends the rocking process. If I had one of my own then I could rock on my own time schedule. The good news is that The Not So Blog is hosting a giveaway where winner will win a rocker of their own. Contest ends August 31, 2010. By the way if you don't win the rockers are available at the cracker barrel online store.


I am thankful that I know for sure that my children are on their way to college. All papers filled out and all are ready to go. I am thankful that I have my son registered for high school. The youngest in the bunch is now a junior in hs. I am thankful for my daughter and son in law who are raising our precious princess in a blessed manner allowing her all the joys of childhood. I am very grateful to know that in a few months I will be grandma again. I ask that all of you pray for my daughter as she goes tomorrow to see a specialist who will fill us in on all that is going on with the baby she is carrying. I am thankful for my readers who have shared so much with me in the past year and 1/2 that I have been blogging. Thank you for your friendship and wonderful tips.
What are you grateful for?

ruby red tuesday out of this world

This was part of the decor for part of the out of space bible adventure we hosted at church. This display was created by a few of our teens at our church including my own children. What do you think?

Adding to the Collection for Three or More Tuesday

One thing that we love to do is to collect cartoon glasses. I thought I would share a couple of our latest additions with you.

shared on Thrifty Thursday @ Tales from Bloggeritaville

Peach Fest Peach Crumble

As I mentioned before there is a peach festival going on in Southern Illinois. Peaches are delicious full and plump in this area and I for one could eat them as they are or baked into a dessert. Above is a picture of the line up of dessert they have ready for the guest at the festival. Delicious!!!! I decided to share with you a peach recipe you can make for your family as well.


1 lg. can peaches, drained


3/4 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. flour
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 c. butter

Grease shallow pan with butter. Pour drained peaches into pan. Prepare crumble topping by mixing all ingredients. Pour topping evenly over peaches. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes. Makes 4 to 5 servings.
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