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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Two Low Entry Giveaways To End Tommorow

Don't miss your chance to enter two great giveaways that are ending tommorow. Yes they are both ending tommorow and both have low entries. Check out the giveaway for

Tween giveaway which offers the chance to win a set of the Dork Diary books as well as a Zynks for Drinks that I am sure that any pretween would love.

MySelf Belts: which offers the chance to win a MySelf belt a belt that one only needs one hand to fasten. Perfect for children, those with dissabilities or older adults.

Winner Alert : Creativity for Kids Pottery Set and Review of the Scrapbook Kit Its Your Life

Winner of the Creativity for Kids Pottery Set is:

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If you are wanting to find a great gift for someone that is both fun, enjoyable and will allow them to be creative then you should be sure to check out the Creativity for Kids website where there are hundreds of items that are creative and fun. one of these great items is the Its My Life Scrapbook Kit.

The It's My Life Scrapbook Kit is perfect for anyone of any age. Unlike some scrapbook kits that are aimed at the youngest or others that are aimed for those that have experienced life this scrapbook kit is simple and pretty enough for anyone to use. Included in the kit is enough material to create 24 pages with paper, stickers, decorative scissors, photo cropping stencil, tiny envelopes, a journal pen and glue stick included. There is no directions since it is your life and you can create the scrapbook the way you wan to show off your life. No need to worry about pages because all material is acid free as well as photo safe. The cover on the scrapbook will be hard covered to help preserve your memories forever. I am not for sure who will get the It's My Life Scrapbook Kit because each of my children are going through phases in their lives that they may want to capture. Is there anyone in your life going through a season of life they would love to capture? What about yourself  the kit is titled It's My Life Scrapbook Kit so it would be wonderful to create a scrapbook to let everyone know about you.

You can purchase this wonderful scrapbook kit on the Creative for Kids website

Win a Lovely Fall Gift Basket

Win a lovely fall basket at the blog Little Indiana Inside the gift basket is a fine assortment of items to welcome fall back. The items included in the basket are

8 oz Cranberry Spice candle (that smells amazing) made by The Primitive Corner in Francesville, Indiana.

Set of 8 Pumpkin and Autumn Leaves Note Cards and Envelopes from Paper Source.
Fall colored Dishcloth and 2 Hot Pads Set.
and, well, it wouldn’t be complete without a package of The Willow Switch’s Pumpkin Spice Coffee Grounds!

Now you may be asking me What Willow Switch is and to this I say they are the sponsors of this giveaway and for more information please read the post at Little Indiana

Win a Silver key Fob

The blog Posh On A Budget  is hosting a giveaway for a Dooney and Bourke Silver Key Fob. This key fob would be great to keep or to give as a gift to someone. Dooney and Bourke is a brand that my teen girls recognize and love. I am sure that you have someone one your list that would love this key fob as well. To enter this giveaway visit the Posh On A Budget blog before November 1, 2010.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Baby Picture Contest

The Baby Bunch is hosting a giveaway where the prize is $500 gift card from the Baby Bunch. Wow!!! imagine all the great things you could get for the new baby or suprise someone at a baby shower. What a wonderful treat you can read about contest rules on The Baby Bunch located at

Specific Beauty review

Specific Beauty is a dermatologist tested, designed and proven treatment line. Specific Beauty has been created through the result of years of experience and research. Designed specifically for multi-hued skin tones and has been formulated to be used together as a regimen. The regimen when brought together creates clearly visible results, leaves a more even skin tone, improves the skin texture and leaves skin hydrated, brighter and more radiant. Dr. heather Woolery-Lloyd specializes in treating women with "multi-hued skin tones" ranging from tones of tan, olive, and brown skin. Dr. Woolery-Lloyd has appeared on national shows such as Allure, Oprah Magazine, LA Times and WebMD. She also serves as Director of Ethnic Skin Care. Through ten years of work and experience Dr. Woolery-Lloyd has created Specific Beauty an effective, affordable, skincare products which have been specifically designed to address cosmetic concerns of multi hued skin tones.

Specific Beauty is devised in two different daily rituals morning and evening. Each use is broke up in three steps. I must say that the steps are well explained and easy to do. I have found the regimen to be easy to use with some improvement to skin noticed. The improvement has appeared slow so I must say this is not fast acting but it does work in my opinion. You can but Specific Beauty products on their website located at you can save 10% when you purchase the entire set.

We received the specific beauty regimen for review purposes. The thoughts and opinions shared in this post are those of mine alone and others opinions may or may not agree with those I shared.

Pyrex Giveaway

I have loved Pyrex for many years. The older vintage look is one of my favorite finds at garage sales, flea markets or shop. I love the new stuff as well. In fact there are many pieces that I have on my wish list. I use many Pyrex items in my daily work in the kitchen. When i found out about the giveaway that Jolly Mom is hosting and is sponsored by pyrex I entered at once and you can to. The winner will get  Pyrex Supper Saver Package! Prizing includes: Grocery list pads – For meal planning before you head to the store. Grocery list pads, Reusable grocery bags, Three (3) Pyrex No Leak Lids Glass Storage products , Flat Whisk, Pinch bowls, Small spatula, Grater with container! Wow what a great prize if you want to enter giveaway you must do so by October 31, 2010

CompanyKids giveaway

I adore my grandchildren and love the super cute products on the market that are aimed at children. CompanyKids are no different with their great assortment of their hooded towels. Right now the blog Simply Being Mommy is hosting a giveaway sponsored by companyKids where the winner win win their choice of four (4) different hooded towels all equally cute. The giveaway ends October 29, 2010.

Flashback Friday : Sticker books

Friday Photo Flashback

This is a sticker page from my friends sticker book that she scanned. I had to share here today because I so remember saving money to buy stickers. There were stickers that had smells, there were puff stickers and stickers that were glossy and the list went on and on. How much fun we had when we had sticker books the world has changed so much from the time before video games, internet, facebook etc...

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Sweet Shapes Winner and new giveaway

Sweet Shapes Back To School Cookie Cutter Giveaway is over and the winners have been notified by email.

Charity said...
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If you were one of the lucky winners congratulations and if you were not then you have another chance to win because Sweet Shapes is sponsoring another wonderful giveaway for the month of October. October is the month where the weather here begins to turn cool, some sneak around and soap windows and T.P trees, and one of the things that my teens do allot of is start to tell scary stories. I love to start baking this time and year and one of the funnest things to bake is Halloween cookies. Sweet Shapes would love to give two of Annies Home readers a set of 4 Halloween cookie cutters. Sweet Shapes has a variety of great Halloween baking supplies

Halloween stencils

Jack O Lantern polyresin set

To celebrate the fun and haunting season of Halloween Sweet Shapes would love to give two of Annies Readers a set of 4 cookie cutters which include a bat, a cat, pumpkin and ghost. To enter this giveaway take a look at Sweet Shapes website and let me know three items that you would use to create some great Autumn sweets.

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Halloween Treat Idea Popcorn Balls on Stick

One of my favorite things to get during the Halloween season was popcorn balls. My grandmother made them and they were so good. But then I became an adult and learned that while they were delicious they were also quite messy. I love the popcorn ball on a stick idea from Parents online
10 cupsfresh popcorn

1-1/2 cupssugar
Lollipop sticks

Melt sugar, without stirring, in a saucepan over medium heat for about 5 minutes, watching constantly to make sure it doesnt burn.  In a large bowl, pour melted sugar over top of popcorn. Mix popcorn with a spoon and cover thoroughly. Reserve some of the melted sugar for later.  While still warm, roll the popcorn into balls and place on wax paper. Its a little hot, so use plastic gloves if needed.  Dip lollipop sticks in the leftover melted sugar and push into the balls.

news I am hearing about McDonalds

One of my sons favorite sandwiches at McDonalds is te McRib and I just read an interesting article explaining why it is not available everywhere at the same time. You can read that same article here

On a second note Monopoly is back again at our local McDonalds. One of my college kids called tickled to death that they had won a McFlurry. Yes a McFlurry made this child of mine extremely happy because as a college student he does not have a lot of money so thank you McDonalds for offering this great promotion

Children and Asthma

Asthma seems to travel in our family. From as far back as I can remember symptoms of asthma has appeared in adults and children alike. While asthma makes even adults feel bad it is the children that I worry about the most. Being a mother of several children with asthma as well as a caregiver of children with asthma I have been through a lot and yet do not know it all. I have one child with onset asthma which comes from no where and has lead to me giving CPR on more than one occasion. For the most part though my children, nieces, nephews and grandchild suffer from asthma that comes on slow or quick and often because of weather change or other change. My husband and brother have seen me shaken when I hold a child who is wheezing and coughing and finding it hard to catch their breath. Parents with children with asthma have probably felt the same way. While I have learned a few tricks like a hot steamy shower or steamy cup of coffee can help break up the wheeze and croup there is much I believe that I could learn. The symptoms of asthma often occur at night and wakes both child and parent. Asthma can be a terrible problem and a pediatrician or doctor should be consulted to see if any or what medications are available to help with symptoms. I know that my children all have inhalers which help them to breathe. Does your child have asthma? What if any problems have you dealt with?

Ear Infections Are The Worst

One thing that my children suffered from when they were little was ear aches. Even now that they are adults they still have ear aches from time to time. You know that ear pain that sometimes decreases the amount of sound one hears and leaves an adult or child often reeling from pain. Ear Infections nearly always travel along with a sore throat or other illness because of the bacteria or virus that caused the illness in the first place often travels to the ear. The pain from ear infections may come along with dizziness, sensation of ear blockage and/or  fever Young children and babies often find it hard to tell someone that they have an ear infection because their language skills are not yet developed. I have had a child who because of language problems had bulging ear drums because he could not communicate with me it was his ears hurting. I was aware that something was wrong but did not know it was his ears until the Dr. appt. Often treatment for ear infections will require antibiotics and/or eardrops, pain medication, possibly a heat pad to help keep ears from hurting, I am quite aware this winter once again may bring along with it colds, fevers and yes ear infections as well. I will be prepared will you?

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Cowgirl Chocolates Giveaway win 1/3 lb sampler pack

I grew up in a small rural town where the majority of the individuals who live there are farmers. The one big event that many in this small town attend each year is a rodeo. So for a long time I always wanted to be a cowgirl. Cowgirl Chocolates is a company who brings my love of being a cowgirl with the love of chocolate.

  Head Cowgirl Marilyn Lysohir founded Cowgirl Chocolates in 1997. Marilyn has been a notable ceramic sculptor and has had a long lived love for chocolate as well. Marilyn was lucky to have her first job at chocolate factory in Pennsylvania and used the knowledge of art and chocolate to create Cowgirl Chocolates. Not any old chocolate but chocolate with a bit of a kick. Marilyn was among the first chocolate companies to offer spice in their chocolates. Cowgirl Chocolates located in Moscow, Idaho US has received many rewards and has been featured on T.V. shows such as "Unwrapped" on Food Network and "Extreme Cuisine" as well as in newspapers like the New York Times, and Toronto Star.

Cowgirl Chocolates Hot Caramel Dessert Sauce looks like the perfect accompany this time of year. The Autumn season entertains Apple Season as well and one thing that I love is delicious caramel on apple slices. I can only imagine how great they would be with a bit of a kick.

Cowgirl Chocolates is sponsoring a giveaway where one lucky winner will receive a delicious treat in their 1/3 lb sample pack. Valued at $13 the sampler comes in red box tied up with ribbon, a "western" style button and signature logo gift card. The chocolates included in this sampler include a bit of all the flavors available from cowgirl chocolates including habanero caramel.

To Enter Giveaway check out all the great flavors and treats available from Cowgirl Chocolate and let me know which treat or flavor you would love to try

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Harvest Time is Time for Making Caramel Apples

16 wooden sticks

16 small apples, chilled
2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup light-colored corn syrup
1/2 cup water
2 cups half-and-half
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt

Push wooden sticks into the top of chilled apples. Return apples to the refrigerator until caramel is ready for dipping. Place sugar, corn syrup, and water in a large saucepan; boil, stirring until dissolved. Boil, without stirring, 9 minutes or until light golden. Combine half-and-half, vanilla, and salt; slowly stir into pan. Boil until candy thermometer reaches 235° (45 minutes), stirring frequently.  Pour caramel into a bowl sitting in a hot water bath. Swirl apples in caramel, and place on baking sheet lined with wax paper.

cooking light offers a step by step guide for making caramel apples

Dinner Time Conversation

When our children were young we found it easy to sit down at the table to enjoy the meal and each others company. As they got older we found this more and more difficult to do. I still insist that we take that 30 to 45 minutes to sit down and enjoy each others company. After all after that it is back out the door they run to their next destination of sport games, friends, activities and the list goes on. I strongly believe that sitting down at the table with the family helps to build strong bonds and opens conversation. If you struggle finding something to discuss with the family here is a list of some fun topics divided by age groups. I hope you find the list useful and take the time at least once in a while to sit down and enjoy each others company

Kids up to 5

•What made you feel happy today?

•What was the weather like today?

•Which foods on the table are crunchy (or sweet or spicy)?

•How do you think the belly button got its name?

•If snow fell in a flavor, what would you want it to be?

Kids 6 to 11

•What’s the hardest thing that you did today?

•If you could change anything that happened today, what would it be?

•Who did you sit by today at lunch (or on the bus)?

•What would you like to invent?

•How do you know when you’re grown up?

Kids 12 and up

•What’s your newest favorite tune?

•What would you like to change at your school?

•What do kids know more about than adults?

•Teach us something you learned today that you don’t think we know.

•Who has it easier—guys or girls?

Monster Cupcakes

Make these cute little monster cupcakes from My Recipes and you may just scare up some fun with those you love.
1 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stick (4 oz.) unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup milk
1 stick ( 1/4 lb.) unsalted butter
1/2 cup shortening
3 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
dash of salt
assorted food coloring
assorted tubes icing in various colors
assorted candy, such as licorice string, mini and regular M&M's, mini marshmallows, jellybeans and gummy candies

Make cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin (or mini-cupcake tin) with cupcake liners. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt; set aside. Using an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and beat well. Add dry ingredients alternately with milk, scraping down sides of bowl after each addition.
Fill each muffin cup about twothirds full. Bake until tops are springy to touch, 20 to 25 minutes (about 10 minutes for mini cupcakes). Cool in tin on wire rack. (Cupcakes can be made to this point and kept, in an airtight container, for 1 day.)
Make frosting: Using an electric mixer, beat together butter and shortening for about 2 minutes. Slowly beat in confectioners' sugar a little bit at a time. Beat in vanilla and salt, and continue beating for another minute until wellcombined. (Frosting can be made up to 1 week ahead; refrigerate in an airtight container and beat again before using.)
Divide frosting among separate containers for each color you wish to use, and add food coloring; leave some uncolored if desired. Frost cupcakes with an icing spatula.
Use assorted icing tubes to make hair, and use assorted candies to make faces.

Giveaway for Candy Lovers

Candy is a simple pleasure of mine that I enjoy from time to time. My favorite are the chews like taffy and caramels and don't forget the tootsie rolls. My husband loves candy from his childhood he is always on the lookout for an old favorite. One shop on the internet that sells many of my favorites A Candy Store is sponsoring a giveaway on the blog News Around the Blogs where one winner will win choice of the three sweets pictured above. This giveaway ends October 25, 2010.

Tinkerbell Inspired giveaway

Have you heard about the new Tinkerbell movie Tinkerbell and the Great Fairy Rescue? I am sure my sister in law, the Tinkerbell fan in our family, has heard of it and will either watch the show with her daughter or has all ready. I thought about her when I heard about the giveaway that Jessi from the blog Jabbering Jessi is hosting The winner of the Tinkerbell movie inspired giveaway will recieve:

.  1 – Pixie Hollow Fairy Field Journal

1 – Tinker Bell Reusable Shopping Bag
1 – Tinker Bell Water Bottle
1 – Pixie Hollow Starter Flower Garden

The giveaway ends October 19, 2010

Carrot Cake Bars

One thing that my mother n law and granddaughter has in common is that they both love(d) carrot cake. Here is a festive idea of carrot cake bars from Womans Day.

3 large eggs

1 jar (3.5-oz) baby-food strained carrots
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp each baking powder and ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1/4 tsp salt
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups grated carrots
1/2 cup each raisins and chopped pecans

Cream Cheese Frosting
3 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
1 pkg (3 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
Heat oven to 350°F. You'll need a 13 x 9-in. baking pan lined with nonstick foil; let foil extend over ends of pan. In large bowl with mixer on medium speed, beat eggs, strained carrots, brown sugar, oil, vanilla, baking powder, cinnamon, allspice and salt until combined. On low speed, beat in flour until blended. Stir in grated carrots, raisins and pecans. Spread in prepared pan. Bake 22 to 24 minutes, until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack.Cream Cheese Frosting: In small bowl with mixer on medium, beat butter, cream cheese and vanilla until creamy and fluffy. On low speed, beat in confectioners' sugar until thick and spreadable. Spread over carrot cake. Lift foil by ends onto cutting board. Cut crosswise into 6 strips; cut each strip into 4 bars. Decorate each bar with marzipan holly leaves and berries

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

M is for Maine the state my Mom always wanted to see

ABC Wednesday
Maine is the state that my mother always wanted to visit. I can not tell you how many times my mom told me of her dream to visit the state of Maine. My mother has not visited this state that she dreamed about it is just one of those dreams that we often think about keep it as a goal but never do. I have had many of those through my life and i am sure that others have as well.

My Daughter Loves To Be Involved

My daughter walked proudly in the parade as well. She was part of the team from our church helping to let everyone know about the upcoming Judgment House at our church. I will share more on this later.

Outdoor Wednsday Horses on Parade

Like most parades that I have been to the last entries in the parade are the horses and riders. I have personally not been on a horse since I was a young child.

Sponge Bob Square Pants for Wordless Wednesday

Sponge Bob Square Pants, Sponge Bob Square Pants was part of our homecoming parade as well. Very cute. As the float went by I could not resist singing the song with my teen age daughter.

Z.daisy Binkee Bungee review and giveaway

Z. Daisy

Have you ever wished your little one could keep tract of their own items? I know that my granddaughter Princess loves her pacifiers and the only problem is that she often loses them. She is not like some babies and will only take one pacifier but she does have her favorites. Often they are left in the mini van or in the crib or even laid down somewhere that they forget them. I love Z.Daisy because it allows mommy and daddy to get a bit of a break by putting part of the responsibility of knowing where the paci is on Princess via the Z.Daisy binkie bungee. The binkee bungee attaches at one end to her clothing and has a closure on the other end to hold onto the binkee or paci. Z.Daisy has a wonderful variety of colors and designs for binkee bungees so there will always be one to match your childs outfit. The cost of the binkee bungee is available at the low cost of $12.00 so they are very affordable in my opinion.

Racheal Green Stripes

camo binkie bungee

 These two are just a couple of the choices available at Z.Daisy You can purchase your choice of binkee bungee from the Z.Daisy website located at While at their website check out their pacifiers, stroller blankets, or the great Z. Daisy gift sets.

Win: one of Annies Home readers will receive a Z.Daisy binkee bungee. To enter this contest please visit the Z.Daisy website and let me know which of the Z.Daisy binkee bungee is your favorite.

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Hungry Jack Use Up The Box Contest

Jolly Mom has teamed up with Hungry Jack to help bring attention to the Hungry Jack use up the box recipe contest. The giveaway at Jolly Mom will allow end with 10 winners all recieving ingredients to make a recipe to use up the box of Hungry Jack and a $5 gift card to Wal Mart. Giveaway ends October 24, 2010

1-800 Flowers giveaway

know anyone with an upcoming birthday and you would love to brighten their special day? I believe you could find that special touch at 1-800 flowers and right now the blog A Nut In A Nutshell is hosting a giveaway where one winner will be able to win a $40 saving pass. This giveaway ends October 21, 2010 

Butterscotch Nut Fudge

1-3/4 cups sugar

1 jar (7 oz.) marshmallow creme
3/4 cup evaporated milk
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
1-3/4 cups (11-oz. pkg.) HERSHEY'S Butterscotch Chips
1 cup chopped salted mixed nuts
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Line 8-inch square pan with foil, extending foil over edges of pan. Combine sugar, marshmallow creme, evaporated milk and butter in heavy 3-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to full boil; boil and stir 5 minutes. Remove from heat; gradually add butterscotch chips, stirring until chips are melted. Stir in nuts and vanilla. Pour into prepared pan; cool.  Refrigerate 2 to 3 hours. Remove from pan; place on cutting board. Peel off foil. Cut into squares. Store tightly covered in refrigerator. About 5 dozen pieces or about 2-1/4 pounds candy.

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Idaho Taco

4 baking potatoes (1-1/4 lb.)
1 lb. ground beef 
1 pkg. (1-1/4 oz.) TACO BELL® HOME ORIGINALS® Taco Seasoning Mix
1 cup KRAFT Mexican Style Finely Shredded Four Cheese
4 green onions, sliced
1/2 cup BREAKSTONE'S or KNUDSEN Sour Cream

HEAT oven to 425ºF. PRICK each potato several times. Bake 45 min. or until tender.
MEANWHILE, cook meat with seasoning mix as directed on package.
CUT slits in tops of potatoes; top with meat mixture and remaining ingredients.

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Turkey Noodle Soup

It's that time of year when I start thinking about meals that are a bit heavier. I live in Illinois where the winters can be a bit  real cold. So we begin to think about large meals like turkey and dressing and then my mind turns to how to fix the left overs that are always present. Well here is a great recipe for using turkey leftovers in a subtle supper recipe

Cooking spray

1 cup (1/4-inch-thick) slices carrot
3/4 cup chopped onion
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup (1/4-inch-thick) slices celery
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
6 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
2 cups (3 ounces) uncooked egg noodles
1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
1 bay leaf
2 cups shredded turkey (about 8 ounces)
Coarsely ground black pepper (optional)

Heat a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add carrot, onion, and garlic; sauté 5 minutes or until onion is lightly browned. Add celery, salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; sauté 3 minutes. Add broth and next 3 ingredients (through bay leaf); bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes. Add shredded turkey; cook 3 minutes. Discard bay leaf. Sprinkle with coarsely ground black pepper, if desired

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Pear Crisp with oat Streusel


7 3/4 cups cubed Bartlett or Anjou pears
1 cup golden raisins
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
Cooking spray


1/2 cup all-purpose flour (about 2 1/4 ounces)
1 cup regular oats
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Dash of salt
1/4 cup chilled butter, cut into small pieces
1/2 cup frozen fat-free whipped topping, thawed

Preheat oven to 375° To prepare crisp, combine the first 6 ingredients in a large bowl; toss to combine. Spoon mixture into an 11 x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. To prepare topping, lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, oats, sugar, 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon, and dash of salt in a small bowl; stir to combine. Cut in butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles very coarse meal. Sprinkle oat mixture evenly over pear mixture. Bake at 375° for 50 minutes or until browned on top. Serve with whipped topping

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Slow Cooker Veggie chilli

2 large carrots, diced (1 cup)

2 celery ribs, diced (1/2 cup)
1 medium-size sweet onion, diced
Vegetable cooking spray
2 (8-oz.) packages sliced fresh mushrooms
1 large zucchini, chopped (1 1/2 cups)
1 yellow squash, chopped (1 cup)
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon seasoned pepper
1 (8-oz.) can tomato sauce
3 cups tomato juice
2 (14 1/2-oz.) cans diced tomatoes, undrained
4 (15-oz.) cans pinto, black, great Northern, or kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup frozen whole kernel corn

Sauté first 3 ingredients in a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat 10 minutes or until onions are translucent. Add mushrooms, zucchini, and squash; sauté 3 more minutes. Add chili powder and next 2 ingredients, and sauté 5 more minutes. Stir together tomato sauce and tomato juice in a 6-qt. slow cooker until smooth. Stir in diced tomatoes, next 2 ingredients, and carrot mixture. Cover and cook on LOW 8 hours.

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Tetley Tea Review

We are in the middle of Indian Summer here where the days are quite warm and the evenings are cool. I love this time of year where the leaves begin to change and nature begins to get ready for the coolness of winter. One thing that I love is to sip a glass of iced tea and enjoy the afternoons sitting in the yard. Recently we were able to try the delicious taste of Tetley tea. I am not for sure if I had tried Tetley tea before but after trying it I can tell you that it has opened my eyes to the difference in tea. Growing up my mother would use one brand of tea and my first years of marriage it was easier to make instant tea or at least I thought so. Tetley Tea had a smooth taste that seemed to meet approval of my entire family.

Tetley Tea has been around for quite a while more than 160 years. Tetley's early roots are in England started by two brothers Joseph and Edward Tetley. The company was originally Joseph Tetley & Co and the tea would be sold off of pack horse from 1837 to 1856. In 1856 the company moved to London which was the center of the world's tea trade. The brothers would eventually separate in business and Joseph would take care of the company. Later his son would partner with him and the business would grow and the company extended. In 1888 the company started to send Tetley Tea around the United States. The round tea bags of Tetley Tea would change the shape of tea known and sold. In 1997 Tetley went one step further and created drawstring tea bags. The drawstring bags ensures that every little drop of flavor goes into each cup of tea.

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White Chocolate Cashew Pretzel Bars

1roll (16.5 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated sugar cookies
1bag (12 oz) white chocolate chunks or white vanilla baking chips
1cup coarsely chopped pretzel sticks or twists
1 1/2cups semisweet chocolate chips
(9 oz)1/4cup peanut butter1cup chopped cashews

Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray. Break up cookie dough into pan. With floured fingers, press dough evenly in bottom of pan to form crust. Sprinkle 1 cup of the white chocolate chunks and the pretzels over dough; lightly press into dough Bake 16 to 20 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely on cooling rack, about 30 minutes.In small microwavable bowl, place 1/4 cup of the white chocolate chunks; set aside. In large microwavable bowl, microwave remaining white chocolate chunks and the chocolate chips on High 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until melted and smooth. If necessary, microwave 30 seconds longer. Stir in peanut butter and cashews. Spread mixture evenly over cooled baked crust. Refrigerate until chocolate is set, about 15 minutes Microwave reserved 1/4 cup white chocolate chunks on High 30 seconds; stir until melted and smooth. If necessary, microwave 10 seconds longer. Drizzle over bars. Let stand until set, about 10 minutes. For bars, cut into 6 rows by 6 rows..
source: Pillsbury

Win GC to Studio Seventy five

One can't go wrong with beautiful stylish jewelry like that available at Studio Seventy Five I found out about this great shop while entering a giveaway on the blog Mint Green With Envy where a lucky winner is going to recieve a $25 gift card that they can use on any of the vast variety of pretties located at Studio Seventy Five giveaway ends  october 27, 2010

Monday, October 11, 2010

when we were in highschool we had the option of taking auto shop. Our high school no longer offers this course not sure it is insurance or finances but either way this course that many both guys and gals like are not available. But the motor club is an organization that is still around. I thought this was a cool car to share on mellow yellow monday just look at all that yellow along side the purple and white pride.

Cheerleaders at Homecoming

These are the cheerleaders the theme of homecoming was arabian nighta I believe and so they donned the colorful clothes. Very pretty