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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Conversation Heart Wreath

Have fun creating conversation heart wreath. Easy enough for your child to make but nice enough to hang on the front door this wreath makes a lovely presentation for Valentines Day. You can find easy to make direcetion here

9" dinner plate or paper plate

Recycled cereal box or other thin cardboard



Heart pattern

Construction paper: pink, purple, red, and blue

Markers, crayons or paint pens

Glue sticks

Yarn for hanger (optional)


Trace around the 9" plate onto the cardboard. Use your pen or pencil to draw another circle inside that one, about an inch away from the outside circle. Cut out the circle and the center of the circle to create a cardboard wreath base. Fold a piece of scrap paper in half. Using the heart pattern line up the fold line of the scrap paper with the dotted line of the pattern. Cut out the shape so that when you open it, you have a heart shape. Fold the short end of a piece of construction paper up about 3 inches. Place the folded heart around the folded paper and trace the half heart shape into the paper. You should be able to fit three hearts on the paper. Repeat this step for each colored piece of paper; you will have a total of 12 hearts.
Cut out all the hearts and flatten out the creases so that the hearts lay flat. Using markers, crayons, or paint pens, write conversation candy phrases on the hearts such as "LOVE", "HUBBA HUBBA", "SWEET", "LOVE", "BE MINE", "KISS" and "PAL". Arrange your hearts on top of the cardboard wreath shape without gluing them down. Once you have them where you want them, use the glue stick to attach each one.  wreath as is or attach a piece of looped yarn to the back as a hanger.

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Exergen Giveaway

When our little ones are sick all we as parents want is for them to feel better. Anything that we can do to make them feel better is what we strive for. Exergen can help us do just that. By allowing us to have an easier way to take temps we can know exactly what is going on without putting the child through much strife. I just entered a giveaway at Mom of All Trades where the prize is a Exergen thermomter. The giveaway ends 2/8/2011

Top Read Post, Current Giveaways and Giveaway Winner Feb 5, 2011

Hello to all those who stop by my blog whether following through a blog hop or a reader who follows closely. Thanks so much for stopping by if you would kindly leave a comment I will stop by your blog as well

Top Read Post

Pork Chops with Country Gravy 
Agoo Tushie Huggers Giveaway
Top Read Post
Nestle Giveaway
Kiss My Thistle Giveaway
Happy Chinese New Year
Pamper Point Codes
Sweet Heart Krispy Treats
Superbowl Dagwood Sandwich
Valentine Centerpiece

Current Giveaways

Kiss My Thistle Shortbread ends 2/7

Agoo Tushie Huggers 2/10
Warm Buddies Mittens 2/8

Winner Alert

Here's To Healthy Entertaining

Will you be entertaining this superbowl weekend? Well if you are and want to do it a bit healthier then check out the recipes shared on Simply Being Mommy While there check out the great giveaway where you could win a $100 american express gc. Giveaway ends 2/16/2011

Win a Baby Doll Stroller

I love the fact that we have a little princess in the family. She all ready loves her dollies and as she gets older will spend more and time with them til she decides that she has out grown them. In the meantime doll accesories like this doll stroller from Maclaren.  The blog New Age Mama is hosting a giveaway where a lucky winner will get a super cute baby doll stroller like this one. The giveaway ends 2/17/2011

Pawparrazi Pets Winner announcement

Another winner has been selected on Annies Home and this time the winner of the Pawparrazi Pets is

leanne_mac said...

I like them on facebook.

the winner has been e-mailed and has 36 hours to claim the prize

Friday, February 4, 2011

Nestle Giveaway

A way to a persons heart is by what you cook and serve them. Nestle can help do just this they make it easy to bake for those that you love. The blog Baby Loving Mama is hosting a giveaway where the winner will recieve a real nice package from Nestle. Giveaway ends 2/9

Most Read Post, Post With Most Comments and Current Giveaways and Giveaway Redraw announcement

Hello!! To all of you whether this is your first time or you visit frequently. I just love to hear from those who visit my blog so Please be sure to leave a comment on the post of your choice.

Most Read Post
Porkchops with Gravy Recipe
Agoo Tushie Huggers Giveaway
Kiss My Thistle Shortbread giveaway
Warm Buddies Mittens giveaway
Winner alert
Sweet Heart Krispy Treats
Sausage and Cheese Crescant Squares
Happy Chinese New Year
Happy Birthday Popeye
Iced over In Southern Illinois

Top Commented Post

Peppered Peanut Brittle
Pork Chops with Country Gravy
Happy Chinese New Year

Current Giveaways
Kiss My Thistle Shortbread ends 2/7

Agoo Tushie Huggers 2/10
Warm Buddies Mittens 2/8
PawParrazi Pets 2/4

Giveaway Redraw
the winner to the Zutano giveaway did not respond so a new winner will receive a e-mail soon be on the look out

Smiley Cookies Giveaway

Have a great day and a chance to win a dozen smile cookies on the blog Sammy Makes Six This giveaway ends 2/26

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Peppered Peanut Brittle

Cooking spray
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/3 cup light-colored corn syrup
3 tablespoons water
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups roasted peanuts
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon butter
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper

Coat a large jelly roll pan with cooking spray.
Combine sugar and next 5 ingredients (sugar through salt) in a large saucepan; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook 10 minutes or until sugar dissolves and candy thermometer registers 325°, stirring occasionally. Remove mixture from heat; stir in peanuts and remaining ingredients. (The baking soda will cause the mixture to bubble and become opaque.)
Quickly pour mixture into prepared pan, spreading to edges. Let stand 1 hour; break into pieces.

Note: Store the peanut brittle in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

recipe source: my recipes

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Happy Chinese New Year

Happy Chinese New Year!!! Today February 3, 2011 is the first day of the Chinese New Year and so I thought we would celebrate with a delicious noodle dish
Any type of noodle—thin chow mein noodles to broad rice noodles to the thicker Shanghai wheat noodles—is a must at Chinese New Year's. However, long noodles represent a long unbroken life (so cutting them into shorter strands would symbolically shorten your life). Pull out your largest skillet or wok because this recipe creates a full pan.

Yield: 8 servings (serving size: about 3/4 cup)


1 pound fresh Asian-style wheat noodles

1 1/2 tablespoons Shaoxing (Chinese rice wine) or dry sherry

1 1/2 teaspoons hoisin sauce

1/2 teaspoon cornstarch

6 ounces boneless pork tenderloin cut into 2 x 1/4–inch julienne strips

3 tablespoons dark soy sauce

2 tablespoons oyster sauce

1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce

1/2 teaspoon sugar

2 tablespoons canola oil, divided

3 cups chopped napa (Chinese) cabbage

1/2 teaspoon minced garlic

1 1/4 cups (1-inch) slices green onions


1. Cook noodles according to package directions, omitting fat and salt. Drain and rinse with cold water; drain. Set aside.

2. Combine wine, hoisin sauce, and cornstarch in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add pork; stir to coat. Cover and let stand 10 minutes.

3. Combine dark soy sauce, oyster sauce, low-sodium soy sauce, and sugar in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk; set mixture aside.

4. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a wok or large skillet over high heat. Add cabbage to pan; stir-fry 2 minutes. Transfer cabbage to a bowl.

5. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in pan. Add garlic; stir-fry 10 seconds or until fragrant. Add pork mixture; stir-fry 3 minutes or until done. Add pork mixture to bowl with cabbage.

6. Wipe pan clean with paper towels; return to heat. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Add reserved noodles; stir-fry 1 minute. Add onions and soy sauce mixture to pan; stir-fry 1 minute. Add pork mixture; stir to combine. Cook 1 minute or until hot.

Recipe Source: My Recipes

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Chorizo-Potato Tacos With Black Bean Salsa

1 pound fresh chorizo or Italian sausage, casings removed

1 russet potato (8 ounces), cut into 1⁄4-inch pieces

1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed

4 radishes, cut into small pieces

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

kosher salt and black pepper

8 hard taco shells, warmed

1 avocado, sliced

1/4 cup sour cream


1.In a large nonstick skillet, cook the chorizo and potato over medium-high heat, breaking up the chorizo with a spoon, until it is browned and the potatoes are tender, 12 to 15 minutes.

2.Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the beans, radishes, cilantro, lime juice, oil, cumin, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper.

3.Fill the taco shells with the chorizo mixture, black bean salsa, avocado, and sour cream
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Wear Red Feb. 4

Mothers, sisters, daughters, aunts - everyday women like us are dying at the rate of almost one per minute from heart disease and stroke. Make it your mission to fight heart disease in women on National Wear Red Day, Friday, Feb. 4, 2011.

Mini Corn Cakes

1 tablespoon butter or margarine

1/3 cup chopped green onions (about 5 medium)

1/3 cup chopped celery

1/3 cup chopped red bell pepper

1 cup soft white bread crumbs (about 1 1/2 slices bread)

1/2 cup Original Bisquick® mix

1 teaspoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)

2 eggs, slightly beaten

1 can (11 oz) whole kernel corn, drained

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1/2 cup chive-and-onion sour cream

1.In 12-inch nonstick skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add onions, celery and bell pepper; cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.

2.In medium bowl, stir vegetable mixture and remaining ingredients except oil and sour cream until well blended.

3.In same skillet, heat 2 teaspoons of the oil over medium heat. Cooking 8 corn cakes at a time, drop corn mixture into oil by tablespoonfuls, spreading each into 1 1/2-inch round. Cook 1 minute to 1 minute 30 seconds on each side, carefully turning once, until golden brown. Cook remaining corn cakes, using 2 teaspoons oil for each batch of 8 corn cakes. Serve with sour cream.

Makes 24 appetizers

recipe source: Betty Crocker

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Pork Chops with Country Gravy

1/4 cup all-purpose flour (about 1 ounce)

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram

1/4 teaspoon dried thyme

1/4 teaspoon dried rubbed sage

4 (4-ounce) boneless center-cut loin pork chops (about 3/4 inch thick)

1 tablespoon butter

Cooking spray

1 1/2 cups 1% low-fat milk

Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Place flour, salt, dried marjoram, dried thyme, and dried rubbed sage in a shallow dish. Dredge pork in flour mixture, turning to coat; shake off excess. Reserve remaining flour mixture. Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add pork to pan; cook 2 minutes on each side or until browned. Reduce heat, and cook for 10 minutes or until done, turning pork once. Remove pork from pan; keep warm. Combine reserved flour mixture and milk in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk until blended. Add milk mixture to pan; place over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Reduce heat, and simmer 2 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring constantly. Serve with chops.

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Top Reads on Annies Home & Top Comments for Feb 3

Welcome to my blog Hope the day finds you doing well. Thought I would share with you the top read post, the post with the most comments from yesterday and the current giveaways
Friendly Friday Button

agoo tushie huggers
Kiss My Thistle Shortbread Giveaway
Toilet Paper Craft Ground Hog Day
WarmBuddies mittens giveaway
Sweet Heart Krispy Treats
Sausage and Cheese Crescant Squares
winner alert
Quick Chicken Noodle Soup
Top Reads on Annies Home Feb 2 
Homekeepers Journal

Top Post Commented on
Quick Chicken Noodle Soup
Iced Over In Southern Illinois
Sausage and Crescent Squares
Homekeepers Journal 
Crockpot Winter Fruit Crisp
Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Top Reads on Annies Home Feb 2

Current Giveaways
Kiss My Thistle Shortbread ends 2/7

Agoo Tushie Huggers 2/10
Warm Buddies Mittens 2/8
PawParrazi Pets 2/4

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Iced Over in Southern Illinois

This picture could symbolize what part of the country is experiencing a very chilly covering

CrockPot Winter Fruit Crisp

Crock Pot Winter Fruit Crisp

Nonstick cooking spray

6 C. peeled, cored and sliced Golden Delicious apples

6 C. peeled, cored and sliced pears

1 C. dried cherries

1/2 C. sugar

1 T. grated orange peel (colored part only)

3 t. ground cinnamon, divided

1 C. flour

1 C. uncooked oats, quick or regular

3/4 C. brown sugar

1 t. dried ginger

1/4 t. mace

3/4 C. butter, softened

Fresh whipped cream or ice cream

Spray the bowl of a slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine the apples, pears, dried cherries, sugar, orange peel and 1 teaspoon cinnamon; toss well. In another bowl, mix together the flour, oats, brown sugar, remaining 2 teaspoons cinnamon, ginger and mace. Crumble the butter with your fingers, add it to the flour mixture, and knead the mixture to incorporate the butter. Sprinkle this mixture over the fruit, patting it down lightly. Scrape the fruit mixture into the slow cooker. Cook at high temperature until the fruit is bubbly, about 4 hours. Serve warm with fresh whipped cream or ice cream.

Makes 12 servings.

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In My Kitchen this week ……

It is shopping week and we are buying groceries that will make my hubby happy as he is taking over the kitchen 2/3 of the time because I have went back to work full time I will cook when I am here on my day off

When I think about Crafting/Sewing/Making Things, I want to …

find time to do more of it there are so many worthy items that I have found that I would love to create and use the ideas from other blogs hopefully soon I will get it all together

My favorite creative outlet it ……..

blogging is where I put my creativity now but hopefully when I get it together I will start making items for my new grandbaby

A Craft that I’d like to learn is ….

how to sew and make quilts would be where I would love to put my attention on learning

One Craft that I can do but don’t do much is ….

latch hook love it just have not did much of it later
Another would be painting. I haven’t painted in years.

An unusual Craft that I can do or would like to do is ….

Making miniatures. I really enjoy making little ‘fairy houses’, furniture out of natural materials, etc. My daughter and I collect things like rocks, acorns, fungi, moss, bark and shells and make little houses from it all.

The Craft/Creative Work that I have no desire whatsoever to do ……

there are not any that come to mind right now that i would not like to learn

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The blog Day 2 Day Living alerted me to the fact that Feb 1 to Feb 7 is dedicated to Womens Hearth Health. My mother suffers from heart problems and having inherited many of my parents health conditions I try to stay up to date with what is going on.

 Heart Disease is the number one killer of American women. Recognizing symptoms and risks, making lifestyle changes and getting timely care can save a woman's life. Women's Heart Week is a national outreach campaign aimed at improving women's outcomes from this deadly disease. Heart disease is America’s leading killer of women over the age of 34. Most women are not aware of this fact and fail to recognize their own risk factors for heart disease. Women’s symptoms, especially those that are milder, often go ignored. Women often miss out on critical opportunites to save their own lives. Women's Heart Foundation (WHF) recognizes that women are busier than ever as they juggle career, family and care-giving responsibilities. For many, each day resembles a jig–saw puzzle in which a woman is required to piece together her time and obligations. Now, more than ever, women need to take time out for themselves and be given a reminder: Take Care of Your Heart.

Some scary statistics for you to think about as well:

Less than one-third (31.8 percent) of U.S. adults get regular leisure-time physical activity (defined as light or moderate activity five times or more per week for 30 minutes or more each time and/or vigorous activity three times or more per week for 20 minutes or more each time). About 10 percent of adults do no physical activity at all in their leisure time.

Nearly two-thirds of U.S. adults are overweight (BMI > 25, which includes those who are obese).[7] All adults (20+ years old): 129.6 million (64.5 percent) Women (20+ years old): 64.5 million (61.9 percent) Men (20+ years old): 65.1 million (67.2 percent) Nearly one-third of U.S. adults are obese (BMI > 30). All adults (20+ years old): 61.3 million (30.5 percent) Women (20+ years old): 34.7 million (33.4 percent) Men (20+ years old): 26.6 million (27.5 percent)

About 25 percent of young people (ages 12–21 years) participate in light to moderate activity (e.g., walking, bicycling) nearly every day. About 50 percent regularly engage in vigorous physical activity. Approximately 25 percent report no vigorous physical activity, and 14 percent report no recent vigorous or light to moderate physical activity.

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Quick Chicken Noodle Soup

Not enough time Miz Helen’s Country Cottageto make the old fashioned Chicken Noodle Soup like mom and grandma did? Still want the similiar taste that you enjoyed? Well try this recipe from my recipes  and see what you think

2 cups water

1 (32-ounce) carton fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 cup prechopped onion

1/2 cup prechopped celery

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 medium carrot, chopped

6 ounces fusilli pasta

2 1/2 cups shredded skinless, boneless rotisserie chicken breast

2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Combine 2 cups water and chicken broth in a microwave-safe dish, and microwave at HIGH for 5 minutes. While broth mixture heats, heat a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion, celery, salt, pepper, and carrot; sauté 3 minutes or until almost tender, stirring frequently. Add hot broth mixture and pasta; bring to a boil. Cook 7 minutes or until pasta is almost al dente. Stir in chicken; cook 1 minute or until thoroughly heated. Stir in parsley.

Kitchen Notes

Heat the broth mixture in the microwave to jump-start the cooking. Meanwhile, sauté the aromatic ingredients in your soup pot to get this dish under way. Though we like the shape of fusilli, you can also make this soup with wide egg noodles, rotini, or even orzo.

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches MMM MMM GOOD

in the mood for some delicious grilled cheese sandwiches? Well check out the five ways that food network starts placed their own spin on this classical favorite here

Create Some Valentine Lunch or Treat Bags (free printables)

I just love it when I find something to make my childs day a bit happier and brighter. It often makes them feel special and me feel a bit happier. I recently found a great site with ideas to make valentine bags that offers free printables as well. If you are interested please visit the blog It Is What It Is

Sausage and Cheese Crescent Squares

Good Cheap Eats
Sausage and Cheese Crescent Squares

Sausage and two kinds of cheese turn crescent dough into a rich and tasty appetizer.

2cans (8 oz each) Pillsbury® refrigerated crescent dinner rolls or 2 cans (8 oz each) Pillsbury® Crescent Recipe Creations® refrigerated seamless dough sheet

1lb spicy or mild bulk pork sausage

1package (8 oz) cream cheese

2cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (8 oz)

Heat oven to 375°F. If using crescent rolls: Unroll 1 can of dough into 2 long rectangles. Place in ungreased 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish; press over bottom and 1/2 inch up sides to form crust. If using dough sheets: Unroll 1 can of dough. Place in ungreased 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish; press over bottom and 1/2 inch up sides to form crust. In 12-inch skillet, cook sausage over medium heat, stirring frequently, until no longer pink. Remove sausage from skillet; discard drippings. To same skillet, add cream cheese. Cook over low heat until melted. Add cooked sausage; stir to coat. Spoon evenly over crust in baking dish. Sprinkle with cheese. If using crescent rolls: Unroll second can of dough on work surface. Press to form 13x9-inch rectangle; firmly press perforations to seal. Carefully place over cheese. If using dough sheets: Unroll second can of dough on work surface. Press to form 13x9-inch rectangle. Carefully place over cheese. Bake 21 to 26 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 15 minutes. Cut into small squares.

recipe source : Pillsbury

Winner Alert

I am a few days behind of posting new winners so here goes

Zutano giveaway ended 1/26 with over 1,000 entries WOW!!!!
the winner is
Marzena said...


Winner of the PopChips giveaway which ended Feb 1, 2011 the winner is
Kristie said...

I'm a public follower.

Winner of the Fiber One giveaway which ended 1/29/2011 was:
Mom in Training said...

Added to linky #2

all winners have been emailed and have 36 hours to respond to this email or new winners will be selected

Top Reads on Annies Home & Top Comments for Feb 2

If you are stopping in from a blog hop or you are a loyal follower thought you might like to know what I have been up to on my blog so I created a list of top post, comments, and current giveaways for you all to check out.


Toilet Paper Craft for Ground Hog Day
Agoo Tushie Huggers giveaway
Sweet Heart Krispy Treats
PopChips Giveaway
Valentine Cupcakes
Kiss My Thistle giveaway
Chili Bowl
Southwestern Corn Cheese Dip
Flex Flop Review
Valentine Sun Catchers

Top Comments
Wordless Wednesday - It's So Good
Crispy Roasted Chicken Wings
Chili Bowl
Double Coverage Sliders

Current Giveaways
Kiss My Thistle Shortbread ends 2/7
Agoo Tushie Huggers 2/10
Warm Buddies Mittens 2/8
PawParrazi Pets 2/4

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Wednesday HodgePodge

1. Would you rather be seen as a person who did their duty or forged their own path?

I would rather be a person who did a bit of both While I feel it is the right of individuals to do our duty in all fields of life I have always been one to do my own thing in life and never follow the given path

2. This week's Wednesday Hodgepodge happens to fall on Groundhog's Day. In keeping with that theme, if you could have a do-over of any one day out of the last seven, which day would it be and why. If you haven't seen the movie Groundhog Day this question will make absolutely no sense but that's can answer anyway.

Friday was a real good day yet there were things I would love to have added and a few moments where I could have taken them away

You thought my question was going to be weather related didn't you?

well it very well could have been but then I am a bit tired talking about the weather myself what is to be will be what is not to be won't

3. Hot cocoa...yay or nay on the marshmallows?

I love little mallows with cocoa but I can drink the cocoa alone as well if need be

4. Do you wear makeup every day? What are the top two must haves in your daily makeup routine?

I only wear makeup on special occasions daily I just brush my hair put it up and spray a bit of perfume on to head to work

5. Is it more important to you in a relationship to be loved or understood?

love is mighty powerful tool but if you are not understood then love is not powerful enough

6. Parsley sage rosemary or thyme... your favorite?

depends on what we are eating sage is mighty good in several of my favorite recipes

7. What do you do when you feel angry?

talk to God and try to calm down he is the only one that understands no matter what
8. Insert your own random thought here

Matthew 16:2-3 ESV / 7 helpful votes

He answered them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ And in the morning, ‘It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.

Velvetta Potato Bites

2 lb. baking potatoes (about 5), peeled, cut into chunks

2 green onions, thinly sliced
 1 egg, beaten
 1/4 tsp. black pepper
4 oz. VELVEETA Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product, cut into 24 cubes
 1 pouch SHAKE 'N BAKE Extra Crispy Seasoned Coating Mix
 1-1/2 cups TACO BELL® HOME ORIGINALS® Thick 'N Chunky Salsa

COOK potatoes in boiling water in large saucepan 15 to 20 min. or until tender; drain. Cool 10 min. Mash potatoes until smooth. Add onions, egg and pepper; mix just until blended. HEAT oven to 400ºF. Roll potato mixture into 24 balls, using about 2 Tbsp. for each. Insert 1 VELVEETA cube into center of each ball, completely enclosing VELVEETA cube with potato mixture. Place potato balls on baking sheet covered with coating mix; turn until evenly coated. Place on clean baking sheet.

recipe source: Kraft
BAKE 14 to 16 min. or until heated through. Serve with salsa.

CSN Store Giveaway

CSN Stores has a little bit of every thing and the giveaway at the blog Mon Cheri can help you get one of those special items that you have admired so much. The giveaway is for $35 and ends Feb 10, 2011

It's so good
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Chili Bowl

2 pounds lean ground beef

2 tablespoons chili powder

1 tablespoon Creole seasoning

1 teaspoon ground cumin

2 (16-oz.) cans diced tomatoes with green pepper and onion

2 (16-oz.) cans small red beans

2 (8-oz.) cans tomato sauce

Toppings: shredded Cheddar cheese, sliced green onions, diced tomatoes


1. Brown beef in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat, stirring often, 6 to 8 minutes or until beef crumbles and is no longer pink; drain well. Return beef to Dutch oven; sprinkle with chili powder, Creole seasoning, and cumin, and sauté 1 minute.

2. Stir in diced tomatoes and next 2 ingredients, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes. Serve with toppings.

recipe source: southern living 2010

Double Coverage Sliders

I prepared a little snack for all of you stopping in from the blog hop. If you don't mind please leave me a comment letting me know you were here

80 Keebler® Town House Toppers® Original Crackers

1 pound summer sausage, sliced 1/4-inch thick

8 oz. sharp Cheddar cheese, sliced 1/4-inch thick

80 sweet gherkins

1. Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil. Preheat oven to 350ºF.

2. Place KEEBLER TOWN HOUSE TOPPERS Original crackers in a single layer on baking sheet.

3. Slice summer sausage slices in half. Place each half on top of a cracker.

4. Slice cheese slices in half. Place each half on top of the summer sausage.

5. Place baking sheet in preheated oven. Bake 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Immediately place a sweet gherkin on each slide. Spear toothpick through pickle, cheese, and sausage. Serve warm.

Note: For a variation, use 2 pepperoni slices and a zesty bread and butter chip in place of the summer sausage and sweet gherkins.

recipe source: snackpicks

Valentine Cookies

find out how to make these sweet valentine cookies from Southern Living February 2010

Blogging Hints Catch a Wave Wednesday
What's a DAME to do?! just got a FACELIFT! Same hilarious must-have party game for women of all ages, just nipped and tucked with a wonderful new price of $24.99 for endless nights of entertainment!

•The best girls' night game EVER, just got better!

•2-8 players of the female persuasion, Ages 18+

•Perfect for girls' nights, bachelorette parties, bridal/baby showers, all girly get-togethers!

•Quick to learn, easy to play, low tech fun!

•"SAME GREAT GAME - WHOLE NEW LOOK!" Same cards as the previous version. Not a new edition, just nipped and tucked!

Monday, January 31, 2011

Week of Meals for week of Jan 31 - February 6

Now that I am back at work my husband has been a big help by helping to prepare meals and clean house. I feel very lucky to be married to the man I have and count my lucky stars that he helps out as much as he does. The meals that we will lovingly be preparing together include

Monday- chili and crackers
Tuesday - beanie weenies and cornbread
Wednesday - pizza and chips
Thursday - breakfast for supper sausage and eggs
Friday - fish and chips
Saturday - burgers and american fries
Sunday - meatloaf

what are you having this week? Would love to know may just help me get some great ideas as well

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Crispy Roasted Chicken Wings

3 lbs. chicken wings, rinsed and patted dry with paper towels

2 Tbsp. corn oil


Freshly ground black pepper

Heat the oven to 375°F. Put the chicken wings in a large roasting pan, drizzle with the oil, and sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper. Toss to coat and spread the wings out in a single layer.

Roast, undisturbed, until the bottom of the pan is coated with fat and the wings are beginning to brown, about 15 minutes. Use a spoon to baste the wings with the drippings, then carefully pour the extra fat out of the pan and flip them over (if they're sticking give them an extra 5 minutes).

Return wings to the oven until both sides are nicely browned, another 10 minutes or so (they'll release easily from the pan when ready).

Raise the oven temperature to 450°F and continue to cook until wings are crisp all over, about 10 minutes. Serve hot, warm, or at room temperature with carrot and celery sticks on the side.

recipe source: parents

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