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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Ritz Crackerfuls MultiGrain Review and Printable Coupon

Recently we had the chance to try out the new Ritz Crackerfuls Multigrain. Now we had all ready fallen in love with Ritz Crackerfuls and we were so happy to see they were available in multigrain as well. Crackerfuls are available in three delicious multi grain flavors Sharp Cheddar, Garden vegetable and Garlic Herb. Yummy!! They are a great snack that will help keep you full and have 6 grams of whole grains per serving. The whole grain taste of the cracker and the creamy cheese matched up and were delicious together.

Want to try them yourself? They are available in many grocery stores. Try them yourself but first like Ritz on facebook and get a printable $.75 coupon for Ritz crackerful coupons.

If you would like to try them yourself, visit Ritz on Facebook for a printable $.75 Ritz Crackerfuls coupon.

 I received product from One2One Network to faciliate my review. No compensation was received for this post and any opinions expressed above are my own.

A Generation ....

Each generation has its own leaders, its own way of living life and its own heros and villians. As this new generation of adults graduates from high schools and enter lives as adults in different roles my prayers are with them.

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Friday, June 3, 2011

Five Question Friday

1. If you had to choose, how would you prefer to choose to spend money...on landscaping or a pool?

right now that would be a hard decision with it being so hard I would probably try to get both but if I had to choose just one it would be on landscaping

2. (Scott likes to get things stirred up...) Death penalty, yay or nay?

against it all the way always have been always will be

3. What's the worst thing your kid has gotten into when you turned your back/blogged/showered/blinked?

well its where they got to instead of into they got out the upstairs window and on top of the roof oh my the things my children have did

4. How often do you REALLY go to the dentist?

right now in the process of dental work so every 2 weeks

5. What is your favorite animal (doesn't have to be a pet-type animal)?
I love cats, big ones , little ones

Aloha Friday & Follow Friday

Aloha Friday is hosted by the blog An Island Life. Bloggers ask other bloggers easy questions that are easy to answer. It is a great way to get to know other bloggers. So here is my question

What is the one thing you want to do this summer. If you have more than one things share with me I am looking for lots of great ideas
I cannot eat just one _____

chip oh boy get me started and the whole bag may be gone before you know it

2. When I am in a bad mood ____ always makes me feel better

my hubby and his sweet smile

3. Happiness is___________________


4. The most comfortable thing I own is __________________________
 our RV makes for very comfortable camping

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Pack It Freeze N Go Giveaway

With summer time here you may find yourself on the go. If you are like me you will find yourself heading to work, school or just to get out of the house. The Pack It Freeze n Go is the one item that you may find useful no matter where you are going. The reason is because it is so easy to use. The little lunch bag with a freezer build inside is how I like to think of the Pack It Freeze n Go. Just take a look at this cute little diagram to see how easy it is to use.

With so many great colors and patterns I am sure that you will find one that meets your personality. Whether you are looking for a bit of fun or a more dressed up look. The choice is yours as there are many great looking Pack It Freeze n Go bags available.

Want to win your own Pack It Freeze N Go? One of Annies Home Readers will do just that. They will be able to win a Pack IT Freeze N Go and the first thing you must do to enter this giveaway is let me know what pattern or color you would choose for your Pack It Freeze N Go. Now this may or may not be the one the winner receives the choice is left up to the sponsor You must also be following my blog


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Giveaway starts now and ends June 16, 2011 Good Luck Email must be in comment or on blog profile or entries will not count

We did receive a pack it to review as I stated in this earlier post on my blog

I won

I just got word that I won this necklace from the giveaway I entered on New Age Mama


Peanut Butter and Banana Spirals

1/2 cup reduced-fat peanut butter
1/3 cup vanilla low-fat yogurt
 1 tablespoon orange juice
2 ripe bananas, sliced
4 (8-inch) fat-free flour tortillas
2 tablespoons honey-crunch wheat germ
 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Combine peanut butter and yogurt, stirring until smooth. Drizzle juice over bananas; toss gently to coat. Spread about 3 tablespoons peanut butter mixture over each tortilla, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Arrange about 1/3 cup banana slices in a single layer over peanut butter mixture. Combine wheat germ and cinnamon; sprinkle evenly over banana slices. Roll up. Slice each roll into 6 pieces.

recipe source: my recipes


Perfect Grilling Dessert : Smores Brownies

9 whole cinnamon graham crackers, halved crosswise

3/4 cup unsalted butter, cut up

4 oz. unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped

1 cup sugar

1 cup packed light brown sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3 eggs, lightly beaten

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups semisweet or milk chocolate chips

35 regular-sized marshmallows

Heat oven to 350°F. Spray bottom of 13x9-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Arrange graham crackers over bottom of pan, overlapping slightly or breaking to fit, if necessary.
Melt butter and unsweetened chocolate in medium saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; stir in sugar, brown sugar and vanilla until blended. Stir in eggs until blended and smooth; stir in flour. (Batter will be smooth, thick and shiny.) Stir in chocolate chips. Spoon and gently spread over graham crackers. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until top is just set and toothpick inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs attached.
Heat broiler. Place marshmallows on their sides evenly over top of brownies. Broil 30 seconds to 2 minutes or until marshmallows are puffed and tops are golden brown. Serve slightly warm or at room temperature.

recipe source: Cooking Club of America

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Spicy Red Eyed Baked Beans

One summer time food that is needed at picnics, bbqs and other summer time meals is a good old serving of baked beans. This recipe will keep you happy as well as kick it up a notch as well. Hope you enjoy this recipe I found on fine cooking website

1 lb. dried pinto beans

3 Tbs. unsalted butter

1 medium onion, chopped

2 large cloves garlic, chopped

1 Tbs. ancho chile powder

1 tsp. chipotle chile powder

1 tsp. ground cumin

1/4 tsp. ground allspice

Freshly ground black pepper

6 cups lower-salt beef broth

1 meaty smoked ham hock

1 cup brewed coffee

1/3 cup mild molasses, such as Grandma's Original

1/3 cup ketchup

1 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce

2 sprigs fresh oregano

1 Tbs. bourbon (optional)

Kosher salt

If you cant soak beans overnight then put them in a 4 quart  saucepan and add enough cold water to cover them by 2 inches and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and soak for 2 hours Drain beans and continue with the recipe.

Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 300°F. Melt the butter in a 5- to 6-quart Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the chile powders, cumin, allspice, and 1/2 tsp. pepper. Cook, stirring, until aromatic, about 30 seconds. Add the broth and ham hock. Stir to combine. Add the beans and bring just to a simmer. Cover and bake until the beans are easy to bite into but still a little mealy in texture, 45 to 60 minutes.
Stir in the coffee, molasses, ketchup, Worcestershire, and oregano. Bake, uncovered, until the beans are fully tender, 30 to 60 minutes more. Cool to room temperature. Discard the oregano stems and the skin from the ham hock. Cut the meat off the bone and chop. Add the meat to the beans and discard the bone. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

To finish, bring to a simmer, uncovered, over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low and continue to simmer until the sauce is reduced to the consistency of thin gravy, stirring occasionally so the bottom doesn't burn, 40 to 60 minutes. Stir in the bourbon (if using) and season the beans to taste with salt and pepper.
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Monday, May 30, 2011

Yummy Second Time Around

This is a perfect recipe for any time of the year cool enough for summer and just the right taste for fall and winter. Come check it out here


patriotic cupcakes

12 chocolate cupcakes, cooled

1-1/2 cups thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping

12 small strawberries, stems removed, each cut into 5 slices

1/4 cup blueberries

SPREAD cupcakes with COOL WHIP. ARRANGE 5 strawberry slices on top of

recipe source: Kraft
Keeping It Simple
making the world cuter  

Easy Ice cream Pie

1.Press ½ gallon (4 pints) softened vanilla ice cream into a 9-inch springform pan. Freeze until slightly firm, 10 to 15 minutes.

2.Top with 1 cup caramel sauce (slightly warmed, if too thick) and ½ cup toasted sliced almonds. Freeze until firm, at least 1 hour and up to 2 days. To serve, remove from pan and slice.

recipe source: real simple
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Cool Off With Fruited Ice Cubes

Summer is here and if you are like me you will be wanting to find a sweet way to cool off. Well these fruited ice cubes may do just the trick and they are easy to make. Simply drop some fresh berries, mint leaves, ginger bits and strips of citrus vest into empty ice cube trays. Add water to trays and freeze and you will be ready for that great summer time drink with some tasty ice.

Recipe Source: Martha Stewart

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Teach Our children About Memorial Day

With the world as fast paced as it is now sometimes important lessons are not taught to our children. Memorial day was always discussed in our family. Was it yours? Want to share the importance of this day with your child? Here are some tips to do that.

Share with your child that Memorial Day is an important day for the nation. It is the day to show respect and honor Americans who have died while defending the country as well as a day to remember all of our loved ones who have passed on as well whether they were in the armed services or not. Have them to share memories of the loved ones you honored if it is not too stressful on the child. You may also want to share your own memories with them.

Find a memorial day activity in your community and participate. It is also a good idea to take time to display a flag with respect and dignity. Share with them the meaning of a flag at half staff and the important steps it takes to raise or lower a flag.

In our family my husbands father is a veteran and loves to talk to children. See if you can find a veteran in your community would take the opportunity to talk to your child and find out how important Memorial Day is to them. I have worked in nursing homes where the veterans are proud of the service they gave and love it when groups come in to honor them. Making thank you cards for veterans is a great idea and a way to have your child show respect and honor.

Sing patriotic songs and find poems on the internet. Share a moment of rememberance with your child. Share a family prayer for those who have served our Country and for those who are serving now.

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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Wupzey Review and Giveaway

We all know as parents that children make messes and do it very often. Without these little messes I am not sure where I would be in in live but I dare say that if there was anything that would help me make the mess less work I would have gladly welcome it. Well for those of us who have little ones who are learning how to feed their selves while sitting in the highchair the perfect product is available for us. The Wupzey was created by a mom who was a bit tired of having a large mess after her child fed herself. Unable to find anything on the market that really did the job she desired she invented the Wupzey the highchair food catcher.

The wupzey is lightweight, compact and durable. The wupzey is easy to attach and detach, clean and able to store on the highchair. We all know what sort of mess can be found under the highchair after the meal is over. Just imagine this mess in a contained area that is strong enough to catch sippy cups, toys and utensils. Cleaning is easy as well because the Wupzey is completely machine washable.

The mother who invented the Wupzey has also created a line of products for children. The line includes shopping/diner seat covers, bibs, coveralls, floor mats and car seat covers. All products were designed to reduce work and to save time and energy.

My thoughts: I love the wupzey easy to use and I love how easily it goes on and off and when needed easily is cleaned by the washing machine. With all the things that life throws at me it is nice to have one thing in life that helps to make it easier.

Buy: You can purchase the Wupzey from their website at They also have a list of locations that sell the Wupzey near you located on their website.

Win: One of Annies Home readers will win their own Wupzey To enter the giveaway tell me something that you found on their blog that you found of interest You must also be following my blog to enter giveaway

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Giveaway starts now and ends 6/12/2011 Good Luck Email must be on blog profile or in comment or entries will not count

We are thankful for Wupzey for sponsoring this review and giveaway and sending us a wupzey to use for review purposes for this post. The thoughts shared in this post belong to me and have not been influenced.

Boppy Review and Giveaway

My daughter is a mother of two and the one thing that she found useful with both of her young children was the Boppy. The Boppy is a pillow but is not only a pillow. It is more because it is designed to be more. My daughter delivered both of her babies via c-section and holding the baby after they were born was not always easy. The Boppy allowed her to balance the baby and lift them up so that she and the newborn were comfortable. The Boppy Pillow is a thick and cushioned pillow shaped like a U. The shape of the pillow is designed to go around your waist to support your baby and your arms while breast feeding.

The Boppy Bare Naked was voted #1 baby product in America seven years in a row. The pillow is made for use by all regardless of size of mom and dad big or small. Everyone will be able to use the Boppy Bare Naked pillow while feeding baby. The Boppy Bare Naked allows the user to be comfortable in an ergonomically correct position, reduces stress to the body and allows all to enjoy feeding more. The boppy has a Miracle Middle panel that stretches the width of the pillow to accommodate all sizes, while keeping its shape. The Boppy pillow will make lying, playing, and learning to sit easier for your child. The boppy is made to stay with the child from birth to the early stages of sitting. Another great thing about the Boppy is that it is machine washable and using a slipcover will help to extend the life of the boppy as well. es all sizes with the Miracle Middle

 The slip cover is made to go directly over the Boppy and with the fun colors of the slipcover makes it look great as well and helps to protect the boppy. As I stated earlier both are machine washable and are easy to care for.
Buy: you can buy a Boppy for yourself from local retail stores or online You can find a list of retailers at

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Giveaway starts now and ends June 12, 2011 Good Luck Email must be in comment or on blog profile

We are thankful to Boppy for furnishing us with a boppy to review for this post. The thoughts and opinions shared in this post are those of mine alone.