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Thursday, September 15, 2011

HomeStead Company Giveaway

As many of you know I am a grandma to two precious little ones. Both my prince and princess are very special to me and their papa and we give them the best that we can. The Homestead company is a place that offers quality skin care products that are natural, safe and effective. Because many of the members of our family are both plagued with asthma and eczema we have had to be very selective in what we use . The Homestead Company is a family owned business that have complete faith in their products so much so that they back every product with a 100% money back guarantee.

The Homestead Company was created in September of 2005. In the beginning it was started to be a good-neighbor program to share and help other moms to find the best, natural alternatives to baby products. The creator wanted to help others welcome a new way of thinking about the products that they use in their daily lives from the food they eat to the cleaning supplies they use. Like my own family many individuals struggle with dry skin, rashes, weight problems, allergies and common illnesses. THe finest quality ingredients are used to make the products available at the Homestead Company

Buy: You can purchase products ranging from diaper rash cream to items to pamper yourself at the Homestead Company

Win: The Homestead Company would love to give one of Annies Home readers a chance to win a $25 gift card

To enter this giveaway head over to the Homestead Company and tell me a product that you would be interested in. You must also be following my blog

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Tissue Paper Fall leaf Project

Brown or black construction paper

Clear contact paper

Tissue paper in a fall colors

Printable leaf template


Print out our leaf template. Cut the leaf out, then cut the middle of the leaf out and discard it. You will be left with a thin outline of a leaf. Trace this leaf 'outline' template onto black construction paper and cut out. You are basically cutting out a frame for your craft.

Cut a square of contact paper that is slightly bigger than the leaf. Peel the backing paper off of the contact paper and stick your leaf outline onto it.

Cut tissue paper into 1 inch squares. Make sure to use a few different colors.

Stick the tissue paper onto the leaf making sure to overlap the pieces.

When the inside of the leaf is covered with tissue paper, trim off the excess contact paper/tissue paper.

Hang up on a sunny window.

craft Source : All Kids Network
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Eat A Hoagie Day

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion, sliced (2 cups)
1 Italian frying pepper, sliced  (1 1/4 cups)
6 ounces mushrooms, sliced (2 cups)
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
 2 (6-inch) hoagie rolls
6 slices provolone cheese (3 oz.)
3/4 pound lean ground round
2/3 cup warmed tomato sauce, for serving

Preheat oven to 325°F. Heat oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Add onion, frying pepper, mushrooms, garlic, 1/4 tsp. salt, oregano and 1/4 tsp. ground pepper. Cook, stirring often, until vegetables are tender and golden, about 10 minutes. Keep warm in oven. While vegetables are cooking, split rolls and hollow out slightly. Place on a baking sheet with hollowed sides up and arrange 1 slice of cheese on each roll half. Crumble beef into a bowl and mix in remaining 1/4 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper. Divide meat in half and then form into 2 oval patties, shaping meat to match shape and size of rolls. Place rolls in oven to warm. Place a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Add beef patties to skillet and cook for 3 minutes; flip, place remaining cheese on top, cover pan, and cook until medium done, about 3 minutes. Place roll bottoms on plates. Top each with some tomato sauce, a patty and some vegetable mixture. Cover with roll tops and serve.

Recipe Source: All You DECEMBER 2005

Creations by Kara

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Beverly Hillbillies Baked Beans


3 16 oz. cans pork and beans

1 lb. hamburger, browned

1 onion, chopped

1/2 green pepper, chopped

1 10 oz. can Rotel tomatoes

1 teaspoon yellow mustard

3/4 cup brown sugar

Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Pour into a greased casserole dish or a 9"x13" pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 1/2 hours or until hot and bubbly. Yields 8-12 servings.

 Get Your Craft On Tuesday

Texas Pumpkin Custard


1 cup pumpkin, canned or cooked fresh

2 lightly beaten eggs

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

1/3 tsp salt

dash of ground ginger

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 cup evaporated milk

1/8 tsp fresh grated orange rind

In a mixing bowl mix the pumpkin, eggs, brown sugar, salt, ginger, and cinnamon together well. Stir in the evaporated milk and the orange rind. Pour the mixture into custard cups. Set the cups in a shallow baking pan of hot water that is high enough to come almost but not quite to the top of the muffin cups. Bake at 325 degrees for 40 minutes or until the custard is done.

Anything Fat Tuesday

Almond Joy Pie



1 pie crust (premade or my best pie crust ever)

4 eggs

2-1/2 cups milk

1/2 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp coconut extract

3 tsp almond extract

1 cup shredded coconut

1/2 cup finely chopped almonds

slivered almonds to top

Preheat the oven to 450F and bake the pie crust for 5 minutes. Remove from oven. Beat together the eggs and milk, then add the extracts and sugar. Beat 1 to 2 minutes, until well combined. Stir together the coconut and chopped almonds, and spread in the pie crust. Pour the egg mixture over the coconut mixture, and sprinkle the top with slivered almonds. Place in the oven, reduce the heat to 350F, and bake for 45 to 55 minutes, until the custard is set.

recipe source here
Mandy‘s Recipe Box

Confessions of a Stay At Home Mommy

Celiac Awareness Day Recipe for Warm Caramel Apple Cake

Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disorder of the small intestine that occurs in genetically predisposed people of all ages from middle infancy onward. Symptoms include chronicc diarrhea and fatigue. It is thought to affect 1 in every 105 people in the US.The only known effective treatment is a lifelong gluten free diet At one time this may have seemed like a punishment the truth is there are many deliciou gluten free foods out there. The reccipe I am sharing here is just like that as well

•1/4 cup butter

•2 tablespoons whipping cream

•1/2 cup packed brown sugar

•1/2 cup chopped pecans

•1 large tart cooking apple, peeled, thinly sliced

•1 box Betty Crocker® Gluten Free yellow cake mix

•1/4 teaspoon apple pie spice

•2/3 cup water

•1/2 cup butter, softened

•3 eggs

Heat oven to 350°F. In medium microwavable bowl, microwave butter, whipping cream and brown sugar uncovered on High about 1 minute or just until butter is melted. Pour into ungreased 9-inch or 8-inch square pan. Sprinkle with pecans. Top with apple slices. In large bowl, beat cake mix, apple pie spice, water, butter and eggs with electric mixer on low speed until moistened, then beat on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Spread batter over apple mixture. Bake 9-inch pan 50 to 55 minutes, 8-inch pan 60 to 65 minutes, or until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Loosen sides of cake from pan. Place heatproof serving platter upside down on pan; carefully turn platter and pan over. Let pan remain over cake 1 minute so caramel can drizzle over cake. Remove pan

Recipe Source : Gluten Freely

Tasty Traditions
Tempt My Tummy Tuesday Tasty Tuesday    Slightly Indulgent Tuesday

Monday, September 12, 2011

This recipe Was Featured Crunchy Corn Relish

2 tablespoon(s) canola oil

4 cup(s) corn kernels

1 cup(s) diced red bell pepper

1/2 cup(s) diced red onion

1/2 cup(s) tomatillo relish

1/3 cup(s) chopped fresh cilantro

1 tablespoon(s) fresh lime juice

1 teaspoon(s) coarse salt

1/4 teaspoon(s) cayenne pepper

In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add corn, bell pepper, and onion and sauté about 5 minutes, until crisp-tender. Stir in relish, cilantro, lime juice, salt, and pepper to combine. Let cool to room temperature and refrigerate until ready to use.

recipe source : Delish
UndertheTableandDreaming  Sister Sunday Homemaker MondayMyMeatlessMondays recipe featured at my meatless mondays

Perfect Sweet To Share

Check this out I think it would make a great end of summer party treat, a super cute after school treat or even a wonderful christmas present for those you are never sure what to give them. I found this super cute idea here

Coming For Supper: You May Want To know The Menu


This week is a carry over on last week because I did not have to do a lot of shopping because of the great deals from the week before. Left to cook this week is

chicken patties

I did pick up some apples and believe I will use some of them to create this pork chop recipe

  • .5 ounces of dried mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 1 cup peeled, cored and diced Granny Smith apple
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons crumbled feta or blue cheese
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup herb seasoned stuffing mix
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 boneless pork chops 1/2 inch thick, butterflied
  • 8 tablespoons maple syrup

Rehydrate the dried mushrooms in the apple juice for 30 minutes.  In a nonstick skillet, sautee the apples in the olive oil over high heat until lightly browned and softened. Granny Smith apples are recommended as they are a firm apple and will maintain their shape. Reduce the heat to medium and add in the garlic. Strain the mushrooms through a coffee filter, reserving the liquid.  Add the liquid to the apples. Chop the mushrooms and add to the apple mixture. Allow to come to a boil, add in the stuffing mix and stir to combine. Turn off the heat and allow to cool. While the stuffing and apple mixture is cooling, preheat your oven to 350 degrees and spray an oven safe baking dish large enough to hold the chops comfortably. When the stuffing mixture has cooled completely, add in the cheese and the walnuts. Season the pork chops with salt and pepper. Open up the chops and spoon 1/4 of the stuffing into each one. Drizzle one tablespoon of the maple syrup over each chop. Place in your oven and cook for 15 minutes.  Drizzle the rest of the syrup over the chops and finish cooking until the a thermometer reads an internal temperature of 145 degrees. Let rest 3-4 minutes before serving

recipe source: examiner

menu plan monday  Making

Chocolate Drool and Kisses

Apple Pie Party Dip and Chips

Have you seen all the amazing fall foods out there? Last night as a special treat I enjoyed a caramel apple sundae at McDonalds. Yummy that was I also found an amazing recipe to share here with you all in this amazingly yummy Apple Pie Party Dip

1 1/3 cups peeled, cored, and diced apple
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons apricot preserves
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon


5 (6-inch) flour tortillas
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar

Combine all the dip ingredients in a bowl, then cover and refrigerate the mixture until chilled.
Brush the tortillas with butter, then cut them into wedges. Arrange the wedges on a greased baking sheet, sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar, and bake at 350º F until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Let them cool before serving. Serves 4 to 6.

Sumo's Sweet Stuff

A Marvelous Mess

Pumpkin and Apple Struesel Muffins

Pumpkins and apples are two things that help spell fall to me. Baking is an event that I can remember taking place more in the fall and winter months. When I was a kid a/c was not something that was expected but rather something that some families had and others did without. So keeping the house cool in the summer was something that had to happen. But as soon as the days got cooler you could bet that smells of baked goods would roll out of the house. When I found this great recipe on a site that I visit often I just had to try them and share hope you enjoy them

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups white sugar

1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1 cup canned pumpkin puree

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 cups peeled, cored and chopped apple

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/4 cup white sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

4 teaspoons butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease 18 muffin cups or use paper liners.
In a large bowl, sift together 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 2 cups sugar, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, mix together eggs, pumpkin and oil. Add pumpkin mixture to flour mixture; stirring just to moisten. Fold in apples. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.
In a small bowl, mix together 2 tablespoons flour, 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle topping evenly over muffin batter.
Bake in preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean.

Giveaway win $40 Sams GC - tweet 3 daily

My grand-daughter and daughter are the two that will gobble up the yogurt if you give them just a few minutes alone. My other children like it as well but those two eat it as part of their daily diet. They love it just about as much as I love shopping. The funny thing is they somehow tie in together because Yoplait is found at Sams Club and right now the blog Two Cute Peas in A Pod is hosting a giveaway where the winner gets a $40 gc to Sams. Yeah more shopping money simply share what type of yoplait you want to try as the first entry and you can get in on the giveaway as well. Giveaway ends October 12, 2011

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Healthy and Hearty Taco Salad

1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander

1 teaspoon ground cumin

3/4 teaspoon dried oregano

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 (1 1/4-pound) sirloin steak

4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 cup whole fresh cilantro leaves

1 cup julienned jícama

2 plum tomatoes, diced

1/3 cup prepared no-sugar-added black-bean salsa

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1/2 avocado, cut into 1/2" dice

In a small bowl, stir together the coriander, cumin, oregano, and salt. Rub the mixture into both sides of the steak. In a medium skillet, heat 1 teaspoon of the oil over medium-high. Add the steak and cook for 2 to 3 minutes per side for medium-rare (longer for more well done). Transfer to a cutting board and let stand for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the cilantro, jícama, tomatoes, salsa, lime juice, and remaining 3 teaspoons oil. Thinly slice the steak, add to the bowl, and toss to combine. Divide the salad evenly among 4 plates and scatter the avocado evenly over the tops.

recipe source : here

Melt In Your Mouth Monday Keeping It Simple All The Small Stuff

Warm Up WIth Pumpkin Spice Latte

Pumpkin Spice Latte

2 cups milk
1 cup very strong coffee (4 tablespoons coffee grounds to 1 cup of hot water)
2 teaspoons vanilla
2-4 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon (plus extra for dusting)
2 heaping spoonfuls of pumpkin

Pour all of the ingredients into a pot and heat over medium-high heat until the coffee is steaming hot. Pour into mugs and top with whipped cream & cinnamon. Enjoy!

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Serving Size: 2

Recipe Source: The Motherload

Jam HandsMyMeatlessMondays

9/11 A Date I Will Always Remember


I was working at a nursing home. The morning was beautiful I got to work early around 4:45 a.m. as usual and made the normal morning phone call kids were up and ready to go my husband wanted to spend morning in his workshop in the garage. Suddenly the radio announced that a plane had crashed into the tower and my boss started to tell us to turn on the T.Vs we did and I could not explain or understand what was going on. I think the next thing we did was to call home to our loved ones to tell them what was going on as well to tell them we loved them. It seemed there was not a dry eye there and everyone used the phone to call home. Where were you?


Sunday Stealing

1) Who is the last person you high-fived?

believe it or not it was my preacher

2) If you were drafted into a war, would you survive.

would not be drafted unless they changing the rules of the draft hubby says he would love to play war with me though

3) Do you sleep with the TV on?


4) Have you ever drunk milk straight out of the carton?

don't tell the kids but the answer to this would be yes
5) Have you ever won a spelling bee?

no that is one subject I am not good yet but I do have a son that has :)

6) Have you ever been stung by a bee?

yes unfortanetly and those tiny sweat bees are the worst

7) How fast can you type?

well never timed myself but pretty good I think

8) Are you afraid of the dark?

if I am alone in a unknown area then maybe otherwise no

9) Eye color:


10) Have you ever made out at a drive-in?

no by the time I was old enough to date all the drive ins were gone

11) When was the last time you chose a bath over a shower?

last time I had time to enjoy a bath

12) Do you knock on wood?

it sounds silly but yes

13) Do you floss daily?

I should

15) Can you hula hoop?

used to but my hips like my body dont move as good as they used to

16) Are you good at keeping secrets?

yes most times but if that secret would hurt someone then I would tell

17) What do you want for Christmas?

I want peace for everyone but if that can not happen then I would love to have a happy family gathering

18) Do you know the Muffin Man?

nope wish I did muffins sound pretty good right now

19) Do you talk in your sleep?

some say I do but I really dont know since I am asleep

20) Who wrote the book of love?

Chapter of love can be found at 1 Corinthians chapter 13 but the book of love have no idea