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Friday, February 3, 2012

Pineapple Chicken

3 lb. chicken drumettes
1 garlic clove
1 cup fresh or canned pineapple
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1 cup honey
1/2 cup soy sauce
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil

Rinse and drain drumettes. Mince garlic and cut pineapple into 1 inch cubes. Combine the salt, pepper, honey, soy sauce, pineapple, vegetable oil and garlic in a bowl and mix well. Place drumettes in slow cooker and pour sauce over the wings. Cook covered on low setting for 6 hours.
recipe source here

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Sweet Potato and Pecan Pie Bites Perfect for Super Bowl

THese little bites are the perfect thing to bring to the super bowl party.

  • 1 cup mashed cooked sweet potato
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup chopped toasted pecans
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dark corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 (2.1-ounce) packages mini phyllo shells (such as Athens)

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
    Combine sweet potato, granulated sugar, cinnamon, and salt, stirring well.
    Combine pecans, brown sugar, syrup, vanilla, and egg white, stirring well.
    Spoon about 1 teaspoon sweet potato mixture into each phyllo shell, spreading to edges. Spoon about 1/2 teaspoon pecan mixture over sweet potato mixture. Place filled shells on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack

    recipe source : My Recipes

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    Super Bowl Sliders

    1 1/2 tbsp.oil
    2 cupschopped onion
    3 lbs.lean ground beef
    2 cupsbarbecue sauce or ketchup
    1 cupFRENCH'S® Classic Yellow® Mustard
    1/2 cupFRENCH'S® Extra Tenderizing™ Worcestershire Sauce
    2 pkgs. (15 oz. each)hamburger slider rolls (about 24 rolls)

    HEAT oil in large pot. Saute onion 3 min. until tender.
    ADD beef to pot. Cook until browned, stirring to separate meat. Drain well.
    STIR in barbecue sauce, mustard and Worcestershire. Simmer about 5 min. until flavors are blended. Spoon on slider rolls.

    recipe sourc : French's
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    Easy Lasagna

    • 1 pound(s) lean ground beef
    • 1 jar(s) (26 oz) marinara sauce
    • 12 no-cook (oven-ready) lasagna noodles
    • 1 tub(s) (32 oz) part-skim ricotta cheese
    • 1 large egg
    • 6 tablespoon(s) purchased pesto, preferably reduced-fat
    • 1 jar(s) (12 oz) roasted yellow or red peppers, drained and torn in strips
    • 1 package(s) (8 oz) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese (2 cups)
    1. Have ready a 13 x 9-in. baking dish.
    2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add beef and cook, breaking up chunks, until no longer pink. Stir in marinara sauce.
    3. Spread 1 cup meat sauce in baking dish. Place 3 noodles crosswise on sauce (don't overlap noodles). Scrape ricotta into a bowl, add egg and stir until blended.
    4. Drop spoonfuls of 1⁄3 the ricotta mixture and 1⁄3 the pesto over the noodles. Top with 1⁄3 the pepper strips, 1⁄2 cup mozzarella, then 3 more noodles. Spread 1 cup meat sauce on top to cover noodles. Repeat layers twice, starting with ricotta and pesto. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella. Cover with plastic wrap, then foil, and refrigerate up to 1 day.
    5. To bake: Heat oven to 375°F. Remove foil and plastic wrap; re-cover with foil. Bake 50 minutes, or until edges bubble and center is hot.

    Recipe Source     Woman's Day

    Thursday, February 2, 2012

    Dale & Thomas Popcorn Giveaway ends 2/21

    Everyone loves a great snack. With the variety of flavors of popcorn available at Dale and Thomas Popcorn there should be no trouble finding a delicious snack. I just entered an awesome giveaway at the blog New Age Mama and you can to. The winner will get a six pack sampler. Giveaway ends 2/21/12

    Friday Blog Hopping


    Rheuben Brat Hoagie

    1 pkg.
    (19 oz.) Johnsonville® Original Bratwurst
    1 large
    onion, sliced
    1 tsp.
    1/3 cup
    Thousand Island salad dressing
    1/3 cup
    coarse ground mustard
    1 loaf
    (1 lb.) French bread
    1 can
    (14 oz.) sauerkraut, drained
    12 slices
    Swiss cheese, thinly sliced

    Grill brats according to package directions. When cool enough to handle, cut into ¼-in. bias slices.

    In a skillet, sauté onion in butter until tender; set aside. In a small bowl, combine salad dressing and mustard.
    Slice French bread lengthwise and transfer to a baking sheet.
    Spread salad dressing mixture on the inside of bread. Layer bottom of bread with six slices of cheese, brats, onions, sauerkraut and cheese.
    Bake at 350°F for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Cut hoagie and serve hot.
    Reuben Brat Hoagie recipe source Johnsonville

    GroundHog Day

    Phil saw his shadow so yes that means 6 more weeks of winter we have yet to see hard winter where I live here in Illinois so Phil if your prediction is right what exactly does that mean? Is the snow still to come?

    You may also want to do a fun craft with your child today and here is a fun way to celebrate groundhog day find directions here

    Current Giveaways on Annies Home

    There are three great giveaways currently on Annies Home these include

    Gift Basket of Snacks from Ballreichs

    Personalized Childrens Book From I See Me
    MyBlogSpark Progresso and The Biggest Loser DVD Gift Pack

    Wednesday, February 1, 2012

    WIn 5 Boxes of GM Cereal ends March 8

    At our house we love to eat cereal. With or without milk it really does not matter much. I love the fact that GM is making it a food that can be considered good for us. If you want to win 5 boxes of cereal you can enter the same giveaway I did at Cutepea blog. Giveaway ends March 8, 2012

    Valentine Butterfly Craft

    Red, pink and white craft foam
    Scotch tape
    2 googly eyes
    Butterfly Template
    Black marker
    How to make your Caterpillar:
    • Print our template and cut out the pieces. Trace the tiny hearts onto white foam, the larger hearts onto pink foam and everything else onto red foam. Cut out your pieces.
    • Tape the lollipop onto center of the wings (glue just isn't strong enough).
    • Turn the craft over and tape the rectangle piece of foam so that the top of it is taped to the lollipop and the bottom is taped to the wings. This piece just provides a little extra support so things don't get too top heavy.
    • Glue the tiny white hearts to the top of each little red antenna piece. Then tape the antennae onto the top of the red support piece on the back of the lollipop.
    • Glue googly eyes onto the lollipop.
    • Cut "smile" out of pink craft foam and glue onto the lollipop below the eyes.
    • Glue the pink hearts onto the wings.
    • Use your marker to write "to" and "from" on the pink hearts.
    resource here  

    Feathered Nest Friday

    Tuesday, January 31, 2012

    My Beautiful Daughter - The Coupon Queen

    My beautiful daughter, the coupon queen in our family , mother to my two grandbabies, a wonderful daughter, wife and mother.

    shared here

    Fantastic Fruit Salad

    1 red apple, cored and chopped 

    1 Granny Smith apple, cored and chopped
    1 nectarine, pitted and sliced 2 stalks celery, chopped
    1/2 cup dried cranberries /2 cup chopped walnuts
    1 (8 oz.) container nonfat lemon yogurt

    In a large bowl, combine red apple, Granny Smith apple, nectarine, celery, dried cranberries, and walnuts. Mix in yogurt. Chill until ready to serve.
    recipe source here

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    Monday, January 30, 2012

    RoosterFin Shufflin Feet Review

    We love playing games of all sorts. Some times we are in the mood for card games, sometimes we want to play board games and there are times we want to play activity games as well. A great source I have found for active games where we all have fun is Rooster Fin. Rooster Fin has some great games out and we were able to review one of their awesome games Shufflin Feet another great game Pango Cano

    Shufflin' Feet is a fun game that takes players for a spin. Each player is competing to win chips by playing higher valued cards than the other players. However while this is the object the game takes the players for a twist each time the dice is rolled. The players must try to get the feet to shuffle in the right direction so that they can win the game. Lots of fun for teens and adults, makes for plenty of laughs

    We had an awesome time playing with our friends. Sometimes adults just need to take a breather and this game sure did supply the entertainment for all of us. The game also proved to be a great resource of fun for the younger sect of individuals as well.
    Buy : you can purchase Rooster Fin games at Amazon and also find a list of retailers here

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    No Bake CheeseCake

  • 16 oz Organic Cream Cheese, softened
  • 4 Tbsp Real Maple Syrup + 5 drops Stevia
  • 2 C Organic Sour Cream
  • 4 tsp Vanilla
  • 2 C Organic Cream, whipped
  • CRUST:
  • 4 C finely ground Almonds
  • 1/2 C Organic Butter, melted
  • 1 tsp Real Salt
  • 4 large rounded Tbsp Coconut Flour

  • Combine crust ingredients and press into 2 pans. Whip cream and set aside. Beat cream cheese until smooth, then beat in maple syrup and stevia, sour cream and vanilla. Then fold in whipping cream.
    Pour into crust and refrigerate.

    Recipe Source here

    In The Kitchen Monday

    Tempt my Tummy Tuesdays

    Soothing Cup of Hot Tea

  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 to 12 whole allspice
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 12 cups water
  • 12 individual tea bags
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup cranberry juice
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice

  • Place cinnamon sticks, allspice and cloves on a double thickness of cheesecloth. Bring up corners of cloth; tie with a string to form a bag. Place water and spice bag in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Remove from the heat. Add tea bags; cover and steep for 5 minutes. Discard tea bags and spice bag. Stir in brown sugar until dissolved. Add juices; heat through. Serve warm. Yield: 3 quarts.

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    find the recipe for these delicious treats here

    Monday Music Our Spotlight Dance and Broadway Music

    We were awarded the Spotlight Dance for our last week entry Daddy's Eyes that we shared on Monday Music Moves Me

    Spotlight Dancers

    Broadway musicals is the theme this week at

    I think it is a wonderful theme full of fun and passion. I have never been to Broadway but must say that the musicals that our local area performs is awesome. One of the ones me and some old high school friends were recently recalling was Annie Get Your Gun This was not only a fun time for the entire high school but memories were built that have lasted will last a lifetime. One of our favorite songs I Can Do Anything you Can Do Better

    This next video is from the Sound of Music and is actually one of the high school math teachers at our local high school. The talent she has, well I love it and hope you do as well.

    Sunday, January 29, 2012

    Guess What Was Met On THe Road

    Guess what my brother and sister in law passed on their way out of town......

    none other than the oscar mayer weiner mobile and that instantly made me think of

    Frugal Dad and KitchenAid Coupons

    I enjoy saving money when ever I can. Well, who doesn't. In this day and age saving money and taking time to find deals and places to save money is the smart thing to do. My mom has always said that I am a lot like my grandmother, her mom, who strived to save money in what ever she did. I consider this a comliment because she was a very smart women and she knew how to make the most out of her money. She used coupons, watched for sales and did a lot of whatever she could do for her self. She was the sort of Do It Yourself (DIY) lady that I am happy for them to say I am like. After all, I am a wife and mom and would love for generations after me to remember that I led a good frugal life.

    Many of us men and women a like now days find that we must use our money wisely in order to get ahead. There are sources out there that can do just the one of the easiest tools that I have found to use is the computer. The internet has become a very useful place to learn tips on saving money, couponing and yes do it yourself projects. I continue to find useful sites on the internet and I am also learning a lot from others who like me are looking to save a bit of money One of the most useful sites I have found when I need to purchase bigger ticket items is Frugal Dad. Frugal Dad shares coupon codes for many leading brands. Coupon codes from kitchenaideis something that many of us may find use in. Kitchenaide is a company that makes products that many of us trust. The coupon code for Kitchenaide products that we can find on Frugal Dad will help us save money on the products that we trust, love and need.

    If you are looking to find good deals then check out Frugal Dad and the many tips and coupon codes they have available on their website

    Savory Chicken and Veggie Soup

    1/2 lb chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
    1 tsp. oil 
    1 can chicken broth 
    1 can crushed tomatoes-undrained 
    1 1/2 cups water
      2 cups assorted fresh vegetables, cut up (sliced carrots, onion, zucchni, and chopped celery)   
    1 (2/3 oz.) envelope Italian salad dressing mix 
    1/2 cup instant rice, uncooked 
    2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
    Cook chicken in hot oil; in large saucepan on medium high heat for 5 minutes or until cooked through. Add broth, tomatoes, water, vegetables and salad dressing mix. Bring to boil. reduce heat to low; cover. Simmer 5 minutes. Stir in rice and parsley; cover. remove from heat Let stand 5 minutes.
    recipe source here

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    See's Candies

    Say you love you when you get your special valentine day a gift this year. One way in which to say "I Love You" is to give them chocolate from See's Candies. A big box of those lovely delicious tasty chocolates in a beautiful box nealry always leads to a large smile upon the recievers face with the words "I love you" being said in return. Take a look at an assortment of what Sees Candies have available.

    See's Dark Chocolate Foil hearts offer your loved one the treat of chocolate with what some have said nutrients for the heart.

    The sweet Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Heart is perfect for anyone special in your life. The great taste of peanut butter and chocolate witha sweet decoration of the bear makes it perfect gift for any age.

    When you are shopping for your valentine this year a stop by See's Candies I believe is in order for their delicious wonderful goodies that will make everyone say "I Love You"

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    Spice Rack Source

    If you are cook like me then you like to have your spices close at hand. There is nothing that gets more to me than having to look for an ingredient that should have been where it belonged. One way to eliminate this problem is to incorporate the use of spice racks.

    A counter top spice rack is one that I woul find very useful. I love the way that the spices are right at hand within reach. Also love the manner that the spices are labeled allows them to be known by the cook but kept neatly all in the same place.

    A wall spice rack is the type that my mother always loved and still has hanging in her kitchen. I can remember that she had two when I was a younger girl filled with different spices. Mom always did a lot of cooking and I can only tell you that her spice racks were very important to her.

    If you do any cooking at all or know someone that does then perhaps you should check out the Spice Rack Source.