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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Flowerz In her hair gift card giveaway

Flowerz In Her Hair wants every girl to have flowers in their hair and wants a lucky Annies Home reader to win a $20 e gift card with free shipping to buy anything they want to at the Flowerz in her Hair website. Oh just think of the beautiful items you could choose.

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Camping Science Experiment

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Aloha Friday

Aloha Friday the day where we can all say hello easily while we wait for the weekend to begin. A day of rest in hawaii and a day where bloggers seek answers to easy questions that other bloggers can easily answer. A meme hosted by the blog An Island Life that you should check out as well

Today is one of my favorite days. The opening ceremony of the summer olympics. Awesome I love all the pride that is shown when these athletes march in. My question is:

Will you be watching the opening ceremony tonight? What sport do you look forward to watching the most

Giveaway ends tonight dont miss out

Zutano $75 gift card giveaway ends at midnight tonight don't miss out. Great for back to school

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Denver Casserole

1 dozen eggs
1 pint (16 oz) sour cream
12 oz shredded cheese - jack and/or cheddar
1 lb cooked ham, chopped
1 large green pepper, diced
1/4 C chopped onion
2 cloves garlic (optional)
salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Saute onion, pepper, and garlic until beginning to soften.
Whip eggs and sour cream together with salt and pepper
Dump half of the cheese into a 9X13 baking dish, followed by the ham, the rest of the cheese, and the vegetables. Pour the egg mixture over the whole thing.
 Bake 60 minutes, until top is golden brown and knife inserted into the center comes out clean (or almost so - it will continue to cook for a few minutes afterwards).

Serves 8.

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Vegetarian Enchilada Casserole

Makes 8 to 10 servings

Ingredients:1 (15-ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
Half of (8-ounce) container low-fat sour cream
1 (8-ounce) jar picante sauce
1 cup shredded low-fat Monterey jack or cheddar cheese
1 (10-ounce) can diced tomatoes and green chilies
2 cups cooked brown rice
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 to 2 green onions, chopped
Garnishes: sliced black olives and shredded low-fat Monterey jack or cheddar cheese

Directions:1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray a 9x11-inch casserole dish with cooking spray. Gently mix corn with beans, sour cream, picante sauce, cheese, tomatoes and green chilies, rice, pepper and onions.

2. Spoon bean mixture into prepared casserole dish and top with olives and more cheese. Bake for 50 minutes or until cheese bubbles and mixture is cooked through.

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Blue Cheese and Cherry Cracker Spread

1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
1 stick butter, softened
1 bunch green onions, finely chopped
¼ cup fresh Stemilt cherries, pitted and chopped into small pieces
4-ounces of blue cheese, crumbled
Chopped pecans

Mix cream cheese and butter. When combined, add other ingredients and stir until just mixed. Form into ball or log shape, and roll in pecans. Chill until firm. Serve on platter with crackers.

recipe from here

Peach Season Meal

3 yellow peaches, quartered, stone removed
Olive oil spray
2 tbs brown sugar
8 chicken thigh cutlets
1 1/4 cups  couscous
2 tsp olive oil
1 1/4 cups boiling water
1 bunch rocket, trimmed

Frozen Desserts Perfect To Share With Friends

Creamy Mocha Frozen Dessert

2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
1 tablespoon hot water
1 cup cream-filled chocolate cookie crumbs
3/4 cup chopped pecans, divided
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup chocolate syrup
1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • In a small bowl, dissolve coffee granules in hot water; set aside. In another bowl, combine cookie crumbs, 1/2 cup pecans and butter. Pat into a 13-in. x 9-in. dish.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until light and fluffy. Blend in coffee mixture, milk and chocolate syrup. Fold in whipped topping and spread over crust. Sprinkle the remaining pecans on top. Freeze. Yield: 24 servings.
recipe source Taste of Home

Live and Laugh Thursday

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Fire ants are here


Family Night Movie at Home

Family time and movies go together nicely. Whether the movie is shown outdoor with a group or in the comfort of your living room with family the great thing is that this year there are some awesome family movies available. This June thru August, Redbox and Phase 4 Films are launching the “Summer Family Fun” campaign to help keep the entire family entertained – rain or shine!

We were sent three of the dvds along with some candy and popcorn to enjoy the movie with. What a great time we had enjoying the movie with our family snacking and having a great time

What could be better than the fun of eight family-friendly Phase4 DVDs at Redbox locations nationwide, including I Heart Shakey, Rockstars, Space Dogs, Smitty, Kiara the Brave, My Friend Bernard, Freddy Frogface and Donkey X.

In addition, Redbox is offering a large number of fantastic sweepstakes inspired by the films, including one of three grand-prize family vacations valued at $10,000 - $15,000! By selecting one of the Family Fun movies at Redbox locations and entering an email address at checkout, you are automatically entered into the sweepstakes (you can also enter without renting a DVD by visiting

With the help of Redbox and Phase4 films the family should be kept happy. For more information and to see the official rules for the Summer Family Fun sweepstakes, visit, and be sure to check out Phase 4 Films for more on these great video titles.

July Releases

  • Smitty
    Starring Peter Fonda, Mira Sorvino and Louis Gossett Jr., this heartwarming movie tells the story of thirteen-year-old Ben and his smart farm dog who helps teach Ben important life lessons about friendship, family and responsibility. Rated PG//94 minutes
  • Freddy Frogface
    This animated film centers around ten-year-old Victor who can’t wait to perform in his town’s talent show with his dog Sausage. The town bully Freddy Frogface has a sinister plot to spoil Victor’s plans. Rated PG/85 minutes
  • Donkey X
    Based on the 400 year-old Spanish classic, Don Quijote de la Mancha, this animated film follows Rucio, the bravest donkey of Castile, as he tells the story of the legendary Don Quixote. Rated PG//90 minutes

August Releases

  • I Heart Shakey
    Starring Steve Lemme of Broken Lizard and Steve Guttenberg, I Heart Shakey follows J.T., and his daughter Chandler as they move from a small town to Chicago where they are forced to find their lovable mutt Shakey a new home. Chandler hatches a plan to keep Shakey and teaches her dad a valuable lesson about loyalty and the importance of keeping family together. Rated PG//102 minutes
  • Rockstars
    Featuring the voice of Glee’s Jane Lynch, Rockstars is an animated film about Gloria and Barry, two earthworms who attempt to make the world’s greatest disco band. Rated PG//78 minutes
  • My Friend Bernard
    This animated movie follows Sam and his polar bear sidekick Bernard. Bernard helps Sam conquer his fears and stand up to scary monsters with bravery and humor. Rating Pending//70 minutes
*DISCLAIMER: I was sent items by Child’s Play PR to help facilitate my review. No money exchanged hands. Any opinions stated are strictly my own

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Giveaway win a Chicken Soup for the SOul Book

I simply love the Chicken Soup for the Soul lineup of books. The blog Networking Witches is hosting a giveaway for the book Chicken Soup for the Soul Messages from heaven. What a wonderful book to have. While I have not read it I woul love to and it does sound awesome. Enter this giveaway before it ends 8/7/12

Summertime Giveaway

Gleeful Things is hosting a giveaway perfect for the summer time. A cute pair of sandals and nail polish as shown in this picture. Giveaway ends July 31, 2012

VBS Friends

These little ones all are great pals and all attended our churchs VBS. Had to share a pic as I loved it so

Garden Sandwich

Tbsp. KRAFT Mayo with Olive Oil Cracked Pepper Reduced Fat Mayonnaise

thin whole-grain sandwich bun

cup sliced grilled portobello mushrooms

roasted red pepper strips

oz. OSCAR MAYER CARVING BOARD Oven Roasted Turkey Breast

KRAFT Big Slice Swiss Cheese Slice

SPREAD mayonnaise onto cut sides of bun.
FILL with remaining ingredients.

recipe source KRAFT

sharing this recipe at A Time To Shine because using your veggies in this sandwich could give you reason to shine

Breakfast parfait

Yogurt, any flavour
Berries, any kind
Granola or cereal
Honey, for drizzling on top

Scoop yogurt into a clear glass, sprinkle with granola or breakfast cereal and top with fresh berries. Repeat layers as often as desired

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Pink Hippo Party

Memory Recall

Do you remember these? Do you have any yummy recipes for homemade Popsicles? Would love to have you share them

Sunday, July 22, 2012

What A Wonderful Moment ...

Yesterday was a beautiful day for a dear friend of mine. It was her wedding day and  I just had to share this picture as it brought both happiness in my heart and a tear to my eye.

Hammock Day celebrated July 22

June 22 is national hamock day. ummer is in full swing. It's time to slow down and to relax. During the Dog Days of summer (and all of the other summer days, too), there is no better place to slow down and relax, than on a hammock.
Hammock Day is appropriately celebrated right in the middle of the Dog Days of summer (July 3 though August 11th.
Hammock Day exists to enjoy summer as it should be enjoyed. People celebrate Hammock Day by spending as much time relaxing on it as possible. Getting out of your hammock to get a snack, or your favorite summer beverage is okay. But, it is not a day for work. Cutting the lawn is forbidden on this day.
 The roots of Hammock Day and Hammock Day history is largely unknown. Maybe the originator was too busy napping on his or her hammock!? (holiday

I can remember when we bought my dad a hammock for his birthday/fathers day. It was meant for him but I believe that us kids used it more than him. Do you have a Hammock? Do you enjoy using it? 

This Date In History and a sweet Treat enjoyed during the time in History

July 22, 1868 the 14th amendment was adopted and made part of the U.S. constitution. Two years after the Civil War, the Reconstruction Acts of 1867 divided the South into five military districts, where new state governments, based on universal manhood suffrage, were to be established. Thus began the period known as Radical Reconstruction, which saw the 14th Amendment, which had been passed by Congress in 1866, ratified in July 1868. The amendment resolved pre-Civil War questions of African American citizenship by stating that "all persons born or naturalized in the United States...are citizens of the United States and of the state in which they reside." The amendment then reaffirmed the privileges and rights of all citizens, and granted all these citizens the "equal protection of the laws."

A treat that may have been enjoyed during this time period in history would have been rock candy. I can remember my grandmother making rock candy and presenting it as sort of a science experiment. The after math was a sweet hard treat that was ooohh so good

  • 6 cups cold water
  • 6 cups white sugar
  1. Prepare your candy growing area by thoroughly cleaning and drying a 2 quart jar. You will need a place for it to rest undisturbed for about 2 weeks.
  2. In a large bowl, place the water. Dissolve sugar in water, a little at a time, stirring each time until sugar is completely dissolved, until no more sugar can be incorporated. Pour sugar water into clean jar and place a bamboo skewer in the jar, being sure the top sticks out over the surface of the water. Cover with a cloth, to keep out dust, and let rest until all water is evaporated and crystals have formed on the skewer, several days.
  3. NOTE: For larger crystals, try "seeding" them, by wetting your skewer and rolling it in sugar before placing it in the sugar water. Be sure not to disturb the crystals as they are growing.

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