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Saturday, September 1, 2012

DVD giveaway

Finally Princess is old enough to start gymnastics and dance. Yeah!!! She will be perfect she is so full of energy. I love the idea of her being able to watch a DVD about Angelina a dancer with a dream. Know a little lady who would love this as well? Head over to the blog an island life and enter to win this dvd. Giveaway ends 9/14/12

Tiny Tunes Giveaway

Cartoons are something that me and the little ones have in common. Tiny Tunes is one of our favorites. While I remember the old bugs bunny the tiny tunes cartoons is something we all share together. THe blog an island life is hosting a giveaway where winner gets their own dvd copy of tiny tunes. Interested head over there and enter before 9/14/12

“Almost Naked Animals” Volume 1 DVD Review

Have you all had the opportunity to hear about a great show that goes by the name of Almost Naked Animals. I recently had the opportunity to find out more about the great show when Childhood PR allowed me to review an awesome DVD. Almost Naked Animals is a Canadian animated television series that is produced for YTV and Cartoon Network. The series premiered on January 7, 2011 on the Canadian YTV and later on June 13, 2011 on the American Cartoon Network. The series was created by Noah Z. Jones The cartoon is about a group of animals that staff a tropical resort called the Banana Cabana. The animals have all shaved off their fur and wear only their underclothes. A dog named Howie is the leader of the group and each episode will follow Howie and his "misfit" and thier adventures. 
We were sent a fun prize package to review. I love the giant size tote bag because it is so funny with the logo of the Almost Naked Animals. We loved the DVD that included titles within it such as

Its My Party
One Star Hotel
Employee of the Month
Saliva Drive
What Would Betty Do
Duck Vinci Code

Lots of great fun can also be found on the "online super game" of the Almost Naked Animals to launch September 25, 2012. Cafe press has partnered to launch a new online store September 25 to feature tees, notebooks and more.

The Banana Cabana is on Twitter and Facebook, too, so be sure to stop by and follow along in the fun!

**I received a Banana Cabana Welcome Package at no charge in order to provide a fair and honest review thanks to my friends at Child’s Play PR. No form of monetary compensation was exchanged. All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influeneced in any way**

Sausage and Cheese Chowder

Soup is a great way to provide the family with a delicious meal. It is also a great time to take this type of recipe to family get togethers, tailgates or potlucks.



Sausage and Cheese Chowder

1 pound smoked sausage, cut into half-inch slices
4 cups frozen O’Brien or Southern style cubed hash brown potatoes, slightly thawed
1 tablespoon dried minced onion
1 can (14.5 ounces) French style green beans, drained
2 cans (10.75 ounces) cream of celery soup
Dash hot sauce
1 box (16 ounces) processed cheese, cut into cubes
3 to 4 cups milk
Splash of beer (We like beer in just about everything in Wisconsin!)
Shredded Wisconsin sharp Cheddar cheese
Chopped scallions

Place the first 6 ingredients in a slow cooker.
Add 3 cups of milk and the processed cheese cubes.
Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 2 to 3 hours, stirring often.
Add a splash (or more) of beer and more milk if it gets too thick.
Stir well.
Keep on warm setting until ready to serve.
Top with shredded Cheddar cheese and scallions.You can also make this on the stovetop instead of in a slow cooker.

recipe source : The Quad
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Sausage and Pepper Heros

Football season is here and so is tailgate season. I love getting together with other friends who love good food treats and love cheering on our team. You should try these sandwiches at your next get together I am sure they will get some cheering of their own
2 tablespoon(s) extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
1 pound(s) red bell peppers, thinly sliced
1 large red onion, thinly sliced
2 clove(s) garlic, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon(s) dried oregano, crumbled
1/2 teaspoon(s) crushed red pepper
Kosher salt
6 chicken sausages, about 5 ounces each, preferably with roasted pepper or parsley and chees
3 long hero rolls, split lengthwise

Heat a large cast-iron or nonstick griddle or use 2 cast-iron or nonstick skillets Add the oil, bell peppers, onion, garlic, oregano, and crushed red pepper and season with salt. Cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the peppers are softened and just beginning to brown, 6 minutes. Push the vegetables to the back of the griddle, cover with an inverted heatproof bowl, and keep warm over low heat; stir occasionally as you cook the sausages.
Prick the sausages with a knife and cook over moderate heat, turning occasionally, until no trace of pink remains, 10 minutes. Add the sausages to the vegetables and keep warm. Brush the rolls with oil and toast on the griddle. Fill the rolls with the sausages and peppers, cut each one in half, and serve.

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Norelco Giveaway

When my sons were old enough to start shaving we decided the best thing to do would be to get them an electric razor. For christmas they all recieved an electric razor and boy did it help them look great. Norelco is an awesomely important piece in keeping our young men looking great. The blog Go Graham Go is hosting a giveaway where winner will win a Norelco Power Touch. Giveaway ends 9/13/12

Friday, August 31, 2012

aloha friday

This is a rainy Aloha Friday mostly because of the trouble with Issaic. But all the same it is still a great way to get together with other bloggers to ask questions and give easy answers. So thank you to the blog An Island Life where you can join in on the fun of Aloha Friday as well.

My question today:

Do you offer your time to help out with charities, school activities, or anything? I love to share my time it is not only good for the organization but as I learned this week people take note and remember your good deeds

Five Question Friday

1. What do you enjoy doing the most with your spouse?

well of course there is that one thing but other than that we have many things we like to do we simply love to spend time together, junking, and so much more

2. How do you eat your taco? From the top or from the side?
from the side

3. Have you ever shut off the basement light and ran like a fool because you knew someone was down there and would get you?
lol too funny but  yes I have

4. If you could change one thing about you what would it be and why?
well right now it would be my hair style because I am wanting it cut and colored

5. What age do you think is appropriate to have the "bird and the bees" talk with your children?
when they are old enough not to late and not to early

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Pillsbury Pizza Set Giveaway

Does your family like to make pizza? When my kids were younger we had a special day of the week titled pizza and movie night and we loved to creat pizza and then enjoy time together watching a movie. Well Pillsbury understands that our taste grows up and has now created Artisan Pizza Crust where we can be creative and make pizzas like top chefs would make. Awesome. Want to win the kit shown above? Well head over to the blog an island life and enter the giveaway. Giveaway ends Sept. 12, 2012

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Monkey Mat

Recently I was able to check out the Monkey Mat. With two little precious ones the Princess and Prince The monkey matt is something that nanas like me could use. I was rather suprised by what I found when I checked it out. It folded up nicely into a pouch that is easily to carry where ever I go. The Monkey Mat creator is Christie Barany (@MonkeyMatMama) Christie as a mom came up with this product after watching her kids playing around on the dirty airport floor. The monkey mat that she created was perfect because it was easy to tote around and gave the children a play area that they could easily play on and stay clean and safe.

Monkey Mat is made from parachute nylon. This product takes a beating and because it is very strong it stands up to the beating and begs to be used more. The mat has loops on the corners so you can stake it down if needed or if you choose string it up and use it as a way to block the wind or rain. I love the mat is very versatile and can be used in a variety of ways. By the way the mat will not easily blow away thanks to the fact that the corners are weighted.

Do you want to purchase a Monkey Mat then visit their website and order as many as you want. These mats sell for $39.99 each

also find Monkey Mat on facebook and twitter  @monkeymatmama

Monday, August 27, 2012

Toffee Apple Coffee Time Bars

    • CRUST
    • 2 cups Pillsbury BEST® All Purpose Flour
    • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
    • 1 cup butter
    • 1 (14 oz.) can Eagle Brand® Sweetened Condensed Milk
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 large egg
    • 1 cup peeled, chopped apple
    • 1 cup chopped pecans
    • 1 cup toffee baking bits
    • GLAZE
    • 1 cup powdered sugar
    • 2 to 3 tbsps. strong brewed Folgers Classic Roast® Coffee, cooled to room temperature

      HEAT oven to 350°F. Combine flour and 1/2 cup powdered sugar in medium bowl. Cut in butter with pastry blender or fork until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press in bottom of ungreased 13 x 9-inch pan. Bake 15 minutes or until set while making filling.COMBINE sweetened condensed milk, vanilla, cinnamon and egg in large bowl; blend well. Stir in remaining filling ingredients; mix well. Pour mixture over partially baked crust.
      BAKE an additional 35 to 40 minutes or until filling is set and top is golden brown. Cool 10 minutes. Run knife around sides of pan to loosen. Cool 1 hour or until completely cooled.
      COMBINE glaze ingredients in small bowl, adding enough coffee for desired drizzling consistency. Blend until smooth. Drizzle over bars. Let stand 10 minutes or until glaze is set. Cut into bars. Store in loosely covered container.

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