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Saturday, September 22, 2012

SPOOKtacular Giveaway Hop

there will be many to sign up are you interested in joining in? I will be adding my own post in a few days what will you do? Want in on the fun head over here to join in

Six Word Saturday

Today I took two of my children on a drive to enjoy the country side and stopped along the line as we looked for rummages and yard sales. We did quite well always enjoy this time with my kids

Treasure Hunting On this Awesome Day

Win an AFA Futon

AFA Mali Futon Giveaway - Win an AFA Mali Futon with AtoZStores!

Looking for a comfy place to relax? The American Furniture Alliance (AFA) Mali Futon has a comfy cushion pillows that will give you just that. The futon is constructed with si position wings on the frame. This allows the futon to convert from a sofa or multi position lounger. It offers a great stylish look and also allows you to save place.     

$330 Value!

- Mali Flex Futon Frame

- 6" Futon Mattress

- 2 Bolsters & 1 Back Support Pillow

- Winner can Choose any Color in the Mali Sofa/Cushion Solid Series Pewter Frame Futons

- Height: 29"

- Width: 31"

- Depth: 61"

- Weight: 73 lbs

Friday, September 21, 2012

Freshen Those Towels

Use baking soda and vinegar to fix funky towels
Top 10 Time-Saving, MacGyver-Style Cleaning TricksOver time, and with many washes, your bath towels will build up detergent and fabric softener residue, leaving them both unable to absorb as much water and smelling kinda funky when they do. Rather than give Target another lump sum, run them through the wash once with hot water and a cup of vinegar, then again with hot water and a half-cup of baking soda, as wikiHow suggests. That strips the residue from them, leaves them smelling fairly fresh again, and makes your post-shower experience a dryer one, at that.

Million Dollar Spaghetti

Million Dollar Spaghetti
I found this recipe on the blog Being Grown Up and must say that it does taste like a million dollars. 
1 lb. of Ground Beef
1 can of Spaghetti Sauce
8 oz of Cream Cheese
1/4 cup of Sour Cream
1/2 lb. of Cottage Cheese
Whole Stick of Butter
8 oz. of Noodles
Bag of Sharp Chedder Cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees while you boil te noodles Meanwhile mix up the cream cheese, sour cream and cottage cheese. After mixing the cheese up well start browning the meat. After meat is brown drain and mix with spaghetti sauce. 
Line bottom of casserole with butter Top butter with 1/2 he noodles. Top noodles with the creamed cheese mix.Spread mix over noodles. Place rest of noodles over the top of all of this Top noodles with butter slices and then pour meat and sauce over top. Spread out sauce and meat so that all is covered
Bake casserole in oven for 30 minutes. Top the dish with cheddar cheese on top and bake another 15 minutes. 
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End Of Summer Clean Up Did You Know

The weather is starting to get a bit cooler here and while there are lots of fun still to be had in the fall for the most part the summer time picnics are over and many of us will be preparing for fal. One thing that we must do is put away our summer equipment that we use that often includes containers and thermos bottles and even though I use these on the weekend I really  hate the smell of them being stored. The stale odor that comes with storage can be avoided by using baking soda. Simply sprinkle a bit of baking soda inside to remove and prevent that stale odor.

Fall Leaf Craft For Kids

This would make for a perfect fall craft project. Check out this post to find out how you can do this as well

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Beef Macaroni Soup

An easy recipe perfect for fall. The first time I ever ate this soup was when I was just dating my husband (26 years ago) and his aunt made this up. It was delicious and so yummy. This recipe is perfect for fall. Make up a batch and see how filling it truly is

Beef Macaroni Soup
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced sodium beef stock
  • 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1/2 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
Place ground beef in a large saucepan. Cook over medium heat for 10 minutes or until no longer pink. Then drain. Stir in the tomatoes, mixed vegetables, beef stock. Season with black pepper. Bring to a boil; add elbow macaroni. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes or until macaroni and vegetables are tender.

Robot Snacks

Are these not adorable? Be the best room mom or create your child a super special snack. These are also super cute for the upcoming trick or treaters which will greet your door at the end of next month. I found these on Pinterest and love them

Juice Box Robot: For the arms... break a pretzel rod in half, wrap in saran-wrap with enough space between the halves to hang over the sides of the juice box. Tape the center of the saran-wrap to the box. Hot-glue the applesauce head and mini boxes of raisins as feet. Tape the spoon antenna on the back of the applesauce cup. Use whatever eyes you like.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

I See Me Royal Birthday Adventure Book Review

Anyone that has read this blog in the past has most likely read about our little Princess. Our princess is a book fan as well. I personaly love to read books to her from I See Me because they incorporate all about her even her name.

In My Royal Birthday Adventure, your child will be the special guest at a royal birthday celebration. Your little girl can get swept away on a unicorn to a special adventure where she’ll be crowned princess, or your little boy can ride on a dragon to his birthday adventure and become a royal knight. 

One of the most exciting parts of the books is the guest that attend the adventure are the names of people that are in the childs life. From mom and dad to nana and papa and many others that love them the book shares a story of adventure where the child can easily
invision him or herself in.

Be sure to follow I See Me books on Facebook and Twitter to find out about other codes throughout the year! You can also head over to Pinterest to see more photos of their great books.

Happy Haunted Halloween Giveaway Event

To enter for your chance to win, visit our Happy Haunted Halloween Giveaway page on Facebook. Be sure that you've "liked" us on Facebook to complete the giveaway entry.

Manhattan Toys is hosting a Happy Haunted Halloween Giveaway. The giveaway page is on their facebook and up now. The special giveaway page will be up only until October 1st with winner being announced October 5th. The winner will also be notified by email. 
Only one winner will be announced with winner having choice between the boy or girl prize package

Boy Prize – Monster and Me™ Roaring Ruzlow™ Costume and matching Roaring Ruzlow™ Soft Toy – retail value = $63

Girl Prize – Groovy Girls® Princess Seraphina™ Girl Size Dress-Up and matching Seraphina doll – retail value = $60

Either of these prize packs would be winners for me. I have to share with you though we have asked our princess what she wants to be for Halloween and her answer was a princess complete with a crown and her brother the prince well she wants him to dress up as a fireman. LOL so that is what we will be looking for.
If you want in on this great giveaway head over to the Manhattan Toys facebook page and like them then go to the Halloween Giveaway tab and enter for your chance to win.

Pappys Restraunt Banana Pudding

1 c. sugar
1/2 c. flour
3/8 tsp. salt
3 c. milk
3 eggs, separated
2 tsp. vanilla
Vanilla wafers

Blend sugar, flour and salt thoroughly. Mix egg yolks in center then add a little milk slowly; then add rest of milk, stirring all the time. Cook on high heat and stir vigorously until thick. Take off heat; add vanilla. Put in casserole dish in layers of cookies, bananas, then pudding. Top with meringue.
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Mega Bloks Giveaway

Our little ones love blocks. Some of the earliest sets of blocks our family gave our children was Mega Bloks. Mega Bloks now has first builders for the youngest among us. If you have not checked them out head over to Mega Bloks now to get a first glimpse of these super cute toys a perfect present for any little one with building in their heart. You can also enter a great giveaway on the blog an island life where you could win a mega bloks first builders set for your little princess

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Taking a few moments for a blog hop to just say hi to some other bloggers So "HI!!!"

Baked Pumpkin Donut Holes

For the Donuts:
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoons nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/8 teaspoons ground cloves
1/3 cup canola oil
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup canned plain pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
1/2 cup milk
For the Coating:
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons cinnamon
1. Preheat oven 350°F. Spray a 24-cup mini muffin tin with baking spray and set aside.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves. In a separate, large bowl whisk together oil, brown sugar, egg, vanilla, pumpkin and milk until smooth. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
3. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
4. While the muffins bake, melt butter in one bowl and combine granulated sugar and cinnamon in another bowl. Remove muffins from oven and cool for 2 minutes. Dip each muffin in melted butter, then roll in cinnamon sugar to coat. Serve muffins warm or at room temperature.
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Crafty Confessions

Apple Sauce Cake with Cream Cheese Icing



For cake

  • 2cupsall-purpose flour
  • 2teaspoonsbaking powder
  • 1/2teaspoonbaking soda
  • 1/2teaspoonsalt
  • 3/4teaspooncinnamon
  • 1/2teaspoonground ginger
  • 1/8teaspoonground cloves
  • 1stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1cuppacked light brown sugar
  • 1teaspoonpure vanilla extract
  • 2large eggs
  • 1 1/2cupsunsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2cupwalnuts (optional), toasted (see Tips), cooled, and chopped

For frosting

  • 5ozcream cheese, softened
  • 3tablespoonsunsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4teaspoonpure vanilla extract
  • 1cupconfectioners sugar
  • 1/2teaspooncinnamon
  • Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in middle. Butter an 8- or 9-inch square cake pan.

    Make cake:

    • Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices.
    • Beat butter, brown sugar, and vanilla with an electric mixer at high speed until pale and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition, then beat in applesauce. At low speed, mix in flour mixture until just combined, then stir in walnuts (if using).
    • Spread batter evenly in pan and bake until golden-brown and a wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Cool in pan 15 minutes. Run a knife around edge of cake to loosen, then invert onto a plate. Reinvert cake onto a rack to cool completely.

    Make frosting:

    • Beat cream cheese, butter, and vanilla with an electric mixer at high speed until fluffy. Sift confectioners sugar and cinnamon over cream cheese mixture, then beat at medium speed until incorporated.
    • Spread frosting over top of cooled cake.
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