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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Aloha Friday : HighSchool Memories

Our local school has had an awesome football season. Winning 11 - 1 and now head to the semi championship. Yes we just beat a team from a town bigger than us. Harrisburg from Southern Illinois just beat a team from Alton Illinois and by a big fashion as well. While I am proud of our boys I must say that this makes for awesome memories to keep forever.
My Aloha Friday quesion is what is one amazing memory that you have from your life? I have many from high school, to my wedding, to having my children there are many that I have. What is yours?

Remember Aloha Friday is hosted by the blog An Island Life. It allows bloggers to take a break and have a bit of fun. Simply asking simple questions that other bloggers offer simple answers to Want to join in? Check it out Here

Friday, November 9, 2012

New Winner Announced

The winner for the happy green bee giveaway is
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email has been sent to the winner and they have limited time to confirm winner

Thursday, November 8, 2012

nestle Recall

Nestle USA is recalling some of its Nesquik chocolate powder because of a possible salmonella risk.
The food maker said Thursday that the Nesquik involved was in 10.9, 21.8 and 40.7-ounce canisters produced in early October and sold at retailers across the country

for more information check here

Celebrate Pepper Day with this Delicious Recipe

11 lb beef top round steak, cut 1 inch thick
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 medium onion, sliced thin
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup beef broth
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 stalk celery, sliced
1 green bell pepper, sliced thin
1 red bell pepper, sliced thin
1 yellow bell pepper, sliced thin
1 can diced tomatoes, drained.
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/4 cup cold water

Slice the beef into 3 inch strips 1/4 inch wide. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in skillet on medium high, add onion and garlic, cook until tender. Set on the side. Add the remaining olive oil to the skillet and brown the steak. Add remaining oil and sauté the beef until browned. Remove with a slotted spoon.
7. Add the broth, soy sauce, sugar and ground pepper to the skillet, stir well. Return beef, onion and garlic to skillet and simmer for 30 minutes. Add celery, bell pepper and tomatoes. Cover and cook until celery and peppers are crisp tender. Dissolve the cornstarch in cold water. Stir into the skillet stirring constantly until thickened. minutes. Serve over brown or white rice.

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Rudi's Has Some Bragging To DO

Rudis has a bit of bragging to do. Having a few of their products included in the Men's Health magazine annual list of "The 125 Best Foods for Men." Rudi's Organic Bakery's Whole Grain Wheat English Muffins, Honey Sweet Wheat Bagels and Honey Sweet Whole Wheat Bread were included in the list for their great taste that should help mean easily achieve their health and nutrition goals.

 “We’ve always taken pride in developing delicious products loaded with goodness for optimal health, and our Whole Grain Wheat English Muffins, Honey Sweet Wheat Bagels and Honey Sweet Whole Wheat Bread are no exception,” said Doug Radi, senior vice president of marketing and sales for Rudi’s Organic. “We’re honored that Men’s Health has once again recognized our efforts to bake on the bright side, using only the highest quality and organic ingredients that make for heart-healthy products full of fiber and awesome taste—something we can all get behind.”
Rudi's Organic Honey Sweet Wheat Bagels were selected to join the list because of their protein rich peanut butter due to having half the calories of other bagels along with their hearty quality wholesome flavor.
Rudi's Organic Whole Grain Wheat English Muffins were awarded best english muffin because of the hearth healthy ingredients. Just imagine an english muffin loaded with ham and swiss cheese melted together to make one tasty sandwich.
Rudi's Organic Honey Sweet Whole Wheat Bread was loaded for mild taste packed with fiber and protein. Perfect to make your favorite sandwich whatever it may be. 

 About Rudi’s Organic Bakery, Inc.
Rudi’s Organic Bakery, Inc., has been passionate about baking better breads for families for more than 30 years. Founded and headquartered in Boulder, Colo., Rudi’s Organic Bakery is the only nationally available brand offering a full line of nutritious and delicious, certified organic breads and baked goods. Rudi’s Organic is committed to baking breads using only the best organic ingredients and no artificial additives, preservatives and GMOs. In 2010, Rudi’s Organic leveraged this heritage to create Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery, a line of gluten-free breads and baked goods made with wholesome, all-natural ingredients so that each bite tastes like the real thing. Rudi’s Organic and Rudi’s Gluten-Free products are available nationally at natural foods stores and select mainstream supermarkets. For more information, visit

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Perfect Time For Boots Giveaway: Pediped

Pediped is the perfect place to find shoes for children. Now you can find great boots there as well. Illinois winters are very unpredictable just like the summers here. Sometimes there will be lots of snow and other times we may have little to none. I llike to be prepared when it comes to the weather though and being prepared means that I have the best things for the little ones as well.

Pediped is a brand of footwear founded in 2004 by Angela and Brian Edgeworth. The Edgeworths were searching for perfect soled shoe for their daugher. The brand they would develop together in Pediped would be one of exceptional quality, unsurpassed comfort and distictive styling. The award winning company is the fastest growing children's footwear brand in the U.S. being awarded the American Podiatric Medical Association Seal of Acceptance. You can find Pediped footwear in more than 3000 stores in over 40 countries worldwide. pediped® offers more than 120 designs for boys and girls between their three lines, Originals®, Grip ‘n’ Go™ and Flex®. Originals® (soft-soled shoes for newborns to age 2), Grip ‘n’ Go™ (thin rubber-soled shoes for children ages 1 to 3 years) and Flex® (rubber-soled shoes for children 1 to 8 years).

I recently shared a post here on Annies Home about Pediped boots. You can read the review here

Whether its boots for girls or boys Pediped has the best

Giveaway Time:
One of Annies Home readers will win their choice of Girls or Boy Boots.

To Enter:
Head over to my review and leave a comment
Share with me a bit about why your child may need a good pair of boots this winter

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  • Note: This giveaway is open to US shipping addresses only

    Giveaway Rules:GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!  Giveaway starts now and ends November 18, 2012 Comment must include email or entry will not count Winner will be notified by email and have limited time to respond

    we were not sent a product to review as we opted to share a giveaway with our readers instead

    Giveaway for Jewelry Lovers : Allis Originals

    What do you look for when you strive to find that perfect gift for someone on your christmas list? I often take into thought their personality. I have one of my daughters that I have a tradition that every year I gift her with a new set of earrings. Each year I try to find a pair that somehow reflects how she is feeling or how the year has gone for her. In years passed I have picked earrings with sparkle and glam and other  years I have found pairs of earrings with a natural and pretty look. If you are like me and like to give gifts of jewelry then you will love this next giveaway.

    Alli's Originals
    In the beginning Alli simply created jewelry as a hobby. Her first projects included beads, key chains and wire work. After a bit her hobby led to the opportunity to teach others the skill of making jewelry. Alli also offered fun jewelry parties as a theme of birthday parties and the such. As Alli's skills became stronger she also developed talents in silversmithing and the lost art of wax casting. Alli's Orginals collection offers hand stamped pendants, charms, hand cut pendants and unique casted charms.

    Alli's Originals make great gifts for

    Dads!!! What dad would not be honored with a gift from a child of his with this daddys key ring

    Do have a reader on your christmas list? These charm bookmarks may just be the perfect gift. Interested in making it a personalized gift? Alli's Originals have bookmarks that can be personalized as well. Price at only $14 - $17 these would make a great gift for anyone on your list.

    Take a look at Alli's Originals website and you will find great gift ideas for nearly everyone on your list. Great news!!! Alli would like to offer one of Annies Home readers a gift card for $35 to find that perfect gift to shop at Alli's Originals.

    Giveaway Dates: Starts November 8, 2012 and Ends November 18, 2012

    To enter this giveaway take some time and look around Alli's Originals and let me know something that would make a great gift for someone on your list. Be creative and share with me a reason why.

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    10 Entries if you buy something from Alli's Originals

    Giveaway Rules:GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! Open to residents of the USA and Canada  Giveaway starts now and ends November 18, 2012 Comment must include email or entry will not count Winner will be notified by email and have limited time to respond

    Thanks to the company or pr agency, who supplied the items to facilitate this review and giveaway. I wasn't compensated in any way. In this post I share my thoughts and opinions of the item mentioned. Others may have a different experience or opinion

    Giveaway for The Handy Lady: Little Pink Tool Set

    About Little Pink Tools
    Little Pink Tools is a division of KJ Tool Kits Inc. The woman owned, family run company that has thirty plus years of experience in the tool and custom assembly business. They strive to ensure that the customer is pleased and that their orders arive on time to their destination all while offering some awesome guarantees.

    Our Guarantee is simple...
    • Hand Tools are "lifetime guaranteed". If a tool should break call us for a free "no-charge" replacement.
    • Zipper Tool Cases are covered for 1 year against defects in materials and workmanship. This guarantee includes free replacement if a zipper fails within the first year.
    • The Little Pink Drill is guaranteed for 1 year. This guarantee includes the drill, batteries, and charger

    The Little Pink Tools makes perfect gifts for everyone but because they are pink they make an awesome gift for any Handy Lady on your list. Whether its simple jobs around the house or more complex construction  jobs The Little Pink tool has the need covered.

    Giveaway Time:
    The Little Pink Tools wants to give one of Annies Home readers the chance to win an excellent package of tools for that special person on your christmas gift list.

    Little Pink® Tool Kit
    Case 15" x 10" x 5.5"
    Hammer, 7 oz. claw
    Hex fold-up 5/64" - 1/4"
    Knife, utility with spare blade
    Level, 9" with magnet & pop-out line level
    Plier, 10" pump style
    Plier, 6" slip joint with spring
    Plier, 6" long nose with side cut & spring
    Screwdriver, 6 in 1
    Tape measure 25' with fractional legend
    Wrench, 6" adjustable with engraved jaw
    Little Pink® Socket Set
    Ratchet Handle 8"
    3" Ext
    6" Ext
    9 Sockets 1/4"-3/4"
    Pink Plastic Box
    Little Pink® Wrench Set
    9 Wrenches 1/4"-3/4"
    Pink wrench pouch
    Little Pink® Drill Kit includes
    18 volt cordless drill, 0-550 rpm
    Variable speed
    16 torque settings
    2-18 volt ni-cad batteries
    1 battery charger
    6 screwdriver bits
    6 drill bits
    1 reversible screwdriver bit
    1 pink plastic carry case 14-1/2" x 10-3/4" x 3-5/8"
    (one year guarantee on the drill, batteries and charger)
    valued at $189

    Want your chance to win this awesome tool set? Take a look at the list of tools and let me know what tool you would use most and what for.

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    Good Luck!!! Giveaway starts now and ends 11/18/12 Please list email in comment or entry will not count. Winner will be notified by email and have limited time to respond.

    Thanks to the company or pr agency, who supplied the items to facilitate this review and giveaway. I wasn't compensated in any way. In this post I share my thoughts and opinions of the item mentioned. Others may have a different experience or opinion

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

    Winner Alert

    The winner of the Piggy Paint giveaway was Fiona N who tweeted the giveaway out. Yeah for you Fiona be looking for an email.

    Don't forget about the giveaway ending soon. Winner gets any item in the clerance section of Happy Green Bee

    Tuesday, November 6, 2012

    Nacho Day Is November 6

    Black Bean Nachos

    Tortilla chips
    Cooking spray
    1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
    Shredded Mexican-blend cheese or cheddar jack
    1. Preheat oven to 350
    2. Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray
    3. Cover cookie sheet with desired amount of tortilla chips.
    4. Layer chips with desired amount of black beans. Sprinkle with cumin.
    5. Cover black beans with salsa.
    6. Sprinkle cheese over top.
    7. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until cheese is melted and starting to brown lightly. Serve immediately.

    Nacho Chicken is a Mexican style chicken casserole recipe. This rich and zippy chicken casserole made with chicken, American cheese and nacho flavored tortilla chips. These hearty nachos make a great snack and work well as a meal, too! Servings: 8
    Nacho Chicken

     2 (10.75 ounce) cans condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
    1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes and green chilies, undrained
    1 (14.5 ounce) package nacho-flavor tortilla chips
    1 pound processed American cheese, cubed
    4 cups cooked chicken, cubed
    1 cup chopped onion
    1/2 tsp garlic salt
    1/4 tsp black pepper

    Preheat oven to 350 degree F. Place chicken and American cheese in a large bowl. Add chicken soup,onion, tomatoes and green chilies. Mix well. Season with salt and pepper. Crush tortilla chips and set aside 1 cup for topping. Put remaining chips to the chicken mixture. Spoon into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish. Top with reserved chips. Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes or until cheese is melted and edges are bubbly.

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    Election Day Ham and Beans with a side of cornbread

    It is a tradition in our family to enjoy ham and beans with a side of cornbread on election day. Thats right today was that all important day of exercising our right to vote. In other words it is the day to express our opinion. Since I am one that has no problem in expressing my opinion I seriously will always exercise my right to vote. What about you? Did you vote today?

    Now for the recipe that has been a custom in our family of ham and beans with a side of cornbread. This skillet cornbread is so yummy whether eaten on the side or crumbled in the ham and beans So yummy!!!!

    skillet cornbread

    • 1 c yellow cornmeal
    • ½ c all-purpose flour
    • 1 t salt
    • 1 T baking powder
    • 1 c buttermilk
    • ½ c milk
    • 1 whole egg
    • ½ t baking soda
    • ¼ c shortening
    • 2 T shortening
    Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Combine cornmeal, flour, salt, and baking powder in a bowl. Stir together. Measure the buttermilk and milk in a measuring cup and add the egg. Stir together with a fork. Add the baking soda and stir. Pour the milk mixture into the dry ingredients. Stir with a fork until combined. In a small bowl, melt 1/4 cup shortening. Slowly add melted shortening to the batter, stirring until just combined. In an iron skillet, melt the remaining 2 tablespoons shortening over medium heat. Pour the batter into the hot skillet. Spread to even out the surface. (Batter should sizzle.) Cook on stove top for 1 minute, then bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Edges should be crispy!

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    Monday, November 5, 2012

    Cinnamon Sugar Pull Apart Muffins

    When I was a little girl my mother would make many wonderful treats for breakfast. She would make bubble bread and cinnamon toast and oh the muffins were tasty and sweet. I love this recipe that I recently found here Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

    Makes 6 muffins


    • Pillsbury Simply Rustic French Bread dough
    • 1/2 stick of butter
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

    1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
    2. In a small skillet, brown butter over medium-low heat, about 5 minutes. You know the butter is browned when it turns a light caramel color and smells slightly nutty. ((Be careful not to burn the butter!)) Once browned, set the butter aside to cool.
    3. Remove bread dough from tube and place on a cutting board. Starting in the middle, divide the dough with a small slit. The divide again and again until you have 31 slits. Using a very sharp knife, slice the dough. You should end up with 32 slices. Flatten each slice with you hands or a rolling pin and place on a sheet of parchment or wax paper.
    4. In a bowl, combine the sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
    5. To assemble the muffins, brush each dough slice with the brown butter. Then sprinkle with the entire sugar mixture. (Yes, ALL of the cinnamon sugar!) Stack the dough slice on top of each other. (some stacks will have five slices and some will have six.) Using a sharp knife, slice the stacks down the middle.
    6. Place two of the sliced stacks, side by side, cut side down into a greased muffin tin. Repeat with the rest of the stacks.
    7. **This step is very important!!** Before you put the muffin tin in the oven place it on a larger, rimmed baking sheet. This will catch any butter/sugar overflow and avoid a very smokey oven.
    8. Bake muffins for 20-25 minutes until tops are golden brown. Allow to cool for 10 minutes. Gently remove. Enjoy!!
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    Have you Heard

    I just was sent amazing news for both me,  my grandbabies and you my readers. I will be one of the lucky reviewers of Stompeez animated slippers. These super cute slippers have skyrocketed in popularity becoming one of the hot gifts to give of the season. The soft playful characters for kids to wear on their feet for lots of stomping fun.

    Every pair of Stompeez is filled with fun and imagination. The ordinary slippers for kids are cute, soft, comfy slippers that are sure to be the hit at any slumber parties or to simply have fun stomping around the house. Available in eight colorful animal characters that pop to life with each step Stompeez are available in sizes to fit kids of all ages. Toddlers to teens will enjoy this affordable and unique gift. At $19.95 plus shipping and handling Stompeez slippers are ready to ship to ensure a fun holiday gift. Join the to enjoy free same-location shipping on the additional pairs.

     Stompeez , now under new management, has stepped up production and distribution so that they will be able to meet the years holiday demand with ease. Stompeez new management has not only made changes to make sure that they fullfill shipment but also to the products ensuring that each fluffy slipper is made with durable stitching and superior  material. Stompeez are also offering a new 60 day money back guarantee that will help back up the quality and value of each pair sold.


    About Stompeez & Holiday Shipping
    Stompeez™ stuffs fun and imagination into ordinary slippers for kids. These cute, soft, comfy slippers are a hit at slumber parties, as well as for just romping around the house. Stompeez are available in eight colorful animal characters that pop to life with each step. They come in sizes to fit kids of all ages, from toddlers to teens. With the holidays approaching, Stompeez are affordable and unique gifts at $19.95 plus shipping and handling. Stompeez slippers are ready to ship with a guaranteed delivery date, including in time for the holidays. A new 60-day money-back guarantee also backs up the quality and value of each pair sold. Want to buy more than one pair of Stompeez? Customers who order two or more pairs at enjoy free same-location shipping on the additional pairs.