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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Six Word Saturday

Wow we had an awesome Thanksgiving break. I had to return to work today but Thursday afternoon and most of the day Friday was spent surrounded by family. I love days like those when we all get along and enjoy life.

so my six word statement this week is
What A Wonderful Life I Have

Good Food

 I love learning all about foods that others enjoy in far away places. I was so intrigued by this video and thought you all might like it as well.

Mercado San Miguel is an indoor market in central Madrid dedicated to good food and produce. Most evenings this is where you'll find huge crowds of visitors looking to taste the best that Spain has to offer

Sunset Over The Ohio River

Goodbye To The Other Man My Mother Loved

'My mom was married to my daddy for nearly 30 years. Had my daddy lived longer they would still be together but there was another man that my mom loved as well. My mother would never choose to miss an episode of Dallas. She seemed to nearly have a love / hate relationship with J.R. Ewing. When she was not loving on J.R. then she was star eyed over his on T.V. brother Bobby. But today is a very sad day for mom and every fan of Larry Hagman. Larry passed on at the age of 81.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Food Giveaway - MexAmerica Foods

MexAmerica tortillas are made fresh, never frozen and shipped daily to grocers. You can definitely tell the difference, or at least our family agreed that you can. It is a fresher more vibrant taste. These tortillas are also kosher certified. The finest ingredients are included in the mix of MexAmerica's secret formula. They process sounds rather gentle with lots of care put into making the tortillas that your family will enjoy. MexAmerica's cherished method of producing tortillas are superior to the other brands that "punch" produce tortillas

Recently we were able to try a few MexAmerica products. The corn, flour and whole wheat tortillas were sent to us. We enjoyed making mexican food inspired food such as burritos and tacos but we also used them to make sandwich wraps, and even used them to make some mexican desserst. You can read the review we posted here. Want to try MexAmerica tortillas? Well you have the chance of winning some right here on annies home. MexAmerica would like to give one lucky Annies Home reader the same products that we were sent.

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Visit The MexAmerica website and share with me a recipe that you would like to try

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Good Luck!!! Giveaway starts now and ends 12/03/12 Please list email in comment or entry will not count. Winner will be notified by email and have limited time to respond. 

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Giveaway Time : Tree Hut Body Wash


Tree Hut was founded in Farmers Branch Texas when the first body butter was created. The company began with a simple goal to create an amazing product that would do what it claimed. To ensure that each product was amazing Tree Hut checked back with customers to see what they thought. Ten years later Tree Hut is still going strong. Tree Hut has continued to grow adding more fantastic products for the body to their ever growing natural beauty product line. Tree Hut uses natural ingredients from all over the world. From certified organic shea butter to coconut shells imported from the Polynesian Islands Tree Hut strives to bring the costumer the best products. Each product contains an array of natural oils and extracts to bring out the beauty that is naturally found in ones skin. Their goal is to balance the right ingredients to obtain the right results so that the right scents will be obtained to indulge ones senses. Tree Hut makes a promise that each product will be amazing without ever being tested on animals. Each product will do what it says and each product will be produced in the Tree Hut facility in the U.S.A. The most important promise is that Tree Hut will be made so that the costumer(s) can pamper your skin at home to bring out your natural beauty.

We all want to look our best this season. In our family it seems that there will be plenty of hugging going on and lets not think about all that elbow to elbow shopping that we may be doing as well. Tree Hut has wonderful smelling products as well as products that are great for our skin. Want to check out some for yourself? Well Tree Hut would love to give a bottle of the same body wash that we were able to review. You can read our review for the wonderful smelling coconut and lime shower wash here

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You must first visit the sponsor Tree Hut and let us know a product that you would be interested in trying. 

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Left Over Turkey Nachos

3 Tbsplime juice
2 Tbspolive oil
1 tspground cumin
1 tspgarlic powder
2 ccooked turkey, coarsely chopped
salt & pepper to taste
1 pkg10 ounce large tortilla chips
1 can(s)16 fluid ounces refried beans
2 cshredded monterey jack cheese
2 c salsasour creamcilantro, fresh

Whisk together lime juice, olive oil, cumin and garlic powder; toss with turkey in a small bowl and season with salt and pepper. Make a layer of tortilla chips to cover the bottom of a large 12 to 14-inch round or oval baking dish.( I used a 9 x 13 pyrex baking dish) Evenly spoon refried beans over chips. Top with turkey and sprinkle with 1 cup shredded cheese. Make another layer of tortilla chips. Spoon half the salsa evenly over chips. Top with remaining cup of cheese. Bake nachos 15-20 minutes or until heated through and cheese melts and begins to bubble. Serve hot with remaining salsa, sour cream and cilantro, if desired

recipe source : Just A Pinch

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Young Hands Can Help Out

Did you have your kids help you in the kitchen this year? There are so many things children of any age can do. One of the most memorable events is being able to help my mom and grandma in the kitchen.

2-3 year olds and up
Most toddlers enjoy helping in the kitchen. They are very tactile and love the concept of eating their art project. This age group, however, needs very close adult supervision since their dexterity and motor skills are still developing.
This age group can do the following tasks with minimal assistance: Squeezing lemons or limes, using a plastic juicer, washing produce in the sink, drying produce in a salad spinner; picking fresh herb leaves off stems, ripping them into small pieces; tearing up lettuce, sprinkling dried herbs and salt, using a pepper grinder, kneading dough, scooping potatoes or yams out of the skins, brushing (or “painting”) oil with a pastry brush, using the rolling pin for dough or puff pastry, whisking together vinaigrettes, squeezing water out of thawed spinach, stirring, and mashing.
They will need close supervision to: Grate, peel, chop vegetables and herbs with a knife, and break eggs.
4-5 year olds and up
In this age group, there is a lot of variability in motor skills, independence, and the ability to focus, which means that some kids will continue doing the 2-3 year-old tasks, and others will feel ready to move on to the 6-7 year-old tasks.
6-7 year olds and up
This age group usually has developed fine motor skills so they can take on more detailed work, like using measuring spoons and forming evenly sized patties. They may still need reminders to watch their fingers during grating and peeling.
They also excel at: Dicing and mincing vegetables, grating cheese; peeling raw potatoes, ginger, mangoes and other fruits and vegetables; slicing and scooping out avocados, greasing pans, using a microplane zester, de-seeding tomatoes and roasted peppers, draining and slicing tofu, rinsing grains and beans, forming cookies and patties, pouring liquids into small containers, and garnishing (or “decorating”) dishes.
8-9 year olds and up
There is a wide range of skills in this age group. Some 8 year olds are not mature enough to work at the stove. Others have the focus and diligence of an adult. You’ll have to decide if they should continue with the 6-7 year old tasks or if they are responsible enough to do more.
This group can take on more sophisticated tasks such as: Using a pizza cutter and can opener, scooping batter into muffin cups, scraping down the (unplugged) electric mixer bowl and food processor bowl, putting away leftovers, pounding chicken, proofing yeast, skewering food, slicing bread, and chopping hot chili peppers (latex gloves are a good idea!).
10-12 year olds and up
This age group can usually work independently in the kitchen. Before letting them do grown-up tasks on their own, they should have close adult supervision to assess whether they can follow basic rules such as tucking pan handles, unplugging electrical appliances, and safely using a chef’s knife. Once they pass a few of these “tests,” they can move onto basic tasks at the stove (stirring, making eggs) and oven, or using a chef’s knife, without close adult supervision.

Leftover Turkey Idea : Tortilla Soup

  • 2 cups peanut oil for frying tortilla strips (see note)
  • 4 corn tortillas, cut in half, then sliced crosswise into 1/2-inch strips (see note)
  • Kosher Salt
  • 2 pasilla chilies
  • 2 ancho chilies
  • 2 whole chipotle chilies canned in adobo sauce plus 1 tablespoon sauce
  • 2 quarts low sodium canned or homemade chicken or turkey broth
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 1 whole poblano pepper, seeds and stem removed, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated on a microplane grater
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 pound leftover turkey meat, shredded by hand into rough 10-inch pieces
  • sliced scallions, sliced cilantro, diced avocado, diced jalapeño and lime slices for serving


  1. 1
    Heat peanut oil to 350°F in a dutch oven or wok over high heat. Add tortilla strips and fry, agitating with a metal spider or slotted spatula until strips are crisp, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate, season with salt, and set aside.
  2. 2
    Combine all chilis in a medium saucepan and add half of the chicken broth. Simmer over medium-high heat until the chilies are completely tender, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a blender or hand blender cup and blend until completely smooth.
  3. 3
    While chilies are simmering, heat vegetable oil in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over high heat until shimmering. Add the onions and poblano pepper and cook, stirring frequently, until softened but not browned, about 2 minutes. Add garlic and cumin and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add remaining chicken broth. Add chili purée from step 2 as soon as it is ready.
  4. 4
    Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce to a simmer, add turkey meat, and cook until flavors have blended, about 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt. Serve hot, passing tortilla strips, scallions, cilantro, avocado, jalapeños, and lime wedges at the table.

    recipe source: serious eats
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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Daddy Scrubs Cyber Monday Sale + Giveaway

Do you know a daddy to be? A proud new father? A Dad that is proud to be just that a Dad? Well many of us do. Daddy Scrubs is there to let every dad from those that are to be to those that are pros among all dads take pride in the fact and say "I'm The Daddy"

Right now you can get that perfect gift for someone that fits the bill above. Simply take advantage of the cyber monday sale that Daddy Scrubs will be having. During the cyber monday sale that starts 8 a.m. Monday the 26th of November customers can save 50% off on Khaki and green simple and edgy style DaddyScrubs. Starting 8 a.m pst Cyber Monday and running 48 hours ending 8 am Wednesday November 28th. All you have to do is shop during these special hours and enter the code CYBERMONDAY in the coupon code at checkout to get your 50% off scrubs.

 Daddy Scrubs also would like to give one of Annies Home readers a chance to win a pair of their scrubs. To enter this giveaway please share in a comment who you would give the set of Daddy Scrubs to

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Kindergarten thankful List

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Pumpkin Crunch Cake

1 can (15 oz) pumpkin
1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 box yellow cake mix
1 cup pecans, chopped
1 cup butter, melted
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large bowl, whisk together pumpkin, evaporated milk, eggs, sugar, cinnamon and salt.  Pour into greased 13×9 baking dish.  Sift cake mix and spread evenly on top of pumpkin mixture. Sprinkle pecans on top of cake mix.  Drizzle melted butter evenly over the top.  Bake for 50-55 minutes or until golden brown.  Serve either warm or chilled.

Tempt my Tummy Tuesdays

Menu Plan Monday

THis is thanksgiving week so we will be having lots of great things to eat

Monday pork cutlets, potatoes, rolls, peas and sugar cookies

Tuesday salsbury steaks, roll, mac n cheese, brownies

Wednesday ravioli, sauce, cheese, garlic bread, cake w/ icing

Thursday dinner at sil's house I am bringing desserts and she is cooking the feast since I have to work

Friday left overs and maybe lunch out we will be doing black friday

Saturday working late this day so eating out

Sunday fish sandwiches, mac n cheese

what are you eating? Share your plans and read more here

Smith Farms Beauty Products : Beer Soap

Are you looking for a gift for someone that you have no idea what to get them? Well I am often faced with circumstances like this and normally try to find something that I think they will like that maybe they have never seen before. While beauty products have been around for quite a while you will want to check out the all natural skincare products from Smith Farms. You may be surprised by what you find out there. Like the beer soap that we recently were sent.

I must say that I have plenty of male friends that would really like to get something to cover their thirst. So when I heard about the beer soap I thought nothing better. After all I would never give the real stuff for a gift but a skin product with beer in it. Yes, I believe this makes the perfect gift.

You may be surprised though to find that beer does play an important roll in the skin product line. Beer Soap is an all natural, pure, gentle, soap that is ideal for sensitive skin. Beer Soap is created by mixing a naturally rich shea and cocoa butter with olive and castor oil. The mixture creates a bar that both moisturizes and cleans. I suffer from dry skin with eczema and I am always on the look out for a product that helps provide moisture that my skin desires. The title of the soap carries true in the ingredients as well as a real, locally brewed Bierbrier Ale is added into the bar. The ale helps to boost, nutrients, and gives a signature scent.

Check out other great Smith Farms products on their website located at

Also follow them on twitter and like them on facebook as well to keep up with new updates from Smith Farms.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Pie

1 refrigerated pie crust
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 package (8 oz) plus 1 package (3 oz) cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
3 eggs
1 can (15 oz) pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
1 tablespoon milk

Heat oven to 375°F. Place pie crust in 9-inch glass pie plate as directed on package for one-crust filled pie. Bake about 8 minutes or until light golden brown.
In large bowl, beat sugar, flour and cream cheese with electric mixer on low speed until smooth; reserve 1/2 cup in small bowl. Add remaining ingredients except milk to cream cheese mixture. Beat on medium speed, scraping bowl constantly, until smooth. Pour into crust.
Stir milk into reserved cream cheese mixture. Spoon over pumpkin mixture. Cut through cream cheese and pumpkin mixtures with knife in S-shaped curves in one continuous motion for marbled design. Turn pie plate one-fourth turn and repeat.

Cover edge of crust with 2- to 3-inch strip of foil to prevent excessive browning; remove foil for last 15 minutes of baking. Bake 35 to 45 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 30 minutes. Cover loosely and refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving. Store covered in refrigerator. Pillsbury recipe

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Christmas Tree Ornament

Are you looking for a cute Christmas craft to make this year? Then you will want to check out this super quick and easy but very cute ornament. Find out how to do it here

Microwave Tip : Heat or Reheat Dinner Rolls

Now we all know that the microwave normally dries up bread. The other day i wanted to heat dinner rolls up for supper but did not want to use oven (well you know we cant). So my daughter told me to wrap up in toweling and cook about a minute. Low and behold to my suprise they stayed soft and were warm as well. Now theres a trick if you did not know it all ready. If you have any great microwave tips I would love to hear them

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Have It your Way Giveaway

Have It Your Way Giveaway

About the event
  • Prize: Whatever you want up to $200 (shipping included) Do you want a Kindle Fire? Maybe an iPod, hummm maybe gift card to Target, oh wait Paypal cash? We don't care we want you to have it your way! So let the games begin, and let's have some fun with this one! We're celebrating the lunch of Pink Ninja Media and we would love for your to join us!
    • 12/21/12 and end on 1/21/13
    • FREE Facebook Link - With Announcement Post
    • Winner will receive $200 anything they want - if they choose a product shipping is included in the $200.
    • Additional links will be $2 - Daily Votes $3 - Paid links will be moved up on Rafflecopter.
    • Sign up HERE

Christmas Idea

To help cut down on the fuss , excitement and even loss of presents. This idea really works. Simply wrap an extra box but leave one end open and unwrapped. This will be the box that you put all the left over wrapping in. This helps cut down on the trash and confusion when you are hit with all the excitement of christmas morning.