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Saturday, January 19, 2013

saturday 9

Welcome to Saturday: 9. What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love memes, however, and here is today's meme!

1) Has anyone ever told you that you resemble a celebrity?

no not really

2) Is there an actress or actor whose movies you make it a point to see?

not really I am more reality tv than movies

3) We're stopping for refreshments before we go in to see the movie. What's your refreshment stand order?

popcorn and coke

4) When did you last consume an alcoholic beverage? What was it?

dont drink alcohol

5) Are you jumpy? Do you startle easily?

depends sometimes I really am if I am lost in thought or something

6) Do you wear a watch?

no I dont

7) When was the last time you tried a new restaurant?

been a bit think my husbands birthday was the last time

8) What color is your wallet?


9) How much does it have in coins right now?
several dollars I try to keep plenty of change on hand
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Saturday Six

I have to admit that I started basing questions on letters of the alphabet completely on a whim. I wasn’t certain that I could come up with six questions for every letter, but so far, it’s going great.
This week, we’re up to the letter T.
To play, just leave a comment with either your answers or the link to the post on your own blog if you choose to post the answers there! Each week, you can find other interesting blogs by checking the comments others leave.

1. T is for TALKER: Which specific topic tends to get a lot of attention on your blog?

recipes always seem to get great attention.

2. T is for TELEPHONE: Who was the last person you spoke to on a telephone?

my mom and son

3. T is for TIME: Which do you usually have the most difficulty doing: getting to work on time or leaving work on time?

have difficult leaving work because there is so much to get done

4. T is for TOUCAN: If you could own any kind of bird (and feeding and housing wouldn’t be an issue), which bird would you like to own?

well big bird off sesame street would be fun

5. T is for TOY: What do you own at this point that you consider your favorite “toy”?

my favorite toy would be my laptop computer or my RV right now

6. T is for TYPEWRITER: At what age did you first start learning to type?

freshmen in highschool took a typing class

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Warm and Comfy Place

when the winter weather outside is white and cold I would rather be warm inside enjoying a hot cup of hot cocoa and a spot of time to relax
love this rustic look with a large fire place looks very welcoming to me.

warm enough to make me feel comfortable and with the atmosphere to offer a enjoyable time.

Do you enjoy winter weather? What do you do when its cold and snowy outside

shared at funky junk interior and Saturday Photo Hunt

National PopCorn Day Cook Up Some Colorful Popcorn

2 cups popped popcorn
1 (14 oz.) can Eagle Brand® Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 (3 oz.) package cherry or other flavored gelatin

HEAT oven to 300ºF. Line large shallow roasting pan with heavy foil, extending foil over edges of pan. Butter foil. REMOVE all unpopped popcorn. Pour popcorn into prepared pan. Keep warm in oven. COMBINE sweetened condensed milk and dry gelatin in medium saucepan. Heat and stir over low heat until mixture is slightly thickened and bubbly, 4 to 5 minutes.  POUR mixture over popcorn. Stir gently to coat using a long-handled wooden spoon. Bake 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Carefully turn out onto large piece of lightly buttered foil. Cool. Break into pieces or clusters.
recipe from Eagle Brand website.

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Sky Watch Friday

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7 Quick Takes Friday

1. I have been missing from this meme scene for a bit. I have simply been so busy that I have been missing out on doing some of my favorite things. I am now back though so be looking to find out more about me.

2. Illinois weather is just a bit crazy this time of year. Still cold, windy but with no rain or snow today. May be in the forcast thought. Guess I should not be looking for it much better for a bit thought as we are in the middle of January.

3. Just had a discussion on the number of birthdays that are coming up. We have a handful of them either at the end of this month or beginnin of next. Sure to be a bunch of parties, gifts etc... Couple that I am looking most forward to are my moms and my grandson. My mom will get a great surprise and my grandson is turning 2 and I am sure will be a great bunch of fun.

4. Finally, a couple of days off to do what I want to do. Work on my house and blog are among the items on the list I want to get done this weekend. After that I will be attending church tommorow as well.

5. My sister with a mental dissability has moved in and it is a bit challenging but when the rewards come along they are well worth it as well. I know that God has a plan and I will have faith that it will all work

6. I have been having quite a time with my health, first the flu then this cough that simply lingers and does not seem to leave. I am wondering have any of you had the flu this year or have any quick relief remedies to share

7.  I hope you have enjoyed my list of seven that has been going on here. I will be back next week God Willing

Friday, January 18, 2013

Friday Fill Ins

. I love the feeling ______________in the morning.

2. Seeing ______________________always brightens my day.

3. _________________is what I will remember the most from 2012.

4. My favorite family recipe is ____________________.

5. When I want to spoil myself I have _______________.

6. _________________is my favorite TV show.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to _____, tomorrow my plans include _____ and Sunday, I want to _____!

My Answers
1. I love the feeling of energy in the morning (something that does not happen quite enough)
2. Seeing my hubbies smile always brightens my day
3. The tornado on leap day that hit our house and so many others in our town will be what I remember the most from 2012
4. My favorite family recipe is either hash or tacos
5. When I want to spoil myself I have my computer and a full bank accunt (like right)
6. Parenthood is my favorite TV show
7. And as far as this weekend tonight ( Well it all ready happened) I look forward to cuddling with my hubby , tomorrow my plans include time with the family and Sunday I want to go to church and meet up with friends after

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We've Been Waiting For You ... Friday...

Oh my what a long week. With doctor visits and medicine needing picked up with only you know who able to do it to the week long frustration at work. Yes, I am so glad it is Friday. You see today was my last day to work for 2 whole days. Yes the weekend has arrived and I am oh so happy now what will I do????

Good question, there are so many things I could do like re-arranging the kitchen to cleaning off the front porch to oh my the list could continue on for quite a bit. With just getting over the flu and with a continuing cough I have found myself in a set back of sorts. One that I am sure will get caught up but maybe not this weekend.

No!! This weekend I have other things in mind. Like going through the folder that I found last night. THe one with oh so many memories of the past few years with so much information of family, food and blog. That is the folder that I want to take a bit and remember days of not so old but all the same days of change and old.

What will you be doing this weekend?

  Mommy's Idea also shared at Amy's Finer Things

Sausage Scramble

1 pound Bob Evans Original Recipe Roll Sausage (currently there is a coupon available)
1/3 cup chopped green pepper
1/3 cup chopped red pepper
8 large egg
1/2 cup milk
In a large skillet over medium heat, crumble and cook sausage, potatoes and peppers until sausage and potatoes are brown. In a small bowl, combine eggs and milk until mixed well. Pour over sausage and potato mixture, stirring gently until eggs are cooked. Serve warm.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Hubby Loves Me

Tonight I am really special for so many things but one thing that I am truthly thankful for is that my hubby loves me. As I  came home from work today a bit overdone in my attitude, kids giving me a bit to much to deal with I must say that I was really happy to see that my hubby will always be there to support me even when I melt down and overcome myself. I praise God that he was put in my life 27 years ago and that we are still together

sharing at
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Loved and Lovely

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Chats On The Farm House Porch

  1. What was your favorite game as a child?
  2. Have you ever had your own business? (home business, a shop, Etsy, lemon-aid stand, etc)
  3. How's your spelling?
  4. How are you about going to the dentist?
  5. Do you enjoy board game

1 My favorite game as a child would be dominos, tag, freeze tag, leap frog, chase whatever I could play we were always busy children

2. yes I have and I still do hoping to grow to a shop one day but for now we are simply flea marketers that are taking it all in

3. not a great speller thank goodness for spell check

4. scared as can be

5. yes and cards we still a famly that plays games together

Hodge Podge Wednesday

1. Lake Superior University has once again published a list of words/phrases they think should be banished from the Queen's's the list for 2013-

fiscal cliff, kick the can down the road, double down, job creators/creation, passion/passionate, yolo (acronym for you only live once), spoiler alert, bucket list, trending, superfood, boneless wings, and guru

Which of these words would you most like to see banished from everyday speech and why? Go here to read more about how the words were chosen.

well I must say that the fiscal cliff has been talked about quite a bit I really would  like  a normal term for this.

2. When was the last time you rode a train? Where did you go?
I have never rode a train unless you count the little train at the zoo and so forth

3. Bagels-yay or nay? Favorite 'flavor'? Favorite topping?

I personally dont like them but must say that my kids sure do they seem to like cinnamon or blueberry the best with lots of cream cheese

4. 'Tis the season of awards shows....if you could star in a movie already made, which one would you choose?

Never really thought about this one much but would say it would be so fun to be in the movie grease

5. The move towards single gender classrooms has been making the news in recent months...what say you? Do you think kids perform better if separated by gender and are taught differently or is that discrimination? If you're a parent is this something you'd support in regard to your own children?

Don't like this idea much as part of the school years is socialazation and getting along with each other sometimes this is done best in the classroom or on the playground

6. What's your favorite thing about staying in a hotel?

ask my daughter she would say the hotel pool me myself I would say the fact that she is always there

7. Do you have a 'word' for 2013? What's the story behind your choice?

slowly picking up the word determination because that is what I am this year to make my goals

8. Insert your own random thought here.

remember to always smile
what would your answers be? Share in the fun here

Crescent Taco Roll

2 crescent roll tubes
1 LB ground beef (or ground turkey)
1 packet of taco seasoning
1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese
Lay out the two tubes of crescent pastry, thick sides in. Use some of the left over crescent rolls to to make the center a bit thicker.
Brown beef and add taco seasoning.
Lay beef in a circle inside of the laid out crescent rolls
Add cheese to the top
Pull over crescent rolls and tuck in under meat and cheese.
Add cheese, lettuce, tomato, black olives, sour cream or whatever you desire for your tacos, in the middle.

Follow cook time on the pack of crescent rolls, and once it's done, you're good to go. Easy, cheap, and yummy!

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Doritos Casserole

doritos casserole:
1lb ground beef
1 bag nacho cheese doritos
1 bag shredded cheese
1 small can diced green chiles
1 can red enchilada sauce
1 can cream of mushroom soup

... preheat oven to 350. brown ground beef ( season to taste). drain and place back in skillet add all ingredients except cheese and doritos. once mixed
place a small amount of mixture in a casserole dish , put a layer of doritos , cover with mixture then cheese repeat til mixture is all gone end with cheese on top. bake for 20 -30 min til hot and bubbly!!

SnowBalls for Valentines Day

For the chocolate cake:
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
For the filling/frosting:
  • 6 room temperature egg whites
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 2 cups shredded coconut
  • 3 drops red food coloring
For the chocolate cake:
In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together, then add the eggs, one at a time, and the vanilla. In another bowl whisk the flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda. Add about half the dry ingredients to the butter/sugar mixture, pour in the milk, and then the rest of the flour mixture, until just combined. Ladle batter into greased muffin/cupcake tins and bake in a preheated oven at 350 for 15 minutes. Makes 2 dozen. Let cool completely before beginning the next step, which is to cut a cone out of the bottom of each cake. Trim (and discard, if you wish) the pointy end, leaving only a small circle to cap the cake once filled.
For the filling/frosting:
In the bowl of a stand mixer beat egg whites until soft peaks form. In a small saucepan, combine sugar, water and cream of tartar and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and cool until the syrup reaches 242 Farenheit. Slowly pour syrup into the egg whites, followed by the vanilla and coconut extracts. Whip for another ten minutes, until the mixture is thickened and room temperature. Meanwhile, process coconut until fine in a food processor, adding the food coloring, if desired. This goes in a shallow bowl for rolling/sprinkling the almost-finished product. Use a pastry bag (or Ziplock with the corner cut out) to fill each cupcake, and replace cake cap, leaving upside down for frosting. With a small spatula coat the sides and bottom with a light layer of frosting, then add the coconut sprinkles. The End.

recipe source here

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Shushybye Baby Review and Giveaway

BabyFirst, America’s television destination for parent-child interactive entertainment will debut the new season of its popular music-centric series Shushybye Baby on Sunday, January 27th. (BabyFirst is available on DirecTV, Dish Network and Comcast check local listings for your channel)
In anticipation for the new season a three DVD collection of the entire series collection is now available!

My daughter is super organized and has been this way from childhood. She even tries to hold a daily schedule as a mother of two. One place where she really strives to maintain a plan is at bedtime. One idea that I was recently introduced to was the Shushybye Baby programs.

I love being a nana it seems that the things of old are sometimes new again and sometimes they have gone and little ones have no idea what we speak of. There are also so many new things to check out. The  ShushyBye’s is one of those things new to me.  I was able to review a CD and thought that the show was so super cute. I am a nana who loves to watch my little ones watching shows that they love but those shows must also be something that captivates attention as well. Believe me when I say that ShushyBye's did just that how much fun there was to be had.  The Shushie characters are super fun to watch sing and dance. One of the things that I love is that they draw those watching in by creating dreams that are delivered in Dream Boxes as the little ones begin to fall asleep. I believe these programs are fun and exciting and offer a chance for little ones to connect to life.

To purchase The 3 DVD Collection visit:

Giveaway information:
Up For Grabs The Shushybye Baby 3 DVD Collection includes:
26 all-new complete episodes
56 Shushybye music videos
60 Original Shushybye songs in all  and Over 40 fun-filled story-vignettes starring the Shushies!

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Cupids Chex Mix

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Deep Dish Banana Pudding (Kraft Recipe)

46 NILLA Wafers, divided
3 Tbsp. butter, melted
1/2 cup chopped PLANTERS Pecans
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 pkg. (3.4 oz. each) JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding
2 cups cold milk
1 tub (8 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed, divided
4 bananas (1 lb.), sliced
1 pkg. (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1/4 cup granulated sugar

HEAT oven to 350ºF.
CRUSH 30 wafers; mix with next 4 ingredients. Spread onto bottom of 15x10x1-inch pan sprayed with cooking spray. Bake 5 min.; stir. Bake 3 to 5 min. or until golden brown; cool.
BEAT pudding mixes and milk with whisk 2 min. (Pudding will be thick.) Stir in 1 cup COOL WHIP.
LAYER 1/3 of the crumb mixture and half each of the bananas and pudding in 2-qt. serving bowl; repeat. Beat cream cheese and granulated sugar in medium bowl with mixer until well blended. Gently stir in 1 cup of the remaining COOL WHIP; spread over top of dessert, sealing to edge of bowl. Sprinkle with remaining crumb mixture. Refrigerate 3 hours.
TOP each serving with remaining COOL WHIP and whole wafers just before serving.

Snorg Tees Discount Code

Back to School Time Again why not start back with spirit during the cold weather. This may get us all ready to do a good job. Snorg Tees wants to help by offering 20% off you entire order, when one of your purchases is a kid's tee. The coupon code is: 20offforkids and it is valid until January 23rd at midnight.

Special Valentine Dish Idea

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Good Feeling Winter Meal

2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 (1-pound) beef shoulder roast or petite tender roast, trimmed and cut into 1-inch cubes
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 shallots, quartered
4 garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 cup fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
1 (14.5-ounce) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
3 cups (1-inch) cubed peeled butternut squash (about 1 pound)
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Combine first 6 ingredients in a medium bowl. Add beef; toss well to coat. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add beef and shallots; cook 4 minutes or until browned, stirring occasionally. Add garlic; cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Stir in broth and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Cook 5 minutes. Add squash; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes or until squash is tender. Sprinkle with cilantro.

Totally Tasty Tuesdays

Honey Can Make You Feel Better

Many of us have either suffered from a cold or flu or know someone who has. One secret that some know and others may want to know is that honey helps the common cold, sore throats and chills that come with being under the weather. It is believed that for more than 2700 years honey has been used to treat a variety of ailments through topical applications and has recently been shown to have antiseptic and antibacterial properties of honey. Is it not wonderful that God created the bee that has created the wonderful honey that is so good for us. With all things God knows exactly what he is doing we just sometimes have to figure it all out. Now it is known that honey contains copper, iron, silica, vitamin B, manganese, chlorine, calcium, potassium, sodium, phosphorous, aluminum and magnesium.

find out more about honey at The Buzz as well as check out our hot toddy recipe to help you feel better

Fun Fruit Salad

I love this cute fruit salad I found here. You may want to fix it for your bunch as well

Top 3 post this week Earworms and Recipes

Oh Yes!!! The top 3 post on my blog this week are about earworms and 2 great recipes and great ones at that so have you had a chance to read about them

Do you know what an earworm is? Well I did not either until I joined in the meme and found out that it was a tune that often travels through your head. See what mine were here

Two great recipes and really would go great together as an easy meal as well

ground beef sandwich with a recipe that starts with frozen bread dough

and milk pie oh so yummy

Monday, January 14, 2013

Great Way To Display Earrings

Love this idea I found while visiting different websites. I nearly always find great ideas out there that wonderful moms share. For more great ideas on how to re-use products perhaps you will want to read the article at Circle of Moms