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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Match Stick Cross

When I was a kid I admired the match stick crosses that the older kids would make in bible school. Sure the younger kids like me we would make awesome crafts but it was the crosses that always got my attention. When I ran across this one I had to simply share. Want to know how to make your own go here
3 packages (15 tarts each) prebaked frozen mini pastry shells (we used Athens Mini Fillo Shells)
1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin
2 cups (plus extra for garnish) frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 teaspoon (plus extra for garnish) pumpkin pie spice
1 (3.4-ounce) package cheesecake-flavor instant pudding and pie filling
Mint leaves (for garnish)
Remove the shells from the freezer and let them thaw at room temperature for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, combine the pumpkin, whipped topping, and pumpkin pie spice in a medium bowl, whisking until smooth. Add the pudding mix and whisk until smooth and thick. Spoon about 1 tablespoon of the filling into each of the shells (you can also pipe the filling with a pastry bag or a plastic sandwich bag with one corner snipped off), then top the tarts with whipped topping, a sprinkling of the pumpkin pie spice, and a mint leaf, if you like. Makes 45 tarts.

Sale : Charm Factory

Charm Factory is having a sale to thank their customers. Now through November 27th you can save 15% OFF $25. Simply use the code Thanks13 when checking out

Red Gold Tomato recipe and coupon

Red Gold tomatoes coupon for .55/3 would be great to save you money when preparing your favorite dish that includes tomatoes

This seasonal recipe
Pumpkin Chili

2tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1medium onion, chopped
1pound ground turkey, or 1 1/2 cups cubed cooked turkey
1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
2(15 ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1(14.5 ounce) can solid-pack pumpkin
1(14.5 ounce) can Red Gold® Diced Tomatoes
1(14.5 ounce) can Red Gold® Petite Diced Tomatoes W/Lime Juice & Cilantro
3cups chicken broth
2teaspoons chili powder
1 1/2teaspoons cumin
1 1/2teaspoons dried oregano
Salt and black pepper to taste


In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat.  Add turkey, onion, pepper and garlic; cook and stir until tender. Drain well. Transfer to slow cooker.  Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine.  Cook, covered on low for 4 to 5 hours,
Option: Top with cubed avocado and thinly sliced green onions

Indian Corn Project

Looking for a cute craft for autumn? Check out this indian corn craft great for little or big hands.

The Colors of Indian Corn Mother Nature paints colors for you and me on all the Indian Corn that we see. Brown is for the beauty that welcomes the fall. Red is Mother Nature's love for us all. Yellow is for the golden sun. White reminds us to be kind to everyone. Orange tells us to be thankful each day, for the beauty of nature and its wondrous ways

Pumpkin Decor

while these may have been shared as a Halloween décor I believe they would look great for Thanksgiving as well.

1-2 pieces of orange construction paper
1 piece of green construction paper
 1 piece of brown construction paper
 paper cutter (optional)
 paper clips and/or stapler

 Cut the orange pieces of construction paper into 1″ wide strips (each strip will be 1″ x 11″). Then, shorten some of the strips so that you have (1) 6″, (2) 7″, (2) 9″, and (2) 11″ long pieces.
Gather the strips of paper together (with the ends flush) and place the smallest one in the middle. Order them by size so that the largest strip is on the outside. Secure with a paper clip or staple (I prefer the paper clip so that I can keep adding more elements). Line up the opposite ends so that they are together like the top.
Cut a brown strip of paper 1/4″ by 3″ long for the stem. To make it curl, wrap the paper around a pencil and hold it in place while you count to 20 (or sing the ABC song).
Cut out two leaf shapes from the green paper (ours were sort of like pairs of bunny ears).
Add the stem, leaves, and a piece of string to the paper clip at the top.
Hang up and enjoy!


Thanksgiving is to celebrate the Pilgrims who came here from Europe. The Pilgrims came to the United States from England in 1621 and landed on Plymouth Rock Massachusetts. In and around fall, most probably in October the Wampanoag Indians shared a feast with the Pilgrims. While this is the basis of what Thanksgiving is the day of Thanksgiving did not become a federal holiday til 1941. The later date would be much different than the early Thanksgiving and would include turkey and pie.

While we do not know for sure what was served at that first Thanksgiving feast turkey has become a staple along with other traditional dishes. The holiday has become to be know for giving thanks and for gathering family and friends for a large meal. In the 20th century parades have become part of the tradition to celebrate Thanksgiving day.

What will you and your family be doing this Thanksgiving?

Taste of the Season : Apples and Cranberries

recipe source here

2 pounds Granny Smith apples, peeled and thinly sliced
2 cups fresh cranberries
3/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
9-inch basic flaky piecrust, unbaked
1/2 cup granola
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
Preheat oven to 375° F. In a large bowl, toss together apples, cranberries, sugar, cornstarch, lemon zest, cinnamon, and salt. Transfer the mixture to the piecrust. Top with granola and dot with butter.
Bake until the apples are tender, 50 to 60 minutes. (If the top darkens too quickly, tent loosely with foil.) Let cool before serving.

Make Your Own Christmas Snow Globe

I have always loved snow globes. From the tiny ones that we made as kids in bible school to those that are large and elegant that we find at the top of the list gift stores. I simply love these snow globes that we can give as gifts or use as part of our décor and the best thing is they are made at home by hands of those that love them.

To make these awesome snow globes you will need
  1. mason jars and other jars of various sizes such as salt shakers, spice jars, jam jars, pickle jars
  2. Christmas trees. I got a pack of 21 at Michael's for sale 50% off
  3. other holiday items you may want to glue
  4. mini ball ornaments
  5. glue gun
  6. Epsom salts    
Simply glue the ornaments and holiday items you choose to the lid add a little Epsom salt to desired amount into the jar. Close the lid and turn upside down. That's it!

Rolo Cupcakes

Rolo Cupcakes
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1 package Devil’s Food Cake mix
1 large package Instant Chocolate Pudding
1 cup Sour Cream
1 cup Vegetable Oil
4 Eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup Warm Water
1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
24 frozen Rolos, frozen for at least 2 hours

4 sticks Butter; room temp
2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/3 cup Caramel 
6 cups Powdered Sugar

For the Cake
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 - 12 cup muffin tins with paper liners. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the cake and pudding mixes, sour cream, oil, beaten eggs, water and vanilla until well combined and smooth. Evenly divide the batter in the cupcake liners. Gently push a frozen Rolo into the center of the batter and smooth the surface covering the candy with batter. Bake for 18-22 minutes. Cool cupcakes completely.

For the Frosting
Cream the butter in the bowl of an electric or stand mixer. Add the vanilla extract, salt and caramel syrup and combine well. Begin adding in the sugar and mixing thoroughly after each addition. Frost cupcakes.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Delicious After Thanksgiving Sandwiches

I am not sure if your family is like mine but that Black Friday shopping may leave you all a bit hungry. Whats better than to use the leftovers that are in the fridge from the feast the day before. Yummy and delicious these little guys will hit the spot and make your taste buds happy

6-8 Hearty slices Turkey
4 Tbsp Cranberry relish or sauce
4 leaves Crisp lettuce
8 Tbsp Turkey stuffing
1 Tbsp Butter or margarine or mayonnaise
KING'S HAWAIIAN Honey Wheat Dinner Rolls       

Remove the top halves of the rolls and set aside.            
With the bottom half of each roll as a base, layer 1-2 slices of turkey.                
Spread one Tbsp of cranberry relish (or sauce) on each sandwich, followed by 2 Tbsp of the stuffing. Place a lettuce leaf on the stuffing (this will help prevent the top roll from becoming overly moist).                
Spread a sheen layer of butter (or mayonnaise) on the top roll and assemble the sandwich.                
Serve immediately, refrigerate or wrap individually in plastic for bag lunches.
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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Turkeys Make Memories

Footprint and Handprint Turkeys
A few pieces construction paper or card stock (suggested: red, orange, yellow, green, brown, white, black)
 1 set googly eyes
Glue stick

On 1 or 2 pieces of brown construction paper, trace feet. (Go around the toes – not between.) Cut the feet out and glue them together at the heels, with the toe area facing outward. This is the turkey’s body. Trace your hands on several pieces of colored construction paper. Cut them out, arrange them in a fan of feathers, and glue them to the turkey’s body. Using the remaining construction paper, cut out legs, a beak, and a snood/wattle.  Affix them to the turkey. Then, finish the face off with the googly eyes, and you’re done.


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Use MIni Candies To Make Christmas Decor

Using mini reeses cups to create a Christmas tree are easy and look super cute on a gift box or as a small table display all you need to do is

REESE'S Peanut Butter Cups Miniatures or REESE'S Bells (holiday foils)
Small cardboard gift box
Assorted holiday gift wrapping paper
White craft glue or low temperature glue gun and glue sticks*

Wrap gift box with holiday wrap. Glue holiday wrapped candies to gift box, or create designs on wrapping paper, like a holiday tree or star. Completed craft is for decorative purposes only and candy should not be eaten. * Hot melt glues should be used with adult supervision.

Great Deal Scenario
Walgreens Deal Scenario Week of 11/17 Hershey’s or Cadbury Christmas Candy 7.8 to 8.5 oz 4/$10 Use the $2/4 Hershey’s Miniatures or Kisses, 7.8 to 8.5 oz Walgreens coupon in the November Coupon Booklet Plus, use two $1.10 off 2 bags of Hershey’s Holiday Candy Chocolates coupon found here Final cost $5.80 for all 4 bags, just $1.45 per bag! 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Pediped Week Long Sale

Black Friday shopping has all ready started in many places. No it is not Friday yet and no you did not miss that delicious holiday dinner. But sales have all ready started and more will start on that famous shopping day so I wanted you to know about a sale that only happens one time a year.

Head over to Pediped and find what you love. Great styles for both boys and girls. You need to use the code FALLBOGO13 when ordering to get the awesome discount.

Happy shopping!!!!

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Great Coupons for Thanksgiving

$0.40 off any (3) Campbell's Condensed soups
$0.55 off any TWO (2) Goldfish Mac & Cheese pasta
$1.00 off any ONE (1) SPLENDA Sweetener Product
$1.00 off any TWO Ziploc Brand Bags
$1.00 off any TWO Ziploc Brand containers
$1.00 off any ONE (1) BIC Stationery Product
$2.00 off 2 J&J RED CROSS Brand First Aid products
$1.00 off ONE Scope Classic Rinse 1L or larger
$1.00 off Scope Dual Blast Rinse 750mL or larger
$1.00 off ONE Scope Outlast 750 mL or larger
$1.50 off TWO (2) Purell Items - 8fl oz or larger
$.50 off On One (1) Tank Nibbler

Save $1.00 on any 1 LISTERINE® Antiseptic Mouthwash or 1 LISTERINE® ULTRACLEAN® Antiseptic or 1 LISTERINE® TOTAL CARE or 1 LISTERINE® ZERO® OR 1 LISTERINE® FLUORIDE DEFENSE® Anticavity Mouthwash product (1L +)
Save $1.00 off any one (1) REACH® Total Care Floss, or REACH® Gentle Gum Care Floss, or REACH® Dentotape®, or REACH® Access® Flosser
Save $1.50 on Gumout® High Mileage Fuel Injector Cleaner
Save $1.00 off any two(2) REACH® Floss products

Kidorable Great Deals For You

One great company Kidorable is counting their blessings and sharing a great deal with all their customers. They are offering free ground shipping on all orders placed November 20th to December 2nd. That's like a great gift because you can stay in the comforts of your home order some awesome gifts to give those you love and not have to worry about shipping cost. Simply shop at the kidorable website and use the coupon code THANKYOU66 to get savings on every order whether big or small.

Plus to help with your Christmas shopping Kidorable will be giving lucky winners Free products every week. In the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway that everyone can join in the fun by simply doing one of two things visit and  fan Kidorable on facebook or follow Kidorable on twitter. I am sure you will be so excited you will want to share with all your friends as well. Each day during the Christmas giveaway simply post a comment on their facebook or retweet each giveaway. Each day a winner will be randomly drawn every weekday at 2pm CST. The first contest will be announced December 2nd.

Cheesy Crispix Snack Mix

Yummy snack mix perfect for Thanksgiving get together, ride to get the family Christmas tree, snack on while watching family movie or whenever you need a bit. Yummy!!

1 cup Kellogg's® Crispix® cereal
 1 cup small pretzel twists, broken
1 cup Sunshine® Cheez-It® Original snack crackers 1.25 oz Bag  
1 cup popped popcorn
1/2 cup toasted sunflower seeds
1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter 

 In large bowl combine KELLOGG'S CRISPIX cereal, pretzels, SUNSHINE CHEEZ-IT Original crackers, popcorn, sunflower seeds, almonds, chili powder and cinnamon.  In small saucepan cook and stir brown sugar and butter over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves. Pour over cereal mixture. Toss until well coated. Transfer to 15 x 10 x 2-inch baking pan coated with cooking spray. 3. Bake at 350°F for 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring every 5 minutes. Spread on foil. Cool completely. Store in airtight container. 

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Pumpin or Pecan... How about Both

Many of the desserts served on Thanksgiving will be pie. Pumpkin and Pecan are among the top choices. Now with this pie the pie can be given a twist and the choice between the two is no longer needed. Every one can now enjoy pumpkin and pecan pie in the same simple slice. Yummy
cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)                    
1/2  cup Original Bisquick® mix                        
1/2  cup sugar                        
1 cup evaporated milk (from 12-oz can)                        
tablespoon butter or margarine, softened         
1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice                        
teaspoon vanilla                        
1/2 cup chopped pecans                        
1 1/2 cups frozen (thawed) whipped topping                        
1/4  teaspoon pumpkin pie spice                
pecan halves, if desired                        


    Tuesday, November 19, 2013

    Product Recall : Step2 Whisper Ride Touring Wagon

    The Step2 Whisper Ride Touring Wagon has been recalled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) due to falling hazards. 

    Consumers should stop using this product. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
    Name of product: Step2® Whisper Ride Touring Wagon™  

    The removable blue seat backs can detach and allow the child in the wagon to fall out, posing a fall hazard. 

    Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the wagon and inspect it to determine if the seat belt is attached to the removable blue seat back.  If so, the wagon is included in this recall. 

    Consumers with the recalled wagons should contact Step2 to obtain a free repair kit.   Sold exclusively at Toys R Us stores nationwide and online at from Feb. to Aug. 2013 for about $130.

    Manufacturer The Step2® Company, LLC of Streetsboro, Ohio  

    Manufactured in the USA

    Turkey Decor in a Snack

    Need a bit of décor for your Thanksgiving table? This little guy is super cute and so easy to create. I am sure that each guest will love the turkey

    A Cheese Ball of your choice
    A Heaping Tbsp of Cream Cheese
    Toasteds Wheat Crackers
    Black Olive
    Red Bell Pepper


    Set the cheese ball on your serving plate. Take a table knife and score 1/2 inch slits into the cheese ball, placing the crackers (the feathers) gently into the slits as you cut them. Mold cream cheese into a small, round ball (for the head) and place it on the top front of the cheese ball. Add small olive pieces for eyes, a tip of a carrot as the beak, and a red bell pepper for the wattle and feet.

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    Awesome Bic Coupon

    This coupon is awesome as it will allow you to nearly get a pack of pens or in my area will allow you a free pack of pens

    $1.00 off any ONE (1) BIC Stationery Product
    Active Date: November 19, 2013
    Expiration Date: February 3, 2014

    Monday, November 18, 2013

    Pickle Rolls

    Pickle Rolls

    I had these recently at a get together then had a friend share that she made them for her family Thanksgiving. I thought maybe I would share it because it is easy to prepare and very tasty appetizer or side dish

    1 pkg. (6 oz.) Oscar Mayer boiled ham slices
    1 container (8 oz.) Philadelphia brand soft cream cheese
    8 med. size Claussen fresh Kosher dill pickles

    Spread one side of each ham slice with 1 tablespoon cream cheese. Place a pickle on edge of each ham slice. Roll ham slice around pickle; press edges to seal. Cover; refrigerate 1 hour. Cut each piece into 6 slices. Serve with assorted vegetable dippers, cheese and olives. Makes 4 dozen. Preparation time: 10 minutes plus refrigerating

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    Sunday, November 17, 2013

    Praying for Tornado Victims November 17, 2013

    This date will forever be recorded by the storm victims as a date of destruction. Just as the day of Leap Year 2012 will never be forgot and even today nearly 2 years later still the power of the storm makes us all aware. Keeping victims of the storm in our prayers.