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Friday, May 23, 2014

Vanilla Pudding Sauce

Yesterday was vanilla pudding day I love vanilla pudding the same as the next guy. I am actually old enough to remember when pudding used to buy sold in small tin cans with pull off lids. Now those same lunch time puddings are sold in plastic containers with peel off lids. But then that's a different story. I really love vanilla pudding remember making lots for my kids, my mother also made it for me but vanilla pudding I never saw like the recipe below but let me tell you it is super yummy.

2 Tbsp cornstarch
1/3 cup sugar
1/8 tsp salt
2 cups milk
2 egg yolks, beaten
1 Tbsp butter
2 tsp vanilla

 Mix cornstarch, sugar, and salt in a saucepan. Whisk together milk and egg thoroughly, and gradually stir in. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, till mixture comes to a boil. (Don’t be tempted to turn up the heat; if it gets hot too fast, the egg will cook. And scrambled eggs in vanilla sauce would be bad. Really, really bad.) Boil for at least 1 minute, still stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla. Serve warm or chilled.

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Harvey Prince Yogini Review and Giveaway

The company Harvey Prince was founded by two brothers as a gift for their mother. The idea was to create boutique quality scents that are not overwhelming, over priced, or filled with toxic chemicals. Their mom who loves honest products that feel and smell great was the inspiration of the final product. A mothers day gift one year was a scent that captured her effortless and radiant aura.

I received the scent of Yogini from Harvey Prince and was delighted with it. The scent of sandalwood is one of my favorites. I work around the elderly and the strong scents do not blend well. Yogini offers a scent that is strong enough to know that it is there and smells great but not to strong to bother allergies or cause breathing problems of others.  I have found that Yogini is long lasting scent and leaves you feeling good and smelling great.

Harvey Prince Yogini
Notes: Sandalwood, golden amber, sensual incense, Egyptian myrrh, pink grapefruit, blackcurrant buds, lily of the valley, star jasmine, rose petals, ylang-ylang, cardamom, madagascar vanilla 
Yogini is available in a variety of sizes from roller to 1.7 oz size and prices from $21 to $55.
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Most Valuable Daddy and Special Shopping Code From Daddy n Company

Who is the most valuable dad in your life? Hard to choose one I think. Wow every daddy that I know is very special. My own I could not think of a better dad he was kind and gentle, taught me what I needed to know values such as hard work, treating others with respect and how to stand up for myself. While my dad was taken from me way to early I thank my lucky stars I had him.

My grandfathers were daddys in their own right my parents shared many stories of how they were stern but loving. They were stand up folks who believed in working hard and getting far.

My husband and father to our six children is one that has patience and love but also is able to teach our children valuable life lessons. I share a partner in parenting that sees values as I do and while we may disagree at times the lessons we teach our children are ones that they can take through life with them.

My son in law the daddy to my grandchildren is very special to me as well. He cares for my grandchildren (special packages of love) works hard to support them, takes them to the house of worship, plays with them and is busy teaching them important lessons as well. My own son while not the father of his girlfriends baby has taken on a role of caring for this tot. I hope and pray that like the fathers in our lives before that he will strive to be a valuable father figure to this child

Who is the most valuable daddy in your life? It may not be easy to choose as like in my case all daddys are special and deserve a special gift on Fathers Day this year. Check out all the great gifts for dads at daddy n company. While shopping for that special gift take advantage of 15% off and free shipping with each order of $25 or more and by using the code MVD.

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Busy Roads

This Memorial Day weekend should be like many others and the roads should be very busy. With families going here and there and the summer gets a big kick off. Will you be traveling this weekend?? you may want to keep these tips from Red Cross in mind


1. Don’t follow another vehicle too closely.
2. Pay attention – avoid distractions such as cell phones.
3. Turn the headlights on as dusk approaches or in bad weather. Don’t overdrive your headlights.
4. Make frequent stops. During long trips, rotate drivers. If you’re too tired to drive, stop and get some rest.
5. If you have car trouble, pull off the road as far as possible.

TRAVEL PREPAREDNESS TIPS Pay attention to the weather forecast for your destination. Travel and weather web sites can help you avoid storms and other regional challenges that could impact your safety. Other things you should do to prepare for your trip include:

1. Don’t let your vehicle’s gas tank get too low.
2. Carry a Disaster Supply kit in your trunk.
3. Let someone know your destination, your route, and when you expect to arrive. If your car gets stuck along the way, help can be sent along your predetermined route.
4. Pay attention to the weather forecast for your destination and find out what disasters may occur there.
5. Download our Red Cross apps to have important information on hand for different types of weather disasters and how to handle first aid emergencies

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Strawberry and Cream Day

It is not a secret if you have visited my blog very often that I love strawberries.


As I have shared many times I grew up in a family that  tried and was successful at living off the land. While everything did not come from what we grew or raised anything that we could we did. That included our own strawberry patch out behind the house near the garden area. I can remember carrying for the berries and dad was always delighted when he found the first ripe berry. No matter how small or big it was it was the first and oh it tasted so good.

My love for strawberries has led me to share delicious berry recipes on my blog Annies Home. Recipes Such as

Strawberry Pretzel Dessert


Quick Strawberry Dessert


Today a new recipe to me as well a frozen strawberry and cream dessert. After all today is a day that recognizes strawberry and cream
servings: 9-12 Ready in: 40 minutes, plus 3 hours freezing

¼ cup pecans, toasted
4 whole graham crackers, broken into pieces
10 tablespoons butter, melted

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/3 cup brown sugar

2 egg whites
½ cup sugar1 cup heavy whipping cream
Juice from 1 lemon
4 oz. cream cheese, softened

2 cups strawberries, hulled and chopped


Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Coat an 8x8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray and set aside. In a food processor, combine the pecans and graham cracker pieces. Process until finely ground. Add the crumbs to a large bowl, along with the butter, flour and brown sugar. Mix well. Spread the crumbs evenly on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, stirring once half way. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine egg whites and sugar. Using a hand-held mixer, mix on medium speed for 3 minutes. Add whipping cream and mix on medium speed for an additional 6 minutes. Add lemon juice and cream cheese and mix on low speed until creamy. Gently fold in strawberries with a spoon. Press half of the crumb mixture into the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Top with strawberry-cream mixture, followed by the remaining crumbs. Cover with foil and freeze for a
minimum of 3 hours before serving.

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National Red Cross Day

Today, May 21st is National Red Cross Day Red Cross was founded by Clara Barton.

Clara Barton is a lady that should stand out in history as one of the most honored women in American History. She was brave enough to teach when teaching was a male dominated roll and was also the first woman to be employed by the federal government. Her roll in the civil war of taking supplies to the soldiers in the field took more than bravery. This roll may have been what helped her to establish the American Red Cross in 1881. For 23 years she would care for those in need and establish a new field of volunteer service.

Clara Barton worked  at the U.S. patent office when the civil war began. War brings along disorganization and a moment of craziness but Barton wanted to bring quick assistance to the men in need. Many of the men were hungry, some were wounded, and some were in need of bedding and clothing. Clara was surprised by the number of boy soldiers and some of which she had even taught. Clara and a group of women provided clothing, food and supplies to the sick. Some she gathered herself and others she appealed to the public for help. While she worked behind the scenes she eventually took supplies to the battle field hospitals as well. She earned the name of "Angel of the Battlefield"

Clara Barton visited Europe in 1869and was introduced to a field of service through the Red Cross in Geneva, Switzerland. The international red cross mission is to protect the sick and wounded during wartime without respect to nationality and also to give aide during neutral times as well. Barton would bring this idea to form an American Red Cross.
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Monday, May 19, 2014

Some of My Favorite Female Singers

The supremes they were all together standing out there and doing it the best they could. With lots of heart breaks I am sure but they surely did leave a mark on all of us.

Loretta Lynn one of a kind in my book oh my loved her from the moment that I was old enough to start listening and following singers. A little country girl that went to the top of the charts. Who would of known? Only her dew. Recently had some friends to meet Loretta and they reported back that she is all that I thought she was a lovely lady with a voice of gold

That beautiful voice of Patsy Cline. One of the best voices that stood out and took attention from many. The tragic death that would end her life and career was one that will always haunt those that remembered and loved her.


Karen Carpenter oh what a voice and talent of playing drums she had. That soft soothing voice helped the Carpenters rise to the top. In the end it would be a fight that she would lose that would take Karen from all of us.

Olivia Newton John that voice that could change from love to fun to oh my letting go. While I was just a kid the movie Grease and Olivia Newton John were the popular things to talk about. The fun that was had back in those days innocent love.

Crystal Gayle younger sister of Loretta who also performed and had an awesome music career. I really like this video that helps show how her career started out.


Dolly Paton oh my did I love her and I always wanted her latest records when I was a kid and normally got them for birthdays, Christmas and special gift times Dolly faced many issues of her days but also had that sexy way of singing that made everyone (well lots) fall in love with her.

The ladies of heart helped me through my teen years with dreams. We were so aware of the world around of us and the innocence was starting to wear off. The dreams of the world we lived in, the boys we liked and so much more haunted my dreams in that little room that I shared with my sister

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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Go for a Ride and a Snack

May in national bike month. The time to get outside and burn a little energy and tone those muscles. I will always remember as kids never getting off our bikes for long. We would bike everywhere we went and then ride bikes with our friends when we got there. Do you recall ever using a wooden clothespin and a playing card to make your bike sound as if it was roaring or even better did your bike ever have one of the hand turning roaring machines? I certainly do, my bike was my machine. Each of my kids has had their own bike and this year my grand-daughter will get one as well.

Going on bike rides was something we did a lot of both as a kid and now. In fact hubby has requested that we get bikes this summer so we can take some leisurely bike rides. When going on these bike rides we may want to take a long a snack to help with our energy. A few great snack ideas would be

Peanut butter on graham crackers. The fat and protein found in peanut butter with carbohydrate rich graham crackers gives a punch to this snack

Beef Jerky has the fat and protein that gives energy. The salt common on beef jerky helps to keep electrolytes up.

Trail mix is often taken on many activity trips. Your favorite granola whatever it may be will be great on a bike trip. Pack it into your backpack or into a small bag that you carry in your pocket

A little treat  of gummy bears is also a perfect snack for a bike trip Gummy bears often sugar, a great taste. Also available but a bit more pricey are sport beans and energy gels that have a bit sodium and potassium.

Dried fruit also makes a nice convenient treat to take on a bike ride. Offering sugar that is needed to replenish energy, and provides important vitamins and minerals. Dried pineapple and banana chips are possibly the most common but there are others available as well.

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Clematis belongs to the buttercup family of flowers. Clematis have been very popular in gardens since mid to late 1800s. Origins are common to the Chinese and Japanese.

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