November 30, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

My wild flower patch is still blooming :)

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November 29, 2011

Google +

Most of you know that  GFC is being replaced with Google +, if not, guess what? It's being replaced! :)

 I haven't really used it much yet, but have started added my favorite blogs to my circles.  You can pick up a Google+ badge for your site here. Thanks to Sam over at Have Sippy Will Travel for sending that link to me, she's always on top of everything! The badge is pretty easy to add! If you are on Google + let me know and I'll add you to my blog circles :)

Happy Blogging!

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November 28, 2011

White Bean Turkey Soup

I'm always one to find new ways to re-use and or recycle things, even food.
Make  left overs, or extra servings into a whole other meal. Left over mashed potatoes can be cookies, left over squash can be put into bread or brownies, gravy can be frozen and used as flavoring the next time it's needed in a meal. Did you know you can freeze tomato sauce, even just a little into ice cube trays and use it whenever you want? I do this, Add the frozen cubes of tomato sauce into a skillet of browned beef to start some sloppy joes!

This Thanksgiving I was set on using every thing and not let an ounce go to waste. It's re-using, and or recycling it down for use.  Since I already use ham and chicken this way I figured why not try to use the turkey as well. I normally take off as much meat as I can from both a ham bone or chicken but still leave some on.  Set the bone in a pot with left over vegetables (or just their scraps. you know the ends of celery, or the left over stalk you normally toss in the garbage? The tops of carrots or the skins of carrots you peeled off) ) and boil it up till the last pieces of meat fall off the bone, what's left is a rich full flavored broth.  It takes anywhere from 3-6 hours in my slow cooker. . With the chicken I freeze the broth, use it whenever I need to. The Ham is used with beans pretty much right away, or any greens that need to cook for awhile and get to soak up the flavorful broth just made.

There really isn't a "recipe" for this. Just tossed things into a slow cooker.

Here's how I made the White Bean Turkey Soup- 

 After taking off as much meat as I could from the turkey on Thanksgiving I set the leftovers aside for the next day.  Soaked some small white beans and placed the left over turkey bone, into the slow cooker. I have a large one so didn't really need to break it apart, it fit real tight but if you have a smaller slow cooker you may want to break it in half to have it fit. Filled it with water and left over chicken broth, leaving just about two inches from the top and set it on high. Added a bunch of carrots , celery, onions and garlic gloves in there as well.  It cooked like that for five and a half hours, before I strained out all the bones and skin.

 After straining the broth , I rinsed the beans which had soaked for the same time the turkey had cooked and placed them into the slow-cooker. Keeping it on high the beans cooked for another five hours. You don't have to cook it all in the same day, you can save the broth , freeze it use it another day or what ever works for you.

It came out amazing! I thought about thickening it, in which you'd pour a mixture of flour/water into the slow cooker about forty minutes before you'd want it done, but decided against it. Glad I did, it was perfect for me the way it is.  It was buttery, rich, creamy and the beans were so good! I think this will be a
post- Thanksgiving must each year from now on!

Have any post Thanksgiving meals you want to share? :)

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November 26, 2011

Marina Games - Take Out Review

As a child growing up, our Holiday gatherings  always consisted of some games. I have now brought that tradition to my own family with my kids. I taught my two older kids (6yr and 9yrs)  Marina Games - Take Out  Took a few times before they had it down though!

Here's how it works!
To start out the player going first rolls the 10 red dice, then rolls the two white dice. The total that shows up on both white dice must be removed from the red dice. For example, rolling 3 and a 4, you would have rolled a 7. Now you'll  take out any of the Red dice that would add up to 7 =  4,3 - 5,2 - 6,1- and so on, but only one combination.  After the player picks their combination the next player rolls the white dice removing any combination that matches the white dice roll. You repeat this until there's nothing else to take out. Once there's no combination to be removed the player will add the total of all remaining dice. If a player is able to remove all the red dice, they have a total take out, receiving a point value of -10.  Each player starts with 50, and the object is to not score 150. So you will be adding, and subtracting depending on how well you did. The first player to reach 150 is out, and you keep playing till there's one left standing!

Older kids, about  8+ would be great at this.My 6yr old is great with number but she got bored with it and a little upset when she had to start adding too much.  Takes a little getting used too but after they figure it out,  it's fun! A great way to get in some math during the holidays while enjoying it at the same time!
Marina Games -Take Out would be a great stocking stuffer this season, or bring it along when you visit the family for some fun!

**Disclosure- I received the product mentioned above in order to write an honest review. No monetary compensation was received for this post. I did not have to write an positive review, Any and all opinions are and will always be my own.* 

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November 25, 2011

Sweet Treat Friday- Dutch Apple Pie

 My kids think it's pretty funny how I make a pie just for the purpose of being able to cut it while it's still warm. I love Apple pie, it's my all time favorite, but in the last few years I've realized I do not enjoy the top crust at all.
I'm more of the cut to the middle of everything and eat from inside out. This includes, cake, I will not have a corner piece or eat the edges (unless it's Angel Food Cake ) Brownies, I like them perfectly soft and fudgy , no crust! Pizza, yeah I make square pizza just to eat the inside slices of the pizza and let he kids have the outside. Roast beef? Forget it, don't ask me to eat an end piece, I want the dead center piece where it's perfectly moist and oh so yummy!

Yes, this may seem strange, but that's how I am which brings me back to the pie. Dutch Apple pie has no top crust. Instead of cutting into the crust you get mounds of warm brown sugar cinnamon apples and the buttery flaky crust underneath that soaked up all the good juices. Right to the good stuff, and no one touches my Dutch Apple Pie. I will admit I hide it, eat it, and attempt to wonder where it went when someones asks for it. Pie, what pie? I didn't see any pie!

I don't use a recipe for Dutch Apple pie, dont' think I ever really have either, just made it the way I wanted it, but really all it is, is an apple pie with brown sugar ontop. Pretty simple!
  Looked in my cookbooks to find one for Dutch Apple pie, but it's  listed as "Apple Crumb Pie"  in the Better Homes and Garden Cookbook. I use way more apples, and more cinnamon as well but it comes down to pretty much the same thing.

Your favorite Single Pie Crust recipe
Apples 6 cups   cut up and sliced
 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
3/4 cup Sugar
2 tablespoons Flour
1/8 teaspoon Nutmeg
1 tablespoon Lemon juice (I use about 2)

Crumb topping ingredients
1/2 cup Brown sugar
1/2 cup flour (half the time I don't use the flour)
3 -4 tablespoons butter

Cut up apples into a large bowl.  Sprinkle with lemon juice,  flour, sugar , cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix it all up, poor it into the pie crust. I like piling mine in, and use way more apples than called for. I literally load them in there till it's piled high, told you it was my favorite!

 Take the butter, brown sugar and flour into a small bowl to mix up till it's gets crumbly.  Sprinkle it over the apples and bake till bubbly. Bake for about 35-45 minutes at 375. I actually cook mine at 350 for 35 minutes until the top apples have gotten a nice golden look about them. :)

Enjoy some pie!
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November 22, 2011

“Cherry Jam- Cherry Ring Pop” Giveaway**CLOSED**

Calling all Strawberry Shortcake Fans! There is a new face in the Berry Bitty City!

Cherry Jam, a singing megastar made her debut this past Saturday on “Strawberry Shortcake’s Berry Bitty Adventures,” with a series marathon that starts at 8am EST on The Hub.  Cherry Jam, a musical sensation known far and wide, arrives in Berry Bitty City!  There, Strawberry Shortcake and her friends will prove that Cherry Jam has much more than just superstar fame.   Not only does Strawberry Shortcake gain a brand new band-mate, but cheery Cherry will fit right in as Berry Bitty City’s music teacher, voice coach, and all-around fabulous friend!

To celebrate Cherry Jam’s debut, we will be hosting a “Cherry Jam- Cherry Ring Pop” Giveaway. (3) Lucky winners will not only win the cherry ring pop in Cherry Jam’s honor, but an gift basket of assorted ring pop flavors to represent Strawberry Shortcake and all her friends!

** Giveaway is CLOSED**




There will be 3 winners. Winners will receive a Cherry Ring Pop and a  Gift Basket of Ring Pops,  
Open to US only .  Winner will be picked by on December 6th @ 10 PST   Winners will be contacted by email and have 24hrs to respond before a new winner is picked.
How to Enter
 Leave email with one of the entries to be contacted.
1. Must be a follower by GFC My Side of Life - 1 Entry

3. Head over to Strawberry Shortcake's Facebook page and "Like" Them -1 Entry

4. Tweet about the giveaway. This can be done once per day, each tweet is worth - 1 Entry

I am entered to win #CherryJamRingPop @motherbugs
Good Luck to you all!!

** Disclosure, I was not paid to host this giveaway in anyway. I'm hosting on behalf of Cherry Jam/Strawberry Shortcake. Any and all opinions are my own. **

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November 21, 2011

What are you Thankful for?

There's plenty to be thankful for throughout the year, everyday in fact. I tell my kids all the time, just be thankful for what they have, as they really have no place to complain about the little things.

 This past weekend, it was raining. Making us pretty much stuck inside for the start of their Thanksgiving break. With all their complaints about this and that  I finally ended up asking them what would happen if they didn't have a house to be in. They didn't get what I was asking them until I opened the door and asked them if they'd rather be stuck outside in the wind and rain. Maybe have to be cold all day  if we didn't have heat to warm up their bedrooms with. Simple blankets to snuggle up with, a pillow to lay on, a snack during the day or even three meals a day. What would happen then? Would they complain about what they didn't have compared to what they did have?

 They thought I was the meanest Mom alive! They thought I was going to take it all away from them, but they finally got the idea later in the day. Instead of complaining about things left and right, they ended up playing together and appreciating the fact that they had each other to play with. For most the weekend though  they still  hated me for even bringing up the idea up, suddenly worried I'd be taking Christmas away from them even! That wasn't my intention, but it made them stop and think.
 It's those little things, the everyday things we all take for granted.  Hopefully my kids will continue to  appreciate and  be more thankful for what they have at the moment.

Have you asked your kids what they are thankful for this season?

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November 19, 2011


Have you seen the previews for The Muppets? I can't wait to see it with the kids! The movie hits Theaters Nov. 23rd!

Who's your favorite Muppet?
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November 18, 2011

Sweet Treat Friday- Irish Potato Candy

This recipe came from a wonderful Friend of mine, Becki who got it through some women at her Church. I'm so glad she shared it with me because it's a winner! We first made it a couple years ago when my son needed a recipe to make and share with his entire class. It's easy, and best of all everyone  is always surprised at the ingredients when they ask. Irish Potato Candy has now made it's way into my Holiday recipe cookbook and won't ever be forgotten. Everyone always loves them, and they disappear so fast.  Try it, you will be surprised as well as delighted at how tasty they are!

These aren't rolled in sugar just yet. I place them in bags, date them and freeze them!

Irish Potato Candy
1/3 c. mashed potatoes (you can use boxed but I prefer real left over mashed potatoes)
1 3/4 c. powder sugar
2 2/3 c. coconut
1/8 tsp. salt
 1 c. pecans, minced
1/2 tsp. vanilla
cinnamon , powder sugar or almond bark

Mix first 6 ingredients well. Roll into small balls. I find it easier to keep the dough chilled and tale out a little at a time to roll, other wise it gets really sticky.  Place on a cookie sheet and chill until firm. Roll in cinnamon, sugar or almond bark and place on a wax paper. Keep them chilled till serving time.
Makes about 48 balls.

The kids love helping me make these, and it's simple enough for them to do it as well. I normally freeze the balls without coating them and take them out for the holiday dinners the day before.


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November 17, 2011

Dinner Revolution by Chef Jeff - eBook Giveaway

Busy day? Think you have no time to get a healthy delicious meal on the table for your family come dinner time? Think again!  Chef Jeff, author of Dinner Revolution,  has come out with a wonderful cookbook that will help you revolutionize how you cook dinner!

The ebook is full of  over 200 recipes that are less than 10 ingredients and take less than 30 minutes to prepare.  I've gone through each  recipe and nearly every ingredient that is listed is usually on hand in my kitchen. Directions are just as easy as gathering ingredients, so there's no  need to worry if you aren't perfect in the kitchen.  

There's a wide variety of recipes to choose from,  including a whole section on sides and vegetarian meals. Each recipe has it's own nutritional value listed making it easier to plan meals. I've made a couple meals as well  including,  Cajun Rice with Chicken and Shrimp, Open-Face Steak Sandwich on Garlic Cheese Bread, and a Greek Pasta Bake which is a vegetarian option.

With holidays coming up and schedules getting busy, we all need some help getting dinner to the table. I would highly recommend this book for a busy family that wants some help on getting their dinner back on track. I love the variety in the book, and how simple it all is! No more wondering what dinner will be , Chef Jeff made it easy with this book.

Dinner Revolutions sells for $27 but here's the best part -  Chef Jeff is offering it to you for free! 
  It's  a great book to add to your collections and keep on hand. I downloaded it to my phone and literally have it on hand for busy days. 
The best part of this book is how easy it is to get a healthy dinner on the table for your family and not be spending hours on it. Simple, modern, and delicious Check out Dinner Revolution for yourself!

 You can download your copy of the ground breaking new cookbook Dinner Revolutions here,
Hope you enjoy!

 **Disclosure- I received the product mentioned above in order to write an honest review. No monetary compensation was received for this post. I did not have to write an positive review, Any and all opinions are and will always be my own.* 

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November 15, 2011

Get a Melissa & Doug 25% Off Coupon When You Take the North "Poll"

Melissa & Doug want you to tell them which of their educational toys you think is the best! Just click on the image below to place your vote in the North "Poll!" You'll Get a Melissa & Doug 25% Off Coupon** to use at just for voting!

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November 14, 2011

Tangled Ever After

Oh my, oh my!

The Walt Disney Studios proudly announced today that directors Nathan Greno and Byron Howard, the creaters of the blockbuster movie Tangled, will premere a short film spotlighting the royal wedding of Rapunzel (Mandy Moore) and Flynn Rider – a.k.a Eugene  – (Zachary Levi)

I loved the movie Tangled, my kids couldn't stop laughing! Tangled Ever After picks up where Tangled left off. The Kingdom is in a festive mood as everyone gathers for the royal wedding of Rapunzel and Flynn. However, when Pascal and Maximus,(who doesn't love either one of those guys!?)  as flower chameleon and ring bearer, lose the gold bands. You can pretty much guess a crazy search starts to recover the rings and the duo leave a huge trail of  chaos behind them. Will they find the rings and make it back to the church on time?   And will they ever get Flynn’s nose right?

A comical film sure to get the kids laughing and loving the characters all over again !

The short Film, Tangled Ever After will be shown infront of each screening of  Beauty and the Beast in 3D, which opens on January 13, 2012.  I can't wait!!

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November 11, 2011

Sweet Treat Friday - Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pumpkin cheesecake! Have you had it? I can't tell you how this one tastes, as I don't like Pumpkin, but my mother loves it as well as everyone in my husbands family. Pretty sure the kids enjoy it too but they so rarely get a taste of it. I bake six six pies, one cake and a plain cheesecake for the Holidays. Doesn't matter if it's Thanksgiving or Christmas, it's always the same. Kids always go after the apple and the Angel food cake, and well I can't blame them that's what I go after as well. :)

This recipe is from Philadelphia Holiday Cookbook which I've had for almost ten years. It's so worn through the pages are ripping! You can find this recipe on the website though, it's so easy, and everyone that's ever tasted it says they love it!

There's a couple ways you can do this, but I follow the Recipe for the 3 Step double layer Pumpkin Cheesecake.


1 Graham Pie Crust (6 oz.)
2 pkg. (8 oz. each) Cream Cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
dash of ground cloves
dash of ground nutmeg

Preheat oven to 325°F.

Beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla with mixer on med. speed until well blended. Add the eggs, 1 at a time. Mix on low speed after each addition just until blended. Remove 1 cup of the batter and set aside and stir in pumpkin and spices.
Pour remaining plain batter into crust. Top with 1 cup of pumpkin batter.
Bake 40 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool completely. Refrigerate 3 hours or overnight.

It's super easy, and between all the other pies by far the quickest one and with very little steps. Plus you use a pre-made crust so you don't worry about using up another pie pan. I run into that trouble with all of these

I need more pie pans!
 I think the most trouble I have with pies is who takes home left overs :)

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November 10, 2011

Give a gift that gives back! - Limited Edition #60 Counting Sheep


This Holiday season while you are out shopping for family and friends why not give a gift that will give back? This year Serta, a leading mattress manufacturer known for their commercials featuring the adorable counting sheep, has partnered with City of Hope.
City of Hope is  a top center in Cancer Research-  treatment and education. Serta created a limited edition #60 Counting Sheep plush toy that the public can officially “adopt.” All profits from the #60 Counting Sheep will be donated to City of Hope for this
“Adopt-a-Sheep for the Fight Against Cancer Event.”   

 It's adorable!

Serta will make a donation of at least $1.50 and up to $9 for each #60 Counting Sheep plush toy sold now through March 31, 2012.
 This limited edition Counting Sheep carries the special Adopt-a-Sheep for the Fight Against Cancer seal.  Every #60 Counting Sheep comes with an enclosure card with instructions on how you can register your Counting Sheep online. You can select a unique name for your Counting Sheep, also download a keepsake Adoption Certificate customized with your Counting Sheep's name and dedicate your adoption to a loved one.

This is a wonderful gift to give to anyone who's been touched by cancer. You can adopt the limited edition  #60 Counting Sheep on Serta  for 16.99.

Check out this video about City of Hope's Power of Hope

Give a cute gift that will be cherished and never forgotten this holiday season by adopting one of the Serta  limited edition #60 Counting Sheep 

**Disclosure-  No monetary compensation was received for this post. I did not have to write an positive review, Any and all opinions are and will always be my own.*  

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November 9, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

This is how we wake up every morning, our street completely covered by fog. I took this as we were walking to school Monday morning.

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November 8, 2011

Rock N Learn Sight Words DVD Review & Giveaway **CLOSED**

Rock N Learn Logo

My younger kids love Rock N Learn! Tons of fun, doesn't matter what the DVD will be about, they sit, listen and are completely into the movie. Fun, interactive and full of music the Rock N Learn line of  learning DVD's is perfect for the upcoming Holidays with the kids.

We recently reviewed the Rock N Learn Sight Words, aimed at Pre-K ages and up. Over 60 sight words are used throughout the DVD and easily taught to kids in a way that gets them singing right along with them. I know as mother the best way my kids learn is getting them to interact and Rock N Learn does that.

Taught in a context for meaning, example, when being taught the word up or down, the object is moving up and down. There's counting and colors, with yellow, blue and red sheep, each highlighted as the word is said. My youngest girls, four and two, count along and shout out the colors right with the DVD.
They really enjoy it, and pick up a lot from it. They dance along with the characters , jump in when they are asked to repeat, or find the sight words.

 The other great thing about the Sight Words DVD is, a bonus feature where they are asked to pronounce the words. 
Rock N Learn breaks down  words, T-h-e , c-a-t, in simple form, easily picked up by the youngest kids. We've been trying to get her to begin to spell, and the way Rock N Learn breaks that word up made her shout out "Hey look I can spell now too". She enjoys it along with learning new words everyday to spell. 

   Learning should always be fun, and with the new Sight Words DVD to the Rock N Learn collection, you won't be let down. Younger kids getting ready for Pre-k or K  would  have a blast with this DVD and it would be a great stocking stuffer or gift for them!

Rock N Learn Sight Words DVD, is 19.99, Head to Rock N Learn and sign up for their E Newsletter for updates, special offers and more!   For My Side of Life Reader, you also get a 25% discount off your entire purchase with this code -  JQ7711   

Here's the best part! You can win a copy of the Sight Words DVD for your kids this Holiday!
 Winner is
SocialStudiesSoubrette :) Congrats!!

 Don't forget there's still the 25% Discount to use on the Rock N Learn Website!  For My Side of Life Reader, you also get a 25% discount off your entire purchase with this code -  JQ7711  
** Giveaway**

 **Disclosure- I received the products mentioned above from Rock N Learn ,  in order to write an honest review. No monetary compensation was received for this post. I did not have to write an positive review, Any and all opinions are and will always be my own.* 
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November 6, 2011

Weekend Project- So much work

Gardening is a lot of work. There's always something to do, and it never really seems to end. I don't mind this, not one bit. While the kids argue in the sandbox, or chase each other crazy I'm in my own world full of plants and dirt not to mention a couple hundred different kind of bugs! I won't get into bugs though, those creepy things are everywhere and end up jumping out in your face when you least expect it!

   This weekend was a major clean up. Half the tomato plants are finished so I had to pull those up. There's still  ten out in the garden with plenty of green tomatoes on it. I'll keep them out there one more week (covering them with a frost blanket at night). Besides everything else still growing, I had to weed through strawberries and start to get those ready for the winter. While moving them though I found much more work that needed to be done.

Remember when I posted about Runners? You can read about them here. Quick re-cap though, runners are baby strawberry plants "running" off of the mother plant. Once the runner is seen you need to bury it against some dirt until a good root system is grown. After that snip it off and plant it.

Root System

New Plant, woohoo!
I came across two dozen runners between the rocks today. I kept most of them there in he rocks where they settled themselves, the others I started to plant in small containers.
It took about three hours to get the garden and yard all set and ready for winter, then stood back viewed it in all it's clean glory only to realize, - I'd have more to do next week!

 I'm tired just thinking about it!

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November 4, 2011

Sweet Treat Friday - Pat- In A- Pan Pie Crust

I know you've most likely heard from someone making pie crust is simple, and the easiest you'll ever try. Or this recipe won't fail you, well I've failed every single pie crust out there. I make pie a LOT, seriously, a lot.     
  It's easy to mess a pie crust up, even following every direction to the "T" and still you may end up getting a crust that is either crumbly or is too dry. From where I stand going through all my mistakes (trust me I make them a lot) the only thing you can fall back on , is how it feels. Just like bread dough. I do have a trick up my sleeve though. A pie crust  that honestly doesn't give me trouble, it's called  Pat-A Pan Pie crust. This recipe was given to me by a friend who hates to bake but her mother bakes alot. I know I've heard the recipe name before, but until she showed me the name it didn't realy click. I know a couple people who use this, where it started, I'm not sure.
I use this crust throughout the year, but during the Holiday season is comes in handy, because there's no chilling the dough, no rolling and I don't think  I've ever messed it up yet.
So easy the kids can do it, no joke!

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 tablespoons cold milk

Place the flour, sugar, and salt and mix in a pie plate (yup, right in the pan) Mix it up with your fingers until evenly blended. In a measuring cup combine the oil and milk and beat it till creamy. Pour the milk and oil mixture over the flour mixture. Mix with fork until the flour mixture is completely moistened. Pat the the dough with your fingers, first up the sides and then out in the pan on the bottom. Flute the edge if you'd like.

 This is not a pie crust to be used on top of any pie, it is solely a single shell crust. If you are preparing it to fill and need a "pre-baked" shell, preheat the oven at 425F and prick the surface of the pastry with a fork. Back about 15 minutes or until slightly browned. If the recipe calls for no pre-baked shell simply fill with your filling and follow pie directions for cooking.

Some tips-
*Work this dough out evenly in the pie pan, it may not look like much, but it really does cover a 9 inch pan, you need to just work it up the edges carefully and then pat the rest out.
 *I find once in a great while it looks too moist after I've patted the dough down. Simply take a paper towel and lay it on the pie crust to get the extra moisture out.

That's really all there is to it, I use this for the holidays and it is a wonderful short cut to all the other roll out pie crusts out there. It's flaky, and tastes great as well. :)
 What are you waiting for? Go make some pie!

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November 3, 2011

It's National Sandwich Day! Come Celebrate #NationalSandwichDay

What is your favorite Sandwich? I can't narrow mine down, it's tied between 15. Yes I know, that's a bit much but really, think about it.  There's meatball sandwiches, Chicken Parmesan, tomato, roast beef, pulled pork, ham and cheese, turkey, fish , I'll even call a shrimp roll a sandwich. Can't forget my S'more Sammie  now that right there, is a winner. Peanut butter the classic of all times, plain cheese sandwich, cranberry (don't ask,) Burger sandwiches, sub sandwiches, the all American BLT, meatloaf burgers, BBQ sandwiches, ! Then there's this one right here

Stop licking the screen.

This is my Buffalo Chicken Sandwich, smothered (and I do mean smothered) in Franks Red Hot Sauce. I took a piece of chicken, coasted it in egg and hot sauce , then dipped it into a breaded flour mixture and back in with the egg and hot sauce before coating again. It was cooked fast in the frying pan and finished in the oven before I ate the whole thing up. No one touches my sandwich, ever! :)

Now listen up, cause here's something to get excited about!

Land O'Frost is Celebrating National Sandwich day with a little something extra! Land O’Frost is giving all relatives of “Sandwich” (that’s Sammy, Sam, Samuel or Samantha or similar variations) another reason to mark the holiday. In the fun tradition of the nickname, Land O’Frost is giving a free lifetime supply of lunch meat to the first baby named Sam (or some variation) born on Nov. 3rd (how’s THAT for a birthday present!?) In addition, the company will be offering a free package of lunch meat to each and every person named Sam in the U.S. – and if you’re wondering, that’s an estimated 150,000 people (and counting) in the US. Another fun fact, according to the Social Security Association, the name Samuel is 24 on the list of 2010 most popular names, and Samantha ranked 15 among females in 2010.

Land O’Frost is also making it their goal to congratulate “every single Sam” on Twitter with a special tweet. For everyone named Sam or Samantha that tweets and follows the company back at @LandOFrost will be donating $1 to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)*.

 I am so hungry right now!
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November 2, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

I took this the other day, right before I was swarmed by at least 20 other bees right behind it! Ah
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November 1, 2011

Did you Know Tuesday- Daylight Savings Time

It's almost that time again! I couldn't be more happy that it's nearly time to change all the clocks. It's far too dark in the morning when I get up, and it has made the kids cranky as ever. I don't remember it being like this last year, or maybe it's more the weather than anything else.It's still hot here! While the mornings are getting chilly, our afternoons stay hot, and the kids have had enough of it. (ok so have I)

Back to the Daylight Savings time, November 6th is the day to set the clocks back, so don't forget! I normally get the kids switched to the time change days ahead of time, each day I start moving things like meals and bedtime back by ten minutes at first, then fifteen and so on . By the time it's time to change it back completely , they are already used to it enough it's not a "shock" to them. :)

I remember one year our automatic clock radio set itself back on the wrong day and we were a full hour later getting to school. HA! So FYI if you have a clock that sets itself I'd double check it to see if it is correct or not. :)
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