December 31, 2012

Winter Lettuce

It may be winter, but the garden is still going. We have plenty of winter lettuce and greens growing strong this year. I can't really plant more or tend to the garden while I am recovering but I can pick what needs to be harvest with the kids help!

We've been enjoying some small patches of lettuce which you can plant in rotations like I've mentioned before . If you plant every ten or so days starting in the end of summer and into fall you can have an endless supply of greens.


 Most are winter hardy but you need to check your zones to make sure they can stand the bitter cold. If they aren't frost hardy and most need at least some coverage check into a garden cover. They let the sun light in but keep the frost at bay. 


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December 22, 2012

Sofia The First


The Sofia The First character will make her Disney Parks debut in the 29th Annual "Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade" airing nationwide on Christmas Day, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 25 (10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., ET; check local listings) on the ABC Television Network.  It was also recently announced that Sofia will be joining the Disney Junior – Live on Stage! show at Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney California Adventure in early 2013!



Disney's first little girl princess, Sofia was introduced in the music-filled animated television movie "Sofia the First: Once Upon A Princess" which debuted on November 18, 2012 and became the #1 cable telecast of all time in Kids 2-5 and Girls 2-5, and the #1 preschool cable TV telecast ever in Total Viewers and Women 18-49.  A "Sofia the First" television series which continues Sofia's journey as she learns how to adjust to royal life, premieresFRIDAY, JANUARY 11 on Disney Channel (9:30-10:00 a.m., ET/PT) and Disney Junior (5:30-6:00 p.m., ET/PT)
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December 14, 2012

Sore Throat? Make some Jelly! - Recipe

With cold weather surrounding us and colds knocking at our doors we need to be prepared for all those sniffles and coughs. Colds are colds, they happen to us all and you just have to ride them out. There's no magical medicine that would knock a cold right out of you, your body just needs to go through it. There are however things you can do right in your own home to help aid and sooth colds, coughs and sore throats. One thing I have found over the years is a simple syrup or jelly that you should always have on hand. It's made with honey, ginger and lemons.


Honey is a go to ingredient in this house when it comes to sore throats, it has always helped. The kids however do not like taking honey in anyway, which is why I'm sharing this quick easy home recipe. When you mix the honey , lemons and ginger together let it sit it forms a jelly. Something you can either add to your tea, or just warm water, or any drink really as well as add to toast. The kids take this easier and it does help with their sore throats.


Directions

Cut up a lemon into slices. Set the slices and sliced ginger into the jar. Pour honey (local and organic are best!) into the jar over the slices. Cover and let sit in the fridge. It will make a jelly and you can keep it up to about 3 months.

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Unilever Spreads- Review & Giveaway

Cookies , cookies and more cookies! Tis the season to bake isn't it? 
 This season I tried out some new baking products with the help of Unilever Spreads.
The challenge, bake with them and compare to other butters, to see which comes out on top! I was given a great baking start too. 

As someone who bakes a lot, I don't often use any spreads, why? Well because I don't normally get the right outcome I want in the baked goods, so this was an interesting fun challenge for me. Unilever Spreads, include a wide variety of soft spreads, including Country Crock, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!, Promise, Brummel & Brown, and Imperial . Some quick facts about Unilever Spreads -

· Have 0g trans fat per serving
· Contain no partially hydrogenated oils
· Have no cholesterol
· Are 70% less fat than butter per serving
· Have 30% fewer calories than butter per serving
All good facts when you think about just how many baked goods you end up making during the holiday season. This way you can cut down some of that unwanted fat and still enjoy the great taste!

I used I can't believe it's not butter for cookie baking this year. I normally use stalked stick butter, but went all out to try out the different butters. Sugar cookies were just a little harder to work with but they came out perfect with adjustment to flour. Some cookies need to be chilled due to the softer spreads, but besides that and the flour adjustment in a few it was the only thing I noticed different. They all baked up nicely !
 The rest of the cookies , which are below came out just great, and no adjustment was needed so this was a great baking challenge. Many thanks to Unilever Spreads for the chance to put their products to the test. My neighbors and friends equally thank you for their chance in taste testing the results! Next time you'r baking up some fun in the kitchen try picking out one of the many spreads by Unilever, you won't be disappointed!



Ready for a giveaway?  Here's what a lucky reader will receive a Good to Know baking set which includes:
· Silpat® baking sheet liner
· Steel Cooling Rack
· Nonstick cookie sheet
· Stainless steel cookie scoop
· $10 gift card to purchase your Unilever spread of choice and baking ingredients
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December 13, 2012

Fannie May Chocolates Review & Giveaway





Thinking of a last minute treat to give to your loved one or friend? I have the perfect treat you will enjoy, and the best of all- it can ship within 24 hours of ordering. Actually the best thing is opening the box and viewing this-

 Freshly covered strawberries delivered to your door or sent where you want them arrive safely in a cold box and ready to serve. All you need to do - Is Enjoy. 

I had the privilege to try Fannie May Holiday Chocolate covered berries.  They were so good I ordered a box for my parents for Christmas so they could enjoy as well.
 The Holiday Chocolate Berries include  3 of each-  caramel-infused milk chocolate & crunchy pecans:  Tasty eggnog white chocolate :  Deluxe dark chocolate & spicy-sweet gingerbread &  Decadent white chocolate with candy cane bits. 

They are mouthwatering good! My favorite were the Eggnog white chocolate, and the ones with crunchy pecans on the bottom. The berries really were fresh with a great flavor which surprised me as, it isn't strawberry season so you have to wonder. These did not leave me disappointed.


These make a great addition to any party you may be hosting this year, for the holidays or even New Years, again they ship within 24hours of ordering and they do arrive quickly & still cold. It arrives in a cold box with an ice pack perfectly packed to keep fresh.
 You can pick out from a variety of berries and other treats on their website which I highly suggest you do. These are the perfect last minute gift for the hard to shop for person in your life, or if you just want to cheer someone up that isn't close by, check out Fannie May Chocolates and their delightful spread of sweets.

Here is the best part! You can win a box of Fannie May Chocolates right now! One (1) winner will receive:
12 piece box of Fannie May Favorites Chocolate Dipped Strawberries (Retail $59.99)



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Beef Stew

With cold and stormy weather all I wanted was stew! One of my favorites is Beef Stew, and I never seem to make it the same way. Sometimes I make dumplings, just as if it were chicken and dumplings  Other times I make it like gumbo, thick chunky and so forth. Other times it's more of a soup where you must have bread to eat it with. Other times, like this one recipe, it's made with rice.
What can I say, I like mixing it up one day to another!


You can easily do this in the slow cooker, but I prefer slow cooking on the stove most the time. 

Ingredients
2lbs of cubed beef
1/2 cup flour
pepper 
olive oil for pan
3 ribs of celery chopped
1/2lb carrot hopped
1 large onion chopped
5 garlic gloves minced
1/2 lb of baby red potatoes cut and quartered
2 cups beef stock + more if needed later on
bay leaf
2-3 springs fresh parsley
2 springs fresh thyme
1 cup chopped mixed peppers

Directions
Toss meat in flour and pepper. Heat oil in large pot and brown meat on all sides. Remove the meat, add a little more oil and scrap anything off the bottom of the pan, keeping it all in the pan, you just want to loosen it. Throw in your vegetables and meat back in sprinkle with some more pepper and poor in beef broth. You want to cover the meat and vegetables so of the broth isn't enough to cover it add in some water until everything is covered with a good half inch left. It will cook down. Stir and cook till pot boils and set it down to low and cover gently for 2- 3 and a half hours. Keep going back to stir it once in awhile. If you want rice add a cup of uncooked rice in the last hour, it will be ice and cooked by the time you want to eat! 

Enjoy!





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December 9, 2012

Almondina Review and Giveaway



Almondina cookies are unique gourmet cookies. Is it a treat? Is it sweet? Is it healthy for you? Yup, all of the above. The gourmet treats are made from Yuval Zaliouk's secret family recipe which has been passed down through the generations. Aren't all good recipes best started this way? 
Have a treat without all the guilt, as Almondina cookies are all natural, crispy almond with no added fat, salt, or preservatives and only had 30 calories. Sounds too good to be true doesn't it? 

They were so good!
You have plenty of flavors to choose from as well, which I have had the pleasure to enjoy each one. Flavors include- 
  •  Original - America 's all natural favorite with almonds and raisins
  •  Chocolate Cherry 
  • Choconut - Rich tasting crunchy chocolate, but low in calories
  •  Cinnaroma® - The original biscuit for cinnamon lovers
  •  Gingerspice - Trend setting, with chunks of Australian ginger
  •  AlmonDuo® - Double-nut wonder with almonds and pistachios
  •  AnniversaryT - Award winning delight with a touch of anise
  •  BranTreats® - Made with oat bran and the finest cinnamon "Cookies For Breakfast"
  •  Sesame - Irresistible, exotic, flavorful
  •  Seasonal Pumpkin Spice 
  • · Chocolate Dipped – the Original® dipped in the finest, pure, rich dark chocolate


The biscuits are wonderful for dipping into tea, coffee and other hot beverages. You can enjoy them pretty much any time you want. My kids enjoyed them for after school snacks. They also made a perfect addition to yogurt, just crumble a cookie up and enjoy!


 If you would like to learn more about the brand head on over to their website  www.almondina.com . To check out the story behind the biscuits, check out www.zaliouk.com
http://www.zaliouk.com/video.htm

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Wellness Dog Treats Review



 Wellness is a company devoted to the wellness of your pets. With natural, balanced and tasty treats/foods for your pet you can expect the best quality in their products. They have plenty to choose from for any kind of your four legged pet, whether dog of feline.
 We recently tried out the Wellness Wellbars , Crunchy Peanuts and Honey bite sized dog treats. My dogs gobbled them up so fast it was hard to snap a picture of them enjoying them! Oven baked they are bite sized and perfect for smaller dogs. All the bars are wheat free and baked in the oven for perfect crunch! I can’t tell you how they tasted, but the dogs enjoyed them. I like the package, sealed in plastic  to keep them super fresh I didn’t open the bag to already cracked or broken pieces like I normally do with treats.
The Wellness Bites, are  small soft dog  treats, made with Turkey and Duck. All the soft treats on the line are made with either meat, veggies or fruit.  Let’s just say Baby and Spot when bonkers over these treats. Packed in a resalable pouch it keeps them soft, though I must say my kids opened the bag and left it open for days without the treats going hard.  I think that’s a plus considering I don’t want to feed my dog stale treats. The soft bite treats are perfect for a young pup which we treated along a walk one day so if you are adding a puppy to the household keep Wellness Bites in mind the next time you go by the pert food store!
Spot checking out the chews

Begging for more!!
Baby waiting on a biscuit! They dove in for these treats!


All Wellness treats are packed with natural safe ingredients to help keep your dog’s diet balanced and on track whether small, large young or old there’s a treat for all sizes. Next time  you’re picking out gi treats for your four legged loved ones don’t forget to check out Wellness! Plenty to choose from and a treat for any dog :)
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December 8, 2012

Don't miss this Giveaway by Priceless Products Reviews Giveaways & Freebies

Do you have pets?? If so you don't want to miss out on this great giveaway from Pawalla and my friend over at Priceless Products Reviews Giveaways & Freebies. 3 lucky winner will each receive a a code for a free pet product box. Make sure to check out her review and find out all the great things you can get for your pet.
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December 7, 2012

Casemaker Speck's announces daily holiday deals, save 25% this weekend


 Don't miss This weekend’s “12 Days of Speck” one-day deals are:
·         Friday, Dec. 7th25% Off All iPad Cases, including iPad mini
o   Deal expires at 11:59pm Eastern Friday night
·         Saturday, Dec. 8th25% Off All Tablet Cases (excludes iPad)
o   Deal expires at 11:59pm Eastern Saturday night
·         Sunday, Dec. 9th25% Off All Smartphone Cases (excludes iPhone)
o   Deal expires at 11:59pm Eastern Sunday night


Ipad Cases! 
HandyShell for iPad (regularly $54.95)                                     iGuy (regularly $39.95)

                         

FitFolio for iPad (regularly $39.95)                                             PixelSkin HD Wrap for iPad (regularly $49.95)

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Tablet Cases 
FitFolio for Kindle Touch (regularly $29.95)                           FitFolio for Kindle Fire HD 7" (regularly $34.95)


FitFolio for Google Nexus 7 (regularly $34.95)              FitFolio for Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (regularly $39.95)     



Smartphone Cases 
CandyShell for Samsung Galaxy S III (regularly $34.95)   
                                                  
                                                            

FabShell for Motorola Droid RAZR M (regularly $34.95)   
                                                   

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December 5, 2012

Foster Farms Corn Dogs Giveaway!


Who doesn't love a great corn dog? They are always a hit with kids and adults, and with holidays coming up why not have a special treat with the family and enjoy some tasty corn dogs. Even better what if those corn dogs were free?! Yup you heard right, today I am giving away some coupons which will allow you to get a free package of Foster Farms Corn dogs. Keep reading to hear how! 


 Foster Farms and WB Games are teaming up to give you a $5 rebate on the purchase of the Scrbblenauts Unlimited Video game when you buy specially marked Foster Farms Corn dogs (or even the minis)  Scribblenauts Unlimited is available for the WiiU, 3DS and PC systems. You can head over to www.scribblenautsunlimited.com for more information about it. Be sure to keep a look out for those specially marked boxes of corn dogs for the $5 rebate! 
You can find out more about that here.




 In the mean time if you are a fan of Foster Farms Corndogs and would love to win a coupon for a free package of corndogs you came to the right place! 

I will be giving away 5 of these redeemable coupons, each one is for one free Foster Farms Corn Dogs. 
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Wordless Wednesday


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December 3, 2012

Safety Tips for the Holidays from Radio Disney and Underwriters Laboratories


Happy Holidays everyone! We're all busy this time of her, more so then other's but it's no time to forget being Safe! Radio Disney and Underwriters Laboratories put together some quick and easy safety tips you need to remember this season!  

  •  Water your tree daily.
  • Blow out unattended candles.
  • Always make sure your holiday lights and decorations bear the UL Mark of Safety.


Additional tips include:
1.       Only plug in one plug per outlet
2.       When online shopping, be aware of what personal information you are providing
3.       Always log off a website before you close your browser
4.       Stay at least 3 feet away from portable heaters
5.       Keep stairways and pathways free of clutter
6.       Remind your kids to dial in 9-1-1 in emergencies
7.       Make sure your home has a UL listed Carbon Monoxide alarm, UL listed Fire Extinguishers and a home escape plan



 If you missed my first post about the Safety Series Events last week there is one more for December 8th- (the others are already over) 
December 8 (6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.) – Now Snowing Nightly in Celebration Town Center with Radio Disney AM 990 Orlando



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December 2, 2012

Storm attack!

We have been flooded, literally by storms this week. We lost power last night and this morning, heavy winds, heavy downpours and our yard and street were flooded. With more rain in the future the creeks and rivers have swelled but we have had a break in the storm this afternoon.

  The sun came out before the clouds started coming back in. 
More rain to come our way but glad for the parting skies!

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Mohawk Home Rug Review & Giveaway

 Few months ago I posted about the review about my new Kitchen Mohawk Rug. The winner picked never got back to me, not even the second or third one I picked! I decided to run the giveaway again so here is your last chance for a great giveaway! So Happy Holidays, and good luck! On to the review-


My Mohawk rug was styling, I picked the wine reserve one. You know how I adore wine so this was a welcome addition to my kitchen. The mat was very cushioned which surprised me as most mats I see are just material not foam and ust a rug material so it's not nice to stand on at all. This was great, cushioned nice to stand on and an important fact- You can wipe spills off easily from the surface. *Do not get the foam wet it will tear and rip apart.  

Pretty isn't it? It was large too, 20x30 perfect size for infront of the kitchen sink or the stove. For $19.99 this was a great bargain in my opinion. It doesn't slip on the ground, you don't slip on it even when wet, easy to clean and keeps it's color after great amount of usage. You can find many styles to fit right into your home, sizes as well and never go wrong. 

Want to win a Mohawk kitchen rug yourself? Now is your chance, enter below in 
the rafflecopter. Please keep in mind- The winner may choose any Mohawk Home items valued up to $19.99 that includes doormats, kitchen rugs, bath mats, and rug padding. They can go here to choose:http://www.mohawkhome.com **
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December 1, 2012

Wreck It Ralph activity sheets for the kids

Ready for some Wreck It Ralph activity sheets? You have come to the right place! Just click on this link to head over to my G+ , you should be able to open it and print out the full versions of the sheets.



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