Saturday, October 31, 2009

Bioron to help keep your family healthy

Tis the season for flu and colds! I really believe that the potential threat of H1N1 is greater than the actual amount of people that will be infected. It is a good thing to be made aware of a potential virus. If you are aware of it then you can personally plan your family attack by setting up safe guards of protection.

What type of safe guards can you set up to protect your family?

#1 HANDS
  • This is the time to review or teach your children that hands are germ factories.
  • Tell them to cough or sneeze in the crook of their arm.
  • Wash hands after coughing, sneezing, shaking hands,etc.
  • Wash hand before cooking and eating.
  • Wash hands before leaving the bathroom
  • Do not pick your nose! Germs from your fingers will go in your nose. You will then breath in the germs!
#2 MOUTH
  • Do not share drinks with anyone.
  • Brush teeth at least twice a day and floss.
  • Use chapstick, lip balm, lip stick,etc to keep lips moist. Cracked lips are just asking germs to come on in!
  • Do not put boogers in your mouth.
  • Drink OJ, tea,etc. Keep hydrated.
  • Eat healthy meals! Make your favorite soups.
I'm sure more things can be listed when it comes to our hands and mouth. Germs have to get into your body. You can help prevent some of this by being proactive.

When a cold comes on everyone wants to run to the Doctor. From what I know 99% of the time you do not need to go see your Doctor. Did you know that the waiting room to see your Doctor is a huge germ factory? If there is a fever then that is good sign. It shows that your body is working to attack what is foreign. You want to stay home with a fever. Best medicine for the onset of a cold is to let your body work to attack it and stay away from others. Get plenty of rest. Sometimes sleeping is difficult for our sick ones. Put a movie in and let them lay around and rest if they can't sleep.

One2One Network has teamed up with Boiron, the world leader in homeopathy, to see how we keep our families healthy during this cold and flu season. So how can homeopathy and Boiron help keep our families healthy?

Are you wondering what is homeopathy? It is a therapeutic method that is used to help the body rebalance and heal itself. It is the use of all natural substances to help treat colds, allergies, flu symptons,etc.

Boiron introduced three new homeopathic medicines for children. These products help to safely and naturally work on the flu-like symptons, coughs, etc without interacting with existing medicines or causing unwanted side affects. Go to Boiron and check out their products. The 3 new products are: By clicking Boiron anywhere on my post you can get a $1 off coupon to use to purchase these three products. I strongly suggest that you go check out Boiron before someone gets sick! These are the type of products you will want to have on hand to keep you out of the germ factory Doctor's office.

What are you doing to help keep your family healthy? If you have helpful tips please blog about them. Pass those tips on to other mothers!!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Crunchy and Sloppy Onion Joes

I love these super quick Crunchy and Sloppy Onion Joes! It was created on one of those days where I didn't have anything to planned to cook.

1lb ground turkey
1 can tomato sauce
1 T. brown sugar
2 T. French's Worcestershire sauce
1 T. French's Mustard
1 small onion chopped coarsely
1 can French's Fried Onions
Buns

Ground the turkey and chopped onions. Drain any fat. Add tomato sauce, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce and mustard. When bubbly turn off. Put on bun and top with French's crunchy Fried Onions.

Check out TwitterMoms and French's 25,000 2009 Cook-off! Here are the rules:

Prizes:

-- The first 16 bloggers to enter the contest will win a $50 gift card to their local supermarket (as long as they offer gift cards, of course!).

-- Two random posters will receive a $100 gift card to their local supermarket.

In addition to the prizes offered to Twittermoms, entering the French’s Cook-Off 2009 also enters you to win weekly prizes and a $25,000 grand prize! See below for official Cook-Off 2009 rules.

Cook-Off 2009 Official Rules
French’s Cook-Off 2009 Recipe Contest: No purchase necessary to enter or win. Contest open to legal US residents at least 18 years of age as of June 1, 2009. Contest runs from June 20 - October 31, 2009. Void where prohibited. Go to http://www.frenchsfoods.com for entry details and official rules.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Buffalo Chicken Dip


 
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This is a yummy, spicy dip thanks to Frank's Red Hot Sauce. This is a great dip to serve during the Holidays! 
Ingredients
* 1 pkg cream cheese (leave sit out to get soft) spread in baking dish
*2 chicken breast cook and shredded (canned chicken or tofu chicken can be used same way)
*1 med white onion chopped and cooked with the chicken breast
*3 stalks of celery chopped and cooked with chicken and onions
*1 Small bottle of FRANKS Red Hot Original
*1 Small bottle of Blue Cheese or Ranch Dressing-I use blue cheese or put on both dressings
*8 oz of Cojack cheese, shredded(or any type of cheese you want.. I only use cojack)
*Scoops or Taco Chips
8 X 8 baking dish




Layer all the ingredients in dish in the order listed above. Bake @ 350 for 10-15 min until warm and slightly bubbly. If you have leftovers just rewarm individual serving sizes.

ALTERATIONS

Dip on left had a tiny bit of FRANKS sprinkled on top. This is in honor Emily who can't handle hot food. The one on the right is for everyone else! So when you are pouring on the Franks this is what it should look like. You can add more or less. After you make it the first time you will know how much you need!

(THIS CONTEST IS OVER)*- The first 50 to enter the contest will win a $20 gift card to their local supermarket (as long as they offer gift cards, of course!). This contest runs in conjunction with the French's Cook-Off 2009
* For more information go to TwitterMoms or click widget below!



TwitterMoms and French's 140-character Twitter Recipe Contest
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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Make-Ahead Meals For Busy Moms Giveaway Winner

Congrats to Andie! She won the Make-Ahead Meals for Busy Moms! Please do a twitter search as there are more books being given away! You can also purchase from Amazon or from her website!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Sweet Pumpkin Dump Cake Recipe

This super sweet cake is called by many names.  I've heard it referred to as Pumpkin Crisp, Pumpkin Dump Cake, Pumpkin Cake and Pumpkin Cobbler.  Call it what you want it is all the same and this is one delish pumpkin recipe.  All the recipes that I have seen vary a little but I'm sure the end results are similar.  What are some of your favorite fall recipes? Share in the comments!

The taste is delicious and it should be illegal to do this with a can a pumpkin! Just sayin'!  Enjoy from Gabby K. 


Sweet Pumpkin Dump Cake

Ingredients

29 oz can pumpkin mix
12 oz evaporated milk
3 eggs
1 c. sugar
1 tsp salt
3 tsp cinnamon
1 box yellow cake mix
1 c. chopped pecans
3/4 c butter 


Directions

Preheat and bake 350. 

Mix pumpkin, milk, eggs, sugar, salt and cinnamon. Pour batter into greased 9 X 13 pan. Sprinkle dry cake mix over top. Sprinkle pecans over cake mix. Pour melted butter over that.

Bake 50 min.  Yummy! It smells great, too!


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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Friday, October 23, 2009

Winners of The Crowning Glory of Calla Lilly Ponder


I have 3 winners for this awesome book! Sarah Osborne, Sheila (bookjourney) and Esme! Congrats ladies!!!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Pumpkin and Ghost Brownies

This week I saw a really cute recipe for Pumpkin colored brownies on The Frugal Girls.com. I posted the link to share with my Facebook friends. Some pointed out that that was a lot of added coloring! My Facebook friend, Lisa, over at Retro Housewive Goes Green said "Having asthma I can't do yellow dye #5 and I seem to have issues with blue dyes. Plus they are linked to all kinds of health issues (lots are banned in other countries). She gave me a link to find natural dyes over at the Natural Candy Store.

I do understand about all the dye. These homemade pumpkins really do look yummy?The Frugal Girls.com photo

My daughter and I decided for school that we would make some. We chose to do GHOST so not to use all the food coloring. She also wanted to make pumpkins and decided to just use the white butter cream frosting on them too!

Here is our quick recipe makeover:

Pumpkin Ghost Brownies

*Make your favorite brownies into a 9 X 13 pan.

*When cooled use your cookie cutters. Try to fit each piece in tight to not waste any brownies! We were able to get 12 cut-outs.

*We made buttercream frosting. Do this while the brownies are cooling. You can also buy frosting.

*Once cooled and cut out then frost and EAT! We do not like gobs of frosting so we lightly frosted ours.






Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Tall, Dark and Fangsome Giveaway and Review

Thanks to Hachette Book Group for giving me the book as well as 5 copies to giveaway to my readers.

I'm a huge Twilight Series fan! I'm impatiently waiting for Stephenie Meyer to add more books to her series. I must say that I thought this book was going to be a bit "edgy" when I agreed to read and review it for Hachette Books. I"m not into reading just any vampire story. I want fun, excitement, romance and just enough adventure without getting to gory and graphic.

Accordingly to Hachette, "Michelle Rowen, author of Tall, Dark & Fangsome was born in Toronto, Ontario. As a child she decided that when she grew up she would become a flight attendant, a jewel thief, or a writer. One out of three ain't bad. She is a self-confessed bibliophile, the proud owner of an evil cat named Nikita, Reality TV junkie, and has an unhealthy relationship with all things Buffy the Vampire Slayer."

Product Description:
Sarah Dearly's vampire life is not all B-positive cocktails. A curse made her a nightwalker, the most vicious vamp there is; the charm she wears to curb her deadly tendencies is losing its juice; and a hunter from hell is turning up the heat. Gideon Chase will kill the ones she loves most if she doesn't obey his orders. That includes breaking up with master vampire Thierry and turning Gideon into an immortal vamp so he can escape a doom of eternal hellfire.

Making things worse are Sarah's growing feelings for Gideon, a bad boy who keeps showing a vulnerable side . . . but is it for real? Will Sarah's dark side take over? Or can she cure herself of the nightwalker curse in time to stop Gideon and finally live happily ever after with Thierry . . . forever?

Personally, I loved this book! I learned that Tall, Dark & Fangsome is the fifth and final book in Michelle Rowen’s humorous Immortality Bites paranormal romance series. I didn't realized that it was a series until I started reading this one. I didn't have time to get the others so I just jumped in and read! I was able to follow the store line and Michelle added tidbits of history to keep me into the current story without feeling lost. I am going to read the other four. She filled the book with twist and turns to keep her reader from getting bored! I loved the charming personality of her characters. It wasn't overly mushy! If you love fun romance and adventure with a side of paranormal then this is a series you must read!!!

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GIVEAWAY of 5 copies!!!!
Thanks again Hachette Book Group!


Entry
1) Do you like vampire books? I just want to hear anything you have to say on this subject for your initial entry!!!!

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ENDS NOV 4th Winner chosen at random. Books mailed to winner by sponsor, Hachette Book Group.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Sleepless Nights Review and Giveaway


Thanks to HarperCollins for sending me Sleepless Nights to review! They are also giving me 3 copies to pass on to my readers!

This is the first book that I read by Sarah Bilston. She has also written Bed Rest.

After the pregnancy from hell, motherhood has to be plain sailing, right? Quinn "Q" Boothroyd is in for a shock.
And baby Samuel isn't the only thing on Q's mind—she and her husband, Tom, have some difficult decisions to make in a sinking economy. Do they still want to be big-firm lawyers, or is it time to scrap their former careers and try something new? When a chance opportunity introduces them to an eccentric small-town lawyer, the couple's integrity—and marriage—is tested to the limit.
Meanwhile, Jeanie, Q's younger sister, is having problems of her own. Boyfriend Dave seems dangerously close to popping the question, but is she ready to settle down?
There are sleepless nights all around this summer: one woman will wake up to motherhood, the other to becoming an adult. Both must dare to make their beds—and lie in them.

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I personally loved the story between the three sisters. I have three daughters and I could easily relate to this triangle of interaction. It was a very engaging theme and the characters were outstanding. Down side of the book would be that it was only 284 pages!! I could have easily taken on double that!

The author did a great job bringing in real life issues of marriage, new child and career. These are real issues couples have to deal with. I loved how the characters dealt with these everyday issues. I was very pleased at how well she pulled the couple together to work on their problem.

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GIVEAWAY

Three readers can get their own hardback copy! Leave separate comments for each entry. Make sure you leave your email at least once so that I can easily contact you if you win!

ENTRY
1- Have you had a sleepless night? IF so what did you do! IF not what would you do? (this is your entry and has to be done first)

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4-Enter any other giveaway or comment on any other book/music reviews on my blog (5 entries each) they are on the right sidebar.



ENDS NOVEMBER 3rd! U.S. residents only. Random.org chooses the winners. You will have 48 hrs to give me your address or I'll pick a new winner. HarperCollins is the sponsor and will be mailing the books to the winners.


Monday, October 19, 2009

Easiest Chili Recipe Ever

I will share this recipe with you *ONLY* if you PROMISE not to tell my family how easy it is to make! I always get a lot of compliments when I make it from them and anyone else who eats the chili. This recipe is for a large pot of chili. It is one of our all time favorite recipes and it is made at the start of fall and up to the first of spring. It is rare but upon request I will make it in the summer using the crockpot.




Easiest Chili Ever

Ingredients

2 large onions, cut in strips, diced,etc
2 tsp olive, veg or canola oil
2 green peppers, cut in strips, diced,etc
1 bulb of garlic, cut in slices, minced,etc
3 large cans of diced tomatoes
1 large cans of tomato juice
1 large tomato juice can of water
3# ground turkey, beef, chicken,etc
3 cans dark kidney beans
1 Tbsp celery seed
1 Tbsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp onion powder
1/2- 3/4 c chili powder
1 tsp crushed red pepper
4 potatoes, diced (optional)

Directions

1-Saute onions in oil for about 10 min.
2-Add in garlic and green pepper and saute for a few min.
3-Add meat and cook 10-15 min.
4-Dump in rest of ingredients except kidney beans.
5-Simmer at least 3 hours.
6-About 30 min before serving, dump in beans.
7-You can cook this all day in your crock pot. Just dump it all in, turn it on and leave your house! haha I say leave your house because if you don't you''ll be tortured by the smell, ALL DAY LONG!


Kitchen Tips

We often serve this with Fritos and cheddar cheese for toppings.

YUMMY

CLICK here to get more Fall/Halloween Recipes n Ideas! Ready for some Zombie Themed Food ideas? If we are cooking this for halloween it is known as pumpkin guts. Here are some of our other favorite fun & tasty halloween recipes.

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BROKEN GLASS Cupcakes
FINGER FOOD
Jello Brain Dessert
{Kid Zombie} Iced Coffee Frappes
{Momma Zombie} White Russians
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Pumpkin Guts 
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Gooseberry Patch Topsy Turvy Recipe

Gooseberry Patch will have two new books coming out in January from their Our Favorite Things Series. These two will be all about Potato Recipes and Cheese Recipes.

Today they released a sneak peek at their first recipe called Topsy-Turvy Potato Torte.

Please go to their blog and check out more information! This is posted here with the permission of Gooseberry Patch blog.

Here is the recipe!

Topsy-Turvy Potato Torte
1 c. shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 lb. bacon, crisply cooked and crumbled
2 T. olive oil
3 potatoes, peeled and diced
1/2 c. red pepper, chopped
1/2 c. onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
salt & pepper to taste
4 to 6 eggs, beaten
1 T. milk
Garnish: fresh chives, chopped

Sprinkle cheese and bacon in an 8" round cake pan sprayed generously with non-stick vegetable spray; set aside. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat; add potatoes, red pepper, onion and garlic. Cover and cook until potatoes are tender, stirring occasionally. Add salt and pepper to taste. Spoon potato mixture into cake pan; set aside. Whisk together eggs and milk; add salt and pepper to taste. Pour evenly over potatoes. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, until eggs are set. Run a knife around edge of pan; invert onto a serving plate. Sprinkle with chives. Cut into wedges. Serves 4.
Warm & hearty, this torte is perfect for breakfast or brunch...we've been known to enjoy it at dinnertime too!

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Michael Buble CD Review

Singer and songwriter Michael BublĂ© has sold over 22 million albums worldwide. His previous album, 2007’s Grammy winning "Call Me Irresponsible" was a #1 album in over 15 countries. Thanks to The One2One Network for giving me the opportunity to review his new CD, Crazy Love!

Did you know that his longest running song
, "It's Time" released in 2005, remained on the Billboard Traditional Jazz charts for two full year! It was in the number one spot for over 80 week!

His new CD, CRAZY LOVE, ranks up there to #1 on my personal chart!

Crazy Love debuted at #1 on Billboard Charts. The album is also #1 in Canada and has already achieved Double Platinum Status by the Canadian Recording Industry Association.

Here is my favorite song on the CD:



Michael made the "ultimate record about the inevitable roller coaster ride of relationships." I love every song on this CD. I especially love "Haven't Met You Yet", "All I Do Is Dream Of You" and "Cry Me A River".


Album Tracklisting: (CLICK HERE TO BUY ALBUM)
1. Cry Me A River
2. All Of Me
3. Georgia On My Mind
4. Crazy Love
5. Haven't Met You Yet
6. All I Do Is Dream Of You
7. Hold On
8. Heartache Tonight
9. You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You
10. Baby (You've Got What It Takes)
11. At This Moment
12. Stardust
13. Whatever It Takes (bonus track)

Check out his Fan Website! One of the best Star websites that I have seen!

You can follow him on his Facebook Fan page.

If you need more you can also follow him on his Twitter page!

Thanks again One2One Network!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Use OpenDNS to protect your children


Use OpenDNS

OpenDNS is a FREE internet service designed to make web browsing safer and faster. It works by caching web pages on its massive servers so that when you access a web address it will generally load faster. OpenDNS also has some features that make web browsing much safer, especially for children and families.

Setup and Use

Setting up the DNS server is simple. The OpenDNS website provides instructions for most common types of modems and routers as well as generic instructions for setup. Setting up the service involves setting your router or modem to use the "Static DNS" addresses provided by OpenDNS. (A DNS is the numeric address behind the usual words you type in a website's address; it's like the "phone number" your computer looks up when accessing a particular website). What's going on is that you are telling your modem or router that instead of going straight to a website, it will first go through OpenDNS's server, to make that website load faster. Once the service is setup, there's nothing more you have to do. It works automatically in the background and you may even notice that many web pages load faster than they did before.

Shortcut Features

Since OpenDNS is the service actually routing you to the website, there are some nice features you can set up. (Settings can be accessed via a "Dashboard" control panel; this requires registering with OpenDNS, which is free but still optional.) OpenDNS provides some built in "auto correct" features. For example, if you typed gogle.com or google.cmo, OpenDNS will fix the address automatically and send you to google.com.

OpenDNS also allows you to make shortcuts. For example, instead of typing in www.wikipedia.com/en each time, you can simply make a shortcut from your OpenDNS dashboard settings for something like "wp." Then, simply typing "wp"in your address bar will be enough to load the page.

Security and Filtering Features

Perhaps the most useful service that OpenDNS provides is website filtering. (Available only to registered users). OpenDNS has cataloged and categorized most websites. Many are tagged with such labels as "Adult, Nudity, Violence, Gambling" and many others. Using your OpenDNS dashboard settings, you can select from several standard levels of filtering or customize your filtering from over 50 categories. If any computer that is connected to your network surfs to a website that is blocked, an OpenDNS blocked page will appear instead of the website informing you that the page is not available and listing the categories for which it is blocked. It is possible to exclude certain addresses from being blocked. This is probably the best option for web filtering for parents who want to keep their children from stumbling across bad sites!

In addition, OpenDNS catalog of sites will keep you from visiting false or phishing websites (sites that look real but are fake in order to steal your personal information).

OpenDNS is not perfect. In Firefox, for example, the Google Autosearch feature of the address bar will take you to the OpenDNS search results, instead of Google's top pic. But this is a very tiny inconvenience compared to the service OpenDNS offers.

OpenDNS is a great service that is entirely FREE! (It's supported by advertising on searches and redirected mis-typed sites). It helps speed up web browsing while at the same time protecting you and keeping the Web controlled in a way that works for you and your family.

Give it a try today! www.opendns.com

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Brandi Carlile Give Up The Ghost CD Review

Thanks to the One2One Network for giving me the chance to review the new Give Up the Ghost CD by Brandi Carlile! This is the first time I really listened to Brandi. I tend to favor male singers or female singers from the 80s! I am proud to say that I can add Brandi Carlile to my playlist. I was totally mesmerized by her soulful voice. She is extremely talented on her guitar. She was inspired to play the guitar after seeing a Indigo Girls concert!







I loved the songs Dreams and Dying Days! Here is the track list. Go get her CD! It is out and you can purchase it on iTunes, Zune, Amazon,etc!

Tracklisting
Looking Out
Dying Day
Pride And Joy
Dreams
That Year
Caroline
Before It Breaks
I Will
If There Was No You
Touching The Ground
Oh Dear


Give Up The Ghost Traveling Show” kicked off September 10th in Salt Lake City, UT. Brandi donates $1 from every ticket sale to The Looking Out Foundation a helping hand foundation she created to aid the many causes she's passionate about. Go to BrandiCarlile.com to buy your tickets now!

Sep 28 Ann Arbor, MI Michigan Theater
Sep 29 Toronto, Canada The Mod Club
Oct 01 Northampton, MA Calvin Theatre
Oct 02 Boston, MA House of Blues
Oct 03 New York, NY Beacon Theater
Oct 06 Philadelphia, PA Keswick Theatre
Oct 07 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
Oct 08 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live
Oct 10 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
Oct 11 Birmingham, AL Workplay Soundstage
Oct 12 Fayetteville, AR George’s Majestic Lounge
Oct 14 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom
Oct 15 Santa Fe, NM The Lensic Performing Arts Center
Oct 16 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre
Oct 17 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
Oct 20 San Francisco, CA Fillmore
Oct 22 Portland, OR Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Oct 24 Seattle, WA The Paramount

Follow Brandi:

Brandi’s Website: http://bit.ly/O2O_BC
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Brandi’s Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/brandicarlile

Million Minute Family Challenge update


We are 6 weeks into the Million Minute Challenge! (Runs through Dec. 31st)
The goal is to get people playing non-electronic games for a minimum of 20 minutes at a time!

Did you know: (I got this information from the Million Minute Website)

When the tomb of the ancient Egyptian King Tut was discovered in the 1920s, among the artifacts found were a game board, dice and playing pieces. That means board games have been around for over 3000 years! Egyptians, Greeks and Romans have enjoyed playing games such as backgammon, checkers, dominoes, and chess for thousands of years. Even before Columbus crossed the Atlantic, board games were being enjoyed all over the globe, by every culture except the Eskimos and the first Australian settlers.

Many of the early settlers to come to North America brought board games with them to trade or to keep their children entertained, but it wasn't until after the Revolutionary War that the first toy companies appeared. Most of the first games were made of paper and cardboard. Since printing companies were familiar with paper and cardboard, most toy companies began as printers.


The Challengers have currently logged in 163,880 minutes!!! It is never to late to join in the fun! Our small group, CrazyGamers, has 4,337 and is ranked in 8th place! This involves a group of 15 so far. We are planning a few large game nights to get more people playing!

If you are in one of the below states please consider joining! They really want to see every state participating!

Arkansas
Colorado
Delaware
Washington DC
Hawaii
Idaho
Iowa
Minnesota
Mississippi
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
North Dakota
South Carolina
South Dakota
Vermont
West Virginia


Here is one of the games we've played recently.
It is called BEFOUR YOU KNOW: The Color will Show by PATCH games!
Here is what my husband had to say about the game on his review on Boardgamegeek.com:

The game is played on a board full of squares in which you place colored pieces. The first one to get four in a row of their color wins.
But there are some twists: Only you know what color you are. (You draw a color randomly, face down at the beginning of the game). Pieces are drawn from a bag and have to be played, no matter what color they are. "Wild" pieces assist any player, counting as whatever color is necessary. There is a hidden element and a random element to the otherwise traditional "four-in-a-row" game.
Time to dust off your games a play a few with your kids! Give your family a game name, register at Million Minute Challenge, and log your minutes!!!

Click here to check out another game we like to play!

How can you get to 1 Million minutes?
With groups working in all 50 states we can reach 1 million minutes in 2009. If 1,000 families, groups or organizations X 50 states X 20 minutes of game play = 1 million minutes!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Community Coffee Giveaway!




We lived in New Orleans for 6 years. Hurricane Katrina didn't play nice and showed us the door! While living in New Orleans, I really learned how to cook and have fun cooking. I made a lot of friends who loved to cook and they shared a lot of recipes with me! Four years later we are still making New Orleans food.I was tickled to see this giveaway! I fell in love with coffee while living in New Orleans! I had never heard of Coffee with Chicory until living in New Orleans. Did you know that due to a coffee shortage during the Civil War, the chicory root was added to coffee extend their supply. Chicory is the root of the endive plant. They roast and ground it and add it to the grind. This addition gives the coffee a bittersweet, full bodied brew. I saw on their site that you can now buy a 12 oz bag of 100% chicory!!! How awesome!

Check out the giveaway at Confessions of a Misplaced Southern Belle for the details of the giveaway!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Make-Ahead Meals For Busy Moms Review Giveaway


Are you looking for a gift to give that someone special for Christmas, Birthday, etc? If so I recommend this cookbook. This book was made by a Busy Mom for Busy Mom's (or Dad's). The book is full of recipes that you can make-ahead and even freeze without sacrificing the food's taste and texture. This book is great for new moms, new brides, college graduates,etc! Very simple, easy to get ingredients and fun recipes!

Thank you to the author, Jane Doiron, for giving this Busy Mom a chance to review her cookbook and offer one as a giveaway to one of my lucky readers!

She starts off the cookbook with many Helpful Tips on making meals ahead of time! She suggest a vacuum sealer, stocking up on freezer bags and making sure you mark on your bags all the details about what is in the bag! I love the tip on freezing your food in disposable foil containers. This is handy when you are taking a dish for a pot luck or dropping off food to a friend in need! It saves the hassle of getting the dish back later.

*This books is overflowing with over 140 recipes! ( I had to count because I thought it just had about 100)

*Check out the table of contents! To see all the mouth-watering recipes!

*She includes "A Day Ahead", "Freezing Directions", "Thawing Out" directions, "Several hours before" directions, etc.

*I've made quite a few of the recipes thus far. Each one has had very easy and helpful tips.

Here are a 2 things I made:

Chicken Cannelloni


Italian Sub Salad


Some of the next recipes we will be making are the Big Ginger Cookies, Baked Chicken Chimichangas, Thai Chicken Thighs and Tiramisu.

To order the book check out Amazon or Barnes & Noble. You can also go to her site and download a copy right now!!! I have my recipes stored in my computer/online. This is an excellent way to save money and have it right on your computer for easy print off,etc.

YOU can also enter my giveaway to win yourself a copy!



To enter: Go to her website and come back and tell me something that you want to make!
This is your entry to win! Leave your email addy at least once. Leave separate comments for each entry.

BONUS entries (do all, one, or none)

1) Click to go to her blog and sign up for her newsletter! (She'll send you 4 recipes!)

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2) Follow Jane on Twitter

3) Follow me on Twitter @susieqtpies
4) Follow Jan on Facebook
5) Follow my blog on Google Friend Connect and or NetworkedBlog (1 entry each)
6) Tweet the giveaway and include @susieqtpies in the tweet! (5 entries per tweet up to twice a day)
7)Put my button on your blog (5 entries)
8)ORDER the cookbook and get 10 entries!
9) Go to her blog and leave a comment or question on Do you like baking with Apples? (5 entries)

ENDS OCTOBER 25th. U.S. Residents only. Winner chosen by random.org.
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