Friday, December 23, 2011

Mega Bloks Winner

Happy holidays to everyone. I will be taking a short break to spend time with my family and get over this persistent cold. UGH! There is nothing worse than being sick over the holidays, and with two stir crazy toddlers to boot!

But first the winner of the Mega Bloks: Blok Squad construction set.

19Congrats to comment number 19:

Sharon said...

I followed you at networked blogs
Sharon from mogo

DECEMBER 7, 2011 8:45 PM



I’m sure your little one will love it!!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

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Friday, December 16, 2011

Yummy! Pilsbury Potluck Party.

PILLSBURY_LOGO_NEWI have to say the Potluck party was a success. Everyone brought at least one dish with a Pillsbury product featured in it. Any boy was it yummy! There are no left overs here. (Something that made my hubby sad.)

AG_InspirationHat_MainWhen I was asked to host this potluck party, I chose to make it a great way to get my Mommies and kiddos together from our play date group. We kicked the guys out and sat back for a fun evening filled with Yummy food and great conversation. As the children sat playing together, we swapped recipes and cooking stories. There was a lot of laughs and taste testing. Our #1 pick of the night from each category was:

Dessert (yup I start with the best course) – We had a few but monkey bread took the cake!

DSCN9519stock photo (it went fast before I could get a picture!)

Side Dishes – There were a few but everyone loved the mini hotdogs wrapped in crescent rolls.


Main Dishes – biscuit pizzas, chicken and rice casserole, and pepperoni roll ups! Yumm!


Overall favorite of the night – chicken and rice caserrolle with breadsticks.


Per my post from before the winning recipe voted on by you, my readers, was the Chicken and Broccoli breadstick bake (above with some modifications, added rice). The kids surprisingly loved it and I cant blame them. I loved it too!!

Due to most of the guest being children. I respect the privacy of my friends and they have asked me not to post pictures of their children on the internet. I have chosen not to post pictures of my guests to honor that request.

PILLSBURY_DOUGHBOY_FinalIf you haven’t had your holiday get together yet and still plan to. Think about hosting your own Pillsbury potluck party. To get you started take a look at these links:

Also the great folks at MyBlogSpark and Pillsbury are offering a coupon for $1.10 off Pillsbury products. That can be found in the Pillsbury widget on the right.

“Disclosure: The Pillsbury product, information, food ideas, online coupon link, and prize pack have been provided by Pillsbury through MyBlogSpark.”

Gift basket winner.

187758_107233963148_6010137_n_thumbAs you know Gourmet gift baskets was generous enough to give one of my readers the Christmas gift basket in time for the holidays. It was hard to put the number in this time. I really wish each and every person who entered could have won but I alas it doesn't work that way so lets all put our hands together and congratulate entry #32!


32Anonymous said...

I love the Christmas gift basket! It would be great for my Mother. - Austin Shipley

DECEMBER 12, 2011 9:39 AM

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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Someone will be happy for Christmas (Crayola Winner!)

crayola_logo_thumb[2]From her comments I believe Misty has a little boy who will be very happy this Christmas.

The number drawn for the Crayola innovations giveaway was #4.


Anonymous said...

I shared on FB ( - Misty

NOVEMBER 30, 2011 12:30 AM

Congrats Misty. I hope your little boy enjoys his gift!

Thank you to all who entered, there is still time to enter my other two giveaways. As always the winner has 24 hours to get back to me to claim their prize. Otherwise a new winner will be chosen.

The Christmas Singing by Cindy Woodsmall


A few months back I had the pleasure of reviewing a copy of Harvest of Grace by Cindy Woodsmall. I liked her book so much that I bought ‘The Christmas Singing’ as soon as it was released though, and it didn’t let me down. Again Cindy captures the pureness of the Amish life and faith while drawing us in.

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Still want to know more read the first chapter here.

If you have an avid reader in your life, especially if she loves Amish fiction. Don’t miss out on this book! It’s a great Christmas gift. Plus, The lovely people at are giving you  30% off and free shipping on The Christmas Singing (or any other title) when you use promo code CHRISTMAS11 at checkout. Act fast the coupon code expires on December 20th, 2011.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Betty’s Red Hot Holiday Trends -


Happy Holidays! Right about now, you’re probably gearing up for a wonderful holiday season filled with great family, great friends, and of course, great food!

Thankfully, Betty Crocker is here to help make cooking and entertaining easier than ever with Betty Crocker’s Red Hot Holiday Trends 2011! The food experts at Betty Crocker have selected trends that will be red hot this holiday season, and have created delicious recipes to bring each one to life. These fun and delicious recipes are sure to fire up any holiday event, and keep you toasty and warm for the New Year ahead.

Trend: Double Desserts

Taking two desserts and mixing and mashing them together is one of our favorite trends. Things like pie shakes, cookie stuffed cookies, and pie-filled cupcakes deliver a whole new kind of delicious. It’s a 1+1=3 kind of thing.

Recipe: Pumpkin Pie Cookies

Pie, meet cookie. Cookie, say hello to pie. When two all-time favorites come together, you get Pumpkin Pie Cookies, the star at your next holiday cookie exchange.

Trend: Boozy Baking

From booze cakes to cocktail pies, bakers everywhere are bringing the bar into the kitchen. A titch of tequila or a skosh of scotch whiskey adds a serious shot of fun and flavor for the over 21 crowd. We’re loving these boozy baked goods!

Recipe: Boozy Bourbon Chocolate Cupcakes

Taste for yourself what the buzz is all about! A bit of bourbon, a hit of coffee liqueur and some vanilla vodka-spiked frosting make these sophisticated chocolate cupcakes the ultimate “holiday helpers.”

Trend: Color. Flavor. Fun.

Traditional baked goods are being transformed with bright colors and playful flavors. With a little creativity and imagination, no one can resist this happy, fun food!

Recipe: Cake Batter Cookie Stackers

Take sugar cookies to a whole new level of delicious! Kids and adults will love these cake batter flavored cookies with colorful frosting, and lots of sprinkles! Stack ‘em up and watch ‘em go.

Trend: From Cave to Kitchen

Forget the man cave. Today guys are in the kitchen making (or at least appreciating) really good food. Big food. Really good, big food that’s stacked and stuffed with the flavors they can’t resist.

Recipe: Mantastic Fried Chicken ‘n’ Waffle Sandwich

Here’s a new take on chicken ‘n’ waffles - made better with beer, bacon, and bourbon. It’s the ultimate manly man meal.

Trend: Skinny Cocktails

Here’s the skinny! Drinking high-calorie cocktails is so last year. The modern mixologist is shaking things up with light & flavorful cocktails.

Recipe: Skinny Clementine Martini

Add some clever sparkle to your next party. Enjoy these natural, light martinis made with fresh juice, high-quality liquor, and a splash of club soda. Lower calorie cocktails never tasted, or looked, so sweet. Cheers!

Trend: Better Than Bought

From canning to candy making, there’s a renewed interest in handcrafted foods. This season, homemade food gifts are just the right thing to show your care and creativity.

Recipe: Cajeta Caramel Fudge

Create the perfect combination of flavor and crunch with this homemade candy. Rich chocolate fudge layered with cajeta caramel, cashews and a sprinkle of sea salt—a recipe to impress.

Trend: Veggie Love

Once just tolerated, vegetables are now celebrated. Omnivores and herbivores alike have discovered that veggies offer variety and great taste, and are feeling the love.

Recipe: Sweet Potato Hummus

Hummus with fresh sweet potato packs even more plant power. Add a delicious blend of smoked paprika, coriander, and cumin to make this flavorful dip.

Trend: Share worthy & Allergen-Friendly

Allergen-friendly foods may be free from things like nuts, dairy and eggs, but shouldn’t be free from flavor. Thankfully, we’re seeing new foods and recipes that can be enjoyed by everyone – whether you’re allergy-sensitive or not.

Recipe: Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread

Gather everyone around the table to enjoy this moist and delicious pumpkin bread. Made with no nuts, no dairy, no eggs, and no gluten - no kidding!

Trend: D-I-Y for D-O-G

Man’s best friend deserves man’s best effort. That’s why making your own dog food is one of the latest canine crazes! This year, homemade dog treats are at the top of fido’s list.

Recipe: Dog Bark

This treat will make your dog sit up and beg for more. Make the bark by melting carob chips and peanut butter then top with your dog’s favorite ingredients – bacon and cheese. Bow WOW!

Trend: Food Craft

The kitchen is the new craft room. With food as their medium, clever cooks are making amazing edible food crafts that are as good to look at as they are to eat.

Recipe: Chocolate Coal Lumps

Naughty or nice, everyone will love these easy cho-coal-late treats. Cocoa Puffs® cereal dipped in melted chocolate and marshmallows create these tasty stocking stuffers.

I hope you might try some of these hot holiday trends with your family, friends. If you do end up posting, please Come back here and share your thoughts!!

I received this content from Betty Crocker through MyBlogSpark.

Happy Birthday to my Babies.

November and December are busy months for everyone but they are extra special in our home. My Little Ones Celebrated their birthdays recently. Pumpkin had her Party on Nov. 6th. She Turned 4 on Nov. 2nd. I cant believe that she is 4 already.

Pumpkin -

DCFC0048 one day old

l_9fa32b3e709a4a3d8ac4dffa5d27ab0a One year old

lila11 Two years old

lila3 Three years old

Image5 (2) Four years old

And my baby is no longer a baby. Sad smile My little Sweet pea turned 3 on Dec. 5th! We are getting ready for his party this coming Sunday.

Sweet pea -

103_0653 hours old

SCAN0007 One year old

0025 Two years old

IMG_20110917_133148 (2) Three years old

Where did time go? I swear it was just yesterday I was bringing home Pumpkin then Sweet pea. Now they are Preschoolers. I never thought I would miss the days of bottles, Paci’s, and diapers. Even though Sweet pea still wears them. It wont be long before he is potty trained too.