Friday, September 27, 2013

Chef School

My son is taking an online homeschool cooking class, through Lincoln Interactive, called, "Exploring the Kitchen."  Here is his first recipe...banana bread!  So yummy!  Thank you Robert, it was delicious!


Monday, October 8, 2012

Halloween Haunted House (Dollhouse)

Hi, I haven't posted in forever, but I wanted to share this Halloween Haunted House that I built with my 8 year old son:

 It is made from 4 cardboard boxes, taped together.  You also cut off some of the box flaps to make the roof for the house.  (Link to instructions below).
 Then we added candy corn lights and taped them to the box where necessary.
 Next we took out all of our Halloween decorations and went wild!
 You could do a different theme for each section, but we just sort of made it up as we went along, funner that way!
 Pirate hat on the top, why not?
 They're everywhere ;)
 Need an extra hand? ;)
 Pumpkin Patch!
 And yep, that tag is from Amy at Living Locurto!

After Halloween, we will leave the candy corn lights and fall decor in the house.  Then for Christmas, we will switch it over to a Christmas theme.  I have even ordered tree lights from Zulily and I am hoping to punch a hole in each wall to have a lit tree in each section of the house.  

The instructions for building this house are easy as pie and you can find them at Planetpals.

If you make a house, I would love to see it!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Old El Paso Tackle the Taste Giftpack Winner Announced

And the winner of the Old El Paso
"Tackle the Taste" gift pack is....

, who said:

You know, Bella, I'm not a great cook, but even I could try your crock pot chili dip for the sake of my poor husband who just had surgery....and I guess I could be nice and let him watch football too :)

Congratulations, Jackie! I will be contacting you ASAP for your mailing information.

Thanks to everyone who entered, too :) I have another giveaway coming up soon from General Mills.

Have a nice weekend!


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Monday, January 18, 2010

Old El Paso Tackle the Taste Giftpack Giveaway

Are you ready for some football?

You'll definitely be ready with this fun giftpack from El Paso!

Disclosure: The “product, information, prize pack, online coupon link, and giveaway have all been provided by Old El Paso through

One lucky winner will receive the
Old El Paso "Tackle the Taste" gift pack, that includes two free cans of Green Chiles, as well as a football-shaped ceramic serving platter, two sets of football-themed plates, cocktail napkins, and a themed table runner. (All very cute, I can't wait to use my gift pack on Superbowl Sunday!)

I plan on using my Old El Paso Chiles in this
Slow Cooker Salsa Chili recipe from Betty Crocker, it looks delicious!

To enter for this great giveaway, just tell me your favorite dish to make when entertaining.

I will announce the winner this Thursday, January 21st!

In the meantime, you can download a $.55 coupon for El Paso Chiles here.

Good Luck!!!


Sunday, January 17, 2010

Giveaways Coming This Week

Happy New Year! Hope 2010 is being good to you so far :)

I will having 2 giveaways this week, so stay tuned! Thanks so much!


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Giveaway: Progresso High Fiber Soup & Mugs

Good morning Friends,
It's that time again...and this is a really nice giveaway, too, sponsored by

I received a sample of Progresso High Fiber Chicken Soup to try and my teenage son offered to try it out for us...he loves Chicken Soup and like all teenage boys, he LOVES to eat, so it was a perfect fit.

Z gives the soup a big thumb's up and said that the noodles were good and the taste of the broth was really delicious (he calls it the 'juice' haha). He ate it all up lickety split, so I will definitely be buying more for him.

They also included 2 HUGE Soup mugs, that fit very comfortably in your hands and 2 spoons, too. How handy!

To enter to win this great giveaway, just tell me what your favorite soup is. That's it!

I will be choosing a winner on Thursday, so this is a quickie!

Good Luck!!!


Thursday, December 10, 2009

Time For Pumpkin Cake!

I am craving some Pumpkin Cake, so I think it's time to make some!

Here's the
recipe, so easy and soooooo good! Enjoy!!!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

FREE Subscripton to Cosmopolitan Magazine!

Hurry! This is sure to go FAST and YES, these free subscriptions DO arrive! Gotta love FREE! Free Cosmopolitan Magazine Subscription from Mercury Magazines.

PS: And for $5 deals on magazine subscriptions, see my post from yesterday!

Monday, December 7, 2009

More (NEW) $5 Magazine Subscriptions!

Wow! More magazine subscriptions for only $5 at! Also, you don't have to place an order of $25 or more for free shipping. Each magazine subscription is $5 with free shipping! I don't know how long these prices will last, I know some of the magazines that were $5 last week are back up to their regular prices today, so make sure to order as soon as you can to guarantee the $5 price.

I know many people are scaling back on gifts this year for Christmas, so this might be the perfect gift for someone on your list...and they will receive your gift all year long, too!

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  • Ask the Barefoot Contessa: Ina Garten shares simple how-tos, recipes, and entertaining tips.
  • Cookbook: Editors put the latest cookbooks to the test, making recipes and offering real advice on what works--and what doesn't.
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Magazine Layout:

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Seventeen is your handbook to life! Full of great fashion tips that keep you ahead of the trends... the hottest makeup, the best products for beautiful skin, must have jeans, the best shoes, belts & bags, and those great little dresses that keep you looking your best at school, parties... or just about anywhere! Get the latest scoop on celebrities, music, movies and more. Plus, catch up on the guy scene every month with Seventeen's Guy Talk. Recent features include “615 Fashion & Beauty Ideas,” “Be Green: Easy Ways to Save the Planet,” “Your Best Abs Ever,” and “Our First Celeb Beauty Awards.”

Who Reads Seventeen?

Seventeen readers want a guide where they can find everything important, all in one place. Seventeen's fashion-conscious, trendy readers are interested in the latest beauty and style trends. They want to know what's hot in music and movies and get the latest celebrity gossip. Seventeen readers are sophisticated and identify with social issues, political dilemmas, and world news.

What You Can Expect in Each Issue:

  • Fashion: sportswear, footwear, fashion jewelry & watches, handbags, swimwear, sleepwear/lingerie...
  • Beauty: cosmetics, hair care, skin care...
  • Health: mind and body health, fitness, nutrition...
  • Love Life: boys, dating, and love...
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  • Weekend: entertainment, party planning, room makeovers...
  • And… Letter from the Editor, letters from readers, Traumarama, horoscopes.

Magazine Layout:

Seventeen expertly blends engaging articles with beautiful photos. Learn how to do anything with easy directions and step-by-step pictures... craft your hair into the perfect style, strengthen your core for flat abs, and apply makeup to get your perfect look. Each section of the magazine is clearly identifiable, so you can quickly find your favorite articles.

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