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Thursday, July 29, 2010

CSN Stores Le Creuset Sale! And I Have a Review Coming Soon!

I was shopping at CSN Stores today and saw that they are having a summer sale on some of the Le Creuset Cookware!
Wow! I admire the Le Creuset Cookware every time I visit CSN Store Cookware.com! It is just so pretty!
The set above is on a close-out sale for only $24.95!!!! What a sweet deal!
And the Le Creuset 12-Ounce Petite Apple Casserole dish in Cherry is only $19.95!!! This would be a great Holiday dish to take to grandma's house, and make grandma (or me! Lol!) a great gift! =)
My daughter would love the Le Creuset fondue set (above)!
The great folks at CSN Stores have offered me a wonderful opportunity to review another one of their great products! Yippee! I have a very special item picked out! I think you would love it too! I can hardly wait to share it with you! So keep a look out for my review to see what it is!
While you are waiting for the review, you should go visit the 200+ CSN Stores and do some shopping (and maybe guess what I am going to review!)!!!! I just bought two items from Cookware.com today and I will have to tell you about them later too!
Happy shopping!
~Hannah

"Kids In The Kitchen" Gooseberry Patch Cookbook Review and Giveaway!!!

I LOVE Gooseberry Patch!
I love to cook and bake! Ever since I was little, the creative pictures, recipes and one-of-a-kind books by gooseberry patch, have always been one of my favorite collections!! Maybe they are a big reason for my love of cooking and baking?! =)
Anyways, as a mom of two girls, I look forward to teaching them how to cook and be creative in the kitchen and around the home, so I have several Gooseberry Patch books on my "wish List" for them!
You can imagine how thrilled I was when Barbara from Gooseberry Patch said I could review the children's cookbook, "Kids In The Kitchen" on my blog, for my daughter's birthday party!! How amazing!


When I received the "Kids In the Kitchen" cookbook, I was very happy to see how sturdy the pages are and that they are easy to clean! This is a very kid-proof cookbook!

The recipes are kid-friendly of course and all of them foods that kids Love!
My children are looking forward to making the yummy chocolate "Cup of Dirt" with gummy worms! And I hope one of the next recipes we make together is the "Crispy Chicken Bites"!

Growing up, my siblings and I ate Toad-In-A-Hole and "Kids In The Kitchen" has a neat recipe to introduce this great breakfast treat to your children!



Toad-In-A-Hole was the first recipe we made together from this cookbook! My daughter had so much fun!





Then we got a watermelon at the store the other day and tried the "Melonberry Lemonade"! It is SOOO Yummy!!! I wish I had the recipe before my daughter's party now! Lol! Would make a perfect party drink, a new addition to the lemonade stand and great cooler for hot summer days!

This cookbook has definitely opened up the world of creative cooking to my daughter and I am so glad she is enjoying it and excited about it!
If you are looking for a book to get your child interested in cooking, Or more excited about it, or just want a great kids cookbook, I highly recommend "Kids In the Kitchen" from Gooseberry!
I give it Two thumbs up, and 5 Stars! =)

I also recommend that you follow Gooseberry Patch! Here are some links to visit!
Find Gooseberry on Facebook: www.facebook.com/gooseberrypatch
Follow Gooseberry on Twitter: www.twitter.com/gooseberrypatch
Watch the Gooseberry Video Channel on youtube: www.youtube.com/user/gooseberrypatchcom

Now for the Giveaway!
The great ladies at Gooseberry Patch are offering a copy of "Kids In The Kitchen" to one of my blog readers! YIPPEE!
Mandatory Entry:
Visit Gooseberry Patch and tell me a cookbook you would love to buy for you and your family, or give as a gift!
Mandatory entry must be done to enter giveaway!
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Extra Entries After completing mandatory Entry:
-Follow Gooseberry Patch on twitter (1 entry)
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-Follow Gooseberry Patch Blog (1 entry)
-Purchase a product from Gooseberry Patch during the time of this giveaway (10 entries per purchase)
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-Tweet this giveaway (1 entry per day)
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-Write a blog post about this giveaway and leave the link to your post below (5 entries)
-Enter one of my other blog giveaways (1 entry per giveaway you enter)

That gives you 27+ chances to win! Have fun!
Please leave a comment per entry that you qualify for, for each entry to count!

This giveaway is open to the U.S. and Canada and Ends on Oct. 2nd at 12 am central. The winner will be chosen at random using random.org.
The prize will be sent directly from Gooseberry Patch to the winner.


Disclaimer:
For purposes of this review, I received a cookbook from Gooseberry Patch.
This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me.
The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the bloggers' own.

Hasbro Gator Golf Game Review!


I am pretty picky when it comes to buying toys for my children. Most of the toys my kids get are from other people, since I usually decide to spend our money on books! Lol!! But there has been ONE game that I have really been wanting to get them! Yep! Gator golf!
I have to admit I was not sure exactly how the game worked or how to play it until I got the game! But it is even better then I thought! It does not require batteries, and it does not make noise except for a click when it closes it's mouth and pops the ball out with it's tail!!!! How great is that! No batteries and quiet! My husband Loves that! And everyone I have showed it too, likes it too!! =)

Gator golf is tons of fun! I love playing it with the kids! The game comes with 2 putters, two balls and instructions. You can play the game solo or with a friend! It makes a great game for indoors and outdoors! Gator golf is your own mini-golf at home. And perfect size to throw in a bag and take on your camping trip, to the park, etc!
Each putter has an easy way for players to keep score and the first player to make 4 points wins!

The game says for ages 3 and up, but my 1 1/2 yr. old grand baby and my 2 1/2 yr. old love to play it! It is really cute to see them get down and put the ball in the goofy gators mouth! And to see the surprise on their face the first time they see the gator "swish" the ball back out with his tail! It is really neat! He throws it out, overs his head, back in front of him!

I give this game 5 stars and Highly recommend it!

You may find Gator Golf online or in stores at KMart, Wal-Mart, Target and ToysRUs!

I also highly recommend that you visit Hasbro.com and HasbroToyShop to find more great toys and games! I love Hasbro toys and remember playing with so many of them while I was growing up! Some of my favorites where Little Pets, My Little Pony, and of course PlayDoh!

Hope you have fun with your Gator Golf! It has definitely been one of the best toys for my children!
Happy Puttin'!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Princess Summer Party Menu and Recipes!!!

For Princess S. Birthday, she ask for a horse cake, so I thought I would try to come up with a menu that would maybe fit a theme and be kid-friendly, finger foods!

I love cheese balls/spread and decided to shape a cheese spread into a horse head! It turned out good and I served it with carrot sticks of course! =)
Horse Head Cheese Spread!

24+ servings
Prep: 5 min. + chilling
Ingredients
2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 of a 1 oz. package of Ranch dressing mix
1/4 tsp. each dried basil, dill weed, garlic powder and pepper
Assorted crackers
Directions
•In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and seasonings until
well blended. Shape into horse head using a butter knife and fork. Decorate with black olives. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Serve with crackers. Yield: about 3 cups.



I wanted to get some Pizza Roll Ups (or whatever they are called! Lol!), since I knew the kids would Love them! Well, I just couldn't make myself buy them since money is tight, soooooo....I decided to try to make my own! =)
I had a jar of pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese and we had just bought, cooked sliced and put a ham in the freezer!
Every recipe I found called for crescent dough! Well I did not have that and do not buy it, so I decided to find a dough recipe!
Well after a lot of searching, I found this recipe on a lady's blog:

Pigs In A Blanket Yeast Dough Recipe
Makes 16

2 c. warm water
2 TBSP yeast
1/2 c. sugar

Let stand for 5 mins.

Add
1 egg
1/4 c. oil
2 tsp. salt
5 c. flour

Knead 7 minutes. Let rise one hour.
Divide in half. Roll out into 2 round 18" circles. Use pizza cutter or butter knife to cut into pie wedges each.
Roll up a hotdog into each wedge. Let rise 1 hour. Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes."

For a step-by-step on how to make them, please visit "Seagull Fountain"!

Now for what I did!

Yes, I went a little wild and had so much Fun!

I made a triple batch of the dough! Warning use a Huge bowl if you do this! lol!

When the dough was ready to fill I filled one batch (divided in 2 halfs) with summer sausages (like hotdogs) and velvetta cheese. I cut the dough in the wedges and rolled into crescents. That made 16 pigs in a blanket!

The second batch, I rolled out (divided in 2 halves)into more of a square shape and cut into 8 rectangles. I put some pizza sauce, sliced mozzarella cheese and chopped, sliced ham. Then I folded the dough over and pinched down the edges to form pocket pizzas! That made 16 Pizza pockets!

The last batch, I rolled out into (divided in 2 halves), two 18 in. circles, then I spread a thin layer of pizza sauce (optional), sprinkled with mozzarella cheese and frozen spinach (thawed and drained). Then I rolled it like you would a log for cinnamon rolls and cut into slices! That made over 20 spinach rolls!

All of the rolls turned out soooo good! I was very happy! Here is another picture of all of the rolls!


A close up of the spinach rolls! Yum!


And last but not least, I wanted some bars! I thought oat bars would be a hit and I found a recipe that I changed up and it turned out SOOOO YUMMY!
Sorry I do not have a picture of mine to share! Maybe next time!

Cream Cheese Cranberry Bars

36 Servings
Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
Ingredients
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 cups quick-cooking oats
1-1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
1 14oz. can of Whole Cranberry Sauce
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Directions
•In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
Combine oats and 1-1/2 cups flour; add to the creamed mixture until
blended. Set aside 1-1/2 cups for topping.

•Press remaining crumb mixture into an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking
pan. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned.

•Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the cranberry Sauce, cream cheese,
sugar, egg, lemon peel, vanilla and remaining flour. Spread evenly
over crust. Sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture.

•Bake for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: about 3 dozen.


I will be posting the cake recipe soon! =)
~Hannah

Princess Summer Party Is On At My Blog!!!!!

Our oldest had her birthday a week ago Sunday! It is so hard to believe how fast she has grown! She is such a joy and a big helper!

I was wanting to have a big birthday bash on my blog around her birthday, but things have been to busy! So I am having a Summer party, and have several great post planned!
I have party recipes and party planning ideas and tips, plus a great giveaway from Gooseberry Patch and a game review from Hasbro!!!
I have more reviews and giveaways coming up and more great blog plans! Just hope I can get a good schedule down to post them all! Lol!

The above picture is the cake I made for Princess S.! She helped me design the picture for the blog party event!

Hope you join the Summer party fun and enjoy!
~Hannah

Old Sewing Patterns! How Exciting!!!

For the July 4th weekend, my brother was able to make a trip up from TX. to visit us!!! It was SO Great to see him! I really miss him a lot!
On his way up to visit, he stopped by our grandparents place and they sent some stuff up here with him for us, my sister, and parents. I was expecting most of it to be old canning jars, so was very surprised to see old games, dishes, etc, mixed in the boxes!

But the most exciting one, was when I opened one box and found it filled with these...........


Sewing patterns!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

How neat! All are women's and girls patterns and a lot of the little girls patterns are size 6 which is perfect! most of the women's patterns are around size 10 so I think I could make them work for me! I am going to share the patterns with family with they would like them too! =)

If you can see the pictures well, you can tell that most of them are pretty old too!
But they are soooo cute!
I was glad to see the girl night gowns patterns, since I would love to make the girls flannel nightgowns!


I would guess they are between 15 and 50 year old patterns here! My grandma wrote on one, that she had made it for my aunt when she was little! Several of the women dress patterns, I remember my great grandma wearing the dresses when I was little!
I hope I can get some fabric and material now to make some things this winter! =)

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Find It Games Giveaway Winner!

Sadly I had to do a redraw for the Find It Games giveaway, since I never heard back from the first winner. So here is the re-draw winner!

True Random Number Generator gives the winner.....

Result: 14

Airamty said...
FOr sure my princess and nephew would love the one about the zoo....and my nephew the one about sports. But all of them are great! Very interesting!


Congratulations Airamty!

Winner has confirmed.

Monday, July 12, 2010

~Music Mondays!~ NeedToBreathe, Jersey Boys and Keith Urban!!

Finally back for Music Monday! Yippee! Great way to start your week! Visit "Saved By Grace" to link up your music or hear more uplifting songs!

Today I have to share three music videos!

If you have been following my blog long, you will have seen that the last few music Monday's I shared some songs by the band, NeedToBreathe"! My little girls love their songs!

This one below, "Lay 'Em Down" came on the radio the other day, and they were very excited to hear it!

It is really a great song! Reminds me of the old pictures and stories of everyone going down to the river for baptism and Church revivals! And that we need to lay everything at the feet of Jesus!!

My girls also love oldies songs! They saw the Jersey boys on Fox news "Huckabee" show a while back and have been singing "Walk Like A man" ever since! Lol! They like this video:



We sometimes listen to Country music, though it is Not my favorite since there are just Too many cheating, broken hurt and drinking songs! But when I heard this song the other day, I just had to hear it again and again! the music (and lyrics) are so pretty! I would love to play this on guitar!


Well there you go! Three music videos! Hope you enjoy at least one of them! lol!

God bless your week!

~Hannah

CSN Stores giveaway At "Taking Time For Mommy"

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Yippee! Found a great giveaway @ "Taking Time For Mommy"!!!

Enter for your chance to win $80 to CSN Stores!!!!

I would love to use this to do some birthday shopping for Princess S. and get husband a surprise! I always love seeing his surprise when i win something off the computer! =)

"Taking Time for Mommy" is a fun blog and I recommend you follow, subscribe and or fan her blog!

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Sunday, July 11, 2010

What's Cooking? ~Zucchini Crust Pizza!!!~

I finally got to make a Zucchini crust pizza right before July 4th!
Sadly I was the only one who seemed to enjoy it! =( Oh well! I think it is great and would love to hear if anyone else likes it too!
Oh, by the way, I used eggs (3) instead of substitute, since I have never used egg substitute!


Zucchini Crust Pizza
From "Taste Of Home"

6 Servings

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


Ingredients
3 cups shredded zucchini
3/4 cup egg substitute
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
2 small tomatoes, halved and thinly sliced
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup julienned green pepper
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
3 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
Directions
•In a large bowl, combine zucchini and egg substitute. Stir in flour
and salt. Spread onto the bottom of a 12-in. pizza pan coated with
cooking spray.

•Bake at 450° for 8 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°. Sprinkle
with the mozzarella, tomatoes, onion, green pepper, oregano, basil
and Parmesan cheese. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until onion is tender
and cheese is melted. Yield: 6 slices.

Nutrition Facts: One slice equals 190 calories, 8 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 24 mg cholesterol, 431 mg sodium, 13 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber,

CSN Stores Giveaway Winner!!

True Random Number Generator Gives the winner......

Result: 6

Comment #6:

Colleen said...
"If I won, I would get a Le Crueset water jug in a nice sunny yellow colour. By the way, a hive of bumble bees lives under my deck, has been there for close to ten years now! I love the little critters too!"

Congratulations Colleen! Hope you enjoy the LeCrueset water jug, or whatever you pick!



Winner has confirmed.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Wondering about Blog background?

I just visited Scraping Blogs where I get most of my blog templates and they are down for a while! Having to reload all their templates, etc. So I guess my blog will be plain for a while, unless I go find another site till they get back up!! =)

Hurry to Enter My "Find It Games" giveaway!!!

Hey! Just a reminder to enter the Find It Games giveaway! Hurry ends Monday!
Just follow this link:

Find It Games Winners pick! Ends 7/12

Thursday, July 1, 2010

What's Cooking? ~Chunky Taco Soup!!!~

I have been eyeing this recipe the past few days and finally soaked some beans last night to make it! =) I used home-canned chunk beef, home-canned corn, and didn't have onion or cilantro. I left out some of the water and put it on top of a of rice when I served it for supper! It turned out Sooo yummy!
Also you could make this in your slow cooker!! =)


"Chunky Taco Soup"
from "Taste of Home"

12 Servings
Prep: 20 min. Cook: 20 min.

Ingredients
1-1/2 pounds beef top sirloin or round steak, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
1 medium onion, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cans (15 ounces each) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes and green chilies, undrained
2 cups water
1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (14-3/4 ounces) cream-style corn
1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix
1 envelope taco seasoning
1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
Directions
•In a large kettle or Dutch oven, brown beef and onion in oil. Add the
pinto beans, tomatoes, water, black beans, corn, salad dressing mix
and taco seasoning. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer
for 20-30 minutes or until the meat is tender. Sprinkle with
cilantro. Yield: 12 servings (about 3 quarts).