Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Family Time Tuesday - Holiday Cookie Idea

I was thumbing through a magazine the other day and came across a fantastic Christmas cookies Idea! This idea is so easy, that I think even my 20 month old son can have a fun time helping me. You start with a Nutter Butter Cookie as the face, then you attach chocolate chip eyes and M&M nose and use a twisted pretzel for the antlers. You just use plain frosting to attach these. So I thought this was such a great idea I wished I had thought of it myself. Then I started surfing the internet and found several different variations. You can make Nutter Butter Santa's. Take Nutter Butters and melted white almond bark. Dip both ends in the white chocolate. One end will be the beard and you will do nothing more to it. The other end you will place red sprinkles on and place a small mini marshmallow, place a dob of almond bark and place mini choc chip eyes and a red hot nose. So instead of mom's rushing around the kitchen to bake cookies for school or family or whatever, how about taking time to stop and let the kids help with this one!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Freebie Madness Monday!!

Here's my freebie finds of today!

Free Dr. Pepper!!


Everyone in America has until 6 PM EST on Monday, November 24 to get a free 20 oz. Dr Pepper


A Free Mechanical Pencil


Get a Free $10 Pillsbury Coupon Book.


A Free Power Built Socket Sample.
This might just make a great stocking stuffer for the man in you life!


Thursday, November 20, 2008

Time Saver Thursdays

I want to post ways to save time for those busy mom's. Even though I stay home and work a few part time type jobs, I still keep very busy and end up falling behind on housework, grocery shopping, and other things. So for the next 5 weeks I am going to provide MY top 5 time savers that I have been doing.

#5 Write Things Down.

I always keep a daily planner/calendar and write important dates down as well as things I need to do or remember. This WILL start saving me time when I remember to actually go back and look at what I've written down! HaHa!

Yes Like I've said I'm new to this whole Mom thing. I used to sit at a computer that had reminders pop up for everything, I even had it remind me when I needed to stop at the store and buy milk. So staying at home has caused me to become a little scattered and forgetful, but I'm getting the hang of it and my daily planner has become my friend!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

What's for Dinner Wednesday!

I had some left over steaks from one of those large grilling packages. We had grilled steaks for 4, but had enough to feed 7 or 8. So I wanted to figure out something to do with the left overs other than eating left over steak. So, I cut the steak into chunks and three them in my food processor and pulsed it up until it was like a shredded beef or beef chips consistency. Then I sauted some onion and garlic in a pan. Once the onions and garlic were cooked, I added the beef, 1/2 bottle of bbq sauce a little apple juice and a spoon full of brown sugar and simmered for about an hour. I served them on Kaiser rolls with a piece of melted Swiss cheese. They tasted fantastic and it was super easy! I served the sandwiches with some onion rings, Yum!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Family Time Tuesday!

I live in the Mid-West where we have long cold winters. Last Winter I was panicked as to what I would do with my son all day for a couple months of cold weather, so I started researching and saving some ideas up. Here is a cheap and easy project that you can do with your little ones.

Shaker Bottle


* Clean, empty 16-ounce soda bottle with cap
* rice and/or pasta, beads, sequins etc.
* Glue gun or quick-bonding glue
* Paint(Optional)


1. Let your little one paint the rice and/or noodles if you choose to.
2. Make sure the soda bottle and painted rice/noodles you are using are clean
and dry.
2. Place colored rice or pasta into the bottle add other beads, sequins
or whatever else you choose and glue the cap on.
3. Little ones will love to see what's happening inside as they shake and
rattle their bottle.

And the best part is you may have plenty of stuff around the house to make one of these, so You won't even have to spend any money!!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Monday Freebie Madness!

I pride myself as being that lady that probably annoys every mail carrier because I get at least one freebie a day! I love it, It's like Christmas 365 days a year. I spend numerous hours hunting the internet for freebie deals of the day. While, I enjoy the challenge of the hunt others may not, so for those of you that don't, just check out my blog every Monday for some great Freebie Offers!! Here are the offers for today!

Free Sunmaid Recipe Booklet

I was pumped to see that I could get a free Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team Chevy Window Decal. Get your decal with your favorite NASCAR Chevy Driver here!

Love Smelling Good for Free!! Win a Free Sample of Fancy a new Fragrance by Jessica Simpson Lucky is giving away 1000 of them!


Be Green and Be Healthy
Get a free Tote bag or Water Bottle!

Storage Bags are expensive get some glad Storage Bags for free!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

My Super Cool Freebie of the Day!

Get a FREE Clinique Happy Mini Perfume Spray!!


I think my child is Amazing...and you should think yours is too!

Everyday after the three kids I babysit get picked up, Carson and I go out for a walk around the block. Weather permitting. A normal walk around the block would take oh, about five minutes. A Carson walk around the block can take upwards of thirty minutes! Sure, I have supper I could be getting ready, messes I could be cleaning, but I wouldn't pass up and opportunity to go for a walk with my son for the world and let me tell you why.

Everyday that we take one of these walks, I get to see the world through Carson's eyes and it's so incredibly amazing. I love watching him walk ahead of me as if he could go on that walk all by himself and not need me at all. It is amazing how independent he has become so quickly. As we walk, we stop to look at EVERYTHING. We look at ants on the sidewalk, twigs, leaves, birds, cars and animals. As we go he names everything for me and if we find something he doesn't know we repeat the word until he gets it. If there isn't anything to look at he always stops and points to the sky and says "KY" He points up to the trees and tells me trees. Yesterday he stopped and got this excited look on his face and said "CLOUDS!!" You could see he was quite proud of himself that he remembered what those were called. We watch the airplanes fly over and that is so exciting for him every single time. And after we can no longer see them, he asks for them in dissapointment. After a few minutes of telling him the plane went bye bye, he becomes ok with it and waves bye to the sky.

There is a spot on the sidewalk on our route that has a sort of pot hole. It's a small deep hole, I don't know how it got there, but Carson always remembers it is there and we always stop and discuss it. Two days ago we had snow and yesterday that hole was filled with water from the melted snow. Carson took his twig he had been carrying sat right down on the ground and prodeeded to paint on the sidewalk by dipping the stick in the water. When his drawings would dry and dissaper, he would look up at me with his jaw dropped. It was so magiacal to him, and very humorous to me!

Now I realize these stories may bore a reader who doesn't have children, but those of you that do, you know what I'm talking about. Carson may not be the the smartest child in the world, or the most coordinated or atheletic child ever, he may not have the worlds greatest sense of humor for a 20 month old. But, in my eyes he is all of these things and more. When I look at him I see the smartest, funniest, strongest 20 month old in the whole world! And isn't that they way it should be?

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Pumpkins and Tomatos

Growing up my mom worked 8-5 so by the time she got home there wasn't much time to make things from scratch. To be honest she isn't someone who really enjoys cooking anyway. I also didn't have home economics offered at school or anything like that. So, as you can imagine I learn a lot as I go along in life. I've gotten by this far with a lot of help from Sara Lee, Stouffers, Betty Crocker etc. but now that we are on a budget, it's not so easy. So I have tried my hand at processing my own pumpkins and tomatoes and had great success!!
A couple of weeks ago, I made homemade spaghetti sauce from our own tomato plants and the husband loved it, not one gripe! It was easy and next year for sure I am growing twice as many and canning that stuff, maybe some salsa too! The tomato sauce I made I did the easy way since I wasn't canning. I got the "recipe" from my Mom in law, and it was super easy! I just cut them in half, but scooped out about half the seeds in each one then I pureed them in the food processor. I browned meat and onions, then added the tomatoes, some garlic, oregano and basil. These tomatoes were pretty meaty so I didn't need to add any tomato paste to this batch, but could have it they were too watery. Then I just simmered everything for a while and it was ready to eat!
Then today I decided to try and give pumpkin processing a try. I cut four pie pumpkins in half, scooped out the seeds an stringy stuff and quartered them up. I lined a baking sheet with foil, but a little spray pam on them and put them skin up and baked them at 350 for about an hour. Then I was able to peel the skin right off and puree them in the processor. I now have four cups of puree in the freezer to make pies and bread with. Now to find out if I can handle that task, check back often, as I will be sure to post!