Sunday, March 30, 2008

I'm so sorry !

I'm so sorry for being MIA !!!!

What was once just seasonal allergies has turned into Sinusitis. I am so plum sick. As soon as I can sit at the computer for more than 3 min without feeling like I am going to fall over I will be back to normal posting. I have ALOT of stuff to post about ... I have a great product review for The French Elements ( Don't Miss it !!) and as requested more posts about giveaways that I come across. So please bare with me, I hope to be back to my normal self soon.

Take Care,

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Spring Cleaning Time!

It's that time of year to SPRING CLEAN! I am sharing some of my favorite cleaning Tips & Tricks that may help you along the way or when your in a pinch. So whip out your favorite tunes & cleaning gloves and remember welcoming Spring means Summer's around the corner!

* If you have rust stains in your bathtub or sink, pour on hydrogen peroxide and sprinkle on a little cream of tartar. Let it sit for a half hour or so, then wipe clean.

* Mix equal parts olive oil and lemon juice for a natural furniture polish. Just apply with a soft cloth and buff to a shine. You can also use this on wood paneling.

* Use shaving cream to clean carpet stains. Just scrub it in and rinse and let dry.

* Tuck dryer sheets in drawers to help keep your clothes smelling fresh.

Homemade Oxiclean

1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide
1/2 cup of baking soda
1 cup of hot water

Directions : Mix together and use in place of Oxiclean

Homemade Febreze

3 cups water

3 TBS fabric softener
3 TBS rubbing alcohol

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a clean empty spray bottle and shake well to mix thoroughly.

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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

More Blog Giveaways

Baggage AndBug is having a giveaway for a Silver iPod Nano. I am embarrassed to admit I don't have one yet, but it's not easy winning one of theseyou know So hop on over and enter for your chance to win to and check out her blog while you are there. This ends on March 19th.

The WAHM Spot has teamed up with Baby Swags to present Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony with wonderful, unique, new, and upscale products made by moms and guess what you can enter win one... How cool is that !Just go enter here at The WAHM Spot the deadline to enter is March 31.

Over at Jo-Jo's Place in celebration of her 100th post she's giving away Chocolate, Coffee & Hair goodies stop hop on over and check her blog out and enter ends ???.

Mother's Earth Garden is giving away $30 to one lucky person. Stop by and check out her site it's amazing with lots of great garden related information. This giveaway ends at midnight on March 31st.

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Monday, March 17, 2008

Blog Giveaways

Peggy over at Simple Woman is having a fun giveaway to help with the dreaded spring cleaning that is a win that would sure inspire me to clean. Go check out her blog she has alot of great stuff over there. She will be drawing the winner on March 20th.

Chrys An The Moms is giving away an awesome basket filled with Watkins products. The chef in me couldn't resist ! Hop on over and check out her blog. She will be drawing a winner on March 2oth.

Island Life is giving away this awesome Retro Kiwi Flowers Handbag that was generously donated by Pink Lemonade Boutique Bags. You really need to check out both of these blogs I promise they ROCK!

Hey Lady has a great review and giveaway for the book Did Expect Angels? Hop on over and check it out! The book has excellent reviews and I definitely would like to read this one. She will draw the winner on March 21st.

Jerry over at Cooking By The Seat Of My Pants is having an awesome giveaway with an iPod Touch being the prize. How cool is that, If I am ever to own one of these babies I will have to win it so go check out his blog and enter the giveaway before you leave. This giveaway ends on April 11th

Yum-O! Over at You Never Let Go they are having a yummy giveaway of Organic Toaster Pasteries. I love these and how can you go wrong? They're organic. So check out her blog and enter to win some to. This ends on March

Cass Knits is giving away this great Martha Stewart's Cookies cookbook. The chef in me would so love this. So go enter to win and while you are there make sure you check out her blog she has lots of good reading there. This giveaway ends at midnight on March 23rd.

My Trendy Tikes is giving away $25 Gift Certificate to use at Our 2 Peas In A Pod. They have the cutest jewelry. I couldn't resist displaying the Peeps bracelet. Miss Justyce would look so adorable wearing it and if you have or know of a little one who loves bling you must go and enter and check out the site ... You will be hooked!

Oh My! It's chocolate! How can anyone resist. Go Workout Mom is having a Ferrero Rondnoir dark chocolates giveaway so run on over and check out her great blog then enter the giveaway on your way out.

A Frog In My Soup is giving away your choice of Cup of Joe Towel Cake, Neopolitan Towel Cupcake or Blue Sprinkles Cupcake (or choose another item from the shop of equal value) generously donated from Sweet Pea Cakes, etc. Check it out! She has ALOT of really unique and neat gifts for all occassions.

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Dessert with Ina Garten

Here it is !!!! It screams spring, It screams Easter but I swear I heard a whisper say "Make Me and Eat Me". My mystery dessert is Ina Garten's, Lemon Curd Tart ... I can't wait to make it and I am posting the recipe for anyone else who would love to make this lemony, creamy oh so yummy dessert. Enjoy!

For the tart shell: 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, plus more for greasing, at room temperature 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour Pinch salt

For the lemon curd: 4 lemons, at room temperature 1 1/2 cups sugar 1/4 pound (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature 4 extra-large eggs, at room temperature 1/8 teaspoon salt

For the tart shell:
Mix the butter and sugar together in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment until they are just combined. Add the vanilla. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour and salt, then add them to the butter-and-sugar mixture. Mix on low speed until the dough starts to come together. Dump onto a surface dusted with flour and shape into a flat disk. Press the dough into a 10-inch-round or 9-inch-square false-bottom tart pan, making sure that the finished edge is flat. Chill until firm.
Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Butter 1 side of a square of aluminum foil to fit inside the chilled tart and place it, buttered side down, on the pastry. Fill with beans or rice. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and beans, prick the tart all over with the tines of a fork, and bake again for 20 to 25 minutes more, or until lightly browned. Allow to cool to room temperature.

For the lemon curd:
Remove the zest of the lemons with a vegetable peeler or zester, being careful to avoid the white pith. Squeeze the lemons to make 1/2 cup of juice and set the juice aside. Put the zest in a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Add the sugar and process for 2 to 3 minutes, until the zest is very finely minced. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter with the sugar and lemon zest. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, and then add the lemon juice and salt. Mix until combined.
Pour the mixture into a 2-quart saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until thickened, about 10 minutes. The lemon curd will thicken at about 175 degrees F, or just below a simmer. Remove from the heat.

Fill the tart shell with warm lemon curd and allow to set at room temperature.

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Spring is here !

The daffy's are blooming, buds magically appear on the trees and I can here the peepers in the distance at night. Yep, Spring is officially here and I couldn't be happier. Well, OK my body sure isn't to thrilled with the pollen floating in the air making my poor head feel like it may explode at any moment. But what can I say it's getting warmer and I sure am happy for that but, it also means that Easter is around the corner and another holiday I miss spending with my family so I will be entertaining my hubby and his mother this year. Oooh, that means I get to add something new to my Easter dinner this year ... Hmmm, I think it will be a new dessert. What kind you wonder? If you are curious as to what it will be check out my next post and see. Take Care !

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Blog Hopping and Fun Giveaways!

I just had to share these awesome giveaways I came across while out blog hopping. So may I suggest you grab a drink and something to munch before heading on over to their blogs because you may just find yourself visiting for awhile like I did. Oh, don't forget to enter the giveaway before you leave !

Ribbon Rock Star is giving away a yummy Lemon Meringue Pie soap made by Sweet & Tranquil Bath and Body hurry on over as this one ends on March 14th as well.

Megans Cookin is giving away an awesome (Easter) basket of goodies! So run and enter soon she will be pulling a winner on March 17th.

Mommee and Her Boys is giving away Pampered Chef gadgets with some goodies. This one ends on March 14th at midnight so hurry on over!

A Mother's Heart is giving away one pound of Starbucks coffee! Go check it out since this ends on March 15th.

Jenn's Den is giving away a $15 giftcard for she will be picking a winner on March 14th so hurry on over!

Oh Baby Buy Products are giving away THREE prize packages in their Born Green Giveaway! Awesome products in the packages go check it out!

Bubble and Squeek is having a giveaway for a $50 Williams-Sonoma gift card! If I was the lucky winner I would buy me some new kitchen gadgets and a pan I couldn't resist as baking and cooking is a passion of mine. So make sure you enter to win to. This giveaway ends on April 30th at 5:00 pm.

Take Care !

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Happy Tuesday & Hot Online Deals

There are many little things in life I just love .. a good book, a sappy movie but what gives me the ultimate curl my toes, I am so excited I am shaking inside feeling (besides a good kiss of course) is a great deal. I get a thrill out of scoring the sweetest deals to be had online and in stores and I love when the grocery store pays ME to stock my shelves with there goods. So today I am going to share my favorite site SlickDeals (I am nothing more than a devoted member) to score some of these great deals not to mention they have a contest and freebie sections as well. Don't forget to stop back in and let me know some of the great deals you scored!

Monday, March 10, 2008

First post and new family member

It's official, I am ready to plunge in the big world of blogging. So for my first post on my brand spanking new blog I am going to introduce the newest member of the family. This is Miss Justyce. Isn't she just adorable !!! She is the 3rd child of my one and only sibling ... My sister Michele. I am a very proud Auntie so you will see many posts about my niece's and nephew. I will also be blogging about many of my favorite things such as cooking, baking, couponing , contests, gardening and so much more so y'all come back now, ya hear.