Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Recipe: Easy Oreo Truffles

I have not made these yet (trying to be a good girl with my diet) but they look fantasic!

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Easy Oreo Truffles Recipe
Prep time: 5 mins
Total time: 5 mins
Serves: Many

4 oz of low-fat cream cheese
1/2 package of Oreos ( normal size) + 1 extra for topping
1 package of baking chocolate ( melted)


  1. In a medium size bowl break up Oreos ( I use a potato masher ;)) then mix in cream cheese until it is pretty smooth. Crush the cookie portion of the remaining cookie. 
  2. Shape mixture into little balls - about the size of a gumball or larger and lay them down on cookie tray layered with parchment paper. 
  3. Place the tray in the freezer for 10 minute. 
  4. Drip in melted chocolate Sprinkle with crumbs of the topping cookie. Place back in the freezer for another 15 minutes

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Recipe: Easy Crock Pot Chicken and Rice

I have not made this one yet, but it looks so good!  This recipe is courtesy of The Budget Savvy Diva.

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Easy Crock Pot Chicken & Rice Recipe
Author: Budget Savvy Diva
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 5 hours
Total time: 5 hours 10 mins
Serves: 2- 4


2-4 frozen boneless skinless chicken breasts
8 oz. cream cheese
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 lime ( Juice and zest)
1 pkg. Italian dressing seasoning
pinch of Pepper


  1. Get out your crock pot and put in - Soup, Italian Dressing, pepper, zest and lime juice, cream cheese
  2. Put the crock pot on low - after 15 minutes mix together till smooth.
  3. Place chicken in crock pot
  4. After 2 hours take out chicken and cut into strips and place chicken back into crock pot.
  5. Cook for 4 -6 hours till chicken is fall apart tender 
  6. About 20 minutes till dinner time - cook up some rice
  7. Put rice in a bowl and put chicken yumminess on top and enjoy!

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Recipe: Cornflake Candy Treats

This recipe has been a family favorite for as long as I can remember.  I have no idea where the recipe originated from to give it proper credit. 

Cornflake Candy Treats

2 cups corn syrup
1 cup sugar
3 cups peanut butter
4 cups cornflakes

Boil corn syrup, sugar until sugar has dissolved remove from head add peanut butter and mix until creamy. 

Mix in cornflakes then press into a 13 x 9 inch pan. 

Helpful tip - use a pieces of wax paper placed over the top of cornflake mixture to press into pan.

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Recipe: Parmesan - Roasted Zucchini

I have made these and I love them.  This recipe is courtesy of The Budget Savvy Diva.

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Parmesan - Roasted Zucchini Recipe
Author: Sara @ Budget Savvy Diva
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 15 mins
Total time: 20 mins


2 zucchini - cut into 4ths - length wise
1 tablespoon olive oil
garlic powder
black pepper
1⁄3 cup parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 400. 
  2. Lay zucchini on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. 
  3. Brush olive oil on each and sprinkle: salt, pepper, garlic powder. 
  4. Top with cheese. 
  5. Bake for 15 minutes or until zucchini is tender and cheese is browned.

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Wordless Wednesday: Jared's Halloween Costumes

Here is a collection of Jared's Halloween costumes over the years for this week's Wordless Wednesday.

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Weird and Wacky Wednesday: A mug, sumseeds, and a sideways book??

First of all, a very Happy Halloween to everyone!  This year has been uneventful for me as my son has gotten too old to trick and treat and we did not get a single spook!

Spook is a term my Grandmother uses to describe trick or treaters and it has stuck my entire life.

Now, on to the weird this Wednesday.

Self-Stirring Mug

The Website Claims:

You can now find the power of a mixer in the form of a Mug. Yes we said it, this Mug mixes itself whenever you need a quick Stir job. Press the easy button on top for an instant spin cycle and never worry about the pain of Stirring your own drink. I mean you really can't do much of anything in the morning aside from stumbling out of bed anyway. Therefore we cannot tell you how useful and amazing this gadget is. It makes every cup of coffee so much easier to make and even works great for hot chocolate, soup, tea and fruit drinks. You can sit back relax and let your coffee spin itself into oblivion. Once you're satisfied with it's color and consistency, take a sip and get ready to work for the next hour until you make another cup. 

It costs $15.99 and be found here.  


Go on. Take a guess.  What is it? I bet you can't guess.  Ready for this?


They are available many flavors including original, dill pickle, honey BBQ, ranch, and salt and pepper. 

The website states:


If you want to pick you up some Sumseeds, head on over to their website.

Bed Books


This is another one of those products that I can't decide is the dumbest thing I have ever seen or the most ingenious one.Decide for yourself.  Take a look at the website.

They print books sideways so it is easier to lay on your side in the bed and read. 

The website claims that:

YOU LOVE TO READ IN BED No neck, shoulder or back pain the next day.
Read without having to sit up.
FOR PATIENTS IN HOSPITALS A great gift when you are visiting.
Just lie on your side and read comfortably all day!  
SCHOOLS Increased motivation to complete reading assignments. 
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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Trivia Tuesday: List of Random Facts Part Five

 **I copied and pasted this list from a website and I do not research each fact to find its authenticity like I usually do for these posts.  If you find where one is incorrect, leave me a comment and I will fix it.**

The word TIP is an acronym for "To Insure Promptness".

The worlds oldest piece of chewing gum is 9000 years old!

The world's youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910.
The youngest pope was 11 years old.

There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.

There are approximately ten million bricks in the Empire State Building.

There are more collect calls on Father's Day than any other day of the year.
There are no turkeys in Turkey.

There are only four words in the English language which end in "dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous. 

There is a seven letter word in the English language that contains ten words without rearranging any of its letters, "therein": the, there, he, in, rein, her, here, ere, therein, herein.

Turtles breathe through their butts.

TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.

Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise.

Walt Disney was afraid of mice.

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Have you ever had one of those days where you just feel like "meh"?

I having a meh day... no... I've been having a meh week!

I just can't seem to get motivated to do anything. 

My laundry is going to take over my house, my homework won't do itself (rude), and my cat just hasn't learned how to poop in the toilet yet, not that she would fit on the toilet anyway.  She barely fits in her cat box.

I just want to make time stop for about a day and I can just have a long peaceful relaxing sleep. 

Does it make me a bad mommy and a bad wifey that I want to take a break from being a mommy and a wifey for just one day?  Aren't we all entitled to a "day off" once in awhile?

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Oh, Man! It's Monday!

Happy New Week Everyone!
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Recipe: Fluffer Nutter Bites

I have not made these yet. They remind me of bite sized Paydays.

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Prep Time: 5 min
Total Time: 15
Servings: 36 bites


1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup honey
1 cup nonfat dry milk
36 mini marshmallows
1 cup chopped peanuts


  1. In a medium bowl, combine the peanut butter, honey and dry milk. Stir until well combined and resembles cookie dough.
  2. Take 1/2 Tablespoon of dough and wrap around each mini marshmallow creating a ball with a marshmallow center. Roll each ball in crush peanuts to coat.

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Recipe: Crock Pot Cherry Cobbler

I made this and it was so yummy.  This recipe is courtesy of The Budget Savvy Diva.

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Crock Pot Cherry Cobbler
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 4 hours
Total time: 4 hours 10 mins
Serves: 8

1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling
1 package (18 1/4 ounces) yellow cake mix
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter melted
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
1 Tablespoon of Vanilla Extract


  1. Place Cherry Filling into your crock pot. 
  2. In a medium size bowl mix: cake mix, butter, and vanilla. It becomes like dough 
  3. Crumble the "cake mixture" over the cherry filling. (I used about 1/2 of the cake mix so the ratio of cherry to cake would be more equal. It will not rise like a cake.)
  4. Sprinkle walnuts on top. 
  5. Cover and cook on LOW 3 to 4 hours or HIGH 2 hours.

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Quick question

The people I do my Friday blog hop with would like to know if anyone would be interested in a Etsy hop.  Neither her or I craft, but we would be willing to host it, we just need to know if anyone would be interested or would hop with it.

Let me know!!!

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Soapbox Sunday: Greed

Have you been had the feeling where you can't decide if you are seriously angry.. no.. pissed off...or your feelings are just really really hurt?

I find myself in this very predicament.

I made an offer to all of my writer friends to send me something that they have written and I would post it here on my blog and feature them as a special guest writer.  (I will extended this offer to anyone reading this.)

I made this offer as a gesture of good will and friendship. 

Now, if someone would have made this offer, I would jump on it. Still would. What a great way to network, promote, and get my name out there.

I do realize my little blog may not be read by a ton of people, but I devote a lot of time to this thing and frankly I am so proud of my own little spot on the internet that I could have pictures of it in a wallet and show it off with my kid's picture.

I got two responses to my offer.

The first one was a request to read their book and write a review.  This could have been a great idea, expect his book is about Hitler and this is a family orientated blog.  It would not benefit either of us.

The second response is the one that has put me into my mood.

For starters, the first response I got was, "I thought you only offered this to me.  I thought I was special."  I responded, "Well, send me something to post and then you will be special."

A little bit of times passes and then I get this message, "Will I get paid?"

I guess this is a legitimate question, but it annoyed me.

The converstation continues:

"No. I don't get paid for doing it [the blog]. It's publicity [for you]."

I thought this was a good response.  I'm not making any money keeping this blog. Its about me having fun, entertaining other people (or at least trying) and keeping my writing in practice.

"Food doesn't come from publicity." 

Again, I suppose he has a point, but the whole point of this was to offer my friends a chance to show off something of theirs. 

I am hurt or pissed or both and then I send this last final message:

"Well then nvm cause I don't paid so I'm not paying anyone. It was meant to be a nice gesture."

Oh well, lesson learned.  Moving on....
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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Recipe: Crock Pot Broccoli Cheese Soup

I have made this soup and it is so yummy! Perfect for a cold day.  This recipe is courtesy of The Budget Savvy Diva.

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Crock Pot Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe
Author: Sara @ Budget Savvy
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 4 hours
Total time: 4 hours 20 mins
Serves: 8


1 (32 ounce) bag frozen chopped broccoli - I do not use the stem
2 (10 ¾ ounce) cans cheddar cheese soup
2 (12 ounce) cans evaporated milk
1/2 Teaspoon of Garlic Powder
1 Clove of Minced Garlic Cheddar Cheese
1 Tablespoon of Butter or Margarine
1/2 Teaspoon of Onion Powder
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 Cup of Chopped Onions


  1. Heat up a skillet on medium heat and melt butter - Sautee onions for about 10 minutes. Add garlic and cook for one minute. 
  2. Place All INGREDIENTS ( except Cheddar Cheese) in the Crock Pot. Cover and cook on low 4-5 hours. Garnish with Cheddar Cheese

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Recipe: Copy Cat Recipe - Olive Garden Pasta Alfredo Recipe

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Copy Cat Recipe - Olive Garden Pasta Alfredo Recipe
Author: Sara @ Budget Savvy Diva
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 25 mins 

1 stick of butter
1 clove of minced garlic
1 pint of heavy cream
1 cup of Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons cream cheese
salt and pepper


  1. Make Pasta. 
  2. In a sauce pan over medium heat - melt butter and add garlic and cook for two minutes. 
  3. Add cream and cream cheese and heat till bubbling (not to the point of a boil) 
  4. Add in Parmesan Cheese and mix until the cheese melts add salt and pepper to taste. I ended up adding about 1/2 teaspoon of pepper (but that is just me). 
  5. Mix some sauce with the pasta (a little sauce goes a long way).

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Recipe: 7-Up Biscuits

I have made these are they are amazing.  This recipe is courtesy of The Budget Savvy Diva.

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7UP Biscuits Recipe
Author: Sara @ Budget Savvy Diva
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 15 mins
Total time: 20 mins
Serves: 9 These biscuits are VERY addicting. So be prepared to make multiple batches


2 cups Bisquick
1/2 cup 7-up
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup melted butter ( or margarine)
1/2 Teaspoon of Garlic Powder

  1. Preheat Oven To 450 
  2. Mix sour cream and Bisquick together, then add 7UP. 
  3. On a flat surface cover with a small amount of Bisquick and pat the dough out. 
  4. Cut the dough into 9 equal pieces. 
  5. Place half of the melted butter into a 9x9 inch pan. Place biscuits on top of the melted butter. Drizzle the rest of the butter on top of the biscuits and finish with a sprinkle the garlic powder on each biscuit. 
  6. Bake till golden brown - 15 minutes. 
  7. Enjoy :)
    Recipe by Budget Savvy Diva
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35 Places to Find Free Pumpkin Carving Patterns

I know its perhaps a tad bit late to be posting Halloween things,but I came across this list of links where you can download free pumpkin carving templates and I thought I would pass it along!

Pumpkin Carving Links
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Silly Saturday

Happy Saturday everyone! I hope you have a fantastic weekend! This Saturday I bring you some cat funnies.  Enjoy!

This is how I get woken up most everyday:

This last one is my favorite!
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Friday, October 26, 2012

Review: Python Printable Games

I was given the opportunity to review Python Printable Games Printable Halloween Games and my family and I have had the best fun! You pay per game or you can buy all the games for one set fee and they are yours to keep.

They have things like coloring pages, invitations, and  trivia facts!

They are family friendly and perfect for Halloween parties for home, work, school, and church!

Our favorite has been Halloween Charades.  You get cards to play such as Dracula putting on sunscreen and wizard with a headache and Hello Kitty shopping for shoes.

My husband and I have had a lot of fun with Halloween Newlyweds.  You have such questions as, "If your partner was a horror movie character, who they be and why?"

Make sure to check out their Free Printable Games as well! When you sign up for their newsletter, you can get coupons and freebies.

They also have a special mystery code that gives you a savings! The code is MYSTY.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
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Sharin' the Love: Coffee for Less and Otter Box coupons

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Button Swap?

So, I finally got around to setting up a passion fruit ad account so I can start swapping buttons with people.  Wanna swap buttons with me?

Click here.
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What A Great Idea: My Family Meal Planner

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FANtastic Friday: Disney Rewards

I love this program!  Whenever you buy select Disney movies, you get a code which you can redeem for points.  You can then redeem those points for Disney stuff and/or enter sweepstakes.

Website is here.

I have gotten a DVD and a Mickey notebook so far.

Here are some codes to get you started:

SKULLY - 5 points (Expires 10/31/12)
KITTY - 5 points (Expires 10/31/12)
CLOWN - 5 points (Expires 10/31/12)
FELIX - 5 points (Expires 10/31/12)
MUMMY - 5 points (Expires 10/31/12)
U13PEKSZZD - 25 points (Expires 3/30/13)
FPSNN83JX9 - 25 points (Expiration Unknown)
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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Friendly Friday #7

Welcome to the ALL NEW Friendly Friday Social Media Hop.  
It's Friday and that means it's time to GROW YOUR FOLLOWERS WITH THE FRIENDLY FRIDAY HOP.  The Friendly Friday Blog Hop is a Multimedia link-up designed to help you grow all of your social sites at once.  Here, you can now link-up your  Blog , Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, Bloglovin', and HelloCotton.

The Friendly Friday Hop is Hosted by:
Today with the Tennerys

Life on Peanut Layne -  

The {Not So} Fascinating Life of Tabitha -  

And this week's Co-Host - With Love, Jesika

Ok, for the rules, there are only a few and they are simple.
1. Follow your Hosts and Co-host
If you are a new follower, please comment and let us know because we will gladly follow you back.
Interested in being a co-host? E-mail 
2. For each link-you enter, please visit at least three blogs within that category.
For instance, if you link up your twitter and Facebook, please visit 3 other twitter links and three other Facebook links.  Be sure to tell them you found them on Friendly Friday.
3. Spread the word!
You can do this by tweeting and/or grabbing our button.
(Grabbing the button will also be quick access to come link-up each week)
4. Link-Up!
Under 100 on Google+, Intagram, or Pinterest?  Under 50 on BlogLovin' or Hello Cotton?
Under 250 on Facebook?  Under 300 on GFC or Twitter?
Simply put {LOW} after your link so we know to help you out.
(*Note: When liking on Facebook, you MUST do this from your personal page. It does not count as a "like" if you like from you blog Facebook page.)

Today with the Tennerys
Now Let's get this hop started :)

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Throwback Thursday: My First Utah Winter

Here are some pictures and a short clip I took of my first winter in Utah.

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