Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Old Navy Flag Tees $1 on Friday, July 3

On Friday, 7/3, visit your local Old Navy and get their flag tees for only $1.00 each.

There's no coupon necessary and there's a limit of 5 tees per person.

Visit early for the best inventory.

Thanks to "Cents" able Mom for the info.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Paint-Can Cubbies

Don't let your desktop disappear under piles of paperwork. Inexpensive, unused cans can be purchased at paint stores; lined up on a shelf and anchored in place with Velcro, they become organizing cubbyholes with a modern flair. Assign cans as storage spaces for bills, catalogs, and personal mail, or one for each member of the family. Label the shelf beneath to make sorting easy.

From Martha Stewart Living website.
Check out the directions here.

Housecleaners’ Best Friends: Baking Soda, Dryer Sheets and Hair Spray

Click here for a cool article from Mary Hunt @ Debt-Proof Living Online.

Photo Coffee Sleeve Tutorial

This Father's Day, or any day, help the Dad in your life wear his heart on his sleeve- coffee sleeve, that is!

Now when Dad's at work he can warm his hand and his heart every time he takes a sip!

Why not suprise Dad with this fun little gift along with a gift card to his favorite coffee shop!

Proud mamas- feel free to take advantage of this modern "brag book" opportunity as well!

Click here for this super simple looking project!

Pretty Free Printables

I have discovered a wonderful (new to me) freebie!

oh, hello friend

Oh, hello friend is another graphic designer with some wonderful free printables and a beautiful blog. She has a lot of followers, so I guess some of you probably already know her! I’m so behind the times:-)

Check out all of her pretty freebies…

Printable Labels

Cute blog buttons

Cold Oven Pound Cake

Cold Oven Pound Cake

Adapted from Cook’s Illustrated Lost Recipes Cookbook

  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 sticks butter, softened
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 6 large eggs

You’ll need a 16-cup tube pan or angel food cake pan for this recipe; if not using a nonstick pan, make sure to thoroughly grease a traditional pan.

1. Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position. Grease and flour 16-cup tube pan. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in bowl. Whisk milk and vanilla in measuring cup.
2. With electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter and sugar until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until combined. Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with 2 additions of milk mixture. Mix on low until smooth, about 30 seconds. Use rubber spatula to give batter final stir.
3. Pour batter into prepared pan and smooth top. Place cake in cold oven. Adjust oven temperature to 325 degrees and bake, without opening oven door, until cake is golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 65 to 80 minutes. This took 85 minutes in my oven, so it may take longer in yours also.
4. Cool cake in pan for 15 minutes, then turn out onto rack. Cool completely, about 2 hours. Serve. (Cooled cake can be stored in airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.)

For more recipes and ideas see Tempt My Tummy Tuesday and Tasty Tuesday.

The Top Five

From Joy the Baker comes this delightful "top 5" recipes list. They sound delish!

Number Five: Peanut Butter Fudge Treats
Number Four: Red Velvet Black and White Cookies
Number Three: Pumpkin Pie Bars
Number Two: Lemon Whoopie Pies
Number One: Easy Cinnamon Roll Muffins

Sour Cream Coffeecake Muffins

Sour Cream Coffeecake Muffins
Cooking Light, May 2006

  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup egg substitute
  • 1 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour (about 7 3/4 ounces)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Cooking spray
  • 6 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 3 teaspoons fresh orange juice
  • Dash of salt

Preheat oven to 400°.

  1. Combine first 3 ingredients; set aside.
  2. Place granulated sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 3 minutes). Add egg substitute; beat 3 minutes. Beat in sour cream, water, and vanilla.
  3. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Make a well in center of mixture; add sour cream mixture. Stir just until combined.
  4. Place 3 tablespoons brown sugar mixture in a small bowl; set aside. Sprinkle surface of batter with remaining brown sugar mixture. Gently fold batter 4 times.
  5. Place 18 paper muffin cup liners in muffin cups; coat liners with cooking spray. Spoon batter into prepared cups. Sprinkle batter evenly with reserved brown sugar mixture. Bake at 400° for 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove muffins from pan immediately; place on a wire rack. Cool 10 minutes.
  6. Combine powdered sugar, juice, and dash of salt in a small bowl, stirring until smooth. Drizzle powdered sugar mixture evenly over muffins.
Calories: 182 (28% from fat), Fat: 5.7g (sat 2.8g,mono 1.4g,poly 0.6g), Protein: 2.9g
Carbohydrate: 30.4g, Fiber: 0.6g, Cholesterol: 14mg, Iron: 1mg, Sodium: 176mg, Calcium: 53mg
WW Points: 4

Thursday, June 18, 2009

125 Healthiest Supermarket Foods in America

It was amazing to me how many of these foods that I LOVE. I didn't even know I was eating well!

Ladies and gentlemen, rev your appetites—and steer your shopping carts toward the delicious staples of a healthy diet. We scoured the grocery aisles and chose the most reliable basics and the best secret ingredients that will improve your diet and take your cooking up a notch—all in one trip to the supermarket!

Click here to read more!

Why Frozen Food Is (Sometimes) Better

In 1924, Clarence Birdseye was working on the peninsula of Labrador in Canada when he noticed something about the way the Eskimos preserved their food: Quickly freezing food prevents the formation of the large ice crystals that damage the cells in fruits and vegetables. Birdseye's brainstorm led us to where we are today: standing outside a row of enormous industrial freezers, contemplating dinner.

Click here to read more about Frozen Food Goodness!

8 Foods You Should Eat Every Day

It sometimes seems as if the internal politics of the Middle East are easier to understand than the latest thinking on nutrition. With EAT THIS, NOT THAT!, you're armed with the info you need to make smart choices. But how can you crank it up a notch? How can you make good nutrition as certain as death, taxes, and The Fast and the Furious spinoffs? Here's the simple answer: Just eat these eight foods--along with a little protein such as salmon, turkey, or lean beef--every day. And relax.

Click here to read more.

Choosing a Melon

Not sure what melon to pick? According to Woman's Day, here are some guidelines!

Cantaloupe: Look for an indented stem end. This means the melon came off the vine at the proper time, not too early.

Honeydew: Look for a smooth rind that is white, yellow, or light green. A ripe honeydew should have a slightly fruity aroma and be soft at the stem end.

Watermelon: If it sounds hollow when you give it a good thump, it's ripe! Look for a firm, nicely shaped melon that has a creamy yellow underside where the melon has lain on the ground long enough to ripen.

The Easiest Egg Breakfast Ever...

Great post from Hungry Girl today. . .

Monday, June 15, 2009

Decorum for Diners

Seven rules for nice restaurants . . . good advice here, especially tipping "rules."

Cute Free Twitter Buttons

Check out the cutest Twitter Buttons below:
Just Something I Made: Twitter Buttons

Thank You Bags. Cute Gift Idea!

I just love these FREE (did you hear that? FREE!) cute printables!

Click the link here to go directly to them,
and then send a shout out to Amy, the founder of the printable feast.

How To Freeze Fresh Fruit

Buying fruits in bulk when they are in season and then freezing them is a great way to save money on groceries (when they’re at their lowest price), this also lets you enjoy your favorite fruits year round. Freezing fruits is a method of food preservation that is much quicker than canning and no fancy or expensive kitchen gadgets are required. The majority of fruits freeze satisfactorily and it’s a simple task to accomplish.

Here’s my guide for freezing fruits, lots of tips, charts and information provided (including how to freeze many different varieties of fruit).

Click here to read more about Freezing Fresh Fruit! via LifeHacker via TipNut

15 Minute Pizza Dough and Gourmet Pizza Recipes

From our friends over at Little Birdie Secrets comes this amazing nugget of helpfulness!

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this site!

Make Simple Cakes that will Impress Your Friends

Check out this post, from CraftPad!

You can make a beautiful and delicious cake which impresses all your friends from a store bought cake mix. I do this all the time. If you want to give a plain cake mix a little something; just add one simple ingredient and you will be surprised how much it adds to the cake. My favorite combinations are

Friday, June 12, 2009

Friday Fill-Ins #128

1. I grew up thinking that the WV Mountaineers were the best football team around.

2. The Faithful Fashionista was the last website I was at before coming here.

3. Why don't you take some time to enjoy a glass of sweet tea?

4. Silence helps me relax.

5. Thanks for the surfing on over to my site.

6. Strong body odor is very off-putting.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to movie night with the family, tomorrow my plans include helping my daughter and husband pack and Sunday, I want to get a nice nap after church!

Four Foods On Friday #79

Here are this week’s four questions from Food, Crafts & Recipes.

#1, Kelly’s question. What is your favorite memory associated with the smell of a certain food? As in, you smell it, close your eyes and are instantly drawn back to a magical moment in time. . .Homemade Bread makes me think about mom making it when we were little. The taste of hot bread from the oven, spread with butter or homemade blackberry jam is hard to beat!

#2. Name something red that is in your cabinets. I have a set of red mixing bowls that I purchased from Gooseberry Patch after Christmas last year.

#3. Ice. Do you have an ice maker, use ice cube trays or buy by the bag? LOVE my ice maker.

#4. Pepper. What kind do you use most often? Is it in a grinder or a shaker? I have the large "restaurant" style ground black pepper from Sam's Club. We don't use salt a lot, so we go through a lot of it!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

20-Minute Barbecue Ribs

20-Minute Barbecue Ribs

The Pampered Chef Deep Covered Baker allows you to prepare barbecue ribs in the microwave, cutting their cooking time in half. They're hearty, delicious and the perfect recipe for quick summer entertaining!

  • 1 rack (2½-3 pounds) pork loin back ribs (baby back ribs)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup water

Smoky Barbecue Sauce
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Smoky Barbecue Rub
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar or white vinegar

For ribs:
  1. Remove the membrane from rack of ribs using Boning Knife (see Cook's Tip).
  2. Season both sides of ribs with salt and black pepper.
  3. Cut between each bone to separate rack into individual ribs.
  4. Arrange ribs, cut side down, in two layers in Deep Covered Baker.
  5. Add water.
  6. Microwave, covered, on HIGH 8 minutes.
  7. Turn ribs over.
  8. Microwave on HIGH 7-10 minutes or until Pocket Thermometer registers 160°F when
  9. inserted into meatiest part of ribs alongside bones and ribs are no longer pink.

For sauce:
  1. Combine ketchup, brown sugar, barbecue rub and vinegar in (1.5-qt.) Saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally; remove from heat.
To prepare final product:
  1. Transfer ribs to Stainless (4-qt.) Mixing Bowl.
  2. Add 1 cup of the sauce and toss to coat.
  3. Heat Grill Pan over medium heat 5 minutes.
  4. Place ribs onto pan; cook 4-6 minutes or until grill marks appear, brushing with remaining sauce and turning once.
  5. Transfer ribs to a serving platter.
  6. Serve immediately.

Yield: 4 servings
Nutrients per serving: Calories 590, Total Fat 38 g, Saturated Fat 14 g, Cholesterol 155 mg, Carbohydrate 30 g, Protein 31 g, Sodium 1430 mg, Fiber 0 g

Cook's Tip: The membrane found underneath the rack is not only tough, but it also holds in excess fat. Removing the membrane helps to render out the fat during cooking. To remove the membrane, lay the rack meaty side down. Using the tip of the Boning Knife, gently cut under the membrane on one corner. Using a paper towel, grasp the corner of the membrane and gently pull it away from the bones. Trim any visible fat along the underside of the rack.

©The Pampered Chef, Ltd., 2007

I'm having a Pampered Chef Party!

I'm having a Pampered Chef Dinnertime in No Time Party!

Feeling too busy to cook? Learn how to beat the dinner rush at my Dinnertime in No Time Cooking Show. The quick and delicious recipes are ready in 30 minutes or less, and only cost around $2 per serving!*

We'll also try tools that make kitchen tasks easier, learn lots of entertaining and cooking tips, and catch up with each other while we shop.

Please let me know if you can make it. Mark the date on your calendar and ask a friend or two to come along.

I realize that many of you are unable to attend the show, but if you would like to order, you can click on the PC logo above or the link below my name to place an order!

Have a great day.

Your Pampered Chef® Host,
Andrea Holloman


Show Information:

Show Date:
Tue, Jul 7, 2009

Show Time:
6:30 PM

Andrea Holloman


Slow-Cookin' Pulled Chicken (Guess what we're having for supper?)

Slow-Cookin' Pulled Chicken

PER SERVING (1/2 cup): 149 calories, 1g fat, 462mg sodium, 10g carbs, <0.5g>POINTS. value 3*

This shredded BBQ chicken is FANTASTIC over salads, piled onto light buns, stuffed inside high-fiber tortillas with (rinsed) cole slaw, or eaten all by itself. Yummmmmm!

1 1/2 lb. raw boneless skinless lean chicken breasts, halved
1 cup canned tomato sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
2 tbsp. plus 2 tsp. brown sugar (not packed)
2 tbsp. plus 2 tsp. cider vinegar
2 tsp. garlic powder
Optional: red pepper flakes, to taste

Place all ingredients except the chicken in the crock pot. Stir until mixed. Add chicken and coat well with the sauce.

Cover and cook on high for 3 - 4 hours OR on low for 7 - 8 hours, until chicken is fully cooked.

Remove all the chicken and place it in a bowl. Shred each piece using two forks -- one to hold the chicken in place and the other to scrape across the meat and shred it. Return the shredded chicken to the crock pot, and mix well with the sauce.

If you're serving a group, keep the crock pot on its lowest setting, so the chicken stays warm. If you like, season to taste with red pepper flakes. Eat up!

from Hungry Girl 6/11/09

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Five Must-Have Tools for Any Kitchen

It's all too easy to get seriously excited about expanding your kitchen repertoire—and seriously in debt buying for that kitchen. Here are five kitchen-related things you really need and how to use them efficiently.

Click here to read the rest of the article from Lifehacker.

The Web’s Most Dangerous Search Terms

Click here for a .pdf file from McAffee. . .

Purchase $50 worth of Menswear at Sears, get $50. . .

Purchase $50 worth of men's pants or jeans from Sears by June 21, 2009, and you'll receive $50 in Sears Reward Cash.

You must submit a rebate for the Reward Cash either by mail or online.

You have until the end of October to use the reward cash on any men's apparel.

Click here to go to the rebate form and to see the complete details of the offer!

Special Thanks to Mommies with Cents for sharing the offer with her readers. I totally missed this one!

A Simple Guide to Keeping Your Counters Clutter-Free

Post written by Leo Babauta.

While many readers seem to like my minimalist approach to a home, especially clutter-free counters and tabletops and floors, it seems to be a constant trouble area for some people.

Keeping counters (and other flat surfaces) clear, clean and clutter-free doesn’t have to be difficult.

Click here to read the rest of the article!

Top 50 Frugality Blogs that Will Help You Save Money

Miranda writes for Bankling, a new portal for personal finance information, which publishes a weblog, and a resources section that contains tools like the highest bank CD rates , the highest savings account rates, free mortgage rate calculators, and more.

With the recession on, many people are interested in saving money. It is no surprise that frugal is back — and in a big way. Here are 50 blogs (in no particular order) that can help you save money and live a frugal lifestyle.

Top 50 Frugality Blogs that Will Help You Save Money

Dummies Guide to Corn on the Cob

Here are some tips for enjoying summer's corn bounty all year long:

Click here to learn more about the care and keeping of fresh corn!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Crock Pot Chicken and Dumplings

Sharing this Favorite Recipe for the Slow Cooking Thursday Challenge at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.

Crock Pot
Chicken and Dumplings

  • 2-3 chicken breasts, more if you like it really "chicken-y" (frozen or fresh)
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup
  • 2 cans milk
  • 2 cans water
  • garlic powder to taste
  • 1 can canned biscuits cut into quarters (wait until the end to do this)

Throw everything (except the biscuits) into the crock pot and cook on low for 6-8 hours. If your chicken is frozen, make sure you cook it until it's DONE!

About 30-45 minutes before you are going to serve it, cut up the biscuits and drop them into the "gravy." If you do not have a lot of gravy in the pot at this point, add warmed chicken broth to give some more liquid. Put the lid back on and let the dumplings cook.

Serve hot!

Buttermilk Chocolate Bread

Now doesn't this sound YUMMY?! Notice that there are no nutritional stats included! :)
Thanks to Joy @ the 5 J's for bringing this recipe to my attention!

Check out Lynn's Kitchen Adventures for more amazing recipes.

Buttermilk Chocolate Bread

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease only the bottom of a 9x5 inch loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the buttermilk.
  4. Combine the flour, 1/2 cup cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt; stir into the buttermilk mixture until moistened.
  5. Mix in 1 cup chocolate chips.
  6. Pour into the prepared pan.
  7. Bake for 55 to 65 minutes in the preheated oven, until a wooden pick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  8. Cool in the pan for 15 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
Alternate: Make muffins. Pour into prepared muffin tin and bake for about 18 minutes.

National Doughnut Day: Free doughnuts from Krispy Kreme and Dunkin' Donuts

Friday, June 5 is National Doughnut Day!

In honor of the occasion, Krispy Kreme is giving away a free doughnut to all customers--no purchase necessary.

Dunkin' Donuts locations are giving away a free doughnut with the purchase of a beverage. More details here.

As always, I recommend you call your stores ahead of time to verify they are participating in this promotion.

The Re-Juicer--Cool Idea!

If you're short a proper citrus juicer but have a large water bottle handy, you can use the bottom of the water bottle as a simple juicer. Larger water bottles have a more pronounced punt—the cone shaped dimple in the bottom of bottles—which can easily serve double duty as an impromptu juicer.

I found this on LifeHacker. [via Coolest Gadgets]

Inexpensive Drawer Organizers

Here's an idea--the ultimate in recycling:

Take empty garbage bag boxes, freezer bag boxes, etc., and cut them down to use them for drawer organizers. This is especially helpful in the kitchen "junk" drawer. If you'd like, you could cover them with fabric or decorate them for any decor.

I love Sarah Palin!

She is an amazing woman. . .

Here's her response to the death of abortion doctor, George Tiller. This was posted on her website:

"I feel sorrow for the Tiller family. I respect the sanctity of life and the tragedy that took place today in Kansas clearly violates respect for life. This murder also damages the positive message of life, for the unborn, and for those living. Ask yourself, 'What will those who have not yet decided personally where they stand on this issue take away from today's event in Kansas?'

Regardless of my strong objection to Dr. Tiller's abortion practices, violence is never an answer in advancing the pro-life message."

Governor Sarah Palin

The secret to great iced coffee. . .good read!

Click here to read an interesting article about making great iced coffee. During the summer months, that is my favorite kind of java!

Click here to read the ingredients of McD's coffee drinks. You might skip the drive thru next time!

The How-To of Peeling Hard Boiled Eggs

I had no idea that there were so many methods of peeling hard boiled eggs. Did you?

Check out Old Fashioned Tips and click here for the "Egg Page."

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

I Won! I Actually Won!

I entered multiple times at The Faithful Fashionista last week. She had great prizes that I posted about here, here, and here. And I Won.

I won a Sonata tank from Mia Bellini. This is the one I chose.

Many thanks to Kristin for helping us hold a hold up a high standard for ourselves, as well as our young ladies!

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