Thursday, December 29, 2011
My clothes came out wonderfully clean and smelling great. I will be using this from now on. It is a great value , too.
I was given a product for this review and I have not been compensated in any other way. My opinions are all my own.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
One of the gifts that I, Nana got for Christmas from my sister was the cookbook called 365 Slow Cooker Recipes. I had thought for 3 days what recipe I wanted to use for Christmas. We were already having a turkey so I wanted a different kind of meat. Mommy and I decided to get a pork loin. The recipe was so easy I am going to use it all the time and by just changing the spices it is a different taste every time. We took the 2 pieces and rinsed them off. I don't know why, I just did because Mommy said to! Then we put them in the crockpot . We sprinkled garlic powder, some parsley and some rosemary. Then we put in about 1/2 cup of water. We put it on low and 4 1/2 hours later just when the turkey was done we took it out. It was delicious and was so easy. I envision next time using dill and many other different spices.
The starch was baked potatoes with different toppings. How much easier could this be? I was able to enjoy the day with Bobo and Sissy! I will even use this on any occasion where I want to get other things done while cooking a nice deal.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
When Sissy was born I, Nana decided that we were going to have tea parties as much as we could. I bought her a China Tea Set just after she was born. When she was smaller she got a plastic one that she used to play tea party. Now that she is older the other day she came over and I took out the China Tea Set. I washed every piece (some were really small!) and dried them. I put real sugar in the sugar bowl and real cream in the pitcher. I took my glass measuring cup and boiled some water. I put a tea bag in and poured some into the tea pitcher.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
I cannot believe that Christmas is only a couple of days away! Poor Mommy has been ill for the past few days so she hasn't been able to get out and get some last minute shopping done. Hopefully by Wednesday she will feel better.
They are saying we might get some snow on Saturday or Sunday. Here's hoping for about 2 inches. Nana
Friday, December 16, 2011
Day 1 - dunkin donuts gift card- Dolphin Guy
Day 2 - turtles - vinci
Day 3 - creamers- Dutch girls
Day 4 - Gold Doves - Vivacious gold
Day 5 - lifesavers - Andrea
Day 6 - good n plenty/ pillow - vivacious gold
Day 7 - white swans - vinci
Day 8 - cow milkers - ruthhill74
Day 9 - Snowam figs. - ruthhill74
Day 10 - cutting board - LMAO in East Hartford
Day 11 - Cake pan/candles - andrea
Day 12 - drums - LMAO in East Hartford
Monday, December 12, 2011
DUNKIN DONUTS YEH !
There are 3 ways to enter this giveaway !!
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3. Send me a comment telling me how much you love DUNKIN DONUTS.
Giveaway ends on December 15th and will be chosen at random....Good Luck
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Today is supposed to be the last. I am going a little backwards though, because I came into this a day late. Tomorrow I will be giving away something special. Don't forget to stop by and enter !!!! Today is Day 12. These are 2 little plastic storage boxes and 2 Christmas pencils. These simulate drums and the sticks. These will look great on any desk to hold small items. The pencils are really cute. There are 3 ways to enter this giveaway. 1. Follow this blog and send me a comment telling me. 2. follow Mommy's little sister's blog www.dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com and send me a comment letting me know. 3. Send me a comment about anything you saw in the giveaway that you liked.Winners will be chosen at random December 15th, Good luck !
For Day 11 I decided to give away these 2 foil pans with lids in the shape of Christmas trees. I thought of Pipers Piping. I also have 2 beautiful GLADE CANDLES. They are both part of their Holiday Collection, both Apple Cinnamon . These smell wonderful.
There are 3 ways to enter this giveaway. 1. Follow this blog and send me a comment telling me. 2. Follow Mommy's little sister's blog www.dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com and send me a comment telling me. 3. Send me a comment telling me your favorite scent. Winners will be chosen at random December 15th. Don't forget to enter all of the giveaways for a better chance to win .
Friday, December 9, 2011
Mommy is a room mother at Bobo's school, just like I (Nana) was when Mommy and her brother and sisters were little. When we were thinking about a craft to make in the classroom we thought of a reindeer made out of the round head clothespins that Mommy made in Girl Scouts. As you can see in the picture you will need 3 for each reindeer. Two are glued together facing the right way to form the 4 feet. It is a good time to cut a gold twine and put it between the 2 clothespins when you glue these for a hanger for the ornament. Then you take the other clothespin and glue it to one side of the other clothespin head to head and the rounded head pointed up to form the face and the antlers. Time for the fun decorating. We used pom poms on the back for a puffy tail. We used magic marker for the eyes instead of small beaded eyes because the kids were small. Then we made a face . When I took out my ornaments the other day and I found the one that Mommy had made. I was brought back to when she made this. It is fun and makes a lasting memory when you take the time to make ornaments with your children and your grandchildren. We made one with Bobo and Sissy, too. What a great afternoon !! Let me know if you want a picture of the finished product .
Day 10 is Lords A-Leaping............A beautiful Glass Cutting Board with a picture of an elves feet . I am so in love with this. Who can't use another cutting board or a small serving tray. There are 3 ways to enter this giveaway..1. Follow this blog and send me a comment telling me......2. Follow Mommy's little sister's blog www.dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com and send me a comment telling me. 3. Send a comment about dancing or cooking or whatever you want. Winners will bw chosen at random on December 15th at random. Good luck !!
Oh my gosh ! I am in love with these little cow milk pitchers. These are just the right size for a cute little luncheon, breakfast or tea party . Just the thing for 2 people to have their own !!8 Maids A-Milking !! As ususal there are 3 ways to enter this blog. 1. Follow this blog and send me a comment telling me . 2. Follow Mommy's little sister's blog www.dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com and send me a comment telling me. 3. Send me a comment about cows or milk!! Winners will be chosen at random on December 15th . Good luck. Don't forget to enter for all the days.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
I decided to give these gorgeous ornaments out today. Yes there are twelve but I guess that's okay because 12 days of Christmas. They are very dainty and will look great on any tree or decoration. There are as usual 3 waysto enter this giveaway.
1. Follow this blog and send me a comment telling me that you are.
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3. Send any comment about swans or swimming.
prizes will be drawn at random December 15th Good Luck
As usual I tried to think of something with the Twelve Days of Christmas song.....So I have a gorgeous hand made pillow with a picture of 2 geese. Then I thought of geese a laying and I though of eggs. Then I remembered that hens lay eggs of different colors. I wasn't really sure if geese did so I decided to buy these anyway. So I have a beautiful pillow trimed in lace and a bag of GOOD AND PLENTY CANDY !
There is 3 ways to enter this giveaway ...........1. Follow this blog and send me a comment telling me that you are.
2. Follow Mommy's little sister's blog www.dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com and send me a comment telling me.
3. Send a comment about geese, or GOOD AND PLENTY . I remember going to the movies with my then future husband and eating these. Gosh they were and still are delicious ! Nana
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
I was trying to think of a way to incorporate 5 golden rings into this giveaway today. So I immediately thought of LIFESAVERS CANDY . I was looking at the big bags and I couldn't believe it when it said 5 flavors. I especially love these during the winter when my throat gets dry from too much heat in the house.
There are 4 ways to enter this giveaway . Follow this blog and send us a comment that you are. If you already follow send us a comment that you are. Follow Mommy's little sister's blog www.dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com and tell us that you are. Send us a comment about what your favorite flavor is of LIFESAVERS. Prizes winners will be drawn on December 15th .Good Luck.
Today because it is day 4...........Four Calling Birds, we have 4 beautiful gold bird ornaments. They could be used on your tree, on a christmas gift to make it special or hanging on a door. There are many ways to enter this giveaway.
Follow this blog and send a comment saying that you are.
Send me a comment saying that you are already following this blog.
Send me a comment that you are following Mommy's little sister's blog http://www.dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com/ Just send me a comment about your favorite bird
The winners will be drawn on December 15th . Good luck to all
Sunday, December 4, 2011
I was given this book by by The Dorrance Book Review Team. All of the opinions expressed are my own.
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Hi welcome to our next day in our Twelve Days of Christmas Hop. Today is 3 french hens. So we are giving away a box of French Vanilla creamer singles that do not have not to be refrigerated. There are 3 ways to enter this giveaway. Send an comment saying you are following this blog. Send a comment saying you are following Mommy's little sister's blog www.dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com . Send a comment talking about what your favorite flavor of coffee is. Prizes will be chosen at random on December 15th. Good luck to all !
Wow! This is the very first time that I have ever been part of a Twelve Day of Christmas hop, thanks to http://www.dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com/ who is Mommy's little sister. Because I have started on day 2 (I will make up for it at the end!) I decided to use a box of Turtles. Who doesn't like chocolate? Get it? 2 Turtle Doves . Because we are just starting out there are 3 ways to enter. Just send a comment with a note saying that you are following this blog. You can also send a comment saying that you are following http://www.dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com/ The other is to send a comment about Turtles !! I really think that this is going to be a lot of fun seeing a different item each day that is linked somehow to the song. The winners will be chosen at random December 15th. Good luck to all !
Friday, December 2, 2011
I would also like to mention that they are having a great clearance sale right now. They even have some items marked so low that they will be practically free or for only a few dollars. A great way to get some shopping done and save some money.
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Then I went over to see Bobo and Sissy. It was a beautiful day so we decided to take out Bobo's battery powered car and their beautiful bikes that Nana's sister bought them for Christmas last year. They are still a little small to reach the pedals but there was no stopping them on the car!
We decided to put up the THOMAS THE TRAIN blow up decoration in the front yard. Bobo and Sissy loved it , it even had Sir Topem Hat on the side . We had a lot of fun putting up lights, too. We even raked up some leaves and they jumped into the piles with Mommy, Daddy and Auntie Lala and Uncle Lala.
Auntie Lala wanted to make a great snack called REINDEER FOOD. The funny part is that earlier in the day while Nana was on her way over to see them a deer actually ran past her a few houses from them.
It was really good and the kids put them into containers for everyone. Nana was able to grab some of the M&M candies before they were all gone.
Today we went over to Mommy's brother's house and Uncle Lala dressed as you know who ! We took tons of pictures. Sissy and Bobo were fooled, they really thought he was Santa. At first Sissy was scared but after a few minutes she was happy. Then we all went over to Nana's and she cooked dinner. I am so tired I am ready to go to bed. But first, I have a few more gifts to wrap...
Friday, November 25, 2011
The really strange thing though, was that it was over 50 degrees. That made the house hot, way too hot for November. I can remember when we used to have fires in the fireplace on Thanksgiving because it was soo cold. Heck a few weeks ago we had the freak snowstorm that made us all lose power for over a week! I guess we really have a lot to be thankful for.
Mommy and her sister, http://www.dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com/ decided to go out after we all ate dinner to get some bargains. Nana was too tired to go out. I was told they got some great bargains. I waited until today and went to a few stores to use my coupons before they expired. I was surprised to see so many people in the grocery stores.
I hope to go out tomorrow and try to get more shopping done. I hope everyone had a safe and happy Thanksgiving and all get home safe.
Monday, November 21, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Total paid : $12.00 for frozen vegetables
$3.96 for crackers
$5.97 for butter
Used 4 coupons $1.00 for vegetables crackers $1.00 butter on sale $1.99 plus 3 online store coupons
before coupons $21.93
after coupons $14.38 A great day of shopping.
There is a coupon right now on the HORMEL website for $3.00 of 1 party tray. We were able to print 2. Within the next couple of days we are going to check TARGET and WALMART to see what their prices are. These will be great to keep on hand if anyone stops over and we want a quick snack.
Is it just me or is The Christmas season out of control? It's bad enough to see some decorations at the stores and watch all the ads on TV. But do I really have to see fresh evergreen wreaths for sale on racks outside of the grocery store. What a joke! They should at the very least wait until Thanksgiving. Maybe it's just me , but I want to be able to enjoy the season not just run to see if I can beat someone else for a sale.
Friday, November 11, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
The book goes back and forth writing as Melissa and them as Gretchen. I really would have wanted to be under one person but I think it was necessary in this book. It is a heartwarming story of family loss, family finding family and most of all love .
I was provided this book to review for www.booksneeze.com
I read as many on-line coupon blogs I can find and I plan what I am going to get before I go to the store. Today Mommy, Sissy and Nana, (me), met at BJ'S WAREHOUSE and we got LAND'O'LAKES American cheese for $3.49 a pound. We bought 4 pounds. Sissy and Bobo loved grilled cheese sandwiches! Mommy and Sissy got frozen stuffed shells and frozen manicotti so that they can make these with the homemade sauce Mommy made and filled the freezer with.
If anything good can be said about this experience it is that we all seemed to have a wonderful time just enjoying each other. The kids were very good considering they had to spend the night at different relative's houses. I just thank goodness that we are all safe and our homes were okay.
Now we have started to think about Christmas and the holidays. I guess like all of Connecticut residents we will be cutting back. I think back to the days when Mommy and her sisters and brother were small. We always seemed to be able to get what they wanted by shopping the ads and being able to run to the store in the morning.
I remember standing in line for hours to be able to get a CABBAGE PATCH KID. I had to get three!
So, I guess my first step in preparation for thr holidays is to do what Sissy and Bobo do. Sit down, play a game and think about what I really want to do first. Sometimes kids have all the answers!
Sunday, November 6, 2011
So here we go again. Just 2 months ago we had hurricane Irene and lost all of the refrigerator and the freezer contents. We will have trouble filling it up again so soon so I started looking for coupons. I guess it will keep us busy for a few weeks. I am so very thankful that we are all okay and no one got hurt. I am praying everyday that the rest of our family members get power soon . The kids have been out of school for over a week. I certainly hope we get back to normal soon.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
It is sooo bad that they aren't even picking up the rubbish and we have shelters set up all over. i just hope it all ends soon and it is a distant memory . Nana
Friday, October 28, 2011
Today was one of my son-in-laws birthdays. Earlier this week was my daughter over at www.dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com wedding anniversary. We decided that tomorrow after everyone gets home from work we would have a small get together and have some cake etc. I am really tired of the same old cold cut sandwiches so Mommy , me and Sissy, with ideas from Bobo have decided we want to try something different.I will update you in a day or 2 what we had and how delicious it came out, (we hope!)
I have started to read the book THE CHRISTMAS HOPE BY DONNA VANLIERE which I received free from www.booksneeze.com . I have not been able to put it down. I love her books. I'll let you know in a few days what I loved about it.
I really love to read!
Saturday, October 22, 2011
This book was published by http://www.dorrancebookstore.com through their Dorrance Book Review team . I was provided this book free of charge. The opinions were all my own.
Today Bobo and Sissy came over and we took out Sissy's china tea set and Bobo's racing car set. They played for hours. Earlier they went to a Haunted House put on by Bobo's school and they had a ball. They even painted Sissy's nails. Bobo had fun in the Haunted House. Today is Auntie Icky http://www.dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com/ and Uncle Mike's 6th Wedding Anniversary. We are probably going to wait until later on next week because Uncle Lala's Birthday is Thursday. This is the official start of our birthday anniversary countdown to Christmas. In less than 2 weeks are Great Nana and Great Pops Anniversary , a week later Great Nana's birthday , another week Mommy's birthday , 3 days later Nana's birthday and the next day Aunt Lisa's birthday. The same week as Thanksgiving. A week later is Mommy's brother . It would have been Poppies birthday the next week but we lost him a year ago. Then 2 weeks later we are at Christmas. When people tell me they have trouble Christmas shopping they have no idea! We have birthdays every week sometimes 2 . Who has time to think about Christmas shopping ?
All kidding aside I wouldn't want it anyway. We have great excuses to stop enjoy and celebrate with all of the family before Thankgiving and Christmas. I wouldn't want it any other way !
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Catalinas are a great way to buy something that you really need but there are no coupons for them.
When I made supper tonight I had to think fast. We had already taken 2 pork steaks out of the freezer. I rinsed them off with cold water and put PLANKO bread crumbs in a baggie. I put the pork in and shook them until the were coated. Then I put them on a cookie sheet. I sprinkled a little dill seasoning on them and then I sprinkled some balsamic vinegar on them. I put them in a pre-heated oven at 375 degrees for 1 and 1/4 hours. These have the reputation for not being a soft meat. but when they were cooked like this they were delicious. The other time I cooked these I put them in a crock pot. They were more tender in the crock pot but it took longer to cook and I did not have the time to cook them that way this time.
I was really a little upset this past week when I went into a store and they were putting all of their Christmas items out. I really wish that Sissy and Bobo were able to enjoy Halloween and Thanksgiving before they get entranced with Christmas. In my opinion we are moving to fast and we need to slow down and enjoy every moment we have with our friends and family.
Sunday, October 16, 2011
I am also really excited that STOP AND SHOP has a fill your freezer deal . When you buy any 6 participating products you get $5.00 off instantly . I am still trying to fill up my freezer after I lost it all when we had the hurricane awhile back.
I still want to make another trip to the cider mills and orchards in the area to get the last of the fresh fruits and vegetables. I love the smell of cakes and pies cooking during the fall. I don't know why but for some reason I have always been rejuvenated in the fall. I love the warm days and crisp nights. I love to have the children get excited over Halloween and the holidays. Mommy and I are trying to teach Sissy and Bobo how much fun and learning it can be in the kitchen. The only problem is that Sissy likes to cook but Bobo only like to eat . I guess maybe someday they will learn to like both. They are still in the process of deciding what they want to be for Halloween.
The Farmer's Almanac is saying that we are going to have more snow than we did last year. Well here's one New Englander who is not at all happy about this. I always worry about all of our family members that have to go to work. Hopefully school will be cancelled when they are forecasting a storm. There were many times when Mommy and her brother and sisters were in school that I decided to keep them home. Almost everytime they were dismissed early and other parents had a lot of trouble getting their children home or spending time worrying about them being on the bus. I have always believed that I, as the parent could and should rely on my own instincts and decide to not send them to school if I think it is wrong decision to have school.
As a former Board of Education member I have always tried to get more parental involvement in our schools
Friday, October 14, 2011
I am going to try again tomorrow afternoon and see what I can score. If you have A SHOP RITE in your area going to their store this week is certainly worth the trip!
Sunday, October 9, 2011
I guess we will be doing a lot of shopping this week at SHOPRITE . There is a catalina deal that if you buy 5 certain Heinz items you get $5.00 on your shopping trip/ There is a deal that will make you actually make a few cents on the deal. Heinz gravy is $.99 each this week. Buy 5 for $4.95 . Then get a $5.00 catalina back. Who doesn't like free gravy? There are also a few other items that you can mix and match to take advantage of this deal. We also have the $5.00 catalina this week to use on Kraft and or Nabisco items.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Today Mommy used some of the apples that we bought on Sunday. She made apple butter which had to cook for 10 hours in the crock pot. We cannot wait to see how it comes out when we cool it overnight. She also made apple pies and applesauce. Sissy was helping Mommy cook while Bobo was in school when Nana came over. Nana remembered that when Mommy and her brother and sisters were little she sent away for a children's recipe booklet that got so tattered she didn't remember what had happened to it. But, Nana remembered that it had regular size recipes and small recipes versions. We decided to try to duplicate what Mommy and Nana made when she was little. We took PILLSBURY REDI-CRUST and rolled it out. Mommy had small 5 inch non stick pans. We sprayed them with PAM and put the pan upside down. We went around the pan and cut the dough as we were doing this. We took some apples that Mommy had already cut and prepared for one of her pies and cut them into smaller pieces. We were able to get 6 small mini pies or pie tarts as some people like to call them. We had saved some of the pie crust and we cut it in small strips. We did a criss-cross lattice on the top of the pies. Then we cooked them until the crusts were a little browned. Wow they were delicious. The best part was that Mommy was carrying on the tradition with Sissy !
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
This is such a great way to save money. Mommy makes great apple pies. Nana makes apple crisp. She is not able to make good pies. Nana has found tons of uses for the apples. We love to use them in fall cooking, and put them in the crockpot with chicken and pork. They make a great sauce and add a great flavor to the meal.
Then we stopped at another cider mill on the way home and pulled the kids in a wagon to look for more pumpkins. Halloween is one of our favorite holidays. When we went back to Mommy's, Bobo's and Sissy's we made pasta, with Mommy's homemade sauce and salad. Then we had 2 cakes to celebrate 2 birthdays within 2 weeks of each other.
Fall in our family signals a start to 8 birthdays before CHRISTMAS. Nana has always tried to teach the kids to buy presents all year long. You can get some great presents really get ones you like and save some money along the way. We also save gift bags and use them again and again. Some of these are really beautiful.
We all missed Poppie every minute that day. He so loved Halloween. I know he was there in spirit.
Friday, September 30, 2011
She was a woman we learned that had a terrible, terrible childhood. Her childhood ended the same day she lost her innocence when she became pregnant at the age of 14 years old by a family member. The most horrible in all of this is that no one believed her, not even her other family members who were supposed to help and protect her.
There was nothing else for her to do but to carry on. She was and is a strong woman . As a child she was taken every Sunday to Church. At the age of 21 she continued to go to church but no one was fooled, her faith had changed.
She has become to all of us a strong woman, a woman of courage, a woman who wants and does help the people who she believes need her help. But through all of this she seems to have chosen her own Religion , her own beliefs and her own ideas about spirituality. One of her biggest beliefs is her belief in the power of destiny. She felt that way ever since she was four years old and had a conversation with her grandmother. The problem is that when someone is as well known and people look to them for guidance than it is much more important what their feelings are about spirituality. She is a story of hope and triumph. But there is also a feeling of not really knowing what it is all about.
A book which left me asking; who really is the real Oprah and where has she really taken us?
This book was sent to me without charge by Booksneeze.com to read and review this book. The opinions are all of my own .
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Last year our first Halloween without him was really hard. We are so happy that we found PUMPKINTOWN U.S.A. about 20 minutes from our house. This year we hope to bring our newest family member to have some fun. Hopefully we will have good weather. Then on the way home we will stop at a local orchard and buy some great items like pumpkin flavored syrup, apple butter , pumpkin butter and more . I know that Poppie will be watching us. Nana
Monday, September 26, 2011
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
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Her beliefs are made clear is this statement, "What if God has a plan for this brokenness?... Stained Glass Hearts offers the hopeful message that God is ready and willing to mend us and then mold us for His glory."
This is her third book which deals with the topics of redemption and light. The paragraph which stood out most to me was "When I felt scared or angry, I attached danger to my feelings, creating a firestorm of terror...When I admitted to myself that I had suffered through hundreds of anxiety attacks and yet I was still alive and sound of mind, the entrenched, scary thoughts began to lose their power over me."
I myself have treid this whenever I am nervous. I keep telling myself that in a few minutes I will be laughing about this. The book is a very heart healing story. It is wonderful for someone who feels that they are broken beyond repair in more ways than one.
Disclosure , I was given this book free to review by http://www.booksneeze.com .The opinions are all my own
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
The other day I was going to be home all day Sunday so I decided to cook chicken in the crockpot. I put drumsticks in coated with honey barbeque sauce. Then I cut up into 4 pieces 2 gala apples that Mommy , Bobo, Sissy, Daddy, Aunt and Uncle LaLa picked. when the apples cooked they blew off the skins and the apples became like applesauce. I love the fall, apples , pumpkins and wonderful smells of cooking again because the days and nights are cooler.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
I was sent this t-shirt free from www.tomoson.com for a review. All the opinions are my own and I will post reviews that I have done .
Thursday, September 8, 2011
I hope all of the rain is over. We have flooding all over .
On another note I love the fall. I love pumpkins, apples , cider and more ! We will start to share recipes, ideas and thoughts soon.
I can't wait ! Our kids , grandkids are getting excited . One of my daughter's , Mommy's sister has been eating pumpkin doughnuts, pumpkin muffins and pumpkin flavored coffee . All at DUNKIN DONUTS . Tomorrow we will start on the apple treats. i want to go to an orchard this weekend and get some great fall foods . Yeh !! What great fall ideas do you have ?
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
As your children are growing up you think you will never get through it. Every day seems to run into the other. Now I (Nana) like other Grandmothers I am sure wish that those days were back.
So I would just like to reflect on my first Grandchild's experience on his third day of school. I hope it doesn't go by too fast and I hope we can stop and enjoy every minute. Nana !
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Well, this year after all these years of discussion it has finally come to fruition. I always understood the reluctance of some to give up wearing their own choices ,who believe that this is a way to show their own identity, but of more importance I believe is the fact that school work is more important than a fashion show. What some do not understand until they participate is that it is a lot cheaper to cloth a child with uniforms then it is to have to have different cloths each day.
When a child wears uniforms you need probably 5 shirts, 3 or 4 pairs of pants and or skirts if a girl. Someone may think that because the shirts might be about 20 dollars each that you were not going to be able to afford this. It equals out to be about $250.00 for the whole year. There is no way that I know of that I would be able to use only this amount for a whole school year
The students all look similar, and there is no peer pressure because of the cloths. They are able to concentrate on their schooling. I totally believe that uniforms are a great idea for our children. I would hope that all schools entertain the idea .
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Have to make sure I have lots of freezer bags and plastic wrap.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Right then and there I was okay. You see like most mothers and grandmothers we don't care about ourselves but our babies.
They were so worried about me that they sent my parents over to check on me. My son and Mommy had power through this whole ordeal. http://www.dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com/ my youngest daughter is still without power. My other daughter is also okay.
I have no frozen food, and empty refrigerator but I have my family. And that is all that counts.
I am on my way to the grocery store because I really need cream for my hot coffee. Thanks for all the well wishes across the country. Nana
Saturday, August 27, 2011
When you think a head always and have a stockpile you are that much more prepared. I buy batteries when they are on sale, I always have a stock of canned foods like soup , tuna and spaghetti. You can always use your grill outside to cook these items. When I was first married in the winter we used to cook a turkey a day or two before and have leftovers if we could not get out of the house. You can always eat peanut butter ! I also always have cans of fruit , they do not have to be refrigerated. I am soo happy that I do not have to run to the store and be disappointed because they do not have anything that we need.
Not to mention the money that we save. We hope that everyone is safe.
Friday, August 26, 2011
What a weird week. First we get an earthquake then a hurricane . Some schools that were supposed to start on Monday have already delayed opening till Tuesday. The Governor has already declared a State of Emergency. Tomorrow we will make sure we have all we need to stay safe. Thank goodness we have a good stockpile. There is no bread or water on the shelves in some stores until tomorrow. I cannot imagine running around at the last minute.
We might go and pick some tomatoes and peppers tomorrow if the weather is okay like the weatherman said. I guess we will pray for the best .
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
The back asked questions which seemed to pertain to me . "Are you sleepwalking through your days?" "Are you on the sidelines of your life as a spectator instead of fully participating ?" I answered yes to these questions.
I learned to relax and not worry so much about the little things I could not change and to move forward with the things I could. I learned to try to be involved more with my family , to step up and be a part of it, not sit and let my life pass me by day by day.
I recommend this book for anyone who has suffered a loss and has tried to move ahead. For someone who just wants to reflect on what they need to feel good about themselves. It will help in many ways .
Disclosure I was sent this book by booksneeze.com for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Monday , hamburgers , beans and tossed salad
Tuesday, sausage and peppers and onion grinders
Wednesday,chicken in the crockpot
Thursday , meatloaf with homemade potato salad which I will make in the morning to save time
Friday , usually pizza
Saturday , depends on the weather if a tag sale or not
I will go on Wednesday to SHOP RITE GROCERY STORE , they have fresh hotel style breast for only $.99 cents a pound . A 4 lb breast would only be about $4.00. A great way to stretch your grocery bill because this will be for a few meals .
I might end up buying more than one and put them in the freezer
Today I diced the onions, put them in a big frying pan with olive oil waited till they were very soft and diced the peppers and put those in. While this was happening I was frying the sausage in another pan. As the sausage seemed to be cooking I cut them in pieces to cook the inside a little faster. I then put them in with the peppers and onions......Could eat them in grinders with sauce or just alone. I had extra left so it will be for another meal. I am going to pick my own tomatoes tomorrow and whatever else they are picking.
Friday, August 19, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Although it is a story of true love it is also a story of love , forgiveness and loyalty to family. Sylvia is a woman different from other Amish women from when she is a little girl. She enjoys working hard , on her family's farm. After an incident that she had little control of stopping she feels she must run away to protect the feelings of her family. When she leaves she is able to find another family farm where she is treated like a daughter. All is well until the son of the owners comes back after an absence to right that he feels he did wrong. This leaves Sylvia in a precarious situation. What will she do and where will she go ? Although she wasn't looking for love and neither was the son after rubbing each other the wrong way they begin to feel an attraction to each other.
But they both realize thy must have the forgiveness and understanding from both of their familes before they can let their true feelings show.
Although a reader of love stories may be put off by the cover showing an Amish woman on the cover I do not feel that it was your typical Amish love story.
Icannot say enough about this book.
'Disclosure I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah for this review." The opinions are 100% my own .
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Today we were all tired from the dreary day so we had soup and bread and butter for supper, applesauce.
Tuesday , I really want some chicken of some kind. I really love chicken and there are so many ways to prepare it.
Wednesday, I think we will have hot dogs and beans, If I am really ambitious we will have potato salad.
Thursday , pasta with a nice green salad , I love fresh tomatoes and cucumbers from the garden , Sissy loves them too.
Friday , we will be getting ready for the tag sale, let's all hope the rain stops. On Friday we usually have pizza.
Saturday , tag sale we hope, I usually try to make french toast for Bobo and Sissy (everyone else too) and sandwiches for lunch. Supper ?
Hope everyone is not having a lot of rain like we are.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Friday, August 12, 2011
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Monday, August 8, 2011
So we will be starting our weekly menu planning
we will have hamburgers and beans
we will have macaroni and a green salad
we will be having something in the crockpot
we will be having our usual pizza for supper
Saturday ; we will be having a tag sale if it doesn't rain
Saturday, August 6, 2011
This week we have spent a lot of time working on my other daughter's campaign. We can't wait until she wins .
Tomorrow I am hoping to get a little rest .
Are all of you ready for school or do you wait until the last minute ?
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
I am soo very proud of the kids and what we have accomplished. There are still lots of vegetables to be harvested. But we have all learned a lot from each other and the garden. We certainly , hopefully will continue next year and many years from now.
Monday, August 1, 2011
Monday ; will have chicken put into crock pot with instant potatoes and a can of corn
Tuesday ; we will have left over macaroni from Daddy's Birthday party Sunday
Wednesday ; I will make stew early in the morning and it will be easy to heat up in the microwave in the evening without heating up the kitchen
Thursday ; Hamburgers , chips and beans , I'll also make a fresh garden salad
Friday ; usually get together with everyone to get ready for the tag sale Saturday , usually get pizza at LITTLE CAESARS PIZZA . for $5.00 each. How can you go wrong ? Ready when you get there , no wait and you do not have to heat up the house.
Saturday ; usually have sandwiches during the tag sale
Friday, July 29, 2011
It states on the front cover 7 Skills to Master Business and Life. It talks about the 2 million animals that go a thousand miles across the Serengeti. The journey is full of many dangers for these beautiful animals.
The book explains that there are different animals and each have their strengths and weaknesses but they all bring their own to the table. It asks questions which cause you to think about yourself. "Are you an enduring wildebeast who understands that any goal worth achieving requires pressing on despite the hardships?" "Do you take brave gambles like the risk taking mongoose ?"
There are other magnificant animals on this trek and all are compared to trails that we all have or hope to have. It is a journey of discovery , just as we do everyday. It speaks about troubles and problems we face in all of our lives.
The author Stephan Swanepol made me think about my own struggles and skills. He believes as I do that you cannot sit back and be afraid to take a risk because you might fail . Rely on youself and think about the good and the bad facts to bolster your personal decision. You might fail but you must keep a positive attitude.
We are faced everyday with challenges and problems. I believe that it is not only the outcome of our decision but it is also the journey that gets us there. We must believe as a people that there must be a risk taken to be able to have a successfuk outcome. Just think of all of the discoveries that would have not be made if we were not all different but working together.
I found this book to be full of compassion , friendship and a new sense of what can be accomplished in life. I really loved the way each animal had it's own traits. It is a wonderful book and really made me ask myself questions.
Disclosure I received this book free from the publisher through the Booksneeze@.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with The Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR , 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising ."
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
PS : I just got my mail with a $10.00 off anything in the J.C. PENNEY STORE no exclusions ! Yippee ! I guess I'm going there tomorrow . Too bad I still didn't work there !
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Yesterday was Bobo's and Sissy's together birthday celebration. I must say that birthdays at our house look too much like Christmas . It sometimes can be overwhelming and they are tired by the end of unwrapping all their gifts. One of the gifts they received was a LITTLE TIKES BOUNCING HOUSE as they called it. Blows up a minute and gives hours of fun. They also got books which we had to read right away, and puzzles of course. Helmets for when they ride their bikes, THOMAS THE TRAINS AND BARBIE DOLLS. There were of course sentimental gifts too. There were also clothes. It was a little hot but we cooked on the grill fast and used our hot dog roller appliance for the hot dogs. The cake had been ordered from BIG Y and it was a half a sheet. Bobo picked out a edible picture of THOMAS THE TRAIN for his half with blue decorations on the white frosting. Sissy picked out a PRINCESS edible picture with pink frosting on white for her half. Because their birthday's are soo close this was a very frugal way buy a cake. Last week on Bobo's real Birthday we had sandwiches and ice cream cake, tomorrow we will have pizza and ice cream cake on her real birthday.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
Tuesday probably sandwiches and an ice cream cake
Wednesday maybe go out to eat cause Daddy is on vacation
Thursday some kind of chicken
Friday we usually get pizza
Saturday big cookout party hope the weather cooperates
I, Nana, looked at my grandchildren this weekend and thought a lot about Poppie. It has not been that long since we lost him and I really hope that my grandchildren remember some of the things he taught them . He loved all kinds of parties, especially when he had an excuse to get the kids a present. Thank goodness our children are lucky enough to have a chance to tape their loved ones with their voices. We only had movies without sound.
Friday, July 15, 2011
What a day we had at Target! We did not know that there was such a huge sale. Almost everything was 75 % off. The ice cream maker, snow cone maker, & blender were $4.99 each from $20.00. The glad summer collection storage containers were $. 74 each. We even had coupons that were expiring today $1.00 off 2. So we paid $.48 for 2 ! The sets of 3 balls were $1.99 each, put away for birthdays. Tablecloths were also marked down . The hopper balls were $1.25 each. The canister was $.50. Then we went and got 2 pairs of denim shorts . We bought them for $3.18 and used the Target coupon for $2.00 off one . Paid $1.18 for each pair.
Now we have to find a way to store these .
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Sunday, July 10, 2011
A great way to buy some birthday presents and Christmas presents early. Then they headed over to Jo Ann Fabrics where they had yarn marked down for Mommy's blankets she and Auntie Icky , ( short for Victoria ) who has a blog called email@example.com
They also got a chance to stop at ToysRus to check out the new Thomas trains for Bobo , who loves Thomas like every other boy his age !
The weather was beautiful and they had a great day !
Saturday, July 9, 2011
One of Mommy's sisters called Auntie Lala (because she always sang the Elmo Song ) loves to cook in the microwave. She peeled the squash , cut it up and put into one of those zip and steam bags . They were delicious and kept all of the nutrients in the bag instead of losing them if you boil the squash like Nana used to do. They cook in shorter time and there is no pan to cook. We are certainly going to use these all summer. Can't wait to pick more vegetables.
For the past few days we have seen a rabbit with a white bushy tail running around the garden . This is wonderful for the kids and we look forward to learning something new everyday.
Friday, July 8, 2011
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Take a package of either chicken drumsticks or thighs. Rinse the chicken off under cold water. place in crock pot . Cut up about a quarter cup of onions chopped in big pieces. Then pour in about 3/4 cup of you favorite barbecue sauce. stir a little to cover all pieces. Cut up rosemary and put on top. Cook on low for about 6 hours , on high for about 4 hours, or until the meat falls away from the bone.
No work, no heating up the kitchen. especially since our temperature today was over 90 degrees. Oh yes I do love my crock pot !
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Monday was a beautiful day and we were able to escape the rain unlike Sunday where our tag sale was rained out. The kids swam in their pool and we stuffed our faces.
Monday we had a picnic
Wednesday we will have chicken of some sort
Friday spend the day with Sissy and Bobo.
Saturday we will play it by ear
I will keep trying to get through this week. We also are still planning on going to pick cherries and whatever else is in season.