Friday, October 31, 2008
I went searching online and foudn Paula Deen's "Creamy Macaroni and Cheese" recipe, so I had to share that with you. It's not much different from mine except for the can of soup. Check it out here: http://recipes.pauladeen.com/index.php/recipes/view/creamy_macaroni_and_cheese/.
For dessert, we will have these Pumpkin Cookies. I made them on Wednesday, and wasn't expecting much, BUT OH MY!! Here's the cookie recipe:
Do you serve any special dish on Halloween?
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
For me, longsleeve crewneck (the nice thicker ones!), sale price $5.59, originally $16. And cable knit one button sweater, sale & coupon price $17.59, originally $44.
Toddler Boy Shirts, $3.59 (sale with coupon)-originally $10
Men's long sleeve polo -Red with Gray stripe $10.80 (sale with coupon)-originally $30.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Here's my version of the Kraft cake I posted a few days back. (I didn't want to buy an entire box of ice cream cones just to use ONE for the stem so tried to use a cup covered in frosting...next time I will get the ice cream cone--ha! I will also tint the frosting a deeper orange and not put the lines on the side of the pumpkin.)
And here is the pinata Mimi has been working on...not bad for a three year old...of course we helped some, but I am still impressed with her creativion! THANK YOU SO MUCH Jenna for the great response to my post! Love you back girl!
Here's my added tip: A half hour before serving, turn slow cooker up to HIGH. Throw in a handful or two of elbow noodles, and the pasta will just cook right in the dish. (NO need to boil noodles separately!)
Thursday, October 23, 2008
I replace hubby and I's heads about every 18 months (and they cost $30 for two)...so imagine my surprise to see the entire system (elite 9500) with two new heads on a clearance rack for $35.64!!! The original price was $139.84.
I grabbed it quickly and showed a lady next to me and she grabbed the second one. NOW THAT IS A DEAL!
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup milk (I like 2% milk)
1 (16 ounce) package frozen whipped topping, thawed
2 (9 inch) prepared graham cracker crusts
Optional: Chocolate syrup
Beat together cream cheese and confectioners' sugar. Mix in peanut butter and milk. Beat until smooth. Fold in whipped topping (I use the light version). Spoon into two 9 inch graham cracker pie shells; cover, and freeze until firm.
Prior to serving drizzle top of pie with Chocolate Syrup, Reese cups, or chocolate chips. YUM!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
salt and pepper to taste
1 (15 ounce) container ricotta cheese
1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
1 clove garlic, minced
2 eggs, beaten
1 (8 ounce) package shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
1 (16 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper to taste. Slit open on the side for stuffing; set aside.
3. In a medium bowl, combine the ricotta, spinach, garlic, eggs and 3/4 of the cheese. Mix well and stuff each breast with 1/4 of the mixture; secure with toothpicks and place stuffed breasts in a lightly greased 9x13 inch baking dish. Pour sauce over all and sprinkle with remaining cheese.
4. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 to 60 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and juices run clear.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
1/2 package frozen puff pastry, thawed
1 (8 ounce) wheel Brie cheese
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Lightly grease a 9 inch pie pan.
3. Slice the wheel of Brie in half, horizontally, so that the halves are two, flatter wheels of Brie.
4. Lay the puff pastry in the pie pan. Place half of the Brie (rind-side down) onto the pastry dough. Sprinkle almonds evenly over the top.
5.Place the other half of the Brie (rind-side up) over the almonds. Bundle the pastry dough around the Brie.
6. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.
You may want dust the puff pastry with butter and egg white.
Make sure that you seal the seams of the puff pastry or you will have a huge mess!
Serve along side fruit jam or granny smith apples and crackers.
Instead of almonds, try brown sugar and walnuts.
Monday, October 20, 2008
1 (30 ounce) package frozen hash brown potatoes
2-1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
1 (16 ounce) container sour cream
1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of chicken (or mushroom) soup
1 cup butter
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2. Pour the hash browns into a lightly greased 9x13 inch baking dish. In a large bowl, combine 2 cups of cheese (put the remaing 1/2 cup off to side for topping), sour cream and soup.
3. In a large skillet over medium heat, combine the onion with 1 stick butter and saute for 5 minutes. Add this to the soup mixture and spread this over the potatoes in the dish.
4. Next, arrange the remaining 1/2 cup of shredded cheese over the dish.
5. Bake at 400 degrees F (220 degrees C) for 1 hour.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
(Also, I am sorry that I haven't been to your blogs much this week but I plan to catch up tomorrow! Have a great weekend!)
1. I am not the best swimmer and sometimes water scares me. (Kind of crazy since I live in Florida!)
2. I don't like to eat "green things" (peas, beans, etc)
3. Heck, I don't even really eat fruit for that matter.
4. But I do love pizza!!!
5. I love beer, mostly domestic beers. (Yes, I really like the taste)
6. I already have my Christmas cards done for this year!
7. And about half of my Christmas shopping too!
So I need to tag seven people to go next. Let's see...I will pick Loving Our Simple Life, are you kidding me?!?! , Up Hill at 40 -, Monograms and Manicures , The Heckathorn Family , tollesons4him , and More Wine Please . Of course anyone who wants to play along may do so!
(Photo: For Tom-Tom's 1st birthday, I stacked cupcakes on top of a one layer cake. I let the guests have the cupcakes, and then gave Tommy the bottom layer to "dig in".)
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
So I have basically lost 8.5 pounds, and am surprised how BIG my pants are. I didn't expect these few pounds to make such a big difference and they have! So I need to get to a seamstress soon or buy some new stuff. I am really pleased that I have made it this far, and honestly, if I don't lose those last 3 pounds, I am okay with it. I look and feel great...and I am just enjoying my progress thus far!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
I wasn't really sure what was happening but new it had to be good! Someone then asked "Who is the family with this young girl?" and we were the only ones let under the rope!
We ended up getting a "private tour" of Mickey's house by Mickey and Minnie. (Characters aren't allowed to speak, but two cast members described the rooms to my kids.) A Disney photorapher followed us around and took tons of photos, too. We toured the house and the garden area, and were then taken into an area for private photos! My children loved the one-on-one attention with M & M (probably a good 5 minutes!). What a wonderful memory!!(I never knew about this little secret--I'm guessing it's part of the "Million Dreams" campaign.)
Monday, October 13, 2008
I love the Fall, and I especially love the decorations at Magic Kingdom (at the main entrance and Main Street) during September and October. There are pumpkins everywhere. I took several photos today to share with you!
Also, the park was CROWDED. It used to be that October was a good time (meaning low crowds) to visit Disney; however, since so many schools have started "Fall Break" the parks are busier in October compared to years past. (In fact, the new Toy Story ride at Hollywood Studios had a 130 minute wait time--um no thanks!)
Sunday, October 12, 2008
In the past, I have stayed over at the Caribbean Resort, All Star Sports, Boardwalk, and the Grand Floridian, so I thought I would take today's post to share my thoughts on lodging at Disney World.
The All Star Resorts are the "value resorts" so are basically the "motel style" hotels on the property. The price is great (um, cheap!), but you also have much more noise (due to more kids) on property (you may hear your neighbors through the walls or hear kids running the corridors at night) and only one dining choice (counter service). Also, the All Star Resorts are furtherest from MK and Epcot so you will have a longer bus ride to the parks.
The Grand is my favorite but many can't afford to stay there. I would suggest the Grand for a honeymoon or anniversary trip, especially a trip without the kids. The location is AWESOME and the service is excellent--plus, the view to Magic Kingdom is great (you can see the firewords at night). But even better, in my mind, is the Boardwalk.
I love that the Boardwalk has easy access (walking path or boats) to Epcot and Hollywood Studios, and I love the atmosphere at night. Also, there are great dining options...and let me add, the Boardwalk as a killer swimming pool area!
Of course, let's get real, most families are on a budget, so I suggest the moderate resorts like Caribbean or Port Orleans. These hotels are a little closer to the parks yet and offer more dining options than the value resorts.
So there you have it, my two-cents! BTW, for great pictures and hints about where to stay at Disney, visit http://www.allearsnet.com/!
Saturday, October 11, 2008
2002 She Devil
Now, I will be honest. When I started on these web sites five or six years ago, I didn’t tell anyone. It was almost embarrassing to tell others. But then I told one girl friend, and found out she was doing it too!
It’s no different than meeting someone in a bar or club. You have to be safe. My hubby and I exchanged emails for a good three weeks before we ever met in person. In the beginning, I didn’t giveaway too much personal information. When we did meet for the first time, I made sure someone new where I was going and who I was meeting.
True.com is a great way find the love of your life, thousands have already begun their happily ever after!
Let me know if you decide to sign up, afterall signup is free! I’d love to hear about it.