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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

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That's it for today!

Sam



Monday, January 18, 2016

I have a dream...

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Another reason why PROPER car seat use is SO important!

I see improper use of car safety restraint systems far more often than I would like to admit!  From the straps that are to hold it in place being too loose, chest buckles not being in the right spot, to babies being turned forward FAR too soon...I cannot stress enough just how important it is to use your car seats properly!!
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Our daughter is 22 months old and WILL remain in her car seat REAR-FACING until the weight limit for rear-facing is reached!  Children's bodies are not strong enough to handle the impact of an accident at 20 pounds OR one year old.  The sooner you turn your baby around, the more risk you are putting them at for very serious injury in an accident.
I prefer to keep my babies as safe as possible for as long as possible.
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Here is yet another example of this importance...my sympathies go out to this family for having to deal with their loss but I am very glad that the baby is alright, due to using their car seat correctly.
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

THE best Halloween dinner!

If you have children, you know how hectic Halloween day can be...especially when it falls on a weekday.  With school, work, getting costumes on & kiddos ready to go out trick-or-treating...ugh, I'm tired just thinking about it!  We have four this year plus our niece.  :)
Soooo, a couple of years ago I came across the best idea for a quick & easy dinner on Halloween & the kids love them because they're not only yummy but Halloween themed!  ;)


**NOTE**  I use the refrigerated breadsticks instead of crescents & they come out great too!


I get them all baked & ready during the day while the kiddos are at school then I just have to warm them up for a few seconds in the microwave when they're ready to eat!  These save us so much time so we can enjoy the rest of the holiday fun.  :)

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day

Now this is a holiday I could grow to enjoy!  National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day?!  Wahoo!  I certainly don't need one but for those that do, this is an awesome excuse to bake!  ;)

So in honor of National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day, I thought I'd share a recipe.
Yum, yum, enjoy!!!  :)

(...at the risk of controversy, yup Paula Deen's recipe...healthy or not, she is among my favorites!)

With a prep time of just 15 minutes, you've got time to whip one up!
Pumpkin Cheesecake

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Crust:
1 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
3 tablespoons light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 stick melted salted butter

Filling:
3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
1 (15-ounce) can pureed pumpkin
3 eggs plus 1 egg yolk
1/4 cup sour cream
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
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Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

For crust:
In medium bowl, combine crumbs, sugar and cinnamon. Add melted butter. Press down flat into a 9-inch springform pan. Set aside.

For filling:
Beat cream cheese until smooth. Add pumpkin puree, eggs, egg yolk, sour cream, sugar and the spices. Add flour and vanilla. Beat together until well combined.

Pour into crust. Spread out evenly and place in oven for 1 hour. Remove from the oven and let sit for 15 minutes. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 hours.



Recipe courtesy Paula Deen, 2007


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~ HOOT ~ The owl for a cure ~

Many of you already know about ~ Maia's Corner ~ and all I make.  For those that do not, I make all sorts of things!  Mainly, I crochet.  My stuffed toys are my favorite.  My passion,  you could say.  :)

I was asked to make & donate something for a cancer benefit recently.  Of course, being how I am, I had to put on my thinking cap & come up with something unique...and so came my special edition Hoot, the owl for a cure!  Each color I used to bring Hoot to life supports a different strain of cancer.  Included for the winner was a list of the colors & the type of cancer they represent.  I am very proud of Hoot & hope he found a good home.  :)

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Some positivity is what I need!

There seems to always be an overload of negative - well, everything! - in the month of October.  :(
It gets to me so I thought some quotes may help. And who doesn't need a little extra pick-me-up, right?  ;)


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Thanks for reading, have a fantastic day!  :)

Sam

Sunday, July 6, 2014

OH MY!!!

Well I suppose life has grabbed right ahold of me & yanked me away from my little blog! I've just noticed that it's been over a year since my last post...SOOO much has happened!!!
Of course, each thing - big & small - deserves a post of it's own.  :)
With the kiddos out for the summer & a new member of our team ;) , it'll be harder to be consistent. But that's what I like so much about blogging...there are no rules!
Hmmm...where to start??? Guess maybe I'll filter through my photos, pick some & just go with it.  :)

Sam

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Ohhh distractions :p

Wow, I didn't realize I'd get so distracted with the kiddos on vaca last week!  They have this thing...they see Mommy touch the computer (hell they don't even have to see it, I think they just sense it!) and I'm automatically "absolutely neeeeeeeded" for something.  Anything.  Nothing really.  Lol.  They do crack me up.  They make life complicated at times, but always worth it.  ;)

Then the gorgeous weather lately, yup we've been OUTSIDE in the SUNSHINE!  :)
Well, I'm tryin'...I've got quite a few posts up my sleeve...

So I suppose, now off to bloggy land...

Sam

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Stop now? I don't think so!

With SweeTidbitz going along pretty good, now SweetNailz started...I've been thinking why stop there??

My newest idea?  How about a blog about party/event ideas?  Yup, I think so!  I do some pretty sweet things for my munchkins' birthdays, fundraisers, classes, etc.  I figure, eh why don't I log them all in a blog!  Great idea, Sam!  Go you!   :)

That one is probably going to take me some time to get all organized & post-y.  But I do know I've got tons of awesome stuff to post about!  I guess I'll letcha know when it's good to go.  :)

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2-ingredient Lemon Bars

Yup, I like trying out new things.  So when I saw this recipe, I figured sure why not!

The recipe is pretty simple & I suppose that if you choose to sprinkle some Confectioner's Sugar on top, then they're technically 3 ingredient Lemon Bars.  ;)


**NOT my photo...forgot to take one of my lemon bars.  :(

*Can of Lemon Pie filling
*Box of Angel Food Cake mix

~Stir the pie filling into the dry cake mix
~Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees
~Sprinkle top with Confectioner's Sugar

That's really it!  They were VERY easy & pretty tasty too!

Homework frustrations

All children are different.  Mine prove this every day.

The only issues we had with Hollie & homework were that she was bored.  The work wasn't challenging enough.  She felt it was a "waste of time".  
Hunter, we only have an issue in the spring, when the weather gets nicer, because that child could LIVE outside if you let him.  But, still, not too bad.

Now Mason...ohhh emmm geee...it's terrible!  For the past couple of months, it's been hell trying to get him to do his homework every day!  Excuses, procrastination, you name it - we deal with it.  
Cabin fever?  Possibly, but we make sure they have plenty of outdoor time regardless.  
Work too tough?  Nope, not at all, he breezes through it.  
Just a butt?  Yeahhh, I'm thinkin maybe...Lol  
We've tried everything from setting a timer, bribery (ice-cream, etc.), time-outs (I did not like this one), making him save it until morning, etc.  Nothing, absolutely nothing, has helped.  He's stubborn.  Very stubborn.  (I have not yet figured out where this stubbornness comes from...*rolls eyes*.  Ha, yeah right!  Lol.)

Daddy-O may have found the trick though.  I hate rewarding my kids for things they should do anyway (cleaning their rooms, feeding their animals, doing their homework, etc.) but have been at a total loss as to how to make this situation better.  It's been wearing on us all.  
So, the deal is that he has until 3pm to eat his snack then must have his homework done by 4pm.  (Yes, outside time taken into consideration.  Since it's light out later now that the weather's better, he still has plenty of time to play.)  Each day he achieves his goal, he earns a dollar.  He is very excited about this plan, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed!  Yesterday went well.

I'm really hoping this is the solution!  I'm sure I'll update you in a couple of weeks, see how much cashola he's banked.   ;)

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Monday, April 8, 2013

Yummm!


With summer now on it's way, just wanted to re-post this older post of mine...still one of our favorite grilling recipes.  :)

THIS is what I used last night for dinner...Lawry's Seasoned Salt marinade.  I found a recipe for Grilled Chicken BLTs, so that's what we had!  Omg, they were sooooo good!!  I remembered to take pics this time!  Lol.  =)

Grilled Chicken BLTs
I think I did a pretty good job, considering it was raining!

Seasoned Salt mayo, bacon, Seasoned Salt marinated chicken, tomato & lettuce, all stacked up on a roll = DELICIOUS!!

Mmmmmm...mmm...mmm...!!!

MOI...grilling away in the rain!  =)


Here is the recipe for those of you who may like to try it!
(HIGHLY recommended!!)

Grilled Chicken BLTs

* 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (approx. 1 1/4 lbs.)
* 1/2 cup Lawry's Original Seasoned Salt marinade, divided
* 1/4 cup mayonnaise
* 4 Kaiser or other crusty rolls, toasted
* 8 slices cooked bacon
* 1 medium tomato
* 4 lettuce leaves

Directions:
1.  Put chicken in large resealable plastic bag or glass dish.  Add 1/4 cup of the marinade & coat well.  Put in the refrigerator for 30 minutes (longer for extra flavor).
2.  While chicken is marinating, mix the mayonnaise with 2 tablespoons of the remaining marinade in a small bowl.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.  Remove chicken from marinade & discard any remaining marinade from the bag/dish.
3.  Grill chicken over medium heat 6-7 minutes per side or until cooked thoroughly, brushing with the remaining 2 tablespoons of marinade.  Spread the mayo mixture evenly onto rolls & top with chicken, bacon, tomato & lettuce.

**NOTE:  We used the same amount of marinade, but added more chicken (still came out amazing!)...lots of mouths!  Lol.  We cooked the bacon & cut the tomato while the chicken was marinading.  If you're one who likes things timed well, this works best!  =)


*~*~*  This posting brought to you by a proud BzzAgent!  I received Lawry's marinades free of charge as a BzzAgent member to use.  All opinions are my own, honest opinions.  *~*~*

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