Saturday, April 28, 2012

Diamond Candles Video Release


Sign up to be among the first people to watch the new Diamond Candles video!! Refer your friends to watch and you could win one of these great prizes: 

  • 1 Grand Prize: Spring Sample Pack (5 Candles)
  • 5 First Prize: Candle for You and Mom (2 Candles)
  • 10 Second Prize: One Candle from Spring Collection
  • 50 Third Prize: 50% off of One Candle
  • 100 Fourth Prize: Free Shipping Coupon Code
All of their candles come with a ring included!! They are valued anywhere between $10 to $5,000!!!

Just head over to Diamond Candles to sign up to enter today!

Summer Amazon Blow Out!



Oh yeah! We did it again! This time Acadiana's Thrifty Mom has teamed up with SaleCamel to bring you a super-D-duper giveaway for 3 amazon.com gift cards! Yes, 3 lucky winners will each win a $200 Amazon gift card! Be sure to finish all the entries so you increase your chances of winning! 
This giveaway runs from April 30 until May 21. 
This giveaway is sponsored by SaleCamel and hosted by Acadiana's Thrifty Mom and Baby Coupons & Stuff. 
Enter the simple rafflecopter form below. 

GOOD LUCK!

This giveaway will be open to U.S. residents only. You must be 18 years old to enter to win. This giveaway is, in no way, affiliated with Facebook.

Kitchen Aid Mania!!!



WELCOME TO THE KITCHEN AID MANIA GIVEAWAY!
We are giving away a white KitchenAid KSM150PSWH Artisan Series 5-Quart Mixer to one lucky reader! This is a perfect Mother's Day gift to every one who loves baking or simply just being in the kitchen!

This was made possible by Bay Area Mommy, American Family and some of the most awesome bloggers!


- Retail Value: $349.99 
- Color: White 
- 325-watt mixer with 10 speeds; 5-quart stainless steel bowl 
- Tilt-back head for easy access to mixture 
- 1 piece pouring shield with large chute for adding ingredients 
- Includes flat beater, dough hook, and wire whip 
- Measures 14 by 8-2/3 inches by 14 inches; 1-year warranty.


Thursday, April 26, 2012

Giveaways!!!!


Have you been entering all the great contests going on here? Right now you can enter to win a $500 gift card for JC Penny, an iPod Shuffle, autographed books, jewelry, swimwear, and over $100 in Paypal cash! 

There will be even more giveaways starting soon! Some of the upcoming giveaways include baby stuff, a Kate Spade bag, a beautiful bag of goodies from Angela's Crafts, and of course, more cash and gift cards!! 

Visit my Contests and Giveaways page to see all the great giveaways :) Hurry over to enter now! You can't win if you don't enter :) 

All these giveaways are made possible by some great bloggers and sponsors. Please visit their sites and share the love! 

GOOD LUCK!! 

Adventures of a Graveyard Girl

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Looking for a new book to read? Check out the Adventures of a Graveyard Girl by Milda Harris. Here's an excerpt to get you started!

Adventures of a Graveyard Girl (Funeral Crashing #2) Excerpt
by Milda Harris
At least I was finally getting that great experience I had heard so much about. I
wished I could share it with my mom now, when it was actually true. A wave of sadness
blew through me. I missed my mom. I wished she could have known that a mere year
later, I'd be at the Homecoming Dance with the smiling boy I had gushed on and on about.
"Kait!" I heard a girl yell behind me and it shook me out of my thoughts.
Ethan and I had just reached the other dancers and were about to join them. I turned
to look, wondering if the call was for someone else. I didn't really have any good friends
in high school at the moment, but there was always a first. Ethan followed my gaze.
Surprised, I looked to see Suzie Whitsett dragging Kyle Jones towards us. I felt a
sudden warmness fill my heart at seeing my friends from Chemistry class. This was the
first time I had ever seen them outside of our Chemistry classroom and they were actually
acknowledging me instead of pretending they didn't know me. It wasn't me being
insecure, by the way, talking like that - it was the simple truth. Ever since my ex-bff Ariel
and I had ceased being friends, I had become the freaky weird girl and I had stayed that
way all through high school so far. So, this was a very nice first - being at the dance with
a date and stopping to talk to what might just be blossoming from more than just lab
partner friends into real friendships.
"You guys look so great," Suzie gushed. Normally she was the quiet girl, but since I
had helped her and Kyle get together, it didn't seem like she was so quiet around me
anymore.
I felt myself turn beet red at the compliment anyway, "Thanks. You guys too."
Suzie turned the full force of her smile on Kyle. He stared back at her like there was
no other girl for him in the universe. They were such a ridiculously cute couple.
"Hey, man," Mike Finnigan said, suddenly appearing next to Ethan. He was at the
dance with one of Ariel's bffs, Sarah, and had dragged her along to say hi to his best
friend. I could tell Sarah wasn't so thrilled to see me, although she was probably taking
mental notes so that she could relay them back to Ariel.
I looked around for Dave Rickerson who wasn't usually far behind Mike and Ethan,
but he must have been dancing with his date. I wondered who he had brought to the
dance. Wow, we were almost starting to form our own group, Ethan and I. It was an odd
group too - a strange mismatch of popular kids and totally unpopular kids. Luckily,
everyone was being nice to each other despite that, at least so far.
I was only just getting to know Ethan's friends, Mike and Dave, but I liked them a lot.
They had come to visit me in the hospital even though they were just Ethan's friends.
Their motto seemed to be that any friend of Ethan, was a friend of theirs and they thought
it was really cool that I had helped him find out what had really happened to his half
sister. Nobody had believed in Ethan's suspicions at first, that she had been murdered,
except me, and Ethan had turned out to be right. The fact that I believed in Ethan and
supported him in his search, thus, gave me mad points in Dave and Mike's book.
"You look hot, Kait," Mike said to me, to his date Sarah's annoyance.
Ethan smiled and squeezed my hand. He and I both knew that Mike was just trying
to make me feel comfortable in their group. Still, I glanced at Sarah again and hoped
she'd complain to Ariel about me. She didn't need to know that Mike was just being nice
to me.
"Thanks, Mike," I said, smiling back at him.
There was a bit of a silence as our weird group took each other in. I tried to think of
something to say to kick-start the conversation, but I was drawing a blank. Mike and
Ethan were both sports nuts although Ethan also wrote songs and avidly read sci-fi novels.
Kyle was mostly into all things science. Suzie liked to read about as much as I did, which
was a lot. I had absolutely no idea what Sarah was into besides make-up and boys. We
were all pretty different, actually.
"So, the gym looks pretty cool," I said lamely to our group, trying to break the
awkward silence.
"The Pep Club decorated it," Sarah said proudly, like she was the Pep Club, instead
of just a member. "Well, with the help of some other clubs too, but I was here until late
last night decorating."
"It looks great!" Suzie said, chiming in.
Everyone took a second look around, as if just taking in the decorations. I mean, it
was super romantic, but I just noticed it was themed too.
"I like the theme: A Night in Paris. Super romantic," I said, trying to keep the
conversation going.
It was well done, actually. There was a big banner at the front of the gym, where the
DJ was, announcing the theme for the night. A fake Eiffel Tower stood in the middle of
the snack table, separating the snacks and the beverages. An Arc De Triumphe was the
entranceway into the gym. The tables scattered around the dance floor were covered with
white tablecloths and silver stars. The mood lighting was ultra romantic, with small fake
candles sitting on the tables.
"Yeah, it was all Madison's idea. She's our club president. Ariel said it was her idea,
of course, but I heard Madison suggest it first," Sarah said.
I stopped myself from asking more about what Ariel had said. Was Sarah really
criticizing Ariel? Was there dissension among the new group of bffs? I was dying to
know, but there was no way Sarah was going to give me any juicy gossip if I asked her.
The group lapsed into silence again. What were we going to talk about?
"It looks very cool," Ethan said, trying to get the conversation started again.
The first notes of a romantic slow song were starting to play. I started swaying to the
music. Couples formed all around us. We all watched them as we tried awkwardly to
think of a conversation piece.
"So, how about we dance?" Mike asked Sarah.
"I'd love to," Sarah said.
"Bye guys," Mike said, as Sarah dragged him away, totally grateful at the chance to
get away from us.
Kyle turned to Suzie, "You want to dance too?"
Suzie nodded and turned to us, "See you guys later."
Then they walked away too, hand in hand. Ethan and I were finally alone. We stared
at each other, suddenly awkward with one another. I felt a little nervous. We had been
about to dance before, but suddenly the air was charged with possibilities.
"Dance?" Ethan asked.
I nodded and took his hand. Ethan led me a little ways onto the dance floor and
placed his hands on my hips, drawing me toward him. I hooked my arms around his neck.
I caught the scent of his cologne. He smelled amazing. We started moving to the notes
together, side to side. My stomach was doing nervous excited flips. Now this was the best
moment of my life.
Ethan looked down at me and I looked up at him, our eyes meeting. I leaned up to
kiss him. I really couldn't have asked for a more romantic Homecoming Dance moment.
It was so perfect, but just as our lips were about to touch, we both jumped as the music
stopped with a screech, ending in dead silence. Then I heard the girl screaming, and
screaming, and screaming.


Follow the book tour for this great book!

April 30 - Rachel - http://StressedRach.co.uk
May 2 - Susan H - http://soulunsung.blogspot.com
May 4 - Melissa V - http://adventuresfrugalmom.com
May 5 - Ness - http://alwaysbeafriend.com/
May 6 - Molly - http://reviewsbymolly.com
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May 11 - Susan Peck - http://coziecorner.blogspot.com
May 13 - Jennifer - http://momzunas.blogspot.com 


iPod Shuffle Giveaway!


We have teamed up So Lo La Deals to bring you this Awesome Ipod Shuffle Giveaway.

So Lo La Deals is a Brand new Daily Deal site which is launching in June.  We are super excited to see what fantastic deals they will have. 
One Lucky Winner will receive an Ipod Shuffle.
Starts 4/26 at 8pm EST and ends 5/3/12 at 8pm EST
A big Thank you to our hosts, Saving and More & Debt Free Spending


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Free Blogger Sign-Up: Birthday Bash $100 Giveaway



Looking for a great way to promote your facebook page? Head over to I Heart Giveaways and sign up to be a part of this great giveaway for FREE!! The prize is $100 in paypal cash :) 

Thanks to Chic Algene for doing this for everyone! 

Free Fertility Toolkits!



The American Fertility Association is giving away free fertility toolkits! These kids are full of information, tips and helpful advice for anyone trying to have a baby. Just visit their site by clicking here to choose from the 6 different kits they offer. Once you chosen which one you'd like call Lisa at 888-917-3777 or email her at lisa@theafa.org to order yours! Good luck everyone! 
 

LInwoods Superfoods!

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I've teamed up with NaturalHairLatina to bring you this awesome giveaway for “Linwoods” #SuperFood 
 One lucky winner will receive: 
-Ground- flax seed, almonds, brazil nuts, walnuts & Q10 12.7oz 360g $15.67 Value -18+ US ONLY

Monday, April 23, 2012

Fate's Design Book Tour



Fate' s Design

Fate Series Book One A summer vacation in Italy with her twin sister, Morgan, is just what Megan Romano needs. But instead of fun, wine, and relaxation, she finds unexpected romance. Alexandros DiPiero, a sexy and mysterious Italian businessman, falls for Megan the minute he lays eyes on her, but Megan knows it’s too good to be true. Increasingly haunting dreams that warn of danger and destiny plague Megan’s every sleeping moment. As her nightmares become deadly and her love life heats up, Megan will come face to face with her worst fear. Buy on Amazon and Barnes and Noble This tour will run from April 23rd and through May 31 Th Author is working with Promotional Book Tours to give way 3 Prizes for this tour- Grand Prize NOOK Simple Touch or Kindle Touch or $100 Gift Card to Amazon or Barnes and Noble (It's the Winners Choice) Second Prize is a silver 'Love' Necklace, and third prize is an ecopy of Fate's Design. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Pre-Seed Fertility Friendly Lubricant Giveaway!!

Mommy to a Little Lady{bug}

Head over to Mommy to a Little Ladybug to enter to win a box of Pre-Seed Fertility Friendly Lubricant!! Just click the image above to go to her site to enter! 

Free Shout Color Catcher


Hurry over to get this free sample of Shout Color Catcher! Just click here: http://www.mysavings.com/free-samples/Shout/18395/

Coupon For Free Fancy Feast

You would your kitties like some fancy feast? Click this link to get a coupon for a free can :) http://www.petco.com/petco_page_PC_fancyfeastfreecanapr.aspx

Free Sample! Pink Intimate Lubricant


Get this free sample of Pink Intimate Lubricant!! Just click this link to order yours: https://www.pinkforus.com/request.php

Sex & the City Deal!!


Right now you can get the entire Sex & the City series on DVD for only $85.49 at Amazon.com! This is 57% of the regular price! Hurry over to grab this great deal today :) 

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Win A $500 JC Penny's Gift Card!!


CouponTrade.com is your new source for coupons that MATCH discounted gift cards! Sell your unwanted gift cards and name your price today!
One lucky winner will receive a $500 Gift Card to JC Penney! Just enter on the Rafflecopter form. Good Luck and have fun!!

Plato's Pet Treats Giveaway!!

What should you feed your dog? Whats in your dog treats? All dog owners have to face these questions sooner or later. Dogs are omnivores. They'll eat anything (including things that, to us, shouldn't be edible). The good thing about Plato Pet Treats, say, your favorite pair of slippers—is how they can contribute to your dog's health. Thinker Treats - They use only the best all-natural and organic ingredients that will assist in your pets nutritional needs, without any artifcial preservatives, meat by-products or meals. This truly makes THINKERS the smart treat for your pet, with a taste that'll have their tail wagging every time they see the bag.


  Original Plato Pet Treats They come in three flavors - Salmon, Chicken, and Duck
  • Natural ingredients, fortified with antioxidant vitamins, and zinc
  • No artificial colors, flavors, synthetic preservatives, or GMO's (genetically modified organisms)
  • Naturally preserved.
  • Antioxidant vitamins E and C
  • No meat by-products or meals

  New! Farmers MarketTreats, with Pro-Biotics! Farmers Market treats are all-natural, made from ingredients grown right here in the good ole US of A, and as fresh as if you'd hand-picked them yourself at the local farmers market. No mystery meats. No meal or meat by-products. No artificial colors, flavors, preservatives or GMO's (short for—shudder—genetically modified organisms). So next time your dog does one of his favorite tricks, reward him with one of theirs: New Farmers Market pet treats.

Find a Store or buy them online!

Want to treat your dog and win $100 Worth of Pet Treats from Plato Pet Treats? Fill out the form below to enter to win! Brought to you by Blog It Forward a Rafflecopter giveaway

Stop Looking for Jobs Online Book Giveaway!!

 ~This giveaway is done by SaraLee's Deals Steals & Giveaways ~
 
Do you need help finding a job?
Have you or someone you know been looking for a job and getting nowhere. Do you spend countless hours looking online and still nothing. Well now is your chance to change. Kevin's "Stop Looking for Jobs Online" manual will teach you how to land your dream job. We all could use a little help so why not give this a try. You can order his manual here for only $19.95 and there is a 90 day money back guarantee.

Want a chance to try a this free. Then you are in luck! I have 10 of Kevin's "Stop Looking for Jobs Online" E-manuals to giveaway. Open to World Wide. To enter you will need to fill out the rafflecopter below. You can complete one or all of the entries below. The more you complete the better your chances are to win. Good Luck!

Check Out Smiley360.com



I don't know about you, but I LOVE getting free samples in the mail. It's a great way to try out new products, and save a little bit of money :) One of the best sites I've found to get samples from is Smiley360.com. You don't get little sample sizes of products from them. You get full size products!! It's great! So far I've gotten Knoll's chicken bouillon, Wool-lite complete, and Children's Advil. They all came with $10 worth of coupons too! 

If you like to get free stuff then Smiley360.com is the place for you! They are currently looking for more women to sign up to test their products :) It's a great deal and only takes a few minutes to sign up.  

$50 Xperience Days Gift Certificate



Howard House Reviews is hosting a giveaway for a $50 Xperience Days Gift Certificate. What is Xperience Days you might ask? They are unique gifts in the form of "experiences". There are over 1,500 adventure gifts available across the US in over 50 major metro areas. From a relaxing day at a spa to a hot air balloon ride, from a chartered sailing excursion to a breathtaking aerobatic plane ride, you are sure to find the perfect gift for anyone. All of their unique gifts are presented in the form of a gift certificate which may be redeemed by the recipient at their convenience. You can visit their website to learn more about what they have to offer at http://www.xperiencedays.com Enter to win a $50 Xperience Days Gift Certificate on the Rafflecopter below, this giveaway begins April 22 and ends May 1st at 12:01 EST.

Have you joined iRazoo yet?



Do you like search to win programs like Superpoints and Swagbucks? Well, here is another one I've found called iRazoo. Members can earn points by performing searches, completing offers, watching videos and doing surveys. The have a wide range of gift cards for members to choose from when they decide to redeem their points. 

iRazoo also has a reward program for members that refer new users. When someone signs up as part of your iRazoo team you get 50 points. You also win whatever they win for each search they complete, up to 3,000 points per referral! The more people you get to join your team, the faster you'll earn points! 

Just click here to get started with iRazoo today! It only takes a few minutes and you'll be cashing out for free gift cards before you know it! 

Free Blogger Opp!! Writers on the Edge Campaign





Here's another free giveaway for bloggers to join :) All that is required is posting the giveaway, and sharing it with all your friends and fans! 2 winners will get printed books or eBooks for their Kindle, Kobo or Nook! This is estimated to start on 4/27 at 12:01am. Be sure to sign up now! 

Each blog that signs up to promote will recieve a Pinterest link on the Rafflecopter form. You MUST have Pinterest to sign up for the event. If you need an invite just fill out this form to request one :) 


Just head over to Natural Hair Latina to sign up today! 







Vitacost.com Earth Day Sale!!


Are you looking for some environmentally friendly cleaning products for your house? If you are then this is a great time to check out Vitacost.com! I love this site! We've been buying all our vitamins here since I discovered the site! They have great prices and fantastic service :) Sign up for Vitacost.com and get coupon worth $10 off your first purchase!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Article Content Sale!!!



Are you looking for new original content for your blog? I've got several articles for sale right now all $5.00 or less!! When you buy these articles you get full rights to them! Put them on your blog, list them in an article directory, or whatever you decide :)  If you're looking for content, then please take a look at the articles I have for sale. 

Here are just a few of the articles listed. 






To see all the articles I have for sale please click here. I'm always adding more articles to my listing so please keep checking back to see what's new. 

Just In Time For Summer Guria Beachwear Swimsuits Review & Giveaway

~ This review and Giveaway is done by SaraLee's Deals Steals & Giveaways ~
With summer right around the corner this review came just in time. I loved all the Brazilian bikini looks but since I am in no way bikini bodied I let my good friend pick out what she liked. After what seemed hours she finally made a pick. We liked how you are able to shop for your top and bottom separate. The bikini that we got was Moonlight - 3-in-1 Chic Top and Skirted Bottom. Shipping was very fast and the Brazilian bikini was packed very well. I liked all the metal embellishments on the bikini. The bikini was able to be worn in may different styles.
Product Description
Guria Beachwear was born in Brazil, where the nights are warm and summer is eternal. A wide array of mix-and-match separates including triangles, halters, bandeaus and under-wire tops paired with low-cut American and Brazilian bottoms create a selection of distinctive and detail-rich suits that make any fashionista swoon. You’ll see opulent details, exclusive embellishments and hardware, texture and marine-inspired prints encompassed in a color-rich and bohemian-chic style. 
 
Each collection is created with the customer in mind, fashioning suits for every type of woman. While most other swimwear brands cap sizes at C cups, Guria offers Brazilian-cut suits accommodating up to an F cup, so no woman will be turned away by the trauma of bikini shopping.

Retail prices range from $60 to $78.75 for suit separates and $98.75 to $112.50 for cover-ups and are available in sizes XS – XL with cup sizes fitting up to F.
 
Here is the info about the Brazilian swimsuit we picked:
MOONLIGHT - 3-IN-1 CHIC TOP AND SKIRTED BOTTOM
Guria Beachwear’s signature top! The best seller 3-in-1 Chic Top is easily convertible from triangle to halter to bandeau. Top features sliding silver accents at straps for adjustable coverage and small matching embellishments at cord ends. It comes with removable cups (molded firm cups) for a flattering fit. Top ties at neck and back. Top is fully lined. Made in Brazil of 95% Nylon and 5% Spandex.

Guria’s skirted bottom gives you more or less coverage and a smooth fit without sacrificing style. Waistband has a soft finish for a comfortable fit. Bottom can be worn as low or high waist. If waistband is rolled down it will be a skirted bottom. Bottom provides moderate to full coverage in the rear. It is fully lined. Made in Brazil of 95% Nylon and 5% Spandex.

The swimsuit covered everything really well and definitely can support a  large busted figure well. I want to thank my friend for letting me take a picture of her for this review. We had a good time picking out the bikini. Which was very easy to order.
You can check www.guriabeachwear.com.br out and see all the amazing Brazilian swimsuits for your self. Find something you like well you can use SUMMER2012 to get 30% off any merchandise on the site!

Now time for the giveaway. One lucky person will win a swimsuit of their choice from $120 - $170. The giveaway is open to US and Canada only. This will run from 4/21 to 5/5. To enter all you have to do is enter the rafflecopter below. You can do as many of the options as you wish but the more you complete the better your chances are to win. Good Luck!


Contests and giveaways!!

Have you entered all the contests and giveaways that I'm running? Head over to my Contests and giveaways page to see all the great events going on! Enter to win a $100 in paypal cash in one contest and $25 in Amazon cash in another! There are even more starting Monday!

New Recipes Added!!!





I love to cook and am always looking for new recipes to try :) I've added a bunch of my favorites to the blog. Just visit my recipes page to find all of them together in one place! I hope you like enjoy these as much as I do!! 

Spicy Orange Chicken


Ingredients

  • 2 oranges
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 2 10-ounce packages baby spinach
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast strips
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

Directions:


1. Remove peel and white membrane from 1 of the oranges. Section orange; set aside. Squeeze enough juice from the remaining orange to measure 1/3 cup; set aside. In a 4-quart Dutch oven, heat 1 teaspoon of the oil over medium heat. Add spinach; cover and cook for 4 to 5 minutes or just until slightly wilted, stirring occasionally. Drain and transfer to 4 serving dishes or a serving platter. Cover and keep warm.
2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the 1/3 cup orange juice, the soy sauce, honey, ginger, cornstarch, and crushed red pepper. Set aside.
3. Sprinkle chicken with salt and black pepper. Wipe out Dutch oven with a paper towel. In Dutch oven, heat the remaining 2 teaspoons oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic; cook and stir for 30 seconds. Add chicken; cook and stir for 2 to 3 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Stir orange juice mixture; add to chicken in Dutch oven. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for 1 minute more.
4. To serve, arrange orange sections on top of spinach. Spoon chicken mixture over oranges and spinach. Makes 4 servings.

Ginger Tea Recipe


Ingredients:
Water, 4 cups
2-inch piece of fresh ginger root
optional: honey and lemon slice


Directions:


Peel the ginger root and slice it into thin slices. Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan. Once it is boiling, add the ginger. Cover it and reduce to a simmer for 15-20 minutes. Strain the tea. Add honey and lemon to taste.


Note: Keep in mind that if you are making ginger tea as a home remedy during cold and flu season, sweeteners are not recommended.

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches with Fresh Banana


Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar, plus 1/4 cup for rolling
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 bananas, ripe but firm
  • 1 quart of good quality chocolate chip ice cream

Directions


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line baking sheets with parchment paper. In a medium mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking soda and salt and set aside. In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter, peanut butter, sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy – about 8 minutes. Add egg and vanilla extract and beat until thoroughly combined. Reduce mixer to low, slowly add the flour mixture and beat until just combined.


Using a small ice cream scoop (1 3/4 inch), scoop dough into 1-1/2 inch balls and roll in remaining 1/4 cup sugar to coat evenly and place on baking sheet about 2-inches apart. Gently press the cookies with the back of a fork to create a crisscross pattern (if tines stick, dip fork in cup of warm water in between each cookie). Transfer baking sheets to oven and bake 12–15 minutes, or until just golden. Transfer to cooking racks and let cool completely before making sandwiches.


Slice bananas into 1/8-inch thick slices and fan slices on bottom sides of 12 cookies. Place 1 small scoop of chocolate chip ice cream on top of the banana slices and top with remaining cookie. Serve immediately or wrap cookies individually in plastic and freeze.

Spinach Orzo Salad


Ingredients

1 (16 oz.) pkg. uncooked orzo pasta
1 (10 oz.) pkg. baby spinach leaves, finely chopped
1/2 lb. crumbled feta cheese
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
3/4 cup pine nuts
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/4 tsp. ground white pepper
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

Directions:

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add orzo and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain and rinse with cold water. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in spinach, feta, onion, pine nuts, basil and white pepper. Toss with olive oil and balsamic vinegar; refrigerate and serve cold.

Prep Time 20 Min Ready In 1 Hr 20 Min.

Veggie Fish Chowder

Ingredients

1 lb. firm-textured white fish, cut in 4 pieces
Freshly ground black pepper
2 medium carrots, thinly sliced
1 cup sugar snap peas, halved diagonally
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 14-oz. can vegetable broth
2-1/4 cups water
1 4-oz. pkg. (or half a 7.2-oz. box. ) butter-and-herb-flavored mashed potatoes
Shaved Parmesan cheese

Directions
1. Season fish lightly with pepper. In 4-quart Dutch oven cook fish, carrots, and peas in hot oil over medium-high heat for 3 minutes.
2. Add broth and water; bring to boiling. Reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 3 minutes or until fish flakes when tested with a fork.
3. Place mashed potatoes in small bowl. Carefully remove 1-1/4 cups hot broth from Dutch oven; stir broth into potatoes (mixture will be thick).
4. Divide mashed potato mixture among four bowls. Break fish in bite-size pieces. Ladle hot fish and vegetable mixture over potatoes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with Parmesan cheese.

Makes 4 servings.

Tuna Burgers


Ingredients:


2 cups Tuna, canned in water, drained and flaked
1/3 cup Tomato (Marinara) sauce
1/4 cup Pickled Onions (or Dill Pickle) chopped
2 Egg Whites
1/4 cup Wholegrain Flour
1/4 tsp Black Pepper, freshly ground
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp Onion Powder


Directions:


Mix all ingredients together until well mashed.
Form into 4 burgers. Spray skillet or BBQ with canola spray and cook until golden on each side.


NOTE: These are soft when you make them, they firm up when cooked.
Number of Servings: 4

Stuffed Green Pepppers


Ingredients


6 medium tomatoes - peeled, seeded and chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
3 ribs celery, diced
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 cup water
2 teaspoons salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
4 medium green peppers
1 pound lean ground beef
1 cup instant rice, cooked
1 teaspoon dried basil


Directions
1. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, combine tomatoes, onion, celery, tomato sauce, water, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 10-15 minutes. Meanwhile, cut tops off of green peppers and remove seeds; set aside. In a bowl, combine ground beef, rice, basil and remaining salt and pepper; mix well. Fill peppers with beef mixture. Carefully place peppers in tomato sauce. Spoon some sauce over tops of peppers. Cover and simmer for 40-45 minutes or until beef is cooked and peppers are tender.

Chicken And Broccoli Bake


Ingredients: 

  • 6 large boneless chicken breast
  • 1 large can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 16 oz. bag frozen broccoli
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon garlic salt
  • 2 tablespoon curry powder
  • 2 bags minute white rice
  • 1 pinch black pepper

Directions: 


First, cut chicken breast into bite sized chunks. Then, mix cream of chicken soup, mayonnaise, milk, garlic salt, curry powder, and pepper in a large bowl.


Next, combine chicken, broccoli, and the chicken soup mix. Pour into a casserole dish.


Bake in a preheated 350F degree oven for 1 hour and 10 minutes.


During the last 10 minutes of baking time, boil the rice. When the casserole has finished cooking, mix in the rice.

Stroganoff Roast


Ingredients:

  • 1- 3 or 3 and half pound chuck roast, defrosted
  • Flour
  • Salt, Fresh Ground Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • Olive Oil
  • Pam spray
  • 1 Package Lipton Onion Soup Mix
  • 1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • Splash of Kitchen Bouquet
  • 1 Package Cooked, Drained Egg Noodles (cook noodles during last few minutes of roast)


Directions:


Heat some extra virgin olive oil in a pan. While it's heating, coat the chuck roast in the flour, covering all sides. Generously sprinkle with salt, garlic powder, and fresh pepper. Once pan and oil are heated, sear the roast on all sides.

Spray the inside of the crockpot with some Pam, then add the seared roast. Sprinkle the entire package of (dry) Lipton Onion Soup Mix over the roast.

In the drippings from the roast still in the pan, add the can of mushroom soup and stir until all the fond is off the bottom of the pan. Pour over the top of the roast.

Cook on LOW for 8 - 10 hours. Remove roast from slow cooker (be careful, it's going to fall apart) and pour the gravy into a pan. Heat over medium high heat and use whatever thickener you normally use to make gravy (I make mine with cold water/corn starch). Stir in a splash of Kitchen Bouquet.

Pour noodles into a serving platter, then the roast rests on that, then pour the gravy over all. You can dress it up with a little fresh parsley, if desired.

Cajun Fish


Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 small green pepper, diced (about 2/3 cup)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves, crushed
  • 1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Campbell's? Condensed Tomato Soup
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 4 fresh or thawed frozen fish fillets (cod, haddock or halibut) (about 1 pound)
  • Hot cooked rice, cooked without salt

* Heat the oil in a 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Add the green pepper and oregano and cook until the green pepper is tender-crisp, stirring often.
* Stir the soup, water, garlic powder, black pepper and red pepper in the skillet and heat to a boil. Add the fish to the skillet. Reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for 5 minutes or until the fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Serve the fish and sauce with the rice.

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