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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Bring That Special Christmas Joy To Your Loved Ones


For years now, The Mommies Network has provided an easy way to bring special Christmas joy to the children in your life with letters from Santa himself. This year we've partnered with Top Santa Letters to make it better than ever!

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Friday, November 29, 2013

Black Friday 2013 is here! No Waiting


   
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I don't know about your area of the country, but here in North Carolina it is going to be a cool, I mean cold as a well diggers butt cold-- 20 some degrees tonight. This girl is not going out to the shopping madness in the cold to fight somebody over a TV. I am gonna sit right here on my hiney and shop online. Amazon is my favorite online shopping spot, and they have some fantastic deals right now.

 Black Friday 2013 is here! You won't have to wait until midnight or stand in a long line to get the best Black Friday deals because you can get them right here, right now. Amazon has been searching for the best Black Friday deals everywhere--including deals other stores have--so they can bring them to you even earlier. These limited-supply deals will go quickly, but they will add new ones now through Black Friday, so you can skip the long lines and still save a bundle.

Wow, just scanning thru the Black Friday page (click here) I see so much I want to buy, 40%, 50%, 60% and even 70% off. With my Amazon Prime membership the shipping will be free too!! Can't beat that! 


 Happy Savings and Shopping Day (or night)

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Have A Blessed Thanksgiving!


From our house to yours we wish you a safe and blessed Thanksgiving Day. Count your blessings, no matter how small, and praise our Father above for all the goodness he bestows upon us daily.

Happy Thanksgiving





Thursday, November 21, 2013

How To Cook A Turkey 101 & Thanksgiving Gift Card Giveaway


 I think all Moms love to save money on holiday meals, I know I do. Feels like the holidays are always so stressful financially around here.
Here is a Thanksgiving Gift card Giveaway that is so easy to enter via Whole Mom. I love this site it is full of giveaways, funny stuff and interesting news that moms like me crave somedays.
Just click the photo banner and "like" the WholeMom Facebook page, enter to win $150 for your holiday meal. Easy Peasy Pumpkin Pie!
Now grab a bottle of your favorite wine and let me show you how to cook that bird......lol


Love it, thats what happens when momma cooks the turkey all by herself without any help, lessons learned it guess....lol

Remember to enter to win your chance at the gift card and check out all the other cool giveaways posted on the Whole Mom website.






Enjoy these savings at the grocery store:

$1.00 off any Silk Pure Almond Light half gallon$1.00 off any TWO Ziploc Brand containers$0.40 off any (3) Campbell's Condensed soups$0.50 off any NESTLE Baking Kit

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Homemade Fluffy Marshmallows


photo credit Healthy Green Kitchen

Recipe Credit to The Smitten Kitchen 
Springy, Fluffy Marshmallows 
Adapted from Gourmet, December 1998

These homemade marshmallows are not only easy to make, they set as perfectly as promised: puffed and lightweight, bouncing off one another as I tossed them in the container. Even better, they toasted like a campfire charm speared on the end of a skewer, and s’mooshed between two graham crackers with a square of chocolate.

Makes about 96 1-inch cubed marshmallows

About 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
3 1/2 envelopes (2 tablespoons plus 2 1/2 teaspoons) unflavored gelatin
1 cup cold water, divided
2 cups granulated sugar (cane sugar worked just fine)
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large egg whites or reconstituted powdered egg whites
1 tablespoon vanilla (alternately: 1/2 of a scraped vanilla bean, 2 teaspoons almond or mint extract or maybe even some food coloring for tinting)

Oil bottom and sides of a 13- by 9- by 2-inch rectangular metal baking pan and dust bottom and sides with some confectioners’ sugar.

In bowl of a standing electric mixer or in a large bowl sprinkle gelatin over 1/2 cup cold cold water, and let stand to soften.

In a 3-quart heavy saucepan cook granulated sugar, corn syrup, second 1/2 cup of cold water, and salt over low heat, stirring with a wooden spoon, until sugar is dissolved. Increase heat to moderate and boil mixture, without stirring, until a candy or digital thermometer registers 240°F, about 12 minutes. Remove pan from heat and pour sugar mixture over gelatin mixture, stirring until gelatin is dissolved.

With standing or a hand-held electric mixer beat mixture on high speed until white, thick, and nearly tripled in volume, about six minutes if using standing mixer or about 10 minutes if using hand-held mixer. (Some reviewers felt this took even longer with a hand mixer, but still eventually whipped up nicely.)

In separate medium bowl with cleaned beaters beat egg whites (or reconstituted powdered whites) until they just hold stiff peaks. Beat whites and vanilla (or your choice of flavoring) into sugar mixture until just combined. Pour mixture into baking pan and don’t fret if you don’t get it all out (learning from my mess of a first round). Sift 1/4 cup confectioners sugar evenly over top.

Chill marshmallow, uncovered, until firm, at least three hours, and up to one day.

Run a thin knife around edges of pan and invert pan onto a large cutting board. Lifting up one corner of inverted pan, with fingers loosen marshmallow and ease onto cutting board. With a large knife trim edges of marshmallow and cut marshmallow into roughly one-inch cubes. (An oiled pizza cutter works well here too.) 

Sift remaining confectioners’ sugar back into your now-empty baking pan, and roll the marshmallows through it, on all six sides, before shaking off the excess and packing them away.

Do ahead: Marshmallows keep in an airtight container at cool room temperature 1 week.

Enjoy in that hot cocoa....yummy or make some smores and have a family night around the firepit (our favorite)


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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Tuesday Tips: Fill Your Home With The Smells Of The Holidays


It smells like the holidays are around the corner, love this recipe for filling our house with the sweet scents of the season.
Mix these ingredients, place on the stove and boil, adding more water as needed. Turn on some Christmas music and you are ready to decorate or wrap presents.
Enjoy!






Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Love is a reminder

Love is not just words on paper... Love is real, feel it, live it, share it.......

God is Love, in this season of Thanksgiving teach others the meaning of Love by simply showing them love and kindness.

 

 

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