Sunday, December 21, 2014

Sunday Giveaways

I love blog giveaways - seriously!!! I enter a lot of them and sometimes I win. I wanted to share some of my favorites with you this week! Good luck!!

Please link up your own giveaways below!
Here is a list of giveaways I found for a free year of Netlix!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Blushbox Giveaway - Ends Soon!!!

If you're looking to spice things up in the bedroom - you should try a monthly subscription to Blush Box! They have several subscription boxes to choose from - anything from as tame as "The Panty Delivery" to the very sexy "Signature Blushbox", which comes with 6-8 full size high-end products...including lingerie!

I love that these great boxes, start at just $20 a month!
You can click here to get started
I wanted to let you know that right now, Blush Box is hosting a giveaway for a one year subscription! I've entered myself - you better get over there now and enter too before it ends on November 21st!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Top 10 Fall Crafts for Boys

I'm the mom of two boys.
I love crafty things.

They (for the most part) hate any craft that last longer then 10 minutes Scratch that.....8 minutes.

My boys want to be running around the house tearing stuff up or outside playing football with their friends. They don't want to be in having craft time with mom.

So here is a list of my top ten favorite fall crafts that I've found on Pinterest that are perfect for boys. They don't require much time, you might get a little messy making them and you can always tell them how much Grandma would love to have something they made.

1. Paper Plate Pop-Up Turkey - this one is super easy and if you have a kid that loves to color, this is right up their alley.

2. Homemade Window Clings - love this one. The boys get a little messy (which mine love) and they get a cool thing to hang up in their windows! Win-Win in my book.

3. Leaf Art - Another one that I love. Make it a treasure hunt for your boys to find the biggest leaf they can. Paint it, press on paper. Done. Great art to hang on the wall.

4. Thanksgiving Potholders - quick and easy and a cute reminder of how little they once were.

5. TP Tube Turkeys - I always love crafts that are so easy, you already have all the supplies in your home! This is one of those super easy crafts!

6. Indian Corn Craft - I like this one because they can paint and learn a little too.

7. Painting Pine cones - this is the best...because there are no rules. Just paint and have fun. Plus searching for the perfect pine cones would be a fun game too.

8. Leaf Rubbing - there is nothing new about leaf rubbing. Just plain old fun for little kids.

9. Upcycled Bird Feeders - I remember doing these as a kid. Again - no rules. Just let their creativity flow as they paint or color their new bird feeders.

10. Pumpkin Moon Sand - the best part about this is to let the kids help making the moon sand too. Playing with something you just made is all about being a boy!

Enjoy that short window of time you have crafting with your boys!! I know I always do!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

30 Minute Potato Soup

It snowed today.
We live in the Midwest, Nebraska to be exact, and it snowed today.
It's November.

It's the Polar Vortex right on top of us.
It's sooo freaking cold outside today. I laid in bed for the longest time this morning, watching the news, hoping for that little bar that runs across the bottom of the TV to read "School Canceled".

No such luck.

After dragging myself out of bed, then dragging the kids out of bed and slipping and sliding our way to school - I knew exactly what we needed to have for supper tonight.

Potato Soup.
And bread.

I love potato soup. I love eating it at restaurants and I like it loaded up with cheese and bacon.
For a long time, I pretty much refused to try and make it myself.
Seemed WAY too hard. Too many steps.

Then a few years ago, I found this recipe in an old Taste of Home Magazine and decided that it looked easy enough and I gave it a shot.

This soup is BEYOND easy to make, you can everything cooked and on the table in about 30 minutes. And it's YUMMY! So good and cheesy and perfect.

This morning, when I got home - I threw the ingredients needed for bread into the bread machine and about 5pm this evening, I started on this soup.

By 6pm everyone was stuffed and warm and cozy and ready to cuddle up on the couch.
If you need a soup to warm up your family, I suggest you try this also.

30 Minute Potato Soup
(from Taste of Home)

1/3 cup all purpose flour
3-4 cups of milk
3-4 large potatoes
1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tsp garlic salt or seasoned salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp Cavender's Greek Seasoning

Additional Optional Toppings:
More Cheddar Cheese
Thinly Sliced Green Onions
Bacon (or Bacon Bits)

Clean and peel your potatoes. Chop into pieces a bit larger then bit sized. Boil in pot of water for 15-18 minutes. Drain, set aside.
In a large pan, whisk flour and milk until smooth. Bring to a boil and cook for about another two minutes until thickened. Stir in potatoes, one cup of cheese, sour cream and seasonings. Stir well over medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes. Keep stirring to prevent sticking to the bottom of the pan.
Serve warm in bowls and top with cheese, bacon and onions!

* Make sure and season this dish!! Otherwise it will be completely bland.
* You can find Cavender's Greek Seasoning in most stores, I've been using it for years and love it on top of just about everything - even garlic bread!
* You'll also want to add salt to the water before you cook your potatoes.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffin-Top Cookies

My boys and I were in doing a little bit of grocery shopping today and - as always - they wanted to go back by the bakery department for a free cookie.

(Why don't they give moms free cookies too??)

They usually are giving out sugar cookies...which are completely fine and very tasty. But today they were handing out Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies.


My kid love everything pumpkin. My youngest goes so far that instead of having a birthday cake, he wants a pumpkin pie! Needless to say, the kids gobbled up those cookies in no time.

I got one VERY SMALL taste and that was it. No sharing with mom today.

I decided that I would make a batch of them myself. I found on Pinterest, some cookies that looked soft and muffin-toppy looking like the ones at the store. They were from Cha-Ching on a Shoestring. I changed it up just a little to adjust to the way my family eats...they are beautiful and delicious and you should definitely try them!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
(Adapted from Cha-Ching on a Shoestring)

1 cup canned pumpkin
1 egg
1/2 cup applesauce
1 cup sugar
2 cups flour (I use a 50/50 mix of white and whole wheat flour)
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp milk (I use vanilla almond milk)
1 tsp vanilla (or almond)
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Combine pumpkin, egg, applesauce, sugar, vanilla and milk together. Mix well.
In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and baking soda together. Combine your dry ingredients into your wet. Stir just until combined. Add chocolate chips.

Drop from tablespoon onto greased pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes. Let cool on wire rack.

Makes 24-30 small cookies. I like mine monster-sized and it gave me 12 of them. Enjoy these. They won't last long.


* You can add walnuts if that's what your family likes - about a half cup (but you might want to decrease the amount of chocolate by a half cup too - but I always say "The More the Merrier!")
* You could make this a great vegan recipe just by swapping out your egg for either a flax egg or one banana. (And, of course, using vegan chocolate chips.)
* Don't skimp and not grease your cookie sheet, since these cookies have no butter they will stick.
* These cookies freeze really well. Just make sure and let them cool completely first.