Thursday, October 27, 2011

Sneak Peek Into the Thankful $250 Turkey Money Giveaway

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Wordless Wednesday-Mr. Blue Eyes

Making Tuesday Tasty-Tiramisu

Who doesn't love something a little decadent every now and then. Here is a nice Tiramisu recipe for you to enjoy. If you don't want to use rum, you could sub it with some rum extract, adding a bit at a time to taste.
You can learn more interesting cooking techniques from accredited baking classes online.


*6 egg yolks

3 tablespoons sugar
1 pound mascarpone cheese
1 1/2 cups strong espresso, cooled
2 teaspoons dark rum
24 packaged ladyfingers
1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate shavings, for garnish


In a large bowl, using an electric mixer with whisk attachment, beat egg yolks and sugar until thick and pale, about 5 minutes. Add mascarpone cheese and beat until smooth. Add 1 tablespoon of espresso and mix until thoroughly combined.

In a small shallow dish, add remaining espresso and rum. Dip each ladyfinger into espresso for only 5 seconds. Letting the ladyfingers soak too long will cause them to fall apart. Place the soaked ladyfinger on the bottom of a 13 by 9 inch baking dish, breaking them in half if necessary in order to fit the bottom.

Spread evenly 1/2 of the mascarpone mixture over the ladyfingers. Arrange another layer of soaked ladyfingers and top with remaining mascarpone mixture.

Cover tiramisu with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, up to 8 hours.

Before serving, sprinkle with chocolate shavings.

* Raw Eggs


*recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentis and*

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Got Hoodies?

Christmas is coming right around the corner and our "cold" season is also coming(soon I hope). We pretty much wear only hoodies around my house because it never gets cold enough to warrant a coat, at least to most of us in the Phoenix metro area.

My step-son is a growing boy of course, and we need to get him a couple of boys hoodies for those chilly early mornings while he heads off to school. I was thinking about getting him a couple in some fun colors, and maybe even some different styles. He is in middle school now, so that means time to change up the wardrobe a little and make it a bit "cooler".

I love the zip up ones over the pull overs just because they seem to be easier to get on and off. I also like the hoodies with graphics. I've also seen some that are hood less or mock hoodies that look like a track jacket and fur lined ones for those with really chilly weather.

I guess I have a bit of time to pick out just the right one for Christmas but, probably should pick one out now for the mornings soon. So many choices, colors, and styles. Off to shop I go.

Amazing Giveaways!

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Wordless Wednesday-Monkey

Making Tuesday Tasty-Rosemary Potato Frittata

Want a yummy, easy way to make a brunch or dinner dish? How about a frittata. Protein, and any kind of combo of things you would like to thrown in there and voila! I would even call these a nice comfort food. Here's just one of many recipes you can find or play with to make your frittata.


1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 large clove garlic crushed
1 pound baby potatoes
1 small onion
3 to 4 sprigs fresh rosemary, finely chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
12 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup milk, half-and-half or cream
1/2 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano


Heat oven to 450 degrees F.

Heat the olive oil in medium heat-proof skillet over medium-low heat with the clove of crushed garlic. Let the garlic infuse the oil while you thinly slice the potatoes and onion; then remove the garlic. Add the potatoes and onions to the skillet and season with rosemary and salt and pepper, to taste. Raise the heat a little and cook for 6 to 7 minutes. Turn the potato/onion mixture over and cook for 5 minutes more. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and milk together. Add the egg mixture to the skillet and move them around and under the potatoes to settle them. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake until golden on top, about 10 to 12 minutes. Scatter the cheese on top, turn the oven off and let sit for another couple of minutes. Remove from the oven and serve.

*recipe courtesy of rachael ray*

Saturday, October 15, 2011

WINNER Uprinting Giveaway!

My giveaway winner for the 250 free labels is...

Michelle Hagewood October 13, 2011 5:32 PM 3
I would love to use these for my Cinnamon Moose Crafts business my Aunt & I just started

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Congrats and thanks so much for entering! An email has been sent.

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My winner for the Bright Starts toy is....

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

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Wordless Wednesday-Cutie Pie!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Making Tuesday Tasty-Fresh Pumpkin Pie

OK, I'm guessing I'm pretty traditional here because I love the simple Libby brand recipe for their pumpkin pie. So I will reprint it here but, instead of their canned pumpkin switch it out for a fresh sugar pumpkin puree. You can bake it, or steam it and blend smooth. Drain excess water out of it so you have a nice, dense pumpkin puree for your pie.

How to make your pumpkin. Cut your small sugar pumpkin in half, take out seeds and strings and place inside down on a lined cookie sheet(foil or parchment paper). Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 45 mins depending on your oven. Sticking fork or knife in there should go through and tell you it's done. Let pumpkin cool and put in your blender or food processor until smooth. Drain off any excess liquid and you're done.


1 (9 inch) unbaked deep dish pie crust
3/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 eggs
15 oz of pumpkin puree(just under two cups)
1 (12 fluid ounce) can NESTLE® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk


Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Combine sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves in small bowl. Beat eggs lightly in large bowl. Stir in pumpkin and sugar-spice mixture. Gradually stir in evaporated milk. Pour into pie shell.
Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350 degrees F.; bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 2 hours. Serve immediately or refrigerate. (Do not freeze as this will cause the crust to separate from the filling.)

Saturday, October 8, 2011

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Wordless Wednesday-First Thanksgiving

My daughters first Thanksgiving. She was eleven months old.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Making Tuesday Tasty-Fresh Apple Cake

It's the most wonderful time of the year!!!!!!!! Ha ha. Autumn is my favorite. I love the colors, the produce, Thanksgiving, and the crispness in the air that tells me there is a reprieve from the disgusting heat that comes from this city. Here's a great take and well received recipe for fresh apple cake. Enjoy friends!


Honey Glaze:
1 cup confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons milk
Apple Cake:
3 cups diced Granny Smith apples, about 2 apples
1 cup lightly toasted chopped walnuts
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
3 eggs


Glaze: Add all the ingredients to a small bowl and stir until smooth. Set the bowl aside.

Cake: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly grease a Bundt pan or tube pan.

In a bowl, mix together the apples, walnuts, vanilla, and cinnamon. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt.

Using an electric mixer beat the sugar, oil, and eggs in a large bowl. Add in the dry ingredients and beat until completely combined. Fold in the apple mixture.

Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes or until a tester inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.

Allow the cake to fully cool in the pan, about 1 hour, and then turn it out onto a plate.

Drizzle the apple cake with some of the honey glaze, serve and enjoy!