; Life is like champagne......: 2008-07-27

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Always Cherish the Memories

Memories are what we cherish the most and we shall miss her laughter, kindness and concern for others. Loretta Gunther would want to be remembered this way and enjoy the time we have together. We shall miss you!

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Friday, August 1, 2008

It's Aloha Friday.....

Sponsored by An Island Life! Enjoy the day and here is today's question!
If you were given an airline ticket to go anywhere in the world tomorrow, where would go?

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Spark Up The Grill, We Have Four Winners!

Thank you all for entering the Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce Giveaway! Here are the lucky winners and what they had to say!

sphinx63 "I would love to try it in hamburgers, to give them some zing! Thanks!"

Rockin' Mama "I would use it on chicken and ground turkey burgers"

Sassy Pink Boutique "I'd love this for my Dad. He's always cooking on the "egg" and he makes killer ribs, steak and hamburgers. We're always hankering to try a new item to go along with his yummies!"

RobinsOnlineWorld "Would use it on less expensive meats. Trying to cut back a bit on the grocery bills lately so we have been using less expensive cuts, but doctoring them up with various sauces and such. This would be perfect for that.
I blogged about your giveaway also :-)http://robynsonlineworld.blogspot.com/2008/07/great-blog-found-from-giveaways.html"

Congratulations! Please email me within 72 hours your mailing address.

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Can You Guess What This Is?

Oh I am sure you can! Just to add a little fuel to the fire on the blueberry harvesting, I made a pie for my hubby on his B'Day and he certainly did not complain about me NOT giving it to the neighbor! In fact, these blueberries were not even this years crop but the last four cups from last year I had in the freezer. In case you were wondering about the recipe, good ole Betty, crust and all!

Alas.......the blueberry picking season is coming to an end. Every time I go over to the neighbor's house, the netting is open and the birds are getting in, eating what I would be picking. There really is not much left. I am probably going to go for my last pick today and see how much I will get to make the final freeze for the season. My goal was four full gallon bags, I have three right now and there is no way I will get the last gallon out of those bushes.

Stay tuned for some very cool blueberry recipes I got from my knit/NYY pal Kathleen! She always has some cool recipes to share and gave me the Alton Brown Feasting on Asphalt Book to read on my trip to Maine.

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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Bugaboo Book Review

This week I am reviewing Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw. Did I ever tell you my Uncle T has a jeep? Daddy and Uncle T drove it from Missouri to CT when it was really cold outside. So Uncle T has a lot of experience with jeeps...but not with sheep.
The sheep goes "Baaaaaaa", this was my first animal sound I learned so I loves seeing them throughout the book. Mommy and Daddy seem to have a tough time reading this book, a lot of words that sound the same but are not!
The book starts out good with the sheep taking a trip in the jeep at the top of a hill, nothing different here with driving a jeep. But when the jeep won't move, that is when all their problems start. The sheep get out, push the jeep down the hill and no one was steering it so it went into the mud. Uncle T says that if this is a jeep, it should have no problem getting out of the mud and the sheep are not so smart if they push it down the hill when it is not running...hmmm..he is a wise Uncle. They eventually get help out of the mud, and wouldn't you know, the sheep get into more trouble. Who issued a drivers licence to this sheep driving the jeep? Uncle T says that if the jeep is in heap, he wants it for cheap to use the parts for his jeep!
I enjoy this book but the sheep need to be more responsible drivers and according to Uncle T, jeeps just do not do the things shown in this book!

This book review is from Bugaboo Girl, thoughts of an almost 2 year old and translated by her mom.

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Last Call For Ribs!

Today is the last day to enter in the Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce Giveaway! Get ready to buy your ribs and spark up that grill!

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Too Cute To Eat!

I haven't posted much about cupcakes lately. Check out Hostess with the Mostess who posted about hello naomi cupcakes. These are Japanese candies, always cute characters! You won't believe some of the designs she has, way too cute to eat!

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Wordless Wednesday

The Three sisters to be! I know I have posted about them but here they are. Me, Aunty Melissa(soon to be official) and Aunty Deb! I am so lucky to have two sister-in-law's whom I love so much!!!

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Snack Time is Funtime!

About 3:00pm in the afternoon, me and the Bugaboo Girl get a snack attack! As with all of my meals, I really need to plan a schedule of what is for lunch and dinner. The snack time is sometimes left to something as simple as fruit or cheese. Kellogg's recently sent me two boxes of Frosted Mini Wheats(one of my favorites) and a Cereal on the Go container with some recipes to try out using the Frosted Mini Wheats. Well being I happen to love this cereal, I had no problem trying the Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookie recipe! Peanut Butter and Frosted Mini Wheats for snack time, you cannot beat this! It is a part of their campaign to make snack time, fun, nutritious and of course taste good....ready.....set......Snacktivate!

Kellogg's Snacktivate also has some other great recipes such as the Island Delight with assorted fruit, granola and yogurt and directions on how to make the cute parrot insert, great for a summer party! I know we will be making several snacks to bring with us on our up coming vacation and one of them being the Rice Krispies Treats® which are so easy to pack and take on the go.
Family life is always busy with activities so take the time to make sure your child not only has the proper nutritional snacks to keep them going but also involve them to make it fun family time!

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Work Toward the Ban on BPA's Continues

Z Recommends reports today that the House and Senate have reached an agreement on product safety legislation for the restriction of SOME phthalates used in making flexible toys. This is half the battle since only three of the six are being considered and they still have to go back and reconvene about the use of BPA's in medical devices. Yup, bet you didn't think of that with tubes, bags and face masks! Stop by and read the report for an eye opener and thank them for keeping us up to date!

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Yeehaaa! We have a winner!

Well looky here, we've got our selves a winner for the Doodlebagz giveaway and it is....... A Cowboy's Wife who commented "How cute!!! I love this and the chef apron and hat set....too freakin' cute:)"! Stop by here blog and congratualte her, she may not even know she won yet!

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Tackle It Tuesday

This is a long time coming! We have needed to repair this porch since we moved in 8 years ago. The whole porch at one point was tipping forward, we had to raise it up and repair the footings last year.

Now it is time to sand, scrap, replace and paint the floor. Not a fun job but certainly will be well worth the effort. I am looking forward to sitting on the porch with a Gin & Tonic, watching the world go by....or maybe just watching everyone speed up my hill!

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The guilt continues....

If you follow my blog, this is a continuation from my last post about blueberries, if you are new, feel free to catch up.
So now I feel like I am sneaking over every day and picking what you see in this basket! I will probably end up having four gallon bags filled in the freezer, maybe more if I continue. I could pick for at least two hours at a time each day, but I am limited to nap time! My blueberry bushes are just not producing as well and are late. I find myself hiding behind the big bushes so I cannot be seen doing this. Yesterday there was a downy woodpecker flying around inside the netting, just lifted the net and he flew out. That just goes to show the birds are also helping themselves!
My husband says I should make them a pie when I am done. You know what crosses my mind first? "That is using way too many blueberries!" Oh that is sad...cannot believe I feel like hording them. I will make them something, probably a blueberry buckle which is an awesome recipe I acquired last year from my knit/ NYY buddy Kathleen. I will let you know what the final take is, enough to certainly make several pies and keep us supplied until next season!

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Monday, July 28, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

O.k. people! This is my first attempt to plan out a weeks worth of dinners. Here we go!

Monday Shoyu chicken with cucmber salad and brown rice

Tuesday Citrus pork chops with green bean salad and sweet couscous salad

Wednesday grilled steak with grilled sweet potatos and green bean salad

Thursday hamburgers with carrot raisin salad

Friday is always grilled pizza in this house!

The weekend is a free for all and usually cooked by my hubby! Recipes to come on the ones I do not have posted!

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Couscous with a kick!

I cannot attribute this recipe to me, Uncle Mop made it for the Father's Day sail and Aunty Melissa passed it on to me. I am always looking for a summer cold salad and this one is exceptional!

1 bunch of green onions, sliced
1 medium Red pepper, diced
1/2 cup Black raisins
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup cooked chick peas
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp allspice
4 tsp curry powder
3/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
3/4 cup olive oil
2 cups couscous prepared as directed(this is one cup dry precooked)

Mix the green onions, red pepper, raisins and check peas together. Whisk together the speices, lemon juice and olive oil. Fluff up the cooled couscous with a fork. Toss couscous with green onion mixture. Add dressing and mix well. Let sit in fridge for at least an hour prior to serving. Makes 8 side dishes.

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Sunday, July 27, 2008

Winner of the Sally's Clippies Giveaway

The drum roll please................the winner of the Sallies Clippies Giveaway is Kanenee who stated "I like the Green with Lavendar and Plum Bling, but it's really too hard to choose"!
Congratulations! Please email me with your address information and your prize choice as stated in the contest.

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Celebrate With Flavor and Style

I am not a soda drinker so when Hansen's contacted me to try their Hansen's Natural Sparkling Water beverages, I did not hesitate.
I received the sparkling waters in four flavors which were Blueberry Pomegranate(how fitting since I am still picking blueberries), Dragonfruit, Cranberry Grapefruit and Valencia Orange. What impressed me right away was they are all natural, 90 callories and made with cane sugar and no artificial preservatives. I wanted to share the beverage with some friends and family to see what they thought. Here are some of their comments....

"Great flavors, unique pairings such as the Blueberry Pomagranite"
"Love that it is made with cane sugar and not any artificial sweeteners!"
"Clean taste, not too sweet."
"I Love the Valencia Orange!"
"The Cranberry Grapefruit would be wonderful with a splash of vodka for a summer cocktail."

I agree with all of the comments made and Hansen's Natural Sparkling Water would be great for a baby shower or a "Sipp and See" meet the new baby!

Win it!!!

Hansen's has offered several chances to win their product. To celebrate Hansen's Natural Sparkling Water and my new blog design, one winner will receive one four pack of each four flavors and a pair of Mikasa Champagne glasses! Five winners will receive a coupon for a free four pack of Hansen's Natural Sparkling Water and we have several $1.00 of coupons available for this product up for grab.

Here are the rules!

1. Comment on this post which flavor of Hansen's Natural Sparkling Water would you be interested in trying.
2. One post per person, US address only.
3. Extra credit! Grab my button and post it on your blog. Then comment on this post that you have my button.
4. Extra credit! Post this giveaway on your blog with a link to Hansen's Natural Sparkling Water and Life is like champagne. Comment on this post with the link showing your blog post.
5. Giveaway ends midnight on 8/10/08 with the winners being announced 8/11/08.

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