; Life is like champagne......: 2008-10-05

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Taking Water for Granted

How much do we use water every day? Here is a quick list off the top of my head that I use water in one day.

  • Bathroom use
  • Shower/bath
  • Washing hands
  • Cleaning the dishes
  • Watering plants
  • Drinking water
  • Cooking
  • Drinking water for Dog
  • Laundry
  • Dishwasher

O.k., I know there are more but it is suppose to be a quick list. Now imagine that you do not have water available to you for three months or more! This is what my neighbor is dealing with right now. She is a widow, in her 60's, very active and her yard always makes my yard look like I neglect it. Granted she has a tiny piece of property but she spends a lot of her time working on it. I have caught her outside using a shop vacuum sucking up leaves off of her rocks that she has in place of grassy areas! The problem seems to be a hand dug well that is low and the line to the house is damaged. She has the town permit, has the well driller, contractor, plumber and electrician all lined up and ready to go but is waiting for the person to drill sometime in the next two weeks! Then everyone else comes after this. So what is she doing? Coming over to my house and getting water in large pots every three days. I have offered up my shower, laundry use and anything else. She has taken a few showers and stated she has done hand washing! I was upset to hear that she was not cooking but eating a lot of cold food and canned veggies so as not to have to do dishes. Saturday I went over and brought some homemade macaroni and cheese with sliced tomatoes on top and bread crumbs, hot out of the oven, with paper plates so she would not have to do dishes! Oh yea, did I mention she has not microwave!

Today I am going to make some Butternut Squash Soup and muffins to bring over to her. She is not expected to get water until sometime in December! Could you be able to deal with something like this? I am not sure if I could, and in the winter!

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Friday, October 10, 2008

And the Winner is.......


Thank you to everyone who enter the Sweet Lollipop Shop Giveaway and supporting Homemade for the Holidays featuring small shops like this. And the random winner is........

Susan S who stated "Pumpkin crystal barley sweets sound yummy! Thanks for pointing out these lovely Etsy shops."


Congratulations and please email me your mailing address.

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It's Aloha Friday


Sponsored by An Island Life. Stop by and check out other entries for today! And here is my question relating to Champagne Food Friday posted with the opportunity to win some...............


What is your favorite cookie?

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Pillsbury Savorings Flaky Pastry Bites

I am an appetizer person. Pupus(as they call it in Hawaii) are always fun to experiment with and to offer up when being at guest for dinner. I often have to time to look up a recipe, buy all of the ingredients and make the appetizer. I had a chance to try out the new Pillsbury Savorings Flaky Pastry Bites for something a little quick and easy. This appetizer is definitely a good option to have saving time and great taste.


Pillsbury Savorings come in three choices of Mozzarella & Pepperoni, Buffalo Style Chicken and Cheese & Spinach. There are 12 in a box, easy to bake for about 20 minutes, perfect for a group of 4 to have as an appetizer. We had an invite from our friends to come over on a Friday night for steak on the grill so I thought this was the perfect opportunity to try them out. I brought the cheese & Spinach which we all commented that the pastry was flaky and buttery while the spinach and cheese tasted fresh.



For those of you who would like to give them a try, there is a $1 off coupon available here.



WIN IT!!!



Here is your chance to win a very nice prize packet from Pillsbury to try their new Pillsbury Savorings Flaky Pastry Bites. The prize packet contains a coupon to try one free Pillsbury Savorings Flaky Pastry Bites, wood top wine stopper, cork screw wine opener, wine glass charms, Wine and Food Match Guide book all in a plum mesh bag. A wonderful way to start out a gathering or just for home use! See rules below.



1. Comment on this post which Pillsbury Savorings Flaky Pastry Bite you would like to try.
2. US address only, one comment per person and please post email address for contact.
3. EXTRA CREDIT!! Be a NEW subscriber to my email and post a separate comment on this post that you did so.
4. EXTRA CREDIT!! Blog about this giveaway and post a separate comment on this post with the link.
5. Giveaway ends midnight 10/16/08 with the winner announced 10/17/08. All prizes must be claimed within 72 hours or will be forfeited.

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A Cookie For Every or No Occasion

I love to bake and cookies are always something I love to experiment with. Cookies have to not only taste good but visually look good. My Sister-in-Law and I started a Baking Day party, over 15 years ago where we spent all day baking cookies, having a few drinks, laughs and ending the day with watching the movie It's a Wonderful Life. Needless to say the cookies at the end of the day were not as pretty as the ones at the beginning. So where can you get consistent, well decorated cookies without all of the time it takes to bake them? Check out Cakebox Cookies, gourmet hand iced sugar cookies.

Sugar cookies I consider to be the one cookie that can please anyone. Add a little color and design and you can make them be a special treat. Whether it is a special occasion such as a baby shower or a holiday where you don't want to bake but have someone else do the work for you, Cakebox Cookies can work with you. What impressed me about the cookie was not only the designs, but the thickness of the cookie which is almost 1/2" thick not including the icing! The flavor is slightly buttery with a very light taste. I love the Scary Spider Webs design with the detailing of the web and the spider ready for action. All of their original designed cookies are baked in their health department inspected certified commercial kitchen.


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Cakebox Cookies
has offered for one winner their choice design of 1/2 dozen of their Halloween cookies. See Rules below.

1. Stop by Cakebox Cookies to look at their cookie designs and keep the drool off of your computer keyboard! Post a comment on this post which is your favorite cookie design.
2. US addresses only, one comment per person and please leave your email address for contact.
3. EXTRA CREDIT!! Be a NEW subscriber to my email and post a separate comment that you did so.
4. EXTRA CREDIT!! Blog about this giveaway linking both Cakebox Cookies and Life is like champagne. Post a separate comment on this post with the link.
5. Giveaway ends midnight 10/16/08 with the random winner announced 10/17/08. All prizes must be claimed within 72 hours or will be forfeited.

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Thursday, October 9, 2008

And the winner is........

Thank you to everyone who entered the Smokey Mountain Scents Giveaway and supporting Homemade for the Holidays featuring small shops like this. And the random winner of the pumpkin Spice soap is.....


Paula who stated "Definitely the Candy Corn soap! It's perfect for this time of year, and sounds so delicious!"

Congratulations and email me with your mailing address.

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And the Winner of Book Giveaway is.......


Thank you to all who entered the Classic Rhymes and Poems...Doggie Style Book Giveaway and supporting Homemade for the Holiday featuring small shops like this. And the random winner is.......


Eliz who stated "Beautiful illustrations!"

Congratulations and email me with your address info!


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Welcome Bakerella!

I have added a new blog to watch on my right sidebar, Bakerella! Cookies, cupcakes and more.......now that is my kind of blog! Stop by and take a peak, tell her you popped over from LILC(Life is like champagne).

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Goulish Pops!


I spotted these wonderful Halloween pops over at Hostess with the Mostess featuring them by Bakerella. Love the mummy pops!

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Wearing a Piece of Art

Ask me what my favorite season is and will tell you Fall. It is the change of season, the leaves on the trees become vibrant colors, eventually drop to the ground with the tree resting to renew themselves in the spring. I love it when I ask my daughter where leaves are from and she looks up stretching her arms high pointing to the sky. When I found Cynthia Callan Watercolor Designs, an Etsy shop, I fell in love with her use of watercolor to depict nature in her jewelry designs.


Cynthia takes her original paintings and produces beautiful pieces of jewelry, ornaments and brooches. She uses soldered pewter for the casing with glass and a sterling bead chain for necklaces. I love the simplicity of her watercolors, making me think that less is best, just like in the retail world! The colors she uses are very soft and appealing along with the choice of nature that she paints. When I wear her necklace, it makes me feel like am wearing a piece of fine art. Her ornaments would make a wonderful house warming, open house or Christmas gift. Every piece is signed on the back and packed very nicely in a natural straw colored box. Right now, Cynthia Callan is offering a wonderful opportunity where she is giving a snowflake brooch with purchase of any two items! An added bonus and a great gift!


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Cynthia Callan Watercolor Designs
has offered one winner the item of their choice from her shop! See rules below.

1. Stop on by Cynthia Callan Watercolor Designs and see all her beautiful items. Post a comment on this post which one you would like to win.
2. US addresses only, one comment per person and leave an email address for contact.
3. EXTRA CREDIT!!! Be a NEW subscriber to my email feed and post a separate comment on this post that you did so.
4. EXTRA CREDIT!!! Blog about this giveaway linking both Cythia Callan Watercolor Design and Life is like champagne. Post a separate comment with the link.
5. Giveaway ends midnight 10/15/08 with the random winner announced 10/16/08. Prizes must be claimed within 72 hours or will be forfeited.

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Last Call for Sweet Lollipop Shop Giveaway


Today is the last day to enter the Sweet Lollipop Shop Giveaway! Don't miss out on some sweet treats and great ideas for party favors!

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

And the winner is........


Thank you to everyone entering the Viridian Art House Painting Giveaway and supporting Homemade for the Holidays! The lucky winner is............



Meredith who stated "I just loved the painting of Frenchman's bay in Bar Harbor. It remind me of the time my husband and I went there to celebrate our anniversary. "


Congratulations and please contact me with your email address so I can pass it on.

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Last Call for Doggie Rhymes Book Giveaway


This is the absolute last day to enter this contest and I am so surprised that there is only a few entries! It is a wonderful book and signed by the author! Don't miss out on this chance to enter the Classic Rhymes and Poems...Doggie Style Book Giveaway.

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Last Call for Smokey Mountian Scents Giveaway


Today is the last day to enter the Smokey Mountain Scents Soap Giveaway so pop on over and put your "two cents" in!

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Tag a Bag!

I have a bunch of gift bags that I have accumulated over the years from people giving us gifts and I also pick up some new ones every once in a while if they look fun and different. What I do not have a lot of is gift tags. I found a very cute Etsy shop called Bird Haven that carries fun, unique gift tags and more!

Bettie is a WAHM who loves to make her own cards, tags, scrap booking and other crafty items. She has turned her love into a very neat shop that has fun gift tags and cards to use for any occasion. Her prints are wonderful and the ribbon detail adds the final touch. She has several designs available for all different occasions or even "just because" with no real occasion. Why not look to start out your holiday wrapping with a few new tags, even to attach them to bows on boxes!



As for Bettie's cards, they are offered as sets of 6 with various different designs. I absolutely love the Siamese Cat Set that reminds me of a statue my grandmother use to have next to her fireplace. The envelopes have varied colors and the card size is 4.25"x5.5", perfect for a thank you note or even a hello.




WIN IT!!!



Bird Haven has offered up a set of 6 note cards your choice for one winner! See rules below.


1. Stop by Bird Haven and check out her wonderful designs. Post a comment on this post stating which note card design you would choose if you won.
2. US address only, one comment per person and please leave your email address for contact.
3. EXTRA CREDIT!! Be a NEW subscriber to my email and post a separate comment on this post that you did so.
4. EXTRA CREDIT!! Blog about this giveaway linking both Bird Haven and Life is like champagne. Post a separate comment on this post with the link.
5. Giveaway ends midnight 10/14/08 with the random winner announced 10/15/08. Prizes must be claimed within 72 hours or will be forfeited

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Wordless Wednesday


Chatfield Hollow State Park, Killingworth, CT
Wordless Wednesday sponsored by 5 Minutes for Mom.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

TODAY is the last day!!!!!!


My bad! Today is the last day to enter the Viridian Art Painting of your Home Giveaway! Don't miss out on this chance to have your dwelling painted and passed down to generations of where you you spend most of your time.....and money!

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And the Winner is.......


Thank you to everyone who entered the Christina P Designs Necklace Giveaway and supporting Homemade for the Holidays featuring small businesses like this to blog out the recession. And the winner is.......



Stacy who stated "Love, love the Organic Circles with Diamond. May have to go back and buy that!!"



Congratulations and please email me so we can set up your custom necklace!

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Tackle it Tuesday - Wood Warms You Twice


With the cost of home heating oil going up, we are more proactive with burning wood. Of course, it has to be cut, chopped, split stacked and seasoned. As my husband loves to say, "wood warms you twice" and that is a guarantee! This was an all day project, and maybe we got almost a cord out of it.





And here are the results. This is just a small portion of the wood we have and also what we still need to get! We started a fire in the wood stove the past two nights because I do not want to turn on the heat yet, it is too early! The wood stove takes the chill out of the house and the dampness from all of the rain we have had. Oh it is going to be a long winter!
Tackle it Tuesday is sponsored by 5 Minutes for Mom.

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Picture A New Pair Of Shoes

My daughter loves shoes! My absolute favorite words she says to me when I buy her a new pair of shoes and pull them out of the box is "Ohhhhhh mooooommaaaaaa.......shoooooooooze!" I think it is in the genes as my mother has several pairs of shoes and I of course love shoes. Of course, my love of shoes also keeps me in a little reality check as I do not have any occasions to wear some strappy little numbers(except for the wedding I was just in). So if I can't wear them, why not look at them! Check out Shoe Polish, a wonderful Etsy shop which offers wonderful paintings and prints of shoes.


Janice loves to paint shoes for the same reason as I love to wear them which is fun, sexy and funky! Her paintings bring out the kid in you, make you wonder what the occasion is that they are being worn to and also who is wearing them. I love the Pink Thoughts of You painting, portraying a sweet pair of MJ's. It is soft, soothing and makes me think of a floral dress and a gong to a garden party. I could see using her paintings and prints in a dressing room, a set of three in a child's room or even a powder room bathroom.


Do you have a very special pair of shoes that you want to capture forever? Why not commission Shoe Polish put your love on a picture to have forever. What a great Mother's Day gift, Christmas gift or Birthday gift! Bugaboo Girl would go wild with this idea having shoes on her wall that she loves!


WIN IT!!!


Shoe Polish has given me a 5x7 print of Pink Thoughts of You and I have an extra 5x7 print bonus to go with it, a sort of surprise. See rules below.


1. Stop by Shoe Polish and take a look at her wonderful prints and paintings. Comment on this post what your favorite picture is.
2. US addresses only and please leave your email address for contact.
3. EXTRA CREDIT!! Be a NEW subscriber to my email feed and post a separate comment that you did so.
4. EXTRA CREDIT!! Blog about this giveaway linking both Shoe Polish and Life is like champagne. Post a separate comment that you did so with the link.
5. Giveaway ends midnight 10/13/08 with the random winner posted 10/14/08. All prizes must be claimed within 72 hours or will be forfeited.

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Monday, October 6, 2008

Last call for the Veridian Art Painting Giveaway


Have you ever wanted a painting of your home? Here is your chance and it is last call to sign up for the Veridian Art Painting Giveaway!

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Last Call for Personalized Necklace Giveaway!


Today is the last day to enter the Christina P Designs Personalized Necklace Giveaway! This is a wonder piece of jewelry for a gift or just to have for your self. Don't miss out!

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