Friday, April 30, 2010

My Frugal Family's Last Birthday Week Giveaway!!

It's here- Friday!
The last day of My Frugal Family Birthday Week giveaways.
I hope you have all enjoyed them as much as I have.

Today's prize comes from Rose at Really Rosey.
She's volunteered up a cute little peach diaper clutch Grab & Go. The Grab & Go clutch is a fabric clutch with a Velcro closure that fits a few diapers, and a pack of to-go baby wipes.
Perfect for keeping in the car for emergencies!

The only way to get this is to visit My Frugal Family.

Today is also the LAST day to enter the first contest, so if you haven't entered yet, make sure to go back and do so! The only way to win a prize is by entering!! (well, and then winning!)

Each of the contests ends at different times, so be sure to enter now so you don't miss out!

Giveaway #1-Fabric Jewelry, Ends 5/01
Giveaway #2-Pleated Purse, Ends 5/02
Giveaway #3-Stuffed Animal Baby Toy, Ends 5/03
Giveaway #4- Baby Bib Clips, Ends 5/03
Giveaway #5- Choice Of Prize, Ends 5/04
Giveaway #6- Handmade Jewelry, Ends 5/05
Giveaway #7- Fabric Flowers, Ends 5/06
Giveaway #8- Diaper Clutch & Go, Ends 5/07

Starting tomorrow, winners will be drawn each day until next Friday. The winners will be contacted via email, and announced here on my blog. We need to hear from the winner within 3 days, or a new winner will be chosen.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

My Frugal Family Giveaway #7

Have you had a chance to enter the
Birthday Week at My Frugal Family giveaways?

Today's giveaway comes from Tammy at Not Just Paper and Glue. For this giveaway, Tammy has made a set of fabric roses, and they come in this cute little purse! These can be used as pins for a cute summer dress or cardigan, added to a t-shirt as an embellishment, or put on a headband- whatever you want!

They are just the prettiest little flowers!

And check out these close up's!

The only way to get this beautiful purse full of flowers
is to visit

My Frugal Family and enter.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Drunken Peachanero Salsa

Drunken Peachanero Salsa

8 ounces diced canned peaches, drained
1 firm peach, chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 habanero peppers, seeded and minced
8 sprigs fresh cilantro, minced
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/4 cup tequila
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
salt and ground black pepper to taste

Toss together the canned peaches, fresh peach, onion, habanero pepper, and cilantro in a mixing bowl; stir. Pour the lime juice, tequila, and olive oil over the mixture and mix well. Season with salt and pepper. Cover; refrigerate overnight or 8 hours before serving.

My Frugal Family Giveaway #6

Well today is my turn to sponsor the giveaway.
I am so thrilled to be a part of this.
I wish Heather a very happy birthday week.
Today is also my 50th post YEA!!!! Back to business.

Todays giveaway is this 3 piece jewelry set.
There is 1 necklace and 2 matching bracelets.
The only way to get this beautiful set is to visit
My Frugal Family and enter.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

My Frugal Family Giveaway #5

Today's giveaway comes from Brittany at Love Stitched.
For this giveaway, Brittany is letting the winner choose from one of the following crafty prizes:
Pink Rosette Earrings- The winner would get 1 pair, not 3 pairs!

Fabric Flower Headband

6-9 Month White Onsie with an
Appliqued Owl in Purple and Lavender

The only way you can win one of these is to visit My Frugal Family and post a comment.

Breast Cancer Awareness Sticker

To get your free Breast Cancer Awareness Sticker all you have to do is go to their site. Its FREE!!!

Click HERE!!!! For your free feelyourboobies sticker.

Monday, April 26, 2010

My Frugal Family Giveaway #4

This is day 3 of the birthday giveaway over at My Frugal Family. And for today's second giveaway, it's a contest win that comes from Heather at My Frugal Family!

For this contest, the winner gets to choose a pair of bib clips from her stash!

Bib clips are fun little things. It's two clips attached to a length of ribbon. You use it to turn anything from a napkin, to a dishtowel, to a burp rag into a bib on the fly. These are fantastic for keeping in your diaper bag for when your little one makes a big mess out of their bib. The winner can choose 2 clips from her stash- she has several available right now!

The only way you can get a pair of bib clips,
is by visiting My Frugal Family and entering.

My Top Picks 4/26

I was blog surfing for projects this past week.
After checking out all the cool blogs.
I decided to go with picks that remind me of Spring
Here are my favorite Spring project picks.

I saw this very pretty wreath over at The Single Nester.
Please go and visit this blog.

I just love this idea of stacking pots.
For you that have limited space this is the perfect project.
I found this over at The Cupcake Cuppy.
Swing by and check out this blog.

This project is so beautiful.
What a great way to bring Spring into the house.
Check out Super Saturday Crafts to find out how to make it.

What a cute way to have an herb garden.
Find out haw to make over at Lemon Tree Creations.

Check out this neat herb garden chair.
Tutorial on how to make at Confessions of a Curbshopiholic.

You have to love this project.
This birdbath was done at Keen Inspirations.

If you were featured here, please stop by and pick up your Featured Button.

My Frugal Family Giveaway #3

This is day 3 of the birthday giveaway over at My Frugal Family. You have until Friday to enter any of the 7 giveaways.

For today's giveaway, Joy from Mommas Kinda Crafty
has made a cute little stuffed animal baby toy out of some lovely brown dotted minky fabric!

The only way you can get this cute little stuffed animal baby toy
is by visiting My Frugal Family and entering.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

My Frugal Family Giveaway #2

This is day 2 of the birthday giveaway over at My Frugal Family. You have until Friday to enter any of the 7 giveaways.

For today's giveaway,
Brooke from Makin' It Domestic
has made an adorable pleated purse- So crafty!

The only way you can get this bag
is by visiting My Frugal Family and entering.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

The Party Has Begun

My Frugal Family's birthday party has begun.
It will continue through April 30th.

Today's giveaway is from Julie,
Julie makes some really cool items, including jewelry!

 For this giveaway, Julie has made 2 necklaces,
and the winner will get to choose which necklace they want to receive.

Below are the winner's choices.

Now, for the details on the contest.
You must visit My Frugal Family,

Good Luck Everyone!!!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Birthday Party at My Frugal Family

My Frugal Family is having a Party
April 24 - 30

I wanted to let you know that I will be sponsoring one of the gifts for the Birthday Giveaway over at My Frugal Family. I will be giving this pretty necklace and bracelet set as one of the prizes.

Please hop on over there and enter to win the many prizes that will be given away. There will be 7 days of fun with a prize given away daily. You can only win if you visit My Frugal Family.

I was featured.

My little red planter was featured at  Simply Sweet Home. Great blog go check it out.


All-American Cowboy Salad

All-American Cowboy Salad

8 ounces chunk fully cooked ham, cubed
3 ripe medium tomatoes, cut in chunks
1 can corn kernels, drained (11 oz. size)
4 ounces chunk Monterey Jack cheese, cut in long thin strips
1/2 cup think red onion wedges
2/3 cup reduced fat (light) Ranch dressing
1/3 cup chopped parsley
1 small head Boston lettuce, leaves separated
1/2 cup smoked almonds, rubbed between paper towels to remove excess salt, then coarsely chopped

Toss first 7 ingredients together in a large bowl to mix and coat. Line a large serving platter with lettuce.
Top with ham mixture, sprinkle with almonds and serve at once.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Apple Praline Bread with Pecans

Apple Praline Bread with Pecans

1 cup sugar
8 oz. carton dairy sour cream
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1-1/4 cups chopped, peeled tart apple
1 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/4 cup brown sugar

In large mixing bowl beat together granulated sugar, sour cream, eggs, and vanilla on low speed of an electric mixer till combined, then beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.
Stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; add to sour cream mixture, beating on low speed till combined. Stir in apple and 1/2 cup of the pecans.
Turn into a greased 9x5 inch loaf pan. Sprinkle with remaining chopped pecans; press lightly into batter. Bake at 350 for 55-60 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted in center comes out clean. (if necessary cover loosely with foil the last 10 minutes of baking to prevent over browning) Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a small saucepan combine butter or margarine and brown sugar; cook and stir till mixture comes to a boil, reduce heat and boil gently 1 minute. Remove bread from pan. Drizzle top with brown sugar mixture. Makes 1 loaf.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Cute flower arrangement

Check out a great and cheap way to brighten up a table.
Hop on over to Design To Shine to find out how.

Lemon Raspberry Muffins

Lemon Raspberry Muffins

2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
3 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup half-and-half
1/2 cup oil
1 tsp. lemon extract
2 eggs
1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries without syrup (do not thaw)

1. Heat oven to 425. Line 12 muffin cups with paper baking cups. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off. In large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt; mix well.

2. In small bowl, combine half-and-half, oil, lemon extract and eggs; blend well. Add to dry ingredients; stir just until dry ingredients are moistened. Carefully fold in raspberries. Divide batter evenly into paper-lined muffin cups.

3. Bake 18 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 5 minutes; remove from pans. 12 muffins

Kitchen Tip:
Quick breads like these muffins become tough if the batter is overmixed. For tender muffins, combine the ingredients with a fork or spoon just until the dry ingredients are moistened.

Make It Special:
For sparkly, sugar-crusted muffins, sprinkle the batter with sugar after filling the muffin cups.

Monday, April 19, 2010

My Top Picks for 4/19

I was blog surfing for projects this past week. After checking out all the cool blogs. Here are my 5 favorite project picks.

Aren't these just adorable.
They were created by Sandra aover at Stone Creek Market.
Stop by and check here blog out.

This giant wall clock is pretty coll.
It was made by Dawn at We Made Something.
Swing by and check out her blog.

This pretty planter was made by Char at Crap I've Made.
Please stop by and check out her blog.

What a great way to decorate with twine balls and shells.
These were made by Kendall at Finesse Your Nest.
Stop by and check out her blog.

I just love this coat rack.
It was made by Nikki at Nikki's Nifty Knacks.
Swing by and check out her blog.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Sea Otter Classic - Monterey California

The Sea Otter Classic - Laguna Seca Raceway, Monterey, CA

Alan and I went to the Sea Otter Classic yesterday. This event is held every year around this time. It was the first time I have been. Hubby has been there before. I had a lot of fun. We saw a few people we knew. Didn't get to watch any downhill racing but we did see a little road bike racing. I took a few pictures. Sorry about the fence, nothing I could do about that. The race track is set up for cars so the fences are very high.
There were a lot of people. The vender's area was very crowded. I finally got me a bike helmet, which has been difficult for me to find because my head is so small. So here are some of the pictures.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Birthday Contest at My Frugal Family

There is going to be a week long Birthday celebration with giveaways over at My Frugal Family.

There will be 7 giveaways, 1 per day for the 3 days before, the day of, and the 3 days after her birthday (April 24-30th).

Check out the link for more information.

Friday, April 16, 2010




3 tablespoons orange juice
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/8-inch strips (about 1-1/2 pounds)
Cooking spray


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine first 5 ingredients in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 2 minutes Or until slightly thick. Remove from heat; let cool.

Combine juice mixture and potatoes in a large bowl; toss well. Remove potatoes from bowl; discard juice mixture.

Arrange potato strips in a single layer on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes or until edges are crisp.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Birthday Contest at My Frugal Family

There is going to be a week long Birthday celebration with giveaways over at My Frugal Family.

There will be 7 giveaways, 1 per day for the 3 days before, the day of, and the 3 days after her birthday (April 24-30th).

Check out the link for more information.

Berry Delights

Easy Blackberry Cobbler

Prep: 10 min., Bake: 35 min., Stand: 10 min.
Yield: Makes 6 servings


4 cups fresh blackberries
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 large egg
1 cup sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
6 tablespoons butter, melted
Whipped cream (optional)
Garnish: fresh mint sprig


Preheat oven to 375°. Place blackberries in a lightly greased 8-inch square baking dish; sprinkle with lemon juice. Stir together egg, sugar, and flour in a medium bowl until mixture resembles coarse meal. Sprinkle over fruit. Drizzle melted butter over topping. Bake at 375° for 35 minutes or until lightly browned and bubbly. Let stand 10 minutes. Serve warm with whipped cream, if desired. Garnish with fresh mint sprig, if desired.

For a neat presentation, bake for the same amount of time in 6 (8-oz.) ramekins on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet.

Southern Living, JULY 2008

Blackberry Cobbler

Notes: Serve with vanilla ice cream.
Yield: Makes 6 to 8 servings


1 1/4 cups sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca
6 cups blackberries, rinsed and drained
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1/4 lb.) cold butter, cut in chunks
1 cup whipping cream


1. In a large bowl, combine 1 cup sugar, cornstarch, tapioca, blackberries, lemon peel, and lemon juice. Mix gently to coat. Pour into a shallow 3- to 4-quart baking dish.

2. In another bowl, mix flour, baking powder, salt, and remaining 1/4 cup sugar. With your fingers or a pastry blender, rub or cut butter into flour mixture until coarse crumbs form. Add cream and stir just until mixture forms a soft, crumbly dough.

3. Pat 1/4-cup portions of dough into flat disks 1/2 inch thick and arrange evenly over fruit.

4. Bake in a 350ยบ oven until topping is golden brown and fruit is bubbling, 45 to 55 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Blog Hop at It's So Very Cheri

This was started by It's So Very Cheri.
Hop over there and pick up your button and leave her a bloggy love for throwing this awesome party for us!

Spotlight yourself can be a project, gardening, food, you can spotlight anything you would like, as long as it fits the flavor of my blog.

So join the BLOG HOP and increase your coverage and get new followers without much work on your part at all.

Seriously–we are always looking for new ways to reach people and this is one of the easiest ways ever.

Trip to South Carolina

A while back my husband and I took a trip to South Carolina. We went to see my daughter graduate from basic training from the Army.  While we were there we visited a miniature golf course. Let me tell you Golf and Miniature Golf is extremely popular there. Here where I live in California, we have 1 or 2 near our area.  In South Carolina they are everywhere. We also went bowling with my daughter before she left for Ft. Sam Houston in Texas. My husband and I went canoing down one of the rivers, visited a zoo in Columbia, and went to the Nascar Park in Myrtle Beach. Here are a few pictures of our trip.

Alan and Tiffany playing golf.

My daughter bowling.

This is the river we canoed down.

Just a few of the animals at the zoo.

I didn't get any pictures of us at the Nascar park.
We were having too much fun driving  the go-carts on the different types of tracks.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Super Tuscan White Bean Soup

My friend Carolyn sent me this delicious recipe. She said I could share it with all of you.

Super Tuscan White Bean Soup

4 slices bacon, finely chopped
1 medium yellow onion, quartered lengthwise
1 medium stalk celery, quartered crosswise
1 medium carrot, quartered crosswise
2 cloves garlic, lightly crushed
3 cans (19 oz each) Progresso® cannellini beans, drained
1 dried bay leaf
1/2 cup white wine (I used cooking wine)
1 carton (32 oz) Progresso® reduced-sodium chicken broth (4 cups)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 cup lightly packed fresh basil leaves, sliced
1/2 teaspoon gray sea salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1. In 4-quart saucepan or Dutch oven, cook bacon, onion, celery, carrot and 2 cloves garlic over medium-high heat 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium. Add beans, bay leaf, wine and broth; cover and cook 20 to 25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender. Remove from heat; cool about 15 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, in 8-inch skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat 1 minute. Add 1 tablespoon chopped garlic; cook 3 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until garlic begins to brown. Stir in red pepper flakes; cook a few seconds. Stir in basil; cook until basil wilts.

3. Remove bay leaf from bean mixture. Pour mixture into food processor; cover and puree. Return to saucepan; stir in salt and pepper. Simmer over medium heat 5 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until thoroughly heated.

4. Ladle soup into individual soup bowls. Top each with basil mixture

Monday, April 12, 2010

My Top 5 Picks 4/12

I was blog surfing for projects this past week. After checking out all the cool blogs. Here are my 5 favorite project picks.

I would like you to meet Penelope the Rocking Triceratops. Isn't she just adorable.
She was made over at Calamity Anne's Adventures
You must check out this blog.

This is one of the coolest lamps I have ever seen.
It was made by Becky over at Beyond the Picket Fence
Stop by her blog and say hi.

This is the cutest doll. Reminds me of my Grandmother, who use to make them.
It was made by Amanda at Crafts by Amanda
Check out her blog she has some really neat stuff.

These are really cute and functional.
They were made by Lindsey at Inspiring Creations
Check out her blog.

This is the neatest piece of art work. I would love to have this on my wall.
Heather over at My Frugal Family made this for her mom.
You gotta stop by and check out her blog.