Friday, January 30, 2009


Here's a little Valentine idea for couples. Give a gift that states, or re-states your commitment to your spouse or significant other. If you're married, make a copy of your wedding vows on colored or patterned paper, roll it like a scroll and fasten with a ribbon. If you're dating, write something appropriate for the stage of relationship you're in - like "I will be here as your support and cheerleader! I love you!" Tuck it in a gift box with his or her favorite chocolates.

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Odd Couple

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Such a sweet story about what true friendship is all about….all shapes, all sizes, but hearts full of love.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009


Shrimp & Cheese Dip
This fantastic dip takes only 4 ingredients:

1 small 16oz bottle of mayonnaise
1 block of Cracker Barrel Extra Sharp cheese
1 minced onion
1/2 lb of shrimp
Begin by mincing the onion and the shelled shrimp.

Cook the onion and shrimp for a few minutes with a little salt and pepper, but be sure not to use too much oil in the pan or it will make your dip very oily.

Cut up the block of Cracker Barrel Extra Sharp cheese.

Mix everything together in a small casserole dish.

Cook at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes, you will need to stir it once while it is cooking.

Serve with your favorite sliced bread and Enjoy!

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Friday, January 23, 2009


Candy Cane Hearts
I see these candy cane hearts all over the web and in stores. Left with some extra candy canes after Christmas I thought I would give it a try!

All you need are candy canes (I used mini ones) and lollipop sticks.

Place candy canes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Remember to leave enough room for the sticks.

Bake at 300 degrees for ABOUT 5 minutes. All ovens are different so watch closely until you decide the right time for your oven. Bake until you just see the candy cane melt.

Place a stick in the candy canes.

Pinch candy canes around the stick. The candy canes and pan will be hot so be very careful!

Once completely cool you can wrap them up and you have cute treats!

I think they also make really great cupcake toppers. I had to break about 1/2″ off the stick to make it fit into the cupcake

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009


I know it's way before Valentine's Day, but I thought this was the cutest idea and had to share it with all of you. I bought the mail boxes at Target for $1 a piece. They have them at Michael's too for $2.99. I stuck a sticker to the front of the mailbox starting with the first letter of our names. Flags are up when nothing is in them, in the morning, flags are down and we get to see what's in our mailbox until Valentine's.

Here are some things I picked up at Micheal's in the clearance section. I thought these things were cute to put in their mailbox through out the month. It doesn't have to be gifts. I'm not going to do gifts everyday.
This morning they opened them and found a note that said I love you. I'm going to put candies, more love notes, and change to put in their piggy bank. You can get creative with this. I'm hoping that my kids will learn to love one another and know who much we love them
What Valentines Day tradition does your family have???????

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Monday, January 19, 2009


Here is a fantastic Valentines gift for your little 2-5 year olds!! The best part...the chocolates won't melt in your child's hands!!!!

Shapes and colors become tempting truffles!
Features 2-piece chocolates that come in 6 different shapes and filling colors
Encourages children to match chocolate shell shapes to filling shapes
Challenges kids to remember which color filling is inside which shell shape
Washable plastic chocolates include 2 each of 6 shapes presented in a classic, heart-shaped storage box
Ages 2-5

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Are your kids sick of the same Valentines that everyone else has every year... well try having your kids make thier own. These are so easy and sooo cute. I got them off of Martha Stewart Here are the directions:

Hearts How-To
1.Cut a fat heart from paper that has a white side and a patterned side -- wrapping paper works well.
2. Lay the heart with the patterned side down. Fold in sides as shown.
3. Fold the top down just above the middle.
4. Fold the point up.
5. Turn envelope so flap is at the top, and seal with a sticker

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Thursday, January 15, 2009


Here is the cutest Valentines lunch box for your little ones to take to school or to just fill with fun Valentine goodies like cookies and candy!!! Get it quick because these boxes will sell out!!!

This is really cute to do for your little ones on their toast in the morning or on their sandwiches for lunch time!! They will think you are the COOLEST MOM EVER

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Friday, January 09, 2009

Comfort Food

Many of you are thinking...BOY is it ever cold outside!! And when it gets cold we always crave..COMFORT FOOD. Well this is a great receipe. My kids love it and so does my very picky eater of a hubby. So try it out. I know you will fall in love with it.

President's Reagan's Favorite Mac-n-Cheese
1/2 lb macaroni
1 teaspoon butter
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dry mustard
3 cups sharp cheddar cheese; grated (Tillamook Extra Sharp; Costco; black wrap; yum!)
1 cup milk
Boil macaroni in water until tender and drain thoroughly. Stir in butter and egg. Mix mustard and salt with 1T hot water, and add to milk. Add cheese, leaving enough to sprinkle on topPour into buttered casserole; add milk, sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 350°F for about 45 minutes or until custard is set and top is crusty.

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Friday, January 02, 2009


Happy 2009 New Year to everyone!!! What a fun way to ring in the new year!! Celebrating with Aunt Patti, Uncle Rick, Katy, Tina, Niki, Grandpa and Grandma Vicki and Aunt Rose!! We had a delicious prime rib, ice cream sundaes, great laughs and of course lots of fun party hats, noise makers and an amazing balloon drop for the kids on the count down to the New Year ( which actually was 8:30pm)!!

Getting ready to eat a YUMMY meal!!!

Katy enjoying her ice cream sundae .....What a fun balloon drop!!

Uncle Rick joining in on all the fun!!!

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