Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Giveaways Ending October 1, 2014

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Here are the giveaways that end tonight. Welcome to another month. I can't believe it's October already but I should. The leaves have been changing for a while now and there are so many leaves on the ground. They say this is going to be a bad winter and it seems like that is going to be correct. How long until summer? LOL I know my listing isn't that long but that's ok. I have been busy with my grandson, Carter is finally starting to feel better. I've been weeding out my list of blogs I visit (always a good thing). I found another way to weed them out. I guard my inbox and this time of year, so many companies think if they add me again, I will shop with them this holiday season. Ha Ha. Even some of the bloggers have started to add me again. Well, they just get deleted from my list. If I don't take the entries for your email, trust me, adding me because you feel like it just pisses me off. Anyway, enough venting. Have a great day and good luck with the giveaways.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Not Enough Hours in a Day - LOL


I have so much that I want to do. I just don't seem to come up with the time to do it all! To that end, I am going to work on the giveaway listings during the week, because that I can do at random times and not worry about when Carter will wake up from a nap, etc.

On the weekend, I will share the recipes I have found and the free kindle books. Hey, my kindle listing is starting to look like a library. The one thing I have stopped doing though is trying to read a lot of the series. I like series but not when they end with a cliffhanger. Excuse me? Finish the book. Let it be read individually, not leave me hanging. LOL Anyway, I have been clearing out my Kindle of the "book 1" books. No thank you. I'm not saying all of them have cliff hangers, but enough have them that I don't want to waste my time.

If you are a good author, I will look for other books by you. You don't have to leave your readers hanging. LOL That's just my opinion and I guess enough like the series. I even tried with one of them, to read the next in the series. Then I got, the next book will be published next year. Sorry, not for me.

Anyway, that's my plan for now. I hope you come visit on the weekends when I can share so much more information with you! Have a great day and we will chat more soon!

Giveaway Listing Ending September 30, 2014

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Here are the giveaways that end tonight. I have accepted that I will get more done on the weekends than during the week. Carter just really keeps me busy during the day. I don't know how most of these Mommy bloggers do it. Grandma just can't keep up. LOL Best of luck to you!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Blueberry and Jam Buttermilk Coffee Cake with Buttery Vanilla Glaze


Recipe Source

I found Averie Cooks while doing a search for blueberry recipes. I immediately tried one of them and went back for more! LOL Averie Cooks is great for really explaining things that even someone that "can't cook" can actually follow her directions and make something that looks and tastes great! For the full recipe and instructions, please click here or on the photo above. I am only including my summary in case something happens and the site is not up when I get ready to start baking.

Servings

8 generous slices

Ingredients

1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 large egg, room temperature
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup frozen or fresh blueberries (don't thaw frozen ones)
1/3 cup jam (favorite flavor)
3 tablespoons sugar (for sprinkling)

Buttery Vanilla Glaze:
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup+ confectioners' sugar
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preparation
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Spray a 9-inch round baking pan with floured spray or grease and flour pan.
  3. In large bowl, momentarily mix flour, sugar, baking powder and baking soda to incorporate.
  4. Add egg, buttermilk, butter and vanilla and beat on medium-low for 1 minute.
  5. Scrape down sides and beat on medium for 1 minute.
  6. Pour into prepared pan.
  7. Using a spoon, make about 15 teaspoon-sized mounds.
  8. Using a table knife, marble the jam into the batter
  9. Cover top with blueberries and sprinkle with the 3 tablespoon of sugar.
  10. Bake about 30 minutes or until set and toothpick comes out clean. Tent edges with foil if browning too quickly.
  11. Cool cake in pan for about 10 minutes before removing. Cool right side up.
  12. Make glaze:
    1. Melt butter in microwave, about 45 seconds.
    2. Add 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar and vanilla. Whisk and gradually add more confectioners' sugar until desired consistency.
  13. Generously drizzle glaze over completely cooled cake.
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Blueberries, Buttermilk

Free Kindle Editions - All Free as of Posting September 29, 2014


Here are the kindle editions that I have found for you that are free this morning. I love to read and my kindle is starting to look like a library - LOL The bright side is that I always have something new to read! Enjoy the books


Giveaway Listing Ending September 29, 2014

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Here are the giveaways that end tonight. I get so much more done on the weekends. LOL I woke up exhausted this morning so I am a little slow this morning, but I will get as much done as I can before Amy leaves for work. Carter is still sick so my day will be spent with him - well, my weekdays are always filled with Carter, but usually I have a good nap time. Being sick throws everything off schedule with him. LOL On that note, best of luck to you!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Ramblings From September 28, 2014

Free Sweepstakes

I feel like I am actually making some progress on my site. Yay me! LOL I am not sure how much I will get done every day, but I am going to try to share the giveaways, some free Kindle books and then some recipes to get your mouth watering.

By doing this, I won't have as much time to add the giveaways, but you can always visit a site like Sweepstakes Advantage to get more to enter! Their site is free to join. Yes, you can upgrade for a minimal expense, but that is totally up to you. When I started with the giveaways and sweepstakes, I started on paid listing. I won quite often, but I really found that I enjoyed visiting the blogger sites more and making my own list as I wandered around the internet.

Anyway, time to start entering some giveaways and building up my Upcoming Giveaway Listing. I love getting emails telling me that I was a winner! LOL It's start a nice way to start the day! The only thing better is when the prizes start to arrive! Best of luck to you!

Have a great day and I will try to share daily about where I am going and what's been up for the day.

Twice Baked Potato Dip


Recipe Source

Melanie Makes is another site that I visit to find some great recipes. To be honest, I have never tried this yet, but it looks delicious and I just want to make sure that it gets on my list! Please click here or on the picture above to visit her site for the full recipe and instructions. I only include my summary here in case her website is down when I go to make it!

Servings

Serves 10

Ingredients

16 ounces plain Greek yogurt
2 tablespoon dried parsley
1-1/2 teaspoons dried dill weed
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried chives
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
3 scallions, chopped
6 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Preparation
  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Chill for 2 hours and serve and enjoy!
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Dips

Cinnamon Sugar Applesauce Muffins


Recipe Source

The Taylor House has some great recipes. My girls always loved applesauce but there is always leftovers and I hate wasting anything so I went looking for some yummy applesauce muffins and these are the ones I have settled on for now. I am sure I will be adding more from this site over time. To get the full recipe and all her instructions, please click here or on the picture above. I only include the summary so that I know I have the recipe if their site ever disappears.

Ingredients

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
3/4 cup applesauce
1-3/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Topping:
1/2 cup melted butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon

Preparation
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cream together butter and sugar until smooth.
  3. Add eggs, applesauce and vanilla and combine well.
  4. Mix flour, salt, baking soda and cinnamon in a separate bowl and slowly add to dough. Mix well.
  5. Scoop into greased mini muffin tin.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes.
  7. After muffins have cooled, dip into melted butter and then dip into combined sugar and cinnamon to coat well.
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Applesauce, Muffins

Life Cereal Cookies


Recipe Source

Cooking is Medicine is a site that I don't even know how I came across. LOL But I did save this recipe! Now that I have found it again, I have to get this on my site so I actually remember I have it. Amy and I do a LOT of baking over the holidays and this cookie is going to be used this year too! To get the full recipe and all her instructions, click here or on the picture above. I only include the summary in case, for some reason, that her website is down when I go to make them!

Ingredients

2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup peanut butter
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1-1/2 cups Life cereal
1 cup chocolate chips

Preparation
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cream sugars, butter and peanut butter together.
  3. Add egg and vanilla and mix.
  4. Stir together flour and baking soda and add to batter.
  5. Add cereal and chocolate chips and mix well.
  6. Drop onto baking sheet or stone.
  7. Bake 8-10 minutes and remove from pan after 1 minute to cool.
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Cookies