Monday, November 29, 2010

Tuesday Train

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I have said if before and I will say it again. I LOVE Miche Bags! If you have never heard of them head on over here to check them out. It is a purse where you only change the outside of when you want a new look! How easy is that? NO MORE having to empty your purse's contents when you want to "change your purse" Just change the shell! A while back I was given a code to get a shell at a discount and I LOVE IT.

I already have the black base so this time around I decided to get the brown base and the Stephanie shell. There are lots of  shells to choose from and they also have 3 different sizes of purses. Mini, Basic (the one I have), and the large bag. They also have different handles and some cool accessories. Please head on over to  Miche® Bag Home Shows by Merrilee. There are lots of different shells to choose from.  You can order directly from the website. If you live in NJ please contact her for a home show where you can get some really cool discounts. 

Head on over here to enter my CSN Stores giveaway. It is a great chance to win a $35 Gift Certificate in time for the holidays.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Week end Blog Hops


Just Married with Coupons

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FREE Trans Siberian Orchestra MP3 Download...Dream Child

Hello y'all! Everyone knows how much I LOVE the Trans Siberian Orchestra and they have release an MP3 track called Dream Child you can download for free! You can get it here! Everyone have a great week end! Also check out my new giveaway for here! It is a great chance to win a gift card for one of their 200+ online stores in time for Christmas.



I was recently contacted by CSN Stores asking me if I would be interested in doing a giveaway or review. Since it is Christmas time and I did a review for them last time I thought why not give my readers a chance to win a $35 Gift Certificate to use at one of their stores. CSN has over 200+ online stores where you can find everything from
to some really cool fitness equipment.
I have never been disappointed with CSN Stores. They have everything you are looking for in one place and all of it at very reasonable prices.

So thanks to CSN Stores I am doing a giveaway that will start today (11/27/10) and run until December 8, 2010 so you will have plenty of time to use it for that perfect Christmas gift for yourself or a loved one.

Giveaway Rules:
You have to be 18 years of age or older.
You have to be a resident of the US or Canada.

Mandatory Entry: ( any other entry will not count if this step is not followed and I check all entries)
You must follow me publicly on GFC and you have to visit CSN Stores and tell me what your favorite TV stand is if money were not an option and leave the link.

All comments must have an email address in them for them to be counted. If the Mandatory Entry is not done and email address is not in the comment, they will not be counted.

Extra Entries: (leave email in each comment and comment separately for each entry)
Follow me on Twitter and leave ID in comment 1 entry
Fan my new Facebook page (leave FB handle in comment) 1 entry (be kind, it is still under construction)
Follow me on Networked Blogs 1 entry
Subscribe via Email to my newsletter (on sidebar) 1 entry
Follow CSN Stores on Twitter 1 entry
Like CSN Stores on Facebook 1 entry
Post about this giveaway on your blog and leave the direct link 5 entries 

All entries will be verified before a winner is chosen and please do not forget to leave your email address with each and every comment or they will not count. I am not trying to sound mean it just makes it very difficult to contact you without it.

This contest will end on December 8, 2010 at 11:59 PM. A winner will be chosen at random and you will be notified within 48 hours of contest ending. You will then have 48 hours to contact me back or another winner will be chosen. Once you contact me back you will be emailed your promotional code that CSN Stores will be providing me. 

I was not compensated in any way for the review I gave. I have given my honest opinion and they are 100% my own.


Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone

I am waiting on the turkey to get done so I wanted to take the time to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! I am so thankful for all that the Lord has done in my life and I am thankful for the gift of His Son as well as my 2 blessings named Emily and Isabella and also for my husband and all he does for us and our country!


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving Recipes...Apple-Pear Crumble Pie

This has been a favorite in my house for a very long time and this is one thing people request I bring every time I go somewhere for Thanksgiving or Christmas. I am posting the recipe as I first seen it on Kraft Recipes, BUT I have put my own spin on it. I will post what I do differently at the end. This is one of DH's, my dad, and my brother's favorite desserts! It makes the house smell so yummy!

what you need

24 NILLA Wafers, crushed (about 3/4 cup)
1/4 cup  packed brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted
1   ready-to-use refrigerated pie crust (1/2 of 14.1-oz. pkg.)
4 oz. (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
2 large  baking apples, peeled, sliced
1 large fresh pear, peeled, sliced
1/3 cup  granulated sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp.  ground cinnamon
1-1/4 cups thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping

make it

HEAT oven to 375ºF.
MIX wafer crumbs, brown sugar and butter until well blended; set aside.
PLACE pie crust in 9-inch pie plate sprayed with cooking spray. Spread cream cheese carefully onto bottom of crust; sprinkle with half the crumb mixture. Combine fruit in large bowl. Add granulated sugar, flour and cinnamon; toss to coat. Spoon over crumb layer in crust; sprinkle with remaining crumb mixture.
BAKE 35 min. or until fruit is tender and crust is lightly browned, covering loosely with foil after 25 min. if necessary to prevent crust from overbrowning. Cool. Serve topped with COOL WHIP or Vanilla Ice Cream

As I stated above. I have put my own spin on this and it makes it very rich,  but oh so good! Instead of white granulated sugar I use all dark brown sugar. I also make extra of the crumble topping because it is so yummy. To make the pie look more full I use an 8" pie plate instead of a 9". This is an excellent spin on the traditional apple pie. You will not be disappointed!


Wordish Wednesday/Mid Week Mingle/iFellowship/Word Filled Wednesday

Wordish Wednesday

I know I said I was taking a break until Thanksgiving, but I have some free time and thought I would so some blog hops today. First off all, how awesome does my new page look?!? I am so impressed. Creative Design Custom Blogs designed my blog for the Christmas season! She is awesome and has very reasonable prices!! Please check out her website and please follow her on GFC. Tell her I sent you and please remember Creative Design Custom Blogs when you need your page refreshed!

Thanksgiving is tomorrow and I have so much to be thankful for. We should be thankful for what Christ has given us everyday not just on Thanksgiving! I am thankful for all He has done in my life. The good and the bad that has happened has made me who I am today! Today #1 I am thankful for what Christ did for me on the cross! I thank God everyday for the gift of his Son. I am also thankful for people that God has put in my life, my friends and family, but especially my husband and my 2 little blessings, Emily and Isabella.

Verse of the Day:
"Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;" Ephesians 5:19-20

I hope everyone has a very blessed thanksgiving and I will be resuming my normal posting on Monday! God Bless everyone!

Here is something to get us in the Christmas spirit!
O Holy Night by the Trans Siberian Orchestra. This is one of my favorite Christmas songs and this concert was unforgettable!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Taking a Break for Thanksgiving

Hello everyone! I wanted to let everyone know I will be doing one more post tomorrow of another Thanksgiving recipe and then will be taking a break from blogging until Monday. I am taking the time to enjoy my family over the thanksgiving holiday. I hope everyone has a blessed Thanksgiving.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Thanksgiving Recipes.....Chocolate Mousse Torte

I wish I could take credit for this recipe or even say I give it my own spin, but I can't! I got this recipe off of the Nilla Wafer box. I did not do anything to change this but substitute the raspberries for strawberries oh and I used chocolate fudge pudding instead of regular chocolate for that extra chocolate flavor. I DO NOT like raspberries! This is amazing!! SO GOOD!!!!! I wish I could have taken my own pictures BUT my camera batteries were drained yesterday at the Trans Siberian Orchestra Concert. I hope you enjoy this as much as we did.


37NILLA Wafers, divided
4squares Semi-Sweet Chocolate, divided
2pkg. (3.9 oz. each)  Chocolate Instant Pudding
2cups plus 2 Tbsp. cold milk, divided
1tub (8 oz.) Whipped Topping, thawed, divided
1pkg. (8 oz.) Cream Cheese, softened
1/4cup sugar
3/4cup fresh raspberries, sliced strawberries, blueberries, or even bananas!


Stand 16 wafers around inside edge of 9-inch round pan lined with plastic wrap. Melt 3 chocolate squares as directed on package.
Beat pudding mixes and 2 cups milk with whisk 2 min. Add melted chocolate; mix well. Stir in 1 cup COOL WHIP; pour into prepared pan. Beat cream cheese, sugar and remaining milk with mixer until well blended.
Stir in 1 cup of the remaining COOL WHIP; spread over pudding. Top with remaining wafers. Refrigerate 3 hours.
Meanwhile, shave remaining chocolate square into curls. Invert torte onto plate. Remove pan and plastic wrap. Top torte with remaining COOL WHIP, berries or bananas and chocolate curls.


Giveaway on Luxury Living Frugal Style Ending Tonight!!!

Luxury Ending Frugal Style is currently giving away 2 boxes of General Mills cereal and 4 movie tickets!!!! Who doesn't like going to the movies right. Hurry and enter this giveaway. It ends tonight!!! I hope I win!! You can enter the giveaway here!!


Trans Siberian Orchestra Concert in Philadelphia

This song is my favorite that they do! It is also my ringtone LOL!
This song gave me chills!!! LOVED IT!

This is another favorite of mine they do

 Last night DH and I went to see the Trans Siberian Orchestra and OH MY! WOW! I was blown away. I have seen them in videos and LOVE their albums, but to go hear and see them live is another level!!! I love these guys! They were simply amazing. Above is three videos I shot while I was there. They are pretty good quality for a digital camera that takes pics. I also took some pictures I will post sometime this week. We had amazing seats! Floor, center section, 4th row back!!!!! I will resume normal posting tomorrow and will be posing another thanksgiving recipe tonight and of course every day till thanksgiving. Have a blessed day everyone.


Saturday, November 20, 2010


So sorry I haven't been on. DH had some minor surgery yesterday and today I am getting ready to go and see the Trans Siberian Orchestra! I am so stoked!!!! I LOVE them. I hope to get a few pictures for Monday's post! I hope everyone has a good day. I know I will.


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Harry Potter...I CAN HARDLY WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!

Me and a few friends will be going to see this on the 28th!! YAY! I am a HP fanatic! I love the books and the movies and I can't wait to see what they have done for the last movie! I just hope they didn't leave too much out like they did with the last book.


Thanksgiving Recipes...Potato Casserole

This is one of my most requested recipes and chances are you have probably had this in some form or another. Everyone has their own take on it. This is #1 on my top list of things I want for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. 

1 package of Frozen Southern Style Hash Browns (the cubed ones)
1 can of Cream of Chicken Soup
1 16 ox container of Sour Cream
1 small to medium onion diced
8-10 ozs of shredded sharp cheddar cheese 
1/4 cup of butter diced
1 sleeve of Ritz Crackers

Preheat the oven to 375
Spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray and set aside
In a large bowl combine the hash browns, cream of chicken soup, sour cream, onion, and 8 ozs of sharp cheddar cheese.
Pour into greased 9x13 pan.
Dot the top with the cubed butter.
Top with some more sharp cheddar cheese (this is optional) and the crushed ritz crackers.
Cover with tin foil and bake for 45 minutes.
Remove tin foil and bake an additional 10-15 minutes. 

This is so good! You can substitute the crackers for anything really. For instance, corn flakes mixed with melted  butter. Some people use plain potato chips, the list goes on. Add as much or as little cheese as you want and any variety. I find personally that sharp cheddar is the best. Also when baking it, you want to make sure the potatoes are done. Oven times can vary. I hope you enjoy this as much as I do. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.


Blog Hop Thursday

Bassgiraffe's Thoughts Thursday Blog Hop
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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Miche and Cookie Lee Sales for the month of November...Check them out!

Miche & Cookie Lee are both have HUGE sales this month and I have a good friend who sales both! What woman can say no to jewelry and purses for Christmas? Head on over here to check out Cookie Lee. They have some  amazing jewelry at reasonable prices. Monday, November 22 from 7AM to 11:59 PM PST you will find savings of up to 65% for select jewelry! 

Then we can't forget about Miche! Monday, November 29th from 7AM to 11:59 PM PST you will find savings of up to 50% for HUNDREDS of shells!!! Check out Miche here!


Thanksgiving Recipes...Classic Baked Corn Pudding/Corn Casserole

I LOVE Thanksgiving and I LOVE to cook...most of the time. Starting today I will be sharing my favorite recipes for Thanksgiving. Some of these I have been doing for years and some are new. Hope you enjoy.

Now this recipe will be a new one for this year. I had corn pudding for the first time last Thanksgiving at a friend's  house when someone had brought it for their side dish. At first I was skeptical but I love corn and I thought why not. I am glad I did because it was delicious!!! I pulled this recipe from's website and hope it is good. It has to be, it is a Paula Dean Recipe!  I will let you know :) But looking at the recipe now I can already tell you I will be adding some of that cheese into to the casserole itself.

Come back tomorrow for another favorite!


  • 1 (15 1/4-ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 (14 3/4-ounce) can cream-style corn
  • 1 (8-ounce) package corn muffin mix (recommended: Jiffy)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl, stir together the 2 cans of corn, corn muffin mix, sour cream, and melted butter. Pour into a greased 9 by 13-inchcasserole dish. Bake for 45 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven and top with Cheddar. Return to oven for 5 to 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Let stand for at least 5 minutes and then serve warm.


Wednesday Blog Hops

Wordish Wednesday


These people are awesome. This video is about 3 years old but it is good. This is a tribute to the Patriot Guard Riders! These people are real heroes in my book! You have an awful cult disguised as a church that protests at soldier's funerals and these people go in and make sure they do not disrupt the funeral and more importantly that the families of the fallen soldiers do not see their awful signs! That church gives Christians everywhere a bad name and I am here to tell you they are not Christians and they are not a church. They are a cult!!! I thought this video for my Wordless/Wordish Wednesday would be appropriate for my Word-filled Wednesday and my ifellowship post for this week.

Verses of the Day:

"Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are: Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets.  But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity." Luke 13:23-27