Thursday, June 30, 2011


SignitureFat Cakes is what we call the baby, even though she is not chubby. I guess it's kinda like naming a white cat "midnight" or a black cat "snow". Well Fat Cakes has never really gotten into t.v. viewing. Oh sure she likes the occassional "Real Housewives" show but who doesn't really? Oh those crazy housewives.

She is just at the perfect age to have received this Wisharoo prize pack for review. She is just over 2 years old. The show features such adorable characters and actually held her interest.

I also love the website, The website offers videos, games, activities and much more.

From the press release:

Wisharoo Park is dedicated to promoting positive self-image and self-esteem in preschool age children. It was originally introduced by airing as a children’s TV series on PBS stations across the country and is now rolling out as a dynamic multimedia program which includes the interactive website, DVDs and more! .

Unique among preschool programs, Wisharoo Park is designed to help children age 3 – 6 recognize and appreciate their individuality. With its groundbreaking technology-based curriculum, Wisharoo Park helps children discover and understand their personal strengths and put them on the road to developing greater self-esteem. The enchanting online community stars a whimsical cast of loveable animated, puppet and human characters who are featured in games, videos, music and more! Each week exciting new activities and content are added that are sure to keep parents and their kids coming back again and again.

Wisharoo Park is generously offering 6 prize packs!!

3 Grand Prize WINNERS will receive

6 Star Finger Puppets and DVD ($40 value)

3 Runner Up Prize Packs

                                      6 Star Finger Puppets

That's 6 WINNERS for this giveaway!!!

Mandatory Entry

1. Be a blog follower, leave your email address i your mandatory entry and sign up for the Wisharoo Park Newsletter

Extra Entries

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11. Go to Park Pals and tell me which character your child would like best

Giveaway ends Aug. 2, 2011. Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond or new winner will be chosen.

I received the DVD and Finger Puppets for review but was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.



Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Look What I Got

SignitureAll free after coupons, sales and promotions

3 bottles of Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce     sale $1 (had 3, $1 off coupons)
Country Time Lemonade     sale $1 (had $1 off ecoupon)
3 jars of Chi-Chi's Salsa    sale .99 (3 coupons for .50 cents off that doubled)
Milk was free if you bought 4 boxes of Kellogg's Cereal (all which I had a coupon for)
Pure Protein bar   sale .99 cents (coupon for .50 cents off that doubled)
1 box of Mac and Cheese (if you bought 5 boxes 1 box was free)
Ronzoni Noodles  sale $1 ($1 off coupon)

Monday, June 27, 2011


SignitureOkay ignore the Coke Zero in the background lol

I have one child that besides turkey bacon, will eat anything chocolate chip for breakfast. Chocolate chip granola bars, chocolate chip pancakes, chocolate chip muffins....

So I found a recipe to make a bulk mix of muffin mix to make her chocolate chip muffins. I thought it would be wonderful to have on hand. I already used the whole mix though because the kids and I came up with so many fun ideas.

Muffin Mix

8 cups of flour
3 cups of sugar
3 tbsp baking powder
2 tsp salt
2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp ground nutmeg

I put the above ingredients in a large ziplock bag.

Then when you want to make muffins put 2 3/4 cups of mix in a bowl with:

1 cup milk (2%)
1 egg
1 stick butter, melted

Then choose whatever ingredients you want:

Chocolate chips
whatever else you can come up with.

Bake at 400 degrees for around 15 mins.

We made one batch of each of these

Chocolate chip (added 1 cup of chocolate chips)

Buttermilk Maple (substituted 1 cup of milk with 1 cup of buttermilk and added maple extract and sprinkled with brown sugar)

Chocolate chocolate chip and peanut butter (added 1/3 cup of cocoa, chocolate chips and 1/3 cup pb)

Mint chocolate chip (added green food coloring, chocolate chips and dash of peppermint extract)


Thursday, June 23, 2011

Tropical Traditions Moisturizing Lotion Giveaway ~CLOSED

SignitureIf you read my blog you know it's no secret I love Tropical Traditions products. As a blogger I have the wonderful opportunity to review products from many different companies. Tropical Traditions is one company that I will continue to use, even if I don't blog anymore.

As far as skin care goes I love the tropical traditions moisturizing cream for my face. I am a big believer in the key to young looking skin is SUNSCREEN and retinol!

Well Tropical Traditions creams and moisturizers are made with Virgin Palm Oil. It is 15 times more retinol-equivalent than carrots and 300 times more than tomatoes!

Another thing I love is essential oils. Tropical Traditions Moisturizing Lotion comes in these scents; babysilk, lavender, citrus, peppermint, arnica and unscented. I chose peppermint to review. I thought the scent would be invigorating.

I love the way the moisturizing lotion feels and smells :)

How would you like to win your very own bottle of your choice of moisturizing lotion?

Mandatory Entry: Be a blog follower and leave your email address. Sign up for the Tropical Traditions Newsletter so that you don't miss out on the amazing deals!

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1. Follow Tropical Traditions on twitter (3 entries)

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3. Tell me a recipe you would like to try on their recipe site.

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9. Share on facebook

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11. Enter any of my other giveaways (1 entry each)

12. Tell me which scent you would choose?

Contest ends July 19, 2011. Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond or new winner will be chosen.

I received this product to review for free. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own

Monday, June 20, 2011

Garage Sale Finds

Signiture Hand held mixer  $1

I thought this would be neat for the kids to use to help me mix things

Clothes for my preteen
Jeans $1
Shoes .25 cents
Sweatshirt $2
Shirt $1
Shirt $1
Shorts $1

Shoes .25 cents
Striped top new with tags ($17.50) $2
Black Sweater $2

So we mostly found clothes this last weekend. That's what is nice about going to garage sales, you never know what you will find.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Nacho Cheese Sauce


I was craving nacho cheese and tortilla chips. I didn't have any so I looked around the kitchen to make something similiar that would ease my craving.

1 can of cheddar cheese soup
1/2 brick of cream cheese
a little cayenne pepper
a little taco seasoning

melt this on a stovetop til heated and smooth then add 1/3 cup of salsa

This tasted way better than the store bought nacho cheese. I ended up eating it with Ritz Crackers because that's all I had  :(    And no I am not pregnant :)

okaaay, off to the gym, ENJOY

whats cooking

Monday, June 13, 2011

Hershey's Chocolate Cake

Hershey's Chocolate Cake

2 c sugar
1 3/4 flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 c milk
1/2 vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 c boiling water

Heat oven to 350. Grease and flour 2 9 in round cake pans. Combine dry ingredients in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on med. speed 2 mins. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour into pans. Bake 350 for 30 mins.

tasty tuesday
fat camp friday

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Recipes From Blog Land

SignitureI want to start posting recipes that I tried from other bloggers and loved. My kids really loved this if you couldn't tell lol.

Brown Butter Toffee Blondies

We omitted the nuts. Because none of us are nuts for nuts in our desserts, maybe we are nuts?

Friday, June 10, 2011

30 Meals in One Day Review + Giveaway


I have always wanted to do freezer cooking but it can be so intimidating! I have so many kids, and they need me, and they run in and out of kitchen. I couldn't imagine spending a day making a bunch of freezer meals.

30 Meals In One Day is a great system to get your freezer packed full of healthy meals that your family will actually eat.

It's not intimidating at all. I didn't make 30 meals today but I did make 3 meals, and honestly could have easily kept going. The recipes are so easy to assemble and do not take alot of ingredients or prep time. I made 3 recipes and it was so easy I don't even feel like I spent a bunch of time in the kitchen.

Today I made

Chicken Cacciatore
California Dip Meatloaf
Cola Chicken

The cookbook is easy to read and thoroughly explains freezer cooking and gives specific directions for each recipe. You do not need to be some master freezer chef who already knows how to do everything to prepare these meals. All the leg work is done for you, you just have to follow easy to read directions

The website offers cookbooks, recipe software and labels

If you would like to try some of the recipes CLICK HERE

I received the Dinner Is Ready Cookbook, but you can also purchase Lunch Is Ready and On The Side. I hope they add more cookbooks. I'm interested in purchasing all of them.


You can win a Dinner Is Ready book and software combo. The full retail price is $40, and is sold online for $32 at website. If you were to purchase the set before the giveaway is over, and just so happen to win, your order will be refunded (or you can choose another set). If you go to the website and order the full set (all 3 cookbooks and 3-in-1 Software) before the winner is announced, you will be refunded $60!

Also check out the Dinner is Ready blog


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2. Like me on facebook  (5 entries)

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7. Add my blog to your blog roll

8. Tell me which cookbook you would like the best

9. Leave a comment on the Dinner is Ready blog

Contest ends June 30, 2011. Winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond or new winner will be chosen.

I received Dinner is Ready cookbook for free to review. I was not required to write positive review. All opinions are my own.

                                                           Creamy Chicken and Noodles

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Hazelnut Mocha Frappe's (like McD's)

SignitureWhen McDonalds ran a sale offering their small frappes for a dollar I treated my kids to them.

Then the sale went off and my kids still wanted them.

So I scoured the net and got some ideas and here is what I came up with. I don't measure because I'm a throw things in the blender kinda gal.

ice cubes
vanilla ice cream
instant coffee granules
a little chocolate syrup

whip on high in your blender

chocolate syrup and whipped cream as garnish.

Voila, taste just like frappe's you buy at restaurants for $3-4. Add more instant coffee for stronger coffee taste or less coffee for a lighter more milkshake taste.

delectable tuesday
tuesdays at the table
tempt my tummy
this chick cooks
prairie story
full plate thursday

Monday, June 6, 2011

Garage Sale Finds

Signiture2 cookbooks $1 each

a pair of earrings .50 cents (I bought the matching necklace for $1.50 but baby broke it lol)
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