Aromatic Short Ribs with Roast Vegetables- Simply Ming One-Pot Meals

Here is the Aromatic Short Ribs with Roast Vegetables from Simply Ming One-Pot Meals. Bare with me hear as I attempt to learn a thing or two about food photography.  The light in my kitchen at supper time is not the most conducive to close up food pics.  I'm afraid there is nothing I can do about the lack of light at 5:30p.m. in the winter in Minnesota, however I will work on my photo skills:) I found the recipe to be okay.  Again nothing fabulous.  I hope all my recipes this week don't turn out just okay! Better luck tomorrow I guess.   … [Read more...]

Spicy Thai Peanut Noodles- Quick, Quicker, Quickest (Better Homes & Gardens)

We had Spicy Thai Peanut Noodles for supper tonight. My husband thought it was great, but I would only say it was okay.  The recipe did not wow me.  I have another Thai dish that I like more- Nutty Pasta with Shrimp. I think perhaps I was always looking for the shrimp in this new dish.  However this recipe doesn't have shrimp, chicken or beef- just peanuts.  Therefore this would be a good alternative for vegetarians, but I prefer my shrimp recipe. I tried this recipe from the Better Homes & Gardens Quick, Quicker, Quickest cookbook.  Overall I am impressed with … [Read more...]

Money Saving Mom’s Glazed Cinnamon Scones

It was a blustery day outside today.  I was holed up inside with my 15 month old and 3 year old.  We were getting kind of bored when visions of Money Saving Mom's recipe for Glazed Cinnamon Scones took over my senses. My three year old "helped" make these.  I even pulled up a stool to the counter so he could see better.  He kept asking me if they were ready to eat yet.  Even though they were really only flour and baking powder originally.  I guess it all looks good when your that y0ung, or maybe that hungry.   After inspecting my progress he dips back into … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday

Three little boys in one sled= HEAVY! … [Read more...]

The Dragon and the Turtle Review

We recently received a copy of the book The Dragon and the Turtle by Donita K. Paul and Evangeline Denmark, illustrated by Vincent Nguyen.  My boys were immediately intrigued.  Why?  Dragons of course.  My boys love dragons and have received many dragon books from their Nana.  This was one book they had not yet seen and they were eager to listen. Here we are below all snuggled in for a good read.  Notice my wet head! I had just taken a shower! The Dragon and the Turtle tells the story of Padraig the dragon and how rather than fulfilling his own needs (his … [Read more...]

Merry Christmas

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!  Here are my boys Christmas Eve.  I didn't notice until after I looked at the pictures that my middle child just couldn't drop the mini Star Wars lightsaber! And here he is below receiving one of his favorite presents Transformers Season One on DVD … [Read more...]

Easy Baking for the Holidays- Turtles Cookies

Turtles are super easy and fun. They would be wonderful to make along with your children. No oven- just a waffle maker! 1. melt 1/2 cup butter 2. add 6 TBSP cocoa powder 3. beat in 2 eggs 4. add 3/4 cup sugar 5. then add 1 cup flour 6. add 1 tsp vanilla 7. mix until blended 8. preheat waffle maker then drop by teaspoonfuls (cooking time varies depending upon type of waffle maker) (probably around 3-4 minutes) 9. when they are done they will be firm and easily lift out of the waffle maker with a fork 10. while the cookie is cooking prepare a bowl with around a … [Read more...]

Easy Christmas Treats: Buckeye Balls

Here is one of my all time favorite treat recipes. This is a like a homemade version of Reese's Peanut Butter cups! Let's get started! Semi-melt 1/2 cup of butter. Add 1 1/2 cups of peanut butter. I used this snazzy little measuring cup from The Pampered Chef that I purchased about a year ago. To the peanut butter/butter mixture add 1 tsp vanilla Then add 16oz of powdered sugar You can try to mix this with a spoon, but it really works best if you mix it with your hands. It is messy, but it just works best. Here it is partially mixed. Once the mixture is properly mixed form … [Read more...]

Edible Holiday Cornflake Wreath Treats

I managed to get in some more "baking" today. I didn't remember that so many of my holiday treats actually involved no baking. I should have called this series No Baking for the Holidays. Oh well, eventually I will turn on the oven. Today I made Corn Flake Holiday Wreaths. I just want to state that Kellogg's Corn Flakes doesn't know who I am.  They did not pay me for this.  I purchased my own box of corn flakes.  You get the idea. The recipe used to be printed on the back of the cornflake box.  I don't think they have done this recently. This recipe does use food … [Read more...]

Ruth’s Brownie Kitchen Review & Giveaway CLOSED

Sponsored by Tomoson.com Last week I received a pink box in the mail.  Here it is... I was super excited. Why? Because inside were brownies! Who doesn't like receiving bakes goods from your mailman? I received a 1/2 dozen of the Classic Cake Style Brownies from Ruth's Brownie Kitchen. They were exquisite! Moist and chocolaty, they were the perfect brownie! I don't know who Ruth is, but she knows brownies! Now you too can have brownie goodness! One lucky The Mama Report reader will receive a $25 gift certificate good for any wonderful sweet at Ruth's Brownie Kitchen. … [Read more...]

Juno Baby Review

I recently had the pleasure of viewing Juno Baby for the first time thanks to Heard it From A Mom.  Apparently Juno Baby has been around for quite some time.  I had never heard of it before.  And of course like most things once you become aware of it you start seeing it everywhere. I think of Juno Baby has an original musical version of Baby Einstein.  Baby Einstein used music from famous composers- Bach, Beethoven and such.  Juno Baby has classical music that has been composed specifically for the product.  Here is a little more information. All of our … [Read more...]

No Bake (Super Easy) Noodle Clusters

Will you join me for my Holiday baking? Oops. Except in this first recipe there is no baking. No bake holiday treat- Noodle Clusters I grew up with these yummy yummies. I love them. They are soooooo easy. Whip up a batch and send them off to someone you know.  They'll thank you. Here is how you do it. These are your ingredients- Three simple items! I love chocolate, but I love butterscotch even more with this recipe.  However, feel free to use chocolate chips if you prefer. Melt the package of butterscotch chips or chocolate chips in the microwave. It will probably … [Read more...]

Heart & Soul Candies Review & Giveaway! CLOSED

  This Christmas, spread joy by giving your loved ones chocolate with purpose as they unwrap an inspirational message with each delicious bite.  Give back with H&S chocolate as well because a portion of sales go to Samaritans Purse, a charity that provides spiritual and physical aid to victims of war, poverty, natural disaster, and disease. The Vision & Mission: The Vision: Heart & Soul Candies Vision is to give cheerfully and generously to good works around the world by providing scripture based high-quality chocolate and candy products that bless … [Read more...]

Stickey Cup Review & Giveaway- CLOSED

Finally! A portable non-slip cup/container holder for virtually any non-porous surface. Great for KIDS!  Eliminate spills with this new cup holder design that incorporates a uniquely SUPER strong suction cup bottom and will hold a variety of container shapes. Perfect for the Baby Bag! From Sippie Cups to Tumblers!   No more crying over spilt milk!     I just discovered Stickey Cup.  I had never heard of it before until recently, but it is definitely one of those inventions that makes one wonder why it hasn't existed sooner.  My three … [Read more...]

Crazy Crayola Fun Review & Giveaway- CLOSED

Crayola is offering more than 30 ways to give the gift of imagination for under $30 this holiday season with a lineup of gifts to inspire wonder,adventure and dreams in toddlers to tweens. My two oldest children and I were able to check out some of the new, hot Crayola gifts for this holiday season.  We were very excited.  Crayola makes amazing products.  They have come a long way from the simple crayons of my youth.  I remember when they came out with the 120 box of crayons.  It was the THING that year.  My children are so lucky.  Here are they product we … [Read more...]