THE RATTLES Review and Giveaway- CLOSED

"If your kids aren't talking about The Rattles yet, I think you'll be hearing about them soon!" - Susan Heim, Parenting Author & 'Chicken Soup for the Soul' Editor “Does your child have a hard time waking up in the morning? Do they spend more time lounging in front of the television than they do shaking their booty? Well here's your chance to get them up and moving in the morning or any time.” - Seattle Post-Intelligencer / BlogCritics.org The following is information from the official press release. "Armed with a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed fusion of classic rock and power pop, … [Read more...]

Nana’s Chicken Matzo Ball Soup Recipe

Last night was soup night.  One of my family's favorites is Nana's Chicken Matzo Ball Soup.  Nana is not some mythical figure in this recipe.  She is my mother and my boy's Nana.  She first experienced matzo ball soup many years ago and was inspired to make her own.  She has tweaked her recipe through the years and it just keeps getting better and better.  Let me show you how it's done......Nana style:) First you need to make the soup broth (of course this step could be skipped and just use canned chicken broth, but it always tastes better from scratch!) Brown … [Read more...]

The Mama Report on Money Saving Mom

Check out my reader's tip at Money Saving Mom.  I'm so excited that this was posted there today!!  My article is about keeping kids entertained in the car with cheap books. Money Saving Mom is an excellent blog dedicated to helping people save money in every aspect of their lives. … [Read more...]

The Mama Report Cooks Pioneer Woman Style Part II

Today I tried two more recipes from The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl. I only have one word to say about The Pioneer Woman this time- genius.  I made the Spicy Pulled Pork recipe first as this takes all day to cook.  The build up was amazing.  All day I smelled this wonderful aroma of cooked pork. Needless to say by the time it was ready I was waiting with fork in hand ready to pounce!  The most brilliant part of the recipe is at the end when you turn up the oven to make the outside of the pork crispy.  I love that! The second recipe I … [Read more...]

The Mama Report Cooks Pioneer Woman Style

One of my favorite blogs out there is The Pioneer Woman.  I recently acquired her cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl.  After reading through the book and carefully marking pages I started cooking some of the recipes this past week.  Here are my reviews at this point. (I still have more recipes to make) Egg-in-the-Hole-  I knew about this recipe before.  Obviously she did not invent this idea.  But the pictures in the book made me want to try it out again.  This is all I wanted to eat for days!  It is simple, but … [Read more...]

Boys will be boys

Halloween has descended on our house. Today we decorated for the holiday. This might not be a big deal to some people, but to my two boys it is a huge deal. My six-year-old didn't even want to go to school today and he is crazy about school. We love Halloween. I don't know why exactly. There is just something about all the creepiness that has always appealed to me. I know why my boys love Halloween. Pure and simple- the weapons. The last couple of years I have purchased a bunch of fake weapons and Halloween costumes for 75-90% at Target after the season. My three-year-old spent most … [Read more...]

Images from the day

Here are some photos I managed to pinch in today.  I love this time of year. … [Read more...]

The Sensible Cook- Beef & Cauliflower

A few months ago through my husband's work we were able to receive three months of The Sensible Cook for free.  Our quick favorite became a simple recipe called Beef & Cauliflower.  My husband loves this recipe.  He would eat it once a week if I made it that often.  Luckily it is easy to make. Here is the cauliflower and other ingredients. You add them to the beef which has already been browned. It looks like this cooking all together. After adding the sauce it looks like so......if my husband read this his mouth would be watering about now... And finally … [Read more...]

Random Moments From My Day

Do you ever keep track of all the little odd moments in your day?  I had quite a few.  I have quite a few everyday. For instance this morning on the way into town I almost  hit a flock of about 15 turkeys.  I wish I would of had the camera, but literally there were fifteen mama turkeys hanging out on the road.  Luckily none of them ended up on my kitchen table.  My husband was conflicted.  He didn't want the van or anyone hurt, but he really loves roasted turkey:) I blew my 3 year old sons'  mind when I told him that Anakin Skywalker IS Darth … [Read more...]

Easy Taco Soup Recipe

Fall is here at last! I love autumn.  The cool crisp air, the beautiful warm colors, I love it all.  Everything seems possible with the beginning of fall.  I know people feel that way about the beginning of the year, but for me it is always with the start of autumn.  I guess I associate this feeling with school.  After so many years attending school and then teaching school it shouldn't be such a surprise. One of my favorite things to enjoy in fall is soup.  Warm, delicious fill-you-up kind of soup.  I have posted one that is easy and quick. I'll leave … [Read more...]

Dexter Bexley and the Big Blue Beastie on the Road Review

Dexter Bexley and the Big Blue Beastie on the Road by Joel Stewart is a fun book to read.  I love books that make me smile and chuckle, and this is definitely one of them. I'm not sure what a Big Blue Beastie is , but regardless he seems like a good buddy.  Perhaps every boys needs a Big Blue Beastie to get into trouble with.  Because that is what happens in this story.  Not only can Dexter not sleep, but he feels the need to hoot.  My kids also seem to like to hoot right at bedtime.  In fact the mere mention of the word bed brings out the crazy in them.  … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Bible Dessert Recipe

As I promised I made a dessert from the The Slow Cooker Bible (Cookbook Bible) .  The recipe of choice was Coconut Rice Pudding.  The picture looked fabulous in the book.  And all the other recipes I had made so far were so fabulous.  This recipe however was not a masterpiece.  First of all my rice pudding didn't look like the picture in the book.  That is a sure sign something is off.  The taste was good, but nothing spectacular.  Nothing like my earlier recipes from the book.  Nonetheless I'm sure most the pudding will be gone by tomorrow.  … [Read more...]

Vidalia Chop Wizard Review and Homemade Chicken Potpie Recipe

I received the Vidalia Chop Wizardas a Christmas present a few years ago and it obviously had the potential to be one of those gifts that never gets used.   I gave it a few tries and was quickly impressed.  The uniform size of all my vegetables was a huge plus.  I can cut an onion fairly well, but the Chop Wizard did it so easily.  In a matter of seconds I can have onions, green peppers, potatoes, carrots, and celery cut uniformly.  This is wonderful for soups, but I will show you how I used it to make our family favorite homemade chicken potpie. First of all … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Bible Review

This past week I delved into a great book.  A mystery?  Romance? Perhaps science fiction?  Nope, nope, nope.  A cookbook.  I love looking through cookbooks.  Especially those that have pictures.  I'm like a kid that way I guess.  The more pictures the better. Anyway the book of choice was The Slow Cooker Bible (Cookbook Bible) I picked out a few very colorful tasty looking recipes and gave them a try. The results produced a happy full family. And I just love cooking with my slow cooker.  It makes the crazy witching hour before supper that much … [Read more...]

Rearranging Toys

Do you have a toy that the kids just haven't' played with in quite some time?  I had a revelation the other day.  The play kitchen was downstairs with most all the other toys and nobody had touched it in months.  Okay that might be a slight exaggeration, but you get the point.  Anyway I decided on the spur of the moment to bring that puppy upstairs and into the kitchen.  Wham!  It is the "new" toy!  I've had countless picnics and feasts in the last couple of days and it doesn't show any sign of stopping.  Why didn't I think of this earlier?  As the … [Read more...]