Friday, January 20, 2017

It's National Cheese Lover's Day



I'm cheesin'!  Today is National Cheese Lover's Day.  And being that I'm a cheese lover, it's a day to celebrate!  There's so many varieties to choose from and so many ways to eat it.

Here's one of my favorite cheesy recipes using mozzarella cheese and sharp cheddar cheese that I'd like to share with you:
Pizza Bake Casserole

Ingredients:

1 bag of Egg Noodles (cook as indicated on package)
1 jar of Ragu sauce
3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese and sharp cheddar cheese (more or less depending on "cheesiness" preference)
1 1/2 lbs. browned hamburger meat
1 package pepperonis

Directions:

Preheat overn to 350.

In a casserole dish, layer ingredients in this order:
thin layer of Ragu sauce
half the egg noodles
half of the meat
half of the sauce
rest of the noodles
half the cheese
rest of the meat
rest of the sauce
rest of the cheese
cover top with pepperonis

Cook in preheated oven for 30 minutes. Serve while hot.
What is your favorite kind of cheese?  Do you have a favorite recipe that contains ooey-gooey-cheesy-goodness?

First Winners For the Year

A few of my giveaways have ended and the winners have been drawn.

The winner of the Trolls Hair Accessories giveaway is #10, Sylvia.

The winner of the Salonpas Pain Relief Products giveaway is #36, Julie Waldron.

The winner of the SONIC Drive-In Gift Card giveaway is #40, Mary Cloud.

The winner of the Better Homes and Gardens magazine subscription giveaway is #19, April.

The winner of the Really Woolly 5-Minute Bedtime Treasury giveaway is #9, Renee Walters.

Congrats to the winners and thanks to all who entered.  Be sure to check out and enter my current active giveaways, listed at the top left hand side of the blog.  There's no limit to how many you can enter or how many you can win.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

It's National Popcorn Day


I can eat popcorn any time of the year, but it certainly deserves to have its own day.
Caramel, kettle, sweet, or salty - Make up your favorite kind of popcorn today and enjoy the puffed kernels of deliciousness.  Although I like popcorn in most any form, my preference is air-popped.  I think it tastes fresher that way.

Here is an easy recipe for Mixed Up Munchies, with popcorn as an ingredient:

Mixed Up Munchies

Ingredients:

1 (3.5 ounce) bag microwave popcorn
1 (15 ounce) bag prepared cheese-flavored snack mix
1 cup Hormel pepperoni minis

Directions:

1.  Prepare popcorn according to package directions.
2.  In large bowl, toss together popcorn, snack mix and pepperoni minis
What kind of popcorn do you like best?  Do you eat it plan or add toppings/flavorings?

Bears for Humanity Baby Sherpa Bear - Review and Giveaway

I received product for review.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.
Valentine's Day is less than a month away.  The usual gifts tend to revolve around candy, flowers, and stuffed animals.  This year, why not get your loved one a gift that supports a cause.

Let your true love show this Valentines Day by giving to those in need while simultaneously giving to your loved ones.  With Bears for Humanity, a leading social commerce company, every organic plush animal purchased is matched and given to a child in need.

Bears For Humanity manufacturers a complete line of plush in the US using only 100% GOTS certified organic materials and Fair Trade practices, and are hand-made by at-risk women from welfare-work programs through CalWorks outside of San Francisco. When one purchases a bear or other plush animal, the company also donates another to a child in need.  It's a win-win!

I received the 12" Brown Teddy Bear from the Baby Sherpas Collection, and think it's simply adorable.  The bear is hand sewn in the USA, hypoallergenic, and made from 100% GOTS Certified organic cotton – there are no harmful plastics, chemicals, or dyes.  There are no detachable pieces so it's safe for younger children.  The eyes and nose are embroidered.  The bear has a worn, rugged look.  I have my teddy bear set on my entertainment center and think it's cute as can be.
Organic Stuffed Cat Animal Pal

If teddy bears aren't your thing, don't discount Bears for Humanity just yet.  They also sell Animal Pals.  There are fourteen different creatures to choose from, with some being a shark, dog, dinosaur, and elephant.  The Animal Pals are made from the same organic materials as their teddy bear friends.
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One person will win a Brown Baby Sherpa Bear. (ARV $25)

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Zak Designs: Free Serving Spoons with Orders Over $25

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Zak Designs makes everyday meals a little more special by creating safe, innovative and fashionable products that add a touch of color and an element of fun to tables around the world. Now through January 31st, receive a free set of Happy Spoons with a purchase order over $25.

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Power of Prayer Thursdays - Week 58

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I believe in a God that hears prayers and answers them. I've witnessed the miraculous gift of answered prayer. And, I want to pray for you. I've started weekly Power of Prayer post every Thursday. We are now on week 58. If you are needing prayer in an area of your life, please leave a comment and I'll commit to pray for your need or request. You can be as general or as specific as you like. Whether it be for healing, salvation, finances, emotions, or another area of life, I'd like to lift it up in prayer.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

It's National Winnie the Pooh Day


WINNIE THE POOH is our beloved ‘hunny’-loving bear.  Join in today to celebrate Pooh, Tigger, Rabbit, Owl, Kanga, Piglet, Eeyore, and all of the classic characters you know and love.  In celebration, here's a recipe for a treat that's worthy of Hundred Acre Wood.

Winnie the Pooh Hunny Pot Cake Pops

Materials:

1 box cake mix (bake as directed on box for 13x9 cake)
1 16oz can of ready-made frosting
Wax paper
Baking sheets
Yellow candy coating
Purple candy coating
Brown rainbow chip sprinkles
Black edible ink pen
Toothpicks
Paper lollipop sticks
Styrofoam block

Instructions:

1.  After cake is cooked and cooled completely, crumble into a large bowl.

2.  With a large spoon, mix thoroughly with about 3/4 of the can of frosting.  You won't need the rest.

3.  Roll mixture into quarter size cake balls and place on a wax paper covered baking sheet.

4.  Place cake balls in the freezer for about 15 minutes to firm up.  You can transfer them to the refrigerator to keep chilled and avoid freezing.

5.  Shape the cake balls into ovals for the Hunny pots.

6.  Return the cake pops to the refrigerator to maintain firmness.

7.  When you are ready to make the Hunny pots, melt the purple candy coating.  Insert a lollipop stick into the oval-shaped cake ball.  Dip into the candy coating so the cake ball is completely covered.  Remove and let most of the excess fall off and back into the bowl.  Then, place the cake pop on a wax-paper covered baking sheet.  Some of the coating will rest at the base forming the edge of the pot.  Repeat with the remaining pots and let dry completely.

8.  Once dry, you can add the "hunny".  Heat yellow candy coating and use a spoon to apply it to the top of the pots.  If you let it thicken for a few minutes, it will be less likely to run down the pot.  You want it thick enough to drip over the edge, but not too runny that it makes a mess.

9.  Let dry completely in a styrofoam block and write HUNNY on each pot with a black edible ink pen.  Reverse the direction of the first N for an extra Winnie the Pooh detail.

10.  Let dry completely.

11.  You can wrap in treat bags tied with a ribbon and/or store them on the counter or in an airtight container.

Who is your favorite Winnie the Pooh character?  My personal fave is Eeyore.