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Semi-Homemade Ham Pot Pie

FINALLY using the last of my leftovers from Christmas. I certainly love holidays that isn't even to question but I get really tired of eating ham for over a week straight. Which may be why I only make a ham once a year, kind of like turkey at Thanksgiving time I suppose. Tonight I was looking for something fast and easy that would fill up my family :O) Here is what you neeed! -4 Cups of mixed frozen veggies -1 Can chicken stock(I use reduced sodium) -1 Can of water(I use the stock can) -2 Cups of Chopped Ham -1 Package Biscuits -Pepper -Onion Powder -4 Heaping Teaspoons of Cornstarch Mix Cornstarch with 1/4 cup of water, make sure it is mixed well so you don't have lumpy gravy.  Put 1 can of water in with 1 can of stock and bring to a boil. Then slowly mix in your cornstarch mixture. After is is mixed well mix in your veggies, ham and seasoning. After everything is mixed well pour into a 13 X 9 baking dish. After you have it in the dish take your biscui

Thirsty Thursday!

With New Years just two days away I thought I would share with you one of my favorite drinks! Simply called Four-Juice Holiday Punch. This is just a recipe I found online one time when I was trying to find something new and fun to try, but it has quickly become one of my favorites and I'm sure it will be one of yours as well. Here is what you will need: 1 12-ounce can frozen cranberry-juice cocktail concentrate 1 12-ounce can frozen raspberry-cranberry-juice cocktail concentrate 1 12-ounce can frozen apple-juice concentrate 1 12-ounce can frozen lemonade concentrate 1 liter bottle chilled ginger ale 2 liter bottles chilled club soda 2 cups cold water 3 cups chilled vodka Now this does make around 24 servings so if you aren't having a party you may want to scale it down just a For a non-alcoholic version simply replace the alcohol with more juice and soda :O) REMEMBER NEVER DRINK AND DRIVE! THIS NEW YEARS EVE AAA IS OFFERING FREE RIDES IN MOST AREAS. BE A

Weight Wise Wednesdays!

With the New Year coming we are all making resolutions. I'm not sure how good of a response I will get to this new day I am adding but I hope everyone enjoys it and perhaps builds towards a healthier life. Often we do no drink enough water during the day. The human body requires 64 fluid ounces of pure water a day to keep properly many have you drank today?? I'll admit that today I am at half of that!!! Now let me ask you another question.......what was the last thing you ate that was not at breakfast, lunch or dinner?? You know what mine was...........FUDGE! Ummmm...........yeah that is a way to get healthy now isn't It has actually be proven that people who do not drink enough water consume to many calories. Here is a little chart to think about every time you think it is snack time!

Magic Reindeer Food

Every child who celebrates Christmas seems to leave a plate of cookies and a glass of milk for Santa but sometimes we forget about his reindeer. This year we made magic reindeer food with JUST the right amount of sparkle to help the reindeer make it through their night without a hungry belly! You can your little ones can do it to and here is how. While it isn't an exact science and, well reindeer will pretty much eat anything we decided to make their favorite treat :O) Christmas only come once a year right!?! Take 1/2 cup of oats, and 10,yes 10, Shakes of RED , GREEN , AND SILVER glitter. Mix well and sprinkle on the front lawn. Santa can see the sparkles and will park his sled right on your front lawn so his reindeer can have a little snack while he enjoys his cookies.

Jello Hard Candy

Most hard candies call for corn syrup, but since I was out and I have 3 children home I decided to experiment and make something fun! Here is what you need: 2 Cups of Sugar 2 Cups of Water 1 Package Sugar Free Jello A candy Thermometer Making candy is a pretty tricky process and trust me I messed up a batch or two getting this to work Put the sugar and water into the pot and turn on medium whisking well till the sugar is dissolved. Stirring pretty regularly to help the sugar from burning. As the sugar begin to boil turn the heat up to high. Watch your thermometer when the candy reaches 230 pour in the jello continuing to mix. Pour this mixture immediately into a cake pan that is lined with parchment paper of you can rub a little veggie oil in it. The candy will continue to cook as it melts anything over 230 you will be left with a burnt candy that tastes like After you candy is cooled completely turn it out onto a cookie sheet and break apart :O) I li

Cheese Log

Well okay that is what my husband calls If you chose to you could turn it into a log shape but since this Christmas we are having no one over I decided to keep it in a Tupperware container instead :O) My husband spent his life eating AMAZING food from his grandmother, so as you can imagine whenever we got married he begged and pleaded with me to learn some of his favorites. This cheese log is one of his top favorites and in fact when his grandmother gave me the ingredients I couldn't believe how simple it would be. Well that and laughed a little because my husband had never been able to "master" it. Here is what you will need: 1-Package Cream Cheese 1-8 Ounce Package Kraft Extra Sharp Cheddar 1/4-Cup Chopped Green Chile When making anything I always try to keep it as easy as possible so my food processor comes in real handy for this one. Where grandma use to hand grate, chop, and blend everything by hand, I simply throw on my grating attachment then swit

Free Shipping Friday

If you are like millions of other Americans you have yet to finish your Christmas shopping. With only 8 shopping days left it is just about time to get started. Well today might be the day! Over 1600 store are offering some kind of free shipping today....don't wait till super Saturday this year that is Christmas Eve! So check out the list HERE and get to shopping :O)

Stanley Learns About the War

Stanley recently got to visit a friend of mine in Colorado and meet her family. He was so excited to get to spend some time with Katina, an American soldier. With president Obama officially calling the war in Iraq over and thousands of American troops coming home what could be more appropriate then for Stanley to learn about the wars of the past. He had so much fun seeing all the different uniforms that have been worn in all the different wars. Thank you to all the American troops who have served. Especially those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and given their life. Thanks Katina for having Stanley and showing him around :O)

Getting Organized

This time of year brings about so many stresses on our families. With all the running, running, running staying organized is very important. Not to mention the thoughts as you shop for your children for Christmas of where am I going to put all these new toys! Ahhhhh!!!! Well there is no one more then me that needs a little extra help with my organizing I can promise. I was so excited with I received an email from Rubbermaid this morning with just that! A little bit of help, check out Rubbermaid's Blog and get that help you need. :O) They have a new Ask an Organizer section where you can not only ask for help but look at questions that have been asked by other. Don't stress this time of year get organized and enjoy your family.

Marvelous Manicotti!

As a child I was raised on Italian food. My mother made the best of the best :O) As a mother of three and a full time student I can never seem to find the time to make it just like mom use to so I have found ways to improvise! Same great taste with half the work......Here is what you'll need to make a great manicotti. 1 Box Manicotti noodles 1 Can/Jar of sauce 1 Small tub of ricotta cheese 1 Egg 1/2 pound Mozzarella Cheese 1 Teaspoon of garlic salt 2 Teaspoons of Italian seasoning 1/2 Teaspoon of pepper Set aside noodles and sauce, then mix everything else in a bowl. Take this mixture and place into uncooked shells.....oh yes I did just say that  ;o) Place filled shells into a baking dish and pour over the sauce. Cover with foil and bake in a 350 degree oven for about an hour. If you like meat in your meal feel free to include it! Or any other ingredients just make it your own. This is also a great recipe for the crockpot.

Movie Night thanks to Redbox and Smiley360!

I was so thrilled today to log into my Smiley360 account and find that I was able to get into the Redbox Christmas Campaign. Thanks to Redbox I have received a code for a free rental of my choice. I can't wait to go pick out my movie :O) we will be renting The Smurf Movie that was just released and the kids can't wait. Make sure you take a couple minutes to head over to Smiley360 and Redbox to get a code for $1 off your next rental!

Videos from Santa!

This site is such a fun one to play with. Last year I made videos for my children and they though they were amazing. I can't wait to get them all made up this year. You input pictures, names, activities and more and it inserts them in a video :O) If you have little children this is a  must do this Christmas season. Click Here to get started.


While I was browsing around Facebook this morning I passed a post from a  fellow blogger. They were for a product called Alphabeasts! Of course I click because I was interested. They looked a lot like a product I had been searching for for my middle child and we are in love! The kids have requested we get enough to spell their So I entered the giveaway hoping to at least get a start on that. Check them out and enter the giveaway to :O) Head over to Heavenly Savings now to enter! Good Luck.

Freezing Friday!

With a strong winter system moving through it is freezing in my house today. So I have decided I am going to make good use of my oven and make a hearty dinner. Starting with my favorite Meatloaf and some Homemade Rolls . Usually today is Freebie Friday around here but so far I haven't seen any good ones :O( make sure to follow me on Facebook where I post fast freebies :O). Hope everyone has a fun and warm Friday!

Stanley's Thanksgiving Adventure!

As you know stanley has been traveling all over America meeting new people and seeing new places. He couldn't have picked a better place to spend Thanksgiving then with a friend and fellow blogger Melanie from My Side of Life . He got to do some many fun things with her and her family. He played in her garden and helped to pick some amazing vegetables fresh for their Thanksgiving meal. He had never seen such a beautiful garden filled with fresh greens, peas and tomatoes. There was even a section of wildflowers that he just couldn't pass up playing in.Then of course it was on to the fun part, BAKING! I don't think Stanley loves anything more then getting into the kitchen and making an amazing dish. Who better to do it with the Melanie :O) First they created an amazing pie crust, but Stanley got stuck in the flour. It was actually kind of fun he had never just played in flour before. He was so tired by the time they were done he thought for sure a nap was in order. Lu