November Musings – by guest blogger, Christine Peckelis

November Musings – by guest blogger, Christine Peckelis

Donna’s introduction- I met Christine through a common interest in cooking.  What amazed me the most is the depth she has regarding life, interests, and the ability to freely flow in thought process from one subject to another.  She’s one of the few people I know who has a positive point of view.  That, with her intellect, leads to a most interesting perspective and might leave you walking away from a conversation feeling a little bit smarter.  Thank you, Christine, for your post today.  Please visit Christine’s blog at http://bigshotsmom.blogspot.com/  To…

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Ideas for Random Acts of Kindness

Ideas for Random Acts of Kindness

I was paying a medical bill over the phone, when the billing person asked, “Now, can I have the three numbers on the back of your card?” “That’s right.  You caught me.  I stole a credit card to pay off people’s medical bills, “I said. As she started laughing, she then stopped abruptly and told me that, after the Newtown shootings near our area, people started campaigning to do random acts of kindness.  Someone called their office, and, in memory of the horrific and senseless act that is every parent’s…

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What Should I Renovate? How Much is Too Much to Sell Your House?

What Should I Renovate? How Much is Too Much to Sell Your House?

While the current market makes you feel like you have to pull out all the stops in order to get your house sold, your bank account may tell you otherwise. The question is, “How much is too much?” when it comes to fixing up your house to put it on the market or to even potentially renovate with a future sale in mind. What are the right things to do? Where should our attention be placed for our home sale? With questions like this, I turned to Donna Hildebrand who…

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Splendid Recipes with SPLENDA® Sweetener

Splendid Recipes with SPLENDA® Sweetener

Every morning, I wake up, go into the kitchen, and press the on button to the coffee maker.  As my coffee is brewing, I pull out two things:  coffee creamer and Splenda® packets.  I prefer using Splenda® for a couple of reasons.  One reason is because it dissolves so easily into my beverages.  The other reason is because I like the fact that Splenda® is low in calories. When I discovered Splenda® was going to be a sponsor this month and that I was one of the chosen Allrecipes Brand…

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The Truth about Liars

The Truth about Liars

I’ve had a lot of liars come and go into my life.  No matter how old I get, I still seem to get snowed by them.  I never could figure out why it would happen.  I wondered if they saw me coming, and thought, “I can get one over on her!”  Then, they attempted it as many times as possible until I finally caught onto their lies. I finally came to the conclusion that the reason I believe people is that I don’t live my life as a lie.  I…

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Halloween Through the Years – Halloween Costumes I Sewed for My Kids

Halloween Through the Years – Halloween Costumes I Sewed for My Kids

Halloween was always one of my favorite times of year to sew.  Costumes are a lot of fun because they inspire creativity, and, sometimes, cause me to think outside of the box in order to achieve the kind of look I want. When I first started letting my children trick or treat, I actually waited a few years.  I was in my twenties and living in the Bible Belt.  I was conflicted between whether or not I should allow my children to participate or if I should turn off the…

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The WINNER of Uncle Gary’s Freaky Fein Friday is……

The WINNER of Uncle Gary’s Freaky Fein Friday is……

I have serious envy for the winner today. I love BBQ, and I would be THRILLED to receive this package. Uncle Gary’s Peppers and Pepper Jelly, Fein Tasting Foods, and I thank all of you for being a part of this awesome giveaway. AND, the WINNER IS…. NORA from http://sunnydayswithmyloves.blogspot.com/! Nora, please send me your information so that Uncle Gary’s Peppers and Pepper Jelly and Fein Tasting Foods can send you the giveaway! Thanks again to all for participating!  You just never know when something good will happen.  😉

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Ore Ida – Reminders of Being a Kid

Ore Ida – Reminders of Being a Kid

It’s funny how food can bring you back in time. I hadn’t bought Ore Ida products for awhile. There’s no particular reason why – I just didn’t think to do it. When I brought the bags home, and put them in my freezer, I was stunned about how many times I turned to them when I was cut short on time to think of something ingenious to serve on the side of my dishes. What’s even better is that it brought me back to being a kid on those occasions…

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Johnsonville Sausage and Super Easy Recipes

Johnsonville Sausage and Super Easy Recipes

I’ve always considered myself to be a person who didn’t love sausage.  I’ve tried different kinds over the years, and it just wasn’t my thing to cook with it.  In fact, I’m known to use sausage once a year – in a cornbread sausage stuffing for Thanksgiving.  That’s about the extent of my sausage use in cooking. Then, I tried some recipes with Johnsonville Mild Italian Sausage.  I was really surprised at the taste. I have chickens, and, sometimes, we get egg overkill.  One of the first recipes I tried…

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Uncle Gary’s Freaky Fein Friday Giveaway!

Uncle Gary’s Freaky Fein Friday Giveaway!

Yes, it’s TRUE! With the Halloween spirit in mind, Uncle Gary’s Peppers and Fein Tasting Foods have combined together for the ULTIMATE BBQ giveaway. This is something you don’t want to pass up! You’ve heard about them. You’ve heard your friends rave…. or maybe you saw Uncle Gary’s Peppers featured on the Today Show, The Chew, or even on the Food Channel. No matter how you heard of them, you may actually have the chance to try the infamous Uncle Gary’s Peppers and Fein Tasting Foods TOGETHER- BBQ STYLE! We’re…

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