Sunday, August 4, 2013

10,000 Pinterest Followers Cash Giveaway!

My friend, Carrie from Frugal Foodie Mama is having a great giveaway! The prize is cash!! What could be better than that? Don't hesitate. Enter today. This giveaway ends next Sunday!!
Good Luck!


Sooooo... last week some of you all may have noticed my little announcement on Facebook that I finally reached a blogging milestone that had been eluding me for a little while now... 
I reached over 10,000 Pinterest followers!!  I finally hit 5 figures! ;)

I knew a milestone like this was cause for a HUGE celebration on the blog.  And when I say celebration, you all really know that I mean GIVEAWAY!

I asked just *a few* of my favorite bloggy friends to join the party and help me in celebrating.  How are we celebrating?  By helping one of you make your Pinterest dreams a reality with a $400 Paypal Cash Giveaway- the biggest giveaway ever hosted on Frugal Foodie Mama!

How many of you all have Pinterest projects and ideas that you have had pinned for months, longing to do them, but maybe the price tag is holding you back?  
*Raising hand here*
Would $400 to spend any way and anywhere you would like help out just a little with that?
Yeah.... I thought so. ;)

Of course if you win, you can spend the Paypal cash any way that you would like.  But how fun would it be to finally splurge on a little something you have had pinned away on one of your Pinterest boards??

If you do not have a Paypal account presently, you WILL have to set up one if you win.  I will only be able to transfer the funds via Paypal.  Paypal is great because it is accepted with most online shops and you can transfer funds to your checking account once you have connected the two. :)  Pretty cool, right?

Please read through ALL the giveaway terms and conditions below.  I am a stickler for them.  No joke, folks.

*This giveaway is open internationally.  All entries for the winner will be checked and verified, so please make sure you are doing what you are claiming in the Rafflecopter or all your entries will be voided.  No funny business, folks. ;)By entering you give the right to use your name and likeness. Number of entries received determines the odds of winning. One winner will be selected. The winner will be notified via the email they provide, and will have 48 hours to reply to the email.  If the winner does not reply back within the 48 hours, they forfeit the prize and a new winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter.  This is a giveaway sponsored as a group buy, which means the bloggers pooled their money together to purchase this product for you.  Paypal is not a sponsor of this giveaway.  The cash prize will be sent via Paypal directly from Carrie of Frugal Foodie Mama.  You must have an active Paypal account to receive the cash prize!  Entries must come from your MAIN social media accounts, not accounts that have been set up separately just for entering giveaways.  Entries from these types of accounts will be disqualified.  Protected tweets do not count as an entry method for tweeting. Tweets must come from a public account. Bloggers in this group giveaway and their immediate family members in their household cannot enter or win the giveaway. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.
Please see the Rafflecopter widget below for additional Terms & Conditions.  Good luck, all! 

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Serenity You Cash Giveaway!

I am happy to announce the Twitter Cash Giveaway!
Natasha over at  Serenity You is celebrating a 2000 Twitter followers milestone,
and she is celebrating with a cash giveaway.  

 

To celebrate reaching over 2000 twitter followers Serenity You is having a cash giveaway!!

One lucky person will win $60!

This giveaway is brought to you by :

Natasha from Serenity You
Tianna from A Little Bit Me
Kim from {Enjoy the View}
Teri from The Freshman Cook

and Sponsored by :

Atop Serenity Hill


To be in with a chance of winning just enter the rafflecopter below.
The giveaway ends on 22nd August

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Biscoff and Toffee Popcorn

Do you like Biscoff? I just love it! I keep waiting for the time I am grocery shopping, and I don't buy 2 jars! I think it is clearly on it's way to being an obsession for me. So I guess I will have to feed this craziness until it stops. It's the only thing I can do!  :) I am also loving toffee and popcorn right now, so I thought I would put them all together, and make the ultimate treat! So, yum!
Biscoff and Toffee Popcorn
2 bags of popped microwave Popcorn
1 cup of Biscoff Spread
1/2 cup of Heath English Toffee Bits
Melt the Biscoff in a double boiler...
 until it is smooth.
Pop your popcorn, 1 bag at a time.
It is easier to control when you are mixing the popcorn.
 
Pour the melted biscoff over the popcorn,
 Mix the biscoff and 1 bag of popcorn together.
After the first bag is mixed together, add the other bag in.   
 Add the toffee bits and mix in.
 Spread the popcorn into a large pan, spread it out so it can dry.
After it is dry, munch out and enjoy! 

Thanks for joining me today!
Stop by again!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Super Birthday Giveaway!

Today is the start of the biggest and best multi blogger giveaway I have ever been involved in!
My fellow blogger, Ashton, from Something Swanky is celebrating her birthday,
and in a big way! Ashton, with some help from her friends, is giving away the birthday presents 
she would like to receive!
What are they?

A Red 5 qt. Kitchen Aid mixer,
 a $300 gift card from Target, 
and 
10 different cookbooks written by bloggers!!

ARE U READY ??!!
Follow the rafflecopter below!


Want to win some of my favorite things?! Here's what's up for grabs:
How can you enter to win all of these goodies (an $800 value!)? Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below by signing in with your Facebook or E-mail account (you're required to use one of those so we can contact you if you win!):

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Best Banana Muffins Ever !!

It is time for Secret Recipe Club reveal today, and this month I was assigned the blog, Eliots Eats. If you haven't read this blog yet, please do so as soon as you can! Debra is the writer, her husband is her inspiration, and her recipes are amazing! For the second month in a row, I choose a Banana Bread recipe. I didn't do this on purpose, but when I saw Debra's recipe for The Best Banana Bread Ever, I had to put it to the test. Another thing I love about this recipe? Coconut Oil substituted for butter. Oh, so good! I made two changes to Debra's original recipe. I left out the chopped pecans, and I made muffins instead of a loaf. Oh, and yes, they are the best banana muffins, ever!


The Best Banana Bread {Muffins} Ever
1/2 cups coconut oil (in solid form)
1 cup sugar
2 large farm fresh eggs
1 cup mashed bananas (2 or 3)
2 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Cream together your coconut oil and sugar.
 Mix until creamy.
Add the eggs one at a time. Mix until incorporated.
Add bananas and mix well.
In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda and salt.
On low speed, mix the flour into the coconut oil and
egg mix. Just mix until incorporated. Do not over mix.
Spray mini muffin pan. Bake muffins for 10-15 minutes.
Remove from pan and let cool for 10 minutes.
Enjoy your muffins!

Thanks Debra for a great recipe!
Check out what everyone else made!!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Red, White and Blue Mini Cupcakes

It's 4th of July! One of my very favorite holidays. I hope you have something fun planned. These cupcakes are easy and quick and they will fit perfectly into your holiday menu! I had fun using the Twizzler red, white and blue licorice strings to decorate.  
Red, White and Blue Mini Cupcakes   
(adapted from BHG)

egg whites 
2 cups all-purpose flour 
1 teaspoon baking powder 
1/2 teaspoon baking soda 
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1/2 cup butter or shortening, softened 
1 3/4 cups sugar 
1 teaspoon vanilla  
1 1/3 cups buttermilk 


Allow egg whites to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  In a medium bowl stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar and vanilla; beat until well combined. Add egg whites 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk to butter mixture, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined. Spread batter into the cupcake liners

  Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Cool thoroughly on racks.



Frosting
6 oz warm water
5 tablespoons Meringue Powder
1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
2.25 pounds Confectioners Sugar
Red, white, and blue licorice strings


In a mixing bowl, place the warm water and the meringue powder.
Whisk for 30 seconds.
Add the cream of tartar. Whisk for 30 seconds more.
Pour all the confectioners sugar in the bowl at one time.
Mix on low speed for 10 minutes. Cover with towel to keep frosting fresh.




 Color 1/3 of the cake mix red, and 1/3 of the mix blue.
Add some white cake mix, some red mix, and......


 some blue.


Swirl the colors together.


Bake for 20-25 minutes.  Let cool.


Make your frosting.
 Cut your licorice into small pieces.
Top each mini cupcake with frosting.
Top each cupcake with pieces of the licorice.
Enjoy and celebrate!

Happy 4th of July! 

We are partying here:
Fabulous Fridays! 

Monday, July 1, 2013

Got Ground Beef ? You've got a Meal!

This post is courtesy of Instawares food and restaurant blog.


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Four Ways To Prepare Ground Beef Easily



It’s 6:30 p.m., and you’ve just come home from work. The kids are hungry. There’s nothing to prepare. Or is there? If you’ve got ground beef, you’ve got a meal, even if there is little else in the pantry or refrigerator. You might also try these ideas when you have plenty of unique ingredients on hand; your next super-secret, family favorite recipe might be just around the corner, since these recipes encourage substitution and experimentation.


Hamburger Soup

If you have tomato products available, try hamburger soup -- it’ll take the chill off even the coldest winter day. A rich and hearty meal, its preparation is simple: grab a pound (or more) of hamburger meat, brown it in a skillet, then throw it in a large pot. Add a liquid base. Tomato sauce, about five small or two medium cans, works well. So does a medium can of crushed tomatoes or tomato paste mixed with the same amount of water. You can even add two cups of water and a couple of freshly diced raw tomatoes. Bring the soup to a simmer and add vegetables, either canned or fresh. Potatoes, green beans and peas work well, but almost anything you have on hand is fine. Serve alone or with crackers, sliced bread, corn bread, or biscuits.


Meatballs

You need very little to throw meatballs together. Add an egg and a quarter cup of breadcrumbs to each pound of meat you have, shape into balls, and place in a skillet to brown. And if you don’t have eggs, omit them and the breadcrumbs, then shape and brown. Create a sauce while the meat is browning. Start with a cup of catsup and add a quarter cup of soy sauce, a dash of Worcestershire sauce, and a quarter cup of brown sugar. Missing ingredients? Start with the catsup and build a base to taste using ingredients found in your refrigerator, such as sweet mustard, steak sauce, or whatever is on hand. Place the meatballs in the sauce and simmer until they’re cooked through, about 20 to 25 minutes. Serve with a vegetable and potatoes or buttered noodles.


Cheesy Hamburger Patties

You might not keep hamburger buns in the house, but you can still serve hamburger patties. Prepare and season your meat mixture, either with egg or without, then halve it. Create the same number of patties from each half. Now, get creative. Place cheese, cream cheese, jalape├▒os or olives on one half, then place the second half on top and seal by pinching the edges together. Cook the patties on the grill or in a skillet, being careful not to break them open. Serve with a salad, mashed potatoes, chips or vegetables.



Meatloaf

With seasoning, an egg, and ground beef, you can have meatloaf. Mix a pound and a half of meat, an egg, a quarter cup of breadcrumbs (optional) and seasoning in a bowl. Line a medium-sized loaf pan with two slices of bread, which will soak up some of the grease for a leaner meal. Place the meat in a loaf pan and cook for 50 to 55 minutes at 350 degrees. Top with plain catsup or catsup mixed with a touch of brown sugar and serve with vegetables, noodles or potatoes.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

4th of July and the living is easy!

 I love the 4th of July! 
The picnic table over loaded with holiday favorites, swimming and relaxing in the sunshine, water gun and water balloon fights, family and friends coming together to laugh, eat, and tell stories, and the oohs, and aahs as the fireworks show up to magically end the day! What could be better?

Here are a few of the goodies you will find on our picnic table!.

 Have a great 4th!


Thursday, June 20, 2013

S'mores Popcorn!

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Today is the Improv Cooking Challenge reveal day! This month's two ingredients~fish and chips! Being a non fish lover, I decided to put a little fun twist on the traditional, and go with graham cracker fish and melted chocolate chips! What I came up with is a S'mores Popcorn, perfect for summer celebrations and campfires!
S'mores Popcorn
1 bag popped Popcorn
16.5 ounces Milk Chocolate Chips
1 cup Graham Cracker Goldfish
1 cup mini Marshmallows
Pop your popcorn.....
and spread your popcorn in a single layer on a baking sheet.
Melt your chocolate chips in a double boiler, 
or in the microwave.
Drizzle your chocolate over the popcorn.
Place your graham cracker fish on top of the chocolate 
drizzle throughout the baking sheet.
I got my graham cracker gold fish by buying a bag of
S'mores goldfish and picking out the graham cracker fish to use.
Then drizzle more chocolate over the popcorn
 and graham cracker fish in the opposite direction 
that you drizzled the first time.
Add mini marshmallows on top of the drizzled chocolate,
just as you did the graham cracker fish.
Drizzle more chocolate over the mini marshmallows,
drizzling every which way, making sure there is plenty
of drizzled chocolate over all of the popcorn.
Let the chocolate set up and dry.
Enjoy your S'mores Popcorn!

Check out the rest of the Improv Cooking Challenge entries:

Monday, June 17, 2013

Banana Mini Muffins

Today is Secret Recipe Club reveal day and I am so excited because this month the blog assigned to me is Canela Kitchen! I love this blog! There are so many recipes to choose from that I changed my mind about 4 times before I finally decided on these Banana Muffins. I made mine "mini muffins" to accommodate my family, but oh boy, these are sooooo good! I know there are a lot of banana muffin recipes out there, but I love trying new ones, and I know you will want to make these!!

Banana Mini Muffins

250 g plain flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
130 g  sugar
75 g butter chilled and grated
1 egg
175 ml milk
  1 medium sized ripe bananas peeled
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Add your flour, baking powder, cinnamon,
sugar and grated butter together in a large bowl.
Stir to coat the butter in the flour mixture.
Beat together the egg and milk and stir into
 the bowl until just blended.
Don't over mix - it should still be lumpy.
Place your muffin cups in your pan,
and add batter. Slice your banana into 1/2"
slices, and cut each slice into quarters.
Place a quarter on top of each cup of batter.
Bake for 15 minutes. 
I used this scale to measure out the ingredients.
It works great when you are making a recipe 
that is measured in grams.
Thanks for joining me today!
Thank you to Gloria from Canela Kitchen for such a great recipe!

Here's what everyone else made: