Thursday, March 31, 2011

Recipe ~ Daisy Cake

Im stuck on Daisies today lol

Prep Time: 30 min
Ready in: 1 hour and 5 min


  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
  • 1 pkg. (4 serving size) JELL-O Lemon Flavor Instant Pudding & Pie Filling
  • 1 (8 ounce) tub COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed
  • 1/2 cup BAKER'S ANGEL FLAKE Coconut
  • 2 drops yellow food coloring
  • 2 cups JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows
  • 2 small bug-shaped candies


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare cake batter as directed on package; blend in dry pudding mix. Pour about half of the batter into greased 1-quart ovenproof bowl. Pour remaining batter into greased 9-inch round cake pan.
  2. Bake 9-inch round cake layer 23 to 25 min. or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Bake batter in bowl 33 to 35 min. or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool each 10 min. Remove from pan and bowl; cool completely on wire rack.
  3. Cut 9-inch cake layer into 16 wedges. Place inverted "bowl" cake onto large serving board. Arrange cake wedges around "bowl" cake to form petals. Frost completely with whipped topping.
  4. Place coconut in resealable plastic bag. Add food coloring. Close bag; shake to evenly tint coconut. Press tinted coconut onto whipped topping-covered center cake. Press marshmallows onto tops of each flower petal. Place bug shaped candies on daisy as desired.


  • Storage Know-How
  • Wrap any leftover cake with plastic wrap and store in refrigerator.
  • Great Substitute
  • Prepare as directed, using JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Fat Free Sugar Free Instant Reduced Calorie Pudding & Pie Filling and COOL WHIP LITE Whipped Topping.

Thrifty Thursdays ~ Daisy Crafts

Today was hot! I'm talking where did the heat come from hot, spring is defiantly in the air, and you know what makes me think of spring? Flowers, especially daisies, so for this thrifty Thursdays I decided to give you a few quick springish daisy crafts.

Daisy Pin
  • A daisy pin is an easy craft that makes a thoughtful gift. Purchase fabric daisies from a craft store--either the white flowers that are made for use inside of scrapbooks, or full silk daisies (simply cut off the bud of the flower). You will need two flower buds. You will also need small googly eyes, a felt-tip pen, a bar pin back and glue. Have the child glue the two flower buds together so that they overlap evenly and all of the petals are aligned. If you used the simple white scrapbook flowers, cut out a circle of yellow and glue it to the top of the flower. Have the child glue on the googly eyes, and use the felt tip marker to draw on a nose and a face. Use glue to attach the bar pin back, and allow the glue to dry. Instead of making a pin, you can also glue a magnet to the back of the flower and stick it on your refrigerator.

Daisy Photo Frame

  • Making a daisy photo frame is as easy as using Popsicle sticks and either cardboard or wooden shapes. You will need eight wooden Popsicle sticks, glue, paint and either cardboard or cut-out wooden shapes, such as Woodsies. Paint the Popsicle sticks in your favorite color and allow them to dry. Once they have dried, lay the sticks flat and arrange them to make a square. Cut a daisy shape out of cardboard and paint or color the petals white with a yellow center. If you are using wooden shapes, paint a wooden circle yellow, and 13 oval shapes, or petals, white. Glue the daisy in the corner of the frame. Use tape or glue to adhere the picture to the back of the frame so that it is facing forward.

Daisy Pencil

  • All you need for this craft is a pencil, a pipe cleaner, and yellow and white craft foam. Cut a daisy shape out of the white-and-yellow craft foam, sticking the yellow circle to the center of the white petals. Make a hole through the center of the flower and insert one end of the pipe cleaner. Make a loop with the end of the pipe cleaner so that it can't slide back through the hole. Wrap the pipe cleaner around the pencil in a spiral to hold it in place.

    Thanks to ehow for the tips :D

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Moment of Me Wednesday ~ take a moment for a manicure

Today while thinking about what to post I glanced at my nails, eep can you say chips galore, we've been doing yard work, and moving stuff so I'm missing pieces and they are not looking great.. so for moment of me Wednesday I decided you and I need a moment manicure so here it is how to do an at home manicure, with some tips :D

Remove. Take off old color with acetone polish remover on a cotton ball. (Note: Don’t use a tissue, it will fall apart and doesn’t absorb the remover well.)

Trim. Cut and file nails to your length of choice. As for shape, there are two main options: square or rounded. Neither form will chip more than the other.

Soak. Rest hands in a bowl of warm water for five minutes. Add two tablespoons of a bath powder or your favorite liquid soap to soften nails. Make sure the water’s not too hot or it will dry out your hands and nails. (If you don't have time, you can skip this step.)

Soften. Apply cuticle oil or lotion on dry hands to nourish and soften rough spots.

Push. Use a cuticle or Popsicle stick to press cuticles back so they don’t get in the way of the polish.

Scrub. Exfoliate hands with a body scrub or homemade mixture of olive oil and kosher salt or raw sugar. Scrub for two to three minutes, then wash thoroughly.

Moisturize. Dry hands and apply a rich moisturizer.

Polish. Apply a base coat first, then apply two thin coats of polish.

Helpful Hints:

  • If you don’t have time to paint your nails, just take off the polish and moisturize. It will look much better than chipped paint.
  • No file on hand? Use the rough edge of a match book.
  • If you don’t have cuticle oil, olive oil works just as well.
  • Light polish is easier to maintain than dark polish – chips and cracks aren’t as noticeable.
  • Keep polish in a cool, dry place, like the fridge. It’ll last longer.


Thanks to for the tips.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Get Free Gas with Kellogg

Kellogg’s ~ Purchase 10 Participating Kellogg’s Cereals (10 oz. or larger) and Get a $10 Gas Reward Card.

Now through December 31, 2011

The $10 Gas Rewards card is a $10 pre-paid rewards MasterCard that can be used for gasoline purchases)

Submit up to 5 Kellogg’s Gas Rewards Cards per household.

Here’s what you need to do…

(1) Purchase 10 boxes of select Kellogg’s cereal 10 oz. or larger and clip off the UPC’s from each box of cereal or check your stockpile! Don’t forget to check out the Kellogg’s coupons available here . To Maximize your savings!
Participating Cereals:

  • Kellogg’s All-Bran® Original
  • Kellogg’s All-Bran® Bran Buds® cereal
  • Kellogg’s All-Bran® Complete® Wheat Flakes® cereal
  • Kellogg’s Smart Start® Strong Heart Antioxidant cereal
  • Kellogg’s Smart Start® Strong Heart Toasted Oat cereal
  • Kellogg’s Corn Flakes® cereal
  • Kellogg’s Corn Flakes® Touch of Honey cereal
  • Kellogg’s Raisin Bran® cereal
  • Kellogg’s Raisin Bran® Crunch cereal
  • Kellogg’s Crispix® cereal
  • Kellogg’s Product 19® cereal
  • Kellogg’s Mueslix® cereal
  • Kellogg’s® Cracklin’ Oat Bran cereal
  • Kellogg’s® Lowfat Granola with Raisins cereal
  • Kellogg’s® Lowfat Granola without Raisins cereal
  • Kellogg’s® Lowfat Granola Original cereal
  • Kellogg’s® Fruit Harvest Strawberry/Blueberry cereal
  • Kellogg’s Rice Krispies® cereal

(2) Print and fill out the form found here

(3) Mail the completed form and the 10 UPCs to the following address:
Kellogg’s Gas Rewards Card
P O Box 7168
Kalamazoo, MI 49003-7168

**Fine Print: Ages 18 and above only; Limit one Official Order Form per envelope; Limit 5 Kellogg’s Gas Rewards Cards per household; Letters must be postmarked by 12/31/2011 and received by 1/07/2012; Allow 90 days from receipt of order to receive your gas card.

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Money Saving Monday - Grocery

Money-Saving Monday!

Let's talk groceries! How do you save money on your groceries. As someone who receives food stamps and has extra kids to feed with my daycare, I definitely need to stretch my dollar for groceries. Here are a few simple things:

Packing lunches:
-Leftovers are perfect for lunches, packed or not, and make sure that you don't waste food (and money!) by letting it rot in your fridge!
-Try not to buy individual packets of food! They are expensive! If you do need to buy individual packets of something, try the clearance section at your grocery store or go to a closeout store like Big Lots, they will be much cheaper!

Don't buy what you don't need:
-You've probably heard this over and over, but it's true- when you have a list to stick to, you spend less money!
-Don't go shopping while you're hungry, everything looks delicious and you'll end up with a lot more food in your cart!
-Don't buy treats unless they're on sale. Sure, you loooove that fancy little cookies in those cute little fluted paper cups, but do you need them? No. Wait for a sale and stock up, you'll save in the long run and it'll help keep less junk in our houses anyway!

Plan, plan, plan:
-Menus! Plan a menu for the week around this week's grocery sales or what you have in your cupboards already, you might be surprised at how much food you actually have!
-Make meals ahead and freeze! Casserole dishes are great for this, take them out of the freezer and into the fridge the night before to thaw and cook it like you normally would. To find some good freezer recipes, Google freezer recipes or Once a month cooking.
-Set limits on eating out! Eating out is expensive! Look online for copycat recipes of your favorite restaurant meals and try them out.

-Last but definitely not least, coupons. Some people say that they don't have time for coupons, but using coupons uses as much time as you let it, you can buy a newspaper every Sunday and get great coupons! You can not buy any newspapers and find great coupons online! The key to coupons, is to only buy what you would buy anyway. Just because those pickled pigs feet are on sale and you have an awesome coupon making them almost free doesn't mean you need to get them. Control yourself and only buy what you'll use.

Merry savings to all and to all some spare change!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Amish-Style Stuffed Chicken Recipe

Prep: 30 mins
Total: 1 hr
Total time: 90 mins
Servings: 4 servings

4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (1 1/4 to 1 1/2 pounds total)
2 skinless, boneless chicken thighs (about 1/2 pound total)
1/4 cup pistachio nuts
2 tablespoons whipping cream
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon butter, melted
Paprika and/or pepper
1 recipe Cider Cream Sauce (see recipe below)

1. Lightly grease a shallow baking dish; set aside. Place chicken thighs in a food processor bowl*. Cover and process until coarsely ground. Add pistachio nuts, cream, salt, and pepper. Cover and process until well combined. Set aside.
2. Place each chicken breast half between 2 pieces of plastic wrap. Pound lightly into a rectangle about 1/8 inch thick. Remove plastic wrap. Sprinkle with a little additional salt and pepper.
3. Place 1/4 of thigh mixture on each piece of chicken breast. Roll up, tucking in the ends. Secure with wooden toothpicks, if needed. Place rolls in prepared baking dish. Brush rolls with melted butter. Sprinkle with paprika.
4. Bake in a 375 degree F oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until no longer pink (and internal temperature is 165 degree F).
5. Remove the chicken rolls from oven and place on warmed dinner plates. Spoon some of the Cider Cream Sauce over the chicken rolls; pass remaining sauce. Makes 4 servings.
Cider Cream Sauce
In a medium saucepan, combine 1-1/2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth, 1/3 cup apple cider or apple juice, and 1/4 cup dry vermouth. Bring to boiling; reduce heat slightly. Boil gently until reduced to 1/2 cup. (This should take 15 to 20 minutes.) Add 1/2 cup whipping cream; return to boiling. Boil gently for 5 to 7 minutes more or until sauce is slightly thickened and reduced to 1/2 cup (this should take 5 to 7 minutes).
If you don't have a food processor, finely chop chicken and nuts with a knife. Stir in cream and seasonings.

Nutrition Facts
Calories 437, Total Fat 31 g, Cholesterol 140 mg, Sodium 527 mg, Carbohydrate 7 g.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Nutter Butter Stuffed Chocolate Cookie Recipe

I saw this on an article about choco chip cookies and had to share, this is one of those cookies that you should probably only eat one of but you probably wont want to eat only one of lol.

Nutter Butter Stuffed Chocolate Cookies


  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 package Nutter Butter cookies


1.Heat chopped chocolate and butter in a microwave safe bowl for 20 second increments, stirring often, until chocolate is smooth (be careful not to overheat). Set aside.

2.In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. In a mixing bowl beat eggs, brown sugar, and vanilla on high speed until light and fluffy. Lower speed and add melted chocolate. Stir in flour mixture just until combined. Batter will be thin.

3.Refrigerate 30 minutes until the dough thickens and becomes easier to handle. Meanwhile, break some of the Nutter Butters in half (you won’t need the whole bag). After dough has refrigerated use a spoon or cookie scoop to make some dough balls. I found it easiest to have one pans worth ready before assembling. Sandwich the Nutter Butter between two dough balls and mold the dough around the cookie. The dough is a little sticky but it’s still pretty easy to work with.

4.Bake at 350 degrees for 9-11 minutes. The shorter time will produce a gooier cookie so it just depends on how you like them.


Stevie's Story ~ A Story of Love and Compassion

Someone emailed this to me and I thought I could email this or I could spread it the best way I know how by sharing it with ya'll, please take the time to read it, it is a great story.

"If this doesn't light your fire ... your
wood is wet!

I try not to be biased, but I had my doubts about hiring
Stevie. His placement counselor assured me that he would be a good,
reliable busboy.

But I had never had a mentally handicapped employee and wasn't sure I wanted
one. I wasn't sure how my customers would react to Stevie.

He was short, a little dumpy with the smooth facial features and thick-tongued
speech of Downs Syndrome. I wasn't worried about most of my trucker customers
because truckers don't generally care who buses tables as long as the meatloaf
platter is good and the pies are homemade.

The four-wheeler drivers were the ones who concerned me; the mouthy college kids
traveling to school; the yuppie snobs who secretly polish their silverware with
their napkins for fear of catching some dreaded "truck stop germ" the pairs of
white-shirted business men on expense accounts who think every truck stop
waitress wants to be flirted with. I knew those people would be uncomfortable
around Stevie so I closely watched him for the first few weeks.

I shouldn't have worried. After the first week, Stevie had my staff wrapped
around his stubby little finger, and within a month my truck regulars had
adopted him as their official truck stop mascot.

After that, I really didn't care what the rest of the customers thought of him.
He was like a 21-year-old kid in blue jeans and Nikes, eager to laugh and eager
to please, but fierce in his attention to his duties. Every salt and pepper
was exactly in its place, not a bread crumb or coffee spill was visible
when Stevie got done with the table. Our only problem was persuading him to wait
to clean a table until after the customers were finished. He would hover in the
background, shifting his weight from one foot to the other, scanning the dining
room until a table was empty.Then he would scurry to the empty table and
carefully bus dishes and glasses onto his cart and meticulously wipe the table
up with a practiced flourish of his rag. If he thought a customer was watching,
his brow would pucker with added concentration. He took pride in doing his job
exactly right, and you had to love how hard he tried to please each and every
person he met.

Over time, we learned that he lived with his mother, a widow who was disabled
after repeated surgeries for cancer. They lived on their Social Security
benefits in public housing two miles from the truck stop. Their social worker,
who stopped to check on him every so often, admitted they had
fallen between the cracks. Money was tight, and what I paid him was probably the
difference between them being able to live together and Stevie being sent to a
group home. That's why the restaurant was a gloomy place that morning last
August, the first morning in three years that Stevie missed work.

He was at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester getting a new valve or something put in
his heart. His social worker said that people with Downs Syndrome often have
heart problems at an early age so this wasn't unexpected, and there was a good
chance he would come through the surgery in good shape and be back at work in a
few months.

A ripple of excitement ran through the staff later that morning when word came
that he was out of surgery, in recovery, and doing fine.

Frannie, the head waitress, let out a war hoop and did a little dance in the
aisle when she heard the good news.

Marvin Ringers, one of our regular trucker customers, stared at the sight of
this 50-year-old grandmother of four doing a victory shimmy beside his table

Frannie blushed, smoothed her apron and shot Marvin a withering look.

He grinned. "OK, Frannie, what was that all about?" he asked.

"We just got word that Stevie is out of surgery and going to be okay."

"I was wondering where he was. I had a new joke to tell him. What was the
surgery about?"

Frannie quickly told Marvin and the other two drivers sitting at his booth about
Stevie's surgery, then sighed: " Yeah, I'm glad he is going to be OK," she said.
"But I don't know how he and his Mom are going to handle all the bills. From
what I hear, they're barely getting by as it is." Marvin nodded thoughtfully,
and Frannie hurried off to wait on the rest of her tables. Since I hadn't had
time to round up a busboy to replace Stevie and really didn't want to replace
him, the girls were busing their own tables that day until we decided what to

After the morning rush, Frannie walked into my office. She had a couple of paper
in her hand and a funny look on her face.

"What's up?" I asked.

"I didn't get that table where Marvin and his friends were sitting cleared off
after they left, and Pete and Tony were sitting there when I got back to clean
it off," she said. "This was folded and tucked under a coffee cup"

She handed the napkin to me, and three $20 bills fell onto my desk when I opened
it. On the outside, in big, bold letters, was printed "Something For Stevie."

"Pete asked me what that was all about," she said, "so I told him about Stevie
and his Mom and everything, and Pete
looked at Tony and Tony looked at Pete, and they ended up giving me this." She
handed me another paper napkin that had "Something For Stevie"scrawled on its
outside. Two $50 bills were tucked within its folds. Frannie looked at me with
wet, shiny eyes, shook her head and said simply:

That was three months ago. Today is Thanksgiving, the first day Stevie is
supposed to be back to work.

His placement worker said he's been counting the days until the doctor said he
could work, and it didn't matter at all that it was a holiday. He called 10
times in the past week, making sure we knew he was coming, fearful that we had
forgotten him or that his job was in jeopardy. I arranged to have his mother
bring him to work. I then met them in the parking lot and invited them both to
celebrate his day back.

Stevie was thinner and paler, but couldn't stop grinning as he pushed through
the doors and headed for the back room where his apron and busing cart were

"Hold up there, Stevie, not so fast," I said. I took him and his mother by their
arms. "Work can wait for a minute. To
celebrate your coming back, breakfast for you and your mother is on me!" I led
them toward a large corner booth at the rear of the room.

I could feel and hear the rest of the staff following behind as we marched
through the dining room. Glancing over my shoulder, I saw booth after booth of
grinning truckers empty and join the procession. We stopped in front of the big
table. Its surface was covered with coffee cups, saucers and dinner plates, all
sitting slightly crooked on dozens of folded paper napkins. "First thing you
have to do, Stevie, is clean up this mess," I said. I tried to sound stern.

Stevie looked at me, and then at his mother, then pulled out one of the napkins.
It had "Something for Stevie" printed on the outside. As he picked it up, two
$10 bills fell onto the table.

Stevie stared at the money, then at all the napkins peeking from beneath the
tableware, each with his name printed or scrawled on it. I turned to his mother.
"There's more than $10,000 in cash and checks on that table, all from truckers
and trucking companies that heard about your problems. "Happy Thanksgiving."

Well, it got real noisy about that time, with everybody hollering and shouting,
and there were a few tears, as well.

But you know what's funny? While everybody else was busy shaking hands and
hugging each other, Stevie, with a big smile on his face, was busy clearing all
the cups and dishes from the table..

Best worker I ever hired.

Plant a seed and watch it grow.

At this point, you can bury this inspirational message or forward it fulfilling
the need!

If you shed a tear, hug yourself, because you are a compassionate person.

Well.. Don't just sit there! Send this story on! Keep it going, this is a good
one. "