December 22, 2013

Christmas is coming! Are you ready?

Sorry for the delay in posting.  I feel like a ghost to the blog whose presence has been here but...not.

The truth is, hubby and I have been sick.  Especially myself, for months!  I've been undergoing lots of blood work, testing, etc. to find out what exactly is wrong but, to no avail the docs cannot come up with an actual diagnosis.

After being tested from thyroid to mono or meningitis, everything is negative. Very disappointing.  As much as I would love to have either of the above, which could be treated, I've just been on random antibiotics they use to treat Lyme disease and other things which I know I don't have.

However, the meds made me well enough to take an unbelievable trip with my mom to LA/Hollywood, to meet one the most famous women (unbelievably nice and seemed like family) in Hollywood-literally, you can see the sign from her penthouse condo.

We did so many incredible things it will take several posts to give you the whole story.  For now, here's a picture to show the view from the penthouse where we were fortunate enough to stay in for four days.

That's Los Angeles-Downtown and literally MILES away from the Penthouse.  My little camera allowed me to zoom in quire well.

I just wanted to say Hi!  I'm still alive and, have some really great reviews/giveaways coming up.

Hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving and getting your Christmas shopping/cooking/wrapping all out of the way so you can relax and enjoy YOUR families.

I'll be back soon with info about our trip and the giveaways/reviews as promised.


September 25, 2013

PrinterPix Groupon Deal!

Printerpix currently has an amazing deal on Groupon.
Printerpix has a Groupn deal is for:  $17 for $70 Worth of Custom Photo Books, Canvas Calendars, Metals, or Phone Cases from Printerpix, at:
They have some really cool ideas on their website. After ordering a lot of printed photos, etc.  This deal is a really good offer and, would make excellent presents.  I hate to say it but, Christmas is right around the corner.
So, before they sell out.. go check it out on Groupon now! 

September 22, 2013

Whiskers Creations Washable Pee Pad Winner!

I know I waited awhile to choose (via the winner of Whiskers Creations Washable Pee Pad.  But, for some reason between Google+ and Blogger combining my blog, I've had issues with commenting as well as the RSS feed.  So, I gave readers longer to sign up. I even had folks emailing me asking me to "sign them up".

Hopefully, this issue will be resolved; if not already.  If you want to enter a giveaway please email me at :

For now, here is the lucky winner of the Whiskers Creations Pee Pad (you can also find a link with their logo on my homepage.  They are awesome!)

Congratulations Owen!  I hope your pup likes to "go" on Whiskers Creations Pee Pad as much as mine do and it helps you keep up from cleaning up!
For everyone else.  There are more giveaways coming up! If for some reason your comment doesn't "appear" after posting.  I can still see them.  But if you feel more comfortable emailing me, that's just fine. Until I get this problem all cleaned up ; ) I will post them on your behalf. 

Thanks again!

Galaxy Press with Ron L. Hubbard Classics

Myself as well as my mom have been listening to some of Ron L. Hubbard's classic novels on CD's from Galaxy Press which have been made into CD's which are much more like movies than average "book's on tape". The quality of actors and actresses which play the different roles of characters are incredible. They also include music from famous artists.

Both my mother and myself have enjoyed listening to the "books/CD's on tape" for the past 6-8 months and have been pleasantly surprised not only by the stories but, the quality of the sound,  music, actors and plots.

I'm amazed that these were written so long ago but sound as if they could have easily be written today. And, kind of creepy which is something I'm drawn to whether on book/tape or video.

My favorite has been "Dead Men Kill". It was a very original and kept my attention while cleaning house until I actually sat down to hear the ending. And kind of creepy which is something I'm drawn to whether on book/tape or video.  My mom said in one of her Amazon reviews that she "kept driving around aimlessly until she finished hearing one of the books".
They come with a super cool newspaper that appears real of how the stories would appear in the daily paper. They also have very cool pulp fiction type covers. Another one of the great ones we heard was "False Cargo".
Dead Men Kill CD Cover
False Cargo CD Case Cover
Dead Men Kill CD Case Cover
Galaxy has a super cool video on YouTube that shows how they make their awesome "stories of the golden age"
Galaxy has a super cool video on YouTube that shows how they make their awesome "stories of the golden age" You can get the link to check it out here: Stories of the Golden Age.

After checking out their site more, I would love to get a few of the new stories "Fear" and "Final Blackout":

Galaxy is also so awesome, they are going to offer a giveaway to three lucky readers for two each of their Cd's or MP3's.  I think you will enjoy them as much as we did.

To be included in the giveaway, just comment on why you would be interested in listening to these Cd's or MP3's and which one interests you the most. Also, if you are a reader or member of the blog, you can leave a separate comment giving you 2 entries or chances to win.

Good luck and happy listening!



August 10, 2013

Reusable Pee-Pee Pads From Whiskers Creations

For the past few weeks, we've been trying out the reusable pee-pads from Whiskers Creations.  Two of our dachshund puppies, Charlotte, our wirehair silver dapple who is just over 6 months old, and Jack, our 9 week old black and tan smooth coat male, began using it immediately.

The brand new pad.  Excuse my photography on this post. I had to use my phone. 
It's hard to catch a dog in action if ya know what I mean. ; )

I've been amazed with the results. We were going through a package of around 50 pee-pads each month. But, after receiving the reusable pad from Whiskers Creations, we housetrained Charlotte completely and, Jack uses the reusable pad religiously.  NO more disposable pads whatsoever!

They both love it. For all dog owners, I'm sure you know dogs that dogs/puppies are more apt to "go" on your carpet, rugs, towels, etc.  So, the reusable pad being made of cloth, are automatically drawn to it. 

There are so many benefits to it other than it just being reusable.  Not only is it machine washable but also cute, waterproof and no chemicals!  Not only are they more attractive lying on the floor to humans but, also more attractive to pets due to the material.  It also has 80% less odor than disposables. Our pups can use it 4-5x and you don't smell a thing! And it holds a lot more moisture than your typical pee-pads (even the most expensive brands).

   Our first pee!    
No leaks through to the underside!

The floor was  not so clean at the time but, at least there was no dog pee!

We had instant results from the pee-pad. Charlotte peed on it within the first hour it was out of the box.  Then, we had a poop which I wasn't expecting so quickly. I told hubby "I never thought I would find myself happy to take a picture of dog feces". I've washed the pee-pad three times and have been using it about around a month.  The cute print hasn't faded at bit!

Baby Jack had NEVER been inside until a week or so ago and hasn't had a single accident in the house.  He immediately "went" on the pee-pad which shocked me and has used it every time since!  In fact, I'm going to order more so that while its in the wash I have another to put down.  But, between that and just taking him outside we have had no problems at all. For a puppy his age, its amazing.

Jack getting ready to go..again. Puppies!  Do they ever stop??
I would definitely recommend this to ALL dog/puppy owners who have issues with their dogs going inside or, who use pee-pads for housetraining.  I love that they are so eco-friendly which is a big issue in our home.  We try to use as many eco-friendly products as possible.  Especially when it comes to our pets.  And save so much money.  Pee-pads are NOT cheap!  I guess it's sort of like cloth diapering your baby. ; )

The great folks at Whiskers Creations are generous enough to offer up a reusable pee pad to one of you fine readers to use in your own home.  To enter, just leave a comment below on why you think these are such great pads and why you need one or, a comment about your pet.  You can also leave an additional comment if you are a blog follower or follow by email. 

The winner will be chosen via on Friday, August 16th.  Good luck!


August 7, 2013

Aluminum Foil for Laundry?

If  you Google Aluminum Foil, you'll find that it is good for a LOT of other uses than covering leftovers. 

I found an totally exciting and surprising use of aluminum foil.  Simply wad up a big ball the size of your fist and place it in the dryer with your wet clothes.  It will save you from having to purchase dryer sheets to add to your laundry for the next 6 months (then just make a new ball of foil).  Talk about a cheap way out!  And, it allows you to keep all those extra chemicals out of your clothes, skin, and life. 

I've been using the same "ball" for the past 2 months and have been extremely happy with the results.  No static,  my clothes dryer faster, and its totally eco-friendly.

So go wad up a big ball of foil and toss it in your dryer.  You'll be as happy as I am with the reusable results. Who would 'a thought?

July 24, 2013

Happy Indpendence Day! A lot late.....

This year as usual, our family all gathered together and blew a lot of things up.  My dad shot me at close range with roman candles, as did I him.  My brother and sister-in-law lit up sparklers and my Mamaw sat and watched all the action with my uncle and his girlfriend.  It was a blast (pun intended)!

We always go across the border (no, not to Mexico) but, to Tennessee and buy a ton of fireworks. All together I figure we be blow (another pun, sorry) $1,000/year. 

First we gather together around the fire pit for a feast of hamburgers, hotdogs, potato salad, chips, the works (thanks Mom and Mamaw)!  While we pig out we begin our fiasco before sundown with smoke bombs and poppers which escalates into an all out fireworks display great enough for the big city, or, the neighbors call the cops.

This year was just as good as any.  I'm so happy that my family could get together once again and have as much fun as we always do.  We had to put the Fourth off until the Sixth so that my lil' bro could come up from his new home and job with his girlfriend I refer to as my sister-in-law and because of rainy weather.  None the less it was a spectacular event.  We all had a lot of fun.  Except I'm still recovering from that one roman candle burn.  Thanks dad. 
Our "small firework package"

Explains itself. 16 shots of beauty, and gunpowder.

My mom loves these fountains that sit on the ground.  It was actually pretty good. Pic to follow:
Nice, huh?

Then there was the Big Dawg.
I consider myself an expert in purchasing explosives.  It doesn't depend on the size of the package, its the firepower behind it and the number of shots. They are all 500 grams, the legal level, so a 16 shot is way better than a bigger box that is 30 shots. (keep that in mind kids) : )

The Enigma, another 500 gram but with 15 shots, so of course fantastic!

Smoke bombs and roosters in honor of my belated rooster Carl whose demise I'm still trying to deal with emotionally. (tear).

Surprisingly enough (even for me, the expert, Whack Job was our best firework of the evening).  Created by Bill Nye the Science Guy, it was fantastic.  I wish I hadn't set it off first and saved it for last.  But, even I wasn't expecting so much from the smaller package. 

More from our small kit including tanks, smoke bombs, poppers (they are really fun to put under toilet seats, just what you want when you gotta go.  A real surprise.  I buy enough of these to last year round).

Sparklers, a family favorite!

We actually found the parachute from this rocket.  Too fun!
Parents chowing down.

Zach (lil' bro) and Ashley.  SO glad they could come. : )

Uncle Randall and Tammy. Waiting for the adventure. I think this was Tammy's first Fourth of July with us.  Glad she could join the festivities. And, she was good enough to take some pics for me.

Cousin Jeremy and his gf Danielle.  Def. Danielle's first time hanging with the fam on the Fourth.  She was fun to hang out with.

Hubby eating some chips before we got down to the hamburgers and hotdogs.

Our cool water wheel beside the cabin.  Love being back there in the wilderness.
Hubby and me after pigging out.

Terrible pic but had to add it because it was so funny.  Typical of me and my dad. ; )

Mom and Tammy finishing up the final touches before we possibly loose a finger.

Mamaw showing off her Budweiser.  Jk..its a Pepsi.  Love her!

Me and Mamaw.  Dad is beginning the marshmallow roasting.

Me and Zach. I know, I'm the good looking one.  Notice my cool lighter hanging from my belt specially purchased for this grand occasion.

And it begins!  (Actually this was the end) but I thought I would add the best first. I'm good at shooting them but terrible at shooting photos of them.  I'm ALWAY'S a second off.  SO, enjoy what I did get.
Me and the folks

My dad acting like he's five years old again, just like every year.




I love the Fourth of July.  It is one of my favorite day's of year.  We can all have fun, bond, eat, and blow stuff up.  Who wouldn't love that??  Looking forward to next year already. : )

June 24, 2013

Gluten Freee Baking with Betty Crocker and Joseph & Jospeh

Thanks to Betty Crocker and, I was able to try out a new recipe for the Celiacs and/or gluten free folks in my family.

Celicas and gluten allergies are nothing to mess around with. They can make you very sick as well as all sorts of underlying and overlooked health related side effects.

I'm so proud to have the opportunity from and Betty Crocker to create a gluten free recipe for my friends, family and loved ones.

I began with the 9x9 baking pan I was provided from Danesco.  I lightly greased it with good 'ole Crisco.  Then I mixed up the Betty Crocker Devils Food Cake Mix (gluten free) with three eggs, 1/3 cup of oil and 1/4 cup of water.

Using the Joseph & Joseph baking set I was lucky enough to be awarded,  I had the perfect utensils to make my  very first fondant cake.

The set came with an awesome rolling pin complete with three different sizes of rollers.  You can't possible screw up the depth of a pie or cake, a silicone spatula, 
and a  silicone brush.  It also included a really cute pink timer (if you ask my husband I've needed this since we were married since I've burned the bread since night #1).  
The timer worked perfectly.  I set it on 38 minutes for the 9X9 baking pan.

The rolling pin comes complete with three sizes as well as measurements engraved in the pin itself. 

The baking dish is a deep dish and coated so that nothing sticks to it.

After mixing the ingredients together I placed them in our new slightly greased 9X9 Danesco pan.

I  used free range eggs to make our cake even more organic. It may be my imagination but I think that things used with organic eggs always turn out fluffier and better.

I was lucky on the egg inclusion and didn't get a single bit of shell in the cake!

After the eggs, I used the new silicone spatula to stir all the ingredients together.  

The spatula worked wonders and cleaned up sooo easily.

Next, I used my 15 year old  kitchenaid mixer to finalize combining all ingredients.

After all the blending, I added them to the new Danesco 9x9 baking pan.

The timer is easily set and very loud when it alarms so you can hear it anywhere in your home.

I set the Johnson & Johnson timer to 38minutes and let the cake bake to perfection'
 in our convection oven.

Once the cake was completed and cooled, I transferred it to a disposable can sheet.

I had purchased some Duffs Co. Fondant to try out and decided to use it on this recipe since it was suppose to be 100% gluten free.

I first coated the cake in Betty Crocker Pecan Frosting (also gluten free.)

Next, I put a small layer of Argo Corn Meal and coated the counter top so I could roll out the fondant without anything sticking to the brushes, spatula or roller.

The awesome roller comes complete with different sizes of rollers built into the rolling pin so you can easily roll out any size or thickness of crust, etc. that you need.  This is the coolest thing ever!  I wasn't even aware the rolling pin did this until I began to clean it.

For the fondant, I removed all the extra sizes so that I could roll it out as thinly as possible.  Then, I covered the cake with a thin layer of the coconut/pecan icing.  After which, I covered it with the thinned rolling of the Duff's Fondant.

For my first time, I think I did okay.

I reserved some of the Duff's Fondant and added some Wilton's red coloring to make hearts with a cookie cutter.

I also make some yellow Fondant and added those hearts on top of the red,
as well as a ring around the cake and, some small polka dots. 
Then I added, in black frosting ink: Happy Fifteenth Anniversary.
My husband Daniel and I had our 15th on June 20th so, I thought my first Fondant cake should be a good way to celebrate it. Even though it might not have turned out to be the best ever at least now I'm more familiar with working with Fondant.  And, now I can make gluten free deserts for my sister-in-law and mother-in-law and try to dress them up a little bit.
I'm happy to say that my sister-in-law Ashley won this giveaway of the awesome Joseph and Joseph as well as the Danesco 9X9 baking pan.  I  know she will love it all as much as do!

Happy 15th Anniversary Baby!