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Lots of Reminders!

Wow…a lot going on here.

First, a reminder to check out the Spoonfuls of Stories giveaway. You have until Sunday night to enter!

Second, same post…are you yearning to be a children’s book author? Go check it out! There’s a $5000 first prize reward and the chance for a book review by Simon & Schuster Children´s Publishing. (Cool, right??)

Third, the Fishful Thinking $10,000 scholarship giveaway is still going on! All you have to do is create a cute little Fishful Thinking story (with guidance) and then fill out the form. Yep, that’s it!

Fourth, I know you can see the Fishful Thinking links over there on the left-hand side, but I’ve also created a Fishful Thinking page. Right now it’s pretty much the same links, but in all my spare time (ha ha), I plan to add to it. And I’ll be keeping it up-to-date all summer with the new activities that come out weekly. The page lives at the top of my blog…see? Up there where it says “Go Fish!”

Have you been doing the Fishful thinking activites? Do you like the articles? Drop me a line and let me know! I’m dying to hear what you think 🙂

Lemons and Lemonade

Tanya, over at Mike and Tanya’s Corner of the World, sent this my way. Very much appreciated after yesterday’s lemons. Thank you Tanya! 🙂 Funny – her husband’s name is Mike and she has a son named Logan. All she needs now is twins 😉 (Okay Tanya – I know…Logan and the single 4-month-old is probably enough for now, huh? LOL)

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Fist, give some blogger-love to the person who gave it to you. (check!)

Second, nominate 10 of your favorite blogger buddies.

I saw this award on someone else’s blog (Debi’s?) and she explained what it meant to her. I’m going to copy that…It takes a creative, hard-working kid to make a lemonade stand work. And if you keep at it, you’ll succeed. This is what I think of. So, I’m going to list 10 bloggers who represent these qualities. You may have gotten it before, but I’m too lazy to go look *grin*

  1. Cheryl over at Twinfatuation
  2. What a Card
  3. Heather at Want What You Have
  4. Heather at Thoughts, Ramblings, Dreams, and Ponderings
  5. Goddess in Progress
  6. Julie at The Other Boufs
  7. Bia at La Dolce Vita: the sweet life with three sons
  8. Laura at Catholic Teacher Musings
  9. Mommy, Esq.
  10. Giovanna Diaries

(If you happen across this post before I leave a comment that you have an award, sorry – it’s that whole lazy thing going on again.)

Oh, and an update about yesterday’s lemons…The lady’s insurance guy called this morning. He was quite nice and asked questions about the “accident” – I’m guessing to see if our stories matched..? But nothing about my insurance – so I’m sure there will be another call coming.

National De-Lurking Week!

The lovely Goddess has shed light on a very important week:

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What’s that mean? It means that all of you people who come to my blog but never leave a comment – I’m counting on you to come on out of Lurkerville and leave me some love. 🙂

Followed the link from Facebook? Searched for Zimmer Zoo? Got a bookmark saved? Clicked over from someone’s  blogroll? All of you! I wanna know you’re here 🙂

Oh, and if you’re a perpetual lurker on all blogs – show the others you’re there too! Trust me, we bloggers live for comments. It’s shameful.

Didja Win? (Plus Yummy Recipes!)

Thank you to everyone who participated in my first giveaway! Random.org chose the 3 winners:

  1. Debi B – Comment 6
  2. Lisa – Recipe submission 4
  3. Mary Jenkins – Comment 8

I’ll try to email all of you within the next few hours. Please email me your address so Progresso can send the basket to you.  If I don’t hear from you within 3 days, random.org will pick a new winner.

And now for the recipes!

CHICKEN TETRAZZINI

From the Kitchen of:  Jessica Brown

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. onion salt
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1  stick butter – melted 16 oz
  • sour cream 24 oz chicken broth
  • 1 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 16 oz linguine noodles
  • 5 chicken breasts – boiled and  cubed  or Cube (2 1/2) 6oz.  packages of pre-cooked  chicken slices
Topping:
  • 1 stick butter melted Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • Approx. 2 cups
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x 13 pan or two smaller pans with cooking spray.
  2. Boil Linguine noodles, drain and mix with chicken.
  3. In a small bowl, melt 1 stick of butter and whisk together with flour, salt, pepper, garlic salt, and onion salt for one minute.
  4. In another bowl, mix together sour cream and chicken broth.  Combine both mixtures and cook on high until it becomes thick.
  5. After mixture is thick, add mozzarella cheese.
  6. In a large bowl, mix cheese sauce with noodles and chicken.  Pour into baking pan(s).
  7. Topping – mix 1 stick of melted butter with enough bread crumbs to make a crumbly topping.  Place on top of linguine and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

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AUTHENTIC FRENCH MERINGUES

From the Kitchen of:  Nicole

Ingredients
  • 4 egg whites
  • 2 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F (95 degrees C). Butter and flour a baking sheet.
  2. In a glass or metal bowl, whip egg whites until foamy using an electric mixer. Sprinkle in sugar a little at a time, while continuing to whip at medium speed. When the mixture becomes stiff and shiny like satin, stop mixing, and transfer the mixture to a large pastry bag. Pipe the meringue out onto the prepared baking sheet using a large round tip or star tip.
  3. Place the meringues in the oven and place a wooden spoon handle in the door to keep it from closing all the way. Bake for 3 hours, or until the meringues are dry, and can easily be removed from the pan. Allow cookies to cool completely before storing in an airtight container at room temperature.

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DEEP DARK CHOCOLATE PEPPERMINT CAKE

From the Kitchen of:  Lisa (through allrecipes.com)

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Deep-Dark-Chocolate-Peppermint-Cake/Detail.aspx

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ULTIMATE SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE

From the Kitchen of: Debi B

http://healthycookingforfamilies.blogspot.com/2008/11/ultimate-sweet-potato-casserole.html

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WHITE CHOCOLATE CARAMEL GINGERBREAD

From the Kitchen of: Nancy Zimmer
(through a magazine from way back when…can’t remember which one!)

Ingredients
  • 1 Box of gingerbread mix + ingredients to make the mix
  • White chocolate chips (The original recipe had an amount, but I just use what looks good)
  • Jar/bottle of caramel topping (The original recipe had an amount, but I just use what looks good)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and place parchment paper in the bottom of a round cake pan. (cut the parchment paper to fit.)
  2. Prepare the gingerbread mix as described on the box.
  3. Pour 1/2 of the mix into the pan and bake for 12 minutes or until firm.
  4. Pour White chocolate chips into pan. Pour caramel topping over the chips. Pour the rest of the mix on top. Bake for another 12 minutes or until firm.
  5. Cool 5 minutes and then remove from pan and place on cooling rack.

300th Post!

Holy Cow. How did THAT happen?? It seems like I just posted about my 100th post. Perhaps I should just shut up already! 😉

Like the 100th post, I’m going to list some favorites here…and a few are duplicated from that 100th one.

There are the “Is It Just Me?” posts:

There are the “Dang…my kids are funny if I do say so myself” posts:

And there are the “Ranting/Venting” posts:

Did I miss a favorite post of yours?

Might As Well Do It Again

I’ve thrown my name into the December blogroll for NaBloPoMo.

nablo1208Anyone else joining in?

Giveaway: Reminder!

Don’t forget to comment on the Giveaway post and/or send me an email with a recipe (or link to your blog recipe) before the end of the day on Monday (tomorrow)! 🙂

My First Giveaway!

I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am. Not only because I have a giveaway to send out to a few lucky readers, but because it’s like these people read my blog and know exactly what I need!! Yep – I get to keep one too 🙂

MyBlogSpark and Progresso sent me a gift basket that’s full of goodies. And they are even goodies I can use on my diet! Check it out:

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It’s the Progresso “Perfect Recipe” gift basket – and I get to give three away!!! The gift baskets include a free coupon for Progresso Broth, a recipe card holder, recipe box and wicker basket, as well as a set of serving spoons and a spoon rest.

I don’t know about you, but I use broth in a LOT of recipes. Well…actually I only use it in a few recipes – that I make all the time *sheepish grin* (like the Burger Soup!)

And if you read my blog with any regularity, you know that I could use another utensil to replace my melted one!

So…what do you have to do to win one of these lovely baskets? You’ll get entered once if you leave me a comment for THIS post (you can leave as many comments as you want here, but I’ll enter you once only – sorry!). And you’ll get entered a second time if you email me your favorite holiday recipe (or email me the link to it if you’ve posted it on your blog). I’ll post the recipes with the winners!

I’m closing the doors on Monday December 1, 2008 – Midnight Eastern time – so coment and email before then. Random.org will pick the winners on Tuesday morning and I’ll have them (and the recipes) posted at some point that Tuesday.

Honestly

A big thank you to Heather at Wanting What You Have for passing this one along to me. It means a lot to me since I read her (very honest) blog all the time.

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As usual, there are rules that you agree to when you accept this award:

“When you receive the prize, you must write a post showing it, together with the name of who has given it to you, and link them back. Choose a minimum of 7 blogs that you find brilliant in their content or design. Show their names and links and leave them a comment informing that they were prized with ‘Honest Weblog’. List [if you can and/or dare] at least ten honest things about yourself. Then, pass it on!”

Ten Honest Things About Myself:

  1. I don’t shower every day. With 3 kids and a full-time job, I just don’t have the time to!
  2. I go through life fearing that someone will “find me out” – that I’m not supposed to have a master’s degree, or that I shouldn’t really have the job I have, or I’m not really the person people think I am…Something like that. Not sure why, but there it is.
  3. When I’m at work, I want to be with my kids. When I’m with my kids, I sometimes want to be at work.
  4. I never feel like I fit in. There are lots of places that I go to where I have to remind myself that I really DO belong there.
  5. My friends often use me as a reality check because I’m so honest with them.
  6. I’m not a creative writer. Technical, sure. Autobiographical, well – you’ve seen that here. Creative, no.
  7. I could sit on the couch and watch TV (with my computer so I could blog) all day. For days. And not be bored at all.
  8. I’m a life time member of the Girl Scouts. There was a time in my life when I was embarrassed to say that I was in the Girl Scouts – not any more! I’m currently inactive though – stopped being a leader when I had the twins. I’m pretty sure I’ll be sucked back in when Maggie gets to the right age though. 🙂
  9. There are times when I wonder – in passing – if I suffer from depression. I took a psychology course though, so I know from experience if I start looking up “symptoms” – every single one will apply; but it doesn’t mean that I do.
  10. It’s really hard to come up with 10 honest things when my entire blog is pretty honest…

Seven Blogs I think of When I See the Word Honest:
(not that I don’t think that all the blogs I read are honest…)

  1. Snickollet
  2. Debi at Who Says 8 Is Enough?
  3. Giovanna Diaries
  4. What a Card
  5. Nancy at Southern Blessings
  6. Jane at Baby Squared
  7. VP of Domestic Affairs

I’m Kreativ!

What a Card just passed this award on to me. Thank you WAC!! 🙂

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The rules:

  1. List six things that make you happy.
  2. Pass the award along to six more bloggers.

Six Things:

  1. Family. Definitely family. And all of them – my immediate family, and my extended family.
  2. Blog comments. (okay – I just couldn’t resist! *grin*)
  3. Figuring out a complex puzzle (especially if it’s not a game, but rather a life-puzzle).
  4. Finding time to read: books, blogs, news websites…
  5. Unexpected appreciation.
  6. Helping others.

Six Bloggers:

  1. Cheryl at Twinfactuation
  2. Debi at Who Says 8 is Enough?
  3. Heather at Wanting What You Have
  4. Bia at La Dolce Vida
  5. Laura at Catholic Teacher Musings
  6. Gio and Giovanna Diaries