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Saturday Snapshot: Blog Book!

I’m published! Well…self published anyway 😉

My Blog Book showed up in the mail today. 411 pages for the first year …starting in June. And I’m so happy with it!!

…now to start formatting this year’s…

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Cheryl over at Twinfatuation hosts this one too. Go over and have a look at what others are doing on this chilly Saturday.

A Year of Blogging!

Can you believe it? It’s been a whole year since I started blogging. I’m not sure if I’m surprised that an entire year has gone by, or if I’m amazed that it’s only been a year. Crazy 🙂

Happy Blogiversary to me!

One thing to note – I’ve never missed a day. Not one. I have at least one post for every single day of the past year. Oh sure – a few were pre-posted, but not many. And back in November when I joined up with NaBloPoMo, I felt guilty that I’d already been posting one per day that for many of those days I put two up! Yep. I’m crazy.

Wonder if I can keep that up for another year…

500th Post!

Crazy. I never thought I’d have this much to say! LOL

I figured I’d share some facts/stats about my blog.

Top Posts:

  • Recipe: Crock Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage 1,539 views
    This blows my mind…St. Patrick’s Day has been over for a while, and yet, this is the one that still gets the most hits.
  • Crazy 515 views
    A post from FB notes. Kind of scary that people do searches on FB…are they trying to find some personal information to hack my account?
  • Scary Disney Movies 474 views
    I have to guess parents are trying to find one that isn’t??
  • I Think I Fixed It! 395 views
    This is how I got rid of a virus on my laptop. I sure hope those 395 people found it useful.
  • High Fidelity 299 views
    Another FB note.
  • Who’s in the Zoo? 291 views
    Hm. People are actually interested in who I am! 🙂
  • The Story of Us – Wedding 211 views
    This makes me smile – I love our wedding story.
  • Disney On Ice 186 views
    I have to guess that people are trying to see if the show is worth it?
    (yes, yes it was. 🙂 )

I have 2,016 comments. Thank you 🙂

Most bizarre search that found my blog: “Spanking Burke Video”

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Happy Birthday Grandad! I can’t believe you’ve been gone for almost 20 years now. I used to call Grandma on this date every year – even if I’d just talked with her the day before. It’s really strange to not have that opportunity any more either.

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.