The kids are grown, now what?: November 2012

Friday, November 30, 2012

Mixing in the New Year Giveaway Signups are Open

Mixing in the New Year

RonMel Events is doing it again! Blogger signups are open for the Mixing in the New Year KitchenAid Mixer Giveaway. We will be giving away a 4 1/2 KitchenAid Mixer. Giveaway will be open to residents of the US. Cost to signup is $10 for 3 links (Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest). 

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The Ladies of CBS' The Talk are Bullies

The Bullies from The Talk

From time to time I will turn the TV to CBS to watch The Talk. Until this morning I thought these women were intelligent and funny and great to watch. This morning, Julie Chen was talking about a woman in Britain who is raising funds for prostate cancer by growing out her facial hair. She has already raised more than $1600.00. I find this pretty incredible!

Nacho Fries

Nacho Fries

What do you do when you have taco meat and no tortillas? Ryan came up with this great idea. Nacho Fries! All we did was cook the fries according to package directions (we use Ore-Ida because they are gluten free). Once the fries were done I pulled them out of the oven, covered them with meat, cheese, onions and tomatoes. Popped them back in the oven until the cheese melted and the meat was heated through and serve with your favorite guacamole and salsa! Super easy and yummy!

Full Core #StopSnacking Twitter Party #CBias

Full Core

The holidays are here and you know what that means, snacking! If you are not baking treats then you are receiving treats from friends and loved ones or snacking on treats at work and holiday parties. Don't worry, you are not alone! 

Wacky Weekend Give Away Linky 11/30/12

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Wines by Wives Custom Holiday Wine Glass Give Away

Wines By Wives

Wines By Wives Custom Holiday Wine Glass Giveaway

Remember last week when I told you all about the super Wines By Wives Black Friday sales? I said we'd have a surprise giveaway just for the holidays? Well, the time has come my wives and wine lovers! Starting today, we are giving away 2 sets of special custom made holiday wine glasses from Wines By Wives! That's right! 2 winners, 2 sets of glasses! Check them out!

New Activity Sheets from Disney's Wreck-It Ralph

Wreck-It Ralph

Have you seen Wreck-It Ralph yet? I haven't had a chance to go yet but I have heard nothing but great things about this movie. This is one of those fun for the whole family movies. I have some fun new activity sheets to get you and your kids in a Wreck-It Ralph mood!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Obsession Box #GiftGuide

Obsession Box

One of my favorite gifts is a gift box or basket. Receiving one is so much fun. They are always packed full of fun and delicious surprises. I recently stumbled across a web site called Obsession Box. Obsession Box offers a wonderful variety of gift boxes and baskets.

Piedmont Candy Company #GiftGuide

Piedmont Candy Co

Peppermint puffs and sticks are synonymous with Christmas and the Piedmont Candy Company knows how to do them right! First known as the North Carolina Candy Company and renamed Piedmont Candy Company they have been making delicious puffs since 1890.



I remember the very first time I had guacamole. It was at a restaurant in Chicago called La Chosa's. They served it in an appetizer called Kamush. The most delicious thing I have every eaten. Their Kamush recipe was very simple, a teaspoon of their gorgeous guacamole on top of a fried tortilla chip covered with Chihuahua Cheese and heated in an oven until melted. Then topped with their one of a kind salsa.  From time to time I recreate it at home. I have tried to duplicate their guacamole recipe and this comes pretty close! I hope you enjoy it.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Play the AARP Ultimate $50,000 Retirement Game


If you are 40 or over you can enter to win $50,000 in the AARP Retirement Game. It's a fun game to play with many useful facts about Social Security and retirement and it also enters you to win a HUGE chunk of change! Go play!

Project Repat- T-Shirt Blankets & More! #GiftGuide

Project Repat

I love giving really unique gifts and I found one that will always be different no matter how many they sell. The T-Shirt Blanket from Project Repat is made from T-Shirts that you send in! No two will ever be alike!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Speak Up About Hearing Loss #ASHAad

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

As a little girl I took yearly hearing tests during the school year. Every year I was told that I had very acute hearing. I was never told to avoid loud noises or to protect my hearing in any way.

Going Back to School

College in Chicago

I was born in Philadelphia. I honestly thought I would live there the rest of my life and go to Tyler Art School. I thought wrong! A few months before my 13th birthday my mother moved us to Chicago. That's when I knew I would be going to college in Chicago.

Amazing Amazon Book Gifts!

Books are always on wishlists at my house! Amazon is offering 50 books for only $5 each! I bet there is something for the book lover on your holiday list!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

What Are You Doing For #GivingTuesday?

Giving Tuesday

On Thursday we gave thanks for all we had. We are thankful for the bounty of goodness on our Thanksgiving tables. We are thankful for our loving families, good health, having a roof over our heads, good friends, good jobs, etc...

Turkey Tetrazzini

Turkey Tetrazzini

My favorite part of Thanksgiving is the leftovers! One of my family's favorite leftover turkey recipes is this one for Turkey Tetrazzini. It doesn't last long and I could honestly eat this every day if it was around!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Holiday Coupons


I have found some great coupons to help you with your holiday shopping. I love putting movies, magazines and beauty tools into my kid's stockings. What do you stuff into your stockings?

Vitacost Cyber- Sale


One of my favorite stores, Vitacost is having an awesome cyber sale that begins today! And EVERYTHING on the site is on sale! You can't beat that with a stick. Shopping in your jammies, no crowds, great prices and a great selection. What more can you ask for?

Friday, November 23, 2012

Bring Home the Blu-Rays #GiftGuide

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

2012 Holiday Gift Guide:
Bring Home the Blu-ray 3Ds!

2012 marks a milestone of a year in 3D Home Entertainment for Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, offering a 3D Experience at home in every genre, for the entire family - with new releases ranging from the action packed Abraham Lincoln:  Vampire Hunter to family favorite franchise Ice Age: Continental Drift.  Take a peek (in 3D of course) at these high def stocking stuffers!

The Juiciest Turkey Ever!

The Juiciest Turkey EVER!

Ryan and I went to our friends, Tara and Eddie's house yesterday. Eddie and I did the cooking together and we came up with the juiciest most flavorful turkey that I have EVER had. This was one delicious bird. So of course I had to share it with you! And remember, I don't eat like this everyday. A little extra bacon fat is ok!

Uncle Milton's Boba Fett Launch Lab #GiftGuide

Uncle Milton Boba Fett Launcher

I have a Star Wars fan in my life. My grandson Brock lives and breathes Star Wars. I am on of those granny's that likes to make sure that he has toys that are not only fun but educational too. That's where Uncle Milton come in. Uncle Milton offers all kinds of really fun toys that are also educational. 

Wines by Wives #GiftGuide

Wines by Wives

You probably already know that Grandma Juice and I are big fans of RHOAnything! If there is drama, gossip and dirt, we are there! You probably also know that we are HUGE fans of Wines by Wives. 

Thursday, November 22, 2012

WKH On-Line Shop #GiftGuide

WKH Online Shop

I am not a fan of Black Friday. It's become very scary. Not to mention the lines. The lines have become unreal! I can't stand for more than 4 or 5 minutes. After that my legs go numb and my back pain becomes unmanageable. 

Wacky Weekend Giveaway Linky - Thanksgiving Edition

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving from Disney's Lincoln

Happy Thanksgiving from Disney's Lincoln

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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

I can't believe that Thanksgiving is already here. This past year has flown by. Pretty soon the end of the Mayan calendar will be here and it will be time to carve a new one!

Gift Baskets Plus #GiftGuide

Gift Baskets Plus

I was very close to my grandmother. When my mother moved us from Philadelphia to Chicago I was heartbroken because it meant leaving my grandmother behind. She was such an important part of my life. My grandmother came to this country from Russia when she was 5 years old. Her parents spoke no English when they arrived so the customs agents gave my grandmother a new birthday, December 25th. It was a big joke and they did this to many Jews coming to America. She never told me this, I didn't find out until I started researching Russian Jewish Immigrants.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Credit Sesame $200 Thanksgiving Giveway

Wouldn't it be awesome to win $200 just in time for Holiday Shopping? Credit Sesame is giving it away and it ends November 30, 2012. So hurry on over and get your entry in!

Corn Meal Crusted Tilapia

Corn Meal Crusted Tilapia

Fish plays a big part in our meals. I love Tilapia, Salmon, Halibut... Ok, if it swims, I want to eat it. I used to do this with Catfish but that has gotten unbelievably expensive. I tend to stick with the cheaper seafood so Tilapia it is!

Smart Lab Toys, Squishy T-Rex #GiftGuide

SmartLab Toys Logo

SmartLab Toys makes educational toys with a book component for kids ages 4-12. They have some truly amazing toys and I wish they had been around when my kids were little. They offer something for everyone. Science kits, craft kits and truly amazing 3D puzzles.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Amazon Black Friday Deals!

Black Friday

I don't do Black Friday anymore. Black Friday used to be fun but now it's become a fight for your life! I am going to do the majority of my shopping from the safety of my recliner!

Happy World Toilet Day!

World Toilet Day

I spend a lot of time on the toilet. It's the nature of colitis. When I leave the house I make sure to know the location of the closest bathroom. It's a necessity. Sometimes I won't leave the house because I am on the toilet more than I am off. I never give a confirmation for plans with my friends, I just tell them maybe. 

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Petit Jean Meats

Petit Jean Meats

If you are a Texan then you are already familiar with Petit Jean Meats. They are the official bacon and ham of the Dallas Cowboys. Let me tell you, they make some AWESOME bacon!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Thanksgiving Recipe Linky

Thanksgiving Recipe Linky

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love preparing for the feast. Coming up with new recipes and preparing old favorites. I am currently living in a place that is too small to entertain and I miss having 20 or 30 people over to my house for the day. In the old days everyone who did not have somewhere to go would show up and they always brought a dish to share. The table would be COVERED with food from all over the world and we would sometimes have to eat buffet style. I miss those days. 

Disney's Oz The Great and Powerful

Oz The Great and Powerful

Have I told you yet how excited I am about Oz The Great and Powerful opening in Theaters March 8th? Yeah, I think I have, but I can't help it. I am so excited!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Are You a Horse Lover?

Wooden Rocking Horse

I have been in love with horses since I was a teeny tiny little girl. I don't remember the day I first declared my love of horses but that feeling has been with me since my first memory. My parents tried to placate me with a rocking horse similar to the one in the picture. My father kept promising that he would take me riding at the stables in downtown Philadelphia. He even taught me how to mount and dismount using the rocking horse!

The California Wine Club

California Wine Club

You know I like my wine! Most of the time I cook with it but I do enjoy drinking wine from time to time! I recently received a shipment of wine from The California Wine Club. I have to tell you, I am pretty impressed with the selections that I received. Not just the selections though, I am impressed with the whole package.

Wacky Weekend Giveaway Linky 11/16/12

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Gluten Free Green Bean Casserole

Gluten Free Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean Casserole has been a Thanksgiving Tradition at  my house since my children were teeny tiny. Then Ryan was diagnosed with a gluten allergy and we could no longer use the very yummy French Fried Onions. Ryan is also allergic to mushrooms so no more cream of mushroom soup, but we were still craving all of our traditional foods. Last year I tried a gluten free canned cream of chicken soup. this was not tasty at all! This year I decided to make everything from scratch. I did a trial run last night and it was delicious!

Gluten Free Onion Rings

Gluten Free Onion Rings

Out of all the delicious fried goodness that you can get at a fast food restaurant onion rings are my favorite. There is something about the crispy, salty coating and the tender sweet onion that is perfection.I was surprised at how easy they are to make at home. I like using red onions but you can certainly use yellow, Vidalia or even white onions. This recipe works great with shallots too!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Is Pete Wells Jealous of Guy Fieri's Fame?

Guy's American Kitchen & Bar

I am sure that you have heard about Pete Wells' "review" of Guy Fieri's American Kitchen & Bar. If you haven't then you can check it out here.

Monday, November 12, 2012

How Can You Help Indiegogo Help Sandy Survivors?

Hurricane Sandy

Indiegogo and Tumblr have teamed up for a fundraiser for Hurricane Sandy survivors. This is a neat way to donate and get some perks!

What is Your Dream Car?

Dream Cars

When I was in Junior High (now called Middle School!) I had a friend named David. David had a dream to build cars. He was in love with cars and his absolute favorite was the Triumph TR7 (right picture). I lost touch with David when I moved to Chicago with my mother. I have always wondered if he ever purchased his dream car and landed his dream job. 

Saturday, November 10, 2012

More Fun from Disney's Wreck-It Ralph!

Wreck-It Ralph Cake by Ricky Webster

I admire creativity especially when it comes to cake. This Wreck-It Ralph Cake by Ricky Webster is pretty awesome! You can see more on his blog. You can also follow Ricky on Twitter.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Wacky Weekend Giveaway Linky 11/9/12

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Help for the Holidays Giveaway

Help for the Holidays Giveaway
It's time for a reader appreciation giveaway! We love our readers and we want you to know! It's also Thanksgiving time and we are so thankful to you all that we are hosting a giveaway! We want to help make one lucky readers Thanksgiving a meal to remember!
Ready for the giveaway? We are giving away this wonderful package of holiday meats {including}:
  • A Ham Half (spiral sliced) – 6-7 lbs.
  • A Chicken – 1.75-2 lbs.
  • A Whole Roasted Turkey Breast (sliced) – 3.5 lbs.
The lucky winner will get the above delivered to their door from Beetnik foods! Beetnik foods never contain antibiotics, MSG, high fructose corn syrup, or artificial colors and flavorings. All meat is Grade A and even better, the beef is grass-fed. The meats come precooked and are tasty hot, but they also make for excellent cold cuts. Let Beetnik Foods take one more to-do off your plate and replace it with tender, delicious meats. We are not associated with Beetnik Foods... we just thought this would make a wonderful giveaway!
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More November Coupons!

More November Coupons

Have you been clipping these awesome coupons? I found a few more!


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