The kids are grown, now what?: August 2012

Friday, August 31, 2012

Too Cool for School $40 Cash-Giveaway

back to school   I know, I know, YOU Are WAY Too Cool For Back To School! Totally cool with me! I Am Too!  

Too Cool For Back To School Giveaway Hop $40 PayPal Or Amazon CASH!

New Coupons to Print!

There are new coupons to print!

Wacky Weekend Giveaway Linky 8/31/12

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Review, Enlightenment for Nitwits, The Complete Guide to 2012 & Beyond


Enlightenment for Nitwits is the first metaphysical/self-help humor collection.It is full of hilarious one liners and mind-bending pieces on a wide range of subjects:

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Viggle, Watch TV Get Rewards

I am so excited about sharing this new app with you! It's called Viggle and it allows you to earn points just for watching shows and checking in while you are watching them. How simple is that?!

Make Someone's Day

I love flowers. They make me feel good. They look pretty and smell wonderful! Flowers are an incredible pick me up. 

Review: Plentils

I received something new and very yummy from Enjoy Life Foods! They sent me a box full Plentils, their new chip made from lentils.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Cold & Flu Season Already!

Can you believe that summer is almost over? It's going to be 107 degrees here today so it's hard to imagine that winter is just around the corner, but it's coming! And cold & flu season is not far off either.

Sons of Anarchy Season 4 on DVD

Are you a Sons of Anarchy fan? Ryan and I are HUGE fans! We cannot get enough of Jax and Opi (especially in the shower!)! Season 4 is now out on DVD and Blu-Ray! Have you gotten yours yet? We have ours and cannot wait to check out all of the special features:

Wordless Wednesday 8/29 12 with Linky

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Creamy Chicken Enchiladas {Gluten Free}

Enchiladas are one of those feel good comfort dishes. There is nothing more satisfying than sitting down to a Creamy Chicken Enchilada Dinner! Thanks again to Rudi's Gluten Free Tortillas. This is a great dish to make with rotisserie chicken or you can use leftover chicken that you have hanging out in your fridge.

Monday, August 27, 2012

2012 Holiday Gift Guide

The Kids are Grown, Now What is accepting submissions for the 2012 Holiday Gift Guide! If you have a product that you would like featured please send an email to;

Sunday, August 26, 2012

IMUSA 7.5 QT Pressure Cooker-Giveaway

Imusa is the cookware used by cooks throughout South, Central and most recently North America to prepare authentic Hispanic Foods for more than 70 years.

Pressure Cooker Pot Roast

I have really been enjoying my new pressure cooker. Tonight, I made an absolutely delicious pot roast. I still cannot get over how easy the pressure cooker is to use!

Gluten Free Chimichangas

Yesterday I told you about Rudi's new Gluten Free Tortillas. Guess what I did with them! I made Chimichangas! I have to tell you that these were so yummy and had a satisfying crunch to them. Oh yes, we have missed Chimichangas! 

Happy National Dog Day

Happy National Dog Day from The Kids are Grown and Disney's Frankenweenie!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Gluten Free Tortilla Rollups

I am always amazed (and grateful) when I find a great tasting gluten free product. Rudi's Gluten Free Bakery has done it again! They have 3 great tasting gluten free tortillas; Plain, Spinach and Fiesta.

Chicken & Rice

I received this awesome Pressure Cooker from IMUSA. I wanted to use it to make some comfort food. Chicken & Rice is my comfort food. It is so fast and delicious in the Pressure Cooker that this is the only way I will cook it from now on!

Review: IMUSA 7.5 QT Pressure Cooker

Have you heard the horror stories about pressure cookers exploding? I have. But the fact is that I don't know anyone this has happened to! Pressure cookers have a bad reputation because of these stories. These stories are why I have not used a pressure cooker before.

Friday, August 24, 2012

No Bake Recipe Linky

So much for the little cool off we had last week! It was 100 degrees again today so I am all about the no bake/no cook recipes. Link some and try some!

My Apologies

I am so sorry. I have pretty much been just phoning it in lately. I have been in absolute agony for about 2 weeks now. Today isn't so bad (so far) so I am going to try and catch up while I feel up to it. But I felt like I owe you an apology.

Back to School Lunch Coupons!

South Dakota schools start on Monday. Are you ready? It seems like this summer has just zipped by! I found some awesome coupons for back to school lunches!

Wacky Weekend Giveaway Linky 8/24/12

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Dreamworks Lincoln

I am a history buff and very excited for the opening of Dreamwork's Lincoln, starring Daniel Day-Lewis, on November 16th!

Ocarina Honey Review-&-Giveaway

I love honey! I use it when I cook, when I bake, in my tea and sometimes I just grab a spoonful to "taste". You all know what a taste is right? It's when you sneak a spoonful of something when nobody is looking! Yeah, that's me and honey.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Thank You, Phyllis Diller

Today is truly the end of an era with the death of Phyllis Diller. I grew up watching Phyllis on The Ed Sullivan Show, Laugh In, Merv Griffin and a host of other programs. She always made me laugh. But more important than the laughter she also taught me a few things along the way.

Review: LunchBlox Sandwich Kit from Rubbermaid

Ryan works an 11 1/2 hour day on Saturdays and Sundays. I like to make sure that she has enough food to get her through the day. This is so important because she has periods of hypoglycemia if she forgets to eat (which she does quite often). I try to send her with enough food to last through her long day. This usually involves an assortment of bags and containers. Not the most environmentally friendly solution.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Heart My Cade Cash-Giveaway

Thursday I told you all about my new shopping addiction, Shopcade. Shopcade is the most fun I have had online since I don't know when and you can join me by signing up, just click the image below.

Review: Chebe Bread Mixes

If you have been reading my blog for a while then you already know that I am having a love affair with Chebe Bread Mixes! Lifestyle changes are always difficult but when you have to eliminate major food groups from your diet it become a real challenge. Chebe bread mixes have allowed me to bring back many of the dishes that we had to give up and I am every so grateful for that.

Gluten Free Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza

I lived in and around Chicago for 20 years and deep dish pizza was a regular part of my diet. It's a hard thing to give up when you've gone gluten free but I have a gluten free replacement and it is awesome!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Something's in the Oven Recipe Linky

The weather here is FINALLY starting to cool down to something tolerable! So for me, a cool down in the weather means it is time to start using my oven again! I hope you will join me and link up your favorite baked goods recipes!

What does Well-Being Mean To You?

This post brought to you by My Well-Being Powered by Humana. All opinions are 100% mine.

What is well being? The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines it as the state of being happy, healthy or prosperous. I think our outlook on life also defines our well being. What is your attitude about the sour lemons that life hands you? What do you do with them? Are you upset that all you have are lemons? OR, do you take those lemons and try to do something fantastic with them?

Friday, August 17, 2012

Wacky Weekend-Giveaway Linky 8/17/12

Link up your giveaways. Please have them in the following format:
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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Have You Signed Up For Shopcade?

I bet your first question is, What is Shopcade? Shopcade is a social shopping application on Faceboook that connects people to shop and recommend products together and (here's the best part) get rewarded for it!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Fried Corn

We got some fresh picked corn from a friend yesterday. I made some of it up as fried corn. This is such a great way serve fresh corn it also works well with canned and frozen but it tastes the best when it is fresh from the cob. It is a fast, easy and delicious side dish.

UnStuffed Cabbage

Remember this HUGE head of cabbage that I got at the farmer's market last week? Well I wanted to make Cabbage Rolls but the cabbage did not cooperate! So I made UnStuffed Cabbage which is just as delicious but a lot less work. Now this makes a large amount, feel free to half the recipe or make the whole thing and freeze some, which is what I did. This cooks low and slow in a slow cooker and smells (and tastes) delicious!

Around the Blogosphere 8/15/12

Welcome back to another edition of Around the Blogosphere. I have some awesome posts for you!

Wordless Wednesday with Linky 8/15/12

I have been out and about very early most mornings and of course I have been snapping pics!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Chat with Jennifer Garner!

The Odd Life of Timothy Green comes to theaters tomorrow and I got to participate in an online chat with Jennifer Garner! First let me say that I tired very hard to keep up with the questions and answers but I did miss some and I apologize for that.

Guest Post: Re-evaluating Your Auto Insurance Once the Kids Have Grown

Empty Nest Pictures, Images and Photos

When the kids grown up and move out, you may be thinking about planning a
vacation or remodeling your home. However, before you do that, take a moment to
talk with your insurance agent because you may need to make a few adjustments
that could save you a considerable amount of money.

Is It OK to Act Like a Child?

The Doctors at Children's Hospital act like children pretty much all of the time. Now I am all for a little bit of childish behavior from time to time. It can be fun and healthy! Season 3 of Children's Hospital is available on DVD. Go get your copy today!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Review: Almost Amish by Kathryn Cushman

Julie Charlton is at the breaking point. She’s overwhelmed and burned out, and in today’s unrelenting society, her kids are, too. When her sister-in-law Susan, a Martha Stewart-in-training, lands the chance to participate in a reality TV series promoting simple living, and needs another family to join her, it seems like the perfect opportunity.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Great Outdoor Space-Giveaway

Welcome to the GREAT OUTDOOR SPACE Giveaway brought to you by and Adventures of My Family of 8!

I am so excited to be a part of this awesome giveaway!

Krave Jerky Review-&-Giveaway

I love jerky! Ryan loves jerky! Unfortunately the majority of jerky available today is NOT gluten free. Atleast that is what I thought until I found out about Krave Jerky. Now, not all of the Krave jerky is gluten free but they do have one flavor of jerky that is gluten free, Basil Citrus Gourmet Turkey and it is delicious! In fact, all of their jerky is delicious!

Oofos Review-&-Giveaway

Have I told you that I have oddly shaped feet? Well I do. The bones of my feet actually curve inward. This makes finding shoes that don't hurt me rather difficult. Needless to say, I am always on the lookout for comfortable shoes. When I find something that fits comfortably then I am a fan for life, and I have found something!

Secure Your Privacy with Out My Window

outmywindowTM is a photo sharing app that lets you control who sees your photos. This is perfect for families whose kids want to share pictures. YOU control who sees them.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Eden Fantasys Review-And-Giveaway

Eden Cafe

I have seen reviews of Eden Fantasys on other web sites and I have to tell you that I was intrigued! I checked them out and I am pretty impressed!

Slow Food: Slow Cooker Recipe Linky

It has been SOOO hot lately. I cannot remember a summer that had such relentless heat. Living without air conditioning for most of the summer means that I have not been cooking much. A very dear friend walked into my house a few weeks ago and then lent me the money to buy an air conditioner. I am cooking again! But I want to cook things that don't heat up the house. I have been using my slow cooker at least twice a week and sometimes more often. I am always on the lookout for new slow cooker recipes. I hope you will share some with me!

The Odd Life of Timothy Green Opens 8/15/12

Have you been reading the reviews of this movie? I have! I cannot wait to see The Odd Life of Timothy Green. Everything I have seen and read about it has me so excited! I am even more excited to be able to share some video clips with you!

Back to School Shopping

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Famous Footwear for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.


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