Wednesday, February 26, 2014

New Winery, Northest PA

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I had the pleasure to checkout a new Winery on the Northeast Wine trail in Northeast Pa. Ha, say that five times fast lol. Blue Iris Winery was a wee bit interesting to find because of course I kept entering the address into the GPS incorrectly. Getting there was half the fun! (The other half is drinking wine of course :)
So you don't have the same problems:
10431 W. Main Rd.
North East, Pa 16428.
We happened to "pop" in during a Chocolate & Wine weekend. How can you go wrong??
They had the most amazing chocolates paired with...well WINE! I had never sampled their wines before nor the chocolate so I was rather excited. 
I tried the Niagara first.
This wine does not disappoint.
In fact I will say hands down my favorite. Not too sweet but not in the semi-dry category.
I then moved over to the counter located by the Photo Booth.
This Winery is very clean, organized and classy. I love the Wine touches here and there.
The staff is friendly and welcoming! Including the owner and her sister who were also there serving clients, which is very refreshing. I love when owners take pride in their products and business.
 Just gives something a little extra! I encourage you to stop in and say "hi". You will not be disappointed and they didn't even pay me in wine to say that ;). 
Thank you so much Heidi for inviting us out.
We had fun and will be back soon!
Our Rating is ★★★★★!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Day 8 & 9 ~ No coat update

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 Day 8: No coat.. Catch up why I'm not wearing a coat  here and here.
I encourage you to watch my video because it really says a lot of what I am thinking right now. But just in case you can't watch or just would rather read my writings...here we go. I just came from picking up donations my church had collected for my drive. I only spoke at my church for about 30 seconds trying to explain what I was doing and if they would like to donate. But the shear numbers of coats that were donated from that 30 seconds is so humbling and amazing!
I am in awe and really it made today worth going without a coat.
Day 9: Well, we got more snow in WNY. Surprise, surprise I figured the last few days would be the hardest. Walking the dog in the morning has become a custom of mine, now. I used to wear a warm coat and now I haven't had the pleasure so morning walks can be a bit cold. Especially since I walk him as soon as I get up from bed so the cold weather is a real body SHOCK. What can I say I am so thankful I did this and so thankful I only have one more day of this challenge left!

NY Strip Steak Recipe

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NY Strip Steak Recipe
What you will need:
Steak Sauce (you can use any)
Caribbean Jerk Marinade
Mushrooms (optional)
Non-Stick Earth Pan from Ozeri (this is awesome because nothing sticks to the pan, easy clean up)
NY Strip steaks 
Wine or Beer
I take the steaks and tenderize them by stabbing them with a knife or fork.
I enlisted the help of my trusty lil chef!
 Mix the sauces into you pan. The add your beverage into the mix. I like the marinades to cover the bottom of the pan. Then chop the mushrooms and place into the pan.
Then I place the steaks in and cook to order.  
Nothing beats this Marinade combination!
Well, if it does I haven't tasted it yet because whooowee is it good!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Day 6 & 7 No coat update

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I have been going without a coat for 7 days now... If you have no idea why I'm without a coat and are new to my page check it out here and here. I have to say I have been Very blessed this past week without a coat. I truly mean this. I have experienced everything Mother nature has to offer.
Sun
Wind
Rain
Sleet
Hail
Snow
I mean I picked the best 10 days to go without a coat to really experience what it is like. Now some might look at those above statements as sarcasm but I truly believe I am blessed. Why, you ask? I have experienced first hand what it's like to be without. Whilst my friends and family are with a coat I'm not and it really puts life into perspective. Because if you do not have the means for a coat think about it, that's how you feel. Resentment for those that do, jealousy and all sorts of negative thoughts enter into your mind. Now, I know I brought this on myself so of course these feelings don't last in me but they are still there and if this wasn't a challenge I would probably let them get the better of me after days, weeks without a coat. Having said that, I realized we really need to focus more on others. We all, myself included, take so much for granted. Could you imagine going through life always thinking and feeling down and out? I know I have felt this way and no one even noticed? People walk by me and see me shivering or without and coat and don't ask why. When they read my button they do but even then I would say about half. Altogether 1/4 of the people I encounter ask why and or help out. Does anyone else think there is something wrong with that?
So I leave you with this...
 James 2:14-18
14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

Whether you are my friend, family member or just a passer byer I encourage you to "be the change you want to see in the world"! I encourage you to act and "do" for others not just talk about it.


Saturday, February 22, 2014

Day 5: No Coat

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To view in English just hit the "CC" button. I recommend you all watch this video because it really shows why I decided to do this challenge and the reality of not having a coat! I see a child everyday walk by and not have a coat. EVERDAY.
Yesturday, was a challenge. It was on the warmer side but it was still raining. Pouring rather and without a coat it is a challenge. This video really hits a cord with me and just really shows why I have done this. I have spoke about this cause and coat drive a lot within the last few days. Including at our church. After service a family approached me and asked if we would accept coats right then and there. I of course said yes. They took the coats they had off their backs and gave them to us! I was so heart warmed and just wanted to cry. I then saw this video when I came home and just broke down. I have gone 5 days without a coat and I already have felt the effects. There are people (children) where this is not a challenge but reality. Everyday, every moment, second they are wondering when they will be warm. Because when you are cold and don't have a coat that is all you think about. When will I be warm? You just can't focus. 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Day 3 & 4 No Coat update

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This is day 3 & 4 wrapped into one of not having a coat to wear. Why am I not wearing a coat in the middle of winter in Western New York you ask? Check out why here and here.
Is there a word that describes the last two days including today? "Drenched" Is that a real word?
Do you know what that means? I know you may have an idea of what it mean to be rained on, wet, soaked but they made another word to describe it "drenched". Why do you suppose that? Because when you do not have a coat and it starts to sleet, hail then pour rain for hours at a time "DRENCHED" is the best word to describe it! I'm not trying to complain because I signed up for this but I never really stopped and thought about it before. Of course, I grab an umbrella when I have Mac or a coat (normally) when it's really cold. But I never realized how awesome that luxury is. Yes, I said LUXURY because when are without you, just look at things in a different light. Here it is 30-40 degrees and I stood outside in the rain waiting. Waiting for traffic, waiting for a restaurant to open, waiting to cross the road, waiting to put Mac in the car...waiting. There was no getting around not having a coat during the elements... it just plain Stinks! I appreciate my coat drive and the ability to own a coat. I don't think after this you will ever see me without one because it is a privilege I have come to realize I took for granted!

Coats collected so far 5 bags plus the original 11 coats
If you have coats and want to donate you can drop them off at The Gateway Center or email me and I will pick them up! Tie a ribbon on the bag or coats you donate so they know they are for this drive!!Thank you to all who have helped out so far.


Our "Disney Side" Party Celebration

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Our Disney Party started off with a "Bang". You can check out how I decorated here.
First we had the kiddos create a T-Shirt Sponsored by Hanes. 
It was so nice to see parents helping the kids create a t-shirt.
I just loved the designs they all came up with.
Even one of our littlest guest created a t-shirt!
Mac of course had to create one in his "woody" costume!
I think Molly drew a castle and everything.
Then we headed off to the Piñatas!
Mickey for the boys
They had so much fun swinging away!
Even the girls were laughing and carrying on.
The parents just stood back and watched the two lines.
I have to say this was my favorite part of the party.
I put so much time into those piñatas making them by hand but it was so worth it!
Then of course when they broke open all the goodies showed.
We just filled them with wrist bands, stickers, gems, jewels etc.  
And the highlight of the party as well...cardboard cut-outs! My Mom was sweet enough to make two of these bad boys and they were a HUGE hit.
Hope you like how we showed our Disney side!
**I received free products in order to host the Disney Side Home Celebration,
The opinions expressed here are my own".

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Day 2: Snow is in the air...and then some.

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Day 2: No Coat. If you have no idea why I am going 10 days without a coat click here and here. Children, adults, the homeless in my own hometown are walking around without this luxury and I want to raise awareness it's in our own town not some far off land. Today we were given tons of snow. It really just keep snowing all day long. I went out and walked the dog, shoved the front walkway. Then I decided to shovel the backyard walkway. This was when my body started to feel the effects of no coat. The rest of my body felt the wrath. Without a coat you just have a hard time functioning outside because all you think about is getting warm. I am so thankful I can purchase a coat when I need one. I can't imagine not having that and wow have I taken it for granted!
I decided since I was going to be out and about I had to start a "coat convo"
with others about my drive. So...
I started wearing this button! Just to draw attention to the obvious and strike up a conversation. It worked like a charm. I talked about my drive at Physical Therapy, Wegmans, Dollar Tree you name it! This is such an easy donation drive to do really and I appreciate all the coats donated so far.
Coats collected= 3 full Bags, Plus the 11 already donated!!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Disneyside Party

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**I received free products in order to host the Disney Side Home Celebration, The opinions expressed here are my own".
Over the weekend I hosted my +Disney Celebration (Disney Side) Party. So in true Blogger fashion I thought I would share my creative ideas with all of you in case you throw a children's party.
Fruit is such a great little kid food. Easy to "make", clean up and it's healthy!!
I used cookie cutters to make the "Mickey" faces!
I (ok, really my trusty friend Tammy who was a rock star and helped me setup) gave all the snack foods (all sugar free) fun Disney names! The kids loved this and I think that's why they literally ATTACKED this table when I said food was ready!
Nemo Jello anyone??
No really anyone?
I saw this somewhere and just thought how cute.
Mirror with a Chalk marker, some Mickey ears, beads Vo-la!
Have to say these are My favorite. I may have spend hours into the weee night making them the night before but they were so worth it! Super easy to make any shaky hand can do thins I promise ;).
You can use any cake mix, whip frosting and a gel tube.
I found this shell dish at a thrift store!
Just gave it a good clean, popcorn, props and it looks like I plucked it from The Little Mermaid!
We had so many cute princesses at the party, AWE!
Learn how to make this Pinata here.
This was also so much fun to watch, prolly my favorite Party time!
Punch is so easy to make who know?
Sparkling grape juice and Sherbet!!!
Party Favors, we created a little Disney Coloring book, crayons, crasins and Gold LA blooms!

Day 1: No Coat

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Day 1: If you have no idea why I am going 10 days without a coat, catch up here. So here is the time I need to weigh in and tell you all what I experienced and learned through this. I can't say today was "all that" exciting or memorable except I was without, well, a coat. People kind of look at you weird as your cleaning off your truck whilst filming yourself that's for sure! But then there is a little one who accompanies me around and well thankfully I had the idea to warn him I was going to do this beforehand. So our morning started like so:
Me: Grab your coat Mac.
Mac: You have to wear yours too, Mom.
Me: I cannot, today remember? Mommy is starting...
Mac: Yeah no coats because you gave them to other kids who don't have 'em.
Me: Well something like that, yes.
We walked out the door without a fuss, win on my end.
Until I walked out the door in 20 but feels like 13 degrees! I know this is not by any means in the negatives but when you don't have a coat even a few minutes outside is like a brain freeze. Your body just cannot function and you try everything to stay warm including running to the warm truck after you have successfully cleaned it off!
Call that cheating but BURR!
Coats collected thus far = 11

Monday, February 17, 2014

Today Marks Day 1 of my Coat drive

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Today Marks Day 1 of my Coat drive:
Hi my name is Liz from the Western New Yorker blog and I'm going 10 days without a coat for the homeless people in my town. For the next 10 days I will be coatless, no exceptions. Ten days. No coat. Starts now....
I took the Closet Challenge and I encourage you too. You don't have to film it but just do it for some laughs and to see how much you have in your closet.
Pull out all of your coats and then try wearing them all on, at the same time!
" Be the Change you want to see in the world".. I will be going 10 days without a coat (as part of a challenge inspired by 10dayswithout.com) to help raise awareness & donations to The Gateway Center. They provide clothing, coats, furniture, appliances and pretty much anything one needs. They don't give hand outs but rather hand ups to help people get back on their feet and stay sustained to then live on their own without public assistance.
 Nothing donated will be put into a land fill but rather given away to those in need!
Come friend & Follow me on this journey:
My Blog: http://funcraftysavymom.blogspot.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WesternNewYorker
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CouponWNY
Instagram: http://instagram.com/westernnewyorker
I will be posting pictures and then a daily blog on how I am doing and what challenges I have to face.

If you wish to donate but do not have any coats you may also send a monetary donation by clicking the button below. All proceeds go directly to The Helping Hands Center. Check them out here.




**This was inspired by 10dayswithout.com!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Monster Jam Review

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Thanks to US Family we were invited to review Monster Jam last night! I was so excited but I wanted to wait and tell Mac we were going until a few days before. This week has been super busy in our house due to preparing for my donation run and Disney party. So things have been getting done but not a lot has been put up on my blog. Sorry folks I have not forgotten you just been busy preparing fun things for you to all view within the next few weeks. When I did tell Mac I decided to show him pictures and let him get a idea of why he should be excited. The gates at the Cleveland Quicken Loans Arena were packed with people! 
We had no idea what to expect since we were invited as guests to review. Mac got a flag ($5, Yikes), took our seats and the practice began. They start off with four wheelers and then move onto the Monster Trucks. "Approximately 12 feet tall and about 12 feet wide, monster trucks are custom-designed machines that sit atop 66-inch-tall tires and weigh a minimum of 10,000 pounds. Built for short, high-powered bursts of speed, monster trucks generate 1,500 to 2,000 horsepower and are capable of speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. Monster trucks can fly up to 125 to 130 feet (a distance greater than 14 cars side by side) and up to 35 feet in the air". 
I suggest if you will be attending an event wear protective ear gear and blankets.
We knew "Grave Digger driven by Randy Brown" would make an appearance because he is a crowd favorite! Look at him, how could he not be? By this point Mac had already spotted his Monster truck he would be routing for during the show. The first few events are a big slow moving because they are "qualifying" for place rank to the final event. I was a bit worried Mac wouldn't stay awake but he was a trooper. 
Then his Monster Trick took to the dirt.
Can anyone guess which one he picked?
Man of Steel driven by Joey Parnell 
Sure enough Superman Monster Truck was in the building.
 I was so glad and boy the paint job on the Monster truck was AMAZING!
I also like this Monster truck Mohawk Warrior driven by BJ Johnson. The drive really put on a show and I appreciate that. The first event was won by Rap Attack driven by Dave Rappach but by doing his tricks he broke two axels and was out the rest of the show.
Man of Steel won the whole event and boy was my son happy. We cheered, laughed and just overall had a good time. I did wish they had crashed cars but I guess that is old school.
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My review of the event:
The Arena was cleanly and nicely set up!
*We only felt crowded walking but it was quickly dispensed once the gates opened.
The event itself needed a little more fast pace in the beginning.
 *It was neat to watch them qualify but it was repetitive.
I missed the car jumping and crashing. I remembered that from my childhood and I know Mac was disappointed he didn't see them crash cars. The tricks were interesting and hard to complete.
The motocross two wheel events were the best (besides Man of steel winning of course). 
The trick riders were on a whole new level.
I gave this event over all a 4 out of 5!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

How to make: Homemade Mickey Pinata

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I have so many FREE magazines I collect over time. I need to find crafty projects for them! So when we were sent the Disney Party kit I thought what a great time to break some out and make piñatas! I also have made a car before check that out here.
All you need: 
 Magazines
Water
Scissors 
  Liquid glue
Balloon
Foam plates
I taped two plates back to back for the ears. Then blew up a balloon for a face. Mac also helped by coloring the plates. Then we securely taped this all together. 
Then the fun starts. Add some water into a cup and pour glue into it. Mix well. Cut three strips into each magazines. I just go ahead and cut my stripes a head of time. Then dip your strips of paper into the water mixture and place onto the balloons. Paper machete is fun but it can be rather messy so I did this onto a cardboard box for easy cleanup! Let these dry for a couple hours. Turn over and do the other side. You don't have to be perfect because the errors will be hidden. 
Slice small cuts half way up streamers and then glue them onto the dried piñata. I always cut and do rows at a time to help with placement and because glue can stick everywhere if you are not organized. For Minnie I simply used a glue paint and added her face. I also glued some pink streamers on for a bow. Add a place to hang them and your piñatas are made!
Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Deer Roast Recipe

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~Deer Roast Recipe~
What you will need:
Deer Meat roast
3-4 Mushrooms, cubed
1 cup broccoli
1 small onion diced
3 cups Chicken broth
1 cup water
1 small zucchini, cubed
3-4 potatoes, cubed
1 packet of onion seasonings (found at Dollar Tree)
 
Pour the liquids into the slow cooker and empty the onion packet, mix well.
Place the deer roast into the slow cooker. Add the rest of the content into it as well. Set it on low for a few hours. Check back and stir every so often.
Shred the roast after the allotted time, Then serve warm!
Enjoy, it's just that simple...