Tuesday, September 30, 2014

How to Make Freezer/Toaster Pancakes

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How to Make Freezer/Toaster Pancakes
This is a large portion recipe to make several so you can freeze them. You can always break the recipe down if you do not want to make this much. I made about 20 pancakes from this batch. The original Recipe inspiration was by "How Jen Does it" Check it out here.
What you will need:
4 eggs ( I used organic home laid brown eggs)
4 Cups flour
3 Cups Milk
2 tbs Coconut oil
2 1/2 tbs Baking Powder
1/2 cup Sugar
1 tsp Salt
In a large bowl combing the Flour, Sugar, Salt and Baking powder. In a small bowl combine the liquids, Eggs, Coconut Oil and milk. Once both are combined mix together and stir into a pancake batter consistency.
 Then star pouring the mixture and make some pancakes!! 
Try and keep in mind these have to fit into a toaster! 
I made mine on the fluffy side.
 Let your pancakes cool before you bag them to place into the freezer.
Once cooled I packaged then into freezer bags. I placed wax paper in between them so they do not stick together. These are a fast breakfast food and or snack. When you are ready to use these just take them out and pop then into a toaster just like any store bought pancake!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Day 5 & 6 without shoes #10dayswithoutshoes

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 Day 5: Fridays are my night off so to speak. As in I don't cook dinner but usually hang with one of my friends instead. Every Mom needs a night off especially if you are a stay at home Mom. It might not seem like a lot but trust me I work more now then I ever did at a 9 to 9 job! So we headed out to a new resturant and in true style I was shoeless! Why am I shoeless? Check out my shoe drive here.
 Day 6: We walked around a local Apple Fall Festival. It was a nice sunny day but most of the area was gravel or ash-fault.  My feet HURT! My back hurts the worst, never have I wanted to just throw in the towel. I like walking around barefoot but on all this different terrain it really throws your body in a loop. I cannot imagine children day to day walking in filth without shoes. I look at stores and think you have isles of shoes for sale, I bet if every store in the world contributed 1 pair of shoes to those in need we could cure the shoeless across the nations! Just food for thought.
What I have collected so far... I have four boxes full and a few sponsor sheets. I haven't counted yet but I think I will start this week since I will be donating them in 5 more days! If you want to join in the campaign & sponsor me:
 Drop off your shoes with a ribbon attached to the Community Helping Hands building if you are local or sponsor me through this button below:

Month of September on Netflix #Streamteam

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**I received a free subscription to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.
Here is our picks for the Month of September on Netflix #Streamteam! I wanted to share some printables for all you Parents out there! Turbo: FAST is a great family friendly show that just had more episodes added!If you have seen the DreamWorks movie this is a continuation of that series. This is great for many age groups as it does teach motivation, determination and friendships!



Our Adult picks are two pretty awesome shows in my opinion!
Another show we cannot get enough of is Auction Hunters
They added more episodes, EEK! If you have a dream of finding a diamond in the rough or an inkling to get rich this show just might strike your fancy. Ton and Allen are hilarious and it never amazes me what they find in storage lockers!
Criminal Minds has been a favorite show of mine since my young adult years. This intense police procedural follows a group of extraordinary FBI profilers who spend their days getting into the minds of psychopathic criminals. If you enjoy crime shows you should definitely enjoy this series!!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Day 3 & 4 No shoes #10dayswithout

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 Day 3: No shoes, if you have no idea why I have bare feet find out here.
I went out and walked the dog... Can I tell you what that is like without shoes?
Let's just say little puppies like to walk on the roads less traveled. It's ok because I am pretty sure my feet have calluses the size of Texas and I barely feel a thing now!
Day 4: We headed up running some errands including a trip to a local Antique shop. Even though I wear a button saying why I don't have shoes on, not very many people actually notice. Is that odd or worrisome? I mean I am cool with it because I'm doing this not for recognition just donations to a good cause. My feet are sore but oddly enough my back is what is taking the toll. If you do not have shoes it's not just embarrassing but always painful!
 Speaking of if you would like to donate please drop off your shoes to Community Helping Hands in a bag with a ribbon attached, so they know it is for the drive.
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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Day 2: Without Shoes #b4t

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 What would you consider adequate footwear? I bet when you walk outside and head to your vehicle you don't realize the ground is cold and rough? That your feet are warm and cozy for the most part. You are not ashamed that your last pair of "shoes" are embarrassing but you go without so your children don't have too. That the shoes you have more holes then a Swiss cheese block.
I gave my shoes up for 10 days find out why here and here.
 My thoughts on how my first day went... Well, How can one describe in words. First let's just say all of my heat escapes through my feet. I have not shivered this much unless its below zero and I am in the snow for long periods of time. Once your feet are cold it's like they refuse to allow heat into your body. And since I am doing this challenge I decided to live my normal routine.
We dropped Mac off to school, without shoes. I went to stores, a friends for coffee, office without shoes. I wanted to really have the experiences of what it is like. I am cold, my feet don't hurt but I can imagine they will eventually. Some stores floors are in a word: DIRTY! I guess I have never watched where I walk so much... More on my trials & journey tomorrow...!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Day 1 of my Shoe drive #10dayswithout

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Today marks a Special day for me. I can finally share what has been in the works for months & months.Today starts my next charity event! My name is Liz from the Western New Yorker blog & I'm going 10 days without shoes for those without in my town. For the next 10 days I will be shoe-less! Ten days. No shoes (unless driving it's the law!) Starts now....
I will be going 10 days without shoes (as part of a challenge inspired by 10dayswithout.com) to help raise awareness & donations to The Gateway Center. They provide clothing, coats, furniture, appliances, SHOES 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:
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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 access shoes you may also send a monetary donation by clicking the button below. All proceeds go directly to 
The Community Helping Hands. Check them out here.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Spring Roll Recipe

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Spring Roll Recipe
What you will need:
1 small cabbage
,shredded 
bean sprouts (optional)
4-5 mini carrots ( we used 2 large organic)
small onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 -1/2 toasted sesame oil
2 Tablespoons rice vinegar
salt & pepper
spring roll wrappers
Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add 1/4 cup toasted sesame oil. Once oil is hot, add shredded cabbage, carrots and onions.
Cook and stir for 3-5 minutes until vegetables start to soften. Add garlic and bean sprouts. Add an additional 1/4 cup toasted sesame oil, if you prefer.
Cook and stir an 2-3 additional minutes.
Add soy sauce, rice vinegar and salt and pepper to taste. Be sure to taste and adjust as needed.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Welcome to Schwan's Review

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55 years Schwan's have delivered delicious, easy-to-prepare meals and ice cream! As a child I can remember my Grandmother ordering Push-pops. She passed from Cancer when I was a young first grader but the memories of afternoons with her outside sharing Schwan's Push-pops are just like it was yesterday! Reviewing them gave such a warm feeling of remembrance and love. I quickly headed over to their website and ordered some goodies!
 Now we missed the first delivery time, they came to the house, we weren't home, which was not convenient. We had to wait another two weeks for our order because of this. In the future I will pick a specific time to have them delivered but as it was my first time ordering I was not sure. When they arrived at the house they tried to up-sell and gave us a new catalog to look through and order from.
They accept all major credit cards, cash, check, EBT, gift cards, or Schwan'sPay!
 Here is the lovely packaging we were handed.
Our order came in boxes. Now I ordered the Push-pops and a chocolate cake. 
This is what we were given. I thought about calling customer service but I think I will just try these out and see if we like them just as much.
What we liked: Friendly customer Service both on the phone & in person.
What could be improved: The delivery for new clients because we ordered & it took over 2 weeks for it to be delivered. Correct order shipment.
Our overall Rating: ***  .

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Make your own Granola Bars #howto

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 Make your own Granola Bars
What you will need:
1/2 cup butter (be sure to use regular butter and not margarine)
1/2 cup honey
2/3 cup brown sugar
4 cups quick cooking oats ( I used Aldi brand)
2 cups rice cereal ( I used store brand)
1 teaspoon vanilla
Toppings are your choice: 

We used chocolate chips, raisins, dried cranberries & cashews
In a large bowl, stir oats and rice cereal together. Set aside. In a medium pot, melt butter, honey and brown sugar together over medium high heat. Let it start to bubble. Reduce heat and cook and stir for 2 minutes. Add vanilla and stir. Pour over dry mixture and mix well until all ingredients are incorporated. Pour into a 13x9 baking dish that has been sprayed well with cooking spray or olive oil. Press down really well until the top is flat. Sprinkle with desired toppings. 
Press toppings into granola mixture.
Cool on counter top for 15-20 minutes. Place granola in fridge for 20-25 minutes. Cut into bars & store. 
We use snack size Ziploc bags for lunches!

Monday, September 15, 2014

BabyPalooza, Pittsburgh PA

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 This past weekend I was invited to attend the BabyPalooza Conference in Pittsburgh PA. I really had no idea what to expect since I have been to several different types of conferences this year for work.
 Online it was described as " a place of free product samples, exciting contests, numerous prizes, fun activities and informative seminars".
 They had some great kid friendly tables set up like face painting & coloring.
 They also hosted a Diaper Derby were you watched babies crawl - stop - crawl the wrong way, unfortunately we never saw this during our time at the convention.
 The gift bags looked awesome! I was SUPER jealous since we only got one free sample our entire time at the convention, that was thanks to Baby's R Us.
Our last stop was the Animal balloon guys. They hands down were the best part of this convention. I have never seen such skilled balloon artists. They created tons of awesome unique creations without hesitation. 
We ended up with a dinosaur & princess!
What we liked: Balloon animals~ Hands down
What could be Improved: Organization of event, more marketing (they didn't even have signs), less adult geared tables (Marykay, Gutters-not kid related)
Overall rating: ***  .