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January 31, 2021

Almond Pastry Recipe

My mother is a great baker! She has been making this since as far back as I remember. 
It might take some time to perfect but WORTH it!!
What you will need:

For Pastry Base:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup butter, chilled
2 tablespoons water
Pinch of salt

For Pastry Top:
1/2 cup butter
1 cup water
1 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
3 large eggs, room temperature

For Glaze:
1 cup confectioner's sugar
2 tablespoons warm milk (2% or more)
1 teaspoon real almond extract
sliced almonds to garnish, optional
For the Base: Place flour, melted butter and salt into large mixing bowl. Sprinkle with water and mix with fork. With your hands press the four mixture into a ball and then divide into two equal halves.
Lightly pat each half into two long oblong rectangles on a baking pan.
 I used parchment paper for easy clean up!
To make the Pastry Top: Place 1 cup of flour in to the bowl, set aside. Crack the eggs into a bowl and scramble with a fork, set aside. In a medium sauce pan combine butter and water and bring to a rolling boil. Remove from heat and immediately pour into flour and stir on low until combined.
Add almond extract and salt. Increase speed to medium low.
Very slowly begin to drizzle the eggs into the flour butter mixture. Beat until completely combined. Spread an equal amount of the mixture over each pastry base with a rubber spatula.
Bake in preheated 350 degree oven 50-60 minutes, until golden brown.
While pastry is baking combine all of the glaze ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until smooth. Glaze immediately after removing from oven. 
Slice and serve! 
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January 26, 2021

Blaze and the Monster Machines: Axle City Grand Prix DVD Release & Giveaway

 **I received a sample to facilitate my 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.
Rev your engine and vroom off with Blaze in Nickelodeon's new DVD Blaze and the Monster Machines Axle City Grand Prix. This new release features four episodes with everyone's favorite monster trucks. In the first episode, Crusher tries to cheat his way to victory in the  Grand Prix by slowing Blaze down with Gabby's special remote. Who will be the winner? Next, Blaze goes on an undersea adventure and transforms into a submarine. Then the monster machines visit the wild west and even save AJ and Gabby for a race day win! 

Blaze and the Monster Machines: Axle City Grand Prix episodes: 
Axle City Grand Prix 
The Bouncing Ball Racetrack 
Raceday Rescue 
Deep Sea Grand Prix
Blaze and the Monster Machines: Axle City Grand Prix Fast Facts:
Releases February 2, 2021 
Run Time: 1 hr 28 min 
US M.S.R.P.: $10.99

Who wants to WIN a copy of Blaze and the Monster Machines: Axle City Grand Prix??
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January 25, 2021

Bathroom Remodel featuring MaxHome

 
This is a sponsored post in collaboration with MaxHome, all opinions and experiences expressed are my own.
It might be cabin fever kicking in because every Spring time, house projects start. Before we start traveling for the year we spend our time fixing the house. With Covid-19 in full force we started early this year. I have ALWAYS wanted first floor laundry. When I bought my home (12 years ago) it was located in the basement. That is two flights of stairs down and two flights up, EACH load of laundry. After years, we refinished our basement and moved the laundry upstairs. Now, it was time to give the adjoining bathroom a refresh!
Folks, when you work on older homes remember they come with "cans of worms". Not a typical can of worms no..no..no they come with cans because when you start a project fifty others start to show their evil heads. Do your research before starting anything!! If you need a great website before getting started check out MaxHome. It is so important to know what you want but also so when you do hire a professional they understand as well.
Together we picked up some new paint, flooring and a new raised toilet. We decided to go a mildew resistant paint in a lighter green color. This paint was fairly inexpensive at around $7 a half gallon. Believe it or not it actually brightened the room up a bit.
The toilet we used was a Niagara Conservation one. Listen I never realized how much it would benefit our backs to have such a high toilet. I know this is not the topic many people want to discuss but lets get real here!! Upgrade your toilet to a higher standing one and I promise you will THANK me!!
Next we laid a new flooring and added a bi-fold door. Now usually people use these for closets but my opening was so small we needed to get creative. I loved the idea of a modern twist with a traditional feel. 
The best advice I can give you on DIY projects: 
#1 Research BEFORE starting any project ( Need inspiration, check out MaxHome)
#2 Use Quality products, 
#3 Take your time, Take breaks
#4 Never give up just ask for Help if needed!
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Blue's Clues & You! Blue's Sing-Along Spectacular DVD Release & Giveaway

Blue's Clues & You! Blue's Sing-Along Spectacular DVD releases February 2, 2021
It’s time to boogie with Josh, Blue and her pals in four music-filled episodes. Join her as she learns to identify the sounds of different musical instruments and even starts her own band! After rocking out to some tunes at the concert, help figure out Blue’s favorite dance at the dance party!

Blue’s Clues & You! Blue’s Sing-Along Spectacular Episodes: 
Song Time with Blue 
Blue’s Sing-Along Spectacular “Bluestock” 
Blue’s Big Beat Band 
Blue’s Big Dance Party
Blue’s Clues & You! Blue’s Sing-Along Spectacular Fast Facts: 
Retail Street Date: February 2, 2021 
Running Time: 1 hr 34 min 
US S.R.P.: $10.99

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January 20, 2021

Shimmer and Shine: Magical Mischief DVD Release & Giveaway

Shimmer and Shine: Magical Mischief on DVD January 26, 2021
 **I received a sample to facilitate my 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.
Teamwork makes the dream work in these eight spellbinding tales.  Zeta conjures up ways to steal Lea’s voice, trap princess Samira, and shrink all of the genies. Join Shimmer and Shine for some genie magic and even see how Zeta and Princess Samira first met! You don’t wanna miss these magical adventures!

Shimmer and Shine: Magical Mischief episodes: 
Size of the Beholder 
Zoomicorn Toss 
The Glob 
The Silent Treatment 
Trick or Treasure 
Easy as Pie Genie for a Day 
Samira & Zeta: The Magic Begins
Shimmer and Shine: Magical Mischief fast facts:
Street Date: January 26, 2021
Catalog: 59214062000 (US), 59214087000 (CN)
Running Time: 1 hr 34 min
US M.S.R.P.: $10.99

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January 17, 2021

Chicken Pineapple Kebobs Recipe

 What you will need:
4 boneless skinless chicken breast
1 pineapple, cut into bite sizes

Marinade for chicken:
¼ cup pineapple juice
¼ cup soy sauce
2 Tablespoons olive oil
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 tsp. garlic powder
Salt & pepper ( or I used Borsari)
 Mix all marinade ingredients. Pour over chicken. Marinate for at least 6 hours.
Add chicken and pineapple to skewers. 
Grill until chicken is cooked through.
Serve and Enjoy!
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January 14, 2021

PAW Patrol: Rubble on the Double DVD Review & Giveaway

 **I received a sample to facilitate my 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.
Get ready for a ruff ruff rescue with Nickelodeon's new DVD Paw Patrol Rubble on the Double. EmBARK on nine different  construction missions with the pups in adventure bay. The paw patrol finds a way to save the day by rescuing animals, becoming super heros and even rocking out at the Woof and Roll show. No job is too big, No pup is too small!

PAW Patrol: Rubble on the Double episodes: 
Pups Get a Rubble 
Pups Save the Beavers 
Pups Save Three Little Pigs 
Pups Save the Hippos 
Pups Save a Cow 
Pups Find a Genie 
Pups and the Beanstalk 
Pups Save Apollo Pups Save the Woof and Roll Show 
PAW Patrol: Rubble on the Double fast facts: 
Street Date: January 19, 2021 
Running Time: 1 hr 49 min 
M.S.R.P.: $10.99

Who wants to WIN a copy of Paw Patrol Rubble on the Double??
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January 12, 2021

Review of Greg Landry College Self-paced Online Homeschool Science Classes and Labs

As the pandemic hit New York hard we switched to Remote Learning for school. The uncertainty of if schools will close or not and the spread helped that decision.
“I received compensation and classes in exchange for this post. All views and opinions are my own.”
While listening to some of his classes I realized he really hadn't effectively learned how to take notes and tests. I truly felt the Greg Landry College Prep Science and labs courses were a great way to help him. Not only does he LOVE Science, to keep his focus, but it had high reviews!
Self-paced online homeschool science classes and labs are the perfect addition to our school curriculum. Each class does start with a prayer being Christian based. I only mention this because I know some parents look for this and some do not.
Greg Landry does a fine job with the zoom kids who are interested in leaning about a medical or science based job for their futures. He also discusses how exactly they could go about that and what they need to do. If you are looking for a great way to supplement, jumpstart or further learning online these classes are great option. You can easier stop a class and pick it up at another time if needed. 

Do you take online classes?

What types of online courses are you interested in?

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January 7, 2021

Planning for College as a Mom and for Our Son's Future

"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest". - Benjamin Franklin 
This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Nancy Etz, all opinions and experiences expressed are my own.
Anyone else have Student loan debt?? I want to share some of my experiences with going back to school as a Mom and the WHOLE financial process. After the Holiday Season is a great time to start your investment strategies. I have already planned out our budget for 2021 and that includes College. 
Does that last sentence scare you? 
Where will you get the money with your budget already stretched so thin? 


These are the questions my spouse and I asked ourselves too. I strongly urge you to take some time and really plan ahead! I want to share some of our reasons behind saving for our son's college experience NOW after my experience going back to college. Maybe some of these reasons might resonate with you! I wish my parents had set up some sort of college fund because it took years for me to afford that luxury. The idea of of scrambling at the last minute for his education scared me! As a working Mom, going back to college was HARD! Check out Nancy Etz' "Helps College Women Discover Empowering Scholarships" article if you are in the same situation ( or thinking about going back to college). 
Try to find College Scholarships or plans that offer these:
1. Beneficiaries can attend college in any state, not just the state sponsoring the plan.
2. There is no age limit for beneficiaries (perfect if you are saving for your kids).
3. A beneficiary can have more than one account. For example, parents can open an account for a child and grandparents can open an account for the same child.
4. They offer tax deductions, tax-deferred growth, and tax-free withdrawals.
Anytime you are putting money into something it is helpful to know exactly what you are getting into! 

As parents we never realize just how fast time flies. Ever since I had our son his life has flown by in a blink of an eye. I don't want to worry about his college tuition because I waited to save for it. 
What are your thoughts on Saving for the future? 
Have you started to plan your child's college, yet?
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January 3, 2021

Apple Granola Crisp Recipe

 I am so happy the fall season is upon us. I am breaking out every apple & pumpkin recipe we have. This is a easy to make recipe with a lot of flavor.
What you will need:

4 apples ( I used red delicious)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup granola
2 tsp of ground cinnamon  
1 stick of butter
Skin and dice the apples. 
Once you have down that add your cinnamon to a bowl and mix together.
 Melt a half a stick of butter in a frying pan on low. 
Add the apples, brown sugar and cook down until they are soft.
Add the cooked apples to a pie pan. Heat the other half of stick of butter. Pour into bowl and add the granola. I mix and spread over top of the cooked apples. Bake on 350 until granola has a browned color. 
We like to serve with cool whip but that is completely optional.
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