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I am a Jill of all trades , SAHM and lover of all crafts. I think my middle name is Creating :) Each day I try to invision some new detail or put together some stiches I have never done before for a new look. I can`t wait to see what tomorrow will bring . Feel free to leave a comment and let me know how I am doing.

Monday, December 28, 2009

General Mills Cereals = Less Sugar = Healthier Breakfast

I was given 4 free coupons  to try General Mills Cereal through Myblogspark and found this very fascinating ...

General Mills announced a commitment to further reduce sugar in cereals advertised to kids under 12 to single digit grams of sugar per serving. The company has already been reducing sugar in cereals while increasing key nutrients, such as calcium and vitamin D, and providing whole grain . thank you General Mills ! :)

Did you know that ready-to-eat cereal eaters consume less fat, less cholesterol and more fiber than non-cereal eaters? Cereals also deliver important vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients, making cereal a top source of key nutrients in children’s diets. I am glad my kids love cereal.

Other cereal benefits:
Ready-to-eat cereals, including presweetened cereals, account for only 5% of sugar in children’s diets.

Ready-to-eat cereal is the No. 1 source of whole grains in a child’s diet today. This I never new before reading this article from General Mills .

More frequent cereal eaters tend to have healthier body weights and lower Body Mass Index measures.
Studies also demonstrate the benefits of eating breakfast. A 1998 study showed that children who eat breakfast tend to perform better at school. Compared to children who skip breakfast, children who eat breakfast score higher on tests, are less likely to miss class or be tardy, have fewer reported discipline problems, and make fewer trips to the office. Our schools always said these very things to us every year. I truly believe in this . 
For more information about kids and cereals, please visit Cereal Health and Wellness.

Right now if you visit here you will find a $1 off coupon for one of four General Mills cereals to help your family come together at the breakfast table every morning.

DISCLOSURE : All this information and free cereal coupons were all provided to me  by General Mills through MyBlogSpark.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

GIVEAWAY This Month... 3 serving platters and 2 Coupons for Pillsbury Crescent rolls

Win It: One lucky reader will win the 3 serving platters as pictured above and 2 Coupons for Pillsbury Crescent rolls (valid only in the US) .

 I need your help! I have been asked by MyBlogSpark to make an appetizer using Pillsbury Crescent rolls. I have 3 appetizers to choose from and add my own creativity on it, And if it turns out sensational I could even be featured on Pillsbury.com ! :)

Here are my 3 choices:

1 - Crescent Holiday Tree


2 - Crescent Wrapped Brie


3 - Crescent Bacon-Cheese Tartlets


I was sent 3 serving plattersTo serve my appetizers on and 2 coupons for Pillsbury Crescent rolls . . I can't wait to make one of the above appetizers.

Mandatory entry: Visit the links provided above for the 3 different appetizers. Then come back here and tell me which appetizer you think I should make , and leave me your e`mail address so i can notify you if you are the winner.

1. Follow my blog (publicly)

RULES: Giveaway is open to US Residents only. Giveaway ends December 27, 2009 at 11:59 PM. Winner will be chosen via Random. Must have valid email in blog profile or leave email in comments otherwise you will be disqualified. Winner will have 48 hrs. to confirm by email, If no confirmation in that time frame a new winner will be chosen.

Disclaimer: Pillsbury provided me with the free product, information, and gift packs through MyBlogSpark.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Remarkable cakes by Fran

 # 18
This has got to be my all time favorite
She is coming to a cookie swap and she
has put her cookies in the cake box
( Yes the box is a cake ! :)    )  Now How
original is that ? Can you imagine how nice
to use a cake box like this to propose to someone ? 
I think that would be so cool!


















I just had to share these cakes with everyone .
What she makes is just amazing ! and if these beauties  aren`t enough , she will make you anything you could imagine . If your having a special party and want a unique cake like one of these beauties please leave a comment below with your e`mail and the number of the cake you are inquiring about ,  and I will get Fran to contact you to make all the arrangement for your special occasion . She is located in Long Island,  NY . At the moment she is only catering to the local area .

These awesome cakes range from $100.00 to $200.00 depending on the size and the amount of  details the cake has.

Friday, December 4, 2009




1 to 1 1/2 lb. ground beef
1Sm onion chopped
1 red bell pepper chopped
3 hot green chilies finely chopped
3 garlic cloves finely chopped
1 chopped carrot
1/2 cup chopped celery

1 bag dried kidney beans ( rinsed )

1 lrg can tomato puree plus 2 cans of water (using the tomatoe cans to measure )

seasoning ... 4 heaping TBSP cumin powder
2 TBSP Garam masala
1 TBSP hot chili powder
1 tsp garlic powder
salt & pepper to taste
I do this in my pressure cooker ....
brown beef w/ 1 tablespoon corn oil , stirring and mashing the meat once browned add remainder of the ingredients in STEP 1 ..cook for 5 to 10 minutes

add all the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil ... lower to medium heat and place cover when the pot starts to whistle time it for 15 minutes and turn it off but leave it on the burner ....wait for 30 minutes and then open the pot ... check if the seasoning is okay and serve.

Can be served with some rice but I love it just as is .

** if cooking in a regular pot ... you may want to soak your beans over night and simmer the chili for about 1 1/2 to 2 hrs.