Thursday, August 16, 2018

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I love doing reviews on Influenster -- simple, easy, and so quick!

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018


This was a great challenge -- fun, tasty, and a wonderful opportunity to create a new family snack. I made a couple of #TeamSavory batches that has a touch a of sweet as well.

1 box Cheez*It Duoz Cheddar Jack & Sharp Cheddar Pretzel 1 box Cheez*It Duoz Bacon & Cheddar 1 bag Kroger Mini-Twist Pretzels 1 Cannister Kroger Honey Nut Roasted Whole Cashews 1 Cannister Kroger Private Selection Praline Pecans I 11 oz package M & M's. Mixed all together and divided into two airtight containers.

It turned out beautifully and it's absolutely delicious! #MyMagazineSharing #FestivalFavourites #KrogerFaves #TrailMixChallenge #FreeSample

Disclosure: I received FREE PRODUCT as part of this challenge. I received NO monetary compensation. All opinions are my own based on my own use of and experience with the items provided.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

I'm Back!

After a VERY extended period of no stitching, I'm back!  My eyesight went bad... so it was, I thought, useless to keep trying.

However, Happy Husband bought me a new OTT-LITE desk lamp and some 5X readers (yes, 5X, can you imagine?) and I cautiously picked up an old WIP.

This is Celtic Heart from M-designs.  I started this several years ago on 36 ct. Lugana.  The floss is Vikki Clayton's HDF in Lavender and Rose.  I'm working 1 over 2 and getting fantastic coverage.

I have the chart divided into 4 parts to make it easier to keep my place.  So far, so good.

It's so nice to have needle and fabric in my hand again.  I've missed this.

I'll update my progress in a couple of days.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Shop with me!

From #Needlework Mysteries to #camping to #fashion, you can find it all at #amazon -- visit my page and allow me to help YOU discover the perfect item!

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

HORMEL GATHERINGS® Party Trays -- Review!

Disclosure:  I received coupons for free products in order to facilitate this review.  All opinions are my own and based on my own use of, and experience with, the product.

I LOVE parties! I do -- especially during all of the Fall and Winter holidays! What I DON'T love is shopping for appetizers.  This year I was truly blessed to be asked to review 
Hormel Brands Party Trays for my readers!

We had a lovely Thanksgiving Day with family and friends.  After dinner, we had a fire in the firepit and indulged in the Hard Salami and Pepperoni Party Tray (28 oz!). We finished it off in record time! #StressFree

Unfortunately, I didn't get photos (not any that turned out).  However, I do have photos from a second smaller get-together.

Ah... Christmas parties! This time we chose the Honey Ham and Turkey Party Tray! Colby Jack and Cheddar Cheese with buttery crackers makes a delicious pre-dinner snack or even a light meal for nights you don't want to cook!

Doesn't that look amazingly delicious? IT IS! 

Hormel Party Trays are perfect for game days, tailgates, rainy days, parties, or picnics! Anytime is the right time!

Visit for tips and suggestions on how to make your holiday get-together a success!

You may connect with Hormel on these social media pages:
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Disclosure:  I received coupons for free products in order to facilitate this review.  All opinions are my own and based on my own use of, and experience with, the product.

Monday, July 31, 2017



2 eggs
1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
1/2 cup sugar
1-1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup water
4 tablespoons soft butter
2/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 cup milk
1 deep dish pie crust

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat one egg with the lemon juice and rind, ½ cup sugar, 2 tablespoons flour, and 1 cup water. Beat until smooth and pour into unbaked pie shell.
Beat butter and one egg in a large bowl; add 2/3 cup sugar and baking powder; then alternatively add milk and 1-1/2 cups flour (about 1/3 each time). Beat until smooth then spoon the mixture over the first layer of the pie.
Bake 35-40 minutes. 
Check with toothpick for doneness. Cool on a wire rack. Slice and enjoy. Be sure to spoon the lemon filling left in the pan over the top of the slice before serving.

The baking time may vary for this pie. Best success for baking at 350 degrees F. for 45 minutes. Be careful not to overbake or underbake. The top layer should be a firm sponge layer with the bottom being a creamy lemon pudding. 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017


Congratulations to Katie B!  You won the Almondina giveaway!

Almondina Toastees Sample Pack

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Toastees From Almondina Review and Giveaway! Ends 6/27/2017

My family is snack crazy.  We are always searching for the perfect snack! Happy Husband is an after-work, TV time snacker.  Me? Early morning / late evening whilst enjoying coffee or hot cocoa.

Sweet, gooey cookies and cakes don't appeal to me, oddly enough.  I prefer lightly sweet, crunchy snacks.

I was simply delighted to discover Toastees from Almondina!  These wonderful, crunchy almond cookies are fabulous! Thinly sliced and filled with almonds and assorted flavours -- they are a tasty, low-calorie, low-fat, healthy treat! 

Toastees come in assorted flavours: Cranberry Almond, Coconut Orange Almond, Lemon Poppy Almond, Sesame Almond.  The Coconut Orange Almond is my favourite. My Mother just loves the Cranberry Almond!


Grandmother’s Secret

Grandmother’s secret recipe is a no added fat,

no-cholesterol cookie for our time.

dadi-momAlmondina® is the inspiring success story of a man whose great loves include both music and wonderful food. For generations his family loved his grandmother Dina’s most secret cookie, which she called Petit Gateau Sec. Yuval Zaliouk, an internationally known symphony conductor and gourmet chef, always had a special place in his heart (and stomach) for this exquisite, crispy wafer with the delicate flavor of roasted almonds and the natural sweetness of plump raisins.

“Generous as she was in giving away her recipes, Grandmother Dina kept the one for Petit Gateau Sec a total secret until the end of her life. Only then did she finally reveal the secret to her daughter, Ahuda, my mother.”

“It is with her blessing and with pride that the Zaliouk family shares these delicious, healthful wonders with your family.”

Long after his grandmother’s death, Zaliouk became aware that the remarkable characteristics of this addictively delicious but extremely nutritious cookie fell squarely in line with the growing demands of health-conscious buyers at the end of the century. Within seven years having started baking in his kitchen, the cookies, renamed Almondina® for his grandmother, were available in all fifty states, sought after in seven foreign countries, and had brought him recognition as Entrepreneur of the Year.

This all-natural, crispy almond cookie has no cholesterol and no added fat, salt, or preservatives. It is wonderfully crunchy and does not have to be (paired with something else to be enjoyed). However, it is a delightful accompaniment for coffee, tea, soft cheeses and fine light wines. The rush to eliminate fat from gourmet foods too often has also eliminated most of the flavor, a fact which is in sharp contrast to this enticingly delicious cookie.
Since the introduction of the classic Original flavor, more distinctive variations have been introduced, all of which continue to be packed with roasted almonds.

Almondina makes all of their products with love and care. That's why they taste so good!

Don't just take my word for it, just look at the joy on my Mom's face!

Sheer Bliss!

Each 5.25 oz bag retails for approx. $3.99.  You can find them at a store near you!

Almondina Toastees are also available at 

The generous folks at Almondina are giving one of my readers the chance to win a sample package just like the one I received:
A Toastees Variety Pack! Two bags each of Cranberry Almond, Coconut Orange Almond, and one bag each of Sesame Almond and Lemon Poppy Almond!
 (Retail Value: Approx. $40.00)

Just follow the entry instructions below for your chance to enter to win!

OPEN TO CONTINENTAL 48 STATES ONLY, PLEASE, 18+, No PO Boxes. Phone number required for shipping purposes only.

Disclosure: I received a Variety Pack of Almondina Toastees for the purpose of this review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions are my own and based on my own use of and experience with the item(s).