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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Friendly Wednesday 9/1

Don't forget to enter my giveaways! They end soon and have LOW entries!

Welcome to Feeding Four's Friendly Wednesday Blog Hop! I'm glad you're here!


Thank you to all the bloggers who linked up last week!

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10 Fun Things to do With Your Kids - Playing In The Dark

When I was a kid, I loved playing outside after dark. All the kids in our neighborhood would get together and just chill out after dark. Our parents didn't worry about where we were, there was a few streets that we always stayed within. And it helped that there was a huge cornfield behind our house. This week in my Playing With Kids Series, I'd like to share some of the things we, as kids, loved to do after dark.

  1. Hide and Seek - this is a kid favorite and the darkness only makes it more appealing. You may have to make some boundaries - such as one or two backyards - if you're dealing with a few houses. Otherwise, unleash the kids in the backyard and start counting!
  2. Catch Fireflies - Grab a jar and start hunting. They only light up for a few seconds so you have to be quick! My boys love catching bugs, doing it in the dark is better. When I was a kid, we kept them overnight in a jar beside the bed and let them go in the morning.
  3. Shadow puppets - What kid or adult doesn't love to make shadow animals using nothing but your fingers and a flashlight? Find a flat wall and use your imagination to make all kinds of neat animals!
  4. Use a flashlight or laser to play with your pets. Our pets (both cats and dogs) love chasing the laser and the flashlight beam across the floor and up the walls. The boys squeal with laughter every time!
  5. Glow in the dark stuff - There is so much out there in the world that glows in the dark, whether it's pajamas, stickers, or glow sticks. C thinks it's a special treat to have glow in the dark stuff!
  6. Glow in the Dark Hot Potato - wrap an object with a glow necklace, have each player wear a glow necklace or bracelet and have fun!
  7. Tell Ghost Stories - light a few candles, or use a flashlight, and tell some scary stories!
  8. Flashlight Tag - Instead of actually touching a person, the "It" player can tag anyone by shining a flashlight on him or her. This is best played with a referee.

  9. Go for a walk - everything looks different in the dark!
  10. Flashlight Limbo - Two people hold flashlights opposite each other a short distance apart. The flashlights need to be shining at each other to form a large beam that the other people can limbo under.
Enjoy the dark before it gets too cold to be in the dark! Don' t forget to check out my other children's activities. If you have any games or activities your family likes to do in the dark - please share in the comments!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Tuesday Blog Hops

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And don't forget to come back tonight for my blog hop!



Giant Coupon Matchups 8/29


Here are the best deals and coupon matchups that I see at Giant this week.



Free Elmers Glue with in ad coupon when you spend $15



Starkist Tuna 2/$1.00 with in ad coupon when you spend $15

Sweet Corn, 12 for $1.99
BOGO Jumbo Cantaloupes, $3.99
 $2 each

Nature’s Promise Organic Peeled Carrots, $1.50 (nice price!)


BOGO Giant Cherry Berry Grape Tomatoes

Oscar Mayer Meat Bologna $2.69 each BOGO
 $1.00/2 Oscar Mayer Bologna
$.85 each after coupon

Ball Park Beef Franks $3.99 each BOGO
(2) $2.00/1 Ball Park Franks
 2 FREE

Kellogg’s Mini Wheat 3/$6.00 (must buy 3)
$1/2 Kellogg’s Frosted Mini-Wheats Cereal
or use $1/2 Kellogg’s Frosted Mini-Wheats Cereal, (SS 08/29)
$1.66 each after coupon

Old El Paso Heat & Serve Entrees, $1.25
$0.50/1 Old El Paso Heat & Serve Side (SS 8/22)
$0.25 after doubled coupon

Polaner All Fruit Spread, $1.89
$1/1 Polaner Sugar Free with Fiber Preserves & Jellies
$0.89 after coupon

Texas Toast Croutons, $1.19
$0.50/1 Texas Toast Tortilla Jun 2010 All You Magazine
$0.19 after doubled coupon

Always Maxi Pads, Liners, or Tampax Tampons, $2.89
$2/1 Tampax Tampons (P&G 8/1)
$0.89 after coupon

Gain Ultra Dish Detergent, $1.89
$1/1 Gain Dish Liquid (P&G 8/29)
$0.89 after coupon

Do you see something that I missed? Post it in the comments!

Review - SodaStream Fountain Jet

My husband drinks a lot of soda. The prices of soda these days are insane. Not to mention the amount of sugar and corn syrup and other bad ingredients in the soda. I was thrilled when SodaStream sent me a SodaStream Fountain Jet to review.



C was so excited when we received the box. You would have thought it was Christmas! We couldn't get the Fountain Jet and the flavors out of the box fast enough. We were sent a ton of flavors, including Orange Mango, Cola, Lemonade, and some of the flavored water. C's favorite is Lemonade, while A likes the Orange Mango. Hubby made his own using the Cola and said it tasted a little too syrupy. (So the obvious answer to that would be to add less syrup, right?!) He did like the Orange when I made it. :)

The SodaSteam Fountain Jet is very simple to use.
First, you fill the one liter bottle up with water and screw into the machine. Press the button down on top of the fountain jet to carbonate the water. Unscrew the bottle. Slowly pour in your choice of syrup and gently shake back and forth to mix the flavor with the carbonated water. That's it! Your homemade soda is now ready to enjoy. I prefer mine with a glass of ice, but the boys were perfectly happy just drinking theirs out of the bottle with a straw.



I love the SodaStream Fountain Jet for many reasons.
  • Making my own soda at home means I can control what is in the bottle. While my boys don't get to drink it everyday (it is still soda), they get it more than they do "regular" soda. I can add as much syrup as I want to theirs and they don't know the difference.
  • Making soda at home also means there is less packaging. Each syrup bottle makes 12 liters of soda  and one SodaStream carbonator makes 60 or 110 liters, equivalent to 170 or 310 aluminum cans! When empty, the carbonator is refilled and reused, ready to make more fizzy and tasty soda whenever you want it.
  • It is so easy to use, and only takes about a minute to make a liter of soda. Both boys helped me make their soda.
  • It costs less to make your own. Each syrup bottles makes 12 liters of soda and one carbonator makes 60 liters of soda – so you’ll be spending only $0.83 per liter. No more waiting until your soda is on sale to be able to drink a sweet treat!
What I didn't like.
  • It was kind of tricky to screw in the plastic bottle that screws underneath to capture the CO2. We had to fiddle with it for a few seconds before I got the threads lined up properly.
  • The plastic bottles are not dishwasher safe. The manual says to rinse with warm water and throw away the bottles after three years. Not crazy about that... But the company does offer better models that have glass bottles instead of plastic.


Overall, the SodaStream is a great kitchen tool to have! I would recommend it. You can visit the SodaStream website to see where to buy your own SodaStream!

Thank you to Erin for providing me with a Fountain Jet to review! Disclosure Statement.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Meal Plan Monday 8/29



Last week was great. We stuck to our meal plan almost perfectly for the second week in a row! Go us. :) The only thing we didn't hve was steak, so that has been moved to this week. We had leftovers twice which saved us. We did end up going to the beach on Monday. It was freezing! But the boys had fun, so that's what matters. Yesterday, the boys were at my moms house so hubby and I took two of the dogs up to a lake by our house. It was so much fun. I can't wait to go back again!!











C had his first football game today - they lost horribly, but they had a blast! We stopped for icecream on the way home. It was like 6:00 so we had ice cream for dinner. :) That's always fun.

 We have a pretty slow week this week, hubby has requested some meals and I'd like to try a new recipe or two. This weekend, there is a festival type thing in my hometown. They always have tons of yardsales. I'm talking, it takes over an hour to go like 3 miles. Mom lives right in the middle of it all so we'll park at her house and use the wagon to walk around and find some deals. I'm really excited, we always find great stuff. One year, I got C a whole winter wardrobe for like $15.

This week's meals are:
Steak, baked potaoes, green bean casserole
Grilled Chicken
Cheeseburgers on the Grill
Grilled Chicken Salad
Chicken Fajitas
New Recipe - undecided which one. If you have a great one, feel free to share!

What are you eating this week? I'd love to come check out your menu!


Make sure to check out 100's of other menus at OrgJunkie.com

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Preserving Garden Herbs for the Winter

I have a ton of oregano growing in one of my herb boxes. It took over. So today while hubby took a placement test for college and the boys were with my mom, I harvested most of it to freeze for the winter. I would love to dry it, but I'm not quite sure how to and I didn't have my computer to look it up. :)

Harvest your herb of choice (mine was oregano). Wash and add to food processor. Add a few teaspoons of olive oil (I used coconut oil). Chop.


Add a teaspoonful to each ice cube spot in an ice cube tray. Add some water. Freeze.


Place in freezer. After a couple hours, remove from freezer and place in ziploc baggy. Enjoy your fresh garden herbs all winter long.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Home Made Taco Seasoning Mix

We used to buy a lot of taco seasoning. I use it in a lot of dishes and it got to be quite expensive. I looked around for a recipe with no salt (who needs the added salt anyway?) and no cornstarch (something we're trying to avoid). This is what I came up with.

Taco Seasoning Mix
1 teaspoon minced onion
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

Combine and use in place of a taco seasoning packet.

We used this just the other night in Tostadas - yum!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Home Made Tomato Paste

As my aunt said to me last week "Why would you make tomato paste? It costs like $0.50 a can!" Well. I have an abundance of tomatoes. Cherry tomatoes to be exact. I had made salsa - like 20 pints. I was not attempting to make tomato sauce from cherry tomatoes (we like ours thick). So tomato paste was what was left. And it turned out to be pretty easy.


You need:
tomatoes and lemon juice


Squeeze the tomatoes getting out most of the water and seeds.



Run tomatoes through food processor.


Cook for a bit. I cooked mine for about 45 minutes while I ran around doing other things.


Like my homemade strainer thing? LOL Strain tomato puree through cheesecloth for at least 4 hours (I did mine overnight)



Add 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice to jars.
Add tomato to jars and process for about 30 minutes.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Daily Giveaway for a Free Weekend Stay at any Hampton Hotel!

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Hampton Hotels. All opinions are 100% mine.


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Hampton Chain of Friends Sweepstakes has a great giveaway going on right now! You could win an ENTIRE hotel for the whole weekend! Wouldn't that be just grand? One lucky person will win 100 rooms in any Hampton Hotel for two nights. That's a lot of rooms to fill! And if you weren't to win the grand prize (the WHOLE hotel for the WHOLE weekend, Hampton is giving away other prizes too. You have a chance to win daily giveaways of free weekends at hotels for the winner and a few friends.

What would a weekend away mean to you? For us, it would be the perfect vacation! We would get to see some amazing sites. I'd love to go to Alaska, or Arizona. Hubby wouldn't have to take off work. We could get away and relax. No housework or cooking for me. A different environment for the boys - which is always exciting for them at this age. There are pools the boys could swim in. It would be so much fun!

To enter, just head over to the Hampton Chain of Friends Sweepstakes website and click "enter now". Good luck!

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Skoy Cloths - Review & Giveaway

As you know, if you do any canning, you make a mess. After I can something, my kitchen looks horrible. My counters are covered in spilled sugar syrup from canning peaches, or tomato juice and seeds from making sauces, everything is a mess. It is horrible to try and clean up. I've used sponges, rags and paper towels. I was introduced to a product a few weeks ago that I now love. Skoy Cloths.



The SKOY cloth is a fabulous, absorbent, biodegradable and natural multi-use cloth. Our re-usable earth friendly cloth is perfect in your kitchen, bathroom, and on most surface areas in your home or office. SKOY cloth can be used in place of your sponge, wash cloth or paper towels.



It is 100% biodegradable because it is made from a natural cotton and wood-based cellulose pulp. SKOY cloth is a chlorine-free product using water-based colors and inks. After an independent composting test, SKOY cloth broke down completely within 5 weeks.

When I first recieved my Skoy cloth, I was a little doubtful that it would clean my counters as well as my sponge did. It looked like a thick paper towel. After I wet the cloth, it felt like I was holding a bunch of paper towels. I started wiping down the sugar syrup that had spilled on the counter and was impressed. But really, a paper towel could have done that job with no problem.

 I moved on to the dinner table where we had eaten breakfast a few hours before. A had cereal and there was some that had dried onto the table. If you've ever had to wipe cereal that is dried onto the table - you know that is no easy task. I was really was amazed that the cloth didn't rip. It reminded me so much of a paper towel that I expected it to act like one also!

The SKOY cloth can last months. Using a SKOY cloth is equivalent to using 15 rolls of paper towels! Talk about economical! With the high cost of paper towels, SKOY cloth is the obvious choice for your wallet and the environment. Even if you get your paper towels for free (or close to it) you also have to think about the effect of all that waste in the landfill. SKOY cloths decompose in just 5 weeks!

The SKOY can be cleaned in your dishwasher and is washer and dryer safe up to 190 degrees F.

You can also just throw the SKOY cloth in the microwave daily WHILE WET for 1-2 minutes. This will remove possible bad smells caused by bacteria.

SKOY has offered TWO of my lucky readers a chance to win a four pack of SKOY cloth! (US Addresses only)

To Enter:
  • Follow Feeding Four via RSS, Google Friend Connect, or E-mail. (If you are already a subscriber, just let me know!) (3 entries - leave 3 separate comments!)
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  • Enter one of my other giveaways and let me know which one.
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Every entry will be verified. If your entry can not be verified it will be deleted.
This giveaway ends on September 13th at midnight EST. I will pick a winner using Random.org. The winner will be notified via email and has 48 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, I will pick a new winner.

Thank you to SKOY for providing some for my review. I was not paid for this review, only the Skoy cloths in exchange for my honest opinions. My opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Friendly Wednesday 8/25

Welcome to Feeding Four's Friendly Wednesday Blog Hop! I'm glad you're here!

Thank you to all the bloggers who linked up last week!

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Free Applesauce @ Giant - HURRY


There is a coupon for $1 coupon for any 4 or 6-pack of Musselman’s Applesauce when you “Like” Musselman’s on Facebook, BUT it's only avaliable until 4 pm EST TODAY - 8/24!


The 4-packs are on sale at Giant this week for only $1…making them FREE after coupon!

10 Fun Things to do With Your Kids - Playing With a Ball!

We love playing with balls around here. Maybe it's because I have boys? We have tons and tons of balls. Baseballs, basketballs, footballs, kick balls, bouncy balls, every size and color ball you could imagine! This week, I'd like to share 10 fun things to do with all those balls your kids have.
  1. Basket ball. Grab a laundry basket (C likes to use his arms to make a hoop) and toss the ball inside!
  2. Throw it up the slide. Or the stairs and try to catch it when it comes back down.
  3. Air ball.  Keep the ball (a beach ball works best) in the air as long as you can.
  4. Gather a bunch of different balls and try to figure out the best way to get them through a hula hoop. Is it easier to bounce, roll or throw the ball through the hoop? Which ball is easiest?
  5. If you have a trampoline, throw a few balls on while your kids jump. They'll have a blast trying [not] to bounce them off!
  6. Hit it across the room using a spoon of some sort (spatulas work great too!) Make sure to use a "soft" ball and not a baseball :)
  7. Go bowling! If you don't have a plastic bowling set, use empty two liters or empty water bottles.
  8. "Tunnel" Stand so you and your children form a tunnel with your legs and try to get a ball through every ones legs. If you don't succeed - I guarantee you'll get lots of laughs!
  9. Toss It. Hold a bath towel between you. Toss and catch the ball as many times as you can. Count how many times you can toss it before it hits the ground.
  10. Clean It Up. Give your child a beach ball and washable markers. Let them decorate it and then wash the marker off.
Don't forget to check out some other great children's activities. Check back next week for more fun things to do with your kids!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Our Newest Addition

This weekend brought us another member of the family. Thursday night at football practice, one of the mothers brought one of her boxer puppies in. One of the 5 that she was selling. I wasn't at that practice, A and I had a play group, but apparently hubby ran her down so he could take a picture of the dog and send it to me. And the rest is...history.


Meet Parker Quinn. Our third dog, the second boxer.



Meeting the four legged family.



He fits right in! Football with the boys.


Sunday, August 22, 2010

Meal Plan Monday 8/22


It's that time again already? Wow, this week went by fast. In just two short days, C will be back in school. Summer is pretty much over. We didn't make it to the beach like I wanted to last week, but we did make it to the park with some friends. I'm hoping to get to the beach maybe tomorrow if the weather cooperates. Thursday we have a doctors appointment so I'm planning on a slow cooker meal. We have tons of fresh produce to use up this week, tomatoes, potatoes, squash, green beans, peaches, carrots, lettuce, cabbage and so much more. Lots of canning and freezing in my future. :)

Last week, we stuck to our menu perfectly. I never specify a day to my meals because I don't at to have to feel like I have to fix a certain meal on a certain day. Usually C picks what is for dinner, and it seems to help him eat a little more since he has a say in it. The Sausage Alfredo was absolutely amazing. I changed up the recipe a bit to use what I had on hand and we fought over what was left in the pot for seconds. There were no leftovers that night.  We had a version of Chicken Burritos last night while my mom was here and they were okay. I doubt we will add them to the menu again.

Burgers and homemade fries
Pizza (with homemade sauce)
Fish Sticks
ColdCut Subs
Beef Nacho Casserole
Steak, broccoli casserole, baked potatoes, salad
Leftovers

What are you eating this week? I'd love to come check out your menu!
Make sure to check out 100's of other menus at OrgJunkie.com.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Garden Update # 8

We finally have eggplant!!


There's one big beauty here..


And 2 more little ones just starting to grow. I saw a bee on the plant the other day and I was ecstatic. :) Until the dog came and chased it away.


Our watermelon isn't doing too well. They are slowly getting bigger. I believe there is about 4, all this size. Not great considering there's 3 plants.

And LOTS of tomatoes and peppers. I picked a whole lot last night - filled up 2 big sand pails and a 40lb cat litter bucket. I have no idea where the picture went though. Now the only thing is to figure out what to do with all the tomatoes. I've given some away and still have a ton left. :)

How's your garden growing??

Friday, August 20, 2010

Giant Coupon Matchups 8/15 - 8/21


Ok, so I'm really late with the Giant post this week, but better late than never right??

Capri Sun $.99 with $15 purchase (in ad coupon)

Aunt Jemima Waffles $1.66

$1.50/2 Select Aunt Jemima Frozen Items
$.91 after each coupon when you buy 2

Hunt’s Manwich Sloppy Joe Sauce $1.00

$1.50/4 Select ConAgra Products
$.63 after each after coupon when you buy four

Hot Pockets $2.00 each

 $1.00/1 Slide Shots
$1.00 each after coupon

There is also a pretty good deal on Smuckers Jam or Jelly $1.50, Jif Peanut Butter $2.00, Folgers Coffee $2.99, Hungry Jack Syrup $2.50, Smuckers Uncrustables $2.29. If you buy five products (listed above) you'll recieve $5 off instantly. You can read more about that here.

Cooking is my Passion - Garden Chili

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Haagen Dazs. All opinions are 100% mine.


One of the things that I have become very passionate about this year is cooking healthy, homemade meals for my family. One of the biggest satisfactions I get is when I serve my boys something I've made that is healthy for them and they love it!

I used to hate cooking. When hubby and I first got married, we mostly ate quick dinners - pizza, tacos, frozen meals or take out. When C came along, I cooked a little more, but it felt like such a chore to me.  I never branched out and tried something new. And to make up my own recipe? You must be kidding!

It's just been the past two years that I have really started caring about what my family and I eat. I've been cooking from scratch a lot more lately and I absolutely love it. My boys love helping me in the kitchen which is great bonding time for us. Another plus is that I'm teaching them how to cook as well.

When I saw this post from Michelle at All Home Cooking, I knew I had to try out some chili with all my garden veggies. I had tons and tons of tomatoes left and lots of peppers from our garden. I usually make chili from scratch anyway, but had been using tomato sauce and no actually veggies. Hubby agreed to chili in the middle of summer because I promised cornbread (which I also made from scratch and it didn't turn out). This was the best chili I have ever eaten. And the leftovers taste even better (I've had them for lunch every day this week).


Garden Chili

1 lb ground turkey (or beef or whatever meat you'd like)
2 cups frozen kidney beans (equal to 2 - 15 ounce cans)
2 large sweet bell peppers, seeded and diced
1 small onion, diced
4 sweet banana peppers, seeded and diced
2 tomatoes - chopped (I didn't seed or peel mine)
6 oz tomato paste (I used homemade)
2 TBSP ground cumin
5 TBSP chili powder


Brown ground turkey. Add all ingredients to slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Serve with cornbread, cheese and sour cream.

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

UPrinting 50 7x5 Folded Cards Giveaway

Do you realize Christmas is just about 4 months away?? It will creep up on us in no time! It's never too early to start thinking about Christmas as I'm sure some of you have already done. Most of us frugalistas already have presents stashed away for our loved ones. How about Christmas cards? Have you thought about them yet?

Lucky for you, you have a chance to win 50 print greeting cards from UPrinting.com!





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50 7x5 Folded Cards with Plain Envelopes
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4 Color Front, Blank Back
4 Baronial Blank Envelopes
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This would be perfect for your Christmas cards, summer cards, or thank you notes! There is endless possibilities. UPrinting also offers full color envelope printing.

To Enter:
  • Leave a comment letting me know what you use your cards for if you won.
  • Follow my blog - GFC, Facebook, etc.
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This giveaway ends on September 6th at midnight EST. I will pick a winner using Random.org. The winner will be notified via email and has 48 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, I will pick a new winner.


Thank you to UPrinting for sponsoring this giveaway. Thank you to Giveaway Blogs! I did not receive any compensation for this giveaway.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Green Genius Review & Giveaway

Our family is partially green. We recycle. We reuse. We use Eco-friendly products for cleaning. I have started to make a lot of our food from scratch which reduces the packaging that we use. And our garden helps out a lot too.

While we are trying to eliminate some things that are harmful to our earth, there are some things that we can't help. We all have trash. Even if we only have one bag a week, it still needs to be bagged. Did you know that regular trash bags do not biodegrade? They sit there in our landfills. Enter Green Genius. They make biodegradable trash bags! They're just as puncture resistant as national brands. They have our ridiculously strong drawstrings. They're priced the same as the national brands. And, they're made from 40% recycled plastic.


Green Genius makes Food Storage Bags too! The food bags have patented zippers and sliders that perform as good as or better than the national brands for the same price.They're made with a minimum 15% recycled plastic in every bag! The bags are FDA approved for food contact. These bags come in sandwich and snack bags - single zip, freezer bags - double zip & slider, and storage bags -double zip & slider.


Hubby is always complaining about the trash bags I use. He takes our trash to a friends house to burn and he complains the bags are always busting. I sent him with a green genius bag and he commented that it was the one bag that didn't bust. (When he says bust, this could include a rip, a tear, a hole or really busting) Green Genius Trash Bags passed the hubby test which means they are more than welcome in my house!

I would love to tell you how wonderful the Green Genius Freezer Bags have held up, but honestly, I just don't know! I froze some tomato juice in one the other day and it seems to be holding up great. It was really easy to close and there are no rips or tears. It expanded to hold the quart of juice I froze. If there are any problems with it when I defrost it, I will let you know. :)

Green Genius Bags can be bought in store or online at Amazon.com (get them for FREE when you buy with Swagbucks!). Visit the Green Genius site for more great information!

Emily and the Green Genius Team have graciously offered TWO of my readers a box of their bags in a giveaway! They will provide a box of tall kitchen bags for one winner and a box of double zip quart sized freezer bags for another winner.

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Every entry will be verified. If your entry can not be verified it will be deleted.

This giveaway ends on September 1st at midnight EST. I will pick a winner using Random.org. The winner will be notified via email and has 48 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, I will pick a new winner.
I received one trash bag and one freezer bag in exchange for this review, plus the giveaway for my readers. I received no monetary compensation.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Winners

The winner of the Kaskey Kids Giveaway is:

Crystal Fisher said... 6

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The winner of the CSN Giveaway is:

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I will be contacting you shortly for you to claim your prize! Thank you to all who entered!

Friendly Wednesday 8/17

Welcome to Feeding Four's Friendly Wednesday Blog Hop! I'm glad you're here! Thank you to all the bloggers who linked up last week!


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10 Things to do With Your Kids - Keeping Kids Busy While You're in the Kitchen

I was planning on sharing some fun things to do with a ball this week. But in light of all my time in the kitchen, I decided to share some of the things I do to keep my boys busy while I'm working in the kitchen. This list would also be handy to have when you plan on your next freezer cooking day!
  1. Make them play in their own rooms. I know, this is like a foreign concept now a days to some people. I know it is to my boys anyway. They have so much *crap* that they have a whole room filled with toys. Plus everything in each of their rooms. They love to pull out the toy box (we use an under the bed tote) and go through it. They can spend hours doing this - simply because they usually don't play with these toys!
  2. Play dough - I keep a tub of it in my kitchen with all kinds of neat "tools". They use plastic knives, forks, cookie cutters, and rolling pins to make all kinds of cool creations.
  3. Color - Hand them some paper and crayons and let them scribble away! Hang their finished artwork on the kitchen cabinets to show it off!
  4. Activities in a bag - Training Happy Hearts has tons of ideas for you!
  5. Create a Scavenger Hunt - Write (or draw) pictures to clues that lead to a big prize! (For my boys that would be a small piece of candy :) )
  6. Puzzles - Both my boys love doing puzzles. They do need the occasional help from me, but if I set them up at the table they're good to go.
  7. Refrigerator Magnets - We have the Fridge Word: Magnetic Word Builder by Leapfrog. My boys love playing with it and I love that they're learning (and re-learning) their letters, sounds, ABCs and words! Or, just give them some "regular" magnets and let them play! My boys love re-arranging the magnets on our fridge.
  8. Puppets - Let them practice a puppet show while you cook. When you're done, let them perform it for you.
  9. Computer Games - My boys love Starfall, NickJr and PBS Kids.
  10. Let them help! - My boys love helping in the kitchen! There are some things they can do, but some things they can't. The other night, C helped us chop peppers. He didn't do as well as I would have liked but he loved being able to help do "big boy" things with us. He was very careful not to cut himself. Sometimes they just stir the pot.
What are some things you do to keep your kids busy in the kitchen? Don't forget to check out some other great children's activities. Check back next week for more fun things to do with your kids!

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Meal Plan Monday - 8/15



Whew! Where has this weekend gone?! My mom did take me Wednesday to get some tomatoes and I bought 4 bushels. And a half bushel of peppers. For those of you who don't can or don't know what a bushel is, this case of paper is the same size box of a half bushel. I have been canning since Thursday night. And I still have tons left to do! At least we'll be eating good this winter. :)

Last week, we stuck to our meal plan pretty well. Our roast was overcooked but still wonderful. I used a smaller roast and forgot to adjust the cooking times. The chili was amazing. I'm going to post the recipe this week. We had Buffalo Chicken Potatoes tonight and hubby loved them. The Bourbon Chicken was, as always, wonderful. Our ham and potatoes was so good, hubby requested it this week too!

The only thing we have going on this week is football. And relaxing for C's last full week of summer! He goes to school on the 25th - even though it will only be two or three days a week. I'm working on what we have in the freezer - although I'm not sure what's in there. (I still haven't cleaned it out. It's on my list for this week)
Here's what we're eating this week:
What are you eating this week? I'd love to come check out your menu!

Make sure to check out 100's of other menus at OrgJunkie.com.

Buffalo Chicken Baked Potatoes

This recipe is originally titled "Buffalo Chicken Twice Baked Potatoes". But when I tried to empty out the baked potatoes to make the twice baked potatoes - they fell apart. So I threw it all into a bowl and made it that way. This recipe was so good. Hubby had thirds and both boys ate their whole bowl. And it was so easy to throw together!


4 baking potatoes
1 cup Cheddar Cheese
3/4 cup sour cream
1 TBSP (Buffalo style) hot sauce

1 pound chicken breast, cooked and cut into strips
1/4 cup (Buffalo style) hot sauce
1 TBSP butter
3/4 tsp chili powder

Wrap each potato in foil and bake at 425 degrees for roughly one hour. Cut potatoes, scoop out pulp and place all of potato in large bowl. Add sour cream, 1 TBSP hot sauce, and half cup of cheese. Stir to combine and top with remaining cheese. Bake at 425 degrees for 5 to 8 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Combine cooked chicken, 1/4 cup hot sauce, butter and chili powder in a medium bowl. Serve potato mixture topped with chicken mixture.

Because I have two small boys and I used HOT sauce, I did not include the hot sauce in the potato mixture. I served the boys regular chicken and the potato mixture. For my bowl, I added hot sauce to the chicken and the potatoes. Both ways were wonderful!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

BBQ Roast in Your Slowcooker

This recipe was given to me a few years ago when I got married. We have fixed it numerous times since then, adding as we saw fit. Our end result is wonderful and a kid pleaser. We had this for dinner last night and both boys asked for seconds.


1 bottle BBQ sauce
3 to 4 pound pork loin roast OR beef chuck roast
2 tablespoons Cider or Red Wine Vinegar
1/4 cup BBQ seasonings (I use KC Masterpiece mostly)
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 small onion - diced
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce (I omitted this last night because I was out)
1 teaspoon chili powder

Combine all ingredients except roast in medium bowl. Mix well. Add half of mixture to bottom of slow cooker. Add roast and top with remaining sauce. Cook on low for 6 hours or until meat pulls apart easily with forks. Serve and enjoy.

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