1/4/14

Parmesan-Crusted Chicken with Pasta #Recipe

Ingredients:
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 cup milk
1 cup water
1 cup dry pasta noodles of choice
2 chicken breasts
2 tablespoons Parmesan bread crumbs

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray cooking oil in a 9"x13" casserole dish. Mix together 1 can cream of mushroom soup, 1 cup milk, 1 cup water. Pour in casserole dish. Sprinkle 1 cup dry pasta noodles throughout the mushroom soup mix and make sure noodles are submerged. Place 2 chicken breasts on top, then flip them over so they are coated with the mushroom soup mix. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of Parmesan bread crumbs on top of each chicken breast. Cover casserole dish with aluminum foil. Bake in 350 degrees F oven for 45 minutes. Remove chicken breasts to plates, then stir pasta before removing to plates.

Serves 2, but you can use up to 4 chicken breasts, just make sure to sprinkle each one with a tablespoon of Parmesan bread crumbs.
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Mens Designer Wallet Trends

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Today, a popular trend in mens designer wallets is a leather wallet with a slim style. Many men appreciate the ease with which they can slide their leather wallet into an interior pocket of their suit coat or pants. Due to its design, the wallet causes no extra bulk that detracts from a man's business ensemble. Here are some of the other reasons behind this growing trend in men's wallets.

A slim, leather wallet has plenty of space for a man's credit cards, ID and business cards. They fit into the wallet neatly so a man can quickly find the card he needs whenever he needs it. Also, a slim, leather wallet has bill compartments allowing a man to keep his cash organized. With this type of wallet, a man has all that he needs tucked neatly away.

Many men admire the stylish look of a slim, leather wallet. Some men opt for a wallet featuring leather in an appealing shade of dark walnut. Others prefer a sharp, navy blue wallet that complements most of their business suits. Whatever a man's preferences, a slim, leather wallet makes a favorable impression regardless of its color.

Finally, there are lots of men who get a slim, leather wallet because of its durability. It can be opened and closed several times a day without taking on a worn appearance. It protects cards and cash against moisture while maintaining its fashionable look. A slim, leather wallet offers a man the perfect combination of style and practicality.

Copper Sheet Metal Home Decor

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Once upon a time sheet metal was used for purely functional purposes: siding for chicken coops, roofing for industrial buildings, etc. But these days, you'll find that sheet metal is available in many forms (aluminum, stainless steel, even copper and iron) and in many styles, and that in most cases, the sheets are used more for form and not so much for function.

Copper sheet metal in particular looks great when used a backsplash in a kitchen, as an accent wall in very large, open rooms, or as an inside ceiling material for tall, modernized rooms. Outdoors you'll find copper sheet metal in use for siding along patios and porches, and even as a way to encase flower beds and large gardening beds. If you would like to use this material to furnish and/or decorate your home with, then you'll want to get in touch with a copper sheet metal supplier. A supplier of sheet metal can go over the best types of metal to use for certain purposes, and if copper's your thing, then they can provide you with styles and pricing options. From farming to manufacturing to decorating, sheet metal is truly an ingenious invention that can be used for many different purposes.

1/3/14

Fast Facts About Nutrisystem My Way and Fast 5

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Ambrosia Fruit Salad #Recipe

Ambrosia Fruit Salad
by Lisa Weidknecht

Ingredients:
1 cup sour cream
1 cup cream cheese
1 can crushed pineapple
1 can mandarin oranges
12 maraschino cherries and 1 teaspoon of the juice

Directions: In a large bowl, mix 1 cup sour cream with 1 cup cream cheese. Open a can of crushed pineapple and pour it into a colander. Press the pineapple down to drain out as much juice as you can. Pour it into the large bowl. Drain a can of mandarin oranges and pour it into the large bowl. Add 12 maraschino cherries and 1 teaspoon of the maraschino cherry juice, and mix all the ingredients together with a spoon. Cover and chill it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Enjoy! 
Print this recipe HERE.
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Carhartt Jacket with Flannel Lining - Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
My husband has worn this Canvas Shirt Jac nearly every day since I gave it to him on Christmas. Made by Carhartt, it is the best quality shirt jacket he's ever owned and it's quickly become his favorite. The 100% canvas cotton material is extremely durable and it's lined with an ultra-soft 100% cotton flannel to keep him warm.
The double-stitching and even triple-stitching is impeccable. The pockets even have rivets on the corners. I expect this Carhartt Jacket to last him for many years to come. I especially love the look of the antique-finish brass snaps. The sleeves have two snap adjustable cuffs for a perfect fit or roll them up to reveal the flannel. The pocket also features a leatherette Carhartt logo.
Since 1889, Carhartt has offered hundreds of great products for men, women, boys, girls and kids. Their extensive line of high quality products includes Work Clothes, shirts, pants, outerwear, coveralls, footwear, and much more. Go shop for Carhartt at G&L Clothing! I give them a five-star clothing recommendation!
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Stainless Steel Prep Table - A Cook's Dream!

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
The kitchen in this house just doesn't have enough cabinet and counter space. This 24" Stainless Steel Prep Table from Trinity gives me more of both and does it in style! It arrived carefully packaged in a flat shipping box and assembled easily in just minutes.
The stainless steel is gorgeous and the prep table barely takes up any room at all. I used to have a small desk sitting in this corner, but we kept bumping into it and it wasn't sturdy enough to hold much. The prep table now holds all three of my largest small kitchen appliances and it really opened up a lot of walking space for us. Each shelf will hold up to 100 pounds and the stainless steel wipes clean with a damp cloth.
It's a top quality piece of furniture and gives me more space for preparing food too. The bottom shelf can be placed as high up or low down as you choose. It comes with all the hardware and even an allen wrench, the only tool you'll need to assemble it. I love the rounded edge on the top. The feet are also adjustable with a single twist (since no floor is perfectly straight) so this table will never rock back and forth while you're preparing food.
It's also NSF certified and an Eco-Storage material! Trinity strives to achieve meaningful environmental impacts by reducing waste, energy, and toxic chemicals when creating the EcoStorage line of products through the use of science, innovation, and unique partnerships.
I absolutely LOVE this prep table and everything about it. I used to store my breadmaker and slowcookers on top of my kitchen cabinets and had to climb a ladder every time I wanted to use them. The Trinity Prep Table has solved multiple problems for me and I highly recommend that you add one your kitchen area. (My husband keeps trying to convince me he needs it in the garage!)
Shop online at http://shop.trinityii.com for all kinds of fabulous products to improve your kitchen, garage, outdoors, bed and bath, and storage areas! Go follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to be first to hear about new products, special promotions and to see all their ideas for a better home.

Debunking Wrong Information about Bowling

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There are about as many misconceptions about bowling as there are facts. Many if these ideas take form because they probably have worked within a particular people and case mistakenly think that they will work universally for those players. A majority of these myths concern ways to improve your game. Since they are not true, they would be a waste of your time, time which may be spent actually practicing and getting better at bowling. Here are a few of people misconceptions you should not pay attention to.

1. Having more bowling balls means you are a better bowler

You are sure to possess seen these kinds of player if you have bowled long enough. He brings a ball case on wheels with him on the lanes and may have anywhere between five and three bowling balls for a single game. There simply is no connection between the 2, even though some people feel immediately intimidated by this and naturally assume that he must be a fantastic player.
2. You have to utilize a heavy bowling ball

Bowling balls may be found in various sizes and, on a competitive level, 16 pounds is the maximum weight that the ball can have. This, obviously, leads lots of players to imagine that they absolutely must utilize the 16-pound ball because it can have the most force. More importantly than the weight will be your ability to throw the ball so that you shouldn’t utilize this ball if it’s too heavy for you.
3. One good game means you are able to turn pro

Amateur players mistakenly believe that having one great game, or even a perfect 300 one, means they can become a professional. They have to be able to maintain that measure of play consistently. That is what they don’t bear in mind.
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1/2/14

Win Two DigiPals - #WelcomeWinter Giveaway Hop

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Two (2) DigiPals
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Read my review HERE.
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Win Ultimate Garcinia - #AllNewYou2014 Giveaway Hop

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1/1/14

Fiction Untitled


3.2

They had to get out. And quickly. She tapped the arm of the oldest girl to meet her eyes, then made writing motions with her hands. The girl’s eyes lit up immediately and she got up off the bed and rushed out. In a few minutes, she came back with a pencil and a notepad, holding them out.

Furiously scribbling, she wrote, hoping the oldest girl could read. “Your name?” The girl looked at the notepad and frowned. “I am Olivia, mama, don’t you remember? Why have you forgotten us? And this is Lily and baby Rose,” she said as she pointed at the others.

“Phone?” she wrote, but Olivia looked at it and shook her head no. “I don’t know pa-hone, mom” she said.

She scribbled again, “My name?” Olivia giggled, “You are mom. You forgot you too?” Olivia’s face suddenly clouded over as she remembered what she had done. “He is dead. He hurt me and Lily and Rose. Can we go now? Can you walk?”

Her legs still wouldn’t move. There was no way she was getting up and walking out of that awful place. The despair grabbed her deep in her soul. She wrote again, “Need help.” Olivia’s little eyebrows drew together as she searched her mind for someone who could help them. Something came to her and she grabbed Lily’s hand and said, “We need to get Nonni! Rose, you stay with mom and we’ll be back.” Suddenly they were gone and Rose stared up at her as she lay next to her. 

“Mama, I missed you,” said the tiny girl, as she stuck her thumb in her mouth and drifted off to sleep.

Her heart ached and she wondered how long it would be before the girls came back with Nonni. Who was Nonni? Was she a family member? A neighbor? Rose sighed as deep as a little girl can sigh, making thumb-sucking noises and snuggling in closer. She stroked the girl’s blonde curls, trying to ignore the pain shooting through her shoulder.

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It's been too long since I've worked on my novel. But I've been inspired and here's the next part. Did you miss the beginning? Or forget what happened so far? Start HERE.

1,000 Meal Giveaway - 50 Chances to Win

It’s the first day of the New Year and Diet-to-go is bringing it in with a bang! They are giving away 1,000 meals this month, and tons of other awesome prizes! Is one of your resolutions to lose weight? Or maybe you just want to eat healthier? Sometimes, when you're on the go so much, it's really hard to eat the foods that are good for you. Diet-to-go makes it easy to eat right and lose weight, by providing you the opportunity to get pre-packaged meals that are designed by dieticians and crafted by real chefs. They offer three complete menus, ten meal delivery plans, and bunches of substitutions so you can choose the foods you love.

Wouldn't it be great to eat your favorite foods and still lose weight? Diet-to-go has been helping people lose weight for over 20 years, so they know how challenging it can be and they work hard to make losing weight simple. They even offer a 100% guarantee and I personally love the fact that there are NO contracts and NO gimmicks! Their meals are REAL food, freshly made with high quality ingredients, and they've consistently beat out the others in national blind taste tests. You can even get a free diet analysis on their website at www.diettogo.com. Affordable, delicious, and convenient - what could be better? How about 1000 FREE MEALS? Enter the giveaway below and you could be the lucky winner!

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25 winners will receive a $50 Diet-to-Go gift card

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Wednesday Wealth Giveaway Link Up (Jan 1-7)

Welcome to 2014
and the first Wednesday Wealth Giveaway Link Up of the year!
Link up all your giveaways and enter to win some great prizes!
Come back each week for a new link up!
Good luck!

Cheesy Ham Broccoli Rice Bake #Recipe

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Cheesy Ham Broccoli Rice Bake
by Lisa Weidknecht
Ingredients:
3 cups white Minute Rice
1 tablespoon butter
3 cups water
2 cans Hormel Ham
2 cans Campbell's Cheddar Cheese Soup
2 cans Campbell's Fiesta Nacho Cheese Soup
1 cup milk
2 cups broccoli

Directions: Boil 3 cups of water, add 3 cups white Minute Rice, stir, remove from heat, cover and let sit five minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, mash up 2 cans of Hormel Ham, then stir in 2 cans Campbell's Cheddar Cheese Soup, 2 cans Campbell's Fiesta Nacho Cheese Soup, 1 cup milk, and 2 cups broccoli. With a fork, fluff the rice and stir in 1 tablespoon of butter. Add the rice to the cheese mix and stir. Spray cooking oil in a 9"x13" casserole dish and pour all the mixed ingredients into the casserole dish. Cover with aluminum foil and bake in oven for 40 minutes at 350 degrees F. Stir before serving. Serves 4-6.
Print this recipe HERE.
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Pointing Fingers Game - Review and Giveaway

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
Having my adult kids here for Christmas vacation means lots of fun family games. Pointing Fingers is a hilarious game of "have you ever..." and "would you ever..." that comes complete with six big foam fingers for pointing at who you think is most likely to have done it or would do it.
There is some simple assembly of the little score cards and then it's time to start accusing people! The game is designed for 3-6 players and ages 12 and up. It's a great game for us to play with our kids (ages 19-23) because they are in the stage of life where we, as their parents, don't really know all that much about what crazy things they are doing away from home!
Everyone puts on a big foam finger and everyone gets their own stand-up score card with a "truth meter" and little finger pointer attached. Pointing Fingers comes with a deck of question cards and the first player draws a card from the top of the pile and reads one of the three suggested options.
Some of the questions include: Have you ever liked about being able to do something really well? Would you ever wear matching sweaters with your dog? Have you ever faked an injury to get out of doing something? Would you ever quit your job to drive an ice cream truck? Have you ever bought something from an infomercial? There are also questions that are fill in the blank so you can personalize the game: Would you ever jump off a _______? Have you ever been caught reading ______?
As each question is read aloud, the players use the "truth meter" on their score card to secretly choose their answer: no never, once, sometimes, or yes always. When everyone has chosen their answer, all players then point their big foam finger at the person most likely to have admitted to it.
Starting with the person with the most fingers pointed at him, he reveals his answer and the number associated with their answer (0,1,2,3) is awarded to those pointing at that person, then on to the next person with a finger pointed at him. Each person keeps their score with the top wheel on their score card and the winner is the person who reaches 21 first. My husband won our first game.
For my silly family, the foam fingers were a hit. And yes, there were several pictures too inappropriate for me to post here. The game is a lot of fun and I love anything that brings all of us together for laughter and memories. It would be a fabulous party game too, although you might want to grab two games to have 12 big foam fingers on hand (see what I did there?)! I can't wait to play it with my mom and three sisters!
Pointing Fingers is made by Hasbro, who is dedicated to creating fabulously fun products for your Game Night. You can purchase Pointing Fingers wherever Hasbro games are sold near you. Visit them on the web at www.hasbro.com and follow them at www.facebook.com/HasbroGameNight. Then enter to win Pointing Fingers below!
Win the Pointing Fingers Game!
To enter, just fill in the Rafflecopter form below. You must be at least 18 years old and reside in the USA. Only the first entry is mandatory; bonus entries increase your chances to win! Giveaway ends at midnight on 1/12/2014. Good luck!

12/31/13

Happy New Year!

As 2013 comes to a close, I want to thank everyone for following my blog and social media accounts, and to wish you a wonderful 2014! May God bless all you do in the coming year!