Chocolate Malt Ice Cream and Redwood Hill Farm Dairy GIVEAWAY!!!

[Giveaway Winner Announced Below]I wouldn’t call it bribery.More like enticement.or INCENTIVE. not insensitive. which it may have also been, but no need to start name calling.Or let’s just call it remuneration because nobody knows what that means.It’s July already and Middle School starts in 8 weeks.  You know Middle School. Junior High. Intermediate. Whatevs. The stuff of pimples, nudey jokes, and constant embarrassment.  Shelbi is going to Middle School in exactly 35 days, and just 7 days ago Read more […]

My Garden of Weeds and Lawry’s Giveaway Winner Announced. . . . . .

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Memorial Day Meal: Santa Fe Oven Fajitas with a Pineapple and Red Bell Pepper Salsa and A GIVEAWAY!!!

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Honey -Lemon Watermelon Salad & A $25 H-E-B Gift Card Giveaway!!!

Finally. I’m starting to work on my garden. In my garden. Around my garden. But. . . . Geez Louise. I’m late. Last year, all my plants were in the ground by April 4th. Oh. Woe is me. But then I looked again, and in 2010, I didn’t get around to it until April 16th. Guess what today is? Yeah buddy. April 17th. I’m right on time for being behind. What a relief. It was stressing me out a bit.  I kept telling myself, gardening is a hobby. Don’t stress crazy cakes. Just plant and be happy.  Read more […]

Cinnamon Streusal Muffins, Baking Basics and Beyond GIVEAWAY, and Texting with Love. . . .

Nana just got an iPhone.She loves it.I love it.She has a Words with Friends Game (similar to scrabble) going on with EVERY member of my family. Except Phoebe, and as soon as Feebs gets an iPod touch, I’m sure she’ll oblige.I told her, “Mommy, I’m really busy, I don’t have a lot of time to play games, but I’ll try.”And it took me like two weeks but, now I’m in and I’m loving it.Also, she sends the funniest texts.Whenever she types, “Oh, boy!” It comes out “Ho Boy!”, which makes me chuckle every. Read more […]

Raw Kale Salad with Peanut Honey Dressing and a GIVEAWAY ~ Edible Brooklyn: The Cookbook

Yesterday. My, oh my. Yesterday.It was a doozy.I went to a kick your hiney abdominal, legs, arms, crazy lady class at the gym. I figured out that I don’t know what a ‘plank’ is, but more importantly, I CAN’T DO ONE. I need to figure out what do when I’m in an exercise class and I discover that I have no abdominal muscles and my arms don’t work. Hint: Don’t cry.Also. . .against my better judgement, I went to Spin Class. And I spun. But, and as warned, it did feel slightly like I had a rod up my rear, Read more […]

Winter Vegetable Soup, Fishing in the City Pool and A GIVEAWAY: The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook By Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge with Sandy Gluck

 Food Photography by Paulette Tavormina It’s raining catfish and dogs today.  I’m laughing hysterically to myself, even if you didn’t quite get the joke.I’m laughing because, as I sit here staring out my study window I’m . . .A.) Reminiscing about what a fun time we had this weekend watching our 3 girls play in their season opener basketball games.B.) Fondly remembering how Shelbi wrestled her a 3 pound catfish that she unhooked and grabbed with her bare hands from at our annual City Pool Read more […]

My Crazy Weekend and Crazy Cuisine Potstickers, Teriyaki Chicken and Orange Chicken Giveaway!!!

On Friday we cleaned out the guest bedroom, making way for Christmas cheer and holiday guest (Nana) and cleaned up the house a bit.Saturday, we watched True Blood in bed until 9 am, watched two soccer games, and then pulled out the Christmas lights and started hanging. Don’t worry, we won’t turn them on until Thanksgiving weekend. We ate Chinese (from the freezer). And my kids loved me for it. Then after they went to bed, I made a Butterscotch Bread Pudding (coming soon) poured myself and Warwick Read more […]

Sad Clown Make-up, A Halloween Hangover, Easy Pumpkin Soup and GREEN VALLEY ORGANICS GIVEAWAY!!!!!!!

  [Winner announced below]Ever just wake up and look at your face and wonder.Wonder about your face and every body else’s face, and the things they do to it?Like eyeliner. What about eyeliner?  I love it personally. I think I should wear more of it.And brown skin is nice, lovely in fact, but wonder how it would be to be white.  No, not like Caucasian.  I mean white, like snow. Like cotton. Like this bottle of Green Valley Kefir I’m pouring into my glass, and spilling it onto my desk. (We’ll Read more […]

Lawry’s Spicy Summertime Recipes and A GIVEAWAY!!!

UPDATE: 8/30/11And the winner is. . . . . .Ashlee:I like to cook…just not during the week, since I don’t like to be rushed while cooking.  So, my favorite thing to eat during the summer, is my husband’s yummy grilled steak…that HE cooks! Ashlee, please contact me at nickiwoo.thehomeguru@gmail.com in the next 48 hours to claim your prize!- – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – -I don’t consider myself a lucky person.And, I don’t consider myself a griller.But Read more […]