Where Birdie Lives #cleverpublishing

Where Birdie Lives is sure to make your little one laugh and smile as you read through this fun lift-the-flap book! Don’t miss this book, it’s a must read!

Where Birdie Lives #CleverPublishing

Where Birdie Lives

This adorable little book will entertain every little kid smile. The grown up is sure to have smiles too! This little book is so much fun, with it’s hidden secrets under little flaps, it certainly reaches the curious fun of little ones!

There are so many benefits to reading to our little ones, but my favorite is the closeness it brings! I’ve written about the benefits of ESL, hugging and the benefits of devotions for children. It’s always fascinating to me how much we can help them succeed in life with things that seem so little.

Reading Benefits for Toddlers #CleverPublishing

Story Time Benefits

Reading aloud to little ones helps them learn language so much better.  It also helps them learn how to properly utilize the words they are learning.  When I was pregnant I read that infants should hear 2000 words per day.  Needless to say, when our baby was alive we were constantly coming up with things to talk to her about!

Pointing to the words will help your little one begin learning word recognition.  Even if they memorize the story, they’re still learning!  It will greatly help them as they learn their letters.  My niece somehow managed to learn letter sounds all on her own, so I’m certain story time leads to success!

Interactive books are perfect for toddlers when they get to that age where sitting still for a story is a chore!  This simple book is a quick read and the little flaps are super fun to discover.  The way it is written makes looking under the flaps more fun!  I loved the search for Birdie!

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Feed with Love: Better Food For Dogs

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Better Food For Dogs is an excellent book for any dog owner.  Whether you want to switch to a custom diet or simply want to know how to make treats, they’ve got it all covered!  It goes pretty in depth about the necessary diet for our 4 legged babies, basic diet necessities, and even has the recipes divided by weight so that you can properly feed your baby without making them overweight and unhealthy!  Throughout the book, there are adorable pictures of various breeds that brings out that all necessary ‘aww’!
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Valentine Chocolate Box Card

Quick Simple Valentine's Day CardCathy's Flower's & EventsI love Valentine’s day!  Spent quite a lot of time working in my Granny’s flower shop growing up.  Something about the hustle and insanity in the back of a

flower shop makes me so happy!  I have de-thorned more roses than I could ever count and loved every minute of it….  Well, perhaps not every one but lots of them.  That’, ladies and gentleman, is one of the

 

many reasons it’s better to get roses from a good flower shop than from the grocery store.  No worries about anyone getting stabbed with those awful thorns!  If you happen to live in the River Valley in Arkansas, I promise they are the best florist you will ever find!  Be sure and check out Cathy’s Flower’s & Events for all of your floral needs and event planning!  They did our wedding and it was absolutely gorgeous!


Valentine's Day Card

For those of you who love your Cricut, I thought I’d share this adorable card I made!  Who doesn’t love chocolate boxes?  I found this one absolutely adorable and totally perfect for a quick Valentine’s card!

I used Paper Doll Dress Up Cricut Cartridge, it’s on the ‘prom boy’ Accessories 2, cut at 3 1/4 inch.  I used a sharpie to do the black (had to do 2 layers to get it dark enough) and a gold paint pen purchased at Hobby Lobby.  If you are using card stock, it won’t leak through.  I would suggest it but if you need/want to use thinner paper, just be sure and put something under it and let it dry before gluing it on.

Valentine's Day Card

This is the inside of the card.  In order to use a scrap piece of card stock that would have otherwise been useless and made the card open vertically.  Added my little ‘poem’ and it’s ready to go!  Enjoy!!!

 

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Boarding the Titanic

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Monkey and I took a trip to Branson, Missouri and checked out the Titanic Museum recently.  We really enjoyed visiting and learning so much about the ship and those aboard the Titanic!  Hey have a ‘phone’ system so that you can hear messages about various displays throughout the museum.  A really neat thing is that they have one for kids and one for adults.  I wasn’t able to hear the kids one, but the adult one was chalked full of information.

Upon entering the line to enter the ship, each guest is given a boarding pass.  Adults get other adults and children get children.  The boarding pass tells you about the passenger featured on the card, age, where they were rooming on the ship, and where they were from as well as a little note from the passenger’s  perspective telling about themselves.  On the other side, they look like actual boarding passes.  Super cute.  😀  The children’s pass, however, has a question scratch off that children can learn the answers to throughout the museum.  Towards the end of the museum, there is a Memorial Gallery where you can find out if your passenger survived or not.  I have to say, Monkey was going nuts throughout the whole thing looking for her passengers name as she was quite anxious over whether or not she survived!

One thing I have to point out are the employees.  They all treated us so well and were so very knowledgeable.  One gentleman, who looked very much like he could have been a captain on a ship, was especially helpful.  He met us at the Memorial Gallery and he was extremely knowledgeable!  There were names on the wall of all of the passengers and without being told anything but the name of the passenger, he was able to point you directly to the name as well as tell you a little about the character!  I asked him how he remembered them all and he informed me that all employees knew basic information about all the people on the boarding passes.  He then told me about how each employee took that information, found a topic they loved, and learned deeper knowledge of that subject.  His favorite was of the ship herself, and he shared with me many facts about the ship, explaining how the boiler room worked and other technical things that I hadn’t quite taken the time to understand.  I was very grateful to him for being so kind and imparting some of his wisdom to us!

There was a quote on the wall, which evades me at the moment, about how to honor those who perished on the Titanic through telling their stories.  It really stuck with me.  I hope you’ll take the time to visit one day and honor them as well.  If you can’t visit, they have an amazing page on their site where you can ‘get to know’ a new passenger every day!  For me, learning about each of them is fascinating!  If this isn’t your particular interest, stick around, I’ll be posting about other aspects of the Titanic Museum Attraction in the near future.

Originally posted 2013-06-13 00:01:39.

Orange Marmalade Recipe

Orange Marmalade is so delicious, who knew it could be so simple to make!

Orange Marmalade Recipe
We absolutely love Orange Marmalade!  It’s great on toast, but it’s even better in recipes!  I love it on chicken breasts or as part of a sauce in a stir fry!  We had gotten a ton of oranges that a grocery store was about to toss and had to find something quick to do with them, so we decided to learn to can!

Know that I had never canned before, so if you have any doubts as to whether or not you can do it squish them now!  Anyone can make and can Orange Marmalade!

If you don’t want to can them, you could freeze it in either small, individual portions by first freezing it in ice trays, then transferring to baggies or simple store portions in a baggie until you are ready to use them.  Just remember to date and label!

Please Note: This is NOT MY RECIPE.  The Link to the original recipe is below the post!  Thanks!

I’d love to hear how you use orange marmalade!

Orange Marmalade

Ingredients:

1 3/4 pounds oranges, 4 to 5 medium
1 lemon, zest finely grated and juiced
6 cups water
3 pounds plus 12 ounces sugar
Special Equipment: 10 (8-ounce) canning jars with rings and lids, funnel, tongs, ladle, and 12-quart pot

Directions:

Wash the oranges and lemon thoroughly. Cut the oranges into 1/8-inch slices using a mandoline, removing the seeds as you go. Stack the orange slices and cut them into quarters. Place the oranges into an 8-quart stainless steel pot.

Add the lemon zest and juice and the water to the pot, set over high heat and bring to a boil, approximately 10 minutes. Once boiling, reduce the heat to maintain a rapid simmer and cook, stirring frequently, for 40 minutes or until the fruit is very soft.  As shown in picture

While the fruit is cooking, fill a large pot (at least 12-quart) 3/4 full with water, set over high heat and bring to a boil. Place 10 (8-ounce) jars and rings, canning funnel, ladle, and tongs into the boiling water and make sure the water covers the jars by at least an inch.

Boil for 10 minutes. Turn off the heat, add the lids and leave everything in the pot until the marmalade is ready.

Meanwhile, place a small plate in the freezer. Increase the heat under the orange mixture to return to full boil. Add the sugar and stir the mixture continually, until it reaches 222 to 223 degrees F on a deep-fry or candy thermometer, and darkens in color, approximately 15 to 20 minutes. (shown in pictures 2 and 3)

You may need to adjust the heat in order to prevent boil over. Test the readiness of the marmalade by placing a teaspoon of the mixture onto the chilled plate and allowing it to sit for 30 seconds. Tilt the plate. The mixture should be a soft gel that moves slightly. If mixture is thin and runs easily, it is not ready.

Remove jars from the water and drain on a clean towel. Place a canning funnel onto the top of 1 of the jars and ladle in the marmalade just to below the bottom of the threads of the jar. Repeat until all of the mixture has been used. The amount of marmalade may vary by 1 to 2 jars. Wipe the rims and threads of the jars with a moist paper towel and top each with a lid. Place a ring on each jar and tighten.  Orange Marmalade: 4 Simple Steps

Return the jars to the pot with boiling water, being certain that they don’t touch the bottom of the pot or each other. (If you don’t have a jar rack, try a round cake rack, or metal mesh basket. Even a folded kitchen towel on the pot bottom will do in a pinch.)

Add additional water if necessary to cover the jars by at least an inch. Boil for 10 minutes. Using canning tongs, carefully remove the jars from the water, place in a cool dry place and allow to sit at room temperature for at least 24 hours before opening. Once open, store in the refrigerator. Unopened marmalade will last for up to 6 months.  Shown in Pic 4.

Be sure and label your jars with the date, they’ll keep in a cool dry place for a year or so, but you don’t want to forget when they were made!

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/orange-marmalade-recipe/index.html?oc=linkback

Originally posted 2013-06-11 06:01:31.

Shimmer and Shine Flight of the Zahracorns DVD Giveaway

Shimmer and Shine Flight of the Zahracorns DVD Giveaway

Welcome to the Shimmer and Shine Flight of the Zahracorns DVD Giveaway!

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Shimmer and Shine: Flight of the Zahracorns DVD

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Pereg Panko Breadcrumbs Giveaway

Pereg Panko Breadcrumbs Giveaway

Welcome to the Pereg Panko Breadcrumbs Giveaway!

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Whole Wheat Breadcrumbs

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This giveaway is in no way endorsed, affiliated, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site. You are not eligible if you have won a prize from this sponsor in the last 12 months. This Giveaway is valid in the United States Only and Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway event will end at 11:59 PM (EST) 3/6/19. The winner will have 48 hours to email their information back to SaraLee at s8r8l33 (at)yahoo(dot) com or a new winner will be drawn, you may want to put this email address as safe as it could go to spam. The sponsors are each responsible for shipping of the above prizes. No blog associated with this contests are responsible for prize fulfillment.If you would like to be a sponsor in a giveaway like this please email SaraLee at s8r8l33 (at)yahoo(dot) com. If you take an entry you must stay following for the entire contest or you will be disqualified.

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Hello all!  Meet my babies.

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