Smile It's Friday

Friday, February 25, 2011

Happy Friday!!!

Despite the weather I am headed to Los Angeles, where I will spend the day with Leeann over at Join The Gossip. (she's will be hosting a giveaway soon)

My favorite pic of us!

 I look forward to sharing our adventures with all of you. Oh and guess who is joining us…. Miss Flat Mamarazzi


Hope you all have a great weekend!!! 


Photo Credits: Some Random kid at the Blink 182 concert using my camera


Gentlemen Start Your Engines

Sunday, February 20, 2011

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Dale Earnhardt, Sr.’s crash that ended his life. In honor of the legendary driver,  NASCAR organizers are holding a special Dale Earnhardt Tribute  "silent lap 3" to remember the driver of the famous #3 car.

My family and I will be cheering our favorite drivers today as they race around the track. Here's to a great season.

Now lets go racing boys!!!!!

Photo Credits: Dale Sr.


Friday Confessional

Friday, February 18, 2011

I have a confession..........

On Wednesday my son took his behind the wheel test and he passed.  I now have a licensed teenager and I am so freaked out. Yes so freaked out I actually lied to him and told him the insurance is not active until Friday just to give me a few days to let the reality set in. I feel like a horrible mom, and I don't know how to over come the fear.

Whats a mom to do????


Meatball Soup

Monday, February 14, 2011

Who doesn't love soup?  Weather you are are sick or just want a comforting meal.

I received this recipe from a friend of mine. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does.
Ingredients for soup
1/3 cup olive oil 
1 stick butter 
2 onions- sliced & quartered 
2 carrots - sliced 
2 celery stalks - sliced 
4 medium potatoes - diced in large pieces 
1/2 lb. fresh green beans - cut 
1/2 small head of cabbage - thinly sliced 
2 zucchini - sliced & halved 
1 28 oz. can of diced tomatoes 
6 cups of water
6 beef boullion cubes 
1 can Vegetable broth 
1 tsp. salt 
1/2 tsp. pepper 

Directions for Soup ( you will need a LARGE pot)
1. melt butter with olive oil over medium heat 

2. add onions, carrots, celery, potatoes and green beans 

3. stir to coat vegetables with butter & olive oil 

4. Cook 20 mins., stirring occasionally 

5. add water, bouillon cubes, vegetable broth, salt, pepper, cabbage, zucchini, and tomatoes with all their liquid

6. over high heat, bring to a boil, then stir 

7. reduce heat to low, cover, & simmer 40 mins.

Ingredients for Meatballs 
1 1/2 lbs. lean ground beef 
1/3 cup Italian bread crumbs 
1/2 tsp. garlic powder

Directions for Meatballs- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees 

1. mix ground beef, bread crumbs and garlic powder (with hands) 

2. roll into meatballs 

3. line cookie sheet with non - stick foil 

4. bake meatballs at 350 for 1/2 hour 

5. add meat balls to soup 

6. simmer soup with meatballs additional 20 mins. 

Come join Soup-a-Palooza with TidyMom and Dine and Dish sponsored by Bush’s Beans, Hip Hostess, Pillsbury and Westminster Crackers.

Photo Credits: Soup-a-Palooza, 
bowl of soup


Happy Valentine's Day

Sunday, February 13, 2011

I would like to wish each and everyone of you a very happy Valentine's Day!!! With the help of my 16 year old we have chosen a winner.

The comment we chose said "My mom deserves this because she's always busy taking care of my grandmother."

This has touched my heart in a special way.  Growing up I remember helping my Mom &  Grandma take care of my Great-Grandma until she was 100 years old. ( I really wish I could find the 3 generation picture to post).
Congratulations Lisa I have e mailed you for your mailing address. I hope your mom takes the time to enjoy her special gifts.

I want to thank you all for entering may you all your day be filled with love and laughter.

Photo Credits: My camera


Valentine Giveaway

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Looking for a Valentine?

Well look no further. I think everyone should feel special weather you have a Valentine or not that's why I have decided to send the lucky winner these goodies.

All you need to do is tell me why you or someone you know deserves to win the special gift I have put together.

Please include your email so I can contact you, or if you are nominating someone for this giveaway you can leave me their contact information.

Winner will be chosen on February 14, 2011.  I will review all the answers and decide who has the best. 

Good Luck to all!


Stay Tuned

Stay tuned for my next giveaway. Hoping to make someone feel extra special on Valentines Day.  

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Super Bowl Sunday

Sunday, February 6, 2011

  Super Bowl Sunday!

What are your plans? We are off to not only celebrate 2 teams playing for the Championship, but a friends life. Someone we lost about a year ago to Cancer.  There will be a lot of eating, cheering and of course drinking. Here is to a fun day.

 **  Please remember if you are out and have been drinking find a designated driver. **

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A Well Deserved Date Night For Me

Saturday, February 5, 2011

I am super excited tonight is........DATE NIGHT!!!!! Rumor has it I am even getting flowers.

So I am off to dinner, a movie, and then maybe a glass of wine in front of the fire place once back home. 
 Hope everyone is having a great weekend.

If your headed out to a party for Super Bowl remember not to drink & drive.

Photo Credits:


Spring Is Coming Sooner Than Later

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Living in Cali has me spoiled. As all my loved ones back East have been buried in snow drifts. I have been enjoying 70-80 degree weather. Please don't hate me, this is why I love California! Things are about to change for all of you, and you to will be enjoying my warm sunshine filled days sooner than you think.

Happy Ground Hog Day!!!!!

Yes Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow which means Spring is around the Corner!!! 

Photo Credits: California - Sketch Blog Stars;Ground Hog - LA Times


CSN Giveaway Winner Announced

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

I am proud to announce the winner of the $35 gift card from CSN

Mamarazzi from Dandelion Wishes

There were 19 entries and # 16 was chosen by

I want to thank each and everyone of you for entering and following me. I love all of your blogs and am following you back. 

Photo Credit: Photobucket