Easter Craft for Kids! Sweet and Simple Spring Centerpiece

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Are you ready to spruce up your home for spring? You don’t have to go overboard, in fact the smaller changes can have a huge impact. For example, take a look at the sweet and simple spring centerpiece I created below. It only cost me a few dollars to make and it took a whole 5 minutes to assemble. How cute will this centerpiece look on my table, work desk, or even to give as a gift? Take a look at how you can make your own and bring spring into your space for less.

Sweet and Simple Spring Centerpiece

Supplies needed:
Felt flower picks
Faux moss
Small flower pot
Ribbon or yarn

I found all of these items at my local Hobby Lobby craft store. My total cost was just a few dollars with plenty of supplies left over for future craft projects. Since this is a simple glue free and paint free craft, it is a also a great one to do with the kiddos if you need an activity to keep them busy. Fun and frugal, you can’t beat that!

Directions:
1. Begin by filling your flower pot with faux moss. Make it nice and full since it will keep your flowers in place.
2. Tie a ribbon or piece of yarn around the your pot.
3. Stick the flower picks directly into the pot. Put as many as you wish. We liked the look of three but you can make it as full as you would like.

Now all you need to do is display your spring centerpiece wherever you need some spring charm! This craft is so easy, family friendly, and easy on your budget. So why not try crafting your own?

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Head over to the Facebook page or Community Chat page when you are done and share your creation. We would love to have the chance to admire it!

Happy crafting!

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HUGE LIST of BIRTHDAY FREEBIES & DEALS!

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WOOHOO!  HUGE FREEBIE & DEAL LIST!
Party like it’s your birthday!

This is so exciting!  Many restaurants offer special discounts or FREEBIES for your birthday!

THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND:
  • You need to sign up for newsletters or join loyalty programs IN ADVANCE of your special day (at least two weeks) to score the birthday deals.
  • Many places also offer a sign up bonus!
  • Each offer has terms and conditions (purchase to receive freebie) and expiration date. Make sure to read the fine print carefully on the coupon.
  • All offers are subject to change and some are valid only at participating locations.
  • Most All of the birthday offers are for the week or month of your birthday and not just the day!

Please let me know any updates or additions to the list.

I wish you a Very Happy Birthday!

Note:  This is a national list, some locations are individually owned, so it is always best to call ahead of time and make sure that they are honoring the birthday freebie at your location.  Also, there are likely other places that I haven’t listed. If you have a favourite restaurant, give them a call and find out if they are offering a freebie too! I will update this list as often as I hear of other places, please email me if you know of one that I didn’t include!

 

Birthday Freebies and Deals

A&W – Free Root Beer Float

Applebee’s – Free Dessert with Entrée + Free Appetizer with Entrée Sign Up Bonus

Arby’s – Free Small Shake + Free Roast Beef Classic Sign Up Bonus

Auntie Anne’s – BOGO Pretzel (APP Only Sign Up)

Baskin Robbins – Free Birthday Scoop or Soft Serve Swirl

Beef O’Bradys – Free Appetizer with Entrée + same Sign Up Bonus

Benihana – $30 Off Dinner Certificate to use M-TH of your birthday month

Bob Evans – Free Stack of Buttermilk/Multigrain Hotcakes (no purchase req) Sign Up Bonus

Bojangles’ – Free Bo-Berry Biscuit + Free 1/2 Gallon Iced Tea Sign Up Bonus

Bonefish Grill – Free Bang Bang Shrimp/Dessert with Entrée

Boston Market – $3 Off $10 Sign Up Bonus

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co – Free Birthday Cupcake with Candle and a Song (just tell them it’s your birthday)

Buca di Beppo – $15 Off $30 Purchase

Buffalo Wild Wings – Free Snack Size Wings

Captain D’s Seafood – Free 2-piece Fish Meal + Free Dessert for a Month Sign Up Bonus

Checkers and Rally’s – Free Large Fry Sign Up Bonus

Cheddar’s – Free Chips and Queso with Entrée Sign Up Bonus

Chili’s – Free Dessert with Entrée

Church’s Chicken – Free Leg, Thigh or Tender Strip + same Sign Up Bonus

Cinnabon – Free Iced Coffee + Free MINIBON Roll Sign Up Bonus

Cody’s Original Roadhouse – $10 Off Two Entrées + Free Appetizer with Entrée Sign Up Bonus

Cold Stone Creamery – BOGO “Like It, Love It or Gotta Have It” Size Ice Cream Creation

Culver’s – Free Sundae + One Free Scoop and BOGO Value Basket Sign Up Bonuses

CVS Pharmacy Beauty Club – $3 Extra Care Bucks + Exclusive Coupons throughout the Year

Dairy Queen – BOGO Blizzard + BOGO Blizzard (six for the year) and $3 Off Cake Sign Up Bonus

Denny’s – Free Original Grand Slam Breakfast (show ID on your birthday) + 20% Off Sign Up Bonus

Dippin’ Dots – Free Dippin’ Dots

Dunkin’ Donuts – Free Select Beverage Any Size + same Sign Up Bonus (when you add DD Perks card)

Earl of Sandwich – Free Birthday Brownie + $5 added to reward card Sign Up Bonus

Edible Arrangements – Free 12 count Dipped Fruit Box (read qualifying terms) + $5 Off Order Sign Up Bonus

Einstein Bros Bagels – Free Egg Sandwich + Free Bagel and Shmear Sign Up Bonus

Fire House Subs – Free Medium Sub

First Watch Cafe – BOGO Entrée + same Sign Up Bonus

Fuddruckers – BOGO Burger + $7 Flat for 1/3lb Burger, Fries and Drink Sign Up Bonus

Golden Corral – BOGO Entrée + Welcome Surprise Sign Up Bonus

Great American Cookies — Free Cookie Cake Slice + BOGO Regular Cookie Sign Up Bonus

Hard Rock Cafe – BOGO Entrée

Honey Baked Ham – Free Ham Classic Sandwich + same Sign Up Bonus

Hooters – Ten Free Wings + $5 Off $25 Sign Up Bonus

IHOP – Free Rooty Tooty Fresh ‘N Fruity Pancakes + same Sign Up Bonus

Jersey Mike’s Subs – Free Regular Sub and 22oz Fountain Drink (one year expiration!)

Joe’s Crab Shack – Free Appetizer with Entrée + same Sign Up Bonus

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse – $15 or $30 Off Entrées (value depends on day of week)

Krispy Kreme – Free Doughnut Sign Up Bonus

Longhorn Steakhouse – Free Dessert with Entrée + Free Appetizer with Entrée Sign Up Bonus

Maggiano’s Little Italy – $10 Off $30 Sign Up Bonus

Maggie Moo’s – $5 Off Birthday Cake + Free Cup/Cone with Unlimited Mix-Ins Sign Up Bonus

Melting Pot – Birthday Surprise + Free box of Six Chocolate Covered Strawberries Sign Up Bonus

Mimi’s Cafe – Free Crepe Cake Slice or 2-Pack Muffins/Croissants

Mission BBQ – Free Sandwich Sign Up Bonus (they send it Early for your Birthday!)

Moe’s Southwest Grill – Free Burrito (App ONLY Sign Up) + Free Cup of Queso Sign Up Bonus

Olive Garden – Free Dessert with Entrée + Free Appetizer/Dessert Sign Up Bonus

Outback Steakhouse – Free Dessert with Entrée

Panera Bread – Free Birthday Pastry + Free Pastry/Sweet Sign Up Bonus (added to reward card)

Payless Shoe Source – 25% Off Purchase + Exclusive Coupons throughout the Year

PDQ Fresh Tenders – Three Free Tenders Sign Up Bonus

PF Chang’s – BOGO Entrée

Planet Smoothie – Free Smoothie + Free Smoothie Size Upgrade Sign Up Bonus

Pollo Tropical – $5 Off $10 Sign Up Bonus

Quaker Steak & Lube – Free Mid-Range O-Ring Ontenna Sign Up Bonus

Redbox – Free Movie Rental + Free Movie Rental for your Sign Up Anniversary

Red Lobster – $5 Off Two Entrees + Free Appetizer/Dessert with Two Entrées Sign Up Bonus

Red Robin – Free Gourmet Burger

Rita’s Italian Ice – Free Regular Italian Ice + BOGO Any Item Sign Up Bonus

Romano’s Macaroni Grill – Free Dessert + $5 Off Entrée Sign Up Bonus

Ruby Tuesday’s – Free Burger/Garden Bar Entrée + Free Appetizer with Entrée Sign Up Bonus

Sbarro – Free Pizza Slice Sign Up Bonus

Shula’s Steak House – BOGO Entrée

Smokey Bones – Free Dessert + $5 Off $20 Sign Up Bonus

Sonny’s BBQ – Free Big Deal Combo + $5 Off $25 Sign Up Bonus

Steak n’ Shake – Free Double Steak Burger and Fries + BOGO Specialty Milk Shake Sign Up Bonus

Sweet Tomatoes – 20% Off Birthday Check + $5 Off Adult Meal Sign Up Bonus

Texas de Brazil – $20 Off Dinner for Two Sign Up Bonus

Texas Roadhouse – Free Appetizer/Side Kick of Ribs with Entrée

TGI Fridays – Free Dessert + Free Appetizer/Dessert Sign Up Bonus

Ulta – Free Birthday Gift plus Double Points on Purchases during your Birthday Month

UNO Pizzeria – Free Appetizer with Entrée + Free Mini Dessert with Entrée Sign Up Bonus

Waffle House – Free Waffle + Free Hash Browns with Two Toppings Sign Up Bonus

Wendy’s – $1 Off Premium Combo Sign Up Bonus

Wingstop – Free Large Seasoned Fries + Free Regular Seasoned Fries Sign Up Bonus

Yamto Japanese Steakhouse – BOGO Hibachi Dinner

Zaxby’s – Free Nibbler + Free Meal Sign Up Bonus (allow 6-8 weeks to receive postcard)

 

A very special THANK YOU to Starr for helping me keep this list updated!

 

Well there you have it! You can party like a rock star on your birthday for sure with all of these freebies! REMEMBER, most of these DO require some sort of registration ahead of time.  Plus, make sure that your local restaurant is participating in this freebie!

Have fun and HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!!

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Philly Cheesesteak Egg Rolls – Delicious!

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This recipe is now one of my family favorites!  Extremely easy to make and VERY TASTY!

We are always looking for new ideas for game day food or easy recipes to make when we have friends over so I was very excited when Hope M. mentioned in our facebook chat group that she made egg rolls at home!  I had no idea how easy it would be until I heard about Nasoya Egg Roll Wraps!  I found these in the refrigerated produce department at Publix and they are a GAME CHANGER for sure!

We love our food well seasoned and our very favorite seasoning on beef is McCormick Grill Mates Montreal Steak Seasoning.  It has the perfect combination of seasoning for any type of meat, we love it on our steaks or hamburgers and use it regularly!

The cool thing about this recipe is that you can Deep Fry, Air Fry or Bake these and they will come out delicious any way you do it.  Since this was my first try at the recipe, I decided to cook half of ours in the Air Fryer and the other half we Deep Fried.  I will say, there is nothing as tasty as deep fried anything (lets be honest), and those were the best as far as texture was concerned, however, the Air Fryer version were delicious too!  They came out crispy on the outside and deliciously hot and cheesy on the inside so you can’t go wrong either way!

Products used in this recipe, all purchased at Publix

Philly Cheesesteak Egg Rolls – Delicious!

Category: appetizer, entree, game day food

Yield: 8

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Sirloin Strips (lean) or other beef sliced thin
  • 1 Green Pepper (large)
  • 1 Onion (medium)
  • 1 Egg
  • Sargento Provolone Slices, 1 pkg, 8 oz or Shredded
  • Nasoya Egg Roll Wraps (approx 8)
  • McCormick Grill-Mates Montreal Steak Seasoning
  • Olivio Buttery Spray
  • Vegetable Oil (if deep frying)

Instructions

  1. Dice Green Pepper and Onion into bite size pieces and saute' in pan with oil / butter on medium heat
  2. Cut Sirlion Steak Strips into small pieces (approx 1 inch each) and add to pan with pepper & onion mixture
  3. Generously season with McCormick Grill Mates Montreal Steak Seasoning
  4. Cook on medium heat until steak is well cooked and peppers & onions are soft, slower is better for flavor and texture
  5. Once cooked through, remove from heat and set aside for 10 minutes to allow meat to rest
  6. Place Nasoya Egg Roll Wraps on parchment paper
  7. Beat egg in a bowl and brush all four edges of each egg roll wrap with egg (this will help seal the egg roll together when cooking)
  8. Add approximately 2 tablespoons of steak / peppers / onion mixture to the middle of the egg roll wrap and top with one slice of provolone cheese folded on top
  9. Fold the bottom of the egg roll wrap up half way to cover the meat mixture (like an envelope) then fold in both sides, before folding the top down add a little more egg (like a glue) and fold the top down closing the egg roll.
  10. Deep Frying Option: Drop each egg roll into vegetable oil preheated on medium heat (you don't want the oil too hot) flipping until it is golden brown (approx 3-4 minutes each)
  11. Air Fryer Option: Spray outside of egg roll with Olivio Buttery Spray and place in air fryer at 390 degrees for 12 minutes. Flip half way through if necessary based on your air fryer.
  12. Oven Option: Spray the outside of the egg roll lightly with the Olivio Buttery Spray and place in pre-heated 400 degrees oven for 10-12 minute, flip half way through.
  13. When fully cooked, allow egg rolls to cool on paper towel lined plate before serving. Delicious!
  14. If you would like to have a dip for these, a mayonnaise / horseradish mixture matches perfectly!

Notes

This recipe was inspired by Hope Meza who posted about this family favorite in our facebook chat group. She adds mushrooms and uses mozzarella cheese and seasons with salt, pepper & garlic. There are so many different options that you can make using the egg roll wraps. You will love them! Thanks Hope!

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New Years Eve Traditions for GOOD LUCK & MONEY!!

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A NEW YEAR IS UPON US!!

New years eve traditions

How do you bring in the New Year??

New Years Eve is a day of celebration, letting go of the past and looking forward to the future.  Many people host huge parties with friends and family while others attend celebrations at local venues to ring in the new year!

For many years we have chosen to stay home and have a little fun of our own by participating in some of the age old traditions that are supposed to bring good luck and fortune to you in the new year!  I have been asked by many people to write out all of the things that I do each year for fun and why!  All of the children in my family know of these traditions because I do them pretty much every year.  One year I didn’t and lets just say it wasn’t the “best year of my life” so I never skipped even one after that!!  Some call them traditions, others call them superstitions, but whatever you call them, it can make your New Years Eve a ton of fun and fire you up for the new year!!

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I don’t know where each of these traditions originated but here they are the reasons why I do them!

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PREPPING FOR MIDNIGHT:

  • Place SEVEN coins (heads up) in each window sill to guarantee that money will come into your home in the coming year.
  • Fill one pot of water sometime during the day for each person in your household and have it ready for midnight with a big spoon (more on that later), the water should sit throughout the day.  Some people believe that you should mop your floors and keep the dirty water for this same purpose.
  • Gather TWELVE GRAPES for each person in the household (don’t eat them yet), each one will signify a full circle of good luck for each month in the year.  If you hate grapes, you could do peas, I know that sounds gross but it is the price you pay for not eating grapes 😉
  • For peace in the coming year wear WHITE on New Years Eve, for fortune and money make sure you wear YELLOW.   You are supposed to wear RED underwear but I have no idea why but do it just in case I forgot something important 🙂
  • Get your suitcase out and unzipped and leave by your front door (more on this later)!
  • Have a broom sitting by your front door (more on this later too), just get it ready, yes really!
  • Make SURE that you have some money in your wallet or purse, even if it is only a dollar, this is to make sure that money will flow throughout the year!
  • While waiting for the new year to hit with your Dollar Store party hat on (this is a MUST), grab a note pad and tear off  TWELVE pieces of paper.  On each piece of paper write out anything negative that has been weighing on you the past year, one for each piece of paper.  Keep it short and sweet.  IMPORTANT:  Don’t get all ninny-pooperish and start talking about everyone that annoyed you or it will ruin your good time, just write each thing down swiftly.  Once you have written each down it is now time to BURN EACH ONE!  I prefer to throw them in a bon fire, but a simple plate with a lighter will work too if you don’t have a bon fire.  It is time to LET IT GO.. each and every one of them to start the new year with a fresh start.   Say whatever it is you have to say to make yourself laugh while you burn each one.  I personally like the phrase “GOOD RIDDENS YA DIRTY RASCAL” when letting go.   This is really cleansing, you can thank me later 🙂

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GET READY FOR
MIDNIGHT!

AT THE STRIKE OF MIDNIGHT THIS IS WHAT YOU DO IN THIS ORDER:

  • Watch the ball drop in Times Square on TV
  • Kiss the people you love that are close to you (make sure they are cool with that first)
  • YELL HAPPY NEW YEAR!
  • Grab your grapes, you must eat ALL TWELVE in the FIRST MINUTE of the new year!  Note:  Don’t try to shove them all in your mouth at one time, TRUST ME, it doesn’t end well, take your time, you have thirty seconds left, get on it!
  • Run and grab your pot of water, THROW THE WATER out the front door and yell “OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW!”  and beat on your pot with your big spoon while yelling HAPPY NEW YEAR loud enough for the entire neighborhood to hear you!
  • Go back inside and grab your suitcase, walk out the front door and back inside with your suitcase, this will bring you travel opportunities throughout the coming year.  If you prefer to stay home all year skip this step 😉
  • Next, take the broom and sweep out towards your front door, this is symbolic of sweeping out all of the negativity in the previous year.  I say something like “OUTTA HERE NEGATIVITY!” while I’m sweeping.  Make sure you pass the broom to anyone else in the house so they can do the same thing.
  • Square dance and dosey-doe at the front door as you are going back in.  JUST KIDDING on that one, I just thought it was a funny visual to add, haha

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If you complete all of these tasks you are SURE to have a new year filled with GOOD LUCK and PROSPERITY!!

NEW YEARS DAY FOODS TO SEAL THE DEAL

First let me say that I am from the South.  My mother was born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana and I was raised on southern cooking.  I am sure that there are other traditions in different parts of the country, but I have always been told that eating certain things on New Years Day is a MUST so I never ever skip out on these traditions:

Black-eyed peas and Corn Bread

This is a MUST, if you don’t do anything else, you MUST eat your black-eyed peas and cornbread.  This is a well known tradition to attract good luck and financial good fortune.  Beans symbolize money or coins.  The Corn Bread resembles a block of gold, some people will add corn kernels to their corn bread which is symbolic of gold nuggets for extra fortune.    We cook our leftover Christmas Ham or ham bone with our black eyed peas and we love sweet vadalia onions with ours as well.

Pork on New Years Day

We cook a pork roast on New Years Day but there are many ways to cook pork to your liking.  It is said to eat pork on New Years Day but NEVER eat chicken or cow.   The reasoning is that a chicken scratches backwards, a cow stands still but a pig roots forward.  It is symbolic of moving forward in your life in the upcoming year!

Greens are a must for money!!

Turnip Greens, Collard Greens, Spinach, any green will do!   Greens are symbolic for money, so if you want to have money in the new year make sure you eat your greens!!  If you aren’t used to eating greens it is best to cook them WAY down.  We like to put fresh turnip greens in a big pot and cover with water, we lightly fry up about a half of a package of bacon and throw it in the pot with the greens, add some salt and pepper and cook them way down for flavor.  I personally like to put a little bit of tabasco sauce on mine but my husband loves them just the way they are.  Eat all of the good luck foods together, it is a perfect combination for your taste buds!

Cabbage and Potatoes

We cook down a full head of cabbage.  This is for good health in the new year.  I didn’t do my cabbage last year and learned my lesson so I will be eating a big bowl this year, haha!  We cook ours very simply.  We quarter a head of cabbage and break it down in a large stock pot.  I use two 32 oz cartons of chicken broth and add more water to cover the cabbage completely.  We cut up a few potatoes (the rounder the better since it is symbolic of a full circle) and add those to the pot with some salt and pepper.   We cook it WAY down until it is soft and has almost a soup consistency but the cabbage is still in decent size pieces.

Dessert:  Ring shaped cake

We don’t personally bake our cake, we usually buy one from Publix.  A ring shaped cake symbolizes that you have come full circle.  I have heard of people baking trinkets into their cake but I have never done that myself.   Not a bad idea, but you could end up with a tooth repair which wouldn’t be fun to start off the new year if ya know what I’m sayin’ 😉

So that’s it folks!!  Simple and fun ways to celebrate the new year and maybe even get a little bit of good luck and money thrown your way at the same time!!

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Do you have any new years traditions that you do every year?  I would LOVE to hear about it!!

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How I survived my Cabin Adventure with NO HOME INTERNET for a month!

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This post is sponsored by Wilson Electronics / WeBoost.  All comments and opinions are my own.
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Last year, my husband and I purchased a small “fixer upper” cabin in Kentucky!  This was a dream that we had worked towards for many many years.  It is a simple little place tucked on a mountainside on the Cumberland River.   It is livable but in need of a full renovation to make it work for our needs in the years to come.  I will be blogging on the experience and sharing all of the fun stories and adventures that we encounter along the way! 
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One of the most important things on our “must have list” when looking for a place was internet service since we work from home and I am online at least 12 hours per day.  With an extremely limited budget and our desire to have our own piece of heaven in a very rural area, we found that to be a major issue.  After researching every option available, we were told that we would be able to have satellite internet and scheduled the installation for the day after we arrived at our property.  It was going to be pricey but it was our only choice so we bit the bullet, paid the fees and were ready to get it going.
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Our drive to Kentucky is 10+ loooooooooong hours from our home in Florida.  We timed our trip between work responsibilities and I gave myself a day or two just to get the installation done and me back online seamlessly. Unfortunately, as soon as the satellite internet guy got to our property and took one look around at the 200 ft trees in every direction and elevation on a mountain side he said there was NO WAY we would get service there.  I could not believe it.  I had called no less than 10 times to confirm that service would definitely be available prior to closing on the property and spoke to the technician before leaving Florida to confirm again.  He got out his gauges and walked around from every angle and no signal was strong enough to do an installation.

EEEK! WHAT THE HECK?!

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Rosco keeping an eye on the satellite guy from his porch swing
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I was in a complete state of panic.  Before leaving Florida, my backup plan was to use my cell phone service and “tether” to my laptop if absolutely necessary, but once we arrived I found that my cell service was only strong enough to send or receive VERY SLOW text messages outside (and down the hill a bit) but was not strong enough to make calls or connect to the internet.  For the next few days I would make multiple trips up the hill to the top of the mountain until I found a strong enough signal and would work from my car to get things done.  As you can imagine, this was not an ideal situation and was extremely stressful since as you guys know I am in the facebook chat group and on social media most of the day and night answering questions, getting excited about your haul photos or posting deals. 

WeBoost to the rescue!

I decided to start asking everyone that I came into contact with how they were able to access the internet to see if there were any options that I may have missed.   Most people laughed when I asked about internet in our area or just said good luck with that (how do you live without internet?!).

Fortunately, I ended up getting some AMAZING information from a lady that owns a campground in the area and provides free wifi for her visitors.  She told me about a company called Wilson Electronics and their product line called WeBoost!

Basically, what a WeBoost unit does is connect to a cell tower to access voice and data signals.  It then BOOSTS that signal 32x and sends it to an inside antenna, the INSIDE antenna then broadcasts the signal to all devices in your home.  Sounds amazing right?!  At this point I was DESPERATE so I sat in my car with my laptop connected at her campground and I literally ordered a WeBoost Home 3G unit right then and there with next day delivery.  We had to travel to the nearest UPS station to pick it up due to our location, but it arrived the following day.  It was seriously my ONLY hope and my fingers & toes were crossed while my husband installed it hoping that it would work.

IT DID! IT WORKED!

We went from NO PHONE or TEXT ABILITY inside our cabin to FULL Phone, Text and DATA!  I was able to connect to my laptop via my Verizon Mifi hotspot and was able to work just like normal with no issues!  I could not believe it!  Fortunately, I am on the Verizon unlimited data plan so it didn’t cost me anymore on my cell phone bill to work for the entire month!

I was SO EXCITED about it that when we got back home I decided to try out the unit at my house here in Florida and was able to cancel my home internet service which was costing me almost $100 per month!  At my home in Florida, I literally had to pay for internet service monthly THEN had to get what they called a MicroCell unit to boost my cell phone service on my phone just so that my cell phone would work, it was ridiculous.  If the internet went out for any reason I would also lose cell phone service.   Now with the WeBoost installed I ALWAYS have service since it is not dependent upon the internet at all, it is boosting straight from the cell tower!

The WeBoost unit is AWESOME and they have a BUNCH of other products too!

We will be heading back to Kentucky very soon to start our next round of repairs and improvements and I will be doing some live streaming from there and I feel confident that I will have no issues at all!  The customer service at WeBoost is AMAZING as well.  I have spoken with them a few times to see what all of my options are with the wide range of products they offer.  They have products for your car, RV, home, office, etc that will boost your service wherever you are! I seriously feel like this is the future of how we will connect to the internet.   Why should we have to pay for cell phone data AND home internet too right?!

CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT ALL OF THE WEBOOST PRODUCTS

I am super excited that the fine folks over at Wilson Electronics / WeBoost sent me the Whole House Connect 4G-X unit to bring with me on my next trip and to try it out! I am very thankful!  I was using the Home 3G unit and it met my needs so I can only imagine how fast and amazing the Connect 4G-X will be!  I will keep you all posted!!

Once we were able to get our internet situation resolved it allowed us to relax and enjoy the area and explore around a bit when we weren’t working.  We have a BIG JOB ahead of us working on the cabin but would LOVE to share our adventure with those of you that are interested in following along.  I have created a facebook page HERE for this and will be posting all of the things that we learn along the way!

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Rosco and Moozy enjoying an afternoon of hiking

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Finally able to relax and explore once I had my internet working!

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Make sure you check out our new  Simple Cabin Living Facebook page about our new cabin adventure!  We will be blogging on our DIY projects, renovations and all of the calamities we are sure to encounter!

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Weekend Family Fun: DIY Dinosaur Garden

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Are fairy gardens not your thing? No worries at all! Today I am going to show you a fun and frugal alternative to the fairy garden. All you need is about $5 worth of supplies and you will be enjoying endless fun in no time. This dinosaur garden is perfect for the dino lover in your household. It is a great way to teach children about dinosaurs, gardening, and even how to care for a living thing while having lots of fun at the same time. Take a peek below at how to make your own DIY Dinosaur Garden so you can be enjoying this prehistoric fun this weekend!

Dinosaur Garden

Supplies needed:
Planter or tin box
Potting soil
Prehistoric looking plants such as aloe and succulents
Plastic dino toys

We found everything we needed for around $5 at our local dollar store and greenhouse. You can find these plants for about $1 each, and most dollar stores sell the toys dinos as well as the planters and soil even for $1 each. As you can see, this is some fun you can enjoy on a dime!

Directions:
1. Begin by filling the container of your choice with soil.
2. Plant the plants of your choosing. As mentioned, succulents and aloe look great!
3. Add in your dinosaurs and other props such as rocks for caves.

Tend to your dinosaur garden with a little water every few days. You can also move your dinosaurs around for some fun if you wish!

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See how cute this dinosaur garden turned out? If you think your kids would enjoy this, give one a try. It is a perfect substitute for someone not quite into fairy gardens. When you are done, share your project with us on the Facebook page or Community chat page!

Happy weekend, friends!

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Cheesy Cajun Sausage & Tator Casserole! Yummy!!

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Cheesy Cajun Sausage & Tator Casserole MCE

OH MY LAWD!  You are going to LOVE this dish!

Many of you have asked for recipes using the Eckrich Sausage that we just scored super cheap at Publix.  I have a really tasty option that is really easy to make that the whole family will love!

Smoked Sausage and Kielbasa is delicious when cooked together with potatoes.  There is something about the mix of flavors that is wonderful on the taste buds!  My mother is from Louisiana, so I have a lot of cajun influences in my cooking and I love my food well seasoned.  The combination of ingredients and seasoning in this dish are just perfect to me, it is not spicy, but extremely flavorful.

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Prep time:  10 minutes max

Preparing this dish was really easy for me.  In all fairness though, I want to mention that I use a Vidalia Chop Wizard for my potatoes and onions.  If you haven’t ever seen one of these, you should really check it out.  I have used mine for YEARS and can’t imagine having to chop up potatoes or veggies for soup or stews by hand.  Basically, you peel the veggies that you are going to use, put on the chopper and press down.  It quickly cuts the veggie into perfect size pieces.   I am not sure if it is designed for potatoes since it is called a “Vidalia Chopper” but I have used it for years on potatoes and every other kind of veggie out there.  I also use it for eggs when making egg salad and cheese for bite size chunks.  You can pick these up on Amazon for $19.50 with free prime shipping.  It is worth it to buy the original, the copy cat doesn’t get great reviews.  This is what mine looks like, you will see it in one of my prep photos as well:

Ingredients

  • FIVE Medium Size Potatoes
  • One Package of Eckrich Smoked or Kielbasa Sausage
  • One Medium Onion
  • Weber N’Orleans Cajun Seasoning ($.15 at Publix now)
  • Olive Oil (or vegetable oil if necessary)
  • 1/2 Cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Directions

Cheesy Cajun in process

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Peel Potatoes and cut into bite size pieces (not too big)
  • Peel onion and cut into similar size pieces
  • Slice Sausage into small bite size pieces.  I have found that if the sausage is almost frozen it is easiest to slice into small pieces.
  • For easy cleanup it is best to line your pan with aluminum foil or use a disposable pan, spray or rub bottom of pan with olive or vegetable oil (I use olive oil personally but either will work).
  • Mix all ingredients together by hand in pan and sprinkle generously with Weber N’Orleans Cajun Seasoning.  I personally like to see the seasoning throughout the mixture like this:

 

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  • Place in oven and cook for 75 minutes uncovered, I stirred it once at about 40 minutes to make sure that it was cooking evenly.  We like ours to be well cooked with the onions cooked down and the potatoes nice and soft with a little crispy edge on the sausage and potatoes which is why I go 75 minutes.

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  • After 75 minutes, remove from the oven and turn the oven on HIGH BROIL.  Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese on top and place back into the oven for an additional 5 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly.  You can use more cheese, but I find that about a half of a cup to one cup is more than enough for this dish.

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Let cool for just a few minutes before serving to allow the cheese to settle and ENJOY!

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15 Scrumptious Chili, Stew, and Soup Recipes for your Crockpot

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15 Scrumptious Chili, Stew, and Soup Recipes for your Crockpot

As the Fall weather starts to get a little colder, I love to have a great warm and hearty dinner! Soup, Chili, and Stew are always a great idea to warm you up and keep you full! If you need some new scrumptious ideas to add to your menu, you are going to enjoy this! Check out these 15 Scrumptious Chili, Stew, and Soup Recipes for your crockpot! These are wonderful ways to save time and still keep your family happy! Drop by and let me know which one is your new family favorite!

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1. Crockpot Cheddar, Broccoli, and Cauliflower Soup | Source: Hot Eats and Cool Reads

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2. Crockpot Potato Soup | Source: Juggling Act Mama

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3. Crockpot Chunky Tomato Soup | Source: A Mom’s Take

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4. Crockpot Beef Stew | Source: The Mom Creative

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5. Hearty Crockpot Chili | Source: Grinning Like an Idiot

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6. Crockpot Black Bean Chili | Source: Practically Functional

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7. Crockpot Chicken Corn Chowder | Source: Kooky Carol’s Kitchen Concoctions

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8. Crockpot Octoberfest Pumpkin Chili | Source: Juggling Act Mama

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9. Crockpot Lasagna Soup | Source: Food Done Light

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10. Crockpot Veal Stew with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Rosemary | Source: The Harried Mom

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11. Crockpot Cabbage Roll Soup | Simply Stacie

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12. Crockpot French Onion Beef Stew | Source: One Creative Mommy

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13. Crockpot Chicken Taco Soup | Source: Mom Vs The Boys

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14. Crockpot Italian Vegetarian Bean Soup | Around My Family Table

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15. Crockpot Italian Style Chicken Sausage Soup | Source: Juggling Act Mama

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Thrifty Recipe Idea: Caramel Apple Pudding Parfait

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You are going to LOVE this Fall Desert Idea!!

 

Caramel Apple Parfait

Caramel Apple Pudding Parfait

Another delightful dish for the pudding deal.  If you don’t already have some on hand from that you will want to grab a box of pudding.  This is sooo Delish! This Caramel Apple Parfait tastes like fall!   To me nothing tastes quite as yummy as fall foods.  Don’t you agree?   Layered in a mason jar this dessert has plenty of eye appeal.  Hey, cheap can be pretty too!  The following recipe makes 3 quart sized jars or 6 pint jars. This would also be beautiful to layer in a glass bowl to bring as your contribution to a fall party. Just double or triple the following recipe.

INGREDIENTS

1- 4.6 oz. box vanilla pudding

¼- ½ cup of peanuts, salted or honey roasted

1  oz can apple pie filling

Caramel ice cream topping

Mix pudding according to package directions.  Chop peanuts or leave them whole if you prefer.

In a quart sized Mason jar layer; pudding, apple pie filling, caramel sauce, and peanuts. Repeat for 2 or 3 more layers. Top with a remaining drizzle of caramel and sprinkle of peanuts.

For yummy variations switch peanuts for your favorite caramel apple covering- cashews, pecans, mini chocolate chips, chopped candy corn, or toffee bits. You’re only limited by your imagination and your own taste buds!

OH EM GEE now I’m hungry for this tasty treat!!

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Parmesan Panko Chicken, a Coupon and a GIVEAWAY!

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parmesan Panko Chicken MCE

OH.MY.GOSH.
You are going to LOVE THIS easy recipe, it is SO GOOD!

 

My family has used Progresso Bread Crumbs for years and we love it.  It is the only brand in my opinion that cooks consistently well and has the best flavor.   I thought I would share one of my families favorite “chicken concoctions” that I make that I think you will really enjoy!

My husband loves the taste of my Parmesan Panko Chicken Breast so much, that he uses the left overs to make a yummy  toasted sandwich the day after having this for dinner!

Before we get started on the recipe, make SURE you
CLICK HERE and grab your coupon for $1.00 off two Progresso Bread Crumbs, you will need it for the recipe!
I picked up one box of Panko AND one box of Italian Crumbs at Publix, they are both super tasty!

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Parmesan Panko Chicken Breast

Parmesa Panko ingredients

Directions

  • You want to start out with your boneless skinless chicken breast.  For the best result you want a thin flat piece of chicken.   Cut off any excess fat or skin, then using a sharp knife, hold the breast down and cut it in half horizontally to give you two flatter pieces of chicken.

 

  • Now for the fun part, you get to beat out your frustrations!   Place two or three pieces of chicken in a big ziplock baggie and use a meat mallet (or hammer if you are country like me) and pound it until it is no more than 1/4 inch thick!  Chicken will break down pretty easily so you don’t have to whack it too hard to get the job done 😉

(Pounding it breaks down the meat / muscle fibers to make it super tender so it is  a must)

  • Season both sides of the chicken breast with salt, pepper, garlic & onion powder (you can use other seasonings you like to taste.  The breading will hold in the flavors and make it delicious so season generously.

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Have your prep stations ready to go
(fancy way of saying plates with your stuff on it)

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  • After seasoning both sides of each piece of chicken, dip each side in plain flour.  DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP.  You might feel like you can skip this step, but don’t, the flour will give the egg something to stick to and will make sure that you have a complete crispy crust that is not falling off the chicken.  It is important and super easy to do.
    Just press each side of the seasoned chicken in the flour and keep on going!
  • Next, dip the floured chicken in the raw egg that has been beaten thoroughly.  I used two eggs for four large pieces, but you can add more egg if you need it.  Make sure that each side is covered in egg then immediately move to the next station.
  • Your last station should be a plate with Progresso Panko Bread Crumbs and Shredded Parmesan Cheese combined.  It won’t seem like it is coating evenly, but trust me, it will all come together when it starts to cook.   Press the chicken down on each side and make sure it is fully covered.  I pull some from the sides and smush into the top as I am coating it to make sure it is fully covered.

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Get ready to cook!

Have a large skillet ready with about 1/2 inch of vegetable oil (any type of oil will work, I prefer vegetable or canola for this recipe but have used others).   Your heat should be set between medium and high and already heated up before you start the process of coating your chicken.

  • When the oil is hot, carefully add each piece of chicken.  The oil should be hot enough that it immediately starts to sizzle when you place the chicken in the oil.   I like my food well seasoned, so I go ahead and sprinkle a little salt, pepper, garlic & onion on the top of it while cooking too!

 

  • Do not flip the chicken multiple times.  Carefully lift the chicken when you start to see browning around the edges to check and flip only once when the chicken breast is golden in color.  It should lift easily and the breading will stay with the chicken.  If it is browning too fast turn down the temperature of the oil just a bit.  If it cooks too fast the chicken will not be thoroughly cooked through and the outside will be over cooked, if the oil is not hot enough it will be too oily.  I found that on my stove it works best on level 7 or 8 for heat.

 

  • Once you have cooked both sides, remove from oil and drain on a plate with folded paper towels to absorb any excess oil.  By now your chicken should look like this:

 

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I paired mine with some broccoli, cauliflower and green beans and it was DELICIOUS!

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What about left overs??

My husband enjoyed his SO MUCH that he wanted to have a replay the following day.  Instead of just heating up the chicken, he toasted a piece of bread, then placed the chicken on the bread, covered it with some Sargento’s Tasting Cheese (remember that cheap coupon deal we got?) and broiled it on low in the oven for 5 minutes.  This was the result and it was SOOOO GOOD!

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I can honestly say that the Progresso Panko Bread Crumbs make all the difference in the world with this recipe.  Nothing else compares.  I do a similar recipe without the parmesan using the Progresso Italian Bread Crumbs and it is always a huge hit too.  I personally love the light crunchy breading of Panko though, if you haven’t ever tried it you are really missing out!

Make sure you CLICK HERE TO PRINT a $1.00/2 Progresso Bread Crumbs coupon before you head out to Publix to pick up your supplies to make this dish.  The small containers of bread crumbs are priced under $2 at Publix so this is a nice inexpensive but super flavorful way to cook chicken that you are going to LOVE!

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HOW ABOUT A GIVEAWAY??

Who wants to win a $15 Paypal Cash Giveaway??

FIRST, grab your coupon now to save on Progresso Bread Crumbs.
You can Save $1.00 off any two Progresso Bread Crumb varieties.

Make sure you print your coupon above to save for the recipe then follow the instructions below:

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Good Luck!!

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