Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Guess where I am?

Hubby is having a procedure today so I am sitting in a room waiting for him to come back from the cath lab. What what you see below is my view of the corner of the room I am waiting in.

The procedure was scheduled at 8 a.m. this morning so we got there at 7. The doctor showed up at around noon.

Were we ticked off?

You bet.

And the doctor will hear about it as soon as I see him. So so will his billing office when I get the bill. I want a discount.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Winners of my Purex plus Oxi Giveaway are....

Tiffany Christie

Congrats! I will send you an email for your mailing information so that I can send out your coupons for FREE Purex plus Oxi.

Thanks to all who entered!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Don't miss my LOW ENTRY Purex plus Oxi Giveaway!

Really low entries so far and there will be 3 winners.

Go here and enter now.

Two seniors?.....

Yes, PLEASE! Yeah, I responded almost joyously when asked if I wanted two seniors at the casino buffet yesterday. I told the lady that I can finally say yes to that question and as my dad says, "Give me my discount." LOL!

Okay, so I am not a senior most places, but on 55+ Tuesdays at the Coushatta Casino in Kinder, LA, I now qualify. That l means the lunch buffet, regular price $12 only costs $5.50 on Tuesdays. You BET I will claim Senior status to save $6.50.

As we were being shown to our table, I told the hostess it was the first time since high school that I had been called a senior. She said, "I bet high school was a lot more fun." I responded, "No, ma'am. I am having a lot more fun NOW." LOL!

We actually have gotten to have the $5.50 buffet since last year when Hubby turned 55. I guess if one of a couple is 55, they give it to both. Because the last couple of times we came, I would say, "One 55 and one regular." and they charged 5.50 for both. I do not mind aging a bit! Not when it saves me money!

I left the casino Monday night up by a big ol' $90. WooHoo! Yesterday, I gave that back. Now I am up for the trip by $1. I am no sure how Hubby is doing. I am not sure how Hubby is doing, I think he said he is up and he has a pile of money, but it may be a bunch of ones. But our room is free for 3 nights and so far our food has been free. Oh, yeah and we can get free gas for the trip back.

We are having a great vacation!

Monday, November 19, 2012

My goofy hubby

Hubby acting goofy at Pizza Hut.

We decided to stop for pizza on the way to the casino.

I am on vacation!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Getting Ready for Thanksgiving

I know most people will be busy this week. Some will be trying to figure out how to cook this
Some  people will be frantically searching for their recipe for this

Some of you will be tearing out your hair over having to deal with in-laws.

Not me.....

I will be sitting in front of a slot machine here.

We will not be coming home until Thanksgiving Day, so no cooking for me that day and no house full of  people. We will see the kids and grandkids sometime Friday, Saturday or Sunday, but I am leaving it up to Hubby to arrange, as he didn't agree with any of my suggestions. LOL!

I WILL be cooking a turkey dinner, but I think Hubby doesn't want to share, as he is pushing going out to eat with the kids and just having a quiet dinner with the two of us.

Hope everyone stays as stress free as possible this week.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Green Giant Seasoned Steamers Giveaway WINNER!

And the winner IS....................


You are my weiner again! I will send for your mailing info, unless I still have it from last time.

Congrats, Sluggy!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Purex plus Oxi Review and Giveaway (3 Winners!)

Introducing Purex plus Oxi, a new stain-fighting liquid detergent from Purex!

Purex plus Oxi is the most powerful Purex detergent available. In fact, it works against over 101 different stains! The three stain-fighting enzymes in Purex plus Oxi each work against different types of stains for the most Purex stain-fighting power you can get.

Purex plus Oxi, like all liquid Purex products, has been specifically formulated to work in both high efficiency washers and traditional washing machines. And because it is from Purex, you know it won’t break the bank. Purex plus Oxi leaves your clothes Bright, White, and Clean and costs half the price of the leading brand.

A powerful combination of detergent and stain fighters

• A hypoallergenic formula with a light, fresh scent

• Perfect for everyday laundry or heavily soiled loads

• Visit purex.com for additional product information

As a Purex Insider, I recently received a free bottle of Purex plus Oxy to try for myself and I just love it. Well, of course I do….I don’t have to do the laundry. So I just got to smell it. But Hubby has used it and says it works great, just like Purex always does. Admittedly, we do not have heavily soiled laundry, so I cannot really tell you what a great stain fighter this is. But it is a great laundry detergent and we will be buying it ourselves. Purex is our favorite brand after all.

Purex is having a sweepstakes here that runs through Friday 11/130, giving away $6,000 in prizes. Purex wants to give 1 lucky winner $1,000! There will also be 250 2nd place winners that will each win $25! So, go enter right now! You can enter every day!

Purex also gave me 3 coupons for a FREE bottle of Purex plus Oxy (max value $6.00) to keep or give to my readers. Well, I am going to give ALL 3 of them away! Yeah for you! It is super easy to enter. All you have to do is one or more of the following:

• Check out Purex.com and leave a comment telling us something interesting you learned. (once)
• If you entered the Purex sweepstakes, leave a comment that you did. You can do this one every day. (daily)
• You can also enter daily by leaving a comment giving us a tip on something you do to make dealing with laundry easier.(daily)

Winner will be chosen by random drawing on Sunday afternoon, November 25 and the winner will be posted on my blog and notified by email. When you get tired of the hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving and Black Friday, you can come enter again!

Good luck!

*Purex provided me with a sample of Purex plus Oxi so I could review it. However all of the opinions expressed here are, as always, my own.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Green Giant Seasoned Steamers Giveaway!

Yeah, I have another giveaway!!

With a dash of imagination, a pinch of culinary skill, and a heap of flavor, Green Giant Seasoned Steamers™ are giving you a new reason to enjoy eating your vegetables. Shake up your vegetable routine with these flavorful, chef-inspired options that are seasoned to perfection, without a drop of sauce. Now, more than ever, you can leave your family craving more vegetables with every meal and break through meal monotony with a new palate-pleasing vegetable option for everyone! With new Green Giant® Seasoned Steamers™, eating vegetables just got easier and more delicious!

Available in six different varieties, Green Giant Seasoned Steamers™ are one of the first sauce-free seasoned vegetables to bring unique chef-inspired seasonings and premium cut vegetable blends to your dining room table.

These tasty Seasoned Steamers are bound to spice up any meal with six varieties including: Mediterranean Blend, Tuscan Seasoned Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts with Sea Salt and Cracked Pepper, Honey Roasted Sweet Corn, Honey Dijon Carrots and Backyard Grilled Potatoes

Visit http://www.myblogspark.com/uc/main/7643/ to download a printable coupon for $1.00 off the purchase of one package of Green Giant Seasoned Steamers™.

AND – during the month of October, there will be a “Love it, or your Money Back” offer available at greengiant.com!

Recently I received a great giftpack from Green Giant and MyBlogspark. It included:

(1) VIP coupon for one free package of Green Giant Seasoned Steamers™
Green Giant Serving Spoon
Mixing Bowl
Bag of Green Giant Seasoned Steamers™

Green Giant and MyBlogSpark has offered to give one of my readers an identical gift pack. I know you want one!

As always, it will be really easy to enter. Just leave a comment. You can get one entry for each of the following:

1) If you are a follower, leave a comment that you are.
2) Check out the Green Giant Website and leave a comment about something you found thas is yummy!

3) Check out Green Giant on Facebook at http://goo.gl/UORFP and leave a comment that you did.
And, because I know a lot of people love daily entries, you can come every day and leave a comment about your favorite veggie and why it is your favorite. . See....easy! You can enter through midnight Thursday, November 15. I will pick a winner on Friday, post the winner’s name and send an email for your mailing address.
Good luck!

Disclosure:  The coupons, information, and gift packs have been provided by Green Giant® through MyBlogSpark.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Getting ready for Thanksgiving

I am a member at Vocalpoint.com and read a really good article today posted here by Maureen F. that I thought I would share. Many of you will not need this information, but it might help someone. (There is no giveaway and I was not asked to share this.)

How to cook your first bird.
Thanksgiving is right around the corner. If you’re on deck for making this year’s meal, don’t worry. Everything you need to know is right here.

Keep It Simple, Sweetheart. If this is your first lap around the turkey track, you should probably shy away from doing something fancy like frying your turkey. In flames is not how you want Thanksgiving to go down. Stick to a simple recipe that doesn’t require a lot of prep and is easy to execute.

Determine how big a bird you’ll need. If you want leftovers (and who wouldn’t? After making this meal, you’ll be on strike for a while), plan on 1-1.5 pounds per guest. If you want a lot of leftovers, apply that number to even the youngest of attendees. If math’s not your thing, use this handy Plan Perfect Portions calculator.

Choose your bird. Now that you know how much you need, it’s time to decide whether you want fresh or frozen. But keep in mind that either way, you’ll need room to store it.

• If you want a fresh turkey, order it now. It’s rare to find one available right before Thanksgiving. And be prepared: a fresh turkey is a lot pricier than a frozen one.

• Should you decide to go the frozen route, you can pick your turkey up as soon as you see it on sale.

• Don’t worry about getting a turkey with a pop-out thermometer; you’ll go by time and your own instant or leave-in meat thermometer anyway just to be on the safe side. You don’t want your first turkey to end in your first case of salmonella poisoning.

• Before you buy, make sure it’ll fit in your oven. If you don’t have enough room for one ginormous bird, consider cooking a smaller whole turkey in the oven and a turkey breast in your slow cooker. It’s so easy, so tasty, and the gravy practically makes itself. It’s also the perfect choice for smaller crowds.

Pick your pan. You’ll need one big enough to hold your bird. If it doesn’t have a rack, see if one of your cooling racks will fit inside. If not, ball up some aluminum foil for the turkey to rest on. Keeping it off the bottom of the pan helps it to cook more evenly and gives the pan juices a chance to caramelize a bit. Disposable pans are also an option, but keep in mind your turkey will be heavy and a flimsy pan could spell disaster when removing it from the oven.

Thaw your frozen turkey in the fridge one day for every 4-5 pounds. Count your days back from Wednesday, not Thursday, to ensure a complete thaw. If you’re really behind the 8-ball, you can always ‘quick-thaw’ your turkey in the kitchen sink or a bathtub. Fill either one with cold water, lay your turkey in its wrapper breast-side down, and change the water every 30 minutes or so. It takes about 30 minutes per pound to defrost this way.

Figure out when dinner will be served. Use the suggested cooking time located on the bag your turkey came in, along with any recipe you decide to follow, as your guide. Don’t forget to work resting and carving time into your equation when figuring out how soon to put the bird in the oven. Once cooked, your turkey should rest for about 20 minutes; it could take at least that long to carve it, too.

Give your bird a bath. On the big day, put your thawed turkey in the sink. Look inside both cavities for giblet packets and turkey necks; you’ll want to remove these before cooking. They’re definitely in there, so don’t give up if you don’t find them at first. Thoroughly rinse the bird inside and out, remove any stray feathers or other random plastic parts, and pat dry with paper towels. You’ll want to clean your sink thoroughly after your turkey’s safely in the oven.

Prepare your turkey for roasting. If you do nothing else, rub the outside of the bird with oil or melted butter; for an added level of crispy goodness, get some underneath the skin, too. Then sprinkle inside and out liberally with salt and pepper and your turkey will be delicious. But if you want to get a little fancier, do some web browsing; there’s no shortage of suggestions out there. I followed this recipe my first time. It wasn’t too complicated but made me look professional. One more thing: even though your mom probably did it, don’t cook the stuffing in the bird; it’s too risky.

Take your turkey’s temperature. The general consensus is you should cook it 12 minutes per pound at no lower than 325°. Check for doneness by sticking your instant or leave-in meat thermometer in the thickest part of the thigh, right at the crease where the leg attaches to the body; it should read 165°. Keep in mind the breast cooks faster than the rest, so you may need to cover it with foil the last half or third of the estimated cook time to keep it from drying out.

The article was cut off at the “final stages” section, but as stated above, once cooked, your turkey should rest for about 20 minutes; it could take at least that long to carve it, too.

Hope this helps someone!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Can we say FREE?!

You all know that I just love free stuff. If you didn't know, you must be new here. LOL!

In preparation for my birthday, I signed up for the mailing list for some of my favorite restaurants and last week I received some coupons. Here is what I got:

Free entree at Casa Ole (Mexican food. yum!)
Free sandwich from Schlotzky
Free dessert from Chilis
$5 off anything at Jason's Deli

I think I got some other ones, but those were the ones I was interested in. So, Saturday, Hubby and I went to Casa Ole and I got my free entree, delicious chicken and spinache enchiladas with white cream sauce, topped with mushrooms and shrimp. It was SO good! We also had chili con queso and some sopapillas for dessert. For those unfamiliar with sopapillas, they were little fried pillows of, in this case, puff pastry, sprinkled with powdered sugar and drizzle with rum caramel sauce. Can we say YUM! That was my birthday lunch and I was quite happy.

We passed on the other freebies as I didn't feel like spending money at the other places to get my freebies.

Yesterday we went to see "Flight" with Denzel Washington. He did an incredible acting job. We really liked it. Then a relaxing rest of the day.

Today I am at work. Yes, work. I have my last class for Community Emergency Response Team training and didn't want to miss it.

We will be taking a "birthday trip" to the casino in a couple of weeks. Yeah!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

And the winner of the Progresso Giveaway is......


You knew if you visited my blog often enough you would get something out of it. LOL!

I will send you an email to get your mailing information. I need it ASAP, so I can get it submitted no later than Sunday.

Congrats and thanks to all who entered.

Another giveaway coming up!