Hurry over to the Target Facebook Page to grab a free summer beauty bag!
There are some really great promotions running to celebrate this fabulous Leap Year! Here is a quick summary:
Daily Deals for Moms – my favorite
Be one of 5 lucky people to win $29 MomBucks to spend on deals! Register here: http://dailydealsformoms.com/page/leapyear
Mabel’s Labels is offering 29% off today only!
Zappos is offering until the NEXT Leap Year for free returns on purchases made today only. Details here: http://www.zappos.com/shipping-and-returns
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The good people over at Munchkin.com have generously put together free Mozart Musical Soup downloads for all of us.
You can either download the entire albums (Wombsong Collection and Mozart for Toddlers) or you can choose individual songs. They also have the songs broken out by: Wake Up, Play Time and Sleepy Time.
No sign up is required, simply visit the Munchkin website and click on the links to download!
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Are you looking for a new Turkey recipe? My husband thinks this is the BEST turkey recipe ever. Only one drawback: you cannot stuff the turkey since you are putting other aromatics in the cavity. But, if stuffing is not big on your list, this could be THE turkey recipe for you:
Champagne Citrus Turkey
- Turkey sized oven bag
- 1 (12 pound) whole turkey, neck and giblets removed
- 1/2 cup butter, cubed
- 1 apple, cored and quartered
- 1 orange, quartered
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2/3 (750 milliliter) bottle champagne (you can also use Prosecco or Spanish Cava)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Rinse turkey, and pat dry. Gently loosen turkey breast skin, and insert pieces of butter between the skin and breast. Place oranges and apples inside the turkey’s cavity. Sprinkle with garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Place turkey in an oven bag, and pour champagne over the inside and outside of the bird. Close bag, and place turkey in a roasting pan.
- Bake turkey 3 to 3 1/2 hours in the preheated oven, or until the internal temperature is 180 degrees when measured in the thickest part of the thigh. Remove turkey from bag, and let stand for at least 20 minutes before carving.
You can also drain all of the juice from the bag, skim off as much fat as possible and make the best gravy you have ever had. Also goes extremely well with my killer Sweet Potato Casserole recipe.
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My family may hunt me down for sharing this with you: Our Highly Classified Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe. You have to trust me, this is the recipe of all recipes. Every time I serve this, I get begged for this top-secret recipe. This is the dish that can turn sweet potato haters into lovers. Not joking. And now, I will share it with you. Shhhhh.
Highly Classified Sweet Potato Casserole
- 4 sweet potatoes which, once cooked (I use the microwave set to potatoes to get the job done quickly) should equal approximately 3 cups mashed sweet potatoes
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup melted butter
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs beaten
- 1/2 cup milk
Mix the above together and pour into a lightly greased 9×13 pan. Now, onto the topping . . .
- 1 cup brown sugar (doesn’t need to be packed down)
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 cup butter chilled, cut into pieces
- 1 cup chopped pecans
Take brown sugar, flour and butter and pulse in food processor until the butter pieces are pea-sized. Mixture should be crumbly. Don’t mix too long or you will end up with a dough-like topping. Mix together with pecans and spread over the top of casserole.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes or until browned and bubbly.
YUM! This is a staple at my family’s Thanksgiving table. My husband actually requests this at other times of the year as well.
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It is such an uphill battle to keep up with the safest products to buy for your children. I am always amazed with how deceiving some of the marketing language can be. I love it when the packaging says “All Natural” only to find that the product contains some of the worst chemicals around.
That’s why I was thrilled to find that the Cosmetic Database had published “The Parent’s Buying Guide: Safety Guide to Children’s Personal Care Products”.
It outlines which ingredients to always avoid and which you should avoid when possible. The guide also gives some specific product suggestions by brand.
Check it out!