Mexican Tomato Soup with Corn Dumplings – RO*TEL Recipe

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During Lent this year I have been making meatless soup recipes inspired by cuisines from around the world, and this week I made a delicious Mexican Tomato Soup with Corn Dumplings.

Mexican Tomato Soup with Corn Dumplings - an easy meatless soup that is perfect for Lent.

This soup combines traditional Mexican flavors like tomatoes, hominy, and chiles, and adds in bite sized corn dumplings for a soup that is rich and filling without any meat. This soup is quick and easy to make, and using shortcuts like RO*TEL diced tomatoes with green chiles makes it even easier!Continue Reading

The Longest Ride Movie

The movie The Longest Ride will be released on April 10th, and it is the latest in a long line of great movies based on novels by Nicholas Sparks.


This movie is based on a best selling novel, and follows the story of the love between Luke, a former champion bull rider trying to make a comeback, and Sophia, a college student headed for the New York City art world.  It is a class of cultures and ideals!Continue Reading

March into Savings with Lowest Price Unlimited Plans

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Cell phones and cell phone plans can be confusing – and expensive!  I hate paying more than I need to, so I love the Walmart Family Mobile Service and their Lowest Priced Unlimited Plans.

Walmart Family Mobile and Galaxy Avant

My son will be 16 in about a month!  For the past year he has had a basic phone with limited minutes, limited texting, limited service and no data, but I promised him a better phone with an actual data plan once he turned 16 and started driving.  But we can’t afford to spend a lot on either a phone or service, so I need an affordable phone for teens, which is why Walmart Family Mobile is ideal.Continue Reading

Coke Zero Shredded Taco Beef with Giveaway

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NCAA® March Madness is in full swing, and my family and I are loving the games.  Last weekend was crazy, with some great upsets and lots of close finishes, and I am sure this weekend’s basketball games will be just as fantastic!  Here is an easy dish for your game day parties – A Coke Zero Shredded Taco Beef, perfect for a basketball taco bar.

Coke Zero Shredded Taco Beef - perfect for a taco bar at your basketball party

Tacos are the perfect game day food, because they are ready when you are!  After all, you  never know when a game will go into overtime, so it is hard to serve something that needs precise timing.  This weekend I had my extended family over for some fun and basketball, and the taco bar was a big hit.Continue Reading

Herb Gardening Books

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I love cooking, and fresh herbs make dishes so much better!  But they are expensive to buy, and the herbs I buy at the store just don’t last very long.  So I have been investigating herb gardens, and am planning to start growing my own herbs now that spring is here.

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Right now I have coriander and basil sitting on my kitchen window sill, but I want to expand and have more herbs available to me, so I am planning an outdoor herb garden.  Here are five great herb gardening books that can help you start one too!Continue Reading

New Spring Look with Victoria Jackson Cosmetics

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Spring is the time for new beginnings and trying new things, and I recently had the chance to try out some new cosmetics from Victoria Jackson Cosmetics.

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After all, when you look better you feel better!  And Victoria Jackson Cosmetics’ mission is to help women feel more confident, and achieve inner confidence through outer beauty.  I received makeup remove, foundation, and cute Day & Night Beautymode Survival kit.Continue Reading

Spring Tulle Wreath

It looks like spring might finally be here – our snow is melting and we can actually see grass! To celebrate I made this pretty Spring Tulle Wreath with Butterflies.

Easy Spring Tulle Wreath with Butterflies - this tulle wreath is bright and cheerful for spring, and easy to make

It was very easy to make, and took less than an hour from start to finish.  And it is brightening up my front door now and reminding me that nicer weather will be here soon!Continue Reading

Home Film – Printable Activity Sheets and Giveaway

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The newest movie from Dreamworks Animation, Home,  will be in theaters on March 27th.  It looks like an amusing family friendly movie!

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The movie is based on the children’s book The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex, and it stars Rihanna, Jim Parsons, Jennifer Lopez and Steve Martin.

When Oh, a lovable misfit from another planet, lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own people, he forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Tip who is on a quest of her own. Through a series of comic adventures with Tip, Oh comes to understand that being different and making mistakes is all part of being human, and together they discover the true meaning of the word Home.

It looks like Oh is going to be a favorite with kids everywhere. And to provide even more family fun Dreamworks Animation has designed a bunch of fun activity sheets for kids! Continue Reading

Spring Sherbet Cookie Sandwiches

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Spring and Easter are perfect times for entertaining!  This spring I made these bright and cheerful Spring Sherbet Cookie Sandwiches for a colorful snack to have on hand for feeding company.



When you know company is coming it is great to have things done ahead of time, so that you aren’t running around at the last moment preparing food.  These Sherbet Cookie Sandwiches are ideal for that, since they are made in advance and frozen until serving time.  Continue Reading