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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

And the Winner is...

The tutu bug giveaway winner is #37, which is Jaime from From My Kitchen to Yours.  She chose the Dallas Cowboys tutu from the sports collection. CONGRATS, Jaime!!!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Start of Football Season 2010 = tutu bug Giveaway!!!

In honor of my new sports line and the start of the 2010 football season, I am hosting a tutu giveaway!!  The winner will receive a free (shipping included) sports tutu from my website.  If your team isn't on there, I will make it for you!  All entries must be received by Monday, September 20th and a winner weill be chosen via http://www.random.org/ on Tuesday, September 21st.  Here's how to enter:


1-Become a follower of my blog and leave a comment telling me which sports tutu is your favorite or which sports tutu you'd love to see (1 entry).


2-'Like' me on Facebook (1 entry).  You can click on my Facebook button that is in the right column of this blog.
3-Post my giveaway linking back to my site on Facebook (2 entries).
4-Blog about my giveaway linking back to my blog (2 entries).

For each entry, you MUST post a comment to this blog letting me know which step you completed.   If the entry is worth 2 entries, please be sure to post twice.  I want to be sure you get that second chance to win!  Thanks and goodluck!!

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

I Love My Breadmaker!

Anyone out there have a breadmaker?  Well, I technically don't have one, but I did borrow my mom's about 2 years ago and I think she's forgotten.  Who am I to remind her that I still have it out on loan?!  Anyway, one thing I LOVE to make with it is homemade pizza dough.  I also make homemade sauce and this is now a weekly family tradition.  Every Friday or Saturday night I make sure to create pizza for my boys.  I always make two pizzas.  The first is plain cheese for the boys and the second is half mushroom (for me-yum!), all pepperoni and sometimes sausage too.  So yummy!  Anyway, if you have a breadmaker, here's the recipe I use:

In order, place the following ingredients into your bread machine:

1 c. beer or water (I use water, I don't really drink, so never have it on hand)
1 Tbsp. shortening (they do have organic shortening out there, if you don't do the trans fats)
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
shake garlic powder (opt)*
1/4 tsp Italian seasoning (opt)*
3 c. Flour
1 1/4 tsp. yeast
*These two ingredients really add some flavor to the dough

Set bread machine on dough or if you don't have that setting, for 2 hours.  The dough should have a 25 min preheat delay before mixing begins (this is included in the 2 hours).  When cycle is complete, remove dough from pan and split into two.  Roll out both circles on floured surface and place on pizza pan or stoneware.  Heat oven to 425 degrees.  Par bake the dough for 6-8 min (watch for bubbles in the dough and use a knife to break as necessary).  Remove from oven, place sauce (see recipe below), ingredients, cheese, and more ingredients on pizza and cook for 5-8 more minutes.  You really need to watch it so it doesn't burn or undercook.  So worth it, though!  Cut and enjoy!


1 can crushed tomatoes
1 Tbsp olive oil
Dash Ital seasoning
Pinch of sugar

Simmer above ingredients for 2at least 20 minutes in saucepan.
The finished products...

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Book Review

Who doesn't love a good book.  Now that we are in the throws of summer and if its hot like it is here - can you say 110 degrees, anyone?! - there's nothing quite like turning the a/c down low and curling up with a good book!  The book that I just finished reading today called The Bomber Boys, written by Travis L. Ayres (pictured taken from his website, http://www.thebomberboys.com/)  is one I have read twice now.  It is an amazing work of non-fiction that tells the story of five different B-17 airmen during WWII and the harrowing tales of survival they encountered while fighting the Germans.  I am not a big history buff at all, but there is something so touching about these men, what they did for the world and how it forever affected their lives and those around them.  The book has five different stories of men within separate bomber groups and their stories of survival as they each worked towards their 25, 30 or 35 missions which equalled a ticket home.  As the war began, crews were required to complete 25 missions in order to go home, but as the war dragged on that was increased to 30 then ultimately, 35 missions.  Although this sounds easy, 55% of all aircraft were lost in action and over 95, 000 airmen lost their lives in this war (and a total of over 418,000 US servicemen lost their lives).  The men that enlisted and fought bravely are true American heroes!  If you are looking to read about some amazing men, I would highly recommend this book!! 
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