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Make Bake Create Week 35

Welcome to Week 35 of the Make Bake Create Party! I really enjoyed all of your links last week and look forward to seeing what you link up this week!
Just to refresh, every Wednesday come and link up your favorite projects from the week. This could be any food, recipes, crafts or DIY!   Since there are 5 hosts... your link will be seen on 5 blogs at once.  SWEET!    Your hosts are: Bubbly Nature Creations | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest Hope In Every Season | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest Mommy Hates Cooking | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest The Creative Princess | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest Nessa Makes | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest 
We hope you all have a FABULOUS Thanksgiving and enjoy the time with your loved ones. Praying for safe travels for all of you that might be traveling this week.  Happy Thanksgiving!

I can't wait to see what you all link up this week!



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Mid-Week Menu Plan 11/27-12/3

I can't believe how fast this year has gone by! Thanksgiving is already here?!?! How is that possible?
This week I am taking a break from my menu plan. With all of the family get togethers going on and all of the left-overs, I won't be cooking much this week.
If you would still like some inspiration this week, check out the past menu plans!
I hope you all have a WONDERFUL week, if you are traveling to see family, or braving the craziness that is Black Friday, I hope you have safe travels and wish you the best.
Happy Thanksgiving!

FROZEN Hot Chocolate

I am sure by now, most of you know that FROZEN the Movie is coming to theaters THIS WEEK (the 27th to be exact)! I am so excited!! My girls saw some of the FROZEN merchandise while we were at Walt Disney World and that is all they could talk about.....for days! It has been a rough school year for both of the girls so far. Mads is adjusting to being in the upper elementary, was dealing with a bully and gets super frustrated with math (even though she is really good at it). MG is adjusting to actually being in school, went through a time of having accidents at school and she just misses her mommy. To celebrate Mads good grades and MG going a month accident free, I decided to treat the girls with a few fun new toys and some hot chocolate. Once I heard that FROZEN merchandise was available at Walmart, I ran to stock up. While I was there, it hit me! I could have #Frozenfun with the hot chocolate and make FROZEN Hot chocolate! I just knew the girls would love it! I was kind of excited to …

Make Bake Create Week 34

Welcome to Week 34 of the Make Bake Create Party! I really enjoyed all of your links last week and look forward to seeing what you link up this week!
Just to refresh, every Wednesday come and link up your favorite projects from the week. This could be any food, recipes, crafts or DIY!   Since there are 5 hosts... your link will be seen on 5 blogs at once.  SWEET!    Your hosts are: Bubbly Nature Creations | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest Hope In Every Season | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest Mommy Hates Cooking | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest The Creative Princess | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest Nessa Makes | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest 
I can't wait to see what you all link up this week!



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Mid-Week Menu Plan 11/20-11/26

Happy Thanksgiving!!  Well, almost. I decided this weeks menu was going to be full of meals that can be easily reheated the next night. This week is just going to be crazy busy for us. Between church, dance, Mom's Night Out and W31....then you add Thanksgiving prep. Oh my goodness!
Mid-Week Menu Plan 11/20-11/26 Wednesday 11/20 Breakfast- Cinnamon Rolls Dinner- Upside Down Shepard's Pie
Thursday 11/21 Breakfast- Malt-o-Meal Dinner- Broccoli, Cheddar and Potato Soup
Friday 11/22 Breakfast- Muffins Dinner- Leftovers
Saturday 11/23 Breakfast- Waffles and Bacon Lunch- Girls Pick Dinner- Mom's Night Out
Sunday 11/24 Breakfast- Eggs, Sausage and Toast Lunch- Pizza Dinner- W31-Taste of the Holidays
Monday 11/25 Breakfast- Cereal Dinner- Baked Chicken
Tuesday 11/26 Breakfast- Muffins Dinner- Creamy Tortilla Soup
Are you ready for the holiday rush? It's just around the corner! For more great Menu Planning ideas, check out my Menu Planning Pinterest Board!




Holiday Baking - Mamie's Rum Cake

I decided to start a new series, I will be sharing a few of my favorite holiday baking recipes with you over the next month. All are family recipes, passed down to me. I have been so very blessed over the years to have many, MANY, strong women placed in my life. One of the strongest ones was my Mamie. Before I share her amazing Rum Cake recipe with you, I want to share a bit about her and what made her so amazing to me.
Let me start by saying, Mamie did not start out as my Mamie (i.e. pseudo-grandma). When I was a little kid, I knew her as Janie. She was my Granny's beautician. For years, once or twice a week, I would go with my granny to Janie's Beauty Shop and just sit and look at magazines. Sometimes I would rearrange her perm rollers or clean the bins out. She never minded I did any of that.
Over the years Janie and my Granny became closer and closer, the best of friends. You would not see one without the other it seemed. When Granny passed away, Janie took us all under …

Slow Cooker Cranberry-Orange Pork Loin

I came upon this recipe late one night while watching TV, obviously before the time change since I now go to bed at 7pm. My hubby and I LOVE to watch the show America's Test Kitchen. It comes on the local college station here. I know, totally weird. But, it's a great cooking show.

This Pork Loin sounded so good I ran to the computer to look the recipe up, I had to try it. The results? Moist, delicious, perfectly cooked, Pork Loin. It tastes like Christmas, on a plate. I loved it so much that I ran out to get a second loin to prep this for a freezer meal. I was trying so hard to wait until Christmas Eve to make the second loin, but I couldn't.
Slow Cooker Cranberry-Orange Pork Loin from America's Test Kitchen Ingredients 1 Pork Loin - 4.5-5 lbs Salt and Pepper 1 TBS Vegetable Oil 1 (14oz) Can Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce 1/2 Cup Craisins 1/2 Cup Orange Juice 3 Strip Orange Zest - about 3 inches long each 1/8 tsp Ground Cinnamon
Directions Trim loin and tie with bakers twi…

Top 10 Black Friday - Errr Thursday - Tips and Tricks

It's that time of year again. The time of year we all hate, but yet love at the same time. Black Friday Thursday is quickly approaching. Are you ready? Will you be one to boycott the stores on Thursday, or dive in head first to the craziness that is bound to ensue?
Last year I posted my Top 10 Black Friday Tips & Tricks and I am reposting them for you again this year!

Start NOW! It actually is NOT too early to start shopping, it isn't too late either. Did you know you DO NOT have leave your family on Thanksgiving Day to get the best deals on your must have items? It may be beneficial to you to keep a list of items people want/need and shop for them all year. This will allow you to get THE BEST deal! While it is too late to put the year round shopping practice in place for this Christmas, it’s not too early to start for next Christmas.
Add Items to Your Cart NOW! A lot of stores start their deals online a few weeks – a few days before Black Friday Thursday. If you see someth…

Holidays Made Easy with Emeals

So, yesterday I shared a bit about emeals with you and touched a bit on their awesome offer going on right now. 
For new members, you can get 15% off using code HOLIDAY! That's awesome!

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For both new and established members, there are not 1, not 2, but THREE amazing holiday meal plans that include recipes and shopping lists absolutely FREE!
Yeah, but the recipes probably aren't that good.  Right?  WRONG! Oh, so very wrong! The recipes look completely drool-worthy! Here is an example from the Paleo plan: Doesn't that sound soooo good?
Ok, but the desserts...they probably are just normal Pumpkin or Apple Pie...right?  Nope. You would be wrong yet again! Check out this Toasted Pecan Tart recipe that's featured on the Clean Eating Plan! The other thing I love about these Meal Plans is how versatile they are! You get all 3 and can use them however you please, mix and match the recipes. The other thi…

Make Bake Create Week 33

Welcome to Week 33 of the Make Bake Create Party! I really enjoyed all of your links last week and look forward to seeing what you link up this week!
Just to refresh, every Wednesday come and link up your favorite projects from the week. This could be any food, recipes, crafts or DIY!   Since there are 5 hosts... your link will be seen on 5 blogs at once.  SWEET!    Your hosts are: Bubbly Nature Creations | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest Hope In Every Season | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest Mommy Hates Cooking | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest The Creative Princess | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest Nessa Makes | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest 
I can't wait to see what you all link up this week!

Did you notice we have a new look? I am LOVING it! Rachel did such a fantastic job redesigning all the party logos and such.


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Mid-Week Menu Plan 11/13-11/19

I know, I know. It's been like.....FOREVER since I shared my meal plan with you guys. I'm so sorry. This buying a house thing has really taken a toll on me. Plus, when I was sharing them, we had gotten so incredibly busy that most nights were skipped. GAH! With the holidays just around the corner, I am setting a goal to only eat out (for dinner) 1-2 times/week. Not 6. Yeah. Now you know my little secret.
I am going back to the days of making my life as easy as possible. Earlier in the year, I signed up for emeals, I haven't been the best at using them though. I know, they make it so easy! What is my problem? Well, I don't know actually. I recently changed my menu selection to the Slow Cooker menu and oh man, everything sounds SO good! Maybe that was it, the menu I had picked first just wasn't a good fit for us, thank goodness emeals makes it easy to switch plans!

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Quick Weeknight Meals with Walmart Bakery

There is nothing more that I like better than a quick meal this time of year. Let's face it, we are SUPER busy to begin with, then you add all the holiday hustle to our schedules and well, we just want to curl up in the corner and hide until January. I don't know about you but with all the extra cooking and baking going on the next two months, the last thing I want to do is cook dinner. I am so thankful the Bakery at Walmart makes it easy to get in and out of the kitchen quickly! I think French Bread Pizza was one of the very first things I EVER learned how to make. I think I was 8 or 9 when my Aunt taught me and I was head over heals in love with the concept! I mean how much easier can it get? These are a great starting point for kids to learn to cook. Just be sure to help them put them in and take them out of the oven.
French Bread Pizza ingredients 1 Loaf Marketside French Bread 1 Jar Ragu Pizza Sauce Mozzarella Cheese Toppings of Your Choice Directions Preheat oven to 475 de…