Thursday, October 23, 2014

(HGG) The Melting Pot Cookbook- 2 Winners- US/CAN- Ends Nov. 6/14

The Melting Pot Cookbook, is a Jewish Grandmother's Good Old Recipes from the Good Old Days. It's not a kosher cookbook, but it does have some of that "flavor". What it does have are recipes from the "Melting Pot" (German, Italian, Chinese, etc.) ALL made with common ingredients found in any kitchen. None of the usual exotic, expensive stuff that most modern cookbooks recommend.

Everyone who has one (this is a second printing) loves it and uses it, and is happy with the unusual and attractive looking recipes. (like the 7 layer jello mold, or the triple salad mold). (Grandma thinks that entertaining is a competitive sport, and her recipes reflect that. She includes two or more recipes for some things like the Broiled Chicken and the Brisket recipes. There are several recipes for Brisket and she tells you which is spicy and which is sweet. A lot of her recipes have a story to go with them such as where she learned the recipe or why it was a favorite or even why the recipe calls for a certain item like (sauerkraut in a chocolate cake).

Let's take a look at some of the recipes in this book. There are 262 pages with titles such as: Appetizers, Soups, Entrees, Vegetables, Salada, Salad Dressings, Sauces and Stuffings, Pasta Dishes, Hot Breads, Sweet Breads, Rolls etc., Cookies and Cupcakes, Cakes, Icings, (Frostings), Glazes and Fillings, Pies and Desserts.
Some really fantastic recipes in here to please everyone. Here is one for you:

Chicken Italienne

1 2 1/2- 3 1/2 pound fryer
1 10 3/4 ounce can tomato soup
1/4-1/2 cup water
1/4 cup grated onion
1/2 teaspoon each: garlic powder, basil and oregano
1 cup Mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

Mix tomato soup, 1/4 cup water, and all the seasonings and pour over chicken parts in well greased small roasting pan. Bake, covered, for 45 minutes. Sprinkle with Mozzarella cheese, uncover and return to oven for 20-25 minutes more baking, or until chicken parts are tender. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese when serving.
Serves 4.

Another one you might like is:
Congo Squares

2 3/4 cups flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup margarine or Crisco
3 eggs
1 cup nuts, chopped
1 6 ounce package chocolate tidbits
1 pound package brown sugar

Mix flour, baking powder and salt and set aside. Melt margarine and place in large mixing bowl with the brown sugar and mix well. Cool slightly. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add dry ingredients, nuts and chocolate tidbits. Pour into very well greased 9 x 13 inch pan and bake in 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes. When almost cool, cut into squares.
Makes 48.

The book is stocked full of great recipes and I am sure you will love them all. As mentioned above, its got German, Italian, Chinese, etc. recipes in here. So get your entry in today and you could own one of these cookbooks.

A little about the author:
Belle Serbin Fields is a lady who was 101 years young on December 17, 2013. She was born in 1912 and she has a family that extends way beyond a husband, two sons, a daughter, a daughter in law and three gorgeous grandaughters. Belle has cooked for the Serbin family reunions in Pittsburgh; she was for years Morgantown, West Virginia's "hostess-with-the-mostest", she provided the porverbial home away from home for countless college kids at West Virginia University. The family of Belle took it upon themselves to give birth to this most noble lierary effort of this most noble woman and they published this book themselves.

Friday, October 17, 2014

(HGG) CatDog: The Complete Series-US/CAN-Ends Oct. 31/14

Here is a great DVD set that I am sure you will enjoy. It is 12 DVD's, 68 Episodes together on DVD for the first time. Running time for this is approximately 25.5 hours. Now that is a lot of cartoon time for your little one. Here is what its all about.

So you think you have trouble dealing with your sibling? Then you'll howl with laughter and meow for more watching the madcap misadventures of the feline and canine brothers who bring a whole new meaning to the idea of "family bonding" in CatDog: The Complete Series.

Brothers Cat and Dog couldn't be more different---Cat is clever and cultured, while Dog is a naive but lovable goofball. But they definitely share one thing in common: a body! This crazy set of conjoined twins find themselves in all sorts of silly adventures, but through them all, the two misfits stick together...whether they like it or not!

Originally airing from 1998-2005, CatDog: The Complete Series features an all-star voice cast which includes Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants, Rocko's Modern Life), Jim Cummings (The Super Hero Squad Show, Reno 911) and Carlos Alazraqui (The Fairly OddParents, Rocko's Modern Life).

Trust us, you'll find these guys purrfectly woof watching!

About Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon, now in its 35th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books, and feature films. Nickelodeon's U.S. television network is seen on almost 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 19 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB).

CATDOG: The Complete series is available on DVD Oct. 14th at WalMart.

One lucky person will win this set of 68 episodes. Get those entries in and good luck to all.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Scentsy-October-Giveaway-Canada Only-Ends October 29/14

Here we are in October and its the month for Halloween. So just in time is Scentsy with its new scent to enjoy. Its called Pumpkin Roll. I received the
Layers Pumpkin Roll Handsoap and the Layers Pumpkin Roll Body Butter. Let me tell you, it smells delicious but hey, you don't eat this stuff.

This is the Handsoap and it will last you quite a while because you don't need much to clean your hands with. I also have the Body Butter.
Look at that, its a full 6 oz. container of Body Butter. Wow! I will be smelling just like a pumpkin in time for the holiday.

This reminds me of a story I would like to tell you. Years ago when I still lived at home and my parents were still with us, it was Christmas Eve. Mom had all her baking finished and the only thing she never did was make the Pumpkin Pie. Well of course, that is what Dad wanted. So she told him she wasn't starting to make pies on Christmas Eve. She would make them for New Years. He said it was okay, Darlene can make them. Yeah right! I told him I would make them on condition that he helped me. He said yes he would. Well the crusts were all made, the pumpkin was cooked and the pies were ready for the oven, and where was my father all this time? On the couch snoring away. I should have known. By the time the pies were done and I got to bed it was 4:30am. Next day I told Dad, he had better enjoy the pie because they were the last ones I would ever make. He thought it was pretty funny but I was tired out.

Anyhow, just a little story. Now back to the Scentsy. We have been having a giveaway every month since March and will have one until December for you all to enjoy. One lucky person is going to win the same products I received.

I am NOT a Scentsy rep, just to make this clear. I am just holding these giveaways for you all each month and if you are interested in buying more, the information is here for you. Take a look at all Scentsy has to offer you.
Maybe you would like to host a Scentsy Party? If so, go here to find out more. If you think you might like to join Scentsy and give it a try, go here They also have different types of fundraisers and you can check that out here

So I want to say thank you once again to Anna for sponsoring this giveaway for you all and good luck to everyone.

Ultimate Cash Giveaway~Worldwide~Oct. 16/Nov. 13/

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How would you like to win some $$$? Well here is your chance to win some cash. Get your entries in and you could be the lucky winner. Good luck.

My blogger friends and I have teamed up to bring you one of our biggest giveaways ever! One lucky winner will win a $750 cash prize (via Paypal) and it just might be you!

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

(HGG) Sell Yourself Without Selling Your Soul-2 winners-US/Canada-ends Oct. 28/14

For this giveaway I have a book by author Susan Harrow, and the book is called Sell Yourself Without Selling Your Soul. Now Susan is America's top media coach and marketing strategist who has helped thousands of people achieve their dream---- to get on 60 minutes, Oprah, CNN, CBS, Howard Stern, Good Morning America, Larry King Live, and dozens of other top talk shows. She coaches executives, elite e-businesses, best selling authors, and stressful entrepeneurs whose projects have a lot of passion and heart. Her diverse clientele include IVillage, PlanetRx, Random House, Gillette/Oral B, Pacific Bell Directory: The Yellow Pages, and many best selling authors. Susan believes you can't achieve your goals when you're playing by someone else's rules. She gives you the tools to discover what your rules are and practical ways to keep them intact on your way to fame and fortune!
Sell Yourself Without Selling Your Soul: A Woman's Guide to Promoting Herself, Her Business, Her Product, or Her Cause with Integrity and Spirit (HarperCollins) is in hardback and audio book.
It was the first and only guide that doesn't use sports, war, sales or aggressive language so women don't feel like they are bragging, begging or whoring themselves to get publicity. They can stay true to themselves and still get what they want.

It blends illuminating personal anecdotes and wisdom of famous spiritual, historical, and political leaders with her own unique system to get PR. You'll find helpful examples of powerful publicity packages and dozens of practical exercises that instruct and motivate, not to mention proven techniques to save you time, grief, and money.

This book will teach you:
1- to be the message you want to give
2-- the formula professional publicists use to create a winning press kit
3-- strategies to master any type of media interview, verbally and psychologically
4-- insider secrets to help you become an overnight expert
5-- the do's and don'ts of forming strong, lasting bonds with the media
6-- dozens of ways to gain worldwide fame and fortune on your own terms.

Now you may think this book is strictly for bloggers or someone who is looking to become famous. Its not. Its for anyone who wants to better themselves in life. Whether you are an employee looking to move up the corporate ladder or an entrepeneur wanting to postion yourself as a hot property, you'll find what you're looking for in this book. Susan shows you how to avoid the biggest mistakes that could hold you back from phenomenal success.

There are 8 parts to this book with the first being, Achieve Your Goals and Dreams with Publicity.
Part 2 is Begin a Publicity Campaign
Part 3 is Write Your Press Materials
Part 4 is Create a Campaign That Suits Your Style
Part 5 is Prepare Yourself Verbally and Psychologically for Media Attention
Part 6 is Create a Clear Message-in Print, on Radio and Tv, and on the Internet
Part 7 is Keep and Sustain Media Interest
and Part 8 is Integrate Publicity Into your Life

Each Part has sections in it also and its very interesting. Like I said, you don't have to be a blogger or anything like that. If you read this book you will see what I mean. It can help you in your everyday life.
Two people are going to win a copy of this book. One being from the US will receive the hard cover book and one person from Canada will receive the audio download version.

So get your entries in and you could be a lucky winner. Good luck everyone.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

(HGG) Light Affection Giveaway-US/CANADA-Ends October 22/14

The gift certificates include shipping costs of the completed Night Light to a US destination. For a destination outside of the US, the shipping cost would have to be charged; this is typically about $25.00 to Canada. So if you do not want to pay the shipping if you are a winner and live in Canada then please do not enter.

Here is a great idea for a special Christmas gift for someone on our list. This is something you don't see every day so you will be the envy of everyone who sees this. Why not take an old family photo and turn it into a magical light? Light Affection keepsake gifts are long lasting (practically forever), sentimental, beautiful, personal, practical and are sure to get the conversation going. Have them try to figure out how the family picture shows up when there is no actual photo in there!
Light Affection is a personalized gift idea based on a favorite photo. A Carved piece, based on your photo, is inserted into a frame and assemble into a Lamp or Night Light. The carving is made in a unique way so that when lit from behind it creates an illusion of the original image.

The carved piece is everlasting and is a great keepsake for generations to come. Since each piece is personalized, it comes with a unique serial number. These make the most unique Christmas gifts for anyone on your list.

I received one of these Night Lights last year and I had my grandchildren's photo set into it. My son and his wife loved it. This is how they do it.

The main piece is the carved piece, based on the photograph. We start with a piece of an extremely durable material with somewhat of a marble feel to it. The piece is then carved based on the photograph you send us (the original photograph isn’t damaged). The special carving technique is similar to the one used in Lithophanes (see below). Due to its translucent nature, holding the piece to the light will create an illusion of a Photo. This piece will last for hundreds of years without changing its quality or color.

The carved piece is assembled into a frame of your choice. The frames are all high quality wooden frames and are available in both Contemporary and Traditional styles. Styles and Colors vary depending on Light Affection size selected.

The larger size Light Affection lights come with an energy efficient light source and an On/Off switch cable. The smaller sizes (Night Light and 4×4) come with a small light bulb and an On/Off switch as well.

Each Light Affection comes with an authenticity card specifying the unique serial number of the piece.

Based on an age-old art form known as lithophanes (Greek for vision in stone), the engraving of an image comes to life when illuminated from behind. The varying thickness of the translucent material creates the illusion of the original image. Today, Light Affection is creating these pieces using modern, long-lasting materials that give this unique effect.

Carved piece is 2 3/4″ x 2 3/4″
The Night Light comes complete with the carved piece inserted into a black frame. It even includes the Light Bulb. All you have to do is plug it in and turn on the switch!
Take a look at this:


Enter today to win your gift certificate for a Personalized Night Light $44.95 and have your own Night Light with whatever photo you choose to put on it. You won't be disappointed. They have gift ideas such as
Valentines, Christmas, Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Anniversary, Baby Shower, Grandparents, Housewarming, Keepsakes, Memorial and Pets. Take your choice of what you want in your Night Light.

Friday, October 3, 2014

(HGG) Zodiac Key Necklace Giveaway-US/CAN-ENDS Oct. 17/14

Oct 24 - Nov 22

Show your sign and celebrate your individuality! If your birthday falls between October 24 - November 22, this is your sign. Scorpios are cool, confident and slightly secretive. On the front, our Antique Silver Scorpio Key Necklace features the scorpion symbol and 11 deep-garnet Swarovski crystals that twinkle like the stars. On the back, the Scorpio name is proudly displayed. This plated pewter charm measuring 2¾" x 1" has an oxidized finish attached to a 30" rolo chain necklace. Presented as a completed gift in a satin bag with a 2x2 inch 'It's Your Special Day' gift card. Made in the USA from recycled lead-free pewter.

Here we are with another Holiday Gift Guide item. Everyone I know of loves jewelry of all kinds and every lady and even men love to find a piece of jewelry under the tree at Christmas. Well I have just the thing for someone special on your list. Its a Zodiac necklace from and its gorgeous. There are 12 different signs, one for each month of the zodiac. I chose Scorpio because that is my sign. I was amazed when I received the necklace at how heavy it is. Its not over bearingly heavy that you can't wear it but its not light. I love it.
See the nice red ruby like stones all around the key? They are set in pretty good so no fear of losing one.
The photo of the back isn't the best but it says Scorpio. Every necklace has the sign engraved on the back. And on the front as you saw, it has the Zodiac sign.

Take a look at the chain, its good and strong and long. I do not like a chain that is short and tight around my neck. I like one that will hang loose like this one does. My necklace came in a very nice package.
I believe this is what they call the lobster clasp.

This company has many products other than the Zodiac necklaces. They also have

Calendar Jewelry
Zodiac Key Necklaces
Gifts in Sterling Silver
Sterling silver and 14k Jewelry
Charms to Add On

"Your Special Day" Crown Calendar Charm with Swarovski crystal (Ball chain included)
"Your Special Day" Crown Calendar Charm with Swarovski crystal (Ball chain included)
"Your Special Day" Fleur de Lis Calendar Ring with Swarovski crystal
"Your Special Day" Fleur de Lis Calendar Ring with Swarovski crystal

Take a look at the site and you might find something you like for yourself or to get as a gift for someone if you aren't the lucky winner of this giveaway. There are also three sister sites you can check out.

Now we have one Zodiac Key Necklace valued at $70 to give away to one lucky person. Good luck everyone.

Littlest Pet Shop: Passport to Fashion DVD -US/CAN -Ends Oct. 2/14 CLOSED

We have another DVD for someone to win. Put it away for Christmas or give it to your child now. Its up to you.

Blythe Baxter has two amazing gifts--she can talk to animals and can create amazing fashion! Together with her pet friends- Zoe the spaniel, Pepper the skunk, Sunil the mongoose, Russell the hedgehog, Penny the panda, Vinnie the gecko and Minka the monkey, Blythe is determined to make her dream of a career in fashion come true. On September 23rd, 2014, join the fun as Blythe and her friends take their adventures global with Littlest Pet Shop: Passport to Fashion, a new DVD collection from Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios.
Join Blythe and her animal friends as they visit exotic cities such as Paris, Rio and Shanghai and learn that true friends will support you no matter what!

This DVD features five episodes from Season 2 of the popular series, Littlest Pet Shop: Passport to Fashion delivers captivating entertainment the whole family can enjoy and contains a brand new bonus sing-along. Featuring all-new original music by Daytime Emmy* Award nominee Daniel Ingram and the vocal talent of Ashleigh Ball, Tabitha St.Germain, Nicole Oliver and Peter New, Littlest Pet Shop currently airs on The Hub TV Network in the US. Fans can pre-order their copies of the collection now by visiting

Episodes include:
To Paris with Zoe
Shanghai Hi-Jinks
Plane It On Rio!
The Expo Factor, Part 1
The Expo Factor, Part 2

Bonus Feature

One lucky person will win this DVD to add to their child's collection. Just get your entries in and it could be you.
Good luck everyone!

He's Alive-September -Scentsy- Giveaway-Canada only- Ends Oct. 2/14 CLOSED

First of all let me tell you all I am NOT a Scentsy rep. Anna has been great at sending me products for these giveaways for the year. Thank you Anna!
Well Halloween is quicky approaching and a lot of us like to decorate our homes in time with the season. So today we have a Scentsy Plug In Warmer that fits in with Halloween perfectly. He's Alive is what or "who" I am talking about. Here he is:
He is plugged in and all lit up. There is no place near my window that I can plug it in for people to see but I am sure I will find somewhere to plug him in so he can be seen when the little ones come to the door.
Here is all the parts that come with him.
You have the base warmer which is "him", you have a small light bulb that will fit into the plug in part and there is a little washer that you can use for extra tightness. There is a button that will help you turn the warmer so it plugs in to the wall and faces the way you want it to. It also has the on and off switch. I received the Cedar Cider Scentsy bar to use with it as its somewhat an autumn scent. You can see the bar in the photo.

You can use this warmer at any time of year, it doesnt necessarily have to be at Halloween. You could use it for the whole Autumn season if you like. I will probably use mine in the washroom. Our house is small so the scent won't take long to drift through the whole place.

Take a look at all Scentsy has to offer you.
Maybe you would like to host a Scentsy Party? If so, go here to find out more. If you think you might like to join Scentsy and give it a try, go here They also have different types of fundraisers and you can check that out here

So I want to say thank you once again to Anna for sponsoring this giveaway for you all and good luck to everyone.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

HGG-2015 Calendars-3 Winners-US/CANADA-Ends October 15/14

Well its never too soon to begin thinking about Christmas and this is why I am beginning my Holiday Gift Guide now. To give you a bit of a head start in your holiday ideas for everyone. I hope you enjoy what I will be bringing you all this year in the Gift Guide.

To begin with we have some Adorable Pit Bull 2015 calendars. These are really cute and a nice size too. They are from Now even if you don't own a Pit Bull or any other type of dog, these are awesome calendars so check them out. "Painted Pit Bulls" has artwork by Dean Russo, and For the Love of Pit Bulls are photographs.

We have three different calendars to show you. Each winner has a choice of which calendar they would like to have. The first one is For the Love of Pit Bulls by Dean Russo

And the back

Here we have the second calendar

and the back

And last but not least we have the Itty Pitties
I think this little guy is so cute. Now for the back of him so you know what every month looks like:

These calendars retail for $18.95, the calendars are available at,, Amazon, and other outlets.
The calendars continue Dog Park Publishing’s mission to showcase and celebrate the pit bull as a majestic, affectionate, and intelligent breed that is sorely misunderstood, and to help the organizations that rescue, rehabilitate and find loving homes for these dogs.

Dog Park Publishing donates a percentage of sales of its calendars and merchandise to shelters and rescue groups across the country. Since its inception in 2011, the company has given more than $120,000 in cash and free products.

“We are hopeful that these calendars will help the public gain a better appreciation of the breed’s intelligence, loyalty, and gentle disposition,” said Alfred C. Martino, the company’s co-founder. “We commend the dedicated people at animal shelters and rescue groups, and are pleased to offer our calendars to them as fundraising items.”

The sponsor of this giveaway has graciously offered a calendar of the winners choice to 3 of you. So get your entries in and you just might be a lucky winner.
Good luck everyone!