Mealtime Mondays: Pizza Rolls Quick, Easy and Yummy! #Momsathomemeals #Recipes #Food

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3 cans Pillsbury Buttermilk Biscuits (10 ct)
60 pepperoni slices (2 per biscuit)
Block of cheese (Colby/Monterey Jack or Chedder)
1 beaten egg
Parmesan Cheese
Italian Seasoning
Garlic Powder
1 jar pizza sauce

Directions:

Slice cheese into approx. 28 squares. Flatten each biscuit and stack pepperoni and cheese on top (Like in the picture) Gather edges of biscuit and secure on top of the roll. Line rolls in greased 9×13 pan Brush with beaten egg. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning and garlic powder. Bake at 425 degrees F. for 18 to 20 mins. Serve with warm pizza sauce for dipping. ENJOY!!

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3.9 Million Mom Bloggers in the US, Just Top 100 Known #Sverve #MommyBlog

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That’s right, there are 3.9 Million Mom Bloggers in the United States and only 100 are well known! That’s an astronomical number! Here’s another stat; There are 87 Million Moms in the United States. 60% of them are online. Moms spend 50% More Time Online than an average user. Whoa!

But, Sverve is working to change that! Like many other Blogger to Brand sites out there, Sverve works to connect Bloggers with Brands that want real people trying, testing and promoting their products. This is certainly a win-win situation for both the bloggers and the Brands. However, Sverve takes this concept one gigantic step further by connecting Bloggers with other Bloggers!

And, I know from personal experience that these Mommy Bloggers are helping one another. Sverve is one of the only places where I’ve seen active engagement from fellow bloggers both on the site through Endorsements and Follows and offsite through click throughs from Sverve to my blog. Slowly, I’ve started forming and building on relationships with wonderful women that I never would have had the pleasure to find before. And, I’m reading more blogs specifically in line with my interests. I truly love Sverve!

Sverve is where “Influencers Meet Brands and Readers!” The name comes from a great concept, “Unleash your Social Verve.”

So why should you join? Sverve says,

You’re a blogger. You’re a Mom. You’re awesome. You spend hours generating great blog content and sharing your wealth of knowledge on TWITTER andFACEBOOK. You’re the kind of social INFLUENCERwho BRANDS and marketers would love to connect with to share information about their products and services. You’re the reason why we created sverve.

Unleash your social verve and manage your social media influence effectively.sverve gives you a PLATFORM to highlight your areas of EXPERTISE and earn the credit you deserve. Get recognized for your efforts. Get noticed for your knowledge. Get your sverve on!

Mom bloggers want to Build their Brand, attract New Readers, Connect with Brands and Marketers.

Brands want to Connect with the Right Mom Bloggers, Advertise Guest Blogging, Product Review Opportunities & Campaigns and Improve ROI of Marketing Dollars.

Sverve Readers want to Find Great Mom Bloggers to Follow, Receive Quality Tips about the Best Brands to Use and Personalized Content Based on Their Interests.

Sverve just brings these three groups together in one fun, easy place. Joining is fast and easy and costs you nothing as a Reader or a Blogger!

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Disclosure: I am a Sverve Influencer. Feel free to check out my Sverve Profile!

Junior High “Dating Code of Conduct and Guidelines” #WhatDoYouThink

"Teens" by binababy12 (2009) Stock Photo

“Teens” by binababy12 (2009) Stock Photo

My almost 14 year old 8th Grader (not pictured in stock photo above) is taking Health Education this term. It has made from some interesting conversations at home. Thankfully, we have a pretty open door for communication. He has been “dating” girls since last year and calling random girls his “girl friend” for the year or two before that. You know, where two kids say they are “dating” but never actually go on a date? Yeah, that kind. Until this year, when he’s gone on “dates” with his “girlfriend” and their group of friends to the Ice Skating Arena, School Dances and Sports events.

We’ve had some conversations but I’ve never really established a list of “Rules” or “Guidelines” for his dating activities before. I think I kind of fast-forwarded to The “talk” without giving much consideration to the details (Like the things don’t result in me becoming a Grandmother before the age of 40).

The following worksheet came home yesterday and appeared in front of me this morning for my take on the 10 Guidelines for Dating. I felt a little hard-pressed to throw these down on paper so he could return the assignment and make the grade without having a real conversation around it. But, I think these are pretty fair guidelines. Thought they do fall short from my first thought, “Keep it in your pants!”

Below is the worksheet, the top half completed by my almost 14 year old. The bottom, half completed by me. Definitely open for discussion, thoughts and feedback! It takes a “Village” or something like that.

Oh, and this same son made the Track team last night! Yippee! Less time for dating! Score!

Using the notes from brainstorming in class, write at least 10 specific items for to create a personal Code of Conduct for dating?

  1. Be safe
  2. Have fun
  3. Don’t fight
  4. Don’t cheat
  5. Respect other wants
  6. Respect other sex
  7. Meet other sex’s parents
  8. Don’t be shy
  9. Be nice
  10. Be good!

This portion of the assignment is to be completed with the cooperation and feedback of your parents or guardians. One must sign below indicating their participation. Discuss and record 10 guidelines for dating.

  1. Be Respectful
  2. Be Honest
  3. Communicate
  4. Prioritize
  5. Ask Questions
  6. Understand Consequences
  7. Think Before You Act
  8. Establish Boundaries
  9. Avoid Peer Pressure
  10. Consider Short & Long Term Goals

Mealtime Mondays: Easter Dinner- Ham and Sides #MomsatHomeMeals #Recipes #Food

Fotopedia Photo. My actual Ham photo was lost in transfer to Google Drive!

Fotopedia Photo. My actual Ham photo was lost in transfer to Google Drive!

Each Monday I will be publishing a recipe from one of my books. This recipe is featured in the “Easter” Section of Moms at Home: Holiday Traditions available on Amazon in Print. If you use any of these recipes, please take a photo and share with me on my Moms at Home Facebook page or on my professional Facebook page. Or, tweet them to me and use hashtag #MomsatHomeMeals Enjoy!

While I was growing up we never really had large family gatherings for Easter. My Mom cooked Easter Dinner at home for my parents, brother and I. It was cozy and simple. I tend to cook Easter Dinner now and often invite whoever would like to join us. The following are my go-to recipes! Check out my Easter Triple Berry Trifle for dessert!

Baked Ham

Serves 24. 20 Mins Prep 2 Hrs Cook

Maple Syrup adds the special touch to this delicious Ham w/Hawaiian flare.

Ingredients:
1 Cup Maple Syrup
1 Cup Orange Juice
1 Cup Ginger Ale
½ Cup Brown Sugar
½ Cup Honey
1 Jar Maraschino Cherries, Halved (10oz)
12 Lbs Fully Cooked Bone-In Ham
1 Can Pineapple Slices, Drained (15.25oz)
1 Box Wooden Toothpicks

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Mix maple syrup, orange juice, ginger ale, brown sugar and honey. Stir in the juice from the maraschino cherries, and half of the cherries. Score the outer edge of the ham with a sharp knife in a diamond pattern. Cuts should be about 1/4 inch deep. This will allow the ham to soak up the juice.

Place the ham into an oven bag, and carefully pour the juice mixture over it, keeping all of the juice in the bag. It may look like there is too much juice, but the ham will soak it up while baking. Place the pineapples onto the top of the ham, and secure with toothpicks. Place cherries into the centers of the rings, and secure with toothpicks also. Or, poke in whole cloves. Tie the end of the bag closed. Place in a large roasting pan, and cut a few small slits in the top of the oven bag.

Bake for 2 hours in the preheated oven. The internal temperature should be 160 degrees when done. Remove ham from bag to a serving plate, and let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

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Photo By daves cupboard (Lost ALL of my Photos!)

Twice-Baked Taters

Serves 8.

These potatoes are incredibly easy to make but look like they took you hours!

Ingredients:
8 Large Russet Potatoes
½ Cup Butter
1 Cup Sour Cream
1 Scallion, Finely Chopped
1 Cup Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
Garnish with Bacon Bits

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 Degrees.

Pierce potatoes with a fork. Place on oven rack at the center of the oven and bake for about an hour. Remove potatoes and turn down the heat to 375 Degrees.

Hold the potato with an oven-mit or towel, trim off the top of the potatoes to make a canoe-like shape. Reserve the tops. Carefully scoop out most of the potato into a bowl. Take care to leave enough potato in the skin so the shells stay together. Mash the potato lightly with fork along with 2 to 3 tablespoons of the butter and sour cream.

Stir in the scallion and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Season the skins with salt and pepper. Refill the shells with the potato mixture mounding it slightly. Sprinkle the cheese on top of the potato filling. Brush the reserved top with the remaining butter and season with salt and pepper.

Set the potatoes and lids on a baking sheet, and bake until heated through, about 20 minutes. Serve immediately.

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Photo By astarin (Lost ALL of my Photos!)

Maple Glazed Carrots

Serves 10. 5 Mins Prep 20 Mins Cook

Every year for Christmas, my Uncle Kevin gives us a Gallon of Pure Maple Syrup. Because I have it in abundance, I enjoy using it in place of brown sugar on occasion.

Ingredients:
2 Pounds Baby Carrots
½ Cup Water
½ Cup Butter
3/4 Cup Pure Maple Syrup
1/4 Cup Chopped Pecans (Optional)

Directions:

Place carrots and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium. Cover and cook for 10 minutes. Drain.

Return carrots to saucepan. Stir in butter, syrup and pecans. Cook until butter is melted.

Optional: Garnish with fresh dill.

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Photo By Sally_Monster (Lost ALL of my Photos!)

Gram’s Trick Rolls

I once raved at Thanksgiving about how much better my Gram’s homemade rolls were than store-bought. She said thank you and took years to reveal her true “recipe.”

Surprise! These are fast and easy
Ingredients:
1 Pkg Rhodes Frozen Roll Dough (24 Ct.)
Directions:
Thaw dough in refrigerator overnight. Grease a cookie sheet. Flour counter. Knead together TWO rolls to form one larger roll. Let rise. Bake until golden brown or slightly longer than the package directions.

Online Blogger Conference May 17-19th @TheBlogWorkshop #TBW

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As a “Mom Blogger,” Blogger Conferences are more often than not, out of reach. Coordinating child care, traveling, the costs of traveling without a sponsor and just the logistics of attending a conference are tough. So, when I heard about The Blog Workshop, a completely online conference, I couldn’t have been more thrilled. I, like many others, always have things to learn and because I work from the seclusion of my home office, a desire to meet and connect with other like-minded adults that just won’t happen without online networking.

The cost of the Conference is $175 for three full days of Panels, Workshops, Giveaways and information sessions! There are also discounts and Payment Plans Available! Additionally, the Blog Workshop has a Grant Program and a Scholarship Program for the conference. The Conference takes place in the evening so you won’t have to worry about it interfering with your “9-5” if you still have one. Purchase your tickets here! 

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Follow me on Twitter for updates on the Conference and follow @TheBlogWorksop to stay informed! On Day One you will learn Blogging-Back to the Basics which covers design, social media and engagement. In the second session, From Blogger to Bloggerpreneaur  learn how to establish your blog as a business, trademarks and more. On Day Two, the first session Preparing for Advertisers and Pitching will teach you how to pitch to Brands, Sponsors and more.  The second Session will teach you how to Build Relationships with Media will teach you how to handle media requests, press outlets, public relations and so much more! On Day Three you will learn a little more about Advertising vs. Affiliate Marketing and Other Options to Monetize Your Blogging Efforts. Throughout the conference there will be Q&A sessions with live participants and Giveaways during every break followed by a Grand Giveaway at the conclusion of the Conference! Find the full Agenda here. I’ve listed the full line up of speakers below including speajers from IZEA, Blog-Trends, The Blog Frog, Blogads and more!

You can even earn some prizes now through the end of March with a small donation on the Blog Conference’s Indiegogo Campaign! These funds will help pay for speakers, giveaways and more! Different levels of Perks correspond with the level of donation. You could earn Conference Discounts, a Conference Highlights DVD, a Blog Consultation and more! Also, 10% of your Conference ticket will support three great charities- The Atlanta Day Shelter for Women & Children, Wellspring Living and Suicide Prevention.

The Blog Workshop speakers

Meet the Speakers (and follow them on Twitter!) Use the official Hashtag, #TBW

More About the Conference

The Blog Workshop is an informational hub for bloggers and vloggers of all ages, niches and levels of experience. The blogosphere is an industry that is constantly changing; there is always new information to learn and share. We would like to be a major catalyst in bringing the blogging/vlogging community together.

Goals of The Blog Workshop – Online Conference

Our mission is to provide bloggers and vloggers information that will allow them to take their blogging/vlogging ventures to the next level. We want to bridge the gap between bloggers, brands, PR professionals and more. With the right kind of information not even the SKY will be your limit.

Learning Objectives

  • Blogging With the Bloggerpreneur Mindset. How to build a profitable empire.
  • How to connect and build effective relationships with brands, advertisers and more.
  • Providing a great starting point and tools to further your blogging enterprise.

COnference

Find The Blog Workshop on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube and Google+

See you at the Conference!

Mealtime Mondays: Garlic Corned Beef Sandwiches #Food #Recipes #Leftovers #MomsatHomeMeals

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Each Monday I will be publishing a recipe from one of my books. This recipe is featured in the “Sandwiches” Section of Moms at Home: A Collection of Recipes available on Amazon in Print. If you use any of these recipes, please take a photo and share with me on my Moms at Home Facebook page or on my professional Facebook page. Or, tweet them to me and use hashtag #MomsatHomeMeals Enjoy!

This is my absolute favorite way to eat corned beef, even better than yesterday’s Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner!

Ingredients:

1 Lb Corned Beef
1 Loaf Prepared Garlic Bread
1 Lb Sliced Mozzarella Cheese
 Optional: Caramelized Onions

Directions:

If you are using frozen garlic bread, bake according to package directions but remove from oven about 5 minutes before done.

Layer corned beef, caramelized onions if using and mozzarella cheese on one half of the garlic bread. Leave the other half on the cookie sheet. Bake an additional 10 minutes.

Place the empty garlic bread half on top of the meat and cheese covered bread. Slice into sandwiches.

So simple but absolutely delicious!

Mealtime Mondays: Corned Beef and Cabbage #Food #Recipes #St.Patricks

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Each Monday I will be publishing a recipe from one of my books. This recipe is featured in the “Boilin’ Over” Section of Moms at Home: A Collection of Recipes available on Amazon in Print. If you use any of these recipes, please take a photo and share with me on my Moms at Home Facebook page or on my professional Facebook page. Or, tweet them to me and use hashtag #MomsatHomeMeals Enjoy!

Get ready for St. Patty’s Day!

Corned Beef and Cabbage

Ingredients:

2.5 Lbs Corned Beef Brisket

15 Mins Prep

Cook for 3-4 Hours

1 Pkt Corned Beef Seasoning (packed w/meat)
1 Head Cabbage, Chopped
2 Med Onions, Diced
1 Lb Carrots, Peeled and quartered
2 Lb Potatoes, Peeled and Halved (or about 8-10 New Red Potatoes w/skin)
1 Bay Leaf
Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions:

Place the corned beef, pepper, seasoning packet, bay leaves and salt into a large 8-quart pot along with 3-quarts of water. Cover and set over high heat. Bring to a boil, decrease the heat to low and cook, at a low simmer for 2 1/2 hours.

After 2 1/2 hours, add the carrots, onions, potatoes and celery if desired (3-4 stalks chopped). Return to a simmer and cook uncovered for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, add the cabbage and cook for an additional 15 to 20 minutes until the potatoes and cabbage are tender. Remove the bay leaves and serve immediately.