Wednesday, December 31, 2014



May all your troubles be tiny and all your joys be huge!



Sunday, December 28, 2014

Happy 15 yrs. Wedding Anniversary Celebration!

 David and I eloped 15 yrs. ago December 23, 1999 and my wonderful husband took us to Red Lobster in Geneva, IL for dinner and because it was our Anniversary the Manager gave us a couple of coupons.  How nice of him.  So, David and I ordered our usual.  He likes the Ultimate Feast and I love the SeasSide Shrimp Trio!  mmmmmm   The manager also sent over a Seaside Sampler!  Oh my, sooo delicious.  Stuffed mushrooms mmmm, fried shrimp, and cold shrimp. mmmm

Raspberry Ice Tea mmmm

Ceasar Salad - scrumptious and the Garlic Biscuits... oh my goodness...

A very nice manager at the Naperville Location for Red Lobster .  Thank you for the appetizer my friend!

Seaside Shrimp Trio
Seaside Shrimp Trio
A generous sampling of Walt’s Favorite Shrimp, garlic shrimp scampi and creamy shrimp linguini Alfredo.  My choice of heaven!  YUMMMMMMMM
  Scrumptious tender Maine Lobster tail, steamed from North American snow crab long legs, and their signature garlic plump shrimp scampi and Walt's Favorite Shrimp served with wild rice pilaf , and your choice of a side dish, and for a drink Dave chose the infamous...              Bahama Mama
A frozen blend of tropical fruit flavors mixed with dark spiced rum and topped with a splash of Bacardi Select dark rum. 

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It was a wonderful time and we were so full.  I have the most wonderfu husband in the whole world!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Broccoli & Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breast Recipe mmmm

So, look what I found on Facebook the other day!

 BROCCOLI & CHEESE STUFFED CHICKEN BREAST  2 Large Chicken Breasts - pounded flat

1 half Onion Diced
Fresh Broccoli Chopped
Cream Cheese - Big Dollop
Mozzarella Cheese
2 slices Bacon

Fry the bacon lightly - don't overcook
In the same frying pan, saute the onion and broccoli til onions are translucent. Add Cream Cheese and a little mozzarella and cook on low til melted.
Put half of mixture on each flattened chicken breast. Roll up and top with mozarella cheese, and two half slices of bacon.

I never measure so use as much or as little as you like.

Bake at 350 til done

Thursday, December 4, 2014

"Italians" and how I was raised...

42 Things in the Life of an Italian Child

01. You have at least one relative who wore a black dress every
day for an entire year after a funeral.

02. You spent your entire childhood thinking what you ate for lunch
was pronounced "sangwich."

03. Your family dog understood Italian.

04. Every Sunday afternoon of your childhood was spent visiting your grandparents and extended family.

05. You've experienced the phenomena of 150 people fitting into 50
square feet of yard during a family cookout.

06. You were surprised to discover the FDA recommends you eat three meals a day, not seven.

07. You thought killing the pig each year and having salami,
capacollo, pancetta and prosciutto hanging out to dry from your shed ceiling was absolutely normal. (Wow, that's really Italian!)

08. You ate pasta for dinner at least three times a week, and every Sunday, and laughed at the commercial for Wednesday is Prince Spaghetti day.

09. You grew up thinking no fruit or vegetable had a fixed price and
that the price of everything was negotiable through haggling.

10. You were as tall as your grandmother by the age of seven.

11. You thought everyone's last name ended in a vowel.

12. You thought nylons were supposed to be worn rolled to the ankles.
mama mia, thats a big meat ball!

13. Your mom's main hobby is cleaning.

14. You were surprised to find out that wine was actually sold in

15. You thought that everyone made their own tomato sauce.

16. You never ate meat on Christmas Eve or any Friday for that matter.

17. You ate your salad after the main course.

18. You thought Catholic was the only religion in the world.

19. Your were beaten at least once with a wooden spoon or broom.

20. You thought every meal had to be eaten with a hunk of bread in your hand.

21. You can understand Italian but you can't speak it.

22. You have at least one relative who came over on the boat.

23. All of your uncles fought in a World War.

24. You have at least six male relatives named Tony, Frank, Joe or

25. You have relatives who aren't really your relatives.

26. You have relatives you don't speak to.

27. You drank wine before you were a teenager.

28. You relate on some level, admit it, to the Godfather and the

29. You grew up in a house with a yard that didn't have one patch of
dirt that didn't have a flower or a vegetable growing out of it.

30. Your grandparent's furniture was as comfortable as sitting on
plastic. Wait!!!! You were sitting on plastic.

31. You thought that talking loud was normal.

32. You thought sugared almonds and the Tarantella were common at all weddings.

33. You thought everyone got pinched on the cheeks and money stuffed in their pockets by their relatives.

34. Your mother is overly protective of the males in the family no
matter what their age.

35. There was a crucifix in every room of the house.

36. Wakes would be held in someone's living room.

37. You couldn't date a boy without getting approval from your father.  (Oh, and he had to be Italian)

38. You called pasta "macaroni".

39. You dreaded taking out your lunch at school

40. Going out for a cup of coffee usually meant going out for a cup of coffee over Zia's house.

41. Every condition, ailment, misfortune, memory loss and accident was attributed to the fact that you didn't eat something.

42. Those of you who get this...KNOW to share something like this for sure!  LOL


Niagara Falls, 1911... just had to share!


Friday, November 28, 2014

INTO THE WOODS - New Trailer & Posters Now Available!


Meryl Streep is a fantastic actress.  I cannot wait to see her in this movie.  I've seen all the trailers, and it has really intrigued my curiosity!  How about yours?

Rapunzel, Rapunzel let down your hair!  How many times have you said that to your little ones when reading that story?  All your favorite stories here in one swoop!  I love it!

Just look at all these wonderful Posters you can print out!  I'm going to print my favorites and put them up for the kids.  I'm sure they'll love it.  Won't you follow these social networks please?

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INTO THE WOODS is rated PG and opens in theaters everywhere on December 25th!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving one and all!

May we all have Peace, Love, Good Health and Happiness!  

May all your wishes come true and don't eat too much!!! :)

I'm so happy and thankful to be accepted into the blogging community family!!!

Saturday, November 22, 2014


Every story begins with a spark -- a tiny, gripping, powerful idea.  That's where the journey begins. Engineers, designers, artists, and countless others from all different walks of life touch the films and shows that you love.  It's a circus of artistry, a team effort, an incredible process. The spark becomes bigger than any single person, than any group of people. It becomes an experience.

Support storytellers. Where you watch matters. Visit for the movies and TV shows you love.  Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by and watching.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Take a peek!

This anthemic video from the film and television industry reminds us how Movies and TV shows bring us together. What we watch doesn't just entertain us, it inspires and moves us. It's the show that gave you the chills. The scene that left you crying from laughing so hard. The movie you watch when you are having a bad day. The things that drive you to be fearless. Make you get up and dance. The movie that makes you ask, "what would Ferris do?" Where the underdogs always come back on top. The storylines that redefine your own life experience. They change us, help us believe, and overcome any challenge life throws our way. This is the anthem that runs through the core of Visit the site for simple search and easy access to the movies and TV shows you love.  


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Start the Ripple...

I hope that some day I can start the ripple in my life, and I hope you get the chance too!  Don't let it pass you by.  Have a wonderful day.  Be happy, be healthy and be safe!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Marvel's AVENGERS: "AGE OF ULTRON"! 5.01.15

A teaser trailer JUST FOR YOU! Marvel’s 




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Marvel's AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON will hit theaters everywhere on May 1st, 2015! 


Monday, October 27, 2014

Giveaway Entry Changes & Upcoming TOS Impacting Facebook Entries

I know you all have probably noticed that my 'mandatory' entry has changed recently to being a very random question.  That's because, like a lot of other bloggers out there, I had unknowingly been breaking the rules when it comes to blog giveaways.  

So, without getting into a lot of mumble jumble, and knowing there's big Facebook changes coming soon, I set out to educate myself on blog giveaways....and here's the two pesos version...

A mandatory blog entry can be either a "just click", a "enter your email & acknowledge the terms/rules", or a very generic blog comment. It has to be basically a "freebie"......(and every giveaway has to have a 'freebie')

It cannot be a mandatory like on a social media account, a sign up for a newsletter, or a visit to a third-party site with a comment on a product left on a blog.

Now these can be 'optional' entries (for now***)....but mandatory is a no-no.

Why? Because even though there is no 'purchase' per doing those things, an entrant is doing something that is of a benefit to the blogger or brand/ additional follower, another person on the newsletter list, or increased traffic to a website is a form of does have value....

....and this makes a "no purchase necessary" giveaway............turn into an illegal lottery.  Which has a whole host of other legalities, that I don't think bloggers dealing in $20+ items want to deal with!

NOW....having said that...these things are perfectly okay as optional entries....AS LONG AS...the optional entries aren't valued at more than the freebie mandatory. can't have a 'just click to enter' valued at 1 entry...but the 'like me on Instagram' be valued at 5.  Everyone has to have the same initial shot....if people want to increase odds by fulfilling the other optional entries - or come back every day for the other freebie entries....that's fine.

This is why you've seen that I've changed the value of everything to 5 entry points. 

Re:  "for now*** ON NOVEMBER 5, Facebook is disallowing ANY type of Facebook like on a giveaway.....whether it is mandatory OR optional......"Like Gating" across the board will be against their TOS.  They want to see only 'organic' likes...meaning "I like your page because I like you" (not because you're giving me something in return for it).  I personally feel they are doing this more for $ in they will find a way to charge people to have people like their pages (just like you can pay them to advertise your page or pay them to 'boost' your post for more people to see)....

Rafflecopter will be doing away with the option to do anything FB related some time in October.

Now, does this mean you can't like someone's page on Facebook? Of course just can't be connected to gaining an entry somehow.  Can a blogger write "If you've enjoyed this post and would like to be kept up to date on more like it, you can follow me on FB" long as it's not connected to a 'you give me this, you get that' type of scenario (a like/an entry)

It's still not allowed to ask for a Google+ follow or have an entry for a re-pin on Pinterest

There are a lot of tweaks coming (or should be) from bloggers who run giveaways - and it seems the rules always get changed/ if you enter giveaways, just bear with us as we get used to how things need to be done.

If you'd like to read more about specific rules concerning Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, and more - Attorney Sara Hawkins has a wonderful series of articles on her website that are very helpful.

Bloggers, you can also find some really helpful guidance at Pink Heels Pink Truck - where she really breaks things down in a much easier to understand way than I probably just did! 

It's all confusing and no doubt some people will continue to either run contests with 'like this', 'follow on G+', and 'pin this' options, or interpret the rules another way than I do.  There are many schools of thought on this, and many cases of 'well I didn't know' (I mean, I didn't know up until recently).....but whether you have 10 followers or 10,000, we all have to follow the rules and it's our responsibility to keep up with all the changes - and there are many that happen constantly.  There have also been bloggers who have had their blog shut down or their Facebook closed....and that's just a lot of hard work down the drain.

SO....there's a little explanation as to why you'll be seeing some changes coming to this blog, and others, in the near future! Any of the links above are great resources that cover the topics very well.

If you really like someone's blog, I would urge you to take a minute to follow them on their social media sites - even if it's not for an entry.  More followers will benefit you as a reader or as a sweeper because companies do look at numbers of followers when they're looking for blogs to work by supporting blogs you like, you're also helping them be seen by brands who can then bring you nicer products for giveaways & reviews! It's a win-win-win situation!  

Thank you to GiGi Parker for which I wouldn't have known I have been doing it wrong.  BUMMER!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Door of Hell!

 Door to hell, Derweze, Turkmenistan

Derweze is rich in natural gas, and while drilling in 1971, Soviet geologists tapped into a cavern filled with natural gas. The ground collapsed leaving a large hole 70 meters in diameter. To avoid poisonous gas discharge, it was decided that the best solution would be to burn it off. Geologists expected the fire to use all the fuel in a matter of days, however the gas is still burning today. 
The Locals have dubbed the cavern “The Door of Hell”, and it definitely looks like it to me!  Goosebumps here for sure!  I found this on a blog "
***  I found this at...  All credit is there.  I just had to share!


Friday, October 17, 2014

Homemade Baby Wipes!

I found this little tid-bit on facebook, and I wanted to share it with you all.  Talk about saving money & having needs right now!  Too cool

Click below

Post by Chryss Rinehart Allen.  

I get asked all the time how I make my homemade baby wipes. I made a video of how to do it. Please feel free to share with friends! I save a ton of money this way and it's very gentle in our baby. I also make a separate batch and add peppermint essential oil and use it as a make up removal wipe!

Thanks Chryss!!!

And as long as I got your attention how about an update on my tenth grandchild Angelo.  He was just five months old on the 13th, my little cutie...

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