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Archive for November, 2007

Easy Orange and Walnut Bread

Ingredients:
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 orange (rind and juice)
2 tablespoons melted butter or margarine
1 cup sugar
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup chopped walnuts

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350F.  Lightly grease a medium sized loaf tin.  Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.

Wash and grate the orange zest into a large bowl.  Squeeze the orange juice over the zest. Add 1 cup of boiling water and mix.  Add the melted butter or margarine, sugar, beaten egg and vanilla to the bowl and mix together.

Stir this mixture into the dry ingredients and lightly mix (take care not to over mix).  Gently fold in the chopped walnuts and transfer to baking pan.  Bake at 350F for approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour or until baked through.

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My Special Note – your online source for personalized gifts and letters – is giving back to a very special cause this holiday season.

Someone very close to us has Cystic Fibrosis – a disease that affects the lungs and digestive systems of about 30,000 people across the U.S.

SO…in support of Breanna, 10% of all sales between Thanksgiving and Christmas will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

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Buy a personalized gift for your child and give back at the same time!

To learn more about CF, visit their website at:  http://www.cff.org

Happy Holidays!

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We’ve got 2 new free ebooks available for this holiday season:

(just download these pdf files by right-clicking and selecting “Save Target As” – save on your hard drive, forward to your friends and enjoy this 2007 Holiday!)

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Holiday Gift Guide – Thanks to Chele Neisler of momsloveshopping.com!  She has authored this great guide to gift-giving this holiday season.  There are ideas in here for everyone on your list!

Holiday Traditions – A guide to creating and maintaining festive holiday traditions

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Product Name: The Edge Cushion 12′ by Kid Cushions
Submitted by: Megan Cahill; Louisville, KY
Rating: 10
Where to buy:  Amazon.com

Description: The Edge Cushion by Kid Cushions provides a soft protecting layer of material between your child and hard or sharp edges of your furniture.

Measuring twelve feet, this cushion will wrap around almost anything with an edge perfectly, round or square. These cannot be used on beveled tables. This product can be used on countertops, window ledges and cabinets to name a few. The cushions are available in 3 colors, black, brown and ivory. They are easy to attach with adhesive strips that will connect to any of the types of surfaces in your home including tile.

Review:  No parent can stand to see their children crying, whether a cut lip or a bumped knee, it can be just as painful for the parent to watch their child experience these feelings. But children will bump and they will scrape. It’s part of the growing and learning process, which helps them survive their grown up lives. You can do your part though to prevent these bumps and bruises from happening often or possibly being severe which should be a #1 priority in a household with a young child. 

At this affordable price it’s hard to see why you shouldn’t get this item or 3!

Criticism: This Item could have been made available in more colors.

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Raisin Cookies

Ingredients:
1 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 ½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup raisins

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375F.  lightly grease two cookie sheets.

Mix the butter and sugar together well in a large bowl.  When soft and fluffy add the beaten eggs, flour, salt and vanilla.  Beat until well blended (you can use an electric mixer to make this easier).

Drop by teaspoonfuls onto the baking sheet and smooth them into rounds using the back of the spoon.  Place some raisins on each round and bake for approximately 8 to 10 minutes until golden and baked through.  Turn to wire racks to cool.

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Banana Baked Chicken

*Cooking chicken and bananas together may sound a little strange to you… but kids really love this delicious and easy chicken recipe.

Ingredients: 
4 halved skinless chicken breasts
1 can corn kernels (drained)
2 bananas (peeled)
2 tablespoons butter
8 bacon strips
1 1/2 cups cream
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions: 
Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly butter a baking tray and spread corn evenly covering bottom of tray. Take the chicken breasts and carefully cut a small pocket in each chicken breast (slice into the side as if you were dividing into two thin pieces). Press half a banana into each pocket (you can mash bananas to make this easier). Close chicken breasts over and sprinkle with salt and pepper if using. Place chicken breasts carefully on top of corn. Drizzle with cream. Cut the butter into small knobs and place evenly through tray. Top each chicken breast with bacon slices. Bake in preheated oven approximately 30 to 40 minutes or until bacon is crisp and chicken is cooked through.

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Crock Pot Meatloaf

Ingredients:
2 1/2 pounds ground beef
1/4 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 egg
1 cup breadcrumbs or crushed crackers
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 small onion (diced)
1/4 cup water

Directions:
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Form into a meatloaf shape that will fit into your crock pot. Cut a strip of foil and place under the meatloaf in crock pot. Cut it long enough to cover the bottom and sides of meatloaf. Place meat loaf in crock pot and top with an additional 2 tablespoons ketchup. Cover and cook on low for approximately 8 hours.

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