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The Mom’s Talk Network website (http://www.momstalknetwork.com) has been quiet since Kelly McCausey assumed ownership back in October 2007, but no more.  Starting today the website will be brimming over with fresh Guest Blogger appearances and a resurrected Mom’s Talk Forum which I will be helping to breathe new life into as a Moderator.  Come on over and say hello today and be entered for a chance to win gifts, free advertising and even a cash prize.  Every blog comment and forum post made on April first will serve as an entry in today’s relaunch drawing 🙂

To see prizes: http://www.momstalknetwork.com/forum/april-fools-day-no-foolin-giveaways-vt1505.html

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OK – I probably shouldn’t share this, because I want to win.  But I will, because I’m always looking out for you too 🙂

Go on over to A Mommy Story and check out the contest to win a BusyBodyBook.  What is a BusyBodyBook???  It is a planner that is off the hook!

I love anything to do with organizing my SuperMom life and saving time by doing so…this personal calendar has 5 columns for every week to help you, “The SuperMom and Organizer Extraordinaire,” keep track of the schedule for every member of your family.

 So head on over and join…you only have until Friday (which is tomorrow…OMG) – HURRY!

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I get a lot of reader email and comments on a weekly basis.

I received one today after I sent out an email “blast” to my newsletter list regarding a couple of new Freebies we have available for Cinco de Mayo and Mother’s Day. Here it is in it’s entirety:

Dear Tracy,thought I’d let you know that Cinco de Mayo IS NOT Mexican Independence Day. I am some what bothered that a web site that provides so much info wouldn’t research first their info. F.Y.I. Mexican Independence Day is the 16th of Sept.

In my email, I had indicated that Cinco de Mayo was, in fact, Mexican Independence Day. I stand corrected (thanks to Margaret Puente). She’s correct, Cinco de Mayo is NOT Mexican Independence Day, but – according to Wikipedia “is a national, but not federal, holiday in Mexico which is also widely celebrated in the United States. It commemorates the victory of Mexican forces led by General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguin over the French occupational forces in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.”

I like to keep my readers informed with CORRECT information and I appreciate when a mistake is brought to my attention. My sincere apologies if my error offended any of my readers.

Thank you, Margaret, for keeping me on my toes – I promise to be more diligent in my research and presentation 🙂

Since this has come about, I decided to begin a new policy. I’m calling it the “Take Your Foot Out of Your Mouth Tracy” award. I’m going to reward anyone who will bring to my attention an error in facts or research that has been published on this blog or the Mom’s Niche website.

Margaret will receive one of our Mom’s Niche prize packs filled with all kinds of goodies.

Thanks again Margaret for bringing this to my attention and congratulations for being our first award recipient!

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Finally, the votes are tallied and we have the winners of our Mom’s Niche Recipe Challenge! All of the the winners and their winning recipes are published below. Why don’t you use these and make a nice dinner tonight?? 🙂

Appetizer Winner – Patty
Shrimp Bacon Bites

Ingredients:
1 cup cleaned cooked shrimp (about 16)
1/2 clove garlic, slivered
1/2 cup chili sauce
8 to 10 slices bacon

Directions:
Mix shrimp and garlic; pour chili sauce over mixture. Cover and refrigerate, stirring occasionally, several hours.

Cut bacon slices into halves. Cook bacon until limp; drain. Wrap each shrimp in bacon piece; secure with wooden pick.Set oven control to broil and/or 550 degrees. Broil with tops 2-3 inches from heat until bacon is crisp.

Entree Winner – Revka
Revka’s Chicken

Ingredients:
Chicken:
2 c. crushed saltines
1 c. grated Parmesan cheese
2 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. pepper
8-10 chicken breasts
1 1/3 c. evaporated milk
1 c. butter, melted

Sauce:
2 cans Italian-style stewed or diced tomatoes
2 Tbsp. cornstarch
1 tsp. Italian seasonings
2 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
1 tsp. salt

Directions:
Chicken:
In large, resealable bag or a shallow container, combine saltines, cheese, paprika, and pepper. Dip chicken in evaporated milk, then shake or dredge in saltine mixture. Pour butter into bottom of two 13×9 baking pans to coat. Arrange chicken, skin side down (if you left the skin on). Bake at 350F for 60-70 minutes or until chicken juices run clear, turning after 30 minutes. (I usually don’t turn the chicken.) Top with sauce (recipe included) and Parmesan cheese.

Sauce:
Combine all ingredients in a pot and heat through.

Dessert Winner – Andrea
Quick Chocolate Cherry Pie

Ingredients:
1 graham cracker pie crust
2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 (14oz) can condensed milk
½ teaspoon salt1 (21oz) can cherry pie filling
8 maraschino cherries, stemmed

Directions:
Place the chocolate chips, condensed milk and salt in a saucepan and heat over medium heat. Bring to a boil and stir continuously until blended through. Mix in the cherry pie filling and mix well. Let cool slightly and then pour intro prepared pie crust. Chill for approximately 3 to 4 hours and garnish with the maraschino cherries.

Congratulations to our winners! You will all be notified by email and our Mom’s Niche Prize Pack filled with all kinds of goodies will be sent directly to you.

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This week’s Thumbs Up Thursday goes out to Kristy Shreve Powers – she’s definitely a Busy Mama! She provides Busy Mama Guides as blog posts. They come in small increments so they can be read and digested easily and quickly – before the baby has time to pull that lamp down on top of himself!

One particular post that caught my eye was this one:
Kristy Shreve Powers: Busy Mama’s Survey Question: Do Your Kids Watch TV?
Thought provoking stuff – check it out and also check out the comments left by quite a few people.

You want my take on TV for kids? Well – I grew up watching TV. Sesame Street had just come out…Mr. Rogers was very popular…and who can forget the ever-popular Electric Company? Love Morgan Freeman to this day! All of these shows I mentioned are educational shows too. I think there can be fair balance between the good stuff and the crap on TV.

We limit our older 2 kids to one hour per day on their own – they usually make choices like That’s So Raven, Digimon and the like. The rest of their TV time is spent with us as a family. We’ll watch American Idol, Survivor or some other popular Reality Show.

The younger one takes delight in watching Sesame Street (love it!), Dora and Barney. When she was 2-1/2 years old, she started counting to me in Spanish. We’re not a bi-lingual household, so I know she learned it from Dora. That’s pretty cool! I can appreciate the things that she learns from these educational shows – like counting (in English and Spanish), colors, letters, songs and some good solid values. A lot of us are not fans of Barney, but you’ve gotta admit he does teach a lot of great stuff!

Let me know your thoughts on TV watching – I’m curious to know what you do in your house!

p.s. – I’m still up on the Top Momma site – thanks to all of you who have been voting for me 🙂

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Alright! My goal was to last a day and I did…baby steps, right?

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, go HERE and see my pic on the front page of the Top Momma website. You stay on this front page by people clicking on your pic. Check it out and vote for me 🙂

Okay – next goal…you got it, stay up there for today!

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I’m a Top Momma!

Click Here and click on my picture to vote for me.

The goal is to stay on the front page for as long as possible. I’m shooting for a day 🙂

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