Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Recipes of the Week

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Len, Holly Link (+ adorable kids), and Brooke!
Here are two delectable recipes of the week thanks to Holly!


1 pkg yellow cake mix
1pkg instant chocolate pudding
½ cup sugar
1 cup sour cream
¾ cup vegetable oil
¾ cup water
4 eggs
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Combine cake mix, sugar, and pudding mix. Add sour cream, oil, and water; mix well. Add eggs one at a time. Beat well after each addition. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour into greased and floured bunt cake pan. Bake at 350 for 50-55 minutes. When cool, sprinkle with powdered sugar or drizzle melted white chocolate on top.

1 package of smoked sausage with the skin 2 jars of Smuckers Apricot jelly Cut the smoked sausage into bite size pieces, put into a bowl with the jelly. Bake covered for 1 hour at 350. Pour easy into a crock pot set on warm. Have or bring toothpicks so people can use them to eat the smoked sausage with. A great and easy recipe!

Hit the Gym!

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This could be the perfect gym bag! Actually it's great for a trip, work or any time really. It has storage pockets for you cell, clothes, toiletries, water bottle, ID card, pens, and shoes! This bag even has a little mirror in one of the pockets. This bag is so amazing that Oprah recommends it, too, on her O List! The only catch? It's a splurge. It will set you back $70.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

90 Minutes in Heaven

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This is a great book recommended to us by pastor, Donna Barrett, at Rockside Church. It’s about a pastor who was on his way back from a conference and got hit by a vehicle. He was pronounced dead and for 90 minutes he visited heaven. Of course, his description of his experiences in heaven is incredible, but I was even more fascinated with his description of his return to earth and the immense amount of pain he came back to, his admission of wavering faith, anger, and depression, and finally, his road to recovery. It’s a great book to reaffirm one’s faith in heaven, or for someone who is going through an incredible amount of pain with no end in sight, or maybe for someone who is grieving the loss of a loved one. Loved it!

Holly Link

Monday, December 11, 2006

Cool New Agent Blue

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Neat new product! My kids love brushing now thanks to this mouthwash from Listerine. You just rinse! and the color clings to any areas with plaque. My boys have been excited to brush ever since!

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

The Forum is Up!

This is so exciting! Spread the word and check out the Mom Squad forum! Discuss what's on your mind and get to know others who share the same common ground. You have to register to be a member but it's quick, free, and easy to do! Click here:

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Snow Day Survival Kit

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With snow days upon us I like to keep a “snow bag” handy. I fill it with odds and ends, snow books, puzzles, games and other stuff for my boys to do when we are home from school. We also have a “snow day tradition” of lounging in our jammies and having breakfast in front of the T.V. Two things we never usually do! I also keep the ingredients handy so we can make snowball cookies together.

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Barb in Strongsville

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Recipe of the Week

I can't even tell you where I got this recipe, only that I put my own spin on it. It is super easy, and it goes over SO well at holiday parties... and it can also be given as a gift!

Thanks & God Bless!
Rena Hrivnak

8 oz cream cheese
3 c confectioner's sugar
3 c semi sweet chocolate chips, melted (or other flavor)
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (or other flavor)

Mix cream cheese until smooth. Gradually mix in confectioner's sugar until well blended. Stir in melted chocolate and vanilla until completely blended. Refrigerate for one hour . Shape into one inch balls, then roll or dip truffles in your favorite coatings! Be as creative as you want for presentation! Place finished truffle in a paper candy cup ( just like the paper cupcake cups but smaller) set out on a three tiered tray or if given as a gift layer in wax paper in a holiday candy box.

NOTE: To Coat the truffle you may also want crushed gram crackers, crushed nuts, baked coconut, chocolate sprinkles, melted chocolate to drizzle and dip ruffles in (Just let you imagination go with this!)
To Flavor the truffle use a different flavor chip ( butterscotch, white chocolate, etc) OR just use the semi sweet chocolate chips ,divide truffle mixture into thirds (omit the vanilla) and 1 tablespoon of liqueur flavoring such as almond, coffee, or orange flavoring and mix well.

December Mom Squad!!

It's a new month, and a new panel of mom's! A big THANK YOU to Susan, Paula, Holly, and Darlene who were the first ever mom's and did an unbelievable job! I know we will be hearing from them again! Thanks ladies for all the wonderful tidbits and time you shared.

The new mom's for December are:

Rena Hrivak from North Royalton

Barbara McGlaughlin from Strongsville

Holly Link from North Royalton.

Check back for lots of great posts from the new mom's!