Saturday, October 29, 2011

Tattoo Halloween Cupcakes - Home Demonstration

Easy Tattoo Halloween Cupcakes

1)  Bake Devils Food Cupcakes (use your favorite recipe)
2)  Top with Devilish cupcakes of your choice
3)   Place Halloween Tattoos (available @ Micheal's)  and done, get the party started !!

Oh no Mr. Bill SNL Spooky Halloween Cupcakes - Home Demonstration

This morning I made "Spooky Halloween Cupcakes" roughly following the example below-listed
 in this blog (title: Spooky Cupcakes). This project is super fun and will be taking them to the annual Halloween bash at my brother's house.  To decorate push peanut shaped peanut better cookies approx.  1/3 or so into each cupcake and frost cupcake and cookie (covering cookie).  To make eyes and mouth use black decorating gel or if you want to get really creative substitute gel with chocolate chips. I made ghosts with round mouths harkening back to memories of  SNL's Mr. Bill; lol

Friday, October 28, 2011

To Catch A Wild Pig

This parable is going around the Internet and I hope I have it correctly credited:

To Catch a Wild Pig - A Parable About Society That Offers Valuable Lessons for Leaders
BY FC Expert Blogger Norman WolfeWed Oct 22, 2008

A friend of mine sent me a wonderful piece called “Catching the Wild Pig”. For those of you who have never heard this parable (and I hadn’t until now), here it is:

A chemistry professor at a large college had some exchange students in the class. One day while the class was in the lab the Professor noticed one young man (exchange student) who kept rubbing his back, and stretching as if his back hurt. The professor asked the young man what was the matter. The student told him he had a bullet lodged in his back. He had been shot while fighting communists in his native country who were trying to overthrow his country's government and install a new communist government.

In the midst of his story he looked at the professor and asked a strange question. He asked, 'Do you know how to catch wild pigs?' The professor thought it was a joke and asked for the punch line. The young man said this was no joke. 'You catch wild pigs by finding a suitable place in the woods and putting corn on the ground. The pigs find it and begin to come every day to eat the free corn. When they are used to coming every day, you put a fence down one side of the place where they are used to coming. When they get used to the fence, they begin to eat the corn again and you put up another side of the fence. They get used to that and start to eat again.

You continue until you have all four sides of the fence up with a gate in the last side. The pigs, who are used to the free corn, start to come through the gate to eat; you slam the gate on them and catch the whole herd. Suddenly the wild pigs have lost their freedom. They run around and around inside the fence, but they are caught.

Soon they go back to eating the free corn. They are so used to it that they have forgotten how to forage in the woods for themselves, so they accept their captivity.

The young man then told the professor that is exactly what he sees happening to America. The government keeps pushing us toward socialism and keeps spreading the free corn out in the form of programs such as supplemental income, tax credit for unearned income, tobacco subsidies, dairy subsidies, payments not to plant crops (CRP), welfare, medicine, drugs, etc. While we continually lose our freedoms -- just a little at a time.

I found this an extremely fascinating and interesting parable and one I can totally endorse. For we must guard carefully not to fall into the trap of being so dependent on the government that we lose our sense of responsibility for our live and even worse, the very spark of life.

Yet, this also brings me to the recognition that we are caught in a rather interesting dilemma are we not. While I agree with the “trap” of the wild pig and the problems that presents, we are also experiencing what happens when you let the pigs (pun intended) run wild (the effect of too much de-regulation for example) and the effects it has on our society overall. – Anyone enjoying the financial crisis we are in? So the real question, (and I believe the true answer) lies in how do we find the right balance.

The trouble we have in our political system is we keep running back and forth between taming the wild pigs and letting them run wild. Wildness is good for creativity, entrepreneurialism, and the like. You want the free flow of energy to stimulate new innovation. And yet when you have unbounded flow of energy you have chaos, which then has to correct itself. As we learn to work with the powerful flow of societal energies, I believe we can learn to modulate the unbounded flow of energy while not reaching the point of constraining it to where we are limiting its flow.

When are we ever going to get a leader that understands the need for balance and stop with the rhetoric of polar opposite making one side wrong and the other right (and I don’t care which side we are talking about). Is it not time for us to have true leadership in this country, and in our companies. Leadership that can connect deeply with the soul of the entity (be it our country or our companies) and guide the energy that flows from there in a balanced way so that we are contributing effectively to our society and our planet?

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Bargain Alert: You may receive a free movie ticket when you spend $10+ at World Market locations until 10/28et

Get a free movie ticket when you spend $10+ at World Market locations until 10/28, for details visit World Market Offer

We Are Wall Street Letter Circulating Internet

We Are Wall Street Letter Circulating Internet

“We are Wall Street. It’s our job to make money. Whether it’s a commodity, stock, bond, or some hypothetical piece of fake paper, it doesn’t matter. We would trade baseball cards if it were profitable. I didn’t hear America complaining when the market was roaring to 14,000 and everyone’s 401k doubled every 3 years. Just like gambling, its not a problem until you lose. I’ve never heard of anyone going to Gamblers Anonymous because they won too much in Vegas.
Well now the market crapped out, & even though it has come back somewhat, the government and the average Joes are still looking for a scapegoat. God knows there has to be one for everything. Well, here we are.
Go ahead and continue to take us down, but you’re only going to hurt yourselves. What’s going to happen when we can’t find jobs on the Street anymore? Guess what: We’re going to take yours. We get up at 5am & work till 10pm or later. We’re used to not getting up to pee when we have a position. We don’t take an hour or more for a lunch break. We don’t demand a union. We don’t retire at 50 with a pension. We eat what we kill, and when the only thing left to eat is on your dinner plates, we’ll eat that.
For years teachers and other unionized labor have had us fooled. We were too busy working to notice. Do you really think that we are incapable of teaching 3rd graders and doing landscaping? We’re going to take your cushy jobs with tenure and 4 months off a year and whine just like you that we are so-o-o-o underpaid for building the youth of America. Say goodbye to your overtime and double time and a half. I’ll be hitting grounders to the high school baseball team for $5k extra a summer, thank you very much.
So now that we’re going to be making $85k a year without upside, Joe Mainstreet is going to have his revenge, right? Wrong! Guess what: we’re going to stop buying the new 80k car, we aren’t going to leave the 35 percent tip at our business dinners anymore. No more free rides on our backs. We’re going to landscape our own back yards, wash our cars with a garden hose in our driveways. Our money was your money. You spent it. When our money dries up, so does yours.
The difference is, you lived off of it, we rejoiced in it. The Obama administration and the Democratic National Committee might get their way and knock us off the top of the pyramid, but it’s really going to hurt like hell for them when our fat a**es land directly on the middle class of America and knock them to the bottom.
We aren’t dinosaurs. We are smarter and more vicious than that, and we are going to survive. The question is, now that Obama & his administration are making Joe Mainstreet our food supply…will he? and will they?”

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Message to Oakland PD: Okay tough guy boo-boo kitty will save the Oakland Police Department From Basement Boy

Okay tough guy

boo boo kitty and I will save the Oakland Police Department
from Basement Boy

Bargain Alert: Publix Penny Item: October 26 or October 27

Middle Tennessee Publix penny item Day is Wednesday, in some areas it shall be Thursday (check your local store to be sure)  This week it is Publix Peanut Butter.  To obtain the penny item purchase $10 of merchandise. Some stores require that you clip the coupon from the newspaper; our local Publix does not require that you have the coupon.  The penny item is usually found near checkout or ask customer service.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Homemade Vanilla Extract


2 bottles Vodka  (I am using Smirnoff vodka) 30% proof or less, cost = $28.51

Vanilla Beans   1/2 LB Gourmet A Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans 6-7"  )  Extract grade or better vanilla beans  (I purchased gourmet....see link above) Cost = $26.99 plus shipping
*** Note 1/4 LB. would have been sufficient, reseal for later use (think vanilla sugar)

Sterile Knife

Sterile Cutting Board

Sterile Gloves

6 Vanilla Beans for every two cups Vodka;  poured  approximately 3/4 from each bottle (and poured into sterile Mason jar) to make room for vanilla beans. Cut  vanilla beans long way leaving approximately an inch and insert into bottles, so that vanilla beans remains intact. Open to expose caviar. At minimum, allow two months for extract to develop in a cool dark place, over time, the richer the color the stronger the extract. Shake vigorously day 1 and then give it a little shake every 1-3 days. 

After a couple of months extract should have rich beautiful color and be ready to use, however, if time allows mixture may sit a few more weeks ~ ~ months.  At this time you may strain it into small bottles for gifts.  You may put a vanilla bean in each bottle so that the extract will keep gaining in flavor and you may top off your extract periodically w/vodka to replenish.
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Disclaimer:  Check with a qualified MD before trying any new food or drink substance and have any gift recipient do the same.  Do not drink vanilla extract nor leave with an unsupervised minor.  Please see companion disclaimer @ bottom of blog.

Spooky Cupcakes

1 (18.25-ounce) box Devil's food cake mix
1 1/4 cups buttermilk*
1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter melted
3 Land O Lakes® All-Natural Eggs
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
24 peanut-shaped peanut butter sandwich cookies
Black decorator gel or icing

Heat oven to 350°F. Place paper baking cups into 24 muffin pan cups; set aside.

Combine all cupcake ingredients in large bowl. Beat at low speed until blended. Increase speed to medium; beat until batter is thick and well combined.

Spoon batter evenly into prepared muffin pan cups. Bake for 17 to 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool in pan 5 minutes. Remove to wire cooling rack; cool completely.

Combine all frosting ingredients in medium bowl. Beat at medium speed until creamy.

Working with 1 cupcake and 1 cookie at a time. Push end of cookie 1/3 of way into each cupcake; frost cupcake. Spread frosting in front of and up onto cookie to give ghost a smooth look. Add eyes and mouth to cookie using black gel or icing.

*Substitute 5 teaspoons vinegar or lemon juice and enough milk to equal 1 1/4 cups; let stand 5 minutes. 

Thank you Landolakes O' Lakes

Vanilla Sugar Recipe, Gift

After scraping seeds from vanilla bean, add empty vanilla bean pod to 2 cups sugar. Cover; store at room temperature in container with tight-fitting lid. Vanilla sugar made with vanilla extract or vanilla bean can be used for baking or sprinkled on fresh fruit, yogurt or in tea.

Recipe Tip
Vanilla sugar can be stored after drying in a container with a tight-fitting lid.

Thanks:  Land Of Lakes

Second Method For Vanilla Sugar Gift from My Own Labels

"In an airtight container, combine  sugar (aka “sugar in the raw”) with one or two whole vanilla beans. A good rule to follow here is that you should use one vanilla bean per every two cups of sugar, so if you have a larger jar, adjust your vanilla bean count accordingly.
Let the jar sit for two to three weeks, lightly shaking the contents every couple of days or so. When ready, the sugar will be infused with the essence of vanilla. The vanilla beans can then be removed and reused for other purposes because they will have remained whole and undamaged in the container. She uses this particular type of vanilla sugar in coffee, or to sprinkled over pies and cookies. The sugar crystals are large and defined, so  it works best as a topping, and it gives a nice flavor boost as rimming on cocktail glasses as well."

Bargain Alert: Publix Weekly Advertisement beginning October, 26 or October 27 including sales and matchups

The below listed link will take you Publix weekly Advertisement, including sales and matchups. 

Publix weekly ad 10/26 or 27- 11/2 or 11/3

Thank you Jenny @ Southern Savers

Bargain Alert: Woman’s Day Magazine only $3.99/Year

 Woman's Day Magazine: $3.99/year (up to 3 years) with code KRAZY

Thank you:  Krazy Coupon Lady

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Custom Christmas Cards Ordered: Vistaprint 10 cents per customized card, first 20 cards

Customized and reordered Christmas Cards today; Saved $43.59, spent $25.48 (50 Custom Christmas Cards, with Matching Return Address Envelopes and 140 matching stickers)You may totally customize the card (front and inside), photograph and verse. Fun home project and order early enough to save shipping and sweat on your brow :)

To receive this deal visit  I don't know how long this deal will last so get it while it is hot!

Retro: Birthday, Christmas, Shower, Hostess Gift Ideas: Home Demonstration

Today I'm putting together some gift ideas for Christmas, Birthday, Shower, Favors, and Hostess Gifts.  Today I'm putting together (New) retro recipe cards card gifts.


Retro Recipe Cards  (Purchased @ Michaels)
Two Balls Yarn (Your Choice of Color) (I buy the "pound" balls and this time purchased the white yarn on clearance because apparently someone unwrapped it or damaged it in some way)

I alternate pink and white yarn because it is cute and girly like these retro cards.  Simply cut the yarn into strips for bows and wrap yarn around a group of two or three cards and that is it, you are finished and can pull them out when you are ready to use them.  Super Cute in a baking gift basket as well. There will be tons of yarn left for dozens of projects.

Finished Project:

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Bargain Alert: Flirty Aprons 50% sale through September 23, Midnight, Great Christmas Gifts, SUPER CUTE, Use Coupon Code FlashWeekend

Details From Flirty Aprons Website: 

Original Aprons: These durable, double-layered aprons were designed with the real woman in mind. Long, thick waist ties and a unique pattern allow women to adjust the tie length. Resulting in REAL WOMEN of every size, not just models, looking beautiful and feeling great.  

  • 50% off normal price (when coupon code is applied)
  • Limited amount available - Offer ends 10/23 midnight (MST)
  • Discount only applies to Aqua Damask, Scarlet Blossom, Chic Pink
  • Cannot be used with any other offer
Click Link Below To Visit Their Website: 
Flirty Aprons Flash Sale

PS:  Be Sure To Sign Up For Their Emails So That You May Get Their Sales Through Email :)

Friday, October 21, 2011

Homemade Baked Pasta: Frugal Recipe

Photograph of Homemade Baked Pasta (I doubled the recipe so we will  have weekend leftovers) that we made for Friday Night Dinner: 

I found this recipe on Southern Savers Website, Frugal Recipe of The Week, submitted by Lea, her blog is Thou Shalt Not Pay Retail

  • Ground beef,
  • Shredded Mozzerella or Italian Blend Cheese - 2c
  • 1/2 Box Pasta - I prefer Penne, Ziti or Rotini
  • 1 Can/Jar Pasta Sauce, 24oz.
  • Bread of choice

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cook 1/2 box of pasta (1/2lb), drain and set aside.
  3. Brown 1/2 lb Ground Beef (I like to add minced garlic, salt, pepper and Italian seasonings, gives the meat a great flavor), drain.
  4. Mix cooked pasta, meat, jar of pasta sauce and 1 and 1/2 cup shredded cheese. Mix well.
  5. Pour into 2.5 quart casserole dish, cover with foil. Bake for 45 minutes.
  6. Uncover, top with remaining 1/2 cup shredded cheese, and bake uncovered for another 10 min, or until cheese is melted and golden brown.
  7. Makes 6 servings. Serve with Texas Toast garlic bread, and if you're feeling feisty, some steamed veggies
Thanks Lea :)

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Christmas Gift Ideas; Atlas Shrugged Special Edition Blu-Ray

"Atlas Shrugged Special Edition Blu-Ray,  combines ALL of the exclusive content from ALL of the Special Edition DVDs (and then some), will not be available for pre-order until mid-November with a release date pending for late November."

Atlas Shrugged Special Edition Blu-Ray DVD  Available for Pre-Order Mid November

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

For Those Abused & Used by Destructive Malignant Narcissist Parents

Bargain Alert: Publix Penny Item (Wednesday 10/19 or Thursdy 10/20)

Middle Tennessee Publix penny item Day is Wednesday, in some areas it shall be Thursday (check your local store to be sure)  This week it is a 4 Pack of Green Wise Toilet Paper.  To obtain the penny item purchase $10 of merchandise. Some stores require that you clip the coupon from the newspaper; our local Publix does not require that you have the coupon.  The penny item is usually found near checkout or ask customer service.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

All the Usual Suspects Occupy Nashville, Occupy Wallstreet, Thugs, SlothInc., Socialists, Communists + Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Seyed Ali Hoseyni Khamenei a/k/a Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Don't blink twice click the below-referenced link: 

Occupy Wallstreet - Hello Hitlers Germany  from Occupy Nashville's facebook of a speech by  the "Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Seyed Ali Hoseyni Khamenei, Supreme Leader of Iran's Islamic Revolution"a/k/a Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in solidarity with Occupy Wallstreet/Waste our Tax Money keeping useful idiots safe and cleaning up their filth.   Khamenei’s speech, really! Please take the time to read this anti-Semitic speech.

An idea for you useful idiots, go to Iran, bang your drums and play your idiotic music in the streets of Iran, with your heads uncovered...... heck yea  have sex with people you just met in the street and throw your rubbers in the air "like you just don't care," and you will soon find what freedom is NOT, you will learn soon enough how the patron of the 12 Imam (12th-imam) and "Prophet" Muhammad deals with freedom of speech, expression and exhibitionism.  Also see Article from Front Page Mag, Khamenei Cheers On Wallstreet.  

 "Islamic Dress Police" Islamic Dress Police (Sisters of Zeynab) are hitting Iranian Women

Historic Photographs Iran Revolution

Occupy useful idiots apparently "think" they know what they are asking for but obviously do not, if you want an Islamic State, Socialist State, Communist State, etc. you are asking for no freedom and if you think you have it bad now (as you stand there in your expensive grunge holding your $500- Up tele.) just wait until those serving up food, drinks, signs, etc. become your masters as happens with all revolutions, you will be lucky to have a pink play phone and something better to eat once every month or so than unions that you can find growing wild in the grass.  

Monday, October 17, 2011

Hain Pure Foods Baking Powder: Gluten Free and Low or No Salt

If you are looking for healthy, low sodium baking alternatives one place to cut down on salt content in by substituting baking powder with gluten free Featherweight Baking Powder.

Gluten free and sodium free, this leavening ingredient can be used in favorite recipes to produce light and fluffy cakes, breads, pancakes and more. Available in a convenient canister, it is ideal for everyone including those with gluten sensitivity.   May be purchased or ordered from GNC or order direct (link provided below)

Hain Pure Foods

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Caregivers Marketplace Rebates: For those caring for ill, elderly disabled family member

Our mission is to ease some of the financial burden of caring for an ill, elderly, and/ or disabled family member or friend.

As you are probably aware, private health insurance, Medicare and Medicaid do not cover the cost of common products used in daily living. Items used for bathing, skin care, bath safety, incontinence, nutrition and aids for daily living are necessary to maintain a high quality of life for the person receiving care. At the same time, regular purchase of these products can become expensive. That is where The Caregivers Marketplace™ steps in.

Our one-of-a-kind program provides cash back on eligible products used every day to provide care. We do not sell the products directly. Instead, we offer cash back to you when you buy eligible products anywhere they are sold. All you need to do to receive cash back on your purchases is print a cash back request form, shop for eligible products and send in your original receipts with the completed cash back request form. Once verified, your cash back check will arrive in the mail within 4-6 weeks. It's that simple!
Thank you Caregivers Marketplace 
Click above-mentioned link for further information.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Flight Attendants From the1950's, 1960's - AMAZING - They all look like models + Flight Attendant Barbie (1961)

Gorgeous flights attendants from yesteryear; they look like runway models. Wow has travel changed; Can't imagine a flight attendant in a designer uniform.

Flight Attendant Barbie

1950's Advertisement for flight attendant:

Click to see many more photo's

Flight attendants from the 1960's - AMAZING

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Sweet Wise (Middle Tennessee) Cake, Cupcakes, Etc. Decorating Lessons

Signed up for my first class with Sweet Wise and will report once complete; Looks like great fun.   Sweet Wise is located in middle Tennessee (map below-listed).   I've been decorating cakes since age 13;  it will be fun to brush up skills and learn new techniques.  Thanks to my sweet hubby for buying this lesson. 

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Sweet Wise offers the most cutting edge, get-down-to business cake decorating classes that you can find in Nashville or nationwide. We bring in instructors that know the business and can teach you the business. We don't follow one specific cake decorating method from one tool manufacturer. We have created our own, specialized methods based on our own experience. We not only bring in experienced local professionals, but also celebrities like Roland Mesnier from the White House, and Michelle Bommarito, Andrew Shotts, and Keegan Gerhard from the Food Network. We offer tools from best manufacturers and cutting edge techniques to use them.

Classes are generally 2-3 hours, with NO series of sessions, to fit your busy schedule. The classes are fun and entertaining, and offer instant gratification with a quickly learned set of skills. For those who prefer one on one attention or have more demanding schedules, we offer private lessons as well.
To visit their website click  sweetwise

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Bargain Alert: FREE Pink Bakeware Set at Publix from P&G!

Purchase $25 in Procter & Gamble products in the same transaction and get a Free Pink Bakeware set. 
Set includes:
3 Piece Mixing Bowl Set w/ Lids
Oven Glove
3 Piece Measuring Cup Set
Silicone Baking Sheet
Tin Cookie Sheet
Purchase $25 in the same transaction (same receipt) between 9/28 and 10/31.  Limit one set per household.

My Coupon Expert  & Jenny @ Southern Savers

Bargain Alert: Free Gift Cards @ CVS when you spend $30 on participating items weekly (October 16-December 25)

BIG BARGAIN ALERT!!  Beginning Sunday, October 16 through December 25, 2011, you can earn $10 gift cards to Macy’s, Gap, Applebee’s, Shell Stations, American Express, Barnes & Noble or CVS every week simply by spending $30 on products clearly marked as part of the “Earn Free Gift Cards” promotion.  

Thank you Jenny @ Southern Savers

Monday, October 10, 2011

Beauty: New Product Reviews

Before plopping down your hard earned $$ for products try these review sites:


Nearly every manufacturer has pricier,  newer, better, bigger and better products recommended by their "experts."  Checkout these reviews on these sites to see if those who have purchased agree. ;)