Applebee’s Wood Fire Grill Is What We Are Having For Dinner

With our busy lives it is great to have a night out to dinner and to be able to sit down and to have a real meal with no mess. We normally do dinner at home or drive thru as we are always on the go doing something. Applebee’s is always a family favorite as we all can find a great meal to eat.

Spinach & Artichoke DipI ordered the Spinach & Artichoke Dip while we looked over the menu. Our son’s girlfriend was with hubby and I for dinner and she never had this before.  I can now say she loves Spinach & Artichoke Dip.

Menu After going through the whole menu we all chose to get the USDA Choice Top Sirloin steak and two delectable sides for just $9.99. We all got the steaks the way we wanted them cooked and the two sides of our choice. One side we all got was the Crispy Cheddar Bacon Potatoes to try since they are new. I also got the House Salad for $3.49 extra.

Applebee's wood fire grill

The food was great and we all enjoyed our wood fire grill steaks. Our son’s girlfriend tried the Maple Pecan Mashed Sweet Potatoes and this was her first time trying  them, She wasn’t a big fan of them but we were proud she tried something new. The server did bring her an order of fries at no charge.

Applebee'sTo get the word out about Applebee’s wood fire grill menu I am able to give away two $25 gift cards. Want a night out and a great dinner than enter below for a chance to win a night out.

Now for the giveaway: Two lucky people will win a $25 Applebee’s Gift Card. This is open to US and ends 11/12/16 @ 11:59 pm est. To enter, Simply do the tasks on the Giveaway Tools widget below and you’re set to have a chance to win! Remember you can’t win if you don’t enter. It only takes one entry to win!

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DSCN0523The moment your 16yr old son kisses your cheek and your heart melts.

I had to take an unexpected medical leave

DSCN3137I got sick over night. I went to bed feeling fine and woke up with a crushing headache. I went to the ER and was found to have blood clots on my brain. From there my life for 30 days is a blur. I had 2 brain surgerys and they have caused me to loose my eye sight. I can only see out of my right eye.

HoneyBaked Ham For The Holiday #HoneyBakedHoliday

honeybaked HamHoneyBaked has a wide variety of delicious options to create your perfect Holiday dinner.
A classic HoneyBaked Ham, Whole Turkey or Turkey Breast:
Bone-In Half Ham (7-12 lbs., Serves up to 20)
Quarter Ham (4.5 – 7 lbs., Serves 6-10)
Boneless Ham (Approx. 4 lbs, Serves 8-10)
Whole HoneyBaked Ham (13-16 lbs., Serves up to 30)
Ham Slices (available by the pound)
Whole Turkey (11-13 lbs., Serves 10-12)
Roasted or Smoked Turkey Breast (Approx. 3 lbs., Serves 6-8)
Heat & Share Sides: As the name implies, all you have to do is heat them right in the package, then share with your lucky guests. And with so many to choose from, it's easy to make everyone happy, but you definitely cannot pass up the signature Sweet Potato Soufflé.
Dessert of your choice, I did the Bananas Foster.

DSCN0011I had family that came over for a long over due family reunion holiday dinner and I was excited to see everyone. I didn't want to be stuck in the kitchen all day having to cook a big meal. I knew I could turn to the HoneyBaked Ham store in Grand Rapids, MI for help. I went with the bone in ham and boneless smoked turkey. I also got mashed cauliflower and orange basil glazed carrots as my heat and serve sides. The mashed cauliflower was great and I can't wait to get it again. The desert that I got was the bananas Foster bread pudding. I had no problems picking out my food at the HoneyBaked Ham store and was in and out with in a few minutes.

DSCN0066I really loved the fact that I was able to focus on spending time with my family and not having to be in the kitchen cooking. My family loved the food and it was all the rave. I was having so much fun talking and enjoying my time with my family I almost forgot to take pictures! I was able to catch a few during meal time.

DSCN0060Here is my dinner plate and with everyone bringing a dish to pass there was more than enough food for everyone. I have always been pleased with my food from HoneyBaked Ham and this time I was extremely pleased with the time it gave me to spend with my family that I hadn't seen in years. So how can HoneyBaked Ham help you this holiday?


From now until 1/11/15 you can enter to win a $25,000 HoneyBaked Kitchen Makeover when you buy a Ham and Turkey Breast bundle. Check out this amazing limited time coupon for $8.00 off any Bone-in Ham and Turkey Breast or Boneless Ham and Turkey Breast from HoneyBaked Ham to help you make your holiday dinner easy and delicious! (This offer is valid only at the following locations: Rolling Meadows, Orland Park, Villa Park, Morton Grove, Naperville, Chicago, Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Plano, Mesquite, Hurst, Lewisville, Houston, Austin, Spring, Clear Lake, Sugar Land, Indianapolis, Ferndale, Grand Rapids, Roseville, Birmingham, Troy, West Bloomfield, Livonia, Flint, Dearborn Heights, Sterling Heights, Taylor, Ann Arbor, Canton Township, Oklahoma City, Pittsburgh, Mechanicsburg, Monroeville, San Antonio, Bellevue, and Lynnwood. For store addresses click here.)

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The #BauliBakeOff Holiday Contest

695823_9b288c3675fd3933f392ab6312bbd013You can enter the The #BauliBakeOff Holiday Contest daily. To enter share a photo on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the hashtag #BauliBakeOff and show us how YOU are dressing up your Bauli Pandoro and Panettone this holiday season. The giveaway is open only to individuals who are at least twenty one (21) years of age at the time of entry, who are legal U.S. residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia. Please read the Official Rules for the full details. Giveaway extended til 12/25/14

Weekly: Win a copy of Celebrity Chef Fabio Viviani’s new cookbook along with Bauli Pandoro and Panettone.
Grand Prize: Win an all expenses-paid weekend trip for two (2) to Chicago, Miami or Los Angeles, which will include a dining experience at Fabio Viviani’s restaurant, followed by a Meet & Greet with Fabio himself after dinner.

DSCN0149The moment I saw the Pandoro I knew I wanted to do a decorated Whoville themed. I used a whip cream frosting and Christmas decorations. When finished everyone couldn't wait to try it out. We put up our Christmas tree and ate my Whoville Pandoro.

If you can kindly vote for my Whoville submission I would greatly appreciate it, Thanks.

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Grand Prize Winner – Give you Baby a Fresh Start with Purex & One Step Ahead Sweepstakes!

I can finally tell you all that I was a Grand Prize Winner in the  Give you Baby a Fresh Start with Purex & One Step Ahead Sweepstakes!


Dear SaraLee,

Congratulations! You are the Grand Prize winner of the Give Your Baby a Fresh Start with Purex & One Step Ahead! Sweepstakes.

The Grand Prize winner receives a $1,000 Gift Certificate from One Step Ahead, a one year supply of Purex Baby Detergent, and a 1-year supply of Purex Crystals.

Grand Prize Approximate Retail Value (ARV): $1,120.00

If we do not receive a response in 3 business days, a new winner of the prize will be chosen.

We look forward to your response!

Thank you for participating!


The Purex Team

Purex SweepsI had this giveaway posted on my site and I entered it maybe 10 times. I was very happy to know that I can still win on a Sweepstakes. I win on instant wins all the time but haven't won a sweepstakes in a long time.

GP WinI feel very blessed to have won this as the check came just in time for my trip to Bloggy Con 2014 with my family. Now we will be able to enjoy our trip better. I also now will have nice smelling clothes and my niece will laundry soap for her clothes.

~ Good Luck & Happy Sweepstaking!!!! ~

SinfulColors SILK + SATIN Nail Polish

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SILK + SATIN: A New Demi-Matte Collection for Summer
Slip into summer with this sinfully luxurious new nail polish collection from SinfulColors. This NEW demi-matte silk texture in summer brights is a must have fashion accessory. In rich matte shades and lustrous textures, they're guaranteed to add a little sunshine to your summer style. The SinfulColors Silk + Satin collection features sultry blues, pale banana yellow, fruity coral, even soft silver. And, for a glamorous twist, add SinfulColors Clear Topcoat on tips, or in creative designs to add a satin shine to these stunning silk shades.
The six silky hues from the Silk + Satin SinfulColors collection clearly indicates a bright summer forecast ahead.
Matte About Blue: A matte-nificent cornflower blue
Pipaya: A soft flash of coral
Prime Purple: A delicate dose of lilac
Real Teal: A quiet mermaid green
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Solar Flux: A subtle touch of yellow

SinfulColors Silk + Satin, $1.99 Walgreens and other mass retailers for July 2014.

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I get my nails done all the time, so when I get a chance to review nail polish I am all about it. The SinfulColors SILK + SATIN nail polish collection colors are right up my alley. I go all out for my nails and love getting them designed. The tips all have a color from the SinfulColors SILK + SATIN nail polish collection. The polish goes on smooth and the colors look great. The polish is at a price that everyone can afford and sold a Walgreens. I even got my toes done with the Real Teal color.

You can connect with SinfulColors on Facebook & Twitter

toes paintedNow for the giveaway: Six lucky people will win a SinfulColors Silver Solutions nail polish. This is open to US and ends 8/07/14 @ 11:59 pm est. To enter, Simply do the tasks on the Giveaway Tools widget below and you're set to have a chance to win! Remember you can't win if you don't enter. It only takes one entry to win!

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Mom’s All Homemade 4th of July Cookout

Table all setMy mom loves to cook and bake. When ever there is a holiday my mom will have us over for dinner. Everything my mom makes is all homemade and you can taste it. This time my mom had my extra camera and did step by step pictures, so I could do a post on my site. The following is all pretty much my mom's work. I am just putting the post together for her. My mom will show you how to make Potato salad, Macaroni salad, Pistachio pudding salad and quick and easy corn on the cob.

Potatoe Salad6 to 8 Potatoes boiled in their skins — cool to room temperature then refrigerate in their skins ( this keeps the starch in the potatoes )
6 to 8 eggs boiled, peeled refrigerated

Salad saucePotato Salad:
Peel potatoes and cube
Slice eggs in half, put yokes in food processor for silky smooth sauce (keep 2 eggs to slice over top of the finished salad)
pulse the yokes till they are fine crumbles then add:
1 cup mayo
2 tablespoons mustard
1 teaspoon garlic salt
Pulse to combine into a silky sauce
salt and pepper to taste
Add sliced celery, radishes and minced onions to taste. I like a lot of veggies so I slice at least 4 or 5 ribs of celery, 3 radishes and I mince up about 1/2 onion really fine so my picky daughter cannot see it!!
Gently stir all together in a really big bowl – slice the 2 remaining eggs and lay on top then sprinkle with paprika

Potato SaladMacaroni Salad:
Same sauce as for potato salad
Boil 1 – 16oz. box of any shape pasta and cool ( do not rinse ) We need the starch on the pasta.
Boil eggs, peel and refrigerate then follow steps as above
I add the same veggies as for potato salad, then add 1/2 pound of cubed ham and 1/4 pound of cubed Colby/Jack cheese
Stir gently and top with slice eggs, dust with paprika

Macaroni SaladKeeping the starch in the potatoes and on the pasta helps to prevent the salads from getting watery. Remember: if you have a picky eater that you must chop the veggies very small, my picky girl is 34 years old and hates her veggies !! Hope you enjoy these.

Pistachio Pudding SaladPistachio Pudding Salad:
1 small box instant pistachio pudding mixed well with 1  lg.can of crushed pineapple and the juice
than add 3/4 cup finely chopped pecans, a large amount ( 1/2 bag) of mini marshmallows multi colored is my daughters favorite and 8oz. of cool whip. Stir gently and put in serving vessel. For those of us old enough – this used to be called the WATERGATE SALAD.

Pistachio Pudding SaladMicrowave cornNow for the corn on the cob. After you husk your corn and clean it you can wrap it plastic wrap. Make sure to cut strips of paper towel for easy opening. Do not, I repeat DO NOT put butter on the corn. If you do the plastic wrap will melt. After your corn is all wrapped you can put it in the microwave. You microwave for 3 minutes then turn it and go for another 3 minutes and then serve. The corn is done to perfection.

microwave cornMom's baked goods

Mom made cup cakes and Blue Berry Buckle

BBQ chickenMom's secret to the perfect BBQ chicken is to par boil it first and while still warm put it in a sealable dish and seal it with your BBQ sauce. When the chicken cools it will suck the sauce in. Then you put it on the grill to warm it up and to give it that grilled taste.

my plateThis was my dinner plate and I had BBQ chicken, grilled pork loin, potato & mac salad.

Mom's plateThis is my mom's dinner plate and she had black stuffed olives.

Hubby & IAfter dinner we went downtown to watch the fireworks. The day was great and I was able to spend quality time with my family and friends

FireworksDowntown in Grand Rapids, Michigan 2014

My Wins Received as of 4/28/14

I have been an avid sweepstaker for years and really enjoy entering to win. I set a side about 2 hours a day just for entering sweepstakes and instant win games. Entering is a lot like playing the lotto, You might not win often but you have to enter to be able to win. When you do win it feels like winning the lotto. Here is my way of showing that you do get the prizes you win most of the time. Also if I win I try to post them on my site so you can win too. All giveaways I enter are posted on my giveaway linky.

Suave Radiant Wishes SweepsSuave Radiant Wishes Sweepstakes was a Facebook giveaway that ended 3/2/14. I won a free product coupon.

silverado solar chargerI have no clue where I won this from 🙁 I could of won it from a sweepstakes or a blog. The note only said prize fulfillment.

coupon and spongeThis day I got a coupon to try Seafood Sensations for my cats. They love it! I also got the sponges that hubby & I won from The Libman "Clean It Forward" Sweepstakes that I had posted about.

 GUM Dual Action Tongue CleanerI got the free Sunstar GUM Dual Action Tongue Cleaner by entering the Sunstar GUM Sweepstakes on Facebook

SkinnycowHere are the coupons that hubby & I won from the SKINNY COW Resolve To Indulge Sweepstakes & Instant Win Game that I posted about.

tvwinHere is my TV from the Reese’s NCAA March Madness Make The Crowd Go Wild Instant Win Game that I posted about.

Jersey winHere is my Jersey that I won from the Heineken UEFA Champions League “Match Your Ticket Half” Promotion that I posted about.

MnMcouponsHere is the coupons that hubby and I won from the M&M Share Your All Time Favorites Instant Win Game that I posted about.


~~ Remember to always enter and never to give up. I might enter over 500 sweepstakes daily and only win one or two a week. Please let my wins inspire you. ~~

Bonefish Grill Restaurant in Grand Rapids MI

bonefish_happinesshereTMMy husband and I had never ate at Bonefish Grill until last weekend. We went on a Sunday and even though it's not mandatory I would highly recommend calling ahead and making a reservation. I did not do this but only had to wait 10 minutes before we were seated. The restaurant doesn't have a mandatory dress code but I would suggest dressing up a little. I still wore jeans with a nice shirt. 

Hubby & IHubby and I for our dinner date and we didn't even plan on matching but we did. I let my long hang down for this date.The Parking at the Bonefish grill in Grand Rapids MI isn't the best as there is a round about drop off right in front of the entrance and parking spots are a little walk. I would suggest if your handicap to get dropped off at the door or if your spoiled like me, My husband dropped me off at the door so I didn't have to walk through the snow.

BFG Imperial DipFor starters we ordered the BFG Imperial Dip: creamy with crab meat, shrimp + scallops served with crispy flatbread chips. Now at first hubby and I didn't know what to expect as we have never tried anything like this before. The dip smelled great and we dug in.

The big chunks of shrimpThe BFG Imperial Dip had very nice size pieces of shrimp, crab meat & scallops. The dip tasted great and is well worth a try. Hubby and I really liked it and can't wait to go back and have it again. The crispy flatbread chips were a nice touch as they didn't fill you up before your main course.

Bread with Pesto dipping sauceBread with Pesto dipping sauce

We then got a hot loaf of bread with Pesto dipping sauce. The bread and sauce were a great touch.

Corn Chowder Corn Chowder Hubby got the Corn Chowder + Lump Crab with a hint of bacon. Hubby said he really liked the taste of the Corn Chowder and before I knew it he had it gone.

Bonefish Caesar house-made I got the Bonefish Caesar house-made salad with garlic croutons. The Caesar salad tasted great and was very filling.

feb2013 024feb2013 028I got the Sirloin *+ Crab Cake Dinner which is a 6 oz “center cut” sirloin + jumbo lump crab cake, Then I choose French Green Beans as my side. I got my steak well done and it was perfect. The steak just fell apart and was very tasty. The steak had no grizzly parts at all. I was very pleased with my steak.

feb2013 030The crab cake was my first ever and it tasted great. The flavors of the crab cake are kinda fishy but not over powering.

feb2013 025My husband got the Angler’s Steak *USDA Choice sirloin 11 oz and choose Garlic Whipped Potatoes as his side. Hubby got his steak medium well and was cooked to perfection. The potatoes were very light and tasted great.

feb2013 010Our dinner was great and was a great place for our date night. Our total bill was $60+ and we only had pop with our dinner. Hubby and I feel the service and food shows in the quality for the price. I plan on going back and would recommend this place for one to try.

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