Thursday, May 31, 2012

Enter to Win a Subscription to Ladies Home Journal from Purex and Enter to Win a Free Coupon Too!

Now through June 22, 2012 you can enter to win a free subscription to Ladies Home Journal magazine from Purex.

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Disclaimer:  I was sent free coupons in conjunction with the Let's Be Honest campaign to giveaway in my blog from Purex.

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Squidoo Hopping--Getting Closer

I am getting closer on my notebook change over.  21 lenses left that need some updating before I make them a page in my new notebook where I am keeping the lenses in alphabetical order.   I am getting there.  I can't wait to be done with them all.  I then plan on going down that list I've made of different ways to update.....start at the front of the notebook and go through until every one has each update.  Makes sense to me, and will keep me plenty busy updating for 2 or 3 more years!  Of course I do have several lenses that get updated on a regular basis anyway.

On my Charity lens I am adding to it as I see lenses of my own with the donation module in it for a charity that I didn't get there before they took the module away from us.  I am also adding as I am seeing these modules on others lenses as well.  For me, I want to know what each charity is all about.  I mix and match what I am giving to all across the board.  I try to match the subject of my lens as best I can to a charity, but if not that is when I choose something else like March of Dimes or ASPCA etc.

I joined another squidoo facebook page last night.  This one will do a daily, post your lowest ranking lens.  Of course the ones at the bottom of my list are ones that I've not gotten any updating done to yet.

I've made myself a goal of building at least one new lens each week.  This past week I built 2, and I built 2 the week before too.  Maybe I should change that goal up to 2 per week?

I am listing those 2 newest lenses in the linky for this week.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

It's Not Too Late To Get In On These Deals for Father's Day!

Amazon is the perfect place to shop for Father's Day and it's not too late to get in on these great deals!! These prices expire June 17, 2012.

Choose from the gifts below or click the picture at the top for many more choices.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Pork--Be Inspired With the New USDA Recommendations!

As a bzz agent with, I am doing a campaign on pork and the new USDA recommendations for cooking pork chops, tenderloins, and roasts.  

The new recommendation is to cook these until a digital thermometer reaches a temp of 145.  Then let the pork rest for 3 minutes.  This will result in a flavorful, tender and juicy eating experience.  The pork will be pinker than you are used to.

I encourage you to check out the new pork cooking temperatures HERE.   Keep in mind that for ground pork, just like all ground meat should be cooked to 160 degrees.  140 degrees for pre-cooked ham.

Here is as picture of my bzz kit:

 I headed to our local Kroger-owned store and used the $5 coupon provided to me to buy pork chops.
Here they are cooking--hubby is checking the temp one last time.  Hurry please, I'm hungry! (These are made using a Fat Boy rub)

 aahhh  finally my portion is on my plate along with some macaroni salad, potato salad and cinnamon applesauce.  Time to dig in!

Here is a whole list of websites you will want to be sure to check out:   You can find a lot of recipes, cuts, nutrition, freebies and more!
Follow over on twitter at!/allaboutpork
Hop over to pinterest and pin some photos of your personal pork creations as see those of others.
You will also want to head to facebook and like their page as well!

Here is an inspired recipe that you might want to try:

BBQ Pork Salad with Summer Fruits and Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette
Prep Time: 20 minutes
4 cooked pork chops, sliced*
8 cups mixed greens
2 nectarines, cut into 12-wedges each
1 grapefruit, segmented
2 avocados, cut into wedges
16 cherry tomatoes
1 tablespoon salad oil
2 tablespoons toasted almonds, slivered
Salt and black pepper
Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette:
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 tablespoon Dijon-style mustard
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon black pepper
3/8 cup salad oil
Cooking Directions
For the Vinaigrette:
In a blender, combine all ingredients except oil. Blend at medium speed for one minute. Next, with blender at medium speed, pour oil very slowly into blender. Add salt and pepper.
For each serving, toss 2 cups greens with 2 tablespoons dressing, top with 4 cherry tomatoes, 1 sliced pork chop, 1/2 avocado, sliced in wedges, 1/2 nectarine sliced in wedges, 1/4 grapefruit segments. Drizzle with more dressing and sprinkle with toasted almonds. Serve immediately.
Makes 4 servings

Did you know that there are 5 chop cuts to choose from?  Loin chop, blade chop, rib chop, top loin chop, and sirloin chop.  We chose sirloin chops for the meal I show above.

Hubby went a step further and bought pork ribs to smoke for our supper last night.  They were oh so good, smoked with a rub and then cooked with bbq sauce.  I took a picture of them with the rub, and then a picture of him putting on the bbq sauce.

Kroger-owned stores are your go-to source for pork.  Head to the store where you already shop.  The friendly staff will happily answer your questions.  Be sure to check out for recipes, coupons, and offers exclusive to your area.  

Disclaimer:  As a bzzagent I was sent a campaign kit for Pork (as pictured above).  This post is part of my sharing by word of mouth.  I was not compensated in any other way.  Any opinions in this post are my own.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

SIS--Shares in Squidoo--Tiny Houses


In keeping with my theme on homesteading, this week I want to talk about tiny houses.  While looking through homestead lenses way back when, I seen a link for a lens about tiny houses.    I have been hooked and intrigued with them ever since.  

I've even subscribed to blogs and tend to get lost watching videos and reading about different tiny houses on a regular bases.

Here are 4 lenses that talk about them.  Beware, you might get addicted to them too!

Eco-Friendly Tiny Houses 

Tiny Houses 

Cheap Houses: How to Live Mortgage Free 

How to Built a Tiny House 

Guilty.....I had to stop and watch a few of the videos again before finishing this post.  Hubby just said "I've heard that video before that you are watching now"  ROFL  Yes, when I've watched it a few times before!

For my own share this week, I ask that you help me with a click to this lens again.  Instead of continuing to move up in lens rank, it's taken a "nose dive".  Thanks!

Who is Helen Steiner Rice





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