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Saturday, January 12th 2008

12:28 AM

Visit My Current Home on the Web!

Come on over! The True Tales of a MiniVan Mama, http://truetalesofaminivanmama.blogspot.com/.

Much Love and Friendship,
~Jenn
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Tuesday, October 9th 2007

2:20 PM

Great Holiday Recipes!

Even though here in NC, it is a hot and humid 90 degrees outside, I am trying to get a jump start on planning for the holidays. I came across some of my favorite recipes given to me by family and friends, and thought I'd share! Feel free to do the same!

In this posting there are the following recipes:

Wassail
Simple Peach Cobbler
Cinnamon Butter
Cheesy Green Bean Casserole
Sausage Balls
Southern Pecan Pie
Caramel Corn
Hummingbird Cake
Peanut Butter Cookies

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Wassail

2 quarts sweet apple cider
2 cups orange juice (Simply Orange is our family favorite!)
1 cup lemon juice
5 cups pineapple juice
1 cup sugar
1 cinnamon stick
1 tsp. whole cloves

Combine all ingredients in saucepan and bring just to a boil. Remove from heat and strain to remove spices (or just use a cheesecloth). Simmer. Serve hot. Makes 16 cups.

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Simple Peach Cobbler

1 large can sliced peaches with syrup
1 egg
Butter
1 cup Bisquick
1 cup sugar
Cinnamon

Pour peaches into 11 ¼ x 7 ½ inch baking pan. Mix Bisquick, sugar and egg into crumbly stage and sprinkle on top of peaches. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Dot with butter and bake at 350 degrees until brown, about 35-45 minutes.

***I usually double the recipe for holiday parties. Top with vanilla ice cream (Breyers Creamy Vanilla is the best!).

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Cinnamon Butter

1-1/2 cups
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
2 cups confectioners' sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1. In a large bowl, beat the butter with an electric mixer until whipped. Beat in the sugar and cinnamon until well combined.
2. Serve immediately, or cover and chill until ready to serve. Soften a bit just before serving.

SERVING TIPS: Use this as a spread for breads and pastries, or to add pizzazz to cooked chicken or fish.

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Cheesy Green Bean Casserole

4 cans French style green beans
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
1 cup bean broth (from green beans)
4 cups cheddar cheese
1 large can French’s French Fried Onions


In bowl mix together soup, 2 cups cheddar cheese and bean broth. In a casserole dish put in one layer (2 cans) green beans. Put a layer of soup mixture on beans. Put a layer of French fried onions over beans. Add another layer (2 cans) of beans. Then add remaining soup mixture and another layer of French fried onions. Cover with 2 cups of cheddar cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes. This makes enough for a holiday or party dish. Enjoy!

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Sausage Balls (Family Favorite!)

1 lb. sausage
1 lb. mild cheese, grated
3 cups Bisquick mix

Mix with hands. Form into walnut size balls.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

***These freeze well! My Nannie (grnadmother)makes these every year, and we LOVE them!

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Southern Pecan Pie

1 cup sugar
3 eggs
2 Tbsp. flour
3/4 cup dark corn syrup
2 Tbsp. butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cups large pecan pieces
Unbaked pie shell

Mix all together and pour into unbaked pie shell.
Bake at 275 to 300 degrees for 1 hour.

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Caramel Corn

About 8 cups

8 cups plain popped popcorn (unpopped kernels discarded)
1 cup peanuts
1 large clean brown paper grocery bag
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, cut into chunks
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda

Place the popped popcorn and peanuts in the grocery bag.
In a microwave-safe large bowl, combine the butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt. Microwave for 2 minutes; stir then microwave for 2 more minutes.

Add the baking soda, stirring until thickened. Mixture will turn light in color and look like taffy. Pour mixture over the popcorn and peanuts in the bag; close bag and shake well.

Pour the popcorn mixture into the bowl and microwave for 1-1/2 minutes; stir then microwave for 1-1/2 more minutes. Pour into the paper bag and shake well.

Repeat Step 4 then spread the popcorn mixture onto baking sheets and allow to cool completely. Serve, or store in an airtight container until ready to serve.

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Hummingbird Cake

3 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
2 cups sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
3 eggs, beaten
¾ cup vegetable oil
1 ½ tsp. vanilla extract
1- 8 oz. can crushed pineapple, untrained
1 cup chopped pecans
1 ¾ cup mashed bananas
½ cup chopped pecans
***Cream Cheese Frosting


Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl; add eggs and oil, stirring until dry ingredients are moistened. Do not beat. Stir in vanilla, pineapple, 1 cup pecans, and bananas.

Pour batter into 3 greased and floured 9 in. round cake pans.

Bake at 350 degrees for 23-28 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes, remove from pans and let cool completely on wire racks.

Stir ½ cup pecans into cream cheese frosting if desired, or reserve them to sprinkle on top of frosted cake. Spread frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake. Yield: One 3 layer cake.

***Cream Cheese Frosting
½ cup butter, softened
1- 8 oz package of cream cheese, softened
1- 16 oz package powdered sugar, sifted
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Cream butter and softened cream cheese. Gradually add powdered sugar, beat until light and fluffy.
Stir in vanilla extract.

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Peanut Butter Cookies

½ cup margarine or butter
½ cup peanut butter
1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
½ cup sugar
½ cup packed brown sugar or ¼ cup honey
1 egg
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon vanilla
Sugar

In a mixing bowl beat margarine and peanut butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add ½ cup of flour, sugar, egg, baking soda, baking powder, and vanilla. Beat till thoroughly combined. Beat in remaining flour. If necessary, cover and chill dough till easy to handle.

Shape dough into 1-inch balls. If desired, roll in additional sugar. Place 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten by crisscrossing with the tines of a fork.

Bake in a 375 degree oven for 7 to 9 minutes or till bottoms are lightly browned. Cool cookies on a wire rack. Makes about 36 cookies.

Chocolate-Kiss Peanut Butter Cookies:
Prepare as above, except do not flatten with a fork before baking. Press 1 milk chocolate kiss into each cookie.

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In Friendship,
Jenn Rogers, Founder Moms United in Business, www.momsunited.biz
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Tuesday, October 9th 2007

2:16 PM

Homemade Christmas Ornaments

My tween and I enjoy doing these each year....to add to our tree and to give as gifts. We have so much fun! Just wanted to share! My friends passed these on to me, and I am sharing them with you! Have FUN!

In this posting there are recipes for:

Bake Art Dough
Scented Cinnamon Ornaments

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Bake-Art Dough

4 cups unsifted all-purpose flour
1 cup salt
1 ½ cups water

Blend flour and salt, add water and stir. When water is mixed in, shape dough into a ball. Knead dough about 5 minutes or until texture is smooth and pliable. Add more flour if dough is sticky, add more water is dough is crumbly. Roll dough out on lightly floured surface to 1/8” . Cut out ornaments and place on cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for approx. 20-25 minutes. With spatula remove baked pieces to cooling rack and allow to cool completely. Store unused dough in plastic wrap. Makes approx. 3 dozen shapes.

NOTE: Bake-Art dough is for decorating purposes only such as ornaments and magnets, it is not edible.

TIPS:

To make ornaments, cut a small hole near the top of cut-out design using a straw before baking. Thread with colored ribbon if desired.

After your Bake-Art pieces are cool, decorate with non-toxic paint, glue on decorations and glitter.

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Scented Cinnamon Ornaments

4 oz Cinnamon
1 tbsp Cloves
1 tbsp Nutmeg
3/4 cup Applesauce
2 tbsp White glue
Ribbon


In medium bowl, combine cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. Add
applesauce and glue; stir to combine. Work mixture with hands 2 to 3
minutes or until dough is smooth and ingredients are thoroughly
mixed. Divide into 4 portions. On floured surface, roll each portion
to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut dough with floured cookie cutters of
desired shapes. Using straw or toothpick, make a small hole in the
top of the ornament. Place cutouts on wire racks and allow to dry at
room temperature for several days or dry them in a dehydrator. Thread
ribbon through hole in ornament. DO NOT EAT. Makes about 32 (2 inch)
ornaments.

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In Friendship,
Jenn Rogers, Founder Moms United in Business, www.momsunited.biz
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Wednesday, September 19th 2007

2:40 PM

This Mama's So Excited!!!!!!! (Can Ya Tell???)

I am launching my OWN biz now, and am so excited!

Be sure to add me as a MySpace friend, http://www.myspace.com/snailmail4kids!

SnailMail4Kids.biz opening soon!

I am currently waiting on my domain name to go live (within 24 hrs), but if you want a sneak peek visit the temporary domain at http://www.freewebs.com/snailmail4kids/.

It is a work in progress, but be sure to sign my guestbook to let me know you stopped by!

Thanks so much to each and everyone of you. You have all been such an inspiration, and so now I too am going to be a "real" WAHM! *wink*

If it's not too much trouble, would you mind reposting to your friends on MySpace for me?

I am currently working on the MUIB Business Directory, and for those that have contacted me I will be getting back to you today.

Interested in being listed (WAHM family friendly businesses only)? The cost per listing is $5.00 via PayPal for 1 year. I will be launching this in a few weeks, and will be promoting this through the very same avenues I have used to promote MUIB.

If you are interested, send me the following info, and once I list your ad(s) I will send you an email requesting payment.

Name of Business:
Owner:
URL:
Brief Description:
Contact Info to be posted in directory:

Email the info to me personally at momsunited@msn.com.
Thanks so much!!!

In Friendship,
~
Jenn Rogers
Founder Moms United in Business, http://www.momsunited.biz
Advertise with MUIB or Bid on Ebay Ad Auctions
Get Listed in the MUIB Business Directory
MUIB Blog
Newsletter, MUIB Monthly

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Wednesday, September 19th 2007

8:35 AM

Letterboxing

This is really neat! I learned about "letterboxing" from Emphasis on Moms, http://emphasisonmoms.com/, Founder Dionna Sanchez through her newsletter. Stop by her site and sign up for a copy. She is so inspirational!
 
Learn more about letterboxing here: http://www.letterboxing.org/
 
This is a great activity for the whole family! We are planning on giving this a try this weekend. There are actually a few letterboxes in my area.

In Friendship,

 ~Jenn Rogers
Founder Moms United in Business, http://www.momsunited.biz
Advertise with MUIB or Bid on Ebay Ad Auctions
Get Listed in the MUIB Business Directory
MUIB Blog
Newsletter, MUIB Monthly
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Tuesday, September 18th 2007

8:25 AM

1 Year Listing for $5.00

Get your business/myspace page listed in the MUIB Business Directory! The cost is $5.00 per listing via PayPal for an entire YEAR! The MUIB Business Directory (http://www.momsunited.biz) will be launched in the next few weeks. We will promote the directory through the same avenues used to promote MUIB...many online networking groups, myspace, cafemom, momzoo, through our message board, on the site, through our blog, yuwie...you get the idea!

Interested? Please email me personally at momsunited@msn.com instead of replying here due to the many responses, it is easier to keep things a bit organized!

Send me the following info:

Name of Business:
Owner:
URL:
Brief Description:
Contact Info:

Once I list your business(es) I will then send you an email requesting payment. No payment is taken before your business is listed.

Here's to our continued success, my friends!

In Friendship,
Jennifer Rogers, Founder MUIB
http://www.momsunited.biz

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Monday, August 6th 2007

2:38 PM

WAHM Contests!

Please pass this along to your friends, thru myspace and any groups you are a member of! This is open to all WAHMs! However, please do not SPAM others, only post to people that you know, or are in opt in mailing lists that accept these types of emails.

Thanks so much!

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We have many exciting things going on at MUIB!

We hold a quarterly referral contest and we are looking for donations of products to be used as prizes! You do not have to be a member of MUIB, http://www.momsunited.biz, but we encourage you to do so!

Interested in joining us? Visit  http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/Moms_United_In_Business/

For those of you that have volunteered your products and services already, a huge thank you and I will be contacting you soon!

We are also about to launch the MUIB Member Appreciation drawing, a random drawing to be held monthly. We are also in need of prizes for this!

More contests coming soon!

What do you get in exchange for donating a prize? You will have a large ad on the main site promoting the contest you are sponsoring, with a pic and info about your products and your biz! Take a peek at the main site http://www.momsunited.biz and see our current sponsors ad!

Interested?
Contact me personally at momsunited@msn.com

In Friendship,
~Jennifer Rogers, Founder MUIB

 


 

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Saturday, August 4th 2007

4:51 PM

What IS MUIB?

New members seemed to be a bit overwhelmed at all we have to offer, and other members may forget everything we do offer, and potiential members are interested in learning more! So, bookmark http://moms-united.blogspot.com/2007/08/everything-you-need-to-know-about-muib.html, which has the following info!

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Moms United in Business is dedicated to supporting you both personally and professionally, it's OUR business! With so many opportunities to serve the WAHM community, we wanted to sum everything up for you in one place, to make things seem a bit less overwhelming, and make it easier to take advantage of all of the many exciting opportunities we offer to serve you!

The Official MUIB Website, http://www.momsunited.biz/
The central hotspot featuring advertising opportunities and updated happenings of MUIB.

The MUIB Networking and Support Group, http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/Moms_United_In_Business/
We offer free membership and many free advertising opportunities for active members. However, we do periodic clean sweeps and non-active members and members with email settings of no mail or special notices will be deleted (except under special circumstances...we do allow active members to take this option when needed). This is an interactive group of motivated and energetic women dedicated to supporting one another in all aspects of business and in life.

The MUIB Blog, http://moms-united.blogspot.com/, the MUIB connection to the blogging community, offering periodic updates, inspirational articles and everything in between! Be sure to sign up at the blog to receive updated posts in your inbox!

MUIB Monthly, http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/muib_monthly/.
The official newsletter of MUIB.
Our topics include important updates, free ad opportunities, paid ad opportunities, new contest info and the following topics:
MUIB Referral Contest
MUIB Member Spotlight
Moms United in Business
Moms United in Discovering the Woman Within
Moms United in Personal Growth
Moms United in Parenting
Moms United in Marriage and Relationships
Moms United in Making a House a Home
Moms United in Spiritual Growth
Moms United in Prayer
Moms United in Gratitude
Moms United in Encouragement

We accept articles in exchange for an ad in the newsletter for members and non-members as well. Free ads to active members, low cost ads for non-members.

MUIB Member Spotlight
Member is featured for one month on the main page of our site, http://www.momsunited.biz/, and on the MUIB Member Spotlight page, http://www.momsunited.biz-a.googlepages.com/muibspotlight and is also featured in the newsletter.

MUIB Referral Contest
Our referral contest is held quarterly. The MUIB member referring the most members will win the quarterly prize (which varies visit the site at http://www.momsunited.biz/ to see our current prize and deadline) and will also receive free advertising on the main site as well. Members and non-members are always welcome to submit prizes (the advantage of prize donations is that your product and site will be featured on the main site giving both you and your business more exposure!). Contact us at momsunited@msn.com if you are interested in a prize donation.

MUIB also has a VERY active MySpace page, so be sure to add us to your friends! Visit us at http://www.myspace.com/momsunitedinbusiness.

Interested in a link or banner exchange with MUIB? Visit http://www.momsunited.biz-a.googlepages.com/linktomuib.

MUIB has just launched a swap group for active members http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/MUIB_Swap_Group/:
To participate in our swaps, you must be an active member of Moms United in Business. Check us out at http://www.momsunited.biz/! How Does This Work? We exchange business cards, fillers and sample products to promote MUIB members businesses in our local communities. We work together to promote, support and network contributing the the success of all involved, both personally and professionally.

We also have two groups for posting ads and affiliate links (open to all WAHMs, not just MUIB members):
WAHM Ads Welcome, http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/WAHM_Ads_Welcome/
MUIB Biz Ops, http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/muib_biz_ops/
The only rule here is family friendly and you must be on daily digest to keep your membership, that's it!

Looking for affordable advertising, but no time to be an active member of MUIB, check out the site, http://www.momsunited.biz/ for our current ad specials!

So, here ya go! Your one stop to find out all you need to know about MUIB. Have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me!

In Friendship,
~Jennifer Rogers, Founder MUIB

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Thursday, July 12th 2007

2:04 PM

Contest!!

~*~Enter the MUIB Referral Contest!~*~
 

Become a member of MUIB, refer the most members and win a gift basket (Pampering to Go) and have your business featured on the MUIB Site main page for 6 months, FREE!

 "Pampering to Go" - Our Pamper Yourself Sampler Set is a wonderful way to try "the best" of our products. Our Pamper Yourself Sampler Set includes Vinyl Cosmetic Bag (that you can use over and over again), One Lip Butter Balm, 2 oz Shower Gel Sampler Size, 2 oz Luxurious Lotion Sampler Size and an 8 ml Perfume (perfect to just throw in your purse).

Visit our Contest Sponsor, Persnicketys*net (Indulge your senses, treat yourself!).

Our contest is held quarterly, and our current deadline is September 30, 2007. Come join us!
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Tuesday, July 10th 2007

2:31 AM

I Feel Loved!

It is now after 2:30 am, and I am still up working. Why am I still awake at this ungodly hour? Little Miss and Little Princess have been giving this Mama a run for her money!

Speaking of money, I am pleased to announce I am making money online! The last couple of years I have been working in my spare time with Moms United in Business (MUIB), an organization I founded to help WAHMs network and find support and friendship all Moms at home desperately crave and need. I decided it was time I too, begin to make some money for myself!

I have found many different avenues for making money online, from writing articles to charging for advertising for ads placed on the MUIB website and newsletter for non-members (members receive free advertising, a perk for helping MUIB continue to grow and be the success it is today). I have come across a new venture I am so excited about through blogsvertise. Getting paid to do what I love to do....getting paid to blog.

Blogsvertise in my personal opinion, is a win win situation. Both parties involved get something beneficial out of the deal, and to me that's a good thing, my friends!

Blogsvertise also has an affiliate program, and as soon as I am able to get up and going in the morning (or later today I should "say") I am going to invite all of my networking contacts to join me in this new venture. If you are interested in joining me, click here!

I am always researching new avenues to make a bit of money online, and what I have found is that truly in all honesty you are going to have to work for EVERY dollar you make. I am not a very crafty Mama, and I am not into selling or making products to sell, but I do love to write and have a way with words, so writing is the avenue I have chosen to make some money. Paid surveys and such to me are a waste of time, and my precious free time is limited having to take care of my tween, my toddler and my newborn!

Well, I must close for now...Little Miss is up AGAIN...needing some Mama love! Is this child of mine teething again?????? Waking up off and on like this is just not like her!

 

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