Ultimate Blog Party 2010!

Ultimate Blog Party 2010


Hey everyone!  Thanks so much for stopping by my site.   My name is Stephanie Dakin, and this is my first year participating. I can’t tell you how excited I am to meet all of you wonderful Mommy bloggers!

In the spirit of partying, I have a couple of easy recipes for you to make.  My blog is not necessarily a recipe blog, but it is about making life easier for mommies and caregivers.  🙂

My husband and I love to make this Easy Crockpot recipe for our guests, and we almost never have leftovers.  We like to call it “Meatball Delight”.

  • 1 (large) package of frozen meatballs
  • 2 pkgs pre-cooked smoked sausage or kielbasa, sliced
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 can whole berry cranberry sauce
  • 1 bottle Heinz chili sauce

Combine all ingredients in a large crockpot.

We often fill up the Heinz bottle with water to the bottom of the label, put the cap back on, shake it around and dump into the slow cooker. This helps get the rest of the chili sauce, and gives you a little extra liquid.

Cook on high 4-6 hours, or on low 8-10 hours.

If doubling the recipe, only double the meatballs and the sausage/kielbasa. You’ll be tempted to double the chili sauce and cranberries, but resist the urge – it really is much better that way!

This can be served by itself, or over rice.  We’re of the sticky white rice kind in this family – it’s those Korean genes!

A party’s not a party without a dessert of some kind! I’m going to leave you with the world’s easiest fudge recipe.

The Easy No-Bake Fudge Recipe

1 can of chocolate frosting
1 bag of chocolate chips

Combine frosting and chips into a small pot and melt over low heat. Place in a baking dish (8 x 8 works well). Let cool.
Cut and serve – yum!

There are many great ways to vary this recipe – just use your imagination!  I’m not a fan of nuts in my fudge, but you’re welcome to stir in some if that strikes your fancy.

Here are some more ideas:

  • Chocolate Frosting and Mint Chocolate Chips
  • Chocolate Frosting and Peanut Butter Chips
    or Peanut Butter Frosting and Chocolate Chips
  • Chocolate Frosting and Butterscotch chips
I will have some cool mommy giveaways coming up in the next few weeks, so please check back often.  You can subscribe via RSS feed to make sure that you don’t miss anything.
Some quick fun facts about me (pay attention, these may show up as part of a giveaway *wink*): I’m a total book nerd and am usually reading more than one book at at time.  I’m obsessed with crocheting and YARN.  I think I want to have a Yarn store when I grow up.  I don’t need flowers as gifts, just give me yarn!  Okay, I like flowers too.  But I really love the other stuff.  😉
Oh, I’m a big old computer nerd too.  I guess that makes me an all-around-nerd!
Have fun partying this week, and make sure to check out all of the other great blogs!
Ok, here are my list of preferred prizes if I’m one of the lucky winners.  Thanks 5 minutes for Mom and all of the great contributers!

USC 60 – For one winner a $200 gift certificate for any Wall Slicks vinyl wall decal of your choice. DIY decorating made easy with Wall Slicks wall stickers.
Provided by: Modern Wall Graphics, the makers of Wall Slicks
Follow here: WallSlicks or Visit Our Fan Page: Wall Slicks

USC 35 – $50.00 CASH ~ Paypal Transfer. ($50 USD or current CAD conversion rate)  Provided by: American Muslim MomUSC 39 – A $50 paypal cash prize for one winner.  Provided by: MomDot

104 – Shoot Me Now is giving away one $50 Visa Vanilla Gift Card.

USC 8 – $55 E-Gift Card for Amazon.com Gift code will be emailed to the winner and can be used for purchases from Amazon.com.
Provided by: Kelly’s Lucky YouUSC 37 – One winner will receive a $50 gift card to Amazon.com on here but that’s not it! There will be many other giveaways listed on my party post that you’ll want to check out!!!  Provided by: Shasher’s Life

73 – We will give away 2 (1 for each winner) – $30 Amazon gift cards to the winner so they can buy items of their choosing.
Provided by: Escalate Network

87 – 2 winners will receive a $30.00 Amazon Gift Certificate. Provided by: Christine/LiveLaughLoveCj

USC 36 – $25 Amazon.com gift card.  Provided by: Tara’s View of the World

88 – $25 E-Gift card to Amazon.com! Provided by: Faith’s Firm Foundation

55 – A $20 GC to Amazon.com. Provided by: Mom of 2 Boys, Wife of 1

USC 40 – $20 Gift Certificate to Amazon.com. Provided by: SandwichINK

USC 44 – $20 Gift Certificate to Amazon.com. Provided by: Tara’s View on Books

95 – $100 Gift Certificate to Restaurant.com – Choose from over 13,000 restaurants nationwide – redeem online and print your gift certificate(s).
Provided by: Thrifty Jinxy

69 – The Itty-Bitty Bookworm is a literature-based preschool curriculum. One winner will receive a year of our Bo Curriculum for 3-5 year olds. One winner will receive a year of our Bailey Curriculum for 18-36 month olds.  Provided by: The Itty-Bitty Bookworm43 – A copy of Get Out!: 150 Ways For Kids and Grown-Ups to Get Into Nature and Build a Greener Future and The Frugal Foodie Cookbook will be shipped to one lucky winner.

41 – A copy of Peter Walsh’s best selling DVD and Book: It’s All Too Much. Learn how to unclutter your house and be happier! Will be offered to one lucky winner.  Provided by: Lisa Reviews

USC 47 – 4-week eCourse: “Change Your Thinking. Change Your Life.” 4 full weeks of audio and written lessons from Life Coaching for Christian Women delivered to you daily to help you grow closer to God. Valued at $29.95.  Provided by: Life Coaching for Christian Women


INTL 8 – One winner will receive a Level 3 Blog Design Package.
Provided by: Mary Hess Designs
Follow here: maryhessdesigns or Visit Our Fan Page: Mary Mary Quite Contrary Designs

39 -Be My Guest certificate ($250 value) for one lucky winner, (2 night stay for a family of four) at any Hilton Garden Inn.
Provided by: Hilton Garden Inn

USC 16 – $50 gift certificate to eSpecially Simple Graphic Design & Consulting to be used toward a wide selection graphic design and consulting services. Great for giving your blog a whole new look or helping you take that next bold step with your ministry or business!61 – Win a $25 e-gift certificate to Toys-R-Us Provided by: Faith@FrugallyFabulousMom

62 – Ever wanted to read the entire Bible? This prize is for you! One Bible in 90 Days Thinline NIV Bible and one Bible in 90 Days Participants Guide. Get your own group together to read or join MomsToolbox.com beginning July 5 for an online community of readers.
Provided by: Amy @ MomsToolbox.com

USC 13 – $100 gift certificate to Kay Jewelers Provided by: an unpink life

INTL 2 – Win a custom WordPress blog by Uniquehorn Designs. Included: A Unique WordPress theme designed just for you, one year free hosting (100mb space/ 1gb bandwidth), wordpress installation, theme installation, 1 hour free maintenance for the year (includes upgrades, plugin installation, etc). (Over a $450 Value)  Provided by: Uniquehorn Designs

INTL 15 – A basic blog makeover. Including a blog background, banner/header, and button. Valued at $40 for one lucky winner.
Provided by: Lily Bean Designs

INTL 5 – Win a free custom blog design (valued at $40) from Whimsical Websites.

INTL 10 – Custom Blog Design for Mommy Blogs or Personal Blog Sites! Includes domain registration and hosting and upgrades for one year! Provided by: StartRankingNow

INTL 3 – The Girl Creative will giveaway one Deluxe Blog Design ($50 value) to one person.  Provided by: The Girl Creative


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