Wednesday Weigh In 10/29

not-a-diet-its-a-lifestyle So last time I blogged about my weight loss journey, I was going to start training for the Turkey Trot. I am still doing that. I have changed my workout plan though. I had a schedule of walking, well that did not work out at all. I don’t really feel safe in my area walking, especially alone so my husband and I decided to join a gym. We joined the YMCA. We were members before and we really like it there.

The goal I have successfully worked on was the water goal. I have now made it a habit to drink enough water during the day. I have exercised quite frequently and have ate pretty well. We did go out to eat a few times, but it didn’t seem to make me gain any weight.



Joy The Baker: Homemade Decadence

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Book Author(s): Joy Wilson
Book Genre: Cooking/Baking
Number of Pages: 271
Publisher: Clarkson/Potter
ISBN: 978-0-385-34573-6
My Rating:   3/5 Stars

Book Summary

Joy The Baker: Homemade Decadence is a cookbook full of sweet and decadent treats. Brunch, cookies, brownies, pies, cobbler, cakes, cupcakes and ice creams are just a few of the goodies you will find in the book. Joy Wilson believes that everything is better with pie. And caramel. And definitely ice cream.


My Thoughts

The pictures in the book are beautiful and have you salivating for all the goodies you see. The introductions to each recipe make you want to try recreating the masterpiece she shows you. I also like the tips she shares throughout the book, especially the simple “recipes” like toast and ice cream toppings. I also like the step by step instructions for a cold-butter crust she gives. [Read more...]


First Birthday Gift Guide Giveaway

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Moms and Crafter’s big boy has just turned one! With so many people asking around about the perfect first birthday gift, Moms and Crafters has put together a 1st birthday gift guide, together with the ultimate list of best gifts for a first birthday, from the perspective of a mom. You can check out more of the features of the Year of Parenthood Celebration event, including loads of 1st birthday resources, with more coming soon!

To top it off, Moms and Crafters arranged this amazing giveaway! One winner will receive the entire prize pack, valued at approximately $258! Check out the reviews on each of the prizes below, then enter to win. [Read more...]


Celebrate Fall with Homemade Applesauce!

Homemade Applesauce

I miss living in North Carolina or Michigan. Fall meant a trip to the apple orchard. Not many apple orchards here in Florida. So, when I saw a good sale at Winn-Dixie for apples, I picked up 20 pounds of them! Four different varieties were on sale so, we got about 5 pounds of each: Jonagold, Golden Delicious, Macintosh, and Braeburn. I had wanted to try homemade applesauce when we lived in North Carolina, but didn’t have the money to buy canning supplies.

My husband and I set up an assembly line. I washed the apples and peeled them. My husband cored and sliced them. We placed the apples into a mixtures of lemon water so they wouldn’t brown too much. We had bought an apple corer awhile ago but it broke, good thing I have a willing husband!



Homemade Applesauce


  • 6 pounds Apples, Peeled, Cored, Sliced
  • 1 Cup Water
  • Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Suagr
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 2 Tablespoons Real Maple Syrup


  1. Combine all ingredients in a large pot and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 25 minutes.
  2. Carefully puree in a food processor or blender.
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I decided to puree mine in a food processor, but if you like it chunkier you can just use a potato masher.


We did three batches of this recipe and we are going to can them! Yum!

What is your favorite thing to do with applesauce?

Recipe adapted from the Pioneer Woman.


Christmas Musical Snow Globe Giveaway! #ChristmasSnowGlobes

Faith n’ PIxie Dust , is honored to have partnered up with a great bunch of blogger’s,  to bring you this spectacular Holiday Giveaway, “6” Winners will each win (1) of 
Reed &.Barton’s Christmas Musical Snow Globes. 
Total Prize Value ( $265) 

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Ends 10/30/14 at 11:59 PM/ET

“Reed and Barton”, is sponsoring to (6) lucky winners to each win (1) random snow globe. Winners will be selected at random from all eligible entries received, and notified by email. Open to US / 18+ / 1 Entry per Household. By entering this giveaway you agree to all terms and conditions listed on entry form and below. Sponsor is responsible for shipping, no blogger listed here will be responsible for shipping in any way of prize(s). 

 Prize(s): ( Total Value $265)

  • (1) Santa Angel By Victor Christmas – Musical Snow Globe  (Value $45)
  • (1) Alpine Forest Musical Snow Globe (Value $35)
  • (1) Classic Santa- Musical Snow Globe (Value $35)
  • (1) Nordic Santa- Musical Snow Globe (Value $50)
  • (1) Winter Dreams- Musical Snow Globe  (Value $50)
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