2/28/11

My Review of Hamilton Beach Stay or Go 6 Quart Slow Cooker in Stainless Steel

Originally submitted at CSN Stores



Features:

  • Clip-tight lid prevents spills
  • Large full-grip handles
  • Dishwasher safe stoneware & lid
  • Convenient lid rest

  • Party recipes included with matching name tags

  • Available in Whit...


  • Cooking made easy

    By Joanna from Huber Heights, OH on 2/28/2011

     

    5out of 5

    I use this product for cooking slow crock-pot meals in it:) I love the look of it, it's light to carry, easy to clean and you can take it anywhere. It came with name slots, which you can write what your cooking at the time and place it in the front of the crock pot....I really enjoy this product

    (legalese)

    I Love My Online Friends Monday Hop

    The Things We Find Inside>
    What better way to read some good blogs, and meet some new friends!!!
    Join in, I did:)Just click on the BLog button and go link up....

    Day 3 and Day 4..Since I missed yesterday:)


    Day 03- A picture of you and your friends.
    Well since I wasn't able to post yesterday I am going to do day three & day 4 in one post..I could not find many pics with myself and friends n the same picture, but this was taking when we were all out riding:)) I so love to ride motorcycles, it's so fun, especially when you got lots of people with ya....





    Day 04- A habit that you wish you didn’t have

    Wow....well i gotta say the worst habit that i think i have is cursing...It is a bad habit and it's hard to quit, especially when i get mad!!!! Another one is drinking to much soda....OMG..it's got ahold of me:))

    2/26/11

    Day 2 (30 Day Challenge)


    The meaning behind your Facebook url name?(if you have one).

    Well this one is pretty easy:)) The kind I love to do!!
    I have a Facebook Page....Yes I am on there all the time as I am Blogger too:))~
    My Facebook URL is facebook.com/joanna.pendergastreynolds which is nothing fancy, I just went with my name to make it easy:0 Like I said before, Easy is the way to go...lol

    Well thanks for stopping by on my Day 2 of My 30 Day Challenge, Be sure to come back for me, becuz they do get better:)

    Happy Blogging To All!!!!!

    2/25/11

    DAY 1~30 DAY CHALLENGE

    I came across this on facebook and thought it was a great way for me to blog for a whole 30 days:))But then the more I cruise around the BLogospere, It seems that there are alot of link ups for this:)~


    Post recent picture of you and 15 interesting facts about yourself.

    1. My Family means everything to me...
    2. I L♥ve my Husband
    3. I'm a mother of three wonderful kids
    4. I'm a Nana to a one year young Baby Girl and soon to be another nana..
    5. I am 37 years young:)
    6. I don't like hypocrits!
    7. I love watching Basketball
    8. I love to Blog
    9. I have a Pit Bull and a Yorkie (love animals)
    10. I love the sunshine and ocean
    11. I'm going to college for Nursing, as I am already a CMA..
    12. I'm currently on a diet, trying to get healthy and loose weight:0
    13. I love the Country.....
    14. I have been married going on 10 years..and still going strong!!
    15. I'm in the process of lookin for a place in the country to get out of the city:)


    2/22/11

    It's A Pillow~~It's A Pet~~It's A PillowPet (Review)


    I was giving the opportunity thanks to Kathy, to review a Pillow Pet and I am glad I did. I ordered the Valentine Luv Kitty since it was right around Valentines Day...What better gift than to get it for my grandaughter..She has the ladybug one that she just loves and I knew she would take to this one as well.

    An ideal naptime companion –
    not to mention a comforting partner on road trips or airplane rides – Pillow Pets plush folding stuffed animals are anything but just another stuffed animal. Extremely versatile, these unique creations have a strap that closes underneath to transform them into friendly pets. Simply open the strap and the pet becomes a pillow!

    THEIR MISSION IS SIMPLE: To bring smiles to faces of all ages by offering friendship, love and loyalty as well providing a comfy, snuggly place to rest your head at night!

    Washing Instructions:
    If your Pillow Pets™ plush animal gets dirty and needs a washing, here’s how to do it. Place your Pillow Pets plush animal inside a white pillow case and tie off the open ends.

    Wash on gentle cycle and cold water.

    DO NOT PUT INTO DRYER!

    Let the Pillow Pets plush animal air dry!

    Putting your Pillow Pet plush animal inside a white pillow case prevents the washing machine from beating up the fibers on the item and increases the life of your pet. All Pillow Pets products require the same care

    These are so soft, I actually sleep with one at night time as my pillow:))
    There are so many different ones to choose from: Zoo animals, Bugs, Holiday ones, Ocean and Farm animals, Safari and Fantasy...Lots to choose from
    Looks like now they have Hats, slippers and blankets:)) Can't wait to get one of the blankets..

    I would recommend these to anyone little or big:)) We got our collection started:)

    Check them out: PillowPets




    I was giving this product in exchange for my honest opinion.

    2/21/11

    1st Food Blog Hop~ Melt In Your Mouth

    I have not done to many recipes but stumbling upon a great blog today I couldn't pass up the Blog Hop~
    "Melt in your Mouth"


    There is only rule that you have a link back to her post on the bottom of the blog post that you’re submitting. Please be sure to leave a comment telling her what you added.











    I have not yet tried this recipe but I plan on making it tomorrow~OR I should say tomorrow I am going to attempt to make this:)) for dinner. It looks delicious and i can't wait...


    Ingredients:
    2 cups chopped round red potato (2 medium)
    1 cup coarsely chopped carrot (2 medium)
    1/2 cup coarsely chopped onion (1 medium)
    1/2 cup coarsely chopped celery (1 medium)
    1 4-oz. can (drained weight) sliced mushrooms, drained
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1/2 tsp. dried thyme, crushed
    1/2 tsp. dried sage, crushed
    1/4 tsp. salt
    1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
    2 Tbsp. quick-cooking tapioca, crushed
    1 pound bone-in chicken thighs, skinned
    1 cup chicken broth
    1 cup frozen peas
    1 3-oz. pkg. cream cheese, cut up
    Cheesy Biscuits
    Directions
    1. In a 3-1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker, combine potato, carrot, onion, celery, mushrooms, garlic, thyme, sage, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle tapioca over the mixture. Top with chicken thighs. Pour broth over all.

    2. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 6 to 7 hours or on high-heat setting for 3 to 3-1/2 hours.

    3. Remove chicken from slow cooker. When cool enough to handle, remove meat from bones and coarsely chop; discard bones. Return meat to slow cooker along with peas and cream cheese. Cover and cook for 10 minutes. Stir well; serve with Cheesy Biscuits. Makes 6 servings.

    Cheesy Biscuits:Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. In a medium bowl, combine 1-2/3 cups packaged biscuit mix and 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (2 ounces). Stir in 1/2 cup milk. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead 10 times. Pat into a 1/2-inch-thick circle. Cut with a floured 3-inch biscuit cutter. Reroll scraps as needed. Place biscuits on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown.

    Nutrition Facts
    Calories369, Total Fat (g)15, Saturated Fat (g)7, Monounsaturated Fat (g)3, Polyunsaturated Fat (g)1, Cholesterol (mg)63, Sodium (mg)927, Carbohydrate (g)41, Total Sugar (g)6, Fiber (g)3, Protein (g)18, Vitamin C (DV%)22, Calcium (DV%)16, Iron (DV%)13, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet


    2/19/11

    Saturday 9


    1. Has anyone ever got angry with you for flirting with their partner or date? Um. No i can't say they have, I'm not one much on flirting:)

    2. What is your favorite movie line or speech?

    3. What is something that has happened to you that you would consider a miracle? Well i guess when i was born i wasn't breathing and my mother was unconcious as well, but they worked us back to life....

    4. What do you try to stay away from? drama

    5. What is it too late for? hhmm....

    6. If you could write three newspaper headlines, which would come true, what would they be? World Peace, Local woman wins the lottery:)) and The system figures out a way to make dead beat dads to pay child support no matter what!

    7. When was the last time you apologized to someone? THis morning, I said a few things to my hubby that wasn't nice and I had to say I was sorry:)

    8. If you to find out now that you would very well known after you die, what do you think it might be for? (Feel free to pick an accomplishment that you have yet to do.) Being a good person, wife and mother:)

    9. Are you easily angered or able to handle every situation calmly? I have an immense store of patience but when it's used up, get out of the way...

    2/18/11

    ~Tomorrow is Day 1 of My journey to loose weight~

    I have been struggling with my weight for alittle while now and I have finally looked in the mirror and said "It's time to get into shape"....

    I am overweight and I have high Cholesterol which isn't good either way...
    I want to be healthy and look good..:)) Who doesn't right? Well I have come to the time I want all the above. I know i can do this but it's always nice to have someone give me that extra push, so I am going to check out a Fitness Place around where I live just for women....Lady Premier Fitness:)) I hope it goes well and I can get this going smoothly. I am going to start drinkin water, stop drinking soda~I love my Dr. Pepper....I am giving up the fast food, it's bad for my cholesterol and it takes away from my wallet..

    With the weather breaking i will be able to get out and walk, i love to walk and i know it's good for me:) I am so ready for spring to be here for good...

    I will check my weight once a week to keep on track of how I am doing, I hope that once I see the change it will drive me to do it more and have confidence that I can do this:)

    Well I hope i haven't bored you with my thoughts:)) that i am going to put into action......I made me a ticker to keep on my blog to give myself a reminder when i sign in....

    Happy Blogging to all!!!!!

    2/16/11

    Echo Experience and 101



    I thought that since my son had to go for one this morning that I wanted to learn alittle more and I thought i would share my learning experience with my followers~


    What is an Echocardiogram: An echocardiogram is a test in which ultrasound is used to examine the heart. The equipment is far superior to that used by fishermen. In addition to providing single-dimension images, known as M-mode echo that allows accurate measurement of the heart chambers, the echocardiogram also offers far more sophisticated and advanced imaging. This is known as two- dimensional (2-D) Echo and is capable of displaying a cross-sectional "slice" of the beating heart, including the chambers, valves and the major blood vessels that exit from the left and right ventricle

    An echocardiogram can be obtained in a physician's office or in the hospital. For a resting echocardiogram (in contrast to a stress echo or TEE, discussed elsewhere) no special preparation is necessary. Clothing from the upper body is removed and covered by a gown or sheet to keep you comfortable and maintain the privacy of females. The patient then lies on an examination table or a hospital bed. Sticky patches or electrodes are attached to the chest and shoulders and connected to electrodes or wires. These help to record the electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) during the echocardiography test. The EKG helps in the timing of various cardiac events (filling and emptying of chambers). A colorless gel is then applied to the chest and the echo transducer is placed on top of it. The echo technologist then makes recordings from different parts of the chest to obtain several views of the heart. You may be asked to move form your back and to the side. Instructions may also be given for you to breathe slowly or to hold your breath. This helps in obtaining higher quality pictures. The images are constantly viewed on the monitor. It is also recorded on photographic paper and on videotape. The tape offers a permanent record of the examination and is reviewed by the physician prior to completion of the final report.

    What is a Doppler Examination? Doppler is a special part of the ultrasound examination that assess blood flow (direction and velocity). In contrast, the M-mode and 2-D Echo evaluates the size, thickness and movement of heart structures (chambers, valves, etc.). During the Doppler examination, the ultrasound beams will evaluate the flow of blood as it makes it way though and out of the heart. This information is presented visually on the monitor (as color images or grayscale tracings and also as a series of audible signals with a swishing or pulsating sound)..

    Size of the chambers of the heart, including the dimension or volume of the cavity and the thickness of the walls. The appearance of the walls may also help identify certain types of heart disease that predominantly involve the heart muscle. In patients with long standing hypertension or high blood pressure, the test can determine the thickness and "stiffness" of the LV walls. When the LV pump function is reduced in patients with heart failure, the LV and RV tends to dilate or enlarge. Echocardiography can measure the severity of this enlargement. Serial studies performed on an annual basis can gauge the response of treatment

    Pumping function of the heart can be assessed by echocardiography. One can tell if the pumping power of the heart is normal or reduced to a mild or severe degree. This measure is known as an ejection fraction or EF. A normal EF is around 55 to 65%. Numbers below 45% usually represent some decrease in the pumping strength of the heart, while numbers below 30 to 35% are representative of an important decrease.

    Valve Function: Echocardiography identifies the structure, thickness and movement of each heart valve. It can help determine if the valve is normal, scarred from an infection or rheumatic fever, thickened, calcified (loaded with calcium), torn, etc. It can also assess the function of prosthetic or artificial heart valves.
    The additional use of Doppler helps to identify abnormal leakage across heart valves and determine their severity. Doppler is also very useful in diagnosing the presence and severity of valve stenosis (pronounced stee-no-sis) or narrowing. Remember, unlike echocardiography, Doppler follows the direction and velocity of blood flow rather than the movement of the valve leaflets or components. Thus, reversed blood direction is seen with leakages while increased forward velocity of flow with a characteristic pattern is noted with valve stenosis.
    Echocardiography is used to diagnose mitral valve prolapse (MVP), while Doppler identifies whether it is associated with leakage or regurgitation of the mitral valve (MR). The presence of MR frequently prompts the use of antibiotics prior to any dental or non-sterile surgical procedure. Such action helps reduce the rare complication of valve infection.

    Volume status: Low blood pressure can occur in the setting of poor heart function but may also be seen when patient's have a reduced volume of circulating blood (as seen with dehydration, blood loss, use of diuretics or "water pill.", etc.). In many cases, the diagnosis can be made on the basis of history, physical examination and blood tests. However, confusion may be caused when patients have a combination of problems. Echocardiography may help clarify the confusion. The inferior vena cava (the major vein that returns blood from the lower half of the body to the right atrium) is distended or increased in size in patients with heart failure and reduced in caliber when the blood volume is reduced.

    Other Uses: Echocardiography is useful in the diagnosis of fluid in the pericardium (the sac that surrounds the heart). It also determines when the problem is severe and potentially life-threatening. Other diagnoses (plural for diagnosis) made by Doppler or echocardiography include congenital heart diseases, blood clots or tumors within the heart, active infection of the heart valves, abnormal elevation of pressure within the lungs, etc.

    All that pretty much sums it up, The tech that did this test was nice and he explained everything, but by looking at the screen I was like so lost..It took like maybe 20 minutes and we were done:)

    Well I reckon im done for now, I just thought i would share with you some info that I learned today:))

    Happy Blogging to ALL!!!!



    2/15/11

    Valentines Day "Recap"


    Valentines Day @ my house was a pretty good monday:)

    Well the weekend waas my valentines day becuz~ My husband was home the weekend so me and him spent the weekend together with our grandaughter gabriella while the kids did there own things and I got my hair highlighted for valentines day:)) Thanks to my wonderful hubby....and we went to a few flea markets and bought a few things for our living room:)) (which by the way I still have not got hung up or put away)

    Monday:

    I decided to take my three kids, grandaughter and my mother out to eat for a nice steak dinner for valentines day:)) I know that was so nice of me, right? lol
    I bought my kids a card and some candy to show I love them also:))
    My grandaughter got a Cat PillowPet w/hearts all over it, those pillows are so soft, I actually sleep w/one:))lol

    So that was my Valentines Day:)) I enjoyed it so much and I hope everyone of you all had a good one as well!!!!!

    Happy Blogging to all........


    2/9/11

    Beginners All~IN~ONE Bondage Set

    I was offered a chance to do reviews in exchange for products from a great site that offers sex toys for men, women and couples. I didn't actually get to pick which product I wanted, but did give a list of items and then one was given to me from there. I recieved "Fetish Fantasy Series Beginner Bondage Set"




    Explore each other's naughty side with this all-in-one Beginner's Bondage Set. This Bondage Set contains:
    4 velvet cuffs with nylon ties
    2 candles
    A soft feather tickler
    Free satin blindfold

    First time for Everything right? Everything came in a nice packaged box, it came in a timely manner and I was happy to see it come:) The velvet cuffs are nice and soft, the feather was tickly if you know what i mean and the blindfold was just right. The candles are real candles, they are white and long.

    I really enjoyed this Bondage Set and look forward to trying new things in the near future, Oh and Hubby says the same:) Thanks Vibrator.Com

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    2/2/11

    ~Shopping Made Easy~

    Stuck in doors from Old Man Winter from the ice and snow so what better time to do some online shopping:)



    CSN Stores has over 200 online stores where you can find anything and everything from a swing set to some decor to hang in the bathroom:)

    Almost to the end of old man winter:( So ready for spring to be here, My grandaughter is one and I am excited to get her some outside toys to play with.

    So if you haven't already checked CSN stores out, I wouldn't wait another minute cause you are missing out on lots of cool, cute and affordable items:)

    A great place for online shopping is CSN
    Thanks for stoppin by:)It's nice to meet each and everyone of you all......I hope you enjoy my blog and come back anytime:))