Happy New Year

Hard to believe another year has come and gone.  When I look back over the year, I can truly say it was a good year for me.  Through the rough times, I remained employed.  I’ve had a roof over my head, plenty of food, watched both of my babies celebrate their birthdays, gained new followers on Mother 2 Mother, and most importantly I strengthened my faith. 

I’m not one to make New Year Resolutions, but I will continue to strive for the best me.  I’m always a work in progress.  I look forward to the New Year and all it has to offer.  I want to thank each of you for helping to make my blog a success by remaining a loyal follower.  I will continue to post content in 2013 and hope that you will continue to follow me on my journey.  

I wish each of you a Happy New Year.  May each of you be blessed. 

My Bucket List

bucket lists
Another year has come and gone.  I started my Bucket List 3 years ago.  Each year I pull it out to see what I’ve accomplished during the year.
I’ve given birth to a beautiful daughter, survived a divorce, given the United Stated government 35 34 32 years of service, raised a daughter as a single mother, sent her through college, watched her get married and give birth to a beautiful son  son and daughter.  I’ve traveled, made new friends and kept old ones, purchased a home, a luxury car and I’ve been able to bank a few dollars. I’ve survived my father’s death and become closer to my siblings. I’ve strengthen my faith in God, I’m giving back to the community, and I can truly say that I’m working to be an example.  


Even at this stage of my life, I still have work to do. I’ve been thinking about retirement in the next 2 3 5 years and what I want to accomplish before and after I reach that milestone. I decided to make a Bucket List. Here are a few items that I’ve added or achieved to date:

  •  Drive Across Country 
  • Travel Abroad – Africa, Italy, Hong Kong, London, Thailand  
  • Cruise To Alaska  (Decided to mark this off my list.  I don’t cruise well). 
  • Open a Brick and Mortar for Sugar Kisses Boutique  (Decided to mark this off my list.  Not willing to work this hard anymore). 
  • Plant A Vegetable Garden 
  • Learn A Second Language – Spanish  
  • Skydive  (Decided to mark this off my list.  I’m not willing to take this risk)
  • Attend the Kentucky Derby 
  • Eat Lobsters In Maine 
  • Visit Martha’s Vineyard 
  • See the fall foliage in the New Hampshire area 
  • Spend a week in New York shopping and seeing a Broadway show 
  • Go horseback riding on the beach
  • Add a sunroom to my hone
  • Travel to Hawaii, Barbados, Dominican Republic, Jamacia, Virgin Islands
  • Plant flower beds along my new fence line
  • Build a greenhouse

 I’ll be adding to my list as I contemplate the next phase of my list. Have you created a Bucket List? Let us know what’s on yours.  If you haven’t created a list, name a few things that you would add to yours. 

Christmas Tree Brownies

treebrownies
Christmas tree brownies.  What a great idea.  You’ll need one box of brownie mix, candy cane sticks, green gel icing, and peppermint M & M’s.
1. Bake the brownies according to the box.
2. After brownies have cooled, cut into triangle, tree shape with a steak knife.
3. Break off the curve of the candy cane, and stick the candy cane stick at bottom of brownies for the tree stem.
4. Apply icing and place M & M’s on brownie.
Here are the Christmas tree brownies made by my 5 year old grandson and his 4 year old cousin.  Sorry about the glare, the picture was taken with my cell phone.  They had a great time spreading the icing and trimming the trees.  I used the colorful  milk chocolate M & Ms instead of the peppermint.  Making these treats is a great way to occupy children who are anxiously waiting for Santa.  My grandson was leary of leaving brownies for Santa, but I can assure you Santa will enjoy them.

What treats did you make for Santa?  Please leave us a comment, we may want to adopt your idea for Santa next year. 

Let It Snow!

First snow of 2012.  Yes, we had a white Christmas.  Unfortunately, I missed it.  I celebrated the holiday at the beach this year.  Rainy, but no snow.   I love fresh snowfall as long as I don’t have to drive in it.  The earth is covered with a fresh white blanket.  Days like this, I always make a pot of chili or vegetable soup.  Nothing like curling up with a hot bowl of either and watching old  movies.  That fluffy whiteness has a calming effect on me. 

Hope you’re enjoying your Saturday.  Stay tuned for my Christmas post, and I hope yours was as enjoyable as mine. 



Winner of Give Aways

Congratulations to Priscilla B., #29.  Priscilla is the winner of the Ladybug Tutu give away!  Number was generated by Random.org.

True Random Number
Generator
Min:Max:Result:29


Congratulations to Mary, #9.  Mary is the winner of the Sylvan Books give away.

True Random Number
Generator
Min:Max:Result:9

Sausage Wreath Recipe

Mini Sausage Wreath


Mini- Sausage Wreath

Ingredients:

– Mini sausages
– Refrigerated crescent dough rolls
– Red bell pepper
– 1/3 cup butter
– Rosemary for seasoning
– ½ cup BBQ sauce
– ½ cup whole berry cranberry sauce

Directions:

1.  Preheat the oven to the temperature specified on the crescent dough rolls package.
2.  Unroll the crescent roll dough and separate at the perforations to create 4 rectangles. Press together the remaining perforations in each rectangle.
3.  With a knife or pizza cutter, cut each rectangle into 8 strips (for a total of 32 strips).
4.  Wrap each mini sausage in a strip of dough. Lay out the crescent-wrapped sausages in a wreath formation with their sides touching on an ungreased cookie sheet.
5.  Bake for 11-15 minutes or until golden brown.
6.  While the wreath is baking, combine the BBQ sauce and cranberry sauce in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir until heated through. Serve with wreath for dipping.
7.  Melt butter and brush the butter on top of the wreath. Sprinkle with rosemary.
8.  Cut a red bell pepper into a bow shape for garnish.

Recipe courtesy of freefunchristmas.com

Christmas Breakfast Ideas for Kids

kids breakfast ideas, snowman pancakes ideas, fun kids food

 

Mother 2 Mother has found 2 adorable breakfast ideas for your kids on Christmas morning.  Christmas morning is always exciting in my house, so I like to fix meals that are fun and festive. These pancakes look quick and easy, just the way I like it.  The required ingredients are:  a few bacon strips, a strawberry and chocolate chips. Not difficult right.

I will be serving these adorable critters Christmas eve and Christmas morning.  I’m really feeling the snowman below.  I love these little fellows.  It may have something to do with Frosty, which was one of my favorite Christmas movies growing up and now a favorite of my granddaughters.  I pull out the snowmen this time of year, and decorate my home and office with these little guys.  I admire them until they melt in the spring.

To end the evenings, a melting snowman.  Is this little guy adorable or what.  A scoop of ice cream, marshmallows, licorice stick, cherry and chocolate chips will do the job.  I will be using a food pen for the eyes, nose and mouth.  Be creative, and modify him to what you have in the house.  Vanilla ice cream happens to be the flavor of the month for my grandson.  We’ve moved from chocolate, to strawberry, to vanilla.  Hopefully, his taste buds will remain stuck on vanilla through the holiday season.

snowman treats, fun kids food, edible snowman ideas

*Pictures courtesy of Pinterest.

A Flower in the Snow Book Give Away

I love reading, and I’ve tried to instill reading into my daughter’s and grandchildren’s life.  Reading aloud to children helps with vocabulary, literacy and gets them to use their imagination as they’re listening to the story and looking at the pictures.  Thirty four years later, my daughter is still an avid reader and my 5 year old grandson still loves MaMa to read bedtime stories.  We love reading on cold and snowy days too. 

When asked to review the children’s book, A Flower in the Snow, by Sourcebooks, I was thrilled.  In essence, the book is about friendship. Luna and her polar bear friend, Bear, discover a beautiful gold flower growing in the snow.  But when the flower fades, Bear goes on a search around the world for another to bring to Luna.  It’s only when he returns home that the true strength of their friendship is revealed. 

The book is hardback and beautifully illustrated with vivid colors.  It is appropriate for ages 4 – 8 and has 32 pages.  The story teaches children that friendship is more important than things.  It also teaches children that it’s okay to miss someone and feel sad when they’re away.  To check out this book and others visit, A Flower in the Snow on the Sourcebooks site.  The book is available for $16.99. 

Mother 2 Mother is giving away a copy of A Flower in the Snow.  Here’s how you can win.  Leave us a comment on this post telling us who you will giving this adorable book to.

Want extra entries? Do one or all of the following:
  • Follow Our Blog (left sidebar; 5 entries)
  • Tweet this give away (3 entries)
  • Follow @sugarkisses on Twitter (2 entries)
  • Comment on another post (3 entries)
  • Follow one of my boards on Pinterest (2 entries)

Give away is open to both US and Canada residents 18 or older.  Give away will end December 21, 2012 at mid-night.  A copy of the book will be sent directly by the sponsor.  Participants with invalid email addresses will be disqualified.  Winner will be announced on Mother 2 Mother and contacted for a mailing address.

*Give away is sponsored by Sourcebooks, but the review of A Flower in the Snow is my own. 

Jessica Alba Baby Line

Are these disposable diapers adorable or what?  Mother 2 Mother is constantly searching for unique items to bring to our readers.  We discovered the Jesscia Alba baby line.  These adorable diapers are available for purchase from her company Honest.  They are printed with lead-free inks, and made mostly from plant-based and sustainable materials.   The price point isn’t bad, cost is based on size as in all disposal diapers.  For example, you get 40 Newborn for $13.95 plus $5.95 shipping cost.  I love the different designs that you can choose from.  Look at the sweets diaper, it has ice cream cones, lolipops, and candy.  Imagine a baby with that little sweet booty.  


Jessica offers a full line of organic, eco-friendly baby products.  She has 70 wipes for $4.95 a pack, which I thought was a good deal if your ordering other products.  Training pants, swimmies and she offers bath and body products as well as household products.

Jessica started her line when she was unable to find eco-friendly products for her own children, Honor and Haven.  The only draw back that I see is, customers must sign up on Honest.com and choose a subscription package.  Your products are delivered monthly.  I’ve never been big on this type of service.  I may decide that I want to purchase something different during a particular month; however, I would not be able to do that if I’m commited to Honest. 

If this type of service and product appeals to you, check out Honest.com 

Thunderstruck DVD and Bluray Give Away



 

Mother 2 Mother is pleased to announce the give away of a Thunderstruck DVD, Bluray and Digital download package sponsored by Warner Brothers.  If you have a little or not so little sports fan in your house, they’re sure to love it.  The DVD will be released 12/4/2012.
 
Oklahoma Thunder NBA
superstar Kevin Durant plays himself in this action-packed family film
about a basketball star who switches talent with a klutzy 16-year-old fan. When
Brian (Taylor Gray) magically switches basketball skills with his hero,
Kevin Durant, he becomes the star of his high school team… while Kevin Durant
suddenly can’t make a shot to save his life! But with the playoffs approaching,
Brian learns that being a true winner means working hard at your own game, and
he tries to make things right in time to prevent a catastrophic end to his
hero’s season. 
The movies also stars Taylor Gray and comedians Jim Belushi and Brandon T Jackson.  


 Here’s how you can be a winner of this give away, access the blog app:

*Check out the Free Throw challenger on the blog app.  Grandma got skills, BOOYAH!  Nothing But Net, I made 15 shots and this was my feedback: Thunderstruck-tacular!You have some serious skills! Straight up KD status and ready for the pros! Never stop working hard and GO GET EMM CHAMP!  Test yours or a family member’s skills, and post the results in the comments area.    (10 entries)


 *THUNDER-IFICTIPS FOR KIDS.  Let us know your favorite tip.  (2 entries) 
*Tweet this give away with the #ThunderstruckBluRay hashtag (5 entries)
 
*Follow Mother 2 Mother (on left  5 entries)

Contest is open to US Residents only 18 or older.  Entries with invalid e-mail addresses will be disqualified.  Contest ends 12/16/12. DVD will be shipped 2-4 weeks after contest ends via FEDEx by our sponsor.  Winner will be contacted for shipping address.