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My Little Sweetie at his 1st Pumpkin Patch last year.

He thought they were balls, lol.

Crockpot Pork Chops & Potatoes

PORK CHOPS AND SCALLOPED POTATOES

  • 4 extra thick pork chops
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 – 5 large russet potatoes, can use more if needed
  • 1 can cream of asparagus soup
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 ounces Velveeta, cut into chunks

Melt butter in a large skillet. Sprinkle salt and pepper generously on both sides of chops. Brown chops on both sides. While chops are browning, wash the potatoes and slice into 1/4 inch. Whisk together the soup, sour cream and milk.

Spray crock pot with PAM. Layer potatoes slices, soup sauce and cheese chunks 2 or 3 times. Lay pork chops on top. Cook on low 4 – 5 hours. I serve with a garden salad & hot rolls. Delicious!

Fall Kitchen Cake Give Away

As you all know, fall is my favorite time of the year. I love the colors and the cool weather is great for sleeping and snuggling with your love ones. I love the pumpkin patches, hayrides, apple cider and scare crows. I love creating, and I love creating Kitchen Towel Cakes. I usually make these for house warming gifts, but I’ve expanded my collection to include Fall and Christmas Towel Cakes as well. I’m feeling generous, so I’m giving one away to my readers.

The cake will include a fall themed kitchen towel and 5 – 10 other kitchen items. (Towels may not be exactly as shown, but it will be similiar). You can be the winner! Here’s how: Leave me a comment on what you like about fall and why you would like to win this towel cake. I will select a randomly select a winner from the comments.

Want extra entries? Do one or all of the following:

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http://mother-2-mother.blogspot.com/2009/10/my-grandsons-b-day-gift.html

Give away is open to US Residents only and ends November 10 at mid-night. Good Luck!

Wordless Wednesday

I can do it myself Mama!

My Grandson’s B-Day Gift

I purchased this adorable table and chair set for my grandson’s birthday. He’s into cars and learning to color, finger paint etc., so I thought this would be the perfect gift for him. I found it on a site earlier, but when I went back to purchase it was sold out. I decided to try Walmart, they had it for $40.00 less, free shipping from Site-To-Store, and you could have the chairs personalized. I jumped on it. Unfortunately, we live 5 hours away so we were unable to put it together before we arrived for his party. I’ll post a picture once my son-in-law puts it together.


I love the primary colors, and feel sure that he will get lots of use out of it. Most Matchbox and Hot Wheel cars fit the track, so we’re starting a collection for him. I’ve found that Big Lots carries the Matchbox and Hot Wheels cars for $1.00 each. Since he is only 2, I won’t feel bad if he loses one or two or three, lol. Once he gets older and can truly appreciate them, we’ll invest a little more in the collection.

If you know any place that sells the Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars for a reasonable price, please leave me a comment. If you don’t know where to purchase the cars, leave me a comment anyway. I would love to hear your opinion on this Great Find.

Fall – My Favorite Time of Year

Fall is my favorite time of year. I live in the country, so I’m surrounded by brilliant colors in the mountains and front yards. Apple orchards are in abundance here too, so I’m looking forward to homemade apple butter, apple crisp, and apple cider. If you have a quick and easy recipe for apple crisp, please leave me a link.

I discovered a Wine Festival last year that was absolutely wonderful. Normally when I go to wine festivals it’s adults only and we have a designated driver, but this particular festival is perfect for the family. The Shenandoah Valley Hot Air Balloon & Wine Festival has vendors galore, pumpkin carvings, games, face painting, hot air balloons, carnival rides, puppet shows, and dancing. My nephew had a ball. I’ll be taking him again this year and one of his friends. I love hanging out with him. He’s adventurous and he keeps me young. At least young at heart.

The trees have barely started to changed here. The festival is October 16 – 18. I was hoping the trees would be at their peak, but it doesn’t look like I’m going to get my wish. I love taking pictures of the fall foliage. The boys will have fun regardless of the trees and the color of their leaves. That’s what’s truly important, but I did want to get a few good shots for my scrapbook. Here’s a picture of my nephew climbing the rock wall last year at the festival.


He also had fun with the pumpkin carvings (shown below). There were pumpkins everywhere. Not only where the pumpkins in abundance, they were huge. The artists were fascinating.


I had just as much fun as the kids. I’m always down for a good Italian Sausage, funnel cake and some uplifting music. This festival is on a 400 acre farm, which is absolutely beautiful. They launch air hot balloons and have pastures of horses grazing. Music plays throughout the day. Last year it was too windy to launch the hot air balloons, hopefully the weather will cooperate this year. In spite of the wind, it was a beautiful day to spread a blanket on the ground, watch the children play, horses graze, and allow the music to lift your spirits. The hot ar balloons launch twice a day, 7:00 am and 5:00 pm. Guess who won’t be there at 7:00 am! If you’re an early riser and/or live in the Shenandoah Valley area, save the date. You’ll receive lots of hugs and kisses from the kiddies. Leave us a comment and tell us about your family’s favorite fall activities.

Little Tikes Give Away

Welcome to our Oldies But Goodies Party. Please enjoy the music and horsĀ· d’oeuvres. There’s plenty of non-alcoholic punch and birthday cake. If you prefer something a little stronger the bar is around the corner. We have a great give away, so be sure to enter before you leave. Our bash will continue through October. In addition to the give away below, we will be giving Curiel Lotion, nipple cream, a hat and headband for your little princess, a fall themed kitchen cake, your choice of a boy or girl diaper cake and more.

I was thrilled when All Children’s Furniture contacted us about a give away. We knew our readers would love it, and would also want to purchase an item from this site in the future. All Children’s Furniture sells everything from kid’s chairs to toys. I adore the Jungle Table and Chair Set, it’s perfect for any playroom. You must browse their chair selection.

They also have an assortment of toys. I love one stop shopping. With a full time job, a mother, grandmother, and on-line business owner, I just don’t have the

time to run from store to store these days. I found many items on the site that I love, and I will be purchasing from All Children’s Furniture for my grandson. One item that I have my eye on is the Little Tikes Tricycle. It’s so cute. I’m picturing him riding this down the driveway. I knew my long driveway would come in handy one day, lol.

I also found a Little Tikes Picnic Table (shown above) that would be perfect when he’s visiting. This little table would beneficial for eating, coloring, finger painting and any other activity that can be performed while sitting. He’s at that age where he loves to roll cars and he’s trying to feed himself, so I would get alot of use out this table. An umbrella is also available if you would like to purchase separately.

You can be the winner of the Little Tikes Tricycle or Picnic Table, you choose. Here’s how, visit the site and browse the Kid’s Chairs section. Leave us a comment on what catches your eye. In the same comment let us known which of the two items, Little Tikes Tricycle or Picnic Table, you would like to win. We will select a winner from the posts. Item will be shipped directly from the sponsor. Failure to follow these steps will result in disqualification.


Want extra entries? Do one or all of the following:

  • Grab our Party Button and place it on your sidebar
  • Place this give away on your blog: Mother-2-Mother is having a great toy giveaway sponsored by AllChildrensFurniture.com, who carries everything from kids chairs to toys. Give away ends November 1!
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  • Follow Us (left sidebar)
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  • Follow Us On Twitter and tweet this give away (3 extra entries)
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http://mother-2-mother.blogspot.com/2009/09/wheres-my-go-go-boots.html

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http://mother-2-mother.blogspot.com/2009/09/what-happened-year-you-were-born.html

This give away will end November 5 at midnight. It is open to US Residents only. Good luck!

We’re Having A Party – You’re Invited

You’re invited to our Birthday Bash! We will be giving away great prizes weekly from September 16 – October 16. Prizes include a 2-Tier Diaper Cake, Little Tikes Picnic Table, Fall Themed Kitchen Cake, Christmas Themed Towel Cake, Mia Bella Candles, an adorable headband and hat set by Simply FaBOWlous Boutique and more.

Be sure to Save The Dates. You won’t want to miss out on these great give aways. If you have a blog, we would appreciate you posting our button, left sidebar, on your blog.
Before you leave, be sure to enter the give aways we have listed below.

You Call This An Elmo Cake?

Normally I’m an upbeat person and can let most things roll off my back. When it comes to my grandson, MaMa will draw the line. This picture is of my precious Xavier who turned two yesterday. We hosted his party at the Jumping Monkey in Virginia Beach, VA on Saturday. The establishment was responsible for creating his birthday cake. We requested that the bottom be made of cupcakes; the surface (icing) was suppose to cover the cupcakes and contain a picture of Elmo. This is a picture of the cake that they served. Is this the most pathetic Elmo cake that you have seen? It’s damn sure the most pathetic one that I have seen.

To say that I was livid would be an understatement. The icing was 2 inches thick, we had to search for Elmo on the surface of the cake, and get this it had a fish bowl and some character that we have no clue to this day who it is. Hello, the fish bowl is connected to Dr. Seuss not Sesame Street. This is coming from an establishment who caters to children. Kinda scary isn’t it?

Look at the picture, my sweet Xavier doesn’t care. He just wants to lick the icing on the cupcakes. Isn’t it funny, how children can have fun anytime, anywhere and it’s the adults that act a fool when things aren’t perfect. Even so, I refused to pay for this poor excuse for a cake. I look back on it and I can laugh now, but believe me I wasn’t laughing Saturday when they brought it out and set it before him. My response was truly WTH? I could have made a better looking cake, and I’ve never baked a cake in my life.

My grandson will be visiting this week-end, so I will be having a small cake made at one of the local bakeries. I just can’t stand the thought of that pathetic cake being in my scrapbook for his second birthday. I’ll be sending a picture to the Jumping Monkey, so they can see what a real Elmo cake looks like. I’ll be sure to post a picture of the cake we serve this week-end.

Can you relate to my despair? Leave us a comment and let us know about a major disappointment at your child’s birthday party. Haven’t had one, leave a comment on what you think about the cake presented at my grandson’s party, and if you would have been disappointed.

Wordless Wednesday

Sand Sculpture

Sunset

I attended a festival in Virginia Beach, VA this past week-end. Here’s a few pictures.