Merry, merry mo. of May…

A lot of neat winnings & deals this month…

I won a $50 AE gift card, a nice goody bag (from Vocalpt)  for a Orgullosa Party (Proud ~ obviously targeted at the Spanish population). P&G samples & $45, one $10 (for me!) and the rest in $5 Target gift cards for my attendees.

A face & eye cream set (from Birchbox).

An Avon cream set.

Two Tassimo mugs.

25 ct Nivea with that awesome $3 Q made the entire batch FREE!! The dental floss was also free with the $1 Q.

On the menu (Easter)

Sunrise service was beautiful, temps here in NY went up to 65° then we had brief showers early evening and now the sun in shining again…perfect weather for an evening walk!

Thanks to ShopRite and their rewards program, this huge ham was free!! I made a 1/2 c brown sugar, 2 T mustard (yea, mustard, lol) a dash of ground ginger and 1/4 c ketchup mixture then spread it over the entire ham. I forgot to add the can of crushed pineapple… ah!! Thankfully, it was very moist and tasty!

I made a traditional Puerto Rican side dish, Arroz con Gandules (Rice & Pigeon peas). I finished with chopped scallions which is not at all traditional but I had a bunch.

2 c uncooked rice

1 can of gandules (found in the Spanish section)

Saute:

2 T olive oil

2 cloves garlic

1/2 onion minced

2 T green olives with pimento

1 T capers

1 t of Sazon or similar Spanish seasoning packet

1/2 t salt

Add the rice to the saute and gently mix the entire can of gandules into the rice. Add water/chicken broth measuring 2″ above the level of rice. Cook covered (DO NOT STIR or it will get sticky) and under low fire/heat for at least 20 minutes.

Green beans

Canned cranberry sauce

Bread

FRESCHETTA pizza giveaway…

This is a blog & Twitter giveaway open to residents in the U.S. Ends 4/27, 8 p.m.

Click on the giveaway tab above (http://wp.me/P19Pbr-6Y) to enter….good luck!!

This is the 6 pc FRESCHETTA storage set I received.

This is the new premium FRESCHETTA Simply Inspired pizza we enjoyed for dinner! BTW there is a $1 Q offer available on: www.freschetta.com

F♥d X

Our Fed Ex guy delivered a box of goodies to me everyday!

I’ve finally upgraded my cell phone deciding on Verizon’s HTC Thunderbolt. I kept going back and forth debating on trying the i phone but it’s still 3G and I have always loved Verizon phones soooo. I am liking this one so far. It’s been a busy week and not much time to “play” with my phone…there is still much to learn!

I also received two surprise boxes of goodies I won this week:

A 4 pc set of Avon’s Anew line of face & eye cremes
A very elegant Gold shiny clutch from Just Fabulous

Also, a package of edibles for product testing and a special box from my very first sponsor for a blog giveaway. I will be posting my giveaway soon!!!

AMI…

GURUMI.. Japanese for a crocheted/knitted stuffed doll.

I’m trying this for the first time and making an Easter bunny. Somehow I choose the bunny pattern (lion brand) with the largest ears although the pattern pic looks fine!!

These are some of the pieces…the one ear is quite obvious! I swear some of these pattern writers are a bit off! The next time I’ll try it with an F hook instead of their suggested H hook. I’m going to frog a few rows so it looks normal!
I love using the Lily cotton here.

OK…so I frogged it down to 15 rows which looks a lot better to me.

New England

We enjoyed some time away up in New Hampshire…it was magnificent!!!
As we drove up and down country roads lined with 2 foot high stone fences, many properties with bare maple trees now had tin half-gallon buckets hanging on them. It was the first time I saw maple syrup being collected. Some had small outdoor sheds with a pipe of steam shooting up – they were actually boiling the syrup down. It takes 40 gallons of syrup to make 1 gallon of maple syrup for the table!! Come to think of it, $37 for a half gal is reasonable!

As we passed through small towns we stopped every opportunity we got to absorb the majestic views of the mountains which anytime of the year is breathtaking! Fortunately, it did not snow while we were on vacation but the woods were for the most part still covered in snow/ice as were many of the lakes. One day the temps rose to 47 degrees which was unusual for March. We took that opportunity to go to a inlet off Rye Beach and take pics of the ocean.

We visited towns I spent long lazy summers visiting as a child and many wonderful improvements and some small towns that haven’t changed very much…not sure how that happens! There is one town, Portsmouth which is on the seacoast part of NH and very close to Maine. Well this “city” as they call it is one hopping artsy and thriving town. It’s so New England …now with a healthy mix of avant-garde shops, eateries, both casual and upscale retail & restaurants. It’s the kind of town everyone would feel comfortable in. And of course a very busy Starbucks… as well as local coffee shops. Patrons seem very comfortable seated in outdoor tables many of whom had their dogs right by their side, art & craft galleries, street artists playing some large instrument and a dose of funky fun things all mixed together…we loved it!!

This beautiful Church sits in the center of town…and a large black four-legged baby was getting all the attention in front of it!

Spring has sprung…

and so go the squirrels risking life and limb leaping onto the very end of the tree branches just to snatch the barely there bitty buds. Those bitty little creatures are daring!

So, I’m going spend a lot of time making a few more of the String tote bags. I have a few friends I’d like to gift them to before the Farmer’s markets open.

I completed my first Market String tote bag and am onto a new one…this one is for me!! I’m using Purple w/ a bit of Lime at the base of the tote. I picked up more Lily Sugar ‘n Cream @ Wally world for just $1.49 each ( Hot Purple & some Blue yarn, real Spring colors!).

Getaways

I >3 day trips & extended w/e getaways!! There are just so many places to visit!! I’m enjoying the cold weather and fresh air…it’s invigorating! Hoping on a bus or Amtrak are my favorite ways to enjoy travel. Aside from searching out quaint shops, and yarn stores I’m a newspaper hunter & gatherer. There’s just something fascinating reading newspapers from other towns and of course checking out different brands of product is always fun.

Ooh, I’m due for a getaway real soon…

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