Blog Posts by ShiningLight

  • 44 Top Toys in the National Toy Hall of Fame

    There have been 44 toys inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame. I have to say, Hot Wheels was omitted and I'm a bit bothered by that. Check out this list of Top Toys and see if you agree or not. If you are a parent or a kid, what is your favorite toy and is it on this list?


    National Toy Hall of Fame - 44 Top Toys

    (alphabetical list)

    1. Alphabet Blocks duncan-yo-yo
    2. Atari 2600 Game System
    3. Baby Doll
    4. The Ball
    5. Barbie
    6. Bicycle
    7. Big Wheel
    8. Candy Land
    9. Cardboard Box
    10. Checkers
    11. Crayola Crayons
    12. Duncan Yo Yo
    13. Easy Bake Oven
    14. Erector Set
    15. Etch- A- Sketch


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    Duncan Yo Yo Photo: amazon.com

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  • User post: Easy Slow Cooker Pork Chops

    Wouldn't you like to have dinner ready when you come home from work? The slow cooker or crockpot is a working woman's best friend. This is a great recipe that takes 15 minutes in the morning, and slowly simmers all day to a wonderful pork chop and light gravy meal. easy-slow-cooker-pork-chops Serve over noodles or rice, steam a green vege and you have a nice comforting dinner.


    Easy Slow Cooker Pork Chops

    You will need the following ingredients:

    • 1/2 cup flour
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground mustard
    • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 6 pork chops with bone in
    • 2 tablespoons oil
    • 1 can cream of chicken soup
    • 1/3 cup water
    1. In a medium bowl, combine spices and flour. Coat pork chops.
    2. Heat oil in skillet and cook pork chops until browned on both sides.
    3. Place pork chops in crockpot.
    4. In a small bowl, combine soup and water. Pour over pork chops.
    5. Cover and cook on High 3-4 hours or on Low for 6-9 hours.

    Photo: amazon.com ( they really do have

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  • Free On-line Thanksgiving Computer Games

    Here are some great sites to play FREE online computer Thanksgiving games. Try these for fun.
    Free online Thanksgiving computer games

    Gobble's Tic Tac Toe

    Guess the Turkey

    Thanksgiving Memory Game

    MSN's Harvest Bejeweled

    Thanksgiving Turkey Match

    Spot the Difference

    Print it out: Thanksgiving word scramble and Thanksgiving Word Jumble

    The BEST Thanksgiving trivia quiz ever from Ellen Jacob, Cleveland Grandparenting Examiner.


    Free Thanksgiving coloring pages and crafts

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  • User post: Surprise Cheese Puffs

    This is a great appetizer recipe that can be made ahead of time and baked just before guests arrive. The surprise is an olive inside the dough. This can also be served with drinks as the olive lends a great salty flavor.


    Surprise Cheese Puffs
    • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
    • 1/2 cup butter, softened
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup flour
    • 1 small jar green olives

    1. Drain olives. Pat dry with a paper towel.
    2. In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients, except olives.
    3. Cover each olive completely with about 1 teaspoon of dough mixture.
    4. Place on baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 11 - 15 minutes until lightly browned.
    5. These can be made ahead of time. Freeze balls on a baking sheet and then place in a plastic bag. Bake right before guests arrive. You can then put these in a warmed, on low setting, crockpot and let your guests serve themselves.

    Keep H1N1 away and use drink charms.

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  • Easy Chicken & Pasta

    This is a quick go to meal that you can make when you are rushed for time. 4 ingredients, you pick the type of vegetables that your family will eat, and dinner is served.


    Easy Chicken & Pasta

    1 lb. boneless chicken breast
    1 can cream of chicken soup
    1 - 16 oz. package frozen vege-pasta seasoned combination
    1/2 cup water


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  • Homemade Pumpkin Bread

    Homemade pumpkin bread, warm from the oven along with a cup of coffee is one of my favorite treats. This is one of my prized recipes that everyone asks for. It also makes two loaves, so you can have one now and freeze one for Thanksgiving dinner.

    Pumpkin Bread

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

    You will need the following ingredients:

    • 4 eggs, beaten
    • 3 cups sugar
    • 1 cup vegetable oil
    • 1 lb. canned pumpkin
    • 3-1/2 cups flour
    • 2 teaspoons baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
    • 1 teaspoon allspice (if you don't have this - skip it)
    • 2/3 cup cold water

    1. Grease and dust with flour, 2 loaf pans.
    2. In a large bowl, using a mixer, beat eggs, oil, and sugar until blended.
    3. Add pumpkin and mix until blended.
    4. Add dry ingredients and mix until combined.
    5. Mix in water.
    6. Pour evenly into 2 loaf pans.
    7. Bake for 1 hour. Pumpkin bread is done
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  • User post: Baked Hash Brown Patties

    This is the absolute best recipe using frozen hash brown patties. They are melt in your mouth good. You will fight for the leftovers. Use the hash brown patties that are in the freezer section of the grocery store. Only 5 ingredients and very easy to assemble. You can add any spices that your family enjoys.

    Baked Hash Brown Patties

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

    You will need the following ingredients:

    • 8 frozen hash patties
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1 cup ( school lunch carton sized) heavy whipping cream
    • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


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  • User post: Honey Peach Freeze

    This is a nice cool treat that you can enjoy anytime! Healthy, simple and easy to make with only 4 ingredients. You can't go wrong.

    Honey Peach Freeze

    • 1 - 20 oz. package of frozen peach slices.
    • 1/4 cup honey
    • 2 Tablespoons orange juice
    • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice



    1. Partially thaw peaches.
    2. Place peaches, honey, and juices into a blender.
    3. Cover and blend until smooth.
    4. Pour into a freezer proof dish.
    5. Freeze.
    6. Remove 5 minutes before serving.

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  • Easy Kinda Homemade Pumpkin Ice Cream

    Pumpkins and ice cream. Those two words together just add up to FUN. This is a really easy treat that everyone will enjoy.

    Pumpkin Ice Cream

    • 1 quart vanilla ice cream, softened
    • 1/3 cup sugar
    • 1-1/2 cups pumpkin pie filling
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • 1 cup pecans, chopped ( optional)

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  • User post: Pudding Shots - better than Jello Shots

    You've heard of jello shots, well there is something better. Pudding Shots are so good, you'll forget that there is alcohol in them. The next time you are throwing a party make a couple of batches. Be careful, it sneaks up on you.

    Pudding Shots

    1 package, 3-1/2 oz. instant chocolate pudding mix

    3/4 cup of milk

    1/4 cup of vodka

    1/2 cup irish cream liquer

    8 oz. cool whip, thawed


    • Mix pudding and milk together in a bowl.
    • Add alcohol and stir well.
    • Fold in cool whip.
    • Divide into plastic shot glasses and keep in the freezer.


    You can have a lot of fun with flavors and mix together any combination of pudding and alcohol. Just keep the alcohol measurements the same.

    Try vanilla pudding and raspberry schnapps, vanilla pudding and rootbeer schnapps, use whatever alcohol you have in your cupboard and buy the pudding to mix with it.

    You can find plastic shot glasses at most party stores and cake supply stores.

    When I make this for just me

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