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PostHeaderIcon Make it a Sharpie and Rubbermaid Easter (Giveaway/US)

Easter is just around the corner and I am always looking for and unique, fun and creative ways to personalized gifts that I share with friends and family. Enter Rubbermaid and Sharpie! Simply make up a batch of your favorite Easter cookies, fudge or other goodies and “wrap” them in a Rubbermaid TakeAlong decorated with some Sharpie Markers!  Put some ribbon around the too. Depending on the holiday, don’t forget the bow!

Now this is not limited to any holiday of course. Christmas would be another great time to use this idea. This is a fantastic way to let your children be creative and be a part of the gift giving process. Plus, the TakeAlongs can be used again by the receiver so it is not another piece of clutter in their house or something being tossed. Consider this for for your child’s teacher. They really don’t need another coffee mug right?

GIVEAWAY: 15 piece set of TakeAlongs, a Sharpie Stainless Steel Marker, set of 8 Sharpie Retractable Markers and a set of 3 Sharpie Pen Retractables

RULES: Twitter entries must include a link to your Tweet. Tweets must be spaced no less than 60 mins apart. When blogging, giveaway must be listed in a NEW blog post for the day of your entry, not added to an old one.

Mandatory Entry: Visit Rubbermaid and tell me your favorite new product. Mine is the glass bowls! (1 entry)

Bonus Entries: A lot of additional ways to enter! Leave a separate comment for each one!

Giveaway is open to US residents who are 18 years of age or older. I reserve the right to remove any entry from this giveaway. This giveaway is sponsored by Rubbermaid . This giveaway ends 04/25/2011 at 11:59pm EST.

Disclaimer: I was not paid any form of cash for this posting. I received the item(s) mentioned above to thank me for taking the time to participate. All opinions are my own and all media information was provided by the representing PR firm. Read more about Delightful Chaos’ Disclosure Policy.

PostHeaderIcon How will you spread Joy and Comfort this Holiday Season?

With the Holidays just around the corner, we often think about the things that make us happy and the things that we miss. Since my Dad is gone now, there are few things that that bring me both comfort and joy around the holidays. My sons have to be at the top of that list. It doesn’t matter how angry people are making me, how sick I feel that day or just how much I want to scream, hearing the boys say they love me or give me a simple hug makes nothing else as important as that moment.

When they are not around to cheer me up during those mixed up times,  I am overwhelmed by the thoughtfulness of many old and new friends. At the beginning of the year things were very tough for me and some of them came through for me when I needed them most. They never asked any questions, never asked for anything in return, never questioned my “less than sunshine and daisies” days, offered shoulders to lean on and provided lots of hugs. I don’t think that I could get through this holiday season without my friends.

One that sticks out specifically is one of my dearest girlfriends. We will call her Mrs A so she doesn’t yell at me lol. I don’t leave my sons with anyone ever. I don’t have family here and I just became used to having the boys in tow with me all the time. My friend saw many times when I just needed that 10 minutes of Mommy Time away from them. She never questioned, asked why or how long. If I needed her to watch the boys for any reason she was there. She has been a complete lifesaver to me and I am thankful to have her in my life. She has helped me to learn a lot about the kind of people I really want in my daily life. People like her are a dime a dozen.

Now for the most important comfort, FOOD! WOOHOO! Nothing can cheer this mama up like making cookies and candy with Royal and Spencer! Nothing beats making a mess in the kitchen with frosting, sprinkles and FLOUR! My Mother in law has a family tradition of candy and cookie making. This brings me so much comfort and joy because we never had traditions like this in my family. I love knowing that when the boys grow up they will have memories like this from their childhood. This year we also start our own! (More to come on that later!)

Use your extra time this Holiday Season to think about what you can do to bring  joy and comfort to someone else this. Remember, something as simple as offering a neighbor help shoveling snow can go a long way and cost you nothing more than a little of your time :) You can also send some softness to a friend by sending a free pack of Kleenex tissues to someone special! I received this from a friend and it was very cute! It is Softness Worth Sharing!

Disclaimer: “I wrote this blog post while participating in the TwitterMoms and Kleenex blogging program, making me eligible to get a  gift card. For more information on how you can participate, click here.”

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PostHeaderIcon Happy Turkey Day!

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PostHeaderIcon Recipe: Dreamy Chocolaty Egg Nog Pie

Dreamy Chocolaty Egg Nog Pie

Filling:
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
2 3/4 cups Turkey Hill Egg Nog Limited Edition Premium Ice Cream, melted, divided
1/2 cup granulated sugar
5 tablespoons cornstarch
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 9-inch frozen pie shell, baked according to package directions

Topping:
1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Place semi-sweet and milk chocolate chips into medium-sized heat-proof bowl.
  2. Set aside 3/4 cup melted ice cream.
  3. In small saucepan over low heat, heat remaining 2 cups melted ice cream until very hot, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
  4. Stir hot ice cream into chocolate. Allow to stand for a minute, then stir or whisk gently until smooth. Set aside.
  5. In a large saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch. Set aside.
  6. Place eggs in small bowl. With fork, gradually beat in 3/4 cup remaining melted ice cream.
  7. Pour egg mixture into sugar mixture in saucepan.
  8. With whisk, stir until combined, scraping pot sides and bottom with rubber spatula.
  9. Stir until mixture comes to a boil.
  10. Boil and stir 1-1/2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  11. Immediately add melted chocolate mixture and vanilla. Gently stir until combined.
  12. Pour into the cooled pie crust.
  13. Place a piece of plastic wrap over the pie, having it touch the filling so that a skin won’t form in the refrigerator. Chill for at least 4 hours.
  14. In a medium mixing bowl, beat cream with powdered sugar and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract until stiff.
  15. Spread whipped cream over chocolate cream pie.
  16. Garnish with chocolate shavings or mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, if desired.
  17. Store pie in refrigerator.

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