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Win a Trip for Two to Sonoma to Meet with St. Francis' Winemaker and Getaway!

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With kids running around and a dinner to prepare what Mom would say “NO” to a quick, healthy way to put flavorful foods on the table without resorting to frozen pizza or chicken nuggets?  Grilling provides a fast, easy and low calorie solution with minimal ingredients but tons of FLAVOR!  America’s leading female grilling expert Elizabeth Karmel knows this well, the successful Southern Belle shares the wealth in her FREE Girls’ Guide to Grilling available at

Here is a recipe from the guide. It is supposed be delicious and healthy dessert that the whole family will love. I have not yet tried it, but if you do, please let me know your thoughts. 
So throw away those cookies and pints of ice cream, and “wow” your husband and kids with this fantastic grilling recipe. 
Grilled Banana Split Sundae with
Homemade Bittersweet Chocolate Ganache
Serves 4


4 firm, but ripe, bananas, unpeeled

1 tablespoon white sugar

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 tablespoon untoasted walnut or other nut oil, plus more if needed

8 small scoops best-quality vanilla ice cream
½ cup coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts, toasted

1 cup chocolate ganache, below

Best quality vanilla ice cream (or favorite flavor)
Whipped cream, optional
Chopped toasted pecans or walnuts
Maraschino cherries, optional

Slice bananas in half lengthwise and crosswise so each banana yields four pieces. DO NOT remove peel. Set aside. Mix sugar and cinnamon and set aside. Brush bananas lightly with oil. Sprinkle cinnamon-sugar on cut sides of bananas. Let bananas sit for 5 minutes.

Place bananas cut-side down on a clean cooking grate over Direct Low heat. Cook for 2 minutes or until grill marks appear. Using a pair of long-handled tongs, turn over and let cook 5 more minutes or until the skin pulls away from the banana.

Arrange 2 banana halves without skins on each serving plate. Top each serving with 2 scoops of ice cream. Ladle ¼ cup of hot fudge over each sundae. Sprinkle each with 1 tablespoon of chopped nuts, whipped cream and place a cherry on top. Serve immediately.

Note: You can follow the method for grilling the bananas and use any fruit. Rings of pineapple, stone fruits (peaches, plums, apricots) with the pit removed, apples and pears are perfectly suited to the grill.

Chocolate Ganache
Serves 8
6 ounces 70% bittersweet chocolate, preferably Sharffen Berger®
cup heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons liqueur (such as Kalhua, Frangelico; Dark Rum or Bourbon)
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Make the Ganache up to 2 days in advance. Chop chocolate bar into bite-size pieces or measure chips. Heat cream to almost boiling, add sugar and stir to combine. Remove from heat and pour over chocolate pieces. Whisk vigorously until melted, and cream is completely incorporated. Add liqueur and vanilla, stirring constantly until mixture is cool the touch. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside or refrigerate.

Note: If refrigerated, it will need to be brought to room temperature and warmed before serving.
The Guide also contains a recipe for Sugar and Spice Candied Walnuts which would be a perfect topping to this unique sundae.
Karmel reveals fabulous grilling tips and her best grilling recipes, each perfectly paired with a full-flavored, delicious St. Francis wine to reward a long day of soccer practice and ballet rehearsal. And once you’ve opened that bottle of wine and put the kids to bed, why not up the ante for a chance to win a trip to Sonoma?
Elizabeth Karmel and St. Francis winery are challenging multitasking Mommies to TURN UP THE HEAT by submitting a 3-minute or less video of you grilling your boldest and most flavorful recipe paired with a St. Francis wine.  The winner will receive a VIP trip for two to Sonoma to meet with St. Francis’ winemaker and most of all, time away from home to relax!   Contest ends on August 31st, visit to enter. 

About the author: Owner of JamericanSpice. Sharing my journey in the present, from the past or thoughts for my future. Mom of two who loves to travel and read and decipher people.
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Skin - Aloha Friday/Friday Follow

My Question:
What type of moisturizer/lotion do you use?
I use a few but my favorite one that really works for my skin is Aveeno. My skin is usually dry and really needs moisture and Aveeno is the only one that is helping me so far.

Kailani says "In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too. Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response."
If you’d like to participate, just post your own question on your blog and leave your link on Kailani's blog. Don’t forget to visit the other participants! It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends!
I am also joining in with Friday Follow. So if you happen to visit and follow me, I will definitely be returning the love. 

 About the author: Owner of JamericanSpice. Sharing my journey in the present, from the past or thoughts for my future. Mom of two who loves to travel and read and decipher people.
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What Are Your Motives?

Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters. One man’s faith allows him to eat everything, but another man, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. – Romans 14:1-2

A theme that runs throughout the New Testament is preferring others as more important than yourself. This passage mentions disputable matters, or practical applications of Christian life that can be interpreted in a number of ways. In this case it was one believer’s dismissal of other gods as false, therefore he felt free to eat meat sacrificed to idols that he didn’t view as real. But another believer saw the meat as defiled and therefore chose to eat only vegetables. Both were set on glorifying God by his actions. When we look past actions and explore motives, we often find common ground. This allows us to accept each other without passing judgment.

Today’s commentary by:
Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor,

About the author: Owner of JamericanSpice. Sharing my journey in the present, from the past or thoughts for my future. Mom of two who loves to travel and read and decipher people.
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EyeBuyDirect Prescription Glasses Giveaway - CLOSED - WINNER!

Thank you all for visiting and entering. I do appreciate your time. 

The winner is Sheliza. 

Congratulations! I'll be sending you an email. 

Launched in 2005 and emerging today as a major player in the global online retail sphere, is a prescription eyewear website offering an extensive range of high quality, affordable frame and lens packages. The site offers its budget-conscious and style-savvy shoppers a fast, simple and efficient way to browse an extensive online catalogue, and enables them to purchase eyewear from the comfort of their own homes. Users have the added option of uploading their photo to ‘virtually’ try-on their desired eyeglasses, as well as receiving feedback and opinions from other users to help inform their decision – all contributing to a fun and interactive shopping experience.....Why buy direct?

If you visit their site often, you'll find really cool promotions going on. The last promotion a few days ago that I missed :( was a BOGO on prescription glasses. They also have really good discounts and great sales and yes they take paypal :) 

Right now on their site, they are showing free case and cloth, Free anti-scratch coating and free shipping over $99

EyeBuyDirect would like to give one of my readers One pair of prescription eye glasses. 
Winner's choice of One prescription glasses

Main entry
Visit EyeBuyDirect and let me know which frame you would choose

Extra entries:

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Giveaway ends Sept 4th, 2010, 11:00pm CST.

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It's All About The Benjamins! - WW

I'm teaching my babies all about money. Gotta start early so they get into the grove of it and understand that it does not grow on trees and it's sweeter when you work hard for it and it's not handed to you. 

The boy's pig is past half full because he started a full two year before the girl, but they don't mind or know the difference :) 

In the store he says, mama I want this and this and that and I say 'well you left your piggy bank at home' :)

 For more Wordless Wednesdays check out 5 minutes for moms , Wordless Wednesday and 7 Clown Circus and Go Graham Go!  

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Back-To-School Blog Bash Reviews and Giveaways Begins August 1st!

In a few days I'll be doing a Back-to-School blog bash with a few other bloggers. We are hoping to introduce new products and information that will help with planning the back to school journey for our children.

I hope you will be a part of this exciting event and help in supporting us by entering the giveaways and reading the reviews, giving your opinions and also spreading the word about this bash. 

Feel free to grab our buttons and share on your blogs and with anyone you wish. 
There will be TEN extra entries for posting any of the back to school bash buttons on your website.  

NOTE* I've updated the buttons and they should work good now. Thank you!


Back To School Blog Bash

The participating blogs are:

Thank you and hope to see you here! :) 

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Arnold/Oroweat Bread - Tempt My Tummy Tuesdays

Keep your brown bag healthy this summer with new Arnold/Oroweat Triple Health 100% Whole Wheat Bread, chock-full of three key ingredients:  each slice is an excellent source of fiber, rich in antioxidant vitamins A, D and E and a good source of Omega-3 ALA. 

My Thoughts: 

At first when I saw this bread, I kinda thought maybe like some other wheat breads, it would have a bitteress taste to it and I wouldn't like it that much. 

So before putting anything on this bread, I decided to try it, fully expecting it to be just like other whole wheat breads. One bite later and my tastes buds are stirred and I'm thinking, it can't be possible for a bread to taste that good. Let me eat a whole slice. I did and then realize that it was really good bread and I'm having this for breakfast!!! 

The eggs were done and I called the kids in to do the bread test too. My kids like bread if there is something on it, like say Jelly :) 
My kids started eating the bread by itself and exclaimed that it was really good. I know that it was good for them because I had to stop them from eaating another slice before eating their eggs!!

So for breakfast we had the Arnold/Oroweat Triple Health 100% Whole Wheat Bread with eggs and hot chocolate. YUM! 

I honestly can't believe a whole wheat bread could actually taste this good. 

Then we tried other products on it for lunch. I didn't like it as much with the Almond butter and jelly. It just didn't have the same taste. 

I wanted to try it with Turkey and cheese but still haven't been to the grocery store as yet. 

This bread taste great and it's also very healthy. 

Healthy should taste GOOD! 

You can use the bread with anything for either breakfast, lunch or snack! 

Triple Health™

Each slice of this 100% whole wheat bread contains an excellent source of fiber, a good source of Omega-3, and is rich in antioxidant vitamins A, D and E.
Health Benefits:
  • 18g whole grains (100% whole wheat)
  • Excellent source of fiber
  • Good source of Omega-3 ALA
  • No artificial colors, flavors or preservatives
  • Rich in antioxidant vitamins A, D & E

We know it's Summer and it's all about outdoor fun and cooking, so why not try the grill pizza from Boboli Pizza Crusts.  If you haven’t tried grilled pizza before, you should give it a whirl on your grill!

Boboli Pizza Crusts are perfect for barbecues, offering an unexpected treat from typical grilling fare – the toppings are limitless and the crust is nice and toasty.  
It’s easy to whip up a perfect pizza on the grill with Boboli Pizza Crusts. Just follow these simple instructions:
    • Grill the crust 2-4 minutes per side, over medium low heat.
    • Remove crust and pile on your favorite, pre-cooked toppings.  For tasty recipe ideas, visit us on Facebook
    • Grill for 8-10 minutes until you see grill marks on the bottom of the crust, and enjoy!

Boboli Pizza Crusts are available in Original and Thin Crust, in 8” or 12” sizes. The 100% Whole Wheat Crust is perfect for those craving a more nutritious option.

I didn't get to try this, but would have loved to! If the Arnold/Oroweat Bread tasted so good, I can only imagine the great taste of the Boboli Pizza Crusts! 

Blessed with Grace
Joining in with Blessed With Grace for her fun meme
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I received a loaf of the Arnold/Oroweat Bread to sample and it does taste great! Please see my disclosure

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SmartyRents FREE 3 Month Membership Giveaway - Rent Videos and Games (5 Winners) - CLOSED

This was very low entry but thanks for the entries. 
Winner is Susan and theprophecygirl,

Congrats. I'll send you an email. 

******* is an online educational video game rental company, featuring LeapFrog and VTech  You can RENT games from eight game systems, including Little Leaps, Clickstart, Leapster, Didj, V.Smile Baby, V.Smile, V.Motion, and V.Flash.  All games are available to rent including those no longer available on the market for purchase.  You can choose from one of several SmartyRents rental packages to meet the individual needs of each child in your family.  This online rental company works similar to Netflix, in that, your selected game titles are shipped free, directly to your door and with no late fees.  games.
One of the most impressive services SmartyRents provides to parents is the ability to search for games by a specific educational skill.  For example, if your child is struggling with addition, you can search for only those games that address addition.  Parents can search among 150 educational skills to select key skills pertinent to their child’s age and learning level.  Games are available for children as young as 9 months to 10 years old.  SmartyRents is owned and operated by credentialed teachers with Master's Degrees in Education. After becoming stay-at-home moms, it soon became their goal to provide families with a fun and affordable way to promote education in the home.
Check out to see how this great website can save your family money!  This is an inexpensive way for you to provide your children with a variety of educational games without the high cost of buying a game only to have their interests change before you’ve gotten your monies worth.
To get started, there are four simple steps:
  1. Register as a SmartyRents member.
  2. Choose the rental package that best fits your needs:

    • 1 game, 2 games, 3 games, or 4 games at a time
  3. Begin your child's learning experience by adding games to your Game
  4. Your game(s) will be delivered to your door to keep for as long as you want to play.
Additionally, if you love the game so much that it pains you to part with it, then take advantage of our "LOVE IT" option. The "LOVE IT" option allows you to keep the game by purchasing it at the "LOVE IT" price.
SmartyRents would like to offer everyone a promo code worth 1 FREE month of the 1 Game at a Time package or $9.99 towards the package of your choice.  Use Promo code: d1cbdd.  In addition to that, they are also offering a Give-a-Way for a 3 month membership to 5 lucky readers.
Giveaway: Free 3 Month Membership to SmartRents - 5 Winners! 
Main entry: 
Visit SmartyRents and tell me something you would rent.
Extra entries:
Like SmartyRents on Facebook (2)
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Giveaway ends Sept 23, 2010, 11:00pm CST.

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Big , Bad and Loud - How Toddlers and Kids Like it! - Shirts That Go!

About Shirts That Go:
Our Inspiration - It is what we are about
When our children see vehicles such as trucks and trains they are just AMAZED and captivated by them. We share that feeling at Shirts that Go! All vehicles are interesting, but certain ones are really noticed by kids and tap into their imagination and wonder about the world. Let's consider a few examples that have inspired us. 

We take our boys to watch the trains go by at a local train line. We park in, of all places, a fire station parking lot! The parking lot happens to be right on the rail line and only 50 feet from a railroad crossing (with the gates and everything). 
We know the times roughly for when the Amtrak comes by on Sunday mornings, so we sit in our van and wait for the train to come. Soon, a train horn can be heard off in the distance... the boys start to get crazy excited. The excitement builds as we hear a few more train horns as the train approaches other nearby crossings on the way toward us. Then... the crossing gates start to come down with the familiar "ding ding" warning bells. We are all at the windows now and the boys are riveted. Then - here comes the diesel engine at about 60 miles per hour. It's loud, it's HUGE, and the ground is shaking a bit. WOW!! Boys are there with eyes wide open and just blown away by the experience of this incredible machine. Soon, it is gone, and we are kind of spinning as the energy level comes down a bit. 
We all have a bit of adrenaline surging from that experience for the next 20 minutes or so, and we are so excited about our day.

So, what is Shirts that Go! all about? Cool designs on t-shirts... or is there something more? We are trying to connect with that sense of wonder about the world with our line of kids t-shirts. We understand that we cannot bottle that energy and put it down on a shirt somehow. What we can do though is provide awesome shirts with realistic vehicles shown in motion to let the kids share their love for these vehicles. To us this is all about adventure, travel, transportation, early concepts about careers, imagination, dreams, possibilities, awe, and of course FUN! ...more

My thoughts: 

The shirt I received for this review came in the cutest box! It has a monster fire truck on it! Guess who is not giving up that box until it shreds!! lol. No..not me. I meant my son.

When he had to choose the shirt online, he took forever! And he choose all of them! I explained to him that, he can only choose one and then we went over the choices numerous times! Well you know how toddlers are. We kept bouncing  between the Train t-shirt, Fire truck t-shirt, Airplane t-shirt and the Tractor Trailer t-shirt. For some reason, the Motorcycle t-shirt was eliminated quickly. Then I realize, it's because the boy does not have a motorcycle toy! He loves to hear the motorcycles rev and see them whiz by! So I guess I have something I can buy for him as a gift after-all :) 
He finally settled on the Tractor Trailer t-shirt!! Yea I was almost ready to just pick for him!

Then every time we got the mail, he wanted to know if his shirt came :) He is definitely getting older and smarter.

This shirt fits nicely and although I have not washed it as yet to see if it will shrink or not and how the picture on the shirt will hold up. The verdict is; it's a pretty darn cool shirt and would make any kid happy!

Shirts That Go has a very exciting selection of construction and transportation themed kids t-shirts in various sizes and will be adding the Garbage Truck t-shirts to their collection soon! These trucks are another must watch for my kids. They will race from window to window to watch this truck go around the neighborhood and pick up the trash cans. I simply cannot explain the fascination, but I , like them have developed an ear for the sound of the garbage truck when it turns into our neighborhood street :)  
I'm one of those mommies shouting' Garbage truck!', so the kids can run away and give me five to myself :) No wolf crying here, I meant when there actually is a garbage truck coming through. 

These shirts are great for any child and perfect for gifting. We all know how quickly kids grow out of their clothing.
You can also send a personal note with your order, if you are ordering for someone else. I like the personalization option plus you get free shipping on all orders! Another really great thing is that they are made in the USA! It's so rare to find something that is made here in our country. I like that.

I know I'm a girl and all but I love me some trucks. I mean 3/4 ton dodge ram, crew cab etc,. You get the idea. That's another kind of truck I'd love to see added to Shirts That Go line. 

And I also have the outcome of the wash! It held up!Woot. 

So grab your kids and check out Shirts That Go

You can also find them here on Twitter and Facebook

Thank you Shirts That Go for this review opportunity. Great job with these shirts! I received the Trailer Truck t-shirt for my son for this review.
See my disclosure.

About the author: Owner of JamericanSpice. Sharing my journey in the present, from the past or thoughts for my future. Mom of two who loves to travel and read and decipher people.
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