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The winners are…


The winners of the Dial bodywash giveaway are Deb G. and Vera K. I will be contacting you individually for mailing information. Thank you to all who entered.

Becka


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Another giveaway


This giveaway is now closed as of 2/28/14.

We are having a much harsher winter than usual here in South Carolina. I don't know about you, but I often have a problem with dry skin during the colder months of the year.

The other day I received a sample of Dial Vitamin Boost Body Wash in the mail. The label states that it helps promote healthy, soft skin and that it is lotion infused and moisturizing with Vitamin B complex. The sample I got is kiwi scented and it smells very refreshing. It makes me want to eat a kiwi. 🙂 I have enjoyed trying this new body wash and have found it to be helpful in moisturizing my dry winter skin.

Last week while grandson Drew was here visiting he agreed (rather reluctantly) to be the model for this giveaway.
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I have coupons for two free bottles of Dial Vitamin Boost body wash to give away. If you would be interested in sampling it leave a comment here telling what is your favorite scent of body wash or lotion. You can gain an extra entry by mentioning this giveaway on your blog or on Facebook. (Leave another comment here or tag me on Facebook to let me know.) Comments must be received before midnight on Thursday, February 27th. Please leave your name and email address so I can contact you if you are the winner.

"The Dial brand provided me with a sample of Dial Vitamin Boost Body Wash in exchange for a product review. However, all the opinions expressed here are my own."


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A heads up for some of my readers


This post may be of interest to my readers who used to get their prescriptions at Barge Pharmacy. Since Barge closed our former pharmacist, Mr. F. is now working at the Rite Aid on Wade Hampton. I stopped by there last week to compare prices and was pleasantly surprised to find that my prescriptions were actually a little less expensive than at the competitor. I'm sure this will not be the case for everyone, but it is worth checking into. Since I transferred my prescriptions I was given a little gift bag of first aid type items. Mr. F. was not on duty during my visit but the ladies who filled my prescriptions were very helpful and friendly. If you haven't ventured in yet you might want to check it out.

Becka


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How to preserve the staff of life


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We're in the midst of a winter storm here in South Carolina and the news has been reporting that the local stores are out of milk and bread. Fortunately we are pretty well stocked for this emergency since I bought some bread and buns and did quite a bit of baking last week in preparation for the arrival of Megan and Maddie. They flew in on Saturday when the weather was in the 60's.

Here is Maddie relaxing during the snowstorm by reading a book:

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One of my favorite things about winter is being able to bake more. Baking helps to heat up the house and fresh breads often pair well with savory winter soups and stews. Since it's just the two of us here most of the time I generally bake a full batch of whatever I'm baking and then freeze most of it for future use. I have discovered that breads and buns stay nice and fresh for quite a while in the freezer if they are wrapped in plastic wrap and then placed in a plastic storage bag. These hot dog buns had been in the freezer for nearly six months and were still soft and fresh tasting when wrapped and stored this way.

FreezingBuns

This recipe for French Bread makes two loaves. I like to slice one loaf in slices, butter them with garlic butter, and then package them in multiples of two. It's easy to just take out the number of slices needed for a meal and then toast them in the oven to help round out a meal.

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I usually slice the second loaf horizontally and then freeze it for future meals of open faced ham sandwiches or French Bread Pizza. It's convenient to have these breads on hand for quick meals.

HorizontalFrenchBread

I tried a new recipe for this Carrot Onion Dill Bread recently and we both really liked it. I'm planning to use it later in the week for Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. We can enjoy those even if our power goes out.

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Megan and Maddie have enjoyed meeting little Della.

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Jim and Drew are driving down this coming weekend and we are planning a little birthday celebration for Maddie who turns two on Valentine's Day. It will be the first time all five cousins will be together and we hope we can get a picture.

What is your favorite thing to bake when it's cold and snowy outside?

Becka


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A couple of economical winter recipes


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My friend Betty posted a picture of a chicken recipe which she has tried recently. I followed the link to the website and was looking around and noticed that there were quite a few recipes for pork that looked really good. Boneless pork sirloin roasts are often on sale here for less than $2 a pound. I had a roast in the freezer and decided to try the recipe for Mediterranean Pork with Couscous. Rob and I both really liked it. Besides being economical it is cooked in the slow cooker, so it is very easy. The website suggests serving it with couscous but it would also be good with rice or mashed potatoes. We ate it with couscous twice and then had some on buns topped with Swiss cheese and warmed in the crockpot. There was more meat leftover which I put in the freezer. I find that these boneless roasts really help extend our food dollars.

MediterraneanPorkRoastCarrots

Another recipe which I tried recently was for Roasted Carrots. I thought I had seen it on the same website but after looking there for a while I couldn't find it. I decided to just roast them the way I prepare butternut squash. Carrots are very nutritious, and they're economical all year long. This is a delicious way to serve them. I like to prepare quite a few at a time so that we can eat them for several meals.

Roasted Carrots

10-12 carrots, washed, peeled and cut into strips of similar size
4 cloves of garlic, crushed
2 Tbsps. olive or vegetable oil
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a large baking pan combine the carrots with the crushed garlic, oil, and salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for 30-45 minutes or until the carrots are tender and browned. You may want to start checking after about 15 minutes and then check again 15 minutes later. Mine were done after 30 minutes.

Have you tried any new economical recipes so far this winter?

Becka


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