Friday, November 27, 2009

Double Celebration

It has been a busy week. "Thanksgiving" and sacrifise holiday "Kurban Bayrami" of Turkish people are in the same week.
I love technology :) Then we can make video calls and talk to our families and relatives in Turkey.

Today, I will share a turkish recipe we all love with you.
Forest Kebab with Lamb(Kuzu etli Orman Kebabi)
1 1/2 pounds lamb (cubed lean boneless leg of lamb, cut into 1 inch cubes)
2 tbsp oil
1 onion (chopped)
2 cloves garlic
1 cup baby tomatoes
2 potatoes(peeled and cubed)
1 can peas
1/2 cup baby carrots
beef broth
black pepper, tyhme, salt.

Sautee lamp cubes in a casserole until water is evaporates. Add oil, onion, garlic and spicy. Sautee a few minutes more.
Add remaining ingredients and enough beef broth to almost cover.
Cover the casserole and cook 30-40 minutes.
I serve with rice. Yum!

Also I and my hubby are online shoppers today! I'm having a fresh cup of coffee now:) Maxwell House! Mmmmm..Oh, it 's really good :)

Happy Shopping!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Thanksgiving Dinner

I know you have been expecting a golden brown turkey picture:) I don't have a pic of this food. But I'll definitely take a shot at this one on Thursday:)

A beautiful browned and flavorful turkey!
In a bowl, mix together light olive oil, light butter, salt, pepper, sage and just a bit of rosemary. Make sure the skin of the turkey is very dry, pat it off with some paper towels and work mixture directly onto the meat, all over the turkey skin before you put it in the oven.

I do not cook the stuffing inside the turkey.
Last year I got this idea while searching internet and stuffed the turkey with apples. Just cut in quarters and stuff the turkey with them. Perfect flavor and smells delicious when you take them out.
Gobble gobble is ready to oven :)

For gravy;
Melt 3 tbsp vegetable oil (or butter) and add 3 tbsp flour. Stir and cook. Then add broth (2 cups)slowly and whisk it. Add pepper and salt.

Bread Stuffing
The night before eating, break the one loaf of bread into small pieces in a huge bowl. Let the bread dry out.

Chop onion, celery and mushroom and place into food processor until minced.
Melt vegetable oil in large saucepan.
Saute onion, celery and mushroom. Do not brown!
Add dry sage and parsley.
Pour the veggie mixture directly over bread.
Add chicken broth slowly over bread. Be careful not to pour too much. Only enough to coat and mix.
Bake in 350 degree oven for 45 minutes to an hour until the stuffing to have a nice brown crust.

Easy Mayonnaise Potato Salad

6 boiled potatoes,
2 cup mayonnaise,
1/2 tbsp mustard
2 tbsp vinegar, pickles for garnish.

Wash and boil the potatoes until soft, about 15-20 minutes. Remove from water, let cool, peel and cube and put in a bowl. Then add mayo, mustard and vinegar.Mix well and chill. Garnish with pickles.

Green Beans with Olive Oil. (recipe)

Remeber my baked apple recipe??? We will definitely need a light dessert:)))
It will be fun to prepare those dishes. The best part is being together and having good time as a family:)
happy cooking!


Easy Mayonnaise Potato Salad


Goble, Goble, Goble!!!!!


Sunday, November 22, 2009

Do it online!

The most famous shopping day is right around the corner. Are you feeling excited about this coming shopping season again! Want to shop online? Shopping online is becoming popular. Then skip the crowds. Online shopping is easier to do than ever before. Every year, more retailers are bringing their Black Friday sales online along with their in store sale.

Toys&games, electronics, jewelery, shoes,books, music& video, gift, phone&services, sport&outdoors...Many Black Friday bargains are available online too.

About Black Friday;

Beginning day of the traditional Christmas shopping season Black Friday, Day After Thanksgiving, is the best time of year for shoppers to save. Shopping online makes this easier. No waking up early, no wating on lines and no caos!

I love Black Friday Sales for electronics. My hubby and I prefer online shopping on Black Fridays, because you don't have to go outside early in the morning. Besides, you are not waiting in long lines.

You'll find hot deals online. In the times of economic crunch it is a good idea to try and save as much as possible. Look out for website that promise free shipping of the goods. Compare the prices before grab a deal available in the market. offers pretty good deals. Compare prices! Audio Cameras, GPS/Navigation, IPod & MP3, TVs, Video, Video Games and more. has recently featured Black Friday Coupons. Check their site for Black Friday goodies!

Are you a fan of Cyber Monday sales? Some online stores will use Cyber Monday as an opportunity to offer special -one day- only promotions to get people excited about holiday shopping.

Internet shoppers can beat the early birds by shopping online in the pre-dawn hours of Black Friday. You’ll save money and if you buy on Internet you’ll also save precious time.

Buy online clicking mouse while drinking your coffee :) Stay safe and have fun shopping online on Black Friday.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Pumpkin Bread

I made pumpkin bread yesterday! My hubby and Aria loves it! Hope you like it too:)
1 cups of sugar
2 cup flour
1/2 cup canola oil
1 cup pumpkin puree
3 large eggs
1/3 cup milk
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmag
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup chopped nuts

I reduced the sugar and added 1 cup sugar instead 1 1/2 cup. Nobody complained:) Hehe..The spices make this bread quite tasty. Anyway, they love it!

Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine the flour, salt, sugar, and baking soda. Mix the pumpkin, oil, eggs, milk, and spices together, then combine with the dry ingredients. Before baking add your nuts right to the top of it. Bake 50 minutes.

Have a beautiful weekend!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


Latest awards!!!

I'm so pleased to receive those blog awards in last a few weeks. Thank you sooo much!!! I feel loved:) Please visit my beautiful blogger friends who passed all those WONDERFUL awards on to me. And I would love to share them all my followers and visiters, all of you as usual. Love y'all!
The Being on the Cake Award is coming from Personalized Sketches & Sentiments
She is a very talented lady. You will love her drawings on her site. This award is definitely SWEEEEET:) Love it! Thank you so much!
2009 Friendly Blogger Award
And one more time Good Blog Award
Those two bolg awards are from Tami@ Hearts Make Families Whenever I visit her blog makes me feel cozy inside. Stop her site and enjoy reading this lovely blog. Thanks Tami !!!

Honest Scrap Award is coming from four lovely ladies.
Connie@ Living My Glamorous Life Absuletely one lovely blog too see. You will love it!
Vicki@ Frugal Mom Knows Best. If you haven't stopped her site yet, GREAT Frugal Fun Stuff is one click away :) Frugal Mom really knows best!
Heather@ Two Little Monkeys Plus Hubby She is real and honest! And also I love her blog title, so cute :)
Flory@ A Women Life Stages . I really enjoyed her interesting writtings about circle of friendship. Stop her site, you don't want to miss it!
Thank you Connie, Vicki, Heather and Flory!!! I'm so honered. Hugs!!!

Rules of The Honest Scrap Award; You must list 10 honest things about yourself and then pass the award along to seven other bloggers.

10 honest things about me

-I like my hair straight (my hair is naturally wavy)
-Love to watch the sunset.
-Little things make me feel happy; ice cream, orange juice.
-I broke my nail today. Ugh!
-When I was a little girl, my dream was being a doctor.
-I like hazelnut cream in my coffee.
-Pampering my self makes me feel new and happy. Love it!
-I always order different things I haven't try, when I eat out.
-Love, love surprises!!!
-You all know I do love cooking but once a week I don't wanna be in kitchen :)
And another beautiful award from Connie,
Lemonade Stand Award - Thanks Connie!!! Hugs!!!

Kreative Blogger Award
I'm so happy to receive this lovely award one more time. Kreative Blogger Award is from Crystal@ Me, My Boys And a Little Dog. Her little boy Ian has flu. Hope he feels better soon. I will keep him in my prayers. Thank you so much Crystal!
Hearthfelt Blog Award(2nd times) is from Holly Bowne @ Write Expression.
If you haven't read her writings yet, you will find interesting topings on her blog. Thanks a lot Holly!
A Strong Cup of Coffee Award is from Grissell at Stay@ HOME MOM WHO KNEW
She says 'hope this blog will make you smile, laugh, and cry....' Stop her blog if you haven't yet and enjoy reading! Thank you Grissell! Hugs!
And one more time One Lovely Blog Award. This award is from beautiful Lauren Braddock Havey. She is singer/song writer and actress. Visit her wonderful parenting blog Mud Mama. Thank you so much Lauren!

Until next time stay healty and happy!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Golden Moon Tea Review

I got the package from Golden Moon Tea yesterday. I stopped blogging, stopped cleaning, stopped eveything! As soon as I opened the package, prepared a cup of fresh brewed tea in my porcelain tea pot. And I really enjoyed the taste of this high quality fresh loose tea.

If you have been using tea bags, it will take a few minutes longer to prepare loose tea. But trust me it's worth the wait! Brewing loose leaf tea is not difficult at all. Pour the boiling water over tea in teapot. (1 tsp loose tea for each cup). Let stand 3-5 minutes. When the leaves have infused, pour the tea out into the cup. No paper, no bag and no waste after use, it is environmentally friendly.

Tea is a great beverage for any time of year or day. I love to taste different types and varietals of teas. If you would like to take a look benefits of tea or if you missed this post you can read here.

Here is a shot of Snow Sprout/ Golden Moon Tea. I don't even need to use a strainer to pour the tea through. Leaves all sink to the bottom of the teapot.

Jasmine tea is so different. Green leaves are layered with aromatic jasmine petals, you smell jasmine and enjoy this delicious green tea scented with floral aromas of jasmine blossoms and jasmine leaves with the rich aroma taste while drinking. Before tasting I thought it would be a little too much like drinking a cup of perfume?? But I liked it. This aroma made me feel happy!

Snow Sprout and Jasmine Tea contains very low caffeine. See low caffeine teas.If you prefer caffeine you will find medium caffeine teas like English Breakfast, French Breakfast and Irish Breakfast Teas on Golden Moon Tea Website.

Green Teas, Black Teas, White Teas, Oolong Teas and different kind of Flavored Teas-Honey Pear, Kashmiri Chai, Tippy Earl Grey, Madagascar Vanilla, Lapsang Souchong, Rose Tea, Pu-erh Chai, White Persian Melon, White Ginger, White Licorice, Jasmine Pearls, Vanilla Mint, Vanilla Jasmine, Moroccan Mint, Sugar Carmel Oolong, Jasmine Tea and Coconut Pouchong(awarded best tea at the 2007 World Tea Expo). Coconut Pouchong is made with natural coconut flavor from real coconut milk, instead of the artificial flavoring. Click the picture to read more.

Visit Golden Moon Tea and find your favorite tea! Buy it online!

The best part I really like it on their site is, you can find a tea for nearly any mood. Waking up, relaxed, fun, formal, powerful, exotic, sexy, happy. OK, next time I decided to try Rose Tea. What mood do you think it is for???

Enjoy your tea time!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Hubby and me!

Yesterday, I was home all day with Aria. I cleaned the house, organized his closet. I took some of his clothes out, getting them ready to pack away what does not fit him anymore... helped his homework and cooked for dinner. I kept myself busy, wasn't in a good mood all day. After dinner, Aria was watching tv in his room. I made popcorn, when I walked in his room he was already asleep!!! He usually doesn't fall asleep too early. Yep, first thing I thought of was if he had a cold. Thank god he was OK. I sat on his bed and watched him sleeping a few seconds. He was sleeping like a little angel :)

A big bowl of popcorn, hubby and me! Great time for a movie :) Nope, it wasn't a new one. We watched Fantastic Four. I don't know how many times we saw it but we do this sometimes, watching some movies over and over again. Let me tell ya, watching this movie AGAIN, wasn't boring at all! At least helped me to get things out of my mind for a while :)

How did you spend your time out?
If you like to share with us, click Theta Mom's button and join us!
Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Great deals!!!

Times are tough. Do you use coupons everywhere you go to the store? I try to coordinate my shopping list with my coupons, but I don't buy an item just because I have a coupon. I don't even cut out them if it is not something I would use.
Everyone wants to save money. Paying less is always better than paying more..

Do you shop online? You can take a lot of advantages of online shopping sites. In fact, it’s quickly becoming one of the most popular ways to shop. More people than ever before are discovering the convenience of one stop online shopping and you really can save money by shopping on the Internet. Online retailers offer you that little something extra that you need to go to a retailer's online store and do some shopping. So by offering you the opportunity to buy one get one free, or buy one get one half price..This is why it always makes sense to take advantage of online coupons. is a great website you will find coupons&deals for thousands of online stores. Besides, there is 90 seconds video shows how to use online coupons. It's very easy to use those coupons. This video shows how it works.

I also order a pizza online sometimes. You know, order a pizza, rent a movie, grab a beer and enjoy your lazy Sunday! If you don't have a Netflix account, actually it offers a very good deal. Rent as many movies as you want for $8.99 a month! Besides when you become a member you get a $10 Papa John Pizza Gift Card. Click Papa Johns Coupons for this great offer!

We love Papa John's..It says better ingredients, better taste..It really is! You can receive email specials and promotions from Papa John's. Get your online pizza and sides offers such as free Cheesesticks (Mmm.. it is yum) and Free Pizza!!! Here is the great Papa Johns Coupons deal!!

Free $10 Papa Johns Gift Certificate for new Netflix and exclusive email offers and promotions of Papa Johns Coupons!!!

Hope everyone is having a great week!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

What are you thankful for?

'Thankful Thoughts for the Holidays' is created by my dear friend Clueless_ Mama at Guessing All the Way. I love to join awesome giveaways on her site. Of course not only the giveaways, I love her sooo much! If you would like to share your thoughts click her new button and link up with your post. What a wonderful idea it is. Thanks Laurie! I can't even wait to read your thankful thoughts for the holiday season.

This picture was taken 3 years ago on Valentine's Day. My hubby walked in with a Happy Valentine's Day Balloon, a hearth shaped chocolate and a bottle of champagne. He really surprised me! It was an unforgetable moment for me. But it is not the only of course!
I'm thankful for good time we spent together. Hopefully we'll get to spend more time together in the future.

Have a great Sunday everyone!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Soup Bowl Sets

A hot bowl of soup is wonderful comfort food for this season. It must taste good and has to look good too. I saw this beautiful soup/cereal bowl set at SHOP.COM.

These bowls are perfect size for soups. The color is lovely and shape is so cute. They look so useful for cold days. Whenever I try a new kind of soup, my son takes a look at it and if it is one fine looking bowl of soup, he says 'OK, I'll eat it!'. If you need a new soup/cereal bowl set just take a look at this website. These bowls match dishes of most any color.

I like the design of this bowl. It is cute. Also it is deep enough to hole the tempature of soup for a while. I was looking to replace some bowls that we use daily. My son already broke one by accident.
When your little kids are eating their breakfast or when you are having your morning coffee this yellow smiling cereal/soup/mug set will put a smile on all of your faces. What a great start to a day! Click the image to see the price.

Waechtersbach~16 0z. Cereal Bowl in chocolate. Set of 4.
I love the color.

Covered Soup Bowl in Cobalt (Set of 4)
This beautiful soup bowl will bring elegance your table.

If you want a new soup/cereal bowl set in this holiday season, or if you 're looking for a useful gift idea, different size and color beautiful design soup bowl sets at SHOP.COM.
Making a soup is fun and eating is more fun with these cute design soup bowl sets.

And you can also just make things more fun in the kitchen by using a bowl set and other dishes that are fun enough to make you excited about your meals.

Do you cook for your whole family during the holidays? Do you like to throw holiday parties?
Are you remodeling your kitchen?
Do you just like to cook? SHOP.COM is just great for you. You can find there anything you will need.

SHOP.COM also offers great deals on clothes, home and housewares, shoes, kids&baby, books, music&video, beauty, electronics and more..

Hope everbody is having a great weekend.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Perfect time for tea!

It's just perfect time of year for a delicious cup of tea! Isn't it?
I'm so excited that I'm getting an opportunity to introduce you guys to Golden Moon Tea products. I especially want to taste their green tea!
Thanks Golden Moon Tea!!!

I love my morning coffee but tea is my comfort drink.
When I visit Golden Moon Tea's website some of the flavors sound very interesting to me. Once I have had the chance to sample it, I will tell you all about it! Hope, I will find my new favorite tea for next girls tea time :)

Have a great day!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

My computer is back!

It has been three days I haven't got a computer :( I carried it to someone for fixing and had to wait until this morning. THANKS GOD, it's back! I felt exactly like naked without a computer :)
"girls love their girl time"
This is one of my favorite items in my house. Isn't it cute?
Spending time with a close friend is always fun. One of my friend came over on Tuesday. We talked for hours, we laughed a lot, till tears and jumped from subject to subject pretty fast and sometimes we forgot what we were talking about:)
She brought her puppy with her. OhMygoodness...She was sooo cute!! After my baby, Carmen died we hadn't had a dog in our house.

It was a good time-out for me. What about you? How did you spend your time out this week?

I'm heading Theta Mom, to see how the other moms spent their time-out? Click her cute button and join me!

Happy Thursday!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Why Copper?

Anyone uses a copper cookware?
Copper cookware is one of the best heat conductors for your cooking, allowing the preparation of a dish with less energy. Generally copper cookware is slightly more expensive than other cookwares, but it’s well worth it. If you have a good set of copper cookware will last a lifetime.

A solid red copper pans can be part of your decor. If you’ve ever wanted to upgrade your cookware, Ruffoni Copper Cookware has a huge selection. Copper cookware by Ruffoni. Cassaroles&stock pots, fry&saute pans, sauce pans, all cooper molds, cake pudding ring molds, all specialty cookwares like butter melters, sugar pans, fondue sets and double boilers...

Ruffoni Copper is one of those materials that can always look fabulous.
Cooper casserole is great for stews, chili and other recipes calling for long periods. After you try cooking in a Cooper Cookware I believe you will find that a copper cassarole will cook your dish more evenly with better control.

Ruffoni Historia Hand Hammered Oval Casserole looks very nice to just toss on the table as a serving piece.

Ruffoni Copper Cookware offers thrilling benefits to all of it’s users and also FREE SHIPPING on all Ruffoni Products.

Another beautiful item, Ruffoni Copper Leaf & Vine Bowl.

Chefs around the world prefer copper because it’s durable and it has excellent characteristics.
Copper beats stainless steel for whipping egg whites. Your eggs will have more volume and stay stiff longer with Ruffoni.

Copper sugar pans are the best for the working with egg based and sugars for sugar works.

If you have any questions about Ruffoni Copper Cookware , you will find a chat window on Ruffoni's website.

Copper Cookware is easy to maintain. Just use soap and warm water for daily cleaning. Or you can use copper cleaning liquid. Here is another tip; you can use a simple, natural mixture of one part lemon juice with three parts kosher salt to make a paste, rub it on the outside of the pot with a soft cloth, rinse and dry.

Happy Sunday!


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