Jan 272012
I have wanted a KitchenAid Stand Mixer for ages.  I mean, who wouldn’t want one of these shiny babies in their kitchen?  While I still don’t have one yet – you could!
Image Courtesy of Amazon
I have teamed up with a group of bloggers to giveaway a KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixer in Empire Red (ARV $349.99).  This product can only be shipped from Amazon.com to addresses in the United States.  A Canadian winner will receive a $300 Amazon.ca Gift Code and an International winner will receive a $300 Amazon.com Gift Code instead of the mixer because of shipping restrictions.
To win, just fill out the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!

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Jan 272012

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Today is Lewis Carroll Day!
While Lewis Carroll (whose real name is Charles Lutwidge Dogdson) is probably most famous for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and to a lesser extent, Through The Looking-Glass, he also has a couple of great poems.  One of them, “Jabberwocky”, I first read in elementary school and I still love it.  It’s a perfect poem to read out loud; the nonsense words are fun to say and you get to shout things like Callooh! and Callay!
(A bit of trivia for you: the word chortle was made up by Carroll for use in that poem, and we still use it today to mean a joyful laugh.  Kind of neat for us word nerds.)
In honor of Lewis Carroll, here are some images representing his works.  I pinned them to one of my Pinterest boards for easy access; feel free to re-pin!

Disney’s Original Classic Alice in Wonderland

Disney’s New Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland-Inspired OPI Nail Polishes

Alice-Themed Fondant Cake with Cheshire Cat

Alice-Themed Decorated Cake & Cupcakes

Printable Alice in Wonderland Valentine’s Day Cards From Disney

 Posted by at 6:17 am
Jan 262012

Matter of Cents and I are excited to bring you another week of Pin Me! Pinterest Thursdays.

This week I asked those of you who are following me on Facebook for your theme suggestions, as this week is Reader’s Choice. I’ll be saving the other suggestions for some future posts, but I selected the “Crafts/DIY” option for this week. Here are a few of my faves.

Wedding Invitation Ornament
This one is actually one of my own crafts; I made it for my brother and new sis-in-law.
DIY Projects: Ornament Made From a Wedding Invitation - Great Gift for the Couple

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Jan 252012

Disney is releasing “Finding Nemo” to theaters again – this time as Finding Nemo 3D!  Nemo will come swimming in to a theater near you on September 14th, 2012.
Did you know that “Finding Nemo” won the 2003 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature – and a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture-Musical or Comedy!  It was the highest grossing G-rated film of all time at the time of it’s release, and in 2008 The American Film Institute named “Finding Nemo” one of the top 10 greatest animated films ever made.  That’s a lot of accolades!  We also love this film; Nemo, Dory, Crush and all the other adorable characters are some of our favorites.
Here’s a quick clip for you to check out.  Be sure to like Finding Nemo 3D on Facebook for more updates!

Clip courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
 Posted by at 6:34 am
Jan 252012
At least a couple of times per month, we make this corn chowder recipe.  It took us a few times, with multiple tweaks, to get it just right, but now we consider it perfect.  It’s also pretty quick and easy to throw together!  It’s a little lighter in calories than most chowders and you really can’t notice a difference in taste.
Corn Chowder
4-6 strips bacon
1 sm onion, diced
3 stalks celery, diced
1 carton (32oz) reduced-sodium chicken broth
approx. 3 cups diced potatoes (fresh or canned)
2 cans creamed corn
1 can corn nibblets
2 cups 2% milk
1 packet country gravy mix
8 oz Velveeta, cubed
  1. In a large stock pot, cook bacon until crisp.  Remove; drain on paper towels.
  2. Add onion and celery to the bacon drippings.  Saute over medium heat about five minutes, or until they are translucent.
  3. Pour in chicken broth and bring to a boil.  Add the potatoes; return to a boil, then simmer over low heat 15-30 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender.
  4. In a small bowl (or large measuring cup), whisk the gravy mix into the milk.  Set aside.
  5. Add both the creamed corn and corn nibblets; bring to a boil.  Pour in milk mixture and return to a boil.
  6. Reduce heat to medium; add in the cubed cheese a little at a time, stirring until each addition is completely melted.
Remove from heat.  The longer the soup has to sit before serving, the more the flavors will meld.  We usually try to wait 3-4 hours, but it’s delicious when served immediately, too.  We like ours served with cornbread on the side and topped with crumbled bacon, shredded cheese, and sometimes croutons (if we’re not having cornbread).
What is your favorite soup?