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Friday, December 31, 2010

12 Giveaways Ending Saturday at Midnight

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

De-Clutter The Christmas Fun

The cookies are eaten, the gifts are unwrapped and it’s time to de-clutter the Christmas fun in the home. That also means it’s time to “de-decorate” and get the house back in order after a fun-filled month of celebrations.

The tips I posted over on the SC Johnson Family Economics blog will help you to begin the process: Click here to begin the De-Clutter fun.

Be sure to leave a comment over at SC Johnson

*Each week Trisha Blogs on SC Johnson Family Economics website as a paid blogger be sure to read her weekly organization articles.

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MOM Question of the day : What Calendar system do you use?

What Calendar system do you use to keep your mom world organized?

Click here to read what the moms on Facebook are saying about this question.

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Monday, December 27, 2010

What? 24/7 MOMS Is On Vacation

That's right 24/7 MOMS is taking a 4 day Blog-Cation your in box will be quiet 4 entire days as we take time to hang out with our families and begin preparing for 2011 - More fun, More moms connecting, More ideas, More tips for Moms and More Webcasts to watch.

Join us back here on January 1, 2011 as we kick off 2011 another year of traveling the MOM journey together on our blog and on January 11th we will resume airing the #1 Mom Webcast at 7pm PST and 9pm PST.

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4 New Years Eve Appetizers

Are you planning a New years eve party or headed off to one and in need of SIMPLE appetizer recipes ?

Here are 4 recipes that will quickly become favorites.

Olive Cheese Balls from Betty Crocker

Cheap, Easy and always a hit

2 cups shredded sharp natural cheddar cheese (about 8 ounces)

1 ¼ cups all purpose flour

½ cup margarine or butter, melted

About 36 small pimiento-stuffed olives, drained

Mix cheese and flour; mix in margarine. (Work dough with hands if it seems dry.)

Mold 1 teaspoon dough around each olive; shape into ball. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour.

Heat Oven to 400 degrees. Bake until set, 15-20 minutes.

Makes 3-4 dozen appetizers.

The Salami Thing


  • 1(8 ounce) package cream cheese

  • 9 pieces salami, large thick sliced

  • 12 olives
  • toothpicks


  1. Soften the cream cheese and spread each slice of salami with the cream cheese.
  2. Stack the slices on top of each other, ending with the top slice having no cheese on it.
  3. Cover and refrigerate till cheese is set and meat is good and cold.
  4. Cut into 12 wedges. Garnish with an olive on a toothpick and push into top of wedges.

Baked Brie ala Melanie

By Susan Fox

1 sheet of Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry

1 Brie cheese round (8 ounces)

½ cup brown sugar

½ cup chopped pecans

½ cup dried cranberries

1 egg

1 tsp water

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Unfold pastry onto floured surface. Place cheese and all other ingredients in center. Fold pastry over cheese, bringing excess dough to top and twist to seal.

Beat together egg and 1 tsp water. Brush over top. Bake 25 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand 20 min. Serve with crackers.

Wrapped Lit’l Smokies

32 Hillshire Farm Lit’l Smokies
1 (8 oz) can refrigerated crescent dough rolls
Mustard or ketchup, if desired (I like honey mustard with these)

1. Preheat oven to 375 ° F.
2. Unroll dough, separate at perforations, creating 4 rectangles. Press perforations to seal.
3. With a knife or pizza cutter cut each rectangle lengthwise into eight strips, making a total of 32 strips. Wrap one strip of dough around each smokie slightly stretching and overlapping dough. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.
4. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with honey mustard, if desired.

Do you have a Simple Appetizer recipe? email it to us at trisha@247moms.com to be featured at 24/7 MOMS.

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A Fun New Years Eve with Kids!

Staying home and enjoying New Years Eve with your children can be quite fun. As long as they stay awake. :) Here are some ideas to help make the evening fun!

From Family Fun

Bubbly Jell-O Parfaits

Grab a spoon and toast the New Year with a cool, sparkly dessert that wiggles.

1. Make bubbly Jell-O according to the directions on a box of Sparkling White Grape Jell-O. Be sure to use club soda, seltzer, or ginger ale and follow the tips on the box for getting the gelatin to sparkle.

2. Chill the Jell-O in champagne flutes or parfait glasses. We suggest making these the day of the party, since they might lose some bubbliness if they're made further ahead. Wind a metallic multicolored star garland (available at party stores) up the stem of the glass for pizzazz.

Confetti Cake

Celebrate New Year's or any special occasion with Confetti Cake.

1 1-pound box angel food cake mix
1/4 cup colored candy sprinkles
2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
8 teaspoons cold water
2 cups whipping cream (unwhipped)
1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Colored sprinkles
2 decorative cake sprays (available at party stores)
Wire star garland (available at party stores)
1 sheet of shiny or metallic colored paper (for year star)

Follow the directions on the cake mix box, but just before pouring the batter into the tube pan, add the sprinkles.

Mix them quickly and gently with as few strokes as possible and pour the batter into the pan immediately. If you mix and pour too slowly, the colors may bleed and color the surrounding batter.

Make the frosting right before you plan to apply it so that it doesn't set. For best results, apply the frosting, sprinkles, and decoration no more than an hour before serving.

Combine the gelatin and water in a small saucepan.

Let it stand until thick.

Set the pan over low heat, stirring constantly until the gelatin dissolves.

Don't let it boil, as that would reduce the gelling power of the gelatin.

Remove the gelatin from the heat. While it cools a bit, combine the cream, sugar, and vanilla extract in a bowl.

Whip them with an electric mixer until the mixture thickens slightly.

Gradually pour the liquid gelatin (don't let it set) into the whipped cream mixture and continue to beat at slow speed until blended. Then whip it at high speed until it's stiff and peaks form when you lift the beaters.

Frost the completely cooled cake with a generous, fluffy layer, making swirls and peaks as you go.

Add confetti (colored sprinkles) and the sparkly year decoration. (Tip: We applied the sprinkles to the sides of the cake by lightly tossing them against the frosting. After we stuck our store-bought metallic sprays entwined with a star garland into the cake, we cut a 2-inch star out of paper, wrote the year numerals on it, and taped it to the sprays.) Store the cake in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Fun Festive Hats

You can count on our shiny hats to make the ideal toppers for a New Year's party, but there's no reason to confine them to the countdown. Tailor the decorations to the mood and theme of your holiday party: glue on large menorah-shaped sequins (available at party supply stores) or festoon the hats with mini candy canes. Note: not all these materials are required to make each hat.

Metallic poster board
Double-sided foam tape
Soft elastic thread (22 inches long)
2 large paper clips
Shiny metallic pipe cleaners
Duct tape
Shiny metallic pom-poms

To make a cone-shaped hat, cut a semicircle with a 14-inch diameter from the poster board. Roll it into a cone, adjust its size to fit the child, and seal the seam with double-sided foam tape.

To make a chin strap, use the thumbtack to poke a hole through each side of the hat near the bottom, thread one end of the elastic through each hole, and knot a few times to secure it.

To make a headband-style hat, cut out a strip of poster board about 26 inches long and 3 to 7 inches wide (depending on your design). Cut a decorative design along one edge of the strip, fit it around the child's forehead, and secure the seam with two large paper clips.

To decorate the hats, wrap pipe cleaners around pom-poms to make antennae or coil them around a pen to make spirals. To attach a pipe cleaner decoration to the hat, use the thumbtack to poke a hole through the hat, push 1 inch of the pipe cleaner through the hole to the inside of the hat, and duct-tape it down. Attach pom-poms to the hat with double-sided foam tape.

Noisemakers Shakers

Help your child recycle empty ribbon spools into colorful noisemakers for New Year's Eve.

Ribbon spool
Masking tape
Dried peas or beans
Acrylic paint
Colorful stickers

For each one, first see if the holes in the sides of your ribbon spool are covered by the ribbon's labels. If so, use a pencil to poke through the label over 1 of the holes; if not, cover 1 hole with masking tape.

Next, pour a handful of dried peas or beans into the spool through the open hole, then seal the hole with tape.

Coat the shaker with acrylic paint, let it dry, then decorate it with colorful stickers.

Wishes Can Come True

Ring in the new year with a project that your child can bank on: a custom container that lets him save up for something he really wants.

Coffee can
Magazine photos
Other decorative elements of your choice

Have your child decorate an empty coffee can with images of what he pines for. Then cut a slot in the lid that's large enough to accommodate coins and folded bills. Make the first deposit to get him started.

Time Capsule Letter

On New Year's Eve, invite your kids to write a letter to their future selves. They can list their favorite things (books, songs, ice-cream flavors, TV shows, foods, colors, animals, games) and make predictions (how tall will they be in a year?).

Pack away the letters with the holiday decorations so that they'll be out of sight but easy to find next year. On December 31, 2010, have your kids open their letters and see how much their tastes have changed -- or haven't!

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Time For New Year's Resolutions

A New Year's resolution is a promise that one makes to a scheme or the improvement of a custom, frequently a way of life transformation that is usually construed as beneficial. The name comes from the detail that these promises in general go into an upshot on New Year's Day and stay in anticipation of satisfaction or discardation. New society concerned examples comprise resolutions to contribute to the poor more repeatedly, to turn into more self-confident, or to develop into more economically or environmentally accountable. People possibly will act likewise during the Christian fasting period of Lent; however the purpose at the back of this festival is more of sacrifice than of duty. The New Year resolution is one instance of the undulating forecast-method of preparation. As per this system, plans are recognized at regular short or medium-term time intervals, when only an irregular long-term plan exists.

There are spiritual equivalents to this worldly custom. For example, during Judaism's New Year, Rosh Hashanah, throughout the High Holidays and concluding in the Day of Atonement, or Yom Kippur, one is to think of one's misconducts of the year and both look for and offer forgiveness. The idea, in spite of the faith, is to reproduce upon self-improvement yearly.

A New Year's Resolution has to meet the following criteria:

It must be computable AND definite. In other words, an absolute unfamiliar person should simply be able to objectively conclude whether or not you've accomplished it.

It should completely impact the life, if only indirectly.

A procedure of events should be necessary in order to attain it. "Visit Kenya." doesn't count if one usually travels and it's within the financial means and ease zone. It would count, however, if one had to come up with some way of financing the journey, or if one moved there for a month, or if one was having a preexisting catastrophe about hippos and were going there to tackle the fears.

Steps of setting a New Year's resolution
- Try to dream up at least a goal or two in each area of the life. Don't just aim at losing weight and give up smoking. Think of new pastimes, the delicate relationships, the reading habits, the learning status, and so on.

- Be original and try to slot in two or more goals into a single resolution.

For example:

down: "Lose weight"
Better: "Lose 20lbs"
Good: "Weigh 134lbs naked on the morning of December 31"
Awesome: "Run three miles without stopping wearing XXS Aerie sweatpants"

The overwhelming description of this decision not only fit in two general goals -- losing weight and exercising more -- into one, but it also aim at one of the genuine cause one wants to lose weight: to fit into a smaller clothing size. It doesn’t matter what number the scale shows if the pants won’t fit!

Plan for Success
For every resolution, one will require to construct as thorough a roadmap as probable guiding one from where he is these days to where he will requires to be in order to state the resolution an accomplishment.

Each step needs to be so basic that the fifth grade guy could read it and have a pretty good clutch of what one wants to get done.

One may not be capable to chart out the concluding end of the trip right now. That's okay. The significant thing is that one has at least one action step that he can take RIGHT NOW in the direction of each of the resolutions.

Review for Success
At least one time per week, one should make a meeting with himself to evaluate the progress on the way to each of the five resolutions.

Success Rate

Current study shows that as 52% of participants in a resolution study were sure of achievement of their objectives and resolutions, only 12% in fact attain their objectives. Men attain their goal 22% more frequently when they occupied in a goal setting, an arrangement where small quantifiable goals are used (lose a pound a week, in its place of saying "lose weight"), where as women do well 10% more when they made their resolutions open and got support from their companions.

List of New Year Resolutions
•Become more self-confident
•Lose weight
•Become more cost-effective
•Give up smoking, drinking and other such habits
•Get a superior Job
•Eat correct
•Get an enhanced education
•Get out of liability
•Save money
•Get fit
•Get a better score on the Report Card (such as 90% up)
•decrease anxiety
•Take a trip
•Be more autonomous
•Learn something new
•Volunteer to help out others
•Be Less Grumpy
The list of resolutions in New Year certainly not ends here. Different persons come up with thousands of original resolutions every year. A number of them stay deserted, while some get satisfied. The New Year resolutions assist in planning for the next year.

New Year Resolutions Quotes:

“New Year's Resolution: To tolerate fools more gladly, provided this does not encourage them to take up more of my time.” By James Agate

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day.” By Edith Lovejoy Pierce

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Table Talk

Tonight's Table Talk
....to create conversation

Q: What is your favorite thing to do in the snow?

Q: What did the fly say to the flypaper?
A: "I'm stuck on you."

(each day 24/7 MOMS posts a question and riddle to help you create dinner time conversation with your families)


Sunday, December 26, 2010

Left Over Prime Rib Recipes

Another big Christmas celebration is over and the Novotny chef also known as the Dad and Husband in our home cooked a fabulous Prime Rib dinner.

Now it's time to take our left overs and create meals that my family will enjoy.

Below are a few simple and yummy recipes for Prime rib leftovers.

What will you create with your Christmas leftovers?

Quick French Dip Sandwich

left over prime rib sliced for sandwich's
1 -2 Au jus sauce
Sandwich Rolls ( toasted if you choose)

Make au ju according to package.
Add sliced prime rib to au ju.
Places desired amount of sliced prime rid onto sandwich rolls.
Serve with individual bowls of au ju for dipping sandwich into.

Prime Rib Noodle Stroganoff Dish

Trisha's Simple Version
left over prime rib cut-up into bite size pieces
1 -2 Pkgs Brown gravy mix
1 bag egg noodles cooked

Make gravy according to package.
Add cut-up prime rib to gravy.
Pour over cooked noodles.

Paula Deens - Beef Stroganoff


  • 1 1/2 pounds cubed round steak, cut into thin strips
  • House Seasoning, recipe follows
  • All-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 8 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 (10 3/4-ounce) can beef broth
  • 1 (10 3/4-ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • Cooked egg noodles


Season the steak strips with House Seasoning, then dust with flour. In a large skillet, quickly brown them on both sides in the olive oil and butter. Remove the steak from the pan. Add the onion slices and mushrooms to the pan drippings. Saute for a few minutes, until the onion is tender. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon flour. Put the steak back into the pan with the onion and mushrooms. Add the mushroom soup and beef broth. Cook over low heat for about 30 minutes, covered. Adjust seasoning to taste, adding salt and pepper, as needed. Stir in the sour cream the last few minutes, right before you serve. Serve over cooked noodles.

House Seasoning:

  • 1 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup black pepper
  • 1/4 cup garlic powder

Mix the ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

Yields: 1 1/2 cups

Prime Rib Soup
from: Better recipes


  • 4 or 5 bones from a roasted Beef Rib roast, with some meat attached*
  • 3 quarts water
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 1/2 of 14 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp dried parsley
  • 1/4 cup pearled barley
  • 1 medium potato, diced
  • 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables


Put all ingredients, through parsley, in a large pot. Cook over medium heat for 1/2 hour. Add barley and cook for another 1/2 hour. Remove bones from pot & cool. Remove meat from bones & cut into pieces. Return meat to pot and then add potato and mixed vegetables. Cook 1/2 hour or until potatoes are cooked.

Notes: *If bones are not left over from a cooked roast, be sure to season them and brown them in the oven before making soup.

Number of Servings: 6 servings

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Table Talk

Tonight's Table Talk
....to create conversation

Q: Where is the coziest spot in your home?

Q: What did one arithmetic book say to the other arithmetic book?
A: "Boy, do I have problems!"

(each day 24/7 MOMS posts a question and riddle to help you create dinner time conversation with your families)


Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas From 24/7 Moms.

24/7 MOMS Wishes EVERY mom and Family a Merry Christmas -

As you spend today celebrating the birth of Jesus listen to this song with your family and be reminded that Jesus was born long ago for you and I.

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Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Gift Labels - FREE

It's Operation wrapping at the Novotny house - as we wrap , label , wrap, label -I begin to wonder if I'll run out of supplies, just in case I have kept a list of places I can get FREE printable Christmas Gift Labels just ion case I am in need of them today.
Here is my stand by Gift Label list:

Delight.com has an fun assortment of FREE labels. Click here to go there now.

Holly Jolly FREE gift labels. Click here to get yours now.

The Paper Seed free gift tags. Click here for free tags.

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Track Santa On Christmas Eve

Where oh Where is Santa tonight? Track Santa's journey as he travels around the world in his sleigh with the Norad Santa Tracker . Click here to track Santa now

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Don't Forget Santas Reindeer - DIY Reindeer Food

It's Christmas Eve and your children are ready to place either plate of cookies and glass of milk out for Santa but what about those hard working Reindeer? I think they might get a bit hungry tonight and need to nibble on something while Santa unloads his sleigh at your house tonight.

I found a DIY (do it yourself) recipe for Reindeer food over at Today's Creative blog. Your kids will love making this and you can even make a few extra batches to share with your neighbors if you choose. Click here to get your DIY Reindeer food recipe.

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