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Aug 13, 2012
Melanie commented on Nekky's group 'Rafflecopter Giveaways'
"Come join in on the Sidekix giveaway!! The more giveaways you enter the better your chance of winning!"
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"Come join in on the Sidekix giveaway!! The more giveaways you enter the better your chance of winning!"
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"Come join in on the Sidekix giveaway!! The more giveaways you enter the better your chance of winning!"
Jul 20, 2012
Melanie commented on Nekky's group 'Rafflecopter Giveaways'
" $75 Swimspot gift card up for grabs!! Cook'n Recipe Organizer Software giveaway!! UPrinting giveaway, 250 business cards to win! Awesome to for bloggers!"
May 24, 2012
Melanie commented on Pualani's group 'Submit Your Giveaway!'
" $75 Swimspot gift card up for grabs!! Cook'n Recipe Organizer Software giveaway!! UPrinting giveaway, 250 business cards to win! Awesome to for bloggers!"
May 24, 2012
Melanie commented on Mommy Meryl's group 'Contests and Giveaways Galore!'
" $75 Swimspot gift card up for grabs!! Cook'n Recipe Organizer Software giveaway!! UPrinting giveaway, 250 business cards to win! Awesome to for bloggers! "
May 24, 2012
Melanie commented on Pualani's group 'Submit Your Giveaway!'
"Ending in 3 hours! Lexar® Echo MX Backup Drive Char Crust Giveaway Ends 5/20 Winner picks their choice of SYLVANIA SilverStar® ULTRA or SYLVANIA SilverStar® zXe headlight bulbs for the SYLVANIA Automotive giveaway! Ends…"
May 6, 2012
Melanie commented on Mommy Meryl's group 'Contests and Giveaways Galore!'
"Ending in 3 hours! Lexar® Echo MX Backup Drive Char Crust Giveaway Ends 5/20 Winner picks their choice of SYLVANIA SilverStar® ULTRA or SYLVANIA SilverStar® zXe headlight bulbs for the SYLVANIA Automotive giveaway! Ends…"
May 6, 2012
Melanie commented on Francine Sanchez's group 'Let's Enter Each others Giveaways'
"Ending in TWO days , no entries so far,  Win a Lexar  Echo MX Backup Drive!!"
May 4, 2012
Melanie commented on Nekky's group 'Rafflecopter Giveaways'
"Ending in TWO days , no entries so far,  Win a Lexar  Echo MX Backup Drive!!"
May 4, 2012
Melanie commented on Shasta Lynn Walton's group 'Low Entry Giveaways - UNDER 100'
"Ending in TWO days , no entries so far,  Win a Lexar  Echo MX Backup Drive!!"
May 4, 2012
Melanie commented on Pualani's group 'Submit Your Giveaway!'
"Ending in TWO days , no entries so far,  Win a Lexar  Echo MX Backup Drive!!"
May 4, 2012
Melanie commented on Mommy Meryl's group 'Contests and Giveaways Galore!'
"Ending in TWO days , no entries so far,  Win a Lexar  Echo MX Backup Drive!! "
May 4, 2012
Melanie commented on Amanda's group 'CA Mom Bloggers'
"I have an easy contest for the MIRROR MIRROR movie! Anyone near or willing to go to, San Francisco , Sacramento or Santa Clara for the movie. I have 5 family packs of tickets for the screening on March…"
Mar 20, 2012

Melanie's Discussions

Jumpstart.com & Boiron Giveaways!

Started Jan 20, 2011 0 Replies

 Two Giveaways !!! LOW ENTRIESJumpstart.com Giveaway to a 3d World where the kids can explore, and enjoy safely online!! 3 months subscription !! Ends Jan 24th…Continue

Tags: boiron, jumpstart.com, giveaways

Take a Minute to Send A Boy in Need Of Prayers an Ecard!!

Started Dec 7, 2010 0 Replies

I'm waiting to get word back from the family, they are friends, but I do have permission to share the link and his name. He's a brave little boy, that could use major prayers, and the family some…Continue

Tags: Prayers

Rock 'N Learn Phonics Giveaway

Started Aug 26, 2010 0 Replies

Rock 'N Learn Phonics Giveaway!!2 DVD's Volume 1& 2, , Enter for a chance to win!…Continue

Tags: Learn, 'N, Rock

Last Chance, ends tonight! $40

Started Aug 7, 2010 0 Replies

$40 CSN gift certificate, ends tonight at 10PST, for US & Canada only  My first giveaway!!…Continue

 

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As a member of the Mom Bloggers Club, you also can become an exclusive member of the Social Good Moms, a group of over 1000 mom bloggers who spread the word about great causes like child hunger and maternal health. Will you join us?
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What is your blog name?
My Side Of Life
What is your blog URL?
http://mburbage.blogspot.com/
Twitter URL
http://twitter.com/Motherbugs
Share a little something about yourself with other moms.
Most everyone I know, knows me as Bugster, its a nickname my husband gave me. Once I had my first child I became Motherbugs :) That's who I am, Motherbugs, or just Melanie. I'm a busy Mom of four that's trying my best to grab a little me time with hobbies. I love to cook & bake, my passion is also art, and photography. It seems to all collide one way or another :)
I'm new to this blogging world but do enjoy reading what others read & love to share about. Hopefully I get into more than sharing just my cooking with you all!
What is your blogging philosophy?
Honesty and Humor are a must :) I'm a food blogger, food, with family. What can be better than that?
I have been blogging since...
Feb 2010

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At 1:44pm on June 23, 2013, Lea said…

Work At Home Mom, WAHM, Mom Blogger

I am stopping by to say "hello" :)
I haven't been here in a while.
I welcome your friendship :)


Lea @ Mother Baby Child & Weight Loss Help


At 9:22am on November 17, 2011, Somethinglikelife said…

Hello :O)

At 5:19pm on November 3, 2010, Cynthia ~ The Girlz Korner said…
At 7:34am on October 18, 2010, Rosilind Jukic gave Melanie a gift
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How do you give thanks? Hope you let us know by commenting on my latest blog. http://jukiczr.blogspot.com
At 2:54am on October 09, 2010, Rosilind Jukic gave Melanie a gift
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I put a poll up on my page. It will be featured in next Sunday's blog. I hope you stop by and vote. HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!!
At 3:40am on September 11, 2010, Rosilind Jukic gave Melanie a gift
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Have a great weekend
At 4:22pm on August 31, 2010, Grace Hodgin said…
What is up with the internet this week. Blogger won't load, people can't comment???
They really know how to get to a blogger's heart don't they?
Grace
Any way Thank you and your welcome.
At 2:37pm on August 20, 2010, Cynthia ~ The Girlz Korner said…
Hey Melanie. Glad the little one loved the graphic. Yessssssss I'm getting excited about the blog tour. I can't believe it's just around the corner. Where the heck did the summer go? I almost have 100 participants which is really good. There were over 400 I contacted ... amazing how many simply don't respond with a courtesy no thank you. Guess it's a sign of the world we live in. Have an awesome weekend and I'll be sending the sample post out to all participants on the 30th. Hugs ~ Cynthia
At 12:25am on August 20, 2010, Cynthia ~ The Girlz Korner said…
At 8:32pm on August 5, 2010, Vickie Cook said…
I love your blog. Since it made me soooo hungry I am now following it.

Come by and visit sometime.

Vickie
http://www.victoriasvoice44.blogspot.com

Melanie's Blog

My Memories Free Software Giveaway!

Posted on August 30, 2011 at 12:33pm 0 Comments



Create Scrapbook layouts, pages, and more. Make movies from your favorite family…

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CVS Photo Gifts - Grab an Apron!

Posted on July 28, 2011 at 12:29pm 0 Comments

CVS Photo center offers an easy photo upload for creating gifts. Pick and choose which ever photo you want to use to create a collage , photo gift or a fun book for family!



This summer we’ve been enjoying an Apron made by CVS using a picture of all our kids. I’m not much of an apron person, but my kids just adore it. They each have their own which they put on when…

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Recycled Magazine Bracelets -Profits go to Red Cross!

Posted on March 24, 2011 at 2:51pm 0 Comments

A wonderful friend of mine has some really cute Recycled Magazine Bracelets for sale at her Etsy store. All profits go to Red Cross to help Japan!!!





They are super cute, she'll randomly pick from the pile and ship them out to you so hurry on over there and check it out before they are all gone! They are $1 each :) …



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Take a Minute to Send A Boy in Need Of Prayers an Ecard!!

Posted on December 7, 2010 at 1:35pm 0 Comments

I'm waiting to get word back from the family, they are friends, but I do have permission to share the link and his name.

He's a brave little boy, that could use major prayers, and the family some best wishes!

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Please all take a Moment to send an ecard to Cameron Wells. A 5 years old boy,who just a few days ago was diagnosed with…

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Jack-o'-Lantern Chili and Cornbread Skillet


I love Halloween! It's a fun time of year, not just because I get to play with my food but yes that's a part of it. Besides getting creative with the food, Seasons are changing  , or should be changing. We're expecting 90-100's temps this week. Fun eh? We keep waiting for that nice cool weather, the days in which we're not sweating down our backs, the cool down, the big breeze. Where is it I ask, where!? On to the recipe-


Welcome to the October! 
 I have one of those awesome one skillet wonder dishes for you. A dish in which everything is made within one pan. Don't have 45 minutes on your hand? Cook the beef before hand, the night before maybe and you can cut cooking time down to about 30ish minutes. All my kids enjoyed this, but I think I would like more onions and tomato next time I cook it. 




 My daughters helped make the face, 


Ingredients:

1 pound ground beef

1 15 oz can black beans

1 15 oz can chili seasoned tomatoes

1 15 oz can chili beans

1 10 oz can sweet corn

1 10 oz can tomato sauce

2 teaspoons chili powder

1 recipe for Cornbread ( see below)


Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

In a cast iron skillet, cook ground beef until no longer pink. Drain. Add everything else into the skillet and mix and simmer for about 10 minutes. While this is heating through you need to mix together your corn bread.

Once you mix together your cornbread turn the heat off and pour batter over the meat mixture in the skillet. Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes or so. To test to see if cornbread is cooked, stick a knife or toothpick into center. If it comes out clean it's done, sometimes it needs just a few more minutes. Edges will be slightly golden brown.

Once done, you want to carve out your Jack-O'-Lantern face if you want , just use the extra pieces as you serve. Serve with cheese, sour cream or even salsa.
 You can double this recipe, use a larger skillet as I had for this, and it will feed a larger crowd. Recipe above feeds 4-6 people. Great for a Halloween party :)
Enjoy!


Ingredients  For Cornbread

1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup cornmeal
2 tablespoons sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon butter
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup milk
1/4 cup cooking oil or melted butter

Directions
Stir everything together in a bowl. Follow directions above for the skillet bake or if you wanted to make plain cornbread here are the directions -

Preheat oven to 400F.
After mixture your batter today add the 1 tablespoon butter to a 10-inch cast-iron skillet, a 9x1 1/2-inch round baking pan, or an 8x8x2-inch square baking pan.
Place the pan in the oven until butter melts. Make sure you get the butter to coat the entire bottom and the sides of the pan.  Pour your batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 20 minutes.

Slow Cooker Meatloaf

Been taking a long break from blogging lately, there just hasn't been time to dedicate towards it for a couple months. Planning on kicking things back up and I hope to pull off the Halloween Challenge this year. Last year my hard drive crashed so it was stopped days into the Challenge, which was pretty devastation. I lost half a years work ( yes I didn't back up, and yes I've learned my lesson)
This year I'm prepared,  back up drives, and backup-backup drives lay in waiting in case anything happens. Funny thing, it crashed just this weekend but it was a no fuss thing because it's all backed up! I'm telling you BACK UP YOUR FILES! 

On to different things...

 Halloween Challenge will Start October 1st, and if you follow any of my recipe challenges you know it's filled with a lot of fun new things so be sure to come back and check it out each day. There will be main meal ideas, side dishes, crafts and of course sweet treats, don't miss it! 

Onto the recipe..

Today's recipe is an easy one for busy days. So many people keep asking me for more slow cooker recipes so here you go. A friend gave this to me, and 

Slow Cooker Meatloaf


1 cup bread crumbs *( Italian seasoned is your best bet, and you can skip adding the Italian dried season )
3/4 pound ground round
3/4 pound ground turkey
1 1/2 cups sliced  mushrooms
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 garlic cloves minced
*1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning ( skip if using the Italian seasoned bread crumbs)
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs, lightly beaten

Sauce
1 cup favorite BBQ sauce
1 cup brown sugar

Directions

 Combine the first list of ingredients, bread crumbs-eggs, together into a large bowl. Shape meat   the crumbs, beef, and next 7 ingredients (beef through garlic) in a large bowl, and shape meat mixture into a 9 x 6-inch loaf. Place loaf in the slow cooker.
Combine the ingredients for the Sauce and pour half of it over the meat. Cover the crock and cook on low for about 4-5 hours or until meat is done. Serve with remaining sauce.

Enjoy!

 
 
 

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