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Are you a Winer – do you like trying new Wines – if so, I want your Wine Winning recipes!

I am not a wine connoisseur nor do I don’t spend a lot for a bottle of wine.  I am a sucker for a deal and love fun colorful bottles, and this is where I shop on FriYays after work.

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You meet the nicest people at Pockets Discount Liquors

(BTW I don’t know this man but asked if he wanted to be in the pic – lol)

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Smirnoff Ice has a new flavor Peach Bellini, although not a wine, it is one my summer favorite drinks

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 Last weekend I added Peach Bellini Ice to Talenti Alphonso Mango Sorbetto and topped it with Whipped Cream

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It looked better than it tasted, which is why I need your help!

Go to my Facebook Page to post a pic of your Winning Wine recipe and it will be featured in the

4th of July Food & Fun Holiday Post.

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Have a fantastical day – Smooches!

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Once upon a time not so long ago car shopping was a fun and exciting adventure, flipping through magazines, reading the classifieds, looking for the perfect car, with the perfect color for the perfectly affordable price.  That was “BK”, “before kids”, now as a parent of 2 sons we are once again in the market for a car, not for me nor hubby but for #1 son.

We were very fortunate the first time when we found a 2002 Hyundai Elantra at a very affordable price but with very high mileage and now, “Miranda” is on her last legs.  She is not going to make it much longer and it’s not worth putting any more money into having her serviced.  She was dutiful in her position and served us well, she valiantly got the  boys back and forth to High School with weekend jaunts to the mall and grocery store.  Now the time has come to find a replacement and it is not a fun event.  The sticker prices are a hard pill to swallow but we must keep in mind that good safety features and good insurance ratings are our number one priorities.

Hubby and I spend a few hours yesterday looking for vehicles that might fit the bill, first stopping at Carman Auto Group in New Castle.  We didn’t see many but there was a 2012 Ford Fiesta, with mileage that wasn’t too high but was a bit out of our price range.

Ford Fiesta

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Our next stop was at Willis Chevrolet in Middletown.  Willis is where I have my Hyundai Sonata serviced and customer satisfaction is their #1 priority so it wasn’t a surprise to find that they had a few vehicles that caught our attention.

A 2011 Ford Fiesta SES, mileage was a bit high for it’s age and a sticker price worth negotiating, the other vehicle was a 2009 Chevy Cobalt Sport, mileage and price more palatable.

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Ford Cobalt

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Now comes the fun part…the research…checking State Farm Insurance, KBB, Carfax, Cars.com, AAA, Costco and any other website to compare prices, and safety features – this is no longer a fun event and I still have to get a hooptie for son #2 – do you know where I can get a 2fer!

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Hello Friends, I hope you are having a terrific Tuesday!

Recently, I read an article that had suggestions on the products that you should and should not buy at your local Dollar Stores.  I agreed that buying party supplies and paper products was a good idea and with not buying toys which may contain high levels of lead.  Purchasing cleaning supplies saves money, but I only buy name brands because some of the others are watered down which makes them a waste of money.

The only statement in the article that I did not agree with was that food items should never be purchased.  Granted there are some items in a Dollar/99 Cents store that shouldn’t be purchased because of it’s obvious non-compliance with FDA’s regulations, however, there are a lot of products that I would and have bought at Dollar Tree stores.

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The state of the economy has forced us all to be more frugal but my sons are trying to eat me out of house and home!  They are always snacking and can easily polish off a large bag of chips in one sitting…wonder where they got that from (lol).  Therefore, I am always on the hunt, usually with coupons in hand, in search of snacks that they will eat and be satisfied without breaking the bank.

That’s where Dollar Tree comes in, and it has always been my “go to” store for snacks, even when the boys were small, it was the place to stop before going to the movies.   Not all products are sold in all stores and I was surprised with what I found in their freezer section, taking note that packaging was clearly marked Made in the USA, (The Bronx, NY, Altoona, PA, Pennsauken, NJ and Rancho Cucamonga, CA).   There are many name brand products made specifically for non-grocery type stores as evidenced by their sizes, however, the quality remains the same and manufacturer’s coupons are accepted.

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Turkey Creek Snacks – Pork Rinds/Chicharron (for me)

Pennysticks Brand Pretzels

David Sunflower Seeds

Utz Onion and Garlic Potato Chips

Popcorn Indiana Sea Salt Popcorn

Luigi’s Italian Ice

Baker Best Soft Pretzels

Golden Krust Jamaican Patties

Sapphire Teriyaki Noodles and Vegetables

Our Foods Orange and Teriyaki Chicken

Do you shop at dollar stores, and if so, what do you buy?

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Thank you Jennifer and Christine at store # 3730, Beaver Brook Plaza, New Castle, DE, for a pleasant shopping experience.  The shelves were fully stocked and the store was very well maintained!

BTW – don’t forget to complete the customer survey on the back of the receipt to enter their sweepstakes!

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~~ ALL OPINIONS ARE SOLELY MY OWN  – I WAS NOT CONTACTED BY DOLLAR TREE NOR ANY  PRODUCT MANUFACTURER FOR AN ENDORSEMENT ~~

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The best day of the work week!

One of my Friday night rituals is to stop at Pockets Discount Liquors in New Castle for a bottle of Barefoot Sweet Red wine. This evening was no exception, however, tonight they were hosting a taste testing. Shannon Heinz, proprietor of Schnizzie Vodka was providing samples of her newly released Sparkling Vodka Cocktail.   Schnizzie is an all natural, sparkling cocktail made with premium vodka infused with real strawberries, distilled from sugar cane and sweetened with light agave nectar.  It is gluten free and made in New York, my sample was poured over ice but can be consumed chilled without ice.

Schnizzie is the first Sparkling Vodka Cocktail on the market but the quality can be compared to Ciroc or Van Gogh Vodka. Shannon has had several taste testings throughout the state and more information can be found on her Facebook page, http://www.Facebook.com/schnizzie. Packaged in a cellophane bag makes it a perfect holiday gift or in my case a great drink while decorating the house.

Goodnight and remember to always drink responsibly.

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For months leading up to the election I had received emails requesting monetary donations, I have donated small amounts on several occasions.  I’ve been asked to post to Facebook and Tweet OFA information; I have also complied.  I’ve received emails containing songs and videos asking to pass them on to my contacts which I have also done.  I had signed up and received emails requesting to donate my time volunteering at a phone bank or knocking on doors – which I had never done…at least not until yesterday.

 I like many other supporters like to talk the talk but are hesitant when it comes to walking the walk.  That all changed yesterday when I volunteered to Phone Bank for The President at the Democratic Headquarters in New Castle.  I will admit that it wasn’t an email, tweet or post that convinced me; it was having a conversation and later meeting a wonderful lady, an Obama volunteer who offered her extra yard sign.  When she called, I once again said I didn’t have a whole lot of time to volunteer because I lived in Delaware and worked in Pennsylvania and on weekends I had to blah…blah…blah…excuse…excuse…excuse.  However, before I ended the conversation I was asked her if she knew where I could purchase an Obama 2012 Yard Sign.  She told me that she had an extra and since she lived close I decided to stop by and purchase, but she gave it to me – FREE of charge.

 That one simple act of kindness made me change my mind so yesterday I volunteered a few hours and made 123 calls to registered voters in Pennsylvania.

 I along with 4 others sat in a room armed with a cell phone provided by the Committee, a Voter Contact Script, and List Sheets with the names and numbers of registered voters.  I called and spoke to supporters or left messages thanking them for their previous support.  To those that answered the phone, I asked if they had any questions, if they needed a ride to the poll and the approximate time that they would be voting.

 Although we were given a written script to read and requested to keep our conversations short and polite there was the possibility of reaching someone who wanted to challenge.  Fortunately I witnessed such a conversation when a fellow volunteer reached an uninformed and undecided voter.  With each negative and incorrect statement she countered with the correct information in a polite, non-combative way.  The conversation lasted about 10 minutes most of which I overheard and was mesmerized by his misinformation about the President and his opponent.  However, her ability to counter with the correct information as well as providing him with the website to read was awesome.  She was pretty much drained after that conversation but was rewarded when the next several callers she reached were overly enthusiastic, “Fired Up and Ready to Go”

 The Democratic Headquarters housed volunteers for all the State’s democrats running for office or reelection.  They provided us with free pizza, water, soft drinks, cookies, crackers and candy but I was filled with was a sense of accomplishment as well as meeting some great people with the same goal – to get President Barack Hussein Obama reelected – 4 more 4 44!!

If you’ve read the July issue of People Style Watch or any other fashion magazine you’ll see articles about ways to dress up T shirts and tanks with statement pieces. I discovered an Indian Boutique in New Castle that carries some really nice items with reasonable prices. I purchased two pairs of earrings and toe rings which were placed in a box as opposed to a plastic shopping bag which was a nice touch. The boutique also carries Indian designed dresses, scarves and shoes but the jewelry is the true deal, currently 40% off select items. The next time yor’re in need of a nice statement piece for a casual t shirt/tank or special event, check out the Indian Fashion Boutique.

The boutique is located at 335 S. DuPont Highway, Buena Vista Shoppes in New Castle, 302-276-1569 Indian_Fashion_Boutique@yahoo.com


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