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One Week Vacation Wrap Up

I guess in some ways, I wish I had more things to show for my first week long vacation in forever, but my plan was to do nothing but relax and enjoy myself and that is exactly what I did! Besides cooking a 22lb turkey and all the fixings, moving Calypso to a new barn, reading the first book of Hunger Games in one sitting, barn work on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and watching a ton of TV. See not much for a week, right?

I took my camera to the new place tonight and I will share pictures and explain why I moved in another post. For now, I wanted to share this awesome and inexpensive table décor I made.

The large glass vases I got from Walmart for only $2 and change, the inner votives (in glass) were 12 for $4 at Big Lots. The best are the acorns. Roly Poly and I collected those at the new barn. The property has tons of oak trees and the acorns were ours for the collecting. He and I had such a blast. I wish I’d had my camera with me to show you his adorably proud face every time he found one and brought it over to me.

I think they came out awesome. But after we lit them on Thanksgiving I was even more impressed, the light flickers and filters through the acorns and they are simply stunning.

I hope you all had a blessed Thanksgiving. I don’t want to go to work tomorrow. Sad me, right?

Don’t forget to go enter my contest for a chance to win your choice of a Lalaoopsy doll or a LEGO set HERE. And be sure the check out and enter the cutest kid contest at Nannygoat’s photography Facebook page HERE.


My Fortune Cookie Said “Eat In Tonight”

Going out is a big deal around here. Mostly it doesn’t happen. Being on a very fixed budget can do that to a couple. So I was excited when I was invited to review the new Wanchai Ferry frozen entrées. A chance to dine at a restaurant without leaving the house? Perfection.

Now available in the freezer case at Target, Wanchai Ferry frozen entrées offer restaurant quality Chinese food without the trouble of having to leave home.

Wanchai Ferry Orange Chicken has all of the ingredients needed to prepare a great-tasting, complete Chinese meal for 2 in only 14 minutes! With lightly battered chicken breast pieces that stay crispy when prepared and wholesome Asian-style vegetables, like tender broccoli florets, snappy julienne carrots and delicate baby corn, Wanchai Ferry Orange Chicken will make you feel as though you’re enjoying a meal at your favorite Asian restaurant! It even comes with fluffy, tender Jasmine rice and a tangy orange glaze that adds the perfect touch of spicy heat.

Wanchai Ferry frozen entrées are also available in four other delicious varieties including Shrimp Lo Mein, Spicy Garlic Chicken and Sweet & Sour Chicken. Additionally, all of the entrées have no added MSG!

My review: Fancy Dinner a la chez Vixen’s Den

I decided to go with the Orange Chicken. Because, well, truth his Mr. Vixen doesn’t like much variety in his food and doesn’t do vegetables. The preparation time was just as quick as they said and super easy. The portion size of chicken seemed a little on the low size, but probably perfect if either Mr. Vixen or I ate more healthy portions! (we are working on it, trust me!). We also have two kids in the house we need to feed, so I purchased a bag of other-brand frozen orange chicken and prepared some regular white rice for them. Mr. Vixen and I ate the Wenchai Ferry food, but sampled the other chicken to compare. We both agreed that the chicken and sauce in the Wenchai Ferry entrée was much better in both quality and flavor. I (unlike Mr. Vixen) thoroughly enjoyed the baby corn cobs, carrots and brocolli. The package includes the everything needed for a meal for two, including steamed rice which was perfect and had a very adequate amount for both of us.

As a full time mother (and formerly full time employed outside the home also) I have eaten my fair share of easy to prepare and/or frozen entrées and this was by far the freshest tasting I’ve ever had.

If you’d like to try Wenchai Ferry entrées there is a $1.50 off coupon available at http://www.wanchaiferry.com/. For meal tips to enhance your Wanchai Ferry frozen entrée check out their website at: http://www.wanchaiferry.com/MealTips.aspx.

On to the fun stuff:

On lucky reader can win a Wanchai Ferry “Perfect Night In” prize pack that includes one VIP coupon valid for a free package of any of the Wanchai Ferry frozen entrees, in addition to a set of great Asian-inspired rice bowls, chopsticks, bamboo placemats, flavored fortune cookies, and a $25 Target gift card ! (DISCLAIMER: The big, rectangular plates in the picture are mine; as are the homemade cream cheese wontons on the left of the plate. These items are not part of the giveaway, although if you ask I will gladly share my wonton recipe).

To enter, leave a comment here. Contest open until Sunday, March 7 midnight PST. Winner will be selected by random drawing.


(blessing, good fortune, good luck)

The coupon, prize pack, information and additional prize pack to give away were all given to me from Wanchai Ferry through MyBlogSpark.

Goddesses and Giveaways

Did you know I am famous now? Sure thing.  And you can say you knew me when. Many thanks to Julia for featuring me!

I am this week’s feature over at The Apron Goddesses and you can win one of my aprons (details on entry here)! So head over there, read all about it, enter the contest, buy an apron or order a custom one…..well, I think those are enough orders for the morning. Although I reserve the right to come back later and order you around some more.


Oh, one more order. Check out this new addition to the ApronFrenzy collection:


Now I must go yoga. And then shower.


Contest Over. Thanks for playing~if you didn’t win, you can always buy one!

As I have hinted, I got a little something going on the side. After I received such wonderful feedback regarding my Peanuts Fall apron, I decided to make some more. And share them with the world. At first I was a bit overwhelmed. Then Bear, who had been watching me work, walked in and said, “I want to learn to sew.” I could hardly control my joy! From then on it was a frenzy of sewing, pressing, picture taking and pride. She is a natural all the way. And we are having a blast each night working together on our new partnership:

Apron Frenzy, our new little shop for selling THE most fun, functional and frenzied aprons available. I am working hard on adding more aprons, but first I need your help and I need to have my first contest.

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Fall, Frenzy, Fantastic, Friday!


Been missing my blog
And visiting everyone
Moving is crazy
Fall has begun now
In spite of hundred degrees
Weather is fickle
Busy we’ve been here
Almost frenzied you could say
Sneak peak is right here
Coming this weekend
For you friends of the den
A contest we’ll have
Your chances to win
A lovely fall prize to be had
Check back for the launch!

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