Homemaker’s Friend Planner Giveaway {2 Winners}

Last night when the phone rang, I was a little surprised to see my accountant’s office on the caller ID. They wanted to schedule my 2014 tax appointment. Alrighty, then! Guess I know what I’m doing on March 21, 2015 at 7:00 AM!

After hanging up the phone I went straight for my planner, because people, I can’t remember what I’m doing TOMORROW, let alone March 21, 2015!

I do have a smart phone now, and I’m slowly learning how to use it beyond calling/texting/social media, but I don’t yet trust it. Yes, I could use Google Calender for all of my scheduling, and I’m sure someday I will, but there’s just something about pretty planner pages and a pencil.

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If you’re looking for a beautiful and easy-to-use Daily Planner, the Homemaker’s Friend is one to check out. Created by Sue Hooley, a fellow mom of six, it offers plenty of flexibility. Besides daily tasks, monthly projects, and day-to-day scheduling, I also keep a running list of gift ideas in the planner for all the important people in my life.

The 2015 Planner has the following features:

  • Weekly Layout
  • Two-page spread with entries for each day
  • Menu planning
  • To-do list
  • Monthly Calendar
  • Two-page month view
  • Year Calendars
  • 2015 and 2016 calendars with place for notations
  • Shopping List
  • Perforated shopping list
  • Task List and Project & Events Sections
  • Untitled pages for you to customize for your own duties and ideas
  • Information
  • Short-term information that is relevant to 2015

The planner starts in December. It is spiral bound (6 x 8 1/2 inches) with a laminated cover.

Would you like to win a planner? I have two to give away to my readers! Just leave a comment below. Any comment will do, but as a decidedly Type B personality, I would take any and all organization tips you want to throw my way.

Giveaway ends Sunday, November 23, at 11:59 pm. Winners will be drawn and notified by email on Monday, and this post will be updated with winner names. If you’re not feeling lucky, you can order the planner for a special $12.99 price with this link.

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Tex-Mex Tortilla Snacks

This post brought to you by Sargento. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Amy’s Finer Things.

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This blast from the past party food is one my mom used to make for our Friday night post-game gatherings for the teachers and coaches. When Sargento reached out to ask me to create a holiday-worthy dish, I don’t know if they realized that for my family, holiday dish and delicious finger foods are one and the same!

I resurrected the simple old recipe using Sargento’s 4-cheese Mexican blend, which was a perfect addition to the Tex-Mex flare of the chiles and tortillas.

Tex-Mex Tortilla Snacks

1 cup mayonnaise
1 (4 ounce) can diced green chiles, drained
1 cup Sargento Shredded Cheese (4 Cheese Mexican Blend)
½ cup chopped black olives
¼ cup finely chopped green onion
6 flour tortillas (soft taco size)

Pre-heat oven to 350°.

In a medium bowl, mix mayonnaise, green chiles, cheese, black olives, and green onions.

Use a pizza cutter to slice tortillas into quarters. Warm the tortillas to make them easier to work with, then shape each quarter into the well of a mini-muffin tin.

Fill each tortilla with just over a tablespoon of the mayonnaise mixture. Bake for 20 minutes.

Serve warm with salsa. Makes 24 tortilla snacks.

*** I have never made these ahead, nor have I tried to freeze them and rewarm them. Let me know if you try it!

 

Here’s your chance to win some cheese!

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Enter the Sargento Facebook recipe contest by submitting an original recipe and photo of a dish featuring a Sargento Shredded Natural Cheese variety, plus an explanation of why using real, fresh-tasting ingredients like Sargento Shredded Natural Cheese matters to you at Sargento on Facebook. One winner will receive $2,000 toward kitchen supplies and ingredients for the perfect holiday meal, plus a year’s supply of Sargento Shredded Natural Cheese.

A year’s supply of cheese, people! (Yep. It’s a Finer Thing!)

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Day in the Life ~ November 15 {A Very Big Birthday}

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I don't remember why I originally chose the 15th of every month for my Day in the Life posts, but I'm glad you're along for the ride because the 15th is my birthday! As one of my cousins put it, this year was the 10th anniversary of my 30th birthday. … [Keep reading…]

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Mom’s Texting

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(Yes, I'm alive. Yes, my family is fine. Yes, I realize I didn't finish the 31 days challenge. Ah, life.) I don't know how to flesh this out in writing yet, because I don't want to come across as complaining. I'm not. And I certainly don't want to … [Keep reading…]

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Sunday

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Miss Thing and Baby Sister with Bling. (Hand-me-down bling from cousins. ;)  ) The girls and I went to a jewelry party this afternoon. It's the second one we've attended in the last 2 months. The second one where I made it out of the party without … [Keep reading…]

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Peanut Butter & Jelly Muffins

Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins

We love all things peanut butter around here, and are so completely grateful for no nut allergies in our family! These not-too-sweet muffins are great for breakfast or an after school snack. The littles think it's fun to have their favorite sandwich … [Keep reading…]

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You Can’t See Me

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I'll add a photo later for effect, but use your imagination. Update: Staged Photo Last night we were watching the Royals when Miss 2 appeared for the 327th time. I put her back in her bed. Again. And again. Miss 11 was up watching with … [Keep reading…]

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Toddler Whispers

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This afternoon when Mr. 4 and Miss 2 were finished napping, Baby J and I were not. She was snoozing away, elevated on my chest in my bed, and I was enjoying every blissful second. Knowing that either way it had to end, I invited the two littles to … [Keep reading…]

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Fall Favorites

Years ago (well, only about 5 years ago, but with blogging that is YEARS ago), before everything had to be Pinterest Perfect (gag), I compiled a loooong list of Apple Recipes and Pumpkin Recipes for your fall enjoyment. So fun!  I can't keep up with … [Keep reading…]

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