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It Doesn't Get Any Better! Chocolate and Mint Cupcakes!

Hi Neighgbors! Here is a recipe I just had to share!  Yes, I am diabetic, but I can have one cupcake if I watch what I eat the rest of the day and only do it occasionally.  These are definitely worth the extra! Here is what you need: Cupcakes: 2 cups sugar 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 2 eggs 1 cup milk 1/2 cup vegetable oil 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 cup boiling water 30 Andes mints for garnish Chocolate Mint Filling: 1/2 cup chocolate chips 3 tablespoons heavy cream 1 teaspoon peppermint extract 1/3 cup powdered sugar Mint Buttercream: 1 cup (2 sticks, 16 tablespoons) butter, softened to room temperature 8 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature 32 ounces powdered sugar (about 7 cups) 1/2 cup heavy cream 1 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 2 teaspoons peppermint extract Green food coloring To begin: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line you

What Have We Here?

Hey Neighbors! Look at the new additions to our family here At the Fence!  They are soooo cute! We still need to come up with names!  They are about 2-3 months old and are reasonably hand-tamed.  They come to the door for treats! They are chinchillas!  So soft!  My daughters have been playing with them and feeding them treats!  If you have a good name leave it in the comments!  We think they are both boys.

Mother's Day Blogger's Opp

Hey neighbors! Check this out! Sign up to share this AMAZING Mother's Day Giveaway for four winners! One winner will receive a $500 Amazon gift card and three winners will each win a $100 Amazon Gift Card! Can you imagine the excitement this will create with your fans?! Best part is - YOU get to enter to win too!! That's right, our sponsor is generously offering to let ALL bloggers who share the infographic/giveaway post with their fans to enter to win as well. They are also giving a special entry where you get a bunch of extra entries if you post the infographic on your blog - which all of you will have already done by posting and promoting this giveaway! Instant extra entries for you - increasing your chance to be one of our BIG winners!! Visit HERE to sign up! Each blogger will receive 1 free link on the rc (twitter) for posting and promoting to all their social media channels while the giveaway is live. They can earn a second free link if they promote the giveawa

The Very Last Spring Surprise Box Update!

Hi Neighbors! Here is what we are adding!  I am so excited that this has gone so well!  We are now adding a Make Your Own Chewing Gum Kit, a set of 3-D Dinosaur Stickers, and 3 packets of seeds for your own spring fun! (Sweet William, Morning Glory and Bachelor Button.)  Now, I will be adding one more entry option, which will be to tell me your favorite flower. For those who are just joining us, be sure to go to the original post here and enter quickly, we only have a few more days! Here is what is in the box: 1-Sandman Travel Pillow 1-Mini Orchard Game 1-Hit the Throttle Game 1-15 Piece Zoob Set 1- Rowboat Game 1-E-Z Spray Tie Dye Bandana Kit 1-Hike Game 1-Coupon for free Wholly Salsa 1-Coupon for Free Soft Scrub Total, Bleach Clean or Abrasive Product 1-Pack of 4 Soft Lips 1-Dark Chocolate Hershey Bar 1-Alberts Insomnia Game 3-Right Size Hunger Shakes 1-Make Your Own Chewing Gum Kit 1-3-D Dinosaur Stickers 3-Packets of Flower Seeds Enter! Enter! Enter!  And be

Fresh Produce! Nantucket Stripe Shirt

Hi Neighbors! I wanted to share my new blouse with you from Fresh Produce .  I am slowly coming out of winter hibernation, so I decided to try my new blouse yesterday for church.   It is the Nantucket Stripe Shirt in cobalt that Fresh Produce offered me for review. It is long sleeve, but it is a nice light weight blouse.  The sleeves are a little long, but I guess I have short arms.  I intend to roll the sleeves up anyway.  I really don't care for long sleeves as a general rule.  I often even roll or push up my sleeves in the winter. I wore it with a light blue t-shirt underneath and a black lacy skirt.  The Nantucket Striped shirt was quite comfortable. Description: The Nantucket Stripe Shirt is a classic oxford in a semi-fitted style that is perfect for you and available in an endless choice of colors! 72%Cotton 28% Polyester, semi-fitted, button tab collar. This blouse is $74 and there are several colors to choose from.  Fresh Produce does have special

Meeting Monday with Anne Marie from Future Flying Saucers

Thank you for allowing me to visit with you for just a few moments and introduce myself. I am the writer and administrator of Future.Flying.Saucers . I am a Stay At Home mom with two of the silliest children (RB and Sweet Cheeks) in South Carolina. They get their silliness from their Daddy.  I have been a teacher in public, private and Christian schools. I teach women's Bible studies. I am involved in Children's Ministry... And I homeschool . This is, hands down, the HARDEST thing I have ever done. Parenting in itself is hard, but when you add schooling on top of it, it becomes a daily challenge. I won't even pretend to be a "perfect blogging home school mom." That is not me. I don't want this blog to be focused on home schooling. Yes, it is what my family has chosen to do; and yes, I am passionate about it. However, there is more to my life than homeschool... Awana. I am one of the Awana Commanders at my church and I teach the Bible l

Plow and Hearth and My Deck!

Hey Neighbors! Many of you have seen the pictures of the deck and now that we are actually receiving some spring-like weather I am beginning to decorate.  I am so looking forward to using the deck this year, and Plow and Hearth is helping that along!  Wait until you see how nice their wheelbarrow planter looks set up on the deck.  The wheelbarrow planter is available in two different sizes and ranges in price from $49.95-$79.95. Above you will see how it arrived, and below will be some pictures of the assembly.  Pansy even wanted to help!  OK, actually she just watched. First we put on the wheel and base assembly.  After that we slid the two sides and front and rear panel into place. Pansy watched the whole process! Description from Plow and Hearth: Garden Wheelbarrow Planters Inspired by 18th-century wheelbarrows, these garden wagons look great by your porch or in your garden. Fill them with items appropriate for each season – pumpkins or mums in the fall

Free Country Women's Mesh Rash Guard Shirt

Hi Neighbors! We were recently allowed to review the Free Country Women's Mesh Rash Guard Shirt.  It comes in a really pretty black with raspberry trim.  Nice looking!  Now, you may know Free Country mainly for their winter clothing, but they also carry a summer line, that is how we were given the opportunity to try out the Mesh Rash Guard Shirt. The Mesh Rash Guard Shirt is a perfect cover-up for a day in the sun!  Long sleeved, yet quite comfortable and light-weight.  Since most of the females in my family burn easily if exposed to the sun too long we try to find ways to be comfortable, yet covered.  This shirt should be hand-washed in cold water and then line dried.  Do not iron. A short history of Free Country: Since 1990, Free Country has manufactured casual outerwear and active wear inspired by a modern, active lifestyle and has emerged as a power in the apparel industry with a look and spirit that stands on its own. We take a different approach to outerwear b

Adora Chocolate Calcium Supplements

Hey neighbors! This is one product that is good for you and I have almost had to hide it!  I received two different flavors of the Adora Calcium Supplements , Milk Chocolate and Dark Chocolate.  My husband and one son have actually been asking for them. Anyway Adora Calcium Supplements are an easy way to get your daily calcium intake.  How many of you just dislike taking supplements?  Now you can enjoy getting your daily calcium required.  I mean there are not many people that do not like chocolate. Each chocollate piece from Adora has up to 50% of your daily value of calcium plus vitamin D3 and magnesium for optimal absorption.  A well balanced diet that includes adequate calcium and vitamin D may help reduce the risk of osteoporosis. The Adora formula was developed by Thompson Brands, a chocolatier with a rich, celebrated heritage since 1879.  This will have you craving your calcium! Here are a few quick facts: High quality USP-grade calcium carbonate, vitamin D

Spring Surprise Box Giveaway Update!

Hi neighbors! I have some new additions to our Spring Surprise Box!  We are adding the game Albert's Insomnia and three individual servings of Right Size Hunger Smashing Smoothie Mixes (1 Skinni Vanilli, 1 Lean Cocoa Bean and 1 Slend-A-Berry).  I think we might actually get one more addition before this giveaway closes. Be sure to go to the original post HERE to enter and one more way to enter will be added.  It will be to choose one picture from this giveaway posts and post it on Pinterest or if you don't have Pinterest you can post it somewhere else like Facebook or Twitter.  If you like you can do a quick post and include a picture!  Whatever works for you.  I will even make this one worth more entries! OK!  I have been sitting here for 20 minutes trying to upload my new pictures, and it keeps saying there is a problem re-try.  So, I am going to post this and then try adding the pictures again in a little while.  I want to get this up so my neighbors will know w

Exceptional Sheets GC Giveaway! Think Mother's Day!

Hey Neighbors! Are you looking for Mother's Day gifts?  Maybe something from would work!  Before we get to far I want to let you know that there is a giveaway at the end, so be sure to enter! Exceptional Sheets has Luxury Egyptian Cotton Linens.  Now, I have never shopped here before, but they seem to have some really nice looking sheets, comforters, bath sets, etc. Here is some information from regarding Thread Count Myths: Many consumers make the false assumption that higher thread count linens are more luxurious than lower thread count linens. Here, Exceptional Sheets owner Paul Saunders sheds some light on popular thread count myths and tips for customers shopping for luxury  Egyptian cotton sheets . “Thread count does indeed make a difference,” explains Saunders. “However, high thread count  does not necessarily mean the sheets are softer or of higher quality. In our experience, customers often assume 1500 thread count s

You Could Win A Trip to The Crayola Experience Grand Opening!

Hey Neighbors! Here is something I thought you might enjoy!  The Grand Opening of the Crayola Experience! To celebrate their 110th birthday, the 8 original crayons are throwing a birthday bash at the new fun-omenal Crayola Experience, the world's only interactive Crayola family attraction. Right now, they're out on a colorful adventure to spread the news, and you're invited to join the fun!   How can you join in on the fun? You can FOLLOW the crayons on their adventure, LEARN more about each color and enter to WIN a trip for 4 to celebrate their birthday and the Grand Opening of the all new Crayola Experience this coming May, 2013! Visit the Crayola Facebook page and click "enter now" for your chance to be first in line when the Crayola Experience reopens. The new Crayola Experience features four floors of new interactive exhibits and one-of-a-kind attractions that will bring the magic of color and your child's creativity to life! The winner wil

Novica and Mother's Day!

Hey Neighbors! You all know we have reviewed products from Novica in the past.  They are a really neat online shopping experience.  At Novica you can choose gifts from artisans all over the world!  And the really unique thing is, each gift comes shipped from it's country of origin and includes a little notecard from the artisan. I LOVE to receive items from Novica and open the packages.  Sometimes even the wrapping is unique!  Even if you are not shopping at the time it is fun to browse through Novica's website.  They even have a handy gift finder tab where you can choose gifts by price, gifts for her, gifts for him, even gifts based on personality! I am including pictures of some items available through Novica that I find interesting! Novica's Mission: We want to give artists and artisans around the world a global platform to express their true artistic talents and to spur their creativity. And, we want to provide you with access to unique, hard-t