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Aug 13, 2012
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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
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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
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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
 

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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

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My Memories Free Software Giveaway!

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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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Flirting with Love Book Tour



NEW RELEASE........

Book #10 The Bradens, Love in Bloom Series #18



Elisabeth Nash has spent years dreaming of returning to the small town of Trusty, Colorado, where she spent summers with her favorite aunt. When she inherits her aunt’s farmette, she closes her Los Angeles pet bakery and pampering business, sure that life in Trusty will be as peaceful and as welcoming as she remembers. But being an outsider in the close-knit town proves to be very different from the happy summers she remembers from her childhood—and falling for Trusty’s hot, wealthy, and sinfully irresistible veterinarian, Ross Braden, sends the rumor mill into a frenzy.



Ross Braden learned long ago that gossip spreads faster than weeds in his small hometown, and Ross loves nothing more than his privacy. For that reason, he doesn’t date women who live in Trusty. But that was before blond, beautiful, and refreshingly honest Elisabeth Nash flew into his vet clinic seeking help for her panicked piglet and turned his comfortable life—and his heart—inside out.



Despite rumors about Elisabeth’s motives toward her aunt’s property, passion brews between Elisabeth and Ross. Every steamy kiss and every sensual touch brings the pair closer together, and when Ross helps Elisabeth try to fit into the town he adores, it makes their bond even stronger. But even Elisabeth’s efforts toward reaching the community, and the love she and Ross so desperately believe in, might not be enough for the protective small town to offer them a future.




THE BRADEN COUSINS are one of the newest additions to the LOVE IN BLOOM series.


 My Review,


Foster once against heats up the pages in her book, Flirting with Love. As with all her books in any series ( better check them all out, seriously don't miss a single one) they are good stand alone books, but that much more enjoyable if you pick up a couple, or all of them.  They're worth it you won't be let down!

Elisabeth Nash totally surprised me! I'll say that right now, reading the quick preview of the book I mentally had a picture going about a city girl being tossed into small town life and completely out of her element but I was completely wrong. I fell in love with this character straight from the get go. She's down to earth, spirited and sweet, and with a hot Braden  thrown into the mix-  oh snap!

Elisabeth starts out living in LA,  truly missing her summer vacation hot spot with her Aunt in Trusty Colorado, so when she inherits her Aunts place there's no question or hesitation what so ever to pack up and head right for the small town. While she has always enjoyed her summers in the town, living there makes to be a different challenge, up until she meets the hot local veterinarian Ross Braden.

Gossip is something Ross can spend a lifetime without and he's learned it the hard way. He values his privacy and wants nothing to do with women in the small town because of it, until that is a blonde beauty catches his eye. He wastes no time making his motives clear with Elisabeth and he knows if he doesn't step up someone else will in no time at all. Things spark up and click into place right away with the hot duo, and there's no going back once that first step is taken, but will their amazing chemistry be enough to withstand the streaming rumors?

Will they be able to keep the heat going as the town looks down on Elisabeth? Can the townsfolk see who she really is just as Ross has? Or will the town tear them apart before they even have a chance? You'll have to find out and pick up a copy of Flirting with Love to find out!



**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**



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About Melissa Foster

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, new adult romance, LGBT romance, contemporary women's fiction, romantic suspense, thrillers, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Some say her romance novels are lovingly erotic, she deems them simply loving and real. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women's Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Cafe. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success.



Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children, she's written for Calgary's Child
Magazine and Women Business Owners Magazine, and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa's interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.




Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa on The Women's Nest
or her personal website.




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I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.


ALSO AVAILABLE 
Books 1 - 3 Snow Sisters, Love in Bloom Series #1 - 3

Books 1 - 6 The Bradens, Love in Bloom Series #4 - 9


Books 1 - 5 The Remingtons, Love in Bloom Series #10 - 14 





MORE BRADEN COUSINS COMING SOON......





NOW FOR THE AUTHOR'S GIVEAWAY !!

Five lucky winners will each receive the Game of Love ebook

the 1st book from the Remingtons series !!
Ending on Friday 19th December at 11.59pm EST
Open Worldwide

Enter Below & Good Luck !!




Deep Fried Turkey

This recipe and the pictures come from my Father. He has Deep Fried Turkey over the last few years and it always looks so good when he posts about it on Facebook. Since I have no fryer myself I asked him to contribute this year.  Maybe one year I'll have the guts to do it myself but for now I leave the perfect deep frying up to him. Hope you all enjoy! 
Don't forget to check oil temp and the temp within the bird- Turkey is done when it reaches 175 – 180 Degrees F


Directions for Deep Fried Turkey 



  • To start, take the wrapper off of the turkey, and remove and discard the neck and giblets.
  • Deep-fry your turkey outside on a flat surface, far away from homes, garages, wooden decks, etc.
  • To determine how much oil is needed for frying, place the thawed turkey in the fryer.
  •      Add water until the top of the turkey is barely covered.
  •      Remove the turkey, allowing the water to drain from the turkey back into the fryer.
  •      Measure and mark the water line, and use that line as a guide when adding oil to the propane fryer.
  • Pat the turkey dry with paper towels.
  • Add oil to the fryer (based on the water line).
  • Preheat oil in the fryer to 350° F.


  • While the oil is heating, prepare your turkey with any seasonings, marinades, or injected flavor that you desire.
  •     I use Tony Chachere’s Cajun seasoning as a rub on the outside of the turkey, and their Cajun Butter injectable, injected into the turkey, Then I put a whole Vidalia Onion inside, along with 5 or 6 Garlic cloves
  • When the oil is hot, turn the burner off and slowly lower the turkey into the hot oil. (to prevent flare up) Slowly lowering the basket helps prevent the oil from bubbling over. Turn the burner back on.
  • Cook the turkey about 3 to 4 minutes per pound. The internal Temperature should be between 175 – 180 Degrees F.




  • When the turkey is done, Turn the burner off, then slowly lift it from the pot and place it in a pan or on paper towels to drain
  • Carve and Enjoy


TIPS & SAFETY 
** Always follow your fryers directions **
Be sure to thaw your turkey completely before deep frying 
Be sure to remove excess fat from the bird
Do not stuff the bird for deep frying
Always be careful submerging and taking the turkey out of the oil, this is HOT oil! 
Make sure your fryer is solid level surface 
Don't over fill the fryer with oil! 
Always use well insulated pot holders , consider long sleeve shirt as well to protect against splatters.
Don't use around flammable materials
Don't leave fryer unattended, a small amount of oil coming into contact with the fryers burner can cause a fire! 

 Major Thanks to my Father for putting this together! Check out my Dad's Gumbo recipe, it's a must during the winter season! :) Enjoy! 


 
 
 

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