Make Homemade Pumpkin Puree and Freeze for your Homemade Pumpkin Pies

Get those pumpkins while they are clearing them out from Halloween and make your Homemade Pumpkin Puree. If you have not done this before it is an easy process and doesn’t take much time at all. Be sure to save the seeds and bake them so the family has a healthy treat as well. :) This will make great pumpkin pies, pumpkin cheesecake, cookies, pumpkin logs and more all winter long!

I use 3 pumpkins for the winter to keep them on hand for when I want to make something with a sweet treat and have some fall flavor. We can never get enough of the pumpkin logs in the winter! YUMMY!

First, I cut off the top like when your carving them for Halloween so I can get out the seeds and the pulp that needs to be removed. I then start the seeds soaking with the salt and water to get them ready for baking. Then I slice the pumpkin into 4-6 wedges and place in a shallow baking pan with about an inch of water in the bottom. I set the oven to 350 and bake for an hour. At that time I take them out make sure the meat is soft and ready for me to make puree. If it’s soft I let it cool. Then when I can touch it with my fingers I take it off the rind and start to place it in my blender, you can also use a food processor or food mill. Then when I have it all puree I put it in a collander that I set inside of a large bowl so that the added juices drain. Then it is ready to use in recipes or freeze after draining.

To Freeze:

Place Puree into 1 quart size freezer bags, I usually put about 2 cups into each bag. Then remove the excess air from the bag and seal. Label the bag with Pumpkin Puree and the date and keep doing this till all your pumpkin puree is in bags unless your going to be using it right away then leave out what your going to use and freeze the rest.

How to use:
If your pumpkin puree is frozen remove it from the freezer the night before and let it defrost in the fridge so it will be ready to use. Then just follow the recipe for your homemade pumpkin pie, pumpkin log or cookie recipe. This gives your pies, cookies and other items a whole new taste and you may NEVER go back to canned pumpkin again!!!!

Early Christmas Giveaway Exp: 9/28

It’s a great time to start getting those holiday gifts and shopping done, however, it’s even better if you can win them! We have an amazing giveaway that will get you ready for the holidays, and have those on your Christmas list excited about the gifts your giving them as well.

Welcome to the Early Christmas Giveaway Event!  This event is hosted by Dixieland Reviews and Co-Hosted by the amazing bloggers at Mom ‘N Daughter Savings and Mom to Grandma!


This event is a little different from those you are used to! You will find the Giveaway Tool for the items you are interested in winning, and do only the tasks on that particular tool.  So if you only want the chance to win gifts for Teens, you click on the link below that will take you to that Giveaway tool and enter on that one. You can enter as many or as few of the different giveaways as you want.

You must be 18+ or older and a resident of the US or Canada to enter.  Winners will be notified via email so make sure is on your email safe list so you don’t miss the email since you only have 24 hours to respond before you forfeit the prize and a new winner is chosen. This giveaway is not associated with Facebook or any other social media.  Participating bloggers are not responsible for shipment of prizes.

Click the link below for the category of gifts you would like the chance to win: (Please note: the Adults 18+ is located right here on this page so just scroll on down to enter.)

Infants-0-18 months- Choose from 4 Prize Packages

Toddlers 18 months-4 years Choose from 3 Prize Packages

Children 5-8 years Choose from 2 Prize Packages

Children 9-11 years Choose from 2 Prize Packages

Tweens- 11-13 Choose from 2 Prize Packages

Teens-13-18 Choose from 2 Prize Packages

Each category page will list the prize packages you will have to choose from.

Gifts for Adults 18+

Winner gets to choose between a $250 Home Depot Gift Card or a $250 Bed, Bath and Beyond Gift Card!! 

Entry is simple, just follow the instructions on the Giveaway Tool below! Please Note: ONLY the first task is required, all other tasks are optional, BUT they will give you extra entries for more chances to win! 

Free Nesquik Sample

Woot! It’s a great time to grab a FREE sample of Free Nesquik Sample. It’s a great to have on hand for the winter, if your in the midwest, your going to want it really soon. You will receive Sample pack includes five (5) NESTLÉ® NESQUIK® stick packs and a coupon to save $1.50 on your next purchase of any size, any flavor of NESTLÉ® NESQUIK® powder. Offer good in the US only. Offer valid only while supplies last. Limit one (1) sample pack per household or address. Please allow 6 – 8 weeks for delivery.

Mc Donalds: Free Small Mc Cafe Coffee 9/16- 9/29

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Your morning could have just gotten a little better! That’s right, Mc Donalds is giving away a Free small Mc Cafe Coffee every morning. You can enjoy your free Mc Cafe Coffee from 9/16 through 9/29. It’s a great way to start the morning for you coffee lovers and it doesn’t get any better then FREE!

You may want to leave a little earlier in the morning to get your free coffee, just in case there is a line. It will give you plenty of time to enjoy it before going to work, running errands or whatever your morning has in store for you. You may also want to check to make sure that your Mc Donalds is taking part before you order your coffee. It seems as though you do not need to make a purchase to receive your free coffee as well. Make it a great morning….enjoy!

Caribbean Holiday Cruise Giveaway Exp: 10/25

I’m so excited that we are taking part in this amazing giveaway! Since it’s starting on my birthday, I knew we needed to be apart of this great giveaway to celebrate it together. Wishing you all the best of luck in this giveaway! I can’t wait to see who the lucky winner will be!
Welcome to the Caribbean Holiday Event! This event is hosted by Dixieland Reviews and co-hosted by the fabulous bloggers at Giveaway Bandit and Mom ‘N Daughter Savings!

Our World Travel has, once again, joined us and sponsored a Holiday Cruise Giveaway.  You can earn cash back on all your travel! Book through Our World Travel and start earning today!

One winner will get:

A 7 day cruise for up to 4 people to the Caribbean, during Christmas week,2014!!! Ship will sail from Port of Miami (Florida)

I’ve always wanted to do a Christmas cruise and see the ship all decorated up for the holidays!!

This package includes:

Cruise fare, including tickets, port charges & fees and ticket taxes.

Winner is responsible for getting to the port of Miami, any hotel stays, transportation to and from the port, gratuities and any on board expenses including shore excursions, specialty restaurants, certain beverages, gratuities, shopping and any other incurred expense.

 Winner + up to 3 guests will sail the Western Caribbean Itinerary on the Norwegian Cruise Line- Epic, one of their newest ships!

Cruise Itinerary – 7 Days roundtrip Miami
Day/Date Ports Of Call Arrive Depart
Sunday, December 21, 2014 Miami, Florida 04:00 PM
Monday, December 22, 2014 Nassau, Bahamas 08:00 AM 05:00 PM
Tuesday, December 23, 2014 At Sea
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 Ocho Rios, Jamaica 08:00 AM 05:00 PM
Thursday, December 25, 2014 At Sea
Friday, December 26, 2014 Cozumel, Mexico 08:00 AM 05:00 PM
Saturday, December 27, 2014 At Sea
Sunday, December 28, 2014 Miami, Florida 08:00 AM

What a way to spend the Holidays! Plus! The winner will also receive a Visa Gift Card for $200 to help with expenses! 


Due to shipboard policies, all entrants must be 21+ to enter. This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada. Void where prohibited by law.  Winner is responsible for all expenses to get to the port and back home. Prize includes ONLY the Cruise Fare, cruise fare taxes, and cruise fare fees, no other expenses are included.  This giveaway is not sponsored by NCL in any way, shape or form.  Our World Travel is a private travel agency and is sponsoring this event. Approximate retail value of this prize is $2967.00 (cruise + visa gift card). By entering this giveaway, you are consenting and agreeing to the rules. Please note, Shipboard gratuities are automatically added to your on board account in the amount of $12 per person, per day, you will be responsible for paying this fee. You also have the option of having it removed from the ship board account the last day of the cruise, however, if you do that, none of the staff that waited on you will receive a tip. This is a closed loop cruise, meaning U.S. citizens don’t need a passport, however it is highly recommended that you do get one in case of an emergency, otherwise, U.S. citizens can substitute a birth certificate (with raised seal) and valid photo ID. This event is not associated with Facebook or any other social media site. 

This event is open to the US and Canada. It will begin at 11:59 pm Eastern time on September 25th and end at 11:59 pm on October 25th, 2014.

Ebates: Get Money Back For All Your Online Store Purchases! Great For Halloween And Christmas Shopping!

Halloween is coming and it’s a great time to snag all those costumes that your children or you want. Then sneaking up right behind it is Christmas, St. Nick will be here in only 100 days! So it’s a great time to get a head start on your shopping for both and earn cash back for all your shopping!

Ebates can help with all your holiday shopping. You can find your halloween costumers at Halloween Express, Wholesale Halloween Costume, or other great stores and you can receive up to 6% cash back on your purchases. Ebates also offers your favorite stores to shop at as well, Target, Wal-mart, Victoria Secret, Bass Pro Shop, and so many other great stores and earn up to 37% cash back on your purchases.

When you sign up for Ebates, you will also receive a FREE $10 gift card from Macy’s, Target, Wal-mart, or other fabulous stores once you have made a $25 purchase. Just another great perk that Ebates offers to their customers for using their service to save even more money! So cash back and a free gift card as well! Things are looking up for the holidays! Get your savings going and start earning your cash back on holiday needs, coats for the whole family, and other things that you need to purchase.

Earn Money While Your Running Errands

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Have you ever wished you could make extra money while running errands??? Your out and about so why shouldn’t you get paid for doing easy tasks while your out??? You could start to make some extra Christmas money or extra income by just taking a few quick photos! It’s so easy to do and if your going to be in the area why not make some extra cash while your getting your errands done!

EasyShift is an app that you can use to make extra income. You can earn $2 to $20 by taking a photo of a store display, verifying how much a product costs in a store, or other easy tasks and earn extra income for just taking a photo or another easy task. They are quick and easy and there are always new tasks being added, I’m sure as the holidays become closer, they will be adding even more.

If your out shopping already just choose the tasks you want to complete with the stores your visiting and make some extra cash while shopping. It doesn’t get any easier and your already going to be there so there is no extra

Gamer Giveaway~ Win A PS4 Game System & 3 Games Exp: 9/20

Eek! School has started back up and now it’s time to start thinking about Christmas because there is a limited time before it will be here! So I am so excited to bring you this AWESOME Gamer Giveaway that would make an amazing Christmas gift!

Welcome to our Gamer Giveaway!! This event is hosted by Dixieland Mom Product & Travel Reviews and Co-Hosted by Giveaway Bandit.  Our sponsor for this event is Our World Travel.

This event it open to residents of the US and Canada, void where prohibited by law.  This event will begin September 1st at 11:59 pm and end on September 21st at 11:59 pm. All times are Eastern Standard Time. This event is not associated with Facebook or any other social media. Sponsor will be shipping prize to winner. Winner will be notified via email and will have 24 hours to respond, if no response is received within that time frame, winner will forfeit the prize & a new winner will be chosen.  We are not responsible for incorrect email addresses or for the notification being routed to your spam folder.  Winners will be announced on our Winners Page.

Entry is simple. There is only one (1) required entry and that is the very first one on the Giveaway Tool. All other entries are optional, but for each one you complete, you will get extra entries. Winner will receive three (3) games of his/her choice and a PS4 Game System.  Total approximate retail value is $480.

WOW! Over $45 In Toy Coupons HOT coupons for the Holidays!

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WOOT! The toy coupons are starting to come out for the holidays, it’s going to be some great money savings for your budget. It’s a great time to start thinking ahead to the holidays and getting all those great gifts ready as Christmas will be here before we know it. I have complied a list of several great coupons for all ages.

You will be able to print 2 of each coupon to use on these deals. I love this time of year and the savings that go along with it! Don’t wait as toy coupons always print out quickly so get that printer warmed up and ready to help you save. Don’t forget a lot of the stores price match so it’s a great time to look at the fliers and if the store you find the deal at is sold out, don’t worry you can use it at Wal-mart or other stores to get the same deal and where they will have it in stock.

Just click on the coupon picture that you would like to use and it will take you right to the coupon to print.

$5.00 off any one MARVEL SUPER HERO ADVENTURES toy
$5.00 off Laugh & Learn Smart Stages™ Chair
$3.00 off Laugh & Learn Smart Stages™ Laptop
$3.00 off Laugh & Learn Smart Stages™ Vacuum
$3.00 off Laugh & Learn Smart Stages™ Mower
$5.00 off Laugh & Learn Stages™ Crawl Around™ Car
$5.00 off Laugh & Learn Puppy's Smart Stages Train
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$3.00 off Laugh & Learn Smart Stages™ Laptop
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$3.00 off Laugh & Learn Smart Stages™ Mower
$5.00 off Laugh & Learn Stages™ Crawl Around™ Car
$5.00 off Laugh & Learn Puppy's Smart Stages Train
$5.00 off (1) Playskool Sesame Street Elmo
Buy One (1) LITTLEST PET SHOP Toy, get 1 Free
$3.00 off any Littlest Pet Shop Scene Style Set
$5.00 off one (1) PLAY-DOH Launch Game
$5.00 off one (1) NERF BOW or RAPID RED blaster
$1.00 off any (1) one PLAY-DOH Compound