Wednesday, March 12, 2008

2008 Ultimate Blog Party

Ultimate Blog Party 2008

Welcome to my little party on the net!

My name is Heather, I'm a mom to three WONDERFUL girls and while I'm a new blogger, I'm always up for a partaaaaay!

Anyhow, to thank you for stopping by my blog, I'd like to offer a giveaway to my visitors. I'll be offering a $20 coupon off of a Senseo coffepot!

I just got my Senseo a couple weeks ago and fell in love with it! I don't even drink coffee, but I find that I can brew a great cup of tea with my new Senseo. :) Actually, I put my pot to work for my whole family--I drink tea, my husband loves the coffee, and I make oatmeal and cup-o-noodles for my kids by just running hot water through into their bowl or whatnot.

So leave a comment (up to once each day) and I'll be drawing names on Friday!!

In the meantime, enjoy this recipe for a GREAT coffeecake:

Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

Coffee Cake:
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup butter
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup dairy sour cream
1 egg
1 teaspoon almond extract

1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup raspberry jam

1/2 cup sliced almonds

In a large bowl, combine flour and sugar; cut in the butter using a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Remove 1 cup crumbs for topping.

To remaining crumb mixture, add baking powder, soda, salt, sour cream, egg and almond extract; blend well.

Spread batter over bottom and 2 inches up side of greased and floured 9-inch springform pan. (Batter should be 1/4 inch thick on sides.)

In small bowl, combine cream cheese, 1/4 cup sugar and egg; blend well.

Pour over batter in the pan. carefully spoon jam evenly over cheese filling.

In a small bowl, combine 1 cup of reserved flour mixture and almonds; sprinkle over top.

Bake at 350° for about 55-60 minutes or until cream cheese filling is set and crust is a deep golden brown. Cool 15 minutes. Remove sides of pan. Serve warm or cool. Cover and refrigerate leftovers.

Yield: 16 servings.

There really are so many fabulous prizes to be won at this year’s Ultimate Blog Party, but my top picks would have to be:
#14 — 12X12 Custom Wall Canvas
Provided by: JuJu Beane Boutique

#141 — I make milk. What’s your superpower? t-shirt
Provided by: Crunchy Domestic Goddess

#97 — diaper pouch, changing pad, printed bib, & personalized burp cloth
Provided by: Island Baby Boutique

#137 — Go BPA Free Sippy Sampler Kit
Provided by: The Soft Landing

#1 — Rocking Horse
Provided by: A Rocking Horse To Love

#117 — $25 Gift Certificate
Provided by: Mommy Bytes

#38 — 20 Custom Made Teacher Notecards
Provided by: My Little Monkey Boutique

#19 — Klean Kanteen Sippy Cup
Provided by: Non Toxic Tots

If my top picks are chosen, I'd love ANY of the prizes offered, starting with 103, 84, 67, 62, 37... gosh the list just goes on! I think ALL of the prizes are amazing this year! I'd probably give preference to child oriented prizes more than anything as I have 3 girls aged 11 months-5 years old. :) Well, don't I sound like a "greedy Bessie"?!?


cltgrace said...

Oooh! I love new recipes! Thanks for sharing!

Welcome to the blog party! Now that you're here, let's get this party started! There are so many blogs to visit & friends to meet. What a pleasure!

Peek in on us at GraceFULL Days & say hi before you go! Skip over the Vicks Caring Tributes & vote for my Gracie Cakes story as one of their finalists~ Thanks in advance.

S.B. said...

Sounds good. Thanks


Judy said...

Great party and a prize too. Pick me, pick me.

Lily Pad Mom said...

Yum, that recipe sounds great!

Sprittibee said...

I had to copy that recipe. Sounds lovely! :) Welcome to the party!

Kathleen said...

Welcome to the party, and thanks for the yummy recipe!

charlie&gracie said...

wow! we have a senseo and I never thought about running the hot water through for oatmeal! great tip!
Stop by my party if you get a chance... I have a contest going up this afternoon for a free subscription to Kiwi Magazine!!


Amanda said...

Hello from Alabama. My name is Mandy and I am mom to a 14 year old boy and almost 3 year old girl. Sorry, I haven't got a blog up and going yet, just lurking and seeing what it's all about. Don't like to feel as though I am spying on people though, so I pop in and let myself be seen. So HI! Nice to meet you.
Always looking for a good new recipe to try out. Can't wait to get home and try this one! Happy Blog Partying!

Little Ladybug Designs said...

Yummy recipe! Nice to meet you. Come on over to my party and say hello. Happy Partying!

We are THAT Family said...

Welcome to the Ultimate Party! Your blog is awesome. Come over to mine, so we can meet. Have a great week!

danetteb said...

Hi Heather,
Nice to meet you. I'm not a big coffee drinker, but my brothers girlfriend is a barista and bought me a small 2 cup coffeemaker for my birthday. It's nice because it doesn't take up too much kitchen space and I can limit my coffee drinking.Happy Blog Partying!

Hugs, Danette

Anonymous said...

I'm inviting you to party with me!

Win some chocolate from my-sister-in-law and I...we blog about from Australia...and her from Michigan. Here's the link:

What am I doing in Australia? I married an Aussie...and moved to Brisbane, leaving my family and friends and all the right-side-of-the-road drivers in America.

Win a handmade pocket place mat from my blog Comfort Joy Designs. Here's the link:

Want to know more about life in Australia? Visit my A Cup of Joy site where I keep up with my family and friends in America. Here's the link:

Happy Partying!

amyanne said...

Sounds delish! I think I'll try it for Mother's Day. Thanks.

I'm a publicist...would you be interested in reviewing books on your blog?

Send me an email and I'll give you some additional info!

Enjoy the rest of your party!


Rockin' Mama said...

I have been wanting one of those coffee pod thingys for awhile!!!!

jasonncaryn at yahoo dot com

"J" said...

Just wanted to drop by and say hi! I came over from the UBP!!! =)

Anonymous said...

Great blog name! Thanks for having us over!

Name: Jenni said...

I have 3 girls too! Aren't they so much fun?!?

Great ideas for the coffee maker!

Becoming Me said...

I have one very fresh and sweet girl who is 4 and an almost one-year-old boy. I've enjoyed your blog and will return.