Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!


Wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving Day with safe travels, and lots of stuffing, gravy and pumpkin pie. This year we are hosting family and friends at the Ann’s Entitled Life household. An early dinner so my father, and the great-neice (she’s one in a few weeks!) can enjoy. Later would just be too much for them (fresh turkey it is!)

I hope you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving day!

Over the River and Through the Wood

by Lydia Maria Child (1844)

Over the river, and through the wood,
to Grandfather’s house we go;
the horse knows the way
to carry the sleigh
through the white and drifted snow.

Over the river, and through the wood,
to Grandfather’s house away!
We would not stop
for doll or top,
for ’tis Thanksgiving Day.

Over the river, and through the wood—
oh, how the wind does blow!
It stings the toes
and bites the nose,
as over the ground we go.

Over the river, and through the wood,
with a clear blue winter sky.
The dogs do bark
and the children hark,
as we go jingling by.

Over the river, and through the wood,
to have a first-rate play.
Hear the bells ring,
“Ting a ling ding!”
Hurray for Thanksgiving Day!

Over the river, and through the wood—
no matter for winds that blow;
or if we get
the sleigh upset
into a bank of snow.

Over the river, and through the wood,
to see little John and Ann;
we will kiss them all,
and play snowball
and stay as long as we can.

Over the river, and through the wood,
trot fast my dapple gray!
Spring over the ground
like a hunting-hound!
For ’tis Thanksgiving Day.

Over the river, and through the wood
and straight through the barnyard gate.
We seem to go
extremely slow—
it is so hard to wait!

Over the river, and through the wood—
old Jowler hears our bells;
he shakes his paw
with a loud bow-wow,
and thus the news he tells.

Over the river, and through the wood—
when Grandmother sees us come,
she will say, “O, dear,
the children are here,
bring pie for everyone.”

Over the river, and through the wood—
now Grandmother’s cap I spy!
Hurrah for the fun!
Is the pudding done?
Hurrah for the pumpkin pie!


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Jambalaya made with the Ninja® Cooking System with Auto-iQ™

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The Ninja® Cooking System with Auto-iQ™ is four appliances built into one: a slow cooker; a stove top for searing and sautéing; a steamer; and an oven for baking. A true multi cooker.

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The Auto-iQ™ Technology features more than 80 pre-programmed recipes which you can select from the cookbook (included). You simply gather the recipe ingredients, select the recipe number, and violia! Dinner! Compared to a traditional slow cooker which only heats from the side, Ninja’s Triple Fusion Heat® brings bottom, side, and steam heat together for easy one-pot meals. The food is hot! and cooked very quickly. If you like slow cooker recipes and more, you will love the recipes available in the Ninja® Cooking System with Auto-iQ™ cookbook!

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The 6-quart nonstick pot is dishwasher-safe, there is a glass lid with handle, steaming/roasting rack, and 100+ recipe cookbook with over 80 Auto-iQ recipes. The food stays warm for up to 12 hours with the auto Stay-Warm and programmable digital timer.

Ok, so what can the do? Well, lots of stuff:

Besides the programmed meals (which saves time, and dinner-thought-headaches), there are Manual Functions:

• Sear – an innovative heating element turns your Cooking System into a skillet so you can sear meats and sauté vegetables in one pot.
• ACCUTEMP Slow Cook – Worry-free ACCUTEMP temperature control operates behind the scenes to ensure meals aren’t overcooked or underdone.
• Bake With a controlled temperature range from 250°–425° you can dry bake hearty roasts or steam bake breads, cakes, and more.
• Steam veggies for that delightful “snap” or steam light proteins like seafood to play up their naturally subtle flavors.

I wanted Hubby to use this for the blog post because of all the neat features. This is so up his alley. Unfortunately, he was very busy last week, so it was up to me. He had picked out a Jambalaya recipe from the book, and I decided to sorta follow it. I changed nothing about the cooking, but I did swap out some ingredients: smoked sausage for andouille (which is a bit spicey for me), orange and red peppers for green.

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I then followed the step-by-step instructions in the included cookbook:

• Cut up ingredients.

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• Sautéed the chicken, vegetables, and sausage together – which I was leery about since it was included with the peppers, onions, and sausage and not cooked alone – unnecessarily as the chicken was juicy, moist, and well cooked.

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• Added the remaining ingredients (tomatoes, chicken broth, spices).

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• Clicked the Auto-iQ™ Layered Bowls, recipe 15, allowed it to work its multi cooker magic for 20 minutes.

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• Came back to really HOT (as in temperature), well cooked, well seasoned Jambalaya. The rice cooking was amazing – this recipe cooked for 20 minutes, and the rice was absolutely perfect. My rice cooker takes longer than 20 minutes!

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So, how can you get the Ninja® Cooking System with Auto-iQ™?

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Exactly who could use a Ninja® Cooking System with Auto-iQ™? Well anyone really but if you know a newlywed, someone having a bridal shower (this would be THE best shower gift!), someone who doesn’t really know how to cook (the Ninja® Cooking System with Auto-iQ™ really makes cooking simple), those people are all great candidates for a Ninja® Cooking System with Auto-iQ™. If your old slow cooker or multi cooker just isn’t doing it for you, definitely look at the Ninja® Cooking System with Auto-iQ™ – and don’t forget this coupon code: ANN15 to receive 15% off between now and 12/31/17.

You can also enter for a chance to win one of (20) Prizes – One Ninja® Cooking System with Auto-iQ™ by entering your email (you can get additional entries for sharing on social media):


Please note: Winners will be randomly selected from all program entries and Ninja will facilitate fulfillment of the 20 winning prizes.

Also note: that giveaway widget is not hosted on my blog. I do not see any of the information you enter. It is not my giveaway. Please see the details at the entry point above.

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2017 World Vision Holiday Gift Catalog

2017 World Vision Holiday Gift Catalog. Highlighted items from the fabulous 2017 World Vision Holiday Gift Catalog.


Disclosure: I did receive a sample box filled with beautiful handcrafted items made by artisans around the world from 2017 World Vision Gift Catalog. No other compensation was given to me for this post. All opinions expressed in this post are mine.

One of the biggest issues many people have with giving to a charity, is that overhead costs eat up too much of the donations. At World Vision, you can see the tranparency and note much is rolled back into the community programs. Read more here.

9% Fundraising + 6% Management, 85% to Programs
In 2016, 85% of World Vision’s total operating expenses were used for programs that benefit children, families, and communities in need. Read more here.

2017 World Vision Holiday Gift Catalog. Highlighted items from the fabulous 2017 World Vision Holiday Gift Catalog.


The World Vision Holiday Gift Catalog offers many types of gifts, including “in the name of” to help the hungry. Hubby got this lovely gift of a goat and two chickens as well as 10 Small Farm Animals from me.

Look for these types of donations under Animals and Agriculture. The gift donations range in price from $25 to $2975, so a price-point for everyone.

There are also plenty of lovely items in the 2017 World Vision Holiday Gift Catalog that make perfect gifts for you to wrap and place under the tree (or buy for yourself!)

2017 World Vision Holiday Gift Catalog. Highlighted items from the fabulous 2017 World Vision Holiday Gift Catalog.


This Hope Bracelet is simply gorgeous. And I mean beautiful. I have a lot of items from the World Vision Catalog, and this is one of the loveliest. It is new this year! Check it out here.

Hope Bracelet by Patricia Heaton. Designed by Emmy® winner Patricia Heaton exclusively for World Vision and handmade by artisans in India who are thriving through fair trade business. The cost is $100.
Adjustable. Approximate size: 2.5″ W x 2.5″ H x 1.5″ D. Each is unique – size and color may vary slightly.
Please note your gift is tax-deductible, less the fair market value of $30.

The ring in that photo is also new foor 2017. You can find the Wraparound Ring by clicking here. For $65 you’ll receive this beautiful wraparound ring that was made by fair trade artisans in India.
Adjustable. Each is unique – colors and size may vary slightly.
Please note your gift is tax-deductible, less the fair market value of $22.

2017 World Vision Holiday Gift Catalog. Highlighted items from the fabulous 2017 World Vision Holiday Gift Catalog.


There are also gifts for the home, such as this African Soap Box. Mine was made in Kenya, and is heavy as well as beautiful. The cost is $85.
his ornate hand-carved soapstone box is etched and designed by local artisans in Kenya. Using this sustainable resource these artisans are lifting themselves and their families out of poverty.
Approximate size: 2 ½” x 5 ¼” x 1 ½”
When requesting the soapstone box, please note your gift is tax-deductible less the fair market value of $20.

2017 World Vision Holiday Gift Catalog. Highlighted items from the fabulous 2017 World Vision Holiday Gift Catalog.


Every gift is handmade, so therefore unique. The Tree of Life Votive Holder is amazing! You can see where it was put together in the photo above (ok, so Courtney had to point it out to me, I didn’t notice!)

This lovely votive holder is handmade from cast-off metals. The artisans in India work hard to raise themselves out of poverty and help light the way for their children’s education.
Approximate size: 6″ tall
$75 Please note your gift is tax-deductible, less the fair market value of $11.

2017 World Vision Holiday Gift Catalog. Highlighted items from the fabulous 2017 World Vision Holiday Gift Catalog.


This Upcycled Artisanal Bowl is simply amazing. You can see above how it was worked together. That is a close-up of the inside of the bowl.

This stunning bowl is up-cycled from reclaimed industrial waste such as wires and metal. Artisans in India have hand bent and soldered each piece into inspirational shapes to create this artistic and elaborate bowl that is great as a decorative piece or to hold special items.
$135 Please note your gift is tax-deductible, less the fair market value of $40.

There are a lot of products for sale at the 2017 World Vision Gift Catalog. If you are looking for unique holiday gifts, something different for yourself, or a donation to help people in third world countries, definitely check out the 2017 World Vision Gift Catalog.


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