Eli’s Cheesecake: Salted Caramel Cheesecake Giveaway

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Don’t you just love the combination of caramel and salt? Wouldn’t you just be in heaven with a Salted Caramel Cheesecake from Eli’s Cheesecake? The Salted Caramel Cheesecake from Eli’s is made with gluten free ingredients, but it is cooked in the same kitchen that other cheesecakes are made in, so they are not certified gluten free. If you can eat this cheesecake, though, it is one of the most marvelous tastes ever!

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Eli’s Salted Caramel Cheesecake made with gluten free ingredients.

This elegant cheesecake features the sophisticated and modern combination of salt and caramel. Creamy caramel cheesecake baked on a sweet and salty almond crust topped with a thick bed of buttery caramel and a sprinkle of more almonds. Made with gluten free ingredients.* *This product is made in a bakery that uses ingredients that contain gluten. Manufactured on equipment that processes Wheat and Peanuts.

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Eli’s Cheesecake in Chicago has been in business since 1980. They are a family owned business, and slow bake their cheesecakes in small batches, taking the time to allow the ingredients to develop to their optimum flavors…the key to achieving Eli’s unique taste and texture. Eli’s prefers using regional ingredients from local farms and producers who share Eli’s commitment to quality.

Buy It!

In addition to a wonderful selection of Cheesecakes, Eli’s products include Layer Cakes; Tira Mi Su; and Tarts. The Layer Cake Club brings you a full size layer cake every three months for a year. 


To help me celebrate my 10 years of blogging, one lucky reader will win a Salted Caramel Cheesecake from Eli’s Cheesecake. Use the Giveaway Tools form to enter. Good luck! 

Acu-Rite Announces My Acu-Rite Smart Home Environmental Monitoring System

I received product in exchange for this post. 


Acu-Rite has been well known for many years for bringing you the weather in your area with their many products, such as Personal Weather Stations, Barometers, Thermometers, and more. I have had one of their Person Weather Stations for over a year now, and I really love it! I can look online with I am away from home, and see exactly what the weather is doing at home. I can see at a glance any day, any time, what the temperature is, how much rain has fallen, and what direction the wind is blowing. I can think of many reasons to know what the weather is going to be doing at any time of the day. For things like party planning, planting flowers, mowing the lawn, washing the car and many more activities, the Personal Weather Station is a great thing to have. 


Acu-Rite Smart Home Environmental Monitoring System

Acu-Rite Smart Home Environmental Monitoring System

Acu-Rite asked me to tell you about another great system they have: The “My Acu-Rite” Smart Home Environmental Monitoring System. With the Smart Home Environmental Monitoring System, you can access your indoor and outdoor environment from any computer or mobile device. You can receive alerts about changing conditions for things you care about so you can stay one step ahead of changes that could affect loved ones and pets, the structure of homes and buildings, as well as belongings.


Here are just a few of the things you can monitor and receive alerts about:

  • Minimize potential for water damage with water leak detection
  • Monitor air quality to prevent mold and allergens with high indoor temperature and humidity alerts
  • Protect musical instruments and collectables with low indoor humidity alerts
  • Prevent frozen pipes with low temperature alerts
  • Prevent flood damage with excessive rainfall alerts
  • Prevent wind-related damage with high wind alerts
  • Properly water lawn, flowers and garden with rainfall tracking
  • Know the best time to plant with soil temperature monitoring
  • Prevent frost damage to plants with low outdoor temperature alerts
  • Remotely monitor pool, hot tub, pond, fountain and aquarium temperature
  • Ensure ideal sleeping conditions for bedrooms and nurseries
  • Save on energy costs by making sure heating and cooling systems are operating efficiently, and checking for drafts and leaks
  • Plan outdoor activities with reliable weather forecasts and conditions measured right in a user’s back yard

All New My AcuRite Features

  • Customizable alerts include email and phone notifications about conditions you want to track
  • Ability to connect up to 10 indoor and outdoor monitoring sensors
  • Compatible with a full range of environmental sensors, including water leak detectors and liquid and soil temperature sensors
  • Expandable to track additional locations or properties
  • Current conditions dashboard with 12-hour trend charts
  • Charting and graphing of historical data for analysis and download
  • My AcuRite mobile apps for Android and iPhone
  • Integrated five (5) day and 36-hour weather forecast
  • Share home conditions to keep family, friends and even neighbors informed
  • Rapid Fire updates to Weather Underground

What this all means to me is that I can monitor the temperature of the water in my new pond, and take the necessary steps to weatherize it long before it has a chance to freeze. I can also monitor the temperature on my back porch, so that I can make sure the water pipes back there don’t freeze. There is so much more you can do with this Smart Home Environmental System. What would YOU monitor? 

GIVEAWAY: One lucky winner will receive an Acu-Rite Pro Color Weather Station with Bonus Lightening Detector.  Use the Giveaway Tools Form to enter: 


Ten Must Be Old For A Blog Because It Is Slow Getting Started

Did you ever have a plan that just refused to come together and get started? That is what is going on around here. Every day, I have planned to write a post here, but something in real life just jumped up and bit me in the behind. 

Fabgrandpa and Rosie The Boy Cat snoozing in the chair.

Fabgrandpa and Rosie The Boy Cat snoozing in the chair.

Right before Fabgrandpa went in the hospital to have his heart cath done, the dryer quit drying. It still came on and tumbled around, but it did not heat up. I thought it was the heating element, but it turned out to be the timer. I called the store where we bought it four years ago, and asked them to send out a repair person, and they said they would put me on the list. They said it would take about a week. So, on the following Monday when I had not heard from them, I called again. They said my ticket was “not in the basket, so that means it is on the repair guy’s clipboard. That means he has you in line soon.” So I waited until Friday. I called the store again, and was told that “my ticket was in the basket.” Hmmm. Something did not sound right. It’s like they had these standard responses to spit out when someone called. 

So, I hung up the phone and googled for an appliance repair business in a 35 mile radius. I found Bremen Appliance Repair. I called them at about 4:30 on Friday afternoon, and they said they would come out the next morning at 8:00 a.m. And they did. I still have not heard from the other place. I never will. Too bad. They will never get any more of my business. 

Then, on Sunday, I cooked dinner for my son, Seth, and his two teenagers, Michael and Sarah. They were really appreciative of a home cooked meal. I made a Boston Butt pork roast, fresh creamed corn, green beans, diced potatoes, and fried okra. I sent half of it home with them. By the time dinner was over, I was exhausted from the effort. I love cooking for them, but it just wears me out. 

On Monday, I slept all day. That happens to me when I get exhausted. Nothing new. It is just part of my new life after surgery. I feel bad about it sometimes, but it is what is. Fabgrandpa is still recuperating from his cardiac catheterization, so I am trying to do everything. It’s not all getting done, but that’s ok, too. 

Tuesday, we went to Carrollton, about 35 miles away, for Fabgrandpa’s lab appointment with the endocrinologist. Turns out his appointment is this week. Doh! I put it on the wrong day on the calendar. Silly me. Another day wasted. 

Wednesday, I had to get up at the ungodly time of 5:30 to take Morti to his neuter appointment. The animals have to be dropped off for surgery at 7:30 a.m. I was dragging by the time I got back home. Another day sleeping in the chair. Except that my neighbor called and asked me to take her somewhere. They have been really good to us, and have done so many things for us, that I hated to tell her no. So, I took her, and it wound up being about a three hour thing. I got home in time to make dinner. 

Thursday, I got up at 5:00 to go pick Morty up. Yes, they have to be picked up before the new day’s patients get there. He did good in surgery, tested negative for Feline Leukemia, had no fleas, and got a rabies shot. And a tag for his collar. He came home and almost immediately started playing with Rosie The Boy Cat. They get along really good. Most of the time, Morti instigates the roughhousing, then cries like a baby when Rosie gets too rough. Just like some children I used to know. Anyway, more sleeping in the chair. All this activity should be good for me, but it only makes me tired. 

Friday. I’m trying to remember what we did on Friday. Probably nothing. Probably more sleeping in the chair. Then on Saturday, the lady who cleans our house once a month came. We went out to lunch, then to the grocery store. When we got home, Fabgrandpa was not feeling well, so I carried them all in, and put them away. Fed the cats. That was my week. 

This week, we have that appointment at the endocrinologist on Tuesday. Then on Wednesday, a follow up appointment with Dr. Rouse, the cardiologist. Right now, those are the only two things on my real life calendar. Except that sometime this week I have to go and visit my mother. My plan is to get at least two giveaways posted this week. I know y’all are waiting for them. Then, we’ll see. Life gets in the way sometimes. 

Fabgrandma Is 10 Years Old!

fabgrandma is 10 years old

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Ten years ago, on September 6, 2006, I decided to start a little blog. At the time, my son was in the Air Force, stationed in England; my oldest daughter was living in Norfolk, Virginia; and my other two daughters were in Georgia. Fabgrandpa and I were living a nomad life. Our home was a 34 foot travel trailer. We worked at campgrounds and resorts, for whatever the season might be, then moved to a volunteer camp host job for the off season. It was a wonderful life. 

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Me and Fabgrandpa

You, my readers, followed us everywhere we went. From Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; to Urbanna, Virginia; to Helen, Georgia; to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. I wrote about all our travels, the places we went on our days off, the food we ate, things we did, our family. You followed along when I got sick and was in the hospital for over a month. I received so many pieces of mail that the volunteer who delivered it each day asked me “Who ARE you?”  The fact that I got all that mail made me feel loved and so not alone. You were there when we bought our house, and through all the improvements and renovations that we made while making it our home. 

To thank you all for staying with me, through thick and thin, through the good times and the bad, I am going to be hosting some giveaways just for my followers. If you follow me on Facebook, on Twitter, on Instagram, or on Pinterest, you will be able to enter the giveaways. I wish I could give each one of you a prize, because you have been such good fans. Thank you all so much, because without the readers, a blog is nothing. I appreciate you all for helping make my little place on the internet what it is today. Happy Birthday to Fabgrandma.com! 

Choosing Grass For Your Lawn

Climate is not the only factor that you should consider when choosing grass for your lawn. The yard space in your home might very well have its own micro-climate. You need to have a good idea of what the general climate in your area is like. If you live in an area that is constantly raining, you should consider getting cool season grasses such as ryes, Kentucky bluegrass, and fescues. Micro-climates usually differ from the overall climate due to the presence of a larger object: mostly houses, but the objects can also include bodies of water, trees, or large areas of pavement.

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If you take a walk around your house at different times of the day, you will understand this concept. The east side of your house is usually sunny and warm in the morning when the sun rises. In the afternoon, the west side becomes hotter and sunnier as the east gets shadier. On the north side of your house, it may be cool and shady the entire day. Conversely, the south side may stay warm and sunny all day. This proves that each side of your house has its own micro-climate, which depends on the movement of the sun.

Different types of lawn grasses adapt differently to the micro-climates of your home. Therefore, you need to look at the micro-climate of your yard before choosing grass. Alternatively, you can just choose a blend of different grass varieties when planting a lawn. Using different types of grass increases their chances of survival. For instance if you have a yard with both shady and sunny spots, you should plant a mixture of fescues and Kentucky bluegrasses. This is because Kentucky bluegrass flourishes in the sun but thins out in shady areas. The fescues, which are shade-tolerant, will fill out the thin areas.

When deciding which grass to plant in your lawn, you should look into different grass types and the conditions to which they can adapt. The following list of micro-climates will help you to choose the right grass to plant:

Choosing Grass For Shade

If your yard does not get up to 4 hours of sun a day, it can really mess up your grass. In the absence of sun, the lawn starts to thin out and is prone to disease and insects. Your house, fence, and trees are the main culprits of shade creation. You need to find different varieties of specific grasses that can tolerate shade better. Some cultural techniques allow shade-intolerant grasses to survive in the shade. You can try to water deeper but less often, mow higher, fertilize less, and stop others from walking on it. Decreasing the number of seeds planted will also reduce the competition for the sun.

Choosing Grass For Sun

Harsh sun that reflects off a nearby wall may cause your lawn grass to dry out faster. You need to compensate by applying more water; this keeps the grass from becoming weaker and vulnerable to insects.

Choosing Grass For Heat

Warmth that is stored in walkways and driveways usually radiates into nearby lawns. Those parts of the lawn dry out a lot faster, making them prone to pest invasion. Such areas need to be watered more often to counter the effects of the heat.

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If you want to take care of your yard properly, you need to have a functioning sprinkler system. When your sprinkler is on the fritz, you need sprinkler system repair services. Get it repaired as soon as possible to prevent your grass from drying out. Make sure that you hire a qualified person. Choosing grass for your yard based on the micro-climates there will go a long way in creating a beautiful lawn. 

Groupon Is A Great Source Of Local Things To Do

This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are my own.

Have you ever had one of those days where you wanted to go out and do something but you didn’t know where to go or what to do?  Then Groupon Things To Do is the answer for you. Did you know that Groupon is a great resource for finding fun, exciting things to do right in your area, no matter where you live? 


Groupon Things To Do is the way find out about things to do locally, and then get the tickets or passes at a great discount. That’s a win win if you ask me. 

Whether you are looking for movies, concerts, theaters & shows, comedy clubs, sporting events, the ballet, a massage, or a Japanese restaurant, you will most likely find in on Groupon, at a fabulous price. You might find a football game you didn’t know about, a bowling alley with charm, or even a circus! 

Getting  started with Groupon is so easy, too. Just sign up. It’s free to join. After you open your account, you can search for things to do by categories or by location. With Groupon Things To Do, you won’t have time to be bored again. You might even find an online soapmaking course! Now that is a unique thing to do that is useful, too.