Monthly Archives: October 2012

October 31, 2012

Cheesy Potatoes and Sausage Recipe

Cheesy Potatoes and Sausage Recipe


Cheesy potatoes and sausage

Dinner Worthy Cheesy Potatoes with Meat

  • 8 cups idaho potatoes, peeled, boiled and cut into cubes when cool
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 lb Velveeta cheese, diced
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 packs or 2 lbs of beef bratwurst (other options: chopped ham, skinless sausage, cheesy bratwurst)Continue reading
October 29, 2012

Karla’s Korner: The Importance of a Chosen Family

I am proud to introduce a new column to Madame Deals! I think we all need a touch point a place we can go to be inspired. Karla is my children’s teacher, a good friend, and a person with a heart of gold. I hope that her words will inspire you to do more. We are only as good as the people we surround ourselves with. It is important to listen with your heart and proceed with your eyes open. Enjoy!

The Importance of a Chosen Family…

This past week my husband and children surprised me with a birthday party. To say that I was surprised would be an understatement. I had absolutely no idea that they were planning to honor me and feel truly blessed by the work it took to pull it all off.

As I stood in the middle of the party crowd with my daughter she noted that those in attendance were a perfect blend of who I am. There were work friends, church friends, my NASCAR friends, family (my husband and children) and those whom I choose to call family. Actually, everyone there is part of my chosen family which in no way means that my biological family means less, it just means that I believe that family can be defined in various ways.Continue reading

Ask a Nurse: Not Tonight, Dear…


Not tonight, dear…

Before I get into the subject of headaches, I want to thank Madame Deals for having me as her featured health writer for one year this month! I can hardly believe it has been that long already! You dear readers have been with me through the death of several ones dear to my heart and blessed me with your comments and readership! I am beginning another journey in a few short days. You may remember my post on zero deductible  healthcare where I described my experience as a missionary nurse. Well, my husband (a physician assistant), my youngest daughter (almost 13 years old) and I will be leaving Monday to work in a small rural village in West Africa for 6 months. I will try to write articles as often as I can, but the internet connection is very unreliable in that part of the world. Those of you who are praying people, we sure would appreciate your prayers! If you would like to follow our journey, you can follow our blog at www.jablonskimissions.webs.comContinue reading

October 27, 2012

Household Uses for Denture Tablets

Does your favorite coffee mug have so many stains you are embarrassed to use it? Did you stop using your favorite vase because it is too hard to clean? If you answered yes then keep on reading to find out how to say good-bye stains and hello to your favorite coffee mug and vase.

Household Uses for Denture Tablets:
***Generic Brand work as well as the name brand***

Fill the following items with hot water and drop in a denture tablet. Wait one hour, wipe out and rinse well. If the opening is narrow use a narrow bottle brush to help wipe it out.

1. Coffee/Tea stained mug
2. Tea/Kool-Aid stained teapot or pitcher
3. Hard water build up or gunk at the bottom of a vase or narrow neck bottle.
4. Stains at the bottom of a stainless steel sink.
5. Toliets–remove tough stains or hard to clean build-up from your bowl.
6. Burnt or Baked on food in casserole dishes/crockpots

Other Uses:Continue reading

October 26, 2012

Pay It Forward Friday: Help Find These Missing Persons 10/26/12

For our Pay It Forward Friday this week, Madame Deals’ wants to do something to help find missing persons. We want to extend a hand by providing exposure to help people find their loved ones.

In case you’ve seen one of these persons please contact their family and friends immediately.

On the other hand, if you know anyone who’s missing please leave a comment below this post by providing some info.

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October 25, 2012



This series on how to make the most out of the time you have with your children is brought to you by Amee at Madame Deals and Sharon at Mom on Dealz.


Fall is upon us and there are sports, school, and a variety of other activities that can absorb your time. Don’t forget to take advantage of beautiful weather and memory making traditions during this season! Whether your children enjoy scary escapades, or more traditional hayrides and pumpkin picking-be sure to take the time to do one of these things. My kids absolutely love picking out pumpkins and even though they can be pricey to buy, we let each member of the family pick their own. Then each person chooses how to decorate it or carve it. This year my boys have chosen to paint their pumpkins and my husband and I will carve ours. As you can see below, the boys did an awesome job with their art. I’ll be sure to post our jack-o-lanterns on my facebook page when they are done this weekend!

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