Unique & Delectable Banana Pudding

My friend, Steph Jordan, has created the most unique banana pudding I've ever come upon and it looks fabulous PLUS it is so easy to make. Watch Steph walk you step by step through the process...and...ENJOY!

Visit Steph's blog for more colorful inspiration...recipes, artwork, music and more!

**TIME IS RUNNING OUT!! Have you entered our $65 CSNstores.com Gift Card Giveaway? Also, enter our sister site's blog contest to win $40 CSNstores.com gift card too.

CSN Stores $65 Giveaway!! CONTEST CLOSED!

Even in 2010, the dinner table is the focal point of family and/or social gatherings.  You can make that focal point one with heart by adding just a little bit of color and style to your table's decor. Creating a loving space for your meal to be served will help create memories for you, your family, and all of your guests.  I love to make every meal a special occasion. Even if you're serving bacon and eggs for dinner you can easily "bring life to everyday dining" by using different dinnerware sets and serving pieces. Unique patterns lend a level of sophistication to any table. If I had the storage space, I'd have different dinnerware for every day of the week. Lucky for me, CSN Stores, have a huge selection of plates, serving pieces and glassware for me to select from.

If you're not familiar with CSN Stores, then let us introduce you! CSN's product categories cover everything from cookware,  furniture, bunk bed-office combinations and fitness equipment to gaming chairs, grills, greenhouses and much more. Beyond stellar customer service, their 200+ sites offer the largest selection of items for most home and office goods.

CSN has generously offered to provide one of our loyal readers a $65 gift card to be used at any of their 200+ online stores...now that's truly generous!  I did some 'window' shopping and selected some wonderful items which you may want to purchase when you WIN that $65! CSN has literally thousands of kitchen items to select from so visit them to look at all they have to offer.

IMAX 2-Tier Rose Plate Holder is wrought iron and glass. The glass top serving stand with budded roses is inspired by Victorian design.

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Progressive International Silicone Baking Mat

Turn your regular baking sheet into a non-stick pan with our silicone baking mat. Baked goods come right off the mat with ease and it is reusable batch after batch. Safe to use in ovens up to 600¢¨£F, the mat is also microwave safe for reheating foods. It measures 16.5" x 11.75" and has standard measurements molded into the edge of the mat so there's no printing that might rub off over time.

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Certified International Bubble Cobalt Blue All Purpose (Set of 4) ~ As welcome as a cool summer breeze, this light-hearted glassware refreshes your beverage with its profusion of freeform bubbles. Set of four All Purpose 16 oz. in cobalt blue finish is perfect for your casual dinnerware and any events.

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Cuisinart SmartPower 7-Speed Electronic Blender in Chrome ~ Powerful motor crushes ice instantly with no liquid added. It blends, purées, chops, mixes, and liquefies all with the push of a button! This very smart and versatile SmartPower 7-Speed Electronic Blender has enough power and speeds to do it all.

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Paula Deen Cookbook Stand in Antique Bronze ~ Fabulous cookbook stand in an antique bronze finish. This piece is a perfect accent to any counter top or table. The ornamental rooster design fits well in a variety of kitchen styles.

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So now that you've sampled a few wonderful kitchen items, let's get to the giveaway information.

Giveaway Entry Rules for CSN Stores $65 Gift Certificate*
*Can be used at any of CSN's 200+ online stores
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CSN Giveaway Rules
This giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada residents only.  Giveaway ends 08/31/10 at 11:59 pm PST ~ winner will be selected by Random.org.   The winner will be announced and must respond with within 48 hours to claim ~ otherwise, another eligible entry will be chosen.   
Please make sure that you leave a way for me to contact you in case you win.  Good Luck!

Cold Four-Bean Salad

Bean Salads are absolutely wonderful to serve during the heat of Summer. Our friend, Julie, of Get Healthy Cheap has offered to share her bean salad variation; which we personally ♥love♥ ~ If you're looking for real food; real families; eating better on a budget...then you'll love Julie's blog!

Julie says, "I love this salad! It travels well for pot lucks and picnics and just plain tastes great with dinner or lunch!"

1 can cut or whole green beans (drained)
1 can wax beans (drained)
1 can garbanzo beans (drained)
1 can red kidney beans (rinsed & drained)
1/2 a medium onion
1/2 red or yellow bell pepper
1/8 cup sugar
3/4 cup white vinegar
1/3 cup olive oil
1/2 tsp. celery salt
salt & pepper to taste

Drain all of the beans and put in a large serving bowl. Pulverize the onion and bell pepper in a food processor separately. Add each to the beans. Lightly mix before adding liquids & spices. Mix sugar, vinegar, oil and spices in a small bowl and pour over bean mixture. Stir. Refrigerate until chilled.

Tips & Comments
Some people prefer more sugar, make sure you season to your own tastes. I tried making this with balsamic vinegar and the taste was a little too sweet for me.

I think the key to this recipe is using a food processor on the onions and peppers. It brings out the flavors without the chunks. It also makes it more kid friendly.

Visit Get Healthy Cheap for full photos and enjoy!