Sunday, November 29, 2015

Meal Plan Monday....11/30

Dessert of the week.....Praline Crack.......another Holiday candy recipe...these are so good.

Monday.....The Best Pot Roast ever. Just saying... I will make mashed potatoes with this and green beans with Sister Shubert Rolls....YUM.

Tuesday...7 can Soup....don't knock it till you try it. I once had a friend eat this soup and tell me it was the best soup she had ever had. It is one of the easiest I can tell you that much. I'm doing a Soup Swap in January for my Sunday School class...I cannot wait to share those recipes with you all!

Wednesday....leftover soup with a grilled cheese sandwich

Thursday....Man Sandwich with tater tots (Pioneer Woman Recipe!!)

Friday....Date Night with Scott!!

Saturday....Christmas Shopping with my girl in Nashville. I'm sure we will eat some place amazing!!!

Sunday....Garlic Bread Pizza.....very easy and kids love it. I'll add a salad to it.

I send Lunch box notes and jokes with Miller everyday. If I miss one he lets me know. I'm sending you guys Christmas ones for your kiddos.

I've compiled a list of Appetizers. I know this time of year...everyone gets asked to bring something somewhere.

Man Dip....because they eat all of it.

Bacon Wrapped of Madison's favorite appetizers. She could eat the whole pan if I allowed her too. Literally.

Veggie Pizza...this is like a salad appetizer. We love them. I use fresh broccoli.

Mississippi Sin Dip...its so good. Could be a meal.

Jalepeno Popper Dip....very easy and very good. A crowd pleaser. Don't get the Jalepeno juice on your hands.

Artichoke/Spinach Dip...we eat this all year long.

Warm Gooey Bacon and Cheese Dip

Dill Pickle Dip...we make this on vacation and in the summer time a lot. Madison and I can eat it for a whole a meal. Addicting.

Jingle Jangle Punch

Peppermint Stick Martini, The Grinch Cocktail, Partridge in a Pear Tree, Peppermint Pomegranate 

Chocolate Peppermint Martini

Activities for the little ones......

Reindeer Print

Reindeer finger print coffee cup

Snowman Ice Cream

Candy Cookie Cones...we have done this every year. Miller loves it.

Footprint Christmas Tree

Handprint Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree hands....this is cute for a teacher gift. Do each kids hands and frame it.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Menu Plan Monday 11/23 Happy Thanksgiving!!!

I'm on vacation.....but here are some recipes for you to check out. 

Dessert of the week...Crock Pot Candy Peanut Clusters...thought I would start posting Christmas Candy ideas

Monday...Crock Pot BBQ Nachos...this is a great meal that the kids will love. Make it a movie night with them.

Tuesday...Chicken Alfredo Casserole with a side salad

Wednesday....Fried Egg BLT...I make this a lot. Madison can even make it. We eat it for any meal. Miller puts chips with it.



Saturday....Mexican Spaghetti......(New recipe)

Sunday.....Miller's 10th Birthday!!! Eating out

The twinkling of lights, the crisp can almost smell Christmas. There is so much to love about this time of year. I've already decorated my home. Yes, its done. This year I wanted to "decorate in November and celebrate in December" least thats what I read in a magazine.
I just do not want to be stressed out. I want to smile and enjoy this season. I'm going to take time for me, sure my December calendar is already booked up...but I took some days and marked them off for...1. Baking day with the kids..2. Lazy Sunday watching a Christmas movie and laying on the couch...3. the 23rd of December every single year is for just my family of 4....we get up and go to the mall and grab hot chocolate and watch people. Yep, watch people run around and do last minute things. Then we have lunch out by the mall and I cook a fun meal that night and we watch movies and camp by the tree. This is a tradition we have done for years. I LOVE it.

Start making lists now, if you already haven't. Look at your calendar and mark a day off for you. Even if its just laying on the couch watching the Hallmark channel. I know making lists does not come naturally for some....but it works. I have a Christmas Journal that I write in and hold onto for every year. It helps me to remember how I decorated something or who I send a Christmas card too. I keep it on me most days. I have favorite foods, gift ideas, lists of items I need to pick up.
Start on your Christmas cards now. Either start addressing them, pick up your Holiday Stamps, or figure out the family photo. Doing this in 3 weeks will be stressful and overwhelming. On line shop as much as you can. It is just easier. Get ready for Black Friday ads now.
If you do not have a Christmas Club...I urge you to do one. We have had money taken out of Scotts check for years. They send it to me in November. Its such a nice relief. I have told more friends to do this. Check with your bank or employer.

Carry Germ X with you. Keep your hands clean. No one likes being sick during the holidays. Take vitamins. Stress can weaken your immune system.
Say no. It's ok. You cannot do everything.

Try and remember that this time of year comes and goes. Make memories that will last a lifetime.
Scott proposed to me on Christmas Eve. I remember every detail.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving. Be thankful! We are all blessed.


Sunday, November 15, 2015

Meal Plan Monday....its back

I'm Back!!!! So, hopefully I will not get hacked anymore! So sorry its been awhile since I sent this out. I'm back in time for the holidays!!

Dessert of the week....Snicker Salad

Monday....Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches with oven fries

Tuesday....Broccoli Cheddar Chicken with fruit on the side

Wednesday...Lasagna Soup with french bread to dip in it. (I will freeze the rest for another day)

Thursday....Italian Subs with chips

Friday....Chicken Tacos in the crock pot

Saturday....Eating out

Sunday.....Eating out

So its almost Thanksgiving! I have been preparing. My carpets have been cleaned and the house has been deep cleaned. I'm ready! 

The next few weeks I will give tips on how to get thru the madness and relax.

I hope you are well. 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Its time to sit

Have you ever just had one of those days? Or better yet those weeks? The kind that you just want to say rewind lets do it again? Today I'm trying to catch up with the past week. My house is in calls have been caught up on...but my list has nothing marked off. Rewind.....lets start again. Sometimes even though my house is in order and the kids are where they are supposed to be and things look like they are in order doesnt always mean....I'm in order. Sometimes I feel I need to sit and talk with God and get re connected. Today is one of those days. After I take the kids to school I'm grabbing my coffee and a quilt turning everything off and will sit and talk with him. Life is so busy. Life is so short. Have you sat and talked with him lately?

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Slowing down

The colors outside are absolutely beautiful!
Today I ran errands from 8:30 this morning after I dropped Miller off at school until 4:30 when I stopped to cook dinner and keep going. Life seems to be going faster than usual. I go all day long. I'm compiling a cleaning list for this weekend to start on this house for the holidays. It seems as if we just go thru the motions...ships passing in the night. We eat in shifts. Sundays are what I look forward to. Family dinner time.

This weekend.....we are going to work on a farm project for Miller. Carve/Paint Pumpkins. Clean the outside and inside of the house/ get Halloween Costumes bought. Work on menus for the holidays. Order some Christmas Presents.

Busy weekends...Busy Weeks....I try and remember to slow down. In this day and time its so hard too. Maybe I will get a nap in this weekend. I hope so at least.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Another week in paradise!

I love fall weather. There is just something about the leaves turning and the weather cooling down that makes me smile. I love big sweatshirts and bonfires, I love to go to football games..but I always leave at half time. I love fall foods they are so comforting to me. Carmel apples, soups, casseroles, chicken and dumplins,  warm tea and hot coffee with pumpkin creamers in it. I love to get all my quilts down and wash them and throw them in the living room. Madison LOVES when I get them down and she comes home from school to snuggle with one and nap before Miller comes home and the evening gets crazy with practices and games. I love to watch her while she naps...I know she will be gone soon. Sophomore this year. Yep...makes me sad to think about her days left. Its not that I dont want her to grow up. I do. Its just yesterday she had pig tails and cute outfits and wanted me to watch everything she did. Now its just different.   I try to watch everything she does...she just doesnt share as much now.

Miller on the other hand is growing so fast. He has broken another record at school in PE! That boy is awesome! He loves sports and sports love him.

We have another crazy weekend. Miller is running his first 1 mile race for St Jude. Scott is running a 5k. We have a baseball game. And I have no idea of Madison's plan just yet. Another weekend of going going going gone.....

Happy week everyone!

Monday, October 08, 2012

Monday Monday!

FOR TODAY...Monday October 8th

Outside my window....its cold. Crazy cold in October. I left 83 degrees on Saturday in Florida to come home to 40 degrees!

I am thinking...all my plants outside that are struggling to live in these temps.

I am thankful and how they refresh meI'am yoga pants and a hoodie

I am remembering...that highschool is hard. Geometry is really hard.

I am an appointment today.

I am reading...nothing

I am start back on genealogy. I hit a rut and really want to start working on it with my mom again.

On my mind....fall activities

From the learning rooms...Geometry

Noticing that....I have a 1/2 marathon in December and I need to work harder for it.

Pondering these words...Fall Break:(

From the kitchen...Burrito Pie...and making cookies this week.

What are we doing this week.....Soccer practices for Madison this week and District games for Varsity, tball practice for Miller, bible study, a nail appointment,  a football game, make that two football games, a baseball game, a 5k run that I'm walking but Scott and Miller are running (Miller is running a mile), 6 miles in for me and hopefully the pumpkin patch.

Around the house...bathrooms and floors need to be cleaned. Laundry is done!

One of my favorite things....drinking coffee on my porch. 

Enjoy your week my friends!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Vacation Time

What a crazy couple of  weeks.  We have had ballgames and soccer games left and right. Meetings at school, picture day, baby showers (4 of them!), nail appointments, hair appointments, a Girls Night out, Homecoming tomorrow night, a birthday party, a shopping trip, bible study, concession stand duty, a meeting for a youth mission trip to Romania, carpooling and dog sitting. YES.....I'm ready for a vacation. We leave next week and I cannot wait to get my toes in the sand and sit and stare off to no where. I cant wait to eat out and shop and watch my girl parasail for the first time. I cant wait to walk the beach with my love and to watch Miller jump into a pool 5,459 times. I cant wait to drink little umbrella drinks and watch the sunset  every single night. I cannot wait to sleep past 8am. Eat dinner when we want...smell the ocean breeze...sit on the balcony and look for dolphins....not worry with make up much...wear pony tails on the sandcastles...go see where we once lived and what it looks like at Corums for breakfast and order Heavenly Hash....the best breakfast thing out there but the worse possible thing to eat! I just cannot wait for vacation! I even enjoy the ride down there. I'm so ready to rest and enjoy the family and make awesome memories!

Monday, September 10, 2012

A letter to my girl...

Over the next twenty years a lot is going to change. You are so ready for the next change in your life. In 1st grade you couldn't wait for 5th grade then you couldn't wait for middle school and then high school and now just being an upper classman...Soon it will be college and then that degree and husband. Slow down and enjoy this life. Being a kid is what its all about.

Remember to keep hanging out with Miller. I know you don't have alot in common. He is just 6 years old. I know you don't get alot of time with him at home and you are both going in different directions...but sit with him and hang out when you will miss this one day. These days are gifts for you both. They will soon be gone.

Friends are going to come and go. They just do. I can count two friends that I I have been friends with since middle school. I still have them in my life. I'm one of the lucky ones. A true friend loves you know matter what. A true friend never judges you nor turns on you. A true friend will be there 20 years later. You will figure this all out. It will be hard...but the ones that dont stick around you will thank later. Keep asking yourself will this matter in 5 years?

You will have a serious boyfriend or first love soon. And you guys will date awhile. Me and dad will hopefully like him. I'll pray daily you wont get into any trouble, but eventually you two will break up and your heart will go into a million pieces. You will have to go through this to make yourself wiser. If I could just get a magic wand and give you wisdom without heartbreak I would. But that would be too easy. Those moments when you become wiser from sad times are given to you from God. They are actually a gift. And by the way...that boyfriend will always be in your heart and you will pray for him daily for the rest of your life and you will thank him for helping you be who you will become. I hope you two will remain friends.

You will travel all over the world and do mission work when you can because you are such a giving soul. And you love to be with children.  You have wanted to go to Africa since 3rd grade to help orphans. You once told me when you were younger they were all God's children. You made me smile.

You will eventually get married have your own children and come for Christmas. Your life will be busy and happy. All of a sudden your plans change from Friday Night football games to car pools and concession stand duties and that is ok. You will be a wife and a mom. There is no greater JOY in this world. You will smile and say mom was right all along and that it does all work out.

You will have hard times and rough patches. Again.....they will make you wiser and most important stronger. You are a wonderful child growing up in this world.  Your choices are yours. Be smart. Think them through.  I'm praying for you. I always will be.


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Lunch with friends

I love going to eat lunch with my friends. There is nothing better than good food, great conversation and laughing.  I have some wonderful women in my life.  I'm very thankful for them. There are four gals that go to lunch with me once a month. We have the best times!! Talking about our daily happenings whether it be talking about our kids and their soccer games or classes they should have took, or a mole we are suspicious about, or a new exercise  that we have tried or what's for dinner....we always end the conversation in laughter or tears. Friends are important to have. They share everything with you. They hold us accountable. They listen when no one else will.

I love my friends. I thank God daily for them.
Tell a friend today how much you love them!