Family · Kids

Gaining Perspective on Gifts – Operation Christmas Child

Before all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season ramps up to full absurdity roar, we've taken a few moments as a family to put some perspective on gifts for our kids. This week, you can do the same, and bless a child in need at the same time. With the simple gift of… Continue reading Gaining Perspective on Gifts – Operation Christmas Child

Baking · Cookies · Family

Crushed Cookies

Note to self. A three-year-old plus a platter of cookies = temptation beyond measure. Every single cookie -- about 20 of them. Mangled. A little finger print right thru the top. Actually, it kind of looks like what my sister's boxes of chocolates look like after they've tested them to see which ones are cremes/caramels… Continue reading Crushed Cookies

Family

Mod Podge Coasters

I am not a crafty person. Seriously not creative with anything but food. However, I saw the idea for these coasters and thought that even I could manage to make them. They take a little time, but are not hard at all. The finished result is just adorable - and useful too! You can customize… Continue reading Mod Podge Coasters

Family · Food and Drink · Sisters

Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot

I was out Christmas shopping all day today with one of my favorite people on earth. My sister Amy. Who is not a shopper. Not at all. She was such a good sport today though and we both finished our lists! Yippee. We rewarded ourselves with a Mexican dinner at one of our favorite places… Continue reading Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot

Cooking · Dinner · Family

Baked Chicken Kiev

When I asked my dad what he wanted for his birthday dinner, he responded with a gleam in his eye "I love chicken Kiev". I'd never even heard of chicken Kiev before, so I went to work finding the perfect recipe for it. Nothing I found seemed quite right on its own however, so I… Continue reading Baked Chicken Kiev

Baking · Desserts · Family

“Jessicas” – Meringue Mushrooms

Ok, I know - the title of this post made you go "WHAT?!". I'll totally admit that I never would have tried this recipe on a title only description. A unique set of circumstances led me to make these - and I'm really glad I did. Today I made some banana cream pies and as… Continue reading “Jessicas” – Meringue Mushrooms

Baking · Desserts · Family

Coming Soon – Doren

It's been a few days since I've posted anything...but never fear. More deliciousness is coming. I've been enjoying some family time over the Thanksgiving weekend and prepping for my dad's birthday dinner tomorrow. I'm making Chicken Kiev, Gourmet Red Mashed Potatoes and a delightful Pear and Feta Salad (with homemade dressing...sooooo good!). For dessert, my… Continue reading Coming Soon – Doren

Baking · Cookies · Desserts · Family

“Zacharies” – Super Peanutty Peanut Butter Cookies

It is a well documented fact that my husband (Zachary) is not a fan of sweet things. Cookies, cakes, fudge, candy - none of it tempts him. It drives me crazy. However, even his lack of a sweet tooth cannot resist my peanut butter cookies. Probably because they are so nutty and awesome, rather than… Continue reading “Zacharies” – Super Peanutty Peanut Butter Cookies

Family · Finances · Life · Spending

Couponing 101

A couple weeks ago, one of the gals at my MOPS table invited me to a couponing class with her. She is a self-proclaimed "crazy coupon lady" who doesn't purchase things without a coupon. She gets most of her groceries at a huge discount, free - or sometimes even makes money back on the deal.… Continue reading Couponing 101

Family · Kids · Parents

“Do you want your pizza?”

This weekend, while shopping for the ultimate present for a little boy turning three, I overheard the following exchange between a mother and her young boy: Boy: <throwing some kind of fit> Mother: Come on honey - let's get your Wii games first. Boy: Noooooooo, I don't want to. Mother: Do you want your pizza?… Continue reading “Do you want your pizza?”