Friday, January 18, 2019

Valentines!


Oh boy the season that bring the holiday you either love or hate!

I personally love Valentines Day!  Yes, I think you should show the ones you love that you love them everyday and not just a given day of the year.  However in the whirl wind of life sometimes it is hard to always take out some extra special time for your spouse or your kids.  I think this day helps us to slow down and remember what God has given us and that we should cherish it.

Ephesians 4:2-3 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace
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So the question is what do you do to make Valentines Day special in your home?

14 Love Notes
Each day starting today I will make a note and place it someplace that the love of my life will find.
This blog has some good ideas!

Since I want to make my kids feel special as well as my boyfriend I plan on having a big breakfast with the kids favorite foods.  
Color the eggs pink/red
Cut french toast into heart shapes
Make pink/red pancakes
Then for dinner the kids will have their dinner and be off to watch a movie and my boyfriend and I can have a dinner with just us.

Valentines Day themed work

Check out my Pinterest section for several more fun Valentine themed school work.

Also check out this site for a fun Valentine's Day Bible Lesson
Ministry to Children

1. "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." (Romans 8:28)
2. "No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us." (1 John 4:12)
3. "Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart." (Psalms 37:4)
4. "To love Him with all your heart, with all your understanding, and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices." (Mark 12:33)
5. "We love because He first loved us." (1 John 4:19)
6. "Place me like a seal overe your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy as unyielding as the grave. It burns like a blazing fire, like a mighty flame." (Song of Solomon 8:6)
7. Therefore be imitators of God as well-beloved children." (Ephesians 5:1)
8. "Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and truth." (1 John 3:18)
9. "And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love." (1 Corinthians 13:13)
10. "My lover is mine, and I am his." (Song of Solomon 2:16)
11. "Dear friends, let us love one another for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God." (1 John 4:7)
12. "And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity." (Colossians 3:14)
13. "If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or clanging cymbal." (1 Corinthians 13:1)
14. "And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us." (Romans 5:5)
15. "Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things." (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)

Homemade Biscuits




Made these wonderful beauties today!  Boy oh boy were they good.  
Maybe even almost a KFC biscut copycat?!


Ingredients


3 cups flour
2 tbsp. sugar
3 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. baking powder
1 1/3 cups milk
2/3 cup shortening


Instructions

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
Mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt to a mixing bowl and mix together well.
Make a well in the middle of your flour mixture.
Pour your milk into the well.
Dump in shortening to the flour mixture.
Blend well with a fork until all ingredients are incorporated.
Dump onto a floured surface.
Knead until smooth, only about 10 times.
Pat down to about 1/2 inch thick and cut out biscuits.
Place biscuits onto the baking sheet. Place them close together for softer biscuits and farther apart for a crispier texture.
Bake for about 10 to 14 minutes, or until tops are lightly brown.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Butterfinger Pie - My style!

So there is this wonderful dessert I love to make!


Ingredients

6-8 Fun Size butterfinger bars
4-6 TBL butter
1/2 package of Saltine Crackers
1 package of Graham Crackers
1 package of Instant Chocolate Pudding
1 cup Vanilla Ice cream
1 cup Milk
1 tub of Cool Whip
9x9 cake pan (or bigger if you want a thinner crust)


First crush (or use food chopper) the Saltine Crackers and Graham crackers, and 4-6 of the butterfinger bars ( I use 6 because I LOVE butterfingers) and mix all together.


Then you want to add 4-6 tablespoons of butter.  Add about a tablespoon at a time and mix it in (same method as making a cheesecake bottom) until it is course and will stick together.  To much will make it be hard once it is refrigerated.  Then you want to pat it all down at the bottom of your cake pan.  I like to make mine go up the sides too.


Next you mix the instant pudding with 1 cup of milk and 1 cup of vanilla ice cream until smooth.



Pour this mixture over the crust and put in the fridge for about 10 minutes to set up.  This also allows time for your cool whip to defrost if you are like me and forgot to do it at the start of the recipe :)



Lastly once the pudding mix has set up it will make it easy to smear on the cool whip.  I love cool whip as well (who am I kidding, if it is sweet I love it!) so I put the whole tub on it, you could do less if you wanted.  Then take the remaining butterfingers and crush them and sprinkle on top!


*The first time I made this I did not have a food chopper so I left the butterfingers in the packages and beat them with the rolling pin or meat mallet!  I also put the crackers in baggies and wrapped with a towel and bashed them as well.*

Now enjoy your yummy goodness and tell me if you like it as much as I do!

Friday, January 4, 2019

Place Value Game

Learning through games is so much more fun then sitting with books and worksheets!  I found a cool game to work on place values that is kind of like a pacman game.  The kids have to use the arrow keys to navigate the numbers and "eat" the number that is in the place value that it is asking for.  Check it out!


Friday, December 28, 2018

When things get rough

When you have certain things going on in your life how do you get through them?  I have a busy schedule already and then when something abnormal happens it really throws me off.  I have a hard time with wanting to have everything planned out and even if those planned this are a little off as long as it is on the general time line I do fine.  However when something out of the ordinary pops its head in I go nuts.  

My biggest thing is I always make a budget.  I sit down and write out when I get paid vs what bills are due and which need to be paid out of said pay day.  With life throwing me a curve ball I have really screwed this up and got behind.  Now I am struggling to get caught back up and get things paid in their place.  It does not help that I just recently moved and have to readjust due dates for things like electric and water. 

I used to use an excel worksheet on the computer and it worked great for years.  Now I find it harder to get on my computer unless it is to do work, school, or log a kid on.  So I am trying to get back to the old paper and pen method and calendars.

What do you use to do your budget?

Monday, December 10, 2018

Colorado Murder


Back in August 2018 there was a horrific murder. Husband and father, Chris Watts, murdered his pregnant wife and two daughters. This has been something that has hit the feelers for me. While wife, Shanann Watts, was very active on social media, we got the picture that life was perfect. If you think about it most of the time that is how anyone tries to paint life on social media. While we may never know if there was any type of domestic violence that occurred before this, we do know it ended this story. It is scary to think even the first time someone is violet that it could or would lead to death. I am so thankful that my story did not end that way. The horror continues as you think about him killing her because of differences they may have had, or afraid of that would happen after a seperation. He then proceeded to kill his children. His two beautiful little girls that held him as the light in their eyes. I watched video after video of him being such a great dad. I’m stumped on what could ever make him hurt them. Some still believe he didn’t kill them, and if he didn’t, he still stuffed them into oil tanks for their final resting place. 

While I am a member of several groups that are talking about this case, they bring many memories up. The other day it was mentioned about why Shanann didn’t fight back? There were no marks or evidence that she fought him back. This could go two ways. Maybe she seen he already killed the babies, she just gave up and didn’t care. However my reality when I was choked was I didn’t have the strength to fight back. When you can’t move otherwise they start squeezing harder, you stop in shock. All I ever could do was look him in the eye and mouth please stop. It didn’t take long before things would go blank and me limp. Luckily that is when my abuser would let go so I didn’t die. 

This post has no meaning, just rambling thoughts from me on a hot topic. Remember if anyone reading this need someone to talk to, I am here. Open ears and heart with no judgement. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Hen in a Hurry Review



Hen in a Hurry is a Chef Prepared Meal Subscription service. All food is made with clean, sustainably sourced, responsibly raised ingredients from trusted farmers and purveyors. There is no waste, prep, or preservatives. Instructions are simple heat and serve.  You can either do microwave or oven. All subscriptions are no commitment, you can cancel at any time.

My opinion: My box arrived on schedule. I worried as it was pretty warm out and didn't anything to be thawing out.  The box it arrived in was a very sturdy Styrofoam box, which I re-purposed into a foot stool. Everything was packed in nice and neat with plenty of dry ice. All food was frozen solid still. I would have nothing to worry about even if it had to sit on my porch until I had gotten home that evening.




Each food item was labeled and had the cooking instructions as well as the ingredients listed. Which you can see that each item is very simple and no added junk. 







I tried to do both cooking methods so I could see how well they did. I am normally someone who doesn't use the microwave often, as I fear things won't come out as well.  I cooked the Taco Bake in the microwave and it was delish.  This was one of those meals I picked out that I normally wouldn't eat.  This is made with quinoa, which I had never tried before. The kids and I were both in love.  It actually makes us want to eat more things made with it, 



The enchilada bake was just as yummy. Once again cooked in the microwave.  I did find that maybe my microwave wasn't as strong as the directions were aimed for.  I had to cook it about a minute or so longer in order to get it cooked all the way to the center. 



The kids insisted that the Approved Mac and Cheese was actually eggs.  It did not taste like mac and cheese, however it did taste like eggs.  My kids insisted that it was eggs, however they all ate it and enjoyed it.  


Our favorite meal, by far, was the Bourbon Braised Pork Belly and Asparagus. This too was another meal we had never eaten before.  I did this one in the oven.  I put both the meat and the asparagus in a cast iron skillet and baked it all together.  There was not one drop left after dinner.  Everyone had full bellies and big smiles. 




Overall I think this is one of my favorite subscription food services. Not only does it have healthier foods, it is cost friendly.  There is no prep with this either so it is quicker to cook and go for a busy day. The foods are kid friendly as there wasn't anything my kids didn't eat!  That is a huge win at my house. I loved that they sent a list of ways to re-purpose the shipping box, that's how I came up with my foot stool idea. We also made smoke with the left over dry ice in the box too. You know since it was Halloween time :). I do believe if you or your family needs a quick meal to go this is right for you. Maybe even a great idea to get some of your elderly family as a Christmas gift! They would love the ease of cooking and still have some great tasting food.




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*I received these meals in exchange for my honest opinion.  These are my real feelings of the food*