Kasey’s Top 10 for 2011

Hi….I am Tonya’s best friend, her BFF, the “Bestie”.  You know, like in the “Bestie Banana Bread” recipe Tonya shared with you from my kitchen to yours…….

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But you can just call me Kasey.

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I am 30 years old! (for one more day)  You may remember that Tonya blogged my surprise Birthday party last December. 

Check it out here, it was so fun!  Can’t I just turn 30 again this year?!?!?!?!?!

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   The hunka-hunka hottie on the left is my husband, Monty. 

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He is 11 years older than I and he is my perfect match! He makes me laugh harder than anyone I know, and we are working hard to become each other’s #1 human priority.

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We have 3 children…..

Let me re-phrase that, we have 3 gorgeous, brilliant, delightful children.

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Karter is 5, and Kamilyn is 2 & Kolby is 6.

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We live on a farm where I grew up.  It’s been in my family for several generations.

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If I could fly like a bird I could be to Tonya’s house in less than 5 minutes!

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I love Jesus, I love my family, I love Tonya. She is the friend that one rarely finds, and the sister I always wished for.  She is the perfect blend of splendid.

  So, I have to tell you, since this beloved blog began, I have been asked in Dillons, Kwik shops, Wal-Mart, Applebee’s, the Mall, and everywhere….

You’re Tonya’s best friend, right?….Is SHE for REAL?”

  At first I had to think…Hmmm….is she?

YES!

  She is consistently sunshine! She is a “glass half full” kinda gal. When it is raining in my world…she pours her sunshine over me and makes a rainbow.

Is it hard to listen to her always happy? How in the world could I NOT appreciate her rays of happiness….should I ask her to be grumpy? A “downer”, or a “drag”?

I AM HUMAN!!! I am of sin nature, so I would be lying if I told you that there aren’t times that I get frustrated or jealous. There are moments when I ask “Really Tonya?!?” But those thoughts aren’t from the Lord.

  Tonya is the real deal. She tries each day with an honest heart. Her desire is to follow Jesus.  She honors her husband, and she works each and everyday to be the mother God has called her to be.

  When I think back over the past 12 years of my life, I see God’s hand at work in many areas of my life. He always protected me. But I must say He has used Tonya as a daily tool in my life. As good as any daily devotion-she has taught me, she has led by example what I desired to be as a wife and mother. In many ways I feel like God used her to save me from destruction. Praise be His name!!!

  So you see, when asked these questions, when faced with rebuttal to some pretty BIG statements about this person in my life….I have to this to say:

Tonya is real.  She cries, she laughs, she hurts, she loves, and she listens. She is honest.  She loves the Lord.  Her greatest flaw in my opinion, is that she believes that other’s intentions are as real as her own.  But, best of all……she is MY BEST FRIEND!

  Phew, that was a big intro, right?! Now that you and I are better acquainted, I am excited to share something with you today:

My Top 10 Favorite Things for 2011! 

Like Oprah, get it?! Smile 

{Except there are not keys to your new car taped under your seat, sorry!}

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Number 10- Heavenly Yeast Dinner Rolls

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http://tastykitchen.com/recipes/breads/heavenly-yeast-rolls/

Sorry I don’t have my own photo, we gobbled them all up before I could get a shot.  This photo is property of Audrey style on Tasty Kitchen.  Her rolls are simple, easy, & fool-proof!!!! You CAN conquer your fear of yeast, and these are just the rolls to practice with!

9- Pinterest

SOOOOOO ADDICTING!!!

Come see me!

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And that is all I have to say about that Pinteresting Subject!  😉

8- Dry Shampoo

Ok Mommy’s!!!! Don’t have time to shampoo today?  Here is your answer….

TIGI Rockaholic Dirty Secret Dry Shampoo!

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Simply spray, style and hit the road!!!

Good-bye Limp, Greasy Hair, Hello Hot Momma!

Ask Tonya….it really works and we neither one could be without it!!!

7- Heaven is FOR REAL

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This book I read over one afternoon’s naptime! It just made me SO excited about Heaven!! It is a “life-changing” book, go get it and read it! It’s sold here.

6- Real Cheesecake

You know, the kind you make in Springform pan……

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There are so many good recipes out there that use Springform Pans! Even savory cheesecakes for dipping tortilla chips in, like this Zesty Cheesecake.  {This one is YUMMY!}  Pampered Chef has a great one, let me know if I can order it for you. (No pressure!)  🙂

5- My Rubbermaid Mop from Home Depot

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  Do you have floors? Well, then you need one of these!  LOL Smile

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Tonya’s momma, who has a house cleaning business, introduced me to this AMAZING mop! You can mop wet or dry, and when you are done, just throw it in the washer for next time! It is SO SO nice! I’d say you trust someone in the profession of cleaning to pick out your mop for you……this is THE ONE! It is truly all you need!!

*Helpful hint: do not wash this mop with any softeners to prevent smearing next time.

4- Smell good spray from Walmart with matching oil & woodwicks.

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I get SO many compliments on the smell in my home. My 6-year-old has allergies, which keeps me from burning candles.  A couple of years ago I thought I’d try this spray. Tonya had some and she set me up with a sample, it didn’t bother his allergies…so it was a winner!!! I pair it with the woodwicks and it is pure Heaven!!!  They have TONS of different scents too.

3- Slipper socks from Old Navy, only $5! 

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I actually got my pair 30% off and with free shipping! These slippers have grippers on the bottom and they are chenille…like putting your foot into luxury all day long.

2- Allegiant Air  http://www.allegiantair.com/

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I am able to see my brother and his family for such a reasonable and affordable price! What precious memories are made because of Allegiant’s cheap airfare.

And my number 1 FAVORITE thing for 2011 is………….

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1-The Grocery Game!!!

  The Grocery Game is TOO MUCH FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!  I love it!  Tons of deals just waiting to be discovered, you can read more about it here.

 

So I know that many of you have your own list of favorites, I’d love to hear them! By nature, I am not the kind of gal that enjoys daily or weekly tasks….so I am always looking for ways to make them extra fun and exciting!

Well, thanks for letting me stop by!  It was so nice to meet you all! 

I’ll be back, maybe even next year with my Top 10 for 2012?!?!?! 🙂

Have a wonder-filled day today!

Kasey

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Entertaining Jehovah

  A woman wanders through the market place, dodging barefoot children, as she buys her fresh vegetables for the day.  Waiting back at home are two empty jugs, waiting to be carried down to the well to fill, so she can start her bread baking & household tasks for the day.  Suddenly the excitement level of the marketplace rises, “JESUS!” she hears them call.  “Jesus is here!”

  She had heard so much about this Jesus, this Savior who could heal the blind and lame.  She pushed closer and closer, hoping to get a glimpse of him.  The crowds parted and there, there he was! So kind, with eyes so gentle, as he bent down to greet a child.  If only she could get closer to him!  As she moved through the crowds, he turned and his eyes met hers, the world seemed to stop for an instant.  He moved through the crowd towards her, “I knew I’d find you here today.  I am coming to your house for supper,” he softly spoke, smiling as he turned back to the masses around him.

WHAT?!  JESUS was coming to HER home…..TONIGHT?!?!?!?!

  Instantly her mind was reeling,  There was so much to do, so much that needed to be prepared to host the KING OF KINGS!  Laundry, dishes, cleaning, baking, a feast must be served to Jesus.  Jesus at her HOME?! 

  She rushed home and began her task of drawing water from the well down the path.  The jugs were heavy and sweat trickled down her face as she hauled them on her shoulders back to her home, up the rocky path.  She had just about finished her trek to bring up the second large jar of water, and was almost to her front door, when a man stopped her.    He was filthy and seemed weary, “Please Miss, may I have the water you have drawn to clean myself? I am so hot and dirty from my long journey.”

  Seriously?  Didn’t this man know how much work it was to go draw water?  Didn’t this man know, that she had to get ready for JESUS?!

  “No!” she said briskly, “I have no extra water available.”

And she hurried off, up the path to her home, where she needed to make her bread and set it in the sun to rise.  Meanwhile, she’d use the water to scrub her home from top to bottom.  Jesus was coming! Everything had to be PERFECT!

  She saw a hunched over old woman, hobbling up the path ahead of her.  She seemed to be struggling to find her way back home.  Well, someone else would just have to help her, there was NO time to spare!  She brushed right past her, ignoring the shaky voice that asked, “Miss? Can you please help me find my way?”

  Hours later, she sat back on her knees and surveyed the scene around her.  Her home sparkled from top to bottom!  Time to bake the bread and then start to prepare supper.  Hopefully she’d have time to draw a bath for herself before Jesus came!

  The smell of her bread baking began tickling her nose as she carefully set the table with her finest linens.  She was imaging the things she and Jesus would talk of when there was a knock on the door.

  A small boy with hungry eyes greeted her, “Please Miss, might I have some of your delicious smelling bread? I am so very hungry.”

  “No!” she snapped, “I have no extra, I am having a VERY important guest for dinner.”  And with that she slammed the door. 

Didn’t people know how busy she was?

  Moments later, as she brushed out her long hair and washed her face, she heard a crying baby and a frantic knock on the door.  A flustered mother with a baby on her hip stood on her step, “Please Miss, may I borrow a few cups of milk? My baby is hungry and I have none.”

  “I don’t have time to go milk the cow!  Be off with you, go beg at someone else’s door step! I am VERY busy!!!”  She shut the door firmly in the face of the young mother and turned to her task again. 

  With quick hands, she prepared a lovely meal, fit for a king, complete with warm, fresh bread and a clean house.  She smoothed her hair back from her face, as she surveyed the scene around her.  Despite all her interruptions, she had completed all her tasks,  Jesus should be arriving any moment!  Oh she could hardly stand the anticipation.

  An hour passed, Jesus must have gotten hung up on the way to her home.  Another half hour passed, and she walked out front to look up and down the path to make sure he wasn’t lost.  There was no one in sight.  She headed back inside to recheck the food and light the lanterns.  She would be sure Jesus could see her house.  Another half hour passed, no Jesus.  She was so very tired from her day of hard work, perhaps she’d just rest her eyes for a moment.

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  The next morning, she wakes up in her chair, to burned out candles, cold food and an empty heart.  Why hadn’t Jesus come like he said?  Angry, she set out for the market place to find him.  With purposeful strides she stomped into the area of peddlers selling their wares, and in one sweeping glance, she spotted him, stooped down to speak to a child.

  “Jesus!” she said.  “You were to come to dinner last night!  I was ready for you, I prepared a FEAST, fit for a king!  Why didn’t you come?”

  “Oh, my child,” he said tenderly, “I did come and you turned me away.”

Her mouth drops open…..but no words come, so Jesus continues:

“First, I was a weary traveler, seeking refreshment, but you gave me none.

Then, I was an old woman, needing your guiding hand, but you brushed me aside.”

A single tear forms in her eyes and slips silently down her cheek.

“Next, I was a hungry boy, but you had no bread for me.”

Her head drops in shame, tears hit the sand at her feet.  Jesus continues, 

“……And lastly, I was a frantic mother with a crying baby, but you offered me nothing.  You shut your door in my face, you had no room for me in your home and busy schedule.”

  He placed his arm around her shaking shoulders and softly spoke in her ear,

“Remember, my beloved, for as much as you do for the least of these, you do for me…….I love you.”

  And with that he left, continuing on his journey to the next village.  But he never left her heart, for she would never forget that moment, that day Jehovah came to her door many, many times, yet she turned him away. 

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  How many times have we missed Jehovah?  In our rush to get to our next appointment, our next errand, or home to make dinner, we’ve missed Him.

  That woman who dropped her groceries, as her bag ripped right in front of you, could she be Jehovah?  Yet you side-stepped her as you continued to walk to your car, not missing a beat in your phone conversation.

  How about that time you were prompted to give a homeless man rummaging in the garbage some money, but you talked yourself out of it.  After all, they only use it for drugs, right?!

Jehovah.

What about that check out person at Wal-mart, who was too greasy or pierced for your taste, so you rushed through their line with nary a smile or good morning, tapping your nails impatiently as they fumbled for your change??? 

Jehovah.

  Don’t miss Him.  You only rob yourself of blessings here and in the here after.  Our job is to BE Jesus to those around us.  Everything we say and do should be filtered THROUGH Him and be a reflection OF Him.

II Corinthians 9:10  “For God is the one who gives seed to the farmer and then bread to eat.  In the same way, he will give you many opportunities to do good, and he will produce a great harvest of generosity in you.”

  Keep your eyes open, your heart soft, be aware of those around you, for you never know when you might be asked to Entertain Jehovah……

~T

The Jesus For Dinner story was told to me when I was a little girl by my mother at bedtime.  Over the years I have forgotten all the details, so I made up my own today, but the concept behind it is the same.  I hope it touched your heart as it did mine, even as a child.

Looking for your own ways to “Give Generously” while out and about in the world?

Then check out my friend, Tabitha’s site.  They put together Homeless Blessing Bags and keep them in their van to give out as they see someone in need.  What a great example she is showing her children to show kindness and love to those around them, no matter what their walk in life. 

 

 

 

Cheddar Bread Lil’ Smokies

  These tasty little morsels are a nice change from you “typical” little smokies appetizers.  The Cheddar bread has GREAT flavor! 

Cheddar Bread Lil’ Smokies

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Ingredients

  • 2 sticks Softened Butter
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 4 cups Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 2 teaspoons Paprika
  • ¼ teaspoons Tabasco (more If You Like Hot)
  • ½ teaspoons Salt
  • 1 package Little Smokies Cocktail Sausages

Mix all ingredients except little smokies until a dough is formed. Take tablespoon size balls of dough and spread thin with hands, wrap a little smokie and press to cover fully. The amount of dough to sausage ratio is up to you!
Bake at 400* for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with BBQ sauce and ketchup.

Yum! Dig in!

 Soooo, tomorrow, I have a very special guest post-er for you:

My BFF!  🙂  YAY!

Have a safe and Happy New Year everyone!!!!  See you in 2012!

~T

Oh, I almost forgot: be sure to head over to Post 2 today, Entertaining Jehovah.

4 little Fergusons Photography: Wedding Bells

  Ok, so I KNOW I said I would not be shooting weddings anymore, because they are a lot of work and I don’t feel equipped to deal with brides “Dream Day Expectations”?!?!  Well, how could I say no to this PRECIOUS couple that goes to our church, who just so happens to be the brother of one of my dear, dear friends.  So, I said yes.  Because I love them and because the wedding was small.  I can deal with small, right?

  Other than my camera breaking 15 minutes after I began to shoot, YES, I had a BALL!  My friend, Heather went and shot with me, thank the Lord because she covered my hiney while I ran across town to borrow a camera.  Shooting with a friend makes everything twice as fun.  🙂

  Here are a FEW of the photos from the big day:

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They didn’t want to see each other before the ceremony, but we did talk them into this shot……  🙂

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A big thanks to Amanda and Ryan for letting us be a part of their special day!

~T

Be sure to check out Post 2 for today: Mushroom Muenster Chicken.

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  This dish is DELICIOUS! Despite the ugly photo, the end result is a cheesy gooey chicken dish with a lot of “dish appeal” for your table, company-worth even!  It tastes like you worked WAY harder than you did! 🙂

  Mushroom Muenster Chicken

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  • 2 whole Eggs
  • 2 cups Seasoned Bread Crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun Seasoning
  • 2 pounds Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts Cut Into 1″ Cubes
  • 1 pound Fresh Mushroom Slices
  • 10 ounces, weight Muenster Cheese (8-10 Slices)

In a shallow bowl, beat the eggs. Place bread crumbs and Cajun seasoning in a Ziploc bag. Dip chicken in eggs and then place chicken in the bag of flour and shake to coat.

Spray a 9 x 13 Pyrex dish, add breaded chicken, sliced mushrooms and sliced cheese until chicken is covered. Bake at 350ºF for 45 minutes or until chicken juices run clear.

Enjoy!

~T

Paxton’s 2nd “First Snow”

   This is post 2 for today, don’t forget to head back and check out Hearty Vegetable Hamburger Soup.

  So, we got our first snow of the season the Tuesday before Christmas.  It was not nearly as much as predicted, but we had a semi-White Christmas none-the-less.  {When I say “semi-white”, I mean there are a few patches left under shade trees. We left church Christmas morning with no coats, it was such a nice day!} 

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The kiddos thought it was really cool to go out on the screened in porch and write in it.

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  This all reminded me of last year, when Paxton was almost 5 months old. I blogged his first snow experience here, when we plopped him down in the snow for the first time, camera ready to capture his reaction.

   Let me just go ahead and recap it for you.  It went something like this:

What in the world?

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This big new World I am in has been strange so far, but this really takes the cake…..

Yeah, pretty sure I don’t like it.

Wait, what is this HORRIBLE stuff clinging to my hands?!?!?!?!

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Now, I reallyreally don’t like it!  Get it off!  GET IT OFF!

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I want my MOMMY…….

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  At this point, he got so mad, he fell over: Things really went down hill after that!

  {Naturally, since he is my 4th, I got like 6 more photos of him bawling before rescuing him from his snowy demise…..}

WAAAAAAH!

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AWWWW, my sweet little snow angel……

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    So anyhow, back to this year:  I’ll have to wait for more snowfall to take Pax out and photograph this years reaction.  Like I said earlier, we only got a trace rather than the BLIZZARD being predicted,(darn) BUT, I did capture his reaction from the window, when I showed him the snow the next morning.

  One of my favorite things about parenting HAS to be seeing things anew through a child’s eyes.  There is just nothing like it!  🙂

Hmmm, something seems different today…..

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It’s kinda brighter, is that it?

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No buddy, that’s called Snow.

{Gasps}

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Look Momma! SNOW!  I SEE IT, I SEE IT!

(It sounded more like ‘Uh uh uh uh, pffft”, but I knew what he meant….)

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Do we like snow, Momma?

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Let’s go play outside in it soon, ok Mom?

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Sure hope it’s more fun than last year…..

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Ah, my Sweet little Tank, how your first year has flown!!!!!

I sure do love you bunches!

~Mommy

Hearty Vegetable Hamburger Soup

  This recipe comes from my best friend’s momma.  I am not normally a big veggie soup fan, but when I heard it had 2 cans of tomato soup in it, it peaked my curiosity!  It didn’t disappoint and the whole family DEVOURED IT! (Plus, how can you go wrong when it contains a WHOLE stick of butter?!?!?!)  🙂

Hearty Vegetable Hamburger Soup

(click on title to be taken to an easy printable version)

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Ingredients

  • 1 stick Butter
  • 1 quart Water
  • 1 whole Medium Onion, Chopped
  • 2 cups cubed Potatoes
  • 2 cans Tomato Soup
  • 1 teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 cup Flour
  • 2 pounds Ground Beef
  • 1 cup Celery, Chopped
  • 2 cups Mixed Veggies Or 1 Cup Corn, 1 Cup Green Beans
  • 1 cube Beef Bouillon

  In a saucepan, melt butter and make a smooth paste with 1 cup flour. Add water. In your soup pot, brown meat and drain. Add paste and remaining ingredients. Simmer on low for several hours.

This soup has incredible flavor!!!! You will love it!

*Your soup will not be as thick as pictured, until day 2. Next time I will add more liquid before serving leftover soup.

~T

Be sure to head to Post 2 today: Paxton’s Second “First Snow”!

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Did everyone have a Merry Christmas?!?!?!  We are still recovering from fun-filled family function after family function, with more to come this week!  Most years, by the time it’s all said and done, we have had 7 Christmas get-togethers!  (And, no we do not do gift exchanges at every one, thank goodness!)  I’ll tell you one thing, next week will be filled with naptimes and early bedtimes to get ready for school again!!! 🙂

   So, I recently joined Pinterest.  Oh my GOODNESS, there are so so many things on that I am interested in making, but let’s be honest, it’s just not going to happen until I have a bit more free time on my hands and some serious cash flow.  But, away I pin:  pinning it away for a future day with future extra time and future extra money, when my future kids are old enough to not need me to meet all their future basic needs.  🙂

  However,  balancing 3 different school schedules from 2 different school districts, has taken its toll on this ol’ brain, and when I forgot a school thing for the 2nd time, I knew it was time to up the Organization around here. 

  My calendar sits on my desk in the office/playroom at one end of the house:

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  My laundry room, where all the kids lockers and school notes live, is allllll the way at the other end of our very long, ranch-style house. 

(Check out our laundry room makeover here.)  

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  It is just not feasible to run to my office as they walk out the door, to make sure I didn’t forget “Bring a $1 day” or  some other event written on my desk calendar. 

  So, as I was thinking about what to do, I remembered a pin I had re-pinned to my “Home Sweet Home” board, shared by Makes and Takes.

Here is what I did:

Bought a Poster frame at Wal-Mart for around $7.50, it was a nice big 18 x 24 one, but naturally I didn’t take a photo of it, so here is the crumbled paper from inside the poster frame that I pulled out of the trash can. Nice, right!? 

  The “glass” (plastic) on these kind of poster frames will be perfect for writing on with a dry erase marker!  And they are much lighter than a regular frame for the hollow door I plan to hang this on.

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  Next, I went to Hobby Lobby and got scrapbook paper at 50% off, spent around $3.  I picked brown, cream and deep red to match the laundry room colors.

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I had Dale Spray paint the black metal frame a bronze color: this was free since we already had a can.

Then, I printed an empty Calendar page: found online for free.

  Next, I started working on paper layouts until I figured out how I wanted them.

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  I decided to do a Calendar, Grocery list, To Do List and 4 Empty Squares: 1 for each kid.  I am excited about being able to easily keep track of each child’s needs for school that week, as they empty backpacks at the end of a school day. 

Here is the finished product:

(Yes, I am aware that I do not have pretty handwriting!)  LOL 🙂

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Here it is in the laundry room:

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  My new Organization Board aka “Brain Board” is on the door of the pantry, nice and accessible to me, but high enough to not get erased by little fingers.  Plus, clever Dale found me a WET erase marker for calendar dates and the children’s names, so when I erase notes, the “basics” don’t erase too.

  Cool, right?!  I was pretty proud of it!  {Pats self on back}

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And all for around $10, too!  🙂

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~T

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The Night Before Christmas Ring & Egg Casserole

   Christmas is almost here!  Are you looking for an easy breakfast for Christmas morning?  Maybe one you can put together the night before, after you get home from your church Christmas eve service?!  Then you have come to the RIGHT PLACE!   🙂

Christmas Eve Overnight Egg Sausage Breakfast Quiche

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  • 8 slices Wheat Bread, Cubed
  • 1 pound Sausage, Browned And Drained
  • 2-½ cups Shredded Cheese
  • 5 whole Eggs
  • 2 cups Milk
  • ⅛ teaspoons Salt
  • ¼ teaspoons Dry Mustard
  • 1 can Cream Of Mushroom Soup
  • ¼ cups Water

Brown sausage and drain. Cube bread. Layer in a 9×13 pan, bread,sausage and cheese.
Mix eggs, milk and seasonings and pour over previous layer.
Next mix 1 can cream of mushroom soup with 1/4 cup water and spread on top of casserole. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
The next morning, bake for 1 hour at 300* or until set. Let cool 20 minutes before cutting into squares.

Enjoy! This is really AMAZING!

  This next recipe I am sure you’ve heard or made a thousand times, but here it is, just the same:

T’was the Night Before Christmas Ring

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24 Frozen Rhodes Rolls (dinner rolls)
1 cup brown sugar
1 box butterscotch cook & serve dry pudding mix not instant
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 stick butter, (not margarine)
pecans or walnuts, chopped, optional

Right before going to bed, or 10 pm, sprinkle pecans or walnuts into a greased Bundt pan, (I use Pam cooking spray), then put 24 frozen Rhodes Rolls into pan. Mix brown sugar and dry pudding mix together and sprinkle over frozen rolls. Mix sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle on top of that.

Melt butter and slowly pour over rolls in Bundt pan, trying to cover all of the sugar. Leave on counter overnight and when you get up, the rolls should have risen nicely and you will put Bundt pan on a cookie sheet in a preheated 350°F oven and bake for 30 minutes.

Remove from oven and pour rolls upside down onto a large platter. Serve warm.

  Enjoy this fantastic Christmas morning breakfast! Easily prepared Christmas eve night after you get home from church. 

Hugs!

~T

T’was only this week, I took my Child one day,
Up the street to view a manger display.
I thought to myself, how can I show,
The TRUE Meaning of Christmas, so she will know.

To a small child, I must make it plain,
That this story is REAL, I must truly explain.
I wanted to tell her that God loved us so,
And that the meaning of Christmas was not just for show.

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We walked to that scene and I started to tell,
The OLD CHRISTMAS STORY, that I knew so well.
But somehow just looking at those figures there,
There arose in my heart, a real feeling of despair.

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I never had truly re-lived in my mind,
How our Heavenly Father, could be so kind.
He COULD have looked down at my sin and my shame,
And NEVER as the SON to Bethlehem came.

He COULD have said, “The sacrifice is too great!,
To pay for the sins of the men I create.
I’ll not send my SON, to die on the CROSS,
I’ll let Sinners DIE, and forever be LOST”.

But Thanks be to God and to JESUS His Son,
Jesus CAME–DIED–AROSE! and the Victory is won.
God in His Mercy, and with a love so great,
Gave us CHRIST’S BIRTHDAY, to celebrate.

I want so much on this coming CHRISTMAS Day,
To celebrate Christ’s birthday in a new glorious way.
To truly give thanks to the wonderful One,
That made Christmas possible by sending His SON.

I hope you will join me and pray day and night,
That our lives be examples of Christ’s Holy Light,
Shed abroad in our hearts far and near,
And REALLY keep Christ in our Christmas, this year.

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Christmas Kisses

    This is Post 2 for today:  Head back 1 post for “Mary Did You Know”.

  So I am NOT a recipe inventor, much preferring to just make other people creations with my own twist.  I don’t know if I actually “Invented” the recipe I am sharing with you today or not, but I will tell you this:

  When I saw the Peppermint Kisses on sale at Dillons, I knew EXACTLY what I wanted to make.

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These: 

Autumn Hugs

Ok, not THESE EXACTLY, but same concept as Autumn Hugs, except doing a Christmas version with different shaped pretzels, and M&M’s. 

  It was a roaring success!!!!  They are so easy, SO pretty on a platter and they are super easy for my kids to help make.  A WIN-WIN-WIN if you ask me.

Unless you have a naughty little Candy Snatcher named Paxton.  It was all I could do to keep him out of the Kisses while the big kids helped.  (Thus, the lack of photos……I was on Candy Patrol.) 

Here are the sad remains of the 5 I found in Paxton’s mouth, little stinker!

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“But, but, but Momma……I WANTED those.”

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  Poor, poor sugar deprived child.

ANYHOW, without further adieu, I give you…..

Christmas Kisses

Cute, right?!  Thankyouverymuch.

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Ingredients:

24 Pretzel Waffle Squares

24 Peppermint Kisses, Unwrapped (great job for the kids!)

24 Red & Green M&M’s

1. Preheat your oven to 250*.

2. Place pretzels on a large baking sheet. Top each pretzel with a Candy Kiss. Place in the oven for 3 minutes, or until the Kisses gets soft.

CHECK THEM REGULARLY!!!! You don’t melt them all the way, they will still look “normal” when you pull them, but easily squish when candy is applied.

3. Remove from oven and lightly press an M&M to the middle top of each Kiss.

4. Let cool before serving or transferring to a Tupperware.

SO Easy, SO Yummy and just beautiful!

Hugs & Kisses  (haha, get it?)  🙂

~T