DIY Angel Skirt

  We go to Fall Festival at our church every year, instead of Trick or Treating all evening.  Most of the time we try to dress up in a “theme” as a family, but budget wise, I am not willing to go and buy things for this to happen.

It either works, or it doesn’t.

  2 years ago we did a 50’s Family theme, it was so simple because I already had a skirt from college, Destiny’s 50’s outfit fit Avery, and the boys had the right clothes in their closets already!

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The year after that we did Cowboys, Indians and a Horse, of course.

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   I LOVE it when a plan comes together!!!!  You can see all the pictures here.

  This year, I have thought and thought and thought some more, but the theme thing is just not happening.  Sad smile 

   Avery was given a beautiful Egyptian costume that she will wear, Destiny wanted to be an angel last year already, after she spotted my photo props.  I strongly encouraged her to be an Indian instead, promising next time, she could be an angel.  I am keeping my promise! 🙂

Pax modeled these angel wings and halo for me when he was a baby.  How was this less than 2 years ago?

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I had forgotten how BLUE his eyes were!

More angel pics here.

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  Anyhow, I am not going to tell you what the boys are, because I am super excited about it!  Let’s just say inspiration hit me while looking in their closets. I will just have to wait and show you pictures afterwards!  At least the boys will match “themes” and so will Dale and I. Call me childish, but I just love dressing up for our church carnival!!  

  For Destiny’s Angel outfit to be complete, she needed some kind of dress or skirt to go with the wings and halo. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have anything white lying around for this time of year.  So, I decided to make something. I had my heart SET on a feathered skirt from waist to floor, dragging along as she walked. It was going to be BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  But alas, it was not to be so. {sigh} So, I did a tulle and sparkly tulle version instead.   

Here is what you will need for an angel skirt:

7 yards of tulle, cut into strips  {$7}

2 roll of glitter tulle (24 yards)  {$12}

8-20 feather or marabou boas (optional)  {Very expensive!}

Elastic headband or wide piece of elastic, sewn per waist size  {99 cents}

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  Here is how I did it:

  I was making this for my 9 year old, so depending on your child’s height, these measurements will be different for you.  I just held a piece of tulle up to her waist, making sure it just hit the floor, then double that length.

  For Destiny, I cut tulle into strips 6 inches wide x 4 1/2 ft long. 

  I just folded my tulle bolt, and cut it first in 4 1/2 foot sections, then folded that in half the long way, cut in half again, folded in half the long way, cut in half…..and on and on until I had made strips out of the whole thing.

I ended up with 32 strips about 6 inches wide.

 Next, find the center of the long tulle strip.

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Push it down through the bottom row headband hole, or if you are doing elastic, just wrap around the elastic band, leaving the tulle doubled.  IMG_5197

This creates a loop.

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Now you are going to feed the rest of the tulle clear through that loop and tug tightly.

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In the end it makes a tidy little knot, and you haven’t had to touch it with a sewing machine. Hallelujah!

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Repeat this along the entire bottom row of the headband, or clear around your elastic waist band, until all the tulle is used.  I had almost enough tulle for one per hole.

  Next, I cut my glitter tulle roll into the same 4 1/2 feet lengths and fed them through in the exact same manner.  This time though, I added them to the next row up on the headband and spaced them evenly.

  I wish you could see all the sparkles! Just use your imagination…..    🙂

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  Like I mentioned earlier, if I could’ve found affordable feather boas, my original plan was to make the ENTIRE skirt out of feathers in the same manner as I described, looping through the headband holes.   Unfortunately for me, most of the boas I found were $7.00 a piece and I would’ve had to buy 10+. YIKES!  I found the marabou version online for a $1.25 each, but with a ridiculous $15.48 for shipping, it was still more than I wanted to spend.

  I think even a few strips of feathers throughout the skirt would’ve been pretty. I am bummed that NO ONE has feathers by the roll, but still happy with how this tulle version turned out for my little angel.

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  More pics to come after Fall Fest is over.

~T

Not Enough

 NOT ENOUGH.

I have heard these words more lately than I care to.  Most of them in my own head, but also echoing through cyber space, as women write me of their sorrows of unfaithful husbands and broken happily ever after’s, shattered hearts and destroyed self images.

  Why couldn’t I be enough?  I gave my all, my best…..and it simply wasn’t enough to stop him from betraying me.  Maybe if I was sexier, skinnier…..

These thoughts lead no where good.  Dale tells me over and over, “What I did was about something lacking in ME, not something lacking in you. Please don’t make this about you.”

It’s hard, isn’t it? Being betrayed in such an intimate, personal way.  It strips you to your very core, the place where that raw, aching emotion pulses and throbs with every beat of your broken heart.

We are not the only ones that hear this, it is not just ours. 

Not just women surviving infidelity hear that phrase, “Not Enough”.

All women do, at one time or another, as we look at our reflection in the mirror with judgmental eyes….

Not skinny enough.

Not curvy enough.

Not sexy enough.

Not tall enough.

Not full enough.

Not straight enough.

Not thick enough.

Not curly enough. 

Not good enough.

Not smart enough.

Not talented enough.

Not pretty enough.

Just NOT enough.

When we look in the mirror, stare at our image and size it up, comparing ourselves to the air brushed world we live in, we lose.

Every. Blasted. Time.

We lose because we are unaware that over the shoulder of our scrutiny, are the sharp claws of the devil.  The thoughts we have, being whispered in our ear by the devil HIMSELF.  We are mere puppets in those moments.

WHY?  Why do we let him whisper those lies? Why do we BELIEVE them?

We have the power to stop him, to make him leave, shrieking at the sound of the name of Jesus.

  ENOUGH, Satan.  We bind you in the name of Jesus. BE GONE.  We will listen to you NO MORE.

I am a child of God and Daughter of the King of Kings.

I am His Beloved and He has called me BY NAME.

He knit me in my mother’s womb. He hand-picked my eye color, hair color, demeanor, talents, and quirks, placed every freckle and planned every detail of me.

I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

Even the hairs on my head are numbered.

He bottles up all my tears in heaven.

He knows my thoughts before I think them.

I am made in HIS image

I am chosen, holy and blameless before God.

I break His heart when I tell Him that I don’t like what I see.

I sin when I make Dale’s fall about me.  When I roll in the filth of the ashes and drape myself in sack cloth of mourning.  I choose to STOP the path of destruction.

When you look in the mirror you should see one thing:

JESUS.

If you don’t, then its time to ask Him for new eyes.  Ones that see the beauty in which He has created you, your precious life, in His image.

It’s time to ask Him to give you new thoughts, thinking on what is good, and pure and noble and right.  (Philippians 4:8)

It’s time we throw off “self” and our self-seeking ways, our vain strategies to look younger, be thinner, look prettier.

When you look in the mirror, you should see JESUS shining back through a beautiful YOU.

 Because you take your Creators breath away……

~T

He Makes Beautiful Things

Apple Everything Pizza

  Granny Smith Apples were on sale last week, so naturally I HAD to get a bag.  Surely I could come up with something tasty!  In the end, I took several recipes, some ideas of my own, and came up with this dessert pizza Tuesday night.  It’s a little bit Caramel Apple, a little bit Apple Crisp, a little bit Apple Cider, a whole lotta good!  🙂

  The Fruit Pizza crust comes from my mom’s recipe box, the crumble topping idea comes from Holly at Life As A Lofthouse, and the original pizza I was going to make before I thought of the apple cider cream cheese part, was from Pampered Chef.

Apple Everything Pizza

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Ingredients

  • FOR THE CRUST:
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  • 1-½ cup Flour
  • 1-½ sticks Butter, Softened
  • FOR THE APPLE CIDER CREAM CHEESE:
  • * * * * * *
  • 8 ounces Cream Cheese, Softened
  • ¾ ounce (.74) Apple Cider Packet
  • ½ teaspoons Cinnamon
  • ¼ cup Sugar
  • TOPPINGS:
  • * * * * * * *
  • 2 whole Medium Granny Smith Apples, Peeled, Cored And Sliced
  • ½ stick Butter, Softened
  • ½ cup Flour
  • ⅓ cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • ⅓ cup Quick Oats
  • Caramel Ice Cream Topping

Preparation Instructions

FOR THE CRUST:
Mix flour, 1/4 cup sugar, and 1 1/2 sticks butter until smooth. Press into pizza pan or onto a circle pizza stone. Bake 12 minutes at 350F or until golden brown. Cool, loosen cookie from stone with the back of a large bread knife. Set aside.

FOR THE APPLE CIDER CREAM CHEESE LAYER: Mix softened cream cheese with cider powder, cinnamon and sugar until smooth. Spread on cooled crust.

TOPPINGS:
Peel, core and slice apples and place on cream cheese layer. {sprinkle with Fruit Fresh to keep from browning} With a fork, blend together, butter, flour, cinnamon, brown sugar and quick oats. Sprinkle on top of apples.

Broil for 2 minutes or until topping is golden brown.  Let cool 15 minutes before placing pizza in the fridge for at least 2 hours.

Drizzle pizza with caramel ice cream topping before cutting and serving.

MMMMM!

  You could probably eat it out of the oven, and we tried it that way, but I gotta say, its SO worth waiting for it to get cold. The cream cheese and apple flavors really pop then!  Voted best cold by all 4 little Fergusons AND their mommy and daddy! 🙂

~T

 

‘Staches & Lips

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but Mustaches and Lips on a stick are ALL the rage right now…for birthday parties, photo booths, wedding shoots, you name it! 

  I shopped around for a bit before deciding I could just make my own:

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This really is so simple.

Take some stiff craft felt, I paid a buck at Hobby Lobby for it.

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Google mustache templates and lip templates.  Print and cut out, then trace onto felt.

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Hot glue onto small bamboo skewers, usually used for cake pops.

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Have some fun!

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Easy schmeasy!

~T

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Chicken A La King

  Now here is a blast from the past, my mom made this one a lot when we were kids!  It’s a win win, because the noodles are long and slurpy and fun, and the veggies are healthy and colorful, too!

  I double this for our family of 6, so we can have lunch leftovers.  If you double it, only do 13 oz. of your noodles.  16 ounces is too many and it gets dry! 

Chicken A La King

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Chicken A La King (text)

Ingredients

  • ¼ cups Butter
  • ½ cups Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • ½ teaspoons Pepper
  • 6 ounces, weight Can Of Mushroom Slices (reserve Juice)
  • 1-¾ cup Chicken Broth
  • 8 ounces, weight Spaghetti Noodles, {I like Whole Wheat} Cooked And Drained
  • 2 cups Cubed, Seasoned Chicken
  • 2 cups Cream (I Do A Combo Of Milk And Sour Cream In A Bind)
  • 12 ounces, weight Carrots, Peas And Beans Combo, Steamed And Seasoned To Taste

In a large family skillet, cook and cube your chicken. Remove from pan and drain drippings. In the same pan, melt butter, blend in flour and salt and pepper until liquid is absorbed. Add in chicken broth, cream and mushroom liquid, heat to boiling, then turn down heat a bit, stirring often. Continue stirring as it thickens. This takes some time. (If it doesn’t work, take a splash of cold water and blend with a Tablespoon of corn starch, add to your skillet of liquid and bring to a boil, stirring often. This will help thicken quickly.)
Meanwhile, cook and drain your spaghetti noodles and steam your veggies.
Check your roux (butter, cream, broth, flour mixture) as it should be thick now like a gravy, before adding in cubed chicken, steamed veggies and cooked and drained spaghetti noodles.  Taste and season as needed.

Enjoy!

~T

Crockpot Lasagna & Mozzarella Stuffed Garlic Rolls

  Some nights you just need ITALIAN food, the good stuff, not just Spaghetti!!!!  Lasagna is a lot of work, especially our family favorite: Cream Cheese Swiss Spinach Lasagna!  It’s ABSOLUTELY amazing!  (The picture is SO ugly.)  I need to make it again sometime, so I can re-photograph it….that recipe photo is from WAY back before I learned to take my food OUTSIDE!  🙂

  I didn’t have time to make our family favorite, we were going to be on the run until right before supper!  This Crock pot version is fast and uses simple ingredients!  And, it tastes like you worked WAAAY harder than you did!!

Crock Pot Lasagna

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound Hamburger, Seasoned With Your Favorite Italian Spices
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • ½ teaspoons Salt And Pepper
  • 3 cups Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1 box (9 Oz) No-boil Lasagna Noodles
  • 8 ounces, fluid Tomato Sauce
  • 28 ounces, fluid Of Your Favorite Spaghetti Sauce
  • 16 ounces, fluid Alfredo Sauce
  • 1 cup Shredded Italian Blend Cheese

  In a large skillet, brown hamburger with Italian seasonings of your choice, plus garlic powder, salt and pepper. Drain and leave in pan on stove.

  Pour 1/3 of the spaghetti sauce into the bottom of a greased crock pot. Mix the remainder of the spaghetti sauce, plus the entire can of tomato sauce in with your browned hamburger. Stir well.

  Place 1/3 of the noodles, breaking as necessary, to cover entire sauce layer. {Noodles will overlap and stack.} Pour 1/3 of the jar of Alfredo sauce on top of noodles. Next, sprinkle 1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese. Spread 1/3 of hamburger mixture on top.

  Layer noodles, Alfredo, mozzarella, hamburger mixture 2 more times. Top with 1 cup Italian blend cheese.

Cook on low for 3 1/2 hours. This WILL burn after 4, so watch closely!

Serve with a tossed salad and Mozzarella Stuffed Garlic Rolls.  (Coming up next!)

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  Sooo, I may or may not have started the oven on fire while baking this rolls. 

  Apparently, you need to put the Spring form pan on to a baking sheet so the butter doesn’t drip down. 

Just a word to the wise, ok?  Use a baking sheet.

  Anyhow, bet you can’t tell from this photo, that the oven was on fire!  These rolls baked perfectly, and were to die for good. 

  I am oh-so proud to tell you, that I stood at my freezer surveying my options, and made the recipe up myself, based on a sweet monkey bread recipe I make sometimes for breakfast! 

Just look at that Cheesy goodness!

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Come on now, doesn’t that make up for the oven fire? 

Just a little?  🙂

Yup, thought so!

  Say Hello to a little bit of Ooey Gooey Cheesy Heaven!

Mozzarella Stuffed Garlic Rolls

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Mozzarella Stuffed Garlic Rolls

Ingredients

  • 16 whole Rhodes Rolls (wheat Or White, Up To You)
  • 1 tub Real Mini Mozzarella Balls Or 1 Large Mozzarella Ball Cut Into 1 Inch Pieces
  • 1 stick Butter, Melted
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • ½ teaspoons Salt
  • ½ teaspoons Dried Basil
  • ½ teaspoons Dried Rosemary
  • ½ teaspoons Onion Powder
  • ¼ cups Herb And Garlic Goat Cheese Crumbles
  • ¾ cups Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • A Sprinkling Of Kosher Salt
  • Dash Of Italian Seasoning

Allow Rhodes Rolls to sit on a flat surface until thawed, but still a bit cool. Stretch each circle and curl around mini mozzarella ball. Seal and smooth into a ball again. Repeat 15 more times.
Melt butter and add garlic powder, salt, basil, rosemary, and onion powder. Roll each ball into mixture, coating well.
Arrange rolls in a large 10 or 11 inch spring form pan, leaving room for rising, and scrape remaining butter and seasonings over the top of rolls. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese, goat cheese crumbles, kosher salt and Italian seasoning.
Cover with sprayed saran wrap loosely. Set in a warm place to rise for 2-2 1/2 hours or until doubled in size.
Remove saran wrap, and place spring form pan on a cookie sheet, and slide in to a preheated oven, 350* for 25 minutes, or until rolls are golden brown. Release collar on spring form pan before serving hot from the oven.

  Un-stinkin-believable!

Bon appetite!

~T

{Almost} A Big Boy!

Paxton turned 2 in August. 

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He decided about that time, that he was going to “Pee Potty”. 

{That means go pee in the potty in Pax-slang}

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  I got out the little potty chair, and the underwear and was SHOCKED at how well he did.  Sitting to do his business for both pee and poop without complaint.

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  The little stinker was going to finally use his STUBBORNESS for good.  Like the morning we ran errands for 2 hours, and I put a diaper on him, instructing him to stay “clean and dry”. 

When we got home?  He was totally clean and totally dry and promptly sat on his little potty to go.

“I DID IT!”

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Wow.

  The same week he decided to potty train, came the time in our family when we cut the binky! Age 2 and SNIP, off goes the tip.  IMG_3329IMG_3332

He was quite sad about that, actually almost disgusted by it. IMG_3401

“EW. Binky Broken. EWWWWW. Put it up der.” 

He gave them to me to “put it up there”, motioning to the shelf in his room.  Later, he had me throw them away, cried once or twice about it a few weeks later and that was the end of that.

  Guess my little buddy is a Big Boy! Right?!

Almost.

  So here is the problem, he now only goes pee and poop on the potty when he is naked.  If I put underwear on him, he pees them.  What in the world?!

Guess who is running around naked all the time?

Yup, Pax.

I have potty trained 4 kids now, but this is new turf for me.

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First of all, because this is the youngest child to do so well, second, none of my others were allowed to be naked all time, in case they would pee on my floor.  They ALWAYS wore undies! OCD me couldn’t handle the messes.  Guess being a mom of 4 makes you kinda laid back!?   🙂

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  He successfully went poop 3 times and peed like 8 times on his little potty today, and has only had a handful of accidents since we started in August, so I guess I can’t complain.  🙂

I sure don’t claim to have the answers, but while we are talking potty training, I wanted to share the 3 Readiness Signs for potty training.

  I have banged my head on many a bathroom wall trying to MAKE my kids go potty in the big potty.  I learned over the years, that it’s just easier to wait until they show ALL THREE readiness signs before even trying.

  Destiny was 2 1/2.  Tylan was 4.  Avery was 3.  Paxton at 2!?

No matter what, it can’t be your idea.

  Not even if you are super stubborn, make cute sticker charts, make them sit in their poo diapers, encourage,  or even buy a new toy and put it on top of the fridge as a bribe, no I meant, to be earned…..

It just won’t work until THEY are ready. Until their BODIES are ready.

Huh, what a thought!

Without further ado, here are the 3 readiness signs to watch for before embarking on what can be an oh-so frustrating journey!

3 Readiness Signs

1) Child says when dirty or wet. (This happens soon after they start hiding when going poop)

2) Can pull pants down and access the potty on their own. (this is important for those times you need them to RUNNNNN because you can’t clean the supper ingredients off your hands fast enough to go help)

3) Wakes up from at least nap time dry.  This is a sign of bladder maturity and the most important step of all.  If they cannot hold it during those few hours of sleep, they are not ready to train.

  Trust me, I learned the hard way with Destiny. She showed 2 of the 3 signs at 18 months, so I started training her.  She got scared by some runny (noisy!) poo and next thing I know we are in an all out War to use the potty.  6 exhausting months later, after trying everything, and I do mean EVERYTHING!!!! I packed the whole thing up and said FORGET IT!

   A few weeks later, on her own terms, she asked for her big girl undies.  She had 3 accidents TOTAL.  It was a breeze. (In fact, I still had her original package of Pull ups leftover, that Avery used when she trained.)

  Tylan was different, I had heard boys are just a bit harder to train, and it seems it can take them longer to be ready.  My pediatrician told me the new potty training average is 3-4 years old for boys. (Rather than age 2-3 years like in the past.) 

Ugh.

  Do you know how BIG a 3 year olds poo is? 

  Do you know that I had that kid in the BIGGEST diapers money could buy, the Overnight version, PLUS rubber pants and he’d STILL wet the bed every night.  His bladder did not “mature” until after he turned 3.  Once that happened, he started to wake up dry and proceeded to train in a week and a half.  I made him wear Pull Ups at night for a long time after for my own peace of mind, but he kept them dry.

  If I’ve learned anything, it’s not to promote “False Starts”. It’s better to never start at all, then to stop and start, stop and start and confuse them.  One day we poo in diapers, the next mom announces no more diapers, and I am supposed to sit down and go in this big hole? Then when it doesn’t work, we are back to diapers?  How confusing!  (Poor Destiny! I totally did that to her, several times!)

Here are some methods or tips we’ve picked up on the way, but as is true with everything else…..what works for one kid, does not work for another.

~Move potty chair out to the living room where it is easily accessed.

~Train in the summer if possible, less layers to deal with.  Girls can be in sundresses for easy access.

~Let the child go naked so they can start to recognize the “I have to Go” sensation. Be ready to sanitize well and clean your carpets when you are through!

~Another option is big kid undies with a pair of rubber pants over it. The idea is for them to experience the wetness. Pull Ups still pull too much of it away from their legs.  We save those for outings and sleep times and talk a LOT about keeping the “Big Boy Pull Ups” clean and dry, just like underwear!

~Do not go back to diapers. A lot of children will wait to pee and poo once they are on. It’s safe and familiar and doesn’t get them out of their comfort zone to be ready to learn something new. As soon as Paxton’s diapers run out, we will switch to pull ups at nap and night and outings for a season of time.

~As they get big enough to stand, {we wait quite a while before we start on that journey!} help boys aim better by floating Cheerios down in the water to aim for.  We used to just tell Ty to aim for the hole down there and try to make his pee bubble in the water.  Now that he’s older, if he misses several times in a row, he is “grounded” to sitting for a few days!

~When an accident occurs, have the child “practice” going to the bathroom from that location 10 times.  If they had an accident next to the train table, then they had to run to their potty and back, 10 times shouting “I have to potty!”  This helps them realize that no matter where they are, there is an easy route to the bathroom.

~REWARD REWARD REWARD!  Destiny had a sticker chart. I made a curved path with squares. She got a sticker each time she went, 1 for pee, 2 for poo and 1 for staying dry at nap and 2 for staying dry at night. At the end of the winding path was a reward. She picked out a doll house she wanted reallyreally bad.  At the end of 2 accident free weeks, she got it! 

    The other kids have gotten candy for doing their business, 1 for pee, 2 for poop.  What can I say, we sure aren’t lacking for toys, so sometimes you just gotta use sugar!

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I will keep you posted on Paxtons Potty Progress. This is uncharted territory in the Ferguson house, so time will tell if this is him truly training, just slower {and more naked} than the others? 

Until then, I have some cute lil’ buns to squeeze!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

~T

Easy Sweet & Sour Chicken

This Sweet and Sour Chicken could not be easier!  Throw it together on the fly and use some of the veggies lurking in your freezer for an easy fried rice to go with it!  You’ll never need to run into town for Chinese Take Out again!  🙂

Sweet & Sour Chicken

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Ingredients

  • 12 whole Chicken Strips {raw, Not Breaded}
  • 1 cup Flour
  • 10 ounces, fluid Bottle Of Russian Dressing
  • 12 ounces, weight Jar Of Apricot Preserves
  • 1 package (1.25 Oz) Dry Onion Soup Mix

Preheat oven to 350*. Dip chicken strips in flour on both sides, and lay in sprayed 9×13 casserole dish. Mix apricot preserves with 1 package dry onion soup mix, spread over chicken strips. Pour Russian dressing over all. Bake for 1 hour.
Serve with fried rice and egg rolls. You can use this fried rice option, minus the chicken.

Another option: Serve with a side of stir fried veggies and Sesame Noodles!

DIG IN!!!!!! It’s so good!

~T

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I {Heart} Etsy

  I looooooooove Etsy!  Homemade, beautifully crafted things in a serene shopping environment, much more user friendly than Ebay, I think!

   Keeping this in mind, you can imagine how excited I was, when I got a fun Birthday package in the mail from new blog reader and friend, Tami.  She has not 1, but 2 fabulous Etsy stores.

Shop  Isn’t her packaging AMAZING?!?!?!?!  Loving the little details!

Her stores are:

  September Willow

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   She sent some darling hair pins for the girls from her Paige and Penelope store. 

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And for me?

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  She knew I loved turquoise and vintage things, so she sent THESE from September Willow!

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  I am SOOO in love!  This jewelry is amazing!  High quality and very beautiful. I love the vintage feel of the pieces!

  Go visit Tami at both of her Etsy stores and show her some love.  What a perfect gift for a teacher, loved one, upcoming stocking stuffer or gift exchange!  

  Or even just go shop for YOURSELF, you know there is an outfit in your closet you’ve been dying to buy new jewelry for……this is the place to find unique pieces like no other!

  I was so excited about these products, that when I wrote Tami a thank you, I asked if she would let me blog about her stores, AND asked if she’d be willing to give us a deal.  

   Her store is already VERY affordable, but she was SUPER sweet to offer 4 little Ferguson readers a discount! 

  Here it is, good for a limited time only, a discount code just for YOU!    🙂

{Because Tami is awesome….}

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{All Caps!} 

  When entered at check out and it gives you a discount of 30%!  Look for “Apply Shop Coupon Code”  before you click Submit Order.

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A great big Thank You to Tami of September Willow & Paige and Penelope for sending such a beautiful birthday gift to me and my girlies!  And, for allowing the blessings to be passed on to 4 little Fergusons readers as well.
{I was not compensated for, or asked to write this post.  I was just THAT excited about the product.}   🙂

Now go forth, shop and be merry!

Oh, and tell Tami, Tonya from 4 little Ferguson’s sent you over…….

Hugs,

~T

“Like” September Willow on Facebook to keep up with the latest deals and designs!

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A Cookbook & Caramel Oatmeal Chewies

I have always wanted to publish a cookbook.  Maybe someday I still will, BUT for now, I am SOOOOO excited to tell you that the gals from Weekend Potluck and I, have been working on an E-cookbook!  FUN, right!?!?!?!

We will share lots of Weekend Potluck favorites, along with some new recipes!

Over 60 recipes in all with photos!!!!!
I don’t know about you, but I LOOOOOVE cookbooks with photos!
 The E-book will be available to purchase here on the blog in October. (exact date to be announced soon!)
The only problem we are having now, is deciding on a cover.
 Look at the photos below, do you recognize that table? Yup, it’s the picnic table I take all my food photos on. 🙂  I am so honored it made the front cover of our cookbook!
Now, I need your help!  Vote for your favorite cover, by telling me 1, 2, or 3 in the comments section! Once we have heard back from all 6 bloggers, we will count the votes and pick a cover!!!

Speaking of cookbooks, my good friend, Mrs. Baker has her very own cookbook, which I OWN thankyouverymuch.

I have a whole list of things I want to make out of it.  This particular title has a GIANT star next to it now because it was so INCREDIBLE!

All the right kinds of chewy and melt in your mouth, combined.

Caramel Oatmeal Chewies

by The Better Baker

Oatmeal Caramel Chewies

1-3/4 c. quick or old fashioned oats
1-3/4 c. all purpose flour, divided
3/4 c. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt,optional
3/4 c. butter (1-1/2 sticks), melted
2 c. semi sweet chocolate chips
1 c. caramel ice cream topping
1 c. chopped nuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350. Grease bottom of 9×13 baking dish.

Combine oats, 1-1/2 c. flour, brown sugar, baking soda and salt in large bowl.  Stir in butter;mix well. Reserve 1 c. oat mixture; press remaining oat mixture onto bottom of prepared pan.

Bake 12 – 15 minutes or until brown. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and nuts.

Mix caramel topping with remaining flour in small bowl; drizzle over nuts to within 1/4″ of pan edges.  Sprinkle with reserved oat mixture.  Bake 18 – 20 minutes longer or until golden brown.

Cool in pan on wire rack; refrigerate until firm. Setting them out at room temperature for a few minutes prior to cutting them makes for an easier job.

Oh my gooey goodness!  Just try to keep your hands off them straight out of the oven.

Thanks for another keeper, Mrs. B!

Now before you go, leave me a comment and tell me which cookbook cover gets your vote: 1, 2 or 3!  

Thanks for your help!  🙂

~T