Saturday, December 31, 2011

Blog is Trasnsitioning

I am going to a .com!!! YAY ME! Web address will be the same only no


Happy New Years Eve!!

Verse of the Day

"Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.
Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert." Isaiah 43:18-19

I hope everyone has a very happy and safe New Years!!! Catch y'all in the new year! God Bless!!


Friday, December 30, 2011

It's Friday

Verse of the Day:
"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." John16:33

Today is Friday and that means date with DH! We haven't been out of the house kid free since our anniversary. I'm so excited. We are going to see a movie and have a quick dinner thanks to someone DH works with! 

I was browsing Facebook this morning which I usually do and came across an article that I think you will find interesting. Just when you think you have heard it all...for real! You can read "State Says American Flag Violates Law" here. I really found this disturbing! If we can't erect an american flag without offending someone then what has this country come to? It's bad enough we can't say prayers or put up a Nativity scene for fear the God haters will get offended. Speaking of, did you know by not letting us do that they are in turn forcing their own religion down our throats? I mean really, they are. That is a religion! Anyway, that is my rant for they day. 

I am off of here to do some cleaning and feed the girls some lunch. I hope everyone has a blessed day!


Thursday, December 29, 2011

Thankful Thursday

Verse of the Day:
"I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers," Philemon 1:4

I want to thank God for my friends today! Sometimes I feel like I get overlooked because people think I am just gonna be there no matter what and that is true, to a degree! I think sometimes we get so caught up on trying to please certain people or trying to give them all of our attention so they don't get offended that we overlook those who care about us the most. We shouldn't have to work so hard. A true friend is there without us having to give them MOST of our time. When we neglect our true friends though and put them on the back burner then eventually they are going to feel as though they are not important. 

There are going to be a lot of changes this coming year on my part. I am not going to work so hard. 

Today I am thankful for those who are there for me!

I am off to run some kid free errands. Hope everyone has a blessed day. 


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

My Kids are Going Stir Crazy...

Verse of the Day:
"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28

My poor girls are going stir crazy I do believe. The Bug is normally in school so she is used to interaction on a daily basis with kids her age. She really doesn't have too many her age outside of school. They are either older or younger. She still has another week before she goes back to school. I am hoping I last that long hahaha. 

I  made some more Peanut Butter Bon Bons yesterday for a friend and tried a slightly different recipe. My own of course. I think they turned out really really good. Much easier to work with. I will post the recipe in my recipe tab later today.

Nothing much on the agenda for today. We will probably take the girls for a walk after naps. Tomorrow is gym time for me and a friend! Going to a spin class at 5 I think. I need to get in shape for the summer. 

I hope everyone is enjoying their holidays. Have a blessed day. Catch ya tomorrow.


Tuesday, December 27, 2011

What We Did for Christmas

Verse of the Day:
"Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name." Psalm 103:1

I hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas. I know we did. On Christmas Eve we had some friends over for dinner. We had White Chicken Enchilada's and the kids decorated shortbread cookies. I will post both recipes to my recipe tab sometime today. It is also tradition for us to let the girls open one gift on Christmas Eve which they did.

On Christmas Day, it was just me and my little family. We had a lazy day at home. When we woke up I cooked some yummy Monkey Bread with caramel sauce for Breakfast.
Always a hit with my DH and me of course :) Once breakfast was in the oven we let the girls open gifts! 

This year I got a Keurig and some new dishes! Also this year I wanted to surprise my husband. He is a PC gamer so I am always getting him something for his computer and always guesses what it is so I let him open it early. I didn't want that to happen this year so thankfully, I got an email from ticketmaster about one of my DH's favorite bands that is going to be touring which is very rare so of course, I got tickets!! I wrapped it in a biggish box and put it under the tree. He was so surprised and very pleased when he opened his gift.

I cooked Christmas dinner later in the evening of course. We had a fantastic ham along with some simple sides and an apple pie for dessert! The girls wanted to fix some birthday cupcakes for Jesus but I didn't get that far so since The Bug is out of school for the rest of the week, that is what we are doing one day this week :) 

Be on the lookout for a review/giveaway from My Memories there will also be a discount codes for all my readers. I hope everyone had a very blessed Christmas and hope you have a Happy New Year. God Bless.


Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas Everyone

"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6

I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and remember the reason for the season and that is to celebrate Jesus Christ!


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Peanut Butter Bon Bons and Chocolate Fudge

Verse(s) of the Day:
For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Matthew 25:35-40

Christmas is fast approaching and of course being a military family funds are limited SO for my daughter's teachers (she has 4! Yes 4!) and bus driver and bus aid this year we decided to do candy. I mean how can you go wrong with candy?

The first thing I decided to make was PB Bon Bons. They are also called buckeyes and chocolate peanut butter balls. I LOVE these things but this is the first time I have made them. They are super easy to mix up but I am gonna warn you they are a pain in the tookus to actually assemble!!

What you will need:
1/4 Cup or 2 ozs of Cream Cheese softened
1 1/2 Cups of creamy Peanut Butter (you can also use crunchy if you want more texture)
1 cup of Graham Cracker Crumbs
1/4 tsp of Salt (this is optional)
5 Cups of Confectioners Sugar
2 sticks of Butter (real butter not margarine) melted and cooled
12 ozs of Semi Sweet or Bittersweet Chocolate

Make the Filling:
In a bowl with an electric mixer beat the cream cheese and PB until blended. Add the graham cracker crumbs and beat until mixed. Add the sugar and butter and on low speed at first beat until sugar is not floating around on the top :) Then increase speed and mix until it is all combined. Scrape the bowl and mix again until combined. The mixture is going to be dry and very sturdy. This is perfect for shaping.

Make the chocolate coating:
Melt the chocolate either over a double broiler on the stove or in the microwave. Follow the instructions on the package if using the microwave.

Assemble the candies:
Line a pan or pans with parchment paper or tin foil. Take out slightly more than a tablespoon or you can use a small scoop, and roll them into a ball in your hand. Place them in the pan and repeat until all candies are rolled out. This is very time consuming! The candies can sit close to each other but make sure they are not touching. At this point I put them in the fridge for a bit because they are easier to roll once they are cool BUT you can skip this step if you are in a hurry. (if you do decide to let them get cool in the fridge be sure to wait and melt the chocolate when you are ready for it)

Using a fork or large skewer roll each candy until fully coated with the chocolate of if you want it to look like buckeyes make sure you leave just a small portion of the candy at the top uncovered. Place them back in the pan and repeat until all candies are coated. 

Chill for 30 minutes in the fridge or until chocolate is set. 

These will keep about 3-7 days in the fridge or 6 months in the freezer if they even last that long. This recipe was taken from several recipes that I found online. I took the best elements of each and combined them so this is PARTIALLY something I put together.

Now for the chocolate fudge. I wish I could take credit for this one but I can't. It is the classic Carnation Evaporated Milk recipe that my husband adores! I have tried several and this is his favorite. You can find the recipe here.

I did the milk chocolate version for Emily's teachers but if they sell the chip you can make that flavor of fudge :) I will be making Mint Chocolate fudge for a couple of my friends this year!

Well, the buckeyes and fudge are setting up in the fridge and I am off to feed my Bear lunch and then nap time!! Hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and remember the reason for the season and that is Jesus Christ :)

Thank you Midget Momma for the help :)


Saturday, December 10, 2011

Purex Laundry Detergent Review

I am always on the search for a new laundry detergent that is not only effective but won't break the bank. I received the new Purex Triple Action in the mountain breeze scent to review. The first thing I did of course was to open it up and smell it and it smells so good!

Now I have 2 little girls as most of you know so I am always washing clothes and almost always having to get stains out of clothes. Marker for one with my 4 year old being in school this year. I washed my first load of clothes with my bottle of Purex Triple Action and was pleasantly surprised. The marker came out of my daughters clothes and I didn't even pretreat. I usually have to. Not only did the stains come out easily, the clothes smelled so good. My 4 year old even said that it smelled so "yummy."

Another great thing about this detergent is it will work in ALL machines. That is right even the high efficiency machines.
I am now a convert! I love it and for now, I am sold on Purex Triple Action.


Saturday, November 26, 2011

Happy Saturday

Verse of the Day:

"Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." Hebrews 12: 1-2

Hello everyone. I am using up my leftovers!! I am having some friends over tonight and will be cooking a turkey pot pie. You can find the recipe here.

I wish I could take credit for this recipe, but I can't. I first stumbled across it last year when I was trying to figure out what to do with my leftover turkey. I was on the Pillsbury website and found their recipe for Classic Chicken Pot Pie. This is sooooooooooo good. It truly is.  This is my go to recipe for chicken and turkey pot pie!!

The only things I add are potatoes (I steam one whole potato in the microwave and dice it small and add it to the mixture and I also add a touch of velvetta cheese. NOT A LOT. Just enough to make it extra creamy. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did. Please check out the link and give it a try. 

I hope everyone has a very blessed day and I would love to hear how you use up your leftovers.


Friday, November 25, 2011

Happy Friday!

Verse of the Day:
"And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him." Colossians 3:17

Hello everyone. I trust that everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving. Me and the girls missed DH, but we had a good Thanksgiving. Had some very good friends over to help us celebrate and eat the feast I prepared.

This year is the first year I brined my turkey and oh boy was it good! It was so juicy and tender. I used an Apple Spice Brine and it was so good. You really have to keep an eye on what kind of turkey you use though. If you have one that has been injected with a solution already then you need to cut back on the salt by at least half which is what I did. After it brined for 15 hours. I took it out of the brine, rinsed it well, slathered it in butter, salted and peppered it, draped bacon all over it, and stuffed it with apples and onions that had been steeped in cinnamon water. I am telling you the turkey was amazing! 

I also prepared a bunch of sides, all carb of course, which you can find here and here. I also had mashed potatoes and mac and cheese, homemade of course :)

Now for Black Friday the ONLY THING I took advantage of was the online sale Gymboree had and I got the Bug a winter coat. There is no way you could drag me out shopping on Black Friday ;)

I hope everyone has a fantastic week end. Me and the girls will be putting up our Christmas decorations up this week end! What are you doing?


Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

When you sit down at your tables today and thank God, remember to thank Him for our troops who are away from families securing our freedom. Have a Happy Thanksgiving and God Bless!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thanksgiving Recipes Part Two

Verse of the Day:
"O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever." Psalm 107:1

Hello everyone. I am sure everyone is getting ready for Thanksgiving, I know we are. DH is away at NCOA so me and the girls are hosting Thanksgiving here at the house with some dear friends.  I am very much looking forward to it :) My husband, luckily, is about 2 hours from my mom and dad so he will be spending Thanksgiving week end with them. It makes me more at ease he will have family with him.  

I thought I would do one last post on some more Thanksgiving recipes. One of my favorite desserts ever is Apple Pie and several years back I found a recipe on Kraft Foods called Apple Pear Crumble Pie. This has been a huge hit to everyone I have ever made it for. Kudos to the person or persons that came up with this recipe. I share this last year as well, but those of you that missed it, here it is again.

what you need

24 NILLA Wafers, crushed (about 3/4 cup)
1/4 cup  packed brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted
  ready-to-use refrigerated pie crust (1/2 of 14.1-oz. pkg.)
4 oz. (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
2 large  baking apples, peeled, sliced
1 large fresh pear, peeled, sliced
1/3 cup  granulated sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp.  ground cinnamon
1-1/4 cups thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping

make it

HEAT oven to 375ºF.
MIX wafer crumbs, brown sugar and butter until well blended; set aside.
PLACE pie crust in 9-inch pie plate sprayed with cooking spray. Spread cream cheese carefully onto bottom of crust; sprinkle with half the crumb mixture. Combine fruit in large bowl. Add granulated sugar, flour and cinnamon; toss to coat. Spoon over crumb layer in crust; sprinkle with remaining crumb mixture.
BAKE 35 min. or until fruit is tender and crust is lightly browned, covering loosely with foil after 25 min. if necessary to prevent crust from overbrowning. Cool. Serve topped with COOL WHIP.
A new recipe I will be trying this year is Missy's Peanut Butter Passion Cake. It take a tried and true chocolate cake recipe I have been using for a while now and puts the most delicious sounding icing on top!! You can find the recipe here.

This year I think I am trying Martha Stewart's Perfect Roast Turkey!! My friend raves about this turkey so I am giving it a try this year. 
You want a fast turkey then I have heard good things about a 2 hour turkey and you can find the recipe here
On an entirely different subject, I have no idea why my post is showing up in 2 different fonts after I have made numerous efforts to change it.
I want to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!! God Bless.


Monday, November 21, 2011

POWERFUL VIDEO...BUT Read what I have written before viewing

This is a very graphic and very powerful video. I personally think everyone over the age of 12 needs to watch it, but before you let your minors watch it, watch it yourself first. 

Thank God He sent His Son Jesus to take care of these sins past, present, and future! Salvation is so easy yet people try to make it so hard. It saddens me! 

One thing I disagree with in this video is people thinking they have to do something to have their sins forgiven. Our sins were forgiven on Calvary.  "Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high: Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they." Hebrews 1:3-4 "Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own blood he entered into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us." Hebrews 9:12 "And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission." Hebrews 9:22 "So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation." Hebrews 9:28 "In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace" Ephesians 1:7 "And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world."   ‎1 John 2:2   "By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.Hebrews 10:10

That being said, in order to have His righteousness imputed to us we simply have to believe that God sent His Son to take care of our sin debt past, present, and future at Calvary. Our salvation was completed at Calvary according the verses I quoted above. We have to know who He is and what the gift is. (John 4:10) In order to have what He has already done for you applied to you, you have to know Him. "In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also that after ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy spirit of promise." Ephesians 1:13 

If you think you have to do ANYTHING to earn salvation then you don't have it. Why would God have had to send His Son if we can do anything to get to heaven? I am even talking about the good ole Baptist way of saying a prayer and asking God to do something He has already done. I am talking about good works ANYTHING you think you have to do to "earn" salvation. One of my very good friends said something like that sounds too easy, its not that easy. Its so very sad that many people have to make something God made so easy out to be so hard. 


Friday, November 18, 2011

Thanksgiving Recipes

Verse of the Day:
"In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise," Ephesians 1:13

Hello everyone. I am so sorry that I haven't been posting recipes like I said I would. Things have been a bit nuts with my husband in NCOA. SO, that being said I am going to do a post with some of my favorite recipes now and will do another one before Thanksgiving. After the holidays I do want to start up with my blog full time again. I want to thank everyone for their patience.

The one thing I have to have every Thanksgiving and Christmas besides the Turkey and Ham is potato casserole!! This is a very popular and very easy recipe. You need the following:

Cubed  Frozen Hashbrown Potatoes any brand
1 can of cream of chicken or cream of celery will work too
1 8 oz container of sour cream
1 cup of sharp cheddar cheese (adjust to your liking. I use more)
1 medium onion cut up fine
1 sleeve of ritz crackers ( you can subsitute just about anything for the topping really) I also put some cheese on top before I put on the cracker crumbs. Cheese crackers are also amazing on this.
1/2 stick of butter cut into cubes

1. Preheat oven to 375
2. Mix everything together but the crackers and butter and pour into a 9x13          buttered dish and smooth out until evenly distributed.
3. Dot butter over the top of hashbrown mixture
4. Finely crush crackers and distribute evenly over the top. 
5. Cover dish and bake 45 mins or until potatoes are done.
6. Uncover and bake an additional 10-15 minutes

The second thing I absolutely love is Corn Casserole! Many people have this over the holidays. I had it the first time 3 years ago at a friends house and last year made it for the first time. It is so good. You will need the following:

1 can of creamed corn
1 can of whole kernel corn
1 8 oz package of corn muffin mix
1 8 oz container of sour cream
1 stick of butter melted
1 to 1 1/2 cups of sharp cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350

In large bowl, stir together both cans of corn, corn muffin mix, sour cream, melted butter, and half of the cheese. Bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and top with the remaining cheese. Return to oven for 5 to 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Let sit for 10 minutes and serve warm.

This is so yummy and a new favorite of mine.

I will be posting some more recipes over the next few days, one of them being my mom's cornbread dressing which is to die for! It is so moist and flavorful. Please feel free to share some of your own. I hope everyone has a blessed day.


Thursday, November 17, 2011

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 Check out these amazing cards I bought on Shutterfly today! I used them last year and was impressed by the quality so this year I went back to them. Absolutely love them. Check out their large selection of cards today!


Friday, November 11, 2011

Site is Under Construction

Just wanted to do a quick post to let everyone know I am having the blog design redone. Look for a newer one soon :) I will be posting a recipe for Thanksgiving later tonight. Have a great week end.


Happy Veterans Day

Verse of the Day:
"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing." II Timothy 4:7-8

Hello everyone. I hope y'all are having a great week end. First of all I wanna thank all the military past and present for their service to this county. Your sacrifices are not overlooked. I want to thank my husband most of all. I love him and am very proud to be his wife.
(He is the handsome one on your right holding our daughter's hand) 

Things have been going well here at this Air Force house. DH is currently in NCO Academy in AL and has 5 more weeks left. Sad that he is not going to home for Thanksgiving, but he is about 140 miles from my family in FL so he will have family to be with and I have some great friends coming over for Thanksgiving to keep me company. I will be posting recipes starting today until the day before thanksgiving and if you have a good one please share by  commenting below.

We had our very first family pictures taken by Erica Mahan Photography just a few weeks ago and they turned out great. She is a very talented Air Force wife. I have been using her since the Bug was 12 months old. 

Needless to say I am extremely pleased with the pictures. Seeing as our little Bear is only 2 she is not the most cooperative little girl when it comes to pics, but Erica ALWAYS does such an outstanding job and is extremely talented. Just when I think nothing of the girls is gonna work for her, it always does. :)

Well while DH is gone I have been getting the house in order. Throwing things out that need to be thrown out and organizing. I am also getting things ready for Thanksgiving dinner here at the house with some great friends and then there is Christmas decorations and Christmas cards after Thanksgiving. Here are our Christmas cards that will be going out this year.

I will be posting a few recipes this week end so keep a look out. I hope everyone has a blessed day and thanks again to all of our military past and present.