Sunday, November 13, 2011
While visiting "My Baking Addiction" I also found this
Homemade Caramel Sauce recipe HERE with great how to instructions!
I LOVE caramel and hope to try this out for the Holidays!
Maybe I can make my own candy bars sometime too! =)
Pumpkin Pie Spice recipe HERE
Hope everyone's baking and cooking for the Thanksgiving season turns out wonderful!
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Last month was our oldest Princess birthday! yay!
I made her a Sand castle cake! She and all the children loved it!
Here is the LINK for the recipe I used. It was very easy to make.
My sister came and helped decorate for a Luau party. =) She found some of the cutest decorations and party supplies at Dollar tree.
I made a watermelon bowel and filled it with fruit for the kids.
She wanted pizza, so I made pizza for everyone.
I bought her a coconut! She had never had one before and thought it was so neat! She loved it, but not the milk in it! lol!
She also got the One thing she had been asking for, for I don't know how long! A train set! I found one on Amazon for a good deal, and Daddy liked it because it came with a bucket that it All fits into!
I can hardly wait for the youngest Princess to have her birthday! I have to decide on a cake and everything for it still. =)
I also want to start getting ready for the Holidays. =)
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Then, too, those very wrongs which people try to inflict on purpose to injure are often the result of fear: that is, he who premeditates injuring another is afraid that, if he does not do so, he may himself be made to suffer some hurt. But, for the most part, people are led to wrong-doing in order to secure some personal end; in this vice, avarice is generally the controlling motive."
Marcus Tullius Cicero
Translated by Walter Miller.
Cambridge: Harvard University Press,
Moreover, the subject of this inquiry is the common property of all philosophers; for who would presume to call himself a philosopher, if he did not inculcate any lessons of duty? But there are some schools that distort all notions of duty by the theories they propose touching the supreme good and the supreme evil. For he who posits the supreme good as having no connection with virtue and measures it not by a moral standard but by his own interests — if he should be consistent and not rather at times over-ruled by his better nature, he could value neither friendship nor justice nor generosity; and brave he surely cannot possibly be that counts pain the supreme evil, nor temperate he that holds pleasure to be the supreme good."
By Marcus Tullius Cicero
Translated by Walter Miller.
Cambridge: Harvard University Press,
Friday, June 24, 2011
"I hear you are now in Boston, gay and lovely as usual. Let me give you some fatherly advice. Kill no more pigeons than you can eat. Be a good girl and don't forget your catechism. Go constantly to meeting- or church- till you get a good husband, then stay at home and nurse the children, and live like a Christian. Spend your spare hours, in sober whisk, prayers, or learning to cypher. You must practice addition to your husband's estate, by industry and frugality; subtraction of all unnecessary expenses; multiplication (I would gladly have taught you that myself, but you thought it time enough, and wouldn't learn) he will soon make you a mistress of it. As to division, I say with brother Paul,
Let there be no division among ye. But as your good sister Hubbard (my love to her) is well acquainted with the Rule of Two, I hope you will become an expert at the Rule of Three; that when I have again the pleasure of seeing you, I may find you like my grape vine, surrounded with clusters, plump, juicy, blushing, pretty little rogues, like their Mama."
-Benjamin Franklin, 1755
From the book, "The Real Benjamin Franklin"
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Here is just a small piece of it that I wanted to share!
By Ralph Waldo Emerson
"If our young men miscarry in their first enterprises, they lose all heart. If the young merchant fails, men say he is ruined. If the finest genius studies at one of our colleges, and is not installed in an office within one year afterwards in the cities or suburbs of Boston or New York, it seems to his friends and to himself that he is right in being disheartened, and in complaining the rest of his life. A sturdy lad from New Hampshire or Vermont, who in turn tries all the professions, who teams it, farms it, peddles, keeps a school, preaches, edits a newspaper, goes to Congress, buys a township, and so forth, in successive years, and always, like a cat, falls on his feet, is worth a hundred of these city dolls. He walks abreast with his days, and feels no shame in not 'studying a profession,' for he does not postpone his life, but lives already. He has not one chance, but a hundred chances. Let a Stoic open the resources of man, and tell men they are not leaning willows, but can and must detach themselves; that with the exercise of self-trust, new powers shall appear; that a man is the word made flesh, born to shed healing to the nations, that he should be ashamed of our compassion, and that the moment he acts from himself, tossing the laws, the books, idolatries, and customs out of the window, we pity him no more, but thank and revere him, — and that teacher shall restore the life of man to splendor, and make his name dear to all history." -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Read the whole article From The Patriot Post ! It is REALLY good!
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
According to True Random Number Generator:
I think the zebra would be a great fit but I would probably consult with my son before making a final decision!
Winner has confirmed.
Sunday, June 5, 2011
We celebrated Easter at home this year, with just our family! Usually we go to my sister's and have a big hunt and lunch, but this year they had other things going on, so we just stayed home. We had a really good time and got to lay around and watch movies all after noon! lol!
Easter morning, I made a cheese spread bunny (pictured above and below). It was very yummy!
And the girls got to hunt Easter eggs of course! I had some candy for the eggs, but had not gotten to a store to get some fun crackers to fill the eggs, so I made notes for them saying they could pick out some fun things at the store! =)
Thankfully they are very easy to please when it comes to gifts, and they loved it all!
I look forward to next Easter! I wonder if there will even be Easter stuff for sell next year? These are interesting and kind-of scary times we live in....
You have to remember though, I do not have a green thumb! Most stuff dies on me, so this poor plant has seen some ruff days over the past few years!
Winter of 2010, I had to separate the bulbs, since they were getting to big in the pot! So I made two pots with two bulbs in each pot. So far they are doing good, but will need to separate them again this year, as they keep growing!
This year, both started to bloom in April! And they were just beautiful! I was so excited to have two blooming at the same time! I had one more bloom later, but it was smaller and only had two flowers on it.
I took some pictures of them as they bloomed and wanted them here on my blog! Hope you enjoy them too!
I feel like a Real homeschool family now! lol!
It is a '98, but in pretty good shape and we have really been enjoying it!
Believe it or not, this is actually my first car! So I have been pretty excited about it! Plus it is much easier to drive then the big truck. =)
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Monday, May 2, 2011
Welcome to the Zoobie Pets!!!!
Hey friends! Have you visited Zoobies.com? They have the most adorable pets! I was blown away by the assortment and how they are made!
The Zoobie Pets are a plush toy, a pillow and a blanket, All in One fun pet that your child will love and carry with them and to bed every night!
Since they have such a great assortment of all different kinds and colors of pets, you can find the one that fits best into your family or for each child! When I showed the Zoobie Pets website to my daughters, they were so excited, to say the least! =)
We had great fun looking at each Zoobie Pet and it's blanket and the pictures of children snuggling their plush pets!
We finally decided that Patch the Pinto would fit best into our home, since my husband was a horse trainer, we had horses when I was growing up and my girls LOVE horses and want one (or two!) of their own someday!
My girls then talked about getting Patch the Pinto and when the delivery truck came they were just bouncing up and day, hoping it was Patch the Pinto! It made me so happy to see them so excited when we opened the box and there was Patch the Pinto!
He is soooo cute and so soft! I just love the cozy blanket! It is big enough for my girls to cover up with! Plus he makes the perfect size pillow for them and as a plush toy, he is just the right size for hugging!
I think it looks like a baby miniature horse! lol!
The blanket is pretty easy to take out and put back inside of the pet, and you can leave it zipped onto the pet if you want to!
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I love laying out in the sun, running through the water sprinkler with my kids, and spending days at the river! I am really looking forward to spending more time doing all those great activities this year, and thanks to Hapari, I am going to enjoy them more and be more comfortable!
Hapari sells a beautiful line of more modest swimwear. Ever since I first heard of them and saw their products, I have been very eager to try their products out! They have really great prices and the swimwear looks like it is great quality! Plus I am a mom of girls, who tries to be a good example of modesty! I love the looks of the Hapari Sport and SOS tankinis , with one of the skirts or Beach shorts! Fantastic!
And there are a lot of new colors, and styles to choose from this year!
There are also Plus sizes, which look really great! They also have junior and girls sizes! And men and boys swimwear! So Hapari is your one stop shop for swimwear! =)
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Sunday, May 1, 2011
Guidecraft has some amazing and neat ones for sell, and right now, "Thanks, Mail Carrier", is giving away a Guidecraft Hideaway Country Kitchen!
This would be great for us, since our house is so small!
Enter HERE for your chance to win!
Giveaway ends May 20th.
Friday, April 29, 2011
Spring is here and it is time to get outdoors and soak up some sun! Invite friends and family over for a cookout and relax in some amazing outdoor furniture from Pier 1!
Maybe you are new to Pier 1, like me, or maybe you have shopped there before, either way, you have got to check out their outdoor furniture! They have beautiful wicker chairs and tables, like the Coco Cove Outdoor Wicker Armchair , and the Coco Cove Outdoor Dining Table!
I would really love to furnish and decorate our patio and yard, this year, but when I see the prices at local stores on the cheap, plastic "outdoor" furniture, I can't look twice! But the more I look over the Pier 1 products, three words stand out to me, Quality, Comfort and Affordability.
You can find some great bargains to make your spring and summer entertaining and relaxation more fashionable, comfortable and enjoyable! I think you will be impressed by the quality, selection and options! I was amazed that so many of Pier 1's products are for indoor and outdoor use, since they are so beautiful. You can completely decorate or redecorate rooms and outdoors with everything from rugs, seating to wall decor! People will be in awe that you have doormats, clocks, and barstools, outdoors! I love that you can have the furniture outdoors to enjoy in the summer, and bring it in, to enjoy for the winter! Ahh! Makes me long for a big sun room!
The new Papasan collection at Pier 1 will be the perfect addition to any living space! They have a Papasan Chair, Double Papasan Chair and Rockasan, plus lots of different styles and colors of cushions to choose from. So if you are looking for something new, the Papasans are probably the Best bargain for the biggest improvement! I also recommend you check out the Outdoor Mocha Counterstools, the breath-taking Galiana Mosaic Outdoor Bistro Table, and the deal on the Estrella Doormat (for just $12.68)! And all three of those items are for indoor/outdoor use!
Some of the great things I would love for my patio and porch are the Coco Cove Outdoor Wicker Rocker (for husband to relax in!), the Adjustable Chaise Lounge (for me to lay out on!), the Coco Cove Outdoor Serving Cart and Blue Metal Beverage Tub with Stand, (for entertaining and everyday use!)! For the kids, the Outdoor Swingasan Chair (I remember my Aunt had one, and I loved it as a kid!), and the Scatter Daisy Reversible Outdoor Cushions!
Another must have for me would be the Hot Stripe Hammock! I love hammocks and told my husband the other day that we really need to get one....or two!
For Birthday parties, holidays, pool parties, picnics and backyard barbecues, or just everyday eating, Pier 1 has a beautiful array of dinnerware, goblets, platters, placemats, chip 'n dip bowels and serving bowels to make your parties & meals festive!
Plus, don't forget the lanterns, candles, and yard decor! I just love the Citronella candles, Blue Fish Ceramic Planter, the Set of 6 Herb Garden Stakes, the Heart Wind Chime (for just $14.95!), and the Ceramic Tabletop Bird feeder that is now on sale for just $19.99!
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
~Thomas Jefferson 1802 — letter to a Committee of the Danbury Baptist Association, Connecticut
Monday, April 25, 2011
"Every man who loves peace, every man who loves his country, every man who loves liberty ought to have it ever before his eyes that he may cherish in his heart a due attachment to the Union of America and be able to set a due value on the means of preserving it."
Federalist No. 41
Sunday, April 24, 2011
May God bless you today and may your eyes and heart be open and accepting to His love and peace and joy that He has in store for you today and in the future!
He Loves you!
He rescued you.
He cares about and for you.
You are His child.
He is waiting for you, every morning, to talk to Him.
Give your worries, burdens, & concerns to Him. He bears them for you.
Give your love, devotion, and respect to Him. He wants that relationship with you.
He died for you.
Live for Him!
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Have you seen Shari's Berries??? Oh! I would LOVE to try some! I hear they are soooo good!
How would you like to enter for a chance to win $50 to anything you want at Shari's Berries???? My friend has that giveaway going on Right now on her blog, Yellow Tennessee! Giveaway ends May 5.
Click this link, "Shari's Berries Review And $50 Giveaway" for your chance to win!
Friday, April 22, 2011
"A Mom's Balancing Act" has been having some fantastic Mother's Day giveaways on her blog! And as her "Celebrating Mom Finale" she has a giveaway for a "Hoover WindTunnel Air bagless upright vacuum"!!!!
I am in desperate need of a new, GOOD, vacuum! So I was very happy to find this giveaway! Maybe I will win one for my Mother's Day! Sweet!
Enter HERE for your chance to win!
Thursday, April 21, 2011
My Silly Monkeys is having a wonderful spring time giveaway!
One My Silly Monkeys reader will win a $50 Gift Certificate to ProFlowers! Yippee! Enter HERE for your chance to win!
I would love to use the $50 to send my Grama some flowers for Mother's Day! =)
Monday, April 4, 2011
I can't believe that the Ultimate Blog party 2011 is already half way over!!! Aaaahhhh! How come I am always late? I REALLY need a blog partner or two!
If you are visiting from the Blog Party and you like my blog and think we have a lot in common, and would like a blog partner, please let me know!
Now back to the Ultimate Blog Party! I really appreciate Janice, Susan (from "5 Minutes For Mom") and all the ladies and companies who put together such an amazing and HUGE Blog Party! I love it and just wish I had more time to visit everyone!
Thank you to everyone who visits my blog and twitter and hope you will take the time to look around and leave a comment! =)
I am a stay-at-home mom and wife! We homeschool, homebirth, homechurch, live close to the land and seek to live close to God in every way. I Love my life and I am blessed beyond measure! PTL! I love to stay home and spend everyday with my husband and children! I am 20 something and still growing in the Lord and have so much to learn with my children as we homeschool and so many ways I still need to grow up, and other ways I need to be more like a kid! =)
I love nature, animals and being outdoors, gardening, gathering food & canning, watching my children, reading, listening to Christian music, taking pictures, baking & cooking, watching shows with my family and sometimes sewing!
I also love blogging, entering and of course winning giveaways and hosting product reviews & giveaways! So if you have a giveaway blog let me know, or if you are interested in offering a review and or giveaway on my blog, please send me a message!
Hope ya'll all have a great time at the Ultimate Blog Party 2011!
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Saturday, March 19, 2011
And for canning jars, I recommend having at least 300 jars on hand. And at least twice that amount of lids.
I think everyone should have around 1,000 jars, but for some reason people are just not like they use to be, or need to be.
Use to be, you were crazy if you did not have all this stuff stocked up for your family, and now they think you are crazy if you do!
I would rather have it and not need it, then need it and not have it!
razors & shaving cream,
school supplies (if you have children, homeschool, or use a lot of paper & supplies)!
Get a first aid kit, or pack your own!
Buy extra bandaids, gauze, pads, tape, peroxide, rubbing alcohol, etc.
(I recommend having at least red raspberry, chamomile & peppermint!)
A healing herbal cream, for bumps, nicks and bruises, is also good to stock up on, and echinacea tincture!
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Since I have it worded good, right out of a book, I want to share it with everyone! I hope you will take the time to read all of this and share it with others! It is VERY important!
It is from the chapter,
"Women and Guns" from "Boston's Gun Bible" by Boston T. Party
"While often dissatisfied with men, women don't realize that they themselves are the solution. Men don't make men, women do. Women determine the quality of men. As Louise told Thelma, 'You get what you settle for." if women would quit having the children of oafs and morons, then they'd die off. Women are the lifeguards of the gene pool, and they should start choosing quality mates, as critters have always done. (Women have been debased so as to give oafs better odds. The question is, why have women allowed their debasement?)
Ladies! Do not speak to, date, sleep with, or marry a hopelessly substandard male. Don't encourage him with the slightest of smiles. He shouldn't exist- so treat him that way. Above all, do not have his children! If he can't catch an introspective clue, then let him die alone-let his shoddy genes be lost forever. Do not feel sorry for him. This is not cruelty- this is quality control. You're responsible because men will sleep with almost anybody. We're the seed-sowers and it is not in us to be picky. You're the child-bearers, so you have to be selective.
When women refuse to civilize men, men become Al Bundy from Married with Children. Why? Because inside every man is a potential Al Bundy, and it's the women's duty to encourage that he never sees the light of day. Although men can, with rare and great effort, single-handedly keep their own "Al" locked up, what's the point if women no longer seem to care?
Believe me, we can tell if women care. They don't, and they are reaping the cruel justice of getting the lazy, irresponsible worms they deserve. Ignore genuine courtesy, honor, and responsibility in men- and women get prissy, whining, amoral cowards. Fill up a nation with such males, then a country is left with only bi-gender women, and the predators begin to take over. Courting Darth Vader, the feminized society then cries for a hyper-masculine police state to restore order. When gentlemen are gone, government thugs fill the vacuum. This is the trend that has been accelerating in America since the late 1960's:
'There was a time even in my remeberence when American men were manly, heads of their houses, and respected by their wives and children. They were rugged and hard-nosed and not swathed in a soft pink jello. A thief was a thief to them, and not a "disadvantaged, underprivileged, culturally deprived" weakling. I've seen men beat up other men who attempted to snatch a woman's purse on the public streets, or who kicked a dog or punched a child.....
When men are unmanned, spiritually if not physically, then a country because depraved, weak, degenerate, feeble of spirit, dependent, guideless, sick. Such a sick country can never resist authoritarian despots, tyrannies, the men on horseback, Communism.
Our Presidents are always talking about out image abroad. I have news for them. Our "image" is a surrogate Mama, in an apron, with a baby's bottle in his hand. Surrogate Mama to a laughing and contemptuous world! Bottle feeder to ravenous "infants" to proclaim themselves heads of some obscure state in some backyard continent!
This is our image abroad. Does it make a nice picture to you? Then do something about it. Start in your own house, and then with your own local government. Unseat your emasculators in Washington. Drive them from your schools and your courts. Proclaim to the world again- and again- that you will stand for no more nonsense, and that our flag is to be honored wherever it flies over any embassy; that you have the power and are quite willing to use it, in the name of freedom and justice, tempered only slightly by masculine mercy.
Then perhaps, America will be honorably feared and respected, and peace might really come to a mad and disordered world. The center that "cannot hold" might tighten and become iron and invincible, and Doomsday thus averted. (p. 00-101)
Remember this: The strongest sign of decay of a nation is the feminization of men and the masculinization of women...The decay and ruin of a nation always has lain in the hands of its women. So does its life and strength, its reverence for beauty, its mercy and kindness. And above all its men. (p. 116-117)
-Taylor Caldwell; On Growing Up Tough (1971)
Men will be responsible, honorable, and even heroic- if women encourage and respect us for it. We need it, for we cannot forever run on our own meager batteries. (Granted, no man is emasculated without his assent, but we cannot fight the relentless onslaught on manhood without women's help.) A dime's worth of respect and approval from ladies gets a dollar's worth of effort from us. Men are the draft animals of the human race, and we work cheaply. (We are built that way and don't mind shouldering the yoke of human existence.) But we do need at least that dime, and we're getting pennies.
Ladies are not silly froth. Gentlemen are not brainless brutes. We are made to complement each other. But until men are respected for their manhood so that they clean up our streets, American women, sadly, should carry a handgun."
Well it is not really a purse! It is a gear bag, like a small duffel bag, but I thought it would make a perfect purse for me! And so far, it has!
I found it online at Cabela's (one of our favorite online stores=))! It cost around $16.00. It has 6 zippered pockets and is supposed to be sturdy and waterproof! Guess we'll find out!
I think it will make a great emergency handbag, diaper bag, overnight bag, etc. I like how much it holds and hides!
I hear that they do not have this bag in camo anymore at Cabela's but they have black and green.
Monday, March 7, 2011
My husband just does not eat many sweets and girls had plenty of Christmas goodies!
So, here is the recipe:
Taste Of Home's Chocolate Cookie Cheesecake !
12 ServingsPrep: 30 min.
Bake: 50 min. + chilling
1-1/2 cups cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookie crumbs (about 16 cookies)
3 tablespoons butter, melted
4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
1-1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips, melted and cooled
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 eggs, lightly beaten
20 chocolate cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookies, coarsely chopped
In a small bowl, combine cookie crumbs and butter. Press onto the bottom of greased 9-in. springform pan. Refrigerate while preparing filling.
In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in chocolate and vanilla. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Fold in half of chopped cookies. Pour over crust. Sprinkle with remaining cookies. Place pan on a baking sheet.
Bake at 325° for 50-60 minutes or until center is almost set and top appears dull. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight. Yield: 12 servings
Here is a picture of mine! Please ignore the candles! =)
I do not own a springfoam pan, so I used a round cake pan. I baked it in my woodcook stove! Yay!
It was fun (and yummy) to make, and pretty easy!
Okay, I give in! I will post a picture of me, since it was my birthday!
I look forward to having an excuse to make this cheesecake again! And I need to try out some more cheesecake recipes. Any suggestions?! =) Or excuses?! =)