Shepherd’s Pie – and how I learned to Bloom


If you're on Pinterest of Facebook, I'd truly appreciate it if you could use one of the buttons above. Thank you so much! I've spent the last two weeks perfecting this Sheperd's Pie. I had a few ideas for it and the first one I tried out, only a fourth of it got eaten. I made some tweaks and tried again the very next night. My son said "Shepherd's Pie again?" and looked a little leary. Two ... Continue Reading

How to pack a Shoebox

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The deadline is coming up to enter for a chance to hand deliver your shoebox with me in the Dominican Republic! Click here to get details on how to enter and be sure your entry is in by November 2nd! Don't forget, National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes ix November 12-19, 2012! This is a short video I made showing how I packed my shoeboxes this year, followed by a ... Continue Reading

Mentone Family Adventure Day

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Family Adventure Days began when my husband and I realized that while we were all together at home on the weekends, we werenโ€™t actually tuning into each other as a family. With the temptations of video games, tv, and the internet at home, we decided to set aside one day each weekend that we are able to leave the house and get out and have some inexpensive fun together as a family. This began in ... Continue Reading

Baked Peach Oatmeal Pudding – and Trading up for Contentment


Contentment. The ability to say that you have it is one of the greatest treasures these days, and such a rarity at the same time. Our entire culture screams at us not to be content. We need more. We need recognition, money, bigger houses, nicer clothes, fancier food, more organic groceries, nicer china, better behaved children, more upstanding parents, tighter jeans, more manicured lawns, faster ... Continue Reading

WIN a trip to the Dominican Republic With Me and OCC!

Win a trip to the Dominican Republic with Christy Jordan and Operation Christmas Child to HAND DELIVER your shoebox!

ย  Wanna join me? Wanna HAND DELIVER your Operation Christmas Child Shoebox in the Dominican Republic? Watch the video below or read this post to see how you can enter for a chance to do just that!   Earlier this year, I shared my journey with you as I traveled with Operation Christmas Child to hand deliver shoeboxes to children in need in Ecuador. I felt like you were with me on ... Continue Reading

Banjo Pickers – The sandwich that’ll make you sing!


Are you on Pinterest? Follow me by clicking here. Leave your pinterest url in the comments on this post and I'll follow you back! I normally don't care for sandwiches for supper because when we were little, sandwiches were what we had when we didn't have anything "good" to eat. Sandwiches were a backup plan or a budget fall back. This is not one of those sandwiches. This is a hot, hearty, and ... Continue Reading

Old Fashioned Candy Apples (Easy!)

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` I'd dearly love it if you could use one of the Pinterest or Facebook buttons above - Thank YOU! When we were little, Mama made these wonderful candied apples for us from time to time, it didn't even have to be fall! She always made extra for our friends, too. She made pretty much everything and we thought she was the best thing since sliced bread, which was about the only thing she didn't make ... Continue Reading

30 Family Favorite Recipes For Ground Beef

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If you're on Pinterest or Facebook, I'd dearly appreciate it if you could use one of the buttons above! Thank you so much! Today I thought I'd share with you 30 Ground Beef Recipes that my family loves. These are easy on your wallet and yummy on your stomach! Garden Skillet Supper ย This is an easy recipe to alter based on what you have. Zucchini would be an excellent substitute for ... Continue Reading

Maple Glazed Pork Chops – And How To Traumatize Your Kids


If you're on Pinterest or Facebook and could use one of the buttons above, I'd surely appreciate it! These delicious maple glazed pork chops are so easy to make and loved by my whole family. The recipe to make them can be very economical, too! I'm going to show you how in this post today but first I have a little story from this past summer. Alright, it isn't that little. It's rather long ... Continue Reading

WIN Manners That Matter For Moms (Best parenting book I’ve ever read)


I'm giving away FIVE copies of this book TODAY! Leave a comment on this post to enter and visit my Facebook page for this giveaway by clicking here! Winners will be announced throughout the day. See below for full details :)ย  I'm so excited to share with you the debut of my dear friend's book, Manners That Matter for Moms, by Maralee McKee! I was thrilled to be able to write the forward for this ... Continue Reading