Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Around The House

I did this back in October and figured I'd give it another go 'round. :) If you participate, be sure to leave a comment and let me know!

Around the House: November

Reading: Family Driven Faith by Voddie Baucham, Grace is for Sinners by Serena Woods

Enjoying: Just being with my family. Scrapbooking again.

Learning: To slow down and listen.

Watching: So You Think You Can Dance. Jeffry and I love this show!

Anticipating: Thanksgiving with both of our families and the Macy's Parade

Realizing: That Heaven is more than I could EVER comprehend!

Pondering: How I can do the things I'm committed to more effectively?

Studying: The One Year Bible

Wondering: How I got blessed to be the mom of three precious little boys- so thankful!

Remembering: The little things especially around the holidays.

Praying: That I continue to grow more Christ-like as a wife and mother.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Aunt T's Potato Soup

Aunt T's Potato Soup

1 bag cubed hash brown potatoes (by frozen french fries at the grocery store)
32 oz. chicken broth
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 8 oz. block cream cheese
green onions

Shredded cheese and bacon pieces added to your taste.

Put all ingredients in crock pot for 6 hours on low. It's as easy as that. Quite possibly why the crock pot is in my top 5 inventions of all time!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Pics from Gatlinburg

Here are a couple of pics from my attempt at getting a pic of the three boys!

Getting Back to My Roots...

in Scrapbooking!

I LOVE to scrapbook, but I honestly haven't done ANYTHING in about two years. With little boys, it's hard to get to scrapbook because if I leave everything out they are just too tempted to get into it while I'm not looking. And to me, I need everything strolled out where I can see it. It's so much work to pull out all of my cutesy stuff to just have to put it all back up after an hour or so of working.

SO at the old house, I really didn't have a space where little hands wouldn't reach my masterpieces in progress. However, in the farmhouse, we have a cozy little closet under the stairs that is soon to be my Scrapbook room/office...with a little room for Jeffry's hunting stuff as well. :) Jeffry is going to build me some shelves for all of my papers, stickers, and embellishments, and I'll have my desk, chair, computer, printer, etc.

In my excitement, I've already started a couple of projects. I'm participating in Jessica Sprague's Holidays in Hand class. I'm really excited about this one! I've never done any type of a Christmas album, other than pages for my boys' books. I can't wait to see what all Jessica has up her sleeve!

I also just purchased Becky Higgins Project LIFE. It's built around the concept of a picture a day for a year. I've never done anything so intensive as a photo a day, but I think it's a great idea. Most of my scrapbooking centers around my boys, but I want to do some scrapbooks like this for ME to look back on someday. I'm going to start building the album once I receive it so I'll be ready to go January 1st.

I'm so happy to get back in the groove of something I love so much! Trying to make a little more time for my hobbies! :)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Recipes for You!

Thought I'd share a couple of our favorite recipes right now. And please, if you post any recipes, let me know! I'm always looking for new things.

Easy Barbecued Chicken in the Crock Pot

6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 medium onion, chopped

1 cup Ketchup
1/4 cup Butter, melted
1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar (or red wine vinegar)
2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp. yellow mustard
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper

1. Place chicken in a 5qt slow cooker; salt and pepper, and place onion on top.
2. Whisk together ketchup and remaining ingredients; pour over chicken and onions. Cover and cook on High for 1 hour. Reduce heat to Low and cook for 5 hours or more.
3. Shred chicken and stir into the sauce. Serve as is or on buns for great BBQ sandwiches!

*We like a lot of the sauce, so I usually cook 8 chicken breasts and double the sauce recipe. So good!

Pumpkin Spice Bread or Muffins

3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
3 cups sugar
3 large eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
3/4 cup golden raisins
2 cups canned pumpkin
1 tsp vanilla extract
*optional 1 cup chopped pecans (my family doesn't like nuts)

1. Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating well. Add eggs, 1 at a time beating just until yellow disappears.
2. Combine flour and next 6 ingredients in a medium bowl. Add pecans and raisins, tossing to coat. Add flour mixture to butter mixture alternately with pumpkin, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Stir in vanilla.
3. Spoon batter into greased and floured loaf pans or muffin tins. I made one large loaf and 18 muffins. Bake at 325 degrees for 45 minutes for the loaf. Honestly, I just watch the muffins until they're done. Probably about 18 minutes. You know your oven.

*The muffins are a great grab and go breakfast. My kids love them, even Trace! You really must make this recipe!

And there you go! Be sure to let me know if you share any of your family's favorite recipes!

*Both recipes are courtesy of Southern Living.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Monday, November 9, 2009

I'm Still Here!

I've been absent for a bit because we took a few days off and headed to the Smokey Mountains. We left Sunday after church and drove back Thursday so I could be home in time to lead worship practice that night. We had SUCH a blast! Jeffry's grandfather let us use his brand new camper. Must say, I was a little nervous because I've never stayed in a camper before. But it was really great! There was plenty of space for us and all three boys. Having the camper meant we were able to cook breakfast there and save some money. I haven't had time yet to load my pics- trying to catch up at work. Hopefully I can get them uploaded tomorrow...and I'll finish filling you in on all of our adventures in Gatlinburg, Sevierville, and Pigeon Forge.

Oh, also in the works- internet at home! Woohoo! Since we moved, we haven't even thought about internet. We had DSL at our old house, but it's nowhere near an option out on the farm. So I've started researching our limited options. Anybody else using satellite internet or the AT&T cards or anything? Let me know your thoughts!