Decorating For Christmas
HOMEMAKING / December 21, 2011

I LOVE decorating for the holidays! I love using the ornaments and decorations that my boys have made in the past and current year.  We also make a Christmas Craft at home as well that we bring out every year, too.  Who knows what it’ll be this year, guess I better get a move on, hey!                                   We’re starting to really enjoy decorating the tree TOGETHER!  For those of you who have small children, I know you what I mean.  The boys are now 4 and 6, so they are a bit more responsible and ‘careful’ of the ornaments {mostly}.  Every year seems to get easier and easier to trim the tree and not have a heart attack! There are some very sentimental ornaments that I treasure like this one of M eating mud. Christmas Cheer And this one of N riding down a ‘steep’ hill for the first time.               And, of course, now the boys are in school!  I sincerely LOVE the ornaments they make for our tree. {my mom STILL has the ones my brother…

Favorite Christmas Ornament/Decoration {link-up}
HOMEMAKING / December 12, 2011

“It’s the most wonderful time, of the year….” You know how the song goes. It really is one of the most wonderful, magical times of the year. For many reasons. I love Christmas. I love seeing pictures of everyone trees and Christmas decorations. That’s exactly what got me motivated to write this post. I want to see your Christmas decorations. {and I decided to create this as a link-up so you can visit all the awesome blogs listed and see what their favorite decorations/ornaments are} So, here is how it all will work: 1. Think of your favorite {or two, or three} Christmas decorations. Whether its ornaments, your tree, your centerpiece, or whatever. 2. Then, go get your camera {or camera phone!} and start shooting pictures. 3. Write a post {can be short or long!} telling us why it’s your favorite, any special meaning behind it, or favorite Christmas quotes – about it and include your pictures. *If you already have a post written about this topic, link it up* 4. Once you’ve done so, post it on your blog and link the post up to the inlinkz widget below. 5. Then, hop around to the other blogs that are…

Multitudes on Monday: 421-430
FAITH , HOMEMAKING / November 28, 2011

This past week we had a chance to stop and observe a special holiday. Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays around here. Normally I love putting Christmas decorations up during the middle of November. This year, my husband insisted we wait till at least after Thanksgiving to put the decorations up so we could enjoy one holiday at a time. {I will admit} When he first said this I was a little put off. I love Christmas, I love decorating for Christmas, I love that season, but the more I thought about it, the more it made sense. This was the first year in many that I got to enjoy my fall decorations more and really dig deep into what Thanksgiving means. 1st Thessalonians 5:18 – “Thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.” What did we do with this extra week or two of enjoying the Thanksgiving season? My kids learned the true meaning of Thanksgiving. Sure, we covered it in previous years, but its always been hurried so we could head into the Christmas season. We enjoyed more fall crafts & recipes as a family….

Homemade Calzone {the best!}
HOMEMAKING , TUTORIALS / November 17, 2011

I started googling different Calzone recipes and found this one on Pinterest. Only I made a few changes on mine. I am so excited to share it with you. It is now a family favorite! *Ingredients* Pizza Sauce Pizza Dough Pizza Toppings {of your choice} Mozzerella Cheese Roll out your pizza dough on a lightly floured surface. It needs to be the same length as your baking sheet, but the sides can hang over a bit {since you’ll be cutting the sides}. Place on baking sheet. Put pizza sauce in the middle of the dough only. Then top with your favorite ingredients. We used mushrooms, pepperoni, and top with mozzarella cheese, Italian seasoning, and/or Garlic salt. Cut the dough on the sides at about 3/4 intervals. DO NOT CUT ALL THE WAY TO THE FILLING. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Then, “wrap ‘er up”. Start at the bottom, alternating sides overlap the strips of dough onto the filling. Place in oven for 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes {until golden} Serve with a salad and pizza sauce on the side to dip. Yummy!

Fall In The Smokies
HOMEMAKING , HOMESCHOOL / November 15, 2011

Our family owns a cabin in the Smokies in North Carolina. This past weekend we went to relax, hang out with friends, and get in one last weekend during the fall. It’s always so pretty up there! We rode our 4-wheelers all one the mountain that our cabin is on. One evening, my husband and his buddy took both of the older kids to Cataloochee to view the Elk. It’s amazing how close they got! “J” loved it and can’t wait to go back next time. We took our 4-wheelers and went to this amazing waterfall that is on our mountain. It was a great reminder at how big our God is – simply breathtaking. On our way home on Sunday we stopped at my oldest sons favorite restaurant, Cracker Barrel. He ordered a hamburger and with his first bite, he lost his first tooth! He was so excited! What a great place and time for him to lose his tooth! It was a great weekend and we’re looking forward to the Spring when we can go back again. *This is another reason why we love homeschool. We can leave on Wednesday for a long weekend trip and have some…

Chicken Enchiladas {recipe}
HOMEMAKING / November 9, 2011

Stay up to date on the latest happenings here by subscribing to my RSS feed, or Free email newsletter. You can also keep up with me on Twitter, and Facebook. Yummm! This recipe is different from other enchilada recipes. Check it out – your family will love it! The Best Chicken Enchiladas *Ingredients* 1 cream of chicken soup 1 small evaporated milk 8 oz. sour cream 2 cans chopped green chilis {or I use 1 can of rotel instead..adds more flavor and color!} 5 ounces chicken broth 2 cups cooked chicken – chopped 8 ounces shredded cheese 8 large flour tortillas *Directions* 1. Mix all the ingredients above and heat to almost a boil. 2. Preheat oven to 300′ and grease 9X13 pan. 3. Layer 8 large flour tortillas or corn tortillas with the mixture in at least 2 layers of each. 4. Top with the shredded cheese. Bake at 300′ till it bubbles.

Our Thankfulness Tree {2011 edition}

It’s November…which means it is the season of Thanksgiving. We should always be giving thanks for all the blessings we’ve been given. But it seems the month of November everyone is talking about being thankful….and it’s this month that is close to ending the year, we think back and remember all we’ve been given, blessed by, or our favorite memories from this year. And that is what I’m wanting my children to learn. To be thankful all year long. I want them to remember the special events, and all the blessings that have been given to us during that year. Understanding and knowing gratitude is a great way to keep our family in check with where we need to be.             I first heard of this idea from Jamie at See Jamie Blog and fell in love. {instead of us using leaves this year for a Fall Thankful Tree, we’re going to be doing a Thankful Christmas Tree and writing our blessings and memories from the year on Christmas ornaments to attach to the tree. We are hanging it on our door to our garage because our front door is all glass.} “Feeling gratitude and…

Sharing & Caring Charts

I’ve noticed with our boys that positive reinforcement works a whole lot better than using negative words. I created these charts to accomplish just that. {and I included a bible verse that I think every toddler/preschooler/school age child should learn. Heck, even us adults need to be reminded of it. -Philippians 2:14 and it’s a good verse to go with your Scripture Memorization.} Every time I notice one {or both} of them doing something that is pleasing, sharing, caring for each other or someone else, obeying the first time I ask, they get to place a sticker on their chart. Once they fill up an entire row with stickers, they get a special treat. This treat might include a special outing with mom or dad, a little toy from the dollar section at Target, they might get to pick {within reason} where we go for lunch or dinner that weekend. Something exciting to them. My 5 year old is almost out of this “chart stage”, this will probably be the last chart he fills up {sad that he’s growing up so fast}. I’ve found this works best for ages 2-4. So, instead of getting all mad at them when they…