Friday, January 23, 2015

Kitchen Cupboards and Drawers - Week 3

It's time for another week of clean! Last week's was Cupboards and Drawers. Mine had been needing it for awhile. It was to the point of open cupboard to get something out, think to myself "I need to get that organized", close door and go on with what I'm doing.

The first one I "attacked" was my bowl and baking cupboard. It seriously needed some help.

I took everything out and sorted them all out. Then started evaluating how to put everything back in. 

It's like putting a puzzle together.

The next one I attacked was my silverware/junk/towels drawer.

Then came the cupboard under the microwave. This cupboard holds my big pots, blenders, food processor, crock pot.

Then the spare utensil/extra knives drawer, which also holds those pot holders/hot pads.

It was a real mess, so I used some baking dishes I don't use to be able to sort some of the stuff. I'm not sure WHY we have SO MANY knives. :-/

My other cupboards had already been cleaned either in a previous week (The Pantry) or because it's the plates and cups cupboard and I tend to keep it more organized.

Next weeks task is the Fridge, Freezer and Floors! Why don't you join us? If you haven't already.

Blessings and have a great weekend!


Friday, January 16, 2015

Week 2 - The Pantry

Fellow blogger and homeschool Mom, Michele at Family, Faith, and Fridays is hosting a series, 34 Weeks of Clean. I decided to join in! Week 1 was Christmas, but since I had already done mine, I sat it out. Week 2 was The Pantry.

I don't have a pantry in this house, I just use one of my kitchen cupboards for food items, and another one for spices and baking tools.

The Before

It wasn't as full as it usually is because I'm needing to get to the store, but things were still a mess.


The Spice/Baking Cabinet

If you're wanting to get more organized this year, join us! Next week is Kitchen Cabinets and Drawers, and you have a week to do it in!

Blessings and have a great weekend!


Monday, January 12, 2015

Catching Up

It's that time of year again. People are trying to stick with their resolutions, homeschool families are trying to get back in the groove. If you're dealing with cold, snow, ice or all of the above, you're ready for Summer, if not at least Spring.

Big Man started a new job today. The kids and I will be getting back to lessons. I had hoped to get them started last week, and it just didn't happen. 

Our 3rd year on the TOS Review Crew has started and we are anxiously awaiting our first review item. We'll be focusing on Reading, Spelling and Math, then review items will be added in as they come. Our first review will be History related. ;-)

After reading One Less. One More. by Robbie Vorhaus recently, I decided to follow my heart and get back to what I truly love doing, chocolate. Not eating, although I do love that, but creating.

My "shop" is through the Molly Green Shops, which is under the family of Paul and Gena Saurez, the wonderful founders/owners of The Old Schoolhouse (TOS) Magazine and the Review Crew that we are so blessed to be a part of. If you are a homeschool family who has a business and would like to have your shop too, you can check it out here. Those of us who have shops set up, can be found here

Best wishes to you all for the new year! May it be FULL of blessings for you and your families!



Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sunday Sweets ~ Scotcheroos

Everyone loves the classic Rice Krispie Treats, but here's a "grown up" version you might like.


1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup peanut butter
6 cups rice krispie cereal
1 package (6 oz., 1 cup) semi-sweet chocolate morsels
1 cup butterscotch chips

1. Place corn syrup and sugar into 3-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until sugar dissolves and mixture begins to boil. Remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter. Mix well. Add cereal. Stir until well coated. Press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Set aside.

2. Melt chocolate and butterscotch chips together in 1-quart saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly. Spread evenly over cereal mixture. Let stand until firm. Cut into 2 x 1-inch bars when cool.



Monday, December 8, 2014

Susie's Hope ~ A Review and Giveaway

In case you didn't already know, we are animal lovers. I have no doubt that some day we will be living in the country with all sorts of animals. When the opportunity to watch and review Susie's Hope came in my email, I couldn't resist. 

Susie's Hope is the story of Susie, a pit-bull mix puppy, and Donna Lawrence, who live in North Carolina.

Donna had been attacked in 2008 by the dog a neighbor left behind when she was trying to feed it. Susie, had been beaten, burned and left for dead. 

Donna and Susie Photo courtesy of

Susie was just 8 weeks old when she licked the baby of her owner. In response he beat and burned her, then threw her in a park to die. For nearly two weeks she laid under a bush. When she was found, she was close to death, nearly 60% of her little body was burned, teeth knocked out, her little ears burned to nubs. Somehow she survived though and was found by a passerby in the park. 

This is where Donna comes in. A friend of Donna's volunteered at the shelter and told Donna she needed to meet this little puppy. And despite what had happened to her, it was love at first sight. Donna began volunteering just so she could sit and watch over Susie. She decided if Susie could still love humans after what had been done to her, then she could heal too.

Donna spent time with Susie at her foster home, would take her home on weekends and eventually adopted Susie, giving her the permanent, and most of all, loving home she so desperately needed and wanted.

The person who committed that horrific crime against Susie was eventually tracked down and arrested, but justice would not be served, he pretty much got a slap on the hand and released on probation.

So Donna and her friends started educating themselves on the laws in North Carolina. After gaining the backing of politicians and citizens, Susie's Law was passed on June 16, 2010. Determining that anyone who tortures, staves or kills and animal could face jail time.

The Movie

The movie stars Emmanuelle Vaguer (40 Days and 40 Nights) and Burgess Jenkins (Remember The Titans) and Andrea Powell (Ender's Game, Twilight: Breaking Dawn Saga; Part 2).

Photo courtesy of
My kids and I watched the movie together, and although they understood what was going on, they also were visibly upset by some of the more graphic scenes. If your children are under the age of probably 12, I wouldn't let them watch this movie.

And now, for the giveaway!

It's an easy one, just post a comment!

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Holiday Treats - Sunday Sweets ~ Date Roll

Dates, nuts, graham cracker crumbs and marshmallows make up this yummy holiday dessert.  It doesn't usually last long around my house.  It's a good one for when company stops by. My grandma passed this recipe on to me, like most of my recipes, and it's one of my holiday favorites. I hope you'll enjoy it too!

 Date Roll

1/2 lb dates, cut fine (The trick to this is dipping your scissors in water as you cut)
1/2 lb. graham cracker crumbs
1/2 lb. mini marshmallows
3/4 c. chopped nuts
Approx. 1 cup half and half or heavy cream

Put dates and half of the crumbs in bowl, mix.  Add marshmallows and nuts, mix well. Add half and half or cream slowly, mixing to moisten.  Add just enough to moisten well. Shape into a log, 3" in diameter.  Turn over and over in remaining crumbs.  Easy way is to lay crumbs on a sheet of wax paper, then roll log in the crumbs.  Wrap the wax paper around the date roll and chill.

Yummy when sliced and topped with whipped cream!




Friday, December 5, 2014

Motherless by Erin Healy ~ Book Review

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 When I was contacted about reviewing Motherless by Erin Healy, I read the short description and thought "This looks like a good one".  I had no idea of the ride I was in for.

It had been a long time since I'd read a book in one day. But that's exactly what I did with this book. I literally could not put it down, it's THAT good.

Motherless is the story of Garrett Becker, his two children Marina and Dylan, although they're not really children anymore, they're 20 and almost 17, and the mystery surrounding the death of his wife 17 years before. The two young adults are trying to solve that mystery. They'd been told that she had committed suicide, yet they are finding it might have been something else.

The story is told from the point of view of a person who believes they have died. We're following them from place to place and reliving everything that's happened, eavesdropping on the lives of Marina and Dylan, wishing they could get through to them and let them know what's coming.

We feel the angst of the storyteller as they relive the lies they told to protect the kids. We meet Sara, Misty's cousin, who hadn't seen Misty for quite some time before she died, then blames herself for Misty's death.

I won't spoil the plot for you, but if you enjoy a story with lots of twists and turns, then check out Motherless by Erin Healy.

Erin writes supernatural suspense novels with a curiosity about what it means to be a spiritual creation in a physical world. Her books invite readers into the thin places where God’s mysteries touch human realities and change us forever.

Erin Healy is the bestselling co-author of Burn and Kiss (with Ted Dekker) and an award-winning fiction editor for numerous bestselling authors. Erin is the owner of WordWright Editorial Services, a consulting firm specializing in fiction book development, and she is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and the Academy of Christian Editors. Her novels include such thrilling stories as Never Let You Go, The Baker’s Wife, and Stranger Things. She lives with her family in Colorado.

You can find the book here.

*Disclaimer - I received a copy of this book to read and review in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.



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