Thursday, December 18, 2014

Monday, December 15, 2014

Super Simple Fudge

I don't know exactly where this recipe came from - it was sent to me in a text.  But... If you look around the web you will find recipes just like it everywhere so I don't see the harm in posting it here.  After all, everyone needs a little fudge in their holiday cheer!

Super Simple Fudge


2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 pinch salt


Melt the chocolate chips into the condensed milk over a medium-low heat.  Stir in the vanilla and salt.  Pour into a square pan (I used an 8x8 glass dish), and refrigerate until it sets.  

*No need to grease or line the pan.  The fudge will come out clean when you cut it.

**Allow the fudge to sit out on the counter for a few minutes before cutting.  This will just make it easier to slice through.  Once the fudge is cut, you can store the squares back in the fridge or wherever you want - fudge holds up well as long as you don't reheat it.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Christmas Reading Adventure

I'd like to send you over to Angela at I Am Pooped today.  

Side note: I love the name of her blog!

So yes, I would like you to head over there and check out what she has going for her kids this year.  

Angela's Christmas Reading Adventure is a FABULOUS idea!  I love it!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Are We There Yet?

It's "the most wonderful time of the year" and for many families that means it is time to travel.  My family just returned from our holiday vacation.  We drove about 9 hours south and spent a week in sunny San Diego, California.  It was a lot of fun, but as with any type of travel there were issues.

It started about five minutes after we left the house when my son yelled out, "Are we there yet?"

Seriously?  We just left!

It seems to me that most kids ask that question on average about 732 times in one drive.  It is enough to drive a person insane!

Then my daughter chimed in, "How long will it be?"

It's not as if I didn't prepare the kids for the long drive.  They both knew it would be an all day event.  Yet, somehow, they had forgotten.  So right at the beginning of the trip I was reminding the children of just how long it would take to reach our destination... And I'm sure you can guess what came next.  After all, if it is a long drive then getting out of the car as often as possible makes sense, right?

"I have to pee!"

Yep, you guessed it.  Every hour on the hour someone had to go.  *sigh*

Oh, and let me not forget that about an hour down the road I noticed we had forgotten our GPS.  Thank goodness for iPhones!  Siri kept us apprised of our location, and I think she did a better job than the fancy GPS unit!

Anyhow... We did reach our destination.  We made many stops along the way, I had to say "not yet" so many times that it played out in my sleep for days, but we made it and we had a great time while there.

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and that you are gearing up for a wonderful Christmas season.  We won't be traveling anymore this year, but I'm still hearing that blasted question run through my mind now and again.  I guess I'll just have to try and change it to "Is it time yet?" in reference to Christmas day... Actually, I'm sure my kids will start asking that any minute now.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

A Time for Everything

Fall has arrived and the trees are all changing colors.  Thanksgiving is on the horizon and this year will soon be ending.  As I think about the time quickly passing by and what I may or may not be accomplishing, I am reminded that there is a time for everything.  You see, I go through these moments in my mom life every so often where I wonder what I should do next.  As if it isn't enough to be a wife and a mother and a homeschooler, I contemplate what I should add to my daily list of tasks.  Should I take a class?  Should I teach a class?  Should I pursue some freelance writing gigs?  Should I finally start writing that book I so often talk about?  There are so many things that can be done, and I already do so much.  I find myself wondering what season God wishes me to be in...

iPhone 5s/Instagram/Fall Colors in Sacramento, California

There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens: 
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace. 
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

As these seasons are changing and time is passing by, what do you find yourself wondering about?  Are there things you have considered doing that you now wonder if it is the time to actually start doing them?  I know that I am currently in a season of becoming the wife God wants me to be, being the teacher God has called me to be to my kids, and growing more in His Word in the process.  I guess now I am just wondering if this is the season to add to that... Prayer and time seeking the answer will guide me.  I think about where it says "a time to be silent and a time to speak" and I guess when you are looking for answers that is a great time to be silent.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Cinnamon Sugar Breadstick Twists

What's that? You have left over pizza dough and you're in the mood for something sweet? Easy peasy!

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Roll out the dough onto a flat cookie sheet that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.  Melt up some butter, about two tablespoons should do for a large amount of dough, less for a smaller amount.  This isn't a perfect measurement kind of thing.  Brush the butter all over the dough.  It smells great!

Mix together some cinnamon and sugar.  Try about 1/4 cup sugar and 1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon - again, exact measurements aren't necessary.  Just give it a taste and see if it is to your liking.  If it is, sprinkle in onto the dough.  Thick or thin, it is up to you - your sweet tooth will dictate the sprinkling.

Use a pizza cutter (or knife) to slice the dough into strips and then twist the strips and lay them back on the cookie sheet.

Bake them for about 15 minutes, or until they are that perfect golden brown.  Mmmm...

Once out of the oven, let them cool for a few minutes while you prepare a lovely glaze to sugar them up just a little bit more.

Use 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract, and a tablespoon of milk.  You can use more milk if you want it thinner or less milk if you want it thicker - taste it and see what you think, go from there with the measuring.  

Once you get that glaze to your liking, drizzle it on top of the twists.  Then gobble them up - they taste best when they are warm.  You can even reheat them!

You're welcome!

Monday, November 3, 2014

National Housewife Day

Stay-at-home moms, homeschoolers, grandmothers, women who don't have children yet and still choose to stay home, whatever you are...

You matter.  Your job matters.  Your job of caring for a home and a family matters.  It may well be the most important job on earth.  Don't ever let anyone make you feel inferior for the choice you made to care for your family.  Your family matters and your love for them is everything.
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