Friday, February 5, 2016

Random Photo Friday

We celebrated my mom last weekend as she turned 79! She had an amazing day!

This is my favorite picture from the entire day!
My niece Ali organized the party and did a wonderful job. She and my mom are so close!

Flynn was excited to go to Grandma's party and play with her cousins. : )

Love this picture of my mom celebrating her 4th birthday with a brand new doll.

In other news, we had a glimpse of winter last week...

and it was beautiful while it lasted. : )

Lastly...I have become THAT lady. You know, the one that dresses her dog and takes her everywhere. I stop short of carrying her in my purse, however. I do have some dignity left. ; )

Happy Weekend!
Happy Superbowl!
Eat lots!!!!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

A Fun And Easy Countdown To Valentine's Day Craft

As a child, I made paper chain countdowns for almost every holiday. Surprise, right? Well, when I saw this Valentine Countdown craft idea from Lacy over at Catholic Icing, I was thrilled. Flynn and I made this to count down the days until Valentine's Day. The original idea was to put bible verses on them, and I will most likely do that when she is a bit older. This year, I made hearts with small, fun ideas associated with love and giving that she could do each day. : )

Flynn is excited to start tomorrow. : )
For more fun ideas,  visit Lacy over at Catholic Icing.
Happy Love Day, my friends!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Celebrating Phil 2016

So...He said it. The groundhog said spring is near. And that would be ok with me, if we had experienced any WINTER here yet! In any case, as with most all holidays, we celebrated! Here's

Time will tell if he is right!!!
Have a great week, my friends!
P.S. I totally did not make those cupcakes.
Just sayin'.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Weekly Specials

Weekly Specials are written on the kitchen chalkboard every Monday. : )

So...I'm a meal planner. There. I said it. I have to have my meals planned at least two weeks in advance. That is just the way my mind works. That...and the fact that we drive forty minutes to the nearest grocery store, so I need to plan ahead. It can seem like a daunting task, but after many attempts, I have finally arrived at a system that works for us. It may or may not work for you. The key is just that. Finding what works for you. : ) We talked it over as a family and came up with this schedule:

Monday: Mexican
Tuesday: Asian
Wednesday: Pizza Night
Thursday: Pasta
Friday: Fish
Saturday: Soup and Sandwich or Take Out
Sunday: Meat Dish

I also separated my recipe binder into those sections. That makes planning even easier. And that makes this mamma happy!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Grandma Flo's Lasagna

This is my mother-in-law's recipe for lasagna. And I love it. Steve's mom Flo is a wonderful woman. She raised seven amazing children who grew to be wonderful adults. Steve is her baby, and I thank her often for having just one more!!! She was a good cook too. She made dinner for her family every night...home cooked, hearty, simple meals. Her meatloaf is legendary. Seriously. And this is her lasagna. It isn't fancy. It doesn't contain several different kinds of fancy cheeses or spices. I imagine she came up with this recipe one day using what she had handy in her kitchen. When I made this last week, Steve took one bite and said I had taken him back to his childhood. This was his birthday meal every year. It is good. It is sentimental too. We took a piece to Mum in the nursing home. She ate every single bite. Every time I make it from now on, I will imagine her as a young mother, in her kitchen, preparing dinner for her family. And she probably made garlic bread from leftover hotdog buns to go with it. : )

Grandma Flo's Lasagna

  1. One pound of ground beef
  2. One onion, chopped
  3. Salt and Pepper
  4. One large jar of your favorite Pasta Sauce 
  5. One box lasagna noodles
  6. One package WHITE American Cheese slices
  7. Grated Parmesan Cheese
  1. Brown ground beef with salt, pepper, and onion.
  2. Drain all fat.
  3. Add pasta sauce and simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions. Drain.
  5. Spray bottom of 13x9 inch baking dish.
  6. Cover bottom with a thin layer of meat sauce.
  7. Layer noodles and cheese slices followed by meat sauce.
  8. Cut each cheese slice into 3 strips and put one on each piece of noodle.
  9. Layer until pan is full.
  10. Sprinkle with Parmesan Cheese.
  11. Bake according to directions on lasagna noodle box.
  12. Enjoy!

Here she is enjoying her own lasagna. : )

Friday, January 29, 2016

Random Photo Friday

My little Mocha got her stitches out last week, so we ventured out to celebrate.

We drove to the nearby city to visit Steve's mom in the nursing home.
I had made her delicious recipe for Lasagna the night before, and we took her a piece. She was so happy and enjoyed every bite! She remembered it too...and with that dreadful disease of Dementia, every memory is a gift. Flynn was so good...helping Mum with her dinner and sitting right next to her bed.

Of course a visit to the city is not complete without a stop at Eat 'n Park for Flynn's favorite cookies.

Meanwhile, my oldest was having a hard time selecting a treat from this gorgeous display in downtown Copenhagen. Nicolas snapped this picture for me of my Madison. : )

I've been missing my girl, so I've taken to having my latte in her favorite mug.
Seems to help. : )

And this. This you must try.

We missed the storm...but lit a fire anyway.

And my little Flynn was on dog sitting duty Saturday night!
She loves Steve's sister's dog Roscoe, and was thrilled when Sally and her husband asked if Flynn could keep him overnight. She did a great job...with only the tiniest bit of help from Daddy.

This Saturday, my dear, sweet mother turns 79!
This is a picture of her and her little brother...who is three days shy of being exactly one year younger than she is. Here is my mom on her birthday all those years ago. : )

And finally, this was our cake for National Chocolate Cake Day. And it was good.
Peyton will be duplicating it this weekend for my mother's birthday. This time...with homemade peanut butter frosting. : )

Have a wonderful last weekend of January, my friends!
Stay warm and cozy.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

National Chocolate Cake Day! Don't Forget!

If you need an excuse to bake a delicious chocolate cake...

I've got one for you!

Wednesday, January 27 is National Chocolate Cake Day!
(I don't make these things up. I just report them.)
So put on your apron, gather the kids and whip up something yummy!

This was our contribution last year...

and it was so good, we are doing a redo this year!
If you do choose to celebrate, why not post a picture?
I'd love to see!

Happy National Chocolate Cake Day, my friends!

Thanks to Pinterest for the retro images. : )

Monday, January 25, 2016

A Peek Inside...Our January Schoolroom

A new year means a fresh start. So our schoolroom got a good cleaning and a fresh look for January. We spend our days here, learning and laughing together, cozy and warm and safe inside away from the bitter winter cold. And that makes me both happy and content.

My little one has suddenly gone from letters and colors and shapes to learning sight words and reading booklets and counting coins!

But finger-painting will always be part of the curriculum...

as will story time. : )

This is our favorite January book. If you haven't read it to your littles, please do. : )

Happy January, my friends!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Cozy Sunday Morning

A mug of tea...

and a nice warm fire...
That is what is happening right now in our country home.
We saw not a flake from the big winter storm...
but we are pretending we did. ;)
If you were in the path, we hope your are safe and warm and cozy too.
Happy Sunday, my friends!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Random Photo Friday

Frost...but not much snow...

We wear winter coats anyway. : )

Look at me...eating all healthy for lunch...

And then having this for dessert. : )
That would be a brownie with coffee ice cream and chocolate sauce topped with whipped cream.
Yes. You should make one. At Once.

Winter mornings are for snuggling in bed...

And watching Matchgame '78 on TV.

Pictures from my Madison enjoying her time in Denmark always make me happy. : )

Have a cozy weekend, my friends!
And stay safe and warm. : )