Easy No Bake Strawberry Cream Pie

When my children were younger one of our favorite early summer outings was to the local strawberry farm. Sometimes we would pack a picnic lunch, ride the tractor into the fields and pet the farm animals. Most importantly, though, we were there to pick those mouthwatering bites of strawberry goodness! We would fill up our five gallon buckets … [Read more...]

Inexpensive 4th of July Table Decorations

Happy 4th of July everyone! Although no one in my immediate family served in the armed forces of our country, I have a deep appreciation for those who fought and continue to fight for our freedom. Thank you for your sacrifice!  Today I want to show you just how easy this table was to put together using inexpensive 4th of July … [Read more...]

DIY Centerpiece for 4th of July

As a homeschooling family of 22 years, we are only one year away from completing our journey educating our children at home. Hooray, yippee, and let's throw a party! The finish line is in sight and I'm ready for a tropical vacation (or maybe an Alaskan cruise) to celebrate this achievement! Without the kids. ~smile~ For us, … [Read more...]

Pasta Primavera Recipe with Grilled Chicken

I recently shared how I finally looked at myself in the mirror and realized I had become a gray haired, middle aged, dumpy, lumpy grandma. Yeah, it was not a happy moment. ~sigh~ The good news is I've done something about it!  The bad news is I haven't shared how I did it yet but it's coming! Overcoming unhealthy relationships with … [Read more...]

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

What is it about cookies straight from the oven that makes me feel so warm and fuzzy? My mom was a working woman but my grandmother lived with us until she passed away when I was 15. I loved her dearly but I just don't remember her greeting me at the door after school with freshly baked cookies and milk.  Yet somehow when we started … [Read more...]

Salt and Vinegar Smashed Potatoes Recipe

I never knew when I got married there would be all these unwritten rules I had to learn to follow. Don't leave the cap off the toothpaste. If we're not ten minutes early we're late. You only get one chance to hang a picture on the wall. Don't talk to me in the morning until I've had my coffee. There must be a meat with every … [Read more...]

Crock Pot Cheese Tortellini Soup

Sometimes I believe I should have been born Italian. I talk a lot with my hands. A LOT. My family would probably say I'm a bit dramatic.  If my mom were still alive she would say A LOT dramatic. I was the baby after all. I majored in voice performance in college which means I studied singing.  Opera anyone? Nah, … [Read more...]

Rice Krispies® Treats Ornament

Kellogg Company sponsored this blog post. The opinions and text are all mine. One of my favorite parts of the holiday season has always been time spent in the kitchen with my children. As a homeschooling mom I've always made this part of the required curriculum! All of my kids have grown up from their early years helping with the … [Read more...]

Mexican Wedding Cookies

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BIGDeal #CollectiveBias. My sister Brenda and I were born 15 years apart, with just enough time in between for her to be like a second mama to me.  I’m sure my birth caused her much grief and embarrassment because she had to help … [Read more...]

5 Tips for a Low Stress Thanksgiving Dinner

Even before I became a DIY lifestyle blogger I always loved to set a pretty table when company came over for dinner. We were always the first ones to invite the new preacher or staff member from church over for Sunday lunch. For years I also hosted my homeschool moms group for an evening Christmas party. I have been entertaining our … [Read more...]

Easy Molasses Cookies Recipe

I am a chocolate lover from my days in utero. Ok, I can't possibly know that but I do know my mom loved chocolate so it's probably a good assumption! My grandmother lived with us my entire childhood until she passed away when I was 15. She had her own secret hiding place for her sugary goodies. Of course, I knew where it was and might … [Read more...]

5 Minute Breakfast Sandwich

My husband and I have never been big breakfast eaters. Or hardly even breakfast eaters at all. When we met, Tim's idea of morning was the 20 minutes before noon when he rolled out of bed. We were performing in dinner theater at the time (see the ridiculously young looking photo below.) Our nights were spent working late and he didn't see a lot … [Read more...]

Fall Table Setting and Pumpkin Bread Recipe

This Fall Table Setting and Pumpkin Bread Recipe has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BIGDeal #CollectiveBias Some of my favorite family moments have been spent gathered around a beautifully decorated table with those I love, sharing good food and great … [Read more...]

Make Ahead Cookie Mix and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Cookies

I love a good bargain and when I received a coupon recently in the mail for $10 free Kohl's cash plus 30% off I was ready to go shopping! Not really, because anyone who knows me well knows I don't really do too much shopping in "real" stores. Thrift stores and yard sales are my favorite loves but when Kohl's enticed me with coupons and … [Read more...]

3 Keys for Healthy Snack Ideas

There's a little secret I've been hiding from my readers.  Come a little closer, my dears. Are y'all envisioning the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz? You better not! This is good stuff! Since I hit the dreaded "50" (plus a couple or three more) there have been a few obstacles in my path to staying healthy and vital. Other … [Read more...]

End of Summer Fun with Kids

Since my kids are getting older (the youngest is 16 and the oldest is 26!) I invited my great nieces and nephew over for an end of summer fun/back to school celebration. The kids used to call me Auntie M but most of the time now it's just Marty and I'm good with that. Usually it's, "Marty, can I have some crackers?" … [Read more...]

Wedge Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing Recipe

When my husband and I were in the middle of the busy child rearing years (oh, only about the last 25 years or so) we knew we could count on date night on special occasions. His birthday, my birthday and our anniversary. Can anyone else relate? It was hard to find the money to both go out and pay a sitter but I knew I could look forward to … [Read more...]

5 Ingredient Peach Cobbler Recipe

Yes, I'm a good Southern belle. No I don't like warm weather.  Some people live for summer. The tropical breezes, the longer days and sun kissed tan. Me? I get migraines from the sun. I do not perspire. I sweat. I want my air conditioning and I'm perfectly fine if my tan comes from a bottle. Yet one of my fondest childhood memories … [Read more...]

Quick and Easy Brownie Bites

I would love to deny my love for chocolate but my daughter Rachel is here to dispel the myth by sharing our favorite Brownie Bites recipe. I'm a goner! It's amazing to me how motherhood has drastically changed my appreciation for the things that seemed so "normal" to me during my childhood. I look at my son and have a burning desire to raise … [Read more...]

Seven Layer Dip in a Mason Jar

Life has been a bit crazy lately (understatement of the year! you can read all about it here) and I never got around to sharing the recipe for this adorable seven layer dip served in mason jars that I created for my daughter's 17th birthday party. Here's my daughter Rachel to give you a little bit of family history about her dad and his passion … [Read more...]

Easy Slow Cooker Chili with Baked Potato

I am incredibly grateful for my daughter Rachel who jumped in this week with her easy Slow Cooker Chili recipe served over a roasted baked potato. (If you haven't read the crazy happenings in our family you can read all about it here.) She and Emmaline are such blessings here on the blog, aren't they? (Did you read our news here?) My … [Read more...]

Honey Lime Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Welcome back my daughter-in-love Emmaline for some yummy goodness for the hot summer! The only bad thing about her sharing her cooking prowess? I don't get to taste a sample! Well friends, as summer approaches and warm (or should I say HOT - I do reside in North Carolina, you know) weather comes sweeping over us, I am all about finding easy and … [Read more...]

Vintage Blue and Yellow Spring Tablescape

  Before spring quickly turns into summer (and those hot, miserable 90+ temperatures) I wanted to make sure and share this lovely vintage spring tablescape I created for Easter. Yes, Easter, but you won't see any cute bunnies or Rice Krispies Treats nests here. I do love to dress up the table for our family get togethers and add a … [Read more...]

Cinco de Mayo Party and Pineapple Salsa Recipe

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.  #DelimexFiesta #CollectiveBias To celebrate my youngest daughter's 17th birthday she invited several of her friends over for a themed Cinco De Mayo party. Teenagers + taco bar and fixin's = tons of food and fun! As … [Read more...]