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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Rice Krispies Treats® for Easter

I am a seasoned mom and have lived to tell the tale. Yes, after raising and homeschooling five children, I'm nearing the end of that season. Endless days and sometimes even longer nights are now being replaced with eating bon bons by the pool. Nah, not really, but it was such a sweet thought!   Anyway, one of the most … [Read more...]

Chocolate Chip Cheeseball

  Have you ever had a silly argument over practically nothing, especially with your spouse? ~raising hand~ Me, too. In marriage it's usually the little things that drive me insane build my character. Little habits like when Tim kicks the sheets out from under the mattress or goes to the grocery for me and calls me 10 times … [Read more...]

Easy Fudge Brownie Recipe and a Big Game Party!

"This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GameTimeMVP #CollectiveBias   So often we miss  out on the joy of community with others by believing parties and gatherings have to be expensive and completely from scratch. I want to change your mind and show … [Read more...]

Easiest Valentine Gift Ever!

These past few weeks I've felt like I was standing on the dock waving while everyone else pulled away from the harbor. I pride myself on being organized and put together. (Yes, God has been working on that little stronghold for a while now!) I love my job blogging and am so grateful for the direction I'm moving in, but my double type A … [Read more...]

Marshmallow Snowman Craft (that you can eat!)

  We've just survived the holidays, waved goodbye to 2014 and said hello to 2015. You know what is probably around the corner? This lovely white stuff that is beautiful to look at and often treacherous to drive in. That's right. It's the most wonderful "snowy" time of year. I freely admit I'm a southern driver and would prefer … [Read more...]

Healthy Dinner Ideas for Holidays and Beyond

  How on earth is it already New Year's Day? Is it just me, or did time really start flying this year? Somehow I don't want to admit that it definitely has something to do with getting older.  My family embraces many traditions for our favorite holidays. Our best Thanksgiving memories center around consuming a big meal while … [Read more...]

Easy Ice Cream Cake Recipe

As any member of my family can attest, I love ice cream.  Like, really luuuuuvvvve it. (My husband, like, hates it when the kids say that. Like, know what I mean?) Any day, any season, no matter the weather. Y'all may be drinking coffee and eating candy canes but I guarantee I'm eating ice cream! I truly believe … [Read more...]

Indian Corn on the Cob Shortbread Cookies

  Q: What did the corn say when he got complimented? A: Aww, shucks! Q: Why shouldn't you tell a secret on a farm? A: Because the potatoes have eyes and the corn has ears. Q: What did the baby corn say to the mom corn? A: Where is my pop corn? I am the world's worst at remembering jokes but I couldn't resist! Sharing … [Read more...]

Turtle Pumpkin Pie Recipe

What do you think of when you hear the word Thanksgiving? Do you excitedly dream of a wonderful meal surrounded by family and friends gathered around the table, sharing the blessings of life? Voices in loud conversations and energetic discussions about everything from school to church with many stops in between. Maybe … [Read more...]

31 Days: Cookie Monster Brownie Cookies

  Are you a fan of Sesame Street? Do your kids watch or is that too old fashioned these days? The show is about 45 years old, but I have to admit that I never watched it growing up. There was little tv watching in our home (on our old black and white tv and yes I'm that old!) But everybody knows cookie monster! … [Read more...]

31 Days: Apple Pie Bars with Crumb Topping

   Simply stated, I love fall! I adore everything about it, from the lower temps to the warm fuzzy sweaters! When the weather turns just a hair cooler I'm all over soup recipes, snuggling with a cuddly blanket and nesting for winter.  These apple pie bars with crumb topping add just the right touch of sweetness … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Acorn Cookies

  Sometimes you just know when a relationship is going to be beautiful. That first moment you gaze into the eyes of your child and realize what a huge responsibility and amazing privilege mothering is going to be. How unprepared you are. A bundle of nerves and fears. Yet somehow you memorize the moments as the … [Read more...]

Apple Cake Recipe: Perfect for Fall!

Can you hear it? Can you hear it? I can! It's the wind calling to me saying, "fall is coming!" Okay, maybe the wind isn't actually talking to me, but I do so love fall and am completely ready for its arrival. Well, maybe I'm not ready for fall decorating and projects and Christmas breathing down fall's neck. But other than … [Read more...]

Strawberry Smoothie Popsicles

  Have you had a great summer so far? Can you remember back to your childhood and lazy days when a fan and a popsicle were all you needed to withstand the blazing heat? Or does it seem like a distant memory? In North Carolina we've had a few days recently where the temps have been below normal, a little bit of respite from the sweltering … [Read more...]

Simple Dessert Recipe for Chocolate Candy Bar Parfait

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.   I am a Girl Scout drop out. Yes, I confess. I couldn't handle the pressure. I was the cutest little brownie you'd ever seen, though. Pig tails, big ol' glasses and saddle shoes. Yet somehow when I graduated to girl … [Read more...]

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