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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Money Mondays ~ Week 9 for 2011

Well I've been busy crafting again and also planning new projects.  I'll also be doing a craft fair at the beginning of April so if any of you out there have any tips or ideas please let me know.  I can always use them.

Do you know of a crafty person that would like to link up? Send them this blog hop or promote it on your blog, facebook or twitter. Let's help each other out this year and we'll all succeed!



It's Monday and time to link-up and join in on the Blog Hop for Money Mondays. To read how Money Mondays got started check out my Money Mondays Page.

So here we go! Link Up your Etsy Stores, Websites, Photography Sites, ect. I'm enjoying hosting this blog hop every week and visiting all of yours as well. Grab the button above and place it on your site. Please remember to keep it family friendly. Explicit Sites will be removed.  Remember to grab the Blog Hop Code below to share with others!  Let's all have some fun, promote our own businesses and check out every one else!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Wordless and Wordful Wednesday ~ Easy Recipe For You!

When I looked up at the clock and saw that it was already 5:45 tonight I realized that I hadn't started dinner yet.  So...I made something up from what I had around the house (see my notes below to see how I would change it).  Let me tell you we all loved this!

Here's what I did:

Italian Mac N Cheese Casserole

Made two packages of Kraft Mac N Cheese Homestyle Old World Italian with Parmesan & Romano Cheese. I didn't add the bread crumbs on the top yet.
Cooked two boneless chicken breasts in just a tad of olive oil.
Mixed the above two together in a pan.  Added 1 can of diced Italian tomatoes slightly drained and 1 package of frozen broccoli.

Put all of the above into a 9x13 pan.  Sprinkle the top with some shredded Italian cheese. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.  Once done top with the bread crumbs.

Voila!  A great meal without much fuss.  Granted it may not be the best for you but...it's what I had and did on short notice.  Should have leftovers as well for Sam and Andy to enjoy.

NOTES:  It really could have used 2 cans of diced tomatoes and if I had had the time the chicken would have been wonderful marinated in some Italian dressing.

If you would like to see more Wordless photos head on over to Wordless Wednesday, 5 Minutes for Mom, Live and Love...Out Loud, A Beautiful Mess and J. Leigh Designz. Now if you're like me and sometimes you can't stay wordless head on over to see some Wordful Wednesday photos at Parenting by Dummies.  Don't forget to sign the Linky below.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Book Review ~ Love: Cultivating Spirit-Given Character//a six-week study

I love my new car.
I love the book that I just finished!
We love the movie that we just saw.
Oh my gosh I love your shoes!

But is this really love? In the book Love: Cultivating Spirit-Give Character explores the first Fruit of the Spirit.



My Review:

First off...I really enjoyed reading this book/study.  My favorite part actually came in the introduction.  He states, "Paul listed it first because it is a prerequisite for the other fruits of the spirit.  Without love, there is no joy, peace, patience, and so on.  Without God's love, we can never live up to our God-given potential."  This is so true and yet so forgotten!  Without love we have nothing.  This book/study was designed to be used in a group format but can also be used as an individual study.  In this study you will explore different aspects of this fruit.  Some of the aspects covered are Love Forgiveness, Love--Unconditional Longing of God and Love--God's Passion for His World.  Truly an amazing study and I can't wait to use it with my Sunday School class.  I would recommend this study to anyone...group or individual.

From the back cover:  
Love.  It's perhaps the most overused and misused word in our language today.  We love our cars.  We love sports.  We love Montana in the spring.  Somehow, we've come to understand love as a feeling that ebbs and flows or a "place" in life we're fortunate enough to land.  Yet the Bible paints a dramatically different picture of love.

Love is a characteristic of God.  Calvin Miller invites us to dive deeper into the biblical concept of love as the result of the Holy Spirit dwelling in us -- illuminating and transforming every selfishness so we can begin to reflect the image of Christ.

Love is one of the nine studies in this significant series on the fruits of the Spirit by author Calvin Miller.  Each six-week study guide is designed to focus your spiritual life on being like Christ by thoroughly exploring a different fruit of the Spirit.

You can get this book by either clicking the link provided below or by shopping my Amazon Store which is a tab above.  Enjoy!





Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Money Mondays ~ Week 8 2011

Do you know of a crafty person that would like to link up? Send them this blog hop or promote it on your blog facebook or twitter. Let's help each other out this year and we'll all succeed!



It's Monday and time to link-up and join in on the Blog Hop for Money Mondays. To read how Money Mondays got started check out my Money Mondays Page.

So here we go! Link Up your Etsy Stores, Websites, Photography Sites, ect. I'm enjoying hosting this blog hop every week and visiting all of yours as well. Grab the button above and place it on your site. Please remember to keep it family friendly. Explicit Sites will be removed.  Remember to grab the Blog Hop Code below to share with others!  Let's all have some fun, promote our own businesses and check out every one else!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Wordless and Wordful Wednesday ~ Boy Scout

I now have a Boy Scout!  This picture was taken just as he had walked over the bridge.  Was just awarded his Arrow of Light and was being greeted by his new Troop.  It was a great night.  Makes a mom proud.

If you would like to see more Wordless photos head on over to Wordless Wednesday, 5 Minutes for Mom, Live and Love...Out Loud, A Beautiful Mess and J. Leigh Designz. Now if you're like me and sometimes you can't stay wordless head on over to see some Wordful Wednesday photos at Parenting by Dummies.  Don't forget to sign the Linky below.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Money Mondays ~ Week 7 2011

This week let's spread the word to all of those out there that might not know about this blog hop? Let's help each other out this year and we'll all succeed!



It's Monday and time to link-up and join in on the Blog Hop for Money Mondays. To read how Money Mondays got started check out my Money Mondays Page.

So here we go! Link Up your Etsy Stores, Websites, Photography Sites, ect. I'm enjoying hosting this blog hop every week and visiting all of yours as well. Grab the button above and place it on your site. Please remember to keep it family friendly. Explicit Sites will be removed.  Remember to grab the Blog Hop Code below to share with others!  Let's all have some fun, promote our own businesses and check out every one else!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The Flower Shop in Coppell ~ GIVEAWAY!!!!!

I can't believe that it's February already! And not to mention that next week we'll be hitting the halfway mark for February as well. Which also means that Valentine's day is right there as well. YIKES!

Now...if you live in the Dallas/Ft Worth Area I've got a great opportunity for you to win! On Valentine's Day I'll be giving away a $30 Gift Certificate to The Flower Cart otherwise known as The Flower Shop.  So, if your looking for a dallas florist delivery for Valentine's Day or beyond, be sure and check out The Flower Shop in Coppell. You won’t be disappointed.  Here is all of their info: 

The Flower Shop, 600 E Sandy Lake Rd, Coppell, TX 75019, Phone: 971-393-0146, http://flowercartusa.net

One of my favorites is the Fifth Avenue Present.  Check it out below:
Lush red roses in a sophisticated polka-dot gift box all tied up with a brilliant red ribbon. Innovative, imaginative, impressive – puttin' on the ritz with a touch of glitz!

The ravishing bouquet includes red roses and red spray roses accented with fresh greenery. Delivered in a stunning polka-dot gift box with black and white water-resistant tissue paper set off with a bright red ribbon.

Approximately 14" W x 12" H. (description & photo compliments of The Flower Shop)

My other favorite has to be the Sweet Surrender as one of my favorite flowers is the Tulip.  Check it out below:
Surrender to the elegant, natural beauty of tulips. Over a dozen red and pink flowers are presented in our graceful Silver Reflections vase. It’s an understated presentation that highlights the tulips’ natural beauty – as well as your love and friendship, on Valentine’s Day and all year long

This gorgeous bouquet includes seven red tulips and eight pink tulips, delivered in our exclusive Silver Reflections vase, a metalized ceramic vase with a light pink tone.

Approximately 13" W x 16" H (description & photo compliments of The Flower Shop)
                                                                                                                                                       
Now that you have looked around their wonderful shop you are ready to enter the giveaway!  It will be super easy!  There will be one mandatory entry and multiple ways to earn extra entries. This giveaway will end at 11:59 P.M. on February 13th.  I will contact the winner on Valentine's Day!  The winner will have 48 hours to respond.  If I don't hear from them I will select another winner.  The winner will be selected by random.org.


MANDATORY: Leave me a comment on your favorite memory of either receiving or giving a gift. It doesn't have to be a Valentine's Day memory either.

EXTRA ENTRIES (please note that you do not need to leave duplicate comments for each one that you do.  In other words if you post my button on your blog you just need to leave me one comment not five...I'll do all the tallying.)

2 Entries ~ Subscribe to my blog newsletter via email as you don't want to miss anything including upcoming giveaways!
5 Entries ~ Post my button on your blog and leave a link to your blog
5 Entries ~ Blog about this giveaway and leave me the link
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1 Entry ~ Tweet about this giveaway and leave a link to your tweet. You can tweet this once daily for 1 entry a day.

I was given a $50 Gift Certificate to purchase a flower arrangement to host this giveaway and to write up a review (review is forthcoming). I was not compensated in any other way for this product review.  If you want to read my full disclosure policy just click here.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Money Mondays ~ Week 6 2011

This week let's spread the word to all of those out there that might not know about this blog hop? Let's help each other out this year and we'll all succeed!



It's Monday and time to link-up and join in on the Blog Hop for Money Mondays. To read how Money Mondays got started check out my Money Mondays Page.

PLEASE NOTE: When I was getting the Linky code it wouldn't let me edit it to make it a blog hop.  I will keep trying to change it.

So here we go! Link Up your Etsy Stores, Websites, Photography Sites, ect. I'm enjoying hosting this blog hop every week and visiting all of yours as well. Grab the button above and place it on your site. Please remember to keep it family friendly. Explicit Sites will be removed.  Remember to grab the Blog Hop Code below to share with others!  Let's all have some fun, promote our own businesses and check out every one else!

To join in on the blog hop please use this code: get the InLinkz code

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Wordless and Wordful Wednesday ~ Watch Where You Walk


Back when Sam and I went to tour a dairy and cheese farm we were walking over to see their new building that was under construction and as one would do on a farm I was watching where I was stepping...this is what I saw at my feet.  Don't know if it was a new tag that had fallen off or an old one.  Either way I liked it.

If you would like to see more Wordless photos head on over to Wordless Wednesday, 5 Minutes for Mom, Live and Love...Out Loud, A Beautiful Mess and J. Leigh Designz. Now if you're like me and sometimes you can't stay wordless head on over to see some Wordful Wednesday photos at Parenting by Dummies.  Don't forget to sign the Linky below.

Chicken Taco Soup.....YUM!

Thought during this cold winter blast that we are currently having I would share with you a recipe that a lady from church shared with me a few weeks back.  Yes, I did get her permission to share it will all of you...Thanks Kim! I've been meaning to share it with you but I'm just now getting around to it.  If I had all of the ingredients in the house right now I'd be making it again tonight.  But alas I don't.  Oh well.  And silly me forgot to take a picture of the soup in it's entirety because we were all so hungry that we ate it down to just this small container of leftovers.  I'm telling you it's that good!


Chicken Taco Soup

2 cans chicken (or cooked chicken breasts)
1 can Rotel
2 cans of beans (any kind)
1 can of corn (optional)
1 can chicken broth
1 packet of taco seasoning
1 packet of ranch dressing mix

Bring to a boil and serve with chips, cheese and avocado.

MY MODIFICATIONS:
I cooked a chicken breast and then shredded it up and had way more than what would have been in 2 cans of chicken.  I used black beans that I had precooked in bulk and had frozen in the freezer in 2 cup portions.  I did use the can of corn and would recommend it.  I ended up using 2 cans of chicken broth as with the extra chicken it just needed more broth.  We also used tortilla chips crushed up in our soup.  YUM!  Also...a note from Kim (yes, it really is another Kim and not me) is that you can use ground beef if you don't have or want chicken. 

Other than the modifications that I made to the recipe (which weren't much) this is an AMAZING soup and even more amazing is that Sam loved it and asked for seconds and had most of the leftovers the next day.  Seriously...don't forget the avocados as they add a wonderful layer of flavor to the soup.  Oh and the leftovers????  The flavors are just that much better the next day.

Would you like to see more recipes?  Click the link below and find more!






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