Friday, December 30, 2016

Fun Friday: How Many Blocks are There?

I am borrowing this from the page listed on the picture. Don't cheat. How many blocks are there?

Update: There are 66

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Christmas = Family

Playing Disney Uno!

Jesus got a turtles birthday cake.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Fun Friday: What's on Your List?

This wasn't supposed to be the Fun Friday post, but since I'm just now finishing it, I'm going to post it on all four blogs as the Fun Friday post, so have some fun with it!

Ever since the movie "Bucket List," people have been making their own lists. I prefer to call them life lists. Some of the popular Life List choices include writing a novel, going on a cruise, learning another language, visiting the Grand Canyon and so on. There is even a website devoted to making your list and following through. It includes thousands of ideas from other members. (You can find that HERE)

Here are some lists that I found online. Not sure who to credit for these.

The end of a year is a good time to reflect on your life. What things have you done from the lists above? What ten things would be on your own Life List? Leave a comment below and we will compile our own list.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Friday, December 09, 2016

Fun Friday: Christmas Riddle

What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire?

Here is the answer to last weeks': The letter M, and as Ken S. added, "Never in a thousand years, yet twice in a millennium."

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Busy, Busy innkeeper

This is a story I wrote several years ago. It appeared in Clubhouse Jr.

    Busy, busy innkeeper,
Bustling all around,
Long ago in Bethlehem,
Best hotel in town.

     Time to count the people soon,
      Everyone must come.
      Hurried, hungry, tired, sad
      Those are only some.

      First, he thought, I'll air the rooms.
      Then I'll sweep each floor.
      Next I'll make up every bed,
      Time to do some more.

      Hurry, scurry, shake the rug
       Swish-swish, goes the broom
      Look at all those people come
      They will fill each room.

      Come into my nice clean inn
      You who journeyed far,
      Come and rest, lay down your head
      Where the best rooms are.
     What a journey you have had,
      Coming down the road,
      Walking, riding, tired, hot
      Some with quite a load.

      People crowding all my rooms.
      People on the floor.
      People people everywhere.
      Can't hold any more.

      Donkey plods into the town           
      Here he comes clip clop
      Bearing weary girl with child
      At the inn they stop.

      Every corner jammed so full.
     No room to be seen
     Wait, the stable is out back.
     Warm and snug and clean.

       Pitch me down some fresh new straw  
       Spread it on the floor
       Go and  get some soft clean cloths
       Close the stable door.
        Need a warm bed for the babe
        Now he's on the way
        Empty out this feeding trough
        Fill it up with hay.

         Gentle Bessie's quiet here,
         Just a moo, moo, moo
          Hope the rooster doesn't crow
          Cock a doodle doo.

        Find a special baby here
        Draw near now to see
        King of kings and Lord of all
        Born for you and me.

        I’m so very busy but
       Also glad to see
       Christ the holy Lamb of God
       Born for you and me.
      And she gave birth to her firstborn, a son.          
      She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger,

      because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:7

Friday, December 02, 2016

Fun Friday: What is It?

Here's an easy one:

What occurs once in every minute, twice in every moment but never in a thousand years?

Leave your answer in the comments section.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Thanksgiving Day

 We had most of our family together. Missing Ashley and her family and Jeff. Front: Kaleb, Kayla, Jasmine, Tyler. Back row: Kathy holding River, Adam, Rick, Jessica, Hunter.
Adam, Tara and Kealen

Jessica, Hunter and River (and baby #2 inside)

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Friday, November 18, 2016

Fun Friday: Easy Rolo Treat

We were looking for something to make using what we already had, and we ended up doing a variation of the idea on the back of the Rolo's bag. It listed pretzels, Rolos and pecans. We didn't have pecans, but we had crushed walnuts.

So this is what we did:
Place pretzels on a cookie sheet. We used the square butter snap pretzels.
Put one rolo on top of each pretzel.
Bake at 350F for 3-4 minutes.
Remove from oven and push nuts down on top of soft rolo.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Fun Friday: Make a Blessing Jar

You probably have figured out that we like to splatter paint. We used splatter painting to make Blessing Jars for Thanksgiving.

The basic instructions are the same as the Let Your Light Shine Jar:
You need:

  • Glass jar
  • Paint in any three fall colors (Red, orange, yellow, brown) made for glassware- we used Folk Art Enamel with a picture of a glass on the lid
  • Brushes
  • Place to work away from anything important because this can get messy.
  • Colored paper
  • Scissors
  • Pen, pencil or marker

What to  do:

  • Wipe the jars with rubbing alcohol to get off oil from your hands or any dirt.
  • Add a couple of drops of water to the paint (and stir) so it's a bit thinner. (Iforgot to do this with part of the paint, and we have big globs.) 
  •  Start with the lightest color. Dip the brush, hold it in front of the jar and tap the brush with your other hand making the paint splatter forward. 
  • Let dry for an hour and splatter the next lightest color.
  • Let dry for another hour and splatter the darkest.
  • Let dry for another hour and put on a cookie sheet and put in a cold oven. Heat to 350F. Bake 30 minutes. Turn the oven off and let it cool in the oven.
  • Cut the colored paper into strips. Write on each strip one thing that you are thankful for or one blessing. Do this daily as you think of them. Have your family members do the same.
  • Put the slips of paper in the Blessing Jar
  • On Thanksgiving Day read the slips of paper.

O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endures for ever. Psalm 107:1

Friday, November 04, 2016

Fun Friday: Brunswick Stew

I didn't get a picture soon enough, and it was half gone!

Last week we made butter beer. And we have more recipes to try, so we'll get back to that. We've also been on a search for the perfect peanut butter fudge recipe, so we'll be sharing those too. But this week I'm going to share our Brunswick Stew recipe. There are some disagreement over whether it was really originally made in Brunswick, Georgia or not. And there are some differences in recipes by region. But here is the recipe we used:

First the sauce:
In a 2 quart sauce pan, over low heat, melt ¼ cup of butter then add:
1¾ cups Catsup
¼ cup French’s Yellow Mustard
¼ cup white vinegar
Blend until smooth, then add:
½ tablespoon chopped garlic
1 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
½ oz. Liquid Smoke I didn't have this so I skipped it.
1 oz. Worcestershire Sauce
1 oz. Crystal Hot Sauce or ½ oz. Tabasco I used some specialty hot sauce Ty had. I may have gotten a bit carried away on it.
½ tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Blend until smooth, then add:
¼ cup dark brown sugar
Stir constantly, increase heat to simmer (DO NOT BOIL) for approx. 10 minutes.
Makes approx. 3½ cups of sauce (set aside – to be added later).
Then The Stew:
In a 2 gallon pot, over low heat melt ¼ lb of butter then add:
3 cups small diced potatoes
1 cup small diced onion Didn't have an onion,  so I skipped it.
2  14½ oz. cans of chicken broth
1 lb baked chicken (white and dark) I used the boneless, skinless chicken breast I had
8-10 oz. smoked pork
Bring to a rolling boil, stirring until potatoes are near done, then add:
1 8½ oz. can early peas
2   14½ oz. cans stewed tomatoes – (chop tomatoes, add liquid to the stew pot)
The prepared sauce
1 16 oz. can of baby lima beans
¼ cup Liquid Smoke
1  14½ oz. can creamed corn
Slow simmer for 2 hours
This recipe is from
This was really spicy hot and really good. I hope you'll try it. And leave me your favorite fall recipes in the comments section.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Fun Friday: Making Butter "Beer"

Whether or not you are a Harry Potter fan, you can try these two recipes for butter beer (it's not really beer!) for a fun fall drink. One is a hot drink and one is a cold drink. Try both and see which you prefer. And if you figure out how to make the topping for the cold one so it's not lumpy, let me know!

Hot Butter Beer
You need:

  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons hot butterscotch topping
  • 1 cup cream soda (or you can substitute rootbeer if you prefer)
  • large bowl
  • whisk
Do this:

  1. Combine milk, butter, and brown sugar in a microwaveable bowl. Use a whisk to stir them.
  2. Microwave for three minutes.
  3. Remove and stir.
  4. Microwave again until milk is foaming. About 3-4 minutes.
  5. Remove from microwave and mix until the butter is all melted using the whisk. Make sure all the sugar is dissolved and mixed in. 
  6. Heat the butterscotch topping for 30 seconds. Add to mixture and use whip to combine.
  7. Whisk in one cup of cream soda.
  8. You can add sprinkles, ginger, canned whipped cream to your taste.

Even River got in on the hot butter beer

Cold Butter Beer

You Need:
48 ounces Cream Soda
1/4 cup butterscotch syrup
1 cup heavy cream
2 Tbs sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup melted butter
Two bowls

To Do:
1. Combine cream soda and butterscotch syrup using the whisk in one bowl
2. In the other bowl, use the mixer to beat the heavy cream until peaks appear
3. Fold in the sugar and vanilla.
4. Add the butter and mix.
5. Serve the butter beer with the cream mixture on top.

Just keeping it real --Our cream mixture came out lumpy, and I think we either didn't beat it long enough or it went lumpy when we added the butter. I sprinkled cinnamon on top to hide it :)

We will just  pretend it's supposed to be a lumpy mountain of goo
What is your favorite fall or winter drink? Or soup? Or something festive? Leave me a recipe to try!!