March 30, 2015

Deep Cleansing Sugar Scrub (Giveaway x3)

Please read to the end for the giveaways. I'm often late to the game. I read books after movies come out. (Except Unbroken. That made it to my favorite books of 2013.) Or after I can read the complete series at once. I'm behind in fashion, too.  I still don't have riding boots (and that's okay). And food. It's been in the past year or so that I learned I do enjoy yogurt. No one has convinced me to love fruit and vegetables though.

Better late than never.

A friend told me she made sugar scrubs as teacher gifts. I wondered what the draw was. But then my husband gave me a wonderful sweet pea body sugar scrub as a Christmas gift a few months ago. I was surprised at how great my legs felt and how the sugar scrub helped relieve my dry legs after each use.

March 26, 2015

What Is a Seizure?

Purple Day is simply a day to raise awareness about epilepsy.

I'm sharing today because my son's experience with seizures and epilepsy. Though his first seizure was rather terrifying, and his second seizure looked completely different, he is doing very well. He has been seizure-free since November 2012. However, his last EEG showed seizure activity that lasted for one second as he fell asleep. (This does not mean he had a seizure. It only means there was an electrical surge in his brain of seizure activity.) Although he is seizure-free, we understand his medication is helping him to do so. We
Brother's first birthday was spent in the hospital. 
By then he had mostly recovered from the strong meds.

Seizures impact about 1 in 100 people and all ages. It's good to be educated.

March 23, 2015

Stove-Top Mac and Cheese Recipe

Like many families, we enjoy macaroni and cheese. I try not to depend upon the blue box, or as my kids call it, the "unhealthy" macaroni-their favorite. However, the grown-ups in the family have a favorite, creamy macaroni and cheese recipe and the children still gobble it up.

This macaroni and cheese recipe is very creamy. Once I doubled the amount of pasta but not the cheese sauce when making it for ourselves and a friend...and it was still delicious (and my friend didn't think it was dry). I don't recommend it though for the full tasty goodness.
creamy macaroni and cheese made on the stovetop

Stove-Top Macaroni and Cheese 

March 18, 2015

Bacon Cheeseburger Muffins from Scratch

I was all set to make a bacon cheeseburger roll-up. The ground beef, bacon, and onion were in the frying pan. My 20-minute bread dough was rising. It was just a matter of putting it together.

And then I decided to do something different. Instead of making a roll-up, I made bacon cheeseburger muffins. They were a big hit.

Bacon cheeseburger muffins.

Bacon Cheeseburger Muffin Recipe

bread or biscuit dough (I use my 20-minute bread dough. It includes the rise time!)
1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup onion, finely diced (more or less to preference)
3 chopped pieces of bacon (or 2-3 tablespoons bacon bits)
1+ cup shredded cheddar cheese

1. Prepare dough as directed. 
2. Oil (or spray) the muffin pan.
3. Cook ground beef, onion, and bacon over medium-high heat until browned.
4. Place a chunk of dough in the bottom of each muffin cup. Scoop ground beef mixture on the dough. Top with a small handful of cheese.
5. Bake at 375° for 25+/- minutes and enjoy.

Next time I will probably roll out the dough and then use a biscuit cutter to cut the dough. I pinched the dough off this time. The bacon cheeseburger muffins were rather bread-y, but still so good.


~ Annette
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March 16, 2015

Bedwetting Help

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for GoodNites* TRU-FIT*. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating.

Bedwetting can be frustrating for parents and kids alike. The older the child, the more embarrassing it is for the child. Diapers are for babies. Big kids may not have nighttime control, but they want to feel like a regular kid at night.
Bedwetting help for children with real fabric underwear.

March 12, 2015

5 Reasons to Cut a Child's Hair Short

At some point in every parent's journey, they decide it's time for that first haircut. For some, especially parents of boys, this may take place within days or months of the baby's birth. The first hair cut may be months or years later.
cut your child's hair short
Whether it's the first haircut or the twenty-fourth, there are some great reasons to cut a child's hair short. 

March 9, 2015

How to Make an Image Hyperlinked in Blogger

I've been blogging for six years. SIX. Last year I had to look up how to make an image hyperlinked. When I needed to do make a second image hyperlinked, I decided to write this post as a reminder to myself (and anyone else who might be curious) how to do it. Some of my blogging friends understand this well. This tutorial is for those of us who don't.

If you don't blog, come back again soon for recipes, crafts, and organizing ideas. If you're not a blogger, feel free to skip this post. I don't mind.
Make images hyperlinked (clickable) in Blogger.

In a blog post, if you want to have your readers click an image or photo and go to a certain link, you have to "tell" the photo and link to be connected. HTML computer language does this. Unlike my husband, I do not "speak" HTML. However, as a blogger, I do understand some parts of it and can follow simple instructions. You can, too.

A great way to use a clickable image is for a coupon or an image to click to another webpage, such as to sign up for email.

March 3, 2015

Clutter Update

We've been digging out from under the rubble of clutter since Christmas. Things have slowed down, but I'm still plugging away when I can.
Clutter quote by Peter Walsh
The best part is that my thinking has changed. What comes into my home...What goes out.. How clutter crowds out Jesus...

February 25, 2015

Help Design the Dining Room

I need your help! We built this house in 2008. We just recently got a dining room set. Prior to this, a (different) hutch and small breakfast table were in our dining room. We almost never ate there.

Our dining room set is not new, and not exactly our style, but it definitely works. Knowing we would not buy a dining room set for a few more years (but needing the additional seating at times), when friends offered this set, we said yes.

However, our dining room is not decorated. I'm wondering if anyone would like to offer suggestions. As of now, we are planning to add crown molding and chair rail to the walls. I have no ideas for colors. The rest of our first floor (except the powder room) is a taupe color that changes with the lighting. It appears green, brown, or gray, depending upon the lighting conditions. It's perfect for us.

February 23, 2015

French Puffs Recipe

French puffs are simple and easy to prepare with just enough flavor to make them fabulous. I've been making these as mini french puffs for about fifteen years. This french puff recipe is perfect to make for a breakfast with friends.

The original recipe needed just a few adjustments. It came from a spiral-bound church recipe book called More Tasty Recipes. It definitely has some keepers in it.

Don't let the simplicity of this recipe deceive you. 
miniature french puffs