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14 October 2015

There is nothing wrong with a homemade birthday cake!

Tis the season of birthday's around here.  Two of my kiddo's have birthdays within a month of each other.  Which brings me to today's thought: 

There is nothing wrong with a homemade birthday cake!

Not every birthday requires a trip to the bakery.  Well, except mine.  I personally have much love for Linda's carrot cake from Cakes with a Personal Touch Plus.  It's the best cake ever.  And Ronnie isn't much of a baker. 

Anyway.....  I thought I'd give you a little peek at some of the cakes I've made for family and friends over the years.  I did take a beginner's cake decorating class with some girlfriends a few years ago, but most of what I make is easily copied, found on Pinterest, or purchased on Ebay in regards to the icing sheets.  It's another easy way to have a great party, feed a truckload of guests and not break the bank.


Pumpkin Bundt cake for baby shower.

Candy Cake.


Baseball cake.

Dora cake for Hannah.

Ice cream cake.

Frog cupcakes for church.

Mickey Mouse cupcakes.

Donut cake.
Superhero Squad.

Angry Bird cupcakes

Our Minion Army.

08 October 2015

Why I Serve.

You see that lady right there?

That's my Nan.  We started attending Trinity decades ago.  She modeled many things
for me but one of the biggest things she modeled was having a servant's heart.

Cake needs baked?  No problem.
Dishes need washed?  OK.
Some one needs a ride? I'll be there.  (Although in all honestly they didn't ask that one
very often.  She wasn't a great driver).

I grew up seeing these things done and helping from a young age.  It's a good thing. 

I read the book Hometown Tales by Phil Gulley years ago.  In it he said "Jesus never went
out of His way to help anyone".  I remember being a little shocked at that statement. 
But you see, he went on to explain that Jesus never went out of His way to help anyone
because helping people was never out of His way.  Helping others was just part of His life,
not something He had to add to the schedule. 

I hope my kids see that.  I hope that one day they can say "Mom never went out of her way
to help anyone".  I hope that just like my Nan showed me - helping out, serving others, serving
our church - it isn't out of the way.

It's just what we do. 

28 September 2015

Menu Plan Monday for September 28th.

It's money saving time around here.  You know, those times during the year when the belts get a little tighter.  Fall brings on birthdays, hunting and of course, Christmas shopping. 

The best way for me to free up some cash is to plan my menu.  It doesn't just save sanity, it saves a good bit of money.

And that's always good.

I actually sat down this weekend and made up my menu plan for the month of October.  You can check it out here.  My goal is to take about $50 a week from my grocery budget and grab a Christmas gift.  In reality, if I can squirrel away $30 a week, I'll be thrilled. 

This weeks plan is all about comfort food.  I think the chill in the air is getting to me.

Monday:  Awesome chili with venison and lick the pan cornbread
Tuesday:  Honey grilled chicken, green beans and carrots
Wednesday: Spaghetti & Meatballs, salad, garlic cheese biscuits
Thursday:  Cheeseburgers, oven fries and applesauce
Friday: Beer butt chicken, egg noodles and cheesy broccoli
Saturday:  Homemade pizza
Sunday:  Best meatloaf ever, roasted red potatoes, green beans

Yum, right?  I'm trying to make some room in the freezer before operation "If it's brown, it's down" (also known as deer season) starts.  With all four of my guys finally heading out, I need to work on clearing out space for some venison. 

So, what's good at your place this week?