Happy Father’s Day

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We wanted to wish everyone a Happy Father’s Day.  My daddy is celebrating in heaven.  Although, I miss him so much I know nothing on earth can compare to his eternal home. My dad was so funny! Everyone wanted to be around him. What I remember most is daddy always doing for others. So many times he would call me, once I moved to Cleveland, and tell me he and my mom were coming for the day just to bring us something or take us to dinner. I watched him serve people, give, and love others with an unwavering passion. If you knew him, you loved him and wanted to be around him. He always made me laugh, brightened my day, and made me feel loved and adored. I miss him so very much! He would have enjoyed all his grand babies so much and they would have had so much fun with them. 

 

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Today, my kids and I celebrate my hubby.  He is an incredible husband, father, and friend.  I am blessed beyond measure, and so thankful.  Our story is not perfect, in fact there were years when our marriage was completely broken, but God has healed our hearts and restored our life. As a result of those years that seemed so hopeless, I appreciate our life together so much more. I am so thankful for a man that loves God, loves me, and loves his children. He is a man of integrity that leads us with Godly wisdom and love. We are so excited to celebrate him today.

 

25 Mother’s Day Kids Crafts Ideas

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It’s almost Mother’s Day!  Here are links to 25 Mother’s Day Kids Crafts we found around the web.  Tons of cute Mother’s Day gift ideas that your little ones can make.  Perfect for grandmothers, aunts, teachers, and other special Mother’s in their life. [Read more...]

Banana Nut Muffins Recipe {with Chocolate Chips and Streusel Top!}

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Banana Nut Muffins Recipe (with Chocolate Chips and Streusel Top)

Side note – if you need a new banana bread pan – there’s a great deal on one here!!

Jamie here, I grew up with a very frugal mom, and although I learned too much solid gold advice to ever put down in writing -  one of those little tips that stuck with me was this:

===>>> Always ALWAYS buy the cheap bags of bananas that are going ripe.  :)

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Crock Pot Lasagna Recipe

 

 

We wanted to re-post this recipe from Valentine’s – because it’s also a great way to keep from using your oven on hot days!

If you happen to be staying in on Valentine’s Day and are looking for an easy Valentine’s Day dinner, Crock Pot Lasagna is a fabulous option!

Several years ago, I found this recipe for Crock Pot Lasagna and fell in love.  I use a bottled spaghetti sauce but add additional spices to give it a homemade taste.  If you keep browned ground beef in the freezer (read more here), it will cut your preparation time dramatically.  After the recipe, scroll down as I have also included a couple of pics to answer any questions you might have.

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Happy Mothers Day Quotes for Grandmothers

 

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Mother’s Day isn’t *just* for moms – it’s also a great time to wish a Happy Mother’s Day to our precious Grandmothers!  If you’re looking for a little inspiration – here are some Happy Mothers Day quotes for Grandmothers that will make them feel special.  

Many of these are great to add on to DIY gifts as well!  (Like these DIY Themed Gift Baskets)

A grandmother is a babysitter who watches the kids instead of the television.
– Author Unknown

A grandmother pretends she doesn’t know who you are on Halloween.
– Erma Bombeck

Grandma always made you feel she had been waiting to see just you all day and now the day was complete.
– Marcy DeMaree

Grandmas are moms with lots of frosting.
– Author Unknown

Grandmas don’t just say “that’s nice” — they reel back and roll their eyes and throw up their hands and smile. You get your money’s worth out of grandmas.
– Author:unknown

Grandmother-grandchild relationships are simple. Grandmas are short on criticism and long on love.
– Author Unknown

Grandmothers are the people who take delight in hearing babies breathing into the telephone.
– Author:Unknown

If becoming a grandmother was only a matter of choice, I should advise every one of you straight away to become one. There is no fun for old people like it!
– Hannah Whithall Smith

If your baby is “beautiful and perfect, never cries or fusses, sleeps on schedule and burps on demand, an angel all the time,” you’re the grandma.
– Teresa Bloomingdale

My name is NO NO but Grandma calls me precious!
– Author Unknown

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You might also be able to use some of these Mother’s Day Quotes.

Ashley Lauren’s Closet: 2016 Spring & Summer Sale

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I am so excited that the Ashley Lauren’s Closet 2016 Spring/Summer sale opens tomorrow!  If you live anywhere close to Cleveland, TN it is worth the drive!  As a first time mom I paid full price for things like an exersaucer, high chair and Johnny Jump Up.  Babies grow so fast - you can save hundreds of dollars simply by shopping at a consignment sale.  For example, I paid about $100 for my daughter’s first exersaucer that she grew out of in a couple of months, when I saw THE EXACT SAME ONE for less than $20 at the next Ashley Lauren’s Closet Sale I wanted to cry.  Needless to say, my shopping habits changed after that – consignment sales ROCK! We shopped on Saturday and my kids bought a $500 drum set for $50! We save so much money each season by shopping at the Ashley Lauren’s Closet.
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Crock-Pot Cola Ham Recipe

Crock-Pot Cola Ham

 

Easter is coming, and even though it’s a ways away, my stress fest starts EARLY.  I have no family around to bring dishes or help cook, so I really have to plan  how to get everything cooked and on the table at the same time for the BIG Meal.

Some people have this down to a science, but I’m just not one of them!  Crock-Pot Cola Ham my favorite go to recipe for an easy and delicious main dish.

For all you busy moms, this is my FAVORITE way to make the Holiday Ham the easiest part of your meal using Coke and a Crock Pot.  I give total credit to my wonderful mother-in-law for this one – as a pastor’s wife, she just has a knack for cooking good Southern food the easy and yummy way!

Crock-Pot Cola Ham – What You Need:

  • 3-4 lb Fully Cooked Ham (I’m using the “Butt” half this year)
  • 1 can Coca Cola (I find it’s the most carbonated)
  • Slow-Cooker big enough for your ham

Fancy People Extras:

  • Orange or Pineapple Juice (For an extra basting zing)
    - Any kind of fruit juice or jam or applesauce will be a great addition to the crockpot because it will give the ham more flavor
  • Pineapple Rings, attach with toothpicks *Dole Pineapple is FREE at Bi-Lo this week!!
  • Maraschino Cherries, attach with toothpicks
  • Whole Cloves

Photo credit: RecipeTips.com

Directions:

Trim the fat, leaving a 1/4″ layer.  Score your ham with shallow cuts diagonally (both ways) to make a diamond pattern.  Place in Crock Pot and pour Coke over it.  Cook on High for 1 hour, and then turn to Low for the next 6-7 hours.  While cooking, occasionally scoop out some of the liquid and pour over the ham to keep it moist.

No Crockpot?  No Problem!

You can do this in the oven as well, just put it in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes/lb.  You’ll want to set on a foil-lined pan and also wrap the ham in foil.  Wrap it in a way that allows you to easily open and baste with Coke frequently.

Why This Works:

The acidity and carbonation in the coke tenderizes the ham, while the thin layer of fat melts (or self-bastes) to make it very moist.  Plus you get a sweet flavor that no-one would guess comes from a can of Coke!

Crock-Pot Cola Ham Recipe (Yum!)

Ingredients

  • 3-4 lb Fully Cooked Ham
  • 1 can Coca Cola
  • Slow-Cooker big enough for your ham

Instructions

  1. Trim the fat away with a knife, leaving a 1/4" layer remaining on the ham.
  2. Score your ham with shallow cuts diagonally (both ways) to make a diamond pattern.
  3. Place in Crock Pot and pour Coke over it.
  4. Cook on High for 1 hour, and then turn to Low for the next 6-7 hours.
  5. While cooking, occasionally scoop out some of the liquid and pour over the ham to keep it moist.
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What is your favorite way to cook your Easter or Christmas ham?  Share it in the comment section!

Homemade Pudding Pops in Paper Cups

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Homemade Pudding Pops in Paper Cups

My kids are going through the frozen treats like crazy now that the weather is warm – so I thought I’d make some Homemade Pudding Pops with them!  WhenFlavor-Ices and smoothies start to lose their appeal, try these easy, cheap, and delicious pudding pops using paper cups and a spoon.

You only need 5 things for this recipe – and it’s pretty inexpensive to make!  You can also use lowfat milk for a healthier version. [Read more...]