Archive for April, 2012

What’s for Dinner – Chili Night

Monday, April 30th, 2012 by by

Monday night was Chili Night. And Vetty & I got a little creative so I wanted to share a few pics and a review on the chili mix we used because it was sooo good. We’ve used this brand a few times because it had a coupon on it (and was on sale), so we grabbed a few boxes.

So, Chicken Chili was planned and we couldn’t find the cornbread mix. I
think my mom secretly made it one day and didn’t tell us, haha. So we
had to come up with another “bread dipping” method or recipe. This is
what we came up with and it went great!

So the Chilii mix we used was (more…)


Smacksy Sunday Links

Sunday, April 29th, 2012 by by

A beautiful couple.

I love people.

And a great way to start the day.

Happy Sunday.

Inspiration for the Week

Saturday, April 28th, 2012 by by

Slow Cooker Apple Crumble

Saturday, April 28th, 2012 by by

Contributing Writer: Jamie Sanders

Yum – who doesn’t love warm Apple Crumble served with a scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream?  I’ve had this recipe tucked away in one of my recipe books for a while and finally had a chance to try it out.  Wow, was my family happy to be the taste testers!

The recipe is called “Apple Crumble,” but I found the crumble part had a consistency more like a delicious oatmeal cookie.  Possibly I needed less butter, or maybe my butter was not cold enough?  Didn’t really matter in the end, because this was gobbled up in a flash!  What made it even better was that I threw it all together and into the slow cooker after I made lunch, and it was ready by dinnertime.

Here is the recipe if you would like to try to make your own Slow Cooker Apple Crumble.

1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
pinch of salt
1 cup walnuts or pecans, roughly chopped (optional)
1 cup cold butter cut into pieces
4 to 6 large apples peeled cored and thickly sliced (you want about 6 cups)
4 to 5 tbsp apple juice ( I didn’t have any apple juice, so  used 1 tbsp lemon juice and the rest water) (more…)



Friday, April 27th, 2012 by by

This week was the 13th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre.  I’ve reflected a lot on that day since moving to Littleton, and even more today, my first anniversary here.

I was a sophomore in high school, and I was sick that day, so I stayed home.  I don’t quite remember how the news got turned on, I was probably flipping through channels and saw something, but I watched the whole thing through.  I spend the day crying, watching in horror as the terrorized students ran towards the news cameras.  I couldn’t understand how someone could commit such senseless violence.

I’ve been taking the kids to Columbine library for almost a year now, many times playing at the park next door.  I’d seen signs for the Columbine memorial, but I’d never been over to see it.  And I honestly had no clue that the high school was just over the hill.

It was really beautiful.  I had no idea it would have that much of an emotional impact on me.  The atmosphere was quite reverent as we walked in.  Even Erin felt it – she was shushing Patrick.  I didn’t know any of those who had been killed, but I it still hurt so much to see.  So many lives lost.

Each victim had a plaque with whatever the family felt appropriate to put on it, and one plaque, Rachel Joy Scott’s, had something she had written about a month prior.

“I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same. People will never know how far a little kindness can go.”

Wouldn’t the world be a better place if we all learned to do just that?


Noah Vs. Santa

Friday, April 27th, 2012 by by

Last week, I decided that it was time to get Haeden a children’s bible. He is at the age now where I think he is starting to understand the “moral” of the stories we read each night before bed, and what better time to get him his very own bible than Easter? Way to keep Christ in Christm… wait. Nevermind.

Anyway, I was telling my friend/his babysitter of my plan, and she let us borrow one of her son’s. She said that since they tend to be a bit pricey, I might as well try it out so that I can see if he likes a certain version. Obviously, I want it to hold his attention. We brought it home and had been reading a few stories out of it each night before bed. After finishing with the store of Adam and Eve (and the “bad, bad snake”), we flipped over to Noah’s Ark. Haeden took one look at the illustrated Noah and exclaimed, “SANTA!!!”

I almost peed my pants.

5 Tips to Help You Get Out of Bed in the Mornings

Friday, April 27th, 2012 by by

Ok. I know there is nothing wonderful about the mornings -unless you count the mornings as past 11:00 am – BUT there IS something wonderful about waking up and not missing important engagements.
Let’s face it. Americans LOVE to sleep in. I know I do, and though my husband is a morning person, I, regretfully, am not. I recall a few times in college where it seemed easier to stay up all night than to wake up early in the morning. Waking up is still painful every morning, but this helps me to actually get up, out, and about.

1- Put your alarm (very loud) across the room, not next to your bed. That way, you have to get UP to turn it off.

2- DON’T set multiple alarms, as it trains your body to need multiple jolts before you wake up. Also, your sleepy mind has a hard time really thinking, so it is easy to turn off your last alarm, thinking you have another one left – leaving you to sleep longer than intended.

3- DON’T rely on someone else to get you up. You won’t be able to rely on them every time, so when you DO need to get up without them, you have a much higher chance of missing an important deadline.

4- Go to sleep at a decent time. If you have a hard time going to sleep as early as you need, it can help to have someone wake you up hours before normal one day, so that you are tired and ready to sleep much earlier that night. Hopefully, you can keep on a good sleeping schedule from there on out.

5- Prep a yummy morning snack in the kitchen, so when you wake up in the morning, there is a little incentive to actually get out of bed and be awake.

Fashion Formula: How to Put Outfits Together

Thursday, April 26th, 2012 by by

Featured Contributor: Jodie from Jodie Noted

This formula I’m about to share with you, which I’ve dubbed “The Fashion Formula,” I learned from my many hours of watching What Not To Wear. It’s a favorite show of mine and has taught me much about how to dress for my age, my body type, and my lifestyle. Let me tell you – this formula is golden. You won’t believe how easy it will make your life, from getting dressed every day to shopping for clothes to picking out accessories.  A sincere confession: that I don’t know much about fashion or clothes or style. Everything I know has been learned through others via TV, magazines, and totally stylish friends. I do not claim to be an expert. I simply find this information fun and quite helpful as I rummage through my closet each morning. I hope you will enjoy it as well.

Let’s break it down. Your outfit should consist of three main pieces. (more…)

Don’t I Know It

Thursday, April 26th, 2012 by by

“Mom? I have eleven-hundred and forty-six dollars in my Monopoly money for this game so far.”

“That’s good counting, Buddy.”

“I know. I’m practicing for college. That whole college thing is coming up sooner than you think, Mom.”

Making Flowers with Scrubbing Sponges

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012 by by
Spring is upon us, and we are scheduled for a few days of rain in my Northern California town. My girls like the rain, because they know that it helps flowers to grow, and they LOVE flowers. Today we will be making flowers using paint and scrubbing sponges.
Supplies you will need:
  • Paint
  • Scrubbing sponges
  • Paper
  • Green marker
  • Paper plate