Friday, July 29, 2016

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Summer picnic with friends

We have to enjoy every minute of summer here! 
It is a small world. We have been friends with their parents for over a decade.

Still a love puppy

She may be getting old, but this dog lives to give and get love.
If you have by any chance been reading this blog for years, Prince Charming is still her "people puppy"....even at 7 yrs old. She just loves that boy.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Baking frenzy....2nd post today

When I fire up the oven, I go on a baking frenzy. Post 2 for the goes: 

Why squash and zuchinni? My neighbor blessed me with the abundance from her garden!

I just love squash casserole. It must be my Southern roots... But every time I eat it, I think back to pot lucks with little ol' Southern ladies and their casseroles. My fav was always squash casserole.

I had Princess Joy grate up three yellow squash.
In a bowl I added to the grated squash:
Four handfuls goldfish crackers. Whole grain cheddar (I have small hands...maybe 1 1/2 cup)
A generous splash of milk (maybe 1/2 cup)
2 eggs
20 grates of fresh pepper
1 handful of shredded Mex blend cheese in it, and one sprinkled on top 

I sprayed a baking dish. Did the ol' dump and mix with my hand (told ya...I am lazy), sprinkled on more cheese after I dumped it in a baking dish. Baked at 400 F for about 20-25 min.

Yum yum yum...even the kids are gobbling it. It won't make it to dinner time with this family stealing bites left and right.

BTW, Princess Grace is back to her naughty self....she is doing well 😜

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins...take 2

Now,  I have a dynamite from scratch recipe for chocolate zucchini muffins.

However, I do not have the time to bake from scratch lately.

We cheated today, Princess Joy and I.

We made chocolate zucchini muffins using a box cake mix. 

1 chocolate cake box mix
1 cup mini chocolate chips
1 cup brewed coffee
1 cup shredded zucchini 
1 small container plain Greek yogurt
3 eggs

Dump and mix my friends. Dump and mix. Bake at 350 F for 22 min. Cool and serve.

I spray the muffin cups with baking spray for easy removal.

Sprinkle with chocolate chips while hot if you want pretty. 

I must admit, my children love their veggies. However, if your kids don't, this is a way to get veg into their diet. 


Monday, July 18, 2016


Please pray for Princess Grace. She fell and bonked her head. She has a concussion.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

I'm so proud!

The adult black belts have "claimed" her as theirs....but look how tall that kid is! (Blond red belt with black test from black)

Monday, July 11, 2016

Yucky days

We have had a wet rainy summer...both literally and figuratively. Forgive the phrase... Some things in life just suck right now.

My kids were fussing that they hate yucky days. Nobody likes them. But, I reminded them that it is the yucky days that make sunny days even more brilliant. There is nothing quite like the feeling you get when the sun finally shines on your face...both figuratively and literally.

Like Annie said, "The sun will come out tomorrow...." I'm not quite sure when tomorrow will get here, but I'm trusting that it will come. 

Friday, July 1, 2016

My kids took a selfie

I think it totally captures their personalities:
Princess Hope - pretty as a picture
Princess Joy- always has her beloved dog with her
Princess Grace- a redneck girl with a big heart
Prince Charming- Mr Naughty Pants 

Sunday, June 26, 2016

A new era for homeschooling

Up until now, I have been in charge of all the education for all 4 children.

This week I enrolled my oldest in a Christian online accredited high school program that has dual enrollment. I had a severe Mommy Moment when my brain wrapped itself around the fact that my daughter is now a high schooler...and although I will be there to facilitate learning, someone else will be in charge of her grades and assignments. I'm a control freak. This is almost like I imagine the first day of kindergarten feels to parents that choose public school. My daughter has never not been under my educational say-so.

It wasn't because the academics scare me. They don't. For heaven's sake, I taught high school science. Rather, recent events in our lives have shown me that I need to just be her mom, and I need to remove "teacher" from the equation.

We are excited about this new chapter in our lives. I'm a bit nervous...but actually a bit relieved. We will be moving several times in the next few years. It will be good to have her education be steady no matter where we go.