WOW! My first blog award here – MOST UPLIFTING BLOGGER AWARD – THANKS!

This is the very first blog award I’ve received for this blog!

THANKS Donna! Exciting!

Most Uplifting Blogger Award I feel so loved!

I don’t know what’s so uplifting about this blog (funny maybe) but I really appreciate the thought!

You’re so awesome!

OK. How this works is:

  • You nominate at least 7 (more if you like) blogs for the award. (They MUST be uplifting in SOME WAY. They don’t have to be religious – just uplifting)
  • Write a post telling us who you’ve nominated and…
  • Tell us 7 things you are Thankful about/for! (Again, doesn’t have to be religious – most anything will do)
  • Make sure you let the bloggers know they’re nominated.
  • Wear your badge with pride (Post it somewhere on your blog)

MY Nominees for this blog:

I hope you find some blogs among this list that will inspire and lift you up!
I know I have! WOW!

And my 7 things I’m thankful for (Much easier than 7 things about myself by the way):

  1. I am Thankful for my beautiful children. They couldn’t be more of a blessing to me!
  2. I am Thankful for God’s gift of family! What would we do without them?
  3. I am Thankful that God created Chocolate!
  4. I am Thankful for the COFFEE bean and the wonders we can get from it!
  5. I am Thankful to have children who enjoy cooking!
  6. I am Thankful God gave me a sense of humor and such a bright outlook on life!
  7. I am Thankful for wordpress – without whom none of this would be possible!

OK! Your turn!

HAVE FUN with it!


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Favorite Christmas Recipes…

What are your favorite Christmas Recipes?

Holiday Pretzel Treats

Holiday Pretzel Treats

What recipes do you enjoy making with your children?

Christmas Tree Sandwich Cookies

Christmas Tree Sandwich Cookies

What recipes do you want to try out this year?

Gingerbread Heads

Gingerbread Heads

What recipes are traditions – handed down from generation to generation?

Gingerbread House

Gingerbread House

Whatever you bake/cook/eat this year, Have fun with it!


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Everyday cooking funnies 1

Boy and I thought I was messy in the kitchen…

Actually my kitchen has never looked quite this bad.

But I have discovered that my 10-year old son is capable of making a stellar mess in the kitchen every single time he cooks.

Any other moms have difficulties with this? Or is it just me?

You read a few weeks ago about how I taught the kids to make eggs. Well, mostly I taught my son. My daughter was there and she watched but she really had no interest in doing much of anything with the information.

My son, on the other hand, has taken great pride in going into the kitchen and making eggs for himself, his sister, etc… In fact, for almost two weeks after he learned, we couldn’t go one meal without him wanting to fix eggs for someone.


Now if I could only get him to figure out how to make the eggs without leaving egg residue all over the stove, the floor, the counter and the sink… I mean, I love that he wants to do it but it’s not really any less work for me since I have to clean up the mess every time.

It may even be a bit more work.

I shouldn’t complain. At last he wants to do it.

Guess I’ll just have to keep trying till I find something my daughter wants to do IMG_1222

(aside from putting the stone with the cookies on it into the oven of course).

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God Bless You!

Cookie Adventures Lesson 1


OK. Yes. Maybe it was cheating a little bit to start with ready-bake cookies but they like them. No really… They do. The kids love these cookies!

So these were what we started with.

So we bought the cookies. We came home and we decided to get baking!

Before this experience the kids have asked questions about cooking, they’ve stirred things, they’ve watched and they’ve shopped with me of course. But never before have they had such an active roll in the entire process.

This time, they took an active part in everything. From purchase to serving.

If you’ve ever made these cookies before, you know they have a top and a bottom and if you get it wrong… your picture is not so pretty. So we started with that. I picked one up and showed them the difference. Then we talked about how important it is to put space between each cookie.

It’s amazing the things you have to think about when you’re teaching someone to cook. Little things that you take for granted can have huge ramifications.

My daughter wanted to put the cookies into the oven but she got distracted so she missed out on that & I’m not quite ready to let her take them out yet so I offered that job to my son but he didn’t want it. They’re both still a bit hesitant about the stove when it’s hot and that’s good but… It makes the process much slower when they won’t go near a hot stove.

The spatula wielding was up to me as well. As much as I want them to learn, I wanted cookies… not crumbs and this brand can really crumble if you don’t get them just right. So they watched me scoop the cookies from stone to plate.

All in all, a huge success if I do say so myself.

No picture of the final product. Sorry. I’ll get one next time, before they’re inhaled.

DISCLAIMER: We do not celebrate Halloween. But we do like pumpkins!
Who doesn’t!

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God Bless You!