Monday, March 30, 2015

Book Review: Home is where My People Are......

This book was provided by Family Christian for the purpose of this review.
About The Book.
Sophie Hudson takes readers on a delightfully quirky journey through the South, introducing them to an unforgettable cast of characters, places, and experiences. Along the way, she reflects on how God has used each of the stops along the road to impart timeless wisdom and spiritual truths. Nobody embodies the south like Sophie Hudson, and this nostalgic celebration of home is sure to make even those north of the Mason-Dixon Line long to settle on the front porch with a glass of sweet tea and reflect on all the people in our lives who-related or not-have come to represent home. (on the back of the book)
My Review Of This Book.

I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I was really excited about getting this review. I am so glad I did. It's a memoir and such a fun one. Sophie Hudson takes readers on a wonderful journey through the south. This book is full of humor. She shares her life story in the south during the 1970's through the 90's. She shares all her fond memories about her hair, her clothes, her music and movies and all the people and places she grew up in and around.
I love this book so much. I think it's because I am a Mississippi girl also and grew up in the same era. It's like I was her best friend growing up. I remember everything she talks about. I also loved how she reflects on how God uses each one of the stops along our paths for a purpose and how it molds and builds us and our lives into who and what we are.
The last few chapters in the book were my favorite. She was right on when she talked about home and what it means.
Great read. If you are wanting something fun and upbeat, grab this book, you won't be disappointed!
Disclaimer: As a Family Christian blogger, I had the opportunity to post this book review in exchange for a gift certificate.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The best free ABC Packs ever......

I have been looking for a fun ABC learning curriculum for my 5 year old. She knows most of her alphabet but still needs a little practice before I start her in Kindergarten in the fall. I have been following this site for a while but had forgotten about it. The other day, I came across it again and decided to look around a little more than before. I am glad I did. This is the best FREE ABC curriculum I have found. I am really glad I did.
This is something I will be using with my littles for a while. Just wanted to share this awesome site with you!
for these awesome downloads! Enjoy!
I plan on sharing our journey with you using these wonderful worksheets!


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

soup and a muffin recipe....

Here are two recipes from my menu plan this week. The first one is The All- American Cheeseburger soup I made for Monday night. The second one is my Banana Bread recipe that I turned into muffins instead of a loaf. These two are very easy.

Little Ruthie Bug, as her daddy calls her with her bowl of All-American Cheeseburger Soup.
Not the best picture of the soup but you get the idea! I accidently deleted the other picture of it. Sorry! To lazy to go and find it!

All -American Cheeseburger Soup
1 pound of ground meat
1 medium onion, chopped
1 stalk of celery, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tablespoons flour
28 ounces of beef broth
2 potatoes, scrubbed and coarsely chopped
1 can petite diced tomatoes
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 small can tomato sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 cup whole milk
Toasted buns or rolls, we used croutons
Cheeseburger Toppings:
pickles, onions, mayo, mustard, ketchup
In a 6 quart Dutch oven, cook beef, onions, garlic and celery until tender. Sprinkle the flour on the meat mixture and cook for 2 minutes.
Stir in the broth and potatoes. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat and cook about 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
Stir in tomatoes, cheese, tomato sauce, ketchup and Dijon mustard. Cook on low until cheese is melted. Stir in the milk. Heat through. Serve with toasted buns and cheeseburger toppings.

The next pictures are of the banana bread muffins I made this morning.
As you can see, the batter is very thick. That's ok.

Just scoop it into muffin tins.

This is the streusel topping I made for the muffins.

Just take little pieces of the topping and place on top of the batter.

Here is the finished muffin ready to eat!

Banana Bread Muffins
1 cup oil
1 cup sugar
1- 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1- 1/2 cups (about 2) mashed ripe bananas
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Streusel Topping:
2 Tablespoons softened butter
3 Tablespoons flour
1/4 cup brown sugar or sucanat
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray your muffin pans. Beat oil and sugar together. Add your vanilla, eggs and mashed bananas. Gradually  beat in the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir in your chopped pecans.
Scoop your batter into the muffin tins and sprinkle your streusel topping on top of the batter. Bake about 12 minutes or until golden brown.
Cool on baking racks for 5 minutes.
I hope you have enjoyed reading about the meals I am cooking this week for my family. Stay tuned for the Chicken Skillet Lasagna I cooked tonight, it was a hit!!!
God Bless!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Menu Plan for the Week of 1/18/15 - 1/24/15

I am really trying to get motivated to stay on a schedule and get organized with our homeschooling. I have noticed that when I have a menu plan for the week, things just go so much more smoothly. So, I decided to try to keep a menu plan, planned and posted for each week. Here is the plan for this week.

God Bless!

Sunday, January 18th
Coffee before church
Chicken nachos
Sandwiches, chips and homemade salsa and fruit
Monday, January 19th
Sausage, Egg and Cheese Bagels and Smoothies
Mac-N-Cheese and Fruit
All American Cheeseburger Soup
Tuesday, January 20th
Banana Bread
Sloppy Joes on Hot Dog Buns
Chicken Skillet Lasagna,
Wednesday, January 21st
Sour Cream Pancakes and Breakfast Sausage
Uncured Salami, Crackers, Cheese and Fruit
Beef Stew
Thursday, January 22nd
Link Deer Sausage Biscuits
Patty Melts
Fried Tenderloin and Baked French Fries, recipe here.
Friday, January 23rd
Homemade Cinnamon Rolls
Tacos and Spanish Rice
Creamy Tortellini and Spinach Soup, From my friend at
Saturday, January 24th
Sub Sandwiches
Breakfast for Supper

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Processing and working together.......

As you can see, our Macy bug killed her first deer last Friday, December 26th. Here are a few pictures of all the bugs and their dad processing it.

We ended up with 12 pounds of ground meat and 8 pounds of breakfast sausage.

Happy Happy Bugs!!!!!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Yummy Homemade Chili for the New Year....

Well, I decided to use my new Lodge Dutch oven to cook our chili in for our New Year's Eve party tonight. My sweet family got this awesome gift for me for Christmas! I love those guys so much.

I thought I would share this really good homemade chili recipe with you just in case you would like to make some of this yummy, hot, goodness on an upcoming cold night.
Homemade Chili Recipe

2 pounds of ground meat, I used ground vension
1/4 cup cooking oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 small can of tomato sauce
1 can no salt added petite diced tomatoes
1 15 ounce can of chili beans
1 cup water
1/3 cup chili powder
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 - 1 Tablespoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 cup ketchup
In a large Dutch oven, saute your onions and garlic until translucent. Add your ground meat and cook until done. Add your remaining ingredients and cook on low for about an hour.