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Saint Joseph, MO, United States
I'm a stay at home Mom of two children and I have the unique privilege of being able to homeschool both of them. I am a stepmother to two older daughters one who is going to college. I enjoy shopping, baking, cooking, cleaning, organizing, running, clowning, making soap, playing piano and lately painting with ASCP paint! I am learning to enjoy the little things in life and make the most of it...clinging to my Savior through the tears that life brings and enjoying his GRACE He gives us every day! Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 29, 2012

House for Sale and a Soapy Weekend

The weeks have gotten crazier and this week is no exception! Trey starts bball with the homeschooling group this week and our week is jammed packed! Our church is having Trunk or Treat on Wednesday and for the first time in a long time I'm participating! Will have pics on that later in the week!  The biggest thing for me that is happening this week is my race this weekend.  A year ago this race took me out of the game for six months! I didn't realize it but I was running on a leg that had a hairline fracture! This year...I'm determined to overcome that fear and race well:)

This past weekend I was able to catch up on some things since my friend and I were supposed to go to a craft fair but it was soo cold we knew we would freeze to death so we didn't go! I got to make two soaps that I have been trying to find time to make!

The first one up is my Blue Man Soap...this soap has already sold six bars before I even have them for sale! I'm thinking I might need to make more!

 This soap has jojoba oil in it and jojoba beads, the fragrance is wonderful.  Its the only masculine soap I make and has become quite the popular soap.  It is the only soap I do strictly for men.
Lavender soap which continues to be a popular soap especially those with sensitive skin.  This was the first soap I ever made and remains a favorite.  I changed it up a bit this time with plain soap and less lavender flowers.  We will wait for feedback!
Our house is up for sale....we will see what happens! I thought it a silly time to list but our agent said for whatever reason she has had several people call and list their homes as well! Hopefully by early spring we will be calling a new place home....I will miss my house though....I've worked very hard on it!

Have a GREAT day!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

If I only had a brain?!

If there was ever a week I was singing that song this is the week! Never in a hundred years could I imagine this week to take the turn that it did! I'm just now beginning to figure out that there are just times that people are never going to like me.....no matter what I do! I have had this problem for awhile but it became clear to me ten years ago....since that time I have tried to let things go....but still so irritated that I couldn't reach past it!

Have you ever met anyone that made you so mad that you wanted to scream and yell and put in that last dig....and then that thought that you knew would feel so amazing coming out comes out and your left with the sickening feeling that yes, you hurt that person but lost so much more in the process!

This week was one of those weeks....but with one thing on my side....I actually kept my mouth shut! However, in  keeping my mouth shut my spirit raged inside of me at the injustice of it all.  I was so distraught my spirit so low I didn't want to eat, growled at my children...was an absolute blast to be around :(

So, I started reading the book Resolution but read it with a bit more of a purpose since I had been convinced by our Pastor's wife that I should try to come one last time but wasn't sure I could with my schedule being so packed I probably wouldn't be able to....guess what it was all about? It was about priorities and faithfully serving right now.  It was about those that " when they choose to do everything, can't do anything well." OUCH! It was about bringing your best to God "right here, right now,". It was about " overwork is a form of unbelief. Your saying through your actions that you don't believe He can take care of everything, meaning you're on the hook for it. But playing God is exhausting. After all, He's the only one up to the job." ok...you can STOP NOW!

Finally it was about the tongue...which is connected to the heart.  Silence......it's a blessing that I haven't mastered! " for we all stumble in many ways,but if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a mature man who is able to control his whole body. James 3:2

Finally, the last kick in the pants.... " the heart is a reservoir, a holding tank for every attitude and belief we've either placed there or allowed to hang out there. It is a storehouse containing the essence of who we are and because of its direct link to our ongoing habits and cautions the picture of who we are becoming." basically meaning when someone is yelling at you, spreading untruths about you, being rude to you....and you lash back in word or even action it is because  the one and only one living inside of you does not have reign over your heart....you have given control in your head but not your heart....leaving you ( or should I say...me) to speak without thought of consequences but just what feels good, whatever can cut the other the deepest, whatever will stop that person in their tracks..and then I'm left with...nothing....just the shame that I lost the battle over my mouth and let the brain win and not the heart!

" Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life. Prov 4:23

So, I guess my costume for fall party was more on target  than I thought!

Have a GREAT day!  I'm still learning:)

Monday, October 22, 2012

Broccoli Cheese Soup

I have had a couple of you ask about this soup that I made so I wanted to post it for you! I know I wrote this post already but for the life of me I can NOT find it and figured it would be easier to redo than to keep looking so here goes!

1 cup carrot, finely chopped
1/4 cup celery, finely chopped
1/4 cup oinion, finely chopped
1/4 cup green pepper, finely chopped
1/2  cup fresh broccoli, cut in small pieces
1 3/4 cups chicken broth
2 cups milk
1/4 cup flour
1/2 t paprika
1/2 t salt
4 oz velveeta cheese
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup shredded provolone cheese (I think this is to strong so I now omit it, simply up to you!)

In stockpot, heat first 6 ingredients to boiling; reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender.  Combine milk, flour, paprika, and salt in a bowl.  Add to broth mixture.  Cook until thick and bubbly.  Add cheese and stir until melted.

This is from my FAVORITE cookbook! Don't Panic Dinner's in the Freezer! BEST BOOK EVER!

Have a Super day!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Fall Party on a Budget

This was our 7th year for our Fall Party and this year I did things a LOT differently!  First of all I stuck to a very strict budget.  Lets start with the food!

Everything that we had to eat I made:)

Broc Cheese Soup

Buffalo Chicken Soup--had a bit of a bite to it!

Apple Crisp as well and the buffet was so awesome to have:)

Monster Cookies:) Always a favorite!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins and Mini Apple Pies...the only thing I didn't make was the crust for the pies.

Banana Bread

For drinks we had tea, apple cider and water.  All the decorations I already had due to the fact that this is our seventh year having the party.

Next up costumes!

This year I wanted to be as creative as possible.  My costume total was $12.  I bought pants and shirt at Goodwill.  Raffia at Hobby Lobby along with material for patches and the stuffing.  Makeup I already had and hat I already had.  Shoes are old garden shoes and my hubby had the gloves.  It was a blast to do and I was very warm all night! Bandana also from Hobby Lobby.  I used duck tape to attach raffia to costume!

My hubby was AVERAGE man??? I have no idea but it was funny and our beloved Charlie was Super Dog:)

Ellie was a Pony and Trey was Batman....these were the only costumes I bought.

Elisha and Sarah were interesting:)

For games we had Apple Dunk and Sack Race!

AGain, the sacks I already had:)

I love Ellie's face in this one!

Charlie enjoyed running with Ellie to!

 We also had Craft Time which I bought the supplies in the dollar section at JoAnnes which they had on sale:)

I'm not comfortable putting pics up of other peoples children on my blog so I will just show you some of the adults:)

Winners of our Most Creative and Funniest Costume:)
They work with our youth at church:)

That's it! A really fun party...I'm a bit tired now though gotta say:)

Positively Splendid

Friday, October 19, 2012

I have the BLAHS

Yesterday I went to the massage therapist...in case you are not aware...that does not feel good.  I use the term "runner" loosely...but I do do it.  I only log at the most six to nine miles each week so I can hardly say "I'm a runner".  However, as of late I have finished without injury two 5K's and getting ready to do two more.  As he was working on me yesterday he made some comments that rang very true...kinda eery how your body will tell the truth when you are in denial.  He made the point that I was like a "body of armour" trying to protect myself from hurt...I of course rolled my eyes (he couldn't see me do that though:( ) He then went on to say that perhaps I couldn't move forward in my running because I was holding onto things.....hmmmmmm.  I didn't like that....I'm from a family of  "tuck in under the rug, don't SHARE" Pull up your bootstraps and GET OVER IT!

The other night in our Bible Study they started talking about things that they remember that are hurtful when they were growing up....I did not have a good attitude about that...I was not enjoying the fact that we were discussing this.  In my heart I was feeling that these women should be OVER this already...WHY ARE WE TALKING ABOUT IT!

Then this week I have had a conflict in my neighborhood with someone...and its a BIG conflict.  I went over to try to talk things out...they yelled at me, used profanity, slammed the door in my face after telling me to get off their property.  I will not go into the details of this conflict but they have pretty much taken all "gungho" is that a word? from me.  I tried to talk about it, fix it, smooth it over...and the door was literally slammed in my face!

Tonight we are having a fall party.  I'm trying to clean and decorate and make soups today...but really...all I want to do is pack up all my belongings and my family and move to a little A-frame in the middle of the woods (with a Target 20 min away and CVS too..and maybe a Costco) and I could just relax, lay down my armour, chill out.

I guess what got to me the most yesterday was my massage therapist.  I think in his own weird way he hit the nail on the head.  I need to let go of some things...letting the people that hurt me, continue to hurt me, people that don't like me just because I exist and nothing more...and let it go. 

I have come to the conclusion that this is easier said than done.  Going to be talking a lot to my Savior today as I clean, etc and get ready for our party.  Trying to let people see my imperfections, trying not to worry constantly what other people think of me...and just being content...right here...on Jules street....in the big green house...with the conflict that I can't fix, going to the church that I don't seem to fit in, dealing with the kids that don't always obey and sometimes are rude, driving the van that I hate with the scratches on it, living in the house with the plastic on the windows cause they are leaded glass and to beautiful to replace.

Today on my Iphone this is the verse that just popped up as I opened it...

Isaiah 26:3
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.

Peace....I need peace...and I need to trust...how bout you????

So, have a glorious day and I will be getting ready for my fall party.  Here's a sneak peek as to what I will be..

Gotta get busy!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

I sometimes eat CROW:)

Last week my dear boy who is 12 complained ALL week that he didn't feel well.  He had no fever, wasn't throwing up but didn't look to good.  I sent him to bed on day one...day two I made him do a little school. Day 3 I was irritated because he seemed to just be enjoying being LAZY a bit much! So, on day 3 I took him to the doctor which turned out to be a BIG disappointment for LOTS of reasons! The doctor first gave us an insult that he (the doctor) couldn't possibly have home schooled his son because his son was too smart.  I just sat there blinking my eyes and thankfully the good Lord closed my mouth...because for the first...maybe second time in my life...I could NOT form a thought! Plus I realized that anything I said would not convince him otherwise so why bother...but all weekend it bothered me! Did he think I just colored with him all day?  The doctor took a strep test and said that it came back fine....so we made our son go on a trip to visit his oldest sister four hours away....he didn't eat as much but we figured he indeed had the crummeys (is that a word?) but that he would be ok.  So, Monday he went to Scouts, I have assigned DOUBLE work all week to catch up, and Tuesdays he went to three home school classes...let just say we did our BEST to spread a disease we didn't know we had!!! 3:15 yesterday I get a phone call telling me that his strep test came back POSITIVE:(  So, I had to go get my son and tell him that yes indeed he was sick...blah blah blah blah blah.  He's on meds now and tonight the doctor informed me that he will no longer be contagious:) I'm sure everyone else is so happpy about that:)

I as a mother feel guilty just about all the time...am I doing the right thing? Perhaps I am to hard on my kids...did I really spend the time that I needed to with them...etc etc etc.

I'm involved in lots of things and spread myself to thin many times...but in the end...its ok to admit that you messed up (ok I did) and I should have listened and taken him seriously...but I am human and I do make mistakes....:)

This week I have a fall party to put together, a house to winterize, a ton of cooking to do, soap and candles to make....but someday...the house will be empty...the errands of running children around will be over...and I will have all day to run, and cook and do soap and candles...so...I take each day...and give extra kisses....and try and remember that the things I take for granted could be the LAST time that they do those things...My T's voice changed over night....my E may stop singing at the top of her lungs anywhere she is any day....remember....enjoy...embrace....and don't be afraid to say...HEY I messed up:)

Have a GREAT day!

I know with each passing day my children get closer to going away from me....my T will be the first to leave our home someday....I pray that I give him the wings to fly...but that he will always come back to HOME:)

Monday, October 15, 2012

Fall Party Menu!

I'm so scattered brained lately....to much going on! I'm just now eating my first meal of the day and its 2pm and I'm writing this while eating:)

This is our seventh year for our annual Fall party and I finally have decided on a MENU!

Will share pics and everything this week as we begin!

This year I'm going to TRY and do everything HOMEMADE! I'm going simple and I'm excited:) For Christmas to this year....think greenery, burlap and homemade ornaments:) Going and getting a real tree...yep! K, back to Fall Party!

Def going to have the following soups:

1. Buffalo Chicken soup which we tried last week:)

2.  Chili-because that's always a favorite!

3.  Chipotle Chicken Chili-cause...I LIKE IT:)

Homemade BREAD:)


1.  Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

2.  Mini Apple Pies:) with fall cutouts:)

3.  Apple Crisp:)

I of course will have candy for the kiddos and sack races, and apple dunk:)  We will also have craft time which I unfortunately have NOT decided on as of yet:(

Every family will bring home a jar of my apple butter:)

I  really hope that everyone dresses up this year....this year I'm getting into the spirit a bit more than I have in the past....Stay tuned:)

Oh, and for drinks! My sweet tea, hot apple cider and lemonade...because some people like it:)

Does it sound to simple..??? I always worry!!!!!!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Christmas Forest Soap

I really enjoyed this soap as it just created the greatest smell in my kitchen.  Reminds me of wonderful freshly cut evergreens...but not overpowering!

Loved the colors it made right from the start!

Cut up beautiful bars:)

These will be ready in two weeks:)

Ingredients used: Olive Oil, Fats, Coconut Oil, Beeswax,Colorant and EO.  Have a GREAT weekend!

Mini Apple Pies and Buffalo Chicken Soup

I found this on Pinterest and thought I would give it a try!

The instructions are quite easy!

Here ya go!

First you use about 8 apples and you cut them up!

I mixed the apples with
12 tablespoons of flour
1 1 /2 cup of sugar
4 heaping teaspoons of cinnamon

Then I took out my four Pillsbury pie crusts and got to work!

The author had a great tip and it worked perfectly! Mason jar lids! Genius!

Then it was time to put them in the muffin tin!

You can already see their cuteness can't you?!

I have a confession to make....I am not a GREAT baker....no can I make pancakes well....so I do not have a lot of cookie cutters....I have now realized that I must invest in some mini fall ones as I will be making these next week for our fall party:)

So, I used teapots...cause yes, that's what i have???!!!

Add a small stick of butter and then put your adorable teapots...umhmmm...or FALL decorative pie crust on TOP!

Put in oven at 400 degrees for 18 to 22 minutes.  The author started checking on hers around ten minutes and I did the same:)

They were a big hit and so stinkin cute!

Then I ran across this recipe for Buffalo Chicken Soup and my family LOVED IT!

For more info you can go to http:joyfulhomemaking.com

Here is the quick scoop on the recipe.

1/4 cup butter
3 diced celery stick
1 large carrot diced
1 tablespoon dried minced onion
1/4 cup flour
3/4 cup milk
3 cups chicken broth
2 cups chicken, cooked and cupt up
1/4 buffalo sauce
3/4 cup cheddar cheese
1/4 cup instant brown rice (optional) I personally think without it the soup would be way too thin

Dice celery, carrot and if using fresh, the onion.  Melt butter in frying pan over medium heat and saute the vegetables for about five minutes.

Then add the flour and stir and coof for two more minutes

add the milk and broth slowly while stirring

Simmer for a couple of minutes then add the chicken dried onion instant rice and buffalo sauce.

Simmer for 5 minutes more, then add the cheese.

Stir it in and simmer about five more minutes.  Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.

If you like, top with sour cream, and serve with celery sticks.

from http://www.joyfulhomemaking.com

Have a GREAT day!