Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Well, I got the baking-itch today after scrolling through FaceBook and seeing all of the wonderful creations that my friends are making for Thanksgiving tomorrow!  I am cooking dinner at my house and my mom is bringing desserts so I had no reason to do any baking, but the mood just really hit me so I set out on the best site ever (Pinterest of course!) to find an idea.  I came across these cookies and decided to give them a try.  Oh my goodness, YUM!  They were so fluffy, moist, and soft.  Perfection!  You can view the original recipe from Inside BruCrew Life here.  The only change I made was that I did not use walnuts.
Here's what I did:

1 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1 Tablespoon vanilla 
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups chocolate chips

  1. Use a mixer to combine pumpkin, sugars, oil, egg, and vanilla and mix together. 
  2. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and baking soda.
  3. Slowly mix the flour mixture into the pumpkin mixture.  
  4. Stir in chocolate chips
  5. Bake at 350°F for 9-10 minutes. 
Note: I used my convection oven which automatically brings the temperature down 25° from what you set it at, so mine cooked at 325°F 

I wish all of you a  very Happy Thanksgiving!!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Share Your Stuff Tuesdays

Wow!!!  What an AWESOME party we had this past week!  Thank you so much to everyone who linked up or stopped by and checked out some of the posts!  Our party is growing every week and it is because of YOU, so THANK YOU!

Don't forget that by linking up today you are posting at four different blogs!  And remember that we each choose our own favorites every week so pop over to each of their blog's and see if you have been featured!

FaceBook    Twitter    Pinterest    Google+    Instagram

The post with the most views this week was from How to Wash & Whiten Yellowed Pillows from Thrift for Today.

And my picks this week are:
hot chocolate station tablescape

Don't forget to grab your "Featured" button from my buttons page!

Ok, let's get to it this week!  Here are a few reminders:

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Christmas Scripture Chain

With Thanksgiving this week, it is officially time to start thinking about Christmas! (Although truth be told, I've been listening to Christmas music for weeks now!)  I came across the idea of a Christmas scripture chain on Pinterest a while back, but was not really happy with all of the scriptures that were included in the ones I found.  They had some Christmas verses mixed in with some 'normal' verses, but I wanted something that was focused completely on the Christmas story.  So, I decided to create my own!

We printed these out and gave them to families at our church today as a fun activity to do with their kiddos but honestly,  I also had some people without kiddos grab them too! So even if you don't have kids, this would be a nice collection to look at leading up to Christmas.

You can make the chain one of two ways:

1. Cut off #1 and staple it together to make a circle.  Each day you cut off the next verse, and link it together with the one from the day before.

2. Cut them all out and link them together.  Each day take off a verse and then the chain works as a countdown to Christmas.  Just make sure you do take them off in order (not actually counting down), because they go in chronological order.

You can print off your own copy here!


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Monday, November 18, 2013

Share Your Stuff Tuesdays!

Hey everybody!  What an awesome party we had this past week!!  Thank you so much to everyone who linked up!  I can't wait to see what all you have for us this week !

Remember that by linking up today you are posting on FOUR different blogs!  And don't forget that each host is picking her own favorites each week so be sure to check out each site to see if you have been featured!

FaceBook    Twitter    Pinterest    Google+    Instagram

The post with the most views this week was No-Bake Cake Batter Cookies by Lamberts Lately-YUM!

And a few of my favorites this week are:

Don't forget to grab the "featured" button from my buttons page at the top of the blog!

Alright, time to link up!  


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Controlling Paper Clutter

The amount of paper that comes into this house is just ridiculous!  I feel like I am constantly up to my eye balls in paper.  And that's with only 3 of the 4 kids in school so far!  I have tried so many different ways to deal with paper, but it seems to just constantly take over our lives.

A while back I shared our Command Center with you that you can find here.  As I stated then, we have only been in our house for about a year and a half so I am still learning how to best function out of it.  We have a main floor office so I struggled with what to keep in there and what to have in our Command Center.  While I think I finally have that figured out, there is still the issue of paper piling up in the filer in the kitchen just because of the sheer number of papers that actually come through the door.

With my husband working long hours, I try to keep mail and any school papers from the days he was gone in that area so he can look through it when he gets home.  But it is also where I put book orders, field trip forms that are awaiting signatures or money to go along with them, church take home sheets for the kids to fill out during the week, etc.  It fills up so quickly.  I can go through it all and have it cleaned out but as soon as the kids get home from school it fills right back up again.  Not working.

So I decided I needed to get a file for each kiddo (well for the older 2 year old doesn't contribute to this problem...yet...).  This is for the sole purpose of keeping their book orders, church sheets, and school forms.  It will also serve as a place for them to put their papers for me when they get home from school.  As it stands right now, they all get home and start throwing papers at me.  I stack it all up and attempt to go through it, but sometimes I can't get to it right away...and then you have situations like not knowing which teacher sent home the pre-conference questionnaire to fill out...luckily I figured that out before sending it for the wrong kid and looking like a total flake of a mom!

This is what my shelves look like now.  I've moved my little mesh sorter up higher (out of reach of kiddos of course :) ) and it is going to be used only for the things my husband needs to take a look at.  I bought this wall filer today and am anxiously awaiting hub's arrival home from the firehouse so I can have him put it up for me (he has a strict rule that I am not allowed to touch his power tools; or any of his tools for that matter.  Which is actually just fine with me because it just means I get out of some of the work-ha!).  I am actually hoping we can add strong enough magnets to the back so I can add it to the wall below my calendar.

What do you do for paper?  Do you have any great products for keeping your paper under control?  Or am I the only one who seems to have mounds of it coming home everyday?!  I am cautiously optimistic that this new system may solve some of our problems, but would be happy to listen to any suggestions :)

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Share Your Stuff Tuesdays & Some NEWS!!

Hi!  Welcome to another week of Share Your Stuff Tuesdays!  I have some exciting news to share with you today!  First of all, please meet Jenn from iHeart Hands-on, a new co-host to our party!  Welcome, Jenn!  So happy to have you with us :)

Second of all, there are a few new changes to our party!  The most exciting to me is that each of the hosts will be picking their own features from the  party each week so you now have a better chance to be featured on one of our pages!  So be sure to check back to each blog every week to see if you have been chosen! There is also a new "I've been featured" button for you to display on your page if you have been chosen.  You can find that on my 'Buttons to Grab' page at the top of the blog.   And finally, you will also see updated party information-now in a cute little box at the bottom of this post :)

Remember, by linking up today, you will be posting on FOUR different blogs!

FaceBook    Twitter    Pinterest    Google+    Instagram

Alright, time to check out some of my favorites from this past week!  Remember, each host is listing her own favorites so be sure to pop over to each of their sites to see if you have been featured!  You can just click on their names above to get there.  

There was a tie for the post with the most views this week:

And a few of my favorites were:

Don't forget to grab a 'featured' button for your pages!

And of course, as promised, here are our party reminders in a new form:

Thanks so much for linking up today!  Be sure to check out some of the other great projects and recipes that are posted!  You won't be disappointed :)  Ready?  Set?  LINK!

Butter Baked Chicken

Here's another super easy dinner idea for you!

1 Tbsp Garlic Powder
2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
2 Sticks of Butter
3-5 Chicken Breasts (cut in half long ways to shorten cooking time)

Melt the butter in a sauce pan on the stove, and add the lemon juice and garlic powder.  Stir so it is well  mixed.  Dip each chicken breast in the mixture and then place it in a 9x13 baking dish.  When all the chicken is in the dish drizzle with the remaining sauce.  Bake uncovered at 400°F for about 30 minutes.

Note:  You can switch out the chicken breasts for legs, thighs, etc to mix things up.  Just watch your cooking times as they may differ.  


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Monday, November 4, 2013

Share Your Stuff Tuesdays!

Happy November!!  With Halloween behind us, I am fully ready to bring on the holiday season!  This is definitely my favorite time of year!

I know last week I mentioned that it was the last week for Share Your Stuff Tuesdays, but as life often goes, there have been some changes that have popped up this week, so we are just going to continue on with Share Your Stuff, and I couldn't be more excited!  I'm looking forward to seeing what you have been up to this week!  I hope that you will enjoy checking out the other projects & recipes as well :)

Remember, by linking up are sharing on three blogs:

Some great stuff from last week's party....
There was a tie for the post with the most clicks:

Some host favorites:

                                                      Some Fall Touches from little Brags

Party Info:

  • Share Your Stuff Tuesdays party is held from Monday nighst at 8pm (CST) until Friday mornings at 9am (CST).
  • Feel free to link up any family friendly post created by you.  Link to your post directly, not your home page.
  • Please link back to : Table for SevenSimple Life of a Fire Wife or Cookin' Mimi  in your post.
  • Be social! Visit some other blogs and leave some kind words.
  • Make sure the photos you submit are your own and please pin from the original source.
  • Each week, there will be project, check back in :)
  • By linking up, you are giving  permission to use your photo and link on of the hosts social media sites.

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