Our meals for the week

Hello everyone, hope your having a great week! Need some motivation for new meals?  Here are some we made this week and enjoyed very much.

The first one was for cheeseburger lasagna.  It was one I found on one of those scrolling videos on my Twitter feed.  Looked easy enough and it was very good.  It tasted to me like cheeseburger sliders…Yum!  Click here for recipe.

We served it along with these baked oven fries that were topped in cheese, bacon, and ranch.


Then it was time for a crockpot meal….This is one of my goals over the next month…to utilize my crockpot more.

I tried a new recipe: tater tot, chicken, bacon and cheese casserole.  The family thought it was good.  Click for how to make it.We then had some fresh corn on the cob and I had that ready to cook for when we got home from the lake.  It took 5 minutes cook.  Another easy dinner.   Then my daughter called and was sick:(  She is working and staying at a Christian girls camp this summer but it is within a five minute drive from our home—mom loves that:)  She wanted some chicken noodle soup so I made this for her.  I don’t know about anyone else, but I grew up drinking Vernors when I was sick.  It is harder to come by down here so when I see it, I get a bunch of 2 liters. I was fortunate to have this in the pantry. If you have never had any when sick….try it.  The ginger in the soda does something for sore throats and sick tummies.  You can’t substitute it for ginger ale it has to be Vernors.  Click for our chicken noodle recipe for sickness.

Then we made some Poor Boy Subs.  These are a monthly favorite for our family. Very cost efficient and delicious!

This was another new crockpot meal.  Sausage, pierogie casserole.

It was very yummy.  My little ones didn’t particularly care for it, but everyone over 9 years of age, ate it:) They would have liked it all separate.  Then we utilized the grill and made chicken /beef kabobs and some taco salad.  The taco salad is super easy to make. 

Then we made an easy dessert for the kids. I had a lot of bananas that needed to be eaten up.  I have plenty of frozen bananas so I didn’t want to do that, my daughters came up with this idea. Banana pudding dessert.

That was our meals for the week.  We served watermelon every night as we had bought 3 this week to eat.  I just kept cutting them up as we ran out.  I also did some cantaloupe for those that like that.

Hope this gives you some inspiration for new meals.  Be blessed today and always!

Life Skills for Guys week 2

Here is the second week life skills course for guys….print it off and add it to your binder for this week’s lessons.

Have a blessed day!

Click here to download and print off.

The last 5th birthday celebration and girls spa night

Wow, how time sure does fly by…………we celebrated our youngest child, #10’s, fifth birthday this past week.  I can hardly believe it is our last 5th birthday.  I know we will have some grandchildren birthdays but this is the last “child’s” birthday.

It was a wonderful celebration for Stephen.  Our birthday weekend started out with Lauren coming back home after being gone at camp Greystone all summer.  It is a christian girls summer camp and she loves working their.  So she was busy unpacking everything.

Then the girls have been wanting to have a sleepover this summer and we had never gotten around to it, so I figured why not join in the birthday festivities and have their friends over. We did girl spa night.

The older girls did the younger girls nails and gave them spa treatments.

The little girls were loving it.  Then they promised to leave the older girls alone:)

They made a coconut oil and sugar scrub for hands and feet.

Cucumbers for the eyes, of course:)

Avocado, oatmeal, and honey facial mask.

orange Kool Aid and coconut oil lip rub

We popped a big bowl of popcorn and offered different popcorn flavorings per each child’s request.  We also made some birthday cake hot cocoa.  This was very good.

The girls had fun and this allowed time to play with the boys:)  They all had a fun night.

Then our church had a back to school bash the next morning and that was a lot of fun for everyone.

There was something for everyone to do.

Everyone except Stephen did the water slide.  They loved it!

Even Evan got involved and volunteered for the dunk tank:)

They tried their hand at putt putt.  Hmmm we ended up doing four of them and the little ones were done:)

Here is Stephen coming down the inflatable obstacle course.

Brooklyn getting stuck on the velcro wall:)

Here is Stephen climbing up the wall.  It was a gorgeous day.  We have had so much rain here it has been a little depressing. This morning we woke up and it looked like rain all day, but when we got to church, the skies opened up and it was gorgeous.  A little warm, real feel of 97 degrees! but there was no rain.

We came home to cool off and open presents.  Then we took a break for an hour while mom made dinner.

Then we ate.  We had mac and cheese, hot dogs, cheese balls, chips and french onion dip, watermelon, veges and hummus, and some homemade mini pizzas.  It was definitely a five year olds birthday request:)

I made him a “Stephen cake”, a cake I haven’t made in a long time, but was happy to do for him. Click here for how to make it or a girls cake.

We then played some games.  These are usually staples at most of our parties:

Suck the candy up the straw and place it within the cupcake liner.  We had  a race and gave everyone ten candies.  They always like this one.  We used M&M’s this time.

We then did clothespin drop into a Mason jar.  Always a fun game, I remember playing this when I was a child.

We also always do pin the tail on something. Since Stephen loves Batman, Stephen’s friend Elizabeth, drew him a Stephen sized Batman.  We played pin the mask on Batman.

Then we played charades. I used these printable summer ideas from our homeschool party. 

We ended the night with some bubbles outside.  It rained most of the afternoon but we did sneak in a few moments outside. 

We realized that Ruby loves to eat bubbles:)Overall we had a wonderful day.  We were thankful for the sunshine in the morning and even though we had rain all afternoon, Stephen had a great time.

Happy 5th Birthday Stephen!


Abundant life bible study for teens and adults

I have been wanting to do a study for my teens on living an abundant life. I have learned so many different truths over the years from various pastors and  I was talking with a friend about having something all together for our children based on  Holy Spirit living.  We learn and live it daily, why not help teach others to be grounded with this.  I decided to take on this task and I figured the best way to do this was to post a week’s study at a time.

This study will cover such topics as:

  • living a life of faith
  • being led by the Holy Spirit
  • healing
  • prosperous in all areas of life
  • wisdom
  • offenses
  • rebuking the devourer–spiritual warfare
  • fasting
  • tithing
  • pride
  • tradition of man vs God’s truths
  • importance of your words

I am excited to do this.  It is what set me free in so many areas of my life. I could not imagine living my life any other way. It will be good to have a study each week and eventually I will put it in a book form to download in whole.

I hope your enjoy, let me know what you think. I love feedback and would like to know if any is impacting your life.

Click here to download week 1

Be blessed!

How to make your kiddie pool and floaties last all summer!!!

Okay, we moved down to the south a few years ago and it is definitely much hotter down here!  Not complaining, we absolutely love it.  The one thing we are very fortunate that we have is a private lake in our community.  We spend almost everyday at our lake for a few hours to cool off.  This will be until we get our pool in place. How do you engineer a pool off the side of a mountain?!! I am leaving that up to my husband:) Anyways until that time….we settle for a kiddie pool and floaties for the lake.  We purchased a couple of these pools from Amazon and Sams Club last year and got new ones as holes appeared.  This year I discovered Gorilla Glue Silicone Sealant and I have not had to replace our pool yet.

I get the family swim pool for around $30 and it is great for our large crew.  I used a tarp and set it on our driveway.  We live on a mountain and there is not any flat grass land.  Plus now that we have bears in our yard!!! I like my children within view:)

Forgive me for the 1/2 black 1/2 color photo—my phone edited like part of it?!!  When it is time to change the water, usually every 2 days, we let out the plugs and let it flow down the mountain.  I use an electric pump and fill up each ring and it takes about 5 minutes to fill.  Then we fill it with the hose.

This works great for the days we just want to cool off at night and when the lake season ends on labor day, BUT it will still be warm for a while down here!

I purchased some fun floaties at the beginning of the season and have made them last by using this goop over the holes as they would appear.  My children can be rough, as most are launching pads for multiple children:)   Here you can see on the seam how we covered it in goop. If the hole keeps not wanting to seal and air blows through, cover it, let it dry a few moments, and then spread some more on. Eventually the air will not blow out.  It helps to not have the floaties completely full of air—no pressure.

Here were some small holes on the pool.

For the $5 it costs for this plumbers seal, well worth the price, especially at the end of the season and there is no place to get floaties at around here.

Hope this helps someone patch some holes.  Last year, we used the patch kit and it worked for a bit, but this was much better.  I have a red boned coon hound dog that enjoys jumping into the pool and leaves her tiny scratches on the sides and I have been able to patch my holes easily.  Sets up within half hour in the sun and is great!

If you floaties are slowly losing air…..get some of this sealant at your local Walmart or Lowes.

Have a blessed day!