Tuesday, November 21, 2017

You Gotta Have Grit

Hello Friends!

Sometimes things do not go as planned as you all well know! Our dryer decided to not work properly today, my Pre-Lit Christmas tree decided it had its better days and would not return, and I realized I had accidentally donated a box with a lot of my Christmas décor last spring, and then my vacuum is not acting right.  Oh and my heater for the house is acting bonkers.

I had a slight meltdown today! I say this now laughing. Truly! I am trying so hard to stick to budget and I already feel a slight pressure of "will this all work". But friends....sometimes you have gotta have GRIT! That is what we say in the south.



You got to make things work. Figure it out. Be creative. Make do even when you may not want to. Hopefully our dyer will be under warranty. A friend let me use her dyer so graciously.  Hannah let us have her personal Christmas tree. I learned to be creative with things I had in my home to make it Christmas looking due to the donated décor, and my vacuum still works but just won't stand upright so I am just going to have to make do.



Is the tree the Martha Stewart tree that I usually aim for?  NOPE...it is simple and Charlie Brown like. But sweet and serves its purpose. I was not willing to spend money out of the budget or charge a new one! Nope. Even a used one! Nope. I will make do!

Did I like loading wet soaking clothes to a friends home?  NOPE...but it reminded me of neighborly love. My friend came through for me. We enjoyed a chit chat too. Will I charge a dryer if it is not under warranty? NOPE! We will save out of half of the debt attack money, cut out pleasures, and etc. until we can save up. I may have clothes hanging all over my home. But I am sticking to the budget!

Am I sad about the décor I donated? Yes BUT thankful I could make things pleasant and work. Hopefully some other family is enjoying those decorations.

Running out to the store to buy "new things" was not an option. And I am thankful that the Lord helped me have GRIT and Make DO!

Blessings,

Chrissy

Monday, November 20, 2017

Starting the Envelope System

Hey everyone. This topic was easier to do a video on. Thanks for your support and patience.


Please share your thoughts! Many blessings!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Eating Out Knock Off-Chinese Food (Teriyaki Chicken)

Hey everyone. Since we are working at slashing our expenses I am having fun in the kitchen. Also, I share on this short video about why I took down previous video.




Recipe
2 pounds of boneless chicken
1/2 c Soy Sauce Low Sodium
1/2 brown sugar
2 TBL of minced garlic

Marinate chicken for 2 hours or more.
Bake at 350 for 30  minutes

Complete meal with rice, sauted peppers and onion . Super Delish!!!!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Homeschool Fall Ball

My older children had a Homeschool Fall Ball that our Homeschool Group put on. It was very tasteful. I helped decorate for the event. It turned out so lovely. My son decided to surprise his little sister with flowers. This is his last year for things like this (as a Senior). This was Hannah's first year for the ball. Super Sweet. Ethan already owned his suit and he used one of his dad's ties. Hannah's dress cost $30 but she can wear it several times. She plans to wear it for her Christmas Youth Party and Christmas Service. The dress cost $100 but I found it on a closeout website.




Monday, November 13, 2017

Master Pantry List-Becoming Prudent (Part 3)

I am sharing our Master Pantry List. After typing it all out I plan to go through this list and see where I can cut or changes I could make to cut our list down. I shared things we use for our family at some point through the year. I know a lot will not seem whole foodie or anything of that nature.  I am also aware a lot of things I could cut to be more frugal. I do not buy these things monthly. But for time sake I do use these items for quick needs. I am sharing what I would like to have in my pantry due to the fact I know I purchase it at some point through out the year. I know I could make things from scratch more, store more, and preserve more. I am not at that point yet. I plan to get there though. Without further ado....


Canned and Jar Goods

green beans (different styles)
corn (Creamy and whole)
carrots
diced tomatoes
tomato sauce
chicken broth
beef broth
tuna fish (water packed)
cream of mushroom
cream of chicken
cream of celery
baked beans
refried beans
black beans
pinto beans
northern beans
spaghetti sauce
alfredo sauce
cheese sauce (frito chili pie topping)
olives
relish
pickles
salsa
canned fruit (peaches and pineapples)
pumpkin



Condiments

ketchup
mayonnaise/miracle whip for husband
mustard
steak sauces (A1, Country Bob's, Worcestershire sauce)
ranch
thousand island dressing
honey mustard
Italian dressing
hot sauce
bbq sauce
jelly
teriyaki sauce
low sodium soy



Misc.

pasta shells (penne, elbow, ziti)
spaghetti noodles
lasagna noodles
rice
dry beans
rice packs
mac and cheese (quick emergency lunch for kids)
ramen noodles
granola bars
tortilla chips
popcorn
crackers
animal crackers
graham crackers
grits
oatmeal
pretzels
turkey jerky (me)
coffee
tea bags
creamers
bread
buns
tortillas
peanut butter
applesauce
cereals
cookies



Baking, Spices, and Seasonings

Chili season pack
taco season
ranch dressing packs
french onion soup mix
flour (SF, All Purpose, Whole Wheat, Bread flour)
baking soda
baking powder
powdered sugar
sugar
brown sugar
cake mixes (ER quick fixes)
icing
brownie mixes (Quick Fix)
pancake mix
pudding mixes
chocolate chips (different kinds)
vanilla
yeast
cooking spray
oils (EVOO, and etc.)
cornmeal
bread crumbs
cornstarch
salt
pepper
garlic powder
parsley
Italian season
paprika
meat seasonings (McCormick mixes)
vinegars
cocoa powder
syrup
honey
food coloring
baker's chocolate
cinnamon
pumpkin pie spice


Refrigerator Needs

cheese slices (Colby)
cheese shred (mozz and cheddar)
butter (unsalted and salted)
milk
sandwich meats
eggs
parmesan
yogurt
sour cream
cottage cheese
cream cheese
pizza dough (quick need)
pie crusts (quick need)
pepperoni


Fresh Produce (purchase things that are seasonal)

lettuce (leafy greens)
cabbage
tomatoes (Seasonal)
potatoes
sweet potatoes
carrots
celery
green onion
apples
bananas
lemons
oranges
grapes (depends on sale)
berries (if in season)
zucchini and squash (seasonal)
onions
peppers (seasonal prices)
fruits and veggies of the season



Freezer

ground beef
chicken (breasts, thighs, legs, and whole chickens)
turkey
turkey ham
bacon
breakfast sausage
smoked sausage links
summer sausage
pork chops
pork loins
roasts
vegetables (lima beans, mixed veggies, peas)
ice cream ( a must in our home)
berries (smoothie mix)
cool whip
frozen items I keep on hand for quick lunches for kids (pizza and chicken nuggets) we do not eat these often but it is nice to have when needed for a quick fun lunch
french fries


Here is a neat basic pantry printable. Here is a blank pantry printable to insert your personal pantry needs.


Goodness that is a lot!!!!


Do you have a Master Pantry List?

Blessings,

Chrissy


























Friday, November 10, 2017

Budgets, Oh My! Becoming Prudent (Part 2)

BUDGET!!! The dreaded word for some people. Honestly, I am apart of those people that dread the word. Not because I do not like budgets or that I don't budget partially. It is because I always have a hard time setting them up, making them work, and etc.

It never fails. I will set up this nice budget. I will get all our ducks in a row. I promise the next week we will have a unforeseen expense and it throws us all off.



I know...I know....that you need savings for these things. I know you should have that $1000 ER fund, or sinking fund. I know...I know...BUT what if you don't?  For example, every time we will begin our plan to try and work towards having that savings or ER fund something comes up.

I think this is where Prudence comes in.  We have to ask ourselves is this situation worth investing at that moment or could we possibly make a decision to put it off until we have the money for it. Prudence is all about making wise choices.

But to be realistic you do need a budget when aiming to be prudent. You need to know where your money is going and how to make it work for you.

My first step is to go over our current budget. Here are my steps to make this painless as possible.

1. Gather all totals of debt owed. (I am crying like a baby here!)
2. Write out all of our fixed expenses.
3. Write out all our expenses that fluctuate such as gas money, clothes, boy's haircuts, groceries, supplies. Things of this nature. Set a more fixed amount if possible for these expenses.
4. Total all income. Then total all expenses.
5. Plan any money left over to go toward debt reduction. Cut any expenses possible if need be to help this area.

This is my first step toward Becoming Prudent. Of course, all this tackled with prayer!

What is your thoughts on Budgets?  How do you make them work for you?  Any budgeting tips?

Blessings,

Chrissy


Thursday, November 9, 2017

Becoming Prudent (Part One)

Prudent-acting with or showing care and thought for the future (Bing Definition)

Prudent meaning biblically (because that is what counts to me)

PRU'DENT, a. Cautious; circumspect; practically wise; careful of the consequences of enterprises, measures or actions; cautious not to act when the end is of doubtful utility, or probably impracticable.
The prudent man looketh well to his going. Prov.14.
A prudent man foreseeth the evil and hideth himself. Prov.22.
1. Dictated or directed by prudence; as prudent behavior.
2. Foreseeing by instinct; as the prudent crane.
3. Frugal; economical; as a prudent woman; prudent expenditure of money.
4. Wise; intelligent.
Visit here for information.


 
I am sharing some scripture that stood out to me during research.
 
Luke 14:28-32
"For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it? "Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who observe it begin to ridicule him, saying, 'This man began to build and was not able to finish.'           
"Or what king, when he sets out to meet another king in battle, will not first sit down and consider whether he is strong enough with ten thousand men to encounter the one coming against him with twenty thousand? "Or else, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace.

Just reading Proverbs 31 can encourage you or at least open your eyes to see that prudence is a must in our lives as women.

I am working on this in a lot of areas in my life. I believe being wise and prudent is a superb character quality and it can be such a blessing to our homes.

I am trying to let this all sink in as I embark on letting the Lord mold me and shape me. I pray He will help me become prudent. I want to consider how I build our home (pantry, money, and needs). I also do not want it to be an idol or all I focus about. I want to have a happy medium.

What are some simple basic tips you have on Becoming Prudent or shall I say Frugal in today's terms?

Blessings,
Chrissy





Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Basic Ham and Potato Soup (Chowder)


Basic Ham and Potato Soup or some may call it Chowder

5-6 medium to large potatoes peeled and cubed
2 cups of chopped ham ( I used Jeannie-O Turkey Ham)
1/2 cup of chopped onions
3/4 stick of butter
2 cups of chicken broth
1 cup of water
3 TB of Flour
salt, pepper, powder, parsley flakes to liking
Cheddar Cheese shred for garnish

Saute butter and onion until ready
Add flour
add potatoes, broth, water, ham and seasonings

Stir and bring to a boil and then turn down to medium heat for about 5 minutes. Stir and keep an eye on it so it will not scorch. Then turn on low. Cook for about 25 to 30 Minutes stirring occasionally.
Cook until potatoes are soft and tender. Top with cheese.

Share what your favorite soup is!!!  I do love this soup/chowder mentioned but my favorite soup is Broccoli and Cheddar Soup.

Blessings,
Chrissy


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Blessed In Deed-Coloring Book Winning, Tea Time, and Yummy Soup!

I won a giveaway over at Monica's, The Homespun Heart. I got an amazing color book and sweet lovely card. Monica is a true gem. I have been visiting her blog for years!!! I always leave refreshed. Even when I take a blogging break (more so for me not to write) I have a few blogs I catch up on occasionally and she is one of them. Her blog is a breath of fresh air. A Blessing In Deed!




We had a our tea time last week. I was under the weather so I kept it really simple. I baked cookies and we had pink lemonade. We just started a Wrinkle In Time for the reading. I love our sweet Tea Time. It is a Blessing In Deed.



Hannah washed and groomed our dog for us saving us some money. She truly still needs a grooming. We do it twice a year and it is about time. But she did a good job! She is a servant! A Blessing In Deed!



I made a yummy pot of Potato and Ham Soup last week. It was so filling! It was the first soup besides Chili due to our warm weather. I can enjoy soup anytime but  my husband is not a fan when it is hot. Last week we had some cooler days so I got to make some!! Yay! A Blessing In Deed!



Just a little encouragement for today!

"Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my savior, and my God." -Psalm 42:11

We have a HOPE, a Savior, a Mighty God!

Blessings,

Chrissy

Monday, November 6, 2017

Sadness but It Is Well....

In these past few moments I just keep humming, "It is Well With My Soul". It is comforting! I will be honest I had a heavy dread on me all day yesterday. Something I just really couldn't shake. Matter of fact it started on Saturday. I just felt I needed and wanted to do nothing but sit in the Lord's Presence. I told my husband on the way to a church we were traveling to that he was going to preach at last night that I had a heaviness and felt dread. Right then we begin to pray.

I had no idea of the shooting that took place yesterday because I try not to get on the internet on Sunday much and we don't have Television. I didn't find out about it until we were at the church around 6:00 PM when the Pastor requested prayer.



My heart sank. I am not saying that this heaviness or dread I was experiencing was from this but I do know I believe that if we are walking in the spirit and we faithfully pray for our nation and church bodies that you do get a spirit of intercession that should break our heart for what breaks His.

I will be honest last night after I read an article about it all before bed I asked my husband that ultimate question...WHY?! Why did God allow this?  Why did He not stop this?! I was so hurt and confused at the situation, not the Lord, but just thought it was so devastating.

It could have been my family that had just went to church. Or yours. I am thankful it wasn't but I am so terribly sad for those that it was. I feel so hurt for them. I just want to cry and shake my fist at all.

We live in a wicked time. Wickedness has always been around though. I pray that these families can find consolation and comfort during this time and all that is to come.

All I can do is stand on God's truths, hope, and sing "It is Well with My soul"!!!

Blessings,
Chrissy

Friday, November 3, 2017

How Can You Feed a Family of 5 for $75 a Week?

Some of you amazing grocery diva's will probably say that is a lot of money and then some of you will be like WHAT? !!! that is too little. Everyone has differences in this area.

If you were given $75 for the week and told you need to buy ALL your weekly grocery needs with this how would you go about it and what would you make or plan to prepare for this? NO COUPONS!



Take me a long in the comments below on your planning and meals that would fit this for a family of five.

This will include breakfast, lunches, dinners and snacks. My husband does not eat breakfast on the weekdays. We do not eat breakfast at home on Sunday because we have it at church. We homeschool and are always home on the most part. My husband also eats lunch at work because it is usually provided by company.

I do have two teenagers (they eat!). Oatmeal isn't a hit with my family. I am allergic to nuts. Sandwiches are not a favorite everyday but we do like them. We also do like leftovers. But I tend not to have enough after our meals. Also, I do not coupon. I also do not like weird off the wall ingredients.

Now that you got my family dynamics. Pretend your in my shoes.  What would you fix, prepare, plan, and how could you make $75.00 a week work??

Thanks for your help!!


Thursday, November 2, 2017

If You Had $20 to Start a Pantry...What Would You Buy??

Hello friends!  I have been trying lately to get my pantry stocked back up. I have let it go a little due to putting my money in other areas but the pantry is low. I have been inspired lately by a few blogger friends and their pantry building skills.

So, if you were starting from the beginning and you were given $20 to stock your pantry for STOCKING & BUILIDING purposes ONLY what would you buy? 




Those of you with experience of stocking pantries please share what you feel is a good foundation?

Then, next week we will share what the next step would be!!

Please check out my previous post on Egg McMuffins. I usually do not post two times a day. But I am shopping tomorrow and need some ideas!

Thanks,
Chrissy

Egg McMuffins (Weight Watcher Friendly) & Good Morning!

 
Good morning! Or evening wherever you are located! This morning was misty, and warm with a slight breeze. I decided to take my morning reading outside. It was a nice morning but it didn't last long enough. Some days I wish I could just linger for as long as I really want.
 

I made me a WW friendly Egg McMuffin yesterday and the kids wanted one this morning. I whipped them up some and they really enjoyed them.



Weight Watcher Friendly Egg McMuffin (4 Smart Points)

Thomas Light Multi Grain (100 cal) English muffins or any will do if you aren't counting points
1 egg scrambled
1/4 cup of fat free cheddar cheese but for my children I  used Colby cheese slices
1 piece of Canadian bacon

While making your eggs, toast your muffin. Then layer all the ingredients on muffin once egg is cooked. Enjoy!

This literally took me under 10 minutes to do! They had a yummy breakfast. Beats cereal!

Speaking of healthy breakfasts, lunches, and dinners! I am in need of inspiration for my family. I know everyone has different views on "healthy" eating. I am looking for basic, simple, FRUGAL meals that do not have weird ingredients.

Please share!!!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Lovely Mornings & Scripture Memory

I love cool crisp  mornings. It is finally feeling like Fall here. It actually has been very chilly at night. I have really enjoyed these cuddle type cozy nights and for sure the mornings.

Coffee brewing, blankets, soaks, Bible time, quietness, and the still fresh beginning of the day.  I will admit sometimes I get so cozy I want to linger all day in my spot.

Today was just a perfect morning for muffins. The kids love waking up to the smell of them.
I like the smell and the taste!!! *Smiles*



I thought I would show you all our board we put up our current memory scriptures. We memorize or at least attempt to memorize (read over daily and discuss) weekly new scriptures. My husband discusses the scripture and bases a weekly devotion off that scripture during family dinner one night a week.


Do you memorize scripture, focus on certain passages, or anything of this nature?  Maybe your past the "kid devotion stage" but do you do it yourself? 

Blessings,
Chrissy

Monday, October 30, 2017

Cozy Weekend

 

This weekend was a little busy but we nuzzled in some major cozy time. My husband and boys traveled to go preach out. Hannah and I stayed behind because she was finishing a play production she was in. She did so good. After the production on Saturday we got some goodies to indulge in and we indulged in Hallmark Movies. We cuddled up in the bed and watched some movies on Hallmark Movies on the internet. We don't have cable but they had a free trial for 7 days on Feeln.com (Hallmark Movies) we took advantage of it and just had a wonderful time.


Earlier in the day while I was waiting on Hannah's play to start I headed to a park to catch up for some reading and preparing for Sunday School. I popped out and took a very quick walk. I saw this bright leaf amongst all the bland leaves and twigs. It was so pretty. May I shine in a dark world and draw others to be interested in what I have in me...Jesus.


This tree had roots that stretched out forever it seemed. I want to have roots in the Lord like this. Deep, long, and strong.


I kicked off the morning with a waffle and bacon breakfast, a long walk, and coffee time with Derrick my husband.

I love Slower Paced Weekends!!

Blessings,
Chrissy

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

My One Word-How is it going?

At the beginning of every new year I pray for a word to study or try to focus on for the year. I wanted to share how that is going and what I am doing to make it applicable to my life.

This year's word is PRAY! I began to feel this so strong last October and November. I chose this word or shall I say it chose me because I was in a very difficult place last year and was beginning to struggle with my prayer life due to many health issues.

                            
                          Training our kids for their own personal time. Yes....that is decaf coffee!


When the New Year started I began to pour myself into studying, learning, and doing more of prayer.
My Pastor kicked off something new last year and had corporate prayer the first 3 days of the month in January, February, and March. We met Monday through Wednesday and had focus prayer and worship.

It really was the kick start I needed. I had NO idea that the journey I was about to take would be so important in so many ways. I have had to fight in prayer so much this year for so many things. It has been amazing to see the outcome. I am also learning to trust and have patience when I don't see immediate results.

A couple of resources that has helped me this year are...

a personal journal- writing scripture and promises and praying them
31 Days of Praying for My Husband
Print outs from Pinterest on daily things to pray over our children
Reading the Book, Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret by Moody Classics (WONDERFUL)
Revive Our Heart Podcasts
MY BIBLE-Praying the Word, Praying Prayers in the Word
Simple Living For Him Podcasts

These resources above have been instrumental in my year! They have impacted me in so many ways.


How about you?  Are you living out the Word you chose at the beginning of the year?  Any goals or resolutions you are working toward?

Now is a good time to evaluate!!!


Blessings,
Chrissy

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Tea Party Picnic Style

 
Last Thursday for our Slower Paced day and Tea Party Day we headed to a local park. This is the kids favorite park. We haven't been a while. I made cinnamon rolls for our tea time. We picked up a pizza for lunch. We played, walked, water colored, and read!! We also enjoyed a stop by the library on our way home. We stocked up on goodies to read and enjoy!
 
 




As you can see I have my hands full babysitting. I am wearing the baby in this picture.








I Just finished a book about homeschooling called Teaching from Rest- A Homeschooler's Guide to Unshakeable Peace by Sarah Mackenzie.  I finished it that day. It has been one of the best books I have ever read as a homeschool mom. I already notice a change in my outlook but keeping this outlook is a prayer of mine!

Hope you all are well! Read or reading any good books lately?

Blessings,
Chrissy

Thursday, October 19, 2017

A Cute Thank You, Tea Time, and Thursday Love


This week my youngest son performed in a Musical for one of our homeschool groups. I was over the reception that followed. WOW!!! What work that was. Hint...why I have been missing in action on here this week. I wanted to gift the ladies that put this musical on. I was on a budget but I was blessed to find autumn smell good candles at Kroger's this week for buy on get one free. I got those and then realized when I got home I didn't have anymore paper bags I usually have on hand. But I did have paper sacks. I just dolled them up and they turned out cute I thought.


Last Thursday's Tea Time was interesting. It was so sweet and good but the baby I watch woke up and in the middle of our time puked all over the table. It would not have been so bad if were not having white chocolate pudding pies. HAHA!!! The kids were a little sick to eat after this event. *Smiles*

 
 Later that evening Hannah had to go to choir practice so we had just Kyle because Ethan was at basketball. We took a nice walk and as we were getting cleaned up for the night Kyle surprised my husband and I with a snack on the counter. It was so sweet. It was really good too!


These little treats below are what we had for our Tea Time. They were Phyllo shells with Sugar Free White Chocolate pudding and mini chocolate chips. The other ones I filled with homemade applesauce. They were both good and both 3 Smart Points each on Weight Watchers.


This past weekend I went to a one day Ladies Conference with some family and it was exactly what my soul needed. Oh...I could have lingered and listened to the ladies that spoke all day. The Lord used them. I was already feeling and studying a lot of what they discussed for 2 weeks before. Isn't that just like the Lord. They sealed it all for me.

I hope you have had a good week so far. Our week has been crazy, busy, and then the last few days I have had to be intentional at slowing it.

Blessings,
Chrissy

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Sweetness of the Thursday

Hello friends. The Lord's mercies are truly NEW EVERY Morning. Thank the Lord. Yesterday, was such a better day and this morning is off to good right start. I have had more intentional Quiet Time and I feel such a joy in our home this morning.

Muffins were made this morning. Smells of the muffins and pumpkin candles fill the home air. Thursday is always our SLOW Day. I was encouraged by Monica at The Homespun Heart to implement these types of days years back when she began sharing her days on her blog.



Anyway, I look forward to Thursday's because our pace for whatever reason that day tends to be slower and more relaxed. Maybe it is because I am intentional about it or it has become a natural rhythm of our week.

I usually always do something a little extra on Thursday's for breakfast. Thursday is also our set aside time for Tea and Treats with a great book in the afternoon. I also usually catch up on some small project, craft, or reading for myself. I take longer walks as well this day.

Thursday's are day of retreat for us. I try not to plan field trips, outings, and etc. this day. It can't always be helped but I do strive to make this one day a relaxed day. Oh...the Sweetness of Thursday!

Yesterday, I took a couple of snaps of the day just to relish in the new mercies and fresh start of the day on Wednesday.



A yummy WW friendly breakfast with low Smart Points in the midst of schooling. The kids were getting busy in this picture. There was actually quiet and focused working going on here. *Smiles*

Supper is a recipe I seen on someone's blog. I will share tomorrow the link. It is Cowboy something. *Smiles*

Psalm 143:8 "Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life."

I am making this my prayer in the next mornings daily. Join in with me!!

What does your day hold??

Blessings,
Chrissy

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

When It Doesn't Go as Planned

Yesterday....oh yesterday.....it was a day!!! I am thankful that the Lord's mercies are new every morning. The day started off bonkers from the start. I set my clock wrong, the lady I babysit for showed up late, the baby was terribly cranky, the kids were dragging, the kids seem to have forgotten everything we had learned for the last 8 weeks, I bombed for the first time since starting Weight Watchers in August, my teen and I had a "heart to heart" that didn't go as well as planned, my supper burnt, and well....I will spare you the rest. There were tears today, laughing at myself and even a raised voice. Ugh! Just a day!


It may seem like I am complaining. But really I am not. I am sharing this for those that have those days that just seem like they didn't go as planned to encourage you and myself to pick up ourselves up, dust off, repent and try to move Forward.

Easier said than done... I know! But not impossible. The first step to glory in the next mornings mercies is to truly search out hearts, repent, and ask for forgiveness if need be from those that it may have went awry with. If the Lord bids we get a do over!! I am thankful for that. I am not condoning to just live any way you want because you get a do over because we are honestly not promised tomorrow. But I am ever thankful for that sweet grace and redemption we have when we do go astray in our days.

I am so thankful for this precious love of God that truly will help us when we call upon Him. I am so thankful for His steady faithfulness!

Fall deeper in LOVE with the Lord this FALL. Let the Lord pick you back up when you FALL. 

Blessings,
Chrissy

Spider Cupcakes (WW Friendly) & More Fall Fun



This past weekend we had a lot of fun in SLOW mode and marking things off our Fall Bucket List. I don't know about you but time is flying and every season seems to bleed into the next. This Fall I was determined to SLOW down and do some things we really wanted to do amongst our schooling, living, and etc.








My son on the other hand had to do school work for college and training for work while we were bustling around the kitchen.




The Spider Cupcakes were so easy. I used my Carrot Pumpkin Muffin Recipe for the cupcake and then we did a half of a oreo cookie, cream cheese icing, and chocolate gel for the legs, and candy eyes.

Carrot Pumpkin Muffin

1 box of carrot cake mix
1 can pumpkin
1/2 cup of water

Mix all of this and bake as you would muffins.

Cool and decorate with icing, cookie, eyes, and make little legs with gel.

The muffin recipe is 4 WW Smart Points but if you add the other things it is 7 Smart Points. It was worth it my friends...worth it!!!

Blessings!