Monday, July 17, 2017

Berry Apple Pie=Smiles

I made a pie Sunday after our lunch. We couldn't all agree on what kind. So, on one side it was apple and the other was blueberry. It was delish and great with ice cream!! It was nothing fancy because I had very little time. I just through it together. But it was great none the less.



Update on Freezer Stocking
I told you all I was planning on doing breakfast foods and I plan to do a big batch of pancakes for this week and then I may add muffins.

I had to cut on our grocery budget to purchase books for homeschool.  The great plans of freezer meals have been put on the back burner for a bit. I am going to do small plans *smiles* instead.

Tomorrow I plan to cook up the pancakes!

Bless you all!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Happenings at Keeping Home~Freezer Meal Planning Underway

Hello everyone! I hope you all are well. We are enjoying our last few weeks of summer break. We "plan" to start our new homeschool year on August 7th.

I am excited to share I plan to kick off some freezer meal planning and prepping here in the next few weeks.

Do you want to join?  Next week we will do breakfast. I will choose some items I plan to make and share them on Monday and then share with you my progress throughout the week. If you would like to join me feel free to share your makings on your blog.

I know that I have these things on my mind to make....

Pancakes
Muffins
Egg Burritos or Egg McMuffins

Do you like to do freezer meals?  I haven't done them in a while but I always like to do a big batch of things before I start school just to help with meal prep and etc. I also do another round before summer. This summer I didn't I am feeling the regret. I am making sure I am for school.

The following week will be Dinner Recipes followed by snacks and quick lunch prep ideas.

Blessings,
Chrissy

Saturday, July 8, 2017

High Hopes

I may have high hopes. But I pulled out all of my books that I have been wanting to read or reread. I have had these books for a long time.  I would like to tackle them in a few months.




Currently I am reading these books...

Seasons of a Mother's Heart by Sally Clarkson
The Power of a Transformed Wife by Lori Alexander (Blogger of Always Learning)
The 12 Brides of Summer Collection by several authors (collaboration of works)
The Life Giving Home By Sally Clarkson ( I am reading the future month to be prepared for the upcoming month) This book is set up different.

I am loving them all. Wishing I could just digest them all and read more and more.



I also have been very productive in the home. I have gotten the kitchen completely deep cleaned and organized and the dining area!!! Woohoooo!!!!

I have only 5 areas left of the 10 areas. Half way down!!!! I am in the homestretch. YAY! I have also got all our school lessons planned for the year! Woohoooooooo!!!!!!! I just need to make a read aloud books list, order a few more supplements, and get experiment/craft projects supplies.

I am just now getting in a summer rhythm and we plan to start school August 7th. Sigh!!!!

 What is in your reading pile? Any good books you have read this summer??

Have a good weekend!!!
Chrissy

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Fourth of July

Hello everyone! I hope you have had a great past few days. I had fun sharing my 10 Days of Summer. I wanted do it daily but life happens. We had a nice day on the Fourth. It didn't go as planned but it was still very nice.

My daughter ended up sick with very high fever and chills the night before. We had to cancel our company plans due to her sickness. She is feeling a little better now.

We still cooked out, relaxed, read, and napped. We took a nice walk in the evening. It was a nice day minus Hannah not feeling very well.



Today I am trying to get back on track to deep cleaning rooms so I can be all ready for the new school year ahead. Today I am working on the Kitchen. I am not sure how much I will get done.

Any projects for you this week?

Friday, June 30, 2017

Summer Days 9 & 10- Frugal 4th of July Decor

Hello everyone. I scrounged things together and stopped by the Dollar Store for a few (I truly mean a few) things to decorate with for the Fourth of July coming up. We have some friends coming over to grill out.

Most everything I already owned from years past and a few things from the Dollar Tree. I also printed FREE printables to put in frames.





This item below was a gift from my mom.  I covered jars with napkins from the store and put our forks, spoons, and knives in it for the top tier and the bottom is fluffed out napkins for company coming.



Hope you have a good weekend!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Summer Days 7 & 8- Friendship Time & Muffins!!

I had a dear friend call me and wanted to treat me to lunch for my birthday yesterday. Sadly, I had an "episode" with my tachycardia and we had to leave. I got real sick when I got home. She came in and sat with me to make sure I was okay. We giggled, and had sweet conversation as I begin to level out. It is nice to have a sweet friend who doesn't judge. I was really embarrassed but she mad me feel good.

This morning I feel very tired. I usually do after these SVT episodes. They can set me back a few days. They just come out of nowhere any time and any place. They spare no mercy. Anyway, I had to force myself to get up, go for a light walk (which is the best thing to do), and get dressed. I did make the kids their favorite thing...MUFFINS. MUFFINS makes mornings GREAT!
 
I plan to spend the rest of the day resting, planning school things, and reading. I have a church meeting tonight so I need the energy.



Our Favorite muffins are berry kind. What is yours?

Blessings,
Chrissy

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Summer Day 6- Daughter Date

Today my daughter and I went to our favorite lunch spot. We haven't been to this place since last Fall. It was a treat. Panera is our FAVORITE. We both had Broccoli and Cheddar Bread Bowls.
We then went to Kirkland's. This is one of our favorite Stores. She bought me a Drift Wood Pineapple for my Birthday from there. Pineapples mean Hospitality. Since...we live in the southern states which is known for hospitality they are big hit in this area for now.

What this pineapple really reminds me of is our missions trip to Solomon Islands. How my heart aches to go back.




What is your favorite place to have lunch? Do you and your children (even grown) have a favorite spot?

Blessings,
Chrissy

Monday, June 26, 2017

Summer Day 5~Flowers & Hubby

I was blessed with some pretty flowers from my Husband for my Birthday. I love Flowers. I love fresh cut wildflowers too! Flowers Just really brighten the room!



I have a lot of favorite flowers. My top is Sunflowers. What is yours?

Blessings,
Chrissy

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Summer Day 3 & 4- Birthday Time!

My Birthday was today (June 24th) and my youngest son is Monday. We celebrated his Friday Night with a friend coming over. He chose for me to make Frito Chili Pies and do Ice Cream Sundae's. We swam at the pool and then went to the arcade for a little bit.
 
 




Today one of my sweetest friends surprised me with a Homemade from Scratch Cake. I received a some special cards, texts, and phone calls. I was blessed with a free massage, pedicure, and a gift card.




My oldest surprised me with a hot cocoa from one of my favorite places. My husband gave me some flowers. It was a sweet day.

Blessings,
Chrissy

Friday, June 23, 2017

Summer Day 2- Coloring, Fellowship, and Free Library Programs




We had a great day Thursday. We started off at the Library. They have programs on Thursday's and this day it was about recycling. The kids learned a little and then made a craft out of mostly recycled items.

Then I had a friend come to visit and we chatted for a bit. We took the kids down to the pool and relaxed poolside and colored. Yes...we colored! It was so fun. I haven't colored in a long time. This was one of my items on my Summer Bucket List to do.

Have you got to do any things you planned for this summer yet?  I had a very small list of things I wanted to do with the kids and then one for myself. I have done a good bit so far. It is mainly small things. Example....a special date night with the husband, ice cream bar, coloring with a friend, a picnic.

Hope you have a blessed weekend!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Summer




Arcade fun, Baking, and Reading.
Nice walks!
Hugs and Smiles!

What about you? What is your Summer Sneak Peeks?

Monday, June 19, 2017

Monday Amusements

 
We kicked off this day at the pool. Three in a half hours of sun, volleyball, and swimming. Lots of fun! I actually got in and swam almost the whole time. I don't like cold water but it was nice today.
 
 
 
 
After our swimming we headed home for lunch. We warmed up hot dogs from the grill. We overindulged in brownies. *Smiles* Then the kids cuddled up to watch a movie. I school planned.
 


The rain moved in and after the movie we pulled out some ingredients to make Moon Sand Fluff. It was a lot of fun. The kids loved it! It was only cornstarch and shaving cream.


We added food coloring for some fun and then we added sprinkles. *Smiles*



After we cleaned up I began supper. I made deviled eggs for the husband. He loves them. I then pulled all our leftovers out because we had a lot of them and we served up a hodge podge buffet. We had pork chops, hot dogs, jambalaya, noodles with browned garlic and parmesan, squash, and corn.
We had cake from Father's Day leftover for dessert.



I may need an extra walk tonight....Smiles!!!!

Blessings and thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Can you say...ahhh?!

Today my friends we are relaxing. We haven't had a relaxing weekend in FOREVER. I am not playing. Between my husband traveling back and forth to his parents during my Father In Law's battle with cancer and then his passing, family events, and just life we have been rung out.

We are enjoying some time "chilling" today. I slept in a little. Made pancakes for the family. Derrick and I took a long nice walk. Read the Word. Took my son to the pool and enjoyed some pool time. Now we are all just doing our own little things. We had some nice family conversation time this morning with laughter and debate. *Smiles*

A Snippet from today....



Relaxing. I even took a dip in the pool. It was so nice and refreshing.

Here is a little refresher for your soul.

"Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature." 2 Peter 1:4

Blessings,
Chrissy

Friday, June 16, 2017

Snippets of My Day

Hello friends!

Today was grocery and errand day. I also picked Hannah up from Church Camp. She had a super time but she is SUPER tired.

Here are some pictures of things I am thankful for today.


I am in the middle of planning for our school year coming up. I am so thankful for free printables for our homeschool. These lesson planning sheets are so nice. I got them from A Virtuous Woman site here. She has nice homemaking planner sheets as well.


I am thankful to be able to afford groceries. I am thankful for fresh fruit. It really brightens the kitchen.  I am thankful for the many deals the Lord blesses us with.

That is it folks. I hope you have a super weekend. What are you thankful for today?

Thursday, June 15, 2017

A Boy and Box

I am so thankful my son has an imagination still. Just when I worry if he is losing it he shows me it is still there. We had gotten a box from a car part and my son has made this box his little cubby for two days. He crawls in it, sits in it, and tries to scare people as well. He is squished up in this box by choice watching a video on the Ipad at this very moment.

It is just a BOX! Really... it is just the simple things in life that can bring joy to those with a little creativity and imagination.



Earlier today we headed to the library for a free Animal Program. It was a lot of fun and we learned a few new things. They had an Owl, a Solomon Island Lizard (You know my love for Sol Islands), and a disgusting Roach from Madagascar.  That one could have been skipped. It even hissed. Ugh! I just do not like bugs really.



What fun you have going on ?

Blessings,
Chrissy

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

French Toast Morning

This morning I was craving French Toast. I haven't had it in years!!! I snuggled up and enjoyed a plate of French Toast, Hot Chocolate, and II Kings reading.

 
 
Have you enjoyed any good breakfasts lately?
 
Blessings,
Chrissy
 

Friday, June 9, 2017

Share a Tip

Hello friends. I hope you all had a good week. I have a had a nice productive week and crossed some big things off my list. Yay!!!!

I wanted to share a tip. You probably already know this and may do it. But thought I'd share.

I had some bananas that were getting too ripe and I didn't feel like baking or cooking with them due to my busyness I have going on. Normally, I put them in the freezer whole and then I tend to forget about them.

I have been wanting to do smoothies. Putting a whole banana frozen doesn't work too good in a blender. *Smiles..yes, I am crazy* and I have cut them up before and stuck them in a bowl and then got one big mess of banana.

So, I cut sliced them up and froze the slices flat and then put them in a container once they were nice and frozen.  I can just grab a handful at a time or if I want to use them for a dessert or etc. I have them already sliced up and ready.


Do you have a neat and handy tip to share??

Blessings,
Chrissy

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Yummy Breakfast & Enjoying Quiet Time

Hello readers. I am plugging away at daily to do's but I am trying to be intentional to be SLOW in the midst of it and enjoy time in the Word and in different areas daily.

One morning this week there was a light rain and I went to have my early morning bible time outside it was so nice! Until the rain began to come down hard and wind began to blow. *Smiles*


Yesterday I enjoyed some table time with a yummy breakfast. I am trying to make myself sit down and eat my meals. I always sit with the family during supper. ALWAYS. But I tend to skip breakfast or grab toast and get going in the morning. I also stand and eat lunch and walk around doing things. I made up in my mind to sit down and enjoy my meals. Even if it is for a short bit. I made a omelet with spinach, onion, and parmesan cheese. Yummy.



Then I got busy on the living room. My kids are in different areas this week. Kyle is at church camp, Ethan is working days, and Hannah is with grandma. So....I am taking advantage of it and doing projects that I can start on without interruptions or feeling torn between spending time with them besides cleaning ALL of the TIME.


All put back together. Got all the windows washed inside and out, baseboards cleaned, fans, blinds washed, curtains and pillows washed, furniture vacuumed, and everything dusted. I even rearranged.
It is fun to change things up. It is like you went shopping and it was FREE.





What are some of your favorite breakfast foods? Do you tend to sit and relish your meals?

Blessings,
Chrissy

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Quieting the Mind & Silencing the Heart

 I am reading a book during my quiet time called Early Morning Revival Challenge by Mrs. Sharon White. It is a 90 Day book that has journaling, prayer, reading Psalms and Proverbs, and Quotes from Ministers of Old.

This quote struck a chord with me.

"There is no way of quieting the mind, and of silencing the heart of a mother, but Godly submission." -Samuel Rutherford, 1600's



Oh.... how true dear friends. Submission. That word makes a lot of people cringe. I am not sure why although I am sure I myself have at times cringed or avoided certain things and not fully surrendering as I should.

Submission-the action or fact of accepting or yielding to a superior force or to the will or authority of another person:

The Lord has a perfect design and if we follow that design how more beneficial our lives would be. How much more peace would we have?  How many blessings do we miss out on due to our lack of godly submission?  Praise the Lord for His sweetness and grace. But may we truly embrace this thought above.



No matter what season we are in in our "mothering" or shall I say just being a woman. Young mama to older mama, empty nest mama, and now grandmamma.

This living life submitted to God and to those he has placed in our lives provides safety, peace, and wisdom and it really does quiet the mind. It silences our heart. Because we are submitted to the Lord we have complete TRUST! Complete TRUST helps us LET GO and LET GOD.

God be the GOD of our LIVES today and everyday. Help us when we try to control, hide and run from submission to your ways and  the Word. We love you, Jesus. Amen!

What about you and thoughts on how your feel about this? In what ways do you quiet your mind and heart through Jesus??? Share!

Blessings,
Chrissy