How ’bout Them Buns?

Hamburger buns of course ūüėČ

Wow!¬† I like snow, but it feels like I moved in with Santa or something.¬† I think we’ve had snow on the ground since before Thanksgiving.¬† My kids may have had a full week of school since¬†then also, but then again, I don’t really think so.¬† They were off school yesterday and today.¬† It’s nice having extra hands to complete the chores, but at this rate I don’t know if they will get a summer break!

Today was busy and fun.¬† They of course played outside.¬† We also had our weekly bible study today.¬† It’s normally on Wednesday, but I wasn’t feeling all that well, and the benefit of teaching them myself, is I can postpone it.¬† Rarely do I, but it is always an option if necessary!

A slight glitch in my day occurred¬†when i checked the scheduled meal for tonight’s supper.¬† Hamburger and french fries.¬† Ground beef:¬† check.¬† Potatoes: check.¬† Buns: buns???¬† how do I put hamburgers on the menu and forget buns? ~sigh~

How to solve the dilemma?¬† Pinterest.¬† How else?¬† It’s a one stop shop for absolutely everything.¬† Search:¬† hamburger buns.¬† I found a super easy recipe that claims to be the best.¬† We’ll just see about that.¬† So I assembled the ingredients and went to work.

The result?¬† AAAAHHH-¬†Mazing.¬† Look if you don’t believe me……

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They smell and taste just as good people.¬† Seriously……when will they invent smell-ivision?

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The buns were just slightly big, so when I make them again, I might make 10 to 12 of them instead of 8.  I guess it depends on how big you make your burgers!

If you want to give them a try, and I highly recommend that you do, head over to Parsley, Sage and Sweet for the recipe.

Need a burger recipe to go with it?  I have one you just might enjoy, here!

Stay warm, and thanks for stopping by,

~Kim~

P.S. I am making progress on the office, here is a peek,

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always messy while in process, right?¬† I can’t wait for it to be finished so I can share the before and after shots!

 

 

Goals? Let’s Get Real…

So hopefully you caught last week’s post about what goals I sort of reached last year.¬† (In case you missed it, check it out here!)

I wasn’t as successful last year as I had hoped.¬† It seems from reading other’s blogs, this can be common.¬† It’s a new year, it’s exciting, and goals are set with all good intentions of follow-through, but in the end normal life gets in the way.¬† I thought I set fairly realistic goals for 2013.¬† Honestly, they pretty much were, my inner procrastinator, although I made great improvements, still found a way to mess things up.¬† Also, the goals I set in 2013, will continue.¬† A lot of them were improvements that needed to be made to my life/family and will be an on-going process.

That being said, on to 2014.¬† It is 2014, you know?¬† So let’s break it down…….

HOME

Making things homey – We have lived in our home, since it was built in 2002.¬† Which, although seems like yesterday, it was actually 12 years ago.¬† Wow, ok.¬† So I guess it’s time to decorate?¬† Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have bare walls, but there is no method to the madness.¬†You have no idea how haphazard my house feels.¬† I have ideas. Boy, do I! But starting has always been my problem.¬† Especially knowing where to start.

So this is my plan.

I intend to concentrate on one room a month.¬† I am aware that some parts of the project may not get completed within the month, like if I need someone else’s help (ie hubby).¬† But for the most part, I should be able to arrange, organize, paint, decorate, etc. a room each month until my house is “finished.”¬† Because both my office and the boys’ bedroom was on my list for last year, they are first on the list, starting off with the office.¬† If all goes well, then I will be able to share before and after pictures with you, once each room is completed.¬† I’m really excited about this goal!

SELF

As you may know, I had a sweet baby girl last March.¬† With my first three kids I did a pretty good job of getting back into some sort of workout routine.¬† This time, not so much.¬† Last week was the first week that I worked out consistently since before I was pregnant. ~sigh~¬† Mainly because I just didn’t make myself do it, and because of my affinity for food.¬† Oh, and I hate exercise. I shouldn’t say “hate,” but there is an astounding amount of things I’d rather do…watching paint dry, for instance. Of course I know I’d feel better, have more energy, that it’s a healthy choice, but unlike many, I’m not so much worried about my weight, as fitting into my clothes.¬† Clothes are expensive, exercise is free.¬†¬†So it’s a lot cheaper to get back in shape and fit into the ones I already have!

No measurements have been taken, I’ll know I succeeded when I can finally put on my favorite pair of jeans and not have to use the jaws of life to get them off.

I’m glad that I’ve already started my journey to a healthier self. My two older boys even asked that I wake them up early on Saturday to exercise with me! (That reminds me that our actions are a very effective way to teach. Practice what you preach!)

Alright, so just because I am only now sharing my goals with you, doesn’t mean I haven’t begun. As I mentioned, the first room up, is the office. I have a picture in my head of what my it will look like. I have enlisted my amazing husband to build shelves on one wall. I have paint to buy and a frame for a vintage print I purchased. It’s going to look totally different, I can’t wait!!

So this year, two goals. Big goals, though. I feel more confident with what I have chosen for this year. Excited too!!
What about you? Did you set any goals for 2014? Do share!

What Did I Do in 2013?

Well hello, 2014!  I hope the first week of the new year has treated you well!

My family and I have been playing “pass the illness” since before Christmas, and let me tell you, it is not fun.¬† Having six members in my household, I really do wish we would all come down with the same thing, at the same time and eliminate this long, drug out process.¬† Or better yet, I wish we could all just remain healthy.¬† Forever.¬† Wishful thinking, right?

Besides taking care of the sick, I¬†have been contemplating making new goals for 2014.¬† Should I or shouldn’t I?¬† I have decided I should, but first, I wanted to go back and see how I did last year.¬†¬†If you’d like a refresher on what I intended to do in 2013, check it out here.¬† As for how well I did, here we go…….

Family & Faith

1. One of my goals was to infuse more Bible study into my life and those of my children.  Over the last year I continued my yearly journey through scripture, by both personal study and listening to The Daily Audio Bible.

As for my kids learning more, I continued with giving them a verse a week.  But to challenge them a bit more, I added bonus questions that led them to the Bible for the answers.  They were able to practice looking things up, and learned more about whatever topic I chose for that week.  I (or an older brother) would help my youngest son with this part.  He is already starting to learn how to look up a verse, once you get him to the book.  What makes it even better?  They enjoy it!  Score one up for mom!

2.¬† Now my youngest son started kindergarten last fall.¬† To get him ready I wanted to work with him on¬† his letters and numbers.¬† We did.¬† A little.¬† He could identify all his letters and some numbers.¬† I wanted to work with him a little more on writing them, but we didn’t.¬† On a positive note, he is doing great in school and is excelling wonderfully.¬† I’m most impressed with how quickly he is picking up reading.

3. I set out in 2013 to be more available to my family.¬† To quit saying “just a minute,” but to actually do better putting them first.¬† This is more of an ongoing goal.¬† I am doing better, so much better.¬† To say I achieved this goal 100%, would be to say I’m perfect.¬†Just between you and me, I’m not.

Home

Organization and a cleaning schedule?¬† Well… that’s what I wanted to do.¬† They seem to go hand in hand, don’t they?¬† I didn’t get the office and boys’ room finished, as I had hoped, BUT, I sure did a lot of purging.¬† A lot is probably an understatement.¬† My family even joined in.¬† We donated, sold, and threw away what we could.¬† That is an amazing feeling!¬† It also will help achieve organization this year (I have a better plan this time, stay tuned!)

As for a cleaning schedule, I do believe I have that figured out, and although I haven’t shared it yet (as I said I would), I do intend on doing so.¬† It works great for our family, as long as we stick to it.¬† There were a few weeks, here and there, where we got off track, but I deem this goal a success overall.¬† It’s definitely an improvement over past years, and that makes me happy!

Hobbies

~sigh~¬† Do we need to talk about scrapbooking?¬† I started off the year so good, but after having baby S (March), all progress stopped.¬† I need to get back into routine and stick to it.¬† I haven’t given up hope.¬† And I’m still taking pictures.¬† I think I need to continue this goal and enlist the help of my scrapbooking buddies…..you know who you are ūüėČ

Final & Most Difficult Goal

My last goal involved my procrastination problem.

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I don’t like to toot my own horn, but I have made a great improvement in this area, so “TOOT!”¬†¬†Just one, because I still have a way to¬†go, as you can tell from¬†my unfinished office and pile of empty scrapbooks.¬† But if you could have walked into my house January 9th, 2013 then checked out my house today, you would notice a difference.¬† That’s because I don’t put off doing the silly little things as much as I used.

There you have it.¬† I’ve never set goals in this manner before and I definitely never shared what goals I did set with anyone.¬† It was kind of fun!¬† I will be keeping in mind what I did/didn’t do in 2013 while I finish up this year’s goals.¬† So keep an eye out for that post!

Did you achieve your goals in 2013?  What was your favorite accomplishment?

THE Best Christmas Cookies

Whoopsies! I accidentally publised this post last night….it wasn’t finished yet! Pardon the blunder, please check it out again. I hope you enjoy!

Creating My Niche

Christmas is just over a week away. Eight days, if you’re counting. My kids are. I am too! This time of year is so full of traditions. I think that’s why I love it so much!

Making Christmas cookies has been a tradition I have participated in ever since I was little.  I can remember helping my Mom and Granny making them, and now I make them with my own kids!

I‚Äôm guessing if you‚Äôd type in ‚ÄúChristmas cookie‚ÄĚ for an internet search, it would probably get millions of hits! That¬†could be¬†overwhelming!!¬† So to help you out a little, I thought I‚Äôd share with you my favorite cookie recipes of all time.

<< The following links take you to a printable copy of the recipe or the web page the recipe originates from.  I do not claim any of these to be my own creation, but they were passed…

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THE Best Christmas Cookies

Christmas is just over a week away. Eight days, if you’re counting. My kids are. I am too! This time of year is so full of traditions. I think that’s why I love it so much!

Making Christmas cookies has been a tradition I have participated in ever since I was little.  I can remember helping my Mom and Granny making them, and now I make them with my own kids!

I’m guessing if you’d type in “Christmas cookie” for an internet search, it would probably get millions of hits! That¬†could be¬†overwhelming!!¬† So to help you out a little, I thought I’d share with you my favorite cookie recipes of all time.

<< The following links take you to a printable copy of the recipe or the web page the recipe originates from.  I do not claim any of these to be my own creation, but they were passed to me as a handwritten recipe from my Mom.  The origin is unknown>>

 

Pecan Tassies

Peanut Butter Cookies¬†– I have tried many, but this is still the best.¬† I guess Jiff might¬†know a think or two about peanut butter after all ūüėČ

Walnut Frosties

Sugar Cookies РThese are the best to make with the kids, they LOVE to cut them out and of course decorate them!

Fudge¬†– This isn’t “real” fudge but it tastes pretty darn close, plus it’s super easy!¬†¬†It is a great versatile recipe.¬† You can omit the nuts, or you can change it up by using different flavored chips.¬† I’ve already tried it with peanut butter chips, and a mix of semi-sweet chocolate and peanut butter!¬† I bet it would be amazing with some mint and chocolate mixed!

Chocolate Chip Cookies Рthe use of pudding in this recipe makes it unique.  They stay thick even after they cool.  If you still have trouble keeping the cookies from flattening out, use 1/2 cup solid shortening and 1/2 cup butter, in place of a whole cup of butter!

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I wish I had more cookie pictures to share with you, but my kids and I are planning on baking Sunday and Monday.  They are so much looking forward to it, maybe more than I am!

 

Whether you’re leaving cookies out for Santa or giving them as a gift, there’s just something special about homemade Christmas cookies.¬† I hope one of these recipes catches your eye, maybe even inspires you to start a new baking tradition in your family.¬† If you try any, I’d love to hear how they turn out!

What is your favorite Christmas cookie recipe?  Would you share?

Who I Am: December Edition a.ka. The Last One!

Before you panic, it’s not the last post ever, just the last post in this series.¬† I may not be very consistent at posting, but I do enjoy it a great deal and will continue to do so, even if it’s sporadic!¬† I hope that’s okay with you!

Over the year, I have shared some of my¬†hobbies and¬†traits in¬†my “Who I Am” posts.¬† Now it’s December.¬† So I decided to¬†use this post to just share some random facts with you.

I am a happy person.¬† I don’t believe happiness is found, I believe it is a choice.¬† I try to choose it every day.¬† Trying to stay positive and looking for the good in each situation helps.

My favorite color is purple, and has been ever since I can remember.¬† It’s also my niece and cousin’s favorite color.¬† Probably because we are all awesome ūüėČ

Genealogy¬†fascinates me.¬† Of course my own family’s but also others.¬† I think every family has an interesting story to tell and learn from.

When I was little, my favorite shows were the “Incredible Hulk” and the “Dukes of Hazzard.”¬† A couple of years ago, I went to see “Chicago” and met the man who played Luke Duke, turns out he sings and was starring in the show.¬† I got his autograph for me and my nephews who are huge Dukes fans.

My first concert was New Kids on the Block.¬† Don’t judge.

I have some fears (maybe phobias)….spiders, feet, and aliens.¬† I don’t think they are real, just seeing them in movies freaks me out.¬† Can you explain why “X Files” was one of my favorite shows then?¬† Crazy, I know.¬† Ahh, I miss that show, even if I had to hide my face through most of it.

My favorite book of all time is “To Kill a Mocking Bird.”¬† If you haven’t read it, you should.¬† Now.¬† A few of my other favorites are:¬† “Of Mice and Men,” “Gone with the Wind,” “The Shack”

I have favorite movies also.¬† The list is long, and changes¬†with my mood, but a few that always¬†make the list?¬† “Gone with the Wind,” “Sound of Music,” “Lonesome Dove,” “The Pirates of the Caribbean” series, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” (this one is thanks to an old high school friend, I still haven’t forgiven him for introducing me!), “Joe Dirt” (don’t ask)

I love food.  Cooking it, smelling it, eating it.  Mmmm food.

I have naturally curly hair.  When I became pregnant with my oldest boy it went away.  After I had my baby girl in March, it came back.  Crazy hair!

I love to laugh.¬† I love to see others laugh, especially my kids.¬† It’s hard to think of a better sound.

I love tradition.  I try to make memorable ones for my family.  I hope I am doing a good job.

And, now after this year, I am also a blogger.  Maybe we have some things in common, or maybe you tried a new recipe that I shared.  Whatever brings you to my blog, I hope you have enjoyed our journey so far, and I hope you keep coming back to visit.

In case you missed it:

Who I Am: February

Who I Am: March

Who I Am: April

Who I Am: May

Who I Am: June

Who I Am: July

Who I Am: August

Who I Am: September

Who I Am:  October

Who I Am:  November

I Need Marshmallows in My Hot Chocolate

Brrr!¬† It’s still “fall” here in the midwest, but you couldn’t tell it by looking outside.

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Old Man Winter has decided to make an early appearance.  Which, quite frankly, happens pretty much every year.  The only people who seem surprised by it are the meteorologists.

Having snow for us, often leads to the start of the school day being delayed, or in the case of both Friday and today, canceled.¬† A snow day can only mean:¬† snow ball fights, building snow forts, sledding….and getting cold!¬† And what better to remedy the cold of wintry weather, than a steaming cup of hot chocolate, topped with marshmallows!

But, what do you do when you don’t have marshmallows?¬† I don’t know about you but I need marshmallows in my hot chocolate!!

Well, it is something I’ve always wanted to make.

But, I don’t have corn syrup.¬† Most recipes call for corn syrup. ūüė¶

So I turned to the web for a recipe using only sugar.  Yay for me, I found one!!

The recipe I used is on food.com, you can find it here.

I followed the instructions word for word (almost!).¬† It was easy….and I took pictures to further illustrate the steps.

I buttered the pan so the powder sugar would stick (the butter part I added because I wasn't sure the sugar would stick otherwise!)

I buttered the pan so the powder sugar would stick (the butter part I added because I wasn’t sure the sugar would stick otherwise!)

After transfering the mixture from the pot to the bowl, it should look like this.

After transferring the mixture from the pot to the bowl, it should look like this.

After mixing for approximately 10 minutes, it looked like this.  I decided it was ready to pour into the pan!

After mixing for approximately 10 minutes, it looked like this. I decided it was ready to pour into the pan!

After it was poured in the pan.  Now just wait until it sets up. (It will, I promise!)

After it was poured in the pan. Now just wait until it sets up. (It will, I promise!)

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I’ve decided after today, that hot chocolate is waaaay¬†better with homemade marshmallows!¬† It was unbelievably easy to make these, I really hope you give it a try!

Maybe next time I’ll try mint extract instead of vanilla….or maybe strawberry….or….

What do you do to warm up from the winter’s cold?

P.S. Here is a recipe for AAAA-mazing hot chocolate!