Month: May 2016

I’m a bad blogger, so here’s some randomness. 

I’ve been a terrible blogger lately. All I can say is, my kids have needed me. For the past week and half, I’ve had at least 1 sick kid in the house. We’ve dealt with fevers and puke buckets, and rainy day after rainy day. We somehow trudged though. 


The sun finally came out too. Hallelujah. I try not to whine about the weather too much, because the weather isn’t up to me, it’s up to God. I’m glad that rain spurt seems to be over though. That’s not whiny, is it? 

My kids did manage to be well enough to be in Mom’s wedding last week. Once she has seen all her pics, I want to do a whole post with tons of pictures about the wedding. It was absolutely beautiful! Here are a few pics of my family from the big day.

My little family!
Beautiful Babies!
My sister(Sara),Keira, and me!
It wasnt’t our wedding,but we sneaked in a few kisses!

We finished school for the year! Keira is a second grader! We will be doing some light review and fun reading this summer, but other than that, our mornings will be laid back and fun. Keira needs a break. Mama really needs a break. 

I was able to enjoy coffee on the porch this morning with my kiddos, without stressing about starting school. The kids watched our neighbors bale hay. It was my kind of morning. I stepped inside to grab something, and turned around to this;

Keira has a copy of “Pride and Prejudice” she’s been carrying around and “reading” for a couple days. She’s been trying to put together sentences and finding Mr. Darcy’s name. Funny, I always look for him in the movie. ❤️

Speaking of movies…to pass the time while Keira was sick, we watched the Anne of Green Gables movies. She has been listening to the audio books, and was tickled to see what the characters are supposed to look like. I’m going to get really corny, but there is so much wisdom in those movies. I seriously might do a blog post on all the awesome lessons I overlooked from Anne Shirley in the past. 

Elijah has decided he hates his crib, and the floor is the place to be. I stuck a clean, unused wash tub in the living room, and he loves it! It keeps him off the floor, and reduces the risk of getting trampled. When he gets sleepy, he climbs on up in there and falls asleep. He’s a quirky little fella!

Hope you all have a great Memorial Day weekend! I’m working on a list of recipes I want to post next week! I’m hoping for a productive weekend and healthy children! 

This year, like every year, we talked big about how we hate Air Conditioning, and we weren’t going to put it in this year. It only took a couple days of it hitting 86 degrees in the house to change our tunes. We always crack by Memorial Day. It’s like a Sours Memorial Day tradition now. Looks like tomorrow we’ll be dragging AC units out of the building. We know how to party. 

Sorry for the randomness! If you know me, you’re used to it. If you don’t know me, get used to it! 

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Easy Breakfast Gravy 

Easy Breakfast Gravy 

As you may have noticed, I haven’t been posting many recipes the past couple weeks. Is it because I took a vacation from cooking? Ha! Nope. I challenged myself to eat out of the pantry and freezer for awhile. We’ve been having more “concoctions” than actual recipes 😉 Last night I got a pack of bacon out of the freezer. I can frequently get the irregular sliced bacon on sale for 2 dollars a pound. We have a 2 dollar a pound limit on meat to help stretch our food budget, so seeing bacon on sale just makes my day! 

I put a batch of bacon in the oven, baked some homemade freezer biscuits that Matthew helped with earlier in the day, and made some of this awesome gravy. 

When we first got married, and up until a year ago, I bought packets of breakfast gravy mix. We thought it was good, and I was afraid I’d mess up homemade gravy. When it comes to “eyeballing” ingredients, I’m fine with salads and mashed potatoes(except for the time I accidentally used sugar instead of salt), but I’m no good at winging it with gravy. I came across this recipe on Pinterest last summer. It is so good! You will seriously never want to buy a packet of gravy mix again! 

Easy Breakfast Gravy

-1/4 cup bacon grease 

-1/3 cup flour 

-1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

-1/2 teaspoon salt 

-1 1/2 cups water 

-1 1/2 cups milk 

Heat bacon grease in a large skillet. I use cast iron, because everything seems to taste better out of a cast iron skillet. 

Add the flour and whisk until slightly browned and bubbly. 

Add the salt and black pepper and continue to whisk. 

Measure out milk and water together in a large measuring cup. Slowly pour into the flour mixture and continue whisking to avoid clumps. 

Allow mixture to come to a boil, and boil on medium heat for 5 minutes, whisking frequently. Gravy will thicken. 

Taste and adjust seasonings. If you allow the gravy to cool for a few minutes, it will thicken even more. For biscuits, I prefer to be able to pour it. 

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DIY Microwave Popcorn

We have a local discount grocery store that sells all types of popcorn kernels. When I first started buying popcorn this way, I tried making it on the stove. Um, I’m not sure what I was doing wrong, but popcorn would end up everywhere! I knew there had to be an easier way to skip the bagged microwave popcorn. After some trial and error, this is our favorite way to make popcorn!

You will need:

1/4 cup popcorn kernels

2 tablespoon coconut oil 

Large glass bowl 

Microwave cover 

Add the popcorn kernels and coconut oil to your glass bowl. Place microwave cover in top of the bowl. 

Microwave for about 6-7 minutes, or until you only hear popping every few seconds. 

Carefully remove(bowl will be very hot!) and use desired toppings. We use popcorn salt and sometimes a little bit of melted butter! 

A bag of popcorn kernels lasts a long time, making this a very frugal snack! 

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Mother’s Day blessings for an imperfect Mom. 

Mother’s Day blessings for an imperfect Mom. 

I hope everyone had an awesome Mothers Day! The Bearded Man really outdid himself this year! I noticed early last week, that he was doing a lot of texting. I kept asking what was going on, and he would just ignore me or tell me not to worry about it. The thing about me is, I don’t let stuff go. I kept on prying, until I got it out of him. He and my friend Christine’s husband, were planning to send us out for Mothers Day. 

We ended up going to get pedicures. We are some of the most cheap and practical women on the planet, so spending 30 dollars on our feet doesn’t happen often. I hadn’t had a pedicure in over 7 years. It was a fun, semi-embarrassing experience! I realized later on, that we spent most of the time talking about our kids. Anyone else do that when you finally get out? 

After our feet were finished, we left and went to a festival going on in town. Walking around without the kids sounded exciting. Once I got there though, I wasn’t sure what to do with myself. I’m so used to pushing a stroller, or lugging a baby on my hip. We kept pointing out things that our kids would like. We were in line to get ice cream, and saw a man walking around with a pet monkey on his shoulder. That’s when we decided to call the Dad’s. We just needed our kids to come see the monkey. 

Once the Dads and kids arrived, we were comfortable and in our elements again. We came to the conclusion, that life is so much more fun when you view things through the eyes of a child. Kids make things even more fun than they already are. So I finally got my hour away, and that was just enough to make me realize how much I enjoy my kids. They know we love them, but they also need to know that we enjoy their company. That’s something this sometimes grumpy Mama doesn’t convey well. 

We had dinner at McDonald’s, because sometimes you just need some of their awesome french fries. Somehow I never realized that the kiddy cones are free? Can I just get 10 kiddy comes, please? 

Sunday morning, I was greeted with doughnuts for breakfast, and a card made by Keira. What I loved the most about this card, is that she utilized the cursive we’ve been working so hard on this year! That was the best Mother’s Day present of all. She even made a pocket to slide her baby picture in, and included a piece of candy. I love seeing their little love languages come out as they grow! 

We went to Church and then came home to do some landscaping. We laid down newspaper in the flower beds to hopefully prevent weeds?! We’Il see 😉 We then planted flowers and mulched. The kids used their gator to haul mulch to us. It was a fun and tiring afternoon. 

When we were cleaning up the yard, Matthew hopped in the truck with Rich and I could see him looking out the window, grinning from ear to ear. Just sitting in the truck with his Daddy made him the happiest kid in the world. I got a little teary eyed watching the two of them. Sometimes when I watch my kids play, I get overwhelmed at how incredibly blessed we are. 

Before I had kids, I imagined being the perfect Mom. I wanted to do and be so many things. Here we are, fighting the battles of sleep, eating vegetables, and chores. I go to bed so many nights feeling like I failed my kids. God knew I wasn’t perfect when He blessed me with them. He did it anyway, and I’m so grateful. 💜

Crockpot Spaghetti and Meatballs 

Each year, on the kids Birthdays, they get to pick what they want for their Birthday dinner. My big girl turned 7 Saturday, and she had put her request in well over a month ago. She wanted Spaghetti and Meatballs! This recipe is similar to Cheesy One Pot Spaghetti, except for I used meatballs, and it’s done in the crockpot instead of on the stove. It’s still a one pot meal-you only have your crockpot to wash! That’s right…you don’t have to boil the noodles! I don’t like washing dishes, ok?

I put this in the Crockpot Saturday morning, before we left to pick up Keira’s Birthday cake from Costco. When we got home, we were greeted with an amazing smell, and all I had to do was throw in the noodles and water. 

Crockpot Spaghetti and Meatballs 

* 16 ounces(half a bag of frozen) meatballs 

* 14.5 ounce can of diced tomatoes.(I use tomatoes I canned from the garden)

* 16 ounces tomato sauce (2 cans)

* 2 Tablespoons brown sugar. 

* 1 tablespoons dried minced onion 

* 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 

* 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper

* 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning 

* 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 

* 1/2 teaspoon oregano 

* Pinch of Rosemary(optional)

* Pinch of Fennel(optional) 

* Few dashes of red pepper(optional)

* 8 ounces of spaghetti noodles, or 6 ounces of linguini noodles. We prefer linguini. Uncooked 

* 2 cups water 

* 4 ounces cream cheese(optional)

* Parmesan Cheese  

In a 5 quart Crockpot, add meatballs, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, sugar and spices. 

Mix ingredients and cook on low for 6-8 hours. 

Break spaghetti noodles in half and add to the Crockpot with water and cream cheese. Keira decided that she doesn’t like cream cheese, so I left it out. Bummer. 

Turn Crockpot to high, and cook for 2 hours, stirring occasionally, or until noodles are done.

Serve with Parmesan cheese! 

That’s it! No pasta to drain! Ever since I first discovered this method, spaghetti has started making its way into our meal rotation more and more! 

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