“…And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.”

Ephesians 3:17-18

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

5 Cup Cookie Bars

These cookie bars are a lot like Seven Layer Bars. They are very rich and delicious and oh so simple to make. I think they will be my new go to recipe when I need to take something to a covered dish or party.
1 stick of butter, melted
1 cup graham crackers, crushed
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips (or peanut butter chips)
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup flaked cocoanut

14 oz can condensed milk
Heat oven to 350. Mix melted butter and crushed graham crackers. Press into bottom of 13x9 pan. Layer the rest of the ingredients in order. Pour whole can of condensed milk over top of all.Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool 30 minutes. Slice and server!      

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Baby C slept so well his first few weeks of life because we swaddled him every time he napped and at night.  As he got a little bigger and stronger he began kicking out of the small swaddling blankets, so we tried using a SwaddleMe that had been given to us as a hand-me-down.  Once placed in the cotton SwaddleMe, our nights of peace and quiet returned (except for the expected night feedings).  As Baby C grew, so did his SwaddleMe collection...I think we have 4 of them now.  A lot of babies will sleep just fine without being swaddled, but many like the warmth and security the wrap provides.
Baby C - 17 days old

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Little Man is Two!

I can't believe my Little Man is 2 years old already! I know it's cliche, but they really do grow up so fast.
He had a wonderful time at his party. We are blessed with a large family so our home was full with grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends. We had been having beautiful spring weather the week before the party so I had reserved a pic-nick shelter at the park for the party, but the weekend of the party was rainy and cold. But it didn't dampen the party spirit!

Little Man loves trains! Each time he recieved a train he would have to run to his room to play with that train before opening anouther gift. It was fun to see him acctulay open his own gifts this year.

I made Little Man's cake and cupcakes. The cake turned out cute, but the cup cakes were the real hit! 

He loved being the center of attention when everyone sang “Happy Birthday” to him!
It was a great day celebrating the anniversary of Little Man’s birth and spending time with so many loved ones!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Olan Mills Birthday Club

Get a FREE picture package from Olan Mills on your child birthday! Sign up for Olan Mills Birthday Club here.

I signed Little Man up!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Broccoli & Cheese Soup

As the leaves changed this past fall, so did my appetite for soup. I am so glad that I have a new attitude towards soup because I was definitely missing out before. During the winter months I probably made at least one pot of something yummy each week, eating it for dinner the day it was made and then freezing the rest in a freezer bag for a meal the following week. This worked out really well because we weren’t eating left over soup for three days straight…which definitely gets boring.
One of my favorite soups is Broccoli & Cheese Soup and what’s even better is that this recipe is so EASY! This will make a huge pot of soup, so invite some friends or family over to enjoy a delicious bowl. (This easily makes 2-3 meals for me and my husband).
  • 2 large packages of frozen chopped broccoli
  • 1 (48 ounce) carton of chicken broth (or use chicken bouillon cubes & water)
  • 6 tablespoons butter (or margarine)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 pound processed cheese food (Velveeta), cubed
  • 1/2 pound sharp cheddar cheese, cubed
  • Salt & Pepper
  1. In a large pot over medium heat, simmer the broccoli in the broth until tender.
  2. In a separate skillet over medium heat, melt the butter, and add the onions and sauté to desired tenderness.
  3. Add the flour to the onions and stir well, forming a pasty substance. Gradually add the milk and stir until thick.
  4. Add the flour/milk mixture to the broccoli mixture in the pot and stir well. Then add the cheese, stirring until melted. Finally, add the salt & pepper.
  5. Turn down the heat to low and let simmer for 15-20 minutes to let all the ingredients fuse together.