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Midweek Menu Plan

I get asked ALL THE TIME what we have/had for various meals. So I thought I would start sharing our weekly menu. I know most people share on Monday but, I have a hard time doing a Monday Menu Plan because, well, we get paid in the middle of the week. Therefore, I shop in the middle of the week, which means I plan our menu in the middle of the week. The first thing I do when I am planning our menu is print off a few Menu Planning Printables from Mommy Hates Cooking. I like using her printable because she includes a space for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Snack, as well as an area for your Grocery List and Coupons.
Mid-Week Menu Plan for 7/31-8/6 Wednesday 7/31 Breakfast: Cereal Lunch: Sandwiches Dinner: Italian Crockpot Chicken - Recipe coming soon!
Thursday 8/1 Breakfast: Blueberry Muffins Lunch: Dino Nuggets Dinner: Chicken Spaghetti
Friday 8/2 Breakfast: Homemade Poptarts - Recipe coming soon! Lunch: Leftover Chicken Spaghetti Dinner: Kids Choice
Saturday 8/3-Monday8/5 The girls and I ar…

Baked Apple Chips - Make Bake Create Week 18

Welcome to Week 17 of the Make Bake Create Party! I really enjoyed all of your links last week and look forward to seeing what you link up this week!
Just to refresh, every Wednesday come and link up your favorite projects from the week. This could be any food, recipes, crafts or DIY!   Since there are 5 hosts... your link will be seen on 5 blogs at once.  SWEET!   
Your hosts are:
Rachel from Bubbly Nature Creations, Sarah from Hope In Every Season, Kristy from Mommy Hates Cooking, Brandi from The Creative Princess and Vanessa from The Rookie Seamstress We would love for you to follow us on Google+! Bubbly Nature Creations Hope In Every Season Mommy Hates Cooking The Creative Princess The Rookie Seamstress
This week, Kristy from Mommy Hates Cooking is our official party host! She is sharing how to make these YUMMY Baked Apple Chips. I LOVE Apple Chips, did you know you can get them at Subway instead of potato chips? I love having options like that! Anyway, I am really excited about Kristy…

Food Post Challenge - Editing Pictures using Picasa

Photo editing. It can be SUCH a touchy subject. To edit or not. I am one that has no problem in touching up a photo. I look at it like makeup. Trust me, you would rather I put makeup on than go out shopping and look like Shrek. I kind of feel the same way with photo editing.
But, just like makeup, you CAN over edit. Yep, I had a problem with adding all kinds of filters to my pictures. I thought my pics were the bomb dot com too! I even had a really good friend tell me once that I should stop with the dark edges. She was crazy! Right? I used Orton and Lomo for EVERY SINGLE PICTURE. I thought I was rocking it!   One day I decided that my pics actually weren't that awesome. That maybe my friend was right. Plus, around that same time, she hosted a one day blogging boot camp with a local photographer who talked about editing. I heard her and the light went off! I not only changed the way I edit, but also the way I shoot my pics. Like I have mentioned before, I now use natural light. I…

Peanut Butter Oreos - Make Bake Create Week 17

Welcome to Week 17 of the Make Bake Create Party! I really enjoyed all of your links last week and look forward to seeing what you link up this week!
Just to refresh, every Wednesday come and link up your favorite projects from the week. This could be any food, recipes, crafts or DIY!   Since there are 5 hosts... your link will be seen on 5 blogs at once.  SWEET!   
Your hosts are:
Rachel from Bubbly Nature Creations, Sarah from Hope In Every Season, Kristy from Mommy Hates Cooking, Brandi from The Creative Princess and Vanessa from The Rookie Seamstress

If you haven't already we would love for you to follow us on Pinterest: Rachel @ Bubbly Nature Creations Sarah Coller Kristy Still (Mommy Hates Cooking) Brandi @ The Creative Princess Vanessa {The Rookie Seamstress}
This week our official host is Sarah from Hope in Every Season. Sarah is sharing these AMAZING homemade Peanut Butter Oreos. The new school year is just around the corner, these would make a great after school snack!
We ar…

Food Post Challenge - Setup

I get asked ALL THE TIME what my setup looks like well, today you get to see behind the scenes! I have a super small kitchen, I mean seriously small people! My kitchen is the one spot in my house that gets decent natural light. I use a little 2 foot area between my stove and my sink for all of my food photography. I don't have fancy lighting, I use the natural light from my kitchen window.   Since I have such a small area that I shoot from, my backdrops need to be small. I use scrapbook paper and placemats for the backdrop of all of my food photos. I do sometimes use black poster board but that is rare since it takes up so much room on its own. I also use a very small light reflector that I made using a small piece of foam board wrapped in foil. This works very well for me. This is what the behind the scenes looks like! I place the light reflector to the left of my backdrop, I use whatever I happen to have close to help hold it up. Nothing fancy here!  lol  I also use our pe…

Top Restaurants from around the World!

Last week I shared with you my Top 8 Restaurants in NE Oklahoma and Rt. 66. I also shared that I was part of a blog hop featuring the best restaurants from around the world! I am SO excited to share our final list with you this week!
If you will be traveling to any of the cities listed below, I would LOVE to know if you tried out one of the restaurants on the list! Or, if you have been to one of the places listed, did you enjoy the restaurant as well?
I had a LOT of fun with this hop and plan to bring you MORE restaurant reviews in the future. If you have a restaurant you would like me to try, let me know! Sent me an email or comment below.  I hope you enjoy this awesome hop! Eastern US
Tampa, Florida - I Run for Wine
Annapolis, Maryland - Maryland Momma's Rambles
Framingham, Massachusetts - 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires
Orleans County, New York - Living Off Love and Coffee
Charlotte, North Carolina - MommyB Knows Best
Eastern North Carolina - Rebecca Lately
Raleigh, North Carolina - The…

Summer Fun Kids Crafts - Picture Frame

It's summer time and we are nearing the end of summer break, quickly. By this time, your kids are probably bored and ready for school to start. I know mine are. Luckily, my girls LOVE doing crafts.  don't know why I didn't start this series sooner but, sometimes you just need someone to give you a boost to get going. Right? I was recently sent a box FULL of AWESOME Plaid Paints, Mod Podge, Stencils and more! Everything I needed to make awesome Plaid Kids Crafts!
The girls were SO excited as I pulled each item out of the box, one by one. Their excitement grew with each item. Since I have a pretty extensive craft stash, we got going right away!

First up, cute picture frames!

Items Needed:

Wooden Picture Frame (you can get these in the craft section of just about any store)
Scrapbook Paper
Glitter Mod Podge
Plaid Paint
Plaid Stencils
Foam Paint Brush
Craft Glue
Ribbon
Step 1 - Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the picture frame.
Step 2 - Carefully wet scrapbook paper with w…

PowerUp your Smile with Philips Sonicare

As some of you probably know by now, I am SUPER scared of the dentist. I mean knock me out for a cleaning scared. Thank goodness I have always been really lucky with my teeth and hardly EVER had cavities growing up, I never needed braces and my teeth have always been pretty white. Then why am I so terrified of the dentist? Well, I had a REALLY bad experience when I was a kid and have been traumatized since. I try everything in my power to prolong the time between seeing the dentist. When I started having kids, everything went downhill as far as my teeth were concerned. As you can imagine, when I was told I had 7 cavities at my last check up in April, it was a bit of a shock! I cried. Yep, I totally did. After I had half of the cavities filled, I went in for a cleaning. The hygienist was SO nice and pointed out a few of her favorite products. She pointed out a few Sonicare items they had for sale in office but told me any electric toothbrush would do fine for my needs. Since I can…

Top 3 Recipes from Week 15 of the Make Bake Create Party

You guys! I am so sorry! Life has been SO crazy lately!
Why?
Well, we are getting ready to put our house on the market. What happens when you have a 50 year old house and are wanting to sell it? You have a LOT to fix up! This week, we have been working on the bathroom. Don't worry, there will be a post soon taking you through our process.
Right now, I am focusing on my top 3 picks from week 15 of the Make Bake Create party!
First up are these Skinny Key Lime Pie Pops from Keri at Shaken Together. One of my favorite flavors is Key Lime. My jaws clench just a bit just thinking about it. I am also constantly looking for healthy desserts and this is perfect! I can't wait to try these adorable pie pops! Next are these Malted Milk Cookies from Annette at Tips from a Typical Mom. I LOVE Whoppers. Seriously, it's bad. But, I didn't always like the malt flavor. It was not until a few years ago that all changed. Now, I enjoy a chocolate malt about once a month. I plan to make t…