All posts by Susie @ Kirby's Korner Blog

First and foremost, I am a daughter of the King. I am also a proud (square dancing) Momma of 9 precious kiddos! I thank God for each and everyday He has given me and for the days ahead. I know we are not promised tomorrow and we need to cherish every minute of everyday we have here. We need to hold our loved ones close and make sure they know how much we love them and care for them. I have been through a lot in my time here on earth and I know God is preparing me for a bigger plan. I do not know what His plan is for me and sometimes I don't understand. I know that I must keep my eyes on Him and keep my faith in His promises. I am not perfect and I do not pretend to be. I am sinner saved by grace and I just want to bring honor and glory to His name. I pray that my blog will help to inspire others and that they may find hope and encouragement in knowing they are not alone in their battles. Let us each strive to be a light to others in their darkness. That our light may lead others to Him and cause others to come to know Him. I pray that everyone who reads this may be touched by His loving hand and receive Him so that they may also be heirs to His glorious kingdom.

Have Your Kids Went Down ‘The Slide’ This Summer?

How is everybody? Have the kids been driving you bonkers yet since they are out of school? Well, a couple of my kids haven’t finished their school work yet but hopefully they will be completely finished by Friday. As I was going through the rest of their assignments I came across a couple of links that I thought I’d share.

As many of you know I homeschool my kiddos and we like to use Easy Peasy All In One Homeschool. Most everything is FREE and so useful. They are always adding new things to the site as well and I am ever so thankful for them. My kids really love the site and all of the different resources that they provide. They have learned a lot of different subjects and various subject matter. However a lot of times our kids get so busy playing that they forget, what they’ve worked so hard to learn during the previous year, over the short summer. This can cause for a lot of trouble at the beginning of the new school year.  Continue reading Have Your Kids Went Down ‘The Slide’ This Summer?

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Dealing With Bug Bites

It’s that time of year when we all like to be outdoors. The weather is nice, well most of the time, but the bugs are not. Here we’ve had quite a bit of rain so it’s been a struggle dealing with mosquitoes and yellow flies too.

These things really itch when they bite so we really like to use our ‘Stop The Itch Cream’. It really does help to soothe the skin and stop that annoying itch. I’ve just made up a new batch and you can follow this link for the recipe.

My favorite place for buying oils has been Simply Earth. (This is an affiliate link.) They also have a monthly subscription box where you can get recipes and all the ingredients you need for them delivered right to your door. It’s so easy!

Kirby’s Krafts Favorite Facebook Posts June 2018 and Last Minute Father’s Day Ideas

I have several Facebook Pages to help keep all of my ideas semi organized. Below are some of my favorite Kirby’s Krafts posts from the last month or two. At the bottom of the post you will find some links to the Last Minute Father’s Day Ideas.

My kids would love this!

Turn A Washcloth into a Teddy Bear

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It’s Not Just Another Night

I wrote this several months ago even though it only posted today. This was written before the recent loss of famous people like Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. It is so important for us to take the time to check on one another and to make sure those around us know just how important they are to us.

In today’s day and age it is sometimes confusing as to how we can communicate our feelings without crossing or blurring relationship lines. I don’t have a ‘one size fits all’ answer for that as every relationship and every individual are different and require a different approach. But when it all boils down to it just do what feels most comfortable to you. This post was an example of how I felt comfortable in sharing this.

I have a friend that doesn’t seem to know just how important he has been to me. I was talking to him a while back and wished him a ‘Good Night’ like I normally do. He replied that ‘It is just another night’. That bothered me for some reason.

Yes, maybe it was just another night, but it was special in its own way. It was another end of a day, a day to add to the time we have been friends.

When we met I was going through a really rough time. He didn’t know that at the time but I was really sad and kind of lost in a way. I had thought God was leading me down one path only to have the path bulldozed, without warning, in front of me with no detour ahead. I was at a dead end in some ways.

We just happened to meet and I really didn’t think we’d ever become friends. God has way of changing our thinking and making things happen.

We would make plans to go out or do something. The plans never happened. We would try again only to have something else come up.

Then I’d think to myself that it was probably for the best. I mean his ‘wyd’s’ were driving me nuts anyways… lol. (I had to get someone to translate a lot of his abbreviations for me to start with.)

Then he’d text me and everything would be OK. We talked a lot. Sometimes he would send me a text when I least expected it and it would totally catch me off guard. One time he sent me an early morning text, which was very out of character for him, that I credit for saving my family and me from a potential house fire.

Over the months I learned a lot about him. I began to see him differently. When it seemed like we were getting close he would just pull away and I didn’t understand.

There would be days and even weeks we didn’t talk at all. Then I would start to think about how much I enjoyed our friendship. I tried to tell him but sometimes it just didn’t come out right.

We went for a bit without speaking or texting. I just assumed he had met someone and I continued on with my normal activities. After all I wanted him to be happy and he had said he wanted the same for me.

Then I met someone. When we talked again and I gave him my good news he didn’t react the way I’d expected. I’d hurt his feelings without meaning too. I really didn’t think we would ever talk again. But I was wrong again.

Our paths kept crossing in crazy and completely unexpected ways. We start texting and catching up and it feels like it did. We can talk about most anything and he can cheer me up with the craziest things.

So Pepe,

I don’t know what plans God has in store for you but I know they will be great! I know he sees everything you do and he sees everything you don’t. He sees the little things you do as well as the big ones. He is working on something very special for you, I can feel it!

I want you to know that it’s not just another night or just another day. Today is a special day because you are a special, one of a kind friend! Don’t shortchange yourself because you are a great friend! Anyone who can call you a friend is very blessed and that includes myself!

If you read this I want to thank you for being my friend through the good and the bad! I’m always here if you need to talk, no matter if it’s about the weather or the one who got away (girl or fish).

Your friend,

Susie

Do you have a friend like this? Maybe someone who you haven’t kept in touch and would like to let them know that you still think about them? Go ahead and let them know how much they mean to you. It might just make their day a little extra special.

Midweek Update June 12,2018: Allergies, Blueberries, and Cornhole Boards

Quite an assortment of topics for this update. I’m sure I will add in a few others as we go along too.

Allergies

First on the list is the allergies. I try to be preventive and I spray the beds every morning with an essential oil concoction that contains Lavender. This usually helps but I didn’t spray when I made the beds yesterday and the grass was mowed in the afternoon.

I took a trip to the garden after the mowing and now I’m dealing with major allergies. (Last night’s fresh tomato sandwich was so good though.) I love the outdoors but they don’t love me. I seem to also have an allergy to bug bites, especially mosquitoes, after I was attacked by a swarm of mosquitoes last Fall.

Luckily the kids aren’t as bad as I am. Joey gets the sneezes every now and then. I’ve found that the generic Zyrtec helps us both when the Lavender isn’t enough.

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Cheesy Garlic Skillet Biscuits

Mmmmm…. these were so good. The idea for these came about as I had forgotten to take the rolls out for my Cheesy Garlic Pull-apart Bread to go with dinnerWe’d had a very busy day dealing with ants.

I happened to have some canned biscuits (and mozzarella cheese sticks) in the fridge from the weekend. I had planned to use the biscuits for Monkey Bread on Saturday but as that is one of William’s favorite breakfasts and he wouldn’t have been able to eat it I chose not to make it.

This is also a great recipe to let the kids help with as they can cut the cheese sticks and wrap the biscuits around the cheese.

Cheesy Garlic Skillet Biscuits

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans biscuits (I used 2 -10 ct tubes)
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1 T minced garlic
  • 1 t. Italian seasoning
  • 3 sticks mozzarella
  • Extra cheese for top, optional

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400.

Cut each cheese stick in quarters.

Wrap one biscuit around each piece of cheese.

Melt the butter in a large cast iron skillet. Add seasonings and cook 1-2 minutes.

Turn off heat.

Carefully place the biscuits into the skillet, turning once to coat each biscuit with butter.

You could sprinkle with Parmesan cheese at this point, desired.

Bake 10-12 minutes

Sprinkle with grated cheese, if desired.

Cool 5-10 minutes and serve.

And The Ants Came Marching In ….

Lordy, Lordy was all I could say when I got up yesterday. This was something my Mom-mom would say a lot about different situations.

I had been super stressed and had went on ‘strike‘ over the weekend. As a result the house was a mess. The kids had cleaned up a little bit but there was a lot that they had missed. There was stuff everywhere and what I mean by stuff was cookie crumbs, dirty clothes, toys, and wet towels to name a little. There was also sticky spots from jelly and sweet tea all over the kitchen.

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The food and wet towels were like a flashing neon ‘Vacancy’ sign for the ants. The fact that we’ve been experiencing and extremely wet season doesn’t help either. The house had been invaded.  Continue reading And The Ants Came Marching In ….

Weekend Wrap Up: June 10, 2018

Hey everyone! I hope you are having a fantastic Sunday afternoon. We are not doing a whole lot of anything today, actually the whole weekend has been a whole lot of nothing. I know I wrote a couple of posts during the week that you can check out here and here. I also posted a yummy new recipe here.

What exactly did we accomplish last week? Not really a lot. I mean I did keep everyone fed and the laundry was finished, for the most part. There weren’t any cleaning missions partly because I had an extra ‘helper’ here, I’m not talking about big sister who was a tremendous help, who isn’t really a big help even though he tries to be. I decided against tearing apart anything to clean as it would most likely end up in a total disaster which is how I’d describe my house at the moment.

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Smushed Taters

Oh man are these good! I saw a recipe for something similar posted earlier in the week and had to give these a try.

I used some regular Russet Potatoes, which I cut in half, but I think they would be great with red potatoes as well.

Smushed Taters

Ingredients:

  • 6-8 potatoes, washed well
  • 1/2 stick butter, melted
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper (We like Lawry’s Garlic Salt)
  • Other seasonings, as desired

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400.

Grease a large baking sheet.

Make sure the potatoes are washed well and place in a pot.

Cover with water and boil 20-30 minutes until fork tender.

Drain well and place on baking sheet.

Smash slightly with a potato masher….

Or a fork.

Drizzle with olive oil then butter. Sprinkle with seasonings and bake 20-30 minutes.

You can place them under the broiler for a few minutes, if you like.

Enjoy!

For loaded potatoes you can top with sprinkled cheese, chives, and bacon bits. Broil 5-10 minutes.

Is Cleaning Bad For Your Health?

**This post does contain affiliate links for products and companies that we use.

If you’ve been following along with my blog you know that I have been making changes around the house. These changes have not only been with the decluttering but also many personal changes and changes to benefit my family.

One of the biggest things I have been implementing is to bring in more natural cleaners and products into our home and getting rid of those toxin filled cleaners that so many of us use everyday. There have been so many studies and articles, like this one here, that talk about just how dangerous these cleaners are. One of these articles, click here to read, even compared daily exposure to cleaners to being as harmful as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day!

Wow! That’s so crazy but it makes me glad that I’ve been making some of the changes that I have. I know that when three of my kids first came into my life they were all on allergy, asthma, and/or ADHD medications. I had even been instructed, by the caseworker, of what to do in case of an asthma attack as well. I was scared to death as I’ve never had a child with asthma. Fortunately we never had any asthma attacks and  within the first year or two they were all off of their medications and now they don’t take any medications on a regular basis.

It seemed that many of their allergy/asthma problems had come from cleaning, or the lack of cleaning in their previous home, and the chemicals in the products that they were being exposed too when the cleaning did happen. 

I know the use of essential oils has really helped out a lot here in our home as well. I love my Simply Earth subscription and I am constantly looking up and researching new uses for them and new recipes to use for my family and around the house. I’ve probably mentioned oils to all of my friends and family and I know some of them have started dabbling in the oils as well.

Y’all also know how much I love my cleaning and hygiene products that I get from Grove Collaborators and The Honest Company but money has been a bit tight here lately as I’ve had some doctor bills to pay off. I haven’t had a lot of extra money coming in either as I really haven’t felt much like blogging or promoting anything. So when a friend of mine told me about a shopping club that offers a 30-50% discount on supplies, that I am already buying, I was interested. When I found out that this company had over 400 all natural products, including essential oils, that are made right here in the USA I was really interested and decided to check it out.

I’m sure that I’ll be sharing some of these products with you all soon as I’ve placed my first order just today. I placed an order for the ‘customer favorites’ so I can get a variety of different products to try. I’m excited to see how these compare to what I’ve been using. Being able to make a ‘one stop shop’ was so convenient as well and if I like these products this will save me money in the future too. The company has been in business for over 30 years and they offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee or your money back. Can’t beat that. Not to mention that they also have several other ‘perks’ for preferred customers. (Right now, through June 30, 2018, I can help you sign up for only $1.00!)

Well, I’ve gotta go get some dinner started as the kids are starting to sound like ravenous T-Rexes and they are ready to eat just about anything in sight. I think we’ll be making some Oven Fried Chicken (not really healthy, I know), Vegetable Casserole, and maybe some ‘Smushed Taters‘ which is a new recipe I saw recently.

Hope you all are having a blessed day!

Almost Mid Year Progress

 

Hey y’all,  guess what day it is… just kidding! It is a Wednesday here and that means the middle of our week. It is June also so we are not quite but almost halfway through 2018! Crazy, right? Where has time gone? I am sitting here enjoying a rare quiet moment as the kids are still sleeping. So many things are going through my head and there is so much to do. I’ve got some Chocolate Chip Muffins in the oven for breakfast, a cup of coffee, and a couple of delicious cookies from last night sitting here with me.

I’ve spent the last few minutes trying to figure out why my mouse wasn’t working. It was turned on and the red light kept coming on but my laptop wasn’t responding at all. Hmmmm….. then I remembered that I had put the little do-hickey thingamabog, you know the USB thingy, into my old laptop when I was working on the newsletter for our square dance clubs… duh! Silly me, but now it’s where it needs to be and all is good.

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Silver Fox Squares: June 2018 Update

Just a little bit about what we’ve been up to this past month!

Silver Fox Squares Square Dance Club

Pictured – Front row left to right: Ellis Lindsey, Sheila Terhune, and Charles Pergrossi. Back row left to right: Ed Hauck, Shane ‘Little Bear’ Perez, and Ken ‘Silver Fox’ Perez.

Another great month for our square dance clubs.

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The Silver Stars have had many great visitors from area clubs like the Dixie Dancers in Lake City and the Salty Bobbers in Steinhatchee. On May 12th we also had local callers and a cuer in the hall along with caller, Sheila Terhune, from Indiana. Then on May 26th they held a Memorial Dance where some of the dancers got together to earn a Mummy Dangle by wrapping the caller in toilet paper and festive red and blue streamers. The Salty Bobbers also held a banner raid and took the club banner back home with them.

Our Silver Fox Squares in Starke have been DARK and will continue to…

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