All posts by Susie @ Kirby's Kabin Blog

First and foremost, I am a daughter of the King.​ I am also a slightly crazy, square dancing Momma with a houseful of babies (9 to be exact), a little bit of coffee, and a whole lot of Jesus! 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.

Steamed Asparagus

The kids can help with the rinsing and breaking off the ends. My kids think asparagus taste like green beans.


  • 1-2 lbs asparagus
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2 T Parmesan cheese
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
  • lemon pepper, if desired


Rinse the asparagus, break off and discard tough ends. (Just snap off the woody end where it breaks easily.) Cut each spear into 2 or 3 diagonal slices. Fill a medium saucepan half way with water and bring to a boil. Add asparagus and simmer for 2 minutes; drain and place in  a bowl. While hot, toss asparagus with remaining ingredients. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Salmon Patties

My kiddos really didn’t care for these when I first started making them but now they do ask for them from time to time. Salmon is a great source of protein and is full of other very beneficial nutrients that we need. you can read more about the health benefits of Salmon here.

Salmon Patties


  • 1- 15oz can of salmon, undrained
  • 1 c. bread crumbs or crushed crackers (try using crushed pork rinds or oatmeal for a lower carb version)
  • 1/2 t. pepper
  • 1 T. sugar (I have been using Stevia in place of the sugar)
  • dash of lemon pepper seasoning, optional
  • 1 egg, optional
  • oil or butter for frying


Use a fork to mix together salmon, bread crumbs, egg (if using) and seasonings. Use hands to form into small patties, set aside.
Heat a small amount of oil in a skillet. Fry patties, in small batches, until crispy and brown on both sides.
Makes about 8-10 patties.

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Chili Dog Casserole

My family absolutely loves this recipe and it is one of their all time favorites. It is also super simple and the kids can help with it.


2 -15 oz cans chili with or without beans
1 pack hot dogs (about 8-10)
10 -8 inch flour tortillas
2 c. shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Spread 1 can of chili in the bottom of a greased 9×13 inch baking dish. Roll up each hot dog in a tortilla and place seam side down on top of chili. Top with remaining can of chili and sprinkle with cheese.

Cover baking dish with foil, and bake at 425 degrees for about 30 minutes.

Tater Tot Casserole

1 lb hamburger, ground turkey, or ground pork
1 can cream of mushroom or cream of chicken soup
1 lb tater tots
pinch of parsley
1/2 can water
1/2 c chopped onion
1 pack Lipton Onion Soup Mix, optional
shredded cheddar cheese

Brown meat, drain, add onion and parsley. Add soup and water. Put into 9×13 greased casserole dish. Top with tater tots and then shredded cheese.

Bake according to Tater Tot directions.


We eat pintos about once a month. They are super simple to make in the crockpot and the leftovers can be made into refried beans later in the week. The refried beans can be transformed into burritos and quesadillas as well so I usually double this recipe.
This recipe also works well for black beans.
  • 1 lb. dry pinto beans
  • 6 c. water or broth
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ham hock, if available
Rinse and sort the beans. Presoak the beans by one of these methods:
  1. Place beans in a large pot and cover with warm water. Let soak overnight. -Or-
  2. Place beans in a large pot and cover with warm water. Bring the water to a boil over high heat. Cook the beans for 1 minute, then remove the pot from the heat. Let the beans soak for 1 hour.

After soaking place the beans in a colander and rinse well. Place the drained beans in your crockpot. Add water or broth and the ham hock. Cook on low for 7-8 hours or on high 4-5 hours or until soft and tender. Season to taste.

Hoe Cakes

These are delicious and we often eat them with pintos and greens for a cheap and easy meal.


  • 1 c. self-rising flour
  • 1 c. self-rising cornmeal
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 T sugar
  • 3/4 c. buttermilk, or use 3/4 regular milk mixed with 1 t. vinegar
  • 1/3 c. water
  • 1/4 c.  oil
  • 1/4 c. minced onion, if desired
  • 1 T. garlic powder, if desired


Mix together all ingredients in a bowl. Heat oil (or butter) large skillet over medium heat. Drop your batter, by tablespoonfuls, into the hot skillet. Use 2-3 spoonfuls per cake.  Fry until brown and crispy on both sides. Remove cakes from pan and drain on a plate lined with paper towels.


Baked Sweet Potatoes

These are so simple to make and so yummy to eat! This is also an easy side that the kids can help with.

Gather enough sweet potatoes to feed your crowd.

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Wash the potatoes well and pierce each potato with a fork several times. Place the potatoes on a baking sheet lined with foil.Bake for about 45 minutes to an hour or until tender. Serve hot with a pat of butter and a sprinkle of brown sugar, if desired.

Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole

I’m thinking that I may try adding some cooked bacon the next time. This would also be good with some sautéed onions and/or bell peppers.


24 oz. frozen hash browns
16 oz. cubed ham, sliced ham that has been cut into smaller pieces will also work
1 c. shredded cheddar cheese
12 eggs
1 c. milk
1 t. salt
½ t. black pepper


Preheat oven to 350.Mix the first 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Pour the mixture into a  greased 9 x 13 baking. In the same bowl whisk together the remaining ingredients and pour over the hash browns. Smooth everything with a spatula. Bake for about one hour or until the center is set and the edges are golden brown.

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December 6, 2016

What you did see…

Today was St. Nicholas Day and it was the first time we have celebrated this at our home. My kids were so excited as I had let them put their stockings out last night. They have also been anxiously waiting to put up the Christmas tree which was something I had promised we would do today. I posted some pictures of our St. Nicholas day so everyone could see how much fun we had. We did have fun and we made some memories that are sure to last.

What you didn’t see though was the chaos behind the scene.

You didn’t see me trying to stay calm while dealing with several issues  like a bad case of vertigo for the second or third day in a row.

You didn’t see how I spent several minutes trying to calm down a temperamental child who was upset because I had not come into the kitchen by 7:00.

You didn’t see how I dripped cool whip all over the floor while making the special Santa Pancakes for breakfast.

You didn’t see the drain that overflowed all over the carpeted bathroom floor.

You didn’t see when I spilled tea all over the freshly mopped floor and all over the fridge I had just wiped out.

You didn’t see when I dropped my lunch in the floor as well.

You didn’t see when my second attempt at lunch was a chocolate Santa.

You didn’t see when the chicken scraps got dumped before I even reached the chicken pen because the handle came off the pail I was carrying.

You didn’t see how close I came to just calling it a day, giving up, and going back to bed.

You didn’t see how DD17 and I worked hard to set up the train set under the tree only to find that the train was missing. (The kids didn’t mind as toy trucks work well on train tracks too.)

You didn’t see how frustrated and aggravated I got because of the slow internet when I had an important matter to take care of.

You didn’t see how I confided in one of my friends about how frustrated and aggravated I was feeling.

You didn’t see how I had to rush to finish dinner because I had an emergency errand to run.

You didn’t see me rush to the hardware store for some plumbing supplies 5 minutes before they closed only to find that they didn’t have what I needed.

You didn’t see me have to drive 30 minutes in the opposite direction to the next nearest hardware store.

You didn’t see how my dinner consisted of a leftover cookie and a Coca-Cola. (I hadn’t had a soda in over a month.)

You didn’t see how long it took to clean up the mess from the backed up drain, the piles of dirty towels I had from cleaning up the mess, or the overflowing sink of dirty dishes because we couldn’t wash anything until the drain was fixed.

What’s important is that my kids didn’t see me frustrated, aggravated, or upset either. They didn’t see me lose my temper over things that happened.

They did see me keep promises even though unexpected disruptions kept occurring. They did see me staying calm and taking care of said disruptions as they came along.

I am human, I make mistakes, I get upset, and things happen that I have no control over. I can’t always control what happens to me but I can control how I react to them. I am not perfect and I don’t ever want anyone to think that I am or that I try to portray my life as being perfect.

When you look at the pictures on social media and you think about how perfect things look just remind yourself that you aren’t seeing the whole picture. You are just seeing one small moment of time. Don’t compare yourself, your family, your house or anything else with what you think you see in someone else’s picture.

Enjoy each moment and make the best of every situation good or bad. Life is so much easier if you do.

St. Nicholas Day 2016

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This was our first year celebrating St. Nicholas Day here at our house. I am hoping to keep this new tradition and continue to build on it as we go through the years. Below are some of the ways that we celebrated today:

The night before, after our Advent Study, we set out our stockings. Many traditions involve setting out shoes, but we chose to use our stockings because Momma didn’t want to put the shoes on the table. The kids also made some chocolate chip cookies with DD17. Then they left a glass of milk and a plate of cookies for St. Nick to snack on.


Sometime after the kids went to bed St. Nick made a visit by our house.


They each received a book, a coloring book, a small toy, and a few candies. (Santa picked all of these up at the Dollar Tree.) The kids were eager to check their stockings first thing. He even left a few items for Grandpa, DD17, DS21, and Momma.


After everyone’s curiosity was satisfied we had a special breakfast…. Santa Pancakes!


We happened to be having some really heavy rains today so Momma cancelled school due to the internet being really slow. Good thing Momma had some other activities planned out. (You can find a list of activities HERE.)

We read the Santa Who? book. We also had some coloring sheets and activities that I had printed from my St. Nicholas board on Pinterest. We also watched a few videos about Christmas.


We also put up our Christmas tree! This was probably one of the most exciting things about the day for the kids. (We also watched a video about how the Christmas tree became to be a symbol of Christmas.)


All in all it was a really good day. I think this will help us to keep the focus that Jesus is the reason for Christmas while also answering the numerous questions that arise about Santa Claus. It also honors the work that St. Nicholas did.

Guess Who’s Coming to Santa’s for Dinner?

I would have loved to invite Santa for dinner but I didn’t know anyone who would be available on such short notice. (I do have a Santa outfit in the building that we use for our Polar Express parties.) If you decide to start this tradition in your own house then do whatever you want to make it special to your family.

Merry Christmas!

Santa Pancakes

December 6th is St. Nicholas Day. It happened to fall on a Tuesday which is normally our French Toast day but the kids loved this extra special treat. Below are the instructions for how I assembled these today. These did take a little extra time but the look on their faces was well worth it!

These would also work well for Christmas morning!

Santa Pancakes


Sliced strawberries (fresh fruit is better but I used frozen)

Blueberries, chocolate chips, or raisins for the eyes

whipped cream (I used cool whip in a pastry bag with a star tip)


To assemble:

santa pancake1.jpg

  1. Place a pancake on a plate.
  2. Layer strawberries over the top third of the pancake, for the hat.
  3. Pipe cool whip to make trim and ball for the hat.
  4. Pipe the beard and a pipe a small amount of whipped cream where the eyes will go.
  5. Place blueberries for eyes.
  6. Use a small slice of strawberry for the mouth.
  7. Pipe a mustache over the mouth.
  8. Eat!