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Pine Tree or Palmetto Bug?

When I first tried Grove products I was on a mission to try to use healthier products in our home. I believe one of the first scents I tried was the Iowa Pine… I was in love! It reminded me of fresh cut pine trees in the mountains. It had been a while since I had ordered this scent and I decided to try it out again because I loved it so much.

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I cleaned the house one day and was again amazed at the fresh scent and felt good knowing that these products are better for us than a lot of others out there. Well, Mr. Awesome happened to come by about then and he kind of crinkled up his nose. He asked what happened? I told him I had just finished cleaning and he said it smelled like I had crushed a giant Palmetto bug in the house… Ewwww. Not the reaction I was hoping for.

Yuck… just seeing this picture gives me the Heevy Jeevies… I really do despise these little pests and they are abundant here in Florida. Now that Mr. Awesome has made this connection I won’t ever think about Pine Scent the same way… sniffle. That doesn’t change the fact that I have an ample amount of pine scented cleaner already so I’ll have to use it up or find somewhere else to use it… maybe I can donate it somewhere?

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His favorite scent so far has been the Gernamium… crazy huh? My favorite scent that I use most often is the Lavender… oh how I love my Lavender! Best thing is that these are all great and they all meet the Grove Standard which means everything available at Grove has met their standards for non-toxicity, efficacy, and sustainability, and is cruelty-free. What more can you ask for?

My next scent to try is Mrs. Meyers Rain Water… it sounds so refreshing, doesn’t it? Have you tried out Grove products yet? If so what is your favorite scent and/or product. If not why don’t you give them a try right now and get a little something special too when you use my referral link.

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It’s All About The Fudge!

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Yes! It’s that time of year when I make a lot of FUDGE! I’ll probably be sick of Fudge this time next week but it’s good stuff and everyone loves it so much that they request it every year.

In case you haven’t tried your hand at making Fudge or if you are just needing a couple of good recipes I’m reposting the links to our favorite varieties down below.

I’ve tried a lot of Fudge recipes in the past as we always loved my mom’s Fudge. When we moved to Florida we weren’t as close to my mom as we once were and I had to figure out how to make it for my family… well, it was either that or spend a fortune in gas driving to visit grandma everytime we got a hankering for Fudge!



The kids and I went shopping today for supplies and I’ve ordered a few really cute tins to put the delicious treats in. As soon as the tins get here we will get started in the kitchen.

I promise that these recipes are fairly easy to make and we always have great success with them. I love that the base recipe can be changed for different flavors and this makes it one of my favorite candy recipes ever!

Here are the links to some great Fudge recipes:

My mouth is craving some FUDGE! We hope you enjoy these as much as we do! If you have a favorite Fudge recipe or Christmas Candy recipe please leave a link in the comments below as we’d love to give it a try!

Smushed Taters In The CrockPot

Oh my! I think I’ve finally recovered from my Thanksgiving food coma… have you? I’ve tried to hold off on posting too many new recipes lately because some of you may not even want to think about cooking so soon after Thanksgiving but I just had to share this one. These are so good I could probably eat a whole batch by myself!

A while back I posted our Smushed Taters recipe and that was a hit in our home. Well, at one of the Thanksgiving square dance dinners we attended there was a dish that reminded me of this recipe except that it had been made in the crockpot. Hmmmm…. what? Why had I never thought of this. I didn’t get a chance to get the recipe but here is how we made our version last night. Which was another smashing hit when served with Steamed Asparagus and Broiled Parmesan Tilapia!

I think I want to give this a try with red skin potatoes or cauliflower at some point.

Smushed Taters In The CrockPot

Ingredients:

  • 6-8 potatoes, peeled and washed well
  • 1/2 stick butter, cut into pats
  • non stick spray
  • Salt and pepper (We like Lawry’s Garlic Salt)
  • shredded cheese
  • chives, optional
  • bacon bits, optional

Directions:

Spray your crockpot well with nonstick spray.

Place the potatoes in the crockpot and cover. Cook on low for 4-5 hours or on high for 2-4 hours, just until tender. (I didn’t add any water but you may want to add a little if they seem like they are drying out.)

Take a potato masher or large fork and slightly mash the potatoes.

Place the pats of butter on top.

Season as desired.

Top with shredded cheese, chives, and bacon bits. Cover and cook an additional 5-10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

Serve as is or with sour cream.

Easy As Pie Blackberry Dumplings

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! We did and we ate so much good food and will be eating some delicious leftovers for a few days. One of the best desserts was the Blackberry Dumplings I made in the crock pot (they can be made in the oven too). This recipe is similar to the Blackberry Pig in a Poke recipe but so much easier!

The caramel sauce and nutmeg are optional but they make it so much better. I think this would go nicely with some vanilla ice cream on the side too! You could also experiment with other fruits/berries as well as maybe changing the soda to Sprite or Mountain Dew. Add in your favorite nuts, raisins, or maybe some white chocolate chips too… whatever you and your family likes. Just have fun and enjoy experimenting as I know we do here.

Easy As Pie Blackberry Dumplings

Ingredients:

Dumplings:

  • 2-3 cans of crescent rolls
  • 2-3 c. blackberries
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 12 oz ginger ale, Sprite, or Mountain Dew

Sauce:

  • 1/4 c. butter
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • a bit of ground nutmeg (freshly ground is best)

Directions:

Crock Pot Directions:

  1. Spray your crock pot with non stick spray.
  2. Place the berries in a small bowl and toss with the sugar. Let rest for about 10 minutes or so.
  3. Place 2-3 berries in each crescent roll and roll up making sure to pinch the sides closed.
  4. Place the ‘dumplings’ in the bottom of the crockpot. I did one layer to make sure they all got finished.
  5. If you have any leftover berries you can mash them up and add them to the soda and then pour this over the dumplings.
  6. Cook on high 3-4 hours… they will smell amazing!
  7. When ready to serve place the butter and brown sugar in a small bowl and microwave for 1-2 minutes until bubbly. Stir well.
  8. Drizzle the sauce over the individual servings and then sprinkle with a bit of nutmeg, if desired. Enjoy!

Oven Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Spray a 9×13 pan with non stick spray.
  3. Place the berries in a small bowl and toss with the sugar. Let rest for about 10 minutes or so.
  4. Place 2-3 berries in each crescent roll and roll up making sure to pinch the sides closed.
  5. Place the ‘dumplings’ in the greased pan.
  6. If you have any leftover berries you can mash them up and add them to the soda and then pour this over the dumplings.
  7. Bake 20-30 minutes or until lightly browned.
  8. When ready to serve place the butter and brown sugar in a small bowl and microwave for 1-2 minutes until bubbly. Stir well.
  9. Drizzle the sauce over the individual servings and then sprinkle with a bit of nutmeg, if desired. Enjoy!

Chicken and Dumplin’ Casserole

I love a good bowl of chicken and dumplings every so often. When I can across an old recipe for a chicken dumpling casserole I knew I had to give it a try. However I needed to tweak it a bit as some of the ingredients wouldn’t go over so well around here.

I took out a few things and added a few things that I normally add to my chicken and dumplings. I tried to snap a few pics and the photo above was before it went into the oven. However I forgot to get a pic of the finished product and by the time I remembered it was all gone!

Here is our final winning result:

Chicken and Dumplin’ Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 c. butter
  • 1 c. small onion, chopped
  • 2 c. mixed veggies, steamed
  • 3 c. cooked chicken, shredded (You could use a precooked rotisserie chicken)
  • 1 c. self-rising flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 – 2 c. chicken broth
  • 1 10.75 oz can cream of chicken soup
  • 1-2 t. celery salt (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350F degrees.

Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

Melt the butter in a saucepan, add the onions and cook until tender.

Turn off the heat and add the mixed veggies and season with salt and pepper. Stir well.

Pour all of the veggies into the bottom of the greased baking dish.

Top with the shredded chicken.

Mix together the milk and flour and drop/pour over the chicken and veggies.

Next you will combine the broth and cream of chicken soup and pour this over top of everything. (I like mine a little less soupy so I add a little less broth but if you like it soupy then add the full 2 cups.)

DO NOT STIR, DO NOT MIX.

Bake for about 40-45 minutes. Let cool 5-10 minutes and serve.

Cinnamon Raisin Biscuits

I feel like I haven’t posted a new recipe in a while so I thought I should share these yummy treats that we had over the weekend. I make a double batch as they seem to disappear as quickly as they come out of the oven.

My kids loved helping with these. They can measure and stir as well as practice kneading their own little batch of dough and then cut out their own little biscuits too.

Cinnamon Raisin Biscuits

Ingredients:

Biscuits:

  • 3 c. self rising flour
  • 2 t. baking soda
  • 1 T. cinnamon
  • 1 c. butter or shortening
  • 1 1/2 c. raisins
  • 1 1/2 – 2 c. buttermilk or you can use regular milk with 1/2 c. sour cream

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Kirby’s Kids: Our 2018-2019 Homeschool Curriculum Reveal

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Ohhhh! I am so excited to be sharing this post with you. The kids are pretty excited about it too! My fingers are going faster than my brain as I am typing and somehow or another they are managing to put into words what I want to say. I did show a sneak peak of some of the items we’ve received in this post here but now I am going to show you everything we have right now.

If you haven’t seen my latest posts about homeschooling check out the links here but if you are only interested in what we have planned for this year, please keep scrolling.

I’ve been talking about how excited I am for our next homeschool year and I just can’t wait to get started. I have actually talked about this curriculum before but its been awhile. My kids are finally at the age that I think this will work out really well for everyone. Continue reading Kirby’s Kids: Our 2018-2019 Homeschool Curriculum Reveal

Nanny’s No Bake Coconut Cream Pie

Coconut is one of my favorite flavors and I’ve been severely deprived lately. That changed over the 4th of July week though when I made this delicious pie. I didn’t pay attention and made too much filling … Oops! This recipe should be just enough for an 8 or 9 inch pie though.

I have been ‘cheating’ and using the store bought pie crusts from the dairy section but nobody has complained yet. You could also use a graham cracker crust or one of the vanilla crumb crusts I’ve seen at some stores.  Continue reading Nanny’s No Bake Coconut Cream Pie

Haystacks aka Noodle Cookies

As promised I will share the recipe for the cookies we made earlier today. These are super easy to make and I had made two batches, or about four dozen cookies, in less than 30 minutes.

I’ve always called them haystacks but Mr. Awesome knows them as Noodle Cookies. You can probably add other ingredients, desired or maybe even swap the butterscotch chips for chocolate ones.

Mr. Awesome likes them without marshmallows but with plenty of peanuts. The kids like them with marshmallows. That’s how I ended up making two batches.

Haystacks aka Noodle Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 11-12 oz bag butterscotch chips
  • 3/4 c. Peanut butter
  • 10-12 oz Chow Mein Noodles
  • 1/2 – 1 c. Salted peanuts, optional
  • 3 1/2 c. Mini marshmallows, optional
  • Directions:

  • Line two baking pans with wax paper.
  • Place the chips in a medium to large size bowl. Microwave on 50% for 1-2 minutes or until mostly melted.
  • Stir in the peanut until smooth.
  • Add other ingredients and stir until well coated.
  • Drop by spoonfuls onto the prepared pans.
  • Cool in the refrigerator for 10-20 minutes.
  • Enjoy!

Favorite Lemon Meringue Pie

I love a lemon meringue pie when it is just a tad bit tart. The contrast between the sweet meringue and the tart lemon is so good. I’ve been promising to post my recipe for over a year now and today is the day.

I have been ‘cheating’ and using the store bought pie crusts from the dairy section but nobody has complained yet. You could also use a graham cracker crust or one of the vanilla crumb crusts I’ve seen at some stores.  Continue reading Favorite Lemon Meringue Pie

Momma’s Blackberry Cobbler

I was in a baking kinda mood on the 4th of July and decided to make a couple of different desserts. This was one of them as it is so easy to make. I hadn’t made one in a while so I had forgotten how good they make the house smell too.

I mixed the berries up and let them sit about 30 minutes or so to blend well. I used that time to make up a Lemon Meringue Pie and a Nanny’s No Bake Coconut Cream Pie. All three of these were super easy to make and so good to eat. (I’ll update the links to those recipes when I get them posted.) Continue reading Momma’s Blackberry Cobbler

Cheddar Chicken

I made this last night and sent the leftovers to a neighbor. We had mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, and some sauteed yellow squash with the chicken.
Well, the neighbor made sure to tell me how much enjoyed it when I saw him this morning. Mr. Awesome also told me this evening that all he heard about today, all day long, was how good this chicken was.
If you haven’t already given this recipe I try I encourage you to do so soon!

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This is a huge favorite here at our house. So much better than any chicken nuggets you can buy also. My kids love to eat them with ranch dressing.

Cheddar Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 lb package of chicken tenders
  • 2 sleeves Ritz crackers, finely crushed
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/4 t pepper
  • 3 c. cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 t parsley flakes
  • 1/2mayo

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400.

Grease a 9×13 pan or large baking sheet.

In a small dish or pan (I use a pie plate) mix together the cheese, cracker crumbs, parsley, salt and pepper.

Coat each piece of chicken with mayo and then roll in the cheese and cracker crumb mix.

Placethe chicken inthe greased pan.

Cover the pan with foil and bake for 30-35 minutes.

Remove the foil, bake for an additional 5-10 minutes, or until the chicken is golden brown and crispy.

Enjoy!

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