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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.

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.

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!


I know, we’ve all heard about how important routines and schedules are. Some of us may have every minute of every hour planned out on a ‘perfect’ schedule while others would rather just have a  ‘fly by the seat of your pants’ kind of routine. I’ve always been kind of in the middle while I can say that at different times of my life I have leaned more towards one side than the other.

How do we find a balance? Well, the answer is not the same for everyone, every family, or every situation. For instance, there are some children who thrive on strict routines and schedules and they don’t like change, I have one of those children. Then there are some families who are extremely busy with things, maybe a home business, and there is no way that they could guarantee that they would be home by 5:00 every day to eat dinner. Then we have work routines where sometimes there are deadlines and things that must be completed in a certain time frame.

I went through a period of time when I was really sick. I went from being a vibrant young wife and mother (who also held down a 40 hours + job) to almost being bedridden. I had a couple of different surgeries, followed by infections  and long recuperation periods. These illnesses triggered an autoimmune response in my body and I have been plagued by chronic pain ever since. I had been diagnosed with scoliosis, DDD, herniated discs, IBS, GRD, hiatal hernia, migraines, and fibromyalgia among a long list of things.

My doctors prescribed a cocktail of medications to help with the problems but those medications caused lots of side effects. I was extremely fatigued, developed seizures, and was constantly having various rashes and other conditions that couldn’t be explained.

During this time my housework really suffered. My house wasn’t a total mess but it did get pretty bad. The more I tried the worse it looked. This caused major problems between my spouse and I. I was trying to keep up with the inside of the house, the outside of house, the garden, the animals, and the kids. I was OVERWHELMED!

Then I found an index card system for housework. They also have a book called Sidetracked Home Executives which I never bought but maybe should have. I immediately jumped in and began to use the system. I tweaked it here and there to make it work for our family. I then developed a similar system for work and it made an amazing difference in my productivity levels.

Unfortunately my spouse wasn’t as thrilled with my new found method. I could never keep our home as ‘show place perfect’ as he felt I should. The marriage fell apart and I moved with my four kids to our current home. This is where I found FlyLady, who has been a life saver to so many people. (You may want to check out the site for yourself.) A lot of the routines I will list below follow along with her basic plans. I again tweaked them to work for our family.

My house is not ‘show place perfect’ nor will it ever be. My house is lived in and it shows. I do get a lot of compliments like, ‘I would never know that you had so many kids here.’.  I’m not quite sure what they expect my house to live in but I am pleased to surprise them.

The outside of my house is a bit of a mess and I am working on that. Many people have stopped as they thought I am running a daycare. I guess I kind of am in a way. Some of the mess is beyond my control as it doesn’t belong to me.

I really believe that everyone should be proud of what the Lord has blessed you with. Be content where He has put you and make the best of it. I pray that you will find some helpful tips and suggestions as you read through the links. (If a link isn’t working I probably haven’t been able to work that on it yet, but keep checking and I will get them up.) Please remember to use these as a guideline for setting up your own routines. If something isn’t working then change it and make it work for you. Don’t get discouraged!

Getting Routines Started 101

Morning Routines

Kids’ Morning Routine 

Daily School Routine

Afternoon Routines

Evening Routines

Weekly Routines

Monthly Routines

Yearly Routines

Laundry Routines

Yearly kids chores by age

Age appropriate chore charts

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Snacks & Other

We usually have a couple of snacks during the day. Snacks help to keep the grouchies away!

I always try to keep a bowl of fresh fruit on the table. Our favorites are apples and bananas. I will also try to buy whatever else is in season or on sale to give them a chance to develop a taste for other fruits.

Quick & Easy Meals (some of these could be used as a snack)

Boiled Eggs

Cinnamon Dippers

Cinnamon Toast

Easy Donut Holes

Easy Soft Pretzels

Fresh fruit, apples w/PB are always a big hit here

Fresh veggies, ranch is a must

Homemade Cookies

Microwave Caramel Popcorn


Peanut Butter Toast or Crackers

Pepperoni pockets





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November 27 – December 3, 2016 meal plan

This is our basic meal plan for the week. Sometimes we will switch the days around if I forgot to set something out or put something in the crock pot. Please feel free to use this or change it around to suit your family’s needs.



Banana Crumb Muffins


tuna salad sandwiches, fresh veggies




Cinnamon Toast







Hamburger Casserole, Salad





French Toast


PB & J sandwiches


Chicken Tacos, salad


PB Toast





tuna salad sandwiches, fresh veggies


Chicken Taquitos, Spanish Rice, Salad


PB Crackers





Hot dogs w/mac n cheese


Sloppy Joes, French Fries, Cole Slaw







Egg Salad Sandwiches, fresh veggies or fruit


Beef Tips and Gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans (we had egg noodles instead of mashed potatoes this time around.


Sugar Cookies



Dutch puff and fruit


Scrambled Egg Sandwiches


Meatball Sandwich Casserole, Chips, Salad


No Bake Cookies

Chicken Taquitos

Chicken Taquitos

•3 cups cooked shredded chicken
•6 ounces ounces cream cheese, softened
•⅓ cups sour cream
•½ cups salsa
•1½ cups colby jack cheese
•1½ cups chopped baby spinach, stems removed
•12 6 inch corn tortillas
•vegetable or canola oil, for frying

1.Heat ½” oil in a sauce pan on medium heat.
2.In a large bowl mix together the chicken, cream cheese, sour cream, salsa, co-jack and spinach. Add salt and pepper to taste.
3.Once oil is hot enough (place hand over pan, above oil, to feel heat), add a few tablespoons of chicken/cream cheese micture to the center of a tortilla and spread out. Roll up and set seam side down in oil using tongs. Cook until golden brown on both sides.
4.Repeat until all the tortillas are filled, rolled and fried.
5.Set on paper towels to drain.
6.Serve warm and ENJOY!

Serve w/ Spanish Rice and a salad

Spanish Rice

Spanish Rice Recipe (I don’t remember where I found this recipe)
•2 cups rice
•⅓ – ½ cup oil
•1 small can tomato sauce
•6 stems cilantro (optional)
•1 tsp. salt
•1 tsp. minced garlic
•4 cups water
•1 chicken flavored bouillon cube
•dash of cumin
•dash of garlic pepper

1.Heat oil in large frying pan on medium heat.
2.Add rice and cook until golden brown.
3.Add 1 chicken flavored bouillon cube to 4 cups water and microwave for 3 minutes.
4.When rice is brown, add water, tomato sauce, salt, garlic, cumin and garlic pepper to pan.
5.Stir and cover pan. Let simmer for 40 minutes. to an hour

Cinnamon Toast

  • 2 slices bread
  • butter
  • 1 T sugar (I have been using Stevia in place of the sugar)
  • 1 t. cinammon

Mix together cinnamon and sugar. Toast your bread, butter it, sprinkle with cinnamon/sugar mixture.

I usually keep an old, clean, parmesan cheese shaker full of cinnamon sugar.

Use 2 T cinnamon to every 1/2 c sugar to make it in larger batches.

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