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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Are You Ready For Some Football...FOOD?

What team are you cheering for this year?  photo credit
Yep, it's already that time of the year again when you are thinking about what yumtastic foods you are going to fix for the big game.  Last year you probably made wings, and this year you'll probably make some...well, wings.  Go ahead a make those wings and chill your brews, whip up some guacamole, and cut up some raw veggies, but while your at it you might as well add a little spunk to your game and try some fantastic new game foods your guests are sure to enjoy!

Earlier today, over at Ridiculously Delicious, I posted some really delicious foods that will ensure your Superbowl party will be a hit.  I've got a Taco Pizza recipe that looks and tastes amazing, some wings that will knock your socks off, a cheese dip that is man tested (so you know it is good), some brownies that will disappear before you even get one, plus much more.  So head on over (click here) and grab some Ridiculously Delicious foods to make your party one for the books.

Crispy Broiled Wings!


Superbowl Party XLVI

With the Superbowl only days away, and more than 100 million people gathering to watch the big event in their homes, my goal is to make your bash the party to remember.  The number one thing the Superbowl does is bring people together (which could be both a bad and good thing), so fire up the grill and break out the hot wings and cheese dip folks because it's time for some football!

According to an article I was reading in a Billings Gazette insert, there are some rules that you can follow to ensure your party-goers have a foolproof time.

1.  Give guests a choice of party zones.  
Who says you only have to have one viewing area?  Have more than one TV set up and tuned into the game.  One can be used for those die hard football fanatics who want to see every play and call of the game and the other for the chatters and snackers.  A basement or a media room would be perfect for the die hard fans and then a TV in the kitchen/dining or living space would be perfect for the fans who are there for the food and commercials!

2.  Provide activities for young partygoers. 
Most of us have kids, so it is almost a guarantee you are going to have some youngsters at your party.  Set up a spare bedroom for them filled with board games, video games, dress up clothes and books.  Bring out the sleeping bags as well since it may get late and past some of their bedtimes.  What kid doesn't like to camp inside the house?

3.  Offer extra Entertainment for the grown-ups.
Let's face it, sometimes football can get dull, so in between those commercials we all look forward to, provide a little extra entertainment for your guests.  Ask your friends to bring a pot of chili or soup, and have a cook-off with your friends voting for their favorite pot.  Have a gift for the winner, maybe a $10.00 gift card to Wal-mart or even a homemade trophy or certificate.  

3.  Prepare for the uninvited.
Although you should always do a pregame headcount to ensure you have enough food, you should get enough food and drinks for at least 10 extra guests.  One easy solution is to buy some frozen appetizers to have on hand ready to heat up in case your spread starts to run low.  

I am leaving you with a link to a Superbowl Game that my family and friends play every year.  Print these off (or make your own) and pass them out to all your guests as they arrive.  Have a basket of pens or pencils ready to pass out as well.  BE SURE THEY ARE COMPLETELY FILLED OUT BEFORE THE GAME BEGINS and then given back to the host.  The host can participate for fun, but shouldn't be eligible to win.  The host should keep one copy to use as the key and record the events as they occur.  At the end of the game all guests add up their score and the person with the most points is the winner!  We always have lots of fun with this game and even let the older kids join in!

I hope you find these tips helpful in making your Superbowl Party a success.  Later today I will be posting some food ideas that are sure to make your party one to talk about it!



Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Basketball in Kentucky, there's nothing else like it!

Big Blue Nation #1.  GO CATS!

Being born and raised in Murray, Kentucky, we were brought up to love Kentucky Basketball.  You didn't have a choice.  So, naturally we are raising our boys to do the same.  Game day at our house gets a little loud and rowdy and I love it.  Being an only child, my house was pretty quite, so even though I often complain of being the only girl in our family of six, I wouldn't trade my boys and their love for KY basketball for anything.  Although I did have to put my foot down when they wanted to fly a big blue flag from the front of my new house, we eventually came up with a compromise  and it was decided they can fly their blue and white from our camper.  

And in case you haven't heard about our Murray State Racers, who are now 20-0 and ranked #9 on the coaches poll.  I'm posting the link to a song that has been remixed and dedicated to the Racers.  Talk about a pre-game song to get you pumped!  Basketball in Kentucky is alive and in full force, even all the way up here in Wyoming.  Basketball in KY, it doesn't get much better than this!

I'm a Racer and I know it!  Got Racers!


Monday, January 16, 2012

A Day of Reflection....

Today as we pause to remember the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who would have turned 83 this year, and reflect on his life and legacy, let us not forget his dream and ask ourselves, "What more can we do to help others?"

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Sprucing up the guest bathroom

  I am not the most creative person, okay who I am kidding, I'm not creative at all.   However, thanks to pinterest I have found some really cute ideas for our home and today I tired a couple of them out.  I'm not a big fan of clutter and like to keep things clean and simple, especially in the bath
rooms. So I took a couple of real simple ideas and was able to add a little spunk to our guest bathroom.  I even got the hubby involved, putting his new power drill to use!
  I love clear containers.  For my wash cloths I took a large glass jar, that can be purchased at Wal-mart or Target, and individually rolled up the towels and place them into this jar.  REALLY SIMPLE, but adds a little uniqueness and cuteness to the bathroom.

My second little project was to make a soap dispenser out of a mason jar.  Another clear container concept, that I thought would be cute and a little different.  This is where my husband got to use his new power drill.
Another really simple project in that you drill a hole in the lid, large enough for the pump to slide through.  Once you have the hole drilled slide your pump through the hole (I used the pump from a Soft Soap bottle), add a little glue to hold the pump in place, and your done.  Add the soap to the jar, screw on the lid and you have a new soap dispenser.  I have seen the jars painted, which was also cute.  I think I will add a second jar filled with hand soap!

Again, the projects were super simple and took maybe 30 minutes at the most to throw together, they added a simple touch to my very boring guest bath and gave me a little sense of accomplishment when I was done.  Taking baby steps in  finding my creative side.


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Taking a minute to brag!

Every mother loves to brag about her kids, so I am taking a minute to brag about mine.  Our oldest is 15, a freshman in high school and part of a very athletic freshman class.  They went undefeated in football and so far they are undefeated in basketball.  They are being told they are the best freshman team in Wyoming, which makes all of us parents really proud.  As I have mentioned in a previous post, our small town of Cody publishes EVERYTHING in the newspaper.  So, you can only imagine how happy I was that our son Dillon got recognized for his points scored in a recent game and equally as happy he didn't have to suffer from humiliation of his mom being recognized for speeding through town.  (thank you again Ms. Policewoman for only giving me a warning!)  My only complaint about the paper is that every time he has been mentioned in an article they have spelled his name wrong.  I guess that's what I get for trying to be different.  Cody Freshman Broncs...You Guys RoCk!
Dylan vs Dillon


Sunday, January 08, 2012

Left Behind...

I just finished looking through some pictures in USA today's Media Gallery entitled Items Left Behind on Southwest Airlines.  It is hard to believe all this stuff that is never claimed and I am pretty impressed with how Southwest keeps all this stuff organized.  Bottom line: If you leave anything on a flight, especially Southwest, CALL THEM!  More than likely they have it and will be able to locate it for you rather quickly!
For more details and more interesting pictures of things left behind, go here!

Here are a few of the pictures they featured.  All photos are courtesy of USA today.

Laptop better believe I would be looking for mine!

e-readers...Look at all those!

Strollers.  Really?  Did they lose their baby too?

A coffee press with a cigar in it, a bird feeder and an award...ok, maybe some things are better left at Southwest!


Saturday, January 07, 2012

Welcome to Cody!

As soon as I saw her car, I knew I was busted. I had no idea what the speed limit was and I had no idea how fast I was going, but I just knew she was coming after me. No need to put on the break in an attempt to slow down because she had already clocked me and was in the process of flipping her lights on and making a U-turn from the spot she was sitting in. As she approached my vehicle I was praying the hubby had put the insurance card back in the truck after getting the registration a few weeks earlier. After frantically searching I found it, but not the registration, which she informed me was against the law not to have it with me! Great, just slap that fine on there to while your at it! I still have a Texas driver's license, our insurance card had the incorrect address on it, no registration in the truck, and I was clocked doing 43 in a 30. Yep, there was no getting
out of this one. Instead of freaking out over my very first speeding ticket, or worried about how much it was going to cost and what the hubby was going to say, my biggest concern was the fact that my name was going to be published in the paper under the police report. Yep folks, that's right, every little thing makes its way into the paper in this town; weddings, births, divorces, and even speeding tickets. 

After sitting in my car waiting for the inevitable, for what seemed like an eternity, she appeared again giving me only a warning with strict instruction to slow down and to get the registration paper in the car. 

Praise the Lord, I stayed out of Monday's paper!

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Reading my way through 2012: My Reading List

Again, after much thought, consideration, reviews, and recommendations, I have compiled my 2012 reading list.  I absolutely LOVE to read, yet rarely seem to find the time to do so.  This reading list is going to be a HUGE commitment for me and if I achieve this goal I will be ECSTATIC!  I have America's Cheapest Family Gets You Right on the Money on hold at my library and should receive it by Friday, and this afternoon I purchased Eat That Frog! from Amazon since it went on sale for 0.99 today for the Kindle!  I have linked each book to a description offered by Amazon, however these books can be purchased at any bookstore and most can probably be checked out  at your local library.  I chose Amazon because those of you with a Kindle can automatically purchase the book, if you choose to do so, with one click checkout through these links.  Happy Reading!    

My 2012 Reading List:

America’s Cheapest Family Gets you Right on the Money - book description

Eat That Frog! - book description

The Hunger Games - book description

The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the complexities of commitment with the wisdom of God - book description

The Money Saving Mom’s Budget - book description

The Shack - book description

Have a New You by Friday: How to Accept Yourself, Boost Your Confidence and Change Your Life in 5 Days - book description

Family First - book description

Heaven is for Real - book description

The Five Love Languages: The secret to love that lasts - book description

Skipping Christmas - book description


Monday, January 02, 2012

Personal and Family Goals for 2012

Why just set one New Year resolution?  I find that when I do this I either forget about it or get bored with it.  Instead I have chosen to set a number of goals in hopes that I will be able to accomplish most, if not all of them.  Also, writing them down, blogging them and/or posting them on a social network is an excellent way to actually remembering the goals you have set for yourself as well as feeling that you are being held accountable for achieving them.  This is the first year that I have publically announced my goals.  I am hoping it will inspire me to follow through with them and I hope it also inspires others to set and work towards their own goals. 

2012 Personal Goals:
Read through the Bible in one year using this chronological plan.
Keep Ridiculously Delicious updated weekly with meal plans and new recipes.
Plan blog posts a week in advance.
Eat healthy, exercise faithfully and drink a lot more water!
Get at least 7 hours of sleep a night.
Commit to reading 12 books as outlined in my reading plan..
Once a month send someone a handwritten card/note.
Continue meal planning.

Marriage Goals:
Twice a month go on a date with my husband.
Once a week have lunch with my husband (even if it is left-overs from home in one of our offices).
Go on a marriage retreat in the form of a weekend get-away, just the two of us.  
Read a book together and discuss it.

Children/Family Goals:
Weekly family game night (board game/wii/cards).
One weekend day a month declared media free.  No TV/computer/video  games, etc.
One field trip a month (museum, Yellowstone National Park, etc.).
Becoming more involved in our new community.
Reading time every night with the kids and on their own.
Camping – and LOTS OF IT!

Financial Goals:
Doing a monthly budget and sticking to it using Dave Ramsey's Budgeting forms.
Increasing our monthly savings by 65% with this increase being divided between the boys’ savings and checking accounts and into our General and Emergency savings accounts. 
Giving to the local food pantry and missions in and outside of our community as God leads us to do. 
Continue tithing.



This instagram calendar found at: A Beautiful Mess Blog

I find myself always thinking, "I need to make this" or "I need to try that" and for the most part, they never get done.  So, this year I am committing to doing at least 12 of those projects.  Hopefully, I will find time to do more as there are a ton of  DIY projects that I want to try, (not to mention that list has especially grown since I discovered Pinterest).  After much thought and consideration, these are the 12 that I am committing to for 2012:

January:  Homemade English Muffins
February:  Homemade Marshmallows
April:  Make your own - Windex    
June:  Freezer Jam
July:  Homemade Nutella
September:  Homemade Liquid Hand Soap
October:  Homemade Peanut Butter
November:  Make it yourself – Febreeze!

The plan is to attempt these projects the second Sunday of the month with a blog to follow that week with the results.  Excited to get started!  What DIY projects are you attempting this year?


Sunday, January 01, 2012

IT'S 2012, FOLKS!

I've been working on my goals for 2012 and will be posting them in parts, the first being tonight after I finish our New Year's Dinner consisting of the traditional black eye peas, kielbasa and cabbage, fried potatoes and sweet cornbread.  I have divided my goals into three parts, my 12 DIY projects for 2012; My 2012 reading list; and finally my personal goals for 2012.  I'm excited to share them with you and would love to hear what your goals are for this new year!

For now, I am off to the store to do our weekly shopping (I blogged our menu for this week earlier at Ridiculously Delicious) and then home to play Candy Land and Yahtzee with the kiddos before dinner.

Happy New Year to my dear family, friends and readers!  Make it a good one!