"for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in;" Matthew 25:35

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

We Meet Again...

Hello to the Internet, and any possible readers I may have. 

It's been a long time. I don't mean to neglect my Blog, but, just like I don't mean to neglect baskets of laundry, bookshelves full of unread books, and places unexplored, I've neglected my blog. 

It's been a year since I've last posted, sadly. But happily, there are good reasons!  My husband and I have celebrated 5 years of marriage, our twins turned 2, and we had a little boy this passed June. So, to say we've been busy, would be an understatement. 

When it comes to the scope of this blog, I am happy to report that I still have a passion for cooking, and am learning more and more all the time. (Can you ever stop learning when it comes to cooking?).

I'm still experimenting and trying new things, I still enjoy reading cookbooks, subscribe to lots of recipe e-mails and scour Pinterest. However, these things happen less often, I make a lot of repeats, and I don't cook on the weekends. 

So what have I made lately?  Well last night I attempted a recipe from my MOPS group's cookbook called Chili Lentils. I mainly skimmed the instructions and went on my way. 

That was a mistake, or so I though.

The recipe said a bag of lentils, but I failed to notice that it said for those lentils to be cooked. So I got everything else going and dumped a whole bag of lentils in the pot.  So I panicked, added 4 cups of water, and had every intention to make grilled cheese and soup. 

Thankfully it worked!  I got one of my two-year-olds to eat this, and my husband and I did too. It wasn't pretty, but sometimes good just isn't pretty, but that doesn't mean it can't be delicious.

This is my version:

Chili With Lentils
In a Dutch oven: 1/2 lb of ground turkey, browned and add beef billion to it, along with garlic powder. Set aside. Take a chopped onion and sauté with more garlic powder until soft. Add back the meat, add two cans of diced tomatoes, a bag of lentils, 4 cups of water, chili powder, oregano, cumin (around 1 tap each, add to taste), ranch seasoning, (add to taste), bring to boil, simmer for at least 45 minutes. Go until lentils are cooked through. 

You'll end up with this:

Not very pretty.  But very yummy. 

I served with cheese and sour cream. The sky is the limit. So is chili in general, add whatever seasonings you like, whatever toppings, whatever accompaniments. 

Cooking is an excellent way to express yourself. Go to your kitchen and do it!

I'm going to attempt to get my baby to sleep. 

-Meg


Friday, September 20, 2013

I Love Autumn!

Hello Readers,

I know that is isn't technically Autumn until Sunday, but it is FEELING like it in my neck of the woods, and I L-O-V-E it :) We haven't been using our AC and we have been able to actually go outside, it's fabulous!!
We've even decorated for Autumn, think pine cones and pumpkins!  And along with decorating to spread the cheer this season brings us, we will be sending out some awesome greeting cards I made from Shutterfly.com, which I've mentioned countless times before.

I won't get into my speech about my love for Shutterfly and their products, but seriously guys, if you send any sort of card, have children, or moments in life that you would like prints of, USE Shutterfly.  Follow them on Instagram, Like them on Facebook, and download their app, it's so worth it, so many great deals including FREE offers!  You can't dislike free!!

So if you scroll down to the bottom of my blog, you can see my latest project!!

Happy Fall Y'all!!

Meg

Monday, September 2, 2013

Christmas Cards!

Hello Readers,

As I said yesterday, it is now September and my favorite time of year is just beginning!  It's been raining this morning, (So awesome), and just dreary and I can't stand how much I love it!

From the title of my blog, you make thing I'm crazy, confused or something, but I'm telling you I'm not...I don't think anyway!  I ordered my Christmas Cards today!!  I got them as a free gift from Pampers Grow On rewards system, it is part of the Pampers Gifts to Grow rewards system and if you enter at least one code a month for 3 months you get free photo labels from Shutterfly.com, 6 months you get 25 free 4X8 photo cards from Shutterfly.com--These were my Christmas cards!!  9 months is a wall calendar from Shutterfly.com and 12 months you can choose between three gifts, but I am going to get a hard cover photo book from Shutterfly.com for free!  If you haven't looked into the Gifts to Grow reward system, I really suggest you do at Pampers.com.  Also, I wrote a post called, "Why I Prefer Pampers" a month or so ago, and you should check it out, because it explain a little more.

So if you would like to see my Christmas card, scroll down to the bottom of the page!  So cute, huh?  :) We are all about candy canes!

When do you start thinking about your Christmas cards?  Do you do other seasonal or holiday cards?

Meg

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Thanks For Bearing With Me!!

Hello Readers,

Once again, I've fallen off the bandwagon!  But it's HARD to keep up with anything when you have twin 14 month old toddlers!!  But I have to say, that we are entering into my favorite four months.  As I'm sure some of you know, I am a huge Autumn and Winter fanatic.  In fact I already have names picked out if I have multiples in these months, (I've had multiples before, so it's not that crazy that I've thought of this!!).  FYI Aurora and Autumn for twins born in Fall, and Noel and Holly for twins born in Winter, and If I have extras I'll add on Ivy, too ;).  But really, I am excited for these months, I love how poetic and fragrant and fresh everything.

With things dying around, it reminds us that there is hope for growth and warmth after the season.  And you can look back and see what was really happening there.

But I am just so looking forward to spending this time of year with my healthy children.  Last year was really hard because we could not bring our twins out or do much, because we were having to worry about them getting sick, since they were preemies.  We are so blessed this year to be able to do "normal" activities with our children and makes me so overwhelmed with gratitude that we "survived" the truly scary part of parenting multiple preemies.

We are so looking forward to trying new recipes that have pumpkins, apples, cinnamon and squash!  I cannot wait to pick apples and take our twins to the pumpkin patch!  I cannot wait for the Harvest Party through our church, and to have the pleasure of watching my children enjoy eating Thanksgiving Dinner for the first time.

God is good, have you thanked Him today?  What are you looking forward to over the next few months?

Meg

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Why I Prefer Pampers

Hello Readers,

This is one of my "off topic" blog posts, are you ready?  Okay, so you can go ahead and judge me for using disposable diapers, but there's no way that I am going to be able to spray out poopy diapers for twins, do you know how many poopy diapers I deal with on a daily basis?!?  You don't want to know, but trust me, if you've ever had a 1 year old who is switched to milk, and eats table foods, then you know how their diapers were, multiply that by two!

So yes, we use disposable diapers, please don't lecture me, I'm planning on trying cloth with a singleton someday!  You can even send me links or patterns or actual diapers :)  That being said, I think that I should do a post about the brand of diapers I prefer, and explain it a little bit, because there are a few benefits.

Usually we do use the Costco brand of diapers, because they're cheaper and get the job done, BUT, at night my twins sleep a long time, (12 hours), and regular diapers do not hold all of their...potty, so we have to use different diapers at night, we like the Pampers Baby Dry.  Now These aren't cheap diapers, by any means, but there are some ways to work around that.

First off, I've been discovering the benefits of shopping at Rite Aid, which I've never really even considered, but I follow lots of couponers on Instagram and they do lots of shopping at other drug stores, so I thought I would give Rite Aid a try.  I joined their Wellness Rewards program, which was free, and they have things called + Up Rewards in their ads.  What those are is if you buy the specified number of products, (usually one or two), dollar amounts are added to your card the next day for you to apply to your balance and are available for 14 days.  A lot of the things that are eligible for the + Up Rewards match up with coupons you can find in the newspaper and online.  They're great if you're trying to build up a stock pile.  This week I'm getting toothbrushes and mouthwash.  So with Rite Aid they will have their diapers go on sale, including Pampers, and they're on sale for $9.49 this week, and they are $2 + Up Reward points, and you can earn two.  So with my buying the other items, I will have $8 in + Up Rewards points, and so the next day I will be able to buy two packs of Pampers that on sale together would be $19 - $3 off in coupons, -$8 in + Up Rewards points = $8 for those two, which is great when they're normally priced at $12.99 a pack.  And by buying those, I will earn another $4 in + Up Rewards points, so the next day I will go back and use a $1.50 off coupon + the $4 in + Up Rewards, and pay another $4 for a pack of diapers.

Another reason why I like Pampers is their Gifts to Grow program, and their Grow On program.  What these are, are codes that you find in Pampers products that are a 15 digit codes that you enter at pampers.com after you sign up.  The more points you add the greater rewards you get through the Gifts to Grow program, many of these are offers from Shutterfly-such as free prints, free cards, posters, etc.  As you get more and more points you can get free toys, free magazine subscriptions and I think they even have a potty training seat on there!  The Grow on program is neat, it's to keep you motivated to continue to enter points.  It keeps track of each month you enter points, so even if you only enter one set of points a month you're earning, but if you miss a month, you have to start all over.  With the Grow On program, you get rewarded every 3 months, with each reward growing in worth.  For entering them in for three months, you get personalized address labels from Shutterfly, 6 months you get photo cards, 9 months you get a wall calendar from Shutterfly and 12 months you get to chose from a photo book from Shutterfly, or A band set, or a play pad.  After you complete the Grow On Program, you can repeat.  So theoretically, you can get address labels, photo cards, a calendar, and a photo book for entering in 12 codes, which you could buy 4 3-packs of wipes for about $5 a piece, so spend $20 and get about $75 worth of free product + free shipping.

So these are just some of the reasons why I prefer Pampers.

Have an awesome day!

Meg

Monday, July 15, 2013

Feeling that I Should Expand/Book Review

Hello Readers,

Long time, no--blog?  I'm truly sorry for my absence and I am grateful that I am not paid to blog, or expected to, because I would never do very well.  As many of my readers know, I am a mother of twins, and that takes up a LOT of time.  Last summer/fall/winter, when I was really into my blogging was when my twins were infants.  Now they are toddlers, and they take up a LOT of time--not complaining, just saying.  So I don't spend a lot of time trying new recipes, typing on the computer, or really doing a lot of stuff for me.  In fact, when I do have me-time, it's usually spent with my nose in a book, which I think is a great way to spend my time.

Now you may be wondering about my title, and I won't wait any longer, I feel that my one hobby of cooking has expanded and now I have a few more hobbies that I would love to begin sharing with you, if you don't mind.  Here's a list of things I think I want to start to include in my blog, (when I have the time--that is):
-Cooking (of course)
-Things pertaining to my Faith
-Couponing
-Fashion (aka me playing dress up)
-Book Reviews
-Cleaning/Housework
-DIY/Crafts
-Random ideas that pop up in my head

I'm hoping that this blog won't become too scatterbrained, and I can't guarantee a post every day, but I can promise to try my best, and I think it'll be really good!

So, for my first topic it will be a short book review:

I recently read Left Behind by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye, I have to say, this was a wonderful book.  I enjoy the way it was written, the fact that it used some verses from the Bible, and it was just very easy, but good to read.  There are twelve other books in the series, and I plan to read them as time goes on.

I hope my blog isn't too random!

Meg

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Meal Planning for the First Week of April!

Hello Readers,

Here's a quick meal plan, let's get on it:

Monday:
Slow cooker porcupine meatballs

Tuesday:
Grilled cheese with a new soup I got

Wednesday:
A slow cooker chicken meal with salsa corn beans and cream cheese

Thursday:
Baked potato night

Friday:
Slow cooker pork chops


Sorry to be short and sweet, it's all I have time for anymore!

Happy Easter,

Meg