Friday Fun – Indoor/Outdoor Ideas for your Weekend

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I have gathered up some of my favorites from Pinterest for you to try at home with your family this weekend. Some of these I have tried and some I will be trying this weekend myself. I was going to share 11 ideas for 11/11/11, but who am I kidding? Here’s 6 of the easiest. First, the ones I have done…

Marshmallow catapult– We had


fun with this one. I would do this outside if we use it again. Of course, you can launch anything with it, anything as small as a mini-marshmallow.

Cheesesteak sloppy joes – I love finding something new to do with hamburger. These were really good! I added quite a bit more steak sauce than the recipe called for which made them a little salty. It would be easy to adjust to your taste.

7 Up biscuits– This recipe is so easy and the results are impressive. I didn’t have any 7 Up on hand, so I used ginger ale. Technically , I can only recommend ginger ale biscuits, but I doubt it makes a difference. You get to cheat with Bisquick on this one and the end

like a yeast roll but no yeast

product looks and tastes like something passed down from your grandma. It only makes 9 biscuits, so you might want to double up.

I would do this outside on the porch

Coke bottle painting – I’m not sure you need a link for this one; it is pretty straight forward.You use the bottom of a 2-liter soda bottle as a stamp for painting. you can tell from the Picture that it makes big flowers. Layer different colors for a cool effect. Use a 20 oz. bottle too for added dimension.

Balloon poppers– I love crafts that use things I already have

very doable

lying around. All you need for these is balloons, a paper cup, maybe a little tape, and a marshmallow to shoot across the room. Inside or outside, this should keep the kids busy. They could shoot for distance or for accuracy to stay occupied for who knows how long. Cleaning up marshmallows can be fun too if you sell it right.

Super cape– For fighting crime, a kid needs a cape. Regardless of what Edna says on The Incredibles, capes are popular with tiny heroes everywhere. Here is a quick, no-sew tutorial for one. I know it would be easy to leave the neck as is and just pop it over your child’s head, but for safety, you really need to use the velcro tabs as shown.

                                                                     great use for an old shirt

Friday Fun – Up to the Mountain

Isn't it lovely?

I’m leaving this afternoon to go to a special place with my kids and another family. When I was 14 and 15, I spent my summers “working” at a camp for underprivileged children. We were supposed to be leading these children to God but I spent a lot of time flirting with boys and getting in trouble. This weekend I will definitely not be flirting (my husband won’t be there to flirt with) and hopefully I won’t be getting into trouble.

I hope I will be soaking in the last of the leaves in a way that restores my soul. Christians have moved away from worshiping in nature, as if nature belongs to the New Age. This keeps us from the place that God can show us Himself in intricate detail or in majestic grandeur. I’m up for both.

kit kat smores. now we're talkin'

We have heat, a kitchen and bathrooms, so we are not roughing it. One of my goals is to teach my homeschooled kids how to play kickball. I know, I know…parenting fail, but I’m working on it. I might not even write anything while I’m there. I will just see where the time, and my kids, take me. Many forces have come against me, trying to prevent this trip. I have a strong sense that we need this time so I have persisted. God has a plan and He will be there with us. What s’more, um …more could we ask for?

I think of this song often and more often as I get ready to go. This is one of my all-time favorites and if you are my Facebook friend, you have no doubt seen it before. The words, by Patty Griffin and the raw vocal by Kelly Clarkson, get me every time. Add the guitar lead by Jeff Beck and it is a performance that can’t be remade or captured again. Thanks to youtube, I can share it with you. Have a great weekend!

Friday Fun – A life-changing trick


Would it be too corny to say I found a trick that is really a treat? Anyone who knows me is tired of hearing me talk about Pinterest and I shared Halloween Costume ideas from Pinterest last week. This week I got a chance to stop pinning and start doing what I learned there.

At our dinners for eight, we have a lot of chicken. We get tired of chicken honestly. PInterest can help with recipes too and I have learned a few that have spiced up our menu. But all the choices in the world don’t take care of the chicken shredding job I always dread. chicken chopping for eight is no fun. If you wait for it to cool it toughens up and if you work while it’s hot, well, it’s too hot. All that is behind me now however, thanks to this tip.

I nearly cried, not gonna lie.

the big catch is, you need to have a big electric mixer with the paddle attachment, but for big families this is not a neglected appliance. It has paid for itself. If you have the mixer, all you need is some cooked chicken breast, still warm, and dump them in the bowl. I cooked mine from frozen by putting them in a pot with onions, celery, salt, pepper, garlic salt, and thyme. That’s it.

I put in all the chicken in, no trimming or fussing over it. Then turn on your mixer and watch the magic happen. You are left with the most perfectly shredded chicken, ready for all kinds of recipes. Maybe you have to have chopped 20 years worth of chicken to find this as exciting as I do.

I did go back through the bowl and find the connective tissues that are usually found in chicken breasts. They were easy to pick out because everything else was so perfect.I made a casserole of mine with the broth that was left in the pot. It would also make amazing soup.

like this, but better

I hope this tip makes you as happy as it makes me. I can’t wait to see what I learn this week!

Friday Fun – Halloween Costumes

In my effort to blog more often, I want to share fun stuff on Fridays. No heavy news articles or disturbing third-world trends on Fridays. Today I will share some fun Halloween costumes I found on Pinterest. Pinterest is the best place to go for costume ideas, or ideas of any kind really.

I Love Lucy – You would have to have a pretty cool circle of friends for them to appreciate this one, but the execution on this is perfect.

Mermaid – This one looks easy to do and still easy to walk in and doesn’t involve your little girl wearing a seashell bra.

Gypsy – very easy to achieve with things you already have on hand.

Lego characters – one for the boys.

Wheelchair costumes – Pinterest will show you everything for everyone. Here’s another idea and another.

If these ideas don’t work for your kids, just leave a comment, with your email address, requesting an invite to Pinterest. I will send you one and you can look around at all their ideas. Have a great weekend!

While you were being a Good Mom…..

 In order to succeed at blogging, you must start out pretending you have lots and lots of readers. My first attempt to keep up this illusion will be a new feature. (Blogs with lots of readers have features) This one is going to be a link-sharing feature that helps moms like me have one place where they can plop down for a minute and see some of the cool things from the internet. If you are still in the stage of child rearing that is all about keeping people alive, you don’t have time to mosey around the net like I do. Stop by on Fridays for shortcuts to some of what I saw while you were being a good mom.

Taylor Mali slam poet  – Now don’t go thinking that I even understand all of what slam poetry is. I am a very white girl with absolutely no street cred but this man happens to be white as well and he is considered one of the best. He addresses a pet peeve of mine while inspiring his audience to speak with authority. The first thing people noticed about Jesus when he spoke publicly for the first time was that he spoke with authority. It is not to be feared but imitated.

A new trend in plastic surgery – This article is for women only. Women are having all their body parts redone to look like magazines….all their parts. I share this because of the revealing comments the women share. Women are supposed to have been freed from oppression to become whatever they want to be. It is heartbreaking to read what many, many women have decided that should be.

Can I get an “Amen” ? – Jenna Fisher, who plays Pam Beasley on The Office, reaches a much larger audience than I ever could with an important message for “the nation” regarding a pregnant woman and her needs.

Glorious Day – The Casting Crown’s song  “One Day” is  a lovely song. Really, it is.  But…someone has messed with it and this is how it really goes. It should be played the way it was originally written and played by a lovely old lady. Oh, and there should be a few fumbles at the keys because she is keeping it real. I can’t explain how happy this makes me.

12 things I would love for other adults to stop doing

someone just asked her #11

So far, I have tried to avoid blogging lists or gripes or pet peeves. I have a reputation for being less than patient with small things, like Wal-Mart carts with bad wheels or people doused in perfume. These are pet peeves, but they only make me look petty and they are not related to the Raising His Child message. So, here are a few of the things I would love for others to stop doing that do relate to my child-rearing opinions. See if any of these are on your list. Continue reading

are you an in-church massager? (via abigail’s leftovers)

let's just go all out and do it right

I had to reblog this post from abigail’s leftovers. This has been a recent topic in our household. My teenagers especially, are distracted by couples who are engaged in any level of PDA. Public displays of affection are off-limits to them in church so they are annoyed at this double standard. For me, it’s the women “loving” on their children that drives me to distraction. If the child was leaning into it like a love-starved cat, that would be one thing, but I can usually sense the tension of a poor child who just wants to draw on his or her bulletin in peace.

Then there’s the absent-minded fiddler who doesn’t realize that she is making a loud scratching sound on the material of the person next to her. It takes many parental glares to make her aware. I am grateful that she is so engrossed in the sermon.

So enjoy the repost and the subsequent re-repost of an article that she reposted. I am going to spare you any attempt to wax spiritual about how we should love the massagers and the non- massagers alike. I’ve got nothin’. One disclaimer: I do not support nor do I condone the vinegar violence discussed by PAMIC.

Yes. You read that right. In lieu of more serious posting, I thought I’d take a breather with some introspection about in-church massaging.  You know, the person sitting three rows in front of you whose hand never stops caressing the back of their significant other.   Suddenly, your eyes are riveted to the patterns being made on the back.  You forget what the sermon is about and your finger slips from the place your pastor told you to mark in Joh … Read More

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