Thursday, December 31, 2015

Not "Resolutions" but "Goals"!

We are so quick to say when the new year come in that we are going to set New Year Resolutions and then they fall off by the month of March, and we go back to the regular program call LIFE!  BUT, I wonder why do they fall off? Do you write them down? Are they realistic? Do you keep track of what you are doing to change? Do you have someone to keep you on track? These questions are important because to me there is a difference between resolutions and goals. I personally think that resolutions are things people want to get away from temporarily because they didn't like how it turned out to be at that time. Goals are something that you want and desire. You strive to acheive goals. Now those are my own personal views on the two, not Webster's Dictionary. 

As you sit down today and reflect over the things that took place in your life in 2015, don't make a list of resolutions; make a list of GOALS. Make them realistic. Strive for them. Achieve them. Go for it...you can DO IT! Going back to school. Organizing your home. Making time for your husband and kids. Bringing the love back in your home. Getting a promotion on your job. Getting a better job. Purchasing a home. Purchasing a new car. Making better health choices. The list goes on and on. Realistic Goals last! Resolutions don't. 

When you make your GOAL list, make several copies on the list. Why? So you can constantly remind your self what you are striving for. Want to keep up with you achievements towards your GOALS? That's a great idea. Grab a journal and pen and write away!  If you don't want a journal but maybe a simple form to help you with your goals, click here for our "Goal Checklist" to help you set up your goals and achieve them. This is will also help you see your progress. We all want to see progress!!  

It's never too late to start over in life! 

Until next time, I'm off to set GOALS!! 


SMOOCHES!! 


Tuesday, December 29, 2015

You're Amazing!!

Where do I start? 2015 has been a great year for my tribe and network. We started out with goals and determined to grow and get better. So many ideas went down on paper but only a few got done, but that's okay. At least, I can say I did it.  It wasn't easy, but I did it. 

First and foremost, I thank GOD for the opportunity. Without Him, I am nothing!! 

Then there is my Papa Bear, my Big Daddy, my Round Head, and so much more, Jerry Gaston, Jr. I have truly enjoyed these five years being married to you and it is only going to get better from here. I mean he is the main reason I write about  The Journey of Being A Wife

Next is Javacia Harris Bowser, Founder of See Jane Write. It's a local organization that helps female bloggers/authors, as myself, to become a Boss Lady! It has allowed me to grow and learn more about being a blogger and I have made many networking connections that will go far with me. 

Last but not least, YOU!! You are the reason this is going the right direction that it is and I thank you. Your support. Your stories. Your love. All of it is very appreciative and I don't know what I would do without you all. You are the reason that we are getting ready to soar into higher heights and make this community of wives GRAND! 

Many of you know why I started this blog and network. But just in case you don't know, I started this because there was nothing out there locally (Birmingham, AL) that has a community for wives to come together on a positive standpoint. No marriage is perfect (stop saying that your marriage is because it's not...nothing perfect). Sometimes being a wife is one of the hardest task we take on daily and we all need uplifting and encouraging. I was also asked everyday for the first two years of my marriage "so how is marriage life". I was like are you all trying to tell me something. LOL! I have always kept a journal about being a wife, but now a portion of my journal is done with the help of the world wide web. 

I know I still have a long way to go and a lot to learn. But that is what makes the task so much fun and loving. I am always learning and ready to go forward. 

Each of you hold a special place in my heart and I thank you for the AMAZING support in 2015. Stay tuned to so much more in 2016. If you haven't subscribed to the blog itself or the newsletter, please go do so and you will stay up to date with us! 

Until next times, I am ready to TACKLE ON 2016!!! 

SMOOCHES!! 


Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas from me to you!!!

Well, we have yet reached another holiday season. Enjoy it with your family and friends! Remember CHRIST is the reason for the season. We are here to celebrate His birth. Without Him, there wouldn't even be a CHRISTmas season. 

So, from my family to yours, have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! 


Thursday, December 24, 2015

Entertaining Kids During Holiday Gatherings

It's Christmas Eve!!! All I can say is thank you Lord and WOW!!! Crazy weather is upon us here in Alabama, but tis the season to be jolly right. 

If you are hosting the Christmas gathering at your house and you need some ways to keep the kids entertained, follow these steps and you will be a hit! 

1) Coloring Books 
You can never go wrong with this. Create a coloring station and give a little cheap frame (you can purchase from Dollar Tree) and allow them to sign their picture and frame it. 

2) Painting 
Alright. The tools you will need for this is as follows: blank canvases, paint brushes, paint (of course), aprons, and a plastic cloth. Place the cloth down on the floor so the paint won't get on your hardwood floors or carpet. Set up each painting station (depending on how many kids you have) with all the necessary tools. Allow them to come up with their own portrait and paint away! 

3) Scavenger Hunt
Hide clues in different areas and have a nice prize at the end for the winner. I mean kids like to run (I still don't know where all that energy comes from) and find things. If the weather permits, set it up outside. 

4) Movie Theatre Room
Set up a room where the kids can watch movies and have popcorn. Make it like they're actually in a movie theatre, dark and cozy. Have popcorn in movie popcorn containers (you can get some from Dollar Tree, Wal-Mart, or Target stores). You know make it nice for them! 

5) Games 
Name one child that doesn't like to play a game?? I didn't think you could...lol. Come up with some simple games that the kids will enjoy. 


One thing you don't want is kids to hang around and not be entertained. I'm sure they can come up with some things themselves, but it makes it more fun when the host does it. Hope this list helps! 


Until next time, 


SMOOCHES! 


Monday, December 21, 2015

Giving is Caring.

Okay, this may not be the type of post that some would normally post but I'm not like others. I am my OWN! :-)

As you know we are in the week of Christmas. To some, it still doesn't really feel like Christmas. Here are a few reasons that I think why it doesn't feel like Christmas.

1) The weather here is the south has a mind of its own, so it really hasn't been that cold. Which strangely, I'm thankful for that. There are many that are homeless and many families that can't afford the high gas bill. They either have electrical heaters (in which you have to be safe where you place them in your home) or no heat at all and have to use the stove, to generate heat.

2) Days are going by so swiftly that the holiday is catching some off guard (like myself). I didn't even put up a Christmas tree and that is not like me.

3) People are losing their jobs. Today's economy is hard on EVERYONE. You can't trust a job. You can't even trust the bank for a loan today. You can only trust GOD! I too was laid off from my job this time last year but thankfully my husband was working and we still had an income coming in.  It was very difficult at times. It's not even easy to get a job at a temp agency. But those are too hard to depend on. You can be on an assignment today and the assignment can end at the end of your shift.

So I'm sure you see why this Christmas is difficult for everyone. The list can go on and on. BUT, there is something that we can all participate in this holiday season. You never know what people are going through and maybe need some encouraging. We all don't have much to give, but we can give something.

1) Give a Smile
Show those PEARLS!! You don't have to have a reason to smile. Just do it. That smile will make the next person smile, which will make the next person smile, and the next, and the next. See where this is going.

2) Give a Hug
When you hug someone, it's supposed to be a good feeling. Pass the love around. Afraid to hug someone you don't know. Don't worry. Go and hug someone you do know and tell them TAG YOU'RE IT. Which means, they will have to go hug someone they know and so on.  That one hug can make someone feel a lot better and give hope.

3) Pay it forward
Now, I personally haven't received this yet but I have done it. I was at a Chick-fil-A and I paid it forward for a family that had two kids. It's not that they looked like they couldn't afford it, but I wanted to do something nice. I did ask them what they were ordering and just made one large order for them and myself. It made me feel so good!

4) Buy something nice for someone
It doesn't have to be anything expensive or fancy, but something nice. It's not what you give, but why you gave; to bless someone.

5) Give a nice tip to a waiter/waitress
We have all been there being a waiter/waitress and we know that it's hard to get tips. Also, some employers like to count your tips. Me personally, I don't think that's any of their business, but that's another story for another day. But give an extra $5, $10, or maybe even $20 to help them with finances. You just never know how it will help them.

We all can go the extra mile this holiday season to bless someone else. The blessing you give to them can and will also bless you. This is the season of giving!!

Until next time, I'm off to give a little extra this holiday season.


SMOOCHES


Thursday, December 17, 2015

How to Shop for your Husband

Raise your hand if your spouse has a particular style? Raise your hand if your husband loves to look and smell good? Raise your hand if it's hard to shop for your spouse, if he already has everything? Raise your hand if it's hard to shop for your spouse, if he is picky about things he likes? If you have answered "yes" to more than two questions, this will help you. 

I never thought it would be difficult to shop for a man until I became Mrs. La Costa Gaston. It's not a bad thing, it's almost funny because he says the same about me when he is shopping. It goes all the way down to buying food at the grocery store or a restaurant. We have never been in competition with each other about the gifts, but I think he knows that I put a little more effort into putting the gift fully together. For example: I buy him an outfit. He buys me a gift card. My gift to him is going to coordinate with something that I already have in my closet (color coordinate)...lol. My gift will also be in a nice gift bag with the tissue put in properly and decorated very pretty. He knows NOTHING about the gift. Walks in the room and hand him the gift and kiss him on the lips and say, hey I just wanted to do something nice for you. The gift to me from him and this is really how the conversation will go. Him: Hey bae, I wanted to surprise you, BUT you are very hard to pick for. Me: No I'm not and why you mess up the surprise. Him: Well, I didn't want to tell you but I started to second guess it so I wanted to let you know I got you something and you would have told me that I didn't have to get it. Me: That's very sweet of you, but you should have SURPRISED me since that's what it is. Him: Well it's a gift card to your favorite store Micheal's. Me: Thank you and I truly appreciate it BUT you spoiled the surprise. 

Now back to my topic...lol! How do you shop for your husband? Very easy. Follow these steps and it won't be so hard. 

Step 1: Ask Questions
Crazy concept. No, it's not. You're not asking direct questions, you are beating around the bush. Don't just come out with the question. Be sneaky with it. Ask during a general conversation. 

Step 2: Pay attention to what he likes
If your husband has never mentioned that he likes skinny jeans, DON'T buy him a pair. If your husband has never mention that he wants to wear a long gold chain, DON'T buy him a long gold chain. If you to what he likes, when you present it to him, it will make him feel good because he will know that you have been paying attention. 

Step 3: Check his sizes
The last thing you want to do is buy something that is too small or too big. Just snooze around every now and then when he is not looking. Put the memo in your phone so you will always have that information near. 

Step 4: NEVER BRAG
Ladies, yes we can go hard when we are heated. But let me ask you a question. What are you trying to prove? Don't boast on everything that you do for him because a man never wants to feel as he is a necessity, but a NEED! 

Step 5: Don't be hurt if...
he tells you not to buy anything but treat yourself to something. You looking good, is the best gift to him. As long as his prize possession is looking good, that is all that he wants. A man takes pride in how he looks but he goes the extra step in how his wife and family looks. 

We may think it's hard, but ladies, let's be real, it's not. If you follow these steps, shopping for your husband will become an easier task! 


Until next time, I'm off to shop! 


SMOOCHES!! 




Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Making Music with Your Spouse!

I am a music person and I love music! Jazz, NeoSoul, R&B, Gospel, Hip Hop, Classical, and just little Country. That music is good music. But what about the music you can make with your spouse? The type of music that is only right for you and your spouse. How can you make music? Is there such a thing? Yes, of course. You can make music the spur of the moment. 

Here are a few tips on how you can make music with your spouse:

1) Grab him by the hand and dance. 
You don't have to turn on any music. Make up a song or sing a song the both of you know. Look into each others eyes and DANCE AWAY!! 

2) The Bed. 
Enough said. Music is definitely made there. :-) 

3) Sing a song together 
You both may not know all the words to a certain song but strike out on a song and tell him to join in with you. You may laugh at each other, but it's making memories and enjoying each other. 

4) Make a beat while doing a task together.
Now this could be a funny act but it can work. Whether your cleaning, cooking, and getting dressed, start a beat and watch how much fun have. Do it once, twice, or three's a charm! 

Anything and anytime you have with your spouse and you can have fun, DO IT! We are all caught up in the busy activities of our daily lives but every second you can tune out the world and only have him in your perimeter, that's what matters.  This is nothing hard. Just simple and sweet. Keep in mind, it's the small things that matter! 

So go ahead and start MAKING MUSIC with your spouse! 

Until next time, my hubby and I are singing our favorite song together! 


SMOOCHES! 



Monday, November 30, 2015

Day 30 - Thankful We Made it Through this Challenge!

So, I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am behind (unfortunately) on my daily posts for my 30-day Thankful Challenge so I'm going to catch it all up in this last post. Was this difficult? No. I just slacked off from doing them in a timely manner and then I get sick on my days off. I mean who does that? So I was sick the day after Thanksgiving and the bed and I became best friends.

Day 26 - Thankful for seeing another Thanksgiving Holiday. This day is always hard for me because some dear family members died on or before Thanksgiving. My uncle, who was the only man figure in my life for a very long time, died on Thanksgiving in 2000 and I won't ever forget that phone call. I try to keep myself busy during the morning hours to not think about it, but it's still hard. I am truly thankful for the memories I have of each one of them. Later in the day, my husband and I went to church service. Our churches fellowship with each other for Thanksgiving service and this is how we originally met. Afterwards we had 4 houses to visit and we made all 4 of them. Yes, I was extremely tired and that's when the sickness came down. But overall, I was thankful for yet another Thanksgiving holiday.

Day 27 - Thankful for the activities of my limbs. Ladies and gentlemen, the sickness has officially tackled my body and I'm stuck in the bed. No Black Friday shopping for me! I am in the bed with my towel, remote, and medicine. Even though I am sick with a terrible cold, I am still able to move around and be in my right mind. Thankful that this cold is nothing serious. As my husband tells me, my body was tired and the only way I can get some rest is that I get sick. Gee, thanks! I'm still able to go from one room to another and I don't take that lightly.

Day 28 - Thankful that Alabama won the Iron Bowl.  Not that I was worried about them, but we did have a little struggle here and there. Overall, both teams played very well. This is one of the biggest rival games in College Football and I'm proud to say that I'm from this state...lol! It was a great game and I watched it from the comfort of my bed and yes I was still sick. I am a Bama girl and wouldn't have it no other way.

Day 29 - Thankful for the ability to breathe. Gee wiz, this cold has me tied down to the bed as if I'm a thread in the mattress. This is horrible because I don't like being sick. It slows me down. I can't do much. I'm tired. I can't breathe. My taste buds are not where they are supposed to be. What is there for me to do? But my sweet husband and son bought me (after church) some oranges, Vick's Vapor Rub, and some TheraFlu to help with my illness. Let's just say, the Vapor's Rub cleared things up for me. Didn't know how important it was to breathe until I couldn't. I mean, who likes to breathe through their mouth? I don't. Your mouth gets dry and a very bitter taste comes about and I don't like it.

Day 30 - Thankful for making it through this challenge. Yay, we are at the last day of this challenge. This was a challenge in itself to write down something every day during the month of November but you should be thankful for everything, so it shouldn't have been that difficult. Thank you to all that participated in this challenge. As I have mentioned before, you can continue on through the month of December. I do apologize about my lateness of my posts, but I tried my best to stay on top of things. Now time to get officially prepared for the Christmas holidays!! 

Until next time, I'm off to pull out my Christmas decor (also still being sick)! 


SMOOCHES! 


Saturday, November 28, 2015

Thanksgiving Delight - Jalapeno Poppers

Today is game day for many (ROLL TIDE) and I'm sure many of you have gotten rid of the Thanksgiving leftovers. Well, these poppers should bring a POP to your game day feast! When I saw these stuffed Jalapeno Poppers, I said yeah buddy, I have to make these. Jen Boyd is a southern girl that can cook like a true Southern Belle! For more great recipes, please check out website. You won't be disappointed. 

Jalapeño Poppers

Ingredients:
*Jalapeños (8)
*Bacon bits (3 strips, thin slice. I made my own)
*Cream cheese 1/2 cup
*Mild shredded cheddar 1/2 cup
*Green onion 2 tbsp
*salt (to taste)
*olive oil


Prepping Jalapeños
Preheat Oven to 375°
1. Rinse off Jalapeños.
2. Cut a triangular shape in the top of your jalapeños. (Start at the stem and work your way down. It should almost resemble a kayak).
3. Remove all seeds.
4. Rinse again. Drizzle with olive oil and a dash of salt.
5. Turn so that your opening will be faced down on baking sheet. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes or until soft.
6. Remove from oven.




Prepping filling:
1. In a low to medium heat sauce pan; add a half of a cup of cream cheese, bacon bits, green onions. Fold all the ingredients through out until well mixed.
2. Turn heat off. Fold your mild shredded cheese into filling.
3. Add salt to taste
Collaborating Steps:
1. Turn over peppers. Scoop about a half of tbsp into each pepper.
2. If you have filling leftover… Just add more stuffing to your peppers.
3. Drizzle shredded cheese over your hot peppers.
4. Place in oven 5 to 10 minutes or until your cheese has melted.
5. Allow to cool for 5 minutes.
6. Enjoy!!!!


**I do not own the rights to this recipe. All rights belong to Jen Boyd.**
Friday, November 27, 2015

Thanksgiving Delight - Homestyle Harvest Turkey Salad

Happy Leftovers day! Are you already overloaded with the turkey from your Thanksgiving feast? Want something different with you turkey? Well, our friends over at Kraft Recipes has a delicious turkey salad that you can make with your turkey leftover. 

This will go great over some croissants or a nice tortilla wrap. Hey, you have to eat healthy after yesterday right?!?!?! Enjoy! 

Ingredients: 
1/2 cup of KRAFT Mayo Homestyle Real Mayonnaise
1 tbsp fresh orange juice
3 cups chopped cooked turkey
1 apple, chopped 
2 green onions, finely chopped
1/4 cup finely chopped celery
1/4 cup coarsely chopped PLANTERS Pecans, toasted

Directions: 
Mix mayo and orange juice until blended. 
Combine all remaining ingredients in a large bowl. 
Add mayo mixture. Mix lightly. 
Refrigerate 30 minutes. 
Serve and enjoy! 


**I do not own any rights to this recipe. All rights belong to Kraft Recipes.**
Thursday, November 26, 2015

Day 25 - Thankful for Off Days!

For the next two days, I'm off! Thanks to this Thanksgiving holiday. That means a lot of family time and preparation for the Christmas holiday season. Oh yeah, can't forget about time to rest and relax. It may not seem like I do a lot of that but trust me, I do. 

So, I'm thankful for the next couple of off days I will have! 


Thanksgiving Delight - Blue Cheese Bacon Grits and Mimosa Floats

I am so delighted to have this one hot and sassy blogger to be a part of this link-up. Please go and check out her site True Vine Gifts. She is truly talented in what she does and she gives great tips on wines and accessories. 

I love some good grits and throw these on your breakfast or brunch menu, along with the mimosa floats, guess who's house is on the list to come back to for the next holiday gathering...YOURS! 

Blue Cheese Bacon Grits and Mimosa Floats

When La Costa asked me if I had a yummy holiday recipe to share I immediately thought of brunch! I love a good brunch during the holidays and while I usually spend the big holiday with family, I long to have a meaningful get together with close friends too. An informal brunch one morning during the week is a great way to do that. So, for this post I did exactly that. Never let a good blog meal go to waste.

On my own blog, I share my thoughts on new (to me) wines and interesting Pinterest recipes. It's rare that I share one of my very own. My recipe for both Blue Cheese Bacon grits and my Mimosa floats are two that are truly all my own. I've been making them now at special breakfast get togethers for about 7 or 8 years, and they have a firm place now on the list of family favorites.

The Mimosas:

Always start your “Friendsgiving Breakfast” with mimosas. For these friends, I grabbed a bottle of Barefoot Bubbly, pineapple sherbet, and Simply Orange Juice with Mango. These are easy and yummy. Just use one scoop of sherbet, then fill the glass halfway with your favorite champagne or sparkling wine (or even clear soda). It will begin to form a lovely foam so give it just a moment to settle. Once the “danger” of overflow has passed, top it off with just a bit of the juice. Viola'!! If you want a little garnish you can add frozen berries or grapes to the glass. It's easy to change up the flavors a little so they are never really the same twice. I like to think of these as tropical mimosas, but you can make lemon lime, peach or raspberry mimosas too. The sky is the limit.





The Meal:
The first thing you need to know is that I am not a precise cook. I'll give some measurements that I would use, but this recipe is one that does not have to be exact and you can tailor it to your own tastes. So for my ingredient list, this is kind of the gist of what you'll need to make Blue Cheese Bacon grits for up to six people.

Quick grits prepared to package directions for 6
1⁄2 brick of cream cheese
1⁄2 onion sliced carmelized in butter
6 to 8 pieces of cooked bacon
1⁄4 to 1⁄2 cup of blue cheese crumbles
coarse salt
freshly ground pepper

Once your grits are ready, quickly melt your cream cheese into them stirring until the mixture is creamy and smooth. Mix in bacon and onions followed by salt and pepper to taste. Be sure to sample before you add your salt, because your bacon will add some salt to the grits. Finally add in your blue cheese crumbles. A word to the wise, start small. As good as blue cheese is, it is still a very strong cheese and the grits will absorb the flavor quickly. Add just a little to the grits at a time until you have the level of flavor that you want.


And there you have it. An easy and quick brunch recipe for sharing with friends or family this holiday season. I urge you to take the time to sit with a small group of friends this year and use some great comfort food as a vehichle to spend some time growing in your friendship. Happy Thanksgiving.


Sasha Johns is a housewife, wine enthusiast and artist who shares her wine finds and wares at truevinegifts.com. She is the wife of Dr. Robert Johns, a chiropractor, and the mom to three very well adjusted and precocious children who keep her on her toes. You can catch her latest antics on Instagram at middlesistersasha.

**I do not own any rights to this recipe. All rights belong to Sasha Johns**
Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Day 24 - Thankful for Heat

The weather here in Alabama can be very picky. We are now at the end of November and the cold days are now starting to coming in. I mean on November 6, we were at 80°. That's not normal. I still had my air on. But lately, the coldness has now approached the state...lol. Mornings 29° and evenings at 59°. That's more like it for the fall season. 

But due to some health issues, me and the cold weather don't mix well. But that doesn't mean I don't like the season because I do, I just have to be near some heat. I shiver. I start to feel pain all over. My body doesn't comprehend with coldness. Since the cold nights have been coming in, I make sure the house is heated properly. My husband HATES the heat so I have to keep him in consideration. So it doesn't feel like a furnace but it's comfortable for us all. A little secret that many don't know about me. If my feet and nose are cold, I'm cold.  Those pretty much control my body temperature. Strange? I know. 

So, I'm thankful for having heat in my home. I pray for those that don't have it. I've been there before but thank God for deliverance. 



Day 23 - Thankful Just Because...

Life can really take a toll on you. So much to do. So many people to "try" to see. It is not an easy journey. Life has its ups and downs, but we must still carry on. We lose love ones. We lose people we thought were friends. We lose jobs. We lose money. We sometimes loose faith. Things happen. But, you still have to keep pressing on. The Bible tells us to count it all joy (James 1: 2-4) but our faith will be tested. This year alone, my faith has been tested in so many ways. My health is not the best. My finances are not the best. But, I'm thankful because it could be worse.

There were many days that were dark on the inside but sunny on the outside. There were days where I cried and cried and asked God why. Some days I just didn't want to move out of my bed. Some days it hurt to move out of my bed because of health reasons. But God is still good and I'm thankful to be able to go forward. Some days, I just sit and things come across my mind where I say Lord thank You because it could have been the other way. Some days, I don't leave out the house on time and I used to question that. But in my routes, I have seen car accidents or police and my delaying was to benefit me. That's when I start to think about the seen and unseen dangers HE is keeping me from.

It doesn't have to be anything big or fancy for me to be thankful. I'm just thankful because He has brought me through so much and it's not to make me weak or sorrowful, but to make me stronger, wiser, and better. There are many others out there in worse situations than us all and we complain about them. But have you ever thought about how much effort you put into complaining and not enough into just being thankful? I'm not trying to be like anyone else nor am I trying to kill myself to get the things they have. I'm just plain ole' thankful for life in itself. Nothing fancy. Nothing extravagant.  Sometimes you just have to stop in the midst of your busy life and thank God just because of what He has done, is doing, and what He is going to do. 

Today, I am just truly thankful for all! 


Thanksgiving Delight - Homemade Apple Pie

I love a good apple pie especially with some vanilla ice cream and maybe some caramel syrup. Yummy right??? Well, a couple of weeks ago, I made a homemade apple pie that was a hit in my home. I had never made one before, but it looks like it's on the menu again this week. :-) I'm excited about making this dessert again! 

You can also find the recipe here on the blog under the recipe tab

Homemade Apple Pie

Ingredients Needed: 
7 small Granny apples (peeled)
2 Pillsbury Pie Crust
1/3 cup of Ground cinnamon
1/3 cup of flour
1/2 cup of white sugar
1/3 cup of brown sugar
1 tsp of nutmeg
1/2 stick of butter

Directions: 
1) Slice each apple. Make sure the core is out of the apple. 
2) Unroll each pie crust and place on a cookie sheet to become room temperature.
3) In a large bowl, place apples, cinnamon, flour, white & brown sugar, and nutmeg. 
4) Mix thoroughly to make sure each apple is covered with seasonings. 
5) Place one pie crust in a 10-inch baking dish. 
6) Fill apple filling in pie crust. 
7) Take butter and place pieces throughout 
8) Take other pie crust and cut into vertical lines. 
9) Place vertical pieces of the crust and place each individual slice over the filling.
10) Take a fork and mashed down the edges of the crust. 
11) Cook pie at 350° for 25 minutes
12) Apply butter with brown sugar on crust.
13) Cook pie at 350° for 15 minutes. 

Cool for 15 minutes. Enjoy with a nice scoop of vanilla ice. 


**I do own the rights to this recipe. **
Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Thanksgiving Delight - Cranberry Goat Cheese & Cheddar Crescent Sausage Balls

My mom would make these every holiday morning, especially when we had guests coming over. I tried to make them one year when my home was the host location for a family gathering. Let's just say, I was glad my mom came over before the crowd did. I have made some since then (getting better with my cooking...lol) for just a breakfast meal at my home and I will say they were delicious. 

My dearest Artney Walker of My Pretty Brown Fit has a recipe for some sausage balls that will definitely be the highlight of your appetizers for the family gatherings this holiday season. You can also find this delicious recipe on her website.  She was so nice that she even attached a coupon for the Pillsbury Original Crescents in her recipe. :-) 

I'm definitely making these Thursday morning!! 


Ingredients
1 lb of spicy sausage
1 cup  of reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese
4 oz candied cranberry goat cheese (found at Publix)
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tbsp of parsley, chopped
2 tbsps of all-purpose flour
1 can of Pillsbury Original Crescents 
 
Directions

  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Line 15x10x1 inch pan with foil; spray with cooking pray.
  2. In a large bowl, mix sausage, cheddar cheese, candied cranberry goat cheese, and parsley; mix well using hands or spoon.
  3. Unroll crescent dough on surface; dust each side with 1 tablespoon of flour.
  4. Using pizza cutter or knife, cut dough into about 1/4 inch pieces.
  5. Add in crescent dough pieces into bowl of sausage mixture slowly until well blended.
  6. Shape mixture into 42 (1 1/4 inch balls).
  7. Place in pan. Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Serve and enjoy!




**Please note: I do not own any rights to the recipe above. All rights belong to Artney Walker of My Pretty Brown Fit.**
Monday, November 23, 2015

Thanksgiving Delight - Spiced Cranberry Pomegranate Sparkler

If you are looking for a holiday drink to give to your guests as they wait on the feast, try this wonderful drink from Meredith Noelle. I personally haven't tried it yet, but this is most definitely on the grocery list of items to get for our Thanksgiving gathering. 

Here is the recipe for the drink but you can also find it on her website 


SPICED CRANBERRY POMEGRANATE SPARKLER

1 cup of pomegranate juice
1 stick of cinnamon
Cranberry juice
Champagne or prosecco                                         

First, make your pomegranate-cinnamon syrup. Bring pomegranate juice to a boil, add cinnamon stick, and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool completely.


To assemble cocktail, add 1 part pomegranate cinnamon syrup and 2 parts cranberry juice to your cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Pour into champagne saucer glass, then top with champagne. Cheers! 


**Please note: I do not own any rights to the recipe above. All rights belong to Meredith Noelle.**
Sunday, November 22, 2015

Day 22 - Thankful to Worship with My Family

This is a situation that I don't take lightly. I married a God fearing man and I am a God fearing woman. We are raising our son to worship the one and true living God. God has been so good to us so we owe Him praise. We can't praise God on our jobs or in the local Wal-Mart, so why not go to the building and praise Him freely. 

It is important to worship with your family. I think it honestly brings a bond between you. My family and I attend several services on Sundays. My husband is the choir director at his church. So the early service starts at 7:45 am. I sing in the choir at my church so, after his service, we leave to attend mine at 10:30 am.  We still have our original memberships at our churches. It is not a requirement that I have to join his church. I am still following my husband and being submissive. For every story that we have heard about, I need to join his church, neither of us would have to work for about 5 years. 

I thank God for the opportunity to worship with my family. We pray together. We worship together. We even sing together. All of us are involved in the music department with our church. Our son also plays the drums. So, it's kind of cool. To see my son interact in worship is truly a blessing. God made us a family so we will worship Him together and I am truly thankful for that. 




Thanksgiving Delights

The week is finally here where we prepare for the feast. The feast that includes turkey, ham, dressing (or stuffing), green bean casserole, macaroni and cheese, cranberry sauce, homemade dinner rolls, and a walkway into a dessert heaven. Pumpkin pies, sweet potato pies, pound cakes, candied yams, and cookies, you name it, it's all there.  There is a lot of preparation that goes into making your dinner and having guests to attend your home.

We have teamed up with some great chefs to give you recipes for some drinks, appetizers, brunch, and leftover game day ideas to help you with your meal planning.

Stay tuned all week to see our featured dishes for the day.

Thank you to our guest chefs who has shared some of their bests dishes and drinks.

Monday (Holiday Drinks) - Spiced Cranberry Pomegranate Sparkler by Meredith Noelle
Tuesday (Appetizers) - Cranberry Goat Cheese & Cheddar Crescent Sausage Balls by Artney Walker (My Pretty Brown Fit)
Wednesday (Dessert) - Homemade Apple Pie by La Costa Gaston (The Journey of Being A Wife)
Thursday (Brunch) - Friendsgiving Breakfast by Sasha Maple Johns (True Vine Gifts)
Friday (Leftovers) - Homestyle Turkey Salad by Kraft Recipes 
Saturday (Game-day) - Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers by Jen Boyd (Jen...What Are You Doing)

One more thing, don't forget to print your to do & grocery lists so you won't leave anything off.

Until next time, we are off to prepare for Thanksgiving!


SMOOCHES!!!