"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those
who are willing to work and give to those who would not."
--Thomas Jefferson

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Frog Breedin’ and Worm Eatin’

If that title didn’t make you curious then nothing will. *smile*

To say it’s been raining here in good ol’ sunny Florida is an understatement. It’s rained every day for many many many days now. And when it rains every day for many many days our yard looks like this.


Our rain boots are the only footwear we can wear out back right now and they are oh so sexy with my shorts.

IMG_7013 So when this happens it (the water, not my sexy rain boots) creates a habitat perfect for frogs to come from all around to give birth in. Have you ever tried to sleep to the sounds of frogs giving birth? Have you? Have you? Well, it’s interesting to say the least.

Look closely in the circle and you can see one. One of many. One of probably thousands.

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We’ve had to let the girls out and about for hours a day because their poor coop is pretty mushy too. We like happy chickens not sad and depressed chickens.

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On the upside, if you can really call this an upside, the brave chickens that choose to venture out into the abyss are greatly rewarded with fat, juicy earthworms.  IMG_7022   When the yard is like this the earthworms seek refuge on the surface but little do they know what awaits. Yeah……If I think to hard about this I get grossed out because they eat the slimy, juicy earthworms and then we eat the eggs.*sticks fingers in ears*  La, la, la, la, la!

So to say that I’m ready for a change is highly under rated. Bring on fall. Bring on the cooler weather. Bring on the not raining every single day. I’m ready.

This post brought to you by a girl in rain boots who is in dire need of sun on her legs. Thank you!

Have a lovely day my friends.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Fun Fall Bucket List

Fall is just around the corner and this year I thought it would be neat to write down some fun things to do this season. It also gets the kids excited as they get to see a glimpse of things to come.

Fall Bucket List

I took the painful pleasure of making mine on Picmonkey. I say painful pleasure because I’m not very schooled in that area, but I thought it came out pretty cute despite my lack of know how.

But if you don’t want to go to all that trouble then here’s one you can just print out and fill in yourself. Easy peasy. And if you need ideas of what to put on them you can go to this Pinterest page I pulled up for ya and see what everyone else is doing. You can even use some of my ideas if you’d like. *smile*

Don’t worry if you don’t have kids, this is still a fun way to plan some intentional mini dates with your hubby and if you’re not married how about a best friend? Either way I think it’s a fun idea and will most definitely get you excited about the upcoming season. Even if you live in Florida where it’s still in the high 80’s and fall is just something you do when you trip.

So what do you say? You gonna give it a shot?

Have a lovely day my friends.


Friday, September 5, 2014

Giveaway: Slow-Cooker Christmas Favorites from Gooseberry Patch

This giveaway is now closed.

Congratulations to #2 LaughingLady,Picked by random.org.

I’m so excited to have another Gooseberry Patch cookbook to giveaway. This one is Slow-Cooker Christmas Favorites. (affiliate link)Slow Cooker Christmas

Slow-Cooker Christmas Favorites will usher you right into the holidays with a bunch of tantalizing and tempting recipes. Just think, when you’re out Christmas shopping you could have one of these yummy recipes cooking away in your crock-pot ready for you when you get home. I love that!

And trust me, there are TONS of recipes to choose from.  Something for everyone. I’ve made a few already.

Make-Ahead Chipotle Burritos

Chipotle burritos

Slow Cooked Meatloaf

Slow Cooked MeatloafI also made the Festive Pumpkin Bread Pudding and took a bunch of pictures of it and everything, but let’s just say it wasn’t very photogenic. In fact my kids kept saying that it looked like chicken. LOL! I think I chopped my bread cubes a little too big, BUT let me just say that it tasted really good regardless of its looks. *smile*

I can’t wait to try the Seasoned Turkey Breast, Italian Mozzarella Chicken, the Holiday Cider, Spiced & Sugared Nuts and so many more.

If you want to check out even more yummy recipes from this cookbook you can check out the pin board HERE.


Now don’t think that this cookbook is only full of delicious recipes, on no, it’s also filled with those wonderful tips that’s Gooseberry Patch if famous for. So make sure you take the time to read those wonderful little tid bits on each page.

A peek inside SSCF

Here are a few of the great ideas: For lots of sparkle, set a plump candle in a clear dish and surround it with rock salt.

Pull out your oversize coffee mugs when serving soup. They’re just right for sharing hearty servings, and the handles make them so easy to hold onto.

For a simple winter centerpiece, arrange mini figurines on a cake stand, dust with glittery mica snow, then add the clear glass cover…charming! 

Now that I have you all excited about this cookbook, how would you like a chance to win it? I always try to make this as easy as possible so read carefully on how to enter.

First off this giveaway is for the Gooseberry Patch cookbook; Slow-Cooker Christmas Favorites. I will select one winner using Random.org. This is open to the U.S. and Canada only.

PLEASE leave me some way to contact you in case you win.

Giveaway will end Monday, September 15, 2014 @ 12:00 pm EST.

All you have to do to enter is answer this question.

What is your favorite Christmas tradition?

Have a lovely day my friends.



Gooseberry Patch has blessed me with a copy of this cookbook to review and give away. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Slow-Cooked Meatloaf

Slow Cooked Meatloaf Here is another yummy recipe out of the new Gooseberry Patch cookbook Slow-Cooker Christmas Favorites. (affiliate link)

I have to admit that when I first thought of trying this recipe I was a bit skeptical. I mean I’ve been making meatloaf the same way for many years now so it wasn’t easy for me to try something new. Because after all why fix what’s not broken right? But I gave it a shot and I was pleasantly surprised.

First off it had really good flavor. Totally different from my recipe and the convenience of the slow cooker made it even more appealing. Though I did make a note of something that I will do next time as I had one thing not turn out exactly right. One side of the meatloaf started to fall apart while the other side was intact. I think it was because the juices gathered on the one side. Next time I’ll take some of the juices out so it doesn’t rest in it. But I will be making it again so that tells you something. *smile* That and I wouldn’t be posting it if it weren’t good. Each recipe I make has to get the seal of approval from the family before I’ll post it on my blog.

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2 eggs, beaten

3/4 c. milk

3 slices bread, torn into small pieces

1 t. salt

1/2 t. pepper

1 c. catsup, divided

2 lbs. ground beef

1/2 c. onion, diced

1 oz. pkg. ranch salad dressing mix

In a large bowl, mix eggs, milk, bread crumbs, salt and pepper; let stand for 20 minutes. Add 1/2 cup catsup and remaining ingredients. Mix gently; mound in a greased slow cooker. Spread remaining catsup over top. Cover and cook on high setting for 15 minutes. Turn to low setting and cook for 7 hours.

Serves 6 to 8.

Here’s what it looked like from the start.

IMG_6990 You just mound it in there and walk away. Easy peasy.

I hope you enjoy this one.


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