"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

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

And the Gingerbread House Competition Winner is……

MINE!!! But it couldn’t have gotten any closer. My hubby was only down one vote. My kids were even in the running this year. They just keep getting better and better every year.


As you know we do this for fun. But to say we all don’t want to win would be lying. Ha!

The kids really look forward to doing this every year. Heck, I really look forward to it as well. It has become one of our favorite family Christmas traditions.

This year we didn’t have time for each of us to go buy our own special planned out candy so we all were working with the same stuff. So in a way it evened out the playing field. *smile*

Every year I start out not having a clue on what I’m going to do but I just start placing candy here and there and all of a sudden it starts to take shape. I will admit that I scraped off and started over a few times because I kept getting inspired AFTER I had placed something on my house.

My youngest (10) was the creator of Bowsers Castle. I think he did a marvelous job this year. He really put a lot of effort into his. Though I think he would have gotten more votes if he would have put something on his sides. I probably should have told him that BEFORE the competition but like I said, we all want to win. Ha! Ha!

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My 13 year old created Christmas Lodge. He kept glancing over at mine and I might have called him a cheater once or twice, (in fun of course) but I think he did a great job as well.

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My super duper hubbalicious was the builder of the Starlight Inn. I was sweating this one. My hubby is way more creative and methodical than I am and every year he gives me a run for my money, or gingerbread in this case. (I think he might have been praying in the picture. Seeking a higher power for help. Ha!) *Cheater* *Smirk*


And then we come to mine. I’m happy with this one more than some of the others I’ve done in the past. Though it was kind of tough to make use of some of the candy. But I guess that just makes it more challenging.

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Thank you to all who voted. If you’d like to check out years past, I have the links below. It’s fun to see how much better the boys have gotten.

Gingerbread Competition 2014









Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Gingerbread House Competition 2015

Yes I realize I have been absent for quite some time but this is one of those memories that I have to document on my blog because I love going back and looking at past competitions.

If you’ve been a long time reader of my blog you’ll understand that we do this just for fun. There are no hurt feeling and we want you to vote honestly for your favorite. And because we don’t want you to know who made which one I won’t be giving you any details until a later date.

There are 4 total to choose from this time. (My daughter was busy with baby) *smile*

So without further ado.

House #1

Bowsers Castle

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House #2

The Starlight Inn

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House #3

The Candy Coated Cabin

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House #4

The Christmas Tree Lodge

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And our honorable mention was made by a friend of ours but it’s not in the competition. He had a rough start but it ended up looking really nice.

The Snowflake Inn

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Here is a picture of all of them side by side.


Now get to voting. If you’d rather leave a vote on my Homesteader’s Heart FB page feel free to leave one under this post on my wall.


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Because Life is Too Short Not to Use My Fiesta Ware!

I’m sure by the end of this post you are either going to completely relate to what I’m going through or you’re going to call someone in to intervene. I’m good with either. *smile*

Let me start off by saying, I know I have a problem. So admitting my problem is the first step in getting help right? Sure it is.

Can I back story for a sec? Thanks. You see back in our old house, back when ivy was really in, I decorated my kitchen in ivy and had ivy pot holders, an ivy tea kettle, containers and dishes. I LOVED the ivy dish set that my mom got me. It was huge and had everything from bowls to plates to cups to serving plates and serving bowls. I mean it was a nice set.

Somewhere in the middle of all that I fell in love with Fiesta Ware. My hubby blessed me with 4 sets that next Christmas and I quickly washed it and put it in my hutch. And then never ever used it. My excuse? Well there was 5 of us in the family so it just didn’t make sense for 4 of us to use it and then one of us not too. So years went by with it sitting in my hutch undisturbed.

We then moved off the beach and into our new home. My kitchen theme drastically changed from an ivy theme, to a coffee theme to my new retro, 50’s style theme. With that I figured I needed new plates. Red and white plates. Because red and white runs through my veins. So my wonderful hubby got me a set of Corelle red and white plates with the intention of me getting rid of my ivy plate set.

This is where it gets interesting. Are you still with me? I loved the bowls with my new set but not so much the plates. I liked the size of the the plates of the ivy set for every day and I like the bowls of the ivy set for salads but not so much for cereal or soup. So what do you think happened? Yeah, I ended up keeping both sets.

Let me show you exhibit A. See all those plates? That’s both sets of Corelle dishes. Yes we do have guests over quite a bit but on a daily basis there is only 4 of us now.


Time passed and my hubby started inquiring about the Fiesta sets he had purchased me and I told him that I really needed 4 more sets to make it practical to use. So what did he do 2 Christmas’ ago? Yup, you guessed it, he bought me 4 more sets. I didn’t even bother washing them this time I just put them in my hutch and walked away.  For another 2 years. *hangs head in shame*

That is until today. Today I washed and dried every piece of Fiesta ware I owned and made room in my cupboard for them. We even used them today. I love them. Here’s the proof.

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But I’m still having trouble letting any of the other plate sets go. Did I mention that each set came with matching coffee cups, so I have a total of 24 coffee mugs that I don’t use because I like to use my “special” coffee mugs.

I also have a silverware problem. He didn’t buy me 4 more sets of silverware to go with the other 4 sets of dishes. But we won’t go there.

It’s alright to laugh at me. I laugh at myself all the time. I’ve got issues people. Deep rooted plate associated issues.

Help me out here. What’s a gal to do?

Friday, March 20, 2015

Mom Knows Best: Gooseberry Patch Cookbook Giveaway!

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Connie for winning the cookbook.

Who loves Gooseberry Patch? Who loves to cook? Who loves a giveaway combining the two? Hopefully that’s you!

Today I have another wonderfully delicious cookbook to give away to you from Gooseberry Patch. If you are familiar with Gooseberry Patch then you know that they produce some pretty spectacular cookbooks, chock full of recipes from people like you and me. Yummy, guaranteed to tempt your taste buds recipes. Today I’ll be giving away this one. Mom Knows Best Cookbook (affiliate link).

B104_MomKnowsBest I’ve made several recipes in this cookbook already and they have all been hits. Check them out. (Click the picture to take you to the recipe.)

Tina's Simple Shepherd's Pie

Garden Sloppy Joes

Balsamic Chicken and Penne

I love the contents of this cookbook.

MKB TOC  The “Kids in the Kitchen” section has some fun recipes to make with the kids. You know, ones they will actually eat. *smile* 

I also love the the variety of recipes in this one. So many quick and easy on the go recipes for when you’re in a hurry. Which seems to be me these days.

And as always they have all those lovely hints and tips on almost every page.  Make sure you take the time to read those because some of them are life changing, like totally. MKS Open1

You know where you can find more recipes from this cookbook? Well I’ll tell you. Head on over to the Mom Knows Best Pinterest board. And while you’re at it go ahead and follow Gooseberry Patch and ME if you so choose.  

So would you like to know how you could win your very own copy of the Mom Knows Best Cookbook (affiliate link)?

All you have to do is answer this question.

What was one of your favorite recipes that your mom made when you were growing up?

 Please leave your comment on this post. Replying to email or leaving a comment on my FB page won’t count. I need them all in one place.

Also please make sure you leave me an email to contact you if you were to win.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Sorry, but shipping is CRAZY outside the U.S. The giveaway is open starting today, March 20, 2015 until Sunday March 29th, 2015 @12:00pm EST. Winner will be picked by Random.org

A great way to stay connected is through our FB pages. Here is Gooseberry Patch’s and mine Homesteader’s Heart. Make sure you click to get our notifications so you don’t miss out on any of the fun. :-)

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

Have a lovely day,


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