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Christmas: Bethlehem Dinner

For the last few years we have practiced a modern day version of a Bethlehem dinner. Can you imagine how it must have been during the time of Jesus’ birth? What better way to teach our children the meaning of Christmas, but through a hands on activity? We learned about what foods they ate during that time. Afterwards we read stories and did a special Christmas bible study.

When I first started this our kiddo was just little. I ran across someone who did a post about their own. I’ve seen churches that do them too. It’s a carnival type event, but different than games and such. It’s such a fun event. I wish our church did such elaborate events.

What are your traditions? Merry Christmas ya’ll!

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Sugar cookies with Royal Icing



It was so difficult to get into the holiday spirit. I feel like I don’t have much time to do things I’d like to do. I probably do, but I do have extra responsibilities. Sometimes you just want to sit and do nothing too. That happens very little. I enjoy it when I get to do it though. I’m trying to get our house ready to sell. We want to move somewhere that will be easier for hubby to navigate. Right now it’s just hard for him in our 1.5 story house.

Coop and I make cookies every year. This year, our adventure was sugar cookies. This icing is the bomb. You have to let the icing dry, but it’s really the best ever.

Royal icing:

3 cups powdered sugar

1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

2 egg whites

sift together sugar and cream of tartar in a bowl. Add egg whites and beat with an electric mixer until thick enough to hold its shape. this takes about 5 minutes. Add food coloring, preferable gel coloring, to get different colors. Remember that it dries super fast!


RERUN: Pancakes!


I love these pancakes. I made them again today. I made enough to freeze, so that Coop can have them for breakfast for a while. I just wanted to throw these out there again. I love that I have recipes that freeze well. It helps with times like now. You know what I  mean…

Things are going pretty good, guys. Michael is working hard to get well. He was able to do some things like wash his hair all by himself. It’s been months and months since he has had the ability to do that. We have concerns, because his scar tissue in his hands is pulling down one of his fingers significantly and is also preventing his thumb from being able to pull out far enough to grab things…such as a cup. Even with all of that happening, he’s still doing good. He’s able to grab stuff, he’s able to eat alone and such. He is still struggling with fine motor skills. He tried to wrap a present the other night and he couldn’t hold the tape. He can hold a fork, but it’s hard for him, unless I have a handle on it for him to make it thicker. It’s the small things that get to him though. I just keep reminding him to give it time. He can over come. He’s proving it daily.

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Orange Chicken


It snowed last weekend. It was horrible. I wasn’t able to leave. We had 14 inches in some places, 16 in others. It was a lot of snow for here. The last time we had that much snow was 18 + inches in 1993. I remember that snow. It was crazy. We did lose power this go around. It wasn’t for a long time, but it was like 5 hours.

It upsets me a little, because my hubby has occupational therapy tomorrow, but I’m worried about taking him. I’m afraid to drive in the bad weather. I’m going to call my dad in the morning and see if he’ll take him for me. I just don’t want to  injure him more if I were to have a car accident.

We may be going in for another surgery, unless his wrist heals. Hopefully, it wont take too long to happen and we can skip the surgery all together. Hope that happens!!


4 pieces chicken



2 tablespoons olive oil

1/3 cup orange juice

1 tablespoon minced onion

1/4 teaspoon rosemary

1/4 teaspoon tarragon

2. cups cooked yellow rice

orange rind

salt and pepper chicken. In a foil lined pan, add chicken. Mix the oil, orange juice, onion, rosemary, tarragon, and a pinch of salt in the bowl. Brush the chicken with mixture. Bake at 325 degrees basting occasionally. Turn chicken and baste. In a serving dish add the rice. Top with chicken. Pour sauce over the top. Garnish with orange rind.


A Southern Homemade Sweet Potato Pie Recipe —

I really need to try this recipe. Hubby LOVES this pie. I’ve tried a few recipes and it doesn’t turn out good. On my to make list!



Hey Y’all! In this post I wanted to celebrate the holiday season by making a Sweet Potato Pie. Even though Thanksgiving has passed, in the South a sweet potato pie can be made any time of the year. It’s the perfect southern dessert, it’s popular, and delicious. I’ve never met anyone that could turn down […]

via A Southern Homemade Sweet Potato Pie Recipe —


Update again about my husbands burns


First I’ll start by saying that every picture I post, I ask hubby’s permission first. I don’t want him to feel uncomfortable. At one point he was so uncomfortable he didn’t even want to go into public places. So…I try to respect that. He’s totally on board with me posting this.

Obviously you see that I have NO recipe to post tonight. I do want to rehash my turkey recipe. Honestly, this is my favorite. I made this for Thanksgiving this year. I’m just crazy about it. I’ve tried SO many different turkey recipes and this is the bomb. Try it out pleaseeee!

Back to hubby. Obviously, you can see that he’s hanging ornaments. It was such a task for him. I had to find the biggest looped ornaments that I could find. It was just horrible. He would get discouraged and I’d have to back him up, give him a talk, and we’d try again. We go back on Monday to see the doctor, after two weeks of not having to go. It’s such a break. We were going every Monday. I’m hoping when we go back it’s either every two weeks or longer this time.
Anyway, here’s your update for now. I’m promising I’m getting back to the cooking soon. Thank you everyone for staying and supporting me. This has been horrible for our family, but we’re so blessed for the good things we have.