Showing posts from July, 2015

How to Use A Slow Cooker

During the school year, my slow cooker is my best friend.  I joke that my family wouldn't eat dinner without it, but it's true!  I love that I can make dinner in the early afternoon and have a meal waiting for me when I get home from after school activities. Choosing a Slow Cooker When I got married, we got a Crock Pot slow cooker as a wedding gift. I loved it and used it several times a week until the handles broke.  There was a recall on several models, but mine wasn't one of them.  I called them to see if they would replace it, but they wouldn't.  I used to make cheese dip in my slow cooker for pot lucks, so the thought of the handle breaking on me while it was in transport was more than a little scary!   Someone gave me another Crock Pot as a gift, so I stayed with that brand.  Again, the handles broke off.  And again, it wasn't covered under their warranty.  That was enough for me to switch.  I did some research, and I decided on a Hamilton Beach model.

The Best Summer Reads for Adults and Kids

My favorite part of summer is that I actually have time to read!  The kids and I join the summer book club at the library, and we devour several books a week.  I also read while they swim in the back yard, and I stay up late reading because I don't have to get up in the mornings.  I love summer reading!  Here's a list of some great summer reads for kids and adults. Circling the Sun: A Novel Buy from Amazon The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey Buy from Amazon The English Spy Buy from Amazon Bull Mountain Buy from Amazon Driving Hungry: A Memoir Buy from Amazon Painted Blossoms: Creating Expressive Flower Art with Mixed Media Buy from Amazon Mr. Tiger Goes Wild Buy from Amazon The Noisy Paint Box Buy from Amazon Emperor Pickletine Rides the Bus Buy from Amazon Fish in a Tree Buy from Amazon Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda Buy from Amazon A Court of Thorns and Roses Buy

Group Everest VBS Decorating Ideas

Two weeks ago, my church did the Everest VBS kit from Group.  As always, Group did not disappoint.  It was a great kit, and the kids had a blast!  We really loved the songs on the CD, and the kids had fun dancing and singing.  For decorations, we went with the mountain hiking and snow theme.  I took some photos the weekend before VBS, but we did add more through the week.  I'm not sure there was a square foot of wall or ceiling that wasn't covered.  We used blue plastic table covers on the ceilings and added a balloon arch in one hallway that aren't shown here. Here are our Everest VBS decorations! The milk jug igloo was definitely a labor of love.  We started with about 10 of us working with regular glue guns, but then someone borrowed an industrial glue gun to finish it.   This is the entrance to the sanctuary.  These were all borrowed from people in the church.  We used large cardboard tubes for the columns and a large piece of cardboard for the roof.  The

Book Review New Uses for Old Boyfriends by Beth Kendrick

It's summer, which means I can stay up late reading again!  Usually I have a long list of books to read, but this summer I've just been browsing the new books at the library.  The cover of New Uses for Old Boyfriends by Beth Kendrick caught my eye, and the back cover looked good, so I took a chance.  I'm so glad I did because this was a great read. Links in this post may be affiliate links, which means that I earn a small commission from sales.   Barnes & Noble || Amazon Lila Alders grew up in a well-off home in Black Dog Bay.  When she moved to the city to get married and pursue her dream of being on television, she got a job on a late-night show selling clothes and other items to those who called in.   But then her world is upended when her husband divorces her and she must return home to her newly widowed mother in Black Dog Bay.  When her father died, his money was all but gone, leaving only a spectacular house that her mother had decorated herself.  He