Saturday, December 28, 2013

Unplugging: Can You Do It? Your Family Will Love You For It

I don't know about you but my family craves my attention all the time. I have learned that unplugging every now and then is the best thing a mom can do for her family. Put that phone away, close your computer and get out and live life without technology for a little while. Take a walk, go outside and play with the kids, do some housework without looking at your phone every 5 min. Your family and your stress level will thank you for unplugging. Not to mention you will sleep better without the light from your phone. This can be painless momma, its not forever.

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Friday, December 27, 2013

Do-It-Yourself Cleaning Solutions #diy #frugal


Credit to Picklee for this cute infographic
I have used all of these and they all work fabulously, save money and time! Just follow the directions and find your new go to cleaning solutions.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas Blessings

Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Wishing your family a wonderful and joyous holiday season. Praying that you find the joy in Jesus that our family shares.

The birth of one small child in a stable on a starry night in Bethlehem is the reason for the season of joy!

Share it with someone you love.

 

 

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Frisbee Strikes Again #elfontheshelf

What's your Elf up to? Ours has been busy hanging around and decorating the doggies...lol

Daisy and Buttons (our pug/schnauzer mix babies) awoke to find jingle bell red and green matching collars around their fat little piggie necks. He left matching Santa hats for them to wear also...so stinkin cute.

What has your Elf been up to? Tell me in the comments.

 

 

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Festive Fruit Pizza A Family Favorite At Our House #recipes #holiday

Every time I need to make and take a dessert to a get together my family shouts out "Fruit Pizza"! They love this luscious fruity pizza like pie. I sorta combined recipes over the years to make my own concoction, so bear with me trying to post the ingredient list.
This time my daughter Sarah who is 10 wanted to make her own pie for our family as I made one to take to work for a co-workers birthday party. You will be amazed at the chef-like creation my 10 yr old daughter whipped up. Mommy helped minimally.

Sarah's Fruit Pizza!

My Fruit Pizza Creation!

Ingredient List :


  • Sugar cookie dough- I buy the rolls or big bucket at "SAMs", I have made from scratch but find it work better premade and already chilled.
  • Cream cheese-softened-2 blocks per pizza
  • Cool whip -1-8oz container per pizza( use vanilla if you want extra yummy)
  • Heavy whipping cream ( optional-makes base creamier)
  • Sugar -1cup per pizza
  • Lemon zest or juice--or almond extract (your taste in base)
  • Confectioners sugar -for glaze
  • Juice of an orange -for glaze
  • Assorted fresh fruit in season drained of juices-I like kiwi, blueberries,strawberries,mandarin oranges,raspberries,blackberries, bananas (slice and pat juices with paper towel so it does not run)

 How To:

  • Start with a pizza pan /stone or a baking/cookie sheet, place parchment paper or aluminum foil on pan to ease clean up. 
  • Grease foil pan with coconut oil(my preference-works great in baking).
  • Take your sugar cookie dough and begin to form a huge cookie bottom on your pan. 
  • If you are using slice rolls , cut then approx 1in wide or so and put them down on the pan. Roll out or use your hands ( grease them first) to press the dough all over the pan. 
  • Your choice if you want an edge or roll around the edges.





Now bake cookie dough as directed on your dough directions.

Let cool completely

You can start mixing the base or pizza sauce for your pizza while the cookie is baking and cooling.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese, whipped cream, lemon zest or extract (or your choice of flavorings), and sugar. Pour heavy whipping cream in as you mix with your beaters or free standing mixer.


When the base is a totally mixed and whipped together to your liking, apply to the baked cookie crust
of your pizza. I use a spatula to ease the spread of the mixture.


Get all your fruits ready to go, sliced, dry and no dripping juices to run.


The pizza is now ready to be your canvas to place all your fruits in any patterns you desire. Anything goes, you can get as creative as you please. I start from the center and work my way out, rotating colors.


When you are all done, mix your glaze, the confectioners sugar and juice of an orange or a lemon, with a whisk. Use a pastry brush to paint the glaze over all the fruit to give it an extra shine and help keep it fresh.


Place your pizzas in the fridge to chill, cut with a pizza cutter and serve. Your family will enjoy I promise. The longer this delight sits the better it gets. Yummy....... just shake out all those calories.


Monday, December 2, 2013

Choose Your $50 Gift Card Giveaway! Live until 12/14 #giveaway


Welcome to the Choose Your $50 Gift Card Giveaway!

A special thanks to all of the bloggers participating and helping promote this event! This giveaway could not be possible without all of them, so be sure to stop by and send them a thank you.
One lucky winner will receive a $50 Gift Card of their choice.
(Old Navy, Target, Kohl's, Walmart, Toys R Us or Amazon)

Chips Off The Old Block blog is delighted to help promote this giveaway. Winning a gift card from any of the choice stores can help with your last minute gift buying, a stocking stuffer, secret Santa gift for someone special or you can use it to shop for you yourself! 
I am liking that Amazon gift card, my favorite spot the shop.....my couch..online.

Good Luck!! Let me know if you win, that would be so exciting. 

Event Details:
December 1st - December 14th
Open to US Residents only.
Must be 18+ to enter.
How to Enter:
Enter using the Entry Form below. By entering you agree to abide by the Terms and Conditions listed on the Entry Form. All winning entries will be verified. Winner will receive an email from Jennifer at simplysoutherncouponers@gmail.com and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Good Luck and thanks for entering.
Disclosure: Chips On The Old Block blog  received no compensation for this post. Simply Southern Couponers is responsible for prize fulfillment. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed by, affiliated with, or associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Google or any other social media platform. If you have any questions please email Jennifer at simplysoutherncouponers@gmail.com.
   

Homeschool Domination: Why These Kids Will Take You Down [infographic]

Interesting facts about Homeschooling vs Public schooling, you wonder why more and more parents are turning to homeschooling, this shows you why.

But are Homeschoolers a Little Odd? Studies Say No

Homeschoolers are Less Affected by External Factors

Homeschooler National Average Percentile Scores

When They Get to College, Homeschool Students Keep on Succeeding
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