2015

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2014 is gone and while it was a year of firsts, I am looking forward to 2015. I always say don’t walk backwards and don’t do the Cha-Cha in life. I may skip and I may walk fast but I will enjoy this year and all it has to bring.

Several blogs I follow, have been asking about your word for the year.  I have never had a word for the upcoming year, but thought I might just give it ago. The word I chose is “Brave“. Yep, like the song!

Everybody’s been there, everybody’s been stared down
By the enemy
Fallen for the fear and done some disappearing
Bow down to the mighty
Don’t run, stop holding your tongue
Maybe there’s a way out of the cage where you live
Maybe one of these days you can let the light in
Show me how big your brave is

I even found a book on Amazon to help me out

Do One Thing Every Day That Scares You (Journal)

I plan on keeping you informed on the progress I make in the journal and my progress to be Brave everyday of my life this year.

Eleanor Roosevelt said “Do one thing that scare you”.

Last year we had a phrase that we lived by “As for me and my house, we will serve the lord”.  We make a chalkboard of this and reminded ourselves of how we were trying to live life.

This year we  are turning to Dr. Who for our phrase to live by this year.

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This goes with our “Brave” theme.

What will be your?

Peace, Love, and Pies (no longer cupcakes)

Shannon

Smiley360

I belong to Smiley360! My first mission was NesCafe with Coffeemate I was going to receive the following in the mail …..

  • One canister of NESCAFÉ® with Coffee-mate® – choice of flavor (French Vanilla, Hazelnut and Sweet & Creamy Original)
    • Three VIP coupons
    • Link to a $0.75 digital coupon

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My box finally came!

I got my Smiley360 Nescafe Hazelnut creamer pack today! Super excited to have my coffee in the morning!

I was super excited to get this and told my husband about this. Then I read the ingredients and my heart sank, coconut oil. I am highly allergic and couldn’t try this new product! My husband said he would try it and tell me what he thought. He said the flavor was great, he had to add a bit more the bottle suggested. Later in the day he said he felt as though the coffee was wearing off, compared to his normal cup of coffee. He said he would drink it again on the weekend or a day off work. My oldest son took one to work and loves it!

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Creamy coffee made easy!

Peace, Love, & Cupcakes

Shannon

Pocahontas Review

Pocahontas was made by Joseph Bruchac. it takes place in Virginia,1607. the main character is Pocahontas, she is helpful, peaceful, and curious. the story is about at native tribe that has had war with the Tassasunk (the settlers) and the tribes leader, Mamanatowic’s daughter tries to make peace with the settlers.

The main event is the settlers being rude, disruptive, spreading disease , and killing the natives. the solution was that Pocahontas  finally made peace in the village.

I like this book because it was interesting to read. i would rate this book 9 stars out of 10.

O’Christmas Tree

We have Always done a traditional Christmas tree.  ALWAYS!

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2008, our artificial tree.

2009 tree

2009, our same tree.

2010 tree

2010, our first real tree.

2012 tree

2012, another real tree.

The last few years though our trees are not lasting and the are making a horrible mess. I am also highly allergic to them but the family wanted a real tree and I gave it a shot.

Last year I was miserable for a month and every time I touched the tree I broke out in hives. This year we gave the tree thing some heavy thought. We didn’t want to go with a real one and put me through misery. Buying a nice artificial one would cost a couple hundred dollars and money is tight.

What to do what to do?!?

I asked the kids if we HAD to have a tree. The 22-year-old could care less. The Monster Child (11 years old) told me “mom, it is not about the tree”. The one that threw the fit was the 16-year-old Diva Child. She said it would not be Christmas without a tree. I think she is stuck on the materialistic side of this.

We need a tree, but not spend a fortune and make me sick. Our answer…………….. Lowes and Pinterest.

I searched Pinterest and came up with a few idea for nontraditional trees. We narrowed it down to these.

Light Tree

Wall Tree

Tomato Tree

Alternative Tree

We settled on a design (the last one) and went to Lowes to shop.

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Everything we needed to make our tree was in this cart. We decided not to do the bottom like he did and had to come up with an alternative. That took up almost an hour at Lowes. Finally we settled on landscaping tubing and sand.

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First we had to cut the tubing to the right size base we wanted. Monster Child helped with the math.

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Next came the sand, did you know that at Lowes the bagged sand is half off? Yep! We filled the tube with sand and moved it around so that it was even.

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That left us with ugliness. How was I suppose to make this pretty?

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A nice roll of gold mesh will do the trick.

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We wrapped it and put our tree skirt under it, to make it feel like a tree according to the kids.

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Next we had to figure out the center of the circle. Once we did this we screwed in a plant hanger hook. From this we hung a small embroidery hoop.

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Next we screwed in 16 little hooks to string the lights.

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Then we started stringing the lights, started at the back. We went up through the hoop and back down across to the next small hook and back up to the hoop. It took 12 strand of lights to do this all the way around and another trip to Lowes. I recommend using the smaller strands as you don’t have to try to pull a large strand through the hoop.

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This is the end of the light part. I know there are two different colors of lights but a few years ago the stopped making the lights in pure white and went to a dim yellowish light. Deal with it.

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Our tree topper has been a bow for a few years and it worked nicely to cover the hoop at the top. It lights up too.

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I felt the tree wasn’t done and went and bought garland.

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I strung the garland in between the light strands. I like the finished look.

Only thing is that we can’t hang ornaments per say from the tree. I have a  Rubbermaid full of pretty ornaments. What to do?

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I made a wreath!

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I couldn’t get the ribbon to work, so I cheated on the bow and hot glued it together.

Peace, Love, & Cupcakes

Shannon

 

 

Break is over

We took a break for Thanksgiving, yes we took the whole week off.  Today we started back with fractions, commas, pre civil war, more chemistry, and Pocahontas.

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I have a small baking business I do for family and friends out of my house.  I needed that week to get out all of my pies I had promised to people. It took me a whole day to prep, make, and bake 9 pies.

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Did you know that you need two different types of pie dough? One for the top and one for the bottom!

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This is a mealy pie crust bottom. You need a pie crust bottom that absorbs the juices of a fruit pie so you don’t get a pie with a soggy bottom.

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Your top crust needs to be more flaky.

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That way you get a pie that is perfectly balanced.

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Pumpkin pies are a bit different but I still use a mealy bottom crust to avoid soggy bottom. I like that phrase………. “soggy bottom”.

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I used fresh eggs from our chickens for the pie and it was amazing!

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We went to my mom’ house for dinner, she has a much bigger house to fit all 8 of us.

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We had ham, not turkey. My husband has a gallbladder issue and turkey triggers it.  Yes, that was my plate and the deviled eggs were mine too.

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We played Monopoly Star wars edition. It was good money counting practice for Monster Child.

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I was Princess Leia and spent 90% of the game in jail. But that didn’t stop me from winning the game.

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The game ended over a debate on if the gourds were real or not. I finished that debate when I put my thumb through the bottom of one. It was real! We took them home and fed them to the chickens. That was their Thanksgiving Day feast.

Peace, Love, & Cupcakes

Shannon

Merging

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I have four different blogs going on and it gets harder and harder to try to give time to all of them. I have decided for my sanity I need to merge all my blogs into one. This will be a learning process to figure out how to keep my homeschooling stuff separate than my everyday life stuff.

Please be patient with me during this process. Any advice is welcome.

Thanks!

Peace, Love, & Cupcakes

Shannon