Foodie Friday ~ Homemade Macaroni & Cheese

8 ounces uncooked elbow macaroni

2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

3 cups milk

1/4 cup butter

2 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons butter

1/2 cup bread crumbs

1 pinch paprika

Cook macaroni according to the package directions. Drain.

In a saucepan, melt butter or margarine over medium heat. Stir in enough flour to make a roux. Add milk to roux slowly, stirring constantly. Stir in cheeses, and cook over low heat until cheese is melted and the sauce is a little thick. Put macaroni in large casserole dish, and pour sauce over macaroni. Stir well.

Melt butter or margarine in a skillet over medium heat. Add breadcrumbs and brown. Spread over the macaroni and cheese to cover. Sprinkle with a little paprika.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

Thursday Crafts For Kids ~ Glue Snowman


This is the perfect little craft for children ages 4 and up. Super cute and so easy! You’ve gotta try it!

Waxed paper

White craft or school glue

2 medium red pom-poms

7 miniature black pom-poms

1 miniature orange pom-pom

3 small green pom-poms

How to make it:

Place waxed paper on a cookie sheet and pipe glue on in the shape of a snowman. Fill all the holes and use a good amount of glue, but not too much that it begins to run together.

Add red pom-poms to the sides of the head for earmuffs. Add eyes and mouth with black pom-poms and the nose with orange. Use the green pom-poms for buttons.

Allow the snowman to dry overnight.

Carefully peel the snowman from the waxed paper. Do not be concerned if some of the paper sticks to the snowman.

Monday Motherhood Moments ~ The Beauty of Capturing Photographs


You know those amazing pictures that you capture of your kids? Remember…it’s the ones that make you smile from ear to ear as you reminisce at their beauty, simplicity and amazing features that grasp hold of your heart so full of love?

Do you choose to scrapbook these photos, create Facebook albums to share with the world, print and frame them perhaps?

When children are young, they change day after day so quickly. The baby face melts away and reveals a beautiful young girl or a handsome little man in what seems like…a blink of an eye.

Don’t forget to capture these amazing clips in time with a photograph, Mom. Time passes quickly, and you’ll want to hold on to these extra special “tiny” moments in time. I know I sure do.

Foodie Friday ~ Apple Cranberry Crisp


This is absolutely delectable! Your holiday guests will adore it. I promise.


1 1/2 cups quick cooking oats

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/3 cup butter flavored shortening, melted

1 tablespoon water

1 (16 ounce) can whole berry cranberry sauce

2 tablespoons cornstarch

5 Granny Smith apples – peeled, cored and thinly sliced

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Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

In a medium bowl, mix together the oats, brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Stir in the melted shortening and water to form a crumbly mixture.

In a large saucepan, mix together the cranberry sauce and cornstarch. Bring to a boil, and then remove from heat. Stir in the apples. Spread into an 8×8 inch glass baking dish. Crumble the oat mixture over the apples.

Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the apples are tender. Serve warm.

Tuesday Thoughts ~ Organic Baby Food


When my children were born, I was very uneducated on the means of the word “organic”. Nowadays, I see moms and dads are choosing more and more to move towards becoming a green family. And, this includes the transition to organic baby food…either store bought, or made at home.

What are your thoughts on organic baby food? How about being “green” in general? Share your thoughts with us this morning!

Monday Motherhood Moments ~ Thanksgiving Mealtime With Kids


The Thanksgiving holidays are upon us once more. I ADORE this time of year! How about you?

How do your handle your little one’s during the Thanksgiving meal? Do you serve them what you are having, or do you make them something else to eat?

How do you handle the seating for everyone as well? Do you have an adult table and a kids table, or does everyone sit together?

Share your thoughts with us!