Chicken ‘n Dumplings!


It’s a great time of year for chicken and dumplings!


1 can cream of chicken soup

5-7 cups of water

5-7 chicken bullion cubes

3 carrots sliced

cooked chicken (I used 4 leftover, baked chicken thighs, boneless, skinless)

2 small cans biscuits


In pot/RockCrock pour cream of chicken soup and maybe half a can of water to get the rest of the soup out. I used about 7 cups of additional water that I heated and melted 6 or 7 bullion cubes in. You can adjust for your family size. What I made fed 5 of us easily. Slice carrots (again, however much you want) and cook while you prepare the chicken. I used leftover chicken so I just pulled the skin off and took it off the bone and chunked it up. 4 thighs made plenty of meat in the soup. Once it’s all simmering nicely and your carrots are tender, add biscuits on top. I used 2 small cans of biscuits. Quarter each biscuit. Let cook for 10-15 minutes or until biscuits look cooked through. Easy and yummy!


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Stress + Linus & Snoopy


Do you remember the Peanuts cartoon where Linus is standing with his blanket and Snoopy tries desperately to steal it? Linus stands like a rock and refuses to let go, even when Snoopy’s momentum causes Linus to fly behind him – still holding on to the blanket! That’s what life is like. There’s stress – jobs, kids, sickness, disease, death – and even though some say “I’m too blessed to be stressed,” we’re still stressed sometimes. Confused, sad, worried, anxious. We know worrying about all those things doesn’t help, doesn’t change the situation, but to be honest, in worrying we retain a little control.

I used to think Linus was stubborn. (Pretty sure that’s Peppermint Patty, but that’s another post!)  Linus isn’t stubborn, he just holds on to what he believes makes his life better (his blanket) and doesn’t give it up. For me, that’s holding onto my faith that God is truly in control, truly knows what’s best, and He truly loves me no matter what. 

Do I always remember to hold on? Nope. But I try. And when I do let go of my “blanket,'” I reach out and find it’s still there, still within my grasp.

So, if you see me holding my blanket, you’ll know what I’m doing! And I’m always willing to share!


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taco seasoning

My family loves Mexican food! We love food in general, but we eat Mexican something at least once a week. I got tired of buying the packaged taco seasoning (actually, remembering to buy it!), so I started making my own. Everything in it, you probably have in your spice cabinet. It’s very yummy and you can spice it up with the crushed red peppers as much or little as you want!

Recipe for Jen’s Taco Seasoning (my measurements are generous, not precise):

• 4 teaspoons chili powder (I use hot)

• 3 teaspoons paprika

• 2 teaspoons onion powder

• 1 teaspoon sea salt

• 1 teaspoon garlic powder

• 1 teaspoon ground cumin

• 1 teaspoon oregano

• 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

• 2 pinches red pepper flakes (optional)

Mix all in a jar or zip baggie. I use about 3 generous Tablespoons of mix with 2/3-3/4 cup water and 1 ½ lbs ground beef (browned & drained). Enjoy!

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It’s Fall!!


I love fall!! It’s my favorite time of year. This summer was way too hot for me. :)

What memories does fall bring for you? I loved reenacting Charlie Brown and Lucy where Charlie Brown tries to kick the football. My brother and I used to play out those scenes.

(we also played Batman and Robin ;))

My mom’s friend, Mr. Paul, had this amazing farm in Virginia and one of my favorite pictures of my 3 youngest kids is them playing in the leaves. They were so young and so happy.

Fall also means the holidays are coming! I’ve already started Christmas shopping!

So, what are your plans for this fall?

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Last day of Schoolhouse Planners from TOS (The Old Schoolhouse Magazine)

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love_school_smiling_boy Any homeschoolers out there? Recently I learned about and I can’t wait to share it with you!

First of all, you need to look around their website to see all the cool things they have. You can join and pay monthly, or pay for a one-year membership (saves you 10%). One fee is for your WHOLE family! Really! Anyone in your house can use anything on their website at anytime! Classes aren’t live, and there are no textbooks. Plus, you can cancel anytime.

Maybe you’re wondering, like I did, how that can happen with no textbook. Well, for instance, I am writing curriculum – weekly lessons – for the site for an Early American History class for 1st & 2nd graders. When you have a membership, you click on my class and each weekly lesson includes the text plus links to various things. I have definition words, picture links, maps, crafts, activities, even recipes occasionally. My class officially starts October 5th! (Can you tell I’m a little excited??)

There is a link on my blog page. Click on that and check out their site. It’s that easy! Have fun, and if you have questions, let me know!

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Favorites for supper!

chicken cheese

Cheese and chicken, can it get any better?! Tonight I’m making “Cheesy Chicken” (yes, I know that’s not very original, but I like simple)


5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a greased baking dish.

Put sliced cheese on top of each – I’ve used Muenster, Gouda, Swiss. My favorite is Gouda, but they’re all good!

Combine 1/2 cup sour cream, 1/2 cup mayo, 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, 1 tsp garlic powder.

Spread that over the cheese on the chicken. Bake at 375 for about an hour. Check at 45 mins and lightly cover with foil if needed. Chicken will brown nicely, but you don’t want to burn it!

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