Thursday, September 20, 2012

Chocolate Chip Cookie Balls


These babies are delicious and healthy!

They are good for a snack or a special treat.

My kids loved them!

I just noticed that the original recipe says to use oatmeal.
I have made these twice and used rolled oats.
They have turned out just swell, so you decide!

Also, I did not have coconut the first time I made them,
so I used 1/2 cup of Rice Krispies instead
.  Yummy!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Balls
Original recipe found here at “Comfy in the Kitchen”.

1 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/3 cup honey

1 cup coconut

1/2 cup ground flax

1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

1 tsp vanilla

Mix together. Refrigerate for 2 hours. Roll into balls.  Eat!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Making Mornings Easier–Laminated Checklists


Mornings can be grueling sometimes.  I grow weary of being the pony motor, continually checking in with my children and pushing them to get through their morning responsibilities – things they have done for days, weeks, months, and years.

I decided to make my children checklists.  I figured these checklists could serve as good reminders of what they are to do each morning.

I whipped up some lists on the computer, printed them, laminated them with Contact paper, cut them, and adhered them to my children’s doors with an envelope containing a whiteboard marker between them.


Now I don’t have to say, “Go do ____________” as much.  I just ask if their sheets are complete.

Thank God for tools that make a mom’s life a tad easier!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

My Husband’s 40th Birthday!


Today is my husband’s 40th birthday!

I am so utterly thankful for this man!  He is  a tremendous blessing in my life. 

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Giving When It’s Hard to Give


Sometimes we give out of our wealth… not our monetary wealth necessarily, but out of our surplus of emotion and thought.

Other times we give when we feel it is very hard to give, when each day feels like we are fighting to survive.

I am reminded of the widow and her two mites.

Luke 21:4
As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”

If it is hard for you to give right now, I want to encourage you.

The Lord sees you!

Jesus said that the widow gave more than all the others that she gave all she had to live on.

God is watching, and He sees your life.  He knows how much you are giving, and it is a sweet sacrifice to Him.

Monday, September 3, 2012

To Coupon or Not to Coupon?


I’ve thought about couponing before, but I didn’t think it would work out well for me.

  • I thought most coupons I saw were for products I had no intention to buy.
  • I thought it would take too much of my precious time.
  • I thought I couldn’t make it work since we don’t get a newspaper.
  • Etc…

Recently though, I have been evaluating the entire situation again and am experimenting to see if this will work for me.

My husband was the big instigator of this whole process.  A woman at work was telling him and some other co-workers about her couponing habit.  He became sold on the idea and wants me to give it a try… so I am… slowly.

It, all, seems a bit overwhelming to be honest. This week I got my feet wet just a tad and didn’t feel very gratified. I know this will take time. Everything does. I just have to be patient.

I’m looking for coupons to print out and watching for sales.  One of the main tips I see is to combine sales with coupons for great discount value.

I haven’t gotten the Sunday paper yet, but I’m sure I will have to do that one of these weeks – to get the bird’s-eye view.

Do you coupon?

If so, what are your tips
for a newbie like me?

In the end, I don’t see myself becoming an extreme couponer.  I’m just a lady who desires to use her money more wisely and cut some corners (maybe literally… eh hem).

Check out The Krazy Coupon Lady for more info. on couponing.