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Apple Pecan Cheesecake November 24, 2010

Filed under: Desserts,Recipes — Lacey @ 3:40 pm

I made this dessert for the first time a couple weeks ago for my D-Group. And everyone raved about it. Its really delicious! And overall, not too hard to make.  I made it again today to take for Thanksgiving at my mom’s.


I got the recipe from a magazine some time ago.
Here’s the online link:

Apple Pecan Cheesecake


Frugally Green November 23, 2010

Filed under: Life,Misc — Lacey @ 2:15 pm

I admit. I’m not a real “Green” person. Ok, hate if you want. I only started really recycling this year (the county finally gave us our recycling bins). I try to recycle as much as possible (especially when it doesn’t require much extra work).

I know that we should be good stewards of God’s creation, but sometimes there are just more important matters in life. I’m much more concerned about people and their souls than the earth. Sorry if that upsets you. Actually, I’m not really sorry. A lot of times I also reason that in the end, the earth is going to be burned up and destroyed anyways. And God’s going to create a brand new heavens and earth…so why spend all my effort on something that doesn’t eternally matter?

But in reality, we really are green. Being frugal leads one to be green. I’ve realized this for a while but one of the last episodes of “18 Kids and Counting” reminded me of it again.

Here’s what I mean:

  • We use everything as long as possible.  Usually to its last legs and sometimes we still find different uses for it.
  • We buy used items as much as possible (as a result we are reducing waste).  Every single piece of furniture in our home (excluding our new couch/recliner set) is used.  Each piece was either a hand-me-down or purchased used.  Our vehicles are hand-me-downs or used.  And we don’t plan on buying another vehicle until ours completely dies (and then we’ll buy used too).  The majority of our larger appliances are also used (usually purchased from Craigslist).
  • We reuse a lot of things like plastic grocery bags.  We shop at ALDI a lot and have to bring our own bags or reuse their bigger plastic bags.
  • Seth usually refills our printer ink cartridges
  • We wear most of our clothing/shoes until they are unwearable.  Otherwise they are usually donated or given to friends.
  • We collect our aluminum cans and turn them in for cash.
  • A lot of Haddie’s clothes (and some of ours) are hand-me-downs and will in turn later become hand-me-downs.
  • And of course we now recycle via our recycling bins.

Which brings me to my next subject, that I’m actually excited about–Brevard County (at least the unincorporated part) has expanded their list of recyclables:

  • Cardboard and paperboard food boxes
  • Milk/Juice Cartons
  • Paper towel and Toilet Paper Rolls
  • Corrugated Cardboard Boxes
  • Empty Aerosol Cans
  • Aluminum Foil and Food Pans
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines/Catalogs
  • Office Paper
  • Junk Mail
  • All kinds of Envelopes
  • Telephone Books
  • Brown Paper Bags
  • Aluminum/Steel Cans
  • Glass Bottles and Jars
  • Plastic Bottles
  • Plastic Caps and Pumps
  • Printer Cartridges (Placed in clear bag on top of bin)

So now its even easier for us lazy people to recycle!  My bin is going to be seriously overflowing each week.  And if we ever forget to take it out one week, we’re going to be in trouble.  Which makes these recent Thursday (pick up day) holidays a little annoying.  But anyways!

Hope you all have a fabulous Thanksgiving week!  And don’t forget to thank the One who’s made it all possible! : )


Handiness Comes With a Price November 11, 2010

Filed under: Life — Lacey @ 10:00 pm

This week I have been especially grateful for my husband and his handiness.  He used a snake (plumbing tool…not the reptile) to unplug our perpetually plugged bathroom sink and he has begun the project to refinish our family room’s hardwood floors.

The project began under the guise of being my birthday present (my request and his secret previous plan).  I mean, its about time anyways.  The floor is one of the last big inside house projects to finish on our fixer-upper house.  So, I’m super excited to have it done and not be embarrassed about my ugly floors anymore.

Seth had to replace a good section of the floor boards right in the doorway and against the kitchen wall.  These were damaged beyond any repair with the sander or otherwise.  We’re thinking that the previous owners had moved the kitchen wall (made the family room bigger), so there were a lot of deep groves, putty damage and previous termite damage (we’re thinking thats what it was).

So, it was quite interesting while Seth was ripping out the floorboards.  We went about a day and half without flooring during this process.  We could see the dirt underneath (we live in a stemwall house, so there’s a crawl space underneath).  There’s supposed to be a lower level to the floor, but of course, like most things in this house, there isn’t one.  So I had to hope that no animals or large insects would join us inside.  He did cover some of it up, but there was just too much space to cover while he was trying to get the right boards and in between his working hours.  Thankfully we didn’t receive any unwelcome guests, except for small spider.  And it was quickly dealt with.  But on the brighter side, we were able to see that none of the exposed joists have any termite or mold damage.

Beginning of floor boards being ripped up

What it looked like before

All the family room stuffed in the guest room

More of the stuffed mess

The yummy underside of our house

More of the floorboards gone

Don't fall in Haddie!

Now the new boards are in and Seth has finished the majority of the sanding.  We got a sweet deal on the sander rental too.  And they threw in the edger sander too.  Nice!  And I’m really glad to see that these sanders don’t kick up near the amount of wood dust I expected them too.  The catch bags work super good!

Don't worry, the sander's not really on. The thing looked like it was from the 60's! But it still did a good job.

Halfway through the sanding process

The new boards vs the old partially sanded boards

Seeing my house in this type of disarray has reminded me again of the extensive house projects we’ve accomplished in these past 6 years (we closed on my birthday!  So the anniversary is easy to remember…its 1 year less than we’ve been married!).  And again, I’m so thankful for my handy husband and our two very wise, handy, generous and helpful fathers!  Thankfully we’ve been able to do all the projects without paying anyone else to come in and do them.  Honestly, with our budget we’d never be able to…that or we’d be paying off debt forever! And the second one isn’t an option! We’re working to become debt free! (Dave Ramsey would be proud!)

Here’s a list of all we’ve accomplished:

  1. Carpeting laid in 4 rooms.
  2. Siding torn off walls in dining room and whole room dry walled (including the ceiling)
  3. Bathroom redone, including putting in a new shower, moving plumbing, dry walling and putting in vinyl tiles.
  4. Putting in the entire kitchen (cabinets, countertops) and making a window opening between the kitchen and family room.
  5. Replacing a window.
  6. Replacing all the light fixtures and fans.
  7. Painting every single room in the house.  Some of them more than once.
  8. Putting in an entire Central AC system with all the ducts (ok, we had help w/ this, but Seth helped them, too…for a discounted price).
  9. Replacing the entire roof
  10. Building a pole barn/shed
  11. Redoing all the landscaping, cutting down trees, tearing out crazy bushes
  12. Putting vinyl wood flooring down in the family room
  13. Replacing our bedroom carpet
  14. Redoing our bedroom ceiling w/ wood strips after a big leak
  15. And now…refinishing our hardwood floors!
  16. I’m sure I forgot a few things, but you get the idea!

But with any good thing…comes a price or what you might call a downside.  My husband is so handy, that he thinks he can fix or make anything.  And usually he can…but it does tend to look a bit ghetto/reckneck.  Some examples: taking the duelly covers off the side of his truck, redoing the camper, some of the repairs to his motorcycle/dirt bikes, carpet flip flops, and finally…this beauty….

No, I'm not talking about Haddie. Look at Seth's truck behind her...

Yes, please keep your comments to a minimum.  Let’s say that this is the ultimate example of marital submission there is.  Many of you may be wondering why I let him build this.  And I’ve ask myself this question many times.  He sold the camper with the idea of wanting to build one on the back of his truck.  This would prove to be so handy and fun, he said.  He could drive lots of people in the back (aka youth group kids).  We could use it on trips (yeah, just what I want to do) and be able to be in the back while he’s driving.  He could use it to help people move or to transport stuff even in bad weather. Yadda, yadda.  I finally just let him do it because honestly, its his truck, he’s using the $ from the camper that he sold, and because he really, really, really wanted to do it.

Yes, I’m not the biggest fan of his “creation,” but he enjoys working on it and honestly, its come in handy a few times already.  So, more power to him.  And yes, we’ll probably take a few trips in it.  And I will wear some dark, dark sunglasses and maybe hide in the back. Just kidding.

I wasn’t too thrilled about the other camper at the beginning, but he did a good job of fixing it up inside (ok, the outside still looked a bit rednecky).  And it did prove to be fun for cheap vacations.  We took a few good trips by ourselves, one with Haddie and he used it for a few guys airsoft trips.

So, I’ll have to make the best out of it and just remember that with anything good (like Seth’s handiness), there usually comes with a price.  I’ll just have to grin and bear it.  Because, hey…he could be trying to make us live in it, too!  But it ain’t gonna happen : )


Duggar challenge

Filed under: Life,Misc — Lacey @ 3:51 pm

So I’ve decided to start watching the Duggar family’s show. A friend of mine enlightened me to it’s existence on Netflix. Well, at least the first couple seasons. So I’m starting from the beginning… When they ONLY had 17 kids. Wow. Should be interesting. And I’m gonna share some of my comments along the way.

I’ve watched 3 episodes so far…

1. I’m not a big fan of the long skirts and long hair movement (for girls that is. Well for either gender!). Not that there’s anything wrong with either. But I don’t think it’s wrong for girls to cut their hair or wear pants. Just sayin.

2. I admire that woman’s (Michelle is her name) ability to keep calm, not stress AT ALL, and to talk in a sweet soft voice (although it does sometimes get annoying). I could learn a thing or two from her.

3. She apparently gets nausea and morning sickness with every pregnancy. I think I would have stopped producing along time ago (for more reasons than the morning sickness…but it would have been a BIG deterant for me). She’s expecting #18 at this point in the season.

4. The first two episodes they take all 17 kids and grandma to New York city. They’re either very brave or completely nuts. I’m thinking a bit of both.

5. It was funny watching them flag down taxis for all of them. It took 3-4 taxis including at least one taxi van. And momma (as they endearingly call her on the show) gave each of the drivers their own family photo of all 19 of them. They also handed out more of said photos to random staring people on the NY streets. I don’t think I’d want them all to have my family’s picture. Just sayin.


Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas November 10, 2010

Filed under: Main Courses,Recipes — Lacey @ 5:12 pm

I got this recipe from a cookbook (can’t remember which one).

I used frozen boneless, skinless chicken breasts and I put them in the crockpot.  I cooked them for about an hour or two on high then added the sour cream, chilies and spices.  I also added diced onions instead of the onion flakes. And I left out the mushrooms since neither Seth nor I like them.  I let it cook for an hour or two on high then shredded the chicken and mixed it all together again.  I used this mixture to fill the tortillas.



Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas

3.5 C Sour Cream

3 5-oz cans boned chicken, cut up (about 2 C)

2 4-oz cans mushroom stems and pieces, drained

1 4-oz can green chilies, drained

1/3 C onion flakes

1 tsp chili powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp pepper

12 tortillas

1/3 lb cheddar cheese, shredded

1. In 13X9 pan, spread 1 C sour cream.  In 2-Quart saucepan, flake chicken w/ fork; add 1/2 C sour cream, mushrooms and next 6 ingredients.  Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, just until heated through.

2. Along center of each tortilla, spread 1/4 C chicken mixture; fold sides over filling and place, seam side down, in sour cream in pan.  Repeat.

3. Preheat oven to 450.  Spread enchiladas with remaining sour cream, then sprinkle with cheese.  Bake 8 min or until cheese is melted.


Chocolate Trifle

Filed under: Desserts,Recipes — Lacey @ 5:09 pm

This dessert is super yummy and pretty easy to make.  I recently made it for my highschool D-Group (big surprise, huh?  Since thats what I make most of my desserts for these days!)

Note: I made the brownies the night before so I wouldn’t have to worry about cooling them.  I also rarely refrigerate for the whole 8 hrs and it always turns out yummy.  Also, for some of the best batches I’ve made of this, I’d added layers of fresh cut-up strawberries on top of the brownies.  Mmm…super delicious!

I originally got the recipe from a youth minister’s wives’ class back at FCC.


Chocolate Trifle

1 pkg (19.8 oz) brownie mix

1 pkg (3.9 0z) instant chocolate pudding mix

1/2 C water

1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk

20 oz Whipped topping, thawed

1. Prepare brownie mix according to pkg directions and cool completely.  Cut into 1 in squares.

2. In a large bowl, combine pudding mix, water and sweetened condensed milk.  Mix until smooth, then fold in 8 oz whipping topping until no streaks remain.

3. In a trifle bowl or glass serving dish, place half of the brownies, half of the pudding mixture and 6 oz whipped topping.  Repeat layers.  Refrigerate 8 hrs before serving.


FREE Meals for Veterans This Veteran’s Day November 9, 2010

Filed under: Misc — Lacey @ 2:40 pm

I think its pretty neat that a lot of restaurants are offering FREE meals to Veterans this Veteran’s Day.  I don’t remember seeing any offers like this last year.  Anyhow, I thought I’d pass it along so that if any of you reading are Veterans or have family/friends that are Veterans, you can enjoy these special salutes of thanks! (Most of these offers also apply to active Military.  You have to bring an ID either way.)

  • Chili’s–FREE choice of 6 different entrees
  • Tropical Smoothie–FREE smoothie
  • Uno’s–FREE entree or pizza with the purchase of another one

Feel free to comment and add any other offers you’ve heard of.


Thanks to all those who have served our country to bring us the freedom we all enjoy and usually take for granted!!!



Great FREE Specials at Shutterfly

Filed under: Misc — Lacey @ 2:26 pm

So, I’ve never ordered prints or any photo type gifts from the online photo stores, but I finally broke down today. And I’m glad I did! I kept getting lots of different specials and free offers in my inbox, but I always ignore them and forget about them until the deals are already past. I found a free offer from pampers on Shutterfly and finally decided to use it. And Shutterfly lets you combine special offers, so I got a good deal and wanted to pass it on. Here’s the codes:

  • To get a FREE 7X9 20-page Photo Book that you can customize (its pretty much like a printed scrapbook). Use Promo code: GT58-CPU8-E5CM-2FXCM5
    Offer ends December 6, 2010
  • Shutterfly is also offering discounts on their photo gifts, including 30% off their photo books. (So you can use this on any additional photo books you order.)
  • And if you use Promo Code: SHIP30 you get FREE shipping on orders over $30.

I just made a 23-page photo book that I’m going to use for gifts for all our parents & grandparents. I also am going to give one to Haddie for Christmas since she loves looking at her own pictures! I saved over $30!!


Creamy Mac & Cheese November 8, 2010

Filed under: Main Courses,Recipes — Lacey @ 8:42 pm

I haven’t made a lot of homemade mac & cheese, but this  is one of the all-time best recipes I’ve tried.  I like that its a slow-cook recipe, too.  I get a lot of compliments on this when I make it and of course Seth loves it (well, he pretty much likes anything I make as long as there’s not too much veggies in it!). I usually double the recipe, especially if its more than Seth and I eating it. Plus, you get yummy leftovers then! Oh, and I made a honey spiral ham (from ALDI) to go with it.

It’s a Paula Deen recipe, which probably explains why its super yummy!

Creamy Mac & Cheese


Evil Disney

Filed under: Life — Lacey @ 5:03 pm

Last night Haddie and I cuddled up in the recliner and watched The Princess and The Frog.  I was quite disappointed with all the voodoo and evil in the story.  I haven’t watched a ton of Disney movies recently…especially the older ones.  So, I guess I forgot about all the evil villains and spells that are in a lot of them.  But it was still disappointing and frustrating.  I really don’t want my daughter to be exposed to those things.  Some of you may think I’m silly and naive.  But really…does she need to see dancing skulls, witches, spells and such evil…especially in the preschool years?

We’ve enjoyed other cartoons like Nemo, Monsters, Inc., Dora, Go Diego Go, Blues Clues, Pocahontas, Lilo & Stitch…and I haven’t gotten the same evil vibe from them.  Anyways…just disappointing.  Well, we won’t be buying The Princess and the Frog anytime soon.