P31 Wannabe

Summer Squash Casserole January 23, 2012

Filed under: Recipes,Side Dishes/Snacks — Lacey @ 7:30 pm


I made this first for a dgroup awhile ago and it was a big hit. I’ve made it a couple of other times (including tonight for dinner), and it’s always eaten fast considering its a vegetable! It’s easy and cheesy…what could be better?

Summer Squash Casserole


Best Ever Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies January 4, 2012

Filed under: Desserts,Recipes — Lacey @ 11:45 pm

I found this recipe on pinterest (of course!). I’m always eager for new chocolate chip cookie recipes, especially since thats what Jenco requests the most. Well, I honestly didnt think these lived up to their lofty name. They tasted good, but they weren’t as fluffy as promised:


But who knows, maybe I did something to mess them up. At least they tasted god and Seth loves doughy cookies so win, win. I did put them in the baskets for my neighbors, too.

Best Ever Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies


Peppermint Popcorn Bark

Filed under: Desserts,Recipes — Lacey @ 11:40 pm



I know it sounds like a weird combination, but it is absolutely delicious! And it’s pretty easy. Here’s the link:

Peppermint Popcorn Bark

Oh and of course I found it on pinterest!


Sweet Potato Casserole

Filed under: Recipes,Side Dishes/Snacks — Lacey @ 11:20 pm

This dish is always highly requested at my mom’s family gatherings. She always has to make two 9X12 dishes and there’s barely any leftovers! And she always uses rice crispy cereal instead of corn flakes for topping.

Here’s a picture of the recipe:


I had to make double the recipe to fill a 9X12 pan and it takes at least 30 min longer to cook than the recipe calls for.


Advent: Days 3-1

Filed under: God thoughts,Homeschooling,Life — Lacey @ 11:10 pm

Day 3

Isaiah 9:6

I wish I could remember what Haddie wrote!

Day 2

John 1:1

Day 1

Matthew 1:21

Don’t ask me why she chose batman! She’s never even seen a single show! Lol


Advent: Days 7-4

Filed under: God thoughts,Homeschooling,Life — Lacey @ 11:05 pm

Again, I’m way late posting these, but I finally have time since I’m in the passenger seat on our 2 hour drive to my family’s.

Here’s more of our daily Advent fun as we’ve been counting down to Christmas. Just in case you haven’t followed what we’ve done so far, each day Haddie gets to take down a new bag that has a name of Jesus ornament (with a scripture on the back), a piece of candy for each of us and a slip of paper to write what we’re thankful for. Our thankful chain is getting quite long!

Day 7

Zechariah 9:9

Haddie’s says “princesses and castles.” She’s all girl! Haha.

I love these pics of Seth helping Haddie write her chains!

Day 6

John 10:11

Haddie’s says “bookshelves.” Of course we need those if we have books, right?

Day 5

Daniel 7:9

Unfortunately, i cant remember what Haddie wrote since its been a while since the day we did these.

My dad was with us this day, so he did one, too (his is the green one).

Day 4

Isaiah 9:6

Jenco’s brother, Travis, was with us this day, so he joined in the Advent fun, too (his is yellow).

We also made gingerbread houses:




Candy cane reindeers:


And we decorated gingerbread men (& women) (foam versions, that is):



A Girl and Her Mama

Filed under: Life — Lacey @ 10:35 pm

In Christmas Eve day, the family spent some time trying out Joy’s new croquet set. While they were busy playing, mama brought her potatoes outside to peel so she could watch. I love these pics I snapped of her and Haddie on the porch. Sometime I want to turn them black & white. They have an older feel to them, don’t you?







DIY Laundry Supplies

Filed under: Deals!,Life — Lacey @ 12:15 pm

I have found some really awesome DIY household cleaning recipes on pinterest. Seriously, if you don’t have an account why not?? I feel like I’m always raving about the gems I find on there. Ok, rant over.

I’ve been making this fabric softener and it’s great.

Homemade Fabric Softener

I’m on at least my third batch. I have made a half batch everytime and it fits perfectly into my empty fabric softener bottle.

I never smell the vinegar afterwards and the clothes are as soft as any store bought brand. The only thing I sometimes miss is the strong fresh scent from the store bought softener. I’m still experimenting with adding fragrance oils (small bottle used for soaps and such, not the bigger bottles sold for oil warmers). I bought mine at Hobby Lobby. I think I still need to add more and/or use more fragranced conditioner. I’m going to use Herbal Essence next. I love it’s smell, but I don’t like how it makes my hair look. So perfect solution, huh?

This homemade formula should be cheaper than store bought softeners, especially if you buy cheaper conditioner (suave, store brand, or find a sweet deal at CVS).

I saw a helpful hint on pinterest for homemade dryer sheets (can’t find the link again). Just soak a hand towel with fabric softener and let it completely dry. Then throw it in the dryer with your next load. It’s supposed to be good for at least 10 loads.

I made a big batch of this homemade laundry detergent . I gave out jars of it for part of some Christmas gifts for my friends to try out and ended up quite a bit left over, too! It’s great, cheap, and pretty easy to make.

For the gifts I used empty food jars (mainly salsa and spaghetti sauce), mod podged some cute scrapbook paper on the outside and lids and attached a small scoop. The scoops came in packs of two at the dollar store.

Here’s the lids from the jars:



I planned on adding cute tags with directions and the recipe, but my printer and computer wouldnt cooperate and I was on a time crunch. So, I just emailed them to them after the fact. Anyways, as far as I can tell, they were a hit. And I’m going to keep making this detergent for myself, too!