Friday, October 31, 2014

minted.

Can you believe that Christmas is less than 8 weeks away?
I've already started my shopping
& have been trying to decide on Christmas cards.
I know that if I don't start now, they may not get done.
In my opinion, seeing Christmas cards in the mailbox brings extra joy to the season.
I always love getting cards & letters in the mail
so why wouldn't everyone else, right?
Really though, a card beats junk mail any day! (;

I don't know if you've ever checked out minted.com,
but they have some super cute holiday photo cards right now
in addition to the other stationary, art, fabric & other things on the site!



Like I said, super cute!

Here's my problem...
I never know what to do with all of the cards at the end of the season.
I hate throwing them away,
especially if they're photo cards.
So I end up holding on to them.
I'm determined to find a better solution someday.

Anywho...
I was checking out Minted & came across these ornament cards:





Adorable right?
This totally solves my problem!
I can keep the cards & hang them on my tree every year!
I love the idea (:

But really though,
what do you do with cards when you get them?

xoxo
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This is a sponsored post for those of you that care to know,
but all thoughts are my own.
Promise.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Halloween Dinner: Chicken Parmesan Mummies

We had our Halloween dinner last night!
As tradition, we dimmed the lights to eat our spooky meal...


Chicken Parmesan Mummies
on a bed of baby bats (Farfalle pasta dyed gray while cooking)
with blood red sauce.
We also had Halloween shaped Parmesan garlic bread
& Halloween jello jigglers (:


I got the idea for the Chicken Parmesan Mummies from Somewhat Simple
although I ended up using crescent roll dough instead of biscuits.
It was super easy & so tasty!


Do you like having fun holiday meals?

Check out our other Halloween dinners:
Nightmare Before Christmas
Mummy Braided Chicken Roll

xoxo
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Monday, October 27, 2014

FHE: Holy Ghost - Halloween


Opening Song: Family Night

Opening Prayer


Lesson:
Halloween is this week.
What are some symbols you think of when you hear the word Halloween?
(Jack-o'-lanterns, black cats, witches, skeletons, ghosts, etc...)
Today we are going to talk about a ghost.
Not just any ghost though...
We're going to talk about the Holy Ghost.
The Holy Ghost is not a scary ghost.
Instead of being scary, it helps us when we're scared or afraid.
The Holy Ghost can comfort us.

Story:
Found in Behold Your Little Ones: Nursery Manual (Lesson 6)

The Holy Ghost has many names...
The comforter.
The Spirit.
The Spirit of the Lord.
The Spirit of God.
The still small voice.

The Holy Ghost is called the still small voice because he doesn't speak loudly.
He tells us things in a quiet voice or most often in a feeling.

How do you feel when you do something that is good?
How do you feel when you do something wrong?
He gives us a happy, warm feeling when something is right
& a bad or sad feeling when something is wrong.

The Holy Ghost will help us know what's right & what's wrong,
but we have to be willing to listen & choose the right.

First stanza of the poem 'Help from the Holy Ghost' by Erin Renouf Mylroie
I'm learning how to choose the right.
I'll do my best both day and night.
But when I'm not sure what to do,
The Holy Ghost will help me through.

Closing Song: The Holy Ghost

Closing Prayer

Activity: We watched The Nightmare Before Christmas,
but Casper would probably fit the theme better if you wanted to watch something (;

Treat: Banana Ghosts

xoxo
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Friday, October 24, 2014

Saturday Dishes - Halloween


This week's theme is:
Halloween

I can't believe that Halloween is less than a week away!
Do you have any fun traditions to share?
Feel free to share Halloween themed foods, parties, decor, or anything else that fits the theme!

If you have any family friendly costume ideas to share as well,
feel free to link them up at my Halloween Costume Party!
It's not much of a party at the moment
because I haven't had the time to promote it,
but it's all good...
My feelings are still intact.
I'll be adding a Sonic the Hedgehog costume later this week!
Anywho, let's talk about THIS linky!

If you're new to the party
welcome to Saturday Dishes
where every week is a new theme...
Your job is to post your recipes that coincide with that theme!
Easy peasy, right?

Don't have a recipe that goes with the theme?
No worries!
Just sit back, relax, enjoy the other posts,
& be sure to check out the index & upcoming themes
to see what you can post in future weeks!

Saturday Dishes is hosted by:
- Marissa @ Life is Fantasmic -
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- Lisa @ Pebbles and Piggytails -
Facebook ♥ Twitter ♥ Google+ ♥ Pinterest ♥ Bloglovin' ♥ Instagram

Check out our blogs & show us some love!
We love seeing new faces & new followers on our social media,
& comments make us smile (:

Last week's theme was Pumpkin & Squash.
There were so many wonderful recipes that I want to try!
Here were a few of my faves...

Pumpkin Eclairs from So Much To Make
Eclairs are so tasty! I could go for one of these right now. Or two. Or three...

Extra Thick Pumpkin Pancakes from Reveal Natural Health
I had pumpkin pancakes for breakfast the other day & have been wanting them ever since!

Mile High Pumpkin Pie Bars from Bitz & Giggles
These sound simply delectable!

Lisa's faves might be different than mine,
so don't forget to swing by her blog too! (;
Oh yeah...
& if you were featured
feel free to grab a button!

Life Is Fantasmic

Next week's theme is:
Family Recipes
so come back next week to share recipes that were passed to you from a family member!

Now on to the linky...
Link up your Halloween recipes, parties, traditions & ideas,
visit other posts,
& make new friends!

Keep spreading the word so we can see new faces at the party!
If you'd like to be a guest host send us an email so that we can get you on the calendar,
& let us know what themes you would like to see in the future.
We'd love to use your ideas!

By linking up at Saturday Dishes, you are giving permission for Life is Fantasmic & Pebbles and Piggytails to feature your posts with one image on social media with links back to you.


xoxo
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31 Days Update

Remember when I decided to try the #write31days challenge again?
Yeeeah...
I knew that I wouldn't be able to write every single day for 31 days.
I have the three cutest excuses ever though.

Little Dudeman

Little Princess

& Little Sunshine

I told you they were the cutest excuses ever! (;

Here's a few things that you can count on me posting sometime soon.
Most likely before the end of the year.
I would hope.

FHE:
The Holy Ghost
Emergency Preparedness (A Bug's Life)
Family History (The Tigger Movie)

RECIPES:
Chocolate Chili
Salsa Cheese Fondue

LDSconf:
Saturday Highlights
Sunday Highlights

MOPS:
MOMcon 2014 Highlights
Courage to be Honest

HALLOWEEN:
Dinner - Chicken Parmesan Mummies
Sonic the Hedgehog Costume

RANDOM:
Phone Vacation

xoxo
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Friday, October 17, 2014

Saturday Dishes - Pumpkin & Squash


This week's theme is:
Pumpkin & Squash

'Tis the season for pumpkin in all the things.
Share with us what you like to put your squash in!

If you're new to the party
welcome to Saturday Dishes
where every week is a new theme...
Your job is to post your recipes that coincide with that theme!
Easy peasy, right?

Don't have a recipe that goes with the theme?
No worries!
Just sit back, relax, enjoy the other posts,
& be sure to check out the index & upcoming themes
to see what you can post in future weeks!

Saturday Dishes is hosted by:
- Marissa @ Life is Fantasmic -
FacebookTwitterGoogle+Pinterest ♥ Bloglovin' ♥ SoundCloud

- Lisa @ Pebbles and Piggytails -
Facebook ♥ Twitter ♥ Google+ ♥ Pinterest ♥ Bloglovin' ♥ Instagram

Check out our blogs & show us some love!
We love seeing new faces & new followers on our social media,
& comments make us smile (:

Last week's theme was Soups & Stews!
Here were a couple of my faves...

Uhm... Could this sound more YUM!?!

This chili looks like it would definitely warm you up on a chilly fall day.

Lisa's faves might be different than mine,
so don't forget to swing by her blog too! (;
Oh yeah...
& if you were featured
feel free to grab a button!

Life Is Fantasmic

Next week's theme is:
Halloween
so come back next week to share some spooky stuff!

Now on to the linky...
Link up plenty of Pumpkin & Squash recipes,
visit other posts,
& make new friends!

Keep spreading the word so we can see new faces at the party!
If you'd like to be a guest host send us an email so that we can get you on the calendar,
& let us know what themes you would like to see in the future.
We'd love to use your ideas!

By linking up at Saturday Dishes, you are giving permission for Life is Fantasmic & Pebbles and Piggytails to feature your posts with one image on social media with links back to you.


xoxo
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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Mormon Enchiladas


This dinner is super easy, tasty, & filling...
My grandparents had a friend whose parents were from the Mormon Colonies in Mexico.
They like to make stacked enchiladas out there, hence the name "Mormon" Enchiladas.
The friend made these for my grandparents many years ago,
who started making them for their children.
My dad & grandparents made them for us growing up,
& I introduced them to my husband & our kids.
We have all been enjoying them ever since!


Corn tortillas
Canned chili
Shredded cheese

You can do this one of two ways: Heat the chili prior to stacking or heat the whole thing in the microwave after it's stacked. I usually layer mine first, then just microwave it.

Layers go as follows: Tortilla, chili, cheese; tortilla, chili, cheese; tortilla, chili, cheese... Do this as many times as you'd like depending on how hungry you are. I usually stick to three tortillas high & top with sour cream. Enjoy!

xoxo
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