Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Recipe Thursday

When we lived in OK there was someone there that made an AWSOME Mississippi Mud.
Now that we are further north hardly anyone knows what a Mississippi Mud Cake is!
Well, if you don't know here is a recipe from Bethany to try!
Take it from me, you'll be glad you did! ;)

Bethany M.

Mississppi Mud Cake

1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup butter
1 (4 ounce) semisweet chocolate baking bar, chopped
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
4 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 (10.5 ounce) bag miniature marshmallows
Chocolate Frosting

Place pecans in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 8 to 10 minutes or until toasted. Microwave 1 cup butter and semisweet chocolate in a large microwave-safe glass bowl at High 1 minute of until melted and smooth, stirring every 30 seconds. Whisk sugar and next 5 ingredients into chocolate mixture. Pour batter into a greased 15 x 10 x 1-inch jelly-roll pan. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Remove from oven, and sprinkle evenly with miniature marshmallows; bake 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Drizzle warm cake with chocolate frosting, and sprinkle with toasted pecans.

Chocolate Frosting:

1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/3 cup milk
1 (16-ounce) package powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Stir together the first 3 ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat until butter is melted. Cook, stirring constantly, 2 minutes or until slightly thickened; remove from heat. Beat in powdered sugar and vanilla at medium-high speed with an electric mixer until smooth.

Hairdo Wednesday

Well, I was going to post a Curly Messy Bun that I did on Sunday but our computer was acting up so I didn't get the pics. up.  Sorry Judy!  :(  I'll try to do it next Wed.

But in the mean time...
Here is an AWSOME site about care for your hair so you can get the best curl out of it!  A friend lent me the book last year and it saved and TOTALLY changed the way I did my hair!  For good!  I have WAY more curl than I ever have AND it's WAY more healthy than ever! 
So, if you have naturally curly hair, or even just the slightest bit of wave, check this page out!
It has how to care for your hair, styles, pics., cuts, and more
I REALLY encourage each of you to check it out!  You'll be glad you did!
And if you do, leave a comment and tell me what you thought or how it worked for you!
Fall in love with your God given curl!  :D

Got Curl?

Monday, June 27, 2011

Kids On Tuesday

Thank you SO much to the girls who have sent things in and to those who are going to!
You all have encouraged my heart! ;) Really! Thank you!
Here is a GREAT idea for a game for kids that helps out Mom too!


It's one of those days where your mom is "frazzled." It's been crazy and the house is a utter mess. You want to help out but you really don't have the power to do it all. How do you get your rambunctious siblings to help? They'd be good at it if you could only channel their energy!
Line each of them up. You are "Sergeant", and the kids are "Privates". Private Olivia, Elizabeth, Daniel, Julia, etc. Teach them the word "attention" and "at ease."
"attention!" you say loudly. They line up. "At ease." Then you proceed by telling them your course of action: The rooms you are going to hit. Maybe the kitchen and living room. Maybe two bedrooms. maybe the play room. Once you tell them what you are going to clean, don't change it and add stuff to it. They will quickly lose their enthusiasm.
Once that is done, give them a little job. I say little- because one thing that you don't want to do is tell Olivia to clean up all the toys, Daniel to get all the trash and clothes/shoes up, and Ellie to dust and vacuum. Very likely if they did that the room would be spic and span. But... do you truly expect that will happen? I'm sure- I can guarantee it- that they will lose heart very fast and start goofing around. It won't work!!! So give them little jobs. "Private Olivia- you take those books and put them straight up on the shelf." "Private Ellie, you take those doll clothes and put them in the basket in your room." "Private Daniel, you see those crayons on the floor? Go put them in the crayon box." They aren't big jobs and can be accomplished very fast. Then you say, "Go!" Everyone salutes and runs off. Once they finish their job they run back and stand in attention. Once everyone is back, (Make sure you do not complain if someone is slower than the others as long as he is being thorough! Oh. And don't think that you can just sit back and read a book while they are working hard. No way!!! While they are working, find something small to do that requires an older person, such as organizing some school books or cleaning off a high shelf. Or help one of the kids with their job of they are having trouble.
Give them all one more job, and repeat till the room is clean. One messy room- and I mean messy- can be completely cleaned and vacuumed/swept in less than twenty minutes as long as you make it fun and don't nag. Offer rewards too if you are having trouble, such as a craft, or maybe- (This really works well!) a small piece of candy. Another really good incentive is a movie(s). That really aids when you are going to tackle a few rooms with your "troop." Make sure you ask your parents. (Although most of the time, when I ask mom, "If I get the kids to clean up the frontroom, kitchen, and playroom, can they have ----?" She won't say no=D
Well, all of you big sisters out there- round up your siblings and get to work- make your mom's day!
Ashlyn Y. IL

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Scripture Sunday

"Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away."
1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Saturday, June 25, 2011

I Need Your HELP!!!

I Need Your HELP This Summer!!!
Our family operates and runs a family Corn Maze during the Fall and I am the header-up of 5 Day Bible Clubs in our area.  So with that and just normal responsibilities I am SWAMPED!
So... needless to say I don't have hardly any extra time to get things together for this blog.  It would be such a same to see this blog deteriorate!  :'(
And that's where YOU come in!  :D  If you could help me out this summer that would be AWSOME!  If you could send in Crafts, Hairdos, Games, Recipes, Kids Stuff, Anything that would be a tremendous help!  That's what I designed this blog for anyway.  A place where girls can share their crafty ideas with others!

So help me out.  Send your stuff into !
I will still try to do as much as I can but with Crafts and Hairdos especially I just don't have time to get stuff together, take pics. and do them!  :(
Hope to hear from you soon!
Have a wonderful weekend!


Friday, June 24, 2011

Game Friday

Here's a really fun game I found the other day for a party!  And a great way to capture the event!

Freeze Frame

You'll Need:

A digital camera
Access to a computer

How to play:
During the party, the person with the camera yells "Freeze!" and everyone stops what they are doing and freezes. The person with the camera takes a snapshot. The pictures are shared at the end of the party.
Warning: No pictures are shared online without the expressed permission of the people in the picture. You will need to ask each person for each picture.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Recipe Thursday

This sounds AWSOME!!!! Count me in to ANYTHING with Oreo's in it! Yum!!!


Oreo Delight!

What you need:
1 stick butter
2 12oz containers of cool whip
1 pack oreo cookies
1 box instant chocolate pudding
1 8 oz cream cheese

Make it:
Melt butter in bottom of dish. Crush oreo's. Put all but 1 cup of oreo's in dish. Mix (w/ electric mixer) 1 cool whip with room temperature cream cheese. Spread mixture on top of oreos. Mix pudding as directed, then spread on top. Put in refrigerator for 1 hour, then put cool whip on top. Top it off with oreos.

Rebecca B, IL

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Scripture Sunday

"A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation."
Psalms 68:5

"For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father."
Romans 8:15

"But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him."
1 Corinthians 8:6

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Misc. Saturday

Here's is a really different and fun looking salad! Looks like a lot of fun to try! :)


Cherry Coke Salad

1 can (20 oz) crushed pineapple

1/2 cup to 3/4 cup water

2 packages (3 oz each) cherry gelatin

1 can (21 oz) cherry pie filling

3/4 to 1 cup cola

Drain pineapple, reserving juice; set pineapple aside. In a saucepan or microwave, bring pineapple juice & water to a boil. Add gelatin; stir until dissolved. Stir in pie filling & cola. Pour into a serving bowl. Refrigerate until slightly thickened (about an hour-and-a-half) then stir in reserved pineapple. Refrigerate until firm.

- Rebecca B. IL -

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Scrabble Week!

Here is a REALLY CUTE idea on how to make your whole Scrabble board into a photo frame!
Take a look!


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Scrabble Week!

Oh!  It's KILLING me not having any pieces to do these crafts and have pictures!  Sorry ya'll!  :/

Anyway, the idea for today is use Scrabble pieces to make a cute picture frame! 
Take a frame, glue letters around the edges!
Make words or names!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Scrabble Week!

Here are two links on how to make two different types of Scrabble bracelets!  Enjoy!  :)

*Oh!  Make sure to check out the Giveaways on the Giveaway Page!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Scrabble Week!

Here are some very cute Scrabble "charms"! 
You can also just use the plain Scrabble peices too without decorating them!


Sunday, June 12, 2011

Scrabble Week!

Here is the first Scrabble idea! A game! Sounds fun!
And it's not too late to send your idea in! :)

You need the letters to a Scrabble game (the board is not needed),
a timer,
and at least two teams of at two or three people.

Each team gets a turn to take the tiles and use them all up inscrabble fashion. The team with the fastest time wins.

Tracy T. MN

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Scripture Sunday

"Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:"
Romans 3:22-24

"All means All and that's All All means."
Praise the Lord that means ME!!!  :D

Scrabble Week Starts Monday!

Well, Scrabble Week starts Monday!  And I looked all this morning for a Scrabble game at the Thrift stores and couldn't find one!  So I need your help!  I have a couple Scrabble things sent in already but I could use a lot more!  So if you have a cute craft, or a game, or even a cool picture with Scrabble pieces in it please send them in!  It would REALLY help me out!  :)


Here is a yummy idea for a summer treat!  I made these yesterday and they where REALLY good!

Blueberry Popsicles

Vanilla Yogurt
Frozen Blueberries

Mix together using whatever ratios you'd prefer.
I like mine with a lot of berries and only a little yogurt.
Pour into popsicle molds and freeze!
Great for a hot day.


Thursday, June 9, 2011

Game Friday

This sounds really fun! Thanks for sharing it Rebecca! :D


Rhyme Time

Takes 3 or more players.

How to play: The first player starts the game by thinking of two rhyming words-like bench and wrench.

To help the other players guess the rhyming words, the first player shares a clue. She might sat, "It starts as something you can sit on and becomes a tool."

Now the other players have to name things you can sit on. They'll offer possibilities like chair, couch, stool.

When they finally say "bench," the race begins! Players start rhyming out loud until someone come up with the word wrench.

This game can also be be played with a theme like American history, science words or things in the Bible, such as tomb and perfume. As a clue, you might say, "Lazarus spent some time in this place, and this liquid was poured on Jesus' feet."

It's a great game to play in the car or pass the time on a road trip.

Rebecca B, IL

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Recipe Thursday

Banana Boats

You need

chocolate chips

mini marshmallows


Do NOT peel the banana!

Cut two slits on the small curve of the banana and one on the top so you have a flap of peel.

Cut out a slice of the banana (and eat it)and fill the inside with the chips and marshmallows.

Fold the flap of peel back over so it looks like a regular banana.

You might have to smoosh the marshmallows.

Stick in a pan in the oven about 350 degrees and bake till the banana peel is black.

Take them out, open up, and eat with a spoon.

Tracy T. MN

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Hairdo Wednesday

Here is a fun twist, or should I say 'zag', to everyday pig tails! 
A cute and cool summer do!

Zag Tails

First part the hair down the middle in a zig zag part.

Next, complete each triangle and put a small hair rubber band on hair.  As shown below.
Sorry, it's hard to put into words!

Do this all the way down the part.
Now, pull the hair over to it's 'side' and pull into pigtails!

That's it!
Hope that made sense!  If it didn't and you have any questions leave me a comment and I'll try to be more descriptive.  ;)


(Thanks Abby for letting me try this on you!)


Well I'm back from a wonderful week at S.M.I.T.E camp! And trying to get back on routine! So this isn't the normal Kids On Tuesday, just haven't gotten my act together yet. :)

Here is a recipe for Fried Chicken sent in for the Do You Have page!

Thanks for sending it in Rebecca! Looks GREAT!


Southern Fried Chicken

1 Chicken, cut into pieces
1 egg
2 tbs. milk
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. paprika (optional)
shortening or oil

Beat the egg until frothy, then stir in the milk.
Next, salt the pieces of chicken, then dip into the batter, then flour. Fry in a deep skillet, with oil deep enough to cover the chicken. Fry covered for 5 minutes on either side, then fry uncovered until golden brown (about 15 to 20 minutes.) Drain on paper towel.

-Rebecca B, IL-