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Snow Ice Cream Recipe

Here in West Texas, Spring weather is creeping in and winter is waving goodbye, but there is still snow in other parts of the country, so I thought I’d share a fun treat we made last month when we got seven inches of the white stuff {which is a lot for my part of the world!}


This is a special treat I enjoyed with my great aunt when I was little, and I was excited to share it with Little {and Travis who had never had snow ice cream before}.

It’s very simple. You’ll need:

  • 0161 can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 8 cups of clean snow
  • Optional chocolate or caramel syrup for topping

Little and I collected the snow from the front yard in an area that was untouched by anything {or so it appeared- I’ll just pretend I was right and picked a good spot of clean snow 🙂 }


We gathered our ingredients inside and I let Little do the pouring. I was afraid the snow wouldn’t stay cold, but we used a metal bowl that kept it nice and chilly while we did the prep.


Just pour and stir! We served ours up with some chocolate syrup on top and it was so yummy. You will really be surprised at how much this tastes like vanilla ice cream! It’s so good. Kids love making it too.



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Kitchen Table Classroom: “Gooblic”

It’s been too long. After baby girl left, we still haven’t had any calls for foster or legal risk babies. Well, I take that back, we haven’t had any calls for kids that were right for us. It’s been very slow and very quiet. Maybe God knew I needed that before diving back into another situation. It’s hard to not feel anxious though. But, in the meantime, things return to normal. Continue reading

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Jasper, Our Elf on the Shelf

This year with everything going on with baby girl {and me being hit with a horrible stomach bug and then a cold}, Jasper hasn’t been very active. However, last year he was a real stinker, so I thought I would do a post sharing his antics with you to give you some cute Elf on the Shelf ideas for Christmas! Continue reading

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Holiday Mail for Heroes 2012

Last year my family and I participated in the Red Cross’s Holiday Mail for Heroes program and we really loved knowing we were doing something special for our troops. These cards DO make it to the soldiers {despite what some internet rumors have said}. I even checked on 🙂

All you have to do is buy a simple card {or make one yourself}, include a personal note of thanks or holiday wishes, sign it, and mail it to the following address:

Holiday Mail for Heroes
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

Last year when I introduced this idea to my family, I was worried they might think it was a little cheesy, but I think everyone genuinely loved the idea of taking time out of our Thanksgiving day to thank the men and women who have sacrificed so much for us. I passed out cards to everyone at our Thanksgiving lunch, each person filled one out, then I bundled them all together in one large mailing envelope. We will certainly be doing this again this year. What a better way to teach our children how to reach out to others and show true gratitude?

Visit the Red Cross website {I linked to it above} for more details regarding the do’s and don’ts of your holiday cards. It doesn’t take much to make a soldier feel closer to those of us at home and to know that they are remembered this Christmas.

Happy Thanksgiving!


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A New Leg in Our Journey

I have been waiting all week to post this!

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Halloween Pumpkin Party

Some sweet friends of ours threw a fun pumpkin-carving party on Saturday complete with delicious treats and prizes for the best pumpkin creation. I took the contest VERY seriously and spent all week looking up ideas for our pumpkins. Continue reading


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Spooky Cute Halloween Crafts

Today we enjoyed watching two little ones for one of my friends, and Little always enjoys when they’re visiting. I knew I would have them all day, so I did not just want to wing it and hope for the best. I’m a planner, and having two more children than I usually do under my watch gave me just enough justified fear to actually plan and organize our day. It paid off nicely. Continue reading


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Kitchen Table Classroom: Week in Review

We’ve made it through our first week of Mommy School! I had no idea it would wear me out so much. I’m exhausted! I shared with you all the activities we did on Monday and Tuesday in my first Kitchen Table Classroom post. We practiced cutting with safety scissors, gluing, painting and coloring. We learned the names of the days of the week this week, talked about all of the great things God has made, and started memorizing Matthew 5:16. All in all, it’s been a great week. Continue reading

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Kitchen Table Classroom: 1st Ed.

Yesterday was the first day of school for most area schools in our neck of the woods. Travis headed back bright and early to start marching practice. In some ways regarding our adoption journey, this summer felt like an eternity, but in other ways it seemed to fly by. I’ve been stock-piling ideas to try out with Buggy this fall for the past month or so. I wanted to start the week off on the right foot. Continue reading


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Fall 2012 Stay at Home Mom Schedule

It’s been a while y’all! I think I needed a bit of a blogging break. Things were getting crazy around here and I just couldn’t keep up with it all, so the blog had to take a backseat. Actually, my blog got kicked out of the car and tied to the back bumper. It survived, unlike the dog in National Lampoon’s Summer Vacation.
And so here we are again! Continue reading


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