Category Archives: Favorite things

Christmas Advent Calendar

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Christmas Advent Calendar

I wanted to add something different to our stair garland and saw a few ideas on Pinterst.com and Etsy.com. I went to Hobby Lobby and got these fantastic little gift bags in Chevron print for .49 a piece. I found the stamped numbers on Etsy. (I will include the link below.) I put little treats like smarties, little bags of goldfish crackers and cookies and a different Christmas activity we can do each day. So far, we’ve had a great time counting down to Santa! Today’s activity was to make a snowman craft.

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Advent Calendar day numbers are from Gnomenotes on Etsy.com.

Southern sweet tea & Tervis Tumbler

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As a Southerner, I like nothing better on a hot lazy summer day than sweet tea. What I don’t like is messing with boiling tea bags and waiting for tea to cool. Well, now I have found the quickest and easiest way to have fresh brewed sweet tea! I ordered Celestial Seasonings “Southern Sweet” black tea for my Keurig and I absolutely love it! You just brew it over ice and immediately have a great glass of sweet tea.

Another Southern favorite of mine is Tervis Tumbler. It’s the BEST insulated tumbler with a lifetime warranty and made in the USA. You can get them in hundreds of different themes and sizes. I have a collection of different sizes but my favorite is the 24 ounce tumbler. Here’s a link to their website: Tervis Enjoy!

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Pepperplate

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I am so excited to spread the gospel of Pepperplate! I am a busy wife and mother of an energetic two year old, so it’s very easy for me to get lost in all the chaos of our daily lives. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked up to find that it’s 6pm and I have to come up with dinner from whatever is currently in our fridge. Well, that was before my Pepperplate app!! (if you do not have an apple product you can access the program directly at Pepperplate.com) With Pepperplate I can index new and old recipes electronically, form weekly or monthly meal plans and create shopping lists from my meal plans, and download recipes directly from supported websites. This has been such a huge stress reliever for me and I hope you find it useful too!

Specs from the website:

Manage your recipes –
Import and edit recipes from the most popular recipe sites by simply pasting a URL.
Add and edit your own recipes
Create your own unlimited categories to organize your recipe library.

Plan meals and create shopping Lists – (My favorite part & big time saver)
Plan menus for special events or regular meals.
Add meals and recipes to the calendar so you’re always on schedule.
Automatically arrange your shopping list the way you shop in the store.
Scale recipes to make the right amount.

Cook with ease –
Cook several recipes at the same time and set timers for each one.
iPad Cook Mode prevents screen from dimming.
Eliminate stacks of books and piles of paper in the kitchen.
Recipes, menus and schedules appear on the iPad without connecting to a computer.

Be mobile –
Carry your shopping list with you and add to it in store with your recipe collection (no internet connection required).
Monitor cooking time without being tied to the kitchen.
Track and update timers remotely.

I’m sure you can see all the reasons for my infatuation with this program! I encourage you to check it out. Enjoy!