I love cookies!!


Thanks for stopping by today!  Over the holiday break, we baked, cooked and ate A LOT!  With the New Year's Resolution to "cut back" and "eating healthier" - our sugar levels have been dropped - but we still LOVE cookies in my family!

My sweet father-in-law sent home a bag of fresh pecan halves with the hopes of receiving some Pecan Sandies!  I had to make 'em - used this recipe here and they turned out great!  The only tweak that I made was - using 1/2 cup of white and 1/2 cup of brown sugars instead of all white sugar.

The next cookie that we really like and can whip up FAST - "DON'T JUDGE" - are these...  Chocolate chip caramel cookies!  They are the ready-to-bake from a package with a mini ROLO candy smashed and placed in the middle of a cookie that's still in the oven.  I cook the cookie for 9 minutes - place the rolo candy  in the center and continue to cook for an additional 4 minutes! YUM!

Yes!  We love cookies - What cookies do you like?  Would love the hear your favorite cookie!  Remember to hug the ones you love the most, until next time...

Happy New Year 2015 (Recipe Swap for Lentil Black-eyed Pea Soup)

Happy New Year!

Wishing you and your family a FABULOUS year ahead of happiness and good health!

We are celebrating at HOME - our weather here in the panhandle of TEXAS is very, very cold!  Thankfully, we are able to stay indoors and REST!  Very grateful for a job that allows us to be home with our boys during the holidays.

Here is a new recipe that we have enjoyed and are sharing with you for the tradition of New Year's Day!  

Found this recipe on my favorite youtube cooking channel - Laura Vitale - she is so AWESOME; including videos of how-to when she cooks - and there are so many recipes...  Here is a link to that recipe  - the only tweak that I've made is adding a can of black-eyed peas!  In Italy, they eat this lentil soup on New Year's Day - in America we eat black-eyed peas... that's why I've added this in the soup!  We love it - it even has KV's 2 thumbs up approval (which is very hard to get!!)

New Year's Day Lentil Black-eyed Pea Soup

10 oz of Brown Lentils; rinsed well

1/2 cup of any tomato product (I use a Sun-dried Tomato Pesto)

2 or 3 Cloves of Garlic, peeled but not chopped

3 Stalks of Celery, sliced

2 Tbsp of Parsley, chopped 
1 1/2 Tbsp of Olive Oil                                                                                                                1 can Black-eyed Peas 
Salt and Pepper, to taste 
1-1/2 cups of Short Cut Pasta

Fill a large pot 2/3 of the way with water. Add the lentils, tomato pesto, garlic, parsley, celery and olive oil and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat a simmer and cook the soup for about 1 hour to 1 hour and a half or until the lentils are soft and tender.   Add the pasta along with black-eyed peas, salt and pepper; cook until the pasta is cooked al dente. Cover the pot with a lid and let the soup sit off the heat for 10 minutes. 

Enjoy!  Thanks for dropping by!  If you fix this recipe, would love your feedback!  Let me know how you fixed this for your family!  

Remember to hug the ones you love the most... until next time!

2014 Family Pictures

Here are some family pictures that we were able to have made while Andy Hayes was home in Texas. 

My babies are GONE and the youngest is the tallest!  LOL!
Andy is 25, Alex is 18 and Aric is 15!

Remember to hug the ones you love the most... 
until next time!

2014 November Card Swap - "Christmas"

Welcome! This post will feature the cards from this month's swap.  

The challenge was to create a card and envelope with a CHRISTMAS theme, incorporate an ornament of some kind with something "SHINY".

We had 4 ladies this month rise up to the challenge!  These cards are so CREATIVE...  you will be inspired!






Plan B

Inspired yet?  Next card swap will be in JANUARY - the challenge will be a "valentine" cards...  Here is a link to the October Card Swap.  Be sure and check back soon! 

Remember to hug the ones you love the most, until next time...

October 2014 "Harvest" Card Swap

Finally getting to post these incredible cards from our OCTOBER Card Swap! 

The challenge this month was to design and create a card with a theme of HARVEST and to incorporate a FALL ICON of some sort with the card and a POCKET!  This was a FUN swap to design for... enjoyed this challenge.   Hope you find some inspiration from these creations! 







Hope you enjoyed this card swap!  These cards really are FALL-SOME!  Next month will feature cards with a "Christmas" theme along with a matching envelope... The challenge is to incorporate an ORNAMENT some way! Here's a link to last month's card swap here - September.  

Thanks for stopping by and letting us share our card swaps! Remember to hug the ones you love the most... until next time!

Daily Bible Verse

Play "Bubbles"