OK Let us be honest here, no one likes huge monthly bills, especially knowing you can find your favorite content online for a fraction of the price. So, how do you cut the cables? There are several ways to still watch your favorite shows and entertain the family. First you can buy a digital antenna that will pick up many local channels for local news and of course: FOOTBALL!!

Then there are the oh so popular options of purchasing a streaming player. This little magical boxes/devices can stream your favorite shows and/or movies from your wireless internet. Yes, you read that right, you must have wireless internet. These boxes partner with many companies to live stream many TV shows and even movies. Amazon sells many streaming boxes such as Apple TV (around $100, Roku (around $40), and is now taking pre orders fore their new Fire Stick HERE for only $19 (deal ends TODAY).

Today is the LAST day to get it for $19!!! Yes under $20 gets you live streaming entertainment straight to your TV and FREE Amazon Prime for 30 days. You can finally cut those cables!! So what are you waiting for?!? 


There is nothing like the great outdoors, especially when you are camping.  Here is a clever and easy way to cook outdoors with supplies you probably have lying around the house.

What you need: 
    - 1 large empty clean can, gallon size 
    - 1 empty, cleaned tuna can 
    - cardboard strips, just wider than the height of the tuna can 
    - church key can opener, the ones used for cans of juice (makes triangle openings) 
    - good scissors
    - paraffin wax or unscented candles - melted


    1. With tin snips, cut door in can on open end. 
    2. With church key can opener, punch vent holes along the top of can 
    3. Spiral cardboard strips into tuna can 
    4. Pour melted wax into tuna can

Light the cardboard from the center and wait until the candle has a good fire.

Find a cutie and let them help you cook outdoors. We cooked cheeseburgers. However we have done pancakes with this method as well. 

Mmmmmm Mmmmmmmm.

Blessings ~ Chrissy


Oh wow just thinking about one of those big colorful cookie cakes from that "Patriotic Cookie Cake" store gets my mouth watering every single time! But as you know their yummy cakes can cost $35-$40. Now with this recipe you can DO IT YOURSELF.
So avoid the mall and make an amazing oh so yummy cooke cake at home!
It is SO easy and only 3 Ingredients.
DIY 3 Ingredient Cookie Cake (Makes 2 Cakes):
2 tubes of Chocolate Chip cookie dough
1/4 cup of Light Corn Syrup
Cooking Spray
2 x 16'' Pizza Pans
Prepare both pans with non-stick cooking spray.
Pre-heat oven to 350* F.
Measure out Corn Syrup and break up the 2 tubes of cookie dough.

In a large mixing bowl mix corn syrup and cookie dough throughly.

Divide mix in half or leave whole, for super thick cookie cake, and spread into pizza pans evenly.

Once again this recip can be divided into 2 cakes, or if your pan is deep enough, you can make one thick cookie cake (cooking time may vary).

Cook your home-made DIY cookie cake for 12-15 min or until toothpick is inserted and comes out clean.


Blessings ~ Chrissy


The only chicken and dumplings I've ever had are those served at Cracker Barrel. Having worked there during my college years, I've had my fair share of them. So when the time came to cook them at home for the first time, I wanted them to be as close to the famous CB ones as possible. I think I did pretty good. Also, I never seem to have enough chicken stock in the house, so I keep bouillon handy for this recipe.

Chicken and Dumplings


3 raw chicken breasts
8 cubes of chicken bouillon
8 cups of water
2 cups flour
2 Tbs Crisco
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup of milk
Salt/Pepper to taste

Step 1

In a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and 1/2 tsp salt. Cut in the Crisco with a fork. Stir in the milk until the dough forms a ball. Set aside.

Step 2

In a pot, combine the water and bouillon cubes. Heat on medium-high, until the cubes dissolve. Then add the raw chicken breasts. Boil the chicken breasts for about 20 minutes or until no longer pink inside. Once cooked, remove the chicken breasts and allow to cool slightly. Turn the burner down to medium heat.

Step 3

Heavily flour a rolling surface. Divide the dough in half (it's easier to work with) and roll each half thinly. Cut into squares (I use a pizza cutter). 

Step 4

Add the dumplings one at a time to the boiling broth. Stirring them in (I let the kids drop them in). Cook for about 15-20 minutes. They will thicken the broth. 

Step 5

Shred the cooked chicken breasts and add the meat to the dumplings and broth. Heat through, season with salt/pepper to taste.


Recently, I purchased Candy Corn. A candy I fully admit to hating. I thought I could implement it into our math lessons during Homeschool in October. But really, it's just a big bag of distraction. I don't know why I thought we could count Candy Corn without wanting to eat it all. So I put it up until I could decide what to do with it all. 

 Each fall/winter, as the temperature begins to drop, my girls begin requesting cocoa in the mornings. So as a way of using up the Candy Corn, we began making Candy Corn Cocoa. It's easy and actually tastes good (like an Orange Creamsicle). 

 Candy Corn Cocoa 


 2 cups milk 
1/4 cup white chocolate chips 
1/4 cup Candy Corn 
The peel of one orange (use a vegetable peeler, try to get only the orange peel and not the white underneath) 
1/2 tsp vanilla extract 
Pinch of salt 
Whipped Cream/
Candy Corn for topping 

 Step 1

In a saucepan, combine the milk, chocolate chips, candy corn, orange peel, extract, and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until the chocolate and candy corn has melted and the mixture is smooth.

Step 2

Strain out the orange peel and pour into cups. Garnish with whipped cream and a Candy Corn.