Mugs and Muffins

52 Weeks of Literature Fun- Week 3: Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss

Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss An all-time classic- must read, according to my kids and students. Out of our #52weeksofliteraturefun my kids said this was in the top 3. I asked them to pick 5 book reads they think every class or family should read aloud and this is #1. As you can guess, it’s been read several…

Mrs. Kerry’s Wild Rice Soup

What’s your favorite soup of all time? Do you have a favorite soup that is requested often? On a cold, gloomy day, this soup will warm any soul. It’s one of the soups that is thick and hearty like a stew. Mrs. Kerry would bring it to church potluck or a late night dinner after caroling in town. Here is…

52 Weeks of Literature Fun- Week 2: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Last week we looked at our first Oceans and Island themed books, Call It Courage. Week 2 of 52 Weeks of Literature Fun includes another classic and we included in our “oceans read aloud book group” many are familiar with, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. In our reading literature schedule, the older children really appreciated…

Tortilla Round Up- 45+ Good Eats You Can Make With Tortillas!

Kids LOVE tortillas. Over the years we have come to know so many things that are great that have the main ingredient- TORTILLAS. If you do not know how to make them, check out my recipe. In the meantime, they are also fairly cheap, even the different dollar store type chains carry them. The best price is our local grocery…

Campfire Chicken Pot Pie (Or quick oven option)

Dutch oven on the campfire warming some diced chicken! Add your favorite seasonings. We add 1 teaspoon of salt and pepper. Add 1 Tablespoon of minced garlic. Stir in hot dutch oven with warm chicken. Return to heat until chicken is fully cooked. Next, add 5 cans of mixed vegetables and 2 cans of cream soup. We add 1 can…

Tator Tot Hotdish (with 5+ variations)

I don’t know about your house, but this classic go- to recipe is a hit in our home! Oddly enough, I just assumed everyone has heard of tator tot hotidish. Well, you know what assuming does… One day my hubs was at work discussing classic meals that are always hits. Tator tot hot dish was one everyone participated in except…

Cranberry Salsa Recipe

What is better than fresh hot buttermilk pancakes with real maple syrup? Cranberry Salsa!!! Don’t let that fool you by the name, if anything it could be a mock jalapeño berry jelly! Add this quick and simple recipe to the breakfast table for the holidays! Begin with softening your cranberries by boiling 3 cups of cranberries. Next, prepare your food…

Mugs and Muffins Devotional

As you may know, our Ladies Bible Study meets Fridays! Oh, how I love to meet with these ladies. Their sweet spirit and excitement to be used of God continually encourages my heart! However, I would like to offer a weekly devotion to those afar or whom would like a weekend devotion. Enjoy! Mugs & Muffins! Today’s Muffin is Banana…

Autumn Camping and Dutch Oven Love

One of the best things about camping is the fresh crisp morning air, loons calling across the lake, calm clear water, fish following the canoe along each shore line, lots of sunshine, all day swimming adventures, and OH, camp food! We cannot forget about camp food, especially with a group of hungry teens or guys that spent all day fishing.…

Taco Soup for a crowd in less than 30 minutes!

Bring on the Autumn Soup Season! It is beautiful painted outside, why not bring it to the table also, it’s a beautiful thing! Whether you are scouring the internet for great recipes to use up those maters or the last bit of corn that will not fit in an already stuffed freezer, or simply searching for that great fall recipe…

52 Weeks of Literature Fun- Week 1: Call It Courage

52 Weeks of Literature Fun will include a book with activities and printables we have enjoyed for each book. Depending on the age of your students and how you are implementing this into your day; the activities listed below shall aid in finding learning curves, fun summer ideas to go with extra read aloud book or in creating a literature…

DIY Starbucks Pumpkin Scones Recipe

Starbucks is known for a few things. Honestly it is not a “big” thing here. We have a few “small” non- franchise coffee shops within a 1/2 hour commute that people will pass up Starbuck any day to drive there. However, having had Starbucks several times, they do have good coffee and some baked goods not found at the local…

Mexican Scallop Delight

Perhaps our new favorite squash to grow is this beauty, Early Scallop Squash. After 45 days, this big pile of bushy greens, begins to pop out small white scallops of squash. The flesh is a soft and creamy in color and makes many great dishes. So with so many favorite squashes and your ordinary way of cooking, baking and eating…

52 Weeks of Literature Fun

Books, books books!!! We absolutely love to read!!! Reading is especially enjoyable when it comes to life. Whether we are reading about a foreign country, a new adventure or a prize winning recipe; making the book come alive leaves a memorable experience and great opportunities to explore while learning. Over the next 52 weeks I will pick a book and…

Carrot Cake Jam

Jellies and Jams are a staple for any family with children. For some, a delicacy. Over the years, my children had identified their go-to favorites for delicious sandwich jelly and jams, as well as their absolute favorite delicacies. “We need more _____________ jam, can you please make more soon.” What is that favorite, perhaps generational recipe for your household? If…

World Best Pumpkin Bars (*A Large family Pumpkin Pie Cheat*)

Pumpkin. Need I say more? Not pumpkin pie filling, but the pure flesh of a fresh pumpkin, NUM! We bake our Amish Pumpkin Pie pumpkins straight from the garden. After baking, we cool and make pumpkin puree in the blender. Next we set aside all we will immediately use and store the rest in the freezer for winter usage. Pumpkin…

Sweet Squash Cakes

As crazy as this sounds, winter squash cakes are delicious! Perhaps it’s the fact that I love breakfast comfort food. Maybe it’s my love for winter squashed baked to perfection with melted butter running down the sides (like my pancakes). Either way, the fact that I can combine those two items for breakfast is absolutely wonderful. This recipe is so…

Garden Muffins

Having a flexible recipe is just that, flexible. But, how do share a recipe based on indefinites? LOL. Well, to cut to the chase I will share it by the recipe I made last since it was delicious! Feel free to half the recipe, but this feed my tribe (1) breakfast and (2) snacks. Or 24 regular (full) muffins. In…


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