Thursday, October 31, 2013

Oreo Brownie Bites #Recipe For The Busy Mom

How did Halloween arrive so quickly on our doorstep?

I've raced around this week attempting to cross all the t's and dot every i. The fact of the matter is Wednesday night rolled around and I hand't put finishing touches on Jackson's costume, made the halloween sugar cookies for decorating, made the sweet treat for our office party or even conjured a great idea for our halloween costume contest at work.

Needless to say, a few last touches didn't make it to Jackson's costume and we'll be having cookie decoration festivities post-Halloween. But? The good news is despite a few minor setbacks, the most scrumptious treat I've made all month graced my kitchen last night!

For all you busy mamas, this last minute Halloween recipe is made especially with you in mind...and my co-workers who I promised a sweet treat. 

Now, onto the Oreo Brownie Bites! 

Oreo Brownie Bites #Recipe For The Busy Mom

Oh yes, that's an Oreo being dipped in brownie batter. Prepare yourselves, friends, you may not want to share! 

Now, grab your purse and hit the grocery before that last box of Halloween Oreos is snatched off the shelf! All you'll need is a box of Oreos (Halloween colored or not), a box of brownies and festive toppings. 

Oreo Brownie Bites #Recipe For The Busy Mom 

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease your muffin pan almost excessively (this is key!) then set aside. Prepare brownie batter per the box instructions then break out the Oreos. One by one hand dip the Oreos in the batter and place into muffin tin. Bake for 10-13 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Oreo Brownie Bites #Recipe For The Busy Mom

Once the brownies have baked, be sure to run a plastic knife around the edges in case any spots are sticking to the pan. Remove brownies from pan and allow to cool. Prep your frostings and sprinkles and get to decorating! 

Oreo Brownie Bites #Recipe For The Busy Mom

This recipe was so simple and sinfully delicious! I hope you'll give these Oreo Brownie Bites a try; I'm already dreaming up how they can translate into almost any holiday! Hooray! 

I hope to see you all back here tomorrow for 5 on Friday, and keep an eye out for a post-Halloween cookie decorating activity and printable for the kids!

Happy Halloween, y'all!

*Recipe inspired by Home is Where the Boat Is - linking up with Lambert's Lately, Inspire Me Please Weekend Hop, Link Party Palooza

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Life Created Tuesdays Link Party Week #8

We were so thrilled to see a few more of you joined us last week and can't wait to see your posts again this week. Your links were packed with such creativity!

For those of you joining for the first time, welcome! We are here to create a community! Check out your fellow bloggers' posts and leave a comment on what you love!

Life Created Tuesdays is all about sharing your latest project. Make it. Bake it. Build it. Then come back here or It's A Vol! to link up your latest posts! Let's kick off week eight of Life Created Tuesdays with this week's features!

If you've been featured feel free to grab a "featured" button for your page or sidebar!

 

1) Beth from The First Year shared these delicious looking Orange Sweet Rolls!


2) This amazing Upcycled Sweater Tutorial that Nici from Posed Perfection posted is awesome! We are in awe of her talent! Seriously! 8 Projects from one sweater!



3) If you need some help organizing your cords in super cute way Jenn from I Heart Hands on has you covered!


4) Mary Ellen's molasses pumpkin cookies are sure to be a huge hit for Halloween or Thanksgiving!


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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

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My Heart: On Adoption

A seed was planted in my heart before I could fully grasp the notion of adoption.

I couldn’t have been thirteen when I first heard my calling to adopt. A couple from our church had been in the adoption process for years and were finally preparing to bring their baby home. Even now, I can feel the lump in my throat, tears in my eyes and joy in my heart as I type those words.

Our church rallied around this couple, prayed for them, assisted in fundraising and then after years of paperwork and prayer they were going to be parents, they were bringing their baby home. It was a beautiful thing that first Sunday their son attended church. I remember looking over to the pew where they sat and feeling sheer joy and peace.

Adoption: it was something that I wanted for my life, and I had no wavering in my heart as to this fact.

Years later, I sat in my doctor’s office with a numb heart she told me of infertility issues I'd experience without medical intervention. I thought, perhaps, this is why He planted the seed of adoption in my heart at such a young age. It was to prepare me for that very moment in life. Because in all the sadness of not having biological children, I knew it did not mean I would never be a mother.

I’ve never pushed or even talked too much about my hopes for adoption with Brandon. Mainly, because in a brief mention of it, I could see that his heart wasn’t ready for the idea and I can respect that.

Despite my silence on the topic of adoption in day-to-day life, my heart has by no means closed to this calling. I have spent time reading other blogs dealing with adoption, I’ve supported fundraisers and friends and lifted prayers, but I have never been so close to the adoption process that it moved me body and soul until this year.

This year changed everything. This year the seed grew tenfold. This year my heart was open to the true process of adoption, the good, the bad and the very ugly. This year when I thought I knew all there was to an adoption, my faith was tested, my heart was slain and my call to adopt was given the ultimate test.

And now, I work to collect the truths I've witnessed and how they've altered my heart, my perception of my truths and even more of His truths. I'm still collecting my thoughts on this topic. 

Expect to be back here again before we finish out the 31 Days of Writing My Heart series. If you have any specific thoughts to share on the topic of adoption, I'd love to hear them.


This is the twelfth post in the 31 Days of Writing My Heart series.

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Life Created Tuesdays Link Party #7

Welcome to the Life Created Tuesday link party! I'm so excited you're here!

The Life Created link party is all about sharing your latest project. Whatever is stirring in your heart, baking in your kitchen, gracing your mantel, sitting in your craft room, we want to see it! Make it. Bake it. Build it. Then come back here or It's A Vol! to link up your latest posts.

Let's kick off week seven of Life Created Tuesdays with this week's wonderful features.

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1) Noreen's Milk Jug Ghosts are fun and festive! Halloween is just around the corner y'all!


2) These adorable Fancy Pins fit perfectly into the vision for Evie's big girl room!


3) This Salsa Chicken that Cari shared looks so amazing and family friendly too!


4) Our Canadian friend Jenn is getting up super excited for our own Turkey Day with her Thanksgiving Turkey Craft!




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Peanut Butter Dip #Recipe

The best thing about finding new recipes is the person you keep in mind with each idea. Despite the many arguments from my husband, my Sips and Snacks Pinterest Board is not filled with meaningless recipes. Nope. Each and every one has a person, event or memory in mind.

And just to prove my point, I made this Peanut Butter Dip for Brandon this weekend. I originally pinned this recipe for an office Christmas Party, and over the last year I've made this dip for many parties, tailgates and even the miscellaneous weekend treat. It never disappoints!

3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Dip #Recipe

One last bushel of fresh-picked apples was begging for an easy recipe. So, I grabbed the basics for my go-to fruit dip with a peanut butter twist.

You'll just need whipped cream cheese, marshmallow fluff, and some peanut butter. Mix the ingredients together by hand or by mixer and you have a dip that's ready to serve.

This recipe is truly that simple! Hooray!

3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Dip #Recipe

You can garnish and serve this Peanut Butter Dip with a variety of items. I for one am a big fan of the mini semi-sweet chocolate chips with apple slices...just like a Reeses Dip!!

3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Dip #Recipe

Peanut Butter Dip


Ingredients

7 oz. Marshmallow Fluff
8 oz. Whipped Cream Cheese
1/2 cup Peanut Butter
optional garnish with semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions

Mix together all ingredients with hand mixer or standing mixer.  Garnish with toppings of choice and serve with fresh fruits or cookies.

linking up with Wake Up Wednesdays, Chef In Training, Inspire Me Please Weekend Blog Hop


This is the eleventh post in the 31 Days of Writing My Heart series.

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Must Read Blogs for the Heart

Much of what gets me through the day is spending time reading quality blogs that lift my heart. Blogs that speak truths into my life and inspiration into my tired mama soul. Through the 31 Days series, I've found several of my already favorite blogs are standing out even more and I wanted to share their series with you today.

Each of their topics vary and have created an nice balance on my heart as I've followed my own 31 Days topic. I think they'll have a lovely impact on your hearts as well, and I encourage you to visit these blogs and their series this month!

1. 31 Days of Creating White Space with Erin from Blue Eyed Bride

31 Days of Creating White Space

2. 31 Days of Secrets Moms Keep with Amanda from Life. Edited.

31 Days of Secrets Moms Keep

3. 31 Days of Wild and Free with Jessi from Naptime Diaries


31 Days of Wild and Free

Each of these ladies have placed something unique on my heart already this month. From the laughter of moms snacking on wine and chocolate hidden away from their toddlers, to a wild and free testimony on depression and a reminder that a bit of white space can resound louder in our lives than filling it with noise. 

I hope you'll take some time to read at least a few of the posts from these ladies. Each of their 31 Days titles and buttons are linked to their base post for your easy reference. 

Happy reading and happy Sunday, friends!


This is the tenth post in the 31 Days of Writing My Heart series

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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Finding The Peace.

Much of the push behind the 31 Days of Writing My Heart series stemmed from life hurdling truths my way as I clumsily attempted to catch all that was being thrown at me.

Between parenting, maintaining a happy marriage, working full time, blogging and meeting obligations, my heart was heavy. Not because it was all bad or too much to handle, but because I’d not taken the time to ever digest any of it.

Much of my job as a paralegal, as my boss once stated, is to act as the keeper of the radar. Any and every thing is my responsibility. Any ball we’ve thrown into the air is mine to juggle and pass off at the proper time knowing full well it’ll be mine to handle again shortly thereafter.

As a mother and wife, this keeper of the radar title tends to spill over at home too. I mean as women, we tend to pride ourselves on doing it all, and I am no different.

However, in the midst of doing it all, I’d not taken time to sit and really reflect on the lessons and experiences God had shown me in the latest season of life. I’m talking about the kind of "me" time where you sit in quiet with your thoughts, scripture and an open heart.

Part of my challenge to Write My Heart was to in turn be true to it. I’ve analyzed moments that I’ve lived in the last months, I’ve thanked Him endlessly for opportunities we’ve been presented with and the blessings we’re seeing in life. But this hasn’t stopped the bustle of every day.

This quiet can’t stop the toddler tantrums, chaos at work, cars that breakdown, trips that get cancelled and life that beats to its own drum.

I found myself anxious for the most part yesterday. Stressing over every little thing, from meeting deadlines to planning vacations and getting my kid to the State Fair. I was a frazzled mess over items that would have been better met with confidence and His truths rather than anxiety.

After hours of stress, I shut it all out for ten minutes to reread my devotionals from the past few days and take heart to the words He’s placed in my life as of late. It’s amazing what a few moments of shutting the world off, listening to the desires of your heart and reflecting in His peace can do.

I took a few deep breathes and reapproached the day with a sense of calm and a collected heart.


Be Thankful - Colossians 3:!5

As we enter into the weekend I hope for a couple of days filled with family and laughter. From our wild home to yours, I hope the weekend keeps internal storms at bay and presents you with a happy, peaceful heart.



This is the ninth post in the series 31 Days of Writing My Heart.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Not-So Isolated Mother


In the trenches of motherhood, as your toddler stands at the end of the hallway screaming his guts out, kicking his legs in utter defiance of following your instructions that it's time to get ready for school, one can easily forget they’re not in this alone.

In the trenches of motherhood, as your toddler throws his food to the dogs and pushes his plate away announcing "I no like it. I want candies," one can easily forget they’re not in this alone.

In the trenches of motherhood, as your toddler smears chocolate all over your new couch then round-house kicks you to the eyeball, one can easily forget they’re not in this alone.

In the trenches of motherhood, as your toddler once again throws a monumental tantrum over the dogs’ allowance to go outside and that someone other than said toddler opened the back door, tensions rise, patience is tested, blood begins to bubble, and mom easily forget she’s not in this alone.

These moments of toddler breakdown feel like such isolated moments. In a split second the day has gone from joyful to full-on meltdown and it’s as though the bubble in which you reside is closing in.

What I tend to forget, though, is that in each of these situations an amazing partner has been standing by my side. Too often I let my bubble of motherhood close in too tightly. I allow Jackson’s tantrums to control me, my day and my attitude. I harp on how his behavior has effected my day and my plans.

The reality of this motherhood thing, for me, is that I’m not in this alone. I’m blessed that in each situation, I’ve had my husband by my side enduring these tests along with me. While I’ve been deep in the trenches of motherhood feeling isolated, Brandon has been right there with me waiting for me to widen my perspective.

The trenches of fatherhood test his abilities of reason and patience just as mine are tested as a mother. Our wild emotions are felt just as strongly in our partners. With tiny people ruling our days, it’s all too easy to lose sight of the bigger picture of parenting. 

This isn’t about Jackson or Brandon or even me. This is about all of us as a family unit. 

As I am more intentional with my quiet time, I also pray to be more intentional with recognizing we are in this together. That what effects me effects him. That what I’m enduring he is as well. That the tantrums and chores and tasks of life can be too much for him too. That I’m blessed to have a partner to stand with in this season of life. I want to be intentional about us tackling parenthood and family together.

This is the seventh post in the 31 Days of Writing My Heart series.

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Life Created Tuesdays Link Party #6

Life Created Tuesdays is all about sharing your latest project. Make it. Bake it. Build it. Then come back here or It's A Vol! to link up your latest posts! Let's kick off week six of Life Created Tuesdays with this week's features.

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1) These Monster Apple Bites from Jenn at We Do Fun Here are perfect for the halloween parties we've got coming up!


2) Leslie from Lambert's Lately had us craving a big bowl of her Rotel Soup.



3) What is better than grilled cheese? This Pesto Grilled Cheese from Cari at Adventures of the Roberts!


4) Girl moms are sighing over these adorable Halloween Hairbows that Desiree from Our Version of a Fairytale whipped up!





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Moments of Intentional Quiet

Along with the prompt of 31 Days of Writing My Heart, I've wanted to focus on being true to my heart. Many truths were introduced into my life in the last few months that have resonated in an unexpected manner.

The greatest truth I've learned: I need more of His word.

My heart was missing something. A devotional there, a reading here. I'm an avid prayer. But reading His word is something I have lacked in committing to. So, it's in this season, I'm committing myself to changing this aspect of life.

I'm going to be intentional about spending time each day with His word. 

Seven days into a Soul Detox, and my heart is already feeling fuller. Rather than racing through my devotional as I have in the past, I stop to journal the scripture and my reflections. The first two days I was unsure. To be honest, I've never journaled through a devotional.

Saturday brought a more hectic schedule than usual. The business of the weekend got the best of me, of my time. The morning passed without spending any time reading His word, and I could feel that bit of a void it created. I was craving time with God's truths.

Defiant toddlers, hectic work deadlines and unexpected life turns have weighed heavy on my heart, and in just days of creating intentional time with His word much of that weight was lifted. As I commit myself to my truths, I realize all along I was committing myself to His truths and as the days pass I pray he'll continue to fill these lessons.


This is the sixth post in the series 31 Days of Writing My Heart.

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Chocolate-Dipped Bananas - Halloween Activity

There are a handful of ways I could introduce today's treat. 

A cool mid-day snack. 
A toddler-friendly kitchen recipe. 
A solution to the ripe bananas always to be found in the kitchen. 

However you label it, these Chocolate-Dipped Bananas are a win!

Chocolate-Dipped Bananas  - quick and delicious treat!

Recently, Jackson's love of bananas hit a low point. His love for chocolate, however, is declared each and every day. A boy after his mama's heart. 

So, when an event left me with bags upon bags of extra Hershey bars, I knew chocolate-dipped bananas was one recipe we'd definitely be trying in the 510 House! Frozen bananas have been tempting my Pinterest boards all Summer, and with Fall refusing to cool down these were the ideal treat.

We grabbed some cake pop sticks and halloween themed sprinkles and we were ready!

Chocolate-Dipped Bananas  - quick and delicious treat!

Between me and you, this recipe is best executed with at least one assistant! First up, freeze your bananas on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. Once the bananas are frozen and ready for dipping, the chocolate will harden quickly so your toppings need to be ready to go!

Grab a few shallow dishes for your toppings, and you'll have a nice afternoon activity with the family. Jackson loved getting his hands in on some melted chocolate and sprinkles. Reminder: have a few extra toppings on hand for tasting toddlers and husbands. It's also good incentive for getting everyone involved.

I have a whole list of toppings we'll be testing out with our frozen bananas. Chopped nuts, graham crackers, pistachios, more chocolate :)

Chocolate-Dipped Bananas  - quick and delicious treat!

Chocolate-Dipped Bananas

Ingredients: 

3 large ripe bananas, halved
6 cake pop or popsicle sticks
8 oz. milk or semi-sweet chocolate, melted
sprinkles, chopped nuts, graham crackers (optional toppings)

Directions:

1. Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside. 
2. Place a cake pop or popsicle stick into the halved bananas and place on prepared cookie sheet. Freeze for at least one hour.  
3. Place toppings into shallow dish. Set aside. 
4. Melt chocolate in microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring in between until chocolate is melted.
5. Dip the bananas into chocolate and then toppings. Return to prepared cookie sheet and freeze for at least one hour. Serve when the chocolate has set!

Chocolate-Dipped Bananas  - quick and delicious treat!

*linking up with Home Stories From A to Z, Wake Up Wednesdays, Mostly Homemade Mom, Lambert's Lately, Uncommon Designs

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Fall Bucket List Free Printable

Each year like clockwork Fall slow dances into the South Carolina atmosphere. Your heart anticipates the onset of cooler temps the moment football tickets arrive. Too bad for the South, Mother Nature typically has different plans.

September days pass and you begin to wonder if the 90+ degree days will ever dwindle. Your seatbelt still burns your legs, an hour at the park is the worst kind of parental torture and the humidity oh the humidity

Then, October rolls in and along with it the chill of a Fall morning. Don't fret, afternoons still hit 80+ degrees. But that hour at the park? Much more enjoyable. And those 60+ mornings? The first of the season? They are like no other. Sweaters come out. Boots slip on. A spark is set in this community.

Covering our hearts with newfound grace, Fall is hands down my favorite season.

Last year, I followed this printable as a guide to keep active in the inspiration that this season can bring. I hope you'll join me in printing out the list and having a family-filled Fall!

Fall Bucket List Free Printable

Download your copy of the 2013 Fall Bucket List here!

31 Days of Writing My Heart

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

An Open Letter to The American Politician

Thanks to my early-set internal clock, I was presented with a few moments to catch the morning news over the weekend. I flipped through a few stations, debating which panel of "experts" I’d listen into that morning. CNN won out; shocker, I know.

As I listened to Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas defending the Republican party's stance, I glanced over to see a digital time clock counting each moment of Candy Crowley’s show. At first sight, I wasn’t sure what this clock was but a closer look, and my eyeglasses in place, I confirmed CNN is in fact counting up the minutes, hours, days that our government remains shutdown.

It was in this moment I began to weep. Even now, writing these words, tears are brimming as my heart rests on the reality of the state of our Union.

We are shut down.

Are the American constituents the only ones who realize the severity of the childishness coming from the leaders of our country? Please tell me this isn't so. 

Senators, Congressmen, and even Mr. President, we need you to step up. We need you to put down your armor and agendas and think of the people. We’ve elected you into the most fundamental positions our country offers and here we are sitting in our homes wondering where we went wrong as a nation.

How is it that my toddler’s 2-A class shows more respect to one another in sharing things than the leaders of the world’s greatest nation?

If one were to breakdown the statistics of my household you’d see something along these lines: dual income, two college degrees (one paid off, one still holding 25+ thousand in debt), one starter home (3 bedroom, 2 bath), one child, two dogs, minimal investments and 401k. We are about as "Middle Class" of an American Family you can find and I have news for you: we are not making it.

Forget the shutdown, forget the numbers and charts and budget deadlines. Forget about all of it, I beg of you.

Step outside of your offices there on the Hill and take a walk through some of our Capital’s attractions. Stop and speak to the people in your city. Take a genuine moment to address the average individual voter and inquire as to the stability of their life. 

Don’t have the time? Too busy nailing down which amendment you’ll throw into the next proposed agreement? 
Fine. I’ll break it down for you.

The Middle Class you all so strongly suggest you want to build up is collapsing around you. We are not growing stronger; we are growing weary. Each time paychecks come in, bills go out and bank accounts are left sitting with a measly few dollars. You have not lifted us up as the media would like us to believe. No, you continue to bring us down.

The Middle Class is weeping. The Lower Class is weeping. And at this point, even respected members of the Upper Class are wondering how to make accounts float as they support every member of their families, children, grandchildren, etc.

How long will it take for you all to realize your adolescent issues with one another are the leading cause of our country losing faith in the government. Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, Tea Party supporters, it doesn’t matter, we are first and foremost American. Quit it with the career politician nonsense, quit it with the absurd refusals to comprise and quit testing one another to see just how far you can push a party.

Your country is in mourning, and you are the only ones who can change this.

I beg of you, act like adults.

Sincerely,

A Concerned American Voter


This is the fifth post in the series 31 Days of Writing My Heart. Find the full series here.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Life Created Tuesdays Link Party #5

For those of you joining for the first time, welcome!

Life Created Tuesdays is all about sharing your latest project. Make it. Bake it. Build it. Then come back here or It's A Vol! to link up your latest posts! Each week we'll choose four of the most inspired posts and all links are pinned to our Life Created Pinterest Board...so be sure you're following us there!

Let's kick off week five of Life Created Tuesdays with this week's features! If you've been featured be sure to grab our "featured" button for your side bar!

1) Melissa from Good Things Come in Small Packages wowed us with this beautiful tablescape!



2) This Cinnamon Spiced Applesauce from Jenn at We Do Fun Here looks amazing!



3) For the love of Quidditch, we are in smitten with this Harry Potter Scarf Pattern from Julie at Sum of Their Stories!


4) We are both looking forward to using this Toddler Counting Activity by Laura at My Thoughts - Uniterrupted! Evie and Jack will love it!

 photo ToddlerCountingActivity-1.jpg 




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4) Posting here implies that you give permission for your blog post (including photos) to be featured the next week. We will NEVER remove a watermark or pass your content off as our or own and we will
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5) Posting here gives permission to be added to the Life Created email list. This is one email that goes out every week once the link-up is live. If you do not want to be added to this list but still want to link up please email me or Sarah.



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