Crazy Wonderful Days


Posted on: November 3, 2017

This is the Chili that I think of when I think Chili — it is the one that my mom has made for as long as I can remember!   Growing up (and I still do!) we would put this Chili over mashed potatoes!!   When I make it now, my husband puts his over elbow macaroni (which is how he did it growing up!)  So I ask you… how do you eat your Chili??

Click here to see the recipe:

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Thanksgiving is right around the corner!!  There are less days of school this month (it’s hard to believe that we are this far into the year, isn’t it?!?!?).  Check out these FREE fun Thanksgiving Jokes and check back for more fall themed and Christmas (EEEK!) jokes!!  How easy to just print and cut!?!?!   Click the link below for the .pdf file!

Lunchbox Notes – Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving - Lunch box Notes

When Munchkin started 2nd grade, was able to read pretty well, and beginning to really love jokes, I started printing jokes and to put in the lunchbox!  Munchkin LOVED it and I send about 3-4 each day!  (Sometimes I throw a sweet note from me in the mix!)

Here’s how I do it!

Open Microsoft Word and select a Business Card template.  When I open my Word program, the 3rd option that comes up is this Business Card template:

How to make lunch box notes

I then delete all the content, begin typing jokes/notes, and spruce them up with graphics!

You can buy the special business card paper, but I just print on cardstock or standard printer paper and cut out the jokes!

Try it out!!   Let me know how it goes!!


You can click a link below and just print one of the files I created!

Thanksgiving Lunch Jokes

So a friend of mine posted on Facebook her dislike of meal and menu planning which sparked comments from other friends about how they complete this tedious task in their routines.

I must admit that I have not always been regimen with this task myself.  When my husband and I were first married, I cooked (and when I say cook, I mean like 4 course meals! LOL) almost every night – I allowed myself to cook “from a box” once a week.  As time went on, I went back to school for my master’s degree, then I got pregnant with Munchkin and there seemed to be less time to dedicate to this task.  Fast forward to life with two kids and I have been “on” and “off” with routines for days that I plan, grocery shop, etc.  We always eat, but it isn’t always a structured well planned out meal.  So how might we fix this problem?

Well, one of the people that commented to my friend’s Facebook post that she uses something called, Plan to Eat.  So I thought I would check it out…

Here is what I found:

First, I found the website, which is:

At the top right, I clicked on the arrow pointing to the right labeled Tour to start reading what this has to offer.  At the very very bottom, there is a video that you can watch that shows how you can input your recipes from cookbooks, family/friends, online, etc, add them to a calendar for planning, create a grocery list and even download an app to view it all!  Sounds pretty awesome to me!  But do I want to commit?

Well, there is a 30 day free trial – NO PAYMENT INFORMATION REQUIRED!   (How awesome is that?!?!)

So sign me up!!  If I like it, I will sign up for a membership during their Black Friday Special!  I will post another blog entry after trying it!  If you check it out, let me know your thoughts!!

Who doesn’t like FREE samples?  Check out the following link to claim your FREE sample from U by Kotex!  There are 8 different options so make sure you pick the one that you want (they only let you claim one).

We had some friends over last night and they brought the Ice Cream Ball for Munchkin and Monkey to have some fun while making homemade ice cream!!  (I did find it for sale at, here).


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I can honestly tell you that I was VERY apprehensive to try these pancakes. I can’t stand sweet potatoes (in any form) and since this recipe packs one-half cup per 10 pancakes, I thought for sure that was all I would taste! I am thrilled to say, I was wrong!! Not only are they delicious, but they may just be the best pancakes I have ever had!!! And I don’t think that I’ll revert back to the ‘old-fashioned’ way! 🙂 Here’s how I make them:

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