Winner Announced: OAMC’s Family Favorites

Congratulations Jolyn (from McCombMoneySavers)- You are the winner of the Once A Month Cooking Family Favorites Cookbook!  I’ve sent an email to you so just email me back and claim your prize!

I  hope you enjoy the cookbook and find it as useful as I have!

In other new today, I’m keeping things brief today!  I just finished my final exam for my counseling course (yay!) and have a Math midterm (ohhh, please pray!) to focus on.  We had plans to pick apples today, but it’s been wet and the forecast predicts SNOW, so we are taking things one moment at a time.  Roy & I have a DATE NIGHT planned tonight – and I’m looking forward to some time with him!  Our church is hosting a Date Night for couples and I’m really excited about it!

Otherwise – hope you all have a terrific weekend.  Oh – if you’re looking for some GREAT recipes, not only will you find them at The Better Baker – you should also visit Stop and Smell the Chocolates!  Lisa has hosted a Fall Fruits Festival at her site and I’ve seen some YUMMO recipes!  Today the festival culminates in recipes involving, what else?  CHOCOLATE – and she’s offering a giveaway for all 5 days so if you have some great Fall Fruit recipes – post and link up before the deadline!

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Happy Coffee Day!

Okay – I’m back to Coffee after a few tea posts!  I enjoyed a large cup of my favorite shop coffee this morning, but am settling in for a nice cup of afternoon tea for the moment.  Rainy, wet, dreary kind of day – but it’s warm and cozy in our home, so I’m snuggling in.

After a few tea posts, I’m glad to get back to some Company Girl Coffee talk!  But its because I have a very exciting announcement:

I’m the New Owner of Mommies Coffee Break!!!

While this will continue to be my personal blog, I have really felt God speaking to my heart about ministering to women online in a little bit different manner.  Many of the sweet people who follow me here and leave comments are already good friends of mine, and I hope you’ll all be able to follow me in both places.

It’s going to get a bit of a sprucing up in the next week or two, and then I’ll be digging into some good stuff.  I’ll be keeping up here – but things will probably be shorter (and hopefully, sweeter, too!)

If you aren’t subscribed here, just click the icons in the top left of the page – you can subscribe by email or by a reader – your choice.  And be sure to subscribe to Mommies Coffee Break, too!

I’ve always thought I might have a couple of personalities, so we’ll see how they play out online. LOL!

Rachel Anne at Home Sanctuary mourns some fashion hits & misses of her youth today.  Makes me laugh.

As far as fashion is concerned, I don’t always like what is “popular” – but I tend to gravitate towards the classics with a twist.  I prefer NOT to wear black.  Ever.  I really enjoy Navy and Chocolate if I’ve got to go dark…

When I was younger, I liked to wear some brighter colors (turquoise, pink, mint green)! Thankfully, I was blessed with some nice hand me downs from gals with GREAT fashion sense (for the most part) and I was able to enjoy some outfits during Jr Hi and High School that I wistfully remember to this day.  Being an 80’s chick – I had the perm and some big hair and used banana clips like God himself created them.  (No I don’t have photos to digitally load.  Seriously, people…  But I’ve got, ahem,”friends” on Facebook who have posted a couple…)

I’d prefer to spruce up my wardrobe, but I’ll wait until Georgie realizes that smearing spaghetti sauce in her hair isn’t cute EVERY time…  Until then, I’ll enjoy the Tshirts and comfy pants and running around in sandals most of the year…

Hey – my greatest fashion accessory (besides my beautiful girls) is a GiNormous Cuppa Coffee, so as far as Fashion is concerned – I’m the IT girl!!!

P.S. – I’ve got a cookbook giveaway going on here through 10/15 – click here to find out how to enter!


Cookbook Giveaway: Once-A-Month Cooking Family Favorites

cookbookcoverWhen I read about the opportunity to review a new cookbook from the Once-A-Month Cooking (OAMC) gals – I was REALLY excited.  While I do love to cook, I do NOT enjoy the daily cleanup.  I wanted to see what tips & tricks – as well as recipes – the Family Favorites cookbook had to offer, and I was pleasantly surprised.

I immediately dug into the Introduction section, and found the tips and recommendations to be DO-able!  I was glad to see that I wasn’t being told to invest in a lot of containers and new products that required more storage space – but instead was advised to use good freezer bags and my regular freezer to store everything.  Yay!

My favorite part of the cookbook, as I was reading it page by page, was the layout.  Broken down into One-month cycles with coordinating pantry list, freezing supplies, shopping list, and preparation order – I could see how simple preparing a month’s worth of meals could really be.  And there are 2 One-month cycles, as well as several Two-week cycles.  One of the recommendations in the Intro section is to cook with a friend, so for someone like me with a small prep space, that idea is very workable!

authorphotoThe authors of the OAMC books, Mimi Wilson and Mary Beth Lagerborg, have much experience with cooking, and have developed a very friendly system for meal planning, in my opinion! The coordinating recipes for each month’s cycle contained many recipes that my family would actually eat and enjoy.  No bizarre recipes or unusual ingredients.  Recipes like:

  • Creamy Chicken Enchiladas – p. 36
  • Chicken Broccoli Casserole – p. 32
  • Macaroni – p. 118

Not only that, but I was actually intrigued by many of the fish dishes since I don’t cook fish.  However, I’m considering the Tilapia Fillets (p. 134) because we want to eat more fish, more often, and this recipe seems very simple.

Since the cookbook also offers several Two-week cycles (which appeals to me as I’m usually buying groceries every two weeks, and would be more manageable to prepare ahead in my own kitchen), I’m going to start with one of them and see how it goes.  The Two-week cycles include a Gluten-Free plan, a Summer Two-week plan, and even a Gourmet plan!

I’m so thankful for my free copy of this cookbook – it’s one I’m really excited about not just reading but applying to help with meal planning, and planning ahead for my family!

Giveaway!

So here’s the fun part!  Not only did I get a free copy to review, but I got one copy to give away to one of my readers!  If you enjoy cooking, the recipes are very friendly – and if you’re looking for a Do-able plan for freezer meals and menu planning, this could be a great tool in your kitchen!

How to Enter:

Required: Leave a comment telling me if you’ve ever tried Once-A-Month cooking – how it has worked or not worked for you – and/or how you handle meal planning for yourself or your family now. Make sure your email address is included in your comment entry.  (If you don’t leave a comment for this, you won’t be entered.)

Extra Entries:

1. Twitter about this giveaway once daily thru 10/15/09 – leave your twitter id/link for each entry. (1 xtra entry per  Tweet).

2. Link to this post on your blog. (1 xtra entry)

3. Share on Facebook and leave me a comment with your FB link. (1 xtra entry)

***Contest ends Thursday, 10/15/09 at 11:59 pm.  Winner will be contacted via email and announced on Friday, 10/16/09.***

You can read my disclosure policy here.



Marvy Monday

Sorry this is a late post!  I spent the morning at Curly’s school – I’m going to be volunteering there a few mornings a month while she’s in class – helping with teacher projects and clerical stuff.  YAY!  Just a couple of mornings a month – although I’d love to spend more time there cutting out letters for bulletin boards – copying, collating and stapling – laminating!

But I’m really trying to shift my focus.  My focus has been “off” for some time.  I’ve been flying by the seat of my pants – struggling to GET and STAY motivated with projects and housework and being a wife and mom.

I’ve read and heard some pretty convicting stuff lately and know I have much to surrender.

Today, Roy stayed home with Georgie while I was at school – and they’re all napping now, so I am going to do some straightening, get my focus for the week on track (asking God to take the pilot’s seat since I’m really just a passenger) and getting things in order.

God has been doing EXCITING things in my life – in our home – in our family – and while I could really busy myself up (and have the inclination to do so), today I am going to work on laundry and bake some cookies for my family and enjoy our time together.

In the meantime, if you’re looking for some great recipes or inspiration in the kitchen, visit my mom’s blog: The Better Baker!


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Company Coffee Girls: Let’s Have Tea!

Some of you may enjoy a rich, roast of your morning coffee – and I certainly do – but many of you also enjoy your tea – and I have a great fondness for tea, too… I posted about tea yesterday so feel free to visit and leave your comments – would love to know what tea you love and why…

Fall is certainly upon us.  It got rainy and cool, and then it got rainy and cold.  Brrrr!!!  Time for jackets and hats.  Time for soups and stews.  Time for coffee and tea!  (Like I can’t find a reason to enjoy either any other time of year…)

Yesterday surprised us with a bright, sunny day – but it is raining heavily today and gloomy.  A nice cup of tea chases the gloomies away for me.  How about you?

Fall makes me want to get in the kitchen and go crazy baking and cooking. So I did. I baked an Oatmeal Loaf (Yum-O!) and baked a few Shortbread cookies (made with a crown cookie cutter of course…)  They are sinfully delicious using 1 cup butter, and are a perfect accompaniment to a great cup of tea.

I started collecting teapots – and tea-themed lovelies – about10 years ago.  I had a “thing” for Victoriana – lacy, frilly, girly stuff – and a friend bought me a gorgeous teapot with burgundy roses.  I was so enamored with it, I began visiting flea markets to find more!  And when we started having “Secret Santa” at work – that’s when my collection really came to life.  Teapots, teasets, books about tea – sigh…  They’re like little pieces of my friends from long ago that I still get to keep with me. I don’t have a picture of any of them, though, so it’s something I should work on!

For this week, I’ve been more focused on getting some things in order at home and bringing peace – had some good days and some not so good days – but will keep trying.  Getting rid of some old, and decluttering, cleaning – busy work that never ends…

Time to get my family up.  Have a lovely day!

Tea-Time Thursday…

Mmmmm – Fall is just another reason to cozy up with a good book and a great cup of tea.

I grew up drinking iced tea.  My mom made it by the GALLON while we were kids.  LOVE the stuff!  She used sugar until sweetener came along, and as I’ve gotten older, I’ve switched to honey as often as possible for sweetening my tea.

Even moreso, I’ve grown to really enjoy tea.  It’s a “me” thing in my house – although my girls enjoy our Princess Tea Party (as long as we have Bubblegum tea!) – but for the most part – it’s something that I can enjoy, especially during nap time – while I’m working on the computer, studying homework, or watching a “chick flick” by myself.

It’s what drew me to Teaporia in the first place.  I looked at a few direct sales Tea companies – and several were really great – but had a pricey startup or a serious quota requirement, and Teaporia now only has minimal requirements (one sale of any size every 3 months…).

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Teaporias Buckingham Palace Garden Party

Not only that, but they also offered the best tea I’ve ever tasted – Buckingham Palace Garden Party – as I’ve mentioned before. It is such a beautiful cup of tea – a blend of Earl Grey, Jasmine, Assam, and Ceylon teas.

There’s something so lovely about savoring a cup of tea.  While I LOVE my coffee on an almost daily basis, tea is something of a treat – something leisurely – something that brings to my mind tranquility.

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Teaporias Butterfly Cup & Saucer

It’s surely my attitude about tea, as I drink a variety of teas: black tea, herbal teas, white tea, english tea…  And the whole idea of “taking tea” brings to mind quiet afternoons – so I relish the moments when I can enjoy a full cup of tea and drink it to the last drop while it’s still hot from a lovely cup & matching saucer!

The cool mornings and evenings that require sweaters and coverlets are so cozy with a thermos of freshly brewed tea.  At a football game, or while my 4 year old is playing soccer – a cup of tea would do me just right – even in a styrofoam cup… (Yep, I’ve got to get a thermos!)

There’s a process to making great tea – it isn’t just left alone to “do its thing” so much as it requires some attention and timing – but oh, it is so worth the wait…

Do you love tea?  What’s your favorite blend or flavor?  Do you have a favorite or memorable experience with tea?

Teaporia is celebrating it’s 3rd Anniversary during October and we have some amazing specials going on (COUPON CODE REQUIRED):

  • 30% discount off ALL teas
  • Children’s Teasets are 30% off (perfect for Christmas!)
  • Try-Me Special –  1-24 oz infuser teapot, 2-2oz pkgs of tea, 6 honey sticks, & a honey spoon for just $24.06! It comes prepackaged in cellophane for gift giving!
  • Anyone hosting one or more tea parties with over $250 in sales will receive a $30 gift certificate!

Children's Ladybug Tea Set

Children's Ladybug Tea Set

If you are interested in placing an order OR hosting a tea party in October, please contact me and I’ll be happy to provide your COUPON CODE and link for ordering!!!

Complete Randomness…

I LOVE FALL. I don’t know about any of you, but Fall actually energizes me and makes me happy!  I love the cooler weather, the changing leaves, the crunch of them underneath my foot – even the rain.  How do you feel about Fall? I don’t see it as a precursor to Winter, so much as an end to (hot, humid) Summer – so that’s where I’m coming from!

Speaking of Fall, one reason I enjoy the season is that I love to COOK with Fall ingredients, and I really enjoy making soups & stews and baking breads!  I’m planning to share some recipes (some of my own – and some of my friends!) over the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned!

Don’t forget about the Moms Online Bible Study with Jean StockdaleHigh Stepping in Heavenly Places.  (Look how cute the cover of the workbook is – SO totally like my girls!)

Speaking of Bible Study – the Lies Women Believe study I’m in is REALLY impactful!  It really nails some deeply rooted stuff that so many women (not just me) live with.   If you can’t get into a study with someone else, I highly recommend getting the book and the workbook to journal through it yourself!

So, more announcements are coming, but I’ll keep it short & sweet today…

Have a Blessed Day!