small group dinner ideas (feeds a crowd)

small group meal ideas

  we are part of a small group through our church that meets every saturday night after church and shares dinner together and a time of bible study.  everyone pitches in to help with the meal and i've been so impressed with the amazing spread of food every week.  below, i put together some of the meal ideas we've tried and also some new … [Read more...]

chocolate fondue recipe in time for new years eve!

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  yes, you want this recipe for your new year's eve party.  whether you are having lots of friends over or it's just you and the hubby--this is the recipe for YOU! you're welcome in advance. Chocolate Fondue 6 squares unsweetened bakers chocolate (usually in the baking isle with the chocolate chips) 1 cup light cream 1/2 c … [Read more...]

Tell Your Story {a link up}– cutout christmas cookies.

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it’s cold and you need to make this to be warm and cozy (you’re welcome).

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seriously....it's cold.  the weekend was so incredibly nice and mildly cool--but today, it is officially COLD.  i don't love it, but i do LOVE making a bubbly pot of stew when it feels like this outside.  today, i have the pleasure of introducing you to Laura from LBs Good Spoon.  she loves to use her blog as an encouragement for us all to cook … [Read more...]

design your own pie bar.

  at the Sole Hope shoe-cutting party last week, we had a "design-your-own-pie" bar where the guests were able to choose their fillings, add-ons, and topping/crust options. we baked them in cupcake pans so there were individual servings.  it was so fun to use for a "crafting party" because even the food was an artistic … [Read more...]

beach week menu planning (save yourself the stress).

we are spending the last week of summer (oh glorious summer, my favorite season....) in the Outer Banks with some of our best friends.  it's a week of relaxation, lots of jokes (thanks, Pete) and some serious bonding time.  we also have 8 kids 4 and under, so it's not always peace and quiet----but, always exciting, nonetheless. there are four … [Read more...]

Chocolate Nutella Sprinkle Cake–Yes please.

so last week, if you follow me on facebook or twitter, you might have noticed me muttering crazy things like.... "stressed....making chocolate cake" & "decisions, decisions,....chocolate cake--ah much better..." well, we made the big decision to put our house up for sale and right now, i feel completely at peace with that decision. last … [Read more...]

May Monthly Meal Guide.

MAY 2012 Menu Guide:  to download and edit for your own recipes--FILE, DOWNLOAD AS, SAVE AS WORD, SAVE FILE FOR MORE INFORMATION on how i use the monthly meal guides, check out this post & this post   EAT!  there are grilling recipes and like always, lots of yummy food from Racheal Ray and The Pioneer Woman this … [Read more...]

baked oatmeal muffins recipe.

i love me some warm baked oatmeal and this beautiful recipe is straight out of my childhood church's "down home cooking" cookbook. i tweeked it to make it kid and husband-on-the-go friendly by making it into muffins instead of the regular 9x13 cake. Ingredients: 1 c. vegetable oil 1 1/2 c. sugar 4 lg eggs 6 c quick oatmeal … [Read more...]

monthly meal guide: March

here we are well into March, already-- and here is the meal guide that i will be using to feed my family this month. if you are new to the menu guides, you can catch up on how to use them and why, HERE. remember, they save you: TIME MONEY SANITY what else could a mom need?  also, most of the recipes are linked this month and … [Read more...]