Monday, April 15, 2019

Re-opening My Etsy Shop!

Hey guys!  Sorry I've been MIA!

I've been busy creating some items to re-open my Etsy shop.

I'm in the process of listing some wash cloths and face scrubbies/dish scrubbies. 

I'll be listing some aprons in the next few weeks.

Please let me know if you have any ideas or suggestions!  I'd love to hear from you :)

I'd also love if you came by to visit:



Monday, April 1, 2019

Menu Plan Monday ~ 4/1/19

Every Monday I take time to plan out our menu and grocery list.  Here's what we're having for dinner this week:
Monday:  Kielbasa, au gratin potatoes
Tuesday:  Spaghetti with meatballs, garlic bread sticks
Wednesday:  Chicken, macaroni salad
Thursday:   Pork Chops, buttered noodles
Friday:   Ham Pot Pie, Crescent Rolls
Saturday:    Pizza
Sunday:     Church Potluck

Image result for pot luck

What are you eating this week?

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Friday, March 29, 2019

First Lines Friday and 56 ~ 3/29/19

Today's "First Lines" and "56" are from:

Washington D.C. -- 1879

There was only one thing Kate Norton loved more than winning, and that was winning against Trevor McDonough.


 Page 56

"I can't save those people, but I can try to save you," he said.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Tuesday Talk ~ 3/12/19

Things I'm thinking about lately:

~Sickness.  I mentioned that our whole house was sick last week.  It was horrible!  It started out with a head/chest cold and ended with an intestinal bug.  I was so excited that it turned March (Yay for birth-months!) and then we had a week of misery!  Thankfully, we're feeling better for the most part.  Have you gotten sick this winter?  Did you get a flu shot?  Did it help?

~Multigenerational Home.  In case you weren't aware, a little over two years ago, our family of 4 moved in with my parents.  We added an addition onto the back of the house with a large Family Room and a Bedroom.  There were many reasons for our decision but one that keeps me feeling great about the move is that we are here to care for each other.  My Mom was the first one down with the Sickness (yes, capitalized :).  While she was resting, my Dad and I washed and dried the dishes.  Spending that quality time with him is priceless.  Even doing something as mundane as dishes together was special.  I think of the time my kids are getting to spend with the grandparents and I'm very grateful that we are where we're at.  Right where we're supposed to be...

~Softball.  Have I mentioned yet that Laken signed up to play softball?  She hasn't played ball since she was in t-ball but a bunch of her new friends are playing and she decided to give it a try.  Her coach called a few evenings ago to let us know that practices will be starting April 1st and opening day is May 4th.  (it is getting real!)  We still need to get her a pair of spikes (or are they cleats?) and a few other small things.  I'm so excited to watch the girls play ball.  Spring is coming!  Do you have a ballplayer in your life?

What have you been thinking about lately???


Monday, March 11, 2019

Happy Homemaker Monday ~ 3/11/19

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Last week was a blur of sickness.  We're now feeling better and I'm looking forward to getting back into the swing of our regular routine :)


The weather outside is::::

Sunday was absolutely beautiful.
Bring on Spring!

On my breakfast plate:


As I look around the house::::

All bedding and blankets from the Family Room have been washed due to our bout of the flu.  It took all day Saturday to wash and dry them all!

On today's to do list::::

Watch Damon
Menu/Grocery List

Happening this week::::
Monday.... Devotions, Babysit Damon, menu/grocery list,
Tuesday...  Devotions, Groceries, exercise, Schedule, crochet, Ladies Meeting
Wednesday... Devotions, Babysit Damon, Pick up fundraiser items, Laken from Reading Comp Practice, Prayer Meeting,
Thursday... Devotions, Exercise, Budget, crochet, laundry, Laken from Environthon practice
Friday...  Devotions, Babysit Damon, Family Dinner
Saturday...  Devotions, Exercise, Laundry, Bowling for Andrew's Birthday (my nephew)
Sunday...  Church, Devotions

Currently reading::::


I haven't actually started this book yet and , as a matter of fact, I don't even own it yet.  However, I'll be picking it up at the store on Tuesday.  I'm not reading anything else right now, so I'll count this as my "Currently Reading".

 On the TV::::

The Voice
Jaws Marathon 1-4

Listening to:

Sirius XM The Message

On the menu this week::::

Monday - Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes
Tuesday - Ladies Meeting Potluck
Wednesday - Pork Chops, Fried Potatoes
Thursday - Sausage Gravy, Biscuits
Friday -  Yoyo (You're On Your Own)
Saturday - Breakfast, Pizza
Sunday - Dinner at Church

What I am creating at the moment::::

I finished the Beautiful Shells Baby Afghan and will continue to work on Laken's Ombre Afghan this week.

Picture From the Camera

I can't remember if I shared Laken's most recent creation.  She loves baking :)



Sunday, March 10, 2019

We've Been Sick!!! :(

Everyone in our house has been so sick the past few days.  I took a few days break to recuperate.

I'm hoping to get back to my normal posting schedule Monday :)

Thanks for your continued support!


Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Wednesday Medley ~ Oreos ~ 3/6/19

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Be ready to observe by having your glass of milk handy as it is National Oreo Cookie Day.  This day is recognized across the nation each year on March 6th.
The Oreo sandwich cookie is made up of two chocolate disks containing a sweet cream filling and is loved by millions.  Since it’s introduction, the Oreo cookie has become the best-selling cookie in the United States.
The National Biscuit Company (today known as Nabisco) first developed and produced the “Oreo Biscuit” in 1912 at its Chelsea factory in New York City. Today, the block on which the factory was located is known as “Oreo Way”.
  • The name “Oreo” was first trademarked on March 14, 1912.
  • The first Oreo cookies in the United States sold for 25 cents a pound in clear glass topped novelty cans.
  • In 1912, the Oreo Biscuit was renamed to “Oreo Sandwich”.
  • In 1948, the Oreo Sandwich was renamed to “Oreo Creme Sandwich”.
  • William A. Turnier developed the modern-day Oreo design in 1952 to include the Nabisco logo.
  • Nabisco’s principal food scientist, Sam Porcello, developed the modern Oreo cookie filling.
Grab a glass of milk and a handful of Oreos to enjoy and use #NationalOreoCookieDay to post on social media.
1.  Are you able to pass by a plate of cookies and not take one or are you a bit of a 'Cookie Monster'?
"Cookie Monster"!  lol
2.  Tell us about your favorite cookie. Have your tastes changed since you were a kid?
Bought:  Oreos;  Homemade:  Chocolate Chip.  My taste in cookies has remained the same :)
3.  Enquiring minds want to know if you are a dunker and, if so, do you dunk in milk, coffee, or tea?
Yes, I'm a dunker :)  The cookie lends itself to what I dunk in.  Milk for Oreos; Tea for Chocolate Chip.
4.  It is that time of year and they are selling them on every corner and in front of every store!  Do you buy Girl Scout cookies and if you do, which is your favorite?
They've gotten so expensive!  I usually refrain but I absolutely LOVE the Tagalongs and Shortbread.
5.  Raw cookie dough.  Yay or Nay?
Well...Yay, of course!
6.  Please tell us something random about your week!!
Gotta go!  The Oreos are calling my name from the snack bin!

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Tuesday Talk ~ 3/5/19

Things I'm thinking about lately:

~Barry.  On my mind A LOT lately has been my brother's father-in-law, Barry.  He went to the hospital on Monday with double pneumonia and in the process was diagnosed with lung cancer.  My sister-in-law is a mess and rightly so.  Their whole family has been weighing heavily on my mind and heart and in my prayers this week.  I'd love your prayers of comfort for Barry and the family.

~Instagram.  On a lighter subject, I've started an Instagram account and have been playing around with it.  I'm a bit obsessed right now.  You can find me @collettaskitchensink .  Are you on Instagram?  Leave your link in the comments or come follow me and I'll be sure to follow back :)

~Budgeting.  I've been binge watching budgeting videos on youtube!  I found that I'm already doing a lot of the recommended "tricks" but have learned a lot.  Did you  know the recommended grocery budget is $100 per person per month?  I was pleasantly surprised to calculate that we are already right on track with our grocery budget.  What are your best budgeting "tricks" that I should know??

What have you been thinking about lately???


Monday, March 4, 2019

Happy Homemaker Monday ~ 3/4/19

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The weather outside is::::

Will winter ever be over!?!?

On my breakfast plate:

Slim Fast

As I look around the house::::

Laundry is done and the weekend was very productive on the home front :)

On today's to do list::::

Watch Damon
Read Thru the Word
Menu/Grocery List

Happening this week::::
Monday.... Devotions, Babysit Damon, menu/grocery list,
Tuesday...  Devotions, Groceries, exercise, Schedule, crochet,
Wednesday... Devotions, Babysit Damon, Dentist, Prayer Meeting,
Thursday... Devotions, Exercise, Bills, crochet, laundry
Friday...  Devotions, Babysit Damon, Family Dinner
Saturday...  Devotions, Exercise, Laundry, Bowling, SET CLOCKS FORWARD!!!
Sunday...  Church, Devotions

Currently reading::::

When passivity and false niceness don't bring the abundant life Jesus promised, some Christian women try even harder to hide behind a fragile façade of pleasant perfection. Paul Coughlin and Jennifer Degler give women the empowering message that they have options far beyond simply acting nice or being mean--if they will emulate the real Jesus Christ and face their fears of conflict, rejection, and criticism. Brimming with enlightening information, thought-provoking questionnaires, real-life stories, and biblically based teaching from both the male author of the pioneering No More Christian Nice Guy and a female clinical psychologist, this book will motivate women to allow God to transform them into authentic, powerful women of loving faith.

 On the TV::::

Masked Singer Finale
Magnum PI
The Voice

Rocky Marathon

Listening to:

This week I featured "Forever On Your Side" by NEEDTOBREATHE.

On the menu this week::::

Monday -  Fish, Homemade mac-n-cheese
Tuesday - Chicken, fried potatoes
Wednesday -  Pizza
Thursday - Weiner Winks, French Fries
Friday - Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes
Saturday - Breakfast, Cheese Ravioli w/sauce, Garlic Bread
Sunday - Dinner at Church

What I am creating at the moment::::

I'm taking a break from Laken's Afghan and working on finishing up this baby blanket.  I only have a little over 2 rounds left to go.  The pattern is the Beautiful Shells pattern and can be found on Ravelry.

Picture From the Camera

Kona getting warmed up.  She loves the heater!



Sunday, March 3, 2019

Scripture Memory Verse ~ 3/3/19

This Week's Memory Verse:

But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold. My feet have closely followed His steps; I have kept to His way without turning aside.

Job 23:10-11 NIV


Friday, March 1, 2019

First Lines Friday and 56 ~ 3/1/19

Today's "First Lines" and "56" are from:

"Hold on!"  you might say in response to this book's title.  "Why would any Christian woman in her right mind want to stop being nice?"


 Page 56

"Yeah, it can be tough, but I'm glad I'm a girl."
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Thursday, February 28, 2019

We're on Instagram!

I'm a late bloomer but I've finally created an Instagram account!

I know...I must be the last person in the world to get Instagram.

I was inspired to get an account when my 12-year-old, Laken, was taking pictures of her baking creations to post on her page.  I thought to myself, "Why don't I have Instagram?"  There was no good reason, so here I am!

You can click on the picture of me and the hubby go to my page.  It is a work in progress.

You can click on the picture of Laken to go to her page.  She posts her baking creations and some drawings.

You can click on the picture of Kaylee and her boyfriend, Shawn, to go to her page.  She posts mainly her artwork.

So, there you have it!  We're on Instagram!

I hope you'll come check out our pages and maybe even give us a follow.  (I'll be sure to follow back!)

If you have Instagram, leave your link in the comments and I'll come check it out: )


Thankful Thursday ~ 2/28/19

~Safe Travels!  My Mom, Dad, brother and SIL went on a bus trip to Kentucky (from PA) to see the Creation Museum and the Ark.  On the way home, they got behind an accident that was caused by the extremely high winds.  They were 3 hours late, but finally they made it safely home :)

~Electricity!  Again, extremely high winds came through Sunday.  We prepared for power outages but thankfully our electric stayed on.  We were lucky because people just a few miles away were without power for over a day.  Yay, for electricity :)

~Spring Training!  THE Pittsburgh Pirates are officially in Spring Training!  I'm so excited to be able to watch them play.  Unfortunately, not all the Grapefruit League games are televised so I'll have to wait until the end of March.  Spring is coming!!!!  :)

~Applebee's!  We had a family night out on Saturday and ate at Applebee's.  It was so good and I didn't have to cook.  Win-win :)

~How To Train Your Dragon 3!  After Applebee's we headed to the theater to see How To Train Your Dragon 3.  It is the final movie in the series and it was really cute.  I didn't see all of the second movie so I didn't know if I would know what was happening.  However, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie and highly recommend it for families; or anyone who likes to watch animated movies :)

What are you thankful for today?


Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Wednesday Medley ~ Strawberries ~ 2/27/19

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We continue with February’s heart-shaped and red theme by observing National Strawberry Day on February 27. These juicy, sweet berries can brighten up any dish and are delicious all on their own.
There are a few different stories behind the origin of the name. The more widely accepted version is that the berries would drop off the leaves and become “strewn” about the plant. Overtime “strewn-berries” became “strawberries”. There was a time (and some gardeners still do this today) when strawberry beds were mulched with straw, insulating the plants over the winter, keeping weeds at bay during the growing season and making them easier to harvest. Another sweet story tells of English children stringing the berries on grass straws and selling the “straw berries” in their neighborhoods.
Not only are they delicious, but they are also fragrant. One of the more aromatic fruits, they belong to the rose family.
Strawberries are grown in nearly every corner of the Earth (if the Earth had corners) except for her most frozen southern and northern reaches. Along with all these possible locations, there are over 600 varieties of strawberries as well.
An excellent source of Vitamin C, strawberries are also a good source of folic acid, potassium and fiber. At 55 calories and zero fat in 1 cup, these sweet things hit the spot when a snack time is calling!
While the best season for strawberries is from late April to August, now might be a good time to scout out strawberry festivals and pick-your-own farms or plan to plant your own strawberry patch. Imagine sitting in your very own patch eating sun-warmed, sweet berries you picked or even grew yourself under clear blue skies.
  • Pick fully ripe berries. Strawberries don’t continue to ripen if picked too early like bananas or pears.
  • Don’t overfill your container. Berries are tender and can bruise easily.
  • Don’t wash the fruit until you are ready to eat. Strawberries are susceptible to mold and washing will speed up spoilage.
  • The best time to pick strawberries is on cool, cloudy days, but if they will be eaten right away, any time is perfect!
  • If you pick more than you can eat before they spoil, strawberries freeze very well. Pluck off the green caps and toss into a freezer bag. Use for smoothies, ice cream or cake toppings.
You may want to have a fresh bowl of strawberries now, or maybe give one of the following recipes a try:
Use #NationalStrawberryDay to post on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Strawberry Day.  It is listed as an American Food Holiday.
1.  Given all that information on this 🍓National Strawberry Day🍓, do you have a favorite recipe for strawberries?  Would you share it with us?
There are some great desserts that use strawberries, but my families favorite way to eat them is to simply cut them and pour on the sugar!  They like 'em sweet :)
2.  Some people think the smaller, northern varieties are sweeter than the larger berries that grow in the south and in California.  What are your thoughts on that?
Hmmm...?  I really don't know.  I've never taken notice.
3.  There is a Strawberry Festival right here in Plant City, Florida (next town over from Lakeland) and it is a huge event that lasts 11 days with headliner acts each day.  Have you ever been to a Strawberry Festival?
Wow, that is a huge festival!  Our town has a Strawberry Festival on Memorial Day but I've never been to it.
4.  Strawberries are grown in every US state.  Have you ever grown them in your garden?
The hubby has planted strawberries in his garden several times but it seems like the bunnies always get to them first!
5.  Strawberry is the only fruit that has seeds on the outside, and technically it is not a berry but rather a fruit, and would you be surprised to learn that strawberries belong to the rose family?  Do you have any strawberry trivia to share with us?
I don't have any trivia, but I was very surprised to find out that they belong to the rose family!  Who knew?!?
6.  Tell us something random about your week!!
Completely off the topic of strawberries...I got my routine yearly mammogram yesterday.  Prayers would be appreciated that everything comes back normal :)