Chocolate Caramel Cake


Strawberry Shortcake made this delicious dessert for her co-op baking contest, and I wanted to share the recipe with you! It’s super moist and yummy, and easy to make. Like the title says it includes chocolate and caramel and you can’t go wrong with that! This recipe is great for kids too since it’s so simple.   Ingredients: 1 chocolate cake mix 1 jar of Carmel ice cream topping 1 can Sweet & Condensed Milk 1 container of cool whip 3 Heath bars (Break into small pieces using a food processor or with end of a rolling pin.) Directions: Bake cake according to directions. When done, remove from oven and immediately poke holes in cake with round handle of a wooden spoon. Pour on Carmel topping and sweet and condensed milk. Let cake cool completely. Break up Heath bars into small pieces using a food processor or wooden rolling pin. Ice cake with cool whip. Sprinkle Heath bar bits on top and serve. Hope you enjoy! … [Read more...]


DIY: Pumpkin Pie Soap Tutorial


Hello readers! Since we’re well into fall I thought it would be fun to share this simple and easy DIY pumpkin pie soap tutorial. This stuff smells so yummy, and it literally takes about 10 minutes to prepare!     So let’s get on with the video shall we? Click here for the Pumpkin Pie Soap Tutorial:     Ingredients: 1/2 lb. Shea butter soap block 2 Tbsp. pumpkin pie spice 4 drops yellow soap colorant 2 drops red soap colorant soap mold Instructions: Cut up about a 1/2 of a pound of Shea butter soap and place it in a microwave safe container.   Heat on high for 30 second increments until smooth stirring in between. Once the mixture is smooth, add the pumpkin pie spice, red coloring, and yellow coloring and stir well. Pour mixture into soap molds and let set for about 40 minutes. Once soap is firm, flip over mold and press gently to release.   Gift it! I thought these would make really cute gifts for holidays, … [Read more...]


Co-op Baking Contest


most of you know that we participate in a Co-op this year. And one of the fun things that come with doing a co-op group are things like science fairs, geography fairs, and my personal favorite….baking contests! Actually this year is the first year that my kids participated in the baking contest. They were to come up with a baked goods idea, and execute it on their own.   Tinker Bell & Pig Cupcakes: Tinker Bell decided to make “Pig Brownies”. She used a regular brownie mix and added in chocolate chips for a little more deliciousness. Then she cut pink marshmallows in half for the nose and ears. Next she used frosting to create the eyes and mouth. They turned out awesome, and she won 1st place for the 3rd – 5th graders!     Strawberry Shorcake & Caramel Chocolate Cake: Strawberry shortcake made a delicious chocolate caramel cake! She did everything on her own, and it was a total hit! She won 3rd place for the 6th-7th graders.   Turbo … [Read more...]


October 2014 Monthly Meal Plan


Wondering what to have for breakfast, lunch, or dinner? Don’t worry, I have the October 2014 Monthly meal plan for you today that can answer that question. And as always my plan includes meal ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks! I really can’t believe how fast this year is going by, and so I’m thankful to have another meal plan to the rescue. They really do help save my sanity and keep my family fed! Hope you enjoy it, and that it relieves a little bit of your daily stress level.     Click below to download your preferred meal plan: October 2014 Monthly Meal Plan PDF October 2014 Monthly Meal Plan Word Doc (Editable version) Want some more fall recipe ideas? Make sure to check out my Fall Recipe pinterest board!   Hope you enjoy! Have some recipes to share? Make sure to leave a comment below if you have a good recipe to share! … [Read more...]


2014 September Monthly Meal Plan


Good morning everyone! Well, we’re finally back in school. I don’t know where my summer went, but I’m always excited when we get to start new curriculum and a new year. Fall is one of my four favorite seasons, and I H.E.A.R.T. September back-to-school time! And this is when my meal plans really start coming in handy. Getting back into the groove of things always takes time. I somehow forget…or maybe block out…just how much of my day is taken up by educating our children! Point being there really isn’t much time for me to think about meals these days! Anyway,  I hope my plans help you out as well, and can take at least one thing off of your busy plate each day!   Download the 2014 September Monthly Meal Plan: 2014 September Monthly Meal Plan PDF 2014 September Monthly Meal Plan Word Doc (Editable)     Coming soon! I’m working on putting them all together in a book for you as well to make it a little easier each month! And since you always ask, … [Read more...]


Vanilla Bean Frappuccino Recipe


Do your kids beg for a Starbucks Vanilla Bean Frappuccino every time you go like mine do? Ugh. And those things are like $4/each! Being a homeschooler I quickly figured out that $4.00 x 4 kids = way more than I want to spend on drinks! Since I’m a softy and have a hard time saying no, we decided to come up with our own recipe so we could make them at home and save about a zillion dollars.   Ingredients: 1 cup of ice 1 1/2 cups of milk (You can use non-fat, 2%, or whole) 1 T. Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup (You can add another tablespoon if you like.) 3 large scoops vanilla bean ice cream 1/2 tsp sugar A blender Optional: Whipped Cream topping   Directions: Blend and top with whipped Cream!   BAM! Just like that I saved myself about $16 by making them myself! Yipee! If it’s still not sweet enough you can add in a tablespoon of sugar, but we didn’t think it needed it. You can also add in a scoop of vanilla ice cream, but … [Read more...]


2014 Daily Planner! & Giveaway!


Hi everyone! This post has been a long time coming. I’ve had so many requests for a planner like my Blog and Homeschool Planners, that I’ve finally put together a 2014 Daily Planner for you!   I wanted it to have it’s own design, so it’s a tad different from the others, but still similar in the bright colors! And like the others I printed it on cardstock (lightweight, the most inexpensive I could find.) Then I took it to Office Depot to get it spiral bound.   (Edited 1/6/14: Weekly Planner Pages are now included! Login to your account to download the updates!) The Planner includes: Year at a Glance To-Do Lists Bills & Payments Library Book Lists Contacts Weekly Meal Planner Monthly Meal Planner Grocery Lists Monthly Planner pages Weekly Planner Pages Notes Extra Information: Social Media, Pinterest Ideas, Recipe Ideas, Websites, etc.     Thanks to a reader suggestion I picked up some of the Pilot … [Read more...]


Crochet Beanie – Sports Team Colors


Hi everyone! After I made those cute little Crochet Owl Hats for the girlies, I thought I’d better make something for Turbo too. Boys are a bit harder in my opinion with all of the fun little crafts, but when he suggested we make a Denver Bronco’s hat I thought it was a great idea! So here it goes, my first homemade crochet beanie!   Now, I’m not a skilled crochet person, actually I’m self taught as of a few weeks ago. However I figured if I pulled off the owl hat, a striped hat should be a piece of cake! And I was right, it was super easy. Literally. Anyone could do it. So let’s get started shall we? Supplies: Medium Worsted Weight Yarn (Pick your favorite team colors. We choose the dark blue for the main hat, then white and orange for accent strips.) 5mm Crochet hook   Some abbreviations you’ll need to know to follow the pattern: ch – chain SC – Single Crochet DC – Double Crochet See, there’s only 3 basic stitches! YOU CAN DO IT! … [Read more...]


The Ultimate Homemaking eBook Bundle


Good morning everyone! I am so thrilled to be part of a HUGE eBook bundle sale today! It’s the Ultimate Homemaking eBook Bundle. SORRY, THIS SALE IS NOW CLOSED AND THE BUNDLE IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE. This one is particularly fun because it’s not just about homeschooling. Instead the bundle is full…literally FULL…no kidding…I can’t even begin to explain…of homemaking eBooks by some seriously talented bloggers and authors.   Disclosure: This post may include affiliate links, and I make a portion of the sale of each ebook bundle. Thanks for your support of this site!   As a participant I of course was able to download all of the materials, and honestly when I got to the download page I was completely shocked by the amount of things included! There are 97 eBooks included in the giveaway, PLUS over $140 worth of FREE products as well! And you get it all for just $29.97! (Retail you’d pay $640 for all of this goodness!!!) So let’s see…I’m a homeschooler, so I … [Read more...]