The Best Gift I’ve ever received – Twas the Week of Christmas

Twas the Week of Christmas, and all through the house,
there was chaos, malarky, and a screaming spouse.
But even through all of that, a blog post was coming,
as a challenge, a promise, keyboard keys drumming.

Hosted by a fellow Peony Kimberly,
Emma stretched her fingers quite nimberly.
Regular posting was not a strength,
But we’re on the same wavelength.

The Best Gift I’ve ever received
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Favorite Christmas Movies – Twas the Week of Christmas

Twas the Week of Christmas, and all through the house,
there was chaos, malarky, and a screaming spouse.
But even through all of that, a blog post was coming,
as a challenge, a promise, keyboard keys drumming.

Hosted by a fellow Peony Kimberly,
Emma stretched her fingers quite nimberly.
Regular posting was not a strength,
But we’re on the same wavelength.

Favorite Christmas Movies
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Christmas Recipe – Twas The Week Of Christmas

TTWC - Christmas Dinner Recipe Roundup | @Emmmmerz www.emmmmerz.com

Twas the Week of Christmas, and all through the house,
there was chaos, malarky, and a screaming spouse.
But even through all of that, a blog post was coming,
as a challenge, a promise, keyboard keys drumming.

Hosted by a fellow Peony Kimberly,
Emma stretched her fingers quite nimberly.
Regular posting was not a strength,
But we’re on the same wavelength.

Christmas Recipe

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Favorite Christmas Songs – Twas the Week of Christmas

Youtube Christmas PlayList

Youtube Christmas PlayListTwas the Week of Christmas, and all through the house,
there was chaos, malarky, and a screaming spouse.
But even through all of that, a blog post was coming,
as a challenge, a promise, keyboard keys drumming.

Hosted by a fellow Peony Kimberly,
Emma stretched her fingers quite nimberly.
Regular posting was not a strength,
But we’re on the same wavelength.

Favorite Christmas Songs
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A Christmas Craft – Twas the Week of Christmas

Christmas Tree Craft

Twas the Week of Christmas, and all through the house,
there was chaos, malarky, and a screaming spouse.
But even through all of that, a blog post was coming,
as a challenge, a promise, keyboard keys drumming.

Hosted by a fellow Peony Kimberly,
Emma stretched her fingers quite nimberly.
Regular posting was not a strength,
But we’re on the same wavelength.

A Christmas Craft

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Twas the Week of Christmas

Twas the Week of Christmas, and all through the house,
there was chaos, malarky, and a screaming spouse.
But even through all of that, a blog post was coming,
as a challenge, a promise, keyboard keys drumming.

Hosted by a fellow Peony Kimberly,
Emma stretched her fingers quite nimberly.
Regular posting was not a strength,
But we’re on the same wavelength.

Sunday 20th December – Catch Up and Why I am Completing This Challenge

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2015 Turkey day

TurkeyDay 2015 - A collection of recipes that fed my family for a great Thanksgiving dinner
Photo Credit: klwebbiz, on Flickr More Pipe Cleaner Crafts
Photo Credit: klwebbiz, on Flickr
More Pipe Cleaner Crafts

Gobble gob gobbie gobbob gobble! (that’s turkey for what is wrong with you, don’t eat me!)
But for real, Happy Thanksgiving! I ADORE Turkey day, it’s something I look forward to all year long, and enjoy so very much. The following is what our family is planning on enjoying this year, and going to have to work off til Christmas dinner, haha!

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Life on Easy Street is a Lie

The truth is that no one deserves a problem-free life.  In fact, the Bible says the very opposite:  John 16:33 says…“In this world, you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world.”

“You won’t be given more than you can handle.”  This simply isn’t true.  If this were true, then we could rely on ourselves and our own strength to get us through really terrible times.  When people struggle through great difficulties in life that they cannot handle alone, some turn to empty escapes such as drugs, alcohol and even suicide to numb the pain. 

Only true comfort comes from God.  2 Cor 1:4 says that God “comforts us in all our troubles…”  In verse 9, Paul says that he was afraid for his life, but that “this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God.”

What we are going through right now has many purposes.  One of those purposes is that God is showing us that we need to rely on Him in every facet of our lives and not on ourselves.

Happy 1st Birthday E!

Healthy-ish Smash Cake | @Emmmmrz http://www.emmmmerz.com/

I was priviliged enough to make a smash cake for my friend’s son’s very first birthday; while I am in no way a good baker, it didn’t turn out completely terrible. I am looking forward to seeing his photo-shoot.

Healthy-ish Smash Cake | @Emmmmrz http://www.emmmmerz.com/

Recipes:
Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting
Avocado Chocolate Cake
Creamsicle Cake

Layering idea:
Checkerboard Birthday Cake

Supplies:
Wilton Kosher Icing colors
Wilton Dessert Decorator
Round cake pan set (that I wish I’d had)
Gluten Free Flour
Xylitol
Cacao Powder

Note: This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive money.

Baby Prepping 2.0

#babyprepping #freezermeals | @Emmmmrz www.emmmmerz.com/

DaBaby is due this week, and we spent the past weekend running around like crazy between playgroup coordinator meeting, grocery shopping, a birthday party, cleaning/re-organizing, AND prepping these meals. I am sure Ry is ready for this baby to be born so we can slow down a little, haha.

Again, to ensure that we aren’t eating terribly horrible the entire time we are adjusting to having 3 babies, we are prepping some meals for the freezer to make as needed. (Hoping more than 1 friend makes us a meal this time!)

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Military Spouse Appreciation Day

Military Spouse Day or Military Spouse Appreciation Day is celebrated on the Friday before Mother’s Day in the United States. Many United States citizens take this day to acknowledge the significant contributions, support, and sacrifices of spouses of their Armed Forces.

President Ronald Reagan recognized the profound importance of spouse commitment to the readiness and well-being of military members and declared May 23, 1984 the first Military Spouse Day with Proclamation 5184, dated April 17, 1984. The US Secretary of Defense, Caspar Weinberger standardized the date by declaring the Friday preceding Mother’s Day as Military Spouse Day.

Thanks to Keating for hosting a mini-linkup; and reminding me to blog today!
Also linking up to Kathryn, Alia, and Julie‘s MSA Day blog hop.

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DIY Pizza Night

Sigh; the bane of every SAHM’s day would be the shows their kids get attached to. Most of Jam’s don’t bother me, but Cailou is a love/hate thing. I feel that he has taught a lot of good things (beig kind to others, sharing, kindess to animals, being the big brother, etc) but sometimes the twinge of Cailou’s voice is just not bearable…
pizza
Today he was watching on PBS, and they made Pizza’s with the twins, which inspired tonight’s dinner:

DIY Pizza ala Cailou

Inspired by these recipes:
Veggie Pizza
California Avocado Pizza
Roasted Garlic Chicken White Sauce Pizza
Meatball Pizza
Hawaiian Pizza
Fruit Pizza

Ingredients:
3 rolls crescent rolls
1 roll sugar cookie dough
2 rolls pizza dough
2 packs cream cheese
2 blocks cheddar cheese
1 block mozzarella cheese
1 small container feta cheese
1 small carton sour cream
thinly sliced smoked ham
pesto sauce
marinara sauce
powdered ranch dressing
1 small can sliced black olives
canned artichoke hearts
basalmic dressing
marshmallow creme
fresh broccoli
fresh green/red peppers
shredded carrot
1 heirloom tomato
2 ripe avocados
med. red onion
sliced white mushrooms
portabello mushrooms
kale
asparagus
small bunch green onion
1 small cucumber
kiwi
strawberry
banana
blueberries
2 granny smith apples
canned pineapple chunks/tidbits/slices

Directions:

1st Cool Veggie Deluxe Pizza
2nd Mighty Mighty Meatball Pizza
3rd Califoracado Spifeta Pizza
4th Hawaiian Hula Pizza
5th Fabulous Fruit Pizza

Now, stuff your face. And pray Cailou is a quickly passing phase…

Bacon Cheeseburger Bake

Bacon Cheeseburger Bake - Savour the flavours of a cheeseburger with your fork! | @Emmmmrz www.emmmmerz.com/

Ode to a cheeseburger what a wonderful thing
With pickles, onions tomatoes and cheese
I’m easy to please
With its buns and seeds it has no needs
Except to fill you up even if you get stuck
And yell oh shucks!
With its cousin the French fry
It tells no lies
With ketchup in your right
and the last fry in your left
Its just the burger on your plate
It truly is impossible to hate
Matt Karger

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Where’s the Party? Camping Birthday!

Jam turns 5 today; OMG, how did that flipping happen?!? He is growing into such an amazing man, and I am so blessed to be able to watch him grow and change every day. 😥

Since we are about to move (YAY! FINALLY!!) We decided to skip the party this year (being 9 months preggo helps with that too, lol) and go camping! He’s never really been before so we are all super excited for it. Of course, since he’s the special guest, he gets to choose the meal on his actual day, and being a 5 year old boy, he wants cake and pizza, lol.

Camping Recipe Roundup | Emmmmerz.com
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Grilled Garden Vegetable Medley Packets

Grilled Garden Vegetable Medley Packets - easy, healthy and almost no cleanup.

Grilling, camping, ‘roughing it’ or just because, these packets make cooking a breeze and clean up a snap. Feel free to exchange ingredients according to taste.
Here is proof that creative side dishes can still be simple, fresh, and delicious, fresh from a smoky grill.

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Green Chile Chicken Fajita Enchiladas

Green Chile Chicken Fajita Enchiladas - Up the ante with these amazing enchiladas.

While my enchiladas may not be traditionally accurate; they are absolutely delicious and my most requested meal (especially for Meal Trains) as they are filling, taste better the next day and I always make enough for leftovers. (the recipe below makes more than a single 9 x 13; so be prepared!) (more…)

Spring In Your Step

“…How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel
of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!” Romans 10:15

Please Note:
This devotion can be used as an object lesson. Place all the items into a basket or on a table. Remove the appropriate item, and give the application.
The Items Needed are the Following:
Butterfly (craft butterfly or picture of one)
Green Leaf
Bird (craft bird or picture of one)
Spade/Garden Tool
Clouds (construction paper cut-outs)
Umbrella
Bug Hut/Butterfly Net (can usually find in dollar stores or toy departments)
Seed Packet

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Connected To The Vine

Read: John 15: 1-8

We have been grafted into the vine (Christ) by our faith in Him. We need to continue to be ‘in Christ’ to be productive for Him.

If a branch is cut off from the tree and tossed to one side, it can no longer produce. It doesn’t have the life of the tree in it. It is no longer connected to the source of life. This is how it is in the spiritual realm. Being cut off from union with Christ – we no longer are connected to our source of power. The power to live the Christian life, and to overcome the enemy; to know the joy of the Lord despite our circumstances, and to have intimate fellowship with God and hope for eternity. We need to stay vitally united to the vine (Christ) to tap into the resources that are ours through Christ.
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Unexpected Grace

“Jesus answered her, ‘If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.’” John 4:10

Grace often comes as a surprise when we are least expecting it. There was a woman who went to draw water at a well. It was around noon…the hottest part of the day. She wasn’t looking for anything, just going about her day, doing her duty as she always had. She had no idea someone was waiting for her. She could not have guessed the surprise she was about to encounter.

“Draw me water,” Jesus asked. He had been sitting there, tired and thirsty from his day of traveling.

Shocked and a bit startled, she wondered how he could ask this of her? She was a woman, and a Samaritan woman whom the Jews despised. Asking for water would make him ceremonially unclean.

Jesus told her that he could give her “living water” so that she would never thirst again. He baffled her once more. Jesus then revealed she had had five husbands and was living with one whom she was not married to. He caught her attention a third time.
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A Bad Cup Of Coffee

A Bad Cup of Coffee

“…Be ye holy; for I am holy” 1 Peter 1:16
A Bad Cup Of Coffee
I think everyone disagrees on what makes a good cup of coffee. With today’s hot coffee trend, we try all kinds of flavorings and different ways of experiencing coffee. It used to be basically served black or with cream and sugar. There wasn’t much variety.

Nowadays, people like coffee served and brewed a lot of different ways. We tend to disagree on what’s good. What we usually agree on is the basics on what makes a bad cup of coffee. It can be weak, bitter, stale, cold, or soured by something we put in it and we’d probably all agree that it tastes bad. Face it. No one likes to drink a bad cup of coffee.
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Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Loaded Baked Potato Soup | @Emmmmerz www.emmmmerz.com

I found a recipe on Pinterest this afternoon for crockpot soup (I LOVE Crockpots, best invention ever!) But as I went to make it, I found that I would have to tweak it slightly, which I tend to do anyways, as that is why I cook in the first place, to make stuff the way *I* like it.
So I’ve included both the original recipe, and my own version, you’ll have to wait and see how it turns out, as I just threw it together and have to wait for it to cook.

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The Wicked May Prosper – But Not For Long

Read: Psalm 37: 1-20

“Fret not yourself because of evildoers, neither be envious against those who work unrighteousness (that which is not upright or in right standing with God).” (V: 1).

We may look around and see the wicked prospering and wonder ‘Why’? The many that go against God’s standards may mock and ridicule you (V: 12). They may have everything in the material and look down on you (V: 16). But they will meet their fate in the end. The Lord laughs at their wickedness – because He knows the day will come when they will be cast down – and the righteous will live forever.

What the Lord tells us to do is to trust in Him; delight ourselves in Him; commit our way to Him. He will then bring it to pass and give us the desires of our hearts. God doesn’t want us to focus on what the wicked are doing, or what they may have. But rather to focus on Him, and what He will do in our lives. We need to lean on Him, rely on Him and to commit everything to Him. He will make us as light shining forth (V: 16). As verses 7-8 say, “Be still and rest in the Lord; wait for Him and patiently lean yourself upon Him; fret not yourself because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked devices to pass. Cease from anger and forsake wrath; fret not yourself – it tends only to evildoing.”

Let our hope be in the Lord. He will vindicate us in the end. If you are having a hard time right now, give it over to the Lord. Continually come to Him and delight yourself in Him. Don’t let anger get a hold – for the wicked ‘know not what they’re doing’. Trust in God – He won’t let you down. He knows what’s going on, and He will have the last word!

© By M.S.Lowndes

Treasures of wickedness profit nothing, but righteousness (moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation) delivers from death. ~ Proverbs 10: 2 (AMP).

For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life ? Or what would a man give as an exchange for his life [in the kingdom of God]? ~ Matthew 16: 26 (AMP)

Standing Firm

“There was never anyone so good that she was exempt from trials and temptations.”
— Anonymous

It is so important to remember that each person will have their failings and strengths, and no matter what we, or anyone else thinks, no one will have that hunky-dory rainbow sunshine and glitter day ALL of the time. And honestly, who would want to? You can’t find out how strong you are if you are never ever tested!

“Temptations from without have no power unless there be corresponding desire within.”
— Sunshine Magazine

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