10 Favorite Quotes and Songs

For this month's 10 on the 10th we're being asked to share 10 of our favorite quotes, Bible verses, and songs.  
These are prompts I've answered before and so I wanted to try and make sure I wasn't repeating any of my past answers (or not many of them anyway!).  You can check out my favorite quotes to live by here 15 quotes I find inspiring here, and Song lyrics that speak to my heart here. For today's post I am sharing those quotes and songs that have been going through my mind lately.  I figure there has to be a reason I'm hearing so many of them over and over again. 


1.  This too shall pass.
2.  What is meant to be will be.
3.  When life gives you lemons make lemonade.
4.  Treat every moment as a gift; that's why it's called the present.
5. Great minds think alike.

1. "To Make You Feel My Love" (I like the Garth Brooks version from the movie Hope Floats)

2.  "Wrecking ball"  only the version I hear in my head is n…

Never Fail BBQ Meatloaf Recipe

I found this recipe years and years ago in an old Betty Crocker Cookbook and while I have put a few personal twists on it I find it is one of those classic recipes that just never seems to fail being a crowd pleaser.


2 cups ground beef; I like to use 93% lean when I can find it
1 cup skim milk
1 Tablsepoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon dried sage
1 Tablespoon mustard
1 large egg, beaten
3 slices bread; I like to throw mine in the food processer and turn them into fresh breadcrumbs
2 Tablespoons minced dried onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup BBQ sauce

In a medium bowl combine beef, milk, Worcestershire sauce, sage, mustard, egg, bread, dried onion, and garlic.  Mix well and shape into loaf pan.  I typically do this early in the morning and then cover it and put it in the fridge.

When it's time to start cooking, I preheat the oven to 350 and pour BBQ sauce over the top of the meatloaf.  Then I pop the loaf pan into the preheated oven and bake for an hour and a ha…

Friday Favorites: Shelter in Place Week #3

We had some pretty cold and nasty weather this week but we still managed to get outside most days; wandering out longer on those days that were sunny and not so cold.  We're flying through our schoolwork now and the boys only have 2 or subjects each most days since we keep setting those subjects aside that we've finished up.

The boys finished up their schoolwork so early on Friday that we went on our hike before lunch.  It was sunny and in the 50's and we found a completely deserted trail to hike.

After lunch Evan and I put on our flip flops and walked up to get the mail.  I could have happily walked around outside all afternoon.  I finished up my puzzle while Ian headed off to work.  He was helping to clear brush/ trees.

I spent part of my morning Saturday putting together a simple keychain using the Cricut and some faux leather.  I also spent a good hour on the phone with my mom catching up.  After lunch my husband and I went to Bj's and were able to get our freezer…

Encouraging Hearts and Home: We're Crafty

Each week so many talented bloggers share their recipes, thoughts, and crafts with us and each week I am excited to see what else they'll be sharing.  I am focusing a lot on crafting lately.  As my boys are winding down their homeschooling year, I have more time to explore so many crafts that I had put by the wayside... like painting, jewelry making, and paper crafting.

Do you have a favorite crafting medium?
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The post with the most views from last week: My very own post: 35 Sight Word Games and Activities

Some of my favorites from last week:
Spring Meadow Painted Watering Can by Love My Little Cottage Handcrafted Jewelry Set-- Scrappy…

Things That Make Me Laugh

I loved the challenge of this week's list for our 26 lists link up.  I don't know about you but I really need to laugh more lately.  It's such a great stress reliever.

1.  Books-- I love a good funny book that makes me laugh out loud.  I haven't read one in a while but if you have any recommendations I'm all ears.  The last book I can remember making me laugh was the Un-Honeymooners.

2  The boys being silly.

3.  Watching shows like America's Funniest Videos or Family Feud.

4. My husband.  Most people don't realize it but he's actually pretty funny and often makes me laugh.

5.  Whenever my sisters/ family get together and we get to reminiscing (particularly if my Aunt Elaine is around) we end up laughing so hard at all the old family stories that we are all in tears by the end of the night.  It's fabulous.

6. Movies like Mom's Night Out, Christmas Vacation, and Grown Ups make me laugh out loud.

7.  When my boys were younger they used to make m…