Friday, December 31, 2010


My two favorite months are August and January. I love these months because they mark the beginning of the school year and the beginning of the calendar year. I just love the feeling of a nice, clean, fresh start.

I was really inspired by Dave Ramsey's podcast on January 4th, 2010. So inspired that I listened to it again today. Here are some of his points that really stuck out to me:

On average, resolutions last about 45 days - That's about to Valentine's Day.

So what should we do? Don't make resolutions - set goals! The difference is that goals are specific and determined. If you wanna "change your entire freakin life," not just 45 days of it, then make goals!

Goals should:
1.) Be Specific
2.) Be Measurable
3.) Be YOUR Goal
4.) Have a Time Limit
5.) Be Put in Writing

To read more about what Dave says about the importance of setting goals, read his Goal Setting 101 here.

My goals are pretty personal, but I will share parts of them here. All of my goals can be pretty much be put into five "BIG" goals (in no particular order):
  1. Grow Closer to the Lord
  2. Be a Better Wife/Mom
  3. Take Better Care of Myself
  4. Be a Better Steward of my Money
  5. Be a Better Teacher

I realize that these are not very measurable, but I promise they will be. My plan is to make smaller, measurable goals that fit into these bigger goals. I am still trying to flesh these goals out. In the meantime, I will leave you with these quotes:

Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed." Cavat Roberts

"Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man." Benjamin Franklin

"Decide what you are going to do differently this year. Otherwise this is going to be just another year. What kind of wimpified existence is just another year??" Dave Ramsey

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Christmas Presents : )

A few of my highlights:

Reversible Tote in Night and Day

Get Carried Away Tote in Purple Punch

A Busy Body Book

A few of Jacob's highlights:

And of course Daddy got some tools that I cannot even begin to tell you about, but I think his favorite gifts were probably these:

Matching Alabama jerseys : )

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Crunchy Cheese Sticks

I like these crunchy cheese sticks, but not the way my husband does. He LOVES them. I am always asking him for suggestions while meal planning, but it's really more like pulling teeth. So this week, when he suggested these, I called up his momma and got the recipe. It usually takes me several attempts to get her recipes right, but I think I nailed this one on the first try. : )

1/2 cup butter

2 cups flour

1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (then I added about 1/16 more)

4 oz (1 cup) shredded cheddar cheese

1 tsp salt

  1. Beat ingredients well, then add 5 tbsps cold water (I added a few tablespoons more).
  2. Roll mixture into a ball and refrigerate about ten minutes.
  3. Roll out until pretty thin, but not too thin. (Vague, I know, but really just about1/4 inch.)
  4. Cut into strips. (I used a pizza cutter.)
  5. Place on cookie sheet and bake in preheated 400 degree oven for about 12 minutes, or until brown on top. (I baked mine for almost 20 minutes because the hubby likes them crispy.)

Voila! You have yourself a nice batch of cheese sticks. We ate ours with chicken noodle soup.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Meal Plan Monday

I know! I can't believe it either! I haven't done one of these posts since I got pregnant and didn't know what would make me drool with delight or, well, you know...

Anyway, here are the meals I have planned for my family this week:


  1. lasagna
  2. bbq chicken with mac-n-cheese
  3. teriyaki chicken stir fry
  4. burgers
  5. chicken tetrazinni
  6. tacos
  7. chicken noodle soup with homemade crunchy cheese sticks

Lunches: (bigger deal this week since we will be home during the day this week)

  1. sandwiches and chips
  2. chili cheese fries
  3. pizza rolls
  4. salad
  5. hot dogs
  6. potstickers
  7. chicken tenders

And for Jacob... we will continue with sweet potatoes, which he loves, while trying to sneak in some carrots, which he absolutely does not love. Also, by the end of the week we may be ready to try squash.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010