Our Elves Are Busy

IMG_3092Monday we took our younger children to carol at a nursing home. It’s become our family tradition to visit the elderly and hand out presents with a group at church. I love watching our boys talk and visit with residents.

IMG_3096They are the only children who carol in the group and the older folks often ask for hugs from the kiddos.

IMG_3098Nothing thrills my heart more when I see the same smile on the nursing home folks when they receive their hug one of my children.

Our little elves are busy and we are enjoying our Christmas season.

What traditions does your family enjoy?


Here’s What We’ve Been Doing

IMG_1607I have not gone missing for two weeks. I’ve just been super busy and haven’t taken time to update my blog and I apologize. It’s been hectic at school and I’m trying to balance home life first. I carved out time during the week to make gingerbread with my children, which is a good thing.

IMG_1605 (1)We made the Taste of Home dough the night before and rolled them out the next night. They are very tasty.

IMG_1606We all got into a little decorating.

IMG_1601I’ve been online shopping and finally have all my children’s done. Woo hoo! I always go through TopCashBack first to get a little extra bonus for all my hard research. It’s like a little bonus for free if you haven’t done it before. So easy to click through to get a very small percentage in your account, but it builds up; trust me.




IMG_1597I’ve made 96 butterhorns twice in two weeks. Once for my family gathering and another for my husband’s family gathering. And remember we made 200 when my foods class made the Thanksgiving meal for 108. I’m becoming an expert.

IMG_1608I’ve made homemade pizza twice. My kiddos could eat it every day.

How is your Christmas shopping or cooking coming along?








Early Thanksgiving for 108

It’s been a busy week in our Cougar Kitchen preparing 108 meals. I may take off for my own family meal, lol. I’m so proud of all my students preparing a grand feast. We blessed 18 McKinney Vento students (our homeless population) and 20 janitors in our school. Twenty teachers donated $10 to cover the cost of all our meals. With careful planning and shopping sales, I was able to do the meal for about $200!

Click here to see our album from start to finish.

Crock Pot Pork Loin BBQ


This super easy recipe was made by husband on my teacher work day. I had the ingredients ready and he volunteered to start it in the crock pot. I came home to a delicious easy meal that cooked itself all day. like mine with dill pickles and a side of slaw. I also like homemade sweet potato fries.

I had enough leftovers to freeze for future sandwiches. This is so easy you must give it a try for a busy night.


  • 2-3 lbs pork tenderloin
  • 16 ounces store-bought barbecue sauce, divided into thirds
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 2 -3 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt and pepper


  1. Salt and pepper pork loin inside crock pot.
  2. Add onion and garlic.
  3. Pour about 1/3 of the BBQ sauce over pork loin.
  4. Cook on LOW for 6-8 hours.
  5. Shred with two forks.
  6. Add the rest of the BBQ sauce and serve immediately.

Do you make your own BBQ?

Baking Bread for the Needy


I’ve been so busy teaching yeast breads this week, I haven’t had time to post my home freezer cooking. However, our Cougar Kitchen baked eight braided loaves for our local homeless shelter. I felt like that was worthy of sharing. We partner with King Arthur Learn Bake Share Program. I highly suggest applying for it if you teach in any capacity.

Happy work week. I hope to share more this upcoming week.


Freezer Cooking Wendy’s Chili and More

IMG_2918 (1)I’m in love with this Wendy’s chili that is freezer friendly and so easy to make on a busy school day. I love how it tastes exactly like Wendy’s with the kidney and pinto beans. I love how I can crock the raw turkey in the soup and break it a part at the end of the day. Have I said how much I love this easy chili?

IMG_2920I also love how easy Asian Honey chicken comes together on a busy night. I usually have frozen brown rice that’s thawing and my Asian chicken in my thawing box. I add a side of steamed broccoli and voila, easy peasy dinner night, especially when my husband stir-fries the chicken for me.

IMG_2927And since I made this copycat Panara broccoli cheese soup in my Cougar Kitchen at school, I thought I might as well duplicate it at home. It’s awesome with Southern cornbread, which is also freezer friendly.

Oh how I can not live without my freezer and make ahead meals. Have you prepared any easy meals lately?