Wednesday, December 29, 2010



2 lbs hamburger (brown in skillet, drain grease)
2 cans Fire Roasted Tomatoes
2 cans Black Beans
2 cans Mexicorn
1 taco seasoning pack
1 ranch dip pack
1 jar cheese dip (found in the chip aisle)

Throw it all together in the crockpot. Cook on low for 4-6 hours. Serve with tortilla chips.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Silhouette Giveaway!!!

Go here to enter to win a Silhouette over at Brown Paper Packages! I would love to win one of these for myself...ummm...I mean for Maple Memories!! :)

I'll be back soon.

I promise. With something interesting. I don't know what yet, but something. The kids are on break and I've really been trying to give them "quality" time, which means less blog time. It's been fun. So, don't leave me. I'll be back soon. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Melted Snowman Cookies

I saw these Melted Snowmen Cookies here and just had to make them. So fun!! She used Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix, but I used this recipe instead. I ran out of white flour, so mine ended up being 1/2 white and 1/2 wheat. The other adaption I made was to use mini chocolate chips for the buttons. Can you tell I wasn't prepared when I started!? :)

Friday, December 17, 2010

Cleaning for a Reason

If you know any woman currently undergoing chemotherapy, please pass the word to her that there is a cleaning service that provides FREE housecleaning - once per month for 4 months while she is in treatment. All she has to do is sign up and have her doctor fax a note confirming the treatment. Cleaning for a Reason will have a participating maid service in her zip code area arrange for the service. Also, if you own or work for a cleaning service, they are looking for more people with big hearts!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Reasons we LOVE you

My husband's Grandfather just turned 88. For his birthday, the kids made him a GIANT card filled with "88 reasons we LOVE Great Grandpa!!" It was fun to make and even more special to watch his reaction as he read them all. Some were sweet enough to make your heart melt ("Because he took me out for ice cream after my softball game was canceled so that I wouldn't feel sad."), while others made us laugh so hard ("Because he is old.")

"Because he gives great hugs."
"Because he comes to our soccer games."

"Because he is proud of us."
"Because he plays basketball in our driveway with us."

"Because he is flexible."
"Because he can do a headstand on top of a horse." (see picture that follows for proof!)

"Because he serves people at Thanksgiving."
"Because he delivers meals for Meals on Wheels."
"Because he takes good care of animals."
My favorite..."Because he loves us!"

I thought this idea might come in handy for Christmas...let someone know all the ways that you love them!!!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Say It On The Wall

I am so excited!! I won a $20 Gift Certificate for Say It On The Wall over at The Idea Room. As soon as I heard, I started shopping! There are so many adorable things but I finally decided on this...

and this...

I can't wait to get my glass blocks and set up the Nativity Scene in my home. There were so many great ideas for Christmas Gifts! Head on over to Say It On The Wall and see what you can find! Oh, and they have been running a "Product of the Week" Special, which gives you 40% off the featured item during that week.