Friday, September 30, 2011

Fabulous Friday Find

Sorry for posting this so late.  I have been in Atlanta all day staffing an event for Gov. Rick Perry.  More on that later.

But for now I want to show y'all one of the cutest DIY projects.

My Mom found this on one of her favorite blogs Beneath My Heart.
photo from
Is that too cute or what?

You can see more photos and all of the details on her post here

Big winner announcement tomorrow!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Fabulous Friday Find

Happy Fall Y'all!

Well Fall is offically here, praise the Lord!

I wanted to give you an inside look at the cookbook featured in our giveaway.
There is a calendar for each month
And the soup of the day

A great find for all soup lovers

Available at Williams-Sonoma.

Of course you just might win this...

But we'll have to wait till October 1st to find out.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Williams-Sonoma All-Clad Giveaway

The time for entering this giveaway has ended . Thanks for your interest, and be sure to check out the rest of our site.

Ah fall, my favorite season.  I know I have said this before but I just adore fall.  Everything about it makes me smile.

One thing about fall is it makes me want to cook.  I mean more than usual.  There is something so comforting about having a large pot of soup on the stove.   

You may remember that I mentioned how much we loved our new All-Clad stockpot when we made chili.

It is such a great kitchen tool, and I'm having so much fun with it, that I wanted to share it with y'all.

So, drum roll please...

I am giving away a brand-new All-Clad 12qt Multi-purpose Pot! 
Multi-purpose you ask? Not only is this a great stockpot, but it comes with  mesh strainer and steamer inserts.
Now that is what I call multi tasking!

But wait there is more...

To give you plenty of inspiration I am including a copy of Williams-Sonoma's new cookbook  "Soup of the Day-365 Recipes for Every Day of the Year ".

Now for the important stuff, how to enter. 

Each person can have up to 5 entries:

1) Leave a comment answering this question, "What is your favorite soup?"

2) Follow "Southern Homemaking"

3) Add "Southern Homemaking" to your blog

4) Share on your blog

5) Share on Facebook

Please leave a comment of each entry.  International entries welcome.

If you already follow "Southern Homemaking" or have added it to your blog, please leave a comment so you will get all of your entries.

The winner will be randomly chosen on October 1st.

Good luck, and may the best cook win!

this giveaway is not sponsored by Williams-Sonoma or All-Clad.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Fall is almost here!

Fall officially starts later this week, and I can hardly wait. Fall is definitely my favorite season.  So to celebrate the beginning of fall I have a very exciting giveaway planned for later this week.  (hint: it comes from my favorite store)

                      Until then I will leave you with my favorite fall photograph.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The important things

Taking time for the important things is not always easy, but is something I have been trying to do with my sisters lately.  Sometimes I succeed, sometimes I fail.

A few days ago Mom and Dad went out for an early dinner.  The girls where playing, and the baby was asleep on my bed.  Ah the perfect time to finish that book.  Then (knock, knock) a precious little one tip-toes into my room, "Can we please do painting, oh please sweet sister".  My mind started racing, "painting makes a mess, and the baby is so peaceful, I really want to finish this book, they can always paint another time".  I looked up from my book and told her that they would have to wait till another time.  She went away quietly, with a slightly dejected face.  And I felt like a heel.  After about 30 seconds of reflection I realized I had made the wrong decision.  So I put down my book, went out to the family room and helped them set up the painting supplies. 
It is times like this I remind myself these days are precious, and go by quickly.

I can read that book later. 

I can write that blog post after they go to bed. 

I can wait to watch that movie. 

I can't wait to invest in my family. 

I can't wait to make memories.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Fabulous Friday Find

I have another great product to share with y'all.

I love tea in general, hot tea in particular. But one thing has always puzzled me. 

Why in the world would a tea company *cough* Celestial Seasonings *cough* make tea bags without a string? Sure you can use your spoon to get it out of the cup, but unless you give it a good squeeze, half of the flavor is missing.  I started pressing mine between two spoons, until...

One of the best ideas ever!  A teaspoon and strainer combined into one, wonderful tea accessory.  And were else would you find such a wonderful item, Williams-Sonoma of course!  Oh how I love that place.  Some women go to the mall and shop for shoes.  I go to Williams-Sonoma and shop for kitchen gadgets.

Here is a link, I dare you to browse their site for 10 minutes and not fall in love with something. 

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Happy Birthday Baby

On September 8th 2009, God blessed our family with a precious gift, Abigail Hope.  Her name Abigail means "a father's joy"  but she is our entire families joy. 

Her birth was quite amazing. 

Now before I get into to this I just want to say that my mother is without a doubt the most amazing woman on this earth.  Especially when it comes to childbirth.  My mother has big babies, I mean BIG babies. But if you saw us today you would never guess. Dad always says "My wife births butterballs, and raises toothpicks." I am the peewee of the family weighing in at 8.11, my other siblings were 9.0, 9.10 and 9.4. And brace yourself, we were born naturally with NO medication of any kind.

Then there was Abbey. 11 pounds 4 ounces of pure joy. and yes, she too was born all natural. Do I hear "Mother of the Year" nomination anyone?

Once Abbey came home, we couldn't wait to have a real life doll to play with.
She is SUCH a doll!
She likes to climb into odd places
She also has a thing for posing with her mouth opened
And making funny faces
Praying with her great-grandmother

Happy Birthday Sweetie

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Nana's Chili

Fall is almost here! I think I hear the Hallelujah chorus.

I love fall, it is by far my favorite season.

There are many reasons to love fall, and one of them is soup.

Today I will be sharing our family's favorite chili recipe.

We love it for many reasons:

1) It is very easy to make.

2) It is a family original, my Nana started making this recipe 40 years ago.

3) It has a great mild taste and can be spiced up to each persons taste.

Nana's Chili
1 lb ground chuck
3-4 TB dried minced onions
1 10oz can tomato soup
1 28oz can diced tomatoes
2 16oz beans (red, kidney or pinto)

In a large stock pot sprinkle a thin layer of minced dried onions to cover bottom of pot, add meat.  After the meat is thoroughly cooked, drain the fat and discard.  Return to stove top and add remaining ingredients. Cook on medium/low heat for about 1 hour, until beans have softened.  Add salt, pepper and chili powder to taste.

Below are some photos of the triple batch we made today.

Note on the beans: In our triple batch we used two of each. If you are making a single batch, just mix the beans to your personal preference.
We LOVE our new All-Clad stockpot
Before dinner
After dinner

The Four B's of Toddler Fashion

Beads, Blouse, Bloomers & Boots 

Monday, September 5, 2011

Have I told you today that I love you?

That is what my Dad would say to me every day when he came home from work.  I remember hearing his car pull into the driveway and running to the door.  There he was in his suit and tie on one knee, with his arms open waiting for his little girl to run to him.  And without fail he would hug me and then say "Have I told you today that I love you? Because I do, very much". 

So... Have I told you today that I love you? Because I do, very much.

When you stop by to read my blog it makes my day.

When you leave a comment it makes my week.

Thank you for taking time out of your busy lives to check my blog. 

Thank you for all of your kind comments.

Thank you for being my cyber friends.

So give yourself a big hug for me, and know that you are greatly appreciated.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Fabulous Friday Find

Todays find is a wonderful cookbook by another blogger The Pioneer Woman

Now I don't kid myself, my blog isn't in the same solar system as hers, but it is fun to see how a ranch wife has become such a sensation. 

And most of that is thanks to her cooking.

If you like what you see here and on her blog, you can purchase her cookbook at Amazon & Barnes & Noble
I have heard great things about her lasagna
I like how she breaks things up with random ranch photos
I LOVE these little muffins, would y'all like the recipe?
My sweet friend Sarah has made the Cinnamon Rolls for our family several times. They are fantastic!

Mom decided to make this cake today for no real reason.
I think I might be rubbing off on her
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