Kids Making DIY Christmas Ornaments

Kids Making DIY Christmas Ornaments

One of the things many people value about the holidays are having family traditions for Christmas to share with their kids. You know the things like cookie baking, gift-giving, volunteering, Christmas-caroling, decorating, etc. I don’t know your kids in particular, but my children enjoy craft projects and making things. I found a DIY Christmas ornament project I decided to try with them this year. We had decided we shouldn’t spend money on buying new Christmas decorations this year. But this seemed like a nice way to add some new ornaments…

Family Joy Blog Link-up #46

Family Joy Blog Link-up #46

So who is getting ready for Christmas? I have most of my shopping done. We are planning to get a tree and hopefully do some decorating this weekend. I attempted making homemade ornaments with the kids today, but mistakenly added waaa-y too much of one of the ingredients, so we will have to try it again. Actually today (Friday) was just kind of one of those days. You know what I mean. When stuff that gets to you just keeps happening. Like trying to get your oldest to the school bus…

Our Egg Basket Update and Chicken Status

Our Egg Basket Update and Chicken Status

Back in the spring we had started our little backyard chicken flock project. Our goal was to raise our own healthy eggs, and eventually meat birds as well. We have been fairly successful with the egg part. Right now we daily see 4-5 eggs in our egg basket.  We actually had started getting 6 eggs a day, but lost a hen to a predator a couple of weeks ago. Of course it was the Barred Rock that would lay a larger size egg than her sister. But still for our family of…

Family Joy Blog Link-up #45

Family Joy Blog Link-up #45

Family Joy Blog link-up is back, and hopefully you can take a break from deal-shopping to join us again. Maybe you”ll even get some gift ideas! I did go out shopping with a co-worker, but nothing too crazy. We met on Black Friday at 6 am, and had a nice time shopping. My kids and I have already been in the candy canes! Our family hasn’t done any decorating yet though. Maybe this coming weekend.  Did any of you go shopping on Black Friday? Or do you avoid it all and shop online?…

A Baker’s Essential Tool List

A Baker’s Essential Tool List

What would this world be like without bakers? Well, definitely less delicious-tasting for sure! And just like in any other craft or profession, bakers have essential tools that help them work their kitchen magic. Of course, this list may vary somewhat by personal preference, but I would like to present a list of tools that I like or feel are helpful for bakers. So please allow me to share some ideas with you for a bakers essential tool list! *This post contains affiliate links/pictures.  I may receive compensation if you…

Family Joy Blog Link-up #44

Family Joy Blog Link-up #44

First of all I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving this week! I hope you all have a lovely holiday with family and friends. For us it is finally a Thanksgiving where my husband doesn’t have to work. The medical profession is not a kind one when it comes to getting off for the holidays. But this year he does have off.  Next, I imagine many of you are starting preparations for the Christmas season, which is my favorite of holidays! We took our children to drop off their…

Cake Balls For A Special Gift Treat

Cake Balls For A Special Gift Treat

I came across a book at the library two weeks ago called Cake Balls by Robin Ankeny and Charlotte Lyon. I decided to grab it and take it home with me. Cake balls or cake pops, whichever you call them, are something I’ve wanted to try making. The book itself is small and cute, but with gorgeous pictures of so many different varieties of cake balls. Inside the book, the authors give some history behind their business The Cake Ball Company. Then they go over what basic equipment you need to make…

Family Joy Blog Link-up #43

Family Joy Blog Link-up #43

Once again it’s time to visit us here at Family Joy Blog Link-up. There were 230 posts at our link-up last week. A couple of my co-hosts have a few Thanksgiving ideas to share this week, so you might want to visit their blogs. We also chose to feature several Thanksgiving craft posts from last week. So start prepping for the holiday! And I have my extra feature that comes from link-up party visitors who leave a comment. Please leave a comment! And tell me what number you are in the link-up! Let the…

Fast & Easy Barbecued Chicken Biscuits

Fast & Easy Barbecued Chicken Biscuits

Moms have a lot of stuff in their lives to manage. We take care of children, cook, clean, do laundry, and see that everyone makes to where they are scheduled to be. Some moms have to balance all this with a working career outside the home as well. But all of us have those days where we need to get a hot food on the table ASAP. This is when a recipe like Fast & Easy Barbecued Chicken Biscuits comes in handy. It uses some pre-packaged ingredients to speed up…

Family Joy Blog Link-up #42

Family Joy Blog Link-up #42

It’s the weekend and that means time for another blog link-up party! Now that it’s November I’d love to hear if you have any great Thanksgiving recipes. I also would enjoy getting tips on saving money with Christmas decorating and shopping for gifts. But as this is Thanksgiving month, let me just say I’m “thankful” for those of you who keep coming to our blog link-up and making it possible. Last week I only had one person who left a comment on my link-up party. So I am going to…