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*No More Perfect Kids*: a must read for moms & dads everywhere!

You may remember last year that I shared with you about the wonderful book No More Perfect Moms, by Jill Savage.  I'm really excited to share with you about the follow up book to that: No More Perfect Kids.  
This amazing book by Jill Savage and Kathy Koch is written to not just moms, but to dads as well and is one of the most encouraging parenting books that I've read in a very long time.  And some parental encouragement is just what I need these days.  
The theme of this book is "it's about progress not perfection".  And I really needed to hear that. 
I struggle very much with what Jill describes as "the perfection infection".  It's a family trait so I come by it honestly and it was the way I was raised.  But it's so harmful.  I very much want to break that cycle.

Many times when I lay my head on my pillow at night I am so filled with shame at words I've said to my children in anger or frustration that day.  Going to bed feeling like a c…

What I've Read So Far This Year

I've been reading A LOT so far this year!  I hope that's a good sign for the rest of the year.  I have so.many.books. that I want to read right now.  
I'm just glad that I've read as many books this year as there have been weeks so far!
What I've been reading:
{Fiction}: The Prairie Legacy Series by Janette OkeThe Tender YearsA Searching HeartA Quiet StrengthLike Gold RefinedStealing the Preacher, by Karen WitemeyerThe Mysterious Benedict Society, by Trenton Lee Stewart (with the kiddos)The Clocks, by Agatha Christie
{Non-Fiction}: Intentional Marriage, by Crystal BrothersBucket List Learning, by Kimberlee WilkesSay Goodbye to Survival Mode, by Crystal PaineNotes From a Blue Bike, by Tsh Oxenrider (more on this one later this week!)No More Perfect Kids, by Jill Savage and Kathy Koch (more on this one later this week, too!!) I'm currently reading Emma by Jane Austen.  Trying to get some more classic reading in these days.  
What about you?  What are you reading this…

What's For Dinner {March 17th}

(free printable artwork found here)
Happy St. Patrick's Day!! Top o'the morning to ye!!
I'm back on track this week with the menu plan~whoo hoo:)  It's going to be a full week so I've gotta stay on top of things.  
Here's what's cooking this week:
Monday:Corned Beef with Cabbage, Potatoes, and Carrots ...and Soda Bread, if I get around to making some:)

Tuesday:Hamburgers Diane, Potato Cakes, and Southern Green Beans

Wednesday:Tostadas

Thursday:Ranch-Style Chicken, Baked Potatoes, and Salad

Friday:Girls-Night-Out with The Princess and her friends for her birthday

Saturday:Tacos, Rice & Beans Casserole, Chips and Homemade Salsa

Sunday:{The Princess' 11th Birthday!} Lunch out with family and friends

This post is linked to Menu Plan Monday at I'm an Organizing Junkie.

End of the Week Wrap-Up {snow days, sick days, & an international festival}

Yep.  It is time to wrap this week up! 
In my life this week...
...we celebrated Vince's birthday over a period of three days~he's finally learned to stretch out the party beyond just one day ....like I do! :)  We were actually snowed-in on his birthday, but we had cake so it was all good! (the photobomber getting photobombed)
We had lots of fun on our first snow days of the year.  Even though our local school have been out for LOTS of snow days this year, none of it was actually snow so we didn't bother taking the days off.  It was fun to set the books aside for a couple of days and just play (and, for me, do lots of laundry...ha!).  I posted a little more about our fun in the snow earlier this week here.
(getting ready to head down the hill)
(feeding the birds)
The Princess also had oral surgery on Wednesday of this week.  She needed to have some teeth extracted due to crowding so that she'll be ready for braces soon.  I really felt for her because I had the same surger…

Snow Days!

This has been quite the winter!  And this week proved that it's not over yet.  On Sunday night we got hit with freezing rain, sleet, and snow ...several inches of it!  We've been wanting a really good snow all winter long and just when we were starting to get in the mood for spring ...it came.  ha!  So we have just been enjoying it as much as we can.  
Early in February we had some winter-y weather, but it was during that extremely busy week of travel for our family and the kiddos didn't get to enjoy it at all (except from the car window).  So since they haven't taken a single snow day this year (our local public schools have been out for over 2 weeks all together now!), I thought it was high time!  We took off Monday, partly to celebrate Vince's birthday and partly to enjoy playing outside.  Then we took off Tuesday, partly to go sledding on our local golf course and partly to finish celebrating Vince's birthday with dinner at his restaurant of choice: P.F. C…

Tasty Tuesdays {Black Forest Cake}

And it's Tasty Tuesday again!!  Yea!!

We celebrated my awesome hubby's birthday yesterday.  We were snowed/iced in (still are!), but we had CAKE!  That's all that matters, right? :)

Black Forest Cake is his fave and this is a recipe that I've made often for his birthdays in the past.  It had been a while though and I decided we needed to have it again this year.

It's SO good!!  Traditional Black Forest Cake is actually a little heavy for me, but this one is light and delicious!



Black Forest Cake (cake) 6 eggs 1 cup granulated sugar 1 tsp. vanilla 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
(I like the Hershey's Special Dark)
1/2 cup butter, melted (filling & topping) 2-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream 2 tbsp. powdered sugar 1/2 tsp. vanilla 1 can cherry pie filling grated chocolate chocolate curls ***** Preheat the oven to 350F.  Grease and flour three 8" round cake pans.   Whisk the eggs with the sugar and vanilla in a bowl until they are pale…

What's for dinner {Mar 3}

Well, we have just been hit with Ice Storm #3/Winter Storm Titan.  March is definitely coming in like a lion!  Spring will seem all the sweeter after this extremely cold and long winter.

In the meantime, I'm going to enjoy being cozy at home with my family and do some cooking!


Monday:{Vince's birthday!} Steak & Potato Scallop, Southern Green Beans, 

Tuesday: P.F. Chang's (weather permitting)

Wednesday: Tostadas

Thursday:Chicken Crepes, veggie-to-be-decided

Friday:{visiting our local International Festival}

Saturday: leftovers/snacks

This post is linked to Menu Plan Monday at I'm an Organizing Junkie.