Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Entertainers

McKenzie made the Grenada Middle School show choir, The Entertainers, this year and they had their first show Thursday night.  The theme of the show was "The Beat Goes On".  I have a short video below of one of the songs they sang, "You Can't Stop The Beat".  McKenzie and all of the kids did a great job!

Betty did a post of her fall decorations earlier today so be sure and scroll down to see that after you watch the video.


Fall is my favorite time of year. There are so many things to love about fall. One of my favorite things is decorating for it. I have put away everything that is summer and replaced with fall things. The first thing I did was get a new doormat from Target for the back door. That combined with these rust colored mums and a pretty wreath I already had made a fresh look for the season. For our mailbox I used an iron scarecrow. It's hard to see in the picture but it's there! I took the summer cushions off the furniture and replaced with a couple of fall pillows.

Now for the inside, I use the same decorations each year but try to find new ways to use them. I bought these cute little owls at Dollar Tree to tuck in different places. In my Peter's pottery bowl,
 I used some acorns I recently found on a trip to Michael's and a couple of felt pumpkins from Target dollar section. I will use this bowl all the way to Thanksgiving. Another favorite thing of mine is getting fall magazines in the mail. Makes for great reading in the carpool line at the schools!

I have not used my fall garland in a few years but decided to use it this year. I tucked a few pumpkins and owls here and there.

Hot chocolate time and my pretty mugs!

Ok this picture has nothing to do with fall but it cracks me up. This particular day Matt got on purple and got to pick a prize out of the treasure chest in his class. He picked this gross set of teeth. David picked him up that day and he couldn't wait to run to David and smile big. Life with boys! I love it!

Happy fall decorating!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Homecoming 2014

Tonight is Grenada High's homecoming game.  Here's a picture of McKenzie and Matt supporting the Chargers!  Today is "hat day" for the elementary.  That's why Matt has a hat on, not because we were lazy and didn't get his hair combed!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

French Dip Sandwiches

I am always on the hunt for easy recipes. Mary Catherine shared one of her family favorites with me and I am so glad she did.  I love the fact that it cooks in the crock-pot all day. This is great for busy nights when everyone is going in different directions.  We loved it! Matt, my picky eater, told me that this was the best thing I ever cooked! Ha, so I will be cooking this a lot. Hope you will give it a try, too.

French Dip Sandwiches

beef roast
1 packet of Au Jus mix
1 can beef consomme soup
1 can water
1 packet dry Italian dressing mix
1 pack sliced provolone cheese
sub rolls

Mix the Au Jus, beef consomme soup and water; stir till dissolved.  Put in crock-pot, place roast on top of mix (I always brown my roast first).  Sprinkle dry Italian dressing mix on top of that. Cook on low for 8 hours.

Take roast out and shred. Place meat on the buns with 2 slices of cheese on top of meat. Turn broiler on to melt cheese.

Use sauce for dipping. Yum!

We usually have tater tots with these sandwiches.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Throwback Thursday

Betty is having a garage sale this Saturday and one of the items she's selling is McKenzie's old Easy Bake Oven.  That brought back some memories and we thought we'd share a priceless video of McKenzie doing a cooking show using her Easy Bake Oven from six years ago.