Wednesday, October 31, 2012

{A Quick Post}

Hey, all!  :)

Just wanted to let you know that I haven't forgotten about my blog.  We are in the ER with Joy, waiting to be taken up to a room.  We don't know yet if it's pancreatitis or something else.  We would appreciate your prayers!  :)

Thank you and God bless,

Monday, October 29, 2012

Pinned it, Made it! Monday ~ Week 15 ~

I’m sorry to be a little later getting the Pinned it, Made it! Monday post on today. We decided as a kind of last minute thing to go on a fall sightseeing weekend trip and didn’t get back in until late last night.

For my Pinned it, Made it! Monday entry, I’m sharing a recipe that I came across on a new blogging friend’s blog a week or so ago. I knew it would be good and pinned it to my What’s For Dinner Pinterest board. I made it for supper and we loved it! As a matter of fact, we ate every single bite between having left-overs for supper again and then for lunch until it was gone!

Here’s the original pin from Kelly:

Source:  Adorned Well

And the recipe:

Loaded Potato Soup

6 large russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 large onion, chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
3- 14 oz cans chicken broth
1/4 c butter
2 1/2 t salt
1 1/4 t freshly ground pepper
1 c whipping cream or half and half
1 c shredded SHARP Cheddar cheese
3 T chopped fresh chives (I used about 1 T dried chives)
1 (8 oz.) sour cream (for garnish only if desired)
4 bacon slices cooked and crumbled Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Combine first 6 ingredients in a stock pot (or in a 5 qt. slow cooker).

Cover and cook on medium-high until potatoes are tender (slow cooker: high for 4 hours or on low 8 hours).

Mash mixture until potatoes are coarsely chopped and soup is slightly thickened; stir in cream, cheese and chives.

Top with sour cream and sprinkle with bacon and Cheddar cheese before serving.

And here's mine before adding our individual extras:

Note from Tammy:

I cooked mine in the crock pot on high for 4 hours.  I added some (just a little) sour cream, bacon, and shredded cheese into the entire pot of soup right before I put it on the table and then we added more of those ingredients individually to our taste. Oh, and instead of using crumbled bacon, I used real bacon bits.

It was delicious! And it’s perfect for a cold day!


Now, it’s your turn! Won’t you join me for Pinned it, Made It! Monday? It’s all about sharing something you’ve pinned on Pinterest and followed through and made or tried.

To participate in Pinned it, Made it! Monday, here are the guidelines:

1) Just do a post about what you’ve pinned and made from Pinterest, then come back over here to Country Girl at Home and link that particular post (not your blog in general) on this post below.

2) I don’t mind if you link up more than one post….multiple entries are fine.

3) You must add my Pinned it, Made it! Monday button on your post or sidebar of your blog linking back to Country Girl at Home. You may get this button code on the page at the top of my blog labeled “Buttons”. Just copy and paste the code into your post.

4) Be supportive and visit blog entries. I do ask that you visit at least one and leave a comment there. And don't forget to leave me one here! :) We all love comments, don’t we? It’s encouraging and uplifting!

5) By linking up and participating, you give me permission to use your entry photo if I decide to feature an entry.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week!  :)

♥ Tammy ♥ 

Friday, October 26, 2012

Faithful Friday - "If My People"

Our country’s future is at a crossroad right now. Some people would say that “religion and politics” don’t mix. But I disagree. Instead I choose to believe what God’s Word says.

As long as our nation keeps God as its foundation and keeps His laws and standards, it will be blessed.

"Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people He chose for His inheritance."
Psalm 33:12  

God also tells us to choose our leaders wisely. A leader leads his people. He is going to lead from what’s in his heart and his convictions, from his lifestyle and character.  The Bible is full of accounts of the people choosing their leaders, sometimes unwisely, to which they spent years suffering the consequences, and sometimes choosing wisely, to which they enjoyed years of blessings because of their wise choice.

"When the righteous rule, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan."

Proverbs 29:2

"Righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people."

Proverbs 14:34
In a little less than two weeks, our great country will have the responsibility (and privilege) of choosing our leader. I strongly believe that it’s our duty to choose the one that more closely follows God’s Word and the laws and guidance given to us in His Word, including the sanctity of life and marriage.

Our family (and thankfully may others I know) are praying for this election……that America chooses wisely so that our nation remains a blessed one. And thankfully, God also gives us a promise of hope if we choose wisely and heed His words, and cast our vote from a Biblical worldview.

"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land."
2 Chronicles 7:14

If you would like to join us for Faithful Friday, you can link with Joy here. We would love for you to join us! And thank you for stopping by today!  Be sure and check out the other Faithful Friday posts as well.  We hope you leave encouraged in your Christian Walk!  :)

Have a great weekend!

♥ Tammy ♥

Thursday, October 25, 2012

♥ A Favorite Homeschool Field Trip ♥

Our homeschool group has taken many field trips. I love field trips. My kids love field trips. But this one has been my favorite……….for three times now.

It was to a Mennonite community in Tennessee. It was a bit of a drive for us, but so worth it.

The first time I went on this field trip was when Colt was little…..maybe 6 years old or so. At that time, they had a dairy farm. As a matter of fact, I found pictures of Colt helping to bottle feed a calf while we were there.  He was in first grade! 

We also visited the bakery at that time and had lunch at the Mennonite school with their students and were able to tour the classroom and observe the class in action.

The second time we went was the fall of 2010. Luke had only been home with us a few months. Again, we visited the bakery, visited and fed the animals on the farm behind the bakery, visited and toured the cabinetry shop, and ate lunch with the Mennonite children at their school and our children had the opportunity to play a game of volleyball with them during their recess time.

The third time was just last week. We visited the bakery, where the kids were given homemade cookies and fresh milk. We visited the cabinet shop, where they were given a special piece of wood crafted into the shape of the state of Tennessee, and again we met at the Mennonite school where we enjoyed lunch with their children and again our kids played with their kids on the playground, including a game of volleyball. The moms toured the classrooms and talked with the teachers.

And by the way, I asked if it was okay to take photos and they said yes.

I just love the colors of the girls dresses!
That's Joy serving.....she said the Mennonite students are really good team players and were very friendly and encouraging......naturally too! 

I love how the older kids play with the younger ones!

My carload of kiddos.....that's Michael & Zachary with Luke and Joy

On the seesaw......

Luke's friend, Jenna

The boys posed for me for a moment.......they were on a snake hunting expedition.  :)

Just because he's SO adorable....I had to include Hudson!  Love those cheeks!

Just hanging around.....  :)

They are the kindest people, and answered our many questions. I was worried about offending them with so many questions, but they reassured us that they didn’t mind at all. We came home talking about the field trip to Jason all last weekend. We’ve decided that our family will make a trip back to the bakery and especially for Jason to visit the cabinet shop one weekend. I know he would love it, being the carpenter that he is. The owner told me to bring him for a tour! And we’d love to visit their church, especially on the evening that they have a singing service.

If you didn’t already know, the major difference between Mennonite and Amish is their use of technology. Years ago in the early part of the century, there was a peaceful agreement where the Amish opted to keep things the old-fashioned way and not push forward with the use of technology and the Mennonites chose to use technology (such as electricity), but they do still shy away from the media (TV, radio, and computers). They did tell us that they use computers for their business, but not the internet. Their dress is closer to ours, especially for the men, although the ladies do dress a little more similar to the Amish. I think they look beautiful!

Everyone at the bakery shop, cabinet shop, and school were so kind and most gracious to us. Joy is now a pen pal with one of the girls from the school. Very good people, they are!

They wondered what we found interesting enough about them to make a field trip out of it………and I told them not only were they interesting, but it was my favorite field trip, hands down!

Hope you enjoyed “going on this homeschool field trip” with us through the pictures!

♥ Tammy ♥

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

♥ This is Good Stuff ♥

Have you tried this heavenly smelling Maple Pumpkin room spray by Glade?  It's GOOD STUFF.

I saw it on a blog (sorry I can’t remember whose at the moment)….please forgive me! Anyway, I’ve been looking for it at Walmart (with no luck) ever since seeing it on the blog.  I’ve seen every other scent I believe, but this one. That is until this past weekend. They they were and I immediately grabbed the last two. For only $2.50 each, it’s a bargain considering the size and how wonderful they smell!  The name just reminds me of pancakes and maple syrup on the stove along with a spicy pumpkin smell.  I'm sitting here now enjoying this cozy aroma!

Okay, I’m sharing this little secret of a product with you, and I can envision Walmart now being sold out of Maple Pumpkin Glade Room be sure and leave just a little more for me!   :)   I’m planning on keeping this on hand all through Christmas and on through the winter! I just love it!

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a great day!  :)

♥ Tammy ♥ 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

♥ Sneak Peek ♥

Jason has been a busy bee working on the staircase. He worked all weekend, minus the time we were in church.  He's made great progress in the past few days!

I thought I’d tease you a little bit with a sneak peek. Please excuse the dust.

Oh what a difference it is! I can’t wait to show you the rest of it. Of course, I want to wait until it’s all done though! 

Jason is working on the trim work now and I’ve still got to tear down wallpaper and extend the red paint on the living room side wall. 

It’s got to be done in time for Christmas decorating, which for us is the first week of November!  :)

Enjoy your day! :)

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Pinned it, Made it! Monday ~ Week 14 ~

It’s time again for Pinned it, Made it! Monday. Knowing this day rolls around every week really has helped motivate me to try out my pins!

This week I want to share with you a WONDERFUL recipe. It's called Award Winning Chili.  And it wins my favorite award!  :)  It actually reminded me of the chili at Texas Roadhouse, which I always get when I go there.  :)  I will be making this over and over. This will be my new chili recipe. I pinned this after reading that it had over 800 positive reviews and the lady that made it for her church contest won the trophy. I read the ingredients and knew I would love it. But not only I loved it, but so did my family (minus Joy….she’s my picky eater) and my parents, whom I invited over for dinner. In fact, my mama liked it so much that she made it for again for guests. This recipe was definitely a hit!

Here’s the original pin:


And I did remember to get a quick photo of mine.

Here's the recipe:

Award Winning Chili


2 pounds ground beef
1/2 onion, chopped
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
2 1/2 cups tomatoe sauce (I used 2 (15 oz) cans of tomato sauce
1 (8 oz) jar salsa
4 tablespoons chili seasoning mix (I used one package of McCormick chili seasoning)
1 (15 oz) can light red kidney beans
1 (15 oz) can dark red kidney beans


In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the ground beef and the onion and saute for 10 minutes, or until meat is browned and onion is tender.  Drain grease, if desired.

Add the ground pepper, garlic salt, tomato sauce, salsa, chili seasoning mix and kidney beans.  Mix well, reduce hat to low and simmer for at least an hour.

If you don’t have a chili recipe that you just love already, give this one a try. I really think you’ll like it!

Now it’s your turn…..won’t you share what you’ve been pinning and making or trying from Pinterest? And if you don't already follow along here on Country Girl at Home blog and Pinterest, this is your personal invitation to do so.  :)  You can find those buttons on my sidebar.

To participate in Pinned it, Made it! Monday, here are the guidelines:

1) Just do a post about what you’ve pinned and made from Pinterest, then come back over here to Country Girl at Home and link that particular post (not your blog in general) on this post below.

2) I don’t mind if you link up more than one post….multiple entries are fine.

3) You must add my Pinned it, Made it! Monday button on your post or sidebar of your blog linking back to Country Girl at Home. You may get this button code on the page at the top of my blog labeled “Buttons”. Just copy and paste the code into your post.

4) Be supportive and visit blog entries. I do ask that you visit at least one and leave a comment there. And don't forget to leave me one here! :) We all love comments, don’t we? It’s encouraging and uplifting!

5) By linking up and participating, you give me permission to use your entry photo if I decide to feature an entry

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!  :)

♥ Tammy ♥

Friday, October 19, 2012

Faithful Friday - "Your Life is a Symphony"

It’s Friday and that means it's time for Faithful Friday!  I love it!   

I want to share with you another beautiful “love letter” from the devotion book, His Princess (Love Letters from Your King). I guess you can tell that I love this little book.

I love music. Music has a way of moving me. God speaks to me through music. Therefore, I could identify with this “love letter” that relates God’s love and plan for our life to music beautifully written by Him. I hope you enjoy it too and that is speaks to your heart as well.

My Princess……Your Life is a Symphony

You are to Me a beautiful song. Your life is a sweet symphony that I Myself am composing note by note. I take your failures, your tears, and your triumphs, and I turn them into a glorious harmony that will be sung in the heavens for all eternity. All your thoughts and deeds are laid before Me like notes on a page. Every choice you make is a significant chord in an eternal arrangement. Don’t let the noise of the world destroy your magnificent melody, My beloved. Seek Me in the quiet stillness of the morning, and I will fill your heart with divine music. Stay in rhythm with My Spirit throughout the day, and I will make your life an irrestible medley that will linger like sweet perfume in the hearts of all that journey with you. Walk with Me in absolute surrender, and you will draw others to Me in a rhapsody of praise.

Your King and your Composer

He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be astounded. They will put their trust in the Lord.
Psalm 40:3 (NIV)

I’m so glad you stopped in today for Faithful Friday. I hope you click away encouraged and refreshed. I’d also like to invite you to visit Joy for her Faithful Friday post and we would love it if you decided to join us with a post as well. If you decide to do so, you can link up with Joy here.

Have a wonderful weekend and be blessed!  :)

♥ Tammy ♥

Thursday, October 18, 2012

♥ A Field Trip to Mama's House ♥

You wanna go on a field trip with me to my mama’s house? She’s always got some kind of sweets over there. We’ll have to see what she has when we arrive.

A couple of weeks ago, I took you on a little tour around my house showing you some things my hubby has made for me over the years. That day, I mentioned that he has made nearly as much, if not just as much, for her as he has for me. So today, I thought I’d take you a field trip next door to my mom’s house and show you just what all Jason has made for his dear mother-in-law.

Her style is definitely country and cozy.  :) 

We’ll start with my favorite piece that he made her. I LOVE this blue cabinet and I’m pretty sure it’s her favorite too! It’s in the dining room area.

He also made her these two corner cabinets.

He made the shelf above the windows.

And he made the table bench. I also love this. Love all the blue in her home.

In the kitchen, he made her the built-in pantry.

On the other side of the bar, he made the bar stools. (Hey, Jason, I need some of these up in the Cedar Loft…..hint, hint……. ).

In the living room, he built her shelves above the windows too.

And he made the shelving unit to hold all her angels. A visiting Spanish missionary once called her home, “the house of angels”. Very fitting, I think, with all the angels she collects.

He built the bed and chest in their bedroom.   Mama loves hearts!

And when they remodeled their master bath, Jason made the built-in linen cabinet at the end of the shower in the corner.

See? She really does have a house full of "Jason creations", doesn’t she?  I told Jason I think he's trying to win the Best Son-in-Law Award.  He laughed and reminded me it would be the Only Son-in-Law Award.  ha ha! 

Thanks for joining me today. I hope you enjoyed your visit.

Have a great day! :)

♥ Tammy ♥

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Sunporch Chat ♥ with Lois of Walking on Sunshine ♥

Come on in!  Join Lois (of Walking on Sunshine) and me on the sunporch!  She loves peach pie so that's what I'm serving today.  :)

Lois has been a long time blogging friend of mine.  I believe we started blogging the same year, if I remember correctly.  We have a few things in common, but most of all (and most importantly) she's a sister in Christ. :)  Many of you already know Lois and know that she has delicious recipes that can be found at Walking on Sunshine any day of the week.  Regardless of whether you know Lois already or not, I know you'll enjoy getting to know her better today.

So grab your piece of pie, sit back, and enjoy the chat.  :)

1) How long have you been blogging and what/who gave you the desire to blog?

I started blogging four years ago; a few weeks before my dad had a terrible accident and died.
Blogging became my place to "get it all out" and along the way I have met
so many GREAT women that I am proud to call FRIENDS!

 2) How did you choose the name of your blog and why? 

I chose the name, "Walking on Sunshine" after the song by Katrina and the Waves.
When The Colonel and I were dating, this was "our song" and I wanted the name
of my blog to somehow include my love for my husband and this does! 

3) What variety of topics do you post on your blog (examples - home decorating, family, gardening, recipes, adoption, homeschooling, crafting, etc....)

I think my blog description on my header photo answers THIS question,
"A place where I share a little of my life, but more importantly what's for dinner at our house tonight."

I love to share a little of everything on my blog.
My favorite blog posts are Tuesday's Question where I ask a question; serious or funny.
 I really enjoy reading all the comments!
And I also love to share the many recipes that I cook for my family!

Here's a photo of a recipe I posted just the other day.

4) Tell us a little about yourself and your family.

"The Colonel" and I have been married for 25 years and we have 2 children,
Olivia, who is 19 years old and Michael, who is 15 years old.  
Olivia is a sophomore in college down in Florida
studying English and Michael is a sophomore in high school AND on the football team.

My husband recently came off of active duty and is now
working at a local university teaching for the ROTC program. 
 He is still in the reserves and does his monthly weekends, with a few extra trips throughout the year.  
He was gone for the whole month of June and next year may be gone for May and June.

My Colonel receiving his Bronze Star in Afghanistan, Dec. 2010...

I happen to have the best job ever...
I'm a stay at home mom and I teach piano lessons.

5) How would you describe your decorating style?

I love primitives but also enjoy decorating with items that belonged to my relatives.
I have quite a few blue ball glass jars that were my grandmother's and I have added to them
over the years and display them on top of our kitchen cabinets.  
I also have china and crystal pieces that belonged to my mother and other family members.  
They may not fit the "primitive" theme, but looking at them brings me joy.
In our kitchen hutch I have a set of antique dishes that belonged to my grandmother!

Our kitchen...

6) What's your favorite color and why?

I love a lot of colors!  But the color blue makes me happy. 

7) Tell us a few of your favorite things (collections, things that make you happy, etc.).

My collection of Ball Jars makes me happy.
I have over 40!

8) What do you like to do in your spare time (hobbies, crafts, etc..)?

Lately, in my spare time I blog, spend time on Facebook with my Walking on Sunshine Page
and cook, try new recipes and of course clean, laundry, etc.
You can find my Walking on Sunshine Facebook Page HERE!
I would love for you to join the fun we have there.

9) What does your dream house look like? (Describe and/or include photo)

I really do enjoy the house we live in now.

10) If you could visit anywhere, anytime, where would it be and why?

I would LOVE to visit Germany.
My father grew up in Germany and I would love to visit the small village where my father
spent so many years and spoke of so lovingly.

11) Would you share with us a favorite homemaking/organizing tip or recipe, etc..?

I am a very organized person.
 The one thing I make sure to do in our house is,
"Have a place for everything and have everything in its place."
I have found that to be the most easiest way to keep a tidy house.

12) Tell us something about yourself that we might not already know from reading your blog. (something unusual, etc..)

I can type VERY fast.
Up until last summer I worked from home as a transcriptionist.
I think playing the piano helps me a little!

13) Tell us a way God has blessed you and/or your family.

God has kept His hand upon my life from the day I was born.
I have always served Him and will until the day I die.
This is my prayer for my husband and now for both my children.

14) Share any words of wisdom and/or a favorite quote you'd like to leave with us. 

I would love to share with you one of my favorite scripture verses...

Psalms 30:12

"To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. 
Lord my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever."

Thank you so much for our chat Tammy!
I enjoyed our time and I hope you and your readers did also.  
From Tammy:
Thank you, Lois, for joining me today on the sunporch for a chat.  I said we had several things in common.  You actually know one, Lois......we both teach piano lessons.  But another one you don't know......I also did transcribing for years (part-time at home).  Must be the piano playing, huh?  Most of all, I know you have a deep love for the Lord and family.  That's always an immediate bond.  Thank you so much for being my guest today!  :)
Thank you to everyone that joined us today.  I hope you enjoyed the visit and the peach pie.  I know Lois would love for you to stop by her blog here and visit and leave her a comment.  I always love hearing from you too!  I hope you're enjoying these Sunporch Chats as much as I am! 
Thank you so much!  Have a great day!  :)
♥ Tammy ♥

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

♥ Catch-Up ♥

Have you ever visited an Amish community? If you haven’t and you get the chance, you should go! We were able to visit an Amish community in Tennessee when we went to my brother’s house for an extended weekend vacation last week. It was a very cool crisp day for the buggy ride through the Amish community. The driver was very informative and stopped at several of the Amish homes for us to visit their shops and purchase wares if we desired.

We watched them make sorghum molasses. We bought delicious peanut brittle that never made it out of the buggy. It was gone before we ever returned to our car! I saw the most adorable little Amish boy in his straw hat that I would have loved to scoop up and hug. I saw a little Amish girl cracking walnuts with her bare feet on her front porch, and eat them. And I had to buy this basket. I have a weakness for baskets in the first place, but this one was made by Amelia, a 12 year Amish girl.

On the bottom of the basket:  Can you see the handwriting -  Made by Amelia age 12

Monday night, we celebrated Jason’s 52nd birthday.


And we’re still enjoying the ice cream bar cake. It needs to be gone because it calls to me from the freezer.


You don’t get to see Colt (our oldest) very often. I was so glad to have him home for awhile last night, along with Amber. He told Amber he couldn’t believe I only took ONE picture of them. He knows me all too well. :)


For Sandra’s 31 Days of Fall Challenge, here’s another photo by Joy. She’s keeping me stocked, isn’t she? Mums definitely say fall.


And last of all, but definitely not least, I hope you’ll join me tomorrow on the sunporch for a chat with Lois of Walking on Sunshine. I’m pretty sure that Lois and I began blogging the same year. She’s a long time blogging friend and I know you’ll enjoy getting to know her a little more! Come join us!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day! :)