31 Days: Family Blessing Jar and Instilling Gratitude

Family Blessing Jar - Marty's Musings

  Do you ever feel pulled by the demands of family, job, school, church or outside activities? Of course you do! You are probably especially feeling the pull of this busiest season of the year as we race towards Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year. I will be honest and say that this year as a work at home/homeschooling mom I'm … [Read more...]

31 Days: Why Take a Family Vacation?

Why Take a Family Vacation? from Marty's Musings

As the warm breezes blow through my hair, I'm transported back to days of yore. Children splashing at the shore, sand seeping through toes and bathing suits. Waves chasing the wee ones as they squeal in contagious joy.  Screeecchhhhh! That was a terrific walk down the family vacation memory lane, but it's not my life … [Read more...]

Beach House Decorating Ideas

Beach House Decorating - Marty's Musings

Our family spent last week in Emerald Isle, NC enjoying some good food, family fun and as much sun as we could handle! I find the older I get the less enthralled I am with hours on the beach burning to a crisp. Since this was our second year at this specific house I took several pics so I could share some great beach house decorating with … [Read more...]

Inexpensive Sweet 16 Birthday Party Ideas

Inexpensive Sweet 16 Birthday Party Ideas - Marty's Musings

  It's hard to believe it's been over four months since my youngest daughter turned 16!  She is turning into an amazing young woman right before our eyes. I cannot imagine our lives without this tenderhearted, compassionate young lady. (She has since had her braces taken off and is even more beautiful!) Since she is … [Read more...]

7 Tips for Family Vacation

7 Tips for Family Vacation with Adult Children - Marty's Musings

  The years are passing even quicker now that we have adult children with spouses as well as two teenagers living at home. My oldest daughter is expecting our first grandchild and our oldest son just got married a few weeks ago. As our lives change our plans for vacation each year become more complicated! Last year … [Read more...]

Top 10 Yard Sale Bargains

Top 10 Yard Sale Bargains - Marty''s Musings

  I've been showing off sharing some of my yard sale bargains from last Saturday on Instagram and Facebook and generating lots of conversations about how and where I shop for such great deals. Stay local and save gas I try to stay within 10 miles or less of my home to save on gas and group all the sales together as I plan. Plus, … [Read more...]

Easy Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream

Easy Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream - Marty's Musings

  My dad was a salesman. He sold cars, RVs, hardware (and not the computer kind) among other things.  He worked a lot of evenings and Saturdays to provide for our family. In spite of those long hours I still have special memories of time spent with him. One of my favorite ones from my childhood was of my Dad and I riding … [Read more...]

Chris Tomlin and Christy Nockels “Glorious”: Simple Gift Sunday

Chris Tomlin and Christy Nockels "Glorious" video and devotion from Marty's Musings

  As we enjoyed a day at our favorite local strawberry farm yesterday, we couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day. Temps around 70 degrees with bright sun and these gorgeous ripe red berries just waiting for us! The words to Chris Tomlin and Christy Nockels "Glorious" just rang in my head. Majesty and power are Yours … [Read more...]

Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Icing

Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls - Marty's Musings

Our family has developed many traditions throughout the years. These include cow day, our Christmas Village display and Instant Russian Tea. Thanksgiving Day is filled with all our family gathered around the table enjoying the standard turkey and dressing with cranberry apple casserole and all the rest. Thanksgiving evening finds … [Read more...]

How to Create a Christmas Village Display

Christmas Village Display Ideas from Marty's Musings

One year as a young bride I discovered the beauty of collecting miniature houses for Christmas. I had my family buy several of the Dickensville ones at half price at the end of the season and give them to me for my birthday. Slowly my little village grew and grew until it became this lovely town full of family memories.   We store … [Read more...]

Cranberry Apple Casserole

Cranberry Apple Casserole from Marty's Musings

  Our family thrives on traditions. As our older children have left the nest (one married and one in college), these traditions have become even more important. Not just to us, but especially to our children. Cranberry Apple Casserole was a recipe my sister used to make many years ago when my sister, brother, parents and all the … [Read more...]

My Kind of Holiday: Thanksgiving

Target My Kind of Holiday

  For me the holidays are all about family and traditions. Can't you just smell the turkey and the homemade gravy my oldest daughter always makes? There will be enlightening conversations with opinions freely shared,  giggles and tickling   and Christmas tree decorating. But most of all there … [Read more...]

Homemade Oreo Ice Cream

Homemade Oreo Ice Cream from Marty's Musings

  When I was a kid our summer was not complete without my mama's homemade fruit ice cream. It might be strawberry. Or peach. Or even banana. My dad and I would go to the ice warehouse where he would get enough ice for our hand crank ice cream maker. Do y'all remember that? No electric one for us! Our White Mountain ice cream … [Read more...]

Cow Day #6 or Did Somebody Say Free Food?

Cow Day 2013 from Marty's Musings

Ah, yes. It's Cow Day. Cow with a capital C. The highlight of the summer for the Walden clan. Where all lovers cows unite in the bond of true love. According to family records it appears that today was Cow Day #6. It all began back in 2008.   Somewhere I heard about free food. That's all it took. Throw on … [Read more...]

Best Ever Homemade Hamburger Buns

The Best Ever Homemade Hamburger Buns from Marty's Musings-6

  I don't know about you, but I always thought making bread sounded so hard. Hours of slaving over the dough. Not anymore. I've discovered a secret weapon. The bread machine!   This homemade hamburger buns recipe is just a measure and go one, but if you're new to a bread machine I've left you a note on the recipe card to … [Read more...]