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Indian Corn on the Cob Shortbread Cookies

Indian Corn on the Cob Shortbread Cookies - Marty's Musings

  Q: What did the corn say when he got complimented? A: Aww, shucks! Q: Why shouldn't you tell a secret on a farm? A: Because the potatoes have eyes and the corn has ears. Q: What did the baby corn say to the mom corn? A: Where is my pop corn? I am the world's worst at remembering jokes but I couldn't resist! Sharing … [Read more...]

How to Cook Green Beans the Healthy Way

How to Cook Green Beans the Healthy Way - Marty's Musings

Are y'all awake out there? Did you catch that title? Go ahead. Read it again. I'll wait. ~smile~ Was there one word that seemed out of place? No, it wasn't "how to." Or even "green beans," although that may be a surprise, too, since there are no green bean recipes on my blog. It's that oh so challenging word … [Read more...]

How my Adopted Daughter Inspires Me

How my Adopted Daughter Inspires Me - Marty's Musings

  My life changed when I decided in 2008 to have the courage to share our adoption story. It wasn't a pretty story all wrapped up with a bow, but a story of heartache and loss, perseverance and God's faithfulness. The lows were gut wrenchingly low and the highs were the ultimate sweetness. As I read back through some old posts … [Read more...]

Fence Board Chalkboard Christmas Countdown

Fence Board Chalkboard Christmas Countdown - Marty's Musings

  (Stay tuned for a giveaway at the end of this post!) Do you believe you're a creative person? Do you feel more comfortable with a plan and a schedule? I would normally say yes to both questions, but juggling family responsibilities (homeschooling, church, etc.) and work deadlines is teaching me so much about myself! I seem … [Read more...]

Turtle Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Turtle Pumpkin Pie Recipe - Marty's Musings

What do you think of when you hear the word Thanksgiving? Do you excitedly dream of a wonderful meal surrounded by family and friends gathered around the table, sharing the blessings of life? Voices in loud conversations and energetic discussions about everything from school to church with many stops in between. Maybe … [Read more...]

Cranberry Pumpkin Quick Bread

Cranberry Pumpkin Quick Bread - Marty's Musings

  Does it feel like time is flying by at the speed of light? It sure does to me! After writing 31 days for the month of October for my 31 Days to a Beautiful Home series you'd think I'd put my feet up and rest a while! (You can find all the posts here, and I'd love if you'd check out my great tips!) Nope! I'm in the middle … [Read more...]

31 Days: 15 Easy DIY Christmas Crafts and Projects

15 Easy DIY Christmas Crafts and Projects - Marty's Musings

When I started my series 31 Days to a Beautiful Home on October 1st I had no idea if I would finish on time, or even reach the finish line. Yet here I am! If you've been following along I'm so grateful for you! These last 31 days have been a labor of love. I've learned that I can reach beyond myself to achieve dreams that are just beyond … [Read more...]

31 Days: Simmering Homemade Poptpourri

Simmering Homemade Potpourri - Marty's Musings

When you walk into your home what do you see? Is it cluttered or clean? Messy or orderly? What sounds do you hear? Is it the sound of your beloved pets welcoming you home or the laughter (or bickering) of children? What do you smell? Pet odors or air freshener? Your spicy garlicky dinner or the scent of flowers? I almost … [Read more...]

31 Days: Christmas Mason Jar Labels and Printables

Mason Jar Labels, Tags and Free Printables - Marty's Musings

I'm excited to be joining with Crafty Hangouts this week sharing a fun and easy project for the holiday season. These Christmas mason jar labels are so easy to make using supplies from OnlineLabels.com. Since mason jars are all the rage and I love to give homemade gifts at Christmas I decided to create labels that could … [Read more...]

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: Easy Fruit Salad with 4 Ingredients

Easy Fruit Salad with only 4 Ingredients - Marty's Musings

  I found this easy fruit salad recipe in an old Gooseberry Patch recipe book and it became a family favorite in about five seconds flat! Which is exactly how long it took my kids and their dad to devour it! You know I'm all about simple, not only in our DIY home projects but also in feeding my family without spending … [Read more...]

31 Days: The Day I Flunked my Homeschool Kid

The Day I Flunked My Homeschool Kid - Marty's Musings

  It was just one of "those" mornings. The type of day that had been happening over and over for several months in our homeschool life. I went to check schoolwork and either it wasn't turned in, printed or couldn't be found. One day I even had the tried and true excuse that the dog ate it and it was actually true.  Letting go of … [Read more...]

31 Days: Slow Cooker Potato Soup

Slow Cooker Potato Soup - Marty's Musings

I have been blessed to be a stay at home mom for a majority of the past 25 years. When I gave birth to my first child I had no idea what it would look like so many years later. I just knew I loved my little one with unbelievable passion and wanted to somehow be the best mom possible. It would be easy to imagine that I had it all together … [Read more...]

31 Days: Cookie Monster Brownie Cookies

Cookie Monster Brownie Cookies - Marty's Musings

  Are you a fan of Sesame Street? Do your kids watch or is that too old fashioned these days? The show is about 45 years old, but I have to admit that I never watched it growing up. There was little tv watching in our home (on our old black and white tv and yes I'm that old!) But everybody knows cookie monster! … [Read more...]

31 Days: Apple Pie Bars with Crumb Topping

Apple Pie Filling Bars with Streusel Topping - Marty's Musings

   Simply stated, I love fall! I adore everything about it, from the lower temps to the warm fuzzy sweaters! When the weather turns just a hair cooler I'm all over soup recipes, snuggling with a cuddly blanket and nesting for winter.  These apple pie bars with crumb topping add just the right touch of sweetness … [Read more...]