5 Tips for a Low Stress Thanksgiving Dinner

Entertaining for Thanksgiving dinner doesn't have to be stressful or expensive. Use what you have on hand, ask guests to bring a dish and make the most of moments with loved ones.

Even before I became a DIY lifestyle blogger I always loved to set a pretty table when company came over for dinner. We were always the first ones to invite the new preacher or staff member from church over for Sunday lunch. For years I also hosted my homeschool moms group for an evening Christmas party. I have been entertaining our … [Read more...]

Easy Molasses Cookies Recipe

These molasses cookies are a MUST TRY recipe! Made from a basic make ahead starter cookie mix they are deceptively simple but get rave reviews for taste!

I am a chocolate lover from my days in utero. Ok, I can't possibly know that but I do know my mom loved chocolate so it's probably a good assumption! My grandmother lived with us my entire childhood until she passed away when I was 15. She had her own secret hiding place for her sugary goodies. Of course, I knew where it was and might … [Read more...]

5 Minute Breakfast Sandwich

With only 3 ingredients, this 5 minute breakfast sandwich is a perfect start for busy days! Great for kids and adults alike for that most important meal!

My husband and I have never been big breakfast eaters. Or hardly even breakfast eaters at all. When we met, Tim's idea of morning was the 20 minutes before noon when he rolled out of bed. We were performing in dinner theater at the time (see the ridiculously young looking photo below.) Our nights were spent working late and he didn't see a lot … [Read more...]

Fall Table Setting and Pumpkin Bread Recipe

This easy pumpkin bread with cream cheese frosting is a guaranteed hit to ring in the fall season. With just a few handy ingredients it's perfect for school parties, family dinners and church potlucks.

This Fall Table Setting and Pumpkin Bread Recipe has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BIGDeal #CollectiveBias Some of my favorite family moments have been spent gathered around a beautifully decorated table with those I love, sharing good food and great … [Read more...]

Make Ahead Cookie Mix and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Cookies

By using an easy make ahead basic cookie mix you can make several different kinds of cookies including these amazing Reese's peanut butter cups cookies.

I love a good bargain and when I received a coupon recently in the mail for $10 free Kohl's cash plus 30% off I was ready to go shopping! Not really, because anyone who knows me well knows I don't really do too much shopping in "real" stores. Thrift stores and yard sales are my favorite loves but when Kohl's enticed me with coupons and … [Read more...]

3 Keys for Healthy Snack Ideas

These 3 easy tips to help you change your snacking habits will encourage you to take charge of your life, make some changes and begin a journey towards wellness and health. You can do this!

There's a little secret I've been hiding from my readers.  Come a little closer, my dears. Are y'all envisioning the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz? You better not! This is good stuff! Since I hit the dreaded "50" (plus a couple or three more) there have been a few obstacles in my path to staying healthy and vital. Other … [Read more...]

End of Summer Fun with Kids

Need an easy idea for an end of summer/back to school with the kids party? Try this ice cream bar with kid favorite Rice Krispies on the bottom and build from there!

Since my kids are getting older (the youngest is 16 and the oldest is 26!) I invited my great nieces and nephew over for an end of summer fun/back to school celebration. The kids used to call me Auntie M but most of the time now it's just Marty and I'm good with that. Usually it's, "Marty, can I have some crackers?" … [Read more...]

Wedge Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing Recipe

With only a few ingredients, this blue cheese dressing recipe takes a wedge salad from ordinary to amazing. Save time and money by preparing homemade!

When my husband and I were in the middle of the busy child rearing years (oh, only about the last 25 years or so) we knew we could count on date night on special occasions. His birthday, my birthday and our anniversary. Can anyone else relate? It was hard to find the money to both go out and pay a sitter but I knew I could look forward to … [Read more...]

5 Ingredient Peach Cobbler Recipe

Do you want your guests to go crazy over your baking skills? Then this dessert is for you! This 5 ingredient Peach Cobbler recipe is to die for and so easy!

Yes, I'm a good Southern belle. No I don't like warm weather.  Some people live for summer. The tropical breezes, the longer days and sun kissed tan. Me? I get migraines from the sun. I do not perspire. I sweat. I want my air conditioning and I'm perfectly fine if my tan comes from a bottle. Yet one of my fondest childhood memories … [Read more...]

Quick and Easy Brownie Bites

Quick and easy brownie bites are a snap to make with a packaged brownie mix and chocolate chips, rolled in powdered sugar. Kids and adults alike love them!

I would love to deny my love for chocolate but my daughter Rachel is here to dispel the myth by sharing our favorite Brownie Bites recipe. I'm a goner! It's amazing to me how motherhood has drastically changed my appreciation for the things that seemed so "normal" to me during my childhood. I look at my son and have a burning desire to raise … [Read more...]

Seven Layer Dip in a Mason Jar

This Seven Layer Dip in a half pint sized mason jar looks adorable and tastes great! Perfect for any party or family gathering this mexican meal in a jar is both healthy and fun! It's also perfect for a make ahead lunch.

Life has been a bit crazy lately (understatement of the year! you can read all about it here) and I never got around to sharing the recipe for this adorable seven layer dip served in mason jars that I created for my daughter's 17th birthday party. Here's my daughter Rachel to give you a little bit of family history about her dad and his passion … [Read more...]

Easy Slow Cooker Chili with Baked Potato

Using common everyday ingredients this easy Slow Cooker Chili by Marty's Musings tastes delicious served over a baked potato or by itself topped with sour cream and cheese.

I am incredibly grateful for my daughter Rachel who jumped in this week with her easy Slow Cooker Chili recipe served over a roasted baked potato. (If you haven't read the crazy happenings in our family you can read all about it here.) She and Emmaline are such blessings here on the blog, aren't they? (Did you read our news here?) My … [Read more...]

Honey Lime Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Expand your palate with these healthy and tasty Honey Lime Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes. Spice them up or leave them plain but give this dish a try!

Welcome back my daughter-in-love Emmaline for some yummy goodness for the hot summer! The only bad thing about her sharing her cooking prowess? I don't get to taste a sample! Well friends, as summer approaches and warm (or should I say HOT - I do reside in North Carolina, you know) weather comes sweeping over us, I am all about finding easy and … [Read more...]

Vintage Blue and Yellow Spring Tablescape

Add a few fresh flowers and bright table linens to vintage china and crystal and set a lovely blue and yellow spring tablescape for Easter or everyday.

  Before spring quickly turns into summer (and those hot, miserable 90+ temperatures) I wanted to make sure and share this lovely vintage spring tablescape I created for Easter. Yes, Easter, but you won't see any cute bunnies or Rice Krispies Treats nests here. I do love to dress up the table for our family get togethers and add a … [Read more...]

Cinco de Mayo Party and Pineapple Salsa Recipe

Fun ideas for throwing a themed Cinco de Mayo party on a budget with inexpensive decorations and easy recipes including pineapple salsa and taquitos.

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.  #DelimexFiesta #CollectiveBias To celebrate my youngest daughter's 17th birthday she invited several of her friends over for a themed Cinco De Mayo party. Teenagers + taco bar and fixin's = tons of food and fun! As … [Read more...]

Chicken Fajita Recipe with Fruits and Vegetables

This delicious Chicken Fajita recipe made with both fresh ingredients and canned fruit is both tasty and economical and will soon become a family favorite!

How do you know if a recipe is a keeper in the Walden home? Someone asks for it for their birthday dinner! Our tradition has always been for the birthday kiddo to pick his favorite meal for me to cook. Within reason. Think hamburger not steak. Recently in an effort to get healthier and make better food choices I'm scouring my food magazines, … [Read more...]

Peach Cobbler Muffin Recipe

Canned or fresh peaches can be used to make these delicious Peach Cobbler Muffins from a terrific recipe by Joy the Baker. Great way to start the day!

  I hope y'all will welcome my daughter-in-law Emmaline to the blog today! For a newlywed bride, she sure does make some amazing dishes. I'm hoping she's going to help me learn how to cook healthier. Just not today because these Peach Cobbler Muffins are just too divine!   Okay, I know I am supposed to be the "healthy food … [Read more...]

5 Easy Meal Prep Ideas for Stress Free Entertaining

5 easy meal prep ideas to help the hostess enjoy stress free entertaining by planning, shopping and preparing as many dishes as possible ahead of time.

How can it possibly be Easter already? Didn't we just open Christmas presents? Gracious. I have been hosting many of our family holiday dinners at my home for most of my 28 years of married life. Including Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter, that's a lot of ham, turkey, sides and desserts! Easter is a favorite because it's a … [Read more...]

Rice Krispies Treats® for Easter

Enjoy celebrating the holidays and everyday with your kids in the kitchen with these 3 ingredient Rice Krispies Treats and perfectly adorable Easter nests.

I am a seasoned mom and have lived to tell the tale. Yes, after raising and homeschooling five children, I'm nearing the end of that season. Endless days and sometimes even longer nights are now being replaced with eating bon bons by the pool. Nah, not really, but it was such a sweet thought!   Anyway, one of the most … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheese Soup

Regardless of the weather, this slow cooker Broccoli Cheese Soup from Marty's Musings is perfect for a busy day. With only 6 ingredients it's also budget friendly and delicious!

  Living in the South I never know what to expect from our winters. Usually it's just a lot of threats and cancelling school before the first flake or icy drop descends from the skies. (My youngest kids haven't quite figured out the homeschooling angle. They go to school when the other kids are at home and then we take off when … [Read more...]

Childhood Dreams and Cream of Mushroom Soup

With just a few handy ingredients, this homemade slow cooker Cream of Mushroom Soup from Marty's Musings will delight the entire family and is a tasty budget dinner.

   Do you remember what you wanted to be when you grew up? I do. Many an afternoon I spent in my pink room at the top of the stairs playing teacher with my Barbie. Although it wasn't a "real" Barbie, it was a Stacy, but that's beside the point! I loved writing in broken cursive on my child sized chalkboard for my … [Read more...]

Quick and Easy Dinner Recipe with Mac and Cheese

Creamy Mac and Cheese with Veggies - Marty's Musings

"When life gives you lemons, make lemonade." “When life give you lemons, eat them, they're good for you." "When life gives you lemons, accept them graciously.”  All these quotes from my pal "unknown" sum up our lives this past month. Since my DIY hubby had two surgeries in December, including rotator cuff repair, our … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Beef and Vegetable Soup

Filled with pantry staple items and inexpensive meat, this Slow Cooker Beef and Vegetable Soup from Marty's Musings is both delicious and hardy for the whole family!

  I am constantly on the search for new soup recipes, especially for the slow cooker. There's nothing better to me than piling all the ingredients in the cooker in the morning and smelling the delicious aroma all day long while I work (or run errands or answer questions or a myriad of other things.) You've heard me say my DIY … [Read more...]

Chocolate Chip Cheeseball

With just a few common ingredients, this deliciously sweet Chocolate Chip Cheeseball is an easy yet impressive dessert to share with friends and family.

  Have you ever had a silly argument over practically nothing, especially with your spouse? ~raising hand~ Me, too. In marriage it's usually the little things that drive me insane build my character. Little habits like when Tim kicks the sheets out from under the mattress or goes to the grocery for me and calls me 10 times … [Read more...]