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...]

31 Days: Baby Gender Reveal Party and Free Printables

Baby Gender Reveal Party and Free Printables - Marty's Musings

   As of a few months ago I hadn't even heard of a baby gender reveal party, but today I'm here to share all the details of the fabulous way we celebrated our first grandchild on the way. The concept When our oldest daughter and son-in-law announced that they were expecting our first grandchild we were so thrilled! Rachel immediately … [Read more...]

31 Days: Easy Fall Table Setting Ideas

Easy Fall Table Setting Ideas from Marty's Musings

This year I've spent less time decorating for fall because I've been in a time crunch. This juggling of work, homeschooling and family is hard! In years past I've just dragged the tubs out, scoured Pinterest, and put little fall touches in every corner of our main living rooms. This year? Not so much! I bought three large pumpkins which … [Read more...]

31 Days: Pumpkin Muffins with Streusel Topping

Pumpkin Spice Muffins with Streusel Topping - Marty's Musings

  I have been away all weekend on a scrapbooking retreat, but I wanted to share the recipe for Pumpkin Muffins that I make every fall.  Every time I make these muffins someone asks for the recipe. In honor of the sweet ladies that make it so much fun to get away and recharge, here it is! They are super easy to make and were … [Read more...]

31 Days: 7 Easy Slow Cooker Soup Recipes

7 Slow Cooker Soup Recipes - Marty's Musings

  Po-ta-to, po-tah-to? To-ma-to, to-mah-to. Slow Cooker, crock pot? What ever you call them, this little appliance is a lifesaver! When the weather gives the slightest indication that fall is own its way, my heart starts beating faster and I snatch up my cookbooks as fast as I can. I love soup recipes and the fact that I can smell … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Acorn Cookies

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Acorn Cookies - Marty's Musings

  Sometimes you just know when a relationship is going to be beautiful. That first moment you gaze into the eyes of your child and realize what a huge responsibility and amazing privilege mothering is going to be. How unprepared you are. A bundle of nerves and fears. Yet somehow you memorize the moments as the … [Read more...]

Apple Cake Recipe: Perfect for Fall!

Apple Cake Recipe - Marty's Musings

Can you hear it? Can you hear it? I can! It's the wind calling to me saying, "fall is coming!" Okay, maybe the wind isn't actually talking to me, but I do so love fall and am completely ready for its arrival. Well, maybe I'm not ready for fall decorating and projects and Christmas breathing down fall's neck. But other than … [Read more...]

Strawberry Smoothie Popsicles

Strawberry Smoothie Popsicles - Marty's Musings

  Have you had a great summer so far? Can you remember back to your childhood and lazy days when a fan and a popsicle were all you needed to withstand the blazing heat? Or does it seem like a distant memory? In North Carolina we've had a few days recently where the temps have been below normal, a little bit of respite from the sweltering … [Read more...]

Simple Dinners with Baked Chicken Fingers

Simple Dinner with Baked Chicken Fingers - Marty's Musings

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.   It's almost time for back to school! Is everyone ready? I have a terrific budget recipe to get you started on the right foot. Since I've been homeschooling for 20 years it's not as much the start of the year that I dread but … [Read more...]

Chicken Shish Kabob Marinade for Summer Entertaining

Chicken Shish Kabob Marinade - Marty's Musings

  Have you ever just looked at a word and thought it looked like a foreign object? Your mind went blank and your vision got a little blurry?  Shish Kabob  shish-ke·bab [shish kuh-bob] That's how I felt when I started getting this post ready so that I could share this amazing Chicken Shish Kabob Marinade recipe with you. … [Read more...]

Simple Dessert Recipe for Chocolate Candy Bar Parfait

Chocolate Candy Bar Parfait - Marty's Musings #Cookies2Crunch #shop

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.   I am a Girl Scout drop out. Yes, I confess. I couldn't handle the pressure. I was the cutest little brownie you'd ever seen, though. Pig tails, big ol' glasses and saddle shoes. Yet somehow when I graduated to girl … [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...]

Taking Care of Mama and Lipton Iced Tea K-Cups

Taking Care of Mama and Lipton Iced Tea K-cups - Marty's Musings

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Lipton, but all my opinions are my own. #bemoretea #pmedia  http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV    I am a mom of five children with 20+ years of homeschooling living and enduring, blurring the lines between my needs and theirs., I … [Read more...]

4th of July Patriotic Tablescape

4th of July Patriotic Tablescape - Marty's Musings

If you're anything like me you probably enjoy gazing at the beautiful pictures on Pinterest......until you get depressed because all the projects look amazing and impossible to recreate. You tell yourself you could never do that! "That" being a craft, project or anything requiring lots of expertise or money. I feel the exact same way so I … [Read more...]

Easy Strawberry Bread Recipe

Easy Strawberry Bread - Marty's Musings

  One of our favorite family traditions each year is strawberry picking at a local farm. This year the weather couldn't have been more beautiful or the berries more perfect. You might say we spent a few dollars on them! Yes, these are all ours! It took the four of us just over an hour to pick them and about two hours to … [Read more...]