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...]

4 AM Feelings From a Sleep Deprived Mom

Honest and transparent feelings from a first time new mom will reassure that faith and love will see you through! from Marty's Musings

Many of you longtime readers have heard all about my oldest daughter Rachel, with everything from her DIY wedding in 2011, baby gender reveal party last August and the unexpected arrival of baby Aiden early in December. From age eleven and a half and up when we adopted a sibling group of three in 2000, Rachel was so faithful in … [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...]

Mexican Taco Dip Recipe

This easy Mexican Taco Dip recipe is perfect for parties, sports events and even potluck dinners. This easy throw together recipe from Marty's Musings will be a favorite with family and friends.

My husband may be a hazel-eyed blonde but somewhere in his DNA is a passion for all things Mexican food related. The hotter the better is his motto. As in hot sauce. And salsa. And hot peppers.   Blender brews that chase the rest of us out of the kitchen with tears in our eyes. He researches peppers and grows … [Read more...]

Easy Fudge Brownie Recipe and a Big Game Party!

Easy Fudge Brownie Recipe and Big Game Party - Marty's Musings

"This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GameTimeMVP #CollectiveBias   So often we miss  out on the joy of community with others by believing parties and gatherings have to be expensive and completely from scratch. I want to change your mind and show … [Read more...]

Easiest Valentine Gift Ever!

Easiest Valentine Gift Ever - Marty's Musings

These past few weeks I've felt like I was standing on the dock waving while everyone else pulled away from the harbor. I pride myself on being organized and put together. (Yes, God has been working on that little stronghold for a while now!) I love my job blogging and am so grateful for the direction I'm moving in, but my double type A … [Read more...]

Marshmallow Snowman Craft (that you can eat!)

Marshmallow Snowman Craft (you can eat!) - Marty's Musings

  We've just survived the holidays, waved goodbye to 2014 and said hello to 2015. You know what is probably around the corner? This lovely white stuff that is beautiful to look at and often treacherous to drive in. That's right. It's the most wonderful "snowy" time of year. I freely admit I'm a southern driver and would prefer … [Read more...]

Healthy Dinner Ideas for Holidays and Beyond

Healthy Dinner Ideas for Holidays and Beyond- Marty's Musings

  How on earth is it already New Year's Day? Is it just me, or did time really start flying this year? Somehow I don't want to admit that it definitely has something to do with getting older.  My family embraces many traditions for our favorite holidays. Our best Thanksgiving memories center around consuming a big meal while … [Read more...]

Easy Ice Cream Cake Recipe

Easy Ice Cream Cake with Rice Krispies - Marty's Musings

As any member of my family can attest, I love ice cream.  Like, really luuuuuvvvve it. (My husband, like, hates it when the kids say that. Like, know what I mean?) Any day, any season, no matter the weather. Y'all may be drinking coffee and eating candy canes but I guarantee I'm eating ice cream! I truly believe … [Read more...]

Easy Cinnamon Roll Recipe for Christmas

Easy Cinnamon Roll Recipe for Christmas - Marty's Musings

I am always on the lookout for new recipes that are easy and my family will love. I scour yard sales for cookbooks, both old and new, to inspire me out of my routine baking and cooking. When there were seven of us living at home (plus three dogs, four cats and numerous other critters) I was lucky to get a shower and put my face on a couple of … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Soup

Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Soup - Marty's Musings

Many thanks to Mezzetta for sponsoring this post and inspiring my new favorite slow cooker recipe! With a blog tagline like mine, "home is where your story begins," you know that making memories is an important part of our lives. With two adult married children, a grandchild on the way and two teenagers living at home, we cherish every … [Read more...]

5 Easy Meal Plans with Alexia Foods

Slow Cooker Sausage Breakfast Casserole - Marty's Musings

Like many of you who faithfully read this blog, I am a working mom. Although blogging has introduced me to many wonderful people and companies and helped provide an income, my family still comes first. Feeding them is always a priority but finding the time to feed them balanced meals is still a challenge. Alexia Foods wants to help you and I … [Read more...]

Blue Frozen Punch For Any Party!

Blue Frozen Punch for Any Party - Marty's Musings

I bet you thought I was going to tell you all about a kids Disney Frozen party!  Nope! No little kid's party happening here but I did make a blue frozen punch that would be perfect for children or adults! Recently I hosted a baby shower for my daughter Rachel who is due in January. (Below are my two daughters and my … [Read more...]

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...]