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    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...]

How to Be a Good Friend through the Seasons of Life

How to Be a Good Friend Through the Seasons of Life - Marty's Musings

  From one year to the next life goes through seasons of change. From the school years to newly married status. Then the seemingly unending years of one, two and maybe even a bunch of kids! Then there is life with teenagers and homeschooling for almost half my earthly years. And now for me, approaching my middle years. (In no way … [Read more...]

5 Time and Money Saving Table Setting Tips

5 Time and Money Saving Table Setting Ideas - Marty's Musings

I love to set a beautiful table for special occasions in our home. I wish I could say I did this every day, but that's more dream than reality. Since it's ultimately the guests and expression of hospitality that are so important I wanted to encourage you with 5 time and money saving table setting tips to help inspire you to celebrate both … [Read more...]

Orange Fluff Jello Salad

Orange Fluff Jello Salad - Marty's Musings

  Do you find that food triggers memories for you? I can remember the smell of lunch cooking as a kid when we walked in from Sunday church. My mom always made sure there was a home cooked meal waiting for us. After I grew up and started a family of my own my mom would have all of us over for family get togethers. We all squished … [Read more...]

Graduation Party Ideas

Graduation Party Ideas - Marty's Musings

Once upon a time there was an incredibly talented and funny young man who didn't quite live up to his potential. He loved his theater major in college but never could manage to finish that degree he started. Years passed. He married a singer and actress and started a family. One child. Another. Then a sibling group of three by … [Read more...]

TGI Fridays Restaurant Brand Ambassador

TGI Fridays Restaurant Brand Ambassador

 I have been a stay at home mom for the last 20 years, occasionally juggling part time jobs that also allowed me to be a full-time homeschooling mom. More often than not over these 25 years as a mom, my life has completely revolved around the precious gifts God has given me. I  have constantly asked myself what can I give my … [Read more...]