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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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 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...]

Graduation Party Dessert

Graduation Party Dessert - Marty's Musings

This past September my DIY hubby graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelor of Science in Religion. It was a very long and winding road to get to this point in his life at the age of 52, but I couldn't be prouder.  All the details and fun graduation party ideas for graduates of all ages can be found here. I wanted to … [Read more...]

Candy Corn Flowers

Candy Corn Flowers - Marty's Musings

  I don't know about you, but in our house the Christmas holiday probably gets the  lions share of baking for the year. However, it doesn't seem fair so I'm here to least serve up  a few delights for Easter as well by sharing these simple Candy Corn Flowers from Dixie Crystals. If you're looking for a project to keep the kids … [Read more...]

Oreo Dirt Cake

Oreo DIrt Cake - Marty's Musings

(Don't miss the link party at the end of the post!) It's been a somewhat rough winter in NC. A big snow (for us) and a recent ice storm left many without power for days. I've had enough of this. And need to see more of this. Today I'm so happy to be joining with my friend Amy at Atta Girl Says and Kelly from My Soulful Home to … [Read more...]

Better than “You Know What” Cake with Milky Way Bites

u Know What" Cake #EatMoreBites #CollectiveBias

I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser.   Y'all may be more familiar with this dessert as Better than Sex Cake. But I'm a proper Southern gal and I can't go having that three letter word plastered … [Read more...]

Ten Delicious Chocolate Desserts

10 Delicious Chocolate Desserts - Marty's Musings

If you didn't know me in real life you might think I was slightly infatuated with chocolate. Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake Okay, if you know me in real life you KNOW I love a good chocolate dessert. Snickers Brownie Ice Cream Cake  I thought I'd save y'all some trouble and share my ten delicious chocolate desserts in one … [Read more...]

Snickers Brownie Ice Cream Cake

Snickers Brownie Ice Cream Cake - Marty's Musings

(Stay tuned for links to all the fabulous bloggers joining us in our All Things Home Valentine's Showcase.) Every year I listen to the hype and commercialization of the first holiday of the new year. I walk through the aisles of the drugstore and see candy hearts, silk roses and mushy cards. It all looks so.......average.  Then … [Read more...]

30+ Christmas Cookie Recipes

30+ Cookie Recipes from Marty's Musings

Last week I got together with several of my blog friends as we shared 30+ of our favorite Christmas cookie recipes. Today we're here to give you a chance to share yours! Stay tuned to the end of the post to link your favorite cookie or treat with our linky party.  Here's a recap of the recipes. I hope you'll find some new ones that will … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites and 30 Cookie Recipes

Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites from Marty's Musings

I am so excited to join my pal Barb from The Everyday Home in a virtual cookie exchange. 30 blogs. 30 cookies. A whole lot of yum! I first tasted these Peanut Butter Pretzel bites of deliciousness when my family surprised me with a 25th Anniversary Vow Renewal Service almost two years ago. The surprise was amazing, our celebration … [Read more...]