Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread Recipe

This Pumpkin Bread is ah-mazing! My kids and hubby and I gobble it up and I've given it out to friends and neighbors and gotten great feedback.

I like to use the real mini-chocolate chips... I think you get to add more that way!

This bread is good all-year round. I love pumpkin anytime of year. Who says Pumpkin is only for the fall? Who dares put Pumpkin in a corner?

Anyway, on to the recipe. Enjoy!!

Perfect Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread


1 and 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
1 and 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


Preheat your oven to 350 F degrees. Spray a 9x5 inch loaf pan with non-stick spray.

In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt together until combined. In a medium bowl, mix the eggs and sugar together, then mix in the pumpkin and oil.
Combine the wet and dry ingredients and gently mix together and then fold in the chocolate chips.

Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Bake for 55 minutes. (It may not be done, depending on your oven, but I start checking it at around 55 minutes). The bread is done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. At the longest, this should bake for about 60-65 minutes.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

How To Take Your Own Passport Photos (and SAVE lots of money)!

Here is a Re-Post from last year ... just in case anyone is going away and needs to get passport photos! You don't have to spend lots of money on the photos-- you can do it yourself!

A few years ago our family took our first time out of the country (not including Canada, where we use birth certificates and our enhanced drivers licenses to cross), so we needed to get Passports. For five people. That alone was a pretty penny, people.

When it came time to get our photos taken, I was NOT about to shell out another $50 to $75 for passport photos taken at a drug store. So I looked into taking our own.

It turns out, this is totally allowed and the photos we took at home (for pennies!) were approved and our passports were issued with no problems!

According to the U.S Passports and International Travel website, passport photos need to be:

  • In color
  • Printed on matte or glossy photo quality paper
  • 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm) in size
  • Sized such that the head is between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches (between 25 and 35 mm) from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head. View the Photo Composition Template for more size requirement details.
  • Taken within the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance
  • Taken in front of a plain white or off-white background
  • Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera
  • With a neutral facial expression (you can even have a slight smile) and both eyes open

Have someone take a few pictures of you (it takes a few to get right size, distance, angle, etc). Make sure you are in a well lighted area and against a white backdrop (we used our front door). Then go to the Photo Composition Template and upload your picture. Adjust to the size needed (it's really easy and they provide directions). Save the photo, print it yourself and take it to your passport appointment!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Goodrich Quality Theaters: FREE Spring Movies every weekend at 10 am for FMG members (free to join)

Goodrich Quality Theaters will once again be hosting FREE Movies this Spring!

Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 10:00AM, we will be giving you a fresh line-up of family-friendly features.

Those belonging to our Frequent Moviegoer Club (FMG) will be able to see any movie in the series free-of-charge when they present their FMG card at the box office. Each member will get up to 6 free admissions with their FMG card per show. Non-members will be charged $1.00 per ticket. It's easy to become an FMG member for FREE today or at the theater!

Not a member? Sign-up HERE.

What are the benefits of being in the FMG Club? The Frequent Moviegoer Club offers discounts and allows members to redeem points at the concessions stand. It is completely FREE to sign-up for the FMG program without any hidden annual fees, plus you earn a point for every penny you spend! Enjoy 15% OFF of any Reel Deal, get a FREE medium popcorn on your birthday and on your Membership Anniversary. Further, members will receive exclusive email offers and more!

Not convinced? Learn more at

Here is the line up of movies:

3/3 – 3/5: Angry Birds [PG]

3/10 – 3/12: Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life [PG]

3/17 – 3/19: Secret Life of Pets [PG]

3/24 – 3/26: Storks [PG]

3/31 – 4/2: Wild Life [PG]

4/7 – 4/9: Kubo & the Two Strings [PG]

4/14 – 4/16: Trolls [PG]

4/21 – 4/23: Ice Age: Collision Course [PG]

PG 4/28 – 4/30: Sing [PG]

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Free US National Park Entrance on 2/20 for President's Day!

The US National Park Service is once again offering FREE park days!

The free entrance days for 2017 are as follows:

February 20: Presidents’ Day
April 15-16 and 22-23: Weekends of National Park Week
August 25: National Park Service Birthday
September 30: National Public Lands Day
November 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend

National parks are America’s Best Idea, and there are more than 400 parks available to everyone, every day. The fee-free days provide a great opportunity to visit a new place or an old favorite, especially one of the 124 national parks that normally charge an entrance fee. The others are free all of the time. Plan your visit and enjoy our country’s history and nature.

The fee waiver includes entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.

Cheesy Smoked Sausage, Veggies, and Rice Recipe

took the picture before I added the cheese-- whoops!

Here's a quick and yummy dinner that's perfect for any night of the week!

Cheesy Smoked Sausage, Veggies, and Rice

You'll need:

1 tbs olive oil
1 tbs butter
1 lb smoked sausage or kielbasa, thinly sliced
1 small red bell pepper, seeded and chopped (you can use 1/2 pepper if you prefer)
1 small green pepper, seeded and chopped (you can use 1/2 pepper if you prefer)
2 cups broccoli florets
2 cups cooked rice
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Here's what to do:

Heat butter and olive oil in a large skillet until hot.
Add the sliced smoked sausage. Cook, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes until sausage begins to brown.
Meanwhile, cook white or brown rice in a separate saucepan.
Add the red bell pepper, green pepper, and broccoli to the sausage. Cover, reduce heat and cook about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add the cooked rice, garlic powder and onion powder. Cook on low heat and stir to combine and heat through.
Remove from heat and add the shredded cheddar cheese. Stir in cheese until it’s melted and serve immediately.

It was a big hit and even the picky kids ate it (only one picked out the peppers) ;)

Scripture Sunday: 1 Timothy 2:1-2

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Homemade No Bake Granola Bites

Homemade No Bake Granola Bites

This is a super quick and easy snack you can make at home within minutes. You probably already have these ingredients in your cupboards too! I prefer these to store bought Granola Bars because they are homemade, and my kids do too!

Here's what you'll need:

1 Cup Old Fashioned Rolled Oats or Quick Oats
1/2 Cup Rice Krispies Cereal (or store brand)
1/4 Cup Nutella or similar Hazelnut Spread
1/4 Cup Peanut Butter
1/2 Cup Chocolate Chips
1/3 Cup Honey
1 Teaspoon Vanilla

Here's what to do:

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
Shape into small balls and place on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper
Store in the fridge to help them keep their shape.

You can also add other things to these, like shredded coconut, raisins flaxseed, etc.

The only problem with this snack is that it will be gone before you know it! My kids and hubby gobble these up!

Make sure to save this recipe to Pinterest so you can find it later! Just click on the "Share" button below and choose Pinterest!

Free President's Day Printable Mini Unit (grades K-6)!

Looking for something to do with your kiddos in your Homeschool lessons for President's Day next week (President's Day is Monday 2/20)?

Check out this FREE Presidents Printable Mini Lesson Pack (grades K-6!) from!

Home Depot: Sign up for the Kids Workshop on 3/4- kids can make a free Rain Gauge House!

You can sign up for the next FREE Home Depot Kids Workshop on Saturday, March 4th.

Kids ages 5-12 can make a FREE Rain Gauge House between 9 am until 12 pm.

Friday, February 17, 2017

New coupons: Newman's Own, Enfagrow, Ken's Steak House Dressing, and more!

$4.00 off one Enfagrow 

$1.00 off one Newman's Own 


$4.00 off one Enfagrow
$0.75 off one Ken's Steak House Dressings
$1.00 off one Newman's Own
$2.00 off one TruBiotics product
$2.00 off one Doans
$0.75 off one Purell
$0.75 off one Always 
Justin's Snack Packs at Target for $0.53 with Coupons
Swiffer Duster Starter Kits at Target for $1.44 with Coupons
Celestial Seasonings Tea at Target for $0.71 with Coupons


Save $3.00 When You Buy ONE (1) Schwarzkopf® Color Ultîme® or Keratin Color Hair Color Product.Expires 3/4/2017.Save $3.00.
Save $3.00 when you spend $12.00 on any King Arthur Flour signature flour or any Essential Goodness baking mixes. (Includes: Any 5 lb. bag of flour.).Expires 4/16/2017.Save $3.00.


Save $1.50 on ANY one (1) Renée's Gourmet 350/355ml salad dressing


Save $1.00 on any ONE (1) Cremo Product

Free Ticket to Everybody Loves Somebody with ATOM tickets (select locations)

Atom Tickets is offering up a FREE ticket to Everybody Loves Somebody (in select locations only) with coupon code KARLALOVESU at checkout. 

Go here to find a participating theater near you.

Kroger: Free Chobani Greek Yogurt Flip coupon! Clip today, use by 3/5!

Kroger shoppers can load a coupon to their savings card valid for FREE Chobani Greek Yogurt Flip 5.3 oz – any variety.

You must clip the coupon today, but it's valid through March 5th! Note that this offer is not valid in Louisiana.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Jamba Juice: Free $3 Gift Card with "Share the Jamba Love" promo!

Sweet! Now through 2/18 at 3PM CST, you can get a FREE $3 Jamba Juice Gift Card when you participate in the “Share the Jamba Love” Instagram campaign.

Just go here, share a picture showing how you blend the most into life and you’ll receive a FREE $3 Jamba Juice gift card in your email inbox on February 20th!

New coupons: RARE $0.75 off Avocados, plus Swanson Broth, Frigo, El Monterey and more!

$0.75 off one Avocados from Mexico 

$1.00 off one Sparkle 


$2.00 off one The First Years Insulated Sippy Cup
$2.50 off Any Two (2) IZZE 4-packs
$0.75 off one fairlife 52oz bottle
$1.00 off one Izze
$0.75 off one Avocados from Mexico
$0.50 off one Swanson broth product
$0.50 off one Frigo
$1.00 off any 3 El Monterey
$1.00 off one El Monterey
$0.75 off one El Monterey
$2.00 off one TruBiotics product
$2.00 off one Doans
$1.00 off one Sparkle
$0.75 off one Angel Soft
$3.00 off one Schwarzkopf
$0.75 off one Always 

ZonePerfect Bars at Safeway for $0.38 with Coupon 
FREE Colgate Total Toothpaste at Walgreens with Coupon 
Caress Body Wash at Target for $1.23 with Coupons 


Save $3.00 on a 10ml pack of OPTI-FREE® PRO Moisturizing Lens Drops
Save $3.00 on any pack 300ml or larger of OPTI-FREE® PUREMOIST or CLEAR CARE® PLUS


RectiCare Anorectal Cream (30g). Unlock when you complete 1 Ferndale Laboratories, Inc activity.

Enter the Snyder's of Hanover Pretzel Pieces Instant Win game (daily, through 4/30)

You can enter the Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzel Pieces Sad-Sketball Instant Win Game each day (through 4/30) for a chance to win one of 200 daily instant win prizes like free product coupons, XBOX One consoles, HDTV’s, gift cards, camping sets, and more. 

Plus, you'll be entered for a chance to win the $10,000 Grand Prize.

Good luck!
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