Tuesday, April 15, 2014


This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sam's Club. All opinions are 100% mine.

I grew up eating canned vegetables at almost every meal.  Even now, my family eats canned veggies several times per week.  Although I'm always on the hunt for a bargain, there is one thing I don't skimp on.  I'm a canned green beans brand snob, and I always buy Del Monte®!  And the thing is, I really don't have to sacrifice a bargain to buy the brand that I want, especially when shopping at places like Sam's Club.  The prices can't be beat and we always have plenty of veggies on hand!

Sam's Club is helping us Celebrate Spring with Del Monte® and has provided several tasty new side dish recipes on their website.  Do you need some fresh ideas for your Easter menu this week?  How about stepping up your game with the Ultimate Creamy Mashed Potatoes, Cheddar Corn Casserole, Quick and Crunchy Mac & Cheese (for happy kids!), or everyone's favorite Green Bean Casserole?  Those are just a few of the new savory recipe selections. 

You know that over the weekend we celebrated my sister's birthday with a special meal and party at my house.  When considering the sides to add with our BBQ Brisket, I looked through the side dish recipes on the Sam's Club website.  There were so many delicious looking choices!  As much as I love a good green bean casserole, some in my family are sensitive to dairy, so when I came across this recipe for Brown Sugar Bacon Green Beans, I knew they would be a hit!

On a side note, I LOVE the tab top cans that Del Monte® uses, especially when making a recipe that calls for several canned goods.  That easy open top keeps my hands and wrists happy when I don't have to use the can opener.

This recipe did not disappoint, and it could not have been easier!  With just a few ingredients and minimal prep time, it was perfect choice in the midst of a busy day.  Although the recipe calls for pan-frying the bacon, since my brisket was cooking in the oven I just stuck a pan of bacon in at the same time, making the prep even easier.   Now come on, how could you NOT love a dish with THIS included...

My only suggestion is to measure the red pepper flakes carefully, or even go easy on them if this is your first time making this recipe.  I wasn't too exact and our beans were very spicy, but still delicious.  The combination of spicy, sweet, and savory was perfection!

Although we started with this, all I had was empty plates when it was time to do the dishes!

If you're planning your Easter menu, make sure to check out all of the vegetable side dish recipes on the Sam's Club website.  We all need a new twist on our old stand-bys sometimes!  I'm sure you'll find something new that your family will love, too.

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Sam's Club, but as always I only share products that I love and think you will too.  Thanks for supporting businesses that partner with D&T!

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Monday, April 14, 2014


Well, hi there!  We made it through our activity packed weekend, and I just wanted to share a few random quick things with you today.

First, we celebrated my sister Corbin's 40th birthday Saturday night.  It's always fun to have the family together, and we decided to give her a jump start with her flower-planting this year and give her a "Garden of Love".  We used 40 die-cut flowers glued to craft sticks to write things that we love about her, and stuck those in with the fresh plants that everyone brought for her.

Isn't she darling?

She's a talented singer and sometimes actress in church productions.  If you missed my Instagram post, this is her character from her church's latest Christmas production.  She was a very convincing old lady!

My mom gathered lots of old photos and brought them, and we scattered them all around the dining and living room.  We don't see these photos very often so it was fun to look through so many old memories.

My parents hung on to the huge sign that they used for my 40th, and with a little work on the band saw and some fresh paint adapted it for Corbin's birthday.  Sarah will be 40 in 9 1/2 years, so I guess they'll have to hang onto it a while longer!

Caleb's band contest went well, and during the party he proudly displayed all of his ribbons earned that day. (hee hee)

We wrapped up the weekend yesterday with my husband participating in a fundraiser to fight childhood cancer.  Our friend Brock was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia just before his first birthday.  Thankfully the Lord has been gracious and he is now 5 years old and in remission!  His family continues to work to raise awareness and money to fund the research that helped save Brock's life and is helping many other children with childhood illnesses.  So, Ray was honored to be a part of the Buzzed for Brock team!  If you'd like more information or would like to donate, please click here.  

It was quite amusing to be at church last night when he stepped on the platform.  The gasps and snickers could not be contained!  #elephantintheroom

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Friday, April 11, 2014


Since it's been 6 months a little while since I've done a Friday Favorites post, I figured it was time for another one!  Here are a few things that caught my attention lately.

I haven't thought too much about this year's Easter table yet, but if you need some ideas, here are some of my tables from years past.  See the details here and here.

Did you catch Melanie's update this week about Harley?  Her dog has been missing for 9 months and she refused to give up on seeing him again some day.  Such a heartwarming story!

 This door on Design Sponge made my heart skip a beat.  My wheels are spinning and I'm fairly sure I'll try something similar some day!

My friend (and awesome photographer!) Caitlin recently wrote this Letter to Young Girls.  I thought it was full of wisdom and great advice.

I'm loving Laura from House Envy's new Big Boy Room.  Our new planked wall is such a great addition to Caleb's room, but I thought this was a really smart idea to get a similar look without so much work.

Finally, I wanted to give a huge Thank You to Krista from Goodwill Glam for featuring me on her blog recently.  If you're not familiar with Krista's blog, go say hi!  She finds the best stuff at thrift stores, and is in the process of re-designing her Dining Room for the One Room Challenge Link Up Party.  Here's her living room:

See why I like her?  ;)

Happy Weekend, friends!  The kids are attending a lock-in for Bible Drill and band contests, we're attending a marriage conference, and tomorrow we're hosting my family to celebrate my middle sister Corbin's 40th Birthday!  Oh, and on Sunday my hubby is getting a MAJOR haircut to support this little guy

and the fight against childhood cancer as he gets Buzzed for Brock!  We're just a little bit busy this weekend...  hope you have a great one!

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