August 21, 2012

Back to School Free Printable

It's that time of year!   Whether public school, private school or homeschool, for many, school is already in session.  My son doesn't have his first day until after Labor Day!   My kids are getting older and my youngest will be in 11th grade this year!  Yikes!!  

When my oldest son was  much younger, one August he said "Mom, I'm ready to go back to school.  I miss it.  I even miss the smell of school!"  I about cracked up, but knew what he meant.  Schools do have that certain "smell".  Not sure what it is, but every school I have been in has that same smell!  Too funny!  

To celebrate this time of year and a love of reading, I decided to share a free printable with my readers. I found the adorable graphics of children reading over at The Graphics Fairy.  The quote is by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.  You can download the pdf for either a 5 x 7 or  8 x 10 of the print below.  

I printed mine at the 5 x 7 size on ivory cardstock and put it in a simple black frame with a white mat that I had on hand.   

The books in the pictures were my mother's from her childhood.  I love to use old books in my decor and especially like to bring out the ones that were from my family.   I love the beautiful colors in these images!

I hope you like the printable and please let me know if you have any problems printing! 

To print an 8 x 10 click here.  

To print a 5 x 7 click here.



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August 14, 2012

Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese

This is a really delicious macaroni and cheese and it's super easy because you make it in the crock pot.  I'm asked to bring this mac n cheese time and again to family gatherings.   Now, mind you, it is not healthy - but it is yummy!  


One 8 oz. block Monterrey Jack cheese
One 8 oz. block Cheddar cheese
Two cans Campbell's Cheddar Cheese soup
Four empty soup cans of milk
One stick butter
16 oz. macaroni noodles

In crock pot combine:  the two cheeses cut into cubes
                                         Cheddar cheese soup
                                         four soup cans of milk
                                         one stick of butter sliced

Set crock pot to high for two hours.  After 2 hours, stir the mixture and add the dry macaroni noodles.  The mix will be very soupy at this point.  Continue to cook on high for an additional 1 1/2 to 2 hours.   You will want to stir the mix a couple times during this time as the noodles cook and the ingredients combine.  

My crock pot is pretty big and I can double the recipe for a large group.  It fills the crock pot, but it always comes home empty!

This recipe is so simple and that's why we are having it while we are here at the beach.  I'm making homemade pretzel wrapped hot dogs to go with it.  It's a hearty meal and is filling.  And, that's what I need with four men in the house!

I'm off to the beach now! 

Have a blessed day,

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