Laying Low

We are laying low over here. Momma is flying solo as dad travels for work. Some of my littles seem to have caught a little tummy bug as have I. Momma is not a fan of the twisted tummy but such is life;

We will continue with our #1000gifts list (sick style) …..
1. Ginger tea to sooth upset tummy’s
2. Doctors who care for us when necessary
3. Rest
4. Togetherness 
5. Warm Fall days to air out the house
6. Falling leaves that paint a picture out my from window
7. Friends who run errands for you when you can not
8. Good books 
9. Snuggles and cuddles
10. Mommas chicken soup

I’ve got this.. {five.minute.friday}

Some call it a lack of blogging; and some call it a blogger-cation any which way this momma was taking a little break as I prepped for the 2013/2014 school year. We officially started school {3rd, kindergarten, prek 3, and tot-school} Wednesday. The same sweet students, a new curriculum, new goals, and a mom’s heart that is filled with joy as her children go to bed saying “I can’t wait for school tomorrow”.

Today is Friday a day I like to have a little fun and join with a community unlike any other. It Five-minute-Friday .. Join me! Write for five minutes on a given prompt; no editing, no worries, just fun. Today’s prompt; red


The year has officially begun with a goal to make school fun for all: while embracing all opportunities to learn, explore, and develop their sweet minds. The year has begun with a goal to create a home filled with joy, laughter, and creativity. The year has begun with a goal to provide a safe haven for all the gifts God has given each of my children. It is a time to find and further encourage growth in these areas so that they might go forth armed with the tools God saw fit. 
A morning circle time, books read by mom, a class of four adorable, rosy red cheeked,  tan faces after a boating filled summer. Our morning flows like a river .. 
A nature walk exploring all of creation in search of the anticipated red, orange, and yellow leaves; surely a sign Fall is drawing near. The days pass by in a flash and the worry once felt leaves my side; no longer a stress filled soul, but a warm heart filled to the brim knowing; I’ve got this! 

Spiced Cran-apple, Oatmeal Bread!!

 I love all things fall! One of my favorites though is the smell of yummy quick breads baking in our oven! Ahhh, its a little piece of heaven. The kids and I created this recipe the other day and I couldn’t resist sharing it with all of you!

Spiced Cran-apple, Oatmeal Bread Ingredients

  • 2 2/3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 cups coarsely chopped apples
  • 1/2 cup craisins
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 2 teaspoons sugar mixed with 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • In a bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, and spices. In a mixing bowl, combine sugar and oil. Beat in eggs and vanilla, the gradually add the dry ingredients and mix until well blended. Lastly, fold in chopped apples, craisins, and oatmeal. Grease and lightly flour 2 9×5-inch loaf pans. Pour batter into pans, smoothing the top with a spatula or spoon. Bake for 15 minutes at 325°. Pull out rack and sprinkle loaves with the cinnamon sugar mixture. Continue baking for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a wooden pick or cake tester inserted in center comes out clean.

    Cool for 10-15 minutes; turn out onto a rack. Slice and serve or freeze.

    We enjoyed this with our dinner but it is also extra delicious with that morning cup of coffee~ ENJOY!