Are You Ready for Some Football? {a fun recipe}

Chocolate Covered Football Potato ChipsWe live in the South where people take college football weekends seriously!

Almost as important as the game itself, the food we make and serve during these tailgating and football watching weekends. I just love this fun recipe for chocolate covered potato chips. If my husband is reading this blog post I must ask him to look away now … you see he does not share in my love of sweet and salty mixed together. He can not watch me at Chick Fil A when I dip a waffle fry in my vanilla milkshake. But, if you are a lover of salty and sweet, like me, these Chocolate Covered Football Potato Chips are the perfect fun item for your football party.

The best part is this recipe requires just three items – take a look at the ingredients and recipe below:

Football Chips Ingredients

INGREDIENTS

  • Stackable Potato Chips (I prefer Pringles)
  • Wilton Chocolate Melts
  • Wilton White Icing Tube

DIRECTIONS
1.  Line a baking sheet with wax paper.
2.  Microwave 1/2 cup of the chocolate melts for 30 seconds. Stir until melted.
3.  Dip the chips into the melted chocolate and coat evenly. Set on the wax paper to harden.
4.  Once the chocolate hardens and is “set”, pipe the football laces on each football chip with the Wilton white icing. Let dry for at least 10 minutes.
5.   ENJOY!
Football Chips Icing
Could this be any easier? I like to pick up the chocolate melts and tube of icing at Michael’s (with a coupon) but, most grocery stores carry the Wilton items on their baking aisle.
What are some of your favorite tailgating recipes for football season?

Fall Bucket List {2014}

Fall Bucket List

Fall arrives tonight!! This is absolutely my favorite time of year … the colorful leaves, the cooler temps, the smell of chili cooking on the stove, pumpkins, apples, and the holidays approaching.  It makes me feel so alive in the Fall … maybe it is the cooler temps or maybe it is all the time we get to sit in front of the fireplace on cold evenings.

Also, love that Fall is the time of year we take to really reflect back on everything in our lives and the things we have to be thankful for … and we do all that as we soak in the beauty around us with the changing leaves, the beautifully decorated front porches with their pumpkins and mums, and the smells that fall brings …

Truly, what’s not to love?

Here is a peek at our Fall Bucket List for 2014. So excited we have fall break in just two weeks and get to mark some of them off of our list!

  • Apple Picking
  • A Visit to the Pumpkin Farm
  • Decorating our House for Fall
  • Corn Maze
  • Hike to Gather Fall Leaves
  • Carving Pumpkins
  • Making Hot Apple Cider
  • Baking Lots of Pumpkin Goodies
  • Opening Up the House to Enjoy the Beautiful Fall Weather
  • Trick-or-Treating

So what is on your Fall Bucket List? Linking up today with the SITS Girls Blogging Challenge … check out their post and all the fun links to everyone’s bucket list and add your own.

Apple Picking {2012}


This weekend we took a day trip to the North Georgia Mountains for some apple picking. The drive up and back were beautiful with all the changing leaves.



Pumpkins in the apple orchard.



After sampling a few varieties of apples, we soon found our favorite and decided to fill our bags.


Ava Mae insisted on finding the smallest apples because, they looked cute.




After picking two bags of apples, we headed back to the orchard store to pick out some more goodies.

It was such a fun day trip! Love spending beautiful days like this with my husband and kids. We came home with lots of farm finds … 30+ pounds of apples, 2 pumpkins, cherry apple cider, apple cider donuts, and two fudge covered apples. I am off now to find some apple recipes on Pinterest. I guess it is safe to say I am over my pumpkin obsession and moving on now to apples.

Counting Our Blessings with a Thankful Chain

This year, instead of a thankful tree, we made a thankful chain. Each morning, at the school table, I had the kids get a slip of paper that I had hand-stamped, Counting my Blessings, and write something they were thankful for.
We loved watching our chain grow and grow! We have so much to be thankful for {God, a roof over our head, food on the table, nice clothes to wear, friends, each other, our pets, gifts and talents that God has given us}!!

Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name.” Psalm 100:4

Happy Thanksgiving … what are you thankful for this year?

Thanksgiving Party and Operation Christmas Child

Each year our small homeschool group has a Thanksgiving Party. The main reason for the party is for the kids to come together and prepare their Operation Christmas Child boxes.

This year my friend, Jamie, hosted the party. The kids watched a video about Operation Christmas Child before they wrote out their “About Me” sheets to include inside their boxes.

After finishing up it was time for snacks and one of our groups favorite games …

The Donut Game {which became a tradition several years ago as an alternative to bobbing for apples – which for us germ-a-phobe moms is a nightmare} We normally play the Donut Game at our Halloween Party but, we ran out of time this year so we moved this fun activity to the Thanksgiving Party.Yesterday we brought our packed boxes to church. My kids look forward to packing these boxes each year – we always pray for the child who will receive the box! It is great way to start the holiday season.

Peak Leaves

The kids and I love this poem “Autumn Fires” by Robert Louis Stevenson. And though, Mr. Stevenson, was speaking of actual fires the kids and I felt like all the trees around us now appear to be on fire with their bright orange, yellow, and red leaves. Fall … my favorite time of year!!

“In the other gardens
And all up the vale,
From the autumn bonfires
See the smoke trail!
Pleasant summer over
And all the summer flowers,
The red fire blazes,
The grey smoke towers.
Sing a song of seasons!
Something bright in all!
Flowers in the summer,
Fires in the fall!
~ Robert Louis Stevenson

Halloween {2011}

Another fun Halloween … our good friends throw a wonderful party each year. There is lots of yummy food for dinner and then we all head out to trick-or-treat the neighborhood they live in.

Many of our closest friends attend each year and the kids have a blast!

The theme this year amongst my kids was to dress like one of their best friends …

{Pictured above – Ava Mae with her best friend, Maddie Bell – they were Rockettes. Pictured below – Devin with one of his best buds, Clarke, as Boston Red Sox players}

This year Lexi won the costume contest for the girls …

{Pictured above – Lexi with one of her best friends, JK. Trick or Treating. Pictured below – just some of the ten pounds of candy loot my kids brought home.}