Archive for October, 2011

You might very well be thinking you don’t hear much about the rest of the fam and for that I’m sorry. With the business incorporating so much of itself into my life, I get sidetracked and forget about the amazing things happening in the rest of my family’s lives.

Isaac has finally started his fourth (and hopefully final) year of the electrical apprentice program through Associated Builders and Contractors.  He drives 2 nights a week down to Pittsburgh (BOO!) for an intense three hour class.  I was ready for him to just get started and get it over with…I never look forward to him being away from us….especially at 4 PM when the girls are bouncing off the walls and I’m ready to pull my hair out.   I have to admit that since the girls are getting older, surviving solo for a few days isn’t nearly as bad as it once was.

It is amazing to see how far he’s come since I married him. He would agree that he wasn’t the handiest of men! Building a house taught him that you can find ANYTHING (and sometimes more then you bargained for) on you tube.  Common sense seems to be rapidly multiplying inside that brain of his! His talent is starting to challenge my natural, inborn “know how” on certain things! He’s building things, fixing lawn mowers, fixing car headlights that were broken from hitting 2 deer this winter,  finding random cords that work with computers that are going pot, and the list goes on. I can not explain how excited I get when I need something done. HE CAN DO IT! Let’s just say that the handy man can!

Let’s be realistic, too. He breaks his fair share of things (hmm…the oldest tater tot  sleeping next to me just left out a “tuft” of air…one can only guess who she gets those genes from…ahem…), spills things,  slobs things on his shirt that are hard to wash…but what he’s doing around here makes up for all of those little things.  His next big project. Yellow house demolition. It’s taken him all summer to get to this point!!!! Oh, how I want it down so we can start to landscape our yard. Well….maybe after I book another 6-8 parties 🙂

All of this to say, he’s been a very busy man! Owning a home doesn’t come without upkeep…I’m just glad that he’s keepin’ up with it!

Tastefully Serving You,


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I haven’t had time to make this recipe yet, but I am a die hard fan of crock pots! Oh how they have saved my life on numerous occasions. People think that if you’re a stay at home mom you should have plenty of time to slave away a four course meal….um…not so much.  I try to stay on top of dinners by meal planning and grocery shopping, but there is nothing better than throwin’ it in, turning it on, and walking away! So go grab your

If only mine looked this good!

and enjoy this recipe from me to you!

Bacon Ranch Slow Cooker Chicken


  • 3 T Bacon Bacon
  • 1 tsp Garlic Garlic
  • 1 pkg Hidden Valley Ranch salad dressing mix
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 1 c. sour cream
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • egg noddles, prepared


Combine first 6 ingredients. Pour mixture over chicken in slow cooker. Cook 3-4 hours on high or until chicken is cooked through. Serve over hot noodles. Makes 4-6 servings.  Let me know what you think!

Tastefully Serving You,

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Well, guys….what a week! In the blog’o’sphere I’ve failed miserably. But that’s ok. Sometimes there are more important things in life then writing a lil update. At this point, I’m just happy that I’ve survived the weeks’ events and I’m ready for a good dose of (hopefully) encouraging preaching tomorrow! I’m so glad that even on my worst day, I have joy and strength in knowing the Lord is guiding and taking care of me.

I was reminded of verse (maybe I should keep it my business verse!) Jeremiah 33:3 “Call unto me and I will answer thee and shew thee great and mighty things thou knowest not. ”  This is a GREAT and ENCOURAGING verse but God requires of us in this verse to call unto Him. How many times during our day do we get frustrated, give up, or get mad at the events that take place. My kids have been driving me BONKERS!!!!!! I would have made the people in Loonyville look normal this week.  When I’m constantly interrupted and can’t get anything finished I get so upset. The Holy Spirit reminds me of two things

1.) Take it to the Lord, not out on the kids and

2.) Remember you are first and foremost a mother and a wife. The rest will get attention after the first two are tended to.

These are both hard to put into action when you have other things you want to be doing.  I just need to remember they will only be this small once. I will never get these moments back! If you have little ones and are trying to run a business from home, there is a balance and we must strive each day to keep our priorities in check.  This is essential to maintaining a great business!

But on an encouraging note I managed to make my first Tastefully Simple Party to Success Goal. I met $1500 in sales and closed 4 parties! To those of you who came to parties, booked parties, or already reordered,  YOU ROCK!!!  Because of you I’ll be receiving 4 party packs, 200 invitations, 50 more catalogs, and 100 order forms. I am now on my way to meeting  my 2nd 40 day goal.  God’s already showing me great and might things! Woot!!  I’ve also advanced to senior consultant by signing up a new consultant! I’m starting to create a great team and would LOVE two more Tastefully Simple team members! Let me know if you would want to jump on board, too!

Well, I hope you all had a productive and enjoyable week! We’ve got one more day before the “official” work day starts again. Whatever your biggest challenges in life are, do not quite. Do not give up. Stay focused.  Be balanced.  Love life.

Tastefully Serving You,

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I have been waiting for this day since the Fall/Winter catalog came out! We can FINALLY buy those delicious open and enjoy  snack mixes that have been staring at us for the last month! I have a list of people who have their orders specifically for the Sweet Drizzle Snack Mix and you can add my own order for at least 3 boxes of this stuff! Wow, if that doesn’t tempt your taste buds I just don’t know what will.

The thing I like about these Tastefully Simple snacks is they offer that sweet compliment to many of the richer, flavorful dips. In fact, you better watch you don’t get stampeded by your friends or family when they see you’ve got some Fudgy Popcorn and Chipotle Queso Dip goin’ on!

Who doesn’t love to nibble on snacks at parties or holiday get togethers? It’s one of those things you try to get one or two bites but find yourself cleaning out the bowl. As a hostess, I love having the convenience of popping open a box and placing bowls of snacks in different places of the room. People enjoy chatting AND snacking!!

If you pair a box of snacks with a cute  bowl you’ve got yourself a great gift for a coach, teacher, or anyone else you want to get a gift for but don’t want to spend a fortune.  I’m a piano teacher and I’d be thrilled if one of my students wrapped it up for me.  Who’s that lucky person on your list that would get something like this??

So go ahead and try them…you can purchase them here.  It is well worth your money. You have nothing to lose but disappointed taste buds.

Tastefully Serving You,

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