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Dry Rubbed Pork Loin with Homemade Honey Barbecue Sauce

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This Dry Rubbed Pork Loin with Homemade Honey Barbecue Sauce was an absolute hit at my house.  So anytime my kids love a recipe, it is definetly a keeper.  I came up with this through a mixture of different recipes that I already used on other items, the dry rub was a rub that I use from time to time on pork chops and chicken, while the barbecue sauce is my go to homemade barbecue sauce. 
The best part of this meal for me was I paid $9 for this pork loin and had enough leftovers to get two meals out of it. 

To start off I removed as much of the fat and membrane from the pork loin as I possibly could.
I then mixed up my Dry Rub which consisted of:
1 tablespoon Paprika 2 teaspoons lemon pepper 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 1/8 teaspoon seasoned salt

After I mixed up the Dry Rub, I rubbed down my entire pork loin with it and placed it in my broaster oven (this can also be made in your regular oven).  I let…

Ideas For Celebrating New Year's Eve With Kids

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With New Year’s Eve just around the corner now is the time to start preparing for your New Year’s Eve party. I am not one for going out on New Year’s Eve but instead choose to stay home with my kids that night. After supper we will take our baths, and will slip into our pajamas for a night of fun. If you are looking for a fun (and inexpensive) way to enjoy New Year’s Eve with your kids here are some great ideas.


Make it a Game Night

Our kids always receive a bunch of games at Christmas, so New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to play those new games. We turn the TV off, enjoy some snack foods and play board games.



Make a Time Capsule

This is something new that I plan to incorporate this year. We will sit around the table, write down our favorite memories for the year, and then seal it in a decorated Mason Jar. This will be put up in our Christmas Decorations. Next New Year’s Eve we will open it back up and enjoy our memories of 2012.

Write Letters to Family Members

This is a tip I read e…

Christmas 2012

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I hope everyone had a great Christmas!  Yesterday I talked about Making Next Year's Christmas Even Better Than This Year's but today I wanted to talk about our family's Christmas this year.  I have to say this Christmas was one of my absolute favorites.  It was a fun few days of celebrations, and I really enjoyed myself. 
However, the month of December did not start out all that great.  I was super busy in my Etsy shop, and finsihing up finals for school.  It was very stressful.  I didn't have enough freezer meals planned out, and we ate out way too many times this month because I was too busy to cook.  We didn't make it to the holiday light displays or get to do some of the fun things we wanted to do because I was so crazy busy.  This will not happen again.  I am closing down my Etsy shop simply because I am worn out.  I will be opening my own website and offering only ready to ship items there. 
On December 21st I was finally able to set my crocheting aside an…

Making Next Year's Christmas Even Better Than This Year

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The presents have been unwrapped, new toys are strewn from one end of the house to the other, and the after Christmas wind down has begun. Before you put this Christmas behind you in the history books now is the time to look at what worked this last year, or didn’t work for that matter while it is all still so fresh in your mind. Now is the time to look critically at how your Christmas experience played out and to write down what worked or didn’t work for you so that you can remember next year. Writing down your experience, thoughts, and things you want to remember is important because while you think that you will remember it all next year let’s be honest you won’t remember it at all.


One of the first steps to taking stock is to look at what your personal thoughts were on this year’s Christmas experience. Did you feel like you were rushed the entire month? Is there something that you can do to help beat that rush? Did you really like how your family went looking at Christmas lights…