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Round Up of Christmas Fun

These fun foods and activities are our favorite Christmas traditions.

I love to make these olive penguins and igloo cheese ball to take to parties. Instant fun!

Here’s a simple craft kids love.

This simple felt Christmas tree skirt is a treasure in our family. The kids love to see how their hands have grown over the years.

This gingerbread house decorating party is the event we look forward to all year!

What fun traditions do you plan for Christmastime?

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All Things Thanksgiving

If you are like me, you are dragging out all your favorite recipes for the big day this week.

Since we have 8 children, we usually do the hosting of Thanksgiving. It’s just easier for people to come to us than it is to host us, and we love to have company anyway, so it’s all good!

Roundup of Thanksgiving recipes

Kid-Friendly Thanksgiving Crafts

Favorite Thanksgiving books

What are your Thanksgiving plans?

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Fun 4th of July Foods

Here are some easy patriotic 4th of July snacks that will liven up your festivities.

I love these fun drinks that can also teach kids a lesson in density!

Patriotic popcorn balls

I love these simple, healthy treats! Strawberries and bananas can be used instead of raspberries and marshmallows, and you can even set the supplies out and let the kids make this.

 

More patriotic popcorn!

More fun fruit!

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Grilled Pork Chops

My husband recently got some “buy one get one free” center cut pork chops that were about to expire. He dug around in the fridge for a while and came up with this marinade for them:

  • the last of our homemade plum jelly (about 1/2 cup)
  • soy sauce (about 1/2 cup)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • about 1/2 can of Coke (to tenderize)

He put it all, along with the pork chops, in a large Ziploc bag and leave it in the fridge for about an hour and a half.

Then, he put them on a hot grill and brushed the leftover marinade over them periodically.

Boy, oh boy! Were they ever tasty!

We had these with oven roasted red potatoes, cut into chunks, tossed with olive oil and seasoning salt, and topped with shredded cheddar and mozzarella. The classic green bean casserole rounded out the menu.

Cheap, easy, and tasty….the perfect meal!

Did you like this recipe? Try my homemade White Castle Sliders next!

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Strawberry-Lemon Water

If you are like me and have to make yourself drink enough water to stay hydrated, and you don’t have a need to makeĀ 3 gallons of spa water, try adding a little something special to your water glass.

Strawberry-Lemon Water

  • 1 lemon
  • 1 strawberry
  • Mason jar
  • water
  • ice

1. Cut lemon into wedges.

2. Slice strawberry.

3. Add to water and ice in Mason jar.

4. Sip slowly on front porch swing.

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4 Moms Share Vegetarian Recipes

Have you bought our ebook yet?

The 4 Moms of 35+ Kids are sharing vegetarian recipes today, so this is the day you find out The Smockity Family is not vegetarian.

As in, we like our meat.

But I don’t want to let you down, so I have dug around and found some vegetarian recipes for you.

Gluten Free Crustless Quiche

Vegetarian Chili Pie

Do these veggie cups even count as a recipe?

Okay, that’s all I’ve got. See I told you we love meat around here.

Now, be sure to visit the rest of my 4 Moms team to see what vegetarian recipes they are sharing.

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