Strawberry Shortcake (cheater) Recipe {Thoughtful Thursday}

Thoughtful Thursday is {usually} a weekly post where I like to share recipes, crafts, DIY projects, or other helpful/thoughtful things I love! Welcome to the 1st 2014 Thoughtful Thursday!!!

Thoughtful Thursdays on as Jules is going

I know you're not surprised but I tend to 1/2 read recipes and end up 'messing up' the recipe. Sometimes it turns out yummy though & my way is usually easier {because I'm lazy}.
Tonight I'm sharing MY recipe for Strawberry Shortcakes that are EeeeeZeeee!
The original recipe {I messed up} was from Betty Crocker's BIG RED Cookbook- classic!

HERE is the online version which is not the same as the tangible cookbook.

easy homemade Strawberry Shortcake

Baking Ingredients

  • 1/2 Sugar
  • 1/3 cup margarine
  • 2 cups all-purpose Flour
  • 3 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 3/4 cup Milk

Baking Directions

  1. Preheat oven 450'.
  2. In a mixer, combine sugar & margarine until creamy.
  3. Slowly add 1/2 the flour, then the baking powder and salt, and then the rest of the flour.
  4. When that's all mixed up, add the milk and mix until it's a thick pancake batter consistency.
  5. Spray a cookie sheet with no-stick spray and then begin plopping globs of the batter on the pan. {I used a large spoon ~2tbs}
    You can get about 8-11 on a large cookie sheet without them running into one another & baking together.
  6. Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown {around the edges. if the top is browning, the bottom is likely black}


Serving Ingredients {per serving}

  • 1-2 shortcakes
  • 1/4 cool whip
  • strawberry syrup

Serving Directions

  1. I like to either divide a single shortcake or use 2 to make a sandwich
  2. Put the dollop of cool whip inside
  3. Then drizzle with the strawberry syrup.
  4. If you like real strawberries, throw some of those on there, too.
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The Ultimate Christmas Season Bucket List

The Ultimate Christmas Season Bucket List!!!

If you've been around here long, you know I love organization, even if that's becoming harder to come by in my home during this season}. I also love Christmas AND a good plan {or general idea of where we're going}. So of course, I would be all about Advent, countdowns, and bucket lists.

Decorate for ChristmasToday, I've tried to combine my love of these in a general list of great ideas our family, among having a baby, is going to try to remember to enjoy this season. If you want to read about it and or print the list, check it out on the Homemaker's Challenge today! 😀

Merry Christmas!!!

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How-to “Take Them a Meal”

Do any of you have friends having babies? Coworkers losing loved ones? Family sick or loosing their jobs? Sometimes the holidays can just be hard. We all know providing a necessity, like a yummy meal, during times like these can be the best ways to help and comfort. We also know that lots of well meaning people can be overwhelming and disorganized when trying to all help and comfort the same people.

How-to Use Take Them A Meal

Today, I'm sharing one of my FAVORITE online FREE find on the Homemakers Challenge! Sneak on over and hear how to use "Take Them a Meal", a free online organization tool that's so easy to use for facilitating such a ministry.

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Settling In September Post Series

This is the tentative editorial calendar for the Settled In September month long series.

Settled In September Series{links will go live on the day each post is published}


1st          Intro to the series
before pics

Week 1: Living room

2rd           collage wall
3th           homemade mantel
4th          big Betsy
5th           big Betsy/end tables/coffee table
6th          organization

Week 2: Eating spaces

Dining room
9th           Layout, art display frame & picture walls

10th        Organizing Cabinets
11th        Organizing the Pantry & Shelf Tutorial
12th        Organizing Fridge
13th        Mantel {and other décor} {DELAYED bc we haven't finished hanging it 😉 }

Week 3: Laundry room & School Room

16th        Moving and organizing shelves
17th        Basket shelves
18th        Cleaning tool hanger and Mudroom/bench {DELAYED bc of craziness}
School Room
19th        School Corner and Supply Organization {possibly a day late bc of travel}
20th        Toys and Organization

Week 4: Bedrooms

Jamin’s {and soon to be Ellie's} room
23rd        Dresser/changing table/Shelving {both sets}/Cityscape/brick wall

Girls’ room
24th        Glitter walls/Castle/shelves/letters

Guest room/Office
25th       bed makeover/consignment organization/desk/office stuff

Master bedroom
26th        Stripes/quote/lamps/pictures/Painted furniture

27th        cabinets, tub toys, in shower, towels

Week 5: Garage sale/Consigning

30th       FREE Printables from the entire month!

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Organizing the Fridge {Settled In September}

I hate learning a new refrigerator. You know, learning where the best place is to store things, how to make it functional, where to place shelves {if they are moveable}. This is what I have so far but am still moving things!

ORGANIZING the Refrigerator

Freezer Zones:

Freezer Zones

  1. Frozen Bread & Cheese
  2. Frozen grease in emptied cans {freeze it so doesn't spill all over the trash}
  3. Frozen Beef {divided into 1 lb bags}
  4. Ice Dispenser that needs to be cleared of any blockage & has to be un-clogged all the time
  5. Frozen Potatoes {hash browns, tots, fries}
  6. Frozen Veggies/Fruit
  7. Frozen {fast} Meals
  8. Frozen Desserts

Refrigerator Zones:

Fridge Zones

  1. Milk, Juice, & Large Pitchers
  2. Sodas & desserts
  3. Dairy & Breakfast
  4. Leftovers
  5. Fruit & Veggies
  6. Cheese and Meat
  7. Frosting & Tiny Items
  8. Condiments
    • Cooking & Salads
    • Sandwiches
  9. Salsa & Toppings
  10. Water

Deep Freeze Zones:

Deep Freeze Zones

  1. Bread/rolls
  2. Meats
  3. Meals/casseroles
  4. Ice Packs
  5. Fruit/Veggies
  6. Pizzas

Organizing in your fridge can be just like any other space in your home. Some times using organizational tools can make it that much more efficient.

  • I love using the Lazy Susan to store things like yogurt, biscuits, Cinnamon rolls, and other larger containers that seem to stack up and get in the way of accessing other items.
  • Plastic racks {like I use in my pantry} work good for winter stocking of the deep freeze. It will allow you to stack more items deeper in the freezer. I would recommend only stacking like-items so you don't forget what you've got.
  • Other tools that work well in fridges and freezers are plastic box-like containers. Ones with handles {like I use in our medicine cabinet} are also great for storing smaller package items like fruit, veggies, cheeses, and meats that seem to stack up.
  • You do have to be careful not to use containers that would take away from the cooling of items {especially if they are not already cold/frozen}. You always want them to be open-air or slotted so things don't heat up or get blocked from the coolness of the fridge/freezer.

Organizing the fridge/freezer is important for saving money, time, and sanity! If the refrigerator is disorganized, you don't know what you have you will

  • buy excess leading to things going bad
  • have a much harder time meal planning & preparing meals
  • end up with WAY too many leftovers and you have to declare Multiple "leftover day(s)".

For more tips on organizing your fridge or storing leftovers, you can click HERE to read an older post on the topic.

A weeks worth of leftovers= Leftover Lunch Leftover PlatesRemember, organization is basically grouping like items. Functional organization is grouping like items & storing them in the most practical place for easy usage.

Happy Kitchen Organizing!

find other post in this series HERE

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