#mommied Monday: Walk the Plank

In honor of Mother's Day coming up, I'm going to be sharing stories {possibly weekly} that makes ya wanna say, "BOOM! You just got Mommied!" because it is a super power ;) Often we feel like we just got owned by our children in the small battles so we need some encouragement when we don't lose!

#mommied Monday Walk the Plank

We had been stuck inside for days due to multiple "winter storms" in our area. I mean, the kids had bundled, gone outside to get wet and fridged only to return for homemade hot cooco. So when we had finished out school work they were going crazy indoors. I needed to make lunch sooooo, I taught them how to "walk the plank". Starting from our deck, using scrap wood from our many projects, they were to lay them on the ground, return for another board, walk the plant, add it to the end of the line, and then repeat. No One was to Touch the "frozen water" on the way to the "pirate ship" because alligators would eat them. All three kids were to work together to make it from one place to the next. After they made it to the "pirate ship" aka playground, they had to work their way to their "house" aka shop building where they would stack the boards in a pile there they are stored. Winning! They did this for at least 30 minutes and thought it was hilariously fun. #mommied

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I would LUUUUUUVE if you would share your #mommied stories with us on the as Jules is going facebook page or find me on Instagram to share awesome documentation of your #mommied moment! Don't forget to use the hashtag so we can all find it. Maybe by the time Mother's Day gets here we will all feel the true power God has given us as mommies to train up His lil blessings.

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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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Operation Christmas Child, Duck Dynasty, and a GIVEAWAY!!!

Last week was Operation Christmas Child week here on the blog.

occ-logo-medMonday What is Operation Christmas Child?
Tuesday Operation Christmas Child FAQ Answered
Wednesday How-to Pack a OCC Shoes Box
Thursday How-to Pack a OCC Shoes Box
Friday Operation Christmas Child Packing Party!

Today, the beloved Si wants to share his passion for OCC with you::


For the GIVEAWAY, we will be joining oh Amanda's monthly mission.

ohAmandaHere are the options for GIVEAWAY entries:

  1. Show your kids, friends, and/or family at least one of the awesome videos of Si from above, Veggie Tales, or one about Alex- for the older audience. {comments about who you shared which video with for your 1st entry}
  2. Pack a box with your kids. Take pictures and post them on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, your blog, etc. Use the hashtag #OCC and #asJulesgoes {come back here and comment with a link to what you shared for a 2nd entry}
  3. Pray with your kids, friends, and/or family for the child that will receive your box. Ask God to lead you to the gifts that will minister to that child. Don't forget to DROP IT OFF. {come back here and share about your drop off location for a 3rd entry}
  4. Host a Packing Party {come back here and share stories you partied for a 4th entry}
  5. Come back here by November 27 and report back with how many boxes you collected. {come back here and share stories of who you may have encouraged to pack boxes with year for a 5th entry}

Everyone that packs a box and leaves a comment sharing about it will be entered to WIN---->

1 copy of Operation Christmas Child: The Story of Simple Gifts by Franklin Graham!!! To learn more about the book, Amanda shares here.

To order ohAmanda's awesome eBook, use the affiliate link by clicking the image below. LOVE THIS BOOK. We went through it last year as part of our Advent and will likely do it again 😀truthinthetinsel-leaderboard

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MORE of Alex’s Story {Operation Christmas Child}

Tonight I want to share an amazing story I was honored to hear pieces of at Allume a few weeks ago.

Alex's Story!

Love Your Neighbor: Gift of Forgiveness in Rwanda

Sharing God with a Gift

The Peace of Letting Go: How one Rwandan Forgave

I hope you've enjoyed hearing about how your simple gifts in a tiny shoe box are impacting the world for Christ!!!

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How-to Pack a OCC Shoes Box

Now that you know the history of Operation Christmas Child; have answers to some frequently ask questions; and have some fun inexpensive gift ideas for your shoe box, lets talk about HOW to pack a shoes box with a little help from our favorite Veggies.

Those were the basics, tomorrow I'm going to add a video of my kids, who wanna share how they get all the goodies into your shoe box so its ready to touch a life across the world.
How to pack an Operation Christmas Child Box
Samaritan's Purse also has tons of other resources available to you and your family. Check'm out!

Click any image for the printable versions:
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Learn more about the new Veggie Tales Christmas movie coming out via this trailer and print a coupon for it HERE:

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