As I am sitting here scrubbing an ink stain on my daughter’s pants, I am thinking, I never knew how much you did for me. I didn’t know the time you spent to pick out, clean, iron (when needed), and put away all the beautiful clothes that were hanging in my closet. I never understood how hard you worked for me. Now, I am a mom of 2 beautiful children and I spend countless hours buying them things, doing their laundry, scrubbing the stains in their clothing out… It never ends really. I ALWAYS have laundry.
So, as I stand here pondering how much of my life is spent on just their clothing, I realize I have an AMAZING mom. I am sorry if I didn’t show you enough appreciation for all you did for me all those years that I lived under your roof with my mounds of stinky gym clothes and stained church clothes. I now know the pain staking amount of energy you put into just keeping me clothed! I am so thankful for all the things you did for me growing up and do for me now, but tonight I am thankful to you for doing my laundry. I am also so thankful you taught me how to do my own laundry, so I can take care of my family now.
There I said it, thanks for doing my laundry, mom!!! It only took me 31 years to say that, but hopefully you knew that I appreciated it all along!
There is nothing better than a pumpkin spice latte on of cool fall day, except maybe a “home-made” pumpkin spice latte. My super sweet cousin made me a mason jar full of pumpkin spice creamer for my birthday a couple of weeks ago and I loved it so much that I wanted to find a recipe of my own. So here is what you do:
14 Ounces of Half and Half
1/4 Cup of Syrup (Maple of Other)
1- 14 Ounce Can of Sweetened Condensed Milk
5 Tablespoons of canned Pumpkin
1 Teaspoon of Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 Teaspoon of Vanilla
1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon (topping)
1 Teaspoon of Whipped Cream (topping)
Beat the Pumpkin, Pumpkin Pie Spice, Vanilla, and Syrup into a small amount of the Half and Half. Heat that mixture in the a small sauce pan over low heat on the stove until thoroughly blended and warmed.
Then pour into a large plastic container or mason jar (my favorite), add the remaining Half and Half and the Sweetened Condensed Milk and shake it until your heart is content.
Add the Creamer to your coffee and top with the Whipped Cream and Cinnamon and Enjoy!
Store it in the fridge and it should last until the date on your Half and Half. You will probably need to shake it really good before you add it to your coffee each time.
Need to know where to eat and grocery shop in Branson, MO if you are on a gluten free diet?
Gluten Free Restaurants in Branson, MO
248 Pizza Kitchen – Phone: 417-544-0206 Address: 2722 State Highway 248 Branson, MO 65616
Cantina Laredo at Branson Landing – Phone: 417-334-6062 Address: 1001 Branson Landing Blvd. Branson, MO 65616
Chili’s Bar & Grill – Phone: 417-239-0992 Address: 1150 Branson Hills Pkwy. Branson, MO 65616
Joe’s Crab Shack at Branson Landing – Phone: 417-337-7373 Address: 717 Branson Landing Blvd. Branson, MO 65616
Lone Star Steakhouse – Phone: 417-336-5030 Address: 201 South Wildwood Dr. Branson, MO 65615
Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks – Phone: 417-690-2146 Address: 1 Opportunity Ave. Blue Eye, MO 65726
Sugar Leaf Bakery – Phone: 417-336-6618 Address: 2800West Highway 76, Branson, MO 65616
Texas Land and Cattle at Branson Landing – Phone: 417-337-8200 Address: 915 Branson Landing Blvd. Branson, MO 65616
Vasken’s Deli – Phone: 417-334-9182 Address: 3200 Gretna Rd. Branson, MO 65616
Gluten Free Groceries in Branson, MO
Country Mart – Phone: 417-334-2101 Address: 1447 State Highway 248 Branson, MO
Nature’s Sunshine – Phone: 417-335-4372 Address: 827 West Main St. # 101 Branson, MO 65616
Rhodes Family Price Chopper – Phone: 417-334-64387 Address: 2210 West 76 Country Blvd. Branson, MO 65616
Show’s and Attractions
Silver Dollar City – Several restaurants through the park have gluten free options, including: Buckshot Annie’s, Crossroads Pizza, Mine Restaurant, Mary’s Springhouse, Molly’s Mill Restaurant, Tatter Patch, and Wagon Works Grill. Here is a link to allergen food menu’s.
Dixie Stampede – Yep, that is right, they have a gluten free dining option now. The Menu includes: Call us for tickets 1800-504-0115.
We all dream of a day where we can just sit back and relax without having to worry about kids, jobs, meals, laundry, and the list goes on and on. But is there really anything better than your babies? Sure we all want to be those “Super-Moms”, you know the one’s who seem to have it all together. They always have a clean house house, they always have ample groceries in the fridge, their children always look like perfect angels, and they seem to have time to spare for working out, manicures, coffee with friends…. Trust me no one is that perfect! As a mom to 2 of the most “perfect angels” a mom could have, I can tell you that if you aren’t one of those “Super-Moms”, you are not alone!
1. Have a schedule. One that works for you and your family. When you start the week, know what nights you need a speedy dinner, know when you will be able to get groceries, and know when to throw in the towel and order pizza :-p. Trust me if they miss their steamed veggies and lean meats for one meal it won’t kill them. But seriously planning ahead saves me! I love to cook up hamburger meat, grilled chicken, and anything that I can use during the week for meals in a hurry. I know I am rambling now but one more tip on the planning ahead thing. Pre-wash your fruits and veggies that you use for snacks. Have them ready to go so you can grab them when you are running out the door or need to give the kids something to stop the whining while you are making dinner.
2. Ask for help. This sounds so simple, but in reality that Super Mom Mentality is always in the back of our mind telling us that if we can’t do it all on our own we
are inadequate. But that is NOT true!!! Throw that thought out along with that sippy cup that was buried under toys for too long and now has something really gross growing inside. It’s okay to have someone help you!
3. Have some you time. Time where you can pee alone, sit-down while you eat, and just breathe. Maybe get up early and have a quick work-out or a cup of coffee where you can let all the things of your life go for a little while. Or take a relaxing bath after you get the kids to bed. For me, this is essential and yet often put aside to do laundry or whatever else needs to be done.
“For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you “Do not fear, I will help you.” Isaiah 41:14
It’s been so long since I’ve posted, that it’s embarrassing! But for the record I’m the mom to 2 Beautiful, Wild, and Amazing Children now. I hope to start back sharing my recipes, life, and home ideas SOON!!! Just wanted to share a couple quick pictures of my sweet babies!
3lb Roast (Either Beef or Pork)
1lb Dry Pinto Beans (Can use canned, just add at the end)
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
1 T. Ground Cumin
1T. Dried Oregano
1T. Chili Powder
4 oz. Can of Chopped Green Chilies
- Cover beans and soak over night in slow cooker. *
- In the morning, remove all the beans and place the roast in the slow-cooker. Add all the remaining ingredients, including the beans and the soaking water. Add more water, if necessary.
- Cook on high for one hour, then on low for 6 hours.
- Shred up the roast, pulling apart with a fork.
- Cook on high for 1 more hour.
- Serve over a bed of lettuce, tortilla chips, or chalupa shells. Top with shredded cheese, mexican rice, chopped tomatoes, lettuce, and onions, if desired. I really like to put guacamole on top too!
* I prefer to soak my beans in warm to hot water at first and rinse a couple of times before leaving them over night. It helps break down the outer skin and makes them easier to digest for people with digestive issues.
The most wonderful time of year starts early in Branson, MO. Every year November 1st kicks off the Christmas shows and lights. Then, when January rolls around things really slow down. If you don’ mind the cold weather, and just want to see the local area, its a great time to be here. You should know that only a few shows still play during the off-season and many and the shops are on seasonal hours. Also, the lodging options are a little limited because some of the facilities take this opportunity to remodel and fix up a bit so they shut down.
The winter weather here is pretty mild, typically ranging from the mid 20’s to the mid 40’s. We do get an occasional snow but it usually don’t last more than a few days.
One thing you can do during off-season that you can’t always do during the regular season is drive down the strip (highway 76) with ease. Also, the museums and walk-up attractions are much less crowded during the off-season.
Silver Dollar City is a favorite among the young and the old. It offers such an array of activities that everyone will have a great time. My family loves riding the rollar coasters and the wet rides (when it’s really hot)! We always have to visit the candy store where they are sure to be baking up something yummy (I love the peanut brittle!). For lunch, I usually can’t pass up the skillets or somethimes the BBQ.
It really amazes me, all the different things you can see there. On one corner someone is carving wood, then there is someone blowing glass in another area, and someone baking some of the tastiest treats you have ever eaten. The guy that makes the pig rinds is always fun to visit with.
At Christmas they have the biggest and most beautiful light display that I have seen anywhere. I always have to ride the train to see all the lights and sing along with the Christmas Carols. They also have the best hot cocoa and apple cider… I am ready for Christmas to be here just thinking about it!
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Everyone knows what Branson is today, with all the live entertainment, shopping, and restaurants. But how did that happen?
In the 1880’s settlers began settling the area of the Ozark Mountains because of the “free land”. And a guy by the name of Rueben Branson opened a general store and post office, and there it is, that’s how Branson got it’s name.
The first official attraction in Branson was the Marble Cave, which people began to take tours of in the late 1800’s. Then, it was leased by the Herschend Family, who originally used it to host square dances in the 1950’s. Then in 1960, they began what is now know as the Silver Dollar City theme park in the same area and the cave became a big attraction.
Also, in the early 1900’s there was a very popular book written called The Shepherd of the Hills, by Harold Bell Wright. This book brought many visitors to the area. In the 1960;s they opened up The Shepherd of the Hills Homestead and outdoor theater.
Did you know we didn’t always have a lake? In the early 1900’s, they began constructing a dam and power site on the White River. First, they created the Taneycomo Lake, then later around 1958 they finished the dam and created the Table Rock Lake.
The Prestley’s moved into a theater on Hwy. 76, followed a year later by the Baldknobbers. Now this area host more than 50 theaters and over 100 shows. This area became know as “the strip”. With these developments, it didn’t take long for Branson to become known as the live entertainment capital, that it is today.
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