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May 10

May 10, 2016

Hamburger Pie

Mama’s Hamburger Pie

Hamburger Pie is one of my favorite meals that my Mama used to make.  It’s also one of my husband’s all time favorite meals!  Your family is certain to love it too!! Here’s What You’ll Need: 1 lb. Ground Beef Family Size Can of Tomato Soup (26 oz.) Milk 1 Can of Corn 6-8 Large Potatoes (You can use instant potatoes if you’d like but my family only goes for the real thing!) 3 Tbsps Butter Salt & Pepper Here’s…

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May 9

May 9, 2016

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The Great American Road Trip – A Roundup of Road Trip Posts

The family road trip has become the stylish American vacation! Its popularity began to grow after World War II, when car manufacturing really took off and the automobile became affordable for most American families.  Of course, the interstate highway system was also rapidly growing and developing at the same time.  All this worked together to enable American families to travel the country on family road trips! In celebration of my ebook “American Road Trip . . . Vacation Planner” I have…

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May 8

May 8, 2016

May 5

May 5, 2016

The hubby and daughters at the Oregon Coast Aquarium

Planning Your Vacation Itinerary!

Vacation Planning – Your Itinerary The hubby and daughters at the Oregon Coast Aquarium   Summer is just around the corner!  It’s time to start your vacation planning!  This is a preview of my ebook, “Vacation Planning, American Road Trips.”  I hope you enjoy!! Get a sneak peek into the planner here: http://lovemybighappyfamily.com/a-sneak-peek-into-the-vacation-planner/  Purchase the planner here:  http://lovemybighappyfamily.com/buy-my-product/ My husband grew up in Washington and Oregon. His parents live in a Albany, Oregon about an hour and forty minutes from the…

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May 4

May 4, 2016

May 3

May 3, 2016

"Ice Cream Cone" Rice Krispie Treats!

“Ice Cream Cone” Rice Krispie Treats!

Here’s a super fun treat the kids will LOVE!!  Rice Krispie Treats shaped like Ice Cream Cones! Here’s What You’ll Need: 6 Cups of Rice Cereal 5 1/2 Cups of Miniature Marshmallows 4 Tbsp Butter Red Food Coloring 1 Tbsp Cocoa Powder Ice Cream Cones Sprinkles Large Red Gumballs Here’s What to Do:  In a large mixing bowl combine half of the marshmallows and half of the butter. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Add 4-5 drops of red food…

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May 2

May 2, 2016

Planning the Perfect Vacation!

Planning the Perfect Vacation – American Road Trips

Do you want to have the PERFECT FAMILY VACATION this summer?!! Here’s How!!! It’s that time of year again!  Vacation planning time!!  Yay!!!  Vacations are fun and exciting – a time to forget your cares and relax and have fun, a time for families to bond and grow closer to one another! Of course choosing of a destination very exciting!  There are so many fun places to visit, will you go to an old favorite destination or discover somewhere completely…

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May 1

May 1, 2016

Apr 18

April 18, 2016

Staying Close to Far Away Grandkids

Staying Close to Far Away Grandkids

Do you have children that you love, who don’t live close to you?  Many of us have grandchildren, or nieces or nephews or children of whom we have shared custody.  It’s often difficult to stay close to those far away littles that We love so dearly!  For me it is two of my grandchildren, G1 and G3, who don’t live close to me right now. My parents were entering their 40s when I was born and three of my grandparents…

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Apr 1

April 1, 2016

Mar 19

March 19, 2016

Things to Do in Springtime

15 Fun Low or No Cost Spring Activities

Hello Friends!  Are you looking for ways to enjoy Springtime with your family?  Check out this list of 15 fun activities!! Visit a petting farm to see the newborn baby animals Plant a garden. Even a small container garden can be lots of fun.  You can get a head start by sprouting your seeds indoors! Go on a walk or a hike! Go to a nearby park and play on the playground. Fly a kite on a breezy day. Have…

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Mar 16

March 16, 2016

Mar 15

March 15, 2016

My Dad loved to sing - I'm Lookin' Over a Four Leaf Clover!  Dad with two of my sisters and me.

I’m Lookin’ Over a Four Leaf Clover!

My daddy was a “larger than life” kind of man.  He was charming and enthusiastic and kind and everyone loved him! Dad was always involved in an interesting hobby and in planning awesome family activities or vacations.  He made life fun for our family!!One of the ways dad showed his enthusiasm and spread joy was with music.  He was always singing or whistling. “I’m Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover” is a song from 1927, written by Mort Dixon with…

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Mar 2

March 2, 2016

Feb 29

February 29, 2016

Joe & Kaitlin's Wedding Cake (100x150)

Sweet Dreams Bakery

When I was a teenager I took a cake decorating class with my sisters.  It must have appealed to me the more than it did them, because after that, for several years, I became the official family birthday cake maker.  I think maybe my inspiration to decorate cakes probably came from a cake my sisters made me for one of my birthdays.  From about the time I was 11 or 12 years old until I was in my early 20’s…

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