The Best Christmas Tea ever!

Christmas Tea Recipe

Everyone knows that Southern food just can’t be matched…and drinks are no exception.  I had this
Christmas tea a few years ago, at our small-town bank during a Holiday party, and I was willing to do anything for the recipe. It’s that good. Turns out, it’s from a hometown cookbook that’s just about as old as the town itself. So, if you’re  looking for an autumn tea or Christmas tea recipe, you’ve found it. Look no further. Close all those other recipes you’ve got open, cause this is the one you want to go with.

christmas tea

Christmas Tea Recipe Ingredients:

2 Cinnamon sticks
2 TBSP WHOLE cloves
3 Cups sugar (Haven’t made it with Splenda, but I’m sure you could!)
1 qt. boiling water
1 qt. strong tea (REALLY REALLY STRONG)
Juice of 3 lemons (Or lemon juice)
1 cup pineapple juice
1 cup orange juice
3 quarts boiling water (You can sub some of this for apple cider!)


Bring 1 qt water (or cider) to a boil, add cinnamon sticks, cloves, and sugar.  Boil for 5 minutes, then strain out spices.   Add tea and remaining ingredients.  Serve hot or cold!
fall tea

After making this a few times, it’s always best the next day. It’s great fresh, of course, but it’s even better after sitting overnight in the fridge. You can drink this hot or cold. The cinnamon and cloves mesh so well with the tea flavor — and the citrus notes are just the perfect finish. I promise you, if you make this, you will be asked for this Christmas tea recipe, if not crowned the king or queen of the party!

Apple Bread


Enjoy with this easy caramel Apple monkey bread or while you are making cookies.

Easy sugar cookies recipe

While I am drinking my Christmas tea. I am working on my under $5 gift idea

holiday traditions

 What will you do while drinking your Christmas tea?

Super Simple Coleslaw Recipe

Super Simple Coleslaw Recipe


It’s officially coleslaw season again!  As summer approaches, our dinner menus begin to change.  This is the time of year when my husband starts grilling and I simply have to prepare side dishes.  For me, it’s a bonus because I have a recipe box filled with summer sides, including fresh salads and vegetables.  After a long day at work, the last thing I want to do is put together a whole meal.

Our local farmer’s market just opened and, with all the fresh vegetables available, our family’s dinner side dishes no longer consist of frozen vegetables.  We’ll be enjoying zucchini, tomatoes, cabbage, radishes, green beans, bell peppers, peas, cucumbers, and asparagus fresh from the farm.

This family favorite simple coleslaw recipe is one which I adapted from my days of following The Flylady.  Instead of chopped cabbage and carrots, the recipes calls for these ingredients to be shredded.  My family is not fond of sweet coleslaw so this coleslaw, which is more on the tangy side, pleases everyone.

Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

Toll House Cookie Skillet Recipe

Toll House Cookie Skillet

cookie skillet

I am the first to admit that I love a good cookie. What is better than one cookie? How about a Toll House Skillet Cookie?

The truth behind my love of this recipe is that I love the idea of baking cookies. However, once I make a sheet or two, I am over it. Once I’ve mixed up the batter, I don’t want to be getting up every ten minutes to take cookies out of the oven and fill up the cookie sheets again. That’s why I decided try a cookie skillet instead of individual cookies.

After seeing the idea on Pinterest, I decided it was worth a try. I loaded the next batch of cookie batter into a skilled and baked it until done. This is favorite new way to bake cookies. [Read more…]

Spring Break Getaway Bahamas Cruise

Spring Break Getaway Bahamas Cruise


We only have two more Spring Breaks to take a vacation as a family.  This year we will Cruise the Bahamas for Spring Break!  Our teenage daughter’s only request is that this Spring Break trip must include sun and fun.  Well, this year we plan to deliver just that.  Planning a vacation for the three of us takes more than a little bit of coordination and planning. With the travel dates set well in advance by the school system, all we need to do is arrange for time off that week.

First Things First:  Cruise or Resort?

The first step was to contact our travel agent to let him know when we wanted to get away, where we wanted to go (South!), and how much we planned to budget for the trip.  We have a personal relationship with our travel agent and he was able to quickly come up with three options.  As much as we wanted to travel out of the country, the Mexican beach resort option was immediately dismissed because it required us to obtain passports.  I know we eventually need to apply for passports but it’s just not in the budget right now.  That left us with two options:  a beach resort in Puerto Rico or a cruise to the Bahamas. [Read more…]

Free Disney Bucks Printable

Free Disney Bucks Printable

Free Disney Bucks Printable

Who needs Disney tips?  I know I did. I wanted to make sure I got the most out of my money and my child had the best experience. We have 7 tips for getting the most out of Disney for your money. I also wanted it to be a learning experience for us all. We compiled our best tips in our Disney Tips post. We even reviewed Pandora at Disney World.

The next step is to have your children feel like they are part of the experience and teach them responsibility.  That is why we came up with Disney bucks for my fellow Disney lovers.

I wanted to think of a way to set a budget for my daughter and to help her earn her own money to spend while we are there. I am not a fan of a free for all during vacations, so I make sure my daughter knows how much it costs to go, and how hard we work to go. So she loves being able to “work” for her own spending money, and it helps us from overspending as well. That’s why we came up with Disney Bucks!  [Read more…]

7 Reasons To Visit Disney World In The Fall

7 Reasons To Visit Disney World In The Fall

Disney World in the fall

You guys, I just returned from the most magical, amazing, perfect, and wonderful vacation my family and I have EVER been on! Now, we have been to Disney World a few times before, but never during the fall. Now I’m not sure if we could ever go back during any other time! (Ok well…maybe Christmas time It was SO different than the last time we went which happened to be during Memorial Day weekend. Which, never again by the way. We are lucky that we live in an area that gets a week ling fall break so that we were able to go. For anyone that is considering going to Disney World in the Fall I have 7 reasons why you are making a great decisions. And if you have never considered going to Disney World in the fall keep reading to find out why you should! [Read more…]

Super Wubble Ball Is The Strongest Yet!

Super Wubble Ball Is The Strongest Yet!

*This is a sponsored post brought to you by the Super Wubble Ball, but as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own 🙂

wubble ball review

I know it’s only the first day of fall but I am already thinking about Christmas time. I am a bit of a planner so I think of gifts months in advance. So when I was given the chance to try out the new Super Wubble Ball I was stoked to check it out and see if it would be a good gift for the kids in my family. We have had other Wubble Balls in the past that were a lot of fun, but we lost them thanks to some sharp sticks in the back yard. We were ready to give these brand new stronger Super Wubble Balls a chance.  [Read more…]

Treat Yourself With Health, Beauty & Wellness Groupons

Treat Yourself With Health, Beauty & Wellness Groupons

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine


School is back in session! I don’t know about you, but it’s been a stressful time for me. We have recently bought a new house and moved into a new school zone. Which for me means that I have driven my daughter to school and back (which is 40 minutes, 4 times a day) for the last 3 weeks. We move into our new home in a few days, and when we do our drive cuts down to 7 minutes, so a big improvement! My daughter has also made the school play this year so we are busy bees! And there is only one thing to do when you have been running around like a crazy person for 3 weeks, and what is that? A spa day of course! Sometimes you have to slow down and take a few hours to treat yourself because you deserve it!  [Read more…]

Show Some Teacher Appreciation With Back To School Gifts From Aldi!

Show Some Teacher Appreciation With Back To School Gifts From Aldi!

aldi back pack event

Aldi Giving Back Pack Event-As some of you may know, my daughter is at a nee school this year! We have bought our first home that we close on in 2 more weeks! We wanted to go ahead and enroll her in the new school system she will be in when we move so we wouldn’t have to switch schools only a month in. Right now it’s a little stressful as the school is 40 minutes away from our current home. Which means we are driving 40 minutes each way twice a day. While it might be annoying it is 100% worth it. You see this school is a little different than what we are used to. It’s an “arts integration school” which specializes in art, music, and drama. All the things my daughter loves. After one week of attending this school, I know we made the right decision. She has fit right in and really blossomed so quickly. She even made the drama club!  [Read more…]

Giving Back To Our New School With The Giving Back Pack Event!

Giving Back To Our New School With The Giving Back Pack Event!

*This is a sponsored post brought to you by Wonderful Pistachios, as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own 🙂

giving back pack event 2016

Well it’s official. The school year has officially started for us. On Monday my daughter started the 3rd grade. (yes, we start school early down here in the south!). This year is a little different than years past. We are starting at a brand new school! We just bought a new house a few towns over from where we currently live, so we are in a whole new school system and a brand new school. We were lucky enough to get her into a local arts integrated school and we couldn’t be more thrilled. So when I was asked to participate in the Giving Back Pack Event sponsored by Wonderful Pistachios I was thrilled! What better way to introduce yourself to a new school than by giving back to your new school right!? [Read more…]