by Melanie

August 2014 Visiting Teaching Printable

August 11, 2014 in Family Room by Melanie

Why is it that summer visiting teaching always seems to be so tricky? Instead of loads of free time and open schedules, it is harder than ever to coordinate calendars and get those visits in.

I admit I was a pretty horrible visiting teacher this summer, but now that school is starting I’m ready to be awesome, so I got it done early this month. :)

I love that the visiting teaching messages this year are all about Jesus Christ. This month‘s focus is all about His role as Messiah.

"Jesus Christ will ever be at our side. He will fight our battles. He is our hope." I love this quote from the August visiting teaching message.



I love this quote: “[Jesus Christ] will ever be at our side. He will fight our battles. He is our hope; He is our salvation; He is the way.” -Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Life is full of hard times and challenges we have to endure, but we are never alone – no matter what! Jesus Christ is always at our side. Nothing brings me more hope than knowing my Savior is fighting my battles with me.

I delivered these notes with a little plate of cookies to my sisters this month. If you would like this note, you can download the full-size file to print out a 4×6 card by clicking the photo above or 4 quarter-sheet cards by clicking on the photo below.

"Jesus Christ will ever be at our side. He will fight our battles. He is our hope." I love this quote from the August visiting teaching message.Or you can find them on the Printables page. Happy visiting!

by Melanie

Happiness is Homemade

August 10, 2014 in Guest Room by Melanie

WELCOME BACK TO ANOTHER GREAT WEEK AT HAPPINESS IS HOMEMADE LINK PARTY!!!!

MOST VIEWED LINKS

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Cream Cheese Pound Cake by Our Sunday Cafe | Raspberry Cheesecake by Alwayz Bakin

Salted Caramel Brownies by Baking in Pyjamas | Potato Pizzas by With A Blast

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by Melanie

Happiness is Homemade Link Party

July 27, 2014 in Guest Room by Melanie

We are soaking up every last minute of this summer vacation before we have to go back to school in a few weeks. We spent the last few days camping near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, so I’m a little late getting this posted this week. Today is my final day as co-host of the Happiness is Homemade Link Party. Thanks for playing along this month!

Welcome back to another great week at Happiness is Homemade Link Party!!!

THIS WEEK’S MOST VIEWED LINKS

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Cake Stand the DIY Route by Woods of Bell Trees | How to Purge like a Reformed Hoarder by Coconut Heads

Junk Yard Step Stool Redo by Redo It Yourself Inspirations | U-Pick Farms Tips and Tricks by 40 Eighteen

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by Melanie

Spiritual Sundays

July 27, 2014 in Guest Room by Melanie

Welcome to Spiritual Sundays!

This is the place to share your faith-promoting blog posts so that we can all have something uplifting to read on Sundays. This linkup is always open, and the most recently added posts will go to the top so we’ll always have plenty of great new stuff to read!

Since the primary goal of this linkup is to uplift and inspire, there are no “rules.” We won’t make you follow us, but we would love to get to know you!

Meet your hosts below. If you visit us, make sure to let us know you stopped by! Interested in being a co-host? Go here.

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Your Hosts, Brittany at Brittany Bullen, Melanie at Forty Eighteen, Ashley at Keeping Up With Ashley and Cody
Have fun! Make sure you read and comment on some of the other posts here if you submit yours. Happy Sunday!

by Melanie

Chocolate-Dipped Mickey Treats

July 24, 2014 in Kitchen by Melanie

I absolutely love summer vacation. Of course, I will be doing a happy dance on the first day of school… but I adore all of the time I get to spend with my little cuties all summer long.

Emily at Nap-time Creations has put together an amazing series all about Summer fun! Today I get to play along and share some fun I have had with my kiddos this summer.

My girls and I love playing in the kitchen together — especially when chocolate is involved! There are 6 girls living in this house. You can imagine how much chocolate we consume…

We also love all things Disney. So we decided to combine our love of Disney and our love of chocolate with this fun treat.

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So simple. So fun. So tasty.

Start by mixing up a batch of Rice Krispie Treats. My recipe looks a little something like this: melt a cube of butter, add a bag of marshmallows and mix until only a few lumps remain. Then add 9 cups of Rice Krispies and mix it up until it’s all nice and gooey. mmmmm…

Pour the treats into a pan. You’re going to want them pretty thin, so a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan is ideal. Normally I don’t worry about hills and valleys in my Rice Krispie Treats, but today we need them pretty flat. There’s probably a fancy tool for that, but I stick a sandwich bag on my hand, spray it with non-stick cooking spray, and flatten away with my magic non-stick glove. I’m fancy like that. I try not to pound them down too much so they’re still light and fluffy.

When you have the gooey mess all spread out, set them aside while they cool a bit. Now you’re going to need some cookie cutters, popsicle sticks, chocolate chips, oil, bowls, spoons, and wax paper.

I understand that not everyone is a Disney nut like me, so it’s okay if you would rather choose another shape for your treats. But there’s just something about a Mickey shape that makes things taste better. I mean, would you rather have boring old pancakes or Mickey pancakes? Mickey, amiright? Every time. Whatever shape you choose, you’re going to want deep cookie cutters that will let you cut all the way through the treats. We made big ones and small ones because we love variety, and these cookie cutters were perfect!

the small one and the big one (affiliate link).

Now that you have your cookie cutters all ready to go, pull out that fabulous pan of Rice Krispie treats again and start cutting! We got through the whole pan and had a bunch of scraps left over. Since we did it when the treats were still warm (not burning… just warm), we were able to take those little pieces and smash them together in the cookie cutter to make even more shapes! We didn’t waste a single bit. Of course, we did eat a bunch of the little pieces, too…

Stick a popsicle stick into each treat. What is it about putting something on a stick that makes it seem like a party? My girls were ready to gobble these cute little guys up right there, but they were able to restrain themselves when I reminded them about the chocolate.

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Mmmmm, chocolate. We used milk and white chocolate chips and melted each in a bowl in the microwave. You don’t want to burn your chocolate, so just zap it for 10-15 seconds at a time until it’s all melted. Then add a bit of oil to keep it soft. See where we’re going with this? The girls were bouncing with excitement by this time.

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Grab a cute little Mickey treat on a stick and dip his ears in that chocolate. Drizzle the other chocolate over the top. Chocolate dipping was definitely everyone’s favorite part.

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It was serious business.

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Some of us had to be a little more exact with our ‘dipping.” Mr. 4018 makes that exact same face.

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Actually, we had big bowls that weren’t very full of chocolate. We ended up painting our chocolate on with a spoon. It would have been a lot easier to dip with more chocolate in the bowl. I will definitely remember that for next time. Still yummy.

We loved milk chocolate ears with white chocolate drizzle. Sometimes we didn’t stop at the ears. Chocolate frosted Mickeys with drizzled white chocolate are divine!

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When Mickey’s ears are all decorated in chocolate, set them aside on wax paper until they’re cool enough to not burn your tongue… because seriously, why on earth would you wait any longer than that… and enjoy!

Share with someone you love.

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Or don’t.

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You could get even fancier with the decorations and add sprinkles, candy or nuts. What fun treats are you making with your kids this summer?

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Check out the rest of this week’s Summer Fun ideas: fun treats to eat while you read. Sounds like the perfect summer fun to me!!

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Chocolate Dipped Mickey Treats from Forty Eighteen- yum!

My Overstuffed Life is sharing How to Host a Summer Book Club for Kids- FUN!

And last be sure to check out this delicious Banana Strawberry Cream Pie at I Dig Pinterest.

Head over to Nap-Time Creations to see lots of other ideas for Summer Fun… like all of this amazing fun they had last week!
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Crochet Nautical Handbag by the Stitchin’ Mommy

Strawberry Shortcake by O Taste and See

Mini Greenhouse by Sugar Tart Crafts on Nap-Time Creations

You can even hop on over to Nap-Time Creations to enter TWO great giveaways! Good luck!!

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