Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Bubble Pizza

Let’s talk about simple and frugal and not to mention yummy! Bubble Pizza Recipe



I know it has been a while, since we have last posted anything. Life has gotten really busy. I have a problem with overloading my schedule at times.

Anyway, speaking of busy; I wanted to share an easy and quick recipe that is perfect for those busy families and the best part, it’s frugal too!

Bubble Pizza has become a favorite of all four of my kids. You can change it up in so many ways, that you are sure to find one that you will love too!







What you Need:

2 tubes (12 ounces each) refrigerated buttermilk biscuits

1 jar of spaghetti sauce.

1 tsp Italian seasoning

1 1/2 cups of shredded cheese

Toppings of your choice (I used Canadian bacon & pineapple)

Salt & Pepper to taste




1st: Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
      Use a kitchen scissors to cut each biscuit into quarters; place in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish.



2nd: Pour sauce over quartered biscuits & top sauce with Italian seasoning.




3rd: Add the cheese and toppings of your choice.




Last: Bake uncovered for about 20-25 minutes or until the sides are golden brown.

Now that is Simple, Frugal, and Great for your busy schedule!

I have also used a buffalo sauce instead of spaghetti sauce & topped with cooked chopped chicken breast.

Another great idea is to use barbeque sauce and top with chicken and sliced onions.

You cannot mess this up~ be creative!






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Thursday, January 26, 2012

10 Days of Proverbs 31~ Day NINE


Welcome back to day 9! Today, I wanted to talk about taking care of others through prayer.



Proverbs 31:20
She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy

Have you ever been faced with a difficult situation that seems impossible to get through on your own? Or maybe, you know someone who is hurting and you have nothing to fix it. You are out of ideas; their pain has now become your pain? You want so badly to lift their burden. What can you do? The answer is not doing anything. The answer is prayer. God wants a relationship with us. He wants us to come to Him for everything. God does not want us to be anxious or to worry. He is the one in control. We are not.



Philippians 4:6-7 tells us, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Maybe your problem or someone else's problem may seem impossible, but not to God. If you are dealing with hard times, a broken marriage, a death, an illness, or anything that seems impossible, I encourage you to pray to God for his guidance. Have faith that He will comfort you and give you answers.

James 5:14-16 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another,that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.


The power of prayer is amazing. Having someone just say to you that they are praying for you is comforting. I encourage you to pray for others. By faithfully praying for others, you are helping them. God hears our prayers. Let God take care of you and your problems.
Today is day 9 and many others are doing a series on the different aspects of Proverbs 31. Here is a list of the bloggers and their topics.

• Contributing to family income
/2 better than 1
• The Fear of the Lord/ Satisfied by Love
• Using time wisely/BlessedBeyondMeasure
• Taking care of needy/ Shadow Wonder
• Using money wisely/Jennifer Sikora
• Keeping an eye on home/Just a Glimpse
• She can laugh at the days ahead/faith filled food for moms
• Clothed in strength and dignity/One thing I’ve Learned
• Taking care of others/ 2 savvy gals
• Being Creative/A Patchwork Mommy
• Bringing Variety to Family/ Karen Dawkins
• Extending your Hand to the Poor/Women’s Fellowship House
• Organization/Teaching what is Good

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

10 Days of Proverbs 31~ Day EIGHT

 
 
Proverbs 31:20
She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.

Today is Day 8 and obviously by now you know my theme is taking care of others, I am reposting a blog that I once wrote a while ago, about using your gifts and talents that the Lord gave you to serve others and to serve God. I encourage you to use your God-given talents and gifts to serve others. I believe it truly pleases God.

We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully. (NIV, Romans 12:5-8)

How do you serve the Lord? Do you serve gladly? Do you serve the Lord with a cheerful heart? I know that I am guilty of sometimes doing more complaining and not having joy in my heart. I came across a devotion about this a few months of go. Needless to say it was very convicting to me. I prayed about this, and I know the Lord gave me my talents. I know now that I need to use my talents to serve the Lord. And serve with honest Joy.

I love to organize and "take charge" of things. So I take my "bossiness", as my family would call it, and use it in a way the Lord would want me to.

After I had my 4th baby, ladies from our church brought us meals and it was a huge blessing to our family. I noticed everyone that brought us a meal, had true joy in their heart. I was so thankful for that.

It later became something, I would do for others once and a while. Now, I can honestly say I am "joyfully" in charge of organizing meals for moms, who are welcoming home a new baby, & for people who are released from a hospital stay. It is great to see God work through others and myself to bring a small blessing. We are God's hands.

If you are interested in serving God this way, here is a website that helps make it even easier. www.takethemameal.com
If you feel God tugging at your heartstrings to do this too...please check out this website.

How do you serve God?

Stacy

 

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

10 Days of Proverbs 31~ Day SEVEN



Proverbs 31:20
She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.



It is Day Seven of Ten days of Proverbs 31. Thank you for coming back. By now, you already know that I am speaking about taking care of others.
Today, I would like to talk a bit about enabling.
It is my nature to try and help someone who is down on their luck, or who might be enduring a tough situation. After all, I feel everyone needs to be taken care of at some point in their life. But are we really taking care of someone or are we helping them to make the same mistakes over and over?
What exactly does this mean? Are we really hurting someone if we are just trying to help them? Possibly.
Here is a good example to help you understand what I am getting at.

 Lets say you have this friend who has a difficult time holding a job, and he comes to you for financial help each time he loses a job or even quits a job. You keep giving him money to help him. This problem is not new to your friend, it has been going on for years. He has never been committed to keeping a job and always has an excuse as to why, such as, the boss was mean, or his hours were too hard to follow.
You sometimes join him in blaming others to make him feel better. You continuing to help him and joining him in blaming others is enabling and clearly not helping him.
How could you help him and not enable your friend? This is a difficult situation because you do not want him to suffer financially but you also want him to learn from his mistakes.
Perhaps this person is not your friend, but even your own son? That would even make it more difficult. I sure would want to rescue my son and help him each time.
How could you help and not enable this person? I do not have the answers. I can only say what I think I would do if faced this situation. Maybe by praying with and for this person. Instead of helping financially, maybe helping with job resumes or college applications. Or, maybe its time for some tough love and no more!



2 Thessalonians 3:10  For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”

(That seems pretty harsh, but God gives us rules for a reason).

I encourage you, that if you are in a similar situation, to really analyze it and pray about your situation. Ask God to show you how to help and not enable wrongful behavior.

Today is day 7 and many others are doing a series on the different aspects of Proverbs 31. Here is a list of the bloggers and their topics.

• Contributing to family income
/2 better than 1
• The Fear of the Lord/ Satisfied by Love
• Using time wisely/BlessedBeyondMeasure
• Taking care of needy/ Shadow Wonder
• Using money wisely/Jennifer Sikora
• Keeping an eye on home/Just a Glimpse
• She can laugh at the days ahead/faith filled food for moms
• Clothed in strength and dignity/One thing I’ve Learned
• Taking care of others/ 2 savvy gals
• Being Creative/A Patchwork Mommy
• Bringing Variety to Family/ Karen Dawkins
• Extending your Hand to the Poor/Women’s Fellowship House
• Organization/Teaching what is Good

Monday, January 23, 2012

10 Days of Proverbs 31~ Day SIX


Proverbs 31:20
She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.

Welcome back for day six. As my topic is taking care of others, I wanted to talk about a somewhat sensitive subject. How do we take care of the poor? The poor, who may even not even have a home? Do you give them money? Perhaps, a meal? How would God want you to take care of the poor? Perhaps you do not have a lot to give. Perhaps, it is easier to turn your head rather than to help. It breaks my heart to see anyone homeless. I could not imagine. The truth is - most of the time - we do not know their story. We do not know how it happened, but God does.

I would like to share a few of my own ideas to help others in extreme situations. You can donate to a Christian charity of your choice, or maybe your church has a special offering for those in need, or maybe even leading a fundraiser in your local community. I recently ran across this idea on Pinterest and it’s so simple, but yet so amazing! I obviously cannot take credit for the wonderful idea, so I am putting her link on here. When you go to this blog by clicking on the link, you will be lead to instructions on how to put a Blessing bag together.




http://kwavs.blogspot.com/2011/05/blessing-bags-how-to.html


These are called "Blessing Bags". The idea is to keep them in your car, and next time you see a homeless person, or a homeless family, please give this to them.



Hebrews 13:16  Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.



Sunday, January 22, 2012

10 Days of Proverbs 31~ Day FIVE


Proverbs 31: 17 “She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.”


It is day 5 and thanks so much for reading my blog. Yesterday I talked about helping single moms.

Do you have a sad story that has happened in your life? Perhaps, you have been through a tough divorce or have overcame an illness. Maybe you lost someone close to you. Do you find yourself asking God, why me? What is the purpose of this pain?

Maybe you are to the point in your life that the pain is now somewhat gone, but you are still questioning God.

I once saw this quote in a Joyce Meyer devotion, "I remember God speaking to my heart not to get caught up in the 'why' questions. Instead, he very clearly showed me what to say: God, I trust you. You’re good. You love me. And all things work together for good for those who love you and are called according to your purpose.”

I wish I had the perfect answer to why bad things happen to us.
I haven't always had the best life, and yes bad things have happened to me. Looking back, I am so thankful for those bad things. I know that sounds strange to some, but I am where I am today because of the events that have happened. I am also able to help others that might be going through similiar situations that I once have gone through. I believe strongly that the Lord wants you to lean on him during difficult times. I believe the Lord wants you to trust him through difficult times.



God wants us to trust in Him. Psalms 147:11 tells us that He is delighted when we put our trust in Him, and in Hebrews 10:23 we are told to rely on Him for He who promised it is faithful.  

If life has given you tough and difficult times, I encourage you to  please lean on God and trust in Him. He has a purpose for you. You may be able to help others get through the same difficult situation later. That could be your purpose. Maybe your arms are strong for your tasks. Even if it is difficult, or once was.


Today is day 5 and many others are doing a series on the different aspects of Proverbs 31. Here is a list of the bloggers and their topics.

• Contributing to family income
/2 better than 1
• The Fear of the Lord/ Satisfied by Love
• Using time wisely/BlessedBeyondMeasure
• Taking care of needy/ Shadow Wonder
• Using money wisely/Jennifer Sikora
• Keeping an eye on home/Just a Glimpse
• She can laugh at the days ahead/faith filled food for moms
• Clothed in strength and dignity/One thing I’ve Learned
• Taking care of others/ 2 savvy gals
• Being Creative/A Patchwork Mommy
• Bringing Variety to Family/ Karen Dawkins
• Extending your Hand to the Poor/Women’s Fellowship House
• Organization/Teaching what is Good

Saturday, January 21, 2012

10 Days of Proverbs 31~ Day FOUR



Proverbs 31:20 She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.



Thank you for coming back for day four. Recently I have been talking about taking care of ourselves, our children, our households.
I really want to talk about taking care of others...outside of our home. I actually wanted to talk about something I hold very dear to my heart. Single moms. Yep, that's right, single moms.

I know personally how hard it is to be a single mom. I also have very close friends who are single moms. I have two close friends who are single mothers. They both love the Lord, they both love their children, and they both did not plan on ever in their wildest dreams of becoming single mothers. In other words, they didn't ask for their husbands to leave them.
My two close friends have full plates: full time jobs, and one goes to college full time as well. Neither have family near by.
As busy as I am, I cannot help but to be thankful for a husband who also loves the Lord and who genuinely helps me and works with me as a team with parenting and running our household.
I do not feel sorry for my friends. They would not want me to. They rarely ask for help from others.
Helping them is a constant pull on my heart. I feel the Lord puts everyone in your life for a reason. I love my friends. I cannot imagine doing everything on my own and I do not want them to do everything on their own either.
Do you have a close friend who is a single parent? Maybe you know someone who is a single parent. Sometimes a small act of kindness can go a long ways.
I encourage you to help a single parent. Something small, perhaps make a meal for her. That could free up some of her time to spend with her kids. Or, offer to watch her children for her for an hour. Or, just pray for her. Pray that the Lord will watch over her and her children and give her strength and courage to raise her children.




Galatians 6:9-10  And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. 10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.

Today is day 4 and many others are doing a series on the different aspects of Proverbs 31. Here is a list of the bloggers and their topics.

• Contributing to family income/2 better than 1
• The Fear of the Lord/ Satisfied by Love
• Using time wisely/BlessedBeyondMeasure
• Taking care of needy/ Shadow Wonder
• Using money wisely/Jennifer Sikora
• Keeping an eye on home/Just a Glimpse
• She can laugh at the days ahead/faith filled food for moms
• Clothed in strength and dignity/One thing I’ve Learned
• Taking care of others/ 2 savvy gals
• Being Creative/A Patchwork Mommy
• Bringing Variety to Family/ Karen Dawkins
• Extending your Hand to the Poor/Women’s Fellowship House
• Organization/Teaching what is Good