I Think It Was The Fourth of July (unedited)

Saturday in the [Grove]

I think it was the Fourth of July

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People reaching, people touching

A real celebration

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Listen children all is not lost
All is not lost, oh no, no. 

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I’ve been waiting such a long time for Saturday.

Hope all of my USA friends had a wonderful Fourth celebration!

Linking with Good.Random.Fun and Songography |Saturday in the Park| Chicago


Catching Up

I’m starting to see a glimmer of light at the end of the work tunnel. It’s been a huge blessing to be so busy helping preserve memories for others, but to say that the workload was heavy would be an understatement. Combine this with being the Thanksgiving host, and a birthday just days later…well…you can imagine how spent I might be. It beats boredom, though.

Today, I’m doing a little catching up of happenings of late.
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I have a bit of work left this week getting prints prepared for the lab, but after this, I’m going to be ready to relax. I’m so looking forward to enjoying this season of HOPE and reflections.

Linking up with Good. Random. Fun. and Songography.


Bumblebean Giveaway


This year we’re participating in an awesome Bumblebean Holiday Giveaway that we’d love to share with you all! Bumblebean is the destination for unique brands for moms and kids. They’ve put together a special holiday giveaway and scavenger hunt for parents to learn more about these great brands. You will have the chance to win one of three Bumblebean bundles with up to 35 prizes in each prize pack! They’ll be giving away over $5,000 worth of top baby and kids items. You’re invited to be part of this amazing holiday giveaway and join in the Bumblebean fun!

How it Works

  • Giveaway will run from November 20th – December 20th.
  • Entering is easy, just click the button below to go to the entry page with full instructions.
  • 3 lucky winners will receive a bundle prize pack with 35+ hand-selected items!
  • You may also enter the “find the bean” scavenger hunt to earn extra chances to win! 3x a week we will hide the Holiday bean on Bumblebean.com. Visit this entry page on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for the new CLUE to find the hidden Holiday bean! When you find the bean, make sure to enter your answer (the link to the web page you found the bean on) in the form below to earn your extra chances to win. Clues will also be posted on Facebook so make sure to like Bumblebean.
  • Open to U.S. residents only.
  • Click on the button below to enter and see all the cool prizes! Check them out!


REMEMBER, the more points you earn the better chance you have to win! The entry page link is below. LIKE Bumblebean on Facebook to see updates and who wins!

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Good Monday

It’s a good Monday because we are taking the week off for Winter Break.  I debated taking the time off, but finally came to see the it would do my heart good to take a week to regroup.

When motivations drop, I know that we need a break.

I’m not exactly sure how we will spend the week, but I’m tossing around the idea of painting the playroom for it’s slow, but sure transformation to a workspace for me.  My bedroom has become a catch-all.

Before I start painting, here is a good. random. fun. look at Valentine’s.

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We did Valentine’s Day at home, which to me, is ideal.  At least while our kids are still young.  The crowds, expense of babysitter, and expense of meal and gifts is too much.   I may not change my mind ever, at least for Valentine’s Day.  I find home cooked meals special.  Especially meals that everyone loves.  This year I made bruschetta, pesto pasta, salad, and brownies.  The adults enjoyed a glass of red wine.  We served the food on our fine china and lit candles.   Nothing was complicated, but the kids felt treated.  The rest of the evening was just relaxing with a fire and the Olympics.  Stress free.

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Cranberry Sauce-November Recipe Round Up

Today I’m sharing a recipe that makes our Thanksgiving dinner special.  We love homemade cranberry sauce at our Thanksgiving table.  Really, this recipe is so easy it shouldn’t be called a recipe.

Yet, taking the time to make homemade cranberry sauce is bound to bring delight to your diners.  It really is so much better than the congealed stuff in the can, which I know some people love.  I never thought I even liked cranberry sauce until I made it myself in the early years of being in charge of the Thanksgiving meal.  Now, we can’t go without it!

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There are so many ways to jazz up your cranberry sauce, but I like it plain.  Honestly, there is so much going on in the kitchen the 3 days leading up to Thanksgiving, that I want to keep it simple.  You can make this a day ahead and stick it in the fridge until you are ready to serve your meal.

To make homemade cranberry sauce, you’ll need:

1 bag of fresh cranberries

1 cup of water

1 cup of sugar

a saucepan

I told you this was going to be easy.

Rinse your cranberries, and pick out any bad ones.

Place the cranberries in the sauce pan.  Add the water and sugar.  Stir and place on your cooktop.  Turn on the heat or gas bringing the mixture to a boil.

Reduce the heat to a simmer, and simmer until all the berry skins have popped.  Once this has happened, I like to take the back of a spoon and just give the berries one last crush.

Remove pan from the heat, and let cool completely.  Your mixture may appear soupy at first, but it will thicken as it cools. I promise!

Once cooled completely, store your homemade cranberry sauce in a covered container to chill in the fridge until needed.  Your sauce should keep well for 3-4 days…which is perfect for leftovers!

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I’m getting so excited just thinking about all the delicious foods coming our way in just a couple weeks.

What foods are musts for your table?

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I’m sharing this as part of our November’s Recipe Round-Up. Want more Thanksgiving Recipes???


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Pumpkin Chip Cream Pie from Let’s Dish

Cranberry Orange Martini from One Martini at a Time

Pilgrim Butty – Thanksgiving Leftover Sandwich from Kleinworth & Co.

Snickers Caramel Apple Salad from In the Moment With

Vegetarian Friendly Thanksgiving Ideas from Random-osity

Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Streusel from Joyful Healthy Eats

Cranberry Sauce from Little by Little

Garlic Cheese Dip Appetizer from Nap-Time Creations

Grandma’s Jello Salad from More Than Simple Living

Baked Sweet Potatoes topped with Whipped Maple Butter & Toasted Pecans from The Well Floured Kitchen

Pumpkin Rolls from Rainy Day Cravings


Do you want to participate in future Recipe Round-Up’s & join in on the fun??

email Gina at Kleinworth & Co (chichomeschoolmama{at}att{dot}net) for details.
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This week, according to Instagram

Our 4th of July week was basically a bust.  The rains came, and never let up.  In fact, we have rain in the forecast for this entire week, as well.  It’s starting to feel like the summer that wasn’t.

But, we try to make lemonade out of our lemons as much as we can, so here are a few moments from our week.

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We managed a summer meal on the grill in between storms.  Gigi, napped on her favorite rug. We started rain collection jars (these were 36 hours later).

We lit candles on the 4th instead of fireworks.  I found Lavern and Shirley reruns on TV! Beezus turned two years old, complete with custom party hat by Gracyn.

The sun peeked out briefly, and gave us a ray of hope.  The 6th of July, our postponed 4th celebration, was rained on.  We still enjoyed BBQ ribs and chicken on my Mother in Law’s, porch.

There are just 28 days left of summer vacation around here, and we are feeling a little desperate for some sunny weather! It won’t be long before we are hunkered down for new school year.

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Tangled Elf on the Shelf

Kringle is still getting into mischief around here.

He found some of my Christmas lights, and made a tangled mess out of them.  You just never know with this guy.

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