Georgia Aquarium {Staycation 2014}

We recently took a trip to Atlanta over the 4th of July weekend for a little staycation. We got the City Pass, which kept us busy the 3 days we were there More »

You know you’re a Cub Scout/Boy Scout mom when….

1. An every year fall family activity is selling popcorn door-to-door through your neighborhood. 2. You have camping stuff piled up in your living room (year round). 3. You don’t think twice More »

Boy Scout Ski Trip 2014::Gatlinburg, TN {Day 1 & 2}

Friday we headed out in a caravan with Teenager’s troop towards Gatlingburg for a weekend of ice skating, snow tubing, skiing and more fun. We got in around 1am, handed out keys More »

Wild, Wild West Trip 2013::Fort Worth, TX {Day 5}

Wednesday was a day of just hanging out and visiting. We started the day off with a trip to Denny’s for breakfast with my Granny. Then, we went back to her house More »

Cub Scout Pack 29 Survivor

Friday night was our annual Cub Scout Pack 29 Fall kickoff, Survivor style! Fun is always had by all. Read more… Teenager found this spider before the games began. We joked that More »


Weekly Menu {Sept. 1-5, 2014}

I think I’m finally getting in a groove with my weekly menu plans each week. I hope that you are finding some recipes that able to use. This week I’ve got some one dish and crockpot recipes that will make for some easy, week night meals.

Magnolia Mom's Weekly Menu {Sept. 1-5, 2014}

Monday: Beefy Mac

Beefy Mac

Tuesday:Red Beans & Rice with Andouille Sausage {Crockpot}

Red Beans & Rice

Wednesday: Tacos {Large Batch Taco Seasoning Recipe}

Taco Seasoning Large Batch Recipe

Thursday: Breaded Chicken with Garlic Butter Sauce

Breaded Chicken with Garlic Butter Sauce

Friday: Potato Soup {Crockpot}

Potato Soup

It will be officially fall in just a couple weeks. No doubt my favorite time of year. One of the reasons, I love fall so much is it’s apple season. Checkout the this crockpot applesauce. Such an easy, healthy snack that the whole family will enjoy.
Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce {Crockpot}

Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce {Crockpot} by Magnolia Mom

Take a look at these mouth-watering Toffee Apple cookies.

Butterscotch Toffee Apple Cookies

Fernbank Museum of Natural History

The last of our stops on our Atlanta Staycation was at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History. It’s quite impressive when you walk around the corner from the parking lot when you see the Dinosaur Plaza that shows off 3 dinosaur replicas.

Fernbank Museum Atlanta

Fernbank Museum of Natural History

After entering the main corridor, you see another impressive display that includes several replicas of dinosaur skeletons called Giants of the Mesozoic.
Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Fernbank Museum of Natural History

They had a special exhibit; Whales: Giants of the Deep that was absolutely amazing, but we were not allowed to take pictures. We learned about the evolution of whales as well as differences between whales, dolphins, porpoises, and more.

We also enjoyed the seeing the wild life and plant life that live in Georgia in the exhibit called A Walk Through Time in Georgia.
Fernbank Museum of Natural History

We really enjoyed the IMAX movie called Island of Lemurs: Madagascar. I learned a great deal about lemurs. The pygmy mouse lemur was so cute, only weighing in at 1 oz.

I think this is a great place to go once. Seeing all the dinosaur bones/replicas is fascinating and quite eye opening. I know they often have special displays that bring returning visitors. The IMAX was a huge reason why we decided not to forgo this part of our City Pass and it was well worth it.

letter to dad #1

letter to dad

Dear Dad,

I just had to write a letter to dad. Dad, I know you’re watching from Heavens above. That brings me comfort. Today I am home by myself getting some work done, 80′s music blaring in the back ground. You know 80′s music is by far my favorite music of all time. Now that you’re gone, though, sometimes it’s hard to listen to certain songs without just tearing up. And well sometimes just absolutely breaking down into tears like today. Memories of spending weekends with you, running errands, watching you talk on your bag phone back when having a bag phone was cool. I mean a “cell” phone in the 80′s? You were so cool! Especially to me.

Happy Anniversary! {17 Years}

Happy Anniversary, Rob! Today Rob and I are celebrating 17 years of marital bliss! I couldn’t be happier to have spent this time with him through all the trials and tribulations that life brings. I know that we together work to keep a strong relationship with our Lord and Savior and in that we grow closer together as a couple. I love you, Rob and I look forward to seeing what the next 17 years has in store for us. ;-)

Celebrating 17 years of marriage.  Happy Anniversary, Rob!

Cinnamon Homemade Applesauce {Crockpot}

Nothing says fall more than apples! I decided to kick the weekend off with some homemade applesauce. For my first time making it, it turned out pretty well. Rob’s Gramma was the first person I ever met who makes her own applesauce. Maybe after a few times of making it, it will be as yummy as hers.

Cinnamon Homemade Applesauce {Crockpot} by Magnolia Mom

Servings: 3-4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 4 hours

Kent-ography::Week 24


Kent-ography is a weekly tribute to my Dad, who lost his battle with ALS in December 2013. I wanted to feature some of his awesome photography, or as I like to call it “pics my Dad took.”


My Dad loved this little girl so much. He was just giddy to get to spend Christmas with her and just loved running around chasing her, snapping pics of her. I wasn’t there for this, but he told me all about it. This little girl is first granddaughter and she stole his heart.

Chicken & Bacon Pasta

Today I’m guest posting for my fellow ALWB Team member, Logan. Find my post here and be sure and show some love! Today I’m sharing an easy recipe called Chicken and Bacon Pasta. Turned out to be a real winner for entire family! So be sure and go visit me over at


Coconut Water {Review}

Coconut Water

I was recently asked by Epicurex to review their organic coconut water called Cocozia. They sent a case for me to try. I eagerly put it in the fridge and the next day pulled one out, opened it up, and smelled it. Isn’t that what every body does?

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Hot Tiger Dip {Tailgate Tuesday}

How many of you are ready for some football this weekend? Specifically, college football? I know I am so ready! With college football, comes tailgate parties and a need for some great finger food recipes. Every Tuesday this fall, I’m going to be sharing a new recipe with you that you can bring with you to your next tailgate.

Today I’m serving up a bit of a spicy dip that I called “Hot Tiger Dip.”

{Tailgate Tuesday} Hot Tiger Dip

Life Lately #9…

Life Lately

It’s been over a month since I’ve done a “Life Lately” post. Ahh! Where did the time go? Did not realize it had been so long. So for this one, I’ll try to recap as much as I can remember from the last month.