Friday, November 30, 2012

Cream Cheese Mints

I found this recipe on Pinterest, and it reminded me of some mints someone made for one of my bridal showers. I made a batch a few weeks ago and they were just like I remembered them. So I made another batch today and thought I would share the recipe on my blog.

They are really easy to make, but time consuming to roll out all of the balls. They are Michael approved, so that means they have to be good.

Here is the recipe and directions:

Homemade Cream Cheese Mints

Yield: 70 U.S. quarter-size mints
Calories per mint: about 10
Note: I typically double this recipe

1 3-ounce package cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon pure peppermint or mint extract
3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
(Optional) Food coloring


Line baking sheets with waxed paper.

In a mixing bowl, with an electric mixer beat together softened cream cheese and peppermint extract.

Note: While creaming the cream cheese is the ideal time to add food coloring to dye the dough.

Add powdered sugar gradually and beat until smooth, kneading in the last of the powdered sugar with hands or a heavy spoon.

Using a 1/2-teaspoon measuring spoon, form mixture into balls the size of a cherry.

Place two rows of dough balls 1/2-inch or so apart, then flatten with a pretty stamp or a fork, like I do. If you'll lay out a couple rows first, by the time you're ready to roll out the third row, the tops of the dough balls are dry enough to flatten easily without having to dip and re-dip the fork in powdered sugar.
Let the mints stand overnight. Every several hours, gently turn them over.

Store in an airtight container.



Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thankful Day 21

I am thankful for the beauty God has given us in nature. All around us you can see God's hand at work. From the beautiful leaves to the gorgeous sunsets.

Thank you God for painting a beautiful scenery for us to look at every day.

Sunset on our way to Georgia for Thanksgiving

Sunrise at Vero Beach 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thankful Day 20

I am so, so thankful for good health. My family has been so blessed. Michael has never been to the Dr because he was sick. Flat feet is such a minor thing compared to what other people are dealing with.

Thank you God for good health and a healthy family.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Thankful day 19

I am thankful for Shriner's Hospital. Michael has flat feet and was referred to Shriners last year. We had his yearly appointment today, and it went great. He won't have to go back for another two years. They are very hopeful that his feet will correct themselves over the next few years and that they won't have to do anything to correct them.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Thankful Day 18

Tonight we got together with my family to celebrate thanksgiving! Since we had 23 people there, we had to have it at my parents work. We brought the bounce house for the kids to play in.

I'm thankful for my huge family and that we could all be there together to celebrate. I'm thankful for fun times with my family and I hope and pray I cherish these moments with them. I know we won't always have this opportunity, so today I am thankful for these crazy moments with my family.

The cute place cards my mom made. 

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Thankful Day 17

I am thankful for the opportunity to go to the southern Christmas show with my friends. And I am thankful for Andrew and the in-laws for taking such good care of Michael all day.

We had such a fun time. Every year we see groups of woman with matching shirts, so I decided we would should do it too. I found really cute shirts at Walgreens and for really cheaper had such a fun day and got tons of comments about our shirts. I'm already looking forward to next year.

This is what we look like after half way through. 

Friday, November 16, 2012

Thankful Day 16

I am so thankful to live in the south and have beautiful weather throughout so much of the year.

Today, Michael enjoyed being outside and enjoying the beautiful fall day.

Thank you God for lovely weather and especially mild winters.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Thankful Day 14


I am thankful for emeals! My weekly menu and shopping list is emailed to me every Wednesday and it requires very little thinking on my part. It is so easy, and is one less thing I need to worry about. We have been doing it for over a year and a half, and have loved it since we started. 

Thank you God for giving me a resource to use that helps me be a better wife and mother.



Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Thankful Day 13

Sometimes it's the little things in life that bring so much joy. As the weather gets colder, I am thankful for my heated seats in my van. I guess that means I am also thankful for the van I drive. It was a total God thing that we could even buy the van, and it was a big blessing.

Thank you God for providing a vehicle for us when we needed one. It really was a gift from you. And thank you for the little things, like heated seats to keep my bum nice and warm in the winter.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Thankful Day 12

I am so thankful for my wonderful In-laws! I was able to spend a lot of time with them this weekend helping my MIL work on her Alaska photobook. We laughed a lot, and it was nice spending time together.  Both my MIL and FIL are great people and I was really blessed with a great set of in-laws. They are wonderful Grandparents to Michael and love him so, so much!

Lord, Thank you for blessing me with wonderful In-Laws! They were a wonderful addition to my family 8 years ago and continue to be a special part of our family.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Thankful Day 11

Today is Veteran's day, and I am so thankful for the men and woman who have given their lives for our freedom. I am also thankful for those who continue to fight and put their lives on the line for our country.

God, thank you for the Men and Woman who fight for our freedoms and risk their lives so that we can live ours in peace.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Thankful Day 9 & 10

I forgot to post yesterday, so I will do two today.

I am thankful for my parents. Without their love and support, I would not be the person I am today. They taught me all about God, and made sure we were in church every Sunday. They disciplined me, which wasn't very often ;), and taught me right from wrong. They pray for me and my family. I am so thankful that we have such a great relationship and that we live so close.
My dad put this on Facebook the other day, and thought it was very fitting.
I love you Mom and Dad!

I am also thankful for my three sisters, Sarah, Kelly and Becky. They are not only my sisters, but my friends too. We had great times growing up together. We also had moments that we hated each other. But four girls in one house, that's gonna happen from time to time. I love being an aunt to their children. Having everyone live so close is really a blessing. Family is such an important thing, and I need to cherish it, and not take it for granted.
Funny Confession Ecard: If you don't understand how a woman can both love her sister and want to wring her neck at the same time, you were probably an only child.

God, thank you for giving me the family that you did. I love them all so much, and wouldn't trade them for anything.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Thankful Day 8

I am thankful to have 3 wonderful girl friends! Jennifer, Jessica and Julie have been my closest friends for the past 10+ years and can't imagine not having them in my life. They are there for me and always just a call away. I only wish we all lived closer to each other. Although it is nice having an excuse to go to Charleston a couple times a year. Having just one girl friend is such a blessing, and I have been blessed times three.

Thank you God for my dear friends. I can't imagine my life without the support and friendship of these three girls.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Thankful Day 7

I am so thankful for a warm house, especially on a chilly day like today. God blessed us with a house and it is something we definitely don't take for granted. We have made this house a home over the past 7 years and are grateful to be able to do so. There are so many people in the world that don't have a roof over their head.

God, thank you so much for our house. It keeps us warm in the winter and cool in the summer. It protects us from rain and wind, snow and heat.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Thankful Day 6

I am so thankful to live in America! We are so blessed with all of the freedom we have. Today, I exercised my right to vote. Not too long ago, I wouldn't have been able to do that as a woman. I am thankful for my rights, and liberties and for those who fought for those rights.

The election is a huge game changer this year, and I am praying that God's will be done.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Thankful Day 5

I am so incredibly thankful for our jobs. To even have a job is a blessing, but for Andrew and I both to have jobs that we love is just incredible. God answered so many prayers for us, when we we were looking for jobs and the way it all worked out, is very evident that it was the hand of God working it all out.

God, thank you so much for blessing us with jobs. I am so thankful that I can bring Michael with me and not have to put him in daycare. Thank you for allowing Andrew to minister to so many people at work. It makes for a happy home life when he is happy at work.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Thankful Day 4

I am so thankful for adoption. This was a beautiful way to grow our family. I am so thankful to be a part of the adoption community.

Today is Orphan Sunday. Watch this short video. Your heart will touched.
Orphan Sunday 2012 from Christian Alliance for Orphans on Vimeo.

God, Thank you so much for the gift of adoption. Thank you for adopting me, and becoming my heavenly father. Thank you for leading us to adoption as the way to grow our family. What a blessing it is!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Thankful day 3

I am so thankful for the most wonderful, cutest, sweetest little boy in the world! Michael is my little miracle and the reason I am a mommy. He makes me laugh and smile, he keeps me on my toes, and he fills my life with so much joy!

God, thank you for hand picking the most perfect little boy to be my child. You heard my prayers and answered them beyond anything I had hoped or dreamed. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Thankful Day 2

I am so thankful for my husband, Andrew! He is such a wonderful, strong man with a gentle, quiet side. He is a wonderful father to Michael and Michael sure does love his daddy. He lets me yell, and vent, and has no judgement when I come back to apologize. He understands me, although it has taken him several years, and if you asked him, he would say that he is no closer to understanding me now, than he was 12 years ago when we met. There is no one else I would rather have as my partner and best friend. I Love You, Andrew!

God, You knew exactly what I needed in a husband, and you gave him to me. He is calm, when I get excited. He is strong, when I am weak. He holds me up and supports me. Thank you for giving me Andrew as a husband. And thank you for leading him, so that he can lead our family.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Thankful Day 1

I have so much to be Thankful for, and everyday, until Thanksgiving, I'm going to be sharing what I'm thankful for.

I am thankful for a Loving God. The love he pours out on each of us is so undeserved, yet he does it anyway. He loves me in spite of my faults, and sins. No matter how many times I fail him, he continues to love me just the same. There is nothing I can do to make God love me more, and there is nothing I can do to make God love me less. He loves me, he saved me, and he treasures me, and for that, I will forever be thankful for!