Polish Pierogi

We have many traditions in our family.  Preparing and cooking food from our Polish Culture, is one of  many we enjoy.  Recipes and meals have been passed down from generations past to me. Now that I’m a mother  I hope to continue the traditions with my own children.  There are so many favorites to choose from but there is a favorite my children enjoy. I love teaching them how to prepare and cook them. We have a great time making these memories and my hope is they cherish them forever, I’m sure I will.

There are so many fillings to choose from when making Pierogis. I hope you enjoy preparing them with your kids or just making a batch for yourself. whether your hosting a dinner party, or at your next holiday meal. Whatever the occasion may be, I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

Pierogi-

2 cups flour
1/2 cup water
1 whole egg
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons sour cream
1 teaspoon butter or margarine

If you have a dough hook, mix all ingredients until the dough is pliable. Or mix the ingredients together with a spoon and then knead. If the dough is too soft,add more flour, if too stiff, add water.

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Cut the dough in half and roll out to 1/16 th of an inch thick. Cut circles about 3 1/2 inches in diameter. Place a spoonful of your favorite filling on half the circle and pinch together.

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Put the pierogi into boiling salted water. Cook for 5 minutes. Remove from the water with a slotted spoon and serve with melted butter. Or cook the pierogi in butter in pan over low heat until
lightly browned. Pierogi can be filled with potato, cheese, mushroom, sauerkraut ,(my favorite) plum, or even cherry fillings.
-enjoy

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How to Defeat Mommy Stress

Hey  y’all.  If you’re a mama like me with a house full of kids then this blog post is for you. Do you ever feel stressed? Do You sit back at the end of a long day, put your feet up and wonder why do i feel so overwhelmed & drained?  I know there are days that I do. Sitting, Going over the to-do-list in your head of all the things you didn’t accomplish today and now having to add it to tomorrows list, with feeling guilty to trying to take some time for yourself . When you have a house full of kids .There is always something keeping us mammas on the go. After school soccer games, activities, Homework, projects, the endless piles of laundry you didn’t get to finish , meal prepping for the week, to so much more. The list never ends.

I love being a stay at home mama raising my 3 babies,  with my oldest who just turned 14 years old. I am still getting used to the thought of being a mom of a teenager with even a more demanding schedule. Yet sometimes you just want to take a little break and do something your yourself, because your still a person too. A women,  wife,  friend, desiring for that lunch date with your best friend your always to busy to meet, or just the thought of taking a nap with not feeling guilty for taking a little break from our duties of our busy day. OH, lets not forget that much needed date night with your husband.

As a mama it is so easy to let our emotions get the best of us . That is why it is so important for us mammas to start each day with prayer. We have to pray and ask God to fill us with his strength, provision, love, and self control. For God to be our daily portion each day. To be the best version of ourselves, women of God, friend, mother to our children and wife to our husbands. I want to be the best mom who God intends for me to be. To use the gifts and talents he has blessed me with. I want to share a book with you called “The Bathtub is Overflowing but I feel drained.”How to defeat mommy stress, by Lysa Terkeurst

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This book was given to me by a dear friend of mine.  The moment I opened this book and read the first page I couldn’t put it down. It is one of my favorites! Lysa Terkeurst truly knows all about the “mommy stress” that comes along with being a mom of 5 children ,wife, managing a home & life. Lysa is the president of Proverbs 31 Ministries. Her remarkable life story has captured audiences across North America. She has been featured in Family Circle, and O, the Oprah magazine. As well as national programs such as Good Morning America, 700 club, And focus on the family. She is a New York Times bestselling author of 15 books and national speaker who helps everyday day women live in an adventure of faith. You can check her out at http://www.proverbs31.org  As well as featured on KLOVE 106.9 Christian radio.

In this book Lysa talks about how being a mother can be ,and is the greatest joy & blessing in our life. How us moms need to stop comparing each other to Super Mom vs. Slacker Mom. How important it is to give yourself permission to get refreshed & refill. Give ourselves permission to stop being a mom for a while and just be a women, a wife , a friend.  If we as moms  don’t take care of ourselves, then we will constantly feel drained and start to become secretly resentful to our family.  How us  mammas need boundaries, how the demands as mammas is never-ending, but yet so very fulfilling.

Lysa is such a refreshing, honest, and God filled women. In her book she will help you understand that your failures, struggles, feelings you experience ,to even failures as a mom are a normal part of the journey called “motherhood”. Her book will be the encouragement you will need, along with the encouraging help we learn from Gods word.

I just loved all the encouragement she gives us readers, at any stage we are in with our children.  Whether you have babies, toddlers running through the house, kindergartener , middle schoolers, to teaching our teens to drive. Lysa will share how to manage it all. Practical ways for us mammas to have more energy. How to trust in God with our greatest fears,  how to grow as a mom and a women. She shares with her own personal life, From one busy mom to another, as well as humor and compassion how you can be the best you. I hope you love & enjoy her book as much as I have.

-xo Lisa

Homemade Blueberry Pancakes and Blueberry Syrup

The weekends in our home are all about family time. With the rush of an early morning school schedule  during the week, we are always running out the door. We seem to never have time to sit and eat breakfast as a family. My family and I always look forward to family breakfast time on the weekends together. I love whipping up something special for them.  Pancakes are such a family favorite in our home.  Here is one of their favorites on a cold winter morning. Homemade blueberries pancakes with warm homemade blueberry syrup.

Ingredients for blueberry pancakes –

1 1/4 unbleached flour

2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

3/4 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons white sugar

1 large farm fresh egg

1 1/4 milk or buttermilk(optional)

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 cup blueberries

Mix all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl, in another small mixing bowl mix all wet ingredients. Combine dry & wet ingredients together.  No worries ,if your batter is slightly a little lumpy. Next , heat your skillet on medium heat. (don’t forget to grease you pan with butter or oil of your choice.) Using your ladle , pour your batter  (my kids love silver dollar size) adding  4-5 blueberries then cook one side till you start to see the pancake batter begin to have tiny bubbles, using your spatula flip and cook other side untill a little golden .

Ingredients for blueberry syrup –

1 cup blueberries

1 cup warm water

1 cup white sugar

1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice (optional)

In a small saucepan , over low heat add blueberries, sugar, and water. Whisk together untill sugar is dissolved .(about 5 minutes) Then increase heat to medium heat , till it reaches a gentle boil. Continue to stir untill syrup starts to thicken . (about 15 minutes)

If desired, whisk lemon juice into syrup. Serve warm or cool. Hope you enjoy your warm blueberries pancakes and syrup.

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Antiquing in Cape May

This past weekend my husband and I celebrated our 15th Wedding Anniversary. We had dropped our 3 children off to spend the weekend with their grandparents and headed to Cape May for the weekend alone. We both love Cape May spending time as a family with the kids , But this was a special time to spend together and explore the island. My husband and I love to go antiquing We love  finding  special, one of a kind Antique treasures to fill our cozy home.

There are 9 Antique shops on the Island. They are all very unique in their own ways , from very large antique furniture that will send you back in time with some great History behind them, to little treasures with different vendors under one roof. Whatever you’re looking for you will defiantly find it at one of these locations in Cape May, New Jersey.

If you love Orignal restored building artifacts, Victorian lighting, stained glass , fireplace mantels or are a collector of antique doorknobs ,then you will love The Antique Doorknob. It is an architectural showroom. They do a complete restoration of lighting & hardware . It will send you back in time. http://www.theantiquedoorknob.com

Calling all Coin, Military & Historical memorabilia collectors. This place is for you.  Valentino’s  store  is full of treasures, they are a family owned store, where you will find them just waiting to share their love and stories behind their unique treasures. They also Buy & Sell coins for all of you coin lovers. http://www.coinsmilitaryandmore.com

Then there is the West End Garage. My husband & I have marked this place as one of our favorites. It’s filled with all different vendors under one roof. I could spend hours in there from Vintage collectibles, antiques, farmhouse decor, Books, art & so much more. http://www.thewestendgarage.com

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Along the way, we found another favorite to add to our list , TreeHouse Antiques . Explore 3000plus ,square feet of Fine antiques, artwork, furniture , artisan goods, and so much more  in this 2 level house.  A must see on your list . It is located near  the Historic Cold Spring Village & Cape May Winery. ( that will be on another blog I will be sharing with you very soon ) Their address is 742 Seashore Road.

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Along the way , as we followed our Antique Shops map, marking our favorites,  We found Out of the Past Antiques. The name of this  place says it all. This place was filled with hard-to-find antiques & vintage memories. A place where my husband says,” It’s filled with Hollywood movie props , LOL.” Here you will find clothes from the past, hats, toys, dishes, books, holiday decor and so much more. If you are looking to film a movie you came to the right spot. A visit here will take you back in time.  www.outofthepastantiques.com

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Next, we headed to Mary Ann’s  Jewelry and Collectibles . It was a little store located at 511 Washington ST. Mall. It was filled with Glassware, and Estate jewelry. If you are a collector of vintage gems, unique, one of a kind jewelry, then this place is for you.  After visiting there, our adventure continued to Antiques Emporia. This shop is filled with old and vintage dishes, toys, seasonal decor , homemade candles and more. My husband felt like a kid here, going through all of the vintage toys that he used to play with as a child.

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Next stop was  Attic Treasures III. This place is more of a yard sale type of place (Sanford & Son T.V. show), not really what I would call an antique store. I am just being honest. We were in and out very quick. If you only have the day for Cape May antiquing, you may want to pass this one.

The last stop we headed to was Cape May Antique Center, and we saved the best for last . We marked this place as one of our favorites as well.  We will be coming back to this place again on our next trip. Cape May Antique Center is a place that is filled with different vendors , like West End Garage. I love that it has all types of refurbished items, furniture, pottery, primitive, cast iron decor, farmhouse & vintage decor,  huge military selection, jewelery and seasonal decorations.  You never know what treasures you will find here. http://www.capemayantiquecenter.com

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I just love farmhouse, antique and vintage items . My husband and I love antiquing together when we get the chance. We had such a fun day exploring these new Antique shops. There is always a treasure waiting to be found. We are loving our new farmhouse treasure we found for our home.

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Vintage Farm Windmill Wall Clock

-Lisa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Halloween Family Fun @ Walt Disney World

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Walt Disney World is one of our family’s favorite vacation destinations. No matter what age our children are, its always been an adventure full of amazing memories. We have visited WDW throughout each season: summer, fall, winter, and spring. Our family’s two favorite times, I must say, are Halloween and Christmas.

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Walt Disney World is such a magical place to begin with, but vacationing at these two special times makes it even more magical.  Halloween at Magic Kingdom was our favorite.  All my kids love the fall decor that fills the Magic Kingdom, from pumpkins with Mickey’s face on them to cornstalks, scarecrows, haystacks and so much more. But the most exciting event at this time is the Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

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It’s a Halloween-themed event held during the months of September and October .Your little ones, as well as adults, can dress up in their favorite costumes and become part of a very magical evening. Start the night with Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Character Parade . The kids loved seeing Mickey, Minnie, all of our favorite villains, friends and so many more.

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After the parade is over, enjoy the rest of the evening by following a fun filled path of trick or treating throughout the park. Your kids will love filling their bags with all of Mickeys favorite treats. If you’re looking for some more fun, there is so much to experience throughout the night.  We love going to the special attractions and dance parties along the way. One of our  family favorites is the Haunted Mansion-for some not so scary fun and yes it’s not to scary for your little ones . My five year old loves it! You will end your night with an amazing Fireworks display and Castle display that is Halloween-themed.  Hope your family has as much fun making memories at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary-Halloween Party ! Don’t want to give away too much and spoil the fun. Stop back and visit my blog. Can’t wait to hear about your family’s favorite memories!

Happy Halloween Y’all 🎃

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Baking homemade fall sugar cookies with my boys

There is nothing more special than baking homemade cookies with my kids. In our home, the kitchen, is the heart of the home.  We are always in the kitchen. Whether it’s after school snacks and homework , family meals and games or arts and crafts, there is always something going on . You will find me cooking, baking or whipping up something special for my family.

I just love when my kids want to help in the kitchen! Baking homemade cookies is one of our favorite things to do and we do this often for holidays, birthdays or even just on raining days for no reason. I just love spending time with them, seeing the smiles on their faces. It fills me with so much joy! Fall is one of our favorite seasons in our home. We just love the cool fall air and family campfires: hot chocolate or apple cider, pumpkin everything recipes and yes our favorite  fall sugar cookies!

Here is our recipe to our sugar yummy cookies , we hope you love enjoy the fun of making them as much as we do!

Ingredients –

1 cup butter , softened

1/2 cup sugar

2 1/2 cups all -purpose flour

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 large farm fresh egg

step 1.  Preheat oven

step 2. Mix butter , sugar, in large mixing bowl , then once blended add remaining ingredients .

Step 3 . Place cookie mixture in fridge till chill.  Then use a dusting of flour to roll and cut your cookies with your favorite cookie cutters . Have fun decorating with your favorite sprinkles, etc. Place cookies on cookie sheet .

Step 4. Bake 400 degrees  for 6 to 9 Minutes .

-enjoy

Happy fall y’all !

-Lisa xo

 

 

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

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I always love finding new recipes for this time of year.  Its perfect to enjoy on a cool crisp night, sitting with family and friends around a crackling bonfire . This  warm treat is delicious . My family and I love pumpkin in everything, so they are very easy to please with this Pumpkin Bread pudding. I know what your thinking this sounds difficult , but trust me it is very simple. Your friends, family, or guests  will love it.

ingredients –

4 cups of white bread, cut them into cubes

4 farm fresh eggs

3 egg yolks

1 1/2 cups heavy cream

3/4 canned pumpkin puree

1 cup granulated sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

2 tablespoons cold butter, cut into piece

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees , Grease a 13x9x2 inch baking pan. Dry bread cubes on a cookie sheet in oven for 10 to 15 minutes.  Then place bread cubes in baking pan. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together all pudding ingredients except the butter. Pour mixture over bread cubes that are in baking pan. Let it sit for about 10 minutes . After bread is full soaked, dab butter over top , making sure to cover it all.  Put in oven and bake for 40 minutes.

note- Pudding should be set in the center of baking dish, it should never be dry!

-enjoy!