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Forgotten Carols

September 29, 2017

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Have you ever heard of the Forgotten Carols?!? If you have no idea what I’m talking about, let me tell you!

The Forgotten Carols stage performance tells the story of Connie Lou, a nurse whose empty life is changed when Uncle John, a new patient she is attending, recounts the story of Christ’s birth as told by little known characters in the nativity story. The accounts from the Innkeeper, the Shepherd and others help the nurse discover what the world has forgotten about Christmas, ultimately encouraging her to open her heart to the joy of this special season.

I remember the first time I heard the music when I was in high school. It was beautiful! My husband and I were able to go to see the performance of it a few years ago, and it was magical! I loved it!!

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If you live in Utah, Idaho, Arizona, Washington, Texas, and New Mexico make sure to look for a show playing near you! You will LOVE it! You can head to their website for all the details and various performances in your area!

More about the amazing production:


THE FORGOTTEN CAROLS has been a gift I first received back in 1991 when the book and accompanying music was written and released to the public.  As with all good gifts, particularly one like The Forgotten Carols, comes a desire to share it with others…with the hope that they will “receive” the gift as I did;  Feeling the message and the love of the season in the context of the story and songs.  When I first started “performing” the story I thought it was my gift to the audience, but then I discovered that the more I tried to give it away the more it came back to me…a hundred fold.  Being able to bring the story to life with a team of talented people that truly have become “family” is another part of the gift that has profoundly blessed my life.  But WHAT MOST SURPRISES ME is how the presentation of this story with songs has grown, evolved and taught me things in the language that resonates so deeply with me.  Story & Song.   A couple of days ago, quite out of the blue, A NEW SONG, maybe we could call it a New Carol, just arrived.  I sat at the piano and it just poured out of me.  It really touched me because it captures what I think Uncle John would want most for Connie Lou (and the entire world, for that matter).  Just this morning I envisioned how this new carol could be presented during this year’s TOUR and I got goosebumps.  I can’t wait to share this gift I just received.  So, if you ask what The Forgotten Carols means to me, it means RECEIVING then SHARING then DISCOVERING the meaning of the gift, and then RECEIVING MORE, then SHARING MORE and then DISCOVERING more.

5 Last Minute Mother’s Day Ideas

May 2, 2016

Do you need some last minute Mother’s Day ideas?!?  

Or do you need to give some easy last minute hints to someone to make sure they don’t forget Mother’s Day?  

I’ve got your back!  Here are some simple, fun Mother’s Day ideas that can be done before Sunday!

#1 – Mother’s Day Survey.  So fun and so easy, and so perfect to make mom laugh!  Get your Mother’s Day Survey here.

Last Minute Mother's Day Ideas

Keep going for more ideas that will make mom smile.

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3 Family Easter Traditions

March 8, 2016

Do you have some favorite Easter Traditions?  3 Family Easter Traditions

Are there certain family Easter traditions you and your kids look forward to every year?  As time goes on, I find myself and my husband making more of an effort to bring Christ into Easter.  

I’m so excited to share this amazing #hallelujah video.

We make more of an effort to make sure the Easter Bunny isn’t the focus.  The Easter Bunny actually comes on Saturday at our house.  The gifts left in the basket do have lots of fun candy – but the gift is always pointing to Christ.

I am so excited to share 3 Family Easter Traditions you can start this year that help bring your family closer to Christ.

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Witch & Goblin Halloween Treats

September 29, 2015

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SpookySnacks #CollectiveBias

Witch and Goblin Halloween Treat

Holidays are magical with little kids.  I feel like Halloween is really the start of the holiday season, and getting the kids involved in activities and making goodies has become a MUST at our house.  The kids and I came up with an idea to make a pumpkin patch and I had a vision of what I wanted it to look like to make it even more festive.  These would be perfect as an after school activity with the kids, or even for a party!  

The kids and I headed to Walmart to grab the necessities.  Here is what you’ll need to make Witch and Goblin Halloween treats:

The OREOs and Fanta were pretty easy to find.  Fanta was in the soft drink section.  There were cans I almost bought too, so the kids could make their own drink, but decided against that.  But that might be a perfect solution for a party.
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The OREOs were actually right as I walked into the store.  However, I found some more right with the Halloween candy!  So make sure to check there. 
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Witches Graveyard:

*OREO glow in the dark package (these come as packages of 2 OREOs, which I LOVE because then I just gave each of the kids a package, and they could help make 2 at a time, and it wasn’t overwhelming – plus they glow in the DARK!  They were in love with that.).
*Green Chocolate Melt
*Pumpkin candies
*Witch cupcake toppersOREO Graveyard

  1. First you’ll want to hold the OREO package up to the light, then take it into a dark room, and see how awesome it is when they glow in the dark.  After seeing how great it is, get ready for a graveyard.  😉  Here is the package that has the 2 OREOs in it.  I held it to the light.OReo

Like MAGIC … it was glowing SO well!  These would be so fun to pass out on Halloween.  They’re just fun to stand in your pantry with and admire too.  Lol.Glowing-Oreo

  • You’ll want to cut some pumpkin candies in half and make sure those are ready first.
  • Melt the chocolate 30 seconds at a time, or just by following the package directions.  
  • Once the chocolate is melted you’ll take your OREO and dip the top of the OREO into the melted chocolate.  
  • While the chocolate is still wet, you can place a pumpkin in the middle.Pumpkin-Patch
  • To create a witch crashing a pumpkin, put half a pumpkin on the dipped cookie, then the witch, then the other half of the pumpkin.  The pumpkin will act as book ends to keep the witch in place.Witch-by-kids
  • Let chocolate harden and cool, then enjoy!  Witch-Crash-kids
  • Always make sure to appreciate the imperfections too.  🙂  My kids loved it and were so proud of their creations even though they weren’t perfect.  That’s what makes it awesome!Witch-Kids-Crash

Goblin Freeze and Juice:

*Fanta Orange Soda
*Vanilla ice cream
*Straws/spoons & cupsGoblin-Juice-Recipe

Goblin Freeze:

  1. Pour Fanta Orange soda into an ice cream maker for 20 minutes.  The amount will depend on how big your ice cream maker is.  
  2. Once the Fanta Orange soda is starting to resemble a freeze drink, alternate scooping vanilla ice cream, and the Fanta into the cup.

Goblin Juice:

  1. Fill cup about half way with Fanta Orange Soda.
  2. Scoop 2 medium sized scoops of vanilla ice cream into the cup.
  3. Take a large spoon, and smash the ice cream around until it’s almost melted, or just falling apart. 
  4. It should be thicker than the soda with melted ice cream, it should be the consistency of soft serve ice cream.  So add a little ice cream or Fanta, depending on your drink.Witch Graveyard and

The kids and I drank this all up!  It was super yummy!  I didn’t get any pictures of it because we were too busy drinking away … lol.  It’s so fun and easy, and slightly different than a typical float, which makes it fun for a Halloween party and just a fun and different snack!

What are your families favorite #spookysnacks for Halloween?  Need some ideas?!?  Come check out some more here.  

Make sure to check out Evette Rios, host of the CBS show Recipe Rehab, she will be creating a custom Walmart-exclusive recipe that uses both Fanta and OREO.  It will be shown on the #SpookySnacks social hub. It’s always fun to get new holiday treat ideas!

15 Ways to Celebrate Dr. Seuss

February 20, 2015

It’s almost time to Celebrate Dr. Seuss and all the wonderful stories he’s brought into our lives!  I’ve collected a few of my favorite wonderful ways you can celebrate Dr. Seuss and his birthday on March 2nd with your family!  Here you are!  

Fifteen ideas to CELEBRATE DR. SEUSS!!

Celebrate Dr. Seuss by Simplistically Sassy

If you haven’t been to Ashley Marie‘s page, go!  She’s an amazing cake decorator, and blogger.  She’s got these adorable Cat in the Hat Cake Pops that are totally easy!

Celebrate Dr. Seuss by Simplistically Sassy

Utah Sweet Savings has your Dr. Seuss Party Ideas!  They’re SO fun! Celebrate Dr. Seuss by Simplistically Sassy

My kids LOVE playing Bingo.  It’s just a fun classic that even little ones can play.  Head over to A Sparkle of Genius to get your Free Dr. Seuss Printable!Celebrate Dr. Seuss by Simplistically Sassy

Ashlee Marie has these Cat in the Hat Party Invitations!  So amazing!Celebrate Dr. Seuss by Simplistically Sassy

40 Eighteen created Green Eggs and Ham, in real life!!  These totally look amazing!  Head over to get your Dr. Seuss dinner recipe!Celebrate Dr. Seuss by Simplistically Sassy

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OREO Cookie Ball Game Day

January 12, 2015

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #OREOCookieBalls #CollectiveBias

Oreo Cookie Balls for Game Day

Being a stay at home mom is awesome.  Sometimes, being able to throw a party gets me out of the rut that I get in though.  I love having other kids over, or friends, or other families over.  It just breaks up the every day to day stuff, and gives me the opportunity to let my love of being social come out.  

I think game day is one of the best excuses to throw a party.  I love it.  The other day we had so much fun with our friends.  We all got got together, chatted, ate some tacos, watched the game, and enjoyed a fabulous recipe from OREO that I’m going to share with you.  Of course, as you’d expect, I did all of this on a budget without breaking the bank.  

I decided I wanted to do something quick and easy for dinner, so we set up a taco bar.  It was perfect.  Our friends have older kids, and they were able to pick their toppings and such.  Our kids are crazy picky, and I think they ate chips, and strawberries, lol.Taco Bar by Simplistically Sassy

I wanted to make a variety of flavors for the OREO Cookie Balls, and so I found this fun OREO display at Walmart that had so many kinds of OREOs.  I had my 3 youngest kids with me, and they helped pick out what we got.  We picked regular OREOs, Golden OREOs, Birthday Cake OREOs, and Mint OREOs.  Walmart Oreo Cookie Balls

It was fun to put these OREO Cookie Balls together.  I decided it’d be fun to do a time laps video on my phone while I made them.  You can see how life really is with kids … they were distracted, then found me, needed to help.  Then distracted, then crackers appear, then they’re helping, then they’re gone, then we’re done, lol.  It’s funny.

Making the OREO cookie balls is super simple.  You just crush the cookies, then mix with cream cheese, shape and then let them freeze for about 10 minutes, and then dip in chocolate. Oreo Cookie Balls Chocolate by Simplistically Sassy

How to make Oreo Cookie Balls by Simplistically Sassy

I wanted to have some fun with the OREO Cookie Balls for the game day party we were throwing.  So, I shaped some into footballs, and some into flatter balls and put X and O on them to make the Game Play Book.  In the footballs, I also added a fun little surprise INSIDE in the middle.  I cut up small candy bars and wrapped the cookie ball around it.  It was super yummy, and no one was expecting to have something in the middle.Oreo Cookie Balls Footballs by Simplistically Sassy

I also tried to make football helmets … but they didn’t turn out too well, lol.  So they’re just balls and I stuck some football toothpicks that I found at Walmart in them.  Sometimes things aren’t perfect, but they can still be used and no one will really care.  😉Oreo Cookie Balls by Simplistically Sassy

I grabbed some white and black plastic table clothes while I was at Walmart as well and cut them into stripes and then used a large yarn needle and some twine and just threaded together the stripes.  It reminded me of a referee uniform.  It was a quick and easy (and inexpensive) backdrop.  Oreo Cookie Balls table by Simplistically Sassy The kids loved the OREO cookie balls!Oreo Cookie Balls by Simplistically Sassy

I found these props for a Photo Booth and thought everyone (of all ages) could enjoy this.  The backdrop is actually just a paper table cloth.  I just hung it up and had a bowl with all the props.  It was quick and easy , and again, perfect for a tight budget.  🙂Football Photo Booth by Simplistically Sassy

What kind of OREOs would you use to make #OREOCookieBalls ?

OREO Cookie Balls
Easy and delicious Oreo Cookie Balls.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 pkg (8 oz.) brick cream cheese, softened
  2. 36 OREO Cookies, finely crushed (about 3 cups)
  3. 4 pkg. (4 oz. each) semi-sweet baking chocolate, melted
Optional
  1. White chocolate, melted
  2. Small candies to go in the middle
Instructions
  1. MIX cream cheese and cookie crumbs until blended.
  2. SHAPE into 48 (1-inch) balls. Freeze 10 min. Dip balls in melted chocolate; place in single layer in shallow waxed paper-lined pan.
  3. CUSTOMIZE it with your own ingredient additions or decorative skills.
  4. REFRIGERATE 1 hour or until firm.
  5. 1 hour or until firm.
  6. Share and enjoy!
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