Litter Genie Works Magic in our House

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Pets. We love having them in our families. They bring us so much joy, love, companionship, extra chores, odors....Oops, did I say that? Yes, no matter what the animal is that you share an abode with, there will be extra chores and odors. We have had dogs, cats and hamsters (not all at the same time) in our family and each one has had its set of challenges. With dogs, you deal with them chewing up your valuables (or getting into your trash) and picking up their "presents" in the back yard. Hamsters, well, they have stinky cages that need to be cleaned. Cats, unless they are permitted outside, come with the dreaded litter boxes and the odors that go along with them. However, I believe there is now a way to even diminish that! The Litter Genie has worked magic in our house.
Litter Genie
We have yet to find a great place to put the litter box. We have a very small laundry room and we don't want the cat's potty in our living spaces either. So, for now, it resides in our guest bathroom upstairs. I shared before how I made a "Clevercat" Litter Box Knock Off to keep the dog from getting into it and to help keep the litter inside the box. Unfortunately, the old adage "out of sight, out of mind" has rung true in our house...that is, until the smell hits us.
Fact 1. No One likes to clean the litter box, so they procrastinate until it is beyond noxious.
Fact 2. It is not convenient to hunt down a plastic grocery bag to scoop the poop everyday.
Fact 3. Once the responsible party has scooped the litter box, he/she now has to tie up the bag and carry the waste out to the garbage can in the garage.
Using the Litter Genie
Quite frankly, it just doesn't get done often enough. One might argue that this is just a case of laziness (and you would be mostly right). The bottom line is that if a chore is easy to do and less time consuming, it will most likely get done. Plus, it leaves more time for snuggling and playing with your little fur babies.
When we first got Oliver (our kitty we had over the summer), I had seen the Litter Genie and even contemplated buying one. However, I didn't really see the need as our little guy was so small and cute and not even very stinky. Well, when we got our big boy, Taz, a couple of months ago, I noticed that he filled up the litter box a lot quicker. It was also quite a bit more stinky. We needed something to take the hassle out of cleaning the litter box so frequently and something that would help with the odor.
Using the Litter Genie
The Litter Genie is a litter waste disposal system that works even better than it's predecessor that we used for our kids' diapers. After it's all set up (which takes just a couple of minutes), simply scoop the waste with the included scooper into the top of the Litter Genie, pull the gray lever to drop the waste into the bottom bagged chamber, and release to seal off the offensive waste. After a week or two, you can cut the bag and tie it off to dispose of in the garbage. Pull out a new length of bag, tie a knot and start scooping again.

Taking the kitty's waste to the garbage can now be a weekly chore instead of a daily one. Since the scooping part is not that difficult, it can be done as often as one of the kiddos goes into the restroom, or when I remind them. ;-)
Litter Genie
The Litter Genie really does help with the problem of kitty odors and it makes the undesirable chore more tolerable. We bought our Litter Genie at Target with this $3.00 off coupon. With the amount of time and hassle this product has saved, not to mention our olfactory bulbs, I would buy this even without the coupon. It is that good. But, by all means, grab that coupon and run over to Target to get your own. It is money well spent.

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Food for the Soul ~ 2 Corinthians 1:3

God's Word is a balm to my soul. Even when we don't quite know how to comfort those who are hurting, He is there. He is the God of all comfort and restores the soul.
Food for the Soul ~ Daffodils ~ 2 Corinthians 1:3
Praying for the "peace that passes all understanding" for my sweet brother and sister-in-law's family. Today is the memorial service for her mother who passed from this life into the arms of Jesus last week. While we mourn the loss and will miss her greatly, we rejoice that she is not in pain, that she is with her Savior, and that we will see her again one day in Heaven.

Knowing how big our world is and that no one is immune to loss and trials, I pray that you, too, will be comforted by the God of all comfort. May you feel His loving presence this week, dear friends.

Spring Entryway Table Vignette

Hi Friends! How are you doing this weekend? Ever since the weather has started warming up, I've been enjoying listening to the birds sing and make their pretty spring music. As I was contemplating how to decorate the entryway for this glorious season of new birth, I used the inspiration of the birds.
Spring Entryway Moss Cross and Birds
My Spring Entryway Table Vignette includes a few elements from last year's spring decor.
Spring Entryway Table Vignette
You may remember the Moss Covered Cross I made last year from items I bought at the Dollar Store.  Perched nearby are a couple of chubby little birds.
Spring Entryway Vignette DIY Eggs
In the middle, I placed one of my favorite woven baskets filled with a berry vine and the eggs I made last year....Book Page Decoupage Eggs, Twine Wrapped Eggs and the Touch of Gold Easter Eggs.
Spring Entryway Table Vignette with Large Hurricane
On the left side is a recent Target Clearance find. This large hurricane was half price...Oh, how I love a bargain! The decor is grounded by the oblong doily. Somehow, a crocheted doily always makes its way into my spring decor. Wishing you sunshine and singing birds!

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All Things Thursday Blog Hop #38 and Features

It's Wednesday night, so you know what it's time for...our All Things Thursday Blog Hop #38! So glad you could join us again this week!
Before we get started, here are some of the posts that caught my eye from last week's party. You all are so talented and creative! Keep up the good work!
Clockwise from top left
Ultimate Banana Pudding by Life with the Crust Cut Off
Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites by Lou Lou Girls
Faux Succulent Planters by Learning, Creating, Living
Pillowcase Dress by A Life Examined

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Grandma's Oatmeal Fudge Bars

Have I ever told you how much I love perusing cookbooks? No kidding, when I get a new cookbook, I read it cover to cover, just like a novel. I have many in my possession, but my favorites are the ones that are a compilation of beloved recipes from many sources. I love to purchase the cookbooks that churches put together or ladies auxiliary groups or ones from a certain region of the country. Grandma's Oatmeal Fudge Bars come from one of my favorites.
Grandma's Oatmeal Fudge Bars
Grandma's Oatmeal Fudge Bars

Bar crust and topping
2 cups brown sugar
3/4 cup butter
2 eggs, slightly beaten
2 tsp. vanilla
2 1/2 cups Bisquick
3 cups quick oats

Fudge filling
1 12 oz. package chocolate chips
1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
2 Tbsp. butter
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large mixing bowl, combine brown sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla, Bisquick and oats. Mix with hands or pastry cutter until crumbly. Press 3/4 of the mixture into the bottom of a 13x9 inch baking pan. Set aside. Combine chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk and butter in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until chocolate chips are melted. Remove from heat and stir in salt and vanilla. Spread the fudge mixture over the crust. Drop the remaining oat mixture in spoonfuls on top of the chocolate. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until top is light golden brown. Cool slightly before cutting into bars.

These bars are like a fudgy oatmeal cookie sandwich. You'll want to have a tall glass of milk handy when you eat them ;-).

I absolutely love baking with oatmeal. It gives the dough a delicious texture with a slightly nutty flavor. Here are some other favorite recipes featuring oatmeal:
No -Bake Granola Bites
Blueberry Oatmeal Coffee Cake
Chocolate Oatmeal Pumpkin Cookies

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Spring Felt Flower Wreath

Hi Friends. Hope you had a good weekend. With the new warmer weather, I've been getting inspired to do some spring decorating. I finally put together a wreath last week after finding the green fuzzy wreath form at Wal-Mart on sale for $3.00. Although I had gone there to pick up a few other things, ideas for this Spring Felt Flower Wreath started flooding my brain when I saw the form in the floral craft department.
Spring Felt Flower Wreath
I went home and began crafting up some felt flowers from whatever bright colored felt scraps I could find. I made several different styles of flowers...all with just felt and a glue gun.
Spring Felt Flowers
After attaching the various flowers to the fuzzy green wreath form with hot glue, I cut some leaves out of two different shades of green and tucked them in, and secured with more hot glue behind the blooms.
Spring Felt Mini Bunting
To finish off the wreath, I made a small bunting from bright pink felt glued onto some stiff white felt I had left over from our Photo Booth props. Then, I stuck some scrapbook sticker letters onto the triangles and glued them to a length of green and white baker's twine.
Spring Felt Flower Wreath
I love how bright and cheerful the wreath turned out...such happy colors! It's hardly waterproof, so I'll be bringing it inside when we get our spring showers or when the wind is whipping (as it usually does here in Texas).
Spring Felt Flower Wreath
All told, this wreath only cost $3.00, since the wreath form was on sale. I love a bargain! I'm tempted to go back and pick up a couple more for next year's holiday decorating.
Here was last year's "free" Springy Recycled Paper Tube Wreath
Springy Recycled Paper Tube Wreath
Are you starting to get your spring decor out now that the weather is warming up a bit? Hope your week is off to a great start! I'm so happy you stopped by for a visit! 
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Food for the Soul ~ Matthew 5:4

"Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted." I'm not going to lie. That's a hard pill to swallow. Though they are the words or our Savior, we don't want to be blessed through suffering. 
Why can't we be blessed through rejoicing? Can't we be molded into the image of Christ through good times? That's how I'd prefer it. Yet, it is through our struggles and our sorrows, reaching up to the Father, that we become more Christ-like. Waiting on Him and trusting Him with our very lives and those of our loved ones, molds our hearts into the shape of His.

A beautiful, servant-hearted woman went home to be with the Lord this weekend. She was ushered into the presence of Jesus by her children and husband singing and praying the Lord's Prayer over her. Her passing was completely unexpected by everyone, except God. Just two days earlier she was celebrating her grandson's adoption. And, for months she has been serving her youngest daughter's family as they navigate the ugliness of brain cancer. She will be greatly missed.

The untimely passing of my brother's mother-in-law has left a void that will not soon be filled. It has solidified in many of our minds and hearts just how precious and fragile life really is. 

May the peace of God be with you this week and may the joy of the Lord be your strength.







All Things Thursday Blog Hop #37 and Features

Welcome to this week's All Things Thursday Blog Hop! We are so glad you've come to party with us! Spring is almost here. We've had a taste of it in the last week or so, and I'm loving it! (except for the seasonal allergies) Are you starting to see signs of blooms bursting forth and warmer temperatures in your neck of the woods? 
Here were some of the posts that grabbed my attention from last week's party. There's definitely a spring vibe going on here with the bright colors, gardens, and greens. Not to mention, a nod to the spring holiday, Easter. It was too hard to just pick six, so added in an extra feature this week.

Clockwise from top left
Apple Grape Pecan Chicken Salad by The Casual Craftlete
Candy Bird Nests by Three Kids and a Fish
Easter Chicks Deviled Eggs by Cincy Shopper
Repurposed Chest of Drawers by Penny's Vintage Home

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Bunny Love Spring Mantel

Hi friends! How is your week going so far? We're back to doing school and now baseball season is upon us as well. Fun times! Well, I pulled out my Spring/Easter decor box last week and began working on 'springifying' my house. As much as I loved the poinsettias from Christmas and my Valentine's mantel, it was time for a change. I had made the Burlap Wrapped Carrots a couple of weeks ago and really wanted to use them on the mantel. They became the inspiration for my Bunny Love Spring Mantel.
Bunny Love Spring Mantel
However, in going through my Easter decor, I noticed that my bunnies were looking a bit tired and dated (kinda like me some days). My mom suggested I go looking for some new ones, so I ended up at Pier 1 and found these adorable sisal bunnies.
Bunny Love Spring Mantel
Here on the left side of the mantel, I have the large sisal bunny and a wire basket filled with spanish moss and the Burlap Wrapped Carrots sitting on top of The Book of Virtues. I just love the color of the spine of the book with the carrots. (Here I go with the orange and turquoise on the mantel again.)
Daffodils and Bunnies
In the middle, I placed a small vase of bright yellow daffodils ~ a beautiful sign of spring.
Bunny Love Mantel
On the right is the smaller sisal bunny, a miniature twine-wrapped carrot and a couple of vintage Ball jars that I picked up a couple of years ago from my father-in-law's pantry. A little bunch of faux hydrangeas adds a bit more color.
Daffodils and Bunnies on Mantel
After I had all the elements on the mantel, I still felt like it needed something. I went digging through the Easter box and found my Book Page Butterfly Garland from last year.
Book Page Butterfly Garland
It was pretty when I hung it up on the mantel, but it seemed so plain. Not wanting to "reinvent the wheel",  I just used some orange twine and strips of turquoise fabric to give it a little bit more color and texture.
Bunny Love Spring Mantel
I am totally in love with the fun spring colors. The bunnies and the daffys make me smile too. How is your spring decorating coming along?
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Buttermilk Cinnamon Sugar Mini Muffins

Happy St. Patty's Day! My post today has absolutely nothing to do with this fun holiday, but the recipe will bring a smile to those you love if you make it! Last week, I was trying to use up things we had at home to make breakfast. We had already exhausted the cereal, eggs didn't sound good and neither did oatmeal. I went rummaging through the cookbooks and just started combining recipes to come up with these Buttermilk Cinnamon Sugar Mini Muffins.
Buttermilk Cinnamon Sugar Mini Muffins
These little gems taste a lot like cinnamon sugar donut holes, but they aren't deep fried. They are delicious with a tall glass of milk or a steaming cup of coffee any time of the day. For the sake of being honest with you, my readers, I did try them at several different times of the day. I can assure you they are quite tasty any time of the day ;-).
Buttermilk Cinnamon Sugar Mini Muffins
Buttermilk Cinnamon Sugar Mini Muffins
(makes about 4 dozen)

muffins
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1 cup vegetable oil
4 cups all purpose flour
2/3 cup sugar
4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. salt
topping
6 Tbsp. butter, melted
3/4 cup sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease mini muffin pan. Beat eggs then stir in buttermilk and oil. Stir in remaining ingredients until just moistened (batter will be a bit lumpy). Fill muffin cups about 2/3 full. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, until toothpick inserted comes out clean. While muffins are baking, prepare the topping. In a shallow bowl, mix together the sugar and cinnamon. Place melted butter in a separate shallow bowl. When muffins are done, remove from pan and roll the tops of the muffins in the melted butter, then dip in cinnamon sugar mixture.

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Food for the Soul ~ Psalm 51:10

Happy Sunday to you! I'm so glad you've stopped by for a visit. Today's Bible verse is from Psalm 51:10. I love going to this book of the Bible because I find great comfort in the words of David. Although he messed up many times, he humbly approached our Heavenly Father and was still considered to be a man after God's own heart.
Psalm 51:10 Rainbow streaks in sky
It is so easy to get stuck with the same negative mindset over problems that never seem to go away. I would use the broken record analogy, but there may be some of you that have never listened to one. (I may be dating myself a bit there.) Whenever I'm feeling like I need an attitude adjustment and a reality check, this song that we used to sing in our youth group comes to mind.

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from thy presence, O Lord.
Take not thy Holy Spirit from me.
Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation, 
and renew a right spirit within me.

Have a blessed week, my friends. May the joy of the Lord be your strength!

Brownie Bottom Mint Chip Ice Cream Pie ~ A Tribute to National Pi Day

Hi Friends! I am thrilled that you stopped by for a visit! It's a special day. Did you know it is National Pi Day? You have the permission of the nation to indulge in some pie today. By the way, I have a have a riddle for you...What do you get when you take the sun and divide its circumference by its diameter? You'll have to read to the end for the solution ;-)
Brownie Bottom MInt Chip Ice Cream Pie
And, in honor of this glorious dessert, I've got a simple pie for you to try...Brownie Bottom Mint Chip Ice Cream Pie. This little gem was devoured in my house in no time at all.
Brownie Bottom MInt Chip Ice Cream Pie

Here's what you need to make this delicious pie: family size brownie mix and ingredients to make it, mint chip ice cream, Hershey's Shell ice cream topping, sprinkles (optional)
Brownie Bottom MInt Chip Ice Cream Pie
Mix up the brownie batter and pour into two lightly greased pie pans. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until done. Allow to cool completely. Once cool, create the brownie crust by carefully removing the insides of the brownie. Reserve the brownie crumbles for the topping.
Brownie Bottom MInt Chip Ice Cream Pie
Cover pie shell with plastic wrap and place in freezer for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
Brownie Bottom MInt Chip Ice Cream Pie
Set the ice cream out to soften a bit or pop the full container in the microwave and heat for about 15 seconds.
Brownie Bottom MInt Chip Ice Cream Pie
Begin filling the brownie "crust" with the softened ice cream, smoothing it as you go.
Brownie Bottom MInt Chip Ice Cream Pie
Sprinkle with reserved brownie crumbs and return to freezer for at least 30 minutes.
Brownie Bottom MInt Chip Ice Cream Pie
Remove from freezer and drizzle with Hershey's Shell topping. If desired, decorate with some festive sprinkles too. Slice and serve immediately or return to freezer.
Brownie Bottom MInt Chip Ice Cream Pie
Brownie Bottom Mint Chip Ice Cream Pie

1 family size brownie mix (and ingredients to make it)
1/2 gallon Mint Chip ice cream (softened)
Hershey's Shell ice cream topping
sprinkles (optional)

Mix up brownie batter according to package directions. Pour into two lightly greased pie pans (or one deep dish pie pan) Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until done. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely. Create brownie pie crust by scraping out the inside of the brownie with a spoon, leaving a thin crust and reserving the brownie crumbles for later. Cover pie crusts with plastic wrap and place in freezer for 30 minutes to an hour. Remove from freezer and fill crusts with softened ice cream. Sprinkle reserved brownie crumbles over the top of the ice cream. Cover with plastic wrap again and freeze for at least 30 minutes. Remove from freezer and drizzle with Hershey's Shell. Decorate the top with festive sprinkles. Slice with warm knife and serve immediately.
Brownie Bottom MInt Chip Ice Cream Pie
My family absolutely loved this pie and I know you will too. Even if you don't like mint chip ice cream, this method could be used to make other delicious brownie bottom pies...I've done a version of this with coffee and chocolate ice cream and it was amazing too. What kind of ice cream would you fill the brownie crust with?

Are you ready for the answer to the riddle? What do you get when you take the sun and divide its circumference by its diameter? A Pi in the sky!
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