2021 is over

2021 is over

Is anyone else excited that 2021 is almost over? I know I am. This past year was a crazy one. I know for a lot of people it was a year of lose and uncertainty. For our family it was a good year. We were and still are very blessed. We put our trust in God and what he wanted us to do.

The year started with the scare of covid still being big thing. Potty training both Connor and Josie (our dog) was not fun and I do not recommended it hahaha. It was the year without a Mardi Gras; which was so hard for me and my Mardi Gras loving heart. Spring was just amazing we finally had beautiful weather. Then the crazy school year that was centered around covid came to an end.

Raymond and I both got a TikTok and y’all that went from just something fun to Raymond going viral with a video of our camp! I am still working hard and loving my Instagram and blog. I got to meet up with some of the amazing women I’ve befriended from this journey. The love and support I get and give back to these ladies have really showed me that you don’t have to know them in your daily life to have great friends.

Our summer was spent on the water: in the pool or at the sand bar, Connor played T-Ball for the first time. And just plan family fun!

My niece moved in with us just days before school started. We had to hurry and get her moved and moved schools. Connor started his 3rd year of school. Then we had a major hurricane hit 30 miles east of us that caused so much damage. I worked my butt off for like 3 weeks with extra hours and stress. Connor turned 4 during all the busy hours at work.

We had trick or treating which was so much this year. Then one last weekend trip to the sandbar before being our camp to the hunting lease. Every weekend raymond was home was spent at the lease hunting and fishing. Connor learned how to shoot his BB Gun web Josie decided to dye herself the color of marsh mud for the weekends!!

Christmas this year was spent just the 4 of us at the camp!! Y’all Santa even stoped by to drop off some of Connor’s gifts. It was so nice to just relax and not stress or worry about anything for the holiday. I’m sure this will not be our last major holiday spent on our camp.

Now that this year is at its end I’m looking forward to even more amazing family memories together. Mardi Gras is on for 2022 and I can’t wait to be back. I’m still going to be working on growing my Instagram and blog. Raymond is still loving being a tug boat caption and using his TikTok to showcase all of the things he loves to do.

We can make all the plans we want for 2022 but the only plans that matter or the ones God has for us and our family. We want to wish you and your family a very Happy New Year and blessing to come!! We love and support y’all!!

PEPPER JELLY & CREAM CHEESE SPREAD

PEPPER JELLY & CREAM CHEESE SPREAD

One of my favorite easy appetizer dishes to have at any holiday meals is also my favorite snake to eat. All you need is 3 simple ingredients.

  • 1 8oz block of Cream Cheese (2 or you get both jellies)
  • 1 Jar of Tabasco Mild or Hot Pepper Jelly
  • 2 boxes of Wheat Thins, or Crackers of your choose

Remove and place block of Cream Cheese onto a cute flat dish. Pour the Pepper Jelly on top of the Cream Cheese. Serve with wheat thins or crackers.

Super easy and very yummy. No baking or cooking needed. Everyone always loves this. You can always buy both the hot and mild jelly and have two different options. I personal only use the mild due to always having kids at holiday dinners and its just more friendly.

I really hope you enjoy this super yummy no cooking or baking skills needed side dish!!!

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BLUEBERRY COOKIE CRUST CHEESECAKE

BLUEBERRY COOKIE CRUST CHEESECAKE

Just to be 100% honest with everyone I do NOT cook. I hate cooking!! But there is something about baking that I do love to do. I have always loved Cheesecake! It’s one of my favorite things to eat. A few years ago I went on a hunt to find the best recipe. What I found after baking a few different ones is that I needed to combined the parts I liked into my own style. So I took the crust that we loved from one and the the filling from another. I make them for all of our holiday family meals. While shopping one year for the Gram-Crackers, Raymond spotted the BelVita Blueberry Breakfast Biscuits and say “I bet that would make for a great crust.” So we gave it a try and everyone LOVED it. The blueberry isn’t over powering and gives it just a hit of that extra flavor. So now I always get asked to do that crust. They do have other flavors in the BelVita and sound like it would be great to try. Examples: Cranberry Orange, Cinnamon Brown Sugar, Chocolate, Honey Chocolate Chip, and Pumpkin Spice (seasonal)

I typed up my recipe and the items you will need. When serving I will sometimes have Chocolate , Cameral, and strawberry syrup to top the cheesecake with. 

Things you will need!

  • 9” Round Spring Form Pan
  • Mixer
  • 2 large mixing bowls 
  • aluminum foil 
  • Bigger pan or pot to place spring form pan into

Crust:

  • 2 1/4 cups of crumbed BelVita Blueberry Crunchy Breakfast Biscuits. (if not a blueberry fan you can use Graham Crackers)
  • 1/4 sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted.

Cheesecake Filling:

  • 4 (8oz) Cream Cheeses, Room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup milk, room temperature
  • 1 cup of sour cream, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup of all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla ex
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt

PreHeat oven to 350 degrees.

In medium mixing bowl, mix crumbed Biscuits, sugar and melted butter until evenly moistened.  Press the mixture on the bottom and 2/3 of the way up the side of a 9” round spring form pan.  Bake 10-15 minutes, until color deepens.  Remove and set aside too cool.  Reduce over temperature to 325 degrees.

In second large mixing bowl, mix the cream cheese and sugar together. ( I add them one at a time and mix small amounts of the sugar to help smooth the cream cheese.)

Stir in milk and one egg at a time, until smooth.  Add sour cream, vanilla, salt, and flour until mix is Smooth. 

Wrap spring form pan with the aluminum foil and place in the middle of the second larger pan. Pour cheese cake mix into spring form pan onto of the crust.  Add water to the larger pan about half way up. (Make sure water isn’t higher then the aluminum foil)  Place into a 325 degrease preheated oven and bake for one hour. Do not open oven while baking, this may cause the cheesecake to crack.

After baking for an hour remove from over and turn heat OFF.  Run a buttered knife around rim of pan. Remove spring pan from larger pan and place onto a cookie sheet and place back into oven with over OFF.  Let it sit for 5 hours, then refrigerate.

 If your cake does crack it is okay. It will still be yummy!!! Check back later and I will have a photo of it all done!!!

Don’t forget to subscribe and follow this blog and my Instagram page. Please let me know if you try this recipe and if you use the same cookies are a different flavor. Can’t wait to see your pictures of your Cheesecakes!!!

Vintage BoHo Bags Flash Sale

Vintage BoHo Bags Flash Sale

Yes, you totally read that title right!!! Vintage BoHo is having their Flash Sale this Friday June 11th at 5PM CST!!!! They only have this sale a few times a year and you don’t want to miss out! I got mine last year during this sale and I LOVE IT!! It’s the first and only designer bag I own. It’s great all year round as you can see. Yes, I do have my eye on one maybe two different bags that I really want! What is Vintage BoHo? They simply repurpose authentic, vintage, pre-owned Louis Vuitton handbags by adding leather detail. You can click here and it will bring you right to their website! Take some time look around and get some ideas of what bag you may be looking for! Oh and the best part is you can use my code: SOUTHERNMAMA10 to get 10% those sale prices!!

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Over 3200 bags and 300 wallets all go LIVE on their website in the Flash Sale Tab. Bags starting at $99 PLUS take an extra 10% off all flash sale prices with code: SOUTHERNMAMA10. There will be 10 of the $1 blessing bags. YES you read that right too. $1 how amazing is that. They do offer financing through Sezzle. Four easy payments where you buy now pay later; 0% interest and bad credit is no problem as long as you have a checking account.

I would advise you to set up your Sezzle account before hand. The bags go fast so you don’t want to miss out by having to Create your account at checkout. If someone else adds that bag to their cart and checks out before you they will get it. Just because you have the bag in your cart does not make it yours!

I would also suggest that you shop from a computer or laptop! Yes you can use your phone or tablets. I just find that on a computer more images will load on a screen verse on a phone. Plus the images are larger and easier to see on a bigger screen.

Another big tip is to check out once you find the bag you want. Even if you are planning to buy more then one bag. Check out after you add one bag to your cart. Because like I said before if someone else adds that bag and checks out before they get it. So whether you or buying one bag or 10 check out after each bag. It’s okay if you have different shipments.

On top of the flash sale the enter site will have a 20% sale and yes you can still use my code to get you an extra 10% bring your saves to 30%. This enclosed the bags not apart of the flash sale and all of their accessories. They have hats and beanies, sunglass case, hat bands, wristlets, belts, cuffs, dog collars, leashes, horse halters, spur straps, charms, and different size straps for the bags.

I’m still here I promise!!

I’m still here I promise!!

Y’all I’m alive I promise!! I know it’s almost JUNE and I’m making my first post of the year! πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ Y’all 2021 has been a busy crazy year so far. Can you believe that we are already half way through it. So let’s recap what’s happened!

So we finished the camp enough to actual use it and we LOVE IT! We still have finishing work to do on the inside and by that I mean trim molding and a real door to the bathroom lol. But we have made multiple weekend trips to the sandbar on it! Why didn’t we do this years ago we’ll never know! We didn’t get it to the hunting lease this past season but it will be there this year!!

But speaking of hunting season! Y’all I got Raymond in a stand and he loved it!! He actually was the only one of us to kill this year! He got two doe. I’m so very proud of him! Connor ever made a few hunts with us and did very well! I on the other hand only killed time! But that’s okay. Raymond got the fever and that’s all that counts right! Y’all I could really sit in that stand all day and just enjoy the beauty this is our state and God’s amazing handy work!!

I never even got around to writing the meet our new family member post. Well y’all after we lost Lucy in August of 2020 we had a very big hole in our hearts and in our home. October 4 we got our newest baby Josie! She is a Goldendoodle. Y’all this sweet girl has brought so much joy to us and cost us a whole lot of money and stress. Y’all at the very beginning of December she eat the berry peaks off of my Christmas tree and had to have emergency surgery to have the metal removed from her tummy. Then a week later ended up back having to the vet because she had an infection from the stitches. Y’all I can’t make this stuff up! But she is the goofiest, sweetest, loving dog ever! Her and Connor’s bond is just magic!!

We had a great Christmas and New Years. One of my beautiful nieces got married!! Mardi Gras of course SUCKED. I will never take ride day for granted ever again, but now I’m so ready for Ride Day 2022!! Easter was beautiful!! Perfect weather and I even did the reading at our outdoor service which is a BIG deal for me. It may come as a big surprise but I get super nerves talking in front of big crowds. I know right me who can talk for days lol. We celebrated our 13th Wedding anniversary!! Mother’s Day was spent at the Sandbar camping out in our camp from Thursday to Monday!! Connor finished PreK2!! He is now Potty Trained!!! Y’all it only took us a year to get him to finally use the potty and not be freaked out by it!! Summer began with a yet another Trip to the sandbar for Memorial Day!! Connor started play Wee Tee Ball and he loves it! Myself and Raymond have both went to the dark side and joined TikTok. Yes and y’all Raymond is killing it with the camp stuff on his feed! Me I just have fun with it!!

Now we are here in June with only half the year left!!! It really doesn’t feel like it yet. I

But I would have to say my favorite thing of 2021 so far besides all of the family time we have been having has to be the work I’ve been putting into my Instagram. I recently became an ambassador for TWO more company’s that I personal shop with and LOVE: LiquidIV; 25% off and free shipping with code: MAMAOFONE, VintageBoHo bags; 10% off with code: SOUTHERNMAMA10. I have hosted several giftaways with some amazing friends on IG and ever my first Beachwaver giveaway! I love the friendships I have made and the support from my followers so much. It really brightens my day when I get to share something that makes another mom or woman feel like they can do it too. Plus saving y’all some money is always a win!

So here’s to me doing better at updating y’all on all the sales and how our life is going!! There is a few things coming up soon that I know y’all will love. Until then here is a few photos from the last 6 months!!

Christmas Trees From Lowes

Christmas Trees From Lowes

I’ve had my Christmas Tree from Lowes for 11 years now. I love it!! It’s so pretty!!! Last year the white lights finally went out like a week before Christmas. So like a normal person I took everything off to it and cut the lights off of the tree! I use normal as a joke because that was not an easy job to do. I then added new colored lights and re-decorated the whole tree once again!!

What do you guys think of this years Fun Family Tree?

I was going to get a new one this year but I impatient and just used my same one. of course after I had it all up and decorated I went to Lowe’s and looked at all the Tress they had in stock. Y’all they have some beautiful trees this year!

I’ve link up some of my favorites that I found! I did different sizes and styles. Some of my favorites are the flocked ones! Just Click Here and it will bring you right to my LIKETOKNOW.it where you can shop faster!

I personal like Lowe’s because I find they keep a larger stock of their items. They had a lot of these trees in my local Lowe’s. All are available online and can be shipped to your local store or to your house.

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Limited Edition Beachwaver

Limited Edition Beachwaver

O.M.G will you just look at how PRETTY this Limited Edition B1 Kitten Glitter Beachwaver and Limited Edition Clamp & Curl is 😍πŸ₯° And they are on SALE during pre-order only!

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Camp Week 5

Camp Week 5

Y’all this week we finally got everything on the outside DONE! It was another busy long week! And your girl finally had tome to get out there and help Raymond do some of the work!! Keep in mind Raymond got home the day after all of the rain and wind from Hurricane Lauren! This is also the week we had to paint which meant we had to wait until all the rain had stopped and the siding had time to dry.

August 29

Started painting the siding with Sherman Williams A-100 in the color Sliverpointe 7653. Our cousin gave us 15 gallons of that color. He put two good coats on.

August 30

That morning Raymond went to Lowe’s and bought 20 1x4x8s and two 2x8x8s and 12 treated furing strips for the siding seams. He also bought the front door and storm door. Because it was still wet and raining that day he went in the shop and painted all of these with two coats of paint.  We used Valspar Exterior paint & primer in the color Possibility 5007-1A

August 31

Monday morning he proceeded to install the facia boards on the front and back peaks. He then installed the 1×4 trim boards on all the corners and along the top and bottom of the siding. Before he installed the bottom trim board he loosened the siding along the bottom and slid z bar flashing in along the bottom of the walls to protect the subfloor. Then installed the seam trim furing strips on every seam of the siding. We went to yes your guessed it Lowes again that night and picked up more paint rollers and caulking.

September 1st

Tuesday morning installed the front door with 3” deck screws everywhere even in the striker plate and hinges. Raymond cut the front and back facing to size then took them back down for paint. While Raymond was cutting pulling the deck board up and cutting then shorter, I was painting the last of the trim boards and the face boards. After installing all the boards we then caulked every seam on all the trim and every screw head this took the entire day. We also caulked the windows in too.

September 2nd

Wednesday we painted everything again after the caulking had set overnight. 

September 3rd

Thursday morning he made a 1/4” thick aluminum plate for the ac hole at the machine shop. Framed the opening for the ac bigger than the actual unit we had just in case we had to go larger in the future we would have the room. Installed the aluminum plate with 40 wood screws and caulked it all then installed the window unit and made sure it had no leaks. Then he had bought 10” flashing rolls long ago so he took and crimped them into a 90 deg flashing and installed that under the metal roofing so there will be no issues with leaks in the future. 

The outside is pretty much complete for now except the awning over the front porch and the gutters down the sides to fill the water tank with rain water. Hopeful the next time he is home we’ll be able to pull wires and plumbing, insulate all the walls and ceiling, frame the bathroom up inside, lay a vapor barrier on the floor and install another 1/2” thick subfloor over the treated 3/4” and install the paneling.

Y’all we are so close be being done enough to where we can stay the night in the camp! I’m hoping that we will have the camp at our lease before hunting season opens!!!

Camp Week 4

Camp Week 4

Y’all I know I’m so late with our camp updates! I’m so sorry! Raymond has been working so hard! The last few times he has been home! I’m going to give y’all the run down for week 4, August 6 -12!

August 7

Was Connor’s first day of school. After dropping him off we went to Lowe’s and bought the 2x12x16 middle beam for the roof framing and all the 2x6x8s for the rafters, 8 sheets of 1/2” plywood for roof sheeting, two rolls of 30lb felt paper and the hardware to put this all together. Raymond was able to cut and install the center beam and start to cut all the smaller rapers. That was also the day we lost our Lucy.

August 8th

A much needed family and sandbar day. It wasn’t the same without our girl but we shared funny stories of her, everyone loved her so much. She really was the best dog!

August 9th

Started by first installing the 2×12 standing up & down in the middle of the wall framing. Then made one template out of one of the 2x6s. He then went and cut every rafter angle needed. Placed all the rafters from one end to the other spaced 24” apart. Also installed dead wood between each rafter to close the eaves in. 

August 10th

Next was laying the roofs plywood sheeting down and screwing it down. Then the felt paper down with plastic washer roofing nails (only nails used in this project so far). Β We then wrapped the whole camp with house wrap vapor barrier on the walls. That night we went to TWO different Lowe’s bought 18 sheets of t1-11. YES I said two lol.

August 11th

Very busy day!! Started by installing the two windows then installed the siding all screwed with deck screws. The door frame was cut out once the siding was installed. Β He then had to cut the metal roofing down from 12’ lengths to 8 foot 6 inches, then installed them with sheet metal screws and the ridge cap. He wanted to make sure that the tin was on the roof because it had rained and water was getting into the camp. We wanted to try and keep out all water! Before he left he screwed a piece of plywood over the door way so nothing or no-one would go in there.

Thank goodness he was about to get that done because while he was on the boat we had not one but two different hurricanes in the gulf that they said was going to head right to us. Thankful the first storm dissipated into nothing, but the second storm which turned into Hurricane Laura and hit as a Category 4 missed our area but hit Lake Charles, LA and causing major damage.