Tuesday’s Tasty Tips by Jane Jarrell

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Jane is sharing a few pumpkin recipes for those who might be looking for a little variation from the good old pumpkin pie.  I hope you enjoy it. Thanks so much Jane. We certainly are thankful for you. … and thanks for walking the road with me. -Kay Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake Cake: 1 (18.25-ounce) box yellow cake mix 1 egg ½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted Filling: 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin pie filling 1 (8-ounce) cream cheese, softened 3 eggs 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 (16-ounce) box confectioners’ sugar ½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly grease a 13 x 9 baking pan. Using an electric mixer, combine cake mix, egg, and butter and mix well.  Pat into the bottom of prepared pan and set aside.  Still using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese until

A Little Laugh Can Lighten the Load

heard on the street “A warrant is out for his arrest?!” MOAT mom Jennifer could barely believe her eyes as she stared at the text. I thought nothing much about her comment, assuming she was referring to one of the many people she and her family help throughout the day. … Apparently, no such luck. After a few, “okay”s, she sat down. Our little gathered group couldn’t help but ask the obvious… what’s up? Poor girl took a deep breath and started out, “That was my son.” (gasp! from the crowd) … “I just can’t believe it.” (A quick character study of today’s player: the girl boarders on sainthood. Mother of five. Servant of many. She’s purposeful, encouraging, selfless, bubbly … Okay, I might spit on her if she wasn’t

Table Talk – Thankful for Teenagers by Susie Davis

Today’s Table Talk is by and old (okay not so old age wise, just long-time) friend from Baylor, Susie Davis. She tirelessly encourages moms in Austin and around the country on mothering, wifing (I know that’s not a word, but come on – it should be an active verb!), and dealing with teens. She’s sweet to share this guest blog with us. She also posted it on her blog (susiedavis.org) where you can sign up for her give-away. (See end of post. … and don’t for get to email me for the MOAT give-away of Jody’s and Kathleen’s books – just email me and let me know you’re spreading the MOAT love). Check out Susie’s stuff. It’s GREAT and right on point. Thanks Susie! … and thanks for walking the road with me. -Kay Thankful for Teenagers I love teenagers. Not because

Life Rules for Teenagers

I thought y’all might enjoy the following. It’s not new, has been printed in newspapers and circulated via email, mis-attributed to Bill Gates at a high-school commencement speech… which is how I saw it tonight. My sweet mom, knowing my interest in anything teen-entitlement-related, laughed when she read this list, then hit forward. I laughed, too… and nodded often, in agreement of course (not to be confused with “off to sleep”… because after my long day, I could have done that too.) Charles J. Sykes, author of Dumbing Down Our Kids: Why American Children Feel Good About Themselves But Can’t Read, Write, or Add, offered the following words of wisdom: Rule No. 1:Life is not fair. Get used to it. The average teen-ager uses the phrase “It’s not fair” 8.6 times
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