Quick Kitchen Tip: Crock Pot Liners

Hi everyone! I have discovered something incredible for cooking with Crock Pots/Slow Cookers recently and I wanted to share it with you: Crock Pot Liners. I use my Crock Pot literally at least twice a week and the idea of not having to clean it out each time is immensely appealing to me.

Last Christmas, I received a new Crock Pot from Jason and along with it he also gave me a case, not just a box, but a CASE of Crock Pot liners! So I learned how to use them and I was very impressed with how well they work! You can read more about them here: Crock Pot Liners   (Please note: This is a page where you can purchase them, but I have no association with this company and my blog does not benefit from you viewing or purchasing.)

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Dollars & Sense, Tip #10: Halloween Costumes on a Budget

 

It’s been awhile since my last Dollars & Sense post, so I figured it was about time! With Halloween coming up in just a few weeks, I thought I would share with you how we save money on costumes. Halloween costumes really don’t have to cost a fortune. When I was growing up, we mostly made our costumes from items around the house. We hardly ever got to go out a buy a brand new costume! Dressing up for Halloween can totally be done without spending a ton of money. We already have to buy candy, so we shouldn’t have to stress over paying for costumes as well right?

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Endless Caverns in New Market, Virginia

Over July 4th weekend, we drove my father-in-law home to Pennsylvania. He had been staying with us for a few months. It’s a pretty long drive, so we ended up leaving our older two kids with their grandparents here. On the way home, we decided to stop and tour Endless Caverns, which is only a few minutes off the interstate we were on. You can actually see a huge sign on the side of the mountain from the interstate around where the caverns are at. Hulk and Princess had so much fun! Caverns are always neat and especially on a hot summer day, it is a great way to cool off.

The tour was about an hour long and it was definitely worth it! We learned that the caverns were found by a young boy who was rabbit hunting. Apparently the rabbit he was after jumped down into a hold leading into the caverns and he followed it. We even learned that in the early 1900’s they had parties in a large area of the cavern and it was even referred to as a “Speak Easy” back in the day! We also learned that it is called Endless Caverns because they continue to find more and more and it seems to keep going all through the mountains. It was very beautiful and such a reminder of God’s wonderful creation. If you love Caverns and have a chance you should check this one out!

 

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5 Great Chapter Books with Go-Along Movies

For our summer break, we have chosen 5 chapter books that have really good movies made of them. We’re going to read a little of the book each day and then when we finish the book, we’ll have a family movie night and watch the movie with some popcorn or other special treat.

The kids are very excited and we’ve already started on our first book. Here are the books/movies we chose:

  1. Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater

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