Friday, November 27, 2015

Beeing Frugal: Disney Movies

So I never really paid much attention to the those little inserts that you find in the DVD cases when you buy movies.  Apparently they can really pay off!  Not long ago, in the process of checking something else out, I decided to actually look at one of those inserts, and discovered Disney Movie Rewards...and so I went looking through all of our Disney movies and ended up gathering a pile of them...thirteen to be exact.  Now some of our Disney movies were older and didn't have one of these inserts (if they had at one point, they probably got tossed long ago).  Still, those thirteen magic codes ended up earning us 2 free DVDs, with about 120 points left over!!  

We chose, Oz The Great and Powerful (on Blu-Ray) and an old classic, the original Freaky Friday with Jodi Foster!   And, we didn't even have to pay for shipping!  Sounds like a great deal to me!

Hopefully it won't take us too long before we rack up enough points to do that again, because being Disney fans, we decided to join the Disney Movie Club.  Generally, I'm not a fan of those "clubs", where you buy so many at a low cost and agree to buy so many more at regular price in the next 2 years.  BUT, it's Disney and it was a pretty good deal.  I got 7 movies for $21.90 and only have to buy 3 more in the next 2 years to fulfill our commitment...and guess what,  all of these movies are going to come with a magic code that can be applied to our Disney Movie Rewards!  

It's a great way to get some good movies, and just in time for Christmas!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Queen Bee: Happy Day Before Thanksgiving!

What's on your Thanksgiving menu?

We are having turkey of course, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, and a family tradition...macaroni casserole!   At the drafting of this post, the plan is to make an apple crisp pie or Swedish apple pie with vanilla ice cream!

Do you have any favorite Thanksgiving traditions?  We usually watch the Macy's Parade, and play games or watch movies (always A Charlie Brown's the best!) and EAT ourselves silly.  (Although the past couple of years, I've been a bit more careful about the eating part!)

However, it's the DAY AFTER Thanksgiving that we look forward to the most.  It's the day we put up our tree and decorate for Christmas!  Plus also, on Decorating Day, we have homemade chili (with some leftover turkey thrown in) and warm fresh baked bread.  I love our holiday traditions.  This is my most favorite time of year!

Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Combo Post: Whimsical Sea Creatures

Today, I decided to combine three categories... 

So, I took photos of the paintings Bridgette did for our mini bathroom make-over!

It covers the Busy Bee portion, because it has to do with one of our ongoing projects!

It covers the Honey Bee's Lens portion, because they are photos that I took!

And it covers the Buzz about my Leapling portion, because it is of Bridgette's art work!

So here are the photos of the whimsical sea creatures she has painted for our mini bathroom make-over!

It all started with this Octopus!

Her bestie, Anne Marie took her to one of those painting places for her birthday...and it turned out so adorable, that I decided that if she made others in the same style, they would be perfect in the bathroom!  So far, she has done a Sea Horse, Starfish, Crab & Mermaid!

Plans for a Sea Turtle and possibly a Clam are in the works!

Monday, November 16, 2015

What's Buzzing in MY Brain: Hiccups

Okay, so not REALLY my brain, more like my diaphragm (although indirectly, I suppose my brain is in charge of that).

Twice today (well, yesterday by the time you read this) I've gotten them.  UGH so annoying...and slightly painful!

But it reminds me of a funny story about my dad.  While my parents were on their honeymoon (they took a road trip through the Great Smokey Mountains), my poor dad (or maybe I should say my poor mom?!) had the hiccups for 3 days!

Can you imagine?

Anyway, here is a link about How to Get Rid of Hiccups , but I don't know that any of the methods offered would be helpful for me.  My (usually) fool proof method to get rid of hiccups, a spoonful of peanut butter, I don't know, but there is something about the act of getting the sticky peanut butter off the roof of your mouth somehow requires different breathing or something.  Next time you have the hiccups, give it a try!

Friday, November 13, 2015

The Honey Pot: Pie Crust Cinnamon Rolls

Pie Crust Cinnamon Rolls

I remember my mom making these when I was a kid.  Only she would make them with left over pie crust from making actual pies.  I enjoy pies too, but these cinnamon rolls were always my favorite, so I thought I would skip the pie part and just make a batch of them alone.  The result...delicious!  

And as a bonus, it makes the house smell wonderful...and Fall is a perfect time to fill your home with the spicy scent of cinnamon!

1 pkg ready made pie crust (2 crust - enough for a 2 crust pie)
4 tbsp Truvia baking blend, divided
2 tbsp cinnamon, divided
2 tbsp melted butter

Bring pie crust to room temperature (from fridge about 20 min...or if frozen thaw in fridge 24 hrs first)

Unroll 1 pie crust at a time.  

Melt 2 tbsp butter. 
Brush pie crust with melted.

Combine 2 tbsp of Truvia 
with 1 tbsp of cinnamon. 

sprinkle  cinnamon/sugar mixture evenly over crust.

Roll cinnamon/sugared 
crust up tightly. 

Transfer to cookie sheet seem side down.  Brush with melted butter.  

Bake at 425 for 25 min.

This time I sprinkled the top with a little of the cinnamon/sugar mixture... 

...but I'm not sure I liked the results, as the sugar kind of burned.  I should have expected that but anyway, it is an option if you want to try it.  Perhaps a little lower temperature would have better results?


Let cool and cut each roll into 8 pieces.


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Honey Bee's Hive: Road Trip

Today's post, is going to be a short one.  Honey Bee's Hive is going on a little road trip tomorrow.  For the 2nd year in a row we are going to Santa Fe College in Gainesville for the Florida Theatre Conference.   Bridgette is performing with some of the Out of the Box actors & tk's ...they are doing a couple of the stories from last spring's African Legends & Folktales. 

This is Bridge, with one of the sweet Out of the Box friends, Brittany, when they performed The Ugly Duckling at the 2014 conference.

It's a couple hour drive from us, so we have to get up fairly early.  We're planning to pick up McDonalds for breakfast on the way and will get Subway or something for lunch before we head back home.  Normally, we would make a day of it and do some window (or actual) shopping while we are there, but Bridge needs to be back in time for A Charlie Brown Christmas rehearsal.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Sweeter Than Honey: Scripture Writing

I have a confession to make.  I have been REALLY horrible at reading the bible lately and praying on any sort of a regular basis.  My life isn't totally devoid of scripture and prayer, but I'm sure that I am seriously malnourished when it comes to my spiritual health.  I really want to get back into some sort of a regular quiet time, I'm just not sure what I kind of plan I should do, I need something that will keep my attention long enough to become a habit.  I am not a disciplined person, by nature.  

Discipline is something that I have always struggled with, it's one of those catch-22 things for me...I need discipline in order to be disciplined...does that make sense?

One of the things that I have enjoyed doing in the past is word studies...taking a particular word, say faith, and looking up and even writing out scripture verses that contain that word.  A lot of times, a single word will lead to other words...kind of a domino effect.  But sometimes, that can get really time consuming, which is fine if I have a lot of time to just follow the trail where it leads, but that's not always the case.  So, in general I want something that is simple, doesn't require a ton of time, yet can be effective and encouraging.

Not long ago during a Pinterest search for art journaling ideas, I came across a pin about scripture writing.  Peaking my interest, as Pinterest is designed to do...I had to check it out.  The blog is called Sweet Blessings and there I found a year's worth of  daily scripture writing all planned out in neat monthly posts all with a link to print your own copy.  This fit my criteria perfectly! 

However, I still lack discipline.  Sort of.  I guess really, if you think about it I do have's just focused in the wrong direction.  I need to change up what I do first thing when I get up.  The internet and Facebook...they are like evil little magnetic suction cups that suck me right in.  GRR.   BUT, I do have good intentions, really I do...I  just have to put my big girl panties on and doing it!

Writing scripture has been an effective learning tool for me.  Even when I was younger (or during the years I homeschooled our daughter), doing traditional memory verses, didn't really work for me.  I found that over the years, when I would write a verse or passage of scripture several times...and I'm not talking repetitive writing of scripture (like old school punishments)...but just throughout the course of time, as I would come back to a particular one  again, the more it would become part of my mind and thinking, the easier it was to recall later on. 

In drafting this post, I found an old post (from 2008) on the website Keep Believing the benefits of writing scripture.