Giving Thanks In An Unthankful World

giving thanks in an unthankful world

A long, long time ago, when I was a preschool teacher, a speaker came to give a talk to us. She asked what quality was the most important, such as friendly, peaceful, etc…

I said being thankful is most important.

After all, if you are thankful for what you have or for what you receive, the rest falls into place.  You are peaceful, grateful, content.

Being thankful is a lost art in today’s world. Greed, the love of money, selfishness all shines in and through the lives of those around us. From the richest of rich to the poorest of poor, we all want more.


Please know I am not excluding  myself from this.  As I have stated in the past, we used to live in a small (and I mean small) former one room schoolhouse with 3, then 4 children. All I could imagine was more space.

Thankfully, we found a home to move into.  A nice, large home that needed a few cosmetic changes. Well, wouldn’t you know, I have a hard time remembering my little house and “all I needed was more space”. Now I want new cabinets, carpet for the basement, a new counter top.

I thought I would be happy with just more space. Now I want more.

Don’t get me wrong, improving your home is a fine thing to do. It is when you I forget to be thankful for what we I have.

Being Thankful

I have four blessings that I love.  I am rather fond of my husband too. :-)

Yes, it is hard when the “world” has more. Yes, it is hard when something in your life doesn’t seem fair. Being thankful daily a must. Try to ignore the headlines, ignore the neighbor’s shiny new car, ignore other children’s new clothes. Look at what YOU have and choose to be thankful. Being happy is a choice. Being thankful is a choice. Simple as that.

Don’t get sucked into the world’s bitterness or the world’s unthankfulness. Don’t let yourself start to doubt if your husband is good enough or if someone else’s children are better than yours. Be content and work to make your situation better. You CAN. Giving thanks in an unthankful world is not easy. However, you will have peace and contentment when you do. You CAN.

Be a model for your children.

Stop and think of something everyday you are thankful for.

Be grateful.

Be content.

Be happy.

Serve others.

Be joyful.

Be thankful.

My family and I wish you the happiest of Thanksgivings. Thank YOU for being a reader at Baking With Mom. Thank YOU for your comments, shares and retweets. :-)

I love my mom job and I love my blog job. Thank you.

Date Night Success: A Mom’s Tale

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Whether you have been married a short time or many years, it is important to have date nights. Sometimes, it is easier said then done, especially when you have children! Here are some ways to help ensure a great date night.

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My wonderful hubby and I have been married for over 18 years. When we first got married, we would grab something to eat at a restaurant whenever we wanted.  We would go to one of our favorite ice cream places at 8:00 at night without even a thought. Date night? Well, every weekend of course.  In other words, we were spontaneous.

Fast forward a few years. Okay, fast forward 4 kids and 13 years later.

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We aren’t spontaneous anymore. Our lives are on a routine of bedtime, nap time and meal time.  We now have to figure in the children’s schedules with anything we want to plan for ourselves.

A year ago, my husband and I wanted to go to a concert. It was the first concert we had been to in many, many years. Wouldn’t you know, every activity our children could be in, happened that night. Our oldest had to play his trumpet at a football game, our daughter had a basketball game, Grandma couldn’t help at this time, but could at that time, etc.  I spent more time coordinating who would get which child when then I did at the concert! 😉 It was almost the date that didn’t happen because I was recovering from an illness as well. In other words, date night is special and not to be taken for granted.

By the time all that was settled, I really needed a date!

When we do get a special night to eat out (you know, without cutting up anyone else’s food), I want to make sure I’m healthy, ache and pain free and I don’t have dry lips. Why, you ask?

The opportunity to kiss without children hanging on our legs is as priceless as the date. :-)

The date night is so rare, and so complicated to arrange, I have to be proactive. Since kids are germ magnets and have a way with, um, noise, there are certain products that will help me stay healthy and pain free. Emergen-C, ChapStick Total Hydration and Advil Liqui-Gels would help ensure date night success.

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All of these products are easy to find at Walmart. I found ChapStick Total Hydration in the facial care section at Walmart. It is 100% natural and instantly smoothes and moisturizes. Perfect for those kissable moments. It was on a rack at the end of the aisle.

The Emergen-C (More Healthy Days, More Healthy Nights) was in the multivitamin section. I have spent the week before the date night washing my hands more and dodging little sniffling noses. Emergen-C is caffeine free which I like, but is full of essential nutrients to help keep those germs at bay.

The Advil Liqui-Gels (use as directed) were in the pain reliever aisle.


Yes, that is our 3 year old enjoying playing the “drums” on my pots and pans. My ears were ringing afterwards! With Advil Liqui-Gels advanced liquid fast relief, I don’t have to worry about the drum playing at my house. It won’t ruin our date. :-)

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Yes, any time with this great guy is a blessing to me. It’s nice to have a proactive plan to keep our time together special, healthy and absolutely kissable.

What are your tips for date night success? How do you guarantee a date night will happen?

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Sausage Cornbread Stuffing

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Sausage Cornbread Stuffing is a wonderful blend of flavors-perfect for your Holiday meal.

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Thanksgiving is this week. I can hardly believe it.

I have fond memories of Thanksgiving. My grandparents (who lived next door) would come over for the day. We would eat on the “special” dishes and share how we are thankful. We would always have turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing. The day was filled with fun, memories and traditions.

Of course, time moves on and now I have a family of my own. I like making traditions with my husband and children, ones they will remember for years to come. From the meal to the table settings to the dessert afterwards, I want the Holidays to be special and fun.  Of course, I also want everything to be tasty.

Searching for the perfect recipes to make the Holiday meal extra special is something I enjoy doing. I enjoy going through old recipes, remembering what was a tradition at my home, then combining them with new recipes I find.

Stuffing is such a key dish in a Holiday meal. I enjoy finding new recipes for stuffing, though finding the perfect stuffing recipe is a challenge. The taste, texture and flavor all have to be just right to compliment the main dish.

I think I found the perfect stuffing recipe. Sausage Cornbread Stuffing made with Jimmy Dean® Premium Pork Roll Sausage is a great addition to your Holiday meal. The flavor of Jimmy Dean® Premium Pork Roll Sausage is superb because it is made from quality ingredients-premium pork sausage. It also uses a savory blend of unique seasonings that kicks up everyday meals. In other words, it isn’t just for breakfast anymore. This sausage is so versatile, you can use it for any day, any time. (Even for Holiday meals!)

Knowing I wanted to give this Sausage Cornbread Stuffing a try, I headed to Meijer.

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Finding the Jimmy Dean® Premium Pork Roll Sausage was easy to do. Meijer had all their meat products clearly labeled.

After bringing the ingredients home, I got to work.

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For starters, I mixed up the cornbread.  I decided to put the cornbread muffin mix in my mini muffin pan for a faster cooking time.

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After the cornbread was cool, I crumbled the cornbread in a shallow baking dish.  It needs to be toasted for 10 minutes.

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While the cornbread was in the oven, I chopped the celery and onions. I also cooked the sausage.

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The house smelled amazing while the Jimmy Dean® Premium Pork Roll Sausage was cooking. The spices in the sausage complimented the celery and onion well.

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I mixed the toasted cornbread with the sausage and vegetables. I also added the parsley, chicken broth and egg.

After baking the sausage cornbread stuffing, my family could hardly wait to try it. Sure enough, this recipe did not disappoint. It was delicious, flavorful and a “must make again”. Got to love a satisfying recipe.

You can find the Sausage Cornbread Stuffing recipe here.


:: The recipe gives great instructions on how to toast the cornbread. I followed it exactly and it turned out perfect.

:: Need other great recipes for your Holiday meal? You can see more recipes here.


Tell me, what is your favorite holiday tradition? Do you enjoy making a special recipe?


Hot Chocolate Cookies

Can you picture yourself enjoying these cookies on a cold day, snuggled up by the fire? Hot Chocolate Cookies are a chocolate treat that would turn any cold day warmer. 

hot chocolate cookies a delightful soft cookie with a hot chocolate flavor

Oh, what a week. Sickness, busyness and crazy weather has hindered many things at our household. Thankfully, I still get some time to do some baking.

Because, yes, baking can be a stress reliever.  Especially when you get to eat chocolate when it comes out of the oven.

Hot Chocolate Cookies are easy to make and includes an all time kid favorite, hot chocolate packets.

I mean, surely you have memories of making hot chocolate at home after a long day of sledding with a best friend. I certainly do. We would go sledding down a large hill at the park. Then, when we couldn’t walk any more from the bitter cold, we would make our way to my house and make hot chocolate.

With marshmallows, without marshmallow (though with is better!), we enjoyed it.

So of course when the thought of putting hot chocolate into a cookie came to me, I thought, why not? Can’t be bad and it the kids will love it.

Hot chocolate cookies-enjoy these cookies this winter while you sit by the fire. Great for Christmas

With a drizzle of vanilla almond bark on top, it even has the classic colors of the favorite drink. Of course, I have a question for you. Do you put coffee creamer in your hot chocolate? {Try caramel!} Do you put milk in it? It tastes great as well! My children like putting candy canes in theirs. Mmmm, peppermint.

Now, imagine that in a cookie form. You now, my friends, have hot chocolate cookies.

Hot Chocolate Cookies
Recipe type: Dessert
Hot Chocolate Cookies are great for Christmas, winter or even year around. Using a childhood favorite to flavor these cookies, is an instant win.
  • 1 c butter (softened)
  • ¾ c brown sugar
  • ¾ c white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2¼ c flour (I use unbleached)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 3 packages hot chocolate mix
  1. Mix butter, sugars and egg in a large bowl
  2. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt
  3. Mix in hot chocolate packages
  4. Bake at 375* for 12 minutes
  5. *Optional* Drizzle melted almond bark on top (melt it according to package directions)


Brown Sugar Blueberry Muffins

Do you know the Muffin Man? If so, he may just deliver these Brown Sugar Blueberry Muffins to your door. You will be glad he did!

Brown Sugar Blueberry Muffins a small twist on a classic recipe. Soft, flavorful and delicious*This post contains affiliate links. You can read our disclosure here

Caleb calls muffins “Muffin Mans”.

Love that. :-)

“Mommy, can I have a muffin man?”

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52 Fabulous Breakfast Recipes

Right here you can find 52 Fabulous Breakfast Recipes! With the Holiday season approaching, many of us will have guests staying in our homes. This breakfast round up will give you great ideas to help feed those relatives!

breakfast round up featuring sweet rolls, muffins, casseroles and other great breakfast treats, perfect for Holiday guests.

I enjoy breakfast foods. In fact, I enjoy them so much, I could easily eat breakfast food all day long. Almost every Wednesday, we eat breakfast for supper.

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