Thursday, July 28, 2016

RECIPES from our Back to School Dinner.

As promised - Tonight I'm sharing ALL of the recipes I whipped up for our Annual Coombs Family Back to School Dinner.

Each dish included some type of 'cherry' something or other {to go with our theme} which the kids thought was SO fun.

{These seriously had the BEST flavor ever!}

4-6 chicken breasts
1 bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce 
{ours is Sweet Baby Rays}
3/4 cup of Cherry Coke
1/2 cup brown sugar

I sprinkled my brown sugar right on top of the chicken breasts and then added the Cherry Coke and then the BBQ sauce.  Cook all day on low or on High for about 5 hours.

Shred, add salt to taste and serve on little Hawaiian rolls.

Cherry Fluff

1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (21 oz.) can cherry pie filling 
1 (20 oz.) can crushed pineapple, well drained
1 (8 oz.) container Cool Whip

Mix all together and chill before serving.


1 bag of spinach
3-4 hard boiled eggs, sliced
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1 cucumber chopped
red onion, chopped 
2 handfuls of cherry tomatoes

Add your favorite dressing - 
Ranch and Poppyseed are good with this one!


1 yellow cake mix - made according to directions on box

Once cake has been cooked and cooled - - poke holes all over it with the end of a wooden spoon.

Make up 1 box of cherry Jello according to package. Once you add the hot and cold water to the jello mix -- stir well and then pour all over the cake so it seeps down into the bottom. 

Top cake with 1 carton of Cool Whip and let refrigerate for about 4 hours before serving.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Our 2016 Annual Back to School Dinner

Last Sunday we held our annual Coombs Family Back to School dinner. This fun tradition has become a family FAVORITE every time the new school year rolls around.

2015 HERE / 2014 HERE / 2013 HERE

Each year at this dinner - we present a NEW Family Motto to our children.  Our Family Motto gives us something to FOCUS on throughout the year.  It's also usually something that can be memorized and repeated as needed 
{i.e. as encouragement or motivation}.

Our Family Motto is also really good at helping us remember  what's MOST important in life.

The theme we chose for our 2016-17 school year is:

Taken from Moroni 7:46-47 {found in The Book of Mormon}.

The word CHARITY has been on my mind A LOT! lately.


And don't we ALL want to emulate that? 

In a world full evil -- I feel like there is STILL so much GOOD to be done. 

I want to teach my kids what it means to BE and DO good unto others.  

I want them to FEEL the happiness that comes from having charity and serving those in need.

I feel like NOW {more than ever!} is the time to teach my children this principle. CHERRY themed CHERRY-ty dinner was born! 

When we present these themes to our kids, I like to have something to help them remember it with.
{Hence - the cherries because sounds like CHARITY, right?}

I picked up loads of fresh cherries on sale at Sprouts and included them with each place setting.

I also scored these cute little red tins on clearance at Michaels for 70 cents. I whipped up some cherry tags to go on top and then placed each of the kids' very favorite candy inside.

Carson = Salt Water Taffy
Grant = Sweedish fish
London = Starburst

Our menu for the evening included EVERYTHING cherry!

{Recipes for everything to follow tomorrow}.

These cherry gummies were found at Sprouts and I think I ate about 20 of them.  
{And I'm not even a big fan of gummies}.


I also like to give the kids something to keep in their bedroom to remind them of our new family theme. These frames were the perfect touch. 

White for London...

And black for the boys...

I also created a 'CHERRY-ty' jar.

Every night before we go to bed - - we are going to fill out a piece of paper with something nice that we did for someone that day. 

On Sunday's - - we'll read all of the slips out loud to everyone. I hope this little activity gets the kids to THINK throughout the day of nice things to do for others. 
{Fingers crossed}.

They were so giddy throughout the entire dinner.
I just love seeing how excited they get about life.

We also had the kids come up with some names of people to deliver fresh baskets of cherries to that night.

Ya never know who could use a little pick me up, right?

I loved hearing them decide who to bring them to.

These 3 are my heart and soul.
Joe and I are so blessed to be their parents.
I feel so grateful to be able to teach and learn from them. 

Last Sunday at church one of the speakers said:
"We bless our posterity through our actions". 

I sure love that.
I know that MY own life has been blessed because of MY parent's actions.  I hope that one day MY own kids feel the same way about me.

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I'm offering ALL of my coordinating printables with this dinner for FREE! 

8 x 10 Charity Theme HERE
5 x 7 CHERRY-ty Theme HERE
Cherry Menu HERE
Cherry Circles HERE
Cherry {Pits}Tags HERE

As always - if you plan to download any of my tags - I 

just ask that you PLEASE make sure to become 

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{right hand side under 'Join Site'}.

You can also follow me on 

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 *Ideas are posted daily!*

Also - - I am MORE than flattered when others

 'replicate' my ideas and come up with their 

'own' tags.  I just 

PLEASE ask that you give credit where credit 

is due when posting, and please link back to 

this original post.  xoxo

Monday, July 25, 2016

$100 LuLaRoe GIVEAWAY!!!

School starts back up today for my kiddos and so it's time to

I am OH SO excited about today's giveaway, too.

LuLaRoe clothing just so happens to be my very FAVORITE right now so when Kimberlee contacted me about partnering  up on my blog - - I said - - Heck to the YES! 

If you have yet to try out their clothing line - - NOW IS YOUR CHANCE!!! I am giving away a $100 GIFTCARD to shop ONLINE at Kimberlee's shop.  

So fun right!?!

But first....I must fill you in on a few of my favorite items so that if you win - - you know what to pick! 

Let's talk shirts....

L: Perfect Tee
R: Randy

Covers my behind? Check.
Cute prints? Check.
Soft and snuggly on my skin? Check.

How cute are these shirts??
{Pay no attention to the fact that I LOATHE taking pictures of JUST me.  It's SO awkward, right?!} 

The 'Randy' tee is hands down one of my favorites.
The 'Perfect Tee' is a close second.

Neither are too tight for my donut bulge and I FEEL GOOD wearing them! 

How about leggings...
Are leggings not the best things ever invented???

I paired these bright buttery leggings up with an Irma shirt and I was ready to knock out my errands the other day in comfort.


LuLaRoe uses some of the SOFTEST fabric EVER.

And hello!!! How cute is this print???

It's the PERFECT summer find!!!

ORANGE you glad you read my blog today???
Sorry, I just couldn't resist.

All of LuLaRoe's prints are unique and stylish.
You won't find 'em in the stores and I LOVE that! ENTER this fabulous $100 online giveaway....
Show my new friend Kimberlee some LOVE!

There are 4 different ways to help you win!
Contest will end Saturday at 12:00 AM Pacific time.
I will announce the winner on my blog AND Facebook page by Saturday night. 

Cross your fingers and your toes people!
This is a GOOD one!!!

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