Month: February 2015

Meet the Blogger – Lisa

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Well HOT-DIGGITY-DOG! It’s been a busy week so far and I am pleased to share with you my interview on Chanelle Hayley’s Meet The Blogger series. Lots of fun so definitely check it out! Great questions with some honest, authentic and even a few quirky-ass answers. It’s who I am. Love me or leave me. Haha! Have an awesometastic rest of the week everyone and a big thank you to Chanelle for the feature on her beautiful blog. 😉

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LisaHello mates! *insert my best fake Australian/British mixed accent*

I am so delighted to be able to connect with all of you here at the very lovely blog of Chanelle Hayley. My name is Lisa and I am the creator of Cuppa Sunshine & Sugar… my little piece of home in the amazing blogosphere. I hope the answers to the questions below help you get to know me a bit and who knows… maybe I will get lucky and you will even like me! If not, it’s cool… just no Christmas card for you. Bygones. Let’s do this.

1. When did you begin blogging?

December 2014. Yep, I’m a newbie.

2. How did you decide on a name for your blog?

It’s kind of a mish mash of a lot of meanings in my life. Plus, my hubby helped put the words together just right. We finally agreed it…

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Beautiful Blogger Award—Another YAY OF THE DAY!

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Well, I am going to call this my second “YAY OF THE DAY” (YOTD…just made that up.  I’m sorry, I just can’t contain such awesomeness).  😀 The first YOTD being an x-ray showing my son’s finger is not broken from a basketball injury.  YAYYYYY!  So needless to say I am glad to spend this time proudly and humbly accepting this award nomination from my dear blogging buddy Chanelle of Chanelle Hayley.  Do pop over and say hi and check out her fab corner of the blogosphere.  She is super welcoming and can rock red lipstick like nobody’s business.  Thanks again for the nomination Ms. Chanelle!  😉

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The Rules 

  1. Display the Award logo on your blog.
  2. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to them.
  3. Nominate 7 other bloggers and say a little something about them.
  4.  Let them know they have been nominated.

With no pressure to accept and my apologies if you have been nominated for the award before…my nominees are…

Stephie Estie has a beautiful blog. I really love her “Skin Tips”!

Kellybean another fabulous blog with lots of girly goodness and lifestyle posts that inspire.

Parentingisfunny and beautiful (get it? Haha!). The Gravatar alone makes me smile when I see it. J

This Abundant Life has a great writing style with an awesome touch of humor that I more than love.

Someday Sunny has a wonderful Lifestyle & Beauty blog with a sense of humor that I ADORE! One of the most hilarious About pages I have ever read.

I Didn’t Have My Glasses On is a very uplifting blog that is contagious…in a good way. SMILES for all!

A Slice of Kate is a great hub for a mix of Lifestyle, DIY, Beauty & Fashion. Gorgeous easy to read blog!

Weekly Whims: Meal Train! Brilliant!

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I feel like I may quite possibly be one of the last people to have heard of this, but regardless I am so glad to have discovered it and to share it will all of you.

We all have had friends and family that have had life events and/or circumstances that have left us feeling like we want to help them in some way.  For many, just having a meal made for them is a huge help and often is profoundly welcomed.

Recently, some dear friends of ours had their third child and I was happy to set-up and participate in a Meal Train for them.  In fact their meal is cooking away in my crock pot as we speak!  You can utilize this wonderful resource for anyone for just about any reason under the sun.  I have included some of the basic details below, but definitely check it out for yourself.  It is very user-friendly and allows you to even enter special dietary needs and/or instructions for participants.  I especially like the reminders that it sends to those that sign-up to make a meal.  I received my reminders which helped plan to pick up ingredients that I needed.  Plus, it’s FREE!

Create a Meal Calendar for:

Arrival of a new baby Welcoming a new neighbor
Injuries/Surgeries Military deployment
Extended illnesses Condolences

A meal train is the act of organizing meal giving around significant life events.

But what does this really mean?

When a friend is in need, everyone says “What can I do to help out?” The answer is usually to help them with a meal. When many friends give a meal, this is a meal train.

Think about it like this,

Friends going through a difficult or challenging time due to a birth, surgery, illness, etc., could use some help. Willing friends, neighbors, colleagues, and congregation members would love to meet this need, if they only knew what to do. An organized meal train gives them a way to show they care by cooking and taking a meal to a friend or family member.

But why should I use mealTrain.com?

To help eliminate the confusion related to meal giving. No longer are questions like; What do they like? When are they available? What have they already had? left unanswered. Providing each giver this information helps simplify the process so they can focus on supporting others with meals.

SAMPLE MEAL TRAIN

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Sunday Scoops: Sausage, Gravy & Biscuit Breakfast Casserole

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I know this recipe is a “breakfast” casserole, but I actually made this for dinner as my family is a bunch of breakfast lovers.  Just about once a week we have what we call “Brinner”!  I kid you not, there were only two small servings leftover that were promptly gobbled up the next morning.  Super easy and super yummy!  I will definitely make this often and will serve it up the next time we have overnight company in town.  It was a wonderful Pinterest find by  Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom.

I didn’t tweek the recipe at all and it was perfect-o, even for the pickiest eaters!  Enjoy!

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 12 ounces of buttermilk biscuit dough (we used Grands, which are slightly bigger)
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 (2 3/4 ounce) package peppered gravy mix (makes 2 cups)
  • 1 lb sausage, any flavor
  • 1 cup cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • salt and pepper to taste

HOW TO MAKE IT:

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 13×9 pan
  2. Brown the sausage in skillet and drain thoroughly.
  3. Cut biscuit dough into 1″ pieces, and line the bottom of the pan.
  4. Layer cooked sausage over the biscuit pieces,
  5. Layer shredded cheese over sausage.
  6. Whisk eggs and milk, add salt and pepper and pour over biscuit/layers.
  7. Make gravy according to instructions, and pour over everything.
  8. Bake for 30-45 minutes, or until eggs and biscuits are cooked through.
  9. Serve warm (leftovers are excellent too!)

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Behind The Blog… featuring Lisa from Cuppa Sunshine & Sugar

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Big thank you to the most fabulous Karen Rees over at Confetti & Curves for featuring me on her Behind The Blog series. It was a great interview. Loved her questions. Get in touch with your girly girl side (dudes too) and head over there and check out her very posh corner of the blogosphere! She’s a sweetheart and makes you feel right at home!

Cuppa Sunshine and Sugar

Hey Beauty Buddies…

Hope you’re all keeping well & surviving enjoying the week so far?! I’ve been having a huge Spring Clean around the house by bagging things for local charity shops and also adding to a monumental mountain of trash. Is it just me, or is there something completely liberating about having a maahoosive de-clutter? The freedom of opening my kitchen drawers without a landslide of junk spilling out (almost) moves me to tears! As for Emma’s room, who knew a 9 year old could hoard such vast amounts of EVERYTHING?! She’s got a collection of Barbie shoes that would put Jimmy Choo’s entire collection to shame… 2 hours alone wading through a toy chest of dolls, dried up felt tip pens and missing jigsaw pieces *face palm* Thankfully calmness has been restored and we’ve topped up the storeroom of the local charity shop for the entire season!

However this morning it’s back to…

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