Pi Day That Became Pie Week

Pi Day was last week. Everybody knows Pi Day right? The day of the year that starts 3.14. That one.

Someone got really smart several years ago and named it that so we could all eat PIE on that day. I think that person is brilliant. I love pie.

My office decided to celebrate Pi Day by having Pie Week. Everyone was invited to bring in items to share. The only real rule was that they had to be round in some way. It was an awesome week of feasting for sure!

Because I love to bake (#HOHBakes on Instagram), I decided I’d do a different pie every day. This also gave me an opportunity to investigate new recipes for Thanksgiving. Because Thanksgiving = pie.

On day one, I went with the standard PUMPKIN PIE. But, I made two of them because nothing is better than a pumpkin pie than two pumpkin pies.

Pumpkin Pie - House of Hills

I’ve been using the same Pumpkin Pie recipe for YEARS and it’s basically the Libby one that is found on their website. You can see it here. The IMPORTANT thing about Pumpkin Pie is that you make it AT LEAST ONE DAY BEFORE you want to eat it. I actually recommend two days. That gives the flavors time to meld and become even more yummy.

On day two, I made a family favorite, SHOO FLY PIE. When I brought this one in, my coworkers from the North were very excited, but those who grew up here in the South were speculative. They’d never heard of it, and it had the word “fly” in it for goodness sakes.

Shoo Fly Pie - House of Hills

Now, I will admit that I’ve never made a Shoo Fly Pie that looks as good as those of my Pennsylvania Dutch extended family, but that’s never stopped anyone from eating it. Shoo Fly Pie is basically a molasses pie, and IT IS GOOD! I can’t give you the recipe (’cause it’s my Grandma’s), but if you do a web search for “Shoo Fly Pie” you’ll find a plethora of recipes.

For day three, I went to Pinterest to find something new to me. I decided to make Brownie Pie, and was very happy with my choice. So were my office mates. This one went fast.

Brownie Pie - House of Hills

This recipe was SUPER EASY and very yummy. It was even better with some whipped cream on top. I’m pretty sure it’s going to show up at Thanksgiving this next year.

On the final day of Pie Week, I decided to go big. I went for Smore’s Pie. This one hit it out of the park! OH. MY. WORD.

Smores Pie - House of Hills

People, this pie has FIVE ENTIRE HERSHEY BARS in it. The recipe called for eight Hershey bars. I couldn’t bring myself to put in that many. I might put in at least one more next time though. I highly recommend this recipe. It wasn’t hard, but wasn’t as easy as the Brownie Pie.

Not to be outdone by all my co-workers that were bringing in savory forms of “pie” during the week, I decided to bring in a Taco Ring one day.

Taco Ring - House of Hills

If you’ve never had a Taco Ring, you’re missing out on a quick, tasty dinner. It was a classic for Pampered Chef parties when I was a consultant YEARS ago, but sadly has gone out of style. Everyone at the office enjoyed it, and this recipe might be a great addition to your dinner rotation.

Did you celebrate Pi Day? What did you have?

We are on #TeamJDC

Remember how I said on my Fall TV plan that we were planning to watch The Voice because we knew someone auditioning? Well, he went last night and was AMAZING!!!

Did you see him? Did you see the judges fighting over him? Did you see how charming he was? Love me some James David Carter!

The HOH is on #TeamJDC !!!!

If you missed his blind audition, take just a minute and watch the fabulousness. Truly. Push play. You won’t be sad you did.

See, I told you!!!

Now is the time I get to brag and say I’ve been listening to this man sing for years. He’s led worship at our area churches and does an awesome job. He’s always been my favorite at various Married People events they’ve done because he of course gets the country songs, and his voice just melts you.

We’ve followed his career for years on Facebook and are just so stinkin’ excited for this amazing opportunity he has. Because, the thing is, not only is James David an incredibly talented guy. He’s also a super sweet, caring, southern boy (as seen in this article) who loves the Braves and the Dawgs.

We wish him the best and will be praying God guides him exactly where he needs to go. Right now, he’s leading the pack. Pretty sure it’s gonna stay that way.

#TeamJDC for the win.

Looks like I’ll be watching my first season of The Voice.

IT WON’T STOP RAINING! What can I do with the kids inside?

It Won't Stop Raining! What Can I Do With the Kids Inside from HouseofHills.orgWe have had the wettest summer EVER here in the ATL. I mean it has literally rained just about EVERY DAY this summer. EVERY DAY!

Now, my kiddo is pretty happy to stay inside with her pursuits, but I know there are parents out there who are about to go stark, raving mad. You can only think of so many things to do when you’re stuck inside day after day after day.

I did a post back in 2011 of things to do when we were stuck inside because of a massive snow storm that hit the ATL. The fifteen things on that list would work during the summer too.

However, I thought I’d round up a few more in case you were running out of ideas to keep the sweet babes busy.

Pull out the legos! Dump the entire bucket on the table or floor. Then, set a timer and have a competition to see who can build the coolest thing in the set amount of time. For older kids, create a category that they have to use. For younger ones, challenge them to make patterns.



Have a cooking lesson. This is my girl making pumpkin bread, which for some reason I have yet to put up the recipe for. It’s an easy one for her to do alone now. But, she had to be taught how to cook. Choose a family recipe and teach it to your kids. They’ll learn something new, and there will be something yummy (I hope) at the end!


Play in shaving cream! I’ll admit it. This can be messy, but it will get everything off your counters for sure! I actually used to let kids play with shaving cream on their desks the last day of school when I taught. It cleaned the tops of their desks better than I could by myself! And it’s a pretty cheap way to keep them entertained for awhile. Of course, it’s time for baths/showers when they’re done so that’s even more fun!


IMG_7196Face painting! You can pick up some easy face painting kits at the local party store or Walmart. Kids can have hours of fun painting each others’ faces and arms. You could even go crazy and let them paint your face. When all the painting is done, make up a play with the characters you created.


IMG_7501Try something from Pinterest. We tried this yummy Pinterest idea in my office. It was a hit. Don’t you have a board of things you’ve been meaning to try? (Or you can check out mine.) Look together with your kids and pick one. Then, next time you’re at the store, get the supplies and put them in the pantry until the next rainy day. You’ll have something to look forward to.

What about you? Have you found something fun to do to pass the time when it’s POURING outside? Please share!!

Opera Time

Atlanta Opera Review: House of Hills

Violetta (sung by Mary Dunleavy) considers if it is possible to find true love. Photo courtesy of Jeff Roffman

The hubby and I went to the Atlanta Opera last week. It was by no means our typical date night. But, we were together so that’s all we cared about.

Since we had never been to the Opera before, we had no idea what to expect. We ended up having a GREAT time! We’re actually looking forward to going again sometime.

A wrote a review of our experience over at Atlanta With Kid. Check it out!

Thank You Pinterest : Waffle Cinnamon Rolls

This awesomeness just happened in my office.

Well it didn’t just happen like it came out of nowhere.
It started like this. (Thank you Kim)

And this. (Thank you Kristie.)

Then it was this.

And, finally, this was my plate.

Doesn’t that make you just smile? It made my entire office smile. (Well, those that were here. If you worked from home today or were running late, you MISSED OUT!) You should have seen us! EVERYONE that was here was milling around in the kitchen in excitement.

Was it going to work just like on Pinterest?
Were they going to taste good?

The answer to both – OH YEAH!

So, thank you Pinterest for giving my co-workers the idea. And THANK YOU to my co-workers for bringing in the waffle maker and cinnamon rolls. You rock!

What Pinterest find have you tried and been excited about?

How to Dye Pasta

Yesterday, the girl and I did a video tutorial for my “other blog” – the work blog.

I narrate, and she shows everyone how to dye pasta for craft activities.

  • You can dye rigatoni and then thread them on string to make necklaces.
  • You can dye different shapes and then do mosaics with them.
  • You can dye big pasta shapes and do patterning.
  • You can dye rice and put it in a plastic tub for a sensory tub.

There is SO MUCH you can do with kids and dyed pasta!!!

I wanted you guys (especially those with younger kids) to know how to dye pasta too.

So click on over and check it out!

It’s Birthday Party Day!!!

Today is the day! It’s BIRTHDAY PARTY DAY!

The boxes are ready!!

The supplies are ready!!

There are toothbrushes…

There are bouncy balls…

There are plush animals…

There are crayons…

All that’s missing is YOU! Are you coming to my Operation Christmas Child Birthday Party? We’d love to have you!!

If you’re not able to come to my Birthday Party today, why don’t you plan on packing a box at home. Check the OCC website for a drop off place near you.

I’ll be tweeting as we prep for and during the party today. Follow me to see the fun!

30 Day Give : Day 9

Today I took my Orange Specialists pottery painting at Glazed and Fired. These ladies are AMAZING and an integral part of my team at work. Many of them live out of town but were in town for a multiple day retreat. I wanted us to have some time to just hang out and have fun together.

Painting pottery together was the PERFECT activity. They all painted owls as an owl is a part of our branding. Their efforts showed that not only are they amazing at what they do each day, but they’re all REALLY ARTISTIC as well. I can’t wait to see these beauties once they’ve finished the process!

Do you take time to have fun with your co-workers? What do you do?

Cousin Time – The Other Side

Last week, the Princess had Cousin Time with my side of the family. This week we’re going to the beach with My Sweetie’s side of the family for some MORE Cousin Time. When we go to the beach with this side of the family, we stay with My Sweetie’s dad and step-mom’s. The kids have a blast together.

Spring Break 2008

Spring Break 2009

They weren’t able to go to the beach together in 2010 due to scheduling conflicts so we are VERY EXCITED we can get them together this year.

Hanging with these cousins is totally different for the Princess than with the other cousins. On this side, she is the youngest (although the girls are only eight weeks apart). That means they can play harder and longer and crazier.


What do you to get your kids together with their cousins?

It’s Callaway Time Again!

This was the back of my mother’s van last Saturday morning. Five of the seven grandchildren on their way to Callaway Gardens in middle Georgia.

Last year, they took four grandchildren. Next year, all seven will be “eligible” to go. (You have to be fully potty trained and willing to be away from mommy and daddy for a week.)

I love to hear the stories when The Princess (she’s the one on the right) returns. She has SO MUCH FUN on this trip each year. She gets lots of great time with Grandma and Gramps, but even more importantly she gets time with her cousins. She LOVES her cousins….loves them. I think she appreciates and enjoys them more because she’s an only child. This is one of the few times of year that she gets to be rowdy and crazy with kids all day long.

Cousin time at Callaway Gardens…it’s a FINER THING!

Linked to Finer Things Friday.