Weekend Recap – March 16, 2018


Boy, was it a fun filled weekend at our house Friday and Saturday.

It began with Integrity Ball sign-ups on Friday evening.  Of course, Dylan and Shyla want to add yet another activity to my ever-growing list. My planner in bursting at the seams.

For those who do not know about Integrity Ball, it is usually sponsored through a local church and in our case is available for kids 4 through 12/17 years of age. It depends on the number of kids signing up what age brackets while be available.

I chose to let them sign up through this avenue instead of the traditional school teams for a couple of different reasons.

  1. I am not 100% sure they are going to like playing. They both played when they were much  younger. Dylan hated it then. Shyla has asked in the past when she would get to play again.
  2. The kids are already involved in other extracurricular activities and this is just one more that I have to
    Do you ever feel like an unpaid taxi service?

    transport them to.  If they had signed up through the school, the places the teams played would be all over the county. With Integrity Ball, all games will be played at our church which is only about 5 miles down the road.

So they are now signed up for ball.

Saturday morning I got up early and ran to town to purchase items for Dylan’s 12th birthday party. He had requested homemade mac & cheese. I bought enough ingredients to make 2 large pans of it.

I also purchased 2 boxes of mini corn dogs to go with it. That meal proved to go over well.

Then of course, we had cupcakes and ice cream for dessert. After all, it was a birthday party.

The kids played with Nerf guns while it was light enough outside and then the boys came in to play games on the Xbox. It was actually a pretty frugal party.

Two of the boys spent the night, so I got up to make a breakfast for them and the rest of the family. I usually don’t make large breakfasts on Sunday morning.

We had scrambled eggs, waffles, sausage, and toast. Our guests went home with well fed stomachs.

So as usual after a party, especially one with a horde of pre-teen boys, the rest of the weekend was spent cleaning up and doing laundry.

What was  your past weekend like?

French Onion Beef Casserole


French Onion Casserole with elbow macaroni.

I tried this recipe recently, mainly because I love a good bowl of French Onion Soup. The name of this dish just reached out and grabbed me.

Before I post the recipe, I will say I did substitute the egg noodles for elbow macaroni because that is what I had on hand. Although I don’t think it changed the flavor, I will make sure that I either make the egg noodles ahead of time or have a bag ready to cook.

We all liked the recipe alright. It is not a dish I will make a lot. Maybe every couple of months or so.

I found this recipe on Pinterest. It originated at Life in the Lofthouse by Holly.

French Onion Beef Casserole
 Author: Holly
 Serves: 6
  • 10 ounces egg noodles
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 cans (10.75 ounces each) cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 jar (15 ounce) Lay’s French Onion dip
  • 1 cup French’s fried onions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9×13-inch baking pan with non-stick spray.
  2. Cook egg noodles in a large pot of water, according to package directions. Drain.
  3. Cook and crumble ground beef in a large skillet, over medium-high heat, until no longer pink. Drain any grease.
  4. Add soups and French onion dip to beef in skillet. Stir together to combine. Gently fold in cooked egg noodles to mixture.
  5. Pour mixture into prepared pan. Sprinkle fried onions evenly over top.
  6. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Serve warm and enjoy!

Have you met my family?

As many of you already know, I have a large extended family. Presently, my husband and I have 4 children, 1 son-in-law and 1 daughter-in-law, 12 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

And this is just our family.

I have one brother and one sister. My sister is married and with her blended family they have 4 children with 3 in-law children (Is this a term?) and one significant other. There are also several grandchildren and a couple of great grandchildren in that mix.

I have not met them all.

My brother has never married.

Now for the biggest branch of our family. My husband is one of 8 sons. His father passed away several years ago, but his 94 year old mother is still living and going strong.

He recently lost his oldest brother and the brother who is closest to him, both in age and closeness, has recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Although we have a large extended family, which I’m sure you will meet as this blog continues, right now I am going to introduce you to our part of this large family, one section at a time.

This is most of my family. My second daugher, oldest two granddaughters, two older grandsons, and a great granddaughter are missing from this picture. This picture also has my sister and brother-in-law and 1 significant other. It was taken last summer on a hiking, picnic trip. Since then we have gained another great granddaughter and lost the significant other. 

And we are large within our own branch.

First, I am planning on introducing you to the family members that live under the same roof as I do.

First, I want to introduce you to my husband. We have been married 44 years.  He is a hard working man who has always been there to take care of his family. His name is Lyne Baxter. 

There is a funny story behind the name Lyne which I will tell you at another time. His middle name came from his great uncle who had helped raise his dad. Since then, there have been several more Baxter’s come down the line in our family.

Our third daughter Hilary Michelle also is presently living with us along with her three children. You can read more about Hilary’s story by clicking on her picture.

Joshua Dylan, whom we call Dylan, her oldest, son has lived with us since his birth. Dylan has just turned 12.  Tune in next week to see highlights of his 12th birthday party.

His sister, Shyla Perilin, (She was named after me.), is 16 months younger than her older brother. She is a tough little thing who enjoys baton and singing.


Her baton troop recently performed in Disney World.

Last but not  least, is Zayden King. He just recently turned 3. He is a happy and smart little thing who loves Paw Patrol and Spongebob.

He also enjoys playing with legos and any type of truck or car. He mainly likes to take them apart. He also likes to talk …a lot! He can tell the longest and best stories. He always has us laughing at his antics.

That’s who is living under my roof right now.  In the weeks to come I will introduce you to the rest of our large family.

How many are living under roof?