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The thief of JOY!! don’t give comparison that power.

Comparison is the thief of joy ~ T. Roosevelt

What does it mean to compare?

This can be a positive but, unfortunately MOST of the time it is a negative. Generally we compare ourselves to see what we lack. Rather than looking at this as an opportunity to grow we feel defeated, less than. It as stated above “steals our joy”.

This is self conflicted abuse. STOP IT!

(Here is where I’m going to be preach to myself). I hope it helps you too.

Moving forward as you or I feel the need to look at everyone around us. You know we will, COMPARE. Let’s do it in a positive way! Do it to be encouraged, let’s do it to be inspired!

Just because my house doesn’t look like someone else’s doesn’t change the fact that this is MY home. This is where I love my family & gather with my friends. It is unimportant how big/small or expensive/not expensive it may rank. Our action should be to gather information that inspires us to create a beautiful atmosphere that allows us to be confident in sharing our space with others. Maybe I can’t afford a “new” sofa so, go online find a look you like then find a way to recreate that look in your own home. Be creative, if you don’t sow look at slipcovers. I covered a couch once with King size sheets, lol. It was pretty great. Lol

EVERYTHING is on YouTube, look it up. Get inspired NOT defeated. We have the ability to create our world. It all depends on what we are willing to do. Physically DO!

I challenge you & myself to STOP breaking “us” down with our words. STOP accepting failure or lack. Don’t let comparison teach us sorrow or sadness. Don’t let it steal your joy. We cause ourselves to focus on what we DON’T have at the moment.

Our action should be to look at what you are BLESSED with. Start where you are. Celebrate what you have. Allow your life to be filled with joy! The truth is we have more than most & less than some. However, we don’t appreciate. Appreciation is key to JOY. When we learn to appreciate all that we have & STOP comparing & complaining. We realize that most people wish they had what we throw away. Or what we take for granted.

Celebrate your world. Love God, Love People (including yourself).

Believe me when I tell you to be thankful, you will be surprised at how much you have.

Until next time be blessed ~ Leigh Ann


Pigs N A Blanket!!! Yes!!!!

Well, here we go. Sometimes we need to go back to the basics. This, I believe is an all time favorite, for most people. We can all think back at that one time we had Pigs n Blankets. Right?

Basic is ok. We don’t have to be ashamed of BASIC. I’m gonna talk you through short & sweet my version of PIB (pigs in blankets)


Hebrew National (20 count) $0.50 each

Colby Jack Cheese slices $0.02 each

Jalapenos (I didn’t figure because it is minimal)

Crescent Rolls (8 count) $0.13 each

Total $0.65/pig. For a meal of 8 Crescent Rolls would cost $5.20. Now you can definitely reduce your cost by purchasing store brand or using a coupon. As I stated before I’m picky about my Hot Dogs. Therefore I don’t mind paying extra for the brand I enjoy.


OOPS! I the Jalapenos in the photo. “sorry”

Refrigerated Crescent Rolls 8 count (obviously, make as many as you want)

Hot Dogs (My preference Hebrew National) I am a bit of a Hot Dog snob.

Add ins optional. (We used Cheese & Jalapenos)

How to:

Preheat your oven according to the package instructions. Mine preheated at 375 degrees.

To make things easy on you go ahead & pull your Crescents out of the can. Beware this is the human equivalent to a jack in the box!! I’m terrified of them.

Do the Hot Dog to Crescent math. I cut my Hot Dogs in half. So, 1 Hot Dog per 2 Crescent rolls

I used 1 slice of Colby Jack cheese slices. Cutting mine in 1/3 seemed to work well for me. We didn’t have too much oozing out in the oven.

I work on my cutting mat. The dough seems to behave fairly well on the mat. Meaning even though it is coming down to room temperature while I’m working it doesn’t seem to get too sticky on my work surface.

  1. Unroll (1) Crescent Roll
    1. Starting with the wide end. Lay your Hot Dog down & add cheese if wanted or peppers.
  2. Roll down to smallest point. Place (PIB) on parchment lined cookie sheet, point down.
  3. Repeat until all Pigs are tucked snug in blankets.
  4. Place in preheated oven and bake for 12-15 minutes. This depends on your Crescent Roll baking instructions & the oven you are using.

Once all of this goodness comes out of the oven let them sit for a minute before serving. They are extremely hot & steamy on the inside.

Serve with your favorite dipping sauce. I prefere ranch & some kind of hot sauce!!! Be creative!!!

Good sides to go along are baked beans, slaw, French fries or chips.

Hope you enjoy 🙂

Until next time, Be Blessed

Leigh Ann