Mother’s Day Give-away with Author Cindy Dagnan

Welcome to Mother’s Day week—the time when moms receive an assortment of lovely gifts from their dear offspring– you know–perfumes, coffee gift cards, lotions and potions. Okay, and if a dad is involved in the selection, perhaps an iron or vacuum or another such usefull, yet romantic present! Well, our family has a few other practical presents to give out to deserving moms this week.

A few years back, when speaking at a Hearts at Home National conference, I met a delightful speaker named Cindy Dagnan. She writes and speaks on the many of the same topics I do—organization, hospitality, marriage, etc… and just being around her for a few hours made me know we were kindred spirits. We’d love to be next door neighbors and chat daily while we were each hanging out laundry to dry. Alas, we can only keep in touch through cyber-space, see each other a few times a year at speaking engagements and use the US mail to deliver a handwritten note now and then. We have decided that, since I live in Michigan and she dwells in Missouri, at least we might be able to choose the same nursing home someday so we can finally be neighbors!!!

Cindy’s book Who Got Peanut Butter on my Daily Planner is a useful tool for any mom trying to get her act together. She has graciously offered to give away copies of it this week to three moms who leave a comment here on my site. Below is an interview with Cindy showcasing just what the book is all about. You’ll have to read to the end to see just what kind of comment we are looking for, because there is a slight catch to it!

In addition, I served as project creator on the Hearts at Home Just For Moms Planner, a tool designed for moms, not for professionals in the business world.  My sweet friend and national award winning graphic designer Amber Fuller did the wonderful design on the project. It is whimsical in contemparary shades of brown and teal. It is the size of a normal planner, yet has sections to record grocery lists, menus plans, your family medical information and other such details important to a mom. There are week and month-at-a-glance sections and an address book. Hearts at Home is allowing me to give away two of these resources this week too!

So, enjoy the interview with my friend Cindy. Check out her book. Take a peek at the planner. Then read about the rules for leaving a comment and leave one!! Don’t feel rushed…this post will be left up all week and the winners announced Sunday.

This is a crazy, busy week for us. Kenzie has her play performance at the homeschool academy, we have out of town relatives coming for two days, more out of town company coming for one more day and then our garage sale is Saturday and Sunday!!!! No, I am not trying to kill myself with busyness. We had to hold our garage sale this week since we live in the sticks and no one usually comes. This coming weekend, however, a great apple cider mill by us holds a huge Mother’s Day craft sale drawing thousands of people. We won’t even need to take an ad out in the paper. We’ll get lots of lookers! This all adds up to lots of activity around here. Thus…the reason I’ll only post once this week!! Now….for the interview…… 

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Cindy, Tell us a little bit about your real life, outside of being an author and speaker.

I am a preacher’s daughter, a wife, mother of four girls and a recovering Type A personality.   When I have to drive into town twice a week for errands, my highlight is stopping at Starbucks for a grande non-fat hot chocolate with whip and a regular blueberry muffin.  It’s the simple things, really.

What prompted you to write Who Got Peanut Butter on my Daily Planner?

When I began staying at home, there were only a few books out there specifically for stay-at-home moms.  Many of them seemed too lofty and unattainable, or to “expert-y” for me.  I wanted to share some humor and practical things that women could use that I have learned along the way.  I wanted it to feel more like curling up for a visit with your girlfriend.

What areas of a busy mom’s life does your book address?

5 main areas:  1) Your time and home; 2) Your marriage; 3) Your children; 4) Your self [yep, you!] and 5) Your God.

What is the most difficult aspect for you of juggling all the many tasks a mom must do?

Guilt.  Hands down.  I know I’m not a perfect mother, but I have waaay high expectations of myself and when we run into a crazy-busy week and I’m cranky, or haven’t had the amount of face time with each girl individually, guilt climbs on my shoulders and has a hey day!  I know I’m not alone in this, because I hear it from women all over the country.

What advice can you give to those moms who are trying to “do it all?” Should we even attempt to do it all?

Snort!  I’m dyin’ laughing here.  We absolutely CANNOT do it all at any one given time.  Trust me, I know.  I tried and fell down hard.  I used to be the President of the “I Hate the Proverbs 31 Woman Fan Club”.  I would read that chapter and freak out!  When I studied further though, I realized it’s more a seasonal thing.  The quote I fell in love with from your new book, Karen, was that if we approach mothering like we approached our outside jobs, we will lose our minds!  We won’t always plow through our to-do lists, but we will always, always be doing something eternal.

What is your prayer when it comes to the readers who will view this book? How do you hope it helps them in their daily life?

I know that every mom’s time is precious.  Valuable.  When I read, I’m looking for two things: entertainment and take away value – something I can use; I assume my readers are the same.  I hope the women who read anything I’ve written will laugh, cry, get inspired, feel less alone and have a tangible something they can truly use in their world.  Precious moms, seize this day – it may be the only one you’ve got.  Cherish, savor, treasure.  Know that no one else can do what you do like you do it.  God sees you, every exasperated, exhilarating moment.

Do you have a favorite peanut butter recipe or memory to share with us too?

My very favorite peanut butter thing to eat is the old-fashioned homemade Buck-eye candies.  Someone always brought them to church for the fellowship linger-longer after Christmas Caroling.  I, um, don’t exactly make them very well.  My friend Vickie, however, has a fabulous recipe which I’d gladly e-mail to anyone who asks – she says mine don’t turn out because I won’t use the paraffin wax.  I must also confess to having wildly jealous feelings when my youngest 3 were all under the age of 5 and my husband would tell me about his working lunches at big people restaurants – “Well,” I’d reply, sometimes huffily, “I’m at home having PBJ and Goldfish crackers – again!  Not to worry though, today I cut them in triangles instead of squares!”

Thanks Cindy for taking the time to chat with us and give away these copies of your fabulous book!!

You are more than welcome!!!

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 Okay ladies, now for the give-away. Simply post a comment any day this week in order to be entered in the give-away. The only catch is this: you must do one of two things when you leave your comment. Tell us your best mommy moment memory that has to do with peanut butter or share with all of us your favorite peanut butter recipe. You have until Saturday night at midnight Eastern Standard Time to do so. Then, on Mother’s Day, my three peanut-butter crazed kids will each select one winner of a copy of Cindy’s book. 

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The winners of the two moms planners will be chosen at random. I do ask that if you are interested in winning the planner, you make sure to leave that info with your comment. These Hearts at Home Just for Moms Planners are the biggest gift we’ve given away so far and we want to make sure they are going to someone who will use them.

Have a great Mother’s Day week!

Peanut Butter Blessings,

Karen

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  • I have been wanting to read Cindy’s book for quite awhile…and the planner would be awesome (and put to good use) as well!
    My favorite peanut butter memory has to do with my mama and cornflakes. Yes, maybe it’s a southern thing, but my mother always put peanut butter in her cornflakes…so…I did too. I always thought it was normal and that everyone else did this too! LOL But then again, even cardboard would taste good if it was covered in peanut butter…chunky of course! I still love peanut butter, and occasionally I do put it my cereal…yummy!
    My 4yo (our 5th child out of 6) LOVES peanut butter as well. I tell him he’s going to turn into a peanut ’cause he eats it so often! He even wants it for breakfast–on whole wheat bread of course! LOL
    Great interview..thanks for sharing!
    Blessings,
    Amy O.
    picketfencemom

  • My favorite peanut butter Mommy story is this:
    When my children see my husband and I hugging, they always want to be included. When we had one child, it was a “peanut butter sandwich.” Hubby and I were the “bread,” Madison was the “peanut butter.” When we had another child, our family hugs turned into “peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.” Our third child is 6 months old, so I’m already brainstorming for the name of our third ingredient in the family sandwich, as surely he will want to be included soon. What goes well with PB&J? I will keep on thinking…

    P.S. Don’t worry about including me in the planner give-away. I’m not able to be a stay-at-home mom yet, but I keep praying for it!

  • I love peanut butter but my husband can’t stand it! My 18 month old daughter is still working on her taste for it … Here’s one of my favorite recipes that I just recently came across! It’s a great energy snack and is super easy to make!!!
    Wake-Up Breakfast Bars (or snack bars)
    1/3 C packed brown sugar
    1 1/2 C peanut butter
    5 C bran-flakes cereal
    1/3 C honey
    1/2 tsp. cinnamon
    1 pkg (6oz) dried cranberries
    *line a 9x9x2 baking pan with foil; set aside. In a large sauce pan, stir together brown sugar and honey. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in PB and cinnamon until smooth. Stir in cereal and 1/2 C cranberries until coated.
    *Pat mixture in prepared pan, pressing firmly. Press remaining cranberries on top. Cover and chill until set or up to 24 hours.
    *To serve, use foil to lift mixture from pan. Cut in squares. Will keep in fridge for 3 days. Makes 12-16 squares.

    Enjoy :)

  • One of the funniest things we ever did with peanut butter involved our Youth Group kids, before they went on a Missions trip. They each smeared creamy peanut butter on their face and then got paired up with a partner from another church. You know how you try and catch marshmallows or popcorn in your mouth? Well, the kids had to catch cheerios on their face!! It was so much fun! The pictures are halirious! It was a great ice-breaker for the weeks work ahead of them.

    I also have the EASIEST, YUMMIEST peanut butter pie recipe.

    1 small carton of cool whip – thawed
    1 c. peanut butter
    3/4 c. powdered sugar
    1 box instant chocolate pudding
    1 pie crust (graham cracker or other)

    Make pudding according to directions on package. Mix peanut butter with powdered sugar. Put 2/3 of the peanut butter/powdered sugar mixture in the bottom of the crust. Put pudding on top. Layer the cool whip on top of the pudding. Sprinkle the rest of the peanut butter/powdered sugar mixture on top.

    I love both Hearts at Home and Cindy so I’m up for anything! : )

  • I am a peanut butter lover as well, have been since I was a kid. A favorite peanut butter memory I like to share with my three kids is when my Mom made me an open-face peanut butter sandwich. My brother and I used to like to call it a peanut butter pizza. One day I decided to eat my “pizza” out on the picnic table. I went in to get my cup of milk and came back only to find a squirrel up on the table, eating my sandwich!

    Here is a yummy peanut butter chocolate dessert, and it includes, not just peanut butter, but peanut butter cups, because what is better than peanut butter and chocolate!!

    20 Oreos, divided
    2 Tbls. butter, melted
    1 pkg. (8oz) cream cheese, softened
    1/2 cup peanut butter
    1 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar, divided
    1 carton (16 oz) Cool Whip, thawed, divided
    15 miniature peanut butter cups, chopped
    1 cup cold milk
    1 pkg. (3.9 oz) instant chocolate fudge pudding mix
    Crush 16 cookies, toss with butter. Press onto bottom of ungreased 9 in. square dish.
    In mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, peanut butter, and 1 cup confectioner’s sugar until smooth. Fold in 1/2 of Cool Whip. Spread over crust.
    Sprinkle with chopped peanut butter cups.
    In another mixing bowl, beat milk, pudding mix, and remaining confectioner’s sugar on low speed for 2 minutes. Fold in remaining Cool Whip. Spread over peanut butter cups.
    Crush remaining cookies. Sprinkle over the top.
    Cover and chill for at least 3 hours. Cut and serve.

    Enjoy!

  • The first time I gave my son peanut butter(1 1/2yrs old) he decided to share it with the our 4 year old yellow labrador. They each had a spoonful in their mouthes, neither one of them could chew it very well because it was sticking to the roof of their mouths. My husband and I died laughing because they both sat for about 20 minutes just licking their lips trying to get their mouths open!!!

    I would also like to be entered into your Hearts at Home planner as well, please!!! I went to Hearts at Home for the first time this year and it has done amazing things in my life since!