Hanging with the Hills

Hosted by Darla Hill
Group active since Tue, Sep 20, 2011

So many times people tell me that my family should really be on T.V. I am married to my sweetheart Jermaine. We have 4 great children. Shayla (14) Jene' (8) Jermaine Jr (5) and little Miss Nyla (4). There is also my wonderful mother. Mother Jackson she is a know all do all kind of women. Together we laugh our way through life and all have a common love for food. We are a busy family and somethings the day ends before I can get everything done. Hubbys hungry, Shayla need money, Jene' needs help with homework, Jermaine Jr (June) is breaking something and Nyla is in my makeup! But at the end of the day all I want to do is cook!!!!!!!!

Kimi Gaines
Jun 5, 2013

10 Things to Speak Over Your Children

"I believe in you."
"It’s a blessing to be your mom/dad (grandma, aunt)."
"I love you." Then be specific: "I love your smile (energy, caring heart, etc.)."
"I noticed ... (you got your homework done, you have a new friend). That’s what I call responsibility (kindness, other character quality)."
"Keep up the good work. You’re making progress!"
"If more kids were like you, this world would be a better place."
"There is a bright future ahead for you."
"Thanks for what you did (helping, doing chores, doing homework, etc.)."
"If all the 8-year-old girls (use child’s age) were lined up from all over the world and I could only pick one, I’d pick you."
"I admire or am proud of you for (name a specific quality or trait)."

10 Negative Phrases Not to Say Because They Tear Kids Down:

"You’re no good; you’ll never amount to anything."
"If you don’t stop doing that, I’m going to leave you here (or go home without you)."
"Why can’t you be more like your brother/sister?"
"I can’t stand you."
"You are so much trouble."
"I can’t wait until you’re grown up and out of here."
"Don’t you ever listen? Where are your brains?"
"What’s wrong with you?"
"You are stupid."
"You’re giving me a headache (or stressing me out)."

Kimi Gaines
Apr 29, 2013

The Farmer's Decision

Every day be thankful for what you have and who you are ~
A farmer had some puppies he needed to sell. He painted a sign advertising the 4 pups and set about nailing it to a post on the edge of his yard. As he was driving the last nail into the post, he felt a tug on his overalls.

He looked down into the eyes of a little boy.

"Mister," he said, "I want to buy one of your puppies."

"Well," said the farmer, as he rubbed the sweat off the back of his neck, "These puppies come from fine parents and cost a good deal of money."

The boy dropped his head for moment.Then reaching deep into his pocket, he pulled out a handful of change and held it up to the farmer.

"I've got thirty-nine cents. Is that enough to take a look?"

"Sure," said the farmer. And with that he let out a whistle. "Here, Dolly!" he called.

Out from the doghouse and down the ramp ran Dolly followed by four little balls of fur.

The little boy pressed his face against the chain link fence. His eyes danced with delight. As the dogs made their way to the fence, the little boy noticed something else stirring inside the doghouse.

Slowly another little ball appeared, this one noticeably smaller. Down the ramp it slid.Then in a somewhat awkward manner, the little pup began hobbling toward the others, doing its best to catch up...

"I want that one," the little boy said, pointing to the runt. The farmer knelt down at the boy's side and said, "Son, you don't want that puppy. He will never be able to run and play with you like these other dogs would."

With that, the little boy stepped back from the fence, reached down, and began rolling up one leg of his trousers. In doing so, he revealed a steel brace running down both sides of his leg attaching itself to a specially made shoe.

Looking back up at the farmer, he said, "You see sir, I don't run too well myself, and he will need someone who understands."

With tears in his eyes, the farmer reached down and picked up the little pup.

Holding it carefully, he handed it to the little boy.

"How much?" asked the little boy... "No charge," answered the farmer, "There's no charge for love."

The world is full of people who need someone who understands.

JoSele Swopes
Oct 29, 2012

Hi New to the group

Just dropping in to say HI! My name is JoSele Swopes some of you may know me some may not I have been on JAP sine 2010...I love to cook and bake all types of varieties of foods...I am of European descent and Native American descent...I am from Delta Colorado but I live in NM at this time I make a wide variety ov NM foods also...I grew up on euopean and southern foods along with NM foods...I was taught to cook from scratch..

Diane Hopson Smith
Jan 1, 2012

Prayers for our friend Cindy Strawser....

They are in Dallas and were in a car wreck yesterday. Everyone is fine and no one is hurt. They have to have repairs done to their car before they can travel home. Nothing can be done with their car until Tuesday. So it could be late Tuesday or Wednesday before they head home. Please keep them in your prayers for a safe trip home.

Sherri Williams
Nov 21, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

What are you thankful for?

I'm thankful for having the most amazing family and friends. Thank you so much for your love, support and friendship. I'm thankful to be alive to see another Thanksgiving. I'm blessed to have an awesome GOD who loves me despite my flaws,looks over me on a daily basis and keeps me humble, grounded and full of love for all. I'm also thankful that I found my way "via cyber" to the best recipe club in the world, Just A Pinch! Now I'm gonna have to plan a family reunion for my JAP family. I love you guys. Happy Thanksgiving! sw☺

Straws Kitchen
Nov 15, 2011

Just the Black Notes...At Carnegine Hall

Just the Black Notes...


At Carnegie Hall, gospel singer Wintley Phipps delivers perhaps the most powerful rendition of Amazing Grace ever recorded. He says, "A lot of people don't realize that just about all Negro spirituals are written on the black notes of the piano. Probably the most famous on this slave scale was written by John Newton, who used to be the captain of a slave ship, and many believe he heard this melody that sounds very much like a West African sorrow chant. And it has a haunting, haunting plaintive quality to it that reaches past your arrogance, past your pride, and it speaks to that part of you that's in bondage. And we feel it. We feel it. It's just one of the most amazing melodies in all of human history." After sharing the noteworthy history of the song, Mr. Phipps delivers a stirring performance that brings the audience to its feet!