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Cranberry Chicken

Last night my husband presented our family with a new dinner favorite: Cranberry Chicken.

Bobby has always been rather creative in the kitchen. Well, almost always. There was one time that we didn’t have the ingredients for Broccoli & Cheese Casserole, so he decided to make “Bob Casserole”. I remember there being some sort of lunch meat, a creamy soup, and rice involved. Our tiny apartment smelled terrible. Being that I was 5 months pregnant with Tommy when this happened, I did not find it so humorous that just the odor made me sick enough to have to sit by the sliding glass door with a fan in my face while he ran it down to the dumpster. (Now I laugh!) But that was the only time that something came out awful. I mean, his Corned Beef is so amazing that he is instantly forgiven for every memory of Bob Casserole with the first bite every time.

Anyways, back to what I was saying… Bobby is very talented in the kitchen. He can “throw together” a meal with what we have on hand and it come out spectacular. I am very blessed with him, since many times we are able to bypass eating out when I’m not feeling well.

This last week, I did not feel well. I am drained physically and emotionally. Taking some time to myself and spending time in the Word and prayer has worked wonders, but I think I’m still going to need a few more days of that. (Yay for having the ability to turn this laptop right back off after this post is finished! This was the first time I’ve turned it on since Tuesday!) One sweet thing that my dear husband did was take me along on a short 2 night business trip to try to help me unwind while my Mom watched the kids, but yet I was still on edge when we came home. Better, but still frayed.

Yesterday afternoon, Bobby came home from the grocery store saying he bought stuff to make Cranberry Chicken. While it was baking, it smelled amazing. Each bite was phenomenal. It wasn’t until a few minutes into the meal that I asked where he got the recipe, to which he replied, “I made it up!”

So I grabbed my cellphone and took a photo of my half eaten plate, because we had NO leftovers. Sorry. This is the best photo I’ve got. My half eaten food on a paper plate. But I was thinking of everyone else in the world by taking the photo so that I could share it and not keep this goody to myself. That’s at least a little honorable, right?

Cranberry Chicken - Raising Sticky Hands To Heaven

Bobby served our Cranberry Chicken with stuffing and green beans. I am curious about how it would pair with a citrus side dish, but will not complain if he disagrees…

Here’s the recipe below. Thank you for sharing, Honey!

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A Letter To My Kids – So They Never Forget

As I am writing this, it is nearly 2 am. Up until about 30 minutes ago I was in bed reading when I heard one of my kids wake up and shuffle around his room. Upon checking to see what was going on,  I found that Tommy, my middle son, had a nightmare and was trying to settle himself back down. Seeing that he needed some comforting, I invited him to come into the living room. He seemed to already know what he needed to soothe him: for me to pray for him, his favorite Pandora station that we have customized over the years to play Rockabye Baby and instrumental hymns, and to lay in my specific spot on the couch.

Just as Tommy was all settled in and I had turned off all the lights he pointed over to my laptop. “Mom, why is your laptop over there? Aren’t you going to write a blog while we are up?” I assumed he was procrastinating falling asleep, so I asked him, “No, what would I write about?” When he replied it was deep. Okay, well, it was deep for a 6-year-old. “I want you to write a blog with a picture of me with you, Jeffrey, Becca, Johnny Ben, and Molly and a picture of you and dad.  Then you can write about how much you and dad love us and how much you love dad, because someday I’ll read a lot and want to read it when I am a grown up.”

I was so caught off guard. I expected him to tell me about his efforts to tell The Joker about Jesus so he won’t be an arch-villain any more. (Yes, that is really a frequent topic of his.) I did not expect him to mention something so emotional and actually relevant. (Dear Mr. Future Tommy, I’m sorry for assuming you wouldn’t be relevant. But you were 6. Someday you’ll have a 6-year-old and know what I mean. Forgive me. Love always, Mrs. Mom From The Past) I promised him I would do so, but a few moments later after he fell asleep I decided to go ahead and do it now.

Why now? In the last few years I have made a lot of to do lists. Most of the items listed on those lists have never been crossed off. I do have good reason for some of that, but I really don’t care why I can’t do this that and the other any more. I’ve been in the process of reorganizing my life and re-prioritizing. (I’ll write more about that another day…) When it comes to my kids, I no longer want to put anything on the back burner if it can be done now.

So Tommy, and my other 4 children, this one is for you…


Just my kids and me

Just my kiddos and me – Summer 2013



Dear Kids,

I could never explain how much I love each of you. You guys are probably so sick of me telling you all the time, but it is true. (Okay, apparently Tommy isn’t tired of it…) These aren’t just words that I have to say nor am I making small talk. You may get tired of me stopping you to give you a hug, sending you a goofy text that ends with an “I love you” in all caps and tons of exclamation points, or saying it out of the clear blue. But I mean every word and I want to be clear to you that I do, with all of my heart, love you.

All 5 of you know how far from perfect I am and how I wish that some things had happened differently. I regret every mistake I have made that has caused you any pain. I’m sorry that because of my past mistakes we are all split in half across the country from each other. I wish that Tommy, Johnny Ben, and Molly could have grown up with Jeffrey and Becca and that you all would see each other every day. I hate that I don’t see all 5 of you on a daily basis. That does NOT mean that I love any of you more than another though. My feelings for each of you are equal. Just remember, we have had some amazing summers as a family. We have inside jokes, hobbies, and many memories that have come out of those times together. Others may think we are weird, but that’s okay. Embrace it. This is how God made us to be, a big silly family full of inside jokes,  and we are happy.

At the same time, because I care so deeply for you, I will not let you just do everything you want. We have rules, consequences, and lots of talks (that you all roll your eyes at… Don’t think I don’t notice…) because I want you to have successful lives and relationships, now and when you are grown. I want you to know right from wrong, good manners, and most of all how much Jesus loves you and wants to be a part of your lives. There are times that you will be angry with me, but I will not apologize for doing my job as your mom.

Not only am I thankful to have you as my children, but I’m thankful that you all have each other as siblings. Even with the age and distance gaps, you all get along more than many other brothers and sisters I know. You all amaze me and bless me so much in many ways, but this is one area that I am extremely blessed. You may bicker and argue occasionally, but when it comes down to what matters, you all look out for and help each other. That’s awesome, thank you!

You may not see how it is possible now, but each of you have taught me so much. Whether it be how to have patience in a hospital with an unforeseen circumstance only to see God work a miracle in His time, how to pour tea like a princess, the name of a little known character in Star Wars, understanding more about the neural system, or something academic. You inspire me to better myself. Each of you blow me away with your wisdom. Yes, even Molly, who at the time of my writing this is 2. You’re all going to do great things. I know it.

It is no secret how much I love your Dad, Bobby. While we all know that Jeffrey and Becca have a different biological father that loves them as well, we were blessed when Bobby came along. He loved you both as if you had always been his and still does. You should know that he has not once referred to you as “step-children” and always as “my son and daughter”. I’m pretty crazy about that man, and he loves all of us very much as well. Even more than Cadillacs, Twinkies, and Coca Cola.

As I bring this to an end, I want to remind you that nothing in this world will ever compare to the love of Jesus. Never give up on Him, because He will never give up on you. Each of you know of times in your lives that He stepped in and touched you with healing or resolve. Never forget what He has done, and thank Him every day. I thank God every day for the privilege of being your Mom. I would go through every one of those pregnancies, labors, sleepless nights, and rough days again in a heartbeat if given the chance. Bobby and all of you are the best thing that ever happened to me outside of salvation. One more time:

I love you, Kids!!!



P.S. Tommy, thank you for asking me to write this. It’s not just for you, I needed it as well.

P.P.S. Are there flying cars? Did you guys ever talk me into going back to blonde? Write back your “past mom” and let me know about the future, ‘kay?



Mom and Dad, sans kids

Just Bobby and Me – Summer 2010


If you read through all that and have made it down to the bottom of this post, I urge you to write a letter to your children to read some day. Not only will they be grateful that you did, but you will as well.


Happy Mother’s Day



UPDATED: The Schott Family Corned Beef Brisket Recipe – Now With Photos!

Some of you may remember that last year, at the very last minute, I logged on and shared my husband’s delicious corned beef recipe. The problem was that we didn’t have any photos to go with the post and it was very obviously written in a big rush.

Bob Schott's Famous Corned Beef - A delicious melt-in-your-mouth recipe (along with instructions for preparing the sides) at Raising Sticky Hands To Heaven - RaisingStickyHands.com

Last night I FINALLY added the photos we took on St. Patrick’s Day last year and cleaned up the post a little. I also added an easy way to print the recipe so that you can put it in your recipe binder, should you desire.

While the old graphic was done horribly, also in a rush, I couldn’t part with it for some reason. (I’m way too sentimental for my own good…) It is way down at the bottom of the post now, though, not hurting your eyes near as much. 😉

You can see the original post with the corned beef recipe, along with instructions for preparing the cabbage and red potatoes, by clicking here.

God bless and enjoy!


The Schott Family Corned Beef Brisket Recipe

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Top o’ the mornin’…. Er, afternoon! Who’s ready for a melt in your mouth Corned Beef & Cabbage dinner for St. Patrick’s Day? Contrary to what you may believe, our family is mostly Irish. I know, we have a German last name, but the majority of our blood heritage is of Irish descent in both of our families. While we don’t go “all out” for St. Patrick’s day in our home, we ALWAYS have an Irish dinner and just a few fun activities for the kids followed by a lesson in our homeschool.

Bob Schott's Famous Corned Beef - A delicious melt-in-your-mouth recipe (along with instructions for preparing the sides) at Raising Sticky Hands To Heaven - RaisingStickyHands.com

  Those who have enjoyed the meal with us in the past always fell in love with it immediately, including those who don’t normally like Corned Beef and Cabbage. I thought as a treat, I would share my husband’s recipe with all of you today, just in case you aren’t sure what to do with the brisket you bought at the supermarket.

Now, I want to make a disclaimer first: This is my husband Bobby’s corned beef brisket & dinner recipe. He rarely uses recipes from anyone else, just creating as he goes. He also does not believe in measurements and eye balls every ingredient he uses. I am relaying this as best as I can to you from a very confusing email he sent to me as he didn’t want to stand over my shoulder as I typed it all out. 😉 If you have any questions whatsoever, feel free to leave them in the comments and I’ll answer you as soon as I can.

Bob Schott’s Famous Corned Beef Brisket:

The Tools

  • Crock Pot (or 2… or more… With our family size, we usually make several large briskets on St. Patrick’s day. You’ll only be able to fit one brisket in a large slow cooker. If you have family or friends attending and you only have one, ask if you can borrow a slow cooker from them and return it at the end of the get together.)
  • Chef Knife
  • Cutting Board

Cook Time

  • 8-12 hours depending on the size of your brisket. For a 4lb brisket you’re looking at 8-9 hours.
  • You will know your corned beef brisket is ready when the internal temperature of the meat is 160 degrees Fahrenheit.

The Ingredients

  • Corned Beef Brisket
  • Packet of seasonings that comes packaged with brisket
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Mayan Onions
  • Red Potatoes
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Bay leaves
  • Peppercorn
  • Water


Bob Schott's Famous Corned Beef - A delicious melt-in-your-mouth recipe (along with instructions for preparing the sides) at Raising Sticky Hands To Heaven - RaisingStickyHands.com

  Cube the carrots, celery, & onions in 1/2 and then again until small pieces. The potatoes get halved or quartered, depending on size. Mix all of the veggies together and then line each crock pot with the mix to cover about 2 inches of the bottom of the pot. Place the brisket on top of the mixture, fatty side UP. Pour all liquid from the package into the crock pot. (Only do the following seasoning mixture if you have not brined the meat yourself.) Now open the packet of seasonings and sprinkle it on top of the meat. Do the same with all of the other seasonings listed above. Fill the crock pot with water. Set heat to HIGH. 8 to 12 hours later, the brisket is ready to come out.  You’ll find the low heat (compared to other cooking methods) and the extended cooking time really breaks down the fats in the meat and makes for a very tender flavorful cut.

Bob Schott's Famous Corned Beef - A delicious melt-in-your-mouth recipe (along with instructions for preparing the sides) at Raising Sticky Hands To Heaven - RaisingStickyHands.com


Bob Schott's Famous Corned Beef - A delicious melt-in-your-mouth recipe (along with instructions for preparing the sides) at Raising Sticky Hands To Heaven - RaisingStickyHands.com

  Bobby also requests that I add this note, in case you want to make the full dinner that we prepare:

Bob Schott's Famous Corned Beef - A delicious melt-in-your-mouth recipe (along with instructions for preparing the sides) at Raising Sticky Hands To Heaven - RaisingStickyHands.com

We usually also have roasted red potatoes –  halved and tossed with garlic, onion, olive oil, salt and pepper.  That goes in the oven for about 60 to 90 minutes before the brisket is done.  I’m also a fan of cabbage.  Core it, chop it up, bring it to a boil.  At this point it should be tender, but not mushy.  Then drain it and finish it in a frying pan with some butter, salt and pepper.   Bob Schott's Famous Corned Beef - A delicious melt-in-your-mouth recipe (along with instructions for preparing the sides) at Raising Sticky Hands To Heaven - RaisingStickyHands.com

I highly recommend the cabbage. Mmm… I’m starting to get REALLY excited for tomorrow! If you are interested, I have created 2 boards on Pinterest for St. Patrick’s Day:


How about you? Do you have any traditions or fun recipes that you use in your home to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? I’d love to hear about them!

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I Won A Prize!!!

In July of 2004, I made friends with a group of people in an IHOP. If you know me, this comes as no surprise. We ended up merging our tables and the other group came and sat with my group. One of these persons is a guy who we will refer to as “Chuck”…

That night was full of fun and laughter. I kept in touch with a few via phone, text, myspace, email, etc. “Chuck” was one of them. A few years later we reacquainted. I was busy with work/life and never thought twice about him. He was dating Julie, who I didn’t know.

Fast forward a few months: “Chuck” is about to leave for deployment (He was a Marine) and wants to meet up, just as friends. Before you know it, “Chuck” and I are dating. Only mentioned an ex-girlfriend a few times. Leaves for Iraq, and while there: rips my heart to shreds. I was left hurt, very confused, and angry. I was determined before that to never fall for anyone again, and I did… only to be let down.

In the time we were dating before he left, I got to know some of his friends. One was his best friend’s girlfriend, Le Anna. When “Chuck” and I broke up, she insisted I come along on a girls night. She brought 2 other girls. Steph and….. Julie, who also brought her now husband. I realized within seconds she was the girl in the pictures with “Chuck” a few months before I started dating him, but we were very cool with each other and quickly became friends. Before the end of the night, she ended up consoling me, and we both insisted we had to remain in contact.

That was almost 5 years ago. Now, I could easily look back on all of that and say “God, why? Why did you allow my heart to be broken?” However, I look at it like this, “God, thank you for the gift of friendship you have given me in these 3 women. Especially Julie. She’s always there right when I need her with a wise word, song lyric, or scripture. It was all worth it to know these girls!”

God knows what he’s doing, people. All the time. Even when we aren’t serving him at the time. And what may seem like something horrible in your midst, never forget that something good can come from it. Even the Bible states this:

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Romans 8:28 NKJV

A month after I met Julie, I met and married my husband Bobby who is the love of my life. I could have NEVER imagined that I would ever find someone like him. He is a dream come true and one of the greatest gifts God ever gave me. I quickly forgot about “Chuck”, and still had 3 awesome new friends! A few months later, Julie and Chad were married and remain to be very happy.

You know what that means…

“Chuck” is apparently “Good Luck”… If you’re single and tired of it, I suggest looking him up… Just kidding. Save yourself the trouble, don’t. Just be friends with us instead.