Are any of you tired? The new school year has just begun, but I know many have already grown weary of the constant shuttling back and forth of children to school and activities, dinner preparations, and community obligations. You may wonder, "What is left for my family?" I’ve been feeling it myself. Well, God has a few choice words for you and me. I don’t know about you, but it refreshes me to read those words from Jesus. These are what are often called "red letter words," meaning they are written in red in many of our Bibles because that indicates that these are words that Jesus Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
Our family does not experience the usual back-to-school rush. Generally, we don't need to collect school supplies, lunch boxes, new school clothes, or any of the other items that families typically need in the fall. Though we do sometimes purchase some of the same items as traditionally-schooled families, as homeschoolers we enjoy a more leisurely pace in regards to purchasing supplies, and many times, restock throughout the year. We do, though, attend a homeschool co-op that meets weekly, where my children attend classes such as Advanced Art, Science, Ballet, Media Production, etc. In past Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
Thirty summers ago I knew a sandy-haired 9-year-old girl who loved the outdoors. She was what you might call a tomboy. She enjoyed observing bugs, loved the color purple, and spent her days running around the neighborhood with her same-aged cousins. Her knees were scabbed, she was a bit shy, and her life was pure innocence. Until it wasn’t. One afternoon, as the girl dug around in the dirt to see what new winged or crawling creatures she could discover, she was approached by someone she knew. Responding to an offer to come look at an exciting specimen across the way, the dirty-kneed girl Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
Our family is growing a garden for the second year in a row. However, we were late planting, so we do not actually have anything to harvest yet. I can't wait until I can walk into my backyard and gather cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce, and peppers for a nice summer salad! Until then, I am purchasing my veggies at the local Kroger or, even better for me, receiving the bounty of friends' gardens. You know, those who were on time with their planting? That is what happened with this dish. A sweet friend knows that I am trying to eat lots of vegetables on my quest to become more healthy, so she Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
Recently, my husband decided to purchase fresh dates because he remembered enjoying them at his grandmother's house as a child, and thought he would like to try them again. It turns out that he isn't really a fan of fresh dates on their own. I promised that I would do something with them so we could still enjoy them and they wouldn't go to waste. This DAIRY-FREE Raisin-Date Walnut Breakfast Bread is what I came up with! [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:33] This recipe yields 2 really nice loaves. Serve alongside coffee for breakfast or brunch, or even as a healthier version of dessert, if you like! Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
My family members have become huge fans of halved brussels sprouts sautéed in a pan with bacon pieces. It sounds crazy, but they are so good prepared this way! I even have a recipe over on my blog for Iron-Skillet Brussels Sprouts & Bacon. I have never been a big fan of cabbage, but I had only ever eaten it stewed. I'm not a fan. I have often wondered if cabbage would be more appetizing to me if prepared in a different way. I decided to experiment, and once again, the family loved it! I hope you will give it a try, and let me know what your family thinks. [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:31] Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
Over the last several months, our family has come to love brussels sprouts again. I discovered that if I prepare some bacon and then saute the brussels sprouts in the bacon drippings, they are very flavorful and my family adores them! I have also tried this colorful vegetable for breakfast with eggs and, to me, they are really delicious prepared in this manner. Today I am sharing my delicious Brussels Sprouts, Bacon, and Bell Pepper Frittata, a dish born out of a desire to try something elegant and new. [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:30] Have you discovered interesting ways to serve new Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
The year 2013 was a learning year for me. God really spoke to me about surrender and what that looks like, what it means, in several different situations. In fact, He used one of the most unlikely couples (at least in my mind) because we are so different in many ways, people I did not even know, to speak to me about a specific struggle I was having, and through that conversation, to bring healing, forgiveness, and freedom. I have been a bit of a control-freak. There are many areas where that is not a problem for me. I can seem, and often am, very laid back about things. However, when it comes Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
When thinking about dinner, and considering the fact that I knew we still had a leftover ham bone in the freezer from Christmas Dinner, I thought Ham and Potato Soup would be the perfect warm-me-up dish on a very cold day! [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:27] This Gluten & Dairy Free Ham and Potato Soup goes well with a crisp green salad or oven-roasted broccoli plus a side of gluten free biscuits or cornbread. Enjoy! Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
3 bags of fresh cranberries have been sitting in my refrigerator since before Thanksgiving. It's been so long, actually, that I was concerned, when I pulled them out recently, that they wouldn't be so 'fresh' anymore. Fortunately, most were still in great shape and I was able to commence with our favorite, traditional baking of Grandmother's Famous Cranberry Bread. I still had several cups of cranberries left over so I decided to continue baking and came up with this wonderful recipe for homemade Festive Holiday Oatmeal Squares. I just know you'll love them! [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:25] Great Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.