Friday, February 20, 2015

Time to Say Goodbye

This has been quite a journey, this blog of mine.  It all started in 2011 during a very difficult time in my life.  It's been good, challenging and fun.  I learn a lot about blogging and the world it is.  I learned the pressures, the lengths you must go to reach people and if you want to make money.  That is why I went through a significant renovation a while back after having eyes opened to the time and money required to be successful... I had no idea when I started.  I had to decide what was important, how much time was I willing to give and what would be sacrificed.  My little page swimming in an huge ocean of blogs was quite overwhelming, but my goal wasn't to be popular or make money, but to bring honor and glory to my heavenly father.  I was at peace with the changes made and relieved of the pressure I felt.  Happy to be taking "spare" time to share and not allow it to consume me. 

But....the Lord never let 's us stay where we are, challenges our faith.  We are on a journey after all, not staying babes, not being stagnate... he squeezes...allows the fire... to shape and mold... to become like him. We must keep growing and learning. 

After prayer and the leading of the Holy Spirit, I must say goodbye to this you.  It was a chapter most definitely, that brought about good things and I pray has been an encouragement and helpful resource to many. 

March 12th is the last day the site will be up so if there is any recipe, information, etc. you want to save, do so before that date.  For those who may be new, and haven't checked out all of the site, there are many recipes, homeschool resources and much more. 

Blessings to all of you and thank you to those who were my cheerleaders from the very beginning.  I love you all and pray that the Lord will richly bless you.  Never forget that God is good...always!  He is all you need.  Your husband...your kids...your home...should not and will not give you security and significance.  Only Christ can do that.   When you surrender completely to Him, he is all you need and those around you are your ministry that God has put in your life.  Go with the Holy Spirits guidance and minister to those God has put in your life. 


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Day Proclamation of George Washington
October 3, 1789:
“Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor, and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.

“Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be. That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks, for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation, for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his providence, which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war, for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed, for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted, for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

“And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions, to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually, to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed, to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shown kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord. To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us, and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

II Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.” --from The Missing Chapter


Friday, October 31, 2014

The Celebration of Halloween

I came across an article that I thought I would pass along.  I don't know where you stand on the topic.  Do you celebrate, don't celebrate?  Why, Why not... As Christians it is important to be informed and to know the truth of what God's Word says.  Here is the article written by Lindsey at don't miss her Reformation Day post with activities for the family at the end of this post.


There are many people who celebrate Halloween. I am not writing this as a judgment. However, I am writing this to provide food for thought, before your children run out of the house on that night all dressed up so cute to collect candy.
Many times we practice traditions in our households simply because that is what our parents did or we have sentimental memories of the event when we were children. Sometimes we practice certain things in our households simply because that is what everyone else does, or we do not want to deprive our children of a special and “normal” childhood experience. Whatever your reasons are, you are not alone.
As parents we attempt, I hope, to be purposeful in all that we do. I mean we try to parent on purpose, making decisions for our families that are weighed against the Bible first and foremost. I also hope that we are taking into consideration how our decisions might influence our children, and how our core beliefs as Christians are either supported or negated by our actions.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Apple Bread

I love the fall and I love apples so I thought I would share a favorite apple bread recipe, that was shared with me by a friend many years ago.  

Saturday, October 4, 2014

What's Happening in the Kitchen

Are you as excited about Fall as I am?  I absolutely love Fall and today I have the house to my self for two days!  No I'm not kidding.  Everyone is out hunting me down a deer.  First time for my kids and they were so excited.  I was just as excited to have the next two days with no interruptions to work in the kitchen, catching up on stocking up my pantry and freezer. 

So here's what's happening in the kitchen today: 

Homemade Ranch Dressing

There is nothing better in the salad dressing world than homemade dressings.  Ranch is always a favorite and not wanting purchase those "bottled" dressings that often contain MSG, sugar, soybean oil, preservatives, artificial name a few. This is an awesome recipe from An Oregon Cottage!  See recipe below.

Beef Sausage

This is a great recipe if you don't eat pork or prefer not to.  It is easily adaptable to your tastes. 

Bacon and Black Bean Smash {crockpot}


2 lbs dried black beans (soaked over night in warm water)
1 onion
2 cloves garlic
1 jalapeno
1 Tbsp cumin
1-2 Tbsp salt (adjust to taste)
1-2 tsp black pepper (adjust to taste)

3 slices bacon (optional)- ham or ham hock will work also
2-3 Tbsp chopped cilantro leaves or scallions (optional garnish)
Sour cream (optional garnish)

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Homemade Bisquick Recipe

Update on my previous {Bisquick} recipe.   Enjoy!

Monday, May 5, 2014

The Filling of our Minds and Souls

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, BUT you shall meditate on it day and night, SO that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. FOR THEN you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.   Joshua 1:8

Friday, February 21, 2014

Pregnancy Tea {Primally Inspired}

I came across this recipe and thought I would share it for any of you ladies who are currently pregnant or plan to be pregnant in the future.  Happy tea making!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Elderberyy Syrup {cold and flu}

 It's flu season again, last year I posted a wonderful lemon and ginger syrup  that has done wonders for our family when hit with a cold or flu.  This year I have started using Elderberries as a flu/cold rememdy and prevention in addition to the tea.  Elderberries have been used for years as a way to treat the flu, I'm a little slow on the uptake. 

 "Elderberry juice was used to treat a flu epidemic in Panama in 1995 and is being effectively used on the dreaded H1N1 .  It is also effectively used to relieve hayfever and seasonal allergies." 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Real Food Protein Shake

There is nothing like a real food, pick-me-up, energizing, protein filled drink. No protein powder added, just the way I like it! 

I hope you enjoy this recipe, have fun with it and make it your own!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

25 Ways to Communicate Respect to Your Husband {without saying a word}

1 Peter 3:1-6
Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, when they see your respectful and pure conduct. Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious. For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands,...

Actions do speak louder than words, what are you saying to your husband?  

Sharing from Loving Life at Home 

For a printable version click Here.

What does respectful living look like? Here are 25 ways you can communicate respect to your spouse without uttering a word. If you’ll make it your habit to do these things, the next time you tell your husband how much you respect him, he won’t have to wonder if you really mean it.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Praying For Our Husbands from Head to Toe

Ruth Bell Graham advises wives to “tell your mate the positive, and tell God the negative.” Take your concerns to God. 

Faithfully lift up your husband in prayer every day, and you will likely notice a transformation not only in him, but in yourself, as well.

Sharing this prayer from Loving Life at Home