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September: the New (Old) January

  Fall is by far my favorite season! I love the cooling of the air, the shortening of the days, and the invitation to prepare for winter by preserving the harvest (even if its not from my own garden). It is the time of returning to routines and the home is central to it all. […]

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1000 Gifts
Holidays
Homemaking

Thanksgiving

It’s the week of Thanksgiving! One of my favorite times of the year.  It feels like each year the world wants us to rush past this week. Halloween gives way straight to Christmas. But I find myself wanting to hold back the rush and just savor this week. To me it is a time of […]

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cooking day
Homemaking
Investment Cooking
whole foods

Canning Peaches

I just love canning! There is something so wonderful about seeing jars of fruits, jams, jellies and broth lining my shelf and it gives me such a sense of accomplishment! So much of my daily work is undone so quickly: laundry, cleaning and cooking meals that it can get discouraging but with canning a couple […]

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Books
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Parenting

Reflections on Mere Motherhood

This summer I read a wonderful book by homeschooling veteran Cindy Rollins. It is called Mere Motherhood: Morning Times, Nursery Rhymes and My Journey Towards Sanctification. She is the mother of 9 kids. Eight of which were boys. It is a memoir filled with funny stories and peppered with amazing tips and advice for not […]

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baking
God Stops
Homemaking

Not Perfect But Still Nourishing

I love baking and usually turn out wonderful baked goods but let’s face it, I have 8 kids and sometimes I get distracted and mess up! Just yesterday I was making blueberry muffins. I’ve made them so many times that I didn’t take the time to get out my ingredients and go over the recipe. […]

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Homemaking
recipe
whole foods

Going Back to the Basics

I have found that whenever I get off track in my life I can get back where I need to be by getting back to the basics. Our daily bread recipe is the one I turn to when I want to get back to baking. I have made it so many times that it is […]

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Homemaking
recipe
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30 Days of Baking

Ah! November is here! I just love fall! The beautiful colors of the changing leaves and the cooler temperatures that make starting a fire in the woodstove so cozy. And after a hot summer there is nothing I like better than to get back to baking! Large loaves of whole wheat sandwich bread, sweet loaves […]

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Homemaking

A Review: Simplified Dinners for New Cooks

You know how much I love Mystie’s Simplified Dinners ebook!  (Which she has revised to make it even better!) Well now she has come out with a new book called: Simplified Dinners for New Cooks! It is a great introduction to basic cooking techniques. It has a great explanation section at the beginning giving instructions […]

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Faith
Holidays
Homemaking

Advent 2014

Do you have visions of who you think you and your family are and then the reality of the life you actually live? The last couple of years this has really been a struggle for me especially as our kids have grown older and our lives have gotten busier and more complicated. Advent has become […]

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Homemaking
recipe

Blackberry Dutch Babies

One of our go to breakfast dishes is Dutch Babies. I think I first heard of such a dish from Kim of Large Family Logistics. It really goes by a lot of names: Oven Pancakes, Dutch Puff, Dutch Babies and probably more. The recipe is also pretty similar to the raspberry custard cake from The […]

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