Homemade Turkey Thanksgiving Dinner with Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing, and Corn

Host a Low Stress Holiday

I know it can be stressful to host Thanksgiving or Christmas day or really hosting anything in your house.  Planning the menu, cleaning the house, preparing the feast, decorating, blah blah blah.  It can be overwhelming, and frankly half of the stress is unnecessary if you ask me. Most of the stress is self-imposed and… 

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Frugal and Fast Meal Plan (November edition)

I thought it would be fun this month to not only do a week’s worth of frugal meals, but a frugal and fast meal plan.  I am heavily relying on the slow cooker this week.  The nights that the slow cooker isn’t used, leftovers are re-used in brand new ways.  This cook once, eat twice… 

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DIY Foaming Hand Soap

I’ve been using Dr. Bronner’s liquid Castile soap as liquid soap for hand washing and in the shower for many years now.  It’s non-toxic and just a super easy swap.  I admit, some DIY projects take some time and it can be tempting to go back to buying commercial products and sacrifice a clean product… 

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Weekly Devotion: Where, Oh Death is Your Sting

This is a weekly devotion written by my mother Estelene.  Each week she shares with us scripture and a short devotion to encourage us.   My beloved friends in Christ, I apologize for not sharing a devotional with you last week, but I spent every waking moment with my dying father. He passed away on… 

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Fresh Cranberry Salad

Cranberry sauce is one of those Thanksgiving staples that has never actually been a staple in my family. I can’t really remember ever eating it to be honest.  Especially not the jellied cranberry sauce from the can. While that speaks tradition to many people, it doesn’t to me.  I do however love a good cranberry… 

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How to Keep a Child’s Room Clean

I know I deserve it after the mess that I put my parents’ through, but I had high hopes that I wouldn’t have slobs for children.  I’ve told you before about how my room was so messy when I was growing up that a police officer inspecting our house thought my room had been ransacked… 

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Weekly Devotion: Do Not Repay Evil for Evil

This is a weekly devotion written by my mother, Estelene.  Each week she shares with us scripture and a short devotion to encourage us. I am sure you will agree with me that we live in a sinful world. We are surrounded by evil. If we are not careful, we can find ourselves trying to… 

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Strengthen Your Marriage with a Weekend Getaway

Once a year, usually in the Fall, my husband and I pack our bags, kiss the kiddies goodbye, and head out into the world all by ourselves for a weekend getaway.  No bedtimes, no alarm clocks, no one waking us up in the middle of the night, no set meal times, no responsibility.  Just us…. 

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How to Make Vegetables Taste Great

Photo by Kairos Photography   I’m always baffled when people tell me they don’t like vegetables.  Don’t like vegetables?  What a tragedy! I often wonder if it’s vegetables that they don’t like or if it’s because they’ve never had them prepared well.  If they’ve only had tasteless mushy vegetables from a can, then we can… 

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Weekly Devotion: Bible Trivia

This is our weekly devotion, written by my mother Estelene.  Each week she shares with us scripture and a short devotion to encourage us.   I thought I would have a little fun this week. I am going to give you a pop quiz to see how well you know what the Bible says. Are… 

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