DIY chocolate syrup

DIY Chocolate Syrup

My poor baby girl has been ill with a yucky virus for a few days.  It’s been a while since she’s been that sick.  Mama (that’s me) has been cooped up in the house for ten whole days as this virus picked us all off one by one starting with my husband.  Is it just… 

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Weekly Devotion: Christmas Week 1

This is a weekly guest devotion written by my mother, Estelene.  Each week she shares with us scripture and a short devotion to encourage us. We have officially entered the Christmas season. As for my family, it begins Thanksgiving evening. My oldest sister accompanies us on her piano while the rest of us sing Christmas… 

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Candy Cane Bath Salts

If you could see me right now, you would find a momma with no makeup and un-brushed hair.  My “work” uniform of choice is a t-shirt with sweatpants.  Let’s just say I’m not one of those moms who looks put together every single day, especially if I’m not going anywhere.  It’s not that I put… 

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Vegetable Beef Soup

When you grow up in a family of hunters, you get used to eating wild game in the cold months.  Late fall means a freezer full of deer meat and duck.  It may seem strange to those of you who never had a hunter in your family, but I grew up eating deer meat, so… 

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Weekly Devotion: Thanking God for an Ushakable Kingdom

This is a weekly guest devotion written by my mother Estelene.  Each week she shares with us scripture and a short devotion to encourage us.    We will be celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday this Thursday. Many of us will gather with our families and friends and enjoy a feast fit for a king. Even those… 

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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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