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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Free Taste of Home Issue

I just love taste of home recipes for the most part. Today I stumbled upon something awesome! On their site you can sign up for a first time issue of Taste of Home Magazine. If you like it, you pay $12.97 for the rest of the year. If not, just write cancel on the order form and send it in. It's that simple.

Happy Cooking!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Old Homeschool $7.95 Deal!!!

Going . . . going . . . almost gone!

The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine is saying good-bye to their $7.95 subscription price (one year, U.S.) and international sale prices of 40% off at midnight on December 31, 2009. There is still time to treat yourself or share the gift of homeschool encouragement with your family and friends.

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Hurry! December 31 is the deadline for the sale prices!

The Old Schoolhouse is by far my favorite homeschooling magazine!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

A Day To Celebrate

Above picture taken from this blog.

We're getting ready for a birthday party tomorrow - it's the day we celebrate the birth of our savior - Jesus! Lyshie is busy getting ready to make her cake, Jon eagerly awaiting so he can help. I cannot imagine a world that would be void of the that precious baby who grew into a man and died on the cross to save us all from eternal damnation. What a blessing, what a literal life saver.

Jesus, we praise you and thank you for your sacrifice. Today as we prepare for your birthday celebration, please stir in our hearts the love for others that you had for us.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Baby Hands

Today Joshua and I had such a lovely time together. We explored his little hands along with my own. I showed him my hand and he showed me his. I rubbed my fingers on his and he rubbed his fingers on mine. He then grabbed my thumb and gently held it in his little hands. This made me realize just how a relationship with a new baby and a relationship with a new couple are the same. In both relationships, everything is so new, sweet and tender. Every touch is divine.

May my relationships with my children, husband, family, friends and everyone I meet be this sweet and tender.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Granola Bars, Baked Granola and Whole Wheat Bread - Mmmm!

I got this recipe from a dear friend, Jennifer Dagett (sp?). I was wanting a different recipe to try. I have a very yummy healthy granola bar recipe which I'll post here in a minute as well. HOwever, the same thing all the time was getting boring. She gave me this recipe and we LOVE it! We eat it cold after it's been baked and refrigerated, or warm with some vanilla yogurt on the top. Very yummy! I've only used frozen blueberries for the fruit thus far but hope to use other fruits in the future.

Baked Oatmeal
6 cups oats
4 t baking powder
1-2 t cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups buttermilk, rice milk, soy milk, etc..
4 eggs
3/4 cup oil
1 cup honey
1 t. vanilla
3 cups fresh fruit or frozen
1 cup nuts

1. mix all and spread into 9x13.
2. Bake at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes. Cool and cut into squares.
3. You can make it up and freeze it with or without baking first.

Next up we have some bread my husband has been making. This was his second attempt. I must say he's getting to be amazing at this! He has quite a great time doing it too. It's very relaxing and rewarding for him. I dare say this is going to replace anything we can purchase in the store. The recipe does make 4 loaves which is perfect for us. We make them all then freeze them. I only need one more bread pan;)

Wholesome Homemade Honey Whole Wheat Bread - found on
2 envelopes yeast or 4 1/2 teaspoons
4 cups water
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup molasses
1/2 cup honey
2 teaspoons salt
6 cups whole wheat flour
4 cups white flour

1. Dissolve yeast in warm water.
2. In a large bowl, combine butter, molasses, honey and salt and mix well.
3. Add yeast mixture and then gradually add flours.
4. Turn onto floured surface and knead until smooth.
5. Place in buttered bowl and let rise until double.
6. Punch down and let rest for a few minutes.
7. Divide dough into 4 parts and shape into loaves.
8. Place in 4 greased pans and let rise for about an hour.
9. Bake at 375* for 35 to 40 minutes.

Last but not least is our tried and true granola bar recipe. Sometimes I add in some chocolate chips, other times I add in coconut and cinnamon. You could really add in many other things and it'd still be amazing.

Our favorite Granola Bars
4 cups oatmeal
2 cups unbleached flour
1-2 tablespoons flax meal, oat bran or wheat germ (optional)
1/4 cup raw agave nectar (can sub sugar or brown sugar)
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup canola, olive or coconut oil
3/4 cup honey
chocolate chips

1. Mix dry ingredients first, then add wet ingredients. Make sure to stir very well till everything is totally combined.
2. Pour into a greased cake pan and press down firmly to make sure bars stay together after they are baked.
3. Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes or till the top is puffy and soft. Do not brown or they will turn out hard.
4. Cut while still warm.
5. I sometimes add in cinnamon and coconut and omit the choc. chips.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Messes, Pizza Bites and Brother In A Bag. ...

I bet you're wondering what the Brother in a Bag is eigh? Well you'll just have to wait.

Last night I had made a dessert that my family was to enjoy tonight - the first evening of my husband's 2 week Christmas vacation! My son brought me the bowl while at the computer. I told him he could not have a bowl of it at the moment but if he got me a spoon we'd try it together. We tried it together and then I told him to put it back in the fridge. Well, my son left with the bowl towards the fridge. About 45 minutes later Allysha was getting ready to go up the stairs and saw a nasty site. The bowl of dessert was on the landing and a bit of the dessert was spread all over the stairway. Praying as I went, I saw the most horrid. I let Jonathan know that it was not good to disobey mommy. He was disciplined and again I told him that it was naughty what he did. That mommy and Jesus want him to be a good boy. While sitting on the couch in his "time out" he said "mommy, I'm a bad boy". His sister immediately chimed in and said "oh no Johnny, you're not a bad boy - what you did was bad". It was so neat to hear the rest of their conversation. Tonight after dinner, everyone but Jon got the special dessert - what was left of it anyway. When told he would not get any because he already had some, he was bummed but took it like a man. I'm so proud of him in the midst of his disobedience this afternoon.

I found a recipe entitled PIzza Bites on the For the Love of Cooking blog awhile back. My mother-in-law had brought over a bag of frozen bread rolls not realizing I had already made some from scratch. I thought it'd be neat to alter the recipe a bit that I had seen online and make these fun little bites. You will see my daughter (or rather her hands) making these yummy treats.

1 cup meat
2 cups cheese
pizza sauce
1 package frozen dinner rolls- thawed
olive oil
garlic powder
freshly grated romano

1. Mix the cheese, meat of choice (we used cut up pepperoni) and just enough sauce to wet the mixture.

2. By hand, flatten out a dough ball and place a teaspoon full of mixture inside. Seal it up by pinching the sides together and place sealed side down on a baking pan. Repeat till all rolls are filled.

3. Mix together a bit of olive oil and garlic powder. With a basting brush put some on top and sides of each pizza bite.

4. Bake at 400 degrees for 16 minutes or till bread is done all the way through.
5. When they come out of the oven, place on a serving platter and shred some fresh romano cheese on the top. Enjoy!

Last but not least, the moment you've been waiting for - finding out what a Brother in a Bag is. We were sitting down at the table eating our dessert while Joshua was on the floor on the living room. All the sudden he started crying. Jon ran over to help his little brother. In order to entertain his brother, Jon got Lyshie's large chico bag and proceeded to try and put Joshua inside. Thankfully, the bag just ended up lain on top of Joshua. And, needless to say, Jon had totally calmed Joshua down. Oh what we'll have in store for us next. lol!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Vanilla Rooibos Tea Giveaway!

While searching for healthier recipes the other day, I happened across this site. Now, every day I get up and check my mail, Cooking for Seven is on my list to check. I love the kinds of food this yong lady makes. Today, I found out that she has a lovely tea giveaway. Please visit her site for more information and happy blogging!

The picture above are taking by the young lady on this blog.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Nice Weekend

We have a very nice extended weekend with my hubby. He took Friday and today off but has to go back to work tomorrow. That said, I'm very grateful he has a job - I just love seeing him is all. Below is a picture we took of our family at church. I have a feeling this will be our Christmas picture to share. I don't foresee us doing another one anytime soon. rofl!

In other news, I made a broccoli soup yesterday that Matt loved. This is a huge deal because he's not very fond of broccoli. Here's the recipe. Instead of using velveeta, I just used twice the amount of cheddar. I also added in some shredded chicken (that's what my brother does with his soup). Everyone loved it! It was nice, thick and hearty. Can you find the bunch of broccoli in the below picture? I got this picture from this site. Very neat eigh?

Hmmm, not much more else to tell. Oh wait, there is! I'm making a whole foods type cookbook - ebook style. If you have any recipes to submit, please let me know. This will be available as soon as I feel I have enough recipes to make a book from. I'm also hoping to put tips and other neat little tidbits of info in this ebook. Woot!

Well that's all for now. Have a blessed evening!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Meal Plan Monday

Sorry for getting behind on these. Here's our meal plan for this week:)

Tuna Noodle Casserole with salad.

Cornish hens w/cranberry stuffing, salad, and some other kind of veggie.

Pasta bake, Lyshie's famous garlic bread and salad

Smoked Sausage, Taters, Peppers and onions with bread and butter and applesauce.

PIzza bites and salad.

Homemade chicken soup.

Oven fried garlic chicken, mashed yams and salad.

The Perfect Muffin Recipe

(yes, the picture was borrowed)

I've looked for years for something just like this. I've finally found it - yeah! The original recipe called for craisins as well but I didn't have them so I used dates in place of them. I would think you could use any kind of dried fruit (1 cup total) and it would be just lovely. Personally, I think these are just fabulous. For those who like very sweet muffins, these are not for you. On the plus side, my kids just love them!

1 cup whole wheat flour (about 4 3/4 ounces)
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1- 2 tablespoons flax meal
2 tablespoons wheat bran (optional)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
2/3 cup pitted dates, chopped
1/3 cup raisins
1 cup low-fat buttermilk
1/4 cup canola oil (I used coconut oil)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup boiling water
cooking spray

1. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife.

2. Combine flour and next 7 ingredients (through salt) in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk.

3. Stir in oats, dates, raisins, and cranberries. Make a well in center of mixture.

4. Combine buttermilk, oil, vanilla, and egg; add to flour mixture, stirring just until moist.

5. Stir in boiling water. Let batter stand 15 minutes.

6. Preheat oven to 375°.

7. Spoon batter into 12 muffin cups coated with cooking spray.

8. Bake at 375° for 20 minutes or until muffins spring back when touched lightly in center.

9. Remove muffins from pans immediately; place on a wire rack.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Updates, Give Aways and More!

So much has been going on here in our household. Nothing that God can't handle and for that I'm thankful.

First up, the reason I have not posted much is because ever since I've had my son, my health has been very up and down. Praise the Lord for his guidance as to what needed to be done. I'm still building myself up but I'm doing much better. The kids and I had been very sick for a couple weeks as well (not nearly as bad for about 9 of those days). I'm hoping the creeping crud stays away now. lol!

Most interesting is that my son, Joshua is such a joy. He's an amazing little boy with such a great personality. He's always so happy and LOVES to talk. Him and his brother will have so much fun as they get older, I just know it. HE's so in love with each person in our family. Lyshie plays like a little mommy and takes good care of him when I need her for a few minutes. They sure love each other!

As a family we're learning a verse per week. I found this adorable site that has what they call a Children's Scripture Memory Alphabet. Jon has already learned his first verse. That really warms my heart. I wasn't sure if he was ready for it or not but it seems he is! Yeah! Our first verse is..

Isaiah 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray....

The first day Allysha and I read more of the verse. It looks like the pair them down when needed for little one's which is fine. Lyshie and I will just read further into it and get the full meaning. Please pray for me that I will always teach my children of the Lord. It seems at busy/hard times in our lives I sometimes slack in that and I hate that feeling.

I've been on some great online sites lately that I'd like to share with you. Have fun clicking below.

1. Each day has a free mp3 Christmas download. They've proven to be great for the most part. They also have other downloads for free. Check them out!

2. I check out For the Love of Cooking every day to see what new and yummy recipes she has posted. Talk about amazing food! I made her rolls for Thanksgiving and they were loved by all - even my mil who is a bread fanatic. I was very pleased with the results myself. I made the dough in my bread machine which made things that much easier.

3. I stumbled across Organic Food Coupons the other day and was so pleased I did. Here's to saving money on organic foods. Yeah!

4. My last freebie I'm posting for today is a site that has free downloadable creation movies. How sweet is that? Here's the link.

Have a great day!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Monday Meal Plan

Here is my dinner list for the week. Breakfast and lunch is always simple and leftovers so I don't know for sure what we'll be having. Just a little bit of this and a little bit of that:) I am finding that if I prepare things for dinner at lunch time while I'm making lunch, things are so much easier later one. Plus I get to relax more with my hubby!

Taco Salad

Brats and baked potatoes w/veggie.

Japanese (type) Stir Fry and Chicken Egg Rolls - you can get msg free at Aldi!

BBQ Chicken w/Baked Potatoes and rolls


Potato Soup, homemade bread and soup.

Breakfast for dinner

Saturday, October 31, 2009

My Aldi Shopping Trip

I used to shop at Aldi a lot more frequently than I have been. So, as a "test" I thought I'd get everything but my milk, meat and cleaning products there. Here is what I got today for only $93.75!!! Needless to say, I'll be doing most of my shopping here once again. It was a good day. :)

4 lbs butter
3 packages cream cheese

Produce - which by the way, the selection and quality was GREAT!:
2lbs carrots
Romaine Hearts - 3-pack
1 packages flat leaf spinach
3-pack green peppers
1 package mushrooms
1 package celery
1 cucumber
6lbs golden delicious apples - only a couple were bruised
3 pack roma tomatoes
3lbs onions

3 plastic aldi bags
1 brown paper bag
Gallon freezer bags - 20 pack
2-pack sponges

Cheddar Bratwurst

Frozen Foods:
1lb peas
1lb whole green beans
2 boxes of French Bread Pizza (4 pizzas)
1 package chicken egg rolls
1 container frozen white raspberry and grape juice 100% juice

Bakery items:
2 loafs whole wheat bread - good stuff, not fluffy stuff.
2 packages flour tortillas
1 package hot dog buns
1 package of individually wrapped cream cheese danish

Boxed, canned and bottled items and cooking supplies:
Oats - large container
100% cranberry and raspberry juice - large bottle
pancake syrup - for dh - ick! lol!
10 pack of koolaid type mix - we use this for homemade pedialyte
1 box onion soup mix packets
1 package Italian dressing mix
3 packages taco seasoning
2 packages chicken flavored stuffing
16oz minced garlic
1 container baking powder
12oz can black beans
1 whole pepper mill grinder with pepper in it.
1 package chocolate bark
1 package real bacon bits
2 cans corn
4 cans chunk light tuna
16oz natural peanut butter - only contains peanuts and a bit of salt.
1 package corn muffin mix
1 package seasoned croutons
large jar mild salsa
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
1 large jar of salad dressing (knock off miracle whip)
Gingerbread specialty cake mix

Pastas and rice:
wide egg noodles

Snack and chip items:
12oz raw almonds
1 package nacho tortilla chips
2 packages organic tortilla chips
1 box graham crackers

Monday, October 26, 2009

Meal Plan Monday

Here's a picture of Jon with homemade yogurt and frozen blueberries for a snack. He LOVED it!

I thought this would be neat to start after seeing it on another blog. I'm still not great about lunch planning so I'll skip that for now. We usually do either leftovers, some kind of sandwich or soup and bread.

Breakfast: Oatmeal and homemade yogurt.
Dinner: Roast with carrots, onions and potatoes

Breakfast: Breakfast scramble and toast
Dinner: Macaroni helper with veggies

Breakfast: Oatmeal and homemade yogurt.
Dinner: Beef and noodles (with leftover roast) and mashed potatoes

Breakfast: Eggs and toast
Dinner: Chicken, stuffing, veggies

Breakfast: Oatmeal and homemade yogurt.
Dinner:Homemade pizza and salad

Here's my dinner menu from last week:
Monday: Chili - made extra and froze half of it.
Tuesday: Baked spaghetti with meat and cheese
Wednesday: Grilled chicken, cheesy potatoes, and salad.
Thursday: Corn dogs and potato wedges
Friday: Pizza
Saturday: Wet burritos

I used the chicken carcass from Wednesday to make homemade soup for Friday's lunch. It was very yummy! I'm going to try to keep up more with posting recipes. Look out for yummy recipes and tips on how to make things like yogurt, kefir, etc...

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Christmas is coming!

We have about 1 1/2 months till Christmas. How crazy is that? To be easier on our budget, I try to purchase gifts year round as I see them on sale or for a good price. That also keeps us from spending $100's at one time when we wouldn't have it. I also like to save money where I can. This year one of the $$ saving tips I'm passing along is paper shredding. I got out a huge stack of Christmas scrapbooking paper, folding them in accordion style and shredded them in my paper shredder. I'm using this instead of tissue paper. While it probably wouldn't be cheaper if you went out and bought the paper, it sure was for me because it was just sitting around. You could do the same with any kind of newspaper, or other papers you may have lying around.

My two wonderful children and beautiful nieces 2 years ago for Christmas. How time flies!

I thought I'd give you a peak into what my family does yearly. Here goes....

1. Have a birthday cake for Jesus as well as sing Happy Birthday.

2. Let our kids know the 25th is the day we celebrate even though it is not the actual birth date of our Lord.

3. Bake - we love holiday baking and sharing those with others. Keep checking back as I will be posting some of our favorite holiday recipes!

4. Give each child 1 gift they'll really enjoy, 1 gift for all the kids to share and 1 gift for them to give to someone in need. We also do stockings - that's more for me. rofl! We cut back on gifts a couple years ago and it has been wonderful. The kids really focus on Christ more. My daughter who had gotten many gifts from us before then never had a hard time transitioning. I was so proud of her.

5. Draw names on both sides of our family for our siblings. I think this is a great idea since getting for everyone is just not in the pocket book. However, sometime I hope we can all make things for each other instead. That would be the ultimate for me.

We try to rotate years that we spend Christmas Day with each side of the family. This year it is with my family. I can't wait!!! I've missed at least the last two years with my Grandma and Grandpa Good and it's heartbreaking. Every year as a child I would go to their house on CHristmas Day afternoon/evening and spend the day with them. We never missed a year. They have been such a Godly influence in not only my life but all those around them. How grateful I am to them.

May your Christmas this year not only be filled with fun, good food and gifts, but the joy that only Christ the Lord can bring.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Make Ahead Breakfast Skillet Meals

Picture taken from Jimmy Deans link below.

Now and then I will pick up a Jimmy Dean breakfast skillet recipe because of lack of time in the mornings on the weekends. Today I decided to make my own:) I usually pay between $4 and $5 for each frozen bag. Then to that you add 6 scrambled eggs. Well, not anymore. Here is a cost comparison for you:)

Cost and ingredient break down. This will make 3 frozen bags of breakfast skillet starter.
1lb sausage or turkey sausage $2 (on sale)
2 peppers - $.58 (again on sale)
2 onions - $.20
1/2 bag frozen hashbrowns - $.75
Total - $3.53

Jimmy Deans cost per bag - $4-$5
My cost per bay - $1.17

So here's what you do. You take the pound of meat and cook it like you normally would - crumbled up of course. Let that cool. While it's cooling cut up 2 peppers and 2 onions. Fill 3 freezer bags each with 1/3 the peppers, 1/3 the onions, 1/3 of the cooked meat and about 1 cup frozen square hashbrowns (or more) from your local freezer section. Place in freezer.

When you're ready to use them, put a bit of oil in the bottom of a warm skillet and dump in your baggie. When everything is heated through nicely, add in 6-8 scrambled eggs and enjoy! We sometimes use this and put it in the middle of tortillas with cheese. A very filling breakfast!

Remember for your body to function well during the day do the following....

Eat like a King for breakfast.
Eat like a Queen for lunch.
Eat like a pauper for dinner.

Doing this helps better stabilize your blood sugar and is better for your digestive enzymes.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Debt Reduction

I'm sure most of us have debt that we wish we did not have . Unfortunately it cannot be wished away. For those thinking of bankruptcy, I'd caution against it if at all possible. Many places are willing to work with you - you just have to take the time to call them.

Anyway, we've hit a point where another round of student loans are coming in - over $200 more per month. Talk about a huge hit on the budget. Through it all though, even though we are going to be able to have no extra money to spend on eating out (which we love to do) or other things, we're so grateful our bills are at least getting met. It's times like these that cause a family to be more creative in what they do for meals, entertainment, etc... It's also times like these that we look more towards the Lord - what else is there to do.

Take this time, before the holiday season to look over your budget and make it work for you. Yes, a lot of us have to sacrifice many things but isn't it worth it in the end? Being wise stewards of what God has given us is so important to use and we're learning more and more all the time. IF you have other debts such as credit card debt like we do, see what you can cut out of the budget in order to not just meet those minimum payments, but get them paid off as quickly as possible. With the new laws our president has put into effect for credit card companies, the credit card companies are now raising their interest rates very high to re-coop costs from the presidents new bill. Even if you have to make minimum payments now but can take your tax returns and instead of blowing it, paying off debt, that's another great option. Do what it takes:)

Most importantly, stop using credit! For those out there who are used to using credit cards for Christmas only to have to pay them off with working overtime the whole next year - is it really worth it? See how you can pare down your Christmas giving. After all, we celebrate Christmas as a time that we remember what our Lord did for us and his birth. IT should not be about a big expensive gift list that we have to go buy or make others angry by not doing it. How far from the true meaning of Christmas have we come over the past 50 years. Worse yet, with getting our children everything they want now is not only setting them up for being credit users as adults later, but teaching them to be very selfish. If you are a Christian, our main goal as parents is to lead our children to the Lord first and foremost. Are you doing this with your children? Remember, they see what you do - your actions speak much louder than words.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

$5 deals at the Family Christian Store

Becoming a perks member at the FAmily CHristian Store is completely free. The more you spend, the more punches you get on a card. Once it's filled up, you get a discount card for the store. HOwever, that is not the only "perk". They offer many $5 items per 4-6 week period. Since Christmas is quickly approaching, I'd recommend you looking there for some great deals. It's not often you can find good, wholesome items for the family. When I find them inexpensive, I'm all over it. I'm not sure if all stores carry the same $5 but I'm assuming they do. Here is what they currently have till the 21st (at least in this area).

ESV Compact Bible - the entire bible small enough to fit in your purse:)
Hermie DVD - Skeeter and the Mystery of the Lost Mosquito Treasure
Building 429 CD
16 month calendar with the stores coupons on each month's page
and more....

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

You are good, Oh Lord.

I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine.
~Song of Solomon 6:3

Train up a child in the way he should go and even when he is old, he will not depart from it.
~Proverbs 22:6

Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward.
~Proverbs 127:3
How many times do I ignore the Lord's leading in my life? How many times do I choose to not make Him priority? How many times have I chosen to not even talk to him except at meal time? Men would say that education, great jobs, many friends, and stuff matters. The only thing worth anything at all is a personal relationship with Christ. How I need to keep myself in check with this so that I may correctly convey this to my children. Not just in words but in action. Oh Lord, may you lead my life and may I make it pleasing to you.

The More I Seek You:
The more i seek you
The more I find you
The more I find you
The more I love you

Chorus: I want to sit at your feet
drink from the cup in your hand
lay back against you and breathe
feel your heartbeat
this love is deep
it's more than I can stand
I melt in your peace
it's overwhelming

The more I seek you
The more I find you
The more I find you
The more I love you

Chorus 2x

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Is Your Hut Burning?

The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him. Every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming. Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect him from the elements, and to store his few possessions. One day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames, with smoke rolling up to the sky. He felt the worst had happened, and everything was lost. He was stunned with disbelief, grief, and anger. He cried out, 'God! How could you do this to me?' Early the next day, he was awakened by the sound of a ship approaching the island! It had come to rescue him! 'How did you know I was here?' asked the weary man of his rescuers. 'We saw your smoke signal,' they replied.

The Moral of This Story:

It's easy to get discouraged when things are going bad, but we shouldn't lose heart, because God is at work in our lives, even in the midst of our pain and suffering. Remember that the next time your little hut seems to be burning to the ground. It just may be a smoke signal that summons the Grace of God.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Making Herbs Simple - Winner Chosen!!!!!

So sorry It took me this long to get a winner chosen. To be honest, it slipped my mind. But today, my dear friends is the day we find out who the winner is. The winner of this event is

Mrs. Stash! Congrats my dear! I'll be sending you a message here in just a minute letting you know that you won this lovely dvd. I hope you enjoy it very much!

A big thanks to The Bulk Herb Store for donating this lovely prize!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Fall Decor

I'm just starting to get out some of my fall decor. Oh that and our fence is finally now all white! It's only taken over a year. rofl!

Here is a little section of my front porch. I got the scarecrow at the Dollar Tree. How cute is he!

Up next is our back deck. We still need to stain this but are just waiting for the rain to stop:) I can't wait till the mums completely open up. How pretty they will be!

Next up is a close up of the mums:)

This picture is the most "thrifty". I got the centerpiece item at Goodwill for $.99. It was a new Target item. The tablecloth I got at clearance at Target for under $5.

Last but not least is a view of most of our fence. Praise the Lord it's now finished!

We still have many more things that need to be finished in the house. Pictures will soon follow. Why the rush? Well, we're hoping to get our home re-acessed so we can save over $300 per month on our house payment. I'll also update you on that;)

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Jungle Java and Thrifty Finds

Today was so much fun! We headed down to Ann Arbor for some resale shopping and some fun for the kids. This was Joshua's first trip to Ann Arbor and since it was game day we put on his "My Very First Michigan Shirt" - U of M of course! We had to take a picture to commemorate. lol!

Our first stop was Value World - that is where I like to go to find larger amounts of resale clothes for the kids if I can't find them up here. I had a list of things Joshua and Jonathan needed so we headed down. For around $30 we got all you see below. Here's a listing....

Little People Barn with Animals
2 pair jeans for Joshua
1 pair jeans for Jonathan
2 shirts for Jonathan
2 outfits for Joshua
2 sleepers for Joshua
1 sheet for the boys room to make into curtains - it's Disney's Cars
1 pack-n-play sheet for our co-sleeper
1 set of books for Lyshie - they are Misty (the horse) books
2 books for Matt
1 book for me
3 misc. books for the kids
3 puzzles
1 magnadoodle

Next on the list was Jungle Java. I remember my MOPS table going there one day, however Lyshie and I missed it because we were sick. That was 5 years ago when she was only 5 years old. Crazy how big they get! Anyway, my friend Angela reminded me of the location in Ann Arbor and I thought "hey, this would be fun!" You see, we weren't able to have a family vacation this year so I wanted to do something neat for the kids. Well, here it was. As soon as we walked in, Jonathan wanted to take off. So did Lyshie for that matter. It is a bit bigger than my pictures show. It has 4 separate party rooms, a cafe with a good sized eating area, Toddler area, big kid area, even a family bathroom along with the regular ones! I fell in love and so did the kids. I can't count on my hands how many times Allysha said "Oh mom, I'm having so much fun!".

We're now home with my honey resting and getting ready to make some grilled pizza. This day has been just what I needed. Thank you Lord!