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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.

Receive 4 issues of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine RIGHT NOW for only $7.95 (U.S.)! That is less than $2 per issue. Canadian and international subscribers save 40%! Your subscription will start with the Spring 2010 issue. This includes one-year gift subscriptions!

Order the one-year plus current issue option and enjoy the Winter issue in January 2010 for only $12.95 (U.S.)!

Plus, new and renewing U.S. subscribers receive bonus gifts!

Get all of the details here.


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!