Dump Cake

April 16, 2015

  Is it just me or every time I log on to Pinterest I see dump cakes. I have never tried one until now! It was super easy and very yummy. It seriously could not be any easier. I would say that is turns out more like a cobbler than a cake in my opinion [...]

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Delicious Lacation Cookies! Yum!

April 13, 2015

  The ingredients in these cookies that are supposed to help boost your milk supply are the oatmeal, the flaxseed meal, and the brewers yeast. From what I’ve read, brewers yeast seems to be the most crucial ingredient. I guess that is why some people suggest a beer to help increase milk supply. And in [...]

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Pumpkin Bread in a Jar Recipe – just in time for fall!

October 16, 2013

      Pumpkin Bread in a Jar Recipe   Ingredients: 1 Cup of Apple Butter 2 Cups of Brown Sugar, packed 1 Cup of Sugar 3 Cups of Flour (or Gluten Free All Purpose Flour) 1 15oz Can of Pumpkin 2 Eggs 1 Tbsp Baking Powder 1 Tsp Cinnamon 2 Tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice [...]

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Fall Time Recipes

September 11, 2013

  Although I am not a huge fan of cold weather, I do love holiday foods. Below are two recipes I found on Pinterest that made me super excited for fall! and if you didn’t already know…Starbucks has their pumpkin spice lattes available. Now I am officially ready.      Peek a Boo Pumpkin Pound [...]

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Christmas Pretzels: the perfect snack to make with your kids!

December 23, 2012

This just may be the perfect kid friendly Christmas treat around.  Not only is it easy but you can’t really mess it up! You will want the following: -Pretzels (we prefer the stick kind rather than the knotted version as it is easier for small hands to dip) -Melting chocolate -Non stick surface to let [...]

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How to make sandwiches ahead of time

September 24, 2012

These are a few of my un-favorite things: -mindless repetitive tasks -heading to town in the morning without snacks or a lunch for the kids   As our family has grown, packing an on-the-go lunch has become more time consuming.  It recently occurred to me that I could circumvent some of the preparation time with [...]

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The Magical Fruit Called Beans

June 13, 2012

It would appear that the whole world is under financial strain. Our mighty dollar has weakened, and we are almost all feeling the pinch, no? For that reason, we all desire to be more frugal and so we flock to great money-saving blogs (such as this one) looking for deals, coupons, and helpful tips on [...]

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3 Ideas for creating great family dinnertime discussions

March 12, 2012

When our children were very young I remember discussions that my husband and I would have about what kind of family atmosphere we wanted in our home.  Some of these talks centered around dinner time conversations.  It was a goal of ours to place high value on having meaningful dinnertime discussions.  Over time we have experimented with different approaches [...]

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Snacks to die for: Peanut Butter Kisses

February 29, 2012

I’m in love. In my quest for discovering some new healthy snacks for the kids I began working through the “Healthy Snacks To Go” ebook from Katie over at Kitchen Stewardship. Her Peanut Butter Kisses are so easy and so yummy that I have made them THREE times in the last week (I would have [...]

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Going paperless in the kitchen

February 22, 2012

A few weeks ago, I shared that I was enjoying my new ebook:  One Bite at a Time: 52 Projects for Making Life Simpler. As the title suggests, I am working my way through it one project at a time.  One of the more recent projects I have tackled is “Make Your Kitchen Paperless.” Why [...]

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5 juicing tips

February 08, 2012

You may remember that I decided to go 10 days juicing my breakfast and lunch at the beginning of the year.  I wanted to follow up to let you know how that went. I can think of at least 38 other types of eating plans that would be be more difficult for me .  I LOVE fresh [...]

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Cooking with beans

February 02, 2012

(Photo source) Beans, beans the musical fruit, the more . . . Let’s talk about beans today! One year ago I shared that my goal for 2011 was to add more whole grains, nuts and grains into our diet.  I took the plunge by purchasing 5 large 25 pound bags of dried beans (kidney, pinto, Northern, black [...]

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Meal planning for dummies

January 23, 2012

Making my way though One Bite at a Time: 52 Projects for Making Life Simpler has been a fun challenge. This week I was determined to get back into the habit of meal planning (item #5). For me, meal planning has been an on and off again routine. Whenever I am in the routine I [...]

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Easy 3 Ingredient Homemade Lip Balm

January 17, 2012

I want to thank Kristina for this great guest post on how to make your own homemade lip balm!  ~Heather

After having some trouble finding an all natural lip balm that I liked, I started looking around at lip balm recipes.  I was floored by the amount of ingredients in some of them.  Five ingredients?  Ten???  The cost just to set up was staggering.  Not only that, many of the ingredients I would use only for the lip balm, making the cost seem even more dizzyingly high.  I just wanted something easy, something simple, something natural.  That’s why I was delighted when I stumbled upon Green Bee‘s recipe for homemade lip balm.  Super quick, super easy, and only three natural ingredients!

Of course, like most recipes I find, I modify them just a bit as I see fit.  Below you find my slightly modified recipe for a nice mildly minty lip balm.

Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons grated beeswax
  • 2 and 3/4  teaspoons sweet almond oil (not bitter almond oil!)
  • 5 drops peppermint essential oil

Materials needed:

  • 2-3 lip balm tubes
  • small pot
  • Pyrex or heat resistant 1 cup measuring cup

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Clean and Sparkly Green Window Cleaner

November 21, 2011

Getting ready for company coming over this week for Thanksgiving? I’ll admit that cleaning the windows, mirros, and glass doors of our house is something that frequently goes by the wayside.  When I do remember, I generally use a store bought window cleaner like most other people, but I find I need to wear gloves [...]

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Liquid Cocoa: drops of heaven

November 01, 2011

If you are like me, you smiled and breathed an AMEN when the news first came out that dark chocolate was good for you.  However, did you know that you can get all the benefits of dark chocolate in the form of a liquid minus the fat and calories?  Did you know it was possible for your kid’s chocolate milk to be healthy?

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Fall baking: muffins and carmel apples, oh my!

October 25, 2011

Pumpkins are all around us and I can’t help but love the “welcome” into the baking season.  I and never really knew there was a “baking season” until a few years ago at the end of summer when my husband decided to bless me with a stand mixer.  I gripped my cart, white knuckled, giddy and excited, searching the Costco isles for the big box to put into my cart.  Sadly I was informed that this seasonal item wasn’t due to make its appearance until fall.  ((big sad face))

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Serving trays: the hidden use

August 30, 2011

I found a new little kitchen trick quite by accident.  We recently had a backyard camp out and I used a serving tray to bring all our food outside.  Later after I had washed it and before I stored it away, I realized how useful that little tray could be when I am making a [...]

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Birthday Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

August 15, 2011

Hunter turned 8th this month.  I decided to try something new for his “cake” this year by baking the cake mix in ice cream cones.  It was super easy and made for a fun treat that the kids all enjoyed (and there was no clean up after they ate them outside)! To make them simply [...]

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How to make your own chemical free dryer sheet alternative

July 28, 2011

Finding natural alternatives to chemical household products is something I enjoy so when I recently came across a recipe for homemade dryer spray to replace dryer sheets I was curious to give it a try.  As I often find with homemade recipes, the ingredient list was short and it was quick and easy to put [...]

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Homemade Earache Oil Recipe

June 20, 2011

Earaches are awful.  I am well acquainted with their pain having been the victim of many earaches growing up.  Thankfully as an adult I have not had very many, but I can greatly sympathize with my children when their ears begin to hurt.  During our family’s last bout of ear infections, I was left with a period of a few hours between when my ear began to hurt and when I would be able to see the doctor.  I decided to use this time to try out another homemade herbal remedy from my Herbal Nurturing guide.  To be honest, I got the recipe started and then my husband was kind enough to finish it up while I laid in bed.  Here is how you make it:

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Juicing at home: our family’s story

June 13, 2011

A few months ago, our family was hit with sickness.  Everyone except Trent had a runny nose, which then led to ear infections.  And although Trent was spared ear pain, he had his own share of problems because he was fighting pneumonia.  We were a pretty sad bunch.  While vegetating on the couch one afternoon during this time of sickness, we saw an infomercial for a juicer.

We didn’t have to be convinced that the benefits to juicing are extensive, but I will highlight some of the major benefits here:

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Plan To Eat: A meal planning review & giveaway

May 22, 2011

Eating is necessary, planning for it is optional.

However, over the years I have discovered (or been reminded-again and again) how helpful it is when I take the time to plan out our meals for the week. As silly as it may sound, I can recall the first time this idea of planning meals ahead of time occurred to me.  I was newly married with no kids and standing in the middle of a friend’s beautifully retro themed kitchen.  Neatly attached to her antique fridge door was a little handwritten note indicating what she planned to make for dinner each day of the week.  I stood looking at that list in wonder and amazement as the realization that I could have control over our dinner plans began to take root in my mind.

Since that day, I have worked to implement dinner planning into my routine with varying levels of success.  The frustration point for me is that there are so many steps involved in the process:

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Can’t be ‘beet’ deviled eggs

April 25, 2011

I am reposting this from last year.  Some of my image links were broken and I looked and looked to find the original photos and couldn’t so I only have a photo of the final result rather than the step by step photos I had before, sorry! So ya all know that I have fun finding ways [...]

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