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Reflections on 20 years of marriage

20 years ago today, I married my college sweetheart. In those two decades, we have had days of unimaginable joy. Days where I want to quote songs and lines from movies – You complete me! – You make me wanna be a better woman! – From this moment, I live only for your happiness! Marriage seems effortless on those days. Then there are the days when we can’t even stand to be in the same room. I’m sad and disillusioned and while I love him, I certainly don’t like him. And because I usually love myself more than anyone else,(more…)

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December Fast

I’m not a huge TV person by choice.  I’ve been moving our family slowly away from time spent in front it — no huge TV, just a tiny one.  No cable.  Intentional choices to do anything but that.  Usually it’s not that hard since we run a pretty busy schedule.  Evenings are normally spent at small group, dance, Awana, or soccer.  If we have a free night, I’m working at our Allstate agency – but that’s where it gets dicey.  I feel guilty for sucking up our family time at work and my hubby has cable at the office (and(more…)

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Pancake Syrup

My son had a friend over for a sleepover last night.  I knew breakfast for a kid outside our family couldn’t consist of sautéed veggies.  The problem was that we just got back from Christmas in Michigan yesterday and my fridge and pantry contained zero eggs, no syrup, no bread, and just about 1c of milk.  That ruled out cereal, pancakes, french toast and anything else breakfastish I could imagine.  But then I remembered that when my baby was egg free, I always used 1T. chia seeds and 3T. water mixed up and set out for about 5 minutes to(more…)

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Creamy Turkey Soup

Last week I went to a friend’s house so our boys could enjoy an afternoon of airsoft in their huge yard.  While the boys rode quads and shot at each other for hours, my friends and I gathered around a pot of this amazing soup.  Every single person loved it and I knew it had to become a staple in our home!  Luckily I have amazing friends who share their recipes with me so that I can share them with you!  I adapted this a bit to use what I had in my house, so this is my version of(more…)

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Sweet Potato Muffins

Before we headed out to Michigan this morning for the Thanksgiving holiday, I thought I would use up some leftovers for breakfast.  I had a few baked sweet potatoes in the fridge and I’d been dreaming of using them for these yummy muffins, which was a recipe I had forgotten all about until I saw the leftover sweet potatoes hanging around.  The original recipe I found online called for graham crackers.  I rarely have those around, but every time I make my favorite dessert – Banana Pudding – I buy 2 packages of vanilla wafers and have right around 1(more…)

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English Muffin Bread

November is here and warm soup and bread is on the menu.  I thought I’d share my favorite fast bread recipe.  I found this recipe on Pinterest a few years ago and never looked back!  It uses 5 ingredients and mixes up in minutes.  No kneading.  No fuss.  Just a simple process that makes the most delicious toast ever!

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Depression Chocolate Cake

Before today, I had never heard of depression cake.  This afternoon one of my Facebook friends posted that her daughter made a depression cake and I assumed that meant her daughter made a cake because she was depressed!  Nope.  Apparently, it’s a cake recipe that uses no butter, eggs or milk, so it was affordable even during the depression!  My daughter just had to try it, so we got on Pinterest, found a recipe and whipped it up!  I adapted my buttermilk brownie frosting recipe for this because it’s simple, inexpensive ingredients that I always have on hand.  The links(more…)

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Salad topped with Salmon Cakes

Today I wanted a healthy, quick lunch.  I also wanted to only use what I had on hand so I didn’t have to run to the store.  My garden is starting to come in, so I always have fresh salad greens and herbs.  I keep canned salmon on hand, so salad topped with salmon cakes seemed to be right up my alley.

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Inspired

I love when God uses my kids to bring conviction to my heart. My oldest son, who is 11, has worked toward something this school year that I wasn’t sure he could do. We use a curriculum for homeschool called Classical Conversations. He is testing for what we are calling Triple Memory Master, which shows that he has mastery over three years of material. Every question correct. Not one wrong. There were a small group of kids that even had the ability to try this – less than ten. The criteria we established was that they had to be in(more…)

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Pepita Trail Mix

I grew up on homemade trail mix.  Usually it consisted of peanuts, raisins, and chocolate chips and it was such a treat.  This is my grown up, sort of healthified version of trail mix.  I originally found the recipe on Food Network and changed it up a tiny bit.