Busy Mom Strategies for Grocery Shopping

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Whether you are facing a difficult pregnancy, recovery from surgery, other long term illness, death of a loved one or other losses, or just a busy mom, there are times when we really need to simplify grocery shopping and menu planning drastically.

Recently, I haven’t had the energy to […]

Would you love a Bosch Mixer?

Nearly 25 years ago, my neighbor a mother of four, told me why she loved her Bosch mixer for making whole grain bread. She said she had already burned out three food processors in bread making.

Besides, she said, she was cleaning up her kitchen while the mixer did the […]

Kitchen Remodeling – June 7, 2010 Update

I had hoped that my kitchen remodeling project would now be complete. Like most remodeling projects, the inevitable unexpected turn of events happen. Nevertheless, I thought I would post pictures taken Thursday, June 3, 2010 and prior. I am still waiting for the correct drawer and door fronts to come in, counter top installation, appliances […]

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Bonus Lesson: Nuts & Seeds

In this bonus lesson for How to Cook Real Food, the online cooking class hosted at Nourished Kitchen, you’ll receive a quick, sneak-peak into the cooking class through this brief video covering how to properly prepare nuts and seeds including recipes for a basic pesto sauce and a […]

Ultimate Homeschool Expo On Line

The Ultimate Homeschool Expo has been awesome for me today even though I don’t have daily homeschooling responsibilities anymore. I loved speaker Kimberly Ehlers challenge today:

“I will not compare myself to any other Mom; I will not compare my child to any other child; I will celebrate the God created specialness of my child.” […]

The Ultimate Family Expo

Are you longing for the ultimate help in raising your children whether you home educate or not? I homeschooled full-time my three children for 19 years. The two oldest are homeschool graduates and college graduates. After my husband passed away, I became a part-time homeschool mom. Now I encourage younger moms to persevere in their […]

Moving to the Camp Kitchen

I spent a large portion of my time last week moving kitchen essentials into my camp kitchen and boxing up the non-essentials from my “old” kitchen. The picture below shows my kitchen table, working counter top with a hot plate, electric tea kettle, and storage for silverware, mixing bowls, and pots and pans.

The right […]

Bosch Mixer and Nutrimill Combo now on Sale!

I hope you all had a nice Easter with family and friends. Mary and I accomplished our Easter dinner without my beloved Bosch and grain mill. Instead, we invited a family friend to join us for dinner in our downstairs “camp kitchen/cabin”.

Demolition began in my old kitchen on Thursday so we had a simple […]

Kitchen Remodeling Plans- Part Two

The above picture is a rendering of my proposed kitchen remodel floor plan with window seats.

The most exciting development in the last week is that a Paonia, Colorado customer has asked if she could have my old cabinets and help with the demolition project. She came over, made measurements, took pictures, went home and […]

The Living Farm – Joining a CSA

Thursday, my assistant Renee and I received our first newsletter from The Living Farm CSA in Paonia, Colorado (Community Sustained Agriculture) we have just joined. Although I dream of a fabulous garden in the five large raised beds Duane built, the reality is, my gardening skills have yet to yield enough produce for Mary and […]

Holiday Open House for Neighbors

Ed Note: My 2nd Annual Neighborhood Open House was held yesterday afternoon. The following vingette is written from my daughter Laura, a 20-something’s point of view. Enjoy!

12 guests arriving. 11 coats a’hanging. 10 dripping boots. 9 plates of cookies. 8 people eating. 7 cups a’sitting. 6 ladies chatting. 5 children screaming. 4 degrees […]

The First Thanksgiving – an Historical Perspective and Contest

Ed Note: According to here is a huge reason to not only be humbled but exceedingly thankful to our Puritan ancestors as we prepare for the big day. “Let us not grow weary in doing good, for if we do not give up we will reap a harvest of righteousness.” I am so grateful […]

Unto Him Who is Able

Friday, I prepared my Sunday School lesson for parents of teens based on the scripture, Ephesians 3:20:

Now unto Him that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us…Unto Him be the glory!

As a parent or mother, a wife, business person, […]

Navy ‘n French Green Bean Soup

Ed Note: I made this soup last night to serve at Mentoring Moms. It smelled as good as turkey baking in the oven according to my daughter.

Used by Permission from Soups and Muffins by Sue Gregg

Makes 8 Servings

Soak beans in water during the day or overnight:

8 cups water 2 cups navy […]

It’s not About the Money, it’s About the Time

In our Sunday paper, there is a weekly column in the business section written by a father and son called Yoder & Sons. The senior writer is chief of the Wall Street Journal San Francisco Division, the junior writer is his 14 year old son.

Yesterday’s column tackled the topic of whether son Levi can […]