Putting the Garden to Bed

Cooler temperatures and an occasional snowstorm tell us it’s time to put the garden to bed and store the fall harvest to be enjoyed throughout the winter.

Fall Harvest

At my home, potatoes have been dug up (one of my favorite garden chores) and stored away in a dry, cool place. I […]

Heirloom or Hybrid Seeds- Which is best?

Heirloom seeds versus hybrid seeds – which is better?

Heirloom or Hybrid, which is better? A review of the pros and cons of each seed type should help you determine which seed type meets your goals for a mouth-watering, flavorful and successful vegetable, flower, and herb harvest this season.

Hybrid seeds grow plants that […]

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

If you have little ones, this might be a VERY fun project to see how the colors come out. Details follow.

Here are the basics for both hot water and cold water. Amount of time the eggs sit in the dye will affect the color.


Two […]


Bargain Books


BREAKFASTS FOR BUSY MOMS – by Marilyn Moll. 64 pages with mylar cover. $1.00

A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO BAKING BREAD by Marilyn Moll. 80 pages. $1.00

FAST AND HEALTHY MENUS FOR BUSY MOMS – Reliable Recipes for Busy Families. 4 weeks of menus and recipes. Spiral […]

An Organic Dairy Farmer Speaks Up

Ed Note: I wanted to let an organic farmer address their perspective regarding non-GMO, etc, and how they are living in this brave new world of farming. This comment was originally posted at an article entitled A Farmer Speaks up about GMO. Read on, there is hope and some excellent links.

Along […]

New and Natural Ways to Stay Healthy during the Flu Season

Avoid having a sick child

If you listen to the news media you would think this year’s flu epidemic is so severe that if you haven’t already had a flu shot you better do so soon.

I did a little scouting around and discovered:

This is the “worst flu epidemic since 2009” (four years […]

Did you Teach Your Sons these Twenty Principles?

I found this list of twenty things to teach your sons from a good friend of mine, mother of six including three boys. Do you have anything to add?


1. Play a sport. It will teach you how to win honorably, lose gracefully, respect authority, work with […]

Commit Your Plans to the Lord in 2013

Grandsons, Job and Peter on Christmas Eve

“Commit to the Lord whatever […]

Twelve Days of Christmas Teach Fundamentals

The 12 Days of Christmas A Guide to an Old Tradition with a New Purpose begins December 26 and focuses on the basics of the faith.

At one time, the 12 Days of Christmas was developed when the church was being persecuted and parents needed a “back-door/under cover way” to teach the basics of […]

Five Minutes to Whole Grain Artisan Bread

Ed Note: I promised a whole grain version of my five minutes to Artisan Bread Recipe some time ago. It’s so simple the holidays may be a good time to try it. Serve with a hot, steaming, fragrant pot of soup!

I couldn’t believe my first attempt at Artisan Bread came out so […]

Symbols of The True Meaning of Christmas

May the true meaning of Christmas light your holidays with joy!

The Christmasy wreath portrayed on this Leanin Tree Christmas card portrays many symbols of The True Meaning of Christmas.

Mistletoe: Peace

Rose: God’s Divine Love

Evergreen: Triumph over Adversity

Light: […]

Trust and Obey

Grandson Peter at 3 weeks of age

A familiar song came into my mind this morning as I meditated on the goodness and faithfulness of God to me yesterday.

Here are the familiar words:

“When we walk with the Lord, and abide in His word, what a glory he sheds on our […]

Spring Cleaning and Basic Package Give-Away

With the great Spring weather it’s time to start spring cleaning the easy, chemical-free way using Norwex Microfiber Products and water.

I love to see the sun shining through sparkling windows and the smell of fresh air without the use of expensive, controversial chemicals and disinfectants.

You can clean most of your rooms just […]

Lessons from a Christmas Cookie Marathon

So my friend Patty and I planned an all day baking/cooking marathon for Saturday. We got a little bit of a late start – that was fine with me. Patty had shopped for the ingredients and planned to bring her mom’s tried and true recipe for Pecan tarts.

That is when the best laid plans […]

What Simple Tradition Tickles Your Family?

“When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things, not the great occasions-give off the greatest glow of happiness.” (Bob Hope)

My goal, this Christmas holiday season, is to focus on the simple, memory making activities that are short on expense, and long on […]