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A Christian wife, mother, daughter, former educator, photographer, amateur chef, pretend gardener, alto 🎶, book nerd, cancer-survivor and laundry-hater.
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Brown Rice ~ Tex Mex Style

Brown Rice ~ Tex Mex Style

One of the things I’ve been having the most trouble with in our quest for healthier meals is switching to brown rice.  9 times out of 10 (or more), I cook my rice “Mexican” style, but I have had a hard time adjusting to cooking Mexican rice with brown rice instead of white.  For one, […]

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Whole Wheat Bread (for KitchenAid Mixer)

Whole Wheat Bread (for KitchenAid Mixer)

I’ve been working on the “perfect” bread recipe for about a month now.  While I still would like to have some sort of mill to grind my own flour, this is what I’ve found works for us right now.  I also found that at our local HEB, they have a machine that grids wheat berries, […]

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Garden Pests & Other Garden Updates

Garden Pests & Other Garden Updates

What’s a garden without pests, right? Well, now that I’ve got my garden growing… I’ve had two kinds of pests pop up so far.  The first is these little buggers… They’re obviously some kind of caterpillar, and they’ve been eating some holes in some of the vegetables.  They don’t seem to prefer one kind over […]

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Choose JOY.

Choose JOY.

Reposted from a previously written post ~ October 18, 2010. Joy.  It’s one of the fruits of the spirit that we don’t seem to focus on a lot – or at least, I haven’t as much in the past as I have some of the other “fruits”.  Growing up in a very conservative religious environment, […]

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Lovely Links…

Lovely Links…

I love to share cool things I find on the web.  Here are a few of my favorites from this week: Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread ~ looks oh-so-dangerously-yummy Coloring Rice Green ~ Would be great for a sensory tub. Homemade Substitutes for Grocery Staples ~ A nice list of do-it-yourself recipes A Term at Hogwarts […]

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April Meal Plan

April Meal Plan

For our meal plan this month, I decided to go with themes. Sunday = Pot Luck Monday = Mexican Tuesday = Pasta/Italian Wednesday = Crock Pot Thursday = Pot Luck Friday = No Meat Saturday = Soup/Salad/Sandwiches Here’s the Menu:

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Cupcakes!

Cupcakes!

Our neighbor is a serious baker, and invited the girls over today for some cupcake decorating fun!  She stated that the first rule of decorating was to taste the cupcakes to make sure they were good enough to eat before decorating the rest.  My kids were definitely in agreement. Next, the girls got to choose […]

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Butterflies

Butterflies

For Christmas, my middle daughter received THIS as a gift from Nana.  We had to wait 3 long months before ordering our caterpillars, but March finally came, and the day we received them in the mail was much anticipated and so exciting! I didn’t take a lot of pictures of the process, because of the […]

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The Girly-Girl and her FROG.

The Girly-Girl and her FROG.

Poor Frog.

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My Clean Little Secret…

My Clean Little Secret…

Okay, so don’t judge me, but I’m going to share with you a little secret I’ve been keeping.  (Not nearly as exciting as SOME people’s secret’s around here, but I digress…) I haven’t used shampoo in a month. There.  I said it.  And you’re still here?  Good.  Of course, I didn’t say I hadn’t washed […]

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