About Laura

A Christian wife, mother, daughter, former educator, photographer, amateur chef, pretend gardener, alto ūüé∂, book nerd, cancer-survivor and laundry-hater.
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In a Perfect World…

In a Perfect World…

… I would read my Bible daily all the time, and not just haphazardly. … I would be motivated to work out daily and control my eating habits. … I would have an orderly, clean house. ¬†All the time. … I would have the perfect school routine and my kids would love to learn. … […]

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Tex Mex Brown Rice Revisited

Tex Mex Brown Rice Revisited

So, I haven’t gotten a rice cooker, and I’m still on the hunt for a brown rice version of Mexican rice that my husband will eat…. but I think I’m getting closer! ¬†So, preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and check out this recipe! Tonight, I sauteed 1.5 cups of brown rice on medium-high with […]

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Memory Work

My girls each have a memory verse each week in school. ¬†They have committed a lot of verses to memory, and I am proud of them. ¬†But, when is the last time I have sat down with the purpose of memorizing scripture? ¬†I’m ashamed to say I can’t recall. ¬†I read this blog post today […]

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Grandma’s Chocolate Caramel Brownies

Grandma’s Chocolate Caramel Brownies

Nothing bad ever came out of Grandma Timaeus’s kitchen! ¬†She was the queen of desserts… and one of my favorites she always made were chocolate caramel brownies. ¬†This is her top secret recipe. ¬†Except I did remove the cup of pecans. ¬†We have a nut allergy in our house. ¬†Anyway, these are sooooo yummy. ¬†Let’s […]

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How to Boil Eggs

How to Boil Eggs

Okay, I know this is pretty simple stuff… but I was over 30 before I learned how to correctly boil an egg and have it turn out right EVERY time. ¬†So, I thought I’d share the foul-proof way I’ve come to know… First, put your layer of eggs in the bottom of the pan – […]

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Let’s Talk Birth Order

Let’s Talk Birth Order

If you have children and you haven’t read Kevin Leman’s The Birth Order Book, you should. ¬†It gives you such a great insight into your kids and even how YOUR personality is largely affected by your birth order. ¬†Here are a couple of quick quotes/descriptions, but believe me, this is just a scratch on the […]

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Easy Oatmeal

Easy Oatmeal

As mentioned by Mama Train, I recently purchased 25 pounds of organic rolled oats. ¬†Yes, that’s a LOT of oats! ¬†This is my favorite way to make them for breakfast, and even a couple of my girls (not all) have admitted that it’s “not that bad.” ¬†I, for one, love it this way! Easy Oatmeal […]

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Enchiladas

Enchiladas

Cheese Enchilada Recipe (makes 24) 24 Corn Tortillas Vegetable oil 1 can Enchilada Sauce @ 3 cups Grated Cheese Fresh Cilantro, if desired First, grate your cheese (or buy pre-grated). ¬†It helps to have child labor. Heat oil in the bottom of a skillet on medium-high heat until oil is ready. ¬†Don’t know when your […]

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Evenings with Jane

Evenings with Jane

So, at the end of last month, in my 30 days of lists posts, I expressed my interest to re-read Northanger Abbey. ¬†So, I loaded it onto my iPad and read it in two nights. ¬†Since then, I have also read Mansfield Park, Persuasion, and Pride and Prejudice. ¬†And I’m currently reading Sense and Sensibility. […]

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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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