Trusting God – the key to a peaceful life

Image from schmollmolch (Isn’t it beautiful? I love it!) Stress and worry steal joy and peace. How do we overcome these feelings that often plague our lives? I think the answer lies somewhere in the middle of trusting God. Sure, many of us intellectually trust Him. But how about real, step-out-in-faith trust? How about confidence that He is doing what is good and right, even if it makes no sense to us? That kind of trust is harder to come by. Rest and peace is offered to us as Christians, if we can just take hold of God’s hand and...
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A Dutch Puff for Sunday

A Dutch Puff for Sunday | aDelightfulHome.com
We have eaten the same breakfast each Sunday for a few months now. It is easy and adds a little tradition to our day. I like that. The kids always enjoy watching the puff emerge from the oven. Sometimes it grows to great heights! Once it actually touched the top of the oven! It deflates rather quickly, so give everyone a shout to come and take a peek. This Puff can be made a few different ways. The I’m-late-getting-breakfast version involves unbleached white or whole wheat flour.  The I’m-preparing-in-advance version is made the night before. Both are lovely served with...
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A Bigger Picture Moment (and an actual picture)

A Bigger Picture Moment (and an actual picture) | aDelightfulHome.com
Do you ever feel that your life needs a complete overhaul? I have felt that way lately. I can’t pinpoint the specific moment it happened, but sometime this week I realized that I have to pare down.  I don’t do very much outside the home, but it honestly doesn’t take a lot to overwhelm me. At times I wonder why I can do so little. Then I realize it’s because I am doing so much at home. The responsibility of raising children is huge. Really huge. Some people have a greater capacity for activity than me. I have learned it...
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Free 3-month Amazon Prime Subscription! Woo hoo!

I don’t usually talk about deals on this blog – but this one is too good to miss! If you have ever tried a free subscription to Amazon Prime then you know how cool it is! I was lucky enough to try it right after we moved. We also had a two month old baby at the time, which made it a little difficult to get out. I ordered anything and everything through amazon and it arrived in two days with free shipping! I ordered shower curtain rods, food, books, and a number of other things. Right now Amazon is...
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Nutritious Chocolate Coconut Drink

Nutritious Chocolate Coconut Drink | aDelightfulHome.com
One day soon I will write a post about the health benefits of coconut!  In the meantime, I thought you might enjoy this little recipe.  It is one our family’s favorite healthy drinks. Thick like a milkshake, this beverage truly satisfies. The basic recipe contains coconut milk, bananas, cocoa powder, maple syrup and vanilla. It is sweet, but not too sweet.  Creamy, cold and chocolatey, it’s perfect for a summer afternoon. The ingredient amounts may vary to suit your tastes, and the liquid portion is adaptable to whatever you have on hand. Originally made with half kefir and half coconut...
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A little morning update…

A few weeks ago I set out to maximize my mornings. It has been a bumpy ride, but most new habits encounter some resistance at first. I’m not giving up yet!  This post is a little update. (And a true testament to just how un-with-it I can be.) Before I start, can I just say how much I love the picture my daughter drew for this post? The momma looks so happy! At this point, it is almost impossible for my mornings to look how I want them to. I felt a little frustrated at first, but have since reminded...
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Rainbow Rice Salad

Rainbow Rice Salad | aDelightfulHome.com
Yesterday I mentioned that Almond Brown Rice would be lovely as a base for rice salad.  Well, today I tested out that theory and am pleased to report that it was proved true.  The following is the recipe I used to make the salad in the above picture.  It could easily be adapted to your taste:  include other vegetables, increase or decrease some of the ingredients, and so on. Rainbow Rice Salad This recipe is adapted slightly from the Rainbow Rice Salad in Nourishing Traditions, page 473. 4 cups cold Almond Brown Rice 1 red pepper, seeds removed, diced 1...
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Almond Brown Rice

Almond Brown Rice | aDelightfulHome.com
Almond Brown Rice is a simple, yet surprising variation for brown rice .  It can be used in most recipes calling for plain rice.  Lovely as an accompaniment to chicken and vegetables, it is also great in casseroles and excellent as a base for rice salad.  The addition of wheat berries or wild rice makes this very unique. Almond Brown Rice Adapted from Sue Gregg’s Main Dishes Cookbook (page. 206). Yields 4 cups. 1 cup brown rice 2 3/4 cups water 1/4 cup wheat berries (grain) or wild rice 1/4 cup almonds, sliced, slivered, or chopped ½ to 1 tsp....
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How to Peel a Peach

With canning season upon us, it seemed like  a good time to share this little tutorial. I was so happy to learn this new skill a few years ago.  It is much easier than trying to cut the skin off a fresh peach, and saves a lot of  time! Step One Put a large pot of water on to boil. Once boiling, immerse the peaches in the water for about 30 seconds (this is blanching).  Make sure each peach is mostly covered by the water. Step Two Remove with a slotted spoon or tongs (Not your hand! I was working...
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