For A Season

The early years of raising children can be extremely challenging.  Sweat and tears flow as we strive to teach our little ones.  Nights go unslept as we cradle a sick babe in our arms.  Physical and mental exhaustion creep in as we go without rest and recuperation. As a new mother I remember feeling weary and confused.  My daughter didn’t sleep for more than half an hour at a stretch and screamed all day!  It was a difficult time for me. I wanted to be a mother so desperately, but when my turn came, I felt so ill-equipped.  Some days...
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The Darkness of Sin (and a Shining Light)

Photo credit Today our ladies class read the account of David and Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11-12).  It is such an ugly story of how human sin can cause so much destruction and pain.  How selfish hearts can cause even the mighty to fall. In this deep, black darkness we see the shining light of God’s mercy and forgiveness.  How grateful I am that He has chosen to treat us better than we deserve! David is called a man after God’s own heart, yet he fell so greatly.  This means that I, too, who have fallen greatly (and continue to fall),...
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Peace in the Kitchen: Recipe Cheat Sheet

I love to tape frequently used recipes to the inside of my spice cabinet. It is just so handy to have them right there.  The problem with my little cabinet is that it was getting out of control: So I made a recipe cheat sheet.  Since it is typed, I could fit more on one page than if I were to write it out by hand! More is better 🙂 I am not a computer whiz by any stretch of the imagination, and made this by using text boxes in Word. It’s not fancy, but it is useful. Many of...
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Nourishing Peanut Butter: A.K.A The Best Peanut Butter EVER!

Nourishing Peanut Butter: A.K.A The Best Peanut Butter EVER! | aDelightfulHome.com
The first time I made this peanut butter, my daughter and I just stood around eating it by the spoonful exclaiming, “This is the best peanut butter ever!” If you are not yet making your own peanut butter, I encourage you to give it a try.  It is very simple and so much better for you than the store bought kind full of hydrogenated oils. The following is adapted from the Nut Butter recipe in Nourishing Traditions and can be used to make other nut butters (like almond or cashew butter). Although I have not yet done so, soaking the...
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Mornings…

Since my last beautiful baby was born, I have struggled with mornings.  I like to get up before the kids, but it has been SO hard lately. I am still up with Little Miss quite a few times throughout the night.  So I sleep whenever I can.  The problem is, when I stay in bed until everyone else wakes up, I feel extremely frazzled.  Loud voices and hungry children are a shock to the system!  A little quiet time before they rise is so. much. better. Kat at Inspired to Action has written a free e-book called Maximize Your Mornings. ...
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Peace in the Kitchen: Avoid Toxins

I hate to stress about chemicals flying around my kitchen; it is an extra thing to worry about and plain unnecessary. Having my counter tops covered in chemicals and breathing in toxic fumes while I clean, is a long way from peace and joy for me. Harsh, toxic chemicals can easily be avoided by making your own cleaners.  Don’t roll your eyes at me.  I’m serious now.  It will take about the same time as it does to decide what to buy and throw it in the shopping cart.  Let me show you…. The recipe in the video above is...
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Peace in the Kitchen: Use A Timer!

Ah, the kitchen timer.  So simple, yet so effective! Be warned: this post is going to reveal my highly distractible nature 🙂 A few days ago I woke up to the faint smell of bread in the air.  I lay there for a minute trying to figure out where this aroma was coming from.  Then it hit me…“My sourdough!” I had worked on it the day before and had two loaves sitting under a dishtowel to rise.  I had planned to bake them in the evening, but got busy with other things, then eventually tired out and went to bed....
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Peace in the Kitchen: Write In Your Cookbooks!

Have you ever made a meal only to find out it was the same recipe you used last year that no one liked?  Or is it just me who does that? The recipe pictured was one of those occasions.  I was so happy to have dinner prepared when my husband came home, the house smelled good,  the dishes were out.  I took a taste and…crunch! The rice was still hard! I put it back in the oven for a while, and it still didn’t soften.  I can’t remember what we ate for dinner that night, but it wasn’t Texas One...
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Kamut Oatmeal Cookies

Kamut Oatmeal Cookies | aDelightfulHome.com
New grains are fun to try.  They are less scary and intimidating than other new foods, but just as intriguing.  At least for this ex-vegetarian anyway. Kamut is actually the brand name of a variety of wheat called khorosan.  It is often tolerated well by those with wheat allergies and is frequently substituted for wheat flour in equal amounts.  For more information about his ancient grain, visit kamut.com. These cookies were our first try with Kamut, and we loved them.  Obviously it is only one ingredient among many, but we are happy and will try it out in other dishes. ...
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