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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Parenting: Part Love, Part Guerrilla Warfare!

Parenting: Part Love, Part Guerrilla Warfare! | aDelightfulHome.com
The picture above is of my parenting and marriage books.  It shows how much help I have needed along this journey called “motherhood” (and wifehood)!  I think most of them were purchased on bad days when I felt completely overwhelmed and at a loss of what to do.  Judging by the amount of books I own, there have been quite a few of those days! Parenting is hard work. Kids don’t come with an instruction manual.  Parenting books can be very helpful, but reading too many gets confusing!  Sometimes it is better to let them go and ponder on what...
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Kiss Vicks Goodbye – DIY Chest Rub

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When we are sick, many of us reach for the Vicks Vapo Rub.  I often have, hoping it would ease my congestion.  Over the past few years I have grown more wary of using any petroleum-based products, and have sought more natural means of dealing with colds and congestion. I was going to save this post for the winter months, but my daughter just came down with a summer cold and I thought some of you might too. (But hopefully not!) With the surge in skin-based medicines such as the birth-control patch and the nicotine patch, it has become increasingly...
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Watermelon and Feta Salad

Watermelon and Feta Salad | aDelightfulHome.com
Watermelon and Feta Salad has intrigued me for some time.  Even though I thoroughly enjoy both watermelon and feta separately, combining them was not something I could imagine. Finally deciding to give it a try, I was pleasantly surprised.  It is fresh, sweet, and salty. My five year old son also enjoyed it.  However, I can’t say the same for my daughter and husband.  I guess it is an acquired taste. If you are daring enough to give it a try, I'd love to hear what you think of it. Watermelon Feta salad This recipe is a hybrid of Deborah...
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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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