A Simple Way for Kids to Do Good

Have you noticed how easy it is for kids to make people happy? Sure they can make people miserable on the odd occasion, but let’s not talk about that right now 🙂 My kids love to make cards and draw pictures for people.  I love seeing them give a handmade card to an unsuspecting person.  It is fun to watch the smile spread across their face.  I guess it doesn’t matter if the giver is only five years old, we all like to be thought of. Perhaps it’s even more special coming from a five year old! Today was Do...
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Simple Shallot Vinaigrette

Simple Shallot Vinaigrette | aDelightfulHome.com
I have really enjoyed making salads with fresh ingredients from the garden.  Even though I only planted a few vegetables this year, it is still nice to have a salad that is mostly, or partly, from my backyard. I have found lettuce to be the one plant that just keeps on giving.  I tear a few leaves off and they grow back!  It’s wonderful.  Not to mention the fact that I didn’t even plant them, they came back from last year’s garden.  I like not buying lettuce. The following is a simple, delicate vinaigrette that can be enjoyed on almost...
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Glorious Notebooks!

If you are a notebook addict like me, you will appreciate this… Isn’t it a beautiful sight!? I went to Wal-mart and did our yearly notebook stock-up.  The 70 page spiral notebooks are on sale for 15 cents and the 100 page compositon notebooks are 25 cents.  They are both usually around $1 each.  So I spent $4.25 for 25 notebooks (20 spiral, 5 composition) instead of $25 (or rather, $24.25 – I think they are actually 97 cents usually). I love having these for jotting down ideas or journaling.  They also hold my daily to-do lists.  The kids take...
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Tomato Provolone Sandwich with Garlic Basil Mayonnaise

Tomato Provolone Sandwich with Garlic Basil Mayonnaise | aDelightfulHome.com
I love a good sandwich!  Really, I do.  I could eat one every day. I’m always on the look out for a tasty combination and am very happy with the following.  The garlic basil mayonnaise has a nice tang and pairs beautifully with the cheese and tomato. It was also fun since I was able to pick the tomatoes and basil from my garden for this.  There is just something wonderful about preparing food that has grown in your own yard! Tomato Provolone Sandwich with Garlic Basil Mayonnaise This recipe is adapted from the Tomato and Provolone Sandwich featured in...
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Grandma’s Sourdough

Grandma’s Sourdough | aDelighfulHome.com
My husband had a wonderful Grandmother.  I mean, really wonderful.  I count her as one of the most amazing women I have ever met. When she died last year, I knew I would miss her.  Lots of people do.  She was the adopted Grandma of so many I couldn’t begin to count. One thing I always enjoyed discussing with her was food and cooking.  She was an awesome cook.  My husband says her food tasted so good because she didn’t scrimp on fat!  I think he is right. As a newly-wed I was extremely inexperienced in the kitchen.  She showed...
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How to make an Emergency Binder

Image from Nancy Wombat on flickr I take care of the online banking and bill paying for our family and have a multitude of passwords and website addresses stored in my head.  My husband has lamented the fact that if something happened to me he wouldn’t know how to access a lot of our information. Because of this, I am putting together an emergency binder, full of all these details, so that if something does happen, he won’t have the added stress of not knowing how to pay our bills! He is very happy about this project 🙂 While the...
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The past few days…

…have found me curled up in a ball on the couch with body aches and a fever above 104.  It’s been a rough few days, but I think the sickness is almost done with me.  I tell you, being sick with a baby in the house is just plain hard!  I’m grateful she isn’t crawling yet. At least she stays where I put her and I don’t have to worry about what she might get into. At night I lay awake, in too much pain to sleep, my mind wandering.  You know how things can look in the darkness of...
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The Power of a Focused Mother

The Power of a Focused Mother
Image from steelab at stock.xchng A focused mother is a powerful mother. Just think of a mother lion and the lengths she will go to protect her cubs. Scary and strong, she will fight to the death. Human mothers are just as fierce. The love a mother has for her child, when harnessed and focused, can be an amazing thing.  Couple that love and determination with God, and prepare for a mighty work! A few years ago I was fortunate enough to hear Renee Ellison speak. Addressing our group of homeschool mothers she discussed the power of a focused mother. ...
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Balsamic Dressing with Thyme

Balsamic Dressing with Thyme | aDelightfulHome.com
My garden is not very plentiful this year.  A move and a new baby left me with few spare moments for planting!  But I did manage to get a few things in the ground: lettuce, tomatoes, thyme, oregano, parsley, spinach, peas, and zucchini.  Not much of each, but enough to provide some fresh additions to our every day meals. Having a few fresh herbs available is very cost effective. Buying fresh herbs from the store is usually quite expensive, not to mention the flavor being inferior to home grown varieties. The following salad dressing is one I make often.  It...
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