Why Do Fruits Ripen so Quickly When Placed in Paper Bags?

I’ve always heard that you can accelerate the ripening of fruits by placing them in paper sacks. I know from personal experience that this works quite well, but why is this? The curious side of me can’t help but wonder what is so special about paper sacks. According to this cooking website, … [Read more...]

What Exactly Is Romance and Why Does it Matter in Marriage?

Back when my husband and I were dating, he asked me what I thought about romance. I don’t need flowers, chocolates, and Hallmark cards to make me feel loved, so I told him I wasn’t that romantic. This exchange occurred via email, so I was able to keep his response to my statement. It was … [Read more...]

Revisions and Customizations to My Cleaning Schedule

After sharing back in October of 2013 about my inability to find an effective cleaning schedule, I quickly learned that many of you shared the same struggle! My solution was to develop a cleaning schedule that was unique to my needs. My biggest quibble with the cleaning schedules I had seen … [Read more...]

Nacho Soup

Traditional favorites like chicken noodle soup will always be popular in my house. On occasion we like eating soups that are a little less predictable, though, including this zesty Nacho Soup. Ingredients 1 pound lean ground meat (I use turkey) 1 medium onion, chopped 2 tablespoons spicy … [Read more...]

15 Ways to Demonstrate Love to Your Husband

While there is no substitute for saying the words “I love you,” there are a number of things we can do to demonstrate love to our husbands. These simple, everyday actions are great complements to the words of love we speak. They build our husbands up and help them understand just how much … [Read more...]

Healthy, Easy-to-Prepare Breakfast Options

You, the readers who comprise the community here at Of The Hearth, often ask thought-provoking questions in your comments and emails. It’s likely that these questions are shared by many readers, so I’ve decided to answer some in posts. I hope you will contribute by adding your input in the … [Read more...]

Routines Can Make or Break Your Day

As my family’s typical routine has been disrupted for many weeks because of moving and visiting with loved ones for the holidays, I’ve become increasingly convinced that routines are critical for having a peaceful, productive home. When I talk about routines, I’m not talking about schedules … [Read more...]

A Basic Tool Primer

Though a toolbox is sometimes viewed as a grown man’s toy box, the reality is that women also need to be able to identify and use basic tools. I was blessed with a father who imparted much of this knowledge to me as I was growing up, but I know many women who didn’t have this experience. They … [Read more...]

Chicken Noodle Casserole

I love serving warm casseroles for dinner on cold winter evenings. This hearty one is always a favorite in my house. Ingredients (Adapted from this recipe.) 2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves 14 ounces egg noodles 2 cups homemade cream of mushroom soup or 1 (10.75 ounce) can … [Read more...]

Tired Soles and a Peace-Filled Soul

Have you ever read any pieces by Martin Luther King, Jr.? If not, then I encourage you to find time to do so. Though he is famous for his public speaking, he was also a fantastic writer. I was a freshman in college when I read his Letter from Birmingham Jail. There is a particular quote from … [Read more...]