Archives for September 2013

Putting Excuses in Their Place

Have you ever spent the afternoon searching for homemaking advice and then made the excuse that you didn’t get the laundry done because you were busy? Perhaps you’ve used your lengthy “to do” list as an excuse for skipping your daily Bible reading? Maybe you’ve blamed PMS for an incident where you … [Read more...]

Birthday Gift Idea: A Good Night for My Knight

My husband’s birthday was last week. As it approached, I brainstormed gift ideas and searched Pinterest for a handmade birthday card I thought I could mimic. The latter task was somewhat unfruitful—most of the cards I saw on Pinterest were far too elaborate for my rudimentary skills! My … [Read more...]

Dare to Prepare: Obtaining and Storing Disaster Preparedness Supplies

If you attempt to gather the disaster preparedness supplies we talked about two weeks ago, you’ll likely encounter some tricky issues related to procuring and storing the supplies. Let’s explore four of these. How to afford disaster preparedness supplies You may find yourself shelling out as much … [Read more...]

Revitalizing Mealtime Prayers

Does your family “say grace” or pray over your meals before you eat? In the past I’ve felt that this was a very meaningful expression of my faith. In recent weeks, though, I’ve begun wondering if it’s really that significant. The prayers my husband and I pray before meals are often redundant. … [Read more...]

It’s the Little Things About Fall

Fall 2013 officially begins this weekend! It’s the little things about fall that gladden my heart and put a smile on my face. Apples. Though apples are available year-round, they take center stage during fall. I'll soon have caramel apples, apple cider, apple crisp, baked apples, apple … [Read more...]

Healthier Queso Dip

The cheesy, spicy flavor of creamy queso dip is practically addictive. Until recently, the only queso dip I was familiar with was made with Rotel® and Velveeta®. As my husband and I have moved in the direction of healthier eating, we’ve eliminated processed cheese products (including Velveeta®) from … [Read more...]

21 Cleaning Jobs for Toothbrushes

If you replace toothbrushes at the recommended interval, each member of your household will go through 3-4 toothbrushes each year. Given that each toothbrush costs money and each ends up contributing to the trash your household produces, why not make sure you get your money’s worth and reduce your … [Read more...]

Honey Wheat Butterhorns

Though my husband enjoys most of the foods I prepare, he rarely stops in his tracks over the flavor of one. A couple of weeks ago this rare reaction occurred after he took a bite out of a breakfast sausage link encased in a honey wheat butterhorn. I have a feeling I’ll be making lots of these over … [Read more...]

Product Review: Pomi Tomatoes

It’s very difficult to avoid bisphenol A (BPA) if you eat any canned foods. This is especially true of tomatoes because their acidic nature limits what substances can be used to line the cans that contain them (you can read more about this here). After looking into the available options, my … [Read more...]

Dare to Prepare: Assembling a Basic Disaster Preparedness Kit

What basic supplies would you need to survive the immediate aftermath of a disaster? Once a disaster is imminent or in progress, it’s too late to acquire these supplies. However, by taking the time to assemble and maintain a disaster preparedness kit now, your household will have survival supplies … [Read more...]