Archives for November 2013

Winter 2013 Menu

Brrrrrr! Cold temperatures have set in and Christmas is just around the corner, so it’s time to start using this year’s winter menu. As you may recall, I periodically develop monthly menus. We use each for 3 consecutive months before moving on to a new one (read more on why I plan monthly menus … [Read more...]

Cultivating Thankfulness

Even when we have many blessings in our lives, it’s sometimes hard to give thanks. Difficult situations can sit before our eyes like the lenses in glasses, influencing how we see everything in our lives. The Bible teaches that we should give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18). … [Read more...]

Navigating the Nutrition Maze: Fresh, Frozen, or Canned Fruits and Vegetables?

It’s clear that fruits and vegetables are key components of a nutritious diet. What’s not so clear is what impact various forms of preservation have on the nutrients in these foods. Are there significant differences in the nutritional content of fresh, frozen, and canned fruits and … [Read more...]

Why and How to Take a Goal Planning Retreat with Your Spouse

Throughout the year my husband and I look forward to the winter weekend when we will get away and set goals for the coming year. While goal setting might not be at the top of most couples’ lists of activities to do while on a getaway, we find it to be incredibly meaningful. Last week I … [Read more...]

Do We Really Bear One Another’s Burdens?

I’ve been thinking about the concept of bearing one another’s burdens since I cited this as a benefit of putting down the masks we wear. It’s a somewhat cliché phrase that we throw around in Christian circles, but is it something we put into practice? What does it mean to bear one another’s … [Read more...]

Frugal TIPbits: Make Clothes Last Longer

Taking care of clothes in a manner that extends their life expectancy is one of the easiest ways to keep clothing expenses from getting out of hand. I combed the internet for suggestions because I want to be sure I’m making every reasonable effort to make my household’s clothes last longer. I … [Read more...]

Setting Goals as a Couple

As the New Year approaches each winter, my husband and I set aside a weekend to focus on setting goals for the upcoming year. This is one of the most beneficial activities we complete together. Let’s consider why it's beneficial to set goals in general and why it’s especially beneficial to … [Read more...]

Caramel Apple Dessert Pizza

I had a hankering for caramel apples about the time my husband and I needed to take a dessert to our small group. I didn’t want to make caramel apples per se, but I wanted to preserve their flavor in a unique dish. I got creative and here’s the result. Ingredients Pizza dough - 2/3 cup warm … [Read more...]

Embracing Quirks

Sometimes my husband comes into the kitchen as I finish preparing dinner. He’ll share a story or ask me a question as I line up our drinks and food to be transported to the table. I feel it’s pretty obvious at these times that I could use a hand transporting our dinner to the table, yet my husband … [Read more...]

Common Housekeeping Conundrums: Lint in Clothes Dryers

Lint can be very pesky as it accumulates in and around clothing dryers. Removing lint is a critical part of dryer maintenance. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, clothes dryers are responsible for approximately 2,900 fires in residential buildings in the U.S. each year. This risk is … [Read more...]