7 Different Ways to Plan Meals

You don’t have to spend too much time with me (or reading this blog) to realize that I love making lists and planning. Naturally, this extends to meal planning. In recent weeks, I’ve been questioning if my menu planning approach is still the best for my family. Is there a more efficient way? … [Read more...]

7 Reasons to Choose Raised Beds for Your Garden

There are numerous approaches you can use when growing fruits and vegetables. We use raised garden beds in our yard, and we’ve found this to be a wonderful approach. There is not necessarily one best way to garden; what’s best will depend on your specific situation. However, if you are … [Read more...]

7 Tips for Keeping Your House Tidy Between Cleanings

One of the most frequent questions I get asked here on Of The Hearth is if my cleaning schedule really works. The answer is simple: Yes, it absolutely works. Every room in my house gets cleaned on a regular basis. However, once I clean a room, several days will pass before I clean it again. … [Read more...]

15 Recipe Ideas for Spring Brunches

When the weather warms up and the flowers bud, I start craving the flavors that I associate with spring—strawberry, lemon, carrot, egg, blueberry, almond, orange, coconut, etc. I’m eager to try some new breakfast and brunch recipes that feature these flavors. If you’ll be making a special brunch … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Bourbon Chicken

There are a handful of meals that my husband wishes I would include on every single menu I plan for our family. This is one of them. I’m almost willing to honor his wish because it is so tasty and easy to prepare. Is it really that delicious and convenient? Give it a try to find … [Read more...]

Easy Spring Clothespin Wreath

When it comes to crafts, easy is what I do best. Almost all of the clothespin wreaths I’ve seen over the last couple of years appeared pretty easy to make, so I decided to give one a try. Indeed, it was easy to make. Better yet, the materials cost next to nothing and I’m quite pleased with … [Read more...]

Budget-Friendly Dinners Roundup

Every time I visit the grocery store it seems like food prices have increased. My husband’s salary hasn’t increased proportionally and we keep adding to our family, so we must find ways to pay for increasing amounts of increasingly expensive food. As I’m beginning to brainstorm for our summer … [Read more...]

How to Have a Hospitality-Ready Heart

Last week we looked at some ways to have hospitality-ready homes. I mentioned several practical strategies, but one strategy—preparing to welcome guests with genuine enthusiasm—is not practical. Instead, it relates to the state of our hearts. In trying to prepare my heart for hospitality, … [Read more...]

How to Have a Hospitality-Ready Home

This last summer, when I was 36 weeks pregnant, our AC stopped working. It was June and we live in southeast Texas, so you can imagine how hot it was in our house! I’ll never forget how two gracious friends invited us to stay with them until technicians were able to fix our AC. They had no warning, … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Creamy Tortellini Spinach Soup

One really interesting thing that has been happening since my husband started pinning meal ideas on Pinterest is that he’ll select some options that include ingredients he doesn’t usually eat. This recipe is an example. My husband hates spinach, but he saw this recipe and it looked good to … [Read more...]