8 Ways to Decorate Front Windows for Christmas

Though I love decorating for Christmas, I have no motivation to get up on a ladder and hang Christmas lights on the house. My husband lacks this motivation, as well, and we’re uninterested in having any bulky decorations out in our yard. As you might guess, this means that thus far our homes have … [Read more...]

Festive Christmas Cookie Bars

One by one I’m trying the cookies on my Christmas Cookie Bucket List. I tried the Neapolitan Bars last year, but I thought they took too much work for the flavor that resulted. I really like the appearance of a tricolored cookie bar, though, so I’ve made over the recipe so the bars are easy to make … [Read more...]

Soup, Stew, Chowder, Bisque, or Chili?

I generally consider winter to be “soup season.” Subsequently, I’ve been looking over a lot of soup recipes as I plan my winter menu. In addition to soups, I’ve seen recipes for stews, chowders, bisques, and chilies. Many of these recipes look similar, so how can we tell these different … [Read more...]

Where to Find Meal Ideas and Recipes When Menu Planning

Sometimes I draw a blank when I sit down to plan a new menu for my family. I’ll want to try something new, but nothing comes to mind. It seems I’m not the only one who experiences this. Becca emailed me with the following question: “I know you plan your menus with an entire month’s meals. … [Read more...]

DIY Jesse Tree Ornaments

As I noted when I wrote last summer about Christ-focused Advent traditions, the Jesse Tree is one of my favorite parts of Christmas. A Jesse Tree helps families reflect on the people, prophesies, and events that preceded Christ’s birth.  There is one Jesse Tree reading for each day of Advent. … [Read more...]

Healthier Versions of Your Favorite Thanksgiving Dishes

On Thanksgiving Day around here, no one wonders how many calories are in the sweet potato soufflé or if the rolls were prepared with whole wheat flour. What my family members want to know is what time dinner will be served and what flavors of pie were prepared for dessert. However, just … [Read more...]

A Skill You Must Master In Order to Get Things Done When You Have Young Kids

There are a lot of skills you must master when you become a parent. You eventually get comfortable and confident in your new role and are able to balance parenthood with all of the other tasks you face. I felt I arrived at this point about the time I found out I was expecting my second child. … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Cranberry Pecan Oatmeal Cookies

It doesn’t feel a whole lot like fall here on the Texas Gulf Coast, but that hasn’t stopped me from baking up some fall-themed treats. I wanted to bake some oatmeal cookies for my toddler because she absolutely loves oatmeal. She’ll ask for it for breakfast, snack, lunch, and pretty much any … [Read more...]

Cook Once, Eat Twice: Taco Pasta Pot and Taco Pasta Bake

This recipe shares some similarities to the cook once, eat twice recipe for Creamy Beefy Noodles and Cheesy Beefy Noodle Bake that I shared a couple of weeks ago. Like that recipe, this one is easy to prepare and uses affordable ingredients. However, due to taco seasoning, this dish has a … [Read more...]

22 Uses for Citrus Peels

Many of us toss the peels in the trash after eating an orange or squeezing juice from a lemon. This is a terrible habit because there are actually dozens of uses for these peels! Not only have these uses reduced the amount of trash I throw out, but I’m discovering that they can help me save … [Read more...]