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Julianna's Favorite Pancakes

Julianna’s Favorite Breakfast

Once when I was a little girl, my Aunt Edie came to our house and made us deliciously thin pancakes for breakfast that she buttered, sprinkled with powdered sugar, and rolled up before serving. We kids inhaled them, told our mom she needed the recipe, and then ever after that, called the lovely creations 'Aunt Edie Pancakes'. This recipe has been a perennial favorite of my … [Read More...]

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Frugal Friday: When One Meal Morphs Into Another

I saw this article yesterday The Never-Ending Soup Pot and thought it was a great explanation of a concept that can save you time and let you use your food in a very affordable way. Very often a meal doesn't have to be a completely new beginning. … [Read More...]

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Finding Balance in Motherhood

balance and intensity in family life

For many years while decision-making, I've fallen back on wisdom from my mom: "Moderation in everything." Often those sage words point me toward a path that will make sense for my whole family, whether I'm making out a learning plan for our school … [Read More...]

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Finding Balance in Motherhood

balance and intensity in family life

For many years while decision-making, I’ve fallen back on wisdom from my mom: “Moderation in everything.” Often those sage words point me toward a path that will make sense for my whole family, whether I’m making out a learning plan for our school year, or trying to decide how clean the house really needs to […]

Caroline Ingalls and me

Caroline Ingalls and me

Funny how a character from a book can grab you in childhood and never ever leave you.  I found myself thinking again about the Laura Ingalls books the other day, and wondered what had so captivated me about those books.  First I thought maybe it was Laura.  Definitely there were times in my early life […]

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Different perspectives

We’ve had a broken garage door opener for awhile, and today, thinking of fixing it, John dragged a box out of a corner in which was a hand-me-down garage opener, brand new in the box.  Trying to decide whether to risk installing the old thing, John broke open the sealed box and found this VHS, […]

Rock and Worship Roadshow

Sunday music

I haven’t done Sunday music on my blog for awhile, but I had to share this song by I am They that I heard at the Rock and Worship Roadshow this weekend. The Roadshow still has a few West Coast dates if you want to hear some great music from I Am They and many […]

Our new baby chicks!

Frugal Friday

I thought it might be fun to show you this week’s menu plan instead of my regular frugal Friday details.  I do menu planning in kind of a loosy goosy way–  meaning, before I go shopping, I make a list of 14 or so recipes that would be good dinners in the next couple weeks, […]

6 Dailies For Homeschooling

Six Essentials in the Homeschool Day

If you’re feeling like you don’t get enough done in the average homeschool day, join the club! I have great news for you, though. It is possible to get a kid well prepared for adulthood if your homeschool day includes only six things. Here they are: 1. Time in the word. We fit this in […]

Have you tried Stitch Fix?

Are you expecting?

Just wanted to quickly share some fun news from Stitch Fix this morning– they are expanding their line to include maternity and petite! Here’s my referral link if you’d like to give Stitch Fix a try.   To make their maternity launch even more fun, Stitch Fix is hosting a $5000 maternity/baby giveaway in March. […]

Kitchen complications

A simple project, gone complicated

So  on Friday I was meandering around Costco with no pressing deadlines and a dab of money in my pocket– always a dangerous scenario.  Near the light bulbs I spotted some sleek new trim-outs for the can lights in our kitchen (kinda like this.) I’d been considering updating ours for a couple years– we’ve had […]

On my table this week

Frugal Friday

Last week I spent four days in Seattle with John, which was fun, of course.  But meals out and rental cars and bits of shopping all add up.  It was good to get back home where money doesn’t leak away quite as fast.   SUCCESSES I bought some spring flowers and planted them in containers […]

banishing distractions

Focus and distraction

I had a job interview on Monday, my first official one in many years.  I haven’t been offered the job yet– and who knows, maybe I won’t be. But the interview went well enough that it has me thinking seriously about how a job would affect our kids. John and I are hopeful about the […]