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Join my spending challenge?

It's Frugal Friday today, and  after rassling with the contents of my fridge, pantry and freezer this past week,  I decided it's time to give myself another spending challenge. I usually spend around $700 on groceries in a month and during the month of September, I'm going to try to get by on $300. Honestly, I think we should be in pretty good shape-- I have LOTS of meat in … [Read More...]

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Spicy BBQ'd Shrimp

Recipe: Spicy Grilled Shrimp

For our 4th of July party several years running we've done spicy grilled shrimp on the barbecue.  Here's the recipe we used this year, and I thought it was really yummy. Since I forgot to get a picture either year, though, the photocredit belongs to … [Read More...]

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Free Online Resources for School

Free online resources for school

With school just getting underway, I thought I'd share some online learning resources that are out there for folks who don't have a lot of money to spend.  Twenty websites, all free-- what a beautiful thing!  If you know of other free online … [Read More...]

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Tokens of Affection

A giveaway and a favor

I have a book giveaway for you today! Tokens of Affection: Reclaiming Your Marriage After Postpartum Depression is billed as a book for couples recovering from postpartum depression, but I chose to review it thinking it might encourage adoptive families as well.  Adoptive moms can struggle with depression in just the same way that bio [...]

Some of our campers

Frugal Friday

It’s Friday again. How did your week go? I can’t believe how fast the summer is flying by, with driving kids to work, weeding the garden, swimming, and just living.  The short story with me and frugality this week is that I guess you can’t win them all.  Here are the details. We went camping [...]

Our family place

Down by the river side

This past weekend we took some of the kids camping in the mountains. ‘Some’ because with three teens working and one taking a summer class, it’s becoming just about impossible to find a time everyone can get away. This weekend we left two teens home with my folks, and took four kids with us, which [...]

Stitch Fix #10

Stitch Fix #10

I got my latest Stitch Fix in the mail yesterday and I was so thrilled with these items as I pulled them out of the box. There were so many pretty details and colors I love.  Just look at the details on these tops.  So much fun.   I approached this stitch fix with a [...]

berries

Frugal Friday

Over a couple days time we picked 5 pounds of raspberries and 4 pounds of plums, so on Monday I made more jam. The berries are looking really nice this year. It was a nice wet spring, and we also did a good job pulling out dead canes. I am hoping to make plum jam [...]

Food that protects your skin from the sun

Food that protects your skin from sun

Most of my kids are dark skinned enough that they rarely burn, and usually I’m not outside long enough to worry about burning.  But when we go camping, or go to the water park like we did yesterday, I do break out the sunscreen for some additional skin protection.  But to be honest, the more [...]

Bees swarming

Buzzing around here

Look what we spotted in the tree above our swimming pool this morning! Anybody know a beekeper in the Treasure Valley area who might be interested in taking them off our hands?

Raspberry Jam

Happy 4th– and Frugal Friday

Happy 4th of July!  It’s Frugal Friday again! This week I cooked double batches of chili and pasta carbonera, so I was able to serve 4 meals for the effort of two. Thankfully my family does pretty well with leftovers, because they are a real help on busy days.  We also resisted fast food when [...]

Berry Oreo Dessert

Berry-Pudding Dessert for a Crowd

Last month we had our annual Bible camp in the mountains with a bunch of other families from our church.  As usual, I was in charge of getting the food planned and bought, then handed off much of the actual cooking to others once we got to camp.  Though much of the menu is the [...]

On the water

The Pharisee in me

Funny thing about life before parenting, and even life before you’ve had the chance to parent a challenging child. You can be really smug thinking you’re a pretty decent person, that you’re good at loving and good at forgiving. You may glimpse a bit of less-than-awesome lurking in there, but it’s still possible to fool [...]