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Creamy Chicken and Potato Soup

Creamy Chicken and Potato Soup (GF)

Here's a great soup recipe that I found on Pinterest and then adapted quite a bit to suit my preferences.  I really, really love the bright flavors and pretty color added by the fresh tomato and cilantro. I've served it to a crowd twice, and each time people really seemed to enjoy it. [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:44]     … [Read More...]

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September grocery challenge, week 4

I keep thinking that I'm actually going to get less busy and manage to post here more often, but then the week runs away with me. Again. I also imagined that with both our teens sons now having licenses and cars, my driving load would be less.  And … [Read More...]

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Forever Mom: What to Expect When You’re Adopting (and free wall art)

I wanted to tell those of you who are interested a little about my latest book Forever Mom: What to Expect When You're Adopting.  It is coming out on October 28th, and I must confess to a crazy mix of excitement and tremulous nerves about this … [Read More...]

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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 […]

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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?

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Happy 4th– and Frugal Friday

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Berry Oreo Dessert

Berry-Pudding Dessert for a Crowd

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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 […]

Raise the Banner

Raise the Banner

Here they come We are surrounded We’re out numbered With no place to run So we’re staying here Lifting up a prayer Deliver us

turning a shirt into a skirt

t-shirt makeover

Recently in a bag of hand-me-downs I spotted a ladies top whose fabric I really liked but the style of which did not appeal to any of the girls in the family. That set me to wondering how I could remake the shirt into something that someone would enjoy. The fabric was soft and stretchy […]

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Camping fun

Here’s at least some of what’s been keeping me away from the blog during the past week. I’ll write more later. Hope you’re enjoying your summer as well!