Kids and Chores

Kids and chores can be a touchy subject for parents. Should my kids do chores? If so, what kind of chores? Should children be paid or should chores be just a normal part of living? Many think that chores should be expected with no reward, others think allowance (monetary or otherwise) for chores is the best option, and others believe that kids should be kids, not forcing chores on their children at all. I personally view chores and school as a child’s “job”, and just as parents have jobs which they…

Easter is More Than Eggs and Bunnies

Bringing Some Meaning to Easter In a world of plastic eggs, chocolate bunnies, pre-made baskets and holidays that are over commercialized, I am sometimes asked how I can celebrate Easter with stories and candy yet keep true to my faith, but the truth is most traditions can be traced to more meaningful ideas and situations. Easter is more than eggs and bunnies, so… how do you help your family find the meaning of Easter through eggs, bunnies, chocolate and candy? In our family we try to use the commercial items to help…

Festive Deviled Eggs

Yummy and Fun! With Easter comes tons of boiled eggs and probably deviled eggs. If you use regular food coloring to dye your clean, boiled eggs, keep the dye and make some festive deviled eggs. After the kids find all of the eggs, it becomes time to make something of them. Deviled eggs are a favorite and to make festive deviled eggs, carefully crack the eggs and remove the shells, rinse the eggs and place an egg in a jar or cup of dye and allow them to sit for…

There won’t be enough time… it’s ok

  I wake up, late, to a sink full of dishes, laundry in the washer, dryer and on the kitchen table and as I look around, I see a few (a colony of) dust bunnies poking their heads out at me. My kids are in mismatched pajamas, refusing their breakfast, while running up and down the stairs because they think having the dogs chase them is hilarious. My husband hasn’t been home in 2 days because of his job and our home is in the middle of remodeling so we work and…

Carrot greens…not just for bunnies!

  This year I planted carrots for the first time and I didn’t do a rotation, just one planting to see how it would go. We don’t use tons of carrots, the kids like to eat them, but my thoughts were leaning more toward freezing them for stews and such. I harvested recently and began to cut them up. We have rabbits so I fed a few of the carrot greens and tops to them, but my son kept eating them, not the ones I threw in the rabbit pen, lol,…

Green tomatoes…overlooked gems

Tomatoes, to me, seem to be about the easiest garden plant to grow. They can basically break in half, they will mend themselves and still grow, you can grow an entire new plant from a broken stem and they really don’t require too much attention. Every year is different, weather wise, but no matter when the frost arrives, there are always tons of green tomatoes. The first thing that comes to mind of course, are fried green tomatoes, which was one of my great grandmother’s favorite things to have, but…

Upgrade Your Pre-planned Meals

Do you pre-plan and freeze meals? Do you have 20 odd freezer bags with your delicious pre-planned meals all forming a blob in your freezer? Many moms are finding that taking a day a month and prepping meals, then freezing them, is coming in handy. I see many posts and pins with this idea, so I tried it and while reaching in and having a meal all ready to go was nice, the process needed a little upgrade. I hated how they didn’t stack and all froze together. I had…

Recycle milk cartons into a kitchen helper

I was recently trying to find something for my kids to use, so that they could become a little more independent in the kitchen pouring drinks, sauces or milk, when we have the occasional bowl of cereal. I wanted something I could fill and that they could easily pour without the worry of too much spilling. Mason jars are incredibly trendy, we have many of them and my kids like using them. I also wanted to find something that I could possibly recycle, so I came up with this. We…

Why I love Coconut oil and other Coconut products

I had a question recently about coconut oil and what the benefits really are. I am not a doctor and for a serious condition I would talk to one before making any changes in medications, however, if your doctor isn’t open to natural supplements, then perhaps it is time to find a new doctor. I am not claiming coconut oil will cure anything but it is possible to help ailments. Coconut oil is edible oil, extracted from the meat of a coconut, which has been consumed in tropical places for thousands…