Busy Mom Meal Plan: Venison Chili and More

On Sundays, I usually try to keep the schedule clear, so I can catch up on the to-do list before starting another week. Many of my friends love hearing what I’m making, and I love sharing ideas. Click here to see my previous Busy Mom Meal Plan posts.  This week’s plan  includes one new recipe and several old favorites. I try not to make more than one new recipe each…

Read More

Easy Crock Pot Recipe: Coffee Rubbed Pulled Pork

Usually, the ingredients, Coffee Grounds, Cinnamon, Cayenne Pepper, and Pork do not grace my lips in the same sentence.  In this case, however, they combine to help create the MOST delicious Pork Barbecue I have ever tasted! I got this recipe from a friend of mine, Rick.  He said he got it from a newspaper a long time ago, but couldn’t remember where. If you’re skeptical on this one, trust…

Read More

5 Ways to Give Absolutely Useless Advice

You gotta love January. Resolutions, reflections, “words,” goals, and all that jazz pepper the social media feeds. And along with it come the myriad of self-help and advice posts. 4 Ways to Become a Happier Person 7 Things Awesome People Do Every Day (Have you heard? 7 is the magic number to get blog traffic these days) 9 Reasons You’re an Awful Parent (OK, not really, but that’s what they…

Read More

Leftovers? Try This Turkey Corn Chowder

Turkey Corn Chowder To make thicker chowder, blend or process half of the corn until smooth before adding it to the soup. If you want cheesy chowder, add 1/2 cup shredded cheddar with the bacon. For lower fat, omit bacon, and add more salt. 6 fresh medium ears or 3 cups frozen corn, thawed Whatever amount of cooked turkey you have, cubed! (2 cups?) 1/2 cup chopped onion 1/2 cup…

Read More

The day my heart wanted to leap onto a plane

I guess you could say I live in the best of both worlds, as far as Christian mission work. At my “day job” I get to be a (very) small part of  projects around the world, like bringing water to desperate people, healing in mission hospitals, helping disaster victims and refugees, and more. As a social media strategist, my job is to build our online community, interact with people, help…

Read More

Peppermint Oreo Cookie Balls or Pops

If you need an excuse to make decadent desserts, the Christmas holiday provides the perfect opportunity. And, of course, you must practice and taste test several times before serving your creations to guests, neighbors or teachers. I promise if you make these Peppermint Oreo Cookie Pops for your next office party, teacher gifts or just because, you will be the talk of the town! The recipe was for cookie balls,…

Read More

2 Weekly Menus to Pre-Cook on Sunday: Salisbury Steak and More

Since I went back to work full time about two years ago, I’ve been striving to figure out how to make our extra-busy lives work smoothly. When I’ve had time to blog, a weekly menu plan is usually what comes out.  I imagined that people were kind of bored with that until I received requests on Facebook to share my meal ideas. These are not fancy, but they work for…

Read More

How to Get Rid of Lice Without Using Chemicals

It’s about that time again! Back-to-school time? Well, yes – time for school supplies and new clothes and locker combinations. It’s also time for head checks, itchy scalps and and those little demon bugs we call lice. Whenever hundreds of children get together in close proximity in warm weather, the threat of lice is there.   A local hair dresser said she had three children unknowingly come in with lice…

Read More

The Perils of Refusing to Be Controlled

I’m less than a year away from age 40. Just typing that feels weird because sometimes I still feel like an amateur at this thing called “life.” But having 39+ years behind me does give me some clarity that only comes with age and experience. Last week, a friend mentioned reading the book “Boundaries.” Part of my pastor’s sermon this morning included a story of  what happened when he spoke…

Read More

“I Can’t Do This” and Other New Mom Myths

With the appearance of those two little lines on the stick comes a flood of emotions ebbing and flowing over the next nine months. Excitement, wonder, and joy make their appearance, accompanied by uncertainty, lack of control, or even downright fear. When I was pregnant with my first baby, well-meaning people would say things like, “Oh, a woman’s body was made for this, you’ll know just what to do.” I…

Read More