Hawaii! Here we come?!

Have you ever been to Hawaii? It’s so beautiful and it’s a lovely family... 

AdoramaPix – photo books – Part 1

My family went to Italy last fall. We had such a great time!  And because my oldest... 

Punderdome game – review

Game Title:  Punderdome By:  Fred and Jo Firestone For: Adults My rating: 2 stars   My... 

Got Plantar Fasciitis? Here are some quick tips for relief

You just know something just isn’t right when you wake up every morning dreading... 

Technology and teenagers

I’m just going to leave this here. If you’re a parent of teenagers or... 

Save Money while at Disney

My friend Lisa over at the Educational Toy Factory just shared a really great website... 

My Shadow…

One of the books (yes another) that I think every child should have on his or her... 

The Bee-Friendly Garden – Book Review

Book title:  The Bee-Friendly Garden Authors:  Kate Frey and Gretchen LeBuhn Release... 

Vacation Coloring Book

Here’s a fun 128 page coloring book all about vacations. You’ll find... 

Potty Training Pirates

Today my three-year old is barefoot, wearing shorts, a t-shirt and a necktie. It’s... 

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Wee Alphas cards – so much fun!

If you haven’t noticed, I do a lot of book reviews on this blog.  I love books... 

AdoramaPix – photo books – Part 2 – I’m sold!

So if you read this post (click) about our experience with the AdoramaPix website... 

Every Frenchman Has One – Book Review

Title:  Every Frenchman Has One Author:  Olivia deHavilland Amazon info: Back... 

365 Pocket Morning Prayers book

Title:  365 Pocket Morning Prayers Author:  David R. Veerman Amazon info:  Each... 

Snuggle Time Psalms

Book Title:  Snuggle Time Psalms Author:  Glenys Nellist Illustrator:  Cee Biscoe Age:... 

Book Review – Jesus Talked to Me Today

Book Title:  Jesus Talked To Me Today Complied by:  James Stuart Bell Publisher:... 

NKJV Apply the Word Study Bible Review

Book Title:  NKJV Apply The Word Study Bible Published by:  Thomas Nelson Publishers Available... 

Mastering Your Money

5da26ace19f66f4ca02b74a862ed8b09ff05e7dcf3a4a556fb Book Title:  Master Your Money Author:... 

The Brain Freeze Journal – too adorable!

Book Title:  The Brain Freeze Journal Author:  Potter Publisher:  Clarkson Potter My... 

Running on Red Dog Lane – Book Review

Book Title:  Running on Red Dog Road Author:  Drema Hall Berkheimer Published by:... 

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The Best Ever Cranberry Sauce: Cranberry Chia Jam

  I used to love the canned cranberry sauces to serve with my turkey until one year I decided to try and make my own. I’ll never go back to the canned again! It’s so easy and pretty healthy. I kind of mish-mash these ingredients so feel free to embellish to your own taste and add in other things as you see fit! But here are the basics:       1... [Read more of this review]

Simple Icing for Cookies

A simple recipe for icing your favorite cookies! Yields about 12 cookies Ingredients: 1 cup confectioners’ sugar ¼ tsp vanilla extract 2 tsp milk 2 tsp light corn syrup Food coloring Instructions: Mix sugar and milk into a smooth paste. Add the corn syrup and vanilla extract and beat until creamy. Add the food coloring, or if you want to make... [Read more of this review]

Easy Honey Chicken Dinner

Serves 6-8 Ingredients: ½ cup chicken broth (ideally low-sodium) ¼ cup liquid honey ½ cup fresh lemon juice 2 chickens (about 3 1/2pounds each), cut into pieces 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 2 cups pitted olives (black, green or a mix) Fresh thyme if available, otherwise dried Salt and pepper to taste Instructions: Heat the oven to 450º F. Rub all... [Read more of this review]

Family-Favorite Taco Salad

This is my go to lunch and dinner meal because I usually have all the ingredients laying around the house at any time.  There’s so much flexibility with these Ingredients too – you can change it up and make it into taco soup, for instance, or a taco bar.  Healthy too!  So let’s get started! Ingredients: 1lb lean ground beef (I like... [Read more of this review]

Fast Family Meal Ideas

Dinner time is family time. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to get everyone together and it’s often even more difficult to find time to prepare meals. Home prepared meals are generally healthier than take out options. With a little meal planning and some advanced preparation you can get a meal on the table in mere minutes. Here are some fast... [Read more of this review]

Delicious Springtime Cookies

Yields about 24 cookies Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups margarine or butter, softened 1 tsp vanilla extra ¼ tsp salt 1 cup powdered sugar 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, sifted Instructions: With an electric mixer, beat sugar, butter and salt until creamy. Then beat in the vanilla extract. Slowly add the sifted flour and beat with a wooden spoon until well blended. Half... [Read more of this review]

BBQ Lamb Chops with Rosemary

Ingredients: 12x 1″ thick loin lamb chops, trimmed 6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice 3 tbsp fresh rosemary, minced (or 3 tsp dried) 6 cloves of garlic, minced ¾ cup Balsamic vinegar Salt and pepper to taste Instructions: Arrange lamb chops in a single layer in a glass dish. Mix vinegar, oil, lemon juice, rosemary and garlic... [Read more of this review]

How to Make a Strawberry Spinach Salad Your Family Will Love

Spinach salad is one of my very favorite salads to eat in the summer … well really almost any time of the year.  It’s healthy, looks fabulous on the plate with almost any other main dish and most people love it! Avocado & Strawberries with Balsamic Vinegar – Yummo! (Photo credit: SweetOnVeg) With a tasty dressing and summer strawberries,... [Read more of this review]

Superfoods – Summer Berries

English: Alaska wild berries from the Innoko National Wildlife Refuge (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Berries are some of the most healthful foods, and summer is the season of the berry. From strawberries to blueberries to cherries, summer brings these healthful fruits to our tables. They are more affordable in summer, being in season. Here are some of the... [Read more of this review]

Fun Special Family Breakfast – Oatmeal “bar”

Breakfast of rasperries, blueberries and oatmeal. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) A while back we offered to care for our friends’ 7 kids while the parents went on a short trip out of state.  For this mom of two, this was quite an undertaking.  I’ve never had more than 2 kids and really had no idea what it would be like to have a large family... [Read more of this review]

How to Roast and Use Pumpkins!

Image via Wikipedia by Tawra Kellam Peter Piper Picked a Profoundly Plump Pumpkin — Now what does he do with it? How to Roast a Pumpkin You can only do this with a freshly carved pumpkin! Do not use on a pumpkin that has been carved and sitting out for several days. To bake a fresh 6 to 7 pound pumpkin, halve the pumpkin... [Read more of this review]

Delicious Homemade Recipes For Using Apples!

Image by rocketlass via Flickr by Jill Cooper I’ve always dreamed of having an apple tree in my backyard. You know the old saying, “Be careful what you wish for?” Now that I actually have my own apple tree, I stand in my yard watching the apples piling up around me thinking, “Oh no — What do I do... [Read more of this review]

Easy Cabbage Salad

Here’s a great summertime salad recipe that the whole family will love. It’s easy and healthy too! Ingredients: 2 cups grated cabbage ½ cup cucumber, peeled and diced 2 large carrots, grated ¼ cup pine nuts 1/3 cup mayonnaise or yogurt (or a mix of the two) 1 tsp white wine vinegar Optional: 1 tsp sugar or honey Instructions: Combine the... [Read more of this review]

Sunday Morning Cinnamon Toast

Serves 3 Kids (or one daddy?) Ingredients: 3 thick slices of bread (ideally organic white) 2oz butter, softened 2 tbsp sugar (ideally superfine granulated sugar) 1 tsp ground cinnamon Instructions: In a bowl, mix together butter, sugar and cinnamon. Place the bread under a broiler until one side of each slice of bread is toasted. Spread the other side... [Read more of this review]

Coconut Rice

Image via Wikipedia Delicious Coconut Rice Serves 4 – 5 Ingredients: 2 tbsp organic coconut oil oil 1 medium red onion, chopped 10oz rice (ideally long-grain) 2 cups coconut milk 1 ½ cups vegetable stock 2 tsp turmeric 2 whole cloves 3″ cinnamon stick 2 bay leaves 3oz toasted almonds Dash of soy sauce Instructions: In a large, non-stick... [Read more of this review]

Simple Traditional Baked Ham

Image via Wikipedia A springtime Easter favorite, this baked ham will bring ooohs and aaahs from your family members   Baked Easter Ham Serves 8 – 10 Ingredients: 1 cooked bone-in ham (about 7-8lbs) ¼ cup dark brown sugar ¼ cup maple syrup 2 tbsp Dijon mustard 15 whole cloves Instructions: Preheat oven to 325° F. Score the surface of... [Read more of this review]

Beer Can Chicken -the easy way!

If you’ve never tasted Beer Can Chicken then you are really missing something!  Our friends made this for us once and we don’t want to eat our chicken any other way now. The problem is, our oven isn’t really made for making it the traditional way, which is just placing your whole chicken over the open can of beer and putting on a... [Read more of this review]

Basic and Easy Turkey Stuffing

Makes about 4 servings Ingredients: 1 cup plain breadcrumbs 4 cloves garlic, finely minced 1 large onion, coarsely chopped 1 small apple, peeled, cored and chopped 1 tsp dried tarragon 1 tsp thyme Salt and pepper to taste Instructions: In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and stuff your Thanksgiving turkey or chicken.  Read More →

Homemade Easy Egg Nog

Serves 8 Ingredients: 6 eggs 3 cups milk 8 tbsp sugar ½ tsp nutmeg, ground 3 tsp vanilla essence Instructions: Beat the eggs with an electric beater in a large mixing bowl. Add milk and sugar slowly and continue beating. When the mixture begins to thicken a bit, add the vanilla and nutmeg. Cover with wrap and chill for at least 3 hours.  Read More →

Homemade Pie Baking Tips

Image by Ilja via Flickr Homemade Pie Baking Tips by Jill Cooper If you love baking pies from scratch and have the time to do so, then go for it, but don’t feel guilty if you can’t. There are many ways to get that homemade taste without as much work. For example, say your family loves pumpkin pie but every year you... [Read more of this review]

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