Peaceful Night Weaning

Peaceful Night Weaning
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We’re moving, and during this painfully slow process, we moved our bed. Unfortunately, we haven’t had the opportunity to sleep on that nice, large, queen-sized bed for a couple of months now, leaving us in a smaller, less comfortable substitute.

In short, co-sleeping, our favorite method for how to get enough sleep with a newborn, quit working. Neither Gabriel, nor I were sleeping well. In fact, Gabriel was ending up on the couch before morning more often than not.

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We’re Finally In Texas - And I love My Beat Up Truck

We are in Texas. Finally.

Well, I guess I really mean, we’re in Texas again.

As I wrote back in August, we’re making the move back down to Central Texas from Tennessee to be near Gabriel’s family, and take advantage of farming and work opportunities. We made a three week trip down here that month, and then went back east to try to tie up all the loose ends. Naturally,… Read More »

Best Apple Pie Recipe

Best Apple Pie Recipe
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What do you think of when you think of comfort food desserts? Chances are good that old fashioned apple pie is right up there at the top. I know it is for me! This is the BEST apple pie recipe I’ve ever made, I kid you not. The fact that a something as simple as traditional apple pie can hold its own as a favorite in a day when there’s a million amazing pie recipes showing up in our Pinterest feeds really says something about it doesn’t it.

It says that of all the pies out there, this is one you need to master. I’m serious! Because it’s a… Read More »

Home-Canned Apple Pie Filling Recipe

Home-Canned Apple Pie Filling Recipe
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What can be more satisfying than seeing your pantry shelves filling up with food that you’ve canned with your own hands? Not much, I’d submit, but there’s something extra special about canning pie filling. It’s like making convenience food. Once you’re done, it just sits on the shelf, and literally all you have to do is open a jar and dump it into a pie shell when you’re ready for it. Hey presto! You just made homemade apple pie from scratch!

Needless to say, I’m excited about the onslaught of Fall apples, and the opportunities to buy in… Read More »

Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate Recipe

Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate Recipe
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What could be more perfect on a chilly fall morning than pumpkin spice hot chocolate? Pumpkin latte recipes abound on Pinterest right now, but what about the rest of us? The ones who don’t drink coffee?

We need our Fall flavors too ya know! 

The solution for that is easy of course - make hot chocolate! I’d love to nosh on pumpkin spice chocolate fudge all the time of course, but there’s something really soothing… Read More »

Smart Ways To Save On Groceries

Smart Ways To Save On Groceries
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It’s all too easy to spend a fortune on groceries these days. But saving money? While you can eat for just $20 a week, that takes a little more forethought.  So let’s cut right to the chase with these 13 Smart Ways To Save On Groceries.

  • Buy Colored bell peppers. They’re cheaper than green, and is it just me, or do they have more flavor too? (Update: This seems to be highly depending… Read More »

Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Fudge

Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Fudge
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Pumpkin Spice Fudge. Doesn’t that sound delicious? Now Add Chocolate to that. Sounds even better doesn’t it?

In fact, I could never have predicted how good this stuff would be! Something about the spiciness balancing out the sweetness. It smells so good, I’m pretty sure you could place pieces around your house for air fresheners. But the taste! It’s out of this world! Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger, plustRead More »

Things Don’t Always Go According To Plan: A DIY Fail And A Lesson

A few weeks ago, I set out to make dipped tallow candles. I had everything worked out in my head, and thought I knew exactly how this was going to go.

The reality wasn’t quite so pretty however. I ended up spending about two hours trying to get my tallow to just the right temperature so that each dip of my candle wick would result in another layer of tallow. 

The end result was not only not as pretty as I had pictured, it was downright ugly! 

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Baked Pork Chops And Rice Recipe

Baked Pork Chops And Rice Recipe
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 Don’t you just love easy, one-pot meals? I know I do! That’s what’s so great about this baked pork chops and rice recipe. It’s super easy, while being filling and delicious. And did I mention man pleasing?

I’ve never met a man who didn’t love tender, baked pork chops.

What I love so much about this recipe is that you can bake it in the slow cooker, and just let it cook most of the day, while you don’t even think about it. It’s such a stress relief to go… Read More »

Gluten-Free Baking Tips

I vividly remember my first glance into the world of celiac disease. I was somewhere around 8-10 years old, and our entire Sunday school class had gone to Chuck E Cheese’s for pizza and games. 

There was one boy in our class who couldn’t have the pizza and, worse yet, had forgotten his lunch. He took it in stride and spent his time playing in the arcade while we ate, but I still felt really sorry for him. How sad to not be able to eat pizza! 

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