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Projects that look muddled in the middle

It always looks kind of muddled in the middle

A few months ago I was doing that thing when the weather is foul where you look around your house and it starts feeling like bear cave. Everybody’s been inside too long and you haven’t found a place for Christmas presents yet, and all you can see is the clutter built up around the edges.  That particular day I’d already thrown away three bags of junk from my laundry … [Read More...]

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Julianna's Favorite Pancakes

Julianna’s Favorite Breakfast

Once when I was a little girl, my Aunt Edie came to our house and made us deliciously thin pancakes for breakfast that she buttered, sprinkled with powdered sugar, and rolled up before serving. We kids inhaled them, told our mom she needed the … [Read More...]

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Book giveaway: Every Bitter Thing

About three years ago at a blogger's dinner for the Dot.Mom conference, I had the privilege of sitting next to Sara Hagerty with some time to talk for awhile. As a fellow adoptive momma, I felt an immediate kinship with her, and an understanding of … [Read More...]

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Installing a new tile backsplash

Kitchen Project: Tile Backsplash

We’ve been gradually, gradually working to update our kitchen, and I am excited to show you our latest project– a shiny new backsplash! Here’s the tile that we started with.  I slapped it up a few years ago, and never got around to grouting it.  It was fine at the time, but after a few […]

How to make a refillable Keurig pod work with a Keurig 2.0

How to make refillable k-cups work with the Keurig 2.0

Last week we decided to bite the bullet and replace our old Keurig that had gone toes up a few weeks earlier.  When trying out this new one, which is a model 2.0 that we got from Costco , John was disgusted to discover that the Refillable Single K-Cup Brewers  that we’ve been using with […]

At the hospital again

Frugal, not so frugal

Frugal: The biggest news around here is that I got that OB job at the local hospital.  I’ll start in early April and will work 3 shifts a week for a month as I get oriented. Once I am oriented I’ll cut back to two (night) shifts a week. Since John works only 3 (day) […]

Julianna's Favorite Pancakes

Julianna’s Favorite Breakfast

Once when I was a little girl, my Aunt Edie came to our house and made us deliciously thin pancakes for breakfast that she buttered, sprinkled with powdered sugar, and rolled up before serving. We kids inhaled them, told our mom she needed the recipe, and then ever after that, called the lovely creations ‘Aunt […]

Finding Balance in Motherhood

balance and intensity in family life

For many years while decision-making, I’ve fallen back on wisdom from my mom: “Moderation in everything.” Often those sage words point me toward a path that will make sense for my whole family, whether I’m making out a learning plan for our school year, or trying to decide how clean the house really needs to […]

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Frugal Friday: When One Meal Morphs Into Another

I saw this article yesterday The Never-Ending Soup Pot and thought it was a great explanation of a concept that can save you time and let you use your food in a very affordable way. Very often a meal doesn’t have to be a completely new beginning. Often you can use building blocks from another […]

Caroline Ingalls and me

Caroline Ingalls and me

Funny how a character from a book can grab you in childhood and never ever leave you.  I found myself thinking again about the Laura Ingalls books the other day, and wondered what had so captivated me about those books.  First I thought maybe it was Laura.  Definitely there were times in my early life […]

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Different perspectives

We’ve had a broken garage door opener for awhile, and today, thinking of fixing it, John dragged a box out of a corner in which was a hand-me-down garage opener, brand new in the box.  Trying to decide whether to risk installing the old thing, John broke open the sealed box and found this VHS, […]

Rock and Worship Roadshow

Sunday music

I haven’t done Sunday music on my blog for awhile, but I had to share this song by I am They that I heard at the Rock and Worship Roadshow this weekend. The Roadshow still has a few West Coast dates if you want to hear some great music from I Am They and many […]

Our new baby chicks!

Frugal Friday

I thought it might be fun to show you this week’s menu plan instead of my regular frugal Friday details.  I do menu planning in kind of a loosy goosy way–  meaning, before I go shopping, I make a list of 14 or so recipes that would be good dinners in the next couple weeks, […]