A Christmas Gift Suggestion for Your Kids!

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I know the toy catalogs have all arrived in the mail and the kids are circling their little hearts out…but many of those toys promise to deliver much more than they ever could deliver and we’ll find them on the garage sale table this summer. It’s Black Friday and you might be Christmas shopping so I wanted to suggest something to add to your list that is of eternal value! What’s in the Bible? It’s a series for kids created by Phil Vischer, the creator of Veggie Tales.  We have 6 of their DVDs plus their Christmas DVD and LOVE them – they truly […]

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My Christmas Planner – A Tutorial

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After reading the ebook “Untangling Christmas” by Karen Ehman and LeAnn Rice, I decided to make my own Christmas Planner!  I LOVE having everything I need all in one place on the shelf!  My planner holds my to-do list, baking list, gift list, decorating list and thank you list along with my Christmas card addresses, recipes, traditions and receipts from purchases – all in ONE place!  Not only do I feel organized for this holiday season but it will be nice next season to pop open my planner and reuse everything I have created this year! Here’s how it works (and some things […]

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How To Cook A Turkey in a Roaster Oven


    I love my portable roaster oven!  There are 2 great reasons why it’s perfect for roasting your Thanksgiving Turkey.  1.  It opens up oven space for all your side dishes. 2.  You are guaranteed a moist turkey! Here’s how I make mine:  Chop the veggies, apples, herbs and butter   Rinse the turkey Stuff the turkey with yummy things and spread butter all over it.  Place it in the roaster and salt and pepper it. Cooki it according to your roaster directions.  Easy Peasy – now you have a minute to make your table beautiful for guests! When the button pops […]

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Simple and Fun Turkey Cookies

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 Here’s a fun weekend activity for the kids!  These cookies take just 3 ingredients!  Pillsbury Sugar Cookie dough, icing (shaded orange) and candy corn.  Cut slices and bake them according to the package directions.  Then let your little people ice half of the turkey and use the candy corn for feathers.  I shaded some of the icing orange and placed it inside of a ziploc baggie and clipped the corner.  Voila!  Have a great weekend! Walk with the King! Courtney

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The Art of Cooking & a Free Thanksgiving ebook


I am soooooo excited to share with you Janelle’s very first ebook!  I’ve already printed my copy and have it ready to be used through out the month of November to bless my family.   Some of the recipes include – How to do a Fried Turkey, Ham, Cornbread, Sweet Potatoes, Stuffing, Bread Pudding, Baked Caramel Apples, Apple Pie and more!  Is your mouth watering yet?  Mine is !  Here’s how to get your free copy:  Click on the photos above, they will take you to her homepage – along the right hand side bar you will find the same photo […]

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Happy 4th of July Pics!


Happy 4th of July! Here’s some pictures from our home to yours! Our All-American Cutie Pie! Finally a chance to sit down lol! My oldest sister Kristen.  She homeschooled her 3 boys for 7 years – now they attend public schools.  She is a virtual  high-school math teacher – she teaches full-time on-line from her home to homeschool students!  Her husband is a pastor at our church. My middle sister (I’m the baby) Jennifer.  She is a part-time teacher at her children’s Christian school and her husband designs custom homes.  He comes in handy for all sorts of home interior […]

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My 2 Favorite Guys!

Happy Father’s Day to my 2 Favorite Guys in the Whole World!!! My Dad – who’s a super amazing Husband, Father, Grandpa (he helps me homeschool on Fridays!), Chemical Engineer, Deacon, and ABF Leader at our church! And my husband who is wildly intelligent, successful, visionary, fiercely strong, quick witted, a fun dad, a patient listener, a leader, loyal, trustworthy, dependable, generous, supportive and He loves Jesus! I love you guys! Happy Father’s Day! Here’s a little something to make you laugh! Walk with the King!

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Celebrating Jesus With Your Kids this Easter

Easter is now only 15 days away and as I walk through all the stores – the bunnies and baskets are EVERYWHERE! I love Easter! Easter has always been a BIG holiday for my family – we do it up like Christmas with a big dinner and huge overflowing baskets! This is the day our Savior rose from the dead – this is HUGE!!!!! One of my favorite activities to do with the children leading up to Easter are these Resurrection Eggs – which can be purchased at your local Christian bookstore, amazon.com and last year I saw them at […]

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14 Ways to Show Your Husband Love for Valentine’s Day

This Sunday is Valentine’s Day. Are you ready? Valentines day is the perfect opportunity to shower your man with sweet little notes, surprise gifts, and encouraging words. If you are still looking for a creative ways to show your husband love – here’s 14 ideas! 1 – Buy or make your husband a trophy and engrave it with the words “The Best Husband in the World.” (I found a cheap trophy at a party supplies store – the kids loved presenting it to daddy) 2- Listen with your husband to “your song”. Maybe even invite him to slow dance along. […]

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Thrifty Thursday: How to Make a 2009 Time Capsule

Are you looking for a way to make this New Year’s Eve meaningful and memorable? Here is a cheap and easy way to bring the family together for a time of reflection on 2009. Every year on New Year’s Eve our extended family gets together for sauerkraut, cabbage rolls, games and the making of a time capsule! Then we toast in the New Year with sparkling grape juice! This is our family tradition! Here’s how to make a time capsule: First get a container – mine is simply a Quaker Oats can cleaned out. Then we decorate the outside of […]

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Post-Christmas Pictures

My Favorite Gifts: A Boojiboo Apron (for all that Tasty Tuesday cooking!), some new running shoes (for some 5K’sI’ll be running in the new year) from my husband AND SNUGGIES from my mom (these are my older sisters – Kristen in the pink and Jennifer in the blue – I’m the baby!)! I pray you had a very Merry Christmas. I know all of you worked so hard to create a special day for your families. If your Christmas was less than dreamy, it serves as a reminder that all this world offers is empty. I am so blessed to […]

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