Cornbread. It’s a welcome addition to every Southern meal. But, I’ve noticed through the years that people are very loyal to their favorite cornbread. Some have a favorite mix, while others swear by their grandma’s time-tested recipe. Some like it unadulterated, while others like to dress it up with everything … Continue reading →
Sometimes, it’s easy to look at someone’s success and only see where they are right now without seeing the many hours of hard work and years of blood, sweat, and tears that they have invested to get there. However, the truth is there are very few overnight successes. Our journey … Continue reading →
As I’ve mentioned before, breakfast is always the hardest meal for me to get on the table. We have a couple of make-ahead breakfast recipes, like crockpot oatmeal and breakfast burritos, that we enjoy frequently, but I still turn to cereal more often than I like to admit. We’re trying to cut down on processed … Continue reading →
As I’ve worked to re-organize our days, I’ve looked at a lot of chore charts. The chores that I see for kids are all pretty standard–wipe the table, pick up toys, make the bed, etc. Some chores (like load the dishwasher) even get the kids IN the kitchen, but I … Continue reading →
I have always been a night owl. My mom eventually gave up on enforcing bedtimes earlier than 10pm because I simply couldn’t turn my brain off and go to sleep any earlier. But, now that I’m a mom, I have discovered that waking up after my kids means waking up to chaos, … Continue reading →
Anyone that knows me, knows that I am really cheap frugal. I love being a “home economist” and spending my time and efforts making the most of our financial resources. And, honestly, it has served us very well. We are now completely debt free (including our mortgage) and are able … Continue reading →
When I was a new mom, I was suddenly thrown into the world of trying to keep the house under control and dinner on the table with the added responsibility of a tiny human being relying on me for his every need. I was overwhelmed to say the least! As I searched … Continue reading →
Spring is here!!! And, with spring comes the tubs of baby chicks in the feed stores. Their cuteness is almost irresistible. Even as an adult who has raised chickens for over five years and knows all of the work involved, I can barely walk into the store without taking a … Continue reading →
Every spring, we go from hoping that our chickens will provide enough eggs that we don’t have to buy any from the store to an egg explosion! And, I always want to scream, “How do I turn these chickens off?” Unfortunately, chickens don’t come with on and off switches! Now, don’t … Continue reading →
When my kids were babies, I would spend their nap times in the bathrooms with the vent fan running, scrubbing away and trying not to breathe the toxic fumes. However, the day came when they no longer napped, and, even worse, they wanted to help! I didn’t want them in … Continue reading →
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