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lent 2: feast days

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sundays are feast days in our home. i long to (eventually!) have big mid-day-dinners after church on a weekly basis, with regular guests: friends and family in our home. we probably didn’t do it every sunday, but growing up, sundays in my mind were big roast and baked potato dinners, with guests – who eventually became friends of the family, joining us for thanksgiving dinner each year. feast days mean that whatever you have given up, you are allowed. fasting is not appropriate for feast days, so we FEAST. we…read more

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menu planning

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with all this blowing wind and snow covering us deeper and deeper…..i’m craving a good old fashioned meatloaf and mashed potatoes meal. not great timing having just won all these great healthy foodie magazines. i have a standby recipe that i love, but i’m ready to “spice” it up a bit with a zesty topping, and more roasted garlic for the taters….my mouth is watering just thinking about it. at least i only have to wait one day to eat it. i think my menu planning needs a dash of…read more

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WINNER!

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i know i’m not the only one out there that tries pathetically to win the Pioneer Women’s KitchenAid Mixer contests, right? I enter all the time. But with 40,000+ entries each time she has the giveaway, chances are slim… I just entered another contest a few weeks ago at a great healthy-eating blog. and i won! and it wasn’t a “little” contest either. i won a food scale (a digital one with bells and whistles that i’ve yet to figure out), a new iPOD shuffle (that we’ll save for the…read more

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dr. suess and our first week in Lent

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7 Quick takes:┬áThe Lent 1 edition for more Quick takes, visit Jennifer at Conversion Diary every Friday! 1. It was the first full Week of Lent. I can’t say as our family “gave anything up” (although I’m certainly a proponent for doing so during Lent especially), but we are spending more time together in the evenings. We always have the evenings as a family, but our evening time is more intentional during this Lent. Here’s how: 2. For Advent, Kenny made short lessons that were appropriate for each week in…read more

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homemade books

Posted by in crafty, family fun

one day, sawyer decided to write a book. he gathered up some construction paper, a pencil and our stapler. adam and rowan like what they saw him doing, so they did the same with construction paper and staples. each book was called “In the Woods” and the main character, a little boy, goes into the woods and encounters either a monster, a one-eyed alien, or a snow monster. they were darling, but the staples got in the way of the story. it covered up their creative little pictures because stapling…read more

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my love affair with oatmeal

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i think i’ve always loved oatmeal. it probably started with the instant envelopes – the peaches and cream were my absolute favorite as a kid and i’d hide them from my brothers. maybe they never noticed. over the past decade – as a young single woman living on her own, then a wife and now a wife and mother, i love my oatmeal rolled. i’ll admit that i’ve tried steel cut oats several times, several ways, and we just can’t be friends. i love my porridge rolled and old-fashioned, thank…read more

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menu planning

Posted by in food, menu planning

it’s just “menu planning” now and not “menu planning MONDAY.” because i’m actually posting this sunday night, and some of you might even be reading this on sunday night and i don’t want to confuse anyone. ya know. our breakfasts were very relaxed this past week. i can’t pinpoint why, except that the boys have all started sleeping in really late. like 9:15 late (thursday-saturday) and we had a few days of sick boys and tired parents. so yes, it’s an excuse, but i will try harder this week. because…read more

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1 Lent

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There is still considerable snow on the ground. Our Christmas tree, once a stately symbol of light and beauty, is covered and hidden beneath the cold, killing snow as we enter Lent: a time of somber reflection, growth, and change. We have placed our (Christmas Tree) Lenten Wreath again prominently on our dining room table, lighting a new candle each Sunday in Lent as we count down to the Resurrection, the center of our faith. Glory be to Jesus. Let us know Thee mighty to save.

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depositio ALLELUIA

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we have two boys with rattling coughs, and runny noses….enough to keep us cozying up together under these cloudy skies we got hanging over us. also, a perfect day to bury our alleluias! here’s some info on it if you’re not familiar with it – or if it sounds like something you might want to do with your family! here’s some more info….we just decorate a big poster board that says, “alleluia” on it. i’ll hide it and we’ll uncover it during the joyous occasion that is easter morning! the…read more

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Lenten fasting

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are you “giving anything up for Lent?” growing up protestant, we never acknowledged Lent, let alone gave anything up for it. all of a sudden, easter morning just happened…no forewarning! (well, except for a Good Friday service). i love how weeks of Lent helps you focus on your need for Jesus. traditionally, in the six weeks leading up to Easter Sunday, followers of Christ would deny themselves food and replace eating with full-on prayer. there are many ways of fasting – you don’t necessarily have to abstain from ALL food….read more

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