Prepping the Chickens for Winter + a video


We spent the bulk of a Saturday in the garden preparing the chickens for winter. We normally move their coop and run around once a week so the hens have fresh grass under them (I have two of each coop/run combo, 4 hens in one, 3 in the other, and Roostio the Rooster just roams free around the garden). When winter comes though moving them around gets a lot harder to do and the grass isn’t there anyways. So we decided we’d stick them right in the middle of the garden (which finally had a hard freeze and died last week). They’ll stay Continue Reading →

Fall Salad with Maple Candied Pecans, Bacon, Apples, and Shaved Brussels Sprouts

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Don’t let the cooler weather make you feel like salad season was put away with your swimming suit and beach towels. This Fall Salad with Maple Candied Pecans, Bacon, Apples, and Shaved Brussel Sprouts is perfect all fall and winter long. This salad is filling and just perfect for the main dish at lunch. The apples and nuts are crunchy and sweet, bacon is never ever bad on a salad, and those shaved brussels sprouts are my favorite. Raw brussels sprouts taste like a mild crunchy cabbage. They are really pretty in the salad and add a fun unexpected element. Continue Reading →

The Fence

This mama is beat, but I wanted to post a cute little video for today. I’m doing better and better about not yelling (it’s been a fabulous month actually) and now that my mouth has gotten quieter, it’s time for me to start on the next step, really listening. I’m going to be thinking about how to do this better this week, and this fun video is a nice start. I’d love to hear from you. How do you take the time to really listen to your family? Your kids? Your spouse?

20 Heavenly Cornbread Recipes

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It’s no secret that I love cornbread. Today I’m sharing 20 Heavenly Cornbread Recipes with you and 4 of those recipes are my own! My love stems from my Indiana upbringing (because Hoosiers love their corn!) and my love for easy side dishes that my whole family will gobble up. I make a lot of vegetable heavy soups and stews and sometimes they fly with the kids and other time I’m pretty sure half of dinner ends up in the chicken scrap bucket. I often use cornbread as a bargaining chip. “If you eat two more bites of your soup Continue Reading →

A Day in My Life: 11.10.15


6:07: The baby starts to fuss and is ready to eat. This is the start of my day though not the first time I’ve been up. I fed Graham at 12:30 and again at 3:30. His bed is next to ours so I get him out and lay back down to nurse while doing some pondering and silent praying for the day. 6:38: The baby is done and I shuffle out of bed, laying him in the warm spot that I left behind to sleep a little more. I should have gotten up earlier but we didn’t go to bed Continue Reading →

Homemade Graham Crackers 3 Ways: Original, Orange Dark Chocolate, and Pumpkin Spice

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There are few things more delicious in life than simple buttery homemade graham crackers. I’ve been making homemade graham crackers for my kids for years and years, and they ask for them often. Homemade graham crackers are essentially a buttery crisp cookie that you can cut into just about any shape you like. I taught my daughter how to spell her when she was tiny by making homemade graham crackers with her and cutting out the letters in her name from the dough. She still remembers this fun kitchen lesson all these years later. Today I’m working with Bob’s Red Continue Reading →

Orange Cranberry Quick Bread

Cranberry Orange bread

I’ve been really excited to share this Orange Cranberry Quick Bread recipe with you and today is the day. Of course I planned on sharing it much earlier in the day, but here it, almost 11pm and I’m just getting it done. I decided to write “A Day in My Life” kind of post after my friend Cassie did one this week. I spent the day documenting the who’s and what’s and before I knew it the day was done! I can’t wait to post it. I think it’ll be fun us both. Back to the bread though. Orange Cranberry Continue Reading →

Slow Cooker Creamy Turkey and Butternut Squash Chili


Slow Cooker Creamy Turkey and Butternut Squash Chili is the best of so many worlds. Slow cooker meal, check. Healthy, check. Use some leftover turkey from Thanksgiving, check (but not necessary if you don’t have it, see the notes on the recipe). This recipe is also part of the November #eatseasonal group which means other bloggers have made delicious recipes using seasonal ingredients and you can find links to all of their dishes here! This group of bloggers has been a huge treat for me to work with this year and this month is no different. Here’s what a seasonal taste Continue Reading →

This weeks Ponderizing, thoughts on patience, and #noyellnovember update

Psalm 100

I got a little personal last Sunday and admitted to you all that I’ve gotten into the bad habit of yelling at my kids. It’s something that I don’t like so I decided to do something about that. I challenged myself to not yell for 30 days and I’ve started thinking of this little experiment as “No Yell November” (you know, to go along with that whole No Shave November thing). Not yelling is going very well; I have done great all week. There was a time on Saturday morning that the kids were going in and out of the front Continue Reading →