TGIF: Le Gouter

Unless you’ve got a nanny, a housekeeper, a chauffeur, and a chef, it’s hard to manage a home and family–and still keep a smile on your face. But, it’s worth trying. Because nobody wants a crabby mom. Join me while I try to navigate these choppy waters and keep smiling. Subscribe to my RSS feed […]

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Escalloped Corn and Corn Souffle (Recipe Swap: Thanksgiving Vegetables)

My dad and I in our backyard corn patch. Thanksgiving is rife with tradition. Everyone has his own “must-have” dish. Obviously, most families serve turkey and mashed potatoes. But, when it comes to the fixin’s, that’s where we see family traditions and uniqueness emerge. And while it’s hard to see the vegetables for the carbs, […]

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Links of Love

Just a few things that I appreciated this past week or so. Enjoy! I liked this idea for a drawstring bag from Small Notebook. I’m thinking of kid-ifying it by sewing them out of themed fabric. I could make one for each kid and fill it with love notes, candies, and a few gift cards. […]

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Giveaway: Debt-Proof the Holidays

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED If ever there was a time for Americans to start pinching pennies, this would be it. I am so thankful that the Lord gave us a wake-up call about 18 months ago. We aren’t completely out of Debtors Forest, but we can see the light through the trees. Though we […]

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Attention Men: Things You Don’t Say to Your Wife

Thanks, Julie!

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When Do You Say When? Having Babies, Building Families (Part Three)

“Family planning” can be a controversial topic. The Church has battled over it for centuries. Nations and politicians have all had their say in one way or another. Manufacturers and advertisers certainly put in their two cents in order to make a buck off the deal. Everybody has an opinion it would seem. I’ve walked […]

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Poke Ball: A Cake You Could Make

One of the beauties of having SIX KIDS is that birthday celebrations are frequent at our house. And I love a birthday party. Okay, not the kind of “party” that includes masses of sugar-hyped kids running around like monkeys. Thankfully, we don’t know enough people in our new town to have had that kind of […]

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What’s Cookin’ This Week

Our family has really enjoyed the fact that I’m back into the swing of cooking. I’m not back into the swing of much else, but we’re eating well. And that helps everyone’s disposition. Last week’s highlight was probably the Pasta Sauce with Italian Sausage that I made up on the fly. (OK, one kid doesn’t […]

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