Homemade, Handmade Whole Wheat Tortillas Easy Recipe

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Before reading Make the Bread, Buy the Butter, it never occurred to me that I might make my own flour tortillas. Doesn’t it require extra tools? Wouldn’t it take a lot of time? No! It doesn’t! So, not only do I get to cross “tortillas” off my master pantry list, making one less thing I have to shop for (making tortillas doesn’t require any additional ingredients not on the pantry list), but I also can make 100% whole wheat tortillas … Read More

Choosing Conviviality or Perpetuating a Pity Party?

Is happiness an emotion reserved for those who have an easy life? Right now I have a child who thinks happiness is a life without math fact drill pages. And, he’s onto something that misery is dragging one’s feet and taking three hours to do what should take one three minutes. However, cause and effect might be different than his perception. The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but liking what one has to do. — … Read More

2012 Resolutions Revisited

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So, here’s a look at the resolutions I made in January 2012 and an examination of how well I did. At the beginning of the year, I did not know whether or not I would be pregnant and decided to make my resolutions assuming I wouldn’t be, because if I was, I’d have the perfect excuse for not meeting the goals. Right? 2012 Resolutions Publish, market, and sell my Pantry Meals book. Renamed Simplified Dinners and successfully launched. Complete & … Read More

Simple & Cheap Bean Soup Easy Recipe

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Last year I created a soup quite by accident, but it turned out to be incredibly tasty and well-received. The plan was to have beans and cornbread ala Pioneer Woman. But my pinto beans, after cooking with two large beef bones all day, had created a very tasty broth, and there was a lot of it in the pot. The beans were already falling apart, there was too much liquid to boil down, and I wasn’t about to drain such … Read More

Quick and Simple Tuna Cakes Easy Recipe

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Guest post by Jamie Oliver of Walking in High Cotton. Did you ever have “tuna patties” growing up? We did. And we thought they were awful! My momma mashed together tuna fish and hand-torn bread, patted them together, coated them in flour, and pan fried them until they were solid. Inexpensive? Yes. Tasty? Um…no. In all fairness, my Dad loved them. That’s probably why she made them that way. He topped them with a slice of tomato and ate a … Read More

Guest Post: Quick Chicken Stuffing Dinner – Easy Recipe

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Guest Post by Julie Rothacher of As Jules is Going There are many nights I look up at the clock with maybe 20 minutes to spare before our routine dinner time. THIS was one of those nights. Rushing into the kitchen staring at my dry-erase board menu (1/2 filled in and mainly with ‘Left Over’ from all my cooking the week before), I searched frantically for something that took about 15 minutes. I found it! Chicken & Stuffing! It’s healthy, … Read More

Guest Post: Make-Ahead Breakfast Ideas – Easy Recipes

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  Guest Post by Rachel of Thriving Homeof   Hi everyone! I’m Rachel from Thriving Home, where “real food meets reality” in our recipes. That means we strive to cook with the least processed ingredients possible, yet realize that there are times when we may need some shortcuts. I’d like to share our most popular family-friendly and freezer-friendly breakfast recipes with you today. My goal is to feed my family a quick “real food” hardy breakfast each morning. As you … Read More

GTD for Homemakers: Tips for Processing Your Brain-Dump Lists

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Welcome to a month of practical, hands-on, and real-life organization and time management posts specifically for mothers at home! I’m joining up with The Nester’s “31 Days” series with 31 Days to GTD for Homemakers. GTD is an acronym referring to David Allen’s books and system, Getting Things Done. And if anybody needs to get things done, it’s mothers managing a home. So join me for the month of October as I explore how we can streamline our processes, alleviate … Read More

Whole Grain Cornbread With Corn

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In the fall and winter, we eat a lot of beans and soups. Cornbread is the perfect accompaniment to such meals. While the recipe I used to rely on from Bernard Clayton’s Complete Book of Breads is fine, this year I wanted to try something new. I had this thought that a cornbread that actually had some corn kernels in it would be yummy. So, I went on a Google hunt for such a recipe. It didn’t take long to … Read More

Finding Motivation: Autonomy in [Home] School and [House] Work

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This series was inspired by my reading of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, by Daniel Pink. Review: Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us How Not to Motivate: Extrinsic Rewards Motivating without Stickers: Intrinsic Motivation Finding Motivation: Autonomy in [Home] School and [House] Work Finding Motivation: Mastery in [Home] School and [House] Work Finding Motivation: Purpose in [Home] School and [House] Work What is Autonomy? autonomy, (aw-ton-uh-mee) n. independence or freedom, as of the will or … Read More

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