Establishing Household Habits Series Index

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    Why? (November 2009) I suspect it would have been just as difficult for Elly to not make her bed as it was for me to make my bed. In both cases, it would seem to us that something was not right. In my case, because a jumble of blankets was normal, and a made bed was unfamiliarly neat-looking. Habits, Routines, & Schedules (November 2009) Establishing a routine bestows more emotional energy. Established by Repetition (November 2009) Everyday on … Read More

Making a Convivial Home Series Index

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I didn’t start Simply Convivial because I am a sweet, gentle, nice Mom, but because I am not. This is my journey in repentance, in learning gratitude and contentment and happiness in a life spent loving first the small children God has blessed us with, then the body of Christ, and then those outside. I am learning to be a good steward in the small things, hoping to be given greater and greater responsibility and finally to hear “Well done, … Read More

Simple, Easy Homemade Tomato Sauce — 100% pure tomatoes – Easy Recipe

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Now is the time when the tomato plants are groaning under their load, and we have more tomatoes than we know what to do with. Even in the years when I don’t garden, I usually know people who do and come August and September, they are passing off tomatoes wherever and whenever they can. I will gladly accept them all, because I have this quick method for “preserving” them – no peeling or canning required. Quick & Easy Homemade Tomato … Read More

5 Days to Organizing Your Kitchen Tools – Day 5: Organizing Your Kitchen Lists

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  Be sure to check out the other 5-Days series running this week, as well. You’ll find everything from simplifying your cleaning supplies to organizing kids’ clothes! Additionally, the hostess for the series, Sidetracked Sarah, will be announcing the winners to all the fabulous prizes tomorrow!   Organize Your Kitchen Work Stations Organize Your Kitchen Storage Organize Your Kitchen Tools Organize Your Kitchen Laundry Organize Your Kitchen Lists Day 5 – Lists: Indispensable Tools   Before there is a soup … Read More

5 Days to Organizing Your Kitchen Tools – Day 4: Creative Kitchen Laundry Storage

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Be sure to check out the other 5-Days series running this week, too! Organize Your Kitchen Work Stations Organize Your Kitchen Storage Organize Your Kitchen Tools Organize Your Kitchen Laundry Organize Your Kitchen Lists Day 4: Kitchen Laundry List A vital “tool” in the kitchen are all the various rags, scrubbies, towels, and other cloths used to clean the perpetual mess in a well-used kitchen. Scrubbies, etc. We will start with scrubbies, dishcloths, and vegetable brushes, because they are the … Read More

5 Days to Organizing Your Kitchen Tools – Day 3: Ways to Store Kitchen Tools

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We’re spending five days this week taking practical baby steps toward organizing the kitchen and all the stuff found therein. It’s time for real nitty-gritty. Organize Your Kitchen Work Stations Organize Your Kitchen Storage Organize Your Kitchen Tools Organize Your Kitchen Laundry Organize Your Kitchen Lists Day 3: Customize Your Tool Storage in the Kitchen There are many kitchen tools available to us these days, and it’s easy to fill up our kitchen with them. There’s no one right or … Read More

5 Days to Organizing Your Kitchen Tools – Day 2: Kitchen Tool Storage

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This week we’re getting into practical steps for organizing your kitchen. How do you know where your stuff should go? Today we have the answer. Organize Your Kitchen Work Stations Organize Your Kitchen Storage Organize Your Kitchen Tools Organize Your Kitchen Laundry Organize Your Kitchen Lists Day 2: Where to Store Your Kitchen Tools   How many appliances do you have? How many pots and pans and specialty pieces of cookware? These things can take up loads of space, so … Read More

5 Days of Organizing Your Kitchen Tools – Day 1: Organize Your Stations

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Welcome to Day 1 of this 5 day series on organizing! I’m joining 20 other bloggers this week to write for 5 days on a topic related to organizing and cleaning. It’s the first time I’ve joined up in an effort like this, and I’m looking forward to it. Organize Your Kitchen Work Stations Organize Your Kitchen Storage Organize Your Kitchen Tools Organize Your Kitchen Laundry Organize Your Kitchen Lists Be sure to check out the other 5-Days series running … Read More

Easy Recipe Veggie Chips

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Recipes for kale chips have been popular on food blogs for the last couple years, and with good reason. They are a delicious way to consume this nutrient-dense green, even for those (like my family!) that have no Southern blood and cannot stomach sautéed greens or wilty greens floating in soups. This year, I discovered that the same tactic I use to make kale chips works with zucchini and summer squash, as well! Another great benefit to making veggie chips … Read More

Tool: Immersion Blender

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  I suppose it’s not technically an essential tool, but it is one I use all the time: my immersion blender.   I put off buying one for years, though my friends mentioned using theirs regularly. After I bought one, I knew I would never be without one again.     How do I use my immersion blender? Let me count the ways To puree some soups, like roasted root vegetable, butternut squash, and pea soup. To thicken up some … Read More

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