posted by on Food & Cooking, Homemaking, THM

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This last year has been a little crazy, OK, a lot crazy. We’ve had issues with Sarah; Hannah, Rachel & Caroline dealing with Chronic Lyme disease, Papaw’s death & Caroline’s emergency surgery. Needless to say, it’s not a year we want to repeat. We are starting 2014 off with an optimistic outlook.  It’s a year of new beginnings and we are looking forward to seeing what the Lord has in store for us.

This blog has been woefully neglected in the last year due to the aforementioned events. Our hope is to start posting what we are doing in our homemaking adventures. We will be sharing our photography, our recipes, organization and other homemaking skills/tasks, I may do a series on small space living with a large family, food budgeting, monthly shopping and money & time saving tips. 

Our food journey has taken on many different complexions over the last few years. In an effort to combat the Chronic Lyme and other auto-immune issues we have changed our diet. We believe that what you eat can drastically affect your overall physical and mental health. We have experienced this first hand. Our recipes will cover several different diets and restrictions. We will have recipes that are one or more of the following: gluten free, egg free, grain free, dairy free, corn free, soy free, sugar free, low carb, high fat, or Trim Healthy Mama

We try to keep our food as clean as possible while also keeping our budget in mind. We don’t buy organic meats, our budget just doesn’t allow for it at this time. We believe that food should be tasty, fun, affordable and pleasing to the eye as well as being good for you. 

This week I am focusing on cleaning out and organizing our middle bedroom. It is very small and for the last few months has been the room that you put things into that don’t have a home. There are no before pictures (I didn’t want to be cast on hoarders) but when I finish, I’ll post some. This room is going to be used for storage of some of our 8 million books, our craft/office supplies and is home to our deep freeze. 

Please take time to stop by our other blogs (there are links in the right side toolbar). Caroline also has her photography website. You can also find Rachel and me on Twitter.  We also have Facebook pages for our different sites.

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What are your homemaking goals for the upcoming year? 

Mini Christmas Tree

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2013
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posted by on Christmas, Crafting

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 While decorating for Christmas the other day Caroline and I ran into a problem. The village on the top of the entertainment center seemed rather dark. We talked about several options, and decided that we would create a some type of light for the dark corner. We tossed around several ideas as to how to go about it and this is what we came up with. We all love how it looks. Rachel says the light shining down on the village makes it look like sunrise or sunset.  

 photo chickenwiretreeframe_zps5498e072.jpgYesterday we got out in the cold and rain and made a quick trip to Home Depot and Walmart for supplies. At Home Depot we bought a 2′ x 10′ roll of chicken wire for close to $8. We also bought some nice wire cutters and needle nose pliers (shh, don’t tell Gene, I’m hiding these tools from him so they don’t go MIA). Then we went to Walmart to get lights and other supplies for decorating (those projects will be in a different post). 

This project was quite fluid and we started out with one idea which didn’t work out as well as we would like, so we played with it until we got it how we wanted it. This also means it would be easily adaptable for you. You can add ribbons, bows, or ornaments, or you could have fewer lights. It was so easy and from the 10′ roll you could probably get 4-5 trees of varying sizes. We ended up using lights that we already had and weren’t using, which puts our only real expense for the tree at the cost of the wire. Since we only used about 1/4 of the roll, the wire cost us less that $2. We played with the idea of putting a star on the top but decided against it. 

The instructions are pretty simple. We cut and approximate 2′ square and then made it into a cone folding the raw edges of the wire in on itself to make it stay closed. We trimmed the wire at the base until it was level and able to stand. To string the lights we started by sticking the plug and excess wire that didn’t have lights into the center and running it through the bottom. We then just wound it up until that string ran out. We then put the other end of the wire into the inside and started the process over again until the tree was covered. This tree has about 300 lights on it. 

The possibilities are really limited only by your imagination. If you make a tree like this, please let me know. I’d love to share the pictures here with others. If you have a blog, I’d love to link to it with your post about it. 

 

posted by on Food & Cooking, THM

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Tonight when I ran into Walmart I saw a sign for a McDonald’s pumpkin drink and my mind started swirling and a recipe came to me as I walked through the store. When I came home this is what I created. I’m not very good at original names, so this one is sorta cheezy (pun intended).  

Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake in a Jar
Serves 2
A creamy pumpkin treat with a hint of cheesecake and a crunch of pecans.
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
523 calories
34 g
14 g
39 g
18 g
5 g
381 g
436 g
15 g
0 g
32 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
381g
Servings
2
Amount Per Serving
Calories 523
Calories from Fat 325
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 39g
60%
Saturated Fat 5g
25%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 11g
Monounsaturated Fat 21g
Cholesterol 14mg
5%
Sodium 436mg
18%
Total Carbohydrates 34g
11%
Dietary Fiber 12g
50%
Sugars 15g
Protein 18g
Vitamin A
664%
Vitamin C
17%
Calcium
39%
Iron
26%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 15oz can pumpkin puree
  2. 1 cup pecans
  3. 1 tsp vanilla
  4. 2 tsp cinnamon
  5. 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  6. 1/8 tsp allspice
  7. 1/8 tsp cloves
  8. 1 1/2 Tbsp Truvia
  9. 4oz 1/3 fat cream cheese
  10. 4 oz of greek yogurt
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients in food processor and blend until creamy and blended. Put into 2 pint mason jars or 4 1/2 pint jars. Put in the freezer for about 15 minutes to set up. Enjoy!!!
Notes
  1. The nutritional information for this is for the whole batch. Divide the information based on how many servings you make. If you are on the THM diet this is an S. Don't freak out about the carbs. The carbs are from the nuts and pumpkin which are all fine to eat with an S and we don't count those.
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calories
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fat
39g
protein
18g
carbs
34g
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