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Also, I changed my email address a few years ago!  I haven't ignored anyone's emails because I never got them because I deleted my old email.  I've included a "Contact" button at the top of my blog if you need to reach me.  Simply leave your email and message.

Paycheck Allocation Worksheet - Free Printable

I made a worksheet to go along with my other budget printables.  This one helps you budget for each paycheck, as to what gets paid with that paycheck, etc.  I made it able to print duplex (front/back) for those wanting that feature.  I also added calendars up to January 2023 in the printables folder.


Podcast - Be Ready and Be Led by the Spirit!

Be ready for what may be coming!  Make sure you are dependent upon the Holy Spirit's leading for every aspect of your life.  Know God's Word and don't be deceived by Satan's ministers.


Free Pantry and Freezer Inventory Printables

I had made these a few months ago and thought I would share them with you all.  They are in color and if you print to "actual size" they will get cut off some, so best print is "fit".  You can also find them in my Homemaking printables folder.


Free Budgeting Printables

I've created a folder with the free printables so you can download them all or whichever one you want.  They are very simple, no frills and get the budgeting job done.  I also included a folder with calendars from July-Sept that I saved from Google if you need those.  

Here's what the monthly fixed expenses printable looks like:




*The "Monthly Household Management Expenses" one is for things like food, necessities, clothing, etc.

Podcast - My Thoughts on Current Events

From abortion to Christian cults to human suffering, we must remember what the Word of God says.  God has showed us time and time again that we must be about His purpose on earth to reach the lost, not to set up an earthly Christian kingdom.  We also must remember that there is not an excuse for those in cults because God has given us the Bible and His Spirit to discern false prophets and teachings.  Lastly, we must remember that suffering is universal, no one is exempt!  We must be patient in suffering and keep our hope, faith and trust in God no matter what comes our way. 


Current Food Prices in Ohio #3

I last blogged about food prices from the end of November through March and you can see that post by clicking here.  Below are prices from March 21st through June 3rd, and you can see the price increases in yellow and the price decreases in green.  You can definitely see that things have gone up overall.  Yet, we can still purchase good food for a reasonable price I believe.  My challenge is actually finding some foods, as we have had a lot of shortages and I will have to go to Kroger to find it, or even order from online for certain items.

I didn't include items from the last list that I didn't purchase March-June 3rd on this list.


Don't Lose Your Inheritance!


In the New Testament, God tells us that we will not inherit what we should have inherited - if we do certain things.  Clearly, you must have been a child of God to inherit it in the first place.  Sinners are going to hell simply because of unbelief in Jesus Christ (John 3:18), not just because of these things below, so this isn't talking to them obviously.  Besides, who would need to be warned to "be not deceived" that unbelievers who do these sins won't go to heaven?  It's the Christians who think they will go to Heaven doing them that need the warning "BE NOT DECEIVED"!  Christians who choose sin after being washed and refuse to repent, go to hell because they commit these things below, thereby losing their inheritance.  This was said many times and even a warning telling us not to be deceived!  Yet, we still have a lot of churches teaching false doctrine that Christians can live in unrepentant sin and still inherit the kingdom of God.

Let's look at these verses and just what unrepentant sins will not be in heaven:


1 Corinthians 6:9-11

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,  Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.  And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

Galatians 5:19-21

Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,  Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,  Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. 


Do It God's Way - Podcast

When will it be enough for parents to wake up and realize that government schools aren't safe for their children?  How many more tragedies, perverted teachings or sexual assaults by staff do we need to show how dangerous these institutions truly are?  Do it God's way and train up your children in the way they should go!  Don't be ashamed, daughters, to obey God's plan for women in a society that glorifies rebelling against God's role for women.  Do it God's way and you will find true blessing and success for your life.


Tips to Protect Your Identity


There's just some things that you can no longer go without in these times of theft and scams, and the coming crisis.  You will not regret being prepared. I decided to share with you my best tips on protecting your identity. It will save you a LOT of trouble and we sure don't need any added weight of stress in times like these.

First of all, it doesn't matter if you don't use the internet.  Yes, I'm talking to Amish, Mennonites and others who think they are "safe" from digital theft by simply not using the technology.  They're not safe, actually they're more at risk of it!  All it takes is someone taking over your identity and creating accounts in your name, anywhere literally - which can be done online in many cases.  You may not even know this is happening if you don't have the proper safeguards in place and you will fall victim to months-to-years-long fight for clearing the mess up.


Here are some of my top tips to protect your identity:


1.  Buy Identity theft insurance!  - You simply can NOT go without this.  It is vital in these times and believe me, you don't want to go through the stress, the court process and all the calls and wait times to fight to get your identity back once stolen.  Not to mention the money you will spend doing so.  Paying a good company to do this for you and monitor your identity is going to pay returns in more ways than one and protections are about a $1 million per person in your family.

2.  Make sure your WiFi is security-enabled! - This one is something most people don't pay attention to but should be the first layer of protection for internet coming in through your home.  Get a good router and make sure have good security (WPA3 or even WPA2) AND a good password for your network.  You should have a password that is more than 14 characters because you just can't afford a hack of your WiFi.  Having a router that gives you a notification when someone gets on your network is crucial too.  Keep up with technology to try and stay further ahead of the thieves!

My Bread Recipe with Hard White Wheat Berries

I've shared my white bread recipe on my blog before that is very simple and easy.  Recently, I purchased a NutriMill to grind wheat berries and make my own freshly-milled wheat flour.  I was wondering how would it work in my recipe using hard white wheat as opposed to store-bought white flour.  WOW!  I'm hooked because not only did it work great with my recipe, it was way better than even my white bread!  However, it did take more flour for some reason until it licked the sides of the bowl in my Bosch mixer, so I think I used about 7 cups of the freshly-milled flour (4 1/4 cups wheat berries), whereas I normally just need 6 cups of the store-bought white flour.  I'm thinking that's because the store-bought is more compressed and my freshly-milled flour was just milled and fluffy and I sifted it some too with a whisk beforehand.  It also rose way faster than my bread usually takes, and I had to cook it quickly before it got enormous.  I'm guessing that's because of the freshness of the just-milled flour because my yeast wasn't that fresh.



What's Been Cooking

Not a lot of recipes to share this week because we were on a trip, but I do have a few things.  I made Sesame Honey Chicken over rice and it was a keeper for sure!


Hocking Hills State Park, Ohio

For the past few years since moving to Ohio, so many people have told us we have to go see Hocking Hills State Park.  I even think a reader on here commented about it too.  Well, we finally went and it was breathtaking to say the least!  We hiked 7 hours over a couple of days and I am glad we were in shape and had built up for this because we got to do a lot of trails and see a lot of waterfalls.  I took about 300 pictures and videos, so I tried to choose my favorites to share with you all.




More Spring in Nature

We did 5 hikes this past week, 2 very long ones and Sunday after church, one I thought I was going to have to be airlifted out of LOL.  But hey, I persevered and made it and do I ever feel victorious!  I don't have any pictures of those steep climbs because well, I was just trying to stay alive.  In order to do some of the hikes I would like to in the future, we have to keep building endurance, ability and of course muscle.  You never know, God may call us to reach those mountain people in Guatemala and Chile and I want to be ready.



What's Been Cooking

Here are several meals that I made recently that all take just one pound (or less with the salmon and tuna) of meat to feed a family of 4, as do most of the meals I cook.  We usually add in a side and/or salad, breads (homemade biscuit, muffins or other bread) and dessert.

I made some of our favorite Salmon Cakes that I had forgotten about that we used to make a lot in Washington.  I also made an old recipe of tartar sauce that I found and I liked it better than the one I had been making.  We also had some roasted vegetables alongside them.  I don't know where this recipe for Salmon Cakes came from, and I can't find it anywhere online, so I'm sharing it, along with the tartar sauce recipe, in a PDF below.


Spring's Beauty and What's Been Cooking

We've had lots of rain, as it is April, and something I guess we have to endure in order to bring forth the beauty of spring in all its splendor and May flowers.  We've also had some absolutely perfect sunny days, which causes me to throw school to the side and embrace the day!


Feeling What God Feels - Podcast

In continuation from my last podcast, I talk about the heart and mind of God as shown to us in His Word.  Do we have the thoughts, feelings and mind of God as Jeremiah did against the wickedness that has overtaken God's people through false prophets?  Or are we falling for the error of those who speak lies?  It's time to examine what message we are allowing into our ears and if we are being molded to be more like God or less.  God is a God of restoration and we must pray for and love our enemies that they might get right and be saved before it's too late!


Family of 4 Living on $32,620 in the 2020's


I did a detailed budget plan to map out what we live on a year (not counting taxes) and we live on $32,620 in 2022!  This amount includes all our expenses like mortgage/property-taxes/insurance, utilities, even our current car loan, subscriptions, food, gas, haircuts (for the males), medical/dental and even extras.  The $32,620 does not include the federal income taxes, SS tax, medicare tax or Ohio state and local taxes and doesn't include anything that would come up like emergencies.  It is just basic living without dire emergencies.  We also don't receive any government handouts or food stamps or anything like that.  We are just frugal in our daily expenses.  I'm not sharing our income because my husband asked me not to, but I wanted to do a post to show people how it is possible to live a nice life under $40,000 still in America without the government.  We use our extra income to save, spend on things we want and vacations and give away to those in need.  We of course pay tithe and offering to our church.

Blooms, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Food and Funnies

Spring has sprung!  Our Bradford Pear tree is in full bloom almost and the daffodils of course had already been but they're starting to say their goodbyes.





And of course you know we've been hiking!  We took a mini-vacation down south and did some hiking and horseback riding and yes, even I braved getting on a horse.