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A Taste of Homeschooling

The Great Divide - Error vs. Truth in Our Churches

After having to live through story after story of unbiblical Pastors leading their congregations to defy the government orders and have gatherings at their churches - the President has now deemed it ok to congregate once again.  President Trump got the CDC to list churches as essential, so the closing of them can never happen again and so that all churches can now reopen without fear of violating Romans 13. I honestly have been alarmed that a large number of Pastors and leaders of Christian churches in America thought it was ok and their "right" to defy the government and their leaders by congregating.  Romans 13 explicitly tells us that God is not OK for the defiance of rules, regulations, orders, etc from our governing bodies.  Yet, you have so-called leaders of God's people leading them to violate the Word of God in disobedience and thereby sin!  The blind leading the blind...  They have truly shamed the church as as whole by their behavior and brought a reproach upo

Organizing Recipes

I finally organized all my printed recipes into ONE binder, yes a very big binder!  I've been meaning to do this for a long time but only made the time this past week.  I do plan on organizing even further later when I type of copies of my favorite recipes in my cookbooks and print those out.  At that point, I will need another big binder most likely.  I also have some really old recipes in a cabinet that I no longer make (fatty food) and I may pull those out and type them up and print as well.  That way, if my daughter wants my recipes, she can have a digital copy and print her own one day.  I even have tons of recipes on my computer that I've never printed out or even tried before.  But that's for another day! Here are the categories I made: Chicken Turkey Beef Beans Meatless Pasta Sides Snacks Breads Breakfasts Beverages Desserts Other Household Health

The Law of Blessing From Obeying Gender Roles

I've learned that whether or not you are a Christian, there is a law that seems to happen that whenever the man and woman step into their proper roles - the result is a blessing.  I dare you to try it.  I've done this for 20 years!  If the man fulfills his Godly role of being the provider and the head of the home and loving his wife as Christ loved the church and the woman fulfills her Godly role of being the keeper at home and in submission to her husband and respects him and his decisions - you can't help but be blessed!! During this time of quarantine we can see so many women acting like they are literally dying by 1. Being home and 2. Being home with their kids.  These women are so unaware of what they were made for.  Their children FEEL that they are unwanted, I know because I was one of them with a mother like that.  Let me tell you something women that are like this, listen to me and listen close.  It is time for you to SURRENDER .  You are called to sacrifice yo

Happenings This Week

My life is virtually the exact same as before this pandemic, minus missing physical church services and going shopping other than groceries.  Life has actually been way busier for me as I'm cooking and baking more to utilize what we have on hand to meet our cravings. Some things I made (all homemade) worthy of note were: Cincinnati chili, Pintos/Onions/Potato Stew, Chicken/Kielbasa Jambalaya and then for desserts - blueberry muffins and cinnamon rolls.

Homeschool Room Re-Do

We had purchased the last 2 years of homeschool curriculum for our daughter, grades 11 and 12.  I now have materials to school Preschool-12th grade in this house.  I had no idea how I was going to fit these new books on our already full shelves, there just wasn't any room.  I also have several bookshelves downstairs of non-homeschool books.  Here was the dilemma: The new books needing a home: The lack of space to store them: Those toy food items with prices on them are our math "store" right now.  You can see I have no space to put anything else.  But, I knew with organization and God, anything is possible!  Prayers go a long way as you will soon see. I also had our craft cabinet in the garage since we moved here, 3 1/2 years ago almost.  I really wanted it in the house and specifically in the homeschool room.  Just didn't think it was possible..  Well, I moved the small bookshelf beside the desk work area and them moved the easel where the bookshel

Burned Dryer - Out with the Old

14 years ago we bought a used dryer for $99 and well... it caught on fire and thankfully the Holy Spirit nudged me to go check the dryer, ok, several nudges before I finally listened - to save the house just in the time!  It burned the back wires, thermostat, element and metal before I turned it off.  The top of the dryer was so hot, I almost burned my hand.  We were going to fix it but the appliance repair said it was too dangerous and to get a new one. Since it took a few days to deliver, I took the opportunity to do a deep cleaning on my laundry room.  I cleaned everything - like look at the dirty wire racks: Nice and clean now: We still have the washing machine we bought 14 years ago used too, I think its from the 80's originally.  All we've had to replace was the dogs (hooks in the agitator) and those are $3. I got the rug in New Mexico, I would decorate my whole house in this decor if I could!  Absolutely love New Mexico!

My Star Magnolia Tree

I'm calling it a tree as I've seen some experts say it is indeed a small tree that will reach 20 feet.  I didn't know what this "bush" was when we first bought this house but I noticed that it would bloom every March these beautiful, fragrant, white flowers and then, in a short time, they would fall off and then leaves would grow. 

Almost 8,000 Americans Die Every Day

I was looking at some data, the most recent I could find from the CDC was 2018's data.  It is pretty much the same every year and here are the numbers: On average... 2.8 MILLION people die every year in the United States! 7,708 people die every DAY in the United States! 150,000 people die every DAY in the World!  That's almost 55 million people dying every year in our world. Death is inevitable as we can see.  The sad part is that in the US, the most deaths occur from Heart Disease, which is generally a preventable disease with proper diet and exercise, as is Diabetes (type 2) and lack of proper diet and exercise is a contributor to others in certain ways. Chart by Close to 48,000 people COMMIT SUICIDE every year in the United States! *These numbers are BEFORE the COVID-19 pandemic and the pandemic will only add to these numbers.  Currently COVID-19 has killed 2,112 people in the United States and 33,833 in the world . I believe this will help us

Can Christians Defy and Overthrow Government?

There are many accounts in the Old Testament of God's people defying the government and resisting.  We can think of Moses, right?  What a revolution of escape that was, could it be compared to the American Revolution where Christians fled controlling rulers?  However, with Moses' story, GOD destroyed Pharoah's army, the people actually didn't fight for freedom physically.  In the American Revolution, we didn't take the first shot (or so they say).  They wouldn't let us just go without a fight.  We have a right to self defense. Then, what about Daniel or the 3 Hebrew men?  They defied government.  Rahab did.. I think you see the idea. But some may say, that is OLD Testament, we are under the NEW testament.  True, but we are reminded in the NEW Testament of these great defiers in Hebrews 11 are we not?  God viewed them in a good way. What is happening right now in America is that leaders are ordering us to stay home for what reason?  For the GOOD of the nation

Frugal Blonde Brownies

This recipe makes a half-sheet full of blonde brownies and they are really good.  I needed something I could make that would last a few days since I can't buy any packaged desserts or cookies and my family wants a dessert (so do I 🤣).

The Power of Women & Family in a Crisis

Nicholeen Peck really said this so well that I wanted to share her video clip!  She said my thoughts lately on how great it is that the world has mothers and children at home for the first time ever (in modern times) collectively.  Great things are happening despite all the sickness and dying.  Let this crisis change you and make you realize that God instituted the family for the instruction of the children.  Mom, you were made for this!

Podcast Episode #2 - Coronavirus Continued

I did a quick, 13 minute podcast to say a few things that were on my mind to share with you all!  I've included the scriptures I quoted in the podcast below. Click here for Episode #2 1 Peter 2:13-17 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;  Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.  For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:  As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.  Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.  Psalms 146:3-7 Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help. His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish. Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God: Which m

My 1st Podcast! Episode 1 - Let's Talk About Coronavirus

I just recorded and uploaded my first episode on my Podomatic.  I hope you all listen and enjoy.  I did make a few mistakes, like mistook Moses for Noah on one part and then some difficult to pronounce words for this southerner 🤣 Preparation is something God has shown us throughout the Bible, it isn't fear or panic or lack of faith!  Click below to listen: Episode 1 - Let's Talk About Coronavirus

Coronavirus Survival Beneficial Posts

I've taken time to collect a lot of posts that I think could be beneficial to you all during this time that a lot are staying home and need help with frugality or homemaking.  I hope to blog more in the future but for now, here is a compilation of posts that should help: Cleaning Related: Homemade Laundry Detergent Homemade Liquid Hand Soap Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner (I still use this, tea tree oil is the disinifectant!) Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Homemade Laminate Floor Cleaner Homemade Cleaners Food Related: Homemade White Bread Homemade Tortillas Homemade Pie Crusts Homemade Salsa Homemade Bean Dip Smoothie Recipes Freezer Cooking Q&A Herbal Health Related: Colds/Flu/Bronchitis/Strep Natural Treatment  (*Latest and best post) My Medicine Cabinet Cold Remedies Cold/Cough Remedies Bronchitis Remedies Stress Relievers That Work Organizing Utilizing Small Freezer Space 3 Months Meals in Freezer Organization Frugality How I've Saved Money

The Abandoned Post - Keeper at Home

Homes all over America, and even the world, have had the most crucial post abandoned - that of the Keeper at Home.  In times past when women were at their post as keepers of their homes, there was less divorce, less juvenile delinquents, less psychiatric issues, less adults trying to find love in all the wrong places and on and on.  Women were at home and there was always someone there to have the home ready, meals to eat and to care for the sick. Now, when faced with a virus and schools closing, we have a surge of women demanding somebody else do their job yet once again.  They're demanding the government step in and provide childcare.  You can't possibly ask a mother to stop working and stay home with her kids!?  For a lot of children, their parents don't provide even their basic food, they depend upon the schools and now they're demanding the government continue to pay for their children's food since schools are closing.  Ultimately it is up to the father to

Free PDF of 6 Things God's Sheep Do

I quickly created a 13-page PDF of the series I just wrote, "6 Things God's Sheep Do".  I've also included the links below to each post if you would rather read them that way but I think the PDF makes it great in one ebook.  This series was weighing on my heart to write for a few months and I pray it helps other women realize the importance of examining ourselves and making sure we are truly God's sheep and to actually DO these 6 things! Here are the 5 parts of the series blog posts: Part 1 - Overview of the Series Part 2 - Details of the 6 Things Part 3 - Wealth Used for Self Part 4 - What Pure Religion Is Part 5 - Compassion is Ultimate Summary

126 Meals for $30

I thought this was a great video to share with you all, in case you are going to possibly be without work due to the coronavirus closures and need frugal meal ideas.  This lady fed her family of 6 for a week on $30 and she shows you exactly what to buy and each and every meal of the week how to make it!  I've also included a link to another video with the same idea. 126 Meals for $50 -

Part 5: 6 Things God's Sheep Do

So far in this series we did an overview in  Part 1 here  and then in  Part 2 here  we went into detail on the 6 things God's sheep do and in  Part 3 here  we talked about wealth used for self and lastly in Part 4 here we talked about what pure religion is. The 6 things that God's sheep do as we discussed already are: Feed the Hungry Give Drink to the Thirsty House Strangers Clothe Those Without Visit the Sick Come to Those in Prison We've talked about all the details of these 6 things and it can ALL be summed up in one word - COMPASSION!  If you have compassion, you will be doing these 6 things.   God's sheep have compassion because God does - he is touched with the feelings of our infirmities! What is compassion exactly? Webster's defines it as sympathetic consciousness of others' distress together with a desire to alleviate it . defines it as a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune,

Part 4: 6 Things God Sheep Do

So far in this series we did an overview in  Part 1 here  and then in  Part 2 here  we went into detail on the 6 things God's sheep do and in Part 3 here we talked about wealth used for self. The 6 things that God's sheep do as we discussed already are: Feed the Hungry Give Drink to the Thirsty House Strangers Clothe Those Without Visit the Sick Come to Those in Prison Let's look at James 1:27: Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this,  To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction , and to keep himself unspotted from the world.  PURE religion is going to church?  Oh wait, nope!  Pure religion is actually about OTHERS - to visit the fatherless (that's kids with no father and/or orphans) and widows (women whose husband has died) in their affliction... and then to keep yourself unspotted from the world.  We like to concentrate on the 2nd half of that verse as good holiness Christians but we neglect the other in looking to o

Part 3: 6 Things God's Sheep Do

So far in this series we did an overview in Part 1 here and then in Part 2 here we went into detail on the 6 things God's sheep do. The 6 things that God's sheep do as we discussed already are: Feed the Hungry Give Drink to the Thirsty House Strangers Clothe Those Without Visit the Sick Come to Those in Prison I've always believed that God doesn't give anyone wealth for them to go buy enormous amounts of luxury things. I believe God gives wealth so that they can help others. If God has given you more money, or even a substantial amount such as a millionaire, you would naturally help more people than the average person could. Surely, a Christian who comes into wealth, will see that God has blessed them so they can bless others in large ways. Pleasure is ruining a lot of Christians! We have laid in our American bed-of-ease for far too long with no care or concern for the above 6 things. The sheep have turned into goats and they will be surprised, as

This Week of Vegan Meals

We tried several new vegan recipes this week and they were ALL very good!  They all came from this new cookbook I bought from Nisha Vora - The Vegan Instant Pot Cookbook. The first meal I tried from this cookbook was Tofu Tikka Masala because we already love Chicken Tikka Masala, so we wondered how the vegan version would be.  It was absolutely delicious!  It consisted of tofu that has been marinated in coconut milk, cumin, garam masala, turmeric, and cayenne pepper.  Then, cauliflower, onion, garlic, tomatoes, and lemon and lime juice with seasonings of cumin, ginger, garam masala, paprika, coriander, turmeric, cayenne pepper, sugar and cilantro.  The best part was the cashew cream!  To make that, I soaked the cashews and then in a food processor mixed in soymilk, lemon juice and sauce.  All this served over basmati rice. The next recipe we tried was Chickpea Vegetarian Biryani , which is another Indian dish.  This was by far my favorite because not only did I have seconds

Part 2: 6 Things God Sheep Do

You can read Part 1 here that gives an overview of Matthew 25 and the 6 things that God's sheep do. Let's review the 6 things God's sheep do: Feed the Hungry Give Drink to the Thirsty House Strangers Clothe Those Without Visit the Sick Come to Those in Prison The above 6 things that Jesus defines His sheep doing are all for other people !  Selfishness has no place in God.  When you are truly are born again by the Spirit of God and have the mind of Christ - you won't be selfish.  You will think of others.  You will look out for your sister (or brother) in Christ.  Jesus did say that to "the least of these my brethren" in verse 40 we are to do these things, he was clearly talking about those in the faith, especially the least esteemed.  Oh, how opposite I've seen this.  I've seen the least esteemed treated with disdain, not allowed in the "best" seats and frankly not even invited.  God isn't like that and as we can clearly se

Part 1: 6 Things God's Sheep Do

I'm embarking on a series of posts about these 6 things.  We will give a brief summary in this post and then future posts in the series will go more into depth. There needs to be a reformation within the churches before it is too late.  Too many people are being spiritually abused and oppressed.  Too many people are needing help and not finding any.  Too many people are hurting with no solace or comfort.  God needs us to do His Work and be His hands. There are 6 things that Jesus said that His true sheep do.  What are they? Feed the Hungry Give Drink to the Thirsty House Strangers Clothe Those Without Visit the Sick Come to Those in Prison These things are so important to God that we do, that He says if we don't do them, we'll actually be thrown into everlasting fire!  I think this should definitely cause us to stop, look at these verses and really think about this.   Matthew 25:31-46 KJV 31  When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and al

Mother - Most Valuable Job EVER!

I absolutely loved Dave Ramsey's response in this call about mothers staying home with their kids!  He talks about how his wife hasn't made a dime in her life - she's been a (full-time) mother for 33 years and a grandmother.  Being a mother is the most valuable job you could ever have !!  Go Dave!

My Natural Approach to Colds, Flu, Bronchitis and Strep

I've been into natural health since I was a teenager!  Yes, it's been a long time and a passion of mine.  However, I didn't get into full-fledged herbalism until several years ago when I encountered a slew of health problems and got desperate and tired of being sick and tired!  I've gained a lot of experience, knowledge and practice with natural health and over the years found what works for us. Whenever we get sick with a virus (almost always is a virus, rarely bacterial), this is my routine to help bolster our immune systems and get us through the virus as quickly as possible.  Sometimes it works the first day and knocks it out and other times I'm late giving the herbs and we suffer a bit more but still shorter than if I hadn't given herbs.  You can find the links to recipes for some of these in this post . At the first sign - very first sniffle, sore throat or any other sign indicating we're on the verge - I start giving these: Echinacea - a tinc

Removing Burn Stains on Stove Top

I've had these burn marks on the stove, probably a year or more and I've tried everything and just gave up and dealt with them being there.  I tried magic eraser, Softscrub, all-purpose cleaner and bar-keeper's friend and nothing worked.  I finally decided I couldn't take it anymore and set out to go to war with these stains and eradicate them.  Several places online shared about using baking soda and peroxide and though it did work some, I still had to do it twice (letting it sit the second time longer) and I had to scrub and use a butter knife for the parts that nothing was going to get off.  I'm so happy it is all gone!!  Talk about oddly satisfying - this made my week. I put about 1/4 cup of baking soda and 2 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide in a bowl to make a paste . Then, I put it on all around making sure everything was covered and let it sit for 30 minutes . I scrubbed with a stiff cleaning brush and then used a butter knife to get up the stubborn

Monthly Meal Planning & Shopping

We used to shop weekly, then we went to biweekly and now we do monthly grocery shopping.  We do make a trip to the local store whenever we need bananas or salad but everything else is bought once a month at Aldi and Kroger.  I made a meal plan for 4 weeks and then I went through the recipes and made a list and checked it with what we had on hand.  Here was the menu for this 4-week period, which is January 18th - February 14th. I like to do a big casserole on Saturday and have the leftovers (L/O) on Sunday.  Fridays are pizza days, frozen or homemade.  I like to have a Mexican night on Tuesdays and then a meatless night once a week , either vegetarian meal or breakfast for dinner meal.  We only eat red meat once a week , unless we have a kielbasa meal.  On days we have appointments that may keep us out for a few hours, I don't plan a meal to cook; we eat out.  It is just less stress for me that way!  A lot of the meals are very easy, instant pot meals. For breakfast and

Cash Envelope System

I was using plain, cheap white envelopes for cash purchases but I was tired of them tearing and getting all bent up in my purse.  I came across these from Clever Fox and I absolutely love them!  They're waterproof, tear proof and hold their shape very well and even come with budget sheets and a zippered bag to keep them in. Last year we started going back to using a debit card and cash envelopes after I got tired of being a paycheck behind on paying bills.  Although we paid off our credit card twice a month, I just kept having stress about it not being money we actually had that 2 week period.  Some months I would spend more and be stressed if we would get enough to pay it off.  I never paid a dime of interest.  I also have received over $2,000 in cash rewards since having the credit card but at what cost?  I may get $50 back a month but it's so much easier to overspend when using a credit card - so it wasn't helping! Now, we only spend what's in the bank and