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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

Bev's White Bread Recipe

I've been making this the past year or so and let me tell you, it is the BEST from all the breads I've made.  I will make it for other people as a gift and they all love it too.  I always use a Bosch mixer for my dough and then bake it in a convection oven.  I don't get good results when using a conventional oven or any other mixer, but you can try! *Tips - I use expeller-pressed canola oil and the only flour I love is Bob's Red Mill Organic Unbleached White All-Purpose Flour. Bev's White Bread 1.5 Tablespoons active dry yeast 1/4 cup raw honey 2 3/4 cups warm water 6 cups unbleached flour 1.5 Teaspoons salt 1/4 cup Canola oil In the Bosch mixer, put the yeast, water and honey and let sit for 5 minutes. Add in 3 cups of flour evenly around on top of the water mixture.  Then, add oil and salt evenly around on top of the flour. With lid on, turn the Bosch mixer on to the first setting and let it incorporate the flour into the water.  Continue a

New Blog Makeover & What's Coming Up!

I couldn't come back and see the same old look on my blog that I've had for years, so I redesigned it and gave it a fresh look!  Many more new things to come!  I put a list of things I'm planning below. What's coming up: Newly designed FREE printables for the home, budget, homeschooling, etc. Organization posts Devotional posts - hot button issues and encouragement  Podcasts Meal planning & recipes posts Our travels - pics of our trip around the US!

Grand Re-Opening of Christian Homekeeping

After taking a year blog sabbatical, I felt the time to reopen this blog was now!  I know some of you emailed me wondering if I had blocked you because you got a message saying "open to invited readers only", but I didn't block you (never would do that unless you are a harasser LOL!).  Google just gives that generic message whenever you put your blog private.  I put the blog private thinking I was done but recently I felt to start it up again and it seems good, so here I am! I have an enormous amount to update you all on with our lives, to write about and share!  I will try to keep it at one post a day. 😄  I say this thinking I will have the time to do a post a day, but we'll see how things go as I fit blogging back into my daily routine.  I missed you all and I missed writing and sharing what I've learned, tips for the home and encouraging you in the role of being a woman and a keeper of your home!  I think we need more of that today than ever!