The Easiest No-Churn Strawberry Ice Cream

As one who types for a living, I often find myself shocked at the words my fingers produce without asking me first. It’s as if they go on auto-pilot, typing with a mind of their own. There’s nothing I can do about this, and we can all be thankful for my ability to edit the words my fingers type without first asking my permission.

For instance, I’m so used to typing “Heavenly” (because I type HeavenlyHomemakers.com at least twelve times a day) that every time I write the words “heavy whipping cream” into a recipe my fingers automatically type “heavenly whipping cream.” In this case, I do think my fingers are brilliant because heavy whipping cream is quite heavenly, is it not?

The recipe I’m about to share with you happens to include said heavenly whipping cream. But also? According to my fingers that type on auto-pilot, this ice cream is of the un-churched variety. Sad, isn’t it? Allow me to explain…

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Without exception, each time I’ve typed the title of this recipe, it has come out like this: The Easiest No-Church Strawberry Ice Cream. Every single time. So this recipe is “the easiest” because you don’t even have to churn it. But no matter how much I concentrate on telling you that, my fingers type the words “No-Church” and this leads us to believe that this ice cream needs Jesus.

Do not miss the irony of this, because as we’ve already discussed, this “no-church ice cream” is made with none other than “heavenly whipping cream.” Thank you, fingers, for keeping me on my toes and confusing my brain. From now on, please let me tell you what to write instead of taking matters into your own hands. Literally.

The Easiest No-Churn Strawberry Ice Cream

The Easiest No-Churn Strawberry Ice Cream
 
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Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 4 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 3 cups fresh or frozen strawberries
  • Maple syrup to taste (1/4-3/4 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients thoroughly until smooth, creamy, and slightly thickened.
  2. Pour mixture into a 9x13 inch pan.
  3. Cover and freeze for 2-3 hours.
  4. Scoop out ice cream and serve!
  5. If Ice Cream is in the freezer for a long time, simply set it on the counter for about 15 minutes before serving to make it easier to scoop.

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So as you can see, you don’t need to churn this Strawberry Ice Cream. And contrary to the message my fingers are trying to convey, you and I can actually take this to church if we want (because my fingers are not the boss of me.)

If we do take this treat to church and people ask how it’s made, we can tell them about the “heavenly whipping cream” that is the not-so-secret ingredient that makes the ice cream taste so good.

Who knew that an easy ice cream recipe could be the gateway to deep spiritual discussion? Who even knew?

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A note about sugar content:

In this Strawberry Ice Cream recipe as well as the Chocolate and Vanilla versions shared above, replace maple syrup with stevia or the other way around. My preference is to use about 1 Tablespoon of maple syrup and about 30 drops of liquid stevia. The stevia cuts the sugar content dramatically while the maple syrup takes away any bitterness the stevia leaves behind.

Enjoy not churning your ice cream. Or not churching it. Whatever.

What Happens When You Ask Your 15-Year Old Son to Open Your First Aid Kit

It’s amazing that in our household of four boys we haven’t been to the emergency room more often {knocks on wood}.

Our oldest son holds the record for “most times in the ER for stitches.” For once, his brothers are okay with losing a competition. But by the way – why is it that most “emergencies” take place after normal business hours? (And why does a tiny piece of gauze cost $52 in the ER? Did you know you also pay a fee for the tray that holds the gauze? I am very serious.) I’d like to request that in the future, all accidents should take place between the hours of 8:00a-8:00p where stitches cost a fraction of the price. Is this too much to ask?

Just a few weeks ago, our youngest took a pretty hard spill off his bike – after normal business hours, of course. Not that I think about money when my child is bleeding. But still.

My husband was a rock star and spent about an hour and a half getting him cleaned up, comforted, and bandaged. Thankfully, we didn’t need an ER visit this time, and Malachi limped along for a few days while he healed up. The timing of Malachi’s fall was perfect (as if there’s ever a perfect time to fall off your bike?). What I mean is – we’d just received this First Aid Kit as a review item and were so very grateful to have all its contents on hand just when we needed it!

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It contains everything a family needs to handle basic emergencies at home so a wound will be cleaned and bandaged properly. It holds everything from cold compresses to eye wash to bandages and gloves. We’ll probably keep ours in the car to have at all our sporting events. I’m not sure why we hadn’t thought of this genius idea before!

But allow me to share when I heard when I first asked my 15-year old son to unpack our new First Aid Kit and give me an idea of all it contained:

“Let’s see. Here is a bandage to use when someone gets stabbed. Here is a pair of small scissors…to cut out bullets. Here is a handy little barf bag…” And on he went…

Yes. For all of our many bullet removal and stab wound needs, we are now prepared, thanks to the MacGill First Aid Kit. And in a less likely, practically unimaginable event that one of our kids falls off his bike or turns an ankle on the basketball court, I suppose we’ll be prepared for that too.

We were especially impressed that the MacGill First Aid Kit came with so many items we didn’t already have but really do need. Sure we’ve always had bandaids and ointmen in our cabinet. But this little kit holds such a variety of helpful items beyond bandaids. And the best is that it holds a simple but thorough instruction card so that in the case of an emergency, we can reference it to see how to properly proceed with treating a wound.

Definitely check out this First Aid Kit! What a great family tool to have on hand.

You can win a free one when you enter the Rafflecopter below! I’ll draw a random winner on Wednesday, July 26.

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Special thanks to the folks at MacGill for sending this First Aid Kit my way!

Simple Hawaiian Beef Roast (5 Minute Prep!)

I first attempted this Simple Hawaiian Beef Roast recipe about a month ago on a busy night in which I was feeding out of town guests who had come to watch our youngest son, Malachi, perform in our local Children’s Theater production.

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Malachi is the first of all our kids to choose to be involved in theater. It is a gross understatement to say that before this summer, I knew nothing about being a theater mom.

I kept calling the costumes “uniforms” because I have been a sports mom for so many, many years. But more difficult than this is the fact that I volunteered to help create said costumes. What in the world was I thinking?

Well, I’ll tell you what I was thinking. I was thinking that since all parents needed to be involved in some way with helping to pull off a huge 50-kid theater production, volunteering to help with costumes would be a better choice for me than volunteering to put on stage make-up. No way, no how should I be allowed to attempt to paint a child’s face.

I showed up to the first costume meeting where about 10 talented moms joined to talk to the director about all the costume needs. For two entire hours, everyone sat and discussed costumes – in German. Thoroughly lost while hearing all the words I didn’t understand, I eventually asked the director a question. He kindly said, and I quote, “Blah, blah, blah, stuff, stuff, blah. Does that make sense?” [DEER IN HEADLIGHTS]

I wanted to exit back stage left. Please someone tell me where I can sign up to bake cookies!!! Deliver me from trying to understand how to put together uniforms! I mean costumes.

As it turned out, the other moms did a marvelous job creating fabulously impressive costumes. The make-up moms transformed kids’ faces so that they actually looked like daisies and rabbits and mice.

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In the meantime, I used my talent to write actors’ names on Wal-mart bags with a sharpie so we could keep track of each character’s gloves, socks, and shoes. Rock on.

When all was said and done, I had so much fun meeting theater parents and kids from our community that I would join the costume committee again next year if I’m “needed.” I might even remember to stop calling them “uniforms.”

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So this roast recipe. It’s so simple you can throw it into the crock pot to cook all day without exerting any effort. You can set out plates and direct your guests to help themselves to the roast as you head out the door to go help 30 sweet girl actors between the ages of 7-17 don their hedgehog, cook, queen, and daisy costumes as you pretend with all your might that you actually know what you’re doing.

Simple Hawaiian Beef Roast

Simple Hawaiian Beef Roast (5 Minute Prep!)
 
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Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 3-4 pound beef roast (frozen or thawed!)
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 20-ounce can of pineapple, drained (or 2 cups fresh or frozen pineapple)
Instructions
  1. Place roast in crock pot.
  2. Pour barbecue sauce over the top.
  3. Add pineapple.
  4. Cook on low for 10 hours if roast is frozen and 8 hours is roast is thawed.

Simple Hawaiian Beef Roast

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A Frequent Discussion With My Husband About Coffee: Is it Healthy or Is it Not?

As most of you know, I started loving coffee about four years ago. Yep. I went from really disliking it to totally loving it within a matter of months. Why? I’m not even sure. (Well, except that I started drinking it about the time I started to consistently dig into God’s Word each morning. So coffee time to me = Jesus’ beautiful Truth and fulfillment. So of course coffee began to taste delicious.)

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My husband has never been a fan of coffee and wasn’t sure how he felt about me starting “the coffee habit.” He questioned the healthiness of coffee because of negative reports he’d heard. So he began to read about it, especially when a couple of our boys started having an occasional cup with me in the mornings. (Indeed, I was pulling them over to the dark side…)

Coffee: Is it healthy or is it not?

Coffee Is it Healthy

As often happens when one does thorough research – Matt found conflicting articles. Coffee is good! Coffee is bad! Drink more! Drink less! Don’t drink it at all! Have as much as you want! But what we ultimately concluded was that as long as we didn’t overdo, as long as we continued to drink plenty of water each day, and as long as we didn’t load our coffee with sugar – we could settle into feeling okay about drinking coffee.

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Correction: He could settle into feeling okay about coffee. I already felt good about it because of the incredible yum factor, the time with Jesus that comes with it, and basically I just love everything about coffee (especially when it has a shot of real cream in it).

After years of coffee discussions at our house…

…our friend Nikki told us that she’d discovered a “very healthy coffee.” Matt definitely wanted me to check into it – especially because we know that when Nikki says something is “healthy” we know we can trust her. She has a significantly larger understanding of herbs, oils, and healthy living than we do and has been a great resource and friend through the years.

I already shared here that after Nikki introduced us to Javita coffee, not only did we both agree that it is a healthy option, we loved it so much we bought a Coffee Club! Matt’s conclusion has even become, “Our whole family should be drinking this. Not only is it not bad, it is very, very good.”

How about that? This is like a dream come true for my coffee-lovin’ self!

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I seriously love that each morning when I drink my cup of coffee (the perfect thing to fill my Prayer Mugs!) I have complete confidence that what I’m drinking is actually benefiting me. When our kids drink it, they are being filled with nutrients. Matt has even started to drink Javita coffee! (Finally, I can have a coffee date with my hubby. I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time!)

So is “regular” coffee bad for us?

That’s a tough one to answer now that I’ve experienced Javita. I guess I would answer that it’s not necessarily bad, as long as we don’t overdo. But one of the biggest issues with regular coffee is that it can be hard on our insides as it is highly acidic. Too much acid in our bodies can cause some big time damage, and while I’ve known that, I’ve loved coffee too much to give it much thought.

Javita though. Javita coffee has a wonderful mixture of herbs included, which takes it from an acidic state to an alkalinized state. Therefore, when we drink it, we suffer NONE of the regular ill effects we typically would from acidic, regular coffee. There are more benefits (shared below), but I would say that so far in my research, the acid —-> alkaline factor is my favorite perk!

So because of all we’ve experienced with Javita so far, we’ve come to this conclusion:

If we’re going to drink coffee, why not drink what is truly good for our health?

And if you aren’t a coffee fan, I’ll instead point you to the Green Tea Javita offers. More info below! Here’s a general breakdown from the Javita website of the coffee and tea so you can understand more about why they benefit our health so much…

About Javita Coffee

Created by coffee lovers for coffee lovers, Javita understands what you want (and expect) from your coffee, which is why ours offers you MORE energy, alertness and mental clarity, We’ve infused medicinal herbs (Bacopa monnieri, gotu kola and green tea), so it doesn’t just taste great, it’s also great for you.

Based on Asian Ayurvedic medicine, these herbs have been used for thousands of years to improve mental clarity (Bacopa monnieri), to enhance memory development, learning and concentration (gotu kola) and to increase energy, suppress appetite and improve mental processes (green tea).

About Javita Lean + Green Tea

Flavorful teas and great conversation have been bringing people together for centuries. However no other tea—black, red, oolong, etc.—has the dedicated following of green tea.

Its mild taste and sweet aroma provide a combination of invigorating and calming qualities, as well as having the highest concentration of beneficial phytonutrients, not to mention the thousands of studies on the health benefits—including supporting heart, brain, immune and blood sugar health, and countless anti-aging and anti-carcinogenic benefits.

Combine the widely reported fat-burning benefits of green tea, with the incredible fat-blocking power of Garcinia Cambogia and the sweet-stopping, crave-busting control of Gymnema Sylvestre, and you have Lean+Green—Javita’s one-two-three knockout punch to fight the ongoing weight-loss battle.

The long and short of it is that if we’re going to drink anything but water, why not drink favorites like coffee, tea, and sweet flavored drinks that taste great AND benefit our health?

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Eventually I’ll go into more specifics of what each drink offers. We’ve tried almost all of them and plan to eventually have a supply of every single one!

A note about Javita coffee and the weight loss perk

I want to emphasize again that Matt and I and our family are not drinking these as “weight loss” drinks. Our goal is good health, strong immune systems, removal of toxins, clearer minds and memory, and better concentration. That’s what we’re experiencing. That’s why we love it. That’s why we’re sharing it with you.

But we know several people who are also losing weight while drinking it, so take that and run if that is a goal you wish to achieve.

Silly as it may sound…I love fun drinks!

How fantastic that these are so very enjoyable and affordable and they happen to be so very good for us too! Coffee is one of my favorite things. I’m so grateful that this coffee fills my cup, brings so much enjoyment, and benefits my health too. All for just a buck a cup.

I encourage and invite you to become a part of our Dollar Coffee Club. Here’s how it works:

  1. Click here to check out our pretty new Coffee Club Shop.
  2. Click on “Learn More” or watch the video if you like.
  3. When you’re ready, click the “Order Now” button.
  4. Select your country.
  5. Click “Build Your Own.” (You can select a “Popular Pack” if you like, but I found it best to build my order specific to our family’s needs.)
  6. Select 2-5 boxes that you feel will benefit you and your family most. (I started with both varieties of coffee – the Burn + Control and the Mind + Energy – plus the Flex, the Defend, and the Fiber drinks.)
  7. As long as you select 2-5 boxes of coffee, shipping is free!
  8. In a few days your first shipment of drinks will arrive and you can have as much fun as we are having!
  9. After that, you’ll receive monthly auto shipments of drinks, but you can change your drink selections, add or subtract boxes, or cancel at any time.

If you want to do more of your own research, head over here and click on “Our Products” at the top of the page. Then you can click around on each product to read more about what they offer. When you’re ready to order, click “Order Now,” select your country, click on “Build Your Own,” and continue as described above.

There is no risk to trying these as they offer a 30-day guarantee. You can change your Auto-Delivery at any time, switch out products, or skip a month. Truly Javita makes it easy for you to enjoy their products without giving your life away. Starting out in the Dollar Coffee Club is what made us fall in love with the products – then we signed on as members so we could share it with you. That can come later if you like, and you can email me to get more info if that’s something you’d like to do as you share this with your friends. (Our Member Number is: 433280. If you decide to sign on as a member, which is super fun, you’ll need that number to get you started!)

Let me know if you have questions. My email address is laura@heavenlyhomemakers.com.

Healthy coffee and tea and sweet drinks for the win!

How to Make Cheesecake in a Crock Pot (Crustless! Low Sugar!)

You know how I eat these Fat Bombs every day? Well, I also eat one of these Low Sugar Mini Cheesecakes every day.

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They are lightly sweet, filling, and full of good fat and protein.

So what’s a girl to do when she runs out of her Mini Cheesecakes on a hot day in the summer? She certainly doesn’t want to turn on the oven to bake more for herself. And I think we all know the waffle iron just won’t work for something like this (but don’t think I didn’t at least consider it for one insane moment).

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How to Make Cheesecake in a Crock Pot

How to Make Cheesecake in a Crock Pot
 
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Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 2 8-ounce packages of cream cheese, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 full droppers of liquid stevia
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients together until smooth.
  2. Pour mixture into a crock pot.
  3. Cook on low for 3- 3½ hours or until the center of the cheesecake is no longer liquid.
  4. Turn off crock pot, remove lid, and allow it to sit for 1-2 hours to cool.
  5. Transfer cheesecake to the fridge to chill for 3-4 hours before serving.
  6. Cut into 12 slices.

How to Make Cheesecake in the Crock Pot

I forgot to mention – this Crock Pot Cheesecake is crustless. (I’m so used to eating them this way, I forget cheesecakes are supposed to have crusts. Ha!)

This same idea will work to make these Low Sugar Brownie Cheesecakes in the Crock Pot. Follow the recipe on this page and the directions above to make a chocolate version.

Or, if you want some No-Bake Cheesecake Varieties, check out the list below.

Can’t wait to hear how you like this Cheesecake in a Crock Pot idea!

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Huge List of Screen Free Activities for Summer Fun

This is the point in the summer that my kids are too hot to play, too hot to work, too hot to move, and too hot to care. Therefore, reaching for a device to play a game or zoning out to Netflix feels like the best option.

Knowing this is true for kids of all ages {Laura raises her hand while trying to cool down with a Coffee Milkshake} I asked my friend Kim to use her brilliance and creativity to come up with a list of ideas we can suggest to our kids, all of which do not involve a screen.

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Sounds good? Here we go!

List of Screen Free Activities for Summer Fun

1. Read, of course…

We’ve already talked about all the good books to read! (Did you see this list?) First and foremost, cooling off under the fan with a good book is a perfect screen free option this summer. Look over our list of great book suggestions. Join our Summer Reading Party. Read, read, read!

2. Have a Board Games Tournament

Huge List of Screen-Free Activitiesfor Summer Fun

Select any of the following, making adjustments depending on your kids’ ages. If your kids are old enough, enjoying any of these games in tournament form could be a blast! Even if your kids are “too old” for little kid games, sometimes it’s fun to pull them out and have a “Throw Back Game Day!”

3. Have Fun With Bubbles

  • Have Bubble Races – Hold your bubble on your wand and see who can go the farthest.
  • Set up a Bubble Obstacle Course – Create an obstacle course and try to get through it without your bubble popping.
  • Hold a Bubble Contest – Compete for who has the biggest bubble, smallest bubble, one that flies the highest, one that lasts the longest…
  • Make Big Bubbles – Use lids from different sized cottage cheese, yogurt, or sour cream containers to cut into fun bubble rings. Dip the the rings into the tubs of homemade bubbles, made as directed below. This makes great big bubbles!
  • Check out these Bubble Guns for an extra level of fun!

Need a Homemade Bubble Recipe?

Homemade Bubbles
 
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Ingredients
  • 12 cups water
  • 1 cup dish soap
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 2 Tablespoons baking powder
Instructions
  1. Mix ingredients in a bucket or tub, stirring gently.
  2. Allow mixture to sit for one hour before having bubble fun!

4. Use Sidewalk Chalk in a Fun New Way

  • Use Water – Dip your sidewalk chalk in water and see how that changes the color and consistency of the art.
  • Have Sidewalk Chalk Contests – Compete for who can draw the silliest, biggest, smallest, brightest, largest, most accurate, etc.
  • Use Sidewalk Chalk to Decorate Rocks – It is like dyeing Easter eggs, only with chalk and rocks!
  • Spread the Love – Write a message of love, encouragement or fun on a neighbor’s sidewalk.  Leave a Welcome Home message on a vacationing family’s driveway. (Note from Laura: This is my favorite of all the ideas Kim came up with!!)

5. Enjoy Outdoor and Backyard Games

6. Set up Some Water GamesHuge List of Screen-Free Activitiesfor Summer Fun

7. Set up Sand Box Fun

8. Go on New Adventures

  • Park Hop – Go from one park to another in your town and surrounding areas, take a friend, have a picnic
  • Have a Progressive Dinner – Start with salad at one house, hors d’oeuvres at a second, main course at another and end up with dessert at a final house
  • Go Geocaching – With a smart phone and some hiking shoes, you can make this happen.  Don’t have a smart phone?  Try a handheld GPS.  You will have to scout your locations in advance and bring a list.
  • Go on a Treasure Hunt or Scavenger Hunt – Create a series of clues and a treasure at the end.
  • Go a New Way – Have a destination to which you like to bike or walk?  Try taking a different route.
  • Look Online – Use the internet to find new, fun, free things to do in your area
  • Camp out in the backyard – If you can’t do over night, then pitch the tent in the yard for an instant playhouse/fort/hideaway

9. Set up Creative Indoor Play

  • Sensory Bins with Rice, Beans, or Salt – Let kids play in containers of rice, beans or salt.  They can draw letters, shapes and pictures.
  • Play with and draw in Shaving Cream
  • Make Homemade Playdough (Mix 2 cups baking soda, 1 cup cornstarch and 1.5 cups warm water. Stir all together and bring to a boil over medium heat. Pour into something to cool. Once it is cool, knead it and you can play away.  If you want to add color, put food coloring in the water before boiling the mixture.
  • Paint with Water Colors – Cover the dining room table with large sheets of paper and let the kids paint away
  • Make a Selfie – Take a large sheet of paper and trace the child’s whole body.  Let them decorate and draw the shape to resemble themselves.
  • Hold a Talent Show – Do Mom and Dad have talent?  What about the kids?  Show it off!  Don’t forget the video camera!
  • Get out Simple Art Supplies – Use pine cones, pipe cleaners and googly eyes to create a miniature family
  • Have a Lego Contest
  • Hold a Coloring Contest

10. Cooking TogetherHuge List of Screen Free Activities

Fun Kid Friendly Recipes

What are some of your favorite Screen Free Activities to suggest to your kids? Leave a comment to share!

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The Day We Became Owners of a Dollar Coffee Club (and an Instant Pot)

Today is a big day, my friends.

I finally broke down and bought an Instant Pot (this 8-quart one!) after so many of you told me how much time and effort it would save me in the kitchen. Nothing like being one of the last people on the planet to jump on a bandwagon, huh? So…Instant Pot for the win?! Well, I’ll keep you posted. :)

After this purchase, we did something even bigger than that.

After hearing about and trying out a variety of fabulously healthy coffees, teas, and other delicious drinks with huge health benefits and experiencing wonderful results, and then after asking dozens of questions and researching ingredients and asking a double dozen more questions…

Matt and I bought a coffee shop.

For real.

It’s actually all online, so we won’t be brewing java, pouring it into mugs, and topping drinks with whipped cream and syrup, then serving them in a traditional coffee shop way. But this way is many times better because…

a) These drinks all have big health benefits.
b) These drinks cost much less than a typical coffee shop $4+ per cup, and
c) These drinks are delivered to your very own porch.

(How exciting is this?!)

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During the past 11 years of our family’s health-seeking journey, we’ve been approached about dozens of “be all and end all” products that promise to heal everything that ails you. I’ve given many of them a fair try, taken time to read their ingredient list, and heard of people’s results. Some have been good and I’m happy for all who have benefited from what they offer.

But I’ve never felt much like jumping on board or sharing them with others – often because I haven’t loved the ingredient lists I read in each product. And here’s one thing I’ve noticed that has raised a big red flag to me about many of these “cure all your ailments” products:

I’ve seen people go from eating fast food every day and drinking lots of soda and almost never eating a veggie…to trying these new products while at the same time switching over to eat a healthy diet and start exercising. Sure enough, they see results. They lose weight and they feel better! Well, of course they do. They are finally eating nourishing foods and exercising after so many years of neglecting these healthy habits. So was it the product that helped or was it the good food and exercise that helped? I think it’s hard to know.

Plus I don’t believe there’s a one-size-fits-all product that heals all ailments, but that’s a whole-nother conversation. ;)

Why we bought a coffee shop

Is it enough to say: YUM! Healthy coffee, tea, and tasty cold sweet drinks!?! 

Those are certainly a perk, but there’s quite a bit more to it that that. :)

I will not say, “We found amazing drinks that will cure all migraines, eczema, diabetes, energy levels, learning struggles, focus and memory issues, joint pain, allergies, and help you lose weight too!” Many people have been helped in all these areas and more because of these drinks, but I’m not going to brag on these as “be all and end all” products.

What I will say is this: Matt and I are significantly impressed with what we have found in this company called Javita. We had never heard of it until a trusted friend (who has had many years of training and study in natural supplements and herbs) told us,

I can’t believe how much I love this and how good I feel about drinking these and giving them to my family. You could grow and harvest all these herbs in your yard yourself, or you can just drink this coffee or tea that already includes them. I know you love coffee. You have to try this.

Trying it was as easy as sitting down with a friend and sipping a cup of coffee and tea together. First things first: both drinks taste delicious. I trust my friend Nikki because she knows more than I do about herbs, but still, I read the box. I read info on her website. I ordered a few boxes of a variety of the drinks they offer just to check it out for a while. After all, I had to know, “Is this really as good as it seems?”

Sure enough.

The Coffee and Tea that can actually improve your health

Allow me to introduce you to Javita.

Beyond healthy varieties of coffee and tea, Javita carries tasty drinks pouches that you can stir into water that boost the immune system, aid in digestion, offer benefits for athletes, help regulate blood sugar, and reduce joint pain (I have a whole story to tell you someday about Flex).

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I think one of the biggest brags I can make about these drinks is that we started feeling the benefits from them while making no other changes to our lifestyle. We started drinking these after many years of already eating nourishing foods, drinking plenty of water, and exercising regularly. I believe this offers a true test of the benefits of these drinks.

And I guess the fact that I’m writing about them for you today and that other tiny fact that Matt and I invested in our very own Javita coffee shop tells you how we really feel about the goodness of the coffee, tea, and other drinks.

If I’m going to drink coffee every day, shouldn’t I be drinking one that helps keep my body and mind balanced? I sure think so.

How many ingredients?

Ah, the ingredient lists. They are gloriously short. Hallelujah! I didn’t recognize every item on the lists at first, but that’s because I am not an herbalist and have not done the research (until now). Now my research tells me that the ingredients in each of these drinks are absolutely pure, good, and beneficial for many different health needs.

My favorite Strawberry Lemonade FLEX drink supplement facts look like this:

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My favorite Burn + Control gourmet coffee blend ingredient list looks like this:

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The coffee actually brags of being “weight loss coffee.” I found that interesting and am very happy to share that fact with people. But I don’t drink the coffee to lose weight and I’m not sure you should either, even though that might be an added perk for some. I’m drinking the coffee, tea, and other drinks because they are pulling toxins from around my organs, cleansing my insides, giving me pure energy, helping me to think more clearly, and helping me to feel more emotionally balanced.

I can’t wait to share what the Flex Drink has done for me, but I feel like that should be another post for another time. (Just know that Flex is my second favorite behind the coffee drinks, because of how it takes away pain in a way that has made me ask more than once, “Is this too good to be true?”)

I will not bombard you but I want you to know that Javita products are absolutely worth trying. Matt and I are sold on them for so many reasons that I’ll continue to share as we embark on this Javita journey, and we’re so glad to add them to our daily diet. Our boys are still at church camp right now but you can bet that when they get home we’ll be giving them  Rush (before their sports work-outs), Defend (for immune system health), and Flex (any time they are in pain in any way).

I guess I should also mention that we love the taste of every single drink we’ve tried. Truly, these are fun and tasty and I’d feel naughty like I was drinking kool-aid and strawberry lemonade but I’m drinking herbs and coffee and becoming healthier so hoo-rah!

How much do the drinks cost?

They are $1.00 each when you join our Dollar Coffee Club. This is huge savings if you’re used to buying coffee shop drinks. But it can seem high if you’re used to brewing coffee and tea or making sweet drinks at home.

I’m a home-coffee brewer, and here’s why I still feel that $1/drink is a wonderful price: They are taking the place of many of our other supplements (and the coffee I was regularly buying) and they are keeping us from having to go to our natural doctor as often. This offers significant savings for us. And it’s a great perk that our new supplements come in the form of fun drinks! This is so much more enjoyable compared to chugging down vitamins and swallowing pills.

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Let me break down my highest recommendation for you if you’d like to try these drinks.

There are other ways of going about trying these and enjoying the perks of all Javita offers, but this is what we did at first and what I recommend so you can enjoy these and see what you think. Simply become a part of our Dollar Coffee Club:

  1. Click here to check out our pretty new Coffee Club Shop.
  2. Click on “Learn More” or watch the video if you like.
  3. When you’re ready, click the “Order Now” button.
  4. Select your country.
  5. Click “Build Your Own.” (You can select a “Popular Pack” if you like, but I found it best to build my order specific to our family’s needs.)
  6. Select 2-5 boxes that you feel will benefit you and your family most. (I started with both varieties of coffee – the Burn + Control and the Mind + Energy – plus the Flex, the Defend, and the Fiber drinks.)
  7. As long as you select 2-5 boxes of coffee, shipping is free!
  8. In a few days your first shipment of drinks will arrive and you can have as much fun as we are having!
  9. After that, you’ll receive monthly auto shipments of drinks, but you can change your drink selections, add or subtract boxes, or cancel at any time.

There is no risk to trying these as they offer a 30-day guarantee. You can change your Auto-Delivery at any time, switch out products, or skip a month. Truly Javita makes it easy for you to enjoy their products without giving your life away. Starting out in the Dollar Coffee Club is what made us fall in love with the products – then we signed on as members so we could share it with you. That can come later if you like, and you can email me to get more info if that’s something you’d like to do as you share this with your friends. (Our Member Number is: 433280. If you decide to sign on as a member, which is super fun, you’ll need that number to get you started!)

Have questions?

Let me know. I’m new at this too, but I’ve tried enough products to love them and to have learned some specific recommendations depending on your family’s needs. My email address is: laura@heavenlyhomemakers.com.

I can’t wait for you to try these great drinks and I really can’t wait to hear more about how you like them!

Check out our Dollar Coffee Club here.

The Simplest and Best Grilled Chicken (My Very Favorite Summer Food!)

You should know that there is much significance in me sharing that this Best Grilled Chicken is my favorite summer food. After all, do you know how many great summer foods there are to compete with this chicken?

There’s cold watermelon. There are strawberries, which can be made into this amazing Strawberry Cheesecake Parfait. There’s fresh corn on the cob (hello, I’m from Nebraska). There are peaches and nectarines. There’s asparagus and okra (sure I’m weird, but these actually are summer favorites of mine).

I guess the best news is that all of the above mentioned summer food choices can be served with The Simplest and Best Grilled Chicken, creating the best meal on the planet, amen and amen. (By the way, remember how our grill was broken? My genius husband was able to fix it. I am so very thankful!)

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What I love about grilling is that all I have to do is throw out some simple fruit and veggie side dishes to complete the meal. Anything goes with this chicken. Any veggie. Any salad. Any kind of potato, pasta, or rice. Any fruit.

And even better: You can make it with any sauce you like!

Great Sauce and Dressing Ideas to Marinate The Simplest and Best Grilled Chicken

If your time is limited, you can do what I’ve been doing lately and buy a few sauces pre-made to have on hand for Simple Recipes like this. Homemade sauces are awesome, but as I’ve shared, right now I’ve got to pare back to keep my schedule a little lighter. So I’m not making everything from scratch right now (and I’m smiling more often).

I do read the labels (no high fructose corn syrup or other nasty ingredients allowed!). I am searching for good prices. But I’m appreciating the ease of opening a bottle and dumping it on chicken to marinate for our dinner. Sooooo simple!!!!

Do you see how easy it is to make real food for your family? And do you see how delicious real food tastes? (Wait. Can you see how food tastes? Who even wrote that sentence??)

Lemme just say this: If you’re afraid of real food and the word “healthy” makes you cringe and think of sprouted beans and tofu (I cringe at those too!), let go of the fear and make yourself some of this chicken with a slice of watermelon and some steamed green beans on the side. It’s as easy as that and you will learn that real food is the best thing you ever ate!

My Favorite Grilled Chicken Tip

My Best Chicken Tip

I’ve shared this before, but let me share again that the secret to making perfect chicken on the grill is to use boneless chicken thighs instead of boneless chicken breasts. Breasts get dry quickly. Thighs retain juiciness and the flavor is unbeatable.

Bonus

Boneless chicken thighs are usually less expensive than chicken breasts. Who knew?

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Simple Grilled Chicken (My Very Favorite Summer Food!)
 
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Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 2-3 pounds boneless chicken thighs
  • 2 cups of your favorite marinade (bbq, teriyaki, Italian dressing, etc.)
Instructions
  1. Place chicken in a single layer in a 9x13 inch dish.
  2. Spread dressing or sauce over the top.
  3. Cover and allow chicken to marinate until grill time or for at least two hours (overnight is fine!)
  4. Grill marinated chicken on low heat for 20-25 minutes, watching to be sure chicken is cooked evenly on both sides.

What are your favorite summer foods?

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Lilla Rose is having a Summer Sale ThursdaySaturday – FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $50! (Must select “Free Shipping” at checkout.

This sale can also be combined with the monthly special for July.  (One free bobby pin with a $40 purchase, and two free bobbies with a $50 purchase!)  So yes, with just a $50 order, you can get both free shipping AND two free super-strong bobby pins that will NOT slip out of even super-fine hair.

So many lovely styles to choose from! Plus there are beautiful new natural hair sticks and cute new summery U-Pins, such a ladybugs, sand dollars, sea turtles, and flip flops!

Sale runs Thursday, July 13th, 2017 at 7am Pacific, through Saturday, July 15th at midnight Pacific. This is a sale you won’t want to miss!

33 Simple Summer Recipes and Tips (New Freebie for Simple Meals Subscribers!)

I thought it was hot here in Nebraska until my friend from Las Vegas told me about the temps they get there. Phew! What’s it like where you are?

You know me, though. I never complain about the heat because I love summer, sunshine, and being warm. I’m cold all winter so I embrace all the heat of summer while I can!

However, I don’t like heating up the house to cook or bake during the summer. Why run the air conditioner and the oven at the same time??

What should we do though because we all still eat three meals a day at home during the summer. Man shall not live on fruit smoothies alone. So what else is there?

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Simple Meals members have already been enjoying Weekly Menu Planning Packets that offer mostly oven-free meal ideas for the summer. But what about breakfast and lunch? And what about snacks?

Beat the Heat has 33 Simple Summer Kitchen Tips and includes 49 real food recipes to use this summer that will keep your kitchen from heating up!

This resource is packed with ideas to get you through the summer. All real food ideas. Bunches of recipes. Oodles of tips for ways to have fun feeding your family delicious treats, light lunches, great snacks – you will love this!

This new eBook is a freebie for all of our Simple Meals Members. This is our only paid subscription (though super inexpensive!) offer here at Heavenly Homemakers and for good reason. Members get a thorough menu planning packet every single week! All the thinking and planning has been done for you. Your grocery list is made for you. You get bonus ideas, time saving tips, and extra recipes. This comes to your inbox every Thursday morning so you can plan for the next week. And the best part is that every single recipe and meal we suggest that you make is ridiculously simple.

Nothing complicated. All real food. All family friendly. Spend very little time in the kitchen. Endure no stress if you forgot to thaw meat (there’s a back-up plan for that!). Simple Meals really is making people’s kitchen lives easier!

All for one little dollar per week!

This week, members will get this fabulous Beat the Heat bonus resource along with all their regular menu planning info! We’ll send it out in this week’s regular Simple Meals Planning Packet email. Then to be sure we’ve caught all new members who want this, we’ll send it one more time on July 20. So join Simple Meals before July 20 for sure so you can receive this Beat the Heat booklet in your inbox with your planning packets!

Get all the details about Simple Meals here!

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Your yearly subscription equips you with a 52 week's worth of meal plans, grocery guide, recipes, and bonus tips, plus you get over $60 worth of bonus eBooks! Your Simple Meals plan will arrive in your inbox each Thursday morning.
Price: $52.00

 

Learn Your Letters/Learn Your Numbers Learn to Serve Package Giveaway (For you and a friend!)

This giveaway is extra fun because you can win a package for yourself and one for a friend! Share this with a friend so she can enter too, then you all have double the chances at winning!

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What is Learn Your Letters (and Learn Your Numbers), Learn to Serve? It’s a complete early learning curriculum kit that helps you teach your young kids basic counting and reading skills and at the same time…

Teach them to serve others.

Teach them to think of others. Teach them to be creative in their service to others. Teach them to be comfortable with older people, younger people, sick people – all people with needs.

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Read all about Learn Your Letters/Numbers, Learn to Serve packages here. This downloadable package contains hundreds of pages of ideas and instructions for activities to help your kids learn letter sounds and counting skills. They’ll memorize scripture associated with each letter sound. You’ll read Bible stories together.

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There are printables, book selections, and all kinds of service ideas! There’s so many ideas, you can’t possibly do them all, but that’s part of the fun. You can pick and choose what works for your family and your individual kids and run with it!

See all the details about Learn Your Letters and Learn Your Numbers, Learn to Serve here.

Want to win a package set for yourself and for a friend? Enter to win the Rafflecopter below. Tell your friend to come enter to. Then you both double your chances of winning!

I’ll draw a random winner on July 14. Watch for an email sharing about the winners!

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