Great for Your Kitchen and Home Remedies! Win a Stainless Steel Zester/Grater!

For some reason that we shall never understand, it took me until recently to grate the zest of a lemon, lime, or orange into recipes that called for this delicious addition.

Actually, I can attempt to offer some reasons – such as:

  • I don’t like recipes that take too many steps.
  • I only had a big stand up grater for a while, which actually did make zesting quite tedious.
  • That’s it. There are no other reasons.

Then I got a hand-held zester. Suddenly the job of rubbing a lemon rind across a grater to utilize that natural and delicious flavor was easy and quick. I think it goes without saying that my Low Sugar Cookies taste much more amazing when I take the few extra seconds to zest. Here, you need those recipes:

Low Sugar Lemon Melt-away Cookies

If you haven’t been a zester for all the reasons mentioned above, I’m happy to share that this little gadget can be a game changer in your kitchen.

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This, my friends, is a ECALOO Classic Stainless Steel Zester/Grater. I like the nice non-slip handle, but mostly I like the versatility in that you can use it to grate or zest cheese, lemon, citrus, ginger, garlic, onions, nutmeg, cinnamon, chocolate and much more (even veggies). That it’s stainless steel means it’s safe for our food and easy to clean.

Today, they are giving one away to five different winners. Sign up below!

In addition, they are offering a 35% discount to everyone! Use the code H7WAL8BT to receive your discount from now to  7/30/2016.

As I’m learning more about making home remedies and trying new recipes, I’m finding that this zester/grater is fantastic for fresh ginger to use in the recipes. Ginger is a staple in home remedies, so I love that this gadget makes grating it so easy!

Here’s your chance to win one! Sign up here, then watch for an email on Wednesday, June 29 sharing the five winners.

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Big Discounts on Vanilla Beans and Coconut Oil

Typically now I only post deals like this directly to those on my Homemaker’s Savings Club list – but when the prices are this good and are being offered for two of my very favorite and most loved items – I’ve gotta share them with all of you!

First – Vanilla Beans are 20% off for three days!

This is perfect timing because June is a great month to begin making a batch of Homemade Vanilla Extract. It takes 4-6 months for the extract to “brew” so if you start now, you’ll have delicious vanilla extract in time for Christmas gifts and baking!

I always buy my beans from Olive Nation because they are the best quality for the best price. Getting 20% off is huge, so take advantage. Use the code SAVE20 through June 15. As long as you don’t add anything else to your cart, you’ll also get automatic free shipping!


54-Ounces of Coconut Oil as low as $11.94!

Amazon is offering a 25% off coupon for Spectrum Organic Virgin Coconut Oil. Plus, you can pair it with your 15% subscribe and save discount. This takes the already low price of $19.89 all the way down to $11.94 – which is amazing! I’ve taken advantage of this deal several times because it’s too good not to. The quality of this oil is great!

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In other fun news, I’m currently playing with two fun and refreshing summer recipes that are huge money savers and very delicious! Or at least they will be delicious with a little more tweaking. I’m still experimenting. :) One of them calls for two teaspoons of the Homemade Vanilla Extract I talked about above. That makes the recipe what it is!

Stay cool (assuming you’re experiencing the heat wave we are here in Nebraska)!

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Lodge Cast Iron Griddle – Only $22.00!

Just a quick post to share that one of my favorite kitchen tools is 52% off right now!!!

Amazon has the Lodge LDP3 Reversible Double Play Grill & Griddle back on sale again for only $22.00.  I grabbed one of these a few months ago and am loving it!

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How to use your cast iron griddle

It’s great for pancakes, great for grilled cheese sandwiches, and great for my Cheesy Cauliflower Cakes recipe. I love that I can crank out a lot of food at one time because of this large cooking space. The griddle covers two stove-top burners. Once I get the heat regulated, this griddle works awesome!

My fav pancake recipes for your dining pleasure:

Grab your griddle before the price goes up. This price is amazing!!

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Get a “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” DVD FREEBIE!!!

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Freebies like this. This is why you want to be a member of our Homemaker’s Savings Club!!

I just ordered my boys the latest Star Wars movie FOR FREE! All I have to do now is to pick it up.

Sound too good to be true? It’s true!! Every once in a while TopCashBack offers a freebie like this and it is for real. The movie is free. I ordered it online yesterday. I’m picking up our free movie when I go to Walmart for groceries today. My boys are just a little bit excited.

Sign up for our Homemaker’s Savings Club to learn how you can get Star Wars: The Force Awakens DVD and Blue-ray for FREE! The deal ends April 10. Grab quickly!

54-Ounces of Organic Virgin Coconut Oil – Just $11.94!

I posted this a couple weeks ago, but (brace yourself) THE PRICE JUST GOT LOWER!!!! Get this while it’s available. We bought them out when I posted before, so I wouldn’t wait. Plus, you never know when the price will go up!

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It’s deals like this that inspired me to create our Heavenly Homemaker’s Savings Club. But then, this one is so good I decided to make space for it here because everyone needs to see this! 54-ounces of organic virgin coconut oil for as low as $11.94?? Amazing.

How to get this price:

  1. Spectrum Organic Virgin Coconut Oil is priced at $19.89 – a great price to begin with!
  2. I added this to my subscribe and save order, which gave me 15%. This brought the price down to $16.91.
  3. Amazon is offering a 25% off coupon on top of the other savings, which brought the price all the way down to $11.94!

I’m not sure if it was a glitch or not, but Amazon let me take advantage of this deal more than once – and so I did. When it’s priced that great, one must take advantage and stock up, right?

I offer no guarantees as to how long this price will stay this low. Amazon prices tend to fluctuate without notice.

If you haven’t joined our Heavenly Homemaker’s Savings Club, please do! Not only is it free, it will save you money!

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P.S. Learn more about how Amazon Subscribe and Save works here.

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That One Time I Rode a Hoverboard Like a Boss

You guys. We got a hoverboard.


Why? How? Well, the boys have been wanting one – I mean so very much wanting one. They’ve been asking passive-aggressively (“So…when you get get us a hoverboard…” and then downright aggressively (“Please we really want a hoverboard…”) for months. Matt and I have been barely listening and completely, “Hmm, we don’t really see the point” about their requests because we’re really cool parents who usually only spend money on practical items. (Happy Birthday. We got you shoes.)

Then a couple weeks ago, I got an email from a company that offers AlienWheels Hoverboard for sale. They wondered if our family might be interested in choosing one of their hoverboards to review. I calmly and professionally responded something like, “No stinking way are you even stinking kidding me right now?!”

Of all their amazing products, we chose the Purple Bluetooth Hoverboard – because well, hoverboarding while bluetoothing? It’s like the best just got better.

Please feel bad for me for all I endured during the days between the “we’d love to review your purple bluetooth hoverboard” email and the actual delivery of said hoverboard.

  • “did they send it yet?”
  • “when will it get here?”
  • “think it might get here by tomorrow? thursday? friday? saturday? whennnn?”
  • “can you track the package?”
  • “can you track the package?”
  • “can you track the package?”
  • “i know you just tracked it but will you track it every five minutes until the moment it arrives?”

This was not at all distracting from our school work each day.

Thankfully and impressively, it arrived within just a few days. The three boys still at home had been very sly about keeping the surprise from Asa (our college boy living in the dorm). They made a plan as to how to tell him. It went a little something like this:

If you’re a subscriber who didn’t get to see that, click here and invest the 8 seconds it takes to watch me on a hoverboard.

Asa’s reaction after seeing that on his phone was, “Mom? You’re on a hoverboard? Whose is that?” He didn’t believe his brothers at first when we told him it was really ours. I have no idea why.

I can’t tell you how much fun we are having with this. I really had no idea a hoverboard would be so enjoyable! It’s actually much easier to ride than I ever thought it would be. The boys are all becoming pros at it. The wheels are not affecting our nice wooden floors in any way, so we let them ride it all over our kitchen and living room. They’ve taken it up to the college campus where they can really go fast! Saturday night Asa had a big group of college friends here at the house and they were loving that thing!

It would seem that a hoverboard isn’t so impractical after all. I love anything that makes for fun social interaction with friends!

About the only negative thing I have to say about hoverboards is that they are a bit pricey (and also I wish they had a little vacuum attachment because wouldn’t that be amazing?). But now that I’ve experienced the Alienboard, I see why they cost what they do. These aren’t wimpy little toys. These are sturdy riding machines of the highest quality.

If your kids have also been passive-aggressively or just plain aggressively asking for a hoverboard, I can attest to the fact that they are incredibly fun and even useful for getting from point A to point B. AlienWheels made us an exclusive coupon code which is bigger than any discount they ever offer! Use the coupon code heavenlyhomemakers to get $100 off any B1 or to get $200 off any Alienboard Batwings.

A huge thank you to AlienWheels for blessing our family with a hoverboard. We’re loving this.

From Traveling to Camping to Potlucks, Gardening, and Saving Money – These Are My Favorites, and It’s Not Too Late

Before I start writing this, let me remind you: I’m not going Paleo. An exclusive Paleo diet doesn’t work for me, for my family of growing sons, or for my already enormous grocery budget. I wrote all the details about how I love-paleo-recipes-but-am-not-going-paleo here.

What I also shared there and on almost every post I’ve written the past few years is my love of nourishing food. My focus is not on the DO eat and DON’T eats as much as it is on this: Our bodies need nourishment!!! Let’s not make it hard. Let’s just eat good food. And please somebody hand me a strawberry. (Seriously. Last night I dreamed I got a price-match on strawberries. I was so excited that I bought a cart-full and then I woke up and there were actually no strawberries in my entire house. I was so sad, but then I made coffee and all was right in my world again. But if strawberries don’t hurry up and be in season, I don’t even know what.)


I dream of strawberries!!!!!

Today I want to remind you about the package of free resources being offered right now by PaleoDork. THEY ARE FREE and they are going away at midnight Friday. I’ve spent the last several days working my way through these books and videos – and you guys? It doesn’t even matter what you think about the Paleo diet. Maybe you eat that way or maybe you’re like me and eat those foods with a side of potato or bread. But these sources are worth having – and they are FREE so just go get them. There’s not even a catch.

If you’ve been waiting, I understand. But you can’t wait anymore because Feb. 12 is it for this offering. If you don’t get this now, you won’t be able to get it later. Want to see my favorites in this package so far?

Eat Beautiful ($0.00)

I can’t even believe we can get this for free. It has 273 pages of really great recipes. Some are more complicated than I choose to tackle – but many are amazing and perfect for my family. This is the book I’m most impressed with so far as I make my way through the list. The recipes list everything from sweets to main dishes.

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Family Camping Handbook ($0.00)

Katie’s books are always amazing. I’m struck not only by all the great recipes in this but even more with all the great tips and ideas she shares –  like camping with babies and toddlers, making homemade wipes, and ways to save money.

family camping

Apartment Gardening ($0.00)

This book shows that almost everyone can have some sort of garden!! I’m loving how simple this book lays out the basics of gardening. Plus, I’m really hungry for a fresh strawberry, but we’ve been through this already.

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$5 Meal Plan ($0.00)

This one includes 6-weeks worth of really simple recipe ideas that are very low in cost! Enough said, right? Of course I love this one.

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Eating Out and Traveling on the Paleo Diet ($0.00)

This resource is great for our family because we are on the go many Saturdays because of sports. We pack a lot of food to-go, and it’s great to have more sandwich-free options. My favorite part of this book is the fantastic list of 30+ foods to take to a potluck or party. What a great, healthy resource to have on hand!

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I am really enjoying several of the other books too – but these rise to the top for me as I search out great tips and recipes for my fam!

There are over 50 resources in this package, all of which are free. I don’t need and won’t use about half of them, which of course doesn’t matter in the least – I simply won’t download the ones I don’t need.

Hurry to get your free package here – and have fun! Not having to pay a penny for these resources is like a big present handed to every single one of us as we work hard to put great food on the table for our families.

Remember, this offer expires midnight February 12!!!

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Valentine Breakfast in Bed? Or Just Breakfast.


Heart-Shaped Pretzels.
I don’t have time to make these this year. Maybe you can.

Valentine’s Day falling on a Sunday this year is messing with me. Some people are like, “Yay, Sunday! I’ll have more time to make it special.” Me? I’m like, “Oh goodie. I get to try to make something special out of our busiest day of the week, which is followed by a day away from home at basketball games, which comes at the end of a crazy busy last ten days.”

Pity party much, Laura? Eh, more like simply trying to find my wits while figuring out the logistics of making Valentine’s Day fun for my fam. Sure we could wait and celebrate on the 15th – except that we can’t because that is Justus’ 16th birthday and we’ll be all about Justus that day.

Making Valentine’s Day special is going to be a family affair this year – which works just fine because our boys are big and capable. We’ve all been in cahoots, and if you recall, we plan to make a big fried chicken dinner together that day. This is ultimately a terrible plan for a Sunday meal for us since it takes so long to prepare and we are all usually starving by the time we get home from church. But whatever. I guess we’ll come home from church, start the chicken frying, then eat our salad course while we wait. I plan to have the mashed potatoes made ahead of time. The boys can make a dessert on Friday before we go to basketball games. There, that oughta do it.

So breakfast.

There will not be time for me to stand at the griddle making our traditional heart-shaped pancakes that morning before church. Plus I’d prefer not to dirty up the kitchen at breakfast, rush out the door, then come home to make fried chicken around a bunch of breakfast mess.

I’ve decided instead to make one of our family favorites: Oatmeal Breakfast Bars – with a few chocolate chips sprinkled in (because chocolate chips turn these into something Valentine-y, right?). I can bake them Friday since I’ll be gone all day Saturday. If I have time Sunday morning, I’ll make strawberry smoothies to go with the bars.

While thinking about breakfast for Valentine’s Day, I remembered a menu planning resource I created a few years ago. This has 31 Real Food Breakfast Ideas, all of which are linked to the recipes you’ll need. Help yourself! Hopefully it will give you some breakfast inspiration if you need it (for Valentine’s Day and beyond)!

31 Days of Real Food Breakfast Ideas

I wanted to also remind you of a fantastic gift for Valentine’s Day that doesn’t involve the kids. (I mean, we love ’em – but Valentine’s Day night we anxiously shoo them off to bed so we can finally have some alone time.)

A MELT Massage For Couples package is so much better than any other gift I can think of. Most other gifts are eaten (chocolate) or die (flowers) and become only a memory. The MELT series is a forever gift. You can enjoy it on Valentine’s Day, the day after that, every other Tuesday, during times of joy, during times of stress… See? A forever gift.

I love (and need!) massages, and I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one. Matt and I have really enjoyed the MELT Massage For Couples videos and lessons. As I’ve said before – these are very tastefully done so you don’t have to worry about anything weird. They simply teach great massage techniques to bless your relationship!

The Melt Video Series (which is usually $147) is being offered to Heavenly Homemaker’s readers for just $89 now through February 14. It’s a sweet deal and the final time MELT will be bundled at this price. Time is ticking on this deal! You can get all the details here!

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20% off Vanilla Beans (plus free shipping) for Your Homemade Vanilla Extract!

This is a TODAY only deal!


Olive Nation (my very favorite…well my only place to buy vanilla beans) is offering a 20% discount code through February 10 only. I’ve bought beans other places and none of them compare to the quality of Olive Nation’s vanilla beans. Their prices are better and their customer service is fantastic – so that sweetens the pot.

Use the code BAKE20 to knock 20% off your order. Vanilla beans always ship free! (If you include other items in your cart, you’ll have shipping fees. It’s just their tea and vanilla beans that automatically ships free.)

Why do you need vanilla beans? So you can make Vanilla Extract! We offer ours for sale here, but to save you money, we really recommend you make your own. You will love this stuff!

How to Make Vanilla Extract

Grab your vanilla beans here!

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I’m Going All out on Valentine’s Day By Staying In

A huge thank you to MELT Massage for Couples for sponsoring this post!

fried chicken

Winner, Winner, Valentine Dinner

It was actually my 14-year old son’s idea.

“Mom, you know what we need to do sometime soon? We need to put together a full fried chicken dinner. We need to serve it in different ‘courses’ like with salad and rolls first, then the chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy and all that stuff, then a dessert.”

Wow. He’d been thinking about this, apparently. That and he was obviously hungry for fried chicken. (We roll chicken legs in whole wheat flour and sea salt then fry it on all sides in an electric skillet in palm shortening for about 45 minutes . It is so good.)

We decided that this was a perfect Valentine’s Day meal plan for our family. I told him we’d need to all work together to make it happen and that we could go all out to put together all the courses. Again, let me just say that I am amazed my 14-year old even came up with this.

Balancing Family Time and Couple Time on Valentine’s Day

There was a V-day a few years ago that I planned nothing and did nothing for our sons. Why? Because I assumed they were too old and too boy to care. Would you believe – that afternoon when they all realized that it was Feb. 14 they were all like, “Mom!! You didn’t make heart pancakes this morning! Where was the special red and pink lunch? Aren’t we doing anything for Valentine’s Day this year???”

How silly was I to assume they were beyond caring about my yearly attempt at lopsided heart-shaped pancakes?? My bad.

Ever since that year, I’ve made a few festive foods to make the day special for the boys. I love that they actually care. I love that this year we’re doing a little something different with our Fried Chicken Dinner and that we’ll all be working together to make it special for each other.

So what about making Valentine’s Day special for just Matt and me?

If you’ve read here long, you know that Matt and I don’t buy each other stuff on Feb. 14 and we rarely go out together to celebrate Valentine’s Day. It’s never been our thing. Typically Matt cooks a spaghetti dinner for us without any help from me. I love this. He loves this. It’s been good for our boys to see Dad doing something sweet and special for Mom – even with all six of us sitting around the table.

But later…

It’s fun to plan one-on-one couple time – and believe me when I say that now that our kids are older and busier and stay up later – Matt and I have to be intentional about finding and creating alone couple time.

Through the years, Matt has become my personal master masseuse. I am so spoiled by this. My shoulders would frequently be in knots if it weren’t for him taking the time to give me thorough massages. Me? I’m not as skilled as he, plus I am not even close to as strong physically. But I still give it my best shot. We both know that Valentine’s Day massages await us after our family Valentine time. (Fried chicken and massages. Does life get any better?)

The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Remember when I shared about the MELT video series a few months ago? This is how we have been learning to give the massage of all massages. Matt and I really appreciate that these videos are so tastefully done. We’re learning massage skills and techniques without feeling weird. We continue to access the videos from time to time to learn more or to remind ourselves of what we previously learned. It’s a gift that keeps on giving and will keep on giving because massages? Yes please forever and always. (Fried chicken dinners are also welcome.)

For You and Your Spouse

It’s fun to hear about different couples’ Valentine’s day celebrations and traditions. Some love going out – some love staying in. Either way, ending the night (any night of the year!) with massages is a win for everyone.

If you’re interested in giving your spouse a gift that will last way beyond one romantic dinner or box of chocolates…oh my goodness MELT is where it’s at. I wanted to let you know that the Melt Video Series (which is usually $147) is being offered to Heavenly Homemaker’s readers for just $89 now through February 14. It’s a sweet deal and the final time MELT will be bundled at this price. Think your spouse would love this gift? Definitely check it out!

So in summary, we’ll be having a fantastic Valentine’s Day which includes none other than fried chicken and ultimate massages, with a few ugly heart pancakes thrown in for good measure. Staying in to enjoy special plans is my very favorite way to celebrate a holiday.

How about you?


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Learn more about the MELT Couple’s Massage sale here. Best date night ever!