New Amazon Deals Page at Heavenly Homemakers

If you look hard enough, you can find some amazing deals to save you lots of money at Amazon.  I’ve recently talked about how I utilize Amazon Prime and Subscribe and Save to get 20% off and free shipping on items I use all the time.  I’ve also shared that Amazon offers coupons now, that you can add to that 20% savings.  Wow, do we score some deals on organic groceries and other household supplies!

I love sharing these deals with you as I find them.  Now, to make it even easier for you to access the latest deals I’ve found, we’ve created a page specifically for Amazon Deals.  You can access it at any time by clicking on the button over on my side bar.  I’ll work to keep it updated every few days.

I’ll continue highlighting the greatest of these deals in regular blog posts, because I want to make sure you don’t miss a huge sale price on an item you might be needing.  But the majority of the deals will be housed on the new Amazon Deals page, so that you can access it at any time when you’re doing your online shopping.

Okeedokee?  Check out our Amazon Deals page!

Did You Know Our New “Search By Ingredient” Tool Can Save You Money?

It’s been a few weeks since we installed our Heavenly Homemaker’s Recipe Search By Ingredient Box.  Have you used it yet?  Has it been helpful to you?

If you haven’t used it yet, you’ll find it over at the top of my right sidebar, just waiting to help you.  It looks like this:

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Here’s how it works:  Let’s say you have a lot of eggs in your fridge you want to use up for dinner tonight.  You know you have plenty of cheese to go with it.  You could just scramble up eggs with cheese (always tasty!), but what other ideas are there?  Simply head over to the top of my sidebar, type “eggs, cheese” into the recipe search box – and it will pull up recipes from our site that will hopefully fit your needs.

It’s not fool proof.  (Type in “cabbage” and you’ll get my Pudding Pops recipe since I talked about my cabbage patch doll memories in that post!)  But our hope is that this tool will simplify your meal and snack planning, and help you come up with new, fun recipes for your family.

In addition, we feel that the Heavenly Homemaker’s Recipe Search By Ingredient Box will save you money!  How?  Well, we all have ingredients tucked away in our fridge that might go bad and be wasted if they aren’t used up.  If you need fresh inspiration as to what to do with those ingredients, simply type them into the search box and see what comes up!  No one wants to waste money by throwing away food!

The search box will also save you money by giving you meal ideas so that you don’t feel like you have to resort to going out to eat or picking up take-out.  Seriously, sometimes we just want someone else to do the thinking for us so that we don’t have to figure out what food to prepare!  Let the Heavenly Homemaker’s Recipe Search By Ingredient Box do your thinking for you, then have fun putting together one or more of our simple, healthy, and tasty recipes.

Go over to our sidebar and check it out!

P.S.  If you type in “butter” you’ll likely get blasted with recipes.  Go figure.  ;)

Oh, For Real! With Gift Certificate Bonus This Weekend


Did you know that it’s been exactly one year since I launched my cookbook:  Oh, For Real!  Real Food, Real Family, Real Easy?  I’m so thankful for all the encouraging feedback I’ve heard from so many of you about how the book has been such a help to you in your real food kitchen.  Yay!  I hope it continues to be a blessing to you all!

In celebration of our one-year book birthday, we’re offering a gift certificate bonus if you purchase Oh, For Real!  Real Food, Real Family, Real Easy this weekend.  Through Sunday, if you buy Oh, For Real!  Real Food, Real Family, Real Easy, you’ll also receive a coupon code worth $5.00 to use on any downloadable item or eCourse in our Heavenly Homemakers Shop.

Once you purchase, your book will be sent in the mail within just a few days.  You’ll also receive an email with a $5 off certificate code that you can use right away in our shop!

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Why buy our Oh, For Real! printed book?  Because it answers all the questions I receive frequently about how I’m able to feed my family a healthy (and fun!) diet regularly.   Plus it includes over 115 of our favorite, easy recipes.  Having this book in your kitchen, ready to grab and use right away will save you time and offer you real food guidance any time you need it.  Even I benefit from having this book in my kitchen.  It saves me from running back and forth to my computer all the time to look at my recipes!

Not only is the book full of family friendly recipes, it will help you learn to get ahead, be efficient, and take baby steps toward eating more real foods.  It’s full of “Quick Tips” and “Freezer Friendly” options.  You can read all the details about the book here.  Can’t wait for you to have this resource in your kitchen!

Oh, For Real: Real Food, Real Family, Real Easy  $25.95

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Cost for a book shipped to Canada is $34.05. If you are from Canada or another country outside the U.S., please email me before purchasing. Thanks!

Gift Certificate bonus offer ends midnight Sunday, March 16.  Hurry to take advantage of this offer!

Eat Healthy and Save Time Too

As I was working on a new Eat Healthy, Save Time post for next week, it occurred to me that I haven’t shared on that subject much lately.

Today, I’m here to remind you that eating healthy does not take a lot of time.  It may look different for each of us depending on our circumstances.  Some days may be harder than others.  But no more excuses.  We do have time to eat healthy.  We can do this!

Just for fun, I thought I’d share the link to all of my Eat Healthy, Save Time posts.  Read through them to get some great ideas for ways you can save time on this healthy eating journey!!

Trying To Figure Out What to Cook or Bake? Check Out Our New “Search By Ingredient” Feature!

I am doing a little dance (don’t picture it) with excitement over what I’m about to share with you!  Our hope is that the new feature we just completed for our site will be super helpful for all of you.

Introducing, the Heavenly Homemaker’s Recipe Search By Ingredient Box.  It looks like this:

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You will find this lovely search item over on the top, right hand side-bar of our site, just waiting to help you figure out what to make for dinner.  Or breakfast.  Or snack.  Or dessert.  Or potluck.  Or party.  Or brunch.  Indeed, the search box will do your thinking for you and help you plan!

How does this work?  You simply tell the search box what ingredients you have on hand to use – and it will pull up recipes from our site that will hopefully fit your needs.  Easy as that.

For example, say you need something quick for dinner.  You know off the top of your head that you have chicken, cheese, and peppers in your fridge, but you can’t think of what you should make with those ingredients.  Simply type in “chicken, cheese, peppers”  and three great recipe options pop up for you to scroll through.  Or what if you need to use up some apples – and you know you have oats and sucanat that you could use to make some sort of dessert or breakfast?  Type in “apples, oats, sucanat” and instantly, several recipes will appear for you.

Now, smart as this box is, it’s not a miracle worker.  So if you type in “fish, cocoa, tomatoes” – it might roll its eyes and say, “Are you kidding me?”  But as I’ve been testing it, most of the time I’ve had very relevant recipes pull up.

The search box won’t work if I don’t have any recipes that include every ingredient you list.  So, if no recipes come up for you, try narrowing your search to the basics.  It may take some trial and error until we all get used to how this works.  But how wonderful that we can take some pressure off by letting this search box do some of our thinking for us.  And it’s always fun to find new recipe ideas, right?

Okay, head over to the top right of the Heavenly Homemakers Site and start searching for delicious food to make!

What You’ve Always Never Wanted to Know About Me

Throughout this week, I’ve been trying to answer questions that I receive frequently.  So far, I’ve tackled Why I Don’t Have a Sams or Costco Membership, How I Store Fruits and Vegetables to Keep Them Fresh, and Why We Don’t Eat Many Sandwiches For Lunch.  This led me to re-read my FAQs page which is located in the drop down menu bar across the top of my website.  I decided it needed updating.  I also decided I should share it with you here to answer all those questions about me that you’ve been dying to know - even though I’m absolutely sure that many of you have laid awake at night wondering about none of this.

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HOW do you get everything done?  It seems like with homeschooling, cooking from scratch, cleaning and keeping up with your website…you must never sleep.

I do work hard - and I bet you do too.  I never get everything done but yes, I sleep.  All work and no sleep makes Laura completely unproductive and ridiculously ridiculous when trying to carry on a conversation.  So how do I attempt to keep up with all my responsibilities?

Well, for starters, I haven’t cleaned our toilets in about three years.  I find that this frees up my time to be enjoyed in other ways - like writing and cooking.

Another way I get quite a bit of work done each day is that I tend to work rather fast – so much so that a perfectionist might watch me work and be very annoyed.  I hardly ever measure ingredients when I cook, I don’t care if something I’m making looks perfect, I often leave cabinet doors open, and most days my hair is pulled back into a ponytail which means I can complete my “try to at least look presentable in case the UPS man shows up” routine in approximately 2.8 minutes.

Our four boys are not babies anymore, so I don’t have to watch them constantly to make sure they don’t put light bulbs into their mouths.  Plus, all of my boys are old enough to do a lot of work to help out around the house.  For the record, they do a fine job scrubbing our toilets.  Wow, and here you thought…  Have mercy.

How do you pronounce your kid’s names?  And, how did you come up with them?

We chose unique names for our kids because when we were in college there were so many people named Matt and Laura.  Plus, when I taught school, I felt bad for the kids having to be called by their last name since they were in a classroom with three other kids that shared their first name.  We also wanted Bible names for our kids, just because we did.  So, unique Bible names it is.

Our four boys are:

Asa (ay-suh)….was a good king (one of the few).  You can read about him in 1 Kings 15:8-24.

Justus (jus-tus)…spent time with Jesus and was considered as a replacement for Judas as apostle.  (Acts 1:23)

Elias (ee-lie-us)…is another form of the name Elijah.

Malachi (mal-uh-kie)…a prophet, the last book of the Old Testament.

While we’re on the subject, my name, Laura, is pronounced (lah-rah).  Like the music note, la la la.  It’s not hard, really.  Most people pronounce it (lor-ah) because that’s what they are used to when they see L-a-u-r-a.  However, my mom was from the south, and she always loved the name Laura, pronounced the apparent southern way, Lahrah.  Almost everyone calls me Lora and I always answer to Lora and I don’t fault anyone for calling me Lora because they just aren’t used to it.  But if/when people do pronounce my name correctly, I truly do appreciate it and love it.  Just a little something to keep in mind if I ever meet you in person, you say Lahra, and I tear up a little bit.

For the record, Matt has said it correctly from the night of our very first date and I’m pretty sure hearing him say Lahra in the college student center is what made me fall in love with him right then and there.

And speaking of Matt, so that he doesn’t feel left out, his name is pronounced (mat).

Is it loud at your house with all those boys?

I’m sorry, did you say something?

How much do you spend on groceries each month?  How do you eat such healthy food on such a tight budget?

You can get an idea of what our real food grocery budget was like a few years ago by reading my Getting Real with Food series, and my Feeding the Family series.  At this point though, with two teenage and two pre-teen boys – all four of whom are very active and have huge appetites, growing feet, and long, long legs – I really can’t give you an exact grocery dollar amount.  I do my best to feed us real food economically, and I believe cooking from scratch and buying in bulk saves us hundreds of dollars each month.  As for how much I spend each month, it varies depending on our meat supply and our grocery purchase needs.  But let’s just say we go through a lot of groceries.  A lot of groceries.  shocking amount of much food.  Okay, you get the point.

I want to start feeding my family a healthy, real food diet.  Where do I start?

This is a loaded question, and one I hear multiple times daily.  That’s why I created a very inexpensive, absolutely pressure free, and completely thorough eCourse to walk you through this process of changing your kitchen into a Real Food Kitchen.  Check out You Can Do This! The First Five Steps to a Real Food Kitchen.

What do you feel are the most important aspects of healthy eating?

Another loaded question, which I answer in a total of 31 posts.  Wow, someone has a lot of words, doesn’t she?  Yeah well, we’re talking about healthy eating here – one of my favorite subjects.  Read my 31 Days of Real Food Reality posts to learn what I feel is most important, and how I keep it simple!

Which do you love more – butter or jars?

Oh now, you know I just love me a jar full of butter.  I store almost everything in jars, and without a doubt, butter makes everything better…or my name isn’t Laura (Lahra).

So now your turn.  Tell me something about you.  How do you get everything done every day?  How many kids do you have?  What’s your grocery budget like?  And I really must know – how do you pronounce your name???

Last Day for eBook Overload Purchase Discount!

If you’ve been dying to have my whole wheat tortilla recipe.  If you need more great healthy breakfast ideas.  If you want to have some healthy treat ideas to pull from.  If you want some easy chicken or beef recipes so that you can put together easy dinners.  If you want to hand your kids some simple recipes for them to make with little to no help.  If you want fresh ideas for how to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.  If you don’t want to spend much money for all of that and then some – take advantage of this 10 eBook package!

Wednesday, February 19 is the final day we are offering this package at such a huge discount – so now’s the time to grab it if you haven’t already.  You’ll find more information about this package here.  Or simply purchase below!

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Just Bought the eBook Overload and Couldn’t Stop Reading!

Did you buy the eBook Overload Package Deal yet?  Here’s what Kelley said after her purchase a few days ago:

“Just bought this and am devouring all the great information. I can’t wait to try these recipes! I also bought your hardcover recipe book and can’t wait to get it in my hands!”

Linda had this to say:

“Just bought your ebook overload pkg.  Couldn’t stop reading!  Can’t wait to try your recipes.  My Zaycon chicken breast arrive Saturday so I will be using your chicken recipes a lot!!  Thanks!”

Yay – I love hearing that you are getting such good use out of these resources!  This package includes ten of our real food recipe eBooks – and we’ve knocked a big chunk off the price tag.  Get it this weekend and spend time getting fun new recipe ideas.

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You’ll find more information about this package here.

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Healthy Recipes Galore!

Want healthy recipes, healthy recipes, and more healthy recipes?  Want the healthy recipes to be easy and family friendly?  Want to be inspired with fun ideas of ways to feed your family a great variety?  Need a little dessert to top it all off?  I’m so excited to share this great eBook package we offer, and to give it to you at a crazy high discount this week too!

We’ve packaged ten of our real food recipe eBooks and knocked the total price down to just $20.  Yep, that’s two bucks per book.  Here’s what you’ll get:

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Want to look at each eBook individually?  Here are the links:

Take advantage of this special offer.  The $20 price tag will be good through Wednesday, February 19.

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Heavenly Homemakers Shop Gift Certificate Winners

Thanks to all who joined us for our Fourth Annual Christmas Brunch!  The winners of the $10 gift certificates to our shop are:

Katrina P: oneagainst@
Tammy Feathers: tammyfeathers@

Amy: friendofbeauty93@
Heather: kehrfamily@
Katrina: family.baker@

Ladies, email me and I’ll create a certificate for you to use on any downloadable items in our shop!