Gratituesday: Summer to Winter Clothes (Plus our Lilla Rose Winner)

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It used to be one of my most dreaded projects.  We have several tubs of clothes up in our attic.  Every fall and every spring we lug them down, finding what fits which boy each year.  While I’ve been ridiculously thankful for the amount of clothes we’ve had for our boys – most of them hand me downs – the chore of switching out clothes for the season was always long and exhausting.

This year though?  I am reminded how nice it is to have children old enough to be such a huge help.   We had the entire job done – from lugging down containers, to switching out clothes, to lugging them all back up – in one hour.  One hour.  Hallelujah!

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This job used to take me two entire days.  That was back when the kids “helped” by resorting my piles thirty times, throwing shirts at each other, trying on clothes that were way too big or too small…you know the drill.  I loved that everyone just got right to it, got it done, and moved on with the day.

Best news of all:  I did not have to be the one to go into the attic.  I’m not a fan of the attic.  It has a little something to do with a bird attack I experienced a few years back.  I now put on my pitiful face and beg one of my boys to do the dirty work.  Love these boys!

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This pile of clothes is heading to our bi-annual clothing exchange this weekend.

I’m so thankful God continues to provide plenty of clothing for my family – especially as their legs keep getting LONGER.  Wow.  I’m thrilled to have this task behind us for the year, and as much as I love summer, I will admit that it’s fun to pull out warm sweaters for this fall season!

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While I’ve got you, I wanted to announce our Lilla Rose Giveaway Winner:  Jill: ferryfam5@ – email me and I’ll put you in touch with Paula at Lilla Rose!

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Don’t forget:  Special offer for Heavenly Homemakers readers only!  Get a FREE SURPRISE FLEXI when you place a $40 order between now and Oct.18!!!*

*Place an order of $40 or more (excluding tax and shipping) through Paula’s website, then message her to redeem your free surprise flexi! Offer valid for U.S. customers only and expires Oct. 18, 2014. This is for both new and returning customers, but if you already have another Lilla Rose consultant, please stay with her; I’m sure she’ll appreciate it! Thank you!

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Please leave a comment to share what you’re grateful for this Gratituesday!!!

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Dear Parents, You Are Awesome! {Last Day for $24 “Bless Your Parenting” Package Price!!}

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The messages can play over and over in our heads like a broken record.  (If you don’t know what a broken record is, just…never mind.  They came before 8-Track Tapes.  Which came before Cassette Tapes.  Which came before CDs.  I actually remember them.  I played my Partidge Family record over and over until it broke.)  #childofthe70s

So, broken records.  In our heads, they can sound something like this as we parent our children:

  • I’m not doing enough…doing enoughdoing enough…doing enough
  • I’m inconsistent…inconsistent…inconsistentinconsistent
  • Other parents do it so much better…better…betterbetter…
  • Why can’t I get it right…right…rightright….

Hey, Mom.  Hey, Dad.  What you are right about is this:  You will never be a perfect parent.  You are human.  You have weaknesses.  <— Welcome to the Land of Normal.  I’ve been living here a long time.  At first, I though it was the Land of Crazy.  Then, God reminded me that He is my strength, and that in my weakness, I am never alone.  It’s the Land of Normal – also known as the land of I Desperately Need Jesus.

Why you are a beautiful parent is because of this:  You work hard.  You pray.  You ask God to help you raise your children.  You strive to be better.  You love your kids so much you can’t see straight.  You are intentional.  You seek wisdom.  You recognize your need to let others help.  You are a wonderful, beautiful parent.

Truly, you are awesome.  Every one of you.

Allow your mind to see some snap-shots of your day.  Not the ones where you didn’t measure up to your perfect parenting standards.  Ain’t nobody got time to focus on regrets.  See the snap-shots of your beautiful moments.  The moments you poured a glass of milk and she slurped it up.  The moments you read him a favorite book for the 56th time.  The moments you did something mundane like shake out the rug and put it back on the floor.  The moments you kissed a cheek, wiped snot off a nose, and enjoyed listening to a belly laugh.  The moments you listened to a song with your teenager.  The moments you got the laundry to the dryer before it got sour.  The moments you said, “Good job.”

Your days are full of beautiful moments.  How do I know this?  Because I know that is how God works.  Because He is in our lives, there is goodness.  He is all things goodness.  He works and lives through you.  This is how I know you’re awesome.  This is how I know of the beauty that pours out of your home.

I applaud you, Parents.  I give you a high five and a fist bump.  I cheer you on, knowing that you are cheering me on, too.  We parent confidently, because the secret is out: We have Superpowers.  We’re strongest when we’re on our knees.

Praise God for the way He works through you as you raise your kids!  He is good, He brings all things good, He works all things together for good.

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I’m excited to share with you some snap-shots sent in from beautiful parents like you:

Renee emailed to say, “Thank you for the wonderful Learn your Letters, Learn to Serve curriculum! Today we had so much fun making church, cross, and our own creativity cutout cookies! Can you guess the letter? Your time, effort, and ideas are wonderful! 

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We are truly loving the flow and approach to this curriculum. It’s been fun to use it as a foundation and then adapt to our family. We ended up giving a handful of cookies to the church workers then as our service. The little learner is Liliana, our oldest of two, and she is three. On to D….”

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Natasha shared, “I did ‘A’ with my little two year old and decided it was way too much work for ME at this point for his retention level, so I’ll have a go at it next year. BUT we had already been memorizing verses, so for MY retention we are doing the alphabet sequence [from Learn Your Letters, Learn to Serve].

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He’s got down through “C” already plus the ones we had already done. It’s so precious to hear his little voice try to say, “anxiety” (1 peter 5:7) and then “Because he cares for YOU!” And then he ALWAYS adds, “cares for ME. Me and you.” 

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I love hearing testimonies about how Learn Your Letters, Learn to Serve is blessing your family.  I love hearing that you’re getting your kids in the kitchen to teach them how to cook.  I love, love, love hearing how you’re teaching them Jesus and teaching them to serve others!!!

We want to bless all of you with this super low price on our parenting resources for one last day!  Regularly $78, today only you get all of these downloadable books for just $24:

~ Learn Your Letters, Learn to Serve 183 page complete downloadable curriculum kit for early learners, $45.00 value
~ Teaching Your Kids to Cook 111 page downloadable guide and cookbook, $12.00 value
~ What to Do With the Kids in Your Kitchen recipe eBook, $5.95 value
~ Heavenly Homemakers Guide to Holiday Hospitality for Kids eBook, $6.95 value
~ Fill ‘em Up Bible Lessons and eCookbook, $5.95 value
~ “Be Imitators” Kid Character Chart, $2.95 value

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Bless Your Parenting Packet

$78.80
$24.00

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Be blessed! Be empowered! Be encouraged!  You are an awesome parent.  Continue to let God do His work through you for your children!

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Menu Plan for the Week, Plus the Best Way to Wash the Car

I should never be surprised anymore when I see my kids doing something “the boy way.”  Just last week, Matt sent one of our boys to scrub something off the side of our van.  Here’s what I came across when I saw him doing the job:

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Why go to the trouble of walking all the way upstairs to get the real spray bottle when you can just use a water gun, right?  Of course, this means it’s very easy to squirt unsuspecting brothers who happen to be walking by…

In other news, we had a wonderful houseful of company all weekend!  We ate like kings and queens, visited like there’s no tomorrow, and while the guys golfed, the girls shopped.  I love my boys so much, but when I have a chance to shop with females?  Well, it is lovely.

Cheesy Cauliflower Cakes

Heya, have you tried this Cheesy Cauliflower Cakes recipe yet?  If not, you really must.  They taste like hashbrowns, only better.  The pickiest of my kids love them.  They are a fantastic way to eat cauliflower.  (Actually, if you ask me, they are the only way to eat cauliflower.)

Without further ado, here is our menu plan for this week:

Sunday, October 12
Breakfast potluck at church – taking banana bread and apples
Leftovers from the weekend feasting
Grilled cheese, homemade tomato soup, pickles, olives, cucumbers with ranch

Monday, October 13
Blueberry coffee cake, applesauce
Barbecue beef and cheese hot pockets, pineapple mango smoothies with spinach tossed in, carrot sticks
Baked three cheese chicken pasta, tossed salad, asparagus

Tuesday, October 14
Pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, scrambled eggs, pears
Potato soup with ham, carrots and cucumbers with ranch, apples
Salmon patties, cheesy cauliflower cakes, steamed broccoli

Wednesday, October 15
Quick mix biscuits, sausage gravy, blueberries
Pizza boats, nectarines, sweet peppers
Taco potatoes with lettuce and tomatoes, fresh pineapple

Thursday, October 16
Quick mix pancakes with frozen berries tossed in
Taco corn fritters, tossed salad, pears
Turkey sausage and red bean stew, cornbread

Friday, October 17
Cinnamon swirl bread, peanut butter and apples
Sloppy cornbread muffins, peas, cucumbers and carrots
Homemade pizza, tossed salad, peaches

Saturday, October 18
Cream cheese pumpkin muffins, fried eggs, applesauce
Leftovers
Sweet pepper frittata, grapes, tossed salad

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Be sure to grab a bucket of Palm Shortening for 40% off with free shipping!  Sunday is the final day the palm shortening is on sale.  Details here.

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Palm Shortening 40% Off Plus Free Shipping at Tropical Traditions!

This is super exciting!  With holiday baking season upon us, we’ll want to stock up on Palm Shortening.  It’s 40% off this weekend, with free shipping too!

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Here are the recipes I love making with Palm Shortening:

I also use it to fry Sweet Potato Fries, Sweet Potato Fries, and Whole Wheat Donuts.  Palm Shortening can be heated to high temps safely, which makes it healthy for frying.  I love this!  Plus, the Tropical Traditions brand is sustainably farmed.  We can trust this product and this company!

Through Sunday, September 12, Tropical Tradition’s Palm Shortening 40% off!  Get a gallon bucket for just $23.59 WITH FREE SHIPPING!!!  Grab a bucket or three!

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~  Are you a new customer with Tropical Traditions?  If so, clicking through the links in this post to purchase will reward you with a FREE Virgin Coconut Oil Book.  No need to add it to your cart – you’ll get it automatically with purchase.

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Use the code 141310 at check-out for free shipping to apply.  Take advantage of these great prices as you work to feed your family well!

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Easy, Beautiful Hair ~ Win a Gorgeous Flexi Set from Lilla Rose

My favorite color is pink.  But my favorite color for clothing and accessories?  Blue, hands down.

My favorite accessory is a no brainer.  You know I love Lilla Rose Flexi-Clips and wear them alllll the time.  So when Paula from Lilla Rose showed me her latest offer for us here at Heavenly Homemakers, I declared it to be perfect.

Why?  Because it’s my favorite accessories…and they are BLUE!  Look how gorgeous these are!!!

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Why do I love Lilla Rose Flexi-Clips?  They are incredibly easy to use – it takes me less than a minute to pull my hair back into a clip.  They are pretty – a huge perk for something so practical.  They are better for your hair – no pulling or hair breaking.  They save money – I’ve worn the same clip almost every day for years.  No more having to purchase hair bands that stretch out after just a couple uses!

What has your experience been with Flexi-Clips?  Love em like I do??

If you haven’t tried these yet, here’s your chance!  Paula from Lilla Rose is giving one of you the lovely set featured above with both the Flexi-Clip and matching Headband!  Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win.

For additional entries, like Paula’s page on Facebook, follow Paula on Pinterest (awesome video hairstyling tutorials!), and/or sign up for her personal monthly newsletter.  Leave a separate comment here for each entry.

I’ll chose one random winners on Monday, October 13.  Be watching for a post stating the winners as you will be responsible for contacting me if your name is chosen!

Now, would you like to hear about the great deal Paula is offering this month?

Special offer for Heavenly Homemakers readers only!  Get a FREE SURPRISE FLEXI when you place a $40 order between now and Oct.18!!!*

*Place an order of $40 or more (excluding tax and shipping) through Paula’s website, then message her to redeem your free surprise flexi! Offer valid for U.S. customers only and expires Oct. 18, 2014. This is for both new and returning customers, but if you already have another Lilla Rose consultant, please stay with her; I’m sure she’ll appreciate it! Thank you!

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Cheesecake Brownies ~ Share Your Story

Share Your Heavenly Homemakers Recipe Story

This Cheesecake Brownies story was one of the first to inspire our Share Your Story feature here.  I love reading your experiences with our recipes!  Why should I keep them to myself?

Jacquelyn originally left part of this story in a comment on my Cheesecake Brownies post.  I emailed her to ask if she would mind if I featured her story….wait.  Why am I telling the story??  Here’s Jacquelyn:

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I’ve been reading Heavenly Homemakers for a couple of years. I’ve tried lots of the recipes. Most of my kitchen regulars come from the website. Recently, we had a church event and I was responsible for taking a dessert. I scrolled through Laura’s list of desserts and happened upon the Cheesecake Brownies. I definitely wanted to try them. I love brownies (especially the corners) and my husband loves cheesecake. Plus, Laura said the recipe needed to be shared. What could be more perfect?

So I whipped up a batch. They looked delicious. They smelled delicious and what I licked off the spoon was delicious. As soon as they cooled, I lined them up on a serving plate and off to church we went.

People started oohing and aahing over the brownies. They wanted the recipe so I told them about Heavenly Homemakers. I didn’t worry that they were eating all the brownies. That’s why I made them. My kids were upset that they weren’t going to get dessert because everyone else was eating the brownies. I reassured them that it would be okay because I had left a couple at home.

The event ended and we headed home. When we got home, I cut up those last brownies. I managed to split the remaining brownies between my three kids and left one in the pan for me. I hurried the kids upstairs to bed. Tucked them in and went downstairs to savor my gooey cheesecake brownie.

I walked in the kitchen to find the pan empty! Just then my husband walked in and one look at him told me everything. He had eaten the last brownie!  I didn’t get a single one. Not a single brownie. I was left to eat the crumbs from the pan. And I did.

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I just had to share the story with Laura. It was too funny not to share. She asked me if I would make them again and share my story with a picture. So I’ve been looking for a good time to once again make these brownies that everyone else went on about.  I finally got the chance this weekend for a family party. I made sure to leave more at home this time, just in case I didn’t eat one at the party. I ate one at the party and then another when we got home. These Cheesecake Brownies really are so very yummy. My husband says that the second batch didn’t turn out as good as the first. I guess I’ll have to try again. ????

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See what a fun story that was and why I wanted Jacquelyn to share it?!  The rest of you…do tell.  Has this ever happened to you?  You’re saving a treat for yourself, then someone else gets to it before you do?  :)

Keep your stories and pictures coming in!  I love reading them and sharing them here with others!

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Raising Thoughtful, Hardworking, Servant-Hearted Kids

You know those kids who don’t think about others, who pout when they don’t get their way, and who sometimes are not even a little bit aware that the world does not revolve around them?

Yeah, those are my kids.

But kids nothin’.  That’s me too (all 41 years of me) when I forget what I know to be true.  Indeed, God made us in His image, then Satan swooped in and works to destroy all that is good.  We are, our kids are, all of us are in a battle.  Jesus already won the victory (shout hallelujah!) but Satan works all the harder to win anyway (ever heard the definition of crazy?).

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You know those kids who speak politely when spoken to, who aren’t afraid to visit with the older folks at church, who run up ahead to get the door for the lady carrying a box, who happily join the leave-raking crew with the youth group, who sit by the one no one else seems to notice, who remember that their mama likes purple wild flowers and grabs a handful for her whenever possible?

Yeah, those are my kids.

Our boys don’t always get along (see first paragraph).  They are not always excited to clean out the dishwasher (see first paragraph).  They sometimes do things that make me wonder who in the world raised them and what in the world they could possibly be thinking when they did such a thing (Lord, help us).

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But after lunch today, as Asa left for his college class he hollered back, “Thanks for lunch, Mom!  It was really good.”  After church last week, Malachi ran up and hugged one of our ministers and told him he loved him.  While we picked apples recently, Justus grabbed the ladder and climbed up so his brothers and I could have the easier job.  When the compost bucket overflowed this morning, spilling tomato guts all over the floor, Matt asked Elias to please clean it up before starting school – and he did it…without a complaint, even though he hates tomatoes and their guts.

Oh my dear fellow parents.  Our jobs are not easy.  In fact, let us, in unison, throw ourselves down onto the carpet as we sprawl out in full surrender.  Raising kids is hard – harder than I ever thought, imagined, or read about in books.  But we are not alone.  We have each other, and more importantly, we serve a God who loves our children like none other.  God wants our kids’ hearts, and we can be sure that He is fighting for them.  Isn’t that the best parenting news you’ve heard…ever?  (Remember this truth the next time your child disobeys you for the 82nd time in one hour.  Keep on it, Mama.  God’s on your side.)

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I have something for you.

See, my kids are mostly big now.  Two out of four of them have man voices, and the third is working on his with an occasional crack.  Our car insurance rate is growing in scary ways as more drivers of the teen boy variety are being added to our policy.  This is where we are now.  Car insurance rates aside, I love this place.

It’s easy for me to reflect back on when our boys were little and have regrets about what I wish I would have done differently and better.  This is a wonderful way to waste time and be miserable, but do feel free to join me in this activity if you enjoy unproductive awfulness.

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I have not parented perfectly, mostly because I’m clueless most of the time and because of that Satan swooping in thing I mentioned above.  Welcome to being human, Laura (and everyone else).  God is ever gracious and my kids are very forgiving.  Here’s how I know this about my kids.  While I’ve been busy crying over all my parenting imperfections, here are some recent conversations my boys have started around our dinner table:

  • “Remember those charts we used to have on the fridge?  The ones with the stars or fruit?  That was a good idea, Mom.  I used to love those.”
  • “Oh I remember the girl you’re talking about.  We took a toy to her on ‘Tt Week‘ when I was little.  That was really fun.”
  • “I used to love it when we made Monkey Bread.  I always wanted to be the one to punch the dough.”
  • “My favorite Blue’s Clues episode was the one where they made the banana bread, and I don’t even like bananas.  I just like food.  Good thing you like cooking with us, Mom.”

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True story.  And here I thought they’d surely be offering statements like:

  • “Mom, remember those times you yelled at me and it wasn’t even my fault?”
  • “Mom, remember how busy you were those times I wanted you to sit down and play a game with me?”
  • “Mom, remember how many times you’ve failed me and why I’m going to need counseling and be bitter toward you forever??!!?”

God is so much bigger than you and I!!!  Not only that…our kids are amazing!  Remember these truths as you parent your babes.  You focus on loving them and being Christ-like.  The rest will all fall into place.  I wish I would have understood this earlier.

So here’s what I have for you.  Most of these resources have been available on my site for a very long time.  They’ve blessed our family so much – more than I ever realized based on our boys’ teenage hearts looking back at their little boy days.  (Thank you, God, for making those convos happen over the past few weeks.  You knew my heart needed to hear it.)

I’ve heard from many of you that our Learn Your Letters, Learn to Serve curriculum has been a blessing as you’re teaching your kids academic basics and more importantly, the heart of service.  I’ve heard how much you’ve enjoyed our Character Charts.  I’ve heard how much you’ve loved time in the kitchen with your kids as you teach them cooking skills.

I also know that for some of you, money is holding you back from enjoying these ready-made resources.  This week, we’re putting together a package we pray will be a great big blessing to your family – financially, spiritually, and parentingly (don’t forget, I make up words).  Check it out…

Bless Your Parenting Packet

$78.80
$24.00 (seriously!)

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The “Bless Your Parenting” Packet includes:

~ Learn Your Letters, Learn to Serve 183 page complete downloadable curriculum kit for early learners, $45.00 value
~ Teaching Your Kids to Cook 111 page downloadable guide and cookbook, $12.00 value
~ What to Do With the Kids in Your Kitchen recipe eBook, $5.95 value
~ Heavenly Homemakers Guide to Holiday Hospitality for Kids eBook, $6.95 value
~ Fill ‘em Up Bible Lessons and eCookbook, $5.95 value
~ “Be Imitators” Kid Character Chart, $2.95 value

Total value of this package:  $78.80
“Bless Your Parenting” Package Price:  $24.00
Time teaching and enjoying your kids:  priceless  :)

Here’s what we’ve done:  We took the price of our Learn Your Letters, Learn to Serve down to just $24, then we threw in five other products for free.  Or, if you like, you can see it as we are offering 6 products for $4 each.  Do I mean to say that you can get the Learn Your Letters, Learn to Serve for just four bucks???  Yes, that is what I mean to say.

Grab your “Bless Your Parenting” Packet right away.  We’ve never, ever offered our curriculum for this low a price, and this sale will only go through Monday, October 13.  So hurry!

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May God bless each of us as we teach, train, and love these children He gave us!

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Apple Nachos ~ Quick and Easy!

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There aren’t even words to describe this treat.  But not to worry.  I can always come up with plenty of words (just ask my family full of men).  Let me see if I can come up with something…

Simple, fast, deliciously sweet, a little bit tart, sticky, drippy, caramely, chocolaty, the perfect fall treat.  There.

If you’re questioning whether or not caramely is a word or not, I declare that it definitely is.  The dictionary just doesn’t know it yet.  Don’t trust everything you don’t read.  (I don’t get paid to make sense.)  I figure, if chocolaty is a word, caramely should be too.  Also, I like to say words that get my point across whether they are real or not.  So don’t get all grammary and English languagey on me.  After all, you really want to know how to make these Apple Nachos.

How to Make Apple Nachos

Slice apples and lay them on a plate.  If you like, you can sprinkle them with lemon juice to keep them from turning brown.  Drizzle warm Homemade Caramel Sauce over the apple slices.  Sprinkle mini chocolate chips over the warm caramel sauce.  Serve immediately.

The result is a chocolaty, caramely plate of amazingness.

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I think we can all agree that caramely should be a real adjective found in the dictionary, as should the word soccery.  What?  I used that word just yesterday to describe how our front closet almost made me pass out.  I innocently opened the closet door to throw in a pair of shoes and was met with a blast of stink that is typical in our home during soccer season.  Sweaty shin guards and wet soccer cleats, along with all the other gear - ah, the lovely scent of autumn.  I threw in the shoes and quickly slammed the door closed proclaiming, “Whoa-oh, gag me.  It smells completely soccery in there.”  Why take time to say real words in full sentences like, “The inside of this closet appears to be thick with the aroma of unpleasant apparel associated with this particular sport season in which we are all participating.”

No.  It just smells soccery.  It’s as simple as that.  When basketball season comes, the closet will become basketbally.  That’s just the truth of it.

I’m suddenly very aware that this is a terrible thing to talk about when writing a food post.  I apologize.  Sometimes, I get a little too real lifey when I write, forgetting that good food and sweaty footware should never be discussed in the same conversation.  How terribly nonproper-ish of me.

I now take your attention back to the wonderful Apple Nachos idea, whose caramely goodness brought us all here to this unlikely point of conversation.  Make these Apple Nachos.  They’ll make us all use the word caramely so much that the dictionary will have no choice but to include it.

You heard it here first.

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Gratituesday: Women of Faith

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No thanks.  That’s what I told my friend Emily who, last October, was signing up ladies in our area for the Women of Faith conference that was to be in Lincoln, October of 2014.

Fall is our busiest season, I have no idea what is going on an entire year from now, I’m not really big on conferences like this…

I was full of reasons I couldn’t and shouldn’t go, and even though my reasons were legit, Emily still pushed me.  “I think you need to go to this.”  Okay, fine.  Sign me up.

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A few days before we headed out last Friday, I told another friend who was leery about going, “This better not be some fru-fru chick thing.  I want meat, and I want it to be rich.”  I hadn’t even looked at who the speakers were going to be, what was on the agenda, and I really had not had time to even think about it.  I just planned to show up with an open heart, hoping maybe I could gain a nugget or two from what was shared.

Well.  There we were, in an arena filled with 8,000 women.  I laughed, I cried, I was pricked to the heart, I was fed, I was convicted, I worshipped, I found refreshment, and I’m not sure how many ways I can say this:  It was incredible.

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Some of my favorite Christian sisters are in this selfie. :)

Nichole Nordeman was there, Matthew West was there (one of the only men, bless him), and the five speakers were amazing.  Nothing about the weekend was fru-fru chick stuff.  All of it was scripture-filled, hard core Truth.  Did I gain a nugget or two?  Oh my.  I don’t think I can even measure how much I gained from sitting in that arena for the weekend.

I praise God for always putting me exactly where I need to be, teaching me exactly what I need to learn, and helping me hear exactly what I need to know.  We serve an amazing God.

Have you been to a Women of Faith conference before?  What are you celebrating this Gratituesday?

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Get 15% Off Vanilla Beans (plus free shipping) Through Wednesday

I was so excited to see an email this morning letting me know that Olive Nation – my favorite source for high quality vanilla beans – is offering a 15% off coupon!

I very much encourage you to join the fun of making Homemade Vanilla Extract.  It’ll save you a lot of money on this pricy baking item.  Plus, your vanilla extract will be pure and so, so, so delicious.  We’ve been making our own vanilla for over five years now.  I’ll never go back to store-bought.  Plus, Homemade Vanilla Extract makes great gifts!

Read details here about how to make homemade vanilla.  It is incredibly easy!  Take advantage of the 15% discount from Olive Nation.  They are the only place I trust to deliver great quality beans, every single time.  The added perk is that their prices for this quality are the best (and believe me – we’ve done the research on this).  Even better – they always offer free shipping on vanilla bean orders.

So go get your vanilla beans!!  Use the code VANB15 for the 15% discount.  Free shipping is automatic on vanilla bean orders.

How To Make Vanilla Extract

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