A Look at Freeze Dried Foods + Giveaway

A Look at Freeze Dried Foods + Giveaway

Maybe you’re like me – maybe you’ve seen the recent hype about freeze-dried food and wondered, “good grief – that stuff is just plain expensive and who in their right mind would want that? I mean it looks all hard and ewey looking. No thanks.”  Guess what? I was wrong….again.

When Teresa from Thrive Life Foods contacted us and wanted me to try the freeze-dried foods they offered, I didn’t really want to do it. Honesty is the best policy…but I agreed to think about it for a few days. And I’m glad I did, because it hit me like a rock between the eyes (except it didn’t kill me like it did Goliath). Freeze dried foods keep for a long time! We’re talking 25 years unopened and two years after they are opened. Continue reading


Stacy’s Bookshelf

Stacy’s Bookshelf

I’m often asked about what books I recommend – what I spend my time reading. For the longest time I found myself too busy to read…but that’s changed and I’ve been going back to my reading roots…my bookworm tendencies cannot be denied. Some people crochet, some people draw, some people sew, some people blow things up in their back yard – I read.

I always have a book in progress – sometimes two, but usually not. I don’t like my time to be divided. Occasionally I will stop reading a book to pick another one up. Example: I request a book from the library and it comes in…I will put down one of my books and read it so that I don’t end up paying a late fee…which would NEVER happen to me. *Cough*

Over the past several days, I’ve found myself drawn to the old classics that line my bookshelves – books I was gifted – books I’ve never read: Jane Eyre, Daniel Boone, David Copperfield, etc. When I was in public high school, we had to read a lot of dumb junk instead of good ole classics…another perk of homeschool. So, my goal now is to read every one of those books instead of just making Annie read them later. Continue reading


25 Things I Buy At the Dollar Store

25 Things I Buy At the Dollar Store

I used to be embarrassed to shop at the dollar store. I thought it was for old folks and people who just hadn’t gotten the great news about Target yet.

I’ve changed my tune, however, and today I’m sharing 25 items I love to swipe up at the Dollar Store. Before I get started, a few disclaimers:

  1. Don’t go hog-wild and buy everything at the Dollar Store, just because it’s “a dollar.” I learned this lesson during my coupon days, too. Ooo, bubble gum scented air fresheners are only $.34 cents a can! I’ll take them all! Even though “$1.00″ sounds good, it’s still pricey for some items, so just use your head, and don’t buy things you don’t need or use.
  2. Not all Dollar Stores are created equal. In my region, I like the Family Dollar and the Dollar Tree. But there are some dollar stores that oughta be ashamed of themselves. Cluttered, messy shelves, half-made, chincy items…So judge your own store for yourself.
  3. I’m not saying that these buys are the lowest deal you’ll ever, ever find in your whole life. If you are a super-shopper, a clearance-aisle master, an expert Amazoner like Stacy, you may have better deals for some of these things. I’ve never been a professional shopper who has my pulse on when nail clippers are on clearance for the lowest price of the season. I have two kids, I’m pregnant, I run a blog, I manage my son’s allergies, and I homeschool.

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10 Things Women Should Stop Worrying About…Because Men Just Don’t Care

10 Things Women Should Stop Worrying About…Because Men Just Don’t Care

Today I’m writing to all the married women out there. As a man, a father and a husband, I can tell you there are a lot of things I see women worrying themselves with that men truly couldn’t care less about. So if you are a busy wife or mom, PLEASE READ THIS PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT – it may just save you several hours of your life each week. Let me also offer this disclaimer before I share my list because I’m sure otherwise I’ll get plenty of hate mail and nasty comments disagreeing with me. This list is based on MY experience and MY observations only.

Here are ten things women should stop worrying about, because their men probably just don’t care.Continue reading


Tools for Bread Baking – A Video

Tools for Bread Baking – A Video

By far the most questions I receive are about bread – and rightfully so…because y’all know I’m hog wild and pig crazy over bread. Baking bread is one of my favorite things to do in the kitchen. I prefer it over any other type of cooking/baking.

So, Barry and I put together a little video about how to get started making your own bread – things you will want to have on hand. And you might be surprised how little you really do need.

Here are the links I mentioned in the video. Enjoy!

Grinding in a Nutrimill

Swagbucks

Here is the link to the thermometer with probe that I use.