Being a mom is the hardest thing I've ever done, but it has brought me so much joy! I want to encourage other moms on their journey, I'll share motherhood tricks, spotlight tips I've learned from friends, and I hope you will share your ideas. I will focus on secrets that help families stay balanced, healthy, frugal, creative, and closely knit. I will also share favorite fiction and nonfiction books that I have enjoyed. Many blessings to you on your mothering journey!
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Dinner Tonight - White Chicken Chili
My old neighbor shared this recipe with me, and I've been tweaking it over the years. It's a favorite of my family, and we love to double the recipe to share. Tonight, we're making for 2 friends with cute new babies!
White Chicken Chili
1 onion – chopped
2 cloves fresh garlic (finely chopped)
Small can jalapenos or chiles
2T oil (to sauté onions)
1 stick butter (1/4 lb)
cream cheese (soften and/or cube so it melts and mixes easy)
2 C milk
~ 1 t ground cumin
~1 t ground ginger
~ 1 t oregano leaves
cayenne pepper sauce
salt & white pepper
3 cans white beans
1 rotisserie chicken, pull off and shred
8 oz shredded cheddar cheese (white sharp cheddar if desired)
Saute onions, garlic and jalapenos in small pan until tender
– set aside
In a large saucepan, melt the butter and cream cheese, then
add chicken broth and milk.Whisk ‘til
smooth.Add spices and flour, then whisk
‘til smooth.Add grated cheese and whisk
Add all ingredients to saucepan or crockpot– it’s ready, but
it gets better if you have time to let it stand …
The Armistead family taught our children a lovely blessing to sing at the dinner table. It is sung to the tune of the children's classic song, Are You Sleeping?
God our Father God our Father Once Again Once Again We bow our heads to thank you Bow our heads to thank you Amen Amen
We love this blessing, and we've recently adapted it to involve younger children and guests. Instead of everyone singing each phrase twice, we sing it as an 'echo prayer'. One child leads the song, starting with the first phrase, "God our Father". The rest of the table echoes. Then the leader leads the second phrase , "once again", before waiting for the table to echo. And so forth, until the whole blessing is sung.
It's an easy way to remind our children (and ourselves) to give thanks to our Provider and Sustainer throughout the day.
Reader Question: I am in charge of creating 74 goody bags for an upcoming marriage retreat for my church, and I am in desperate need for some frugal, creative ideas on what I could put in these bags. In the past I know people have put little candy bars, a bag of microwave popcorn, a couple of packs of hot chocolate, tea bags etc so I was looking for ideas that might be something similar, but maybe a little different too. Would you have any fun thoughts on this?
A Few Ideas: Visit www.likemerchantships.blogspot.com - Meredith does a fantastic time being incredibly hospitable on a budget.Our women's retreat coordinators wrapped the following things in a cellophanebag: a mininotebook, a pen, a candle, peppermints, chocolate kisses,and a colored paper quote/scripture. A friend just suggested packing candies that correspond to questions: an almond joy - share a joyful moment in your marriage, a hershey kiss - something about your first kiss, snickers - laughs, lifesavers - when your…
My two boys LOVE legos, so they naturally end up scattering lego creations and random lego pieces throughout the house. Last weekend, we converted their closet to be a LEGO WORLD. Now they can store lego (and knex) pieces in their lego world, they have instructions for all of their kits in a ziplock bag, and they have a place to display their favorite ships. And I have a mostly lego-free kitchen and living room!!