Weeping Cherries

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Huge Summer Blowout Sale at Biblicalwomanhood! July 29, 2008

Filed under: Seasons — Jen @ 9:30 pm
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Check out this link to a HUGE summer blowout sale at biblicalwomanhood! These are invaluable resources no matter your stage in life as a woman or young woman. I personally own ‘Supermarket Savings 101’ (and save I have been!), ‘Simple Tips for Successful Home Management Volume 1’, ‘Simply Centsible Breakfasts’, ‘The Merchant Maiden’, ‘Meal Planning Made Easy’, ‘The Bread By Hand Ebook’, ‘Momma’s Guide to Growing Your Own Groceries’, ‘Simply Centsible Suppers’, and ‘Thriving on One Income’. I highly recommend them all and on this great sale you can get those and 8 others all for the price of $5.97! That is 15 ebooks for $5.97! The sale only lasts from 12 am until 12 pm June 30th so hurry!

Link: Summer Sale!


What’s For Dinner? July 28, 2008

Filed under: Home — Jen @ 7:00 am
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I’m not entirely sure how this parmesan chicken will turn out because I am omitting breadcrumbs but we shall see. If it is super yummy, I will let you know. Here is the recipe that I am going to use:


1 clove garlic, minced
1 stick unsalted butter (1/2 cup or 1/4 pound), melted
2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
A large pinch of Italian seasoning (herb mix)
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 lbs of skinless, boneless, chicken meat, cut into pieces no larger than 2×2 inches


1 Preheat oven to 450°F.

2 In a bowl, combine the minced garlic with the melted butter. In another bowl mix together the Parmesan, parsley, salt, garlic salt, Italian seasoning, and pepper. Dip chicken pieces into garlic butter, then into the Parmesan mixture to coat.

3 Place coated chicken pieces on to a 9×13 baking dish. Try to leave a little room between each piece. Drizzle with remaining garlic butter and bake uncovered 15 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and juices run clear. Note that the chicken will get much more browned on the bottom side than on the top.

Serves 4-6.

What’s for dinner at your house?


House Sitting July 22, 2008

Filed under: Home — Jen @ 7:52 pm
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A few days this week we are house sitting for my parents at the house I grew up in. I forgot how much I missed having a screened in porch! It helped that today was the first day in a while that the Missouri heat has dipped under 90 degrees and even felt humidity-free! Shock and Awe!

Aralyn and I enjoyed some strawberry yogurt for breakfast on the porch and then rocked in the outdoor rocking chair while listening to the rain and singing, “I’m just a little old rain cloud…”. It was heavenly.

For dinner, we ate cold egg salad sandwiches with some carrot and celery sticks and pineapple by candlelight with a centerpiece of pink, and yellow flowers that Ara picked today from the yard. Ah…. what a day!

So, today I wish you one peaceful screened porch to rock on and put up your tired feet, listening to the cicadas chirping and watching the fireflies dance!


“C” is for Contentment July 17, 2008

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Today, at the McKinney household, we began learning the letter ‘C’. The character value that we are learning about is the value of contentment.

This process of instruction for Aralyn is so beneficial for me because as I am instructing her, I am being convicted myself. How do I model contentment for her? How often does she hear me speaking of the things I would like to have? On the flip side, how often does she hear me praising God for those things that I do have?

The definition that I read to her for contentment is, “Realizing that God has provided everything I need for my present happiness.” We are using the character value definitions worksheets that the Duggar family provided in the Christian Home Educators conference we attended last month.

When I begin to feel like things would be good “if only I had this or if only things were this way”, I have been trying to remind myself that God has already provided everything I need for my present happiness. He has for you too.


Come on Over to my House July 8, 2008

Filed under: Home — Jen @ 7:56 pm
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Tonight, I am feeling hospitable. I should clarify by saying most days I am feeling hospitable. My hubby is off work tomorrow and will be home and I feel like having people over. Anyone up for it? I can break out the cherry cobbler and sweet tea and we can lounge on the back porch ’til our heart’s content.

So, even if it is virtual, come on over. We’ll have tea and chat the day away. Enjoy!


‘B’ is for boldness July 3, 2008

Filed under: Home — Jen @ 12:29 pm
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So, I quickly realized a couple days into teaching Ara the letter “A”, that it was going to take more than a week to really stick. We are now doing two letters a month, spending two weeks on each. With each letter we are talking about a character quality that starts with that letter and focus on developing that quality those weeks.

When we were talking about the letter “A”, Ara learned the quality of ‘attentiveness’. These next couple of weeks we are talking about the letter “B” and the quality of ‘boldness’. (Thanks to the Duggar Family for the list of character qualities and their definitions.) The scripture verse we are studying along with ‘boldness’ is Deuteronomy 31:6 with a song that my mom taught me as a child.

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”