Weeping Cherries

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Mason Jar Monday January 26, 2009

Filed under: Mason Jar Monday — Jen @ 4:29 pm

I love this scrabble letter’s mason jar idea shared by The Homespun Heart.  She writes, “I can’t wait to get home and re purpose my Scrabble game into one of these little message boards!”mason-jar-monday2

What a creative idea to put the tiles of a scrabble board into a mason jar and set out the tray to leave messages or inspiration!  I love it!

Happy Mason Jar Monday!


Just a Quick Note

Filed under: 1 — Jen @ 11:17 am

…that I am off to that library today, so mason jar monday will be here but later.  Check back this evening and I will hopefully have it up.  Have a Super Monday!


My Sunday Morning Princess January 25, 2009

Filed under: Family,Home,Tales From the Home Keeper — Jen @ 10:48 pm



Books, Books, and More Books! January 24, 2009

Filed under: Home — Jen @ 10:38 pm


So, after I posted the updated 2009 book list I came upon an incredible piece of information.  There is a Christian Library,  less than 2 minutes from my house, that has every title on my list, and buys and sells used home school curriculum.

This is me smiling:


If you live near me and would like the address of the library, email me or leave me a comment.


Another Case of the Newspaper Nappers and Other Various Updates

Filed under: Deals,Media Review — Jen @ 9:26 pm

No newspaper again today, so I will have to wait until the Walgreen’s Weekly Ad is online tomorrow to post the deals. So that your trip over here isn’t a total waste I thought I would provide an update to my 2009 Book List.


Already Read in 2009:

The ONE book on my list that I could find at the library-

*The 15 Minute Organizer by Emilie Barnes

and others that weren’t on the list that I found, then added to the list and read-

*Simply Organized by Emilie Barnes

*Real-Life Homeschooling by Rhonda Barfield

*The Home Schooling Father by Michael Farris (I know I am not a father but it was still an interesting read)

In the Process of Reading:

*Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem ( I may be crazy for adding a 1167 page book to my 2009 reading list but I started out using it for reference as I was reading the book of Isaiah and was so interested that I started reading straight through it. I am currently reading through Part 6 on The Doctrine of the Church. Interesting stuff.)

Books in the Mail on Their Way to Me:

*An Excellent Wife by Martha Peace. Nancy- I am looking forward to working through this one with you.

Still on the List to Read this Year:

*Becoming a Woman of Discretion: Cultivating a Pure Heart in a Sensual World by Nancy Leigh DeMoss

*Dumbing Down our Kids: Why American Children Feel Good About Themselves but Can’t Read, Write or Add by Charles Sykes

*Faithful Women and Their Extraordinary God by Noel Piper

*Family Integrated Church by J. Mark Fox

*Marriage to a Difficult Man: The Uncommon Union of Jonathan and Sarah Edwards by Elizabeth Dodds

*Mother by Kathleen Norris

*Proverbs for Parenting: A Topical Guide for Child Raising from the Book of Proverbs by Barbara Decker

*Raising Maidens of Virtue by Stacy McDonald

*Teach them Diligently: How to Use Scriptures in Child Training by Louis Paul Priolo

*The Ever-Loving Truth: Can Faith Thrive in a Post-Christian Culture by Voddie Bauchaum Jr.

*The Marketing of Evil: How Radicals, Elitists, and Pseudo-Experts Sell Us Corruption Disguised as Freedom by David Kupelian

*The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan

*The Voice of Matthew by Lauren F. Winner

*When You Rise Up: A Covenantal Approach to Homeschooling by RC Sproul

So far, none of the books have thrilled me to the point of telling you to run right out and buy them aside from Systematic Theology but I will keep you posted as I go since the one’s that I am most excited about, I have yet to get my hands on. Also, I am in the process of updating my recipe tab tonight so check back tomorrow for new recipes. Happy Weekend!


A Peek Into My Day January 20, 2009

Filed under: Home,Tales From the Home Keeper — Jen @ 4:58 pm
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Aralyn is napping,  Paul is at work, the house is quiet and I should be cleaning.  SHOULD being the imperative word implying to you that that is not, in fact, what I am doing.  I AM doing what I like to call the step BEFORE cleaning- MOTIVATING.  I am motivating myself to clean.  Here’s how:


I draw up house plans and mark up magazine pictures with notes all over about the things that I like and the things I would change, etc.  Now, how does this motivate me to clean?  Well, its weird but magazine houses are always clean.  Have you noticed that?  So, after my fun I set out to get my house ready for it’s magazine shoot which I realize borders on insanity since there are, in fact, no magazine editors breaking down my doors for a photo shoot; however, it works for me.  Ever since I was a kid imagining that I was cleaning for the King, I have needed my imagination to fire up cleaning motivation.  Don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it.  Works like a charm.  Anyhow, I must warn you that this method of self motivation can walk a fine line bordering on PROCRASTINATION.  Seeing as I am here typing to you and not scrubbing my kitchen like I should be I would say that today falls into that procrastination category.  So, before I sink into a bottomless pit of filth, I am going to go pack up my house plans and do a nice kitchen scrub down before Ara awakes.

What motivates YOU to clean?


Mason Jar Monday January 19, 2009

Filed under: Mason Jar Monday — Jen @ 3:41 pm
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Mason Jars as Biscuit Cutters

(Shown here for cutting pastry dough but can be used for biscuits also)

Buttermilk Biscuit Recipe

2 cups of self rising flour

(I’ve heard from multiple sources that White Lily Flour is the best as it is winter soft wheat and tastes the best)

1/3 cup of shortening

2/3 cup of buttermilk

melted butter

1. Combine flour and shortening.

2. Add in buttermilk and mix for approx. 1 minute.

3. Roll out to about 3/4- 1 in thickness and cut with your mason jar.

4.  Bake at 450 for about 8 min.

5. Brush tops with melted butter.

6. Enjoy!