Weeping Cherries

faith, family, food and frugality

Weeping Cherries Announces: March 17, 2009

Filed under: Home,Weeping Cherries — Jen @ 9:10 pm


An offshoot blog! After a while of posting here at Weeping Cherries, I realized that I don’t post as often as I would like about an area that I am most passionate about: taking care of a household. I could include such posts among my regularly scheduled memes and themes here at Weeping Cherries but I would really like to keep this blog specific in addressing faith, family, food, and frugality. This is how the idea of Weeping Cherries’ new sister site, The Heart of the Household, was born. Here I will blog about all thing related to the encouragement and inspiration of the woman at home. So, without further ado, I present to you:



Tales From the HomeKeeper March 16, 2009

Filed under: Home,Tales From the Home Keeper — Jen @ 8:21 pm

A little girl’s very first french braid is a very momentous occasion.  We had a special girl’s night that started with a watermelon bubble bath for Ara followed by crisp, white nightgown trimmed with lace for a night so warm you could leave the windows open :).  Then we did her hair up in her very first french braid and talked girl talk, and read two special books before bed.  Here are a few pictures of her hair.  She was also standing on top of her bunk bed waiting for me to get the books with her foot up on the shelf and it looked so much like ballet that I snapped some pics.  Here you go!



Tales from the Home Keeper February 5, 2009


Ara playing in the most recent snow we received.

Last Saturday was my birthday and we spent it at my parent’s house doing all sorts of fun things including shopping for sewing patterns and material for some new dresses and skirts for Ara and I.  It was a blast but I had to share a story with you of something Ara said that still gives me the giggles when I think about it.  For clarity, Ara calls my Mom Mimi. Mimi and Ara are reading a book about horses and the conversation goes something like this:

Mimi: Ara look at these brown horses.  I like the Thoroughbreds.

Ara: I like cornbread. 🙂


Cornbread is a favorite in our house, can you tell? 🙂  Here is a gluten free recipe that we like:

Jen’s Gluten Free Cornbread

1 c. Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose Gluten Free Flour

1 c. Yellow Cornmeal

1/3 c. Sugar

1/3 c. Brown Sugar

1 tsp. Salt

3 1/2 tsp. Baking Powder

1 Egg

1 c. Milk

1/3 c. Melted Butter

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Butter the sides of a round pie dish.  In a large bowl, soak cornmeal in the milk for 10-15 minutes.  Then add gf flour, sugar, salt and baking powder.  Stir in egg and butter until well combined.  Pour batter in pie dish.  Bake for approx. 20-25 minutes.  Enjoy!  Wonderful served with honey butter.


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.


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?


54 Degrees! January 9, 2009

Filed under: Home,Seasons — Jen @ 7:12 pm

It was a balmy 54 degrees today.  If I could post pictures I would burst out the spring pictures because right about now, I am ready for spring :).  Have you ever noticed how beautiful weather makes other problems melt away?  I’ll admit, this week has been a doozey of a week for me and today a lot of things came crashing down all at the same time but then I walked out on the back porch and there was sunshine.  By the time Ara and I finished our walk and rode bikes around the driveway, I had forgotten all the things that had weighed down my mind and I truly believe the Lord knew that my spirit needed a 54 degree day!  I also thank Him for the blessing of my beautiful daughter who seems to know on these days that Mama needs extra hugs and sweet words.  I can’t tell you how much she makes me smile when I just don’t want to :).

Stay posted to see if I will get my hands on my newspaper tomorrow before my neighbors do and other various excitement!  I sincerely hope you all had a wonderful week and enjoyed the beautiful weather (unless you are reading this from a state that did not have beautiful weather today and in that case I sincerely hope some is headed your way!).  See you tomorrow.