How to Create a Christmas Village Display

This post contains affiliate links. You can read my disclosure policy here. One year as a young bride I discovered the beauty of collecting miniature houses for Christmas. I had my family buy several of the Dickensville ones at half price at the end of the season and give them to me for my birthday. Slowly my little village … [Read more...]

Encouragement Notes for Homesick Kids at Camp

Some of the best family traditions are often those that happen by accident, like our family blessing jar. What started out as a way to teach our children gratitude is now a deeply held celebration of thanksgiving every year. It's even incorporated into the marriage contract between our children and their spouses! (No, not really, but Thanksgiving … [Read more...]

Family Blessing Jar and Instilling Gratitude

  Do you ever feel pulled by the demands of family, job, school, church or outside activities? Of course you do! You are probably especially feeling the pull of this busiest season of the year as we race towards Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year. I will be honest and say that this year as a work at home/homeschooling mom I'm … [Read more...]

Why Take a Family Vacation?

As the warm breezes blow through my hair, I'm transported back to days of yore. Children splashing at the shore, sand seeping through toes and bathing suits. Waves chasing the wee ones as they squeal in contagious joy.  Screeecchhhhh! That was a terrific walk down the family vacation memory lane, but it's not my life … [Read more...]

Beach House Decorating Ideas

Our family spent last week in Emerald Isle, NC enjoying some good food, family fun and as much sun as we could handle! I find the older I get the less enthralled I am with hours on the beach burning to a crisp. Since this was our second year at this specific house I took several pics so I could share some great beach house decorating with … [Read more...]

Inexpensive Sweet 16 Birthday Party Ideas

It's hard to believe it's been over four months since my youngest daughter turned 16! She is turning into an amazing young woman right before our eyes. I cannot imagine our lives without this tenderhearted, compassionate young lady. (She has since had her braces taken off and is even more beautiful!) Since she is approaching 17 at an … [Read more...]

7 Tips for Family Vacation

The years are passing even quicker now that we have adult children with spouses as well as two teenagers living at home. My oldest daughter is expecting our first grandchild and our oldest son just got married a few weeks ago. As our lives change our plans for vacation each year become more complicated! Last year we were … [Read more...]

Top 10 Yard Sale Bargains

  I've been showing off sharing some of my yard sale bargains from last Saturday on Instagram and Facebook and generating lots of conversations about how and where I shop for such great deals. Stay local and save gas I try to stay within 10 miles or less of my home to save on gas and group all the sales together as I plan. Plus, … [Read more...]

Easy Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream

  My dad was a salesman. He sold cars, RVs, hardware (and not the computer kind) among other things.  He worked a lot of evenings and Saturdays to provide for our family. In spite of those long hours I still have special memories of time spent with him. One of my favorite ones from my childhood was of my Dad and I riding … [Read more...]

Chris Tomlin and Christy Nockels “Glorious”: Simple Gift Sunday

  As we enjoyed a day at our favorite local strawberry farm yesterday, we couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day. Temps around 70 degrees with bright sun and these gorgeous ripe red berries just waiting for us! The words to Chris Tomlin and Christy Nockels "Glorious" just rang in my head. Majesty and power are Yours … [Read more...]

Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Icing

Our family has developed many traditions throughout the years. These include cow day, our Christmas Village display and Instant Russian Tea. Thanksgiving Day is filled with all our family gathered around the table enjoying the standard turkey and dressing with cranberry apple casserole and all the rest. Thanksgiving evening finds … [Read more...]

Cranberry Apple Casserole

  Our family thrives on traditions. As our older children have left the nest (one married and one in college), these traditions have become even more important. Not just to us, but especially to our children. Cranberry Apple Casserole was a recipe my sister used to make many years ago when my sister, brother, parents and all the … [Read more...]

My Kind of Holiday: Thanksgiving

  For me the holidays are all about family and traditions. Can't you just smell the turkey and the homemade gravy my oldest daughter always makes? There will be enlightening conversations with opinions freely shared,  giggles and tickling   and Christmas tree decorating. But most of all there … [Read more...]

Homemade Oreo Ice Cream

  When I was a kid our summer was not complete without my mama's homemade fruit ice cream. It might be strawberry. Or peach. Or even banana. My dad and I would go to the ice warehouse where he would get enough ice for our hand crank ice cream maker. Do y'all remember that? No electric one for us! Our White Mountain ice cream … [Read more...]

Cow Day #6 or Did Somebody Say Free Food?

Ah, yes. It's Cow Day. Cow with a capital C. The highlight of the summer for the Walden clan. Where all lovers cows unite in the bond of true love. According to family records it appears that today was Cow Day #6. It all began back in 2008.   Somewhere I heard about free food. That's all it took. Throw on … [Read more...]

Best Ever Homemade Hamburger Buns

  I don't know about you, but I always thought making bread sounded so hard. Hours of slaving over the dough. Not anymore. I've discovered a secret weapon. The bread machine!   This homemade hamburger buns recipe is just a measure and go one, but if you're new to a bread machine I've left you a note on the recipe card to … [Read more...]

Mother’s Day Google+ Hangout on Air Live! If you click the link above you will be taken to my first Live Google+ Hangout On Air. I will be sharing a couple of special Mother's Day crafts and some great ideas on making mom feel special. I would love it if you'd join me. If you miss the show you can always click the link afterwards and it will take you to … [Read more...]

Mother’s Day Hangouts Next Week

I am participating in my first "solo" Google Hangout On Air by sharing some Mother's Day goodies live on Monday, April 22nd at 4:00 EST. I'd love it if you could join me, but if not I'll have a link to my youtube channel which will have the video after it airs. These will be short segments with fun, crafty gifts for making mom feel … [Read more...]

How to Create Your Own Unit Study

How to create your own unit study, that is the question! As a homeschooling mom of 19 years I've put together many different studies on varied topics through the years. I thought I'd share a little bit about the process I use. One of the most fun things we do at least once a year is a unit study night. Usually it correlates with our history or … [Read more...]

Easy and Thrifty Christmas Decorating Ideas

Christmas has come and gone and several posts I wanted to share with you this season are still in my drafts box, waiting for me to finish editing pictures or write the copy. Since today is New Year's Day you could imagine that I might talk about goals and resolutions. Nope. I'm just going to share that in my life, as in yours, to do lists don't … [Read more...]

Black-Eyed Pea Salsa Dip

I am a true Southerner. Born and bred in the South and still living here (minus stints in a few other states.) Even so, I wasn't sure about the tradition of eating black-eyed-peas on New Years Day. According to this info,  it should be the first food eaten on New Year's Day to ensure luck and prosperity in the coming year. Nope. Not … [Read more...]

Christmas Village Display Ideas

I've been so busy experiencing the Christmas season that I have several posts to share that will NOT get done before Christmas Day! But that's okay. Family and friends and living life together are more important! (I have shared my rustic centerpiece, my scrap wood Christmas tree and our solution to decorating without a mantel?) I did want to … [Read more...]

How to Make Potpourri for the Holiday Season

I found this wonderful stove top potpourri mix on Pinterest (yes, you know how I love Pinterest!) and had to try it for my homeschool moms group. (This week we're hosting a church fellowship at our home as well.) I was thrilled when the potpourri was easy, smelled amazing and added to the festive party atmosphere. The cinnamon and cloves … [Read more...]

Simple Gift Sunday: November 25, 2012

Our favorite family day of the year is Thanksgiving so I wanted to share just a simple look into our blessing jar tradition. This simple, unobtrusive  jar sits on our kitchen table throughout the year, reminding us to record our blessings on slips of paper to be opened Thanksgiving evening. This year was a little different for us as Joshua was … [Read more...]