Katherine’s Thai Chili Recipe

I love finding delicious vegan recipes that can be used all year long...especially during Lent and other fasting days within the Orthodox calendar. My friend, Katherine, gave me this recipe that I had tried a couple of years ago after she had brought it to church during a Lenten "coffee hour." Ingredients: 1 large sweet... Continue Reading →

Parenting Toward the Kingdom Retreat

Subsequent to my writing my last post about "Parenting Toward the Kingdom," TBF and I had an opportunity to attend a family retreat over the Labor Day weekend, which hosted author and professor, Phillip Mamalakis. We were the first ones to check in to the retreat center in Kansasville, Wisconsin after traveling all week on... Continue Reading →

Home-school Thoughts

I know that there are a lot of strong feelings for most people when they hear the words "home school." Some thoughts and feelings may be positive, but for many others there are more negative thoughts than anything else. A lot of what homeschooling looks like in real life is up to the style and... Continue Reading →

Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman

For anyone who survived the 90's, you'll fondly remember the TV series, Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman. I rarely watched this show, but I remember my mom randomly watching this series. For anyone that grew up as a millennial, or later, you probably don't recall a life with just three TV stations to pick from. There... Continue Reading →

Receiving Blankets

If you know me as a parent, you will have certainly seen me with one of my thirty to forty receiving blankets that get me through my week. I don't know how I would survive the first two years of raising children without the use of receiving blankets, but I see barely anyone else use... Continue Reading →

Homemade Vegetable Broth

This is literally one of my most favorite little ways of saving money. We make a lot of things with fresh veggies. I keep a large ziploc bag in the freezer and any time I have vegetable scraps I clean them and then put them in my veggie ziploc bag.   Examples of veggies that... Continue Reading →

Homemade Dill Pickles

Anyone that knows my mom, knows that she has a green thumb! In fact, every year she has huge tomato plants that self-plant from seeds from the year prior. It is incredible. Every year, she plants cucumbers and tomatoes. Those are her specialty. As much as she loves planting, watering, and harvesting, she often cannot... Continue Reading →

Mark 1:23-28

The reading today for the Wednesday twelve weeks after Pentecost includes an excerpt from Mark 1:23-28: "Now there was a man in a synagogue with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, saying, 'Let us alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Did you come to destroy us? I know who... Continue Reading →

Parenting Toward the Kingdom

There is a great book that came out in 2016 through Ancient Faith Publishing called "Parenting Toward the Kingdom: Orthodox Christian Principles of Child-Rearing" by author Philip Mamalakis. I had actually bought a copy of this book last year and finished the introduction. Unfortunately I didn't make it any further in to the book because... Continue Reading →

Over-the-Rainbow Minestrone

We are in day eleven of the Dormition Fast. I was originally hoping to blog about a vegan-friendly food item every day for the first fourteen days of August during this fasting cycle...As you can see, I am eleven days late. I have featured this Taste of Home third place winner as a great vegan/Lenten... Continue Reading →

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