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550.5 miles, 3 kids, 1 Police Man and Me

Last week I drove 1283.7 miles alone with three kids, found a home and signed the contract.

That sounds more impressive and less interesting than it really was,  so (as promised yesterday) here’s the story.

First, a bit of back-story: two weeks ago Joshua was offered a job in our home state. The thrill of getting to move “home” was still fresh upon us as the reality that we only had six weeks before the lease on our current home expired sank in.

As we started looking at rentals the cost kept surprising us. We had planned to rent and save up to purchase a home. However, the housing market was so wacky that it would cost considerably more a month to rent than to buy.

Crazy.

We were going to let our Realtor and parents look for us, but Joshua thought it would be good to have at least one of us see the house we were going to buy. Since he had to work, that left me… and three kids, of course!

Looking for a house sounded exciting, but getting up there? Not so much! A ten hour road trip with three kids wasn’t exactly my idea of a leisurely day’s activity.

I began mentally syking myself up for it, when we realized that we needed to find a house ASAP. Which meant leaving a week sooner than planned.

Wednesday morning we decided for sure I should go. I roll out of bed a bit past 7.

7:12 I realize, If I want to miss lunch hour traffic in Memphis, I have to leave in half an hour!

7:13 The kids jump out of bed when I tell them, “Get ready to go to Grandma’s house right now!”

7:14 Scarf down breakfast, thr0w clothes in travel bags, and pack snacks for the road so fast I don’t have time to ask myself, What on earth are you getting yourself into?

7:50 We pile in the car, pray for God’s blessing, and waive good-bye to Joshua.

7:51 Start the long drive.

8:34 I ask myself for the 20th time, What on earth are you getting yourself into?!

10:30 Meg wakes up from her morning nap. Needs a diaper change. We’re in the middle of nowhere and none of the exits have rest stops or gas stations.

10:40 We’re still in the middle of nowhere. So I pull off onto an exit and decide to do a diaper change at the stop sign.

10:40:30 Apparently we’re not as “in the middle of nowhere” as I thought. Two cars pull up behind me. Thankfully they have pity on mom-changing-diaper-at-stop-sign and get around me.

10:45 Meg didn’t like getting put back in her seat. We break out the graham crackers to appease her (and Rose and Will!) We’re making good time and I promise them french fries if we make it past Memphis before we stop.

11:15 We’ve made excellent time and reach the outskirts of Memphis.

11:28 I warn the kids, “If I tell you to be quiet right now, it’s not ’cause I’m mad, it’s just because the road is so busy and I have to concentrate.” Will responds by wailing uncontrollably.

11:30 As I try to calm him down, I miss my exit.

11:31 Now I have to calm my spirit.

11:32 The awesome GPS on my phone (that my wonderful husband insisted on getting for his highly directionaly-challenged wife) re-directed me to an even nicer route.

12:25 We leave Memphis far behind… and also all Chick-fil-As.

12:45 The first restaurant in miles appears. The fact that it is McDonalds doesn’t matter. We pile out of the van, stretch our legs and head in for lunch.

1:35 The fact that “quick stops” with three little ones aren’t quick fully sinks in.

1:45 Finally back on the road (armed with coffee.)

2:11 Children nap while I talk on the (hands-free) phone, pray, drink coffee, and try to stay fully alert.

3:32 We’re finally nearing the end of the windy, hilly Arkansas highway. Normally I’m a pretty slow driver, but the roads are good now, coffee drained, kids up, and I am sick and tired of driving. I haven’t noticed a speed limit sign in miles but 65 seems safe.

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3:33 As I pass a semi-truck I pull behind a police man. Oh, this is great. I can just follow him! I think.

3:34 The policeman pulls off the road. I continue on my way. The police pulls back on the road and flips on his lights.

3:35 Adrenaline racing, I pull over. What did I do? I wonder.

3:36 “Can I see your license, please,” the officer says. I hand it over and ask what I did. “The speed limit is 55. You were going 65.”

3:37 I resist the urge to tell him that I thought following a police man would be safe and respectfully hand over my info.

3:47 The policeman finally returns, gives me a warning, and tells me to drive carefully.

3:48 As we pull back on the road, Rose says “I’ve never seen a real policeman before!” Glad she enjoyed it. It was my first time to ever be stopped and I didn’t enjoy it. At least I wasn’t the slightest bit drowsy the rest of the trip.

6:00 We pull in to my parents drive after only one more (almost quick) stop, so grateful for God’s protection and goodness on the first phase of our adventure.

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12 Healthy (and Frugal) Breakfast Alternatives to Cereal

Every year, over 2,500,000,000 boxes of cereal are sold! That’s enough cereal to build three great pyramids. Cereal manufacturers use an incredible 816,000,000 pounds of sugar yearly. (Source)

Of course, there are many cereals that are not heavily laden with sugar (and food coloring) but most do not compete with a fresh homemade breakfast.

Plus, the average box of cereal costs between $2 and $5… and my kids are begging for a snack about six and a half minutes after breakfast on the rare occasions I do serve cereal.

The problem is, cereal is so convenient. To paraphrase a marketing joke, “You can have it convenient, healthy, or frugal. Choose any two [or just one].”

A bowl of cereal is convenient, but it is rarely cheap or healthy.

These 12 breakfast ideas are more healthy and thrifty than most cereal. Some of them do actually meet all three criteria: convenience, health, and thrift. I arranged them roughly in order of convenience.

  1. Reheated Rice, Barley, or other whole Grain (2 minutes): Any time I serve rice for dinner, my children make sure we save enough for them to have leftovers for breakfast. This makes for a frugal and convenient breakfast. Just heat leftover brown (or white) rice, barley, quinoa, or other grain. Top with maple syrup or cinnamon sugar and fresh milk.
  2. Homemade Granola with Yogurt (2 minutes, once made): A great way to get more yogurt! Once the yogurt and granola are made, this breakfast takes just a minute to serve. (See Amy’s great tip for speeding up the granola prep!)
  3. Sliced Banana with Milk and Toast (5 minutes) Another of my kids’ favorite breakfasts: slice bananas and serve with milk (and brown sugar/maple syrup if desired.) Whole grain toast on the side helps make it filling.
  4. Yogurt Shakes (5 minutes): I make homemade yogurt on a regular basis. It’s easy to make and so full of beneficial bacteria. We eat it in some form multiple times a week: shakes is one of my favorite. Just blend yogurt, frozen fruit, juice/honey to sweeten, and a handful of spinach or other greens, if desired. (I added spinach recently and my 2-year-old was convinced I’d added green sprinkles.)
  5. Energy Bites (10-20 minutes to make/ 10 seconds once chilled): A yummy mix of protein, healthy fats, flaxseed, and chocolate, these energy bites make an equally delicious breakfast or snack. Once chilled, they’re even faster than cereal and so much healthier (and more filling!)
  6. Eppli Cakka (10 minutes): This delicious breakfast is a family favorite. Layer applesauce, granola, and freshly chopped apples (if desired). Top with whipped cream. Based on a Scandinavian dessert, eppli cakka makes a light and healthy summer breakfast. (View picture here.
  7. Egg Omelet (10 minutes): A great way to use up vegetables. Fry onions, olives, peppers, etc. in a bit of butter or coconut oil before adding eggs.
  8. Breakfast Burritos (15 minutes to make, 2 to reheat): Healthy, filling, and easy to make ahead. Just fill tortilla shells with scrambled eggs and your choice of hash browns, sautéed vegetables, sausage, bacon, cheese, etc. Serve fresh or wrap tightly and flash freeze. Then store well-sealed until ready to thaw and heat. (Homemade tortillas are delicious, but don’t freeze quite as well.)
  9. French Toast (15 minutes): This is a great way to rescue bread before it gets stale! As a commenter pointed out, not all french toast is healthy. I use homemade bread, dip it in eggs and milk, and fry. Once it’s golden, I top it with butter and real maple syrup.
  10. Whole Grain Muffins (20 minutes fresh/2 minutes reheated): Homemade muffins are a great way to start off the day with whole grains (yummiest and healthiest freshly ground!) These whole grain applesauce muffins and pumpkin/sweet potato muffins freeze very well. I usually serve them with homemade yogurt.
  11. Breakfast Casserole (Varies widely!)
  12. Whole Grain Pancakes or Waffles (30 minutes) They may be more work, but I’m sure to get lots of hugs and kisses on the mornings I make waffles or pancakes. Plus, it’s so easy to use a variety of fresh grains in pancakes (like these grain-free buckwheat pancakes). We usually alternate pancakes and waffles for our Saturday morning breakfast.

What are your favorite breakfasts? 

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Whole Wheat Tortilla Recipe

Homemade tortillas were on our eat-from-the-pantry menu and Chris (from Joybilee Farms) asked if I’d share the recipe. Before doing so, I simply had to weigh in on the should-you-make-your-own-tortillas debate.

As you can see, it’s worth it for me.

Now, it’s time for the recipe.

My happy helpers. Will rinsed the beans for half an hour and had SO much fun! (And no, they’re not always quite so happy!)

Whole Wheat Tortilla Recipe

Makes about 10 tortillas

Ingredients: 

  • 2 cups flour (can use any combination of white or wheat flour.)
  • 1/4 cup butter (or coconut oil, lard, etc.)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • up to 3/4 cup water, very warm (the dough should be moist but not “soggy” unless you’re  using a heated tortilla press. Then it needs to be very moist.)

Instructions: 

  • Mix flour and salt in large bowl
  • Cut in butter (or oil)

  • Add warm water and stir. Dough should be nice and moist. (At this point, you can let sit for up to 4 hours, covered, if desired.)

  • Heat frying pan over medium-high heat.
  • Divide dough into 8-12 balls.

  • Roll thin on floured surface.
  • Bake tortillas for 30-45 seconds on each side or until just barely golden.
  • Stuff with desired toppings and serve warm. Or, bake til extra crunchy for a yummy snack for the little helpers. Unused tortillas keep for a couple days on the counter or in the fridge.

*Three years ago, my in-laws gave me a tortilla press for Christmas. Though I made my own before then, the tortilla press has made it SO much faster. If you love the taste of homemade tortillas, it makes for a very fun and practical gift. 

What about you? Do you make your own tortillas? 

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Small House Hospitality: Dos and Don’ts

Dear family friends used to live in a small, quaint country home. During my growing up years, my siblings and I often spent the weekend at their place. We crowded into their tiny living room and played games, sang, or watched movies.

A few years ago they moved. Their new house is spacious and lovely, but I couldn’t help being a bit sad.

  • I miss the warm coziness of their crowded country home.
  • I miss playing group games because there just wasn’t enough space for everyone to claim their own room.
  • I miss being forced outside when the house started to burst at the seams to enjoy the great outdoors together.

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According to a government census, the average size of a single family home has risen by about 650 square feet in the last 30 years. Since 1950, the average family’s home has doubled in size!

While roomy houses open new opportunities, don’t let a small house paralyze you from hosting company. Even company that stays for an extended time.

As we’ve hosted family and friends in our little place over the past few years, here a few of the DOs and DON’Ts I’ve learned (or, ahem, am learning!) Some are only applicable to a small house, but others are more universal.

DON’T think less space equals less fun. I recently read how once people started moving into larger homes, they just couldn’t imagine how they’d had so much fun before, in such cramped quarters. Tight quarters may change the activities, but they don’t need to stifle the enjoyment.

DO have a game plan. Though you can have lots of fun with company in a small home, have a list of activities planned for when you need to get out. Check out local amusements, plan picnic lunches, go on long walks, etc.

DON’T be upset if your plans get changed. Sometimes things don’t go according to plan. That’s okay. (Especially if you decide to slide down a slippery slide and land so hard you can barely walk, let alone make the dinner you had planned!)

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DO plan a menu. 5:00 has an uncanny way of sneaking up on you when you’re enjoying time with company. Make sure to plan a simple menu (and have the stuff you need for the meals!) ahead of time so you’re not scrambling at the last minute.

DON’T plan overly fancy meals. Yummy food is great. Spending the entire visit in the kitchen isn’t!

Do accept help… whether that help comes in the form of extra hands in the kitchen or a stack of paper plates (or both!)

DON’t expect to keep the house perfectly tidy. When you’ve got lots of extra people and luggage but not lots of extra space, purpose to not let the inevitable mess bug you. Just enjoy the time together.

DO recognize your weaknesses. When I’ve stayed up late and been woken up early (with a night-wakening or two thrown in for good measure) my grouchiness meter starts to rise noticeably by 9:00 p.m. It’s taken me way too long to realize this. Instead of bottling up, I need to pray for grace, take a nap if possible, and/or kindly communicate that I can’t stay up quite so late.

DON’T skip your quiet time. It’s so easy for me to get caught up in playing hostess that I forget to take time to read my Bible and pray. Even a few minutes alone with God can help get my focus readjusted and make me a better hostess.

What about you? What have you learned about hosting company for extended times? 

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Our Sisters Came South: Visit Recap

It’s hard to believe it’s Tuesday already! Sorry I’ve been so absent around here lately! Life offline has been keeping me busy.

Last week, two of my sisters and two of Joshua’s sisters came down to visit. Our house is already on the small side for a family of five, so four extra made it nice and cozy. It kinda felt like camping inside!

I’m going to miss these cozy memories when we move, so I’m trying to enjoy each day now, so I don’t have regrets later.

Four years after moving here, I finally toured one of the local landmarks. It’s funny how sometimes it takes out-of-state guests to get you to visit the attraction right down the street!

We toured a beautiful mansion that was built during the Civil War. There’s something sobering about hearing the story of a home that has housed many generations summed up in 15 minutes. It maks you realize just how fleeting life is!

During the Depression, this mansion was turned into an apartment complex. 13 families split the home and shared the one bathroom and one kitchen communally. (That made our sleeping arrangements for the week seemed rather roomy!)

The massive mirror behind us survived Sherman’s troops and was shipped all the way across the South. It must have taken a mini army just to move! 

 We also went on picnics, rode horses, toured some more, played games, went thrift store shopping, stayed up late watching movies/talking, and visited a local fountain park multiple times. The last time, I decided to be adventurous and join the others who were sliding down a tall kid’s slide. But my swim shorts were so slippery I flew down, lost my balance, and landed with a thud on the rock-hard dirt.

When I recovered from the shock, I couldn’t stop laughing, despite the fact that laughing made it hurt even worse. Maybe I’m getting too old… but at least it was a funny memory.

Ride horses or play in the dirt? Can you guess which one Will preferred? 

Will couldn’t stop crying when they left and we’re counting down the weeks until we see them again…and will probably still be eating leftovers til then. Apparently I way overestimated the amount of food four young ladies can eat.

Redefining Date Nights

In the past week, I have heard the importance of regular date nights stressed multiple times.

Relationships take time and, if married, marriage is the most important earthly relationship. We should spend time on our marriage! Dates are one way to do that.

However, if you have small children and live far from family, getting a babysitter can quickly make dates into an expensive event.

A few weeks ago, a dear friend watched the kiddos while Joshua and I went on a date. On our way home, we realized that it was our first “real” date in over six months. We laughed. Despite the lack of dates, we certainly didn’t feel like we’d lacked quality time together.

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I think the definition of a “date” should be expanded from “going out together” to “spending meaningful, quality time together.” Spending meaningful time together doesn’t require a restaurant tab.

Someday, when our children grow and stay up past 8:00, dinner dates will be more important. For now, these are a few of my favorite “date nights.”

  • Make dinner (or dessert) together: About once a week, Joshua grills while I make side dishes. Personally, I think making dinner together is as fun as eating it together, especially if it’s as yummy as this Grilled Tilapia! [Did you know Aldi sells wild-caught tilapia for about $3 a pound?!]
  • Read a book together. Whether it’s poetry, comics, fiction, instructional, or memoirs, reading together is not only fun, but opens up so much to talk about.
  • Star-gaze or go on a midnight walk: There’s something about enjoying the beauty of God’s incredible creation that is so romantic! Of course, midnight walks require a babysitter, but it’s one of my favorite things to do when we’re visiting family.
  • Pop popcorn and watch a movie together: It’s way easier to cuddle (or get up during scary parts) when you’re sitting on the couch together instead of in a crowded movie theater. Plus, the popcorn is way better!
  • Work on a project together: working toward a common goal, whether it’s planting a garden or painting a room, is a wonderful way to spend time together!
  • Just talk. Good conversations can happen anywhere: in the car, while bouncing a baby to sleep, or snuggled up close. A nice cold (or hot) drink doesn’t hurt.

What about you? Do you go on regular dates? What’s your favorite thing to do together? 

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Think Like Great-Grandma

Yesterday morning, when I went to “fluff up” a few line-dried clothes, the dryer made a weird whining sound and refused to turn on.

We bought our dryer used almost six years ago and we’ve had it on our covered back porch for nearly four. It wasn’t terribly shocking that it decided to give us troubles. Immediately I began to wonder if we could make it until our move to purchase a replacement.

I like hanging out clothes and generally hang out the big stuff anyway. I’m sure we could manage, I thought, besides, there’s a laundromat right down the road if we really need a dryer. 

Then I laughed. Here I was mentally trying to calculate if we could survive a few months without a dryer, when my great-grandma didn’t even own one.


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Modern conveniences, from indoor ovens to boxed pasta, are wonderful. They free up thousands of hours each year and make our task as homemakers way simpler.

Some modern inventions (like refrigerators) are practically a necessity. Sometimes though, we come to view a convenience as a necessity. 

Though I have no desire or intention of giving up my oven or washing machine, part of learning to live frugally is learning to “think like great-grandma would” when the need arises.

Maybe we’ll find that we can live without a microwave or dryer after all. Or we might discover that we like homemade nursing pads much better than disposable.

Have you lived without a normal modern convenience? How did you do it? Do you prefer “grandma’s way” over the modern? 

 

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Three Ways to Window-Shop

Window-shopping used to require exercise and a walk down Main Street. Thanks to online stores, we can window-shop from the comfort of our couches. And then, there’s Pinterest—and the 50 outfit pins that are just too cute (and I don’t have!)

There’s nothing wrong with browsing through cute pictures with no intent to buy, but window-shopping can lead to problems with contentment.

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Three ways to window-shop

Window-shopping can be used to ignite creativity. The boards on Pinterest can teach us to creative new outfits using the clothes in our closets. They can inspire us to repurpose what we have to beautify our homes.

Window-shopping can also help us wisely plan future purchases. Before actually adding items to our cart, window-shopping can help us think through our purchases and make sure that what we’re purchasing is the best decision.

Or, window-shopping can foster discontentment. The cute new chairs in Sears’ ad or the adorable outfit on Pinterest can trip us up. Window-shopping for things we can’t afford (and probably don’t need) can lead to jealousy if we’re not careful to guard our hearts.

While window-shopping can be a good thing, sometimes we simply ought to not window-shopping for certain things. For example, when I first joined Pinterest, I was tempted to start a “dream house” board. There are oodles of absolutely amazing house ideas. Maybe, a bit of browsing would help me think of good ways to beautify my own home, but I was afraid it would just lead to discontentment.

We’re not moving quite yet and we’re not ready to buy my dream house. I’d rather pass up on a few cute ideas than struggle with being content right where I’m at.

Maybe house pictures don’t tempt you. Maybe it’s clothes or books or cars, but avoid window-shopping for things that lead to discontentment. Choose to use it instead to encourage creativity and wise purchases.

What about you? Do you like to window-shop? How do you avoid discontentment. 

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Keep Rebate Info and Receipts

Getting rid of unnecessary paper clutter makes me happy. However, over the years I’ve learned there are a couple paper items that you should keep: rebates and big-ticket receipts. (And important documents, of course!)

Keep track of your rebates:

I submitted a rebate for a phone in January and by the end of March still hadn’t received it. After a quick phone call they told me they had already sent it. It hadn’t arrived. I asked if they could check and see if it had been used (perhaps it got stolen??) and was told that “we have no way of tracking rebates.” [That’s odd!] I called to request another one and finally received my rebate.

About a month later, after submitting another rebate, I received a letter saying we didn’t qualify for the rebate (even though we did). A 2-minute phone call later and the rebate was in the mail. The exact same thing happened to a good friend.

So even though it is a hassle, it’s definitely worth keeping track of rebates. A five minute call is worth $100 to me.

Hang on to big-ticket receipts:

…for all those times when your word simply isn’t enough. When switching internet services, I made sure to cancel our original provider before the next billing cycle began-which included a last minute trip to return the “box”. I hate hanging on to extra pieces of paper, and since I wouldn’t need to return anything, why bother? But, I did keep it.

A few weeks later a bill arrived from the old company for the new month. The customer service rep said, “well, it looks like you didn’t cancel until the 13th and the new cycle started on the 4th.”

“But I checked to see when the cycle began and specifically canceled before it.”

“Well, the computer says you didn’t cancel.”

“I did cancel and we certainly didn’t use your internet service after the 4th. Is there nothing you can do?”

“No, but you can pay the bill before it’s late,” she answered rather rudely.

…and then I remembered the receipt (which I’d reluctantly filed). What a difference it made.

“Oh, I am so sorry,” she said in a conciliatory tone, “I’ll take care of that right away. There must have been a mistake in the recording. Please disregard the bill. So sorry for the trouble.”

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9 Energy-Saving Kitchen Tips

Do you ever have “duh” moments in the kitchen? I do.

My latest involved a should-be-obvious kitchen tip: Keep the lid on while your food is cooking.

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Earth-shattering, huh? For over a decade, I’ve happily cooked away while letting all that steam escape into the kitchen.

Now I’m scratching my head wondering why it took so long to grasp this simple time & money-saving tip! [Especially since Joshua has several times asked, “Don’t you want the lid on that, babe?”]

No wonder my kitchen got so hot before!

Summer is right around the corner. Avoiding unnecessary heat in the kitchen is a big money (and comfort) saver. Here are a few other ideas:

  1. Fill the grill. Grill dinner, but also grill the meats you’ll need for the coming week. (See Amy’s example here!)
  2. Maximize the oven heat. If the oven has to be on, don’t just bake one item. Slip potatoes in while your bread is baking. Slide a couple loaves of quick bread for the freezer next to dinner, etc.
  3. Leave the oven door shut until you need to open it. Once you’ve made a recipe and know how long it takes to cook in your oven, jot down exactly how many minutes it takes. That way next time you don’t have to check it multiple times (and spill hot air into the kitchen!)
  4. Turn off the oven and let things finish baking while the oven cools. (Easy way to cook granola. Another brilliant idea from Amy! It must be hot in Texas, or something.)
  5. Do the same thing with the stove.
  6. Use the crockpot. If you can safely plug it in on the porch or in the garage, all the better!
  7. Use the freezer: fry up a big batch of hamburger, double/triple dinner, etc. Freeze the extras
  8. Plan ahead. Frozen food heats up much faster when it’s thawed…. especially if you don’t have a microwave.
  9. ….and don’t forget to put the lid on when you’re cooking!

What about you? How do you keep your kitchen a little less hot during the summer? 

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