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Baking with Kids: Pineapple Carrot Cake

Baking with Kids: Pineapple Carrot Cake

Today is my birthday and like a lot of moms out there, I have to make my own  birthday cake. Luckily, I really enjoy baking. Sometimes I enjoy it a lot more by myself, but with two little girls eager to be Just Like Mom […]

A Different Take on Tacos: Spinach and Potato Filling – Recipes I want to try

A Different Take on Tacos: Spinach and Potato Filling – Recipes I want to try

This looks like an easy dinner idea for those nights when I’ve written all day. Try this at your own risk. After I’ve given it a go, I’ll tweak it or add notes. Please, feel free to give me some input and if you try […]

5 Bullet Journal Inspirations and Good Intentions

5 Bullet Journal Inspirations and Good Intentions

Anyone who knows me knows I make lists. I make lists of my lists. So, it wouldn’t come to any surprise that I love the recent  fad of bullet journaling.  I savor each new layout I run across and horde colored pens and pencils. But, I […]

Nutrition Superstars: 25 Healthy Sweet Potato Recipes

Nutrition Superstars: 25 Healthy Sweet Potato Recipes

I’m not a huge fan of the whole idea of superfoods. It always feels more like a marketing gimmick than nutritional advice. Eat kale every day and live until you’re 120! Drown yourself in pomegranate juice and never feel tired again! That’s not how food […]

The Noon Meal

The Noon Meal

Recently in the Pioneer Hearts Facebook Group there was a discussion about something that quickly became controversial, in a mild lover of history way. Is it historically correct to call the noon meal lunch or dinner? And what exactly is the difference between dinner and […]

Campfire Cooking

Campfire Cooking

One thing I really wanted to do on the big trip my family took this summer was do as much cooking over a fire as possible, both because it’s something I genuinely enjoy and also as a bit of hands on research for my books. So […]

6 Summer Playdate Activities For  Kids

6 Summer Playdate Activities For Kids

At my house we are all about water. My two daughters love nothing better than to get wet. Unfortunately, since we live in Minnesota, outdoor water fun ceases in October and doesn’t resume until late spring. Because of that, I like to come up with […]

Christian Cowboy Caviar

Christian Cowboy Caviar

One of the great challenges of summertime cooking is just how dang hot it gets in the kitchen! Fried chicken is a picnic classic, but it also means sweating over a frying pan. Everybody loves potato salad, but nobody really enjoys boiling potatoes. Fresh fruit […]

Goodies Roundup: Summer Adventures!

Goodies Roundup: Summer Adventures!

The Christian family is on the open road this weekend, enjoying a glorious four day weekend and a celebration of our country’s birth! While Thanksgiving is for general gratitude in our lives, this special day marks so much gratitude for what our nation has accomplished. […]

Cupcakes for Two

Cupcakes for Two

The other day my daughters were invited to visit their grandparents by themselves.  That meant that I and Dear Husband were at home alone, without any children.  My first impulse was to do all the things that I think I want to do but can’t […]