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The Homemaking momma by The Homemaking Momma - 2w ago

I think we often forget we spend roughly 8-9 hours of our day in our bedrooms thats 1/3 of our day!! I believe this gets overlooked because we most likely spend that time sleeping, but just because we are sleeping doesn’t mean it’s not important to create a cozy and relaxing atmosphere. Today on the blog I want to talk about simple ways to create a cozy summer bedroom.

Whenever I am decorating a room in our home I like to first begin with the concept of old+new. If you’ve been around my blog and Instagram for a while you know that I love incorporating vintage and antique pieces into my home. Some are family heirlooms and others are little treasures I’ve found along the way. Either way I love the collected touch it adds to my home. In my own personal opinion collected = cozy

Color

For our bedroom I chose to keep things neutral and warm. I used warm whites and beige tones to keep it earthy natural. You don’t need to keep things as neutral as I have, but it’s important to chose a focal color for your overall space. It could be an earthy green or a deep rich blue or warm white, no matter the color choose one as your base. From there you can choose coordinating and complimentary colors to add in depth and interest. For our space I’ve chosen blue and other earthy colors in our area rug. Your accent color can be used in things like curtains, pillows, throw blankets etc.

Fabric

For bed linens, I love soft fabrics. Linen and 100% cotton are my go to. Touching on the new + old concept. I love adding new bedding like this quilt and pillow covers from Piper Classics + incorporating old grain sack as accent pillows. I’ve also played around with texture and pattern by adding ruffled pillows with a mix of plain fabrics, striped ticking in the quilt and curtains, and buffalo check. I believe as long as you’re staying within your base + accent color family you can totally have fun and mix in fun patterns.

Less is more

I strive at keeping this space simple and free of clutter. I avoid putting too much on the walls and furniture tops. If a room feels to crowded I tend to feel overwhelmed and no one wants to feel claustrophobic in their own bedroom, am I right?

Fresh Flowers

Summer is the perfect time to bring the outside in. I love cutting flowers from our garden and setting them next to our beds. This is another opportunity to add old + new. I love using old ironstone or stoneware pitchers for fresh cut flowers.

Along the lines of flowers smells are important. I like to keep sachets of lavender in between our box spring and mattress. I also keep a linen spray on hand made with essential oils to spray on our bedding before we crawl in at night. Its the perfect way to relax after a busy day.

Rugs

Consider adding an area rug under your bed or runners on either side like I’ve done in our space. There’s something so cozy about stepping on a soft rug before crawling in or out of bed. Remember to stay within your base and accent colors, but this is a simple way to add warmth and interest to your space while still keeping it relaxing.

Thanks so much for stopping by today friends! I hope you’re enjoying your sweet summer so far

Blessings,

Bree

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The Homemaking momma by The Homemaking Momma - 2M ago

Hi-ya there, friends. It’s been a hot minute since I’ve taken the time to pop in on the blog. Sometimes it’s just hard to set aside the time and other times it’s just hard to feel inspired enough to write and share. I find myself feeling both ways pretty often lately.

The other week I shared some of my favorite items on my Instagram stories that I’ve been using lately and I received a lot of feedback that you guys love getting honest recommendations and product suggestions from people. I thought it’d be fun to do a monthly roundup here on the blog. I personally love hearing about products and items that people genuinely love and use for themselves and in their homes so I’m excited that I also get the opportunity to share with all of you!

Self

If you follow along on Instagram then you know I’m always on the hunt for healthier options in all areas whether it be home, food, or self care. About 2 years ago I switched out my old deodorant and began trying healthier alternatives. I finally found the brand that works best for me, Native. I recently tried a different fragrance I was using the one with lime and something or other in it and switched to the coconut and vanilla and I looooove it!

I also recently switched out my old foundation. I had tried Beauty Counter and I really really wanted to love it but it bothered my skin. That’s not to say I won’t give it another try at a later date, but I decided to purchase Bare Minerals. I had used it 10 + years ago but was too cheap at the time to keep buying it. I’ve learned over the years that quality is important and sometimes it’s better to pay a little more to get better quality. Now I know Bare Minerals isn’t perfect. I don’t think Beauty Counter is either. I think it’s almost impossible to find perfect products that are 100% good for us but my goal isn’t perfection. My goal is to be intentional and mindful and make the best choice that I can based off of my circumstances and resources that are available to me. All that to say I’m so glad I chose to try Bare Minerals again. I’m absolutely loving the foundation and I also scooped up their bronzer and I’m loving that too.

I’m also including my Old Navy Field Jacket [which just so happens to be on sale right now] I wear this jacket allllll the time and I’ve even considered buying a backup just in case something happens to mine because I love it that much.

Native Deodorant – I love the Coconut and Vanilla // Bare Minerals Original Foundation // Bare Minerals Warmth [bronzer] // Field Jacket from Old Navy // Jean shorts from Old Navy

Home

Just like with self care, I also try to be mindful about the products I use in my home. I switched from regular candles to beeswax almost 2 years ago now. I’ve learned how to make my own, I actually have a blog post about that here. Though I enjoy making them, sometimes its just way easier to buy them. I’m including my fave beeswax candles in this months roundup. I love that beeswax offers me the ability to still get that cozy and intimate vibe in my home, but without all the nasty stuff that can be found in candles and wax warmers. I’ve also included the coffee sock in this months roundup. I purchased mine a month or so ago and I’m so happy that I did. I love that I’m not constantly throwing filters away. It’s help me to cut back on waste and be more mindful + plus my coffee still tastes great!

Beeswax Candles from Honey Run Farms you can find them on Etsy, HERE // Coffee Sock – June Supply Co. Also available on Amazon // Gathre Mat – I love my mini in ginger

Kids/Homeschool

I shared on Instagram that I’ve been laminating all the things…and I wasn’t joking. I literally use my new laminator almost every day, haha. If you don’t have one you definitely need one!! I’ve also included a few other recent purchases. I ordered a desk size map for our school room. We don’t have a lot of wall space to hang a large map. I was really happy to find this desk map on Amazon. The quality is nice and it’s super affordable! I’m also including our hanging wall map that I have in my sons room because I get questions about it all the time! And if you’re looking for a fun game to play with your kiddos I highly recommend this Bird Bingo. Seriously our whole family loves it! Not only is it fun to play but it can be used educationally as well. Sometimes we’ll pick a bird and research it a little bit to learn more about it!

Kids/Homeschool

Laminator // Desk Map and Wall Map // Bird Bingo // We Are the Gardeners Book

Thanks so much for stopping by today, friends! I hope this post was helpful! Id love to hear what products you’re loving or if you try any of these, I love to hear your thought!

Blessings,

Bree

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The Homemaking momma by The Homemaking Momma - 4M ago

Hi-ya there friends!! Can you believe it’s Thursday already? This week seems to be moving at lightening speed…well the whole year so far seems to be flying on by, don’t you think?

My friend Kendra over at Joy …. asked me a couple of weeks back if I wanted to join her and a boatload of other bloggers for a fun hop…my answer, “OF COURSE, I would love to.” I’m always up for any chance I get to share my friends with ya’ll and all of their talents. So if you’re here from Grey Birch Designs blog, welcome!!

I am so glad you’re stopping by today and if you have time, scroll on down to the bottom of this post for all the links to all the other bloggers participating!! You’re sure to find some Spring inspiration!

Today I’m sharing my mantle. Did I ever tell you guys that plans were in the works to buy this place before I had ever even seen it? My husband knows the family that lived here before and he assured me that I’d love it. So of course I trusted him….though a part of me was just a bit nervous. Buying a home is scary in and of itself, but not really knowing what the home felt and looked like on the inside was even scarier. Well, I did end up seeing it before papers were signed and the whole buying process got underway, but as soon as I walked through the doors it felt like home. I knew in that moment I didn’t even need to see anything. It was just perfect for our family. The first thing that caught my eye was the fireplace. I love the stone and enjoy adding different touches to it for each new season.

Today I am actually sharing two different ways I’ve decorated our mantle. Both are pretty simple with touches of color which I believe is perfect for Spring!

The boys helped me to pick a nice big branch from out yard. Then we strung colorful wool pom poms on to thread. Then I simply draped the thread over the branches. You’ll see later on down the post how I reused the pom poms to change up the mantle. 

 

Many of you know I can’t leave things alone for long. I like to change little vignettes up fairly often. So it’s no surprise that my springy inspired mantle has already changed.

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The Homemaking momma by The Homemaking Momma - 4M ago

Happy spring, dear friends! How sweet are those words to your ears? I know they are to mine.

for behold, the winter is past; 
the rain is over and gone.
The flowers appear on the earth,
the time of singing has come,
and the voice of the turtledove
is heard in our land.
Song of Solomon 2:11-12

Yesterday I shared a little spring home tour in my stories on Instagram. I love sharing our little home with all of you, so I figured I’d document it here on the blog as well. I think of this space [and instagram] as a journal of sorts. I always enjoy looking back at things we’ve done and how far we’ve come. I hope you enjoy coming here. I hope you find encouragement and inspiration here. I’m a true lover of making home and believe no matter what season of life we are in, what our circumstances are, or where life has us at the present we have the opportunity and ability to make our dwelling place special for all those who enter. It doesn’t have to be perfect [expensive, over the top, intricate] to be good.

I didn’t buy anything new really…well except some thrifted duckies. But otherwise I used what I had and kept things as I always do, simple.

A view of where the boys and I have morning time each day. We’ll read, sing a song, read scripture, practice piano talk about the day ahead. It’s a sweet time, sometimes not as calm as I’d like. Sometimes they are playing toys and puzzles on the floor or off in la la land, but I know they are listening and learning.

I love sitting in this chair each morning. It gets the morning sun and I find myself sitting back and soaking in all that beautiful warmth and light.

The boys helped me to make this little centerpiece. I used wool felt balls. The boys strung them on some thread and then I just draped them over the stick we picked out of our yard.

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The Homemaking momma by The Homemaking Momma - 4M ago

What started as me doing a bit of spring cleaning in our main bathroom quickly escalated to an entire bathroom refresh. I’m known to get a little side tracked from time to time, so I suppose this isn’t much of a surprise. First up on the bathroom refresh check list was of course a deep thorough spring cleaning.  Have you started your spring cleaning yet?

I opened the small window, blasted my favorite music and got to work. After all the scrubbing was done and over with I decided I wanted to update our shower curtain. For around $20-$25 [even less if you can find one second hand] you can easily transform the feel of a bathroom. I found this pretty one from Target online. It was described as gray and white striped, though the picture didn’t look very gray. I’m glad I decided to read the reviews…apparently some people were disappointed because it was beige and not gray, not me! Beige was exactly what I was hoping for. While curtain shopping I noticed Target was also having a sale on towels. Ours have certainly seen better days so I picked up a few of those as well. Last week I shared my thrift store haul, you can read about that here. I was thrilled to come across the perfect shelf for above our toilet. I’ve been looking for one for a while now!

That covers all of the new items. Then I pulled in an old metal stool, a curtain I had tucked away in the basement, an old braided jute rug that I had, and a few odds and ends to set on the shelf.

Here’s the cost breakdown:

Shower Curtain | $20

New Towels | $30 

Thrifted Shelf | $6 

So for under $60 dollars I was able to refresh our little bathroom and make it just a bit sweeter.

Some things I’d like to change when the budget allows:

New light fixture

New faucet

New cabinet pulls and a fresh coat of paint on the cabinet.

Frame out the mirror

Eventually the tile will all be replaced and the wallpaper removed, but I’m sure that will be years down the road!

Do you have any projects you’re working on right now? Maybe a small refresh on a budget too? I’d love to hear about it!


Several readers have recently asked about bathroom organization and I plan to address that with a separate post in the coming weeks. If you want to stay up to date be sure to sign up as an email subscriber that way you’ll receive email notification each time I post something new to the blog.

Thanks for stopping by today friends!

Blessings,

Bree

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Children are born with all the curiosity they will ever need. It will last a lifetime if they are fed upon a daily diet of ideas – Charlotte Mason 

Schedule:

9:00 am | Morning Time

  • weather song
  • read aloud
  • bible time
  • verse of the week
  • poetry
  • practice piano

10:15 am | Handwriting

10:30 am | Creative Writing

11:00 am | Lunch

11:30 am | Language Arts | Spelling | Reading

Short Break

1:00 Math

A typical day in the life of this homeschool mama looks a little something like this.

6:30-6:45

This is normally when I wake up. I am not a morning person by nature so I’m a little slow going. I’ll help pack my husband’s lunch, make my coffee and try to get some bible reading in. Normally by my second sip of hot coffee there is pitter patter of little boy feet.

7:00 -8:00 

My boys are usually both up around 7:00 am sometimes before and usually within minutes of each other. They like to see Daddy off to work.

Between  7:00 and 8:00 we have breakfast, clean up, brush teeth, get dressed, make beds…basically all the morning things. Then I let them play until about 9:00 am. Sometimes this may involve a cartoon but usually I try to avoid all screens until much later in the day,

9:00

This year I decided to incorporate a “Morning Time” routine – basically all of our morning time activities were done at different times during the day, but I decided to lump them all together in hopes that it would be a gentle way to start our day. So far it’s been a wonderful little rhythm. We use my NIV bible and the Jesus Storybook Bible for bible time. We also love the flash card from Pip and J Papery. Right now we are reading Charlotte’s web and we’ll likely watch the movie as a treat when we are finished.

10:00-10:15

By this time I like to get our actual “school” day started. We usually begin with handwriting. This is something both boys do together. Though my four year old works on a little book I found on Amazon and my second grader uses Abeka’s Handwriting Book.

10:30

By 10:30 I like to begin working on creative writing. We only just started this back in January. My 7 year old doesn’t love writing so we struggle sometimes. I do my best to make it fun and nudge him along when I see he needs help. I don’t follow Abeka strictly with this simply because I want him to be excited and interested in the subject so I’ll stray a bit at times.

11:00

Lunch Time

11:30

Language Arts | Spelling | Reading

We use Abeka for our Language Arts. we go over our lesson, work on our classwork, worksheets, go over spelling words and read several pages/discuss from our Abeka reader. During this time my younger son usually plays nearby, looks at books, sits on my lap, etc… My 7 year old is not super independent [though he is improving] with his work yet. He’s easily distracted so I can’t stray far from him otherwise he won’t get much accomplished or he’ll disappear to play, haha.

Once that’s all complete we play, I clean up from lunch, we go outside, stretch a little to get our wiggles out…basically whatever.

1:00

We go over our Math drills/flash cards. I teach the lesson and he usually can do his math worksheets independently. I check his work and thats the end of our school day.

On Fridays we have all of our “reviews” they are tests, but I call them reviews. We also do our History lessons, Science lessons and have piano practice on Friday.

One Friday a month we try to go to our Library for a homeschool art class and the first Saturday of the month we go to Home Depot for their kids workshop.

I also like to sprinkle in time outside, nature walks, music, and art when I can. We’ll listen to all kinds of music throughout the day and if we need something fun and simple to do we’ll draw or paint.

Right now we don’t do any co-ops though I am thinking of looking into one for next year.

Screen Time Rules 
  • is your room clean?
  • is the house tidy?
  • is all of your school work complete?
  • have you played outside?
  • have you read for at least 20 minutes?
  • have you practiced piano?
  • have you played nicely with your brother?
  • have you had a positive attitude today?

1 hour limit of screen time [unless I’m giving extra for a treat|or I need to do something for a short period of time]

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The interest so many of you have shared with me for quick, simple, and healthy meals has been so exciting. I personally am not a lover of cooking, however as a homemaker, mother, and wife to a husband who has no idea how to boil an egg let alone cook a meal it’s kind of up to me to feed our family, haha. While I may not “love” the act of cooking I am passionate about providing healthy meals for my family and it seems as if so many of you share that same desire. With my husband providing the only income for our family of four, like many of you we also try to follow a budget and save money where we can. I’ve rounded up some tips, ideas, and recipes that I hope you find helpful!

Simple ways to stretch your budget:

Keep things simple. Simple meals using simple whole foods without a bunch of crazy ingredients can not only stretch your budget but they can be healthy and delicious! A meal doesn’t have to be perfect or elaborate to be good.

Eat out less often! On average our family (if we would eat out) would eat out once, maybe twice in a week. Avoiding this saves us anywhere between $30-$50 a week. In one month alone thats $200 added to your budget. Thats crazy-town! Not only can eating at home save you money, if done right it can save you time and more often than not it’s healthier for you + you can totally find your favorite take out or restaurant recipes on Pinterest to try to make at home! The best part is you’re in charge of ingredients and you know what’s in your food!

Buy whole chickens and use all the meat + you can then use the bones to make your own broth to use in other recipes! Save those veggie scraps too, they all add mega flavor to a homemade bone broth. If you’d rather skip making it yourself then try buying your broths from Aldi or Walmart. If, like me, you try to buy organic meats I highly recommend shopping at Aldi. This is where I get all of my organic meat and where I like to get my chicken breasts from. Set aside money in your budget to stock up on meats. I do a meat stock up about once a month. You can either season and cook your meat ahead of time or just separate all the raw meat and freeze. I also usually buy frozen veggies in the winter. Walmart has organic frozen veggies and they are super affordable. It saves time and money. In the summer I tend to buy more fresh vegetable produce from the market. But, it’s really just about preference and what works best for your family, budget and time. When I do buy fresh I like to cook it ahead of time.

One pot meals are your friend! Stews, Soups, Casseroles, Crockpot Meals etc. Adding a whole bunch of different things to one pot makes meals feel hearty and filling…use some toasted bread for dipping and you have a simple and filling meal that will likely last a couple of days.

Plan and Prep ahead of time. I am loving Walmart Grocery pickup for this reason. I can plan what I want to make for that week, or at least have a general idea and then stick to my list. Then I’m not tempted as I wander the store to grab extra things I don’t need.

When prepping, I like to do this on the day I grocery shop. I usually go on Mondays so whatever I can prep ahead I do when I come home. There are certain meals I’ll make ahead of time so that I can just pull them out that week and reheat them. But, another great way to sort of prep ahead is using all of/most of your produce in one shot. For instance, if I buy a big ole’ bag of potatoes chances are if I only use them for one meal that week by the time I get around to using them again they will have gone bad. So when I buy things like fresh veggies I try to use what I have for that week and incorporate them in all of our meals. So lets say I picked up a bunch of potatoes, I’ll make a big batch of stew and maybe slice the rest and sauté them up to eat with chicken for dinner or even eggs one morning. Whatever is cooked and not used right away, I’ll make sure to use another day that week. I also do this with fresh veggies. I’ll load them all up on a giant baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and salt and pepper and bake in the oven. It’s an easy prep and then my veggies are beautifully roasted and ready to heat and eat!

Use your leftovers. Don’t waste.

Breakfast

Breakfast here is simple and we are sort of creatures of habit. My youngest usually eats greek yogurt and granola each morning. My other son and I love toast with peanut butter or some type of nut butter and my husband typically eats frozen waffles that I make ahead and freeze in batches. For a special treat I’ll make Homemade Blueberry Baked Oatmeal. Another easy on the go option is make ahead egg muffins.

Homemade Gluten Free Waffle

Recipe

  • 1 cup gluten free flour – I like Bob’s Red Mill or King Arthur
  • 1/2 tsp aluminum free baking powder
  • 1 tsp raw organic sugar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup almond milk or I like to use organic  1/2 + 1/2
  • 1 large organic egg

Pour your batter into your waffle iron and make like you normally would. You can use this same recipe for pancakes. I use 3/4 milk instead and remove the baking powder.

Homemade Blueberry Baked Oatmeal RecipeI like this one best 

Easy Egg Muffins – Literally its just scrambled eggs and any omelet topping combos you love, baked in the oven in muffin tins. Simple and a great make ahead meal.

Kid Favorite – Peanut Butter Toast with Sliced Banana or Sliced Strawberries

Lunch

Chicken Salad – I’ll use up some of that whole chicken meat to make Chicken Salad – I really like this fun recipe…but If I’m looking for something simple I literally just add mayo, salt, pepper to taste and call it a day..throw in some hardboiled egg and its pure deliciousness!

Soup – leftover from whatever soup I made that week.

I love Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup, Homemade Autumn Vegetable Soup (recipe) and Homemade Broccoli and Cheese Soup.

Broccoli and Cheese Soup Recipe + Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp melted butter + 1 chopped onion – saute
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup gluten free flour
  • 2 cups of 1/2+1/2
  • 2 cups of chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 cup of broccoli florets
  • 1 cup of shredded carrots
  • 8 oz. of extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste + 1/4 tsp nutmeg [optional]

Instructions:

  • Saute your butter and onion and set aside
  • Whisk together your butter and flour in  a large pot on medium heat for about 3-4 minutes be careful not to burn this
  • Slowly whisk in stock and 1/2+1/2 – simmer for about 20 minutes
  • Add broccoli, carrots and onion and simmer for another 25 minutes
  • Add seasonings and cheese until melted
  • For a smoother pour you can puree half and then add it back to your pot.

Kid Favorite – Grilled Cheese with Carrots and Ranch Dressing – consider buying a whole bag of whole carrots, peel and chop…this is so much cheaper than buying baby carrots!

I also love eating any leftover veggies we may have had the night before. Reheat on the stove top with a little butter and salt. The perfect simple and healthy lunch.

Snacks are usually scattered throughout the day and include fresh fruit, veggies, pretzels, rice cakes, nuts, granola bars…

Dinner

I loosely follow recipes…I am sort of a throw it together cooker, haha. So just do what works for you and adjust as you think you need to. I’ll share links to the original recipes below along with the instructions on how I prepare them.

Beef Stew Crockpot Meal

Ingredients: 

  • Boneless Chuck Stew meat, I get mine from Aldi (it comes already cubed up)
  • Potatoes – peeled and cubed
  • Veggies of choice. I like using frozen mixed veggies or whatever I have on hand. peas, carrots, green beans…literally its all good.
  • Vegetable broth, bone broth, beef broth…anything is fine. I use several cups
  • Spices, I like salt pepper and a little rosemary in mine.
  • Garlic cloves I use a few (whatever your preference is)
  • Onions if you prefer…I skip this
  • 2 tablespoons of tomato paste
  • 1-2 ish tbsp of butter
  • optional – a couple tbsp of flour to thicken at the end

I literally throw this all in the crockpot in the morning and let it do it’s thing.

Turkey and Sweet Potato Skillet Meal

Recipe – this is a good starting point recipe 

Ingredients:

  •  2 tbsp EVOO
  •  1 lb ground turkey — (you also can use grass-fed ground beef)
  •  1 tsp garlic clove — minced – garlic powder if you’re in a pinch. 
  •  ½ cup onions — diced
  •  ½ cup yellow or orange pepper — diced
  •  1 ½ cups sweet potato — diced or shredded works too…makes it more of a hash – time saver…Buy frozen sweet potato chunks. 
  •  Salt and pepper
  •  ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  •  Fresh parsley for garnishing
Instructions:
  • In a skillet heat olive oil over medium-high heat.
  • Add ground turkey and garlic. Use a wood spoon breaking up the turkey while it cooks. Stir occasionally and cook for about 5 minutes.
  • Add onions and peppers and cook until onions are soft.
  • Add the sweet potato, salt, and pepper.
  • Cover the skillet and cook until they are tender. Don’t forget to stir occasionally. If necessary, add more olive oil or a little bit of water to cook the sweet potato faster.
  • When the sweet potato is tender, add shredded mozzarella cheese and let it melt

Kid Favorite – Breaded Chicken ( I love this recipe here ) and Parmesan Rice or Noodles with Mixed up Veggies…if my kids are asking for something like Chick-Fil-A I’ll just add a frozen bag of waffle fries to my grocery list that week and use that instead of rice or noodles. It’s not something we eat often, but I think it’s fun for my kiddos to get that little treat from time to time. Believe or not they claim they enjoy this chicken and the frozen fries over Chick-Fil-A – I’ll take it!!

Turkey Sausage with Noodles and Green Beans 

This Homemade Apple Turkey Sausage is delicious!

Turkey Sausage Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. ground dark-meat turkey 
  • ½ cup finely minced apples (any variety will work) 
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. Italian seasoning
  • ½ tsp. paprika
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • 1-2 Tbsp EVOO
Instructions:
  • Combine turkey (or chicken), diced apple, spices, salt, and pepper in a mixing bowl. Mix thoroughly with a large spoon or your hands.
  • Using wet hands, form meat mixture into small patties – recipe says about 12.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. When the skillet is hot, add oil/fat (about ½ Tbsp. per batch of patties, depending on the size of your pan).
  • Add the patties to the pan, being careful not to overcrowd them or it’s difficult to flip them and they won’t brown as well. Cook for about 4-5 minutes per side until browned and no longer pink in the center.
  • Remove patties to a plate lined with a paper towel and repeat with remaining oil and turkey mixture.
  • Store in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days – may be frozen for longer storage.

Meatless Favorite – Broccoli Alfredo 

Alfredo Sauce Ingredients:

  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 cup of stock, chicken or vegetable both work
  • 3 tbsp of flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp of butter
  • 3/4 cup of Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup of milk – I use 1/2+1/2 I’ve also used almond milk
  • for a creamy sauce I like to sneak in a tbsp [ish] of cream cheese

Breakfast for Dinner – Gluten Free Waffles or Pancakes with Eggs and bacon/turkey sausage 

Waffle Recipe shared above

Gluten Free Meatloaf – Mashed Potatoes and Veggie 

I simply follow my normal meatloaf recipe and instead of regular bread crumbs I use gluten free bread crumbs. My local dry goods store also sells chickpea crumbs which I’ve used in exchange for bread crumbs and it turned out perfect. My kids had no idea it was made with chickpeas! I’ve used oatmeal as well.

Homemade Turkey/Beef Barbecue is another favorite. I usually pair it with some homemade mac n’ cheese!

Barbecue Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground beef/ground turkey
  • About 1 tbsp butter or olive oil
  • Onion salt to taste
  • Minced garlic or garlic powder to taste. This is purely preference. Generally I’d say I use about 2 cloves though
  • 1/2 cup of tomato paste – you can use ketchup if you prefer
  • 1 tsp of yellow mustard
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar or honey
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • A dash or so of chili powder – or you can use 1 tbsp of chili sauce
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • Water to thin it down [you only need to do this if you use the tomato paste]

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The Homemaking momma by The Homemaking Momma - 4M ago

What’s sweeter than crawling into a cozy bed at night? If you’re a lover of sleep like me, than you’ll agree not much is sweeter than that. Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite tips to keep your bed linens and mattress fresh and clean.

Linen Spray

2 oz bottle

1 oz distilled water | 1 oz vinegar | 15 drops of lavender or any combination of oils that you prefer.

Spray on linens before hopping into bed at night. The lavender essential oil is calming and is wonderful way to relax right before bed.

Mattress Cleaner

I like to mix baking soda with some lavender essential oil and sprinkle on top of our mattresses. Let the baking soda set there for a bit and vacuum it up. It’s the perfect way to freshen up your mattress.

I like to do this every couple of months to keep my mattress fresh and clean.

Washing Linens

I love washing my linens with my Norwex powder laundry detergent. I love that its fragrance free and safe for the whole family. Several years ago I stopped using fabric softener and dryer sheets. I made a simple switch to wool dryer balls and essential oils so I’m still able to enjoy sweet smelling laundry. Another trick I learned several years ago from a sweet mennonite woman is to keep my whites whiter is hanging my whites outside in the sunshine. The sun naturally whitens everything. You can also try laying the linens on a white bed sheet if you don’t have a line. I also have done this with old baby clothes to help get those stubborn spit up stains out, worked like a charm.

Homemade Oxi-Clean

When it’s winter time and you can’t get those white linens outside try this homemade Oxi-Clean to keep your linens crisp and clean.

1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide | 1/2 cup baking soda | 1 cup of water – soak laundry for about 20 minutes then launder as normal

This is a great recipe as well using peroxide and washing soda.

I hope these tips are helpful, friends!

Blessings,

Bree

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