Monthly Archives: April 2012

Wow, I can’t believe how quickly the week has gone by!  The school year is quickly coming to a close, and that means a lot of testing…and that means it’s been crazy busy at work!!  The next few weeks will likely be filled with extra “hours” at work (in quotes cause it’ll be volunteer hours) getting all the testing and scoring done!  I’m hoping it won’t affect my productivity at home though, because I’m feeling so antsy and excited to […]

5 Things 4/29

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From Bricks of Life: For all the negative things we have to say to ourselves, God has positive answers. You say: “It’s impossible.” God says: All things are possible. (Luke 18:27) You say: “I’m too tired.” God says: I will give you rest. (Matt 11:28-30) You say: “Nobody really loves me.” God says: I love you. (John 3:16 & 13:34) You say: “I can’t go on.” God says: My grace is sufficient. (II Cor 12:9 & Psalm 91:15) You say: […]

Thoughtful Thursday – God’s Positive Answers

Homemade Beef Jerky - Gluten Free 12 comments
So, as part of my self-reliant journey, I’m making an effort to learn how to do new things.  Last month I learned to make my own chap stick, and it was a huge success!!  For April, I decided to try to make homemade beef jerky with ground beef.  And all I got to say about that is: WHY?  Why did I not try this sooner?  It was SO easy, and so good!   I used the recipe from HERE, and […]

Make Your Own Homemade Beef Jerky

Man, I’m getting too excited for gardening!  Although I didn’t plant my peas as early as I would have liked, I’m still thrilled to see some of those babies popping up.   My spinach is coming in as well, and I have to admit, I didn’t realize what it was at first.  It’s hard to believe that it’ll actually be big enough to eat eventually!   My camera isn’t great at close up shots, but man, I had fun anyway. […]

Baby Garden Plants

Yikes…it’s one of those days that I don’t want to post the 5 Things, because I didn’t get a thing on my list done.  I blame it on the rain…cause I’m Milli Vanilli like that:   Finish making menu plans for April. – NO Rearrange food storage room– NO, but I started Go over the new budget– YES Walk to work every day. – NO…and this one I really am blaming on the rain. Plant another batch of spinach and […]

5 Things 4/22

So, y’all have heard me complain about mention the financial changes my family will be soon experiencing.  Part of the plan to adjust is to start eating more beans!!  Lucky for me, I really like beans.  My family doesn’t all agree, so I decided to go on a hunt for some new recipes for beans, specifically black beans, since they’re my favorite kind.  I found a bunch of recipes online.  Some I’ve tried, some I haven’t, but I am intrigued […]

Delectable Dozen – Black Beans

Here are a few more quotes about service…although they’re a little more “lighthearted”:   “Service is like wetting your pants; everyone can see what you’ve done, but only you can feel the warmth.” (photo) Top Ten Failed Slogans for our Volunteer Program You said that when the going gets tough, the tough get going. Well, it’s starting to get tough, so we’re going. Volunteers are good……for nothing! (& AmeriCorps Volunteers are good for practically nothing!) Community service….. It’s not just […]

Thoughtful Thursday – More Service

So, how did everyone’s week go?  Mine didn’t go as planned…maybe THAT’s why I had stopped doing 5 Things!  I still think I was a little more productive than I would have been had I not posted the list, however.  My daughter started the week with a weird virus and had to miss the first 2 days of school for the week, and then on Wednesday I got myself the flu.  Ah, well…sick season is almost over!   Here’s how […]

5 Things 4/15