My dear Granny, God rest her soul, used to cook with cast iron ALL. THE. TIME.' My Granny was originally from the deep south, Mississippi to be exact, before moving north. When I was younger, she would tell me stories that began with, "Girl, way down in the country. . . " Any time I see a cast iron skillet, I think of her, corn bread, Sunday dinners, the way she sang, how she walked, what her hands were like, her facial expression when she'd look up from reading her Bible or the newspaper (smile!). . .a cast iron skillet just brings back all these memories for me.

Well, fast forward some years, and I'm in my mother-in-law's kitchen, new to the family, helping out with dinner. There my mother-in-law is at her stove, frying chicken drumettes (VERY good I might add!), with a fork and a cast iron skillet. I was flooded with memories all over again.

Last Thanksgiving, my mother-in-law, sister-in-law and I were talking about various cookware, and looking through those wild Black Friday ads. I was telling them about my Granny's cast iron, the good food she cooked, and how it always reminded me of her. I said I would love to have a few pieces from my Granny's set from back home (she had cast iron cookware in all shapes and sizes), but the shipping cost alone for something like that would be outrageous.

Fast forward a few months. . .it's my birthday. My mother-in-law ordered a few pieces of cast iron cookware as a gift for me. I was completely surprised but even more, I was touched that she even remembered that from our conversation. SO SWEET and so unexpected! So, I got on the phone with my dad (who is "Mr. Everything-I-cook-could-be-on-Food-Network!") to double check what I could cook in it, what I couldn't, how to clean it and care for it. . . and after all, I knew he would know because my Granny was his mother.

So, I tried just a few things so far. . .nothing spectacular. But I'm so thrilled just to know it's in my kitchen! Who would think that a cast iron skillet could make a woman so happy?

Baked chicken on top of
carrotts, celery, and green pepers
in the Dutch oven

And the beloved skillet,
full of biscuits!



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Cast Iron Memories

by on Sunday, April 22, 2012
My dear Granny, God rest her soul, used to cook with cast iron ALL. THE. TIME.' My Granny was originally from the deep south, Mississipp...





In my life this week…
I'm still feeling full from remembering the life, death, and resurrection of my Lord, Jesus. . .so thankful for His sacrifice and His love for me.
Also started a new routine with the baby and he seems to be adjusting . . . but adjustments wouldn't be such if there weren't a few quirks here or there!

In our homeschool this week…
We've been working steadily. The kids are working hard and I'm happy about that. We have been doing a 10-week character study found HERE, that has been great for our morning Bible work. The kids always try to guess which character trait it will be for the week.
We also did some Easter art/painting. I know it's a week late, but why not--it's still relevant!

Click HERE for full instructions.
I found this on Pinterest!


Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…
DON'T COMPARE!!! Your homeschool will look drastically different on any given day from any other homeschool. Why? Because our families are different, we are different women, we're married to different husbands. That makes for our own, individual family way of life, which in turn, effects our style of homeschooling. I know this is nothing new, and we've all heard it before, but I think we can't repeat it enough. :)

I am inspired by…
Nap time! LOL

People we’re seeing…
A good friend of mine, along with her son and daughter, came over for lunch this week! It's always nice to have another family over and give my kiddos (and me!) some practice with hospitality.

Questions/thoughts I have
What curriculum will I choose next year? I've never been to a homeschool fair, and I'm interested in the "experience." BUT, I'm not so sure it'll be a good idea. . .I don't want to get caught in the "this-is-THE-BEST-curriculum" trap. We're deciding to school year round, but with an abbreviated schedule in the summer. . .

Things I’m working on…
Housework. . .it's never ending! :) 

I’m reading…
So far, so good. I'm only 1 chapter in. But to be honest, it was the title that drew me.

I’m cooking…
I have some bananas that REALLY want to become banana bread. I posted a recipe for it a while back.

I’m grateful for…
My husband, my children, my parents, my brother, God's grace.


I’m praying for…
The strength and wisdom I need to continue teaching and raising my children. I want to be led by the Holy Spirit and I want to do right by them.


A photo, video, link, or quote to share…
My sweet children on Palm Sunday,
which was also the same day we
(publicly) dedicated the baby (JD) to the Lord

A Week in the Life

by on Friday, April 13, 2012
In my life this week… I'm still feeling full from remembering the life, death, and resurrection of my Lord, Jesus. . .so than...

He is Lord, He is Lord!
He is risen from the dead and He is Lord!
Every knee shall bow; every tongue confess,
That Jesus Christ is Lord!!!!!!

He is Lord . . .

by on Tuesday, April 10, 2012
He is Lord, He is Lord! He is risen from the dead and He is Lord! Every knee shall bow; every tongue confess, That Jesus Christ is...
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Holy Week.

We had a lovely celebration on Sunday, Palm Sunday. . .Hosanna!!!
Save, Lord Jesus, save!

Each day, we read and recounted Jesus' last week before the Crucifixion. . . remembering the One, the only One worthy. . .the Lamb.

The closer we get to Friday, the more anxious I become. My Granny would say, "Chile, your spirit is troubled!"
Why this troubling, moving me to tears, my children's faces perplexed as we read?

It is over the Broken Body, the Precious Blood shed. He did it for me, the one who is filthy, dirty, unholy. It is as though my soul aches as I try to comprehend the Love He has for me. . .there is no greater Love.

I try to wrap my mind around His agony, being separated from the Father, taking upon Himself all the evil, sinful things of this world, feeling each and every blow, every ounce of pain and humiliation. . .I try and I can't fully comprehend.

But what I do grasp brings me to tears. . .and I am conflicted.
I'm angry at Judas. . .how dare you betray my Lord? But am I also thankful for Judas because then the Scripture was fufilled.
I'm sorrowful for the beatings and the wounds and the pain. But I'm so thankful for the healing, for by His stripes we are healed.
My heart aches for Him, thinking about the awful suffering and death, but I'm glad? Because, as my daughter pointed out, "Mommy, I'm thankful that Jesus stayed on the cross and He didn't come down!" I'm glad that He stayed, He stayed right there, because I need a Saviour.

But, oh! When He declared His work was done, when He gave up His last breath, when the temple veil was torn in two pieces from top to bottom, therein lies my Hope! He is the Way to the Father, He has granted me access, forgiveness, eternal life, and my soul just about bursts open. . .

. . .thanking Him for what He's done, thanking Him that He saw it through to completion, thanking Him that He was the pefect Sacrifice, thanking Him for saving my soul, thanking Him that He rose. . .

But I can't forget what He went through to get me where I am--healed, forgiven, sealed.
Good Friday troubling.




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Good Friday Troubling

by on Friday, April 06, 2012
photo credit Holy Week. We had a lovely celebration on Sunday, Palm Sunday. . .Hosanna!!! Save, Lord Jesus, save! Each day, we r...
how to make homemade baby wipes
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Yes, my friends. . .homemade baby wipes. I got such a kick making these because it is so simple! Had I known this 3 children ago, I would have purchased wipes for going out only!! And even as I just typed that last sentence, I think I could make the homemade wipes for on-the-go, too--I think i could make it work!

Anyway, I found the original recipe HERE through Pinterest. I found that the original recipe was a bit too moist for me, so I just cut in half. Here is what I used:

1 Tablespoon Baby Wash Natural Baby Shampoo
1 Tablespoon Baby Oil w/ Aloe & Vitamin E
1 Drops Vinegar
1 Cup Water
Roll of Quality Paper Towels
Air-tight Container (to store the wipes)

1. Cut roll of paper towel in half. (You may have to enlist your husband for this step--I know I did!)
2. Mix all ingredients together.
3. Pour 1/4 of the liquid into the bottom of your container, then put the cut side of the paper towel roll into the container.
4. Pour the remaining solution over top of the paper towel roll, going around in a circular motion, so the liquid is evenly distributed.
5. Let stand for ten minutes and then remove the cardboard center.
6. Start using your homemade baby wipes by pulling from the center!
 
I've been using these for 2 months now and saving money! They're great for uses other than for baby--think grimy fingers, messy faces, small spills, etc.
 
Enjoy!

Homemade Baby Wipes

by on Wednesday, April 04, 2012
Photo Credit Yes, my friends. . .homemade baby wipes. I got such a kick making these because it is so simple! Had I known this 3 childr...
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