Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

Are you looking for some quick, easy, and inexpensive gift ideas for your neighbors, Sunday School teachers, or guests during the holidays? Here is the first of two I will be sharing this week. Both are never-fail suggestions that will leave the recipients of the gifts delighted that you thought of them! This recipe came out of my hometown recipe book, The Pickens Cookbook. I can remember my mom making this recipe in bulk and giving it to all the {Read More}

About Emily Beth Davidson

Emily Davidson is a country girl from Mississippi in the big city of Fort Worth, Texas and loving life! Married in August 2014 to the man God hand-picked for her, she spends her days working in a corporate office, trying out new Paleo recipes, decorating and rearranging her 650 square foot apartment, Instagramming and completing her seminary degree at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. She and her Texan-husband spend Friday nights watching Redbox movies and Saturday’s antiquing. Follow her on Instagram @mrs.emilydavidson.

Better Breakfasts: Kefir

  Our family recently discovered Kefir in our search for better breakfasts.  My husband and I used to drink it when we lived in Eastern Europe, so I recognized the taste even though I didn’t recognize the name. Kefir is known to be one of the top 10 superfoods.  It is a natural, highly effective probiotic.  Traditional Kefir contains more probiotic “friendly bacteria” than yogurt, and its bacteria are able to colonize in the gut, making it far superior to {Read More}

About Molly Evert

Writer Molly Evert is a wife and homeschooling mom to 6 kids, who range in age from 2 to 18. She runs an educational website, My Audio School (http://www.myaudioschool.com), providing access to the best in children's audio literature. She also blogs at CounterCultural Mom (http://www.counterculturalmom.com) and CounterCultural School (http://www.counterculturalschool.com).

Christmas Punch

I found this yummy recipe online and adapted it to fit our taste and color preference.  It is pretty, simple, and refreshing, and everyone requests the recipe.  Variations on the theme allow you to change the color and flavor, too! Ingredients for Red Holiday Punch: 2 (46 fluid ounce) bottles cranberry-raspberry juice 1 (32 fluid ounce) bottle strawberry daiquiri mix 1 to 2 liters ginger ale (according to taste) 1 to 2 liters raspberry soda (according to taste) Directions: In {Read More}

About Molly Evert

Writer Molly Evert is a wife and homeschooling mom to 6 kids, who range in age from 2 to 18. She runs an educational website, My Audio School (http://www.myaudioschool.com), providing access to the best in children's audio literature. She also blogs at CounterCultural Mom (http://www.counterculturalmom.com) and CounterCultural School (http://www.counterculturalschool.com).

Cheryl’s Thanksgiving Apple Cider

Treat your Thanksgiving guests to a warm welcome with this festive cider. This healthy cider is different and refreshing with real dissolved apple pieces. It’s also a warm and easy way to welcome your guests as they arrive to Thanksgiving dinner. Cheryl’s Thanksgiving Apple Cider Ingredients: 1 gallon pure apple juice or cider 1 cinnamon stick 2 large apples, washed and cored (not peeled) 2 individual herbal apple tea bags. Preparation: Add all ingredients to crockpot and stir. Cover and {Read More}

About Cheryl Moeller

Cheryl Moeller has been married to her best friend Bob for 30 years. They are the parents of six children, one son-in-law, and three lively dogs. She uses her over-the-counter-top stand up comedy at women's groups and retreats, prays like it's her full-time job, writes a syndicated humor column, blogs about life with lots of kids at www.momlaughs.blogspot.com, and authors books such as Keep Courting: 100 Ways to Keep Courting After Marriage (purchase on their website) and Marriage Miracle (Harvest House 2010). Bob and Cheryl's passion is to connect two hearts for a lifetime. They have co-founded For Better For Worse For Keeps Ministries www.bobandcherylmoeller.com.

Wassail

1 quart of strong tea (can use 2 if you have large pot) 3 sticks of cinnamon 1 can of orange juice (46 oz) 1 1/2 cups of sugar 1 can of grapefruit juice (46 oz) 1 can of pineapple juice (46 oz) 1/2 cup of grape juice 1/2 cup of lemon juice 12 cloves Add water to taste, simmer until warm but be sure you do not let it boil. Serve or let cool and reheat in microwave in {Read More}

About Beckie Stewart

Beckie Stewart has been married to her college sweetheart for almost 25 years. They have five children, the youngest adopted from Kazakhstan. She loves Jesus and discipling others to love Him too. She enjoys writing, reading, scrapbooking, and watching the Lord work in prayer. Her writings can also be read on Exploring Adoption, Mommies Magazine, and Ministry-to-Children.

Hot Chocolate and Toast

My husband grew up eating warm, buttered toast dipped in steaming mugs of hot chocolate. When I first heard about this tradition, I thought it sounded kind of strange. But I was hooked after just one bite. The crisp toast soaks up the hot chocolate and becomes something so much more than the sum of its parts. This is our family’s favorite treat after a day in the snow or a brisk night of Christmas caroling. Toast thick slabs of {Read More}

About Molly Evert

Writer Molly Evert is a wife and homeschooling mom to 6 kids, who range in age from 2 to 18. She runs an educational website, My Audio School (http://www.myaudioschool.com), providing access to the best in children's audio literature. She also blogs at CounterCultural Mom (http://www.counterculturalmom.com) and CounterCultural School (http://www.counterculturalschool.com).

Preacher’s Wife Punch

*6 pks raspberry Kool-Aid 6 cups sugar 6 cups water 4 cups tea 1 large can pineapple juice 1 large can orange juice 2 gallons water Cook first three ingredients five minutes or until sugar dissolves. Add remaining ingredients. Freeze. To serve punch take out of the freezer 5 hours before you serve. It should be served at slush-like consistency. *If you prefer a red punch for the holidays, substitute a different flavor Kool-Aid for the Blue Raspberry. About Page {Read More}

About Page Hughes

Page Hughes is a Jesus loving party girl who is always ready to have fun! She has been married to Dr. Les Hughes for over 30 years and they reside in Alabaster, Alabama. Les and Page have been blessed with 4 amazing children and 4 fabulous grand children who are the source of many great illustrations. Page loves people well through ministering to their hurts, cooking delicious meals, and partying with the purpose of leading others to a deeper relationship with Jesus. Page’s goal in life is to go to heaven when she dies and take as many people as she can with her.

Palmer Family Lemon Tean

Loi Palmer, July 2005 MMCW 5 family-size tea bags, 1 quart water, 2 cups sugar, 5 large lemons. Pour water and sugar into medium sauce pan. Heat until boiling. Remove from heat and add tea bags. Cover and let tea steep for 15 minutes. Gently squeeze tea bags into tea to remove excess water and concentrated tea. Discard tea bags. Pour tea into a gallon size container. Squeeze lemons and add the juice to the tea along with enough cool {Read More}

About Loi Palmer

Loi and her husband Chuck have been married 22 years and have a revolving back door with three teens. She has a successful direct sales business, and is involved in a thriving mentoring ministry to women--Mom to Mom. Loi's passion is cheering on young moms in their vital role as godly wives and moms.

Easy Southern Sweet Tea

Bring 3 cups of water to boil. Add 4 family-size tea bags (my choice is Tetley tea). Boil water and tea bags for three minutes. Turn off the heat. Remove and discard the tea bags. Immediately add 1 1/2 cups sugar to the hot tea; stir until sugar is dissolved. Pour the tea into a gallon-sized container and add enough cool water to fill up the container. Hints: For a clear honey colored tea, remove the tea bags while the {Read More}

About Loi Palmer

Loi and her husband Chuck have been married 22 years and have a revolving back door with three teens. She has a successful direct sales business, and is involved in a thriving mentoring ministry to women--Mom to Mom. Loi's passion is cheering on young moms in their vital role as godly wives and moms.

Crock-pot Wassail

1 (46 oz) can pineapple juice, 1 (24 oz) bottle apple cider, 1 (6 oz) can frozen orange juice concentrate, 1 (12 oz) can frozen lemonade concentrate, 1 cup water, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 2 cinnamon sticks, 4 whole cloves, 1 cheesecloth bag. Tie cinnamon and cloves in cheesecloth bag. (If you don’t have a cheesecloth bag you can improvise with a coffee filter tied with a twisty tie.) Add spices in cheesecloth to crock pot along with other ingredients. {Read More}

About Loi Palmer

Loi and her husband Chuck have been married 22 years and have a revolving back door with three teens. She has a successful direct sales business, and is involved in a thriving mentoring ministry to women--Mom to Mom. Loi's passion is cheering on young moms in their vital role as godly wives and moms.