Carpet Rakes and Other Homemaking Tips

I love things that make housekeeping easier and prolong the life of my stuff. These are some my favorite household tips and tricks, gathered over the years from a variety of sources. Carpet Rake When my split shag carpet was installed I asked the installers how best care for it. I was advised to buy an outdoor leaf rake for inside and rake the carpet weekly so the nap would remain fluffy. That is something I never in a million {Read More}

About Tracey Cagle

My God brought me out of a pit of my own creation and blessed me beyond my wildest dreams. I am a second wife to my high school sweetheart and mother of four. I work part-time for a market research company and full-time as chauffeur, chef, and cheerleader to the children. I am active in my church home, where I teach a women's Sunday school class and facilitate bible studies. I enjoy volunteering. I write children's stories and have been rejected by some of the most renowned publishing companies in America. My daughter tells me Dr. Seuss was rejected on 17 submissions so I still have a way to go.

Page’s Salsa

Do you have more tomatoes than you know what do with these days? Homemade salsa is fabulous! Give this one a try. 6 to 8 medium tomatoes 1 small onion Teaspoon of minced garlic 3-4 small jalapeno peppers 1/2 small bunch of cilantro 1 can of diced Rotel (store brand is fine) 1/2 small can of tomato paste 1 to 2 tablespoons salt and 1 tablespoon sugar Chop vegetables finely and stir in remaining ingredients. Let sit an least an {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.

Sherbet in Lemon Shells

  Here’s an easy, refreshing summer treat–sherbet with a lovely, lemon twist. Sherbet in Lemon Shells Purchase one lemon per person. 1. Cut off the top of each lemon about one-fourth of the way down. 2. Cut a thin slice from the bottom of each lemon, so it’s flat and will stand up. 3. Scoop out the lemon pulp and juice, and save it for lemonade or iced tea. 4. Freeze the lemon shells for two hours. 5. Fill the {Read More}

About Lydia Harris

Lydia E. Harris is happily married to Milt, her sweetheart for 48 years. She has two married children, five grandkids, and is the author of a Bible study, "Preparing My Heart for Grandparenting" (AMG Publishers, 2010 release). She's also a tea enthusiast and writes the column "A Cup of Tea with Lydia."

Hope Chests for a New Generation

  My Grandma’s cedar chest sat underneath her bedroom window. On hot summer days I would sit on top to catch a cool breeze while reading a Nancy Drew book. The contents were a mystery my inquiring mind always wanted to solve. On occasion Grandma would unlock the chest and share with me beautiful pillowcases she cross-stitched, simple tablecloths, and even baby booties from a child lost. Grandma called it a cedar chest, some say hope chest. Young women in {Read More}

About Kellie Renfroe

Kellie and her husband Greg have been married 27 years and have four children ranging in age from 12 to 22. She co-founded Mentoring Moments for Christian Women in 2005. Kellie is a homeschooling mom who enjoys reading and studying the Bible, writing, photography, and learning how to cook.

Christmas In July Cookies

What a great start to our Christmas in July series with Cheryl’s Creative Slow-Cooker cookbook giveaway. If you didn’t get a chance to enter but would like some super-simple recipes, check out the blog post where you’ll find in the comment section: Darlene’s pot roast recipe, Kelly’s chicken and Rotel crockpot favorite, Kimberlee’s chicken and salsa, Beth’s shredded pork tacos, Carol’s sweet chicken, and Kym’s round steak. In addition, there are some great crockpot tips and techniques shared by more {Read More}

About Kellie Renfroe

Kellie and her husband Greg have been married 27 years and have four children ranging in age from 12 to 22. She co-founded Mentoring Moments for Christian Women in 2005. Kellie is a homeschooling mom who enjoys reading and studying the Bible, writing, photography, and learning how to cook.

Chicken Tamale Casserole

Almost rivaling my love of chocolate is my love for tamales. Yes, tamales. Homemade-from-scratch tamales take a considerable amount of time to make and who has hours to spend on tamales these days? Finding this recipe at My Recipes  I was happy to learn it originally appeared in Cooking Light magazine although I tweaked it in not-so-light cooking ways. Three out of four kiddos liked chicken tamale casserole making it a keeper. Serving eight, it was plenty for my family {Read More}

About Kellie Renfroe

Kellie and her husband Greg have been married 27 years and have four children ranging in age from 12 to 22. She co-founded Mentoring Moments for Christian Women in 2005. Kellie is a homeschooling mom who enjoys reading and studying the Bible, writing, photography, and learning how to cook.

Making Clean-Up Fun for Little Ones

No kid wants to stop their fun to clean up! So don’t let them stop. Make the clean up part of the fun! Here are some ideas. *Have them pick up all the red toys, then the green toys, then the square toys, then the round toys. Give a little treat after each assignment. *Don’t let them wear everyday clothes for cleaning up – that’s boring! Instead call out a Firefighter or a Princess or a Doctor or a Baker {Read More}

About Carla Anne Coroy

Carla Anne Coroy is a gifted storyteller and teacher with a contagious enthusiasm for life. Even the mucky parts. Her humorous and down-to-earth style quickly engages her audiences as she ignites God's hope in everyday situations. She speaks and conducts seminars on a variety of topics including parenting, marriage, organization, and biblical finances. Watch for her upcoming book for married moms who solo parent or check out her blog. Carla Anne is blessed to be homeschooling her kids. She and her husband of 15 years live in a quiet, rural neighborhood of Manitoba disturbed primarily by their four children, yappy poodle, and operatic budgie.

Heather’s Chicken Noodle Soup

Cold and flu season is here again and  for some reason nothing seems to taste as good as homemade or at least semi-homemade chicken noodle soup.  This is the one I make when the sniffles start in our house, I got it from a friend when we lived in Hartselle, Alabama several years ago. Here’s a little secret, it’s so good  I sometimes make it even when we’re not sick. Chicken Noodle Soup 1 pound cooked chicken, shredded 8 cups {Read More}

About Tracey Cagle

My God brought me out of a pit of my own creation and blessed me beyond my wildest dreams. I am a second wife to my high school sweetheart and mother of four. I work part-time for a market research company and full-time as chauffeur, chef, and cheerleader to the children. I am active in my church home, where I teach a women's Sunday school class and facilitate bible studies. I enjoy volunteering. I write children's stories and have been rejected by some of the most renowned publishing companies in America. My daughter tells me Dr. Seuss was rejected on 17 submissions so I still have a way to go.

Affair Proof Your Marriage

1 Corinthians 7:1-5 This week I had someone contact me and ask me to pray for a lady with two children whose husband deceived her and left her.  He told the family that they were moving for his job. They sold their home, packed all of their belongings, moved in with her parents until their new home was ready.  He left and called a few days later to tell her he was not coming back. My heart fell when I {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.

Valentine’s Game: Getting to Know You

Every month we meet with five other couples for supper in one another’s homes.  This Supper Club has been meeting together for years, and we know one another quite well.  Or do we? My husband and I host the Supper Club every year in February, and we enjoy preparing a Valentine’s quiz for our friends each year.  The laughter—and even tears—around the table have drawn us closer as friends. Husband and wife each answer the questions on their own, and then {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).