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Moving Day

Things have been a little crazy here on the homestead.  With the recent passing of my dad, I wasn't sure how we were supposed to get everything accomplished in time--find and move a trailer, get it ready, move us, remodel our "town" house into a rental, have a baby....the to-do list was getting huge and being dominated by something entirely out of our control--finding a trailer.  It was getting to be a bit much--and we were running out of time. My pregnancy timer was starting to scream at me.  I really only have about 2 more months before I need to quit doing crazy things like remodel houses and move and unpack before I run a real risk of throwing myself into pre-term labor.  I decided to actually pound the pavement and actually drive through some mobile home parks near our "landing location."  And I stumbled upon a mobile home.

Like I said in a previous, it seemed like a perfect option for us. And our moving day couldn't have been better.  It was cold enou…

The Trailer Saga Begins!

We have been very passionate about getting debt-free and living frugally--and living out in the country.  It has ALWAYS been on our radar for years, but never thought that we'd be ready to make the jump for several more years. After some inspiration from our wonderful friends Kristin and Daniel (who are running an organic farm and spending their time, energy, and money managing and growing the business--very inspiring and encouraging to see it done, let me tell ya!), Dan and I have been seriously considering simplifying to a trailer, getting out of debt, and hunting for our forever property (then building our forever home SANS mortgage!).

"The rich rule over the poor and the borrower is slave to the lender." Proverbs 22:7 I don't know about you, but this family doesn't want to be a slave to anyone!  A few weeks ago, I blogged more in depth about our reasons for the move to the trailer (click here if you missed it).  Let me tell ya, it's gotten some high praise-…

Meal Planning: Weeks #3 & 4

Howdy all, just getting back into the saddle this week and finding our new normal.  There's really nothing to post as far as meals go from this last week.  It was a whirl-wind and very unexpected week for us with the sudden passing of my father.   We appreciate the care, condolences, flowers, cards, and meals that were showered upon our family.  Things will be a little subdued around the blog for a bit, but I know how much I truly enjoy this and need it for some me-time--plus Dad liked reading my posts.



For now, here's our meal plan for the week (trying to get these up a day before the week starts for y'all).
General Overview
Breakfast:  In this transition time for us, I've chosen to go the easy route of cereal and bagels along with our stand-by scrambled eggs.  Shredded stuff is usually making it to breakfast for us as well.  Grace in my kitchen.  Some really awesomely healthy soaked oatmeal porridge is coming our way come February--baby steps getting back into the sadd…

Sloppy Lentils

Dan was a little hesitant of this recipe when he saw me making it--and I did cheat some from the original to add back in some meat.  If you want to see the original post that got it all started (and go for a truly meat-free meal), see Sloppy Lentils from Passionate Homemaking.


I actually have made a decent number of changes, so here's my version!

Sloppy Lentils
2 c. dry lentilsWaterA splash of apple cider vinegar3 Tbsp butter1 lb. ground beef1 c. onion, chopped (1 small)1 Tbsp minced garlic1 large can (approx. 30oz.) diced or crushed tomatoes (I like the smoother results with crushed)12 oz tomato paste (This is typically two teen cans or one small can--close enough is ok, I hate having leftover tomato paste!)1 tsp. mustard powder1 Tbsp. chili powder3-5 Tbsp of molasses (to taste). Maple syrup would also work well here.1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegarSalt and pepper to tasteHamburger buns, or a hearty loaf of bread (will make closer to 12 hamburger bun sandwiches).  We've served them …

Meal Planning: Week #2 (and a "recipe")

Here's to week #2.  This will be a shorter week for us as we're planning on spending extra time with family and I'll be away from my kitchen.  Eat up your leftovers and try some of those recipes you keep pinning...(you know which ones I mean!)

**Breakfasts: Still eating up those bagels and English muffins or toast and eggs over easy.
**Lunches: Leftovers, like usual.
Sunday Dinner: Teriyaki Chicken (my pin, notes, and link to the recipe) with Sesame Noodles and Asian Roasted Cabbage (Roasted Cabbage Recipes coming soon).  I saved chicken from my Roasted Chicken from last week.  The rest of that carcass was made into stock.  Triple the meals (or more!) from one chicken.  Monday Dinner: Roasted Potato and Garlic Soup (new recipe for us and a good way to use up extra onions, carrots, and baked potatoes from last week)Tuesday Dinner: Leftovers To compensate for such a short meal plan, here's a "recipe."  It's so short that I'm not even sure it would qualif…

5 Reasons to Live in a Mobile Home (and no, I'm not crazy)

For the happy heart, life is a continual feast.   Better to have little, with fear for the Lord, than great wealth with turmoil.
-- Proverbs 15:15b-16 --
If 2014 is all about changes, we're getting ready to make some of the biggest ones this year.  These changes will solidly launch us towards the type of life we value and help us instill character traits we honor in our children.  It will also allow us to be an example to our kids of the sacrifices that we expect of them, particularly as young people, to live Biblical lives.

Significant debt is not one of the things we value, nor do we value a consumerist, impatient, imprudent, entitlement, poor stewardship, have-it-all-right-now mentality.

We've done a lot of thought, praying, and planning and feel like what we need as a family is to drastically simplify and downsize our life.  It's becoming more and more apparent after Little Man that the most important things in life, and the most important things to give the L.M. really…

Meal Planning: Week # 1

I guess this should be part of the goals--better meal planning.  It is something that I've been better at the past 6 months or so,  Just trying to refine it some, and working out a bit of a system that works for US! (future post on that is coming!)


Please note, the Biggest Man made a trip to the bread store.  I'm not a mega fan of the processed foods and breakfasts that that creates, but I know they enjoy it and I'm ok to use that for no-thought breakfasts for a week or two.  Getting back on track one step at a time...progress towards goals, y'all.  Giving myself some grace.

**Breakfast:  These will be eggs and/or bagels and English muffins for the week.
**Lunches: I've almost never cooked lunches ever throughout our marriage--we always eat up leftovers!
Sunday Dinner: Leftovers from last week (Dan made homemade pizza!)Monday Dinner: Waffles with our family favorite "shredded stuff" of carrots and apples--I get to try out this new purchase!Tuesday Dinner: …

Ten Goals for the New Year

Kicking off this new year, it's appropriate to take life stock and make some goals for the year.  Time to get back into the blogging saddle and chronicle our homesteading steps!  New Year's Resolutions get a bad rap become no one can stick with large life changes.  I like goals better. I have success with them already and they're something to work toward, not a lifestyle change per se to get discouraged over.  I can always look back and see how much progress I made towards a goal, and not get discouraged that I didn't meet a resolution.  Success on a scale, not a binary system.

1. Expand the family

We have a new bambino coming this spring.  I need to learn how to balance those new challenges, parent the Little Man through becoming a Big Brother and making sure that I stay focused, balanced, and healthy with these new changes.

Becoming debt free--or at least be more on the road

A large goal, given my master's degree and undergrad and our budding rental investments, bu…

The Start of 2014

I guess it's time to consider this a relaunch.  The past year has been a challenging and also rewarding year.  It seems for most, 2013 was not a year of ho-hum.  Either your year seemed to suck or it was pretty awesome.  I feel like it was half of both.  Like other times in my life, I try to enjoy each season, not wish it away, and be gratefully expectant of the next coming.



I've learned over the past year how to be a mom--sorta.  Obviously, that will be a life-long learning process, and on the days when the Little Man runs up and says "Mom!" just to give me a hug and snuggle and kiss, that makes my day and my year.  Watching him grow up has been one of the biggest blessings and joys of my life.

I've learned how to chill out--again, sorta.  I'm not a chill person.  But this past year has shown me the absolute importance of taking care of myself some.  Doing things that I find soul-feeding and nourishing and recognizing how important they are has taken me a l…