Thursday, April 19, 2018

How to Make Monkey Bread {Just 5 Ingredients!}




I have five sons.

And I have found that when sons want something sweet they will take to baking something themselves if they can't find anything around the house to eat to satisfy their sweet tooth.

I definitely keep lots of fruits and vegetables around the house, but somehow this doesn't seem to sway them (even though they still eat plenty of those too).

One of the favorites that my 13 year old son, Joshua, likes to bake is monkey bread.

It is so easy and simple and only 5 ingredients!




So we thought we would share it with you--it is an easy recipe for days when you just want to indulge a little!


INGREDIENTS:

3 cans of buttermilk biscuits
1 cup of sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon

Topping:
1 cup brown sugar
1 stick butter



DIRECTIONS:

1. Cut each biscuit in quarters.

2. Shake biscuits in bag with sugar and cinnamon.

3. Layer biscuits in a greased bundt pan or  9x 13 casserole dish.

In a small pan melt brown sugar and butter together and boil for a minute. Pour over biscuits and bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. Cool 10 minutes and serve.




Servings: This recipe feeds our family of 11.


Like the recipe states you can use a bundt pan but we usually use a 9 x 13 casserole dish with no problems. Speaking of baking dishes--have you seen the new Spring Collection from the Pioneer Woman yet?

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Wise Woman Linkup!




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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

How to Be a Nurturing Mother




"What we want to do with our children is not merely to control them and keep them in order, but to implant true principles deep in their hearts which shall rule their whole lives, to shape their character from within into Christlike beauty, and to make of them noble men and women, strong for battle and for duty.

They are to be trained rather than governed. Growth of character, not merely good behavior, is the object of all home governing and teaching…

When a little child in a mother’s bosom is loved, nursed, caressed, held close to her heart, prayed over, wept over, talked with, for days, weeks, months, years, it is no mere fancy to say that the mother’s life has indeed passed into the child’s soul. The early years settle what its character will be, and these are the mother’s years."


~ J.R. Miller


This doesn't mean our children won't fall or fail. But I love how it talks about duty to train and love and nurture and to not just focus on the outward obedience but the child as a whole. It takes time, patience, prayer, and much of God's wisdom to raise children and only He will know the outcome. But what a blessing it is to rely on Him and trust Him, and not ourselves, with the results.

Dear sweet Mama, you might not see these results right away. It will take time. It will take trust. But just keep planting the seeds and God will let it grow in it's time. Keep praying for the harvest of all your hard work and time invested --and stay on your knees because He loves your children just as you do.

Remember that love always hopes. We need to have hope in the Lord in what the outcome will be for our children's lives. So don't give up and keep moving on.


You are not alone!


Here are some Bible verses for encouragement:


Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. - Psalm 127:3

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. - Proverbs 22:6

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4

Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him. -Proverbs 13:24

Discipline your son, and he will give you rest; he will give delight to your heart." -Proverbs 29:17

As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him. - Psalm 103:13

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. -Deuteronomy 6:6-9

Tell your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children to another generation. - Joel 1:3







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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Wise Woman Linkup!




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1 Thessalonians 5:11

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Monday, April 9, 2018

The Read-Aloud Family Book



I've have shared several posts with you in the pasts about how my kids love Poetry Tea Time. It is a fun time for us all to get together, make memories around books, poems and good literature, and have some fun treats! 

We also have fun and add another dimension to it like doing our Art Brain Box, playing games, sketching, making up skits, and we always end up with a house full of laughter. I love days like that because I love bringing the sunshine into our school and the kids enjoy their time with one another. 




I wanted to share about a brand new book that is out from Sarah MacKenzie (you might remember her from her other homeschooling book that we shared about in the past called Teaching From Rest. You can read that post here) and it is called The Read Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids.

I have been wanting to write about this book for awhile and so glad to finally share it here. This is a great book to get you motivated about homeschooling and reading good books to your children and they why and how behind it all. Here is a quote from the book:



This book is not just for the new homeschooler but it is for the veteran too. I have been homeschooling for 20 years and this book has plenty to offer! I love that she shares book recommendations at for different age categories and what she did when her children became teenagers. Which really helps a mom to save a lot of time. 



Here area few of her recommendations for the ages of 8-12:

Little House in the Big Woods
A Poem for Peter
The Bark of the Bog Owl
Cilla Lee Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire
Esperanza Rising
The Family Under the Bridge
The Green Ember
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe


Here is another important quote from the book worth pondering:



We really do need to be careful about that. I have loved reading since I was a kid. I remember long trips to the library with my dad and leaving with a stack of books so high that I could barely carry them. I want that type of love of reading for my children and want to feed the flame of the fire of learning into their lives. 




(These were some muffins that Joshua made for Poetry Tea Time--
I'm telling you, my kids really look forward to this time in our homeschool day.)



Yes, yes, yes--I love that she included this from C.S. Lewis in the book. As a mother of five boys I can state for a fact that whenever there are knights included that they will be heavily engrossed in the book until they reach the end!

Here is a quick peek of the table of contents:





In a later post I will share some more of her book recommendations as well as some of mine!



(A quick important mom tip--homemade chocolate chips cookies 
always help make reading time more delicious, for both you and your students!)





If you need some inspiration or just want to breathe some new life into your homeschool, you should definitely get The Read-Aloud Family. Right now it is on sale for over 40% off for a limited time!


You can find it HERE.






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Thursday, April 5, 2018

When You Feel Like You Are Failing with Your Children



Has it been a hard week, month, or year with your kids?

Do you feel like you are failing?

Maybe the littles ones are out of control...

Or the teenagers are not listening...

Or your kids are rebelling...

Maybe you have felt like curling up into a ball and crying in the corner (or have even recently done so).

It's okay because we have all felt that way now and then.

But there are a few truths that I want to point out to you to so that you don't get discouraged---because motherhood can be hard and we need to not give up.

1. YOU NEED TO BE SOBER-MINDED AND STAY IN HIS WORD. 


Satan would want nothing more than for us to get discouraged, depressed, and stop caring. We need to wake up from our feelings that can be deceptive and be sober-minded. It is important to stay in His Word and meditate on His Word and not on lies that we might be entertaining and telling ourselves.

"Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. "

~1 Peter 5:8

2. DO NOT GROW WEARY

It is easy to become complacent or discouraged and stop caring or give up. I had wrote an entire blog post encouraging moms called This is War - The Battle for Our Children's Souls because of this. The enemy wants our children and we need to be vigilant as we raise them.

"And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up."

~Galatians 6:9




3. PRAYER IS POWERFUL AND CHANGES THINGS

Saturate your home, your children, and yourself with prayer. It is a powerful battle tool against the spiritual realm as you pray for your family. Don't just pray in private, pray also with your husband and children individually and as a group. When you pray also ask for wisdom and guidance and He will give it to you.

"Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer."

~Romans 12:12



4. GOD LOVES US AND IS WATCHING OVER US

You are not alone---remember that God loves them even more than you do. Be faithful to do your part as the parent. Guide them to God's Word and correct, rebuke, and teach as needed but remember to do this in love with grace, patience, and mercy. They are a sinner just like you, in need of a Savior. I am so grateful that God showed His gentle love towards me and saved me from myself.

"But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 

~Romans 5:8


I always find great comfort in God and His word and I hope you do too.

Sweet mama, stay strong and fight the good fight!


Dear Lord, please help us not to grow weary with our children. Please help us to love them the way the you loved us with mercy, compassion, and kindness and give us the wisdom and guidance we need along the way. Thank you for giving them to us as blessings and help us to always view them as that. Thank you for all that you are doing right now that I cannot see and help me to have faith when I desperately need it when I feel like I am losing faith. I know that we reap what we sow so help me to persevere and be an example of Christ to them even when I am weak. When I fall please help me to be humble and ask for forgiveness and to pick myself up to keep moving forward for Your glory. We ask all of  this in the name of your Holy Son, Jesus. Amen. 




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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Wise Woman Linkup!




A Wise Woman Builds Her Home is a place to be encouraged in your high and noble calling of role of wife and mother and daughter to the King and we want to encourage each and every single reader out there to build up strong Christian homes to the glory of God.

"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. " 

1 Thessalonians 5:11

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