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Market Day

It’s ‘Market Day’ at our home school co-op this week.  It basically consists of each child making or buying something to have as a commodity to buy and sell.  They have learned how a free market works this past year.  They earn ‘Eden Bucks’ based on the amount of stamps aka completed work sheets for the past 12 weeks of school.

The little’s and I were working on Kate’s goods and they had such a grand time.  I on the other hand had to consciously engage to be patient.  It really is so much easier to do these projects myself.  Perhaps this is one of reasons God has given me children….to grow in patience and  slow down  long enough to validate their little, fumbling hands.

I don’t know what God is asking you to grow into today but praying you can press into his Heart in the process!


It’s Time!

Our cookbook releases February 1.  We are excited to bring it to you.  We plan to do a little giveaway on that day so check back to enter.

I hope two features you will like about the book are: 1)  it’s spiral bound and  2)  little herb’s  denote my Mother’s recipes vs mine.

You can purchase the book here.



Chocolate Chip Cookies

IMG_9852This is the final recipe in the FREEZER MEAL Marathon.  I am sure there will be several batches of these going into the freezer before we start back to school in September.  On those homeschooling days when it is taking longer then I want it to my freezer is my best friend, it has saved my sanity many times!

A little side story about our summer has to do with chocolate chip cookies.  My oldest, Camden is 8 years old and has lots of energy.  Sometimes mothering him requires more then I want to give.  He is very aware of his surroundings, the calender and what we are doing ‘next’.  Most times his ‘next thing’ and my ‘next thing’ are oceans apart.  The reality of laundry, blackberries that need picked,  and hungry mouths take priority over all the fun things on his agenda.  I was praying over this one morning a couple of weeks ago and it was like the Lord showed me that today was the day to teach him how to bake cookies.  So that afternoon we did it.  The next morning was Saturday and I had errands to run. I was in and out all day and he asked me if he could bake cookies,  I kinda muttered, “Sure, you are aware I won’t be here much to help?”.   By his own initiative he took that same recipe and baked perfect cookies.  The rest is history.  He has been baking a lot of cookies this summer.  God is such a creative God. I am so grateful for that prompting. It has helped keep him busy and it has helped me in the kitchen.


3 cups butter, softened

3 cups brown sugar (sometimes I only add 2 cups of brown sugar and then just bump the flour to 1/2 cup more because I think this is too much sugar)

3 cups white sugar, I use sucanat sugar here instead of white

6 eggs

1 tbsp vanilla

9 cups all purpose flour

(do not pack the flour in the measuring cup, if you spoon it in vs scoop your cup full I think you will find you like your end product so much better  )

1 tbsp salt

1 tbsp baking soda

2 tbsp hot water

6 cups chocolate chips

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugars together until fluffy.  Add eggs and vanilla.

Dissolve soda in water.

Add flour, salt and soda mixture. Mix well.  Add chocolate chips.

Make cookie balls.

I freeze 12 cookie balls in quart sized freezer bags.  It’s a perfect amount for us to enjoy a fresh chocolate chip cookie.  Bake at 350 for 8-12 minutes.



Chocolate Chip Cookies
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180 cookies
Chocolate Chip Cookies
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180 cookies
180 cookies
Servings: cookies
  1. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugars together until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla. Dissolve soda in water. Add flour, soda mixture and salt to dough. Mix until combined. Add chocolate chips. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-12 minutes, depending on your oven. We like them on the just done side so it is 8 minutes for us.
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Today I want to share a few of my favorite kitchen items (they aren’t your normal kitchen tools, or maybe they are?!?!) These items are probably the two things that I get the most comments on when I host. My all time favorite is the whip cream charger. We use this thing for EVERYTHING, for hot chocolate, for waffles with fruit, for desserts and simply for bowls of whipped cream :-).  Kate is very fond of a bowl of whipped cream and the boys just told me last night they sneak it straight, no surprise there!! You do need to purchase chargers to make this machine work. AND YOU ALWAYS WANT TO MAKE SURE THE DISPENSER IS COMPLETELY PUT TOGETHER BEFORE YOU PUT THE CHARGER ON.  I have wasted several chargers because the gas all escaped from not having the dispenser fully closed.  Sigh!  Buying the 50 pack is the cheapest way to go.

Whip-It! Brand Professional 1/2-Liter Anodized Whipped Cream Dispenser with High Impact Head, White

It’s simple. You need 1 ½ -2 cups of whipping cream, 1-2 tbsp of vanilla simple syrup (think clear coffee flavoring found in the coffee aisle at your grocery store) or you can use 1-2 tbsp of powdered sugar and 1 tsp vanilla. For assembling the dispenser, make sure your plastic washer is in place and screw on the lid. Give it several shakes to blend the sweetener and then add your CO cartridge; presto you have super fun whipped cream!

My other favorite item is my rice cooker. I use this machine several times a week. It is so easy to put 2 cups of jasmine (our absolute favorite) rice, rinse it 3 times,  add 1 tbsp coconut oil, a swish of salt and 3 cups of water. I can have rice in 45 minutes or I can have rice holding in the cooker for 12 hours. If we leave the house early in the morning and we will need to eat right when we get home it sure saves me a lot of scurry to get dinner on.

Both of these items make great gifts so if you have a birthday coming up you could always ask for a whip cream charger?? Your family will love you forever!!  Plus I always tell my kids that whipping cream (real fat) is good for their brain. All the more reason to put healthy doses of whipped cream on our sugar free sour dough waffles! I am getting ready to experiment with stevia (THM stevia is clearly my stevia of choice, I have tried others but this is the best!) in the charger. I think it will probably be a bit of adjustment for my 8 year old but the littles won’t even notice it.

Cheers to a lovely day!