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After a couple years of blogging Maria opted to change to a different server. At the time she decided to change the name to something that better reflected our life and her desires for blogging.  That might have been when we first discussed me contributing here and I vaguely remember her asking my thoughts on

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For the past 18 months I have often wondered what “normal” means. What does that even look like? After losing Sophia, our life as a family of 4 has seemed to be anything but normal.  Though I’m not sure what normal really means for us, there are a few things about it that I do

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We had a rather large project completed last week and I can’t tell you how excited I am about it.  We have increased the air flow through this old house, just in time for it to be too hot to open the new windows. Main living room window before: And after, with 2 casements that

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For all of you curious minds who ask just how I do it, here you are: From start to finish, including taking time out to feed the cooked wheat germ to the chickens and to bake and clean a couple of butternut squash, this project took 3 hours.  For 7 loaves of bread, perogies for

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It’s not that I haven’t felt thankful.  But I am in a funk.  The holidays, the lack of sleep, the never-ending to-do list, the cleaning and laundry that I can’t seem to get a grip on, the emotions that vary from minute to minute.  Exhausting.  But today I choose to look back at this month

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::This morning I struggled, really struggled, to get out of bed at 4:50am to go to strength training class, finally mustered up the will but only because I know that I get tomorrow off. ::During conversation with dear husband found out that our health insurance premiums will likely go up yet again.  Possibly 18% more.

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I’m still perfecting my bread making skills but I am thrilled with my new toys.  I bit the bullet and invested in a BOSCH Kitchen Machine and a Nutrimill.  It takes about 5 minutes to mill the flour in the Nutrimill before I set to work with the bread.  The recipe I am currently using

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I have been thinking lately of some of the little helpful tips that save me time and sanity in the kitchen.  I want to share them in case they will come in handy for some of my readers as well. 1.  Stop water from boiling over:  When boiling noodles, potatoes or whatever, place a wooden

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I don’t know about you, but when summer hits around here sometimes it feels like it becomes a free-for-all.  Which is fine, for a while.  But then kids start arguing, mom gets grumpy and we all start looking forward to fall and getting back to a “normal” schedule.  I have noticed that the longer span

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What a weekend!  We had so much fun and got so many things accomplished but I am really bummed to not have my camera to save the memories!  I did order a new one that will hopefully arrive this week but it can’t get here soon enough. Here are some pictureless highlights from our last