Sunday, February 7, 2016

On a Cold Winter's Night

A cold winter's night at home... 
I'm just getting ready to make a pot of cocoa, put on my jammies, and read The Life Giving Home.

What do you like to do on a cold winter's night?

...doing what I can with what I've got where I am 
on a short shoestring budget!

Friday, February 5, 2016

A Thrifty Week at Harvest Lane Cottage #53

It's a bright sunny day in my neck of the woods. 
Bah! Humbug!
I'm still praying for snow. 
Some of you have had way too much.
Could you send a cup or two my way?
I want to make snow ice cream!

~ My husband fixed our bathroom sink himself. He used a wire coat hanger, packing tape, and tools he had on hand instead of buying what he needed. I told him if he could do it without buying anything, he'd make the blog list! He did it! Yay Lowell!

~ I didn't have enough Hershey's cocoa to make a pot of cocoa, so I used a bit of leftover baking chocolate that had been lurking in the cabinet for weeks. It was delicious.

~ I received a new hot glue gun from a company for review.

~ My Emily and I made some Cauliflower soup and substituted ingredients rather than go to the store.

~ My husband took our computer apart, cleaned it, and put in a new CD drive so that my kids can do their math! Their CDs wouldn't load on the old one. This saved us the cost of a computer tech. Thanks Sweetheart!

~ My daughter received a cardigan from a company for review.

~ We carried water bottles instead of buying water while we were out.

~ I organized my fabrics and discarded some that won't be used. That's real estate investment!

~ My husband is still job searching, so I'm trying to really stretch the groceries I have on hand. It's made for a few experiments. ~smile~

~ I used a pound of ground beef to make biscuits and gravy.

~ A friend brought me some big hard rolls that were just out of date. I sliced them and dipped them in an egg, milk, sugar, and cinnamon mixture and fried them in my skillet to make french toast.

~ My daughter is making a large pot of rice for lunch. I have some canned chili sauce left over from the restaurant. I'll offer that as a possible topping. Some will eat it with soy sauce. Some may eat it plain. 

~ I made wheat farina for breakfast for the family one day this week. You can buy it as Malto-Meal at the store. 

~ The local thrift store is going out of business. I bought two pretty candle holders for $.59. 

~ My Amy used some leftover Christmas lights to decorate in the girls' room.

~ My Emily bought a frame with glass at the thrift store to make into a "white board" to put her to do list on.

What are you doing in your home this week?


Thursday, February 4, 2016

REVIEW: Tracie Peterson and Kimberly Woodhouse's Beyond the Silence

Thank you Litfuse for this review book.
Rumors and gossip have destroyed more friendships, more careers, and more lives than I'd like to think. Fear and suspicion have destroyed even more. In the small town of Angels Camp, in the old west mining days in California, rumors, gossip, fear, and suspicion surround Woody Colton. In need of a nanny for his mute son, he advertises then invites Lillian Porter to join his household for little Jimmy. It's all on the up and up. The housekeeper is a motherly figure who helps create the family atmosphere for which Lillian is longing.

Interspersed among the chapters of growing happiness, we find chapters showing the desperation and depravity of the "bad guy" in the book. The sadness, hardness, anger, and even rage he embodies was hard for me to read about. Thankfully, it was short. Sometimes, even now, Christians live a life so filled with church friends and "good guys", we forget that there are truly people around us who have given themselves over to evil to one degree or another.

I liked this book because it pointed the reader to Jesus. Seeking God was a central theme. I really liked that, because it's interwoven in the story in a very natural way. The book had two authors, but it was written seamlessly. I couldn't tell when one or the other was writing.

It was clean. No bad language. No inappropriate behavior, if you know what I mean. I recommend it.

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Beyond the Silence

by Tracie Peterson and Kimberly Woodhouse   
Historical Romance
Bethany House    

The shadows over this olive grove hide more than just the truth. . . .

Lillian Porter has always wanted to fulfill her mother's dream of going west, so when she hears about a nanny position in Angels Camp, California, she defies her grandfather and takes a chance on a new future. But she quickly wonders if she made the right choice. Murky rumors swirl around Woodward Colton, her new employer, but the gossip doesn't match the man Lillian comes to know.
Still, something dark did happen in the family's past. Lillian's seven-year-old charge hasn't spoken in over a year. Gently, Lillian tries to coax him out of his shell, hoping he'll one day feel safe enough to share what scared him. But the Colton olive farm is no longer a safe place. Lillian encounters suspicious characters on their land and mysterious damage done to the farm. When the housekeeper is brutally attacked, the town once again suspects the worst. Will discovering the truth help Lillian clear the name of the man she has come to love---or will it endanger her even more?

 Meet the Authors

Tracie Peterson is an award-winning, best-selling author of more than 100 books. Having given her heart to Jesus at the young age of six, Tracie has always felt called to some form of ministry, and writing fulfills that mission field.

Making her home in Montana, this Kansas native enjoys spending time with family---especially her three grandchildren---Rainy, Fox, and Max.

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Kim Woodhouse is a devoted wife and mother, and a third generation Liszt student. She has passed down her love of the arts to hundreds of students throughout the years, recorded three albums, and appeared at more than 700 venues.

Her quick wit, enthusiasm, and positive outlook through difficult circumstances have gained her audiences at conferences, retreats, churches, military functions, and seminars all over the country.

Kim has been writing seriously for fifteen years. Songs, plays, short stories, novels, picture books, articles, newsletters---you name it---she's written it. It wasn't until a dear friend challenged her to "do something with it," that she pursued publication. She now has multiple books to her credit, with more on the way.

Kim lives, writes, and homeschools in Colorado with her husband and their two children in a truly "Extreme" home. 

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Saturday, January 30, 2016

A Delightful Day Trip... Old-Fashioned Charm

I'm so glad you've dropped in. My kids are at youth camp this weekend. On a whim, my husband and I drove down to Bentonville, Arkansas, a town about an hour from here. It was a fun new experience. I felt like I'd walked onto a movie set! It had a thriving square downtown with lots of specialty shops, businesses and the Walmart museum. It was beautiful. 

The spectacular aspect was that there were people everywhere taking advantage of the nearly 70° weather! They were walking dogs, biking, shopping, sitting on the lawn on the square talking, eating at outside tables at little restaurants— some people even had dogs sitting by their feet at the tables! It was amazing! Everyone I spoke to was so friendly, too.  

On a side street, we passed by a doggy bakery. Just imagine! Lowell dropped me off just so I could run inside and see what it was like. They had fresh baked pastries that looked like they were from a posh bakery for humans! 

What did I buy? Not a thing! I'm not that kind of girl. ~grin~ I did see a bin of dog biscuits by the pound for $5.98 and a five pound bag of dog food for $49.98. Oh how tempting! Not! I'm a thrifty gal and glad of it. My little dog enjoys pieces of her regular dog food as treats. It was truly fun to see though.  

We ended our time in Bentonville with a stop for lunch at one of my favorite places, Chick-fil-A. We enjoyed their chicken nuggets with a variety of sauces. It was a delightful trip.... Now, I need to go buy some dog food!

I would love to hear from you.
...doing what I can with what I've got where I am 
on a short shoestring budget!




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