Indiana Dunes Lake Michigan

Our Great Lakes Trip (AKA: How God Kept Us Safe)

When my husband and I were trying to decide what kind of a trip we could afford to take this summer we decided to do a tour of 4 of the 5 Great Lakes with most of our time being spent in Michigan. After several days of research and planning I had an itinerary all planned… 

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Looking at the Lake

What I’m Into {June 2015}

Goodbye, June. Hello, July. Whew! I thought that the summer would mean a slower pace for our family. While it has been nice to not have to follow the school schedule for over a month, we packed a lot of fun into June. From a day trip to the Children’s Museum to playing outside to… 

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Garden Update 7-1-15

{Garden Update} A 2-Week Recap

It has been two weeks since I last wrote about my garden. I had every intention of getting an update posted last Wednesday, but we were getting ready to leave for vacation the next day and there was simply too much to do. Blogging got put on the back burner. Last Monday my mom helped… 

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Garden Update 6-17-15

{Garden Update} It’s a Jungle Out There

We have had so much rain this past week that my garden is starting to resemble a jungle. It has grown quite a bit since last week. While my plants have grown this week, so have the weeds. I love that I haven’t had to water my garden, but it has made it hard to… 

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Allergy Free Chocolate Zucchini Cake

{Allergy-Free} Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Last summer we harvested a tremendous amount of zucchini from our garden, and we enjoyed eating zucchini in a variety of ways. One day I decided I wanted to make a chocolate zucchini cake, but I wanted it to be safe for my son Joshua who has multiple food allergies. I ended up modifying my zucchini bread… 

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2 Ingredient Strawberry Jam

2 Ingredient Strawberry Jam Canning Tutorial

Ever since we picked 72 pounds of strawberries nearly two weeks ago we have been enjoying strawberries in a variety of ways, but one of our favorite ways is eating strawberry jam on toast or bagels. A few years ago I posted a tutorial for making strawberry jam the easy way, using powdered pectin. While this method… 

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Garden Update 6-10-15

{Garden Update} The Best Way to Deal with Weeds

We received a little over 3 inches of rain on Sunday night/Monday morning and I am again thankful for the rain because it means I have had to do a lot less watering of the garden. Over the weekend I noticed that our garden had quite a few weeds in it, and I thought I better… 

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Mulberry Pie Recipe

Mulberry Pie Recipe

Last week I realized that we had a mulberry tree growing along the edge of our woods, and that there were many ripe mulberries on it. I decided to pick enough to make a mulberry pie. Having never made one before, I didn’t know what to expect. It ended up being delicious and I thought… 

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Garden Update 6-3-15

{Garden Update} Thankful for Rain

May was a very dry month for us and, while we had some rain, my garden was getting pretty dry. While I watered the plants when necessary, it just wasn’t the same as a good soaking rain. The two inches of rain we received over the weekend was just what my garden needed and I… 

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Canning Strawberries

Canning Strawberries

When we picked 72 pounds of strawberries last week at a nearby up-pick strawberry patch I used several methods to preserve them. I made 32 jars of strawberry jam, froze over 8 gallons, made strawberry pies, ate quite a few, and even canned 3 pints of sliced strawberries. Today I wanted to share with you… 

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Oven Roasted Chicken and Vegetables

Oven Roasted Chicken and Vegetables

Last week I purchased some chicken legs on sale, and I was trying to decide how to cook them. I didn’t really feel like dirtying a bunch of pans like I normally do. I decided to experiment and put everything in one pan to cook and ended up with an oven roasted chicken and vegetables recipe that… 

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Running Through the Yard

What I’m Into {May 2015}

I really can’t believe that today is the first of June. It’s hard to believe not only because May flew by in a flurry of activity, but because we are having some really cool weather today. I won’t complain, though, because I am sure we will have some really hot weather before long and I… 

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Learning About Cicadas

Learning About Cicadas

Where we live we have been inundated with cicadas this past week. There are literally hundreds of them all over our yard and trees. Since my kids were so fascinated by the cicadas I thought I would take this opportunity for all of us to learn more about these insects. Last week we first noticed… 

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