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Adventures of a wife and mother

November 18, 2013
by Allison
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Canning Venison, raw packed, cubed or strips. So easy.

This is my next adventure in canning.  It will be a first for canning with a pressure cooker, but the recipe couldn’t be easier.  Just raw meat and salt.  I can’t wait to see how tender the meat is when it is time to cook with it.  Apparently canned venison comes out like slow cooked roast- fall apart tender, and it won’t spoil if there is a power outage.

Canning Venison, raw packed, cubed or strips. So easy..

November 10, 2013
by Allison
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When You Turn the TV Off…

You find rest and so much more. This Sunday, while I am busy about the house, the kids are playing chess, reading a book, and napping . Even my husband is getting a well deserved nap. I forgot the Texans game came on at 3:30 and so did everyone else . We are mostly fans of the free Slushies at Sonic every Tuesday after a win anyway. I created a complete meal plan and activity schedule Saturday so I am pretty relaxed about the week ahead. I find my rest in allowing the Holy Spirit to guide me and still my heart which He makes to overflow with thankfulness.

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November 10, 2013
by Allison
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Safety Light for Kid’s Bikes

As we were driving home from church this morning we saw the usual stream of cyclist out on their route down Hwy 90, and I couldn’t help but notice among them were a few daylight safety lights.  I wasn’t even driving and I couldn’t keep myself from looking when one went by.  Upon further reflection, I decided to buy them for the kids.  I think they will be more effective than their helmets in keeping them safe (of course the helmets will still be worn).

November 1, 2013
by Allison
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Crepe Myrtle Pruning Step-by-Step – The Daily South | Your Hub for Southern Culture

Do this…

Not this.

Crepe Myrtle are everywhere in Katy.  However, they can be a mystery when it comes to pruning.  I must confess we have committed crepe murder many times.  Perhaps this fall the simple instructions given on the blog below, will help our plants grow beautiful and strong. – Allison

Crepe Myrtle Pruning Step-by-Step – The Daily South | Your Hub for Southern Culture.

October 6, 2013
by Allison
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Pear Sauce Recipe – How to Make Pear Sauce

 

I had a fun canning day today pureeing 20 pounds of organic pears in the Vitamix then canning them with nothing but a little lemon juice added.  The sauce is delicious and the kids were eating it warm as I worked.  One 20 pound box made 24 pint jars of sauce.  No need to add any water either, the ripe pears were plenty juicy.  I cored them and left the skins and them Vitamix did the rest.  These pears were from Azure Standard so the price was right at $23 for 20 pounds.

Pear Sauce Recipe – How to Make Pear Sauce.

October 1, 2013
by Allison
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Times Tables Practice

The kids enjoyed learning their upper times tables using “Times Tales” on DVD.  It provides confident memorization after only one viewing.  The stories are a little “babyish” but my daughter embraced the concept when I told her they were that way to make it crazy easy for big kids.  They all know their skip counting from listening to Classical Conversations memory work CDs in the car so the lower multiplication facts are especially easy.  Now we just need speed.

For developing speed try .  It is free, fantastic, and the kids will get their math homework done fast for 15 minutes on Timez Attack as a reward.  Download HERE.

September 14, 2013
by Allison
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Green Pasture Blue Ice Royal Butter Oil/Cod Liver Oil Blend– 120 capsules

If you are looking for a great cod liver oil supplement, this is my favorite.  It  has spring butter with the oil in the ratio suggested in Cure Tooth Decay by Nagel.  We have seen many teeth remineralize and brown enamel turn white after adding spring butter and cod liver oil to our children’s diets.  For the younger children (who cannot swallow capsules) I use Carlson Norwegian Cod Liver Oil in Lemon flavor (1-2 tsp/day).  The kids drink raw milk in addition to eating spring butter when available to provide the needed nutrients.

Green Pasture Blue Ice Royal Butter Oil/Cod Liver Oil Blend– 120 capsules.

September 14, 2013
by Allison
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Paleo “Spaghetti” and Meatballs | Mom Gone Paleo

I made these meatballs tonight and they were great (mine were all beef and no cheese). I just need to find a fantastic spiral slicer so I can make my zucchini noodles look fun. Kids loved the taste of the zucchini noodles even though they were plain and straight.

view the recipe HERE| Mom Gone Paleo.
Update: I purchased a spiral slicer and served leftover meatballs over fresh zucchini noodles, and now they taste and look great!

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Heating up the “noodles” with a little olive oil until tender, but not soggy.

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