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The Final Post from Today’s Housewife

  • Posted on September 1, 2012 at 12:00 am

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Four years ago, four friends came together to share our lives with the on-line world. Over a year ago we invited new friends to join our team to get even more voices involved. We’ve all had fun talking about our homes, hobbies, families, food, and faith with you. But our lives have changed and we just can’t devote the same time to Today’s Housewife we were able to in the past. If you want to keep reading related articles check out the blog at http://kiwibabyshop.com/

We want to say thank you to all who have read throughout the last four years. We’ve enjoyed getting to know you through the comments and interaction on our Facebook & Twitter pages. We’re thankful for each follower, subscriber, and visitor!

This isn’t the last time you’ll hear from each of the writers. If you have a favorite writer, be sure to check out her site and follow her there!

Thanks again for reading!

Best of the Faith Channel

  • Posted on August 31, 2012 at 5:00 am

Best of the Food Channel

  • Posted on August 30, 2012 at 4:00 am

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Best of the Family Channel

  • Posted on August 29, 2012 at 4:00 am

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Best of the Hobbies Channel

  • Posted on August 28, 2012 at 4:00 am

Best of the Home Channel

  • Posted on August 27, 2012 at 1:23 am

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Comparing…

  • Posted on August 24, 2012 at 7:00 am

The more I do it…the more I see it…COMPARISON IS THE THIEF OF JOY.  So…why don’t I just quit doing it!?!?  Well…I think that is the million dollar question!

I think that our culture has molded us to be this way.  Does that make it OK though?  Of course not!  Our culture has tried to mold us to be a lot of things…and I fight those.  So…what’s with this new, sudden realization that this is a problem???

As many of you probably understand…my head is seemingly incapable of thought lately.  I feel like there isn’t a whole lot of “free time” in my brain.  This means that the only time I have to think is in the car (in between breaking up fights in the backseat).  The other day, I was thinking about how nice it would be to have a husband who comes home at the end of the work day for dinner.  You see…my hubby works 24 hour shifts at the fire station, then (for his 2nd job) leaves and goes to the hospital and works the night shift.  I was longing for that whole “Leave it to Beaver” dinner moment…which lead to me thinking about normal Mommy’s nights out…which lead to sleeping together every night and how nice that would be…which lead to…well, you get the picture.  ;)

Did all that thinking get me anywhere???  Nope!!!  My hubby still has the same schedule…and all those other things are the same too.  SO…what is the point in wasting that brain space?????????

I’ve decided that it is better to be thankful!  Instead of what iffing…and wondering…and comparing our lives to the “normal” life….I am much better off if I just appreciate.  Count my blessings.  Be thankful for what I have.  This is what God calls us to do!  He has blessed me far beyond my wildest dreams after all!!!

Courtney is wife to Firefighter/Paramedic Josh.  Mommy to beautiful, strong-willed,, full of life, biological Gracie and handsome, rough n tough, sweet, adopted from Uganda Owen.  She has a passion for family, orphan care, photography, Africa, and writing.  She reminds herself daily to live one day at a time and is determined to get used to her new status as “stay at home Mom”.  She thinks life is best lived with a good sense of humor and daily time with God in prayer.  You can follow along with her more at restoration517.wordpress.com.

Tropical Cake Mix Cookies

  • Posted on August 23, 2012 at 5:48 pm

I’m all in favor of cooking and baking from scratch, but sometimes using the dreadedprocessed product or two isn’t so bad. In fact, sometimes using a little something out of the ordinary is not only fun and tasty, but helpful too. Like when you’re baking for 80 for a church event… mhmm, helpful is always good in those circumstances. In those cases, I like to rely on a little thing called cake mix. Not for making a cake, mind you–cake for 80 isn’t really my thing–but for cookies. Normally, cake mix cookies are made out of Funfetti and are pretty much just sprinklicious sugar bombs. Not these cookies. Well, the Funfetti part at least. [No guarantees about the sugar bomb thing... can't most cookies be described that way?]

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Tropical Cake Mix Cookies are made with fluffy yellow cake mix, tropical trail mix, white chocolate chips, and loads of coconut for a taste of vacation even at the start of a busy school year. These two-bite cookies are incredibly addicting, so make sure you have a plan for them when you make them… Otherwise you might wind up eating them one after another without even realizing it. Don’t say I didn’t warn you! The soft cookie combined with crunchy nuts and tantalizing tropical dried fruit like papaya and pineapple will get you every time! If you have nut allergies, just sub out the trail mix for a tropical dried fruit blend.  Enjoy!

Tropical Cake Mix Cookies [from Averie Cooks]
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Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract [or coconut or almond for a little extra goodness!]
  • 1 – 15 ounce box of yellow cake mix
  • 6-12 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut flakes
  • 1 cup tropical trail mix, finely diced [mine was from Walmart and had pineapple, papaya, raisins, cranberries, almonds, cashews, etc. in it]
  • 3/4 cup white chocolate chips

Directions:

In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine butter, eggs, and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until well combined–mixture does not have to be creamed.

With mixer running on low, slowly add in cake mix until cookie dough is smooth. Add flour tablespoon by tablespoon to solidify cookie dough. The more flour used, the more cake-like the cookies will be. I used about 3-4 tablespoons.

Next, fold in coconut flakes, trail mix, and white chocolate chips. Dough will be very sticky.

Cover and refrigerate for about 30 minutes. At the end of that time, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare cookie sheets by lining with parchment paper or a silpat, or spraying lightly with cooking spray.

After dough has chilled, it will still be sticky but much easier to work with and will not spread so much during baking. Scoop dough out in generous 1 tablespoon balls, rolling between greased hands before placing 2 inches apart on the cookie sheet.

Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until bottoms are lightly browned and tops just barely look done. Let cool on the cookie sheet for at least 5 minutes, or until cookies are stable enough to be moved. This allows the cookies to firm up a bit as well as cook a little more on the cookie sheet. Repeat until all dough is used up, returning mixing bowl to refrigerator in between batches.

Store on the counter in a covered container for a week [if they last that long!] or in the freezer up to three months.

Time: 10 minutes prep + time for chilling and baking, so at least 75 minutes, give or take.

Yield: 3 1/2 to 4 dozen.

sarahSarah began blogging at The Pajama Chef in order to chronicle her adventures in and love of cooking and baking. Sarah is currently a graduate student at Indiana University working towards a Master of Library Science and a Master of Arts in African Studies. Sarah’s efforts in the kitchen would not be possible without the assistance of her husband, Ben, and his stellar dish-washing and sous-chef skills. Sarah and Ben were married in May 2009 and enjoy running, reading, involvement in a local church, and spoiling their kitties, Sheba and Misty. You can also find Sarah on Pinterest.

The Gospel-Centered Family

  • Posted on August 22, 2012 at 6:00 am

Have you ever felt like your family was at a bit of a crossroads? A crossroads between the typical and the atypical in life. I know that I’ve felt that way. In fact, I feel that way right now. As a follower of Christ we are to expect the unexpected and to aim for a life actively pursuing the Gospel and in that there is no guarantee of safety and (worldly) comfort in this life for those of us living hidden beneath the Cross. These thing means that we have to pause and ask ourselves what the Gospel means for the life of our families.

Right now my husband and I are attempting to make the leap (again) out of a 9-5 job and into full time ministry. This would mean (for the time being) raising support and living on a very tight budget. It would also mean living in an environment where our kid(s) can run, explore and play without fear and alongside their daddy (since he won’t be sitting behind a desk in an office from 9-5).
Still there are upsides and downsides and the decision isn’t clear cut.

What is clear cut…

We know that we want to raise our family to pursue the Gospel above all else. We know that we want our kids to value the Giver of all gifts rather than the gifts themselves. The question we really have to ask ourselves is how are we prizing the Gospel above all else and what does that mean for how/where we raise our family?

I know that economic times are tough so the thought of leaving a secure job seems ludicrous to most, and at times if I am quite honest it seems just as ludicrous to me. Again and again we return to the question; If the Gospel is the most valuable thing in the world then how are we going to actively teach our children and center our family around that fact? 

I think it means taking some chances. I think it means trusting big.

So I leave you with that question: 

If the Gospel is the most valuable thing in the world then how are you actively teaching your child and centering your family around that fact? 

Do you have to quit your job and go into full time ministry? Maybe, I don’t know.
Do you need to move your family to a lower income, more diverse neighborhood? Maybe, I don’t know. 
Do you need to give more and buy less? Maybe, I don’t know. 

I don’t know what it looks like for you or your family. I just know that nothing done for the sake of the Gospel in this life will be in vain. I want my life to have purpose. I want my family to have purpose. I want that for you and your family too.

How are you centering your family around the Gospel? What does that look like for you? Have you chosen an unusual path (i.e; neighborhood, job, way of schooling, etc…) for your family in order to make your family more Gospel-centered?  

Jessica is a grace lover, wife, new mama, motherless daughter, reluctant missionary and birth doula. She scribbles down stories of grace on her blog a diamond in the rough. She is currently working on her first e-book about finding God’s grace and discovering the heart of the Gospel when loss and grief are a part of your everyday life.  Follow her on twitter @adiamondnrough.

Christmas In August

  • Posted on August 15, 2012 at 12:00 am

This goes waaaay back to when I was in elementary school and going to G.A.s every Wednesday night at church.

GAs stands for Girls in Action and it was a mission study group for girls in first through fifth grade. Of course we studied each week about missionaries and the work they did. We also studied about the people they served and the great needs so many of them had.

It was a tradition every year to gather together requested items and send them to the missionaries to give to the people they ministered to. List in hand, little girls and their mothers descended on shopping centers to buy as many items as possible.

Back at church, those items would be lovingly boxed and protected for shipping along with handwritten notes and cards from all the girls. It was a great way to support people so far from home, and people who had very little compared to us.

What a great tradition to start with your family this year! Pick a recipient:

  • a missionary
  • a military family
  • a unit deployed overseas
  • a family in need in your town

Find out what they need and begin to gather things together for them. Enlist other families to do this with you. It doesn’t take long or  a lot of money. You can buy little things here and there so you don’t feel such a financial strain.

iStock_000011316656XSmallGet your kids to clean out toy boxes and closets. Clean out your own toy boxes (you know what I’m talking about!) and closets, drawers and cabinets. Find things that others can use.

If your recipients are local, call ahead and tell them you’re bringing a surprise. Take your collections and dinner, and while you’re there, how about a little Christmas caroling?

You’ll definitely be in the mood.

Start now to plan for a special Christmas for someone who needs it. You’ll be teaching your kids a wonderful lesson about sharing, caring, and showing God’s love to someone in need.

2011-08-05 06.43.32 (4)Thanks so much for the privilege of writing for you this year. What a great group it’s been! I hope to see some of you on my blog from time to time. Please visit often. I wish the best for all the ladies of TH who will be moving on to the next phase of their ministry. God has plans to use you all in a spectacular way. My prayers for God’s blessings go with all of you – writers and readers alike. Jer. 29:11
Sherri Stone