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Oats: What’s The Difference?

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If you have ever made hot cereal for breakfast, it’s likely you’ve made a bowl of oatmeal. Cooked oats are a filling, nutritious breakfast. But if you wander through the breakfast aisle in any grocery store, you’ll find numerous choices when it comes to oatmeal: steel-cut oats, Scottish oats, old-fashioned oats, quick oats, instant oatmeal, […]

3 Ways to Plan Simple Menus for Busy Nights

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I don’t know about your life but ours is a little chaotic sometimes. Between my pastor-husband and cheerleader-daughter, our calendar can get pretty chaotic.  And when our schedule is crazy, the first thing we tend to do is eat out more.  When the ball games start at 4:30 p.m., you can’t really eat before the games […]

Tips for a Safe and Healthy Kitchen

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The start of a new year is a great time to do a health and safety check on our kitchens. For most families, the kitchen is the most popular room in the house. In our home it sure is. It’s used for food preparation, washing hands, chatting with friends over a cup of coffee or […]

These are a Few of My Favorite Things

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As I’m writing this, I’m amazed that 2014 has come to an end. I’m thankful for another beautiful Christmas with my family and to celebrate another year of wonder and blessings. I just wanted to share a few things that I found especially wonderful in 2014. There were so many highlights of this past year … […]

Eight Simple Strategies for a Healthier Holiday Season

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Eight Simple Strategies for a Healthier Holiday Season The Holiday season is here, and with it an avalanche of calories, fat, and sugar finds its way into the typical American diet. Amish or not we find ourselves tempted at every corner with holiday offerings of pies, cookies, candy, snack mixes, and other not-so-healthy foods that […]

3 Ways to Slow Down on the Busy Days

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I just finished reading {again} The Big Sky series by Tricia Goyer. Marianna Sommer is one of my favorite characters ever. I relate to her desire to find that elusive blend of hard work and stillness in daily life. My days are full of things to do, projects to complete, places to be, and people who […]

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